Datebook: May 9 - Mr. Punch Turns 350

May 9, 2012

The squawking, red-nose prince of slapstick named Mr. Punch made his first recorded debut on May 9, 1662 in the diary of English naval administrator Samuel Pepys. After a party at London's Covent Garden, he recorded that he enjoyed "an Italian puppet play that is within the rayles there, which is very pretty, the best that ever I saw." At the time, Mr. Punch was a stringed marionette called Pulcinella, but has since evolved into the stick-wielding puppet we know today. Puppeteers call him the lord of misrule, classic gallows humor, and in-tune with the social climate. He's often joined on-stage with his wife Judy, a hungry crocodile, a clown, policeman, and a string of sausages. That's the way to do it!

It’s Wednesday, May 9

The Tennessee River Fine Arts League will host a Spring Art Show & Sale this Friday evening.  Find hidden objects in the paintings for a chance to win a $100 prize.  The show will be from 5 to 8 at the Lee Academy for the Arts in Paris.  Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

The Hopkinsville League of Women Voters will offer the public an opportunity to talk with political candidates for the Christian County primary during a luncheon on Friday.  The luncheon will be held in the First Baptist Church narthex from 11 to 1.  Tickets are $6 and are available at the door.

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra hosts the Symphony Sing-off this Saturday night at Harrah’s Event Center in Metropolis.  Regional a cappella groups will compete for the chance to perform with the symphony on their Christmas concert.  The event starts at 6PM with dinner and a silent auction.  Find more information at the Symphony Sing-off Facebook page.

See details about these and other community events at  Thanks for listening.