Downtown Paducah

Yeiser Holiday Home and Gallery Tours, Facebook

The Holiday Home and Gallery Tour is the Yeiser Art Center's biggest fundraiser, this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Paducah. New this year are the galleries in LowerTown open to tour to see artists working in their studios. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Lindsey Maestri, Executive Director for the Yeiser Art Center and event coordinator Ashlea McMillan about the event.

Yeiser Art Center, Facebook

Paducah Arts Alliance is sponsoring the 7th Annual Affordable Art Show tonight at the Yeiser Art Center in downtown Paducah from 5 to 8 p.m. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Jessica Perkins and Rosemarie Steele about why the show is a win/win for both local artists and community members interested in their work.

Each October, as the night falls earlier, the cool air crisps and leaves turn shades of orange and red, The Market House Theatre leads groups by lantern along the historic streets of downtown Paducah, telling stories of legend and lore. The River City Ghost Tours are underway and a play titled Dangerous Obsession opens tonight (October 15). On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf hears a ghost story preview from Executive Director Michael Cochran.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Restoration work is underway in the historic Columbia Theater in downtown Paducah. Geoffrey Steward leads Atlanta-based International Final Arts Conversation Studios in uncovering the stained glass ceiling, investigating the original paint palettes from 1927 and its modernization in the 1950s. They are also repairing the fire curtain, damaged when the movie screen was installed, patching the holes, sealing the asbestos and repainting the New York Harbor scene. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf stopped by the Columbia to learn more about the restoration effort.

Freight House logo, Facebook

Paducah's bustling with new enterprises and there's another start-up in mid-to-late September when Sara Bradley's new farm-to-table restaurant The Freight House is expected to open in the old freight depot on South 3rd. While putting the finishing touches on the restaurant, Bradley's food has been previewed at Paducah's Farmers Market and Dry Ground Brewing Company. The focus is southern influence and locally sourced fare. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte meets the chef and learns more about how the Paducah native fell in love with food.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Downtown Paducah's Columbia Theatre is in the early stages of rebirth, or that's what members of the Columbia Club hope. The massive theatre first opened to the public in 1927 and has been deteriorating since its last show in 1987. The estimated cost to renovate the space is six million dollars, which the club hopes to raise through grants and local investors. Matt Markgraf takes us on a tour of the building while he lends a hand on a recent clean-up day.

Next Thursday Paducah's Heartland CARES, HIV/AIDS care, prevention and community awareness, celebrates its mission and successes with its 4th SpringTINI. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte gets a preview of the Market House Square event from Heartland CARES Executive Director Andrew Halford and learns why this non-profit organization keeps a low profile.

Paducah Ordinance to Encourage Downtown Renovations

Feb 11, 2015
Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Paducah City Commission last night introduced an ordinance that will encourage investment downtown by easing property tax rates. 

The Downtown & Market House Historic District Assessment and Reassessment Moratorium freezes the city’s property tax for buildings aged 50 years and older at pre-renovation assessment rates for 5 years if the owner does $75,000 or more worth of improvements.

"Fall in love with Paducah" this Valentine's Day. The Main Street program has coordinated with commercial shops and non-profit organizations to make a romantic package of events available to couples and families on Saturday, February 14. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Paducah Downtown Development Specialist Melinda Winchester about the citywide effort to celebrate the day with a variety of activities.

Big events are on the calendar at Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah. Kicking off 2015, the Music @ MAC series presents roots country duo Jack Grelle and Ryan Koenig with Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers on Monday, January 12. On Sounds Good, MAC's Executive Director Landee Bryant-Greene gives Kate Lochte an outlook on some of the bands lined up this year,  how the Film Brew Series is being kicked up a notch and her reflections on the screening of the controversial film, The Interview.