All Roots Lead to Owensboro

Last week we sat down with Chris Joslin, Executive Director of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum, to talk all things Owensboro and bluegrass music. Joslin, a self-proclaimed “banjo nerd”, has always had a love for bluegrass music, playing various instruments at a young age and studying both music and business in college.…

Hotels hard hit by pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic hit Owensboro on March 13 — Friday the 13th. “One hotel reported that they lost over $50,000 in future reservations,” Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said a few days later. “That’s in one day! This type of news indicates to me that April results could be…

Terry Bradshaw’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon

When you hear the name Terry Bradshaw, you likely think of the Pittsburgh Steelers star quarterback who led the team to win the Super Bowl four times between 1975 and 1980. You may also know him now as one of the most iconic sports analysts on broadcast television. Regardless of how you know him, you…

Iconic Images: Penny Sisto Portraits in Fiber

When we think of quilting, we often think of comfort and nostalgia. We think of the time spent snuggling up in your favorite grandparents’ bed as they recount the stories behind the quilt that covers you. Penny Sisto, internationally recognized fiber artist, takes the tradition of quilting to new heights through her unique approach to…

MOGA Geocaching Coming to Owensboro

So, you’ve conquered your Netflix queue, spent way too much money on take-out, and you probably have an art project lying around that you never finished. Thankfully, MOGA is here to provide some much-needed relief for those of us going stir-crazy during the pandemic. MOGA, or the Midwest Open Geocaching Adventure, is one of the…

Things Are Starting To Look Up

“The travel and tourism industry continues to face ongoing setbacks and tremendous challenges,” he said. “Because of COVID, ‘back to normal’ might not happen in 2021. Despite that, we are using this time to envision a new future and looking to open new doors of opportunity.” Calitri said, “Staking our claim will be an important…

The First Concerts of 2021

Indoor concerts are making their return to Owensboro.  Sure, it will look a little different.  Audience capacity will be limited to ensure there’s room for social distancing.  You must also wear a mask unless eating or drinking.  Hand sanitizer will be a plenty.  But of course, it’s for your own safety and for those around…

CVB trying to rebuild community calendar

There wasn’t much on the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s community calendar during the last nine months of 2020. Most things were canceled by the coronavirus pandemic. But it’s 2021 now, and the CVB wants to hear from people planning “tourism-friendly” events.   “Our calendar keeps the public, both locals and visitors, informed of…

CVB wins ConventionSouth award

The Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Visit Owensboro arm has won ConventionSouth’s Readers’ Choice Award for the third time. ConventionSouth is a national multi-media resource for planning events in the South. More than 3,000 destinations were nominated for the honors.   They were then placed on an online ballot and meeting professionals and fans…

Bacon appointed to state travel board

Claude Bacon, vice chairman of the board at the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been appointed to the Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s board of directors. Mark Calitri, CVB president, said having a seat on the state board is a big deal for Owensboro. “With the devastating results of COVID-19, this is a significant…