19 Feb 2021

Big Read 2021

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For the 7th year in a row – Hopkinsville is excited to participate in the Big Read, a grant program through the National Endowment of the Arts and administered by Arts Midwest. We will be reading Madeline Miller’s Circe, a novel about the strange child—not powerful, like her father Helios, the god of the sun, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Join the Museums, the Pennyroyal Arts Council, the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library, and other community partners for book discussions, innovative programs, and cozy reading from February 18 – March 18, 2021!

For a complete list of programs and the most up-to-date information, like and follow The Big Read – Hopkinsville on Facebook.

Healers of Hoptown

  • When: Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 5:30pm
  • Where: Virtual – Register HERE

In Circe, the demigoddess uses her powers and her island to heal and help others. From Edgar Cayce to Dr. P.C. Brooks, Hopkinsville and the surrounding area has a long history of healing. In addition to physicians, this program will discuss holistic healers, midwives, medical facilities, and healing springs.

Museum-at-Home: Fairy Gardens

  • When: Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 10am until 4pm
  • Where: Pennyroyal Area Museum front porch pick up

Pick up all the fixings to make your own fairy garden for Circe! Kits will be available on the porch of the Pennyroyal Area Museum during the museum’s regular operating hours. New registration required, but stop by early! Limited kits available.

Edgar Cayce Herb Workshop

  • When: Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 10:30am
  • Where: Virtual – Register HERE

Widely known as the Father of Holistic Medicine, Edgar Cayce provided psychic readings for people suffering with health issues. Many of these readings identified herbs and other natural remedies for healing. Pick up materials in advance at the museum, and join us online for a workshop to learn about some of the most useful herbal remedies recommended in the Cayce readings – and to make one of your own!

Previous Events

Big Read Kickoff with Author Madeline Miller

Click HERE to watch a recording.

Join us to kick off this year’s Big Read with a virtual program from Author Madeline Miller. Books will be given away to the first 100 registered participants – 1 copy per family. Book pickup can be arranged during business hours for online participants.

Museum After Hours: Circe and Kate, A Tale of Two Witches

  • When: Friday, February 19, 2021 at 5:30pm
  • Where: Virtual – Register HERE

Join Alissa Keller and Martha White for a spirited discussion to compare the qualities and powers of Circe and Kate the Bell Witch. Easily the most well-known witch story of the region, Kate visited and tortured the Bell family in nearby Adams, Tennessee from 1817-1821. While her antics vary greatly from what we see of Circe, the two witches both show power and independence in their pursuits.

Register in advance at the link above and pick up your own Witch’s Kit at the Pennyroyal Area Museum Wednesday, February 17 – Friday, February 19.

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