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2019 Big Read – The Things They Carried

2019 marks the 5th year that Hopkinsville has participated in the Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Check out the full schedule of events and be sure to pick up a copy of The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.

Friday, January 25, 2019
Big Read Kick-Off: USO Show
Alhambra Theatre @ 7:00 p.m.
Our Bob Hope-like personality hosts a war-time USO show complete with singers and dancers. The first 100 attendees will receive a free copy of this year’s Big Read selection.

January 26th – 10:00 a.m. – February 28th
Rucksack Exhibit
Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum

January 29th – 6:00 p.m.
Keynote: “A Veteran’s Voice from the Vietnam Era,” Reviewing Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried”
Hopkinsville Community College

January 30th – 12:00 p.m.
Book Discussion: “Exploring Emotional and Actual Baggage” with Jennifer P. Brown
Books on Main

January 31st – 6:30 p.m.
History on Tap featuring Marti Roberts Lopez and a special Big Read beer using Veterans Blend hops
Hopkinsville Brewing Company

February 2nd – 1:00 p.m.
Poster Paint Party, $5
Griffin’s Studio

February 2nd – 2:00 p.m.
Feature Film: Operation Dumbo Drop (PG)
Hopkinsville Public Library

February 2nd – 7:30 p.m.
The Coasters & the Drifters, $45
Alhambra Theatre

February 3rd – 2:00 p.m.
Feature Film: Good Morning, Vietnam (R)
Alhambra Theatre

February 4th – 12:00 p.m.
Noon Book Club Discussion
Hopkinsville Public Library

February 5th – 9:20 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.
“Let It Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement” school performances
Alhambra Theatre

February 5th – 5:00 p.m.
Photo Exhibit Reception: The Things They Carried
Hopkinsville Art Guild Gallery; exhibit to travel. Municipal Center, HCC Library

February 6th – 12:00 p.m.
Book Discussion: “What’s Happening at Home” with Wayne Goolsby
Books on Main

February 7th – 5:00 p.m.
Book Discussion: “Memory and the Vietnam War” with John Davis
Milkweed Health & Harmony Emporium

February 7th – 7:00 p.m.
Trivia Night
Main Street Tavern Restaurant & Bar

February 8th – 10:30 a.m.
Storytime with patriotic readers
Hopkinsville Public Library

February 10th – 2:00 p.m.
Feature Film: The Deer Hunter (R)
Alhambra Theatre

February 12th – 6:30 p.m.
“Fort Campbell: the Basic Training City” with John O’Brien
Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum

February 13th – 10:30 a.m.
Storytime featuring “The Wall”
Hopkinsville Public Library

February 13th – 12:00 p.m.
Book Discussion: “PTSD in The Things They Carried” with Pennyroyal Veterans’ Center
Books on Main

February 13th – 4:30 p.m.
Book Discussion: “Bearing the Burden: The Role of the Storyteller with Caitlin Chester & Elizabeth Burton
Hopkinsville Public Library

February 14th – 5:30 p.m.
Book Tasting featuring authentic Vietnamese cuisine from Gateway Academy culinary art students
Hopkinsville Public Library

February 16th – 10:30 a.m.
Feature Film: In Country
Hopkinsville Public Library

February 17th – 2:00 p.m.
Feature Film: Forrest Gump
Alhambra Theatre

February 18th – 23rd
Fine Forgiveness Week with a donation to the Veterans’ Center
Hopkinsville Public Library

February 19th – 6:00 p.m.
“Hoptown in the Swingin’ ’60s” with Alissa Keller
Alhambra Theatre

February 20th – 10:30 a.m.
Storytime with patriotic readers
Hopkinsville Public Library

February 20th – 12:00 p.m.
Book Discussion: “The Role of Place” with Alissa Keller
Books on Main

February 20th – 5:30 p.m.
Book Discussion: “I Ain’t Lying, I’m Telling You a Story” with Ken Casey
Hopkinsville Community College Library

February 21st – 5:30 p.m.
“Commitment, Family & Legacy: A Daughter’s Journey” featuring Cindy Stonebreaker
Hopkinsville Public Library

February 21st – 6:30 p.m.
Book Discussion
Corner Coffeehouse

February 23rd – 11:00 a.m.
Scavenger Hunt to find some of the things they carried
Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum

February 24th – 2:00 p.m.
Feature Film: We Were Soldiers (R)
Alhambra Theatre

February 26th – 6:00 p.m.
Soundtrack in the Lives of Vietnam Soldiers: a Prospectus for Vietnam Era Music featuring Dan Wilkinson
Hopkinsville Community College Library

February 27th – 9:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.
“Commitment, Family & Legacy: A Daughter’s Journey” featuring Cindy Stonebreaker
Christian County High School

February 27th – 7:00 p.m.
Trivia Night
Davo’s Burgers and Fries

February 28th
Finale, Details To Be Announced

Presenting Sponsors
Pennyroyal Arts Council
Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County
Hopkinsville Community College
Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library

Community Partners
Planters Bank
City of Hopkinsville
Christian County Military Affairs Committee
Christian County Public Schools
Hopkinsville Art Guild
Christian County Literacy Council
Hopkinsville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Supporting Sponsors
Ben Frazier Contracting
Bob Lancaster Designs
Books on Main
Griffin’s Studio
Southern Exposure Photography – Tony Kirves