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The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker co-presented by the Paramount Arts Center & Ashland Youth Ballet

Ashland, KY - Captivating thousands of audiences across the United States for the past 25 years, the Moscow Ballet once again visits Ashland, KY on December 7, 7:30 PM at the Paramount Arts Center in The Great Russian Nutcracker. The performance co-presented by the Paramount Arts Center and the Ashland Youth Ballet has become a bi-annual event for the two arts organi...zations. The performance offers the best of the best in artistry and production. The virtuosity of the 40 plus member Russian troupe coupled with the eager enthusiasm of the 60 member local cast gives a unique experience to dancers and audiences alike. The pageantry, precision, and production aesthetics are astounding and will leave the audience spellbound.

The local cast auditioned in early October for placement in the December 7 event. Dancers from a three hour regional radius attended the October 14 audition conducted by Alysa Bolotnikova, a ballerina and rehearsal coach for the Moscow. Ms. Bolotnikova placed dancers in the roles as party guests, mice, snowflakes, snow maidens, snow sprites as well as sentinels for each of the Act II variations—Spanish, Arabian, Chinese, Russian, and French. Dancers have adhered to a rigorous schedule of rehearsals in preparation for the performance. The Moscow Ballet is scheduled to arrive in Ashland around noon on December 7. The local cast will meet the company at that time as they go into costume fittings, rehearsal, and pre-show preparations.

The Great Russian Nutcracker is sponsored by Mrs. Margaret Adkins Charitable Trust, Marathon, Braidy Industries, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Kelley- Galloway, and the Kentucky Arts Council. Media sponsors include Kindred Communicaitons, KEE 100, B 97, TCR 103.3, WOWK – 13, WSAZ Newschannel 3, The Daily Independent, and The Greater Ashland Beacon.

The media is invited to join the Ashland Youth Ballet and the Moscow Ballet on show day. The company will be operating on the following tentative schedule:
12:30 PM: Dancers report to the Ashland Regional Dance Theatre for roll and announcements before walking over to the Paramount Arts Center.
1 PM: Moscow Ballet representatives address the dancers/costuming of the roles
2 PM – 4 PM: Rehearsal of The Great Russian Nutcracker with the Moscow Ballet/Ashland Youth Ballet
4 – 5 PM approximately: Moscow Ballet warm-up class
6 PM: dancer call/costuming
7:30 PM: Curtain/Show

The Kentucky Arts Council, the State arts agency, supports the Paramount Arts Center with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Support is also provided by the Paramount Woman's Association and private donations.

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December 2017 Newsletter is posted:…/SESDecember2017Newsletter…

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1ST - 6:00PM-9:00PM - Great Spaghetti Dinner, Christmas Music, and FUN Gift Exchange (please bring a wrapped gift between $5-$10 for the “Chinese Gift Exchange” o...

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Dedication, ribbon cutting at Saturday’s Bobcat Bash PROCTORVILLE— A new park at the Ohio University Southern Proctorville Center was unveiled Saturday during the 25th annual Bobcat Bash. Community leaders and members gathered for the event, which included several speakers, a ribbon cutting, lunch a...

Tickets Go On Sale Friday, November 17th at 10am

Ashland, KY—Kentucky native, the one and only, Dwight Yoakam will be performing at The Paramount Arts Center in Ashland on January 14, 2018 at 7PM. Tickets will go on sale Friday, November 10th at 10am. Tickets can be purchased at the Paramount box office, by phone at 606-324-0007, or online at Tickets will be $39, $69, & $85 plus...

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Paramount Arts Center Presents An Evening With Emmylou Harris

Ashland, KY - October 25, 2017 - Emmylou Harris will be the final performer in the 2017-18 Kentucky Music Trail at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, KY on Friday, November 3 at 7:30 pm.


A 13- time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Emmylou Harris’ contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

Harris is known as much for her eloquently straightforward songwriting as for her incomparably expressive singing. Admired through her career for her talent as an artist and song connoisseur, Harris shook up country radio in the 1970s and established herself as the premiere songwriter of a generation selling more than 15 million records and garnering 13 Grammy Awards (this year she and Rodney Crowell won the Grammy for “Best Americana Album”) three CMA Awards, and two Americana Awards.

Harris is one of the most admired and influential women in music. She has recorded with such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Daniel Lanois, Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, Neil Young, Gram Parsons, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Ryan Adams, Beck, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett and most recently Rodney Crowell. Few artists have achieved such honesty or have revealed such maturity in their writing. Forty years into her career, Harris continues to share the hard-earned wisdom that – hopefully if not inevitably – comes with getting older, though she’s never stopped looking ahead.

A longtime social activist, Harris has lent her voice to many causes. She has performed at Lilith Fair, helping promote feminism in music and organizing several benefit tours to support the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. Harris is also an avid supporter of animal rights and is actively involved in Bonaparte’s Retreat, the dog rescue organization that she founded.

Tickets range from $55-$65 and can be purchased online at, by visiting the box office at 1300 Winchester Avenue, Ashland, KY or by calling 606-324-0007.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, supports the Paramount Arts Center with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Support is also provided by the Paramount Woman’s Association and private donations.

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Paramount Arts Center Presents The Tony Award Winning National Tour of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Ashland, KY - October 25, 2017 - The Paramount Arts Center will present the national tour of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on Thursday, November 2 at 7:30 pm. GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by – you guessed it – eliminating the eight pesky relatives who s...tand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiance (she’s his cousin, but who’s keeping track?) and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance…and be done in time for tea. The Hollywood Reporter raves, “GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE restores our faith in musical comedy” and The New York Times cheers “It will lift the hearts of all those who’ve been pining for what sometimes seems a lost art form.”

GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE is a multi-award winning show based on a novel by Roy Horniman and featuring book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak. It took home BEST MUSICAL awards from the Tony Awards, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League. Kindly get your tickets now for the musical that will have you dying with laughter!

Tickets range from $55-$75 and special discounted tickets are available for students and any member of a local community theatre group. Tickets can be purchased online at, by visiting the box office at 1300 Winchester Avenue, Ashland, KY or by calling 606-324-0007.

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Paramount Arts Center To Present Little Shop Of Horrors

Ashland, KY - October 17, 2017 - The Paramount Players – the in-house community theatre at the Paramount Arts Center will present Little Shop of Horrors on October 27 and 28 at 7:30 pm. A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn (Austin Muncy) stumbles across a new breed o...

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The Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District is pleased to announce the return of the Fantasy Maze to Ritter Park this October!

Since its debut in 2015, thousands of families have enjoyed an enchanted trip through the Fantasy Maze filled with classic storybook and cartoon characters! GHPRD’s non-scary alternative to Halloween returns to the heart of Ritter Park for the last two weekends in October (20, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29) from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Children are en...couraged to wear their Halloween costumes and bring a candy bag because each character in the Fantasy Maze will be giving out sweet treats! Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at the event from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each evening.

Concessions will be available courtesy of Laikyn Hot Dogs, ScragglePop, and Lil Creamer Hawaiian Shaved Ice. M&M Inflatables will be on hand to give kids a chance to burn off excess energy and excitement after they finish the Maze!

Parking will be available inside Ritter Park, with traffic entering on 8th Street, traveling east on the road inside the Park, and exiting on 12th Street.

This event is brought to you by the Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District, with the help of the HART Choose Joy Players. For more information contact GHPRD Recreation Superintendent Stacey Leep at 304.696.5954 or

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Give yourself over to “absolute pleasure” and join the Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District and the HART Choose Joy Players for a midnight showing of the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Ritter Park Amphitheater on Friday, October 13!

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” Characters will be on hand to shadow-cast the show during this interactive evening full of audience participation! Come dressed as your favorite character for the Costume Contest at 11...:30 p.m. Photos with the cast will also be available before the show! Concessions will be sold, including adult beverages. Don’t miss a chance to do the “Time Warp” in the Ritter Park Amphitheater on FRIDAY THE 13TH!

Tickets are $5 and Participation Packs are $10 and can be purchased at the gate before the show. Gates open at 10 p.m. and show starts at midnight. For more information contact GHPRD Recreation Superintendent Stacey Leep at or call 304.696.5954.

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The Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District’s October Hike of the Month will be Halloween-themed! Join the GHPRD Recreation Team at Ritter Park on October 7 for a two mile guided hike where we will look for treats on the trails of Ritter Park! Lace up your hiking shoes and wear your Halloween costumes!

Meet at the Ritter Park Tennis Center, hike starts at noon! This free family-friendly event is presented by the GHPRD and sponsored, in part, by New Heights Church. For more information, contact GHPRD Recreation Superintendent Stacey Leep at 304.696.5954 or

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2017 Saint Mary International Festival
Friday Evening September 15th thru Sunday Afternoon September 17th

Food - Fun - Fellowship


This annual event starts Friday September 15th, 6pm to 9pm, featuring the local singers Shane Runion and his band and Josh Stewart and his band. The German, American and food booths will open for Friday’s performance. The American booth will feature items from the Scioto Ribber restaurant. This year we are adding ‘Street Fair’ food and all booths, will be open Saturday and Sunday. The Beer booth will feature local craft beer from the Portsmouth Brewery. All the Food Booths will be open Saturday and Sunday and feature: American, Appalachian, Asian, Indian, Italian, Irish, Mexico, Middle East, Italian, Middle East and ‘Home Made’ deserts. The Flea Market opens Saturday from 8am to 8pm and Sunday Noon to 5pm on the parish grounds located on the corner of Fifth and Market streets in the historic Boneyfiddle District of downtown Portsmouth, Ohio. This year’s Antique, Custom & Truck Show on Saturday only is expecting over 200 entries to be judged. Connex Move Group will feature bike activities on Sunday for the entire family of all ages. Bring the entire family for Food, Fun and Fellowship this weekend.

The following is a list of features, events & entertainment.

GRAND CASH PRIZE - $2,000 and lesser, total CASH PRIZES $3,000, Raffle Tickets $1 or 6 for $5
10TH Prize – Treasure Chest of Goodies (valued over $1500 dollars) (all drawings to be held Sunday 4 pm)
ANTIQUE, CUSTOM & TRUCK SHOW (SATURDAY ONLY $10.00 entry fee, registration 9am-12:30 pm)
FLEA MARKET - RUMMAGE SALE (at the Activity Center Building, Opens 8am Saturday)
Health Screenings (Noon to 4p Saturday)

Friday Evening
Shane Runion Band & Josh Stewart Band

Riverside Acoustic
“You Don’t Know Jack!” – The Jack Vetter Band
Frank Grasso

The Portsmouth Community Circle & Spirit of the Drum Ensemble
Gary Billups and The Music Department

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