During the holiday season, many of us spend time gathering with friends and family for delicious holiday feasts. If you’ve been invited to bring a side dish or two to an upcoming dinner or get-together, be sure to use these tips for traveling with food to keep your food fresh and safe.
The unfriendly microorganisms that are responsible for food poisoning are just as possible at temperatures as low as 40 F as they are during warm summer days. Protect your cold dishes from this possibility by packing them into coolers or other insulated containers with plenty of ice packs.
Perhaps the surest way to travel with a dish meant to be served hot is to travel with it cold. Prepare your casseroles, your sweet potatoes, and your other warm side dishes the day before. If they require a long baking time, go ahead and bake them ahead of time as well, then let them cool completely. Pack these dishes in tightly with ice packs and bake or reheat them at your destination so that you can serve them warm and delicious.
If your drive is a bit shorter, or if you’re worried about oven space, you can also go ahead and bake your hot dish right before you leave, then pack it in an insulated carrier.
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The holidays can be a difficult time for many people, especially those without family or support. There are many volunteer opportunities near Paducah, KY, that give those of us who are more privileged a chance to give back to the people in need during the season of giving.
Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center
The Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center is located right in Paducah, with a mission to protect and support families and individuals who need to escape from domestic violence. The 35-bed shelter takes volunteers to help with their many services, and to help repair and maintain the building itself.
Rebuilding Together Metropolis
Located in Metropolis, IL, the Rebuilding Together Metropolis program seeks to offer free home repair services to the homes of low-income families. Volunteers go to the homes of these families to provide the services. Having a secure and safe home could be the greatest holiday gift to a family, making this the perfect time of year to look into this charity’s volunteer opportunities.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tristate, Inc.
The Ronald McDonald House was founded in order to help improve the health of children, while providing support to them and their families. Volunteers can meet several needs, from being present and supportive to families, to cooking hot meals for those in the house, all of which make a huge difference to those struggling with challenges during the holiday season.
We hope that you’ll join the team at Chip Wynn Motors in working to make the holiday season bright for everyone in and around Paducah.
True horror fans will only be satisfied with the scariest haunted houses this Halloween season, and luckily there are tons of terrifying ones in the Paducah area. If you’re looking for a surefire way to get your pants scared off, check out one of these haunted attractions near Paducah.
Sinister House in De Soto, Illinois, invites you into the farm of fictional serial killer Otis Hodge, who offered sanctuary to other murderers and occultists during the Great Depression. When you visit Sinister House, you’ll encounter the ghosts of Hodge and his evil companions, from clowns to genetically engineered war beasts.
Industrial Slaughterhouse in Fancy Farm, Kentucky, follows the legend of Cyrus Blackthorne, a slaughterhouse worker who killed three teenage boys he believed to have killed his daughter in a drunk driving accident. Creepy costumes, gruesome prompts, and long, dark hallways make this a seriously scary haunt.
Talon Falls Screampark
Talon Falls is a whole horror theme park with tons of different attractions, from the Blood Creek Haunted Hayride to the Sinister Circus carnival to the House of Blood and more. The best part is that most of the attractions take less than half an hour, so you can go through four or five in just a couple of hours.
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As winter approaches and the days get shorter, it’s more important than any other time of year to have clean headlights that shine a bright, clear beam. If your headlights are duller than usual, try out these tips for how to clean foggy headlights.
The easiest DIY headlight cleaning method is toothpaste. Toothpaste is gritty and contains cleaning agents, so it easily wipes off the grime that’s developed on your headlight cover. Wipe the light down with soap and water first, then apply a small amount of toothpaste and wipe with a cloth.
You can also use glass cleaner and car polish. Tape off the area around your headlight to avoid damaging the paint job, then spray the headlight with glass cleaner and wipe it down. Then use another cloth to apply automotive polish, which buffs the surface of the headlight to remove oxidization.
Headlight restoration kit
If you’d prefer to use something designed for cleaning headlights to get the best finish possible, you can buy a headlight restoration kit. This will usually include sandpaper, polish, and a protective coating, so it may keep your headlights from oxidizing again longer than the other methods. Just make sure you follow the instructions on the kit to the letter, or it can do more harm than good.
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For many people, one of the best things about fall is football season. Nothing can beat the excitement of cheering on your favorite teams and players while enjoying some delicious food. If you plan to do any tailgating in Kentucky, here are a few tips to help.
An important part of a good tailgate party is having a good parking spot. Pack early, like the night before, and leave early, so you can get a prime spot.
Keep Things Cold
To make the ice in your cooler last longer, put beverages in the refrigerator to get them cold first. You can also freeze water bottles. They work the same as loose ice and then melt to become a refreshing drink at the end of the day.
Check for Tickets
Before you leave the house, make sure you have your tickets. Check again before you start walking to the stadium.
Make a List
If you tailgate frequently, or would like to, keep a list of items you need to bring. Update it as you get more experienced.
Stay Powered Up
Make sure you have a charging cable for your phone. Consider brining a portable battery pack to charge your phone so you don’t drain your car’s battery. Also make sure you have jumper cables in the trunk.
If you’re ready for some football and need a new-to-you ride that meets your tailgating needs, look no further than the vast selection at Chip Wynn Motors.
While many people may head to New England to see the colors of fall, there is a spectacular display of fall foliage in Kentucky, too. Our later peak color time gives you longer to enjoy all that the season has to offer. Here are the best places to see some fall foliage.
Land Between the Lakes
The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is one of the most diverse areas in the state. It is located about an hour away from Paducah in Golden Pond. You can see the colors by boat on the lake or by walking along one of the numerous trails through the forest.
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
Located in Dawson Springs, Pennyrile Forest State Resort Pike will give you an endless spectrum of color. Plan a camping trip so you can watch the sunset and the sunrise the next morning. If you enjoy photography or painting, be sure to bring along your supplies.
Red River Gorge Zipline Tours
For a more thrilling autumn experience, head east to Campton and take a ride on the Red River Gorge Zipline Tours. This will give you a new perspective from above the tree line. There are five ziplines to send you and your family soaring.
The fall paints Paducah in a beautiful swathe of colors, and if you want to experience it all, you’ll need a reliable ride. For that, stop into Chip Wynn Motors and check out our great selection.
Although summer is beginning to wind down, there are still plenty of opportunities to take advantage of the sunny weather and long days. In Paducah, there’s still a great variety of events you can enjoy with your family and friends. Here’s how to end your summer in style in Paducah.
- Paducah Labor Day Celebration: Located near Carson Park, the Paducah Labor Day Parade is the town’s largest parade of the year. Come enjoy the floats, marching bands, and sweet treats with the whole family during this celebratory community get-together.
- Barbeque on the River: This year, Barbeque on the River enters its 25th The barbeque competition runs from Sept. 26-28, and head there for a day of great eating, fun, and live entertainment.
- Paducah Homegrown Farmers’ Market: For fresh, local produce and goods, head to downtown Paducah for the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Farmers’ Market runs until Oct. 26.
- 6th Annual Woof & Waggle Open Golf Scramble: On Monday, Sept. 16, come out to the 6th Annual Woof & Waggle Open Golf Scramble to participate in a friendly golf competition and support local animals in need. All proceeds will go to Dylan’s Dawgz Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program.
There is plenty left to do in the summer down here in Paducah. If you need a reliable ride to get you where you’re going, look no further than one of the great used vehicles available at Chip Wynn Motors.
Each year, Americans enjoy the long Labor Day weekend, celebrating the end of summer with friends and family. Despite being a fun-filled, celebratory weekend, sometimes the history of Labor Day and what it means gets lost.
What Labor Day Means
Labor Day celebrates the creation of the American labor movement and its social and economic accomplishments. This yearly tribute ensures that the hard work, strength, and history of America’s labor force is properly honored.
History of Labor Day
Labor Day dates back to the 1880s. The first Labor Day to be celebrated took place on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. The holiday was first formally established through municipal ordinances in 1885 and 1886, and then passed as an Oregon state bill in 1887. That same year, four more states (Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York) passed a bill establishing Labor Day as an official holiday. In 1894, Congress passed an act establishing the holiday throughout the states.
There is some debate as to who founded the holiday. While some accounts point to Peter J. McGuire, the general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, other accounts cite Matthew Maguire, a machinist and eventual secretary of Local 344 in New Jersey, as the founder of the holiday.
You work hard, so take Labor Day as an opportunity to kick back and enjoy a well-earned rest. If you’re in the market for a used vehicle, you can also take Labor Day to stop out and see the great selection available at Chip Wynn Motors.
School’s out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Check out one — or all — of these great museums in Paducah this summer with your little ones:
- The National Quilt Museum: This museum boasts three galleries that with quilt art that is rotated seven or eight times per year, including touring exhibits. Visitors from all 50 states and 40 foreign countries make up the museum’s 115,000 annual patrons.
- Paducah Railroad Museum: In the heart of historical downtown Paducah, this museum, opened in 1996, is open Wednesday through Friday from noon until 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with several unique train-themed exhibits.
- William Clark Market House Museum: This historical museum in Paducah truly gives visitors a glimpse into the past of Paducah, with several artifacts from the city’s history, including a statue of Henry Clay. The museum also includes the Market House Theater and Yeiser Art Center in a 100-plus-year-old building that used to be the public market of Paducah.
- Lloyd Tilghman House & Civil War Museum: Finally, this museum is the former residence of General Lloyd Tilghman of the Civil War. The home is an 1852 Greek Revival and costs $5 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12.
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Are you new to the Paducah area and looking for a bite to eat? We have plenty of delicious places for you to try out — and some breweries to visit after for a delicious craft beer. Below are our 16 favorite Paducah Restaurants and breweries:
To get a taste of Paducah
To get a feel for how we like to dine in Kentucky, check out one of these one-and-only restaurants:
- Freight House
- Gold Rush Café & Catering
- JP’s Bar & Grill
- Doe’s Eat Place
For something quick and cheap
Looking for a quick lunch that’s light on the wallet (but not on the flavor)? Try out:
- Harned’s Drive In
- Dairyette “Plus”
- Parker’s Drive-In Restaurant
- Just Hamburgers
To enjoy a night out
If you’re looking for a more elegant meal with a nice atmosphere, consider one of the following restaurants:
- Pizza by the Pound
- Texas Roadhouse
- Strickland’s Seafood Restaurant
For a delicious adult beverage
There are two great craft breweries in Paducah that we highly recommend: Dry Ground Brewing Company and Paducah Beer Werks. If spirits are more your cup of tea — or liquor, as it were — then consider Silent Brigade Distillery. If you do head out to one of these great venues, please be sure to drink responsibly and always have a designated driver.
For coffee and tea
Paducah does have great coffee and tea, however, including Etcetera Coffeehouse and Pipers Tea & Coffee.
There is so much to do in and around Paducah, so don’t be stuck without a reliable ride. Stop into Chip Wynn Motors and peruse or vast selection of quality used vehicles.