Discover Prestonsburg, the “Star City of Eastern Kentucky”. Whether you’re into outdoor adventure, musical entertainment, theatre, history or science, Prestonsburg has a little something for everyone. Located along U.S. 23, the country music highway, Prestonsburg offers an array of musical entertainment. The Mountain Arts Center is a performing arts venue that hosts the Billie Jean Osborne’s KY Opry. Be mesmerized by the local talent on stage that will leave you understanding why we say, “There’s something in the water”. The KY Opry kicks off June 17. If you’re looking for just a relaxing music evening, checkout some of our local restaurants such as McGuire’s Brickhouse or Lizzie B’s on Friday and Saturday Nights that have local bands performing into the night.
Catch an outdoor theatre show at the Jenny Wiley Theatre this summer. This year’s summer shows will include Tarzan and Madagascar. Shows start June 23 for a magical experience under the stars. For history buffs, educate yourselves at the Battle of Middlecreek, the largest Civil War battle in Eastern KY or tour through the Historic Samuel May House. Explore the East Kentucky Science Center & Varia Planetarium one of the most technologically advanced planetariums in the nation. You also don’t want to miss out on the Hubble Exhibit on display until September.
For the outdoor enthusiast, enjoy Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. The park features plenty of hiking, biking, fishing, birding, boating opportunities and even elk tours during the fall & winter season. Check out our newly created Sugar Camp Mountain Trails that add an additional 26 miles of mountain biking that are like no other in the region. Like Kayaking? Experience our Levisa Fork PaddleFest, the fourth Saturday May – Sept., and kayak up the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River into Paintsville as well as experiencing amazing Paddle Sports like paddle boarding. Of course no trip to Prestonsburg is complete without a trip to StoneCrest Golf Course, whether an avid golfer or just there to take in the views, this reclaimed strip mine is a beauty like no other. Call Prestonsburg Tourism at 800-844-4704 or visit prestonsburgky.org for more information.
Good morning, friends. Let’s do this.
1. The team is on campus and working out
The basketball team rolled into town last week, and over the weekend, we got lots and lots of pics of them hanging out with fans at John Calipari’s first father-son camp of the summer. On Saturday, former Cat Julius Randle came to town to help out with the camp, as you can see in this pic from Cal:
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 9, 2017
No word yet on who’s impressing in pickup games, but it’s only a matter of time before some chatter leaks out.
2. Isaiah Briscoe and Isaac Humphries are working out for the Lakers
The NBA Draft is a week from Thursday, and today, both Isaiah Briscoe and Isaac Humphries will work out for the Los Angeles Lakers, who have the 2nd and 28th picks in the draft. Neither Briscoe nor Humphries are listed in any mocks, but a good performance could land them in a summer league. Meanwhile, De’Aaron Fox will be in LA tomorrow to meet and work out with the Lakers, who are still considering taking him at #2. As I told you on Friday, they’re still not sold on Lonzo Ball.
3. Mark Stoops lost and gained a commitment
Football recruiting giveth, and football recruiting taketh away, right? Yesterday, Florida wide receiver Shocky Jacques-Louis decommitted from Kentucky and, a few hours later, three-star defensive end Tyler Bentley committed to Kentucky. The 6’2″ Bentley is considered the 64th best defensive tackle in the country and the 35th best player in the state of Ohio. Not too shabby.
4. It was a big weekend for Kentucky track
The UK Women’s Track and Field team finished fourth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon this weekend, its second best team finish at the event in the program’s history. The women’s 4x100m relay got things off to a great start, winning the first event on Saturday:
– ESPNU (@ESPNU) June 10, 2017
I’m tired just watching that.
5. Darius Miller got another German championship
Shoutout to Darius Miller and Brose Bamberg for winning their third straight easyCredit BBL Championship in Germany this weekend. The former Cat averaged 12 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in the best of five championship series, hitting 58.8% of his shots from the outside. Miller has a championship in high school, college, and now, three in the pros, so the saying is true, all he ever does is win, win, win no matter what what what.
6. Game 5 of the NBA Finals tonight
Honestly, I was surprised the Warriors didn’t sweep the Cavs last week, but the Cavs forced a Game 5, which takes place tonight at 9 p.m. on ABC. There’s no way the Warriors lose at home, right?
7. Marshall Henderson found himself a Kentucky girl
If theres one thing I've learned this weekend …. GET YOU A KENTUCKY GIRL!!! THEY LOVE HOOPS!!!
— marshall henderson (@NativeFlash22) June 10, 2017
He’s not wrong. If you’re curious what Marshall’s up to these days, well, not a whole lot. After a stint with the Reno Bighorns in the D-League, he most recently played for Pavia Basket in Italy. Now, apparently, he’s dating Kentucky girls.
8. What a season for the Nashville Predators
It didn’t end how I wanted it to, but my Nashville Predators had a hell of a run in the Stanley Cup Finals. Watching the city lose its mind over hockey was incredible, and even though that early goal totally should have counted, I’ll remember the run fondly, right down to the last sequin-hat wearing catfish. To go from the 16th seed all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals is a heck of an accomplishment, so there will be no head-hanging in this house. Now, everyone please leave Nashville and let us get back to normal.
9. Happy birthday, Drew!
Everyone take a moment to wish my compadre Drew a happy birthday. Last I heard, he was partying hard on Broadway in Nashville, so I’m sure he made the most of it. Enjoy your day, Drew.
10. The KSR Summer Tour begins
Today, Matt and Ryan kick the 2017 KSR Summer Tour off in Prestonsburg, so if you’re in the area, come on out to hear them discuss the UofL audit, Matt’s trip to Charleston, and lots of other fun and random stuff.