As the warmth of Spring replaces the cold of Winter, so too do the events happening in and around the Commonwealth’s Capital City and the surrounding area. We’ve done our best to compile a list of things to make note of for upcoming notable events for families, for schools, just for fun, for community volunteerism, for history buffs, and for businesses. If you do not see your organization’s event on here, and would like to, email us at CapitalLivingKY@gmail.com. For advertising rates to better market and promote your business, organization and/or to cover your event, email april@KYCapitalLiving.com.
This will be a regular posting every Monday morning and will be updated as such.
Monday, March 30, 6:00 pm – Wellness by the Book: Back Talk, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping St. An informational presentation on back and neck pain presented by orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Mark Myers. Dr. Myers will discuss the different types of spine disorders, common symptoms and treatment options available, many of them non-surgical. FREE seminar. Info/Register: 352-2665
Monday, March 30, 5:30 – 7:30 – Judge’s Night-In for Franklin County’s Fifth District, Evergreen Fire Station, 2015 Evergreen Road, County Judge-Executive Huston Wells, Magistrates and County Department heads will be on hand to answer questions face to face from Fifth District Residents
Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Fifth District Magistrate Marti Booth at 502-229-6888 or email@example.com
Tuesday, March 31, 7:30 pm – The Breakfast Club, The Grand Theatre, Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of a movie that defined a generation!
Five high school students from different walks of life endure a Saturday detention under a power-hungry principal (Paul Gleason). The disparate group includes rebel John (Judd Nelson), Princess Claire (Molly Ringwald), the outcast Allison (Ally Sheedy), brainy Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) and Andrew (Emilio Estevez), the jock. Each has a chance to tell his or her story, making the others see them a little differently – and when the day ends, they question whether school will ever be the same.
The “Breakfast Club” defined an entire generation of pop culture and included such talent as Molly Ringwald “the princess,” Anthony Michael Hall “the brain,” Emilio Estevez “the jock,” Judd Nelson “the rebel,” and Ally Sheedy “the outcast.” This 30th Anniversary release includes the newly restored feature that has never been seen before on the big screen plus a newly remixed bonus content featurette titled The Breakfast Club – A Retrospective that takes a look back at the iconic film. Featuring personal insights from cast members as well as contributions from filmmakers, this featurette is a must see for all Rebels, Princesses, Outcasts, Brains and Jocks.
RATED R 1985
Wednesday, April 1, 8:00 – 9:00 am – Frankfort area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast, Kentucky History Center
Frankfort Area Chamber
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
8AM – 9AM
Kentucky History Center
Cost: $10 per person
You are invited to attend the Frankfort Area Chamber Legislative Breakfast as we discuss the
2015 General Assembly Session.
Representative Derrick Graham will be our Guest Speaker.
Please cancel 24 hours in advance to avoid charges.
City of Frankfort
Franklin Co. Fiscal Court
Frankfort/Franklin Co. Tourist Commission
Friday, April 3, 7:30 pm – John Cowan Band at the Grand Theatre, “An Evening with John Cowan” brings one of Kentucky’s favorites and his band to the Grand to present his new CD “Sixty” along with many of his long-time favorites. A veteran bassist and singer of the groundbreaking New Grass Revival, John Cowan follows fellow band members, Sam Bush and Béla Fleck to Frankfort’s intimate stage at the Grand. Following a group of solo performances, John will rejoin the Doobie Brothers for a late winter tour. This event will take place April 3. Call the Grand Theatre for ticket prices.
Saturday, April 4, 2015, 7:30 am – Reforest Frankfort & Run for the Trees 4K, Lakeview Park, 112 Park Avenue
Run, walk or skip – sign up today for the inaugural Re4est 4K Run for the Trees event before ReForest Frankfort this year. The 4 K begins at 7:30 am on Saturday, April 4th at Lakeview Park. Race participants are welcome to stay afterward for our traditional ReForest activities – planting trees, exhibitors, live music, lunch and we will have trees for you to take home! Register online at: https://runsignup.com/ and search for “Run For The Trees”!
Saturday, April 4, 2015, 10:00 am – Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Buck Run Baptist Church, Buck Run Baptist Church invites all families to join us for our annual Easter egg hunt. This event will take place on Saturday morning, April 4th at 10:00 AM and will be held at the Rehoboth property on HWY 421. (1950 Leestown Road)
Children and their parents are invited to join us for a fun filled morning. The egg hunt will be divided into four age groups: 0-2, 3-5, 6-9 and 10-12. In addition to the egg hunt we will be flying kites, enjoying a petting zoo, and breakfast items will be served.
Children must be accompanied by a parent.
Thursday, April 9, 7:30 pm – The Blues Brothers Revue, The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street
The hard-driving electric blues of Chicago will resound through the Grand auditorium as the Blues Brothers Revue performs. This tribute group features the sights and sounds of the iconic movie characters Jake and Elwood Blues, performing standards such as “Soul Man” and “Sweet Home Chicago.”
Sponsor Capital Ovarian Cancer Organization, Inc. (COCO)
Tickets: $35 / $30 / $20
Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 5:00 – 7:00 pm – Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, Nitro of Frankfort, 220 West Main Street
Save The Date
Frankfort Area Chamber
April Business After Hours
Nitro of Frankfort * April 14, 2015/5PM-7PM
Join us for a night of business networking at Nitro of Frankfort while enjoying delicious appetizers, beverages & door prizes!!
We will be kicking on the derby season and yes Nitro will have their extravagant derby hats on display.
Thursday, April 16, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm – One Day Workshop “Partners in Progress” Employer Conference “Untapped Labor Pools: Recruiting and Retaining Workers with Disabilities”, sponsored by the Kentucky Career Center. For more information on the conference call Cora McNabb at 502-564-4754 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, April 16, 2015, 12:00 pm – Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Waverly House Auction, 140 Hahn Drive
Ribbon Cutting for
Waverly House Auction
The Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for new Chamber member Waverly House Auction on April 16, 2015 at 12PM – located at 140 Hahn Drive.
Come out and help us welcome a new Frankfort Area Chamber member!!
Friday, April 17, 2015, 6:30 – 8:30 pm – Pro.Active for Life 5K Run/Walk, the Second Race of the Frankfort Trifecta Series, Downtown Frankfort, Corner of St. Clair Mall & Broadway Street
Click to Sign Up
Please join us for the 9th Annual Pro.Active for Life 5K, benefiting the United Way of Franklin County and WeWannaPlay on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 6:30pm. Components of the “Not Your Everyday 5K” include free educational classes*, training booklets for beginners and advanced runners, First Timer awards, mentoring runs in conjuction with Cool Comfort’s Running Group, a School Challenge and an exciting outdoor evening of music and awards in historic downtown Frankfort.
This race is the second leg of the Frankfort Trifecta Series which starts with the Good Shepherd Run for the Gold 3K (3/17/15 – 6:30pm), followed by the Pro.Active for Life 5K and finishes up with Capital City Stampede 10K (tentative date: 6/13/15 – 8am).
Sign up here for the Pro.Active for Life 5K or for the entire Frankfort Trifecta Series (all three races for one low rate).
Pro.Active 5k Business Wellness Challenge, Your business is invited to participate in Pro.Active Therapy’s 2015 Pro.Active for Life 5k. Employees & Family members can sign up and receive $4 off the registration fee by using the code BWC15 at checkout. www.runsignup.com/ race/KY/Frankfort/ ProActiveforLife5k
Saturday, April 18, 6:00 – 10:00 pm – 3rd Annual Celebrity Waiters’ Dinner to benefit the Franklin County Humane Society, Capital Plaza Hotel, 405 Wilkinson Blvd. 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Cocktail Hour, 7:00 – 10:00 pm – Dinner & Silent Auction. $50 per person/$400 for a table of 8. Contact Christy Burton at (859)352-5309 or for reservations, email email@example.com
Saturday, April 18, 6:30 pm – Bourbon & Browns, at Liberty Hall Historic Site, Join Liberty Hall Historic Site on Saturday, April 18, 2015 for Bourbon and Browns. A benefit for the continued preservation of Liberty Hall Historic Site, http://www.libertyhall.org. Back by popular demand, “Leestown String Band”, spectacular Auction Items, Bourbon tastings and sumptuous Hot Browns. Call 502-227-2560 for more information.
Sunday, April 19, 7:30 pm – The Sound of Music, The Grand Theatre, Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this movie classic!
THE SOUND OF MUSIC 50th ANNIVERSARY. In 1930’s Austria, Maria (Julie Andrews) leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower (Christopher Plummer). 1965 “G”
Tickets: $10 Adults / $5 Children (12 and under)
Wednesday, April 22 – Main Street Clean Sweep, Bluegrass Greensource will be hosting an event to clean downtown Frankfort streets. Employees and volunteers of downtown businesses are encouraged to participate on their lunch breaks. Gloves, trash bags and Earth Day T-shirts will be provided by Bluegrass Greensource.
Friday, April 24, 2015 – Star 103.7 80’s Dance Party, Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero Avenue, Frankfort
Dust off your leg warmers & tease up your hair!We’re hosting an 80’s Dance Party!
Your ticket will give you a night of live 80’s music, food, karaoke & contests.
Pictures will be taken by April Cole of Capital Living and Digital Expressions
There will be a cash bar as well so you must be 21 or older to attend. Picture IDs will be checked at the door.
Wear your best 80’s attire and you could be crowned King or Queen of the 80’s.
SAVE THE DATE: Friday, April 24th @ Frankfort Convention CenterHaving a high school reunion? No need to stress about planning it! Have it at our 80’s Dance Party!! Contact Mindy@star1037.com
**Tickets are on sale at star1037.com TODAY**
Tickets will also be available at the station soon
Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Earth Day Celebration, Salado Wildlife Education Center, 1 Sportsmans Lane, Frankfort
Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – 10th Annual Pony Car Round-Up, Juniper Hills Park, 800 Louisville Road, Frankfort
Saturday, April 25, 2015, 6:00 – 9:00 pm – Cruise-In presented Capital City Classic Auto Club, Old Train Depot, Downtown Frankfort
Future Dates Include:
- May 23, 2015
- June 27, 2015
- July 25, 2015
- August 22, 2015
- September 26, 2015
- October 24, 2015 (2-5 pm)
Wednesday, April 29, 7:30 pm – Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre, The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street,
The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, featuring a cast of jugglers, clowns and a menagerie of cats, dogs, geese and the like is sure to appeal to the entire family!
Tickets: $35 / $30 / $20
Thursday, April 30, 2015, 11:00 am – The Frankfort Area Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Health Tech Solutions, 2030 Hoover Blvd, Special Guest, Governor Beshear will be joining us to welcome this new business.
Ribbon Cutting for
Health Tech Solutions
Special Guest Gov. Beshear
The Frankfort Area Chamber is hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for new business & chamber member Health Tech Solutions on April 30, 2015 at 11AM located at 2030 Hoover Blvd. Special Guest, Governor Beshear will be joining us to welcome this new business to the Frankfort community. Come out and show your support to a fellow chamber member.
Friday, May 1, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm – Oaks Day Festival, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Experience the excitement of Derby weekend with another Kentucky tradition – bourbon. Enjoy complimentary tours and tastings all day from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Enjoy live festive Bluegrass music while treating yourself to bourbon ball ice cream made with our Buffalo Trace Bourbon.
Friday, May 1, 6:00 pm – CASA Derby Eve Gala, Capital Plaza Hotel, It is that time to start thinking about spring and the greatest two minutes in sports! Once again Anderson and Franklin County residents can enjoy a night on the town and celebrate with us at the CASA Derby Eve Gala on Friday, May 1st at the Capital Plaza Hotel. We are honored to have back as our primary sponsor – Lloyd’s of London.
The evening starts with appetizers, Beam Suntory, Buffalo Trace, and Wild Turkey providing bourbon tastings, with Capital Cellars and Elk Creek providing wine tastings. The cocktail hour is followed by a full-plate dinner with one drink ticket. The evenings events include a hat contest, 50/50 raffle, professional photos, live music by the Joe Cowen & Company band, photos by April Cole of Capital Living and Digital Expressions Photography, and a silent auction. For more information or to order tickets contact Rene’ True at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-312-6398. Download your CASA Derby Eve Gala Flyer
Friday, May 8, 7:30 pm – Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, The Grand Theatre,
The high-energy, hard-charging blue-eyed soul of Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels will rock the Grand’s stage. Expect to hear hits such as “Devil with the Blue Dress On” and “Sock it to me, Baby” in what promises to be a dynamic show.
Sponsors Anna Marie Pavlik and Richard Rosen
Tickets: $40 / $30 / $20
Saturday, May 9, 12:00 – 11:00 pm – 2nd annual American Heroes Celebration, Elk Creek Vineyards, Owenton, KY
MUSIC FESTIVAL Featured Artists Include The Fence Posts, The Downtown County Band and Velvet Soul Music will start at 5:00 with The Fence Posts. The Downtown County Band will play 6:00 – 8:00 and Velvet Soul 8:00 – 10:00 Craft and food vendors will also be present. Purchase Tickets today!
Friday, May 29, 2015 – Opening of Juniper Hills Water Park, Juniper Hills Park, 800 Louisville Road, Operated by Frankfort Parks and Rec
Thursday – Saturday, June 4 – 6 – Capital Expo Festival, Capital Plaza, 3 days of fun, music, food, and festivities.
Saturday, June 6, 2015, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Salado Sampler, Salado Wildlife Education Center, 1 Sportsmans Lane, Frankfort
Come out to Salato Wildlife Education Center for the 12th annual Salato Sampler. At this all inclusive event, sample Kentucky’s finest drink with local distilleries, breweries and wineries. As for food, you’ll be more than pleased with our spread from Kentucky Proud vendors. The event will have live bluegrass music, a silent auction, and a Commission Bull Elk Tag drawing. While there, take a golf cart tour of the center and see animals up close and personal.
Tickets are $60 in advance and $75 at the door.
Friday, June 12, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm – The Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament, Juniper Hills Golf Course, Always a fun event for Chamber members and their employees.
Mark Your Calendars
A Great Networking Event
June 12, 2015
Frankfort Area Chamber
Annual Golf Tournament
Ward Oates Amphitheater Lunchtime Concert Series, June 5, June 19, July 3, July 17, July 31, August 14, August 28, 2015, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Mark your calendars NOW for the Ward Oates Amphitheater lunchtime summer concert series! Talent includes Ben Lacy & Alan McKenzie, Dave Shelton, Sammy Coulter, the Jeff Barnes Band, Murphy’s Echo and Bonnie Reeves and Ronnie. New to the lineup is Nick Dittmeier & The Sawdusters. The popular lunchtime concert series is FREE for the public!
Farmers Bank Summer Concert Series & Downtown Frankfort Inc., announce the schedule for the Summer Concert Series 2015. For updates on talent for these dates, keep checking back with Capital Living or log on to the DFI website HERE.
Thursday, June 18, 5:30 – 8:30 pm – 9th Annual The Longest Day of Play, Lakeview Park,
Friday & Saturday, June 26 – 27, 2015 – The Frankfort River Blast, Kentucky River at Riverview Park, 404 Wilkinson Blvd, Frankfort
Join us as we celebrate the Capital City’s natural resource, the Kentucky River, and the opening of Locks 1 – 4 to gain access to northern Kentucky. Food! Fun!
Places to Go & Things to Do in Franklin County
Liberty Hall Historic Site
The ground of Livery hall Historic Site are open to the public daily, dawn to dusk. Leashed dogs are allowed on the grounds. The visitor center and museum store at the Orlando Brown House is open Monday-Saturday, noon-4:00p.m. Guided tours of Liberty Hall are given Monday-Saturday and depart from Liberty Hall located at 218 Wilkinson Street at 1:30p.m Guided tours last approximately 75 minutes. Tour Prices $6/Adult $3/Youth Free/Children under age 5.
Capital City Museum
The Capital City Museum is at 325 Ann Street in downtown Frankfort, Kentucky. Housed in a 150 year old building that represents all that is left of the Capital Hotel, which burned in 1917, the museum is a large room filled with history and character. There are plenty of details to explore, with exhibits painting a vivid picture of both political and personal life in Kentucky over the past 200 years. It is open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. Call 502-696-0607. Admission is free. Operated by the City of Frankfort, Department of Parks, Recreation & Historic Sites.
Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History (aka The Kentucky History Center)
The Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History has been the headquarters for the Kentucky Historical Society since April 10, 1999. Covering much of a city block in downtown Frankfort, it provides space for permanent exhibits, museum and archival storage, educational activities, offices and special events (space rental is available). Its namesake, the late Thomas D. Clark, was former state historian and an instrumental partner in the building’s planning and development. 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY 502-564-1792
Youth (6-18): $2
Children (5 and under): FREE
KHS and KJHS members: FREE
Admission includes the entire KHS History Campus (KY History Center, KY Military History Museum, Old State Capitol)
Kentucky Military History Museum
This Greek Revival style building was the State Arsenal from the 1850s until the early 1970s when the Boone National Guard Center opened in Frankfort. During the Civil War, it served as a munitions factory where Frankfort women made ammunition for troops from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. The Kentucky Historical Society and the Department of Military Affairs created the Kentucky Military History Museum here in 1973.
KHS operates the Kentucky Military History Museum with the Kentucky Department for Military Affairs. Artifacts and documents help provide a full picture of Kentuckians military service.
125 E. Main St. | Frankfort, KY 40601
Old State Capitol
The Old State Capitol is the third building to have served as Kentucky’s seat of government. Gideon Shryock, the state’s first native-born professionally trained architect, designed this Greek Revival building as a young man. Between 1830 and 1910, it saw many lively political debates as lawmakers grappled with issues of the day, including slavery and war.
After its use as State Capitol, the building served as headquarters of the Kentucky Historical Society (1920-ca. 1968). Today, restored to the way it looked in the early 1850s, it houses the exhibit “Great Revivals: Kentucky Decorative Arts Treasures” and is open for tours through KHS.
300 W. Broadway | Frankfort, KY 40601
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