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As Summer gets into full swing, there’s lots to do 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 each week.

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June 2015


Tuesday, June 30, 6:30 – 7:30 pmBook Discussion: Fables (Volume 1), Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street,

Who killed Rose Red? In Fabletown, where fairy tale legends live alongside regular New Yorkers, the question is all anyone can talk about. But only the Big Bad Wolf can actually solve the case – and, along with Rose’s sister Snow White, keep the Fabletown community from coming apart at the seams. Join us in reading and discussing Volume 1 of the graphic novel series Fables by Bill Willingham. This event is free and will take place in the Library Community Room. Adult patrons, please register online, at the Library, or by contacting Diane Dehoney at 352-2665×108 or diane@pspl.org. After registering, please pick up your copy of the book at the Information Desk.

Register online at: http://bit.ly/ fablesdiscussion1

Book Discussion: Fables (Volume 1) - June 30th & July 20th

Book Discussion: Fables (Volume 1) – June 30th & July 20th


 July 2015

Thursday, July 2, 5:30 pm – After Hours at Liberty: Life & Liberty Tour, Liberty Hall Kistoric Site, 202 Wilkinson Street, Take an interactive tour of Liberty Hall that explores how the Brown family embodied the struggle to reconcile the new nation ideals of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” with the realities of slavery. 5:30 p.m. at Liberty Hall. Recommended for ages 14-up. $10. Reservations required. Admission includes a glass of wine from First Vineyards, the first commercial vineyard in the United States and whose grapes once grew in the Liberty Hall gardens.


Thursday, July 2, 7:00 pm Sunday Best in Concert, at Elk Creek Vineyards, 150 Highway 330, Owenton

Sundy Best Live in Concert at Elk Creek’s Amphitheater
July 2nd 6-10pm
Advance General Admission Tickets are $25
VIP Tickets are $69.99 and will include seating on the patio, one buffet dinner ticket, and winery parking.
College Students and Kids under age 12 receive a discounted rate ($15 advance)
*must present your college ID at the door with the discounted ticket for admittance*
Gates open at 4pm for Cornhole
Open Band will be If Birds Could Fly

Get tickets HERE

Sunday Best in Concert at Elk Creek - 7-2-15


Friday, July 3, 11:30 am – Juniper Hill Aquatic Center Public Opening, at Juniper Hill Aquatic Center, 800 Louisville Road

The new Juniper Hill Aquatic Center is scheduled to open to the public on July 3rd, 2015.

Hours of Operation will be as followed:
Monday through Saturday 11:30 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday 12:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Daily Entry Fees:
Children 2 and under are Free
Children ages 3 to 10 will be $4.00
Youth ages 11 to 17 will be $5.00
Adults ages 18 to 59 will be $6.00
Senior 60 and Over will be $5.00…

*Twilight Rate from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm is offered at half price

Season Passes for the Summer of 2015 Effective July 3, 2015

Child ages 3 to 10 will be $38.00
Youth ages 11 to 17 will be $45.00
Adults ages 18 to 59 will be $55.00
Seniors 60 and Over will be $38.00
Family of 4 members in same household will be $95.00
SWIM LESSONS

Swim Lessons will be held July 13 thru July 23 (Monday through Thursday) from 10:15 am – 11:00 am Friday being a weather make-up day. Cost is $40 per student or $35 for 2 in same household.

Juniper Hills Waterpark


Saturday, July 4, 8:00 am (registration begins at 7:00 am) – The Great Buffalo Trace, at Buffalo Trace Distillery, It’s the race with a view. Walk or run our 14th annual 5K Race that winds through the scenic grounds of the historic Distillery.  Cash prizes for top 3 men and women.  Race begins at 8:00 am.  $15 prior to June 25. $20 day of race.  Limited to first 1,000 registrants.  Click here to register online.

The Great Buffalo Chase 5K at Buffalo Trace Distillery - July 4th

The Great Buffalo Chase 5K at Buffalo Trace Distillery – July 4th


Saturday, July 4, 2:00 – 4:00 pmOld-Fashioned Fourth of July, at Liberty Hall Historic Site, 218 Wilkinson Street, a FREE event!  Click HERE for the FULL ARTICLE and list of events

An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July, from 2 to 4 p.m. The highlight of this year’s event is a free concert by the 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard at 3:15 p.m., with a reading of the Preamble to the United States Constitution by a local celebrity.

Other activities will include children’s games with prizes, old-fashioned lawn games, and activities intended for all age levels, like face painting. Two scavenger hunts, one in the garden with the “Founding Fathers”, and one inside Liberty Hall, will entertain the kids and be a way to get to know the historic site.

Bring a blanket and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the grounds of Liberty Hall, a National Historic Landmark, and former home of Senator John Brown, Kentucky’s first senator.

For more information, click HERE.

Digital Promo Card for July 4 Event 2015


Saturday, July 4, 7:00 pm4th of July Fireworks, at Capitol View Park, Frankfort, a FREE event!  Join Star 103.7 at Capitol View Park for 4th of July!

We will be there at 7 pm to kick off the celebration!

Come by the Star 103.7 tent to pick up free Popsicles, American Flags and Glow Bracelets!

Listen to Star 103.7 on your radio, online or on our app to hear patriotic music to go along with the fireworks show.

4th of July Fireworks at Capitol View Park

4th of July Fireworks at Capitol View Park


Saturday, July 10, 7:00 – 10:00 pm Farmers Bank Summer Concert Series!  Hosted by Downtown Frankfort and featuring No Tools Loaned (Bluegrass) and Stillwater.  Join us in downtown Frankfort for the Summer Concert Series!!!  Meet us on the Old Capital Lawn, 300 West Broadway, for a free double header concert that is sure to be great fun!  Info: 223-2261

DFI_Farmers Bank Summer Concert Series 2015 - 2


Saturday, July 11, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Family Fun Saturday: Summer Pastimes, at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway.  Make a fan, play old fashioned games, squeeze some lemonade, and sample other historical summer pastimes.   For kids ages 5-10 and their families. (Free admission does not include Kentucky Historical Society museums) Info: 564-1792

Family Fun Saturday: Summer Pastimes - July 11th

Family Fun Saturday: Summer Pastimes – July 11th


Saturday, July 11, 7:00 pmCCU presents Movies on the Old Capitol LawnPaddington (PG), Old State Capitol Lawn, 300 Broadway, Commonwealth Credit Union will be hosting two movie nights in Frankfort this summer. Saturday, June 20, will be our first movie night on the Old Capitol Lawn, featuring the epic adventure of Paddington. Fun Inflatables for kids will open at 7 PM and will be available until 9 PM. The movie will begin at sundown. These movies are free to the public. Bring your lawn chair and blankets and enjoy a free movie night with your family!

Commonwealth Credit Union will be hosting movie night in Frankfort on Saturday, June 20th.  Movie Night will be on the Old Capitol Lawn, featuring the epic adventure of Paddington.

Commonwealth Credit Union will be hosting movie night in Frankfort on Saturday, June 20th. Movie Night will be on the Old Capitol Lawn, featuring the epic adventure of Paddington.


Monday – Saturday, July 13 – 18The Franklin County Fair and Horse Show, Lakeview Park

The Franklin County Fair & Horse Show is produced each July at Lakeview Park in Frankfort to provide an outlet for area residents to showcase their prized animals, flowers and crops, their artistic and craft talents, to participate in all types of competitions (from motorsports to pageants and much, much more!), and to provide entertainment for the community.  $10 Pay-One-Price (includes general admission, parking, all events and all midway rides!)

To download your 2015 Franklin county Fair Catalogue, click HERE.

Franklin County Fair Catalogue 2015 - July 13-18


Saturday, July 18, 1:00 – 4:00 pm – Family Fun Saturday: Biscuits, Butter, & Blackberry Jam, Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway, Discover a tasty Kentucky Tradition by making biscuits and butter from scratch.

Family Fun Saturday: Biscuits, Butter, and Blackberry Jam - July 18th

Family Fun Saturday: Biscuits, Butter, and Blackberry Jam – July 18th


Saturday, July 18, 7:00 pmExile with Juice Newton, Equus Run Vineyard, Midway

Enjoy an evening under the stars with great performances by Kentucky Band, Exile and special guest, Juice Newton.  Reminesce with your friends the chart toppers like “Kiss You All Over”, “Woke Up In Love”, “Queen of Hearts” and “Angel in the Morning” to name just a few!

Each summer, Equus Run Vineyards offers an outdoor entertainment experience to celebrate our newest wine releases. Equus Run’s Concerts at the Vineyard series combines popular musical performances with wine tasting and a buffet dinner, all amidst the stunning surroundings of terraced amphitheatre, vineyards and scenic thoroughbred horse farms. Dinner will consist of a catered buffet with a meat, vegetables, salad, dessert and ice tea/lemonade. Wine and draft beer selections are available.

Your ticket price includes the buffet dinner and entertainment. Wine tastings are $7 per person and include a sample of six of our current wines. Ticket reservations are required in advance. Seating space is first come-first served. It is recommended that you bring picnic chairs or blankets for the terraced lawn seating. This event is held rain or shine. In case of rain, the performance will be rescheduled within Artist’s availability timeframe and your ticket will be honored. No refunds.
NOTE: ERV Cellar Club member tickets are not discountable on the day of show.
Tickets available at www.tix.com or by calling Equus Run Vineyard at 859-846-9463
~Get Preferred Pricing through June 30th~
$ 38.00 Now through June 30th

Click here for tickets!

$ 40.00 July 1st through July 17
$45.00 Day of Show

Gates Open: 4:00
Wine Tastings in the Pavilion: 4:00 to 6:30
Dinner Served: 5:30 to 7:30
Music begins 7:00

NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED ON THE PREMISE!
– More info HERE

Exile with Juice Newton - July 18th at Equus Run

Exile with Juice Newton – July 18th at Equus Run


Saturday, July 18, 7:00 pmCCU presents Movies on the Old Capitol Lawn – Tandled (PG), Old State Capitol Lawn, Commonwealth Credit Union will be hosting two movie nights in Frankfort this summer.  This movie night will be on Saturday, July 18, on the Old Capitol Lawn, featuring Disney’s Tangled. Fun Inflatables for kids will open at 7 PM and will be available until 9 PM. The movie will begin at sundown. These movies are free to the public. Bring your lawn chair and blankets and enjoy a free movie night with your family!

Commonwealth Credit Union will be hosting movie night in Frankfort on Saturday, July 18, on the Old Capitol Lawn, featuring Disney's Tangled.  Movie starts at Sundown.

Commonwealth Credit Union will be hosting movie night in Frankfort on Saturday, July 18, on the Old Capitol Lawn, featuring Disney’s Tangled. Movie starts at Sundown.


Sunday, July 12, 2:00 pmFrankfort Cemetery History Walking Tours, Frankfort Cemetery, 215 East Main Street, A 90 minute tour through the historic Frankfort Cemetery with Russ Hatter, well-known historian of Frankfort.  Everyone knows that Daniel Boone rests high above the Kentucky River.  But did you know that the famous painter Paul Sawyier is also buried there?  How many Kentucky Governors are laid to rest there?  How about the “father” of the Kentucky State Parks system?  You’ll learn all this and more on a tour like this.  Many noteworthy people call the Frankfort Cemetery their last “home”.  Join Russ Hatter to find out WHO.  Call 502-227-2403 for reservations.  Cost is only $10 per person.  Space is limited.  All proceeds benefit the preservation of the historic cemetery.

Frankfort Cemetery History Walking Tours

Frankfort Cemetery History Walking Tours


Tuesday, July 20th, 6:30 – 7:30 pmBook Discussion: Fables (Volume 1), Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street,

Who killed Rose Red? In Fabletown, where fairy tale legends live alongside regular New Yorkers, the question is all anyone can talk about. But only the Big Bad Wolf can actually solve the case – and, along with Rose’s sister Snow White, keep the Fabletown community from coming apart at the seams. Join us in reading and discussing Volume 1 of the graphic novel series Fables by Bill Willingham. This event is free and will take place in the Library Community Room. Adult patrons, please register online, at the Library, or by contacting Diane Dehoney at 352-2665×108 or diane@pspl.org. After registering, please pick up your copy of the book at the Information Desk.

Register online at: http://bit.ly/ fablesdiscussion1

Book Discussion: Fables (Volume 1) - June 30th & July 20th

Book Discussion: Fables (Volume 1) – June 30th & July 20th


Friday & Saturday, July 24 & 25Kentucky River Music and BBQ Fest, Kentucky River Campground, 1489 Steele Branch Road, Frankfort, Info: 502-227-2465, Must have reservations to attend

2 days of music and food

Friday July 24:

6:15 pm – Jimmy Mundane & The Unknown Insanes
8:00  pm – Usual Suspects Band

Saturday July 25

12:00 pm – Doug Pinson
1:45 pm – Ben Lacy W/ Alan McKenzie
3:30 pm – Broken Dreams
5:00 pm – BBQ Contest
5:30 pm – Pot luck dinner with Up In Smoke BBQ, by Northside RV
6:30 pm – Sammy Coulter & Company
8:15  pm – Jimmy and The Slammers

– Please bring a pot luck dish, or enter the BBQ contest (Ribs or Pulled Pork). Contest entries help feed the crowd. This is NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, must make a reservation to attend. Please contact Kentucky River Campground to make your reservation. 502-227-2465, or contact me for more information.

Kentucky Campground BBQ Festival

Kentucky Campground BBQ Festival


August 2015 

Sunday, August 1, 11:00 am (registration begins at 9:30 am) – 14th Annual Kentucky River Run, River View Park, Enjoy the day on the Kentucky River with proceeds to benefit the Franklin County Lady Flyer Softball Team & WeWanna Play

Hosted by the Frankfort Boat Club.  For more information, click HERE

Kentucky River Run - 8-1-15


Thursday, August 20, 4:00 pm – The Lancaster at St. Clair Preview, The Lancaster at St. Clair, 306 Wapping Street,

We are moving The Lancaster at St. Clair Preview to August 20. We want to “wow” you! Please mark it on your calendar.

You can still reserve your special date starting in July. Just call Kelly at 502-202-9229 or visit us online at TheLancasteratStClair.com!

The Lancaster Preview - 8-20-15


September 2015

Sunday, September 13, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm2015 Fall Arts Festival, Josephine Sculpture Park, FREE Event for kids of all ages

Fall Arts Festival

2015 Fall Arts Festival at Josephine Sculpture Park

Sunday, September 13th from 11am-6pm.

This event is free. Parking is $5 per car, truck, van, or even a bus!!

Want to VOLUNTEER?? It is super fun, contact us for more information, and Thanks!!

This is an experiential arts festival – our focus is providing you and your friends or family with opportunities to make art or experience & watch demonstrations of a exciting new processes or techniques. All workshops are led by experienced artists. All ages and abilities are encouraged, absolutely no experience is needed to participate, just be ready to have FUN!

ART Activities scheduled for the Fall Arts Festival include:

– Hot Metal Pour (create your own cast aluminum relief sculpture – $30)
– glass blowing (create your own glass ornament – $35)
– blacksmithing (hammer your own decorative hook on the blacksmith’s anvil – $25)
– pottery wheel (experience the feel of the clay on the wheel – FREE)
– print making (create your own relief printing block and print to take home – FREE)
– tie dye (create your own tie dye item – FREE if you bring your own cotton item, or T shirts are available for $10)
– sticker making fun (create and wear your own stickers – FREE)
– art scavenger hunt (explore JSP in search of sculptures using a full color guide – FREE & WIN art prizes!)
– additional art and craft activities for all ages will be added as the event details develop…STAY TUNED!

Additional FUN at the festival:

– LIVE MUSIC on the KECU music stage all day long! – FREE
– explore JSP on a YOGA tour (provided by Frankfort Yoga Stdio) or on your own – FREE
– Bubble Bug from 2-4pm – FREE
– Hot Air Balloon rides from 4-6pm ($10 per person)
– professional face-painting (prices vary)
– food vendors will be on site – STAY TUNED for details, or tell us who you would like to have at the festival!

KECU Music Stage

To be announced soon.

If you are interested in participating, either as a performing artist or group, or as a visual artist who would like to conduct a workshop or demonstration, please click here: contact us for an application.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not an art fair that hosts “vendors” who are interested in strictly selling their goods, please do not send email inquiries about renting space for booths or selling merchandise.

More information will be posted as specific events are scheduled for the day.

This event is sponsored by the Frankfort Plant Board, Frankfort Parks, Recreation & Historic Sites & KY Employees Credit Union. Please thank these sponsors!


October 2015

Saturday, October 3Kentucky History Half Marathon, Frankfort

For more information or to register, click HERE, check out their Facebook Page, or join their Event.

The KY History Half is the Commonwealth’s first half marathon that celebrates Kentucky’s history.  This charitable event also offers a fun way to support the educational programming and services of the Kentucky Historical Society in its mission to educate and engage the public through Kentucky history in order to confront the challenges of the future.  Learn more about how you can become a part of this great organization at www.history.ky.gov.

KY History Half Marathon 2015 - 2


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

Admission
Adults: $4
Youth (6-18): $2
Children (5 and under): FREE
KHS and KJHS members: FREE
Veterans: $3
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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