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Capital Living Upcoming Events

Welcome to Capital Living!!!  Our Commonwealth’s Capital City has events for everyone to enjoy year round.  Find out what’s going on in Frankfort/Franklin County and the surrounding areas.  We’ve done our best to compile a list of things to do, 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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January 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2:00 – 4:00 pmHeritageQuest: Finding Your Ancestors Online, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

This class will show the hobbyist genealogist how to use this helpful database to uncover census records, genealogy books, local history articles, Revolutionary War records, and more.

Library Computer Lab
No registration required

HeritageQuest - Finding Your Ancestors Online at the Paul Sawyier Public Library - 1-26-16


Tuesday, January 26, 7:00 – 9:00 pm – January Wine Dinner, at Carino’s Italian, 1303 US Highway 127 S, Frankfort

We offer a 5 course meal that is paired with 5 different wines the last Tuesday of every month.  Please see the delicious menu below.

1st Course: Crab Stuffed Sweet Peppers

A sweet pepper stuffed with crab meat and cheese then baked and served with a spicy ranch dressing for your dipping pleasure.
paired with a 2016 Riando Pinot Grigio from Italy

2nd Course: Grilled Romaine Hearts

Fresh grilled romaine hearts topped with a cherry vinaigrette and fresh shaved parmesan cheese.
paired with a 2014 Kendall Jackson Chardonnay from California

3rd Course: Cippionio

A mixture of crab and shrimp sauteed with fresh garlic, capers, and black olives and tossed in a spicy marinara and placed on a bed of angel hair pasta
paired with a 2013 Mezzacarona Pinot Noir from California

4th Course: Pork Loin with a Cherry Bourbon Reduction

A hearty cut of pork loin grilled to perfection and topped with a cherry bourbon reduction and served with a cabbage slaw in a champagne vinaigrette.
paired with a 2012 Gascon Colosal Red Blend from Argentina

5th Course: Marscapone with raspberry and pineapple

A light sweet dessert. A pastry puff stuffed with a nice light raspberry and pineapple marscapone mousse that is topped with powder sugar and a raspberries.
paired with a 2014 Massimo Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand

Next Event held on Tuesday, January 26th at 7:00 PM
Price is $29.99 per person (tax and gratuity not included)

January Wine Dinner at Carinos Italian


Wednesday – Sunday, January 27 – 31The Kentucky All “A” Classic Basketball Tournament, at the Frankfort Convention Center

For the fifth straight year, Frankfort will serve as host of the Kentucky All “A” Classic Basketball Tournament at the Frankfort Convention Center from Wednesday through Sunday. (Jan. 27-31)

This tournament for girls and boys who attend small high schools in Kentucky is a great opportunity to enjoy some excellent athletic competition in our community. More importantly, the money raised from ticket sales from the tournament provides funding for scholarships for students from these small schools.

The tournament is a true partnership that includes the Frankfort Convention Center, the Frankfort –Franklin County Tourist Commission, Kentucky State University, the city of Frankfort and the Kentucky All “A” Classic board, and many local businesses.

The 2016 tournament begins on Jan. 27 at 8:30 a.m. There are two sessions of four games in the morning and again in the afternoon.

Tickets can be purchased for each session on game day. The price is $10 a person per session. Tickets are available at the ticket windows at the Frankfort Convention Center.  For additional information, visit www.frankfortconventioncenter.com  and allaclassic.org.

Kentucky All A Logo


Thursday, January 28, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Independence Bank presents the 19th Annual American Red Cross Bean Soup Lunch Fundraiser, at the VFW Post 4075, 104 E 2nd St, Frankfort

Tickets are $6 each and are available at the Red Cross building at 318 Washington St. or at the door. Ticket includes choice of brown or white beans, cornbread, dessert and beverage. All proceeds go to local disaster relief. Eat in or carry out. Free delivery to local locations with a minimum of 10 orders. To place an order call 502-319-1281. Orders must be placed by 4 pm January 27.

Red Cross Bean Soup sponsored by Independence Bank - 1-28-16


Thursday – Saturday, January 28 – 30, 5:30 pmAround the World in 80 Days: Korea, at Holly Hill Inn, 426 N Winter St, Midway

Follow the wondrous travels of author Jules Verne’s intrepid Phileas Fogg via Chef Ouita’s fantastic menus during her fourth annual Winter Dinner Series, Around the World in 80 Days!

In the first three months of 2016, the staff of the Holly Hill Inn in Midway will conduct guests on a culinary world tour with guest chefs and exotic stops from London to Paris to Japan and beyond. The schedule is below.

Specially paired wine flight and cocktail specials featured throughout the Winter Dinner Club 2016 series. Cost is $45. Vegetarian options always available. Reservations, beginning at 5:30 p.m., by calling Donna at (859) 846-4732.

Around the World in 80 Days: Korea

Served Jan. 28-30
Please ask about our wine flight and cocktail specials
Vegetarian options always available.

Reservations by calling Donna, (859) 846-4732.

Chef Ouita’s Winter Dinner Club 2016: Around the World in 80 Days

January 28-30: Korea
February 4-6: India — Lord Krishna’s Vegetarian Cuisine
February 11-14: Global Aphrodisiacs
February 18-20: Vietnam
February 25-27: Ethiopia
March 3-5: Peru
March 10-12: Spain and Portugal
March 17-19: Ireland
March 24-26: American Steakhouse
March 31-April 2: Springtime in Kentucky

Around the World in 80 Days Winter Dinner Club — Scandinavia - 1-7-16


Friday, January 29, 7:00 pm A Night of Music – ACCESS Soup Kitchen/Men’s Shelter Benefit Concert, at the First Christian Church of Frankfort, 316 Ann Street

This special evening of music and celebration returns to First Christian Church, 316 Ann St., Frankfort, KY on Friday, Jan. 29th at 7:00 pm. Enjoy live music of great variety – soul stirring gospel, enchanting folk songs, true Kentucky bluegrass and more!
An ensemble of local musicians who represent the First United Methodist, Capital City Christian, Good Shepherd, and Hope Lutheran Churches will be coming together for this special performance.
Donations will be appreciated to support the ministries for the homeless men and meals for the men, women and children. We are expecially in need of your support as we complete our building upgrade and expansion. In the event you cannot attend, please consider making an online donations at http://www.accesssoupkitchen.com.

In 2015, ACCESS served 27,404 meals, sheltered approximately 180 men. ACCESS provided additional assistance to male clients, including counseling, clothing, job placements, life skills, spiritual exploration and other services. Please support these critically valuable services to our community.

Soup Kitchen-Mens Shelter Night of Music Flyer 2016


Friday, January 29, 7:00 – 9:00 pm – Legendary Craftsmen Dinner Series: Classic Cocktail Party, at the Buffalo Trace Distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace

A one-of-a-kind dinner event featuring hard-to-find tastings of our Legendary Craftsmen’s namesake bourbons, a Distillery tour, and glimpse into the history and heritage of two of the fine gentlemen that helped build the World’s Most Award-Winning Distillery.

6:00 p.m. – Optional Tour. 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Dinner/Event. $65 per person, $175 per person for all three events.

For reservations, email events@buffalotrace.com or call 502.696.5930.

Legendary Craftsmen Dinner Series - Classic Cocktail Party - 1-29-16


Saturday, January 30, 1:00 pmMET Opera – Turnadot, at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

Christine Goerke, Lise Lindstrom, and Nina Stemme, three of opera’s greatest dramatic sopranos, take turns in the title role of the proud princess of ancient China, whose riddles doom every suitor who seeks her hand. Tenors Marcelo Álvarez and Marco Berti are Calàf, the brave prince who sings “Nessun dorma” and wins her love. Franco Zeffirelli’s golden production is conducted by Paolo Carignani.

Tickets: $23 Adult / $18 Student

MET Opera - Turnadot - 1-30-16


Saturday, January 30, 2:00 – 4:00 pm – Genealogy Tea & Sympathy, at the Kentucky History Center, 100 West Broadway

Join our library staff for tea time and good old-fashioned conversation.

Have an ancestor who eludes you? Confused about which source to use next? Have questions about the proof standard or how to get the kids involved? Bring along your genealogy issues, hot topics or questions and the group will try to help you out.

Even if we can’t solve your problem, we promise to provide lots of tea and sympathy!

All research levels welcome. Let’s learn from each other’s experiences!

Each Genealogy Tea and Sympathy session is free and tea is provided at the event. Please pre-register by calling the KHS Refdesk at 502-564-1792 x.4460 or by e-mailing khsrefdesk@ky.gov. Tea and Sympathy takes place on every 5th Saturday of the month.

Geneology & Sympathy Tea - 5-30-15


Saturday, January 30, 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Saturday Kid’s Pizza & Paint!, at Full Circle Studio and Gallery, 309 Shelby Street, Register HERE

Back by popular demand, it’s our Saturday Pizza and Paint! Drop the kids off and let them create a different painting on canvas each week while you go out and run some errands, spend a quiet couple of hours with your significant other, or chillax in the comfort of your own home and have the tv to aaaaaalll to yourself.

The cost is only $25 per kid, that includes all painting materials, and all the pizza they can eat. Kids will get to take their paintings home. Don’t miss out on booking early since these fill up really quick. We will be hosting this event every Saturday from now until March 12, 2016

Seats available: 15
Ages: 6 and Up
Contact: 502-682-9648
Payment: Cash, check, credit card, Paypal
Dress appropriately, Full Circle Studio provides aprons for everyone to use, but we are not responsible for clothing that gets paint on it.

***PAYMENT REQUIRED AT TIME OF REGISTRATION***

Pizza & Paint! at Full Circle - 12-12-15


Saturday, January 30, 8:00 pmKentucky River Bash, at the Capital Plaza Hotel, 405 Wilkinson Blvd,

It’s time once again for the KY River Bash!!!  By the time the River Bash rolls around, you’ll be ready to shake those winter blues.  Come on out and join the “River Rats” for just one night at the Capital Plaza Hotel.  Tickets are only $10 per person and are will be available at the door.  This year’s entertainment is Stillwater.

Stillwater at the Kentucky River Bash - 1-30-16


February 2016

Thursday – Saturday, February 4 – 6, 5:30 pm – Around the World in 80 Days Winter Dinner Club — India — Lord Krishna’s Vegetarian Cuisine, at Holly Hill Inn, 426 N Winter St, Midway

Follow the wondrous travels of author Jules Verne’s intrepid Phileas Fogg via Chef Ouita’s fantastic menus during her fourth annual Winter Dinner Series, Around the World in 80 Days!

In the first three months of 2016, the staff of the Holly Hill Inn in Midway will conduct guests on a culinary world tour with guest chefs and exotic stops from London to Paris to Japan and beyond. The schedule is below.

Specially paired wine flight and cocktail specials featured throughout the Winter Dinner Club 2016 series. Cost is $45. Vegetarian options always available. Reservations, beginning at 5:30 p.m., by calling Donna at (859) 846-4732.

Chef Ouita’s Winter Dinner Club 2016: Around the World in 80 Days

February 4-6: India — Lord Krishna’s Vegetarian Cuisine
February 11-14: Global Aphrodisiacs
February 18-20: Vietnam
February 25-27: Ethiopia
March 3-5: Peru
March 10-12: Spain and Portugal
March 17-19: Ireland
March 24-26: American Steakhouse
March 31-April 2: Springtime in Kentucky

Around the World in 80 Days Winter Dinner Club — Scandinavia - 1-7-16


Saturday, February 6, 7:00 am – 12:00 NOON – 59th Annual Pancake Breakfast, at Emma B. Ward Elementary School, 1150 Bypass N, Lawrenceburg

Annual Fundraiser to fund scholarship fund, 3rd grade dictionary program, and other local and national programs.

59th Annual Pancake Breakfast - 2-6-16


Sunday, February 7, 6:30 pm – SUPERBOWL 50 PARTY, at Bourbon Street on Main, 204 S Main St, Lawrenceburg

Specials for Food and Drinks on the Largest BIG Screen in Lawrenceburg!

SUPERBOWL 50 PARTY at Bourbon Street on Main - 2-7-16


Tuesday, February 9, 5:00 pm MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION (FAT TUESDAY), at Bourbon Street on Main, 204 S Main St, Lawrenceburg

“Laissez les bons temps rouler!” is a French expression meaning “Let the good times roll!” Celebrating a New Orleans Tradition.

MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION FAT TUESDAY at BOURBON STREET ON MAIN - 2-9-16


Wednesday, February 10, 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Paying for College 101, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Presented by David Scott of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, this program is designed to help high school seniors and their parents get a better understanding of the financial aid application process. Participants will learn how financial aid packages are put together by colleges/technical schools, specifics on application filing methods and how to complete the FAFSA, discuss student loan options, and much more!

Please register for this program at http://bit.ly/1IyFPCV.
For more information, contact Diane Dehoney at 352-2665×108 or diane@pspl.org.

Paying for College 101 at the Paul Sawyier Public Library - 2-10-16


Friday, February 12, 5:00 – 8:00 pm – KECU SweetArt ArtWalk, downtown Frankfort,  Info: 223-2261 or www.downtownfrankfort.com

Visit these shops and artist studios downtown for the best in local art and craft

  • Broadway Clay – 223 W Broadway • 502.320.7250 • broadwayclay.com This ceramics studio, classroom and gallery features the work of local and area potters and painters. Functional and decorative pottery is available for purchase.
  • Capital Gallery of Contemporary Art – 314 Lewis • 502.223.2649 • Exhibiting paintings, fine prints, ceramics and small press books. Works by owner/artist Ellen Glasgow along with artists from Kentucky and across the country.
  • Completely Kentucky – 237 W Broadway • 502.223.5240 • completelykentucky.com Explore the amazing work of hundreds of Kentucky’s most talented artists. Shipping is available and gift wrapping is always free. Open every day.
  • DeSpain Studio and Gallery – 329 W Broadway • 502.352.2717 • Paintings, fine art photography and artists’ greeting cards featuring Kentucky art and Kentucky artists.
  • Full Circle Studio & Gallery – 309 Shelby St • 502.682.9648 • www.createfullcircle.com This working studio features gourd mosaics of Jennifer Zingg, gourd sculptures of Travis Kelley, and others. Art classes are offered for all ages.
  • Gallery House at First United Methodist Church – 211 Washington St. • 502.227.7430 •
  • Jessie’s Art Gallery & Custom Framing – 200 W 2nd St • 502.227.2495 • Specializing in “conservation framing” this gallery also carries one of the most complete collections of Paul Sawyier prints.
  • M.A. Selbert – 330 St Clair St • 502.227.2780 • selberts.com Locally owned full service jewelry and gift store that includes locally made jewelry.
  • McClure Building Art Studios – 306 W Main – please call for hours/availability
    • Alchemy Salon – Room 711 • 502.352.2791 • Gina Morales shows her collages on ceramic tile.
    • Betty Beshoar Art Studio – Room 700 • 502.682.9446 • Visit this working art studio featuring oil paintings & collages.
    • Gene Burch Studio – Room 603 • Purchase Gene Burch’s photographs of Frankfort and beyond at Shades of BLU Boutique.
    • Studio 710 – Room 710 • 859-913-5263 • http://karencareypaintings.com Features variety of oil paintings.
  • Nitro – 200 W Main •502.226.2400 • nitrooffrankfort.com Quaint boutique featuring fashionable clothing, unique accessories and artistic jewelry. Occasional special events during ArtWalk.
  • Old Capital Antiques – 231 W Broadway •502.223.3879 • Handcrafted items, collectibles, decorative accessories, mid-century antiques and an extensive collection of cameos are available.
  • Poor Richard’s Books – 233 W Broadway • 502-223-8010 • poorrichardsbooksky.com A “real” bookstore that specializes in Kentucky and regional authors. Special events during Art Walk including book signings.
  • Rebecca Ruth Candy Tours & Museum – 116 E 2nd St • 502-223-7475 • rebeccaruth.com Revolving exhibits of Kentucky art in the museum. Gift shop has original and print art for sale.
  • Rodger’s Studio – 224 W Main • 502.223.3123 • Meet Bill Rodgers and view his photographic images from in and around Frankfort, portraitures and more.
  • Shades of BLU Boutique – 300 St Clair Ste 102 • 502.468.2036 •This unique store offers the work of local and regional artists, photographers and craft artisans.
  • Simply Garden – 100 E Broadway • 502.545.8104 • https://www.facebook.com/Simplygardenky?fref=ts Unique home furnishings, accessories, garden themed gifts, and complete interior & year round garden design services are available.
  • The Eclectic Mix – 300 St. Clair St. • 502.382.7207 • www.facebook.com/TheEclecticMixStore
  • The Milam House – 308 Washington St • 502.226.6464 • themilamhouseflowers.com Family owned florist specializing in unique and artful arrangements and gifts.
  • The Woolery – 315 St Clair • 502.352.9800 • www.woolery.com A comprehensive store dedicated to the fiber arts. Available in the store are handcrafted work, fiber supplies, equipment, and a variety of classes.
  • Three Elements Designs – 332 St Clair • 502.418.2074 • threeelementsdesigns.com This working studio of Rob Kirkman features handcrafted furniture, custom carpentry and functional pieces.
  • Vibrant Life – 338 St Clair • 502.352.2452 • www.vibrantlifefrankfort.com Visit this holistic healing center that displays and sells a wide variety of 2 and 3-dimensional art from Frankfort and around the world.

Listing of art supporting venues in downtown Frankfort

  • Capital City Museum – 325 Ann St •502.696.0607 • www.capitalcitymuseum.com/ Special activities during ArtWalk may include performing arts and music.
  • Frankfort School of Ballet – 340 St Clair • 502.226.6443 • frankfortballet.com Featuring works of local and emerging artists. Exhibits change periodically.
  • Franklin County Judicial Center – 222 St Clair • 502.564.2278 • Displaying historic photographs courtesy of the Capital City Museum and Ky Historical Society, and modern photographs by Gene Burch.
  • Hill House – 214 W Second Featuring one-of-a-kind works and collectibles from local and regional artists (during ArtWalk)
  • Kentucky Historical Society – 100 W Broadway • 502.564.1792 • history.ky.gov Revolving exhibits that feature Kentucky artists and events.
  • Liberty Hall Historic Site – 202 Wilkinson St • 502.227.2560 • libertyhall.org National Historic Landmark featuring early Kentucky furnishings and art.
  • Paul Sawyier Public Library – 319 Wapping St • 502.352.2665 • www.pspl.org On exhibit are stained glass windows, batiks, Paul Sawyier paintings, prints, and work of local/regional artists.
  • Rhonda Gauthier Gallery – 115 Bridge St • 502.320.3856 • rhondaartist.com The Gallery exhibits oil paintings by impressionist artist Rhonda Gauthier and hosts music events featuring Sammy Coulter & Co.
  • The Grand Theatre Grand Gallery – 308 St Clair • 502.352.7469 • grandtheatrefrankfort.org Gallery space exhibiting the work of regional artists. Displays change quarterly.

Dining & Refreshment Options

  • Bourbon on Main – 103 W Main • 502.352.2720 • www.bourbononmain.com Enjoy pub grub extraordinaire, a stocked bourbon bar, rotating craft beers on tap and the works of local and emerging artists for sale.
  • Brick Alley – 325 St Clair • 502.875.2559 • Stop by the Brick for drinks and to enjoy the works of local artists during Art Walks
  • Buddy’s Pizza – 212 Broadway • 502.352.2920 • Handcrafted pizza, salad and sandwiches. Changing exhibits of local artists and student work are available for purchase. Check out the “Buddy” wall of local canine buddies.
  • Capital Cellars – 227 W Broadway • 502.352.2600 • capitalcellars.net Enjoy this unique bar and cafe that retails local and regional wines/bourbons and works from local and emerging artists.
  • Cascades Lounge at the Capital Plaza Hotel – 405 Wilkinson Blvd • www.capitalplazaky.com/restaurant/menus.htm Cascades offers a wide variety of wine and spirits.
  • Gibby’s – 204 Broadway • 502.223.4429 • eatatgibbys.com Serving fresh local food with an Italian theme. Live music on back patio and special events during Art Walk.
  • Kentucky Coffeetree Café – 235 W Broadway • 502-875-3009• kentuckycoffeetree.com Gourmet deli, dessert and coffee bar and local beer and cocktails. Changing exhibits of local and emerging artists.
  • La Fiesta Grande – 334 St Clair • 502.352.2395 • Authentic Mexican food in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Enjoy happy hour on the “mall” (outdoor seating).
  • Magee’s Bakery – 225 W Main • 502.223.7621 • facebook.com/mageesdoughnuts Local bakery specializing in custom cakes, delicious desserts, breakfast treats, and lunch. Hand blown candle holders available for sale.
  •  Mai-Siagon – 328 St Clair • 502.352.2420 • Authentic Vietnamese family owned restaurant and grocery store.
  • Rick’s White Light – 114 Bridge St • 502.696.9104 • whitelightdiner.com Featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, this famous eatery has a kitschy decor with funky art covering the walls
  • Serafini – 243 Broadway • 502.875.5599 • serafinifrankfort.com Fine dining restaurant open for lunch and dinner exhibiting the works of noted Kentucky folk artists.
  • Subway – 238 W Main • 502.227.3275 • Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner, made to order, salads and subs.
  •  The Meeting House B&B – 519 Ann St • 502.226.3226 • themeetinghousebandb.com Bed and Breakfast Inn in pre Civil War house. Enjoy home cooked meals with a northern flair.

= Art always available for sale

                     

103 Moore Drive • 502.564.5597• www.kecu.org

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Thursday – Saturday, February 11 – 13, 5:30 pm – Around the World in 80 Days Winter Dinner Club — Global Aphrodisiacs, at Holly Hill Inn, 426 N Winter St, Midway

Follow the wondrous travels of author Jules Verne’s intrepid Phileas Fogg via Chef Ouita’s fantastic menus during her fourth annual Winter Dinner Series, Around the World in 80 Days!

In the first three months of 2016, the staff of the Holly Hill Inn in Midway will conduct guests on a culinary world tour with guest chefs and exotic stops from London to Paris to Japan and beyond. The schedule is below.

Specially paired wine flight and cocktail specials featured throughout the Winter Dinner Club 2016 series. Cost is $45. Vegetarian options always available. Reservations, beginning at 5:30 p.m., by calling Donna at (859) 846-4732.

Chef Ouita’s Winter Dinner Club 2016: Around the World in 80 Days

February 11-14: Global Aphrodisiacs
February 18-20: Vietnam
February 25-27: Ethiopia
March 3-5: Peru
March 10-12: Spain and Portugal
March 17-19: Ireland
March 24-26: American Steakhouse
March 31-April 2: Springtime in Kentucky

Around the World in 80 Days Winter Dinner Club — Scandinavia - 1-7-16


Saturday, February 13, 7:00 pmBuffalo Love, at Buffalo Trace Distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Buffalo Love, a unique dinner featuring Buffalo Trace’s award-winning bourbons and sumptuous cuisine. We’ll delight your senses with food paired with our world-renowned spirits.

6:00 p.m. – Optional Tour. 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Dinner/Event.

$85 per person. Tickets go on sale Jan. 4th. For reservations, email events@buffalotrace.com or call 502.696.5930.

Buffalo Love at Buffalo Trace Distillery - 2-13-16


Tuesday, February 16, 5:00 – 8:00 pmCountry Boy Dinner with DH, at Bourbon on Main, 103 West Main (KY 420), Frankfort

Celebrating country boy’s anniversary on February 16th. Our tap will be taken over by Country Boy Brews and DH will be on hand to answer questions and knock back a few pints himself! This post Valentine’s Day event is sure to please your favorite craft enthusiast, and with our menu specialized for the week to pair with the taps you won’t want to miss this event!

This event will also double as our weekly Pint Night so don’t forget to take home your souvenir glass!

Country Boy Dinner with DH - 2-16-16


Wednesday, February 17, 7:30 pm – National Players present “JULIUS CAESAR”, at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

The National Players stage William Shakespeare’s classic “Julius Caesar.”

“This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council.”

Tickets: $30 / $20 / $15

Julius Caesar at the Grand Theatre - 2-17-16


Thursday – Saturday, February 18 – 20, 5:30 pm – Around the World in 80 Days Winter Dinner Club — Vietnam, at Holly Hill Inn, 426 N Winter St, Midway

Follow the wondrous travels of author Jules Verne’s intrepid Phileas Fogg via Chef Ouita’s fantastic menus during her fourth annual Winter Dinner Series, Around the World in 80 Days!

In the first three months of 2016, the staff of the Holly Hill Inn in Midway will conduct guests on a culinary world tour with guest chefs and exotic stops from London to Paris to Japan and beyond. The schedule is below.

Specially paired wine flight and cocktail specials featured throughout the Winter Dinner Club 2016 series. Cost is $45. Vegetarian options always available. Reservations, beginning at 5:30 p.m., by calling Donna at (859) 846-4732.

Chef Ouita’s Winter Dinner Club 2016: Around the World in 80 Days

February 18-20: Vietnam
February 25-27: Ethiopia
March 3-5: Peru
March 10-12: Spain and Portugal
March 17-19: Ireland
March 24-26: American Steakhouse
March 31-April 2: Springtime in Kentucky

Around the World in 80 Days Winter Dinner Club — Scandinavia - 1-7-16


Thursday – Saturday, February 25 – 27, 5:30 pm – Around the World in 80 Days Winter Dinner Club — Ethiopia, at Holly Hill Inn, 426 N Winter St, Midway

Follow the wondrous travels of author Jules Verne’s intrepid Phileas Fogg via Chef Ouita’s fantastic menus during her fourth annual Winter Dinner Series, Around the World in 80 Days!

In the first three months of 2016, the staff of the Holly Hill Inn in Midway will conduct guests on a culinary world tour with guest chefs and exotic stops from London to Paris to Japan and beyond. The schedule is below.

Specially paired wine flight and cocktail specials featured throughout the Winter Dinner Club 2016 series. Cost is $45. Vegetarian options always available. Reservations, beginning at 5:30 p.m., by calling Donna at (859) 846-4732.

Chef Ouita’s Winter Dinner Club 2016: Around the World in 80 Days

February 25-27: Ethiopia
March 3-5: Peru
March 10-12: Spain and Portugal
March 17-19: Ireland
March 24-26: American Steakhouse
March 31-April 2: Springtime in Kentucky

Around the World in 80 Days Winter Dinner Club — Scandinavia - 1-7-16


Friday, February 26, 7:30 pmDelbert McClinton, at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

Delbert McClinton is an icon in Texas roots music as a singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist and, mostly notably, a harmonica player who gave lessons to a young John Lennon during a British tour and performed on the 1962 hit “Hey, Baby.”

Tickets: $55 / $45 / $35

Delbert McClinton at the Grand Theatre - 2-26-16


March 2016

Thursday – Saturday, March 3 – 5, 5:30 pm – Around the World in 80 Days Winter Dinner Club — Peru, at Holly Hill Inn, 426 N Winter St, Midway

Follow the wondrous travels of author Jules Verne’s intrepid Phileas Fogg via Chef Ouita’s fantastic menus during her fourth annual Winter Dinner Series, Around the World in 80 Days!

In the first three months of 2016, the staff of the Holly Hill Inn in Midway will conduct guests on a culinary world tour with guest chefs and exotic stops from London to Paris to Japan and beyond. The schedule is below.

Specially paired wine flight and cocktail specials featured throughout the Winter Dinner Club 2016 series. Cost is $45. Vegetarian options always available. Reservations, beginning at 5:30 p.m., by calling Donna at (859) 846-4732.

Chef Ouita’s Winter Dinner Club 2016: Around the World in 80 Days

March 3-5: Peru
March 10-12: Spain and Portugal
March 17-19: Ireland
March 24-26: American Steakhouse
March 31-April 2: Springtime in Kentucky

Around the World in 80 Days Winter Dinner Club — Scandinavia - 1-7-16


Saturday, March 5, 1:00 pmMET Opera – Manon Lescaut, at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

The Met stage ignites when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann join forces in Puccini’s obsessive love story. Opolais sings the title role of the country girl who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress, while Kaufmann is the dashing student who desperately woos her. Director Richard Eyre places the action in occupied France in a film noir setting. “Desperate passion” is the phrase Puccini himself used to describe the opera that confirmed his position as the preeminent Italian opera composer of his day. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the stirring score.

Tickets: $23 Adult / $18 Student

MET Opera - Manon Lescaut at the Grand Theatre - 3-5-16


Thursday – Saturday, March 10 – 12, 5:30 pm – Around the World in 80 Days Winter Dinner Club — Spain and Portugal, at Holly Hill Inn, 426 N Winter St, Midway

Follow the wondrous travels of author Jules Verne’s intrepid Phileas Fogg via Chef Ouita’s fantastic menus during her fourth annual Winter Dinner Series, Around the World in 80 Days!

In the first three months of 2016, the staff of the Holly Hill Inn in Midway will conduct guests on a culinary world tour with guest chefs and exotic stops from London to Paris to Japan and beyond. The schedule is below.

Specially paired wine flight and cocktail specials featured throughout the Winter Dinner Club 2016 series. Cost is $45. Vegetarian options always available. Reservations, beginning at 5:30 p.m., by calling Donna at (859) 846-4732.

Chef Ouita’s Winter Dinner Club 2016: Around the World in 80 Days

March 10-12: Spain and Portugal
March 17-19: Ireland
March 24-26: American Steakhouse
March 31-April 2: Springtime in Kentucky

Around the World in 80 Days Winter Dinner Club — Scandinavia - 1-7-16


Tuesday, March 15, 7:30 pmCALADH NUA, at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

Caladh Nua is a versatile five-member group that performs traditional Irish music with a contemporary flair.

Tickets: $30 / $25 / $20

CALADH NUA - 3-15-16


Thursday – Saturday, March 17 – 19, 5:30 pm – Around the World in 80 Days Winter Dinner Club — Ireland, at Holly Hill Inn, 426 N Winter St, Midway

Follow the wondrous travels of author Jules Verne’s intrepid Phileas Fogg via Chef Ouita’s fantastic menus during her fourth annual Winter Dinner Series, Around the World in 80 Days!

In the first three months of 2016, the staff of the Holly Hill Inn in Midway will conduct guests on a culinary world tour with guest chefs and exotic stops from London to Paris to Japan and beyond. The schedule is below.

Specially paired wine flight and cocktail specials featured throughout the Winter Dinner Club 2016 series. Cost is $45. Vegetarian options always available. Reservations, beginning at 5:30 p.m., by calling Donna at (859) 846-4732.

Chef Ouita’s Winter Dinner Club 2016: Around the World in 80 Days

March 17-19: Ireland
March 24-26: American Steakhouse
March 31-April 2: Springtime in Kentucky

Around the World in 80 Days Winter Dinner Club — Scandinavia - 1-7-16


Saturday, March 19, 8:00 am – Find the Fridge 8k Trail Race, at Capitol View Park, KY-3300, Frankfort

Find the fridge in the river bank along the trail for a surprise!
You might be cursing my name by the end of the race but you will be so happy you found the refrigerator that you’ll want to participate next year! We always have some good snacks after the race and the shirts are the shit!

DISTANCE 8k (4.97 miles)-USATF sanctioned
ENTRY FEES $20 registration until March 13th, $25 after
Mail entry form with Check (made out to the Frankfort Striders) to:
208 New Street, Frankfort, Ky 40601.

RACE DAY Late registration and packet pick up starts at 7:00 am. The registration will be at the pavilion.

AWARDS Awards given to the top male and female as well as age group awards.

The race will benefit the group WeWannaPlay of Franklin County. WeWannaPlay.org is on a mission to make sure every student athlete that wishes to participate in middle or high school varsity sports has that opportuntity and is not held back by the escalating costs of fees, uniform costs, equipment costs, etc

Questions: Contact Leesa Unger @ (502) 395-0364 OR leesa.unger@gmail.com

ONLINE SIGN UP HERE: https://runsignup.com/Race/KY/Frankfort/FindTheFridge

Find the Fridge 8K T4rail Run - 3-19-16


Thursday – Saturday, March 24 – 26, 5:30 pm – Around the World in 80 Days Winter Dinner Club — American Steakhouse, at Holly Hill Inn, 426 N Winter St, Midway

Follow the wondrous travels of author Jules Verne’s intrepid Phileas Fogg via Chef Ouita’s fantastic menus during her fourth annual Winter Dinner Series, Around the World in 80 Days!

In the first three months of 2016, the staff of the Holly Hill Inn in Midway will conduct guests on a culinary world tour with guest chefs and exotic stops from London to Paris to Japan and beyond. The schedule is below.

Specially paired wine flight and cocktail specials featured throughout the Winter Dinner Club 2016 series. Cost is $45. Vegetarian options always available. Reservations, beginning at 5:30 p.m., by calling Donna at (859) 846-4732.

Chef Ouita’s Winter Dinner Club 2016: Around the World in 80 Days

March 24-26: American Steakhouse
March 31-April 2: Springtime in Kentucky

Around the World in 80 Days Winter Dinner Club — Scandinavia - 1-7-16


Thursday – Saturday, March 31 – April 2, 5:30 pm – Around the World in 80 Days Winter Dinner Club — Springtime in Kentucky, at Holly Hill Inn, 426 N Winter St, Midway

Follow the wondrous travels of author Jules Verne’s intrepid Phileas Fogg via Chef Ouita’s fantastic menus during her fourth annual Winter Dinner Series, Around the World in 80 Days!

In the first three months of 2016, the staff of the Holly Hill Inn in Midway will conduct guests on a culinary world tour with guest chefs and exotic stops from London to Paris to Japan and beyond. The schedule is below.

Specially paired wine flight and cocktail specials featured throughout the Winter Dinner Club 2016 series. Cost is $45. Vegetarian options always available. Reservations, beginning at 5:30 p.m., by calling Donna at (859) 846-4732.

Chef Ouita’s Winter Dinner Club 2016: Around the World in 80 Days

March 31-April 2: Springtime in Kentucky

Around the World in 80 Days Winter Dinner Club — Scandinavia - 1-7-16


April 2016

Saturday, April 2, 1:00 pmMET Opera – Madama Butterfly, at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

Anthony Minghella’s breathtaking production has thrilled audiences ever since its premiere in 2006. Two of the world’s foremost Butterflys, sopranos Kristine Opolais and Patricia Racette, share the title role. Tenors Massimo Giordano and Roberto Alagna sing Pinkerton, the naval officer who breaks Butterfly’s heart. Karel Mark Chichon conducts.

Tickets: $23 Adult / $18 Student

MET Opera - Madama Butterfly - 4-2-16


Friday, April 8, 7:30 pmTerry Lee Goffee – A Tribute to Johnny Cash, at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

The immortal work of “The Man in Black” will be re-created as the Grand presents Terry Lee Goffee – A Tribute to Johnny Cash.

Tickets: $30 / $25 / $20

The Ultimate Johnny Cash Tribute - 4-8-16


Saturday, April 16, 1:00 pmMET Opera – Roberto Devereux, at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the extraordinary challenge of singing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens in the course of a single season, a rare feat made famous by Beverly Sills—and not attempted on a New York stage since. In this climactic opera of the trilogy, she plays Queen Elizabeth I, forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Roberto Devereux. Tenor Matthew Polenzani is Devereux, and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien complete the principal quartet in the bel canto masterpiece, conducted by Donizetti specialist Maurizio Benini. As with the earlier Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda, the production is by Sir David McVicar, who with this staging completes an enormously ambitious directorial accomplishment.

Tickets: $23 Adult / $18 Student

MET Opera - Roberto Devereux at the Grand Theatre - 4-16-16


Saturday, April 23, 7:30 pmThe Drifters, at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

Timeless hits such as “Under the Boardwalk,” “This Magic Moment,” and “Up on the Roof” will be performed as the Grand presents one of popular music’s most acclaimed and enduring groups, The Drifters.

Sponsors: McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC

Tickets: $35 / $30 / $20

The Drifters at the Grand Theatre - 4-23-16


Friday, April 29, 7:30 pmJOHN JORGENSON QUINTET, at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

The Grand welcomes back guitar virtuoso John Jorgenson and his quintet.

Tickets: $30 / $25 / $20

JOHN JORGENSON QUINTET at The Grand Theatre - 4-29-16


Saturday, April 30, 1:00 pmMET Opera – Elektra, at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn’t live to see his greatElektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme—unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner—who portrays Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance for the murder of her father, Agamemnon. Legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is chilling as Elektra’s fearsome mother, Klytämnestra. Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and bass-baritone Eric Owens are Elektra’s troubled siblings. Chéreau’s musical collaborator Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Strauss’s mighty take on Greek myth.

Tickets: $23 Adult / $18 Student

MET Opera - Elektra at the Grand Theatre - 4-30-16


May 2016

June 2016

Saturday, June 25, 8:00 am – 9:00 am – 2nd Annual River Blast River Run 3K, at River View Park, 704 Wilkinson Blvd

Come down and join us for the 2nd Annual Frankfort River Blast River Run 3K. Fun for the entire family to help kick off the Frankfort River Blast and support the Riverside Children’s Play Park area and splash pad, a 4 acre community play area situated along the banks of the Kentucky River.

Late registration and package pickup to start at 7 am. Race starts at 8 am.

More details to follow, but the course thus far will start at Ward Oates Amphitheater, go along the River Walk to the Glen Willis, and back.

Registration fees are as follows:

Children under 18 – $10 (early registration)
Adults – $20 (early registration)

ONLINE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE UNTIL June 23rd!
https://runsignup.com/Race/KY/Frankfort/RiverBlastRiverRun3K.

PROCEEDS to benefit the Riverside Play Park situated along the banks of the Kentucky River (on Wilkinson next to the old Gatti’s) for use by the community.

River Blast River Run 3K


Saturday, June 25, 8:00 am – 10:00 pm – 2nd Annual Frankfort River Blast, at River View Park, 704 Wilkinson Blvd

The City of Frankfort and Destination Frankfort invite you to MEET US AT THE RIVER!!!

The Kentucky River, once a major “highway” and the lifeblood of Frankfort, is once again opened up to the waters to the north, the Ohio River. Please join us on Saturday, June 25, 2016, as we once again celebrate life on the Kentucky River, linking Frankfort to it’s river neighbors further north.

A full day of celebration is scheduled to begin at 8 am on Saturday, June 25, 2016, with the 2nd Annual River Blast River Run, and end with a host of activities, including featured musical entertainment from the Tim Clark Band.

Saturday, June 25, 2016 (Admission $5 Adults, Children 12 and under free – Proceeds to benefit Riverside Children’s Play Park)

– 8:00 am (late registration and package pick up at 7 am) – River Blast River Run 3K
– 9:00 am (registration begins at 8:00 am) – Paddling Races on the Kentucky River
– 11:00 am – 7:00 pm – ART Market
– 11:00am – 5pm – Children’s Activities
– 11:00 am – 10:00 pm – Food Venders & Beer Garden
– 12:00 – 10:00 pm – Live Music on Stage
– 1:00 – 7:00 pm – Boat Tours Kentucky Thorobred (Kentucky State University’s Science Lab), a 48 passenger house boat. Departs each hour
– 1:30 – 6:00 pm – Games for All Ages
– 3:00 pm – Flotilla presented by the Frankfort Boat Club
– FIREWORKS Show to put the BLAST in River Blast at DUSK!!!

Need more information or want to be a part of this event? Contact Frankfort/Franklin County Tourism at 800.960.7200. Find us online at www.visitfrankfort.com and check out the event on Facebook HERE and the most up to date information on the Facebook Page HERE.

2nd Annual Frankfort River Blast


July 2016

August 2016

September 2016

October 2016

November 2016

December 2016

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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