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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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February 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 11:00 amKentucky State University Living African Amerian Legends Series featuring Charles Ogletree, at Bradford Hall at Kentucky State University

Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree will speak at Bradford Hall Auditorium as a part of Kentucky State University’s African-American Living Legends Series. The February series is part of KSU’s Convocation, which invites notable speakers to enhance the intellectual aspect of campus life.

Ogletree, the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, and Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, is a prominent legal theorist who has made an international reputation by taking a hard look at complex issues of law and by working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law.

Ogletree opened the offices of The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice in September 2005 as a tribute to the legendary civil rights lawyer and mentor and teacher of such great civil rights lawyers as Thurgood Marshall and Oliver Hill. The Institute has engaged in a wide range of important educational, legal, and policy issues over the past six years.

Ogletree is the author of several important books on race and justice. His most recent publication is a book co-edited with Professor Austin Sarat of Amherst College entitled Life without Parole: America’s New Death Penalty? (NYU Press, 2012). Other publications include The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class, and Crime in America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). In November 2009, NYU Press published Professor Ogletree’s book, co-edited with Professor Austin Sarat, The Road to Abolition: The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States.

Ogletree is a native of Merced, Calif., where he attended public schools. He has earned an M.A. and B.A. (with distinction) in Political Science from Stanford University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Every year since 2006, Ogletree has been named by Ebony magazine as one of the “100+ Most Influential Black Americans.”

For information about Kentucky State University’s Living Legends Series, go to our website: http://kysu.edu/2016/01/26/ ksu-highlights-african- american-living-legends- series-in-february/

Living Legends African-American Series - Feb 2016


Tuesday, February 23, 2:00 pm – eBay Class, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street,

This class is designed to help the beginner set up an eBay account, sell & buy items, and make payments using PayPal. Attendees will find it helpful to have computer experience.

No registration required.
Library Computer Lab.

eBay at the PSPL - 11-17-15


Tuesday, February 23, 4:00 – 10:30 pm41st District Basketball Tournament, at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero Street

Girls

6:30 pm – Franklin County VS Frankfort

41st District Girls' Basketball 2016 Bracket - Feb232426-2016

 

Click HERE for Girls’ Basketball Schedules and Scores

Boys

8:15 pm – Woodford County VS Western Hills

41st District Boys' Basketball 2016 Bracket - Feb232426-2016

 

Click HERE for Boys’ Basketball Schedules and Scores


Tuesday, February 23, 6:00 pm – Envision Frankfort Meeting, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping St. Info: www.envisionfranklincounty.org


Wednesday, February 24, 4:00 – 10:30 pm41st District Basketball Tournament, at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero Street

Girls

6:30 pm – Western Hills VS Woodford County

41st District Girls' Basketball 2016 Bracket - Feb232426-2016

Click HERE for Girls’ Basketball Schedules and Scores

Boys

8:15 pm – Franklin County VS Frankfort

41st District Boys' Basketball 2016 Bracket - Feb232426-2016

Click HERE for Boys’ Basketball Schedules and Scores


Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 pmThe End of the Line, at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

Local filmmaker Sellus Wilder reveals the “true story of the bluegrass pipeline” in this award winning documentary.  A portion of proceeds will go to benefit our screening sponsor: Josephine Sculpture Park! Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at http://www.blocktheline.com. Join us after the screening at 9pm @ the KY Coffeetree Cafe for a discussion with filmmaker Sellus Wilder and some of the film’s subjects.

Bluegrass Pipeline


Thursday, February 25, 11:00 amKentucky State University Living African Amerian Legends Series featuring Ruth Brinkley, at Bradford Hall at Kentucky State University,

Ruth Brinkley is the president and CEO of Louisville-based KentuckyOne Health. She has more than 35 years of health care experience working in public and private academic and community-based hospital systems.

Living Legends African-American Series - Feb 2016


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, 4:00 – 10:30 pm41st District Basketball Tournament, at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero Street

Girls

6:30 pm – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

41st District Girls' Basketball 2016 Bracket - Feb232426-2016

Click HERE for Girls’ Basketball Schedules and Scores

Boys

8:15 pm – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

41st District Boys' Basketball 2016 Bracket - Feb232426-2016

Click HERE for Boys’ Basketball Schedules and Scores


Saturday, February 27, 1:00 – 4:00 pmFamily Fun Saturday: Lincoln the Learner, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway Street

Stitch up a copybook, learn to write with a quill, and cipher to the rule of three as you discover how young Abe Lincoln learned in school and at home. 100 W. Broadway, 1 – 4 p.m. 502-564-1792. For kids 5-10 and their families. Free admission does not include exhibits.

Family Fun Saturday - Lincoln the Learner - 2-20-16


Saturday, February 27, 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


Friday, February 26, 5:30 – 10:00 pm – 2016 Frankfort Area Chamber Annual Meeting, Awards Banquet & Auction, a the Capital Plaza Hotel, 405 Wilkinson Blvd.

Friday, February 26, 2016 * Capital Plaza Hotel
5:30 p.m. Frankfort Forward Partner VIP Reception
6:00 p.m. Tasting Reception * Dinner & Auction
Event Tickets:  $55 per person and includes Tasting Reception
 Table Sponsor: $550, includes reserved seating for 8, Tasting VIP Reception, Table Signage Promotion, and New this Year VIP Check-in
Display Table Sponsor:  $150, includes one display table in the pre-function hall, 2 tickets to event, listing on printed program
Advance reservations are necessary
Please R.S.V.P.  to the Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce office
 (502) 223-8261 or via email to chamber@frankfortky.info
Corporate Sponsor:

 
VIP Reception Sponsor:
Mountjoy & Chilton
 
Entertainment Sponsor: 
  O’Brien Gates Automotive Team
Live/Silent Auction Request:
We are currently looking for donations for our silent/live auction – please contact the Chamber office if you are interested in donating to the auction.

Discover Frankfort - Annual Chamber Dinner - 2-26-16


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

Tuesday, March 1, 10:00 am Margaret Wise Brown Preschool Story Time, at the Orlando Brown House, FREE

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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


Friday & Saturday, March 4 & 5, 7:30 pm – Bridge of Spies (2015 PG-13) , at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks.

2015 PG-13

Tickets: $8 On sale Feb. 22

Bridge of Spies - 3-4-5-16


Saturday, March 5, 10:00 am – Bondurant Middle School Run for Cover 5K, at Lakeview Park

Bondurant Middle School will be hosting a “Run for Cover” 5K race on Saturday, March 5th, 2016.  Because we are passionate about protecting our students at BMS, the proceeds for this race will go toward building a new outside awning. This will be designed to provide outside protection to our students as they are entering/exiting the building.

For more information or to register, click HERE.

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Part of the Inaugural Frankfort Striders
Run/Walk Series*Frankfort Striders Run-Walk Series 2016


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


Monday, March 7, 6:30 pm – Killing Quantrill: Guerrilla Hunting in Civil War Kentucky, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

In August 1863, William Clarke Quantrill led a band of approximately four-hundred pro-Confederate guerrillas from Missouri in an early-morning raid against Lawrence, Kansas. The attack, dubbed the Lawrence Massacre, involved the guerrillas killing nearly two-hundred men and boys and burning large swaths of the town. The blitz cemented Quantrill’s reputation as the “chieftain of chieftains” in Missouri’s guerrilla war and made him public enemy number one with Union authorities in the state. In 1865, Quantrill led another band of men, this one numbering just forty or so, out of Missouri, through Tennessee, and into Kentucky. Following the Lawrence Massacre, Unionist forces cracked down significantly on irregular violence; Quantrill could no longer operate effectively in the state and went in search of newer (and safer) hunting grounds. In Kentucky, Quantrill and his men — which included Frank James and the Pence brothers, Bud and Donnie — came into contact with an entirely new cast of native guerrillas (men like Marcellus Clark aka “Sue Mundy,” Henry Magruder, and Sam “One-Armed” Berry) and an entirely new cast of Unionist adversaries. Presented by Matthew Hulbert, this talk explores the conditions that forced Quantrill from Missouri to Kentucky and analyzes how each state attempted to stamp out guerrilla violence; it chronicles his activities in Kentucky while providing background information on the causes of guerrilla violence; and, it narrates Quantrill’s eventual demise at the hands of a ruthless guerrilla hunter named Edwin “Bad Ed’ Terrell.

Matthew C. Hulbert is currently an Assistant Editor at the Kentucky Historical Society working on the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition. He received his Ph.D. in History in May 2015 from the University of Georgia. Hulbert is the co-editor, with Joseph M. Beilein, Jr., of The Civil War Guerrilla: Unfolding the Black Flag in History, Memory, and Myth (University Press of Kentucky, 2015) and the author of The Ghosts of Guerrilla Memory: How Civil War Bushwhackers became Gunslingers in the American West, which is due out in fall 2016 from the UnCivil Wars series at UGA Press.

This free event is sponsored by the Frankfort Civil War Roundtable, Capital City Museum, and PSPL.

Killing Quantrill - Guerrilla Hunting in Civil War Kentucky - 3-7-16


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


Tuesday, March 15, 8:00 – 11:00 am – Customer Service Training  presented by the Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce, at the Capital Plaza Hotel, 405 Wilkinson Blvd,

First Session: 8AM-9AM
Second Session: 10AM-11AM
$15 Per person – Chamber Members
$20 Per Person – Non-Chamber Members

Chamber of Commerce Customer Service Training - 3-15-16


Tuesday, March 15, 6:30 pm – Self-Published: An Introduction, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Self-publishing is not what it used to be. New technologies and changing attitudes have helped make it the fastest-growing sector in today’s publishing industry. As an affordable, timely option that offers greater creative control, self-publishing has become a valid option for many writers. In fact, it has never been easier to publish your work, as long as you go into the process prepared. Join us, wherever you are on your writing journey, and learn how to successfully navigate the world of self-publishing.

An Introduction to Self-Publishing
Presented by Mark Kinnaird, PSPL staff and local author

Is self-publishing right for you? This session will introduce you to self-publishing and include a discussion of its benefits in comparison to more traditional publishing. Learn what your options are, and get an overview of the process with a self-pub checklist.

This free session will take place in the Library Community Room. No registration is required. For more information, contact Diane Dehoney at 352-2665×108 or Mark Kinnaird at mark@pspl.org.

Self-Published - An Introduction - 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


Thursday, March 17, 6:30 pm – Run for the Gold 3K Fun Run/Walk, downtown Frankfort

Part of the Inaugural Frankfort Striders
Run/Walk Series*

Frankfort Striders Run-Walk Series 2016Print a registration form at gssfrankfort.org or Sign Up ONLINE at runsignup.com/race/ky/frankfort/goodshepherdrunforthegold3k

Good Shepherd School Run for the Gold - 3-17-16


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

Part of the Inaugural Frankfort Striders
Run/Walk Series*Frankfort Striders Run-Walk Series 2016


Saturday, March 19, 1:00 pmEaster Egg Hunt, at Buffalo Trace Distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace

An egg-citing event for children and parents! Search for thousands of treat-filled eggs plus enjoy refreshments and pictures with the Easter Bunny. All activities are free and begin at 1:00 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunt at Buffalo Trace Distillery - 3-19-16


Tuesday, March 22, 6:30 pm – Heirloom Seeds Workshop, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Join us for an AppalSeeds Heirloom Seed-Starting Workshop, and learn to start plants from seed, transplant seedlings, and save your own seed for next year. Attendees will be able to choose seed packets from many varieties of locally grown heirlooms as well as take home an organic heirloom tomato seedling!

This free workshop will take place in the Library Community Room, and registration is necessary. For more information, please contact Diane Dehoney at 352-2665×108 or diane@pspl.org.

Register online at the following link: http://bit.ly/heirloomseeds2016

Heirloom Seeds Workshop at the PSPL - 3-22-16


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, March 24, 6:30 pm – Book Signing: Chris Helvey, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Join local author Chris Helvey as he reads from and discusses his new release, Claw Hammer: A Gathering of Stories. One of America’s truly unique writers, Helvey has brought together eleven brand new, finely crafted short stories in this exciting collection from Hopewell Publications. A book signing will follow with copies available for purchase.

Chris Helvey is an award winning writer who lives and works in Frankfort. His shorts stories and poems have appeared in numerous reviews and journals including Kudzu, The Chaffin Journal, Pegasus, Kentucky Monthly, Modern Mountain Magazine, Best New Writing, Solstice, New Southerner, Bayou, Dos Passos Review, and Coal City Review. His chapbook, On The Boulevard, was published by Finishing Line Press. His novel, Whose Name I Did Not Know, and his short story collection, Claw Hammer, are both available from Hopewell Publications. He serves as Editor for both Best New Writing and Trajectory Journal. He earned his MFA in Writing from Spalding University.

This free event will take place in the Library Community Room. For more information, contact Diane Dehoney at 352-2665×108 or diane@pspl.org.

Book Signing - Chris Helvey - 3-24-16


Tuesday, March 29, 6:30 pm – The Natural History of Franklin County: Birds, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Kate Slankard, avian biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, will discuss birds of conservation concern which occur in Franklin County. These will include species such as the Barn Owl, Bald Eagle, and Peregrine Falcon, as well as such lesser known species as the Grasshopper Sparrow and Prothonotary Warbler.

In addition, Gary Sprandel, a map maker with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and an Audubon volunteer, will share locations of public birding sites in Franklin County.

This free event will take place in the Library Community Room. Please register online, at the Library, or by contacting Diane Dehoney at 352-2665×108 or diane@pspl.org.

“The Natural History of Franklin County” series is sponsored by theWoods and Waters Land Trust and PSPL.

Register online at the following link: http://bit.ly/naturalhistorybirds

The Natural History of Franklin County - Birds - 3-29-16


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, 8:00 am – 1:30 pm ReForest Frankfort, at Kentucky State University

ReForest Frankfort is a community-wide event to bring people together to learn about the benefits of trees and protecting our valuable natural resources. We plant trees, educate, celebrate Arbor Day and HAVE FUN!

ReForest Frankfort is sponsored by the City of Frankfort and a number of other local and State organizations. The event takes place in announced locations each year from 9am-2pm. See this page’s wall for specifics for this year and past year’s events.

The event is held on the first Saturday in April, which is designated Frankfort’s Arbor Day. Various locations are chosen each year.

The event highlights are the free tree give-away, information booths, local music, and other fun activities for kids and adults. The 5th Grade Poster Contest winners are announced; Soil Conservation’s Big Tree Contest Winners are presented. Doorprizes, free food, t-shirts and other handouts are always a treat for the attendees.

Volunteers are needed and appreciated! Show up with a shovel, gloves and dressed for the weather.

ReForest Frankfort at KSU - 4-2-16

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


Tuesday, April 12, 6:30 pm – The Natural History of Franklin County: Reptiles & Amphibians, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

John MacGregor is the “go-to guy” for questions on just about every animal group! During this presentation, he will discuss frogs, snakes, turtles, and more that occur in the Franklin County area. Learn more about these fascinating animals that live in our forests, ponds, rivers, and maybe even your yard. Also, discover what you can do to improve the habitat of these animals that are important to the health of our natural areas.

This free event will take place in the Library Community Room. Please register online, at the Library, or by contacting Diane Dehoney at 352-2665×108 or diane@pspl.org.

“The Natural History of Franklin County” series is sponsored by the Woods and Waters Land Trust and PSPL.

Register online at the following link: http://bit.ly/naturalhistoryreptiles

The Natural History of Franklin County - Reptiles & Amphibians - 4-12-16


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


Tuesday, April 19, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Frankfort/Franklin Co. Regional Career & Job Fair, at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero Street

Deadline to register your business is March 18, 2016

Job Fair at the Frankfort Convention Center - 4-19-16


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


Tuesday, April 26, 6:30 pm – The Natural History of Franklin County: Trees, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

The types of forests in Franklin County are some of the most diverse in the world. For instance, did you know that there are at least 6 naturally occurring oaks? Heather Housman will discuss the types of trees, how they support life in the forest, and what to look for as you walk in the forests of Franklin County.

This free event will take place in the Library Community Room. Please register online, at the Library, or by contacting Diane Dehoney at 352-2665×108 or diane@pspl.org.

“The Natural History of Franklin County” series is sponsored by the Woods and Waters Land Trust and PSPL.

Register online at the following link: http://bit.ly/naturalhistorytrees

The Natural History of Franklin County - Trees - 4-26-16


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


Saturday, April 30, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Bark for Life of Franklin County, at the Upper Cover Springs Park, 100 Cove Spring Park

This event will take place in the Archery Park area. You will follow the directions to get to Cove Springs except instead of turning off US-127 you will follow US-127 to the top of the hill and take the first right onto Peaks Mill Rd and then the first right into the Archery Park and follow the driveway.

This is a fundraiser the funds will be shared between the Humane Society and American Cancer Society. It recognizes our furry friends as caregivers and companions to those that have fought or been lost to cancer. It DOES NOT recognize the pets that have survived or been lost to cancer.

Bark for Life at Upper Cove Springs Park - 4-30-16


May 2016

Friday, May 6, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm – Oaks Day Festival, at the Buffalo Trace Distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace

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 ice cream made with our Buffalo Trace Bourbon.

Oaks Day Festival at Buffalo Trace Distillery - 5-6-16


Tuesday, May 10, 6:30 pm – The Natural History of Franklin County: Geology, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

The geology of Franklin County influences everything from the course of the Kentucky River and its connecting streams to the plants and animals that live in our area. Geologist Brandon Nuttall will discuss how geologic forces have influenced the development of our landscape for millions of years. He will talk about how the rocks around us tell of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, storms, tides, sand dunes and beaches, landslides (current) and slumps (ancient), sinkholes and caves, and even the Old Capitol building.

This free event will take place in the Library Community Room. Please register online, at the Library, or by contacting Diane Dehoney at 352-2665×108 or diane@pspl.org.

“The Natural History of Franklin County” series is sponsored by the Woods and Waters Land Trust and PSPL.

Register online at the following link: http://bit.ly/naturalhistorygeology

The Natural History of Franklin County - Geology - 5-10-16


Tuesday, May 17, 6:30 pmSelf-Published: Editing Your Manuscript / Paper vs. Ebook, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Self-publishing is not what it used to be. New technologies and changing attitudes have helped make it the fastest-growing sector in today’s publishing industry. As an affordable, timely option that offers greater creative control, self-publishing has become a valid option for many writers. In fact, it has never been easier to publish your work, as long as you go into the process prepared. Join us, wherever you are on your writing journey, and learn how to successfully navigate the world of self-publishing.

Editing Your Manuscript / Paper vs. Ebook
Presented by Norm Snider, local author

One of the most necessary, yet often underutilized, steps in self-publishing is editing. Learn the importance of the editorial process and what it means to the success of your book.

How do you plan to distribute your book? This session will also address your format options, namely traditional hardcover/paperback printing vs. digital and the benefits of each.

This free session will take place in the Library Community Room. No registration is required. For more information, contact Diane Dehoney at 352-2665×108 or Mark Kinnaird at mark@pspl.org.

Self-Published - Editing Your Manuscript Paper vs Ebook - 5-17-16


June 2016

Friday, June 17, 6:00 pm – Pappy for Your Pappy, at the Buffalo Trace Distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace

This Father’s Day, make him a happy pappy with a one-of-a-kind dinner event as Julian and Preston Van Winkle guide you through a tasting of the various ages of Van Winkle Bourbons. Don’t forget to bring your favorite Van Winkle item to have it signed at the end of the evening.

6:00 p.m. – Optional Tour. 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Dinner/Event.
$100 per person.

Lottery system in place; entries taken through online registration form at buffalotracedistillery.com/events, May 9-12.
On May 13, drawing will occur and winners will be notified.
Seating limited to 130 people. Entering into this lottery does not guarantee a ticket to this event.
One entry per household.

Pappy for Your Pappy at Buffalo Trace Distillery - 6-17-16


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

Friday – Sunday, October 14 – 16Days of Knights V, at the Upper Cove Springs Park,

On October 14-16, 2016, The Days of Knights will return to its original location at Cove Spring Archery Park off Owenton Road in Frankfort, Kentucky. There is no charge to either participants or spectators. The event is sponsored by the City of Frankfort’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Sites and the Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist and Convention Commission. Pre-registration is mandatory for participants. Historical accuracy is stressed in all living history portrayals, which may range in date from circa 1000AD to circa 1600A.

For Questions about the event contact us at info@thedaysofknights.com.

Find more information online HERE.

Days of Knights - Oct 14-16-16


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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