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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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April 2016

Tuesday, April 5, 10:00 am – Margaret Wise Brown Preschool Story Time, at Liberty Hall Historic Site

Search for nursery rhyme characters in The Find It Book and clues to the past in Liberty Hall, then play I Spy. 10 a.m. at Liberty Hall. Free.

Children must be accompanied by an adult; groups of 10 or more, call (502)227-2560 to schedule.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2:00 – 3:00 pm – Wild Wednesday: Reptile Roundup, at Salato Wildlife Education Center,

Looking for something to do during spring break? Join us at Salato from 2-3pm as we showcase some of the snakes and turtles that call the center home. Have you ever wondered what a snake feels like to the touch? Are you curious about which kind of turtle lives in your garden? This is your chance to find out!

No registration required. Free with general admission.

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Friday, April 8, 7:00 – 8:30 pmFrankfort Arts Foundation presents Jae Won Kim, Pianist, at Kentucky State University, at Bradford Hall

Frankfort Arts Foundation Concert Series: Concert pianist Dr. Jae Won Kim

The Frankfort Arts Foundation will present classical pianist Dr. Jae Won Kim in concert at 7 p.m. April 8 at Kentucky State University’s Bradford Hall.

This event is held in partnership with Kentucky State University. Kim a will perform in concert on KSU’s grand piano.

Jae Won Kim, Pianist to Perform at KSU - 4-8-16

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

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Sunday, April 10, 2:00 – 3:00 pm – Wildflower Walk, at Cove Spring Park, lower level. Walk with Canoe KY in conjunction with the Frankfort Parks and Recreation Department.   Guided Hike. FREE of charge. Please bring a donated can good per each participant. Proceeds to be donated to the Access Soup Kitchen. Info HERE

Guided Hike Wildflower Walk by Canoe KY and Frankfort Parks

April 11 – May 23History Keepers: The Legacy of the NSCDA and Women of Vision, a Special Exhibit at Liberty Hall Historic Site – Learn about the history of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in these panel exhibits. Free with Liberty Hall admission; NSCDA members free.

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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

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Thursday, April 14, 12:00 NOON – Frankfort Area Chamber April Membership Luncheon with Dr. Houston Barber, at the Capital Plaza Hotel, 405 Wilkinson Blvd., Guest Speaker Dr. Houston Barber, Superintendent, Frankfort Independent Schools will speak about the new Footsteps2Brillance program and the Community-wide Learning Initiative

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Friday, April 15, 7:30 pmOVER THE RHINE, at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

Over the Rhine, a Cincinnati-based folk duo with a dozen albums to its credit; they have shared the stage with music legends such as Bob Dylan and John Prine. The husband and wife team pairs Linford Detweiler’s dynamic piano and guitar playing with Karin Bergquist’s soul-tinged vocals. The Washington Post applauds their “understated, country-tinged charm.”

Tickets: $15/$20/$25 – On sale 10am 1/20/16

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

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Saturday, April 16, 6:00 – 10:00 pm – Rock the Schoolhouse, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Main Street

Join us for our Rock the Schoolhouse fundraiser at the Kentucky Historical Society on April 16th, 2016 from 6-10pm. The event is open to the public and will include a live and silent auction comprised of donated and student art, local band, DJ, Frankfort celebrities who will be auctioned off for a dance and help out during the evening, and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $15/per person and benefit Collins Lane Elementary PTO and students.

This is an adult only event, but childcare will be provided on a first come, first served basis to those who buy their tickets in advance and pre-register for it with VNoble110108@gmail.com . Childcare will be provided at Collins Lane Elementary for $5/per child.

Tickets can be purchased at the event, at Collins Lane Elementary, or by sending cash or check (made out to CLE PTO) to: CLE PTO
Attn: Vanessa Noble
1 Cougar Lane
Frankfort, Ky 40601

*This is event is hosted by Collins Lane Elementary PTO.

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Saturday, April 16, 6:30 pmBourbon & Browns, at the Orlando Brown House

Save the date and plan to kick off your Derby season with honorary chairs Martha Layne Collins and Steve and Diane Collins at Liberty Hall Historic Site’s annual spring fundraiser, “Bourbon & Browns” on Saturday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. With Kentucky hot brown creations from famed chef and James Beard Award nominee, Ouita Michel of Holly Hill Inn, and selections of Woodford Reserve bourbon, your palate will be pleased. The event features Bluegrass music by No Tools Loaned, a favorite on the Governor’s Derby Train, unique live and silent auction items, and the company of good friends. The event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Preservation Act and all proceeds benefit the continued preservation of Liberty Hall Historic Site. Tickets are $75, and can be purchased starting today online at www.libertyhall.org, or by calling (502) 227-2560.

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Sunday, April 17, 2:00 – 3:00 pm – Wildflower Walk, at Cove Spring Park, lower level. Walk with Canoe KY in conjunction with the Frankfort Parks and Recreation Department.   Guided Hike. FREE of charge. Please bring a donated can good per each participant. Proceeds to be donated to the Access Soup Kitchen. Info HERE

Guided Hike Wildflower Walk by Canoe KY and Frankfort Parks

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

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Tuesday, April 12, 5:30 – 7:00 pmDress for paddling success: Proper gear for this paddling seasonat Canoe KY (Downtown), 301 West Main Street. Hands on activity: Dress for paddling success: Proper gear for this paddling season. Info HERE

Fly Fishing on Elkhorn Creek

Tuesday, April 19, 5:30 – 7:00 pmFamily hike/ geocachingat Canoe KY (Downtown), 301 West Main Street. Hike around the Capital grounds. Info HERE

State Capitol

Wednesday, April 20, 6:30 – 8:00 pm – FHS Speaks – Premier Night, at the Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

Frankfort High School Oral History Film. A project by the Frankfort High School students of the Kentucky History and Yearbook Classes.  Showing of their film at the Grand Theater.  Please RSVP so we can get a count of how many people will be there.

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Thursday, April 21, 5:30 pm58th Farm/City Banquet, at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero

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Friday, April 22, 4:00 – 5:00 pmGrow Your Own Butterflies, at the Grand Theatre, 300 St. Clair. FREE Sponsored by the Capital Area Extension Master Gardeners

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Download your flyer HERE

PowerPoint Presentation

Friday, April 22, 6:30 pm10th Annual Pro.Active for Life 5K Run/Walk, Downtown Frankfort

The 6th Race in the 2016 Frankfort Striders Run/Walk Series

  • Chip Timing & Wave Start
  • Sweat Vac Tech Shirts for ALL registrants this  year
  • Sweat Vac Tech Running Caps available for a limited time – order yours before 3/16.  All proceeds from cap sales help us keep our children prices LOW
  • Walk Before You Run & Ask the Therapist (Physical Therapist!) Training Group, M & Th, 3/7-4/18 from 5:50-6:30 p.m. Reserve Your Spot!
  • HEALTHY EARTH/HEALTH BODIES EXPO on the old capitol lawn from 5-8:30 p.m.
  • The only race that gives age group awards to FIRST TIMERS
  • $1000 in winnings for the top 3 School Challenge winners
  • Cool School Award  – Winning School will have a MONARCH WAY STATION planted in their green space by the Capital Area Master Gardeners
  • FREE Training Programs for both Beginners & Intermediate Runners/Walkers
  • Benefits the United Way of Franklin County and WeWannaPlay
  • Adults are only $20 and children are only $10 now through April 15th
  • Adults $25 and Children $15 from 4/16 through 4/22
  • Late Registration at Fork, Knife & Spoon on Main Street
  • Free Presentation by authors Judy Burris & Wayne Richards prior to race (location and time TBA)

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Frankfort Striders Run-Walk Series 2016

Saturday, April 23, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm11th Annual Pony Car Round-Up, at Juniper Hill Park, 800 Louisville Road, Frankfort

The Frankfort Mustangs Club will once again be hosting our annual Kentucky Pony Car Round-Up.  The event will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at our usual spot on Juniper Hill Park, 800 Louisville Road, Frankfort, KY. This year is our 11th anniversary and we hope you can join us once again!!

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Saturday, April 23, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Family Fun Day at Salato, at Salato Wildlife Education Center,

There will be fun for the whole family as Salato celebrates Earth
Day! The schedule is as follows:

10 am – While Supplies Last: Free tree seedlings

10:30 – 11:30 am – Little Explorers: Your little ones will get to construct their own “binoculars” and “day packs” that will come in handy during your family’s visit of the indoor and outdoor exhibits. Spaces are limited and registration is required. Call
502-564-7863 to secure your spot. Designed for children ages 10 and under but siblings are welcome to attend.

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Saturday, April 23, 6:00 pm – 4th Annual Celebrity Waiters’ Dinner and Silent Auction, at the Frankfort Country Club, 101 Duntreath St, A benefit for the Franklin County Humane Society

Please join us for food, socializing, and silent auction items. Food served by “celebrities” in our community helping to support our cause. Festivities will begin at 6:00 pm with a cocktail hour including appetizers and entertainment provided by the Franklin County High School Jazztet. The silent auction will also begin at 6:00 pm with dinner at 7:00. Tickets are $50 per person, $500 for a table of 10.

If you have items you would like to donate to the silent auction, please contact Betsy at cwdauction@gmail.com. She can coordinate with volunteers to have your donations picked up at your convenience.

Any donation is welcome, we can combine donated items into themed baskets. We’re working on Poker Night, Soccer Mom, Red, White, and Wow!, Picnic with Shakespeare in Josephine Sculpture Park, Saving for a Rainy Day, and A House Divided (UK/UL), and we’re open to your ideas! And of course we are delighted to receive complete baskets! We’re hoping to have as many items as possible collected before the end of March.

Also, do you know any individuals, businesses or artists who may be interested in donating? If so, please contact them for us. (And let us know who you’re contacting so we make sure we don’t have multiple people contacting the same potential donor.) Also, if you can share this message with other animal lovers who may be interested in helping with this effort, you help us increase our audience! All contacts can greatly increase proceeds raised at this event, our largest fundraiser of the year!

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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

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Sunday, April 24, 2:00 – 3:00 pm – Wildflower Walk, at Cove Spring Park, lower level. Walk with Canoe KY in conjunction with the Frankfort Parks and Recreation Department.   Guided Hike. FREE of charge. Please bring a donated can good per each participant. Proceeds to be donated to the Access Soup Kitchen. Info HERE

Guided Hike Wildflower Walk by Canoe KY and Frankfort Parks

Tuesday, April 26, 5:30 – 7:00 pm – Hands on activity: Disc Golf 101at Canoe KY (Downtown), 301 West Main Street. Hands on activity: Disc Golf 101. Info HERE

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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

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Friday, April 29, 10:00 am – 12 NOON – “Poetry Past and Present” Homeschool Workshop, at Liberty Hall Historic Site

Discover poems read and written by residents of Liberty Hall, take a poetry walk, and write haiku with poet Carole Johnston.  10 a.m.-noon.  Recommended for students ages 10-13.  $15 for students.  Pre-registration required.

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Friday, April 29, 5:00 – 8:00 pm KECU Spring ArtWalk, Throughout the Frankfort Community

Our KECU downtown ArtWalks feature amazing original art from local / regional artists and artisans. Over 25 venues participate and mediums include painting, watercolor, woodwork, pottery, fiber arts, calligraphy, photography, glasswork, metalwork, and more. Come enjoy a lovely, creative experience in Downtown Frankfort, meet and mingle with our talented artists, and enjoy a nice meal or drink at one of our downtown restaurants.

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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

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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

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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.

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Download your Bark for Life 2016 Flyer HERE

Saturday, April 30, 2:00 pmIntro to Fly Fishing, at Salato Wildlife Education Center,

Have you ever wanted to learn how to cast a fly rod? Now’s your chance to receive hands-on instruction at the Dragonfly Marsh! Your free lesson begins at 2pm.
Seedlings and fly fishing free with general admission.

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Saturday, April 30, 2:00 – 4:00 pm – A Royal Tea Party, at Peaks Mill Elementary School, 100 Peaks Mill Road

You are cordially invited to:

A Royal Tea Party
Saturday, April 30th
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Peaks Mill Elementary School
100 Peaks Mill Road
Frankfort, KY 40601

We will host thirteen princesses, along with Prince Charming.
There will be unlimited photo opportunities, please bring your own camera and/or phone to capture the excitement.
Your child may dress up if they are feeling royal.

$10 per child
Admission includes one free parent ticket, a tote bag, tiara, wand and refreshments.
There will be a $5 charge for any additional adults due to limited space.

Tickets will go on sale March 14th
You can only purchase tickets at Peaks Mill Elementary during these times:
8:00am – 3:45pm Monday – Friday
Tickets are limited

This event is open to girls and boys of all ages.
Proceeds will go toward Peaks Mill’s campus beautification project.

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Saturday, April 30, 7:30 – 9:30 pm The Frankfort Christian Acedemy’s 2016 Glo Run 5K, downtown Frankfort, sign up HERE

Registration Information:
1. Registration may be found online or mail an entry form to
Attn: Glo Run
1349A US HWY 421 South,
Frankfort, KY 40601.

2. Walk-in registration will be accepted at The Frankfort Christian Academy (address above).

3. Race Day Registration will take place at the registration table on the Old Capital lawn.

4. Race bag/Registration Packet will be available for pick up prior to race day at The Frankfort Christian Academy or at the registration table on the Old Capital lawn the day of the race.

5. We recommend arriving downtown for the race at least 45 minutes prior to the start time. (Start time will be at 7:30 PM).

6. Your registration includes:
TFCA Glo Run 5K T-shirt, coupons and goodies from participating area vendors, chip timed event, glo “bling”, finish line surprises, and a chance to hang out with hundreds of new friends!

Race Sponsors:
– Lawson Industrial (Georgetown, KY)
– Whitehead-Hancock Plumbing, Heating and Cooling

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May 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 10:00 am – Margaret Wise Brown Preschool Story Time, at Liberty Hall Historic Site, Practice your ABCs by listening to “The Hungry Bunny’s Alphabet” and exploring the Liberty Hall garden. 10 a.m. at the Orlando Brown House. Free. Children must be accompanied by an adult; groups of 10 or more, call (502) 227-2560 to schedule.

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Wednesday, May 4, 12 NoonDecision America Tour with Franklin Graham, at the Kentucky State CapitolCapitol Front Terrace Street Level, 700 Capital Ave

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Franklin Graham is traveling to all 50 states in 2016 to hold prayer rallies, to preach the Gospel, and to challenge believers to take a stand and take action. He’ll be urging Christians to vote, to live out their faith in every part of their lives, and to pray for our nation just as Nehemiah cried out to God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and restore hope to His people.  Click HERE for more information.

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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.

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Friday, May 6, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm – CASA Derby Eve Gala, at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero

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Lloyd’s of London presents the CASA Derby Eve Gala on Friday, May 6, 2016, at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero Street, Frankfort, KY. Doors open for the “black tie optional” event at 5:30 p.m. and begins at 6:00 p.m. with cocktails, including a wine/bourbon tasting sponsored by Buffalo Trace, Beam Suntory, and Elk Creek Vineyards, along with previews of the silent auction items. Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. and catered by Chef Beth Greenwell Carter, owner of Fork, Knife and Spoon. Chef Carter has culinary experience in France and Italy; has been part of the traveling tour with Taylor Swift as well as the Food Network Production Company for the Pioneer Woman. The Swing Street Band will regale the attendees beginning at 8:15 p.m. Swing Street is a six-piece, high energy band that features four distinctive vocals. They play dance music for all ages, from the 50’s to current hits.

Join us in supporting CASA of the Bluegrass. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a private, non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that provides advocacy services for abused, neglected and dependant children under the protection of the Family Court. The CASA Derby Eve Gala is a major fundraiser for CASA of the Bluegrass which serves Anderson, Boyle, Franklin, and Mercer Counties. Please join us in supporting this worthy cause while enjoying the hospitality of our Commonwealth.

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Download your CASA Derby Eve flyer HERE

Saturday, May 7, 2016 – The Governor’s Downtown Derby CelebrationDowntown Frankfort

Since 1936, Kentuckians have enjoyed the tradition of beginning their Derby Day in the Capital City.  Since 2011, the Governor’s Derby Celebration (formerly known as the Governor’s Derby Breakfast) has been held in Historic Downtown Frankfort.

For up-to-date listings of information, please visit these pages:



Governor's Derby Celebration 2015

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

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Thursday, May 12, 12:00 – 1:00 pmFrankfort Area Chamber of Commerce May Lunch & Learn presented by Kort: Is Your Business ADA Compliant, at Centria, 1099 US 421 South
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Saturday, May 14, 9:00 am – 2:00 pmPlant Market, on the Old Capitol Lawn, 300 West Broadway

Capital Area Master Gardeners Association hosts their annual plant market: vegetables, herbs, perennials, butterfly plants, garden art, silent auction, and children’s activities.

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Saturday, May 14, 7:30 pm – THE MCCARTNEY YEARS Tribute Show, at the Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

The McCartney Years is a period-true, technically stunning and sonically explosive show. Led by Yuri Pool as Sir Paul, TMY has been praised by Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein as ‘the best on the scene today’.  Whether he’s playing a real McCartney-era Höfner or emulating the same wardrobe from the “Wings over America” mid-70s tour, Yuri is true to Sir Paul in his vocal stylings and presentation on tracks like ‘Live and Let Die’, ‘Let it Be’, ‘The Long and Winding Road’ and ‘Jet’. His commitment to 100% live and accurate reproductions of McCartney’s concert experience started way back in his native Holland, continued through his stint as Paul McCartney in one of the bigger travelling Beatles shows in the UK and has set the standard for all who might follow in this significant body of work.

TMY players include David Usselman (guitars and bass); Braden DeCooman (guitars); Hubert Orlowski (keyboards and synth); Laura Gagnon (percussion and keyboards; Dean McKey (drums) and of course Yuri on bass, vocals, piano and guitar.

TICKETS: $20/$25/$30 – on sale 10am 1/20/16

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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.

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Thursday, May 19, 5:00 – 7:00Joining Community Forces Expo: Interns, Co-Op Students or Community services, at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero

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Download your flyer HERE

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If your business would like to participate, download your contract HERE and contact the Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce at 502.223.8261

Saturday, May 21Tech Savvy Kentucky, at Kentucky State Univeristy

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Are you a girl in middle school?  Or are you an adult who wants to support the education of middle school girls?  Then you must find out about and attend Tech Savvy, coming to Frankfort, Kentucky on May 21 for a day of fun and intriguing sessions led by women who work in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields in places like Toyota USA, Alltech,  Kentucky State University and the University of Kentucky and more!!   Link below to all the information you need to find out about the program and register (registration is only $5) to join us on May 21, 2016 at Kentucky State University, College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems.

About Tech Savvy

Here is our flyer for Tech Savvy-KY 2016.  Tech Savvy 2016 Save the Date  Please share with others!!

Directions to KSU

Link to Map:

Link to Campus Map:  http://kysu.edu/visit-ksu/campus-map/

AAUW Bluegrass Central Region includes Anderson, Boyle, Franklin, Fayette, Jessamine, Madison, Nercer, and Woodford counties in Kentucky.  New members are welcome to join us for monthly programs.

Contact kytechsavvy@gmail.com if you want additional information or to volunteer for the event.

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June 2016

Thursday, June 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pm – After Hours at Liberty: “Brilliant Parties”, at Liberty hall Historic Site, Discover early 19th-century dress and decorum and enjoy the activities of a period social event—cards, dancing, and light refreshments. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Liberty Hall. For adults 18-up. Ticket includes a cup of Claret Punch. $20/$15 members. Reservations required.

After Hours at Liberty Hall

Thursday – Saturday, June 2 – 4 – Capital Expo Festival, Capital Plaza

Come celebrate Capital Expo Festival’s 43rd Anniversary. Started in 1973, Capital Expo is a festival for the entire family, with three days of continuous fun and free entertainment at the Capital Plaza Complex in historic downtown Frankfort Kentucky.

Whether just looking or buying, you don’t want to miss one of Capital Expo Festival’s oldest traditions, our Artisans. Featuring primitive woodcrafts, wearable art, mosaics, handmade sterling silver and gemstone jewelry, paintings, pottery, hand turned wooden bowls, Kentucky Crafted and Kentucky Proud items and woodworking to name a few.

Come hungry to Capital Expo Festival, you will find a large variety of food and beverages to satisfy any palate. Capital Expo has something for everyone, Carnival rides, Funnel Cake 5K Race, a Classic Car Show, continuous live entertainment on 2 stages, a Children’s Festival, and Rumble on the River, the Fireworks display.

Capital Expo Festival Logo

Saturday, June 4, 9:00 am –  4th Annual Capital Expo Festival Funnel Cake 5k, at the Capital Expo Festival

The 4th Annual Capital Expo Festival Funnel Cake 5k will benefit WeWannaPlay, Inc.  Donations from the race will be going to help out student athletes via WeWannaPlay. They are on a mission to make sure every financially qualifying Franklin County student athlete that wishes to participate in middle or high school varsity sports has that opportunity and is not held back by the escalating costs of uniforms, equipment, fees, etc…

Our course will run through the beautiful downtown Frankfort, along the Kentucky river trail and end in front of and in the heart of the traditional Capital Expo Festival.

Funnel Cake 5K Logo

Friday, June 17, 11:30 am – 6:00 pm Frankfort Area Chamber Annual Golf Tournament, at the Juniper Hills Golf Course, 700 Louisville Road

Frankfort Area Chamber Annual Golf Tournament - 6-17-16

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)


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

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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

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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

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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