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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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August 2016

Monday, August 29, 5:00 – 6:00 pm – Monday Makers Series, at Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd (3/4 Mile South of Capital Bowl)

This series will meet 4 times: Monday nights Aug. 8-29 from 5pm-6pm.
Learn how to work with reusable Gelli Plates. You will draw, press, blotch, splatter, paint and roll onto these soft plates to create amazing textures, images and prints. We will be using drawing skills, imagination and inspiration from the nature and sculptures available at the park. Fun for all skill levels, no experience needed.

Instructor: Jody Jaques

Price: $50 total (includes all 4 classes)
Supplies Included
All Ages and Ability Levels suggested 5 and up

Monday Makers Series at Josephine Sculpture Park JSP - Aug2016

Tuesday, August 30, 5:00 – 7:00 pmFrankfort Civil Air Patrol Open House, at the Kentucky Wing HQ on Louisville Road (next to Sonic)

Civil Air Patrol is having an Open House on August 30 at 5:00-7:00pm. Civil Air Patrol offers teens leadership opportunities and character development with core values of Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence, and Respect. They learn aerospace, emergency services, drill, physical training, and they learn how to FLY!

When a cadet joins Civil Air Patrol, they are eligible to receive 5 powered flights. Each one offers a different lesson of flight. Sitting in the copilot seat, they will receive a flying lesson lasting 45 minutes to an hour. The cadets actually get an opportunity to fly the plane during their flight. Then the plane lands and they switch places with another cadet sitting in the back seat and enjoy another hour of flight as a passenger. The Air Force pays for the planes and fuel. The pilots volunteer their time. The cadets pay nothing for the flight.

Frankfort Squadron cadet flight meets every Tuesday at the Kentucky Wing HQ next to Sonic from 5:00-7:00. To join, a youth must be between 12-18 years old. Those above age 18 have a meeting is every first and Third Tuesday at 7:00 pm.

Visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CivilAirPatrolFrankfort/

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Tuesday, August 30, 5:15 – 7:00 pm – Explore Nature Series: KSU Thorobred Tour, at River View Park, 404 Wilkinson Blvd, Frankfort

As part of our Popular Explore Nature Series we will be offering a one time only tour one the KSU Thorobred. We will enjoy the sights of the KY river as we will discuss its history and importance to the area.

Call 502 227 4492 to INQUIRE ABOUT AVAILABILITY OR IF YOU ARE CONFIRMED AND CANNOT MAKE IT. This is reserved for the first 45 people and as with all our Explore Nature events it will be Free of Charge. We will meet at Riverview park at 5:15 to depart at 5:30pm


Explore Nature Series KSU Thorobred Tour at CAnoe Kentucky - 9-5-16

Wednesday, August 31, 6:00 – 8:00 pmWine’d Down Wednesday with Jasmine, Nathan, & Friends!, at Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe, 235 W Broadway St, Frankfort

Join Jasmine, Nathan, and some special guests for an evening involving perhaps the most random set list that has ever existed! We’ve got everything you need: oldies, musical numbers, 80’s, 90’s, current pop tunes and some originals! We can neither confirm or deny that we will also be doing a Disney tune. Sip on a lil’ something and let those toes tap; we got you, babe.

Wine'd Down Wednesday with Jasmine, Nathan, & Friends at KY Coffeetree Cafe - 8-31-16

Wednesday, August 31, 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Nature Photography Club (for youth ages 11-17), at Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd (3/4 Mile South of Capital Bowl), Frankfort

Play with light, explore the outdoors, and learn photography techniques to capture nature’s wonders.

Each workshop will explore an aspect of nature photography and allow time to practice on the JSP grounds.

Assignments between workshops and thoughtful critiques will push your skills to the next level.

Finally, you’ll select your best work to be printed for a group show at the Fall Arts Festival!

For ages 11-17, beginner and intermediate level. No photography experience is required, just an interest and a curiosity to explore.


This Photo Club workshop is FREE, but registration for each meeting is required.
The Photo Club will meet every Wednesday from July 27 – August 31, 6:00-8:00 pm (6 classes).

Attendance to at least 4 classes is required for inclusion in the JSP Fall Arts Festival Exhibit (Sep. 11).


Participants may use their own digital camera or reserve one. A digital SLR, point-and-shoot or other device that allows adjustment of exposure settings is required. Contact Karen at klanierphoto@gmail.com to reserve a Canon Powershot A800 digital point-and-shoot.

Printing will be an additional expense, estimated at $10-$30 per high-quality, mounted, enlargement.


Karen Lanier is a naturalist, photographer, author, and environmental educator who earned a unique degree in Environmental Documentation, the fusion of conservation studies and documentary storytelling. She has led youth photography classes and workshops since 2011, and prefers to see the world through a child’s eye.

This workshop is sponsored by the Kentucky Foundation For Women.

For more information or to register, click HERE

Nature Photography Club for youth ages 11-17 at JSP Josephine Sculpture Park - July27-Aug31 for 6 Classes

September 2016

Thursday, September 1, 6:30 am – September 1st Sample Day, at Poppy’s Bakery, 865 Wilkinson Blvd, Ste C, Frankfort

Join us at Poppy’s Bakery on September 1st starting at 6:30am for FREE samples of our delicious baked goods. Cakes, cookies, pastries all kinds of tempting treats. FREE Samples, Poppy’s Bakery, 875 Wilkinson Blvd. 875-5535.

September 1st Sample Day at Poppy's bakery - 9-1-16

Thursday, September 1, 5:30 – 7:30 pm – Suds, Duds & Spuds, at Liberty Hall Historic Site, 218 Wilkinson Street

Suds Duds & Spuds - The Laundry at Liberty Hall 2 - 9-1-16

Join us at Liberty Hall for our next After Hours at Liberty event to unveil our new historic laundry room setting. In addition to touring the room setting, event-goers will enjoy music by the Leestown Jug Band, featuring John Harrod, and a specialty potato chip-and-dip bar. Beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Admission is free. Rain date: Sept. 2.

Suds Duds & Spuds - The Laundry at Liberty Hall - 9-1-16

Friday, September 2, 5:30 – 9:00 pmCreekside Boil, at Equus Run Vineyards, 280 Moores Mill Rd, Midway

Equus Run Vineyards is serving up a rocking good time with a low country shrimp boil by local favorite cajun chefs from Bourbon N’ Toulouse. The Tweak will be getting you in that New Orleans mood with jazz. Be sure to get here early to try our specialty cocktail with Sorella Gelateria! Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Tickets are $36 includes dinner and music!

Get tickets HERE

Creekside Boil at Equus Run Vineyards - 9-2-16

Friday, September 2, 7:00 pmFarmers Bank Summer Concert, Hosted By Downtown Frankfort, Inc., on the Old Capitol Lawn, 300 West Broadway


Da Mudcats

Summer Concert Series 2016

Friday, September 2, 9:00 – 10:30 pm – Bert Lams and Tom Griesgraber, at Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe, 235 W Broadway St, Frankfort

Join Bert Lams, of the California Guitar Trio, and Tom Griesgraber, master of the rare chapman stick, at the Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe.

The Lexington Harold commented on the talents of Bert and Tom prior to their last performance at the Cafe several years ago:
“Local audiences might know Bert Lams as one-third of the acclaimed California Guitar Trio. A classically trained, Belgium-born player, he long ago mastered the fine art of genre-jumping. He showcased his classical prowess with a superlative solo album of Bach Preludes (Nascent), but Lams has stylistically leap-frogged with the CGT from classical to surf to accomplished original compositions to prog-rock covers.

Tom Griesgraber is versed on the versatile electric gizmo known as the Chapman stick, an instrument that creates everything from bass-like tones to orchestral ambience through taps on its strings.”

With the release of Unnamed Lands, guitarist Bert Lams and Chapman Stick player Tom Griesgraber celebrate the completion of one of the most inspired projects either musician has ever been a part of. Fourteen original instrumental tracks tie together with artwork and text to tell the adventures of a North American wagon train journey through one traveler’s personal experiences circa 1840.

“What started as a simple idea to make an album together, changed course dramatically,” says Lams. “As we were working together, the original pieces seemed to tie in with a story, or a concept, and a theme emerged: Prairie Travelers in the 1800’s, making their way west, looking for better fortunes.’’ “The more time we spent writing, the more the project took on a life of its own,” continues Griesgraber, “The story presented itself as if it was just meant to be there.”

Bert Lams and Tom Griesgraber at KY Coffeetree Cafe - 9-2-16

Saturday, September 3, 12:30 – 4:00 pm – Civil War Train Ride, at the Bluegrass Railroad Museum, 175 Beasley Road, Versailles

Get tickets HERE

You don’t have to choose a side to ride with us! Soldiers and their families, from the Union and the Confederacy, descend upon BGRM to teach us a little more history of the life, times, and deaths, of this time of our past. This side of history will be brought to you by the Kentucky 5th Volunteer Infantry, and the 14th Kentucky Light Artillery.

We’ll also host the Kentucky Historical Society HistoryMobile! It will feature the exhibit “Torn Within and Threatened Without: Kentuckians in the Civil War Era”. There will be no charge for you to walk through the HistoryMobile, as it has been generously sponsored by Graviss McDonald’s, of Versailles, Frankfort, and Lexington. Come join us for this remarkable event, here in Versailles!


This event will not feature a steam engine.


The train leaves the station at 2 pm, but be sure to arrive much earlier for our Civil War Camp, exhibit hall, gift shop, and model railroad layouts.

Civil War Train Ride at the Bluegrass Railroad Museum - Sept3-4

Sunday, September 4, 12:30 – 3:30 pm – Civil War Train Ride, at the Bluegrass Railroad Museum, 175 Beasley Road, Versailles

Get tickets HERE

You don’t have to choose a side to ride with us! Soldiers and their families, from the Union and the Confederacy, descend upon BGRM to teach us a little more history of the life, times, and deaths, of this time of our past. This side of history will be brought to you by the Kentucky 5th Volunteer Infantry, and the 14th Kentucky Light Artillery.

We’ll also host the Kentucky Historical Society HistoryMobile! It will feature the exhibit “Torn Within and Threatened Without: Kentuckians in the Civil War Era”. There will be no charge for you to walk through the HistoryMobile, as it has been generously sponsored by Graviss McDonald’s, of Versailles, Frankfort, and Lexington. Come join us for this remarkable event, here in Versailles!


This event will not feature a steam engine.


The train leaves the station at 2 pm, but be sure to arrive much earlier for our Civil War Camp, exhibit hall, gift shop, and model railroad layouts.

Civil War Train Ride at the Bluegrass Railroad Museum - Sept3-4

Monday, September 5, 5:00 – 8:00 pm – Monday Makers Series – Hot Metal Pour, at Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd (3/4 Mile South of Capital Bowl), Frankfort

This series will meet 2 times: Monday night Sept. 5 from 5pm-7pm and again on Sunday Sep. 11 during the Fall Arts Festival at JSP (anytime between 11am-6pm).

Fun for all skill levels, no experience needed. All materials provided as part of the class fee.

Explore metal casting and create your own relief sculpture during our aluminum pour at the Fall Arts Festival.

On the first class night, you will develop a design and learn carving skills to bring your design into 3 dimensions by scratching your design into a sand mold. We will be using drawing skills, imagination and inspiration from the nature and sculptures available at the park. You may also come with sketches or ideas for your design in mind, but that is not necessary.

Our second class “meeting” will be during the Fall Arts Festival at JSP on Sunday, Sep. 11. You may arrive with your mold at any time during the event (11am-6pm) to get your mold poured by the crew from Sculpture Trails who run the metal casting event at JSP. You will learn from them about the pouring procedure and finishing your aluminum sculpture, which you will get to take home that day. This is not a formally scheduled “class” as you may come and go as you like, stay as long as you like, you could even create another sand mold if you want to ($30 each the day of the event).

Instructor: Melanie VanHouten

Price: $50 total (includes both classes and materials, and waives the parking fee during the festival Sep. 11)

Supplies Included
All Ages and Ability Levels (suggested 6 and up)

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Thursday, September 8, 4:00 pm – Kentucky Senior Games: HorseshoesMillville Community Center

Thursday, September 8, 6:00 – 8:00 pm – The Official Kentucky Liar’s Contest, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Join the Paul Sawyier Public Library for an evening of fibs, fabrications, and flat-out fiction! On Thursday evening, September 8th we are proud to present The Official Kentucky Liar’s Contest in celebration of Kentucky Storytelling Month. Anyone can tell a tall tale, and we invite you to bring your best to compete for marvelous prizes, bragging rights, and the title of “Kentucky’s Best Liar.”

Who? All ages may enter.
Youth Division – 17 and under
Adult Division – 18 and up

How? Enter by putting your name in our “Liar’s Hat” beginning at 5:30pm. Contestants will be drawn at 6:00pm, and up to 10 “liars” may tell. The “lies” should be short stories 3-5 minutes in length. No notes or reading aloud are permitted. You must tell your “lie”! You should be the main character of your tale, and subject matter should be family friendly. And remember… the more exaggerated the better!

What can I win? Prizes will be awarded by decision of our judges’ panel. Contestants will be judged on technique, story development, originality, and effectiveness. Judges’ decisions are final.

Youth Division – $50 Wal-Mart gift card
Adult Division – $50 Kroger gift card
Crowd Favorite – $25 Kroger gift card (So be sure to bring your friends along to cheer you on!)

This event is free and open to the public. For more information on the Liar’s Contest, contact Diane Dehoney at 352-2665×108 or Tammy Semones at tammy@pspl.org.

The Official Kentucky Liar's Contest at the Paul Sawyier Public Library PSPL - 9-8-16

Friday, September 9, 11:30 – 12:30 pmLunchtime Concert Series presents Jack Twombly, at the Ward Oates Amphitheater, End of West Main Street behind the Kentucky Bar Association

WOA Ward Oates Amphitheater Lunchtime Concert Series 2016

Download your Concert Series Schedule HERE

Friday – Sunday, September 9 – 11, 2016 – Festival of the Horse, Georgetown, KY

The 36th Annual Festival of the Horse located in historic downtown Georgetown will be held on the new dates of September 9-11, 2016. Live music, activities, food, dance, carnival rides and other family fun have been scheduled for the weekend including the Scott County Humane Society Pet Parade on Sunday.

For the third year, a subcommittee of the Georgetown/Scott County Tourism Commission will be organizing the event. “Festival of the Horse is a team effort and our volunteers work tirelessly to bring this community event together,” said Executive Director Lori Saunders.

The Festival celebrates the longstanding equestrian tradition in Scott County. The Colt & Filly Review Parade will take place on Friday, followed by the Toyota Grand Parade of Horses and Holly Williamson’s Bomb Proofing Clinic on Saturday. The Horse Show will take place on Sunday.

New this year, the Festival hours are 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Vendors must be present in their booths and remain open until 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Vendors are welcome, but not required to stay until the close of the concerts. Booth spaces will be offered on both sides of Main Street from Mulberry to Water Streets.

“We are committed to organizing a quality event that meets past expectations, but also includes some new features that will enhance the experience for residents and visitors alike,” said Saunders.

For a schedule of events and more information, visit festivalofthehorse.org

Festival of the Horse in Georgetown - Sept9-11

Saturday, September 10, 6:00 am – 4:00 pm – Bluegrass Yakmasters Fishing Tournament, at Canoe Kentucky, 7323 Peaks Mill Rd, Frankfort

We are excited about a two tournament weekend! The Bluegrass Yakmasters tournament on Saturday will be a blast for all Kentucky anglers, and those who are in town for the River Bassin Tournament. Eligible waters for this date include: All forks of Elkhorn Creek, Floyds Fork, Pools 3 & 4 of the Kentucky River, Willisburg Lake, Beaver Lake & Corinth Lake.

We will have a captains meeting on Friday night, and after the results are in, we will be hosting a dinner for all anglers, so fish hard and bring your good times to us!

More info HERE

Fly Fishing on Elkhorn Creek

Saturday, September 10, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm – Lexington Inflatable Obstacle Course Race, at Falling Springs / Versailles -Woodford Parks & Rec, 275 Beasley Dr, Versailles

XtremeAIR 5k Obstacle Race is a very bouncy 5k race obstacle course that will have you laughing, smiling, sweating, and bouncing up and down with fun. Add a little (actually a huge) spring to your fitness step and try something new. This Xtreme Air 5k Obstacle Race is the hot new ticket in town! Who wouldn’t want to propel themselves up an inflatable mountain and then get to slide all the way back down or climb, duck and dodge your way through the Guantlet Obstacle. And that’s just two of the 12 obstacles you get to bounce around on—there are 10 more inflatable challenges that must be added to the mix to get the full Xtreme Air 5k fun experience! Sign up today to experience the Xtreme FUN for yourself!

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Saturday, September 10, 8:30 amThe Strider Stroll, at the Ward Oates Amphitheater, End of West Main Street behind the Kentucky Bar Association

The organizers of the Compassionate Friends Walk decided to cancel their event. Worry not, we are going to have a replacement event called “The Strider Stroll” on the same day (Saturday, September 10) at 8:30 with a registration of only $10. This will be an untimed run/walk on the River Path starting at the Ward Oats Amphitheater and going to Buffalo Trace then back (approximately 3 miles). We want to just have a fun, easy, social event to get you out and moving with a popsicle reward at the end! The proceeds will go towards the Striders scholarship fund and series expenses.

Strider Stroll at Ward Oates Amphitheater - 9-10-16

Saturday, September 10, 10:30 am – 1:00 pmSecond Saturday Genealogy: Why X & mtDNA?, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway

10:30 a.m.: Is mtDNA Just Empty DNA?

What Mitochondrial DNA Testing Is Good For – Learn about the nature of mitochondrial DNA and how mtDNA testing might help your research in spite of its limitations.

Noon: Which Spots Does “X’” Mark, Anyway? Understanding X-DNA Testing

Because X-DNA isn’t a stand-alone test, it’s an overlooked research tool, even confused with mtDNA. And those cryptic inheritance charts! Let’s figure it all out.

Speaker Debra Renard is a full-time genealogical researcher, lecturer and founder of “Eureka! Genealogy.” She active in local and state genealogical organizations and is a member of the John Marshall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

A 30-minute lunch break will take place between sessions (supply your own lunch).

Registration for these free workshops is strongly encouraged. However, walk-ins are welcome. Please pre-register by calling the KHS Refdesk at 502-564-1792, ext. 4460 or by sending an email to khsrefdesk@ky.gov

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Saturday, September 10, 11:00 am – Frankfort Cemetery Walking Tour with Russ Hatter, at the Frankfort Cemetery, 215 E Main Street

The 3rd historical walking tour featuring Frankfort Historian Russ Hatter will be held on Saturday, September 10th beginning at 11:00 am.

Featured in the tour will be people interred in Section B including members of the following families:

Kavanaugh’s, Sutterlin’s, Farmer’s, Rodman’s, Hawkins’, Ayres, Landon Thomas, Emily Thomas Tubman, Margurite and Frank Shauntee, Parrent, William Spencer Cryer, Emma Guy Cromwell, Admiral Chapman Coleman Todd, Harry Innes Todd, and Mary Trayn Runyan.

Reservations are required. $10.00 fee per person. Contact our office at 502-227-2403 for reservations. Or you can email frankfortcemetery@gmail.com.


Saturday, September 10, 4:30 – 8:30 pm – Woods & Water Land Trust 8th Annual Land Extravaganza, at Indian Ridge Farm, 1996 Green-Wilson Rd, Frankfort

Our 8th annual Land Extravaganza will be at the Bradley family’s Indian Ridge Farm, home of the champion racehorses Brass Hat and Groupie Doll and now Wood and Waters Land Trust – at least for one night in September!

The Land Extravaganza offers a tour of the horse farm, dinner alongside one of the creeks on the farm, a live auction, and music.

This fundraiser supports:

Conservation of beautiful natural areas and green spaces in the Kentucky River watershed.
Stewardsip of 400 acres of conserved land to date.
Outreach programs in the community.

If you have questions, please contact us. 502-229-1436 | heather@woodsandwaterstrust.org

Get tickets HERE

Woods & Waters Land Trust 8th Annual Land Extravaganza - 9-10-16

Saturday, September 10, 6:00 – 9:00 pm – Summer Concert Series: Lisa Allen & Stillwater with Napa Prime, at Prodigy Vineyards and Winery, 4686 Versailles Rd, Frankfort

Join us for the 1st annual Rhythm & Roots Summer Vineyard Concert Series. These family friendly concerts take place on the Peach Family Farm set against the backdrop of Prodigy’s Vineyards. We invite local, very talented musicians to perform and local food vendors to prepare delicious food. Enjoy a night of music and food with award winning wine or beer with family and friends!

Concerts take place the second and fourth Saturday of the month, July – September. Dates are July 16, July 30, August 13, August 27, September 10 and September 27.

$5 for parking. Wine Club members receive free parking and priority seating. Reserved seating is available by calling the winery prior to the day of the concert. This is a family friendly event, and attendees are welcome and encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, tents, etc, for comfortable concert viewing.

Events are rain or shine. Dogs are welcome on a leash. There will be designated smoking areas.

Coolers and outside food or drink are not permitted.

September 10th brings Lisa Allen and Stillwater to Prodigy Vineyards for the first Saturday of September! Stillwater is a Southern Rock, Classic Rock and Country cover band. They bring honesty in their music and energy that will make you move! They are influenced by Exile, Miranda Lambert, Linda Ronstadt, Gretchen Wilson, Jamey Johnson, Skynard, Merle Haggard, Waylon, Stevie Ray and Percy Sledge.

Featured Food truck for September 10th is Napa Prime from Versailles, Kentucky. Nap Prime is a locally owned and located in the heart of the Bourbon Trail. Their menu consists of chef inspired burgers and fresh seafood. They were just named “101 Best Places” to eat in KY by author Gary P West & Acclaim Press! Check out their menu at www.napaburgerbar.com

Rhythem and Roots Summer Concert Series at Prodigy Winery - Summer 2016

Saturday, September 10, 7:00 – 11:00 pm – Time after Time: Reliving the 80s, at Addie’s and The Woodford Inn, 140 Park St, Versailles

Reserve your spot at the hottest 80s party around. The Time After Time: Reliving the 80s Party featuring Radio 80 will slide into Versailles on Saturday, September 10. The Woodford Inn is the scene for this totally cool event. Tickets are $75/person. You can also get a room for that night with two tickets for $300.

Want to own a piece of racing royalty! A custom-framed halter from 2015 horse of the year American Pharoah is one of several fantastic items in the Reliving the 80s party ONLINE AUCTION. Bidding is open NOW. Check it out and spread the word! http://www.biddingforgood.com/frankfortauction.

There will also be six chances to win CASH for only $50/chance. Drawing will be Saturday, September 10. Don’t be left out. Buy now and buy often. Raffle tickets available at http://www.hospicebg.org/reliving-the-80s. Click on the register now link and order today. Remember every dollar raised helps seriously ill patients and families in Anderson, Franklin, Owen and Woodford counties.

Get tickets HERE

Time After Time - Reliving the 80s Dance Party in Versailles - 9-10-16

Saturday, September 10, 7:00 pmFrankfort Dancing with the Stars, at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero street

Benefiting Hope for Tomorrow Children’s Home and Sweet Blessings

Frankfort Dancing With The Stars will feature local celebrities and professional dancers from Capital City Dance Studio. The event will benefit locally sponsored organizations Hope For Tomorrow and Sweet Blessings. A judges award will be presented at the event and a “People’s Choice” award will be given to the star who generates the most votes prior to, and the evening of, the event. Pick the star(s) you wish to vote for and select the amount of money you wish to donate from the drop-down menu under the star’s name. For every dollar donated, the star will receive one vote! Voting closes at midnight on September 9th.

Sponsored by

Friend of Sweet Blessings · Farmer’s Bank · Whitaker Bank

This Year’s Stars Will Be:

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To vote for your favorite, click HERE.

Frankfort Dancing with the Stars - September 12, 2015

Frankfort Dancing with the Stars – September 10, 2016

Sunday, September 11, 6:00 am – 4:00 pm – Bluegrass Yakmasters Fishing Tournament, at Canoe Kentucky, 7323 Peaks Mill Rd, Frankfort

Join us for a great day, and night of fishing, fellowship, food and lots of FUN! We always look forward to the weekend we host the crew from River Bassin, including Drew Gregory, Brooks Beatty, and the whole family! Radial tournament again this year, so anything within a proximity to Canoe Kentucky will be allowed. Note that all registrants must attend the captains meeting on Saturday evening.

Get tickets HERE

Fly Fishing on Elkhorn Creek

Sunday, September 11, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm – Fall Arts Festival, at Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd. Frankfort, KY

Fall Arts Festival at Josephine Sculpture Park

Sunday, Sep. 11th from 11 am – 6 pm

This hands-on festival connects the community with the arts & the land in the most experiential manner and offers a host of artistic experiences to the public. The KECU music stage presents musicians, dancers and storytelling while local artists & organizations conduct free demonstrations & activities where you can explore book binding, sculpture, pottery wheel, fabric dyeing, art scavenger hunts, walking tours & a few other surprises.

Visitors may also create their own cast aluminum relief sculpture to take home at the Hot Metal Pour or blow a glass ornament to keep ($30-35). Several art benches will be created and displayed at JSP as part of the community art exhibition and you can be part of that too! There is something for every age and ability at JSP! Soar above the sculptures in a hot air balloon ride, or simply walk the quiet paths and view new sculptures or visit the Nature Photography Exhibit inside the barn.

Event parking is $5 and food vendors will be onsite including Crank & Boom ice-cream, La Fiesta Grande, Longshot Lobsta and Mr. Gyro’s.

If you would like more information about how to be a sponsor for the Fall Arts Festival at Josephine Sculpture Park, please contact us at info@josephinesculpturepark.org

To volunteer for the FUN or for MORE DETAILS about art workshops, demonstrations, free activities and MAP to JSP, visit josephinesculpturepark.org

Monday, September 12, 6:30 – 8:00 pm Emilie Todd Helm: Lincoln’s Confederate “Little Sister”, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Presented by Stuart W. Sanders, this talk will examine the life of Emilie Todd Helm, the rebel sister-in-law of President Abraham Lincoln, as well as the life of her husband, Confederate General Ben Hardin Helm.

As the wife of a Confederate general and the half-sister of Mary Todd Lincoln, Emilie was torn between two worlds. Having lost several brothers in the Civil War, she suffered another blow when her husband was killed at the Battle of Chickamauga. In December 1863, she traveled to the White House and mourned with Mary Lincoln. Although politicians condemned the Union commander-in-chief for hosting this rebel widow, to President Lincoln she was simply “Little Sister,” a grieving family member who brought comfort to his wife. Sadly, a year later, Emilie ended contact with Mary after she blamed Lincoln for their family woes. Their relationship–fractured like their family–was another casualty of the war.

Sanders will discuss Emilie’s life, her controversial 1863 visit to the White House, and her unique role in postwar reconciliation, when she revered her husband’s Confederate legacy while commemorating Lincoln’s memory.

This free event is sponsored by the Frankfort Civil War Roundtable, Capital City Museum, and PSPL. For more information, contact Diane Dehoney at 352-2665×108 or diane@pspl.org.

Emilie Todd Helm - Lincoln's Confederate Little Sister at the Paul Sawyier Public Library PSPL - 9-12-16

Wednesday, September 14, 5:30 – 6:30 pm 21 Cool Things to do with Google Maps,at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Some uses of Google maps are just for fun, but there are also many practical applications that can make your life easier. Find the cheapest gas, find airport parking, map the inside of a large building, plus much more. Why put all kinds of apps on your phone or tablet when Google Maps can handle almost everything dealing with travel? Join Mark Kinnaird as he shows you some neat things you may not know about using Google Maps.

Library Community Room

21 Cool Things to do with Google Maps at the Paul Sawyier Public Library PSPL - 9-14-16

Thursday, September 15, 7:30 – 9:00 amFrankfort Chamber Coffee & Commerce: Put Your Business on the Map with Google, at Franklin County Career And Technical Center, 1106 E Main St, Frankfort

Please join the Frankfort Area Chamber and Kevin Gunter, with McAllen Solutions as we Put Frankfort on the Map with Google

Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map is an initiative provided by Google to help local businesses increase their presence online. We’re working with business owners, city officials, and lovers of all things local to spread the word about the importance of getting local business information on Google Search and Maps.
Only 37% of businesses have claimed a local business listing on a search engine–that’s a lot of missing information. And with 4 out of 5 people using search engines to find local info like business hours and directions, it also means a lot of missed opportunities for local businesses. Don’t be left off the web, just us and get your Business on the Map with Google.

Cost to attend is $5.00 per person and RSVP’s are required due to limited seating. Please RSVP your attendance to 502-223-8261 or chamber@frankfortky.info

Aerial View of Frankfort from Drone

Thursday, September 15, 5:00 – 7:00 pmFrankfort Chamber Business after Hours at Terri’s Catering, at Terri’s Catering at the Glen Willis House, 900 Wilkinson Blvd

Open to Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce members. Plan to come out and enjoy an evening of great food, networking and beautiful river views.

Aerial View of Frankfort from Drone

Thursday, September 15, 5:00 – 8:00 pm – Evening with Heroes Event, at Elk Creek Winery, 150 Highway 330, Owenton


the 2nd Annual Evening With Heroes
Thursday September 15, 2016

Welcome Reception Starts at 5:30 pm.
Seating and Buffet Dinner Served at 6:00 pm.

HonorBanner unveilings will be made during dinner.
Enjoy Live Music and Comradery afterwards with friends on the deck.
$30 per plate with proceeds benefitting Operation Honor. If you can’t make it for dinner, you can make a tax deductible donation in any amount and join us for the social hour.

Elk Creek Vineyards located at 150 Hwy 330 in Owen County, KY (stay tuned, more details to follow)

Get tickets HERE

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Friday, September 16, 11:30 – 12:30 pm Lunchtime Concert Series presents
Stirfry Musette
, at the Ward Oates Amphitheater, End of West Main Street behind the Kentucky Bar Association

WOA Ward Oates Amphitheater Lunchtime Concert Series 2016

Download your Concert Series Schedule HERE

Friday, September 16, 2:00 – 4:00 pm – Art Collage Workshop, at Elk Creek Winery, 150 Highway 330, Owenton

Have you ever seen a beautiful collage and thought, “I could do that!” or “I wish I could do that” but don’t know where to begin?

Well join us on the Mezzanine level of Elk Creek Vineyards for a Collage Workshop hosted by renown artist and instructor Kathleen Piercefield on Friday September 16th from 2-5!

All you need is a nice pair of scissors and if you would like to personalize your canvas with any photos, letters, cards or pictures, bring those too but plenty of materials will be provided!

Spaces are limited, so reserve your space soon!

Get tickets HERE. Use PROMO CODE EarlyBird1 for $5 OFF!

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Friday, September 16, 6:30 pmBridgeport Elementary Let’s Play 3K, at Lakeview Park, 112 Park Avenue, Frankfort

Bridgeport Elementary is proud to present the 4th Annual Let’s Play 3K on Friday, September 16. This family-friendly fun run travels through Lakeview Park. There will be awards for the top finishers in each age group (male and female).  All proceeds go to the Bridgeport Playground Improvement Project.

Register online HERE

Registration fees thru September 15:
Students & School Staff – $12 (Must mail registration to recieve discount)
All other participants – $18
Registration fees on Race Day
All participants – $25

Packet Pickup

Thursday September 15 4 pm – 7 pm Bridgeport Elementary (10 Doctors Drive)

Friday September 16   8 – 2pm @ Bridgeport Elementary and 4pm-6pm at Lakeview Pavilion

Contact Amy Crumbaugh with any questions at amy.crumbaugh@franklin.kyschools.us

Frankfort Striders Run-Walk Series 2016

Friday & Saturday, September 16 & 17Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame “Class of 2016” Induction Dinner & Ceremony, at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero Street

The Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame Foundation was established in January of 2012. After dialogue exploring the need for a Kentucky Veteran of the Year Award, it was determined that such a project of inducting only one veteran would be virtually impossible…hence the idea to form a Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame was brought to light since such a foundation did not exist in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  This was the motivation to create such an entity.

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Download your flyer HERE


Saturday, September 17, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Frankfort Area Chamber – KSU Tailgate Party, at Kentucky State University – Track Field

The Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce our 2nd Annual Community Tailgate Event on September 17, 2016 at Kentucky State University 1st Home Football Game. Attached you will find our event flyer, along with our Participation form to take part in our Tailgate event. Chamber members are welcome to set up for free and showcase their products, services, food and apparel to community members, Kentucky State University students and game attendee’s.

Chamber staff and Board members will be grilling out for for Chamber members to say Thank You for your community support. Bring your picnic basket, chairs and enjoy an afternoon getting to know fellow members and introducing your business to Frankfort’s University students and staff.

Let’s CHEER on the KSU Thorobreds Football Team as they take on Virginia State University!

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Tuesday, September 20, 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Self-Published: Marketing Your Book, 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.

Marketing Your Book
Presented by Norm Snider, local author

Marketing is key in the world of self-publishing! Learn how to connect with your book’s target audience and gain readers through book reviews and online marketing tools such as blogs and social media.

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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Wednesday, September 21, 12:00 – 2:00 pmFood for Thought: Hung on a Horn, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway

Frances Tansel and his sons, Timothy and John, were widely known for producing artistically engraved powder horns that often featured animals and patriotic symbols. Now they are collectors’ items. Mel Hankla will highlight several Tansel horns in his talk.

Reservations required by Sept. 16.

Call Nina Elmore: 502-564-1792, ext. 4558.

$25 for KHS members; $30 for all other patrons.

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Friday, September 23, 5:00 – 9:00 pm – KECU ArtWalk, Downtown Frankfort

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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  • 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 • Gene Burch’s photographs of Frankfort and beyond.
    • McWilliams Art Studio – Room 714 • 502.545.0198 • American Impressionism Painting.
    • 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.
  • 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 Milam House – 308 Washington St • 502.226.6464 • themilamhouseflowers.com Family owned florist specializing in unique and artful arrangements and gifts.
  • 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.
  •  Wesley Center at First United Methodist Church – 211 Washington  • 502.227.7430  • Currently featuring Beth Strohmeier’s gallery of quilts.

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.
  • 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

  • B’s Bakery -241 W Main • 502.699.2222 • Fresh from scratch delicious donuts, pastries, cakes, muffins, quiche, brownies, cookies, paninis, salads and more.
  • 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 • 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 • 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).
  •  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.

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Saturday, September 24, 8:00 am – KY History Half Marathon, 10K and 5k, Frankfort, Kentucky

Registration for the 2016 KY History Half is now open!  This charitable race features a half marathon, 10K and 5K themed around Kentucky’s heritage and the many distinctive historical attractions in beautiful Frankfort, Kentucky.  The KY History Half supports the educational programs of the Kentucky Historical Society.  Are you ready to “Run Fast Through the Past”?

Click Here to Register!

Make sure to follow the KY History Half on Facebook to stay up to date on information about the 2016 race. For scenes of last year’s KY History Half, click below.

Join us for the 2nd Annual KY History Half, 10K, and 5K in Frankfort, Kentucky on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 8am. The KY History Half is the Commonwealth’s first half marathon that celebrates Kentucky’s history.

Half marathon, 10K and 5K participants may visit the race store to add an IMO option (includes an IMO bib and a commemorative brick on the Kentucky Historical Society’s “Pathway through History”) to their registration for an additional fee: IMO participants run or walk in memory of a loved one, friend or event.

Pre-race day activities on Friday, September 23 invite participants, their families and fans to “Discover Frankfort” through several events including historic tours, a Frankfort Art Walk, a “Historic Frankfort” Photography Display at Capital Plaza Hotel, and a Frankfort Tourism Open House.

The KY History Half event also offers a fun way to support the educational programming and services of the Kentucky Historical Society in its mission to educate and engage the public through Kentucky history in order to confront the challenges of the future.

For complete information click here: www.kyhistoryhalf.com

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Saturday, September 24, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Max T Barnes Songwriter Seminar, at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero Street, Click HERE for tickets

This seminar features “Pitch to a publisher”!!

Max T will be taking the best songs back to Nashville to pitch to his pluggers!!

Jewel Coburn and Jason Morris of Eleven Eleven Music

This is an interactive interface with one of Nashville’s most successful Songwriters

This is not a “talk over your head” type event but a very relaxed and fun atmosphere with a lot of laughs!

“Best” song will win a free guitar vocal at Curb Records Studio that day!!

Bring your guitar or cd for a song critique. PLEASE bring printed lyric sheet

This Workshop/Masterclass covers

– Just a few things you are doing that are holding you back!

– Applied lyric writing.

– Melody structure.

– The biz of the music business.

– How to handle NO

– The relationship between art and commerce .

– How to sell your song / yourself as a musician – Singer – Songwriter.

– How to handle the slammed door.

– How to achieve your goal in the music business and so much more.

-There will be an open Q & A session.

Lunch is provided –  If you have special dietary needs you will need to plan ahead for yourself

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Saturday, September 24, 7:30 pmCapital City Opry, at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero Street, Click HERE for tickets

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Sit back and enjoy a “Real” country music show performed in Kentucky’s Capital City Sept 24th.

Special surprise guests from Nashville will perform their greatest hits. The show is also filled with a generous supply of foot stomping comedy by Hillbilly Clyde Hopper.
June 11th show guests are National Touring Artist Emily Portman portraying Loretta Lynn, Broadway Award winning actor Jason Petty portraying Hank Williams Sr, 2015 North American Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year Amber Sewell, Grammy Award winning songwriter Frank Myers. Franks’ most notable song “I Swear” (John Michael Montgomery & All4One) was the ACM 1994 Song of Year and hit #1 on the Pop charts as well. “The Voice” contestant and National Touring singer Kelsie May, Award winning fiddler Blakeley Burger, Ten year old singing sensation Jonathan Wilson-Rader, National Touring Bluegrass Band Custom Made Bluegrass. Kentucky’s “Mr Entertainer” Larry Cory portraying Johnny Rivers. National Touring impressionist Ralph Curtis (Johnny Cash,Conway Twitty, Buck Owens and others). Hillbilly Comedian Clyde Hopper.

Country music fans will not want to miss this show.

Tickets & Information: http://www.capitalcityopry.com/


Wednesday, September 28, 7:30 pmDance Kaleidoscope, at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

Dance Kaleidoscope brings to the Grand stage dancers who are trained in the rigorous modern dance technique of Martha Graham to perform to the music of Cole Porter, Bob Dylan and more.

Performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council.

Tickets: $20 / $25 / $30

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Thursday, September 29, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Frankfort Chamber Business at Noon Luncheon with Leadership Frankfort Class of 2017, at Whitaker Bank, 130 W Main St, Frankfort

If you’d like more information about Leadership Frankfort, click HERE.

For an application, click HERE

Join the Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce as we meet the Leadership Frankfort of 2017. Our guest speaker will be announced closer to our event date.
Cost to attend is $15 per person and reservations are required.

Aerial View of Frankfort from Drone

Friday, September 30, 7:30 pmThe Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

Celebrating over 80 years The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra keeps the rich tradition of the big band sound alive.

Tickets: $45 / $40/ $30

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October 2016

Saturday- Sunday, October 1 – 2, 1:00 pm – 12:00 Noon Great American Campout, at Upper Cove Spring Archery Park

Looking for a great way to getting into camping? Or just looking for something fun to do this fall? Check out CKY’s First Great American Camp Out! October 1st.

Skyland Trail Area of Cove Springs Park
Cedar Cove Road
Frankfort, KY 40601

Saturday, 10/1, 1:00 PM – Sunday, 10/2, 12:00PM

Join us for a great start to your Fall Break and a great end to the camping season at the Great American Campout. Frankfort Parks and Recreation and Canoe Kentucky are proud to offer a family friendly opportunity that allows the whole family to enjoy the great outdoors. Numerous workshops and seminars throughout the day, along with games, activities, a hotdog cookout, bonfire, and more. Camping gear available for rent and for sale.

Walk-ins are welcome

Contact Info:
Nathan Depenbrock

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Sunday, October 2, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm – Capitol View Mountain Bike Festival, at Capitol View Park, Frankfort

A new event coming to Capitol View Park in Frankfort, Kentucky. Skills Clinic and Racing for All Ages and Skill Levels

Registration for Skills Clinics and Races begins at 7:00am
Skills Clinics are free to kids 12 and under but a legal guardians must be present and sign a waiver.

All skills clinics are from 8am-10am
12 and Under- Beginner and Intermediate
12 and Up- Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Skills Clinics-$5 per rider/free with race registration

Race Times:
Rookie(2 yrs or less exp/no racing exp)- 10:30AM
Novice- 11:00AM
Shredders- 12:00PM

Register Online – https://www.bikereg.com/capitolview

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Wednesday, October 5, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Kentucky Fallen Firefighter Memorial, at Juniper Hill Park, 800 Louisville Road

Fallen Firefighters from Kentucky will be honored for their service. A free meal for firefighters will be served immediately following the ceremony.

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Thursday, October 6, 8:00 – 11:00 pm Brocephus Amphitheater Concert, at Elk Creek Winery & Vineyards, 150 Highway 330, Owenton

October 6th Brocephus Concert in the Elk Creek Amphitheater

Gates open at 10 am VIP Meet and Greet at 8 pm concert starts at 8:30

VIP Seats on the Patio $30 advance $35 at the door

21 and over $10 advance $15 at the door

13 and under $5 advance $10 at the door

14-20 years $15 advance $20at the door

Get tickets HERE

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Friday, October 7, 7:30 pm – Taj Mahal Trio, at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

The Grand welcomes acoustic blues legend Taj Mahal and his trio.

Tickets: $75 / $65/ $55

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Saturday, October 8, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm – Met Opera presents: Tristan und Isolde, at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

Tristan und Isolde opens the Met season in a new production by Mariusz Treliński (the director responsible for the 2014–15 season’s double bill of Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle), and will be well served by a cast of outstanding Wagnerians: Nina Stemme as Isolde, Stuart Skelton as Tristan, Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangäne, and René Pape as King Marke, with Sir Simon Rattle conducting, in one of his rare appearances at the Met.

The three acts of the opera are originally set, respectively, aboard ship on the Irish Sea, in Cornwall (southwestern Britain), and in Brittany (northwestern France). The many versions of this story all pay homage to the Celtic ambience and probable origin of the tale. Wagner’s preservation of this context emphasizes several key themes associated with ancient Celtic culture: mysticism, knowledge of the magic arts, an evolved warrior code, and a distinctly non-Christian vision of the possibilities of the afterlife.

Tickets: $23 Adult / $18 Student / 12 PM (approximately 315 minutes)

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October 9 – 15, 2016Kentucky State University Homecoming Week

Mark Your Calendars NOW!!!

Kentucky State University KSU Homecoming Week - Oct9-15-2016

Friday, October 14, 8:00 am – 10:00 pm – Preservation Trailblazers, at Liberty Hall Historic Site, 218 Wilkinson Street.

2016 is the 50th anniversary of the signing of the National Historic Preservation Act – and we are going to celebrate! Along with our co-presenter the KY Heritage Council, Liberty Hall Historic Site will host a day-long event Friday, Oct. 14 in Frankfort honoring Preservation Trailblazers and exploring Kentucky’s historic preservation legacy. Save the date and watch for more info coming soon!

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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.

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Tuesday, October 18, 7:30 – 9:00 am Frankfort Chamber Coffee & Commerce: Disaster Preparedness for Business, at the City of Frankfort – Office of Emergency Management,

Did you know that 25% of all business owners never reopen their doors after a natural disaster strikes? Did you know that Kentucky ranks in the top 10 for natural disasters, including tornadoes, floods, mudslides, ice storms, and droughts? Then there are human-caused disasters, such as cybersecurity attacks, active shooter incidents, chemical spills, train derailments, devastating fires and more.
Are you ready?

Michael Ashcraft, Senior Area Manager with the SBA Kentucky District Office, will show you how to develop a 10-step disaster preparation and recovery plan for your business, nonprofit or even your home in just one hour. Learn how to:

– Protect people, first and foremost
– Protect critical property and information
– Resume key operations ASAP and minimize downtime
– Preserve your reputation and meet your obligations

Aerial View of Frankfort from Drone

Thursday, October 20, 5:30 – 7:30 pmFrankfort Chamber Business after Hours with The Woolery, at The Woolery (new location), 859 East Main Street

Join the Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce as we welcome The Woolery to their new location. Open to Chamber members. Bring your business cards for networking.

Aerial View of Frankfort from Drone

Friday, October 21, 7:30 pm Joan Osborne Acoustic Trio, at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

Joan Osborne Acoustic Trio featuring Keith Cotton & Jack Petruzzelli

Singer-songwriter Joan Osborne, a native Kentuckian, will grace the Grand stage for a concert showcasing her wide-ranging musical influences that range from folk to soul.

Tickets: $35 / $30/ $20

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Saturday, October 22, 1:00 – 4:30 pm – Met Opera presents: Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Three charismatic singers, Simon Keenlyside, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Mariusz Kwiecien, share the role of the title hero, who goes to hell in a dazzling coup de théâtre. The ensemble of great Mozartean singers includes Isabel Leonard, Angela Meade, Matthew Polenzani, Marina Rebeka, Erwin Schrott, Ramón Vargas, and RolandoVillazón. Fabio Luisi and Plácido Domingo conduct.

Tickets: $23 Adult / $18 Student 1PM (approximately 225 minutes)

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Sunday, October 23, 8:00 am – Kentucky Bike & Bourbon Tour, at the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, 614 Shelby St, Frankfort

A five day bike tour exploring the Bourbon Trail of Kentucky. Ride awesome roads, admire famous horses, drink some Bourbon, hang out with friends, make new friends. Get tickets and more information HERE.

Custom bike tour departures available for groups of 6 or more.

Tour Highlights

– Keeneland Horse Track
– Woodford Reserve Distillery
– Wild Turkey Distillery
– Buffalo Trace Distillery
– Willet Distillery
– Tour Historic Lexington
– Lodging Options
– Storybook Inn
– Shaker Village
– The Bourbon Manor
– The Gratz Inn

Day 1: Home of Thoroughbred racing, begin your day at the Keeneland Horse Track, riding through lush, green horse country. Your first taste of whiskey will be at the Woodford Reserve Distillery.

Day 2: Take a tour of the Wild Turkey Distillery, riding through verdant countryside to Shaker Village, and a night spent among the rich cultural Shaker traditions.

Day 3: Travel to the heart of Kentucky and the true home of Kentucky bourbon in Bardstown. Visit the Willett family distillery, which just produced its 10,000th barrel of whiskey in 2014!

Day 4: Take Kentucky’s beautiful backroads through the towns of Bloomfield, Chaplin and Glensboro, all while meandering beside the Salt River. Visit Rebecca Ruth Chocolates and the famous Buffalo Trace Distillery.

Day 5: Explore historic Lexington on your final day of riding, including the Hunt-Morgan House and Mary Todd Lincoln’s house.

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Friday, October 28, 7:00 – 9:00 pm – Black Cat Chase 5K, at the Old Capitol Lawn, 300 West Broadway

The Black Cat Chase 5K Fun Run/Walk is one of the regions most popular and entertaining races. This traditional race is filled with fun and excitement, from both the race participants and spectators! With the Halloween themed festivities, such as costumes, Halloween music and more; this is a great event for the entire family.

You don’t want to miss this exciting evening race! This is the largest road race in Frankfort and has been described as the best 5K in our area. You don’t have to be a diligent runner to come out and enjoy the dancing black cat, costumes, refreshments, music, and a fun course around the State Capitol and Downtown Frankfort. There are first timers, walkers, casual runners, experienced athletes, kids, and people of all ages and abilities. Get in the Halloween spirit, have fun with family and friends, and support the Frankfort Y in this festive, night run.

Race Course: The race starts near the Old Capitol on Broadway by Lewis Street (face Wilkinson). Turn left on Wilkinson, left on Main, right across the Capital Avenue bridge, up Capital Avenue, around the Capitol (between the Capitol and Annex), back down Capital Avenue, across the bridge, left on Main, right on Wilkinson, and right on Broadway to the finish. Parking will not be available on Broadway that evening. Lewis Street closes at 3:30 p.m., and Broadway closes at 5:30 p.m. Streets along the route close at 6:45 pm and will reopen once the last walker crosses the finish line.

Awards: Awards will be given to the top 5 overall male and female participants, the top 3 participants in each age group, and the top 3 teams (minimum 5 runners per team). Group costume and other fun awards will also be distributed. Special awards will be given to the school participants including top school, team with the most participants, and school spirit.

T-Shirts: All participants will receive a long sleeved Black Cat Chase shirt. You can upgrade to a long sleeved performance tech shirt for $10 more. Shirts will be heather gray.

Register online HERE

Black Cat Chase 5K at the Old State Capitol Lawn - 10-28-16

Saturday, October 29, 8:00 pm – Sunday, October 30, 1:00 am – The Lancaster at St. Clair’s Halloween Extravaganza, at The Lancaster at St. Clair, 306 Wapping Street

21+ Only Event. Tickets include 3 Free Drinks, Light Hors d’ Oeuvres, and Halloween Treats! Music and Dancing all night. VIP tickets available.

For tickets or more information, click HERE

The Lancaster at St. Clair's Halloween Extravaganza at the Lancaster at St Clair -

November 2016

Thursday, November 10, 7:30 – 9:00 am Frankfort Chamber Coffee & Commerce: 2016 Tax Planning Tips, at the Franklin County Cooperative Extension, 101 Lakeview Court, Frankfort

Join the Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce and Jim Clouse, CPA with Charles T. Mitchell Co., PLLC as we learn 2016 Tax Planning Tips.

Aerial View of Frankfort from Drone

Thursday, November 10, 7:30 pm The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was one of the pioneers in country-rock, having scored hits with songs such as “Mr. Bojangles” and a groundbreaking album, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”

Tickets: $60 / $50/ $40

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at the Grand Theatre - 11-10-16

Tuesday, November 15, 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Self-Published: Submitting Your Work to a Literary Journal, 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.

Submitting Your Work to a Literary Journal
Presented by Chris Helvey, Editor and Publisher of Trajectory Journal

Publication in a literary journal can be a great next step for a self-published writer. Explore the different types, including online journals, and learn how/where to submit your work. As a journal editor, Helvey will share insider information including “5 Keys to Success” as well as “5 Sure Ways to Get Rejected”.

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 - Submitting Your Work to a Literary Journal - 11-15-16

Thursday, November 17, 8:00 am – 3:00 pmReality Store 2016, Location TBA

Reality Store is an active, hands-on, real-life simulation, which gives young people the opportunity to explore career opportunities and make lifestyle, and budget choices similar to those adults face on a daily basis.


Participants assume that they are 25 years old and have completed basic educational requirements for their specific occupation. Students then draw a family; some students may not have any children, while others may have up to 4 children.

Participants are given the opportunity to draw an occupation based on their grade point average. They are then given the equivalent salary and proceed through the “Reality Store”.

Sponsored by Kentucky Employees Credit Union and Co-Sponsored by Franklin County Public Schools and Frankfort Independent Schools; Reality Store has been a staple in the Frankfort and Franklin County community for over 20 years.

Volunteers are need for each booth. Call the Chamber office at 502-223-8261 for more information.

Read past articles and see photos about the Frankfort Chamber’s Reality Store:

November 2012

November 2013

November 2014

November 2015

Aerial View of Frankfort from Drone

Thursday, November 17, 7:30 pm Underwater Bubble Show, at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

Audiences of all ages marvel at the spectacle of The Underwater Bubble Show, a multi-media stage presentation featuring mime, puppetry, dance and, of course, giant soap bubbles.

Tickets: $30 / $25/ $20

Funded in part by a grant from South Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council

Underwater Bubble Show at the Grand Theatre - 11-17-16

December 2016

Thursday, December 1-4, 7:30 pm Bluegrass Theatre Guild – One-Act plays, at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

The Bluegrass Theatre Guild will present an evening of one-act plays celebrating Christmas, “The Gift of the Magi” and The Silent Bells.”

Tickets: $15 / $12

A Grand Theatre-Bluegrass Theatre Guild Partnership

Bluegrass Theatre Guild - One-Act plays at the Grand Theatre - Dec1-4

Saturday, December 3, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm – 2016 Reindeer Rampage – A Crossfit Unbridled Competition, at CrossFit Unbridled, 770 Wilkinson Blvd.

Join us for our 2nd Annual “Reindeer Rampage” – A Crossfit Unbridled Competition. 2 person teams (M/M and F/F) with Rx and Scaled divisions. $100 per team.

Standards coming soon!

Register and get tickets HERE

Reindeer Rampage at CrossFit Unbridled - 12-3-16

Tuesday, December 6, 12:00 – 1:00 pm Frankfort Chamber Business at Noon Luncheon with the Internal Revenue Service, at the Capital Plaza Hotel, 405 Wilkinson Blvd.

Join the Frankfort Area Chamber as we hear from Alison Broady IRS Stakeholder Liaison, Communications & Stakeholder Outreach SB/SE Mid-South Area for the Internal Revenue Service. Alison will share her insights on new regulations and answer your business questions.

Cost the attend is $15 per person and reservations are required.

Aerial View of Frankfort from Drone

Saturday, December 10, 4:00 – 6:00 pm – A Hogwarts Christmas Extravaganza, at The Lancaster at St. Clair, 306 Wapping Street

A Harry Potter Theme Family Christmas Dinner! Complete with the full Hogwarts Christmas Experience, an Adult and Kid Friendly Dinner, and music. Come spend the evening with us for this One-of-a-Kind Event!

For tickets or more information, click HERE

A Hogwarts Christmas Extravaganza at The Lancaster at St Clair - 12-10-16

Sunday, December 11, 1:30 – 3:30 pm – Met Opera presents: Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin, at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

Met Opera presents: Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin

Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s breakthrough opera was described by the New York Times as “transfixing…a lushly beautiful score.” Commissioned by the Salzburg Festival, where it was first seen in 2000, it will now finally have its Metropolitan Opera premiere in a dazzling new production by Robert Lepage, featuring glimmering ribbons of LED lights that extend across the length of the stage and over the orchestra pit. Eric Owens is the knight on a quest of love and Susanna Phillips is his lover on the other side of the sea. Conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her Met debut.

Tickets: $23 Adult / $18 Student 1:30PM (approximately 180 minutes)

Met Opera present Kaija Saariaho's L’Amour de Loin at the Grand Theatre - 12-11-16

Saturday, December 31, 9:00 pm – Sunday, January 1, 1:00 am – The Lancaster at St. Clair’s New Years Eve Bash, at The Lancaster at St. Clair, 306 Wapping Street

A 21 & Over Only Event! General Admission includes 2 drink tickets, Light Hors d’ Oeuvres, and access to a cash bar! The Ball Drop will be broadcast at midnight! VIP Tickets with Champagne Service Available!

New year's Eve Fireworks Bash at The Lancaster at St Clair - 12-31-16

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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