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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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November 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 4:30 – 6:30 pm – Social & Networking Mixer, at the Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce, 100 Capital Avenue

We invite you to join the Frankfort Area Young Professionals Network for a fun evening of hors d’oeuvers, refreshments, socializing and networking. So loosen your tie, kick off those heels, and have a great time mixing and mingling!

Please bring a friend or colleague and join this diverse group of young, motivated, energetic professionals who want to make a difference in our community. Everyone is welcome to bring a dish.


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

Wednesday, November 16, 12:00 – 2:00 pmFood for Thought – John Bradford: Newspaper Publisher & More, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway, Frankfort

This month’s Food for Thought program focuses on John Bradford.

Known as Kentucky’s first newspaper publisher, Bradford was much more. While editing and publishing the Kentucky Gazette, Bradford also became the state’s first book publisher and historian. He helped start Kentucky’s first public library and was a key figure in the meteoric rise of Transylvania University, whose board he chaired for most of three decades. Lexington Herald-Leader columnist Tom Eblen will speak about this fascinating early Kentuckian.

Registration required by Nov. 11. $25 KHS members; $30 other patrons. Call 502-564-1792, ext. 4558 or email nina.elmore@ky.gov.


Wednesday, November 16, 6:00 – 7:00 pm – Decorating for the Holidays, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping St, Frankfort

Ben Lee of The Milam House Florist will offer decorating tips and ideas to see you through the entire holiday season! Lee is certified by the American Institute of Floral Designers and as a Kentucky Master Florist. He was also named the 2001 Kentucky Designer of the Year and the 2001 Southern Retail Florist of the Year.

This free event will take place in the Library Community Room, and no registration is necessary. For more information, contact Diane Dehoney at 352-2665×108 or diane@pspl.org.


Thursday, November 17, 8:00 am – 3:00 pmReality Store 2016, at Kentucky State University

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, 6:00 – 8:30 pm – The Conversation Project, at the Hospice of the Bluegrass, 663 Teton Trail, Frankfort

Hospice of the Bluegrass will host a public forum to discuss the nationally acclaimed program, The Conversation Project, which is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care long before it is needed. You can find more information at http://theconversationproject.org/An expert panel will be onhand to answer questions. Dinner will be served. RSVP to sbrown@hospicebg.org by Monday, November 14


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

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Friday, November 18, 5:00 – 9:00 pmArtWalk featuring Frankfort: The Land Between, at The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street

The Grand Gallery welcomes the Mountain Workshop’s photojournalism documentary of FRANKFORT: THE LAND BETWEEN. This exhibition features forty photographs selected from the work of the journalism students who visited Frankfort during October 2015 and recorded the people, places, activities, and yes, even our animals, that make our community unique.

The book based on this work and including many other photographs and interviews will be available for sale during the November ArtWalk on November 18th.

For more information about this project and the Mountain Workshops, visit http://www.mountainworkshops.org/


Friday, November 18, 5:00 – 9:00 pm – 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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Friday – Saturday, November 18 – 19, 2016 – The Movement Youth Convention, at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero, Frankfort

We will be taking an overnight trip to Frankfort for the 2016 “The Movement” Youth Convention! Plans for now are to meet at the church and leave together at 4PM so we have time to register and possibly check in to our hotel. We are hoping to provide transportation also. Cost is $50/person, but we are fundraising to see how much of that we can cover.

Youth Convention is an amazing time for youth and leaders all over Kentucky to worship together. This year we have the 922 Band from Erlanger, Christ’s Chapel to lead us in worship. Reggie Dabbs will be our guest speaker on Friday night and Saturday. Heath Adamson will be speaking on Saturday morning at our Speed the Light service. You do not want to miss this amazing event!

Service Schedule is (tentatively):
Friday Registration @ 6PM, Service starts 8PM
Saturday Registration @ 8:15AM, Services @9AM & 4PM


Friday, November 18, 6:00 – 9:00 pm – Murder Mystery Dinner Party, at Equus Run Vineyards, 1280 Moores Mill Rd, Midway

Equus Run presents Murder Mystery Dinner theater November 18th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm located in our event barn. Pre-sale Tickets are $45.00 per person and includes your show ticket and meal by Thyme Cafe’

To order your pre-sale tickets please call the vineyard (859)846-9463

Tickets will go very fast for this showing so don’t wait order now!

Come to the quintessential whodunnit thriller at the estate of Sir Warren Peace and get thrown into a night of mystery, intrigue, and murder you will never forget. With a killer crowd of people just waiting for murder to arrive on the scene, this night will keep everyone looking over their shoulders and guessing who the next victim will be! Bribe suspects for clues and gather information to uncover the unhinged guest who is whacking all the invitees. Just be careful, because you could be next! Dress your best in evening wear and suits—this is a refined party, after all.


Friday, November 18, 6:30 pm Human Trafficking Art Awareness Contest and Walk, at Completely Kentucky, 237 W Broadway St, Frankfort

Winners of the Human Trafficking Art Awareness Contest will be disclosed and recognized. We will walk with our FCHTTF banner to raise community awareness that Human Trafficking continues to exist today.

Please join us in recognizing the work of our contributing artist and raising awareness that Human Trafficking predators and buyers continue to inflict pain on people with impunity due to our failure to recognize and report their activity.

Friday & Saturday, November 18 – 19, 2016 – Bourbonanza!, Downtown Frankfort

Friday, November 18th:

5:00-9:00 pm ArtWalk and Bourbon Stroll
Throughout downtown Frankfort. Go to http://www.downtownfrankfort.com/pages/artwalk for more information on ArtWalk.

Saturday, November 19th:

2:00-4:00 pm at 317 West Broadway (the old Mitchell’s Building):

Barrel Stave Demo
Live Music featuring Jeri Katherine Howell & Nat Colten
Dave Reed’s KY Distillery oil paintings
Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe
West Sixth Brewing

7:00-9:00 pm at The Lancaster, 306 Wapping Street (Ticketed Event):

Tastings : bourbon, beer, wine, coffee, & candy
Live Music – Bill May & Friends
Hor d’oeuvres
Meet & Greet with Master Distillers
Kentucky Distiller’s Association
Live Rare Bourbon Auction YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS!

What are you most excited to bid on??

Bottles signed by Buffalo Trace Distillery Master Distiller Harlan Wheatley:
-2013 release George T. Stagg (128.2 proof)
-2011 release Eagle Rare 17 year
-Pappy Van Winkle 20 year
-Col. E. H. Taylor Barrel Proof (135.4 proof)
-Stagg Jr. (129.7 proof)

Bottles signed by Jim Beam Master Distiller Fred Noe:
-Distillers Masterpiece bottle in a leather case
-Knob Creek and a signed book by Fred Noe
-Basket with Jim Beam Black, Jim Beam Double Oak, Jim Beam Bonded with a Jim Beam Flask


Other Great Bourbonanza Events on Saturday, November 19th:

Broadway Clay: Paint Your Own Wine Glass or Votive $25

Completely Kentucky: Will feature the finest selection of bourbon wares and KY Proud food items – all made by Kentucky artists and craftspeople!

Simply Garden: Will have the creators of Wixology Candle company on hand from 2:00-5:00 pm. This candle company’s candles are a soy based candle made in Lexington.

Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History: Join the Kentucky Historical Society and Buffalo Trace Distillery from 4:00-5:00 pm to hear third-generation Buffalo Trace employee Freddie Johnson share his personal connections to the distillery and Frankfort. Rarely seen Buffalo Trace artifacts will illustrate Freddie’s stories.

KHS will round out the hour with a behind-the-scenes tour that will include such collection highlights as a bootlegger’s still.

Freddie Johnson’s presentation is included in the $4 admission to the KHS campus. Admission prices include KHS’s Holiday History Train Display and access to the permanent exhibits and regular KHS campus activities. EXCLUSIVE behind-the-scenes tour, for this event only, will be offered for $14, includes admission.

KHS also will offer a discount on bourbon-related products all day (10 a.m.–5 p.m.) at its Stewart Home School 1792 Store. Information: 502-564-1792 or history.ky.gov/events


Saturday, November 19, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Children’s Holiday Store, at the Franklin County Homemakers Association, 01 Lakeview Court

Open to Children, ages 4-12, will have the opportunity to shop for friends and family members at the Children’s Holiday Store. No item will be over $5, and all are handcrafted. Items such as pillows, ornaments, handmade jewelry and candy jars are available for sale. Student volunteers from local high school clubs help the shoppers to select gifts and budget their money. Adults are not allowed in the shopping area which makes it easier for everyone involved. Santa and Mrs. Claus usually make an appearance.

Christmas Lights

Saturday, November 10:00 – 5:00 pm – Anderson County HS Band Mattress Fundraiser, at the Anderson County High School,  Bearcat Drive, Lawrenceburg

Come get a better night’s sleep AND support the Milan High School Band with their 2nd ANNUAL mattress fundraiser!

We carry quality name brands like Simmons Beautyrest and Restonic Mattress.
UP to 50% off retail prices. This is ONE DAY only, so we need your help to SPREAD THE WORD by inviting all of your family and friends! Profits go directly to the Band!


Saturday, November 19, 12:00 – 2:00 pm – Panda Smithson Artist Showcase, at the Sixth and Main Coffeehouse, 547 Main St, Shelbyville

More info at http://endangerouslycreative.com/panda-gail-art-gallery#

Saturday, November 19, 1:00 – 4:00 pm International Games Day at the Woodford County LibraryWoodford County Library, 115 N Main St, Versailles

Join Central Kentucky geek culture organization Get GeeKY and the Woodford County Library in Versailles for International Games Day! The library will set the scene with ample table space, snacks, and Starbucks coffee, so bring your friends to play with fellow game enthusiasts. If this event goes well, the library would like to start a monthly evening game get together!


Saturday, November 19, 1:00 – 4:00 pm – ComicCon For A Cause!, at The Point Community Church, 2247 US Highway 127 South, Frankfort

Come in costume and meet your favorite comic book and movie characters! Plenty of opportunities for photos, character meet and greets and other fun stuff! All children 12 and under receive a free treat bag, and snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Only 350 tickets to this one of a kind event will be sold! We’ve made some changes to make it even easier (and more fun!) to help Steve and Stacy while Steve is hospitalized and waits for a new heart. Please consider purchasing tickets for this one of a kind event! #teamstevetravis


Tickets are $11.54 after processing fees. Ages 2-18 require a ticket, and will receive ONE FREE ADULT TICKET with each child ticket purchased. Additional tickets are required for Adults not attending with a paid child . You will be able to show your e-ticket at the door, or print out a paper version. Unless all 350 tickets do not sell before 11/17 we will NOT be offering tickets at the door for this event. Should that change we will post an update on the event page.


Saturday, November 19, 5:00 – 7:00 pm Meet Master Distiller Brent Elliot, Four Roses, at Capital Cellars, 227 W Broadway St, Frankfort

Come meet and greet Brent Elliot, Master Distiller of Four Roses Distillery! We will taste some of Four Roses products, and we’ll be drawing for a bottle signed by Mr. Elliot himself! You won’t want to miss this!


Saturday, November 19, 5:00 pm – 12:00 midnight – November Stitch In, at the Needle Nest Kentucky, 702 Washington St, Shelbyville

CALL QUICK. Only 3 spots remain. Time for finishing those needlecraft projects and enjoying the company of fellow stitchers. Be sure to call The Nest to reserve your spot as seating is limited. Please bring a dish to share for an evening of stitching and snacking.


Saturday, November 19, 6:30 – 8:30 pm – 2016 Miss Capital City Pageant, at Frankfort High School, 328 Shelby St, Frankfort

The Miss Capital City pageant is an official Miss America Organization Local Preliminary. Come watch contestants compete for the crown and be entertained by our talented out going title holders. Tickets are only $10 for adults! Miss Kentucky 2013 is our emcee and it’s going to be a fun show! All profits go to the Miss Capital City Scholarship Fund!


Saturday, November 19, 7:00 – 9:00 pm – Bourbonanza, at The Lancaster at St. Clair, 306 Wapping Street

Come be part of the First Annual Bourbonanza! 21 and Over only please. Come take part in the following:

Tastings : bourbon, beer, wine, coffee, & candy
Live Music – Bill May & Friends
Hor d’oeuvres
Meet & Greet with Master Distillers
Distillers Association tent
Live Rare Bourbon Auction

Get Tickets HERE


Monday, November 21, 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Book Signing: Ron Elliott, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping St, Frankfort

The Paul Sawyier Public Library is proud to host Kentucky author, Ron Elliott, as he reads from and discusses his new historical fiction release, Assassination at the State House: The Murder of Kentucky “Governor” William Goebel. In this book, Elliott examines the vitriolic 1899 political campaign, the ensuing assassination of Goebel, and the resulting political and civil turmoil of one of the darkest corners in Kentucky’s history. A book signing will follow with numbered special edition copies available for purchase. These limited editions will only be available at this event!

Ron Elliott, a native of Lincoln County, is a graduate of Stanford High School, Eastern Kentucky University, and the University of Kentucky. His background includes working on the historic Apollo missions and a stint on Kentucky’s community college system faculty. Having a relative involved in the assassination of Kentucky’s would-be governor, William Goebel, piqued his interest in history and launched a writing career. A much-in-demand member of the Kentucky Humanities Council Speakers Bureau, Elliott is the author of several books, including Inside the Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire, Through the Eyes of Lincoln, From Hilltop to Mountaintop: The Life and Legacy of One Iwo Jima Flag Raiser, American El Dorado: The Great Diamond Hoax of 1872, and Sinister Influences: Kentucky’s Fabulous Five and the Point-Shaving Scandal of 1951. He and his wife, Carol, currently live in Nelson County.

This free event is sponsored by the Friends of PSPL. It will take place in the Library Community Room, and no registration is necessary. For more information, contact Diane Dehoney at 352-2665×108 or diane@pspl.org.


Tuesday, November 22, 2:00 – 4:00 pm – eBay, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping St, Frankfort

Sell your stuff online for extra cash or start your Christmas shopping early with eBay! Learn to set up an eBay account, sell & buy items, and make payments using PayPal.

No registration is required. Sower Board Room

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Wednesday, November 23, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm – Thanksgiving Eve Camp, at Kaleidoscopes Indoor Playground, Inc., 525 Main St, Shelbyville

Sign up today for Thanksgiving Eve Camp! $30.00 per child, $25.00 for siblings. Lunch included. Games, Arts, Crafts, Science & more. Space is limited. Call today to reserve your child’s spot 502-437-2261


Thursday, November 24, 7:30 am21st Annual Walk of Awareness, to benefit that Access Soup Kitchen and Men’s Shelter. at the Church of the Ascension, 311 Washington St

 Register HERE

The 21st Annual Thanksgiving Walk* of Awareness for Frankfort’s ACCESS Soup Kitchen and Men’s Shelter takes place Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016! Sign in begins at 7:30am. Coffee and light snacks available during registration. Walk* begins 8:30am, 311 Washington St., Church of the Ascension. About 2.2 mile walk* through historic downtown Frankfort, to the State Capitol, ending at the ACCESS building at 311 W 2nd St, Frankfort KY.  The annual walk* helps fund food, supplies, and shelter for those in need.

This walk is part of the Frankfort Striders 2016 Run/Walk Series. If you are participating in our Thanksgiving Day Walk of Awareness and want this walk to count toward your total, please check YES on the question regarding the Series.

Help promote the Walk to raise funds for the Soup Kitchen! Share this page with your friends and family. For more information contact Access at andrew@accesssoupkitchen.com or call 502-223-5179.

*THIS IS A WALK — we’re using a “run” signup program, but no one is expected to run. Unless you just really want to burn some turkey day calories!



December 2016

Thursday, December 1, 5:30 – 8:30 pm – Lighting Of The Trace, at Buffalo Trace Distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace

Embrace the holiday season in all its magnificence as we illuminate the colorful, festive displays at the Distillery. Featuring the Kentucky State University Choir and a visit from Santa. Candlelight Tour at 5:30 p.m., Carols and Holiday Stories at 6:00 p.m., and Santa arrives at 6:30 p.m. All activities are complimentary.


Thursday, December 1, 6:30 – 8:30 pm – Commonwealth Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting, at the Kentucky State Capitol, 700 Capital Ave, Frankfort

Governor Matt Bevin and his family would like to invite you to join them in the Capitol Rotunda as they honor the long-held tradition of lighting the Capitol Christmas Tree.

The holiday program will include music by the choirs of Crestwood Baptist Church and Franklin County High School and dance performance by the Frankfort School of Ballet.

Following the official lighting of the tree, festivities will continue at the Governor’s Mansion with Christmas carols, photo opportunities, and treats with Santa.

Christmas Lights

Thursday, December 1, 2016 – Monday, January 2, 2017, Dusk until 11:00 pm nightly Holiday Lights at the Distillery, at Buffalo Trace Distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace

See a kaleidoscope of sparkling lights and displays that captivate your imagination on a drive through Buffalo Trace Distillery. Nightly December 1–January 2 from dusk until 11:00 p.m.

Buffalo Trace Light Display

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

Friday, December 2, 5:00 – 10:00 pm – Sculpture, Sparks & Spirits, at Josephine Sculpture Park3355 Lawrenceburg Rd (3/4 Mile South of Capital Bowl), Frankfort

Join us for a special night under the stars at JSP, Friday, Dec. 2 from 5pm-10pm. This is a family friendly FUNdraiser to support JSP in the GoodGiving Challenge and it is a FREE event!

Activities throughout the PARK:

Live music featuring Jeri Katherine and Nat from 6-8pm
DJ and Dancing in the ART BARN from 8-10pm
Night Sky Tour (with telescopes) led by Dan Price from 7-10pm
Illuminated Artworks
Crackling Bonfire
Kids’ Activities
Silly Sculpture Competition – prizes for kids and adults
Laptops for LIVE donations

Delectable Food & Drink in the ART BARN:

KY Coffeetree Cafe Specialty Cocktails & Hot Chocolate
KY’s Best Burgoo (veggie stew & dogs too) $2-5
Cash Bar ~ proceeds support JSP
Complimentary Sweets

Sponsors: Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe, West Sixth Brewing

Your online donations Nov. 29 – Dec. 31 will help us win a $5000 endowment from the BlueGrass Community Foundation as part of the GoodGiving Challenge!! A link will be posted on Nov. 29!

Want to be a pART of this FUN event? We will need a few volunteers to help with the activities, sweets table, parking, set up, etc. Click the button below to learn more and join our volunteer team; they make this event SPARKLE!! click here for more: http://josephinesculpturepark.org/event/sculpture-sparks-spirits/


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

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Saturday, December 3, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm – FCHS Band Bazaar, at the Franklin County High School, 1100 E Main St, Frankfort

Come join us for a day of shopping the wonderful crafts on display by our vendors. Enjoy concessions, shop our bake sale, and check out our silent auction baskets, too. Should be a great day!

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Saturday, December 3, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Holiday Centerpiece Workshop, at Liberty Hall Historic Site, 202 Wilkinson St, Frankfort

Join floral artists Ashley Averell and Marcey Broderson to create
your own seasonal decorations with greens from the Liberty Hall garden, fruit, and other natural materials. $25 fee includes materials and refreshments. Pre-registration is REQUIRED by calling (502) 227-2560.


Sunday, December 4, 2:00 – 5:00 pm – Frankfort Frosty 5K, at Lakeview Park, 118 Park Avenue, Frankfort

Register HERE


The Frankfort Frosty 5K was created to raise funds for First United Methodist Church’s Ecumenical Honduras Medical/Dental Mission trip and the Mission Frankfort Clinic. Participants, runners and walkers alike, will have a blast running or walking this entertaining 3.1 miles at Lakeview Park. Come dressed in your favorite Frosty or festive holiday attire and be eligible for the Best Costume Award – both individual (adult & youth) and team awards will be given! You’ll also have a chance to share your wish list with Santa and snap a picture or two, listen to the holiday music throughout the course, sip some steamy hot chocolate, win custom age group awards and hear how your registration fees and donations help those near and far receive much needed medical and dental care.



Saturday, December 3, 5:30 pm – 68th Annual Frankfort Christmas Parade, Downtown Frankfort, Kentucky

Frankfort Jaycees invite the community to be a part of the 68th Annual Frankfort Jaycees Christmas Parade! We are looking forward to ringing in the holiday season with the people of
Frankfort and Franklin County.

The parade will be held on Saturday, December 3rd. Step-off for the parade will be at 5:30 p.m.

This year’s Christmas parade theme is The Magic of Christmas. The past few years, our community has enjoyed a variety of creative, inspirational and fun floats and we know that will continue this year and keeping with this theme. Awards will be presented for the best floats in the parade and the entries with the most Christmas spirit.

The staging area will again be in the parking area of the Old State Office building at the intersections of Clinton, High and Mero Streets. The route will be the same as last year – going out of the lot at the turn-about at High and Mero, onto Mero, left on Ann, right on Broadway, left on Washington, left on Main and back down High.

Parade participants must carefully read, complete and sign an Official Entry Form and Parade Rules and submit it along with the appropriate entry fee as detailed below to:

Frankfort Jaycees Christmas Parade
P.O. Box 1025
Frankfort, KY, 40602

All entries must be postmarked by Friday, November 18, 2016. After this date, please include an additional $25 late fee. Non-government vehicles remit an additional $10.00 per 2 extra motorized vehicles (including cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATV’s & golf carts). The entry fees are as follows:

Churches and Non-Profit Organizations…………………………..$30 (2 vehicles)
Businesses and For-Profit Organizations ………………………..$50 (2 vehicles)
Entries Added on Parade Day ……………. $100 (money in-hand only)

For questions, contact FrankfortChristmasParade@gmail.com
or Molly Tracey, president, at (502) 330-6567.

Let’s Celebrate Christmas with the 68th Annual Frankfort Jaycees Christmas Parade!! Prices and rules have slightly changed. Please email us for details. Deadline to Submit entries is November 18th.

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Sunday, December 4, 4:00 -7:00 pm – Kentucky State University Concert Choir, at South Frankfort Presbyterian Church, 224 Steele St, Frankfort

Join us for the Nationally Award Winning Kentucky State University Concert Choir, performing at South Frankfort Presbyterian Church, Sunday, December 4, 2016

South Frankfort Presbyterian Church (SFPC) and Kentucky State University (KSU) invite the community to enjoy the nationally award winning musicians, the KSU Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Keith McCutchen, 4:00 p.m., Sunday, December 4, 2016, Church Sanctuary, 224 Steele Street, Frankfort.

The concert, free and open to everyone, will be followed by a reception with light refreshments, sponsored by SFPC’s Presbyterian Women, in the Church Fellowship Hall.

For more information about SFPC’s series of musical events, contact SFPC Worship Chair, Carol P. Banks, 502-695-1490 mobile, 502-227-0632 land line, or e-mail: Parsonsca2000@gmail.com. For more information about KSU’s Concert Choir, contact Dr. Keith McCutchen, phone (502) 597-6597 or e-mail keith.mccutchens@kysu.edu.


Monday, December 5, 6:30 – 8:30 pmPrevent Child Abuse and Internet Safety Class for Parents, at the Frankfort Police Department, 300 West Second Street

In today’s internet age, isn’t it important to protect your kids from internet predators? THIS is a great class and it is FREE! This class is facilitated by the Frankfort Police Department. Contact Marie Allen to register at mallen@frankfort.ky.gov. #ProtectYourKids #InternetSafety#KnowledgeIsPower #FreeClass


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

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Saturday, December 10, 6:00 – 9:00 pm – YMCA Christmas Ball, at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero St, Frankfort

The 11th Annual YMCA Christmas Ball is a holiday event designated for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and their friends, family, guardians and loved ones. This free* event provides music, dancing, arts and crafts, snacks and beverages, optional paid dinner, photos with Santa and more!

*Meal tickets can be purchased during registrations or at the event
$3.00- Hot Dog, Chips, Cookie and Drink
$4.00- Hamburger (with or without cheese), Chips, Cookie and Drink

Although admission is FREE thanks to all our sponsors, we gladly accept any donations!

Email Brent Wallace or call at 502-875-9276 x.102 for more information, or to sponsor, donate, volunteer or participate!


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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