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Capital Living Upcoming Events

Welcome to Capital Living!!!  Our Commonwealth’s Capital City has events for everyone to enjoy year round.  Find out what’s going on in Frankfort/Franklin County and the surrounding areas.  We’ve done our best to compile a list of things to do, for upcoming notable events for families, for schools, just for fun, for community volunteerism, for history buffs, and for businesses.  If you do not see your organization’s event on here, and would like to, email us at CapitalLivingKY@gmail.com.  For advertising rates to better market and promote your business, organization and/or to cover your event, email april@KYCapitalLiving.com.

This will be a regular posting every Monday morning and will be updated each week.

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February 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 5:30 – 7:30 pm – Valentine Paint Party, at Duncan Designs Studio Art, 317 E. Third Street

Come paint “Hearts” or any of the previous selections offered by Duncan Designs. $25. each for your 1st visit. All supplies and light refreshments included. Sign up now!


Tuesday, February 14, 6:30 – 9:00 pmValentine’s Paint Party, at the Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe, 235 W Broadway Street

Bring your honey or your friend and come paint with us!
Start time is 6:30
$30 per person, includes all supplies
Aprons provided.
Call Jennifer at Full Circle to register


Thursday, February 16, 11:00 am – Amir Windom, at Kentucky State University, 400 East Main Street

Grammy Award-winning executive Amir Windom will speak at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 16 at Bradford Auditorium as part of Kentucky State University’s (KSU) Black History Series and Men’s Conference. The month-long Black History Series will bring distinguished African-American speakers to Kentucky State University to motivate its audience. The Men’s Conference is hosted every year to encourage and inspire the men on KSU’s campus.

Windom is considered one of top entertainment and record executives of his generation. During his career, he has worked with top artists such as the band “Fun”, T.I., Trey Songz, Lupe Fiasco, Madonna, Bruno Mars, B.O.B., and Kanye West. He has also worked on several Grammy Award-winning albums, songs, and soundtracks that have earned a high status in the entertainment business.

Being a television and film music supervisor, Windom has helped create music and creative strategies for major companies such as Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Lionsgate Films. He has also worked on TV shows such as BET’s “Being Mary Jane,” “Entourage” (HBO), ALPHAS (SyFy); and movies such as “Act Like A Lady Think Like A Man,” “TAKERS,” “Stomp the Yard 2,” “Despicable Me 2,” and “Why Did I Get Married 2.” Windom has helped create marketing strategies for ESPN, Kodak, Adidas, and Coca Cola.

When he’s not working, Windom serves the community as an active participant of the Grammy Foundation, 100 Black Men of America, Inc., Boys & Girls Club of America, the United Negro College Fund, and more.

A graduate of Florida A&M University (FAMU), Amir Windom has received the 40/40 Young Alumni Award. This prestigious award is given to FAMU alumni under 40 years old who have made impressive accomplishments in their careers and communities. He is also a recipient of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc.’s Man of the Year Award.

Windom has given speeches at Harvard University, University of Southern California, Operation Smile Global Conference-Ireland, South Africa Music and Entertainment Symposium, Empower Me Tour, Radio One Music Summit, Howard University, Steve Harvey’s Mentoring Summit, Grammy Foundation, New York University, University of Kentucky, and soon, Kentucky State University.


Thursday, February 16, 6:30 pmCapital City Chorale Spring Kickoff Event, at the First United Methodist Church, 211 Washington Street


Friday & Saturday, February 17 & 18 – National Paddling Film Festival, at Buffalo Trace Distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace


5:00 PM – Doors Open/Beer Starts Flowing/Films Start
8:00 PM – Guest Speaker
9:00 PM – Films Continue
11:00 PM – End of Day 1


10:00 AM- 2:00 PM Bourbon Tour on the Hour
12:00 noon – Not-NPFF Race check-in at Elkhorn / AW Acres
1:00 PM – Not-NPFF Race start
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Bourbon Tasting
5:00 PM – Films Start
8:00 PM – Chili Cookoff Served
9:00 PM – Director remarks, Raffles, Film Winners Announced
9:00 PM – Wrap-up Silent Auction bidding
9:20 PM – 11:00 PM Pick-up Silent Auction items
9:45 PM – Guest Host
11:00 PM – End of 2016 NPFF

It’s time for the 2017 National Paddling Film Festival! Every year in February, a motley crew of dirtbag kayakers and open boaters and single bladers and SUPers and rafters gather to watch paddling flicks, drink beer, eat food, bid on super bitchin’ silent auction items, and catch up with old pals–this all takes place at a bourbon distillery in the heart of central Kentucky.
We throw this big party to highlight the best in paddlesport films and still images and to raise money for organizations dedicated to river conservation and access.

Grab your tickets online early and save some cabbage. Online tickets are $20. That money goes directly to American Whitewater.
Tickets at the door are $25. Tickets includes admission for Friday night and Saturday night, as well as beer and a raffle ticket. Stay tuned for the online tickets sale link.

For more information about the festival, head over to our website:www.npff.org

A block of rooms have been reserved at Capital Plaza, which is close to the festival venue: http://www.capitalplazaky.com/

For tickets and more information, click HERE


Friday, February 17, 5:30 – 10:00 pm – Frankfort Area Chamber Annual Meeting & Branding Launch Party, at the Capital Plaza Hotel, 405 Wilkinson Blvd

The Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce will host “Let’s Celebrate” Branding Launch and Annual Meeting on Friday, February 17, 2027.

Join fellow Chamber members as we Announce the Community-wide Brand and host a little business in 2017. Watch your Chamber E-news and mail for more details. Cost to attend is $55 per person/Reserved Table Of 8 is $550.

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



Saturday & Sunday, February 18 & 19, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm – KDCO State Dance Competition, at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero Street

$10 Admission

Kentucky Dance COaches Associations - 2-20-16

Saturday, February 18, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm – Capital Area Extension Master Gardeners, at the Franklin County Extension Office, 101 Lakeview Drive

Join us for a day of learning about life without our gardens. Topics include butterflies, hummingbirds, moths, bees and native insects. All presenters are area experts and master gardeners.

February 18, 2017 from 8:30 to 2:45 at the Franklin County Extension Office, 101 Lakeview Drive.

Lunch will include a half-wrap sandwich, soup, desserts, and drinks. You must register by Monday, February 13 to receive lunch (vegetarian and non-vegetarian).

Costs for the event is $10, payable in cash or check. The event is sponsored by Capital Area Master Gardeners.

To register, call (502) 695-9035 by noon on Monday February 13, 2017.

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Saturday, February 18, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Volunteer Tour Guide Info Session, at the Old State Capitol, 300 West Broadway

Bring your passion for Kentucky history and join us at the Old State Capitol. KHS is recruiting volunteer guides to lead public tours of the historic building, which dates to 1830. For more information, call 502-564-1792 and ask for Phyllis Gilman or Leslie McWhorter.


Saturday, February 18, 4:30 pm – Movie Night at the Cafe: Selma, at the Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe, 235 W Broadway Street

Selma (2014) (PG-13)

“This film is the story of a movement. It chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition.”


Saturday, February 18, 6:00 – 10:00 pm – Bluegrass Bash Gala, at The Frankfort Country Club, 101 Duntreath Street

Cocktails and Buffet Dinner; Silent and Live Auctions; Toyota Camry raffle; Split-the-Pot Cash raffle; games and prizes; bourbon and wine tastings; Live Music by Catfish Alley (KY Gaming Lic#ORG-0001934). All proceeds benefit Good Shepherd Catholic School. ALL ARE WELCOME! RSVP to 502-227-4511 by Feb. 8


Sunday, February 19, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Winter Mountain Bike Race and Trail Run, at Capitol View Park, Glenn’s Creek Rd

Bring your bike, warm clothes, and get off the trainer!
Race will be on a 5 mile loop
Novice and Expert Fat Bike Division- 1 and 2 Lap Races
Beginner- 1 Lap
Intermediate- 2 Lap
Expert- 3 Lap
8K Trail Run!
Registration at https://www.bikereg.com/bluegrasswinter


Get tickets HERE


Tuesday, February 21, 5:30 – 6:30 pm – Be My Strider 3K, at CrossFit Unbridled, 770 Wilkinson Blvd

This is the 1st event of the 2017 Frankfort Striders Run/Walk Series. This will be a timed 3k and to keep costs low we are not providing T-shirts. There will be Valentine’s Day themed awards (overall and age group). Join us for a fun event that is taking place on the River View Trail starting and finishing behind the Crossfit Unbridled (Old Gatti’s Building). Bibs can be picked up inside Crossfit Unbridled before the race.

Sign up online: https://runsignup.com/Race/KY/Frankfort/BeMyStrider3K

KIDS UNDER 14 ARE FREE TO PARTICIPATE. We still need a registration form for kids under 14.

Please download the paper registration form HERE (or go to the tab Event Info, then click Show Registration Details) and you can email to FRANKFORTSTRIDERSCLUB@GMAIL.COM or mail to the address listed on the form.


Tuesday, February 21, 6:30 – 7:30 pm – What Makes Kentucky, Kentucky?, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping St

Join Kent Whitworth, executive director of the Kentucky Historical Society, for an engaging discussion about what makes the Bluegrass State, when viewed through the lens of history, unique. Whitworth will facilitate a conversation that celebrates the commonwealth’s past while looking for ways to confront the challenges of the future. The conversation will be based around the theme of Kentucky’s 225th anniversary, which is in 2017.

This free event will take place in the Library Community Room. No registration is necessary. For more information, contact Diane Dehoney at 352-2665×108.


Tuesday, February 21, 7:00 – 10:00 pm – Linkin’ Bridge, at Kentucky State University Bradford Hall, 400 E Main St

“America’s Got Talent” finalists Linkin’ Bridge will perform at 7 p.m. on February 21, 2017, in Kentucky State University’s Bradford Auditorium.
The Louisville a cappella group’s performance will be open to the public.

General Admission $20.00 – VIP Admission $40.00
VIP includes special seating, meet, and greet, 12×18 poster

Members of Linkin’ Bridge include Montre Davis, Big Rome Kimbrough, Shon China Lacy, and Ekoe Alexanda. Their warm harmonies captured the hearts of millions of viewers who watched them compete on the NBC talent show this year.

Get Tickets HERE


Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday, February 21, 22, & 24,  – 41st District Basketball Tournament, at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero Street

Tuesday, Feb. 21

6:30 pm – FCHS vs. FHS – Girls
8:15 pm – FCHS vs. WHHS – Boys

Wednesday, Feb. 22

6:30 pm – WHHS vs. WCHS – Girls
8:15 pm – WCHS vs. FHS – Boys

Friday, Feb. 24

6:30 pm –Girls Final
8:15 pm – Boys Final


The teams playing in the championship games will advance to the 11th Region tournaments.


Friday, February 24, 7:30 – 9:30 pmFences, at the Grand Theatre Frankfort, KY, 308 Saint Clair Street

A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life. Stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.

2016 PG-13



Friday, February 24, 8:00 – 10:00 pm – Mardi Gras with Billy Goat Strut Revue, at at the Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe, 235 W Broadway Street

Join us for a swingin’ jazzy (and perhaps a bit raucous) Mardi Gras celebration! Put on your finest for the masquerade, and come on down to swing away the night with Billy Goat Strut Revue!

RESERVE YOUR SEATS HERE: http://www.kentuckycoffeetree.com/live-music/billy-goat-strut-revue


It’s been an unpredictable journey since our founding Billy Goat (Mark Hamilton) took a trip to New Orleans and quickly became intoxicated with the city’s rich musical culture and tradition. He brought us together on a cold and rainy Kentucky autumn day in 2011 and shared his vision of forming an ensemble of all-star players for an old-time project.

Through our progression as a band, the moniker “Antique Jazz” started to float around. With the addition of tunes that contained hints of Kentucky flavor and an irresistible twang, we realized our strange version of jazz embodied the influences of a Kentuckian mode de vie.

Our result is a fun and exciting new genre of music that travels a centuries-old path down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, through the bourbon trail, from Derby City to the Chocolate City and back. Ladies and Gentlemen: THIS IS BOURBON JAZZ!


Saturday, February 25, 1:00 – 5:00 pm – Rusalka, at the Grand Theatre Frankfort, KY, 308 Saint Clair Street

Antonín Dvořák Rusalka

Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvořák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Brandon Jovanovich, Jamie Barton, Katarina Dalayman, and Eric Owens complete the all-star cast, and Mark Elder conducts.

Tickets: $23 Adult / $18 Student

1 PM (approximately 245 minutes)


Saturday, February 25, 5:00 – 7:00 pmHistory Happy Hour, at the Buffalo Trace Distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace

History Happy Hour in conjunction with the Kentucky Historical Society. Can you help us solve this #MysteryMonday?

Have you ever taken a ride around the Distillery in a horse drawn carriage? We know some people have from our photo archives. Do you know who these people are or why they were taking a horse drawn ride around the Distillery?

Undated, this photo shows an early version of what became our Blanton’s Hand Bottling Hall, a cornerstone stop along our Trace Tour. Do you know who these guys are or what year this was taken?

The image shows four distillery workers playing basketball on an improvised hoop somewhere on the property in 1959. Do you know who these guys are or where they were playing?

Do you know any of the women packaging bottles of Ancient Age at the Distillery in August of 1956? Then we need your help!

In conjunction with the Kentucky Historical Society we are proud to present our first ever History Happy Hour on Saturday February 25th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Elmer T. Lee Clubhouse. The event is open to the public and free of charge. Enjoy complimentary tastings and refreshments, while helping us discover information on this photo and many others like it from the Distillery and Frankfort community.

Join us on February 25th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Elmer T. Lee Clubhouse for complimentary refreshments, tastings, and a whole lot of history. The event is free of charge and open to the public.


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Saturday, February 25, 7:30 – 9:30 pmFences, at the Grand Theatre Frankfort, KY, 308 Saint Clair Street

A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life. Stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.

2016 PG-13



March 2017

Wednesday – Sunday, March 1 – 5Mid-South Conference Basketball Tournament, at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero Street


Wednesday, March 1, 7:30 – 9:30 pm – National Players “The Grapes of Wrath”, at the Grand Theatre Frankfort, KY, 308 Saint Clair Street

The National Players, the touring company of the Olney Theatre returns to perform a stage adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel “The Grapes of Wrath.” The Olney Theatre was established in the late 1930s and is considered one of the nation’s finest regional theatre companies.

Tickets: $20 / $25 / $30


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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