Frankfort, KY – Liberty Hall Historic Site hosts its major fundraiser, Bourbon & Browns, on Saturday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Orlando Brown House, 202 Wilkinson Street, in downtown Frankfort. This year’s “spirited” event features a brand new Distillers Showcase with an opportunity to meet master distillers and taste their creations. The event promises to please both bourbon and history lovers.
This year we are proud to have as Co-Chairs the Honorable Crit Luallen and Lynn Luallen. Both have had long careers in public service and are vitally interested in preserving Kentucky’s rich heritage. A former Lieutenant Governor and State Auditor, Crit has served with seven Kentucky Governors and has deep roots in Frankfort.
Her family has ties to the bourbon industry through Colonel E. H. Taylor and she claims two former Kentucky Governors among her ancestors. She is named for Governor John J. Crittenden, whose original home stands a block from Liberty Hall. We hope you will join the Luallens in making this year’s fundraising event a tremendous success.
Now in its fifth year, Bourbon & Browns has grossed nearly $100,000 for the site and draws crowds of 300 plus. It is becoming “the” Derby-season place to be and be seen. Julienne Foster, Liberty Hall Executive Director, says:
Bourbon and Browns delivers a quintessentially Kentucky experience and is something partygoers look forward to all year. As our primary fundraiser, it generates operating income for Liberty Hall Historic Site, which includes two historic houses, the Senator John Brown Library and Archives, nearly 5 acres of historic gardens, and thousands of original Brown family pieces.
Guests will have the chance to win big during the cash raffle drawing. A $1,500 cash prize will be drawn with tickets costing only $10. Tickets may be purchased online or by phone.
Bluegrass Roots band Kentucky Wild Horse will provide toe-tapping tunes while partygoers enjoy a beautiful spring evening on the banks of the Kentucky River. Kentucky foods will be served with Kentucky Hot Browns, grits, gourmet salads and a dessert bar inspired by bourbon.
Guests will receive a free sampling ticket with admission for a unique “build your own” bourbon flight experience at Distillers Showcase, featuring local distilleries like Buffalo Trace, Three Boys Farm, Lexington Distilling, Hartfield & Co., and more. Guests may choose up to six samples for the distillers while mingling with owners and master distillers. One of the world’s top whiskey experts, Joe Hyman of Skinner Auctions in New York, will also be attending the event and available to talk bourbon with the crowd.
Local bourbon collector and attorney, Charlie Jones, offers his expertise in selecting top-shelf, locally crafted bourbons for purchase at the bar. Charlie and his wife Robin are also donating for live auction a unique private tasting for up to 8 guests who will sample some of the rarest bourbons available and even take some of it home!
Other live auction items up for grabs include a vacation getaway to Ficulle, Italy, a picturesque villa in the Italian countryside and private tours with Jon Carloftis and Dale Fisher. Over 80 items have been donated for the silent auction, including unique experiences and tours, from kayaking the Elkhorn with Richard Taylor to exclusive tours of area horse farms.
The event is hosted with the generous support of The Kentucky Chapter of The National Society of Colonial Dames of America and major sponsorship from Linda and Jerry Bruckheimer and the Milly Ann and John Stewart Charitable Fund, with support from many individuals and businesses, including Chas Seligman Distributing, The Society of Colonial Wars, Blue Wing Landing Inn and Passport Radio.
Funds generated during this fun night of competitive giving will support education and ongoing preservation at Liberty Hall Historic Site, a National Historic Landmark. Admission to the event is $85 per person and attire is business casual. To purchase tickets to the event and raffle tickets, visit www.libertyhall.org, or call (502) 227-2560.