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Capital Living…Covering Frankfort’s Social Scene – 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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December 2017

Saturday, December 2, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Holiday History Train Display, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St

The Holiday History Train, a privately owned, 21-foot x 65-foot, O-gauge layout featuring three main lines, fills the 4,000-square-foot Keeneland Gallery. Trains run simultaneously, with up to 100 cars on the layout at one time. The display includes steam engines that smoke and whistle, working crossing lights, carnival rides and other accessories. A smaller display features Thomas the Tank Engine and pre-1941 Lionel trains. KHS complements the train display with images from its collections.

Schedule
Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Regular KHS admission applies.

More information HERE


Sunday, December 3, 2:00 – 5:00 pm – Frankfort Frosty 5K, at Lakeview Park, 118 Park Avenue

The Frankfort Frosty 5K raises funds for the First United Methodist Church’s Ecumenical Honduras Medical/Dental Mission trip, the Frankfort Mission Clinic and Water With Blessings. 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 and team awards will be given. Don’t want to “dress up”? We have an Ugly Sweater and Best Dressed Pet award this year also. Other fun activities include being able 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 and clean drinking water.

The Frankfort Frosty 5K is the 20th race of the Frankfort Striders’ Run/Walk Series. For more information on this series, go to www.frankfortstriders.com.


Sunday, December 3, 4:00 – 6:30 pmKentucky State University Concert Choir, at South Frankfort Presbyterian Church, Frankfort KY, 224 Steele St

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 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3, in the SFPC sanctuary at 224 Steele St., Frankfort. A special feature of this year’s performance includes the South Frankfort Community Chorus — come youth who have been training with the renowned director, Dr. Keith McCutcheon. The concert, free and open to all, will be followed by a reception with light refreshments in the Fellowship Hall, sponsored by SFPC’s Presbyterian Women.

Keith McCutchen is the director of the Kentucky State University Concert Choir. While the concert choir tours regionally and nationally, these artists also have performed in Canada, the Bahamas, and Germany. The Concert Choir has received multiple awards, including the National Spiritual Competition and the Annual HBCU Choral Festival.

Pianist, composer and conductor Dr. McCutchen directs KSU’s Concert Choir, while also serving as KSU Associate Music Professor. Previously, McCutchen taught at Minnesota’s St. Olaf College, directed the University of Minnesota’s jazz ensembles, and also directed Indiana University’s (IU) African American Choral Ensemble. McCutchen received his doctorate from IU’s School of Music after earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Kentucky.

SFPC’s opportunity to host this talented group resulted from a presentation, in 2016, by KSU Interim President Dr. Aaron Thompson and the leadership of Kiwanis Board member Ed Powe. Speaking to the local Kiwanis meeting, Dr. Thompson launched the “What Can I Do with KSU Campaign.” Powe challenged each member to write down one thing they could do with KSU. This process motivated Kiwanis member/SPFC Worship Chair Carol Banks to contact KSU, inviting the Concert Choir to perform in December 2016. The event, which included a standing room only crowd and a rock-the-walls performance with 3 standing ovations, blossomed into a new partnership.

Both the KSU Concert Choir and SFPC’s membership celebrate this partnership and encourage the community’s support and involvement. 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 4, 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Assassination at the State House, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping St

The Frankfort Civil War Roundtable presents Kentucky author Ron Elliott as he discusses his historical fiction novel, 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.

No registration is necessary. This free event is sponsored by the Frankfort Civil War Roundtable, Capital City Museum, and PSPL.


Monday, December 4, 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Governor’s Christmas Tree Lightingat the Kentucky State Capitol, 700 Capital Ave

Come light up the night and usher in the holiday season on the front steps of the Kentucky State Capitol with a timeless Kentucky Christmas tradition: the Governor’s Christmas Tree Lighting!

Festivities begin at 6:30 pm EST! Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and cookies as you watch performances by the Frankfort School of Ballet, the Frankfort Christian Academy Middle School choir and bell ringers, and the Shelby County High School choir. Guests are encouraged to bring canned/non-perishable food items to donate to Frankfort’s shelters for men and women.

Following the tree lighting ceremony, the Governor’s Mansion is ready to welcome you with a visit from Santa Claus and music from the talented electric orchestra of Westport Middle School.

This special event will occur rain or shine, so make plans to celebrate this Christmas season with us! If you can’t attend, the event will be streamed for your convenience on Facebook Live.


Tuesday, December 5, 6:30 – 7:30 pmPSPL at the Movies: A Midnight Clear, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping St

Join us to discuss this 2002 film based on the novel by William Wharton.

This event is free to the public. Please register online before stopping by the Check Out Desk to pick up your copy of the film. For more information, contact Mark Kinnaird at 352-2665 x107 or mark@pspl.org.


Wednesday, December 6, 6:00 – 8:00 pmHolly Jolly Ornaments, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping St

Let PSPL help you get in the spirit of the season with this holiday craft workshop! Participants will create their own festive ornaments, perfect for trimming a tree or giving as a gift.

Adult patrons, please register for this free workshop online or at the Library. For more information, contact Diane Dehoney at 352-2665 x108 or diane@pspl.org.

Register online at the following link: http://bit.ly/hollyjollyornaments2


Thursday, December 7, 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Film Discussion Group: Moonlight, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Moonlight directed by Barry Jenkins

The Film Discussion Group meets on the first Thursday of every month at 6:30pm. Each member receives a copy of that month’s film to watch at home. At our meeting, we will then discuss things we liked, things we didn’t like, and everything in between. If you have questions or wish to join this group, please contact Ernie Dixon at 352-2665 x109 or ernie@pspl.org.


Thursday, December 7, 7:30 – 9:30 pmMovie – Loving Vincent, at the Grand Theatre Frankfort, KY, 308 Saint Clair St

A year after the death of the artist, Vincent van Gogh, Postman Roulin gets his slacker son, Armand, to hand deliver the artist’s final letter to his now late brother, Theo, to some worthy recipient after multiple failed postal delivery attempts. Although disdainful of this seemingly pointless chore, Armand travels to Auvers-sure-Oise where a purported close companion to Vincent, Dr. Gachet, lives. Having to wait until the doctor returns from business, Armand meets many of the people of that village who not only knew Vincent, but were apparently also models and inspirations for his art. In doing so, Armond becomes increasingly fascinated in the psyche and fate of Van Gogh as numerous suspicious details fail to add up. However, as Armond digs further, he comes to realize that Vincent’s troubled life is as much a matter of interpretation as his paintings and there are no easy answers for a man whose work and tragedy would only be truly appreciated in the future. $8


Friday, December 8, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Little Historians: Rockin’ Around the Museum, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St

Music is an important part of the holiday season. Your Little Historian will explore different instruments Kentucky families use during the holiday season and compare their musical traditions to those of people from other cultures. They also will create an instrument of their own. Activities will help develop listening skills, compare and contrasting skills, critical thinking skills, sensorimotor skills and fine motor skills.

Ideal for ages 3-5.

$10 for first student with an additional $5 per additional student; $5 per child for members.

Registration Required. Space is limited. Call 502-564-1792, Ext. 4408.


Friday, December 8, 7:00 pmFrankfort Christmas Parade, Downtown Frankfort, Kentucky

FRANKFORT CHRISTMAS PARADE
THEME: SAVING CHRISTMAS!

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 @ 7PM

Inclement Weather date is Friday, December 15. Cancellations will be announced/texted/emailed/posted by Noon the day of.

ROUTE:

The parade will step off onto High Street to Capital Avenue and end at the capitol building. Parade floats/vehicles will go around Capital Ave Circle, and disband at E State St, where police will direct away from Capital Ave. No traffic will be allowed back on to Capital Ave after disbanded.

LINEUP:

Lineup is first come, first serve at 5p.m. in the Department of Revenue parking lot. Marching band and walking units will line up in the CCU parking lot. Look for attendants who will assist you.

PRIZE:

1st ($1,000), 2nd ($500) and 3rd ($250)
Judging will take place at review stand. If for-profit, prize money will be awarded to the charity of your choice.

QUESTIONS? CONTACT US:

frankfortparade@gmail.com
(502)875-1130


Friday, December 8, 7:30 – 9:30 pmMovie – Loving Vincent, at the Grand Theatre Frankfort, KY, 308 Saint Clair St

A year after the death of the artist, Vincent van Gogh, Postman Roulin gets his slacker son, Armand, to hand deliver the artist’s final letter to his now late brother, Theo, to some worthy recipient after multiple failed postal delivery attempts. Although disdainful of this seemingly pointless chore, Armand travels to Auvers-sure-Oise where a purported close companion to Vincent, Dr. Gachet, lives. Having to wait until the doctor returns from business, Armand meets many of the people of that village who not only knew Vincent, but were apparently also models and inspirations for his art. In doing so, Armond becomes increasingly fascinated in the psyche and fate of Van Gogh as numerous suspicious details fail to add up. However, as Armond digs further, he comes to realize that Vincent’s troubled life is as much a matter of interpretation as his paintings and there are no easy answers for a man whose work and tragedy would only be truly appreciated in the future. $8


Saturday, December 9, 9:30 – 11:00 amBreakfast with a Book: Payne Hollow, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Payne Hollow by Harlan Hubbard

Breakfast with a Book is for readers who enjoy a variety of good books in both fiction and nonfiction genres. The group meets every five weeks on Saturday morning at 9:30am for a continental breakfast and book discussion. If you have questions or wish to join this group, please contact Mark Kinnaird at 352-2665 x107 or mark@pspl.org.


Saturday, December 9, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Holiday History Train Display, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St

The Holiday History Train, a privately owned, 21-foot x 65-foot, O-gauge layout featuring three main lines, fills the 4,000-square-foot Keeneland Gallery. Trains run simultaneously, with up to 100 cars on the layout at one time. The display includes steam engines that smoke and whistle, working crossing lights, carnival rides and other accessories. A smaller display features Thomas the Tank Engine and pre-1941 Lionel trains. KHS complements the train display with images from its collections.

Schedule
Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Regular KHS admission applies.

More information HERE


Saturday, December 9, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pmA Wizarding Christmas Extravaganza, at The Lancaster at St. Clair, 306 Wapping St

A “Wizarding Christmas Extravaganza” occurs in December on 12/15 – 12/17 and 12/22-12/23 and 12/29 – 12/31. Purchase tickets now.

This event is for families and fans who enjoy fantasizing about wizards, magic, and enchantment. A “Sorting” ceremony, a wand making station, a potion station, our trolley cart, wizard interaction, and an enchanting dinner, are all part of this magical holiday treat.

The event is held at The Lancaster at St. Clair in Frankfort, KY.  – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS


Sunday, December 10, 2:00 – 4:00 pm – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), at the Grand Theatre Frankfort, KY, 308 Saint Clair St

TCM Classic Film Series. A couple’s attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African American fiancé. $8


Tuesday, December 12, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Family Workshop: Kentucky in the Revolutionary War, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St

Families will experience what life was like for Revolutionary War soldiers as they muster into the militia and train for action on the “Old Northwest” frontier. They will discover the Kentuckians who defended against British attack, fought the last major battle of the Revolution and advocated for statehood in the new nation.

Best for ages 6-12, but all ages are welcome!

$10 per family – one adult and up to two children. $5 for each additional participant.

Registration required because of limited space. Call 502-564-1792, Ext. 4408.

Payment is due the day of the workshop. Workshops begin at the front desk of the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History.


Tuesday, December 12, 6:30 – 7:30 pmCincinnati Bell Connector, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Paul Grether, Director of Rail Services for the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, will discuss the Cincinnati Bell Connector. A modern streetcar system, the Bell Connector operates on a 3.6-mile loop connecting Cincinnati’s riverfront at The Banks, Downtown, and Over-the-Rhine.

No registration is necessary for this free event.

 


Wednesday, December 13, 12:00 – 2:00 pmThis Food for Thought: Kentucky, 225 Years on the Move, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St

Kentucky has been on the move for 225 years. This Food for Thought focuses on the history of transportation in Kentucky as told in an exhibit on display at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.

“Kentucky: 225 Years on the Move” tells how people interacted with various modes of transportation and highlights Kentucky-made artifacts, such as a 1943 Ford GWP (Jeep) used during World War II, the first Bowling Green built Corvette, and the 1 millionth U.S. built Toyota Camry (on loan from the Kentucky Historical Society). Other artifacts include 1800s era mile markers, a horse-drawn sleigh, Mammoth Cave Stagecoach, early 19th century riding breeches and a 1935 Allis-Chalmers WC tractor.

Corvette Museum curator Derek Moore will present. Moore has an extensive background in transportation history, having been curator of transportation history at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio, and working with the transportation collection at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan.

KHS members: $25. Others: $30

Price includes lunch.

Reservations required by Dec. 8. Call 502-564-1792, Ext. 4408.


Friday, December 15, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Little Historians: Merry and Bright, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St

Although different in purpose and meaning, most cultural celebrations have one thing in common: lights! Your Little Historian will discover how candles, lanterns and other lighting forms play a role in the different cultural holidays Kentucky families celebrate. Activities will help develop fine motor, sensorimotor, listening, observational and verbal communication skills.

Ideal for ages 3-5.

$10 for first student with an additional $5 per additional student; $5 per child for members.

Registration Required. Space is limited. Call 502-564-1792, Ext. 4408.


Friday, December 15, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pmA Wizarding Christmas Extravaganza, at The Lancaster at St. Clair, 306 Wapping St

A “Wizarding Christmas Extravaganza” occurs in December on 12/15 – 12/17 and 12/22-12/23 and 12/29 – 12/31. Purchase tickets now.

This event is for families and fans who enjoy fantasizing about wizards, magic, and enchantment. A “Sorting” ceremony, a wand making station, a potion station, our trolley cart, wizard interaction, and an enchanting dinner, are all part of this magical holiday treat.

The event is held at The Lancaster at St. Clair in Frankfort, KY.  – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS


Saturday, December 16, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Holiday History Train Display, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St

The Holiday History Train, a privately owned, 21-foot x 65-foot, O-gauge layout featuring three main lines, fills the 4,000-square-foot Keeneland Gallery. Trains run simultaneously, with up to 100 cars on the layout at one time. The display includes steam engines that smoke and whistle, working crossing lights, carnival rides and other accessories. A smaller display features Thomas the Tank Engine and pre-1941 Lionel trains. KHS complements the train display with images from its collections.

Schedule
Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Regular KHS admission applies.

More information HERE


Saturday, December 16, 10:30 am – 12:00 pmKids Class: Holiday Traditions, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St

Celebrate the holidays with us! Learn about cultural holiday traditions celebrated by Kentuckians past and present. Play traditional games that kids from the past enjoyed around the holidays and design your own decorations, including hand-dipped candles, to take home.

Ages 6-12

$10 for first child. $5 for every additional child

Registration required because of limited space. Call 502-564-1792, Ext. 4408.

Payment is due the day of the class. Classes begin by checking in your child at the front desk of the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History.

 


Saturday, December 16, 1:00 – 4:00 pmBoard Game Day, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Drop in for some tabletop fun! Play board games from our collection, or feel free to bring your own. Available games include Dominion, Smash Up, Evolution, Formula Motor Racing, and many more!


Saturday, December 16, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pmA Wizarding Christmas Extravaganza, at The Lancaster at St. Clair, 306 Wapping St

A “Wizarding Christmas Extravaganza” occurs in December on 12/15 – 12/17 and 12/22-12/23 and 12/29 – 12/31. Purchase tickets now.

This event is for families and fans who enjoy fantasizing about wizards, magic, and enchantment. A “Sorting” ceremony, a wand making station, a potion station, our trolley cart, wizard interaction, and an enchanting dinner, are all part of this magical holiday treat.

The event is held at The Lancaster at St. Clair in Frankfort, KY.  – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS


Sunday, December 17, 1:00 – 5:00 pm – Holiday History Train Display, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St

The Holiday History Train, a privately owned, 21-foot x 65-foot, O-gauge layout featuring three main lines, fills the 4,000-square-foot Keeneland Gallery. Trains run simultaneously, with up to 100 cars on the layout at one time. The display includes steam engines that smoke and whistle, working crossing lights, carnival rides and other accessories. A smaller display features Thomas the Tank Engine and pre-1941 Lionel trains. KHS complements the train display with images from its collections.

Schedule
Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Regular KHS admission applies.

More information HERE

 


Monday, December 18, 5:30 – 6:30 pmGenealogy Conversations, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Come talk about what you’re currently working on, your successes, and your brick walls. It will be a give-and-take conversation — you might be able to help someone, and they might be able to help you. These Conversations will be led by Mark Kinnaird, who also teaches classes on the library’s genealogy databases. While Conversations will not be a class, we hope that participants will learn from each other through discussions.

For more information, please contact Mark at 502-352-2665 x107 or mark@pspl.org. And please share with friends who are interested in genealogy!

No registration


Monday, December 18, 7:00 – 8:00 pmMystery Book Group: Silent Nights, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Silent Nights by Martin Edwards

The Mystery Book Group meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00pm. Please join us for entertaining reading and an hour of discussion. New members are always welcome! If you have questions or wish to join this group, please contact Diane Dehoney at 352-2665 x108 or diane@pspl.org.


Thursday – Friday, December 21 – 22 – No School Day Camps, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway

Extended day: Morning Drop-off Program
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Ages: 6-12.
Date: Dec. 21 & 22
$5 a participant. Please register.

GIZMOS, GADGETS, & GUMPTION – KENTUCKY INVENTORS
Time: 9:00 a.m. to noon
Ages: 6 to 8
Date: Dec. 21 & 22
What does it take to become a successful inventor? Over two days, we’ll find out by examining the lives and work of some Kentuckians whose ideas changed the world! Objects and images from KHS collections will serve as inspiration for participants to create their own inventions. We’ll end the class with our own “Southern Exposition,” displaying participants’ work.
$30 per student/ $25 for members (covers both days).

HISTORY DETECTIVES
Time: 9:00 a.m. to noon
Ages: 9 to 12
Date: Dec. 21 & 22
Solve a museum history mystery! A trickster has stolen a priceless artifact from the museum and it is up to you to use your detective skills to recover the artifact and figure out “whodunit.” Use the art of graphology to detect a suspect. Crack authentic Civil War and Kentucky pioneer codes left by the trickster. Solve the clues at the scene of the crime. Help save Kentucky history!
$30 per student/ $25 for members (covers both days).

LUNCH PROGRAM
Time: Noon to 1:00 p.m.
$5 (or free if you register for both a morning and afternoon class).

MAKING MUSIC WITH KENTUCKY ROOTS
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Ages: 6 to 8
Date: Dec. 21 & 22
Let’s make music! Learn about the roots music of Kentucky by listening to bluegrass and music of Appalachia. Make your own musical instruments, like a canjo, to take home. Prepare and play in a class concert with your new sounds.
$30 per student/ $25 for members (covers both days).

SOLDIERS, SWEETHEARTS & STATESMEN – CIVIL WAR LIFE IN KENTUCKY
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Ages: 9 to 12
Date: Dec. 21 & 22
In 1861, Kentuckians found themselves “stuck in the middle” as North and South went to war. Using artifacts and documents from KHS collections, we’ll explore the challenges Kentuckians experienced during the Civil War. Participants will build new skills as we debate tough questions, devise a defense strategy for Frankfort and practice home front crafts necessary for survival.
$30 per student/ $25 for members (covers both days).

Extended Day: Late Pick-up Program
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Ages: 6-12.
Date: Dec. 21 & 22
$5 a participant. Please register.

Registration required for all classes because of limited space. Call 502-564-1792, Ext. 4408.
Payment is due the day of the class. Classes begin by checking in your child at the FRONT DESK of the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History.


Friday, December 22, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pmA Wizarding Christmas Extravaganza, at The Lancaster at St. Clair, 306 Wapping St

A “Wizarding Christmas Extravaganza” occurs in December on 12/15 – 12/17 and 12/22-12/23 and 12/29 – 12/31. Purchase tickets now.

This event is for families and fans who enjoy fantasizing about wizards, magic, and enchantment. A “Sorting” ceremony, a wand making station, a potion station, our trolley cart, wizard interaction, and an enchanting dinner, are all part of this magical holiday treat.

The event is held at The Lancaster at St. Clair in Frankfort, KY.  – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS


Saturday, December 23, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Holiday History Train Display, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St

The Holiday History Train, a privately owned, 21-foot x 65-foot, O-gauge layout featuring three main lines, fills the 4,000-square-foot Keeneland Gallery. Trains run simultaneously, with up to 100 cars on the layout at one time. The display includes steam engines that smoke and whistle, working crossing lights, carnival rides and other accessories. A smaller display features Thomas the Tank Engine and pre-1941 Lionel trains. KHS complements the train display with images from its collections.

Schedule
Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Regular KHS admission applies.

More information HERE


Saturday, December 23, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pmA Wizarding Christmas Extravaganza, at The Lancaster at St. Clair, 306 Wapping St

A “Wizarding Christmas Extravaganza” occurs in December on 12/15 – 12/17 and 12/22-12/23 and 12/29 – 12/31. Purchase tickets now.

This event is for families and fans who enjoy fantasizing about wizards, magic, and enchantment. A “Sorting” ceremony, a wand making station, a potion station, our trolley cart, wizard interaction, and an enchanting dinner, are all part of this magical holiday treat.

The event is held at The Lancaster at St. Clair in Frankfort, KY.  – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS


Wednesday, December 27, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Holiday History Train Display, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St

The Holiday History Train, a privately owned, 21-foot x 65-foot, O-gauge layout featuring three main lines, fills the 4,000-square-foot Keeneland Gallery. Trains run simultaneously, with up to 100 cars on the layout at one time. The display includes steam engines that smoke and whistle, working crossing lights, carnival rides and other accessories. A smaller display features Thomas the Tank Engine and pre-1941 Lionel trains. KHS complements the train display with images from its collections.

Schedule
Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Regular KHS admission applies.

More information HERE


Wednesday, December 27, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pmA Wizarding Christmas Extravaganza, at The Lancaster at St. Clair, 306 Wapping St

A “Wizarding Christmas Extravaganza” occurs in December on 12/15 – 12/17 and 12/22-12/23 and 12/29 – 12/31. Purchase tickets now.

This event is for families and fans who enjoy fantasizing about wizards, magic, and enchantment. A “Sorting” ceremony, a wand making station, a potion station, our trolley cart, wizard interaction, and an enchanting dinner, are all part of this magical holiday treat.

The event is held at The Lancaster at St. Clair in Frankfort, KY.  – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS


Thursday, December 28, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Holiday History Train Display, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St

The Holiday History Train, a privately owned, 21-foot x 65-foot, O-gauge layout featuring three main lines, fills the 4,000-square-foot Keeneland Gallery. Trains run simultaneously, with up to 100 cars on the layout at one time. The display includes steam engines that smoke and whistle, working crossing lights, carnival rides and other accessories. A smaller display features Thomas the Tank Engine and pre-1941 Lionel trains. KHS complements the train display with images from its collections.

Schedule
Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Regular KHS admission applies.

More information HERE


Thursday, December 28, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pmA Wizarding Christmas Extravaganza, at The Lancaster at St. Clair, 306 Wapping St

A “Wizarding Christmas Extravaganza” occurs in December on 12/15 – 12/17 and 12/22-12/23 and 12/29 – 12/31. Purchase tickets now.

This event is for families and fans who enjoy fantasizing about wizards, magic, and enchantment. A “Sorting” ceremony, a wand making station, a potion station, our trolley cart, wizard interaction, and an enchanting dinner, are all part of this magical holiday treat.

The event is held at The Lancaster at St. Clair in Frankfort, KY.  – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS


Friday, December 29, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Holiday History Train Display, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St

The Holiday History Train, a privately owned, 21-foot x 65-foot, O-gauge layout featuring three main lines, fills the 4,000-square-foot Keeneland Gallery. Trains run simultaneously, with up to 100 cars on the layout at one time. The display includes steam engines that smoke and whistle, working crossing lights, carnival rides and other accessories. A smaller display features Thomas the Tank Engine and pre-1941 Lionel trains. KHS complements the train display with images from its collections.

Schedule
Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Regular KHS admission applies.

More information HERE


Saturday, December 30, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Holiday History Train Display, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway St

The Holiday History Train, a privately owned, 21-foot x 65-foot, O-gauge layout featuring three main lines, fills the 4,000-square-foot Keeneland Gallery. Trains run simultaneously, with up to 100 cars on the layout at one time. The display includes steam engines that smoke and whistle, working crossing lights, carnival rides and other accessories. A smaller display features Thomas the Tank Engine and pre-1941 Lionel trains. KHS complements the train display with images from its collections.

Schedule
Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Regular KHS admission applies.

More information HERE


Saturday, December 30, 2:00 – 4:00 pm – Genealogy Tea & Sympathy, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway

Join our Library staff on the 5th Saturday of every month from 2-4PM for tea time and good ole fashioned conversation. Have an ancestor that is eluding you? Confused about which source to use next? Have questions about the proof standard or how to get the kids involved? Bring along your genealogy issues, hot topics or questions and the group will try to help you out. Even if we can’t solve your problem, we promise to provide lots of tea and sympathy!

All research levels welcome – let’s learn from each other’s experiences!

Each Genealogy Tea and Sympathy session is free for KHS members OR part of the KHS’ general admission. Please pre-register by calling the KHS Refdesk at 502-564-1792 x.4460 or by e-mailing us at: khsrefdesk@ky.gov 


Saturday, December 30, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pmA Wizarding Christmas Extravaganza, at The Lancaster at St. Clair, 306 Wapping St

A “Wizarding Christmas Extravaganza” occurs in December on 12/15 – 12/17 and 12/22-12/23 and 12/29 – 12/31. Purchase tickets now.

This event is for families and fans who enjoy fantasizing about wizards, magic, and enchantment. A “Sorting” ceremony, a wand making station, a potion station, our trolley cart, wizard interaction, and an enchanting dinner, are all part of this magical holiday treat.

The event is held at The Lancaster at St. Clair in Frankfort, KY.  – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS


Sunday, December 31, 6:00 pm – 1:00 am – 2018 New Year’s Eve Party, at the Capital Plaza Hotel, 405 Wilkinson Blvd

Package #1 “Run of the House”
$219 per couple
*Deluxe Room for Two
*Prime Rib Dinner Buffet for Two
*Admittance into Caucus Room with DJ Junie Redden for Two
*Admittance into Ballroom Party with The USUAL SUSPECTS BAND for Two
*Party Favors for Two
*Light Hors d’ ouevres in each party
*Cash Bar in each party
*Champagne Toast at Midnight in each party for Two
*Balloon Drop in each party
*New Years Day Breakfast for Two

Package #2 “Puttin’ on the Ritz”
$139 per couple / $75 per person
*with THE USUAL SUSPECTS BAND
*Caucus Room with DJ Junie Redden
*Includes all above with no room overnight

Package #3 “I’m Here to Dance”
$109 per couple / $60 per person
*with THE USUAL SUSPECTS BAND
*Caucus Room with DJ Junie Redden
Package #4 “Auld Lang Syne” Prime Buffet Dinner Buffet
$60 per couple / $35 per person

Per Couple = Two People
Per Person = One Person

The biggest party of the year! Tickets are going fast! Contact our sales office ASAP to reserve your spot for one of our amazing NYE packages 502-227-5100! Come ready to have ball!!!


Sunday, December 31, 8:00 pm – 1:00 amA Wizarding New Years: Winter Ball (21 & Older Experience), at The Lancaster at St. Clair, 306 Wapping St

Come join us for this magical New Year’s celebration at The Lancaster at St. Claire! Enjoy themed hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and a magical atmosphere while we await the countdown for the new year. Festivities include, a live band, cocktail styled foods, open bar, character interactions, and more!

This is one night event, and tickets will go fast!


January 2018

Thursday, January 4, 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Film Discussion Group, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

The Film Discussion Group meets on the first Thursday of every month at 6:30pm. Each member receives a copy of that month’s film to watch at home. At our meeting, we will then discuss things we liked, things we didn’t like, and everything in between. If you have questions or wish to join this group, please contact Ernie Dixon at 352-2665 x109 or ernie@pspl.org.


Saturday, January 6, 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Inside the Lines Coloring Club, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Join us for an afternoon of coloring and relaxation! Adult coloring books offer a fun way to unwind and tap into your creativity. Studies have shown that coloring can reduce stress and improve focus and mindfulness.

The “Inside the Lines Coloring Club” is a monthly coloring group for adults. 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.


Saturday, January 6, 2:00 – 4:00 pmGenealogy Workshop: Getting Started with Genealogy, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway

Make 2018 the year you begin your genealogy journey! Connecting to our ancestors is an amazing experience. While the research can feel daunting, our expert staff will get you started on a firm foundation.

We will cover the basics such as:

  • Research strategies
    • Online resources
    • Offline resources (libraries/archives)
    • Family interviews/artifacts
    • Family tree software
    • Using fundamental records (census, vital statistics, marriage, probate)
    • Organization/storage and sharing with family
    • Further educational resources to guide you on your way!

Admission: $8 for KHS members OR $10 + $8 general admission for others. Seating is limited. Pre-registration is required. To register, please call 502-564-1792, ext. 4408. For more information: ksrefdesk@ky.gov


Friday, January 12, 7:30 – 10:00 pmTapestry – A Tribute to Carol King, at the Grand Theatre Frankfort, KY, 308 Saint Clair St

Tapestry pays tribute to the music of America’s most celebrated and iconic singer/songwriter, Carole King. $35/$25/$20


Saturday, January 13, 9:30 – 11:00 amBreakfast with a Book, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Breakfast with a Book is for readers who enjoy a variety of good books in both fiction and nonfiction genres. The group meets every five weeks on Saturday morning at 9:30am for a continental breakfast and book discussion. If you have questions or wish to join this group, please contact Mark Kinnaird at 352-2665 x107 or mark@pspl.org.


Sunday, January 14, 5:00 – 8:00 pmFFCMA Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, at the Grand Theatre Frankfort, KY, 308 Saint Clair St

The Frankfort/Franklin County Ministerial Association celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. More information coming soon.


Monday, January 15, 10:00 am – 5:00 pmMartin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway

The Kentucky Historical Society is marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day with special Monday hours and activities for all ages designed to celebrate King’s legacy, explore African American contributions to Kentucky history, encourage community service and promote peace.

KHS will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15.

Local organizations will be on hand to introduce visitors to ways they can get involved in service.

Ongoing activities will include make-and-take crafts, and entertainment featuring local music groups. Younger visitors can enjoy themed scavenger hunts through “A Kentucky Journey” and story time readings that highlight the accomplishments of African American and their impact on Kentucky’s history.

KHS will provide two tours of the Old State Capitol, and the Martin F. Schmidt Research Library will be open for researchers.

Regular admission applies.


Friday, January 19, 7:30 – 10:00 pmHalfway to Hazard, at the Grand Theatre Frankfort, KY, 308 Saint Clair St

Halfway to Hazard is no-holds barred, nothing held back, pedal to metal, all the way. It is music that is honest, open, gritty and rough around the edges by musicians who make no excuses for who they are or apologies for where they’re from. They’re Halfway to Hazard, and they’re taking the long way home.


Monday, January 22, 7:00 – 8:00 pmMystery Book Group, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

The Mystery Book Group meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00pm. Please join us for entertaining reading and an hour of discussion. New members are always welcome! If you have questions or wish to join this group, please contact Diane Dehoney at 352-2665 x108 or diane@pspl.org.


Saturday, January 27, 1:00 – 4:00 pmMet Opera – Tosca, at the Grand Theatre Frankfort, KY, 308 Saint Clair St

Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for two extraordinary sopranos sharing the title role of the jealous prima donna: Sonya Yoncheva (pictured above in La Traviata) and Anna Netrebko. Vittorio Grigolo and Marcelo Álvarez alternate in the role of Tosca’s revolutionary artist lover Cavaradossi, with Sir Bryn Terfel, Michael Volle, and Željko Lučić as the depraved police chief Scarpia. Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts.

Production a gift of Jacqueline Desmarais, in memory of Paul G. Desmarais Sr; The Paiko Foundation; and Dr. Elena Prokupets, in memory of her late husband, Rudy Prokupets

Major funding from Rolex

Estimated Run Time
2 hrs 53 mins

Premiere: Teatro Costanzi, Rome, 1900. Puccini’s melodrama about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief, and an idealistic artist has offended and thrilled audiences for more than a century. Critics, for their part, have often had problems with Tosca’s rather grungy subject matter, the directness and intensity of its score, and the crowd-pleasing dramatic opportunities it provides for its lead roles. But these same aspects have made Tosca one of a handful of iconic works that seem to represent opera in the public imagination. Tosca’s popularity is further secured by a superb and exhilarating dramatic sweep, a driving score of abundant melody and theatrical shrewdness, and a career-defining title role.


Monday, January 29, 5:30 – 6:30 pmGenealogy Conversations, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Come talk about what you’re currently working on, your successes, and your brick walls. It will be a give-and-take conversation — you might be able to help someone, and they might be able to help you. These Conversations will be led by Mark Kinnaird, who also teaches classes on the library’s genealogy databases. While Conversations will not be a class, we hope that participants will learn from each other through discussions.

For more information, please contact Mark at 502-352-2665 x107 or mark@pspl.org. And please share with friends who are interested in genealogy!

No registration


February 2018

Friday, February 2, 7:30 – 10:30 pmDelbert McClinton, at the Grand Theatre Frankfort, KY, 308 Saint Clair St

Multi-Grammy award winner Delbert McClinton is a legend among Texas roots music aficionados, not only for his amazing longevity, but for his ability to combine country, blues, soul, and rock & roll as if there were no distinctions between any of them in the best time-honored Texas tradition. McClinton is at the top of his game with his 19th studio album, Prick Of The Litter (Hot Shot Records/Thirty Tigers). The new offering captures the balance of soulful energy and restraint that the legendary performer has been delivering in his live performances for decades all over the world.


Saturday, February 10, 1:00 – 4:00 pmMet Opera – L’Elisir d’Amore, at the Grand Theatre Frankfort, KY, 308 Saint Clair St

Pretty Yende debuts a new role at the Met with her first Adina opposite Matthew Polenzani, who enthralled Met audiences as Nemorino in 2013 with his ravishing “Una furtiva lagrima.” Bartlett Sher’s production is charming, with deft comedic timing, but also emotionally revealing. Domingo Hindoyan conducts.

Production a gift of The Monteforte Foundation, in honor of Wim Kooyker

Estimated Run Time
2 hrs 39 mins

World premiere: Teatro Cannobiana, Milan, 1832. Met premiere: January 23, 1904. L’Elisir d’Amore has been among the most consistently popular operatic comedies for almost two centuries. The story deftly combines comic archetypes with a degree of genuine character development rare in works of this type. Its ending is as much a foregone conclusion as it would be in a romantic comedy film today—the joy is in the journey, and Donizetti created one of his most instantly appealing scores for this ride.


Saturday, February 24, 10:30 am – 12:30 pmD.I.G. (DNA Interest Group) – Intro to DNA Testing: Exploring the Various Companies and Sharing our Experiences with Testing Options, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway

When the paper trail ends, where do you go? DNA testing as a genealogical tool is a hot topic that we are exploring each month, one aspect at a time, through July.

Bring along your questions and experiences to share with the group. All research levels welcome – whether you have tested or not – let’s learn from each other’s experiences!

Seating is limited – so please register before the event!

Admission: Free for KHS members OR part of the KHS’ general admission. Please pre-register by calling the KHS Refdesk at 502-564-1792, ext. 4460 or by e-mailing khsrefdesk@ky.gov.


Saturday, February 24, 1:00 – 4:00 pmMet Opera – La Bohème, at the Grand Theatre Frankfort, KY, 308 Saint Clair St

The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with a series of exciting casts. Angel Blue, Anita Hartig, and Sonya Yoncheva (left) share the role of the fragile Mimì, with Dmytro Popov, Russell Thomas, and Michael Fabiano alternating as the poet Rodolfo. Alexander Soddy and Marco Armiliato share conducting duties.

Production a gift of Mrs. Donald D. Harrington

Estimated Run Time
2 hrs 55 mins

World premiere: Teatro Regio, Turin, 1896. Met company premiere: Los Angeles (on tour), November 9, 1900. La Bohème, the passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. It has a marvelous ability to make a powerful first impression and to reveal unsuspected treasures after dozens of hearings. At first glance, La Bohème is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss; on closer inspection, it reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things—a bonnet, an old overcoat, a chance meeting with a neighbor—that make up our everyday lives.or this ride.


March 2018

Friday, March 9, 7:30 – 10:00 pmFlamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, at the Grand Theatre Frankfort, KY, 308 Saint Clair St

Carlota Santana Flamenco Vivo and its 14 dancers and musicians masterfully present and preserve the universal spirit of flamenco with their faithful rendition of this dance form from Seville, Spain. $35/$30/$25 Sponsor Anonymous


Saturday, March 10, 1:00 – 5:00 pmMet Opera – Semiramide, at the Grand Theatre Frankfort, KY, 308 Saint Clair St

This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance—its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast.

Production a gift of the Lila Acheson and DeWitt Wallace Fund for Lincoln Center, established by the founders of The Reader ’s Digest Association, Inc.

Revival a gift of Ekkehart Hassels-Weiler

Estimated Run Time
4 hrs 0 mins


Friday, March 23, 7:30 – 10:00 pmNational Players Presents The Great Gatsby, at the Grand Theatre Frankfort, KY, 308 Saint Clair St

The National Players presents F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story of Jay Gatsby and his world of decadence, madness and tragedy. $30/$25/$20


Saturday, March 24, 10:30 am – 12:30 pmD.I.G. (DNA Interest Group) – Looking at the Results: Autosomal and Ethnicity Reports, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway

When the paper trail ends, where do you go? DNA testing as a genealogical tool is a hot topic that we are exploring each month, one aspect at a time, through July.

Bring along your questions and experiences to share with the group. All research levels welcome – whether you have tested or not – let’s learn from each other’s experiences!

Seating is limited – so please register before the event!

Admission: Free for KHS members OR part of the KHS’ general admission. Please pre-register by calling the KHS Refdesk at 502-564-1792, ext. 4460 or by e-mailing khsrefdesk@ky.gov.


Saturday, March 31, 1:00 – 4:30 pmMet Opera – Così fan tutte, at the Grand Theatre Frankfort, KY, 308 Saint Clair St

A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott’s clever vision of Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque, funhouse environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island—complete with bearded ladies, fire eaters, and a Ferris wheel. Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award–winner Kelli O’Hara, with Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, and Adam Plachetka as the pairs of young lovers who test each other’s faithfulness. David Robertson conducts.

Production a gift of Mr. William R. Miller, in memory of Irene D. Miller, and the Trust of Joseph Padula

Additional funding from The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Endowment Fund

Estimated Run Time
3 hrs 31 mins

Premiere: Vienna, Court Theater, 1790. The third and final collaboration between Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte is a fascinating paradox: a frothy comedy of manners with an intensely dark take on human nature; an old story (it has antecedents in Boccaccio, Shakespeare, and Cervantes, among others) with a startlingly modern tone; and a beautiful score depicting questionable behavior. Così fan tutte was only moderately successful at its premiere and remained just outside the standard repertoire for more than a century. Così still poses unique challenges, and correspondingly unique rewards, for the public today. Every possible impression of love—from the loftiest to the basest—is explored in this extraordinary opera.


Saturday, March 31, 2:00 – 4:00 pm – Genealogy Tea & Sympathy, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway

Sometimes you just need to talk to someone who understands and knows what it’s like to have an ancestor who eludes you, questions about the right source to use next, what genealogy terms like “proof standard” mean or how to involve the next generation in family history.

Join us for a group discussion every fifth Saturday of the month and bring your questions or challenges. Even if we can’t offer a solution, we promise to provide lots of tea and sympathy!

All research levels welcome – let’s learn from each other’s experiences!

Admission: Free for KHS members OR part of the KHS’ general admission. Please pre-register by calling the KHS Refdesk at 502-564-1792, ext. 4460 or by e-mailing khsrefdesk@ky.gov.


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

Admission
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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