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The popular Tibetan Buddhist monks, who visited Frankfort in 2013, are returning to Kentucky’s capital Nov. 2-6. The monks – refugees living at Tashi Kyil monastery in India – will be cooking traditional Tibetan food for an interfaith gathering at Church of the Ascension on Washington Street; creating an intricate World Peace sand painting over four days at 305 St. Clair Street; teaching yoga classes at Frankfort Yoga Studio, and art classes for children at The Light Clinic; and participating in other cultural and interfaith programs throughout the week.
The Tibetan Dinner will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at Poor Richard’s Books on Broadway, The Light Clinic in the McClure Building, or at the door. A Tibetan cooking class at the Episcopal Church, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., will precede the dinner. For more information, call 502-330-1201.
Click HERE to download the schedule of events.
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If you’re “dreaming of a White Christmas,” join us this holiday season to see costumes, props and other items associated with the movie “White Christmas” like you’ve never before seen them.
The Kentucky Historical Society has built this special holiday exhibit around items from the Rosemary Clooney House in Augusta, Kentucky.
Immerse yourself in this timeless classic. Hear the stories behind the objects. You can even test your “White Christmas” knowledge and perform your own “Sisters” number.
Join us to celebrate Rosemary Clooney and the connections the “girl singer” made for countless of people to her home state of Kentucky.
* Come Anytime or Plan Your Visit around These Events *
- Nov. 5: Candlelight Tradition, 5-9 p.m. Opening night. At 7 p.m., Rosemary Cundiff Brown will perform “Remembering Rosemary,” a tribute in song and words to Rosemary Clooney.
- Dec. 5: Saturday with Santa, 1-4 p.m.
- Dec. 9: Food for Thought with Heather French Henry (separate pricing applies). Noon. Steve and Heather French Henry are founders of the Rosemary Clooney House, which holds the largest collection of “White Christmas” memorabilia in the world. Join her for a special tour of the exhibit.
- Dec. 13: Matinee screening of “White Christmas” – the movie – at the Grand Theatre, 1:30 p.m. $5 at the box office; get a $1 off coupon at KHS.
- Dec. 13 and Dec. 20: Special Sunday viewing hours, 1 to 5 p.m.
- Dec. 28: Special Monday viewing hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Exhibit Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Special Sunday Viewing Hours:Dec. 13 and Dec. 20, 1 to 5 p.m.
Special Monday Viewing Hours: Dec. 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
KHS will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 24-27, and New Year’s Day.
The exhibit closes Jan. 30.
$12 for adults | $11 for veterans | $8 for kids | $6 for KHS members
(All prices include the entire KHS campus.)
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Thursday night was cool and rainy. Not an ideal night for the kickoff night for Frankfort’s Candlelight Tradition, now in it’s 34th year. But the families were out in droves at Commonwealth Credit Union, the title sponsor of this year’s event.
What was the big draw? Well Santa, for starters. Then RJ Corman brought out their dinner train for families to come aboard and hear a book reading, their own “Polar Express”. There was also popcorn and candy and activities for the kids, such as letters to Santa.
There was also plenty going on at the Kentucky History Center as Frankfort’s own Capital City Chorale and the Lexington Singers sang seasonal favorites. The Lionel train display is always a huge draw for the kid in all of us. There were also activities for the kiddos as well as free admission through the museum itself.
The Capital City Museum had it going on as they celebrated 10 years being Frankfort’s own “history center”. They have become the premier local museum in the state. Other communities wishing to celebrate their own history, aspire to be what is in our own backyard. With rotating exhibits, a rich library of local history and generous donations from Frankfort natives, the CCM has become something special for our community. The museum even gives a salute to Frankfort’s famous and infamous sons and daughters, including some guy by the name of Johnny Depp!
As the shops, galleries and eateries stayed open later for Candlelight, those who ventured around town were treated to the sights and sounds of the upcoming holiday season. As carolers from Western Hills Chorus made their way from merchant to merchant, spectators were invited to shop the unique items each has to offer. The highlight of the opening night is always the lighting of the Christmas tree on the Old Capitol Lawn. Those brave enough to deal with the cold, wet conditions, were able to help Mayor Bill May count down to flipping the switch.
Candlelight Tradition was started 34 years ago as the unofficial start of the holiday season in downtown Frankfort. It was meant to bring people into town to begin their holiday shopping experience. It has morphed into something else entirely. It has become about families and the community of Frankfort. The horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown are nice and a rare treat. But remember that this community would not be able to thrive without those people who own businesses that choose to open a storefront downtown. Shopping local keeps those dollars in the community, and keeping businesses from shuttering windows. As the remainder of Candlelight winds down, take a close look at those store fronts. Take into consideration how much time was taken to decorate them for your viewing pleasure. And stop to think, “what would downtown Frankfort look like at this time of year if the windows were dark?” Just keep in mind to shop local during your Candlelight experience.