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Ice Cream/Popsicle Day this Friday, May 15 at CCU
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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.