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By April Cole
Growing up in the shadow of the New Orleans Superdome, seven short miles in the suburb of Metairie, I learned to appreciate family and more open spaces than my counterparts in the city. I had Lafreniere Park, built on what was left of the old Jefferson Downs Race Track (yes, horse racing) after Hurricane Betsy devastated it in 1965. Less than a mile away from my house, I could ride my bicycle to the park playground and play little league softball, feed the ducks, hang out with friends, or take a walk on a two-mile track. I was close enough to the park to watch it morph into the beautiful serine place that it is today and appreciate every stage of the change as it happened. I was able to appreciate the celebrations that are associated with New Orleans, specifically, Mardi Gras!
Now, typically, Mardi Gras is crowded streets, huge crowds, lots of drinking, lack of inhibitions. In many people’s description of Mardi Gras in New Orleans…ONE BIG PARTY! But, that level of revelry was confined mainly to New Orleans, inside of Orleans Parish, what the rest of the 49 states refer to as a “county”. I attended a few parades in New Orleans prior to Mardi Gras Day. But never attended a Fat Tuesday Celebration in downtown New Orleans. My Mardi Gras Day celebrations were spent on Veterans Memorial Blvd. with my family and friends from school. Where we watched 3 parades back to back to back that took us ALL DAY to watch and enjoy. Why? Because, my mom and dad had enough sense not to drag three kids, within 5 years of age of one another, to a place where families should not be. You know what New Orleanians try to do during Mardi Gras? Leave town! It’s the out-of-towners who invade the French Quarter and the downtown districts for that chaos that has become the Biggest Party on Earth!
Why do I tell you all of this? Because I’ve heard of the Kentucky Derby being referred to as “a one day Mardi Gras”. One big debauchery of a party! “The infield”, as I understand it, is basically the “downtown N’Awlins district” of the celebrations. Why would you want to being your kids to that? To fight the traffic? To find a parking spot? Let’s hope you don’t get towed! To walk that distance? How much money do you spend on activities at while at the Derby? Who’s really got that type of cash to toss around when you have kids especially?!
That’s why Frankfort is the perfect Derby Destination for families this first Saturday in May. It’s much easier to find a parking spot. There’s no fear of losing your child in a crowd. And it’s just a whole lot of free family fun!
The Governor’s Downtown Derby Celebration is a festival celebrating the “fastest two minutes in sports”. The celebration has been going on in the capital city since 1936 to both large and small crowds. This year, the Downtown Frankfort merchants begin festivities at 9 am, with the exception of the Kentucky Coffeetree Café, who will open for breakfast at 7 am. The majority of the activities end at 1 pm. Most of the festivities will take place on the Old Capitol lawn, where the Kentucky Historical Society will open up the Old State Capitol for public viewing and tours, in addition to making your own Derby hats and other crafts. The folks from the Salato Wildlife Education Center will be on hand with a variety of animals indigenous to the Commonwealth. Old Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln will be roaming downtown mingling with the commoners. You’ll also be able to find the Southern Belles meandering along Broadway, reminding you what life was like back in the 19th century. The Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History will be free and open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, as will the Kentucky Military History Museum. Headed back to the Old State Capitol lawn, you’ll find heats of stick horse races throughout the day, as well as the YMCA Derby Dash for kids ages 2 – 12. To register your child for the Derby Dash, click HERE. Live entertainment will be featured throughout the festival on the Jim Beam Stage on the Old Capitol lawn. Arts and crafts will also be available. The Kentucky Horse Park is bring out one of their Clydesdales to the parking lot of the Capital City Museum for kids to get up close and personal with. While the wonderful folks at the First Christian Church always put on a free mini festival for the kiddos. Many historical places will be free and open to the public at this time. And let’s not forget the “Pedal for the Posies”! It’s dubbed “the second fastest two minutes in sports” and pits downtown merchants and organizations against one another on small 16″ bicycles! Participants are encouraged to wear their “silks”, which really means an outrageous costume in this race! Word of advise – NO tutus. And NO capes!!!
See fun video below of the 2014 Race for the Posies
If you come early enough, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the Kentucky Governor and First Lady making their way to the special CSX train that runs from Frankfort to Louisville and back on Derby Day. The specially chartered train usually departs between 9:20 – 9:40 am filled with VIPs from CSX, well-connected Kentucky business people, or special guests of the governor and first lady. Steve and Jane Beshear usually take the time to walk through downtown Frankfort and meet with residents before boarding the train for Louisville.
Celebrating Derby in the Capital City is the way to go if you have a family. You can even get the kids home by naptime!
Wanna see photos from previous Derby festivities? Click HERE.
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Looking for something to do this Derby weekend in Frankfort? Then check out what’s going on here at Capital Living…
Friday, May 3, 2013 –
8:30 am-2 pm – American Red Cross, Blood Collections, 318 Washington St. Info: 223-1795.
9:00 am-4:00 pm – Buffalo Trace Distillery, Oaks Day Festival, 113 Great Buffalo Trace. Experience the excitement of Derby weekend with another Kentucky tradition – BOURBON!! Enjoy complimentary tours and tastings all day from 9am to 4pm. Enjoy the festive Bluegrass music while treating yourself to bourbon ball ice cream made with our Weller Bourbon. Info: 696-5996.
9:00 am-5:00 pm – New Leash on Life Thrift Store, Shop for the Animals, 415 W Broadway. Many unique modern and vintage items for sale in a lovely setting. All proceeds benefit the Franklin County Humane Society. Info: 352-2229
4:00-7:00 pm – Wine Tasting at Capital Cellars, complimentary and open to the public, 227 W Broadway. Info: 352-2600.
5:30-11:00 – Capital Plaza Hotel, Derby Eve Gala, CASA is holding the annual Derby Eve Gala as a “black tie optional” affair with plated dinner, appetizers, drink tickets & cash bar, and The Jordan English Band. Tickets at http://casadeg.eventbrite.com/.
5:30 – 7:30 pm – Kennydid Gallery of Photographic Art, Meet Me in Midway for First Friday @ Kennydid, First Friday @ Kennydid features the Photographic Art of Alexey Stiop, a Russian-born photographer now living in Georgetown, KY. Come see his amazing images from around the world and also his Fine Art works which have to be seen to be appreciated! Music will once again be provided by Chris Bowling and maybe a few surprise drop-ins! Refreshments will be available! Extended hours due to Oaks Day! Midway is the place to be for First Friday. 102 E. Main St. (Railroad St.), Midway, Kentucky
6:30 – 8:30 pm – Prodigy Vineyards & Winery, Live Music, Call (502) 352-9400 for act.
7:00 pm – Ghost Tour at Buffalo Trace Distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace, Reservations: 696-5926.
9:00 pm – The Dragon Pub, Live Music with Voodoo Avenue, 103 W Main St. Info: 875-9300.
Saturday, May 4, 2013 – Derby Day
9:00 am-1:00 pm – Governor’s Derby Day Celebration.
Here are a few details about the roads & parking:
- “No Parking” signs will be going up Friday for spaces to be cleared for Saturday.
- Street parking outside the closed streets will be available, along with the CCU lot, the parking deck by Farmers Bank, and the state lots. We do ask that you not use the Farmer’s Market lot for long-term parking, as folks attending the Farmer’s Market will need to have access.
- Street closures will begin at 7:00 a.m. Saturday and will all reopen by 2:00 p.m. (if not a little before) Street closures include:
- St. Clair between Main and Broadway,
- Broadway between Washington and Main (there will be some through access on Ann and High Streets),
- Lewis between Main and Clinton.
- A few other streets will be temporarily closed when the Derby Dash goes through, but this should just be a few minutes.
Breakfast is Served…(and lunch too!)
Buddy’s Pizza, 212 W. Broadway, will have all your favorite Pizzas hot to order.
Bistro 241, 241 Main Street, is serving up a Champagne Derby Breakfast. Specials include Biscuits & Gravy, French Toast Casserole, Goat Cheese Egg Scramble with Fresh Chives, and several specialty Belgian Waffles with fresh Whipped Cream, including Bananas Foster, Blueberry Cabernet, and Strawberry Zinfandel waffles. Also serving breakfast Meats of Choice, Eggs cooked to order, and Mimosas and bubbly Wines.
Capital Cellars, 227 W Broadway. Beginning at 8:45 a.m. •County Ham and Egg biscuits: $2.00-$3.00
•Cranberry Walnut French Toast with Bourbon Syrup, Scrambled Eggs and Country Ham Breakfast: $8.00
•Mint Juleps (The Best in Town), Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s $5.00 each
•Derby Punch $5.00
Completely Kentucky, 237 Broadway. Kenny Bates will make his “infamous Apple Creek Orchards Bourbon Marinade Chicken” on the second floor.
Cornerstone Art & Event Gallery, 100 E. Broadway, will be serving Country Ham Biscuits, Sausage Biscuits, Bloody Marys, and Mint Julep Tea.
Gibby’s, 204 W. Broadway, will be grilling out all morning. Stop by and grab something hot to eat and something cold to drink!
Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe, 235 W. Broadway, will have breakfast/brunch specials and tasty treats.
Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association will be stationed beside the Capital City Museum with fresh, Kentucky Proud products.
La Fiesta Grande (the Little Monkey), 334 St. Clair, will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo a day early with drink and food specials all day.
Red Head Custom Cakes, 200 W Broadway. Serving Gravy and Biscuit Cupcakes for the adventurous diner along with a Mint Julep cupcake as well as other traditional flavors.
Rick’s White Light Diner, 114 Bridge Street, will be serving up Derby Brunch featuring tons of Cajun and Southern breakfast favorites.
Serafini, 243 W Broadway. Serving a Kentucky Proud Derby brunch with mint juleps and Bloody Marys. The restaurant will also open for lunch and dinner.
The Dragon Pub, 103 W Main St. 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon.
•Breakfast Buffet with scrambled eggs, Kentucky Country Ham, Bacon, Sausage Gravy, Biscuits, Grits, Fried Potatoes and Fresh Fruit.
•Bloody Mary Bar
Farmers Market, 7:00 a.m. until sellout.
Broadway Clay, 223 West Broadway. Children can throw their own pots for $5.00.
Visit retired thoroughbred race horse “Disturbingthepeace” 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Capital City Museum, 325 Ann St. Capital City Museum will be open to the public all that day with newly renovated exhibits. No Charge for visiting Disturbingthepeace or the Museum. Info: 696-0607.
At the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway, families can make and decorate their own Derby hats at the Governor’s Derby Day Celebration. Explore the exhibit “A Kentucky Journey,” learn about the Commonwealth’s past leaders in the “Toyota Kentucky Hall of Governors” and shop for souvenirs in the 1792 Stewart Home School Store. The always-popular hobbyhorse races will be held on the lawn of the Old State Capitol, while the Kentucky Military History Museum, featuring “Kentucky’s Military Treasures,” will be open free of charge. For more information about this and other upcoming events at KHS, visit http://www.history.ky.gov
Completely Kentucky, 237 Broadway. Meet the artists from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Featuring artists Josie Lamb of Mayapple will be creating her unique jewelry, and she’ll also have many one of a kind pieces with her to sell as well! Steve Heartsill is one of the newest artists to join the Completely Kentucky Gallery. His wall sculptures are inspired by natural imagery and incorporate hand carved ceramic tiles and cut steel. Merin Roseman of Rosewell Farms will discuss her process for hand crafting soaps, lip balms and lotion bars, using local Lazy Dog beeswax! FREE kids make and take art project. 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Cornerstone Art and Event Gallery, 100 E Broadway, Proudly Presents CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Benefiting Franklin County Council on Family Abuse.
Featuring many artists and vendors showing off their beautiful works of art and crafts. Also featuring a live D.J. and zumba performances, along with best and goofiest hat contests. Info: Sharon at 803-7120
Family Tree Consignment, 317 Wilkinson St, Refreshments, prize for most creative derby hat, live entertainment and lots of fun. Info: 352-6151.
Jim Beam Stage on the Old Capital Lawn features live music!
•10:00 a.m. Royal Blue Entertainment (Bluegrass)
•11:00 a.m. Here for the Party (Blues)
•12 Noon Blind Corn Liquor Pickers (Old Timey/New Twist)
Horse Trolley Rides (Corner of St. Clair and Main Street) Sponsored by the Kentucky Horse Park. 9:00-10:00 a.m. AND 11:00-12 Noon.
New Leash on Life Thrift Store, 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. 415 W Broadway. Many unique modern and vintage items for sale in a lovely setting. All proceeds benefit the Franklin County Humane Society. Info: 352-2229.
Nitro of Frankfort, 220 West Main St. Be sure to stop by and register to win The First Lady’s Derby Choice Hat. Winner to be announced Derby Eve (Friday, May 3) at 3:00 p.m. Also, enjoy store-wide special pricing on all Derby and Equine merchandise! Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
2nd Annual Pedal for the Posies (The 2nd most exciting 2 minutes in sports!) a bicycle race with a twist sponsored by Folkbike Recyclery and Downtown Frankfort, Inc. Begins at 11:00 a.m. in front of Buddy’s Pizza. This festive ride is unique in that the bicycles are 22″ or smaller and ridden by “jockeys” who must be at least 21 years old to ride. The field for the 2013 Pedal for the Posies:
• Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe
• Completely Kentucky
•Poor Richard’s Books
•Capital Antique Mall
•Redhead Custom Cakes
•Rick’s White Light Diner
•Frankfort School of Ballet
•Natalie Lile Law Office
•Three Elements Design
• Carpe Dente Dental Lab
•Melanie’s Cafe & Catering
•Downtown Frankfort, Inc.
•City of Frankfort
•Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
•KY Capital Development Corporation
•Department of Tourism
•New Leash On Life
•Gibby’s on Broadway
•Frankfort Yoga Studio
•Fair Trade Consulting
RJ Corman Kentucky Derby Train departs Frankfort at 9:45 a.m.
Village Arts, 230 St. Clair. Open for Derby Day! A few lucky Pedal of the Posies supporters may receive a free zebra striped doughnut hole!
YMCA Derby Dash, starts on Broadway in front of the YMCA. Pre-register HERE at the Frankfort YMCA website.
•Ages 2-3 – 1/4 Mile – 9:00am
•Ages 4-5 – 1/3 Mile – 9:30am
•Ages 6-8 – 1/2 Mile – 10:00am
•Ages 9-12 – 1.25 Miles – 10:15am
9:00 am-3:00 pm – New Leash on Life Thrift Store, Shop for the Animals, 415 W Broadway. Many unique modern and vintage items for sale in a lovely setting. All proceeds benefit the Franklin County Humane Society. Info: 352-2229
7:00 pm – Ghost Tour at Buffalo Trace Distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace, Reservations: 696-5926.
9:30 pm – The Dragon Pub, Live Music with The Downtown County Band, 103 W Main St. Info: 875-9300.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
2:00 pm – Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe, live music with The Ridgewood Boys, 237 Broadway
4:00-8:30 pm – American Legion Post 7, Spaghetti and Canvas Fundraiser, Dinner at 4pm and painting at 5:30pm all at the American Legion Post 7 located at 164 Versailles Road in Frankfort. Come join us for a wonderful spaghetti dinner and then Wine and Canvas Louisville will be coming in to teach a 3 hour painting class. Even if you can’t draw a straight line you can leave this class with a painting you are proud to hang on your wall.
This event is a fundraiser for the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 7. The Auxiliary funds support veterans, children and community projects in Franklin and surrounding counties.