Frankfort & nearby
VERSAILLES – The Woodford Theatre’s production of Smoke on the Mountain opens Friday and continues at various dates and times through June 10 at the Falling Springs Recreational Center, 275 Beasley Dr. For production times, ticket prices and/or reservations, call the box office at (859) 873-0648 or visit www.woodfordtheatre.com. The box office is open from 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Frankfort’s Gil Thurman reprises his role of patriarch of the Sanders Family. He has performed the role in productions at the Norton Center for the Arts, Danville, and Carriage Playhouse in Lexington.
The Capital City Classic Car Club is hosting a car cruise Saturday at K-Mart on US 127 South from 6-9 p.m. Bring your classic car or truck out and register for two $50 giveaways. No entry fee is required. There will be door prizes, cake walks, games and more. For more information call (502) 330-2983.
The Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites will host an open house for its Archery Park Saturday from noon-3 p.m.
There will be food, games and prizes. Archers may bring their bows, or those interested may borrow one at the park. There will be sign-ups for youth and adult leagues.
There will also be sign-ups for a beginner class (individual and group instruction available). To get to the Archery Park, take US 127 N past Cove Spring Park. Turn right onto Peaks Mill Road/KY 1900. The park entrance is on the right.
For more information call the Parks and Recreation office at 875-8575 or contact Warren Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The youth of West Frankfort Church of God, Hawkeegan Drive, are hosting a Spring Fling on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. They will be selling hot dogs, chips and drink for $5, and the children can play games for free except for the cake walk, which is 25 cents.
Games included are ring toss, duck pond, bean bag toss, face painting, fishing, and sack race and petting zoo. The event is a fundraiser for the youth of the church. For more information, contact Carrie Hall at (502) 229-6504.
The Franklin County Humane Society will host “Pitties in the Park” from noon-5 p.m. Sunday at Lakeview Park.
Volunteers will have some of the pitbulls and pitbull mixes from the shelter in the park for the community to see the “soft, sweet, smart side” of the dogs. Adoptions will be available at the event.
Next week & beyond
Tim Williams, manager of the Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary and Audubon Center near Millville, will speak about the center at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30 at the Paul Sawyier Library.
Williams’ talk will include a slide presentation about the history, programs, land, buildings, even some of the humorous phone calls he has received during his 38 years there.
Located on the Little Germany Road, Buckley is the only nature center in Kentucky operated by the National Audubon Society. It consists of 379 acres of gentle rolling hills with hiking trails, bird blind, pavilion and nature center.
The Capital City Shrine Club will hold a pancake breakfast from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, June 2 at VFW Post 4075, 104 E. Second St. The menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, coffee and milk.
The cost is $5 per person and proceeds will be used for club operations.
SHELBYVILLE – Shelby County Community Theatre presents ‘Til Beth Do Us Part, written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, directed by Chris Wise.
Performances are June 1-2, 8-9 at 7:30 p.m., June 3 and 10 at 2:30 p.m.. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors (62+), $10 students. For reservations, call (502) 633-0242. The theater, where all performances are staged, is located at 801 Main Street in Shelbyville.
Hymn for Her returns for an 8 p.m. performance at the Kentucky Coffee Tree cafe on Sunday, June 3. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the café.
The sixth annual Living in History Home and Garden Tour, presented by The Garden Club of Frankfort and the Frankfort Tourist Commission, is set for June 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tour tickets are $15 and available in advance from the Frankfort Tourist Commission, 875-8687. Lunch will be served from 11-2 for $15 and reservations are recommended. There will also be boutique shopping.
Capital Expo Festival is set for June 7-9 at the Capital Plaza Complex. The event features arts and crafts, entertainment, food and more.
NEW HAVEN – Thomas The Tank Engine will be offering rides June 9-10 in New Haven, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. each day at 136 S. Main St.
Tickets for Day Out with Thomas™: The Mystery Tour 2012 are on sale now and available by calling Ticketweb toll-free (866) 468-7630, or by visiting www.ticketweb.com/thomas.html or www.kyrail.org. Ticket prices are $18 plus tax for ages 2 and up (service charges and fee may apply).
For more information and directions, call (800) 272-0152 or visit www.kyrail.org
For information on Thomas & Friends™, visit www.thomasandfriends.com/dowt
Bash in the Bluegrass, a country couture barn party to benefit Hospice of the Bluegrass, will be Saturday, Sept. 22 at Gainsborough Farm in Versailles. Visit http://www.hospicebg.org/events.html for more information.
Liberty Hall Historic Site includes Liberty Hall and the Orlando Brown House, both located on Wilkinson Street. The houses are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tours of Liberty Hall start at noon, 1:30, and 3, leaving from the Orlando Brown House. Admission to the Orlando Brown House is free; there is a small charge for tours of Liberty Hall.
Through June 23: On exhibit at the Orlando Brown House, Elegance and Opulence: Fashions of the Titanic Era, featuring gowns from 1905-15 from the Liberty Hall Collections in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic; free admission.
Kentucky Historical Society
The Kentucky Historical Society’s new exhibition, Civil War: My Brother, My Enemy runs June 2-Dec. 8 in the Keeneland Changing Exhibits Gallery at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, Broadway and Ann Streets.
Regular public hours of operation are: Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, 10-8; Friday and Saturday, 10-5. For more information about KHS, its exhibitions and programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.
The artwork of Gairee Hankins, a studio art major at Kentucky State University, is on exhibit through Monday at the First United Methodist Church Gallery, 211 Washington St.
An exhibition of photography by Lexington artist Linda F. Blumer continues through July 13 at the Jane Chancellor Moore Gallery at the Kentucky Employees Credit Union, 100 Moore Dr. The gallery is open during regular credit union hours, Monday through Thursday, 8-5; Friday, 8-6 and Saturday, 9-1.