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TONIGHT

The Longest Day of Play is TONIGHT from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Lakeview Park. The event is free and features a variety of activities promoting an active lifestyle.

OPENING TONIGHT

The Bluegrass Theatre Guild’s production of the musical Annie opens at 7:30 TONIGHT at Franklin County High School. Additional stagings are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available at the door or may be purchased by calling Leslie Noell at 695-1369.

FRIDAY

The Farmers Bank Summer Concert series continues at 7 p.m. on the lawn of the Old Capitol. Performing will be Everyday People and the March Madness Marching Band. Additional Summer Concert dates are: July 6 and 20, Aug. 3, 17 and 31. For more information visit www.downtownfrankfort.com.

Second Chance for Love & Murder is set for 7 p.m. at The Meeting House B&B, Ann and Mero. Tickets are $45 and include a three-course meal, show and tip. For menu options and to purchase tickets, call (859) 494-2877 or go to www.bluegrassmysterytheatre.com

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Muster on the Kentucky, an observance of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, features a blend of living history portrayals and scholarly presentations to bring attention to that almost forgotten conflict. The event takes place at various Frankfort locations on Friday and Saturday and is sponsored by the Kentucky National Guard and the City of Frankfort’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Sites.

SATURDAY

The Experimental Aircraft Association will offer free airplane rides for those ages 8-17 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Capital City Airport. A free pancake breakfast begins at 8.

The Association is composed of those who build their own airplanes. For Saturday’s free rides, however, spokesman Gene Roach says commercially-built aircraft will be used. For more information call Roach at 319-2438.

Members of the West Frankfort Church of God, 1518 Louisville Rd., will conduct a yard sale, car wash and hot dog sale from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the church.

Buffalo Trace Distillery announces a partnership with Michael Johnathon’s “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour” to celebrate Kentucky Music by bringing two Kentucky favorites together for a double-broadcast production on Saturday.

Singers Bobby Osborne, most known for “Rocky Top,” and Joan Osborne, best known for her international hit single “One of Us” will both perform live in two separate shows on the grounds of Buffalo Trace Distillery.

Tickets (one ticket to attend both tapings) are available now for $25 and can be purchased at all area Liquor Barn locations, or at the Buffalo Trace Distillery Visitor Center, or online at www.buffalotracedistillery.com/woodsongs. WoodSongs Partners will get priority seating.

The Capital City Classic Car Club is hosting a Cruise-In this at Kmart from 6-9 p.m. The event will feature games, cakewalks, cash prizes and more. There’s no charge to register. For more info call (502) 330-2983.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

MIDWAY – The 9th annual Francisco’s Farm Arts Festival will be held Saturday (10 a.m.-6p.m.) and Sunday (10-5) at to Equus Run Vineyards. The weekend features fine arts and crafts. The cost is $10/vehicle and there’s no charge for parking.

NEXT WEEK & BEYOND

Gary Ritter will give a presentation about nature photography at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 26 at the Paul Sawyier Public Library. The Frankfort Audubon Society sponsors the program.

Ritter will talk about techniques, getting started on wildlife photography, and show some slides of his work.  There will be a time for questions and answers. The program is free and for all ages. For more information, see https://sites.google.com/site/frankfortaudubon.

Surf’s Up, this year’s Flyer Dance Camp hosted by the Franklin County High School Dance Team is from 8 a.m. to noon, June 25-28, at Franklin County High School.

Rising kindergarten through eighth-graders are eligible to attend, and lunch is provided each day. Members of the 2012-13 FCHS Dance Team will teach campers dance skills, techniques and routines.

The cost per camper is $60 for the week and $45 for each additional sibling.  This fee includes a camp T-shirt.

The camp will feature a Spirit Day for campers June 27, and they will perform for family and friends in the FCHS auditorium on June 28 at 11 p.m.

For more information or registration, contact FLYERDANCETEAM@gmail.com; sherri.smith@franklin.kyschools.us; or denise.harrod@franklin.kyschools.us. 

Paul G. Blazer Library at Kentucky State University will host a “Book Buddies” reading program for children ages 6-10 on June 25-29 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

There will be reading and fun activities, and refreshments will be served. To register, call 502-597-6824.

The Kings Center’s 6th Annual Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction is set for Saturday, June 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 211 Washington St. The keynote speaker is Renee Shaw, Producer/Writer/Host at KET. The dinner will be catered by Chef Rob Etherington and the event is sponsored by the Kings of Kindness and Faith United, Inc. Board of Directors.

Tickets are $30 each, four for $100, or $25 each if you buy them through a church. Tickets also available at the door.

The Kings Center provides a safe, nurturing environment where kids get academic support, enjoy outdoor activities, have a chance to explore the art and history of Frankfort, build friendships and learn teamwork, grow spiritually, develop life skills, and gain exposure to a broader world.

Call the Kings Center at 227-8010 for more information.

The Farm-City Field Day is set for Thursday, July 12 beginning at 9 a.m. on the Peyton Farm, 739 Colston Lane. Free meal tickets are available at both Farm Bureau offices, Wilkinson Blvd. and Prevention Park.

Registration is now underway for the 7th Annual Youth Summer Dance Camp to be held July 16-20, 8 a.m.-noon each day, at Kentucky State University. The camp is for those ages 6-17 and will include ballet, jazz, hip hop and modern.

The cost is $40 per child and that includes the classes, lunch and swimming. Registration deadline is July 9. The camp director is Jennifer Miles.

The Franklin County Fair and Horse Show is set for July 16-21 at Lakeview Park.

The first Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall, featuring exhibits by 53 outstanding artists and artisans, as well as children’s art activities, live music, and house tours, will be held Sept. 1-2 at Liberty Hall Historic Site, 202 Wilkinson St. Admission is $3 daily. For more information, visit http://artinthegardensatlibertyhall.org or call Liberty Hall at 502-227-2560.

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.

AT THE GRAND

The following events are planned for the Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair St. Tickets may be purchased at the door or at the ticket office, 312 W. Main St., weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. or by calling (502) 352-7469.

Wednesdays during summer: The Grand Theatre will celebrate family summer fun with a series of five children’s matinee live shows and films scheduled on Wednesdays through early August. The series is sponsored by McAllen Solutions Inc. Each show will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Future scheduled shows are the movie “Stuart Little” on June 27, a live show featuring Squallis Puppeteers, July 11; the movie “Babe,” July 25; and the movie “Charlotte’s Web,” Aug. 8.

LIBERTY HALL

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Friday, June 22: “Motoring Costumes in the Age of the Titanic, “presentation by Dr. Diane Leggett, EKU, 5 p.m., free, Orlando Brown House.

Through SATURDAY: 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.

Friday, June 29: “Early Kentucky Home Life Seminar: Furnishing the Early Kentucky Home” with presentations by Matthew Mosca, historic paint analyst; Mack Cox, 19th century Kentucky furniture specialist; and Scott Erbes, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Speed Museum. The cost is $40/$35 for members including lunch and tour of Liberty Hall, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Orlando Brown House. Pre-registration required.

Saturdays, June 23, July 21, Aug. 18: “Sprinkler Saturdays!” Cool off on a hot summer day the old-fashioned way – by running through the sprinklers on the Orlando Brown lawn, noon-2 p.m., free. This is a “Let’s Move Museums and Gardens Program.”

Wednesday, July 4: Celebrate an Old-fashioned 4th of July at the Orlando Brown House with patriotic music, games, and watermelon. Kids will make stars for a Star-Spangled Banner and cooks young and old can enter their favorite red, white, and blue dessert to win a prize. A War of 1812 Commemorative event, 2-4 p.m., free.

To register or find more information, go to libertyhall.org or call 502-227-2560.

KENTUCKY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Kentucky Historical Society’s new exhibition, Civil War: My Brother, My Enemy runs through 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.

ONGOING

DANVILLE – The Pioneer Playhouse, 840 Stanford Rd., continues its production of Dracula Bites through SATURDAY. Dinner is at 7:30 each evening and show time is at 8:30, Tuesday through Saturday. For complete information about shows, ticket prices and /or to reserve tickets, visit pioneerplayhouse.com, email pioneer@misnet, or call (850) 236-2747 or (866) 597-5297.

Next up is Picasso at the Lapin Agile that opens Tuesday, June 26 and continues through July 7. For a complete description of the play, visit the website.

Plays continue through August and are staged indoors if it rains.

EXHIBITS

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.

A nature etching exhibit by Anna Marie Pavlik continues at Capital Cellars, 227 West Broadway, through July 1.

The exhibit will be available for viewing during normal business hours from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is exhibiting the artwork of Paula Murphy Ink through to the end of the Shaker Village Craft Fair in August. The exhibit is located in the Ministry’s Workshop next door to the restaurant at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, 3501 Lexington Rd, Harrodsburg. The work may be viewed daily, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through Sunday Aug. 5.

The exhibit features original pen and ink drawings rendered in watercolors including many scenes of Shaker Village. For more information phone (800) 734-5611 extension 242 or 244.

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