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Frankfort & nearby


North by Northwest, Alfred Hitchcock’s classic movie from 1959, is the next offering in the Summer Classic Film Series at the Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair St. It will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Tickets are $6 each and 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 352-7469.

The film series continues through late August. Remaining films are “Back to the Future,” July 13; “Rear Window,” July 27; “Vertigo,” Aug. 10; and “The Birds,” Aug. 24.


Thornhill Days, an event for anyone who attended Thorn Hill School or lived in that community, is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center. Lunch will be served. For more information, call Ann Disney at 848-0628.

The Kings Center’s 6th Annual Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction is set 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.

Next week & beyond

Presented by the Frankfort Parks and Recreation, the Kids ‘n’ Keepers program returns to Cove Spring Park.

Geared for children ages 3-10 years old, each “kid” must me accompanied by a “keeper” 14 years or older. This can be a parent, grandparent, babysitter, older sibling, neighbor or friend. Participants are encouraged to a pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the shelter following the program.

Each program will take place in the shelter area near the waterfalls. Beginning on July 5, the program will meet each Thursday morning at 11 a.m. and will conclude on July 26. Each program will last approximately an hour and will provide an opportunity for discovery and connecting with nature along with a related craft project.

The program will be led by Julia Rome, Director and Owner of Leeland Valley, with a B.S. in Parks, Recreation, and Conservation; social studies and substitute teacher; yoga instructor;  Peace Corps; National Outdoor Leadership School and Kentucky Association for Environmental Education.

The programs, sponsored by the Frankfort Parks and Recreation, are free to all participants. For more information, call (502) 352-2028.

The Farmers Bank Summer Concert series continues at 7 p.m. Friday, July 6 on the lawn of the Old Capitol. Additional Summer Concert dates are: July 20, Aug. 3, 17 and 31. For more information visit

The Franklin County Women’s Shelter is having a month-long estate sale at 624 Shelby St.  This is a one-of-a-kind sale featuring women’s clothing, shoes, accessories, household items, patio furniture, artwork, and tools. All proceeds benefit the Women’s Shelter.

The grand opening is Saturday, July 7 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The sale continues on Saturdays, 10-4, Tuesday and Thursday (beginning July 10) from noon-6, throughout the month of July. Pictures of items available for purchase will be posted on their website ( and Facebook throughout the month.  For more information, visit the website or call 352-2843.  

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.

First Baptist Church, 100 Clinton Street will host the Third Year Pastoral Anniversary for its senior pastor, Robert Earl Houston, Sr. The celebration will take place the weekend of July 14-15, 2012.

On Saturday evening, July 14 beginning at 6:30 p.m., there will be a concert by gospel recording artists, The Golden Crowns. Doors will open at 6. The concert is free and open to everyone with doors opening at 6. A love offering will be received during the concert for those who wish to contribute.

On Sunday, July 15, Pastor Paris L. Smith Sr., Evergreen Baptist Church, Lawrenceburg, will be the guest speaker at the 8 a.m. worship service and Pastor Barton Elliott Harris of Westwood Baptist Church, University Center of Nashville, Tenn., will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. service.

For more information about any of the events, call 223-5152.

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 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 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.

Here are remaining scheduled shows: 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 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.

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 or call 502-227-2560.

Saturdays, 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.”

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


DANVILLE – The Pioneer Playhouse, 840 Stanford Rd., continues through July 7 its production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile. 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, email pioneer@misnet, or call (850) 236-2747 or (866) 597-5297.

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


A memorial retrospective exhibition of works by the late Melanie Sunbeam Smith is on display July 1-7 at the Grand Theatre Gallery.  Friends and the public are invited to a reception in celebration of her life and work on Saturday, July 7, noon-3 p.m. The gallery will also be open on Thursday, July 5, 11-2, and by appointment throughout the week.

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

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.

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.

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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