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ALL WEEKEND

The annual 127 Yard Sale continues all weekend anywhere U.S. 127 runs through our town, county and state … all the way to Georgia!

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

The Sunshine Center will be holding a yard sale/fundraiser during the annual 127 Yard Sale on Friday and Saturday at 2144 US 127 South (same road as Lee Brick & Block next to interstate 64).

Anyone wishing to donate items (including leftover yard sale items), contact the Sunshine Center at 875-3495 or 382-8188 or by email at nicolesunshine@fewpb.net. Tax receipts are available upon request. All items left over from this sale will be donated. Monetary donations are also accepted. Depending on the location, some donations can/will be picked up.

FRIDAY

The Farmers Bank Summer Concert Series continues Friday night, 7 o’clock on the grounds of the Old Capitol. Performing will be Still Kickin’ and After Midnight. The final 2012 dates are Aug. 17 and 31. For more information visit www.downtownfrankfort.com.

Summer concert series T-shirts are available for $18 at the Downtown Frankfort Inc. tent. Available colors are pink and black.

SATURDAY

The Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Genealogical Society partner monthly to provide free family history workshops at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, and in lieu of an August workshop, family historians will meet from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, for KGS’s 37th annual seminar.

Registration fee includes lunch and is $50 for KGS members or $60 for all other participants. Seating is limited. Seminar information and registration form are online at  KentuckyGenealogicalSociety.org. For more information, email KentuckyGenealogicalSociety@gmail.com.

SUNDAY

Crestwood Baptist Church, 1006 E. Main St., is planning a series of Old Time Southern Gospel Concerts beginning at 6 p.m. each Sunday night in August. Fellowship and refreshments will follow each performance. For more information call 695-2088.

The first concert in these series is Sunday featuring New Vision Quartet.

First United Methodist Church’s 26th annual Chautauqua series begins Sunday with a 7 p.m. concert by the Capital City Community Band in the church’s sanctuary. The church is at 201 Washington St.

NEXT WEEK & BEYOND

Spellapalooza III is set for Friday, Aug. 10 in the Wesley Center at First United Methodist Church, 211 Washington St. Team signups are now being accepted. Call Marylynn Collins at 319-5509 or email her at marylynn41@hotmail.com for more information or to register a team.

The State Journal’s team, which won last year, will be on hand to defend its title. The Bee begins at 6:30 with a light dinner be offered beginning at 5:30.

BEREA – The bi-monthly meeting of the Central Kentucky World War II Roundtable is set for 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 10 at Dinner Bell Restaurant in Berea.

Kentucky National Guard Historian John Trowbridge will give a presentation entitled, “Remembering Two WWII Prisoners of War from Kentucky.”

The buffet meal is $15 and reservations are necessary. To make reservations or ask questions, call Phillip Seyfrit at 859-623-8979 before noon on Aug. 8.

The “2012 Capital City Blues & River Festival Presented by Farmers Bank” is Saturday, Aug. 11 from 4-10 p.m. at the Ward Oates Amphitheater behind the Kentucky Bar Association. This year’s Festival features award winning blues sensation Johnny Rawls, world traveling Louisville blues band the King Bees, and Frankfort’s own Here for the Party Band.

The outdoor concert is the Franklin County Council on Family Abuse’s primary fundraiser, helping the Council serve the needs of domestic violence victims and build awareness of domestic violence, elder abuse and child abuse throughout the community.

Preferred setting tables for eight people with dinner are $350 and $250 without dinner. General admission tickets are available for $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event. Dinner provided by the Bistro 241 can be added for $15.

General admission fans are invited to bring blankets and chairs. Tickets are available at the Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist & Convention Commission, any Farmers Bank location, the Capital Plaza Hotel, or online at www.capitalcitybluesfestival.eventbrite.com.

MILLVILLE – Millville Christian Church will host the 10th annual Theatre Organ Concert beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12. Organists Roland Herzel and Gary Johnson will once again play the church’s electronic “theatre organ,” featuring music written specifically for theatre organ concerts, based on a style used in the early 20th century to accompany silent films.

An old-fashion ice cream social will follow the concert.

The church is located on McCracken Pike in Millville. Turn at Cracker Barrel off Versailles Road and proceed to the bottom of the hill. Turn left there and the church is a quarter mile on the left.

Auditions for Bluegrass Theatre Guild’s production of Tom Sawyer will be held at First Baptist Church on St. Clair on at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 and Thursday, Aug. 16.

Written by Gwendolyn Skeens, this script is based on the story by Mark Twain.  Linda McKinley will be directing and Ranelle Mackey and John Morris are serving as co-producers.  Kara Johnson serves as choreographer and co-director.  Hollis Rosenstein and Roland Herzel will be the accompanists.

The cast will consist of boys and girls in grades two through eight. No advance preparation is required.  Those auditioning should arrive at 5:30 to fill out audition forms.  Parking is available in the Sullivan garage at the end of Ann Street.  Enter the church across the alley on the river end of the garage. 

The musical will be presented Oct. 4-6.  Rehearsals will be held Monday and Tuesday evenings, 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10-noon.

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.

There is a variety of volunteer opportunities for the event, for more information, visit http://artinthegardensatlibertyhall.org or call Liberty Hall at 502-227-2560.

The Kings Daughter Apartments, 220 Hanna Place, is hosting a Senior Living Health Fair on Wednesday. Sept. 19, noon-2 p.m. Vendors at the fair will provide advice on health, safety and services for seniors in the Frankfort area. The Kings Daughters Apartments will also provide refreshments and tours of the facility and refreshments. The public is invited. For more information or questions, call 223-2141.

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.

ONGOING

DANVILLE – The Pioneer Playhouse, 840 Stanford Rd., continues its production through Aug 4 of High Strangeness, a play about an event that allegedly took place in nearby Stanford when three local women encountered a UFO.

Tuna Does Vegas is the final show in the 2012 season. It opens Aug. 7 and continues through Aug. 18. The play is called “the fourth and funniest installment in the wildly popular series of the now classic comedies set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas.”

A special weekend of comedy will follow the end of the regular season on Aug. 24 and 25, with a two-night-only comedy show featuring Etta May, the nationally known Queen of Southern Sass.

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

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.

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.

Charlotte’s Web is the final movie left in the Grand’s series of Wednesday movies and programs. It will be screened on Aug. 8 at 9:30 a.m. The series has been sponsored by McAllen Solutions Inc.

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

Saturday, Aug. 18: “Sprinkler Saturday!” 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.”

Saturday, Aug. 18: “Hearthside Cooking Demonstration.” Learn about 19th century foods and cooking techniques over an open fire in Liberty Hall’s historic kitchen. Noon-4 p.m., free for members or with Liberty Hall tour admission

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-12: Canvas cloths, painted to look like expensive marble, were common in the hallways of 18th and 19th century homes such as Liberty Hall. Virginia Tucker of the Virginia Floorcloth Company will guide participants through making their own painted cloths. Fee is $115/$110 for members and includes all materials. Registration required by Friday, July 27.

Saturday, Aug. 25: Concert on the Lawn featuring the 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard. Bring your own chairs, blankets, and/or picnic, 2 p.m., Orlando Brown lawn, free.

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

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.

EXHIBITS

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.

Spirits of the Past, an exhibition of photographs of the Old Taylor and Old Crow distilleries in Millville by Frankfort artist Rhett L. Beck, is on display through Oct. 12 in the Grand Theatre Gallery, 308 St. Clair Street.

The gallery is open during events at the Grand Theatre, on Thursdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and by appointment.

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