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FRIDAY

The new lunchtime concert series, Live @ the Oates, will feature Will Renshaw and Skip Hayes beginning at 11:30 a.m. Friday and lasting no longer than an hour. The Ward Oates Amphitheater is behind the Kentucky Bar Association and overlooks the river.

The concerts are free and those coming are invited to bring a box lunch and enjoy the hour of music featuring the jazz guitar and sax duo of Renshaw and Hayes. Next up is Ben Lacy, a guitar virtuoso, on Aug. 24, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Spellapalooza III is set for Friday 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 Bee starts at 6:30 with a light dinner offered beginning at 5:30.

The Grand Theatre summer film series featuring the work of director Alfred Hitchcock resumes at 7:30 p.m. Friday with a showing of Vertigo. Tickets are $6 each. They may be purchased at the door, at the Grand Theatre ticket office, 312 W. Main St., weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. or by calling 352-7469.

In this thriller from 1958, James Stewart portrays a San Francisco detective with a fear of heights who becomes obsessed with an old friend’s beautiful wife, played by Kim Novak. “Vertigo” also stars Barbara Bel Geddes, who was best known as the matriarch in the long-running prime-time TV soap opera “Dallas.” A poll of film critics conducted by “Sight and Sound” magazine recently voted “Vertigo” the greatest movie of all time. “Vertigo” is rated PG and has a running time of 128 minutes.

SATURDAY

The “2012 Capital City Blues & River Festival Presented by Farmers Bank” is Saturday 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.

Our Starlit Sky, a nature program sponsored by Frankfort Parks and Recreation, is set for 8:30-10 p.m. Saturday at Cove Spring Park. Come for an evening of stargazing with the whole family.

Participants will meet at the shelter, let our eyes adjust to the darkness during an introductory talk, and head for the meadow to view the night sky. There will be a telescope available to view celestial objects up close, some that can’t be seen with the naked eye. Those coming should bring a blanket to sit on and binoculars if available.

SUNDAY

MILLVILLE – Millville Christian Church will host the 10th annual Theatre Organ Concert beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday. 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.

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

Here’s the remaining schedule:

SUNDAY: His Heart Quartet

Aug. 19: Fair Haven Quartet

Aug. 26: Crestwood’s Old Fashion Night

First United Methodist Church’s 26th Annual Chautauqua series continues at 7 p.m. each Sunday in August. The remaining programs are in Asbury Hall in the church’s Wesley Center.

Here’s the schedule:

SUNDAY: Friends of the Groom, a Cincinnati-based Christian theater group

Aug. 19: Chautauqua Summer Choir and Friends

Aug. 26: The Penny Loafers, smooth music from the 1950s sung a capella by a male quartet.

NEXT WEEK & BEYOND

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.

A Children’s Consignment Sale will be held at Providence Baptist Church, Georgetown Road, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. This is a great opportunity for you to sell your gently used baby and children’s items such as beds, high chairs, activity centers, changing tables, toys, books, DVDs, bottles, and clothes.

Seventy-five percent of the profit will be returned to you and 25 percent will be donated to “Avenues for Women.” If you would like to consign, detailed information at www.pbcfrankfort.org or call Peggy Rayborn 320-9087. The deadline for consignors is Aug. 15. ­

The final two installments of the Farmers Bank Summer Concert Series are set for 7 p.m. Aug. 17 and 31 on the grounds of the Old Capitol. 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.

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.

Graviss McDonald’s, Canoe Kentucky and The Kings Center present the Kentucky River Paddler’s Challenge at Riverview Park, a fundraiser to benefit the Kings Center. Spend all day or a few hours on the water with friends and family and help paddle the way into raising funds for the Kings Center.

The event is planned for Saturday, Sept. 8, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. It includes games, booths, bike rentals, food and other activities on land and on the water there will be canoe and kayak competitions for teams and individuals, both for the experienced and novice paddlers. Rent a canoe for the day for $20 and enter three events. The staff of Canoe Kentucky will offer canoe instruction early.

All of the proceeds benefit the Kings Center, a faith-based, non-profit community center offering quality structured programming year-round for young people, ages 5 through 18. The Center provides a safe, healthy, and fun learning environment for kids who may otherwise not have such opportunity.


For more information, call the Frankfort-Franklin County Tourism Commission, 875-8687; the Kings Center at 227-8010, register for water events at 1-888-CANOE KY or visit the Kings Center website at www.kingscenter.org.

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., concludes its 2012 season with Tuna Does Vegas. The play is now on stage 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.

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, 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

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.

The Grand Theatre summer film series featuring the work of director Alfred Hitchcock resumes at 7:30 p.m. Friday with a showing of Vertigo. Tickets are $6 each. They may be purchased at the door, at the Grand Theatre ticket office, 312 W. Main St., weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. or by calling 352-7469.

In this thriller from 1958, James Stewart portrays a San Francisco detective with a fear of heights who becomes obsessed with an old friend’s beautiful wife, played by Kim Novak. “Vertigo” also stars Barbara Bel Geddes, who was best known as the matriarch in the long-running prime-time TV soap opera “Dallas.” A poll of film critics conducted by “Sight and Sound” magazine recently voted “Vertigo” the greatest movie of all time. “Vertigo” is rated PG and has a running time of 128 minutes.

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