FRANKFORT & NEARBY
Ben Lacy, a guitar virtuoso, is next in the lunchtime concert series, Live @ the Oates set for Friday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Ward Oates Amphitheater behind the Kentucky Bar Association overlooking the river. The concerts are free and those coming are invited to bring a box lunch and enjoy the hour of music.
The Grand Theatre’s summer film series concludes Friday with a showing of the Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. The film starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $6.
Tickets may be purchased at the door or at the Grand Theatre ticket office, 312 W. Main St., weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. or by calling 352-7469.
Tippi Hedren stars as a wealthy socialite who visits a sleepy Northern California town that is suddenly attacked by its bird population. Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, and Jessica Tandy co-star. Among visitors to the set during the filming was Hedren’s daughter, Melanie Griffith, who herself later became a successful actress. “The Birds” is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 119 minutes.
Next up for the Grand is a Sept. 1 showing of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, to celebrate Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall, Sept. 1-2.
A Children’s Consignment Sale will be held at Providence Baptist Church, Georgetown Road, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. A variety of items will be offered for sale with 25 percent of the profit donated to “Avenues for Women.” For more information, visit at www.pbcfrankfort.org or call Peggy Rayborn 320-9087.
Auditions for Frankfort Children Singers are set for Saturday, at 1 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 30, 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 201 St. Clair St. Frankfort Children Singers’ membership includes students from local schools and home schooled boys and girls, grades 2-8 .
Rehearsals are held at First Baptist Church each Thursday evening. Prelude Singers (second and third graders) rehearse from 5:45-6:15 p.m., and Concert Singers (fourth through eighth graders) from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Tuition is $50 per semester.
Rehearsals for FCS will begin Thursday, Sept. 6. For more information call 875-3789.
FCS will be performing at Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall, Saturday, Sept.1 at 2 p.m.
The 202nd Army Band, headquartered at the Boone National Guard Center here, will perform band favorites and patriotic standards as part of the Liberty Hall Historic Site commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812.
The concert will be held at the Orlando Brown House, 202 Wilkinson St., beginning at 2 p.m. Admission is free, water and soft drinks will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on the lawn.
For more information on the event, call 227-2560. For more information on the 202nd Army Band, call (502) 607-5331.
A one-man concert featuring Keith McAliley, minister of Bridgeport Christian Church, will be held Saturday, beginning at 6 p.m. at the church, 175 Evergreen Rd. McAliley will play several instruments during concert. There’ll be homemade ice cream and cake after the concert.
There’s no admission but a freewill offering will be taken to be used to underwrite the scholarship fund of the Helping Hands Circle.
LAWRENCEBURG – The Lawrenceburg Rotary Club is holding its annual Winefest at Lovers Leap Winery from 6-11 p.m. Saturday. The Conch Republic Band will provide music. The event will also feature a silent auction.
All proceeds provide for various programs for children in the community.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
The annual Swallowfield Days celebration is set for Saturday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday (11-??) in the northern Franklin County community of Swallowfield. The event will include yard sales, games and rides for the kids, food, music, and chances to win a fully restored Ford Mustang convertible for $5.
First United Methodist Church’s 26th annual Chautauqua series concludes with Sunday’s 7 p.m. program in Asbury Hall in the church’s Wesley Center. The evening features the Penny Loafers, smooth music from the 1950s sung a capella by a male quartet.
The final program in Crestwood Baptist Church’s series of Old Time Southern Gospel Concert is at 6 p.m. Sunday with Crestwood’s Old Fashion Night. Refreshments will follow the performance. For more information call 695-2088. The church is at 1006 E. Main St.
NEXT WEEK & BEYOND
The Brainy Bodacious Women are hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Franklin County Women’s Shelter. The Sumptuous Southern Supper will be held Monday Aug. 27 from 5-7:30 p.m. with dine-in at First United Methodist Church, 211 Washington St. and carryout pickup in the back parking lot of Church of the Ascension off of W. Main St. on Madison Place/Catfish Alley.
Dinner includes Staxx BBQ pulled pork or chicken, cole slaw, O’Charley’s famous rolls, and broccoli cheese casserole. Dessert and family-friendly drinks provided and veggie burgers are available. The cost is $20 per person. Reservations must be made for carryout meals. Kids 12 and under eat free.
Reservations can be made by calling the shelter (502) 352-2843 or emailing email@example.com.
The final event of the Farmers Bank Summer Concert Series is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 31 on the grounds of the Old Capitol. For more information visit www.downtownfrankfort.com. Performing will be Equinox.
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.
MILLVILLE – Millville Hillbilly Daze Festival is on the move just as Swallowfied Days was a couple of years ago. According to John Watts, new managing director of Daze since Jake Jacobs claims he’s retired, the one-day event is set for Saturday, Sept. 8, in and around the Millville Community Center and Park. We’ll have more on the event in Sunday’s Spectrum, Sept. 2.
Hillbilly Daze has been held on the third Saturday of September since its founding three decades ago.
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.
DANVILLE – The Pioneer Playhouse, 840 Stanford Rd., concludes its 2012 season with a special weekend of comedy on Friday and Saturday with a two-night-only show featuring Etta May, the nationally known Queen of Southern Sass.
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 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.
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.
LOUISVILLE – Artist Reba Rye and ceramics artist Stephen Driver have a collaborative exhibition at the Zephyr Gallery, 610 E. Market St., through Sept. 29. It can be viewed during regular gallery hours, Wednesday-Saturday, 11-6. Zephyr will also be open for the First Friday Gallery Hop, Sept. 7, 6-9 p.m.
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.