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TONIGHT

The final opportunity to audition for Frankfort Children Singers is at 6 TONIGHT 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.

FRIDAY

The final event of the Farmers Bank Summer Concert Series is set for 7 p.m. Friday 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.

Lifelong Frankfort resident Jane Long McCord will be signing her new book entitled Tangles Times Two from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Poor Richard’s Books, 233 W. Broadway during the summer concert. The book is a collection of memories of both her parents’ battles with Alzheimer’s Disease.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

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.

SATURDAY

The Grand Theatre will celebrate Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall on Saturday and Sunday with a showing of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $8 each.

The film recounts the adventures and misadventures of a group of older British residents who travel to India to retire in what they are led to believe is a plush, restored hotel. The cast features a who’s who of British character actors, including Judi Dench (“Shakespeare in Love”), Tom Wilkinson (“Michael Clayton”), Bill Nighy (“The Girl in the Café”), as well as two cast members from the hit PBS series “Downton Abbey,” Maggie Smith (the Dowager Countess of Grantham) and Penelope Wilton (Isobel Crawley).    

 John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love” and “Proof”) directed the 2011 film. It is rated PG-13.  

 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.

NEXT WEEK & BEYOND

SHELBYVILLE – Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 7 for Shelby County Community Theatre’s Youth Series production of Honk! Jr., music by George Stiles and book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe. The play is a musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling.

Performances are Sept. 21-22, 28-29 at 7:30, and Sept. 23 and 30 at 2:30. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors, and $10 students. For reservations, call 502-633-0242. All stagings are at the theater, 801 Main St.

The play is directed by James Ray Morgan, and sponsored by Village Plaza Shopping Center and Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance.

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.

Hillbilly Daze has been held on the third Saturday of September since its founding three decades ago.

DANVILLE – The Kentucky State BBQ Festival is bringing Big-Time Barbecue back to Danville on Sept. 8-9. All of the Pitmasters from last year’s star-studded line up will be back to cook competition-level barbeque for attendees. Admission is free.

The Kentucky State BBQ Festival is an Eating event. Come prepared to eat some great BBQ – and you can still watch if you want.

Auditions for Bluegrass Theatre Guild’s production of Christmas Belles will be held at First Baptist Church on St. Clair from 6-8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10.  The cast will consist of seven females and four males.  No advance preparation is required.  Auditions will consist of cold readings from the play.                 

Production dates for the play will be Dec. 6-9 at the Grand Theater and rehearsals will be on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m., starting Sept. 17.   Parking is available in the Sullivan Garage at the end of Ann Street. Those auditioning may cross the alley and enter through the back door of the church on the river end of the garage.

 For more information contact Donnie Hagy (director) at 502-352-7748 (home), 502-320-3732 (cell), or 502-564-7830 (work).  Membership in the Guild is encouraged, but not required. 

The Grand Theatre will offer two school programs presented by the Lexington Children’s Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

At 9:30 a.m., LCT will present Aesop’s Fables, a mixture of music, dance and comedy featuring immortal characters from the famous stories. The one-hour presentation is intended for pre-kindergarten through grade 3.

At 12:30 p.m., the acting troupe will present a one-hour adaptation of Mark Twain’s immortal Tom Sawyer. Tom, Huck Finn, and Becky all make an appearance in this presentation. The program is for students in grades 3-5.

 Each school program costs $4 per child, with one free teacher admission per class. More information is available at http://www.lctonstage.org/pages/current.html. To make a reservation for a class, contact Anne Taylor Renshaw at atcamp@dcr.net or (502) 320-1074.

Woods and Waters Land Trust will host its fourth annual fundraiser, Land Extravaganza, on Saturday Sept 15. This year’s event features a walk along a ridge top with spectacular views of the Kentucky River on the 525-acre farm of hosts Robin & Charlie Jones.

Come support land protection with outdoor dining, music, and a silent auction at an unforgettable site. The farm tour and geology talk will begin at 5 p.m. Appetizers and a silent auction begin at 6. The open-air dinner begins at 6:30.

This year’s local cuisine will feature pork produced on the farm. A short program highlighting the conservation work on the farm and the significance of the area will conclude dinner. For tickets call 875-8687 or purchase tickets at woodsandwaterstrust.org.

Josephine Sculpture Park will host its Third Annual Fall Arts Festival on Sept. 16-17, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. The event is free.

This outdoor festival will feature a traveling foundry where visitors can create their own metal sculptures, live music-headlining Mitch Barrett, Jeri Katherine Howell and Rhythm Review, artist demonstrations including action graffiti, printmaking and tie-dye, kids make sculpture workshops, tours, the Bubble Truck, art scavenger hunts, storytelling, hot air balloon rides and more.

La Fiesta Grande Mexican Restaurant will be on site with foods for purchase. The park is free and open every day from dawn until dusk. The entrance to JSP is located at 3355 (Old) Lawrenceburg Rd. Look for the big green signs on Lawrenceburg Rd! For more information visit josephinesculpturepark.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.

CommonWealth Gardens and the South Frankfort Neighborhood Association are joining forces to host the annual neighborhood picnic and Harvest Festival from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at Dolly Graham Park, Rye’s Garden, and the new Fantasy Forest.

The afternoon will feature food, fun, and entertainment. All supporters of South Frankfort and the community gardens are welcome to attend. Additional details will be announced soon.

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.

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

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.

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