SHELBYVILLE – Tickets go on sale Friday 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.
DANVILLE – The Kentucky State BBQ Festival is bringing Big-Time Barbecue back to Danville on Saturday and Sunday. 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.
MILLVILLE – Millville Hillbilly Daze Festival is set for Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., in and around the Millville Community Center. The event is coordinated by the Millville Community Organization and will feature food, music, burgoo and lots more.
Those wishing to set up for the flea market don’t need reservations, says event chair John Watts. Just show up between 7:30 and 8 with the $15 fee and a place will be assigned.
For more information, call Watts at (859) 421-8731.
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, 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.
Carroll Young, a local ruby throated hummingbird enthusiast, will present a program about the birds beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at Cove Spring Park.
Carroll will share his knowledge and experience – fact, fancy, and fiction – about these “flying jewels” and how you can attract them and help them as they prepare for their annual journey south. Participants are encouraged to share their own experiences and tips as well.
The program, sponsored by Frankfort’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites, is free and open to all ages. Participants should meet at the Shelter at the main park on the east side of US 127 near the Thornhill Bypass/421. All are encouraged to bring cameras.
For more information, call the Park office at 875-8574.
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 after Oct. 1. 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.
Texas singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen will open the Grand Theatre’s 2012-13 performance season with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11.
Tickets are $25, $35 and $45 and may be purchased at the door, online at the Grand Theatre Web site, http://www.grandtheatrefrankfort.org, or by visiting the ticket office, 312 W. Main St., weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The phone number is 352-7469. At press time, a very limited number of tickets remained available in all price ranges; however, an interested buyer should call to see about any returned tickets.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (502) 320-1074.
The Capital City Country Dancers and Capital City Country Dance Orchestra’s fall dances will be held in the Thorn Hill Education Center Gym from 7-9 p.m. beginning Friday, Sept. 14, and ending Friday, Nov. 16. The location for the dance on Nov. 9 will be the Frankfort School of Ballet.
The cost for all 10 classes is: individual. $20; couple, $30; or family. $40. Fee at the door: individual, $3; couple, $5 or family, $8. For more information, call Sylvia and Don Coffey (502) 747-5700 or Laura and John Penn, 226-1093.
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, 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 Daughters 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 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, Friday, 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.