Catching up with recent local events

By Philip Case Published:

Do you ever wonder how the events we publicize here in Your Hometown Newspaper ended?

Were there a lot of people at, say, Swallowfield Days?

How did the weather affect last weekend’s inaugural Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall?

Dipping back a bit, who locally got money from the sale of Buffalo Trace Distillery’s Millennium Barrel bottles of bourbon?

We spilled a lot of ink telling you about all of these things – and many more through the year. A lot of people put forth a lot of effort to organize and conduct them. Maybe you went to the event, or participated in the activity.

Now we’ll catch you up on some of them, starting with the most recent, and more later as we receive the information.


Held on the grounds of the Liberty Hall Historic Site over Labor Day Weekend, AIG featured outstanding artists and craftsfolks, music, food and more. A veritable list featuring the Who’s Who of Old Frankfort worked with LHHS personnel to organize and conduct the event.

Then the remnants of Isaac dropped in unexpectedly and unwelcome. And while it didn’t rain on Saturday, Sept. 1, LHHS Executive Director Karla Nicholson said that even though the final figures aren’t in, the chance for rain and storms definitely had an impact.

Karla said that overall AIG was successful, a record number of folks toured Liberty Hall and if the weatherman hadn’t told people they “need to cancel outdoor activities for the weekend” there would likely have been more in attendance.

“We had to stop about an hour early on Sunday because it started raining,” she wrote, “but otherwise the rain didn’t bother us.” Only the threat of it!

We’ll be looking forward to next year’s event.


Swallowfield Days, held Aug. 25-26, featured lovely weather.

Pete Wise, executive director of Swallowfield Days along with his wife Jane, dropped by earlier in the week with a smile on his face, a song in his heart, an event hat, T-shirt, and a thank you note in a bag. Pete and Jane love Swallowfied and the weekend event so much I believe they’d hold it every year if no one else showed up!

He said attendance was steady all day Saturday and Sunday’s “afterglow day” was good, too, with an outdoor church service, lunch and music.

Irvine Pickett won the restored 1996 Mustang convertible. Irvine, Pete wrote, bought his $5 chance on the car back in July at a car cruise-in and thought it was a joke when he was called and told he’d won.

Jane said he actually called Pete to make sure it wasn’t a hoax!

Plans are for Swallowfield Days to return on the last full weekend of August 2013.


This one was a while back but we wrote a lot about it at the time, encouraging local non-profits to get involved – and many did, as you’ll see from the list below. Instead of re-writing this, I’ll just share the press release from Buffalo Trace publicist Amy Preske:

“More than $150,000 was raised for various charities across the country with help from Buffalo Trace Distillery.

“The Millennium Barrel Bourbon was the last bourbon barrel of the 20th century filled on Dec. 31, 1999 by Buffalo Trace Distillery and set to age in the Distillery’s warehouse V, the world’s only bonded single barrel aging warehouse. 

“In June of 2011, the company bottled this single barrel of whiskey, which yielded 174 handwritten and individually numbered bottles.  Each Millennium Barrel bottle was packaged in a numbered hardwood showcase box that includes a piece of the historic barrel’s charred oak stave.  Buffalo Trace Distillery then offered all 174 bottles to non-profit organizations wishing to raise funds for their charity.

“Altogether, $152,557 were raised for needy organizations all the way from New York to California.  Organizations supporting childcare, senior care, Red Cross, the Ronald McDonald House, Humane Societies, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Wildlife Centers, and many more were able to benefit from the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

“We’re thrilled so many deserving organizations benefited from our Millennium Barrel,” said Kris Comstock, bourbon brand manager.  “To help raise over $150,000 for worthwhile causes feels wonderful.”

The following are organizations based in Frankfort or central Kentucky and taken from this list. I might have missed one or two. A complete list of charities – and Amy’s complete release – are available online at

Locals that benefited: Thorn Hill Education Center, Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky, Sweet Blessings, The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Frankfort Rotary Youth Fund, Franklin County Council on Aging, Inc., Franklin County Humane Society, Kentucky Employees Charitable Campaign, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bluegrass, The Sunshine Center and the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

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