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The 2012 Candlelight Tour begins tonight and continues through Sunday throughout downtown Frankfort. A complete schedule of events has been published Tuesday and Wednesday in The State Journal and is available on the Downtown Frankfort Inc. website,

The event was voted one of Kentucky’s “Top Ten 2012 Festivals or Events for Fall” by the Kentucky Travel Industry Association.


The fourth annual OK for CASA chili lunch at VFW Post 4075 on Second Street is Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Kiwanis and Optimist club members join together to host the lunch that includes chili, cake and a drink for $5. Vegetarian chili will also be available. Tickets can be purchased from any Kiwanis or Optimist Club member or at the door of the VFW.

Lunch is dine-in, carryout or drive-through. Other attractions at the lunch will include raffle items and handcrafted and one-of-a- kind jewelry. Carryout orders will be taken Friday morning beginning at 10 a.m. by calling 227-2483.

The Feuds of Bloody Breathitt: Kentucky’s Untold Story, a film by Jerry Deaton, will be shown Friday, 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Theatre. Tickets are $5 at the door.


The 31st Annual Kentucky Book Fair is from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Frankfort Convention Center. The free event features some 200 authors on hand to greet visitors and sign copies of their books.

The annual Fall Bazaar at Bridgeport Christian Church, 175 Evergreen Rd, is Saturday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

The event, sponsored by the Helping Hands Circle, will feature two raffles, one for a hand-stitched quilt and the other for a cherry Shaker wall clock. Breakfast and lunch will be available, as will home-baked items. There’ll be arts, crafts and more. All proceeds will be used for scholarships and charitable contributions.

A blessing of the animals service will conducted by Rev. Wayne Sayre in the church yard of First United Methodist Church, 211 Washington St., at noon Saturday. The event is in conjunction with the art show entitled Blessing of the Animals, an exhibit featuring artwork from local artists and church members that is on display in Gallery Hall through Nov. 18. 

Gallery Hall is open Monday through Friday, 9-4:30 and on Sundays during morning church services.  The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Roy Nance, Minister of Music, 227-7430 or visit the church’s website at

Participants are invited to bring their animals on leashes or in cages.

Jerry Deaton will be part of a panel discussing Feuding Kentucky: Page to Performance at noon Saturday at the Old Capitol, moderated by Dr. James Klotter, Kentucky state historian. Also on the panel will be Dr. Altina Waller, Dr. T.R.C. Hutton and Dr. James Reeder.

Panelists will discuss the process of taking an historical event and turning it into a book, play or film. Admission is free but seating is limited.

The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair St., presents a live, high-definition streaming broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of the contemporary opera The Tempest. The performance begins at 12:55 p.m. Saturday.

Young British composer Thomas Ades wrote the opera based on the Shakespeare play, with a libretto by Meredith Oakes. It debuted at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in 2004 to rave reviews. This is the first Met production of “The Tempest.”

Ades will conduct the Met Orchestra. The production’s original Prospero, Simon Keenlyside, will reprise the role of the exiled Duke of Milan. Portraying his daughter, Miranda, is Isabel Leonard; her lover, Ferdinand, is played by Alek Shrader. William Burden will portray Alonso, King of Naples, Prospero’s nemesis. Robert Lepage directs the production.

The running time is about three hours. Tickets are $23 each, $18 for students, and may be purchased by visiting the ticket office at 312 W. Main St. between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays or calling 352-7469.

A Toy Train Show will be held Saturday at The Thoroughbred Center, Paris Pike, 2.3 miles north on US 27/68 from exit 113 off I-75. The show is open to the public from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with admission being $5/adult with children under 12 admitted free when accompanied by parents.

There will be two operating train layouts on display. For more information call 859-519-7730.


Frankfort Fall Sing and Ring is set for Sunday with the closing program at 6 p.m. in Asbury Hall at First United Methodist Church, 211 Washington St. The event is open to children in the second through eighth grades and will feature two age-level choirs.

Raye Hurley and Marty Schmidtt will direct those in grades two through five while Linda McKinley will direct sixth through eighth graders. Richard Summers will direct handbell choirs from First Baptist and First United Methodist churches.  There is no cost. 

For complete information, contact Roy Nance,


Morning Pointe of Frankfort and North Benson Baptist Church are planning a food drive to benefit the Frankfort Soup Kitchen, Nov. 15-30. Nonperishable items can be dropped off at the front lobby of the senior living community.

All families and friends of Morning Pointe will gather for a special Thanksgiving dinner on the 18th. Every family will share a special dish adding to the annual event and this year everyone will also bring items to donate for the food drive to benefit the Frankfort Soup Kitchen.

Etta May, often referred to as the reigning queen of southern sass, takes the Grand Theatre stage Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. The polyester-clad Arkansas native, wife and mother of four, often riffs on subjects near and dear to the southern sensibility.

Etta May won the American Comedy Awards Stand-Up Comic of the Year and headlines Country Music TV’s CMT Comedy Stage. Tickets are $25, $20 and $15 and may be obtained via the website or through the ticket office Monday through Friday 10-3, phone 352-7469. A limited number of tickets remained at press time.

The Franklin County Homemakers Children’s Holiday Store is set for 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 17 at the County Extension Office, 101 Lakeview Ct. Children ages 4-12 can purchase gifts for 25 cent to $3 to surprise family members and friends. For more information call 695-9035.

The Western Hills Lady Softball Boosters is holding a vendor spotlight from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 in the school cafeteria. Several local vendors will be on hand for the event.

The fifth annual Gifty Thrifty & Mostly Under $50 Christmas arts and craft sale will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18 from 9:30-3 in conjunction with the Ladies Auxiliary Bake Sale at the Good Shepherd Parish Life Center, 75 Shepherd Way.

There will be batik items, handmade soap, pottery, felted items, Christmas ornaments, local honey, baked goods and more. Proceeds will support local artists and craftsmen and Good Shepherd School.

The annual staging of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, directed by Andrew Tippett, is set for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7 p.m. with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 2 in the auditorium at Frankfort High School. Tickets at the door are $6 general admission and $3 for students and seniors.


An exhibition of mixed media works by Lexington artist Staci McKnight Maney is on display at the Jane Chancellor Moore Gallery at Kentucky Employees Credit Union, 100 Moore Dr., through Nov. 23.

The gallery is open during regular credit union hours, Monday through Thursday, 8-5; Friday, 8-6 and Saturday, 9-1.

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. Admission to the Orlando Brown House is free; there is a small charge for tours of Liberty Hall. For more information, go to or call 227-2560.

On exhibit through Dec. 15 at the Orlando Brown House: “What’s Your Story? Favorite Children’s Books.” LHHS’s holiday exhibit features favorite children’s books on loan to us from members of the community.

Upcoming events

Through Saturday, Candlelight at LHHS: The Orlando Brown House will be open until 8 tonight and Friday and until 6 p.m. Saturday with refreshments served; Liberty Hall will host a free candlelight open house on TODAY from 4-8.

Friday, Nov. 9, 5 p.m.: Paul Sawyier Public, Library lecture entitled: “Margaret Wise Brown, Golden Books, and the Rise of Children’s Picture Books” by Leonard Marcus, authority on children’s literature, and biographer of Margaret Wise Brown, whose books include Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny.  Free with a reception following at the Orlando Brown House from 6-7. 

Saturday, Nov. 10, 9:15 a.m., at the Kentucky Book Fair: Leonard Marcus will sign copies of his books and make a presentation on Tessering Well: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Madeline L’Engle.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of L’Engle’s most popular book, A Wrinkle in Time.  Marcus’s visit to Frankfort is made possible through a grant from the Friends of Paul Sawyier Public Library and is co-sponsored by Liberty Hall Historic Site and the Kentucky Book Fair. 

For Kids! Saturday, Nov. 10: Decorate a gingerbread house. This holiday favorite is back. Now with two sessions and more houses available. Children ages 4 and up are invited to decorate their own edible cottage. In the education center on the lower level of Liberty Hall, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. $6 for per child ($5 for Friends). Advance registration is strongly recommended.

Thanksgiving Weekend, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23-24: Liberty Hall and the Orlando Brown House will be open.  See our special holiday exhibit, enjoy the new renovations at Liberty Hall, and shop for the holidays with special discounts in the museum store.

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8: Christmas at Liberty Hall featuring candlelit tours and festive decorations from 4-8 p.m. each evening at Liberty Hall with music, foods, and stories of the past for this special celebration.  Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children; $1 discount for Friends.

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