Frankfort & nearby
The next program in Live at the Oates, a lunchtime concert series, features Will Renshaw and Jeff Ellis, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Ward Oates Amphitheater, next to Liberty Hall and behind the Kentucky Bar Association. The series continues with Sammy Coulter, saxophonist, Sept. 6.
The Direct Energy Band will be featured in a benefit performance for the Simon House 8 p.m. at the Grand Theater. The band plays music of the 1960s-’80s.
Tickets range from $25 to $45 and are on sale at the Grand Theatre ticket office, 312 W. Main St., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday 502-352-7469. Tickets also may be purchase online at http://www.grandtheatrefrankfort.org.
Saturday & Sunday
Swallowfield Days is set for Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. in the northern Franklin County community of Swallowfield off U.S. 127 North. The event features food, games, music and more. For more information about table or booth space, call Jane Wise, 502-223-2959.
RICHMOND — The annual reenactment of the Battle of Richmond at Pleasant View, 1546 Battlefield Memorial Highway. For more information and a complete schedule of events and times, visit email@example.com.
The 26th annual Chautauqua series of free programs concludes 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 211 Washington St. with the Capital City Community Band under the direction of Thomas Brawner III. The concert is free, open to the public and childcare is available. For more information visit www.firstumcfrankfort.com.
At the Grand
Here’s a look at the remaining events planned for August at the Grand Theater. For more information, visit the Grand Theatre Web site, http://www.grandtheatrefrankfort.org, or the ticket office, 312 W. Main St. weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. or call 502-352-7469. Tickets for all shows are available in advance or at the door.
Bob Batch, who has spent 30 years making people laugh, will headline the final Summer Comedy Series presentation at 8 TONIGHT. Tickets are priced at $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
The show’s featured performer is Tim Northern and Kent Carney, will serve as master of ceremonies.
Skyfall, the latest of the 50-year history of movies starring the fabled British spy character James Bond, concludes the summer movie series 7:30 p.m. Friday.
“Skyfall” is rated “PG-13” and has a running time of 2 hours, 23 minutes. Tickets are $6.
The theatre will celebrate Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall (Aug. 31-Sept. 1) with a showing of the 2013 version of The Great Gatsby, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31. Admission is $8.
The 7th District Ladies Auxiliary VFW is hosting a Soul Food Dinner beginning at 4 p.m. until food is gone Monday. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund various programs.
The cost is $7 per meal, dine in or carry out, which includes meat and two sides, bread and drink. Children 10-and-under eat for $3. Desserts are extra. Entertainment is 6-8 by Chris Fallis.
Meet, Greet and Sing it Sweet, an event to kick off the Capital City Chorale’s fall semester, is set for 7-9 p.m. Aug. 27 and 29 in the choir room at First Baptist Church, St. Clair Street.
New and old members will get to meet and welcome back Dr. Phyllis Vincent who is returning as the Chorale’s director. For more information call 502-320-8980 or 502-352-6146. Those coming are asked to enter through the back door of Sullivan Alley and then proceed to the choir room on the second floor.
The fee is $20/semester to cover the cost of music.
The final concert in the Farmers Bank Summer Concert Series is 7-10 p.m. Aug. 30 on the Old Capitol lawn featuring Sacre Blue and Swing Street.
SHELBYVILLE — Auditions for Shelby County Community Theatre’s production of Doubt, A Parable, written by John Patrick Shanley and directed by Jack Wann, will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 29-30 at the theater, 801 Main St.
Roles are available for one man, 30-40; one woman, 40-50; one woman, 20-30, and one African-American woman, 30-40. Performance dates are Oct. 18-20. Alternative audition times can be arranged. For more information, call 502-633-0222.
The Sullivan House Tavern, which serves as the welcome center for the Fort Boone Civil War Battle Site in the Leslie Morris Park on Fort Hill now contains a replica 1861 rural post office. There will be a ribbon cutting and grand opening 10 a.m. Aug. 31.
There will be a special envelope on sale for $1 in the tavern’s post office bearing the 2013 Civil War commemorative stamp. The envelopes have on the right hand side a picture of Montgomery Blair, Postmaster General of the U.S. from 1861-64. Blair was a native of Frankfort.
Members of the Frankfort Stamp Club will be on hand to answer questions about collecting postage stamps as a hobby and the movement of mail from the home front to the battlefield and back.
Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 31 and 10-5 Sept. 1. The price of admission is $3 per person, per day.
This year’s fair will feature more than 50 juried artists and craftspeople selling their works in tents scattered throughout the site’s gardens. There will again be a small music stage on the Orlando Brown patio, children’s art activities, open houses in both museum houses and food vendors.
The Kings Center River Fest & Paddlers’ Challenge is set for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 7 at River View Park.
River Fest offers a full day of fun including competitive and recreational kayak and canoe races on the Kentucky River, with inflatables and games for kids on land, and praise bands at the Ward Oates Amphitheater.
Race registration is $40 per team (two people) and includes canoe rental for the whole day. All proceeds go to the Kings Center, which provides a safe, healthy, fun learning environment for local kids who may not have such opportunities.
To get more information and register for races, go to kingscenter.org. River Fest is sponsored by the Kings Center, Canoe Kentucky, and the Frankfort/Franklin County Tourism and Convention Commission, C. Michael Davenport and Graviss McDonald’s.
Reservations are now being accepted for the second annual Furever Friends Pet Adoption Expo set for Sept. 14 on the lawn of the Old Capitol, Broadway. Set up begins at 10 a.m. and the event runs from 11-3, sponsored by the Franklin County Humane Society and the Kentucky Historical Society.
For more information or to reserve a space, call 859-325-5309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Aug. 31.
Shining silver stars will be displayed throughout the Hospice Gala, Bash in the Bluegrass, Sept. 21 at the Frankfort Convention Center.
For a donation of $20 to Hospice of the Bluegrass, a “Shining Star” can be done in memory or honor of a loved one, or in appreciation of someone who was special during the care of a loved one.
Each “Shining Star” is an 11-inch silver paper star that will be inscribed with the name of the person being honored. Each person named will have an individual star.
For questions or to request an order form, call Darlene Stivers at 502-330-0523 or Chris Harp at 502-223-1744. Order forms are also available at www.hospicebg.org/bash.
Switzer Covered Bridge Day, hosted by the Switzer Ruritan Club, is set for Oct. 5. Those interested in selling crafts at the festival may call 502-330-4696 to reserve a spot. Space is limited and must be reserved in advance.
At Morning Pointe
The following events to which the public is invited have been planned for Morning Pointe of Frankfort Senior Care Residence, 68C Michael Davenport Blvd. All donations will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information, call 502-226-5888.
Chili Bowl Lunch. 11:30-1:30, Friday, $5 donation.
Yard Sale and Bake Sale, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 30. Items for the yard sale may be delivered to the residence.
A free cookout for public service workers, 11:30-1:30 Sept. 6.
Pancake Breakfast, 7:30-10 a.m. Sept. 14, $5 donation.
A group exhibition by members of the Bluegrass Printmakers’ Cooperative is on display at the Jane Chancellor Moore Gallery at Kentucky Employees Credit Union, 100 Moore Dr., through Sept. 27. The gallery is open during regular credit union hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8-6 Friday and 9-1 Saturday.
The Shakespeare Project, a series of six large paintings by Katherine Knight based on Shakespeare plays, is on display in the gallery at the Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair, through Oct. 31. The gallery is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays, during Grand Theatre events, and by appointment through the ticket office on Main Street.
At Liberty Hall
The following events have been planned for Liberty Hall Historic Site, 202 Wilkinson St. For more information or to make reservations if required, call 502-227-2560, visit email@example.com, www.libertyhall.org or www.Facebook.com/LibertyHallHistoricSite.
The Brilliant Browns continues through the summer. It is on 7x3-foot retractable banners and on view at the Orlando Brown House. It’s free to the public during regular hours.