Frankfort & nearby
>The “Music on the Mountaintop” concert series at Church of the Ascension (Episcopal), 311 Washington St., concludes its first season with a 7 p.m. performance by singer and musician Sarah Wood. The performance is free and open to the public; no reservations are needed and light refreshments will be available.
>An opening reception for an exhibit entitled “Fire and Ice” featuring new ceramics from Laura Ross and Ellen Glasgow’s oils and monotypes is 5-8 p.m. at the Capital Gallery, 314 Lewis St. The public is invited to the reception; the exhibition continues through Dec. 31. The reception was cancelled Dec. 6 because of inclement weather.
Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information call 502-223-2649.
>The next Nature in the Parks program is “Fantasy Forest Winter Wonders Walk” set for 2-3:15 p.m. at Dolly Graham Park off Capital Avenue toward the Kentucky River at Second and Logan streets.
The program, sponsored by Frankfort’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites, is free and open to all ages. For more information call Connie at 502-682-8279 or visit www.frankfortparksandrec.com.
>Holiday Market at the Farmers Market in River View Pavilion, Wilkinson Boulevard, is 9 a.m.-noon. The event features live music, a children’s activity, organic coffee and fresh made goods from the Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe, locally-grown produce, fresh greenery wreaths, baked goods, hand crafted soaps and more. For more information, visit www.franklincountyfarmersmarket.org
>The first new Metropolitan Opera’s production of Guiseppe Verdi’s beloved comic opera “Falstaff” is the next high-definition broadcast at the Grand Theatre. The showing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
>“Falstaff” is sung in Italian with English subtitles. The running time is about 3 hours, 20 minutes. Tickets are $23 for adults, $18 for students, and may be purchased at the door, at the ticket office at 312 W. Main St. between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays or by calling 502-352-7469. The Grand is located at 308 St. Clair St.
>Legendary Met conductor James Levine takes the baton for this new production of Verdi’s masterpiece depicting the blustery Shakespearean character Sir John Falstaff. Producer Robert Carsen has set the current rendition in in post-WW II England.
Italian baritone Ambrogio Maestri in the title role leads a strong cast. Also appearing are Lisette Oropesa as Nannetta, Angela Meade as Alice and Paolo Fanale as Fenton.
>LEXINGTON — The Southern Lights driving route at the Kentucky Horse Park is open to vehicles from 5:30-10 p.m. nightly from through Dec. 31. The additional attractions inside the park will be open every night except Dec. 24-31. The cost is $15 per car Sunday through Thursday evenings and $20 per car on Friday and Saturday nights.
For more information, contact the KHP Foundation at 859-255-5727, firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting www.SouthernLightsKy.org or www.KyHorsePark.com.