Here and There in Frankfort


& nearby

The Selective Senior Singles discussion group will meet at 6:30 p.m. The group is for those 65 and over. Call Carolyn at 502-545-6535 for meeting location and details.

A benefit concert to raise funds to help with research to fight triple negative breast cancer is set for 6-10 p.m. in the Investors Heritage Auditorium, 213 W. Second St. The suggested donation is $10 per person at the door.
The benefit is also in memory of Daphne Scruggs Fields, who was 32 when she was diagnosed with the incurable, fast-growing cancer. She died at 34. The event will feature, in addition to the music, refreshments and a silent auction.

The Franklin County High School Band Boosters will hold an Arts and Crafts Bazaar from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the school. All proceeds will benefit the boosters. There will also be a silent auction, concessions and a bake sale.

The Fort Boone Civil War Battle Site, in the Leslie Morris Park on Fort Hill, is the site of the Seventh Annual Civil War Park Cleanup Day from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The History Channel, the Civil War Preservation Trust, Frankfort Parks, Recreation, and Historic Sites, Frankfort Public Works, Frankfort Civil War Roundtable and the Friends of Fort Hill are sponsoring the cleanup. Volunteers will clean out the powder magazine and remove some of the fallen tree limbs.
To participate call the Capital City Museum at 502-696-0607. A sign-up sheet is also available at the museum reception desk, 325 Ann St. Bring tools and work gloves. All who participate will receive a T-shirt, compliments of the History Channel.  

The Second Annual Celebrity Waiters Dinner to benefit the Franklin County Humane Society will be held from 7-10 p.m. at the Capital Plaza Hotel.
The event will feature dinner, a silent auction and cash bar and the attire is business casual. Tickets are $50/person or $400 for a table of eight. For more information call Christy Burton at 859-325-5300 and for reservations email

Kentucky State University will hold its 10th Annual President’s Scholarship Gala at the William Exum Center. The black-tie event will kick off with a VIP reception at 6 p.m. The Gala starts at 7:30 p.m. R&B singer Eric Benét is the featured entertainment.
Each year the President’s Scholarship Gala raises money for student scholarships. The theme this year reflects the university’s $12.5 million capital campaign: Uniting Generations … Securing Futures.
For more information about the gala or to purchase tickets, call 502-597-6760.

Society news

The Frankfort Audubon Society has shared information about these programs.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon: The Young Birders of the Bluegrass have scheduled a field trip to Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary, 1305 Germany Road just out of Millville. The trip will consist of a beginning birding program with Environmental Education Facilitator Barb Cornett. She will be covering bird calls and song, as well as bird beaks, before taking participants out birding.
The cost of this program is $10 for each adult/child participant plus $4/ adult and $3/ child non-participant (entry fee). Pre-register by contacting Tanner Shepard at
After the program, participants are invited to gather for a bring-your-own sack lunch at the pavilion.

A Spring Wildflower Walk is set for 2 p.m. Sunday entitled Birds and Blooms at Don Stosberg’s and Ida Palmer-Ball’s farm and home on Devil’s Hollow Road.
The farm features a wide variety of native wildflowers and the hike is easy and generally on level terrain. An extended upland hike option may be offered beyond the lowland creek sidewalk. Participants should consider weather conditions and dress appropriately.
The public is invited to attend this free event, although very small children or individuals with mobility issues may experience difficulties. Hike participants are welcome to bring field guides and encouraged to bring binoculars.
The farm is located at 5140 Devils Hollow Road, 7 miles from the bottom of Devils Hollow Road off Taylor Avenue. The driveway is on the right 1 mile from the intersection of KY 1005 and KY 1665 and immediately past one-lane bridge. Access requires crossing a flat creek bed.
Heavy rainfall prior to the hike or high water in Benson Creek may necessitate cancelling the walk. If conditions are questionable, phone 502-223-1807 to confirm.

Next week
& beyond

The Kentucky State University Division of Fine Arts and the Opera Musical Theatre Workshop are presenting the spring “Opera Gala Performance” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the Little Theatre in Bradford Hall. General admission tickets are $5 at the door.
The event includes selections from George Bizet’s “Carmen,” Donizetti’s “Elixir of Love” and Verdi’s “La Traviata.” General admission tickets cost $5 and will be available at the door. For information about this event, call Vincent Davis, KSU Opera Musical Theatre Workshop, at 502-597-6611.
The “Opera Gala Performance” is presented in partnership with the Frankfort Arts Foundation as part of its 2014 arts and cultural series.
There will be an indoor yard sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 19 in Frankfort High School’s gymnasium, 315 Ewing St., to benefit Relay for Life.

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Beta Upsilon Omega Chapter, will hold a fashion show luncheon and vendor showcase at 11:30 a.m. April 19 at the Capital Plaza Hotel featuring the Uniqueness Unlimited Modeling Productions. The cost is $30/person. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 502-219-2528.

SHELBYVILLE — Shelby County Community Theatre will produce “The Foreigner,” by Larry Shue at the theater, 801 Main St. Performances are April 17-19 and 25-26 at 7:30 p.m., and April 27 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students. For reservations, call 502-633-0242. Jack Wann directs the performance.

The second annual CASA Derby Eve Gala is set for 6-11 p.m. May 2 at the Capital Plaza Hotel, 405 Wilkinson. The evening features appetizers, dinner, wine and bourbon tastings, one drink ticket, cash raffle along with live and silent auctions, live music featuring Ivory Joe & the Midnight Howlers and a Derby Hat Contest.
Former Gov. Paul Patton and First Lady Judi Patton will serve as celebrity co-hosts. Tickets are $64 per person and reserved tables of eight are $525. For more information or tickets, call Rene True at 859-312-6398.

As part of the Nature in the Parks program, Frankfort Parks, Recreation & Historic Sites is sponsoring Spring Wildflower Walks at Cove Spring Park, 2-3:30 p.m. every Sunday in April. A different guild will lead the tours, which are free and open to all ages.
Cove Spring offers a host of native wildflowers.
Participants should meet at the shelter by the waterfall at the main park on the east side of U.S, 127 near the Thorn Hill Bypass. Wear appropriate shoes for hiking and clothing for weather conditions. For more information visit

Liberty Hall
Liberty Hall Historic Site, 202 Wilkinson St., which includes Liberty Hall and the Orlando Brown House, is open again for the season. Here are upcoming activities:
Bourbon & Browns, Liberty Hall’s Spring Fundraiser, is set for Friday. Tickets are $50 and include an exclusive bourbon tasting paired with unique Holly Hill Inn Hot Brown creations, American Roots Music by Hot Chocolate & the Marshmellows, silent auction items, and entry into Kentucky Made, the decorative arts exhibit.
All proceeds will help support and preservation of Liberty Hall Historic Site.
The first of “Our Beloved Ghost Tours of Liberty Hall” is April 18.
Tickets are $10 per person and space is limited, so reservations are required.  Guests must be 12 years or older to participate.
For reservations or more information about either event, call 502-227-2560 or visit Liberty Hall Historic Site on Facebook.

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