Here and There


This week 


>Ben Lacy, guitar virtuoso, will be featured in a free concert at 11:30 a.m. as part of the Lunchtime Concert Series at the Ward Oates Amphitheater. The amphitheater is located at the end of West Main Street, next to Liberty Hall and behind the Kentucky Bar Association. 

>Bonnie Reeves & Company will perform on Aug. 15. In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be cancelled.

>The fifth annual Spellapalooza will be at First United Methodist Church, 211 Washington St. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a spaghetti dinner, bake sale and live auction. The competition follows at 6.

>Proceeds benefit the Thorn Hill Education Center to help pay for programs that provide transportation and child care for students. Call 502-875-1481 or email for more information.


>A Flapjack Fundraiser to support Special Olympics of Kentucky will be held from 8-10 a.m. at Applebee’s, 1307 U.S. 127 South. Tickets are $7. Contact Buford Quire for tickets at 502-545-1304 or purchase tickets at the door. 


>MILLVILLE — Organists Gary Johnson and Roland Herzel will present their 13th annual Theater Organ Concert at 4 p.m. at Millville Christian Church, 5210 McCracken Pike. 

>Johnson and Herzel will play music written for 1920s-1960s stage and screen, played on Millville’s Conn theater organ. The program is free and will be followed by an ice cream social.

>To reach the church, proceed east on Versailles Road. After passing the I-64 overpass turn right onto Duncan Road. Follow the road 1.5 miles to the bottom of the hill where Duncan Road ends at a stop sign. Turn left onto McCracken Pike and the church is on the left.    

>The Capital City Community Band will join with the First United Methodist Church Summer Choir at the annual Chautauqua Summer Arts series at 6 p.m. in celebration of the 200th birthday of the “Star Spangled Banner.” The series continues on Aug. 17 and 24. All programs are free. 


>The Farmers Bank’s Summer Concert Series features two groups, Kentucky Wild Horse and Triceratops Jackson at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 on the lawn of the Old Capitol, Broadway. Visit for a complete listing of bands performing at remaining Friday night concerts. 

>A summer downtown ArtWalk is set for 5-8 p.m. Aug. 22. Meet the artists and have refreshments at the venues while experiencing art demonstrations. There will be live music and short theater vignettes from the upcoming Paul Sawyier outdoor drama “Two Loves and a River” — all within a five-block area downtown.

For a map and full listing, pick up an ArtWalk brochure at many downtown locations or visit This event is sponsored by the Kentucky Employees Credit Union and organized by Downtown Frankfort, Inc.  

>The Capital City Blues and River Festival will be 5-10 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Ward Oates Amphitheatre, 514 W. Main St. The festival, presented by Farmers Bank and benefiting Family Abuse Services, will feature live music by Toad Strangler and the Here for the Party Band. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Single tickets are $20. Tables of 8 are $250. 

>RICHMOND — Dr. James Klotter, Kentucky’s state historian, will be the speaker at the Central Kentucky World War II Roundtable at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at Ryan’s Restaurant in Richmond. The topic of the presentation will be “Kentucky during World War II.” For more information, contact Phillip Seyfrit at 859-623-8979.

>The Battle of Richmond Annual Re-enactment will take place at Richmond’s Battlefield Park on Aug. 23-24. Both military and civilian camps will open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with battles being fought at 2 p.m. each day.

Re-enactors and living historians from several states will be in Richmond to commemorate the pivotal and second largest Civil War battle in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. There will be concessions available with period food vendors and this year’s Living History area will have a Civil War medicine theme. For more complete details and directions to the battlefield and visitor’s center, visit or call 859-248-1974 or 859-624-0013.

At the Grand

The following events have been planned for the Grand Theater, St. Clair Street. Tickets for all events will be sold at the door or may be purchased in advance by visiting the ticket office, 312 W. Main St., weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., or by calling 502-352-7469.

>“Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (Rated R) will be shown 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Grand Theater, St. Clair Street. Tickets are $6. The film follows a group of high school students growing up in southern California and is based on the real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe.

>“Animal House” (Rated R) will show at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22. Tickets are $6. This classic comedy tells the story of two college freshmen seeking to join Delta Tau Chi Fraternity at Faber College in 1962. John Belushi, Karen Allen, Tom Hulce, Tim Matheson, Donald Sutherland, and Kevin Bacon star in this film. 

>“The Jersey Boys” (Rated R) will show at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28 and Aug. 30. Tickets are $8. Four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group “The Four Seasons.” Directed by Clint Eastwood.  

History Center

>Family Fun Saturday, Gadgets and Gizmos: Kentucky Inventors, is from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway for children ages 5-10 and their families. From parachutes to traffic lights, Kentuckians have had some great ideas. Come test inventions concocted in the commonwealth.

Admission is free and separate from attending a KHS museum, which has paid admission. For more information, contact 502-564-1792.

>Introduction to using census records is the genealogy topic at 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Join staff members each Thursday evening in the Library Reading Room during regular season hours for a full hour of Genealogy instruction.  

Participants will learn how to use research skills, preserve documents and become more familiar with genealogy software. Sessions are free and registration is not required. For more information visit or call 502-564-1792, ext. 4460.

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