Frankfort & nearby
>A downtown ArtWalk is set for 5-8 p.m. Meet the artists and have refreshments at the venues while experiencing art demonstrations. There will also 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 www.downtownfrankfort.com. 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. at the Ward Oates Amphitheatre, 514 W. Main St. The festival, presented by Farmers Bank and benefiting Family Abuse Services Inc., will feature live music by Toad Strangler and the Here for the Party Band.
To purchase tickets or for more information, contact email@example.com. Advance single tickets are $20 and $25 at the gate. Tables of 8 are $250.
>A Gathering of Authors is planned for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping St. This free event will have authors from Frankfort and across the Bluegrass available to sell and sign their works, as well as talk to readers about their craft.
Everyone is welcome. Contact Diane Dehoney at 502-352-2665 ext. 108 or email Mark Kinnaird at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a full listing of participants, please visit www.pspl.org.
>A Capital City Classic Car Show will be 6-9 p.m. downtown on Broadway. For more information call 502-330-5017.
>Free plane rides will be offered for Young Eagles Flight Day beginning at 9 a.m. at Capital City Airport, 90 Airport Rd. Local pilots will take youth ages 8-18 up in their planes to help promote aviation. Sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association, there will also be a free pancake breakfast that morning. Donations will be accepted.
>The 18th annual Swallowfield Days is set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday in the small northern Franklin County community of Swallowfield “on the horseshoe” about 10 miles from town on U.S. 127 North.
The event features food, entertainment, arts and crafts, a petting zoo and pony rides, yard sale and $5 chances on a car restored by festival organizer Pete Wise. This year’s car is a late model Chrysler Sebring convertible.
>Auditions for Frankfort Children Singers (FCS) will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 28 and 10 a.m. Aug. 30 at First Baptist Church, 201 St. Clair Street. In its 12th season, FCS includes two choirs — Prelude Singers for second and third graders; and Concert Singers for fourth through eighth graders. For more information call 502-875-3789 or 502-227-3748.
>Jack Twombly will be featured in a free concert at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 29 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. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be cancelled.
>VERSAILLES — The Civil War train will be at the Bluegrass Railroad Museum in Versailles for runs at 2 and 4 p.m. Aug. 30 and 31. Riders will be pulled behind the Leviathan, a working steam engine replica of the same type that pulled the Abraham Lincoln funeral train in 1865. Participants will walk through a Civil War camp and once aboard the train, will be part of an interactive event.
The Bluegrass Railroad Museum is a volunteer, non-profit organization. Tickets are $19 for children 2-12, $29 for adult coach and $35 for adult first class. A portion of the ticket price will be donated to the Lincoln Funeral Train project scheduled for 2015. Visit www.bluegrassrailroad.com for more details.
>Applications are being taken for the Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Frankfort program until Sept. 1. This is a program for those who have an interest in community affairs and a desire to expand and enhance their community knowledge.
For an application or more information, call 502-223-8261 or email the Chamber at email@example.com.
>The 2014 Kentucky Senior Games are planned for Sept. 2-7 at locations throughout Frankfort. For more information or for a registration form, visit http://kentuckyseniorgames.com. Volunteers are in great need to help with the Senior Games. To volunteer, go to www.unitedwayfranklincounty.org.
>LEXINGTON — The Black Jacket Symphony returns to the Lexington Opera House, 401 West Short St., to perform Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” at 8 p.m. Sept. 6.
The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience by recreating classic albums in a live performance setting complete with lighting and video production. A selected album is performed in its entirety by a group of musicians specifically selected for each album.
Following the album and a brief intermission, the Black Jacket Symphony returns to the stage to perform a collection of greatest hits by Fleetwood Mac.
Tickets are $35 and $30. For more information, visit www.blackjacketsymphony.com.
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.
>“Animal House” (Rated R) will show at 7:30 p.m. 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.
>“The Jersey Boys” (Rated R) will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28, 30 and 31. Tickets are $8. Four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey come together to form the iconic 1960s rock group “The Four Seasons.” Directed by Clint Eastwood.
>Country music singer Larry Gatlin will open the 2014-15 season at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5. The Grammy-Award winning singer, who gained fame as a member of The Gatlin Brothers and later became a successful solo artist, will bring his “countrypolitan” sound to the Grand.
In addition to his singing career, Gatlin has appeared on Broadway and hosts his own radio show. Tickets prices are $35, $30 and $20.
The following events and activities have been planned for the Thomas D. Clark Center for History, 100 Broadway St.
>Place Name Challengers is the genealogy topic at 6:30-7:30 p.m. tonight. Join staff members each Thursday evening at 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 502-564-1792, ext. 4460.
>At Family Fun Saturday, Spies and Disguise: Civil War Spies will be featured from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Kentucky Historical Society State Arsenal, 125 W. Main Street.
Participants will discover the perils of being a Civil War spy as they decode messages using ciphers employed during the war. For children ages five to 10 and their families. Come anytime between 1 and 4. Admission is free and separate from attending a KHS museum, which has paid admission. For more information call 502-564-1792.