Frankfort & nearby
Today & Saturday
>Auditions for Frankfort Children Singers (FCS) will be held 6 p.m. today and 11 a.m. Saturday 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. 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.
>“Coralee and the Townies” and “The Twiggenburys” perform at 7 p.m. at the last concert of the Farmers Bank Summer Concert Series on the lawn of the Old Capitol.
>VERSAILLES — The Civil War train will be at the Bluegrass Railroad Museum in Versailles for runs at 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 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.
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 Monday. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
>Local hummingbird enthusiast Carroll Young will present a Hummingbird Migration Program from 10-11:15 a.m. Sept. 6 at Cove Spring Park. Carroll will share his knowledge and experience about these flying jewels including how to attract and help them as they prepare for their annual journey south.
The program, sponsored by the Frankfort Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites, is free and open to all ages. Meet at the picnic shelter at the main park, on the east side of U.S. 127 near the Thornhill Bypass.
For more information, call 502-875-8574.
>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.
Tickets are $35 and $30. For more information, visit www.blackjacketsymphony.com.
>Brandon Slone will speak to the Frankfort Civil War Roundtable on the Civil War records held by the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Paul Sawyier Library, 319 Wapping St.
These records are available for researchers and include Union enlistment documents; Union and Confederate pension application and Union unit histories. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information contact Charles Bogart at 502-227-2436.
>Two Loves and a River, written by Don Coffey and directed by Karen Hatter, will be performed 7 p.m. Sept. 11-14, 18-21 and 2 p.m. Sept. 15 and 22 at the Ward Oates Amphitheatre located at the end of Main Street, behind Liberty Hall. The play centers around artist Paul Sawyier’s life, his love of Mayme Bull and his art.
Tickets are $5 general admission, $3 for senior citizens and students. They are available at the Capital City Museum, 325 Ann St., Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites, Juniper Hill, and Farmers Bank East, West and Franklin Square locations.
>Open houses will be held 6-7 p.m. Sept. 12 and 19 at Liberty Hall Historic Sites during the run of Two Loves and a River. The first floor of Liberty Hall will be open for those attending the play at Ward Oates Amphitheater. Eight original Paul Sawyier paintings from the collections at Liberty Hall will be featured, including a painting that will be shown for the first time during the open house.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.libertyhall.org or call 502-227-2560.
>The Fall Arts Festival at Josephine Sculpture Park will be held 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 14. There will be art activities for all ages and abilities as well as live music throughout the day. Parking is $5 per vehicle. The park is located at 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd, just off I-64 and U.S. 127 South.
Volunteers are needed to assist with art activities, concessions and in the welcome tent. To volunteer, visit www.josephinesculpturepark.org or contact Elaine Johnson at email@example.com or 502-330-8402.
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.
>“The Jersey Boys” (Rated R) will be shown at 7:30 tonight, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $8.
>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.
>American Periodicals Series Database 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.
>Genealogy Tea & Sympathy will be 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Join the library staff for tea time to discuss genealogy issues and questions with the group. Even if the problem isn’t solved, there will be lots of tea and sympathy.
The session is free. Pre-register by calling the KHS Refdesk at 502-564-1792 ext. 4460 or emailing email@example.com.
>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 details call 502-564-1792.