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Summer Camps Flourish in Louisville

Planning things to do for and with the kids this summer? Why not try something new, you know how easily bored they are, especially the teen-agers. Load the family in the car and take off for a 4-day theater experience they won’t soon forget.  The Conrad Caldwell House in Old Louisville is hosting a 4-day “Mystery At The Mansion Camp”  for teens this summer.  Make reservations at a near-by Bed and Breakfast for wonderful accommodations, including breakfast each day, and enjoy the experience with them.  So much fun for all!

Mystery at the Mansion camp
June 23-27 2014 9:00 am-12:30 pm (for 7th-12th graders)
At the Conrad-Caldwell House in Old Louisville
“Perform a classic whodunit mystery in an actual mansion. Come create a murder with us!”

SUMMER CAMPS“Time is running out to sign your kids up for this years Mystery at the Mansion camp by Drama by George! A great time was had by all last year- so don’t miss out on the fun! Save some too when you use the discount code: summer20camp.” (excerpted from conrad Caldwell ad). Register here

All-New Mystery for 2014! Heiress Danielle Harcourt has it all: Brains, beauty,and rich parents. But her good fortune comes with a price- namely, murder. During this unique camp you’ll rehearse and perform a classic “whodunit” mystery in an actual mansion. Come solve a murder with us! www.dramabygeorge.com/register

Mystery at the Mansion is only one of the exciting summer camps planned for this year by Drama By George, an organization, originated and run bt George Halitzka, a dedicated director, playwright, and teacher. His organization of teachers, actors, work with kids of all ages, specializing and utilizing the following to create the potential for character transformation through our relationships, workshops, and performances.

“Their programs, such as after-school drama clubs, don’t just teach theatre–they also strive to instill character values like self-confidence, teamwork, and self-discipline. Many of our plays focus on additional character themes such as bullying prevention, responsibility, friendship, and compassion.” (excerpt from article on Drama By George website.)

Performance-tested scripts perfect for theatres, schools, and churches.
Drama Workshops for Schools: All of our workshops incorporate KY and IN standards in the Arts and Humanities.
Dramatic assembly programs for schools, featuring costumed superheroes
Opportunities to: Perform in a play, make a movie, learn comedy improv, or create a murder mystery.

Check out the various camps available for kids and teens this summer during the months of June and July

Nancy Hinchliff, Writer/Innkeeper

In the Fall of the Year 2013

Changing Leaves

     Fall is a great time to jump in the car with the kids and head for our beautiful state. October is the most colorful month of the year in Kentucky. The state parks are either at peak color or soon will be. Although the Oak trees are still green, a variety of trees, from Dogwood to Sourwood and Blackgum to Maples and Hickories, among others, are in full color. Trees are showing off their glorious reds, yellows and oranges all along the countryside. And hopefully there will be some color throughout the remainder of the month.

But before you think about October, fall leaves, and the St James Art Show, we’ve got another event up our sleeves that we know you will absolutely enjoy. And all you’ll have to do is sit there and laugh. Of course, you’ll have to take a short drive to Louisville and stay in one of out fantastic bed and breakfasts.   If you come, you can be assured your evenings can be filled with scrumptious cuisine at one of Louisville’s fine local restaurants and, after dinner, you can enjoy the best theater you’ll find anywhere.

Actor’s theater

Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 50th Anniversary Season kicks-off September 3 with the hilarious comedy Noises Offone of the funniest plays ever written about the theater. You can find all the details on the season here.

hilarious comedic play

[Noises Off is] directed by Associate Artistic Director Meredith McDonough [and tells the story of] a troupe of manic misfits [who] unite to perform Nothing On, a sex farce stuffed with entrances and exits, mistaken identities, sardines and slamming doors—but the drama backstage is even more entertaining than the comedy on.  Noises Off, one of the funniest plays ever written about the theatre, brings the actor front and center for an evening of hilarity and impeccable timing (Michael Frayn).

Audience Advisory: Adult language and content.
Age Recommendation: Ages 15+
See more…..

Behind-the-scenes tech event-August 31

Enjoy delicious appetizers from Orange Clover Kitchen & More as you hear from Director and Associate Artistic Director Meredith McDonough speak about the rehearsal process and offer some insight on Noises Off. After this light reception, you’ll be invited into the theatre to watch part of a technical rehearsal for the show. It’s your chance to get a sneak peek at the production and catch a glimpse of what goes on during the rehearsal process! This event is free but ticketed. For more information, contact the Box Office at 502-584-1205. See more …..

50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON AT ACTOR’S

Noises Off  Sep 3 & 4
Dracula  Sep 14 & 15
The Mountaintop  Oct 8, 9 & 10
Tom Jones  Nov 12 & 13   Extra Seat Passes Only
A Christmas Carol  Nov 26, 27 & 29
The Pirates of Penzance  Jan 7 & 8   Extra Seats Passes Only
Our Town  Jan 21 & 22
38th Humana Festival of New American Plays  TBA

Nancy Hinchliff, freelance writer/innkeeper

A hot Musical Summer: Louisville, 2013

This summer is going to be fantastic musically for Louisville. We are hosting a variety of awesome entertainers from One Direction to Bruno Mars to Mary J. Blige. There will be something for everyone, no matter the genre.

Concerts will be held in several different locations, all within a short distance from our wonderful bed and breakfasts. Tickets will probably go fast, so make your plans early. I’ve listed links to some of the concerts below and you can book wonderful rooms for a night or two at your favorite BnB at: www.louisvillebedandbreakfast.org.

Hope to see you there…..Nancy Hinchliff, freelance writer and innkeeper

 

Above: Mary J Blige, Keith Urban, and One Direction   

Hottest Tickets

Jun 2 – Ice Cube

9:00 PM Headliner’s Music Hall

Jun 16 One Direction with 5 Seconds of Summer
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May 25 Hollywood Undead
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Aug 18 Bruno Mars – The Moonshine Jungle World Tour
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Dec 15 2020-experience-world-tour-justin-timberlake-
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May 28 Daryl Hall & John Oates
Louisville Palace Find tickets
Sep 13 The National
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Jun 14 Mary J. Blige
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Dec 8 Keith Urban
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Festivals in Kentucky during the months of September and October

The following post is part of a series of things to do in and around Louisville during the months of September and October. All of my suggestions center on fun day trips to sites within an hour or so from Louisville so that booking accommodations in one of our Louisville Bed and Breakfasts is the best option. Our Inns are comfortable, reasonable, and you will be sure to have a wonderful breakfast. Check out the Inn of your choice and call for reservations. (Nancy Hinchliff, Innkeeper/free lance writer)

There is always something for visitors to do when they come to Kentucky, all year around and especially in the Fall. The weather usually continues to be warm right into October and visitors are still privvy to the scenic Kentucky countryside, our small villages and towns, and the city with all it’s interesting attractions and events. Most people like outdoor festivals and even more so when they are on a get-away and have time to enjoy them.

I have described in depth a few of my September and October favorites and then listed more at the bottom of the page with links. The first few mentioned are either in Louisville or close by.

MainStrasse Village OctoberFest in Covington, KY, Sept 9, 10 & 11, 2011

Celebrate fall with great German and American food, arts and crafts, entertainment, a Kinderplatz for young children and an Amusement Midway for the young at heart. Located in an historic neighborhood in downtown Covington, Kentucky, Oktoberfest fills 6 blocks with fun and entertainment for the entire family. Named as one of Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Festivals for September 2011, one of the Top Ten 2011 Events in Kentucky and one of Kentucky Tourism’s Top Ten 2010 Fall Festivals, MainStrasse “invites families and travelers from throughout the Midwest to join with local crowds in enjoying this festival. A great mix of German and international foods, music and arts and crafts attracts approximately 125,000 people to this popular festival in historic MainStrasse Village”, Covington, Kentucky. FRI. 5 p.m.-11:30 p.m, SAT. noon –11:30 p.m, and SUN.noon – 9:00 p.m. For directions and info, call: 859-491-0458 View MainStrasse Upcoming Events

Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Bardstown, Sept 13-18th

Bardstown, Ky is hosting a 6-day Kentucky Bourbon Festival, with the best Bourbon you can find, , delicious food, great entertainment and, of course, Kentucky hospitality. “From black tie galas to historical tours, there is something for all ages and interests. It’s a wonderful six-day event full of activities for the whole family.” If you go to Bardstown, again only an hour away from Louisville and east on I-64, you will find “…shops, fine restaurants, trains, museums and of course the distilleries that have made Bardstown famous the whole world over.” For a list of participating distilleries, click here. For info and directions, call 1-8oo-638-4877

Vine Grove Bluegrass Music Festival, Sept 22, 23, & 24

During the 4th weekend in September, in Vine Grove, the Blue Grass Music festival will be underway with three nights of continuous Kentucky-style music. Six fantastic Bluegrass bands will take to the open air stage and play to an excited audience of Blue Grass enthusiasts seated in bring-you-own lawn chairs under what they hope will be a clear sky. It begins on Thursday night at 6:00 PM and goes on through Friday night at 5:00 PM, and Saturday at 11:30 AM. Advanced 3 day ticket purchase is $40. Regular admission is Thursday $15, regular admission Friday & Saturday (Each day) $20. Tickets can be purchased at any Cecilian Bank location beginning August 1st. Admission is free for children 12 and under if they are accompanied by an adult. Tickets can also be ordered. Vine Grove is approximately one hour from Louisville. For more information and to learn about the featured bands and camping visit www.vinegrovebluegrass.com or call 270-877-5636.

Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art, Madison, Indiana, Sept 24 and 25, 10-5 pm

The Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art welcomes artisans from across the nation and features artwork that is handmade and individually designed by the artist. Come and see fine selections of paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, weaving, folk art, jewelry, fiber, wood, baskets, clay, glass, paper, leather and wearable art. I’ve been to this festival and it is amazing. One thing I enjoyed a lot were the musicians who played every kind of instrument from Dulcimer to Banjo…charming! The small town of Madison, situated on the other side of the Ohio River from and close to Louisville , is magical place…so many antique shops, gift shops, and historic sites. You can also visit their winery, vineyards, and wild life refuge. For info and directions, call 800-559-2956.

Glendale Crossing Festival, Oct 15, 8-5 pm

I absolutely love Glendale. It’s a charming small country village with a couple of restaurants, a few antique and gift shops, a post office, and original railroad tracks running right through the middle of it. For the past 33 years, they have held their annual Crossing Festival on the third Saturday in October. And it’s barely an hour from Louisville right down I-65 south. With hundreds of booths featuring food, crafts, antiques and more, the Glendale Crossing Festival is a shoppers paradise. Be certain to mark this on your “don’t miss” list for 2011. There’s even a parade!For info and directions, call 270-369-6188

1. Auburn Autumn Days
Description: During the second weekend in September you will find Auburn transformed in a magical fall festival complete with crafts, food vendors and entertainment for all ages.
Location: Auburn, KY (Logan County)
Dates: 09/10/2011 – 09/11/2011
2. Casey County Apple Festival
Description: Worlds Largest Apple Pie, Carnival, Music, Parade, Special Events, Craft Boothes, Flea Market, and Food. Carnival on site. Cookie and pizza made in Apple Pie pan, all served free to public, Apple pie served on Saturday at Noon.
Location: Liberty, KY (Casey County)
Dates: 09/23/2011 – 09/25/2011
Info: E-mail Hometown
3. Fall Heritage Festival
Description: Fall Heritage Festival-Hall Road off HWY S. 55 live music, arts and crafts, pony rides, large quilt exhibit, hay rides, farm animals, face painting, hay maze, barrel train rides, food booths, antique farm equipment, water ram pump
Location: Campbellsville, KY (Taylor County)
Date: 09/10/2011
Info: E-mail Hometown
4. Garrard County International Festival
Description: Garrard County International Festival, food vendors, merchandise vendors, exhibitors, Entertainment,Tiny Tot and Mister and Miss Contest, Talent Show and Car Show.
Location: Lancaster, KY (Garrard County)
Date: 09/17/2011
Info: E-mail Hometown
5. KY Mule & Donkey Association State Championship Show
Description: A two day long event celebrating mules and donkey of all sorts .Featuring gaited walking mules to western quarter type mules to the adoreable mini-donkeys . A family oriented association invites everyone to the two day festival
Location: Liberty, KY (Casey County)
Dates: 09/16/2011 – 09/17/2011
Info: E-mail Hometown
6. Lawrence County Septemberfest
Description: Lawrence County September Fest – “Best Little Festival in Kentucky” This event is held annually, the first weekend after Labor Day. Events this year includes arts & crafts, food concessions, parade, car show, beauty pageant, 5K/10K run/walk, free music sh
Location: Louisa, KY (Lawrence County)
Dates: 09/09/2011 – 09/11/2011
Info: Link E-mail Hometown
7. Lloyd Memorial Athletic Department Craft Show and Vendor Extravaganza
Description: All indoor Show with crafters/vendors from the tri-state area. Family Friendly with live music, raffle and concessions. Event lasts from 9:00-4:00. Admission is $3 and Children are free. All proceeds from the Show go to benefit the Lloyd Memorial High Sch
Location: Erlanger, KY (Kenton County)
Date: 09/17/2011
Info: E-mail
8. Neon Area Days
Description: Kentucky’s only festival with two lanes of traffic running through the middle of it! Great music, Crafts, Games and the best food around, focusing on seeing family and friends as our main attraction
Location: Neon, KY (Letcher County)
Dates: 09/09/2011 – 09/10/2011
Info: E-mail
9. Salvisa Ruritan Country Days
Description: Pageants – open to KY youth Contests: Cake; Photo; Tournament: Corn Hole; 3 on 3 Basketball: Friday night Cruise-in 6 p.m. with LIVE music by the “non-Filters”. Saturday: Jordan Leigh in concert 1 to 3 p.m.; SHOWDOWN band 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: Salvisa, KY (Mercer County)
Dates: 09/16/2011 – 09/17/2011
Info: E-mail
10. Saturday In Carlisle
Description: Come and Enjoy a day in Carlisle. Crafts, music, games and plenty of good food.
Location: Carlisle, KY (Nicholas County)
Date: 09/24/2011
Info: E-mail Hometown

Before they go back to school: Come to the Kentucky State fair

by Nancy Hinchliff, Innkeeper and free-lance writer

OK, so you can’t afford that trip to Disneylandor to some other exotic location. You and your kids can still have fun camping in the woods or even in the backyard, or maybe go visit grandma. The goal is to get away together. Throughout the summer, cities typically have lots of special events happening and Louisville is no exception. A perfect combination of all things good and fun for everyone is the Kentucky State Fair. And, this year, it will be bigger and better than ever.

Since 1902, Louisville has hosted Kentucky’s State Fair. The Fair is obviously known for its tradition in agriculture Photo - Kentucky State Fair Cafeand food. This year it will not disappoint you. Among other delicacies, you’ll find elephant ears, funnel cake, corndogs, polish sausage, pineapple whip, lemon-slushies, roasted corn, BBQ and Krispy Kreme donut burgers! Everywhere you look, there’s another food booth or cafe. The kids will love the cotton candy, delicious hot dogs, and ice cream.

Thousands of awards will be given in categories such as fine arts, crafts, agriculture, and live stock. One category still popular in today’s modern culture is “housewifery”. The competition judges everything home-made from Textiles to Cherry Pie. But the largest entry department is still agriculturally-based, an acknowledgment to Kentucky’s largest industry and history.

Live stock

The live stock exhibitions and competitions range from Rooster Crowing contests to Blue Ribbon contests for cattle, goats, horses sheep and pigs, as well as exhibits of poultry, pigeons, and rabbits. An assortment of dogs will show off their special tricks and Border Collies will demonstrate the technique of herding. There is also a Discovery Farm where the kids can pick up and cuddle the baby animals. And, if you love horses, there’s a World Championship horse show

4-H and FFA

Cloverville is a village set up to allow 4-H participants to display their skills and compete for champion honors in entomology, geology, forestry, electric, foods, horticulture, woodworking, clothing, knitting and crocheting, home environment, consumer science management, technology, country hams and photography. Check out the diversity of skills that are developed and offered through 4-H programming across the state. The West Hall is also home to the Kentucky FFA (Future Farmers of America) exhibits showcasing the best among youth in agriculture, including products such as tobacco, hay, corn, floral arrangements, mechanics and woodworking.

During the Sale of Champions, eight 4-H and FFA exhibitors sell their champion livestock to hometown and national supporters. The animals represent the Grand and Reserve Grand Champions in each of their respective species as selected during the Fair’s livestock show. The Kentucky State Fair features one of the most esteemed livestock shows in the nation and winning a class is highly coveted.

The Thrillway

One area popular with the kids is the Thrillway, with all its many exciting rides. Tickets may be purchased ahead of time

Main Stage Concerts

Tickets for the Kentucky State Fair Main Stage Series events will be available at Kentucky Exposition Center Ticket Office, KFC YUM! Center Ticket Office, Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) Ticket Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Out of town visitors may purchase tickets through Ticketmaster. Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster are subject to a convenience charge. There is no service charge at the KEC or KICC Ticket Offices. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. For accessible seating, call (502) 367-5144 or (800) 231-8085. Other artists include Def Leppard, Jason Aldean, and Maroon 5 and Train.

Free Concerts

Many concerts are free with paid admission to the Fair. All shows begin at 8 p.m. (expect August 26) in the original Cardinal Stadium at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Gates open at approximately 6:30 p.m.Some of the musical artists include Ted Nugent, Boys II Men and the Oak Ridge Boys.

Food and Music

Many of the dining areas combine music with their special food offerings…a nice combination where you’re, tired, hungry, and just want to relax. You’ll find a variety of foods that will interest the whole family, from hamburgers to Bar-B-Q to salads and desserts.

Accommodations

Be sure to check out our bed and breakfasts on line for availability. Many of them are within 5-10 minutes from the fairgrounds, some are offering special “Kentucky State Fair” rates, and all of them are reasonable and comfortable…..See you at the Fair!

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One way to take a family vacation in a sagging economy

by Nancy Hinchliff, Innkeeper and free-lance writer

This year, all of us are going to have to come up with some creative ideas for summer travel. The economy is still in a slump, but the kids are out of school, they’ve worked hard all year and, hopefully have gotten passing grades! They really deserve a break. One of the most painless ways for folks to take the kids along on vacation is to take a car trip. You can stop along the way, they sleep in the back seat, play video games, and listen to music with ear-phones on. They can eat snacks and drink beverages in the car and even take fido along. Most dogs love to travel with the family. And, it’s a lot cheaper than air flight.

There are many cities in the US that make good central locations for a week-end or week-long getaway and Louisville, Kentucky is one of them. The choices in accommodations are better than ever. You can spend the day in a nearby state park offering a beautiful woodland setting, or on a farm, or spulunking at Mammoth Cave. All are great places for kids. Worn out from sight-seeing but happy, you can return to your central location in Louisville and relax in one of Louisville’s beautiful bed and breakfasts.

Bed and Breakfasts are ideal for combining what a city has to offer with the surrounding area. You can situate yourself in a beautiful Inn for a week and take day trips to small villages, farms, lake, beaches or whatever you like. A city like Louisville, in Kentucky, is perfect. It has all of the above, plus outstanding restaurants, museums, theater and many attractions. There are a whole host of events and festivals going on all summer, from the Shakespeare Festivals in Old Louisville’s Central Park to My Old Kentucky home pageants to the Kentucky State Fair.

Another advantage to staying in Louisville is that it is very accessible from many other states; such as Illinois Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Iowa and Arkansas, etc. The interstate highway system is amazing and easily leads right into downtown Louisville. Another advantage is that Louisville has approximately 18-20 amazing bed and breakfasts, most centrally located.