Arts and Entertainment

  • Area middle-schoolers take part in Honors Band event

    After a day of auditions at John Hardin High School earlier in the year, two Nelson County students were chosen to participate in the Middle-School All-District Honors Band Feb. 25.

    The event, held at Campbellsville University, brought together dozens of some of the state’s most talented school musicians.

    “There were a lot of schools” represented, said Rhianna Cranmer, an eighth-grader at Boston School.

  • Today is deadline for Beautiful Dreamer Ball reservations

    Community members are invited to support the arts Saturday evening at the annual Beautiful Dreamer Ball, but there are just a few spots left.


    The event includes dinner, dancing, trivia and a silent auction while support the Stephen Foster Drama Association.


    “The theme is ‘Castaway,’ so we will all be stranded on a deserted island with no choice but to have a great time all night,” said SFDA Artistic Director Johnny Warren.


  • Local trivia night raises nearly $3,000 for film project

    A trivia night Friday at the American Legion Post 121 raised nearly $3,000 to support funding for a film about Fire Base Tomahawk and the Charlie Battery unit attacked in Vietnam. Several local men, including Mike Simpson, were involved in the unit.

    Simpson's grandson, Gilly Simpson III, a Louisville high school senior, has been working to raise money to fund a short film. The short could later be used to promote funding for a full-length feature.

  • Bourbon-themed art exhibit at Gallery on the Square

    Over the past week, three representatives from local distilleries have stepped into the Gallery on the Square, not only to admire its latest exhibit, but also to judge it.

    “I just love all the vibrant colors,” said Britt Chavanne of Willett Distillery, as she viewed the exhibit Friday morning.

    Chavanne, who wears many hats for Willet Distillery, had never judged an art show before, but was excited for the opportunity.

    “I was very grateful to be considered for it,” she said.

  • Praise in the Park

    Breaking the Cycle Ministries hosted a Praise in the Park music event Saturday afternoon in Bardstown. The event was held at the pavilion at Jones Avenue Park, near the city's recreation department. Praise in the Park saw performances from artists Mistah Hope, The Greens and local high school student Whisper Hays. Each of the performances focused on a central theme of praising God and stopping hate and violence.

  • The Vinyl Kings will have you rockin’ to the oldies

    The Vinyl Kings will be featured at this week’s edition of the Summer Band Concert Series, cosponsored by the Stephen Foster Music Club and the Bardstown Parks and Recreation Department. The series, now in its 15th season of free, family-oriented concerts, is held at Bardstown Community Park each Friday at 7 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

  • People & Places: Cherrywood Drive

    A performance by Cherrywood Drive is comparable to channel surfing — something a little different each time. The up-and-coming Bardstown band, comprising three local high school students, does not limit itself to a single genre, but rather plays a mix.

    “We pretty much play anything from Johnny Cash to Metallica,” said Landon Helton, lead guitarist.

    Influenced by various artists in the country and rock genres, as well as other performers, Helton said each member contributes their own style.

  • A Bardstown Saturday night

    North Third Street was packed Saturday as the 2016 Bourbon City Street Concert brought in a huge crowd.

    “It was probably the largest crowd we’ve ever had down there,” said Lisanna Byrd, executive director of the Bardstown Main Street Program.

    The free and open concert started about 13 years ago and has featured performances by locals and out-of-towners. This year’s performance was a first in Kentucky for Glen Templeton, who headlined the show.

  • Four area music groups coming together to present concert

    Four local youth music groups will present a joint concert as they prepare for competition in the Fourth District Performance Assessment, an event set for later this month and sponsored by the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

    The program is being presented as a celebration of “Music In Our Schools” as part of the Stephen Foster Music Club’s 2015-16 winter concert series.

    The free concert will be Monday, March 21, at 7 p.m. at Parkway Baptist Church on Springfield Road.

  • 'A Natural Muse'

    When Isaac Wolfe Bernheim purchased the property now called the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, he had a vision that those who attended could connect to both art and nature.

    It’s an idea he wrote in a letter in 1929, which is read annually to the forest’s board of trustees.

    “I think he originally wanted a museum,” said Martha Slaughter, visual arts curator. “That museum has turned out to be a museum of nature.”