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Arts and Entertainment

  • Bluegrass Festival begins Friday

    The 21st annual Bardstown Bluegrass Festival will feature a weekend of band performances and after-hours jam sessions at White Acres on Friday and Saturday.

    Organizer Pamela Waldridge said the festival is a family-oriented event with a clean atmosphere.

    “We always encourage everyone to bring their families, including their kids,” she said.

  • Enrollment open for Kentucky Music Week classes

    Kentucky Music Week is back for its 21st year in Bardstown, bringing the state’s traditional music to locals and visitors of the community.

    Considered the world’s largest weeklong dulcimer ‘camp’ for adults — with classes available in mountain and hammer dulcimer and a variety of other instruments — KMW offers a wide variety of music and craft-related instruction.

    KMW is scheduled for June 21-26 this year and longtime organizer Nancy Barker said the classes would be held at Bardstown Elementary and Middle Schools.

  • More than traditional music

    These last few days have seen locals and out-of-towners filling the halls and classrooms of Foster Heights Elementary, the host location of Kentucky Music Week this year.

    KMW is a nationally recognized music event that brings traditional music and more to locals and visitors of the community. The week consisted of daily classes with lessons in instruments ranging from the mountain dulcimer to bowed psalteries along with art, craft, dance and vocal classes.

  • Movies at the Market set for June 13

    In accordance with Friday the 13th, the upcoming Movies at the Market will play the classic horror film of the same name.

    This year’s Movies at the Market is scheduled for Friday, June 13, at the Bardstown Farmers Market. The event starts at 7 p.m., with the movie beginning at 8 p.m.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    Organizer John Gritton said the idea behind Movies at the Market began two years ago.

  • Nelson County filmmaker prepares to shoot remake of ‘Friday the 13th’

    Horror movies have always been a passion for John Gritton — it all started when he was 12 years old and saw the movie “Scream.”

    “‘Scream’ was a movie about movies and it was set in our reality,” Gritton said. “They talk about Freddy (Krueger), Michael Myers and Jason (Voorhees). So it was something completely different. So through that movie I grew to love all of the slashers of the ’80s. But it was absolutely ‘Scream’ that made me want to become a filmmaker.”

  • ‘The Old Winter’

    Looking back at the time he spent growing up on a farm in Bloomfield, John Coulter freely admits that he didn’t always appreciate it.

    “I didn’t like the hard work of it,” Coulter said. “I was living the normal life of every other kid my age and I wanted to sit in the house and watch TV, things like that. So when it came time to go out and go hay, it was kind of hard and I would complain a lot about it.”

    In hindsight, Coulter admits that growing up on a farm helped shaped who he has become today.

  • Biography of Gen. Hal Moore published

    Many Nelson Countians may not know that Hal Moore Parkway near My Old Kentucky Home State Park is named for the soldier played by Mel Gibson in the 2002 movie, “We Were Soldiers,” or that Moore is originally from Bardstown.

    Readers will, however, be able to learn more about the hometown hero now that a new biography about Moore has been published.

    Capt. Mike Guardia, an armor officer serving at Fort Bliss, near El Paso, Texas, is the author of “Hal Moore: A Soldier Once … and Always,” published this month by Casemate Books.

  • TLC program to feature Bardstown

    One of Bardstown’s most popular places to stop and eat some southern cooking is about to feed a much larger audience.

    TLC is coming to town to feature Mammy’s Kitchen and the Buttermilk Days Festival on The Fabulous Baker Brothers show.

    Christy Clark, the proprietor, will be cooking alongside several cameras in her kitchen on North Third Street this month. She said the show will do a segment on the Buttermilk Days Festival before featuring Clark at Mammy’s Kitchen.

  • Seamstresses work around the clock to create elaborate ‘Shrek’ costumes

    Creating costumes for “Shrek — The Musical” is not a simple task.

    Because people expect a certain look with Shrek, it’s all about finding fabric that’s as close as possible to the 2001 movie and the Broadway production, according to Tina Todd, director of costumes for the show.

    “I tried to find fabrics accessible to us,” she said while ironing a green costume for young Fiona — a few days before “Shrek — The Musical” opened — in the costume department at the Stephen Foster Drama Association.

  • Crafted Program seeks applicants

    The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications through Aug. 15 from craft and visual artists interested in participating in the Kentucky Crafted Program, the only state-supported marketing program for professional artists.

    The Kentucky Crafted Program is an adjudicated marketing assistance program for painters, photographers, printmakers and craftspeople.