It’s Bourbon National Heritage Month and the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival is being held in Bardstown, but right down the road in Bullitt County, Jim Beam Distillery celebrated Jim Beam’s 150th birthday Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse.
In recognition of the legendary bourbon distiller, seventh-generation Master Distiller Fred Noe and his son, Freddie Noe, commemorated this milestone birthday party with the unveiling of a life-size bronze statue of Jim Beam.
Sitting at an antique table adorned with a set of English dishes from the late 1800s, Bjoern Lorenzen is right at home. The 32-year resident of Bardstown opened his antique shop — Court Square Antiques — almost two years ago after having retired from clock making.
“I’ve always been interested in antiques,” Bjoern said of his motivation to open the shop.
And the business choice is appropriate as the German native is well versed in antiquities and the history behind them.
Moments before the final bell rang Wednesday, Allena Beeler finished up some last-minute details as she waited patiently for her students in the Bloomfield Elementary School parking lot.
Several other empty buses were parked next to Beeler, all with drivers ready to take students home.
A call then came in over the radio for Beeler — known as Ms. Allena to her students — letting her know that she would have to take a preschool student home, meaning she would have one additional stop on her route.
Phil Clayton has driven cattle across the Red Desert, herded buffalo in the Black Hills and robbed several trains (for charity) with his gang of pistoleros, but these days he mostly rides and shoots … balloons.
Clayton’s a member of the Kentucky Cowboy Mounted Shooters, who put on a display of gunplay and horsemanship for afternoon spectators last month at the Nelson County Fair.