Community Events

  • Poster unveiled for 2015 Bourbon Festival

    The official poster for the 2015 Kentucky Bourbon Festival has been unveiled.

    The poster, which was officially released to the public Saturday night, features a glass of bourbon with a portion of a lipstick stain at the top of the glass, as well as the phrase “Kentucky’s one true love,” on the middle of the poster.

    At the bottom of the poster is the sentence, “A celebration of Kentucky’s original love affair. September 15-20, 2015 in Bardstown, the Bourbon Capital of the World.”

  • Scavenger hunt going until Saturday

    Those interested in participating in the second annual Bourbon Clues Scavenger Hunt will have plenty of opportunities through Saturday.

    The scavenger hunt, which began Tuesday, will end Saturday. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

    Samantha Brady, director of downtown development and the MainStreet program, said the event is a way for people to learn about downtown, as well as an opportunity to do some shopping.

    “It’s driven for tourists, but we found out that locals love it,” Brady said.

  • Bethlehem High School presents "The Diviners"
  • This year’s Grain Threshin’ to commemorate Durbin

    There will be vintage farm equipment as before, country cooking, farm toy displays and, of course, demonstrations of grain threshing at the Durbin Family Farm, but the patriarch won’t be there.

    Walter “Buck” Durbin, whose farm has hosted the Ol’ Fashioned Grain Threshin’ for many years, passed away in March.

    “It’ll be a sad but special day,” said Lisa Barnes.

    She said this year’s event will be a tribute to her father.

  • All aglow
  • Downtown Bardstown gets in the bourbon spirit

    Throughout the week, people may have noticed a common theme between several downtown Bardstown businesses.

    In preparation for the 2014 Kentucky Bourbon Festival, 12 downtown businesses prepared bourbon displays, each with different themes, in a competition to win a barrelhead for best window display.

    The Jim Beam display at At Mary’s was named the best window display for this year’s festival. The display had a theme of clocks.

  • Women & Whiskey

    In the 1660s, women who made Scotch whisky could be tried as witches, and in Ireland at that time, women distillers hid in the hills to elude authorities who considered it an insult to their manhood for lady bootleggers to ply their trade.

    Before the Civil War, it was prostitutes in America who dominated the sale of liquor, and in the 1930s, bootleggers like Cleo Lythgoe, who supplied customers ranging from Al Capone to, allegedly, one of the Kennedys, were famous — or infamous.

  • History ... with a twang

    The 2014 Kentucky Bourbon Festival kicked off with a look back at the history of bourbon with a unique Kentucky taste.

    The Evolution of Bourbon Through Bluegrass Music Tuesday combined facts, music and sipping to illustrate the journey of Kentucky’s native spirit from its humble beginnings as corn whiskey in the 1700s to the drink that is the toast of the globe today.

    “It really takes you back in time where you taste history,” said Bernie Lubbers, who played guitar and developed the show with his buddy, noted bluegrass musician Hickory Vaught.

  • Small town, big heart

    Despite a chilly morning start, the Rolling Fork Iron Horse Festival rolled for another successful year as hundreds of local residents and visitors crowded the streets of New Haven for the annual event.

    Following an early-morning 5K, the festival began Saturday with its opening ceremonies in which the town dedicated the festival to the late Mayor Bobby Johnson.

  • ‘Liquid Gold’ exhibit opens during Bourbon Festival

    “Liquid Gold: The Arts of Bourbon” is a new exhibit that opened Tuesday at the Fine Arts Bardstown Society (FABS) gallery on Court Square — just in time for the start of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival.

    The gallery will be open through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 6. There will be a reception and fundraiser — Fine Arts and Bourbon Sipping (FABS) Thursday from 5 to 7 to introduce the community and out-of-town visitors to the gallery and the exhibit.

    Admission to the reception is $35 per person.