Community Events

  • A decade of bourbon heritage

    Many factors contribute to bourbon’s current boom period, and educating the public on the distilling process and history of Kentucky’s signature spirit is perhaps one of the most important.

    Heaven Hill’s Bourbon Heritage Center took on a key role in that education upon its opening 10 years ago, serving as an entry point for tens of thousands of people who now consider themselves bourbon aficionados today.

  • Building to be celebrated for 100th anniversary

    The historic limestone and brick building at 90 Court Square will be heralded for its 100 years Sunday at an event hosted by the Fine Arts Bardstown Society.

    Currently serving as an art gallery, the building — built in 1914 — once served as the old Bardstown Post Office until its conversion to a public library in 1969.

    From 3 to 4 p.m., the community is invited inside the building, where former mayor and local historian Dixie Hibbs will share stories and history about the building and Bardstown in the 20th century.

  • Residents show support for libraries

    Citizens across Kentucky are being asked to show their support for Kentucky’s libraries by signing the Declaration for the Right to Libraries.

    The declaration, an initiative of the American Library Association, is designed to build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types — public, school, academic and special.

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear was the first to sign the Declaration, followed by First Lady Jane Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, and Madeline Abramson.

  • Nelson County Relay for Life kicks off Monday

    Relay for Life 2015 will kick off Monday with a meeting at Bardstown Middle School Library at 6:30 p.m.

    Teams who have participated in Relay previously as well as recently active teams and those interested in starting a new team are invited to attend.

    “We would love to see teams that have participated in the past come back and help us out again,” said Polly Hall, who has been involved with Relay for 15 years.

  • Homemakers work to educate the next generation of families

    Members of the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association gathered at the extension office Friday morning for their fourth annual Soup Day, which happened to coincide with Homemakers Association Week this year.

    Held the second week of October, the celebration is a way to recognize the more than 80 years of service, leadership and education offered through the organization.

  • PHOTOS: Bourbon Chase

    The 2014 Bourbon Chase rolled through Nelson County on Friday on its way through central Kentucky before finishing in Lexington Saturday. More than 300 teams of 12 runners braved the rainy conditions to run three relay shifts in the 36-leg, 200-mile overnight race throughout Kentucky’s Bourbon Country.

  • Bourbon Chase in Bardstown today

    The Bourbon Chase, an overnight 200-mile relay race through central Kentucky, winds its way through Bardstown and Nelson County Friday morning and afternoon.

    The race is run by teams of 12 runners with each runner tackling three legs along the path that begins at 8 a.m. at the Jim Beam distillery in Clermont and terminates at Triangle Park in downtown Lexington on Saturday evening. More adventurous teams may choose to go with six runners, with each individual running six legs. Legs average about 5 1/2 miles apiece.

  • Samples of more than 30 beers to be served at 2014 festival

    The Bardstown Craft Beer Festival has expanded its selection over last year and will feature nearly three-dozen craft beers this weekend.

    The festival, marking its second year, will be held from 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the Farmers Market pavilion. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door.

    Only 500 tickets will be sold and tickets are selling fast, said Nicholas Heaton, a member of the Next Generation Nelson County committee, which is under the Bardstown Main Street Program.

  • A pumpkin-picking tradition

    For more than two decades, Watson’s Pumpkin Patch has been a staple in the community, providing a yearly autumn tradition for families.

    And that tradition will continue this weekend with the annual Pumpkin Patch Festival, which will run from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    The festival kicked off last weekend with several families visiting the Bloomfield farm for a day of picking out unique pumpkins, hayrides, navigating the corn maze, games and bounce houses.

  • Area, out-of-state vendors to be featured at Arts, Crafts, Antiques Fair this weekend

    More than 200 local and out-of-state vendors will be showcased during the 34th annual Bardstown Arts, Crafts and Antiques Fair this weekend.

    Vendors will be spread throughout Fourth Street, Fifth Street, Flaget Avenue and Xavier Drive, all of which will be sectioned off for the weekend festival, which will run, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.