Community Events

  • The importance of identification

    Following the 1996 abduction of Amber Hagerman, namesake of the AMBER Alert, child identification kits gained popularity. Kenny Hansmire, with the National Child Identification Program, said that in the late 1990s, about 800,000 children were reported missing and only about 2 percent of parents had readily available information to provide officers.

    “Can you imagine as a parent, your child missing, and you’re at home trying to find information to give police?” Hansmire said.

  • Fairfield Homecoming highlights local talents

    As the rain held off Saturday, the community of Fairfield gathered near City Hall to share conversation, food and talent.

    “I look forward to it every year,” said Jerry Livers, as he enjoyed the festivities of the annual Fairfield Homecoming.

    Livers, a lifetime Fairfield resident, debuted his puppet show as part of the homecoming entertainment lineup with the help of his granddaughter, Celine.

  • County to celebrate Stephen Foster, nation’s birthday

    The Stephen Foster Drama Association is throwing a birthday bash Saturday not only for America, but also for the organization’s namesake.

    The association will celebrate July 4 with a range of activities aimed at children and adults that will stretch into the evening hours and end with a fireworks display.

  • Juggernaut Jug Band makes first local appearance

    The Juggernaut Jug Band will be the featured performer Friday at this week’s Edward Jones Summer Band Concert Series, co-sponsored by the Stephen Foster Music Club and the Bardstown/Nelson County Parks & Recreation Department. The series, now in its 14th season of free, family oriented concerts, is held at Bardstown Community Park each Friday at 7 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

  • PHOTO: Concert series kicks off with 1964

    The 2015 Budweiser Live at the Park Concert Series kicked off Monday with seasoned vets to the amphitheater stage on the grounds of My Old Kentucky Home State Park.  “1964: The Tribute” entertained the crowd with A-sides and B-sides from the pre-Sergeant Pepper’s era of The Beatles, showing off their moptops, suits, and early 1960’s-style instruments. The show also included stage banter among the band members, adding a genuine touch to the re-creation of a 1964 fab four concert.


    Vacation Bible School

    Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Boston is hosting vacation Bible school July 6-9 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. This year’s theme is God’s Backyard Camp. All children, preschool through eighth grade, are invited.

    Community cleanup

  • Singing the moon up: Ritchie’s legacy lives on

    “Well, I ain’t got no money,

    not much of a home.

    I own my own land,

    but my land’s not my own.

    But, if I had ten million,

    somewhere thereabouts,

    I would buy Perry County

    and I’d run ‘em all out!”

    Jean Ritchie’s song “Black Waters” became a theme in Kentucky for condemning the effects of strip mining throughout the state.

  • Event brings dulcimer community closer

    Musicians from around the country gathered in Bardstown this past week for the 2015 Kentucky Music Week festival.

    While considered a weeklong dulcimer camp, KMW offers over 150 music and craft classes.

    “This has more variety of instruments taught than any other camp that I teach at,” said Lorinda Jones, a KMW instructor.

    Jones got her start with KMW in the 1990s as a student looking to learn more about the dulcimer.

  • Stephen Foster to offer Kentucky Night Sunday for state residents

    On Sunday, Kentucky residents will have the chance to see “The Stephen Foster Story” at a discounted price.

    The event is offered by The Stephen Foster Drama Association and discount admission for Kentucky residents is $10 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 12. Children under 5 will be admitted free of charge.

    The performance begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are available at the box office by calling 1-800-626-1563. More information on shows and other events for the 2015 season can be found online at www.stephenfoster.com.

  • HeartChase uses game to fight killer disease

    This weekend, Nelson County residents will have the opportunity to raise money to help prevent the nation’s most deadly disease all while playing a simple game.

    On Saturday morning, Bardstown will host the HeartChase fundraiser for the fourth year to help raise money for the American Heart Association.

    Registration for the game begins 8:30 a.m. and the game lasts from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Spalding Hall. Players must be registered into two- to five-member teams. Players can also register online at www.heartchase.org.