Community Events

  • Program prepares to distribute gifts

    The Angel Tree program is winding down for the holiday season and is gearing up to distribute gifts to several families in the area.

    Several volunteers spent Wednesday afternoon sorting through gifts.

    “It’s been chaotic, but it’s been a lot of fun,” said Tina Plowman, coordinator of Nelson County Community Action.


    The winners of the 2014 Bardstown Christmas Parade were First Place Business and Best Overall - ORBIS, and Second Place Business - Nelson County Beekeepers, First Place Nonprofit - Cub Scouts Pack 142, and Second Place Nonprofit - Nelson County FFA.

  • Tour showcases an array of decorations, homes

    It took approximately two weeks for Lynell and Dan Ginter to decorate their business, Beautiful Dreamer Bed & Breakfast, for this year’s annual Christmas Tour of Homes.

    Lynell said she didn’t mind spending that amount of time sprucing up her business for the holidays, as Saturday was the third time the couple have participated in the home tours event.

    “Why else would you have a house if you’re not going to share it?” Lynell said.

  • Community asked to show Christmas spirit by decorating

    Bardstown officials are encouraging the community — particularly the downtown area — to help bring back an old-fashioned Christmas this year by decorating their homes in the spirit of the holidays.

    Kim Huston, president of the Nelson County Economic Development Agency, said a travel writer had visited Bardstown last year and described the location as a “postcard-perfect Christmas town.”

  • Students perform fall concert at Thomas Nelson High School

    Students filled the room with music Tuesday night during the fall concert for the Southwestern Nelson County Performing Arts Department, held at Thomas Nelson High School.

    The concert saw performances from three groups — Thomas Nelson High School Band, Thomas Nelson Big Band and the middle school band comprised of New Haven and Boston students.

    The groups performed challenging music that included holiday and patriotic selections.

  • Nelson County High School cast performing ‘White Christmas’

    UPDATE: The Sunday performance of "White Christmas" has been changed to 7:30 p.m. There will not be a 2 p.m. showing on Sunday. 

    The Nelson County High School Drama will bring a holiday classic to life this weekend with their production of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.”

  • Civil War re-enactors celebrate Christmas in Bardstown

    While the weekend saw visits from Santa and candlelight tours at Maker’s Mark, a group of history lovers gathered at the Old Bardstown Village for the “Civil War Christmas.”

    Presented by the village and the Civil War Museum, the event brought out members of the “Nelson Grays” — a family-oriented group based in Central Kentucky.

    The re-enactors portray Company B of the original 5th Kentucky Infantry that fought as part of the Confederate “Orphans Brigade” in the War Between the States.

  • Portion of adoption fees to go to family

    Throughout December, Barktown Rescue will donate a portion of its adoption fees to a family whose toddler is battling cancer.

    Half of all adoption fees will be donated to the Larimore family, whose 2-year-old son, Oakley, was recently diagnosed with pre-B (ALL) acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Barktown Rescue has already raised $450 after completing six adoptions, Suzanne Bridwell, president, said Monday.

    The Larimore family is also trying to raise $5,000 for Oakley’s medical bills on youcaring.com, a crowd-funding website.

  • Christmas parade marches on

    The Bardstown Christmas Parade made its way down North Third Street Thursday night in downtown Bardstown. The ORBIS Materials Handling, Inc., float was named the overall Snowball winner. ORBIS also won first place in the business division. The Nelson County Beekeepers won second place in the business division for its float. Cub Scouts 142’s float won first place in the non-profit division. Nelson County FFA won second place. Find more photos from the 2014 Bardstown Christmas Parade here.

  • Bell ringers needed this holiday season

    For many, the holiday season serves as a time of giving and sharing. The Salvation Army hopes that the community will think charitably over the next few weeks when out shopping so that they, too, can help those less fortunate.

    The red kettles — synonymous with the Salvation Army’s name — serve as just one way for people to give back during the holidays. But Anita Westrup, chairperson of the kettle fundraiser, said bell ringers — who operate the kettles — are in short supply.