Community Events

  • COMMUNITY NOTES: Sept. 17, 2017

    Nelson County NAACP
    The Nelson County Branch of NAACP will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at the Roy Henry Education Center, (campus of the First Baptist Church), 315 N. Second St., in Bardstown. All committee chairpersons and Executive Committee members will meet before the regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the same location to review plans for the State Convention.

    Nelson County Fiscal Court
    Nelson County Fiscal Court will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19.

  • All-Star Sampler gets visitors in the Bourbon Festival mood

    While not technically the opening event, Wednesday night’s Kentucky Bourbon All-Star Sampler tends to be the first major event that really gets visitors in that Kentucky Bourbon Festival mood.

    St. Louis native Bud Waters is a big fan of bourbon and was making his first trip to KBF, joining friends from Bullitt County who had been telling him about the festival for years, imploring him to visit.

  • Bourbon Compass celebrates the addition of five new distilleries

    Bourbon is growing rapidly, and that was evident Wednesday when five distilleries were added to the Bourbon Compass in front of the Welcome Center during a ceremony celebrating the new additions.

    Two of them are in Bardstown — Preservation Distillery near New Haven Road and the Bluegrass Parkway, and Lux Row Distillers on John Rowan Boulevard. The others are Rabbit Hole Distillers in Louisville, Jeptha Creed Distillery in Shelbyville and Castle & Key Distillery in Frankfort.

  • PHOTOS: 'Speakeasy Bourbon Style'

    Bardstown for the Arts/The Gallery and Heaven Hill presented "Speakeasy Bourbon Style," an original play by Toni Wiley Wednesday and Thursday at the art gallery on Court Square.  Wiley was announced last year as the gallery's playwright in residence.

  • Iron Horse Festival now and then

    The afternoon sunlight glinted off the chrome of the motorcycles lined up in front of the Long Branch as the bikers swapped stories. Across the street, Stephanie Mahoney and Dana Mattingly sat on the sidewalk with their kids, waiting for the start of the Iron Horse Parade.

    In another time, they would have been serving the thirsty bikers.

    Mahoney and Mattingly worked together at the Long Branch 12 years ago, and remember what the Iron Horse Festival was like in those days.

  • Having a blast

    The 2017 Balloon Glow hit a snag as winds picked up and prevented teams from inflating their envelopes for guests Monday night. But, despite no “balloons” for the Balloon Glow, teams and families made the most of the venue, brought out their baskets and ignited burners.

    “We’re doing what’s called a ‘Texas Glow,’” said Bill Smith, adding it’s often too windy in Texas to inflate balloons. Smith, of Simpsonville, was one of the pilots at Monday’s event, the kickoff for the Kentucky Bourbon Festival.

  • Kentucky Bourbon Festival mixes it up for 2017

    Friday was frenetic for Jill Hawkins and her staff at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival Office in the Welcome Center.

    Among the many calls that came in were from two people who were fleeing the wrath of Irma.

    “We just took an order for the Gala from a couple on a plane in Fort Myers, Florida,” she said. “They’re just going to come here and live it up” and leave their worries behind. “I thought that was fantastic.”

  • COMMUNITY NOTES: Sept. 10, 2017

    Roadside garbage applications
    Nelson Fiscal Court is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to participate in its fall roadside garbage pickup.  The garbage pickup should be completed from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15.  Applications may be completed after Sept. 11, at the County Judge-Executive’s Office, 1 Court Square, second floor, Bardstown.

    Central Kentucky Community Action

  • COMMUNITY NOTES: Sept. 8, 2017

    Fastest in Town race for kids this Saturday

  • COMMUNITY NOTES: Sept. 6, 2017

    The next public Anatok meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, in the old courthouse building.

    The Rolling Fork Iron Horse Festival