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Community Events

  • Kentucky Music Week set to draw hundreds

    Bardstown will be booming next week, but this time, it’s not for bourbon. Organizers of the annual Kentucky Music Week are anticipating close to 600 participants, instructors and staff to be in town June 24-29 feeding not only their love of music but also the local economy.

    “(They) will be staying here, eating in restaurants, visiting local attractions and learning to play a variety of instruments,” said KMW organizer Nancy Barker, proud of the economic boost the camp brings to the local area.

  • Stephen Foster Story celebrates Kentucky Night Saturday

    The Stephen Foster Drama Association is offering all Kentucky residents a discounted rate to see “The Stephen Foster Story” on Saturday as a way to say thank you for the support shown to the drama over the years.

    The night is especially important this year as a way to thank those who helped ensure the re-opening of the amphitheater this spring after the state-owned facility was closed in December because of structural issues.

  • PHOTOS: Bardstown won’t stop believin’

    The amphitheater had a nice crowd Monday night for the kick off of the Budweiser Live at the Park summer concert series, which featured Resurrection — A Journey Tribute for the opening night.

  • Springfield Habitat blitz build happening June 23-24

    My New Kentucky Home Habitat for Humanity will be raising the roof on its 29th home next weekend.

    The local affiliate of the international house-building charity has scheduled its “blitz build” in Washington County for June 23-24.

    “Weather permitting, we’re going to start about 8 a.m. with the opening ceremony and prayers” for the blessing of the family, as well as sharing information about Habitat’s mission, Rick Wagoner of Bardstown, president, said.

  • Stephen Foster Story opening week successful despite the weather

    Despite uncooperative weather, The Stephen Foster Story has had a successful opening week. A storm delayed the opening night last Saturday, but the outdoor-theater production held fast and gave the audience a memorable 60th anniversary show.

    Billy Bass, marketing director for The Stephen Foster Story, said that the production is actually doing really well even with weather complications. He said the rain has been a concern for on-stage equipment and the actors, but they haven’t had any serious issues occur.

  • Library staying busy with summer programs

    Families in search of summer activities for kids might not have to travel too far thanks to the Nelson County Public Library’s full summer program calendar for the next few weeks.

  • Bardstown celebrates National Bourbon Day

    Dozens gathered on the lawn of Spalding Hall Thursday morning in celebration of National Bourbon Day, a time of recognizing “America’s native spirit” and the growth of the bourbon industry.

  • PHOTOS: Afternoon in the Past

    Bloomfield’s annual Afternoon in the Past was held recently at the Bishop Auction House in Bloomfield.

  • Spring tour shows off Bardstown gardens

    Loretta Traw’s garden is full of both native and non-native plants and scattered Japanese pagoda decorations, offering visitors beautiful floral displays at every bend.

    “We’ve been working on this for 20-25 years,” Traw said. “It’s always changing.”

  • 1920s jazz sound ‘rambles’ into the park Friday

    The Walnut Street Ramblers will be the featured group at this week’s Edward Jones Summer Concert Series, co-sponsored by the Stephen Foster Music Club and the Bardstown Parks & Recreation Department. The series, now in its 16th season of free, family oriented concerts, is held at Bardstown Community Park each Friday at 7 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day.