Community Events

  • Creating business

    Shaded from Saturday’s sunny skies, Emma Wagner of Louisville sat inside her booth occasionally answering questions from festival-goers about her work and hoping they might make a purchase. Like many of the 200-plus vendors at the weekend’s Arts, Crafts and Antiques Fair, Wagner was trying to promote her items, the first step in any business big or small.

    “Hoping for the best,” she said.

  • Fall activities start early with ‘Boo Haven’

    While still a few weeks away, kids in New Haven got the frights and delights of the Halloween early with a “Boo Haven” trunk-or-treat event.

    On Saturday, kids clad in their favorite costumes, rushed through a haunted house in the gym, stopped by various decorated “trunks” for candy, followed a pumpkin pathway to show off the pumpkin they had painted and enjoyed a chili supper. The event was hosted by and supported the New Haven School PTO, and saw dozens of participants.

  • COMMUNITY NOTES: Oct. 15, 2017

    NAACP meeting
    The Nelson County Branch of the NAACP will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, 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. All interested residents of Nelson County are urged to attend.

    Water line replacement

  • Chalk art puts colorful spin on ‘The Great Pumpkin’

    Carving pumpkins is a tradition often associated with fall and Halloween, but on Friday, children were asked to get creative in their own artistic renderings for a “Great Pumpkin” theme. Scattered around the sidewalks near The Gallery on Court Square, happy chalk-covered children were boasting about their artwork.

  • ‘Run, bourbon, run’

    A bearded Tom Hanks in a ball cap who “just felt like running” is an iconic scene from the movie “Forrest Gump,” and on Friday, while their beards were not nearly as long, a few locals sported shirts silhouetting the famous movie character as they gathered around the starting line.

    “It’s the best race of the year,” said Brian Newton, a member of the Bernheim Forest Gumps.

    This race was the Bardstown man’s seventh Bourbon Chase.

  • Former Field of Terror gets a friendly makeover

    In an effort to reach a new audience, an FFA Autumn Fest will serve as this year’s fall activity to raise funds for the Nelson County and Thomas Nelson high school FFA chapters, replacing the long running “Field of Terror.”

    “We wanted to shift our focus to be more educational, and we noticed over the years there were a lot of families that were wanting to come to a farm-type atmosphere,” said agriculture teacher John Hammond. “We decided it would be best to really try to reach that demographic.”

  • Arts, Crafts and Antiques Fair is this weekend

    Offering everything from candies and soaps to handcrafted woodwork, jewelry and sports-themed décor, the 37th Bardstown Arts, Crafts and Antiques Fair is likely to having “something for everyone.” The annual event, which draws thousands of visitors each year, will be held this Saturday and Sunday.

    “You can get an early jump on holiday shopping,” said Lisanna Byrd, executive director of the Bardstown Main Street Program, referencing the variety of items for purchase.

  • Bourbon Chase runners will be on area roads this weekend

    Motorists should use caution this weekend as participants for the annual Bourbon Chase relay event will be on Nelson County roadways.

    The 200-mile relay race, which stretches the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, could see more than 4,000 runners, many running for charities.

    The race will begin Friday at Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, and travel through Bardstown and on to Maker’s Mark, eventually ending in Lexington.

  • Flaget Health Fair fosters fitness

    Mary Jo Bartley held three big tote bags filled with freebies as she made her way along the covered sidewalk.

    “It’s like trick-or-treating for adults!” she said. “It’s fun. You meet friends and you see old friends and you get lots of good stuff.”

    Bartley was one of the hundreds who attended the sixth annual Flaget Community Health and Wellness Fair, sponsored by the local hospital and its parent company, Kentucky-One Health.

  • St. Michael to celebrate 225 years Sunday

    In 1792, George Washington was elected to a second term as president, Kentucky became our 15th state, and the church that is now St. Michael the Archangel in Fairfield was established as the third Catholic church west of the Allegheny Mountains.

    This Sunday, Oct. 1, the little parish will celebrate its 225th anniversary.

    The Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz, archbishop of Louisville, will preside over the liturgical service, just as he did for the 220th in 2012.