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Give Thanks in Lexington

Give Thanks in Lexington

By Kelly Heitz Although it seems we went into Christmas mode as soon as the clock struck midnight on Halloween, Central Kentucky is still extremely excited about the holiday of giving thanks. Turkey Day is almost upon us, and while we love spending the day with family and loved ones, who’s to say you can’t do that at some of Lexington’s most treasured restaurants? Several Lexington eateries will be open for the Thanksgiving holiday and serving up exquisite traditional feasts. So, if you’d rather not spend the entire day slaving over your oven, head to one of these Lexington Thanksgiving spots for you 2018 celebration. Thanksgiving Dining Jean Farris Winery & Bistro For a Thanksgiving meal with a view, head out to Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, which is a stunning winery and restaurant nestled in the rolling hills of the Bluegrass. The winery’s bistro will be offering a three-course dinner from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 22. The meal is $50 per person plus tax and gratuity. will offer a three course dinner from 1 pm to 7 pm on Thanksgiving Day. Don’t just show up on Thanksgiving Day though! Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling 859.263.WINE or online at jeanfarris.com. For more information on the event or to take a look at the delicious menu, head to https://www.facebook.com/events/477444279448606/. Lockbox 21c Museum Hotel’s signature restaurant Lockbox is hosting a Thanksgiving feast on Thanksgiving Day from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Chef Jonathan Searle will be creating mouthwatering versions of your favorite holiday dishes, with his signature twist, of course. Your table will start with pre-set starter platters and a salad course served family-style. From there, you’ll have a tough time choosing between Searle delectable main course options, which will all be serves meat-and-three style to the table. Pricing is $45 to $49 per adult (dependent upon chosen main course) and $25 per child. Seats are by reservation only and can be made by calling 859.899.6860. Check out https://www.lockboxlex.com/thanksgiving-at-lockbox-2/ for more information and to peak at Searle’s menu. Cru Food and Wine Bar More a modern and elegant Thanksgiving feast, head to...

Fall for the Bluegrass This...

Fall for the Bluegrass This Weekend

By Kelly Heitz October has come and gone and we are into November, which means the heart of fall in the Bluegrass. Beat your post-Halloween blues with these exciting events happening in the Lexington area this weekend. The Breeder’s Cup World Championships Louisville’s Churchill Downs, our racing neighbor to the west, is hosting the prestigious Breeder’s Cup World Championships this Friday and Saturday, November 2 and 3. The festivities begin with Future Stars Day this Friday, which features juvenile horses that are a year shy of qualifying for the Breeder’s Cup. On Saturday, catch the main event: a full day’s worth of championship horse races culminating in the Breeder’s Cup Classic. The history making race is almost as exciting as the Kentucky Derby! For more information head to breederscup.com. UK Football vs. University of Georgia If you are staying in town this weekend, don’t miss the much-anticipated UK vs. Georgia football game at Kroger Field. The matchup will decide the winner of the SEC East and who plays in Atlanta for the SEC Championship title. For tickets and more information on the game and tailgating, head to https://ukathletics.com/schedule.aspx?schedule=97. Ashland Annual Fall Clean-Up Day Help keep the gem of Lexington, Ashland The Henry Clay Estate, in tip top shape at this year’s annual fall cleanup. From individual volunteers to high school groups and neighborhood associations, everyone in the community is welcome to lend a hand to help keep Ashland’s 17 acres looking pristine. Volunteers will be mulching trails, removing stray limbs, clearing invasive plant species and more. Tools will be provided along with t-shirts and work gloves. The event begins at 9 a.m. and will culminate with a thank-you lunch at noon on the stunning home’s patio. For more info head to...

Have a Happy Halloween in...

Have a Happy Halloween in Lexington

By Kelly Heitz All Hallows Eve is almost here and there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate in Lexington this weekend. Whether you enjoy having the pee scared out of you, finding kid-friendly holiday fun, or being a kid yourself, we’ve got all the details on what’s going on this weekend in Lexington. For Those Who Aren’t Afraid of the Dark Ghost Hunts at Waveland Join to Lexington Paranormal Research Society at Waveland State Historical Site to discover if the house is haunted! The ghost hunt begins at 8 p.m. this Friday, October 26 and concludes at midnight. Tickets are $20 at the gate, which gets you the rare opportunity to take part in a real paranormal investigation. You’ll learn about ghost hunting from the experts! The event isn’t recommended for children, as they don’t really know what mysteries are lurking! For more info, head to parks.ky.gov/parks/historicsites/waveland. Fright Night Get the bajeezus scared out of you at Jacobson Park’s Fright Night. Venture into the “Dark Forest,” explore “13 Doors” while being chased by creatures of the night, and experience the creepy, dark underbelly of carnival life in the brand-new “Candyland” attraction. Tickets can be purchased online or on site for each trail. Beware, only the brave will make it out of all three alive! Wicked World Scaregrounds For the ultimate haunted Halloween experience, you can’t miss Wicked World Scaregrounds. The massive terrifying complex features three different attractions: “Nightmare Haunted House,” staged inside Mercy Hospital; “Terror on Tates Creek,” presenting a carnival show hosted by a deceased Ivan Darkwood; and “Quarantine,” which explores the old abandoned military compound Fort Greenwall. All this nightmare-inducing fun can draw a crowd, so be sure to get there early to beat the lines. For tickets and directions, head to wickedworldscaregrounds.com. For the Kids (or Kid in You) Halloween Little Prince and Princess Ball Get the little ones in the spirit at the Kentucky Castle’s Little Prince and Princess Ball. This kid-friendly Halloween ball will feature music, dancing and real castle princesses! Your little one will love being treated like royalty for the evening, even if their costume is more Evil Queen than Snow White....

Find Your Perfect Pumpkin...

Find Your Perfect Pumpkin this Weekend in Lexington

By Kelly Heitz It’s pumpkin season, y’all! Get in the spirit with some of Lexington’s favorite fall traditions. The weather will be perfect this weekend, and the leaves are just starting to change, setting the ideal mood for a whole lot of fall fun for the whole family (big and little kids alike)! Pumpkin Patch Train All aboard! Grab the family and hop aboard the Bluegrass Scenic Railway Museum’s Pumpkin Patch Train every Saturday and Sunday in October. Now that the leaves are finally beginning to turn, this weekend will be the picture-perfect time for this annual fall tradition. This adventure leaves from the Bluegrass Railroad Museum in Versailles, Kentucky and makes a stop of Life Adventure Center’s Abbott Station. Here, you’ll experience a roaring campfire and get to pick out your very own pumpkin. All proceeds from event ticket revenue and pumpkin sales go directly to the non-profit Life Adventure Center. For more information and to purchase tickets, head to bluegrassrailroad.com. Harvest Festival at Evan’s Orchard Cider Mill One of Central Kentucky’s favorite places to celebrate fall is at Evan’s Orchard Cider Mill in Georgetown. Each autumn, the 5th generation family farm hosts the community for Harvest Festival every weekend in October. The much-anticipated event features pumpkin picking, homemade apple cider, caramel apples, fried apple pies, pony rides and much more. Get your obligatory fall family pumpkin patch pic while enjoying Kentucky’s beautiful fall weather this weekend. For more information on the exciting stuff Evan’s Orchard has planned, head to evansorchard.com. Pumpkin Jamboree at Eckert’s Boyd Orchard Only a few minutes outside Lexington, Eckert’s Boyd Orchard is the perfect place for an afternoon of fall tradition. Hop on a hayride out to the patch to search for your perfect pumpkin. Boyd Orchard’s pumpkins range from a couple pounds to more than 150 pounds! The annual Pumpkin Jamboree features wagon rides, music, pony rides, and their famous apple cider donuts. We recommend taking a batch to-go. You can heat them up in the microwave for a melt-in-your mouth superior donut experience. For more information, visit https://www.eckerts.com/new-events/ljgnc47yrayf3nz9egleykrg68l288. Louisville Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular As much fun as fall in the Bluegrass Region can...

Keeneland Fall Meet Opening...

Keeneland Fall Meet Opening Weekend

By Kelly Heitz And they’re off! The horses are back in Lexington for Keeneland’s fall meet and opening weekend is a can’t-miss event for locals and visitors alike. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the first post is at 1:05 each day. Sunrise Trackside Start your Saturday racing experience with Sunrise Trackside. This morning event starts at 7 a.m. and is a free, family-friendly affair. You’ll start with Breakfast With the Works (runs until 8:30 a.m.), which is a buffet breakfast with a side of thoroughbred training. You’ll get to see some of the world’s best horses go through their pre-race workouts. Trackside commentary will explain the history of Keeneland, as well as the training tactics for Thoroughbred racehorses. The whole family will enjoy activities in the Kids Club Corner, guided walking tours and live demonstrations in the Paddock. It really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for both race-lovers and newbies to the sport. Tailgating on the Hill In Kentucky, there are only a few things we take seriously: horses, basketball, bourbon and tailgating. Keeneland’s The Hill is tailgating in all its glory. Here, thousands of racing fans gather each weekend to celebrate the season with food, drinks, games, and, of course, betting. There’s a jumbo screen for watching live racing, a betting tent for making those winning wagers, food trucks, a Keeneland Shop pop-up tent (because your attire is almost as important as your race picks), and tunes courtesy of the area’s best Bluegrass bands. Park your cars, pop up your tents and get those grills going because tailgating at The Hill is almost as fun and the atmosphere inside the track. Owner’s Experience Tour Ever wonder what it’s like to own one of those championship race horses? Or be in the winner’s circle? Now you can with Keeneland’s Owner’s Experience Tour. Taking place Sundays during the fall meet, the tour starts during the first race in the Saddling Paddock. You’ll experience the pageantry, “Riders Up,” the Paddock, the Walking Ring and even the Winner’s Circle from the eyes of an owner. Tickets are limited and may be purchased online at keeneland.com or at the Welcome Center for $60...

Round Out September with Fun...

Round Out September with Fun Family Activities this Weekend in Lexington

By Kelly Heitz The skies have finally cleared in Lexington, and there are plenty of events and festivals this weekend to get your family out of the house and into the fall sunshine. Here’s a list of the best things to do in Lexington this weekend. Anderson County Burgoo Festival Burgoo is Kentucky’s signature stew and deserves an entire festival to celebrate it. The annual Anderson County Burgoo Festival in downtown Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, certainly does it justice with oodles of burgoo, music and entertainment (including a Johnny Cash tribute), a motorcycle show, contests and tons of interesting vendors. The event is this Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, and is perfect for the entire family—whether you’ve tasted burgoo or not! For more information, head to https://www.facebook.com/events/630732353941926. 2nd Annual Bourbon Country Burn After a successful first year, the Bourbon Country Burn Bike Ride is back! This three-day (September 28-30), fully-supported bicycle tour of the bourbon distilleries and horse farms of Central Kentucky traverses quiet country roads and beautiful rolling bluegrass hills, and welcomes cyclists from all over the country. Daily distance options range from 25 to 100 miles and make stops at up to seven different distilleries throughout the event. Back at Bourbon Base Camp at the Kentucky Horse Park, cyclists sip Kentucky bourbon from the same distilleries they biked to that day and enjoy live entertainment. For more information on the ride, head to bourboncountryburn.com. Shaker Village Harvest Fest Celebrate all things fall at the Shaker Village this weekend in Harrodsburg, Kentucky—just a short drive from Lexington. The festival includes hayrides, pumpkin painting, hay stack climbing and a bouncy house for the kids. You can also shop for local honey, breads and jams at the Harvest Market, tour the apple orchard, and meet the Village’s farm animals. Some of Central Kentucky’s best food trucks will be serving grub, along with live music from local stars. Admission to the festival is included in Village admission, which is $14 for ages 13-61, $7 for ages 6-12, $10 Ages 62 and older, and free for children five and under. For more information, head to shakervillageky.org/event/2018-harvestfest. UK vs. South Carolina Football Can...

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