For music aficionados
Make reservations at the Inn at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, a National Historic Landmark, to coincide with the June Firefly Music Series. There are more than 70 guest rooms, suites and private cottages spread throughout 13 restored 19th century buildings in the Village, each featuring Shaker reproduction furniture, hardwood flooring and private baths. The (free) live music takes place each Saturday, 7-9 p.m., on the Trustees' Office Lawn. Enjoy a pre-concert meal in the Trustees’ Office Dining Room, feasting on such Shaker specialties as tomato celery soup, coleslaw, corn sticks, fried chicken and corn pudding.
For the antique and crafts lover
Find period Shaker artifacts and museum-quality American furniture at the Shaker Village Antiques Show & Sale, June 16 and17, at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, featuring over 40 of the nation’s top dealers. Affordable antiques from America and the Continent, vintage decorative arts and furniture, silver, jewelry, quilts, garden sculpture, fine and folk art and historical artifacts will be among the goodies.
The Shaker Village Craft Fair takes place on August 4 and 5, also at the Village. One of the state’s premier craft events, this juried exhibition showcases the region’s elite artisans and their varied artworks: pottery, jewelry, glassware, woven rugs, needle craft, basketry, leather goods, floral design and Shaker reproductions.
For history buffs
Get ready for battle. On June 23 and 24, the fort built by pioneers in 1775 in what was originally called Harrodstown, will be under attack. See how the frontier was won at the birthplace of Kentucky – where the first permanent settlement was established on June 16, 1774. Join the settlers, Natives and sutlers (civilian merchants) at Old Fort Harrod State Park for fun and presentations during the Fort Harrod Settlement & Raid – not to mention the Native raid that will take place (at 2 p.m. each day) in the warm June sun, just like it did nearly 240 years ago.
For the adventuresome of palette – and spirit
Things simmer down in July with “Gifts From the Shaker Garden” (July 21 and 28), a new event presided over by David Larson, award-winning former chef and present day overseer of the Trustees’ Office Dining Room. Larson will interpret the Village’s kitchen garden – which would have been quite familiar to the Pleasant Hill Shakers – and then transform its “summer gifts” into a contemporary meal. After the class, enjoy an al fresco lunch featuring recipes inspired by the delicious, wholesome feasts prepared by the Shakers in the 19th century.
On August 11 and 25, gather around the Village’s outdoor table for a celebration of fresh food – from seed to table – but don’t get too comfy. The Seed-to-Table Secret Suppers have a new twist this year: Enjoy special guests, appetizers and a three-course meal with wine pairings in a secret location somewhere on Village’s 3,000 acres. Menus will feature the late-summer garden harvest as well as produce from nearby farms.
Visit http://www.HarrodsburgKY.com and click on the Calendar of Events for admission prices and further details of these summertime events and more, like new evening dessert and picnic cruises aboard the Dixie Belle and picnics in the park at Old Fort Harrod State Park with free live entertainment. Visit www.ShakerVillageKy.org for information about events at the Village and http://Parks.ky.gov/
Karen Hackett, Executive Director: KHackett@HarrodsburgKy.com
800-355-9192 or 859-734-2364
Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill
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