Learn fly fishing from Orvis experts
Spring brings a new Intro to Fly Fishing workshop to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, the largest restored Shaker settlement in the U.S., on Sat., April 27. Orvis experts will teach beginning fly angling techniques in two hands-on half day seminars: casting techniques, tackle basics, practical fly fishing knots and more with time to practice casting on Shaker Village ponds. Info: www.ShakerVillageKy.org/
Family play time
Enjoy Breakfast with the Babies at Shaker Village on April 13, 20 and April 27, with a kid-friendly buffet followed by a hands-on introduction to the newest additions to the farm family: lambs, kids, chicks and more. Take a pony ride, play tug-of-war and have sack races on the lawn.
Sheep Shearing at Shaker Village takes place April 27 through May 18. Watch a flock of sheep get sheared and then learn how the Shakers created colorful wool shawls and other textiles through spinning and weaving demonstrations.
At Old Fort Harrod State Park (http://parks.ky.gov/
At the Ragged Edge Community Theatre (http://www.raggededgetheatre.org), catch a production of “Little Women” on the children’s stage, April 19-21 and 26-28. It is an affordable family outing ($8/adults, $7/seniors, $6/kids 12 and under) for quality theatre in a cozy setting.
One if by land, two if by river
Free Spring Guided Nature Hikes return to Shaker Village every Saturday, April 6 to June 1. See what’s blooming across the Village’s 3,000 acres and hike into some out-of-the-way and photo-worthy spots to see wildflowers, waterfalls and wildlife.
Shaker Village offers two different riverboat excursions on the Kentucky River aboard the authentic 115-passenger Dixie Belle sternwheeler. From April 27 to Nov. 3, cruise through the scenic Kentucky River Palisades, along a stretch of river with high limestone cliffs and untouched natural beauty. See the oldest exposed rock in Kentucky and High Bridge, an engineering marvel built in 1877.
Book a Wildlife Cruise to the Blue Heron Rookery on May 4, 11 or 18 for an up-close view of a breeding colony during nesting season. Led by an experienced birding authority, this Dixie Belle outing takes guests to the colony – inaccessible by land and consisting of 30-40 nests – which is located along the Kentucky River Palisades.
Visit Shaker Village on May 25 and 26 for the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass, featuring New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. It’s a weekend of world-acclaimed chamber musicians performing concerts in a restored barn, special suppers and more. Concert times and locations: www.ShakerVillageKy.org/
Besides these events, Harrodsburg has plenty to fill a weekend: live music at Eddie Montgomery’s Steakhouse (yes, Eddie of country music duo Montgomery Gentry) and the Kentucky Fudge Company; shopping area antique malls and downtown specialty shops; watching movies at the Twin Hills Drive-In Theatre.
Book a stay at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (a 10 percent discount is offered on selected overnights); the Beaumont Inn – a former school for young ladies that combines hotel amenities with bed and breakfast ambience; the nearby all-inclusive Bright Leaf Golf Course; or other lodging option. Visit www.HarrodsburgKy.com for details.
Karen Hackett (mailto:khackett@
800-355-9192 or 859-734-2364
HI- and LOW-RES photos available.
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