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Bourbon and Blue Herons, Saddlebreds and Suspense, Classic Cars and a Derby Classic
Harrodsburg, KY, gears up for a brilliant and busy spring with lots of events
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Toast the arrival of spring with A Spirited Bourbon Dinner (four courses, six bourbons!), March 22, at the largest restored Shaker settlement in America. Welcome the Village’s new arrivals with Breakfast with the Babies on April 12, 19 and 26, a kid-friendly buffet followed by a hands-on introduction to the baby lambs, kids, chicks and other animals.
The Shakers always appreciated a good meal and that tradition continues with a Maple Syrup Breakfast on March 22 and a chance to see how freshly-tapped syrup is made from maple tree sap. Enjoy a good-old-fashioned Friday Night Fish Fry with all the fixins’ on March 21 and 28 and April 4 and 11.
Other activities at the Village include an Intro to Fly Fishing workshop on April 12; guided Wildlife Cruises to the Blue Heron Rookery, May 10 and 17, for an up-close view of a breeding colony during nesting season; and the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass, a weekend of world-acclaimed chamber musicians performing concerts in a restored barn, with special suppers and more, on May 24 and 25. From April 26 through Nov. 2, the 115-passenger Dixie Belle, an authentic sternwheeler, will offer riverboat rides through the scenic Kentucky River Palisades along a stretch of river with high limestone cliffs and untouched natural beauty. www.ShakerVillageKy.org/
Arts Council of Mercer County Studio & Gallery
Visit the Gallery May 2 through 31 to see “Through a Lens: The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall Experience.”
On May 25, the Gallery hosts Wes Berry, author of The Kentucky Barbecue Book, for “KY BBQ From the Big Muddy to the Appalachia.”
Mercer County Fairgrounds
Several events will take place at the site of America’s oldest county fair: the crash-em/smash-
Other spring events
Book a stay at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill where more than 70 guest rooms, suites and private cottages are spread throughout 13 restored 19th century buildings; 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 Resort; 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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