Friday, July 20, 2018

Uniquely Kentucky | SuperHero Creamery and T-Shirt Factory

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Plan a back to school shopping trip to Ashland for custom T-Shirts, ice cream, and family fun.

It is that time again to start thinking about making sure our kids are ready to head back to school.  Parents are thinking about immunization records, school supplies, and somewhere in the backs of our brains, how we will ever get our kids back on their school schedule. There is a lot for us to think about, but it will all get done.  And yes, despite all things, our kids will make it to the first day of school. 

 photo File Jul 20 7 44 26 AM_zps9vftmibe.jpegHere in Jessamine County, we are already under the one month mark.  There are definite signs of anticipation coming from our eldest daughter who is looking forward to her first year not being the new kid in school. Her mind is completely focused on getting back to her friends or her squad.  She would be mad I told you that.  Everything I say these days sounds "cringy" to her.  Oh yes, we have entered the years where I can embarrass her with nearly anything I say.

The main concern on my mind has been clothes shopping.  It is my absolute least favorite thing to do.  My ideal experience is heading to Once Upon a Child and virtually finding everything our three kids will need in two hours.  Those days are fading away as our 12-year-old is outgrowing that store and we are entering the teen years.

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Finding the right fandom gear and lobbying for trips to Hot Topic are daily topics of conversation in our house. Being able to have a weeks worth of Marvel gear is paramount (at least to my daughter).  There are options of course.  You could order gear from Amazon, brave Hot Topic or hope for the best at Walmart. What is this mother to do? Find ways to make school shopping fun.  That is why, we stopped at the Super Hero Creamery and T-Shirt Factory last weekend on our way east on I64 to visit friends in Augusta County, Virginia.

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The Super Hero Creamery and T-Shirt Factory is about 15 minutes North off of I64 in downtown Ashland.  Their concept is definitely Unique to Kentucky as the business proprietor has only two locations in the area.  Where else can you order Superhero themed ice cream, shop for fandom gear and order an original unlimited color T-Shirt for just under $20. In the time it took us to order and eat Ice Cream our daughter had a brand new Bucky T-Shirt and a smile that said it all.  

 photo File Jul 20 7 02 55 AM_zpsylnfn53k.jpegThis business has two locations in Ashland, Kentucky - 215 6th Street and 415 Diederich Blvd. The staff is incredibly friendly and accommodating. For more information read their reviews on Facebook or call them at 530-507-8737.  T-shirts are fully customizable and there are plenty of graphics to choose from. 


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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Let's Go Camping | HomeGrown HideAways

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Looking for a few days away from it all but close to home? Love nature but don’t want to deal with packing a car full of camping gear for just a day or two getaway. Try out HomeGrown HideAways just outside of Berea, Kentucky.

 photo holler_zpsy53pztil.jpgHomeGrown HideAways is located in a beautiful valley (holler) with a small creek running through a big wide open field surrounded by lush forests and knobs. We spent an overnight here in the foothills of the Appalachian forest on our way back from the Red River Gorge.

HomeGrown HideAways is a working farm and member of the National Forest Stewardship program and they have just begun offering "glamping" on airbnb in order to attract a wider audience. They offer completely kitted out options such as a treehouse and a yurt, as well as some more rustic options in a bell tent or our choice a 24 ft tipi. You may also pitch your own tent or bring an RV- they have hookups.

The Tipi was amazing- for the kids and us grownups- the idea of sleeping in a tipi was pretty exciting. The construction of the tipi itself is fascinating and the fact that you can safely build a fire inside makes us want to return in the fall to experience that on a cooler night. We brought a couple of tarps for the ground and airbeds and slept very comfortably. We kept the smoke flaps open overnight hoping to see a starry sky- unfortunately clouds had rolled in- but this gives us yet another reason to return.

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Tipi where we stayed overnight.

The kids had a blast on the grounds of HomeGrown HideAways, playing in Floyd Branch, campfires, visiting the chickens, and making friends with the dogs who call this beautiful place home. We recommend you make a B-line to the creek that runs through the valley if it gets hot.  Hang a hammock in the trees or set your favorite folding camp chair directly in the creek where the temperature is usually much cooler.

We’ve camped a lot and came completely over prepared for our weekend. Staying in any of the on-site lodgings, you have access to a full kitchen with fridge, oven, coffee maker, sink with hot and cold water and more. We didn’t need to bring out our gas camping stove, we didn’t need our cooler full of ice, or a table, or plates, or cutlery, no need for pots or pans! The fridge had fresh eggs from the farm. They also have a full and very clean bathhouse with flushable toilets and hot showers, a fire pit, cornhole boards, ultimate frisbee goals, covered picnic tables, a large playing field with swings. The farm also includes a beautiful hiking trail through the woodlands on the property. You can rent canoes for an afternoon on the nearby reservoir. Jessa and Nathan have everything you could need- all you need are your sleeping bags, pillows, and food to cook.
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Relax in Floyd Branch Creek.

Jessa and Nathan have built a new secluded Treehouse with huge windows that will give you amazing views of the landscape- definitely on our bucket list. We definitely recommend you check this place out with your kids, extended family, a great location for a family reunion, or an adult getaway- you even have the option of having your food cooked for you.

Before you go you should know that there is no cell service at HomeGrown HideAways and no pets are permitted. HomeGrown HideAways is located at 500 Branch Road in the beautiful Red Lick Valley, approximately 12 miles east of Berea. For additional information visit

Jennifer & Nicole
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Spartan Kids Race at Fort Knox

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On July 14th The Spartan Race USAA Honor Series will push kids racers beyond their comfort zones, all while teaching them valuable lessons and empowering them to overcome personal life obstacles.  The Spartan Kid’s race caters to athletes searching for a competitive sport, to children seeking a healthy lifestyle.

Race Distances: 4 Options for our young athletes.

Obstacle counts and difficulty increase with each distance.
Ages 4 – 6: .5 mile
Ages 7-9: 1 mile
Ages 10-14: Open 2+ miles
Ages 10-13: Competitive 2+ miles

Fees start at $25
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Kentucky Highland Renaissance Festival

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Kentucky Highland Renaissance Festival

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Where: 955 Elm St. (Hwy 22) Eminence

When: 10am to 7pm | Seven Weekends ending July 14th and 15th | June and July

How much does it Cost: BEST VALUE - Buy tickets online and save $3 to $6 per ticket. 

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Cheer on your favorite knight.

What Makes it Unique: Where can you go and see longhaired surly men knocking each other out playfully on horseback?  Most of us have played chess, but have you played as an actual lifesize pawn directed by cheeky squires?  Families can be transported to another realm of play and discovery when they attend the Highland Renaissance Festival.

Creature Comforts: This event has been thoughtfully laid out to meet a variety of needs. When you get hot, head to the covered bridge to cool off under a spray of mist.  Need a place to sit down to breastfeed or let your kids decompress?  Head to the Fairy Forest.  Just be aware there is no outside food or drink so pre-entrance tailgating is a good idea.

Words of Advice: Cosplay is strongly encouraged but wear comfortable shoes and plenty of sunscreen.  

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Test your accuracy by throwing hatchets, knives and stars.
Why:  How many times a day do your children ask you to play with them?  How often do you try to make time to be playful but end up being distracted by the literal laundry list of things to do.  This is a perfect opportunity to intentionally make a day to play and live in the world of imagination with your children.

Disclaimer: This event is very family friendly but is an adult-centric event.  Be mindful that there may be adults smoking cigarettes and responsible social drinking.  There are also activities that may need a higher level of safety monitoring.  

How to Prepare: Each weekend has a theme for cosplay.  The last weekend, for example, is the Celtic Weekend.  You can be sure you will see a lot of Meridas from Brave.  Consider getting in the right frame of mind and plan to dress up as your favorite Irish or Scottish character. 


What do you think of when someone says the word Kentucky? I think it would be fair to say that for many Kentuckians basketball comes to mind. It would be a lot easier for me if I could say the same. I am a transplant and I was raised as a farmer's daughter in a family of women. I didn't follow many sports teams growing up. Instead, what I tend to associate with Kentucky would be the landscape, people, and traditions. Now that we have settled permanently in Kentucky, I hope to set down roots and give my children the full Kentucky experience. This series spotlights some of the unique, or at least, unexpected experiences here in the Bluegrass state and how your family can get the most out of them.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Let's Go Get Ice Cream Kentucky

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Looking to beat the heat?  Take a road trip and find your "new" favorite uniquely Kentucky ice cream destination.

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We tend to celebrate birthdays with ice cream instead of cake.
Eastern Kentucky

Super Hero Creamery & T-shirt Factory | 216 15th St. Ashland | 530.507.8737
Comics and ice cream in one place!  We haven't been yet, but you can bet we are planning to go soon.  I just have a feeling we will be leaving with new fandom gear.

The Twin | 63 River Dr. Irvine | 606-723-5623

This little ice cream stop is a bit out of the way but it is a must stop for our family each summer as we make our way to and from summer camp at Aldersgate.  

Dorsie's Dairy Bar | 667 Bypass Rd. Pikeville | 606.432.2270
Footlong hotdogs and peanut butter milkshakes, oh my! This business transports me to my childhood.

Mad Scoops | 330 Eastern Bypass, Suite 3 Richmond | 859.623.2500
Cookie Monster Ice Cream?  Red Velvet? This Kentucky Proud business specializes in custom and seasonally unique flavors.

Central Kentucky

Bertie's Ice Cream | 310 S. Main St. Brownsville | 270.597.3586 
A great place to stop for a break when cruising through the area.  Considered a landmark by many Brownsville natives.

Burgin Dairy Barn | 500 E. Main St. Burgin | 859.748.2276
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Moove on over to the Burgin Dairy Barn.
Heading to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill?  Perhaps you are going boating on Herrington Lake?  You will not be disappointed if you make a detour here. Our favorite Burgin Dairy Barn treat is their salted caramel milkshakes, but honestly, you can't go wrong with anything.

Kentucky Fudge Company | 225 S. Main St. Harrodsburg | 859.733.0088
Looking for the atmosphere of an old school drug store and soda shop?  This spot is a perfect destination to go back in time to eat a hamburger and enjoy a root beer float.

A Kentucky Family Fun Favorite - Recommended by our readers! 
The Sweet Shoppe | 100 South Lincoln Blvd. Hodgenville | 270.358.0424
You definitely go there for the ice cream but you leave with fudge. This family-owned business is a definite stopover for anyone traveling through the area. We highly recommend their banana splits but their most popular ice cream flavors are butter pecan and superman.

Sav's Chill | 289 S. Limestone Lexington | 859.255.2445

Are you looking for traditional vanilla and chocolate or hoping to surprise your taste buds with something different?  Make a trip to Sav's and try their spicy banana ice cream.   

Crank and Boom | Several locations in Lexington | Contact them here.

A splurge that must be done.  Try their coconut ice cream to start at the beginning of their story but we recommend getting a sampler flight of 4 ice creams to share as a family.  Our family favorites are blackberry & buttermilk, blueberry lime cheesecake, banana chocolate and fresh strawberry.

The Arctic Scoop | 841 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy Louisville | 502.409.6602
Want to have creative control over your ice cream flavor?  Looking for an experience that will entertain your kiddos?  Head to Hurstbourne Parkway in Louisville. Read our review!

Comfy Cow | Several locations in Louisville

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Comfy Cow has something for everyone.
There are so many reasons to love Comfy Cow. There is literally something for everyone.  Have a gluten intolerance? No problem.  Cutting down on carbs? They got ya!  Looking to celebrate someone's birthday with a highly memorable treat.  You won't be disappointed.  

Ehrler's | 1330 Belmar Dr. Louisville | 502.749.2236

Folks, this ice cream shop started as a dairy 150+ years ago. That is amazing! Visit their physical shop or look out for their ice cream truck at an event near you.

Dairy Kastle  | 575 Eastern Parkway Louisville | 502.634.8990

Not from Louisville?  Looking to get a taste of life as a Louisvillian? Don't miss a lazy summer evening trying to find a place to park at this busy dessert hub.  

Sweet Tooth | 125 W. 11th St. Newport | 859.581.6763
A traditional Ice Cream Parlor still going strong.  
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Eckert's-Boyd Orchard

Eckert's-Boyd Orchard | 1396 Pinckard Pike Versailles | 800.745.0513
Looking for a place where kids can play while they eat ice cream?  Eckert's KIDS CORRAL is open all summer long for free!

Looking for other suggestions in Louisville?  Head on over to

Other Central Kentucky locations? Visit

Western Kentucky

Big Dipper | 2820 W. Parrish Ave. Owensboro | 270.684.4806
This spot holds a lot of memories for many residents of Owensboro.  The shakes and malts are highly recommended. 

Lic's Deli and Ice Cream | Several locations in Owensboro 

Lic's or (Loyd's Ice Cream Shop) has been a Owensboro destination since 1950 and ice cream is at the center of their business.  

Ritzy's | 4925 Frederican St. Owensboro | 270.691.9195 

Try their homemade butter pecan cashew ice cream is made right in the store.
Chaney's Dairy Barn  | 9191 Nashville Rd. Bowling Green | 270.843.5567
Don't miss their Ice Cream & a Moovie nights and other events.

Kentucky "Ice Cream" Events

Riverside Ice Cream Social | 7410 Moorman Rd. Louisville | 502.935.6809
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Kentucky State Fair | August 16-26
Make a point to try Newton's Homemade Ice Cream.  It is made with a John Deere hit-and-miss engine. Try any of the following flavors: vanilla, chocolate, banana, strawberry, peach, and pineapple.


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Thursday, June 28, 2018

A Parent's Guide To the Fourth of July 2018

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Proud to be an American parent grappling with how to raise young children in 2018.

Like most parents, I am juggling many metaphorical balls this summer. On top of trying to structure my kids' summer vacation while managing Kentucky Family Fun, I am also trying to complete a certification in Project Management from Western Kentucky University, which involves intense study and nights of cramming. Why would I do that to myself? Well, committing to the class was a purposeful attempt to hit the reset button on our family's life after 12 years of being tethered to a corporate life, which tended to dictate everything to us, and ultimately resulted in an unworkable situation and job loss. I know it is not a unique story. If you have had a similar experience, I would like to offer my deepest sympathies and encouragement to keep persisting.

As the temperature rises this summer, so do our tempers. Thankfully, the PMPBOK Guide (that is the textbook I am using) recommends the following techniques to resolving conflicts: Withdraw or avoid (the weakest technique), smooth and accommodate (find areas where all parties agree), force and direct (basically be a dictator - a morale killer) and collaborate and problem solve.

In the process, I have taken away some really important life lessons from my studies. For instance, what do you think are the leading causes of conflict, in general? In the project management world, there are four primary ones, including; scarce resources, priorities, schedules, and personalities. Does that sound familiar? I know it does for our family. Scarce resources being parents' attention. Priorities easily include pulling kids away from electronic devices. Scheduling being our typical lack of one. And then, there are personalities. How do you get your kids to stop fighting!?

All I can ask myself is: why don't we get a PMPBOK Guide to parenting when we bring our first child home? For years, our family has taken withdrawal and avoidance to another level. I am sure you know what I mean because after the 10th time your child has said "mommy" in the course of one breath, you start to tune their sweet voice out.

Bottom line, the PMPBOK Guide strongly recommends that to resolve conflicts, you have to confront them. So we did. We had a family meeting today after a typical family scene: Kids were anxious. They wanted to go to the pool, which had been vaguely promised. Dad wanted to finish watching the World Cup game. Pool noodle fighting ensued. Multiple admonishments to quit were strongly given and ignored. Tension escalated, and finally mom loudly lost her temper because she was trying to finish her coursework. Ironically, I was studying conflict management.

We don't have to go into many more of the details, but basically, I advocated that we confront the situation as a group in a sort of airing of grievances. The result is that we are working on just one thing for the next week, which is that we are going to spend the next week showing each other respect.

Respect. Something in short supply these days, it seems. I am deeply troubled by the current mood of our country and what role I can play both individually and as a mother. I have listened to calls for confrontation, which in many instances, is justified. But as the project management guide prescribes collaboration and problem solving, I also see value and wisdom in mutual respect. So what do I do? I am trying to teach my children to solve conflicts at home but I also know that I have to model that behavior as well.

With that in mind, I wanted to share with you my family's independence holiday itinerary, hopefully, I still need to register for one event. These activities have been chosen not just by me but also through a collaboration with my family. Hopefully, these events will give us an opportunity to field questions from our children about how they can be a part of the solution and not the problem both at home and in their country.

Smooth and Accommodate
June 30 | 2018 Lexington Pride Festival | 11am - 10pm | Lexington
With a mind for finding commonalities with other Kentuckians and things we can all agree on.

Withdraw and Avoid
July 3 | The Sweet Shoppe Dessert Cafe | TBD | Hodgenville
Heading out for a country drive and to explore around Elizabethtown to get some quality time as a family because sometimes you need to shut out negativity.

Force and Direct
July 6-7 | Happy Independence Day Festival | Independence
Definitely going to check out their parade which runs Summit View Middle School to Memorial Park. Looking to seek out veterans and discuss the prices paid for our freedoms.

Collaborate and Problem Solve
July 10 | Family Workshop: Sit-Ins, Marches and Boycotts | 10am - 12pm | Kentucky Historical Society
With the hope of learning more about what issues my children care about and how I can help them make a difference if they want to be involved.

Looking for other ideas for the Fourth of July?  Here are some suggested events around the state.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

25 Things Kentucky Families are Doing This Summer In Frankfort

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Looking to plan a staycation or to make the most of your time with your kids this summer?

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Cove Spring Park

Don't miss out on fun right at home. Explore your local area or make a trip to Frankfort to celebrate the 4th of July and knock out some activities on your summer bucket list.

1) Take to the Trails | along Penitentiary Branch at Cove Spring Park
The pictures on the linked website do not do this park justice. We have many fond memories of hiking this park fover the last 10 years. Bring your yoga mat to the park and take advantage of the peaceful waterfalls.

2) Enjoy the Small Things in Life | while pretending to be a turtle at Salato Wildlife Center
Get down low during the Turtle Obstacle Course on July 14 from 10:30-12. The activity involves getting wet so dress accordingly.

3) Wait for the Peach Truck | at Wilson Nurseries
Make traditional peach handpies with your spoils.

4) Birdwatch | along the trails at the Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary

5) Plan a Camping Trip | at Elkhorn Campground
Mrs. Barbie will take care of you and your family, with special activities planned for the 4th of July.

6) Explore Kentucky History | at the Kentucky Historical Society by taking a tour of the Old State Capitol
The Salato Wildlife Center
Guided tours are available Tuesday - Saturday at 10:30, 12, 1:30 and 3. Self-guided tours are available on Saturdays, now through August 25 from 10:30-4pm. We strongly encourage a guided tour as the staff deliver an exceptional interpretation that will make the building come alive.

7) Score a Win with Your Teenager | at Frankfort Comic Con
July 14 from 10 - 6pm Get in some great people watching while learning about "fandoms" and "cosplay" (costume play).

8) Get a Brain Freeze | eating Taylor Belle's Farm Fresh Hand Dipped Ice Cream
This family owned and operated Ice Cream Truck will be serving at the Frankfort Downtown United Bank Summer Concert Series on June 29, July 13 & 27, August 10 & 24 and September 7 along with other events all summer. Visit their facebook page to see where they may be headed next.

9) Buy local at the farmers market | at the Franklin County Farmers Market
Our capital's farmers' market is open three days a week - Saturday from 8-12pm, Tuesday from 7-12pm and Thursday from 7 -12pm. If you are heading to Frankfort for 4th of July, consider planning ahead to attend their Farm to Table Dinner at the Market Pavilion at River View Park at 6pm.

Juniper Hill Aquatic Center
10) Take In the Night Sky | at Josephine Sculpture Park
Plan to visit Frankfort on July 10 and end your day of exploration with a Night Sky Tour from 9-11:30pm.

11) Listen to Live Music | at the Kentucky River Jam Music & Arts Festival
July 14, August 18 and September 22 at the Ward Oats Amphitheater from 3-8pm.

12) Experiment with New Hobbies | at the Paul Sawyier Library
Touch, hold, discover and play with instruments during their Instrument Petting Zoo with the Lexington Philharmonic on July 13 from 10:30-11am. Call ahead to 502.352.2665 x205.

13) Encourage Kids to Try Something New | at Kids Days at the Farmers Market
From 9 - 12pm on July 14, August 11, and September 8 the Franklin County Farmers Market will hold special activities for kids.

14) Cool Off | at Juniper Hill Aquatic Center

Liberty Hall Historic Site
15) Join in the Parade | at Liberty Hall Historic Site during their Pedal Parade on the 4th of July
Pack your child's favorite wheeled toy decked out for 4th of July. The parade starts at 2:30pm but contestants should arrive before 2:15pm to register.

16) Relax on a Body of Water | in a tandem canoe on the Kentucky River
Call Canoe Kentucky to schedule a guided tour of the river behind Buffalo Trace.

17) Catch a Local Lunch Special | at the Cliffside Diner down near the river or Garcias Mexican Restaurant closer to the Interstate.

18) Tell Ghost Stories | and listen to them during Grey Lady Family Tours
You might notice some bias towards certain Frankfort destinations. I can't help it when it comes to Liberty Hall Historic Site. This is where I started my career and where I worked when my eldest daughter came into the world. We really have to meet kids where they are to get them excited about history.

The Stave
19) Take to the Country Roads | along route 2331 on your way into Frankfort
Stop by The Stave and order The Frankfort. Their kid's menu will not disappoint. The Skillet Cornbread and Pickle Brine Fried Chicken was our family's favorite but we are going back to try their chocolate walnut bread pudding.

20) Ride Bikes as a Family | along the 5-mile long Riverwalk Loop Trial

21) Participate in the local Summer Reading Program | at the Paul Sawyier Library
Don't miss live PENGUINS at the Paul Sawyier Library, coming on July 20! You don't have to be a Paul Sawyier Libary Cardholder to enjoy their events. Tickets required so call ahead to 502.352.2665 x205.

22) Shop Local | at the Silo Ridge Makers Market and support local makers

23) Get Creative | at Broadway Clay
Private lessons in hand building and wheel throwing are $25 per person and $20 for 5 or more. Call ahead to 502.320.7250.

24) Attend a Children's Matinee | at the Grand Theatre
B's Bakery
Attend the Summer Children's Matinee: Squallis Puppeteers on July 17 from 10 - 11am. The Grand Theatre welcomes children and the young at heart to Children's Matinees throughout the summer on Tuesdays.

25) Go out for donuts | at B's Bakery


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Ways to celebrate 100 years with Fort Knox

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It's time to celebrate the centennial of the establishment of Fort Knox. So much history and an amazing part of the commonwealth of Kentucky!

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1. 4th of July Celebration-

Every year Fort Knox has one of the best 4th of July celebrations around! With Kids activities, food tents, live music from Tony and the tan lines, and an outstanding fireworks display, Fort Knox is an ideal place to celebrate America’s Independence Day! The 4th of July event is held at Brooks Field. Also, the highly coveted centennial Fort Knox T-shirt will be for sale at this event.

2. Centennial 5K Run

Celebrate 100 years at Fort Knox by running the Centennial 5K Run! Register for the Fort Knox Centennial 5K run at This event takes place on the day before the Centennial concert on August 17th at 7pm at the Samuel Adams Brewhouse. After the race, come inside for a cold brew and an appetizer.

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3. Centennial Concert

Enjoy live music at the Centennial Concert! On Saturday August 18th at 7pm bring family and friends to Brooks Field and enjoy Easton Corbin, Parmalee, and Runaway June. Exclusive centennial merchandise will also be for sale. Seating will be open (so don’t forget your chair!). Mark your calendar for this exciting Fort Knox Centennial summer concert featuring Easton Corbin. This event is sponsored by Academy Sports, Navy Federal, Brown Forman, Fort Knox Federal Credit Union, Swope Family of Dealerships, and USAA.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

20 Things Kentucky Families are Doing This Summer In Irvine

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Looking to plan a staycation?  Want to make the most of your time with your kids this summer and explore Kentucky?  
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50 distinctive quilt patterns can be found on barns all over Estill County.

Don't miss out on fun right here at home.  Explore your local area or make a trip to Estill County  to complete your summer break to-do list.

1) Explore the Back Roads | by taking a country drive on the Quilt Trail

2) Enjoy the Small Things in life | at the Estill County Library Lego Club at 4pm on Thursdays

3) Bathe in Nature | at the Lily Mountain Nature Preserve

4) Explore Kentucky History | at the Fitchburg Furnace

5) Enjoy a Live Concert | at Rising Park behind the Estill County Library for Pickin' in the Park on June 26th

6) Buy Local at the Farmers Market | Estill County Farmers Market on Fridays from 3:30-6:30pm at the Estill Co. Fairground Pavilion or on the 2nd Tuesdays of the month from 11-2pm

7) Go Camping or Plan a Retreat | at Aldersgate on the weekends - call for availability

8) Enjoy a Family Pizza Night | at the Steam Engine Pizza Pub
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Yes folks, that is the largest morel mushroom we have ever seen.

9) Climb on a Playground | at the Choo Choo Playground at Veterans Memorial Park

10) Get Emotional During a Movie | while watching A Wrinkle In Time at the Estill County Public Library on June 22 at 2pm

11) Take a Quintessential Hometown Photo | next to your public art

12) Relax By or on a Body of Water | at Heidelburg Park

13) Get a Brain Freeze | at The Twin 
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14) Experience a Festival | 2018 Estil County Fair, June 30th - July 7th

15) Catch the Local Lunch Special | at El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant

16) Participate in the Local Summer Reading Program | at the Estill County Public Library

17) Get in a Little Retail Therapy | at Main Street Sweets

18) Get Creative | at the Estill County Library on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 1:30 for Crafternoon

19) Go Fishing | on the Kentucky River at Heidelburg Park

20) Gather in the Moonlight | at the Moonlight Market on July 20, August 10 and September 7



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Friday, June 15, 2018

5 Last Minute Ways to Celebrate Father's Day

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Haven't decided on how to celebrate Father's Day?  Don't sweat it!  Here are 5 last minute ways to make the most of the day in Kentucky.  

1) Celebrate World Cup: In our house, nearly everything stops for World Cup. Only the lawn and beard grow when Futbol reigns.  That's ok!  It's a time for making memories as the dad in our house heads to the lawn to kick the ball around with the kids between games.  Does this sound familiar or at least something you think the dad in your life would enjoy?  Make Father's Day an opportunity to make the most of watching World Cup 2018.  Make vuvuzela's, grill out, and set up your own goals in the yard with some inexpensive pool noodles. 

2) Go Birding: Does your father love nature?  Then adopt a Peregrine Falcon in his name, and plan a day to go birding along a Kentucky trail. Learn more about birding in Kentucky here.

3) Creek Walk: Head for the cool waters of a shaded Kentucky creekbed.  Don't forget to pack his hammock or chair, favorite beverage, koozie, and water shoes.  Give the dad in your life the whole day to relax and be present with his kids.

4) Take a Family Bike Ride: Load up the bikes and head to a local rails-to-trails bike path.  Visit the Rails to Trails Conservancy for trail suggestions.

5) Hit Some Golf Balls: Plan a day at a local driving range.  It is an activity almost everyone in the family can participate in. 


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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Let’s Celebrate the 4th of July Kentucky!

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Plan to attend one of these celebrations near you on the 4th of July!


Eastern Kentucky
Berea | 4th of July Spectacular | 859.986.9402 | 6pm
Celebrate with food, live music, kids activities and fireworks. Fireworks begin at 10pm.

Ashland | Summer Motion | 606.921.2040 | 5pm
Fireworks & country music at the Ashland Riverport. End of a 6 day festival. Should be spectacular as the fireworks will go off over the Ohio River.

Central Kentucky

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Fort Knox | 4th of July Celebration | Brooks Field | 502.624.5875 | 5 - 11pm
Live music from Tony & The Tanlines, pie eating contests, kids activities, bounce houses, and fireworks - 10:15pm.

Louisville | Independence Day 1816 | Locust Grove | 502.897.9845 | 10am - 4:30pm
Experience life 200 years ago. Hear readings of the Declaration of Independence and remember why we celebrate the day. Bring a picnic and enjoy the grounds. Make sure you check out their site audio tour while you are there. It is as simple as calling in with your cell phone.

LaGrange | 4th of July Celebration | John W. Black Aquatic Center | 502.225.0656 | 2pm
The OCAC kicks off the festivities at 2:00 pm with singing, a flag ceremony, pool races, kiddie patriotic swimwear contest, adult cannonball contest, and the greased watermelon dive - regular pool admission. Entertainment in the Wendell Moore Park before fireworks at 10:00.

 photo 7.4.2015_zpsrukbuncw.jpgFrankfort | Old Fashioned Fourth of July | Liberty Hall Historic Site | 502.227.2560 | 2 - 4pm
Concerts by Copper Pot Brass Quintet Band and the 101st Airborne Division Quintet Band. Arrive at 2:15pm with your decked out bicycle or stroller and join the Pedal Parade - 2:30pm. Liberty Hall Historic Site will provide free watermelon and lemonade. Bring your own water shoes and run through the lawn sprinklers

Lexington | Lexington’s Fourth of July Festival | 859.335.8640 | 9am - 10pm
Celebrate starting in the morning at the Fourth of July Street Festival - 9am, watch the parade on Main Street between Midland Ave. to Mill Street - 2pm and watch the fireworks near the Lexington Financial Center - 10pm.

Western Kentucky

Paducah | Independence Day Celebration 2018 | 270.444.8508 | 4 - 9:45pm
A full day of family fun, food and fireworks. Participate in a community-wide art project. Listen to live music - 4pm. The event draws 8,000-10,000 people to the Riverfront. Kid Zone of activities - 5 - 8pm. Fireworks - 9:15pm.

Murray | Freedom Fest | 270.759.2199 | 7am - 9:30pmAlso a full day of family fun. Boy Scout Troop 45 Memorial Breakfast - 7am -10am, FNB Bank Freedom Fest Parade marches down Main Street - 9:30am, Murray Bank Family Night in the Park with a free concert. Briggs & Stratton Fireworks Extravaganza near Hwy 641N - 9:30pm.

Don't forget to brush up on your Independence Day history!

Other ideas...

Ky State Parks has a listing of all of the events at their locations around the state - Click here.

Also, Kentucky Tourism has a great website for events where you can filter by topic. Click here and in the keyword area, search "fireworks" BAM! So many options!

LexFun4Kids will hook you up with all of the events in Central KY - click here has all of the options for the Louisville area - click here.

What about Shelby and Oldham counties? There are celebrations for you too! Click here for Shelby and here for Oldham.


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