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May25

Red Barn Radio

Featuring:  Dove Creek!  Enjoy traditional Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel with... more
May26

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Encore of Lexington!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
May27

Kentucky High School Invitational Rodeo

The best high school athletes in the region compete over three days during this annual... more
May29

Tunes in the Vines

Entertainment:  RockSteady Band.  "Tunes in the Vines" music series... more
Jun2

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Trendells!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Jun2

Great American Brass Band Festival

World-class bands come together in what has been called "the most prominent and... more
Jun9

43rd Annual Festival of the Bluegrass

Annual jamboree featuring the best Bluegrass bands in Kentucky and top national... more
Jun9

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Johnson Brothers!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Jun16

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Tony and the Tan Lines!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and... more
Jun17

It's a Grand Night for Singing

Presented by UK Opera Theatre.  A Grand Night for Singing is a musical revue... more
Jun23

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Boogie G and the Titanics!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and... more
Jun25

Ronald McDonald Clown Train

Ronald will entertain as only he can do. He will be passing out free Happy... more
Jun30

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Flashback!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
Jul1

4th of July Festival

Enjoy fireworks, food, music, dancing, vending and a parade! The annual 4th of July... more
Jul7

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Five Below Band!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Jul14

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Better Off Dead!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Jul14

Keeneland Concours d' Elegance

The annual Keeneland Concours d'Elegance will again be held at the beautiful Keeneland... more
Jul14

Lexington Lions' Club Bluegrass Fair

Enjoy Carnival rides, grandstand shows, petting farm, games, food and much more!... more
Jul21

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Twiggenburys!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Jul22

27th Annual Breyerfest

The weekend celebration is the intersection of the real horse world and the model horse... more

Rolex Ky Three Day Event

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES Keeneland's Spring Racing Meet is almostto the finish line (Friday, April 29 is the final day),but another major Bluegrass equine event starts Thursday,April 28.

The Rolex Kentucky ...

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Time for Keeneland

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

Visiting Keeneland on a spring afternoon is a specialexperience. There are other racetracks and other tracks thatare attractive, but there is only one Keeneland.

Spring afternoons there are lazy warm ...

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Antiquing the Bluegrass

From Fine Furniture to Fun Collectibles, "Great Finds" Await in Lexington and the Bluegrass

In Lexington and surrounding communities, antique shopping is an activity that never, so to speak, gets old.

PDF BoxIn fact, to visit all the antique shops in the area, you'd have to plan to stay a while. There are more than 200 antique shops, ranging from large multi-dealer malls to small specialty stores, ready to tempt you with old Kentucky cabinetry, quilts, imported furniture, Shaker items, Depression glass, collectibles - you name it!

There's enough great antiquing within Lexington itself to keep you busy for days. In addition, virtually every surrounding community includes at least a few antique malls and shops, so it's easy to combine antique shopping with general sightseeing. As a writer for The New York Times put it, antiquing in the Bluegrass is "a chance to unearth some great buys in American antiques and, in the bargain, enjoy some of the most beautiful rural countryside anywhere."

Such a deal! And while all Bluegrass roads eventually lead to an antique shop or two, here are a few suggestions to get you started.

In Lexington antiques

Antique shopping is definitely a main attraction in Lexington. In fact, you'll find some great shops right on Main Street. On the East end, you can stop at Ann Greely Interiors and Antiques (497 East Main Street; 859-367-0200), a yellow mansion full of exquisite furniture, decorative items and paintings. The Thoroughbred Antique Gallery (637 East Main Street; 859-233-9375) brings together outstanding antiques, interiors, garden accessories and fine art. Inventory ranges from period 18th century pieces to mid-century modern.

At the opposite end of Main, as you head west the street's name changes to Leestown Road. About a mile west of Rupp Arena, you'll find Feather Your Nest Antiques, Collectibles & Accessories, open daily (859-381-1505). A little further down you'll see the Meadowthorpe Antique Mall (1455 Leestown Road; 859-255-2607), where about 50 dealers offer a little bit of everything. Open daily except Mondays. While downtown, browse through Shelley's Limited Antiques at 765 East 7th Street (859-225-7426), specializing in antique trunk restoration. Heritage Antiques (154 North Broadway; 859-253-1035) offers 18th, 19th and 20th-century furnishings and accessories.

Nearby, you can have luncheon tea or afternoon tea and browse fine period furnishings and object d'art at the Green Tree Tea Room, 521 West Short Street (859-455-9660).

Check out the Cow Girl Attic. (1535 Delaware Avenue; 859-225-3876). You'll find architectural artifacts, furniture, garden relics, iron gates, art, estate items, and more! Close by is another treasure trove. Lenabelles Antiques (732 National Avenue; 859-253-0137) has 18th to 20th century fine furniture as well as art and a selection of decorative items.

Another option on the east end of town is Beehive Antiques and Fine Consignments. From antique furniture to paintings and accessories, this shop is a mixture of delightful and unusual furniture and art. (712 Henry Clay Boulevard; 859-259-4056).

Several area stores are clustered near the intersection of Liberty and Winhester roads. Scout (935 Liberty Road; 859-288-5200) scouts out a mix of eclectic antiques and 20th century modern designs for your browsing, and buying, pleasure. While you are in the area stop in at Stalls Antiques (930 Winchester Road; 859-258-9973) and Room Service (933 Liberty Road; 859-226-0423).

If it's an old Kentucky long rifle you're shooting for, try Antique and Modern Firearms (2263 Nicholasville Road; 859-276-1419). Glover's Bookery (862 South Broadway; 859-253-0614) is a house full of old books and prints, including many regional items.

At Another Man's Treasure, they specialize in helping you find something unique. You'll see a wide variety of new, used, custom and antique furniture (2550 Regency Road; 859-296-5991).

In a quaint old church(1850!) on the Fayette/Jessamine county line, you'll find ClaireBourne Antiques (4648 Nicholasville Road; 859-272-4648). The building houses some fine country pieces, quality furniture, mirrors and decorative items.

Bluegrass Note: A large monthly antique show is held in Lexington. Athens Schoolhouse Antiques (859-255-7309) offers an astounding array of antiques and collectibles from hundreds of dealers on selected weekends year round.

In the Region

In a state that's as antique-laden as Kentucky, it takes a lot of bravado (and old stuff) to call yourself the "antiques capital." Georgetown, 13 miles north of Lexington, backs up its claim with a number of antique malls and shops. One of them, Georgetown Antique Mall (502-863-1891), encompasses two buildings on Main Street and is open seven days a week. Also on Main Street: Heirlooms & Gretchens. You'll find stained glass, lamps, dollhouse miniatures and small antiques (502-863-2538). Peddler's Mall is a great source for flea market novelties as well as antiques. (502-868-6888). It's located at the Outlet Shopping Center east of downtown. In the Oxford Antiques District, five miles east of Georgetown on US 62 , you'll find Jarvis Antiques, in the Old Presbyterian Church . Call ahead (502-863-5193 or 502-863-3965).

North of Lexington in the quaint town of Paris, go see Loch Lea Antiques at 624 Main St. ( 859-987-7070 ), a favorite of antique lovers for the past 20 years. While you are there, pick up a map that shows about eight other antique shops that make up the Paris Antiques and Gallery District. You may need an entire afternoon!

Frankfort is more than just the seat of state government and home to the Kentucky History Center. It is also a haven for antique stores. You'll find an assortment of shops featuring classic collectibles. Check out Old Capitol Antiques at 231 West Broadway (502-223-3879).

In Woodford County, west of Lexington, several shops are found in Midway and Versailles . But what is perhaps the most well-known of all Bluegrass antique shops is found in the tiny community of Nonesuch . The term "shop" hardly describes Irish Acres, 4205 Ford's Mill Road (859-873-7235). You'll find everything from affordable whatnots to pricey museum-quality pieces on three floors in this 32,000 square foot former school building. Take the beautiful country drive Tuesdays through Saturdays, mid-March through December. You'd better pack a lunch - or, even better, make reservations to have lunch in the on-site tearoom, The Glitz (859- 873-6956). You have to see it to believe it!

Bluegrass Note: Wakefield-Scearce Galleries in Shelbyville, 47 miles west of Lexington via I-64, is a bit of the "British aisles" in the Bluegrass. Established in 1947, the shop specializes in imported English furniture, fine silver, paintings and objects of art. Sterling silver julep cups from Wakefield-Scearce are a popular Kentucky gift.

For more information contact VisitLEX, the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau, at (800) 845-3959.

By Teresa Day, a freelance travel writer based in Lexington, KY.
Updated May 2016

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