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May22

Curator Tour with Janie Welker

Curator Janie Welker leads a tour of Vivian Maier: On the Street and Other Streets: ... more
Apr2

The Dixie Belle Riverboat

Enjoy a relaxing ride aboard Shaker Village's 115-passenger riverboat, through high... more
Apr18

Bluegrass Farmers' Market, Inc.

The Bluegrass Farmers' Market is the largest 100% homegrown/produced farmers' market... more
Mar21

Bluegrass Farmers' Market, Inc.

The Bluegrass Farmers' Market is the largest 100% homegrown/produced farmers' market... more
Apr4

Lexington Farmers Market

The Lexington Farmers Market has just about everything in season in Kentucky. Including... more
May24

Bleu Plate Walking Food Tours

Meet for a guided culinary adventure with stops at local restaurants and savor the... more
Apr5

Lexington Farmers Market

The Lexington Farmers Market has just about everything in season in Kentucky. Including... more
May24

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  The Twiggenburys.  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your... more
Apr7

Lexington Farmers Market

The Lexington Farmers Market has just about everything in season in Kentucky. Including... more
May20

Lexington Farmers Market

The Lexington Farmers Market has just about everything in season in Kentucky. Including... more
Apr9

Lexington Farmers Market

The Lexington Farmers Market has just about everything in season in Kentucky. Including... more
May28

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Ralph Curtis and The Nashville Imposters!  Beverages, food from local... more
May30

Bleu Plate Walking Food Tours

Meet for a guided culinary adventure with stops at local restaurants and savor the... more
May30

Family Day

Bring the kids and make your ideal model chair out of a variety of natural and industrial... more
May30

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guest, Ronnie Milsap!  Enjoy great classic country,... more
May31

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  Lauren Mink.  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your friends... more
Jun4

Great American Brass Band Festival

World-class bands come together in what has been called "the most prominent and... more
Jun4

Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Trendells!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Jun5

Great American Brass Band Festival Concert

Spend a lazy summer afternoon listening to the Household Troops Band of the Salvation... more
Jun6

Open Gates to Bluegrass Living Garden Tour

The Lexington Council Garden Clubs offers a "Peek Behind the Garden Gate" on... more
Jun7

Bleu Plate Walking Food Tours

Meet for a guided culinary adventure with stops at local restaurants and savor the... more
Jun7

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  Yesteryear!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your friends... more
Jun11

42nd Annual Festival of the Bluegrass

Annual jamboree featuring the best Bluegrass bands in Kentucky and top national... more
Jun11

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Thumper Rewind!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Jun12

Kentucky Cork & Tap

Premier Wine and Beer Festival featuring local products.... more
Jun12

Paddle & Yoga Weekend

Friday 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM  Candlelight Yoga.  Practice yoga in a unique and... more
Jun12

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guest Will Reynolds!  Enjoy great classic country, southern... more
Jun13

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guest The Oak Ridge Boys!  Enjoy great classic country,... more
Jun18

Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Johnson Brothers!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Jun19

Phoenix Fridays

Take it downtown to the heart of Lexington for another series of free outdoor... more
Jun19

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guest, Mike Snider!  Enjoy great classic country, southern... more
Jun20

Antique Show and Sales

More than 50 of the nation’s top dealers will travel from across the U.S. to... more
Jun20

Dusk Hike

Explore The Preserve just before the sun sets, and learn about a variety of wildlife and... more
Jun20

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guests, Asleep at The Wheel!  Enjoy great classic country,... more
Jun21

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  Lisa Raymond!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your... more
Jun25

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Rebel Without A Cause!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Jun28

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  Triage!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your friends at... more
Jul2

Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Tim Talbert Project!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and... more
Jul4

4th of July Festival

The Bluegrass 10,000, in its 37th year: The crank wheelchair division starts at 7:20... more
Jul5

Red, White and Boom

The Red, White and Boom concert and fireworks display will be at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.... more
Jul5

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  Big Fat Liars!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your... more
Jul6

79th Junior League Horse Show

The Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show is the first leg of the American... more
Jul9

Lexington Lions' Club Bluegrass Fair

Enjoy Carnival rides, grandstand shows, petting farm, games, food and much more!... more
Jul9

Thursday Night Live

Featuring SixtyFourWest!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Jul10

Kentucky Cork & Tap

Premier Wine and Beer Festival featuring local products.... more
Jul11

Ronald McDonald Clown Train

Ronald will entertain as only he can do. He will be passing out free Happy... more
Jul12

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  Soljam!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your friends at... more
Jul16

Keeneland Concours d' Elegance

The annual Keeneland Concours d'Elegance will again be held at the beautiful Keeneland... more
Jul16

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Better Off Dead!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Jul17

26th Annual Breyerfest

The weekend celebration is the intersection of the real horse world and the model horse... more
Jul17

Phoenix Fridays

Take it downtown to the heart of Lexington for another series of free outdoor... more
Jul17

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guests, Bill Anderson & Jeannie Seely!  Enjoy great... more
Jul18

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guest, Earl Thomas Conley!  Enjoy great classic country,... more
Jul19

Super Sunday

Come out to Douglass Park and enjoy outdoor basketball at its best. Started over thirty... more
Jul19

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  Rock Steady!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your friends... more

Spring Horse Shows

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES The weather has turned cool, reverting back to earlier spring,which should be nice for the horse shows this weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park.

After April's major equine events, ...

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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 center pieces to mid-century modern..

In The Shops at Lexington Center on West Main, you'll find Lafayette Galleries (859-253-1633) with antiques as well as new American and English silver, collectors plates, crystal and prints. Further west on Main, the street's name changes to Leestown Road, and about a mile west of Rupp Arena, you'll find the Meadowthorpe Antique Mall (1455 Leestown Road; 859-255-2607), where about 50 dealers offer a little bit of everything. Open seven days a week. Across the road, you'll find Feather Your Nest Antiques, Collectibles & Accessories, open daily (859-381-1505).

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. January, at 193 North Limestone, has an eclectic mix of furniture, lamps, silver and decorative objects.

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

Check out the Cow Girl Attic (135 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.

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.

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 downtown on Main Street. One of them, Georgetown Antique Mall (502-863-1891), encompasses two buildings and is open seven days a week. Another, Central Kentucky Antique Mall, is a great source for early silver, estate jewelry and civil war items. (502-863-4018). Just south of Main Street, explore Vogue N Vintage; everything is from the 1970's. In the Oxford Antiques District, five miles east of Georgetown on US 62 you'll find even more shops.

North of Lexington in the quaint town of Paris, go see Dan Graham at Graham's Antiques on East 4th Street for antique and country furnishings as well as hand-tied rugs (859-987-5566). While in Paris, stop in at Loch Lea Antiques at 624 Main St. ( 859-987-7070 ), a favorite of antique lovers for the past 20 years. At either shop, while you are at it, pick up a map that shows about 8 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) or Rail Fence Antiques at 415 West Broadway (502-875-5040).

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!

Blue 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 Georgetown, KY.
Updated March 2014

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