CARROLLTON – Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, his wife, Madeline, and the Kentucky State Parks kicked off a series of celebrations Friday as General Butler State Resort Park and five other resort parks commemorated the 50th anniversary of the opening of their lodges. “Several generations of Kentuckians and out-of-state guests have enjoyed these resorts since 1962,” Abramson said in a park system news release. “These are great places for families to visit and I’m proud to be able to help these six Kentucky State Resort Parks celebrate this milestone.”
It’s an old joke among musicians. After a sub-standard performance, one tells the other, you better keep your day job. It’s advice the women of Sugartree say they’re sure to follow; each has a career outside of music. And those day jobs limit their travels, a bit.
A story told this weekend at the Balagula Theater in downtown Lexington is about a woman who can’t get away from crazy men. Here with a preview of “Bug” and this weekend’s other events is reporter Rich Copley. Rich, who covers the arts for the Lexington Herald Leader, spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.
The first weekend during the fall months is set aside for some digging around a historic site. It’s tabbed ‘Archaeology Days’ at White Hall in Madison County. White Hall was the home to Cassius Marcellus Clay, a major general in the Union Army, an ambassador to Russia, and a friend to Abe Lincoln. The archaeological digs there are coordinated by Jon Endonino with Eastern Kentucky University.
The Kentucky Opera announced today that the organization ended the year with a budget surplus. This is the third season under general director David Roth that the Opera has come out ahead. The season was marked by controversy over how the Opera filled its orchestra pit during the prolonged labor dispute between Louisville Orchestra musicians and management. That controversy, which included labor protests during the spring production of "The Merry Widow," apparently had little impact on the Opera's bottom line.
The members of Louisville rock band My Morning Jacket appear in a new campaign by non-profit Earthjustice that opposes mountaintop removal coal mining. Earthjustice's Mountain Heroes campaign includes photos and videos submitted by people who are against the controversial form of surface mining.
Outdoor activities dominate this weekend’s calendar. There’s a concert at Keeneland, and, Rich Copley, who covers arts and culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, says some of the region’s finest art will be on display at Woodland Park. Rich spoke with reporter Charles Compton.
When it debuted on Broadway, “Bye Bye Birdie” was commentary on contemporary life. Today, the musical-comedy is a period-piece about pop-culture in 1960. It’s an attitude embraced by the producers who are reviving “Bye, Bye Birdie” in Lexington. Here with a preview is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. He spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.
Hundreds of classic automobiles and thousands of people gathered over the weekend at the Keeneland Race Course for the annual Concours d’Elegance. Besides celebrating the history, engineering and artistry of vehicles like the Packard, the event was a fundraiser for Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Staffing the first aid tent was pediatric physician Erich Maul. Maul says the funds will buy high tech mannequins that can be used in training exercises.
Recent rains have been a blessing to farmers, but, not to stage managers. Wet weather has forced some adjustment on Lexington’s Summerfest. This weekend, weather permitting, is Tennessee Williams’ “Streetcar Named Desire.” Rich Copley, who’s an arts and culture reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader, says this production’s director makes it remarkable. He spoke with reporter Charles Compton
The Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts on Tuesday announced the lineup for its second season and named an interim director while a search committee looks for a successor to Debra Hoskins, who resigned last month. Jill Price, currently the director of conferencing and events with the division of continuing education and outreach at EKU, will serve as the interim director. Price, who is a member of the center's community operations board and the search committee, will not seek the post permanently.
Half a dozen Kentucky State Resort Park lodges are turning 50 years old this year. Parks spokeswoman LaDonna Miller says special events are planned at each resort to commemorate the milestones. “The parks are actually older than that but this was a great building expansion in 1962, So these lodges this year turn 50”The first anniversary event is set for early August at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park in western Kentucky.
The last phase of a two million dollar restoration project at the Kentucky Military History Museum begins later this month. The museum closes to the public after Saturday, July 28th, and will remain closed until next March. Marketing Coordinator Chelsea Compton says extensive renovation work will be done, inside and out.
The World Choir Games open Wednesday and groups from around the globe are arriving for the eleven-day event. Su Pavit is with the Chulada Choir of Chulalongkorn University Demonstration Secondary School from Bangkok, Thailand. He says the high school-age group is excited to be here and is feeling the pressure of competition.
A 1935 opera created by the sons of Russian immigrants about African-Americans in South Carolina is performed this weekend in Cincinnati by music majors from Kentucky. Only in America. Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader previews the Cincinnati Opera’s performance of “Porgy and Bess.” He also talks about the changing nature of summertime arts in the Bluegrass.
FRANKFORT – Kentucky State Parks are putting the finishing touches on their July 4th festivities. There will be plenty of firework displays, cookouts, entertainment and more. Some parks are having weekend events, while others are hosting events on Wednesday, July 4. See the list below for event dates and descriptions. To make lodging or camping reservations or to learn more about Kentucky State Parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov, according to a state parks news release.
It’s another record breaker for a summertime music program at Eastern Kentucky University. This is the 77th consecutive year for the Stephen Foster Music Camp, ranking it among the oldest in the nation. Ben Walker is director of the music camp program. “This is not only, you know, we’re the second oldest…this is also our largest camp ever in our history of camps,” said Walker.
UPDATED: Debra Hoskins has resigned as the director of the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts, according to a statement released Tuesday morning by the Richmond university. The EKU release said a national search for Hoskins' replacement will begin immediately.
For the 43rd time, Christian rock music will fill the air near Wilmore Kentucky this week. For decades the Ichthus (ICK-thoos) festival was staged just blocks from downtown Wilmore. Over the last decade, thousands have come to a hillside a few miles outside town. There is always a theme for the four day run of music, teaching, camping, and worshiping. Ichthus Chief Executive, Mark Vermillion says this year’s theme is ‘Live Love.’
This Fathers’ Day weekend has several family acts putting their artworks on display in Lexington. The monthly Gallery Hop celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Ann Tower Gallery. On display there are artworks created by the family that founded the gallery. Actors Guild celebrates a family reunion as it presents, “Really You Should Use Bullets.” With an explanation of those stories and a preview of this weekend’s Bruce Hornsby concert at the Kentucky Theater is Rich Copley, who covers culture and the arts for the Lexington Herald Leader.
Certainly, Kentuckians love a sports car. When NASCAR returns to the Commonwealth later this month for a Sprint Cup Race, the turnout will rival the Kentucky Derby. But there are gear heads here with a taste for Italian. In other words, people like Lexington Businessman Tom Jones collect the Maserati. Jones discussed his decades-old passion with WEKU reporter Charles Compton.
From New York City to Lexington, this weekend we celebrate musical theater. Three Kentuckians will play prominent parts as the Tony Awards are presented. And, for the 20th summer, the University of Kentucky offers a “Grand Night for Singing.” Plus, the artworks that accompany record albums are the focus of a show in downtown Lexington. Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader takes a survey of this weekend’s events.
The singing and picking starts well before the first band hits the stage. Almost four decades ago, coordinator Roy ‘Miller’ Cornett’s grandparents got the festival going. Cornett admits, though, much of the entertainment can be found off-stage. “To be completely honest, the best music out here at the Festival of the Bluegrass is not on the main stage…the best music that takes place out here is what happens in the campground and the people that are sitting around their campfire playing until four o clock in the morning,” said Cornett.