Amphitheatre at My Old Kentucky Home State Park closed after inspection; other amenities open

The amphitheatre at My Old Kentucky Home State Park is closed because of electrical and structural issues. An inspection conducted this week by the Kentucky Department of Parks determined that the stage area is not safe for employees or park guests. The J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre was constructed in 1958 and has hosted The Stephen Foster Story annually since that time. “As soon as we reviewed this...

Kentucky State Parks historic homes plan full slate of events for Christmas and holiday celebrations

The Kentucky State Parks are open for the Christmas holidays with decorations, candlelight tours, special meals, entertainment and other unique events. My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown (From Kentucky State Parks) The historic homes, Waveland, White Hall, and My Old Kentucky Home, all have special Christmas tours planned. Resort parks are planning special meals and events for the children....

Escape the hustle and bustle close to home at colorful holiday destinations throughout Kentucky

Holidays in Kentucky make for one of the most wonderful, unique times of year. Locals and visitors alike celebrate the temperature changes, basking in the foliage, with festivals and activities that showcase the state’s authentic tastes, sights and sounds. Tis the season to escape the hustle and bustle that comes along with holiday cooking, shopping and decorating. Here’s how to experience the...

‘The Race is On’ Kentucky Derby exhibit comes to My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown

My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown will open “The Race is On” exhibit on the traditions of the Kentucky Derby on April 18. The new exhibit includes items from the world-famous horse, Secretariat, including his winning Preakness Stakes flower blanket garland, winning bets, and racing silks from Secretariat’s horse farm “The Meadow!” Also, see costumes worn by Diane Lane...

Old Kentucky Garden Party fundraiser set for My Old Kentucky Home State Park on April 27

The Kentucky State Parks Foundation, in partnership with Preservation Kentucky, will host the second annual “An Old Kentucky Garden Party” on April 27 at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown. This fundraiser for the two organizations features Southern hors d’oeuvres; Mint Juleps and Kentucky spirits from Barton 1792, Four Roses and Maker’s Mark Distilleries; and the King’s Highway...

Tours, meals, entertainment and more featured during holidays at Kentucky State Parks

The Kentucky State Parks are prepared for the winter holidays with decorations, candlelight tours, special meals, entertainment and other unique events planned. The historic homes, Waveland, White Hall, My Old Kentucky Home and the Butler-Turpin House, all have special Christmas tours planned. Resort parks are planning special meals and events for the children. See a list of events here. The lobby...

‘The Race is On’ exhibit to be featured at My Old Kentucky Home State Park beginning April 15

Kentucky horse racing traditions are alive and well at My Old Kentucky Home State Park during April and May. The park will feature “The Race is On” exhibit from April 15 to May 31, perfect for Kentuckians and their guests. Jockey silks will be on display from Kentucky’s winningest horse farms, along with a sparkling collection of original coin-silver family julep cups in addition to the recipe...

Commentary: Kentucky's historic 'homes' must be preserved for future residents

Craig Potts, the executive director of the Kentucky Heritage Council and State Historic Preservation officer, is shown here outside the KHC offices at 300 Washington St. in Frankfort. (Photo provided)   By Craig Potts Special to KyForward   May is a beautiful and busy time in the Commonwealth. During National Travel and Tourism Week, May 3-11, we celebrated all things Kentucky and an economic...

Liane Crossley: Whether trackside or TV-side, basic racing knowledge enhances experience

The Kentucky Derby is run on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville. (Photo from KentuckyDerby.com)   Compared with other sports, understanding Thoroughbred racing is quite simple — the horse that finishes first is, well, the winner – unofficially, of course. If the race was conducted without incident, the winner is declared official within a few minutes.   The...