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Shaker Village to host 22nd Craft Fair August 4-5; event features reproductions of Shaker arts, crafts

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill will be hosting its 22nd annual Craft Fair on Aug. 4 and 5. The event is sponsored by Hardscuffle, Inc. (KyForward File photo) As one of the state’s premier craft events, the Shaker Village Craft Fair features the elite among regional artisans, as well as up-and-coming new artists. The juried event showcases Shaker reproductions and other merchandise made of clay,...

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill announces lineups for upcoming Well Crafted—Brews + Bands event

Bringing together a flavorful mix of popular breweries with favorite local musicians in a venue like no other, WELL CRAFTED—Brews + Bands is shaping up to be a spectacular event. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill today confirmed brewery, musician and food truck lineups for its fifth annual craft beer and music festival to take place Saturday, June 16. Gates open at noon, with the music beginning at...

Shaker Village announces lineup for May 26-27 Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill has announced the programs and artists for the 2018 Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass. The Festival, now in its 12th year, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27 and will present four concerts featuring artists from New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS). On Saturday, May 26, an 11 a.m. performance in the Meadow View Barn, a restored...

Shaker Village 2018 calendar includes signature events, hands-on workshops, guided hikes, more

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill has announced its 2018 special event and workshop calendar. Annual flagship events like Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass, Well Crafted Brews and Bands, Craft Fair and HarvestFest anchor this year’s calendar with a variety of other special events and workshops hosted throughout the year. 2018 Discovery Treks have curated weekend programs designed to inspire...

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill plans holiday-themed events throughout the month of December

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill will host its annual holiday events throughout the month of December. Donations for the Giving Tree will be given to the Mercer County Family Resource Center. This year, guests are encouraged to bring new hats, gloves and jackets (children’s sizes 4 – 8), laundry detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets to the Welcome Center by Dec. 31 to benefit the local community. Illuminated...

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...

Potters, woodworkers, jewelry makers among vendors on hand for Shaker Village Craft Fair

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill will host its annual signature Craft Fair on Aug. 5-6. As one of the state’s premier craft events, the Shaker Village Craft Fair features the elite among regional artisans, as well as up-and-coming new artists. The juried event showcases Shaker reproductions and other merchandise made of clay, metal, wood, fiber, basketry and glass. Craft Fair will be setup right through...

Shaker Village Craft Beer and Music Festival celebrates Kentucky brews, bands and food trucks

Celebrating the quality and diversity of Kentucky’s music and craft beer cultures by bringing together a flavorful mix of local breweries with favorite local musicians in a venue like no other, WELL CRAFTED—Brews + Bands is shaping up to be a spectacular event. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill has confirmed brewery, musician and food truck lineups for its fourth annual craft beer and music festival...

Shaker Village to launch $5.1 million Spiritual Center restoration project with public ceremony Saturday

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill invites members of the public to join president and CEO Maynard Crossland, representatives from John Milner Architects and village staff for a ceremonial project launch of the Restoring the Spiritual Center project on Saturday, June 3. The largest preservation project at Shaker Village since the initial site restoration in the 1960s, Restoring the Spiritual Center will...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Historic Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is a true Kentucky landmark

Yearning for simpler times? Travel back in history to a more simple time at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Founded in 1805, the village sites on 3,000 acres in Mercer County. It’s become an overnight tourist destination. Let’s learn more about the history of the Shakers at this true Kentucky landmark. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not...

Shaker Village receives $5.1 Lilly Grant to support Restoring Spiritual Center project

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill announces that Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded the organization a $5.1 million grant in support of its Restoring the Spiritual Center project. The project will preserve, protect and interpret the site’s two most iconic buildings, the 1824 Centre Family Dwelling and the 1820 Meeting House, which served as the spiritual epicenter of the Pleasant Hill Shaker community...

Open Studios ArtTour in Mercer and Boyle counties gives close look at art in the making

Talisman for the Heart is a bead necklace by Kathleen O’Brien. (Photo from ArtTour/Facebook)   The fourth Annual Open Studios ArtTour in Boyle and Mercer Counties will take place with visits to seven artist studios on Saturday, Nov. 1, and Sunday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.   The seven studios and two art centers will be open and free to the public.   Beginning in Harrodsburg,...

See KY: Fall at Shaker Village means hikes, paddle excursions, trail runs and more

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill boasts a 3,000-acre ‘backyard’ (Photo from KentuckyTourism.com)   With a 3,000-acre backyard, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg is an ideal location for health and wellness activities. Fall foliage makes for gorgeous views around the village, and the programming and events slated for fall give guests reason to get out and enjoy them.   Several...

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will be this year’s festival artists at Shaker Village

(Photo from Chamber Music Society)   Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill has announced the programs and artists for the 2014 Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass. The Festival, scheduled for Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25, will present four concerts featuring artists from New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.   On Saturday, an 11 a.m. performance in the 1820 Meeting House...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Scenic bluffs, productive fishing draw paddlers to Pool 6

Cummins Falls, across the river from Cummins Ferry Marina, is one of the many features paddlers encounter while floating Pool 6 of the Kentucky River. (Photo from F&W)   By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   James Harrod and a company of men launched their canoes in May of 1774 from old Redstone Fort on the Monongahela River in Pennsylvania, bound for the spring-rich meadow land of...