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Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate to hold annual ‘Jazz on the Lawn’ concert on Sept. 2

Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate invites you to its annual Jazz on the Lawn concert on Sept. 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The concert takes place on the back lawn of the mansion and is free.

The public is encouraged to bring their lawn chairs or blankets, and picnics are welcome. The Sponsor is Hilliard Lyons, with additional support by Lexington Lodge No. 1, Republic Bank, Becky Reinhold at Bluegrass Sotheby’s International Realty, and Frank and Mina Mattone in memory of Brian Mattone.

The Ginkgo Tree Café on the Estate is offering a pre-ordered Dinner Box for $12 that includes side salad, cookie and sandwich choice of roast beef, turkey, and chicken salad. Call 266-8581 ex. 204 to place your order. The Café’s Grab N’ Go options will be grilled hot dogs, chips, and gazpacho & hummus with pita. Also on hand will be beverage options and Sav’s Chill Truck.

In addition to appreciating the music, visitors can check out two new additions to the grounds: the new Story Circle by the old Catalpa near Woodspoint, and the Folly (already a popular selfie spot) near the entrance off Fincastle. The Story Circle is the outcome of the storm on July 20, felling an old spruce, and thus supplying the “stools.” The Folly is the product of the Design and Fabrication Studio, taught by Brian Richter of the UK College of Design, School of Architecture.

Once again, C the Beat under the direction of Lee Carroll will provide the entertainment. C The Beat explores the musical connections between Africa and the New World, playing music that is joyful, energetic and highly danceable.

Carroll has a long career as a keyboardist, studio musician, producer, and arranger. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston in the 1970s, then toured with his jazz fusion group Fly By Night.

In 1983, Carroll moved to Nashville, where he served as band leader for The Judds for two years, then joined Kentucky’s own Exile to record on the Epic and Arista labels. Carroll left Nashville in 1994 to pursue other business, returning to Lexington in 2010 where he regularly performs with various groups.

This event is free and open to the public; $5 parking on the grounds. The rain date is Sept. 3.

Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate is located at 120 Sycamore Road in Lexington. The Henry Clay Memorial Foundation was established in 1926 as a private, nonprofit organization. It exists to promote the legacy of Henry Clay, to share his continued relevance locally and nationally as a great statesman and to preserve his beloved “Ashland” as a testament to his love of Kentucky and country.

From Henry Clay Memorial Foundation

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