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Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown announces dates for next year: Sept. 16-20, 2020

Kentucky Bourbon Festival leadership announced the 2020 Kentucky Bourbon Festival will take place on Sept. 16 through Sept. 20, 2020. The Festival, which draws novice and experienced Bourbon lovers to Bardstown, Kentucky each year, will celebrate the storied history of distilling America’s native spirit during National Bourbon Heritage Month. The 2019 Festival bolstered many new experiences,...

Come Find Bourbon; Covington, Frankfort, and Bardstown, launch new tourism collaboration

As a fresh, new answer to the common question of where to stay when exploring Kentucky Bourbon Country, the tourism commissions of Northern Kentucky, Frankfort, and Bardstown today launch a new marketing initiative. Under the banner Come Find Bourbon and the new website www.ComeFindBourbon.com, Covington, Frankfort, and Bardstown invite visitors to spend more time enjoying immersive bourbon experiences...

Nine designated Certified Local Government communities earn historic preservation grants

Twelve projects in nine designated Certified Local Government (CLG) communities have been awarded matching grants for FY 2019-20, for activities ranging from exploring the role of public art in historic districts to creating an outdoor educational exhibit highlighting commercial properties and the people and businesses associated with their history. Grants totaling $76,811 went to Bardstown, Bellevue,...

Ky Distillers’ Association designates Bardstown as “Official Gateway to Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tour”

Known as the Bourbon Capital of the World, Bardstown is the newest Official Gateway sponsor to the world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced today. With its robust mix of iconic brand destinations and smaller craft distilleries, Bardstown is a bustling hub for thousands of Bourbon visitors looking to sample the Commonwealth’s signature spirit,...

Action of Kentucky units in 138th Field Artillery to be remembered at Vietnam Veterans Day event on March 29

The action of Bardstown and other Kentucky National Guard members at Firebase Tomahawk in Vietnam 50 years ago will be a highlight of the Vietnam Veterans Day/Vietnam Commemoration event at the State Capitol on March 29. After Gov. Matt Bevin delivers the keynote address, BG Thomas R. Ice, who served with the Second Battalion, 138th Field Artillery in Vietnam, will address the importance of the deployment...

Nine Kentucky Certified Local Government communities awarded historic preservation grants

Nine grants that will generate investment of nearly $100,000 in historic preservation-related projects have been awarded to seven Certified Local Government (CLG) communities for fiscal year 2018-19 by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC). The annual grants are part of a pass-through allocated from the federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) for state preservation...

Kentucky Main Street Fall meeting begins Tuesday, will showcase Central Kentucky Communities

Kentucky Main Street Program (KYMS) directors from across the state will network with their colleagues, and peers from the Wyoming Main Street Program, during a four-day meeting this week in central Kentucky. The meeting will showcase the “crossroads communities” of Bardstown, Campbellsville, Danville, Harrodsburg, Perryville and Springfield, so-named for their strategic location between major...

Bardstown’s historic Willett Distillery promotes Britt Kulsveen to president and chief whiskey officer

BARDSTOWN, Ky. – The historic Willett Distillery, family owned and operated since its founding in 1936, today announced the promotion of Kristin Martha-Britt Kulsveen to the role of President and Chief Whiskey Officer. Britt Kulsveen Kulsveen is the great-granddaughter of founder A. Lambert Willett and succeeds her mother, Martha Harriett Willett Kulsveen, as President. The landmark announcement...

Bardstown’s Preservation Distillery becomes 38th member of Kentucky Distillers’ Association

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that Preservation Distillery in Bardstown is the newest and 38th member of the non-profit trade group that unites and leads Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Founder Marci Palatella said she has dreamed of opening a distillery since 1985 when she got into the spirits and wine business as a leading international distributor,...

Takigawa breaks ground on $42 million facility in Nelson County, the company’s first in U.S.

Takigawa Corp. America has broken ground on a new $46 million flexible packaging and high-performance films plant in Nelson County. The company’s first the U.S., the facility is expected to create 180 jobs. “Breaking ground on our first US facility is a significant step forward for Takigawa Corp. and one we are proud to take alongside the people of Kentucky and Bardstown,” said Hiroyuki Takigawa,...

Participants Selected for Kentucky Foundation for Women’s 2018 Summer Residency Program

KFW has selected residents for the 2018 Summer Residency Program, which will take place from June 10 to June 16, 2018, with the aim of connecting artists to further social change. The program is held at Hopscotch House, KFW’s retreat center, and is open to visual, media, and performing artists. Founded in 2006, the SRP encourages women to advance their artistic development, participate in building...

Celebrate Secretariat, speakeasies and Stephen Foster’s 60th this spring in Bardstown

World-famous horse, Secretariat, vestiges of the Prohibition era and the 60th anniversary of Kentucky’s Official Outdoor Drama are on tap beginning mid-spring in Bardstown, the Bourbon Capital of the World, when the new “The Race Is On!” comes to My Old Kentucky Home, new Prohibition exhibit opens at the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History and “The Stephen Foster Story”...

My Old Kentucky Home marks 200th anniversary of Federal Hill with culinary tours, collection additions

My Old Kentucky Home State Park is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the construction of Federal Hill mansion with new tours and new displays at the popular Bardstown historic site. Federal Hill was built by the Rowan family in 1818 and became popular because of its connection to Stephen Foster’s famous song “My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night!” Visitors can tour the home and learn about the...

Patches and Pieces Quilt Show to be displayed at Bardstown’s historic Wickland Estate March 24

“Please do touch” is the message of the museum-quality Patches and Pieces Quilt Show that will be on display at the historic Wickland Home of Three Governors estate, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 24. Considered one of the best Georgian-style houses in Kentucky, Wickland provides a fitting backdrop for the quilts with its airy main halls, massive rooms and 14 1/2-foot ceilings. “The...

Kentucky Distillers’ Association announces the opening of new satellite office in Bardstown

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that it has opened a satellite office in Bardstown as a result of the city’s renewed efforts to strengthen its focus as the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” “Our KDA staff are finding themselves more and more in Bardstown with all the new distilleries and opportunities to showcase the city’s history, culture and booming Bourbon lifestyle,”...

Packaging manufacturer Takigawa Corp. Japan to establish first U.S. operation in Bardstown

Takigawa Corp. Japan, a flexible packaging and high-performance films producer, will create 180 full-time jobs with a nearly $46 million investment to locate a manufacturing operation in Bardstown, its first in the United States. “After conducting a lengthy national site selection process, Takigawa is excited to have selected Bardstown, Kentucky as the home of our new US facility,” said Hiroyuki...

Barktown Rescue to host Little Book’s Bark Dash fundraiser Oct. 28 at Woodland Springs Golf Course

Barktown Rescue, a no-kill, non-profit 501(3)(c), hosts the Little Book’s Bark Dash 5K, sponsored by Jim Beam, Saturday, Oct 28, at Woodlawn Springs Golf Course in Bardstown. Registration begins at 7:30am, with the 5K run/jog/walk beginning at 8:30am. Online registration is $20, or $25 on race day. Deadline to register online is Oct 27. All participants receive a finisher’s medal, and awards...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Carriage business just a ‘365-day vacation’ for Jonsie Jones of Bardstown

We’ll introduce you to “Jonsie” Jones, a man whose love of horses has given him a wonderful business that both honors his father and links him to his beloved community of Bardstown. He calls his job a “vacation 365 days a year. Not very many people can say that.” Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse...

Kentucky by Heart: Refugee couple from war-torn Bosnia adds to richness of life in Bardstown

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Ed. Note: This story is reprinted from the 2008 first volume of Steve Flairty’s Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes book series and appeared previously in KyForward. The couple lived a charmed life. Dzevad won renown as a member of both the Bosnian national soccer team and later as a professional player. Living in a place where a fledgling democracy had many economic...

Unique holiday experience: Relive the magic of ‘Polar Express’ with one of these Santa-themed excursions

Spend the afternoon aboard a vintage train and relive the magic of “The Polar Express” as it chugs into the Kentucky countryside. Bardstown has two attractions offering Santa-themed excursions during December: The Kentucky Railway Museum and My Old Kentucky Dinner Train have a combined total of 26 different holiday excursions, offering everything from pictures with Santa and cookies and...