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Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour expands with more distilleries, new look and finishing prize

Seven years ago, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association created the nation’s first and only tourism attraction to showcase its flourishing artisan distilling movement — the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour. The KDA announced on Tuesday that the thriving, groundbreaking adventure is expanding to include new spirits producers and is rewarding visitors who tour all 20 distilleries with an enhanced...

Keeneland to feature AC Entertainment’s Railbird Festival, meshing music festival with horse racing

A new event will join Keeneland’s calendar in 2019, bringing with it significant economic and tourism impacts for Lexington. And, it isn’t a horse race. Nationally renowned festival producer AC Entertainment – of Bonnaroo, Forecastle, High Water, Moon River and other top music festivals – is introducing Railbird Festival, taking place on The Grounds at Keeneland this summer Aug. 10-11. “With...

Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors announces $216.8 million in real estate sales in April

Real estate sales by members of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors positively impacted the Bluegrass economy with 1,085 reported sales totaling $216,846,681 during the month of April. “As with last spring, the home-purchasing season is competitive this year,” said John Groft, president of LBAR. “Demand is still strong, especially in light of rising mortgage rates. Savvy consumers...

Bluegrass band Old Salt Union to play WKCTC Clemens Fine Arts Center’s Backstage Pass March 3

East St. Louis string bluegrass band Old Salt Union is set to play a Backstage Pass at West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Clemens Fine Arts Center March 3 at 7:30 p.m. The theatre’s Backstage Pass series features local and regional artists in a listening-room, intimate concert setting on the Clemens stage and the audience will get an entertaining, up close and personal show...

Hospice of the Bluegrass receives $6,000 grant to serve patients in Eastern Kentucky

  Hospice of the Bluegrass has been awarded a $6,000 grant by the Berea College Appalachian Fund. The money will be used to provide care to patients in 16 Southeast Kentucky counties who are not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.   “We are so pleased that the Berea College Appalachian Fund recognizes the important care we provide to seriously ill people,” says Hospice...

Betsy Waters: A festive Fourth of July awaits you and your family in the Bluegrass region

  The Fourth of July is a great time to celebrate with family and friends. Many local communities have events planned that are ideal for children and adults alike. Check it out!   Downtown Lexington festivities   Lexington kicks off the day’s events with the Bluegrass 10,000. The wheelchair divisions hit the course at 7:20 a.m., with the foot race starting at 7:30 a.m. The Fun...

Katie Shoultz: An ‘Aussie’ time, naturally,
with Nicholasville horse trainer Dan James

Dan James and his horse Top Gun during a bridleless reining performance at the 2013 Road to the Horse event at the Horse Park. (Photo courtesy of Laura Donnell.)   Horseman Dan James is bringing a bit of the Outback to Kentucky. With a natural training approach, this native Australian wins the trust and respect of the horse and builds an unwavering relationship with them – the foundation...

Katie Shoultz: An 'Aussie' time, naturally, with Nicholasville horse trainer Dan James

Dan James and his horse Top Gun during a bridleless reining performance at the 2013 Road to the Horse event at the Horse Park. (Photo courtesy of Laura Donnell.)   Horseman Dan James is bringing a bit of the Outback to Kentucky. With a natural training approach, this native Australian wins the trust and respect of the horse and builds an unwavering relationship with them – the foundation...

Bluegrass PRIDE: Telephone wires may be handy perch for birds but not ‘natural’ one

By Deborah Larkin KyForward columnist   Each day as I drive to work through Boyle, Mercer, Jessamine and Fayette counties I have the opportunity to observe the flora and fauna of the Bluegrass. One of the species that I see regularly, especially in the winter months, is the red tail hawk. I used to see these birds perched in the trees while they scanned the pastures for signs of prey (rabbits...