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Fort Boonesborough State Park’s ‘Fireside Chats’ feature famous characters from Kentucky history

In collaboration with the Fort Boonesborough Foundation, Fort Boonesborough State Park will host a series of “Fireside Chats” featuring famous characters from Kentucky history. Beginning on Feb. 8, Fort Boonesborough State Park will offer a “Taste of Frontier Fare” from 5:30-6:15 p.m., followed by the historical program at 6:45 p.m. Carol Jarboe portrays Maggie Delaney. • Feb. 8, 2020: Daniel...

Fort Boonesborough State Park’s ‘18th Century Christmas at the Fort’ event set for Dec. 6-7

Find out what Christmas was like in the pioneer days at Fort Boonesborough State Park’s “18th Century Christmas at the Fort” event Dec. 6-7. The Friday night event (Dec. 6) will allow guests to see the fort lit with candle lanterns and bonfires. Cabins will be decorated and occupied by living history interpreters presenting 18th century holiday traditions. There will be interpretations from the...

Fort Boonesborough State Park to host annual ‘1778 Siege of Boonesborough’ weekend on Sept. 28-29

Fort Boonesborough State Park will host its annual “1778 Siege of Boonesborough” weekend on Sept. 28-29. Events will include a battle re-enactment on both days at 2 p.m. There will also be a “night battle” at dusk on Saturday. The event commemorates the September 1778 attack on the fort by Native Americans and French Canadians during the Revolutionary War. The settlers in the fort refused to...

Fort Boonesborough State Park special reunion site for ‘A Gathering of Descendants’ on June 15

Fort Boonesborough State Park is inviting anyone who had ancestors in the area of the historic fort during the 18th century to a special reunion on June 15. “A Gathering of Descendants” will be a chance to learn and find out about research on the history of Fort Boonesborough and its inhabitants. While Daniel Boone is the most famous fort resident, the event is open to the public and any other...

Most Kentucky State Parks pools and beaches on schedule to open for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional opening date for Kentucky State Park pools and beaches. Most pools and beaches will be opening. Lodge pools are reserved for lodge and cottage guests. Community pools at Greenbo Lake, Carter Caves, Levi Jackson, Blue Licks Battlefield, Cumberland Falls, E.P. “Tom” Sawyer, Kincaid Lake, Natural Bridge and Fort Boonesborough state parks charge a fee and are...

Fort Boonesborough State Park to feature famous characters from Kentucky history in ‘Fireside Chats’

Featuring famous characters from Kentucky history, a series of “Fireside Chats” sponsored by Fort Boonesborough State Park and the Fort Boonesborough Foundation will start at the Richmond park beginning Feb. 2. The fireside chats will be offered every Saturday during February, starting at 6:45 p.m. each day in the museum blockhouse. A “Taste of Frontier Fare” will be offered each Saturday from...

Annual battle re-enactment of ‘1778 Siege of Boonesborough’ set for this weekend

Fort Boonesborough State Park will host its annual “1778 Siege of Boonesborough” weekend this Saturday and Sunday. Events will include a battle re-enactment on both days at 2 p.m. There will also be a “night battle” at dusk on Saturday. A scene from the 1778 Siege of Boonesborough. The event commemorates the September 1778 attack on the fort by Native Americans and French Canadians during the...

New Daniel Boone memorabilia collection opening April 15 at Fort Boonesborough

A Daniel Boone memorabilia collection that will be displayed at Fort Boonesborough State Park will be unveiled on April 15 at the park. Ray Buckberry of Bowling Green spent a lifetime collecting the 351 items in the collection, which includes items books, prints, and other items relating to Daniel Boone items from the Daniel Boone television series. Buckberry donated the collection to the Fort Boonesborough...

River Blast 2015: ‘Regional celebration’ of
the Kentucky River aimed at whole family

River Blast is a ‘regional celebration’ of the Kentucky River. It’s Saturday from noon-10 p.m. at Fort Boonesborough State Park (Photo from Bluegrass Tomorrow)   Swing Street and Dublove headline the live entertainment scheduled for the second annual River Blast festival Aug. 1 at Fort Boonesborough State Park near Richmond.   Organized by the Kentucky River Water Trail...

Inaugural River Blast festival aims to ‘bring public back’ to Kentucky River for fun times

It should be a blast on the Kentucky River when Conch Republic and Dublove headline the inaugural River Blast festival Aug. 16   Organized by the Kentucky River Water Trail Alliance and benefiting Bluegrass Tomorrow and Kentucky Riverkeeper, the festival at Fort Boonesborough State Park in Richmond is free and open to the public (a $5 donation is suggested for parking). The festival, presented...

Betsy Waters: August may bring back school, but still great fun for family on the weekends

Aidan and Keenan Waters enjoy last year’s University of Kentucky football fan day. (Photo by B. Waters)   Summer still has lots of fun to offer families in Central Kentucky. School is starting back, but there are still lots of great events throughout the Bluegrass to enjoy like an Aviation Education Expo, Wildcat Fan Day, a tomato festival and outdoor activities at Salato.   It’s...

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...

Betsy Waters: Touring the Bluegrass area
can be educational and fun for families

  Summertime is typically vacation time for families. Families flock to the coasts, to amusement parks or enjoy road trips to take in the scenery outside our own beautiful state.   There are, however, many wonderful attractions right here in the Bluegrass if you’re looking to save some money and enjoy a ‘stay’cation or just want to add more summer fun this year. Taking a tour of a...