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Public event celebrates Lexington’s Pope Villa listing on National Register of Historic Places

A rare surviving example of the work of early American architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the National Park Service (NPS) has announced. Pope Villa in Lexington was individually listed for its national significance to architecture, interpreted “for its information potential with respect to the interaction of architects and builders in the...

Kentucky Main Street Program reminding shoppers to Shop Small as holiday gift-buying season begins

Small Business Saturday has quickly become synonymous with the first Saturday after Thanksgiving as a means to encourage holiday shoppers to patronize local businesses. This national Shop Small marketing campaign also coincides with holiday events and activities already planned in many Kentucky Main Street (KYMS) communities. “Small Business Saturday reminds us that during one of the busiest spending...

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...

Patterson named communications director for Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet

Secretary Don Parkinson of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet has named Cody Patterson as the Cabinet’s Director of Communications. “We are excited to have Cody join the Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet,” said Secretary Parkinson. “He brings a fresh perspective and proven statewide experience to our mission of enhancing the Commonwealth.” Patterson served as the Communications...

State artists invited to submit two-dimensional entries for Kentucky Artisan Center exhibit Reveal

Kentucky artists who work in large two-dimensional formats are invited to submit entries for the exhibit program Reveal at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Reveal will showcase one selected artist in the Center’s lobby from Jan. 13-April 30, 2018. Reveal exhibits are a regular part of the center’s exhibition schedule through an annual statewide call-to-artists. The center’s Reveal...

Bevin names four to proprietary education panel; Minority Craftsman Training Board reorganized

Gov. Matt Bevin made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Lucinda Pease, Dr. Jonah Mitchell, David William Floyd, and Gerria Berryman have been appointed to the Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education. Pease, of Hillsboro, is an administrative coordinator for the Kentucky Welding Institute. She will represent privately owned for-profit post-secondary technical schools...

Kentucky Horse Park, U.S. Equestrian Federation sign lease to construct new headquarters

The United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. (US Equestrian) and the Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet announced that the Kentucky Horse Park Commission and US Equestrian have signed a 40-year ground lease on three acres of land, which includes the grant of an option to extend the lease for an additional 40 years at the conclusion of the initial term. The lease allows US Equestrian to...

Officials mark reopening of newly renovated May Lodge at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

State and local officals Wednesday held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the renovated May Lodge at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, which is now open. A fire in March, 2016, forced officials to close the main lodge building, which included the park restaurant and lounge. The lodge rooms remained open during repairs and the restaurant moved to the conference center. “We are grateful that no one was hurt...

Travel spending in Fayette County rose to record level of $2 billion in 2016, report says

A new state survey showed that total travel spending in 2016 rose to record levels again in Fayette County. Statewide data was released by the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet in conjunction with National Tourism Week May 7-13. VisitLEX encourages locals to get out and explore the area each year during National Tourism Week and throughout the entire month of May. For ideas and inspiration,...

Kentucky tourism industry generated $14.5 billion in 2016; impact increase in all nine regions

The economic impact of tourism in Kentucky was more than $14.5 billion in 2016, the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and the Department of Tourism announced Monday. Kentucky’s tourism industry experienced the strongest overall economic impact growth rate since 2005. All nine of the state’s tourism regions registered gains again in 2016. “On the heels of the recent momentous success...

Join a few thousand of your friends at Saturday’s annual Governor’s Derby Celebration in Frankfort

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT – Memories are waiting to be made with a few thousand friends at the annual Governor’s Derby Celebration in downtown Frankfort on Saturday. “Glenna and I hope to see you there,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. The family-friendly event has a long, festive tradition beginning on the first Saturday in May way back in 1935 when then-Gov. A. B. “Happy” Chandler...

Applications for latest review session for new Kentucky artists deadline is April 30

Three times a year the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea holds review sessions to consider works and products by Kentucky artisans who are not juried members of the Kentucky Arts Council programs or the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen. Applications for the next review session are due April 30. Application categories are: * Visual Arts (crafts, and two-dimensional art) * Books *...

Kentucky Horse Park kicks off celebration of the life of Man o’ War on 100th anniversary of birth

The Kentucky Horse Park, along with state and local officials, Wednesday launched a season-long celebration honoring the 100th birthday of Thoroughbred legend, Man o’ War, who was foaled on March 29, 1917. Man o’ War went on to become one of the foremost racehorses of all time, as well as one of the most famous Kentuckians. The Man o’ War Celebration, presented by Windstream, will honor the...

Kentucky Visitor’s Guide for 2017 features state map with path of Great American Solar Eclipse

The Kentucky Department of Tourism has announced the release of the 2017 Official Kentucky Visitor’s Guide. The guide features a state map with the path of the upcoming Great American Solar Eclipse highlighted. The 146-page guide has comprehensive information about attractions, lodging, dining, shopping, and entertainment and recreation options in nine regions for visitors to the Bluegrass State. “The...

Kentucky Artisan Center calls for entries for special exhibit celebrating state’s 225th anniversary

In 2017 Kentucky celebrates the 225th Anniversary of becoming a state and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea honors that history with the exhibit 225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky’s History. This new exhibit will be March 25-Sept. 23, 2017, in the center’s main gallery and will feature both two and three dimensional works that record, capture, embrace and celebrate a facet or subject from Kentucky’s...

Berea’s Got Talent: Kentucky Artisan Center demonstrations feature artists from Berea

Berea is known for its wealth of talented artisans and January brings that talent to the Kentucky Artisan Center. Take the chill off winter and visit the Center for a warm meal and the chance to watch Berea studio artists demonstrate their skills. On Saturday, Jan. 7, Jeannette Rowlett, of Berea, will demonstrate her sterling silver wire wrapped jewelry from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Center....

Retail business buyers, representatives can now register for Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2017

Buyers and representatives of retail businesses interested in offering fine art and Kentucky-made products to their customers can register now to attend Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2017 at the Lexington Convention Center. Produced for 35 years by the Kentucky Arts Council, The Market is open exclusively to the trade from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 21. Buyers who attend The Market can place...

Think Kentucky: Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet offers holiday gift ideas with Bluegrass tint

The Kentucky Cabinet of Tourism, Arts and Heritage is encouraging Kentuckians to give a gift with a Kentucky theme this holiday season. “The holidays are a perfect time to give gifts made in Kentucky to friends and family,” said Don Parkinson, Secretary of the Cabinet of Tourism, Arts and Heritage. “Throughout the state, shops feature uniquely Kentucky gifts from books, food, artwork, performances...

Kentucky Artisan Center featuring gifts prepared by more than 700 state artists

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, but is open regular hours (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) all other days that week, providing visitors with exciting possibilities for finding Kentucky-made gifts for everyone on their list. Whether shopping for special gifts or preparing your home for the holidays, the center offers a wide array of beautiful gifts created by more than...

Kentucky Tourism Arts & Heritage Cabinet, USEF, sign long-term agreement for Kentucky Horse Park

The United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. (USEF) and the Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet have announced the signing of a letter of intent for the construction of a building at the Kentucky Horse Park that will serve as the national headquarters of the USEF. The parties anticipate that following completion of due diligence by the USEF and finalization of the lease document, construction...