Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Fall Festivals & Events in Oldham County

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Halloween Events in Oldham County COMING SOON!


9/5: FREE! FamilyPalooza at Southeast Christian Church in Crestwood, 11am-4pm

9/5: Summer Send Off with Ronald McDonald House Charities Kentuckiana at Camp Hi Ho in Louisville (SUPER CLOSE TO OLDHAM COUNTY!) 10am-4pm. $20 admission, covers lunch too.  2 and under are FREE.

9/9: FREE! Ghost Stories on the Square at the Oldham County History Center outside in LaGrange, 7:30pm

9/10: FREE! Dixie Soul Fancy Flea on Main Street in Downtown Lagrange. Food vendors, shopping and live music! 10-6pm

9/10: FREE! The Henry County Arts & Craft Guild at the Henry County Fairgrounds in New Castle, 10am-4pm

9/10-9/11: FREE! Trimble County Apple Festival in Bedford. Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 12-5pm

9/11: Corkestra at Norton Commons in Prospect (Jefferson County), admission fee, 2:30-5:00pm

9/17: Central Kentucky Celtic Festival & Highland Games in Eminence. Admission fee. 10am-7pm.

9/24 & 9/25: FREE! Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art in Madison, Indiana, 10am-5pm

9/27: FREE! Fall Family Fun at the Oldham County Public Library Mahan Branch in Goshen. 4pm, sign ups required. (4 week session of fun on Tuesdays!)


10/2: Skeleton 5k Run at Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange at 2pm. Registration fee.

10/4: FREE! Fall Family Fun at the Oldham County Public Library Mahan Branch in Goshen. 4pm, sign ups required. (4 week session of fun on Tuesdays!)

10/8: Soup, Stew, Chili & Brew in Madison, Indiana, 11am-5pm.

10/8: Fox Hollow Farm Festival in Crestwood. Admission is FREE, Parking is $5 (donation to Maryhurst) and activities range $1-$4. 10am-6pm

10/9: FREE! IronMan Louisville: LaGrange Festival in downtown LaGrange.  Grab a prime spot to see and cheer on the cyclists as they make their way through the course.  Face painting, sign making and children's activities.

10/11: FREE! Fall Family Fun at the Oldham County Public Library Mahan Branch in Goshen. 4pm, sign ups required. (4 week session of fun on Tuesdays!)

10/13: Girl's Night Out at the North Oldham Lions Club in Prospect.  Paint a turkey holiday door hanger. $30, 6-8:30pm

10/14: FREE! Fall Family Fun at the Oldham County Public Library Mahan Branch in Goshen. 4pm, sign ups required. (4 week session of fun on Tuesdays!)

10/16: FREE! Prospect Fall Festival with Faith Community Church at Gingerwoods Events Hall. Time TBA

10/16: The GREAT Brownsboro Chili Cook-off benefitting the Brownsboro Community Center, 2-6pm.

10/21-23: Hermitage Classic & Fall Festival in Goshen

10/22: Arts & Crafts Day in Pewee Valley at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Pewee Valley Presbyterian Church and St. James Episcopal Church. 10am-4pm.


11/8: Turkey Trotter 5 Mile Run, 4k Walk at Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange, 8am. Registration fee.

11/9: Chili Cook-off and Corn Hole Championship at North Oldham Lions Club in Prospect.

11/11: South Oldham Fire Department Chili Cook-off in Crestwood, 11am-2pm.

11/12: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Fall Festival and Turkey Dinner in LaGrange 3-8pm. Facebook

11/12 & 13: FREE! Oldham Arts on City Place at City Place in LaGrange. Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-5pm.

11/19: Holiday Bazaar at North Oldham Lions Club in Prospect.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Quads Rod & Custom Car Show in LaGrange

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If you're looking for a low-key, fun activity to do with your family in the warmer months, then you should check out the Quads Rod & Custom Car Show in Downtown LaGrange.  The car show is set up every 4th Saturday of the month, beginning in May and going through September and is FREE.

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My son loves cars and learning about them, so this car show is perfect for him to experience many makes and models.  The cars are set up along Main and 2nd Streets in Downtown LaGrange and the streets are closed to traffic.  The car owners love to share about their passion for their collector car and my kids love to hear about them.  Their many questions are answered and they learn new interesting facts about restoration and the development of the car.  They love to hear the year of the cars and compare the difference between the collector car and the present day car.  My husband and I also love to hear the many stories associated with the cars.  Some car owners have cards for children to take with them or will allow children to sit in the car for a picture. 

Many different cars, hot rods, trucks, custom cars, jeeps and more are set up for the shows.  Along with the cars, the car show has a 50/50 drawing, music, door prizes and dining along Main Street.  The shows are 5-9pm and are a great way for families to develop or nurture an interest in cars or the hobby while also learning a little history about the different makes and models.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Review of Walsh Park in LaGrange, Ky

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Location: 600 North 4th Street, LaGrange

Walsh Park is tucked away between quiet neighborhoods and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church near downtown LaGrange.  It can be accessed by taking Jefferson Street to either 5th Street or 4th Street to Fendley Mill Road.  There is low traffic in the park, making it nice for dog-walking, picnicking or just playing.

Playground Features:
  • Large playground structure
  • 4 swings and 2 bucket swings
  • Fireman's pole
  • Rubber mulch
  • Several picnic tables surrounding the playground

Other Features at the Park:
  • North Oldham Baseball Fields

  • Restrooms
  • Covered gazebo with several picnic tables

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Latin Cafe in Crestwood

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Latin Café recently opened up in Crestwood and my family decided to check it out for dinner one night.  The small café is located at 6334 West Hwy 146 between Dominoes and KY Farm Bureau Insurance. 

We were pleasantly surprised to see how the café was renovated from the previous restaurant that occupied the space.  The café has a very clean, sophisticated look with white tablecloths on each of the tables.  We were greeted immediately by the very friendly owner and given recommendations on what to try.

The menu consists of Latin flavors for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  There are non-traditional Latin options on the menu also.  We decided to get a mixture of both flares.  My husband ordered the ceviche ($3.50 each), I tried the Cuban sandwich ($8.50) and my kids stuck with their usual cheese quesadilla ($4.00) and buffalo wings ($5.99).  The menu does list ingredient details for each item, which helps to understand the Latin food better.

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The food was served as it was ready instead of all the meals together at once.  We didn't mind this difference, but it's worth noting.  My husband received his ceviche first and he said it was very good.  His chorizo taco came out shortly after with our daughter's cheese quesadilla.  My Cuban sandwich was next and tasted delicious and full of flavor.  The sandwich included baked pork, ham, tomatoes, onions, mustard, pickles, swiss cheese and yogurt sauce (mild or spicy) served on a hoagie.  The side of yogurt sauce was also very good with the perfect amount of mild spice for me.  My son's 5 buffalo wings came out next and we could smell the smoked flavoring as soon as they arrived.  The buffalo sauce was served on the side and was very spicy.  My son likes spicy, but we could tell it was super spicy even for him!

We finished our entrees and decided to try the homemade desserts.  We chose the bread pudding and mint chocolate mousse.  Our favorite was the bread pudding!  Latin café also serves ice cream, espresso, cappuccino, lattes, rice milk and tamarind. 

The restaurant is currently in its 2nd week of business.  They plan to have outdoor seating on their patio eventually.  Breakfast seems to be a popular choice for patrons.  Just like the dinner menu, the breakfast menu offers Latin and traditional breakfast inspired choices.  The tres leches pancakes and fresh tamales were recommended to us when we come back for breakfast.  If you're not in the mood for Latin food, they have a build your own omelet and English breakfast on the menu also.

The prices seemed fair, the food was fresh, the atmosphere was clean and refreshing, and the service was quick and friendly.  I could appreciate that there is a mixture of choices on the menu.  This mixture accommodated my family's different tastes well.  Give this new restaurant a try!  They are open 7 days a week.  Check them out on Facebook for their hours and specials.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Where to Find Fresh Apples Near Oldham County

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Nothing says fall is on its way like fresh apples!  We searched for local orchards, farms and markets where Oldham County residents can find fresh apples.  A lot of the apples are ready by the end of August or early September, but please note: it is always best to call the orchard or business before you plan a visit to check on crop availability!

Bray Orchards
Variety of apples available in their market.  Ask about u-pick.
Ice Cream shop.
Family activities start in October.
Located in Bedford at 2580 Hwy 42

Mulberry Orchard
Variety of apples available in their market. (No u-pick at this time, the trees are still too young.)
Café available for food purchases.
Play structures on the farm - FREE.
Located in Shelbyville at 1330 Mulberry Pike

Gallrein Farms
Variety of apples available in their market for purchase. (They are not an orchard.)
Café available for food purchases.
Other attractions at the farm, some are FREE, others have an admission fee.
Located in Shelbyville at 1029 Vigo Road

LaGrange Farmers Market & Artisans
Variety of apples available from different local farms.
Open on Saturdays May-Oct 8am-1pm
Located in LaGrange at 100 West Main Street on the Courthouse Lawn

Reardon's Fruit Market & Garden Center
Variety of apples available in the store.
Located in Crestwood at 6462 W Hwy 146

Ayres Family Orchard
40 varieties of apples available at the farm store.
U-pick is welcomed, but they do recommend you call the farm ahead of time to make sure someone is at the farm.
Located in Owenton at 525 Wilson Lane

Goley's Orchard
Variety of apples available for purchase at their roadside market. (No u-pick.)
Located in Madison, Indiana at 2241 Clifty Drive

Huber's Orchard & Winery
Variety of apples available for purchase in the farm store or u-pick.
Restaurant available with food and drinks.
Other family friendly entertainment available.  Admission fees may apply.
Located in Borden, Indiana at 19816 Huber Road

Hidden Hollow Orchard *Per their website they are not open for the 2016 season unfortunately.
U-pick apples.
Horses for feeding.
Located in Louisville off of Old Henry Road at 3200 Apple Hill Road

Where is your favorite place to find fresh apples?

Monday, August 8, 2016

Power & Grace: Gymnastics & Dance

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A new gymnastics and dance studio recently opened up in Prospect and we got to check it out during preschool open play.  Power and Grace Gymnastics and Dance is located in the Kroger Shopping Center at 6011 Timber Ridge Drive, just outside of Oldham County.  When we arrived, the owner, Suzanne, welcomed us and was super friendly.  She explained how open play works and showed us some of the studio.  Caregivers are welcome to be involved in the open play or can choose to wait in the comfy lounge area.  There are several chairs and a couch with a TV near the windows to see the children playing on the gymnastics floor.

The gymnastics floor has several pieces of equipment for children to explore.  Along one wall is a long tumble track trampoline, there are three horizontal bars and balance beams set at different heights and more mats for tumbling.  Other toys were brought out during open play also.  Ride on toys, hula hoops, a smaller trampoline, a bowling game and scarves were a few of the items we saw.

The long rectangle room made it easy for me to keep track of my preschooler while she played.  The restrooms and water were also conveniently located near the gymnastics floor.  I also appreciated that the owner was out playing with the children and also assisting them on the equipment.  As the hour long play time came to an end, she turned on Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" and the kids had a blast dancing with long ribbons.  There was a light snack and drink for each child after open play.  For older children, Power and Grace offers school-aged open play also.

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Power and Grace also offers organized gymnastic and dance classes for children 3-12 years old.  There is also Parent & Me classes for children younger than 3 and a Super Power class for children with special needs. Along with the gymnastic and dance skills, there is a character word each week that the teachers focus on with the students.  Students learn the importance of character traits like integrity, courage and patience. Check out their schedule for the class times; there are several options available for the age groups ranging from morning to evening times.  Follow them on Facebook also to learn about Parents Night Out and Birthday Parties.

There is a one time annual membership fee of $35 to cover insurance for the gymnasts and dancers.  Classes are $66 a month and open play times are $3.  Power and Grace is working on offering frequent visitor cards and there are discounts for families that enroll more than one child in programs.

There is a very welcoming and warm atmosphere at Power and Grace Gymnastic and Dance.  We enjoyed visiting this family-owned and operated studio.  My preschooler enjoyed exploring the equipment during open play and I appreciated the owner's personal involvement and attention she showed the parents and children.

Check out Power and Grace Gymnastics and Dance in Prospect!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Creasey Mahan's "Woofstock" Pet Day & Butterfly Day

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If you have an animal or nature lover in your family, you have to check out this FREE event at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve

 photo 2f855b46-72c9-41d6-a3ca-7ddea3f4c03e_zpsoiwhen8n.jpgThis event is open to the community and helps support local pet rescue organizations.  Creasey Mahan is dog-friendly, so as usual, bring your furry friend along with your family!  While you are there, enter your dog in one of the many different categories in the Mutt Strut competition.  This fun and friendly competition has categories like "Best Kisser," "Best Costumed Dog," and "Cutest Puppy."  Even if you're not in the Mutt Strut, it is so fun to watch and cheer for your favorite pup!

Along with the Pet part to the day, there is also the Butterfly part!  Surround yourself with butterflies when you walk inside Creasey Mahan's catch and release butterfly tent.  Kids and adults love this tent!  Volunteers assist the children in properly handling the butterflies and tell interesting facts about them.  New for 2016, is the Idlewild Butterfly Farm Tent.  There is an entry fee of $5 for this tent.  We're sure it's super cool, too.

 photo magnify_zpsz4ucplkk.jpgLearn more about butterflies inside the air-conditioned Nature Center or grab a butterfly net and have a go at catching (and releasing) the many butterflies around the nature preserve.

There are several booths set up at the event, many geared toward our pet friends.  You can also meet adorable cats and dogs looking for homes.  Food, sweet treats, inflatables, crafts and face painting are also available.  Also, new for 2016 is a dog agility show!

The day is filled with cuteness and discovery.  It's a great way to bring your entire family (furry members and all) outside to a great Oldham County gem.  Check out "Woofstock" Pet Day & Butterfly Day at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve!