Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Outdoor Movie Night at Home

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We are home for Fall Break and so far, the weather has been beautiful for us staycationers.  The beautiful weather has allowed us to spend fun nights around our small campfire in our backyard, but we were wanting to do more outside without breaking the bank.  We came up with the idea of having an outdoor movie night.  I got on Pinterest and found a few DIY projects, got brave and started planning our PVC pipe and white sheet movie screen.  We still needed a projector though.  I remember someone telling me that the Oldham County Public Library has a projector that library cardholders can borrow.  Problem solved!

 photo back of projector_zps6ltmcdso.jpgI called the main library in LaGrange to ask about the projector and they told me they also have a large screen.  No need for my DIY project!  We quickly went to the library to check out the projector and screen.  Both items come in a nice carrying case.  The screen is quite heavy and long.  It is about 73" long, so make sure it will fit in your vehicle.  We loaned some DVDs from the library for our movie night and we were on our way.

 photo cords_zpsszj7gnc0.jpgWhen I opened the projector screen I was a little lost; I've never used a portable one before.  There are no directions enclosed in the bag, so google was my go-to.  Once I finally watched a couple of videos, set up was easy.  The whole set up consists of a tripod stand and the actual screen (the heavy part).

The InFocus brand projector was a little trickier.  Originally, my thought was to hook it up to my laptop.  The helpful librarians did tell me that it needed a special cord if I was using a Mac.  I wasn't using a Mac, but I still did not find a way to hook it up to my semi-new Dell laptop and I was looking for simple and cheap.  I didn't want to have to purchase any cords or other equipment for this family fun.  I looked at the 3 connector cords the projector came with and decided to use the one I was familiar with-the trusty composite video connection cords.  That's the fancy word for the double ended red, yellow and white cord.  I knew this would work using my DVD player and it did.  The projector also comes with an S-video connector and VGA connector cord.  Again, I wanted simple and went with what I knew.  I didn't want to spend money or a whole lot of time figuring this out.

There is a speaker on the projector, but we ended up hooking up a computer speaker set that we already had.  This really amplified the sound outside for us.  We started to notice that we could make out the movie a little before sunset (around 7PM during Fall Break).  The picture was perfect once it was completely dark.

We loved this free family night!  We set up the equipment on our deck, repositioned our deck furniture, popped some popcorn and grabbed some extra blankets and were set!  Clean up was simple too.  We plan to do a couple more movie nights during Fall Break.  You can request to have the equipment for an extended amount of time if you want, allowing you and your family to enjoy many free fun nights together!
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Friday, October 21, 2016

Hermitage Classic & Fall Festival

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This weekend is the 7th annual Hermitage Classic and Fall Festival at Hermitage Farm in Goshen.  The Dressage Competition begins Friday, October 21st, on Saturday, October 22nd, visitors can enjoy the Fall Festival and more horse competitions on Sunday, October 23rd.

Saturday's events are filled with family fun.  The Fall Festival is 9AM-4PM and admission is a donation of any size to Fund for the Arts.  The festival includes a petting zoo, terrier dog races, pumpkin patch, live music, food trucks, a biergarten and exciting horse competitions to watch.  For adults, there is a Kentucky Southern Social at Hermitage Classic VIP option for $75 from 11AM-4PM.  The variety of events makes the day fun for all ages. 

More horse competitions round out the weekend on Sunday with the Cones Competition.  Attend on Sunday to watch more of the horses or adults can participate in the Fund for the Arts Tailgate Competition for $100.  The tailgate is 9AM-3PM and the participation fee includes a tent for decorating with the "Farm Chic" theme.  Complimentary mimosas are served also.

Head out to Hermitage Farm this weekend for a unique experience for the whole family.  The farm is located at 10500 W Highway 42 in Goshen.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Traderbakers Farm Market in LaGrange

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The new Traderbakers Farm Market recently opened in LaGrange.  It is located at 1800 Hwy 53 and sits between the Verizon Store and Big O' Tires.  Presently, the outside is decorated with fall colored mums and old farm tractors.  It was enough for me to stop and want to go see what was inside.  This old bank is transformed into a roadside farmer's market, but inside a cute little store with vibrant colors all around. 

There is a butcher meat counter filled with local meat from the Bakers' farm, chicken fresh from a local Amish farm and Chelsey's eggs from Pleasureville, KY.  There are a few side dishes in the butcher case to go along with your fresh beef or deli meat.  You can also find fresh produce, dog treats, soaps, soy candles, snacks, fresh bread, Kentucky Proud products and more in the store.  The gourmet jellies and jams from Winchester, KY and fudge made in LaGrange, KY are all beautifully displayed around the store.

We love that everyone in the store knows exactly where each product is from and a neat story behind it.  The warm and friendly new store is a great addition to LaGrange and is a great quick stop for fresh, local food and treats.  Check out the new Traderbakers Farm Market and support the local farmers in our area and around Kentucky!

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Review of Central Park in Pewee Valley

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Location: 105 Central Avenue, Pewee Valley

Pewee Valley has a beautiful small park right in the center of town.  The park is located off of Central Avenue behind Little Colonel Players.  My young children ask to go see the red caboose and then walk to the park.  They enjoy walking over the small bridge, seeing the fish in the pond and the trail is perfect distance for their little legs.  This is a great spot to catch a summer concert, fall outdoor movie or picnic with friends.  There is no playground at the park, but it can still be enjoyed with good old fashioned conversation, picnicking and yard games.

Park Features:
Short paved walking trail
Green space
Covered pavilion with benches
Benches around the walking trail
Beautiful wildflowers
Small bridge
Small pond with fish
No public restroom

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