Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring Festivals & Events in Oldham County

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Warmer weather means the return of fun outdoor festivals and events in Oldham County!  Here's our list of what's going on in the springtime.  We'll update it as we hear about more events.


4/1 Knock on Wood Spring Open House

4/1 Brownsboro Alliance Wildflower Walk
FREE for Alliance members, $5/person or $25 max family

4/1 Hellebore Day
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood
FREE with regular admission

Power & Grace Gymnastics & Dance
Zubrod Stables
All About Kids Sports Center
School's Out Camp with KY Science Center

4/8 Fly Fishing Seminar
Oldham County Family YMCA in Buckner

4/9 Pewee Valley Jr Academy Yard Sale

4/11 Spring Family Fun
Oldham County Public Library at the Mahan Branch in Goshen

4/15 Mother's Day Clay Workshop
OCS Arts Center
Ages 4 - Adult

4/15 Spring Wildflower Walks with Tavia
Creasey Mahan Nature Center in Goshen

4/15 Fashion & Furiends presented by the Oldham County Humane Society
City Place in LaGrange
Shop for all things Derby related!

4/15 Oldham County Parks & Rec Earth Day 5K
Morgan Conservation Park in LaGrange

4/18 Spring Family Fun
Oldham County Public Library at the Mahan Branch in Goshen

4/18 Seed Library Kick-off
Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange

4/25 Spring Family Fun
Oldham County Public Library at the Mahan Branch in Goshen

4/29-30 Plant Sale & Garden Market
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood
Sat 10am-4pm or Sun 12-3pm
FREE with regular paid admission

4/30 Blue Hydrangea Progressive Tea
Downtown LaGrange


DATE TBA Mother's Day High Tea
Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique in Buckner

5/12 Mother/Son Dance
John W. Black Community Center in LaGrange
$15 per couple

5/12 Kids Night
LaGrange Community Center

5/12 Creasey Country Fair
Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen
$15 or $25 per couple, limited ticket sales at the door $20

5/12 Sunset Concert Series
FoxHollow Farm in Crestwood

5/13 LaGrange Farmer's Market & Artisans Opening Day!
Oldham County Court House Square in Lagrange
The farmer's market will be there each Saturday until October.

5/27 Knock on Wood Country Mercantile

5/27 Spring Family Campout
Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen
12pm check in time
$25 per camper, meals and activities included.

5/28 Spring Family Campout
Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen
12pm check in time
$25 per camper, meals and activities included.

5/20 Oldham County Parks & Rec Down & Dirty Obstacle Mud Run
Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange
First wave beginning at 9am

5/28 Cruisin' with the Quads
Downtown LaGrange on Main Street near the Oldham County Courthouse Square. 
They will meet the 4th Saturday of the month through September. Music, drawings, shopping and door prizes!

5/28 South Oldham Fire 5k Run
South Oldham Fire Department in Crestwood


DATE TBA LaGrange Family Fest

6/2 Outdoor Movie Night
Christ Church of Goshen

6/3 North Oldham Fire Department Open House
Tour the station, sit in a firetruck, rappel down a training tower, climb a 75' ladder. Hot dogs and soft drinks while they last. 

6/3 Children in the Dell
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood
Every Saturday thru 8/26
Children are FREE with paid adult admission.

6/3 Kids Fishing Derby
Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange

6/3 & 6/4 Arts on the Green
Downtown LaGrange
Food, music, children's activities, many different artists and vendors!
10-5pm each day

6/3 & 6/4 Colonial Trade Faire
The Oldham County History Center in LaGrange
Includes 18th century camp, settlers selling 18th century wares, music, cannon demonstration, on-going heritage skill demonstrations, KY authors, first-person performance of a historical figure, etc. 
10am-4pm each day

6/9 Sunset Concert Series
FoxHollow Farm in Crestwood

6/10 Summer Reading Program Kick-off Celebration
Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange

6/10 Oldham County Grand Slam Health/Hope/Hometown 5K
The Rawlings Group in LaGrange
Facebook page here.

6/24 Knock on Wood Country Mercantile

6/24 Cruisin' with the Quads
Downtown LaGrange on Main Street near the Oldham County Courthouse Square. 
They will meet the 4th Saturday of the month through September. Music, drawings, shopping and door prizes!
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Visiting Hermitage Farm

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 photo field of horses_zps13mkmtgw.jpgHermitage Farm is a world famous horse farm right here in Oldham County and has been a working farm since the 1800s. It is the equivalent of a maternity ward and nursery with thoroughbreds being born and raised before going on to future possible careers as race horses themselves. Hermitage Farm has raised Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, and Breeder Cup winners, as well as international champions and stakes winners.

My daughter and I had the privilege of taking one of their farm tours. We met a REALLY tall retired race horse (which the kids enjoyed feeding mints), foals from one month to three months old, and the foals' moms. We enjoyed watching them run in the fields and standing up close. It was fun to see the foals different personalities, from enjoying the tour attention to wondering what we were all doing staring at them. The tours cost about $20 and are about 45-60 minutes long. There are occasional free, shorter tours, but they "sell out" quickly, so if you see them advertised on social media, act fast.

Hermitage Farms offers a lot of events, year round with use of the 1830's main house, historic smokehouse, and outdoor area on their 700+ acres. Aside from their annual Hermitage Classic, they host weddings, corporate events, private parties, fundraisers, and even overnight stays.

 photo stud barn_zpsmov8exsj.jpgThey are also currently working on a new farm to table restaurant in an old dairy barn on the grounds, expected to open in 2018. The tables will be in the existing stalls on both sides of an open concept kitchen down the center of the restaurant so you can watch them prepare your food. They are growing a new orchard on the grounds for the restaurant to be used by the restaurant, and they hope to have a seed to sip Bourbon experience of local distilleries at the restaurant - a mini Bourbon trail tasting in Oldham County!

Call and make an appointment for a tour (most tours are on Friday afternoons, but they may be able to accommodate different times) or find them on social media for event details. We are definitely looking forward to our next visit to Hermitage!

By Guest Writer: Caryn
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Friday, March 10, 2017

40+ Things for Families to do in the Prospect & Goshen Area!

This post is sponsored by:
 The Weil Team

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If you're raising your family in the Prospect or Goshen areas, you will find it to be a great place for neighborhoods, schools and family-friendly activities.  Here are just a few of the things that families can do together in Prospect or Goshen:

 photo screen_zpsbzkytbrc.jpg1. Watch free outdoor movies at Christ Church at Goshen during the summer!
2. Enjoy a kids eat free night at a local restaurant!
3. Sign up for fantastic after-school programs (like STEAMPunks) at the public schools or area childcare facilities like Saint John UMC!
4. Join the Hillcrest Hurricanes swim team!
5. Let your young children develop their love and skills of basketball through the Upward Basketball program.
 photo train_zpsqbydcllu.jpg6. Support Goshen Elementary School's very impressive and large cross country team.
7. Visit Henry's Ark.  Past Prospect resident, Henry Wallace, started the petting zoo where families can visit for free.
8. Catch a train ride at the City of Prospect Fall Festival!
9. Be wowed at Hermitage Farm's Fall Festival.  There are different equestrian competitions, kids can carve a pumpkin, ride a pony, or eat delicious food truck food!
10. Visit two great family YMCAs in Norton Commons or Buckner!
11. Don't worry about cooking dinner when Saint John UMC has food trucks during the work week!
12. Explore the outdoors at The Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve.
13. Grab a fish fry dinner at the North Oldham Lions Club during the Lenten season.
14. Take it easy at the Goshen General Store.
15. Kayak Harrod's Creek.  Or rent a paddle board or canoe!
16. Send your kids to Summer camps offered at St. Francis School, Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve and Zubrod Stables. 
 photo 4a12fe65-a1e0-40ef-8fc4-5d800fa1081f_zpsbmtxrfz4.jpg17. Step out onto US 42 to watch a world-class IronMan competition!  Cheer for the bicyclists riding down Prospect & Goshen roads.
18. Grab some ice cream at Dairy Queen or Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen.
19. Drop off your children at Power & Grace Gymnastics & Dance for parent's night out.
20. Celebrate a fiesta at Gustavo's Mexican Restaurant, eat pasta at Bistro 42, brunch at Melrose CafĂ©, try bison at Burning Bush Grill, or spicy Mongolian Beef stir fry at L&J Asian Cuisine,
21. Read a book in an old dairy barn at the Oldham County Public Library Mahan Branch.
22. Eat pancakes with Mr. & Mrs. Clause at the North Oldham Lions Club.
23. Get hosed down by the North Oldham Fire Department during Family Fun Day!
 photo Thunder Planes_zpsp0uyzyxl.jpg24. Take horse riding lessons at Zubrod Stables.
25. Take a drive down River Road and enjoy dinner next to the Ohio River.
26. Check out the amazing schools - public, private and early childhood preschools!
27. Celebrate Kentucky's signature industries: food, bourbon and horses at Hermitage Farm.
28. Interact with beautiful butterflies at Creasey Mahan's Butterfly & Pet Day Celebration.
29. Host the best pony party at Wanaja Farm.
30. Catch a glimpse of the Thunder Over Louisville airplanes flying over Hays Kennedy Park.
31. Hike at Little Hunting Creek or Putney Pond.
32. Shop the excellent consignment sale twice a year with the Saint John Kids Kloset.
33. Campout and roast marshmallows together.
34. Trick or Treat along a nature trail.
 photo hiking james_zpsnqjg451t.jpg35. Celebrate the 4th of July at "Boomsday" at Cowley Park.
36. Take a pony ride at the Prospect Fall Festival at Gingerwoods!
37. Order your groceries online and pick them up at the store!  The Kroger grocery store has the convenient Click-List service.
38. Picnic at the Belknap Community Park.
39. Swing, fly a kite, kick a soccer ball at Harmony Park.
40. Perfect your swim stroke with swim lessons at The Paramont Clubhouse indoor pool.
41. Participate in the summer reading program at the library.
42. Ride bikes at Hays Kennedy Park.
43. Catch a game, play or performance at North Oldham High School.
44. Shop at the farmer's market at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church.
45. Go sledding at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve.
and much more!

Thank you to The Weil Team for supporting Oldham Family Fun!
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