Thursday, June 22, 2017

Headquarters BBQ in Centerfield

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Don't just pass through Centerfield - stop! 

 photo brisket_zpscz0cblqt.jpgThere's a new barbeque place right off Hwy 22.  The old, red roof building is now the home of Headquarters BBQ, LLC.  If you take a look at their Facebook page, you will find that Headquarters has been satisfying the community's appetite for a while now.  They do catering and now offer BBQ at their new location at 2700 West Hwy 22 in Centerfield.

The restaurant opened at the beginning of June and their weekly hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11am-8pm.  The food offered is typical of a BBQ place: pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and chicken all in sandwich or entrée portions.  Side choices range from homemade mac n cheese, potato salad, baked beans, fries and others.  The prices were not bad: $3.50 for a thick slice of BBQ Bologna or $24.50 for Baby Back Ribs.

Even though the food was traditional BBQ, the flavors were very unique!  I tried the Sliced Beef Brisket entrée with a side of baked beans and potato salad ($13.50).  My son had wings (six for $6) and my daughter had a kid's chicken tender meal ($4).  The Brisket was delicious and very tender.  You can request sauce for it, but I didn't feel like it needed any.  I loved that the potato salad and baked beans were obviously homemade.  These were not from a tub trucked in from Sysco.  The potato salad was light with chunks of potatoes and slices of celery and green and red peppers.  The baked beans were very filling and flavorful.  There were chunks of hamburger and peppers in the baked beans, which made for a unique side item. 

 photo deck_zpsrjimegbi.jpgI had to explain to my Buffalo Wing loving son that the wings at Headquarters BBQ were a little different from what he usually eats.  These wings are marinated, rubbed and then smoked.  You can see the rub on the wings and it's tasty.  My son enjoyed them!

The kids meals are $4 and under and are good portions for the price.  There is a BBQ pulled pork quesadilla that I was wishing one of my kids had chosen so I could sneak a taste of it!  Don't forget to ask about desserts!  Again, more homemade deliciousness!

Inside the restaurant there are a couple of tables and chairs set up for dining or you can sit at a bourbon barrel tabletop on the back deck.  The deck has lots of shade and it's nice if you want to eat your food at the restaurant versus getting it to go.

I love that the red roof house is now home to another family owned and run business.  We hope you stop in soon and give Headquarters BBQ a try!
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Cabela's Kids' Explorers Program

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 photo loot_zpsrsbohxjz.jpgWho loves FREE fun in the summer?  Cabela's has great evening workshops scheduled for children at their Louisville location.  The "Kids' Explorers Program" is on Wednesday evenings 6-7pm.

The first program was Fishing Fun and boy did my kids have fun! There was a representative from the KY Department of Fish & Wildlife that spoke briefly about fishing in Kentucky.  She also had a fun casting game for the kids to try out and gave tips as the kids practiced.  Cabela's provided a few treats to go along with the fishing theme - shark gummies and worm gummies!

Each child participant received a (really nice) fishing pole, sunglasses and fishing bobber to take home!  This was a great surprise for all of us.  The Cabela's representative told us that there will be something special after each Explorer Program.

 photo schedule_zps5znaae4d.jpgThe fun, hands-on experience was amazing, the extra gifts were great bonuses to this program.  We love that this is an evening program and it incorporates learning about the outdoors through fun and educational activities.

There are a variety of topics scheduled for the program, so be sure to check out their calendar!  The program runs through July 12th, is completely free and open to children 11 and under.  You do not have to pre-register for the event.

Cabela's is a short drive outside of Oldham County and is located at 5100 Norton Healthcare Blvd. Louisville, KY 40241.
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Pickleball at Wendell Moore Park

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If you haven't heard, there are new Pickleball courts at Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange!  We had never played before, so we checked it out over the weekend.

 photo runing_zpso8nodnw1.jpgBecause the courts are still fairly new, I had to contact the John W. Black Community Center for information on how to set up a time to play.  Mr. Bill Hopkins helped coordinate the Pickleball courts and he was my main contact.

Currently, there is outdoor play scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6-9pm and Saturday mornings 9am-12pm at Wendell Moore.  This is the schedule for June & July. (This is always subject to change without us knowing, so please double check with the park before making a trip.)  We understand that it's a walk-up basis at the moment and the future plan is to have the nets on-site in a lockbox for the public to use.  (*6/16 update: the lockbox system is now in place.) Once the lockbox system is in place, you will need to know how to assemble the net.  The game is played on a court half the size of a tennis court.

Mr. Hopkins suggested that we watch some YouTube videos on the sport and to check out www.usapa.org to learn more about the rules.  After watching some of the videos and reading some information, we found that there is a lot more to Pickleball than we originally assumed.  The sport has elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis, but don't be fooled - it is it's own game!

 photo net_zpswgchamwj.jpgWe can't possibly begin to pretend we are experts on Pickleball, but we can tell you that new players must learn about "the kitchen," the importance of the bounce rules and the funny way of calling out the score before each serve.  A few elements will become more natural as you start to practice on the court.  New players will soon learn that power isn't as important as it is in tennis, finesse is your friend, the game is played near the net, you must be quick, the wiffle-like ball can trick you and there's not much bounce to the ball either.

We had a lot of fun during our first experience with Pickleball.  There are two courts at Wendell Moore Park.  The LaGrange Community Center has three indoor courts and scheduled times to play and train also.  Training is Tuesday mornings at the LaGrange Community Center.  You can play for free at both places, but you will need to bring your own paddle and balls to Wendell Moore Park.  (We were able to find a set for under $20 at Dick's Sporting Goods.)

We are excited for this new addition to the Oldham County Parks & Rec system.  Make sure you watch their Facebook page and website for future information on the developing program.  Give Pickleball a try!
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Friday, June 9, 2017

Disc Golf at Wendell Moore Park

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Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange now has disc golf!  Thanks to a local Eagle Scout's service project, an 18 hole course was designed and installed at the park this Spring.  We love any opportunity for our family to get outside together so we decided to try disc golf together.  We would recommend checking out this website for information about the sport before playing.

None of us had tried the sport before, so we asked our experienced friends to come along too.  Our families met near the football field at the first hole and were soon on our way! 

Here are a few things we think beginners should know before heading to the Wendell Moore course:

1. You have to bring your own discs.  We were so inexperienced, that we didn't realize that there are actual discs (similar to a Frisbee) for this sport.  We purchased 3 from Academy Sports for around $10.  The discs are marked for different ranges (similar to golf clubs).  You should also be prepared to maybe lose a disc or two when you're first learning how to properly throw them.

2.  There is a lot of walking.  Most of the time, you can see the target from where you start your first throw, but you should be prepared to walk a lot.  The Wendell Moore course has 18 holes so it's quite spread out.  Each hole has a sign with a description of where the target is located and how far away it is.  These were helpful when we couldn't actually see the target from the tee.  We did wish we had a map of the entire course when we were playing.

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3.  Be prepared to encounter a variety of terrain changes.  Hole 1 will seem like a breeze, but be prepared for an intense and difficult course - especially if you are new to the sport.  Expect to walk and throw up steep hills and over creeks.  Some of the targets are positioned between and around trees.  The course is surrounded by trees and tall weeds, so you might lose a disc or two.  Just make sure you keep an eye on where the disc lands so you can find it.  It's also best to keep an eye out for poison ivy.  We saw quite a bit during our game.

4.  Bring some water along and use the restroom before you begin.  The course is set away from the playground and Aquatic Center so water fountains and restrooms are not nearby.

5.  It's a lot of fun!  Because most of us were inexperienced and we were including our kids in the fun, we decided to do a scramble type game. This is where everyone on the team throws a disc and the closest disc is where you start your next throw.  The kids had a blast having a try at disc golf!  We didn't really keep track of our scores, but you can if you really want to be competitive.  Scores are kept similar to golf, where the fewest number of throws is best.  We love that the course allowed us to see areas of Wendell Moore Park that we hadn't explored before.  A lot of the course runs along the bike and walking path and some targets are near the lake too.

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Check out the course with your family!
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Beat the Heat in Oldham County

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The summers can get super hot in Kentucky!  So hot that maybe we want to stay cooped up in our homes.  Here are some ideas on how to beat the heat this summer in Oldham County!

  • Check out the air conditioned stores on Main Street in downtown LaGrange - toys, books, antiques, tea parties, ice cream and more!
  • Jump at All About Kids Sports Center in Crestwood - check out an open gym and swim!  They also have a great VIK pass this summer that allows for unlimited open gym, swim and fun zone visits for only $50 per kid!
  • Visit the LaGrange Railroad Museum. Check their website for hours of operation.
  • Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood has classes for all ages.
  • Swim at the John W. Black Aquatic Center in LaGrange - open late on Friday nights!
  • Dance away at Soiree in Crestwood - kid's and adult dance classes for $5!
  • Have water fun at home!  Buy cheap water toys at the Dollar Tree in LaGrange or create your own pvc sprinkler with supplies from Ace Hardware in Crestwood.  Find water balloons, buckets, sprinklers, thick plastic for slip-n-slides, squirt guns and more at these stores.
  • Have quiet time at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, Crestwood and Goshen - cozy book nooks, maker boxes, board games, computers, movies and story times. *Bonus: the Summer Reading Program prize bag has several coupons for admission to Louisville museums, a pool party pass and free ice cream treats in Oldham County!
  • Explore the indoor Nature Center at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen - open Monday & Fridays (9am-12pm) and open house Saturdays.
  • Exercise or play at the Oldham County YMCA in Buckner - fitness center, gym, pool and indoor arena are open to members.  The Norton Commons YMCA is also very close to Oldham County.
  • Get creative at the OCS Arts Center in Crestwood - take a class or catch a show!
  • Check out the YMCA Community Center in LaGrange - gym, walking track, game room, aerobics rooms and many free activities for Oldham County residents.
  • Climb the McDonalds Play Place - grab lunch, a milkshake and play at the LaGrange location.
  • Run around at Power & Grace Gymnastics & Dance in Prospect - preschool open gym, parent's night out and other classes available!
  • Enjoy tea time at Sisters Tea Parlor in Buckner - register for one of their special tea events or just stop in for lunch and tea.
  • And of course - there's always a cool treat!  Treat yourself to a frozen dessert at Red Peppermint in Crestwood, Serendipity in LaGrange, Dairy Queen in Crestwood and LaGrange or The Shiver Shack in Crestwood.
  • Register the kids for Summer Camp or VBS!
  • Want to get out of the county? Check out Louisville Family Fun's List here for movie deals and more!
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