Friday, September 28, 2018

Coffee Spots in Oldham County

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Open Monday - Saturday
Why we love this spot: It is located in Downtown LaGrange on Main Street amid cute boutiques, antique shops, a book store and other businesses and eateries.  They roast the coffee beans in house, have fresh, delicious, homemade scones during the week and Belgian waffles on Saturday mornings. Specialty teas are also available.  This spot has a very family-friendly atmosphere with plenty of board games to choose from or attend a Bluegrass Jam Night on Monday 6:30-8:30pm. There are a few patio tables and chairs outside to enjoy the trains that pass in front of the café.
110 East Main Street, LaGrange

Inspirational Grounds Café
Open Tuesday - Saturday
Why we love this spot: Located on the "other side" of the tracks along Old LaGrange Road in Buckner, this coffee spot is a great hidden gem in Oldham County. Try their robust espresso with a delicious breakfast plate.  Our personal favorite is the Inspired Breakfast which includes the most scrumptious German style fried potatoes.  Lunch is also available and special dinners are planned during the year.  When the weather is nice, the deck is a great place to sit with a book, warm cup of coffee and enjoy the quiet views.  The chef always comes out to talk to you, which is a nice touch to the already warm atmosphere!
4724 Old LaGrange Road, Buckner

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Open Monday-Saturday
Why we love this spot: This new to Oldham County sweet fountain shop has a fun, hip and vibrant atmosphere.  There is something for everyone. Your kids won't mind hanging out with you while you get a caffeine boost.  Sweetness serves Sunergos Coffee - cold or hot. They have several creamer options to add flavor to your coffee. Tea is also available and a variety of fountain drinks.  Grab a delicious cookie to enjoy with your hot beverage of choice. Bonus: they have a drive-thru!
6408 W Hwy 146, #1, Crestwood

Knock on Wood Country Mercantile
Open Monday - Saturday
Why we love this spot: This cute café and store is off the beaten path in Westport near the Ohio River. We love this spot for a great slice of homemade pie and coffee.  Make sure you visit for breakfast or lunch too and follow them on Facebook to hear about special events happening in the store and café.
Facebook 7001 Main Street, Westport

Worth the mention:
Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique
If coffee is not your thing, then try Sisters in Buckner.  They have plenty of tea choices and fresh scones for dipping.
4765 Fox Run Rd, Buckner
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Monday, September 24, 2018

Haunted Hike at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve

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We think Creasey Mahan's Haunted Hike is the perfect way to kick off your family's Halloween festivities!  The 2018 date is set for Sunday, October 7th from 3-7pm.

We enjoy this early October Halloween event because it allows our family to enjoy outdoor fun on a beautiful Nature Preserve.  The kids get a perfect amount of treats along the trails, love playing on the hay, the hayride is thrilling and the Haunted House is entertaining and not scary.

 photo eli_zps5in3x1yv.jpgGet your costumes ready for lots of fun around the Nature Preserve.  There is an admission fee of $7 for all visitors (Free for children 2 and under).  The admission fee allows visitors to enjoy several activities:
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  • Mile long Fantasy Trail through the Preserve's forest.  This includes treats along the fun walk that has a princess castle, children's favorite characters, a train for kids to sit in and other fun sites.
  • Haunted House full of friendly (not scary) scenes for everyone to see.
  • Harvest Hay Village where several large haystacks are creatively painted as Halloween themed creatures and characters.
  • Hayride around the Preserve and down and around the hilly trails in the woods.
  • Crafts inside the Nature Center.
  • Face painting (some designs are an extra charge)

Enjoy the Inflatable Party Zone for an extra $5 per visitor.  Pizza and ice cream will be sold at the event also.  Be sure to go check out the new Forest Friends playground during your visit, too!

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is located at 12501 Harmony Landing Road in Goshen.
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Where to Find Pumpkins Around Oldham County

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Pumpkins!  We have your list of where to find them around Oldham County.  Plan a whole day of fun with your family or just pick out your perfect pumpkin together at one of the roadside and farm markets around the county.  As always, with any crop, it is always best to contact the business first to check the availability. Happy picking!

Feed & Seed Depot
6315 W Highway 146 Ste B Crestwood, Kentucky 40014502-241-7886
Pumpkins, gourds, apples, mums and more!
Facebook here.

6462 Hwy 146 Crestwood, KY 40014
Pumpkins of all sizes locally grown in Kentucky and Indiana.  Find other fall décor and treats: straw bales, mums, corn stalks, gourds, apple butter and more!
Facebook here.

LaGrange Farmers' Market & Artisans
Located on the Oldham County Courthouse Square in downtown LaGrange, Main Street
Open until 10/27 8am-1pm on Saturdays
Find pumpkins, gourds and other fall décor and treats from local farms.
Facebook here.

FoxHollow Farm
8905 Hwy 329 Crestwood, KY 40014
Find your perfect pumpkin at their Fall Festival on 10/13/18.
Facebook here.

Ashlock Farms
1700 E Hwy 22 Crestwood, KY 40014
Roadside stand with several sizes of pumpkins and gourds.

Clover Cottage
7614 W Highway 146 Pewee Valley, KY 40056
There is a stand in front of the store with pumpkins, gourds, mums and more!

Mt. Zion Ranch
1701 E Mt. Zion Rd, Crestwood, KY 40014
Mt. Zion Ranch has several sizes of pumpkins, cushaw and butternut squash along with ornamental corn and corn stalks at our roadside stand.

Outside Oldham County...

Bray Orchards & Roadside Market
2580 Hwy 42 Bedford, KY 40006
Located off of Hwy 42 in Trimble County.
Pumpkins available in their market. In the past, there have been hayrides and family-fun activities on the weekends. Call the market to verify.
Facebook here.

Gallrein Farms
1029 Vigo Road Shelbyville, KY 40065
Fall fun starts mid-September. U-pick pumpkins or purchase in their market. Many other family-friendly activities (some with additional admission fees), petting zoo, food, music, corn maze and more!
Facebook here.

Mulberry Orchard
1330 Mulberry Pike Shelbyville, KY 40065
Fall festivities begin late September and include hayrides to the pumpkin patch, corn and soybean mazes, playgrounds and yummy treats in the market place. Check their website for activity hours, some are limited during the week.
Facebook here.
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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Halloween Events in and Around Oldham County

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Fall Festivals & Events HERE.


9/29: Jack O Lantern Workshop at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood, for ages 5-11, 11am-1pm. Fee per person.

10/6: Halloween Clay Workshop at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood, for ages 5-adult, $15/participant, register in advance, 10am-12pm

10/6: FREE! LaGrange Fire Safety & Halloween Festival at the Oldham County Fairgrounds in LaGrange. $5 charge to park at the Fairgrounds. 4-7pm rain or shine.

10/6: FREE! Ghost Stories on the Square at the Oldham County Courthouse Square in LaGrange, 7:30-9:30pm

10/7: Skeleton 5k Run & Spooktacular at Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange (Buckner area). Race is at 2pm. Registration fee for the race. Spooktacular 3:30-5pm

 photo haunted hike 2018_zps8qfk9eei.png10/7: The Haunted Hike at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen 3-7pm. Kid-friendly fantasy trail with treat stations, hay ride, inflatables, haunted house and more! (Rain date 10/13) $7 general admission, children 2 and under are free. Inflatable zone is $5.

10/14: FREE! Covenant United Methodist Church Fall Festival Bounce houses, carnival games, hot dogs and chili, trunk or treat, car show and more! 3-7pm

10/17: FREE! Saint John United Methodist Church Trunk or Treat in Prospect, pizza and bouncies. Open to children through grade 5. 6:45-8pm

10/19: FREE! St. James Episcopal Church Trunk or Treat in Pewee Valley, 6:30-8:30pm

10/19: FREE! Fall Festival at Norton Commons YMCA in Prospect (Louisville area), 6-8pm

10/20: FREE! Movie in the Park at Central Park in Pewee Valley. 6:45-7:15pm decorate a treat bag. 7:15-7:30pm Trick or Treat for goodies. 7:30pm watch Halloweentown.

10/20-21: FREE! Various Halloween Events at Cabela's in Louisville (close to Oldham County line). See schedule for times.

10/23: FREE! Pumpkin Painting Party & Contest at 360 Degree Chiropractic in Crestwood, 10am-12pm

10/25: FREE! LaGrange Community Center Halloween Party, games, prizes, treats! 6:30pm

10/26-31: FREE! Various Halloween Events at Cabela's in Louisville (close to Oldham County line). See schedule for times.

10/27: FREE! LaGrange Halloween Mainia. Trick or treat 11-3pm, costume contest at 1pm.

10/27: Customer Appreciation Day & Pumpkin Painting at Reardon's Fruit Market & Garden Center in Crestwood, 11am-2pm. Free pumpkin painting with a pumpkin purchase. Free food and drinks.

10/27: Boo Dell at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood 11am-3pm.  Treats until 2pm, magic show at 2-3pm.  $9 admission for adults, $5 admission for children 6-17, Free for children 5 and under.  Facebook event here.

10/27:FREE! Norton Commons Fall Festival in Prospect, 2-5pm

10/27: FREE! DeHaven Baptist Church Children's Fall Festival. Candy, games, etc 4-6pm

10/27: Halloween Demo Derby & Costume Fest at the Oldham County Fairgrounds in LaGrange, 7:30pm

10/27: FREE! Kidabalou at Northeast Christian Church (Brownsboro) in Louisville (very close to Oldham County), 7-9:30pm

10/28: FREE! Crestwood Animal Hospital Trunk or Treat, 3-6pm

10/28: FREE! Crestwood United Methodist Church Harvestival Trunk or Treat. Chili dinner at 5pm, followed by Trunk or Treat 6-7:30pm.

10/28: FREE! Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church in Crestwood Trunk or Treat 5-7pm

10/28: FREE! Trunk 'R Treat at Christ Church at Goshen. 5-7:30pm

10/28: FREE! Fall Festival at Ballardsville Baptist Church in Crestwood, trick or treating, games and more. 5pm

10/29: FREE! Oldham County YMCA in Buckner Trick or Treating and not so spooky haunted house. Open to the community! Chili cook-off also. 6:30-8pm

10/30: FREE! Mahan Halloween Spooktacular at the Oldham County Public Library in Goshen, 4-7pm (Drop in anytime.)

10/30: FREE! The Boneyard Haunted House in Crestwood, 6-9pm

10/31: FREE! Trunk or Treat at Crestwood Baptist Church, for ages birth-5th grade, 6-8pm

10/31: FREE! Various Halloween Events at Cabela's in Louisville (close to Oldham County line). 4-8pm

We will update the list as we hear about more Halloween events in the area.  Know of a Halloween event?  Please let us know so we can add it here!

Still waiting on more information for these events:
Kids Pumpkin Painting Event at Reardon's Fruit Market 
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fall Fun at Cailin Art Studio

This is a sponsored post. 

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Fall is here and Cailin Art Studio is gearing up for fun fall sessions that include Camps during Oldham County Fall Break week and a variety of after school classes for the kiddos. They will be hosting the ColorFALL Festival and Pop-up Shops on October 20th from 11am to 3pm in conjunction with Eleanor’s Room, who also resides at 7910 Floydsburg Road in Crestwood. 

 photo Olivia pottery_zpsp0zd7f5l.jpegThe ColorFall Festival will feature a wide variety of demonstrations by the teachers including pottery wheel, acrylic pouring, art journaling, and more. Participants can get hands on with a variety of free art projects for kids and adults. Local artists including the teachers at the Studio will have work for sale at the Pop-Up Shop to kick off the holiday gifting season. Plus, they’ll be having a chili cook-off between the teachers so there will be plenty of good food for everyone! The event is free and open to all.

During Fall Break kids can enjoy a variety of 3-day Art Camps, including pottery, drawing and painting, and illustration. Throughout the school year, the Studio offers kids after school classes in drawing, painting, and pottery and has focused classes for each age group from Kindergarten through High School. They even have a family art class for preschoolers that encourages the whole family to get involved.

 photo adults wheel_zpsvsxpgsco.jpgThere’s also great offerings for the grown-ups! Oil Painting, Art Journaling, and Pottery 6-week classes are available for adults as well as a wide variety of one time workshops in resin jewelry, acrylic pouring, illustration, sewing, and more.

Make sure to follow Cailin Art Studio on Facebook, Instagram and their website to keep up with class offerings and special events. New workshops and classes are added regularly.
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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Holiday Craft Shows & Bazaars Around Oldham County

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This time of year brings several craft shows, art fairs and holiday bazaars to area churches, community centers and businesses.  Check out this list of places to find unique art, crafts and vendor items in Oldham County!

This list is updated as 2018 dates become available.  If you know of a craft or vendor fair in the area and would like it added to the list, please email and don't forget to also submit it to our FREE calendar!


9/8: Henry County Arts & Craft Show at the Henry County Fairgrounds 10am-4pm

9/8-9/9: Trimble County Apple Festival in Bedford. Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 12-5pm

9/22: Fall Harvest Craft & Vendor Fair at Real Family Church in LaGrange, 10am-3pm

9/29: Shop Fall, Shop Small Vendor Fair at the Belknap Campus in Prospect, 10am-3pm

9/29 & 9/30: Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art in Madison, Indiana, 10am-5pm


10/13: Arts & Crafts Day in Pewee Valley at Pewee Valley Presbyterian Church and St. James Episcopal Church. 10am-4pm.

10/20: ColorFALL Festival & Pop Up Shop at Cailin Art Studio and Eleanor's Room in Crestwood, 11am-3pm


11/3-11/4: Colonial Christmas Market in the Rob Morris Building at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange, 10am-4pm

11/3: Ballardsville Baptist Church Craft Fair in Crestwood, 9am-2pm

11/3: Christmas Bazaar at LaGrange Assembly of God Church, 9am-3pm

11/3: Covenant UMC Holiday Bazaar in LaGrange, 10am-1pm

11/5: MOPS Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair at Saint John United Methodist Church in Prospect 6:30-9pm

11/10: Belknap Event Center Holiday Bazaar at the North Oldham Lion's Club in Prospect. 9am-4pm

11/10: Holiday Vendor Fair at the John W. Black Community Center in LaGrange (Buckner area), 10am-3pm

11/10 & 11: Oldham Arts on City Place at City Place in LaGrange. 10am-5pm and 11am-4pm

11/29 (Tentative Date): Holiday Showcase at the Oldham County Cooperative Extension in LaGrange (Buckner area), 10am.

Waiting on 2018 Dates:
LaGrange Presbyterian Church Holiday Bazaar


12/8: Crafted Holiday Open House at Foxhollow Farm in Crestwood, 9am-2pm

12/8: North Oldham Middle School Boosters Bazaar in Goshen. Additional information coming soon.

Do you know of another Craft Fair or Bazaar in the Oldham County area? Let us know so we can add it to our list!
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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour

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 photo alpaca_zpslay10ntc.jpgThe Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour is one event our family looks forward to each year!  We realize this event is not located in Oldham County, but is so worth writing about and sharing all of the fun and learning that comes along with it.

The 2018 tour date is on Saturday, September 15th and is 9am-4pm.  This year there are nine participating farms!  Your family has the opportunity to drive the 75 mile trail and learn about the animals, crops, machinery, farm processes, products, workers and more.  The 4-H hands-on experiences are wonderful for children and adults.  Some of the farms will have samples of their products that families can touch and even taste. There is no cost for the tour, but some farms do have items for sale.

 photo tobacco_zpsskpuoqah.jpgThe animals were by far my family's favorite.  On this year's tour, you can expect to see alpacas, dairy cows, horses, sheep, goats, chickens and who knows what else!  Some of the farms allow you to get up close and personal with the animals.  Last year, we were able to feed a horse a carrot, pet an alpaca and brush a cow.

Here are our tips for the tour:
  • Try to visit every farm!  Each stop has a unique experience, different from the last stop.  Pick up a farm tour map at any participating farm (on the day of the tour), the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office and Shelbyville and Simpsonville Farmers Markets.
  • This is a self-guided tour, so go at your own pace, but start early.  We found that parking was tricky at some stops last year, so be patient.  If one farm is too busy, try another close by farm and then go back to the one you skipped. 
  • You're touring farms - wear play clothes and old shoes.  Bug spray and sunscreen are recommended also.
  • Restrooms might be hard to find - plan ahead with stops at fast food restaurants in town.  Porta-Potties are set up at some of the stops.  Bring your own hand sanitizer.
  • Pack snacks, but also plan a lunch break at one of the stops.  The farm tour map will indicate which farms will have food for sale.  Look for the "Local Foods" logo. We hear that the Shelby County Kentucky Cattleman's Association will be set up at stop #8 serving food.  Bring cash!
  • Don't forget to turn in your Farm Tour Passport.  Get a special stamp at each farm.  There is a drawing you can enter after you visit every stop.  
  • Thank the families that open up their farms! We found last year's farmers and volunteers to be very kind and informative.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Every Kid in a Park Program for Fourth Graders

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Every Kid in a Park provides fourth grade students and their families free admission to National Parks and Federal lands and waters.  If you have a fourth grade student, you don't want to miss this opportunity!

 photo every kid in a park_zpsz4p5h2zl.pngFourth graders can download their passes now and they are good until August 31, 2019.  The process is easy and takes about five minutes.  With the pass, fourth graders and up to 3 adults can get free entry to more than 2,000 federally managed sites around the country.

Planning a Fall Break trip or staying close to home?  This pass will come in handy as there are several locations in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee.  Maybe you want to encounter wildlife or visit a national forest?  Visit the website and choose what interests you.  See what's around your area and then call to see if the park participates in the program.  Please be aware, that several parks already offer free admission, it's the tours that cost money.  This pass may not be good toward free tours, so again, make sure you contact the park before you make the trip!

Have fun exploring, Fourth Grade Students!
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