Wednesday, January 23, 2019

LaGrange Railroad Museum

Do you have a train enthusiast in your family? If so, make sure you check out the LaGrange Railroad Museum.

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 photo kids looking at train_zpsvoshg6hu.jpegIf you've ever visited LaGrange you know that one of its unique characteristics is the train tracks running down Main Street.  Many visitors are surprised to see trains slowly passing through, right in the center of town.  The train watching doesn't end in town.  Just down from the stores and restaurants of Downtown LaGrange is the LaGrange Railroad Museum.  Located at 412 East Main Street, this small museum is a great place to visit.

The museum is open free to the public and ran solely on donations and grants.  Step inside the old 1910 L&N train depot where there are several model train displays.  There is a large room in the basement with several levels of trains running and passing each other along the tracks.  The displays have intricate settings and details.  Also in the basement are old photos of the depot, tracks and town and old conductor clothing.

Ask the volunteer at the museum to show you the train cars outside. There is a fun new small train car, named "Ernest the Engine," where children enjoy climbing inside to push and pull the different levers.  The museum has set up picnic tables on an open car behind it also.

 photo trains_zpsnnl8e6la.jpgThere are three train cars, painted with vibrant colors.  Our volunteer told us a little history about the train cars and how they reached the Railroad Museum.  The 1929 dinner car is available for rent for events at a very reasonable price of $75 for 3 hours! The car has water, several tables and chairs and electricity and is a unique setting for any kind of event.

Follow the museum on Facebook to keep up with tour hours and special events (hours are generally on Saturday on Sunday). The museum participates in Light Up LaGrange and Oldham County Day.  The community is invited to visit Santa in the decorated dining car and see the Cowboy Posse replicate an old western gun fight outside the cars.  Another unique train experience is the train viewing deck located on Main Street. It sits between the museum and shops.  Try to catch a train coming through LaGrange so you can view it from up high.

Happy train watching!
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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Budget Friendly Fitness Ideas!

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Do you want your family to be more active in 2019?  Take a look at some low-cost ways to exercise in and around Oldham County.

FREE OPTIONS:

Hiking & Walking
Grab a friend or your dog and check out our Hiking and Walking list here.  Admission to Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is FREE in January, February & March. The Brownsboro Alliance Trail Association also hosts hiking events (there is a fee for non-members.)

LaGrange Community Center
The center has several FREE activities for Oldham County residents! Play pickleball, learn karate, take a fitness class, play volleyball or basketball, try yoga, walk the indoor track and more! Facebook page here.

HealthQuest Nutrition
This new to Oldham County business hosts free fitness nights usually held at the LaGrange Community Center when the weather is chilly.  Follow them on Facebook to learn more about future dates.

Crestwood Baptist Church Fitness Ministry
The church opens its facilities for FREE open basketball, family gym time and low-cost fitness classes (with childcare). Check out their website and calendar for a list of activities and team sports!

The Oldham County Park and Rec Department 
Several of the Oldham County Parks have options to work out for free.  Ride a bike on a trail, play kickball, soccer, volleyball, pickleball, disc golf, tennis or basketball! Or work out and meet new moms at Baby Boot Camp (there is a membership fee for this group). Full list of Oldham County Parks here.

Find a running group.  Southeast Christian Church in Crestwood has a group that meets on Saturday mornings and includes walkers and runners.

OTHER BUDGET FRIENDLY OPTIONS:
Soiree
Take dance lessons in Crestwood.  Lessons as low as $5 for children and adults!

All About Kids
First class is always free to try.  Open gym and swim times during the week are also available along with a variety of classes.  Check their Facebook page for specials that they run. Intro classes for $39!

Power & Grace Gymnastics
Parent & Me classes are aimed at getting parents and kids up and moving!  Check out their website for information on their tumbling and dance classes.

Next Level Martial Arts
First class is always free.  They also run Groupons regularly. 

MEMBERSHIP FACILITIES:
(Some have beginning of the year specials right now):
Oldham County YMCA
Planet Fitness
Burn Bootcamp
Jazzercise 
Body Under Construction

Always check with the business as prices and dates are subject to change without our knowledge.
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