Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Hiking & Walking Trails in Oldham County, KY

Let's get moving this Spring!

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The county has a variety of trails for all skill levels and distances - something for everyone!  Below is a list of some of our favorite areas to get out and explore with your family!

Crestwood

Briar Hill Park includes a nice paved path, creek, a natural path and according to KYMBA currently there are mountain bike trails under construction. Restrooms, playground, tennis courts and sand volleyball court. Free, operated by Oldham County Parks & Recreation.

Fox Hollow Farm has hiking trails and horse trails for members of the Brownsboro Alliance.

Yew Dell Gardens boasts more than a mile of hiking trails, three woodland ponds, and loads of space to get away from it all in the terrific garden spaces with numerous walks and neat buildings. Visitors can access trails through the gate at the base of the meadow below the castle.  (Make sure you close the gate behind you to keep deer from entering the gardens!) Explorer backpacks and a scavenger hunt game are available for families to check out, too! Restrooms are available. See admission and hours on their website.

Pewee Valley

Central Park is a beautiful place for a quick, quiet stroll. Train lovers can walk over to the red caboose for a photo opp.  Free, community led project.

LaGrange

 photo hiking 1_zpsh1ipmvag.jpgMorgan Conservation Park is a hidden gem with several trails (some steep, but worth it), good sized creek that begs exploration, small waterfalls, an old barn, ponds, a glade, meadows, and an old family burial site. No restrooms. Perfect to pair with a stop for the tastiest ice cream pies ever at Knock on Wood Country Mercantile in Westport and a visit to the little riverside Westport Park with restrooms, playground, and picnic tables for enjoying your well-earned treat! Both parks free, operated by Oldham County Parks & Recreation.

Wendell Moore Park offers great paved paths with some running alongside the water. Paved paths can be located past the football fields. Visitors can choose to do the measured loops or continue around all the way back to the playground or even farther connecting to the next property via the path behind the John W. Black Aquatic Center. Restrooms, playground, tennis, covered picnic areas and more! An added bonus is that you can fish at a floating dock or from the bank.  Free, operated by Oldham County Parks & Recreation. (Park located in Buckner area.)

Wilborn Park is near L&N Lake where you can see (but not feed) lots of geese. There are no hiking trails available, but there is a tiny nature exploration off to the side, as you enter the park, with pretty photo opportunities.  There is also plenty of room to stretch your legs in the park, walking around the L&N Lake trail that includes several wooden bridges. Restrooms and playground. Free, operated by City of La Grange.

Oldham County Greenways has, in addition to the great paths at Wendell Moore Park, completed several other projects and has an inspired master plan to bring more safe pedestrian and bike trails that will preserve and enhance the natural environment and outdoor recreational opportunities, for the quality of life for citizens, visitors, and wildlife. Check out their site for other places to venture! Commerce Parkway is great for walking and bike riding!

Goshen

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is a wonderful place with numerous trails, a paved path, woodland garden, ponds, small seasonal waterfall, lots of places to rest, nature center open during special events & limited weekdays, and so much more! Restrooms and playground. Free, donor supported.

Buckner

Oldham YMCA Outdoor Walking Trail is available to the community for those who want a breath of fresh air.  YMCA members can enjoy all of the other popular facilities and fitness opportunities they offer.

Prospect

Belknap Community Park at Lion’s Club is a nice quick stop with a short loose gravel trail around the perimeter of property and small seasonal waterfall. Small, old-school playground. No restrooms. Free, supported through event rentals at the facility.


 photo hiking 2_zpsf2qtm4zk.jpgProspect (Jefferson County) 

Harrods Creek Park is a fantastic space that has several trails, one of which goes alongside the creek with swinging benches to rest or enjoy the view. Other trails offer more challenge and a good variety. No restrooms. Free, operated by City of Prospect.

Hays Kennedy Park features a short walking or biking paved path, but many don’t realize there is the lovely Garvin Brown Preserve on the other side with charming pastoral views, pretty hiking trails, and even access to a fun little spot on the river. Restrooms, playground and basketball available on the park side. Free, park operated by City of Louisville and preserve provided by River Fields.

Little Hunting Creek Park has a fun little shallow stream and very short trail that may eventually connect to Putney Pond trails. No restrooms. Free, operated by City of Prospect.

Putney Pond & Woodlands offers a few trails with some steep areas.  You can also walk over to the pond. This park will eventually connect to Hunting Creek Park Trail. No restrooms. Free, operated by City of Prospect.


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Monday, April 29, 2019

May Events in Oldham County

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RECURRING EVENTS:
FREE! Oldham County Public Library there are no special programs planned for May as the library prepares for their Summer Reading Program, but visitors can always visit and play with the Maker Boxes, Steam Crates and more!
FREE! Bluegrass Jam Night at LaGrange Coffee Roasters Mondays 6:30-8:30pm
FREE! Creasey Mahan Nature Center Wednesday & Saturday 10am-2pm
FREE! LaGrange Railroad Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday, 10am-3pm
FREE! LaGrange Community Center YMCA has open gym, classes, games and more for Oldham County residents. Check their website and Facebook page for more information on free stuff to do.
Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood Preschool Family Art Classes offered on Thursday and Saturday each week.
Power & Grace Gymnastics in Prospect Open Gym. Check their website for updated information.
All About Kids in Crestwood Open Gym & Swim. Check their website for updated information.
History Hounds at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange 10-11am on Thursdays: 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23
LaGrange Farmers Market - every Saturday 8am-1pm

May Events:

5/2: FREE! Make a Derby stick horse at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 3:30-5pm

5/4: Cooking at the Hearth at the Oldham County History Center in Lagrange, 11am-1pm

5/6-11: Main Street Week in Downtown LaGrange

5/9: Bourbon & Botanicals at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 5:30-8pm

5/10: Mother/Son Dance at the John W. Black Community Center in LaGrange (Buckner area), 6:30-8:30pm $15/couple $5 each additional son.

5/10: Parent's Night Out at Oldham County Family YMCA in Buckner, 5-10pm

5/10: FREE! Trackside Tunes with Allen Lane Band in Downtown LaGrange, 6:30-10pm

5/10-11: The Spring Market at 3rd Turn Oldham Gardens in Crestwood, 4-9pm

5/11: Mother's Day Clay Workshop at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood, 10am-12pm, $15

5/11: FREE! Pick the Parks at various Oldham County Parks, 10am-12pm

5/11: LaGrange's Farmers Market Opens in Downtown LaGrange, 8am-1pm

5/11: FREE! Ford Drive Event with Oldham County Educational Foundation held at Kenwood Station Elementary School in Crestwood, 9am-3pm

5/11: Color Me Kind Fun Run at River Valley Christian Church in Prospect, 9am-12pm

5/12: FREE! Shakespeare in the Park at Norton Commons, 6:30-8:00pm

5/16: Bourbon & Botanicals at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 5:30-8pm

5/17: Sunset Concert Series at Foxhollow Farm in Crestwood with Lauren Eylise, Josyln & the Sweet Compression, 6-9pm

5/17: FREE! Trackside Tunes with The Vinyl Kings of Louisville in Downtown LaGrange, 6:30-10pm

5/17: All About Kids Slumber Party in Crestwood 6:30pm-9am $38 6:30pm-11pm $28 Ages 4-10 or Tween Lock-In 11-14

5/17: Date Night in Clay at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood, 7-9:15pm

5/18: Down & Dirty Mud Run at Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange (Buckner area), firest wave at 9am. $30 up to 4/30, $40 after.

5/18: Parent's Nite Out at the Norton Commons YMCA, 6-9:30pm

5/18: FREE! Oldham Co Prospect/Goshen Yard Sale with the Weil Team, 9am-4pm

5/19: FREE! Cody's Cause 4th Annual Community Picnic at Maples Park in Crestwood, 3-7pm

5/19: Artisan Day at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 12-4pm

5/20: FREE! Come Sew with Us: Pillows at the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Office in LaGrange, 3-8pm

5/23: Bourbon & Botanicals at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 5:30-8pm

5/23-25: Our Town at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood, 7pm

5/25: John Black Aquatic Center Opening Day

5/25: FREE! Barnyard Fun at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange, 10am-12pm

5/25: FREE! Quads Rod & Custom Car Show in Downtown LaGrange, 5-9pm

5/25: FREE! Pickin' on the Porch at Knock on Wood Country Mercantile in Westport with The Serenades, 6-9pm

5/25: FREE! Norton Commons Music by the Water in Prospect with Funk's on Fire, 6:30-10pm

5/25: Resin Jewelry Class at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood, 7-9:15pm

5/30: Bourbon & Botanicals at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 5:30-8pm

5/31: Butterfly Ball & Dinner at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve 6-10pm
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Blue Hydrangea Progressive Tea

Support ovarian cancer awareness & local businesses at The Blue Hydrangea Progressive Tea.

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Every April, Downtown LaGrange blooms with joy for their annual Blue Hydrangea Progressive Tea.  This special event brings awareness to ovarian cancer while showcasing all that Downtown LaGrange merchants and businesses have to offer.

 photo tea cups and barn_zps28khok0r.jpegThe day begins at the Oldham County History Center where visitors check in, receive their raffle tickets, special teacup, and gift bag.  After this, the visitors are free to explore Downtown LaGrange at their leisure.  There are over twenty merchants and restaurants participating in the 2019 event, held on April 28th this year.  This is a great time to shop and get to know business owners.

Look for the special teal ribbons and tea signs in the windows indicating the business is a participating partner for the event.  Inside the business, you will find a refreshing beverage and treat.  Some of the displays are too beautiful to eat.  The tea is warm, iced and some businesses will put their own twist on the tea.  Don't forget to put your raffle tickets at your favorite store!

This beautiful event is a wonderful way to support local businesses, enjoy the company of friends and delicious treats and support women's health.

The 2019 event is April 28th, 1-5pm.  There is a special blessing for those thriving at 12:30pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event.  The Oldham County History Center is located at 106 N 2nd Avenue.  More information can be found on Downtown LaGrange's website here or the Facebook event here.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Swim Lessons in Oldham County, KY

Summer is coming, which means more swimming! Learn where to find lessons around Oldham County.

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It's never too early to have your child learn about water safety or improve their swimming technique through swim lessons.  Here is a list of swim lessons available in Oldham County.  Do you know of other swim lessons available? Let us know, we'll add it to our list!

Oldham County YMCA in Buckner (indoor pool) - Swim lessons available to members and non-members.  Group and private lessons starting at age 6 months and up.  Lessons available mornings and evenings weekdays and Saturday mornings.  Check their website for lesson fee - various prices for different levels and lesson types.  Swim lessons also available at the Norton Commons YMCA (Prospect).

All About Kids Sports Center in Crestwood (indoor pool) - Group and private lessons available in mornings and evenings on weekdays and Saturday mornings.  Children 4-12 months receive FREE swim lessons.  Various rates for different levels.  Homeschool lessons available.

John W. Black Aquatic Center in LaGrange (outdoor pool) - Seasonal swim lessons available for all skill levels ages 3 and up.  Six lessons for $60.  Registration opens in May.

The Club at Paramont in Prospect (indoor pool) - Contact the clubhouse for swim lesson information.  Several swim instructors offer lessons throughout the year.

Oldham County Country Club in LaGrange (outdoor pool) - We have been told swim lessons are available at this facility. Contact this business directly for more information.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Woodland Farm Visit

Sitting along the Ohio River in Goshen is the wonderful Woodland Farm.  We visited this beautiful working farm last Fall and fell in love. 

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Oldham County is home to several horse farms, but at Woodland Farm, visitors can learn about Kentucky bison and sustainable farm practices.

 photo pigs_zpsazlfznzd.jpegWoodland Farm is over 150 years old and is on the National Register of Historical Places. It was once slated to be subdivided until Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson purchased the farm in 1996 and turned it into the farm it is today.  Lucky for us, the farm offers tours for visitors to explore and learn more about the land and animals.

Our tour started at the farm store where we were picked up by farm manager, Kristopher Kelly.  We hopped in the back of his pickup truck and set out on our tour.  The first stop on the 1,000 acre farm was to visit the bison.  We stopped in the middle of a field where several bison surrounded us.  Kristopher spoke to us for a while about the animals and answered our questions.  It was neat to learn about the bison and see them up close.  There were several babies in the field that the kids enjoyed seeing.

After leaving the bison, we drove closer to the Ohio River where we passed a beautiful home, garden and developing orchards.  We zig-zagged our way through the woods down to the Ohio River, stopping to see the green bunnies and for Kristopher to point out old tree forts hiding in the woods.  Many of the structures on the farm were built using lumber from trees on the farm, adding to the sustainable process the farm prides itself on.  Visitors will notice unusual creatures in the fields including the green bunnies and pink snails located near the entrance to the farm.  The artwork adds joy and beauty to the tour.

 photo snails_zpsn0ajr2qz.jpegOn the banks of the Ohio River, we stopped and walked to visit the pigs and chickens.  We caught some of the piglets rushing back to their moms, ducking under the fencing and squealing along the way.  Kristopher found some remnants of corn in an adjacent field and let the kids feed it to some of the pigs.  In this area we also saw chickens and learned about the different breeds of pigs and chickens on the farm.

We loaded back in the truck bed and made our way back to the farm store for the end of our tour.  We marveled at the vastness and beauty of the farm.  We left with a new appreciation of how much work goes into the daily chores and upkeep of Woodland Farm.

Tours are open to the public April-October and are generally held on the first Thursday of the month at 10:30am. If you have a group of ten or more people tours can can be scheduled any weekday.  Tour prices are $12 for adults and $6 for children.  There is a discount for large groups.

Woodland Farm is located at 4716 Greenhaven Lane in Goshen, Kentucky.


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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Outdoor Concerts in or Near Oldham County

Grab the family, the lawn chairs and snacks and check out some of these outdoor concerts scheduled!

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Check out the lineup for outdoor concerts in Oldham County and the surrounding area.  Most of the concerts are free and family-friendly!

As with any event, please make sure you check with the business or venue beforehand.  Schedules are subject to change due to weather or other reasons without Oldham Family knowing.

In alphabetical order:

Bourbon & Botanicals
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, Admission fee, FREE for members
Every Thursday beginning May 9-July 25th
5:30-8pm, music starts at 6:30pm

Foxhollow Farm Sunset Concert Series
Crestwood, 6-9pm, Ticket Fee
5/17 - Lauren Eylise, Josyln & the Sweet Compression
6/7 - The Queen City Silver Stars, Pennies & Roses
6/21 - Nellie Pearl, Jeri Katherine Howell
8/23 - Magnolia Boulevard, The Dive
9/13 - Nick Dittmeier & The Sawdusters, Britton Patrick Morgan

Knock on Wood Pickin' on the Porch
Westport, 6-9pm, FREE
5/25 - The Serenades
6/29 - Jordan Bales
7/27 - The CMN Trio
8/31 - Robby Cox
9/28 - Lorie Jane & Cort Duggins

Little Kentucky River Winery
Bedford, 7-10pm
6/1 - Don Edlin
6/8 - Allen Lane
6/15 - Elvis Tribute Artist Todd Bodeheimer
6/22 - Robby Cox
6/29 - Jay Stewart
7/13 - Allen Lane
7/20 - Robby Cox
7/27 - The Troubadours of Divine Bliss
8/3 - Don Edlin
8/10 - Robby Cox
8/17 - Allen Lane, Acoustic Country and Rock
9/7 - Jay Stewart
9/14 - Elvis Tribute Artist Todd Bodeheimer
9/21 - Robby Cox
9/28 - TBD

Norton Commons Music By the Water
Prospect (Louisville area), 6:30-10pm, FREE
5/25 - Funk's on Fire
7/27 - Cool Covers & Dance Ditties
8/24 - The Brits are Back!
These two concerts are scheduled in June, but are not part of the Music By the Water series:
6/8 - Hand in Hand Ministries Amphitheater Concert
6/27 - SpiropalLOUza to Benefit Cure CF Inc 1-10pm (ticket fee)

Pewee Valley Concert in the Park
Central Park, Pewee Valley, 6-10pm, FREE
6/8 - Double Trouble Band

Smith Berry Winery Dinner & Concert Series
New Castle, 6-9:30pm, Ticket fee
5/25 - Brutally Handsome
6/8 - Melody Ressurrection
6/22 - Rigby's
7/13 - Usual Suspects Band
7/27 - The Mixers
8/10 - Radiotronic
8/24 - Louisville Brass & Electric
9/14 - PoJo
9/28 - Conch Republic
10/12 - From Paris

Trackside Tunes
LaGrange, 6:30-10pm, FREE
4/19 - The Allen Lane Band
5/17 - The Vinyl Kings of Louisville
6/21 - Hot Brown Smackdown
7/19 - Soul Circus
8/16 - Ida Clare
9/20 - The Bottle Trees

3rd Turn Oldham Gardens
Crestwood, FREE
Follow them on Facebook for updates on music acts.
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Saturday, April 6, 2019

April SUNdays at the Parklands

Sunny days are coming and The Parklands of Floyds Fork has a free program to learn more about the giant star!

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If you have a space enthusiast in your family, April SUNdays is a great way to learn more about our solar system in the beautiful surroundings of the Parklands.

Two years ago, we visited The Parklands of Floyds Fork to learn more about the 2017 Solar Eclipse.  The Louisville Astronomical Society was set up at the park to educate families on how to properly view the sun.  April SUNdays in The Parklands is back again this year and there are three Sundays to participate in this free program.

April SUNdays in the Parklands is a fun program put on by the Louisville Astronomical Society. On Sundays in April, members of the Louisville Astronomical Society will be at different sections of The Parklands from 1-3pm.  Visitors can talk with a member of LAS, safely view the sun with one of their telescopes and learn about upcoming programs.

This year, visitors will
 view the sun safely as they observe Sol, the park's private star.  LAS members will also show visitors sunspots and prominences on the sun, teach about NASA’s Parker Solar Probe which is orbiting the sun and have a meteorite collection on hand.

The Louisville Astronomical Society members are very passionate and love to educate everyone about the solar system.  We love seeing them set up at different areas of town and how patient and giving they are with their time and resources.  Definitely try to check out one of the Sunday events and enjoy The Parklands as well.


April 7 - PNC Achievement Center, Beckley Creek Park
April 14 - Cliffside Center, Broad Run Park
April 28 - PNC Achievement Center, Beckley Creek Park

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