Friday, April 19, 2019

Weekend Fun for Oldham County Families

Here are some fun ideas for April 19-21, 2019

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Friday: Friday night is the First Annual Derby Market at 3rd Turn Oldham Gardens at 4pm.

Saturday: The First Annual Derby Market at 3rd Turn Oldham Gardens is also on Saturday.
There are several Easter egg hunts on Saturday. Check out the list of places 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:

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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