Southern Festival of Lights
A "must-see" holiday attraction, Southern Lights is an exciting drive-through animated light display at the Kentucky Horse Park . Southern Lights is the largest holiday light show in Kentucky . Youngsters can pet reindeer and other creatures in the Petting Zoo and talk to Santa. You can shop for handmade crafts, or just enjoy cookies and hot chocolate as you listen to area choirs and other entertainers. See "Holiday Packages" for special vacation packages.
Tour Time:1 hour
Group Rate: Yes
Hours: 5:30 to 10 p.m.(Mid-November thru December: call for dates)
I LOVE the Kentucky Theatre. They play just about everything. In the summertime they have old movies on Wednesday nights and it’s a lot of fun. This summer they’re showing stuff like “Jailhouse Rock”, “Imitation of Life”, “Cabaret”, and “A Touch of Evil.” They also show independent films, local films, and even ballgames sometimes. Of course, they show recent releases, too. On Friday and Saturday nights they have midnight movies. Sometimes they do the Rocky Horror show although I’ve never gotten into that myself. I have, however, seen “Poltergeist” there at midnight and that was cool. A couple of weeks ago they showed documentaries on environmental issues concerning Eastern Kentucky. It was nice and they had a great turnout.
Definitely an alternative thing to do in the evening.
New Earth Festival
Four times a year Lexington hosts the New Earth Festival at the Continental Inn. I just call it what it is-the psychic fair. Oh yes, there are other things besides the psychics, but they’re the most fun. You have a bevy of options when it comes to the kind of psychics you want to see, too. You can choose one that reads tarot cards, or one that reads minds, or one that is strictly astrology oriented. You can even have a photo taken of your aura if you want to! (I’ve never done it. But it’s there.) Readings cost $25 for 15 minutes, which isn’t a great deal but if they’re not busy sometimes you can stay longer than 15.
If you don’t want to get a reading, you can go shopping. All of your Wicca, Pagan, and Druid needs can be met from the vendors. They sell everything from stones to herbs to pendants to books. And bumper stickers. I love the bumper stickers.
They also have little seminars that go on throughout the weekend. You can attend one on dream analysis, ghost watching, or increasing your psychic powers.
The cost of the fair is $10 per person, although if you bring a canned good it drops to $5. Admission is good for the whole weekend. Check their website for specific dates. They usually run in May, July, October, and February.
Blue Grass Festival
This is a huge folk music event with three or four stages where bluegrass music is in constant swing; with discussion groups talking about the growth and future of this music genre; with instructional sessions for the kids (and adults who are kids at heart) where they can learn the basics. There is also a music learning camp where more advanced youngsters can come with there instrument and learn the more difficult parts of bluegrass music.
The festival is the first full week of June and is held normally at the Kentucky Horse Park which has campgrounds and parking facilities for the large crowds that attend.
The four-day event costs $15-$35 per day or $75 for the overall pass.
Camping at the site is another $80 and you must reserve a site months in advance because they fill up fast.
- Road Trip
One thing you may notice when you visit Lexington, if you are from up north, is that the people are so polite. Where I live, Cincinnati, people let doors slam in your face, shove past you without a word, and will never let you out on the street. In Lexington, people almost always stop to hold the door, say "Pardon me" and when there isa traffic jam, they wave you in (and they wave thank you when you let them in!) It is so nice to visit a place where people still have manners.
All around this area you will see farms lined with drystone fences. This is said to be the largest network of such fences in the US. They are similiar to ones you see in the British Isles in that they have no mortar but are stacked in precise manner to maintain their stability. Some were built in the late 18th century by Scottish and Ulster settlers but most were built by Irish immigrants in the early to mid-19th century. A society exists today to preserve this art, teaching a new generation to build them. The one in this photo is at the Kentucky Horse Park and was built in 2000 by some of the masons who have been thusly trained.
Find a riding lesson
Obviously in this part of the country horseback riding and training is everywhere. We were fortunate in that a friend of the family lives in the area and arranged for our granddaughter to have an hour's lesson with a young woman who teaches regularly here. I am sure anyone could probably arrange such if they did a little research on the net and it really made Sally's day as she was missing her regular lesson at home. Of course any time she can spend on a horse is great with her.
University of Kentucky
We parked in a lot near the Student Union at a meter - max time 45 minutes for 75 cents. We walked to the Art Museum, and after some wrong turns, we found the museum, but they had no Carl Brenner there. Then we walked up to the M.I.K Library (which is NOT named for Martin Luther King, but Margaret Isadora King the first librarian). They said they had microfiche of the newspapers, but I had called the Courier Journal and while it would be $12 for each obituary from them, the main library in Louisville had all the copies that I could search myself and they also had death certificate lists. So since we were parked in such an expensive spot, we decided to wait for that.
- Road Trip
- Study Abroad
- Arts and Culture
Burbon Bar at the Airport
Great place to get a bite to eat before/after flying , as long as you are not driving. Most of the food is flavored w/burbon.
Also , there is a sampler of burbons.
Taste also the burbon beer. Micro-brew that is aged in old Burbon barrels....
- Beer Tasting
- Business Travel
- Food and Dining
Lexington has very strong...
Lexington has very strong aristocratic, old-south feel to it. This is partially attributed to the fact the during the Civil War while Louisville was true blue, Lexington held its allegiance to Dixie. It was the home of John Hunt Morgan, the famous raider. It was also home to a very large slave-trading post called 'Cheapside'. This is the history you don't get in the history books, but it is true nonetheless. To this day you still get the feeling that this is a city of the have's and the have not's. For some reason Lexington has tried to retain much of this heritage. City council seems to think that Lexington is a kingdom, the mayor is the King (or Queen as the case may be) and the people are its servants. I don't say any of this to put down Lexington, because there is much that I love of the town. I do say this because it is a culture that you will doubtless notice if you visit. Many of my friends from the north who have visited me have also noticed this Lexington aristocracy. All that being said, Lexington is also starting to change. It is a growing city and will soon pass Louisville in population. The growth is entirely middle-class. A well needed adjustment for this place. As the middle-class grows, the Lexington aristocracy becomes less and less prevalent.
I have met some of the warmest...
I have met some of the warmest and coldest people there. Being caucasian I didn't feel it first hand, but some teammates of mine where outcast for being black. There are some very racist people there. But overall the people were super nice.
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