free concert at the arboretum

Looking for a fun outing this weekend in the bluegrass ?  Join the Central Kentucky Concert Band for their free Summer Pops Series at the  Arboretum.  For us, this event kicks off our patriotic holiday events!


image by dthoskins

Here’s the scoop:

Central Kentucky Concert Band Summer Pops Series

featuring works by Bock, Doss, Handel, King, Saucedo, Sousa and many others

UK Arboretum

Saturday, June 29 at 7:00 PM

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy!  It’s a family friendly atmosphere and a great introduction to this group.



father’s day faves

Father’s Day is a fun occasion to gather with friends and family.  Are you stuck cooking?  Does your husband or dad usually man the grill?  Impress him and your guests with this fabulous baked (& healthy) dish instead.



Light, summery, delicious and easy.  What could be better?

Here are a few of our other favorite things for Father’s Day:

  • Try one of these last minute gift ideas that will be sure to please.
  • Is he a bourbon lover?  These are some fun picks.
  • What is better than a great dessert to show that you care?  The key to a man’s heart is often through his stomach!
  • A piece of Kentucky memorabilia from the Kentucky for Kentucky shop for something fun and playful!


What are your Father’s Day plans?


daytrip: shakertown

Undoubtedly one of my favorite bluegrass spots, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill or Shakertown, has been the site of many of family memories and special occasion dinners.  Shaker Village is the perfect place for a family staycation or a romantic trip for two.

This is me waiting to board the riverboat last summer.  I would highly recommend a ride on the Dixie Belle. The captain, who narrates your one-hour cruise, is incredibly knowledgable and points out the native species and geological landmarks, as you coast down the Kentucky River palisades.


Above:  View of High Bridge from the deck of the Dixie Belle; photo by dthoskins

Don’t miss out on a delightful breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Trustees Office Dining Room, home to the gorgeous shaker staircase.  My last visit was for dinner on my fifth anniversary and it was absolutely wonderful!  (On a side note, they are great about accommodating gluten allergies.)



Above:  Staircase in the Trustees’ Office; photo by dthoskins

Another must place to stop is the craft store.  Everything is so gorgeous, you’ll have to pick something up!  I’ve always wanted to stay on the property, but have only gone for day visits.  I hear that their rooms are great!

Summer vacation is here in the bluegrass, consider Shaker Village for your next day trip.  Check out the special events calendar for more information on featured events on property.

Have you been to Shakertown?  Do you have a favorite thing to do there?  Do share!

katherine Greene