With the Editor
Happy New Year!
The old cliche’ of “my New Year’s Resolution is NOT to make any more New Year’s Resolutions” has gotten old. So has the same old, same old that I make every year and then let fall by the wayside before January 2nd ... You know, the daily exercise and lose weight routine. Turn over a new leaf and be kind to everybody, no more candy; eat healthier. This year I promise to be different. I will not let my resolutions fall by the wayside. It’s a brand new year and we have so much to be thankful for. So I will make brand new resolutions that I’ve never made before. January 1 finds The Weekender Magazine moved into new offices. With more room and more employees, we’ll be expanding into other areas with new issues this Spring. I’ve learned with this move that I’m a packrat - almost to the level of being a hoarder! So my first New Year’s Resolution is to organize and throw stuff away. (Well, maybe I should just keep one or two or even three copies for safe keeping...) My second resolution is to quit committing to more responsibilities than I can handle. It’s just that there are so many places to go, and things to do, and people to see that I have trouble saying “no.” And all I want to do is share them with you - my readers! Third, but certainly not last, I will make every attempt to offer more pages covering great events every month, surpassing each issue from before. And with this promise to myself, I won’t break any of my resolutions. Instead, I’ll carry them through all year long. Stay tuned for our Open House announcement. We invite all our readers to join us as we celebrate a new address, new offices, new staff and new coverage areas in 2013. My only heartbreak is that Mr. Tim Moore, former boss, inspiration, and original partner for The Weekender will not be present to witness this grand event. He went home to be with the Lord in October after battling a lengthy illness. As a Certified Business Adviser for the Ohio Small Business Develop-ment Center, he was instrumental in encouraging us to make this move. So, Tim, I pay tribute to your memory as we continue to push our dream forward.... Kathy Barnett, Senior Editor Page 4
About the Cover : Get ready for a fun-filled winter. There’s nothing like a brisk walk in the fresh-falling snow to awaken your senses to the wintery outdoors events available in January. This issue features several outdoor winter events.
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Places To Go: Mammoth Cave National Park Mammoth Cave National Park
than 350 miles of passageways mapped, and who knows how many more uncharted.
with the two-hour Frozen Niagara Tour, which allows for plenty of thrills without having to
You can marvel at the Giant's Coffin, Bridal Altar and Star Chamber formations of stalactites and stalagmites, naturally carved from stone and
A Grand, Gloomy and Peculiar Place
The crystal columns suspended from the cave ceiling appear sprinkled with fairy dust. In the dim light, the erie formations sprouting from the walls and rising from the floor cast murky shadows. It's easy to imagine you're in the company of ghosts when standing several hundred feet beneath the sandstonecapped ridges of Mammoth Cave National Park, the most extensive cave system on Earth, with more
Mammoth Cave National Park preserves the cave system and a part of the Green River valley and hilly country of south central Kentucky. This is the world's longest known cave system, with more than 390 miles explored. Early guide Stephen Bishop called the cave a "grand, gloomy and peculiar place," but its vast chambers and complex labyrinths have earned its name - Mammoth.
shimmy through miniscule openings or wear unflattering headgear.
eroded by water, their beauty frozen in time. Cave tours range from 30minute beginners' tours to a 6 hour Wild Cave Tour, requiring a head lamp and serious chutzpah. You might want to compromise Page 06
1 Mammoth Cave Parkway, Mammoth Cave, near Cave City. (270) 758-2180.
Places to Go: Patti’s Settlement at Grand Rivers GRAND RIVERS - Bundle up in your favorite sweater, come outdoors, and experience the enchanting sights on a bald eagle viewing trip, presented again at Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area. Van trips and river cruises will be offered. LBL guides take visitors to the best wildlife viewing hot spots on the 170,000-acre National Recreation Area. Visitors will most likely see migratory bald eagles, gulls, and other waterfowl, as well as native wildlife species, such as deer and turkey. Van trips meet and depart from the Golden Pond Visitor Center unless otherwise indicated. Dress appropriately for the weather, wear shoes suitable for moderate walking, and don’t forget to bring binoculars and field guides. Back by popular demand, LBL hosts a weekend of river cruises January 19-21, including a special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day cruise January 21, for up close views of eagles from the water. What better way to view bald eagles than by relaxing on a river cruise in the comforts of the spacious and beautifully appointed CQ Princess? The 96-foot luxury yacht offers wonderful views from both outside on deck and indoors where it’s toasty warm! Reservations & full deposits are required for all trips. Because eagle excursions are very popular, early reservations are encouraged. Gift certificates are available. For more information or to reserve your space, call 270-924-2020 weekdays, 8am4:30pm. January, 2013
Van Tours Schedule: Moderate walking required. Dress for the weather. Meet and depart from the Golden Pond Visitor Center. ($5 ages 12 & under, $7 ages 13 & up.) Jan. 5 1-4:30pm Jan. 6 1-4:30pm Jan. 12 1-4:30pm Jan. 13 1-4:30pm
Jan. 27 1:30-5pm Feb. 2 1:30-5pm Feb. 3 1:30-5pm Feb. 10 1:30-5pm
River Cruises Schedule: Cruises are $60 per person (meal included). Tours depart from Kenlake State Resort Park Marina. Visit www.cqriverside. com for a peek at the CQ Princess luxury yacht. Jan. 19 8:30-11:30am (brunch cruise) Jan. 19 1-4pm (lunch cruise) Jan. 20 11am-2pm (lunch cruise) Jan. 21 11am-2pm Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (lunch cruise) Other Winter Programs: Call for additional information and prices. Jan. 19 8:30-11:30am & 1:30-5pm (full- and halfday trips available), Nature Watch Series: Winter Eagles and Wildlife Van Tour. (Departs from Badgett Theater in Grand Rivers) Reservations & full deposits required. Call 270-924-2020. Feb. 9 1-3pm, Fort Henry 150th Anniversary Program. (Meet at The Homeplace) Reservations & full deposits required. Call 270-924-2020. Feb. 16 1-3pm, Iron Furnace Industry in LBL. (Meet at The Homeplace) Reservations & full deposits required. Call 270-924-2020. For more information, visit online at www.grandrivers.org
Things to Do...
Every show is
for all to attend! Join us for one of our u pcoming Bridal Shows: Lexington Sunday, January 6, 2013 Hilton/Lexington Downtown 11-4pm Elizabethtown Sunday, January 20, 2013 Elizabethtown Visitor Center 12-4pm Frankfort Sunday, February 17, 2013 Frankfort Convention Center 12-4pm Lexington Sunday, August 25, 2013 Hilton/Lexington Downtown 11-4pm For more information contact: Shannon (859) 457 - 0824 Shannon@BridalBlissClassic.com
Brides will have the opportunity to visit with catering, photography, cake, flower, dress and wedding planning vendors from around the region. Anyone interested in becoming a vendor can still register at their site www.bridalblissclassic.com or visit their Facebook page. Please contact Bridal Bliss with any questions about upcoming shows at 859-457-0824, write to PO Box 486 Bardstown, KY 40004 or email info@bridalblissclassic. com. www.TheWeekenderMagazine.com
LEXINGTON - The Lexington Legends are inviting fans to the Kentucky Ale Taproom at Whitaker Bank Ballpark for the Legends third annual Winter Bash 2013, an evening of fun that will support the Kentucky and Southern Indiana chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. hours. Tours depart from several area hotels. $36. Children under 12 are $25. Legends new manager Brian Buchanan will be a special guest for the event, which begins at 7pm and continues until midnight. Buchanan, a former Major League player now in his third year as a manager in the Kansas City Royals organization, will meet with fans and will be available for photos and autographs. The Legends will play their first season as a Royals affiliate in 2013. A silent auction will include a George Brett jersey signed by the baseball Hall of Famer, who is Page 10
now Vice President of Baseball operations for the Royals. A baseball signed by Brett also will be in the auction, as will jerseys, bats and batting helmets signed by current Royals Billy Butler, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas, and a baseball and bat signed by the Royals Alex Gordon. Television screens throughout the Kentucky Ale Taproom will allow guests to follow Kentucky's basketball game at Auburn. The game begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. Hors d'oeuvres will be available and an open bar will feature a variety of beers and wine. "The Legends are excited about our third annual Winter Bash, and we're pleased to have LLS as the beneficiary," said Sarah Bosso, the Legends Director of Community Relations and Special Events. "This event is a great way to kick off the New Year at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The support from our www.TheWeekenderMagazine.com
new affiliate, the Kansas City Royals, for Winter Bash has been tremendous and will make this year's event and silent auction better than ever. We're also very excited that the new Legends manager, Brian Buchanan, will attend. January 19 can't get here fast enough." "The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is extremely excited to be the charity chosen by the Lexington Legends for Winter Bash 2013," said Meredith Jenkins, Campaign Manager for the Kentucky and Southern Indiana chapter of LLS. "The proceeds from the ticket sales and silent auction items that are donated to LLS further our mission of funding blood cancer research and providing support to patients and their families." Tickets to Winter Bash 2013 may be obtained by calling Sarah Bosso at 859-422-7855, the Legends Box Office at 859-422-7867 January, 2013
Places Places to to Go: Go:
Bardstown BARDSTOWN - The “Bourbon Capital of the World” has been chosen as the most beautiful small town in America by Rand McNally/USA TODAY “Best of the Road” contest. This designation, announced last summer was determined through a nationwide contest of 650 nominated towns, where judges were sent cross-country to visit each of the 30 finalists in five different categories, including Most Beautiful, Friendliest, Most Fun, Most Patriotic and town offering the Best Food. Bardstown was featured with the six finalists in the Most Beautiful category in a special show on the Travel Channel. Other towns visited included Danville, KY.; Sedona, AZ.; Jim Thorpe, PA; Baker City, OR; and Tybee Island, GA. “Being selected as the Most Beautiful Small Town in America is a tremendous honor and the exposure we receive will be a wonderful boost to our marketing efforts,” said Dawn Ballard Przystal, vice president, tourism expansion and marketing of the Bardstown-NelsonCounty Tourist & Convention Commission. “We really appreciate Nikki and Dusty, who did such a wonderful job portraying to the judges the beauty of Bardstown.” Bardstown has a population of just over 11,000 Page 12
residents. Major attractions include the distilleries of Kentucky Bourbon Country Heaven Hill, Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark - My Old Kentucky Home State Park and the “Stephen Foster Story” outdoor musical drama; My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, Kentucky Railway Museum and excursions, the Civil buildings in Bardstown’s historic downtown district are on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit www.sampleourspirit.com to see why the show “Two For The Road” fell in love with Bardstown and why it was named “The Most Beautiful Small Town in America.”
People to See:
BOWLING GREEN - Come to the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center “SKyPAC” for an evening filled with some of the best Bluegrass musical talent known in the United States. Fans of live Bluegrass music got more than it bargained for when the 2012 IBMA awards show opened by unveiling an unprecedented collaboration between a quintet of the genre’s greatest and most admired talents. Dubbed the Masters of Bluegrass, the five musicians—J. D. Crowe, Bobby Hicks, Del McCoury, Jerry McCoury and Bobby Osborne—bring to the stage a creative fire stoked by literally centuries’ worth of experience and partnerships that have encompassed every aspect of the music’s fabled history. Home-grown artists who have been blazing trails from rural schoolhouses to urban rock clubs and from early morning local radio shows to national prime time TV appearances, they’ve each been bringing bluegrass to audiences old and new from its earliest days—and as their wildly acclaimed IBMA debut proved, they’re not through thrilling those fans yet. “I’ve been knowing all of these guys for a long, long time,” chuckles Del McCoury, “and it just feels January, 2013
good to stand on stage with them. We all know all the old songs, so those just fall into place, and we’re working on each other’s songs—and some new things, too. It’s exciting to see the way it’s all coming together.” Upgrade to VIP: Limited seats available- see seating chart. Your VIP experience includes the following: - Private Pre-show reception/dinner with the Masters at 6PM -Autographed photo of the Masters -Autographed Masters tour poster Tickets purchased ten (10) days before the performance date will not be mailed out. Your tickets will be placed in will call for you to pick up during our regular Ticket Office hours, Monday – Friday 11:00AM - 6:00PM, or on the date of the performance. We encourage you to pick up your tickets in advance to reduce your time standing in line before the performance. For more information, visit online at www.theskypac.com
Calendar of Events SR. COMMUNITY DANCE
WINTER BASH 2013
Jan. 11, 18 & 25/GRAND RIVERS - 7 – 10 p.m. at the Senior Comunity Center on W. Cumberland Ave. Featuring Rockabilly Hall of Famer Stanley Walker and his band. $5 per person at the door. Come dance the night away or sit back and enjoy the music of Stanley and his band. Concessions. For more information, visit www.grandrivers.org.
Jan. 19/LEXINGTON Inside the Kentucky Ale Taproom to cheer on the Wildcats & enjoy a special night in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Special Guest Appearance by the Legends new manager Brian Buchanan. Open Bar sponsored by Kentucky Ale and heavy hors d'oeuvres provided by the Lexington Legends. For more information, visit online at NATURE WATCH SERIES Jan. 19/GRAND RIVERS - Land Between the www.milb.com. Lakes Nature Watch Series: Winter Eagles & Wildlife THE BARDSTOWN OPRY Van Tour. Starts at 8:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. ,leaving Jan. 18, 25/BARDSTOWN - Traditional Country from Badgett Playhouse. Morning Session: Winter Birding Hotspots of LBL. (Return to Grand Rivers for Music every Friday night with Special Guests. 7:30 lunch) Afternoon Session: Northern LBL Eagle Tour. 10:00 p.m. Blue Grass Entertainment & Exposition $25/ person for full day. $15/person for half day. Complex, 426 Sutherland Rd off of HWY 31E. Doors Lunch is on your own. Space is limited. Advanced open at 6 p.m. Adults $10, children 6-12 $6. 859-336registration required. Call 270-924-2020 to register. 9839. For more information, visit www.musicmanDuring the “Northern LBL Eagle Tour” tour from soundstage.com. 1:30-5pm, discover the hidden bays and shorelines where Kentucky’s largest raptor hunts prey, catches SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK ridgetop thermals, and begins its courtship rituJan. 25/SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bring the whole als.Winter Birding Hotspots of LBL family for a great night of 50's fun from 6-9 p.m. at For more information, visit www.lbl.org. Paroquet Springs Conference Centre. Elvis impersonator Todd Bodemeier will entertain. 50's dress INDIAN MOUND ICE BOWL optional. $10 Admission - Call 543-2245 ask for Jan. 12/MT. STERLING - At the Disc Golf Course Barbara to RSVP. located at Botts Park. Participate in a PDGA C Tier Event with several divisions available. Registration WINTER ADVENTURE WEEKEND at 8:30-9:15am. Shotgun start at 9:30am. Two rounds Jan. 25-27/OLIVE HILL - Located at 344 Caveland of 18 with a one hour lunch break. Find out more Drive , Carter Caves State Resort Park. Join us for from Montgomery County Parks and Recreation at the perfect cure for your cabin fever. The 4th annual 859-498-8728. Winter Adventure Weekend (WAW) includes hiking, recreational tree climbing, canoeing, kayaking, cave MARTIN LUTHER KING JR LUNCH tours, rappelling, winter survival, zip-lining and Jan. 21/MT. STERLING - 4th Annual Rev. Dr. other adventure programs and workshops. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Luncheon at 11 a.m. Guests will be able to select from a list of trips for Clay Community Center. For sponsorship and tick- beginners or advanced adventurers. All trips and et information call Cartec Garrett at 859-398-1408. events are led by guides. 5:45pm is the MLK March from the Montgomery The fee is $30 for adults, 13 and older, and $20 County Courthouse to the Evergreen Baptist Church for ages 6-12. For more information, visit the webon Queen Street. Service at 6pm by Rev. Douthitt. site at www.winteradventureweekend.com 859-585-2955. Page 14
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