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September-October 2005 Newsletter

Bardstown Awaits You During OKHT 2005

by Deb Sexton, co-chair of OKHT Bardstown Activities


Scenic byways, rolling hills and miles of road delight and challenge this year’s participants in the 28th Old Kentucky Home Tour. As challenging and grueling as the routes taken by the riders may seem, there is an oasis awaiting in historic Bardstown when the ride is finished.

After putting away the bike and taking a refreshing shower, Bardstown offers a plethora of activities to soothe, invigorate, and entertain one and all from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning. Good food, live musical entertainment, soothing massages and relaxing yoga are only the beginning of what this year’s OKHT has to offer in Bardstown.

Some highlights of activities include:

  • Live entertainment will be provided on the lawn by Johnny Berry and The Outliers (www.johnnyberrymusic.com).
  • Baptist East Milestone Wellness Center will be providing yoga (light stretching to loosen up the muscles after a good day’s ride on the bike).
  • Louisville School of Massage will be offering relaxing massages also (they have offered to stay until 5 p.m. this year to accommodate riders arriving later in the afternoon).
  • Ice cream on the Spalding Hall lawn is being offered again this year by Robert Hamilton. Look for the ice cream station and enjoy a cool, creamy soft-serve ice cream cone or sundae for a terrific price.
  • Special arrangements have been made for several museum tour opportunities:
    • St. Joseph’s Proto-cathedral (located next to Spalding Hall) – the staff at this historic cathedral has graciously offered two opportunities for guided tours this year. The first tour will begin at 2 p.m. A second tour will follow at 2:30 p.m. A $2 donation is suggested. Be sure to tell the tour guide you are an OKHT participant to take advantage of these special tours being offered.
    • Civil War Museum – There are five attractions to tour at this museum. Come discover the past in the Pioneer Village, Wildlife Museum, Women’s Civil War Museum or Mid-America Wars Museum (exhibits include artifacts from every war since the Civil War to the present day war in Iraq). You can visit all five for a special rate of $10, or you can visit each attraction separately for $5 each. These rates are typically only offered as a group rate (normally 20 or more people); however, if you identify yourself as an OKHT participant you will get the special group rate as an individual tour guest. Museum staff are excited to have OKHT participants visit their exhibits and have offered to extend their museum hours until 6 p.m. on Saturday to allow all who are interested to discover the past in their museum. Tours begin at 10 a.m.
    • My Old Kentucky Home and Federal Hill Mansion – guided tours are being offered at a special price for OKHT participants: Adults are $5.50; Seniors $5.00; Children 6-12 years old $3.50 and children under 6 are free. Tours begin at 9 a.m., with the last tour starting at 4:45 p.m.
  • Carriage Rides around historic Bardstown are always fun and interesting. Around the Town Carriages are offering horse-drawn carriage rides from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday. Just come to the corner of the Spalding Hall street entrance and hop on a ride around town.
  • Sunday Morning Sunrise Worship Services are being offered at the elementary school beginning at 7 a.m. Start your ride Sunday morning with a short inspiring message and song in your heart. Glenn and Lisa Todd are our guests providing this wonderful start to your day.

Come — enjoy the day or an entire weekend — historic Bardstown awaits with events and attractions for everyone to participate in.


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