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
- Special arrangements have been made for several museum tour
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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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