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July-August 2006 Newsletter

The Magic of Bardstown Awaits You

by Deb Sexton


Scenic byways, rolling hills and miles of road await to create a magical delight and challenge for this year’s participants in the Louisville Bicycle Club’s 29th Old Kentucky Home Tour on September 9 and 10. And, the magic doesn’t end when riders arrive at the sprawling lawn of Spalding Hall in Bardstown. In fact, the land of enchantment has only just begun!

After putting away the bike and taking a refreshing shower, the enchantment of Bardstown continues with 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 OKHT 2006 has to offer in Bardstown.

Some highlights of the delights that await one and all include:

  • After people have traversed around historic Bardstown’s dining scene for dinner, enjoying the delectable food to be offered, be sure to gather around for live entertainment on the lawn of Spalding Hall. The “Mad Dog Rhythm and Blues Quartet” will be sure to have you dancing on your feet and clapping your hands to the rhythm of the music.
  • Baptist East Milestone Fitness Center will be providing yoga (light stretching to loosen up the muscles of riders after their long ride through the land of enchantment between Louisville and Bardstown). Baptist East/Milestone Fitness Center has been an outstanding sponsor of yoga for the OKHT for several years.
  • Dr. Margaret Preble and her crew, along with staff from Advanced Massage Therapeutics, will be offering massages to riders. There will be two tents with wonderful massage therapists who will work out all the tension and straining of muscles with their magical powers of massage.
  • 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. Be sure to check out the special Caramel Bourbon Sundae.
  • Buffalo Trace Distillery will be serving samplings of their delightful brew of bourbon to all who wander through the halls of time at Spalding Hall Museum. Buffalo Trace Distillery has been a favorite sponsor of this activity for OKHT.
  • 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 an opportunity for a guided tour for OKHT participants from 3:00-3:30 pm. A $2 donation is suggested. Be sure to tell the tour guide you are an OKHT participant to take advantage of this special tour.
    • 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). Tours are from 10 am to 5 pm for the Pioneer Village, Wildlife Museum and Main Museum. The Mid-America War Museum and Women’s Civil War Museum hours are 10 am to 4:30 pm. Groups of 20 are offered a special rate of $8.50 for all five museums. Regular Museum rates are $10.00 for all five museum tours.
    • My Old Kentucky Home & 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 am with the last tour starting at 4:45 pm.
  • Carriage rides around historic Bardstown are always fun and interesting. Around the Town Carriages are offering free horsedrawn carriage rides from 4 pm until 8 pm on Saturday. Just come to the corner of the Spalding Hall street entrance and hop on a ride around town. LBC is pleased to have Byerly Ford as the new sponsor of this activity at the OKHT.
  • Sunday morning Sunrise Worship Services are being offered at the elementary school beginning at 7 am. 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 – the magic of historic Bardstown awaits with events and attractions for everyone to participate in during the 29th Old Kentucky Home Tour.


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