September-October 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.
- All new this year — we are pleased to have Dr. David Boyce,
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Bellarmine University
and owner of Physical Therapy Plus (located in St. Matthews,
Prospect, and Henry County), providing free six-point quick
bike fit screens to riders. Bring your bike to Dr. Boyce’s tent
for recommendations on bike fitting.
- 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
- 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
- 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
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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