October in Oldham County is No Trick!

October in Oldham County is No Trick!

Explore the Outdoors, get your Foodie Fix on and let the Fun and Games begin when you spend time in Oldham County in October. Add a little pumpkin spice to your life and get out and explore what’s right next door. From daytrip to weekend getaway, Oldham County has enough trains, horses, bourbon and history to keep you busy while you enjoy October ONLY in Oldham!


Paws in the Park

Oct. 1st from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Belknap Community Park
Prospect, KY
Suggested $10 donation per person, $5 for kids.

This fun day at the park has something for everyone! All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Oldham County. Activities include parade style dog walk, music, BBQ, shaved ice, craft beer tasting, silent auction, vendors, adoptable dogs, dog training demo, agility course, dog contest and bouncy slides.

Plant Seed Giveaway or Swap at the Farmers’ Market

October 1 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
La Grange Farmer’s Market & Artisan
La Grange, KY

Stop by the La Grange Farmers’ Market & Artisan on Saturday, October 1. for a Seed Plant Swap and Giveaway. All are welcome to donate and take seeds and plants. The focus of this event is on perennial and annual plants that support wildlife and pollinators, but any seeds will be taken as long as they are not invasive or known to cause environmental harm. Anyone donating seeds will be asked to provide information- plant name, type, growing conditions, etc.

You may donate seeds ahead of time by dropping them off at Oldham County Fiscal Court Suite 3 or attending any Currys Fork Event leading up to Oct. 1. Be sure to fill out the data collection form for your seeds. Plant growing and care information will be provided to help growers be successful!
Contact Becca for more information- rtrueman@oldhamcountyky.gov

Rollin’ on the River Food Truck Fest

October 1st   11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Schamback Park
Westport, KY
Oldham County Parks and Recreation
FREE admission

There’s no better place than Schamback Park in Westport on the Ohio River to enjoy fabulous food and beer vendors, and live music all day – rock, bluegrass, and jazz. Plus cornhole and inflatables for the kids.

Barnyard Fun: Play Ball!

October 1 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Oldham County History Center
La Grange, KY

Join the Oldham County History Center for Barnyard Fun: Play Ball! to learn about the history of baseball and some of the historic Oldham County teams.

Hive & Barrel’s Thursday Trivia & Donuts Night

Every Thursday in October:  6, 13, 20, 27 from 7 – 9 p.m.
Hive & Barrel Meadery
Mead Garden/Oldham Gardens
Crestwood, KY

Hive & Barrel Meadery’s new weekly Trivia & Donuts Night will be held every Thursday in the Mead Garden at Oldham Gardens. This event is held in partnership with Dough Baby Donuts, located in La Grange. Dough Baby Donuts is creating weekly mead and cider inspired donuts to enjoy with Hive & Barrel Meadery’s craft ciders, meads and barrel aged meads. Gather your team and join in for some outdoor trivia fun! There are some cool prizes for the winning team!

The Bison Dinner at Woodland Farm

October 2 from 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Woodland Farm
Goshen, KY
$200 per person

Make your reservations now for a truly special evening as Hermitage Farms’ Barn8 Executive Chef, Seth Kinder, prepares a thoughtfully curated dinner where American Bison takes center stage. This is a rare opportunity to visit the stunning historical property of Woodland Farm, where American Bison have been raised sustainably since 1996. Dinner will be comprised of five courses with beverage pairings for each course.

La Grange Alley Loop Festival

October 8 from 6 p.m. – October 9 at 12 a.m.
Alley Loop Corner of Walnut Ave. and Poplar Alley
La Grange, KY
FREE – donations accepted

Enjoy a night filled with various musicians, dancing, cirque acts, a 10-piece swing street band, food trucks, beer, wine, specialty drinks and more. Artists for the Alley Loop murals will be on hand to share the inspiration behind their designs. This is the Grand Reveal of the first phase of the Alley Loop project which includes murals, hardscape, and lighting that was highlighted on HGTV’s Hometown Kickstart. La Grange leaders and volunteers are carrying the HGTV inspired project forward and creating a mile long educational, inspirational, historical walking path around the buildings on Main Street in La Grange. The loop will connect the La Grange Railroad Museum on one end to the new Springs Park and the Oldham County History Museum on the other end. In between visitors will find restaurants, art galleries, retail shops, airbnbs, and more.

Barnyard Fun: Heritage Skills Day

October 8 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Oldham County History Center
La Grange, KY

Join us for Barnyard Fun: Heritage Skills Day at the Oldham County History Center, a free program. Check out hearth cooking, spinning, corn grinding, friendly sheep, vintage tractors and more!

Mushroom Hike at Yew Dell

October 8 from 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
Crestwood, KY
$25 – $35 per person

Individuals from the Bluegrass Mycological Society will lead a walk of Yew Dell’s gardens and trails to identify what is growing there. They will also give an overview of the fungal kingdom and the field of mycology, from their important role in our forests and fields to how we can use them for food, medicine, and improving the world around us.

Shade Tree Selections for a Changing Climate

October 11 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
Crestwood, KY
$25 – $35 per person

For #LouisvilleTreeWeek, join Yew Dell executive director, Dr. Paul Cappiello, for a fun and engaging walk through Yew Dell’s extensive tree collections and a talk about the best shade tree selections for increasing drought, storm and other environmental stresses.

Plants for a Dye Garden

October 12 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
Crestwood, KY
$50 – $60 per person 

This workshop offers a chance to take a deep dive into learning about plants for a dye garden. Claire McMahon, Operations Assistant at Anchal Project, will lead the discussion about what plants work locally for a dye garden, how to collect and process your flowers for dyeing, and what is involved with the dyeing process. Yew Dell has partnered with Anchal Project by providing marigolds collected from the Family Garden for dyes for their quilts, bags, and sustainable clothing for women. Each ticket includes a goldenrod plant from our nursery to get participants started on their dye gardening.

Anchal Project is a nonprofit that uses design and collaboration to provide economic opportunities for marginalized women to empower themselves through the creation of sustainable products, holistic programs, and global market access.

Chili Cook-off with La Grange Parks & Rec

October 14 from 6 – 8 p.m.
Springs Park
La Grange, KY

A Chili Cook-off with La Grange Parks & Rec will heat up a chilly autumn evening under the pavilion at Springs Park. Get signed up now to win hot prizes for the best chili. Awards go to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Louisville Tree Week Hike at Creasey Mahan

October 14 from 6 – 8 p.m. and October 15 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve
Goshen, KY
Donation:  $10/person, $5/members, Children 6 and younger are free.

Meet at the Picnic Pavilions behind the Nature Center at Creasey Mahan where naturalist Jacob Crider will help point out and identify different birds along the hike. Hopefully participants will see a few species migrating south from Canada for the winter which might include:  yellow-bellied sapsuckers, winter wrens, golden-crowned kinglets, and Brown Creepers. And hikers will see year round residents like cardinals, robins, mockingbirds, woodpeckers, chickadees, and more! Wear comfortable shoes for walking on uneven ground. Easy to moderate trail. Masks are optional. Bring binoculars (if you have a pair), a camera or smartphone, and plenty of curiosity!

Garden Photography Basics with Murphy’s Camera

October 15 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
Crestwood, KY
$30 – $40 per person

Ayrica Bishop, Education Coordinator from Murphy’s Camera, Louisville’s premiere camera and photography source for 60 years, will lead this workshop which begins with a guided tour around the beautiful gardens at Yew Dell. Participants will see the gardens in a whole new way while capturing amazing images!

Juice & Workshops: Halloween Pumpkin Hat Workshop

Judith M Millinery Supply House
October 15 from 1 – 2:30 p.m.
La Grange, KY
$35 per person

A workshop perfect for kids and adults. All materials will be provided to create your very own hat including pumpkin, faces, markers, stems, etc. 50% of proceeds will be donated to the Shamrock Pet Foundation. Juice provided. No refunds.

Public Archaeology Dig

October 15 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Oldham County History Center
La Grange, KY

Join the Oldham County History Center for the last public archaeology dig of the season at the Henry Bibb Escapes/Gatewood Plantation, a National Park Service site on the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Since 2007 the History Center has conducted archaeology research on this historic site which honors Henry Bibb and his family, who were enslaved by William Gatewood. This program is free and open to the public, but reservations are required by calling 502.222.0826.

Yew Dell’s Migratory Bird Walk Workshop

October 15 from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
Crestwood, KY

In partnership with #LouisvilleTreeWeek, Brad Kessans, Yew Dell’s own Facilities and Trail Guru, will lead a walk around our grounds to spot and identify migratory birds and the trees that support them. This workshop is included with admission. Bring binoculars if available and wear sturdy walking shoes.

Creative Eyedias Gallery and Studios Studio Tour

October 15, 22 from 12 – 5 p.m.
Creative Eyedias Gallery and Studios
Westport, KY

Westport’s own Creative Eyedias Gallery and Studios will be on the 9th annual Louisville Visual Arts annual Open Studios for two Saturdays in October. Tour artist studios and browse through the Westport gallery, where original artwork by local artists David and Terri Sierra (who also own the gallery) is featured, in addition to a creative outside mural. Original art and reproductions will be available for purchase. Terri created Creative Eyedias as an encouraging and supporting space that would be owned by artists and run by artists, where artists are encouraged to create and art lovers can find art they love. This tour is a great chance to meet local artists and start your holiday shopping!

Hardy Orange Marmalade with Garden Girl Whitney Powers

October 16 from 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
Crestwood, KY
$45 – $55 per person 

Garden Girl Whitney Powers returns to Yew Dell with another hands-on workshop, where participants leave with a jar of deliciousness tied to Yew Dell. This year, we’ll make Hardy Orange Marmalade with fruit grown onsite or very nearby.

Planning A Pest-Resistant Garden

October 18 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
Crestwood, KY
$20 – $30 per person

Shelly Nold, Owner of The Plant Kingdom, expands on last fall’s Deer-Resistant Gardens to include more pests, such as squirrels, rabbits, moles, and other creatures. Shelly will once again make  suggestions on plants, barriers, and repellents to steer our furry friends away from our precious plantings.

South Oldham Rotary Bourbon & Wine Experience

October 21 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
Crestwood, KY
$80 per person general admission/VIP ticket $150 per person

The South Oldham Rotary Club is hosting their Tenth Annual South Oldham Rotary Bourbon & Wine Experience at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens on October 21. What better way to spend the evening than strolling thru beautiful Yew Dell Botanical Gardens viewing the grounds and plantings, while having the opportunity to sample tastings of bourbons, wines, and other beverages and partake in catered hors d’oeuvres by Ladyfingers Catering Inc. A silent auction (donations welcome), as well as live music by The Misty Mountain String Band add to the entertainment. Proceeds will benefit local and international projects.

Tickets can be purchased from any South Oldham Rotarian or online at http://www.southoldhamrotary.org/

Apprentice Plant Walk and Arboretum Ramble

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
Crestwood, KY

Theodore Klein loved to “ramble” in the woods. For the October Apprentice Plant Walk, join in as we highlight some of our favorite things on this leisurely walk around the Arboretum at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. Ramble is included with admission.


Kentucky Humanities Celebration Dinner

October 22 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Hermitage Farm
Barn8 Hayloft
Goshen, KY
$150 per person

Join Hermitage Farm for an exciting evening as they celebrate the Kentucky Humanities 50th anniversary! Dinner will be held in the Hayloft above Barn8 Restaurant, with a special performance by The McLain Family band at the end of the evening. Cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., and the McLain Family Band to follow at 8 p.m. The McClain Family band are recipients of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award They have become internationally known as one of the most spontaneous, creative and spirited groups performing original and traditional bluegrass music. Since 1968, the McLain Family Band has performed in 64 countries and all 50 states. They have appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center and the Grand Ole Opry.

Cultural Cook Along 2.0 – Italy

October 25 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Oldham County Extension
La Grange, KY
Registration required.

For three months, Sept. – Nov., the Oldham County Extension Service will host three separate cooking sessions. Each month will feature a different recipe and information about the featured culture:  Spain, Italy or France. The October session will feature food from Italy. If you prefer to join virtually from your home computer, tablet, or cell phone, please register by calling (859) 654-3395 or at pendleton.ca.uky.edu. Supply and ingredient lists and other special instructions will be sent via e-mail about a week prior to the program.

Blocking Felt into a Hat: October 28th-29th w/Jenny Pfanenstiel

Friday, Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m. – Saturday, Oct. 29 starting at 11:30 a.m.
Judith M Millinery Supply House
La Grange, KY
$375 per person

Perfect for Beginners and Advanced Hat Makers.

Learn from Master Milliner and Featured Milliner of the 148th Kentucky Derby Jenny Pfanenstiel how to make a hat from scratch using a technique that dates back over 100 years.  You will understand the uses of the different hat blocks, some dating back 100 years. Each person will learn the different types of felt for blocking and how they are best used. You will learn how to mold the felt to form it over a hat block to make a shape of a hat. On the first day we will be blocking and on the second day, we will wire the brim, add a lining, hand sew a sweatband into crown, then finish with a grosgrain crown band.  Each person will walk away with a beautiful felt hat that they can wear with pride. This workshop begins with a tour of Judith M Millinery Supply House.

Classes will start on Friday at 5:30pm and start on Saturday at 11:00am. Materials for this course can be purchased before, or on the first day of class. Materials can range from $45-$150 depending on what one chooses.


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