The Town Branch Commons Trail is a 2.2-mile-long pedestrian path that guides users through downtown. | Photo by LEXtoday
In case you missed it, Lexington’s Town Branch Commons Trail officially opened for public use back in October — giving citizens + visitors a new pedestrian-friendly path to guide them through downtown.
And now that the city has completed this historic milestone (it took nearly 10 years), we started thinking — what’s next?
“The Legacy Trail and the Brighton East Trail have the potential to come together and meet at the Town Branch Commons Trail — a connection from downtown radiating into the rural area,” said Jim Duncan, the city’s Director of Planning.
Let’s take a look at what these connections might look like.
Details: This section of the trail starts near the Masterson Station neighborhood + runs behind the McConnell Trace neighborhood.
Next steps: The goal is to connect this portion of the Town Branch Trail to the section that runs through the Distillery District.
While no timeline has been set, it seems the city is looking at downtown’s Town Branch Commons Trail as the anchor point, with hopes of connecting the east and west sides of our city with a pedestrian-friendly greenway trail.
Christmas Teas at Waveland | Tuesday, Nov. 22-Tuesday, Dec. 20 | 2-4 p.m. | Waveland State Historic Site, 225 Waveland Museum Ln., Lexington | $40 | Enjoy holiday tea + treats in the magically decorated Waveland mansion, followed by a tour.
Wednesday, Nov. 23
Turkey Crafts | Wednesday, Nov. 23 | 1 p.m. | Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, 3885 Raven Run Way | Free, registration required | Kids in grades K-5 are invited to make fun holiday-themed crafts while learning about local turkey populations.
Thursday, Nov. 24
Thoroughbred Classic 5K | Thursday, Nov. 24 | 7:30 a.m. | Keeneland | $30 | Kick-start the holiday with a fun + festive run through the beautiful grounds of Keeneland.
Friday, Nov. 25
Scrooge In Rouge: An English Music Hall Christmas Carol | Friday, Nov. 25-Sunday, Dec. 4 | 8 p.m. | Carriage House Theatre, 154 W. Bell Court, Lexington | $25 | Done in the style of British Music Hall, Scrooge in Rouge abounds in bad puns, naughty double-entendres, witty songs, and quick changes.
Whiskey Wonderland at JW Marriott Nashville | Friday, Nov. 25-Saturday, Dec. 31 | 5 p.m. | JW Marriott Nashville, 201 8th Ave South, Nashville | $10 | Grab a seat inside Whiskey Wonderland, an 18-ft-tall gingerbread distillery + bar to celebrate the spirit of the season with specialty cocktails — reservations now open.*
Winter Tree I.D. | Sunday, Nov. 27 | 2 p.m. | McConnell Springs, 416 Rebmann Ln. | Free, registration required | Learn how to identify trees during the winter season and how they survive the frigid temperatures.
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La Taquiza Taqueria will be holding its grand opening for its second location on Sat., Dec. 3. Located at 630 E. MainSt., in the former Sav’s building, the celebratory event will feature live music, 99-cent tacos, and free margaritas. Check out its hours and menu. 🌮 (Lexington Herald-Leader)
The UK men’s soccer teamdefeated Florida 4-0 in their first match of the 2022 NCAA Tournament, advancing them to the Sweet 16. The Wildcats’ next game will be at home against Pittsburgh on Sun., Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Wendell and Vickie Bell Soccer Complex, 570 Wildcat Ct. ⚽️ (WTVQ)
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Kenny Chesney announced he will be coming to the Bluegrass in the spring to headline Rupp Arena on Tues., April 25. Tickets for his “I Go Back Tour” go on sale Fri., Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. 🎸 (LEX 18)
The Lexington Fire Department has donated an SUV to the Neon Volunteer Fire Department in Eastern Kentucky. Located near the Kentucky/Virginia border, this group of first responders lost seven vehicles in the flooding + currently serves a population of ~10,000. 🚒 (City of Lexington)
A group of students is working to fight hunger across Lexington. Check out their upcycled grocery bags made from repurposed textiles. Once the project is complete, the bags will be used to deliver meals, prepared from recovered food, to low-income senior citizens. (UK College of Agriculture)
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The farm is located right on the northern boundary of the racetrack’s grounds, 2500 Rice Rd., and dates all the way back to the 1700s.
Throughout Keeneland’s 86-year history, it has been known to purchase surrounding properties to preserve its picturesque setting.
And while the racetrack’s President + CEO Shannon Arvin has not announced any specific plans for the future of the property, she stated that they will “use the land to strengthen our industry, enhance the Central Kentucky region.”
Today’s issue was written by Aaron.
Editor’s pick: Over the weekend, I ordered custom Harry Potter-themed cupcakes for my son’s birthday from Olive’s Apron, a locally-owned bakery in the Southland neighborhood.
The inside of the cupcakes were filled with one of four different icing colors — red, blue, green, or yellow. They were also butterscotch-flavored and looked beautiful.
I can’t recommend this spot enough if you have custom cookie or cupcake needs for the holidays.
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