Plus, a national art gallery is opening in Danville.
 
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The apples (and pumpkins) of our eye
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Nothing says fall like sweater season + visits to the apple orchard. | Photo by @yevka_kobenko
The autumn crisp is on its way, which means it’s time for another kind of crisp: apples. Oh my gourdness, we can’t forget to mention pumpkin patches.

Satisfy all your fall seasonal cravings by checking out one (or all) seven of these farms, orchards, and pumpkin patches near Lexington.

🍎 Apple orchards

Eckert’s Orchard, 1396 Pinckard Pike, Versailles | Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | $6-$10 admission + price of your picks
Pick your own seasonal apples with nine varieties to choose from — Think: Fuji, Golden Delicious + Honeycrisp. Continue your farm adventure at the kids’ playground, by renting a bonfire site, and visiting the store for baked goods and ciders.

Evans Orchard and Cider Mill, 1738 Stone Rd., Georgetown | Runs through Tuesday, Oct. 31 | Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday 12-6 p.m. | $10-$20 admission + price of picks
Pick from 19 varieties of apples and stop by the Farm Fun play area to hang out with friendly barnyard animals and the kids’ play area. Bonus: It also has pumpkins.

A dog sitting on a bale of hay surrounded by pumpkins.

Bring your pup for pumpkin picking and the perfect photo opp at Evans Orchard. | Photo by @florencethedappledoxie

🎃 Pumpkin patches

Happy Jack’s Farm, 966 Hickman Hill Rd., Frankfort | Runs through Tuesday, Oct. 31 | Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. | Price of picks
Take a wagon ride to the 20-acre pumpkin patch, visit with farm animals, stroll through the two-acre corn maze, or stop by the farm stand and purchase a variety of fall must-haves.

Baldwin Farms, 1113 Tates Creek Rd., Richmond | Sunday, Sept. 24-Monday, Oct. 30 | Daily, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | Price of picks + paid events
Pick your pumpkin on its 10-acre patch, then head back to the farm for more locally grown produce, pony rides, barrel cart rides, and explore the corn maze.

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Events
 
Tuesday, Sept. 19
  • Keeneland Hiring Center | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Keeneland, 4201 Versailles Rd., Lexington | Free | This is your opportunity to be part of this special Bluegrass tradition with on-site interviews for all seasonal positions.
Wednesday, Sept. 20
  • Brothers Osborne | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 7:30 p.m. | Lexington Opera House, 401 W. Short St., Lexington | $59-$70 | See this Grammy Award-winning country sibling duo support their deluxe album release of “Skeletons.”
Thursday, Sept. 21
  • Plant Power - Organic Juice Making Workshop | Thursday, Sept. 21 | 6-7 p.m. | Sol Fitness, 2173 Christian Rd., Ste. 110, Lexington | Free | Get ready to unleash your inner juice master and take control of your health in this hands-on juice making workshop
Friday, Sept. 22
  • Pivot Fall Night Market | Friday, Sept. 22 | 5:30-9:30 p.m. | Pivot Brewing, 1400 Delaware Ave., Lexington | Free | Entertainment awaits with an evening full of food trucks, local vendors, live music, and drinks.
Saturday, Sept. 23
  • Roller Derby Bout - ROCK Returns | Saturday, Sept. 23 | 4-9 p.m. | Central Bank Center, 430 W. Vine St., Lexington | $10-$20 | See the return of the Roller Derby of Central Kentucky athletes as they take the rink in their first Lexington bout in four years.
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News Notes
 
Announced
  • Calling all brunch lovers, you’re gonna be excited for this one. Asheville-based Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen & Bar is coming to Lexington in 2025. More specifically, it will take over the former Masonic lodge at 4085 Harrodsburg Rd. by the Fountains at Palomar. Take a peek at the menu. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Eat
  • In other Palomar development news — Omakase Sushi & Sake Bar announced it will be opening a second location at 3900 Fountain Blue Ln. The menu will include its usual sushi offerings, with additional grilled seafood + steak options. It’s expected to open in May 2024. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Travel
  • Starting next week, you’re just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Rocky Mountains. Nonstop flights from Blue Grass Airport to Denver begin Friday, Sept. 29 via United Airlines. Book your trip.
Health
  • UK’s Markey Cancer Center has received the highest recognition from the National Cancer Institute — the “Comprehensive” Cancer Center designation — thanks to its dedication to cancer treatment + prevention. Markey is the only facility in the state to receive the designation, making it one of 56 in the US. (UKNOW)
Plan Ahead
  • Award-winning author George Saunders, whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, will be speaking at The Kentucky Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. “An Evening with George Saunders” is free, open to the public, and hosted by UK’s Gaines Center for the Humanities.
Try This
  • Take your Sunday Funday to The Grove this weekend with a little vinyasa + vino. On Sunday, Sept. 24 you can start your morning with Beer Garden Yoga at 10 a.m., then stick around for brunch from Luna’s and a mini market.
Trivia
  • Bored and need to get out of the house tonight? Head to District 7 Social Hall for Tuesday Night Music Trivia from 7-9 p.m. The team who can name the most tunes from short clips over three rounds will win prizes and — of course — bragging rights.*
Finance
  • How many credit cards are in your wallet? Make your answer “one.” The Ascent’s credit card experts personally signed up for this card because of its perfect mix of benefits: up to 5% cash back, a big bonus, no annual fee, the list goes on. Learn more.*
 
 
Coming Soon
 
Look, but don’t touch
An exterior shot of the Art Center of the Bluegrass in Danville, KY.
Art Center of the Bluegrass is located at 401 W. Main St. in downtown Danville. | Photo provided by Art Center of the Bluegrass
Something very beautiful, yet fragile, is coming to central Kentucky — GLASS National Art Museum.

In honor of its 20th anniversary, Danville’s Art Center of Bluegrass will be unveiling its $3.7 million renovation and expansion project on Friday, Nov. 3.

The addition more than doubles the footprint of the Art Center of Bluegrass + will serve as the new permanent home for the collection of late American glass artist, Stephen Rolfe Powell. Prior to his death in 2019, Powell was a longtime resident of Danville. He was also a professor at Centre College, where he founded the glassblowing program in 1985.

“With the addition of GLASS National Art Museum, we are aspiring to become a national leader in the glass art field over the course of our next 20 years,” says Niki Kinkade, Executive Director of Art Center of the Bluegrass.

Thanks to sponsor Toyota, admission to the museum — located at 401 W. Main St., Danville — will be free.
 
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The Wrap
 
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