Oldham County Day
Helen E. McKinney
by Don Ward
Brady (right) performs
with the Oldham County Community Band
during last years festival.
LA GRANGE, Ky. (July 2005) When you
hear a good piper, it makes you cry, said Carolyn Cook. Since
1998, Cook has been Pipe Major for the Louisville Fire & Rescue
Pipes and Drums.
When she joined the pipe band, she couldnt play the pipes. But
she grew up in a musical family, could play 10 different instruments
and had always like the sound of bagpipes. It took a lot of hard work
and determination, but this dedication finally paid off in the enjoyment
she receives from playing for an audience.
Cook and the Louisville Fire & Rescue Pipes and Drums are part of
the line-up for Oldham County Day. They will perform from 11 a.m. to
noon on July 16.
Stage areas will be set up on Second Street, the Court House lawn and
the Court House steps. There will be no east lawn stage as in the past,
but this area will still host square dancing and a football auction.
Golf Tournament. At Oldham County Country Club. $80 per person.
Includes two-day cart and green fee. Must be males 18 and older.
Contact Tim Curtis at Oldham County Parks and Recreation for registration
information. (502) 222-0655. Or pick up entry forms at Nevel Meade.
Deadline to register is noon on July 1.
Tuesday, July 12
Noon: Grand Marshal Luncheon. Honoring Bill & Holly Fischer
at the John W. Black Convention Center, Buckner. Tickets $10.
(502) 222-9311 or 222-0023.
Friday, July 15
7:15 p.m.: 27th Annual Festival Race 5K run/walk. Starting at
the Covenant Methodist Church. Coordinated by the YMCA Oldham
County. (502) 222-9358. $15 to pre-register by July 11; $20 after
July 11. (502) 222-9358.
8-11 p.m.: 16th Annual Dancin in the Streets.
Featuring The Marlins. At the Second Street stage. Sponsored by
the City of
La Grange. Bring chair.
Saturday, July 16
7-10 a.m.: All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast. DeHaven Life Center.
Coordinated by La Grange Rotary Club. (See discount coupon in
this issue!). Featuring the Burtrum Family playing dulcimer music.
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Free Trolley Transportation. Oldham Plaza
to Courthouse Square.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Arts and Crafts Fair. Dairy Queen Parking Lot.
9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.: Workshop on Balancing Money & Marriage,
Marriage Education Resource Center, 105 E. Jefferson St. (502)
10 a.m. - dusk: Picnic Area open to public. Oldham County History
10 a.m.: Parade through Downtown La Grange. Floats lined up by
9 a.m. and judged at 9:30 a.m. at La Grange Elementary School.
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Childrens Carnival. La Grange Christian
Church. North First Street.
Noon-2:30 p.m.: Family Games. Courthouse Lawn.
1 p.m.: Pipe Smoking contest. Courthouse Lawn.
Saturday, July 16
Second Avenue Stage
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Rock-N-Country Band
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Crestwood Baptist Church.
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.: American Pride Cloggers.
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Kentucky Gold Cloggers.
8 p.m.: Artie Dean Harris & Band. Concert presented by the
City of La Grange.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Living Statues.
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Oldham County Community Band.
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Louisville Fire & Rescue Pipe &
East Lawn Stage
11 a.m. -12:30: Oldham County High School Football Team Auction
4:15 p.m.: Kentuckiana Square Dance Association.
Activities at the Oldham County History Center on Oldham County
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Monkey Lady
Noon - 2 p.m.: Hans Saunder: German Music at the Maypole.
All Day: Antique Tractor Exhibit
All Day: Re-enactments by Gary Gosser and the Mountain Men
All Day: Re-enactments by the Painted Stone Settlers
All Day: Oldham Countys German Americans exhibit
at the History Center. Childrens activities with Schultutten
All Day: Oldham Countys African Americans exhibit
at the 1800s Presbyterian Church. Childrens activities with
bubble making and button game. Film: History of Civil Rights
Movement in Kentucky
For more information on Oldham County Day, call publicity chairperson
Betty Miller at (502) 222-2266. Oldham County Day is organized
by The Project Guild.
The Louisville Fire & Rescue Pipes and Drums began
as a service band, said Cook. There are many different types of pipe
bands, many of which play for competition. But not Cooks band,
which was established in July 1996.
They perform when there is a community need or event. Funeral services,
graduation ceremonies for fire and police officers, and parades are
the most common events where one will find Cook and her band.
The pipe band was formed after the 1994 death of John Strawn
Nutter, who fell through a roof and died while fighting a fire. Pipers
were needed for his funeral, and afterward a pipe band was formed with
Cook being one of the charter members.
In the early 1800s, when Scottish and Irish immigrants came to the United
States, they were forced to take the jobs that nobody else wanted, said
Cook. These jobs were as New York City cops and fire fighters. These
immigrants brought the tradition of bagpipes with them, thus the two
ideas became entwined.
The pipe bands first parade was on St. Patricks Day in 1997.
The Pegasus Parade was the first real parade the group performed in,
said Cook. There are 42 members.
Cook is a retired paramedic fire fighter. I like what Im
doing, she said. Its all service-oriented. She
feels this is a way she can show respect for her fellow officers.
Her pipe band includes members from Worthington, Lyndon, Harrods
Creek and Henryville, Ind. Fire and rescue workers are chosen first
to be a part of the group, and then any fire or police officer in Jefferson
County can join. They even have civilian members, said Cook.
There are minimum standards that have to be met to be a member, she
said. The pipe band doesnt receive any funding. Cook likes teaching
the music to others within the group. She is always happy to create
something that sounds wonderful.
Activities for Oldham County Day actually begin in the preceding week.
The 2005 Oldham County Golf Tournament will begin at noon on Saturday,
July 9, and continue at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 10. The tournament will
be held at Nevel Meade Golf Course in Prospect and is organized by Oldham
County Parks and Recreation.
The 27th annual Festival Race 5K run-walk will be held on Friday, July
15. Start and finish lines will be at the Covenant Methodist Church
for the one-mile race beginning at 7:15 p.m. and the 5K race at 7:30
p.m. The YMCA of Oldham County coordinates this event. Participants
registering by July 11 can register for $15, and thereafter the fee
will be $20.
Festivities for the 35th annual Oldham County Day will begin at 7 a.m.
on July 16 with an All-You-Can-East Pancake Breakfast at De Haven Baptist
Church in La Grange. The La Grange Rotary Club sponsors this breakfast.
A special treat during this time will be dulcimer music provided by
the Butrum family.
Many family-oriented events will be held throughout the day. Oldham
County Day gives us all a chance to stop in our busy life and
see our neighbors, said Project Guild Publicity Chairperson Betty
Miller defined Oldham County Day as a way to see how wonderful
our community really is.
It brings back that home-town feeling.
The event is planned by the 18-member Oldham County Project Guild. The
Guild is in its 41st year, and held the first Oldham County Day celebration
in 1971 as a one-day social get-together for the entire community.
The highlight of the day will be the 10 oclock parade, led by
Grand Marshals Holly and Bill Fischer. The Fischers will be honored
on Tuesday, July 12, at a noon luncheon at the John W. Black Convention
Center. The Fischers were chosen because of their selfless acts and
missionary work through their church, which aptly fit this years
theme of Reaching Out To Others.
In addition to the many booths, food vendors and childrens games
that begin at noon, several clogging groups will perform. The American
Pride Cloggers and Kentucky Gold Cloggers will perform on the Second
Street stage at 4 p.m. The Kentuckiana Square Dance Association will
clog on the east lawn.
Entertainment will also be provided with the 16th annual Friday night
Dancin in the Streets on July 15. The Marlins will
perform on the Second Street stage at 8 p.m. Attendees are encouraged
to bring lawn chairs and blankets, said Miller.
Another concert at 8 p.m. Saturday will feature Artie Dean Harris and
Band. This concert is sponsored by the city of La Grange.
The Oldham County History Center will be sponsoring many German-themed
activities, which coincide with their current German exhibit at the
history center museum. Music at the Maypole is scheduled from noon to
2 p.m. Antique tractors will be displayed at the adjoining museum.
The Painted Stone Settlers from nearby Shelby County will provide information
about their Revolutionary War time period reenacting group. Gary Gosser
will give a glimpse into the world of the Mountain Man era of history,
and the 1880s Presbyterian Church will be open for visitors to view
the History Centers African American display.
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