Oldham County Day-activities

Cultural events highlight
Oldham County Day
entertainment lineup

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

Bonnie Brady

Photo by Don Ward

Bonnie Brady (right) performs
with the Oldham County Community Band
during last year’s 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 couldn’t 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.

Saturday-Sunday, July 9-10
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) 939-0121.

10 a.m. - dusk: Picnic Area open to public. Oldham County History Center.

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.: Children’s 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
Entertainment Schedule:
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.
Courthouse Lawn

11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Living Statues.

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Oldham County Community Band.
Courthouse Steps

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Louisville Fire & Rescue Pipe & Drum Band.
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 Day

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 County’s German Americans” exhibit at the History Center. Children’s activities with Schultutten Cones

All Day: “Oldham County’s African Americans” exhibit at the 1800s Presbyterian Church. Children’s 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 Cook’s 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 band’s first parade was on St. Patrick’s 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 I’m doing,” she said. “It’s 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, Harrod’s 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 doesn’t 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.
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 o’clock parade, led by Grand Marshal’s 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 year’s theme of “Reaching Out To Others.”
In addition to the many booths, food vendors and children’s 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 Center’s African American display.

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