Fall arts fun – Winchester Sun

By Bill McCann

It is autumn. Time to get out and enjoy the warm days and cool nights. From haunted houses to haunted plays, this is a great time to enjoy the arts.


In Campton, not much more than 30 minutes from Winchester, is the Haunted Barn. It is located on 120 Campbell Ridge Road, just 1 mile from the Mountain Parkway. Follow the signs. . . if you dare. The cost is $ 8.00. The proceeds will go to local charities. Open on Friday and Saturday evenings from 8 p.m.

Fright Nights at Jacobson Park has moved to downtown Lexington this year. Today it’s called Fright Nights Kentucky. Located at 1016 South Broadway, it brings the horror and thrill of Thursday through Sunday in October until 10 p.m. or later. Admission is between $ 30 and $ 50 per person. (Medical) masks and other Covid protocols are in effect this year. Visit their website for information or to purchase tickets in advance: https://www.frightnightsky.com

Two turns of the screw

Dueling versions of Jeffrey Hatcher’s script for Henry James’ novella The Turn of the Screw will be performed in Louisville and Lexington this October.

Kentucky Shakespeare in Louisville is performing an intimate two-person version of The Turn of the Screw at its new Old Louisville venue at 616 Myrtle Street through October 31st. The play features Zachary Burrell and Mollie Murk, directed by Matt Wallace, screenplayed by Jeffrey Hatcher and based on the novel by Henry James.

The piece is a phycological horror and tension piece that will ask you: is she crazy or does she see ghosts? Tickets are available online for $ 22.85. A trailer for the event, tickets and further information can be found at kyshakespeare.com

The Upstairs at Midnight Theater Project is hosting Lexington’s production, directed by Joe Farrell and featuring Laurie Preston Genet and Ryan Case. Performances start at 8 p.m. and will take place on October 28, 29, and 30 at 249 East Main Street. Masks and Covid protocols apply to all performances. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information.

A nature trail without fear

If you just want to get out and enjoy a lovely fall day – accompanied by guest musicians – check out Reed Valley Orchard at 239 Lail Lane, Paris. You can pick fresh fruit – apples, pumpkins, and pears (including Asian pears) – as you hike through the forest to see old rock fences and find traces of old stagecoach and buggy routes. The trail and music are free, but of course you’ll need to buy your own ice cream, baked cakes, and fruit. More information on their website: https://reedvalleyorchard.com

Howl at the moon

The Gateway Regional Arts Center in Mt. Sterling hosts its annual open air concert featuring artisans – including woodworkers, specialty soaps, and more – and food trucks. As music artists, Luna and David from Luna and the Mountain Jets will be introduced this year. This is a free event that is open to the public. However, reserved tables are available for parties by 2 through 8. For more information on this and other programs and events, visit: https://www.grackentucky.org/

A Halloween (costumed) 5k

Put on running shoes and (an optional) costume to take on the challenge of running through the beautiful Shaker Village as part of the Harrodsburg Kiwanis Club i5K run on Saturday October 30th.

Halloween 5k takes place on paved surfaces and starts near the Village Welcome Center and goes back and forth from the historic West Lot. According to the village website, “Runners are encouraged to wear (and run!”) Costumes for our costume contest.

Runners, by age group, are eligible for awards given to the best male and female runners. After the 5 km, starting at 10:30 am, children can do a 1.6 km “Wizard Chase” around the historic center of the village. More information about this and other autumn activities at https://shakervillageky.org/event-calendar/

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