Weekender: Juneteenth, PlayThink, Settlement And Raid And More

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From left: Ian McQueen at a previous year’s Settlement and Raid at Old Fort Harrod State Park, Breann Bradshaw and Talissa Hayden at Broadway Days in 2016 and magician Dave Cottrell performs at Picnic In The Park. No matter what you’re interested in, there is something to do this week in Mercer County.

Events For June 17-24

Robert Moore
Herald Staff
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Get ready to celebrate Juneteeth this weekend.
On Saturday, June 19, the Heart of Kentucky Juneteenth Celebration will be held at West Lane Park in Harrodsburg. The festival starts at 10 a.m..
In addition to food, vendors and speakers, there will be music from DJ D-Rock and King Dame starting at 3:30 p.m. and comedy by Heather Romero starting at 8 p.m. There will also be a cornhole tournament and a city vs. city softball game.
Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day. The holiday—which commemorates June 19, 1865, when federal forces liberated the enslaved in Galveston, Texas—is now celebrated across the nation. According to CNN, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on legislation that would establish June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a US federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The bill is expected to pass the House after the Senate unanimously passed the legislation Tuesday. Once the bill passes, it will head to President Joe Biden’s desk to be signed into law.

Organizers of the Juneteenth celebration in Harrodsburg say there is still a need for volunteers and vendors. For more information, visit juneteenthky.com, call 859-420-8176 or visit Facebook: Heart Of KY Juneteenth.

But that’s hardly the only thing happening this weekend, which will be one of the busiest in Mercer County since the state government lifted the COVID-19 restrictions. There are two multi-day events, including the 12th Annual Settlement and Raid at Old Fort Harrod State Park on Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20, and the 10th Annual PlayThink at Terrapin Hill, which runs from Wednesday, June 16, through Sunday, June 20. And that’s on top of everything else that’s happening, including a Father’s Day celebration at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill complete with a vintage ball game and car show on Saturday, June 19. No matter what you’re interested in, you’ll find plenty to do this weekend.

(All events are free unless stated otherwise.)

Ian MacQueen got into the spirt things at the Settlement and Raid at Old Fort Harrod State Park several years ago.

Multi-Day Events
• 10th Annual PlayThink at Terrapin Hill (7695 Mackville Road). A family-centric movement, music, and arts festival featuring artists, performers, musicians, teachers and more. Starts Wednesday, June 16, at 4 p.m. and continues through Sunday, June 20, at 6 p.m. Day Passes: $80 for adults, $60 for kids. Parking $10 per vehicle. terrapinhillfarm.com.

• 12th annual Old Fort Harrod Settlement and Raid. Reenactment of Native American attack at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20. Park hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Old Fort Harrod State Park (100 South College Street). Raid is free, tickets needed to tour fort or museum. 859-734-3314 or parks.ky.gov/parks/recreationparks/fort-harrod.

Thursday, June 17
• Wine tasting at Rock Haven Cigar Tap Pour House (419 East Office Street). 6-8 p.m. Tickets $10. Facebook: Rock Haven CTP House.

• Live music by Carrie Ann McDonald at Lemons Mill Brewery (166 Marimon Avenue). Food by Biscuit Scratch. Thursday, June 17. Music starts 7 p.m. (doors open 5 p.m.) 859-325-6960 or Facebook: Lemons Mill Brewery.

Magician and banjo player Dave Cottrell will appear at Old Fort Harrod on June 18.

Friday, June 18
• Picnic In The Park. Live magic show featuring Dave Cottrell. Noon. Old Fort Harrod State (100 South College Street). 859-734-3314 or [email protected].

• Seed-To-Table Evening Experience.Garden tour at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (3501 Lexington Road). Cost: $10, $5 for annual passholders. Does not include meal. 6-7:30 p.m. 859-734-5411 or shakervillageky.org.

• Music on the Lawn featuring Jarrod Stratton. Friday, June 18, 6:30 p.m. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (3501 Lexington Road). Same contact info as above.

• Trivia at the Vault (235 South Main Street). 7 p.m. Facebook: The Vault.

Saturday, June 19
• Mercer Farmers Market. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stable at Mercer County Fairgrounds (560 Linden Avenue). Facebook: Mercer County Farmers Market.

• Heart of Kentucky Juneteenth Celebration. Food, vendors, speakers, music from DJ D-Rock and King Dame starting at 3:30 p.m. Comedy by Heather Romero starting at 8 p.m. West Lane Park, Harrodsburg. Starts 10 a.m. Juneteenthky.com, call 859-420-8176 or visit Facebook: Heart Of KY Juneteenth.

• Vintage baseball game at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (3501 Lexington Road). 1-4 p.m. 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings vs. Bluegrass Barons. Concession stand with hot dogs, brats, cracker jacks and assorted snacks and beverages including beer are available. Attendance is included in general admission: $14, age 13-61; $7, ages 6-12; free for children 5 and under; $10 for seniors over 62, active and retired military, first responders. 859-734-5411 or shakervillageky.org.

• Seed-To-Table Evening Experience.Garden tour at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (3501 Lexington Road). Cost: $10 ($5 for annual passholders). Does not include meal. 6-7:30 p.m. Same contact info as above.

• Music on the Lawn featuring Scott Miller. 6:30 p.m. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (3501 Lexington Road). Same contact info as above.

• Live music at McAfee Jamboree (163 Dunn Lane). 7 p.m. Doors open 6 p.m. Tickets: $10. Facebook: McAfee Jamboree.

Sunday-Thursday
• Trivia night at Lemons Mill Brewery (166 Marimon Avenue). Food by Biscuit Scratch. Sunday, June 20. at 4 p.m. 859-325-6960 or Facebook: Lemons Mill Brewery.

• Mercer Farmers Market. Wednesday, June 23, 2-5 p.m. Stable at Mercer County Fairgrounds (560 Linden Avenue). Facebook: Mercer County Farmers Market.

• Live music by Nick Lester at Lemons Mill Brewery (166 Marimon Avenue). Food by Pigging Out. Thursday, June 24. Music starts at 7 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.) Same contact info as above.

• Ping-pong tournament at the Vault (235 South Main Street). Thusday, June 24, 7:30 p.m. Facebook: The Vault.

(Email any Weekender listings to [email protected])

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