in the park
new musical, cultural events
First Music in the Park concert crowd
bodes well for more upcoming events
Helen E. McKinney
(July, 2002) CARROLLTON, Ky. Since its opening
act June 8, Carrolltons new Music in the Park series going on
this summer and fall at the Butler-Turpin State Historic House at Gen.
Butler State Resort Park seems headed for certain success.
Tim Lake and The Little Big Band performed at that inaugural June concert.
More bands are scheduled to perform in July and subsequent months.
Dubbed the Play It Again series, four bands that appear
in June and July will return in September and October to perform on
the lawn at the Butler-Turpin House. The series was made possible by
a grant from the Carrollton-Carroll County Tourism Commission in conjunction
with park officials.
Robin Caldwell, tourism director, said she would like to see the formation
of an annual concert series that will upgrade the essence of the
park. The park has tremendous facilities. The Butler-Turpin House
has recently undergone renovations.
This series is for local residents and tourists to enjoy,
Caldwell said. She is hoping the series will bring about an awareness
of the Butler-Turpin House.
Evelyn Welch, the sites museum manager, agreed that this was a
great way to create a new interest in the Butler-Turpin House. The home
is a functioning example of one familys contribution to Carroll
Tours of the house will be given before, during and after the concerts
for only $3 per adult and $1 per child (ages 6-12). Krosti and Vicky
Wainscott Georgiev, owners of River Valley Winery in Carroll County,
are selling their wine by the glass and bottle at these concerts.
The scheduled performers for July are Circle of Friends, a gospel band,
on July 13 and Kentucky Wild Horse, which plays original folk songs,
on July 27. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. The public is encouraged to
bring lawn chairs and blankets.
Tim Lake will return on Sept. 7. He is a singer-songwriter, composer,
performer and teacher born in Manhattan, N.Y., and raised in Lexington,
Ky. Having been a professional musician for more than 20 years, he has
released nine CDs of original songs. Playing primarily banjo and guitar,
Lakes music ranges from classical and jazz to blues and bluegrass.
Circle of Friends is a local group known for their fast-paced gospel
hymns and unique sound. Band members combine a variety of musical backgrounds,
culminating in songs using traditional folk, contemporary Christian
and barbershop sounds.
Kentucky Wild Horse is a fairly new band, said member John Harrod. Ive
been involved in Kentucky music all my life, said the Shelby County,
The five-member band hails from all over the state of Kentucky and will
give a repeat performance Oct. 5.
Ive played at the Park, been a part of Point in Time with
the Bottom Dollar Band, and had parts in a historical monologue,
Harrod said. Im glad to see these cultural events happening.
Ten Penny Bit, a spirited Celtic band from Louisville, closes out the
series Oct. 19. This band played at the park June 22.
Their music is best described on their website as fast-paced Celtic
music with a lively southern feel. The band draws on its own states
musical heritage, as well as the music of their ancestors from the Celtic
region of Europe.
Susan Carlisle, who sits on the Tourism Commission board of directors,
attended the first Music in the Park performance. The general atmosphere
is what appealed to her most.
It was a beautiful summer evening, with free entertainment at
a state park. Carlisle said that many people dont realize
what a great asset the park is to the community.
Board president Charlie Webster said that for an event like this to
get off the ground, the idea must be submitted by an individual or group
to the Carrollton-Carroll County Tourism Commission. If the idea is
accepted, the commission grants seed money to start the event,
then they (the individual or group) can continue with it.
In the future, they will hopefully be on their own, he said.
This event and others, such as the upcoming Rumble on the River speed
boat exhibition in early August, are geared toward bringing visitors
into the area. These events are spread out across the country, making
use of three main areas: the Gen. Butler, Point Park on the Ohio River
and the Carroll County Fairgrounds, located behind the Butler Outlet
Mall on Hwy. 227.
Webster labeled these areas three good locations for showcasing
what Carroll County has to offer culturally.
A major event in the works is Back to the Past for the Future,
a bluegrass-gospel bash slated for Oct. 12-13 at the fairgrounds. Nationally
known bands will be featured, with the proceeds going to local youth,
Webster said the Tourism Commission wants to offer vacationers a variety
of events from which to choose, possibly influencing them to stay in
the area longer. The commissions responsibility is to put more
heads in beds, said Webster. The bed tax largely funds the tourism
The threat of competition from hotels and events going on in other communities
also plays a large part in the creation of these new events. Webster
said new hotels in Madison, Ind., and accommodations at Belterra Casino
Resort provide visitors with more choices of where to stay and things
to do, drawing them out of Carrollton.
Carlisle said that if visitors plan in advance, such as many have done
for Rumble, there should be no trouble in accommodating everyone.
When scheduling events, the commission must make sure events are
not in conflict with other major events, said Carlisle. Commission
members must consider the Kentucky Speedways racing schedule and other
large festivals in the area.
We want to highlight each event separately, she said.
For information on Music in the Park, call 1-800-325-4290.
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