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Oldham County Historical Society Gala

‘Kentucky Afield’ host Farmer,
band to entertain

Theme is ‘Boots & BBQ’ at La Grange’s Asbourne Farm



LA GRANGE, Ky. (September 2015) – He can shoot a bow and arrow with his teeth, tie fishing line with his mouth and shoot a rifle cross-shouldered. Is there anything Tim Farmer can’t do?
Many may not know that he can also sing, and sing very well. He has always been interested in music and has put together a new band, Cool Water. Members include Bobby Masters, Mike Parker and Scotty Fields.

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Tim Farmer and Cool Water are set to perform Sept. 25.

Tim Farmer & Cool Water will perform a 90-minute concert for this year’s Oldham County Historical Society’s Gala on Friday, Sept. 25. The Gala is held each year as a fundraiser for the Historical Society, to procure funding for operational expenses.
This year’s Gala will have a different look. Instead of being held on the History Center campus grounds, it will be held at Ashbourne Farms, 3800 Old Westport Rd. in La Grange. The atmosphere at the historic farm will be country chic and elegant for Boots & BBQ.
The Gala is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. with open bar and appetizer table. There will be a buffet dinner by Mastersons, live and silent auctions, and Tim Farmer & Cool Water will close out the evening with a concert. A special presentation will be made during the evening to Project Guild of La Grange.
Farmer, 51, is best known as the host of “Kentucky Afield,” the nation’s longest running outdoor television show. Now in its 53rd year, Kentucky Afield is a Kentucky classic.
A life-long Kentuckian, Farmer has been an outdoor lover since childhood. He was fly fishing before age 8 and squirrel hunting at 10. However, in 1984, a motorcycle accident left the Carter County outdoorsman without the use of his right arm.
Full of determination, he endured many hours of rehabilitation in order to continue pursuing the things he loved to do.  Each week, he finds himself in the woods and on the water with the people who call Kentucky home.
In addition to hosting “Kentucky Afield,” Farmer is also the executive producer of it and “Tim Farmer’s Country Kitchen.” A man of many talents, he also loves to cook.
Proceeds from the Gala enable the History Center to provide different programs throughout the year for all ages, said Executive Director Nancy Stearns Theiss. These include History Hounds (a children’s program), History Dinner Series (which features a Kentucky author), Out & About Tours (walking and boat tours), Lunch & Learn Series, genealogy seminars and various holiday events, such as wreath making workshops and an indoor Colonial Christmas Market. Without monetary support many of these programs would not be possible, such as History Hounds, which Project Guild of La Grange has sponsored this year, she said.
The Project Guild is this year’s recipient of the J. Chilton Barnett Champion of Oldham County History Award. This award honors Oldham Countians for their contributions to the preservation of the history, artifacts, architecture and quality of life within the county.
Last year, Project Guild celebrated 50 years in existence. The group is best known for organizing Oldham County Day, which they have done each July since 1971.
The non-profit organization began in August 1964 with 14 charter members. The “purpose in forming was for self-improvement,” said long-time member Ann Brown. “We are a very diverse group and so active in the community. We take pride in what we do for Oldham County.”
The Champion of Oldham County History Award was first presented in 2002. Past recipients have included: Milton Carl Stoess, Theodore Klein, Carl Klingenfus, Bill and Dottie Lammlein, Roy Kimberly Snell, J.W. and Rose Ethel Hall, Edward Eugene Crady, Vincent Fanelli, Ann Smiser, Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown, Bill Samuels Jr., Dennis Deibel and Dr. E. Bruce Heilman.
This year’s location, Ashbourne Farms, was graciously offered because the History Center campus is undergoing extensive renovation. Currently, the Peyton Samuel Head Family Museum is closed because of structural issues and will undergo much-needed renovation inside and out. The result will be a very accessible and valuable asset to the community.
“The Oldham County History Center is a vital asset to our community to serve as a facility to gather and protect the stories, information and artifacts of our region to enhance our collective knowledge and aid in the research of how it came to be,” said Austin Musselman, owner of Ashbourne Farms.
Ashbourne Farms was once an internationally recognized shorthorn cattle-breeding operation. It is now a sustainable operation that offers a multitude of venues and programs. Sally and W.L. Lyons Brown established Ashbourne Farm in 1937, and it is operated today by the third generation of Browns. The farm was the first in the county to be protected by a conservation easement made with American Farmland Trust.

• Tickets for Boots & BBQ at Ashbourne Farms are $150 per person. For more information contact the Oldham County History Center at (502) 222-0826 or pam@oldhamcountyhistoricalsociety.org.

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