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Best Bets: Bluegrass Opera, Etta May and croquet

A wicket good time

White attire is preferred for an afternoon of croquet at Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate. Teams are invited to compete 1 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday on the lawn of the historic home at 120 Sycamore Road. No experience is necessary, equipment will be provided. Spectators are welcome. The fee for a team of two is $50. Call for reservations at (859) 266-8581. Go to for more info.

night at the opera

The Bluegrass Opera presents The Mothers of Ludlow. The work, with music by Paul Boesing and libretto by Martha Boesing, tells the true story of the 1914 Ludlow coal mine strike. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Lexington Opera House, 401 West Short Street. Tickets are $10 to $25. Call 1-800-745-3000 or go to

Block party

Head to the Chevy Chase Street Fair for food, drinks, activities and shopping. Celebrate 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday along the 800 block of Euclid Avenue.

etta may I? yes you may

Etta May, the Queen of Southern Sass, headlines the annual Special Comedy Weekend Friday and Saturday at Pioneer Playhouse, 840 Stanford Road in Danville. Comic Sapna Kumar will open the show. Tickets are $28 for dinner at 7:30 p.m. and the show at 8:30 p.m., $16 for the show only. Reservations are required. Call 1-866-597-5297 or go to