The Lexington Pride Festival, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza, is a day of celebrating the LGBT+ community with music, entertainment, food and drink. And there's shopping, too.
This year's Lexington Pride Festival merchandise includes new graphic T-shirt designs available the day of the event at the Courthouse Plaza. The tees are from Hi5Prints of Lexington.
Show the love for your home state and the LGBT+ community with retro-style rainbow-colored Kentucky tees. Icon t-shirts list LGBT+ trailblazers: Marsha & Harvey & Audre & Bayard & Edith. Not familiar with these names? Follow a link on the festival's Facebook page to find out more about them. Tees and tanks are $20 each or two for $30, and baseball tees are $25.
Other items include drink covers, $5; and buttons, posters, stickers, bracelets, patches, and pins that range from $1 to $10. Proceeds support the work of the Pride Community Services Organization and the Lexington Pride Festival.
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▪ The Royal School of Needlework will teach its first ever United States Summer School from July 8 to 21 at the Lexington's Sayre School. There are still openings for classes.
The RSN, founded in 1872, has served royalty throughout the years, from creating Queen Victoria’s funeral pall to making the robe of state for Queen Elizabeth II, and creating the embroidery on the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress in 2011.
The Summer School will be two, one-week programs of activities, allowing students to immerse themselves in the world of hand embroidery while learning about the history and expert techniques of the Royal School of Needlework.
The cost is approximately $1,252 for one week, from Sunday to Saturday, with five days of stitching from Monday to Friday. Registration can occur up to the day that classes start, but places are booking fast.
▪ Local shops and street vendors will stay open late for Midsummer Nights in Midway from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. In addition to shopping, downtown Midway will offer live music., food vendors, and children's activities. More Midsummer Nights are planned for July 27 and Aug. 24.
▪ Save 20 to 70 percent off women's apparel and accessories at Bella Rose at 126 West Maxwell Street, during the Fourth of July Summer Sale, Friday through Tuesday.