Next to the patio and the swimming pool, one of my favorite spots to spend a summer afternoon is at an outdoor craft and art fair.
One of the loveliest locations to shop is at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg.
The Shaker Village Craft Fair this weekend features regional artisans, including new artists. You'll find Shaker reproductions and other merchandise made of clay, metal, wood, fiber, basketry and glass.
Dozens of vendor booths will be in the main village, and there will be pottery, glass and woodworking demonstrations as well as the Plein Aire Painters of the Bluegrass. Music will be provided by the Jessamine Station Dixieland Band and Gone Fiddling.
Fair hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday Admission, which includes tours of Shaker Village, is $10 for ages 13 and older, $5 ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger.
For more info, call 1-800-734-5611 or go to Shakervillageky.org.
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■ The Keeneland Gift Shop will offer its own outdoor shopping experience with its first Summer Sidewalk Sale next to the gift shop and the paddock.
Shoppers may save up to 75 percent on warm-weather styles from brands including Vineyard Vines, Peter Millar, Smathers and Branson, Southern Proper, Elizabeth McKay and St. James.
During the sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, shoppers may enjoy refreshments, door prizes and free tours of Keeneland from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
■ The Lansdowne Shoppes Sidewalk Sale is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Save 50 percent to 70 percent at Embry's, Cotton Patch and The Shoe Gallery.
■ At the Bee Hive, you'll find the Paris-based home fragrance brand Lampe Berger.
Among the offerings is an Ocean Breeze fragrance designed to repel mosquitoes. It's just the accessory for outdoor gatherings in rain-soaked Central Kentucky, where mosquitoes are worse than ever this year.
The fragrance is $22, and lamps start at $30. The Bee Hive is at 712 Henry Clay Boulevard.
■ At Jerome Boutique, 153 Patchen Drive, all clothing, accessories and jewelry are half off Saturday through Aug. 9.
■ Learn how to look and feel best in your clothes at the Fabulous at Any Age luncheon and style show to benefit the March of Dimes on Aug. 17 at Hilton Lexington Suites at Lexington Green.
From noon to 1:30 p.m. the latest fashions from Macy's will be shown, and local milliner Fielden Wilmott will discuss hatmaking. Attendees will receive gift bags and have a chance to win door prizes, including a one-of-a-kind hat designed by Wilmott.
Tickets are $15 each and $10 for each additional person. Call (859) 260-2220 or go to Baptisthealthlexington.com.