It's high season for holiday open houses hosted by area retailers. This weekend includes events by Jon Carloftis, downtown Danville, Mulberry & Lime, Duncan Tavern in Paris and others. Here's a list of happenings to get you started.
■ Rockcastle River Trading Co., 13855 South Wilderness Road in Livingston, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The store, owned by garden designer Jon Carloftis, will offer free garden workshops, holiday decor and refreshments. (606) 843-0854, Joncarloftis.com.
■ The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, 405 Rose Street. From 6 to 8 p.m. Friday the store will be open for Gallery Hop. Everything in the store will have a holiday discount: 10 percent off, 20 percent off for museum members. Merchandise includes books, jewelry, fashion and children's games. Admission is free. (859) 257-5716. Finearts.uky.edu/art-museum.
■ Mulberry & Lime, 216 North Limestone. Open (Pet) House with Jennifer Singleton of Single Frame Photography. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Singleton will take a free photo of pets and take appointments for pet portraits. Mulberryandlime.com.
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■ Downtown Danville, Friday and Saturday. Businesses will offer discounts and refreshments. Common Time, Centre College's a capella group, will perform at stores 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
■ My Old Kentucky Home State Park Gift Shop, 501 East Stephen Foster Avenue in Bardstown. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Special discounts and drawings for prizes.
The shop offers art, crafts and Kentucky Proud products. The park will offer two tickets for the price of one for a tour of the mansion, decorated for the holidays.
Bring an unwrapped toy or canned food to be donated to the local fire department and food pantry. Call (502) 348-3502.
■ Duncan Tavern Holiday Market, 323 High Street in Paris. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Vendors include Chasing Lilies Florist, Pampered Chef, Juanita's Touch of Class and handcrafted jewelry by Barbara Zink. The Tavern's gift shop will also be open. Santa will visit from 1 to 3 p.m. Take home pictures with Santa for $3.
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■ Dress for Success Lexington, an organization that provides professional attire for low-income women preparing for job interviews, is expanding its space and hosting a sale.
The sale of women's clothing and accessories is Saturday at 1301 Winchester Rd., Suite 21 in Eastland Shopping Center.
For a $20 donation VIP shoppers can enter the store at 9 a.m.. The sale is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sizes range from 2 to 3X and include dresses, coats, suits, handbags, shoes, evening wear, jewelry and more. Discounted designer labels will also be available.
Profits will go to purchase items not usually donated for clients such as steel-toed boots, black ties, scrubs and plus sizes.
■ Lucille Jackson's Hunter's Hats, 140 Deweese Street, is having a sale 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. You'll find women's hats, apparel and accessories.