Fayette County

Camp Nelson holds Living History Event this weekend

Virgil Covington portrays novelist and playwright William Wells Brown.
Virgil Covington portrays novelist and playwright William Wells Brown. Photo provided

Meet General Ulysses S. Grant, Frederick Douglass and abolitionist John G. Fee on Saturday and Sunday at the Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park Living History Event.

New this year will be a Civil War-era Punch and Judy marionette show, and a period sports cricket exhibition. The School of the Soldier allows children to learn infantry training. Other highlights include an herbal medicine presentation, artillery demonstrations, cannon firing, live music, an archaeological dig and a period church service on Sunday morning. Tours of the antebellum White House and the fortifications will also be available.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 per car. The park is located along U.S. Route 27 about 20 miles south of Lexington, at 6614 Danville Road. For information, call 859-881-5716 or go to Campnelson.org.

Chautauqua presents William Wells Brown at Wesley Village

Local actor Virgil Covington will portray William Wells Brown, the first published black playwright, at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Senior Community Center at Wesley Village in Wilmore.

Covington will present “How I Got My Name,” the story of a courageous Kentuckian born into slavery during the early 1800s, and who escaped to freedom after brutal treatment to become a public advocate of the abolitionist and temperance movements.

For more information, call Alan at 859-858-3865, Ext. 238 or go to Wvillage.org.

Ebenezer Church holds annual picnic on Sunday

Friends and members of the Keene-Troy Ebenezer Church will meet Sunday for a commemorative service and picnic lunch.

The potluck basket lunch begins at 12:30 p.m., followed by a gospel music and worship service at 2 p.m. The church, which was organized in 1793, is a half mile west of Keene-Troy Road (Kentucky Route 1267) on Ebenezer Church Road, three miles southwest of Keene. Find out more at Raisemyebenezer.com.

Farmers Bank Customer Appreciation Day

Farmers Bank, Jessamine County’s only locally owned and operated bank, is celebrating more than 80 years of service to Jessamine County with its annual Customer Appreciation Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at 200 North Main Street, Nicholasville.