A reception to mark the release of the new book Wild Wolf — The Great Civil War Rivalry by Lexington author Ronald Wolford Blair will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Camp Nelson Heritage Park. The book describes the life and adventures of the controversial cavalry commander Col. Frank Wolford, leader of the 1st Kentucky Cavalry. Wolford was most famous for his 1,000-mile chase with John Hunt Morgan.
Blair is a descendant of Wolford. Speakers include Stephen McBride, director of interpretation and archaeology at Camp Nelson, and Duncan Taylor, president and CEO of Taylor Made Sales Agency. Larry Elliot will portray President Abraham Lincoln. For more information, call (859) 492-3115.
Circle of Giving and tree lighting at courthouse
Visit the halls of the Jessamine County Courthouse this week to view and bid on beautiful handmade wreaths created and donated by local residents and organizations. Proceeds from the silent wreath auction will be donated to local nonprofit organizations to help Jessamine County residents in need during the holiday season.
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The Jessamine County tree-lighting ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Friday on the courthouse lawn, with Christmas music, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa. Wreath bidding ends at 8 p.m. Friday after the tree-lighting. For more information, call (859) 885-4500 or go to Jessamineco.com.
Wilmore Old-Fashioned Christmas
Enjoy small-town charm and holiday hospitality all day Saturday at the Wilmore Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration. The community-wide event begins at 7 a.m. with a Lions Club breakfast at The Providence School and ends at 8 p.m. with a grand finale at United Methodist Church. Other features include a model train display, a homemade Christmas craft fair, a Christmas holiday market, and Ten Thousand Villages and Craft Fair. A complete schedule is at Wilmore.org, or call (859) 338-2208.
Christmas Tubas at Wesley Village
The Wilmore Senior Community Center is hosting a variety of Christmas music events for the public. The University of Kentucky Tuba and Euphonium ensemble, under the direction of Skip Gray, will perform at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Children and youth from the True Talent Studio will perform at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The Danville Children’s Choir, grades 1 to 5, under the direction of Ron Wilbur, will perform at 4:30 p.m. Monday. For more information on activities at the Wilmore Senior Community Center, call Alan at (859) 858-3865 or go to Wvillage.org.
Managing the holidays for a loved one with dementia
A program for caregivers for loved ones with dementia will be 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Bridgepoint at Ashgrove Woods, 5220 Grey Oak Lane, Nicholasville, with tips and strategies for minimizing stress and frustration for everyone. Specific topics include travel, maintaining a routine, communication and knowing when to say no to others.
Registration is required by calling 1-800-272-3900. A $5 donation is suggested.
The program is designed for family caregivers; no professionals, please.
Christmas concert Dec. 4 and 5 in Berea
The annual Christmas Concert, co-sponsored by the Berea College Music Program and the Campus Christian Center, will begin at 7:30 pm. Friday and Saturday in Union Church.
Music of the season will be performed by the college’s Black Music Ensemble, the Bluegrass Music Ensemble, the Concert Choir, the Chamber Singers, the Wind Ensemble, the Jazz Ensemble and the Women’s Chorus. A reception will be immediately after Friday’sperformance at the Berea College Alumni Center.
The doors to the church will open at 6:45 p.m. each night, with pre-concert music beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets are required because seating is limited. Those unable to secure tickets will be invited to join a live live-stream at Berea College Alumni Center.