The Richmond Register


October 5, 2012

Paint Lick is the place to be Saturday

Points East

PAINT LICK — Paint Lick is the place you need to have in your plans for this weekend! On Friday evening and for most of the day on Saturday, our little village will look like a bee hive getting ready to swarm.

Things get underway at 5:30 p.m. on Friday when the long awaited and brand new Paint Lick Community Arts Center celebrates its grand opening with a painting exhibit featuring students already enrolled in the center’s oil painting classes.

The exhibit will also display work by other area artists and will run through Oct. 27.  

Friday evening, complete with free refreshments and live fiddle/banjo music, will mark the official opening of our wonderful Arts Center and the beginning of an ongoing series of classes, exhibits  and special events far too numerous to describe in much detail in my little column.  Twenty events or classes are scheduled to take place or begin at the center in the next 30 days alone!  

However, I will plug the fact that, along with five other special events scheduled over the next month, yours truly will be featured in a special event billed as “An Evening with Ike Adams,”  6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11. I will be telling tales, mostly tongue-in-cheek, about growing up on Blair Branch, deep in the eastern Kentucky mountains, in the 1950s and 60s and comparing life in the hills to life here in the flat lands. I promise to make you grin if you don’t actually laugh out loud.

Admission is free but, as with all special events at the arts center, folks planning to attend should bring a dessert to share with the rest of the audience. You should also call or email the center to let Hal or Yvonne Davis know that you plan to attend.   They will also get to you a full schedule for the Paint Lick Community Arts Center. The phone number is: 859-925-2741. Email:     

In other Paint Lick news, it does not seem possible, at least to me, that the first Friends of Paint Lick (FOPL) Autumn VillageFest took place well over 20 years ago. Those of us who were around back then are mostly too old to remember whether or not it was in 1988 or ’89, but it has happened every year since just like it will again on Saturday.  

There was a time when FOPL volunteers worried themselves sick for weeks on end, wringing their hands, recruiting vendors, arranging parking spots, scheduling musicians, and making sure every i was dotted and every t was crossed.  

Finally, about 10 years ago, someone suggested that we just spread the word, park a tobacco wagon for a stage, get out of the way and let it happen. That plan, or lack thereof, continues to work like a railroad watch. We just wind it up and let it run.

All I can promise you for this weekend is that there will be live music, soup beans, potato soup and cornbread a plenty on Saturday and that everybody is welcome to join in.

If you have food or anything else to sell off a table, pick-up truck bed or the trunk of your car, come on down and set up your show.  

Plenty parking is available on a first-come/first served basis except for space that we have reserved for Paint Lick Christian Church and the FOPL volunteers who will be dishing up the aforementioned pinto beans and tater soup.   

If you just want to come out, have a good time, maybe buy some stuff you didn’t know you needed and enjoy some great hospitality, everything should be buzzing by 9 a.m.

You may actually have to stop if you are traveling between Lancaster and Richmond on Highway 52!

You will be glad you did, and we’ll be tickled to death to have you.

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