6:00 PM18:00

WWDW: Women's Wine Down Wednesday


Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 from 6-8 PM
at Historic Hope House in Gratz Park

Gather the girls and join the BGT and our gracious hostess Geneva Donaldson for a festive summer garden party (with wine!) at the historic Hope House in Gratz Park!

Tickets are $30 per person, and they’re selling out fast! We only have a few left, so don't wait!

Call the BGT at (859) 253-0362 to reserve your spot!

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7:00 PM19:00

Charles Phoenix: Addicted to Americana


Charles Phoenix: Addicted to Americana

Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 7 PM

The Kentucky Theatre, 214 E Main St, Lexington, KY 40507

The Mid-Century Society of Lexington, The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation, and 21c Museum Hotels are pleased to welcome Charles Phoenix to the Kentucky Theatre for a live comedy performance celebrating classic and kitschy American life and style! 

Prepare for your local and national pride to swell when this beloved pop culture humorist launches mid-century Americana into the stratosphere! With his keen expertise and unbridled enthusiasm, the Addicted to Americana author shows and tells the stories and glories of a spectacular array of space-age style, time-honored attractions, unsung local landmarks, fun foods, roadtrip discoveries, car culture, futuristic transportation and more galore.

Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar! 

Doors open at 6 pm and show starts at 7 pm. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 day of show.

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7:00 PM19:00

The BGT's Mid-Century Night's Dream House Party

The Blue Grass Trust invites you to

A Mid-Century Night’s Dream with the Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix!

(The private party location in Lexington & party host information will be shared with you upon ticket purchase! Only 100 tickets will be sold, and it is sure to be sold-out, so make your reservations ASAP!)


 The Blue Grass Trust and special guest Charles Phoenix invite you to immerse yourself in a 1960s-era party of classic cocktails, period-specific appetizers, and carefully curated vintage vinyl on Saturday, August 24, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, at a Mid-Century Night’s Dream House Party!

Thanks to the ultra-modern architecture and exquisite period furnishings of this circa 1966 private residence, the 1960s will surround you at our mid-century mod party! After passing by the classic sportster (TBA) in the driveway and tiki torches lighting your path, you’ll swing inside to enjoy lounge and exotica on Mr. Lee’s turntables, tiki drinks prepared by Lexington’s renowned Tiki Bobby, fun & delicious appetizers, and, most importantly, a cool vibe from all the groovy cats like yourself at the party!  

You are encouraged (but not required) to get into the groove with your party attire. Think mod shifts and snappy suits in the style of Twiggy and Donovan. But anything goes!

Joining us from Los Angeles will be special guest, Charles Phoenix, the beloved pop culture humorist and television personality who the New York Times calls “The King of Retro.”

Reservations: $66 per person for BGT members & $86 per person for non-members.                                 

Tickets will not be mailed. You will receive a reservation confirmation via email, along with the secret location and host information. Your reservation name will be on the guest list at the door.

Make reservations online at or call (859) 253-0362.

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6:00 PM18:00

Bourbon & Brews on Broadway


Be sure to join the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation as we partner again with our great friends at Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens to kick off Bourbon & Brews on Broadway: A Party of Historic Proportions. It is an event you do not want to miss, with that same funkadelic live music, specialty Maker's Mark cocktails created by Lexington's best mixologists, our own beer garden thanks to our friends at West Sixth, Longwood Antique Wood cocktail bar, and plenty of games and art, not to mention an impressive collection from our silent auction. All of this will be happening at our BGT campus at the Dr. Thomas Hunt Morgan House (210 N. Broadway) and Hopemont, the Hunt-Morgan House (201 N. Mill Street) from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Last year the party sold out so be sure to reserve your spot ASAP!

Reservations for Bourbon & Brews on Broadway are $60.00 for members and $70.00 for non-members with each purchase including 5 drink tickets and summer classic cooking from Catering by Donna.

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5:30 PM17:30

July deTour of The Lexington Opera House


Due to the free, public Patriotic Concert on Wednesday, July 3rd at Transylvania University, with audience seating on the Old Morrison lawn and in Historic Gratz Park, we are changing our July deTour to Wednesday, July 10. We will gather at 5:30 pm for our BGT deTour of The Lexington Opera House, located at 401 W Short St, at the corner of N. Broadway.

Described as the "costliest, handsomest, and most convenient Thespian temples in the South” and “an object of cherished pride in the city," the Lexington Opera House was built in 1886 and officially opened on August 19, 1887 in downtown Lexington, Kentucky with the production of "Our Angel" by the Lizzie Evans Stock Company. The three-story-tall building originally seated 1,250 people with two balconies and two boxes on either side of the stage. Designed by the Chicago architect Oscar Cobb, who was known for his design of theaters during this time, the theater’s interior was decorated with Turkish-Moroccon accents, and each box was equipped with its own hat rack, cane and umbrella holder, and springs to help people enter their seats.

In addition to the theater's amazing interior, the performance area was designed to accomodate a variety of unconventional settings. It was able to be flooded for "Henley Regatta" in 1890; 100 animals and a mile-long parade were used for the performance of "A Country Circus," in 1893; and in 1904, the performance of "Ben Hur" involved an on-stage chariot race. The Lexington Opera House also hosted many memorable performances that included the likes of John Phillip Sousa, Mrs. Tom Thumb, Will Rogers, Mae West, and the Marx Brothers, just to name a few. Unfortunately on October 1, 1926, the Opera House held its last live production and transitioned to its long use of as a movie theater, evetually falling into disrepair. Because of the condition of the building in the 1970s, it was scheduled for demolition, but thanks to both a public and private campaign to educate the citizens of Lexington about the heritage of the building, the Lexington Opera House was saved and now once again serves today as one of the finest places to see a live performance.

Guests for the deTour will gather outside the Opera House on the Short Street side of the opera house and will be divided into two groups for a behind the scenes tour of the building. Following the deTour, please join us at the Social AfterHour at nearby Zim’s Café, located in the historic Fayette Courthouse building at 215 W Main Street. For parking, there will be on street parking available near the Opera House, and feel free to use the Blue Grass Trust parking lots at the Dr. Thomas Hunt Morgan House (210 North Broadway) and at Hopemont, the Hunt-Morgan House (201 N. Mill). For any questions regarding our July 10 deTour, please contact us either by phone: 859-253-0362 or email us at

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