In 1961, the University of Kentucky's Department of Agriculture needed background music for a film it was producing. Roughly 65 musicians volunteered, including students and faculty from surrounding universities. Fast-forward four years and this motley crew became The Lexington Philharmonic. Central Kentucky's largest arts organization, LexPhil has since performed more than 100 concerts annually, bringing orchestral music into schools and concert venues alike to inspire citizens and bring music to the masses.
From Hugh Laurie to Dru Hill to the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the performers who've taken the stage at the Otis A. Singletary Center have been as unpredictable as they've been distinguished. The creative focal point for students at the University of Kentucky, the Center is more than a performance venue—it's also a practice space, an art museum, and one of the few rooms with enough seats for a rabbit's family reunion.
Paul Miller has been laughed at for most of his life. Not in the sad, pity-inducing way, but as a touring member of the Ringling Bros. Circus where he steered the clown car and strode upon stilts, charming audience members with his comedic exploits. Eventually, however, he wanted to extend the circus's reach—not only to those who yearned for a chance to fly on the trapeze, but to people who, by virtue of their age, background, or disability, doubted their capacity to do so. He created Circus Mojo as a noncompetitive venue for absolutely anyone interested in the big-top arts to discover and showcase their own “mojo,” conducting lessons with a joint emphasis on physical feats and creativity.
Circus Mojo's staff boasts the equipment and expertise to lead classes on plate spinning, clowning, and acrobatics, among several other performance styles. In addition to holding workshops and summer camps at their studio space, they parade their comedic and aerial talents at special events, such as birthday parties and protest rallies against gravity. In keeping with Paul's vision of circus outreach—a goal that has earned the circus considerable press coverage—they travel to hospitals and incorporate residents into the act through the Mojo Medicine program. Paul also works with struggling youth from high schools and detention centers, striving to impart the sense of accomplishment and inspiration that stems from owning the spotlight.
Family fun constantly unfolds at General Custers Golf & Gulp, where mini-golfers putt
past obstacles on two different 18-hole courses. Along the way, they cross paths with quirky sea creatures, characters from pop culture, and a large, wooden pirate ship, a sight that is usually only spotted in the ocean or the bathtubs of billionaires. Away from the courses, visitors can trade their clubs for spoons and dig into nearly 40 flavors of ice cream, or visit the newly opened bungee trampoline jumper. They can also re-fuel for another round with smoothies, sundaes, shakes, and ice cream sandwiches.
Have some free time to kill? Head on over to Know Theatre of Cincinnati in Cincinnati and explore the great outdoors.
Check out the restaurant at this park for a delicious meal.
During the summer months, don't miss out on Know Theatre of Cincinnati's outdoor patio seating.
If dinner conversation isn't your thing, Know Theatre of Cincinnati's got you covered with live tunes from a DJ or musical group.
Enjoy live music with your food and drinks at Know Theatre of Cincinnati as well.
DJ fans will appreciate Know Theatre of Cincinnati's frequent live mixes.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this park.
The park fills up on the weekends, so keep that in mind before heading out.
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