If you are attending the Kentucky Bourbon Festival next week, stop by and say hello on Saturday, 9/15, between 3 PM and 4 PM. I'll be signing books at the Fine Bar Art booth, on the lawn in front of Spalding Hall. We'll have copies of Bourbon, Straight and The Best Bourbon You'll Never Taste to sell and sign.
If you're going to the Master Distillers Auction, that is supposed to end at 4 PM, the same time the signing is supposed to end, but I'm sure Lisa won't mind if I hang around a little longer. The auction is in Spalding Hall, the signing is right out front.
Also on hand at the Fine Bar Art booth will be Henry Preiss. His former company, Preiss Imports, bought A. H. Hirsch from the Hue family, then managed the brand until they finally sold it all a few years back. He will sign your books too. This could be a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get both of our autographs at the same time, since we aren't planning to do this again.
Kentucky Bourbon Festival activities occur throughout the Bardstown area starting Tuesday, but swing into a different gear at 4 PM on Friday afternoon when the Spalding Hall lawn opens. The distilleries all have booths on the lawn in front of Spalding Hall and that's where the Fine Bar Art booth will be too. There's a lot going on, including booths selling Kentucky arts and crafts, a classic car show, live music, a midway with rides for the kids, and tons of carny food.
The Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History is on the first floor of Spalding Hall. It will be open until 6 PM on Friday and Saturday, and 4 PM on Sunday.
Spalding Hall is on Fifth Street just north of Stephen Foster Ave. Local youth groups have the parking concession at various lots surrounding the Spalding Hall grounds. The lawn activities run Friday from 4 PM to 10 PM, Saturday from 10 AM to 10 PM, and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.