A Kentucky Christmas at Ashland
The Henry Clay Memorial Foundation proudly hosts “A Kentucky Christmas at Ashland.” The grounds around the Mansion, the Smokehouse and the Keeper’s Cottage will be transformed into a village-like market place featuring Kentucky Proud products and the handiwork of Kentucky’s finest crafts people. “A Kentucky Christmas at Ashland” is a marketplace for Kentucky crafters and crofters on Saturday, December 5, 2015, from 10:00am to 7:30pm with an Ashland Illumination at Dusk, approximately 5:30pm.
“We are creating a new Christmas tradition at Ashland,” said Jim Clark, Executive Director, one that showcases the talents of our Kentucky artisans and crafts people. I am confident that Henry Clay would approve of this unabashed Kentucky boosterism and creating a community-focused Holiday celebration on the Estate.”
Musicians, singers and carolers will entertain shoppers throughout the day on December 5th into the evening. As dusk approaches, the Estate transforms into a winter wonderland -- the outbuildings on the Estate trimmed with white lights to create a European-like village. Two large and healthy Spruces will also be trimmed in lights in a traditional manner.
“Kentucky Bank is proud to be involved with Ashland, Home of Henry Clay. We are so pleased to be a part of this new holiday tradition. From our origin in 1851, Kentucky Bank has flourished by changing and growing with the times, while respecting our history. Likewise, we appreciate and respect the history of Kentucky and our forefathers, and we understand that it requires the support of the community to maintain our historic treasures”, commented Louis Prichard, President and CEO of Kentucky Bank.
The house will be open for regular tours during the day. Special Candlelight Open House Tours will be offered immediately following the Illumination at 5:30pm. The Ginkgo Tree Café will be open throughout the day offering a seasonal menu and an assortment of holiday treats. The Museum Store will be open featuring a new line of products sporting the H. Clay & Co. brand – all made in Kentucky.
The inaugural Christmas Market celebrates and promotes the great wealth of talent found here in Kentucky. In addition to being a great Kentucky leader, Henry Clay was an entrepreneurial farmer (introduced Hereford cattle to the US, a major hemp producer, and leading breeder of mules) and a great promoter of all things Kentucky, especially the breeding and racing of Thoroughbred horses. The Henry Clay Memorial Foundation seeks to connect Lexingtonians and visitors to local and regional artisans and Kentucky Proud producers – their products will make exceptional holiday gifts for family, friends and business associates.
For more Information please contact Marilee Varner, Director of Fundraising and Special Events, at 859-266-8581 ext 206, mvarner@HenryClay.org or visit henryclay.org.