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2018 Bourbon and Brews on Broadway to Benefit The Blue Grass Trust

  • June 21, 2018
2018 Bourbon And Brews On Broadway Photos

The summer event of the season… Bourbon & Brews on Broadway

Lexington is gearing up for round two of the Bourbon & Brews on Broadway, the annual event to benefit the Blue Grass Trust. For anyone who attended last year, you’ll know just how much fun we all had! We hope you’ll join us once again by heading downtown to enjoy this don’t-miss party of the summer!

Returning again is Joslyn & The Sweet Compression who will set the stage on FIRE with her cool, soulful sounds! Cocktails will be provided by the generous Maker’s Mark  and the best beer in Lexington provided by West Sixth Brewing. Fantastic food will be provided by Catering by Donna. Please mark your calendars and don’t miss this amazing night out in Lexington!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

on Second Street, between Broadway and Mill

$60 (BGT members) – $70 (general public)
$75 at gate(if it’s not sold out!) 
We carry on, rain or shine!

Sponsored by Maker’s Mark,West Sixth Brewing and Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens.  

You can reserve your tickets by visiting:

BGT-Bourbon & Brews on Broadway



Win Dinner, Drinks & Tour of the enchanting historic property of the Carloftis Family, located along the Rockcastle River.

  • May 24, 2018

My sister Carcille is on the board of the Baptist Health Foundation Corbin who are holding their 13th Annual Silver Ball Gala on June 9th, 2018. She’s supported me all my life and so of course, I return the favor when I can!

For their silent auction, we are donating Dinner, Drinks & Tour of the enchanting historic property of the Carloftis Family, located along the Rockcastle River.*

Winners will enjoy:

  • A private tour and history of the botanical garden, originally part of Wilderness Road, by the charming Buzz Carloftis
  • A walk along the beautiful wild gardens and botanic trail, full of thousands of native wildflowers as seen in countless national magazines, including Country Gardens, Southern Living, Kentucky Monthly and Edible Lousiville
  • Drinks and a beautiful supper for 6, prepared by Jon Carloftis, on terrace overlooking the Rockcastle River

So, gather your worthwhile friends and put in your bid. You will remember this incredible experience for years to come!

Bidding is open now through June 9th for this once in a lifetime experience. For more information click here.

Opening bid is $1000 and will be raised in increments of $100. 100% of the winning bid will go to the Baptist Health Foundation Corbin.

*Winners will be notified and arrangements must be made within one year for the Dinner, Drinks & Tour on a mutually agreed upon date.

If you like, you can also attend the 13th Annual Silver Ball Gala on June 9th, 2018.

13th Annual Silver Ball Gala

Saturday, June 9th, 2018
The Arena
Corbin, Kentucky

Silent Auction at 6pm
Dinner at 7pm
Entertainment by G Miles and the Band of Helping Hands

To attend the Silver Ball Gala please call Lee Richardson at 606-523-8533 and reserve your place.

A Glorious Weekend at the Rockcastle River Trading Co. 2018 Spring Open House

  • May 21, 2018

Thank you to all who visited us at the Rockcastle River Trading Co. Spring Open House on Mothers Day weekend. It was one of the most successful opening houses ever, so we really appreciate you stopping over!

Val Schirmer of Three Toads Farm knocked the socks off folks with her incredible tips and the flower creations she had available for Mothers’ Day. The coffee was flowing thanks to Smokin’ Aces Coffee! And Local Feed served up their insanely delicious food to over 700 happy customers!

The store is now open through end of year, so if you missed it, you can still pop over and shop, walk the botanical trail and enjoy an afternoon along the beautiful Rockcastle River!

The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation first annual summer fundraiser

  • July 1, 2017

Everyone asks what the next great party we’re doing in Lexington… well here it is!

We are thrilled to be sponsoring Bourbon & Brews on Broadway along with Maker’s Mark Bourbon…
it’s going to be a party of historic proportions that you won’t want to miss!

This is very special fundraiser for The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation, which is responsible for why Lexington is so beautiful… because they protect, revitalize and promote the special historic places all over the Bluegrass region of our beautiful state. Dale is on the board and it means so much to us that we are able to give back to this wonderful organization.

Here’s what you get…

  • Your choice from 5 different Maker’s Mark specialty cocktails that are created by Lexington’s finest bartenders and named after famous historic houses
  • Sway to the sweet soulful sounds of live music by Joslyn & the Sweet Compression!
  • A wide variety of incredible locally brewed beers, hand crafted by the stellar breweries in the area (think West Sixth Brewing and Mirror Twin, among others!)
  • Deliciously amazing food from Catering by Donna, with menu items inspired from the new restaurant at Star Hill Provisions at Maker’s Mark Distillery
  • A silent auction & live auction which include
    • Unique hand crafted salvaged wood creations taken from historic barns, warehouses, and cabins from Longwood Antique Woods
    • A Private Dinner at Botherum, hosted by Dale and yours truly, Jon Carloftis.
    • A set of stirrup cups and a tray from Fran Taylor at Lexington Silver
    • Various baskets with assorted glassware and bottles of booze/wine etc.
    • Glasses, hats, shirts and a $20 gift card from West Sixth Brewing
    • And more!

Plus there will be a raffle giving you a chance to win a Wheel barrel of Booze!

Meander and gaze upon the beautiful historic gardens of the Hunt-Morgan House and get a first glimpse of the brand new courtyard space next door that BGT acquired from the historic Woman’s Club of Central Kentucky next door too!

And finally, meet some of the most influential designers and professionals who are doing amazing historic preservation all over Kentucky, including Bill Samuels, Jr., son of the Founders of Maker’s Mark and George Gatewood of Longwood Antique Woods, to name just a couple…

Well, how can you resist?

We hope you’re as excited about this event as we are.
See you on Broadway at the BGT’s campus, 210 North Broadway and 201 North Mill Street!

Event will be held rain or shine. Must be 21+ to attend.
Reserved tickets sold online will be $50 for BGT members and $60 for the public.
$65 at gate.

Click Here to Get Tickets Now

Located at the historic Dr. Thomas Hunt Morgan House
210 North Broadway
Lexington, Kentucky 40507
Phone: 859.253.0362



Story Time with Momma, who can resist?

  • December 21, 2016
Lucille Carloftis At Story Time Rockcastle River Trading Co.


Over at Rockcastle River Trading Co. last week, visitors nibbled on tea and homemade sweets while Momma (AKA Lucille Carloftis) read to us from her book, “A Beautiful Journey”, in which she reveals the most meaningful experiences of her life, and the richness she has derived from them by being a fellow traveler. She also read some unpublished Christmas stories that are a delight for all-ages! We all know how enchanting her stories can be! Boy did she get us in the mood for the holidays!

A Beautiful Journey by Lucille Carloftis

Another year, another great Christmas Open House at Rockcastle River Trading Co.!

  • November 21, 2016

It was our busiest Open House ever here at Rockcastle River Trading Co…

We also debuted the new Jon Carloftis Candle Collection line, which was a tremendous hit! And the workshops with Sharon Bale and Val Schirmer were so much fun and we all learned clever ways to liven up our homes for the holidays!

Homemade sweets, exceptional food was on hand from Local Feed… well what else can we say???

Here are a few photos from the day…



The Rockcastle River Trading Co. Christmas Open House 2016

  • November 5, 2016

We’re Open November 18th & 19th, 2016 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Local Feed will be joining us once again with a menu you won’t soon forget…

If you were lucky enough to attend our Spring Open house, you’ll probably still be licking your lips from the amazing food Local Feed had available for our guests. These guys don’t mess around. Here is a sample of the menu Justin just sent over:

  • Butternut Squash Soup, Cumin Crema, Pepitas
  • Collard Greens, Peppered Sorghum
  • Kentucky Beef Bourguignon
  • Apple Cranberry Streusel

YUM! They are super stoked to be back at RRTC and so are we!

At the Christmas Open House at Rockcastle River Trading Co. we have a great lineup of informal talks at 10am, 12pm and 2pm along with tours and great ideas on how to decoration for the Holidays. Along with yours truly, Sharon Bale, retired extension floriculture specialist at my alma mater, University of Kentucky will be there along with our favorite workshop regular, Val Schirmer of Three Toads Farm to join in the fun!

So put Friday & Saturday, November 18th & 19th on your calendar and get ready for great holiday season!


A Great Southern Legislative Conference Garden Tour…

  • July 14, 2016

This week we toured some of our favorite Lexington gardens, taking 50 spouses of the Southern Legislative Conference held here in Lexington, Kentucky this past weekend. The garden tour visited Mt. Brilliant Farm, Kazee, Lois Anne Polan, Dudley’s rooftop garden, Madonna & Craig Turner, Apiary and of course we ended at our beloved Botherum.

The day was beautiful, the people as wonderful as they come and we just loved every moment of the day.

Guess what? We can all get along and very well!

Rockcastle River Trading Co. Open House Spring 2016

  • May 11, 2016

We had a blast and the days were full of great people, great fun and great food! We’re officially open now for regular hours and we hope you stop by!


Monday – Saturday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Located off I-75 at exit 49 on US 25, or a leisurely drive down US 25 south past Livingston on the left just before the Laurel County bridge.

Click here for directions


Here’s a few photos from the Open House:

Mother’s Day Open House Weekend May 9th & 10th

  • May 5, 2016




Large Selection of Hard-to-find
Proven Winners Shrubs

In addition to the plant sale…

20% OFF
Entire Selection of
Lloyd Flanders Outdoor Furniture

Also, enjoy the BEST Greek Food in the State from a food truck on Saturday from 10-5

(606) 843-0854

Monday – Saturday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Located off I-75 at exit 49 on US 25, or a leisurely drive down US 25 south past Livingston on the left just before the Laurel County bridge.

Click here for directions

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