This February, find the origins of distilling and period music at Locust Grove

January 31, 2020

Book Celebration with Gwynne Tuell Potts
Sunday, February 2, 2:00 pm

It’s a book launch party! Celebrate the release of George Rogers Clark and William Croghan: A Story of the Revolution, Settlement, and Early Life at Locust Grove with the book’s author, Gwynne Tuell Potts.  Gwynne will talk about the book, her research, and the new insights that her work gives us into the intertwined lives of these two men before and during their time at Locust Grove. Lavish refreshments will be served, books available for purchase and signing. The cost to attend is a donation in the amount of your choice to the Gwynne Tuell Potts Research Fund at Locust Grove – the research that makes all that we do possible! Donation payable at the event. RSVP to Hannah at [email protected]


Afternoon Lecture Series
Andrea Meriwether | Black & Barreled: African American Contributions in Early Distilling
Wednesday, February 5, 1:15 pm

Bourbon Historian and Consultant Andrea Meriwether talks about her groundbreaking research and insights into the involvement of enslaved and free blacks in the expansion of farm distilling into an industry in early Kentucky. Ms. Meriwether calls bourbon “a conduit” into understanding of Kentucky’s economy, culture, and race relations, and into the lives of skilled black creators of a beloved American product. Learn more about this topic and how it relates to upcoming programs at Locust Grove’s farm distillery. Weather permitting, we’ll follow the lecture with a quick visit to see the distillery building.

The Locust Grove Afternoon Lecture Series is held the first Wednesday of each month. Dessert and coffee are served at 1:00 PM with the lecture immediately following at 1:15 pm. Admission is $6, $4 for Friends of Historic Locust Grove. Reservations are not required.


Emilie Strong Smith Chamber Music Concert Series
Musicke's Cordes: "The Violin in England"
Sunday, February 23, 5:30 pm

Enjoy an evening of music from 17th-century England by Locke, Purcell & others!
Musicke's Cordes is based in Providence, Rhode Island, and is a collaboration between baroque violinist Sam Breene and lutenist Jeffrey Noonan.

Locust Grove’s Emilie Strong Smith Chamber Music Series offers concertgoers a unique opportunity. Patrons delight in music that the Clarks and Croghans would have heard in the room where they most likely would have enjoyed it — the second-floor Great Parlor of the historic house.
Refreshments at 5:00 p.m.; concert in Locust Grove’s Great Parlor begins at 5:30 p.m. Individual concerts are $20 each. Pre-paid reservations are required--please call (502) 897-9845.


ShPIeL-Performing Identity Presents: Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht,
Translated by Tony Kushner, Directed by David Y. Chack
February 13 – February 23, 2020
Thursdays through Saturdays, 7:30 pm | Sundays, 4:30 pm
Performances at Locust Grove

ShPIeL - Performing Identity, announces its Louisville production of Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Tony Kushner, and directed as an ensemble by David Y. Chack, the Producing Artistic Director of ShPIeL-Performing Identity in Louisville and Chicago. One of the greatest plays of the 20th Century, Mother Courage’s relevance to today could not be more apparent. Through original music by Louisville’s own Gregory and Abigail Maupin in the style of cabaret, klezmer and bluegrass; comedic and meditative moments, outright protest, and poignant questioning — Brecht’s play lyrically uses the historical events of the Thirty Years War in Europe in the 1600s, to interrogate the meaning of continued wars, as well as the hatreds they stoke towards those stereotyped as ‘the other’ in society. 

Brecht wrote Mother Courage and Her Children as an imminent warning in the 1930s, as he went into exile due to Germany’s racist policies, with his Jewish wife, actor Helene Weigel, who later played the iconic role of Mother Courage. But just as the play asks how Mother Courage the outsider can survive — with the rise of supremacism, racism, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia - it ultimately asks, “how can we all survive?”

Performances will be held February 13 - 23 at Locust Grove, the historic site at 561 Blankenbaker Lane in Louisville, off Brownsboro Lane and River Road.  Opening is February 13 at 7:30 p.m. Performances continue on the following dates: February 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23. Thursdays – Saturdays are at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinees at 4:30 p.m.  Tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets at or day of, at the door. Ticket prices are: $24 for General Admission; $22 for Seniors; and $18 for Students. For discounted group tickets contact Rhonda Reskin - 502.558.7881 or email [email protected]

For more information about these events, please contact Hannah Zimmerman, Marketing and Communications Director at [email protected] or call 502.897.9845 x108.


Locust Grove is located at 561 Blankenbaker Lane (between Brownsboro Road and River Road), Louisville, KY 40207. For more information call 502.897.9845 or visit

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