February is American Heart Month and Black History Month. February also hosts several national holidays, including Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, Chinese New Year, and more.


Thursday Feb 1 

The University of Kentucky Confucius Institute and the Living Arts and Science Center are hosting “Discovery Night: Celebrate China” on February 1 at 6 pm at the LASC. It will be an evening of traditional Chinese performance and participation during this special cultural discovery night program

The Color Purple will be shown at the Lyric on February 1 at 7 pm as part of their Black Lens Film Series.


Friday Feb 2 

February 2 is Groundhog Day. On this day the groundhog will allegedly determine whether spring will soon begin by not seeing his shadow, or if winter will ensue for six more weeks.

The 30th annual Central Kentucky Heart Ball will celebrate the mission and work of the American Heart Association. The black tie preferred event will honor Linda Ball and will be chaired by Dr. Greg and Michele White. A reception and silent auction begins at 6 pm and dinner, live auction and live entertainment begins at 7:30 pm.

National Wear Red Day is February 2. Wear red to bring awareness to Women’s heart health. Cardiovascular disease in the U.S. kill approximately one woman every 80 seconds according to the American Heart Association. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health.


Saturday Feb 3

Hamburg Barnes and Noble hosts “I Am Harriet Tubman Story Time” on February 3 at 11 am. The 14th book in author Brad Meltzer’s bestselling Ordinary People Change the World series, I Am Harriet Tubman tells the story of Harriet Tubman’s pivotal role in the fight against slavery.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill presents a New Orleans inspired Mardi Gras celebration, complete with four courses, hurricanes and king cake suitable for Bourbon Street. The event starts at 6:30 pm.

Celebrate Chinese New Year, on February 3 at 7 pm at the Lexington Opera House. The Chinese New Year Celebration is by far the largest and most popular Chinese cultural event in Kentucky. People across the state and from Ohio, Indiana, and Tennessee come to Lexington to attend the celebration. Performances feature festival songs, dances, Chinese music ensemble including piano, Erhu, Hulusi, Yangqin, flute, etc, Kungfu, Chinese comedy skits, and a special presentation of martial arts.


Sunday Feb 4

The NFL’s Super Bowl takes place in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 4. This year’s match up is  between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots.


Wednesday Feb 7

Explore the Lyric Theater & Cultural Arts Center with a tour provided by BGT deTours. Throughout the 1950’s, the Lyric hosted first-run films, fashion shows, pageants, and performances from a roster of jazz, Soul and R&B greats, which included B.B. King, Ray Charles, Count Basie and his Orchestra, The Temptations, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald. Come take a tour through this historic venue, 5:30 pm on February 7.


Thursday Feb 8

Marshall will be shown at the Lyric Theatre at 7 pm as part of their Black Lens Film Series.


Friday Feb 9

Valentine’s Week at Shakespeare and Co. Don’t stress that February 14 is the only day to try to squeeze in reservations. From Friday, February 9 through Sunday, February 18, Shakespeare and Co. will be celebrating Valentine’s Day every day. Both the Downtown and Hamburg location will be taking reservations.

Talon Winery presents a Valentine’s dinner benefit concert with Ralph Curtis & The Nashville Impostors at 7 pm.


Saturday Feb 10

Woodford Reserve is all about sharing the love – the love of food and bourbon. Bring your special someone to celebrate Valentine’s Day with an evening of distillery tours, a beautiful four-course plated meal, cash bar, and live music. The evening begins at 6 pm with welcome cocktails, tours begin at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner at 8 pm.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day Week with a Chocolate Stroll through Midway. Stroll down Midway’s Historic Main & Gratz Streets where each business will have a chocolate treat for you to enjoy as well as Valentine’s specials. Also, visit Equus Run Vineyards from 12 pm to 4pm for their Kisses & Calories Open House. You can pick up a Chocolate Stroll ticket at any participating shop or restaurant. Have your ticket stamped inside 10 business locations and drop off your completed Chocolate Stroll ticket at the Midway Sweet Tooth Candy Store for a prize drawing. The prize will be comprised of donated items from all of the Midway shops and restaurants, and Equus Run Vineyards.


Tuesday Feb 13 

Mardi Gras also known as Fat Tuesday is February 13. For more places to eat on Mardi Gras around Lexington.


Wednesday Feb 14 

Ash Wednesday is February 14. Ashes are ceremonially placed on the heads of Christians on Ash Wednesday. Click to see a list of church services on Ash Wednesday.

Valentine’s Day is February 14.  See special events and places to eat to celebrate your love this Valentine’s Day.


Thursday Feb 15

School Daze will be shown at the Lyric on February 15 at 7 pm as part of their Black Lens Film Series.


Friday Feb 16

Chinese New Year is February 16. 2018 is the year of the Dog.


Monday Feb 19

President’s Day is February 19, there will be no school for Fayette County Public Schools in observance of the holiday. Head to HamburgJournal.com to see what is open and what is closed on President’s day.


Thursday Feb 22

Lady Sings the Blues will be shown at the Lyric Theatre at 7 pm as part of their Black Lens Film Series.


Wednesday Feb 28

Good Foods Co-op presents Different People, Different Diets, a lecture with Dr. Linda Isaacs at 7 pm.

Chef “Sav” of Sav’s Grill & West African Cuisine will create a three-course dinner inspired by traditional West African cuisine, sourcing ingredients locally. Tickets include the three-course dinner, cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages, and more. You must be 21 years old, or older to consume alcohol, but any age can attend. 6 pm Limestone Hall



This article also appears on page 8 & 9 of the February 2018 printed edition of the Hamburg Journal.

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