News briefs, Dec. 1

Published 8:35 am Friday, December 1, 2017

Forkland offers two Christmas events,  Saturday and Dec. 9 

FORKLAND — Forkland Community Center will be fully decorated inside and out for a special Christmas gathering Saturday, Dec. 2. Participants will arrive and enter the main building of the center, mingle with friends and enjoy Christmas punch, visit the Forkland Lincoln Museum, the gift shop and the special Christmas gift shop filled with homemade items. 

Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Then at 7 p.m., participants will be ushered into a wonderland for a homemade, traditional country Christmas dinner featuring turkey, ham, sweet potato casserole, corn pudding, green beans, cranberry salad, dressing, oysters and sourdough bread, all topped off with jam cake. Cost of the dinner is $25 per person; reservations are required by calling Dianna Barker at (859) 332-7839 or 332-7146. 

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 Then from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, a Twilight Christmas will be held at the community center, with light refreshments offered, two gift shops and special Christmas craft activities for children — and Santa will be on-hand. Cost is $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. 

Endocrinologist to speak at Diabetes Support Group

 McDowell Wellness Center is pleased to announce that the next Diabetes Support Group meeting will be offered 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. 

Dr. Kelly Pacitti, endocrinologist at the Ephraim McDowell Diabetes and Endocrinology Center, will be the guest speaker. She is board-certified and has a special interest in type 1 and type 2 diabetes, pituitary, adrenal and thyroid disorders. Participants will have the opportunity to ask Dr. Pacitti questions.

The Diabetes Support Group meets at McDowell Wellness Center on the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. There are no fees or dues. Participants can join the support group to connect with people who truly understand and can help educate, motivate and encourage you plus share ideas and struggles in living with diabetes.

For more information,  call (859) 936-9355.

Distillery offers open house today and Saturday

In addition to drink and gift shop specials, Wilderness Trail Distillery has two exclusive offerings during its open house 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today (Friday, Dec. 1) and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. 

For its first annual holiday release, Wilderness Trail Distillery will offer a 375 ml bottle of single barrel, cask strength Harvest Rum — a101-proof rum available only in the gift shop.

A special drawing will be held to participate in Bourbon Science, the craft distillery’s June 6 Bourbon Affair event, organized by the Kentucky Distillers Association and a $150 value. The event concludes with bottling your own bourbon in the barrelhouse.  

During the open house, visitors will receive 20-percent off a gift shop purchase, excluding alcohol, and have the opportunity to view the progress of the distillery’s $9.9 million construction project.  Tours are offered 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The distillery, located at 4095 Lebanon Road, recently installed a copper 43-foot tall continuous column still and six new 20,000-gallon fermentation tanks. When all the equipment is operating in early 2018, the distillery will produce around 150 barrels a day.

Also, paper goods, pasta and canned goods will be accepted and donated to New Hope Food Pantry in Danville.

Call or email Emily Toadvine for more information: (859) 402-8707 or