Legacy Nights series returns Tuesday

Published 3:12 pm Monday, May 8, 2023

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Last spring and summer, the Legacy Nights series at Legacy Grove Park on W. Lexington Avenue debuted to much fanfare.

“It was the first time we’d had music at the park,” said Deborah Jackson,  the Executive Director of Legacy Greenscapes, the non-profit organization in charge of management. “It’s something we’d always wanted to do.”

After much success, they are happy to say it will be back.

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Beginning on Tuesday, May 9, the 2023 Legacy Nights Summer Concert Series is scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month through Tuesday, Oct. 10th.

“One of the things we want to do at Legacy Grove that’s really important to us is bringing the community together in a safe, clean, and beautiful space,” Jackson said. “I think people look forward to a monthly concert.”

Concerts weren’t difficult to discover for those traveling past Legacy Grove Park on W. Lexington Ave. last year.

Upon entry, guests could drive down a slight slope and encounter a grassy knoll area on the right-hand side just in front of the playground and other facilities.

While a concert stage got set up just in front of the grassy knoll area last year, guests brought lawn chairs and more to enjoy the serenity of a night of live music in a family and kid-friendly setting.

However, that was not all there was to enjoy.

Vendors such as the Bell on Wheels food truck—returning this year—were present.

The event also featured several sponsors, including Dean Builds Inc., Ale 8, Bypass Rental, Palmer Engineering, Thoroughbred Diesel and Eppic Films.

Some sponsors and local businesses, such as Traditional Bank and Woods Reality, had booths set up under canopies.

Many of these businesses will return.

As might be expected, this year will bring some changes to improve the already-positive atmosphere.

For example, the Wolves Den food truck is new.

Most notable, however, will be the extensive list of non-profit organizations from Winchester represented.

Among them are The Beacon of Hope Emergency Shelter, National Youth Advocate Program, Kentucky River Foothills, Clark County Health Department, Legacy Grove Outdoor Education, KY Connect, and Clark County Community Services.

“I think our non-profits in Clark County are the best,” Jackson said. “We’ve got a community that, without the support of this amazing group of people, would really suffer.”

Starting with MoJo Thunder and Anna Kline on Tuesday, this year’s Legacy Nights series will include bands such as Laid Back Country Picker with Phoebe White, Ox-Eyed Daisies with Jacob Fultz and The Allman Butter Band.

Certainly not least of all, Legacy Greenscapes would like others to know that Tuesday coincides with Kentucky Gives Day, a day when anyone can donate to non-profit businesses throughout Kentucky.

“We’ll have information on donating to our non-profits so we can continue these,” Jackson said. “We’re committed to keeping everything free for our community but we also know we have to raise that money to make that happen. To have [the community’s] support on that day would be amazing.”

As the Legacy Night Series continues, so does its positive reputation.

“We had one hundred bands apply we have people coming just to see [them],” Jackson said. “We’re hoping that what that does is bring people from those communities to the park to be a part of what we’re doing in Clark County.”