Latest Legacy Nights showcases good tunes and great community spirit

Published 4:00 pm Monday, August 14, 2023

At times, the weather last Tuesday night at Legacy Grove Park was cloudier than others by comparison.

However, the forward momentum stayed strong.

With the Ox-Eyed Daisies as the featured musical act, the fourth of six editions of the 2023 Legacy Nights Summer Concert Series took place in front of a rousing crowd on the park’s lawn with much fanfare.

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Among other highlights, August’s edition featured the selling of t-shirts, though all monies were used productively.

“By purchasing a t-shirt, you’re giving a donation to this series,” Legacy Greenscapes Executive Director Deborah Jackson. “Everything we earn here through donations or fundraising goes right back into next year’s aeries.”

While Fayette Electrical Service Inc. sponsored the most recent Legacy Nights event, other 2023 sponsors include the Winchester-Clark County Chamber of Commerce, Pearl Interactive Network, Traditional Bank, Lexington Pavement Sweep, Palmer Engineering, Members Heritage Credit Union, Boonesboro Trail Senior Living, Professional Solutions Property Management, Clark County Community Services, Tierney Storage, Bypass Rental and many more.

Throughout the night, attendees could visit one of many food trucks, including Mac A Tude, Cookies & Cream, Regenerating Distillery and The Wolves Den.

The latter location, originally from Richmond, showcases delicacies such as a pork and coleslaw sandwich, nachos topped with chicken, ground beef, barbecue pulled pork and cheddar bacon ranch fries.

Set up under canopies were several businesses, including King Brothers Used Cars and Clark County Farm Bureau.

According to their Facebook page, Ancient Aromas offers many wellness products crafted from quality essential oils, natural plant compounds, and full-spectrum hemp extracts.

“We hear a lot in the news about how to make our country great,” said Justin Cline, co-owner. “When communities come together, and they create safe spaces for their community and bring diversity and people together. I think that’s really what we were founded to do.”

“This is our second time here at Legacy Nights, and we’ve really enjoyed the entertainment,” said Horton Stull, co-owner. “We’ve really enjoyed the crowds, [meeting] new people and seeing what Winchester is all about.”

Along with businesses, local organizations were found.

Bucky Gay, representing Troop 56 of Scouts BSA, introduced others to the benefits of scouting.

“We could give them opportunities to get into nature and to get out and do things that parents don’t have the time to do, don’t have the energy to do, or don’t think that their kids might be willing to do,” he said. “We do a lot of things like that, and that’s what makes scouting important.”

Yet certainly not least of all, so many showed up – including many that came early – for the music.

Jacob Fultz, a singer-songwriter from Beattyville, opened with music such as “Sweet Louise” by Passenger.

Ox-Eyed Daisies took to the stage, featuring rhythm guitarist and vocalist Liz Frazier, lead guitarist Cody Penn, bass guitar player and vocalist Chris Brown, and drummer Josh Anglin.

With several hit songs combining blues, soul, and rock, the group looked forward to playing for a Clark County crowd once again, as they have previously played at Abettor Brewing Company.

Frazier and Penn, a married couple, started the band.

“We had an acoustic group going, and we both wanted it to be more…electric sound, more like a rock-and-roll kind of thing”, Penn said. “We have an album out called ‘Dark Days,’ so we’re [going to] play some music off of that, which is on Spotify and everywhere.”

When all was said and done, visitors like Winchester residents Bob and Pam Kohler had plenty to enjoy.

“I love the park it’s just a great community,” said Pam Kohler.