Not much can beat a night of bourbon and dancing, which is why the success of the Bourbon Ball has brought it back for its 26th year. The annual Bourbon Ball is a fundraising event to support the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft and to keep the Louisville art scene growing. Tickets start at $100 and the money benefits an important Louisville institution, and the offerings sound fun, especially since it gives one the opportunity to get all dolled up (men can be dolls, too).
This year’s theme is “Kentucky: Straight Up” so the Bourbon Ball will feature a two-hour bourbon tasting from seven distilleries, and the Silver Spoon is catering, just in case you need munch on something between the drinks. The Silver Spoon, based out of the Henry Clay where the Bourbon Ball is being held, has an incredibly diverse fine dining menu that boasts rack of lamb and lobster medallions. And although I haven’t eaten with them before, I can tell that the meal itself is worth the trip (after all, not being a genuine Kentucky girl, I don’t really have a taste for bourbon… how many readers did we just lose?). Whether you’re a fine dining connoisseur or a fast food junkie, you can appreciate cuisine that melts in your mouth.
You may be like me and upon hearing of the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft you thought of your second grade popsicle-stick house that was held together by globs of glue and prayer. Actually, the museum embodies the rustic Kentucky spirit by exhibiting folk pieces by talented regional artists. With hand-carved pieces and others made of driftwood dipped in bronze, the idea of the museum seems to be that art is for everyone and can be created by anyone. This is also the only Louisville organization “that provides the public with in-depth art education programs based on the art and craft heritage of Kentucky.”
If you’re familiar with the museum, then you understand the importance of the organization. If you haven’t been to the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, then you have your chance with cosmopolitan partying to benefit folk culture.