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Fraternal House Directors Conference Excursions & Trips



Pre-Conference Excursion - Thursday, June 20

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. | Bluegrass Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel Loft


The newest location – opened in 2010 and is situated directly across the street from the new KFC Yum Center Arena. The lower cellar level with the brewery, stone floors and high top tables and booths has a distinctly European pub atmosphere. The main floor dining area and bar recall the building’s historic past with original marble floors, high ceilings and large windows overlooking Main Street and the Arena.

The spacious third floor is the BBC Four Roses Bourbon Barrel Loft. A private party venue available for meetings, parties, receptions, rehearsal dinners or special occasions. The comfortable sophistication of the Loft has the unique atmosphere of a New York “speakeasy.”



Conference Excursion - Thursday, June 20

3:00 p.m. - 8:34 p.m. | Churchill Downs & Kentucky Derby Museum Tour

 Churchill Downs Racetrack conducts Thoroughbred horse racing in Louisville, Kentucky during three race meets in the Spring, September, and the Fall. The racetrack occupies 147 acres, featuring a one-mile dirt, oval racetrack and a seven furlong turf race course. Thoroughbred racing, the Kentucky Derby, and the Kentucky Oaks have run continuously at Churchill Downs Racetrack since 1875. In addition, Churchill Downs Racetrack has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championship eight times.

The Kentucky Derby Museum is one of the premiere attractions in the Louisville region, celebrating the tradition, history, hospitality and pride of the world-renowned event that is the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby Museum first opened its doors in April 1985. Although the Museum sits adjacent to historic Churchill Downs Racetrack, it operates as a separate 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, generating its own revenue. The Museum’s property was donated by Churchill Downs Racetrack and the construction of the facility and seed money for its endowment fund was provided by the J. Graham Brown Foundation and five banks in the community.



Conference Excursion - Friday, June 21

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Muhammad Ali Museum

The Muhammad Ali Center is a multicultural center with an award-winning museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali. The Center museum captures the inspiration derived from the story of Muhammad Ali’s incredible life and the Six Core Principles that fueled his journey.



Conference Excursions - Saturday, June 22

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Louisville Slugger Museum

The authentic archival image above dates to 1892. See the guy in the doorway, holding a baseball bat? That’s Bud Hillerich. Like a typical teenager, he played hooky from his father’s woodworking shop one day when there was something else he preferred to do. That was the start of the Louisville Slugger baseball bat, and this is the story behind it.


6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. | Belle of Louisville Dinner Cruise 

Steamboat travel and transportation revolutionized our river, our city, and our nation. To board the Belle of Louisville is to do more than to see Louisville and the Ohio River from a unique perspective — it’s also to step into a piece of living American history. And no matter what you’re boarding for — a river cruise, a corporate event, or a wedding — it’s always a very special occasion.




Post-Conference Trip Excursion - Sunday, June 23

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Bourbon Tasting & Light Lunch at Buffalo Trace Distillery

No Distillery has earned more domestic and international accolades than Buffalo Trace. Writers, enthusiasts and spirits competitions around the globe have awarded more than 500 accolades to our brands. The title of “world’s most award-winning distillery” has been earned through the uncompromising dedication of our craftsmen for well over 200 years. Their passion for distilling, passed down for two centuries, is revered by experts worldwide.

In 2013, Buffalo Trace Distillery added its most cherished distinction yet – National Historic Landmark. After taking more than 200 years to achieve, the Distillery joined this elite group of the most influential places in North America. This award, more important than any others, is for the Distillery, its people, its builders, its visionaries, its preservers and its protectors.



Post-Conference Trip Excursions - Monday, June 24

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Kentucky Horse Park Tour & Lunch

There have been horses on this ground for more than 200 years. In 1777, Patrick Henry, then Governor of Virginia, granted 9,000 acres of land in the Kentucky Territory to his brother-in-law, William Christian, as a reward for his service in the French and Indian War. A wealthy Virginian, Colonel Christian moved his family to Kentucky in 1785 and established a farm on Beargrass Creek near Louisville. Christian was killed in 1786, and his daughter, Elizabeth Dickerson, inherited the Elkhorn Creek tract, 3,000 acres of land now in both Scott and Fayette Counties. Part of this land became the Kentucky Horse Park.



6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. | WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour

WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour is an ALL VOLUNTEER live audience celebration of grassroots music and the artists who make it. The show airs on 537 radio stations from Australia to Boston to Dublin, Ireland, on American Forces Radio Network twice each weekend in 173 nations, every military base and US Naval ship in the world, coast-to-coast in millions of TV homes as a public TV series. So far, over 52,000 folks have come through the doors of the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington KY to see a live taping of the WOODSONGS OLD-TIME RADIO HOUR. 



Post-Conference Trip Excursions - Tuesday, June 25

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Mary Todd Lincoln House Tour

Discover America’s most fascinating first lady!  Mary Todd Lincoln was sophisticated, educated, and versed in politics. On the surface, her success in the White House seemed assured. Yet, few women in American history have endured as much controversy and tragedy.  Tour her childhood home to explore the full story.


1:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Choose an Adventure on Your Own:
Spa/Pool Day at Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa (or) Talon Winery 

Experience the serene, comfortable atmosphere of The Spa at Griffin Gate, designed to reflect the natural beauty of Lexington's rolling Bluegrass Hills. To truly immerse into the experience, choose one of our spa packages. Take the day to pamper yourself with an array of healing treatments, and emerge feeling invigorated, revitalized and refreshed.




Talon’s 300 acre Lexington winery, located on historic Fair View Farm, provides a country getaway just minutes from the city. You can enjoy tastings 7 days a week in Talon’s 18th century tasting room.




6:30 p.m. | Closing Dinner at Dudley's On Short 
Dudley's on Short has been a Lexington staple and culinary trailblazer since 1981. We prioritize local foods, preparing the finest ingredients simply and with exceptional hospitality. 

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