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The Oldham County History Center presents dinner lecture series
Join the Oldham County History Center for a series of entertaining and educational evenings with great food and drink at the Irish Rover Too.
Reservations are required with discounts for history center members.
All events take place at 6 p.m. Wednesdays.
June 8: ‘Lift Evr’y Voice and Sing’
“Lift Evr’y Voice and Sing” with Daryl Harris, part of the Ky. Humanities Council lecture series. NKU professor Daryl Harris speaks on African American spirituals as avenues for the civil rights movement. Part of the Oldham County History Center’s Juneteenth Celebration. $15 members/$18 non-members.
Sept. 14: ‘Adolph Rupp: The Coach’
 “Adolph Rupp: The Coach” portrayed by Ky. Humanities Council Chautauqua actor Dr. Edward B. Smith. A repeat performance by Smith at the history center due to popular demand, Smith becomes Rupp in this unforgettable evening. $15 members/$18 non-members.
Oct. 12: ‘Henry Clay: Kentucky’s Great Statesman’
“Henry Clay: Kentucky’s Great Statesman.” Portrayed by Ky. Humanities Council Chautauqua actor George McGee, this performance is the most popular character in the humanities council series. $15 members/$18 non-members.
Nov. 9: ‘Re-gift those special 
“Re-gift those special treasures” with appraiser Mike Brown. Maybe some of those “old items” you were going to throw out make treasured Christmas gifts to pass on. Let Mike look at your treasure for an appraisal.
Limit of one item per person. $20 members/$23 non-members (includes cost of appraised item)
For registration contact the Oldham County History Center, 222-0826 or e-mail  ochstryctr@aol.com.

Westport General Store re-opens
Since the early 1800s there has been a general store in Westport.
But the recent recession put that fact in jeopardy.
After a seasonal break, owner Will Crawford has re-opened the Westport General Store, a restaurant known for upscale southern cuisine created with local ingredients.
Crawford said after a slow winter in 2009, the restaurant went into hibernation during the winter and early spring of 2010-11.
Chef Dave Clancy will be manning the kitchen and he has revamped the menu to not only showcase the restaurant’s signature dishes such as chicken breast saltimbocca and bison burger, but also a road house menu with added sandwiches and comfort food.  
Crawford said the new menu items offer a bargain to cash-strapped diners.  
He will also be featuring the products of local farms, including homegrown vegetables from the restaurant’s garden.  
The restaurant will feature a local farm-to-table dinner and a guest chef.  
Chef Dean Corbett has committed to a “Cooking in the Country with Dean” series.  Dates to be announced.   
The Westport General Store, 7008 Ky. 524,  Westport, reopened on Friday. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.