Glasgow, KY Arts and Culture
Music, theater, art, literature and history can all be enjoyed in Glasgow and Barren County thanks to a lot of hard work, innovation and support from the community.
South Central Kentucky Cultural Center
The 30,000-square-foot museum is packed with history exhibitions about the Barrens region and early settlers. Exhibits range from prehistoric times to the 1860s, the military from the Civil War through the Gulf War, plus a one-room schoolhouse, a 1940s kitchen, Victorian parlor and more. A new exhibit features an old-time general store complete with shelves full of wares from the 1930s. South Central Kentucky Cultural Center in downtown Glasgow also showcases art shows, quilt shows and special displays.
Theater and Performance
Glasgow's Plaza Theatre impresses visitors with its grand architecture and performances by national acts, while local performers and comedians also grace its stage. The plaza opened in 1934 and was restored to its original grandeur with a $1.8 million renovation in 2004 and 2005. Today, the 1,064-seat landmark also shows classic and second-run movies.
The Far Off Broadway Players community theater group presents three productions each year in the Plaza Theatre. The Glasgow troupe's roots go back to the 1950s, and today the nonprofit community theater has 70 members. Past productions have included Our Town, Harvey, Bus Stop, The Odd Couple, and The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.
Mary Wood Weldon Memorial Library
Aside from offering a wide selection of books, the Mary Weldon Wood Memorial Library offers regular features like children’s story times, plus arts and crafts after school for older children. With two adult book groups and a new book-to-movie group launching, close-captioned movie nights, and arts classes including knitting and basket making, the library has plenty to offer adults as well. Adult Services Specialist Amy Tollison says special events such as a recent showing by the Arts Guild and a visit by the STAR-Net science education Discovery Tech program excite patrons as well.
Each July, the Lions Club puts on the annual county fair, providing a week of entertaining activities from country and gospel concerts to a karaoke contest, floral show, ATV rodeo, carnival, horse show and the most popular event, the truck and tractor pull. Lions Club veteran Doug Belcher says, “I usually work the gate, but I enjoy the truck and tractor pull. I like the dairy show; my grandson shows cattle there.” With a Saturday night gate of 3,000, according to Belcher, the whole experience is a huge draw.
If you’re looking for arts and culture, Glasgow and Barren County have plenty to keep you busy.