Glasgow, KY Arts and Culture

Glasgow, KY is a regional hub for the arts and culture, thanks to the community’s abundance of attractions featuring music, theater, art and history.

By Kevin Litwin on Fri, 01/11/2013 - 07:00

Music‚ theater‚ art 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

This 30‚000-square-foot museum is packed with history exhibitions about the Barrens region, which includes Barren, Allen, Hart, Metcalfe and Monroe counties. Exhibits include prehistoric times to 1860‚ the military from the Civil War through the Gulf War‚ a one-room schoolhouse‚ 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 is also the scene of art shows, quilt shows and special displays.

Plaza Theatre

Glasgow’s Plaza Theatre impresses visitors with its grand architecture and performances by national acts, plus 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 movies and second-run movies.

Far Off Broadway Players

The community theater group called the Far Off Broadway Players 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 Gift of the Magi.

Fort Williams

Fort Williams was the site of a Union Civil War fort that was attacked by Confederate soldiers in October 1863. During the attack, more than 200 horses were captured, part of the fort was burned, and 142 Union men were taken prisoner. Visitors to the site can read historical markers and see cannons.

Music Is Me

A new business in Glasgow that caters to aspiring musicians is Music Is Me. The store offers music lessons, recording opportunities, CD cover designs and much more. Music is Me is billed as a one-stop music store for musicians ranging from beginners to accomplished entertainers.

First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian is the oldest church in Glasgow, built in 1853. The landmark building at Washington and Broadway features gothic revival architecture with Tudor-arched windows and brick pilasters. First Presbyterian still holds services every Sunday, and everyone is invited to attend.

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Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years. He was previously an editor for a small-town newspaper for 10 years, and is now...

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