Oldham County Day

Project Guild to mark 50 years
with community celebration

14 founding members to serve as
parade grand marshals

July 2014
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LA GRANGE, Ky. (July 2014) – After providing 50 years of service to the Oldham County community, The Project Guild of La Grange is still going strong. From 1964 to 2014, Project Guild members have given back to the community in a variety of ways, and for that reason, the organization’s 14 charter members have been chosen as this year’s grand marshals for the Oldham County Day Parade on July 19.
The non-profit organization began in August 1964 with 14 charter members. The “purpose in forming was for self-improvement,” said long-time member Ann Brown. “We are a very diverse group and so active in the community. We take pride in what we do for Oldham County.”

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Tuesday, July 15:
• Noon:
Grand Marshal Luncheon to honor the parade grand marshals, The Project Guild founding members. At the John W. Black Community Center, 1551 N. Hwy. 393, Buckner, Ky. Tickets $10. Information: Victoria Motyka at (502) 640-0501.

Friday, July 18:
• 7:15 p.m.: Oldham County YMCA 5K/1-Mile Festival Race. Race begins at Covenant United Methodist Church, 909 W. Jefferson St., La Grange. Entry fee $25 per person or $20 if registered before July 14. (502) 222-9358.

Saturday, July 19:
• 7-10 a.m.: La Grange Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast. At the James T. Beaumont Community Center, 307 W. Jefferson St., La Grange. All you can eat tickets $6 adults, $3 children.
• 10 a.m.: Oldham County Day Parade. The theme for the 44th annual Oldham County Day Parade is “Remember the time…” honoring 50 years of The Project Guild and its founding members. Route is from Fifth and Jefferson streets through downtown La Grange. Information: Teresa Kinney at (502) 222-2665.
• Entertainment: Music and dancing 7-9 p.m. Friday and 2-5 p.m. Saturday at the Second Ave. stage and various other locations. Information: Paige Kelley Weeks at (502) 222-0437.
• Booths: Business, community and nonprofit agency booths will be set up around the Oldham County Courthouse Square. Information: Becky Brown at (502) 241-7797.
• 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.: La Grange Christian Church Children’s Carnival, 214 N. First St., La Grange. (502) 222-1369.
• 2 p.m.: Firemen and Police Tug-o-War: On the Oldham County Courthouse lawn.
• Note: Information and T-shirts for sale at The Project Guild Information Booth on the Courthouse lawn during Oldham County Day. Visit: www.OldhamCountyDay.org.

Even though the group has been involved in many projects, The Project Guild is probably best known for its involvement in the annual community celebration, Oldham County Day. Organized in 1971, the event is always held the third Saturday in July and is a sort of homecoming for long-time residents, new residents, people who have moved away and a day of fun for out-of-town visitors.
Filled with activities for all ages, Oldham County Day was the idea of Project Guild member and long-time La Grange resident Nancy Crass. A bench will be dedicated and placed on the grounds of the Oldham County History Center in her honor at this year’s event.
The 14 young homemakers who were charter members include Linda Abbott, Pat Ashbrook, Judy Cox, Marcia Crouch, Charlotte Harrod, Peggy Hayden, Beverly Houchin, Helen Howard, Betty Leet, Wanda McHargue, Wendy Roberts, Jackie Chadwell, Linda Brown and Joyce Crouch. The latter two members are now deceased.
Each year, The Project Guild chooses a grand marshal for the Oldham County Day parade by way of nominations from the community, said member and parade coordinator Teresa Kinney. This year, the organization will honor its charter members, who have always been active year-round in their support of local organizations through volunteerism and financial support.
“Grand marshals are chosen for what they have done for the community,” said Kinney. “There can be a variety of reasons why someone is nominated.”
A special luncheon will be held in their honor from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at the John W. Black Community Center in Buckner. A buffet style luncheon will be followed by a program, which will include a video presentation.
This special video presentation is being organized by the county to air on its local access Channel 25. “It’s a great honor that the county decided to do this video,” Brown said.
The charter members will be riding in the parade aboard an old trolley that ran in Louisville. After the parade, the charter members will gather on the Second Street Gazebo for a meet and greet.
The Oldham County Day Parade also features local politicians, athletes from North Oldham, Oldham County and South Oldham High Schools, marching bands, community and service organizations, tractors, fire trucks and Kosair Shriners. The theme for this year’s Oldham County Day Parade is “Remember the time….”
Additional events that accompany Oldham County Day include Friday night’s “Dancing in the Street” concert, the Oldham County YMCA’s Friday night 5K Festival Race, events at the Oldham County History Center and a Saturday morning kickoff pancake breakfast at the Community Center sponsored by the La Grange Rotary Club.


Photo by Helen McKinney

This quilt was made by Nancy Crass’s daughter, Kathy, who sewed together previous year’s Oldham County Day
T-shirts. When Crass died, the quilt was donated to the Project Guild and it is part of the OCHS exhibit.

“Our main goal is giving back to the community,” said Brown. Proceeds from Oldham County Day go back into the community, with nearly 10,000 attending Oldham County Day each year. The success of this event allows the organization to contribute to various projects that can benefit residents of all ages.
Project Guild has aided Dollars for Scholars, Tri- County Hospital, Richwood Nursing Home, YMCA, Toy Library, Boo Dell at Yew Dell and Relay for Life. “Our main project when we started was Mallory Taylor Hospital,” said Brown. Project Guild contributed to painting and furnishing a children’s play area for the hospital.
Current Project Guild member and Grand Marshal Luncheon Coordinator Victoria Motyka said that “if it wasn’t for the charter members, the rest of us wouldn’t be here today. I can’t imagine not having these women here.”
Past president Mary Broecker said, “Project Guild is everybody.” Broecker has spearheaded an exhibit about The Project Guild that will be on display in the Peyton Samuel Head Family Museum at the Oldham County History Center until after Oldham County Day.

Photo by Helen McKinney

A collection of the Cat’s Meow figurines is part of the exhibit. The Guild sells a different figurine each year as a fundraiser at Oldham County Day.

“Remember the Time...” commemorates The Project Guild’s worthwhile service to the community. The exhibit contains a western-themed outfit made by Broecker and the original pattern; a rug painted by member Sue Ballard that depicts projects and fundraisers from previous decades that includes style shows, card parties, house tours, hot air balloon rides and the sale of the Cat’s Meow figurines; and a quilt made from past year’s T-shirts that was sewn together by Crass’s daughter, Kathy. Upon her mother’s passing, the quilt was given to the group.
The exhibit also contains the bench that will be dedicated to Crass.
“It’s a gift to the community,” said Project Guild member Betty Miller. Ceramics and vintage pictures are on display as well as T-shirts painted by people in the community during the recent Arts on the Green Juried Fine Arts & Crafts Festival.

Photo by Helen McKinney

Clothing from a previous Project Guild style show is among the items on display at the Oldham County History Center to celebrate 50 years of the organization.

There will be a grand opening for “Remember the Time...” from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, July 2.
Broecker said that “for me and my family, being a member of The Project Guild has been a highlight of my life. I’ve been involved in other good organizations that I love, but Project Guild is small enough that everyone becomes your family.”
At the end of every Project Guild meeting, members share current events, such as what is going on with their husbands, children, grandchildren’s ballgames and trips. “We stop frequently and have prayer for our family and the community,” she said. They often share in the laughter, love and tears of life with each other.
Celebrating the community they live in means a lot to every member. “When all of your members live only five minutes from you, you can accomplish so much,” said Broecker..

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