It's 2012 -- The Year of the Horse!

by Janet Dickelman

2012 is the year of the horse -- at least for those of us who will be attending ACB's 51st annual conference and convention in the blue grass state. As promised, here is a sampling of tours. Please keep in mind that this schedule is tentative and subject to change.

** Friday, July 6th
1. Breakfast at Churchill Downs
2. Abraham Lincoln Birthplace and Museum Tour (includes lunch)
3. Kentucky Bourbon Trail: Visit Buffalo Trace, Woodford Reserve, Wild Turkey. Lunch included.
4. Kentucky Speedway Nationwide Race. Dinner included.

** Saturday, July 7th
1. Kentucky Horse Park/Ride for Hope: Includes trail rides, museum, blacksmith, gift shop and horse show with an opportunity to pet the horses.
2. Kentucky Bourbon Trail: Visit Maker's Mark and 4 Roses.

** Saturday, July 14th
1. Dillon Amish Country Tours: Enjoy a family style lunch including 3 meats, many garden vegetables, homemade breads and desserts served in the homes of Amish families. Visit a buggy shop, quilt shop, bakery and general store. Learn about the Amish lifestyle and philosophy.
2. My Old Kentucky Dinner Train: Enjoy dinner and a mystery theater production which may include audience participation while traveling the rails.
During the week we'll visit some familiar favorites: American Printing House, Schimpff's Confectionery, Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum and Glass Works. We'll also visit some new sites including the Huber family farm, the Waverly Sanitorium and the Toyota plant. For the adventurous we're hoping to do some canoeing, and for the museum buffs, the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History.
In the next several articles we'll be focusing on features of the Galt House. This month it is Thelma's Café. Located in the conservatory on the second floor, Thelma's is open 24 hours a day. Start your day with coffee tea, juice, latte or cappuccino. For breakfast, choose anything from a fruit and yogurt parfait to muffins, Danish or a breakfast sandwich. Thelma's serves wonderful deli sandwiches and paninis along with a variety of soups and salads. Dessert lovers rejoice -- they have several desserts. And they also serve Haagen-Dazs ice cream. Prices are very reasonable; sandwiches run from $6 to $7; morning bakery is in the $3 price range. All Galt House menus will be available in braille and large print.
Rooms at the Galt House are $85 for a standard room in the west tower and $105 for a one-bedroom suite in the east tower. To make reservations, call 1-800-843-4258. Make sure to mention that you are with the ACB convention. You can also reserve your room online If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via e-mail,, or via phone, (651) 428-5059.