One of my favorite events of the year is tonight: Bardstown Road Aglow. Many of the stores in the Bardstown Road business corridor stay open later, hold open houses, have free goodies, run specials, and sponsor entertainment.
It's a fun thing to do, even if you don't spend a lot of money, which I certainly don't have this year! The entertainers are fun. There's always at least one Santa wandering around. Several of the people who come out to shop and browse will also show up in costumes, which adds to the excitement. There maybe a choir on one corner and a group of babpipers on the next one.
Of course, the goodies are always good too. Plus, at a highly commercialized time of the year, it brings a focus to a part of twon that is home to a lot of small, locally-owned businesses, many with eclectic themes or unique niches. The sluggish economy hits these kinds of places especially hard and they need the holiday dollars more than the big boxes. There are too many empty storefronts in the area, so we need to remembers that this part of town can glow all year round if we support it.
And, since another holiday season kicked off this week, here's Hasidic rapper Matisyahu--dude's been around six or seven years now and it still seems like a contradiction in terms to say "Hasidic rapper"--with his recommend YouTube playlist for Hanukkah. (Be sure to check out the new video for his own Hanukkah song--it's awesome!)
No, this one isn't on the list.