Social distancing is key to help slow the spread of Covid-19, and we highly encourage people to embrace the philosophy that staying in is the new going out. Here are a few ways to virtually experience some of what BGKY has to offer — mostly from the comfort of your home.
Eat local and then learn about BGKY
Many area restaurants are offering curbside, delivery and carryout options. Please continue to support these local businesses, because once visitors are returning, our community will need these unique offerings. Click here for a list of just some of the restaurants who are open — carryout a meal to share with your family or purchase a gift card for later.
While you’re eating, take a break from binge watching your favorite TV shows or movies to check out a recent episode of KET’s Downstream featuring Bowling Green. It’s a great way to learn about area businesses and attractions — some that you can visit virtually while we social distance, and others (like White Squirrel Brewery, Preservation Tasting Room, Blue Holler Brew Supplies and Traveler’s Cellar Winery) are still offering carryout or curbside services. Traveler's Cellar also launched its Virtual Vino wine tasting series on Facebook.
Experience the Vettecademy
The National Corvette Museum is offering an amazing educational experience that you and your family can watch. Head over to the NCM's Facebook page to watch its Vettecademy sessions, which are posted at 10am, Monday-Friday. Topics to date have included the different generations of Corvettes, the February 2014 Sinkhole, and how to change tires. An adjacent series, Fully Vetted, which takes a deeper look at Corvettes geared toward adults, will be posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the museum's website.
Enter online car shows
In a city that usually hosts car shows, drag races and high performance events every weekend from late March to early November, there's certainly something missing. Knowing its members and enthusiasts are also suffering from withdrawal, the National Corvette Museum created an online car show where Corvette owners can enter their cars for celebrity judging in 20 categories. Entries will be posted on the Museum's website April 13 with a video announcement of winners expected Thursday, April 23.
Holley is also hosting Virtual Car Shows through its My Garage platform. Upcoming contests feature Foxbody Mustangs, Squarebody pickups, Dodge Challengers, Pontiacs, LS Swaps, NISSAN/Infiniti, Ford Broncos and Jeep Wranglers. Check out Holley's website for more information, including how to enter.
Hop on board a virtual train
The Historic RailPark & Train Museum is also launching a video series. Episodes of Beyond the Rails, hosted by Conductor Cory, will be posted on the RailPark's Facebook page every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning. Hear some amazing stories about railroad history.
Take a virtual yoga class
Virtually visit Aviation Heritage Park, the Kentucky Museum, and the Downing Museum
Though Aviation Heritage Park is closed to the public, the organization’s wonderful website is a great place to learn about area aviators and the planes they flew. This is a great resource for families looking to supplement their schooling-from-home plans throughout the week.
The Kentucky Museum at WKU also offers great learning opportunities and virtual tours through its Virtual Connection hub. Student docents offer virtual tours of several exhibits, including one of our favorites, Recommended by Duncan Hines. Other Kentucky Museum resources include children's activities, online exhibits and photo galleries.
The Downing Museum is offering behind-the-scenes looks at its collection and namesake artist on its Facebook page. Get a look at the restoration area of the museum and learn more about artist Joe Downing's "stapleages" in the first two videos.
South Union Shaker Village has a great video series, Furniture Fridays, that it's sharing each week on Facebook Live. Learn about the history of the beautiful furniture the Shakers crafted. You can also subscribe to South Union's new video podcast series, Compelling History of an American Other.
Take advantage of the Warren County Public Library
Though the WCPL is closed to the public, you can still access many of its wonderful services. Head over to the library's At Home landing page for a variety of resources, including story time opportunities and activities for both students of all ages and adults. The library is also offering daily story time and yoga classes on Facebook.
Stream great music
Tidball’s is streaming some of its upcoming scheduled shows as part of a new #insideout series. You can find these shows and other videos on Tidball's Facebook page. Lost River Sessions, a great WKYU-PBS show that also hosts monthly concerts, has made its entire archive available on its website. This Emmy Award-winning series features Americana music, with performances filmed at beautiful locations across south central Kentucky.
What is better than a puppy to help lift your spirits? The Bowling Green Hot Rods have added Turbo, a Golden Retriever/bat dog, to their roster. If you keep up with the Hot Rods on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you’ll be able to follow his progress — and see some pretty adorable videos. Turbo even has his own Twitter and Instagram accounts!
Experience Adventures with Lost River Cave
Lost River Cave is bringing some of its nature programming to your homes with its new, online series. Check out Adventures with Lost River Cave featuring videos to help keep you and your family connected to nature. Current videos include instructions on how to build a Magical Mansion for gnome homes and fairy huts. LRC's staff will be sharing videos, activities, and more.
Get artistic at home
BG Sip n' Paint has made its classes virtual — and free. Most classes stream live on Facebook on Wednesdays, and the videos are available after the class has aired, if you can't watch live. Sign up for BG Sip n Paint's mailing list, and you'll be in the know on each week's subject and the supplies needed.
Though nonessential retail stores are closed to the public, many locally-owned BGKY favorites offer online shopping and delivery options. You can read our most recent #shoplocal blog here or view a comprehensive list here. We love how Barbara Stewart Interiors is turning lemons into lemonade with delightful daily Facebook live videos showcasing merchandise mixed with their Southern charm and humor.
Tune In to the Motorsports Park
The NCM Motorsports Park has launched its Tune In series, which you can see on Facebook Live on Wednesdays and Instagram Live on Fridays. Episodes air at 1pm Central time. Get fun, behind-the-scenes looks at the Motorsports Park and its amazing offerings. There's even an interview with pro racer Andy Pilgrim available on the NCM's Facebook page.
Experience Bluegrass Vineyard
Keep up with Smiths Grove's Bluegrass Vineyard on Facebook. Owners Drew and Jessica Rogers have been sharing a variety of Facebook Live and behind-the-scenes videos about their business — you can even learn how they bottle their delicious wines.
Area businesses and attractions are certainly being creative with their social media and websites — take this time at home to virtually explore what BGKY has to offer. For even more 'geared for at-home fun,' check out our BGKY crossword & jigsaw puzzles or some cool coloring pages at these links!