The Tipsy Trail?Beginning next year, visitors to the expanding Kentucky Bourbon Trail will have an official starting and welcome point. The Frazier History Museum and the Kentucky Distillers’ Association have finalized a partnership to mutually develop a Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center & Exhibit that will be located at the Frazier History Museum along Louisville’s famed Whiskey Row. The center will be touted as the official starting point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail experiences when it opens in August 2018, showcasing the members of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and its Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour, featuring the state’s micro-distilleries. The interactive experience will include Kentucky Bourbon-related historical exhibits and educate visitors on why Kentucky has the perfect mix of water, climate, corn and natural conditions that make it the perfect spot to make bourbon. (There are 11 distillery experiences open, under construction or in the planning stages in Louisville.) For more information, visit: www.fraziermuseum.org.
Grammy Museum to Open in New Jersey: The wait will soon be over for music lovers who visit New Jersey: The Grammy Museum Experience at Newark’s Prudential Center is slated to open on Oct. 20. First announced in February, the 8,200-square-foot showcase will have an exhibit centered on the rich musical history of New Jersey, from its influential jazz to Frank Sinatra to Whitney Houston to Bruce Springsteen and everything in between. The museum will also display fashion items, including pieces worn by Michael Jackson and Jennifer Lopez. A hands-on section of the museum will allow visitors to play instruments. The privately-funded museum is located on the first floor of the Prudential Center, near the Mulberry Commons development that has been central to Newark’s revitalization efforts. For more information, visit: https://www.grammymuseumexp.org/ (There are three other Grammy Museums in the U.S.—in Los Angeles, Nashville and Cleveland, Mississippi.)