Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fancy Hands....To The Rescue!

Recently I told you about my new, rapturous love for Fancy Hands, the wonderful personal assistant service I discovered.

Earlier this month I had Fancy Hands do a variety of helpful things for me, including researching specific services with local dentists, business research, and more.

This morning before I even got out of bed I was asking myself, "What could Fancy Hands do for me today?"  After all, I still had 9 tasks available to have them do before my month is done.  (unused tasks don't roll over to the next month)  I remembered that my husband and I still haven't figured out what we want to do to celebrate our anniversary this weekend.  I decided to text Fancy Hands from my phone and ask for their help.  (they make it so easy to tell them what you need.  I can choose from typing in a request on their website, texting a request from their app, speaking a message to their app, or leave a voice mail on their phone line!) So without leaving the comfort of my bed I sent this:

My 22nd wedding anniversary is this Saturday, August 3. 
Could you help me figure out something fun or special to do that day? I'm interested in knowing about any special events, festivals, concerts, dances, etc in our general area. Perhaps within 2 hours or so of our home. Our zip code is xxxxx. The closest city is Lexington Kentucky.

I don't just want to go out to eat. I'd like to find something different.

We enjoy:

Craft and art fairs

Organic and local foods

Music of most types

Flea markets and secondhand sales



We probably wouldn't be interested in anything like bungee jumping or sky diving or hot air ballooning. My husband is recovering from open heart surgery, so nothing too strenuous. (Light hiking could be ok)

I don't think we can do an overnight. It would have to be limited to just Saturday.We don't have a huge budget for this. We'd be more likely to enjoy doing a few lower-cost items throughout the day.

In about an hour I had this lovely, organized list waiting for me.  Eureka!
Hello Erica, 
The first six events listed below were found at  

Saturday Aug 3, 2013 
The Bluegrass Farmers Market provides 100% locally grown/produced products. They grow, raise, bake or make what they sell. You can purchase a wide assortment of vegetables, flowers, herbs, fruit, farm fresh eggs, local honey, jams, soaps, herb rub, baked goods and much more! Time: 9am to 2pm. 3450 Richmond Road in the parking lot of Fast Signs and Pedal the Planet Bike Shop. 
(859)548-3516 ( 
Location: Richmond Road 

Saturday Aug 3, 2013 
Every Saturday at Cheapside Park visit the Lexington Farmers Market! You can purchase herbs and spices, honey, beeswax, candles, body care products, organic products, eggs, meats and fresh, seasonal produce! Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Fifth Third Bank Pavilion next to the Old Fayette County Courthouse. 
(859)608-2655 ( 
Location: Cheapside Park 

Saturday Aug 3, 2013 
Dress to impress and be ready to dance to the best salsa, meregnue, bachata, regaeton and more! Time: 10:30pm. Cover: $6. 112 Esplanade. 
(859)259-2754 ( 
Location: Natasha's Bistro & Bar 

Saturday Aug 3, 2013 
Featuring captive bred reptiles and supplies from some of the top breeders in the country. See fascinating reptiles, amphibians, spiders, insects and more and learn more about them by talking with experts in their care. Almost all animals and products offered at wholesale prices. Time: 10 am - 4 pm. Admission $6. Kids under 6 are free. Lexington Convention Center, Heritage Ballroom. 
(859)233-4567 ( 
Location: 430 West Vine Street 

Saturday Aug 3, 2013 - Sunday Aug 4, 2013 
The juried event attracts the elite among regional artisans as well as up-and-coming new artists. Time: Monday-Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 9:30am to 5pm, Sunday 10am to 4:30pm. Admission: $10 ages 13 & above, $5 ages 6-12, free 5 and under. 3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg, Kentucky. 
(800)734-5611 ( 
Location: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill 

Saturday Aug 3, 2013 - Sunday Aug 4, 2013 
Guided food walking tour traverses the beautiful, historic downtown stopping at Lexington's best eateries. Sample the fare that makes each place an iconic restaurant. It's a stroll through the park with a side dish of history, a dash of culture and a taste of the Bluegrass. Time: Saturday 10am and 1:30pm, Sunday 1:30pm. Tickets: $49. 
(800)979-3370 ( 
Location: Downtown ( 
Saturday, Aug 3 8:00p to 11:00p 
Lexington, KY 
Contra dance with caller Liz Natter and band Intellectual Property (Tom Cunningham, David Atcher, and friends) 
Saturday, August 3, 2013, 8-11 p.m. (beginners lesson 7:30-8 p.m.) 
Price $8 adults 
Read more here: ( ( 
Saturday, Aug 3 7:00p to 10:00p 
114 Lisle Industrial Avenue Lexington, KY. 
Every Saturday night Kenny Whalen & The Travelers, along with various special guests, take the stage for a night of fun-filled entertainment. If you are looking for a good family atmosphere, food, and entertainment, bring the family to Musicland. 
Price $ 10.00 (adults) 
Read more here: ( 

Saturday, Aug 3, 7:00p 
Fairyhouse Hall 
Lexington, KY 
Join Slow Food Chef and farmer, Shane Haffey, (Ire) for his summer harvest dinner party series prepared with 100% local ingredients; including Fairyhouse heritage pork,, poultry, paté, and heirloom veg and including such delicacies as Kentucky caviar. 
Formal tables will be set for Lexington locavores to enjoy food and drink under the stars at Chef Shane’s Lexington farm. 
Read more here: ( ( 
Saturday, Aug 3 7:30p 
More dates & times (3) 
Pioneer Playhouse 
Danville, KY 
By Ken Ludwig 
The Hays are fading stars of the stage, still waiting for their big break. When a Hollywood director announces he’s flying in to catch their next show, it’s a dream come true…or is it? Can a zany theater family hold it together for one more career-making performance, or will some seriously silly drama – and the blizzard of the century – blow them all apart? Playhouse faves Pat Hammond and Eben French Mastin star in roles made famous by Carol Burnett and Philip Bosco on Broadway! 
Price Dinner and show: $28 adults, $15 children 12 and younger. Show only: $16 adults, $9 children 12 and younger. 
Read more here: ( 

Saturday, Aug 3 9:00p 
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary 
Lexington, KY 
View the night sky through a variety of telescopes provided by the Bluegrass Amateur Astronomy Club. Far from the city lights, Raven Run is an excellent place to see planets, nebulae, galaxies and the Milky Way! The program is free and lasts two hours. 
FREE event 
Read more here: ( 

Food SpecialDate: Active Thursday July 25, 2013 through Saturday August 3, 2013. 
Time: All Day Event 
Location: City Wide 
Try to be in town during Lexington first Restaurant Week. From French bistros to gastropubs, all types of restaurants will participate. There are no coupons or tickets to purchase or download. Restaurants will offer a special $25 prix fixe dinner dining experience, excluding taxes, drinks and gratuity, in addition to their regular menus. More details to follow. ( 

Kids / FamilyDate: Active Wednesday June 12, 2013 through Sunday November 3, 2013. 
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
Location: Shaker Village 
Price: Tickets: $10 ages 13 & above, $5 ages 6-12. Free ages 5 & under. 
Enjoy a relaxing cruise through the scenic Kentucky River Palisades, along a stretch of river with high limestone cliffs and untouched natural beauty. See the oldest exposed rock in Kentucky and High Bridge, an engineering marvel built in 1877. Ride schedule is subject to weather and river conditions. ( 

Theatre / DanceDate: Active Thursday August 1, 2013 through Sunday August 4, 2013. 
Time: Times Vary 
Location: Carriage House Theatre 
More than a tribute to the legendary country singer. The show is based on a true story about the friendship between Patsy and her most devoted fan, Louise Seger. It all began when they met one night at the Esquire Ballroom outside of Houston. Complete with down-home humor, true emotion and the story of a relationship that any fan would dream of having with their idol. Includes many unforgettable hits, 27 songs in all, including "Crazy", "I Fall to Pieces", "Sweet Dreams", and "Walking After Midnight". Time: Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday 2:30 p.m. ( 

Kids / FamilyDate: Event occurs every Saturday of every month. 
Time: 1:30 pm 
Every Saturday and Sunday May 18 to the end of October enjoy a 11 mile 90 minute round trip train excursion through the horse farms of Central Kentucky. Time: Train leaves at 2pm. Tickets: Adults $11.50, Senior Citizens $10.50, Children 2 to 12 $9.50, Children under 2 Free. ( 
3rd Annual "Lexington Cityscapes" Paint-out 
Date: 8/3/2013 
Time: 8:00 AM TO 9:00 PM 

401 W. Main Street 
Lexington, KY 40507 
Event Description: Artists’ Attic and the Plein Aire Painters of the Bluegrass are joining forces to continue a great downtown Lexington tradition by hosting the 3rd Annual “Lexington Cityscapes” Paint-Out on Saturday, August 3rd. Artists will be showcasing downtown Lexington, with its wide range of subjects from historic streetscapes and gardens to the color and charm of the outdoor Farmers’ Market. See Plein Air artists in action, all within a six block radius of Artists’ Attic on Saturday, August 3rd, from 8 am – 2:30 p.m. 
Artists' Attic is located on the 4th floor of Victorian Square in downtown Lexington. Artists will check in between 8 - 9 am at Artists' Attic, paint scenes of downtown Lexington until 2:30, and return for the Opening reception and awards from 6 - 9 pm that night. 

Take care, 
Christina Courtney H.
How awesome is THAT?!  One hour.  While I was getting up, making smoothies, and rambling around getting started for the day, Christina from Fancy Hands was doing my bidding and sending me a list of the best ideas for doing something fun and different this Saturday. LOVE. IT.

Could I have done it myself?  Sure, I guess.  But I have a million other things to do, and if I had gotten into researching this for myself, I would have ended up spending hours getting sidetracked into all sorts of things for later in the year.  And frankly, I don't have time for that today.  We're supposed to be starting back to school tomorrow, and there is a lot waiting for me to do.

Because I was specific about our likes, limits, etc. I got a list that is really pleasing to me. Although there is absolutely no chance that we will choose to spend our anniversary with reptiles ;) , most of the rest of the suggestions are ones we would be interested in.  I am confident that whatever we decide to do, it is on that list.

I love, Love, LOVE Fancy Hands!  Now I need to figure out how to use my remaining 8 tasks before the middle of August.  :)

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