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Bernheim’s CONNECT mega-event Aug. 24 adds film, light sculpture invitational with $1,000 prize



The event we look forward to each year is back, and getting ever cooler.

CONNECT at Bernheim Forest is smart, quirky entertainment for smart people who enjoy the outdoors. The event tagline is, “The intersection of art, science and nature,” and we’d say that’s about right.

CONNECT includes music, arts, astronomy and great food, with all sorts of individual vignettes, if you would, going on around Lake Nevin at the entrance of the private park and research forest.

The annual celebration returns on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 6:24 p.m. to 10:24 p.m. (Yes, the date and times are correct, and they must have some mystical significance to the Druids or something.)

There are two new events this year.

CONNECTglow is a sculpture challenge where artists have to create light sculptures without the use of generators or AC power. This will be a juried process with the top artist receiving $1,000 and $500 for the second prize, according to the Bernheim website.

From the site:

Could you create a light sculpture without the use of generator or AC power? CONNECTglow is the new light-sculpture challenge this year. Artists, creative individuals and groups interested in trying must complete a CONNECTglow participation form and submit it to Bernheim by 8:24 PM August 10. This will be a juried process with the top artist or group receiving $1,000 and $500 for the second prize.

You can enter the contest here.

Also new this year is CONNECTfilm is a film festival of shorts by local filmmakers whose work also embraces the essence of CONNECT. CONNECTfilm will be a collection of nature and science video shorts that will showcase continuously during the evening. Environmental video and sound artist Ryan Evans will be performing from the film area. Evan’s work infuses electronic music compositions with nature videos, according to the website.

As with previous events, CONNECT will include live music at the Sunset Amphitheater featuring Troubadours of Divine Bliss, New Mother Nature and Old Baby.

Bernheim Forest is in Clermont, Ky., about 20 minutes south by car from the Louisville airport at Exit 112 off Interstate-65.

Turn east on Kentucky Highway 245 and the entrance is one mile on the right.

The event is free for Bernheim members, $5 for non-members.


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