Two family fun events make Fort Thomas the place to be this Sunday

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Sunday, Aug. 7 will be a busy day in Fort Thomas, starting with the city’s popular Flea in the Fort event and topping off in the evening with a Kentucky Symphony Orchestra performance.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the city is hosting Flea in the Fort in the Mess Hall at Tower Park. At 7:30 that evening, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra presents “Sunday in the Park with Steve,” a tribute to Stephen Sondheim’s music at the Tower Park Amphitheatre.

Flea in the Fort

This is the second year for the Flea in the Fort event, which brings together more than 70 artisans from all over the area who work in a wide variety of media. Woodworkers, jewelry designers, ceramists, welders and more will be on hand to display and sell their wares.

There will also be food trucks, along with drinks from West Sixth Brewing and StoneBrook Winery.

“Flea in the Fort was started to give artists a space to sell their pieces in Northern Kentucky at a reasonable rate after COVID caused a lot of artists’ shows to cancel,” said City Administrative Assistant Sam Shelton. “We are very excited about this season and about the amazing group of artisans we have lined up to participate this season as well as our volunteers who help to make the Flea possible. We truly want Flea in the Fort to be the best in NKY and that is what we are aiming to become.”

The city’s general services department recently added a sidewalk to make the space more ADA accessible for the Flea, as well as for Wednesday Fort Thomas Farmers’ Markets and for weddings at the venue.

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The next and final Flea of the season will be on Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For questions or to get on the mailing list, contact [email protected] or call (859)572-1209.

“Sunday in the Park with Steve”

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra will present “Sunday in the Park with Steve,” a tribute to the music of Stephen Soundheim starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Tower Park Amphitheatre.

Prior to his passing in November, Stephen Sondheim spent 65 years writing hit songs and musicals for the Broadway stage, revues and films. He was a neighbor of the legendary Oscar Hammerstein, who became his mentor. In the mid-1950s Sondheim got his break when he was brought to the team to pen the lyrics for “West Side Story.” He never looked back, and he began to write both the music and lyrics to his own 16 musicals, which are all produced and revived across the globe each year.

The KSO will feature tunes from 11 Sondheim musicals and will feature Pamela Myers (one of Stephen’s protégés and original “Company” cast member) as the evening’s host to sing and share musings and first hand insights about the composer and his music.

The KSO cast includes Jessica Hendy, Morgan Smith, Susan Emerson, Brooke, Joshua and Zachary Steele singing humorous and touching songs from “Company,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Into the Woods,” “Follies,” “Saturday in the Park with George” and more.

Bring blankets or lawn chairs for the concert. Concessions will be on hand. For more information, including weather updates, go to kyso.org or call (859) 431-6216. Free parking is available.

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Can’t make Sunday night? KSO is also performing its Sondheim tribute in Devou Park on Saturday, Aug. 6 — and the Fort Thomas performance will also be live streamed at kyso.org.

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