Elizabethtown Lifestyle Magazine October 2020

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The Barn Quilt project was started by the Hardin County Homemakers in 2006 as a way to get travelers to choose country roads instead of traveling interstates, to promote their small towns and businesses. It also just so happens to highlight the old barns and farm history. In the beginning, the project was so popular in Hardin County that six to eight women painted on the quilts. Martha Thomas, a Hardin County Homemaker for over forty years, heard about the project and just knew she wanted to be involved. Initially, the women took turns painting and several would sometimes paint on one at a time. She is currently the only paint volunteer and has painted on almost all of the quilts in Hardin County, which is just over 100. The barn shown is known as Phillip’s Passion and is owned by Barbara Thomas. You can find more information about visiting barns through the University of Kentucky Hardin County Extension Office. https://hardin.ca.uky.edu/content/hardin-county-clothesline-quilts-trail


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ISSUE 5 I OCTOBER 2020 PUBLISHER EDITOR IN CHIEF CREATIVE / STYLE DIRECTOR Giselle Smith

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Just like that, it’s fall and we’re celebrating our birthday! That’s right. Issue 5 marks the one year anniversary of Elizabethtown Lifestyle. Y’all are the best! I am so thankful for all of our readers, followers, advertisers, and everyone in the community for your support this past year. Thanks for making this journey magical. I have loved the opportunity to get to know so many members of the community and business owners alike and to show off their talents and expertise in so many features over the past year—and the features in this issue. Issue 5 is chock-full of local greatness, and I’m thrilled to share. Our cover feature this issue is on giving back in the community. Carl Swope introduces the feature highlighting the generosity in Hardin County and then includes short bios on over a dozen local non-profits filling you in on upcoming events—virtual and in-person alike. Related features are Generosity & Education (local ECTC scholarships), The Central Kentucky Community Foundation, and Structured Giving. Hinton’s Orchard may just be my favorite feature: Perfect pumpkins and fall activities, but also a fabulous Friendsgiving. Christmas decor sure to inspire graces our pages once again with decor from FINE House & Garden, magnificent trees from Etown Florist, and beautiful homes from builders Smith Family Homes, Will Harris Homes, and Brantingham Builders. Businesses are back better than ever, and the walk-through at BBT is sure to impress. Celebrations are in order! I’ve never been one to go light on celebrating my birthday, so we’ve included styled birthday parties for kids. We also have a Special Edition Fashion Feature with Type A Style: Sweater Weather.

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The longer I live here, the more I love our town. As always, our mission at Elizabethtown Lifestyle is to connect the residents of Elizabethtown and Hardin County to local businesses through a curated collection of features and articles in our print publication and blog, up-to-date social media, and through featuring and hosting community events. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for news on the upcoming quarterly magazines and events. Please tag us online when you’re out supporting local businesses of all kinds: Use our hashtag #ElizabethtownLifestyle and we might just share your posts! Forever thankful to be a part of your community Hardin County—Thanks for reading along and joining in on the fun!

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‘Tis the season for giving. If 2020 has taught us anything, we have learned that everything can change in the blink of an eye. So many of us have so much to be grateful for, and giving back is a huge factor in the prosperity in Hardin County. In this feature, Etown native, Carl Swope gives a look into our generous community, and we have the pleasure of showcasing over a dozen local non-profits. Cheers to giving back Elizabethtown! Carl Swope: Elizabethtown is a giving community. We have a rich history of philanthropy dating back to the earliest days of the Severns Valley settlement and extending into this age of Covid. This legacy of giving has spawned numerous charities and support agencies that provide for every kind of basic need, promote arts and culture, provide quality educational opportunities for youth and adults alike, and enhance our truly world-class medical systems that are the envy of cities much larger than Elizabethtown. And our giving comes in every form and at every level. Yes, people here give generously of their time, talent, and their treasure. Carl Swope Local Philanthropist

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We are blessed to have excellent nonprofit support organizations, such as the United Way of Central Kentucky and the Central Kentucky Community Foundation. Through workplace campaigns, United Way generates as much as a million dollars of charitable contributions each year and invests in over 20 local agencies that provide health and basic needs, education, and financial stability to thousands of people in our community. Many of these agencies simply would not exist without this vital support. And thanks to United Way, a simple call to 211 will connect anyone in need to a vast array of support services throughout our region. Likewise, the Central Kentucky Community Foundation helps individuals and families plan and implement their short- and long-term philanthropic goals. They have the expertise to assist in the full spectrum of charitable giving, from basic donor-advised funds to complex endowments that have a lasting impact on the quality of life in Elizabethtown and beyond. Educational scholarships are a particular focus of our community foundation with scores of awards made each year to local students pursuing a broad range of educational pursuits. And if the word philanthropist conjures up images of old grey men, think again; Heels Together is a foundation initiative that is bringing together women of all ages to empower and improve the lives of women and girls in our community. Our faith communities and civic organizations also give generously with both time and money, and they have a major impact on the quality of life in our community. Many of our churches work together with Warm Blessings each winter on a program, Room in the Inn, that ensures the homeless in our midst have a hot meal and a warm place to sleep when the temperatures drop. Our churches also send volunteers to build houses with Habitat for Humanity and stuff backpacks with food at Feeding America. And Elizabethtown’s culture of giving stretches around the globe. Since 2008, the Noon Rotary Club has partnered with First Presbyterian Church to bring clean water to the indigenous people of Guatemala. To date, they have installed 28 water purification systems and brought health and wellbeing to over 75,000 Guatemalans. The AM Rotary Club has a similar partnership with Memorial Methodist to bring clean water to Haiti. It was the Elizabethtown Lions Club that provided the inspiration and early fundraising that built Hardin Memorial Hospital. Hardin Memorial has grown significantly in both size and reach since the first 61 patient facility was opened in 1954. Today, it serves a 10 county region and over 10% of Kentucky’s population. In 2015, under the leadership of Senator Joe Prather, the Hardin Memorial Health Foundation renewed its commitment to help equip Hardin Memorial Hospital to provide the finest healthcare possible right here in Elizabethtown. Over 6 million dollars has been raised to help fund specialties and vital services such as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE), pet therapy, and others. In recent days, we witnessed Hardin Memorial fully integrate with Baptist Heath and become Baptist Health Hardin, a move that will ensure that extraordinary healthcare services will be centered in Elizabethtown for years to come. But none of this would have happened had it not been for those early contributors like the Lions Club and the giving nature of our community. In normal times, Elizabethtown is buzzing with fun and unique events that support a wide range of good works and community-building initiatives. We Walk to End Alzheimer’s and to support the March of Dimes. We have formal Teas to support Hosperus and dinners where we honor outstanding citizens while supporting Habitat for Humanity and the Boy Scouts. We have charitable auctions for the Community Health Clinic and CASA; we play golf to support our local police, our chamber, and the Association of the United States Army. We even test drive new cars to support our local schools. Dr. Robert Robbins & Mrs. Rita Robbins Local Philanthropists

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Sadly, most of these events had to be canceled this year due to COVID, but the needs remain. We all hope that next year will be different; but in the meantime, these agencies and efforts need your support more than ever. Take a moment to look back at your own giving over the years and write some checks. The events will be back before you know it. So many Elizabethtown families and individuals have demonstrated selfless giving of time and treasure over the years. Marvin and Joyce Benjamin established the Benjamin Fund with a 2 million dollar gift from their estate. Managed by the Central Kentucky Community Foundation, the purpose of this fund is to fight hatred, bigotry, and anti-Semitism. When Dr. Robert Robbins and his wife, Rita, recently donated 1 million to ECTC to help jump-start the University Center, Dr. Robbins told those in the room, “It’s not about what you do for yourself, it’s what you do for others that makes you really happy.” The couple followed shortly after with an even larger gift to the Hardin Memorial Health Foundation. These are examples for us to learn from and to follow. There are many others (too numerous to mention) who also know the joy of selfless giving and make our community a better place for everyone. Yes, Elizabethtown is a giving community, and our philanthropists come in all ages, genders, cultures, beliefs, and stations in life. All that’s needed is a desire to do something good for the place we call home.


Imagine you just delivered a baby. Doctors and nurses are hurrying to take care of you and the newest member of your family. You haven’t held your baby. The nurses are reassuring, but you can tell that your baby needs something. It’s a new mom’s worst nightmare. Five years ago, before there was a fully operational Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Hardin Memorial Health, now Baptist Health Hardin, babies who needed higher-level care had to be quickly stabilized and prepared for the hour-long ride to Louisville. Since new mothers had to remain admitted, these fragile babies often made the journey alone and remained separated from their mother until she was discharged. The stress of that separation created unnecessary anguish and often high expenses not only for mothers but also for the entire family and extended family.

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Happily today, thanks to the Hardin Memorial Health Foundation (HMHF) and support from countless donors and grantees, families can stay close to home while their newborn receives care from two neonatologists, available 24/7, and specifically trained NICU nurses. Also, babies who need to be born at a higher level facility can return to our local NICU for their last weeks of care. This option means families can return to work sooner and have their growing babies nearby for more frequent visits during NICU stays, which can be several weeks in length. Since 2015, 700+ babies and families have stayed together at home. The Level II NICU is just one example of how HMHF makes care better for patients. Since 2015, HMHF, led by 25 community and business leaders from across Central Kentucky, raised nearly $6 million for the NICU, Cancer Care, Pediatric Therapy, Emergency Services, a COVID-19 Emergency Fund, and other patient benefits. To learn more about our independent, philanthropic Foundation and how your donation can directly impact patients at Baptist Health Hardin, visit ourhmh.org.

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Hardin County Habitat For Humanity began in 1992. Over the past 26 years, we have built 72 homes in Hardin County for families in need. Through shelter, we empower, and our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Affordable homeownership helps create the conditions that free families from instability, stress, and fear. Decent, affordable shelter provides families with a place to gather and grow. Families in need of shelter are not different from us but are just like us. Their needs, dreams, and values are not different from ours, and with just a little help, they can achieve the positive outcomes made possible by having a strong roof over their heads and a solid foundation under their feet. Habitat is not a “Hand Out”, but rather a “Hand Up”. Our families help build their homes, attend financial training, and purchase homes with a mortgage based on their income. For more information visit https://hardinhabitat.com.

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United Way of Central Kentucky fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. United Way solves complex challenges by forging partnerships and mobilizing resources. We find solutions to problems that no one organization can address alone. United, we empower individuals and families to reach their fullest potential. Serving Hardin, Breckinridge, Grayson, LaRue, and Meade Counties, United Way of Central Kentucky creates a better life for all. Due to COVID-19 our signature fund-raiser, Power of the Purse was canceled. Power of the Purse supports early childhood education initiatives throughout our service area by auctioning beautiful designer handbags filled with luxurious prizes. With 51% of the children in our region beginning kindergarten unprepared, the $23,000 raised at last year’s event went on to benefit United Way of Central Kentucky’s Born Learning Academies and further the impact of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Hardin County. To learn more about volunteering or donating to United Way of Central Kentucky, visit www.unitedwayck.org.

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Elizabethtown Education Foundation Long gone are the days when education could be summed up by three words—reading, writing, and arithmetic. Today, classrooms from Kindergarten to high school are a mashup of learning, technology, art, and social engagement. All the while, teachers are juggling increased demands from all directions - learning expectations from students, ever-changing education requirements, and decreased funding for classroom needs. This is where the Elizabethtown Education Foundation (EEF) comes in to help meet classroom needs and support teachers, students, and classrooms. EEF is a private, independent, nonprofit corporation dedicated to raising funds from private sources to enrich educational programs and learning in the Elizabethtown Independent School District.

EEF accepts funding requests from Elizabethtown teachers and administrators across the district for a wide range of educational needs, including technology, curriculum programs, books, and tactile resources. All grant requests are reviewed by the district and school administrators. From there, board members and supporters seek donations to fill all the needs identified. “We understand that inheriting the tradition of excellence is not a privilege,” said Mika Tyler, EEF Board Chair. “It is our responsibility as alumni, employees, parents, and community to ensure that all Elizabethtown students have access to the technology and resources they need to succeed.” Since 2012, EEF has raised more than $550,000 for Elizabethtown classrooms. To learn more about EEF, visit fb.com/EtownEdFoundation.

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Silverleaf is a growing non-profit that serves the 8 counties of the Lincoln Trail ADD. Today, we employ 15 full-time and 8 part-time passionate staff. We are governed by a dedicated board of 9 members. Plus, we have several fantastic volunteers. Silverleaf serves ALL individuals impacted by sexual violence—regardless of age or when the sexual violence occurred. We serve individuals who were assaulted hours, days, and years ago. And, all of our services are FREE. We can provide support and treatment to victims, siblings, and family members (as long as they are not an alleged offender). We recognize that trauma impacts the whole family, so we do our best to offer information and resources to everyone involved. In October, Silverleaf will be having an online raffle for a set of Pappy VanWinkle bourbon! The drawing will take place on Saturday, Nov 14th. For details and how to purchase tickets, check out our website: www. silverleafky.org We appreciate donations of every amount at Silverleaf. Donors can be assured that every dollar goes toward supporting survivors and prevention efforts to eradicate sexual violence in our communities. Folks can find a “donate” button right on our website. For those wishing to donate their time and talents, we welcome those too! You can email us directly at contactus@ silverleafky.org.

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Since 2001, Clarity Solutions has been providing hope for thousands of women and men who have found themselves in unplanned pregnancy situations. Through free and confidential medical services, mentoring and education, and the provision of material resources, Clarity provides real solutions for the obstacles vulnerable women and families face in an unplanned pregnancy. Clarity is fully funded by the generosity of their supporters. Because of financial support, material donations, and volunteer hours given by so many in our community, Clarity is able to save lives and transform families. Clarity has dedicated volunteers that come weekly or monthly and help with mentoring, teaching classes, answering phones and other clerical work, working in the baby boutique processing donations and helping clients shop for material goods, and more! Sometimes volunteers help with occasional projects like mailings and events, or groups that come to clean, do handiwork, or landscaping. There is always a place to volunteer at Clarity! For more information about how you can give and volunteer, visit www.supportclarity.org. Or, if you or someone you know is involved in an unplanned pregnancy situation, Clarity can help! Go to www. claritky.com or call 270-234-1122 to set up an appointment.

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Greenspace is a local 501c3 non-profit environmental and conservation organization that is celebrating its 46th year anniversary. Greenspace was founded in 1974 with the goal of preserving the natural spaces along the creeks and streams in and around Elizabethtown. Today, Greenspace maintains over 30 miles of trails and natural spaces for community enjoyment, relaxation, recreation, and conservation. Recently Greenspace has added 8 miles of single track mountain bike and hiking trails to Buffalo Lake, the new 500-seat Emerald Cathedral Amphitheater at Freeman Lake, and has helped earn Elizabethtown the title of “Kentucky’s First Urban Trail Town.” Future plans include working with partners to bring a covered bridge to the Freeman Lake Trail, a community concert series in the Emerald Cathedral, landing a national mountain bike race in 2021, a “Rails to Trails” project, and a nationally released conservation film with Sampley Brothers Productions highlighting our collaborative community conservation efforts through the years. We look forward to seeing you on the trails. For more information and trail maps plus tips for hiking in Hardin County, visit http://www.greenspaceky.com.

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The Lincoln Trail Home Builders Association is a 501(c)(6) membership-based nonprofit organization founded in 1974 to promote and advance the home building industry across central Kentucky. Through our members and Registered Builders & Remodelors, the LTHBA provides an outlet for connecting prospective clients with businesses across the industry, from ground-up construction or renovation to capital and supplies. Member businesses enjoy benefits including advertising, community events, and insurance & product discounts with participating companies. Our Registered Builders & Remodelors program is an application-based, committee-vetted source for hiring builders and contractors that have passed set qualifications for product sourcing, procedures, financial standing, and customer satisfaction, among others. Visit our website to browse the Registered Builder directory, or tour a selection of their recent projects in our annual Parade of Homes, October 23-25. Website: lincolntrailhomebuilders.com Address: 911 N. Mulberry Street, Elizabethtown KY 42701


Friends of Hardin County Animal Shelter (FOHCAS) was formed in January 2014 to support the Hardin County Animal Shelter. We help by providing materials and equipment that are outside of the shelter’s budget and partial support of the shelter’s full-time vet, establishing a medical fund to provide veterinary care to injured and sick shelter pets, and educating the community about responsible pet ownership. Our mission includes a low-cost spay/neuter assistance program and support for the shelter’s community cat initiative to help reduce the number of unwanted animals in Hardin County. 100% of the donations to Friends of Hardin County Animal Shelter are used to fulfill our mission. We have no paid employees, just volunteers willing to work for the pets of our county. Anyone can be involved! Volunteers that are 14 or older can be trained to help at the shelter with animals. Other volunteer opportunities include helping with events, rescue transport, fundraising, and much more. To get involved, email fohcas.ky@gmail.com. Find more details or donate at www.fohcas.org and check us out on Facebook and Instagram @FOHCAS.ky

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What happens when you bring together lots of women? Laughter, fun, and food of course. But with Heels Together you also get a big helping of Impact. A component of Central Kentucky Community Foundation, Heels Together is a women-led initiative uniting money, ideas, and actions to create lasting change for women and girls, their families, and community. How do they do it? Heels Together investors hear directly from grant applicants and each investor gets to vote on the project they think best supports Heels Together’s mission. To make this impact, women invest in Heels Together, making an annual gift of $1,000. Half of the gift is set aside in an endowment to forever carryout the Heels Together mission and half goes to the annual grant-making. Why help women and girls? Nearly 1/5 of adult women in Kentucky live in poverty. Many of them are raising children. Investing in women and girls makes a difference.In five years, Heels Together made $110,000 in grants for projects like STEM exploration and mentoring for girls, life skills for self-sufficiency, and job access for women. Funding projects to address these issues and improve individual lives strengthens our community. Together, we unite money, ideas, and actions to create lasting change for women and their families. If you would like to be part of changing lives for women and girls, go to ckcf4people.org/grant-making/community-initiatives/heelstogether/ email dswiney@ckcf4people.org or call 270-737-8393.

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CASA of the Heartland is a 501(c)(3) organization that started in Hardin County in 2007. They recruit, train, and manage a network of Court Appointed Special Advocate community volunteers who donate their time to help abused and neglected children as they navigate the Family Court system. These kids are primarily within the Hardin County and Fort Knox area. Initially, as they began their work, CASA served 12 children and today serves over 100 children annually. As Hardin County continues to rank higher than most counties in Kentucky for child neglect and abuse cases, so does the need for more CASA volunteers. Today, CASA is advocating for 104 children. However, there is unfortunately a wait list of 90-plus kids who are waiting for someone to be their voice during a vulnerable time in their lives. These 90 purple chairs on the lawn represent those children, children waiting for their advocate. If you are interested in donating your time to a child in need or want to learn more about CASA, call 270-982-2274, or go to their website: https://casaheartland.org Upcoming event, Oct 1, 2020 - “90 Miles in Their Shoes” virtual walk/run in honor of those on CASA’s wait list. 90 miles honoring 90 children to be completed over 90 days.

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Alex Todd has been teaching Personal Finance for 23 years now. One of the common comments he hears from adults is “I wish I has that class when I was in high school.” First48 Financial Education Alliance is a local non-profit based in Hardin County. Many know Alex Todd and Jimmy Schmidt as educators and coaches, but the duo have been working behind the scenes on a mission to provide common sense, agenda-free financial education for people in all walks of life. They want to give this knowledge to high school students across the state for FREE. The non-profit is raising dollars to provide workbooks and video trainings for teachers and students across the Bluegrass State at no cost to schools. Together with board members Al Rider, Austin Todd, and Justin Jenkins, they have reached non-profit status and are kicking off fundraising efforts this season. To learn more or for opportunities to get involved, visit https://www.first48financial.org


Mission Hope For Kids is a local afterschool mentorship program that cares for disadvantaged students who need additional support. Our approach is holistic; we understand that to reach their full potential, children need physical, mental, emotional, educational, and spiritual care. In application, this means partnering our students with caring adults, giving academic help, providing snacks and meals, offering recreational activities, opening our onsite clothing closet to students and their families, teaching moral and spiritual lessons, and so much more. Our mission is to change the course of our students’ lives, and we would not be able to accomplish this without the support of our donors. People from all walks of life come together to invest in the lives of our children each month. Donating to MHFK is easy, secure, and helps us to care for 200 local kids! Go to our website www.missionhopeforkids.org/donate to support a child today.


In a time when we are facing a world-wide pandemic, double hurricanes, murder hornets, and zombie fires, we can all confidently say that things have changed. The same can be said about philanthropy in Central Kentucky. Traditional philanthropy serves an important place in supporting needs in our community. However, many people and organizations are looking for innovative, nimble, and creative ways to raise money that appeal to a younger, more diverse demographic who are civic-minded and want engaging ways to give back. Give 270 seeks to fill just such a need. Give 270 launched in 2016 as a new way to engage potential donors and provide a simple, user-friendly platform to crowdsource and crowdfund unmet needs in our community. Today, the nonprofit raises funds in a variety of ways to connect the community with non-profit organizations and venture philanthropy projects. Online Giving Mosaic allows donors to give to designated programs while being recognized for their support. Special events like the Kentucky Craft Beer Festival and The Eric and Joe Show serve as engaging fundraisers for multiple audiences with the common theme of supporting area organizations. Crowdfunding campaigns for local nonprofits provide the resources and social media content to meet the needs of the campaign. Raffles are the organization’s latest foray into fundraising and allow new audiences to actively support local nonprofits.

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To learn more about Give 270, visit give270.org.


Down Syndrome Association of the Heartland (DSAH) is an organization that offers support to individuals with Down syndrome, as well as their families, friends, caregivers, teachers, and coworkers. Furthermore, we strive to educate the public-at-large about Down syndrome. It is the desire of Down Syndrome Association of the Heartland for every individual who has been touched by Down syndrome, regardless of age, to have access to support and services that would aid each individual in reaching his or her individual potential. It’s our goal to live and work in a community that embraces, supports, and inspires individuals with Down syndrome to live healthy, self-determined, and fulfilling lives. DSAH serves all that are touched by Down Syndrome in Hardin and our surrounding counties (Larue, Meade, Hart, Grayson, Breckinridge, and Nelson). DSAH is funded primarily through our special events, such as our largest event which is our Buddy Walk held every fall in October for Down Syndrome Awareness month. Other sources of revenue include donations and foundation support. DSAH is self-sustaining. The funds we raise remain in our local community. Our 3rd Annual Buddy Walk will still be held this year although it will be virtual. We are doing a 21-day event this year which represents the 21st chromosome from October 10-31. It’s not too late to become involved in our event! If you would like to set up a team for an individual with Down Syndrome or if you would like to donate for this event you can go to https://www.dsstride.org/dsaheartlandbuddywalk Check our website and look under “Ways to Give” for additional ways to get involved, including our Club 21 monthly sponsorship at dsheartland.org. For additional information, you can find us on Facebook or contact our Support Coordinator, Tonya House at tonya@dsheartland.org or (270) 312-1540!

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One in seven people and one in five children are at risk of going hungry in Kentucky. Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland (FAKH) is a regional Feeding America network food bank that distributes over 19 million pounds of food throughout 42 counties in central, south-central, and western Kentucky. FAKH serves over 223,000 people annually by acquiring and distributing donated food, grocery items, and government commodities through our 230 plus member network of Partner Agencies like food pantries, soup kitchens, and other non-profit agencies. FAKH is a private non-profit organization that depends on cost-sharing, grants, and donations from individuals and businesses to cover operational and program expenses. By leveraging our network connections and buying power, we acquire nine pounds of food with each dollar spent. Together, we can end hunger one helping at a time. Whether you volunteer, donate funds, or advocate for hunger relief, your actions count. Visit www.feedingamericaky.org.

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Fall On the farm:

Hinton’s Orchard Family Fun + Friendsgiving Photography: Morgan Worley Photography

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PUMPKIN PICKING, HAYRIDE DRIVER, MARTIN HERNANDEZ, FARMER’S MARKET & THE GRAIN BIN TIRE MAZE AT FARMLAND PLAY AREA


We were blessed to have Hinton’s Orchard host our Friendsgiving feature this issue and also give us a private tour of the farm. The Hintons are a such a sweet family; shown on the left are Jeremy, Joanna and their children Jacob, Joslyn and Joel. Read on to learn more about Hinton’s and then everything you need for the perfect Friendsgiving—Joanna even shared their recipes for Caramel Apple Pie and Apple Turnovers. Hinton’s Orchard & Farm Market is a destination for the whole family. Every year, families, classrooms, and community groups flock to Hinton’s to learn, harvest, and enjoy the land’s bounty. Hinton’s Orchard & Farm Market is a fun day on the farm and a local source for farm-fresh food! The family farm grows fresh fruits, flowers, and vegetables all the while providing fun family experiences for kids of all ages. In addition to fruits, flowers, and vegetables, customers find a selection of homemade baked goods, gifts, gourmet foods, and much more. Fresh local produce is available April through November at both Hinton’s Orchard locations – the on-farm market in Hodgenville and the market in Elizabethtown. Visitors also enjoy agritourism opportunities including strawberry and pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes, and a play area known as Hinton’s FarmLand. In this era of COVID-19, these family activities will be available through late September and October but with some adjustments. Admission tickets will be available for purchase online and a limited number in person so crowds will not be too large. Social distancing is easier on the farm, so the goal is for all families to enjoy their trip to the country!

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Hinton’s Orchard & Farm Market has been providing the region with fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, pumpkins, and many other farm products since 2006. In 2015, the Hintons expanded with a store in Elizabethtown. Their “in-town” market is known for beautiful flowers and plants but is also an easy stop for fresh produce, local milk, honey, and meats. Fresh cut trees are even available for the holiday season! Hinton’s produce can also be found at both the LaRue and Hardin County Farmer’s Markets throughout the summer season. Hinton’s Orchard is a member of the Kentucky Proud program which promotes Kentucky-grown and produced products and Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Certified Farm Market Program which promotes the state’s roadside farm markets. Hinton’s Orchard has been recognized by Elizabethtown families as the area’s top pumpkin patch and recently by Kentucky Living magazine’s readers as “Best in Kentucky” for agritourism sites. The Hinton family works hard to supply your family with beautiful plants and fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables. Jeremy and Joanna and their children look forward to visiting with you at one of the markets soon!

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CORN MAZE TURNING TILE MAZE ROPE MAZE PUMPKIN PATCH HAYRIDES BARREL TRAIN JACOB’S BARN TIRE MAZE FARMLAND PLAY AREA FARMER’S MARKET HINTON’S KITCHEN WEEKEND LUNCH INDOOR RESTROOMS


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FRIENDSGIVING

Fall is in full swing and Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for what matters most—the people in our lives that we love and care for. While the last Thursday in November is typically reserved for immediate and extended family, turkey and traditions, Friendsgiving is perfect for friends and can take place any day from now through Thanksgiving. There are three things you need for the perfect Friendsgiving: 1) Location is everything. Many people host Friendsgiving at home, but venues are also an option most week nights. 2) Tables, chairs, linens and florals are a must. Danelle at ETown Florist offers decorating services complete with fresh florals, or you can call and order arrangements to have dropped off. You can also use items you have around the house all season long; we used some fall staples from FINE House & Garden like pumpkins and napkin rings for place settings. China and table service can be real or paper/plastic depending on the vibe you’re going for. 3) The meal can be catered, cooked by the host, or potluck-style. If you plan to have guests bring entrees or side items, keep a list of who is bringing what to be sure all of the bases are covered. Stay tuned for our Friendsgiving blog post for my favorite recipes for Halved Cornish Game Hens, Stuffing + Gravy, Sweet Potato Casserole + Toasted Marshmallows, Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Corn, and Roasted Red Potatoes + Carrots.

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Visit Hinton’s

In addition to all of the fun activities for children and families, Hinton’s is the perfect date night or ladies night. Hot apple cider, strolls through the blackberry or raspberry vineyards, and shopping in the market are great ways to spend a week night or Saturday afternoon. The apple and peach orchards are lovely for photos donning your fall best.

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All pies from Hinton’s Orchard start with our own homemade apple pie filling that is made with a recipe passed down to us from Paula Varney of Paula’s Hot Biscuit in Hodgenville. If just one pie is needed, there are plenty of recipes available, but just as it was shared with us, we are sharing our recipe.

Apple Pie Filling

4 ½ Cup Sugar 1 Cup Cornstarch 2 Tsp Cinnamon ¼ Tsp Nutmeg 1 Tsp Salt 10 Cups Water 3 Tbsp Lemon Juice 5 ½-6 Lbs Peeled, Cored & Sliced Apples Place the first 5 ingredients in a large pan. Add 10 cups of warm water and stir well. Cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Stir constantly to prevent sticking. Pack sliced apples into quart jars. Once the filling has thickened, pour hot mixture over top of the apples to the neck of the jar. Be sure to release any air bubbles. Place lids and rings on jars. Place in a hot water bath for 20 minutes. Makes 6 – 7 quarts. To make the Dutch Apple Pie with Caramel Icing featured in the article, use one pie crust (homemade or store-bought, whichever is better for you!) and fill it with Hinton’s Apple Pie Filling. Then, top the pie with crumble topping. Bake for 45-50 minutes at 350 degrees or until bubbly and golden brown. Crumble Topping Ingredients 1 Cup Brown Sugar 1 Cup Flour 1 Stick Butter Mix dry ingredients. Melt butter and pour into the dry mixture. Stir well until all dry is moistened. Sprinkle over top of the pie.

For the final step, after the pie has thoroughly cooled, cover the pie with caramel icing. Serve immediately or keep in the refrigerator. If reheating the pie, your caramel icing will melt. 1 Cup Brown Sugar 1 Stick Butter ½ Cup Milk 3-4 Cups Powdered Sugar Put brown sugar and butter in a saucepan on the stovetop on mediumhigh heat. Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Boil 3 minutes. Remove from heat, add milk, and stir. Return to heat and bring back to a boil. Once boiling starts, remove from heat again. Cool mixture to lukewarm; place in the refrigerator on pot holder to speed up the process. When the brown sugar mixture is cooled, stir in powdered sugar a little at a time until the desired thickness is reached.

Apple Turnovers Ingredients Apple Pie Filling – homemade or store bought Pie Crust – homemade or store bought Directions Roll pie crust and cut into circles approximately 4 inches in diameter. Place a scoop of apple pie filling in the center of each circle and fold into a half moon shape. Use a fork to crimp around the edges of the pie crust. For best results, freeze the turnovers for 24 hours on a baking sheet before cooking.

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Heat oil in a skillet to 350 degrees. Place turnovers in the hot oil so that they are not touching. Fry for 6 minutes on each side or until the turnovers are golden brown. Remove from oil allowing excess to drain off and place turnovers on a cooling rack. Serve plain, dust with powdered sugar, or glaze with icing. Turnovers can be stored at room temperature for 2-3 days or refrigerated.


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QUA LITY HIGHER EDUC ATION IN H A R DIN COUNTY Henry Waters chose to attend Elizabethtown Community and Technical College for many reasons, particularly for the opportunity to obtain a quality education at an affordable price. “To be honest, I didn’t see the point in attending a larger university,” he said. “I wanted to save all the money I could, and I’m getting the same education at ECTC as I would at a larger university.” Henry, who graduated from Elizabethtown High School in 2019, is in his second year at ECTC. He is pursuing an Associate in Applied Science degree, specializing in Small Business Management, with the goal of getting a realtor’s license. To help pay for ECTC’s already-low tuition, he plans to leverage the Work Ready Kentucky Program, which allows students to earn up to 60 credit hours toward a degree, diploma, or certificate tuition free. Among other qualifications, students must be enrolled in a high-demand program such as Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, Business and IT, Construction, or Transportation and Logistics. “Work Ready is a great program and is very helpful for anyone eligible to participate,” Henry said. ECTC offers educational opportunities for students starting college for the first time, as well as those thinking about a career change. Whether looking to begin college then transfer to a larger university or earn a degree, diploma, or certificate at ECTC, students have a variety of programs and paths to explore. And with small class sizes and experienced professors, students aren’t just another face in the crowd. “I like how small ECTC’s classes are,” Henry said. “The professors know you, and you’re not forgotten here.” Henry’s father, Robby Waters, believes that the college is a perfect fit for his son. “Our community is blessed to have Elizabethtown Community and Technical College,” he said. “The faculty and staff are committed to ensuring Henry gets a quality education. He made a very good decision to begin his college career at ECTC.” For more information on Work Ready, visit workreadykentucky.com. To learn more about educational opportunities available at ECTC, visit elizabethtown.kctcs.edu.

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generosity & Education Elizabethtown Community College offers scholarships for a number of programs and degree plans. Many of these scholarships are funded by kind-hearted locals who see the benefit in investing in the education of our community. Here we share a couple stories in hopes of inpsiring others whether to give or to follow their dreams through education. Photos by Marnie Clagett of Clagett Photography. Hudson First Generation Scholarship Scholarships can make a huge difference in the life of a student, and many who attend Elizabethtown Community and Technical College take advantage of these opportunities to help fulfill their educational and professional goals. Fortunately, many people in the community and beyond help support students and the college by donating to scholarship funds. For Tricia Brackett, ECTC alumna, supporting the Hudson First Generation Scholarship Fund was personal. “College always felt out of reach for me,” she said. “It never seemed like an option. But when I became a mother to twins, I started thinking on how I could encourage them to pursue college. So, I decided to enroll at ECTC.” Tricia learned that ECTC had several scholarship options and wanted to support the unique needs of first-generation students. Benefitting from the generosity of others herself, it was only natural for her to contribute to scholarship funds once she had the opportunity and means. “I wanted to give students what was given to me,” she said. “Everyone deserves the opportunity, and it was because of the power of scholarships that I was able to succeed.” The Hudson First Generation Scholarship Fund was established by Mike and Selena Hudson, and anyone interested can contribute gifts of any amount. Tricia said that donating to the fund was an easy process – simply a matter of visiting elizabethtown.kctcs.edu/giving. ECTC nursing student Lisa Deweese received the Hudson First Generation Scholarship. With ECTC’s low tuition and several available scholarships, she hopes to graduate from college with little-to-no debt. “I’m so grateful that these scholarships are available,” she said. “To have someone in the community support what I’m trying to do is life changing. I look forward to the opportunity to contribute myself when I’m more established.”

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“I WANTED TO GIVE STUDENTS WHAT WAS GIVEN TO ME. EVERYONE DESERVES THE OPPORTUNITY, AND IT WAS BECAUSE OF THE POWER OF SCHOLARSHIPS THAT I WAS ABLE TO SUCCEED.” —TRICIA BRACKETT, ECTC ALUMNA

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JULIA AND JOHN DUPLESSIS, JR., D.M.D., WHO ESTABLISHED ECTC’S CULINARY ARTS SCHOLARSHIP, WANTED TO SUPPORT THE COLLEGE WHILE ALSO HELPING VETERANS.

Culinary Arts Scholarship

Deborah decided to study Culinary Arts after a diabetes diagnosis. “My meals turned to bland repeats of the

Julia and John DuPlessis, Jr., D.M.D., who established

same, but I knew that healthy food choices could be just

ECTC’s Culinary Arts Scholarship, wanted to support the

as enjoyable as regular food, if not more so,” she said.

college while also helping veterans.

“I had to eat a certain way to live, and I wanted to learn to make the food better. You can eat good food and still

“Many Culinary Arts students are former military,

enjoy your meal.”

which is one of the reasons we set up this scholarship fund,” John said. The DuPlessis attended one of ECTC’s

The scholarship has made it easier for Deborah to pur-

Exotic Game Dinners, hosted by the college’s culinary stu-

chase items she needs for her degree, such as a knife set

dents, where the need for more culinary scholarships was

and a baking set.

discussed. John and Julia both understand the value of scholarships.

“It’s been a great help,” she said.

“As a student I received a scholarship each year that completely covered my expenses,” he said. “That allowed me to graduate from ECC with no debt, which in turn helped me attend dental school.” Culinary Arts Scholarship recipient Deborah Grindles enrolled at ECTC after visiting the college with her daughter. “While helping my daughter, I saw two elderly ladies enrolling and I was so impressed,” she said. “I thought, ‘If

For more information on how you can support these and other scholarship funds, visit Elizabethtown. KCTCS.edu/giving or contact Megan Stith at (270) 706-8721 or Megan.Stith@KCTCS.edu

they can do it, I can do it.’”

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Roses: Once the foliage has turned brown and

Winter Plant Care We had the opportunity to work with local landscaping geniuses at Dixie Yard Works on a

started dropping, trim to shape as desired,

feature covering how to care for your beloved plants when the temperatures drop down.

taking off no more than 1/3 to 1/2 of the overall

They’ve covered everything from roses to ornamental grasses and everything in between.

size. Fertilize in late winter-early spring.

Azaleas: Lightly shape if needed for overall

Daylilies/Hostas/Peony/Other Perennial

Hydrangeas: Most mop-head varieties (big snowball-looking blooms) require dead-heading

aesthetics, but don’t trim too hard or spring

Flowers: Cut back dead growth once brown

blooms will be lost as they are set in the fall.

in fall or winter. Mulch over lightly if possible

only (cut off dead blooms) and light shaping.

Fertilize as per Boxwood instructions.

to protect and insulate roots/crown. Lightly

Other varieties like Oakleaf can take more in-

fertilize in late winter/early spring.

depth sizing. Lightly fertilize in February or so.

Boxwoods: Trim to shape before too many freezes are occurring to prevent damage to any possible new growth that may flush after pruning. Fertilize any time in fall-winter with Tree & Shrub Food or something generalpurpose like 10-10-10. Nandina: Trim lightly to shape if needed—these usually don’t require much. Lightly fertilize as

Liriope (AKA Monkey Grass): Cut back to 1”-2” in height any time throughout the winter,

per Boxwood instructions.

but before new growth emerges in spring. We like to leave them for a little extra color through the winter as they don’t start to brown out until around February. Other Ornamental Grasses: Cut back to 4”-8” in height after blades have turned brown in the fall. Don’t wait too late or they will start breaking off and blowing around your yard! However, some people prefer to just tie a string around them and leave growth on through the winter to provide some additional seed heads for birds to feed on.

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Hardin Co. Christmas Photography: Clagett Photography

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Christmas is our favorite time of year at Elizabethtown Lifestyle. We love all things winter: Evergreen every thing, holiday colors, and Christmas decorations are no exception. Follow along as we team up with our favorites at FINE House & Garden and Etown Florist, who recently decked the halls at some dreamy new homes just finished by three local builders. These tips and tricks for holiday decorating from FINE House & Garden are the perfec t inspiration to kick off the most wonderful time of the year.


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Holidays can be very stressful with getting gifts, planning dinners, and visiting family and friends. Decorating your house or Christmas tree can be less stressful with the help of Elizabethtown Florist. Did you know they can customize any look, whether it be a new trend or a timeless family tradition? Elizabethtown Florist, with their skilled designers, will come to you with professional and creative solutions for all of your holiday needs. Contac t them today to purchase a new Christmas tree, ornaments, swags and wreaths, or to schedule in-home decorating services. The open floor plan of this ranch home lends itself to easy holiday entertaining, and the scale of the custom built-ins are ideal for both large and small decor items. The substantial feel of the white kitchen countertops are grounded by neutral flooring and barstools (following page), which helped us keep the living area decor minimal while mixing in a custom tweed sofa. Etown Florist’s tree pulls on the home’s white and gold combination.

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Brantingham Builders for the Howell Family


Decorating with simple neutrals doesn’t have to be boring; there is always something unique and storied about the contrast between sleek whites and deep natural tones. This house mixes both, from hardware and fixtures to the added whimsy of our assortment of holiday trees and a kitchen island set for a holiday meal.

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For our team at FINE House & Garden, the holidays mark one of the most comforting times of the year. Surrounded by cozy sights, seasonal scents, and your favorite people means the ultimate chance to capitalize on your hosting skills. Whether it’s gathering an assortment for your built-ins or plating a full spread for 12, the best details take time — but this home makes it look easy. Serving a full meal leaves little room for a large centerpiece, but our favorite iron candlesticks and a few mercury glass trees help keep the tablescape interesting without overdoing it. Most importantly, our customers tell us a bench is a necessity for easily entertaining large groups, especially when fitting little ones at the “adult’s table.”

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These built-ins are a great example of func tional architec ture; the shelves are adjustable and provide the right flexibility for books, found objec ts, and even baskets for storage. The library-style map lights above each side illuminate your collec tion when a room full of lights is too much, and here they help accent the gold boxes we’ve positioned throughout. Combine some unique clay pieces or metal accents with meaningful book titles, and you’ve perfec ted the art of collec tion.

This room is finished off with a large metal mirror, heavy natural rug, and two of our custom, American-made swivel chairs in a textured grey-blue. Swivels are the quintessential great room option for the ever-popular “open floor plan.” In this case, they can face into the kitchen (off-camera), out the large back porch doors, or turn to the fireplace for an authentic winter evening.

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Will Harris Homes for the Galvin Family


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From the straight-stacked backsplash to the right set of barware, this new home isn’t shy on details. The natural trees we brought in help complement the highbrow look of an all-black herringbone accent wall in the basement bar area (opposite), which provides the perfec t stay-at-home holiday party venue.

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Will Harris Homes for the Galvin Family

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In this oversized craftsman home, the rustic details of stone and wood elements (opposite) pair well with flax colorways and our hide ottoman. In the kitchen, custom-order bar stools with performance fabric seats mean you’re ready for entertaining every age, and a reclaimed wood serving plank echoes the pastoral look of the farmhouse sink. Deep red Christmas trees add color to the lighter kitchen hues, and the berries draw on the deep woods that surround the property.

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Smith Family Homes for the Moss Family

The eye-catching contrast of the white freestanding tub against a unique tile surround carries the natural look of the home into the master bath. We added some Christmas color by draping a throw over the tub’s edge, which makes for an easy grab to keep warm when getting ready. Sometimes simplicity is best.

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In this home, we wanted to mirror the rustic patterns and colors of Etown Florist’s trees and decor by sticking with classic Christmas reds and greens. The vintage novelty look of a few wellplaced Santa figurines and the pleasant surprise of Fraser fir-scented hand soaps mean every inch of this home is holiday-ready.

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Photography: Susan Butterworth Photography Raise your hand if you love sweater weather! There’s nothing like cozying up in a chunky sweater and a warm coffee in hand on a crisp day. Dressed up or made casual, there are so many ways to style these versatile knits. I’m Amanda Burris, a fashion guru and self-taught designer. I approach fashion & interior design with a frugal eye, and I love sharing my awesome finds through my lifestyle blog, Type A Style. I’ve compiled some of my favorite looks for the cooler months—no need to drive to Louisville. All of the looks can be purchased at your favorite local boutiques right here in Elizabethtown! I’m a proud wife of a local police officer and mommy to Maverick Dean and his fur-brother, Bentley. Follow along as I find my way through life, one outfit at a time! www.typeastyle.com Instagram: @type.a.style Facebook: @typeastyledesign Amanda V. Burris

Ali’s Bubblegum Boutique Just because it’s sweater weather doesn’t mean skirts aren’t allowed. Stay cozy on top while showing a little leg with a fun, tweed skirt. Don’t forget to pair with trendy booties or knee-high boots for a flirty look, perfect for date night, holiday events, or while 54 time with the girls. spending

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Sweaters don’t have to be oversized and boring. I love finding cozy options that have variation in materialslike this hunter-green top; it’s like a sweater and a blouse had a baby! This fitted look goes perfectly with a pair of wide-leg, flare jeans. This denim fit is back, and it’s thankfully here to stay.

Brandi’s Boutique

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Cozy up with a turtleneck sweater tucked-in to a mini skirt paired with tall boots. This Mud Pie plaid skirt is the ultimate piece to wear for your family Christmas card photos or even to a Christmas party. It is flattering, fun, and festive!

Merle Norman

Take a simple cardigan to the next level with a fun patterned dress. I love wearing flowy dresses in the fall, especially when paired with booties and statement earrings. This look is perfect for a casual lunch date or even a day at the pumpkin patch.

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Just because summer is in the rear-view doesn’t mean colors have to be! I love bringing pops of color into my fall and winter wardrobe. I dressed up this floral sweater with the most groovy purple pants, making for a trendy and dressy outfit that is ready for low temperatures.

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What is great about sweaters is that any size is a great size! I love wearing oversized sweaters—not only are they comfy, but they look great off the shoulder with a colorful bralette. They pair well with jeans with the front casually tucked-in or with leggings when worn as a tunic.

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Wrap me in a poncho all day long! This reversible poncho is the perfect addition to a simple dress and booties. Looking for a more casual option for a cool night by the bonfire? Dress it down with leggings and a plain tee for a casual, cozy look.

Dress up some distressed jeans with a fun cardigan. I love pairing silk and lace camis with cardigans during these cold months. It is a great way to add pops of colors and textures while staying cozy. And don’t forget to add some leopard with a clutch or handbag for a trendy vibe.

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I live for staple pieces. And one of those items that every girl needs in their closet is a camel cardigan. It pairs with everything and makes for the chicest style. Add a wide-brim fedora hat for the most stylish look. I’ll be wearing this outfit on repeat all season long.

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Decorating the Christmas tree is one of my favorite holiday traditions. The smell, the lights, and allllll of the ornaments. Old, new, silly, sentimental, store-bought, and handmade, each one is incredibly special and holds so many memories. This year, you can add to your collection or the collection of your friends and family, by creating paper clay ornaments. I love the simple, handcrafted look of each one. A lot of charm and a little shine. STEP ONE: Knead your paper clay and then roll out a slab, about 1/4 inch thick, onto a dry, clean surface. Flip your slab as you roll, and then use whatever shapes you have on hand to cut out your ornaments. Just like cookie or biscuit dough, you can collect your scraps after cutting out each set of ornaments and roll another slab. If you have cracks or rough edges, dip your finger into some water and gently smooth them out. Beware…too much water will make your clay soggy and sticky. A little goes a long way. STEP TWO: Once you have your shapes cut out, use the back of a paintbrush to poke a hole at the top of each one. Because this particular type of clay is an air-dry material, you don’t have to worry about shrinkage. Whatever size hole is punched will be the size you’ll have later to pull string or ribbon through. STEP THREE: Time to get fancy. Working with gold leaf is a masterclass in patience, but it’s easy and so worth it if you move slowly and don’t mind a bit of a mess. While your ornaments are still damp, lay a sheet of gold leaf across the bottom of your shape. Gently tap across the surface with your finger or paintbrush to help it stick, and then cut away the outside pieces. If you have any tears or cracks, wet the area you want to patch with a small amount of water and apply a scrap piece of foil to whatever spot needs a fix. All of the tiny foil bits that accumulate throughout this process can be repurposed! Gently knead them into a ball of clay and roll out a new slab. Add bigger pieces of foil if you want even more gold flecks in your ornaments. STEP 5: Personalize your ornaments with fun words, phrases, names, or initials. Rubber stamps can be used for this step if you have them on hand, but I really love the deep impression fondant stamps leave in the clay. Skip this step if you’d rather let your shapes stand on their own, or if you’d like some of them to be completely covered in gold foil. STEP 6: Set your ornament collection on a flat surface to dry. I like to let them sit overnight and then flip them over for another day of drying. You’ll know they’re dry when the clay has gone from its original putty gray color to a porcelain white. STEP7: Gather up your favorite holiday twine, ribbon, and/or yarn to string through each ornament. They’ll be ready for tree hanging, gift topping, and ornament exchanging.

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Bourbon Barrel Tavern is back from quarantine and better than ever. Seriously, check out the newly renovated BBT. The long-awaited remodel of the other side is complete, and there are BOOTHS! Also a new stage, new menu items, a second bar, and a VIP section complete with plush sofas and bourbon barrel accents. The new digs are impressive, but the bourbon collection is more so. You can expect hundreds of bourbons, cold beer, friendly service, live entertainment and a fun atmosphere. For updates and info, visit the BBT website at www.bourbonbarreltavern.com or follow them on social media!

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Advocating for outdoor education has always been integral to Bernheim’s four big ideas: actions beyond our borders, thought leadership, exploring deep connections with nature, and leadership in ecological stewardship. But now, a crisis has given us a compelling reason to make a permanent and meaningful change in our schools. This is our opportunity to make outdoor learning not the exception, not the temporary solution, but the norm. As schools look for ways to safely reopen, they should make outdoor learning part of the plan. Our kids aren’t just being impacted here and now by the pandemic—they’re also being damaged by having too little time outside and a connection to nature that is tenuous at best. Nature sharpens powers of observation, piques curiosity, sparks creativity, and imparts the values of perseverance, patience, gentleness, and cooperation. It is everything that makes an inspiring teacher. Time spent outdoors produces measurable academic, social, emotional, and physical benefits.

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Outdoor classrooms come in a variety of forms, from the rustic and basic to sleek contemporary design. The best approach to designing one is what’s known as placemaking: design thinking that prioritizes user needs and bottom-up efforts over an elaborate design vision. Be creative and work with what you have. Prioritize simplicity, comfort, and meeting basic functions like shelter, seating, work surface, storage, and presentation space. Design for the worst weather—not the best—and the space will be usable year round. When children are involved in the process, designing outdoor learning environments can BE the lesson. There are as many ways to learn outside as there are teachers and students. Teachers can use the nearby natural or cultural landscape as a hands-on teaching tool, rich with STEAM potential. But if they aren’t yet trained or comfortable doing that, they can still teach outside with conventional learning materials, and students still get the benefits of fresh air and the sensory stimulation that time spent outdoors offers. For families who aren’t ready to send their children back to school, online learning should be structured in a way that encourages outdoor exploration and inquiry. Someone once said that the most dangerous words in the English language are, “But we’ve always done it this way.” Let’s take this historic opportunity to give the next generation the sense that nature isn’t something that’s out there somewhere far away—it’s right here, and it’s part of who we are.


Bernheim is now open and advance reservations are no longer required for entry. Please visit Bernheim.org for more information.

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Fall Into Good Health with Raja Wellness

The sunny and long days of summer are quickly giving way to the cooler, shorter days of fall. Sept 22nd was the high point of the transition to fall, which according to the Chinese seasons, will shift from the first frosts of late fall at the end of October into the early stages of winter on Nov 8, 2020. This is a time for focusing on what is most important to us; the days get shorter, reminding us that time is not unlimited. It is also the season aligned with the lungs and large Intestine—both of which are integral to a healthy immune system in the East Asian Medical Model. We can support these organs by understanding their role in our body and incorporating foods and habits to support them. This is also a great time to review our focus in life and let go of habits and practices that don’t take us closer to our goals. As the trees shed their leaves, we can take stock of what no longer serves us and let those things go. The energy of fall moves us to embrace more comforting and warm foods. On our website rajawellness.com, you will find a list of foods that help to support health in the fall. Soups and warm teas are great this time of year—as fall gets more dry, it’s important to stay hydrated. Using buffered saline to rinse nasal passages will help minimize allergies and colds naturally. As the days get shorter, ensuring you are getting enough Vitamin D is essential. The primary element of fall is Wind, classically known as the “first of the 1000 evils” in traditional East Asian Medical texts. As Wind begins to emerge, protecting ourselves from the wind is important to staying healthy. That “old wives” tale about wearing a scarf to keep healthy is actually backed by science—exposing the back of the neck to a cold wind can measurably depress immune system function for up to 48 hours. Simply sitting under an AC vent can do this, so make sure to wear a scarf. Getting quality sleep is also an important part of staying healthy during the fall and winter. Going to bed before 11pm allows your body to rest during the critical time from 11pm to 5am, where the Wei Qi (essentially our immune system) is replenished and strengthened. Breathing correctly is also key. The lungs are the organ most strongly connected with our Wei Qi, and they benefit from appropriate breathwork and relaxation. The large intestine should not be overlooked either. In the East Asian Medical Model, this is the organ of elimination. It must be functioning well, so we can not only “let go” of the physical waste from our body, but also any emotions, thoughts, and habits that keep us “bound up” instead of moving smoothly through life. Again, hydration and adequate fiber are key. In East Asian Medicine, we don’t advocate strong purges, but rather healthy habits for a smooth, even flow. Getting adequate rest, eating well, and scheduling some acupuncture sessions will help boost your immune system and help your body embrace fall with health and energy.

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FALL FOODS TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY: Garlic Sweet Potato Ginger Onion Cabbage Pears Walnuts Black Pepper Radish Rice Leeks Miso Cardamom Cinnamon Chili Navy Beans Soy Beans Almonds Broccoli Celery Mustard Greens Apricot Bananas Eggs Sourdough Bread Sauerkraut Olives Pickles Vinegar Yogurt Lemons Limes Grapefruit Apples Plums Grapes Chicken

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On September 1st, Baptist Health finalized the purchase of Hardin Memorial Health and changed its name to Baptist Health Hardin, in keeping with its tradition of linking the hospital name with its geographic location. All told, the transaction includes $361.4 million in payments and future investments. “This is a great day in the history of this community and our health system,” said Hardin County Judge-Executive Harry Berry who also served as hospital board chair. “The hospital board sought the best solution to continue providing the excellent healthcare that our community—and 10-county service area—have come to expect. We found that solution in Baptist Health, which has helped guide us so successfully for more than 20 years.”

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IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY ELIZ A BE THTOWN! What better way to celebrate our birthday than with some fun party inspiration designed by yours truly and brought to you by locals we love? Cheers to Elaina Janes for fab photos, Courtney Ballard at Hip South with stationery and paper products, florals by Olivia at Denizen, and desserts by A Sweet Retreat and The Bailey Bakery. In addition to the inspiration events, we are featuring two REAL BIRTHDAY PARTIES that happened here in Hardin County. These mamas went all out and they were too cute not to include. To kick it off, here are some tips for planning your own perfect party: BUDGET & LOCATION Start with a budget. How much do parties like these really cost? This depends on where you plan to host the party, what you have available in your home, and what you are able to DIY. Having a party in your own space obviously saves dollars, but, depending on your finances, the sanity you save having the event somewhere else may be worth more. Venues we love for birthday parties that offer safe social distances are Denizen, Bluegrass Sportsplex, The Brown-Pusey House, and Thurman Landing. If you do opt for an in-home event, staying outdoors may be the best bet. Tents, tables, chairs, and linens can all be procured locally through Something Borrowed and Emerald Oak Events. Bluegrass Sportsplex also rents a variety of inflatables. It is safe to assume that each child will cost you $10$30 depending on invites, tables and chairs, table decor, favors, cake and desserts, catering and entertainment. In addition, photo ops and installations will cost extra whether you choose to make your own or hire locals. DIY DECOR VS. PROFESSIONAL DECOR If you’re not the most crafty, best to call in the professionals. A few things that make a big difference in the look and feel of your party are linens, backdrops, and installations—Read: HUNDREDS OF BALLOONS STRUNG TOGETHER. For backdrops, be prepared to rent them or hire a professional to avoid Pinterest fails unless you’re skilled at hobby crafts. I also suggest renting linens locally as they come pressed and ready. What should you DIY? Anyone can create an impressive balloon installation for under $50. You need balloon tape, glue dots, and balloons in a mix of sizes 10” to 36.” Bonus if you have an air compressor in your garage. First you will need to inflate all of the balloons. However many you think you need to blow up, double it. Inflating the balloons is the most tedious part. After balloons are full of air, unroll your balloon tape and begin pulling the tied ends of the balloons through the holes. Get ready to impress yourself: This process will take mere minutes. Once your balloon strand is complete, you will need to attach to your structure, and then add additional balloons sticking them on with glue dots. DESSERTS, STATIONERY, FAVORS & SIGNAGE

Unless you’re a graphic designer or pastry chef, chances are you’re going to have to order cakes, cookies, and paper products. I am confident Hardin County boasts some of the best bakers in the state, and the pictures throughout these features prove it. Our favorites are credited. Courtney Ballard at HIP South can help you create a cohesive event with invitations, signs, and favor tags all tying in with your chosen theme.

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Photography is last on the list, but never least. Raise your hand if you’re the mom that is never in any of the pictures? Or the mom who cannot enjoy the day because she is busy snapping pictures? (Everyone in the room is wondering why your hand is reaching high towards the sky...) It happens to the best of us, and the easy fix is to hire a photographer to catch all of the special moments, so that you can be present and a part of them. Are your babes having birthdays anytime soon? We would love to see all of your fun birthday photos.

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Citrus-inspired events never disappoint whether for little girls or grown women. This Orange Grove party was lovely for summer with a pretty, bright color palette and cheery details. Citrus cookies and a matching cake were delightful along with custom fruit paper products. The backdrop was made of spray-painted paper lanterns strung together; the florals from Denizen and striped-pink straws were the finishing touches.

Photography: Elaina Janes Photography I Venue: Denizen I Planning : Goldenrod + Glory Stationery: Courtney Ballard at HIP South I Floral Design: Denizen I Cake & Cookies: The Bailey Bakery

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Bluegrass Sportsplex is hands down the easiest birthday venue in town, as there are so many options for entertainement for kids of all ages. They offer soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, pickleball, and more plus have their own inflatables on site. You cannot go wrong with ticket invites and concessions. We used turf for a table runner and black-and-white striped fabric for our backdrop to complete the look .

Photography: Elaina Janes Photography I Venue: Bluegrass Sportsplex I Planning : Goldenrod + Glory Stationery, Favors & Signage: Courtney Ballard at HIP South I Sports Cake: A Sweet Retreat

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Teenagers are a bit harder to “WOW,” but I think we succeeded. We started with watercolor stationery—invite and excite—and then added a dramatic art install by none other than Courtney Ballard herself plus tassle place cards, bath bombs, and custom cookies. This party was Instagram-worthy to say the least and offered lots of spots for fun selfies. The two tiered cake and sparkler candles even made singing “Happy Birthday” cool.

Photography: Elaina Janes Photography I Venue: HIP South I Planning : Goldenrod + Glory I Favors: Buff City Soap Stationery, Hanging Install & Tassle Place Cards: Courtney Ballard at HIP South I Cake & Cookies: The Bailey Bakery

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The cutest campers came over for this Outdoor-themed party! Any backyard or wooded location would do, but Freeman Lake does have pavillions available for rent. We decorated with items found in my house: My husband’s tent, table cloths, lanterns, and metal chargers. Add in a bit of fresh cut ever greens, trail mix, furry favors, S’mores cupcakes, and some perfect stationery from Courtney Ballard, and we were ready for a campout.

Photography: Elaina Janes Photography I Venue: Private Residence I Planning : Goldenrod + Glory Stationery, Favors & Signage: Courtney Ballard at HIP South I S’mores Cupcakes: A Sweet Retreat

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Ellie Kate turned 1 in true Kentucky-fashion with this Beaufort Bonnet Company-inspired soiree. What could be more southern than gingham and giant monograms? Her mother, Tiffany, tied through the details from stationery to desserts. She even had a dress to match. The menu included bluegrass faves such as hot browns and fried chicken. Ellie very obviously had the most fun with the cake smash.

Photography: Susan Butterworth Photography I Venue: Private Residence I Catering: Tony York’s Beaufort Bonnet Co. Cake: Lori Carmen I Beaufort Bonnet Co. Cookies: Sweet T’s Sweet Treats

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When your name is Maverick, how can you not have a “Top One” Top Gun themed birthday celebration? His mama and local blogger, Amanda Burris, went all out with an elaborate dessert display, air plane favors, and custom signage and invitations. BBQ lunch was provided in addition to red, white, and blue snowcones. Not shown, but too fun not to mention: A bounce house and the cutest table decor.

Photography: Rayna Paige Photography I Venue: Private Residence I Rentals: Etown Party Rentals Inflatable: Bluegrass Rental Group I Cake: Sugar Fashion Cakes I Cookies: Kelso’s Cookie Co.

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The process is seamless: Once you make the call, Charles will set up a time for a site visit. You can expect an in-depth consultation and a custom closet design sure to meet your needs. The average wait for design is 5-7 days once the site visit is complete, and custom closet installation typically takes place within the month. If you’re ready to experience the ultimate organization and love your closet, you can either visit their website at www.closetsbyferguson.com or call Charles at 270-268-1624.

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T HE CE N T R A L KE N T UCKY COMMUNI T Y FOUND AT ION Celebrating its 60th year and first year in the new Home of Philanthropy, Central Kentucky Community Foundation brings people together around causes and community. The Home of Philanthropy offers a place the community can come together and grow ideas around creating a better tomorrow for our region. Throughout the walls it celebrates the history of giving in the community and highlights opportunities and stories of philanthropic inspiration. “Our History Impacts the Community FOREVER isn’t just the theme for our anniversary,” said CKCF President and CEO Davette B. Swiney. “It exemplifies the future-focused work of our Board over the decades.” CKCF works with impact-minded people to carry out their philanthropic goals and ideas to improve the lives of people in our community. With a personalized approach and local expertise, CKCF helps people effectively direct their giving while maximizing tax-savings. “The generosity in our community is amazing,” Swiney noted. “We offer a variety of giving tools to help people give strategically for the best community impact and the best tax advantages.” One of those tax advantages for donors is the Endow Kentucky Income Tax Credit, which offers a 20 percent Kentucky income tax credit to donors making a gift to an endowed fund at CKCF.

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At CKCF, people’s gifts and ideas are translated into vital community impact. As an independent charitable organization, CKCF is designed to accept gifts – even complex gifts such as real estate – assess community needs and make grants to meet those needs. “People want to contribute to the well-being of individuals and the community, both today and through their estates,” Swiney said. “We give them the avenue to do so, however they want to do it. We love hearing a donor’s idea or desire and finding a way to make it come to life.” Including the community in estate plans is an easy way to make an impact on the community and interests you care about, and enables you to leave a legacy that lasts forever. After ensuring loved ones are cared for, CKCF offers ways people can designate their assets to make a planned gift and accomplish their charitable goals. For many people, their charitable dollars are invested close to home. Whether it’s an organization that has touched their life in a meaningful way or a cause they are passionate about, when it comes time to give, they want to see the dollars make a difference in their community. It’s no different when it comes to estate planning. People want to make a lasting impact on what matters most to them. That’s where CKCF’s Give5 initiative comes in. With a gift of 5% in your estate plans, our community will benefit forever. “The opportunity is here today,” said Swiney. “Just as our founders made a significant gift to the community with the establishment of ECC, our opportunity is to preserve a portion of today’s wealth for the benefit of future generations. If everyone in our community made a 5% endowment gift through their estate for whatever cause or organization they care about, that would be an unimaginable gift for our community.” In the next 10 years, nearly $4 billion in wealth and assets in our region will transfer to the next generation. Retaining just a small portion of that wealth for philanthropic purposes close to home is a historic opportunity for our community, for wealth-builders who care deeply about the place they call home, and to leave a legacy of hope for future generations. THE 5% DIFFERENCE In the next ten years, if just 5% of this transfer in Central Kentucky could be captured in endowments, nearly $63.95 million would be gained. Figuring a five percent grant payout, an estimated $3.2 million could be available annually to improve the quality of life in central Kentucky.

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From its founding in 1960, CKCF has always had an eye on the future. Beginning with the purchase of a 226-acre farm to build a local college, many community landmarks that continue to enhance life in our community have emerged. With land gifts for the University Drive Ballparks, the Hardin County Public Library, and Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center, or EC3, the foundation has continued to fuel community development. “The Home of Philanthropy will help us continue to carryout that future-focus for generations, so they can enjoy the impact our donors have on our community,” said Swiney. With more than 60 years of community development experience and impact, CKCF is the community’s trusted philanthropic adviser to make a difference FOREVER.

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“WE BELIEVE: MOVEMENT CAN TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE. CELEBRATING HEALTH AND FITNESS GOALS. EMPOWERING OTHERS TO BE ACTIVE. MOVING TOGETHER TO BUILD A HEALTHIER, HAPPIER COMMUNITY. AND IN GIVING BACK TO THE PLACE THAT WE CALL HOME.” Will Rivera, Owner Running Soles LLC & Ultra Marathon Runner

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Running Soles began like many other adventures, with a dream and a not-too-sure vision of what the future might look like. It was a leap of faith. It was the start line of a long race, longer than any marathon. Our family business extends much farther than the few of us that work here. Our sons have been a part of this mission. Our running group has gradually become an extension of that family. Take Mary Rose, for instance. A mother who finds time for her morning jogs, and then takes her kids hiking in the afternoon so she can reach her miles and ambitions. Then there’s Kelly, a local law enforcement officer who reached his goals by finding friends that would take him on his runs (recently completing a 120-mile race through Florida, by the way). And people like Ariela and Dan Flory, a married couple who believe the best way to spend time with your significant other is 107 miles through the North Dakota Badlands. We have no shortage of success stories that pass through our doors, whether it is a person’s first 5K race, or they want to push themselves to the limits of what a human being is physically capable of doing. Just by lacing up your shoes, getting out of your front door, and putting one foot in front of the other, you are already a success. We wholeheartedly believe in that philosophy, and spread it with anybody who comes to our shop. We recently installed a mission statement on one of our windows facing the Historic Downtown Circle. “We believe: Movement can transform your life. Celebrating health and fitness goals. Empowering others to be active. Moving together to build a healthier, happier community. And in giving back to the place that we call home.” The difference in our mission statement from any other business or running group is we have just now installed it, 7 years after we built our shop and helped our first customers. We believe there is power in letting the culture that you create drive and create its own mission, organically, rather than the other way around. What this has done is allow our community to shape itself over time by sharpening itself mile after mile. We have learned through both triumph and failure, which is a powerful place to be coming from.

Our running group began as a Tuesday evening walking group and a Thursday evening running group during our first year of business. Slowly, the two ended up fusing, and we began offering three movement events per week—Tuesday and Thursday evenings, then Saturday mornings. People began bringing friends and coworkers, parents brought their kids, and some kids even brought their parents. We have had costumed runners during the holidays, first-time walkers, dogs on leashes, kids in strollers, and the occasional professional running legend grace our group. We hope to not only inspire new goals in already established runners but to have all people reestablish their love for movement. Our group is all about accountability, collaboration, and smiles. For anybody interested in being a part of the group, the best part is it is completely (and always will be) free. All you have to do is show up, we will do the rest. We will have a route planned for you, cold water when you get back, coffee on those early Saturday mornings, and an open mind if you have any questions or just want to talk. Our running family has even extended to local businesses, often partnering with Bourbon Barrel Tavern and Flywheel Brewing for a post-run “recovery” beer, Vibe for a hearty fruit bowl and cup of coffee, and Dewster’s when you’ve earned that guilt-free treat after a few hard miles. We meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 pm and Saturday mornings at 8 am, always in front of our shop at the benches. Bring yourself, bring your friends and family, bring your furry pets, and be ready to discover a whole new outlook on spending a little bit of time outside. Pushing yourself to new levels is addicting, we try to warn everybody.

Running Soles LLC is a specialty walking and running center located in Elizabethtown Historic District at 16 Public Square, Elizabethtown. Visit their website: www.runningsoles.us Facebook: RunningSolesLLC Instagram: @EtownRunningSoles

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Buff City Soap, a natural soap and skincare store, opened in Elizabethtown this past July on Dixie Highway across from Towne Mall. This artisanal soap shop offers 100% plantbased soaps, bath bombs, laundry soap & more – made from ingredients safe for skin. Emily Graham, Elizabethtown native, serves as Vice President of Operations for Buff City Soap and will always greet you with a smile and warm welcome when visiting their delightfully scented store! Founded in 2013, Buff City Soap aimed to provide a better way for skincare by creating products made from ingredients you can pronounce. As the company grew, their success caught the eye of Rick and David Kueber, also from the Elizabethtown area and owners of Sun Tan City. The Kueber Group invested in a Buff City Soap franchise this past spring and opened their second location in Elizabethtown with Emily Graham leading operations. Born and raised in Meade County, Emily is a perfect fit to manage their regional stores, toting years of experience in management for Sun Tan City and Planet Fitness. Standing currently as one of the top-performing stores in the U.S., it’s clear Elizabethtown fell in love with Buff City Soap’s plant-based practices. All their products are handmade using 100% plant-based ingredients free of harsh chemicals and parabens. Walk into the colorful store and you’ll likely see Soap Makers whipping up loaves of fresh soap or molding bath bombs at the Makery counter. Buff City Soap handmakes their soap daily, ensuring every bar found in-store is freshly made. Another unique experience Buff City Soap offers is the ability to customize any product in-store with your favorite fragrance! Buff City Soap offers over 25 different scents to explore ranging from fruity to floral with options like Narcissist, Cherry Almond, Island Nectar, and more! A must-have product? Their famous Laundry Soap! Buff City Soap creates their laundry soap using 4 plant-based ingredients, which contain no artificial detergents or harsh chemicals. Their Laundry Soap comes unscented in-store so take your container to the Makery bar where an associate will mix in your preferred fragrance! This ensures you’ll receive a freshly scented batch of Laundry Soap that will leave your clothes clean, soft, and delightfully scented! Buff City Soap also offers seasonal scents throughout the year which are only available for a limited time. Try their current autumn-inspired soaps like Hot Buttered Rum, Vanilla Bourbon, and Cinnamon Spice—perfect for the crisp fall weather. Need a birthday or holiday gift idea? Buff City Soap E-town offers custom-made gift boxes for purchase! Pick a scent and products, and their Makers will put together a perfectly packaged present. If you can’t decide on the scent or soap, purchase a gift certificate instead so your friends or family members can come in and experience Buff City Soap for themselves.


Stop by Buff City Soap today at 1701 N. Dixie Highway across from Towne Mall to check out all their plantbased products and delightfully scented soaps. Make sure to say “Hi” to Shannon, the Makery Manager, who can help you find the perfect soap or skincare product! Follow their Facebook and Instagram pages (Buff City Soap Elizabethtown, Kentucky, or @buffcitysoapelizabethtown) for the most up-to-date information on sales, promotions, and more.

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Covid or no, we celebrated the launch of Issue 4 of Elizabethtown Lifestyle in southern style at Thurman Landing. We couldn’t have asked for a safer, more beautiful venue than their newly built outdoor event space. The party featured magical floral installations by Denizen with local blooms from Color Me Mod Flower Farm and the most fun al fresco photos with Sorriso Photo Camper. Kendall Ratchford from Collier Title was on site assisting with the event. Guests enjoyed tasty southern-inspired hors d’oeuvres from Claudia’s Tea Room—shrimp and grits + sweet potato ham biscuits—plus Bourbon Berry Smash signature cocktails. Guests each left with Southern Swag Baskets filled with local goodness. Special thanks to all of our advertisers and sponsors who make this magazine possible. I hope to see you at our next party!

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Hey, y’all I’m Jenn! Your virtual business manager and podcast host of Success Beyond the Lens. Although I’m not originally from Etown, I visited for less than 48 hours almost 7 years ago and knew this was where I wanted to start over. Two months after moving here from Florida, I met my now-husband, Mike, who was born and raised here in Hardin County. Add-in a couple of years and our son and I knew I it was time to work from home. In January of 2018, I launched my business, and what began as a side hustle has turned into a team of four and myself to care for our clients and manage the podcast. In March of this year, we launched the Success Beyond the Lens podcast. Our goal? To help business owners run their businesses more effectively and efficiently. My guests and I cover a range of topics from running your social media to how to set up your client management systems—it is my mission to help business owners find freedom in owning their business through systems and marketing. My #1 tip to help our clients and other business owners accomplish this? Systems. You need to have the way you do business documented thoroughly and accurately. This will allow you to give each of your clients the same

experience with your company, but also easily train your staff to take over pieces of the business you no longer need to do. When you listen to the podcast or follow us on Instagram, my desire is that you find inspiration to improve the operations of your business through actionable tips and advice. When we’re not chatting about business, you’ll often see glimpses into my life as a wife, mom, equestrian, and dog-lover. I hope we get a chance to talk about your business over a latte from Vibe soon—until then, listen in every Wednesday on your podcast app to the Success Beyond the Lens podcast.

Follow Jenn’s podcast journey with Success Beyond the Lens for helpful business tips to get your biz running smoothly: Website: SuccessBeyondtheLens.com Podcast: Success Beyond the Lens Podcast Instagram: @SuccessBeyondtheLens

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NG THIS SEASON Thank you for your charitable giving and philanthropic heart. Your gifts significantly impact our community and make this a better place to live! With that said: Would you like to better direct your gifts to the causes you hold closest to your heart? Can your gifts have a more significant impact if you plan it out in advance? Is it hard for you to say “No”? Does it feel like every organization has your number? Would you like to maximize your gifts now and in the future? Did you answer yes to any of the questions above? Perhaps it is time to create a philanthropic plan that follows your direction, your passion. Structured giving can help you establish a process and a roadmap for both now and in the future—a plan for now, years to come, and when we are no longer here. You can take back control of how, why, when, and where your gifts provide to your community. There are many ways to set up a structured giving plan or often called “planned giving.” One of the first places to start is to identify what is important to you. That is usually followed by how one donates. You can work with many professionals to help you with this aspect. Proper planning in this area can significantly impact both the size of the gift and the benefit to the giver. Efficient gift-giving is beneficial to both you and those receiving the gift. Some examples of gifts that differ from outright cash are appreciated stocks, real estate, artwork, personal property, life insurance, and retirement plans. These items can potentially provide a tax benefit different form a cash gift. To learn more about improving the impact of your gift and to create a plan that doesn’t have you starting over each year, contact your financial planning professional to get started. Again, thank you for building a better community! Jim Owen CRPC© Financial Advisor

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