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6-9 P.M. SEPTEMBER 9 DOUGLASS PARK • 726 GEORGETOWN ST. All cats & ferrets must be in a carrier, all dogs must be on a leash. Animal licenses also available: $8 for altered animal license (PROOF OF SPAY/NEUTER REQUIRED); $40 for unaltered animal license. Rain date is set for September 16. Please follow us on social media for updates.

*Masks are recommended.

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September 2021 Volume 32, Issue 9

table of contents SEPTEMBER 2021 | VOLUME 32, ISSUE 9 | ACEMAGAZINELEX.COM



BUSINESS IS BLOOMING IN THE BLUEGRASS Elwood boutique hotel celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting


Rhonda Reeves

Mural by Alixandra Jade


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Evan Albert, Rob Brezny, Erin Chandler, Kevin Elliot, Atanas Golev, Trish Hatler, Austin Johnson, Johnny Lackey, Paul Martin, Michael Jansen Miller, Kevin Nance, Claire Ramsay, Kristina Rosen, Bridget Wilkerson, Tom Yates, Kakie Urch ––––––––––––––––––––––



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ACE EATS IN Chef Tom squeezes every last drop out of final tomato crop




ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT Picnic with the Pops and Woodland Arts Fair returned; Sturgill Simpson releases new record




REAL ESTATE What Sold, Where, for How Much?

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Ace enjoyed an Evening with Commerce Lexington at Keeneland

Wrigley transforms the former Woodhill Cinemas into new studio complex



ACE EATS OUT Time to make the donuts… the tacos… the pasta...and more



HOME AND GARDEN Grand Tour of Homes returns

- Locally owned

- Designers available to assist

- American Made Furniture

- Living Room, Dining Room

- Free Local Delivery

- Bedroom, Work from Home

- Open Monday- Friday

- Rugs, Lamps, & Wall Décor

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BUSINESS EQUINE Equitana USA is Oct. 1-3 at the Kentucky Horse Park. The largest Equine trade and exhibition show in the world is landing in Kentucky — and this is only the second time it’s ever been held in North America. The evening show is “like Cirque du Soleil on horses” and is expected to be both a huge hit for families, along with a significant economic development booster.

An Evening with Commerce Lexington was celebrated in August at Keeneland.

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Lexington’s L.V. Harkness & Co. has partnered with Baccarat, the French luxury brand, to support theWoodford Reserve Polo Cup, held at Oxmoor Farm in Louisville, KY on September 11, 2021. L.V. Harkness has donated the perpetual trophy for the event, featuring a Marengo Horse produced by Baccarat, packaged in their iconic red box.

Visit Horse Country has announced Visit Lex’s Gathan Borden as incoming board president. Borden, the Vice President of Marketing for VisitLEX, Lexington’s convention and visitor’s bureau, is a 14-year veteran of the tourism industry, and says, “Visit Horse Country has been a game-changer for the Lexington tourism product. The outreach from the horse industry into the community has been powerful and has allowed us to truly share the Bluegrass in a way we never could before. I’m excited to be a part of helping Horse Country continue to develop fans of the industry and further cement Lexington as the Horse Capital of the World.” Legendary horseman B. Wayne Hughes, died in August at the age of 87. Churchill Downs president Mike Anderson, said, “Hughes was a visionary, who elevated Spendthrift Farm to

new heights. We take solace in knowing that he was able to enjoy and win America’s greatest race last September when Authentic led every step of the way to garner the roses and solid gold Kentucky Derby trophy he coveted for many years.” He was known for purchasing and restoring Spendthrift in 2004.

INNOVATION Lexington-based Quality Logistics LLC, known as Longship, relocated from Newtown Pike to Hamburg. The company hosted a ribbon cutting at its new 29,000-plus-square-foot office on Sir Barton Way. The larger office accommodates additional staff to better serve the company’s growing customer base of transporters. It is a $4.3 million investment in Fayette County, creating 155 well-paying jobs for Kentucky residents.

Tempur Sealy International, Inc., headquartered in Lexington, announced the acquisition of Dreams, the leading specialty bed retailer in the United Kingdom. This acquisition is expected to nearly double Tempur Sealy’s sales through its international segment and to increase the Company’s annualized global sales through its direct channel to over $1 billion, or approximately 25 percent of sales on a trailing twelve-month basis.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Cheers to 100 years! Ruth Hunt Candies celebrated this milestone in August with a ribbon cutting ceremony at their Walton Avenue location.

Commerce Lexington celebrated a return to in-person Business Links at City Center Marriott. | September 2021 | 7


GreenFest is the one-stop shop on Sep 4 at 10 am to learn about and celebrate sustainable living in the Bluegrass! Choose from 16 workshops, shop local and eco-friendly vendors, enjoy lunch from local food trucks, explore Habitat Earth during two showings at the planetarium, visit educational booths with information about environmental opportunities, and learn about the sustainable features of The Living Arts and Science Center. The event is free, workshops require a ticket that you can purchase.

Trees Tagged at Ashland

Trees have been tagged for Ashland’s Adopta-Tree program at the Henry Clay Estate. Each season trees are identified that require special attention. Twenty-four trees have been tagged and are ready to be adopted. This seasonal work is essential for keeping Ashland’s tree culture healthy, vibrant and beautiful.

Nature Hop

Nature Hop 2021 is Sunday, September 19. (Rain date: Sunday, September 26) The event focuses on encouraging people to enjoy the variety of green spaces found throughout Fayette County and to experience these spaces in new ways. Events are from 11 am to 5 pm; and start at 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm and 3:30 pm, in order to allow participants to join in multiple activities.

Clean Water

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) has been awarded $11.8 million, and is the second recipient of funding from the Better Kentucky Plan’s $250 million Cleaner Water Program.

Hot Wheelz

Kentucky State Police is the ‘Best Looking Cruiser’ in the nation. Kentucky won the annual calendar contest, hosted by American Association of State Troopers (AAST), that encourages state law enforcement agencies across the country to submit a photo entry that is unique and represents its state.

STREETS & ROADS Clays Mill Road Construction

Construction on Clays Mill Road, between Pasadena Drive and Stratford Drive, is wider, safer and now open. Tree-planting begins later this year, and then work resumes south of Pasadena Drive.

Repurposed lots on Dantzler Court

Adoption prices range from $200 to $700, depending on the amount of work required. By adopting a tree, you pay for its seasonal maintenance ensuring that it thrives at Ashland for years to come. In 2018, Ashland was accredited as a level 1 Arboretum with 600+ trees and more than 60 species. Ashland’s trees play an important role environmentally by annually intercepting 520 pounds of air pollution, 24,920 pounds of carbon, and soaking up 202,296 gallons of stormwater.

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The program will deliver clean drinking water and improve water and sewer systems across the state, creating approximately 3,800 jobs. LFUCG will use the funding to replace the current chlorine gas disinfection process used at the Town Branch and West Hickman wastewater treatment plants to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases in treated wastewater. Instead, the plant will use a new Ultraviolet (UV) disinfectant system to treat the water of harmful microorganisms before it is discharged back into water bodies. Wastewater is used water, including sewage, commonly originating from residential or commercial sources. Replacing chlorine improves safety by eliminating toxic gas exposure risks to employees and the community and reduces the potential for byproducts to form in drinking water supplies.

Three residential lots that were prone to flooding were repurposed into an attractive neighborhood greenspace, complete with a stream buffer and an adventure garden. In February 2019, the city’s Greenspace Commission chose the once problematic lots on Dantzler Court as its pilot neighborhood greenspace project, and has since turned the site into a space that the surrounding neighborhood can enjoy. Enhancements to the site include a bench, new trees, the adventure garden, stream buffer and wildflower border plants, and a geocaching station, with educational signage and bicycle rack coming soon. The mission of the Greenspace Commission and Greenspace Trust is to preserve, enhance, and maintain greenspace throughout Lexington. This citizen group assists the Division of Environmental Services in management of more than 500 acres of greenspace, many in residential areas.

Upgrades to Southland Park

Work begins soon at Southland Park to mitigate flooding and draining problems in the area. Additional storm sewer lines will be constructed along Topeka, Pasadena, Hill ‘n Dale, Tucson and Burbank. A new storm water basin will be constructed where the playground is currently located. Demolition of the playground begins soon, but new playground equipment near the baseball fields is planned when this project is complete.

That’s a Wrap

Wrigley brings nationally-syndicated production to Lexington BY KRISTINA ROSEN



e weren’t sure exactly where we were going to tape the show,” says Babbit, who spent nearly six months scouring the greater Lexington area looking for the perfect space to build a set and launch production. Their Newtown Pike facility wasn’t big enough. “I looked at airplane hangers, warehouse space, abandoned indoor trampoline parks— nothing quite fit the bill,” he continues, “and when I walked into the Woodhill cinemas, it was like a lightbulb moment...We like to tell stories and entertain people. Why not come to a renovated theater to do that?” The stories don’t stop there. With production of Relative Justice wrapped and 50,000 plus square feet of space to work with, Wrigley signed a long-term lease on the former theater with plans to renovate the entire building into a full-scale production facility under one roof that supports production from start to finish. Wrigley CEO and owner Misdee Wrigley Miller says, “I am ecstatic that we are able to bring this level of production to Kentucky, thanks in part to the Kentucky Film Incentive program. Relative Justice is a project we are extremely proud to be launching, offering Kentuckians the unique opportunity to be involved in a show typically taped in Atlanta, Los Angeles or New York.” Babbit began his career in NYC and echoes her goals, saying, “Misdee’s dream and vision — and why I joined Wrigley a couple years ago — was to help her create the infrastructure of a studio complex here in Lexington that rivals anything you’d see in a bigger market.” He adds, “I think we’re off to a great start with that.” The Kentucky Film Incentive is refundable

again as of January 2022, which makes it more useful, competitive, and is very much part of the reason that Wrigley took a leap to continue building out the Woodhill theater. Wrigley uses the film tax credits to help pay for projects, including Relative Justice. WMG EVP, Strategic Initiatives Elizabeth Combs says, “We truly believe if you build it they will come because they will have a reason to come.” The litigants in the new show are not actors. Combs says, “They came here from all around the country into Lexington to tell their stories.” Litigants were brought in nearly every day from all over the country. They flew into Bluegrass Airport, (some) stayed at 21c downtown, and of course, dined at our locally owned restaurants. “The economic impact was absolutely clear,” she says.


he filming of Relative Justice created nearly 300 jobs — both above and below the line production roles. From writers and producers to camera people and stage managers. There were casting producers, audience coordinators, and craft service people needed. Production assistants who often had to make multiple daily trips to Chevy Chase Hardware store were crucial to the team. Wrigley tried to hire a majority local crew, and included UK students via their strong internship program. “There are a lot of really young talented folks in our industry coming out of school in this region and typically if they want to follow their path, they have been forced to go to another part of the country to do that,” says Babbit, “We were able to get the cream of the crop to stay, put them to work, and keep them here.”

Wrigley Media Group

etflix’s The Queen’s Gambit offered Lexington a moment in the Hollywood sun, but it wasn’t actually filmed here. Justified ran for six wildly popular seasons, and was set largely in Harlan and Lexington… but the pilot was filmed in Pennsylvania and the series was painfully obviously shot in California. (If you believe the implied geography of the show, Harlan was practically a suburb of Lexington.) “Believe me, we have been frustrated by the fact that even shows that are based in Kentucky aren’t even shot in Kentucky,” says Ross Babbit, Relative Justice Executive Producer, and Wrigley Media’s Chief Content Officer. Most productions that are set in Kentucky tend to shoot elsewhere — places that are more economically attractive. With help from Kentucky’s Film Incentive, Wrigley was recently able to transform the abandoned Woodhill movie theater on Codell Drive into a state-of-the-art studio complex for production on ‘Relative Justice’ this summer. The project created more than 300 jobs and will inject nearly $10 million into the Lexington economy. (Wrigley also brought Drew Barrymore’s The Stand In to film on site in Lexington in 2019.)

Wrigley Media Group recently completed production of ‘Relative Justice,’ a new nationally syndicated reality court show, filmed in Wrigley’s newly built studio complex inside the former Woodhill movie theater on Codell Drive. The show premieres September 2021.

Wrigley Media Group CCO Ross Babbit and EVP Elizabeth Combs | September 2021 | 9

Lucky Laura

The entrepreneur behind Laura’s Lean Beef has launched an inspiring second act BY KEVIN NANCE


he story of Laura Freeman’s second act begins with a horse. On May 19, 2005, the eponymous founder of Laura’s Lean Beef was out for a ride on her 1500-acre estate, Mt. Folly Farm, when her horse spun her off. Freeman, then a competitive event rider who had recently returned from a meet, landed hard and suffered a traumatic brain injury. She was air-lifted to the University of Kentucky Hospital and later spent months at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital relearning how to swallow, walk, talk, type and perform other basic tasks.


reeman knew she couldn’t run an operation as large and complex as Laura’s Lean Beef anymore — in part because, aside from the rehab challenges, she was in near constant pain. “There was just no way,” she said in a recent interview at the farm. “When I would go into the office to try to sell the company, I’d shut the door and lay down on the floor, because the pain was so bad.”

“There’s a big difference between cattle grazed locally and rotationally and cattle trucked to huge feed lots in Kansas, with thousands of animals per square mile.” —Alice Melendez But that closed door, as is the way of things, opened another. The solution to her pain turned out to be CBD oil extracted from hemp. “The first time I tried it, it didn’t work,” recalls Freeman, now 64. “But after I got the right type and the right dosage, boom! The full-body pain went away in a week. CBD helped my recovery tremendously. And I said, ‘Good lord, we want to grow this.’ ” It was a eureka moment that — after a protracted recovery, during which Freeman sold Laura’s Lean Beef, moved to Martha’s Vineyard, and pondered retirement — finally set into motion another entrepreneurial chain of events that continues to this day. Returning to Mt. Folly Farm, which has been in Freeman’s family for several generations, she and her daughter, Alice Melendez, planted their first hemp crop in 2014, just after it became legal in Kentucky. Now the farm’s umbrella

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corporation, Mt. Folly Enterprises, markets an increasingly popular line of USDA certified products, sold primarily through Freeman’s e-commerce website.


ut CBD oil, while the farm’s major product, is far from its only one. As part of what Freeman now merrily calls Mt. Folly’s “hemp and booze economy,” it started Wildcat Willy’s Distillery, a small craft whiskey operation in downtown Winchester, in 2016. Wildcat Willy’s now sells its own single-barrel, four-grain bourbon, called 1833, made from corn and rye grown on the farm and aged for four years in an old burley tobacco barn. (The farm also air-cures its hemp in repurposed tobacco barns.) In addition, the distillery makes and sells apple and bramble-berry brandies as well as heirloom corn and sweet potato moonshine straight from the still, although 1833 currently has a growing following in Kentucky and the region. A 750 ml bottle goes for $44.99. (The two moonshine varieties are $18.99 for 375 ml.) The distillery, which currently makes less than 50,000 gallons of spirits a year, is being kept deliberately small at this point. “When we say craft bourbon, we mean real craft bourbon,”


Freeman says with a smile. But 1833’s very scarcity — it’s sold exclusively at the distillery and on its website — is part of its appeal. “I was down at the distillery this morning about 9:30, and even though they don’t open till 11, there was a father and son from Cincinnati that beat on the door until I came to it,” says Ben Pasley, Mt. Folly’s chief operating officer and manager of the farm’s 30-person, mostly thirtysomething workforce. “They were getting ready to head to the Red River Gorge to hike for the day and wanted a single-barrel bourbon while they were here.”

“When we say craft bourbon, we mean real craft bourbon,” —founder Laura Freeman says of Wildcat Willy’s, which currently produces less than 50,000 gallons of spirits a year


ildcat Willy’s quickly expanded to include a farm-to-table restaurant serving organic beef and chicken raised at the farm using the same no-antibiotics, no-growth-hormone mantra that governed Laura’s Lean Beef. That farm-to-table strategy employs many sustainable farming practices such as regenerative crop rotation, goats used for weed control in lieu of herbicides, and cattle grazed in a rotating sequence of farm locations to allow for a gradual buildup of organic matter and complex root structures in the soil. “There’s a big difference between cattle grazed locally and rotationally and cattle trucked to huge feed lots in Kansas, with thousands of animals per square mile, creating lagoons of poop,” Melendez says. “It’s night and day.” Regenerative farming, in turn, sequesters carbon, a key tool in combating Freeman’s biggest worry since learning more about global warming and other topics during an eye-opening two-year fellowship with climate-change scientists, mostly from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in 2007-08. “I’m an environmentalist from way back,” she says, “but I really had no idea how bad climate change was, in climate systems mapping and in reality, until that fellowship.” Helping to avoid that dire future is now Freeman’s final mission. Thoughts of retirement are long banished. “I’m going to be the soils and the cattle and the tree person at the farm,” she says. “And I’m going to do that forever.” | September 2021 | 11






CITY “Mornings with

Planning” interactive digital panel series w/ focus on Lexington’s history, 9 am, Zoom

READ Crystal

SHOP Bluegrass Creative Market - Fall Edition, 10 am, Oleika Shriners on Southland Drive



Cheapside Park

Dog Show, Kentucky Horse Park


MUSIC Troubadour Concert Series at the Castle, John McEuen and the McLain Family Band


TNL Five Below Band, 5

Market at Waveland wraps up today

ART Informed by Nature: Helene Steene, Alex K. Mason, Jennifer Roberts.

Opening Reception 4 - 6 pm, Headley Whitney Museum (exhibit runs thru Nov 14)



HORSE Keeneland Yearling READ Joseph Beth presents

Sales in Town (through Sep 24) Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale is the global marketplace for Thoroughbred yearlings and is the world’s most important Thoroughbred sale.

Ali Hazelwood discussing

The Love Hypothesis, 7 pm,


MUSIC JD Shelburne 6 pm,

Red Mile


ART Introduction to Block Printmaking, 6 pm, Good Foods Co-op


MUSIC Robert Earl Keen 7:30 pm Grand Theatre (Frankfort)


DRINK Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Bardstown (continues through the weekend)

EAT Dining out for Life, benefiting AVOL

TNL The Twiggenburys, 5 pm, Cheapside Park

sustainable living in the Bluegrass at Greenfest, 10 am, The Living Arts and Science Center.

FILM Found Footage Festival: Vol. 9 8pm, Al’s Bar

MUSIC Black Jacket

and the Four Seasons, Riverbend (Cinci)


Louisiana-Monroe, noon, Kroger Field

RUN/WALK 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, 7 pm, Kroger Field

GREEN celebrate

BALL UK Football vs

MUSIC Black Jacket Symphony presents Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” 8 pm, Lexington Opera House

pm, Cheapside Park

CONCERT Frankie Valli


is Back!

PETS Bluegrass Classic

Symphony presents Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” 8 pm, Lexington Opera House

ART Kentucky Crafted the



Come the Mummies 7 pm Manchester Music Hall

Perfect Black, 7 pm, online event through Joseph Beth



TNL Mercy Men, 5 pm,




Wilkinson discusses



EVENT Lexington Comic & Toy Convention begins HORSE Festival of the Horse, through the weekend, Georgetown


SHOP Vintage Market


PETS Doggie Paddle, 9 am, Woodland Aquatic Center HORSE The Woodford Reserve Polo Cup, Oxmoor Farm (Louisville) FEST AutumnFest 2021, 9 am, Bi-Water Farm HEALTH Senior Living I Know Expo, Senior Center BALL UK Football vs

Missouri, 7:30 pm, Kroger Field


FEST Midway Fall Festival,

Days, Kentucky Horse Park

10 am, Midway

MUSIC Chamber Music

JAZZ Fort Harrod Jazz

Festival of Lexington returns 7:30 pm, Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center (thru Sunday)

Festival, Shaker Village

BALL UK Football

CONCERT Eric Church’s

vs Chattanooga, noon, Kroger Field

pm, Rupp Arena

DRINK Bluegrass Craft

The Gather Again Tour, 8

Beer and Bourbon Festival, noon to 6 pm, Moondance

Market - Fall Edition, 10 am, Oleika Shriners on Southland Drive


Concert Series at the Castle, John McEuen and the McLain Family Band

pm, Cheapside Park

RUN/WALK 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, 7 pm, Kroger Field

MUSIC Black Jacket

Symphony presents Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” 8 pm, Lexington Opera House

CONCERT Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Riverbend (Cinci)


ART Kentucky Crafted the

Market at Waveland wraps up today

ART Informed by Nature: Helene Steene, Alex K. Mason, Jennifer Roberts.

Opening Reception 4 - 6 pm, Headley Whitney Museum (exhibit runs thru Nov 14)


HOP Nature Hop, 11 am to 5 pm

MUSIC Chamber Music

Festival of Lexington, 2 pm, Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center



HORSE Keeneland Yearling READ Joseph Beth presents

Sales in Town (through Sep 24) Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale is the global marketplace for Thoroughbred yearlings and is the world’s most important Thoroughbred sale.


Ali Hazelwood discussing

The Love Hypothesis, 7 pm,


Printmaking, 6 pm, Good Foods Co-op

MUSIC JD Shelburne 6 pm,


DRINK Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Bardstown (continues through the weekend)

EAT Dining out for Life,

Red Mile

benefiting AVOL

TNL The Twiggenburys, 5 pm, Cheapside Park


WOODSONGS Woodsongs CONCERT Troubadour

Old-Time Radio Hour: Bobby Rush, 6:45 pm, The Lyric


ART Introduction to Block


Concert Series with Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, 7:30 pm, Lexington Opera House


TNL The Johnson Brothers, 5 pm, Cheapside Park

SAFETY Fire Truck Muster & Parade, noon, parking lot of Regal Cinemas Hamburg

Symphony presents Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” 8 pm, Lexington Opera House

MUSIC Robert Earl Keen 7:30 pm Grand Theatre (Frankfort) EVENT Lexington Comic & Toy Convention begins HORSE Festival of the Horse, through the weekend, Georgetown


SHOP Vintage Market

FAIR Southland Street Fair HG Grand Tour of Homes

scattered site showcase of new homes wraps us from Noon to 5 pm


Old-Time Radio Hour: Victor Wooten, 6:45 pm, The Lyric

DANCE Thriller rehearsals are scheduled to begin

HEALTH Lexington Fire

Department celebrates its 150th Anniversary with a blood drive, all day, 2205 Thunderstick Drive (LFD’s IAFF 526 building)


BALL Gastonia Honey Hunters at Lexington Legends, Ballpark


TNL Rebel Without A

Cause, 5 pm, Cheapside Park


FEST AutumnFest 2021, 9 am, Bi-Water Farm HEALTH Senior Living I Know Expo, Senior Center BALL UK Football vs

Missouri, 7:30 pm, Kroger Field


FEST Midway Fall Festival,

10 am, Midway

MUSIC Chamber Music

JAZZ Fort Harrod Jazz

Festival of Lexington returns 7:30 pm, Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center (thru Sunday)

Festival, Shaker Village

BALL UK Football

CONCERT Eric Church’s

vs Chattanooga, noon, Kroger Field

pm, Rupp Arena

DRINK Bluegrass Craft

The Gather Again Tour, 8

Beer and Bourbon Festival, noon to 6 pm, Moondance



Heroes Bourbon & BBQ Bash, benefiting Camp Hero, Campbell House (Curio by Hilton)


HG Free Mulch Giveaway, 8

am, 1631 Old Frankfort Pike

SHOP Annual Kenwick Yard Sale, 8 am

FEST Christ the King’s Oktoberfest (thru Saturday)

RUN/WALK Oktoberdash

HG Grand Tour of Homes scattered site showcase of new homes, 5 pm - 8 pm

WALK Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Legends Ballpark

Headliners (Louisville)


HORSE The Woodford Reserve Polo Cup, Oxmoor Farm (Louisville)

Days, Kentucky Horse Park

CONCERT Son Volt 8 pm,

26 27

Woodland Aquatic Center

3K Run, 9 am, Christ the King


Equitana, Kentucky Horse Park


Keeneland Fall Meet

OCT 15

Mt Sterling Court Days

OCT 15

Festival Latino, downtown

OCT 21

Chris Stapleton, Riverbend (Cinci)

OCT 24

Jewish Food Festival

OCT 24

Thriller, downtown

OCT 26

PumpkinMania, Transy


The University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has received $14.5 million in renewal funding as a national Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC). The five-year award allows UK to remain among the leaders in Alzheimer’s disease research and associated neurodegenerative disorders.

Board Members

The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation announced members of the 2021-2022 board of directors. Four new members – Anna Cambron, Julia Hall, Stephen Hillenmeyer and Delaine Thiel – have joined the board this year.

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Other Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation board members are: Larry Cowgill, chair; Daryl K. Love, vice chair; Tracy Colon, secretary; Alan VanArsdall, treasurer; Tony Houston, CEO, CHI Saint Joseph Health; Leslie Smart, CFRE, president, Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation; Judy Albrecht; Kathy Arms; Judy Cummins; Lisa Gumm-Gray; Laura Hayden; Missy Lange; Christy Nash; and Gregory Yeary.

High Performing Hospitals

CHI Saint Joseph Health - Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East have both been recognized as a High Performing Hospital for 2021-22 by U.S. News and World Report. Saint Joseph Hospital earned a “High Performing” rating for colon cancer surgery, as well as heart attack, heart failure and kidney failure procedures. Saint Joseph East earned a “High Performing” rating for hip and knee replacements, and kidney failure procedures, as well as pneumonia treatment and recovery. Both facilities were also recognized for patient care that is significantly better than the national average.

See Red

This year, the Lexington Fire Department is observing its 150th Anniversary. To celebrate, the Lexington Fire Department has partnered with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive on Tuesday, Sept. 28 with the goal of giving back to our community in this unique and different way! To make the celebration worthwhile, the department has set a goal of 150 donations in one day! Currently, there is a massive national blood shortage where blood supplies cannot keep pace with hospital demand following 16 months of COVID-19 restrictions. All blood types are needed, particularly type O, as well as platelets, to help ensure patients get the care they need. Please schedule an appointment to donate at the Lexington Fire Department blood drive. The first 150 donors will receive a FREE custom-made 150th Anniversary challenge coin.

OUTDOORS Backpacking: Enjoy a backpacking trip at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary on Sep 4 at 10 am. Nature Photography: This beginners nature photography class will offer instruction on how to better capture photos of plants, animals and landscapes. 10 am, Sep 4, McConnell Springs Outdoor Skills: This multi-day development series is designed to take participants from basic to intermediate knowledge of the topic. For the series in orienteering and bushcraft, these courses meet weekly and are comprised of one part instructional lecture and one part hands-on application of skills. This approach allows participants to learn a skill then practice it under supervision. Thursdays at 6 pm, running Sep 9 – 30 at McConnell Springs. Fall Bird Migration Walk: 7 am on Sep 11 at McConnell Springs. A guided bird walk through McConnell Springs with an experienced birder to look for birds that are beginning their journey south for the winter. Guests are welcome to bring their own binoculars but some can be provided if needed. This program is appropriate for all ages.

Jin Shin Jyutsu: Imagine relaxing at the Apiary Fine Catering & Events while experiencing Jin Shin Jyutsu. Hosted by Lissa Sims’ SHALA yoga + wellness and Jennifer Bradley Jin Shin Jyutsu. You can register through Facebook events. Return to your own natural state of ease and wellness. This is a two hour class and discussion. In this workshop you will experience the basic energy concepts of Jin Shin Jyutsu practices for stress, anxiety, strong emotions, and general well-being. Sunday Sep 12, 2 pm, The Apiary. Purchase tickets when you register via Facebook Events. Guided Night Hike: 8:45 pm on Sep 17 at McConnell Springs. During this guided night hike, participants will explore the nature park and enjoy all the sights and sounds that can be found after the sun goes down. Sunrise Archery: 10 am to noon on Sep 18. Participants have the opportunity to utilize compound bows at an archery range with instruction prior to purchasing their own gear to continue development in the sport. Courses start with basic instruction on the use of the equipment, range operation, safety considerations and proper technique for shooting. Following the instruction, participants will be able to utilize the equipment to practice and refine their technique. This program is open to participants of all skill levels and gear of any type that meets range guidelines and rules.

Canoe: Plan now to canoe the Kentucky River on Sep 25. The canoeing program is designed to teach participants how to properly paddle a canoe, objects and river formations to observe, safety gear and considerations, and how to plan your own future paddling trips. Once equipment has been properly fitted, you will go on a relaxing paddle down the scenic Kentucky River, giving you the opportunity to enjoy unique wildlife, natural formations and the tranquility that these remote locations have to offer. For more info about cost and registration, call 859.2254073. This program will be held at the Kentucky River. Participants will be provided with the meet up location when they register.


Iron Horse Half Marathon & 12k

SEP 25

Oktoberdash 3K Run

OCT 15-16 The Bourbon Chase OCT 23

2021 Komen National MORE THAN PINK Walk (virtual) | September 2021 | 15


A Toast

To the last tasty tomatoes of the season BY TOM YATES


y love of a good bloody mary is no secret. On any given day before 2:00 pm, when I’m not working, if the opportunity arises for me to enjoy a bloody mary, I’m all over it. On our last trip to Washington DC we stayed at the Hotel Rouge (, a boutique luxury hotel located a half block off trendy Dupont Circle. It was completely and tastefully decorated in red. They offered a free Red Stripe beer happy hour every night in the hotel lobby followed by a complimentary bloody mary bar the next morning. When we trek to Louisville for our Broadway Series subscription Saturday matinee performances, we usually have our pre-show brunch at the downtown Bristol’s location. They have recently added a bloody mary bar to their Saturday brunch. Wow. It tickled me crazy and made my head spin. Kettle One vodka, Clamato Juice, beef bouillon, house bloody mary mix, tomato juice, V8 Juice, and Worcestershire sauce were the liquid choices. Additions and glass rimmers included fresh dill, fresh thyme, sea salt, celery seed, celery salt, cracked pepper, or wasabi paste. Pickled okra, tomolives, freshly grated horseradish, pickled carrots, celery, jicama, black olives, green olives, pepperoncini, and cherry peppers rested on crushed ice as garnishes. The first

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time I encountered Bristol’s bloody bar I didn’t eat lunch, I drank it. I had to sample as many variations as possible in our short pre-show window of opportunity. I was polite about it. Civilized, even. On last year’s hazy Labor Day, I thought I would curl up on the couch in my silk pajamas with a bloody mary and enjoy a DVR marathon of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. But...I didn’t have any tomato juice, bloody mary mix, or Clamato Juice. I did have tomatoes soaking up the sun in our tomato jungle on the back deck. I thought, should I? Why not? I plucked a few of the deepest red ripe tomatoes still clinging to the vines and pureed them in our blender. After adding a couple of shots of vodka to loosen it up a bit, I seasoned it with sea salt, cracked pepper, celery salt, celery seeds, horseradish juice, and worcestershire sauce. I rimmed the glass with celery salt and dill, plopped a few ice cubes into the glass, and poured the garden fresh bloody mary over them. A lemon wheel, split jalapeno, and juiced lemon finished it off. I savored every drop. It wasn’t just a bloody mary. It was like drinking a jazzed up garden fresh tomato.

ACE EATS OUT Celebration


It’s been a big summer for celebrations and anniversaries. Happy 40th Birthday to Dudley’s on Short! — a Lexington staple since 1981.

Condado’s Tacos is opening in the Summit. The Lexington Condado’s artwork theme is “Off to the Races!” as an homage to Lexington’s horse racing legacy. Local artists who are contributing to the theme include Ciara Leroy, Casey McKinney, Chloë Wooten, and Angelina Record.

Old School Coffee celebrated its second year in the historic Dudley Square.


The Creole Cafe has opened on Georgetown Street in the former Seafood Lady location, with a concept and menu that also includes creole cajun boil, crawfish combos, catfish nuggets, and lobster mac and cheese.

Mayor declares a holiday in celebration of Ruth Hunt’s 100th anniversary.

READ IT AND EAT IT WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE ABOUT ‘PEACE LOVE AND PASTA’? PEACE LOVE AND PASTA BY SCOTT CONANT (ABRAMS BOOKS) Celebrity Food Network Chef Scott Conant is best known for his work on Chopped, Best Baker in America, and Beat Bobby Flay. You can also watch him host Chopped Sweets on the new Discovery+ streaming service. His next book, on stands in September, is Peace, Love, and Pasta: Simple and Elegant Recipes from a Chef’s Home Kitchen. Regular bluegrass visitor Bobby Flay says, “Scott Conant’s cooking is certainly a departure from the predictable Italian meals we’ve come to expect… a foundation in Italy with an American sensibility that should be coined ‘Conant’s Cuisine.’”

DV8 hosted their annual Life Changing DV8K Run in August at Keeneland, in advance of opening their second location in Lexington’s East End in late August. Feel Good Nutrition opened at Hamburg YMCA. Frank and Dino’s has opened downtown in the Security Trust building on West Short. Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken re-opened on Richmond Road, after a lengthy hiatus. Car lines have disrupted Mt. Tabor traffic ever since. A Parlor Donuts franchise is coming to Chevy Chase.

Transitions Bazaar Eatery left its spot in Ethereal Public House at the end of May….only to join forces with Elixir Downtown and bring a new menu to its new home on Short Street. Magee’s Bakery is now Magee’s Baking Co. Regular items are still available on the menu along with additional offerings for breakfast and lunch. A new Tropical Smoothie Cafe is taking over the former home of Coffea, which closed in April, on the corner of Rose and Euclid.

“I LOVE DENNY’S. DENNY’S KNOWS WHO THEY ARE. THEY KNOW THE SPACE THEY TAKE UP IN THE UNIVERSE. THEY ARE MORE SELF-ACTUALIZED THAN ANY ONE OF US WILL EVER BE.” —Patton Oswalt The former Denny’s on Nicholasville Road, once a Jerry’s, and formerly the Jerrico HQ, was demolished one recent hot August afternoon, leaving nothing behind but a curling wisp of dust, a pile of rubble, and a now-naked uninterrupted view of the Hampton Inn from Nicholasville Road. The last Long John Silvers location in Lexington, located on Versailles Road, is being torn down soon for the Village Branch Library expansion.

Coming soon…. Taco John’s International, a quick-service Mexican restaurant chain, is targeting the Lexington area as part of its franchise expansion plan in Kentucky. | September 2021 | 17


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The Kentucky Arts Council and Waveland State Historic Site will host Kentucky Crafted the Outdoor Market at Waveland on Sep 11 and Sep 12. Browse, shop and meet some of Kentucky’s top artists and view their work. Take a walk through the mansion, meet Kentucky folk artists, enjoy live music on the side mansion stage.

Woodland Art Fair returned in August


The Headley Whitney Museum presents Informed by Nature: Helene Steene, Alex K. Mason, Jennifer Roberts. Opening Reception is Sunday, September 12, 4 - 6 pm. Exhibit runs September 10 through November 14 2021. Steene’s large abstract multimedia paintings are prominent in local collections such as UK’s Markey Cancer Center. Mason recently designed the wallpaper and fabric for the Queen’s Gambit Harmon Room at 21c hotel. Robert’s experimentation with macro photography examines intricate details of nature.


LexArts is partnering with Sheriff Kathy Witt and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office to create a mural that commemorates Anita Franklin in Duncan Park. Franklin was a vocal community activist working to reduce gun violence in Lexington. Artist Keaton Young was chosen to create the mural and his work is in progress. A public reveal is planned later this summer.

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Fairs and Fests

Lexington Philharmonic returned in August.

LISTEN Kentucky native Sturgill Simpson’s fifth album, The Ballad of Dood & Juanita, was released in August. Simpson last played Rupp Arena in a sold-out show with Tyler Childers in February of 2020, shortly before the pandemic shut down concerts everywhere, telling Rolling Stone in a recent interview, “I don’t care to step into an arena ever again. I don’t want to play shows where the first rows are 50 yards away.” He came down with Covid shortly after the tour began. The album’s name is a reference to his late grandfather, “Dood” and his grandmother, Juanita. Next up, he has a role in the upcoming Scorsese Western, Killers of the Flower Moon.

WHAT TO READ Horse Girls: Recovering, Aspiring, and Devoted Riders Redefine the Iconic Bond is a new anthology of essays, edited by Hannah Marcus, sure to find a devoted following here in the horse capital of the world. Contributing

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authors include C. Morgan Babst. Jane Smiley, Carmen Maria Machado, Courtney Maum, Allie Rowbottom, and T Kira Madden. The Washington Post’s Tamra Mendelson writes, “This is no collection of cliche musings about the bond between horse and human. These are essays — cerebral, emotional and deeply intimate… These provocative memoirs explore big subjects: childhood, power, independence, desire. The authors don’t sugarcoat...What unites this particular group of writers is that they took at least part of their road to wisdom on the back of a horse.”

WHAT TO WATCH Relative Justice “pulls back the curtain on family disputes, moving the drama from the dining room to the courtroom.” Viewers are invited into a “very common and relatable situation – the family squabble.” Relative Justice was filmed in the former Woodhill Cinema location and produced by Lexington’s own Wrigley Media Studios. It will air all over the country in September. The Found Footage Festival showcase is emerging from its VHS cluttered office in Brooklyn and heading out on tour for the first time since March 2020. Hosts Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett, whose credits include The Onion and Colbert, will bring their latest live show to Lexington on Saturday, Sep 4th at 8 pm at Al’s Bar. The Found Footage Festival celebrates the videos that time forgot, dredged up in dusty thrift stores and estate sales throughout North America. Childhood friends Pickett and Prueher take audiences on a guided tour of their latest and greatest VHS finds, providing live commentary and whereare-they-now updates on the people in these videotaped obscurities.

Live and Local WED SEP 1

Springhouse Music Series with Jordan English, 6 pm, Castle & Key Distillery


TNL Mercy Men, 5 pm, Cheapside Park Here Come the Mummies, 7 pm, Manchester Music Hall


Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, 7:30 pm, Downtown Arts Center. (thru Sunday, Sep 19) The Steel Woods, Manchester Music Hall Eric Church’s The Gather Again Tour, 8 pm, Rupp Arena





Jonathan New, 6 pm, Moondance

Troubadour Concerts at The Kentucky Castle with John McEuen and the Mclain Family Band, 6:30 pm


TNL Five Below Band, 5 pm, Cheapside Park Black Jacket Symphony presents Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” 8 pm, Lexington Opera House Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Riverbend (Cinci)


Black Jacket Symphony presents Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” 8 pm, Lexington Opera House Robert Earl Keen, 7:30 pm, Grand Theatre (Frankfort)


Michael Buble at KFC Yum (Louisville, rescheduled from 2020)

Fort Harrod Jazz Fest, noon, Shaker Village

Fort Harrod Jazz Fest, noon, Shaker Village


Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, 6:45 pm, The Lyric


Troubadour Concert Series: Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, 7:30 pm, Lexington Opera House


TNL The Johnson Brothers, 5 pm, Cheapside Park Southland Jamboree: Kentucky Wild Horse, 7 pm, Moondance


Summer Nights in Suburbia: C the Beat, 7 pm, Moondance


Music on the Lawn, 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Shaker Village



Jazz on the Porch: David Hall, 3 pm to 6 pm, Talon Winery

George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Hobart Arena (Troy, Ohio)


ZZ Top, Riverbend (Cinci)


JD Shelburne, 6 pm, Red Mile


TNL The Twiggenburys, 5 pm, Cheapside Park Southland Jamboree: Fenced In, 7 pm, Moondance

Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour with Victor Wooten, 6:45 pm, The Lyric


TNL Rebel Without A Cause, 5 pm, Cheapside Park

ROB BREZSNY’S FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Aries mythologist Joseph Campbell advised us to love our fate. He said we should tell ourselves, “Whatever my fate is, this is what I need.” Even if an event seems inconvenient or disruptive, we treat it as an opportunity, as an interesting challenge. “If you bring love to that moment, not discouragement,” Campbell said, “you will find the strength.” Campbell concludes that any detour or disarray you can learn from “is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege!” Few signs of the zodiac are inclined to enthusiastically adopt such an approach, but you Aries folks are most likely to do so. Now is an especially favorable time to use it.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The brilliant Taurus dancer and choreographer Martha Graham spoke of “a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action,” adding that “there is only one of you in all time.” She added, “It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.” But even if you do this very well, Graham said, you will nevertheless always feel “a divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest” that will fuel you. This is the perfect message for you Tauruses to embrace in the coming weeks.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): There’s growing scientific evidence that we make ourselves stupid by complaining too much—or even by listening to other people complain a lot. Excessive negative thoughts drain energy from our hippocampus, a part of our brain that’s essential to problem-solving. This doesn’t mean, of course, that we should avoid dealing with difficult issues. But it does suggest we should be discerning about how many disturbing and depressing ideas we entertain. According to my reading of the omens, all this will be especially useful advice for you in the coming weeks. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Your brain contains one hundred billion nerve cells. Each cell has the potential to be linked with tens of thousands of others. And they are always busy. Typically, your grey matter makes a million new connections every second. But I suspect your number of connections will increase even beyond that in the coming weeks. Your most complex organ will be working with greater intensity than usual. Will that be a bad thing or a good thing? It depends on whether you formulate an intention to channel your intelligence into wise analysis about important matters—and not waste it in careless fussing about trivial details.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “You should have a sticky soul,” counsels author Elizabeth Berg. “The act of continually taking things in should be as much a part of you as your hair color.” I especially endorse that attitude for you during the next four weeks, Leo. Your task is to make yourself extra magnetic for all the perceptions, experiences, ideas, connections, and resources you need most. By September 23, I suspect you will have gained an infusion of extra ballast and gravitas. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “I sing like the nightingale whose melody is crowded in the too narrow passage of her throat,” wrote author Virginia Woolf. That was an insulting curse for her to fling at herself. I disapprove of such behavior—especially for you in the coming weeks. If you hope to be in alignment with cosmic rhythms, don’t you dare say nasty things about yourself, even in the privacy of your own thoughts. In fact, please focus on the exact opposite: flinging praise and appreciation and compliments at yourself.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The blogger at says the following are the top tender actions. 1. Fastening clothes or jewelry for your companion. 2. Letting them rest their head on your shoulder. 3. Idly playing with their hands. 4. Brushing a leaf out of their hair. 5. Locking pinkies. 6. Rubbing their back when you embrace. 7. Both of you wearing an item that belongs to the other. Dear Libra, I hope you will employ these tender actions with greater frequency than usual in the coming weeks, Libra. Why? In my astrological opinion, it’s a ripe time to boost your Affection Quotient with the allies you care for the most.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Naturalist Henry David Thoreau wrote in his journal, “I feel slightly complimented when nature condescends to make use of me without my knowledge— as when I help scatter her seeds in my walk—or carry burs and cockles on my clothes from field to field. I feel as though I had done something for the commonweal.” I mention this, Scorpio, because the coming weeks will be an excellent time for you to carry out good deeds and helpful transformations in nature’s behalf. Your ability to collaborate benevolently with plants and animals and elemental forces will be at a peak. So will your knack for creating interesting connections between yourself and all wild things. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You may have never heard of Sagittarian artist Baya Mahieddine (1931–1998). At age 16, she experienced a splash of acclaim with a show in Paris. Famous artists Pablo Picasso, Henry Matisse, and George Braques came. They

drew inspiration from Mahieddine’s innovative use of color, elements from her Algerian heritage, and her dreamlike images. Picasso even invited her to work with him, exulting in the fresh perspectives she ignited. But her art never received the full credit it warranted. In accordance with astrological omens, this horoscope is a small way of providing her with the recognition and appreciation she deserves. It also authorizes you to go out and get the recognition and appreciation you deserve but have not yet fully received.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “Who knows what is unfolding on the other side of each hour?” asked Capricorn poet Juan Ramón Jiménez (translated by Capricorn poet Robert Bly). “How many times the sunrise was there, behind a mountain. How many times the brilliant cloud piling up far off was already a golden body full of thunder!” Your assignment, Capricorn, is to imagine what is unfolding just beyond your perception and understanding. But here’s the twist: You must steer your mind away from inclinations to indulge in fear. You must imagine that the events in the works are beautiful, interesting, or redemptive. If you’re not willing to do that, skip the exercise altogether. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup,” wrote author Wendell Berry. I mostly agree with that sentiment, although I will also put in a good word for certain kinds of arguments. There are moments when it’s crucial for your psychological and spiritual health that you initiate a conversation about delicate issues that might lead to a dispute. However, I don’t think this is one of those times, Aquarius. In my astrological opinion, picking dew-wet red berries is far more sensible than any argument. For further inspiration, read this testimony from actor Natasha Lyonne: “I definitely would rather take a nap than get angry.”

Data Mgmt Analyst Sr (Lexington, KY). Analyze lg data sets, ID important data relationships and trends, and communicate findings to rsrch teams within Dept of Pharmacy Practice and Science. BS, Stats, Math Decision Sciences, or related. 2 yrs exp analysis of lg, health-related datasets; must incl some solid exp in each: SQL; SAS; R; Python; Tableau; MS Office; VBA; Lucidchart; Zotero. Telecommuting is an option for this position. MUST follow these specific application instructions in order to be considered: Mail CV, cvr ltr to Dr. Chris Delcher, University of Kentucky, 789 South Limestone, Lexington, KY 40536 within 30 days and mention Job #2020-246. The Department of Public Safety will host a Public Safety Job Fair Wednesday, Aug. 4, 3 pm to 6 p.m. at the Police Training Academy located at Bluegrass Community & Technical College Newtown campus, 500 Newtown Pike. Prospective employees will have the opportunity to meet with City of Lexington hiring representatives from the Lexington Police Dept., the Lexington Fire Dept., Community Corrections, E-911 and Code Enforcement.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): For painter Vincent van Gogh, love wasn’t primarily a sentimental feeling. Nor was it an unfocused generalized wish for health and happiness in those he cared for. Rather, he wrote, “You must love with a high, serious, intimate sympathy, with a will, with intelligence.” His love was alert, acute, active, and energized. It was animated with a determination to be resourceful and ingenious in nurturing the beloved. For van Gogh, love was always in action, forever moving toward ever-fresh engagement. In service to intimacy, he said, “you must always seek to know more thoroughly, better, and more.” I hope you’ll make these meditations a top priority during the next seven weeks. | September 1, 2021 | 19


A Grant Fulfilled Meet Lexington’s New Public-facing Wildflower Garden BY SUSAN COHN


n April of 2020, just as the pandemic was sweeping our continent and the world, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington applied for a grant from our local Wild Ones chapter to install a new wildflower garden. The grant requirements were that the garden must be visible to the public and use native plants to support native pollinators. We felt we had the perfect mission and location to meet these requirements. UUCL has a strong commitment to the interconnected web of life and a long history of planting trees, shrubs, and

flowers to attract both humans and wildlife. We own seven+ acres of property on Clays Mill Road, with a stream at the bottom of the hill near the road and a backdrop of mature trees on the other side of the creek. In May 2020, we were delighted to be awarded a grant of $500 to install a new native plant garden between the creek and Clays Mill Road. Well, we do not recommend starting such a project in the height of a pandemic. Faced with difficulties getting people together to plan and prep the site, it took a bit longer than we expected. In preparation for the work ahead, we went to Tina’s Plants-N-Such to learn about installing new flowerbeds on an existing grass/ lawn area, discussed how large to make our area, and talked with local native plant vendors about plant recommendations and availability for our location.

We finally got the site lined out in late August, sheared the existing grass off, covered everything with cardboard and then had a local tree service dump a load of wood chips onto the cardboard in October. As we were spreading the wood chips around, we realized that they were contaminated with winter creeper vine and seeds. If there is one thing UUCL has, it is lots of winter creeper and we did not need any more. We covered the whole area with heavy black plastic and let it rest over the winter. While we waited for Spring, Linda Porter worked with Tina

Elliott to create a plant list and site design. In March of 2021, we pulled back the plastic and began moving the wood chips toward an area of the creek bank which was already covered with winter creeper. After more clearing of weeds, the fun began. On April 22, Earth Day, we began installation. First, we built a wall. Finding a hardscape feature turned out to be too expensive but, luckily, we were having other grounds work done by Russ Turpin of EcoGro. They delivered 9 cubic yards of limestone rocks that we used to make a feature wall in the center of the garden. We filled in behind this wall with a scoop of topsoil to allow new plants to be elevated above the wall and seen from the road. Planting took place on May 7 when we installed over 90 plants — a labor of love and a wonderful ending to a challenging and beautiful project!

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Lexington Fayette Urban County Council will host a Special Planning & Public Safety Committee Meeting/ ADU Public Hearing at 5 pm on September 14 in Council Chambers. ADUs are “accessory dwelling units,” defined as “a smaller, secondary independent housekeeping unit on the same lot as a principal dwelling. ADUS are independently habitable and provide basic requirements of shelter, heating, cooking, and sanitation.”

Grand Tour of Homes

The Grand Tour of Homes is the annual scattered site showcase of new homes. This event features homes built by Professional Builder Members and provides a great opportunity for consumers to view the latest trends in new home construction and to speak directly with Professional Builders about their dream homes.

The Grand Tour of Homes is a FREE self-guided home tour. You may visit as many or as few homes as you like during the tour dates. Builders and/or Marketing Representatives will be on hand at each property to answer questions and tell you about their projects. September 17 through September 19; and September 24 through September 26.

Remodelers Council Meeting


Wildflower Walk, 2 pm, McConnell Springs

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Free Mulch Giveaway, 8 am – noon or until mulch runs out, 1631 Old Frankfort Pike Bluegrass Kitchens hosted a ribbon cutting. | September 2021 | 21

Sold In Lexington Sold in 40502

1775 MOORELAND DR ........................................$1,630,000 2027 HART RD.......................................................$1,150,000 1237 INDIAN MOUND RD ...................................$1,050,000 3192 PEPPERHILL RD ..........................................$1,060,000 116 HOLIDAY RD..................................................... $885,000 115 OLD CASSIDY AVE ............................................ $855,000 1243 LAKEWOOD DR ............................................. $680,000 620 RAINTREE RD ................................................... $670,000 111 WOODLAND AVE UNIT 804 ............................ $607,500 546 CENTRAL AVE .................................................... $606,800 1873 BLAIRMORE RD............................................. $604,000

Sold in 40503

103 WESTWOOD DR ............................................... $625,000 340 GREENBRIAR RD .............................................. $623,000 3488 RABBITS FOOT TRL ......................................... $575,000 1215 HIGBEE MILL RD ............................................ $565,000 116 JOHNSTON BLVD ............................................. $540,000

Sold in 40504

1716 WILLIAMSBURG RD ...................................... $492,500 2413 CHINQUAPIN LN ........................................... $470,000 4204 JOHN ALDEN LN ............................................ $439,000 1878 PARKERS MILL RD ......................................... $412,500

Sold in 40505

1872 GOODPASTER WAY ........................................ $462,000 1821 GAYLE DR........................................................ $365,000

Sold in 40507

350 E SHORT ST UNIT 426 ...................................... $370,000 369 E MAIN ST UNIT 303 ........................................ $347,000

Sold in 40508

156 BONNIE BRAE DR ............................................ $625,000 136 FOREST AVE ...................................................... $512,500 727 HAMBRICK AVE ............................................... $435,000 512 MARYLAND AVE UNIT 112 .............................. $360,000

Sold in 40509

2584 CAYMAN HEIGHTS .....................................$1,189,765 2479 PASCOLI PL.................................................... $720,000 3193 BRIGHTON PLACE DR .................................... $712,500 2629 LUCCA PL .$640,500 2417 ROSSINI PL .................................................... $595,000 1828 CATTLE PATH .................................................. $530,000 2441 ROSSINI PL .................................................... $510,000 683 GINGERMILL LN ............................................... $501,500 4157 NEEDLERUSH DR.......................................... $471,000 1371 ESTATES HILL CIR 40511............................... $455,000 3524 ANTILLES DR................................................... $448,000

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