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In This Issue
23 Departments 2 Kentucky Kwiz 4 Mag on the Move 6 Across Kentucky 8 Oddities at the Museum 9 Music Josh Ritter 10 Cooking Derby Delights 50 Off the Shelf 52 Gardening 53 Field Notes 54 Calendar
Featured Fare 14 Capturing the Glory
Glasgow native and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Bill Luster shares some of his memorable images from recent Derbys
20 Riding High
Third-generation jockey Tyler Gaffalione reflects on his first mount in the Kentucky Derby
23 Kentucky Derby Festival
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39 Green Living
Bereaâ€™s Ecovillage provides sustainability and support for nontraditional students
42 Silver and Spice
Voices 3 Readers Write 51 Past Tense/ Present Tense
Lexington couple succeeds at love, life and business by following their passions
28 Big Hitter
New Yorker carries on Kentuckyâ€™s rich pro baseball tradition
64 Vested Interest
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6. Which of the constantly revolving actors to portray Col. Harland Sanders in KFC commercials was actually born in Kentucky, a claim even the Colonel can’t make? A. Norm McDonald B. Darrell Hammond C. Rob Riggle
1. The town of Irvine, named after Col. William Irvine, hosts which edible festival during the last weekend of April? A. The Mountain Meatball Festival B. The Mountain Mushroom Festival C. The Mountain Mozzarella Festival
7. Bruce Tinsley, the creator of the comic strip Mallard Fillmore, holds a political science degree from Bellarmine University. He was recruited because his strip was seen as a conservative response to which other well-known strip? A. Doonesbury
2. Why is Early Times, produced by Brown-Forman, branded as a whisky instead of a bourbon?
B. Beatle Bailey C. Garfield
A. Because it’s produced in Nebraska B. Because it’s only 11.75 corn C. Because some of the spirits used are aged in used barrels 3. For years, fans of the Boston Red Sox believed the team was cursed by the spirit of Babe Ruth after his disrespectful 1919 trade to the New York Yankees. The Hanshin (Japanese) Tigers believe they were cursed for 18 years because a life-sized statue of which Kentuckian was thrown into the Dotonbori River during a 1985 fan celebration?
C. Colonel Harland Sanders 4. When John Y. Brown Jr. married former Miss America Phyllis George in 1979, which minister performed the ceremony? A. Norman Vincent Peale B. The Rev. Billy Graham C. The Rev. Jesse Jackson 5. Alexander Scott Bullitt (1761-1816), the namesake of Bullitt County, named his 1,000-acre farm after which fictional British farm? A. Summitt B. Oxmoor C. Cuthbert
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Just wanted to say that my family sooooo enjoyed your December/January issue. In particular, the Kentuckian of the Year story (page 30) was amazing and touching and made me so happy to be a new Kentuckian. I love the man you chose (John McGinnis). I had to stop a couple of times while reading it aloud, because I became choked up. So beautiful. This is why we moved here, and I am so happy to subscribe to a magazine that would honor such a man. And the recipes were awesome, too! And we loved the story of the rescue dogs. Jennifer Koehler, via emal
I really enjoyed Bill Ellis’ article on the War of 1812 (February issue, page 48). Very nice work. Although I am 18 years shy of 80, I remember well the Johnny Horton tune. Brian Cornish, via email
I loved Steve Vest’s daughter’s column (February issue, page 56). If I were him, I won’t let her do it again. People might like her better than him. Bernie Mann, President and Publisher, Our State Magazine, Greensboro, N.C.
This is in response to the two letters deriding the Trixie Foundation, its founder Randy Skaggs and the work he does for our four-legged domestic companions. (March issue, page 3). The Trixie Foundation and its no-kill, care-for-life sanctuary, Eden, is not, nor was it inteded to be, an idyllic day spa for pampered animals. For 28 years, it has been the last hope and salvation for animals abandoned, neglected or
Readers Write dumped at its doorstep, whose only other prospect was starvation or a bullet to the head at one of eastern Kentucky’s “shelters.” No dog or cat is turned away or refused compassion, attention or food despite the foundation’s ongoing struggle to maintain quality employeees and adequate stores of food and proper veterinary care. A recent land purchase will serve to provide additional space for the animals. I find it disheartening that critics would choose to attack Randy and the work he does. Anything that anybody does to endear society to our feline and canine companions deserves praise and support, not derision and contempt. Jack G. Grimm, Louisville Editor’s note: Randy Skaggs was arrested on March 8 and charged with 179 counts of seconddegree animal cruelty.
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f Leonardo da Vinci’s brilliance in a variety of areas makes him the epitome of a Renaissance man, then by the same measure, ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (one.alltech.com) is a “Renaissance conference.” Held May 20-22, it is a nexus of agriculture, bringing 4,000 people to Lexington to discuss the important issues in agribusiness today, from feeding an expanding global population to GMOs and nutrigenomics. ONE18’s theme is “ideas change everything,” and the headliner is Jack Welch, Forbes magazine’s “Manager of the Century,” and one of the “100 Greatest Living Business Minds.” During his 20 years as CEO of General Electric, capitalization rose from $13 billion to $400 billion. Aspiring CEOs will find Welch and the conference’s business-focused breakout sessions similarly inspiring. If you are interested in examples of entrepreneurship, look no further than The Pearse Lyons Accelerator, a launchpad for industry-disrupting startups, providing opportunities to develop fledgling ideas in agriculture, food and ag-tech and get them market-ready. Alltech’s ONE conference has been held in Lexington for 34 years, allowing Kentuckians to network with peers from across the globe and join the dialogue on cutting-edge breakthroughs.
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ick-starting the verve of May’s upcoming “greatest two minutes in sports,” the collaborative efforts of the Kentucky Horse Park and the Kentucky Derby Museum have culminated in a guided Legacy and Legend Tour spotlighting famous Thoroughbreds and Derby victors. Tour-goers will commence their exclusive, behind-the-scenes experience at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville before being transported to Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park and conclude with a visit to the American Saddlebred Museum before returning to the Kentucky Derby Museum. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit derbymuseum.org/plan-avisit/tours.
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aking down opponents from all over the world in showdowns of strength, James Morris, better known by his ring name, “Hillbilly Jim,” has rolled out of southern Kentucky in his overalls and wrestled his way into the WWE Hall of Fame. Billed as from Monroe County’s Mud Lick in the Bowling Green area, Jim has become a beloved wrestling icon since his successful WWF debut in 1985, leading the industry in pay-per-view audiences and setting records in live attendance. Being from the Bluegrass State, Jim has a musical affinity, too, and has been hosting the classic country radio show “Moonshine Matinee” on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Outlaw Country station since 2005. Tune in to the WWE Network on April 6 at 8 p.m. to view a live stream of the WWE induction ceremony, or catch the USA Network broadcast April 7 at 10 p.m. and April 9 at 11 p.m. 6
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B I R T H DAYS 5 Roger Davis (1939), actor best known for the series Dark Shadows, his renovation of the Seelbach Hotel and development of 1400 Willow 8 Barbara Kingsolver (1955), Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame inductee who grew up in Carlisle and is best known for The Poisonwood Bible Roger Davis 8 Kenny Bishop (1966), Dove Award-winning gospel singer from Richmond 9 Kyle Macy (1957), basketball star for the University of Kentucky, coach/ commentator 10 Laura Bell Bundy (1981), Broadway actress/singer from Lexington 14 Loretta Lynn (1935), country music legend known as the Coal Miner’s Daughter 15 Chris Stapleton (1978), multi Grammy-awardwinning singer/ songwriter from Johnson County 15 Sam Bush (1952), Bowling Green mandolin player, originator of the Newgrass Sam Bush style of bluegrass music 17 William Mapother (1965), Louisville-born actor and cousin of actor Tom Cruise 19 Ashley Judd (1968), actress best known for love of University of Kentucky basketball 24 Al Cross (1954), political columnist and educator, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues 24 Rebecca Lynn Howard (1979), country music singer/songwriter from Salyersville 28 Bill Goodman (1946), executive director of the Kentucky Humanities Council, former host of KET’s Bill Goodman Ashley Judd Tonight
DID YOU KNOW? • Kentucky Territory was part of the Virginia Company of London’s original charter in 1609. • As Virginia organized its western territory into counties, Fincastle County was eventually divided into three counties: Washington, Montgomery and Kentucky. More than three years later, Kentucky County was abolished and divided into Fayette, Jeﬀerson and Lincoln counties. At the time, those counties were still part of Virginia, but we consider them the rst of our state’s counties today. Before Kentucky became a state, Nelson, Bourbon, Mercer, Madison, Mason and Woodford counties were berthed from the original three. • On Dec. 18, 1789, Virginia granted Kentucky with statehood consent. Congress approved on Feb. 4, 1791, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky became the 15th state on June 1, 1792. • Kentucky has 120 counties, but that number dropped to 119 early in the 20th century before returning back to the current number. Beckham County was formed from Carter, Lewis and Elliott counties on Feb. 9, 1904, to give Kentucky 120 counties, but it was dissolved 80 days later on April 29, 1904, because it wasn’t formed in accordance with the state constitution. In 1912, McCreary County was formed from Pulaski, Wayne and Whitley counties to again give us 120 counties. • Elected county oﬃcials are vital to our state. These oﬃcials include our judge/executives; magistrates and commissioners; coroners; sheriﬀs; jailers; property valuation administrators; county attorneys; commonwealth attorneys; county clerks and circuit court clerks. Constables and surveyors also are elected county oﬃcials. • County oﬃcials maintain more than 43,000 miles of roadways and nearly 5,000 bridges.
Union County is the leading coal producing county in the state with nearly 15 percent of the state’s coal, more than nine million tons.
West Virginia reused the name Lincoln County for one of its counties in 1867. Theirs is named for Abraham Lincoln while Kentucky’s is named in honor of Benjamin Lincoln, a Revolutionary War. Re general.
Bell County was once called Josh Bell County. Josh Bell was an attorney and congressman. Josh was oﬃcially dropped from the name on Jan. 31, 1873.
Fleming County is recognized as the Covered Bridge Capital of Kentucky.
Happy birthday to Whitley County. Formed on Jan. 17, 1818, the county on the Tennessee border turns 200 this year.
In the early 1820s, Hickman County was the largest county per square miles until Graves County was organized. It ranks 88th today.
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ong known for its bourbon, Kentucky is equally wellknown for Thoroughbred racing. It seems logical that our Commonwealth’s most famous race, the Kentucky Derby, serves up its fair share of the spirit, mixed into the iconic mint julep. Back in 1938, the clubhouse area of Churchill Downs served water in glasses that seemed to disappear as the day went on. It seems that fans were taking the glasses home as souvenirs. So, just in time for the 1939 Kentucky Derby, an official souvenir glass was created. By 1940, the folks at Churchill Downs were smart enough to create three editions of the glass. Two were made of glass, with one of those sporting the year, and the third was an aluminum tumbler. The Kentucky Derby Museum, on the grounds of Churchill Downs, has in its collection one of the 1940 glasses, which are scarce, to put it mildly. “The 1940 glass with the date has been dubbed the most rare by collectors, making it a highly sought-after piece at auctions or through private sale,” said Chris Goodlett, director of curatorial and educational affairs at the museum. After track employees found broken glass on the track grounds, the glass editions were distributed only on the backside of the track. The limited distribution accounts for the low number of glass Derby tumblers produced, which contributes to their rarity. About 100,000 Derby glasses were produced each year in the 1940s, compared with today’s production run of a half-million. The museum’s collection includes all sorts of rare memorabilia from past Derbys, such as the first Kentucky Derby program from 1875, which lists the winner, Aristides, one of the 15 horses to run out of the 42 nominated that year. Speaking of Aristides, the museum has a pair of ankle boots that the horse wore. Also on display is a 1948 Triple Crown trophy won by Jimmy Jones for training the legendary Citation. Another rarity is a headstone that marked the original grave of famous 19th-century jockey Isaac Murphy. The museum offers tours of the track and features hands-on exhibits that enable visitors to mount a replica of a horse and take a simulated two-minute ride. No visit is complete without watching the breathtaking film, The Greatest Race, which is shown in a big-screen, 360-degree theater complete with stools that spin, so you won’t miss a second of the action. — Deborah Kohl Kremer
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osh Ritter isn’t a Kentuckian, but he plays frequently in the Bluegrass State. His knowledge of Kentucky musicians and attachment to the area run deep. Ritter is an indie folk rocker from Idaho who was once married to Kentucky singer/songwriter Dawn Landes. The marriage didn’t last, but his love of Kentucky did. While it’s common for musicians to cite big names like Bill Monroe, Loretta Lynn and Merle Travis as influences, a younger crew has Ritter’s attention. “I think my biggest Kentucky influence would be Will Oldham and Palace,” Ritter said. Oldham is a highly respected singer/songwriter and actor, for folks who like to dig a little deeper for their music. Ritter also mentioned Rachel’s and My Morning Jacket as musicians he deeply respects. Rachel’s classical roots and My Morning Jacket’s rock leanings show how varied Ritter’s tastes and Kentucky’s talents are. “You’ve got a lot to be proud of” with the pool of talent found in Kentucky, Ritter said. “I remember the first time I heard Will Oldham. There was nothing like it. I tracked him down,” and he delved into Oldham’s many incarnations, including Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Palace and Palace Brothers. “We’re all lucky enough to be living now at the same time as My Morning Jacket,” Ritter said. It’s not just the music but also the audiences that keep Ritter coming back to Kentucky. “It’s a favorite place to play,” he said. “I’ve always been really impressed by the level of enthusiasm [fans] have for music they don’t even know. It’s a great, fertile place to play.” Ritter said he tends to be more willing to take chances and try new things with Kentucky audiences because they are so receptive. “Music is so mysterious; you never know how it is going to be received,” he said. “A receptive audience is ready for anything.” Ritter downplays the distinction of making Paste magazine’s 100 Top Josh Ritter Living Songwriters List, even though he shares the honor with heavy hitters like Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan. “In high school, I was no good at sports, and girls wouldn’t talk to me. I was a lonely kid,” he said. That sense of isolation led him to music. “Music made sense to me … I think of music as a form of self-medication.” He believes that music consoles, whether someone listens to “Jay-Z, Tom Waits, Gillian Welch, whatever gives you the push to get you going.” While Ritter played in Louisville in February and has no return dates scheduled for this tour, he knows he’ll be back. “I love touring,” he said. “I started 20 years ago. I’ve sort of grown up touring.” Now, he tours with his young family, including his baby girl. Ritter released his first album in 1999, the same year the old music-sharing program Napster was at its height. “My timing was either remarkably good or remarkably bad,” he said. “I didn’t make as much money [thanks to downloads], but I can share my music with the world. “The economics still are not sorted out, but in terms of artistic freedom, it’s a great time for artists and listeners.” For fans of literate, intelligent folk songs, Ritter is worth checking out the next time he passes through Kentucky. — Laura Younkin A P R I L 2 0 1 8 • K E N T U C K Y M O N T H LY
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n Kentucky, we observe three holidays during May: Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and Kentucky Derby Day. While not an official holiday, Derby Day inspires lots of celebrating in our Thoroughbred-loving Commonwealth. For those not attending Churchill Downs on the first Saturday of May, festive parties with plenty of munchables are the plan du jour. These delectable dishes from Brigitte Nguyen of The Cooking Channel’s From the Kitchens of … are sure to make your Derby celebration a winning one. Brigitte Nguyen
Mint Julep Brownies with Bourbon Ganache 1 stick butter 4 ounces semisweet chocolate bar, chopped 1 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon mint extract 2 tablespoons bourbon 2 eggs ¾ cup, plus 2 tablespoons flour ¼ teaspoon baking powder Pinch salt ½ cup chocolate chips or mint chocolate bits Bourbon Ganache (recipe follows) 1. Spray a nonstick mini muffin pan with baking spray. In a bowl set over a pot of simmering water, melt the butter and chocolate until smooth. 2. Remove from heat and stir in the brown sugar, mint extract, bourbon and eggs, whisking until smooth. 3. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add this dry mixture to the chocolate mixture, stirring until the flour is no longer visible. Lastly, stir in the chocolate chips or mint chocolate bits.
4. Scoop brownie batter into the wells of the muffin tin, filling about two-thirds full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 13-15 minutes. Cool completely and remove from muffin tin. 5. Prepare the bourbon ganache and dip the tops of the brownie bites into the ganache. Bourbon Ganache ½ cup heavy cream 4 ounces chocolate, chopped 2 tablespoons bourbon, or more to taste ½ teaspoon mint extract, or more to taste 1. Heat the cream in a small pan to scalding. Place the chopped chocolate in a small bowl and add the hot cream to melt. Stir to form a smooth mixture. 2. Add the bourbon and mint extract, tweaking quantities to taste. If ganache is too thin for dipping, refrigerate briefly to cool.
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Mini Hot Brown Cups
1 loaf white sandwich bread 3 tablespoons butter, plus additional softened or melted butter for the bread cups Âź cup flour 2 cups milk 2 cups white cheddar cheese, grated 1 pound deli turkey, thick sliced and diced 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Using a 3-inch-round cutter or a drinking glass, cut rounds from each slice of bread. With a rolling pin, roll the bread rounds flat. 2. Lightly butter each side of the bread round or brush with melted butter, then press into the well of a mini muffin tin to form a cup. Bake until lightly browned on the edges, about 5-7 minutes. Allow to cool completely, then remove the cups from the muffin tin and place on a baking sheet. 3. In a large skillet or saucepan, melt the 3 tablespoons of butter and add the flour to form a roux. Stir with a wooden spoon and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Roux should remain pale and not brown. 4. Whisk in the milk and bring to a simmer to thicken. Remove from the heat and add the cheese, stirring to melt and combine. Stir in the diced turkey, then season with salt and pepper. 5. Before serving, fill the bread cups with turkey mixture, then sprinkle with bacon bits. Bake until hot and bubbly, about 8-12 minutes. Remove from the oven, and top each with a halved grape tomato.
Finish Line Layered Salad 1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped into a large dice 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, halved 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced 1 orange bell pepper, seeded and diced 6 hardboiled eggs, peeled and chopped 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled 2 cups grated cheddar cheese 4 green onions, white and green parts, sliced 1 tablespoon Sriracha hot sauce 1 cup ranch dressing 1. In a large glass bowl or trifle dish, layer half of the iceberg lettuce. Scatter the tomatoes and diced bell peppers on top, followed by the remaining lettuce. Top with chopped egg, bacon, cheese and green onion. 2. In a small bowl, combine the Sriracha and ranch dressing. Drizzle over the salad or serve on the side.
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Pimiento Cheese Deviled Eggs 6 hardboiled eggs 1 teaspoon mustard ¼ cup mayonnaise Pinch of freshly ground black pepper ¼ teaspoon seasoned salt ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 2 tablespoons diced pimientos, drained Chives or pimientos for garnish, optional 1. Cut each of the eggs in half and transfer the yolks to the bowl of a food processor. Process the yolks with the mustard, mayonnaise, pepper and seasoned salt until smooth. 2. Fold in the cheese and pimentos and scoop into the egg white shells. Garnish with chives or pimientos, if desired.
Bourbon Mint Tea
4 cups water 2 black tea bags or 2 tablespoons loose-leaf black tea 1 mint tea bag or 1 tablespoon loose-leaf mint tea 1 cup fresh mint simple syrup (recipe follows) 1 cup Woodford Reserve bourbon 1. To brew the tea, heat the water in a pot and add the tea bags or loose leaf tea. Allow to steep for 10 minutes, then remove the bags or strain out the tea leaves. 2. Add the mint simple syrup and the bourbon, stirring to combine. Serve over ice. Mint Simple Syrup 1 cup water 1 cup sugar 3-4 sprigs fresh mint (or about ½ cup leaves) 1. Bring the water and sugar to a simmer in a small pot over medium heat. Remove from heat and add the mint. 2. Allow to steep and infuse for about 30 minutes, gently crushing the leaves with a wooden spoon to release more flavor.
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Splashing down the stretch: 2017 Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming, right, dominates with his wire-to-wire run.
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hile the event itself lasts roughly two minutes, the spectacle and splendor of the Kentucky Derby begin well before the iconic Thoroughbred race is run on the first Saturday in May and extend past the winner crossing the finish line. Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Bill Luster, who began his career at the Glasgow Daily Times, has photographed the Derby scene for 52 years, mostly for the Courier-Journal. Here, he shares some of his favorite images from recent Derbys.
Jockey Mike Smith celebrates following his 2005 Derby win aboard Giacomo.
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Joking around in the jocks’ room helps to relieve some of the tension of the Derby Day.
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Top left, John Velazquez, the rider of 2017 Derby victor Always Dreaming, pops the champagne cork in the winner’s circle; bottom left, clever, colorful and sometimes comical hats abound at the Kentucky Derby; right, trainer Todd Pletcher embraces rider Velazquez after their dreams come true with Always Dreaming’s win.
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Kentucky is home to 49 state parks, each with its own story. They feature amazing wildlife, geological features, history, food, and great locations for family getaways. Enjoy recreation, outstanding golf courses, resorts, cottages, campgrounds, pioneer living, fishing, boating, and plenty more at your Kentucky State Parks. Make your Summer Break plans now! Visit parks.ky.gov A P R I L 2 0 1 8 â€˘ K E N T U C K Y M O N T H LY
Riding High Third-generation jockey Tyler Gaffalione reflects on his first mount in the Kentucky Derby
By Ken Snyder
atching 21-year-old Tyler Gaffalione in a smartly cut blue suit adjusting his tie and carefully patting down a preppy haircut (short on the sides, “waterfall” in the front), you might place him in a fraternity house preparing for a formal. Instead, he was in the jockeys’ quarters at Churchill Downs, having ridden in the 2017 Kentucky Derby. There’s a first time for every Derby rider fortunate enough to make it to this career pinnacle. In Gaffalione’s case, there may be more promise for many more Derbys and potential wins than for any rider in recent years. He was apprentice of the year in 2015, but even that honor pales in comparison with what he’s done since: His mounts earned nearly $6.5 million in 2016—28th best in the country among all jockeys. Last year, he rode right by those earnings to surpass more than $11 million in purses, placing him 12th among all U.S. riders. His earnings were primarily at Gulfstream Park in Florida, rather than Santa Anita in California or New York racetracks, which have larger purses. There was, apparently, no learning curve for Gaffalione. After riding his first winner in September 2014 at Gulfstream, he won both the spring and summer riding titles at the track in 2015. 20
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If anything exceeds his talent as a reinsman, it might be his modesty. Gaffalione is quick to give credit to those around him; he is invariably polite, and he possesses a “geewhiz” demeanor lacking in most young men his age and certainly most young millionaires. (Jockeys earn 10 percent of purse money.) He is, in short, the young man you’d want to take your daughter to the fantasy formal mentioned before. So, what was the day like for a young rider reaching the 12th race of the day at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May? First, the events, the feelings and the moments before the race. ••• Gaffalione had to make two trips to Churchill Downs on Derby Day before a third one around the oval at the track. “I had to take a picture for NBC,” he said, downplaying that the “picture” was a film in which he introduced himself and the name of his mount for millions of Derby TV viewers. His answers to questions about what the day meant for him were what you might expect from a newcomer to the Derby—“It’s unbelievable.” “It’s a dream come true.” [spoken twice] “It’s an amazing opportunity.” He smiled broadly as he talked about his one and only trip to Churchill Downs prior to that day. “It was the day
the prettiest style, I loved it,” Gaffalione said. Gomez provided Gaffalione a study in versatility needed to win in all kinds of races and on all kinds of horses. “He was great on closers; he was great on the lead. He could do anything.” Gaffalione’s first “rides” as a boy were on the back of a bike, pretending it was a horse and using a tree branch as a riding crop. Real horses followed soon after, and he first galloped horses at age 10. Dad and Granddad may have sensed precocity as, when Tyler was 12, he got his own Equicizer, a mechanical horse jockeys use to train and stay in shape that replicates the action of a live horse. Young Gaffalione rode as many as 15 pretend races daily. Talk of riding styles took Gaffalione from genial to thoughtful and even grave as he looked toward not only the “greatest two minutes in sports,” but also the biggest two minutes so far in his professional life. “You don’t want to take it too lightly, but you don’t want to get overanxious,” he said. He took into the race advice his father had given him: “Don’t get caught up in the moment, but enjoy it.” ••• In the Derby, Gaffalione hustled Patch out of the gate, starting from the farthest outside post position, the 20th, and then methodically and unhurriedly (not overanxiously) moved him down into rare space in mid-pack as the horses charged past the grandstand for the first time. Gaffalione’s placing Patch in a safe position amid traffic and calming him to conserve energy gave the horse an opportunity that could have been lost. Many experts will tell you that half the horses in a Derby field lose the race early, with nerves made worse by riders asking for too much too soon in a 1¼-mile race. Reflecting afterward back in the jockeys’ quarters, Gaffalione said matter-of-factly that the Derby was “like a
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they had the Spendthrift Stallion Stakes, and I rode a horse called Sister Nation. I think I was last,” he said. His horse actually finished fifth of 12 starters in the October 2016 race. He deflects questions about how he came to earn a Derby mount to give credit to others, especially his agent, Matt Muzikar. “He’s an excellent agent,” Gaffalione said. “He knows exactly what he’s doing.” Gaffalione was one of a handful of riders offered a choice between two Derby mounts. He had ridden Fast and Accurate for trainer Todd Pletcher to a win in the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park, one of the Derby qualifying races with points awarded toward eligibility for the big race. “Then, we were approached by [Thoroughbred trainer] Mike Maker to go to Fair Grounds [in New Orleans],” Gaffalione said. Maker wanted him to ride Patch, Gaffalione’s eventual Derby mount, in the Louisiana Derby, another Derby prep. The horse’s name—derived from that of Patch’s sire, Union Rags—was given to him shortly after he was foaled. It was an ironic choice, as the colt later would lose his left eye in a racetrack accident. Although Patch finished second in the Louisiana Derby, Gaffalione and his agent liked the way the horse ran. “He had a rough trip ‘through the fence’ that day,” according to Gaffalione, referring to the bumping and jostling that can occur with a horse in tight quarters down on the rail. Talent is the ticket for riding in major Derby prep races and the Derby itself, but for Gaffalione, it might seem preordained. His dad and his granddad were jockeys, with racing a major part of family life. Gaffalione’s brother, Garrett, got his name from the late legendary jockey Garrett Gomez, and Tyler idolized Gomez and retired Hallof-Famer Jerry Bailey growing up. He patterns himself after both. “Even though everyone says he [Bailey] didn’t have
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normal horse race. As soon as the gate opened, everything calmed down.” The last few minutes preceding it, however, were another matter. He’d already heard from other riders of high emotion at the playing of “My Old Kentucky Home” for reasons that defy any specific explanation. Gaffalione was no exception, and it was a shock. “It hits you. I had to pull my goggles down,” he admitted with a smile, too embarrassed to add that he wanted to hide tears. “My whole life I’ve dreamed of being in that spot at that moment, and I’ve finally made it after all these years of hard work and dedication,” he said. Another moment unique to Gaffalione’s experience was the introduction of starters and jockeys as they made their way to the starting gate. Patch received the loudest cheers as the sentimental crowd favorite because of his one eye, but his pairing with a young jockey may have added to it. As for the race itself, Gaffalione simply said he “didn’t have time to feel anything.” He remembered the back doors to the starting gate being barely closed before the front ones clanged open. From then, it was a ride with traffic, tactics and strategy taking the place of thoughts of horse racing immortality and the prestige of the race. No, he didn’t win the race or finish in the top three—he and Patch finished 14th—but not because of any mistake Gaffalione may have made as a jockey. He summed up his day expressing “no disappointment at all. I’m just so thankful to have been a part of it.” Patch would later finish third in the Belmont Stakes with John Velazquez aboard. Thoughts of the 2018 Derby were in Gaffalione’s head even before his hair was dry from a post-race shower. “It was way more than I could have expected,” he said. “I could have never dreamed of that kind of environment. It was like nothing else.” With the biggest day, to date, of his riding life not yet over, he said with a wry smile, “I’m already counting down the days till next year’s race.” Q
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The Kentucky Derby Festival’s Tradition of Excitement By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley
or 63 years, the Kentucky Derby Festival has been entertaining the masses from all walks of life. Finding fresh new events to keep the festival’s 70-plus events appealing to everybody could be seen as a challenge, but KDF remains successful at adding new happenings to complement the festivities. Here, we highlight some of those new events, as well as the beloved traditions that have made the festival what it is today—a giant, two-week party leading up to the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports, the Kentucky Derby. 24
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The Board of Directors and staff, our 4,000 volunteers and over 400 sponsors welcome you to one of America’s greatest community celebrations. This whirlwind of colorful activities is a wonderful time in this community and we hope you enjoy it. The KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL is a private, not-for-profit, community organization dedicated to providing unique entertainment for the Greater Louisville area. Entertaining over 1.5 million people, the KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL is one of the nation’s top festivals, boasting more than 70 special events.
2018 schedule family fun April 11 HORSESHOE FOUNDATION KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL FAMFEST 4-8 p.m. Downtown New Albany (next to the YMCA). New family-friendly event with a special preview of the 2018 Festival, featuring hot air balloons, parade floats and more. First 1,000 attendees receive a custom Pegasus Pin. Sponsor: Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County. Media Sponsor: 102.3 Jack FM and Extol Magazine. April 14 PASSPORT BRIGHTSIDE COMMUNITY-WIDE CLEANUP Various locations throughout Louisville. Brightside encourages all residents to take part in the Community-Wide Cleanup. All cleanup teams will receive bags and gloves at no cost, and the first 5,000 volunteers to register also will receive a free T-shirt. Contact Lorri Roberts at Lorri.Roberts@louisvilleky.gov to participate. April 14-22 GIVE A DAY: MAYOR’S WEEK OF SERVICE Citywide week of volunteering to help others. Help make Louisville the most compassionate city in the world. Individuals, companies and groups can volunteer online at MyGiveADay.com. Agencies and organizations with projects that volunteers can also add their information to the website. April 21 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONIES: THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE® Downtown Louisville Riverfront, Waterfront Park, River Road and Southern Indiana shoreline. FoodFest and Ford’s Thunder On the Ground open at 11 a.m., airshow at 3 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m. All-day live coverage on WLKY TV and 106.9 PLAY. Event programs distributed April 21 by The Courier-Journal. Featuring the Thunder Chow Wagon at Waterfront Park and the East River Road Beer Garden. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin. (Open 11
Horseshoe Foundation FamFest April 11, 4-8 p.m., Downtown New Albany (next to the New Albany YMCA) Located across the Ohio River, this new event promises to give parents and their children a perfect preview of the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival. “Families will have the chance to experience aspects of the Kentucky Derby Festival by seeing, tasting and smelling,” said KDF Event Manager Anna Miller. “The ‘Sunny Side of Louisville’ hot air balloon will be tethered, the Royal Court will be on hand signing autographs, and we’ll have a mini bed race course set up for folks to experience pushing a bed on wheels, plus much more.” There will be face painting, kids’ arts and crafts, parade inflatables and mini golf. Miller said adding another event across the river was enthusiastically welcomed by Louisville’s neighbor. “The Festival gets great support from the community in southern Indiana every year—from our Spelling Bee to Thunder Over Louisville and beyond,” she said. “The FamFest is an opportunity for us to host yet another event across the river.”
Meijer Family Fun Zone at Thunder April 21, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., West Belvedere While everyone awaits the airshow and fireworks in the skies on Thunder Over Louisville Day, parents can keep their children—and themselves— grounded and well entertained with all the events for Thunder on the Ground. These include the Meijer Family Fun Zone on the Belvedere. Bounce houses, kids’ activities and plenty of snacks will be on hand to keep everyone entertained, while Louisville celebrates its biggest one-day party of the year. A P R I L 2 0 1 8 • K E N T U C K Y M O N T H LY
a.m.-11 p.m. No tents, stakes, tape or pets.) Meijer Family Fun Zone on the Belvedere. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin. (Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. No tents, stakes, tape or pets.) North Great Lawn area opens at 9 a.m. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin. (No tents, stakes, tape or pets.)Sponsors: Horseshoe Southern Indiana, LG&E, Meijer, UPS and Valero, along with Papa John’s Thunder Funders. Thunder on the Ground Sponsor: Ford Motor Company. Official Hotel: The Galt House. April 26-April 28 U.S. BANK KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL GREAT BALLOONFEST SM Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. Sponsor: U.S. Bank. Contributing Sponsor: V.G Reed & Sons.
April 27 U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Rush-Hour Race 7 a.m. launch, Bowman Field. Public entrance off Pee Wee Reese Road. Media Sponsor: 99.7 DJX. U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow 9 p.m., Kentucky Exposition Center. Gates open at 6 p.m. $8 KEC parking fee. Media Sponsor: 106.9 PLAY. Broadcast special by WLKY TV on MeTV Louisville 32.2. April 28 U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Race® 7 a.m. launch, Bowman Field. Public entrance off Pee Wee Reese Road. Media Sponsor: 99.7 DJX.
April 26 U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Charity Race 7 a.m. launch, Bowman Field.
April 28 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL KEN-DUCKY DERBY 4-8 p.m. Call to the post: 7 p.m. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. See the launch of 20,000 ducks into the Ohio River for a chance to race and compete for prizes. Proceeds benefit Harbor House. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus
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Pin®. To adopt a duck, visit DuckTruck.org. For more information, visit KDF.org or call (502) 717-0072. (Food, drink and pets are not permitted.) Sponsor: Swope Family Dealerships. Media Sponsor: WLKY TV. April 29 THE CHILDREN’S TEA WITH THE KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL PRINCESSES PRESENTED BY BIGELOW TEA 1-4 p.m. Crowne Plaza, Louisville Airport. Children ages 4 and up invited to meet the Kentucky Derby Festival Queen and Princesses. Tickets $35 each. Reservation required. Purchase tickets online at thefillies.org. For more information contact Cindy Lewandowski at 502-295-1740 or firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsor: Bigelow Tea. Produced by: The Fillies, Inc. April 30 THORNTONS KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL GREAT BED RACES 4 p.m. tailgating, 6 p.m. parade of beds, 7 p.m. racing. Broadbent Arena. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. $8 KEC Parking fee. $150 entry fee for team of 5. Sponsor: Thorntons. Contributing Sponsors: Ashley Homestore of Louisville, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local
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active lifestyle Ongoing through April 28 NORTON SPORTS HEALTH KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL TRAINING PROGRAM 15-week training program for the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon/ Marathon. For more information, visit derbyfestivalmarathon.com. Sponsor: Norton Sports Health. Contributing Sponsor: Swags Sport Shoes. Media Sponsor: 102.3Jack FM.
369, and Safelite AutoGlass. Media Sponsor: 107.7 The Eagle. Broadcast special on WAVE 3 NEWS. April 30 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL HAPPYTAIL HOUR 5-9 p.m Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. A petfriendly (leashes, please!) social event. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. Coordinated by Metro Animal Services. (Food and drink are not permitted.) Media Sponsor: 100.5 KISS FM. April 30 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL STEAMBOAT RACE TRIAL PRESENTED BY TRILOGY 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Brunch cruise on the Belle of Louisville, as the boat makes a practice run in preparation for the Great Steamboat Race. Tickets include brunch and live entertainment. Tickets $45 (limited availability), available by calling (502) 584-FEST or online at KDF.org. Sponsor: Trilogy. Contributing Sponsor: Hosparus Health. Media Sponsor: 100.1/103.5 WAKY. May 1 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL PEGASUS® PARADE PREVIEW PARTY PRESENTED BY LOUISVILLE MEGA CAVERN Private group tours 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Open to the public 5-9 p.m. Kentucky Exposition Center, South Wing C. $8 KEC parking fee. Floats, inflatables and equestrians for the Republic Bank
Pegasus Parade on display. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. To schedule a private group tour, call (502) 648-3007. Sponsor: Louisville Mega Cavern. Media Sponsors: 99.7 DJX and Today’s Family Magazine. Official Hotel: The Galt House. May 3 REPUBLIC BANK KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL PEGASUS® PARADE 5 p.m. West on Broadway from Campbell to 9th Street. This annual parade features colorful floats, marching bands, giant inflatables and equestrians. Bleacher tickets $10 and chair seating $12. VIP seating $30. Tickets available at KDF.org or call (502) 584-FEST. Sponsor: Republic Bank. Contributing Sponsor: KentuckyOne Health. Official Hotel: The Galt House. Broadcast live on WAVE 3 NEWS. May 6 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL CINCO DE MAYO AT FOURTH STREET LIVE 2-9 p.m. Fourth Street Live! in downtown Louisville. The family-friendly celebration will feature Mariachis, face-painting, a piñata competition, dance performances and a battle of Latino bands. Hosted by the Mayor’s Office for Globalization’s Louisville Latino Council. Proceeds benefit 100 Dreamers Community Foundation of Louisville. More information online at Cincoat4thSt.org. Sponsors: Fourth Street Live, LG&E, and Adhawks Advertising & Public Relations.
April 16 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL FOUNDATION PRO-AM GOLF TOURNAMENT Noon tee time, Wildwood Country Club. Team entries $2,000, individual entries $500. Entries open to the public, includes lunch, golf with local pro, cocktail reception following tournament and gifts. A portion of the entry fee is tax deductible. Contact Jon Pollock at email@example.com or (502) 572-3833 to register. Contributing Sponsor: KPGA. Media Sponsor: 1450/96.1 The Big X Sports Radio WXVW. Prize Sponsor: Horseshoe Southern Indiana. A Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation event. April 19-29 STOCK YARDS BANK KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL $1 MILLION DOLLAR HOLE-IN-ONE GOLF CONTEST SM April 19-28: 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; closed April 21; April 29: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., semifinals 6 p.m. Seneca Golf Course Driving Range. $1 per shot and free for spectators. April 22: Jr. Day – Under 18 get 2 shots for $1. April 23: First Responders and Veterans Day get 2 shots for $1. April 24: Ladies Day – Ladies get 2 shots for $1. April 25: Long Drive Contest 11 a.m.7 p.m., 2 shots for $5. Senior Special Weekdays – 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 62 and up get 2 shots for $1. Grand Prize: $1 million. First Prize (if no Hole-in-One): $5,000. Sponsor: Stock Yards Bank. Contributing Sponsor: Louisville Parks & Recreation. Media Sponsors: WLKY TV, 840 WHAS and Insider Louisville. April 21-29 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL VOLLEYBALL CLASSIC One of the country’s largest outdoor volleyball tournaments. For more information, call The Volleyball Connection/Tandem Sports (502) 582-3530. Contributing Sponsors: ASICS and Mikasa. Media Sponsor: 98.9 Radio Now. April 21-22 and 28-29 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sand Divisions at Baxter Jacks. A P R I L 2 0 1 8 • K E N T U C K Y M O N T H LY
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miniMarathon/Marathon VIP Experience Presented by ZEGGZ April 28, 7:30 a.m., Preston and Witherspoon streets near Slugger Field Two new highlights commemorate the 45th annual miniMarathon and 17th annual Marathon: a new VIP package that runners can purchase along with their race entry fee, as well as a new medal awarded to every runner who finishes the races. The VIP package—limited to 300 runners—will offer early access to Race Expo and Packet Pick-up, reserved parking at the start/finish line, private changing areas and restrooms, and signature cocktails and chef-prepared meals waiting for runners at the Finish Line. For the first time ever, the finisher’s medal will include the world-famous Twin Spires of Churchill Downs. Surprisingly, the spires never have appeared on race medals, but now that the course runs through Churchill Downs, organizers thought it makes perfect sense. “We found through feedback from our runners the experience of running through Churchill Downs has been such a highlight for their race, and it seemed right to commemorate that experience,” said Race Director Shanna Ward. Ward said the goal is to have 15,000 runners for this year’s races. The organizers came up short in 2017 due to uncooperative weather, but they’re “hoping Mother Nature will be a little more gentle with us this year.”
Chow Wagon Flag Football Showdown/Kickball Showdown April 30/May 1, 5:30-11 p.m., Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville, Great Lawn Kickball came to the Kentucky Derby Festival for the first time in 2017, and all team slots were sold out before it even began. It also drew a large crowd of spectators. Capitalizing on that success, KDF organizers are not only bringing back the kickball tournament this year, they’ve worked with LXC Sports to add another sport: flag football. “Everybody just really enjoyed playing in that atmosphere,” said Ryan Cook, Vice President of LXC Sports. “You can get beer, food … all during the Derby Festival.” Cook said a maximum of 14 coed teams can compete in each sport, with all teams guaranteed to play two games. “We did have one or two company teams that played last year, but the majority of teams that got in it were putting in a team to win,” Cook said. “It’s a pretty competitive tournament.” Plus, anybody can come out and watch, as long as they have a Pegasus Pin®. 28
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April 28-29 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Grass Divisions at Seneca Park Tennis Courts.
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April 22 JUNIOR DAY AT STOCK YARDS BANK KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL $1 MILLION DOLLAR HOLE-IN-ONE GOLF CONTESTSM 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Seneca Golf Course Driving Range. (Open daily through April 29.) Under 18 get 2 shots for $1. Over 18 is $1 per shot. Grand Prize: $1 million. First Prize (if no Hole-in-One): $5,000. Sponsor: Stock Yards Bank. Contributing Sponsor: Louisville Parks & Recreation. Media Sponsors: WLKY TV, 840 WHAS and Insider Louisville. April 23 FIRST RESPONDERS AND VETERANS DAY AT STOCK YARDS BANK KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL $1 MILLION DOLLAR HOLE-IN-ONE GOLF CONTEST SM 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Seneca Golf Course Driving Range. (Open daily through April 29.) First Responders and Veterans get 2 shots for $1. Other participants pay $1 per shot. Grand Prize: $1 million. First Prize (if no Hole-in-One): $5,000.
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April 24 LADIES DAY AT STOCK YARDS BANK KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL $1 MILLION DOLLAR HOLE-IN-ONE GOLF CONTESTSM 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Seneca Golf Course Driving Range. (Open daily through April 29.) Ladies get 2 shots for $1. Other participants pay $1 per shot. Grand Prize: $1 million. First Prize (if no Hole-in-One): $5,000. Sponsor: Stock Yards Bank. Contributing Sponsor: Louisville Parks & Recreation. Media Sponsors: WLKY TV, 840 WHAS and Insider Louisville. April 26 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL HEALTH FAIR PRESENTED BY WELLCARE HEALTH PLANS 4-8 p.m. NEW LOCATION: Fourth Street Live! Featuring exhibits, activities and screenings for families that will be educational and entertaining. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. Sponsor: WellCare Health Plans.
April 26-27 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL RACE EXPO AND PACKET PICK-UP PRESENTED BY FLORASTOR Thursday: 4-8 p.m. – Expo and Packet Pickup; Friday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. – Expo and Packet Pickup; Kentucky Exposition Center West Wing. Two-day expo where you can see the latest running gear, obtain nutritional advice, get pre-race running tips and pick up your race packet for Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon/Marathon® and PNC Tour de Lou. Sponsor: Florastor. Official Bourbon: Jim Beam. Media Sponsor: 99.7 DJX. April 27 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL NEIGHMASTE ON THE WATERFRONT Noon-1 p.m. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront, Great Lawn. Relax and recharge at this yoga event at the Waterfront. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. (Food, drink and pets are not permitted.)
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April 28 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL miniMARATHON/MARATHON® PRESENTED BY HUMANA 7:30 a.m. Kentucky’s largest day of road racing with both 13.1-mile and 26.2-mile routes. Free for spectators. DerbyFestivalMarathon.com. Sponsor: Humana. Official Race Medical Provider: Norton Sports Health. Contributing Sponsors: BB&T, Churchill Downs, Louisville Water Company, Powerade, and The CourierJournal. Official Bourbon: Jim Beam. Official Hotel: The Galt House. Official Pace Team: Dick’s Sporting Goods. Supporting Sponsor: Van & Mobility.
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Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront, Great Lawn. Special meet-and-greet with OVW stars at 5 p.m., followed by six big matches, including a special “all-for-1 one-for-all” over-the-top rope Battle Royal. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. For more information, call (502) 759-7665. (Food, drink and pets are not permitted.) Presented by Ohio Valley Wrestling. April 27 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL DERBY OF THE DEAD PRESENTED BY LOUISVILLE ZOMBIE WALK 6-11 p.m. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront, Great Lawn. Entertainment by Nulydedz zombie rockabilly band, sideshow and fire arts entertainment by Artemisia, local artists and zombiethemed wares, zombie car show, and zombie makeup demonstration by Team Demon Fabulous from The Devil’s Attic.Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. For more information, visit derbyofthedead. com. (Food, drink and pets are not permitted.)
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April 28 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL FITNESS JAM 5-7 p.m. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront, Great Lawn. Join the best Zumba and U-JAM instructors in the area, wear comfortable clothes and burn calories with the fitness craze that is sweeping the nation! Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. For information, call (502) 554-4486 or visitkyfitnessparty.com. (Food, drink and pets are not permitted.) Sponsor: ELeet Stone Countertops. Media Sponsor: 93.1 The Beat.
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RUNNER VIP EXPERIENCE PRESENTED BY ZEGGZ Tickets: $65 (limited availability). Registered runners only. Includes hospitality, recovery stretching, parking and more. Sponsor: Zeggz. Contributing Sponsors: Jim Beam, ProRehab Physical Therapy, and Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy.
and bodybuilding competition featuring amateurs and pro athletes from across the country. Pre-judging tickets $20. Finals tickets: general admission $30, reserved seating $35, VIP $40. For tickets, call (502) 387-3808 or visit KentuckyMuscle.com. Media Sponsor: 1450/96.1 The Big X Sports Radio WXVW.
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Derby of the Dead Presented by Louisville Zombie Walk April 27, 6-11 p.m., Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville, Waterfront If running over 13 miles seems a bit strenuous, maybe something like a nice, respectable Zombie Walk is in the cards instead. For the first time ever, the Kentucky Derby Festival is hosting a Zombie Walk at Fest-a-Ville, with the entry being only a Pegasus Pin. While dressed as your favorite walking dead person, you and other “zombies” can enjoy the music of Nulydedz’s zombie rockabilly music, zombie themed products, a zombie car show and more.
a.m. Open course cycling event with three distances for beginners to experienced cyclists. Entry fees and registration info at KDF.org. Sponsor: PNC. Official Safety Sponsor: AAA East Central. Contributing Sponsors: Baptist Health Sports Medicine, Louisville Marriott Downtown and Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling. Media Sponsors: 102.3 Jack FM and The Courier-Journal. Supporting Sponsors: Louisville Bicycle Club and Louisville Water Company.
April 29 STOCK YARDS BANK KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL $1 MILLION DOLLAR HOLE-IN-ONE GOLF CONTESTSM SEMI-FINALS 6 p.m. Seneca Golf Course Driving Range. Grand Prize: $1 million. First Prize (if no Hole-in-One):
$5,000. Sponsor: Stock Yards Bank. Contributing Sponsor: Louisville Parks & Recreation. Media Sponsors: WLKY TV, 840 WHAS and Insider Louisville. April 30 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL CHOW WAGON FLAG FOOTBALL SHOWDOWN 5:30-11 p.m. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront, Great Lawn. Every team is guaranteed 2 games. Coordinated by: LXC Sports. For more information, visit lxcsports.com/ league/20959/details. (Food, drink and pets are not permitted.) May 1 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL DON FIGHTMASTER GOLF OUTING FOR EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m.-noon event. Shawnee Golf Course. Children’s golf event. Free for spectators. For more information, call (502) 243-8295, ext. 307, or 1-800-2542742 or KyGolf.org. Sponsor: Kentucky PGA Foundation.
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April 29 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL “V FOUNDATION” CELEBRITY BOCCE TOURNAMENT Noon-4 p.m. Kroger’s Festa-Ville on the Waterfront, Great Lawn. Have fun and play bocce with celebrities for a great cause at the Waterfront. For registration information contact JohnS@ESPNLouisville.com. Admission for spectators is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. (Food, drink and pets are not permitted.) Sponsor: Money Concepts.
April 29 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL YMCA HEALTHY KIDS DAY® PRESENTED BY HUMANA AND NORTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL 1-4 p.m. North Great Lawn at Waterfront Park inside Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville. Free, family friendly fitness event featuring interactive activities, community vendors, inflatables, group exercise classes and the miniFun Run. For kids ages 3 and older, plus adults. Coordinated by YMCA of Greater Louisville. For more information, visit YMCALouisville.org or call (502) 5879622. (Food, drink and pets are not permitted.) Sponsors: Humana and Norton Children’s Hospital. Media Sponsor: B96.5 FM.
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May 1 STOCK YARDS BANK KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL $1 MILLION DOLLAR HOLE-IN-ONE GOLF CONTESTSM FINALS 6 p.m. Seneca Golf Course, Hole No. 8. Free for spectators. Sponsor: Stock Yards Bank. Contributing Sponsor: Louisville Parks & Recreation. Media Sponsors: WLKY TV, 840 WHAS and Insider Louisville. May 1 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL CHOW WAGON KICKBALL SHOWDOWN 5:30-11 p.m. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront, Great Lawn. Every team is guaranteed 2 games. Coordinated by: LXC Sports. For more information, visitlxcsports.com/league/17748/details. (Food, drink and pets are not permitted.) May 2 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL BATTLE OF THE BOUNCE 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront, Great Lawn. Obstacle course competition that benefits Christian Care Communities, Kentucky and Indiana Stroke Association. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. For entry information, call (502) 241-1175 or visit eventualities.org. (Food, drink and pets are not permitted.) Sponsor: Louisville Inflatables. Media Sponsors: WDRB and 99.7 DJX.
culinary April 12 KING SOUTHERN BANK KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL BOURBONVILLE SM 6 p.m. The Louisville Palace. Taste signature drinks from Kentucky’s bourbon distilleries, enjoy bourbon-inspired cuisine and meet master distillers. Tickets: $50 general admission, $75 VIP
experience. General admission tickets include bourbon and food tastings, commemorative glass and BourbonVille pin. VIP includes complete event experience, plus 5 p.m. early entry, access to additional distilleries, and premium gift bag. (21 and over only. Must present ID upon entry.) Tickets aravailable by calling (502) 584-FEST or online at KDF.org. Sponsor: King Southern Bank. Contributing Sponsors: Liquor Barn/ Party Mart and RunSwitch PR. Media Sponsor: 107.7 The Eagle. April 17 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL “TASTE OF DERBY FESTIVAL®” 5:30-8 p.m. Louisville Slugger Field. Features exquisite fare from more than 65 of Louisville’s finest restaurants and beverage companies. Bourbon tasting, wine tasting and a silent auction. Tickets $85. Tickets available in advance only. Coordinated by Dare to Care Food Bank. All proceeds to benefit Dare to Care. For more information, call (502) 966-3821. Sponsor: Brown-Forman Corporation. Media Sponsor: 840 WHAS. April 26-May 4 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL CHOW WAGON® Open daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m., except Sunday noon-10 p.m. Kroger’s Fest-aVille on the Waterfront. Outdoor food and live music venue. Featuring the Miller Lite Music Stage. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. (Food, drink and pets are not permitted.) Sponsors: Kroger and Miller Lite. April 28 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL THESLICE: SPICE, STYLE AND SOUL 6-9 p.m. The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. Live entertainment and food tasting. Proceeds benefit charities and assistance programs. Tickets include 2018 Pegasus Pin®.
$65 in advance, $75 day of event. For tickets, call (502) 584-4602, visit TheSliceofLouisville.org or purchase at Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, Better Days Records at Lyles Mall or Jambuster’s at 4906 Poplar Level Road. Media Sponsor: MAGIC 101.3. April 29 MAYOR’S DERBY BRUNCH ON THE RIVER 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing. A festive brunch featuring a traditional Kentucky breakfast, music and tours of the property, including the Moremen Family Chapel. Tickets $100 or $750 for a table of 8. For tickets or information, call (502) 9356809 or visit riverside-landing.org. April 30 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CHARITY DINNER 5:30 p.m. social hour, 6:45 p.m. opening ceremonies. 7 p.m. dinner. Galt House Archibald Cochran Ballroom. Dinner tickets $50. Coordinated by the Bishop Spalding Council of the Knights of Columbus. For tickets, call (502) 893-2220. May 1-2 KENTUCKY PROUD KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL WINEFEST. Wine tasting sessions daily 5-9 p.m. Belvedere. Tickets: $10 designated driver, $45 general admission, $85 VIP experience (limited availability). VIP includes reserved entrance, local cuisine sampling, opportunity to barrel taste local wine, goody bag and access to private restrooms. (21 and over only. Must present ID upon entry.) Tickets available by calling (502) 584-FEST or online at KDF.org. Sponsor: Kentucky Proud. Contributing Sponsors: Ashley HomeStore of Louisville, Commonwealth Credit Union, Sullivan University, Whole Foods Market and Windows Plus. Media Sponsors: Today’s Woman and 106.9 PLAY.
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May 2 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL BEERFEST PRESENTED BY AMERICAN FOUNDERS BANK 6-9 p.m. Overlook at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville. Beer tastings featuring regional craft beers. Tickets: $10 designated driver, $45 general admission in advance, $55 at door until event sells out, $75 for VIP experience starting at 5 p.m. Tickets include beer tastings and sampling mug. Tickets available by calling (502) 584-FEST or online at KDF.org. (21 and over only. Must present ID upon entry.) Sponsor: American Founders Bank. Contributing Sponsors: Kroger and Samuel Adams. Media Sponsors: 95.7 WQMF and SWIG Louisville. 32
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King Southern Bank BourbonVille April 12, 6 p.m., The Louisville Palace Kicking off what Festival Spokesperson Aimee Boyd calls “the trifecta of social events,” KDF’s newest adult beverage gathering, now in its second year, will offer bourbon lovers the chance to “mix, mingle and enjoy” some of Kentucky’s finest bourbon drinks and bourbon-inspired culinary delights. “The beverage industry is booming, and consumers’ tastes are changing,” Boyd said. “Consumers are looking for new drinks, new flavors and new things to do. Events like BourbonVille give consumers the opportunity to try new things and in a social setting.” In addition to last year’s inaugural attendees such as Evan Williams, Four Roses and Jim Beam, Bulleit Bourbon and Jeptha Creed are joining the distilleries to offer their signature spirit and the many different ways to enjoy it. Angel’s Envy also is sponsoring the VIP area, which gives ticket holders early entry, the chance to meet the master distillers and brand ambassadors, access to a private bar and restrooms, and a premium “swag bag.”
Kentucky Proud WineFest May 1 and May 2, 5-9 p.m., Belvedere Starting out under a small tent on the Waterfront with only a few of Kentucky wineries on hand, KDF’s WineFest has expanded meteorically to include over a dozen wineries, complete with wine tastings, food pairings and other experiences to celebrate the Commonwealth’s growing industry. This year, guests can sample winning wines from Kentucky’s Commissioner’s Cup, the highest honor recognizing Kentucky’s wine of the year. Kentucky Proud products also will be on sale at a special market during the WineFest.
BeerFest Presented by American Founders Bank May 2, 6-9 p.m., Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville, Overlook Now in its sixth year, KDF’s BeerFest has become a tradition for beer lovers not only from Louisville, but also from as far as California, New York and Florida. This year, a new layout includes a Pioneers of Craft section with Blue Moon, Leinenkugel’s and Sierra Nevada beer; a Kentucky Village featuring beers produced in states that border Kentucky, including Great Flood, Old Louisville Brewing and Tin Man; and a Special Imports section with Paulaner, Latis Imports and other German and Belgian beers. “Tasting events give breweries the opportunity to showcase their newest products—from new to traditional flavors and seasonal specialties,” Boyd said. “It’s also a chance to introduce their brands to new audiences. A P R I L 2 0 1 8 • K E N T U C K Y M O N T H LY
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Waterfront Jam Concert SERIES April 27-May 4, Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville, Waterfront While Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville has added several new entertainment choices throughout Louisville’s Waterfront, festival-goers can always count on concerts, from national acts to up-and-coming artists. Waterfront Jam is becoming a concert series that shouldn’t be missed. “We’re starting to get recognition, and the community recognizes it and appreciates what we’re doing at very affordable prices,” said Tricia Siegwald, KDF’s Director of Event Production and Volunteers. “We really try to program something for everyone and make it really diverse in genres.” This year, KDF has booked artists such as Tyler Farr, Sheila E, MAX with special guest Logan Henderson, Judah & The Lion, Lost Kings, Grandtheft, Jason Gray and The Lone Bellow. “It’s going to be outstanding … with a nice variety,” Siegwald said.
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entertainment + social celebrations April 14 THE FILLIES DERBY BALL PRESENTED BY TOTAL WINE & MORE 6:30 p.m. cocktails, 8 p.m. dinner. 9-midnight dancing. Galt House East, Grand Ball Room. Tickets $200 each, VIP table of 10 is $2,700 and includes dinner and dancing. Produced by The Fillies, Inc. For tickets, visit KDF.org or call (502) 5723856. Portion of proceeds benefits Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation. Sponsor: Total Wine & More. Contributing Sponsor: Brown-Forman Corporation. Media Sponsors: TOPS Louisville and 102.3 Jack FM.
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April 28 BELTERRA CASINO RESORT CONCERT FEATURING TYLER FARR WITH SPECIAL GUEST MITCHELL TENPENNY 9 p.m. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. Waterfront Jam concert featuring a salute to veterans and active duty military. Free admission for veterans and active military all day. General admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. VIP viewing tickets $20, online at KDF.org. (Food, drink and pets are not permitted.) Sponsor: Belterra Casino Resort. Media Sponsor: 97.5 WAMZ April 29 PASSPORT KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL GOSPELFEST SM 3-6 p.m. NEW LOCATION: St. Stephen Church, Louisville. Gospel Choir Showcase. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin©. Sponsor: Passport. Contributing Sponsors: Hosparus Health and Kentucky Department of Tourism. Media Sponsors: B96.5 FM and WLOU 104.7 FM.
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April 27 MAX FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST LOGAN HENDERSON AT WATERFRONT JAM 8 p.m. Kroger’s Festa-Ville on the Waterfront. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. VIP viewing tickets $20, online at KDF.org. (Food, drink and pets are not permitted.) Media Sponsor: 98.9 Radio Now.
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April 20 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL THEY’RE OFF!® LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m. Galt House East Grand Ballroom. Tickets: $85 each or $680 table of 8. Official Kentucky Derby Festival kickoff luncheon. Contributing Sponsors: Fifth Third Bank, Kentucky Blood Center and Kentucky Proud. Media Sponsor: Business First. Official Hotel: The Galt House.
April 26-May 4 KROGER’S FEST-A-VILLE ON THE WATERFRONT SM Open daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m., except Sunday noon-10 p.m. Waterfront Park. Ultimate entertainment experience featuring concerts with national talent, family fun, food, kids’ inflatable playground, midway rides and more. Happy Hour weekdays 4-6 p.m., $2 beer. Pegasus Play-Ville free rides (kids 12 and under) 4-6 p.m. daily, courtesy of AETNA Better Health of Kentucky. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. (Food, drink and pets are not permitted.) Sponsor: Kroger. Media Sponsor: The Courier-Journal.
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April 29 JASON GRAY AT CELEBRATION SUNDAY PRESENTED BY WJIE 5 p.m. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. Christian contemporary concert featuring Jason Gray with Chris August and Andy Gullahorn. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin©. (Food, drink and pets are not permitted.) Media Sponsor: WJIE. April 30-May 1 AT&T KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL MORNING LINE 6-11 a.m. Radio stations from around the region will broadcast their morning shows live from the Kentucky Derby Museum. Sponsor: AT&T. Contributing Sponsors: Kentucky Department of Tourism and Kentucky Derby Museum. May 1 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL TEXAS HOLD’EM TOURNAMENT 4 p.m. boarding/check-in. 6 p.m. tournament begins, plus one-hour Cruise. Belle of Cincinnati, docked at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. $125 buy-in includes 10,000 in chips and commemorative pin. Addons available first hour of play $40 for 4,000 chips. $5,000 first-place prize. Payouts for 1st – 24th place. Payouts based on 325 players, payouts prorated based on actual number of players. $15 for guests. License No. ORG0001638. Call (502) 584-FEST to register. Media Sponsor: 1450/96.1 The Big X Sports Radio WXVW. May 1 SHEILA E. AT WATERFRONT JAM PRESENTED BY CARESOURCE 8 p.m. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. VIP viewing tickets $20, online at KDF.org. (Food, drink and pets are not permitted.) Sponsor: CareSource. Media Sponsors: B96.5 FM, G105.1 and MAGIC 101.3. 36
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May 2 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL GREAT STEAMBOAT RACE PRESENTED BY IBEW LOCAL 369 4:30-5:30 p.m. boarding, 5:45 p.m. departure. Race begins at 6 p.m. Awards presentation immediately following at the Chow Wagon in Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville. Tickets on the Belle of Louisville $150 (limited availability). For Belle of Louisville tickets, call (502) 584-FEST or visit KDF.org. Tickets on the Belle of Cincinnati $60 cruise only; $95 dinner, Four Roses bourbon tasting and cruise. For Belle of Cincinnati tickets, call 1-800-261-8586 or visit BBRiverboats. com. Free spectator viewing at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville and along the banks of the Ohio River. Sponsor: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 369. Contributing Sponsors: Four Roses and IDD Therapeutic Services, PLLC. Media Sponsor: Q103.1. May 2 THE LONE BELLOW AT WATERFRONT JAM 9 p.m. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. (Food, drink and pets are not permitted.) Media Sponsor: 91.9 WFPK. May 2 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL LOUISVILLE URBAN LEAGUE DERBY GALA Doors open at 7 p.m. Omni Hotel, Grand Ballroom. Theme: Casino Royale. Tickets: $250. Tickets on sale at lul.org/ events/derby-gala or (502) 585-4622. Sponsors: Brown-Forman, Bellarmine University and Republic Bank.
May 3 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL CELEBRITY DAY AT THE DOWNS PRESENTED BY KENTUCKIANA HONDA DEALERS 11:30 a.m. Churchill Downs, Sixth Floor. SOLD OUT. Sponsor: Kentuckiana Honda Dealers. Contributing Sponsor: Macy’s. Media Sponsors: The VoiceTribune and 106.9 PLAY. May 3 JUDAH & THE LION FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST THE BROOK & THE BLUFF AT WATERFRONT JAM 8 p.m. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. VIP viewing tickets $20, online at KDF.org. (Food, drink and pets are not permitted.) Media Sponsor: 100.5 KISS FM. May 4 LOST KINGS FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST GRANDTHEFT AT WATERFRONT JAM 8 p.m. Kroger’s Festa-Ville on the Waterfront. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. (Food, drink and pets are not permitted.) Media Sponsor: 99.7 DJX. May 11 PEGASUS PIN® GOLD PIN WINNER GRAND PRIZE DRAWING In 2018, any Pegasus Pin® is your chance to win a Weekly Grand Prize beginning Friday, March 16-Friday, May 4. Gold Winner Pins also are eligible to win a Honda CR-V on Friday, May 11. Drawings broadcast on WAVE 3 News. To be eligible, register pins using the KDF App or online at PegasusPins.com.
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April 29 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL LOUISVILLE YOUTH ORCHESTrA CONCERT 4 p.m. Iroquois Amphitheatre. A concert featuring 10 Louisville Youth Orchestra ensembles. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. For more information, call (502) 896-1851 or visit lyo.org.
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Berea’s Ecovillage provides sustainability and support for nontraditional students By Deborah Kohl Kremer
he popularity of sustainability, recycling and living green ebbs and flows through the years, but Berea College has found a way to encourage this lifestyle with its students and make it a part of life for the next generation. The Berea College Ecovillage is a community for nontraditional students who come to college with a spouse and, perhaps, children in tow. One of the requirements for residency is that the student agrees to live in and help maintain the ecologically sustainable residential and learning complex. “There are a few stipulations, but one of the main things the family has to commit to is recycling. We actually monitor for compliance,” said Elaine Adams, coordinator of the Ecovillage. “Our hope is this educates the adults as well as the children, and it becomes a habit for life.” The complex has been around since the early 2000s and is made up of 50 apartments that were constructed with rigorous sustainability concepts in mind—there is even an on-site sewage treatment plant. Each unit has solar heating, rooftop rainwater capture, energy-efficient appliances and fixtures, low-flow toilets and showerheads, and even outside clotheslines. There are eight one-bedroom apartments, 38 twobedroom apartments and four three-bedroom apartments arranged in an oval close to Berea’s main campus. Each residence has space for a raised bed for personal gardening, and there also is a plot for a communal garden.
In addition to being Earth-friendly, the community supports the nontraditional students by giving them a helping hand. The village includes an on-site day care and an after-school program, as well as a Commons House for community and children’s events. According to Adams, each apartment has a washing machine but no dryer, to encourage people to line-dry their clothing. “We do have dryers in the community building, if someone really needs their clothes dried fast,” she said. The community also offers a car for residents to borrow—obviously not a gas-guzzling 1970s four-door, but a Toyota Prius, a hybrid that combines a gas engine and an emissions-free electric motor. The village is within walking distance of the campus, so the car can be used to run errands. There is a mileage fee, but the fee is waived if students carpool. “It was such a relief to have this car available a few years ago when I did not have a car,” said Tania C. Robinson, 30, a third-year student majoring in public health. “And nice to know there is a backup if someone has car trouble.” Adams said the idea for the community came about when Berea College was looking for a way to commit to sustainability and, at the same time, help married students and those with children to attend college. Coming up with solutions outside the norm has been Berea College’s way from the beginning. A P R I L 2 0 1 8 • K E N T U C K Y M O N T H LY
••• Founded in 1855, Berea College was the first nonsegregated, coeducational college in the South. Black and white students as well as men and—gasp—women attended classes together in those pre-Civil War days. Another factor that has always set Berea College apart is that it does not charge tuition. Students applying for admission must prove financial need, and upon acceptance, they are provided with a full four-year scholarship as well as assistance with housing. In return, each student agrees to work a 10-hour-per-week job on campus. The original goal of the Ecovillage was to reduce energy and water consumption, and according to Adams, data shows about 60-65 percent usage compared with the general population. Ecovillage also reduces waste, as about half of the residents participate in composting, and 100 percent participate in recycling. Of course, these facts are impressive, but what do residents think? “The community living is wonderful,” said Robinson. As the lone parent of a 5-year-old daughter, Robinson appreciates the support of neighbors who are in the same boat. “When I want to see people, I just step outside,” she said. “There is a playground for the kids, and both my daughter and I have made lots of friends. It is just so comfortable.” The living situation is also a win-win for Kenny and Shannon Holbrook from Olive Hill. Just a few years ago, they were working full-time jobs in Lexington, and Kenny was juggling going to college, too. With two daughters— one who lives with them full time—the Holbrooks were putting all their efforts into parenting, establishing careers, maintaining their home and two cars, and supporting their busy lifestyle.
“We were praying for a change in our life,” said Shannon. “Our goal was to live simply.” Kenny said that is when they heard about the Ecovillage at Berea. After touring the campus and village, the couple knew they were in the right place. They sold their house and lots of belongings, including one of their cars, and moved to Berea. Kenny, 38, is majoring in agriculture and natural resource management, and the couple hopes to continue this natural lifestyle after graduation, with goals of growing organic food and helping others. “We love having this close-knit community of young families all around us. We all bond together,” he said. “The worst part is when they graduate. We joke that we need to build an Ecovillage across the street so the graduates can live there, and we can all stay together.” Robinson said that if she had tried to attend a different school, living in an off-campus apartment with her daughter, she would have been lonely, and life would have been much more stressful. With just a year or so to go until she gets her degree, she appreciates how far she has gotten. “I don’t think I could have done this without Berea,” Robinson said. Q For more information on Berea College’s Ecovillage, visit berea.edu/sens/ecovillage or contact: Elaine Adams Coordinator, Ecovillage Student Life Department at Berea College (859) 985-3179 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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Lexington couple succeeds at love, life and business by following their passions
Text and Photos By Abby Laub
amadou and Rachel Savané’s home in Lexington’s charming Kenwick neighborhood is filled with beautiful displays that tell their inspiring story of life in Guinea and America. At first, their story didn’t feel so inspiring, nor was it as well-decorated. It began in 1992 in a huge rainstorm, with a group of American and Guinean friends crowded into the back of a taxi outside of Kindia, Guinea, en route to go dancing. “It was pouring rain, and I was in the process of buying a raincoat for $5,” Rachel recalled. “That’s when Savané approached. He and his friend made extraordinary efforts to get a taxi for us because of the rain. Everyone’s desperate. They went out into the pouring rain and engaged a taxi. We all get in and the first stop is a gas station, and Savané steps out and takes off his dancing shoes and socks and is wringing them out. He did this Sav smile, and I nudged my girlfriend … For me, that was the moment I knew.” Mamadou, better known by his friends as “Sav,” said he had no idea Rachel was smitten. Mutual friends of theirs were dating, and their paths continued to fortuitously weave together, without the benefit of the internet or cellphones. Twenty-five years later, they are living in Kentucky, raising three children and running three successful businesses.
••• Rachel moved to Lexington, following her older sister from Chicago after attending the University of Illinois. She joined the Peace Corps when she was 25 and was stationed in the West African country of Guinea from 1990-93. “I was a guy living with his mom,” Sav quipped. “I was the man of the house because my parents divorced when I was little. My mom had three boys, and my stepdad had passed away. My older brother was abroad in France, and I had three younger stepsisters.” He said many of his peers went to Europe, Canada or the United States in search of a better life. He joked that when he and Rachel began dating, he became a local celebrity. Rachel speaks French, so the two could communicate. Their relationship began in a group of friends and involved a lot of dancing, going to movies and eating good food. On the dance floor is when Sav realized their relationship was special. Rachel was in the “generalist” category during her Peace Corps service and joked, “Savané was my thesis,” when her time in Guinea was coming to a close. She extended her stay a few more months, and the pair almost married before her time was up.
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“I had to give up my Peace Corps hut and would be homeless,” she said. “In his culture, you don’t live with a woman if you’re not married.” He added, “She was homeless, so she could live with me or just go back to the States without me. I had to go and have a talk with my mom; she approved it.” The couple examined their future. Both were jobless and had major cultural hurdles to overcome. Rachel said her family knew nothing of the relationship. “I said, ‘I’ve got nothing; you’ve got nothing, so what can we do?’ ” Rachel recalled. “So we went to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to find out how to get married. We had to go to Senegal to do immigration stuff and had no money. I freaked out.” Getting married in Africa wouldn’t work, so they decided to get a U.S. visa for Sav and were shocked when they got it. A big party ensued in his village. Rachel was then able to secure a three-month job with the United States Agency for International Development in the capital of Conakry. Sav was summoned to Kindia by his father, who had heard about the visa and admonished his son for not yet traveling to the U.S. So while Rachel worked her temporary job, Sav took a plane to Brooklyn and stayed with his brother. Six weeks later, a moping Rachel was heading to New York City to meet her love. “It crossed my mind that he might not be there; I knew I had a 50-50 chance,” Rachel said, explaining how it’s not unheard of to be taken advantage of for the sake of a visa. Sav smiled and said, “I was not a scam.” “Absolute elation” is what Rachel said she felt. “All that I remember was that I saw him.” ••• A chain of events that involved the couple being mostly penniless and nomadic—and Sav not knowing English— led the pair from New York to Cincinnati to Lexington, with a few stops in Chicago and elsewhere in the Midwest. Through odd jobs, a commitment to each other, and the graciousness of friends and family, they survived the first few years. Their first apartment in Lexington was on High Street and Stone Avenue. The couple finally tied the knot by walking down to the old courthouse—he in overalls and she “at least in a skirt,” she recalled. “The judge came out with his sandwich from his lunch break, [and] put his sandwich back in his office,” Sav laughed, admitting he couldn’t understand most of what the judge said. “A lawyer in an office next door spoke French. He said, ‘Sure, let’s go.’ ” Rachel said, “I was definitely crying. It’s those words: ‘to have and to hold’ that applied to us.” They were married on June 29, 1993, with no rings and no one else knowing. Sav secured a job as a busboy at The Campbell House hotel restaurant. The couple moved to a less expensive apartment and, by November 1993, found out Rachel was expecting their first child. In June 1994, their son, Bangaly, was born prematurely in Nebraska, while the couple was visiting family and friends. Before traveling, they had looked at homes and settled on a closing date on the same Victory Avenue house they live in today. They said it was miraculous they got a loan with no credit history. “There was a good neighborhood housing loan program with Republic Bank, where you could write an essay about your potential,” Rachel said. “So we wrote our story, and it got us the dang loan.” The closing date happened to fall when Rachel was in the Nebraska hospital with Bangaly, so Sav was charged with closing on the house without her. 44
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Rachel, top, and Sav exhibiting their talents at their businesses.
“I still knew hardly any English,” he recalled. “They said, ‘Sign here; sign here,’ and we got the house.” Rachel’s parents flew her back to Kentucky. “I walked through O’Hare with a baby in a basket,” she recalled and was finally home to be with her husband in their new, empty house. ••• By 1995, Rachel was introduced to the art fair scene. Her degree was in metalsmithing, and she had been working mostly noncreative jobs. She wondered if she could make a living with her art. She secured a small art studio in 1996 and started making jewelry. Taking a leap to quit her job as a secretary, she dove into the art and held her first open house in 1997. In the meantime, Sav went to work for the Hyatt Regency and finally became fluent in English. He also worked for 15 years at UPS and the Lexington Country Club. When Bangaly was 3, Sav took him to Guinea to meet relatives, and while he was gone, Rachel discovered she was pregnant with their second child. Their daughter Diaka was born in 1998, followed by daughter Kanny in 2000. By 2003, Rachel had opened a small jewelry gallery, Savané Silver, in downtown Lexington, and Sav was still employed by UPS. Sav’s mother spent extended time in Lexington to help with the children. “She helped a lot and did a lot of cooking; she’s a great cook, and I learned a lot,” Sav said. The wheels began to turn about opening his own restaurant. At the time, the Savanés were involved in neighborhood block parties, and Sav’s food became popular. By 2008, at the height of the economic crash, he left UPS and opened Sav’s Grill, featuring West African cuisine, downtown. “I asked Rachel, ‘Do you trust me?’ She said, ‘Yes.’ We trusted each other,” Sav said. “So we refinanced the house and started Sav’s. So this house funded the business. Besides having children, this house was the best thing we did.” In 2012, they dove into the ice cream business, opening Sav’s Chill across the street from Sav’s Grill. Bangaly was charged with running that business to pay for his college and flight lessons. ••• Tragedy struck in 2014, when Sav sustained second-degree burns on half of his body by spilling hot peanut oil in a kitchen accident. He was hospitalized and out of work for weeks. About a month before the accident, he had shared all of his recipes with Bangaly—recipes that for years he’d prepared from memory. Bangaly, along with a bevy of A P R I L 2 0 1 8 • K E N T U C K Y M O N T H LY
supportive friends and customers, stepped up to help with time and money. Rachel, in shock and grief, relied on friends to drive her around and manage daily tasks. “He does so much for the community,” Rachel said, crying when discussing the accident. “We said, ‘How many people does it take to replace Sav?’ The answer is five to 10.” She recalled a moment that felt nothing short of divine. Sav’s skin was peeled and half pink when she visited him on a Sunday night while he was still in the hospital. “I went home to be with the kids, and Monday I came back, and his skin was halfway brown; I was shocked!” she recalled. “His chest and half his head were pink, and that’s where I think the prayers of the people had healed him.” Eventually, the pair was able to get back to work. Savané Silver, in its 22nd year and now at a prime downtown spot on the corner of North Broadway and Short, is going strong after a “slow, but very steady build.” Rachel creates exquisite handmade silver pendants, earrings and rings using Kentucky agate and gemstones from around the world, including Africa. Over the years, Rachel and Sav have helped out in each other’s business, Rachel joking that Sav’s smile has gotten him far. Ten years later, Sav’s Grill is the only West African restaurant in Lexington. Their story of grit and determination is one that Rachel likes to call “blind confidence.” “You just have to try,” Sav said. “No one knows how it will end up; only by trying can you find out. We didn’t know what we were getting into, which is better. Knowing too much could stop you in your tracks. Jump in and take one day at a time.” “A quote from my mother when I was a young adult: ‘No one tells Rachel what to do,’ and I, of course, don’t see it that way,” she said, adding that she was raised with an excellent work ethic and is proud of her kids for having the same drive. “In my mind, I am trying hard to accomplish my desires. I don’t think they always work out, but I do try hard.” ••• After 25 years, the Savanés remain happily married. The secret? “No smile flashing; she’ll beat me up,” Sav joked. “The connection we have had since the beginning helps us a lot. Communication also. And compromise is the secret. Any long relationship requires it. No one is perfect.” They respect each other and agree they never cared much about cultural differences. “For me, there was a wonderful discovery when Sav had his accident, and we were face-to-face in the house day-in and day-out for months; we like each other’s company,” Rachel said. “We 46
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had not had that much one-on-one time since our kids were born, and we had regular jobs—approximately 20 years at that point.” The Savanés are trying to foster their adventurous spirit in their children, who keep them up to speed on “modern ways and racial issues,” Rachel said. Already, the kids have spent time overseas, learned to fly and tackled other big tasks. “I am proud of them being adventurous,” Sav said. “The more adventurous, the more you understand life and the world. I think about my daughter in France every day. I wish she could call more often. But we are laying out a good example to them. About working hard. This will help them in the future. I am sure about that.” “The day after Bangaly got his pilot’s license, I was in a plane with him,” Rachel added. “Diaka, the month after turning 16, was on a plane to France, not to return for 11 months. Kanny has enjoyed many things physical: color guard and lacrosse. In all cases, I support my children’s passions. I encourage them, even if I don’t facilitate them financially to a great extent. I believe in the value of working for the thing you desire.” Now, Sav said he’s “looking forward to retirement. Too much work in this country!” In the future, he hopes one of the children will take over his businesses, and they’d like to travel more often to Guinea. “Double life—Lexington and Conakry,” Rachel said. “Two homes and other traveling ventures in between to see people we know who reside at many points on the globe. We will figure out how to do it all and keep the businesses running, I’m sure.” So far, their ambitious plans have worked. Q
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GEORGE REMUS A Bourbon Fit For A King
There’s a new bourbon on the market – and it’s named for one of the most storied figures in American whiskey culture: George Remus. The man behind the namesake bourbon was known as the “King of the Bootleggers” in his day. A lawyer and a pharmacist by training, “King” George ran one of the most infamous operations in the country during Prohibition, raking in millions, running afoul of the law, and by all accounts helping to put the roar into the 20s. Said to be the real-life inspiration for Jay Gatsby, his parties were legendary and lavish. On New Year’s Eve 1922 Remus held a party for one hundred couples in his mansion, the Marble Palace. As a parting gift, the men received diamond stickpins, and for the wives, a brand new car. Whatever your opinion of the man, there is no mistaking the sweet taste of rebellion in George Remus Bourbon. The bourbon delivers hints of vanilla, a maple aroma, and a sweet-yet-high rye flavor that’s full and complex but still smooth and easy to imbibe. It’s made by the expert team at MGP Ingredients in an historic 170-year-old distillery in Lawrenceburg, Ind. that shares a property line with one of Remus’ original bootlegging sites. This benchmark bourbon is living up to expectations, earning a 94-point rating from Tasting Panel Magazine. On the higher end, Remus Repeal Reserve is a limited release crafted to commemorate the repeal of Prohibition (December 5, 1933) and was developed with a medley of bourbons from 2005 and 2006. This annual release debuted on December 5, 2017 and proudly displays the medley on its front label: 50%, 2005 Bourbon (21% Rye); 15%, 2006 Bourbon (36% Rye); and 35% 2006 Bourbon (21% Rye). The first series of Remus Repeal Reserve is a complex spirit, everything one hopes for after a decade of fine barrel aging. Buttery-toffee and honey-smooth to taste, there are hints of bold spice from the rye that give way to notes of raisin, fig and toffee. It’s a sipping bourbon that comes full circle as you taste. Put this on the rocks or add a dash of water, but that’s it. Find a comfortable seat and enjoy as you reflect on the life of the man it’s named for. George Remus passed quietly, and was laid to rest in Falmouth, Kentucky. In later life he developed the quirk of referring to himself in the third person. He probably never envisioned himself referred to as a highly acclaimed bourbon, but we think he would have been pleased. Find out more georgeremus.com. A P R I L 2 0 1 8 • K E N T U C K Y M O N T H LY
Louisville’s Slugger Field, home of the Bats
New Yorker carries on Kentucky’s rich pro baseball tradition By Gary P. West
oes anyone know who Jack Norworth is? Is there anyone who has not heard of the song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game?” Well, Norworth wrote it. Not only have you likely heard it, but there’s a good chance you have tried to sing it. There aren’t many baseball parks anywhere in America that don’t play some rendition of the song. It’s one of those feel-good songs that, regardless of the listener’s age, gets a positive reaction. Stuart Katzoff is glad fans do indeed come out to the ball game. He and his father, Jerry, have made a sizable investment in two of Kentucky’s premier minor league baseball teams. In late 2013, the Katzoffs, who call Manhattan in New York City home, purchased the Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods. In early 2015, they assumed majority ownership of the Class AAA Louisville Bats. “We enjoy coming to Kentucky and the people here,” says Stuart Katzoff. “Bowling Green and Louisville fit in 48
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with what we wanted to invest in with their demographics, facilities and friendliness. Bowling Green had all of the makeup we were looking for, and Louisville the same, only larger.” In Bowling Green, the Katzoffs want to create what they have in Reno, Nevada, where they own the AAA Aces. “We’re entrepreneurs,” Stuart says. “We are creating affordable family entertainment. That’s what we have done in Reno, where we have a 30,000-square-foot entertainment district with a stage, four restaurants and businesses that complement baseball. “We want people to come out before the game, and then stay afterward. It’s about having fun. Fifty percent of the fans don’t know who won or lost. They just remember they had fun.” Katzoff sees the 4,500-seat Bowling Green Ballpark, which opened in 2009, in a similar situation. “With everything going on in the downtown area, we’re right in the middle of it,” he says.
While the Bowling Green team is the new kid on the block compared with the Louisville Bats and the Lexington Legends, Louisville has one of the most storied minor league franchises in America, and it seems like it’s had baseball forever. The first team of record in the River City was the Louisville Grays in 1876, but it was the Louisville Colonels that began playing in 1901, in what was then the American Association, that achieved the greatest notoriety. That league closed its doors in 1962, and for the next six years, Louisville was without professional baseball. The Colonels returned in 1968 as part of the International League, playing in Cardinal Stadium at the Kentucky Exposition Center. But when the facility was converted to a strictly football stadium, the team left town. In 1982, however, baseball was back, and so was the team we now know as the Louisville Bats. “Louisville has been so Stuart Katzoff successful for a long time,” says Katzoff. “And what a great facility Louisville Slugger Field is. The stadium is spotless, and the team is such a large part of the community.” It was important to Katzoff that the minority owners stay involved with the team. “They felt comfortable with selling to us,” he says. “They know we will take care of what they have built. We’re not
in this for the short term, but the long haul. We’re glad Gary Ulmer has stayed on as president in continuing the great tradition of the team in Louisville.” Stuart says they would eventually like to own the Lexington team as well. The Katzoffs’ purchases have come under the umbrella of MC Sports Acquisition, LLC and include Herb Simon, owner of the NBA Indiana Pacers, among their business partners. Raised in New Jersey, the 45-year-old Katzoff obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from Tulane University in New Orleans. He says he has always had a passion for sports. “My first love was hockey, but I was injured and fell back on golf,” he says. “I played at Tulane and then helped coach a little while in law school.” Later, he worked in F. Lee Bailey’s law firm and then for Lehman Brothers in equity sales before deciding to do some things on his own. “Eventually, we want to own six to eight teams,” Katzoff adds. “And I’ve always envisioned owning a team in the National Hockey League.” Oh, by the way, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” was penned by Norworth in 1908, but amazingly, he didn’t see his first baseball game until 1940. There are only two songs in America that have been sung more: “Happy Birthday,” written by Patty and Mildred J. Hill of Louisville in 1893, and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”Q
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PADUCAH’S DUKE Irvin S. Cobb: The Rise and Fall of an American Humorist By William E. Ellis The University Press of Kentucky $45 (C)
When Kentucky Monthly columnist and historian Bill Ellis takes on a writing project, he doesn’t rush it to completion. He’d rather get it right, even it takes more than six years (between naps) to do so, as with his well-researched Irvin S. Cobb: The Rise and Fall of an American Humorist, his latest book. Born in 1876 in Paducah and raised in that city, Irvin S. Cobb was a journalist, a prolific shortstory writer, an author, a scriptwriter, and according to Ellis, “excelled at observing the comical in almost any situation … a consummate wordsmith.” Called “one of the early 20th century’s most celebrated writers,” Cobb nevertheless was not a perfect man and was known to be “party to the endemic racism of his time.” The latter characterization, as well as health issues, helped to decrease Cobb’s influence, and he was on the downside late in his life. Ellis maintains, however, that Cobb’s writings and understanding of pop culture in that age make his life and letters worthy of careful study. — Steve Flarity
A Tale for the Ages
Under Heaven is the story of a family and its loves and losses establishing while a home Under Heaven on the edge of By Karen the Black Hills McDavid in the late Heart to Heart 1800s. Publishing Hannah $16.99 (P) Jamison is a young woman with a lot to juggle in her life. She’s helping her parents through the loss of her brother, while trying to maintain the chores of the house, start a career as the town schoolmarm, and figure out her feelings for the family’s handsome new neighbor, Isaac Daniels. Although the Jamisons’ lives are somewhat similar to ours today, as they live near grandparents and cousins, enjoy their church family, and share a strong faith. However, they certainly are lacking the conveniences of today—no cars, cell phones or internet to help them, and as the plot twists and turns, the reader begins to wish they had them. This is the first book by author Karen McDavid, who lives in Grayson.
In this contemporary retelling of the Bible’s First Book of Samuel, the story of David and Abigail The Peace Maker stands the test By Michele of time. Chynoweth Though the Ellechor Publishing House names have $14.99 (P) been changed and the setting is the Kentucky governor’s office and Washington, D.C., the interactions between the characters mirror their biblical counterparts. The story revolves around Kentucky horse trainer Leif Mitchell, who is propelled to Kentucky’s highest office and eventually to candidacy for the President of the United States. Along the way, he faces Darren Richards, a ruthless opponent who will stop at nothing to take Leif down. In the role of Abigail is Darren’s wife, Chessa. Although conflicted with her role to remain loyal to her abusive, alcoholic, dishonest husband, she, like Abigail, sizes up the situation and takes action. Author Michele Chynoweth has written several modern-day Bible story novels.
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BOOKENDS The 20th annual Southern Kentucky Book Fest kicks off April 20 at the Knicely Convention Center in Bowling Green. The two-day event features a writers’ conference, visiting authors, presentation of the Kentucky Literary Award, a teen and children’s program and more. For further information, call (270) 7454502 or visit sokybookfest.org. •••
University of Kentucky Professor Emeritus Edward Stanton has received another award for his novel Wide as the Wind. In February, he was bestowed the Silver Feathered Quill Book Award for teen fiction. He previously had received the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Young Adult Fiction and the illustrious Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for the novel. The book is set in prehistoric Easter Island (Vaitéa) and the surrounding area. When the island is virtually destroyed by war, 15-yearold protagonist Miru, the son of a tribal warrior, makes a treacherous voyage to a distant island to look for seeds and seedlings to reforest Vaitéa. In doing so, Miru leaves behind his love, Kenetéa. Wide as the Wind is a timeless story of adventure, survival and young love. Born in Colorado and raised in California, Stanton resides in Kentucky.
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Humor Abounds BY BILL ELLIS
hat do you do if you get lost in a forest in Iceland?” “You stand up, of course,” replied our Reykjavik tour guide when I asked for a standard Icelandic joke. Humor is universal, as I have found over a lifetime. If you have not detected humor in the Bible, you have not looked very hard. Recall the story of Isaac? Defining humor is difficult. Early 20th-century Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock wrote: “Humor may be defined as the kindly contemplation of the incongruities of life and the artistic expression thereof.” New Zealander Gordon McLauchlan in the early 21st century explained humor more simply: “It is healthy to accept the world is full of bumbling fools if you understand you are a fully qualified bumbling fool yourself.” I wish I had started compiling humor of various types many years ago. I consider a hoax to be perfectly legitimate as a mode of humor, having practiced it myself several times over the years. However, the practical joke is usually aimed at hurting someone. Bullying is the most malicious form of humor. Every ethnic group has its own forms of humor. From Sasha, a Ukrainian cellist in a string quartet on a cruise ship, came the following gems from her country. “A Ukrainian immigrant in the United States goes to the Department of Motor Vehicles to apply for a driver’s license. He has to take an eye test. The clerk shows him a chart with the letters: CZWIXNOSTACZ. ‘Can you read this?’ the clerk asks. “Read it?!” the man replies. “I know that guy.” One farmer asked another about the productiveness of his cow. “How come your cow gives 100 liters of milk a day?” the first farmer asked. “Kindness is the key,” the dairyman replied. “In the morning, I come to my cow and ask her, ‘What do you have for me today: milk or beef?’ ” If you know something of the turbulent history of the Ukraine, both jokes make perfect sense. The Ukraine is now being intimidated by Russia. Apparently, we have something in common with the Ukraine, don’t we? Ukrainians are tough people. During World War II, Ukrainian peasants exasperated Nazi invaders by burying dead livestock during the brutally cold winters, so the animals could not be confiscated by the Wehrmacht. The peasants then dug them up in warmer weather for food. Sasha’s last bit of humor tells us something about the difficult life of modern Ukrainians. A physician asked a patient: “What makes you drink vodka every day?” “Nothing,” said the man. “I am a volunteer.” After the death of Princess Diana, an Englishwoman told me a humorous story regarding the royal family. One day, Prince Charles drove the Queen’s Rolls-Royce out the front gate of Buckingham Palace. He accidently drove over one of his mother’s Corgi dogs, killing it instantly. Overcome by grief, he emerged from his car. A little troll sidled up to the distraught Prince.
“You’ve killed the Queen’s Corgi,” the little fellow said. “I have magical powers, and I can grant you one wish that is foolproof.” The Prince thought for a moment and then exclaimed: “Bring the dog back to life.” The troll uttered magical incantations over the dog with no results. “Well,” he said. “I’ve had no luck with the dog, but the good news is, you still have one wish that I guarantee will work.” Again, deep in thought, the Prince paused and then said, “Can you make Camilla beautiful?” The troll thought a moment and said, “Let me try the dog again.” The Brits love the royal family but are prone to making jokes about them. When I told this joke to another Englishwoman on a cruise, she replied: “Well, the Prince always was a bit thick.” Irishman John B. Keane (1928-2002), novelist, playwright and humorist, as well as a famous “publican” (owner of a pub), wrote extensively. Many of his stories have a familiar Kentucky feel about them. One of Keane’s tales involves a gentleman who was lost and happened upon a small man “seated upon a milestone at the side of the road.” The gentleman asked about the location of a small village. When the local man said he knew of no such place or that of any other local villages, the traveler became exasperated. Eventually, the lost man completely lost his temper. “What a fool,” he exploded, “what an ass, what a lout!” “Fool, yes,” said the man seated on the milestone, “ass, yes, and lout, yes, but lost, no.” I have heard this same story repeated many times in Kentucky with the tagline: “Well, at least I ain’t lost.” Keane became an expert at one-line dismissals of human puffery, such as: “If fools were scarce, he’d make two.” “You’ll always meet the biggest bird the day you haven’t got the gun.” “It is a known fact that when men of no property aspire to property, they quickly shed their socialistic tendencies.” Even the Bible came into his purview. “There was a blackguard [villain] in every company, even the 12 apostles.” Keane also made subtle remark on the Irish predilection for strong drink after closing hours for a pub. After a particularly hard-fought football (soccer) match, two men asked a policeman where they can get a drink. “Tell us,” asked one of the fans. “Do you know where two fellows could get a drink around here?” “No,” said the policeman, “but I know where three fellows could get one.” As Irvin S. Cobb said during Prohibition, a man who wanted an alcoholic drink in the Commonwealth of Kentucky would have to travel at least half-a-block to find something to quench his thirst. Readers may contact Bill Ellis at email@example.com A P R I L 2 0 1 8 • K E N T U C K Y M O N T H LY
Here's Your (Gardening) Sign BY WALT REICHERT
f you are a fervent believer in gardening by moon signs, you probably are ready to start the season with almanac in hand. If you have never planted by moon signs but want to give it a try, we’ll use this column to give you the best dates for various chores based on the astrological charts. And if you think all of that astrology stuff is nonsense, well, just follow along for entertainment value.
Best dates to destroy pests, weeds: April 14-15, May 11-13, June 8-9, July 5-6, Aug. 1-3 and 29-30, Sept. 25-26.
Best dates to prune to discourage growth: April 4-6, May 1-3 and 30, June 8-9, July 5-6, Aug. 1-3, Sept. 6-7 and 26, Oct. 4-5 and 31, Nov. 27-28.
Before the list of best dates for all activities horticulture, let’s briefly discuss the ancient “science” behind gardening by the signs. At its simplest, moon sign gardening is planting for above-ground growth when the moon is waxing (getting larger) and planting for below-ground growth when the moon is waning (getting smaller). Along with that, if you are pruning, cutting grass, etc. and want to discourage growth, you do those chores in the waning moon, while cutting or pruning in the waxing moon encourages growth. But it’s more complicated than that. Astrologists believe that the 12 signs of the zodiac represent “fruitfulness” and “barrenness” in some degree or another, and as the moon passes through those signs every month, plant growth is encouraged or discouraged on different days depending on the sign of the zodiac. Bottom line: If you want to garden by the moon signs, you can’t just look at the moon to decide the best and worst times to plant. You need a chart!
As a public service—and to save you from having to buy an almanac—here are the best dates to do horticultural activities for the 2018 gardening season, according to the 2018 Old Farmer’s Almanac. (We’ll skip dates for the months you shouldn’t be doing those chores anyway. For example, the best dates to mow grass to increase growth in December are the 16th and 17th, but nobody in Kentucky should be mowing grass that late in the year.) Best dates to mow to increase growth: April 29-30, May 26-28, June 23-24, July 20-21, Aug. 1-3, Sept. 13-14, Oct. 12-14. Best dates to mow to decrease growth: April 14-15, May 12-13, June 8-9, July 5-6, Aug. 13-14, Sept. 25-26, Oct. 6-7. Best dates to plant above-ground crops: April 20-22 and 29, May 18-19 and 26-28, June 14-15 and 23-24, July 20-21, Aug. 16-17 and 26, Sept. 13-14 and 22-23. Best dates to plant below-ground crops: April 2-3 and 12-13, May 9-10, June 5-7, July 2-4 and 30-31, Aug. 8-9, Sept. 4-5.
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Best dates to prune to encourage growth: April 23-24, May 20-21, June 16-17, July 14-15, Aug. 18-20, Sept. 15-16, Oct. 12-13, Nov. 18-20.
Best dates to pick fruit: May 22-23, June 18-19, July 16-17, Aug. 12-13, Sept. 8-9, Oct. 6-7. Best dates to harvest above-ground crops: May 22-23, June 18-19, July 16-17, Aug. 12-13, Sept. 18-19, Oct. 15-16. Best dates to harvest below-ground crops: May 4-5 and 14, June 10-11, July 7-8, Aug. 4-5, Sept. 8 and 27-28, Oct. 6-7 and 26. Now, your first reaction to those “best dates” may be that the chart isn’t practical. For example, you can’t get away with mowing your lawn just once in April and May. Or what do you do if you want to plant your tomatoes in May and it rains on the 18th, 19th and 26th-28th? The true believers will tell you that the best dates aren’t the only dates; they are just the dates when you are likely to get the best results. In the real world of gardening, most of us have to garden when a) the ground is dry enough, b) we’re off work, c) the kids are at day care, and d) it’s not 95 degrees with 95 percent humidity outside. But those who garden by moon signs swear by its effectiveness, so who am I to say you shouldn’t even give it a try? By the way, if you’re a true believer, moon signs also work in other aspects of your life. For example, during this month, the best days to quit smoking are the 3rd and 13th, which also are the best days to begin a diet, wean children or animals, and ask for a loan. (Try to figure out how those are connected.) If you’re planning a quickie wedding this month, the best dates to get married are the 1st, 27th and 28th (also the best days to paint). Best dates to see the dentist are the 25th and 26th. And if you want to forget about gardening and go fishing, the best dates this month are the 15th-29th. So there you go: everything you need to plan your life— at least until 2019! Readers can reach Walt Reichert at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tubing for Crappie BY GARY GARTH
rom the waterline, the roar from an outboard motor exhibits almost the same unnerving reverberations as a low, muffled groan. It’s difficult to accurately judge the distance, but the fast approach of a powerboat is unmistakable. It was unnerving but not really concerning. I was within casting distance of the button brush. The water was no more than chest deep, if that. I was certain that by the time the boat wheeled into the back of the bay, the pilot would have come off plane and dropped his trolling motor. He would see me. I was certain of it. In light of this optimism, I chose to ignore the increasing groan from the outboard and made another cast, lobbing the white, curlytailed grub inches from the brush. The lure sank, pulling the pencil-thin Thill float vertical, where it remained for only a second or two before the bright yellow crown disappeared, seemingly in slow motion. Even on the nest, crappie are not overly aggressive. I was measuring the white crappie against the marks I’d put on the rod to check the 10-inch legal minimum length, when the wash from the boat rocked my float tube. Legal by nearly a half-inch. I threaded the fish onto my stringer, which was proving to be cumbersome. Next time, I reminded myself, I’d bring a basket. “Hey! Didn’t see you down there,” a guy boomed from the front deck of what turned out to be a 16-foot Panfish model Tracker boat. “Doing any good?” I lifted my stringer, revealing five white crappie. I neglected to mention that I’d tossed back that many more that hadn’t quite been legal size. The guy nodded absentmindedly, having already turned his boat away from me toward the upper fringe of the cover and launched a cast in that direction. Crappie can be caught year-round. But April generally is when the fish spawn, and during the typical 10-day to twoweek golden fishing window, crappie are in shallow water, actively spawning, easy to locate and relatively easy to catch. They also are one of the best-tasting fish that swim in freshwater. For most anglers, crappie fishing is not a catch-and-release sport. Opinions vary on what triggers the crappie spawn. But those who spend the most time on the water—fishery biologists and fishing guides—watch the water temperature. When temperatures approach the mid-50s, crappie move toward shallow water to spawn. The sweet spot in water temperature seems to be in the mid-50 to mid-60 degree range, although there is no absolute, no magic number. In Kentucky, the crappie peak activity usually arrives in early April. If you’re new to the sport, look for brushy shore cover 4 to 6 feet deep. Most public reservoirs, from the large,
sprawling lowland waters like Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake to the dozens of small, state-owned watersheds, harbor man-made fish attractors, most easily reached and some easily accessible from shore. These are stake beds and brushy cover that have been dropped and marked with a buoy. Anglers sometimes purposely avoid these spots on the theory that they are heavily fished. “A lot of people must think that,” Paul Rister once told me. Rister is the recently retired state fisheries biologist who oversaw crappie populations at Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake for three decades. “But the [public] fish attractor spots hold some good fish.” Crappie success can be had with a low-tech approach. A cane pole and bucket of minnows are the basic tools. Spinning tackle or a fly rod can be equally effective. Spawning crappie often can be reached from the shore. Getting away from the bank opens more water, of course, but a Buick-size boat with a 150-horsepower outboard motor isn’t required. Prime crappie spots can be accessed by canoe, kayak, small paddleboat or float tube. Some areas can be waded, although crappie habitat often floods a soft bottom, which can make wading difficult. ••• I was introduced to float tubes more than three decades ago while visiting Colorado. My wife and I had stopped at Dillon Reservoir for a sunset picnic. A small flotilla of tubes was pushing off from the boat ramp. Those in the float tubes were casting for trout. We watched them until they were shadows under a full moon. I came home and transferred the technology to crappie water, where it proved particularly effective in April, when the tasty panfish move into shallow water near shore cover to spawn. A float tube, or belly boat, provides portability, stealth and accessibility to fish for a small price. Tubes start at around $100. Find them at Bass Pro Shops, basspro.com; Cabela’s, cabelas.com; or in the sporting goods section of nearly every big box store and most sporting goods specialty shops. Try one for crappie, and don’t forget to wear a life jacket. But watch out for powerboats. You’ll be invisible to them. ••• Looking for a place to fish? Public waters flow far and wide. A good source for where fish swim is the annual fishing forecast produced by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Find a copy online by visiting fw.ky.gov, select “Fish” on the pull-down menu at the top of the page, and click on “Forecast,” or call the state game agency at 1-800-858-1549. Readers may contact Gary Garth at email@example.com APRIL 2018
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Peter Pan – A 3D Stage Spectacular, EKU Center for the Arts, Richmond, (859) 622-7469
Guided Hike Central Weekend, Kentucky Bad Branch Falls Home & State Nature Garden Show, Lexington Center, Preserve, Eolia, (270) 766-3822 Lexington, through April 8, (859) 233-4567
Kentucky The (Female) Spring Fling Derby Poster Odd Couple, Art Festival, Signing, by artist Theatre Workshop, Frame Clinic and Lynn Dunbar, Owensboro, Art Alley, Middletown City (270) 683-5333 Lawrenceburg, Hall, Middletown, (502) 353-4238 (502) 905-5966
Jeff Allen, Carson Center, Paducah, (270) 908-2037
Rockin’ Road Spring AQS to Dublin, QuiltWeek, Paramount Arts downtown Center, Ashland, Paducah, through (606) 324-0007 April 21, (270) 443-8783
Harvey, presented by the Maysville Players, Washington Opera House, Maysville, through April 29, (606) 564-3666
Mirari Brass Quintet, Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, Madisonville, (270) 821-2787
Bourbon & Browns, Orlando Brown House, Frankfort, (502) 227-2560
Moscow Threading the Wizard of Oz, Beatles vs The Bourbon Etta May – OVAL Kitchen Festival Ballet, Oceans – Six@ Southern Stones Tribute Country Queen of Tour, various Clemens Fine Arts Six Lecture, Kentucky Show, Lexington Cookbook Southern Sass, locations, Center, Paducah, Baker Hunt Art Performing Arts Opera House, Launch Party, Glema Mahr Henderson (270) 534-3212 and Cultural Center, Lexington, Frazier Museum, Center for the Arts, Center, Covington, Bowling Green, (859) 233-3535 Louisville, Madisonville, (859) 431-002 (270) 904-1880 (502) 753-5663 (270) 821-2787
Ongoing Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss, Boone County Public Library, Burlington, through June 30, (859) 342-2665
Our state’s largest annual event, the Kentucky Derby Festival, continues throughout the month! The 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival Official Schedule of Events begins on page 23.
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Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site: The Musical, Norton Center for the Arts, Danville, 1-877-HIT-SHOW Ongoing Water Ways, University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, through July 22, (859) 257-5716
Ongoing Magnificent Mona Bismarck, Frazier Kentucky History Museum, Louisville, through July 29, (502) 753-5663
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Ongoing Water Ways, University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, through July 22, (859) 257-5716, finearts.uky.edu/art-museum
12 The Modern Gentlemen, Lancaster Grand Theatre, Lancaster, (859) 583-1716, lancastergrand.com
21-22 Women of the Frontier, Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond, (859) 527-3131, parks.ky.gov
12-13 Spring Premier Horse Show, The Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, (859) 233-7921, kyhorsepark.com
25 Beatles vs Stones Tribute Show, Lexington Opera House, Lexington, (859) 233-3535, lexingtonoperahouse.com
14 Kentucky Christmas Tree Association’s Annual Plant Auction, Fayette County Extension Office, Lexington, (859) 223-1140, kentuckychristmastreefarms.com
26-28 The Land Rover Three-Day Event, The Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, (859) 233-7921, kyhorsepark.com
14 Spring Fling Art Festival, Frame Clinic and Art Alley, Lawrenceburg, (502) 353-4238
27 Head Up Heels Down 5K, The Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, (859) 233-7921, kyhorsepark.com
14 Country Cool Comedy Tour, Lancaster Grand Theatre, Lancaster, (859) 583-1716, lancastergrand.com
27 Motown the Musical, Lexington Opera House, Lexington, (859) 233-3535, lexingtonoperahouse.com
1-5 Kentucky Visions Exhibit, The Capitol State Building, Frankfort, (502) 892-3111
14 The Jungle Book, Lexington Opera House, Lexington, (859) 233-3925, lexingtonballet.org
27-29 Corteo by Cirque du Soleil, Rupp Arena, Lexington, (859) 233-4567, rupparena.com
5 Peter Pan – A 3D Stage Spectacular, EKU Center for the Arts, Richmond, (859) 622-7469, ekucenter.com
15 The Fab Four, EKU Center for the Arts, Richmond, (859) 622-7469, ekucenter.com
28 Military Child Appreciation Day, American Legion, Lawrenceburg, (502) 607-1751
5 Discovery Night: Planetarium Night, Living Arts and Science Center, Lexington, (859) 252-5222, LASCLex.org
15 Rutter’s Gloria, presented by the Lexington Singers, Centenary United Methodist Church, Lexington, (859) 338-9888, LexSing.org
28 A Taste of Danville and Bourbon Release Event, Wilderness Trail Distillery, Danville, (859) 402-8707, wildernesstraildistillery.com
5-8 Play: Noises Off, Woodford Theatre, Versailles, (859) 873-0648, woodfordtheatre.com
15 James and the Giant Peach Jr., Lexington Children’s Theatre, Lexington, also April 21-22, (859) 254-4546, lctonstage.org
6 Lexington Philharmonic Presents American Snapshots, Singletary Center for the Arts, Lexington, (859) 233-4226, lexphil.org
17 Kinky Boots, EKU Center for the Arts, Richmond, (859) 622-7469, ekucenter.com
Onward to Damascus, The Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, through Oct. 30, (859) 2337921, kyhorsepark.com April
6-8 Central Kentucky Home & Garden Show, Lexington Center, Lexington, (859) 233-4567, showtechnology.com 6-27 Keeneland Spring Meet, Keeneland Race Course, Lexington, 1-800-456-3412, keeneland.com 7 Cowboy Up for a Cure Rodeo, The Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, (859) 233-7921, kyhorsepark.com 7 Cruise On Main, downtown Harrodsburg, (859) 265-1036, harrodsburgky.com 8 Million Dollar Quartet, EKU Center for the Arts, Richmond, (859) 622-7469, ekucenter.com 10 The Empowerment Series for Women with Cancer, Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington, (859) 260-4357
17 Crawfish Boil, Park Equine Hospital at Woodford, Lexington, (859) 881-5849, kyehc.org 19 Black Violin in Concert, EKU Center for the Arts, Richmond, (859) 622-7469, ekucenter.com 20 Maks, Val & Peta Live on Tour, EKU Center for the Arts, Richmond, (859) 622-7469, ekucenter.com 21 Bourbon & Browns, Orlando Brown House, Frankfort, (502) 227-2560, libertyhall.org 21 Kite and Cultural Festival, Cardome Centre, Georgetown, (502) 863-2547, georgetownkitefest.com 21 Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye in Concert, EKU Center for the Arts, Richmond, (859) 622-7469, ekucenter.com
28-29 Why Mosquitos Buzz, Lexington Children’s Theatre, Lexington, (859) 254-4546, lctonstage.org 29 Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site: The Musical, Norton Center for the Arts, Danville, 1-877-HIT-SHOW, nortoncenter.com May
6 Old Friends Annual Homecoming, Old Friends Farm, Georgetown, (502) 863-1775, oldfriendsequine.org 8 The Empowerment Series for Women with Cancer, Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington, (859) 260-4357 11 One Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody, Norton Center for the Arts, Danville, (859) 236-4692, nortoncenter.com 12 Ladies Day, downtown Lawrenceburg, (502) 930-8242 12 Berea Maker’s Market, Russel Acton Folk Center, Berea, (859) 358-6885, bereamakersmarket.com A P R I L 2 0 1 8 • K E N T U C K Y M O N T H LY
12 Bluegrass Iris Society Show, Lexington Green Mall, Lexington, (859) 223-1502, bluegrassiris.org 12-13 Mayfest Arts Fair, Gratz Park, Lexington, (859) 425-2590, downtownlex.com
Women’s Work: Quilt Art, Oldham County History Center, La Grange, through May 5, (502) 222-0826, oldhamcountyhistoricalsociety.org April
1-6 Duo Exhibition Featuring Bob Lockhart & Kayla Bischoff, PYRO Gallery, Louisville, (502) 426-1328, pyrogallery.com 1-8 Humana Festival of New American Plays, Actor’s Theatre, Louisville, (502) 584-1205, ActorsTheatre.org
Ongoing Magnificent Mona Bismarck: Kentucky Style Icon, Frazier Kentucky History Museum, Louisville, through July 29, (502) 753-5663, fraziermuseum.org An Exhibition of Portraits of Children, University of Louisville, Ekstrom Library, Louisville, through May 24, (502) 852-6752, louisville.edu Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism, Speed Museum, Louisville, through May 12, (502) 634-2700, speedmuseum.org
1-28 AquaVenture 2018: A Water-based Media Show, Kaviar Forge & Gallery, Louisville, (502) 561-0377, craigkaviargallery.com 3-6 Spring Break Express, Kentucky Railway Museum, New Haven, (502) 549-5470, kyrail.org 5-10 Disney On Ice, KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, (502) 690-9000, kfcyumcenter.com 6-30 New Paintings by David Iacovazzi-Pau, Swanson Contemporary Gallery, Louisville, through May 19, (502) 589-5466, swansoncontemporar.wixsite. com/swanson-contemporary
6 Louisville Orchestra Coffee Series, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Louisville, (502) 587-8681, louisvilleorchestra.org 6-8 Bluegrass Festival, Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Falls Of Rough, (270) 257-2311, parks.ky.gov 7 Tallis and Tech: A Virtual Reality Choral Experience, 21C Hotel Museum, Louisville, (502) 217-6300, WUOL.org 7 Annual Train Show, Sale and Excursion, Kentucky Railway Museum, New Haven, (502) 549-5470, kyrail.org 7 Jim James with the Louisville Orchestra, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Louisville, (502) 587-8681, louisvilleorchestra.org 7-8 Historic Bardstown Antiques Show, Nelson County High School, Bardstown, (502) 348-4877 10-15 Les Misérables, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Louisville, (502) 584-7777, louisville.broadway.com 12 Kentucky Derby Poster Signing, by artist Lynn Dunbar, Middletown City Hall, Middletown, (502) 905-5966
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13-22 The Long Christmas Ride Home, Thrust Theatre, University of Louisville, Louisville, (502) 852-7682, louisville.edu/theatrearts 14 GonzoFest Louisville, Louisville Free Public Library, Louisville, (502) 574-1611, lfpl.org 14 Taco Festival, Fourth Street Live! Louisville, (502) 341-0456, 4thstlive.com 14 The Festival of Laughs, KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, (502) 690-9000, kfcyumcenter.com 14 Murder Mystery, My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, Bardstown, also April 28, (502) 348-7300, kydinnertrain.com 15 VOICES of Kentuckiana Presents We Belong, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Louisville, (502) 584-7777, voicesky.org 15 Mozart’s Requiem, presented by the Louisville Chorus, St. Bridgid Catholic Church, Louisville, (502) 968-6300, louisvillechorus.org 18 Pints for Parkinson’s, Fourth Street Live!, Louisville, (502) 341-0456, 4thstlive.com 19 Kentucky Derby Poster Signing, by artist Lynn Dunbar, Derby Divas Event, Rodes For Him and For Her, Louisville, (502) 905-5966 19 The Piano Guys, Louisville Palace, Louisville, (502) 883-5774, LouisvillePalace.com 19 Jeff Dunham, KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, (502) 690-9000, kfcyumcenter.com
Ballroom, Louisville, (502) 583-4555, MercuryBallroom.com
28-29 Kentucky Derby Poster Signing, Cherokee Triangle Art Fair. Louisville, (502) 905-5966 28-29 The Great Train Robbery, Kentucky Railway Museum, New Haven, (502) 549-5470, kyrail.org 29 Kevin Hart in Concert, KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, (502) 690-9000, kfcyumcenter.com May
4 Kentucky Oaks, Churchill Downs, Louisville, (502) 636-4400, churchilldowns.com 5 Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, Louisville, (502) 636-4400, churchilldowns.com 9 Farmers Market, Fourth Street Live! Louisville, (502) 341-0456, 4thstlive.com 11 Sunset Concert Series, Fox Hollow Farms, Crestwood, (502) 241-9674, foxhollow.com 12 How-To Festival, Louisville Free Public Library, Louisville, (502) 574-1611, lfpl.org 13 Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk, Waterfront Park, Louisville, kentuckyruns.com/ louisvillemothersday5k
19 Blue October in Concert, Mercury Ballroom, Louisville, (502) 583-4555, MercuryBallroom.com 19-30 Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks, Louisville Zoo, Louisville, through Sept. 3, louisvillezoo.org 20 Pink Droyd in Concert, Mercury Ballroom, Louisville, (502) 583-4555, MercuryBallroom.com
Ongoing Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss, Boone County Public Library, Burlington, through June 30, (859) 342-2665, bcpl.org April
21 Thunder Over Louisville, Waterfront Park, Louisville, (502) 584-3378, thunderoverlouisville.org
3-8 Tick, Tick … Boom! Stauss Theatre, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, (859) 572-5100, nku.edu
25 Theresa Caputo Live, Louisville Palace, Louisville, (502) 883-5774, LouisvillePalace.com
7 Live Music, Elk Creek Vineyards, Owenton, also April 14, 21 and 28, (502) 484-0005, elkcreekvineyards.com
26 The Bourbon Country Cookbook Launch Party, Frazier Museum, Louisville, (502) 753-5663, fraziermuseum.org 27 Celtic Woman, Louisville Palace, Louisville, (502) 883-5774, LouisvillePalace.com 27 Papadosio in Concert, Mercury
14 Open Mic Night, Greaves Concert Hall, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, (859) 572-5100, kyso.org 14-29 Motherhood Outloud, Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts, Covington, (859) 491-2030, thecarnegie.com
19 Brown Bag Luncheon: Fit to Drink, Behringer Crawford Museum, Covington, (859) 491-4003, bcm.org 19-29 Harvey, presented by the Maysville Players, Washington Opera House, Maysville, (606) 564-3666, maysvilleplayers.net 19-29 Kiss Me, Kate, Corbett Theatre, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, (859) 572-5100, artscience.nku.edu
12 Instrumentally Yours, presented by the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Greaves Concert Hall, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, (859) 572-5100, kyso.org
Library, Paducah, (270) 442-2510, mclib.net
17 Brown Bag Luncheon: The Shakers of White Water, Behringer Crawford Museum, Covington, (859) 491-4003, bcm.org
8 Jeff Allen, Carson Center, Paducah, (270) 908-2037, thecarsoncenter.org
21 Burlington Antique Show, Boone County Fairgrounds, Burlington, (513) 922-6847, burlingtonantiqueshow.com 21 Wildflower Hike, Behringer Crawford Museum, Covington, (859) 491-4003, bcm.org 23 Threading the Oceans – Six@Six Lecture, Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, Covington, (859) 431-0020, sixatsix.nku.edu May
3 Music@BCM Concert – Nicole Zuraitis, Behringer Crawford Museum, Covington, (859) 491-4003, bcm.org 3-6 Urinetown, The Stained Glass Theatre, Newport, also May 10-13 and 16-19, (859) 291-7464, footlighters.org
7 Chicasaw Dancers, Wickliffe Mounds State Park, Wickliffe, (270) 335-3681, parks.ky.gov
10 The Owl and the Pussycat, Purchase Players Community Performing Arts, Mayfield, (270) 251-9035, purchaseplayers.com 13 Peter Pan – The Ballet, Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, Madisonville, (270) 821-2787, glemacenter.org
1 Easter Funday, Kenlake State Resort Park, Hardin, (270) 474-2211, parks.ky.gov 1-13 Owensboro Art Guild 56th Juried Exhibition, Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, (270) 326-9945, owensboroartguild.org 5 Turn-the-Page Thursday, John James Audubon State Park, Henderson, (270) 827-1893, parks.ky.gov 5 Investing 101, McCracken County Public
13 Adult Artist Retreat, John James Audubon State Park, Henderson, (270) 826-4424, parks.ky.gov 13 The (Female) Odd Couple, Theatre Workshop, Owensboro, (270) 683-5333, theatreworkshop.org 13-14 Mama Rubys Holistic Mystic Expo, Owensboro Convention Center, Owensboro, (270) 297-9932, holisticmysticexpo.com 14 Belshazzar’s Feast, Carson Center, Paducah, (270) 908-2037, thecarsoncenter.org
14 Wildflower Extravaganza Hike, John James Audubon State Park, Henderson, (270) 827-1893, parks.ky.gov 15 Mirari Brass Quintet, Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, Madisonville, (270) 821-2787, glemacenter.org 17 Willie Nelson and Family, Owensboro Convention Center, Owensboro, (270) 297-9932, owensborocenter.com 18-21 Spring AQS QuiltWeek, downtown Paducah, (270) 443-8783, quiltweek.com 19 Connecting with Today’s Quilter, McCracken County Public Library, Paducah, (270) 442-2510, mclib.net 20 38 Special in Concert, Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, Madisonville, (270) 821-2787, glemacenter.org 21 Cosmic Convergence, Riverpark Center, Owensboro, (270) 687-2770, riverparkcenter.org 21 Ohio Valley Birding Weekend, John James Audubon State Park, Henderson, (270) 827-1893, parks.ky.gov 21-22 Civil War Festival, White Plains City Hall, White Plains, (270) 754-9317 22 Read It, Make It, Take It, McCracken County Public Library, Paducah, (270) 442-2510, mclib.net 22 Celtic Woman, Carson Center, Paducah, (270) 908-2037, thecarsoncenter.org 22 Moscow Festival Ballet, Clemens Fine Arts Center, Paducah, (270) 534-3212, artsinfocus.org 22-23 Savannah Sipping Society, Purchase Players Community Performing Arts Center, Mayfield, (270) 251-9035, purchaseplayers.com 26 Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, Carson Center, Paducah, (270) 908-2037, thecarsoncenter.org 27 Etta May – Queen of Southern Sass, Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, Madisonville, (270) 821-2787, glemacenter.org 28 OVAL Kitchen Tour, various locations, Henderson, ohiovalleyart.org 28 Storybook Breakfast, Settle Memorial United Methodist Church, Owensboro, (270) 316-3612, ilofdc.wordpress.com 28 Audubon Adventure Day, John James Audubon State Park, Henderson, (270) 827-1893, parks.ky.gov
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Let’s Go 29 Wizard of Oz, Carson Center, Paducah, (270) 908-2037, thecarsoncenter.org May
6 Guy Penrod in Concert, Carson Center, Paducah, (270) 908-2037, thecarsoncenter.org 11 John Prine in Concert, Beaver Dam Amphitheater, Beaver Dam, BeaverDamTourism.com 11-12 International Bar-B-Q Festival, Smothers Park, Owensboro, (270) 926-1100, bbqfest.com
7 Chicken Soup for the Soul Writing Workshop, LifePoint Church, Franklin, writelifeworkshops.com 7 Pay As You Will Saturday, Kentucky Museum, Bowling Green, WKU.edu/KentuckyMuseum 13-15 ChallengerFest 9, Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, (270) 781-7634, challengerfest.net 14 Let’s Play! Cabaret, Center for Rural Development, Somerset, 1-888-394-3282, flashbacktheater.co 17 Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live, Center for Rural Development, Somerset, (606) 677-6000, centertech.com 19-20 The Holley Outlaw Street Car Reunion, Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, (270) 781-7634, beechbend.com 20 Southern Kentucky Book Fest, Knicely Conference Center, Bowling Green, (270) 745-4502, sokybookfest.org 21 Plow Day and Antique Tractor Show, Homeplace on Green River, Campbellsville, (270) 789-0006, homeplacefarmky.org 21 Men of Motown, Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center, Bowling Green, (270) 904-1880, theskypac.com 24 Wizard of Oz, Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center, Bowling Green, (270) 904-1880, theskypac.com
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1 Trace Adkins in Concert, Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center, Bowling Green, (270) 904-1880, theskypac.com 3-6 Rosies: The Women Who Riveted a Nation, The Black Box at Old City Hall, Somerset, also May 10-13, 1-888-394-3282, flashbacktheater.co
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7 HeroCon, Highlands Museum & Discovery Center, Ashland, (606) 329-8888, highlandsmuseum.com 7 Hammertown, Blue Ribbon Fox Hunters Lodge, Catlettsburg, (606) 928-4584, facebook.com/blueribbonfoxhuntersassociation 12 Ken Davis Lighten Up & Live, Paramount Arts Center, Ashland, (606) 324-0007, paramountartscenter.com 13-14 Wildflower Weekend, Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade, (606) 663-2214, parks.ky.gov 13-14 Kentucky Proud Expo, Morehead Conference Center, Morehead, (859) 402-2364, kyproud.com 14-30 Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, Paramount Arts Center, Ashland, through May 19, (606) 324-0007, paramountartscenter.com 17 Rockin’ Road to Dublin, Paramount Arts Center, Ashland, (606) 324-0007, paramountartscenter.com
Spring is the perfect time to explore the Bourbon Capital of the World®. Whether you dine on bourbon-inspired cuisine or tour our ten worldrenowned distilleries, there’s always a reason to come raise a glass in Bardstown, KY — the small town with big escapes.
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Let’s Go 19 Rush Off-Road Anniversary Bash, Rush Off-Road ATV Trails, Rush, (606) 929-5552, rushoffroad.com 20 Nature Photography Weekend, Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin, (606) 528-4121, parks.ky.gov
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Free Wi-Fi, along with a collection of books and other literature on early Kentucky and Mason County history.
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20 Wildflower Pilgrimage, Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hills, (606) 286-4411, parks.ky.gov 20-21 Herpetology Weekend, Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade, (606) 663-2214, parks.ky.gov 20-21 Nature Photography Weekend, Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin, (606) 528-4121, parks.ky.gov 21 Southeastern Kentucky Author Event, The Corbin Center, Corbin, (859) 979-3938 21 Farmers Market Opening Day, Bath County Farmers Market, Owingsville, facebook.com/bathkyfarmersmarket 21 Brantley Gilbert in Concert, Eastern Kentucky Expo Center, Pikeville, ekec.us 19-21 Hillbilly Days, downtown Pikeville, hillbillydays.com 28-29 Mountain Mushroom Festival, downtown Irvine, (606) 723-1233, mountainmushroomfestivalorg May
Farm House Inn Bed & Breakfast
735 Taylor Branch Road, Parkers Lake (606) 376-7383 www.farmhouseinnbb.com
Colonial Cottage Restaurant 3140 Dixie Highway, Erlanger 859-341-4498 thecottagenky.com
3 Shrek, Jr. The Musical, Paramount Arts Center, Ashland, (606) 324-0007, paramountartscenter.com 6 Movie Series: Gone with the Wind, Paramount Arts Center, Ashland, (606) 324-0007, paramountartscenter.com 11-12 Half Marathon and 10K, Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill, (606) 286-4411, parks.ky.gov 12 The Little Mermaid, Mountain Arts Center, Prestonsburg, (606) 886-2623, macarts.com 12 Square Dance, Carcassonne Community Center, Carcassonne, (606) 633-9691
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A Vested Spring
’all should know by now that I love most things about Kentucky. I even like the word y’all as seen on the Florence Y’all water tower. The one thing I don’t love is the gray skies of winter and the cold. Long gray days with a steady drizzle are the worst. Such days play tricks on my psyche and make getting out of bed difficult. Our weather is so frustrating. This year, we had a dose of summer in February and a blast of winter in March. That’s enough about that, y’all. We’re now 10 days into spring and roughly a month away from the Kentucky Derby. This is when our Commonwealth shines its brightest. The dust from the implosion of the Capital Plaza Tower (pictured above) has settled, the grass is its greenest, and the trees are starting to bloom up and down the Bluegrass Parkway. College kids are returning from spring break three shades darker than those who spent the month watching basketball. Festivals will fill the streets, and music will fill the air. Within days, these same collegians will adorn the hillsides at Keeneland wearing the bright colors of spring, and not far away will be heard the smack of baseball gloves and the crack of baseball bats. Yearlings will run the fence lines along Paris Pike and Versailles Road. •••
The implosion of the Capital Plaza Tower brought many mixed emotions. Some Frankforters lamented the loss of the building in which they spent their entire working careers, while others cheered the removal of what they considered an eyesore. When I asked on Facebook where people would be watching the implosions, I got answers ranging from “they already took the banner down,” a reference to the University of Louisville’s punishment from the NCAA, to “are you talking about teachers’ retirement benefits?” With tears in her eyes, Melissa Wainwright said the implosion and the following dust cloud brought back painful memories of 9-11. Peggy Dungan of Frankfort remembers the Capital Plaza Tower’s opening in 1972 being hailed as the greatest thing to happen to Frankfort since being named the capital. Its destruction, along with the Frankfort Civic Center, may be
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the biggest spectacle since Daniel and Rebecca Boone’s bodies were moved from Missouri to Frankfort in 1845. The implosion and demolition have left an open wound on the landscape that hopefully will usher in new opportunities for the city on the Kentucky River. •••
This past winter was a hard one. Beyond banners and buildings, we lost some special Kentuckians, including Dr. Pearse Lyons, the founder of Alltech who brought the World Equestrian Games here in 2010. He died in March of complications from heart surgery, leaving behind his wife, Deirdre, and two adult children. In October, a delegation of Kentucky Monthly readers will raise a toast to Dr. Lyons and his contributions to Kentucky during the magazine’s 20th anniversary trip to Ireland. One of our early stops will be at the Pearse Lyons Distillery, which is located in a centuries-old church in Dublin. To learn more about the trip to Ireland, contact Mary Lou Boal at Total Travel Service in Madisonville. Her number is (270) 821-1692. •••
Jim Beam, located in Bullitt and Nelson counties, recently filled its 15 millionth barrel of bourbon, and in April, Buffalo Trace in Frankfort will fill its 7 millionth. •••
Four Roses in Lawrenceburg will celebrate its 130th anniversary with historically themed bourbon tasting events in Louisville and Lexington. The events will feature a traveling archive collection of historical Four Roses memorabilia. Dates and locations for these events will be announced soon. “I’ve been working to compile an archive collection for years, and I’m eager to share it,” said Four Roses Senior Brand Ambassador and Historian Al Young. “We have several items to show off that represent this unique bourbon brand through the decades, including vintage bottles, glassware, advertisements and more.” Readers, and those looking for a speaker for a church or civic group, may contact Stephen M. Vest at firstname.lastname@example.org
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