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Holly Hill Inn offers fine dining to Midway residents & visitors. By Kirsten E. Silven

Photography Courtesy of Holly Hill Inn

Dating back to the early 1800s

and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Holly Hill Inn has been in continuous operation as a restaurant since 1979. Situated at the crossroads of Leestown and Georgetown roads in Midway, the current site originally housed a brick structure known as Stevenson’s Tavern. Today, the property is owned and operated by Executive Chef Ouita Michel and her husband Chris Michel, who purchased it 18 years ago. Tucked in the heart of Bluegrass horse country, the restaurant features five-course and three-course tasting menus that change almost weekly and are created by Ouita Michel and chef de cuisine Tyler McNabb to complement each season, serving a variety of traditional Kentucky favorites in a truly elegant setting. Local vegetables accompany most entrees, and many of the desserts incorporate Kentucky bourbon to great success. “Dining in a 170-year-old home is an extraordinary experience,” Ouita shared. “The floor plan hasn’t changed since 1900.” These days, Holly Hill welcomes guests from around the world who come to experience a bit of quintessential Southern charm and an elevated culinary experience. Holly Hill prides itself on incorporating a hefty dose of Kentucky’s rich food culture into its dishes.

“We include local foods and Kentucky heritage in the recipes whenever we can,” Michel shared. “The ambiance is at once comfortable and grand, but never stuffy.” Despite its many years as a restaurant, Holly Hill Inn has retained a distinctly intimate feel that comes with entering any residence. Featuring a beautiful chandelier in the foyer, a grand wooden staircase and decorative trim throughout, the property boasts three dining rooms downstairs and private dining space upstairs for groups of 10 or more. Guests will also discover a variety of original artwork and Michel family heirloom furniture throughout the home, reflecting the owners’ personal style in a chic, eclectic atmosphere. Home to an extensive bourbon library, Holly Hill has also received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its fabulous wine cellar. Known for its outstanding hospitality and creeping up on its 40th year as a dining destination, this Kentucky landmark succeeds at making every guest feel at home. Visit or call 859-846-4732 and make reservations to enjoy a masterful meal at Holly Hill Inn.

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Happy Jack’s Sweet Corn Salad—Ouita Michel, Holly Hill Inn Ingredients: •6 Tbsp mayonnaise •2 Tbsp sour cream •Zest of ½ lime •1 tsp fresh lime juice •¼ teaspoon chipotle chile powder •2 tsp chopped cilantro •½ tsp kosher salt •¼ tsp cayenne pepper •5-6 ears fresh sweet corn in the husk Garnish: Crumbled Feta cheese, thinly sliced scallions & chopped cilantro, chipotle chile powder Lime Aioli Preparation: - Blend all ingredients (minus the corn and items for garnish) together with a whisk in a small bowl. Chill.

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Corn Preparation: - Cook the corn, still in the husk, by roasting in the oven, boiling in salted water or grilling (cooking the corn in the husk makes removing the silk and husk much easier). - While still warm but cool enough to handle, cut the corn kernals from the cob and place in a large bowl. -Toss with the lime aioli and garnish with feta cheese, scallions and chopped cilantro, then dust with chipotle powder.


1 Charming exterior view of the two-story side porch at Holly Hill Inn. Photo by Jenn Jackson, Third Life Photography. 2 Dining room and original mantel at Holly Hill Inn. Photo by Jenn Jackson, Third Life Photography. 3 Period and contemporary works adorn the grand staircase at Holly Hill Inn, Midway. Photo by Jenn Jackson, Third Life Photography. 4 Ouita Michel, Executive Chef and Owner, Holly Hill Inn. 5 Happy Jack’s Sweet Corn Salad. Photo by Jenn Jackson, Third Life Photography.

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Do-It-Yourself Tips for

Pool Season By Richard Hunter

As cool weather turns to warm weather, it’s time for those who have pools to start thinking about fun-filled weekends lounging by the pool with friends and family.

Before you grab your bathing suits and your sunscreen, there are several things you need to do to have your pool ready for use. A pool service can be expensive, so folks with a ‘do it yourself attitude’ can take care of their swimming pool maintenance on their own. They can buy the pool supplies from a pool supply store and then spend a few hours every weekend tending to the maintenance, saving hundreds of dollars and using that money on something more pool parties with family and friends. To get started, remove and clean the pool cover, let it dry thoroughly, and store it in a clean, dry area so that it is ready to use once the pool season is over. Next, check all pool equipment. Many people turn their pool’s filtration equipment off during the winter, so now is the time to make sure everything is in working order, and repair any problems that you find. Check your equipment for leaks and any unusual sounds that weren’t there last year. It’s better to repair things while they are small versus waiting until they become too large to fix. If you have a saltwater pool, remove and clean the chlorine generator cell every few months. This is easily done using a hose and scrub brush to remove any residue or mineral buildup. In areas with hard water,

mineral buildup can prevent pool chemicals from doing their jobs. To check your pool water’s total dissolved solids (TDS) you can purchase a kit from a pool supply house or buy one online. Pool water with high levels of TDS will look cloudy, can cause corrosion, alter the pool’s pH balance and lessen the effectiveness of your chemicals. If you have high levels of TDS in your pool, you will need to drain some or all of the water and refill it. If you don’t need to drain your pool, make sure your pool’s pH level is between 7.2 and 7.8 and the chlorine level is between 1 and 3 ppm. If you have a saltwater pool with a chlorine generator, make sure your salt levels are in line with what your manual recommends. On average your pool should be drained and refilled about every three to five years. You can either hire a company to drain it or get a pump and do it yourself. And remember: if you plan to drain your pool into the street, check with the appropriate authority before doing so. Once your pool is drained, it’s time to do some maintenance checks. Clean out any drains on the bottom of the pool, fix any damage to the surface or the pool walls and check to make sure that all electrical wiring going to the lights are in good working order. If you desire, now is also a good time to replace any old light bulbs with new energy efficient LED bulbs. Once you have made sure everything is in good working order, simply refill your pool. You can do that with a simple garden hose, or go a quicker route and hire a service to do it.

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1 Now that your pool is safe, your chemicals are at the proper balance and the temperature outside is warm enough to swim, you’ll want to make sure that the area around your pool is safe. Most pools have to have a fence around them to keep small children from walking into the pool area without adult supervision. Check all the latches on your gates and replace any cracked or broken tile on the surface area that could pose a tripping hazard. If you don’t have pool safety equipment consider buying some standard equipment. This would include a pool rescue hook, a lifesaver ring or floatation device and a first aid kit. Now that your pool work is done, it’s time to reward yourself with a nice cool drink, a pool float, a good book and a suntan. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen!

2 1 This magnificent pool features tanning ledges, well-lit areas for entertaining and a fountain for visual effect. Photo courtesy of Geddes Pools. 2 This Gunite pool blends with the landscape by way of an infinity edge spillover and is perfect for relaxing on a beautiful summer day. Photo courtesy of Geddes Pools.

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Efficiency in Air Conditioning By Christina Noll

It’s been a long winter, but warmer weather is finally here. Now that you are ready to

turn on the air conditioning, you want it to work! Whether your unit is broken, or just inefficient and you’re looking to replace, don’t buy anything until you read these top tips from Jamie Clark, owner of Synergy Home in Lexington.

One size does not fit all The right air conditioner will make your home more comfortable and help you save on your home energy costs at the same time. If your house is well insulated, you may need a smaller system than you think. Today’s high-efficiency air conditioning units can effectively cool your home using less energy, especially when placed in the correct location, with good insulation and proper venting. Never replace an air conditioning unit into your attic or crawlspace without having the ductwork inspected and sealed—duct systems on homes built before 2015 were not required by code to be sealed and can leak as much as 40% of the air that you’ve already paid to condition, so you are paying to cool air outside your home.

Multi-Stage air-conditioners Today’s air-conditioners offer the ability to speed up or slow down as needed to perfectly match your home’s cooling needs. They also offer advanced dehumidification which will improve the home’s comfort and indoor air-quality. In less than ten years most of all air-conditioners will be multistage, so make sure to avoid installing outdated technology like single stage systems.

Look at Ventilation In many homes, crawl spaces and attics are vented to the outside because of a misconception that houses need to ‘breathe.’ Clark says, “Houses don’t need to breathe, but people do.” He explains that each of us generates about 2 ½ gallons of moisture a day, through respiration, perspiration, cooking and showering. Building a house tight creates moisture that can cause condensation and mold issues without proper venting. The right kind of venting, along with insulation and a high-energy efficiency system combine to provide the best environment. We want to build our homes tight and then vent them right. Letting houses “breathe” from uncontrolled air leakage usually lowers indoor air quality because air coming from crawlspaces or attics picks up dust and dirt along the way.

Consider Geothermal Clark highly recommends a geothermal system, especially if you are building a new home. Geothermal systems can provide all of your heating, cooling and hot water needs, and will last for 25 to 30 years without having to be replaced. Geothermal will also save you on average 70% over a typical heat pump system, as well as saving you the replacement cost of a traditional air conditioning unit and heat pump over the years.

Beware of Vulture Culture At many HVAC companies, technicians are paid to say a system is bad and needs to be fixed, and then offer to have someone there to replace it right away. This can be tempting on a hot day when you are desperate for some relief, however it’s always a good idea to get three opinions before you replace an expensive unit. Follow these tips and you’ll not only save, but be cool and comfortable all summer long in Kentucky.

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1 1 It’s always a good idea to have three separate technician opinions before replacing an expensive unit.


2 Today’s high-efficiency air conditioning units can cool your home effectively and use far less energy, resulting in major savings for the homeowner.

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GARDENS 1 Added two years ago, this pergola creates a shade structure with a great view of the ring and is enclosed by a three-board fence with granite countertop and neatly-trimmed boxwoods, while a Sawtooth oak is also visible to the right. 2 Lampposts illuminate the ring at night and serve double duty as a place to hang colorful baskets overflowing with mandevilla, lantana and sweet potato vine.

Explore the Grounds of

Fasig-Tipton By Kirsten E. Silven Photography by Walt Roycraft

Founded in 1898, the Fasig-Tipton Company

is an auction house for Thoroughbred horses and the oldest of its kind in North America. The company’s Lexington location was permanently established in 1972 and is home to gorgeous grounds that highlight the best of the Bluegrass state and offer visitors a chance to see some of the finest horses in the world in the flesh. “Everyone enjoys the color and excitement of the sales, which are open to the public,” shared Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. Today, Fasig-Tipton is focused on creating a truly fabulous experience for visitors and the facilities are also available to rent for weddings and other events. The grounds have been carefully curated by Landscape Architect Bill Henkel, who designed the new entrance, a pergola and selected many of the plantings seen here to create a shady oasis for visitors to enjoy. “We are very proud of the facility and grounds, as well as the quality of horses offered for sale,” Browning added. An open-concept bar and restaurant area is situated near the ring, giving onlookers a place that’s still connected to the action where they can get out of the sun and grab a drink. Guests can also sample some delicious cuisine, from local-beef burgers and pizza to a gourmet buffet, by Bluegrass restauranteur Ouita Michel at several locations on the Fasig-Tipton grounds. Michel owns Midway’s historic Holly Hill Inn, as well as the Wallace Station Deli, Windy Corner Market and Restaurant, Smithtown Seafood, Honeywood and The Midway Bakery.

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From an aerial view, the Kentucky limestone wall with Kentucky sandstone caps which surrounds a massive raised bed at the entrance is designed to mimic the oval shape of a racetrack, and it is equally impressive at night, with up-lighting that lends a dramatic feel. The facility is often bustling with activity throughout the year and the grounds reflect that with seasonal colors woven into the landscape. This year, the July Sale will be held July 9-10, while the October Sale will take place October 22-25, followed by the November Sale on November 4th. Incredibly, of the 12 Triple Crown winners so far, only two horses have ever been offered for sale at a public auction and both were sold at Fasig-Tipton—American Pharoah in 2013 and Seattle Slew in 1975. Visit for more information.

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3 4 3 This view of a new Fasig-Tipton administration building is framed by Russian sage, an Oak Leaf hydrangea and taxus hedge, with just a glimpse of the spire on top that gives a nod to the organization’s longstanding connection to the racetrack. The bridge connects to the sales arena and is flanked by a Bloodgood Japanese maple, a Columnar English oak and an American Hornbeam to the far right in this view. 4 Bright pink mandevilla vines are creeping up the steel trellises that flank the opening from the ring to the main auction house. Bright lime green sweet potato vine is overflowing from the hanging basket under the lamppost, while the Canada Red cherry and Sawtooth oak are also visible here. 5 The grand entrance to Fasig-Tipton is comprised of a Kentucky limestone wall with Kentucky Sandstone caps, encircling a raised bed of Limelight hydrangea, begonias, evergreens, Bracken’s Brown Beauty magnolia, Globe taxus and creeping juniper. The boxwoods around the perimeter conceal up-lighting that illuminates the wall at night, while the granite curb was added to protect the lawn from the many trucks that bring some of each season’s finest horseflesh in and out of the barns and a lone Black locust stands sentry over the scene. 6 The beautifully-manicured ring where onlookers can view some of the world’s best Thoroughbreds features rubber brick pavers and a specimen Nuttall oak tree, along with a curving border of boxwood hedges and a Canada Red cherry.

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7 The barns are quintessential Kentucky and located behind the ring, bordered here by a Kentucky sandstone retaining wall that is topped with a three-board fence. A mature ash tree provides plenty of shade, while a row of Nuttall oaks create a stately procession along the walkway adjacent to the stable. 8 This closeup view shows a granite counter under the pergola topped with a laser-etched steel equine design. With sunlight filtering gently through, it offers a nice shady spot to sip a drink while you watch the action in the nearby ring. 9 From this view of the ring a Sawtooth oak is visible that was grown on Landscape Architect Bill Henkel’s own farm, along with a Canada Red cherry and two specimen Nuttall oak trees in the center. An open-concept bar and restaurant area is situated in the building to the left, while steel trellises along the wall provide a place for pink-bloomed mandevilla and sweet potato vine to flourish. 10 A sun-dappled path connects the main parking area to the ring and features a Canada Red cherry above, with boxwood border on both sides of the walkway that loops around two magnolias, with hostas underneath that are up-lit at night and ivy that will eventually cover the entire wall.


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Inspired Deck Designs By Kirsten E. Silven

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1 Using Trex Transcend composite decking in Tree House and Vintage Lantern tones with Classic White railing, this elegant multi-level deck and gazebo creates an idyllic vantage point from which to enjoy beautiful spring and summer days or unwind after a hectic workday. Photo courtesy of Trex.

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Today’s builders and designers are thinking

outside of the standard wooden platform, using smart design ideas to create stunning decks that are custom built to suit an endless array of settings. No backyard retreat is complete without a dedicated space for relaxing or entertaining, and a custom deck can provide the perfect solution to your unique list of wants and needs.

2 This composite deck evolved in stages over the course of several years to take advantage of a stunning lake view. Today, the design includes two screened-in porches, a pergola and covered patio, as well as plenty of space for entertaining, with wide, gradual stairs that double as extra seating. Photo design and installation by American Deck and Sunroom.

With a bit of planning, multiple levels that incorporate shady overhead structures like pergolas, pavilions and gazebos, as well as spa-like amenities and fire pits, are all within the realm of possibility. Whether you are looking to create a completely screened-in or open-air covered bonus room, would prefer an outdoor kitchen or a place for that hot tub you’ve always wanted, these deck designs are sure to get your creative juices flowing and provide the inspiration to take your outdoor areas to another level.

The Maintenance Factor Dreams and design considerations aside, one of the biggest challenges to owning a home with a substantial deck is undoubtedly the required maintenance that often comes with the territory. Considerations like how much sun the deck receives and how many trees are in the immediate area will have a direct effect on how well the materials hold up. “Whenever possible, the deck should face north, east or south instead of west, because sunlight is always a deck’s worst enemy,” shared Jim Topolski of American Deck and Sunroom. “And while composite decking might be able to endure the sun, without a shade structure the space will still be too hot for entertaining during the day.” Fortunately, recent years have introduced a variety of solutions to the longtime issue of deck maintenance, including the proliferation of composite materials and other techniques that are designed to reduce or remove the need to regularly maintain the surfaces.

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“To help mitigate the maintenance issues that typically come with wooden decks, we developed a system that protects the surface of the deck itself and also creates a dry, usable space underneath,” shared Todd Hart of Hartstone. The system involves covering the deck with a waterproof rubber roofing membrane, then with sand, before installing Hartstone to create a maintenance-free surface. Copper flashing where the deck meets the home and along the edge can be used to create proper drainage, while the addition of powder-coated aluminum railing will further extend the structure’s longevity. If you would prefer a more traditional design but still want to avoid the maintenance issues that come with pressure-treated wood, composite decking offers a staggering variety of options and colors. Many of today’s most eye-catching deck designs incorporate a two-tone look, which increases visual interest and can be used to complement the home itself. Also, remember that it often takes much longer to paint the railing than it does to paint other parts of the deck, so consider incorporating aluminum spindles and composite caps. Not only are these materials long lasting and virtually maintenance free, but dark-colored aluminum spindles are also smaller in diameter than the traditional wood variety and will not obstruct the view, since they virtually vanish into the background.

3 This deck is home to an inviting indoor-outdoor living space that is complete with a stone accent wall, fireplace and plenty of comfortable weather-resistant furniture. The covered deck boasts an aluminum railing and is open to the elements, but still provides enough protection to make the space usable throughout most of the year. Image courtesy of Mike Kraemer of Stone River Contracting in Roanoke, Virginia. Products available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

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4 4 Carefully-placed down lighting mounted to the posts at intervals along the aluminum railing illuminates this expansive wooden deck at night, creating a safe and alluring environment with a soft warm glow. Photo courtesy of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Central Kentucky.

Light Up the Night As you might imagine, outdoor lighting is a truly essential element of any successfully-designed deck, since after the sun goes down is often prime time for entertaining. In order to ensure optimum safety and functionality, task lighting should be included near the grill and/or outdoor kitchen, and all stairways and walkways should also be well-lit. “When selecting outdoor lighting for a residential deck, it’s best to consider layers of light,” stated Christy Helton, Showroom Manager for Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery in Lexington. “General lighting near the main seating area is important, so make sure it’s a warm hue and a similar brightness to the indoor lighting of the home. Additionally, lamps and chandeliers specifically made for outdoor use provide a popular decorative accent to outdoor porches, pools, cabanas and other covered outdoor spaces.” One of the most notable advancements in outdoor lighting has been the incorporation of LED lights, which emit less heat than florescent bulbs and also attract significantly fewer bugs. LEDs also boast longer life spans and typically last between 25,000 and 50,000 hours. To put this into perspective, with usage of eight hours nightly, exterior LED lights could burn up to 16 years without being replaced! “We always start by figuring out how a space will be used, in order to determine where the lighting elements need to be and what types will work best,” shared Tom Caywood, owner of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Central Kentucky. “From deciding where the grill, table and other furniture will be placed, to determining how decorative elements like plantings will be incorporated, all of these elements are key to developing a final design that really works.” Finally, decorative outdoor lighting has emerged as the biggest trend in recent years, as more homeowners move to incorporate the use of oversized chandeliers and multi-pendant clusters. The use of eclectic designs in deck lighting helps to provide functional illumination and also brings a sense of warmth and comfort to outdoor entertaining areas. Regardless of size and style, today’s best deck designs always work to create an environment that extends the use of a home’s exterior areas, bringing creature comforts and luxury materials outdoors, while expanding the available space for entertaining.

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6 5 An elegant pavilion serves as a shady focal point and gathering place on this composite deck. The free-standing roof structure has a meranti ceiling with a louvered cupola and paddle fan to keep cool. Photo by Frank Gensheimer. Project design and installation: Decks by Kiefer.

6 Designed with TimberTech’s Terrain Collection from AZEK Building Products in a Silver Maple color, this low-maintenance and long-lasting composite decking is crafted using recycled plastic and reclaimed wood, which complements the natural surroundings with earthy, adaptable tones that embody the spirit of the outdoors. Photo courtesy of AZEK Building Products.

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7 A screened-in porch with a roofline that complements the home increases the usability of this outdoor space through multiple seasons. Pressure-treated wood decking is used here, with low-maintenance black aluminum spindles to open up the view and composite caps on the railing. Photo design and installation by American Deck and Sunroom. 8 Clever lighting installed on the post caps and around the perimeter sets the mood here, with a petite pergola over the grill, a fire pit and plenty of seating. Featuring Trex Transcend composite decking in Tree House and Vintage Lantern colors to create a classic look and feel. Photo courtesy of Trex. 9 This space features Trex Transcend composite decking in a Spiced Rum and Vintage Lantern color scheme, showing the versatility of the materials, which are also designed to be ultra-low maintenance. Here, the deck includes plenty of room for entertaining or sunbathing, as well as a hot tub, pergola and dramatic curving staircase that leads to additional usable space, a fireplace and a patio below. Photo courtesy of Trex. 10 Trex Transcend composite decking in Fire Pit and Gravel Path color tones lends a pleasing sense of contrast to this cheerful space, which overlooks the swimming pool and connects the deck and outdoor living areas to the back yard. Image courtesy of Trex.

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3 1 1 Up On the Ridge, 13” x 19” Watercolor on Arches Paper “This view is at the top of hill before I drive down into our hollow,” said Ritter. “I have painted it a few times in different seasons and from different viewpoints, but I like this view best with the golden field behind the slender, bending trees in the foreground.” 2 Reaching Out, 27” x 32” Acrylic Paint on Canvas and Wood Originally an acrylic painting on a 12” x 12” canvas panel, Ritter decided to extend the painting onto the plain wooden frame. “I thought to just keep going, so I adhered that canvas to a larger birch panel and brought the tree out even further,” she said. 3 Creekdance, 21” x 29” Watercolor on Arches Watercolor Board Rushing water, falling over stones, is one of Ritter’s favorite subjects. “I wanted this painting to feel as though the water was falling right towards the viewer, flowing around them and then beyond,” she explained.

4 Pat at Ghost Ranch Georgia O’Keeffe, known as one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century, is one of Ritter’s favorite artists. “I always wanted to visit her home, Ghost Ranch,” said Ritter, recalling a week she spent in New Mexico last year for a photography workshop that emphasized looking at things from a new angle and with new eyes. “It was wonderful to spend a week in such a vast, beautiful and inspiring landscape and to be with a group of interesting and talented women attending the workshop.” 5 Autumn Blaze, 13” x 19” Watercolor on Arches Paper “When everything leafs out in the spring and summer, the branches of the trees are hidden under all the greenery,” said Ritter. “Autumn is my favorite time of year for painting, not only because of the colors of the changing season, but also because I can see the branches, what I call the bones, of trees against bright blue skies.”

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Capturing Cumberland County Patricia Ritter paints the inspiring countryside of Cumberland County By Heather N. Russell-Simmons Photography courtesy of Patricia Ritter

Visual artist Patricia Ritter of Burkesville,

Ky., began working with watercolors after receiving a set of paints her friend had left over from college. Ritter was then encouraged to enter her paintings in a local art fair where the work sold. “And my art career was born!” she recalled.


Although self-taught in watercolors, Ritter’s passion for art started with ballet and modern dance. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa., she studied sculpture and oil painting for a while at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Ritter later added acrylics and photography as her mediums, but her current artistic focus is a combination of watercolors and pastels. “I’m not a watery painter,” she explained of her art. “My paintings are tight and controlled.” Ritter begins with a drawing, then paints and builds with washes and layers. “I tend toward rich, deep colors,” she said. “I like deep shadows.”


Working in her home studio, Ritter usually paints on medium texture cold press paper from Arches ®, a paper mill in northeastern France that has been in production since 1492. She prefers working with professional grade watercolors from Winsor & Newton, painting with brushes that have a mix of synthetic and natural bristles. “The mix has more spring, it’s more responsive,” she said. “And tends to hold up a little longer for me.” After visiting friends living in Kentucky, Ritter moved to Cumberland County in 1980. She has lived there on the Tennessee border ever since. “I loved the people and the countryside,” she said of her decision to move. “Kentucky experiences all four seasons, but the winters aren’t as harsh as they were in Pennsylvania,” she laughed. The countryside, in all its seasons, provides inspiration. “Whatever catches my artist eye becomes fodder for my art,” she said.

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“Trees in all their glory; water ways; bright, deep blue skies,” she said of recurring subjects in her work. “But I also love old buildings and city streets. All of these subjects lend themselves to my way of working with colors and shadows.” Ritter’s work shares the beauty of nature with others. That beauty may be found in multiple health care facilities where her art provides a sense of comfort to patients and guests. Or, it may be found in her efforts with the Kentucky Arts Council, VSA Kentucky and Tennessee Arts Commission; all groups where she is on the juried Teaching Artist Roster. Inclusionary grant programs from these organizations allow Ritter to integrate art projects into school curriculums. “During a residency, I help students design and paint murals, or work with them on watercolors or sculpture,” she said.


These hands-on projects teach subjects, like math and literacy, with art as the vehicle. “I want the students to learn to think and to be curious about the world around them. To succeed in what we’re doing,” said Ritter. “It’s exciting to see them absorb what I teach and express themselves through the art they create.” When creating her own art, Ritter strives for the right balance of subject and execution. “That’s where the magic is,” she said. Ritter’s art, including original pieces, prints and notecards, can be found online at or the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen online store at


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6 Looking Up, 12” x 32” Watercolor on Arches Paper From a photograph the artist took of an old home on a back road, “The entire house didn’t make for a good composition, so I cropped it down and concentrated on the roof and chimney to find what I wanted,” she explained. “An interesting and poignant portrait of a house past its prime, but still lovely to me.” 7 One Cedar Tree, 19” x 24” Watercolor on Arches Paper “I wanted this painting to appear ‘flat’ at first, so everything blends together as it might when you first look into a woodland scene,” said Ritter. “As your eye focuses, I want the cedar tree to come forward and stand out from the background.” 8 She Comes in Colors, 13” x 19” Watercolor on Arches Paper Large prints of Shining Leaves, one of Ritter’s most popular paintings, were placed in five hospital settings by a design firm. “I am honored to have many of my pieces in collections of hospitals and healing arts facilities,” she said. 9 Shining Leaves, 13” x 19” Watercolor on Arches Paper Large prints of Shining Leaves, one of Ritter’s most popular paintings, were placed in five hospital settings by a design firm. “I am honored to have many of my pieces in collections of hospitals and healing arts facilities,” she said. 10 Late Afternoon Shadows, 17” x 23” Watercolor on Arches Paper with Pastels For texture, Ritter often uses pastels to draw on top of a finished watercolor painting. ‘”The bright colors of the chalk on top of darker colors of the watercolors add depth and interest,” she said.


Ms. Ritter is on the juried Teaching Artist Roster with the Kentucky Arts Council, VSA Kentucky and Tennessee Arts Commission. She is also a juried artist with the Kentucky Arts Council Craft Marketing Program. The Kentucky Arts Council is responsible for developing and promoting support for the arts in Kentucky as well as providing programs and opportunities for artists, schools and communities. Visit to learn more. VSA Kentucky provides opportunities for people with disabilities through arts education, community arts programming and professional development as vital elements of their service to Kentucky. Learn more at Through a variety of investments, the Tennessee Arts Commission encourages excellence in artistic expression through the state’s artists, arts organizations and arts activities to increase access and opportunities for Tennesseans and their communities to participate in the arts. Find out more at The Kentucky Arts Council Craft Marketing Program provides assistance to Kentucky visual and craft artists through marketing, networking and promotional opportunities. Learn more by visiting http://artscouncil.

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Curated Collectibles in

Perfect Harmony By Kirsten Silven Photography by Walt Roycraft

1 Nestled amid the mature arborvitae, evergreens, taxus, ivy and boxwoods, the home’s front elevation is both understated and dignified, seeming to blend seamlessly with the surrounding landscape. The one-acre lot offers plenty of green space, and hemlock as well as American beech trees are also visible here.

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When homeowners Laura & John 2 The home’s inviting entryway is a study in elegance, with a stately antique grandfather clock and period lighting both inside and on the shady brick porch, as well as cool green tones on the custom wall and ceiling covering, which were selected by interior designer Gary Stewart. Just through the doorway to the left in this view, a historic portrait of John Whitty’s cousin is visible in the living room, while the formal dining room lies to the right.

Whitty found this home nearly 20 years ago, they were looking to downsize from a 6,000-square-foot residence in Indian Hills after their three boys went off to college. Situated in the Glenview neighborhood of Louisville close to Lime Kiln Lane, this elegant 3,000-square-foot home offered the ideal location and size.

“All of our homes had been fixer-uppers,” Laura Whitty revealed. “This time, we were willing to do the work because we don’t plan to move again.” The previous owner had already added new floors, crown molding and a custom kitchen with a great room. Over the years, the Whittys have added a screenedin porch, brick patio, a lanai, a bar area off the great room, a dry stack fireplace, custom painting, window treatments and eight gardens with countless trees and shrubs. Much of the furniture in the home reflects Laura’s passion for antiques and collectibles, and the home’s design incorporated most of their favorite items, with the help of interior designer Gary Stewart. Today, their favorite spaces include the screened-in porch, great room and kitchen, which also serve as lively gathering spots whenever family comes to visit.

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3 In addition to the antiques, David Smith in Lebanon, Ohio, created a variety of custom reproductions for the home, including the dining room and breakfast nook tables and chairs, a humidor and a variety of side tables, while Mike Arnett of Jackson Henry Antiques hand distressed the kitchen and bathroom cabinetry, which also boasts a dramatic solid wood top and drop-in sink built by Americana Interiors. There are plantation blinds and custom window treatments throughout the home, which also features a reading room, formal living room and three bedrooms, with two and a half baths. Everywhere you look, there are pieces of the homeowners’ beloved collections, including 48 Tole trays and 25 other Tole pieces, an extensive Transferware collection, blownglass and stone fruit collections, as well as a collection of antique pipes that belonged to John Whitty’s father and an eclectic array of different bird-themed items that Laura has picked up over the years.

3 Ideal for entertaining in grand style, the formal dining room has a gorgeous jewel-toned red hue on the walls, complemented by a beautifully-patterned rug from Frances Lee Jasper Oriental Rugs and a sage-green hutch that conceals a stereo system. Other highlights include a humidor, table and chairs that were custom-made by David Smith in Lebanon, Ohio, as well as the corner hutch, which is the home’s oldest antique and still boasts its original glass.

Brimming with personal touches and with a distinct timeless feel, this charming family home is rich with character, standing as a testament to the homeowners’ deep passion for history and beautiful things.

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4 4 Situated just off the open-plan kitchen and breakfast nook, the homeowners added a dry stack stone fireplace in the den, which is also home to many of Laura Whitty’s Tole trays and pieces of her stone fruit collection. Custom window treatments and a corner built-in that hides the television and provides extra storage work with a variety of cozy soft leather and custom fabric seating, while the lamps were crafted from antique tins by The Lampmaker in Louisville. 5 A variety of whimsical pieces by artist Nancy Thomas can be seen in this cheerful space, which lies just off the kitchen where the stairs lead down to the lower level, along with some beloved family photos and three folk-art pictures by Larry Koosed.


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6 The reading room boasts deep chocolate brown on the walls and builtin shelving flanking the mantel, as well as a richly-hued floor covering from Frances Lee Jasper Oriental Rugs and plenty of room to get cozy and read, which is one of homeowner John Whitty’s favorite pastimes. The fire bucket was found at the Heart of Country National Antique Show, while framed images of a fox hunt, a Commonwealth of KY flag and his father’s antique pipe collection lend a distinct personal feel to the space.

6 7 The formal living room contains 18 of homeowner Laura Whitty’s 48 Tole trays and floor-to-ceiling windows with custom window treatments, which allow natural light to flood the space. This space also boasts hand-textured plaster walls, as well as two wingback chairs with a custom calla lily fabric, a blown-glass and stone fruit collection in front of the window and part of her Transferware collection on the mantel.

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House Credits: Interior Design: Gary Stewart Interiors Select Pieces: Jackson Henry Antiques Custom Painting, Finishes & Furniture Restoration: Michael Arnett Custom Lighting: The Lampmaker Floor Coverings: Frances Lee Jasper Oriental Rugs Landscaping: Laura Whitty, Owner; Betsy Green, Professional Gardner; Goshen Gardens 40 • May/Jun 2018 • Kentucky Homes & Gardens

9 10 8 The home’s charming screened-in porch opens from the formal dining room and offers a sun-dappled place to enjoy a cup of tea on the softly padded natural wicker furniture, but it also houses part of homeowner Laura Whitty’s extensive succulent collection. 9 A four-poster bed and side tables custom-made by David Smith in Lebanon, Ohio, take center stage in this bedroom, which also features a cheerful lime green tone on the walls and homeowner Laura Whitty’s beloved bird theme is carried through in a variety of original pieces, while two live rescued cockatiels reside along the far wall. 10 The hall bath brings interior designer Gary Stewart’s vision to life, with crystal lights overhead from the homeowner’s previous residence and a separate water closet with a neatly concealed shower space, as well as richly patterned wall and ceiling coverings that lend a custom touch to the space.

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Blank Slate Design By Heather N. Russell-Simmons Photography by Walt Roycraft

1 The 2017 Norton Healthcare raffle home in Jefferson County’s Norton Commons features old world Italianate architecture with a large covered front porch to help engage the streetscape. Outdoor rooms are a focal point with a spacious front porch, covered side terrace off the dining room and open patio for dining al fresco. 2 The foyer features a whimsical console table with cast resin tusk shaped legs. Herringbone patterned oak floors lead into an open living and dining area.

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House Credits: Builder: Ramage Company Designer: Leslie Cotter Interiors Custom Window Treatments: Designed by Leslie Cotter in partnership with Draped in Style Furnishings: Market on National Moldings: Cox Interior Cabinetry: Cornerstone Kitchen & Bath

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3 “Wall space in this open dining room was limited,” said Dorazil. “I felt a bold pattern in Mylar would have just enough impact while a flood of natural light accentuated the wallpaper’s reflective quality.” Ramage added that the herringbone pattern of the oak wood floors was an idea Dorazil added to the design plans.

In late 2016, David Ramage, president & owner

of the Ramage Company, began planning the new construction of a two-story, 2,400 square foot home in the eastern Jefferson County community of Norton Commons. The Piedmont plan featuring Italianate architecture, broke ground in February 2017 and was completed in September. In November, after two months of open houses where tickets were sold on-site and online, the fully-furnished home was raffled off at Norton Healthcare’s annual Snow Ball Gala. Proceeds from the home raffle raised over $900,000 to benefit the renovation and expansion of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Norton Children’s Hospital through the Children’s Hospital Foundation. “This was our fifth year participating in this wonderful program,” said Ramage, whose company is a Kentucky based residential and commercial construction firm serving Louisville Metro and its surrounding areas. “We had a team of eight manage construction services,” he said of the building process. “I worked closely with Leslie Cotter Dorazil at Leslie Cotter Interiors to develop the floor plan, amenities and initial pricing. She then collaborated with Clare Henson at Market on National in Lexington to furnish the home.” When conceptualizing the architecture and floor plan, Ramage and Dorazil looked to historic brownstone designs commonly found in Brooklyn, New York. “Designing a home in this situation requires a different mindset than when you’re working with the specific tastes of a homeowner,” said Dorazil, owner of Leslie Cotter Interiors, who hand-selected each piece of furniture and artwork. In partnership with Draped in Style, Dorazil also designed custom window treatments throughout the home. “It’s exhilarating to have a blank slate. I enjoy the challenge to hone in on my favorite elements of the home and create something new from scratch,” she said. When choosing furnishings, Dorazil said, “I fell in love with a chair rail profile as a door and window casing.” Although Cox Interior customized the width of that profile to meet the scale of the high ceilings, the profile was too deep to bend around the many arched openings on the first floor. “We pieced together several smaller profiles to mimic the look. If you look closely, the arched casings are slightly different than the other windows and doors. They have their own identity and I’m happy with how everything materialized.” “We challenged our trim carpenters on this build!” said Dorazil. “There is an intricate three-piece crown entablature with hand placed dentils and custom built-in bunk beds in the home.” Some details were defined in the field, “And changes were made as the elements took shape.” Particular structural elements in the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home included the spatial scale with 12-foot ceilings on the first floor. “Those ceilings gave us an opportunity to include nine-foot tall doors and seven-foot tall windows,” said Ramage, explaining that the large windows, “Flood the entire home with sunlight and accentuate the sweeping floor plan as well as the sizes and profiles of the mouldings, arched doorways and detailed finished carpentry.”

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4 “I love the open shelving in the kitchen,” said Dorazil. “It accentuates the 12-foot ceilings, breaks up the cabinetry by Cornerstone Kitchen & Bath and makes use of a narrow space.” The open storage also provides a platform to stylize and personalize the space with color and texture against the Honed Arabescato Danby marble countertops, dramatic wood hood and fully tiled accent wall.


5 Ramage explained that homeowners often want a loft to serve as a second living room. To upgrade that expectation, Ramage featured a kitchenette with sink and beverage center in the space. “An overstuffed sofa is a comfortable addition to this polished area,” added Dorazil, who also noted that the kitchenette is finished with edgy black tile and a pop of deep green cabinetry. 6 “Our living room was designed to be open with good circulation,” said Ramage. Speaking to the furnishings, Dorazil added, “Rich velvets, cognac leather and a classic oriental rug make this living room feel warm and inviting.”


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6 “I’ve worked with David and Leslie on many projects in the past, but this was my first year participating with the home raffle,” said Clare Henson, co-owner and lead designer at Market on National, a furniture and home décor store offering lifestyle brands at affordable prices. “Our involvement began when Leslie presented the plan and the exact furnishings she wanted in the home,” Henson said. From there, Henson detailed costs and lead times. “We look for a 12-week window to make sure everything is in stock and can be delivered,” she explained. “Sometimes the original plan works, and sometimes we need to edit the plan to make it work.” For this home, Dorazil wanted a chair Henson knew would not arrive in time. “I came back with a solution, a different chair in the right style and price point with materials I knew were available,” Henson said. “Our job is to make sure everything is done on time, properly and to David and Leslie’s specifications. We like to be problem solvers and keep the process as smooth as possible.”

Aesthetically, the entry level design includes paneled walls and ceilings that adorn the owner’s suite, accessed off the rear gallery. Functionally, the second-floor features two bedrooms with a shared bath and a loft complete with kitchenette. Sustainably, a geothermal heating and cooling system absorbs heat from the earth to warm the home and pumps heat from the house into the ground to cool the home. This attention to detail among partners with complimentary expertise allows Ramage to take his client’s inspiration, “And make it relevant for what the market expects today to protect their investment.” In the case of this year’s raffle, that investment included a stunning new home for the raffle winner, as well as a generous community investment in the patients and families of the Norton Children’s Hospital NICU.

“The home is intentionally a hybrid of two opposing style genres,” said Dorazil. “The foundation is rooted in traditional architectural detail of the Victorian age: mouldings, arched openings and grand ceilings.” In contrast, those features are accented by the juxtaposition of sculptural lighting, moody abstract artwork and modern furnishings.

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9 7 “The owner’s suite was designed to be chic and modern, with paneling accents on the walls and ceilings,” Ramage said. Dorazil expanded on design intent, “A darker wall color creates an intimate and luxurious feel in this bedroom,” noting how layers of warm and cool neutrals pop against the darker wall color. The posh furnishings and brass accents add to the sense of this room being a true retreat. 8 Dual-stained wood vanities with polished brass hardware atop a black and white hexagon floor tile dress up this hall bath. 9 “A child’s room should be a creative space,” said Dorazil. “Built-in bunk beds are a sophisticated way to delineate zones for sleeping, playing and homework.”

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1 Angela chose to have the entire house in brick and bricklayers used an old-fashioned technique so that the mortar has not been scraped to provide a more rustic look to the exterior. There are also touches of hardy plank and some manufactured stone. “He did a beautiful job of making it look real,� she said. Couches surround a working outdoor fireplace, and provide a place to unwind and enjoy the views.

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This rustic farmhouse with modern, luxurious finishes makes the perfect small home in the middle of horse country. By Christina Noll Photography by Walt Roycraft

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When Angela McCauley began the project to design and build a small home on the family’s 700-acre farm, she envisioned something simple. As owners of McCauley Farm in Nicholasville, Ron and Angela McCauley thought it would be nice to have a house on site for the farm manager. Ultimately, the house was finished for one of their five sons, Nathan. In between, Angela enjoyed the process of creating a unique space that is both comfortable and laid back, yet features classic, elegant touches.

3 2 “My favorite part of the house is the dining room ceiling,” Angela said. The diagonal windowpane pattern is made using 6x6 antique reclaimed wood. Angela explained that the person who completed the ceiling came two days trying to figure out how to make it work. “I came close to calling it off, and finally he worked it out and did a fabulous job,” she said. The round table with unique base and ornate chandelier, both from Arhaus, offer balance to the ceiling. 3 On the wall in the dining room, an uncommon piece of Native American artwork provides one of the shiny touches that stand out in the monochromatic décor. Angela bought the art for $100 from a friend, who brought it from Arizona. “When I was decorating the house, I floated it around in places but it’s so perfect there in the dining room,” she said.

Angela designed the house herself, calling on Tyler Oberman as builder. She wanted the process to be turnkey, so that Nathan could use the space easily while in town, with little worry when he’s away. “Nathan travels quite a bit, and when he’s not in it, we have it available on Air BnB or vacation rentals,” said Angela. “When he’s in town, he stays there (or at another property he owns in Lexington) and then sometimes when he’s gone, I’ll go over there. So, it’s almost like a communal house for all of us.” In fact, Angela jokes, “If we ever want to go smaller, we can buy it from him as a retirement home.” Her idea to make it a turnkey operation, meant seeing to every last detail from the building to the interior design. “I wanted to make it just perfect for him so that when he walked in all the towels, sheets, silverware and everything was already done,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to do a small house that was just over the top.” The all brick, three-bedroom house tops out at 1890 square feet—just perfect for the 20-acre section of the farm set aside for Nathan—and backs up to a nature preserve. Nearby, Nathan is remodeling a barn to house some of the thoroughbreds he raises. He has 15 of his own now; the entire McCauley Farm foaled out 24 this year.

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4 In the main living area, the ceilings were made using material from warehouses torn down across the country. The gas fireplace surround is built using manufactured stone and finished with a mantel made from wood taken from a log house that had to be torn down on the McCauley’s property. The floors throughout the home are made of walnut cut from the farm and laid at random width for more interest. The sectional couch from Arhaus offers a place to relax in comfort. “I think everyone who can afford one of these sectionals should have one,” said Angela, referencing how comfortable the couch feels.


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5 One of two guest rooms in the home features twin beds and clean, simple décor, including the stag art, one of Angela’s favorites. Another favorite, shown here, is a print with a saying about an invisible thread connecting those we love. “It’s such an interesting saying—I love it because it’s so unique,” she said.

6 Angela said she had never before seen the polished granite she chose for the kitchen countertops. “It’s very different and elegant,” she said. She had Kitchen Concepts help design the kitchen, which has the look of an old farmhouse kitchen with all the modern features. White cabinets, a farmhouse sink and beveled glass front cabinets flanking the window all contribute to the setting. “I think white cabinets look good no matter what style,” said Angela.

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6 A big draw of the house is the large porch overlooking the farmland. Inside, Angela focused on clean lines and a neutral palate. “I wanted to build a small, simple ranch and I tried to make it open in the areas that count,” she explained. The results are a large, open family room and kitchen and plenty of views to the vast outdoors. When it came to interior design and decorating, the process was a collaboration. “I drew up the floor plan, and I had an interior designer help with the accessorizing,” said Angela. “I went very modern rustic, but also very elegant,” she said. Rustic charm can be found in the walnut floors, cut right there on McCauley farm and laid at random width.

Other reclaimed wood can be found in the fireplace mantels, and the living room and dining room ceilings. These beautiful aspects of the home contrast delightfully with more sophisticated materials throughout the home. “You see modern rustic all the time, but not usually with high polished granite, a fine chandelier or these master bath finishes. I just love the way it came together. We were able to pull off finishes that you wouldn’t normally find together, but they work well together.” The result is streamlined and sharp, casual and classy—the best of both worlds, located in a beautiful spot in this corner of the world. “It’s been an interesting project because it kept changing on me—but it was really fun to do,” Angela said.

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House Credits: Builder: Tyler Oberman Arhaus Furniture Kitchen Concepts Collaboration on Furniture Selection: Barrett Hudson Collaboration on Exterior & Kitchen Selections: Jean Ann Corbin Collaboration on Finishing Touches & Accessories: Michelle Jimenez

7 Angela started with a neutral color base for an uncluttered look in the master bedroom. The tone is simple and clean, overlaid with luxurious embellishments, such as the bedding. Simple lines are combined with modern features. The furniture is from Arhaus. Angela designed the space with windows on both side of the master to provide views on one side of the sunrise and on the other side of the sunset. 8 The master bathroom is an example of where Angela went with more lavish touches, including heated, herringbone pattern floors, a walk-in shower and soaking tub. The tub was placed in front of the window to provide direct access to the beautiful view of the farm. 9 On the large porch, the McCauleys and guests can enjoy farm views in comfort. The posts are cedar from the farm and the shutters were hand made. The flooring is brick laid in a herringbone pattern that mimics that in the master bathroom.

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Salato Wildlife Education Center Explore Kentucky’s wealth of native wildlife resources. By Christina Noll Photography Courtesy of Salato Wildlife Education Center

The Salato Wildlife Education

Center, located in Frankfort, offers an educational adventure that will delight the entire family. Operated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR), the Salato Center is a unique destination that offers interactive exhibits, natural looking habitats for captive wildlife and daily education programs. “The mission of KDFWR is to conserve and enhance the fish and wildlife populations of the state, and with that in mind, the focus of the Salato Center is native wildlife,” explains Emily Hogue, Branch Manager at Salato Wildlife Education Center. “The Salato Center works to tell the story of the agency, and the fish and wildlife resources that call Kentucky home.” Outdoors at Salato, visitors can explore forests and dragonfly marsh and observe and learn about the bald eagle, bobcat, bison, black bear, elk, white tailed deer and wild turkey. The interactive Bluegrass Prairie exhibit allows visitors to take on the persona of a quail, hatching from an oversized quail egg, then facing several obstacles as they try to locate the mother quail. The Living Stream is a large, outdoor aquarium modeled after the Elkhorn creek in Georgetown. This exhibit features a large waterfall, rock cliffs and a tunnel giving a view to many of the aquatic species that make the Elkhorn their home. At the Salato Center Aviary, non-releasable birds of prey, used in interpretive programs on site, can be viewed up close as they train or relax. The center is located on the KDFWR headquarters, so there are also two fishing lakes, picnic shelters and four miles of hiking trails on site.

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6 1 Salato Wildlife Education Center is located in Frankfort, Kentucky and home to many native species. 2-6 Some of the native species that can be viewed at the center.

The adventures continue through a variety of indoor exhibits, including features on rainbow trout, record setting fish, aquatic turtles, native frog species, and venomous and non-venomous snakes. Highlights of the Center include an interactive exhibit about fish populations that allows young visitors to take on the role of a fisheries biologist and the bee tree, where honeybees can be safely viewed through windows within the tree as they collect pollen, feed their larvae and communicate with one another. Also indoors, the warm water aquarium houses an alligator snapping turtle and alligator gar—two unique species found in Kentucky. The restored species exhibit focuses on species successfully restored by KDFWR and other organizations. And at the backyard wildlife viewing area, visitors can relax and enjoy watching birds, butterflies and mammals while learning how water features, native plants and trees can be used in their own backyard. Whether you have time to enjoy all the exhibits, or just a few, the staff is on hand to ensure you get the most out of your visit. “I think the most unique part of the Salato Center is our ability to create special visitor experiences,” says Hogue. “We aren’t a huge facility, so we have staff available to answer questions or maybe have an up-close encounter with one of the center’s captive animals. For example, our staff trains the black bear, which a visitor can view from feet away. It is those kinds of interactions that make Salato special.”

The Center also offers programs for schools and summer camp groups, as well as a variety of animal enrichments, training programs and special programs, such as Habitat Workshops, Kayak Fishing and many more. Sign-up on the Center’s website at pages/salato-wildlife-education-center.aspx to receive the monthly calendar of events via email. Hogue encourages people of all ages to come and spend the day exploring. “As people spend more and more time in front of screens and less time outdoors, the connection with the land and the wildlife resources that depend on the health of the ecosystem are often lost,” she says. “At the Salato Center, we try to educate people about the role they play in the stewardship of our natural resources. By creating that connection, we hope in turn, that we are creating knowledgeable citizens aware of wildlife resource issues and capable of making informed decisions about the impacts of their choices.” She notes that KDFWR is funded through the sale of hunting and fishing licenses so funding depends on the number of people participating in outdoor recreation activities. “All the wildlife in the state, from frogs and mussels to black bears and bald eagles, are all protected, studied and enhanced through the sportsmen and women of the state,” she explains.

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4105 Heartwood Road

1616 Tates Creek Rd #6 $1,750,000


Outstanding Nicholasville ranch in Cambridge Estates. Large windows, open floor plan, & finished Basement.

Remodeled brick ranch on 5 acres overlooking The Champions Golf Course in Nicholasville. One of the best lake views!

Bright and cheerful home in popular Beaumont. Open floor plan and finished basement with Rec Room.

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Charming Cape Code home on a corner lot in Tanbark. Inviting two story entry with pegged hardwood floors.


Specializing in the Sale of Residential, Farm & Luxury Properties

Locally Owned & Operated Since 1978 124 Kentucky Avenue • Lexington, KY • 859-268-4663 1851 Sahalee Drive Equestrian Estate living minutes from downtown Lexington! Sahalee Estates is a gated enclave of exceptional homes. This property sits on 30+ acres divisible to 10 acre tracts. Over 11,000 sq ft of exquisitely detailed living space. Formal Living and Dining Rooms, 2 story Great Room with a Luxury Kitchen. Main floor Owner's suite adjacent to beautiful wood paneled Office with wet bar, 2 master suites on the 2nd floor and 3 additional bedrooms all with en-suite baths. $1,950,000.

Mary Dorval 859-494-3029 Hill Parker 859-608-8039

866 McMeekin Place 4BR and 3.5BA with over 5000sq.ft. CW Warner built with recent upgrades. Broker/Owner. $998,000 Becky Mobley 859-321-0819

2101 Peacock Road

317 Hart Road 4BR, 4BA, Immaculate, renovated, Open fl plan, wet bar/butlers pantry, large master suite, walk-out lower level. $739,000 Rick Queen 859-221-3616

1108 Cooper Drive 5BR, 4BA, Remodeled home in Chevy Chase. Wide plank hardwood floors, updated kitchen, basement, 3 car garage, private deck, fenced yard. $685,000 Kevin Martin 859-619-3232

A gorgeous new home with old world charm. All brick ranch with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 10'-11' ceilings in a quiet country setting that is less than 3 miles from town. The house features a gourmet kitchen, sun room, one floor living design, 2 car attached garage with HVAC, full basement with area for a roughed-in bath and windows. A large brick patio overlooks grazing horses in the distance. The farm 6 paddocks, a 60' round pen, and a 2 stall run-in with tack room. This 50 acres is level to gently rolling with trees on the boundary lines. Priced below appraisal! $675,000

Hill Parker 859-608-8039 Brett Bussell 859-983-8616

3875 Wentworth Place 3BR, 2.5BA, Open floor plan, 1st fl master suite, numerous updates. Elegant décor! Jennifer Bell 859-221-4857 Karen-Hollins 859-421-8125

3100 Blackford Parkway 5BR, 4BA, like new home with 1st floor bedroom, large master suite, finished lower level, patio w/fireplace & grill. $485,000 Rick Queen 859-221-3616

119 Desha Randy Kemper Road 5 Bedroom Realtor ® 4 Bathroom 859-361-9026 Triplex in Ashland Park. 3,744 sq. ft with 3 occupied 1310 Prather Road units. 4BR, 3.5BA in Ashland Park. Open floor- Perfect for owner occupied or investment. plan, updated kitchen, finished basement, Sits across the street from Ashland Park. fenced yard with wooden deck. $637,500 $449,000 Jan/Feb 2018 • Kentucky Homes & Gardens • 63


Offer ends November 30, 2018

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Est. 1866 Louisville: 105 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy. 502.426.1520 Lexington: 104 W. Tiverton Way 859.273.3124 Mon.-Sat. 9-5:00 Thurs. until 8:00

Making Memories, If Not Now, When?

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