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hen the weather dips down this time of the year and starts flirting with a frost at night, I think about two things: my apartment windows, which I will once again fail to weatherize this season, and my friends in Homer, Alaska, who after mid-November probably won’t see the weather creep above freezing until we’re getting ready for the Derby here in Kentucky. Homer is a unique town, even by Alaskan standards. Affectionately referred to as “the cosmic hamlet by the sea” in many travel books, and as a “quaint drinking town with a fishing problem” by the locals, Homer’s residents don’t have the burly machismo people in the “lower 48” often associate with Alaskans. Make no mistake, they are burly – everybody in the scattered town of 5,000 knew I wasn’t from around those parts because I didn’t have a beard – but most people are more hippie than hunter . What struck me most about Homer wasn’t the continuously snow-topped mountains across the Kachemak Bay or the Homer Spit, a thin strip of land over four miles long that juts from the Kenai Peninsula crammed with bars, restaurants and a fleet of RVs in the summer, it was her people. They are very good hobbyists. Everybody was an accomplished musician or artist or artisan, and they were all very well-read; many people I met knew multiple languages. After a few months up there, I felt like a bumbling deadbeat who had frittered his time away – and I was only in my early 20s. Alaska, even the southern portion where I was in Homer, essentially has two seasons, a long, cold winter and a few war m weeks in the summer when everything – plants, animals, people – blooms with ur gent vigor. Fireweed pops out of the ground almost over night and covers entire mountainsides with a purple veil, and people in Alaska can keep track of how much summer they have left as the fireweed blooms, from the tip of the plant and then down, begin to fall of f. When the last few blooms were still on the stems, I started to hear a familiar question around town, “What are you going to do this winter?” I didn’t understand the magnitude of the question until it started to get frigid and there were weekly, and then daily, chances of getting snowed in. And it was just dark. People were really asking, “How are you going to pass the time when it’s too cold to do anything?” One of my friends said she was going to lear n how to knit, another was taking up shoemaking. Another friend made beautiful wooden spoons of varying length while holed up all winter that he sold in the summer and was completely subsistent on the art. What was I going to do? I was getting while the getting was good the next chance I could swing a ride to the Anchorage airport, bound for the balmy continental U.S. I wonder what practices and skills my friends in Homer are honing this winter , and I wonder about potential pursuits for myself during this coming cold season. Maybe my winter hobby could be weatherizing my windows.

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NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS Volunteers planted 100 new trees along the Richmond Road corridor on Oct. 27. PHOTO FURNISHED

Richmond Road beautification project includes the planting of 100 new trees In late October, local volunteers made headway in restoring the creek along the Richmond Road cor ridor, picking up litter and debris, removing bush honeysuckle that had overgrown along the area, and installing 100 native trees in a 2,000 squarefoot area on the outbound side of Richmond Road near Lakeshore Drive. Trees planted include four different varieties of dogwood, basswood, holly winterberries and chokeberries. According to LFUCG Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works employee Mark York, one effect of the project w as to draw public attention to the fact that a stream which is fed by a spring on priv ate property exists in the area. The stream had largely been hidden from public view due to the presence of inv asive honeysuckle. “That’s one of the benefits of the project – most people don’t realize there is a creek there,” York said. The effort was part of a beautification project funded by a $20,000 community improvement grant given by the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation to the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission, which is attached to the LFUCG Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works. At least 50 public volunteers contributed to the project.


in late October. The Urban County Council will have a final vote to determine if the neighborhood, whose district includes residences bound by Richmond Road and Fontaine Road to the north and south and Desha Road and South Hanover Road to the east and west, will receive an H-1 overlay. The issue has been controversial in the neighborhood and an overflow audience attended the planning commission’s meeting. The council has 90 days from the commission’s decision to make a vote on the matter.

Two Lexington high school marching bands capture state titles Lafayette High School’s marching band took home the Class 5A 2012 state title in late October under the direction of Chuck Smith. Paul Laurence Dunbar finished fourth in the same class, marking seven titles for that school and 17 for Lafayette . Bands are judged on musical performance, visual performance and general effect.

2012 holiday parade details unveiled; community band performers sought

Planning Commission approves H-1 status for Ashland Park

The Downtown Lexington Corporation announced preliminary details for the 2012 Christmas Parade, which will take place on Main Street between Midland Avenue and Mill Street at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. The parade, usually held on a Saturday, was changed to better accommodate the local high school marching bands and to avoid a conflict with a University of Kentucky basketball game.

With a vote of 7-4, the Lexington Planning Commission voted to approve the Ashland Park neighborhood as a candidate for a historic district

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Downtown Lexington Corporation is also looking for people interested in performing with the Community Band during the parade; to sign up or to get more information, e-mail Devin Luckett at or call (859) 425-2594.

Kirklevington Park welcomes new skateboarding facility Skateboarding enthusiasts, city officials and Cricket Wireless representatives met at Kirklevington Park in October to celebrate the official opening of a new skateboarding facility. Dubbed the Cricket Wireless Skate Spot, the new facility, the first of its kind in Lexington, features a variety of “street� elements for skateboarders, instead of ramps and other typical obstacles. Parks & Recreation maintenance crews removed a deteriorated asphalt pad to make way for a new concrete pad suitable for skateboarding. Cricket Wireless donated $15,000 for skate equipment, including skate-able benches, jersey barrier, grinding rail, concrete boxes and a variety of other obstacles for both beginners and more advanced skaters.

Toys for Tots Campaign kicks off Plans are underway for the U.S. Marine Coprs Reserve’s 61st annual Toys for Tots Drive for central and Eastern Kentucky’s needy children. The demand has grown since last year, when 60,000 toys were distributed. This year the demand is even higher, with the addition of three more counties and continued financial hardships felt across the state. The goal of this year’s campaign is 100,000 toys. The local campaign serves children in 16 counties . Members of the community are encouraged to drop new, unwrapped toys in collection boxes positioned in local businesses, including Toys ‘R Us, Target, S&S Tire & Auto Service Centers and Big Lots. Individuals or businesses willing to hold an event to collect toys or donations for the campaign should coordinate with SSgt. Santimaw to schedule the presence of Marines. For a complete list of drop-off sites, visit

Ashland to light one of the country’s largest living Christmas trees Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate, will host their second annual Lighting on the Lawn on the property’ s back lawn beginning at 5 p.m. Dec. 2. During the event, their 100-foot-tall, 100-year-old Norway spruce tree will once again be illuminated with thousands of holiday lights. When lit, the tree is

one of the largest, living decorated Christmas trees in the country. This free community event will also include music and a sing-a-long; concessions, pictures with Santa and other Ashland memorabilia will also be available for purchase. Candlelight tours of Henry Clay’s historic mansion, decorated for the holidays, will be held from 6:30 – 8 p .m ($12 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under). For more information, visit or call (859) 266-8581.

Smiley Pete’s community calendar again accepting user-submitted events After a few-month hiatus during a website tr ansition, Smiley Pete’s three publications, Business Lexington, Chevy Chaser and Southsider Magazines, are once again accepting user submissions for our online events calendars. To enter your event in our calendars, visit Chevy Chaser online at and click on the Calendar tab. From that page, click on the Submit an Event option and fill out the submission form with the details of your event. All events must be approved before they will be posted, so your event may not appear on the calendar right away. Smiley Pete’s newest venture,, is set to launch this month, and will feature many of the arts, entertainment and cultural events that are submitted to Smiley Pete’s community calendar. Contact calendar administrator Saraya Brewer with any questions regarding the calendar system at (859) 266-6537 or


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Lexington restaurants make national list for “Most Popular Cheap Eats� Two Lexington eateries, including the Chevy Chase New-Orleans inspired restaurant Bourbon ‘N Toulouse, were recently included on Urbanspoon’s list of “America’s 100 Most Popular Cheap Eats.� According to the online food blog, the site’s organizers “scoured our 1,000,000-restaurant database for the most popular Cheap Eats ($) restaur ants in the United States. These are the ones that received the most coverage in the past year, via blog reviews, food critics, and diner votes on Urbanspoon.� Beaumont Center’s Sahara Mediterranean Cuisine also made the list.

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Historic zoning and new streetscapes BY BILL FARMER, JR. 5TH DISTRICT COUNCIL

time to benefit those who wish to attend. Further, as a property owner in the proposed district, when the hearing time utumn in Lexington is hard to beat. arrives I will have to recuse myself from The beauty of spring and summer voting. However, I will advocate for the district as much as the law department culminate in a fall that makes us will allow me. This Olmstead-designed famous. I hope you enjoy it. neighborhood developed by Henry Clay’s Ashland Park Historic Overlay descendants will be a welcome addition At the most recent Planning to Lexington’s other historic districts. Commission meeting, commission members heard the Ashland Park Good Road Ahead N eighborhood Association’s request to Recently the council began the create an H-1 historic designation for the approval process for a $13-million bond South Hanover area to go along with the issue to cover part of the $26 million National Register designation dating from needed for city-wide paving. This will be 1986. The hearing was well attended and the first time the council will use gas tax was a place where divergent opinions on money from the state to make bond paythe same subject were presented in a pos- ments. It will also be the first lar ge bond itive atmosphere. While not everyone issue within the last two years for anyreceived the outcome they desired, those thing other than our pension obligations. who spoke represented the neighbor - When the details are fir med up, I will let hood in the most positive light. you know them here. After commission consideration, the proposed H-1 was approved by a 7-4 vote Chevy Change and will now be forwarded to the full During the final Budget and Finance council for final consideration. When the Committee meeting to allocate the Urban issue arrives before the council, I will do Development Action Grant (UDAG) funds, all I can to facilitate a convenient hearing I was able to secure from the council


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$31,500 toward the pedestrian safety project in Chevy Chase at the intersection of High Street and Euclid A venue. The vast majority of these funds – $1 million to be exact – were lent to 21c for the new hotel’s use in conversion of the old Security T rust building to a 90-room boutique hotel in downtown Lexington. This is a landmark project for Lexington and would not have been possible without the leadership of our art expert and mayor, Jim Gray. The UDAG funds for Chevy Chase combined with $3,500 set aside by the Corridors Commission make up the engineer’s estimate of $5,000 to redraw the Chevy Chase intersection. This area will rely, for now, on new paving and paint for $30,000 instead of the actual $6-million cost for the streetscape redesign as originally

envisioned during that planning process. While I am still committed to the greater long term goal, and several of you have indicated you too stand ready to contribute, what this does is give pedestrians a better chance for safety now, much sooner rather than later . With the Kentucky Department of Transportation’s help for resignalization and their regular thermal striping package, as well as from Chevy Chase Plaza’s Steve Caller for storm water work in front of McAlister’s, the detail work has begun. In order, we will first work on the intersection improvements for pedestrian safety. Second, paving and striping Euclid Avenue to match and extend bicycle lanes to Fontaine Road. Third, we will repave and stripe up to Cochran Road, and lastly around to South Ashland Avenue.

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Young People and Young Poems Teen Howl Poetry Series celebrates one-year anniversary BY CYNTHIA ELLINGSEN CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The program was created by Elizabeth Beck and Jay McCoy to give youth in central Kentucky a chance to take part in a “real” poetry series. In he audience at the Morris Book N ovember, Teen Howl will celebrate its Shop is giddy with excitement. one year anniversary. Almost 80 teens perch on chairs, “This is our community service,” laughing with old friends and greeting Beck said. “We do this because we care newcomers. Silence falls over the crowd as the first poet walks to the stage, ready about the kids and want to provide an to kick off another night at the Teen Howl opportunity to experience poetry in a live Poetry Series. setting. It feels like a classroom.” The Teen Howl Poetry Series is a live Beck is familiar with classrooms. poetry group for teens that meets the first With 15 years teaching experience both in Thursday of every month at the Morris Cincinnati and Lexington, Beck has Book Shop in Chevy Chase. The typical always tried to pique student interest in format begins with an open mic, followed poetry. by a featured poet and then a musical act. “A lot of kids have the preconception Anyone under the age of 21 is welcome that poetry is about r hyming or poetry is (and encouraged) to read an original only about love or poetry is boring,” she piece of work. said. To dispel these myths, Beck taught



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slam poetry, a form of live poetry. “I used slam poetry as a treat, like candy.” Four years ago, Beck resigned from teaching to explore her love for poetry. She sought out a master class taught by local author Katerina Stoykova-Klemer , discovered the Holler Poet Series – a local poetry open mic for adults – and joined the Lexington writing group Poezia. Her chapbook, “Interiors,” was accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press, due to be released in 2013. Although Beck enjoyed the passion for poetry, she missed “teaching, being with the kids.” She thought of the idea for Teen Howl while attending the Gypsy Poetry Slam in Lexington, when teens from Bryan Station High School performed at an open mic. She realized that there were few open mic opportunities for teens and saw a way to give back to her community. Beck approached McCoy, a Lexington poet and fellow member of the Poezia group, with the idea. McCoy was enthusiastic and agreed to be the co-founder of the teen series. From there, they approached N eil Chethik, the director of the Car negie Center for Literacy and Lear ning, with a request to work in af filiation with that organization and sought out a location through Morris Book Shop.

“I felt it was really important that we go to an independent bookstore,” McCoy said. “Morris is such a great location, being across from Morton (Middle School) and Cassidy (Elementary). The support from Morris Book Shop and the Car negie Center has been amazing.” Elizabeth Kilcoyne, an 18-year -old student who attended SCAP A as a creative writing major , is grateful for T een Howl. It not only lets her share her work with “a welcoming environment and people who encourage and support one another,” it gives her experience performing live poetry. Kilcoyne enjoys reading poetry out loud as a way to better understand “the emotion and the heart of a piece.” Darionna Logan, an 18-year -old student from Bryan Station High School, has been writing poetry since the eighth grade. When she first discovered T een Howl, she found the freedom to express her feelings about personal issues, like bullying. The format gave her an opportunity to vent in a positive way, while building her self-confidence. It also helped her to discover a passion for poetry. “Poetry is not a hobby for me,” she said. “It’s a way of life.” Logan plans to pursue poetry in the future and is currently working on her first

book, “The Book of Lost Sheets.” Hunter Nelson, a 16-year -old student from Lafayette, first attended T een Howl for extra credit. What he found surprised him. “I liked poetry, but I’d for gotten the feel of it,” he said. Now he carries his writing notebook with him at all times. Even though the idea of reading poetry out loud made him nervous at first, he found the fun in joking with the audience and enjoyed the freedom of the for mat. “Poetry is an emotional, strong, passionate way to communicate thoughts and feelings about any topic,” Nelson said. Both Beck and McCoy are delighted with the passion and participation. “We’re trying to reach as many kids as we can,” Beck said. “T een Howl gives them an opportunity to explore writing and create an identity. Some of the kids who started coming didn’t know they were poets until they started writing and identifying with it. ... T een Howl is the best poetry in town.” The one-year anniversary celebration of the Teen Howl Poetry Series will take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Morris Book Shop. The featured poet is N aphina Hagans; musical guest is Blakeley Bur ger. Special celebrity reading by Marvin Bartlett of WKDY, reading from his book, “The Joy Cart.”

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Jay McCoy (left) and Elizabeth Beck founded Teen Howl to provide an outlet for young poets to experience live poetry performance.



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The idea was conceived by Celeste Lewis, a Lexington native who is a local artist, art gallery manager and familiar contributing writer Smiley Pete Publishing magazines. Lewis and her husband, Barry Dennis, returned to Lexington a couple of years ago after living 20 years in Wyoming and Utah to raise their two children. While out west, Lewis used her fine arts degree from the University of Kentucky to work as a gallery director for Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute in Park City, Utah. Lewis credits that experience to providing her with the opportunity to expand her skills in gallery exhibition, retail sales and class of ferings. As Lewis reconnected with fellow artists in Lexington, she had numerous conversations about the local art community. Some common topics continued to surface in those discussions: a shortage of galleries in the community, limited space in which to display the work and a customary commission structure that dissuaded or prevented many artists from showcasing their work in a gallery. Lewis conceived the idea for a collective approach where both emerging and established local artists could come together to display and sell their work while sharing the costs evenly. “The goal was to create a gallery that didn’t require anyone to quit their day job, to find a space in a great location, to offer great marketing and display, and to create an experience to showcase art to everyone,” Lewis said. Lewis found a retail space in Chevy Chase. In need of a major transformation, her architect husband used his expertise to refurbish the space into an inviting environment to showcase the artists’ work. One of the changes included replacing the carpet on the steps Participating artists inside the gallery with a collage by at The Collective: Lewis of artistic, fun phrases and Carol Shutt Carin Lovell photos from magazines and postAlice Garrett Adrian Centers cards to help set the creative tone David Fitts Patsy Anderson of the space. Matthew Cook Celeste Lewis The Collective, with the Heather Saunders Lindy Huber tagline “artist-made for you,” is not Patrick O'Brien Li Tyler a consignment store or a space for Leslie Dickinson Susan Reinhardt booths of artists. The store is set Jennifer Lackey Moore Betsy Nowland Curry up as a retail store with the artists’ Dalphna Donnelly Cathy O'Bryan work integrated throughout. Lewis describes it as “an eclectic collection that works together .” The art will be changing often, and the artists will help work at the gallery as volunteers, but Dennis, a self-employed architect, can be found staffing it most of the time right now. For the artists, the concept of a collective gallery was enticing. Lindy Huber of Seldom Scene Farm raises alpacas, llamas and sheep. She uses her animal fiber to produce felted wool items. Her wearable art is sold in a couple of specialty shops in Woodford County, and she attends a few art fairs each year . She likes the concept of The Collective because “it of fered me a way to sell my goods without investing a lot of time,” she said. Adrian Centers of Bavarian Woodworks works full-time at UK and creates turned wood as a hobby and creative outlet. The Collective allows him to sell his work in a gallery environment without paying a standard commission to the gallery. Centers continues to hone his craft and credits Lewis and her encouragement for allowing him to expand his creativity from making practical items to art pieces. “With her vast experience with artists and galleries, she has insights and instincts I’ll never have,” he said. The Collective has been welcomed into the neighbor hood by the Chevy Chase Merchants Association and long-time Chevy Chase business owners who have shared tips on addressing issues such as parking, traf fic and hours of operation. The store opened just in time for the Chevy Chase Street Fair in August, which provided an opportunity for the gallery to introduce itself to the public. The Collective is located at 321 S. Ashland A ve. and can be reached at (859) 3680830.


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A Happy Median Mentelle neighbors work together to bring a number of new trees to their street BY ROBBIE CLARK CHEVY CHASER EDITOR

hood which began two years ago. When Hall moved to the street a few years ago, she became interested in the trolling through the four medians immediate neighborhood’s history, rifling that split Mentelle Park, Sarah Hall through past printed material in libraries’ sounds like a professional arborist collections. One pamphlet advertised the as she identifies and discusses dozens of neighborhood as an ideal place to live varieties of trees and their unique and remarked on the street’s “shade,” foliage. “tall, massive trees” and “sylvan” sensibilShe also knows the stories of how ities. Hall looked out her window and many of the trees came to be planted saw many fine trees, but also a lot of along the medians, like a decades-old dead or dying trees, as well as a nearly pine that was planted as a Christmas gift impenetrable tangle of shrubs. from a husband to his wife many, many “When I came here three years ago, years ago, but at this moment, the story I felt the street was neglected, especially of 11 young, new specimens is fresh on the medians,” Hall said. “There were her mind. many, many over grown shrubs; huge The new trees, which were installed honeysuckle that you couldn’t even see in October, are the result of an ambitious, through.” and laborious, project between the city Other historic material, especially and residents of the Mentelle neighborold photographs, further instilled in Hall


Mentelle Park neighbors take a break from the day to enjoy some time on the str eet's medians. Last summer, neighbors worked together to clear the medians of over grown shrubs to make room for new trees. Some neighborhood kids hosted a lemonade stand to raise money for the new trees that were planted in October and made a "thank you" poster (at left) with names of neighbors who donated to the project.

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a desire to restore the lush luster of the street’s medians, so she joined the neighborhood association and tenderly began trying to build consensus and enthusiasm among her neighbors to rethink the medians and give them a dramatic facelift. “I didn’t want to be the new person on the block who was coming in here trying to do all this,” she said, adding that people were receptive to the idea. With the neighbor hood association, Hall chaired the Mentelle Medians Improvement Project, and in N ovember of 2010, the city awarded the initiative an LFUCG N eighborhood Action Match Grant of $4,540. Hall and other neighbors, working with Tim Queary – an urban forester with the city – devised a decorative design for an assortment of new trees, as well as specialized landscaped areas. The improvement project dictated that a variety of trees should be planted that would have unique characteristics throughout the year . Some of the new varieties include Elizabeth Magnolia, Englemann spruce, Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple, tulip poplar , forest pansy, Japanese Snowbell, foster holly and October Glory maple. “The concept behind the plan was

(from left) Sarah Hall, Sylvia Griffin and Janet Howard stand with one of the 11 new trees that were installed down Mentelle Park’s four medians. Griffin, whose house is in the background, contributed the funds to purchase the Elizabeth Magnolia shown here.

low maintenance, grows quickly, and color all four season,” Hall said. Given that many of the medians’ large Pin oak trees had to be removed by the city for safety concer ns, as well as some ash trees due to being susceptible to the emerald ash borer , the tree loss gave the improvement project more impetus throughout the neighbor hood, and in the summer of 2011 lots of residents banded together to clear the medians and or ganizers were able to collect nearly $2,300 in donations toward the project from neighbors. N eighbor hood kids helped with the fundraising by hosting a lemonade stand on the street. “They raised $130 with a lemonade stand,” Hall said. “W e’re really proud of the fact that our neighbor hood kids understand community spirit.” As Hall continues her walk down the medians, pointing out the new trees and the neighbors who were instrumental in making them possible, she admits that she didn’t know much about trees at all when she first moved to the block, but she’s had a great time lear ning about them. “I didn’t, but I’ve spent two years learning about them. I really have learned a lot,” she said.

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Burk Kessinger in the kitchen of his new downtown apartment. His daily commute is only a few steps after relocating from Midway. PHOTOS BY SARAH JANE SANDERS


As the owner of Wines on Vine, Burk Kessinger is right at home in the restaurant, especially since he moved upstairs BY NATALIE VOSS CONTRIBUTING WRITER


hen Burk Kessinger comes home each day, his surroundings remind him of the two finest things in life: good horses and good wine. The owner of W ines on V ine on Old V ine Street recently grew frustrated with his long commute from Midway to downtown Lexington, so he set out to make his home a little closer to his business. The result was an apartment directly above the shop. “It’s just really fun to be able to walk to the


Kentucky Theater, to walk to Common Grounds in the morning,” he said. “It’s a real joy to be downtown … I think we’re doing a great job here in Lexington. A lot of people have put a lot of years of work into getting it where we are now, and I think it’s all starting to pay off, and it’s fun to be down here and be part of it.” Completed with help from building owner Zef f Maloney and interior decorator Mary Lou Y eary of Gallery Interiors, Kessinger’s new two bedroom, one and a half bath, space gives visitors both a sense of Kentucky’s history and the urban feel of a downtown loft. The walls feature exposed brick original to the

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building, while the new heating vents and plumbing running across the walls and ceiling were Kessinger’s choice (inspired by a building in New Orleans) to give the space a juxtaposed moder n, urban feel. When choosing the material for the hardwood floor that runs throughout the apartment, however, he opted for a hattip to the Bluegrass, using split pine fence posts from a local horse farm. Two of the apartment’s heavy, carved interior doors were also locally salvaged antiques featuring pine on one side and mahogany on the other . The open floor plan is ideal for entertaining guests during a wine tasting or dinner Kessinger says, and

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seems to help people relax, which is important to him. Adding to the atmosphere is his extensive art collection, which he has curated over several years during his travels domestically and abroad. So far his collection numbers 30 paintings in a variety of styles and dramatic colors from France to N ew Y ork to Lexington. Kessinger says he only buys pieces he loves (rarely two from the same artist) and is drawn to water-focused subjects. The serenity and the colors of the water are particularly alluring to him, whether on a real-life beach or a canal scene in a painting. One of his favorite pieces is called “The Jazz Man,”

and features a tunnel of vibrant colors surrounding a tiny jazz musician. Kessinger picked it up in N ew Orleans due to its exuberance and hung it in the spare bedroom, which he keeps ready for visits from his grandchildren. Also hanging in the grandchildren’s room are a few throwbacks to his days as a horse trainer . Kessinger’s horses were successful, to the tune of 243 wins from 1,815 races run by his trainees, ear ning a total of $9.4 million. A few of his career highlights include 11 stakes wins at Keeneland, a win in the Apple Blossom Stakes with Degenerate Gal, and eight-time stakes winner Weekend Madness.

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A career in horses would seem to be a natural option for the Lexington native, although it wasn’t originally part of the plan. Kessinger attended the University of Alabama for a year on a basketball scholarship before being drafted into the ar my. He finished his education at Transylvania University and had become a stock broker for friend and veteran trainer Claude “Shug” McGaughey. He quickly fell in love with the sport and went to work for McGaughey and later trainer Rusty Ar nold, trading his desk job for a life in the bar n. Although he says he enjoyed his 20-year career on the track, he doesn’t miss “just having the cat and the TV, going round and round to Saratoga, to Gulfstream, to the Fair Grounds.” As much as he loved the chance to work with highly successful horses, Kessinger says he doesn’t miss the lifestyle. On his many trips to France during his time as a trainer , he found that he enjoyed the opportunity to sit in Parisian cafes and enjoy good food and fine wine. Upon retirement, he wondered if he could bring some of that enjoyment to Lexington, and thus Wines on Vine was born. Today, as the business nears its eighth birthday, Wines on Vine offers a boutique selection of hard-to-find local and inter national wines, as well as dozens of varieties of beer. The bistro within the shop serves lunch, dinner and Saturday brunch and has become a favorite stop for its famous lamb bur ger. “I knew nothing about wine stores, I knew nothing about restaurants, but I decided, ‘What the heck,’” he chuckled. “I give most of the credit to my help, really. I’ve got a great chef, restaurant manager and wine manager .” At the time W ines on Vine opened, Kessinger believes it was one of the only independent fine restaurants in the area with a heavy emphasis on wine. Now he says, downtown boasts many excellent dining options, and he’s glad to see the growth. “I think that’s great. More people are coming downtown, and I don’t see it as competition, I see it as everybody working together to build a syner gy for downtown,” he said.

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he sharp, spicy taste that beer cheese brings to a simple cracker can be the basis of a lifelong addiction for some central Kentucky residents. For Olivia Swan and her family, that first taste was much more than a fantastic finger food at a tailgate or picnic. “My dad tells me that he tried to give me a taste of beer cheese when I was a baby, but I didn’t like it. But by age 3, I started liking it, and I never stopped,” Swan said. “Growing up, my brother (Michael Hurter) and I loved beer cheese. W e went to Hall’s on the River and Hall’s on Main Street and got hooked. When my brother was 7 or 8 years old, he even included beer cheese on his Christmas list for Santa.” Swan says she and her brother missed beer cheese when they moved away to go to college. They stocked up on containers of beer cheese during trips home, and succeeded in getting their college friends interested in the spread. While Swan was at home from the University of Chicago during winter break in 2006, she and her father began experimenting with making their own beer cheese, which they eventually began sharing with family and friends.


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In 2010, Swan and her father entered the beer cheese contest in W inchester’s Beer Cheese Festival Amateur Competition, and they won. At that point, Swan says, she began wondering whether her family could tur n their love of beer cheese into a business. Swan believes that it was her father’s entrepreneurial pursuits as a commercial landlord that led her and her brother to feel comfortable launching a new business despite the depressed economy. Surprisingly, she did not pursue the entrepreneur concentration in school because she couldn’t imagine starting her own business at the time. “To me, what is compelling about working for a beer cheese business is realizing that my sister and I had a hobby that we were talented at, and that we could develop a business from our hobby,” Hurter agreed. “It is the entrepreneurial spirit, and I believe that my sister and I are both inspired by our father’s entrepreneurial spirit.” Today the siblings and their father, Mike Hunter , make one batch of Olivia’s Beer Cheese every week or two in a commercial kitchen, and distribute it for sale at Wine + Market, Shorty’s Cellar , Wines on Vine, West Sixth Brewing and soon at Beer Trappe. Swan says the group had to rework the recipe a little to adjust to the commercial equipment and larger batch sizes, but they used the experience to develop an improved taste. The process takes about four hours, which is mostly prep work and hand-packing. The product line includes flavors with equineinspired names (the bourbon and beer cheese is called “I’ll Have Another,” after this year’s Kentucky Derby winner, while the beer and PHOTO BY ROBBIE CLARK whiskey flavored spread is named “Unbrydled”), as well as a special Locally made Olivia’s Beer Cheese uses a number of unique ingredients, including West edition “Wines on Vine Blend.” Sixth Brewing’s IPA beer. Hurter handles the cooking and delivery of the beer cheese, while Swan handles the company’s marketing and finances. Their father and mother help out when needed. For Swan, the business has given her an opportunity to combine the marketing management and strategy she gained in school and her natural inclination toward art and creativity. In addition to managing marketing for the business, she designed the Olivia’s Beer Cheese logo as well as the packaging. “I’ve always wondered why I have these creative tendencies – under graduate degrees in economics and MBAs don’t typically call for ‘artistic tendencies and great penmanship,’” Swan said. “I’ve been able to sketch out my labels, business cards, marketing pieces and website design for professional designers and artists to bring to life for me.” Moving forward, Swan is optimistic about the future of Olivia’s Beer Cheese in the Lexington community. Along with growing their list of local places where their product is sold and appearing at the Incredible Food Show in October , Swan hopes to debut a new flavor in the coming months, and is working to bring beer cheese to the Chicago market. What’s even better for Swan has been the chance to become closer to her family as they build, and make, Olivia’s Beer Cheese. “With my brother and I, we talk on a weekly basis about business stuff, and that consistent communication has certainly brought us closer together ,” Swan said. “So far, [working with family] has only been a positive,” she continued. “I have found that all three of my family members are 100 percent reliable – none of us is getting paid for any of this. Whatever it is that I ask, the three of them get it done. For our entire family, it’s kind of unified us toward a common goal.” chevy chaser magazine november 2012


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White, brown, smooth, chunky, sweet, these recipes will show that gravy isn’t just for mashed potatoes BY MEGAN SMITH | CONTRIBUTING WRITER


ravy. A simple word for a simple food made with simple ingredients. But perfecting gravy is anything but simple. No matter where you are in the world, you will likely eat gravy in some for m, flavor, consistency or cuisine. And although many will only bask in gravy’s glory on that November holiday once a year, countless enjoy its warm, flowing goodness almost every day. Gravy, at its most basic form, is a sauce made from the juices of cooked meat or vegetables. It’s typically, but not always, thickened with flour or cornstarch or arrowroot and often, but not always, seasoned with spices or herbs. In reality, it’s a supplemental condiment for food, not a necessary component. But without a doubt, chicken fried steak would be but a piece of brown, crispy meat without its peppery, white gravy counterpart, and turkey would be very lonely on a Thanksgiving plate without the savory partnership it has with gravy. In east Asia, India and many Middle Eastern countries, “gravy” is typically served with rice, vegetables and meat, often with the addition of spices such as curry powder. Canadians and Brits, in my opinion, have this whole gravy thing figured out by smothering their “chips,” or fries, with the glorious sauce. Here in America, gravy is commonplace in the Southern states for both breakfast and dinner. The further north one travels, gravy makes the transition from staple to accompaniment, set aside for special occasions, like Sunday dinners and holidays. So come and climb aboard the gravy boat. Paddle out into some unchartered territory as we explore the diversity and complexity of this versatile sauce.


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Red Eye Gravy This gravy is an anomaly, as it’s made without the use of any thickeners. Red Eye Gravy is simply made with pan juices from country ham and strong coffee (hence the term “red eye”) If you are looking for thick, hearty gravy, this isn’t it. But if you’re up for something a little different and incredibly tasty, give it a try. Ingredients: • Country ham • Strong coffee Preparation:

1. Heat a sauté pan, cook a slice of salt-cured country ham for about 6 to 8 minutes on medium heat until some of the fat begins rendering out and the ham is heated thoroughly. Remove the ham and keep warm under a covered dish. 2. Add to the pan along with the rendered fat, 1/2 cup of really strong coffee (some add a teaspoon of sugar to balance the salt flavor of the coffee and ham). 3. Turn the heat up just a bit and stir often as you release the tasty bits from the pan and let the gr avy reduce about a third. Serve with the ham. Grits would be nice too.

Red eye gravy, made with black coffee, is an interesting alternative to flour-based gravy.

White Gravy Served over chicken fried steak, biscuits and mashed potatoes, you’d be hard pressed to find a Southern home cooked meal without it. Also known as milk gravy, steak gravy or country gravy. The secret to this gravy is fat. There is no such thing as healthy white gr avy. The grease, whether rendered from cooked bacon, sausage or a big dollop of lard, will be needed to get this gr avy started.

A chicken fried steak wouldn’t be complete without white gravy.

Ingredients: • Pan drippings or lard • 4 tablespoons flour • 1 quart whole milk • Salt and pepper to taste

Turkey Gravy Everyone has their favorite turkey gravy recipe. This is mine. It packs a punch, which is perfect for the subtle flavors of turkey and mashed potatoes. You could use drippings or stock, depending on how many cooked turkey juices you acquire that day. Ingredients: • 1 stick unsalted butter • 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion • 1/4 cup flour • 1 teaspoon salt • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper • 2 cups hot chicken or turkey stock (with or without pan drippings) • 1 tablespoon white wine (optional) • 1 tablespoon heavy cream (optional, but recommended)

Preparation: After the fat has been rendered from your meat of choice, remove the meat and allow the grease to heat in the pan again over medium-low heat. Don’t let it get too hot, or the grease will begin to smok e. Sprinkle the flour evenly over the grease. It will immediately begin to sizzle. Using a whisk, incorporate the flour into the hot grease and cook, creating a golden hued paste. Keep cooking 3 to 5 minutes. It will continue to darken. If the paste seems more fatty than pasty , add a bit more flour.


1. In a large sauté pan (10 to 12 inch), cook the butter and onions over medium-low heat for 12 to 15 minutes, until the onions are lightly browned. Don't rush this step; it makes all the difference when the onions are well-cooked.

With your whisk in full motion, slowly begin pouring in the milk, never letting up on the whisking motion until the paste and milk are perfectly married to a nice sauce-like consistency in the pan. Cook to thicken into gravy. You may need to add more milk as it cooks . Add salt and pepper to taste and continue cooking for another 5 minutes or until you have reached your desired consistency.

2. Sprinkle the flour into the pan, whisk in, and then add the salt and pepper. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the hot chicken stock mixture and cook uncovered for 4 to 5 minutes until thick ened. Add the wine and cream, if desired. Season to taste, and serve. If you prefer smooth gravy, whirl it (in small batches) in a blender before serving. chevy chaser magazine november 2012


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Chocolate gravy puts a sweet spin on a Southern staple.

Chocolate Gravy

• 1 teaspoon vanilla

I am saddened that after nearly a decade of living south of the Ohio River, this recipe (considered a Southern staple) didn’t cross my radar until now. Where’s the chocolate gravy in Kentucky?


Ingredients: • 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder • 2 tablespoons flour • 1 cup granulated sugar • 1 1/2 cups whole milk • 4 tablespoons butter

1. In a medium sauce pan, whisk together cocoa, flour and sugar. Pour in the milk and whisk vigorously until the dry ingredients are fully incorporated. Heat over medium-high until it begins to bubble. 2. Turn heat down to medium and stir until mixture has thickened to a gravy consistency. 3. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Serve warm over biscuits.

Gravy Demystified Finding the consistency: The thickness or thinness of gravy is a very personal matter. Thankfully, whichever way you prefer yours, it’s easy to achieve the right results. Although flour is the natural thickener for gravy, refrain from adding more flour into finished gr avy to thicken it up – disastrous results will occur. The flour will immediately clump and float to the top and there will not be enough time in the day to smash all of those flour balls with a fork to make the gravy smooth again (believe me, in my younger gravy-making years, this was a repeat offense.) The trick is to incorporate the flour through a smooth paste of flour and butter. Bring the gravy to a boil and gradually whisk the flour-butter paste into the gravy until you get your desired thickness. Heat the gravy for another 3 to 5 minutes to “cook” the flour taste out of the end result. Create pan juices for gravy: Nothing is more frustrating than the need to make gravy for Thanksgiving dinner and then realizing when the turk ey comes out of the oven there are no juices in the bottom of the pan (don’t confuse pan juices with the fat floating around under the turkey). To create juices, try adding stock to the turkey pan before cooking. As the juices from the turkey are released during cooking, they will incorporate into the stock and give you nice, flavorful pan juices to have on hand for gr avy. Dress it up: Many times gravy can go from good to great with the small addition of an unexpected ingredient. Although most would consider themselves gravy purists, don’t be afraid to take a walk on the wild side with one of these great flavors: caramelized onions, heavy whipping cream, sherry wine, country ham (chopped), fresh herbs (rosemary, tarragon, sage), stout beer, sausage crumbles, mushrooms and even stout beer.

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“It was an idea, and then a lot of creative people have helped it evolve,” Vaughan said of Apiary, which will also feature on-site gardens to grow its own vegetables and herbs. Apiary’s exterior features and gardens are not fully completed, but inside its main building the catering company functions like a well-oiled machine, and its carefully crafted interior shows the promise of the facility’s future potential. “The whole project has been in the works for about a year and a half,” said Vaughan, 37, who lives in Lexington with his wife, Mandy, and twin toddler sons, Emory and Cannon. Apiary, which has six full-time employees and several other seasonal workers, is capable of providing service for a corporate event of up to 1,000 guests, all the way down to an intimate meal for 12 in its onsite tasting room. The company customizes each menu according to its clients’ budgets and culinary needs – from lobster to traditional beef tenderloin, and everything in between. Apiary, which plans to finish construction by January, exudes a historic aura. Some of its walls are repurposed from an old printing press and cobblestone streets, while some of its doors are reclaimed from a historic schoolhouse. A lar ge, decorative expo table accents the facility’s main kitchen, which is chocked full of shiny, new equipment. Once planted, Apiary’s gardens, which Vaughan calls “the orangery,” will create an agrarian experience for guests as they dine in a natural, openair environment. Seedleaf, a non-profit group focused on “nourishing communities” through environmental and food sustainability advocacy, operates out of Apiary’s lower level and has partnered with the company to help maintain the facility’s gardens. “(The orangery) will juxtaposition between this industrial feel and wild greenery,” Vaughan said, adding the space would also host decorative trees and fountains. Vaughan’s vision for Apiary stems from his 18 years in the food business, which began with him attending the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in London, followed by a degree in hotel restaurant management Apiary’s tasting room is fitted with reclaimed from Transylvania University. wood and beams. While working at such luxury eateries as Blackberry Far m in Walland, Tenn., and Fossett’s Restaurant at Keswick Hall in Charlottesville, V a., Vaughan learned he had a passion for the art of service in addition to food. Eventually, Vaughan’s culinary jour ney led him back to Lexington, where he assumed the role of assistant manager and event coordinator of Dupree Catering. It was there that met Yalnazov, and together they formed a vision for Apiary. “Tony and I have a mutual respect for each other,” Vaughan said. “It’s been exciting for me to see him develop as a chef. Apiary inspires a creative ener gy. It’s a fun place to see and explore, and now we have the tools to push our craft.” Yalnazov immigrated to the United States from Bulgaria in 1995 to pursue a degree in public relations from Easter n Kentucky University. His part-time job at Dupree rekindled his love for food, however , and it was there that he realized his true calling. Yalnazov now incorporates the Eastern European flavors from his mother’s Bulgarian-style cooking into many of Apiary’s dishes. “(Vaughan) has pushed me into thinking about my roots and tur ning it into something special,” Yalnazov said. “I’m at such a dif ferent level now than I was five years ago. By coming here, I feel like I’ve rejuvenated myself with the way I look at food. It’s been really exciting.” In addition to the quality of food and the unique features of its building, V aughan takes great pride in the level of service the company provides. “In a lot of restaurants, I think that’s for gotten – people just focus on the food; nobody pays much attention to service,” V aughan said. “But you can never be that special place unless everything is working together . “You have to love what you do, have regard for the lineage of your craft, and try to be the best you can be,” he added. “The minute I start to get complacent, someone else might come up behind me and show me up.”



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Some of Hatfield’s oil on canvas pieces included in the new exhibit (from left to right): “Palace of the Red Queen,” “Sun Dog,” “Pup,” “Queen of the Night,” “I Scream” and “Blue Moon Girls.” A retrospective of his work opens at New Editions Gallery in Chevy Chase on Nov. 16 and runs through late December. IMAGES FURNISHED

creative callings Retrospective exhibit follows the development of Rodney Hatfield’s art and music

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artist, Hatfield is a figure woven into the fabric of Lexington’s art and music scene. Many or those who had a pulse and an incli- Lexington homes boast an Art Snake or two on the walls, and many music lovers have nation toward live music in the ’70s, great memories attached to years of nights ’80s and ’90s, it would have been difout on the town spent rocking with Hatfield ficult to miss a per formance by Rodney and the talented array of local musicians he Hatfield, with one or all of his legendary has played with over the years. Lexington bands. Starting with Jazzbo and Hatfield has taken his place among then the Hatfield Clan, the Shysters and the Kentucky’s most celebrated artists and has, Metropolitan Blues All-Stars and now with as both a visual and musical artist, reached the newest musical ensemble, Tin Can that milestone moment in a long and sucBuddha, Hatfield has been jamming for decades all over the Bluegrass. With his har- cessful career — it’s time to look back. A monica and vocals steeped in soulful blues, retrospective of his work opens at N ew Editions Gallery in Chevy Chase on Nov. 16 Hatfield often leaves audiences clapping, and runs through late December. whooping and screaming for more. As a child, Hatfield remembers always If you’re an art lover, you may likely be familiar with the artwork of Rodney Hatfield, having been interested in drawing. He said or Art Snake, as he is better known in the art he can’t remember a time when he didn’t draw, doodle and paint. His childhood in world. Hatfield adopted the pseudonym years ago as a play on the academic ter m rural Pike County offered lots of time spent alone and out in nature, which proved to be “art for arts’ sake,” displaying the clever wit the perfect incubator for an active imaginathat fans often look for in his work. As a well-known performer and visual tion. Today he describes his ideas for paintCONTRIBUTING WRITER



ings as coming from a place he can’t explain. “An idea just comes, and it feels like it has always been there,” Hatfield said. “Art comes from a mysterious place. The creative process I use in painting is a lot the same as music. Performing a solo or being deep in a painting springs from the same place. Expressing and improvising musically has aided me with improvising on the canvas.”

Early on, Hatfield was reluctant to show his work outside his circle of friends. His girlfriend at the time strongly encouraged him to show his work to gallery owners and get some exposure and feedback. N ot entirely comfortable with the idea, Hatfield agreed to show his work for the first time at the local restaurant Alfalfa with friend, local musician and artist Pat McNeese. The reaction was overwhelming-

ly positive, inspiring Hatfield to jump into creating more art and immersing himself more deeply. The next thing he knew, there were shows in other places like Chicago and Santa Fe, N.M., he said. “For a time, I was on the road with the band, trying to pack art supplies and paint in hotel rooms,” he said. “It’s hard to do both and to grow and evolve as an artist. About the time I would get in a groove,

we’d be back on the road. Now I’m in the studio more and the evolution has come more quickly. I’ve got time to take a more meditative approach. I am working on letting go of the handlebars and letting the work go where it wants to go. It’s an ongoing struggle.” Even though Hatfield now resides in Louisville, he frequently plays music and shows his latest artwork in his old


Hatfield’s career in music and film has spanned four decades. From left, with The Hatfield Clan; with Liam Neeson and the cast of “Next of Kin”; in the Metropolitan Blues All-Stars.

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stomping grounds around Lexington. His following for both is lar ge and loyal. Frankie York, owner of N ew Editions Gallery, has represented Hatfield’s artwork for years. “I met Rodney many years ago,” she said. “When I see him, I am always struck anew with how pure he is as an artist and musician. He is his art. He creates because he has to — because it’s his soul, every fiber of his being. People are drawn to his work because of this. We don’t often find this in our daily lives or in ourselves, and it inspires us,” she said. The retrospective spans over three decades of Hatfield’s career . Unitl now, Hatfield has hardly had time to look back. His work is in demand, and he has a dedicated following of art lovers who respect it. “This business of art is tough,” Hatfield said. “You have to consider where to sell, develop collectors, find galleries, etc., but when you step in front of the canvas, that business part, that isn’t part of the deal.

When I start to work, it’s just me and the canvas. The essence is in the making. It’s not about success or failure; it’s about the time I spend in front of the canvas.” The N ew Editions Gallery show will feature older work from years past on loan from private collections and new work recently completed by the artist. The retrospective will showcase the evolution of Hatfield as a painter and mixed-media artist. Longtime Lexingtonians will enjoy a rich trip down memory lane, viewing photographs, gig posters and press interviews throughout the years and memorabilia collected from the artist, friends and fans, illustrating a fascinating career and a life well lived. See the retrospective celebrating Rodney Hatfield at New Editions Gallery at 807 Euclid Ave. in Chevy Chase. An opening reception will be held Nov. 16 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The show will close Dec. 22. For more information, see the gallery’s website at



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Let There Be Light Ashland organizers ready to illuminate 100-foot Christmas tree for a second season

More than a thousand people came out to watch the inaugur al lighting of Ashland’s Christmas tree last year. PHOTO FURNISHED


ast year, the first lighting of Ashland’s 100-foot-tall live N orway spruce tree was everything Christina Bell imagined. “I had a vision that Ashland’s back lawn would be full of people, families, children, all singing, happy and anticipating this huge tree lighting up,” she said. The only thing missing was that Bell had pictured each person holding a candle. “I dropped that idea because I didn’t want any hair burning incidents.” That turned out to be a good call because the lawn was filled with more than 1,000 people. “As I looked out over the crowd, it made me really happy to see everyone enjoying themselves and making memories with their friends and family at Ashland,” she said. Lighting on the Lawn, as the annual event is now called, tur ned out to be a great event made even better by the fact that it was made possible by generous community support. Bell, the director of development for Ashland who had worked with idea for two years, was able to gather a team including Kentucky Utilities, arborist Dave Leonard, W right

Tree Service, Beazick Electrical and Ron Turner of Amteck to illuminate the tree while making sure the display would be safe for the 100-year-old tree. “It was a fantastic group that became very committed to making it happen, though had I known what it would take, I would have been embarrassed to ask. They really stuck with it, and it is all because of them that it happened,” Bell said. There was the utmost concern for the safety of the tree holding the weight of 50,000 LED lights, which used only $50 in electrical costs for the entire month the tree was lit, as well as climbing 100 feet up into the tree to string the lights. T o make it easier on the tree, the lights stay up year round – this proved useful when the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team won the NCAA Championship. “We could not resist turning it on for such a big accomplishment,” Bell said. Plans for this year’s lighting are well under way. The lights faired well over the year, with only a few strands near the top needing repair. The group will work in tandem again to get the tree all spruced

up, and Bell has added to the event to make it even more fun. Starbucks will offer beverages, the Lexington Singers will lead a sing-a-long, Santa will be present and a photographer will take photos that can be purchased on-line. Boxwood and magnolia wreaths and Ashland mistletoe will be availble for purchase as well. Bell said she would love to have enough choirs and singers to completely circle the estate’s back lawn and make a “surround sound” sing-a-long. If your choir would like to participate, email Because of the tree’s height – the N orway spruce is the second tallest, living, decorated Christmas tree in America – it can be seen all the way from N ew Circle Road as well as from the air . “People called to say they could see it from their flight coming into Blue Grass Airport,” Bell said. It is Bell’s hope that the tree will bring interest and appreciation to Ashland from people not only in this community, but from all over the region. “The more people that come to know about Ashland and

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Henry Clay, the better it is to help preserve this N ational Historic T reasure and jewel in the heart of Lexington,” she said. Organizers are inviting the community to join the holiday fun for the second annual Lighting on the Lawn at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Dec. 2 with music, sing-a-long and lighting of their 100-foot-tall, 100-year-old live N orway spruce tree at dusk, all on the back lawn of the estate. The event is free to the entire community. Y ou may also purchase Starbucks concessions, pictures with Santa, boxwood magnolia wreaths and Ashland mistletoe. The tree stays lit nightly throughout December . Candlelight open house tours of Henry Clay’s historic mansion decorated for the holidays will be held the same day from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (tours are $12 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under). For more information about Lighting on the Lawn or Holiday tours of the mansion go to or call (859) 266-8581. – STAFF REPORT


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n her first novel, author M. L. Stedman takes the reader of f the rugged Australian coast to Janus Rock, the isolated location of a lighthouse that warns sailors of the dangers of the rocky coastline. After returning from the terrors of war in the early 1900s, young Tom Sherbourne finds peace and purpose while manning the light that beams out over the ocean. His troubled family past and the horrific experiences in the war have left him solidly confident of his strong moral beliefs, and it is his impeccable reputation that has assured him the job as keeper of the light. Before his initial installment at the lighthouse, he meets the young and vibrant Isabel, and she accompanies him – as his wife – to the windswept and deserted location. In their first years together, after two miscarriages and a stillbirth, Isabel is reeling – devastated and mour ning – until a small boat washes up onto the shore of Janus Rock. A dead man lies in the boat with infant swaddled and crying next to him. Still struggling to recover from her recent loss, Isabel immediately takes the baby as her own. Writes Stedman of Isabel’s resolve: “‘I’m suggesting kindness. That’s all. Love for a baby. I’m suggesting, sweetheart,’ she clasped her hands tighter, ‘that we accept this gift that’s been sent to us. How long have we wanted a baby, prayed for a baby?’” Intent on reporting both the death of the unknown man and the discovery of the child, T om is tor n as his wife wears at his resolve to do so, convincing him the baby is best of f staying with them. The story, believable due to their isolated circumstances and Isabel’s recent pregnancy, is met with ready acceptance – and joy – by The Light Isabel’s family. Between Oceans It isn’t until they retur n to the shore for a temporary By M. L. Stedman leave that they realize the little girl they have taken as Scribner, 2012 their daughter is not an orphan. A memorial statue to the dead man and the presumed dead child has been constructed in the town center , built by the grandfather and mother of the now 2 year old they have named Lucy. A family of means, they have never ceased in their ef forts to discover the fates of the daughter’s husband and daughter. The reward for information in their regard increases as the woman establishes a ritual of checking with the sherif f on a regular basis and wandering the shoreline is a transfixed gaze. The town’s citizens come to regard her as out of her mind with the grief of her loss. T om’s conscience cannot bear the gaunt eyes and broken heart of the woman, but his wife’s resolve to keep the child tears at him as well. Writes Stedman of T om’s struggle: “Gradually, the r hythm of life on Janus reestablishes itself, absorbing Tom in the minutiae of its rituals. When he wakes sometimes from dark dreams of broken cradles, and compasses without bearings, he pushes the unease down, lets the daylight contradict it. And isolation lulls him with the music of the lie.” “The Light Between Oceans” is an emotional and moving read that poses questions that do not have clear cut answers. An impressive debut, M. L. Stedman gives us reason to look forward to her future work.

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But Sleeth is not quick to call himself an environmentalist. “For many, the term ‘environmentalist’ connotes a scientific expertise that I don’t have,” he said. “However, to the extent that the places we live are degraded and need attention and restoration, I am an ardent supporter of doing what is prescribed by both environmental science and biblical mandate — ‘to tend and protect the planet’ (Genesis 2:15).” Blessed Earth focuses on educational partnerships with those in the faith community and does a lot of work with churches. But not just any churches. Sleeth recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to speak at The N ational Cathedral for a series of eight ser mons. He also visited the White House as part of a recognition of churches that have made great strides in stewardship of the earth. And his work is paying of f. Traditionally, he pointed out, evangelical Christians have not always Author and Blessed Earth focused on the environment. founder Matthew Sleeth “I think to some extent that’s been true and to some extent that’s changing,” Sleeth said. “W e in the church have a language around it. We have gone to our Bibles and looked to see what the Bible has to say. For me, it’s not about a political point of view, it’s about finding out what God says, period.” Now, he said, churches and seminaries are jumping on board. For example, Asbury Theological Seminary in W ilmore now has geothermal heating and community gardens. “There’s evidence that you can’t argue with,” he added. “We can argue global warming — is it real or not — but you can’t argue with the fact that you can’t eat fish out of half of the rivers. You can’t argue with pollution, and the fact of missing species and that sort of thing.” Sleeth said he is often kept up at night with the burden of responsibility to take care of the earth and to BOOK RELEASE PARTY share with others what the Bible says The Morris Book Shop will host a release about good stewardship of resources. party for Sleeth’s forthcoming book, “24/6,” Along with that is the burden he at 6 p.m. Nov. 30. For more information on has for good stewardship of his felother titles or the organization, visit low humans’ time and well-being. His next book, “24/6,” will go into detail about the fourth commandment (keeping the Sabbath holy). Caring for people goes hand-in-hand with caring for the environment for Sleeth, and understanding the work of the church and what the Bible says is key to caring for the environment. But, he also acknowledges that Christian or not, good work is done by all sorts of people to better the health of the planet. “Someone doesn’t have to believe in what I believe in order for them to support what I’m doing,” he said. And the secular community is taking note of what he is doing. Sleeth was just named the Big Thinker of the Y ear for the Sierra Club and also made an hour -long appearance on NPR talking about Blessed Earth’s activities and mission. Practically speaking, he is like anyone else trying to preserve the planet. “I’ve moved to a place where I can walk almost anywhere — two blocks to the grocery store, three blocks to work, five blocks to both of my children’s homes,” Sleeth said. “This may sound like an advertisement for Chevy Chase, but it’s really an ad for living close to where you work or go to school. “We installed compost systems at home and we have a plot in a community garden,” he continued. “Amongst other things, we dry our clothes without a dryer , light our home with LED bulbs, and don’t buy a lot of stuf f we don’t need ... but we are not perfect and are still on a jour ney. If we can do 10 percent better each year , we know we are on the right path.”

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Preparation: 1. Adjust an oven rack to the lowest position and heat the oven to 200 degrees. Once the temperature reaches 200 degrees, maintain the heat for 10 minutes, then turn off the oven. 2. Mix 3 1/2 cups of flour and the salt in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the dough hook. Mix the milk, water, butter, honey and yeast in a 2-cup liquid measuring cup. Turn the machine to low and slowly add the liquid. When the dough comes together, increase the speed to medium and mix until the dough is smooth and satiny, stopping the machine two or three times to scrape dough from the hook, if necessary â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this takes about 10 minutes. (After 5 minutes of kneading, if the dough is still sticking to the sides of the bowl, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time and up to 1/4 cup total, until the dough is no longer sticky.) Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface; knead for about 15 seconds to form a smooth, round ball.

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4. Gently press the dough into an 8-inch square that measures 1 inch thick. Starting with the side farthest away from you, roll the dough firmly into a cylinder, pressing with your fingers to make sure the dough sticks to itself. Turn the dough seam-side up and pinch it closed. Place the dough seam-side down in a greased 9-by5-inch loaf pan and press it gently so it touches all four sides of the pan. Cover with plastic wrap; set aside in a warm spot until the dough almost doubles in size, 20 to 30 minutes.


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6. Remove the bread from the pan, transfer to a wire rack, and cool to room temperature. Slice and serve.

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ot your attention, didn’t I? Here’s how you do it: stand up really straight, pull your shoulders back and suck your gut in. That’s it. No, you didn’t actually lose 10 pounds, but you look like you did. Unfortunately, this quick fix cannot last. Quickly the muscles you are using to hold that gut in and keep your shoulders back will begin to tire out, and you will go back to your original look. But the lesson here is how working on your posture can change the way you look and even make it look like you have lost weight. I have many clients who tell me that soon after they started working out, their friends were telling them how good they look. Most of these clients had not yet lost any significant amount of weight, but they felt so much better because they were standing taller and not feeling so tight and stif f. This is a great benefit and an important part of a sound workout program. Any workout is great for burning calories, but a well-planned program, designed for you, should do more than just bur n calories; it should help you correct issues in your posture that af fect the function of your body that could be causing issues like low back, neck, shoulder or hip pain. In general, we sit too much and We sit too much and “hunch” over a desk or computer too much. “hunch” over a desk or These issues alone cause several things that lead to postural deficits, which can lead to computer too much. chronic pain and even injury. These issues alone cause Here is what happens when you sit and several things that lead to hunch over a steering wheel, a desk or compostural deficits, which puter: your hip flexors, hamstrings, the front part of your deltoids and pectorals, and can lead to chronic pain abdominal muscles shorten; and your and even injury.” glutes, several hip muscles and low back muscles lengthen or stretch. So, here is what you have, many muscle groups down the front side of your body getting tighter and many muscles down the upper part of your back side getting over stretched. This “front tight, back loose” equation equals bad posture. Y our shoulders are slumped, your head may lurch forward, and you are bent over at the waist. These effects may be minor at first, but over the years may become more pronounced. Here’s the good news: it doesn’t have to be that way. Y ou don’t have to be hunched over, but you do have to be willing to do something about it. The first step is gaining knowledge. Get your posture assessed and know where you are over tight and where you are over stretched. A knowledgeable trainer can do this assessment. N ext, learn how to correct these problems. Most of the corrections can be worked into your exercise program so that while you are working out, you are fixing the problems. Finally, don’t ignore your changing posture. If you have chronic issues with a sore neck or low back, even hip or knee pain, many times this is due to postural problems. Have a professional look at you and determine what you need to feel better, look better and age better.

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ne hundred-fifty years ago, the War Between the States in Kentucky essentially ended in October 1862 with the tactical Confederate victory at the Battle of Perryville that, ironically, resulted in a strategic victory for the Federal forces. To be sure, Lexington’s Gen. John Hunt Morgan would continue his non-traditional cavalry raids as late as June 1864, and the infamous guerilla W illiam Quantrill carried out a raid on Feb. 2, 1865. But the rearview mirror of history tells us that Kentucky was solidly secured for the North (and not the “neutral” state Gov. Beriah Magoffin had hoped for). That’s one of the problems with history: we know how the story ends. Not so those who lived in the moment. Only after Perryville did the Federal forces apparently come to appreciate Lexington’s strategic importance as a rail center . As William M. Ambrose observes in his unpublished manuscript, “Defenses of the Bluegrass,” the railroads had come into their own during the decade before the war, and by 1861 Kentucky had 450 miles of rail, most conver ging in Lexington. “The importance of railroads in the supply chain is reflected in the following statistics,” Ambrose writes. “An army of 100,000 men required 1,600 tons of supplies per day. A traditional military horse wagon could haul one ton of supplies 10 miles per day. The wagon required a teamster with four horses. An ar my 100 miles from its supply base required 1,600 wagons per day. One boxcar could hold 10 tons of goods, 40 soldiers, or eight horses. One train of 10 boxcars had the capacity to ship 100 tons over 100 miles per day. The train could be operated with five men. An ar my could be supplied by 16 trains per day.” Lexington is located at the center of a state that would serve as the gateway to the Upper South and ensure control of the Ohio and upper Mississippi rivers. Lexington was also at the junction of the Kentucky Central Railroad to Cincinnati and the combined operations of the Lexington & Frankfort and Louisville & Frankfort railways to the River City. Once Maj. Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith’s Rebel army was pushed out of Kentucky, Lexington was well-suited as the railhead for supplies shipped downriver from Pittsburgh and Wheeling. A fourth railroad, the Lexington & Danville, extended six miles south of Nicholasville. (Funding for a bridge across the Kentucky River to be built by John A. Roebling of Brooklyn Bridge fame ran out in 1855.) As a result, Camp Nelson was established in June 1863 as a supply head for military operations in central Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia, as well as a training camp for the “U.S. Colored Troops.” Following the Confederate retreat in October 1862, Federal presence in Lexington was substantially increased. Gen. Green Clay Smith commanded a training garrison of 3,000 new recruits, joining police of ficers from Cincinnati to patrol the town’s streets. After repairs were made to the miles of track tor n up during the invasion, the 118th Ohio Infantry was assigned to protect the Kentucky Central north of Lexington, and from October until the day after Christmas 1862, the 18th Ohio Independent Light Artillery occupied Lexington. At the same time, Brig. Gen. Quincy A. Gillmore was assigned the task of overseeing constructing defenses for the railroads in central Kentucky – Gillmore would go on to command the Department of the South, and is remembered for commanding the assault on Fort Wagner, S.C. While in Kentucky, however, he designed and implemented a series of blockhouses to guard railroad bridges, the first being at Paris on the north side of Houston Creek between the railroad and the Cynthiana Pike. Similar forts protected bridges all the way north to Covington. To protect the vital railroad junction at Lexington, but not the town itself, Fort Clay was built on what was called Constitution Hill just south of the V ersailles Road, overlooking the junction (above what is now the Nor folk Southern yards). The fort, a rectangular design oriented north and south, had a magazine, well and drawbridge. Completed in April 1863, it was surrounded by a ditch protected by pointed stakes to repulse a cavalry char ge. Armament included eight 20-pound Parrott cannons, a

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six-pound rifled James cannon, a 12-pound brass howitzer and two 10-mortars. Initially, the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry was assigned to the fort. Other Y ankee units in and around Lexington included the 9th New Hampshire Infantry, 7th Rhode Island Infantry and 47th Kentucky Mounted Infantry. In June 1864, Gen. Mor gan received per mission to raid Kentucky with the express purpose of destroying the Kentucky Central. The raiders first captured Mt. Sterling, but quickly left for Lexington on June 10, with the Federals in hot pursuit. That evening, Morgan demanded the surrender of Fort Clay, but was shelled â&#x20AC;&#x153;vigorouslyâ&#x20AC;? in defense of the rail lines. The raiders were successful in igniting a fire near the Lunatic Asylum (Eastern State Hospital) and the government corral (todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corral Street behind Central Christian Church.) The following day, Morgan left for Cynthiana, with more than $10,000 from the Branch Bank of Kentucky and a number of Ashlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thoroughbreds. T wo days later, Union Gen. Stephen G. Burbridge defeated Morgan handily at Cynthiana, forcing his retreat to Virginia. In what was a classic example of â&#x20AC;&#x153;closing the bar n after the horses had escaped,â&#x20AC;? Fort Crittenden was ordered constructed near todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Breckinridge and Shropshire streets. It would not be fully completed before the war ended in April 1865. Two other earthworks were started at Clayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ferry and lower T ates Creek Road, but likewise never completed. On August 30, 1865, the last Federal troops in Lexington were mustered out.

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offbeat photographs have drawn national attention since his death in 1972. “When he would be looking through his camera at something, I’d often wonder, ‘What the hell’s he seeing?’ And that taught me to look harder and longer.” Through Berry, Mendes also met James Baker Hall, eventually moving to Connecticut for a year to live as Hall’s apprentice in a former veterinary hospital that he had converted to a darkroom. Mendes credits Hall with showing him the more technical aspects of archival printing and view cameras, as well as exposing him to the art scene in N ew Y ork City where photography was just starting to “elbow its way in as an art for m.” “In the ‘70s ... most people thought of photos as family pictures, snapshots and Life Magazine,” Mendes said. Today, photography is much more widely viewed as a valid art for m, and while Mendes has had to adapt to changes in the industry (certain types of film and paper have become extinct in

recent years), he remains faithful to many of the traditional approaches he lear ned when he was first exploring the art. This includes a strong leaning toward black and white film, both for the long-ter m quality of the silver gelatin prints and for the staggering variation of shades between one spectrum and the other – the “infinite number of silvers and grays and blacks and whites between ultimate black and ultimate white.” “Photography allows us to see the world in more detail than our naked eye,” he said. “It’s so detailed that it’s unlike the world we see. That helps keep me interested in searching for the surprise, the delight, the wonder – those things that keep you busting your ass when no one’s paying you to do it.” Mendes is represented at downtown gallery Ann Tower Gallery and also has a close working relationship with Institute 193, who printed his most recent book and helped him set up the successful Kickstarter campaign that funded it. He is



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among the variety of local artists who will present work that is in some fashion inspired by “To Kill a Mockingbird” in the first installment of the Car negie Classics series, which connects visual, literary and performing art around a common classic piece of literature. For more information on Mendes, and to view some photographs online, visit

A self portrait of Mendes and his two dogs outside his Chevy Chase home.

“Portraits” is a monthly column highlighting people who are making an impact on Lexington’s art, cultur e and entertainment scene. To submit ideas for the column, please e-mail Saraya Br ewer at

Carnegie Classics: “To Kill a Mockingbird” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning 252 W. 2nd St. Featuring artists Guy Mendes, Arturo Sandoval, Bianca Spriggs, Fielden Wilmott, John Lackey, Nana Lampton, Diane Kahlo and more. $10/15 at the door.

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November Events Calendar Carnegie Classics: To Kill a Mockingbird Nov. 9. In this new program that builds art events around a piece of classic literature, several local artists will create works inspired by “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The project will culminate with this evening of visual art, music, drama and artistic surprises. 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, 251 W. 2nd St.

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tadoo Lounge Session featuring 10-in-20 Recording Artists Nov. 15. A new monthly series presented in conjunction with Smiley P ete Publishing’s forthcoming Arts & Entertainment website, Each event will feature food trucks, beverages and live entertainment, with Oh My Me taking the stage this month. 6 p.m. Smiley Pete Publishing, 434 Old Vine St. (859) 266-6537.

ART & EXHIBITS Approach. Through Nov. 25. “Approach” is an exhibition exploring situations of separateness and the search for harmony as a theme in performance art. Works in this show focus on engagement with self , the audience and the surrounding environment, and will exist within the genre of performance art, or video or photographic documentation of performative actions/works. The exhibition is juried by Rae Goodwin, Director of Art Foundations at the University of Kentucky. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tues. – Fri.; 1 – 4 p.m Sat. – Sun. Loudoun House, 209 Castlewood Dr.


The Hive Salon and Art Haus presents Artwork by Stephen Wiggins. Through Dec. 1. Reception will be held in conjunction with the November Gallery Hop on November 16, 5 – 8 p.m. The Hive Salon, 156 Deweese St.

traits, which suggest subtle narratives on the nature of love, family, adolescence and sexuality, will be on display at the University of Kentucky Art Museum through Nov. 11. Lecture at 4 p.m. UK Student Center’s Worsham Theater.

Mettle: The UK Art Faculty Exhibition. Through Dec. 23. Curated by Lisa Dent, this exhibition includes the work of the University of Kentucky Fine Arts faculty artists. Mon. – Fri., noon – 5 p.m. UK Art Museum, 405 Rose St. (859) 257–5716.

Art After Hours. Nov. 14. An opportunity for local arts lovers and arts professionals to tour the UK Art Museum facility, meet the staff, and participate in a fun, hands–on activity while networking with other young professionals. 6 p.m. Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, 405 Rose St. (859) 255–6653.

R.C. May Photography Lecture Series: David Hiliard Lecture. Nov. 2. David Hilliard’s panoramic por-

Wizard Seeks Witch. Nov. 16. Magical artist Jack X. Taylor will be presenting new works on paper, wood and

twig at his show, “Wizard Seeks Witch.” The show will also include an installation/construction of an actual witch’s house. The show is an exploration of magical themes, psychedelia, mysticism, loneliness, anima and yarn. On display through January 15. 5 p.m. The Black Lodge, 110 York St. (510) 387–5340. LexArts Gallery Hop. Nov. 16. LexArts’ Hop is a self–guided tour of the visual arts in downtown Lexington taking place on the third Friday of February, April, June, September and November. Patrons visit the sites of their choice, beginning at any location. Admission is always free and sites present a new exhibit for each hop. 5 – 8 p.m.

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Pete’s List is a monthly listing of local arts , nature, performance and other community events published each month. Due to time and space constraints, we can only publish a portion of the events featured on our online community calendar each month. Please visit this magazine’s website for more community events, including a weekly update of live music listings .

To submit an event to our online community calendar, visit this magazine online; click on the ‘Calendar’ tab and then ‘Submit an Event.’ Once the event is approved, it will appear on the websites of all three Smiley P ete publications: Business Lexington and Chevy Chaser and Southsider Magazines. Be sure to submit your event no later than the 18th of each month for possible inclusion in the following month’ s print editions of Chevy Chaser and Southsider Magazines .

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LITERATURE & FILM Big Ears Story Hour. Every Saturday morning, Morris Book Shop hosts a family–friendly event that includes reading stories and crafts and activities for kids of all ages. 11 a.m. Morris Book Shop, 882 E. High St. National Novel Writing Month. Nov. 1 – 30. The Carnegie Center Writers Reference Room will be reserved for “NaNoWriMo” participants Mon. – Thurs. in November. 4 – 7:30 p.m. Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, 251 W. 2nd St. An Evening with David Sedaris. Nov. 4. The comedic memoir author of such bestsellers as “Naked,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim” and “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” will present all–new readings of his work and a book signing. 6:30 p.m. Singletary Center for the Arts, 405 Rose St. Al Smith and Milton Toby Book Signing. Nov. 17. The Morris Book Shop hosts a doubleheader with legendary journalist Al Smith and esteemed equine writer Milton Toby. Smith’s latest memoir, “Kentucky Cured,” covers his career and life in Kentucky. Toby’s book is “Noor: A Champion Thoroughbred’s Unlikely Journey from California to Kentucky,” which tells the story of the racehorse bred in Ireland, competed in Britain and California, and now buried in Kentucky. 2 p.m., Morris Book Shop, 882 E. High St., (859) 276–0494.

HEALTH & FITNESS Thanksgiving Sampling Saturday. Nov. 3.

Sampling Saturdays provide an opportunity for consumers to meet local producers and chat with them about their products. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Good Foods Market and Cafe, 455 Southland Dr. Everyday Yoga for Kids. Nov. 17. This workshop is a playful blend of yoga, breathing, and wellness tips designed to entice our little ones imaginations and spirit. Participants will learn various poses, practice movement, and stillness to release tension and anxiety while gaining focus and concentration. Class is appropriate for ages 4 – 12 and all activity levels . Children should bring a yoga mat and water. 9:45 a.m. Good Foods Market and Cafe, 455 Southland Dr. Chinese Medicine for Your Health: Colds & Flu. Nov. 17. This class will focus on a natural approach to fighting off colds and the flu, including how Chinese medicine, acupuncture and Chinese herbs, can treat your cold symptoms and help strengthen your immune system. This class will include a talk and invite discussion. 2 p.m., Good Foods Market and Cafe, 455 Southland Dr.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS First Time Moms Hen & Chicks Meeting. Thursdays. A free support group for first–time moms and their infants from birth to 6 months. Donna Miles, a certified postpartum doula, will facilitate a time to chat, laugh, share and support one another through one of the biggest life–changing events of a woman’s life. 2 p.m. Baby Moon, 2891 Richmond Rd., No. 103. (859) 806–5123.

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Printmaking. Nov. 3, 10, 17. Geared toward students in grades 6 – 9, this class will focus on basic printmaking techniques, including using water marbling and cutting tools to create a relief print. Living Arts and Science Center, 362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd. (859) 255–2284. Digital Illustration Basics. Nov. 5, 12. This course will focus on intermediate Photoshop – image manipulation, compositing, editing and customizing by using advanced techniques. Completion of Photoshop 1 or basic Photoshop skills required. Limit 10 participants. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, 251 W. 2nd St. Chinese Dance, Culture and Calligraphy. Nov. 6. Kentucky Arts Council teaching and performing artist Shuling Fister will teach a graceful Chinese fan dance. Students will also practice Mandarin vocabulary and Chinese calligraphy. Living Arts and Science Center, 362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd. (859) 255–2284. Brown Bag Book Discussion. Nov. 8. An informal discussion group focusing on literature by and about women. Be prepared to buy or check out from the library the works selected. Contact CCLL1@carnegie for an updated reading list. Noon – 1 p.m. Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, 251 W. 2nd St. GRE Preparation. Nov. 7 and 14. This affordable review will help you begin studying for the GRE. Required text: Kaplan’s New GRE Math Workbook. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, 251 W. 2nd St.

Beginning Crochet. Nov. 11. Learn chain stitch, single crochet, and how to choose yarn, needles and supplies. Participants will be making a scarf with single crochet and two skeins of yarn. Bring size Q, R, or S crochet hook and two different colors of 7 oz skeins of worsted wool or acrylic crochet yarn. 2 – 4 p.m., Good Foods Market and Cafe, 455 Southland Dr. Bellydance Workshops with Olivia Kessel. Nov. 16 – 17. A series of workshops with Olivia Kessel of Zafira Dance Company. Classes include “Old School meets New School: Bellydance Classics Re–interpreted,” “Killing me Softly,” and “Supah Saucy.” Mecca Live Studio and Gallery, 948 Manchester St.

PERFORMANCE Actors’ Guild of Lexington: “November.” Nov. 1 – 11. It’s November in a presidential election year, and incumbent Charles Smith’s chances for reelection are looking grim. Amidst the biggest fight of his political career, the president has to find time to pardon a couple of turkeys, and this simple PR event inspires Smith to risk it all in attempt to win back public support. With playwright David Mamet’s characteristic no– holds–barred style, “November” is a scathingly hilarious take on the state of America today and the lengths to which people will go to win. 8 p.m. Fri., Sat. and opening night; 2 p.m. Sun. South Elkhorn Theatre, 4383 Old Harrodsburg Rd. Bluegrass Youth Ballet: Dia de los Muertos. Nov. 2 – 3. Bluegrass Youth Ballet presents this ballet about the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead. The ballet also includes a bilingual slide show of photos tak en of

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Lexington Singers Children’s Choir Fall Concert. Nov. 10. Now in their 10th year of singing, the four children’s choirs of The Lexington Singers will showcase their voices in a concert celebrating the gift of music. Tates Creek Presbyterian Church, 3900 Rapid Run Dr. (859) 338–9888. 10 in 20 Record Release Party. Nov. 10. The local recording project 10–in–20 features 10 Lexington bands who each had a track mastered professionally by Duane Lundy at Shangri–La Studios in support of the vinyl release of this compilation. Many of the bands featured on the album will perform at the event. 10 p.m. Cosmic Charlie’s, 388 Woodland Ave. Chris Isaak. Nov. 17. Isaak returns to Lexington with a new record in his discography – “Beyond the Sun.” 7:30 p.m., Singletary Center for the Arts, 126 Singletary Center (859) 257–4929. David Daniell, Douglas McCombs, MV & EE. Nov. 17. MV&EE are a Vermont–based folk group centering on the lovely croonings of Matt Valentine and Erika Elder. Local psychedelic favorites Jovontaes open. 8 p.m., Land of Tomorrow Gallery, 527 E. Third St. “Spring Awakening.” Nov. 23 – Dec. 9. “Spring Awakening” explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion you will never forget. This landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll that is exhilar ating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years. 8 p.m. Downtown Arts Center, 141 E. Main St. Lexington Children’s Theatre: “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.” Nov. 24, Dec. 1 – 2.

This highly theatrical depiction of the classic story explores right and wrong, good and bad and puts loyalty to the test. 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. on Dec. 1. Lexington Children’s Theatre, 418 W. Short St. (859) 254–4546. “On the Verge (Or the Geography of Yearning).” Nov. 30 – Dec. 8. In this play, three women seek adventure and time travel in Eric Overmeyer’s modern comedy. From the 19th century to 1955, the future unfolds for these three explorers through twisting and turning escapades. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. – Sat. Guignol Theatre, 465 Rose St. (859) 257– 4929.

NATURE Bluegrass Fossils. Nov. 11. Learn to identify many of the common rocks and fossils of the Bluegr ass. The program includes hands–on demonstrations with fossils and a field hike to explore limestone beds for evidence of prehistoric life. 1 p.m. Raven Run Sanctuary, 3990 Raven Run Way. (859) 272–6105. Junior Naturalist “Animals of the Night.” Nov. 17. Youth ages 10 and younger are invited to come out to McConnell Springs for their Junior Naturalist program. Participants will learn about the habitats of nocturnal animals and what they do at night. 11 a.m. McConnell Springs, 416 Rebman Way. (859) 225–4073.

EVENTS Alltech Countryside Canter 5K. Nov. 3. All proceeds after operational expenses will be donated to The All Glory Project, which seeks to promote, foster and

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support programs that utilize animal–assisted therapies in aiding military veterans and their families. Alltech Arena, Kentucky Horse Park, 4089 Iron Works Pkwy. Alltech National Horse Show. Nov. 1 – 4. More than a horse show, the Alltech National Horse Show will feature live music, a HorsePlay Children’s area and shopping in addition to the show events. Featured events include world–class international, open, junior and amateur–owner jumpers competing for the largest prize money on the United States indoor tour. Kentucky Horse Park, 4089 Iron Works Pkwy. Cardinal Hill Community Health Fair. Nov. 9. Offering free stroke screenings, free massages, healthy snacks, flu shots and more. Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, 2050 Versailles Rd. (859) 254–5701. The Holly Day Market. Nov. 9 – 11. Presented by the Junior League of Lexington, the Holly Day Market is a one–stop holiday shop, featuring a variety of vendors, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, 4089 Iron Works Pkwy. (859) 252–8014. The Hartland Holiday Bazaar. Nov. 9 – 10. Featuring artists who offer unique, handcrafted and oftentimes one–of–a–kind items. Hartland Club House, 4901 Hartland Pkwy. (859) 268 – 3315. Lexington Preschool Fair. Nov. 10. The fourth annual Lexington Preschool Fair will feature children’s activities and preschool representatives, who will hand out information, speak to parents and answer questions about their programs. Area parents are invited to the free event. Children’s activities will be available. The fair

is organized by the MOMS Club of Lexingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;East. 10 a.m. Centenary United Methodist Church. Holiday Vendor Fair. Nov. 10. This holiday shopping event will feature representatives from various homeâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; based businesses, including Thirty One Gifts, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Tastefully Simple and Mary Kay, as well as handcrafted items, embroidery and more. Organized by Porter Memorial Baptist Churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mothers of Preâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Schoolers program (MOPS). Porter Memorial Baptist Church, 4300 Nicholasville Rd. For more information, contact Model Train Show. Nov. 10. Sponsored by the Train Collectors Association, the show will feature will be several operating layouts and trains. 10 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 p.m., Thoroughbred Center, 3380 Paris Pike. (859) 619â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7730 Holiday Hope. Nov. 12. Milward Funeral Directors, in partnership with Hospice of the Bluegrass, present a program geared to help people cope with grief during the holidays and other difficult times during the year. The featured speaker at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program is Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D., an educator and grief counselor and author of more than 30 books on grief and loss . 7 p.m. Celebration Center of Lexington, 1509 Trent Blvd. (859) 272â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3414.

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Pete’s Properties Real Estate Transactions for 40502 & 40503

TOP SELLING PROPERTY 756 Garden Grove Walk | $1,060,000 40502

857 Malabu Dr., $64,500 216 Lincoln Ave., $69,100 193 St. Margaret Dr., $110,000 158 St. Ann Dr., $118,500 543 Laketower Dr., $119,000 237 St. Margaret Dr., $127,000 3200 Tates Creek Rd., $190,000 688 Mount Vernon Dr., $195,000

3057 Montavesta Rd., $268,500 1246 Kastle Rd., $280,000 1204 Glen Crest, $410,000 1064 Turkey Foot Rd., $540,000 756 Garden Grove Walk, $1,060,000


2449 Eastway Dr., $109,900

319 Zandale Dr., $123,500 101 Cherrybark Dr., $125,000 636 Cardinal Ln., $129,500 2460 Eastway Dr., $129,500 337 Zandale Dr., $130,000 110 Pin Oak Dr., $140,000 155 Wabash Dr., $147,000 304 Greenbriar Rd., $195,000 122 Johnston Blvd., $215,000

Recent home transactions in this magazine’s distribution area. Information obtained from the Fayette County Clerk’s Office in Oct. ’12.


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800 E. High St., Suite 200 • Lexington, KY 40502 • t 859-268-0099 • f 859-268-0098 • EW G N TIN S LI



8732 Beach Rd.

915 Jairus

7507 Harp Road, Frankfort

721 Camino

418 Henry Clay

2 bedrooms, 1 bath Paige Good 621-3562 $75,000

3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths Paige Good 621-3562 $149,000

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths Paige Good 621-3562 $229,000

3 bedrooms, 3 baths Whitney Durham 983-9500 $239,000

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths Whitney Durham 983-9500 $249,900




625 Rolling Creek 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths Paige Good 621-3562 $262,000


307 Duke Road

235 Cochran Road

617 Beechmont

233 Woodspoint

1004 Cooper Drive

3 Bedrooms, 2 Full and 2 Half Baths Bridgett Collier 619-4663 $328,000

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths Whitney Durham 983-9500 $389,900

3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths Whitney Durham 983-9500 $395,000

4 Bedrooms, 2 Full, 2 Half Baths Whitney Durham 983-9500 $649,000

3 bedrooms, 2 baths Whitney Durham 983-9500 $799,900

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640 W. Short St. $395,000

225 Barrow Rd. | $1,625,000 A gorgeous circular stairway greets you in this Ashwood neighborhood home. Over 5,000 sq. ft of living space including a first floor master suite, formal living and dining rooms, an updated kitchen, family room, and private yard. Second level has an additional master suite with large master BA and 2 other spacious BRs and BA. unfinished basement and 2 car garage.

3-bay Greek revival townhouse, completely renovated around 1985 then more improvements in 2003. Most recent updates include new roof, new exterior paint, complete bath renovation with heated floors, custom cabinets and Crema Marble. Kitchen has beautiful mosaic-style tile floors, vaulted ceilings and lots of windows overlooking the private courtyard-like garden with brick walks. French doors access a side deck with fence and private yard.

329 S. Mill St. | $449,000

2330 Sandersville Rd. | $985,000

420 Queensway Dr. | $349,000

Beautifully renovated historic home in South Hill neighborhood. The original entryway is still in place. Features include 10+ foot ceilings, a downstairs BR with full BA, kitchen with stainless steel appliances, adjacent family room area, formal living and dining rooms. Second floor has 3 BR with 2 new BAs and access to large 2 story rear porch and fenced yard.

Originally designed in 1950 as the retail store for Hillenmeyer Nurseries by architect Robert McMeekin, this one of a kind property today boasts a fabulous interior, unique architecture and a gorgeous setting! 3 BRs, 3 full BAs. Must see! Too many new design features and amenities to list! The adjacent 1500 sq. ft. guest home may be purchased separately.

Popular Fairway neighborhood is the location for this updated classic Cape Cod home! With 4 BRs and 2 full BAs this beautifully decorated home offers hardwood floors, updated kitchen and baths, new HVAC in 2008, insulated windows and a finished basement. The backyard is fully fenced in, has a large 2 car garage and a nice deck for entertaining! Move-in ready!

1824 McDonald Ave. | $268,000

851 Robin Rd. | $325,000

172 Woodland Ave. | $330,000

527 Laketower Dr. #101 | $595,000

525 W. Main St. #515 | $349,000

Charming 1.5 story home backing up to The Arboretum! Features include 9 ft. ceilings, hardwood floors, 2 BR and a full BA on first level, updated kitchen with cherry cabinets, stainless appliances and breakfast room overlooking the deck and backyard. Second floor has a large master suite with renovated and spacious bath and closet area. 11 new windows from Congleton Lumber Co.

Known as The Reverend John Lyle’s Residence and built around 1800, this home features random width ash floors, gorgeous woodwork and moldings, 6 fireplaces, an elevator and spacious rooms. 4 BR, 2.5 BA located on a large, private corner lot with mature trees. Located near downtown Paris restaurants and shopping, and only 25 minutes from downtown Lexington.

Beautifully renovated historic property conveniently located in the Woodland Park neighborhood. Features include intricate woodwork, gorgeous hardwood floors, cherry cabinetry and stainless appliances in the spacious kitchen, first floor master BR and large great room on second level. Walk to shopping, restaurants, Chevy Chase, University of KY or downtown!

Proposed construction to be completed 2013! The Harbour at Lakewood offers a private gated lake community with gorgeous views of the lake. Open floor plans and all brick construction. Hardwood flooring throughout the first level, optional elevators, kitchens w/ maple cabinets, granite countertops and stainless appliances. Customize your floor plan to suit your needs.

A 5th floor penthouse, the perfect spot for a weekend getaway! Located downtown across from Rupp Arena, this 1 BR, 1.5 BA condominium has a custom hard loft floor plan and interior design done by Karen Cox Interiors. Hardwood floors and high ceilings, this corner unit has a wrap around patio with views in all directions! Must see — there are far too many amenities to list!

Becky Reinhold, Principal Broker

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Chevy Chaser Magazine November 2012  

Chevy Chaser Magazine November 2012