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From the Editor-In-Chief In October I had the great pleasure and pain of completing the Chicago Marathon. Not having participated in an event of such scale was the pleasure, with the pain coming afterwards in the form of aches and pains in places I didn’t even know could hurt – a not so subtle reminder of the result of pushing the limits of my undertrained joints. For the longest time, whenever my resolve to complete a workout or race was waning (which happened around mile 18 of the 26.2), I would try to distract myself and derive strength with thoughts of family and friends who’ve moved on to greener pastures. During workouts and races in college for instance, I’d think of my teammate Brian, who was killed while on a training run; later it was for another teammate, Tim, who made the unfortunate decision to drink and drive. During the Chicago race, after the novelty of high-fiving spectators who lined the streets as many as six deep in some places wore off, my late uncle Tim came to mind. Paralyzed in his early 20s from the neck down when his only son was an infant, Tim managed to live a full life, exceeding all expectations, due in large part to the stalwart care provided by his wife Barb. While he wasn’t without moments of self-pity that shook the foundations of his faith, he pressed on by continuing to work, inventing a board game and becoming a political junkie whose debating skills would no doubt challenge even the most poised orator. As a child, my obligatory “Now I lay me down to sleep...” prayer always ended with a request that Tim be able to walk again. When he passed away in 2009, he specified that his body be donated to the medical school at the University of Cincinnati for research. While my reminiscences didn’t give me the strength to reach a new personal record, I still cracked a smile imagining Tim taking a break from bending St. Peter’s ear for a moment to cheer me on. Even though Tim never regained the use of his limbs, as an adult I’ve found a way to answer my own prayers by helping others like him. For nearly a decade I’ve been involved with the Cardinal Hill Healthcare System ( - which provides physical rehabilitation services at outpatient facilities in Louisville and Northern Kentucky and at their flagship hospital in Lexington - by writing grants to help underwrite the costs of programs and equipment. No matter how stressed my daily life may seem, my trials seem nearly laughable once I step through the doors of their facilities and witness the resolve and bravery of the children and adults they serve. Seeing someone with paralysis “walking” on the Lokomat, a high-tech robotic gait trainer, gives me hope that spinal cord injury can become a curable affliction, and that I can play a small role in changing someone’s life. Outside of my work with Cardinal Hill, charity is often top of mind as I spend a good percentage of my time planning the coverage of various charitable and business events. Month after month I continue to be amazed by the breadth and depth of generosity in our communities, as well as the needs highlighted by their respective efforts. In the span of a few days last month I had the great pleasure of becoming acquainted with the Backside Learning Center ( at their Ladies Day at the Races benefit at Churchill Downs and enjoying the company of two passionate Gilda’s Club volunteers at another outstanding benefit ( While a healthy hint of narcissism (and sometimes a little envy) may be what motivates us to carefully critique photos from the various parties and galas (I’m guilty of pouring over the images in the parties section of Town & Country even though I rarely personally know any of those featured), at the heart of it all is charity. There’s no denying that these are trying times for myriad reasons and fundraising events provide levity to what can be very weighty issues. Since our inception, our definition of sophisticated has included both living and giving graciously. As we stand poised on the cusp of 2011, we are full of burgeoning optimism based in part on a growing amount of data that finds that despite financial challenges, optimism, confidence and happiness are on the rise. We wish similar sentiments among you and yours in the New Year. Bridget Williams, Editor-in-Chief






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Evaluating Resolutions I know I seem a little frazzled this month. Why? I am ending an emotional year of serious personal growth. Each year we all face changes that challenge our character. How we handle these changes and experiences is what ultimately defines our character. How will you handle 2011? What I have reflected on lately is how much we truly learn about ourselves in 12 months. What have I learned about myself? I learned I don’t have to take no for an answer. I learned I don’t have to settle if it doesn’t feel right to me. I learned that two very young and impressionable boys make me stronger everyday (and vice versa). I learned that the love I have as a parent is stronger than any feeling I will ever experience. I learned it’s okay to let others help you. I learned there is such a thing as a ‘true friend’ and I learned I am emotionally stronger than I give myself credit for. I am still learning to let go of certain feelings, and I learned that I am as scared as I thought I was about certain aspects of the future. How will I handle 2011? Right now I am not exactly sure. I do know this resolution list will be different from previous years. Instead of random goals throughout the year, my focus is on consistency. Life is a balancing act, as we all know, to balance it well we need to be consistent. As I look forward to the cherished moments that await me in this New Year, it’s heartwarming to know family, friends and colleagues surround me supporting my resolutions (for the most part). Don’t waste twelve months thinking about what you might accomplish, might learn or might experience. Take a moment to evaluate your resolutions and take advantage of twelve months. Frazzled? Maybe. Focused? Absolutely. Here’s to a year of consistency. Here’s to a New Year! Wishing everyone a Happy New Year! Cheers!

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GOTHIC INFLUENCE English Regency Furniture Written by Kirby Camm, Bittners No matter which period of antique Gothic furniture you choose, each refers back to the Gothic architecture of the Middle Ages in Europe - specifically Gothic cathedrals and churches. One of the defining characteristics of these Gothic houses of worship is their pointed arches and windows. There are three distinct periods for Gothic antique furniture. The first appeared in the Middle Ages, and there are very few examples, most of which are in museums. Gothic-influenced furniture made a re-emergence in England starting with Thomas Chippendale in the 1740s and continuing through the Regency period, which ended around the 1830s. In the last part of the 19th century, in both Europe and America, Gothic Revival became the last period of Gothic furniture. It is important to note that Gothic Revival furniture has a more comprehensive Gothic look, whereas the earlier English period shows a very restrained Gothic influence. The illustrated secretary is a fine example of Gothic influence in the English Regency period of antiques. This Regency secretary looks totally English, but upon closer examination it has Gothic elements incorporated into its design. Note the glazed bookcase doors of the secretary. The door’s mullions, the moldings which secure the glass in the secretary’s bookcase doors, are designed with the distinguishing Gothic pointed arch, which is reminiscent of the stained glass windows of Gothic cathedrals and churches. Also, the secretary’s cornice has a Gothic feel about it because of the applied decorative molding of Gothic arches supported by small column shapes. These Gothic influences are very subtle and do not overpower this English Regency secretary, making this particular piece very interesting. Oftentimes a furniture piece with these understated Gothic influences will frequently be called “in the Gothic taste.” I would be remiss if I did not bring up one other interesting aspect about this English Regency secretary: it has a fall front desk section as opposed to the traditional slant lid desk design. Prior to this Regency innovation, primarily all English secretaries and desks were fashioned with a slant lid. A slant lid desk is a desk with a drop front writing section, set at an angle, which rests on a base of drawers or doors. When a slant lid desk is closed shut, the desk’s lid or writing area is at a 45-degree angle, hence the name, “slant lid.” Whereas in all English Regency fall front secretaries, the desk component is always hidden in a large drawer. Note the large drawer of the illustrated Regency secretary.

The fall front desk design is a completely new desk style that originated in the English Regency period of antiques. The fall front desk section is accessed by pulling the large drawer out several inches after which the drawer’s front release buttons are pushed, causing the large drawer front to fall forward for the desk’s writing area, hence the name, “fall front.” With the drawer front down, the desk is completely open to its fitted interior of small drawers and pigeonholes and adds to the workability of the desk. A fall front secretary, when the desk section is closed, looks similar to a china cabinet or bookcase. But opened or closed, this English Regency secretary in the Gothic taste is an optical treat. sl 33

Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Sonoma County is comprised of luxury resorts, fine restaurants, major highways, small towns, pastures, country inns and back roads, as well as the ubiquitous vineyards; all of this is about 30 miles from San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge. The county itself is over a million acres with over 60,000 acres planted to vineyards, with 450 wineries and 1,800 grape growers. The number one grape planted in Sonoma County is Chardonnay. Within the Sonoma County is the Russian River Valley. What in the world can Russians have to do with California wine country you ask? Well the Russians were the first nonnatives to settle in Sonoma County at Fort Ross from 1812 to 1841. Where they planted vineyards and what type of grapes they planted is not known, but what we do know is that they are credited for the first vineyard plantings in Sonoma County. The Russian River Valley is planted to approximately 15,800 acres of vines within its 125,000 acres of land. With over 200 grape growers and 94 wineries, this is a fraction of Sonoma County but is generally considered one of the finest areas in California to grow grapes. Lou Foppiano of the Foppiano Winery was the first to use the Russian River Valley on a wine label in 1970. Previous to that, wines hailing from the area


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where simply labeled Sonoma County. Official status as an American Viticulture Area came in 1983. Among wine aficionados, Russian River is one of the Holy Grails of Pinot Noirs, making seductively rich and flavorful world class Pinot Noir. While Pinot Noir may garner the most attention, the number one planted grape by over a thousand acres is Chardonnay. The next grape variety planted by acres after Pinot Noir drops by more than 2,800 acres. So at the end of the day one could say Russian River Valley is all about Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Why does the Russian River Valley grow great Chardonnay? One of the reasons is that it has a fog that is drawn in from the Pacific Ocean every day. This fog can decrease the temperature by as much as 40 degrees, creating a cooler growing temperature that high quality Chardonnay grapes require, giving the wines that touch of more natural acidity for balance and complexity. A drive down Westside Road is obligatory when visiting the Russian River Valley. The twisting two lane road goes through the heart of the wine country, over rolling hills, across the Russian River, through redwood forests and by many of the iconic wineries such as Williams Selyem Winery and Rochioli Estate. sl

Suggested wines Chardonnay Selby ‘08 (Russian River Valley, California) Susie Selby is the winemaker and owner of her eponymous winery. Selby is one of the most genuinely sweet winemakers and people I have had the privilege to meet. The quality of her wines is exceptional and vastly underrated by the media, but taste the wine and you can see why Ms. Selby is one of the hottest winemakers in Sonoma. Founded in 1993 and with a quaint tasting room just off the square in Healdsburg in Sonoma it makes for a perfect stop in. Selby makes a wide range of wines including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Many of the wines are made from Russian River vineyards but Selby also sources fruit from the other areas of Sonoma County. The sight is a yellow gold wine with green highlights. Fullbodied and dry this Chardonnay has the flavors of ripe yellow apple, pear, fig, honey dew melon, vanilla, light oak, clove and butterscotch all in a seductively seamless texture. Chardonnay Sonoma Cutrer “The Cutrer” ’05 (Russian River Valley, California) Founded in 1973 Sonoma-Cutrer was initially a Chardonnay only winery, they now make a small amount of Pinot Noir. The focus solely on chardonnay was unusual for California but this focus brought about a state of the art winery and a diligence to make great wine that is still paying off today. Now owned by Brown Forman with winemaker Terry Adams at the helm, Adams makes 5 Chardonnays and 2 Pinot Noirs not all from the Russian River Valley but all from Sonoma County. Sonoma-Cutrer calls their methodology and philosophy Gran Cru, which is the classification used in Burgundy, France for arguably the greatest Chardonnay wine of the world. Rich yellow-gold color suggest the 5 years age of this wine, a lesser wine would not show as well. The flavors of meyer lemon, apple, and pear, are delicious. The bodied is full and enhanced by all spice and toasty oak; it is a mature and flavorful Chardonnay. Scott is General Manager of the Bristol Bar & GrilleJeffersonville and is Wine Director/Sommelier for the 5 Bristol Bar & Grille’s in Louisville and Indiana. He teaches wine through Bellarmine University. Scott is a Master Sommelier and a Certified Wine Educator. 35


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Painstakingly developed from a blank canvas by a small and dedicated team of handpicked engineers that pushed every possible dynamic boundary, the LFA is a halo model for the F performance marquee. Featuring advanced carbon fiber technology, a high-revving 552 hp 4.8-liter naturally aspirated V10 engine and rear-mounted six-speed sequential transmission, the midfront engine LFA combines lightweight construction and ideal chassis balance to deliver exhilarating and usable 202 mph performance. The goosebump-worthy wail of the LFA’s high-revving V10 engine has been acoustically tuned to deliver a unique Formula 1-inspired soundtrack. The note is so unique that Lexus has even created an LFA ringtone that can be downloaded at (click “Digital Premium”). Track-inspired highlights include forged aluminum pistons, lowinertia cylinder-shaped valve springs wound from elliptical rod, a fully integrated lightened crankshaft with paired cylinder valleys designed to reduce pumping losses and a magnesium alloy cylinder head cover. A dual air intake-system also enhances engine performance, switching from a primary inlet port at low to medium engine speeds to dual ports at higher revs to boost breathing efficiency. The V10’s explosive performance is managed by an equally advanced transmission. The LFA’s specifically developed all-new, six-speed Automated Sequential Gearbox (ASG) drives the rear wheels through a torque-sensing Limited Slip Differential, and is mounted in transaxle layout over the rear axle to achieve an optimal 48:52 weight distribution, a balance that combines the controllability and straight-line stability of a front-engine, rear-drive layout with the handling dynamism and cornering agility of a midengine, rear-drive platform. The innovative Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) monocoque chassis and bodywork is a first for Lexus, as are the carbon ceramic material brake discs and extensive use of aluminum, titanium and magnesium in the powertrain and transmission assemblies. Even the steering wheel employs carbon fiber elements to make it lighter and more natural in its responses. At four times the specific strength of aluminum, the CFRP center section creates an exceptionally stiff and strong structure while delivering major weight savings (more than 220 lbs) over an equivalent aluminum body. Operated by steering wheel column-mounted paddle shifters, the ASG transmission works hand-in-hand with the engine to help put the driver in full control even under the most extreme driving conditions. Fitted with micro-polished gears for precise gearshifts and to reduce gear whine, this intelligent transmission is engineered to execute incredibly quick gearshifts and can upshift in just 0.2 seconds. 39

Sleek, athletic and muscular, the low-slung LFA coupe exudes supercar style from every curve and angle. Despite its mold-breaking styling, the LFA can immediately be identified as a Lexus through adherence to the three key characteristics of the Lexus L-finesse design philosophy: “Incisive Simplicity” or purity; the “Intriguing Elegance” of emotional appeal; and, the “Seamless Anticipation” of the experience and care of Japanese hospitality. Swinging open the LFA’s doors reveals a dramatic low-slung cockpit that has been intelligently designed and hand-assembled with the finest materials to reflect the car’s driver-centric dynamics. The intimate two-seater cabin has been conceived at every stage – ergonomics, acoustics, materials, comfort, versatility and visibility levels have all been painstakingly engineered – to put the driver at the center of the driving equation. Leather-wrapped seats are orthopedically designed with a split rear backrest, pronounced side bolsters and eight-way electric adjustment to deliver both superb long-distance comfort and outstanding levels of support. Within the cabin, the hooded instrument panel takes center stage. Despite its compact dimensions, its advanced technology enables it to deliver an exceptionally high level of information to the driver in a clear and logical manner. The central tachometer runs to 10,000 rpm and features a fast-reacting LCD needle designed to exactly replicate the V10 engine’s insatiable appetite for revs. Housed within the dial are the digital speedometer, gear indicator, transmission mode, vehicle control data, trip information displays and Tire Pressure Warning System display. Displaying this data on the color TFT LCD panel delivers superior visual clarity in even the brightest of conditions. Further reflecting the materials used in the LFA’s chassis, the cabin sports numerous metal accents. The lateral air vents, center console and door pulls all feature brushed satin metal accents, while the floor-hinged brake and throttle pedals are single-piece forged aluminum. Other touches that 40

highlight Lexus’ inimitable attention to detail include a padded side-molding to assist with entry and exit, a mirror-finish aluminum plate next to the accelerator pedal to assist with quick footwork, an etched left foot support and an aluminum foot brace in the passenger footwell. Customers can customize their LFA with 30 exterior colors, six brake caliper colors and 12 interior colors. A limited edition Nürburgring Package offers 10 more horsepower than the standard LFA; a .05 second reduction in gear-shift time; a sport-tuned suspension; exclusive black mesh-type wheels; dedicated high-grip tires for better handling; a larger front spoiler and fixed rear wing for improved high speed down force; and special privileges associated with the Nürburgring course itself. “Driving enthusiasts will appreciate the Nürburgring Package’s performance enhancements that were proven on the legendary German track,” said Mark Templin, Lexus Division group vice president and general manager. Lexus has partnered with Tumi to create a premium line of hard shell, aluminum and carbon-fiber like travel cases. The custom sizes enable the pieces to be easily packed and lifted from the cargo area. The vehicle identification number (VIN) corresponding with the owner’s LFA will be inscribed on each bag to complete the exclusive experience. Production is scheduled to begin in December 2010 and will be limited to 500 cars worldwide ($375,000 MSRP exclusive of delivery, processing and handling fees). Each car will be hand-assembled by “Lexus LFA Works” at the Motomachi Plant in Toyota City at a rate of no more than 20 per month to ensure peerless build quality and attention to detail during the customization process. Assembled by a single engineer, each V10 engine will bear his signature, a testament to the LFA’s bespoke nature. “Although these inspirational, dreamlike moments will unfortunately only be experienced by a lucky few,” said Tanahashi, “I firmly believe the spirit of the LFA will be the pride of any Lexus admirer.” sl 41

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The Heart of Hunt Country

The Goodstone Inn & Estate in Middleburg, Virginia Written by Bridget Williams 43

The Heart of Hunt Country Few among us have the good fortune of turning a passion into a profession. Mark Betts is one of the lucky ones. During the many years he spent successfully toiling away in the corporate world, he held onto the admittedly irrational idea that he would like to be a farmer. Like many persons uninitiated in the toil and trial of working the land, the idealized image of a gentleman farmer seduced him like a temptress, until one early summer morning in 1996 when he visited an idyllic 640-acre farm not far from the quaint and historic town center of Middleburg, Virginia. Even though it was the first farm he visited, so smitten was he that he made a purchase offer the next day. Soon thereafter he surmised that the best way to steward such a large property was to convert it into a Country Inn, and thus, since 1998, the gentleman farmer, with the help of many dedicated people, is now proprietor of The Goodstone Inn & Estate, a member of the small Luxury Hotels of the World collection.


The property, like the rest of Loudoun County, is “dripping with history,” according to Betts, who compiled a thorough pedigree of the estate. Jamie “the Scott” Leith was the first recorded owner, paying 240 pounds sterling for the tract of frontier plantation in the Virginia Colony. Civil War skirmishes were waged on the property, and following the war, one of Leith’s sons, Benjamin, settled on the property and constructed several structures that stand today, most notably the Dutch and French Farm Cottages. In 1915, Benjamin sold the farm to the Goodwin Family, who built a large stone house that became the namesake of the property and its prosperous dairy, which operated until the 1960s. The Goodwin House was destroyed by fire in 1939; the surviving façade now serves as a dramatic entrée to the swimming pool, sited to take full advantage of the picturesque cluster of farm buildings poised on the horizon.

Frederick Warburg and his wife Wilma purchased the property in 1943, adding the aforementioned swimming pool, bathhouses and extensive landscaping, which served as an elegant backdrop for their frequent fetes. Renamed Snake Hill Farm, during their ownership the property was operated continuously as a horse and dairy farm until the 1960s. Betts purchased the property from the Warburg Estate. Now 15 years into his ownership, Betts maintains his zealous passion and infectious enthusiasm for the land and has grandiose plans for its future. A winding drive leads to the Carriage House, which has been exquisitely transformed from 14 horse stalls and areas for hay and grain storage into the centerpiece of the estate. Accessed through a landscaped courtyard with a bubbling fountain, the cozy common areas, including Hilltoppers restaurant and the Great Room, serve as a hub of activity. The absence of a reception desk makes one feel as though they are being welcomed at the country home of a friend – albeit one with impeccable taste.

There are numerous lodging options scattered throughout the estate, several of which are particularly suited for traveling with extended family and friends. There are three suites and a cozy room fashioned out of the hay loft in the Carriage House; two rooms on the second floor of the stone Dutch Cottage that share a fully equipped kitchen and sitting room on the first floor; four spacious rooms spread throughout the tranquil Spring House, also with a shared kitchen and living room and inviting rocking chairs on the two-story front porch; three rooms in the Provence-inspired French Farm cottage, boasting high vaulted ceilings with rustic rough-hewn beams, authentic barn wood planking and two-foot thick stone walls with hand troweled plaster; four rooms in the expansive Manor House, whose common areas include a large dining room appropriately adorned with exquisite Zuber wallpaper depicting American historical themes. If you are lucky, Betts may share with you the story of a world famous music icon who stayed in the Manor House for weeks with his entourage and could frequently be heard happily singing show tunes as he walked the grounds. 45

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During our visit we had the great pleasure of staying in the Bull Barn cottage. Located in the heart of the working farm and near the climate-controlled chicken coop and a verdant pasture for grazing sheep, the cottage certainly ranks as one of the most unique accommodations I have stayed in. I was absolutely enamored with the decision to leave in place a good deal of the original bullpen iron framework that now cordons off the sitting room from the wet bar. The décor throughout the tworoom vaulted interior is appropriately rustic but comfortable, incorporating leather and wool upholstery and curtains fashioned from burlap with jute cording. Barnwood cabinetry next to the stone fireplace in the sitting room conceals a flat screen television. Faux hay bale doors are found above the entry to the spacious bath, which is outfitted with an air jet tub and steam shower with multiple body sprays.


Reluctant to leave the cozy confines (as well as the plate of warm chocolate chip cookies that greeted us upon arrival), but anxious to explore, we laced up our walking shoes and took to the three miles of hiking trails on property that lead through the meadows and along the creek. For those who wish to explore further by foot or bicycle, narrow country roads accessed near the Spring House lead past magnificent horse farms (Loudoun County has the third largest horse population in the country) and grand estates fronted with historic stone fences. We arrived back from our journey in time for afternoon tea, which is elegantly presented daily in the Carriage House. After a quick game of shuffleboard on the lawn behind the swimming pool, it was time to dress for dinner, which we knew would be a treat after Betts described Executive Chef William Walden as “working like a dog and cooking like a god.”

Walden, an award-winning chef and native Virginian, cut his teeth in the culinary world as a young boy, working in his grandmother’s grocery and learning to butcher meats and safeguard her recipes. Thanks to an influential aunt and uncle from France, he was able to make pâté à choux by age six. Truly gifted in his art but refreshingly lacking the ego often associated with chefs of his caliber, Walden is just as passionate about the land as Betts and sources as much as possible from the farm. Complementing each meal is an impressive selection of more than 100 wines (1,500 bottles) from all over the world that are stored in an underground cellar/private dining room accentuated by a hand painted hunt country mural.

While my Francophile dinner, which included a Alsatian onion tart, Chateaubriand Et Sa Béarnaise and a Belgian chocolate truffle torte was a delight for the eyes and the palate, I will have to admit that it was his amazing French toast, accompanied by eggs from the farm and applewood smoked bacon (a complimentary made-from-scratch full country breakfast is offered to all in-house guests) that made me a true devotee. When pressed for the secret to the perfectly poached egg tucked under a light blanket of Hollandaise sauce in the eggs Benedict, he proceeded to give a near scientific explanation that made me realize perfection is best left to the experts. 47

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After the aforementioned breakfast, rather than allowing myself to be lulled into a blissful food coma, we opted to go canoeing on Goose Creek. A member of the staff transported us across the open fields to the point of embarkation, after which we enjoyed a leisurely downstream paddle that ended (with all of us managing to remain upright) at the base of the hill below the Carriage House. Having spent a few days exhausting all of the property amenities, we ventured out to enjoy nearby Middleburg and the rest of Loudoun County. Nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Virginia Piedmont, the area is often referred to as the “Nation’s Hunt Capital” and offers a bevy of activities catering to a variety of interests. Horse lovers will want to check out the steeplechase races during the spring and fall at historic locales, such as Morven Park, Glenwood Park and Oatlands Plantation, or attend the annual Upperville Colt and Horse Show near Middleburg, the oldest horse show in the United States. Take a behind-the-scenes look at some of the country’s most glamorous horse farms during the Hunt Country Stable Tour, held over Memorial Day weekend. An event not to be missed is the Christmas in Middleburg celebration held the first Saturday in December, which brings a parade of riders in red coats on festively turned-out horses with hounds in tow. While in office, President Kennedy and his family sought refuge from the pressures of the post in historic Middleburg, and today the town still boasts an eclectic bunch of some 60 sophisticated and quirky boutiques, galleries and restaurants (Jackie’s hunting “pinks” are on display at Morven Park’s Museum

of Hounds and Hunting). We loved the vintage-inspired jewelry at Betsey, fun finds from around the world at Crème de la Crème, traditional English apparel at English Country Classics, bespoke suits at Highcliffe Clothiers, unique home accents at The White Bench, fine art at the Trowbridge-Lewis Galleries and Red Fox Fine Art, and the personable service at Duchessa. We stepped into a bygone era during lunch at one of the oldest established inns in America and the oldest restaurant in Middleburg – the Red Fox Inn, circa 1728. The maze of dimly lit rooms, thick stone walls and artwork depicting the region’s equestrian traditions resonate its historical significance (the pine bar was fashioned from a Civil War field surgeon’s table). For good measure we ordered a mainstay of the menu for decades – Virginia peanut soup – to mixed reviews (perhaps an acquired taste?); the Red Fox crab cakes received rave reviews all around. Oenophiles can revel in the pleasure of experiencing one or all of the county’s 19 award-winning wineries. In less than 25 years, Loudoun County wineries have emerged as leading Virginia producers of New World grape wines. With over 336 acres, Loudoun County ranks second in Virginia in wine grape acreage planted. Many wineries offer special events, festivals, barrel tastings and dinners throughout the year. On Ja n u a r y 2 2 a n d 2 3 , a g e o g r a p h i c a l l y d i ve r s e group of purveyors of fine antiques from the 18th to 20th centuries will gather at The Hill School for the 19th Hunt County Winter Antiques Show. I would highly recommend Chef Walden’s hearty breakfast as the ideal fuel for a day of treasure hunting. sl

Stay / Dine The Goodstone Inn & Estate 36205 Snake Hill Road, Middleburg, VA, 20117; 877.219.4663; Hilltoppers Restaurant is open for dinner Wednesday through Monday from 5-9pm and Sunday brunch from 11:30am-2pm. Red Fox Inn Shop Betsey – Crème de la Crème – English Country Classics – Highcliffe Clothiers – Red Fox Fine Art The White Bench Trowbridge-Lewis Gallerie See Glenwood Park Hunt Country Stable Tour Morven Park Oatlands Plantation oatlands. org Upperville Colt and Horse Show 49

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Bibliotaph Saving Kentucky is about preserving not only land and historic property, but also a way of life. It tells the stories of an eclectic group of Kentuckians, both in their own words and through extraordinary photography. From tenant farmers to urban revivalists, they have one thing in common: a deep connection to their heritage and a fierce determination to presere it for future generations. Sally VanWinkle Campbell, author; Thomas Hart Shelby, photographer - Saving Kentucky: Greening the Bluegrass Hardcover, Limestone Lane Press,

From 1802, when the young artist William Edward West began painting portraits on a downriver trip to New Orleans, to 1918, when John Alberts, the last of Frank Duveneck’s students, worked in Louisville, a wide variety of portrait artists were active in Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley. This book charts the course of those artists as they painted the mighty and the lowly, statesmen and business magnates as well as country folk living far from urban centers. Estill Curtis Pennington - Lessons in Likeness: Portrait Painters in Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley, 18021920 - hardcover, University Press of Kentucky, Just steps from downtown Louisville, the Old Louisville neighborhood is one of the most significant historic preservation districts in the country, a lovely place characterized by stained glass windows, ornate turrets, hidden gables and inviting entryways.This book offers a taste of what you ll find on the dinner table in Old Louisville as well as a glimpse of the interior design and architecture that make this such a special place today. David Domine - A Feast for the Eyes: Recipes from America's Grandest Victorian Neighborhood - Hardcover, 128 pages, McClanahan Publishing House,

Keeneland Entertains, is a fascinating book about the lifestyle that revolves around Thoroughbred racing and sales in the Bluegrass. Beautifully photographed, the book offers never-before-shared recipes, menus and tips on entertaining that run the gamut from mastering the casual tailgate to hosting an elegant brunch, a relaxed dinner after the races or hosting college kids home for a classic Keeneland weekend. There are heartfelt recollections from Bluegrass hostesses and racing enthusiasts and invaluable advice related to the Keeneland experience, including a primer on racing. Fran Taylor, author; Lee P. Thomas, photographer - Keeneland Entertains - hardcover, 256 pages, Keeneland Association & Eclipse Press,


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In his inaugural cookbook, Chef Joanthan Lundy invites you into his kitchen and shares his secrets for preparing many of the sumptuous recipes that have made Jonathan at Gratz Park a locally-beloved, globally-followed restaurant. Here, 147 recipes, along with over 100 photographs, are collected for the first time, reflecting the truly original style that has won him awards and acclaim throughout the Bluegrass Region and beyond. Jonathan Lundy - Jonathan's Bluegrass Table : Redefining Kentucky Cuisine - Hardcover, 240 pages, Butler Books, 61

The Art of the Matter Metro Pictures Gallery, New York

Art|Basel Miami Beach The ninth edition of Art Basel, which wrapped up on December 5th, drew a record crowd of 46,000 who descended on the South Florida hotspot to view works from more than 250 galleries representing 2,000 artists from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. Strong sales evidenced that high-quality works remain in strong demand. "This year in Miami was, without a doubt, for the overall quality of the art and the energy, one of the best art fairs I have been to and it certainly was for Pace: we practically sold out works in our booth within hours of the opening,” said Marc Glimcher of Pace Gallery in New York. This year’s Art Kabinett sector was of high quality and showed an interesting mix of twenty-one carefully curated exhibitions in the booths of the galleries. For the Art Nova sector, 50 emerging and established galleries from 17 countries presented new works by either two or three artists.


The resulting recent pieces by 131 artists fresh from the studio allowed viewers to discern the newest artistic tendencies. The new criteria for Art Positions created a platform for a single major project from one artist, allowing curators, critics and collectors to discover ambitious new talents. Art Public, curated for the second time by Patrick Charpenel of Guadalajara, Mexico, placed works in the outdoor public spaces of Miami Beach, within close proximity to the Oceanfront and the Miami Beach Convention Center. Many leading artworld figures appeared in the morning Art Basel Conversations, which were often standing-room only and attended by the artworld and the broader public. Participants at this year's Art Salon included artworld figures such as Josh Baer, Ute Meta Bauer, Andrea Bowers, Dan Cameron, Jose Davila, Tom Eccles, Elena Filipovic, Naomi Fisher, Francesca von Habsburg, Sofia Hernàndez, Meredith Johnson, Isaac Julien,

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Scott King, Sigalit Landau, Los Carpinteros, Mariko Mori, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Nato Thompson and Marnie Weber. This year’s Art Film event offered the award-winning film 'Waste Land,' which follows artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he collaborated an eclectic band of 'catadores' - pickers of recyclable materials, to create a new series of works. Art Basel Miami Beach's public nightly program at the Oceanfront, organized by Creative Time, was a highlight of this year's show. Sited in an environment designed by Phu Hoang Office and Rachely Rotem Studio, the pavilion used


two types of rope - reflective and phosphorescent – to create a diverse and interactive environment of open-air structures that sway and glow in the night. The Oceanfront Nights program featured four cities at the forefront of today’s artistic experimentation and cross-disciplinary collaboration: Detroit, Mexico City, Berlin, and Glasgow. Once again, Miami’s leading private collections – among them the Margulies Collection, the Rubell Family Collection, CIFO, the De La Cruz Collection, the Mora Collection, the Scholl Collection, and the Dacra Collection – opened their homes and warehouses to guests of the international art show. Art Basel Miami Beach 2011 takes place December 1 through December 4, 2011, with an exclusive opening on Wednesday, November 30, 2011. sl

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Rustic Sophistication Arcadian tradition meets modern sensibility Written by Andy McLeroy Photography by Eric Williams

A scenic landscape of rolling hills, streams and ponds provides a stately backdrop along the half-mile drive to this country estate. Flanked on either side by a simple split rail horse fence, one is immediately struck by the rustic beauty and pastoral elegance of the surroundings. Of special note is the covered bridge, adorned with handcarved ornamentation, which crosses a stream along the drive leading up to the entrance of the home and serves as a gateway of sorts to an estate where arcadian tradition meets modern sensibility. 67


The home itself is situated close to the property line and separated from its nearest neighbors by a wooded area. A circular drive with an expanse of mature trees marks the transition from open farmland to homestead. A gracious lawn in the rear provides an intimate place for outdoor entertaining or an active game of tug-of-war between the homeowners and one of their beloved canines. To the right of the home is a large barn, part of which has been converted for use as a residence for the caretaker. The foyer of the 10,000-square-foot home contains a striking cherry wood staircase that was rescued from an historic home prior to its demolition 25 years ago. Handsome Brunschwig & Fils wallpaper complements the extensive wainscoting and is a fitting companion to the hand-carved staircase. An exquisite Waterford chandelier illuminates the room; its twin hangs above the banquet-sized table in the formal dining room. The dining room also contains one of many treasures of this home: hand-stamped wallpaper by the venerable French company Zuber. The installation portrays an idyllic 18th century scene of huntsman in the English countryside that, along with the panoramic bay window, gives the room an ambiance of agrestic regality. Adjacent to the dining room is a formal living room imbued with rich gold and red hues. An antique Oushak rug provides the perfect anchor for the room, which features a selection of 21st century furniture tastefully accented by a few choice pieces of traditional workmanship, such as an English-style writing desk. The color scheme, furniture and accessories function to provide an appealing balance of old and new. Also representing a successful pairing of old and new is the kitchen, which was completely gutted by the current homeowners and renovated to include modern appliances and a charming circular dining area that faces a bay window. Above the stove hangs an antique carving brought back from Bath, England, by the original homeowners.

Top: The home is situated close to the property line and separated from its nearest neighbors by a wooded area. A circular drive with an expanse of mature trees marks the transition from open farmland to homestead. To the right of the home is a large barn, part of which has been converted for use as a residence for the caretaker. Bottom: The dining room contains one of many treasures of this home: hand-stamped wallpaper by the venerable French company Zuber. An exquisite Waterford chandelier hangs above the banquet-sized table; its twin can be found in the foyer. 69


The bucolic “cabin room� is an actual 17th century log cabin, disassembled from its original site in Virginia, restored and reassembled piece by piece as part of the west wing of this country estate. The room is outfitted with a flat screen television, surround sound and an array of audiovisual components, which allows the historic structure to be a fully functioning part of the home. 71

The kitchen was completely gutted by the current homeowners and renovated to include modern appliances and a charming circular dining area that faces a bay window. Above the stove hangs an antique carving brought back from Bath, England, by the original homeowners.


The foyer contains a striking cherry wood staircase that was rescued from an historic home prior to its demolition 25 years ago. Handsome Brunschwig & Fils wallpaper complements the extensive wainscoting and is a fitting companion to the hand-carved staircase. 73

An antique Oushak rug provides the perfect anchor for the formal living room, which features a selection of 21st century furniture tastefully accented by a few choice pieces of traditional workmanship, such as an English-style writing desk.

Upstairs, the homeowners have opted for clean, modern lines as those found in the master bathroom. This aesthetically pleasing space is stylish and elegant, invoking a sense of serenity and relaxation. Also a place for relaxation, and the pièce de resistance of the home, is the impressive “cabin room,” a moniker given to it by the homeowners. This bucolic room is an actual 17th century log cabin, disassembled from its original site in Virginia, restored and reassembled piece by piece as part of the west wing of this country estate. The gentleman of the home is an accomplished sportsman, and the cabin is an ideal spot to display his impressive collection of trophies. The room is outfitted with a flat screen television, surround sound and an array of audio-visual components, which allows the historic structure to be a fully functioning part of the home. Not surprisingly, the homeowners choose to spend the greater part of their leisure time in this inviting space for its comfort and provincial charm. As a whole, this picturesque estate offers an appealing juxtaposition of rural beauty and a contemporary aesthetic. A unique sense of comfort and elegance pervades every square foot, resulting in an atmosphere of rustic sophistication. sl 74



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World Snow Polo Championship Written by Bridget Williams Photography by David The sport of snow polo was first introduced in 1985 at the resort town of St. Moritz, Switzerland. In the U.S., snow polo is competed exclusively at Wagner Park at the base of Aspen Mountain in the picturesque Colorado playground. At the 11th annual USPA World Snow Polo Championship, competitors hailing from Florida, South Carolina, Kentucky, South America and France played a modified version of polo on a snow-packed arena surrounded by fencing to keep the larger, lighter and bright red ball in play. Existing rugby posts served as the goal uprights. Teams from Audi, Beluga, Bombardier, Lucchese and Harry Winston fielded teams of three players, as in typical arena polo, and played four seven-minute chukkers. The field was groomed between each chukker by the Polo Zamboni snow cat. 76

Aspen Rancher Barry Stout provided the 30 horses needed for the five teams, which were acclimated to the climate and running in snow, thanks to special shoes that provide better traction and keep the hollow of the hoof from packing with ice. Spectators decked out in fur coats and Montcler quilted jackets watched from heated tents that lined the field. The VIP tent was festively attired with garland and bows. Team sponsors also catered to the well-heeled with tents and displays of their own. At the end of play it was team Audi who celebrated a back-to-back first place finish. The team from Beluga Vodka was runner-up. sl

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Sweet. Sour. Salty. Bitter. These basic components of taste have recently been joined by “umami,” the current darling of foodies that describes the subtle savory flavor that occurs naturally in meat, fish, vegetables and dairy products. While it is not as easily discernable as the immediate reaction elicited by the taste of lemon, for example, it nonetheless plays an important role in making our food pleasantly palatable. In this vein, I would like to propose a sixth taste in the tongue’s repertoire: passion. All chefs prepare food, but passion for the craft imparts a depth to the dining experience that leaves all the senses satiated by the meal’s end. Mark Wombles of Heirloom Restaurant in Midway is a chef that clearly cooks with passion. Having reached his five-year anniversary, Chef Wombles says with pride that he can now officially call himself an “established” restaurateur. While a student at the University of Kentucky, in short order Wombles became more interested in extracurricular activities than class work. He made the fortuitous decision to quit school and take a job as a cook at the Merrick Inn in Lexington, an experience that provided him with the “aha” moment to visualize his future. At the urging of his family, he looked into formal culinary school, ultimately deciding on the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco over the CIA in Hyde Park, New York, largely to take advantage of California’s more temperate climes. He successfully balanced his studies and an apprenticeship with James Beard winner Chef Michael Mina at Aqua, a bastion of fine dining in the Financial District. Upon graduation, Wombles says that while he would have happily remained in San Francisco, the exorbitant cost of living helped him to make the decision to return closer to home, where his ultimate goal was to open his own restaurant. Chef Wombles rounded out his culinary repertoire under the tutelage of heralded Chef Jean Robert de Cavel at The Maisonette in Cincinnati, whose haute French cuisine garnered a record-setting 41-year streak Mobil fivestar awards that ended when the restaurant closed in 2005; at Jonathans at Gratz Park in Lexington; and at Bistro La Belle in Midway. Grateful for the insight gained at each but desiring to express his own culinary style, he began laying plans for his own place. Henry, his father (and biggest cheerleader), purchased a former lobbyist’s office on Main Street in the charming and historic town center of Midway (which was coincidentally enjoying a renaissance of sorts), and Chef Wombles enlisted the services of the late Richard Kimbrel to execute his “California contemporary” interior, which injects just enough wow factor into an otherwise Mayberry-esque environs. Henry said that one out of town client told her she felt like Dorothy when she landed in the Technicolor dream world of Oz. 81

An Heirloom logo rendered in cherry red above the entrance beacons to passersby. Inside, delicate shapes of flora and fauna on the Tord Boontje panels that hang on the walls above the tall-backed banquettes cast interesting shadows as they interact with the soft lighting at night and sunlight during the day. Speckled granite tabletops take the place of traditional white tablecloths and coordinate beautifully with the overall color palette of taupe and cream. Wedged into one corner is a backlit onyx-topped bar that casts the most flattering glow upon those gathered around. On most evenings you will find Henry in one of the seats or working the crowd with ample doses of genteel charm and an endearing ability to spin a yarn. Having browsed the menu prior to our visit, we pretty much had our selections premade, digressing only slightly after hearing the specials. Chef Wombles selected the name Heirloom to reflect his “clean� cooking style, one that he defines as using the best of what is local whenever possible and cooking everything from scratch (from the crackers on the cheese plate to the ice cream), in small quantities, so each bite is fresh and flavorful. His efforts certainly have not gone unnoticed as Heirloom was recently voted tops in the Commonwealth in three categories among users: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem and Notable Wine List. 82 83

Our meal began with the appetizer special: a picture-perfect trio of seared scallops presented on a rectangular-shaped dish and nestled in a cloud of cauliflower puree. Flavorful pesto and a sprinkling of chorizo added additional depth of flavor. Spinach salad is one of my favorite comfort foods, and I was not disappointed with Heirloom’s rendition, which was accentuated with roasted peppers, goat cheese and crispy fried onions. The simple Caesar salad was another tried-and-true favorite that was well done with just enough of the flavorful dressing mixed with crispy and well-chilled romaine. Dinner selections among our table ran the high-low gamut. I was delighted with my choice of the chile-roasted tiger prawns. Lovely to look at, the prawns were perches upon a circular, golden brown almond-jasmine rice cake and topped with a tangle of red onion frisee. This basil aioli was delectably spicy and definitely not for those who cannot take the heat coming from the kitchen. I found myself stealing more than one bite of the beef tenderloin. The porcini dry rub produced a crusty outside that provided a nice contrast to the melt-in-your-mouth medium-rare interior. To some, a burger and fries may seem out of place amongst the more rarified options, but the “Infamous Mary Burger” has quite a history and has proven to be one of the more popular staples on the menu. While you will have to ask Henry to give you the full story, the edited version is that Johnny Unitas, a friend of the family, would pay an extended visit to the Wombles twice a year at their home in Hazard and would always phone ahead to Mary, Henry’s mother, to make sure she would be serving 84

her “Mary Burgers.” After the restaurant opened, Henry searched and searched in vain for his late mother’s recipe; as he was just about to give up, his brother called and said he had found the recipe, written in their mother’s own hand. Henry told Chef Wombles not to change one iota of the ingredients or preparation method, and if it sold fine, if not they would take it off of the menu. Five years later they have sold more than 10,000 of the hand-formed patties, which are served with a generous portion of shoestring fries presented in a parchment-lined cone. Do not ask for the recipe, it is kept under lock and key. The dessert course forced me to make some tough decisions from an array of excellent choices. In the end our table split the sinfully delicious molten chocolate cake that was topped with a generous dollop of house-made ice cream and a good-as-grandma’s warm apple tart, also served with ice cream. Like he does with everyone, Henry made sure to stop by before we left to make sure everything was to our liking. “We want to make sure everyone enjoys good food and has a good time in a relaxed environment,” he said. With dad taking care of the front of the house, Chef Wombles is freed up to work his magic in the kitchen. “This is a finicky business. You only get one chance to make a lasting good impression,” said the chef. Chances are good we will be making the trip again. Heirloom Restaurant, 125 Main St., Midway, KY, 859-846-5565, Open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30am to 2pm; dinner, 5:30pm to close. Reservations are strongly recommended. sl 85

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Opening Day International Polo Club Palm Beach, Mid-Century Modern from the Huntington Museum of Art, The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, Horses of All Ages Sale at Keeneland, Lexington Art League Nude 2011 Opening Preview Party, 6pm, Loudon House, Scottsdale Classic Car Auctions,;; Palm Beach Cavallino Classic, 16th Annual Los Angeles Art Show, Exhibition Opening: Full Circle, Headley-Whitney Museum, The Lexington Philharmonic: Soul Celebration, 8pm, Singletary Center for the Arts, WUKY Heard it Through the Grapevine, 7pm, Keeneland, UK Opera Theatre presents Porgy and Bess, 7:30pm, Singletary Center for the Arts, Naples Winter Wine Festival, The Week of Chocolate in Bloomington, IN,

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UK Opera Theatre presents Porgy and Bess, 7:30pm, Singletary Center for the Arts, The Living Arts & Science Center’s 21st H’Artful of Fun, 7pm, 2201 Jaggie Fox Way, Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition, 2pm UK Singletary Center Lexington Chamber Chorale: Sing. Laugh. Love. 7:30pm, Central Baptist Church, Midsouth Eventing & Dressage Assoc. Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner, Louisville, Downtown Gallery Hop, The Lexington Philharmonic Romantic Brahms, 8pm, Singletary Center for the Arts, MSEDA Snowbird Winter Dressage show at KHP Indoor LexArts Card Shopping Week, Art in Bloom Black Tie Sponsor Gala, 7pm, The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, 21st Century Ballet presented by The Lexington Ballet, Downtown Arts Center, 89

BeMedispa Open House

BeMedispa, located in Chevy Chase Plaza, held a festive open house to celebrate their recent expansion. Existing and potential clients had the opportunity to see the new and expanded services, a unique men’s area, new treatment rooms for state-ofthe-art aesthetic and image treatments, and a gallery space exhibiting the original works of Mrs. Elizabeth Shatner.

Amy Burke

Allison Davis, Terri Johnson

Vince Da Grava, Dr. Paul Hester

Christy Wilkins, Shelley Nall.

Grant Gabbard, Ashley Gabbard, Allison Davis

Elaine Kincaid, Chasity Hester, Marie Perdue

Teresa Wallen, Dr. Paul Hester, Chasity Hester

Susan Hanna, Jill Stapleton


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Boots, Bourbon & Brew

A casual fall event held by the Lexington Cancer Foundation’s Pegasus Board, the sold out Boots, Bourbon & Brew event was held at Buster’s Backroom and Billiards. Guests enjoyed a beer and bourbon tasting, a barbeque dinner by Nova Gourmets and music by Sixty Four West.

Bethany & Byers Watt

Kristi Martin, Jamie Leveridge

Josh & Brittany Morton

Tammy Marcum, Rebecca Preece

Kelli Faulkner, Carrie Patterson

Stefani Grasse, Mansour Martha, Jasmin Martha

Sue Masson, Brenda Rice, Jamie Leveridge

Karen Bell, Pat Haynes


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Maria & Chuck Gambrell

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Molly Yandell, Sam VanMeter, Leighann Castellanos

Diabetes Gala

Central Baptist Hospital presented the 2010 Annual Diabetes Gala, held at the RJ Corman Airplane Hangar. The evening included a lavish dinner buffet, complimentary cocktails and silent auction followed by music and dancing.


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Sam & Noelle Dick, Tammie Taylor, Rick Corman

Belva & Ted Collins

Justin Harris, Kay Lay

Katrina & Gary Louckes

Emily & Marc Miller

Tom & Carolyn Threlkeld

Liz Mayers & Houston Hardy

Lytle Thomas, Lisbon Hardy, Larry Smith

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Haute off the Press

Fans of Sophisticated Living celebrated the release of the November/December issue while sipping cocktails and shopping for Holiday gifts during the Haute off the Press event, held at Voce – Salon + Boutique.


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Holly Day

The Junior League of Lexington hosted a preview party to kick off their 4th annual Holly Day Market. Nearly 100 vendors participated in the Holiday shopping extravaganza, held at the former Julia R. Ewan School. Proceeds from the event benefit the community through the nonprofit organizations supported by The Junior League.

Heather Carius, Jennifer Bennett, Casey Graves, Carrie Caulk

Pam Leet, Logan Leet, Tonya Franklin, Beth Leet

Terri Wood, Julie Ransdell, Brenda Miller, Whitney Miller Davis

Sarah Smith, Jennifer Milo

Connie Boone, Joy Robyn Fenwick

Karen DeVan, Kathryn Hill, Kara Wells

Adam & Sarah Havens


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Celebrations at St. John & Myers

St. John & Myers hosted a slew of charitable and shopping events in the months leading up to the Holidays, including a ladies afternoon to benefit Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital; a men’s shopping night and a kick-off event for the Gingerbread Houses for Hope Challenge to benefit the Makenna Foundation.

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Louis Scholz, Vina Taylor, Jenny Wurzback, Patty Breeze

Nikki Ivanchak, Olivia Scholz, Katrina Hall

Sara DeMuth

Peter Woollam, Mark Jensen, Christopher Johns

Louis & Olivia Johnson Scholz, Shelia & Greg David, Greg Baker

Jenny Wurzback, Patty Breeze


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Judith Cox, Andrew Goodala

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Beastie Ball

Jackie Banahan, Susan Neil, Dolores Hall

Elaine Speck, Jenine Gibbons, Tophan Kolkriwes

Jim & Allison Donovan, Alison & Andrew Grimes

JD Bickey, Gavin Washington, Katie Terrana, Ronnie Brown

Patrick Meyer, Jennifer Super, Billy & Erin Lanter

Sarah Sams w/Corona, Tara & Coby Adkins

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Barkaritaville was the theme of the Lexington Humane Society’s primary fundraiser – the Beastie Ball. Proceeds from the black tie and flip flops event will help the organization provide care for more than 5,000 animals each year.

Paula Anderson, Jayne Cummins

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Christina Roach, Jill Brown

Marc & Amy Mclean

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Blessing of the Hounds

Woodford Hounds Hunt Club held their annual Blessing of the Hounds behind the Centre Family Dwelling at Shaker Village. Riders and spectators braved the cold and blustery weather for the first meet of the formal season that followed the blessing.

Valerie Knowlton, Gisela & Nicolas Winegardner, Alex Winegardner

Bryan Young, Wick Hughes, Susan & Tom Jonas

Ginny Marks, Shannon Murphy, Devin Marks


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Black Stallion Literacy Foundation

Lisa Higgins-Hord, Ed Holmes, Dr. Betty Griffin, Alston Kerr, P.G. Peeples

Delma Cornett, Ketsy Fields

Mollie Jameson, Shelley Slabaugh

Lyndsey Jordan, P.G. Peeples, Becky Jordan

Kip Cornett, Cabby Boone, Marilee Varner

Abdul Muhammad, Wallace Barber, Larry Forester

Jay Crutcher, Joanne Hilliard, Ashdon Mayrehai, Boo Hardy

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A private cocktail reception was held at the Lyric Theatre for donors and supports of the Black Stallion Literacy Foundation. The Foundation helps motivate children toward successful lives by helping them discover the joys of reading and the wonders of learning through the magic of live horses and Black Stallion books by Walter Farley.

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Anne Garrott, Janice MacNeil, Dottie Maloney, Zeff Maloney

Debra Cornett, Doug Ezzell, Barry & Ann Stilz

Mollie Jameson, Cabby Boone, Laurie Mays

Dottie Maloney, Edie Green, Diane Lott

Jilee Congleton, Ellen Murphy, Kathy Hopkins

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Sandra Ballew-Baines, Alston Kerr, Moneque Beckham

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Longwood Christmas Party

Longwood Antique Woods hosted their annual Christmas party at their showroom and shop. The Whiskey Bent Valley Boys entertained the crowd with their signature sound that melds folk, country and bluegrass.

Audrey Peterman, George Gatewood, John Peterman, Vance Evans

Evelyn Owens, Ann Marie Panzica

Tom Mullinix, Cecelia Gass, Tom Westerkamp

Katelyn Sonnier, Aaron Wood

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Brenda Condo, Martha Kerrick

David Mandfield, Stephen Howard


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Stan Kerrick, Tim Condo, Gary Kleine

Lyric Theatre Reopening

Following an extensive $6million renovation, the historic Lyric Theatre, located at the intersection of East Third Street and Elm Tree Lane, opened to great fanfare. The 29,000 square-foot space includes a 540-seat theater, a multi-purpose room and space for rotating art and historic exhibits and an outdoor sculpture courtyard.

Rita Mobley, Cheryl Newberry

Jim Stokes, Susan Hill, JoAnn Czekalski, Fran Berry

P.G. Peeples, Jim Newberry

Timothy & Arlene Nance, Pamela & Timothy Murphy

Mill & Alicia Quenemoen, Karen & Mike Cox

James & Thelma Coles

Jim Carol, Carol Spence

Janice & Forde Perkins


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