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FRO M THE E D I TOR SOAK UP EVERY SECOND Unlike most of my fellow Southerners, I was honestly never the girl who cut out wedding dresses from magazines or had a “dream wedding day” planned for years. So when my now-husband proposed in 2014, I was at a loss on where to begin. Do we fly off for a destination wedding? Do we run down to the courthouse? Do we plan an over-the-top party? None of those really seemed to fit us. And, coming from a long line of cry-at-the-drop-of-a-hat family members, I was hesitant to have a showy, sappy wedding. After much brainstorming, we landed on a small (about 20 people) ceremony and a big, festive reception (about 100 people) immediately following. I’m so glad we took the time to explore what worked for us because it was the perfect choice. Once we started planning, we found that we had a few nonnegotiables: There had to be amazing food, a fun band and we had to be in the company of our favorite people. But really, the best parts of the day ended up being sipping champagne with my best ladies, having the honor of walking armin-arm with my dad down the aisle and promising forever to the dreamiest man—oh, and stealing the mic at the end of the night to sing Carly Simon's "You're So Vain”! My advice to those planning now: Soak up every second. Once my mom helped me into my dress, the whole day moved so fast. But everything slowed down as my husband and I were leaving the reception. I had held it together so well all day (not usually my strong suit) and when I was finally sitting next to him in the car, as we saw our favorite people in the world waving as we drove away, I felt completely overwhelmed with love and gratitude.

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So, as you devour our first-ever wedding issue, you’ll come across a few local love stories, the hardships they’ve overcome and the joy they’ve found. You’ll also find tips and advice from experts in the industry. But, wherever you may be in the wedding process, remember that there are no rules or expectations. There is no status quo. Just a day celebrating you, your future spouse and the love you share.

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THE BUZZ

THE REAL PEOPLE, PLACES AND EVENTS THAT SHAPE OUR COMMUNITY

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THE PULSE

A NEW WORLD OF SOUND WITH COCHLEAR IMPLANTS

FEATURES [10] PROFILE: JAMIE FORD [14] SKY SOCCER: GOALDEN OPPORTUNITY [16] THE HEFFINGERS: FINDING THE LIGHT

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THE STYLE

AN UPDATED FARMHOUSE WITH AMISH ROOTS FALL IN LOVE WITH FASHION

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THE ARTS

JULES WITH THE FLOWERS: THE FLORAL FORAGER

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THE GETAWAY

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36 HOURS IN FRANKLIN, TN

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WEDDING GUIDE

ALL THE DETAILS ON YOUR BIG DAY

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THE DISH

RECIPES FOR A SWEET & SIMPLE BRIDAL SHOWER

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THE SCENE

YOUR GUIDE TO WHAT’S HAPPENING IN AND AROUND BOWLING GREEN

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BUZZ PHOTO BY NCM MOTORSPORTS PARK

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MOTORSPORTS PARK, CI&I LAUNCH CORPORATE TRAINING PROGRAM The NCM Motorsports Park has partnered with Dr. Eric Keeling of CI&I Consulting to create Corvettes and Corporate America, a corporate training program that offers curriculum, effective communication exercises and team building activities. The program is built around an allinclusive racing experience at the Motorsports Park. “We developed the new program after learning that a lot of companies in Bowling Green are sending their executive and leadership teams out of state—and sometimes even out of the country—to various corporate training programs,” said Taylor Howard, event sales and development coordinator for the Motorsports Park. “So that's when we thought, why not utilize the world-class facility right here in their backyard?”

CITY OF BOWLING GREEN NAMES MODEL NEIGHBORHOODS

The hands-on program is an adrenaline-fueled approach to corporate training that gets employees out of the office or classroom. Training can be customized to fit business’ needs, ranging from a few hours to multiple days. Experiences include blindfolded driving, team races on the go-karts, racing head-tohead in Turbo Camaros and/or getting behind the wheel of new Corvettes on the racetrack. The program incorporates activities that assess your group's roles and emotional intelligence, as well as understanding personality strengths and weaknesses—and the activities on the Motorsports Park track put those results to the test.

Bowling Green Neighborhood & Community Services unveiled a "Model Neighborhood" designation at its 18th annual Neighborhood Builders Banquet, naming Crestmoor and Hillview Mills as its inaugural honorees. The designation is meant to recognize a neighborhood that has achieved a model level of community spirit, cooperation and communication. NCS also designated the Eloise B. Houchens Center as the recipient of its inaugural Pillar Award, designed to recognize an anchoring business or organization that enhances the appearance and vitality of a neighborhood through a high standard of upkeep and service.

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BOWLING GREEN RECEIVES BUDGET AWARD

The City of Bowling Green recently received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the Fiscal Year 2018 budget from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. This is the sixth consecutive year the City has received this award. This award represents the commitment of the community's governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the City had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device. Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories to receive the award. www.bgkyliving.com


IMAGEWEST WORKS ABROAD IN LONDON Western Kentucky University student-run advertising and public relations agency Imagewest traveled to London, England during WKU’s Winter Term on a two-week study abroad trip. The team worked with the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad during the trip and two weeks after. Through the international internship, students work together to complete a fullscale campaign for CCSA, including daily interviews, social media and print pieces.

Accompanied by the leadership team of professor Mark Simpson of LeSage, W.Va., and Imagewest manager Kara WilliamsGlenn of Graham, the internship team consisted of five WKU students: social media managers, Mindy Harrison of Franklin, and Devan Schmidt of Lexington; lead public relations coordinator, Allison O’Brien of Elizabethtown; lead multimedia creative Seth Fischer of Louisville; and multimedia creative, Eric Zimmer of Florence.

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The Medical Center at Bowling Green has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. The Medical Center was first certified in 2009 and has maintained its certification ever since. The Medical Center underwent a rigorous onsite review in October 2017. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

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BOWLING GREEN LIVING CELEBRATES DEBUT ISSUE WITH RIBBON CUTTING

THE MEDICAL CENTER AT BOWLING GREEN AWARDED ADVANCED CERTIFICATION FOR PRIMARY STROKE CENTERS

On Dec. 20, the team at Tanner Publishing Company, along with local elected officials and business leaders, celebrated Bowling Green Living’s premiere issue with a ribbon cutting at the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce. Chamber Board vice president, Steve Davis, welcomed guests and introduced Tanner Publishing founder, Jason Tanner, as well as Sarah Bishop, Bowling Green Living’s editor. Bishop gave remarks on the magazine’s mission, content and the importance of community support. Each month, readers can expect to find features on home interiors, food, travel, arts and entertainment, along with in-depth stories on local people and places.

“The Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Patrick Phelan, Executive Director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend The Medical Center for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”

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PULSE

A new world of sound

WITH COCHLEAR IMPLANTS

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The laugh of a child, the trilling of a bird, the voice of someone you love speaking to you on the phone—these are just some of the things people with hearing loss live without every day.

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earing aids can help, but just amplifying sound

benefit from the sound it receives.

with a hearing aid sometimes isn’t enough.

Cochlear implants replace the function of

Cochlear implants can help adults and children

damaged sensory hair cells in the inner ear. By

who have profound hearing loss in both ears regain

doing this, they mimic natural hearing, including

community and connection with those they love.

being able to understand speech in a noisy room.

The effect is much clearer sound than what normal

Cochlear implants are different from hearing

aids in that there is an electrode surgically inserted

hearing aids can provide.

into the inner ear, or cochlea. The electrode connects

to a processor, which is implanted behind the ear

ENT Bowling Green, says the procedure can have a

and attached to a special hearing aid. After surgery,

huge impact on patients.

patients undergo a rehabilitation process, guided

by an audiologist, where they learn how to use the

he said. "It really restores their hearing. A lot of our

implant and their brain learns how to get meaningful

patients can talk on the phone again.”

Andrew Ebelhar, M.D., an otolaryngologist with

“Cochlear implants are life-changing for people,"

If you or someone you know has profound hearing loss and is frustrated with current hearing aids, call ENT Bowling Green at 270-782-7768 to learn more about cochlear implants or visit entbg.net.

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PROFILE:

JAMIE FORD

New York Times best-selling author charms Bowling Green audience BY LINDA HITCHCOCK

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t’s no surprise to Warren County Public Library patrons that Bowling Green is often one of the best-attended stops on New York Times best-selling and award-winning authors’ major book tours. WCPL is a welcoming mecca and tourist destination for visiting writers, avid readers, aspiring writers and enthusiastic fans attending free, ticketed author events. The Bob Kirby Branch, located at 175 Iron Skillet Court, was significantly enlarged in 2014, in part to better host these successful programs, along with Friends of the Library and SOKY Book Fest fundraising book sales. Author talks are held in expandable multi-purpose meeting rooms that can accommodate several hundred patrons. Barnes and Noble staff efficiently handle on-site book sales and as a bonus, fans may (within reasonable limits: no wheeled suitcases full, please!) bring previously purchased copies of the current book or back catalog for post-talk signings. WCPL's roster of authors and presenters during the past year included Dr. Travis Stork, Hillbilly Jim and Gary P. West, Bret Baier, Greg Iles, David Bell, Karin Slaughter, Thomas George and Random House Publishers best-selling author, Jamie Ford, in November. The evening began with the planned interview, followed by an invitational meet-and-greet reception for the five WCPL book clubs. (Note: The newest one is “Get Lit: Bookish Happy Hour” and adults only, as members meet bimonthly at the Preservation Tasting Room & Bottle Shop). You could feel the love when Lisa Rice introduced Ford to the nearcapacity crowd for the main event of author talk, reading and Q&A session, followed by a book signing. It’s a rare pleasure when an admired author is as warm, friendly and charming in person as one might imagine from reading their work. Ford draws, in part, on his blended American heritage for inspiration. Paternally, he is fourth generation Chinese descendant from a Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung who arrived in 1865, then renamed himself William Ford. Maternally, a Mayflower descendant whose family came from England in 1620. He was born in Eureka, Calif., in 1968 and raised in Ashland, Ore., until age 12 when his family returned to Seattle where his grandparents resided. He has a degree in design from the Art Institute of Seattle and a well-established career culminating in creative director of advertising, specializing in tourism marketing before he began writing novels. Jamie and his wife, Leesha, now empty-nesters, reside in Great Falls, Mont., where they work, volunteer and raise their blended, self-described “Brady Bunch” family of six teenagers. His interest in fiction writing developed as he honed his skills with a handful of published short stories and by www.bgkyliving.com


attending writers workshops. Ford's 2009 debut novel, The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, ignited a stunning publishing phenomenon rarely achieved by first-time authors and yearned for by established writers, with few signs of slowing down. Proverbially, it was like hitting the lottery or batting a home run to Neptune. Rave reviews and word-of-mouth selling kept Hotel on the New York Times and other media outlet best-seller lists for two years. While relaxing before the WCPL event, Jamie learned from his publicist that his first book went into its 56th printing. It’s been translated into 35 languages, is mandatory reading for Washington high school students and has moved onto reading lists for students in other states. This multiaward winning novel was a top selection at Borders, Barnes & Noble, Costco and Target; the No. 1 Book Club Pick by the American Booksellers Association in Fall 2009/Winter 2010; a runner-up for the 2009 Langum Prize for historical fiction and the Adult Fiction honor at the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Fiction. Ford is working on two historical fiction novels; one is for young adults. Published in 2013, Songs of Willow Frost debuted at No. 11 on the New York Times Fiction Bestseller list. His current book, Love and Other Consolation Prizes, also set in Seattle, again published by Random House, Ballantine Imprint, in September is wending its way to blockbuster status. This haunting, heart-wrenching novel spans two world fairs: the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle and the 1962 Space Needle World’s Fair. Narrator, Ernest Young, is the 11-year-old Chinese orphan who is raffled off as “an item” donated by the orphanage to the exposition and won by Seattle’s most successful Madame. He spoke about the genesis of the idea for this richly woven novel. “At Seattle’s first world fair, they had themed days, and every day had a theme with a prize.," he said. On agriculture

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day, they raffled off a milking cow. On mining day, they raffled off 3,000 copper ingots. And on September 15, 1909, the day President Taft visited the World’s Fair in Seattle, it was Washington Children’s Day, and they raffled off a boy named Ernest. He was donated by the Washington Children’s Receiving Home. There was an ad in the Seattle Times advertising this giveaway and quotes by L.J. Covington, the director of the receiving home, anticipating this giveaway of a boy, and no one knows what happened to Ernest after he was claimed. I’ve always been fascinated by this story and chose to write his life story between the two World’s Fairs. In my story he is won by a woman named Florence Nettleton, better known as Madame Flora, who ran a high class parlor joint in Seattle’s vibrant red-light district.” He commented on research for this book: “I do interview people for research and I tracked down an expert on Seattle’s red light district. I flew to Seattle to meet ‘Maggie’ for coffee. I didn’t realize she is a high paid escort and also a public librarian. She was a fascinating person who changed my perception of escorts and librarians at the same time!” We sat down with Ford to pick his brain on ....

BG L : How old were you when you got your first library card?

J A MIE F O R D:

I’d say the age I was when I got my first bank account: third grade. The Ashland, Ore., Carnegie-built library and the bank (were) right across the street. I went down (with my mother), and I got my library card and then my bank account with my little blue piggy bank.

BG L : What do libraries mean to you? JF:

I met my wife in the public library, so they mean something special to me. When I was little, I was a latch-

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key kid. Both my parents worked, all my siblings worked and as a third/fourth grader, I would walk from my school up to the public library and I would just hang out until about 5:30 when my mom would pick me up. I was always immersed in books. I never minded that because I would read every book about dinosaurs and next, every book about flying saucers. It was a cool place! I’m not making this up, the first time I ever skipped school, I went to the public library. I broke up with my high school girlfriend and was all emotional and just went to the library. The library has always been my central, go-to place. I’m on the Foundation Board for Great Falls, Montana Public Library. I go to city council meetings once or twice a year and occasionally remind that one city council member why we have libraries. I’m kind of a defender of the faith about libraries.

professional. I went to Buena Vista, N.C., for a writing workshop (Hatrack River Literary Boot Camp) taught by a writer named Orson Scott Card. I went to that workshop as a writer and left as a storyteller. Just totally changed. … He rewired my brain basically with his style of what he thought was effective storytelling, and it was huge for me.

BG L : How difficult (or not) was it to get your first book published?

JF:

library?

My path to publishing was embarrassingly easy. I finished the manuscript for Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet went to Agentquery.com, began querying agents and had five offers in about 10 days. But my real struggle was with the book before Hotel. I spent four years writing another book that was going nowhere. I had to creatively and emotionally divorce myself from that book, mourn its passing and begin again with a blank page. That was my real struggle.

JF:

BG L : Best advice received from an author?

B G L: Would you share about meeting your wife at the Libraries are community hubs. I met my wife at that hotbed of swinging single’s activity known as the public library. It wasn’t single’s night or wet T-shirt night at the library, and I wasn’t hanging out in the 300 section hitting on strange women that cruise by. If you don’t remember your Dewey Decimals, the 300s are Human Sexuality. There was an open mic night where people were going to read poetry and prose, and everyone from a writers group we had each attended once were going to do it and we were the only ones who showed up. We ended up sitting together and talking. A year later, I proposed—in a book store.

JF:

Ivan Doig was a fine writer and a true gentleman. When I got my first bad review he said, “Give yourself 24 hours to wallow, if you must. Then get the hell over it.” Good advice.

BG L : Could you describe your writing routine? JF:

Probably The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. I love that book. There’s some sex in it and people lost their mind over the briefest mention of something that every 13-year-old is already thinking about, but I think it’s really important.

I work from a home office. I am morning person, so I’m usually up by 5 or 6, and I’m writing by 7. I write until about noon, take a break and walk my dogs to the river and then edit in the afternoons. I generally write in Batman pajamas and a Mariners hoodie. So, every writer is also a part-time fashion criminal. I am exactly that. The days when I take a shower at 4 in the afternoon are successful writing days. If I’ve taken a shower at like 10 in the morning then I must have writer's block or something like that. I get most of my good writing all through the winter.

B G L: Did you have a writing mentor?

BG L : When you wrote Hotel at the Corner of Bitter

B G L: What is your favorite banned book? JF:

and Sweet, did you dream it would be life-changing?

JF:

I didn’t. I had people that were super influential. My favorite authors are probably Harlan Ellison, Pat Conroy, Sherman Alexie, Amy Tan and poet Anne Sexton. I really went from being a sort of hobbyist to an aspiring possibly

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For more information on Ford, visit jamieford.com. For more information on WCPL or room reservations, visit warrenpl.org.

adventures. I’m working on a new novel which will be quite a departure from the previous books I’ve written, but I have to keep moving forward, creatively. I think that over the course of my career, readers will respect my willingness to try different things, rather than keep serving up the same story over and over. I always feel I have to give the Hotel update because that book really is doing its own thing. I basically feel that the book has a career, and I’m just along for the ride and I stole that from Pamela Anderson. Two interesting things have happened of late. About a month and a half ago, we were finally able to reveal that Hotel has been optioned for film and is now in pre-production with George Takei, Sulu in Star Trek, as executive producer. He spent four years in an internment camp. I’m hopeful the integrity of the piece is going to remain intact. The other thing that has happened with Hotel is the book is now read widely in schools—in high school, some colleges and some very intrepid middle schools. It’s so weird because I grew up and I became homework. I get emails from students because there’s no Cliffs Notes or SparkNotes!

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BG L : Which award or honor has meant the most to you?

JF:

The Asian (/Pacific) American Award for Literature is probably the most meaningful, because as a half-Chinese child growing up, I never felt Asian enough. That award was validating on a personal level. But beyond that, I’m more delighted when a high school student shares that one of my books is their favorite book of all time.

BG L : What question that have you not been asked would you like to answer? J F : A high school student asked, “What was your emotional state of mind when you wrote your first book?” I usually have a generic answer, but this time I said that my marriage had failed, I had lost both of my parents and that my world was on fire. I was heartbroken in so many ways and that writing my first book enabled me to make sense of the circus that had taken up residency in my head.

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OPPORTUNITY BY LEIGH ANN TIPTON

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Many young athletes aspire to play professionally one day. And SKY Soccer Academy has two young athletes who just might be the ones who achieve their dreams.

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his fall, Jimmy Estrada made the US Soccer Midwest Regional Olympic Development Team, earning the chance to compete in the Olympic Development Program’s Interregional event in Casa Grande, Ariz. To get there Estrada first had to try out for the state team this summer. He and Southern Kentucky Soccer Club teammate, Anthony Cano—a freshman at Warren East High School—both made the state team. They were then among a pool of 50 athletes from 14 midwestern states who tried out for the 18 available slots on the regional ODP team. Estrada made the final cut—but to have two soccer players advance to the regional team was an honor for the Academy. “In all my years of coaching, we’ve never had two kids in the same age group to be selected for the regional pool,” said Evan Sutherland, SKY Soccer's executive director of coaching, who moved to Bowling Green from Lexington to serve in the position. “And we’ve coached several All-Americans, several top athletes.” Sutherland said both athletes are intelligent players with great talent—but it’s what they do with their talent that makes them special. Both, he said, are extremely dedicated. Estrada’s work ethic is second to none. He’s not one to slack, instead preferring to give his best effort every single time. “Whether it’s a one-on-one drill or a training exercise, he accelerates the competition,” said Sutherland. “And that accelerates his team.”

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Estrada’s Warren Central High School team finished its season 23-2 and advanced to the state semifinals in Lexington in November. He has dreams of playing professionally and understands the only way to achieve that goal is to give 100 percent all the time. Making the Midwest Regional team was also a step forward in his goals.

“I want to play at a high level, so I also want to

have top competition,” Estrada said. “Being on the regional team gave me the chance to meet new friends from different states, as well as new coaches, and the competition was at a high level. I want to see my dreams come true and I know I must compete against others at a high level to succeed.”

While Cano is also a hard-worker, Sutherland said

it’s his vision on the field that really sets him apart.

“He can see three to four moves ahead,” Sutherland

said. “Anthony’s vision is what changes the game for us.”

Cano is also left-footed, which enabled him to

play side-by-side with Estrada on last year’s team. The dynamic duo helped their team to the Midwest Regional League title with a 5-1-1 record. The league has three tiers through which teams progress—and the league title secured their spot in the Premier II league for the upcoming spring season. The goal for the upcoming season is to earn a spot in the Disney Soccer Showcase, where professional and college coaches from around the country come to scout players. FEBRUARY 2018

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At first glance, Jessica and Josh Heffinger don’t look like people who have experienced tragedy, but it was out of tragedy that their ministry was born. The Heffingers started Glory Baby Ministry in February 2017. The ministry takes donated formal gowns and turns them into burial and memorial gowns and wraps for stilbirths and infant loss. It’s a personal cause for the Heffingers. On Dec. 3, 2010, the couple went to the doctor’s office for an ultrasound. Jessica was 21 weeks along in her first pregnancy. She had already had an ultrasound to check the gender. The Heffingers knew they were having a girl— they’d name her Riley—and had already had a baby shower.

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It wasn’t long into the visit when the Heffingers realized something was wrong. The doctor confirmed that Riley was dead and told the couple they would have to induce labor. Their faces still wet with tears, the Heffingers walked through the waiting room where other expectant mothers sat to get to the hospital. “I kept still trying to have hope, like, ‘Maybe they’re wrong. Maybe she’ll be fine,’ ” Jessica said. “It really didn’t hit me until she came out.” Afterward, the couple felt overwhelmed with questions the hospital staff asked them, such as if they wanted an autopsy or a funeral service. “We just told the hospital, ‘You can take care of her.’ And that’s one thing we regret, that we didn’t have some memorial to her or a tribute to her,” Josh said. The Heffingers returned home to baby shower gifts. Jessica asked her husband to put the gifts away. The loss of Riley affected the couple’s faith and marriage. “I feel like our faith got us through this, but we still had questions. Like, ‘How could this happen? Are we being punished?’ ” Josh said. In 2011, the Heffingers had had a healthy baby girl, followed by two miscarriages in 2013. Now, they have a lively household with three little girls, a high chair pulled up to the kitchen table, baby dolls and other toys regularly clutched in tiny hands. Jessica said every pregnancy is scary, but they now know they are not alone in suffering the loss of an infant. Glory Baby Ministry strives to support other grieving parents. “We’ve done our research, and we’re trying to give the parents the best experience they can have in

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the worst situation,” Josh said. The Heffingers prayed about whether or not they should start the ministry—modeled after a similar ministry called God’s Littlest Angels in Owensboro. They went forward with it, and donations of formal dresses, money and time ramped up in March. The Heffingers realized that the loss of an infant must have touched countless people throughout the community. “It’s become a stigma to talk about (miscarriage and still birth), and we’re trying to change that,” Jessica said. The Heffingers talk about Riley to their three daughters and continue to celebrate Riley’s birthday, although their oldest is the only one who currently understands who Riley was. Still, the Heffingers emphasized that friends and family should respect how much or little parents want to talk about their experience. Parents receive a bag with a gown or wrap and a keepsake with the ministry’s logo and space on the back to write the baby’s information. Every wrap and gown comes with a lamb charm sewn on it because “it means the babies are in the Shepherd’s arms,” Jessica said. The Heffingers want to effect a positive change in the community. “Our daughter (Riley) has changed a lot of things in our lives and other people’s lives,” Jessica said. “Seven years ago, we were asking, ‘Why? Why? Why?’ Well, seven years later and we’re seeing why.” The couple hope the ministry will grow and help other parents grieving the loss of a baby. “We don’t feel like God caused (Riley’s death) to happen for this reason (of creating the ministry), but

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instead that God is using that through us to shed some light on a horrible situation,” Josh said. Karolee McBride, of Franklin, has been a seamstress with Glory Baby Ministry since October. She said she feels like the ministry is her calling. McBride’s daughter miscarried a baby several years ago. “I’m grateful I can be a part of this ministry,” McBride said. “I’m at the age where I’m just tired of the busy life and people not caring, and I just wanted to touch someone.” A lifelong seamstress, McBride said she enjoys making the gowns, but knowing where the gowns are going makes her feel blessed. “Creating a beautiful gown is just a bonus. I get to make something that’s priceless,” McBride said. Columbia resident Shelby Hatcher’s son died in June

when Hatcher was 16 weeks along in the pregnancy. Like Jessica, Hatcher had to be induced. Hatcher said she worried her baby was so small that she wouldn’t be able to find something to bury him in. But then she received a wrap from Glory Baby Ministry. “I felt a lot better,” Hatcher said. “It was closure knowing that he had something to be buried in.”

Although the emotional pain persists, Hatcher said she

takes comfort knowing that Jessica is still there for her and understands.

“It’s really made a difference to me and my husband,

for sure,” Hatcher said. “I’m grateful for her and her ministry."

How can you help? Glory Baby Ministry accepts gowns in any color other than red, as well as ribbon, flannel, fleece and white Kona cotton. The ministry also needs more skilled seamstresses, quilters and volunteers for marketing, mail delivery, laundromat drop-off and pick-up and other tasks. The ministry also needs a host site to store donated items and hold meetings. Glory Baby Ministry’s local drop-off center is the Hope Center for Biblical Counseling at Living Hope Baptist Church. Other donations can be made to P.O. Box 50244, Bowling Green, KY, 42102. Visit the ministry's Facebook page for more information.

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An Updated Farmhouse

With Amish Roots BY NATALIE MARTIN

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ipping fresh coffee on the porch, feeling the crisp breeze

something that would be uniquely theirs.

and watching the farm animals roam around brings a

peacefulness not offered anywhere else. Matt and Kim

countryside and were instantly charmed. The 2,400 square

They came across a farmhouse nestled in the Smiths Grove

Clark longed for those countryside mornings.

foot, two-story home sat on 14 acres of farmland. The clothes

hanging on the line and chickens roaming the yard sold them

When the Clarks moved to Bowling Green from San Diego,

Calif., they had dreams of starting a new life in the country.

before they ever stepped inside the house.

One that contrasted the fast-paced West Coast city and

As charming as the space was, it needed some updates to

instead offered a restful, quaint environment that they could

make it suitable for the Clarks. The farmhouse was built and

retreat to and invite others to enjoy as well. A place where

owned by an Amish family, which meant it was carefully crafted.

their children could have the freedom and space that would

encourage creativity and adventure.

but was lacking modern-day amenities like bathrooms and a

kitchen. There was no electricity or plumbing. The floor plan

“We desperately wanted a home that was away from the

Built for efficiency and simplicity, the home had great bones

hustle and bustle, where we could just breathe,� Kim said.

was simple and only needed a few changes like turning the

pantry into a bathroom and the canning room into the laundry

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Matt was excited about the opportunity

this bare-boned home offered.

authentic life. One that friends, families,

marriages and societies grew and thrived

“As soon as I walked in, I began to map

out everything,” he said. “There was a lot

in."

of space to work with, so I had a lot of

freedom to design.”

pairs natural elements like hardwood

He

saw

the

natural,

weathered

hardwood floors and large windows as the perfect canvas for his vision. The biggest project was the kitchen. The Clarks wanted to preserve the rustic nature of the space while creating a clean, comfortable and open atmosphere. A once empty room now boasts custom cabinetry and stunning matte marble countertops. In the center of the kitchen sits a large island, which has become the most communal part of the

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sort of back to basics, natural, rustic and

The once pantry now turned bathroom

floors and shiplap with antique accents to give it a true farmhouse aesthetic. The living room has a beautiful backdrop of built-in bookshelves with window seats, a decision made to not only create more storage but to encourage everyone who walks in the room to grab a book and have a seat.

Items made by the Clarks' sons, like

the gray-washed coffee table and rustic Kentucky painting, along with curtains

home.

made by Kim, are integrated into the home

showing just how personal this space is.

“We have this huge house, but we

always end up gathered around the island

snacking, cooking and chatting,” Kim said.

that can offer a peaceful atmosphere to

our friends and family," Kim said. "Where

Matt loves how the design of their

“We are so grateful that we have a place

home reflects his family’s values.

we can have plenty of space for family

“This home really embodies our

gatherings with our children and their

simple and minimalist vision," he said. "A

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THE

STYLE

Hey, y’all! My name is Andrea Hampton. To quickly introduce myself, I'm a flight nurse and fashion blogger here in

Fall in love with

FASHION BY ANDREA HAMPTON // FLIGHTSANDFASHION.COM

Bowling Green. I’ve utilized the love for my career and obvious obsession for fashion as inspirations to start my blog, Flights and Fashion. I’m thrilled to be partnering with Bowling Green Living! Each month, I'll be styling and detailing some of the latest fashion trends, as well as collaborating with local boutiques in the Bowling Green area to showcase these trends. So, let's get started! With February upon us, love is certainly in the air. Whether you have a wedding, bridal shower or Valentine’s date in the forecast, I'm here to help you dress the part, looking your best while doing so. This month, I have teamed up with Back Down South to show you a few selective ways to dress for the previously mentioned occasions. When it comes to fashion and style in Bowling Green, Back Down South has your wardrobe needs covered. A laid back atmosphere with friendly faces, this downtown treasure will have you coming back again and again for all your fashion essentials.

Romper: $59 Earrings: $28

Back Down South | 433 Park Row | 270-904-5779

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The first piece is a lace burgundy romper. Some may think that rompers are just a summer staple, but depending on the sleeve length, rompers can be worn year-round. Rompers are one of my favorite articles of clothing to wear, as they create a bold, yet flirty statement. The intricate lace detailing of this particular one is perfect for a Valentine’s Day date. When it comes to Valentine’s Day, I like to dress in a warm color palette, wearing hues in the pink and red family. The deep burgundy color of this romper is vibrant, rich and seasonally appropriate, especially for the day of love.

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If you're looking for a great staple piece that can be worn for a variety of occasions, look no further than a shift dress. Shift dresses are generally roomy, literally shifting with the movements of your physique. The great thing about shift dresses is that they work well with most body types and are great at disguising problem areas. They can be worn casually or dressed up with the right accessories, such as a statement necklace or dangly earrings. These hot pink, tiered tassel earrings are the cherry on top, adding a pop of color that’s a perfect finishing touch. You can also pair this type of dress with flats, boots, heels or even sandals.

Dress: $61 Tassel Earrings: $28

Jumpsuit: $69

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This black, lace jumpsuit is ideal for a black-tie wedding, gala or formal evening event. Jumpsuits are a fun, unique article of clothing that have grown in popularity over the past few years. Just like with rompers, jumpsuits create a statement and will amplify your fashion game. This particular jumpsuit has a beautiful open back and lace detailing that add femininity to its structured shape. Lastly, an ensemble is not complete without accessories. Kendra Scott drop earrings are subtle but still make a statement, featuring romantic details on a metallic frame.

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Now, let's talk about a girl’s best friend: accessories. No outfit is complete without accessories. Back Down South is the exclusive Kendra Scott jewelry vendor in the area. Whether you want something simple to top off a look, or a bold piece that steals the show, Kendra Scott has a jewel for every occasion. Each piece is artfully designed with a true unique feel. With metals ranging from gold to silver and sparkling gems in every color of the rainbow, I’m sure you'll find the perfect piece of jewelry that speaks to you.

Kendra Scott Earrings: $50 Stackable Rings: $85

This next romper is all about the intricate details. A statement sleeve is ideal for injecting a little drama into your outfit, and this particular romper showcases a statement sleeve perfectly. Bell sleeves are on-trend, and embracing them is a great way to look fashionforward without stepping too far out of your comfort zone. This wide sleeve look is reminiscent of the flared style of the '70s but with a modern update that keeps this vibe fresh and fun.

Romper: $60 Crossbody Purse: $75 Earrings: $30

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Leopard print has survived the test of time, and history has proven it will always be in style. As far as prints and patterns are concerned, leopard is on the same playing field as stripes and plaid. Season after season, the best way to make an outfit pop is by adding this wild print—whether that be in the form of a purse, jacket, shoes or a dress. In my opinion, you can never go wrong with a little bit of leopard. This print is fun, flirty and demands attention. So hey, honey, take a walk on the wild side!

Dress: $87 Leopard Shoes: $50 Earrings: $42

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Bowling Green Maker: Jules with the Flowers

BY CRYSTAL BOWLING

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THE FLORAL FORAGER E

verything is coming up roses for Jules

unique arrangements with character and a natural

Neely. Starting her business out of her

charm that both traditional and eclectic clients will

home, Neely is experiencing success while

love.

creating beautifully handcrafted floral arrangements

with her brand: Jules with the Flowers.

is using different color combinations," Neely said. "I

like to branch out of the ordinary with it, and I think

“I majored in horticulture [at Western Kentucky

“One of my favorite things about doing flowers

University] and got a part-time job at a local florist,

that attracts people to what I’m doing."

and just loved it,” Neely says on her beginnings in

the floral industry.

with the Flowers is creating the arrangements.

She struck out on her own in early 2017, working

Finding inspiration from nature, Neely likes to add

from her home as she established a name for herself.

natural touches to take a bouquet from ordinary to

Now, she has a studio space to put together her

completely extraordinary.

It’s no wonder that her favorite part of Jules

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For more information, call or text 502-303-4050 or email juleswiththeflowers@gmail.com. Her beautiful arrangements can be viewed on her Instagram and Facebook (@juleswiththeflowers).

Neely makes arrangements for many different occasions

of her job.

and is always excited to work on weddings. She likes to get

to know her brides in a consultation and learn what they

family and friends in assisting her, whether it be emptying

are looking for in their floral arrangements. Thanks to

buckets, riding with her to a venue or just keeping her

technology, brides can easily share their Pinterest boards

company at the studio while she works.

as well as stay in contact with Neely via text as the wedding

date approaches. Neely is quick to let her brides know that

said. “She’s the most creative person I’ve ever met. She can

she likes to add a “wildflower and foraged” feel to her

do anything.”

arrangements, and is always excited when a bride only has

a color scheme in mind or is open to ideas where flowers

help and inspiration in the women and designers that she

are concerned. Wanting her arrangements to look their

has been following on social media. She is highly active on

best, Neely searches for flowers that will look their most

social media and has even built relationships with some of

stunning the week of a wedding and looks for different

the designers she has admired. Neely recommends finding

elements to make each arrangement special.

people that inspire creativity, even if it’s not in a similar

field.

“I want them to be excited to get the flowers, and I

Neely has a strong support system and credits her

“My mom is my No. 1, my rock and best friend,” Neely

In addition to her family and friends, Neely finds her

want it to be an experience,” Neely said. Receiving photos

from her clients of their arrangements in their planned

brighten someone’s day, Jules Neely knows the truth: “It

spot or in the arms of the bride is the most rewarding part

matters when people send flowers.”

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THE

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GETAWAY

N T , n i l k n a r F n i 36 HOURS

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pend a weekend among historic sites, delicious meals and country music stars. Franklin, Tenn., is just a 25-minute drive from Nashville, but it’s a whole other world. From a main street full of art galleries, shops and more to plantations steeped in the history of the Civil War to some of the newest, up and coming musicians, there is something to be found in Franklin for every person.

Friday

3 p.m. – Main Street Living Get a feel for historic Franklin by traveling down Main Street. Beautiful historic buildings that have been lovingly preserved play home to art galleries, boutiques and restaurants. One of the most impressive sights is the Franklin Theatre. Built in 1937, this building has endured the test of time. In addition to showing movies, the Franklin Theatre also offers live music and plays. Visit White’s Mercantile for unique and eclectic finds, stop in Avec Moi for antique shopping at all price points 30 BOWLING GREEN LIVING

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and pop into Heart and Hands for Tennessee-made items and gifts.

7 p.m. – Dish It Out While still on Main Street, grab a bite of dinner at Gray’s on Main. Originally housing the Gray Drug Company, the gorgeous Victorian building now serves up just what the doctor ordered … especially if the doctor ordered delicious Southern food made with locally grown ingredients. Providing seasonal cocktails and a varied menu, Gray’s on Main is an excellent choice for any group and occasion.

10 p.m. – A Night on the Town For live music wrapped in that historic Franklin charm, look and listen no further than Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant. This venue offers local musicians a chance to entertain locals and tourists alike. Enjoy a drink or a late night snack while the talent takes the stage. www.bgkyliving.com


Saturday

9 a.m. – Go Nuts for Donuts Whether there’s a sweet tooth in the party or not, Five Daughters Bakery is sure to satisfy every single taste bud. Located on Franklin Road and part of The Factory at Franklin, this sweet little family-owned shop is home to the 100 Layer Donut. Not a donut fan? Never fear. They also offer a breakfast menu with biscuits, eggs and more, all made with love, care and high standards.

11 a.m. – The Factory Standard The Factory at Franklin is truly a unique experience. Built in 1929 to serve as, well, a factory (Dortch Stove Works, Magic Chef, Jamison Bed Company), this complex has been renovated to provide visitors with shopping, dining, live shows and more all within historic factory buildings. Visit Luna Record Shop to pick up that favorite album on vinyl, CR-71 to find the perfect and funky décor piece for a home or office and Artisan Guitars to take that Americana and country sound back home.

1 p.m. – A Slice of New York in Tennessee While at The Factory, pop into MAFIAoZA’s Pizzeria & Neighborhood Pub for authentic New York pizza. Even though it aims for that 1920s New York vibe, MAFIAoZA’s provides an atmosphere for kids and adults alike while

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7 p.m. – Dinner and a Show Previously featured on the Food Network’s “Best of Baker’s Show,” Merridee’s Breadbasket makes their food from scratch and to order. Stop in at dinnertime for a sandwich hot off the grill, with options ranging from the classic Reuben to a grilled portobello mushroom sandwich to their apple bacon panini to many other options. And be sure not to skip dessert! Icebox pie, brownies or cake … all are perfect choices. Enjoy the meal while Merridee’s proudly presents some of Nashville’s most talented artists and songwriters to their stage.

9 p.m. – Picking on Tennessee What trip to Tennessee would be complete without a little bit of pickin’? Visit The Legendary Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor for a night featuring local talent and artists on the rise. John Prine, Nanci Griffith and Pokey LaFarge have all taken the stage in this truly unique venue. Located in The District, Kimbro’s is an award-winning music venue made out of a former neighborhood store and a Victorian cottage. Offering late night food, drinks and an atmosphere like no other, Kimbro’s is not a place to miss.

Sunday

10 a.m. – Munch on Some Brunch

offering specialty pizzas (whole or by the slice), mouthwatering pastas and decadent desserts. Finding another authentic New York pizzeria in the area? Fuhgeddaboudit.

3 p.m. – Living History Step back in time for a tour of the Carter House and the Carnton. Built in the late 1820s, both of these homes bore witness to one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, the Battle of Franklin. Today, these homes are available to tour and for visitors to learn the history of the people who lived there. Specialty tours are available, including a walking tour of the battlefield and a tour that focuses on the institution of slavery and of the enslaved people at both homes. 32 BOWLING GREEN LIVING

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Located on Main Street, 55 South is the place to find quintessential southern comfort food that pairs just right with a mimosa or bloody mary. Inspired by the tastes along Interstate 55, which runs from Memphis to New Orleans, 55 South offers some of the southern greats. Try the chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, or for those truly brave at heart, the killer breakfast tacos.

Other Attractions

Have some extra time and need some big city living? Nashville is just a short drive north with many attractions. Catch a Nashville Predators hockey game at Bridgestone Arena, tour the historic Ryman Auditorium or discover the next big country act at one of the many honky-tonks down Broadway.

Lodging

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PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

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ow in its fourth year, Romance at the RailPark—hosted by the Historic RailPark & Train Museum—is set for Feb. 10, 11 and 14. At this annual fundraiser, guests enjoy an elegant dinner in the Duncan Hines Dining Car, along with a cash wine bar, live music from a harpist or pianist, a clothing fashion display from Kenzie Parker Boutique and a complimentary romantic movie in the RailPark’s private theater with popcorn and sodas. Each year, funds raised from the event enable the RailPark to continue its mission of restoring and preserving rail cars. Funds are used for ongoing maintenance on current rail cars on exhibit. Bowling Green plays a major role in the state’s transportation history—from steamboats to interstates to, of course, the railroad. Built in 1925, the current L&N Depot at one time saw the departure of more than 20 trains per day, positioning itself as a major hub for Bowling Green’s economic development. The Historic Railroad Committee— now called the Friends of L&N Depot—was formed to acquire authentic, historic railroad cars for display at the Bowling Green Louisville and Nashville Depot. This all-volunteer, nonprofit group provides a venue for tourism and education within the framework of a beautifully ornate building, steeped in a rich history. The museum recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary. Behind the museum lies 450 feet of track displaying an E8 Engine, a Railroad Post Office Car, the Duncan Hines Diner—a 1949 Pullman diner, the

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Towering Pine—a 1953 Pullman Sleeper, the 353 Presidential Office Car—the personal car of the president of the L&N built in 1911 and a Chessie Class C-27 caboose. The first cars were installed in May 2002, and community volunteers have worked hard to restore them to their original splendor. The cars are available for guided tours and rentals. Inside, the museum displays galleries showcasing cultural and historical exhibits. Dinner tickets for Romance at the RailPark are $119 per couple and include choice of beef bourguignon, champagne chicken or shrimp scampi. All dinners include a salad and honey-drizzled croissant along with a dessert choice of chocolate opera cake or strawberry cake. Appetizers and rose bouquets may be added to any package. Guests also receive a complimentary keepsake photo of their dining experience on the train car. The cash wine bar hosted by Reid’s Livery Winery is a fairly new addition to the event. Owners Rex Reid and Diane Reid will be on-site to offer tastings and to answer questions. Over the years, Romance at the RailPark has grown to offer eight reservation times due to the event’s growing popularity and high demand. Seating options include: Saturday, Feb. 10 at noon, 4 p.m., 6 p.m. or 8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. or 4 p.m.; Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. RailPark Theater movie times include: Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11 at 2:15 p.m.; and Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The RailPark encourages guests to make reservations in January by calling 270-745-7317 or visiting www.historicrailpark.com. Ticket purchase will guarantee a reserved table for two, four or six. Museum, gift shop and rail car tours proceeds contribute to the continuation of the goals and efforts to produce an interactive museum of Smithsonian quality, the ongoing restoration efforts on the rail cars, as well as the cost of research, construction, maintenance and acquisition of artifacts within the displays, exhibits and galleries. www.bgkyliving.com


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A Magical

Military

Wedding BY SARAH BISHOP

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oseph and Erika (then-Davis) Leonhardt met in

there for the day for work and had to leave that night. So,

Newport, R.I., while training to become military

I had no idea he was going to propose. I figured he would

lawyers at Naval Justice School.

only do that if he could stay for the entire weekend. I just

Over a year later, their love has spanned multiple coasts,

thought he was there to surprise me for dinner. He asked

thousands of miles and cross-country moves, leading them

if we could see the sunset before we had dinner since I had

to their wedding day on Dec. 9, 2017, at The Venue at 939

been wanting to see it at Sunset Cliffs. So, we drove over to

Adams.

Sunset Cliffs, and that's where he not only surprised me by

Erika, a Navy JAG officer, is originally from

saying he would be staying for the entire weekend but also

Reynoldsburg, Ohio, currently stationed in San Diego,

asked me to spend the rest of my life with him as soon as

Calif., and Joseph, a Marine officer, hails from Bowling

the sun was setting.”

Green and is stationed in Quantico, Va.

on opposite coasts, which for them, meant lots of dinner

“Our family church is in Bowling Green, so we really

Even after their engagement, the two were still stationed

wanted to be married in that church,” Erika said. "And, the

dates over Skype.

Venue at 939 Adams had the atmosphere we were looking

“Sometimes we order each other's favorite food, and

for—gorgeous wood floors, brick walls and lighting. The

other times we cook together,” they said.

Venue's staff was incredibly helpful, too, especially since

we were planning an out of state wedding.”

they both had an inkling that the other might be “the

Joseph proposed on Aug. 11, 2017, when he surprised

one,” Joseph noted a special night when Erika traveled

his almost-bride-to-be by flying to San Diego, where she

overnight to Quantico to see him. She coordinated with

was stationed.

his friends and showed up at a diner for lunch to surprise

him.

“He planned with some of my friends to have me meet

When asked if there were any moments early on where

them at a restaurant for dinner,” Erika said. “As I walked

up to the hostess table to get my table, Joseph came up

beautiful woman was the one God chose for me,” he said.

from behind me and surprised me. He said he was only

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by taking her out to a romantic dinner at the Trump Hotel

restaurant in Washington, D.C., when she first visited him

few things to remember to make the most of your day.

after Naval Justice School.

“He remembered that the Old Post Office Tower in

with the wedding planning; they are the ones who will

D.C. used to be my absolute favorite place to go,” she said.

make your day magical.”

“When he realized the Trump Hotel's restaurant was in the

The marriage: “Don’t just focus on planning the

renovated portion of the Old Post Office, he took me there

wedding, which only lasts one day, but remember to focus

so I could still be in my favorite spot. It was as though

on planning for the marriage, which lasts a lifetime.”

my favorite spot was never gone, but was only renovated

and made better since we were able to create new memories

details. The day will truly be a blur with all of the fun an

there over dinner. After that, I had one of those striking

excitement. So, think of the main priority for your big day

moments where I realized I couldn't imagine taking on life

and focus your effort on accomplishing that—not every

with anyone else but with Joseph.”

tiny wedding detail."

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For those in the wedding planning stages, Erika has a The people: “Always appreciate everyone who is helping

The details: “As a bride, don't worry about the small

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B OOKING YOUR BARN WEDDING ELKINS GROVE

The idea for Smiths Grove event venue Elkins Grove started with a middle school dance.

with shiplap and a perfect blend of antique furniture and modern amenities—a nod to the barn’s country-chic aesthetic. Invite makeup artists, hair stylists and your

A couple years ago, owner Miranda Elkins offered to host her son’s sixth-grade dance in the family farm’s tool shed. Little did she know, it would lead to the construction of a multi-building venue on the farm. "After the dance, everyone posted pictures," Miranda said. "And we started getting contacted by people wanting to rent our tool shed for events."

best gals to get glam in front of the several mirrors and makeup stations. Unique to this venue, the bridal suite also houses six twin-sized bunk beds, which is ideal if you or your crew plan to spend the night. Rustic meets sleek in the Elkins Grove grooms’ suite, stocked with leather couches, TVs and gaming consoles.

Elkins Grove is a working farm tucked away in the quiet, idyllic Smiths Grove countryside. The venue offers a true barn wedding experience, with all-inclusive amenities and decor options.

With each event, whether it be a wedding reception, a

Venue amenities include tables, chairs, linens, a fire pit, s’mores bar, open kitchen and appliances, dance floor, golf cart, serving tables including a barn wood cake or gift table, cocktail tables, indoor restrooms, patio heaters, 10x20 canopy tent and pond with sprinkler.

that each bride is different—some seek guidance in

simple ceremony, a bridal or baby shower or corporate gathering or picnic, Miranda’s mission is to deliver an amazing experience for her clients. She also understands planning the details, while others want their venue to have a more hands-off approach. Therefore, she provides as much or as little assistance as her clients desire. Elkins Grove also prides itself on maintaining strong relationships with other local vendors, from

Miranda also offers a variety of decorations such as outdoor barn wood ceremony benches, pergola with chandelier and decor, full-sized whiskey barrels, antique couch and chair, wood table slabs, chalkboards and easels, along with wedding signs.

caterers to florists to musicians, and can offer guidance and recommendations helping you find just the right fit. Additional on-site technology and speciality items include a sound system, cordless and lapel mics, wall projector for

Most bookings allow for complete access and use of the property for the entire week before your special day. This flexible schedule allows couples and their families, friends or team of wedding planners or assistants plenty of time to set up, decorate and prepare. In fact, having access to the property that entire week could even cut down on rehearsal dinner costs. What better location to host your rehearsal dinner than the exact location you plan to walk down the aisle?

DVDs, Gobo projector for dance floor, horse and carriage and wedding planning and coordination services. “Elkins Grove left me speechless,” said Jordan and Dakota, who were married at the venue in April. “Everything was perfect from our rehearsal to the big day. They have everything you could possibly need and more. The outside area with the benches and the pergola were so beautifully set up for our nighttime April wedding. … It

The venue also offers beautifully-styled bridal and grooms’ suites, separate of course. The bridal suite is equipped

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Big Day A L L T H E D E TA I L S O N YO U R

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hat long-awaited day is finally here. As your family and friends gather, they will notice all the details that were so carefully coordinated by you and many talented vendors. The church bells will chime; the groom will anticipate the first glimpse of his bride; and finally, the doors will swing wide, the bride will be revealed and the months of planning and preparation will collaborate for this momentous occasion. Traditionally, this day is full of fun, family and friends, but every couple can attest that there are always a few surprises. By using a simple checklist, you can plan for hiccups and avoid stress that would distract you from what is really important on your special day.

FOR THE WEDDING PART Y Planning for pictures of the wedding party before the ceremony can save valuable time between exchanging vows and the reception; otherwise you keep your guests waiting. Most of your wedding party will probably be hungry, but few will remember to eat. Arranging for the wedding party to munch on snacks or a small meal before getting dressed for the ceremony can prevent staining any wedding attire, and keep your wedding party happy instead of "hangry." Other tips to keep in mind: • Distribute an itinerary to bridesmaids and groomsmen to keep scheduled events running on time • Designate one person outside the wedding party that you can call to run last-minute errands • Make arrangements to have someone deliver the wedding gown to the dry cleaners and return the tuxedo to avoid late fees

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PL AN AHEAD WITH A PL AN "B" When an unexpected change happens, the day of the wedding is not the time to sort through options. Having a Plan B in place instead of creating one in a moment of crisis can be the difference between having a stress free day and a major meltdown. On an eventful day filled with so much emotion. it can be difficult to address last-minute changes. By having extra copies of important music, vows, speeches and contact info for vendors you can save time and frustration when things do not go as planned.

FOR THE BRIDE It is important to keep the bride's list of things to remember to a minimum, as most of her day should be spent stressfree. A typical checklist for a bride on her wedding day should include beauty, dress and first aid kits. Along with the dress, jewelry, makeup and shoes, there are a few extra things to pack with you for last minute touchups. Hairspray and bobby pins, nail polish, a sewing kit with white thread, double-sided tape, scissors, static guard, Q-tips, baby powder and tweezers will allow you to handle hair and wardrobe malfunctions. You may want to reapply deodorant, perfume, chapstick and lotion. Packing band aids, Tylenol, and a pair of more comfortable shoes for the reception will allow you to dance the night away pain free.

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FOR THE GROOM Because the groom tends to have a little more free time before the ceremony, he can focus on remembering important things like the rings, the marriage certificate and envelopes with tip money for vendors. A few extras like lint rollers, a steamer, batteries and lighters are also good to add to the groom's list.

FOR THE HONEYMOON Prepare a bag with passports, hotel and reservation information and travel tickets, so that when it is time to leave you are ready to ride off into the sunset, happily ever after. Most importantly, take a deep breath and remember that today is your day to celebrate two lives coming together to make a difference in the world around them. No small mishap can change the fact that your love is worth celebrating.

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A MODERN ESTATE WEDDING

TREY & KACI, COPELAND FILM COMPANY

IRONWOOD

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uilt in 1852 by U.S. Sen. Joseph Underwood and his bride, Ironwood Farm is a beautiful pre-Civil War estate nestled on 500 acres surrounded by rolling hills and the open sky. Available for bookings year-round, the estate’s thoroughbred horse barn is ideal for weddings, corporate events, church gatherings, picnics or concerts. Its floors are made of brick pavers, and the center of the barn houses wood ceilings that lead to a lighted cupola. A nod to its storied past are former thoroughbreds stalls that can be used for dining, cake-cutting or other activities. All packages include tables and chairs to seat 250 guests, along with cocktail tables, linens, copper top bars and a custom arbor. The venue provides well-designed bridal and groom suites, a DJ compatible sound system, restrooms, a full prep kitchen and paved parking. Just minutes from downtown Bowling Green and Interstate 65, Ironwood is truly where rich history meets modern amenities.

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t Copeland Film Company, we specialize in wedding videography and event videography. We are a Bowling Green, Ky., based husband and wife team who love working with couples to capture their special day on film. We believe that you deserve a quality love story film for your own, unique love story. Our promise to you is to bring you more than a documentation of dress details—we want to create a one of a kind video that captures who you are as a couple—your personalities, your friendships, your families. Your wedding day is important, exciting, emotional (and kind of crazy, too) and we want you to be able to relive it over and over again as the incredible day that it is. Love, Trey + Kaci

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CHOOSING A VENUE BY ANGIE MOSLEY, HIGHLAND STABLES

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ongratulations on your engagement! Such an exciting time in your life. Now you're asking yourself, "What do I do first?" Many would agree the first step in the planning process is choosing your venue. Call or email potential venues to set up an official visit. While visiting, you should be able to meet the staff and get an overall feel if the space is right for you and your nuptials. And most importantly, you should be able to get your questions answered. A few things to keep top of mind during your visit. BUDGET if you love the venue but it’s out of your price range, ask if there are any options. Many venues offer reduced rates on weekdays and Sundays. DATE Are you at all flexible with your date? Many venues book at least a year to two years out. ST YLE This is often the deciding factor. If you desire a rustic, romantic setting but you're touring a modern, sleek space you can most likely cross that one off your list.

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IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK THE VENUE 1. What is your pricing? Exactly what is included in that price? 2. How many people does the space accommodate? 3. Is there separate seating for ceremony and reception areas? 4. Is there ample parking on-site? 5. If the ceremony is outside, do you have a backup plan for bad weather? 6. Do you have dressing rooms or lounges to get ready in? 7. Are there ample restrooms for guests? 8. Will there be someone on-site during your event? 9. Do you have a preferred vendor list? Are you required to use them? 10. What is the deposit? Payment schedule? Cancellation policy? I hope these questions and tips help you choose the perfect venue for your most special day!

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S CULP TING YOUR WAY TO THAT SPECIAL DAY BARRE CO.

Trim. Tuck. Tone. That’s what the leading ladies at Barre Co. promise through their innovative, full-body fitness routine. But, clients receive so much more than sculpted arms, a lean middle, lifted seat and toned thighs. Regulars can expect to find a tribe of women (and a few men, too!) who encourage each other to be the strongest, healthiest versions of themselves. Barre Co.’s technique is rooted in a fusion of full body strength-training moves including upper body exercises, thigh exercises, seat exercises, and a focus on controlled breath. Instructors use a variety of postures that create a neutral spine alignment, which pulls the naval in and the hips up. While holding the posture, you move in small, isometric movements to create resistance within the body. The smaller the move and the tighter the squeeze, the harder you work. Each class (ranging from 30 minutes to 55) is broken into sections that focus on toning your core, sculpting your arms, lifting your glutes and tightening your thighs. Stretching between each section and at the end of class gives your body time to rest, while creating long, lean muscles that prevent bulk. Owners Danielle Smith and Jennifer Travelsted founded Barre Co. in 2010 when they opened their first studio in Bowling Green. Since then, they have licensed four other studios and continue to promote the expansion. "Since opening eight years ago, we still have the same mission as we did then," said Travelsted. "We wish to provide a personalized experience for each individual client no matter the fitness goal, size or age. Our purpose was to bring a high caliber program to Bowling Green along with first-class instruction inside the classroom. All of these components are what makes Barre Co. a house of excellence."

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A WKU graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Jennifer has instructed group exercise classes for over 26 years and holds certifications in Barre, Pilates, Yoga, Spinning and group exercise. She competed professionally in the National Fitness America Pageant and regionally in the Fitness America ESPN series. With an extensive background in cheerleading, gymnastics and group exercise, founding a company so rooted in transformation was a natural transition for her. A former Western Kentucky University cheerleader, Danielle is a WKU graduate who grew up competing in gymnastics, dance, martial arts and cheerleading. Danielle holds several certifications in Barre, Pilates and Yoga. She explored many types of fitness programs but none could compare with the results she experienced from Barre Co. She knew she wanted to share this revolutionary workout with others. In less than 10 classes, clients can expect to feel and see results through increased strength, flexibility and endurance. The company holds tight to its philosophy that this workout method is for everyone—regardless of age or size, each class can be customized and each move can be modified to suit your fitness needs. "I think the energy in here is amazing and the instructors are very inspiring," said Barre Co. client Charna Leonhardt. "The difference that I feel in my strength and my confidence is huge. I have officially become addicted. When I first began, I had two goals. I wanted to lose weight and get in shape for an event. What I didn’t know was that I would fall in love with this modality and the people. I have lost around 20 pounds, but that’s not the important part. I have gone from a size 16-18 to a 10-12 in clothing. Because my core is so much stronger, I have been able to eliminate my visits to the chiropractor." To schedule your first free class, call 270-904-0861, email barreco.bg@gmail.com or visit barrecompany.com.

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"Be kind to each other." The stories behind two long-term marriages in Bowling Green.

STORY BY CAITLIN GREENWELL // PHOTOS BY RENÉE DEEMER

Bowling Green Retirement Village is home to only a handful of married couples. But what the local retirement home is lacking in number, it’s making up for in longevity—for two couples in particular.

Morris and Cecil Norman Morris, 92, and Cecil, 91, have been married 71 years. Morris, a Tampa, Fla., native, met his bride, Cecil, while attending Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn. Cecil, who hails from Hendersonville, Tenn., said their first meeting was happenstance. “The first night I was there, they had a get-together, and I met Morris,” Cecil said. “He already had a girlfriend he had met the last year there, but she didn’t come back this year. He still went to visit her, but not for long.” Morris and Cecil, who have lived in Bowling Green just over a year, quickly became a couple nearly 75 years ago. In their spare time, they would play tennis. To this day, Morris still stakes his claim as the better player. 50 BOWLING GREEN LIVING

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Cecil only spent one year at Freed-Hardeman. Morris would often travel from Henderson to Hendersonville by train to visit Cecil back home. “His daddy was a railroad engineer, so he could travel when he wanted to,” Cecil said. “In fact, his mother came up from Tampa to meet me to find out what I was like.” Morris said his and Cecil’s courtship lasted just two years before he traveled to Cecil’s parents’ home to propose marriage. Cecil said “yes.” “Before I went to bed, I went upstairs and told Mom and Daddy because I couldn’t try to keep that to myself all night,” Cecil said. “They were already upstairs in bed and I told them. I doubt if they were happy about it.” “But it worked out,” she added with a chuckle. Soon after their marriage in 1947, the Normans took a www.bgkyliving.com


trip to Mammoth Cave. “When we first married, Morris knew nothing about this country up here and I didn’t know much because I lived down in Tennessee, but we went to Mammoth Cave,” Cecil said. “We stayed at a hotel there. One thing I remember about it is when we got up we had no idea what time it was. It was 1 o’clock in the afternoon and we were going down to breakfast. As we would meet people, we would say ‘good morning,’ and they had this grin on their face like they knew that’s not where we’d been.” During the honeymoon phase, Morris, who studied the Bible in college, took a job as a minister in a small coal-mining town near Jasper, Ala. “We moved to a little house on a hill,” Cecil said. “It had not been well taken care of so we fixed it up the best we could.” The house, which overlooked a church, was a loving home for the Normans for almost two years. During this time, Morris preached for three different congregations at once. “This place was really small,” Cecil said. “So down the road, or across the hill, there would be another little church that needed a preacher.” With little money to spare for extravagant dates, the Normans would sometimes go to a movie here and there. But, above all, what they treasured most was time well spent. “We just enjoyed being with one another,” Cecil said. Eventually, the Normans would become proud parents to three daughters. The family has now expanded to include 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Their advice for couples? “Just behave yourself and be kind to each other,” Cecil said. After their stop in Alabama, the Normans moved around and traveled quite a bit due to Morris’ preaching assignments. Often, Morris preached in Canada, where Cecil also taught a woman’s class. “That was just north of Niagara Falls, so we went through that area a lot,” Cecil said. “Every time we’d get back to Niagara Falls, I’d say, ‘Let’s stop.’ He’d say, ‘We’ve seen it. ’ ” “I’d say, ‘I want to see it again,’ ” Cecil laughed. The popularity of Niagara Falls within Bowling

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Green Retirement Village doesn’t end with the Normans.

Don and Loretta Yates Don and Loretta, married 51 years, cite their 1977 trip to the Falls as their favorite memory with one another. Don said the trip was unforgettable because of the beauty, but also due to a celebrity death that occurred at the same time. “We were there when Elvis Presley died,” Don said. The Yates, both 74, said their relationship has seen many travels across the country over the years, but their relationship has its roots in their hometown of Bowling Green. In the early 1960s, Loretta was a carhop at the Tastee-Freeze, located on the 31-W Bypass. “I was working there and he came out,” Loretta said. “Then, he got to coming more and more. He ended up staying almost.” Don said he would use any excuse he had to visit Loretta while she was working. The pair dated for almost two years before they were married. The Yates spent their first 15 years in their first home on Butler Way. “We had a little two-bedroom house,” Loretta said. “Don sold his car. He’d just gotten this really slicked up car and sold it to pay down on the house.” The couple needed $1,400 to make a down payment. “And $1,400 was like robbing a bank,” Don said. Don worked as a fireman for the Bowling Green Fire Department for 30 years, and Loretta was a nurse for more than 40. Their love for one another was shared with the three dogs they have had over the course of their marriage. “We’re big dog lovers,” Loretta said. “We had one that lived to be 19.” Happy was a rat terrier and Chihuahua mix who had a penchant for cheese and T-bone steaks. She had a strict bedtime of 9 p.m. She frequently made her bed atop Don’s fireman uniform. “She was just precious,” Loretta said. When she died, the Yates hired a local funeral home to bury her. “We buried her under a tree at Mama’s house,” Loretta said. “I put several sheets and blankets and one of his uniforms in the casket for her to lay directly on.

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The next morning, he wanted his badge to go to work and I thought, ‘Oh Lord, did I bury that in that ground?’ ”

“Luckily, I found it,” she added with a laugh.

Before moving to Bowling Green Retirement

Village more than two years ago, the Yates enjoyed attending NASCAR races and traveling to antique stores with one another. At the retirement home, the couple has made a lot of friends. Loretta enjoys craft time and bingo, and Don likes going to the store every Wednesday. When asked the secret to a long marriage, Don will answer without hesitation.

“I told her I’d make the living if she’d make

the living worthwhile,” he said. Loretta will tell you understanding goes a long way.

“It’s give and take,” Loretta said. “Both of

you don’t need to get mad at the same time. You learn that over the years.”

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THE

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Sweet & Simple

BRIDAL SHOWER BY KATIE STARKS

ORANGE POMEGRANATE CHAMPAGNE PUNCH Mix the pomegranate juice, orange juice and orange liqueur in a large punch bowl. Add the chilled champagne and stir. Add orange slices, pomegranate seeds and mint leaves to the juice and serve.

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CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO CAKE POPS

1. Make a devil's-food cake according to the instructions and ingredients on the packaging. After the cake has cooked, let it cool. (This can even be done a day ahead of time before starting the cake pops!)

2. After cake has cooled, cut into small pieces within the pan. Put the pieces of chocolate cake in a bowl and mix with a fork to continue to break into smaller pieces.

3. In batches, add the Espresso Chocolate Frosting (recipe follows) to the cake and mix until fully combined. Don’t add all of the icing if you don’t need it. Use your judgment—the mixture should combine all of the cake and icing without leaving crumbs but should not be overly sticky/wet. 4. Use a measuring tablespoon to roll a heaping scoop of

cake mixture into a ball. Roll balls until they are smooth with little to no lumps. Place the cake balls onto a lined pan and freeze until hardened. (About 20 to 30 minutes.)

5. Pour the white chocolate wafers into a microwavable dish and heat until melted, stirring often so it doesn’t burn. Use a small dish and repeat this process so the pops are almost fully coated when dipping. 6. Remove the cake balls from the freezer. Dip the cake

pop stick into the chocolate and insert it into the center of the cake ball.

7. Dip the cake ball into the chocolate and let any excess chocolate drip off. Use a spoon to help coat any parts of the cake ball that don’t get dipped.

ESPRESSO CHOCOLATE FROSTING 1. Mix cocoa in the bowl of a large stand mixer to get rid of any and all clumps of powder.

2. Add softened butter to the cocoa. Cream until smooth.

3. Add powdered sugar and milk to the butter/

8. Sprinkle with espresso powder and let pop dry by

cocoa mixture by adding 1 cup of powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp. of milk at a time. Do this until all the sugar and milk are combined.

9. Let the chocolate coating cool and harden for 5 to 10

4. Add vanilla and espresso until the mixture is

placing sticks upright through the holes of a colander or into Styrofoam to dry.

minutes. Eat and enjoy!

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THE

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CULTURE

FREE! WKU

CULTURAL ENHANCEMENT SERIES, YAMATO DRUMMERS

Feb. 2 | 7:30pm Van Meter Hall

Call 270-745-4375 or visit wku.edu/culturalenhancement.

NEW KENTUCKIANS EXHIBIT

Ongoing-Feb. 2 | Kentucky Museum

Call 270-745-2592 or visit wku.edu/kentuckymuseum.

KENTUCKY: 225 YEARS ON THE MOVE

Ongoing-May 2018 | Daily 8am-5pm National Corvette Museum

Call 270-781-7973 or visit corvettemuseum.org.

A CULTURE CARRIED: BOSNIANS IN BOWLING GREEN

Ongoing-June 30 | Kentucky Museum

Call 270-745-2592 or visit wku.edu/kentuckymuseum.

MAMMOTH CAVE FEE FREE DAY Jan. 15 | Mammoth Cave National Park

FREE! MUSICA

Jan. 16, 18, 21 23, 25 & 28, Feb. 1, 4, 6, 8, 11 & 13 | Tues.-Thurs. 7pm, Sun. 2pm WKU Hardin Planetarium

Call 270-745-4044 or visit wku.edu/ planetarium.

MASA OGAWA // YAMATO DRUMMERS

SIP N PAINT “GONE FISHING” Jan. 17 | 7-9pm Mellow Mushroom

Visit ingenartgallery.com/artclasses. $25-$35

“THE NERD,” FOUNTAIN SQUARE PLAYERS Jan. 25-28 | Thurs-Sat 7:30pm, Sun. 3pm Phoenix Theatre

Call 270-782-3119 or visit fountainsquareplayers.org.

L​ OST RIVER SESSIONS LIVE! WITH 10 STRING SYMPHONY & LESLIE BURIED CHILD, BG ONSTAGE WEILER MENG GASLIGHT SERIES Jan. 18 | 6:30pm Capitol Arts Center

Call 270-904-1880 or visit theskypac.com. $10

THE SOUND OF MUSIC Jan. 19 | 8pm SKyPAC

Call 270-904-1880 or visit theskypac.com.

SOKY BRIDAL EXPO Jan. 20 | 11am-4pm Knicely Conference Center

Visit sokybridalexpo.com/2017-expo.

Jan. 26-27 | 6:30pm Gaslight Theatre

Visit bgonstage.org.

SIP N PAINT “ROCK ON” Jan. 31 | 7-9pm Mellow Mushroom

Visit ingenartgallery.com/art-classes. $25-$35

FARMER'S MARKET TOTE BASKET WORKSHOP Feb. 3 | 9am-4pm Kentucky Museum

Registration required at 270-745-2594 or wku.edu/kentuckymuseum. $120

Note: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, all information is subject to change. Please call ahead to verify dates, times and schedules. If you would like your event included in the next issue of Bowling Green Living, please email sarah@tannerpublishing.com.

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2018 BOWLING GREENWARREN COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY FUR BALL Feb. 3 | 5:30pm-12am Sloan Convention Center

FREE! WKU

CULTURAL ENHANCEMENT SERIES, ROXANE GAY

Feb. 8 | 7:30pm Van Meter Hall

Call 270-745-4375 or visit wku.edu/culturalenhancement.

LOST RIVER SESSIONS LIVE! Feb. 17 | 7pm Capitol Arts Center

HEALTH & FITNESS

Artist TBA. Call 270-904-1880 or visit theskypac.com. $10

HOSPICE CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL Feb. 18 | 2-5pm Sloan Convention Center

Call 270-782-3402.

FREE! SOUTHARTS

DEEJ

FILM SERIES:

Feb. 20 | 7pm Capitol Arts Center

Call 270-904-5000 or visit theskypac.com.

MINDFULNESS: EATING WITH INTENTION Jan. 24 | 6pm Warren County Library Bob Kirby Branch

Registration requested at 270-782-0252 or warrenpl.org.

BREATH WORK IN THE SALT CAVE Jan. 27 | 3-3:45pm Be Happy Yoga & Salt Cave

Call 270-799-8070 or visit behappybg.com.

ORCHESTRA KENTUCKY PRESENTS THE POWER OF LOVE: FIVE LUCERO WITH JAKE LA BOTZ, DECADES OF ROMANTIC LOVE THE WAREHOUSE AT MT. VICTOR Feb. 10 | 7:30pm

1.5 MILE TRIPLE CROWN RUN FOR NEW BEGINNINGS THERAPEUTIC RIDING

SKyPAC

Jan. 27 | Registration 7:30am, Race 9am 600 Bill Ferguson Road

Call 270-904-1880 or visit theskypac.com.

FREE! WKU

CULTURAL ENHANCEMENT SERIES, ETHNOMEDICINE SPECIALIST PAUL ALAN COX

Feb. 13 | 7:30pm Van Meter Hall

Call 270-745-4375 or visit wku.edu/culturalenhancement.

RENT 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR Feb. 15 | 7:30pm SKyPAC

Call 270-904-1880 or visit theskypac.com

Feb. 21 | 7:30-10:30pm The Warehouse at Mt. Victor

Visit thewarehouseatmtvictor.com.

“DUKHTAR” (PAKISTAN), FARAWAY FLIX SERIES

Feb. 23 | 6pm WKU Cherry, Hall Room 125

Call 270-745-6121 or visit wku.edu/library.

SNOW FLURRY SCURRY 5K RUN Jan. 27 | Sign-in 8am, Race 9am Lost River Cave

Call 270-303-2617 or visit lostrivercave.org/snowflurryscurry.

HOWIE MANDEL

MINDFULNESS: EATING WITH INTENTION

Call 270-904-1880 or visit theskypac.com.

Jan. 31 | 6pm Warren County Public Library Main Branch

Feb. 24 | 7:30pm SKyPAC

BRIDAL FEST WEDDING EXPO Feb. 25 | Noon-4pm Sloan Convention Center

Visit bridalfestbg.com.

Registration requested at 270-781-4882 or warrenpl.org.

CUPID’S CHASE 5K 2018 Feb. 10 | Registration 8am, Race 9am Lovers Lane Soccer Complex

FAMILY

KIDS BEACH YOGA EVENT Jan. 20 | 12-1:15pm Be Happy Yoga & Salt Cave

Call 270-799-8070 or visit behappybg.com.

FAMILY MAGIC, JAY OWENHOUSE: “THE AUTHENTIC ILLUSIONIST” Jan. 26 | 7:30pm SKyPAC

Call 270-904-1880 or visit theskypac.com.

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PAW PATROL LIVE! “RACE TO THE RESCUE” Feb. 3 | 10am SKyPAC

Call 270-904-1880 or visit theskypac.com.

LONE STAR CHAMPIONSHIP RODEO Feb. 9-11 | Fri. 8pm, Sat. 2pm & 8pm, Sun. 2pm L.D. Brown Ag Expo Center

Visit wku.edu/expo. $17-$22

KID’S CAROUSEL SEMI ANNUAL CONSIGNMENT SALE Feb. 23-24 | Fri. 9am-7pm, Sat. 9am-2pm SOKY Fairgrounds, Jaycees Building

DUCK DUCK GOOSE CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT Feb.28-March 3 | 10am-8pm Knicely Conference Center

Visit dkdkgoose.com.

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PHOTO BY STEVE ROBERTS/WKU ATHLETICS

RECREATION

MID SOUTH CONFERENCE WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS Feb. 17 Ephram White Gym

Visit mid-southconference.org.

KENTUCKY 4-H LIVESTOCK SKILLATHON CONTEST Feb. 17 | 8:30am-4:30pm L.D. Brown Ag Expo Center

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TRIPLE T FARM BLACK HEREFORD CATTLE SHOW & SALE Feb. 23-24 L.D. Brown Ag Expo Center

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MID SOUTH CONFERENCE MENS AND WOMENS BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS Feb. 23-25 Southern Lanes

ATHLETICS

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For WKU Athletics ticketing information, call 1-800-5-BIGRED or visit wkusports.com.

WKU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL VS UTSA

WKU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL VS FLORIDA ATLANTIC

Jan. 18 | 11am

Feb. 3 | 2pm

E.A. Diddle Arena

E.A. Diddle Arena

WKU MEN’S BASKETBALL VS UAB Jan. 18 | 8pm E.A. Diddle Arena

E.A. Diddle Arena

Jan. 20 | 6pm

WKU MEN’S BASKETBALL VS FLORIDA ATLANTIC

E.A. Diddle Arena

Feb. 8 | 7:30pm

WKU MEN’S BASKETBALL VS MARSHALL

Feb. 17 | 2pm E.A. Diddle Arena

WKU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL VS OLD WKU MEN’S BASKETBALL VS CHARLOTTE DOMINION Feb. 22 | 7pm Feb. 8 | 5:30pm

WKU MEN’S BASKETBALL VS MIDDLE TENNESSEE

WKU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL VS MARSHALL

E.A. Diddle Arena

WKU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL VS CHARLOTTE Feb. 23 | 7pm E.A. Diddle Arena

E.A. Diddle Arena

WKU MEN’S BASKETBALL VS FIU

WKU MEN’S BASKETBALL VS OLD DOMINION

Jan. 27 | 6pm

Feb. 10 | 6pm

Feb. 24 | 6pm

E.A. Diddle Arena

E.A. Diddle Arena

E.A. Diddle Arena

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