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Health care costs, insurance rates, and different medications are on everyone’s minds, but especially on Nina Scott’s. As the head of locally-based DS Research, she’s taken charge of one of the leading clinical dermatology research groups in Kentuckiana. For patients with eczema, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and a range of other dermatological conditions, DS Research may help find the solutions they seek. ‘We conduct clinical trials for different dermatology medications,” explains Scott. DS Research serves as a liaison between pharmaceutical companies with newfound medications to test, and individual patients with dermatological needs to be met. The company has had great success. “We’ve expanded our network; we have an office on the East End, and another new one in New Albany,” Scott explains. She hopes to continue expanding into Tennessee, Georgia, and Arizona. This expansion comes partially through a new partnership with Associates in Dermatology, one of the largest private dermatology offices in Kentuckiana. “The private practice and our research company are growing together to build a future,” Scott says. Together, the companies are able to offer new and varied treatment options to patients suffering from dermatological conditions, from serious problems to cosmetic needs. Scott joined the company, initially, as a nurse. “I met Dr. Timothy Brown when I was in nursing school, actually,” Scott says, referencing the well-respected Louisville dermatologist who is also one of the head partners of Associates in Der-

matology. Dr. Brown put her in touch with another doctor, Dr. Joseph Fowler – who co-founded DS Research with his wife, Lynn. “They hired me right out of college,” Scott says. “I just loved it.” She stayed with DS Research, evolving into a fulltime research coordinator, obtaining her research certification, and consulting for several pharmaceutical companies. Then, in 2014, the Fowlers approached Scott with a different kind of job offer. ‘They asked me, “Do you want to take over the company?”’ Scott recalls proudly. And she did. Under her ownership, DS Research has expanded, with plans to add more offices across the country. Scott also successfully rebranded the company name, moving from Dermatology Specialists Research to the sleeker DS Research. However, she still considers the Fowlers mentors, and remains focused on providing her community with highest-quality dermatological research trials. “The fact that we just partnered with Dr. Tim Brown’s group – it’s like the circle of life,” Scott says with a laugh. “Tim is the reason that I got my first job with DS Research; I would never have had the opportunity to own the company if not for him. It’s a sentimental thing.” So, what can DS Research do for companies and patients? “We collect data for the companies, and we provide the medication for free to the patients,” Scott says. “Companies will contact us to conduct their clinical trial, and doctors will refer patients to us.” She notes that patients fall into

a few different categories. “Most of our patients are teenagers with acne, and the majority of their medications are generics,” she says. So DS Research provides a way for these teens to test newly-developed generic versions of the expensive name brands already on the market. “The second part of the population is probably more of our extreme psoriasis and rosacea,” Scott says. “Psoriasis medications are extremely expensive, and rosacea – there’s not a lot on the market at all. So lots of patients are referred from their doctors because insurance won’t cover them, or nothing is available, and they’re in a lot of pain.” “It’s good for patients,” Scott asserts, “but it’s also good for doctors, like Associates in Dermatology. They’re excited to partner with us because it gives them another way to treat patients.” She knows the problems all too well. “Maybe there are only so many prescriptions available, or insurance rejects the patients – doctors encounter a lot of obstacles. We’re another avenue; they call us all the time if they have a patient they want to refer. And it’s great to see the patients then get better.” DS Research is clearly on a mission, and here to stay. The company is expanding into new offices, newly partnering with Associates in Dermatology, and providing good and much-needed medical care to the Kentuckiana community. Under Scott’s leadership, DS Research shows itself to be both a leader in research and a valuable asset to the community. •

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Letter from the Editor When we aspired to create a luxury gift guide for our readers, I knew the city of Louisville would be able to deliver in providing an impressive showcase from which we could shop and cherrypick some of our favorite items. What I didn’t realize, is how much fun we would have in the process. Our “research” for this effort included a beautiful morning on the Ohio River in a 2016 Sea Ray SLX, an afternoon in a spectacular private jet at Honaker Aviation and a fantasy day in The Speed Museum surrounded by designer gowns from Glasscock Boutique, Rodeo Drive and Rodes, exquisite jewelry from Aesthetics in Jewelry and fine furs from Yudofsky Fur & Leather. We were saturated in luxury among the finest of settings and this issue is a roadmap of how you can do the same.

After hosting family and friends through the holiday season, perhaps the greatest luxury is to indulge in a decadent meal at the hands of a personal gourmet chef. In “Fond Memories” we learn how Madeline Dee’s passion for food, artistry and travel can transform your dining experience in your own home or in her intimate fine dining restaurant, Fond, where she thoughtfully and skillfully hosts a five-course meal for parties of 12 every Friday and Saturday night. More and more, consumers are choosing experiences over hard goods for holiday gift giving, and for the person who has everything, helping them mark something off their bucket list and create a story that could change their life forever may well be the ultimate gesture. In “On Wings of Kilimanjaro” Louisville natives and Nadus Films production crew document their bucket list experience climbing the highest mountain in Africa to then paraglide from its peak. Their intrepid experience can be duplicated for thrill seekers willing to train for the effort and commit to raising funds for their charity partner, WorldServe International. While there is no shortage of glamour in this city, let us also be reminded that there is equally no shortage of charitable outlets to help those in need. The ultimate luxury and the most thrilling experience this holiday is certainly the opportunity to simply do just that.

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If life is truly a journey, why not arrive to your destination in style? This year, swap the ordinary for the opulent and indulge in a lifestyle that feels like fantasy. Treat yourself to travel that is exclusive, elegant and elite.

Floating on Air

You could say Shawn Honaker was “propelled” to success by his own youthful ambition. Now founder of Honaker Aviation as well as founder and CEO of Jet Access Aviation, Shawn started his first company in 1994 when he was only 16 years old. As a high schooler, he

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After graduating from Embry Riddle with a degree in Professional Aeronautics, Honaker expanded his business to Fixed Base Operator (FBO) services, aircraft maintenance, sales, charter and jet management. That business, Honaker Aviation, now employs over 40 people and proudly features two of the newest state-of-the-art FBO facilities in the

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Louisville area. Honaker offers more private travel solutions than anyone in the region. Things to bear in mind, Honaker says, when considering private travel are obviously destination and budget, but also the size of plane you are looking for as well as the frequency with which you plan to continue to fly. “Jet charter,” he says, “is a one-off option where you will pay for a pilot to take you on a trip. We also have shared ownership programs for people who fly regularly and are looking for an efficient way to fly privately. If you are a heavy private aircraft user, then you may want to own an aircraft, in which case we provide management services.” The cost for this travel convenience varies along with aircraft options, but many find it well worth the expense to avoid long security lines and the general hassle of commercial flight. Turboprop options are a cheaper, slower, yet more economical choice for flying, meaning you will be flying in an airplane with propellers for around $1,000 an hour. For a light or entry-level jet, charter rates start around $2,500 to $2,800 an hour. A heavy jet charter can top out at $7,000 to $8,000 an hour. “And then there is everything in between,” Honaker reminds. At Honaker Aviation, the average flight time is typically scheduled two to five days out from travel, but if you have the luxury of spontaneity, they generally need about two hours to get you in the air, though they have gotten people off the ground inside of an hour before. One of the many advantages of chartering through Honaker is the ability to charter a flight on your own terms and on your own time. For any request, a strict safety protocol is implemented through their in-house maintenance professionals and pool of qualified pilots. If the luxuries and vast amenities of private travel are appealing but aircraft ownership exceeds your reach, there are membership options through companies like Sentient Jets who work with independent operators to provide flexible accommodations. The 24-hour concierge service coordinates every travel detail for their cardholders and includes perks for those traveling to Louisville like access to tickets to the invite-only Mansion at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby. For those leaving the Derby City,

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perhaps you would take advantage of complimentary nights at Aspen’s legendary Little Nell or the exquisite Relais & Chateaux member resort located in the heart of Napa Valley. A Sentient Jet Card offers 25 hours of flight time beginning at $124,825 and includes your choice of jet size, fuel and availability in as little as 10 hours.

Walking on Water

Chip Jaworski doesn’t remember a time when he wasn’t around boats, and even learned to ski when he was only 4 years old. Now, as general manager of Sea Ray Louisville, he says, “What we are selling as much as anything is a lifestyle.” It is a boating lifestyle he embraces wholeheartedly, planning customer events like rafting-off on the Ohio River, A-Dock socials at Captain’s Quarters and dock parties at River Park Place Marina. Jaworski doesn’t just send them away with a boat – he initiates them into an exclusive boating community. Like many items in the luxury market, the economic recession of 2008 incited a downturn in what had previously been a trend in the purchase of large cruisers. Over the past few years, Jaworski has seen a healthy resurgence in boat buying, but with popularity trending toward pontoon boats and classic runabouts. “Whether you are on a pontoon boat or a $400,000 yacht, you should get the same feeling from being on the water,” he explains. There is ample opportunity to enjoy recreational boating as well as fishing, sailing or water-skiing either on the Ohio River or on any of Kentucky’s spectacular lakes. Most costumers, he says, dock locally at Captain’s Quarters, Limestone Bay Yacht Club, Louisville Yacht Club or the new River Park Place Marina. “In the old days,” Jaworski recalls with a laugh, “and when I say old days, I just mean before the internet, people would walk in out of the blue and you would consult everything on the showroom floor. Now, our showroom is essentially online so we deal with a savvy and knowledgeable clientele that is equipped to research on their own. Most customers walk in with a good idea of exactly what boat they want to see in person.” He has sold several Christmas gifts right off the showroom floor and fondly recalls a WINTER 2016

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certain famous Louisville chef surprising his wife with a boat at their annual private Thunder Over Louisville party. Sea Ray Louisville sells new and preowned boats while also offering brokerage services. Upon purchase, the staff offers complimentary on-water training and education including launching, operating, docking and maintaining your boat. If you are in the market for a boat purchase but intend to hold off until after the holidays, the upcoming Louisville Boat Show scheduled for January 25 through January 29 at Kentucky Exposition Center would be the ideal place to survey all that the exclusive boating “lifestyle” has to offer.

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Driving the Dream

Blue Grass Automotive has long been synonymous with automobile luxury in Louisville with partners James Haynes, Mike Vine and Andy Vine growing the business into six dealerships: Audi Louisville, Blue Grass Motorsport (Porsche dealership), Maserati Louisville, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar Louisville and Land Rover Louisville. With such an immense and diverse inventory of luxury vehicles, it’s no mystery that the business has established itself as the authority in extravagant automotives. Inventory Coordinator Anne Wilmoth familiarly knows every car at each dealership at Blue Grass Automotive from when they arrive on the lot to when a new owner proudly drives them out of the showroom, thus making her a knowledgeable expert on luxury car-buying trends in Louisville. “Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) are still the most popular buying option this year,” she concludes, “but, under that umbrella there are really so many unique and exciting options.” Outpacing the other SUVs this season, she says, is the 2017 Audi Q7, a secondgeneration model that Audi didn’t produce in 2016. Porsche also has two highvolume SUV sellers in their Cayenne and smaller version, the Mecan. Maserati has entered the SUV market for the first time producing the Levante, which Wilmoth says sold out very quickly. British manufacturer Jaguar followed suit by introducing the F-PACE. “Of course, Land Rovers always have a large turnover in this city,” Wilmoth explains. She says you can’t go wrong with 20 T H E V O I C E O F L O U I S V I L L E |

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the four-wheel-drive luxury SUV that “will go anywhere and do anything. Land Rover will get you there and in style.” As if the British-made vehicle was not already considered remarkable enough, the manufacturer recently released the Land Rover Evoque, the first ever convertible SUV. In addition to the desire for additional space in a vehicle, and despite the disadvantage of fuel consumption, Wilmoth credits the all-wheel drive capability as a feature that makes owners feel safe in even the worst weather conditions as a reason for their mounting popularity. For those buyers who don’t subscribe to the bigger-is-better mentality and are swift to swap space for speed, options abound. Wilmoth says the Audi, again, takes the winning prize for popularity, with the Audi coupe R8, however, the Porsche 911 Carrera likely holds the top spot for sexiest vehicle on the lot. Even though the Maserati is not a coupe, it finds favor with the enthusiasts of the fast and speedy because it is an Italian car and can’t be found everywhere. “Car lovers are attracted to Maserati,” Wilmoth explains, “because it has an engine that just growls and has this very distinct Italian sound.” Jaguar, she says, is an ideal luxury option for those who desire a bit more space. Regardless of the vehicle in which you drive away, Blue Grass Automotive commits to going above and beyond for each customer. “If we don’t have the car you want on the lot, we will turn over every leaf we can to find it for you,” Wilmoth promises. “Even with our large inventory, we will negotiate dealer trades to find the specific thing our customer is looking for. Our customer happiness is the number one priority here, and that is something that General Manager Jim Haynes feels very strongly about.” Each dealership has a portion of their showroom with double doors where they drive in all newly purchased vehicles to await their new owner. “We put the ‘sold’ sign on the car and the detailer will spend time rubbing it down and cleaning it to perfection so when the buyer arrives to pick it up, they do feel really special and leave with a positive lasting impression.” And in case you were wondering…yes, they will even top your holiday purchase with an oversized red bow.

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On Elizabeth: David Meister black satin dress, Kleinman fox fur coat. All available at Sassy Fox. On Max: Talbott suit jacket, Eton dress shirt. All available at Rodes.

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On Elizabeth: Algo of Switzerland camel and cream coat, Lafayette cream pant, Jonathon Simkai cream top, Fairchild Baldwin white beaded necklace, Mitchie’s Matchings fur head wrap. All available at Rodes. On Max: Talbott suit jacket, Eton dress shirt. All available at Rodes.

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burl. That’s when I showed it to Douglas,” says Keenan. “Seeing it in a big, solid lumber piece, I thought, ‘Wow.’ We wanted to take advantage of it. It’s fun because this was a unique opportunity to be creative without boundaries. We were given more artistic freedom.” The lobby of Atria has a modern aesthetic with treated bare concrete floors. The conference rooms are sleek glass with clear views of the Ohio River and fully equipped with the latest technology. The furniture appointments followed suit in their chic, modern vibe. Riddle had a thought: “When you see wood, you naturally feel more comfortable than when you see hard surfaces such as marble. It doesn’t mean we don’t have a fondness for these surfaces, but modern spaces can be cold and sterile. When you throw something natural into an unnatural environment, I think it looks great. We presented this concept to Atria and they responded favorably to the idea. So planning began. Riddle and Keenan embarked on a furniture-making endeavor together unlike anything Bittners had ever done before. They wanted to make a beautiful, rare wooden table – with its undulating live edges, the centerpiece of the modern lobby they had designed. “This is probably the first live-edge piece made in a long time or maybe one of the first,” says Keenan. Planning and design began. Riddle sought to make the table truly mesmerizing in the space. He wanted it to feel like it was floating on air. Keenan, with his skills in handmade custom furniture, began to brainstorm ways he could support

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the table that would evoke the feeling of flotation. He chose a simple iron base with iron sourced from Louisville’s own Pole Iron Works. The design for the base was crisp, clean and minimal – a perfect juxtaposition to the writhing, textured form of the tabletop. Now, these wonderful pieces of burled wood needed to somehow connect. Dovetailing bowtie joints were chosen. “It tapers and gets larger,” Keenan explains, “and we put it across one piece and into the next and glued it in. It’s a hard rock maple, a very strong wood. The same maple as the table, except it doesn’t have the burl grain.” Keenan and his craftsmen in the Bittners Furniture Shop are true artists of wood creation. They talk about their pieces the way you would expect to hear Michelangelo describe “The David,” or how you’d expect a gear-head to describe a pristine Mustang engine. They see it in their minds, they feel every inch of it and they know how to bring it to life. Bittners invited the client to see the

table take shape. “The client came here several times through the process, along with the CEO and some of the executives,” Riddle says. “They were excited about it, so I said, ‘Come down into the shop and meet Brian and Gary Head, both master craftsmen integral to the creation of this unique piece.’ They came and watched some of the process with it. It was nice.” This exemplifies the high value Bittners places upon customer service. Since Gustave Bittner established his custom wood shop in Louisville nearly 165 years ago, Bittners has been a business focusing on delivering what the client wants. “That’s why it’s really important to us that we satisfy our clients,” Riddle shares. “We work really hard on customer service.” This project was no different. “We really value this client and knew that they wanted something special and they knew we could deliver it.” When the time arrived in the production process for a stain to be chosen for

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the table, both Keenan and Riddle wanted something dark, but not so dark that it would cover the prized burled grain. Bittners had installed the walnut veneer on the walls of Atria and wanted to choose a stain that would complement its hues. “Our staining process doesn’t cloud the grain. It allows the grain to pop out. With this highly figured grain, you want the stain to deeply penetrate to give you that deep look. You can see all the figures, and any of the reflective ribbon qualities. As you walk around the pieces of wood, it will change in the light because the grain is actually moving up and down. We used a nice, clear and durable top coat finish.” Of course, Bittners knew that even with the bold statement of this table, it still fit among the other pieces, creating harmony within the space. This unification was achieved not only through structure, color and style but also through one of Riddle’s favorite design tools: texture, creating a cohesive space. The sofa has linen with wool pillows. The Eero Saarinen Womb Chair, designed in 1948, is covered in grey wool. The wooden Ross Lovegrove chair is dotted with a leather cushion. The Barcelona couch, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1930, is upholstered in leather. Joining all of the pieces is the antique Oushak rug below. Each piece in the room through its textures connects to one another, making the space whole. The functionality of the space abounds. Riddle explains the majority of Bittners’ clients seek comfortable spaces with style: “The table was designed so that if people want to hang out and have a party, they wouldn’t hurt anything.” This is the realization of Bittner’s motto, “designing for the way you live,” and Riddle says it’s what keeps clients coming back. The Bittners’ team works together to make functional works of art that its clients can see, touch and spend their lives in. It’s amazing furniture in amazingly designed spaces. For this table, they turned a rare find of burled wood into a splendid centerpiece for a modern room that beckons to be admired. This team worked together to make this tree-to-table concept a reality, and the result is truly magnificent and inviting.

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f your body has been responsible for creating a life and carrying it for months, you have undoubtedly dealt with changes in your physicality by the very nature of the process. If your pregnancy was followed by breastfeeding combined with weight loss and, of course, the natural effects of gravity, then those changes are most certain. No one questions that the fluctuations to the body attributed to the science and miracle of life are completely worth it, but there are a growing number of women who are embracing motherhood while rejecting that those changes should remain permanent. Whether it is a surgical edit or merely a cosmetic refresher, Louisville doctors, surgeons and aesthetic professionals are responding to the high demand with what they are billing as “The Mommy Makeover.” The experts weigh in on the restoration process and share with us “what some mothers may really want for Christmas.”

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While expectant mothers are commonly acknowledged for the “glow” that accompanies pregnancy, that luminosity quickly fades with the loss of sleep. Normal maturation, sun-exposure, stress and genetics (of which we have no control) are already at play when it comes to the appearance of dull and aging skin. Mommy-hood can often amplify and accelerate that state. There are simple, non-surgical procedures available that can restore that glow, lift the droopiness and reestablish a youthful and vibrant appearance to the face and neck. Nina Scott, RN, is both a nurse and researcher at DS Research. After seven years with Dermatology Specialist Research under the guidance of Dr. Joseph and Lynne Fowler, Scott purchased their 30year practice. In May of 2014, the transition was finalized and Scott continues to operate the business with the help of her mentors, who still practice there. Nina has re-branded the company name to DS Research and has plans to add additional office locations across the country. Peels are a favorite with Scott and she highly recommends glycolic because, as she explains, “There is no down time. You can do it on your lunch. It helps resurface the skin, even the complexion and fade scarring.” Peels are generally $100-$150 per peel and often sold in packages at a discount. “It really is the easiest form of maintenance,” she recommends. Scott is still adamant about using sunscreen regularly and endorses at least a 30 SPF. The important thing about any skin care routine, in order to achieve effectiveness, is to “find whatever works for you and stick with the regimen for at least four to six weeks before you give up on it.” She personally sings the praises of NeoCutis eye serums and night creams. To round out her clinical dermatology research group, Scott has recently partnered Aesthetics Alternatives, a division of Associates in Dermatology. Kristy Owens, Cosmetic Coordinator for Aesthetics Alternatives, says of their cosmetic dermatology care, “We do a lot of injectables and fillers. We have a multi-faceted approach to tighten and resurface the skin. It’s customized to each individual client.” Twyla Henderson, RN, has been with the practice for ten years. She says the goal should be to strive for a “natural look by replacing volume lost by aging” with injectables like Valuma and Restylane.”

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Henderson says Kybella is a relatively new prescription injectable increasing in popularity that addresses the submental fat, commonly referred to as the “double chin” improving the appearance of your facial profile. (Visit www.dstrials.com and www.associatesindermatology.com) As skin slowly loses elasticity, breasts will also lose their shape and firmness. Factor in pregnancy and nursing and sagging is nearly an inevitable result. Breast augmentation or lifts (Mastopexy) or a combination of both, are two of the top three surgeries requested in the practice of Dr. Alex Digenis at Digenis Plastic Surgery Institute out of the thousands of cosmetic procedures he performs annually. “Most women,” he explains, “want to regain what they’ve lost, but don’t want to be overdone.” With his vast experience, the practice of taking multiple measurements, and the use of his Vectra 3-D imaging system, patients can get a realistic expectation of

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“There are simple, nonsurgical procedures available that can restore that glow, lift the droopiness and reestablish a youthful and vibrant appearance to the face and neck.” post-surgery outcomes before going under the knife. Saline and FDA-approved silicone are both available and can be inserted via an incision under the breast, under the arm (saline only), or through the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. Digenis prefers under the breast, stating

that it prevents inflammation from potential bacteria in cross ducts of the breast tissue. He explains, “Advances have been made and the new technologies applied make silicone implants more cohesive… firmer. All implants are subject to aging,” he continues. “In your lifetime, you may have to change them at least once. Now there are many different profiles available. We can create a specific silhouette, which gives women a wide range of options.” If a larger size is not your desire, a breast lift, or Mastopexy, may be the surgical solution to raise and reshape sagging breasts. The procedure can also reduce the size of the areola. Most women can return to normal activities within a week; however, full recovery may take at least six weeks. The cost can range anywhere from $8,00010,000 depending on the complexity of the case. (Visit www.digenis.com) Liposuction is typically attributed to the stomach area, but is, in fact, applicable to

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both northern and southern regions of the body. It is also common for areas around the chin and neck, addressing “back fat,” abdominal areas, hips and thighs. Dr. Chet Mays is the newest addition to Calobrace & Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery Center, and recently returned to Kentucky to practice after completing his training in New York. While he is not limited to any one area of the body, Liposuction, LipoLite, and SAFELipo are just some of the offerings on the menu with Dr. Mays. “Traditional liposuction is the most invasive and requires an operating room,” he says. “If a woman has 20 to 40 pounds of postpartum weight, this may be a good option. It is suction-assisted to remove a larger area of fat.” One benefit of the procedure is the ability to then take the unwanted fat and inject it elsewhere to “fill-out” or add volume to places where mother nature was less generous. A Brazilian Butt Lift often coincides with liposuction, giving a rounder, firmer appearance to the derriere, using your own fat cells. Dr. Mays breaks down the alternate options continuing, “LipoLite is for individuals who lead a healthy, active lifestyle and have a few tiny bulges here and there, while SAFElipo is a specific technique where you are breaking up the fat, dissolving the fat and re-shaping it. This procedure is not intended for heavy weight individuals. It’s more for redistribution.” Coolsculpting is yet another option, “freezing” the fat cells and then breaking them down before they are eliminated by the body. There are several choices if fat removal is on your wish list. Dr. Mays cautions, “When you take out fat and fat cells remember that the ones that remain will gain more volume if you gain weight. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regime is essential to a long-term successful outcome.” A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) or mini tummy tuck may be the right choice in such case. Dr. Marc J. Salzman of Salzman Cosmetic Surgery and Spa acknowledges, “Some women have children and spend years being fully present and getting their children self-sufficient sometimes at the detriment of their figure. There are things you can do to get back to your original state, or even improve it.” What is known as the mini tummy tuck is ideal for patients whose skin laxity and VO I C E -T R I B U N E . C O M

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muscle weakness extends below the belly button. For example, women who have “carried low” or have a Cesarean section scar. Dr. Salzman explains, “The difference in this procedure is that no muscle work is done above the belly button.” The standard tummy tuck takes care of it all. Salzman describes, “This operation goes all the way around the belly button area. The entire abdomen is fixed.” A typical recovery for the procedure is approximately ten days to two weeks. Of the procedures commonly associated with “The Mommy Makeover,” cosmetic gynecology is probably the one that is most unfamiliar and mysterious to the mainstream. It is also the largest growing segment of cosmetic surgery in the United States. With several local plastic surgeons offering it on the cosmetic menu, Labiaplasty is positioning to someday be discussed as commonly and openly as a breast augmentation. Enter Dr. Lori Warren and Spa V. Dr. Warren is a partner with Women First of Louisville where she specializes in gynecology and minimally invasive surgery. She is board certified in both OB/GYN and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and is intimately aware of the effects of childbirth and aging on a woman’s body. Estrogen levels have a profound effect on the skin including the vaginal tissue. Hormonal changes often associated with menopause or cancer treatments can cause thinning and drying of the vaginal walls making intercourse painful and sometimes impossible. Dr. Warren explains, “Some women are not candidates for estrogen therapy and are experiencing painful intercourse. CO2 laser treatment can greatly improve the collagen and elastin in the vagina and in-turn improve sexual function.” Fractionated CO2 lasers have been used for years by plastic surgeons to diminish winkles and to rejuvenate the face; the same treatment is now available for the vagina. “The laser treatments have very little downtime, typically are not painful, and take less than 30 minutes to perform,” Warren says. The rejuvenation procedure runs about $1000 per treatment and requires three treatments initially with an annual followup treatment for maintenance.” Warren is excited that her patients are also noticing a drastic improvement in urinary symptoms after just one treatment. The laser treatment has been found to improve both 66 T H E V O I C E O F L O U I S V I L L E |

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urinary incontinence and frequency. Labiaplasty has become more common among women of all ages. “Many women feel self-conscious about the outward appearance of their genitalia,” Warren explains. “When women view their inner labia as abnormal, it can cause emotional distress during intimate encounters or while wearing body-hugging clothing. I have seen patients that have pain and swelling during certain athletic activities as well. It’s not always for cosmetic reasons.” The spike in Brazilian bikini waxes along with the trend in athletic wear can likely be credited for the recent heightened awareness of this condition, exposing things that were previously hidden. The national average for the cost of WINTER 2016

Labiaplasty ranges from $3000 to $8000, but locally pricing ranges from $2500 to $5000. Many candidates for the procedure hesitate to make the initial inquiry due to embarrassment. Dr. Warren stresses the importance of education and equipping oneself with thorough information before undergoing any elective surgery. Spa V is located within the Salzman Cosmetic Surgery and Spa. Dr. Salzman’s facility has a fully accredited operating room allowing patients to schedule procedures from both doctors under the same roof and the same general anesthesia. With both surgeons working in tandem, they hope to work together to offer the ultimate “Mommy Makeover.” (Visit www.spa-v.com)

In all cases, our experts recommend that women wait until six months after their last child (or the breastfeeding of the last child) to undergo any surgical procedures below the neck. At that point, “baby weight” is typically shed and the body has settled into a normal state of being. To treat any earlier than that would be counter-productive and limit the ability to recover properly. Scheduling consultations with these experts is the best way to determine a specific treatment plan and are largely complimentary. Whether you decide to nip/tuck or tuck away the idea of cosmetic surge Louisville’s top doctors will treat you with care and like the divine goddess that you’ve always been

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t dawned on the Nadus Film production team that this would only be a brief rest with no time to celebrate. With 45 minutes left of the hike and only 20 minutes until 6 a.m., the production crew had to jog in order to get to the peak before the rest of the hikers. After slapping the sign that marked the top camp acknowledging their accomplishment, they continued hiking. There were cameras to set up. Paragliding off the very top of Mount Kilimanjaro had been attempted before, but with no success. Tandem paragliding would become a first for Adrian McRae, adventurer and philanthropist who founded the nonprofit organization Wings of Kilimanjaro (WoK), which hosts an annual adventure event to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, a volcanic mountain in Tanzania and the highest peak in Africa. To participate, paraglider pilots and passengers solicit donations with 100 percent of the funds raised donated to charities that help Tanzanians gain access to clean water and education. Coury Deeb, a filmmaker from Louisville, Kentucky, met McRae and his organization, WoK, while on a production trip in Tanzania with the nonprofit Waterboys. After hearing McRae’s objective, Deeb immediately latched onto the idea of promoting an adventure expedition that at its center has a philanthropic drive. Helping Tanzanians and throwing yourself off the tallest mountain in Africa while documenting the entire process sounded thrilling. In 2013, McRae brought a team for the flight but had to abandon the jump due to unsafe weather conditions. Several

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members of his first team returned, hoping to finish the flight they’d set out to do three years ago. When he met Deeb in 2015, McRae knew he’d met a kindred spirit. Both men found commonality at the crossroads where a desire to make a difference in the world and their unique passions intersected. Though their talents are vastly different, their craving for physical challenge, adrenaline chasing and a sincere longing to help others obviously united the two. McRae quickly invited Deeb to join his elite group of paragliders that would attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and fly from the top. On September 16, a full year after the two men had initially met, Deeb arrived in Tanzania with his production team – Reid Olson, Josiah Gustavison and Clay Cook – and joined McRae and the WoK group. After disembarking from the airplane, the large group traveled several more hours by car to dedicate a school building the organization had built with funds they’d raised. The next day included rest and safety preparations for the climb.

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The team arrived at the base of the mountain and was collectively subdued by the vastness of Kilimanjaro. Immediately, both Deeb and Olson realized they’d forgotten to pack urine collection bottles, an important item that would keep them from having to leave their tents in sub-zero climate in the middle of the night. The two ran to a nearby market and bought bottles of Ovaltine which, under the quizzical eyes of the market proprietor, they promptly dumped to rejoin the waiting group.

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Though the views were spectacular, the wind picked up and the temperatures dropped. Due to the cold, Deeb lost some fine motor skills needed to pilot his drone.

Once airborne, the drone captured footage from overhead. Deeb removed his gloves to operate the remote, and as the wind picked up, Deeb feared he’d crash the drone. Over the whirring blasts, Deeb shouted to Olson: “I’m afraid to land it! Grab it when it gets close!” Olson quickly responded by tossing his gloves to the ground and prepared for a rescue. The drone came in quickly, and without much thought or preparation, Olson reached out it. Deeb realized too late that the landing gear wasn’t properly lifted. Blades spinning caught two of Olson’s fingers and severed the tips above the WINTER 2016


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Nadus Film production team: Josiah Gustavison, Coury Deeb, Clay Cook and Reid Olson.

fingernails off in a clean slice. Quickly, the team’s paramedic bandaged Olson’s injuries. A surgeon on the team reassured Olson that even though at the increased altitude and lower oxygen in the atmosphere blood does not coagulate, Olson’s fingers would begin healing once they returned to sea level.

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hours while each wrestled with his own beliefs in his ability to complete what they’d started. Some were starting to experience the brutality of the mountain already. The nausea and headaches set in. The days merged as the team continued to climb, stopping often to check pulse ox rates, stay hydrated and lower their resting heart rates. Somewhere between days two and three, climbers that had been ahead of them descended by them on stretchers, carried down by porters, the climb having proved more than their bodies could handle. Altitude sickness added to many of the tests Mount Kilimanjaro would hurl at them. The team continued passing through the five ecosystems of the mountain. The climb, they were told, was the physical equivalent of walking from the equator to the North Pole. After climbing for their first six hours, they made it to Kosovo and dropped their packs. The team ate dinner and rehydrated. The doctor and paramedic checked everyone’s vitals, as protocol demanded, and re-bandaged Olson’s wounds. Because of the brevity of ideal conditions to paraglide in the morning – a short two-hour window between 6 and 8 a.m. – the team would have to continue climbing through the night. “Rest up. That’s going to be a bitch to climb,” McRae warned his team. Returning climbers descended past their team, some stumbling, eyes rolling, as

they attempted to down the mountain far too quickly. Deeb and his team had been through their share of adventures together. Each project they produced brought cultural experiences guided by whichever country they’d happen to be in. On location in Guatemala City for the feature-length documentary “B-Boy for Life,” the crew joined a police ride through active gang territory, ending in an arrest that had the Americans sharing the truck bed with a cuffed gang member. While making their first documentary, a mercenary escorted the Nadus Film crew through the south Sudanese country, side-stepping land mines, hearing firsthand stories of violence and trauma, and, in the evenings, blowing off steam with spear-chucking lessons. Together, the team had hiked the foothills of the Himalayas, ridden trains and camels through Third World countries, canvassed the slums of India and horsebacked through the snowy mountains of Brevaria. They’d all done their fair share of mountaineering. They’d climbed in the Tetons and so were familiar with the concepts of hypoxia and dealing with extreme conditions, but nothing could have prepared them for the challenge of this Kilimanjaro.

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Chris Hunslow and Coury Deeb attempt the first ever tandem paraglide off the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.

about frostbite, he kept his pain quiet, focusing only on placing each foot in front of the other. Finally, Jeff, an experienced team member, told Deeb to remove his gloves and put his hands in his pants. At once his fingers began to warm and the feeling returned. Miraculously, camp Stella came into view. They’d survived the night, arriving at 5:30 a.m. While the rest of the team stopped for a brief rest, Deeb and the production crew plodded on. They’d need to be

ahead of the rest by a good 20 minutes so they could prep the cameras to film the flights. At times jogging, they made it to the Uhuru Peak, Kili’s highest point, as night’s blackness lit into a pink-laced horizon. Delirious with relief, the four friends sobbed together, rejoicing in what they’d accomplished. The team collected themselves and filmed WoK hikers breaking through to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro at sunrise. One of Deeb’s teammates made it to the peak a day ahead of the rest so he could return to the base camp and film the flight from below. With no time to lose, Mark, an expert paraglider from Las Vegas, flew first, setting a Guinness World Record as the first

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man to paraglide off Kili’s true summit. The remaining pilots prepped for their flights, including Deeb, who would double up for the first attempt ever to tandem paraglide off the peak. Their attempt alone would be record-breaking. Deeb belted himself into the harness in front of veteran pilot Chris Hunslow from Salt Lake City. Hunslow had successfully piloted 15,000 flights but never from this altitude and certainly not with a passenger. Deeb took a deep breath, forcing his legs into a sprint down the slope, yelling into the wind to drown out inner voices shouting about self-preservation. Lifting their feet from the ground, the wing caught the wind a few times, but then buckled as they reached the edge off the glacier. The two men tripped, toppling over one another, and the first tandem flight off Kilimanjaro was a bust, along with their faces and bodies that careened into the volcanic rock face. Another tandem team took flight as Deeb and Hunslow regrouped. The thin air sucked out their hope in a successful flight. Deeb pulled his water bottle out noticing that the water had frozen

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solid. Though their hopes to be the first on record to tandem had dashed, Deeb’s motives for jumping off the 20,000-foot mountain now included survival – that and the go-pro locked on his body, which would capture what would likely be the most amazing footage of his career. After a few other failed attempts and utterly spent, Deeb and Hunslow caught a strong gust of wind moments before the time limit of 8 a.m. arrived. The unobstructed view and the sensation of flying through the clouds burst through any feelings of exhaustion. Deeb felt an intense release. He was no longer in control. He had no camera and no need to pilot the glider. He felt a freedom to fall. Depending on how you pull the controls, the wing on a glider will change shape. Pulling on the controls makes the glider fly slower. Hunslow pulled the

controls, slowing them into a float. Deeb thought briefly of Nadus Film motto: “making films that make a difference.” The images they were capturing here would likely induce other adventures to make the flight, bringing even more awareness and support to the people now miles below them in need of clean water, an education and other essentials that could deliver them out of treacherous conditions into a higher quality of life. “I’ve heard it is the purest form of flying,” says Deeb, recalling his flight, “and I think that’s true. I couldn’t see the pilot or the wing, only my own feet floating above what felt like the entirety of East Africa. I could see forever. It was so incredibly peaceful.” Peaceful, that is, until the pilot inverted the paraglider, rolling the two of them five times before touching ground. “That part was a blur,” laughs Deeb. Overwhelmed by the unexpected movement and the intensity of the experience, he lost control of his body and regurgitated just before he hit the ground. Deeb summarized, “That seemed appropriate as it was the only way, really, to adequately describe the moment: Overwhelming.”

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f you were to ask most people where they expect to find themselves in five years and then follow up after that time has passed, odds are that life ended up leading them down an unexpected path. This isn’t to say that plans are foolish. It isn’t even to say that their journeys were wrought with any less determination or yielded any less success. However, it is to say that people are complicated, beautiful and capable of just about anything when they can strike an uncommon balance between grit and adaptability. One woman who knows these qualities well is Madeleine Dee, owner and executive chef at Fond. Dee initially held the aspiration of gracing the silver screen. Every step on her journey was a means to that end, and despite her eventual career change, she maintains with an unrestrained exuberance that surely would have sparkled on camera, “Well, I never really stopped wanting to be a movie star!” According to Dee, the acting bug bit her when she was in the seventh grade. “I took a theater class for a semester, and I WINTER 2016

absolutely loved every moment of it,” she recalls fondly. “The teacher was convinced that I was going to be a star, but at that

time, I didn’t really view acting as a career possibility.” Over the course of the next few years, she performed in a handful of plays at her high school and with Walden Theatre. By her senior year, she had amassed a significant amount of amateur experience and had settled on the matter: “I realized that I could just go to Los Angeles to be an actress. The idea stuck around in the back of my mind, and by the end of the year, acting was all I could honestly imagine doing with my life.” Dee’s mother – as parents are wont to do – encouraged her to obtain a college degree, so, dutifully, Dee enrolled at UofL. It was in that environment that she discovered her thirst for knowledge and insatiable curiosity. “In my second semester, I was studying anthropology and three foreign languages,” she recounts. She was flourishing academically, but she still yearned to be in Los Angeles. Unable to ignore her instincts any longer, Dee dropped out and attempted to make plans for a move to California. Predictably, the task proved difficult to accomplish at 18 and without a degree. Dee VO I C E -T R I B U N E . C O M

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also had no idea how she would make a living. “The stereotype is that you’ll work as a waitress or sling cocktails during the struggle, but I’m actually a terrible waitress,” she admits with a laugh. “So I knew I’d have to go another route.” As it turns out, that other route was not far off: cooking. “It was very random when I asked my parents if I could go to culinary school. I figured I’d work in a restaurant at night and audition during the day, or maybe be a private chef to a movie star until I caught my ‘big break,’” she explains. Always intrigued by cookbooks and always loving to eat, Dee had never cooked anything more than cookies before; however, that was an activity over which she and her grandmother had bonded during her childhood. “She was a wonderful cook who was also very secretive about her techniques and recipes. I did not grow up learning from her in the kitchen, but we adored each other. Her apple pie was scrumptious and about a foot tall! She passed away in 2014, and I still kick myself for not soaking up every moment I could have enjoyed with her.” Perhaps it

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was this morsel of memory that was the seed for Dee’s seemingly random culinary aspirations. Garnishing her memory with creativity and a dash of pragmatism, Dee again delayed her journey west to attend Sullivan University. Shortly after graduating, Dee worked at The English Grill, the signature dining room at The Brown Hotel to earn some much needed experience. A few months later, she opened No Place Like Home, a personal chef service through which she offered in-home meal prep, classes and catering for dinner and cocktail parties. “I managed to get a few clients,” she recalls proudly. “Still wasn’t in love with cooking though. I knew where I wanted to be.” With a degree, a thought-out plan and freshly minted confidence in tow, Dee finally packed her things – and her business – for La La Land in May 2011. She’d paid for a reel and gotten headshots. The oft-talked-about move was even preceded by a tear-filled going-away party. She drove out to California to make her dreams come true, but it only took her

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three days to discover that “I absolutely despised everything about Los Angeles. I tried! I really did. It just wasn’t for me. Everything was fake, and I immediately missed Southern hospitality. Real smiles. Nobody looked happy.” Dee stuck it out for a couple more days, but as she had always been a creature of instinct, she knew right away that the city wasn’t for her. The uncertainty filled Dee with a wanderlust, and since her skill had reached a point where No Place Like Home was able to fully support her livelihood, she took this time to travel the world and learn even more about cooking. England and France were unequivocal highlights of her travels, and with her wish to travel to a new country every year, Dee is certain to encounter some new favorites. However, there is one country in particular that stands head and shoulders above the rest. “My two weeks in Italy were especially amazing because I went alone and sort of lived like a hobo!” says Dee with an unrestrained laugh. “The freedom that goes along with traveling like that is like nothing else I’ve ever experienced. And the food! I had no idea that pizza could be so good.” “In Florence, I ate in a tiny osteria that I saw locals go into,” reminisces Dee. “The pasta was so delicious that I literally cried when I took the first bite,” she adds. “I turned around to look at the host, and he, his mother and his grandfather – the chef – were all watching me. When we made eye contact, they just smiled and nodded as a tear rolled down my cheek. Then they gave me three glasses of housemade limoncello, and I took a tipsy stroll around the Piazza del Duomo. It was one of the loveliest nights of my life.” And so Dee hopes to recreate that unforgettable experience for people in Louisville with an offshoot of No Place Like Home: Fond. Opened in 2015 and located on Frankfort Avenue, Fond is both a handmade grocery store and a fine dining experience that sources and sells products from local businesses. “I basically took all the elements I loved most about being a personal chef and funneled them more efficiently into a location where customers could come to me instead of the reverse. You get a bit tired of using different kitchens every week,” says Dee. Most importantly, in all her travels and 112 T H E V O I C E O F L O U I S V I L L E |

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shifting dreams, Dee seems to have finally found the rarest of all delicacies: her true self. “Fond is me. It’s my heart and soul, truly,” she says with no room for doubt. “I didn’t have enough money when I started, but that forced me to work five times as hard to ensure success. A lot of people who eat at Fond are introverts like myself. It’s fun to watch them get comfy and start to make friends with the other diners, bonding over the experience of eating here.” As for what’s next, Dee is currently planning a backpack adventure through Paris, Amsterdam and Copenhagen, where she will try her luck with the Nordic cuisine

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at Noma. “I’m still skeptical that sea moss and twigs taste good,” she opines wryly. She’s also in the midst of her third business, Bold Bird Productions, a micro production company that serves as a marriage of her two passions. “Currently, we are going to make two web series: one about inhome entertaining and one that features intimate portraits of local Kentucky producers.” BBP has already secured Gerrard Lobo – an actor who has appeared on such shows as “Master of None” and “Orange Is the New Black” – for the first web series,w and her company plans to begin shooting in January 2017. And so, life may have handed

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he sport of foxhunting does not live only in our romantic notions of 18th-century England. In various pockets of the U.S. where people appreciate, breed and ride horses, riding to the hunt is as much an autumn activity as a game of touch football in the backyard. Kentucky is one of those pockets. On October 29, a local foxhunt group called Long Run Hounds opened the season with its annual tradition called Blessing of the Hounds. ANCIENT SPORT Foxhunting is an activity that, in some form or another, dates to the ancient Assyrians and the dawn of civilization. Hunting on horseback for prey – foxes, stags, boars, deer – has been a staple of Western civilization for centuries. Over that span, foxhunting has changed from a blood sport to a “view” sport. In other words, a no-kill sport. Long Run Hounds’ objective is only to track, chase and view the quarry. That doesn’t put food on anyone’s table, but it does put a rush of adrenaline in the eager and enthusiastic riders and their hounds. It’s not surprising that a sport with so much history also has a great deal of ceremony. Everything about the Long Run Hounds is steeped in tradition – from the bows on the hunting caps to the colors of the frock-style coats to the number of coat buttons to the arcane titles of the various hunt participants: masters, huntsmen, hilltoppers, whippers-in. Nor is it surprising that the hunt season begins with a time-honored tradition, not unlike throwing out the ball on opening day or lighting the Olympic torch. BISCUITS AND BLESSINGS At the Blessing of the Hounds, 148 members and guests gathered in the crisp fall morning air at the Long Run Hounds kennels in Simpsonville to socialize, organize, eat a light repast of biscuits and ham, drink a stirrup cup of champagne or port wine – it’s the tradition, blame it on the Assyrians – and receive a blessing for each rider, the hounds, the woods, the quarry and the horses. Each rider also received an individual blessing and a medal of St. Hubert, patron saint of hunters. For Long Run Hounds, the blessing came from Rev. Joe Pusateri, pastor of Simpsonville Christian Church:

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“In one morning, a congregation of God’s beloved from diverse backgrounds and traditions come together in harmony for a common purpose. During that time together, they celebrate humanity’s connection and collaboration with horses and hounds, and they enjoy fellowship and sport with one another in the context of God’s magnificent creation. For a minister, this is a true blessing.” The fall season is important. A cool, damp climate and thick moist air hold the scent so the dogs can catch and track it.

the quarry of choice. Foxhunting is, of course, one of man’s oldest sports. If the original intention was to rid the premises of “hen-eating varmints,” the early American foxhunters had only themselves to blame. British settlers that came to America in the 1600s and 1700s brought European red foxes with them for the specific purpose of then hunting them. You can’t blame the hens for being resentful of that.

Revered Joe Pusateri, pastor of Simpsonville Christian Church, and Paul Bickel, Joint MFH and LRH whipper-in

THE COOL, DAMP AIR Full riding members say there is a great deal of science to this. They hunt early in the morning because the moisture is heavier and the dew is on the ground – all that dew and wet grass hold the scent there. As the day proceeds, the scent will lift above the hounds’ heads. And once the scent lifts, it’s what is referred to as a “bluebird day,” because all you’re going to see are bluebirds. And then the group is off led by Master Alf Caldwell, Huntsman – hunting horns blowing, dogs barking – across the rolling hills and through wooded areas in hunt for the...coyote. Because this area of Kentucky is so thick with coyotes, that fast and clever little canine has become

A GOOD CHASE The hound of choice for Long Run is the Penn-Marydel, a hardy and energetic breed known for its strong sense of scent, easy to train and master. It’s also a slower dog, so the hounds can track the quarry but they can’t catch it. Members say if it’s a game, even the coyotes join in the fun. They give them a good run and a good chase. The coyotes seem to be used to the chase. When they get to the edges of the territory, beyond where they are allowed to ride, they’ll circle back into the territory to keep the chase going. Truly a game of tag. Long Run uses a diverse group of horses: draft crosses, warmbloods and quarter horses, plus a lot of Thoroughbreds. Being

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Thoroughbred country after all, they have members involved in makeover programs that take retired racehorses and re-train them to do things like foxhunt and show. Some of the attributes of the racehorse – stamina, athleticism and personality – lend themselves to foxhunting. Many like draft crosses because then you have the size and mellow personality of a working horse cross-bred with a Thoroughbred, and you get more agility and athleticism. The hope is that you get the best of both. THE RIDERS’ STORIES Another Long Run tradition is that the members keep diaries of the hunt. So, as the various parties head off across the pasture, hill and dale, let the riders pick up the story: “The first field consisted of about 25 riders, all well-mounted and capable of galloping over the many three-foot jumps we have in Long Run Hunt country. And the capability soon paid off. After a few minutes with their noses to the ground, our lead hounds caught scent of a quarry just ending its morning jog. The lead hound then let loose with an ‘I’ve got it, come follow me’ hound howl that set the WINTER 2016

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pack running up a wooded draw. That echo of hounds in the woods sent shivers up the spines of the riders, it perked the ears of the horses and it lifted the souls of us all.” - col. walter herd “The coyote (and occasional fox) always gets away, and the object of the day is to enjoy the countryside from the back of a horse and to see foxhounds working to find the scent of the game. Getting to see the hounds running the line (scent trail) of a coyote or fox is the hoped-for highlight of the day, and actually viewing the game is a rare and exciting treat.” – paul bickel, master “A tally ho was given by whipper-in and Master Paul Bickel and whipper-in Lisa Eifler, followed by Second Field Master Dr. Madelyn Jacobs, near the ‘power line’ with quarry headed west. Quarry moved westward, just north of us, but hounds had difficulty carrying cry across

the harvested fields due to the poor scent conditions.” – jed edinger, whipper-in “A quarter-mile further, in a drain between the two cornfields, hounds opened up, and their deep resonating voices could be heard. Long Run’s wonderful pack of Penn-Marydels pushed a coyote out of the covert of woods near the ‘corn field/creek’ line. He paused for a second as he saw me standing with my horse, Lars. Turning east in the covert, ‘Wiley’ quickly darted back north to continue his attempt to elude our pack of foxhounds. At this same time, another coyote was pushed out of the covert on the west side where another whipper-in (can’t remember who) raised a tally ho cheer. Our hounds decided to run this coyote, and the entire pack pushed him west through three other cornfields, following closely 100 yards behind on his trail.” – lisa eifler, whipper-in Harper Morris

“Whip Lisa Eifler soon viewed a coyote running out of the covert to the southwest, followed by hounds, to the delight of many in the field. Mounted observers of the hunt are known as ‘the field’ – on this day, we had three fields: the jumping field lead by Dinwiddie Lampton, MFH [Master of Foxhounds]; the non-jumping field led by Dr. Madelyn Mills; and the hilltoppers led by Sally McLaughlin exMFH).” – paul bickel “We galloped along the creek, in and out between meadows and woods, jumping fences that separate pastures from bean fields for the next hour. “At one point, with our horses steaming with perspiration and the riders panting for breath, we jumped one of our more challenging jumps out of the creek bed and into a large field to hear that the hounds had gotten several hundred yards ahead of us. Obviously, our Mr. Fox – or, in this case, the wiley Mr. Coyote – had turned

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on the speed. Well, that just gave us an excuse to let our horses have their head along a ridge and down a long tractor road to catch up. I leaned forward onto the neck of my big Throughbred-Percheron cross, squeezed my legs tight and let him run. “With the hounds running at full speed hot on the trail and our horses also pounding away, the field soon got the hounds back in sight after a spirited run. When we did, hounds were working along the edge of the field just inside the woodline. As we gathered in the center of the field to watch them work, a large tan coyote jogged out of the top side of the draw looking over his shoulder toward the hounds. ‘Tally ho,’ the field cried, as Mr. Coyote made his escape over the hill. Soon, the hounds picked up the scent again and off we went.

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“Apparently, our game was tired of the chase and thus put on his incredible speed and simply vanished. Our hounds continued to try to re-find the scent, but we soon called it a day and headed home. And what a wonderful day – the whole field viewed our game, we ran hard for two hours jumping several fences and everyone – the coyote, the hounds, the horses and the riders – came home in one piece.” – col. walter herd With that, the horses were scrubbed down, the hounds fed and the riders retired to enjoy the tales of the morning and their “hunt breakfast.” And the coyote checked their calendars. “This was fun. When do we do this again?”

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One of the most highly anticipated social events on the calendar, the Speed Art Museum Gala is a museumwide celebration, with food, drink, music, dancing and merriment filling the galleries. The 2017 Gala Committee, co-chaired by Cheri Collis White and Merry Dougherty, is made up of volunteers committed to supporting the arts and the newly renovated museum. They are pictured here, styled in elegant attire fitting of the Speed’s most significant fundraiser.

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On Lisa Austin: Highlow black Nicole Miller dress from Dillard’s.

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On Erin Trager Kusman: Silver sequin Badgely Mischka gown from Rodeo Drive.

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On Heidi Potter: Gold lace Todashi Shoji gown from Glasscock Boutique. Gold diamond cascade earrings and sapphire and diamond ring from Aesthetics in Jewelry. On Jennifer Bates: Black velvet top and pant with red and black Todashi Shoji print cape from Glasscock Boutique. On Laura Johnston: Gold-embellished mermaid Betsy & Adam gown from Dillard’s. Diamond earrings from Aesthetics in Jewelry.

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JAN

28

Swashbuckler’s Ball

For: Saint Mary’s Center Where: Louisville Marriott East When: 6 p.m. Tariff: Dinner-$125; Dance-$75; Info: saintmaryscenter.org

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CALENDAR Who says Derby is the most glamorous season in Louisville? This winter boasts some of the most dazzling and can’t-miss galas of the year. Make plans now to support your favorite charity or arts organization. Photography by Tim Valentino and Bill Wine

DEC

03

Light Up CenterStage

For: CenterStage Where: Jewish Community Center When: 7 p.m. Tariff: Table of 10-$850; Individual Ticket-$95 Info: jewishlouisville.org

JAN

18

Bluegrass Ball

For: Kentucky Society of Washington Where: Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC When: 6 p.m. Tariff: $350 Info: kentuckysocietyofwashington.com

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JAN

21

28

JAN

28

Twisted Pink Masquerade Ball

For: Twisted Pink Where: The Olmsted When: 6:30 p.m. Tariff: Dinner ticket-$175; Mardi Gras Lounge-$50 Info: twistedpink.org

FEB

03

Greek Glendi

For: Hellenic Society of Louisville Where: The Olmsted When: 6:30 p.m. Tariff: $80 Info: 502.426.8454

B3 Bash

For: Kosair Charities Where: Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center When: 6 p.m. Tariff: $80 Info: b3bash.com

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Dr. Beth Riley, Lara MacGregor and event founder Caroline Johnson.

Carnevale

For: Kentucky Opera Where: Louisville Marriott Downtown When: 6 p.m. Tariff: $250 Info: kyopera.org/carnevale-2017/

Gill Holland, Jennifer Bielstein, Les Waters and Augusta Holland.

FEB

04

Lobster Feast

For: Actors Theatre Where: Louisville Marriott Downtown When: 6 p.m. Tariff: VIP Table of 10-$5,000; Table of 10$3,000; Individual Tickets-$300 Info: actorstheatre.org

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FEB

25

Beaux Arts Ball

For: VOICES of Kentuckiana Where: The Brown Hotel When: 6:30 p.m.

Tariff: $125 Info: beauxartsball.com Heather Barnett, Sandy Nixon and Sascha Gordon.

FEB

18

MAR

03

Louisville Heart Ball

For: American Heart Association Where: Louisville Marriott Downtown When: 6 p.m. Tariff: $500 Info: 502.371.6012

FEB

18

Shakespeare in Love Gala

For: Kentucky Shakespeare Where: 21C Museum Hotel When: 8 p.m. Tariff: Couples Ticket-$175; Individual Ticket-$100 Info: kyshakespeare.com

For: The Healing Place Where: Louisville Marriott Downtown When: 5:30 p.m. Tariff: $200 Info: thehealingplace.org

MAR

04

25

Chefs for Hope

For: Salvation Army Culinary Training Program Where: Big Spring Country Club When: 6:30 p.m. Tariff: $150 Info: 502.931.5420

Wine Women & Shoes

For: Family Scholar House Where: The Henry Clay When: 6 p.m. Tariff: Full Table of 6-$1,500; Half Table of 3-$750; Individual Ticket-$250 Info: winewomenandshoes.com/events/ Louisville/

MAR

FEB

Celebrate Freedom Dinner

04

Red Tie Gala

For: Ronald McDonald House Charities Kentuckiana Where: Galt House Hotel When: 6 p.m. Tariff: $200 Info: rmhc-kentuckiana.org/

Mary Lou Meyer, Raymond Carcione, Lisa Stemler, Joyce and Leonard Meyer.

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Speed Ball

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Salute to Catholic School Alumni

04

For: The Speed Museum Where: The Speed Museum When: 7 p.m. Tariff: $750, Friends of the Speed-$200 Info: speedmuseum.org

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For: The Catholic Education Foundation Where: Galt House Hotel When: 5:30 p.m. Tariff: $250 Info: ceflou.org

MAR

18

Wrapped in Red Gala

For: American Red Cross Where: Louisville Marriott Downtown When: 6:30 p.m. Tariff: $225 Info: American.redcross.org

MAR

25

2016 Speed Gala.

Benefit Bash

For: The Animal Care Society Where: Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center When: 6 p.m. Tariff: $100 Info: animalcaresociety.org

2016 Twisred Pink Masquerade Ball.

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