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Eastern High School’s cheerleading team didn’t qualify for the Kentucky state tournament four years ago. In February of this year, the Eagles soared to a top-10 finish in the largest and most prestigious cheerleading competition in the country – the Universal Cheerleading Association National High School Championship held at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. It wasn’t Eastern’s first trip to the competition. In 2016, the Eagles finished eighth. This year, the Eagles bested that performance, finishing in seventh place out of 68 teams in the largest, most

Like their coach, many of the Eagles shouted their first cheers at an early age. Most started at about age 5. Eastern boasts 21 team members. Eleven of them represent their school in competition Such an accomplishment was the result of the team’s dedication to their sport, desire to and three are alternates. In addition succeed and stellar leadership from first-year to cheering for Eastern, six team head coach Tyra Anderson. A 2012 Eastern members compete at the national level for GymTyme. Between Eastern and alumna, Anderson cheered for four years for her alma mater and joined the coaching GymTyme, some of the girls practice up to six hours per day. staff as an assistant in 2014. In addition to serving as Eastern’s head coach, Anderson “I enjoy the sisterhood that’s formed,” is on the staff for the GymTyme All-Stars, says senior and co-captain Claire Dzan, a competitive travel team in Louisville, who has been cheering for eight years. and is working toward a Master’s degree in managerial studies. She began cheerleading “Cheerleading is essentially a year-round sport, and you grow with the girls around in fourth grade and cheered competitively you so much – mentally and skill-wise.” for GymTyme in addition to Eastern. competitive division. Eastern was the only Jefferson County Public School to advance to the finals. / MAY 2018 / MIDDLETOWN MAGAZINE / 7

The Eagles’ road to Orlando began last November at Rupp Arena in Lexington, where 500 teams from across the Commonwealth competed in the Universal Cheerleading Association Bluegrass Regionals. Eastern won their division, securing a bid to the national competition, which would be the team’s seniors’ last. “I feel extremely accomplished and proud

of myself, Coach Tyra (Anderson) and my teammates,” says Jordan Marion, a senior and co-captain. “We all put in a lot of work to achieve these accomplishments, and it wasn’t an easy process. I feel blessed and honored to end my years with the Eastern High School cheer program on such a high note.” The Universal Cheerleading Association National High School Championship

provided an international stage. ESPN and ESPN2 broadcast the competition to more than 100 million homes in the U.S. and 32 countries. Fifteen thousand student-athletes representing 800 teams were among the 50,000 attendees “It was wonderful to watch the team grow and reach this milestone,” Anderson says. “The girls were very proud. For me, it was a big moment to see all their hard work pay off. I always tell them that they have to put in the work to have these accomplishments and see it come to life.” Dzan agrees. “It feels amazing to see the results of dedication,” she says. “Our consistency has really paid off, and being able to look back at the journey as a whole is rewarding.” Anderson has watched the team grow in her four years as a coach. The senior members of the team were freshmen when Anderson joined the coaching staff. Her goal was and is to improve the Eastern cheerleading program.

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“When I was in high school, cheerleading wasn’t as competitive as it is now,” she says. “To go to nationals and place seventh, I’m definitely hungry for more. Next season I’d like to place first or second overall at the state competition and have a top-five finish at nationals.” The Eagles’ journey to next season starts this spring. Practices will get underway in May after open team tryouts and will continue through the summer. Team members’ only month off is April. For the team members who also cheer for the GymTyme All-Stars, it’s a year-round sport. “I think a lot of people hear ‘cheerleading’ and they just think of girls standing on the sidelines at a game and that it’s not a sport,” Anderson says. “But I like the athleticism it takes to do it and the intricate skills. There’s tumbling, jumping and stunting, and it’s evolved so much in the last 10 or 20 years. It’s always evolving, and that’s why I like it.

“It feels amazing to see the results of dedication,” Dzan adds. “Our consistency has really paid off, and being able to look back at the journey as a whole is rewarding.” Like many members of a high school sports team, athletics is part of a pact and relationship among teammates. The girls spend a lot of time together and it shows. “I love the bonds that are formed and lifelong friendships that are made,” Marion says. “It’s fun to get to come to practices and be with your teammates who are also your best friends.” In addition to being best friends and among the best cheerleaders in the state and nation, the Eagles are also some of the top performing studentathletes at Eastern. Their success on the cheerleading mats is rivaled only by their success in the classroom. “They’re talented student-athletes,” Anderson says. “I commend them because I cheered myself, and I know it’s not easy, especially with practicing that much in addition to going to school. All of the girls have extremely good GPAs. A majority of them have at least a 3.5 GPA or above, and two seniors have a 4.0 or higher.” Performing well academically and athletically are part of being a high school student-athlete. Fundraising is also a source of hard work and commitment. The team is supported by its own booster program, but team members also work to secure the funding to travel to competitions. The Eagles sell candy bars and cookie dough, and host an annual cheerleading camp and competition. Additionally, they hold several restaurant nights each year at which supporting restaurants donate a percentage of an evening’s profit to the team. “This truly is a group of hardworking, talented girls,” Anderson says. “They’re extremely passionate about their sport and willing to put in the dedication and time that it takes to be this successful. That’s something that really made a difference this season.”

HAVE YOU HEARD? MAY IS BETTER HEARING AND SPEECH MONTH May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, and Dr. Melanie Driscoll and Dr. Kristin Lenz at Eastpoint Audiology are ready to help you improve your hearing. Graduates of the University of Louisville School of Medicine, both audiologists operate their practice under the mission that better hearing leads to a better life.

Dr. Driscoll was inspired to enter the field of audiology after a friend’s daughter was born with no hearing and after spending time with a neighbor whose hearing issues negatively impacted his life.

“No matter what we do in life, everything hinges around communication,” Dr. Driscoll says. “If we can’t hear or we have someone we’re trying to do something with and they can’t hear, then there is a disconnect. Until we can hear each other, we can’t communicate.”

Dr. Lenz became an audiologist for similar reasons, and was in part influenced by her mom who is a nurse.

“I wanted to figure out a way to help them,” she says.

“Communication is huge, and I love my interactions with people,” Dr. Lenz says. “So, when you think about how hard it is for people to miss general communications or the punchline to a joke, it can really take a toll on someone.” One in five Americans experience hearing loss, and 80 percent of those who have issues do nothing about it. Dr. Driscoll noted that patients often wait years before seeking help and typically only do so after a family member or friend pressures them. Cost is often the biggest hindrance for a person delaying an appointment, along with being afraid of the results. “There are ways we can help people get hearing aids who need them,” Dr. Driscoll says. “I don’t want anyone to ever think they can’t get the help they need because they don’t have the funds for the cost.” If a hearing aid is needed, patients have many options. Some audiology practices choose to only work with one or two hearing aid manufacturers, but Eastpoint Audiology works with all of them. The practice primarily serves the adult and geriatric populations, working with patients who need hearing aids or who have tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing in the ears). The doctors can also do mobile visits for patients living in assisted living facilities to help ease the burden of traveling to appointments. Dr. Driscoll and Dr. Lenz both recommend everyone go through a hearing test to get a baseline of their condition. Children are


screened when entering kindergarten, but there typically isn’t a required screen at any other point in life.

“It’s so awesome being able to help people, and every single day one of them has a story to tell,” Dr. Lenz says.

“We have a lot of people who come in who have hearing loss and are under the age of 65,” Dr. Driscoll says. “So, if you think you have hearing loss or someone else has mentioned you might, now is the time to have a baseline audiogram done.”

The doctors encourage people of all ages to protect their hearing by taking precautions such as wearing hearing protection when mowing the grass, using loud machinery or attending concerts.

At the end of the day, both doctors agree that learning about their patients and interacting with them is the best part of their jobs.

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“The look on someone’s face when you get their hearing aid in and they hear something they haven’t heard in a long time — even something as trivial as a piece of paper crumpling — that sound gets them so excited,” Dr. Lenz says. She shared a story of a patient who thought there was an issue with a hearing aid she was recently fitted with, and the doctors discovered the strange sound she was hearing every few minutes was an automatic air freshener in her home. The woman had never heard the noise before and was amazed at how much her hearing had improved.

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THE TRIPLE CROWN OF RUNNING LO U I SV I L L E LOV E S I TS R AC E S Writer / Stephanie VonTrapp Photographer / Stephanie VonTrapp Et al.

On Saturday, May 8 at 6:50 p.m. the world will gather to spectate what has been universally deemed “the most exciting two minutes in sports”. As the horses break free to run the 144th Kentucky Derby, we will watch with bated breath to see who will walk away a champion with the hope they can also win the next two legs of the Triple Crown of horse racing. Derby is undeniably the highlight of every year for our city as we host hundreds of thousands of tourists, showcasing our historic city with true Southern hospitality. Our city’s love affair with racing does not end with horse-racing, though. Each year, ramping up to the Derby, thousands of residents and tourist also lace up their sneakers and hit the pavement in races of their very own. Born in 1984, the Triple Crown of Running has attracted novice and experienced runners from all over the country to participate in the city’s race season. They aren’t just running for their health, happiness, and enthusiasm though - they are running for others. Since 2002, the Triple Crown has raised $1.8 million for the WHAS Crusade for Children.

The Crusade for Children ensures 100 percent of each donation received directly helps children with special needs. They have served millions of children in Kentucky and Indiana and are able to support about one third of all children in need of their services in the community. The first leg of the Triple Crown of Running, the Anthem 5K Fitness Classic, is a fun, 3.1-mile, race that attracts many runners, walkers, and joggers alike. The after-party at the finish line is well worth the hard work and training for participants. There is plenty of swag, more delicious treats than you can devour, music, and joyous spectators cheering on the finishers. The next leg is the Rodes City Run 10K, a 6.2-mile jaunt through historic downtown Louisville and the landmark Highlands neighborhood. It skirts the outside of Cave Hill Cemetery and finishes on the waterfront. This race is one of the oldest in the region dating back to 1980. When the idea was originally presented to Rodes CEO, (the late) Lawrence Smith, Sr., he loved the concept so much he decided to sponsor the race entirely. I personally had the privilege of knowing Mr. Smith in his final years. He was an inspiring man of great integrity and character and

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contributed much to our city. Rodes has been a family-owned business in our city for five generations and over a century. Devoted to his city, family and fitness, I can only imagine he would be thrilled to see how many people still unite to run each year. The annual average is about 7,500 participants. The last Triple Crown leg is the Papa John’s 10 Miler, a race down Southern Parkway and through Iroquois Park. Iroquois is a historic “scenic reservation”, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, and features miles of forest-lined road and scenic overlooks. For those brave enough to walk, jog, or run the 10mile course, the grand finale is the last yardage through Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on the football field. Family and friends cheer from the bleachers and for many it may be the only time they ever get to run in a college football arena. An added bonus is that after nine miles of pavement the spongy grass is heaven for the feet! In the end, participants who complete all three races earn a prize and commemorative Triple Crown of Running Louisville shirt but it’s the feeling of accomplishment they will carry with them forever. For the truly dedicated, the Triple Crown of Running is just training for the pinnacle of Derby race season: the Kentucky Derby Festival Mini-Marathon and Marathon, 13.1 and 26.2mile races, respectively. You can run either, but not both since they run on the same day. Each course winds through downtown Louisville and the landmark Churchill Downs but only the marathon runs through Iroquois Park. The run through Churchill Downs is a fan favorite and a particularly unique experience. One week before Derby, the legendary track is in full swing preparing for its biggest day of the year. Runners get to see the backside and take a sneak peek at this year’s decorations and theme. There are so many runners who participate in these races raising money for charity that the KDF Foundation established a committee to help manage the charitable donations. So far, millions of dollars have been raised for over 32 charitable organizations in our community. It seems the spirit of Derby Race season is not only healthy for the body, but also for the soul. I cannot think of a better way to express our Louisville pride than by generosity to others. Louisville is not the only Kentucky city participating in the Derby races either. From 2014-2017 Lexington’s Run the Bluegrass, promoted as “America’s Prettiest Half Marathon”, partnered with the KDF Mini-Marathon to offer the Kentucky Half Classic. Anyone completing both races received a commemorative finisher’s medal, and VIP Half Classic experiences after each race. Run The Bluegrass Half-Marathon starts and finishes at Churchill Downs’ sister track, Keeneland Race Course, and follows a trail through breathtaking thoroughbred farms. Starting this year, instead of the Kentucky Half Classic, the Run the Bluegrass will serve as a pace-race for the Derby Mini-Marathon.

Since the Derby race is a United States Track and Field sanctioned course and a Boston Marathon qualifying event, elite runners would benefit from the Bluegrass race as a preparatory for the main event. These races are community events and everyone is welcome to participate. There are minicourses for the kids, volunteering opportunities for students, and anyone can come out to cheer on the participants and spectate. Participants range from elementary school age to seniors in their nineties. Some walk, many jog or run, but each has their own unique motivation. You will see shirts where soldiers are running in honor of their brethren, those running for a lost loved one, those running to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, nervous first timers, and even some marking their 100th race. Unlike other sports, running is usually about being your personal best and encouraging others. Sure, there are a few in the very front hoping to break a world record or win but most are just enjoying themselves and cheering along the way. Life is full of so many small victories and finishing a race one of them. It is a wonderful feeling to get up early in the morning after months of training and suit up with thousands of others to push yourself towards a common goal.

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Some people can’t see themselves doing anything other than good. Hank Patton is one of those people. As President and CEO of USA Cares since 2015, he’s made it his singular duty to help those in need, specifically the post-9/11 veterans his organization assists. An Army veteran himself, Patton came to his current position after several years in state government, in the conservation arena of Fish & Wildlife. But he saw the work USA Cares was doing, heard the call to his “giving heart” and made the jump. For a non-profit that has served more than 100,000 clients and dispersed nearly 15

million dollars, USA Cares had a rather humble beginning, Patton says. “USA Cares was incorporated back in 2003 based on a joint effort between Kroger and Wave3 TV,” he says. “They created a ‘Support The Troops’ yard sign that they sold for $5 and they raised far more money than they thought they would. They worked with some folks to disperse that money to folks in need and they actually raised about 120,000. USA Cares was incorporated, then as KentuckianaCares, for a way to disperse that money and establish a vetting process to make sure the right families were getting that money. Immediately they found a need. They saw that there was more need than just in the Kentuckiana area, so they MAY 2018

reincorporated this USA Cares and started providing immediate assistance to post9/11 veterans in crisis. And its been that way ever since.” Since then, USA Cares has faithfully and steadfastly continued its mission in helping the men and women who have made the “ultimate sacrifice” to fight for and protect our country. According to their website, veterans’ applications for assistance are accepted 24 hours a day, seven days a week “When they come to us they have to certify that they are an honorably discharged veteran,” Patton says. “They have to prove their post-9/11 service and they have to have a documented need. We don’t help

people who just call and say ‘hey, I’m going to be late on a payment,’ we have to have a documented need that they are behind, that there is a risk of foreclosure or risk of repossession. Once we have that, we start the advocacy work with the lending vendor and try to work out those situations.” As such, there are four basic areas that Patton and his organization deals with among veterans seeking help with USA Cares. “There’s combat injured, folks injured in the line of duty,” he says. “We don’t pay treatment of PTSD or traumatic injuries. We take care of the family’s bills, the veteran’s bills. We take away the barrier for them seeking treatment. We also work in the career transition lane. As veterans transition out of the military, we help them find jobs, offsetting costs for interviews, travel, relocation. “We do housing assistance, dealing specifically with rent and mortgages,

keeping the family under a roof, helping the family offset mortgage payments that are behind. We work with the lending institutions to get the loans restructured so that it takes some of the pressure off the veterans. “Lastly, we do emergency assistance, which is the thing nobody thinks about,” he adds. “Electric, gasoline, gas in the home, cell phone payments. Folks who think cell phones aren’t important, well, turn yours off. Most people communicate with a cell phone now.

“We help with those because we see so many veterans have gotten themselves into a bind and because they are a proud group of people veterans typically don’t reach out for help until they critically need it. And we see these folks as being in critical need. Again, everything we do is about the veterans and their families.” USA Cares has long maintained a simple and direct mission: help veterans in need immediately. While USA Cares never gives money directly to veterans or their families, they pay off all qualifying debts within 48

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hours, something Patton is extraordinarily proud of. “Our watchword is right now,” Patton says. “Once we start the process, as soon as all the qualifications are in, we move right then. We’re very proud of that, being immediate, right now. Understand, most of the folks we see, the wolf is at the door. The sheriff has tacked the eviction notice on the door. There’s been a number of cases, I can’t even tell you the number, but an inordinate amount of cases that we’ve literally stopped people. “Everything we do is because of the compassion folks have, both corporate and individuals, to help service members. We’re pretty proud of what we do with that money and the responsibility in which we deliver the services. And the bottom line is that these are grants not loans. There is no expectation of being repaid.” All the money given to veterans and their


families (which Patton calls a hand-up. “We don’t consider anything we do as a handout,” he says.) has to come from somewhere and for USA Cares it stems from the compassion and community outreach of many people, especially corporations.

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“Everything is donated from corporate partners. We take no government funds of any kind,” Patton says. “Everything is done through local business support, corporate

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the nation’s largest independent brokerage firm,” Lamkin says. “I’m in business for myself but not by myself.”

The first year was not exactly smooth sailing. PNC came at Lamkin with a lawsuit after a large number of clients followed him to his new business, a severe facial injury during a July recreational softball game set him back, and the tragic events of September 11, 2001, sent world markets spiraling. On top “I had a family member who went bankrupt, of that, Lamkin had his wife and two young so I knew I wanted to be in finance,” he children at home to support. says. “I didn’t know what area, but it was a wake-up call at that point and I’ve been in “It was a tough first year, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” Lamkin says. “It gave financial planning since that day forward. me the confidence to know I could do this.” I want to make sure no one’s parent or sibling will ever go through what we did as Lamkin was initially drawn to the East a family.” End and Jeffersontown because he saw an underserved market and had heard great After college, Lamkin was PNC’s top retail broker for nearly a decade until he went into things about the area from his uncle John Carney of Carney’s Carpet Gallery. business for himself in 2001. With an MBA from Bellarmine University and status as a recognized Certified Financial Planner, Lamkin takes his role seriously and has a personal passion for the work he does.

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Lamkin and his team work closely with prospective clients to build a comprehensive “That’s one of my favorite parts of the job,” plan to ensure they will not run out of Lamkin says. “Eventually that lightbulb goes money in retirement and to plan for any off and you hear a sigh of relief because the legacy giving to their children or charities.

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for Bearno’s at two East End locations. Lamkin was frustrated by the long delivery times to get a Bearno’s pizza - his favorite in Louisville - to his Hurstbourne home and decided to take matters into his own hands. The project is something of a redemption story for Lamkin, who bought a small pizza store in Maryville, Kentucky, in 1992. “I tried to run the restaurant absentee, and we ended up closing it,” says Lamkin, who wound up losing about $25,000 on the venture. “It was one of my only losses, but I learned as much from that business failure as I did from my MBA.” Lamkin and his partners are excited to reinvigorate the Louisville staple pizzeria

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One of Centerstone’s many goals is to offer help and a way out for those struggling with addiction in order to keep preventable deaths from happening.

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But it appears his real passion was to create this brand with the collaboration of his This Derby season, when you are looking for family. After retiring from Brown Forman, a way to showcase Louisville to your visiting Lincoln and his son Wes decided to try their guests, may I suggest you try the bourbon hand at making traditional bourbon, with a experience at Angel’s Envy? When bourbon unique spin. enters the barrel to mature, we immediately lose 3-5 percent to evaporation. This loss is Angel’s Envy is known for its secondary called the Angel’s Share. What remains in maturation process, meaning the bourbon the barrel has been cleverly labeled by the is aged in new white oak barrels, then late Lincoln Henderson as Angel’s Envy finished for several months in used port because all the angels are looking down with and rum barrels. This additional maturation envy at the remaining bourbon! process gives the bourbon its unique flavor and finish and helps it to stand out from Angel’s Envy Bourbon is the passion traditional bourbons. project of the now deceased Lincoln Henderson and his son Wes. Lincoln Angel’s Envy is one of the many distilleries had an impressive 40-year career with opening on Louisville’s historic Whiskey Brown-Forman. By all accounts, he was a Row. They renovated a century-old building distilling genius. He worked his way up to across the street from Slugger Field. Master Distiller of products that are still They offer an impressive and innovative world-renowned today, such as Woodford presentation of their brand production. It Reserve, Gentleman Jack, and many of the is evident that they care immensely about Single Barrel projects at Brown-Forman. the visitor experience. They keep the tour Lincoln earned many accolades in the groups small, and the tour guides are distilling world including being one of the knowledgeable, engaging, and entertaining. inaugural inductees into the Bourbon Hall Brent was my tour guide, and I can’t rave of Fame. He was also awarded the Lifetime about him enough. Achievement Award from Malt Advocate. Writer / Chris Cates, Bourbon Connoisseur

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The distillery embodies incredibly new technology, rich bourbon history, and Southern hospitality. We started the tour in the lobby discussing a mural of the entire family. Three generations of Henderson’s have had their hand in producing this bourbon. One of the requirements from Lincoln himself was that each of his grandsons has to work their way up through the ranks of the distillery. Three grandsons are not old enough yet, and two are working their way through different distillery jobs. Currently, Kyle, the son of Wes, is the master taster and blender. He is responsible for quality and consistency. Even though deceased, Lincoln is still considered the Master Distiller, that is how much they sincerely respect his contributions to the brand and the bourbon. Angel’s Envy has won a multitude of awards, but the one they are most proud of is the Best Spirit on the Planet from 2013. I found the family history fascinating. Lincoln is quoted as saying that all of his previous accolades don’t compare to his proudest moment of creating Angel’s Envy with his family. I think it shows in the bourbon, and in the distillery.

From the lobby, we moved into the distilling room. Here Brent described mash bills, yeast strains, and aging. We went into the room with their vast Vendome Copper still, and it was stunning. In the distillation room, we tasted new mash, just as it was beginning to cook. We then compared it to 4-day old mash and the difference in flavor was unbelievable! The new mash tasted like a sweet corn porridge, and the 4-day old cooked mash tasted like a hoppy beer. Each station in the distillery has an informational wall infographic that explains what the process is. They are painted on the wood or the brick, and they add a nice touch of crucial knowledge. From there we went through the aging process, just like all bourbon, Angel’s Envy is initially aged in a new white oak barrel. They then move it to the second barrel (used Port or Rum barrels) for an additional finish. The last distillery stop was the bottling plant. Along the tour, we got a ton of general information about bourbon, the brand, and even the building.

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We ended the tour in their beautiful, modern, yet still Art Deco style tasting room. The tastings take place at an impressive table made of a gorgeous and massive log, cut in half. Again, their impeccable attention to detail heightened the experience. The tasting mat laid out the entire process from grain to bottle on one side. The other had photos of familiar flavor profiles such as cashew, almond, and toast. Our tasting glass was upside down over a specially made Art Eatables chocolate. Brent poured our bourbon then taught us the Kentucky Chew. The Kentucky Chew is the best way to acclimate your palate to the high proof spirit. You do this by swishing it around your mouth a few times before swallowing. We then tasted the bourbon with the chocolate. He gave us an additional pour with one ice cube so we could compare the difference in the flavor profile with water. Here are my tasting notes:

NEAT: Nose: Caramel, toasted almonds, cherry Taste: Almond, pepper, citrus Finish: Strong and peppery.

With Chocolate: Nose: Caramel, Toasted Almonds, Cherry Taste: Orange, Caramel, Butterscotch Finish: Sweet, smooth, citrus

With Ice: Nose: Caramel, Cherry, Plum Taste: Fig, Cinnamon, Toast Finish: Soft, caramel, slight pepper It was incredible to see the flavor variations with just the chocolate and ice. Lastly, we were invited to purchase an additional drink at their beautiful bar. The bar manager, Alex, was brilliant and obviously passionate about the spirit. He had an impressive cocktail list with new and exciting spins on classic cocktails. We also had the opportunity to order the coveted Angel’s Envy Rye. It was the perfect complement to an already impressive tour. Overall, the extensive attention to details, the knowledge and passion of the employees, the layout of the distillery, and history of the spirit perfectly combine to leave the visitor with a more meaningful impression of this bourbon and bourbon culture. I hope you too will visit soon. For information on booking a tour visit

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Andrew Kipe is Helping Redefine the Louisville Orchestra in its 80th Year Writer / Shannon Siders Photographer / Frankie Steele

As the Louisville Orchestra enters its 80th season, Executive Director and Jeffersontown resident Andrew Kipe is helping the organization engage with the community and redefine what it means to be an orchestra in the 21st century. Kipe took the helm of the orchestra in November 2013, after the organization had filed bankruptcy and was in the midst of a labor dispute. He was quickly targeted as an ideal candidate for the role by the recruiting committee, who knew he had dealt with a similar situation with the Phoenix Symphony. “At first, I didn’t know if it was the right fit for me,” Kipe says about moving to Louisville for the job. “I visited two or three times over the course of the hiring process and was really impressed with Louisville and with the resilience the community has for this orchestra.”

He was especially impressed by the Board of Director’s commitment and strong leadership, under the lead of then-President Jim Welch, and seized the opportunity to help get the orchestra back on the right track. During the transition, widely-acclaimed conductor Teddy Abrams was brought on as music director, and Kipe and Abrams did not meet in person until the press conference introducing them to the Louisville community. “There were some inherent risks in that relationship, but it’s been great” Kipe says. “We’re good partners. We don’t always agree on everything, and I think that’s what you want sometimes. You want the two sides — the artistic and the administrative sides — to have good dialogue about what’s realistic and what’s exciting.”

According to a 2016 Courier-Journal article, they have accomplished just that, seeing significant increases in ticket income, season subscriptions, single ticket sales and individual donations since 2013. Noting that orchestra organizations and classical musicians in general tend to be more traditional in their approach and shy away from doing things differently, Kipe recognizes the importance of thinking outside the box. “Orchestras cannot simply sit in their concert halls, playing Beethoven, expecting people to come buy tickets and give them money,” Kipe says. “There’s a handful of people who will do that, but they’re getting older and the younger generations don’t see the value in that the same way.”

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success, with sold-out shows bringing in a whole new demographic. The strategy has also included a neighborhood series at local churches, synagogues and community centers, as well as performances at hospitals, nonprofits, youth detention centers and shows for immigrant communities to bring music to people who previously may not have had access. Attendance has been up across all the series, but Kipe is quick to touch on the importance of more traditional performances remaining a key part of the orchestra’s offerings. “It doesn’t mean that we ever need to be apologetic for playing Beethoven, Brahms, the classical works. There’s always a place for those,” Kipe says. “Whether it’s the first time you’ve heard a symphony or the 14th time you’ve heard it, you can be transformed by that.”

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opera performance program. Instead, he took a position running the college’s music program, which included coordinating the performing arts series. “I’m a good singer, but I’m not a great singer,” Kipe says. “Even great singers sometimes have trouble paying the bills. I realized pretty quickly it wasn’t going to be for me and started to consider other options and opportunities.” His first stint at an orchestra came in 1997,

as operations manager for the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra in Maryland. As one of two fulltime employees, Kipe touched every facet of the organization, including mailing donor letters, placing newspaper advertisements, coordinating 10 annual concerts and even driving the truck that held the music stands. “It was hard work, obviously, because there were so few of us to get the job done,” Kipe says. “The benefit was I learned pretty quickly how orchestras run. You’re doing a little bit of everything and you sort of figure it all out. Around that point, I decided I was going to stick with orchestra for a while.” From there, Kipe took on a role with the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Maine, before returning to his hometown of Hagerstown as executive director of The Maryland Symphony Orchestra. After five years in that position, he moved on to Phoenix to fulfill his goal of working for a major orchestra.

rented a house in Old Louisville for a year before they started looking for a home to buy. A snowy winter made a two-car garage one of the top amenities on their list, and the couple wound up in Plainview. “It’s a really lovely place to live,” says Kipe, who was excited to get his two-car garage and a house that backs up to a green space. The couple wants to incorporate more travel into their lives, with a European trip in the works for next summer. While at home, Kipe enjoys cooking and playing the piano, but also likes to kick back with some Netflix and wine when the opportunity arises. “One of the realities of what we do is long days,” Kipe says. “We don’t have a 9 to 5 and work a lot of Saturday nights. You take your respite when you can get it.”

It seems those breaks will continue to be few and far between, as the orchestra shows no signs of slowing down. In September, the Louisville Orchestra Since moving to Louisville in 2013, Kipe released its first recording in 30 years, has enjoyed the strong sense of community titled “All In.” The album, released by and pride of place. He and his husband classical label Decca Gold, shot to No. Norman, a chef for Dare to Care Food Bank, 1 on the Billboard Traditional Classical

Chart in its first week. Kipe is currently coordinating a residency program with an international group but won’t say who just yet. He’s also working on expanding the orchestra’s endowment, with a goal of $35-40M. Otherwise, Kipe looks forward to continuing the work the orchestra is already doing and expanding programs to include a wider audience. While donations and ticket sales are a main driver for the organization, he also takes great joy in the orchestra’s impactful community involvement. “We’re not making money on things like that,” Kipe says. “That’s not outreach to gain audience, that’s bringing music to people because it’s important and what we believe in.” With Kipe under contract through November 2019 and Abrams through August 2020, the future looks bright for the Louisville Orchestra. “It feels like we’re in a place of stability right now,” Kipe says. “Not that we can rest on those laurels. There’s still a lot of work to do.”

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