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Island Escape 26 Star Power 27 Top Shops: Finishing Touches 28

life+style The Derby Makers 36 Unbridled Success 40 Behind The Scenes of The Kentucky Derby 42 Festival Fashion Show Fashion: 48 Derby Style Distilled Behind The Scenes of 58 The Bespoke Show

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community Marcella And Ina 132 Supermom: Tonya Abeln 134 Meet The Media: 138 Doug Proffitt and Melissa Swan An Artistic Kick-Off For Derby 140 kentucky derby festival Calendar 142 Calendar: What to Do in Lou 148

photos Out & About 32 Actors Theatre 43rd Humana 152 Festival of New American Plays The Miller High Ball 153 Louisville Film Society 154 Oscar Watch Party Junior League Juleps After Dark 154 Pink Untied 155 Heartstrings Valentine 156 Dinner & Dance 2019 KDF Festival Unveiled 156 Animal Care Society 5th 157 Annual Benefit Bash Baptist Health Pearls & 158 Pumps Fashion Show Crown of Kentucky Gala 159 Nativity Academy Aution 160 KDF Macy’s Fashion Show 161

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magine the perfect spring day. You’re walking along a sun-dappled path, listening to the sound of rustling tree leaves. As you stroll with a cool drink in your left hand and your child’s hand in your right, you begin to hear clucking and clicking noises. Ahead, you start to see the delightful movements of colorful primates as they leap and chatter at each other from the branches of osage orange trees. Imagination comes to life this spring as guests meet two groups of monkeys that have made the Louisville Zoo’s new Colobus Crossing exhibit home: colobus monkeys and red-tailed Schmidt’s monkeys. The three colorful Schmidt’s monkeys that arrived at the Zoo include sisters, Indi and Chi Chi, from the National Zoo in Washington DC and a male, Ahnmom, from Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. They have blue faces that Zoo keepers say become even more brightly-

colored when they get excited, and precious heart-shaped patches of white fur on their noises. The colobus group, four blackand-white monkeys including a father and his three sons, are all from Columbus Zoo. The monkeys, named Radi, Rajesh, Sheldon and Leonard, take their names from the characters of the TV sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.” These primates are arboreal, so they prefer to spend most of their time above ground, socializing, playing and munching on fruit and leafy greens. As guests explore the new exhibit area, they may even see the monkeys investigating the passageways overhead that intersect with Zoo walkways. After engaging with the Zoo’s new animal ambassadors, guests may find themselves in the mood for a lunch munch themselves. If so, they are in the perfect spot to enjoy the newly expanded

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African Outpost deck with additional seating and shadeproviding thatched roof. As guests enjoy a meal prepared by the Zoo’s new chef Rob Stoeckle, the expanded Outpost deck will provide a unique scenic view of the primates, giving the impression that guests are peering through the trees on the edge of the African rainforest and into a grassy clearing where the monkeys explore. There is lots to enjoy at the Zoo this spring, including the new Snow Leopard Pass, located in Glacier Run near Tiger Taiga. To read more about what’s new at the Zoo, visit

on the cover April 2019 // Priceless TOPS TA M M Y YO R K DAY

Unbridled Eve Co-Founder Who’s Who // What’s New // What To Do

Vol 3 • No. 4


Unbridled Eve Co-Founder


Keith Yarber

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MODEL: Chloe Halbleib for Heyman Talent CLOTHING: Teri Jon pink gown on Tonya York Dees, $600, and Theia silver gown on Tammy York Day, $595, both at Rodeo Drive. On Chloe: Elizabetta Franchi bodysuit, $375, and pants, $345, and Rebecca Minkoff handbag, $248, all at Rodeo Drive and Forme by Jenny Pfanenstiel fascinator, $485, at Forme in Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Complex. On Stacey: Chiari Boni dress, $695, at Rodes For Her. Forme fascinator on Jenny: $435, at Forme.



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All jewelry provided by Davis Jewelers, prices and descriptions clockwise from top: On Tammy: David Yurman Tides ring in 18K yellow gold with morganite and diamonds, $4,500. David Yurman Chatelaine drop earrings in 18K yellow gold with rutilated quartz, champagne citrine, and pink tourmaline, $2,650. David Yurman Chatelaine linear bracelet with diamonds and 18K gold, $3,650. David Yurman Chatelaine linear necklace with diamonds and 18K gold, $7,900. David Yurman Chatelaine bypass ring with 18K gold and diamonds, $900. David Yurman Chatelaine ring with 18K gold and diamonds, $1,300. David Yurman Buckle bracelet in 18K yellow gold with diamonds, $2,500. On Kevin: Longines stainless steel Master Collection Chronograph with brown alligator strap, $3,000. David Yurman Deco signet ring, $525. On Stacey: David Yurman Tides wide woven cuff with diamonds, $3,950. David Yurman Chatelaine bypass ring with diamonds in blue topaz, $900. David Yurman Chatelaine linear chain earrings with blue topaz and diamonds, $2,650. David Yurman Tides dome ring with diamonds, $2,400. David Yurman Tides pendant necklace with diamonds, $2,700. On Chloe: David Yurman Crossover chain drop earrings with diamonds in 18K gold, $2,550. On Tonya: David Yurman Continuance center twist bracelet in 18K gold, $3,500. David Yurman Pure Form smooth bracelet in 18K gold, $5,500. David Yurman Pure Form collar necklace in 18K gold, $1,950. David Yurman Starburst ring with diamonds in 18K gold, $4,100. David Yurman Stax wide ring with diamonds in 18K Gold, $3,900. David Yurman Continuance full pave small drop earrings in 18K yellow gold, $4,800. David Yurman Starburst pendant necklace in 18K gold with diamonds, $5,400. David Yurman Continuance center twist bracelet with diamonds in 18K gold, $3,900.

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n a move that’s a game-changer for our local shopping scene, Rodes For Him and For Her opened an accessory store-within-a-store featuring the kind of dream designer labels we used to have to leave town to try and buy. The stunning one-thousandsquare-foot space offers the perfect setting to showcase legendary luxury designer shoes including Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Pedro Garcia, Vince, AGL and Mephisto, and handbags including Prada, YSL, Valentino, Christian Laboutin and MZ Wallace. And, honestly, that’s the short list. You’ll have to browse for yourself to witness the full spectrum of designer fashion accessories that Rodes is bringing to the Louisville market.

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Chiari Boni LaPetite Robe gown, $1500,; Jarin K earrings, $125; Manolo Blahnik shoes, $745; and Prada bag, $895, all at Rodes For Her

Their shoe and handbag lover’s paradise will feature close to seven hundred pairs of shoes and three hundred handbags each and every one of which is a wardrobe investment and superior example of master craftsmanship and high-end design. For anyone looking for the ultimate, fashion forward finish for their Derby look, it’s a must-do destination. Bringing this number of coveted labels to our city was a significant accomplishment for Rodes co-owner and Ladies’ Buyer Susan

Vogt who simply says, “It comes down to buying what looks like the best fit for our customers. We have a good feel for what they’re looking for and for the image they want to create.” Rodes has made a tremendous commitment to bring the highest-level footwear and handbags to our market and Vogt promises that we can expect more jaw-dropping labels and styles for fall. Now can someone please pass the smelling salts?


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ISLAND ESCAPE Can’t make it to the Derby Divas event this year? Well, maybe you can sneak off to your private island getaway instead. This year’s new raffle promises the vacation of a lifetime in support of a worthy cause. COURTESY PHOTO


n case you’ve somehow missed it, Derby Divas is the annual Derby season fundraiser that combines cocktails, shopping and socializing in the ultimate girls’ night out. It all happens at Rodes For Him and For Her where this event has grown from a couple of hundred attendees to a standing-room-only sell-out that has raised over $1.5 million for breast health. So, this year’s committee got creative in finding a way to get more people involved. They’ve come up with a bucket list raffle item, and you can purchase a ticket on line. It’s a chance to win an all-expenses-paid

stay on a private island in Belize for seven nights including accommodations, all meals, snacks and cocktails for two. Also included is one thousand dollars towards air fare. Tickets are one hundred dollars and all proceeds support Breast Health at Norton Cancer Institute. So even if you don’t find yourself sipping champagne cocktails on your private beach, you’re still a winner.


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Joy Yascone Elms MA is an astrological intuitive and counselor and author of the annual astrological guide The Power of Divine Timing available on Amazon, Barnes and or

Each sign has a different aspect it can rely on for personal triumphs during Kentucky Derby season! Your winning stars for April are featured below; may you win, place and show! Aries: The ram (Mar 21-Apr 19)

With your personal new moon in Aries on April 5, you couldn’t hope for a better start to Derby season! You will have everything you need to start a new winning path with this kind and happy new moon. Win big by initiating new plans and personal goals on April 5; these goals will be anything new you’ve been waiting to manifest, Aries. Continue to pursue education and exploration through learning something new.

promotion or new career path may be presented to you. Such exciting news at the start of spring, dear Cancer! You’ll have no shortage of opportunities to celebrate news with approaching Derby season. You have had Saturn teacher planet in challenging position to your sun for the past two years, so be sure to nurture your wellbeing. For success and happiness, focus on fitness, wellness, and work, that you actually enjoy, all totems for your overall wellbeing this year!

Leo: the lion (July 23-Aug 22)

The new moon April 5 will usher in a new path for education, travel, or international relations. This is a fantastic time to think big about expansion and growth. If you have an idea or would like to go back to school to pursue any form of higher education, make it happen now. Big dreams start small. Fun, love, and creativity will continue to be hallmarks of success for you this year.

Virgo: the virgin (Aug 23-Sep 22)

With a happy new moon in Aries landing in your twelfth house of spirituality, solitude and healing, you may feel like retreating a bit from the festivities. Taurus, you will win during Derby season by spending a little rejuvenating time at the spa. After some relaxation, you’ll be ready to win big with Jupiter planet of blessings still rooting you on financially this year.

Virgo, this new moon will be a dream come true for you just when you need it most. The New Moon on April 5 arrives just as your ruling planet, Mercury, is regulating her orbit moving from retrograde to direct. Plans will start to go more smoothly without the frustrating delays of last month. You will land a new financial deal, mortgage, or investor. It’s an excellent time to apply for a new loan, refinance an existing mortgage, or apply for financing for your business. At this time, you may also land a new deal that is very lucrative. Home and family equals happiness this year!

Gemini: The twins (May 21-Jun 20)

Libra: the scales (Sep 23-Oct 22)

Taurus: The Bull (Apr 20-May 20)

With the new moon in Aries on April 5 and your governing planet, Mercury, regulating its orbit, now is the perfect time to plan events and parties with friends. You are sure to make some new friends this season and, if coupled up, have plenty of fun double date nights! You’ll find your biggest business and career breakthroughs come through networking and friends after this new moon. Remember to nurture partnerships.

Cancer: the crab (June 21-July 22)

With the new moon in Aries on April 5, a

This new moon ushers in a new and splendid start for you and your significant other. It may also offer you a new lucrative business partnership or other arrangement. If you’re dating, you may decide to get engaged or married within two weeks of the New Moon on April 5! If not dating, you might meet someone new who quickly progresses to serious and committed. If already coupled up married or living together, you and your significant other may start a new and exciting venture together!

Scorpio: the scorpion (Oct 23-Nov 21)

Scorpio, such an excellent time to start a new wellness and fitness routine at this new Moon in Aries on April 5. You’ll welcome in a new fitness and wellness routine and potentially a lovely new work assignment that will delight you. This is wonderful news as this New Moon supports your blessings this year of earning an income joyfully!

Sagittarius: the archer (Nov 22-Dec 21)

The New Moon on April 5, may bring new love or more romance and fun with an existing relationship! If you have children, you may be very happy at this time with news regarding your child or children. If you are in the arts are on a creative path, you may launch a new endeavor at this time that is arts related.

Capricorn: the goat (Dec 22-Jan 19)

On the New Moon on April 5, you may be house hunting, planning a move, renovating, or simply sprucing up your space with new furniture, window treatments, and home accessories. If concerned about a parent’s well-being or other family member, this New Moon will assist in a workable plan for you and your family. You have angels working behind the scenes to help you. This year, your totem is self-nurturing and spiritual development. If you address all else from this stance, you will be successful with all your endeavors.

Aquarius: the water bearer (Jan 20-Feb 18) The New Moon on April 5 can lead to a new contract or opportunity that you will deem very exciting. You may also hear happy news regarding a sibling, start a new digital media campaign and purchase a new car. Could you be a guest on “Price is Right’ this Derby season, dear Aquarius? Seems so! Remember that friends and social networks are among your blessings this year.

Pisces: the fish (Feb 19-Mar 20)

At this New Moon, you’ll more than likely be offered a new income opportunity that you’ll love. It’s an excellent time to accept a new money-making assignment or venture, Pisces. Your career will continue to be a place of intention and blessing this year. What an exciting time it is!

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Whether you’re glamming up for a gala or getting decked out for Derby, a stunning piece of real—not costume—jewelry can make the difference between a photo finish and a clear fashion victory.

Evocateur Horse & Rose Reversible Pendant (Reversible Side Shown Above), $278, Davis Jewelers


Bellarri 14kt Rose enhancer/pendant with diamonds and gemstones, $2,949, at Clater Jewelers

Debbie Brooks green horse bit bracelet, $89, at Clater Jewelers

18kt yellow gold Secret Garden necklace with diamonds, $36,000, at Merkley Kendrick Jewelers

Real rose brooches in several sizes, $39-$45, at Clater Jewelers

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1832 Collection handmade platinum and yellow gold ring with emerald and diamonds, $27,775, at Merkley Kendrick Jewelers

Sterling silver mare and foal charms, $90 each, at Dallas Jewelers

Sara Weinstock 18kt white gold Brut bezel round diamond ring, $6,875, at Merkley Kendrick Jewelers

Marco Bicego Petali collection ring $1,870, at Davis Jewelers


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14kt yellow gold pearl horseshoe necklace, $625, at Dallas Jewelers

14kt yellow earrings set with emerald cut blue topaz and diamonds, $3,375, at Merkley Kendrick Jewelers

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Pearl and sterling cuff bracelet, $475, at Dallas Jewelers

14kt yellow gold citrine and diamond ring, $2,550, at Merkley Kendrick Jewelers

18kt yellow gold hammered bangle bracelet with diamonds, $9,580, at Merkley Kendrick Jewelers

Evocateur Track & Lily Reversible Pendent (Reversible Side Shown Left), $278, Davis Jeweler

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Evocateur Track Cuff, $328, Davis Jewelers

14kt yellow gold checkerboard cut blue topaz and diamond dangle earrings, $960, at Clater Jewelers

Gents 14kt white gold Elgin 17 jewel pocket watch, $750, and 14kt white gold link watch chain, $990, at Merkley Kendrick Jewelers

14kt White gold diamond and Tanzanite ring $2,300, at Clater Jewelers

22kt Vermeil and sterling silver horse pendant, $198, at Clater Jewelers

Diamond horseshoe two-tone earrings, $245, at Dallas Jewelers

Open wing sterling silver Pegasus pin, $110, at Dallas Jewelers

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Evocateur Rose mini teardrop earrings, $178 at Davis Jewelers

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Courtney Buchignani, Angie Schultz, Raquel Koff, Michelle Tasman, Lindsay Cloutner and Marsha Wells at Runway & Rescue

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OUT + ABOUT Mary Lou Bischoff attends the Springs At Stony Brook Ribbon Cutting

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LIFE+STYLE 36 The Derby Makers 40 Unbridled Success The Scenes of The Kentucky 42 Behind Derby Festival Fashion Show


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The Scenes of The Bespoke 58 Behind Show

64 Meet The Milliners Spotlight: Belle Monde 72 Boutique Boutique Wedding: Kristin & Jarrod 74 Wow Little Special Advertising Content:

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They’re people who the rest of the world rely on to make their Kentucky Derby Experience the event of a lifetime, time after time. While their roles are wildly different, each one plays a critical part and each one feels that pressure to deliver perfection. Rocko Jerome grabs a few moments with a some of the hardest-working people behind this magical season. PHOTO BY CLAY COOK


he phenomena that is the Kentucky Derby extends far beyond Churchill Downs. It’s a global event with ripple effects reaching into every corner of our city and state thanks to a sometimes-unsung cast of supporting characters. This legendary race has been spun into a season that is bolstered by entrepreneurs, milliners, media personalities, event planners and visionaries who all play a role in maximizing the two-minute race into a once-in-a-lifetime, over-the-top celebration for locals and out-of-towners year after year. On our cover, we honor a select handful of stalwarts who have made their personal imprint on the way the rest of us do Derby. Here, they share their thoughts before the gates open on Kentucky Derby 145.



What does a succes s ful Derby season look like for you? Tonya: I would say that our primary goal is that our volunteers, guests, and attendees leave with a great feeling after being a part of Unbridled and that we raised money and awareness for some really vital causes. Our intention is to present a world-class event that puts Louisville in a good light during this special time and in the end, when I feel like we did that, it’s a great year.

What ’s your bes t Derby memor y? Tammy: The year that Luke Bryan performed for us. He had just been named Country Music Entertainer of the Year for the first time a few months previously at the CMAs, so there was all of this buzz and excitement around him. He and his wife Caroline couldn’t have been sweeter or kinder. I’ll always remember that the next day on the Derby Red Carpet, he ran over to me and excitedly asked “Do you know how much we raised?” Tonya: As much as I love what we do on Derby Eve, my recurring favorite memory is actually from Derby Day every year when a group of us from the event all gather on the balcony over the track as they play My Old Kentucky Home. I get chills just thinking about it. What was your mos t surprising Derby moment?

Tonya: One year, Ian Somerhalder (Star Tammy: I’m just happy when all the of Lost and the Vampire Diaries) grabbed pieces fall together. It’s like watching a me and asked me to walk the Churchill duck gliding across a red carpet with him. pond, where it looks so That was pretty fun and effortless but what you Our intention is to very unexpected! can’t see is that there’s present a worldTammy: Our first year, a lot of hard paddling we had to create a tented underneath. class event that area over a terrace so that puts Louisville in we could have enough How does it feel to space for the silent auca good light during have created a gala tion items, and wouldn’t this special time you know that there were that is so closely hurricane force winds tied to this iconic and in the end, and rain that night. It acevent? tually ended up getting when I feel like so bad late into that night we did that, it’s a Tonya: I feel that the that the top of the thing most important thing is collapsed and poured great year. the sense of interconbuckets of water all over nectivity that Unbridled me, in my ball gown. I creates. We are so fortukicked off my shoes and just made a mad nate that our attendees and sponsors are dash to try to save all these lovely donated such amazing and smart people. Just like items that we were auctioning off, and I just in any effort, we’re all stronger together. I couldn’t stop laughing. take a great deal of pride in that. Everybody was concerned that I had Tammy: For our part, it feels like we’re snapped, but it was just such a completely right where we should be. It all circles back crazy thing to happen at that moment that to the reason that we started and our conall I could do was crack up at how ridicustant goal, which is to make a difference lous it was. What can you not predict when beyond just this event. Unbridled is a tool. you’re planning an event? That a waterfall It creates a certain sense of value towards will pour from the ceiling! In the end, we economic development and philanthropy saved everything, but I will never, ever forthat continues throughout the year. That get that moment and I still laugh about it. has always been very important to us.

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What does a succes s ful Derby season look like for you? I love Derby season because of the feeling of excitement everyone has about the events. It means that people put that extra effort into what they wear, and it means so much that I get to be a part of making their wardrobe come together. I always say that for each person I style, it’s like planning a little personal wedding; the hat is the final touch that’s really giving a bride her complete look. So, I’m successful when my clients look nice, stand out in a hat that is unique, and most of all, feel special in the hat that I made just for them. How do you feel about your work being a par t of this iconic event? It’s truly an honor. You know, being a master milliner truly means having a life of service. Creating a hat for my clients can be very


What does a success ful Derby season look like for you? Sunny and 72 degrees! That’s what we all want, right? The question of what the weather will be like on the upcoming Derby Day pretty much comes up on the day after every Derby Day, 364 days prior, and keeps building steam through the year. I

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You know, being a master milliner truly means having a life of service. Creating a hat for my clients can be very personal.

personal. I learn so much about each of them and the hat we create together becomes a little bit of the both of us. I love that hats are still a tradition. At Derby time there’s a kind of a seasonal novelty to them and I think that’s fantastic, but there are also people for whom hats are a perennial part of their outfit every day, all year. I mold these hats for my clients using a technique that few people in the country still use, it involves molding them over a block of wood that’s over 100 years old, so the basis of their hat has this historic pedigree before I begin to add the unique features to it. No two are alike, and that’s important to me and my clients. What ’s your bes t Derby memor y? It has to be a couple of years ago when NBC did a feature on my hat shop and the art of millinery that ran during Oaks and Derby. Bob Costas came and checked out what

I really enjoy being in a position where I can research so many different interesting things associated with the Derby and then present them to the public through WAVE 3 think that’s because in this area at this time of year, just about anything can happen. It could rain or snow or be really terribly hot, or we might get lucky and have a really nice one. Meteorology is an inexact science and

I did, then showed it to the world. I’m very proud of that and to have represented the millinery industry. What was your mos t surprising Derby moment? I’m always a bit surprised by how late people sometimes wait to start to plan! I know that everyone is busy, but the custom process that I use takes a little bit of time. The absolute minimum to get a hat together for someone is five days and when it’s Derby season, the orders add up. It takes a great deal of care and effort, and I really insist on putting my best effort into every single one. You are going to be wearing your hat for many hours, so it is important to find the right hat that is comfortable, fits properly, and compliments your complete outfit and physique. I’m surprised every year by how late some people push it in terms of finding their hat. I have people coming in with custom requests on Oaks. I’m sure I’ll be surprised again this year!

people are pretty forgiving about the forecast most days...but Derby Day is special for a whole lot of reasons! How do you feel about being a par t of this iconic event? It feels fantastic, even as just a native of Louisville, annually witnessing this awe-inspiring tradition. Even beyond forecasting the weather, I really enjoy being in a position where I can research so many different interesting things associated with the Derby and then present them to the public through WAVE 3. Here we are after a lot of years, it’s still exciting on every level.

What ’s your bes t Derby memor y? Oh, there are so many. I worked on stories about people like Bill and Susanne Juaire, the couple up in New England who handcraft the Derby Trophy every year. Those are truly a wonder to behold. I’ve been fortunate enough to be just about everywhere in Churchill Downs on Derby Day, including up


What does a succes s ful Derby season look like for you? We at KDF just want our patrons to have really fun and memorable experiences. Our goal is to create varied programming that the entire community can get into, and it makes me happy to know that all kinds of people get to enjoy the whole festival in different ways. Also, I know that it seems like a really easy answer, but I just really hope for nice weather throughout. A gorgeous day for Thunder through to a clear and temperate Derby day. We plan our programming all year, then it’s just up to Mother Nature to help us stick the landing!

inside of the twin spires. The view from up there is just absolutely breathtaking. Being able to see the athletes in person behind the scenes as they get ready is fascinating. What was your mos t surprising Derby moment? Last year when it would just not stop raining. Every bit of meteorology

How does it feel to be a par t of this iconic event? You know what? It’s been 30 plus years for me with KDF, and it still feels great. Everywhere I go, even if people don’t know my name, they will yell out “Hey, it’s that Derby Festival Lady!” I think it’s fantastic, even though I never meant for this to become so much of my identity. I suppose that I hope that who I am has affected what KDF is at least a little bit as much as KDF has affected who I am. What ’s your bes t Derby memor y? There have been so, so many and they all sort of blur together a bit, but a big standout for me has to be in 2010 when the movie Secretariat came out. We had Diane Lane and Penny Chenery herself, Secretariat’s owner, here for the Festival this year. That movie was in the making for a long time and it was already really exciting to have it finally come out and turn out to be so great. Plus, to have such a great actress and a real historical figure here for it... It was really cool. I just loved it.

told us that the rain would be gone by noon. Then it seemed that there was no way that it would last past 4:00, and even if it did, it would certainly be out by race time. And it wasn’t. It just wouldn’t go away, and I felt terrible. If you saw a guy walking around hiding his identity with a bag over his head, that was me. We’re hoping for much better this year.

You know what? It’s been 30 plus years for me with KDF, and it still feels great. Everywhere I go, even if people don’t know my name, they will yell out “Hey, it’s that Derby Festival Lady!” What was your mos t surprising Derby moment? Oh my gosh (laughing). It’s funny now, but it wasn’t at the time. In 2012, we had Cyndi Lauper at the parade. She had this mix-up about whether or not her mic was on. She thought it wasn’t, it was, and she ended up dropping an F-bomb on live television. It was quite a panic for us behind the scenes. It was uploaded and totally viral around the world in a hot minute. I wish it hadn’t happened and it was embarrassing, but I think everybody was ultimately okay in the end. What can I say, anything can happen at the Derby!

CLOTHING: Teri Jon pink gown on Tonya York Dees, $600, and Theia silver gown on Tammy York Day, $595, both at Rodeo Drive. On Chloe: Elizabetta Franchi bodysuit, $375, and pants, $345, and Rebecca Minkoff handbag, $248, all at Rodeo Drive and Forme by Jenny Pfanenstiel fascinator, $485, at Forme in Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Complex. On Stacey: Chiari Boni dress, $695, at Rodes For Her. Forme fascinator on Jenny: $435, at Forme. JEWELRY: All jewelry provided by Davis Jewelers, prices and descriptions clockwise from top: On Tammy: David Yurman Tides ring in 18K yellow gold with morganite and diamonds, $4,500. David Yurman Chatelaine drop earrings in 18K yellow gold with rutilated quartz, champagne citrine, and pink tourmaline, $2,650. David Yurman Chatelaine linear bracelet with diamonds and 18K gold, $3,650. David Yurman Chatelaine linear necklace with diamonds and 18K gold, $7,900. David Yurman Chatelaine bypass ring with 18K gold and diamonds, $900. David Yurman Chatelaine ring with 18K gold and diamonds, $1,300. David Yurman Buckle bracelet in 18K yellow gold with diamonds, $2,500. On Kevin: Longines stainless steel Master Collection Chronograph with brown alligator strap, $3,000. David Yurman Deco signet ring, $525. On Stacey: David Yurman Tides wide woven cuff with diamonds, $3,950. David Yurman Chatelaine bypass ring with diamonds in blue topaz, $900. David Yurman Chatelaine linear chain earrings with blue topaz and diamonds, $2,650. David Yurman Tides dome ring with diamonds, $2,400. David Yurman Tides pendant necklace with diamonds, $2,700. On Chloe: David Yurman Crossover chain drop earrings with diamonds in 18K gold, $2,550. On Tonya: David Yurman Continuance center twist bracelet in 18K gold, $3,500. David Yurman Pure Form smooth bracelet in 18K gold, $5,500. David Yurman Pure Form collar necklace in 18K gold, $1,950. David Yurman Starburst ring with diamonds in 18K gold, $4,100. David Yurman Stax wide ring with diamonds in 18K Gold, $3,900. David Yurman Continuance full pave small drop earrings in 18K yellow gold, $4,800. David Yurman Starburst pendant necklace in 18K gold with diamonds, $5,400. David Yurman Continuance center twist bracelet with diamonds in 18K gold, $3,900.

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Now entering its eighth year, the Unbridled Eve Gala has become one of the hottest tickets in town during Derby week. With its closely-guarded list of celebrity attendees and two determined sisters at its helm, this gala has been an uncontested game-changer for the social whirlwind that surrounds our global sporting event. Rocko Jerome sat down with Tonya York Dees and Tammy York Day, the power duo who mastermind the most buzzed-about charitable gala in town. PHOTOS BY GETTY IMAGES

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n Derby Eve, the scene at the legendary Galt House is always the same: The limos are lined up three lanes deep and crowds of bystanders await the arrivals of fabulously-clad celebrities and luminaries while camera flashes illuminate the darkness. This electric atmosphere is all generated by one event: the black-tie optional Unbridled Eve. Unbridled is a fundraiser for local charity Blessings in a Backpack that has become the must-attend Derby gala for a who's who list of stars, including Mira Sorvino, Beau Bridges, Louis Gosset Jr., Ray Liotta, Cheech Marin and Luke Bryan. Co-creators Tonya York Dees and Tammy York Day have carefully cultivated a setting that never fails to impress guests who’ve partied on both coasts and all over the globe. They enter on the requisite luxurious red carpet, then mix and mingle during a cocktail reception fueled by fantastic signature cocktails and a killer bar. This year’s spirits will include fine wines, champagnes, vodkas, custom cocktails from Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, and of course, a wide selection of bourbons. There's a gourmet dinner served in the hotel's Grand Ballroom, followed by live music from the incomparable Louisville Crashers and, always, surprise appearances from Grammy level performers who have included Ruben Studdard and Kris Allen. This party goes late. Attendees dance into the night, and with a little perseverance and maybe a quick Bloody Mary, everybody is off to the races at Churchill Downs the next morning. Creating an event like this in the first place, and keeping it fresh year after year, is a herculean task, which is why it’s no surprise that it takes two remarkable women to make it happen. The synergy between Tonya York Dees and Tammy York Day puts a new spin on the sister dynamic. The two often speak for each other. One always seems to know what the other is thinking before she says it. They occasionally finish each other's sentences. And they always, always have each other's backs. Unbridled all comes as a result not only of their shared vision, but of this unparalleled closeness. "I think of the two of us as a unit," says Tammy. "You really can't have one of us without the other. People always mix us up for the other and think we're twins, even though we don't think that we look

Unbridled Eve was born. A completely philanthropic endeavor, this non-profit exists solely to raise funds and awareness for imperative charities like Blessings in a Backpack, an organization dedicated to bringing an end to childhood hunger. Unbridled Eve has continued to grow every year since and has attracted attention internationally—not only because it’s such a spectacular soiree, but also in part because of the Derby Prelude party. That’s an event that the sisters hold in West Hollywood every other January, once hosted by none other than Louisville perennial favorite, Jennifer Lawrence. It’s a cocktail party designed to cultivate relationships with sponsors, celebrities, and other people of influence, bringing people together towards the common goal of raising awareness for Unbridled and its charity partners.

that much alike." They're tight the way you can only be with someone you grew up in close quarters with. "I always say that I prayed her into existence," Tonya reminisces. "The doctors kept saying that this was most likely to be a boy, but I just knew otherwise. When our parents brought Tammy home, I told them so. I knew all along! We were best friends immediately." Each of their lives followed a similar sort of trajectory. They studied business in communications, economics and finance, then put their education and passion to work in big ways. Tonya served the city for Greater Louisville Inc. before founding York Management, Inc. Tammy was Chief Operating Officer of Delta Dental before taking her current role as the president and CEO of the Louisville Healthcare Council. Remembering an emphasis on doing things for others that had been instilled in their family life from the beginning, the sisters were always intent on giving back and finding ways to actively improve the lives of those in need. Tonya and Tammy volunteered and chaired charity events together for years, amassing a dedicated team and unparalleled acumen in the field. In 2012 they decided to strike out on their own with an entirely original concept, and

Much more than one singular event, Unbridled Eve is an ongoing, massively complicated logistical project that most would find daunting, but these two do it so well because they do it together—along with a team of dedicated volunteers. "We're very proud of our sponsors, attendees, and everyone who contributes every year to ultimately help make the world a better place," Tonya says. "The long-term plan for this event is to add leverage to a new level of success and to help support economic development for the entire area, and it's amazing to watch that grow." Being the force behind what’s become an iconic Derby event makes for a very busy Derby season, but the truth is, Tonya and Tammy are perpetually in motion. Says Tonya, "We always go a hundred-miles-per-hour no matter what.” Tammy adds with a laugh, "We just get a whole lot less sleep at this time of year.” 


The Unbridled Eve Gala will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Galt House from 7:00 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. on Friday, May 3. For tickets, tables or to make a donation to the Unbridled Charitable Foundation, email or tonya@ or call 502-894-9768. TOPS LOUISVILLE | April 2019 41


The biggest, best-attended fashion show of the year, presented by Macy’s and produced by TOPS editor-inchief Christine Fellingham, featured two hundred looks, one department store and fourteen local boutiques. Here, a backstage pass. PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM


t’s the most comprehensive showcase of our local spring style options and it comes just as Derby shopping reaches a fever pitch. The Macy’s Kentucky Derby Festival fashion show, held on Thursday, March 28, has evolved over the years into a slick, sixty-minute runway production featuring thirty-eight Heyman Talent models (meticulously trained by choreographer Chris Kaufman), surprise performances and a carefully-curated selection of cutting-edge fashion that represents all ages and body types. (FYI: This year’s clothing sponsors included Apricot Lane, AFM Threads, Blu Boutique, Guess Inc, Maurice’s, Darling State of Mind, Work the Metal, Six Sisters, Him Gentleman’s Boutique, Magnolia & Fig and Urban Farmgirls.) Just in case you weren’t in the receptive crowd of a thousand fashion lovers who filled the two-story Grand Ballroom at Horseshoe Casino to see this year’s show entitled, “We are Wonder Women,” we take you behind the scenes with photos of a few favorite looks. They were snapped right after dress rehearsal and before application of the ethereal hair and makeup by J. Michael’s Salon & Spa. It’s a glimpse of the calm before the fashion storm and a look at the models in their natural, un-madeup state, letting their inner beauty shine through. We hope it inspires you to dress in a way that plays to your own unique strengths this Derby season and beyond. 

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Behind the Scenes of the

Kentucky Derby Festival

Fashion Show

“There’s a change that happens when you put on a hat. It makes you walk, sit, stand differently.” –Shelby Blackerby, Heyman Talent THE HAT GIRLS FASCINATOR, $650, AT THE HAT GIRLS IN NORTON COMMONS. TWO SISTERS YELLOW LACE DRESS, $128, AT MAGNOLIA & FIG.

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“This year’s beauty looks were based on sheer makeup with bold uses of color. It’s about self expression and taking risks.” –Jill Higginbotham, owner J Michael’s Salon & Spa with Julia Long, Heyman Talent STRIPED DRESS, $44, AT DARLING STATE OF MIND IN WESTPORT VILLAGE.

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“I want the women watching the show to feel as empowered and uplifted as we do walking in it.” –Cheyenne Mecier, Heyman Talent HOT PINK ROMPER, $59, AT APRICOT LANE IN WESTPORT VILLAGE.


“This show is about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.” –Chloe Halbleib, Heyman Talent STRIPED PINK ROMPER, $45, AT APRICOT LANE IN WESTPORT VILLAGE.

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Derby Style


While the world waits to see what everyone will be wearing to Churchill, we took two models on an all-day fashion excursion to Peerless Distillery where we explored the parameters of free-spirited Derby dressing. The style lesson: add your own flavor.


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Julianna Salisbury and Mikhail Schulz for J Michael’s Salon & Spa MODELS

Alex Hepfinger and Ana Rodas for Heyman Talent


On Ana: Ba&sh multicolored wrap dress, $565, at Rodeo Drive. On Alex: Jonathan Simkai Green Wrap Dress, $596, at Rodeo Drive.

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On Alex: Everly White Short, $54, sheer socks, $18, both at Six Sisters. White lace gloves, $35, at Forme Millinery in Mellwood. Sequined bag, $168, at Tunies. Christine Moore Birdcage Hat, $1450, at Rodes for Her. On Anna: Milk & Honey Mustard shorts, $24, and pink and gold fan earrings, $19, at Work The Metal. Straw hat, $480, at Forme Millinery in Mellwood Arts Complex.


Veiled Hat, $485, and gloves, $35, at Forme Millinery in Mellwood Arts Complex. She & Sky Red Wrap Dress, $49, at Apricot Lane.

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Christine A. Moore floral fascinator, $690, at Rodes. Amanda Uprichard blouse, $238, Cinq a Sept Pink Crushed Satin Slip Dress, $395, and Simitri Red Handbag, $225, and LX NYC Jewelry Pearl & Crystal Earring, $83, all at Rodeo Drive.

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Fascinator, $198, at The Hat Girls in Norton Commons. Acrobat convertible skirt, $236, at Tunies Jealous Tomato blouse, $39, at Work The Metal. Cristina Sabatini Gold Drop Earring, $598, at Rodeo Drive.

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The Hat Girls Bespoke Collection plexi widebrimmed hat, at The Hat Girls in Norton Commons. Earrings, $16, at Work The Metal. Sequin jumpsuit: stylist’s own.

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Gold Festival Hat from The Hat Girls Bespoke Collection at The Hat Girls in Norton Commons. US Jewelry House Geometric Earring, $65 at Rodeo Drive. Hem & Thread Sleeveless Sweater, $44 at Six Sisters. Dear John Snakeskin Printed Skirt, $92 at Tunies.

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On Alex: Feathered Showgirl Hat from The Hat Girls Bespoke Collection. Alice McCall Denim Jumpsuit, $325, at Rodeo Drive; Dear John Snakeskin Printed Blouse, $68, at Tunies. City Classified Sandal, $22, at Work the Metal. On Ana: She & Sky snakeskin print dress, $45, at Apricot Lane. Streets Ahead White Leather Belt, $150, and Mary Frances Horse Embellished Bag, $295, both at Tunies. Silver Hamsa Choker, $120, at Rodeo Drive.

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“Louisville Bespoke is a catalyst to the local fashion industry because it provides resources to small startups, helps their brands grow stronger and connects brands ready to launch to the world.” –Kimberly Phillips, designer FROM BACK TO FRONT: ITEN KHALIL PINK AND BLACK GOWN, $395; MICHAEL MOMENT SWIMSUIT, $50, AND SHEILA NOBLES AND KEVIN SWANSEY HAT, $300; EVANGALIQUE BY EDWARD TAYLOR COLORBLOCKED TOP, $29, AND SKIRT, $39; KIMBERLY PHILLIPS BLACK GOWN, $290.

The fourth annual Bespoke Fashion Show, entitled Graffiti: Make your Mark, and proudly sponsored by TOPS, brings its groundbreaking, local designs to The Speed Art Museum this month. Here, a behind-the-scenes preview captures the excitement, energy and vision of this local fashion collaborative. PHOTOS BY LOUIS TINSLEY BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM


t’s quite fitting that an organization founded with the goal of empowering visionaries, challenging the status quo and promoting inclusivity would choose to celebrate the suffrage anniversary with its highly anticipated spring fashion show, Graffiti: Make your Mark. “The fashion show is going to be a great night of strength, empowerment and design,” says eveningwear designer Kimberly Phillips. “Fashion was a large part of the women’s suffrage movement,” adds board member Faith Yascone. “The first one-piece swimsuit was a catalyst that got the nation’s attention. Women were literally being arrested for new fashion choices, which really helped push the women's voter movement forward. This year’s show represents inspiration for people to take back their power.” It empowers women both indirectly and directly; the LB board members selected Dress for Success as the charitable beneficiary. If supporting local makers and a charity that outfits women in our community for success isn’t enough of a reason to buy a ticket, the opportunity to witness a full spectrum of locally designed fashion including dresses, sportswear, hats and fascinators, eveningwear, athleisurewear, swimwear and non-binary-wear should do it. The designs push the parameters of the expected and rework the definition of southern style. “As a stylist and fiber artist, I look for ways to incorporate wearable art into everyday wear,” says Justin Keibler of Baz and Bea. “Creating this collection of brushed dyes... I allowed the dyes to work organically while coaxing them into the lush petals and colors of ‘My Floral Fantasy.’” Other designers challenge cultural norms: “Being an Egyptian immigrant to the United State, I am proud of my Arabic Middle Eastern roots,” says Iten Khalil of i10. “I feel like I am breaking barriers and stereotypes by introducing an image of a modern Middle Eastern woman which might be different from what people have in mind.”

“We have great talent here – millinery, shoes, jewelry and clothing designers who just need an opportunity to share their creativity with local fashion followers and the world.” –Sheila Nobles, milliner LEFT TO RIGHT: RENAE KOTARSKI GREY AND WHITE DRESS, $200; MICHAEL MOMENT WHITE SWIMSUIT, $80, AND SHEILA NOBLES AND KEVIN SWANSEY HAT, $250; KIMBERLY PHILLIPS BLACK BEADED GOWN, $650.

“The art and culinary scene is thriving here, so why not fashion?” –Renae Kotarski, designer/founder Anastasi fashion collection RENAE KOTARSKI WHITE TOP AND SKIRT, $250.

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hile each designer has their own aesthetic and business goals, they have a common mission of supporting each other and gaining Louisville’s fashion community a national platform. “We have the City Life aesthetic with all the southern charm anyone could ask for. We have a growing arts movement, a top-notch ballet and an increase in film production,” says Edward Taylor, non-binary clothing designer. “It’s time to be known for our fashion beyond our Derby attire.” Witnessing the electric atmosphere in their rehearsal space, it seems clear that the group is poised to shine a brighter spotlight on the Louisville fashion scene—with the help of the community at large who attends their shows and buys their creations. Founder Yamilca Rodriguez says it this way: “Louisville Bespoke is a living organism that grows and transforms as the community waters and nurtures it.” 

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“Being part of Louisville Bespoke is being part of the future of fashion in Louisville. Through Bespoke, I gain exposure for my nonbinary clothing line.” –Edward Taylor, designer/founder Evangalique EVANGALIQUE BY EDWARD TAYLOR TOPS $29, SKIRT, $39, AND PANTS, $49, JACKET, $59.

Bespoke Designers Sheila Nobles, C.K. Nobles LLC; Jenny Pfanenstiel, Forme Millinery; Justin Keibler Baz and Bea; Kimberly Phillips, Kimberly Phillips Clothier; Renae Kotarski, Anatasi Clothing; Iten Khalil, i10; Christine Robey, Bare Naked Leather; Edward Taylor, Evangelique; Tammy Meadows, T Suzanne.

The Board Members Allison Lewis, Absolutely Ali (blogger); Brelin Tilford, Media Pros (videographer);Gary Barragan, photographer; Kimberly Phillips, designer; Roxanne Dunaway, Stilettos with Soul (style coach); Fitz Fitzgerald, Dressed Behavior (stylist); Faith Yascone, Frankfort Ave Coach House (fashion influencer); Yamilca Rodriguez, founder; Mike Tomes, MADS Formalwear (fashion influencer): Madison Ewing, MADS Gallery (gallery/ formalwear owner): Lisa Hillerich, Roxy Nell (designer); Alima Albari, Alima Industries (show producer).

“As a hijabi woman, I hope to change perspectives and encourage conversations to move towards more inclusion.” –Iten Khalil, designer/founder i10 ITEN KHALIL IVORY DRESS, $245, AND PINK DRESS, $395.

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They’re the visionaries behind the stunning headpieces that are synonymous with our global sporting event. Here, writer Sarabeth Floyd offers a peek into their mysterious art and the sometimespunishing hours they devote to dressing the rest of us for Derby. PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER

Jenny Pfanenstiel [ of FORME MILLINERY ] 1860 Mellwood Ave. #111 Louisville, KY 40206

How did you become a milliner? I have a degree in Fashion Design and made costumes for Cirque du Soleil, movies, commercials, the Joffrey Ballet and even a Grammy dress for Margaret Cho. When I lived in Chicago, I met a milliner who was visiting from NY. She talked about blocking, which is the molding hat process over wooden forms. I ended up going to Australia to do an apprenticeship and since I knew how to hand sew, the technique came naturally to me. At that point, I decided to switch careers.

Tell us about your design philosophy and aesthetic. I do not sketch my ideas, mainly because I cannot draw. My philosophy is actually very similar to how I created costumes. I work with the material in my hands and guide it to what it wants to become. The creation of my hats needs to feel

natural and not forced. I also take great pride in the old hat blocks and trims that I use. When creating a hat, I often think about the many hands that used these blocks 100-years-ago, or the handmade trims from France in the 1920s that I use.

Can you describe your Derby season? My Derby starts for the following year when Derby ends. I collaborate with companies to create exclusive collections, for instance, Vineyard Vines. As soon as Derby is over, I am already working on samples to send them for the following Derby. The collection I create for Vineyard Vines includes 1000 fascinators and takes 4-5 months to complete. Many clients like to plan ahead. They typically entertain customers coming to town and therefore, will be wearing multiple outfits and hats for the occasion. I also collaborate with corporations from around the world that will be coming to Derby as a group. I provide their custom hat experience. The planning for these experiences typically starts in August for the following Derby. It takes approximately five days to create one hat. So, I am very busy all year around.

What’s the secret to finding the perfect hat? It’s important for the hat or fascinator to be comfortable and to fit properly. You will be wearing the hat for many hours. The hat should also complement your physique.

What’s the biggest Derby hat “Don’t”? When it comes to wearing fascinators with an elastic, it does not go under your chin! The elastic should fit comfortably behind your ears, under your hair.

What’s your best Derby style advice? Keep your outfit simple in style and print. Your hat should be your statement piece.

How important are hats to the Derby and to our identity as a city? Hats have been a staple of the Derby since the 1800s, when the first Derby took place. It is thought to bring good luck. People from all over the world come to Derby and it’s often on people’s bucket lists. The Derby is a huge event for our town and I say, let’s embrace the festivities and wear hats!

What’s your most memorable millinery moment? A few years ago, I was featured on NBC Sports with Bob Costas. They came to my hat shop and filmed me making a hat and played it during Oaks and Derby. It was a proud moment for me to represent the millinery industry.

Where can people buy your hats? The Formé Millinery Hat Shop at 1860 Mellwood Ave. #111 Louisville, KY 40206 OR

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comfort. Buy your dress first and bring it in when you come to place your order.

What’s the biggest Derby hat “Don’t”? Picking a hat that is too matchy-matchy or one that is uncomfortable. Both are going to make for a long day.

How did you become a milliner?

How important are hats to the Derby?

About 30 years ago, customers began coming to Dee’s looking for Derby hats, so we rose to the demand and began carrying specific items to create them. Since the demand has grown every year, we have to source some of our base hats and fascinators, that we then trim to our customer’s specifications.

The Derby is more than just a “twominute horse race”, it is a social event that includes dressing up, fashion, specialty drinks and traditions— traditions that go back to the very first Derby. After 145 years, the Derby is still a big part of our Louisville identity.

Tell us about your design philosophy and aesthetic. We strive to source quality hats and unique products customers can’t find anywhere else. We try to provide our customers with new ideas every year as well as instructions for them to create their own hats at a reasonable price point.

Describe your Derby season. The hunt for the best Derby hat and fascinator bases as well as adornments starts in June, almost a year before the races, and continues all year long. Locals typically begin coming in to place their orders starting in February, out-oftowners start a little earlier in January for online orders. Dee’s hires extra staff just for the busy months of March and April. We have an eight-person design team creating the hats and beginning April 1, those ladies work everyday, all day until Oaks Day.

What’s the secret to finding the perfect hat? The secret for finding the perfect Derby hat is all in fitting your style and

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What’s your most memorable millinery moment? In 2018, Dee’s created custom fascinators with Chili’s Restaurant to celebrate the Royal wedding of Harry and Megan.

What will you be doing Derby day? Most of the staff, like myself, will be sleeping in and catching up on life beyond hats. However, we are open 10am-2pm for those last-minute pickups and touch-ups. You’d be surprised how many people land in the morning and come straight to Dee’s on their way to the track.

Where can customers find your hats? We have thousands of hats ready to go, both designer and pre-adorned, in the store beginning in February. They are also on our website, if you want to see a preview before you come in the store or live out of town and want to order over the phone. Our price range is very wide, but custom fascinators and hats range from $100.00 and up.

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Kate & Rachel [ of THE HAT GIRLS ] 10708 Meeting Street (Norton Commons) Prospect, KY 40059

How did you become milliners? The millinery journey began with us in 2011, when we made our first hats together to attend the Derby. We created these wild hats made out of hair-weave that attracted so much attention from Derby-goers, that we had to continue the themed tradition the next year. While together in the Manhattan garment district months later, we had a crazy idea to start a seasonal Derby hat business. We both share a love of fashion and creating, and Kate had a degree in Fashion Design, so it seemed like a nobrainer. We officially started the business in 2013 in Kate's grandmother's dining room, spent three years in Rachel's dad's basement, and in our fifth year of business we had the opportunity to open our own hat shop. Rachel interned at a family-owned millinery business in Brooklyn for a year where she learned the hat-blocking process in-depth, and most of our other millinery skills have been self-taught from online classes.

Tell us about your aesthetic. I'd say the most important part of our aesthetic is staying true to ourselves and our brand's personal style. We have learned over the years to cater to our clients’ needs in order to keep the business growing, but it’s very important for us to stay original. It's a huge compliment to us when people tell us they can spot a "Hat Girls" design.


Describe your Derby season. 2018 was the first year that we took our hat business year-round versus being seasonal. We took a short break after Derby to regroup mentally and physically, but then it's full steam ahead. From June to December we strive for a 35-40-hour work week, in the shop making hats and fascinators for the upcoming Derby season. In December, we begin ordering supplies, making inventory plans for local boutiques, and looking at upcoming color and design trends. Once January rolls around, publications are calling, the website must be frequently updated, the store is open, hats have to be made, Derby events and appearances begin, etc. From February to May, we work anywhere from 70-100 hours a week and in the final weeks leading up to the big day, we will work as many as 130 hours a week. (We have a bunk bed in the back of the hat shop!)

What’s the secret to finding the perfect hat? Try on as many shapes and styles as possible! It's shocking how many people come into our hat shop with a specific style in mind, and then after we convince them to try several other styles, they almost always find something they like better.

What’s the biggest Derby hat “Do”? That's pretty simple: Go bold and step outside of your comfort zone. Whether it's wearing a new color, a fascinator for the first time, or a larger brim than you're used to, just do it.

How important are hats to the Derby and to our identity as a city? When the Derby comes to mind, we think of three things: hats, bourbon, and horses. When traveling outside of Louisville and mentioning the Derby, the first question is always something about the hats.

Is there anything you wish you’d see more of in terms of Derby style? We definitely find the most joy in our one-of-a-kind, fashion-forward, unexpected designs. Originality is very important to us.

What’s your most memorable millinery moment? Having Salt-N-Pepa and Spinderella wear our hats together to the 2018 Derby! We loved their music growing up in the 90s, so that was really fun for us— and their personalities match our brand. The second most memorable millinery moment would be when our client from California had a horse running in the Queen Mary Stakes at the Royal Ascot in 2017. Her horse, Lady Aurelia, won the race so she and her family were on stage for the trophy presentation wearing our hat designs, standing right next to Prince William and Duchess Kate.

What will you be doing Derby day? Most likely making our hats the morning of, heading to the track early afternoon and placing some bets—and mingling with all our amazing clients. That's the best part of the event for us, seeing our hard work being proudly worn throughout Churchill Downs.

Where can customers find your hats? Customers can visit us at our hat shop in Norton Commons, where we carry over 350 unique pieces, shop our full inventory online 24/7 at, Rodeo Drive boutique in Holiday Manor, Circe/Swag boutique in Chenoweth Plaza, and a few other boutiques in Lexington. We are also excited to announce that we'll be selling in Oxmoor Mall the last two weekends of April, and at the Aloft Hotel downtown on Main Street, the week of Derby. Our piece’s range from $148 to $1,200, with the average price being around $400, depending on whether the piece is ready-to-wear or a custom design.

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Britni Knable [ of HEADCANDI ] 137 E Market St. New Albany, Indiana 47150

How did you become a milliner? I moved to Chicago after high school all set to be a fashion designer. Once there, I discovered how many different avenues the fashion world encompasses. I worked for a milliner named Linda Campisano, and fell in the love with the craft. I decided to focus on millinery in design school and began coming home to Southern Indiana to create hats for my parents' friends out of their home. I moved to NYC and worked for another milliner there where I gained experience in the ready-to-wear field.

Tell us about your aesthetic. I'm a three-color girl and I like to add layers to my hats and fascinators. I feel out my client's personality and get creative with all sorts of materials.

Describe your Derby season. Derby season never really stops but it begins in earnest in January with pricing, photo shoots, ordering, website work, store delivery, meeting with customers, etc. Around March, it begins to get crazy. I work best under pressure and though I try to get up early to begin my work day, I often find myself working late into the night, too.

What’s the secret to finding the perfect hat?

What’s the biggest Derby hat “Don’t”? You can't make a mistake! Just go for it. (But when in doubt, go monochromatic.)

What’s your best Derby style advice? Go vertical as opposed to wide. This works best for crowded boxes that inevitably end up housing more than the allotted guests.

How important are hats to the Derby? So, important! Hats, and now fascinators, are a part of Kentucky's history. They are important icons of the Derby.

Is there anything you wish you’d see more of in terms of Derby style? I'd love to see more European styles with cleaner lines, monochromatic color schemes, and an overall more architectural style that flows well.

What’s your most memorable millinery moment? Designing a hat for Caroline Bryan, whose shirtless husband, Luke Bryan, came into the room while I was making some lastminute adjustments to her hat!

What will you be doing on Derby day? Sleeping!

Where can customers find your hats? Many of my designs are for sale at my boutique, House of K, in New Albany. For a list of retailers, go to www.shopheadcandi. com. My hats begin at around $250 and go up from there.

Find something that makes you feel comfortable and confident while wearing. Choose something fun and beautiful but also something that is practical for a long day at the track.

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Nikki Knight, who knew from the beginning that she wanted to open a consignment shop with a legitimate “wow” factor, where women feel like they can dress to be the best version of themselves. “I want to encourage and empower women to live a life of confidence, love, and intentionality,” explains Nikki. “Instead of fretting about our clothes or running late from one more ‘wardrobe crises’, my heartbeat is to help women identify their style, find the pieces that work for them, and cycle the ones that don’t.”

Belle Monde Boutique When a well-heeled PTA mom opens a boutique, you know you’re going to get a wellorganized shopping experience. At Belle Monde Boutique, you get more than that including designer labels for less, friendly service and plenty of wardrobe and styling advice. BY KEVIN BROADY PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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estled in the business area of St. Matthews, right off Shelbyville Road, is a quaint yet spacious consignment shop called Belle Monde Boutique. With its bright natural light, hardwood floors and multiple rooms of dresses, gowns, suits, separates and stunning hats and accessories, this shopping haven is a place where you can truly get immersed in a stress-free shopping experience where everything is as affordable as it is beautiful.

Nikki who was born and raised in Lexington, grew up loving shopping trips with friends and dressing up. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, she began her retail career as a department store manager and fashion director, where the norm was regular trips to New York, planning fashion shows and events. Later, marriage and motherhood led her and her husband to Louisville, where she devoted herself to spending sweet at-home time with their two children and, eventually, to becoming the classic, highly-organized, efficient and always-polished PTA mom. “Now that both kids are grown and graduated from college, I’m returning to my retail roots,” says Nikki. That’s what led to the “birth” of her latest baby: Belle Monde boutique.

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It makes sense that a boutique run by a fashion guru with a heart would embody a concept that embraces women and their potential. Says Nikki, “To me, that’s fashioning the world beautifully, and that’s what I’m all about.”


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When your best friend sets you up on a date that turns into a romance, the big day is filled with shared friendships and new memories. BY KEVIN BROADY • PHOTOS BY SARAH KATHERINE DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY


heir romance was the happy outcome of a shared friendship. Although they had never met, both Kristin and Jarrod Little had

a close mutual friend who one day took a chance and set them up on a date. Fast-forward four years later, Kristin and Jarrod tied the knot on July 21, 2018.

have a special treat for everyone, as we both love ice cream,” says Kristin. “We opted to have Comfy Cow bring an ice cream sundae cart to the reception.”

Jarrod’s proposal was unique, imaginative and a complete surprise. The two went to Red River Gorge with friends for the weekend. They were playing board games and drinking sangria. Little did Kristin know that her engagement ring was in her glass mixed in with the fruit. It took her quite a while to notice. “I did eventually find it,” recalls Kristin. “Jarrod asked if I was ready to get hitched. We aren’t super romantic, so for me, it was the perfect proposal!”

Her dress was also a twist on tradition. “I loved my dress. I had waited a long time to get married and I had just turned 40. As soon as I tried on my pink dress I knew that it was the one,” remembers Kristin. “It was comfortable and it looked great with my skin tone and red hair, I didn’t want to take it off.” Her dress came from Couture Closet and she chose violet, fuchsia and avocado as their wedding colors. “I wanted to have a variety of colors in my wedding.”

The adventure of planning a wedding began. Three things were important to both Kristin and Jarrod: a venue that could accommodate both the ceremony and reception, a great caterer and… ice cream. “I went to a wedding show and had food from Ladyfingers Catering and it was amazing!” says Kristin. “I knew I wanted a venue that would allow me to use them.” They chose the beautiful and historic Loft at The Gillespie in downtown Louisville because they felt it suited their personalities with its open room, modern elegance, and relaxed atmosphere-plus they would allow them to use their chosen caterer. They knew it was a perfect fit for their vision of the big day. “We also wanted to

One of the couple's favorite memories of the wedding day was the ceremony which was officiated by Jarrod’s good friend, Justin Bilyeu. Another was when she entered, “Walking down the aisle with my dad was a lot more emotional than I expected, as I am a bit older. When I saw all the people as we walked in the door. I’m was glad I had him to help hold me up,” Kristin remembers. Finally, a meaningful element was the inclusion of Jarrod’s five children; his four daughters were junior bridesmaid and his son was one of the groomsmen. “I wanted them to feel as though they were a part of our day,” says Kristen. “They had a blast and really enjoyed the photo booth and ice cream cart.”

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ristin and Jarrod also cherished the rehearsal dinner. It was important as they had mostly out of town family who were travelling great distances for the wedding. “We did a dinner at the Silver Dollar Restaurant for all of our out of town guests and the wedding party,” says Kristin. “It was amazing! I highly recommend doing this if you have a lot of out of town guests, as the next day is so crazy and it’s difficult to spend much time with them at the reception.” When asked what advice they would offer other couples embarking on the planning process? Kristin cites, “Find vendors who share your vision so you can allow them to do their thing and you don’t have to make all the decisions. Stay true to your vision and what your ideal day will look like. For the brides, bring a cute pair of sneakers or flats to wear at the reception. I was surprised at how much my feet hurt just after the ceremony.” 

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ituated rather majestically on the crest of a hill overlooking sprawling farmland, this gracious farmhouse fits the landscape so perfectly that it seems as if it has sat there for years. However, this light-filled oasis (positioned to capture ambient light from sunrise to sunset) is a custom-built masterpiece completed in 2017 and surrounded by 270 acres of lush green space that includes another family home, stables, gardens, a lake, a slew of farm animals, and a host of other amenities. It’s the homeowners’ very own, perfectly designed and carefully cultivated private corner of the world. The dream team behind this idyllic dwelling included builder Mike Blacketer of The Blacketer Company and interior designer Karista Hannah of Set the Stage. Together they created a modern version of a traditional farmhouse that exudes warmth and comfort. The home is understated, but somehow still delivers an overwhelming wow factor. From the bourbon-themed bar in the lower level to the great room framed with windows, this is a place created for family.

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“The library is so warm and cozy,” Karista shares. Three-dimensional wood tile accentuates a fireplace flanked by built-in bookcases. The room features a pair of leather club chairs that accompany a tufted sofa. Karista added lighting in the bookcases to highlight collectibles and family photographs. It’s the ideal spot to unwind all together in front of the television or curled up in the corner with a book. Rustic wood beams are a focal point in the kitchen and breakfast room combination. An expansive island—one of the largest Karista has ever done—is cloaked in quartz. Upholstered bar chairs embrace the island with stylish chandeliers adding an element of drama. The pantry door, along with the buffet that was creatively turned in to a coffee bar, were family heirlooms that add sentimentality and character to the room. Vintage shelves above the coffee bar corral a variety of family collectibles. Host or hostess chairs are paired with x-back chairs that surround a large farmhouse table that welcomes family gatherings.

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The homeowners wanted to recreate a bar from a local downtown restaurant for their lower level. A hand-painted mural greets guests, while elements of brick and stone add texture. Wood shelves behind the bar showcase personal collectibles and flank an Elijah Craig bourbon barrel top. Black and white photos decorate the stone walls, while staggered seating invites conversation. The vibe is comfortable and inviting. The house was built to create family memories and it is easy to imagine that it will. With its outdoor space complete with farm animals and pool to the thoughtful features inside and out, this is home is full of heart. 

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Closets � Media Centers Offices � Wall Beds Libraries/Wall Units Garage Storage � Mudrooms Laundry Rooms � Pantries


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Paint Colors

Decor Sources

It’s one of the questions those of us on the TOPS staff are most often asked: What color was the paint?

BUILDER: Mike Blacketer of The Blacketer Company

Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Master Bathroom/Laundry: BENJAMIN MOORE HC-170 STONINGTON GRAY Great Room: BENJAMIN MOORE AF-685 THUNDER Master Bedroom: BENJAMIN MOORE OC-19 SEAPEARL

Library/Guest Room #1: BENJAMIN MOORE 1541 LONDON FOG Guest Room #2: BENJAMIN MOORE 1563 QUIET MOMENTS Hallway/Foyer/Upper Landing: BENJAMIN MOORE HC-17 REVERE PEWTER

DESIGNER: Karista Hannah of Set the Stage CABINETS: Barber Cabinets (Kirby) COUNTERTOPS: Eleet Stone Countertops FLOORING: Carpet Specialists LIGHTING: Brecher's Lighting PLUMBING: Ferguson Plumbing FURNITURE: Arhaus TILE: Louisville Tile (Robin Straub) WINDOW TREATMENTS: Draped in Style (Vanessa Yates)

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It’s our city’s most social season and whether it leaves you looking for dinner after the track or a place to land after a long day of entertaining, we’ve found delicious options. BY NANCY MILLER PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER

The Hub

2235 FRANKFORT AVENUE 502-777-1505


he Hub is one of Louisville’s go-to spots for late night dining and fun. First, the food. Clifton fried pickles are a sweet and spicy jump starter to the evening. Let them lead into popcorn, chicken wings (you’ll have your choice of three sauces), spinach and goat cheese dip, and burgers, one of which is vegetarian. The oh-mylet’s-get-a-second-order nachos can be paired with bourbon roasted pork, vegan chorizo or grilled chicken. At The Hub, you can build your own Shandy by choosing a flavor (black pepper ginger, tangerine vanilla, blueberry lavender), a liquor and a beer. But, if you’re not into building your own, the cocktail experts have you covered with

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stunners like Coco Fever, Wren Bird and Scarlet Lady. We’re not going to give you all the details because half the fun is discovering them for yourself. For a nonboozy night there are mock-tails such as Lemonade, Island Breeze and an Arnold Palmer 2.0. “The Hub is perfect for late night because they have a game room, patio and music. Everyone can find something they’re into. You can have some food and a quiet couple of cocktails, or you can be more active with a video machine, at the pool table, in the game room. And people seem to gravitate to the shuffleboard and Golden Tee,” says co-owner owner Talmage Collins. An outdoor dining area is outfitted with bleachers, booths, firepit and television.


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alaxie is a cool NuLu hot spot where people who live or work in the neighborhood are gifted with a ten-percent discount. Kinda makes you want to get a gig in NuLu or call it your new home, doesn’t it?

The front bar changes into a full dance floor with a DJ. Bar manager Lauren Conley says, “There are people wall-to-wall.” The Outer Space, open in spring and summer, has an additional bar, and will again kick off Derby weekend. “I feel like NuLu is still a bit of a destinationarea but we have people from all over Louisville who come here. We’re open on weekends until 3 a.m., sometimes later if a party is still going, that’s a big plus,” she says. The 16-ounce house margarita, concocted with house made sour mix, is the best-selling cocktail. Its popularity may be attributed to its potency. Ask for fresh jalapeños to be shaken in for a spicy option. A blend of cayenne pepper and kosher salt rim the glass for an additional kick. Galaxie’s Wakamole and chips and queso are good choices if you’re in the mood to share. Other menu items that are late night hits are the cheese steak, spicy chorizo and Baja shrimp. The loaded Vader fries come with queso, rojo salsa, avocado crema, feta, pickled red onion and cilantro. “People often come to Galaxie to launch or finish the night. Our loaded nachos help coat your stomach for a night of drinking,” says Conley as a heads-up.

Lola at butchertown grocery

1076 E. WASHINGTON 502-742-8315


hef and owner Bobby Benjamin thinks of Butchertown Grocery as his dining room, but Lola, the intimate lounge upstairs, as his living room. Plenty of Lola lovers feel the same way about the cozy second floor ambiance that’s sometimes sparked with live music. “The whole idea of doing the bar was to have a neighborhood spot where you could come in and get a great drink for three dollars or ten or fifteen dollars, depending on what you felt like that evening. Organically, what happened was that the guests also wanted Butchertown Grocery food. I listened to them and decided how to make that happen,” he says.

Late night Lola diners are able to enjoy anything on the Butchertown Grocery menu. We’ll leave it up to you as to what you should order, but you can easily vanquish the late night hungries with Chesapeake Bay oysters, tuna tartare, BBG shrimp and grits, steak frites or ravioli with goat cheese, mushrooms, sunchokes and Banyuls cream. Lola and her Butchertown Grocery sibling are probably the only places in town where you can become foodie friends with jalapeño bleu cheese ice cream. You’ll find it on the mixed greens salad that’s embellished with candied pecans. Benjamin’s steamed burger is a nod to his Northeast upbringing, “It’s kind of funny because when I was a kid there were lines out the door where steamed burgers were sold.” Made with prime beef, the burger is topped with Kenny’s white Cheddar and his version of a Big Mac sauce.

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The Silver Dollar

1761 FRANKFORT AVENUE 502-259-9540


he Silver Dollar’s slogan is “Whiskey by the Drink.” That tells you something about how much the folks there love their whiskey. Plus call outs from top tier publications around the country show that The Silver Dollar is doing a whole lot very right. GQ magazine ranked it in the Top 10 Best Whiskey Bars in the Nation. With a Bakersfield ‘50s honky tonk vibe, The Silver Dollar’s ambiance is “come on in, you’re not going to want to leave.” “We have such a fun mix of people. There are the young people who are drawn to the liveliness and the more experienced clientele who have a fine appreciation for our more than 300 whiskeys,” says manager Morgan Simpson.

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In addition to the whiskeys are wine, an extensive beer portfolio and several cocktails—you may want to try the Old Rough & Ready (Old Forester Signature, Good Folks cold brew, demerara syrup, vanilla syrup and root beer bitters) or Hearts on Fire (Buffalo Trace bourbon, blood orange-pineapple-jalapeño shrub, lime and soda.) Smack dab in the middle of the food menu are house-made pickled items, something you don’t find just anywhere. Here they are pickled chipotle eggs, smoked hot links, smoked trotter and seasonal vegetables. The Chili Parlor offers three types of chilis, while beef brisket, short ribs, fried catfish and cauliflowers teaks make a tasty appearance of Plates. The Silver Dollar doesn’t ignore soups, sandwiches and sides like collard greens, squash and zucchini noodles and smashed red potatoes.

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse 325 W. MAIN STREET 502-584-0102


hen coming for late dining, you’re going to find great food and drink and a lot of energy. And you’ll be treated like royalty,” says Bawe Shinholster, Corporate Director of Guest Relations and Quality Assurance at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse.

Jeff Ruby’s is known for its steaks with a variety of toppings such as white truffle butter, Cognac peppercorn sauce and seared foie gras. For those who think beef is better when it’s big, really big, there’s The Hatchet, a 30-ounce Tomahawk ribeye. But if you’re not feeling especially carnivorous, you’re still going to be wowed by a menu that features roasted beet salad with blue cheese, hazelnuts and yogurt; crab cakes; oysters

Rockefeller; Chilean sea bass and diver scallops. “The raw bar and sushi menu have many lighter items that are fun to snack on late at night,” says Shinholster. When you simply have to satisfy late-night sweet cravings, banana pecan cake, Amaretto cake or pear tart may do the trick. Want to go over the top? The Lucky Cardinal Cake (chocolate cake, white chocolate mousse, meringue buttercream and raspberry sauce) will take you there. If you’d rather sip your finale, Jeff Ruby’s is glad to oblige with a selection of dessert wines, Port and digestifs. “Instead of going to a place where you feel like it’s the last call, here you can have a good time, hang out, listen to live music and dance,” says Shinholster. Let’s get the party started. 

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elix Mosso’s culinary journey has taken him from growing up in California to working in restaurants in Italy and Puerto Rico. Along the way, the Culinary Institute of America asked him to open a culinary school in Sao Paolo, Brazil. After that he was named Chef de Cuisine at the famed Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, and followed that role working for a whitewater rafting company, which called on top-notch cooking and organizational skills to prepare a thousand meals a day. Finally, gourmands and bourbon lovers are welcoming him as Executive Chef at Bottle & Bond Kitchen and Bar at the Bardstown Bourbon Company.

A DINE-IN Distillery Bottle & Bond Kitchen and Bar

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“This project was a blank slate. We were able to start from scratch…creating the menu, choosing the equipment, training a new staff…and opened last June,” he says. “I live at the stage of my life that I don’t get worried or intimidated easily. I’m at peace with who I am and what I’ve done, so this was the perfect opportunity for me. The concept here is very ‘wow.’ Everything must be the best.” His Southern fare menu with a focus on Kentucky products is simple but refined. Among the fan favorites are baby back ribs, charcuterie, cast-iron fried chicken and glazed Brussels sprouts. And he’s a chef who’s full of surprises, like the Sesame Tuna Tacos he shared with TOPS. Bottle & Bond has initiated an unusual staff program that features culinary students from around the world, including those from South Africa, India and the Philippines. Students who arrived last spring were essential to the restaurant’s opening. A new group will rotate in this spring when the first group returns to their home countries to work in food service. Chef Mosso relishes his role as teacher. “I started cooking because it was a way for me to travel. But cooking is all I want to do now. Part of being a chef is being a leader and trainer. That ties everything together to make a tree. One of my instructors in a restaurant management program once told me that one of a chef’s functions is to pass on what we’re doing to further generations. He said we haven’t done our job until we have launched other people into the field. That’s so true and I love being a trainer.” TOPS LOUISVILLE | April 2019 117



etting the new staff ready for Derby is his next big challenge. It will be all hands on deck. He has never attended Derby and certainly won’t be able to leave the restaurant this year to make it to the big event. That’s ok with him. He says, “Horse racing is one thing, but people having a good time is what’s important to me.” He’s gearing up to make sure they have a spectacular time at Bottle & Bond.

Central to Bottle & Bond’s identity is its synchronizing cocktail pairings with menu items. Mosso works closely with Dan Callaway, who formerly was the general manager at Decca, and is now Director of Bourbon Education, Visitors Experience and Product Development at the distillery. “Three full-time spirits specialists and I have certain flavors we know we want to highlight with bourbon, gin, tequila. It’s important that you’re able to taste every ingredient in our cocktails. Nothing goes into the drinks that doesn’t have a purpose. I think of it as a four-way seesaw, dialing in the ratios and finding harmony,” says Callaway. Cocktails are built around Bardstown Bourbon Company’s products as well as the distillery’s partner brands. Callaway and his crew came up with an imaginative twist on a barrel-aged Old Fashioned. A selection of bourbons was aged for a couple of months with eucalyptus, roses, orange peels and cane sugar, resulting in a light florality. That wasn’t the end of Callaway’s cocktail inventiveness. A special Manhattan blend was then poured into the Old Fashioned barrel for aging. He uses a medley of fresh vegetable and fruit juices in his drinks, and looks to syrups for an added level of taste and interest. The distillery won the 2018 Kentucky Bourbon Festival Challenge’s Best Mixed Drink competition with its Modern Prometheus, a heady combo of 10-year-old Calumet Farms bourbon, Cognac, cardamom and walnut oil, garnished with sliced apples and lemon peel. Into the cocktail was placed a large ice cube with apples in it. As the ice melted, the apple flavor became more prominent. “The collaboration between the distiller, restaurant and bar has evolved organically,” says Callaway. “That’s the path we’re following as we move forward.” A delicious, spirited path, to be sure. 

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Chef Felix MOSSO   



Two other people and I were on a motor boat on a lake in the Amazon. It was a very dark night, with only starlight. We ran out of gas and drifted toward a home. The homesteader met us at the end of a shotgun. We explained our situation and he invited us into his humble home where he and his family grilled a fabulous, large meaty fish for us. We spent the night in their home, sleeping on hammocks. The next morning, the larger boat we were supposed to have met the previous day found us. That was definitely one of my more remarkable memories.

To treat the people who work for me with respect and that I need to understand each of their cultures.

THE CHEF WORLD CAN BE CRAZY, CAN’T IT? Yes. Cooks and chefs are adrenaline junkies. When there isn’t an adrenaline spike, we tend to get bored. And there’s good stress and bad stress. It’s all about how you interpret and manage the stress.

WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST FOOD INDULGENCE? A great smoked roasted rib or a roasted tambaqui, a fish I ate in the Amazon.

WHERE IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER, AND WITH WHOM? I’d take my wife to dine in Sao Paolo, which is where we met. It’s a mecca of raw materials and a melting pot of food… Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Austrian, French, German and indigenous cuisines from each of the areas.

HOW WOULD YOU FINISH THE SENTENCE, “I WISH…” I wish that everybody could be as happy as I am.

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» 1 7” x 7” egg roll wrapper per taco » Canola oil » 1 tsp guacamole » ½ tsp sriracha mayonnaise » 1 ½ oz sesame tuna tartare » 1 tsp shaved scallions » ¼ lime Cut the wonton wrapper in a circle approximately 6 inches in diameter. Fry the wrapper in canola oil using a taco shell frying mold (available online and at some retailers) until very light golden brown. Allow to cool and drain. Pipe a bead of guacamole in the well of the shell. Squeeze a fine bead of sriracha mayonnaise on top of the guacamole. Layer the tuna over the guacamole and sriracha mayonnaise. Squeeze another fine bead of sriracha over the tuna. Garnish with shaved scallions. Squeeze lime juice over tacos as you are eating them.

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Sesame Tuna Tartare » 4 1/5 oz ahi tuna loin, sinew free » ¼ tsp sesame oil » ¼ tsp white sesame seeds » ¼ tsp black sesame seeds » ¼ tsp lime juice Clean the tuna while keeping it over ice. Dice into small, uniform cubes. Mix together all the ingredients.



» 2 ounces Belle Meade bourbon » .75 ounce lemon juice » .75 ounce honey/turmeric syrup » 5 drops Crude “Rizzo” bitters


» Pinch of Moroccan Spice Blend (ras el hanout)

» 8 oz avocado chunks

» Shake all ingredients on ice.

» 1 tbsp kosher salt

» Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a grapefruit peel and mint sprig.

» 1 tsp lime juice » ¼ tsp citric acid Mix the avocado vigorously with the remaining ingredients. Adjust seasoning to taste. Transfer to a disposable pastry bag.

Honey/Turmeric Syrup » 3 cups honey » 1 cup water

Sriracha Mayonnaise

» 4 tablespoons turmeric

» 8 oz mayonnaise

» Heat the ingredients. Stir and cool after mixture is blended together.

» 2 oz sriracha In a stainless-steel bowl, combine both ingredients. Adjust seasoning to taste.







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GET GLOWING You have the hat, the heels, the dress. All you need now is the flawless complexion. Why the microderm infusion facial at Massage Envy is on everyone’s to-do list. STORY BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM

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t’s the closest thing to instant photoshopping for your face: Microdermabrasion exfoliates, extracts and polishes the skin with a whirring, diamond-head device that sloughs off dead cells, deep cleans, softens fine lines and leaves skin looking generally flawless.

Its reputation as a no downtime, do-itall treatment has made it popular with celebrities and the rest of the world before red carpet events and photo ops. Now, a more refined version called Microderm Infusion, offered locally at Massage Envy, adds extra benefits that increase hydration and overall glow—creating an even more radiant, youthful complexion.

Who doesn’t want glowing, smooth skin under their Derby hat?

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This latest version of the high-tech facial adds precision-timed hydration to the exfoliation and extraction. “As the patented diamond treatment head is drawn across your skin, it exfoliates your face, vacuums away residual skin cells and instantly applies a customized infusion serum,” explains Vycki Goldenberg, a local Massage Envy owner/franchissee. “It targets specific skin issues like breakouts while increasing hydration and overall radiance.” The fact that it delivers so many benefits with no downtime makes it a perfect go-to treatment for Derby, or any event where your complexion could use a quick but dramatic boost. (One caveat: Try to book at least a week before you head to Churchill, because it does make your skin more sensitive to the sun.) “It’s been a hit for spring because it does so much so quickly,” says Goldenberg. And who doesn’t want glowing, smooth skin under their Derby hat? 


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Down-To-TheWire Beauty We’re four weeks out from Derby and that means the race to primp and prep is on. Here, local cosmetic surgeons share the quick fixes that can make you walk into the track looking like a winner. BY BELLA PORTARO KUEBER


ince the first Derby was run in 1875, it has been an opportunity for attendees to dress up and look their best. Today the tradition of dressing to impress at the track carries on with a modern, scientific twist: Derby primping now often begins with a little high-tech help from local cosmetic surgeons. Whether they’re filling fine lines, plumping lips or smoothing bumps and eliminating the need for Spanx, our local medical experts have a whole spectrum of quick fixes that can guarantee a beauty triumph at the track. To help prep for your Churchill closeups, we’ve spoken to five trusted medical professionals. Here, their advice on the best beauty treatments to start four weeks out, three weeks out and right down to the finish line.

Dr. Marc Salzman Salzman Cosmetic Surgery and Spa 4702 Chamberlain Lane 502-425-5200 FOUR WEEKS OUT: Dr. Salzman believes his office has the best kept secret in the city, the Allura Laser Body Sculpting. This dream body maker provides immediate visual results because of the unique benefits of its non-invasive impact when compared to traditional methods of liposuction. THREE WEEKS OUT: The top three beauty treatments around this time in April would be Mini Facelift, the perfect Dermapeel and Emsculpt. Injectables for your face and hands give your hands a youthful appearance. TWO WEEKS OUT: Peels and injectables. A peel can brighten and tighten and there’s enough time to heal before you head to the track. Be sure to be extra careful about sunscreen though, since your new skin cells are especially sensitive to the UV rays. BEST BEAUTY ADVICE: “When it comes to mistakes people can make with timing treatments, the biggest would have to be injectables the day before an event or chemical peels the week of.”

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Dr. Alex Digenis 315 East Broadway 502-589-5544 FOUR WEEKS OUT: Dr. Digenis recommends a HydraFacial. The HydraFacial is the only hydradermabrasion procedure that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection simultaneously, resulting in clearer, more beautiful skin with no discomfort or downtime. The treatment is soothing, moisturizing, non-invasive and non-irritating. It delivers instant and long-lasting results that you can see and feel. THREE WEEKS OUT: Microneedling is used to treat and improve conditions like acne

scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, skin texture, pore size, brown spots, stretch marks, and pigment issues by stimulating collagen production in the skin. Dr. Digenis says it’s a popular choice for both male and female clients at this point before Derby. TWO WEEKS OUT: Not new to the market, but in high demand, are fillers for the hand and cheek areas. Our hands are an often-neglected and forgotten area to treat for fullness. Eighty-three percent of women notice signs of aging in the hands as they've grown older. Volume in the hands deteriorates over time, making hands appear aged. We can "turn back the hands of time" with Restylane Lyft. It can also be injected in the cheek area to create a more contoured and youthful appearance.

Dr. Jarrod Little

SEVEN DAYS OUT: The only recommendation for this week would be injectables early in the week along with basic facials to give your skin a fresh-faced look. BEST ADVICE: Don’t wait until it’s too late! Everyone's skin is different and can react differently to treatments. If you have sensitive skin, or have never received treatment, Dr. Digenis recommends coming in two weeks prior to any big event. There can be reactions to the injections that you won’t know will happen until they do. To avoid any risks with injectables, try to get in early in the week on Monday or Tuesday.

Dr. Lee Corbett

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FOUR WEEKS OUT: The most undetectable but effective procedure in his office for a month out from the Derby is fat grafting. This procedure involves suctioning fat from another part of your body, purifying it and injecting into another. Dr. Little believes this has multiple benefits because this fat has a high concentration of stem cells.

FOUR WEEKS OUT: PRP Microneedling, also known as the “Vampire Facial” was made famous by Kim Kardashian. It’s one of the newest beauty procedures getting a lot of buzz for achieving dramatic results in a short time. With this treatment, they use your own plasma and needle it into the skin to improve overall texture, fine lines, pigment, and cell turnover.

THREE WEEKS OUT: Botox, eyelash enhancers, aggressive skin care with growth factors like the new SkinMedica products, and dermal fillers such as the Juvéderm products. Cost is reasonable and does not change by gender at Dr. Little’s office. TWO WEEKS OUT: Peels and injectables. Any bruises or redness from fillers or Botox will be long gone by Derby, leaving beautiful results for your photos. BEST BEAUTY ADVICE: The biggest mistakes for last-minute treatments are not allowing adequate time for swelling to resolve and choosing practitioners that are not adequately trained in the procedures. Unfortunately, many of these procedures can be performed by a wide variety of disciplines, many of which do not have the experience needed for a great result. Most of the complications I see from Botox and dermal fillers are a result of inadequate training of others.

Dr. Julene Samuels A Woman’s Touch 6400 Dutchman’s Parkway 502-897-9411 FOUR WEEKS OUT: Micro-needling with radiofrequency retexturizes and smooths both facial and body skin with little downtime. Fractora is a collagen pen that is a great one. Profound is another device she uses but it has much more heat, takes longer to do, and is more expensive than Fractora.

THREE WEEKS OUT: Filler injections are the most popular at Dr. Corbett’s office. Lip filler to enhance your lips, filler to add volume to your facial structure, and various other collagen boosting injections to help you get ready for the big week of horse racing in Louisville.

THREE WEEKS OUT: Injectables as a fast filler, long-lasting collagen stimulating injectables, injectables for acne scar filling, neurotoxins, and facials that vary in simple subtle ways to a chemical peel or alpha-hydroxy acid facial for a quick complexion fix.

TWO WEEKS OUT: Injectables and peels.

TWO WEEKS OUT: Peels and fillers.

BEST ADVICE: Don’t wait until the last minute! Give the products time to do their job and your body time to heal so that you are looking your best for the big event!

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The Insider’s Guide to Derby Season Who better than our two event planning experts to fill us in on experiencing our city’s special season to the fullest? Here is their short list of can’t-miss events and destinations. BY MARCELLA KRAGEL AND INA MILLER

Ina Marcella Events is a full service event planning and creative consulting business co-owned by Ina Miller and Marcella Kragel. With shared backgrounds in the arts and non-profit management, and a mutual passion for community engagement, Ina and Marcella have developed a unique approach to event planning aimed at creating inspired one-of-a-kind events for their clients. Ina and Marcella have been friends for twenty years and each is married with three kids.

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hile the race may only last two minutes, all locals know that Derby is a full-on season. However, many of us have gotten stuck in a rut. In fact, we sometimes hear jaded locals say they avoid the track at all cost. So, to help you embrace the Derby and all the festivities that swirl around it, we thought it might be fun to think about Derby like a tourist. If only we could all just loosen up, get out of our comfort zone and rediscover the event that makes Louisville so darn special. No matter where you’re from, let’s all pretend to be a tourist and rediscover the magic of Derby Season from the food, to the parties, and all the track details in between. Here, we share some of our personal favorite events and experiences that help us rediscover the magic of Derby year after year after year.

To make the most of your Derby Day buy the tip sheets to learn from the pros, brush up on the lyrics to “My Old Kentucky Home” and buy the Mint Julep, we promise you will treasure the commemorative glass. And don’t forget to pack smart with food in clear containers, no glass of any kind, and leave the selfie sticks at home. For a full list of dos and don’ts, check out the official Kentucky Derby website (

The Parties

Where to Stay Whether you need a hotel room, or just want to be a hometown tourist, Louisville’s hotels are hotspots during Derby week. Hotel bars provide some of the best people watching and gathering places. We have picked our favorite three for you to try out this Derby Season.

Feast: When Top Chef rolled into town, the judges themselves posted photos enjoying the barbecue at this local favorite all over their social media. Make sure to allow plenty of time; at lunchtime it’s not unusual to see the line wrap out the door and around the corner.

Barnstable Brown Gala: One of the longest party traditions in Louisville, crowds often line the quiet Highlands neighborhood street to watch celebrities arrive and support diabetes research and treatment.

21C: The original 21C Hotel (of which there are now eight) is in a class all its own and shows off Louisville’s cool artistic vibe. Wander through the galleries, eat at Proof on Main, or just order a fabulous drink in the bar, none of the views will disappoint.

The Omni: This sparkling new hotel with its bourbon-chic decor brings a sophisticated, full service option to the downtown hotel scene.

Where to Eat Did you know Louisville was just named one of the best food cities in the South? Make the most of your Derby week with an as-seenon-TV tour of the city’s best restaurants. Wagner’s Pharmacy: Eat breakfast with the very jockeys, trainers and owners you will be cheering for.

Stitzel Weller Affair: This one-of-a-kind event has it all; amazing food, amazing Blade and Bow Bourbon and ends with an intimate concert. This year’s event features Brooks Reitz of Jack Rudy Cocktails and entertainment by Mt. Joy. The Trifecta: Held at The KFC Yum! Center, this year’s event features entertainment by Usher and supports local charities including the West End School. Did we mention Usher?

AC Hotel: NULU’s newest hip boutique hotel has it all. Beautiful rooms, proximity to critically acclaimed NULU restaurants, and a huge comfortable street level bar.

The Brown: No trip to Louisville is complete without visiting the Brown, and during Derby the pomp and circumstance of this historic hotel, mixed with the Louisville staples which it provides make it the perfect spot to pretend to be a tourist. Enjoy a drink in the Jazz Bar, eat a Hot Brown and the original Kern’s Kitchen Derby Pie and relax in the luxurious lobby with the who’s who of Derby red carpets.

The fun isn’t limited to the track. For the best celebrity sightings and opportunities to dust off your dancing shoes Derby Eve, Friday night, is the night to celebrate. There are no winners or losers yet, just dreams. Check them out, and if you can’t get tickets, the red carpet watching is just as lively. Here’s a short list:

Decca: Speaking of Top Chef don’t miss the home of Chef Annie Pettry. Milkwood and 610 Magnolia: Again, thanks to Top Chef, Chef Edward Lee has become a bit of a celebrity, but don’t think it’s not well deserved.

How to Do The Track When you plan your time at the track, don’t just put all your eggs in one basket. There is more to Churchill Downs than Derby. While Saturday is the main event, Thursday and Friday are popular days to visit as well. Thursday, Thurby, belongs to the locals, and Friday, Oaks Day, is the day the track gives back by celebrating breast cancer survivors. Dress appropriately for each day; keep Thursday a little more casual, celebrate survivors and wear pink on Friday, but pull out the stops on Saturday.

Unbridled Eve: Supporting Blessings in a Backpack, this year’s event features Dennis Quaid, Sir Mix-A-Lot and local favorites Linkin Bridge and The Louisville Crashers in the Grand Ballroom at the Galt House Hotel.

MUSEUM HOP Take your hometown tourist status to the next level and learn the history behind the best two minutes in sports and all that goes with it. The Kentucky Derby Museum: The best place to brush up on your Derby knowledge is at none other than The Kentucky Derby Museum. Mint Julep Tours: With tours that include distilleries and horse parks alike, Mint Julep Tours has something for everyone. Dawn at the Downs: Watch the contenders’ morning workouts as the sun rises, while enjoying the twin spires and breakfast. With a week’s worth of mornings to choose from, this is truly something to check off the bucket list. 

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Her day job, as Director of Community Relations for Churchill Downs, may ďŹ nd her wearing fabulous fascinators, but this busy executive and mother of two boys wears many hats at work and home. PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER

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he’s no stranger to crazy hours and unpredictable days. Having spent seven years as an editor at local lifestyle publications—first as the fashion editor of the now-defunct N Focus and later as the editor of The Voice-Tribune, Tonya Abeln juggled a full schedule of deadlines, interviews, social demands and fashion shoots before having her first son, Luke, in 2013. Five years later, she is settled into a new role as Director of Community Relations at Churchill Downs, where her juggling skills continue to come into play—especially during the next few weeks. She approaches the demands at home and work with optimism, kindness and a sense of humor… which she shares with us in a quick pre-Derby interview.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY. I have been married for 15 years to my husband, Kris Abeln who I met one summer in high school when we were both Governor’s Scholars representatives from our schools. We have two sons: Luke, age 5 and Todd age 2. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR CAREER? In my role at Churchill Downs, I get to partner with nonprofit organizations that are doing incredible things to impact our community in a positive way. It is extremely rewarding to align with those change agents either by way of contributions or creating opportunities for them to fundraise and share their mission at the racetrack.

Then, of course, there is the wonder of getting to be a part of the magic of the Kentucky Derby. Through Churchill Downs Foundation, I am able to identify ways that we can support the often-unsung heroes of the industry—thoroughbred aftercare, injured jockeys, services for backside workers and resources for the neighborhoods surrounding the racetrack—without whom none of this great tradition would exist.

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HOW DO YOU BALANCE CAREER AND FAMILY? Quite simply, I don’t. I think the sooner women admit that to each other and set the reasonable expectations that there are going to be large chunks of time when you feel like you are spiraling completely out of control, the less opportunity there is for feelings of isolation or failure. A wise friend once told me, “Balance is for ballerinas,” and I’ve always considered myself more of a tap dancer anyway. So, if I’m sticking to that metaphor, I think often my rhythm doesn’t make sense to everyone around me, but I’m endlessly eager to put on a good show and am almost always out of breath at the end of the routine. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR BIGGEST TIME CHALLENGES? I think many of us take on too much with the best of intentions and there is never enough time to do it all. I’ve tried to embrace the power of “no,” but it is against my nature and a real struggle for me. I know I’m not the only one who seems to be in a constant battle with communication. I can never stay caught up on emails, direct messages, text messages and phone calls. It is nearly debilitating because I always like to spend some thoughtful time with my responses (I also do not possess the gift of brevity), but I also refuse to be on my phone during time with my children, so something has to take a hit. Usually it’s my wasteland of an inbox. Ultimately, you have to ask yourself, “What balls can I drop today?” I’ve learned to look for the ones that are seemingly made of rubber and will bounce right back the next day. But sometimes you see one that is made of glass and will shatter if dropped. Some days that one is your kids, or your marriage, or your friends, or a work project and some days that fragile ball is your health. You have


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I noticed on a questionnaire at school once that my oldest was asked what his mother does and he responded, ‘She goes to the racetrack every day,’ so I can only imagine what his teacher thinks my lifestyle might be.

to learn to identify those and tend to them. Give yourself permission to let the others go. HOW DO YOU HANDLE THEM? I keep very odd hours. At the end of the work day, after I’ve put my boys to bed, I’m usually pretty zapped. If I’m lucky enough not to doze off telling a story in a toddler bed, sometimes I’ll try to do something for myself like walk on the treadmill while catching up on text messages, but, let’s be honest, mostly I zone out to meaningless television. I’m not advocating this as the best coping skill, but many days it is just what I need to turn my brain off for a bit. I call it passive productivity because often I am planning out the steps for the next days while

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the Housewives are throwing drinks at each other. I sleep for a few hours, then usually wake up at 3 or 4 a.m. to catch up on work or home. There is something empowering to me about having time to yourself when the world is still. For a few hours I can respond to emails without my inbox just filling up again. I did learn to schedule my messages to send at 8 a.m. so I don’t have to keep answering questions about why I’m awake in the middle of the night! Some mornings I’ll grab a quick nap again before my boys wake up. Mainly, and this is the most important one, I’ve learned to accept help graciously. If I ever appear to be pulling it off, it is because I stand on the shoulders of a wonderful support system; a husband who takes on a bulk

of household duties, family who organize my home when I’m overwhelmed, friends who love my children and will watch them for me, a babysitter who steps in at a moment’s notice and co-workers who are completely understanding if I need a mom moment. They say it takes a village and some days I feel like I’m working with a small city. Could I do it without them all? I really don’t want to know. It would be at the risk of my sanity, I fear. HAVE YOU HAD ANY TURNING POINTS IN YOUR CAREER OR HOME LIFE THAT CAUSED YOU TO SHIFT PRIORITIES? I was in extreme denial at first that taking on a demanding job would alter my personal life. Suddenly, I found that I was a flight risk

for just about everything I planned that was not work-related and it felt terrible to constantly cancel plans with people that I care about. I had to face a reality check that I’m not able to do the social things I used to enjoy at this stage of my life. It was painful for me to admit, but I can’t really do lunch, coffee or happy hours with my friends anymore. I have young children who need me for everything right now and a job that requires a lot of my time after traditional work hours. I do believe this is just a chapter in my life though, and I’m lucky to have friends who are very patient with me and are used to my disappearing acts when life gets intense. DO YOU SHARE ANY ASPECTS OF YOUR CAREER WITH YOUR CHILDREN OR DO YOU KEEP THEM COMPLETELY SEPARATE? I’m lucky that my husband and my boys really love the racetrack so I incorporate them as often as I can. They come to Family Adventure Days during racing season and Twilight Thursdays. My boys do not really understand what my job is, though. I noticed on a questionnaire at school once that my oldest was asked what his mother does and he responded, “She goes to the racetrack every day,” so I can only imagine what his teacher thinks my lifestyle might be. DO YOU THINK YOUR WORK ETHIC HAS RUBBED OFF ON YOUR CHILDREN? By looking at their messy rooms right now I would say no, but I’m working on it. DO YOU HAVE ANY TIME FOR HOBBIES OR PASTTIMES OUTSIDE OF WORK AND FAMILY AND, IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY? I have recently regained a love for Pilates so I try to get out of the house two mornings a week before the kids wake up to indulge in that time to myself. I love live music, movies and theatre, but, of course, the frequency with which I get to enjoy them is less now that I’m a mom. Someday soon, I hope to incorporate the boys into those things I enjoy and nurture their love for it, too. I really enjoy fashion and luckily I’m able to incorporate that into my job somewhat since Derby week is so closely aligned with style.

VALUES DO YOU TRY TO MODEL FOR YOUR CHILDREN? Nothing is more important than the way you treat people. I’ve always believed that there isn’t a person in this world that I can’t teach something to and there isn’t a person in this world that I can’t learn something from. Everyone is worthy of our time and respect. I hope they see that in me. That would make me immensely proud. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS? I have nothing new to add to the narrative of motherhood. It turns out that everything you’ve always heard your entire life is true: It’s the hardest, most wonderful, challenging and satisfying, maddening yet exhilarating thing I’ve ever done. It is, without a doubt, my greatest accomplishment. But I don’t necessarily think you have to be a mother of humans to enjoy that sense of fulfillment, and I don’t want to perpetuate that motherhood is always what makes one’s life complete. I think relationships, pets, caring for aging parents—any time you care for something or someone else more than yourself and the currency with which you are paid is sometimes love, sometimes anger and sometimes total disregard—then you get the picture, and you should be proud. WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO OTHER WOMEN WHO ARE JUGGLING CAREERS AND MOTHERHOOD? I was once editing a magazine cover where we featured a beautiful dancer, a ballerina, in fact, if we want to bring this full circle to “balance.” She was leaping in the image and I caught myself wondering if the photo had caught her on her way up or down. That moment made a lasting impression on me because it occurred to me that falling and flying are interchangeable. In terms my sons would understand I would reference “Toy Story” when Buzz thinks he’s flying but Woody declares he’s just falling with style. In the end, it doesn’t matter. On the inside, it may seem like you are stumbling, coming up short, dropping all the balls—you may feel like you are free falling. But to someone watching, they think you’re flying. Embrace that.

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Doug Proffitt & Melissa Swan MELISSA’S HAT IS FROM DEE’S.


trolling into Churchill Downs with WHAS stalwarts Doug Proffitt and Melissa Swan in the middle of an early Spring weekday will show you just how much these two local media personalities have meant to the Derby over the years. It’s all waves, warm smiles, and even a few doubletakes from Churchill Downs employees and patrons alike. Because together, this pair of broadcast professionals have been responsible for bringing the excitement and drama of Derby into our homes each and every year for nearly 3 decades. “The goal in presenting the Derby is always to make viewers see the scope of Churchill,” Melissa says. “Most people can’t be here. The idea is to bring them here via what we convey.” Having spent so many years capturing the atmosphere and grandeur of Churchill, both Melissa and Doug feel a flood of memories when they walk through the gates. The first thing that catches Doug’s attention are the original spires and a comparatively small set of stands, dwarfed by the sprawling complex all around the hallowed horse track. “Originally, that was all there was,” he observes.

Doug has seen an immense amount of change since his first Derby. That was in 1979 when he, a lifelong Louisville native, was just an intern for WHAS. Doug’s career in news took him around the country to a few different stations, then finally back to Louisville and WHAS in 1987. He’s remained there ever since. Melissa had already been reporting there for a few years. They became fast friends, but little did they know that they would be colleagues for so long, or that they would become like family. “You’re just together so much and having these remarkable experiences,” says Melissa. “We formed a strong bond.”

For nearly 30 years Doug Proffitt and Melissa Swan of WHAS 11 were the team that brought the Derby into the homes of many Louisvillians. Our own Rocko Jerome took them back to Churchill Downs, where their memory lane happens to be home to the most exciting two minutes in sports. PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER


MEET LISA HUTSON The years rolled along, with that annual first Saturday in May a constant marker for the progress of their lives. In conversation about the Derby, most of them blur together. The years that it rained and rained. That year that it snowed. The time that it was so hot that Melissa took her shoes off and then found that her feet had swollen and she couldn’t get them back on, then had to spend the rest of the day at the track barefoot, something that they still laugh about. There are also some dates that they never forget the exact circumstances of, like 1989. That year there was sleet, and Melissa was pregnant with her daughter, Mary Hannah. In 1997 it was rainy and muddy, then Doug’s son Seth was born just 10 days later. “Silver Charm won that one,” Doug says, a gleam in his eye. Doug continues at WHAS, a reliable and trusted face in local news. He’s fostering young anchors like Lisa Hutson along the way (See sidebar). However, Melissa made the hard decision to retire in 2016 and is now preparing to launch a new podcast, to be entitled “Swan Dive.” She’s excited about the future, but the bonds to her WHAS cohorts cling tightly. When asked to sum up that experience in broadcasting the Derby, Melissa says it clearly. “It was always a great deal of hard work, turning around from the 11 PM broadcast the night before and coming to the track early in the morning, and watching as it went from a day of coverage to basically a full week,” she says. “But it was a tremendous privilege, and I feel so lucky to have been a part for so long. A more beautiful experience, I could not ask for.” Doug Proffitt can be seen every weeknight on WHAS 11. To reach Melissa in regards to her upcoming podcast, email


Lisa Hutson is the newest anchor at WHAS 11 and for her, joining the team has been an experience of tremendous magnitude. “Even growing up as far from Louisville as western Kentucky, everyone knew Action 11 news. It was always a true benchmark. Being part of that now and following this tradition, is an incredible honor.” Lisa is looking forward to covering and attending—her second Derby this year. “I know it’s a shame, but I had never been before covering it last year,” she admits. About Lisa, Doug says “It’s hard for anyone to grasp such a giant event with 145 years in history, but Lisa dove into Kentucky’s heritage sport quickly, headed to Central Kentucky to profile past Derby winners like Silver Charm, and has made a valiant effort to absorb quickly what this is about. It’s been impressive to watch and great to see.” “Nothing could prepare me for really being there,” Lisa says. “Just really visceral things like the array of gorgeous colors and the thunderous sound of the horses made such an impression. I literally got chills when they played My Old Kentucky Home.”

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AN ARTISTIC KICK-OFF FOR DERBY Derby week begins at Churchill Downs with the fourth annual Celebration of the Arts. Rocko Jerome shares a sneak peek. COURTESY PHOTOS


eturning for its fourth year, the 2019 Awards in the Arts presented by Kindred Healthcare and Joy Mangano will continue to elevate, celebrate, and move the arts forward, featuring innovative artists of the Louisville area in a legendary setting. Fund for the Arts collaborates and co-hosts along with the Lawrence family and Churchill Downs, kicking off Derby week with an electrifying celebration of the creative spirit right at the eternal home of the Kentucky Derby itself. Over 250 gifted artists working in every medium imaginable will be presenting their craft for attendees to behold on every corner of the track. Performing artists, visual artists, and musicians representing many musical styles will all be on hand, creating in real time in a viscerally exciting experience for all.



The Awards in the Arts ceremony honors artists and arts organizations for their passion and dedication to the arts, and in doing so, celebrates and advances Greater Louisville’s vibrant arts and culture. More winners will be announced soon! For the full list, visit

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Through donations, Fund for the Arts makes great things happen for our community, keeping alive that essential sense of vibrancy that only art can bring. This singular event brings their brightest stars to shine on our most exciting time of year in Louisville. You won’t want to miss it. 


The Celebration of the Arts takes place at Churchill Downs on April 27, 2019. Please visit for more information on how you can donate to this extraordinary cause and attend this celebration of innovation.




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CALENDAR OF EVENTS With more than 70 events, from galas to golf, marathon to music, fireworks to food trucks, there is truly something for everyone during the Kentucky Derby Festival. This is a wonderful time in our community; so if are looking for some memorable activities, check out our KDF calendar. For more information on any of these events or to see the complete list, visit


6:30pm – Midnight, Louisville Marriott Downtown Tickets $200 each, VIP Table of 10 is $2,700, includes dinner and dancing. A portion of proceeds benefits the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation. Produced by The Fillies, Inc. Sponsors: Total Wine & More, BrownForman Corporation, TOPS Louisville and 102.3 JACK FM.



5:30pm – 8pm, Louisville Slugger Field Features exquisite fare from over 65 of Louisville’s finest restaurants and beverage companies. Bourbon tasting, wine tasting and a silent auction. Tickets $85, available in advance only. Proceeds benefit Dare to Care. Sponsor: BrownForman Corporation. For more information call 502-966-3821.



11:30am, Galt House East, Grand Ballroom The 63rd annual They’re Off! Luncheon is the official corporate kick-off of the 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival. Notable speakers include Jay Bilas, Kirk Herbstreit, Erin Andrews, Sam Champion, Robin Roberts and Terry Bradshaw as well as many others in a long list of luminaries who have entertained They’re Off! Luncheon audiences for the past 61 years. Tickets: $680 Table of 8 or $85 each. Official Kentucky Derby Festival kick-off luncheon. Sponsors: Fifth Third Bank, Kentucky Blood Center and Business First. SATURDAY, APRIL 13


Airshow: 3:00pm, Fireworks: 9:30pm, Louisville Riverfront, The official 2019 theme is “The Wonderful World of Thunder.” Sponsors: Horseshoe Southern Indiana, LG&E, Meijer, UPS, Papa John’s, Ford Motor Company, The Galt House and Logan Lavelle Hunt Sound. All-day live coverage on WAVE 3 NEWS and 106.9 PLAY. Featuring

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Chow Wagon at Waterfront Park and the East River Road Beer Garden. Admission is free with 2019 Pegasus Pin®. Thunder VIP Rooftop Party. Tickets: $150 each. Purchase at SATURDAY, APRIL 13-20

GIVE A DAY: MAYOR’S WEEK OF SERVICE Citywide week of volunteering to help others. Help make Louisville the most compassionate city in the world. Individuals, companies and groups can volunteer online at SATURDAY, APRIL 13-28



Tee time: noon, Wildwood Country Club Team entries $2,000, Individual entries $500. Entries open to the public, includes lunch, golf with local pro, cocktail reception following tournament and gifts. Sponsors: KPGA, 1450/96.1 The Big X Sports Radio WXVW, Horseshoe Southern Indiana. Contact Jordan Hincks at or 502572-3833 to register.



April 13-14 and 27-28 With nearly 500 teams participating, the Kentucky Derby Festival Volleyball Classic is the country’s largest outdoor volleyball tournament. It promotes all levels of play and forms of competition—doubles, trips, quads and six-person— on both sand and grass. Sand Division games take place at Baxter Jacks, while the Grass Division takes place at Seneca Park’s tennis courts. Sponsors: ASICS and Mikasa. For more information call The Volleyball Connection/Tandem Sports 502582-3530.

KING SOUTHERN BANK BOURBONVILLE 6:00pm, The Louisville Palace Taste signature drinks from Kentucky’s Bourbon distilleries, enjoy Bourbon-inspired cuisine and meet the Master Distillers. Tickets: $50 General Admission; $85 Angel’s Envy VIP Experience. 21 and over only, must present ID for entry. Sponsors: King Southern Bank, Schaefer General Contracting, 107.7 The Eagle and TOPS Louisville. Tickets available by calling 502-584-FEST or online at



Preliminaries: April 18-28 Finals: April 30, Seneca Golf Course In its 31st year, the $1 million dollar prize is still up for grabs in the finals of the $1 Million Dollar Hole-InOne Golf Contest. Anyone from beginners to scratch golfers can take a shot. If no one wins the $1 million grand prize, a First Prize of $5,000 will be awarded! Preliminaries are held for 10 days. The Hole-In-One is open daily, except Sunday, April 21 (Easter). Each golf ball is only $1. Get 10 FREE golf balls with the purchase of a $7 Pegasus Pin® at the event. Visit for official rules and details.



4:00pm – 8:00pm, Downtown New Albany Family-friendly event with a special preview of the 2019 Festival, featuring a hot air

balloon, inflatables, mini golf and bed races, face painting and more. Sponsors: Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County, Bennett & Bennett Insurance, 102.3 JACK FM and Extol Magazine. THURSDAY, APRIL 25

HEALTH FAIR PRESENTED BY WELLCARE HEALTH PLANS 4:00pm – 8:00pm, Fourth Street Live! Featuring exhibits, activities for families that will be educational and entertaining. Admission is free with a 2019 Pegasus Pin®. Sponsors: WellCare Health Plans, KentuckyOne Health, 100.1/103.5 WAKY and Today’s Transitions.


8:30pm, Kroger’s Fest-aVille on the Waterfront The Glimmer is a “mini-glow,” which kicks-off a weekend full of ballooning events. Balloons will light up on the Great Lawn of Waterfront Park for opening night of Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville and the Chow Wagon, on Thursday, April 25. Admission is free with a 2019 Pegasus Pin®. Sponsors: BB&T, Q103.1, Amazon, 102.3 JACK FM, 106.9 PLAY and Kosair Charities.

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THU: 4:00pm – 8:00pm, FRI: 11:00am – 9:00pm, Kentucky International Convention Center–Hall B Two-day Expo where you can see the latest running gear, get nutritional advice, prerace running tips and pick up your race packet for the miniMarathon/Marathon® and PNC Tour de Lou. Sponsors: Jim Beam and 99.7 DJX.

Open Daily 11:00am – 11:00pm, SUN 12:00pm – 10:00pm, Waterfront Park Featuring concerts with national talent, family fun, food, kids’ inflatable playground, midway rides, the Budweiser Beer Garden, and more. Admission is free with a 2019 Pegasus Pin®. Sponsors: Kroger and The Courier-Journal. FRIDAY, APRIL 26



12:00pm – 1:00pm, Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront Relax and recharge at this yoga event at the Waterfront. Admission is free with a 2019 Pegasus Pin®.


Daily 11:00am – 11:00pm, SUN 12:00pm – 10:00pm Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront, Outdoor food & live music venue. Sponsors: Kroger and Miller Lite. Featuring the Miller Lite Music Stage and Derb E Cigs Lounge. Happy Hour Weekdays 4:00pm -6:00pm. Admission is free with a 2019 Pegasus Pin®.


9pm, Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront Part of the Waterfront Jam concert series. The Waterfront Jam also features the Miller Lite Music Stage, where daily live local and regional music acts will perform. Admission to all shows

is FREE with a 2019 Pegasus Pin®. Special VIP viewing presented by Mr. Roof is available for select shows for $25, online at Sponsors: Kroger, Budweiser and 97.5 WAMZ.


7:00am, Bowman Field Admission is free with a 2019 Pegasus Pin®. Sponsors: BB&T, Amazon, Kosair Charities and 102.3 JACK FM.


Gates open at 6:00pm, Glow begins at 9:00pm, Kentucky Exposition Center The Great Balloon Glow is a companion event to the race. The balloons are situated on the field, but do not ascend. As the pilots fire their burners, watch as the balloons glow against the blackness of the night sky, synchronized to a special musical score. $10 KEC Parking Fee. Admission is free with a 2019 Pegasus Pin®. Sponsors: BB&T, Amazon, Kosair Charities and 106.9 PLAY.

OHIO VALLEY WRESTLING RUN FOR THE ROPES 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront, Admission is free with a 2019 Pegasus Pin®. For more information call 502-759-7665. Presented by Ohio Valley Wrestling. SATURDAY, APRIL 27


7:30am Kentucky’s largest day of road racing with both 13.1 mile and 26.2-mile routes. Free for spectators. Sponsors: Humana, Norton Sports Health, Deloitte, Churchill Downs, Louisville Water Company, Powerade, The Courier-Journal, Meijer, Jim Beam, The Galt House, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bachman Subaru and Goodwood Brewing. Visit for information.


7:00am, Bowman Field Admission is free with a 2019 Pegasus Pin®. Sponsors: BB&T, Amazon, Kosair Charities and 102.3 JACK FM.

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9:00pm, Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront Part of the Waterfront Jam concert series. Saturday’s Concert will feature a Pop artist to be announced soon. The Waterfront Jam also features the Miller Lite Music Stage, where daily live local and regional music acts will perform. Admission to all shows is FREE with a 2019 Pegasus Pin®. Special VIP viewing presented by Mr. Roof is available for select shows for $25, online at Sponsors: Kroger and 99.7 DJX.


Prejudging 10:00am, Finals 6:00pm, Kentucky International Convention Center A fitness, figure, swimwear and bodybuilding competition, featuring amateurs and pro athletes from across the country. Sponsors: 1450/96.1 The Big X Sports Radio WXVW. For tickets: call 502-387-3808 or visit

RUNNER VIP EXPERIENCE Tickets: $65 (Limited availability). Registered runners only, includes hospitality, recovery stretching, parking, and more. Sponsors: Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Zeggz, GE Appliances, Jim Beam, ProRehab Physical

Therapy, and Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy.


4:00pm – 8:00pm, Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront See the launch of 20,000 ducks into the Ohio River for a chance to race and compete for prizes. Admission is free with a 2019 Pegasus Pin®. Sponsors: Swope Family Dealerships and WLKY TV. To adopt a duck, visit


5:00pm, The Louisville Palace High school and community drum lines from Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana showcase their creativity, musicianship, and pageantry. General Admission Seating is $10. Sponsor: B96.5 FM. For tickets call: 502-905-2908.


5:00pm – 7:00pm, Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront Join the best Zumba and ReFit instructors in the area, wear comfortable clothes and come burn some calories. Admission is free with a 2019 Pegasus Pin®. Sponsor: ELeet Stone Countertops. For information call: 502-554-4486 or visit www.


6:00pm – 9:00pm, The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage Live entertainment and food tasting. Tickets are $65 in advance, $75 day of. All tickets include a 2019 Pegasus Pin®. Sponsor: MAGIC 101.3. For tickets call 502584-4602, visit TheSliceofLouisville. org or purchase at Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, Better Days Records at Lyles Mall or JAM BUSTERS at 4906 Poplar level Road. SUNDAY, APRIL 28


Staggered start times, Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville at Waterfront Park Entry fees and registration information at Sponsors: PNC, Kindred Healthcare, AAA East Central, Old Forester Distilling Co., Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling, ALT 105.1, The CourierJournal, Bachman Subaru, Louisville Bicycle Club and Louisville Water Company.


11:00am -1:30pm, Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing A festive brunch featuring a traditional Kentucky breakfast, music, and tours of the property including the Moremen Family

Chapel. Tickets: $100 or $750 for table of 8. For tickets or information call 502-935-6809 or visit


5:00pm, Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront Part of the Waterfront Jam concert series. Saturday’s Concert will feature a Pop artist to be announced soon. Admission to all shows is FREE with a 2019 Pegasus Pin®. Special VIP viewing presented by Mr. Roof is available for select shows for $25, online at Sponsors: Kroger and 88.5 WJIE.


1:00pm – 4:00pm, Crowne Plaza, Louisville Airport Children ages 4 and up invited to meet the Kentucky Derby Festival Queen and Princesses. Tickets: $35 each. Reservation required. Purchase tickets online at Sponsors: Bigelow Tea, The Fillies, Inc. For more information contact Cindy Lewandowski at 502-295-1740 or

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1:00pm – 4:00pm, North Great Lawn at Waterfront Park Free, family friendly fitness event featuring interactive activities, community vendors, inflatables, group exercise classes and the miniFun Run. Sponsors: Norton Children’s Hospital and B96.5 FM. For more information, visit

2:00pm: Boarding 3:00pm, Cruise 5:00pm Brunch cruise on the Belle of Louisville, as the boat makes a practice run in preparation for the Great Steamboat Race. Tickets $45 (limited availability). Tickets available by calling 502-584-FEST or online at Sponsors: Trilogy Health Services and 100.1/103.5 WAKY.



3:00pm – 6:00pm, St. Stephen Church Louisville Gospel Choir Showcase. Admission is free with a 2019 Pegasus Pin®. Sponsors: Passport, Kentucky Department of Tourism, B96.5 FM and WLOU 104.7 FM.


4:00pm, Iroquois Amphitheatre A concert featuring ten, Louisville Youth Orchestra ensembles. Admission is free with a 2019 Pegasus Pin®. For more information call 502-896-1851 or visit


5:00pm, Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront Christian contemporary concert. Admission is free with a 2019 Pegasus Pin®. Sponsor: 88.5 WJIE

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4:00pm Tailgating, 6:00pm Parade of Beds, 7:00pm Racing Broadbent Arena. Admission is free with a 2019 Pegasus Pin®. $10 KEC Parking fee. Sponsors: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 369, Safelite AutoGlass, Ashley Home Store and 107.7 The Eagle. Broadcast special on WAVE 3 NEWS.


5:00pm – 9:00pm, Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront A pet-friendly social event (leashes please!) Admission is free with a 2019 Pegasus Pin®.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CHARITY DINNER 5:30pm, Galt House Archibald Cochran Ballroom Dinner tickets $50. Coordinated

by the Bishop Spalding Council of the Knights of Columbus. For tickets call 502-893-2220. MONDAY, APRIL 29–30


6:00am – 11:00am Radio stations from around the region will broadcast their morning shows live from the Kentucky Derby Museum. Sponsors: AT&T, Kentucky Department of Tourism and Kentucky Derby Museum. TUESDAY, APRIL 30


8:00am Registration, 9:00am – Noon, Shawnee Golf Course Children’s golf event. Free for spectators. Sponsor: Kentucky PGA Foundation. For more information, call 502-243-8295, ext. 307 or 800254-2742 or


5:00pm – 9:00pm, Kentucky Exposition Center, South Wing C Floats, inflatables, and equestrians for the Republic Bank Pegasus® Parade on display. Admission is free with a 2019 Pegasus Pin®. Sponsors: Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, Global

Game Changers, 99.7 DJX, Today’s Family Magazine and The Galt House.


4:00pm , Belle of Cincinnati, docked at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront LICENSE# ORG0001638. Call: 502-584-FEST to register and information.


9:00pm, Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront Part of the Waterfront Jam concert series. The Waterfront Jam also features the Miller Lite Music Stage, where daily live local and regional music acts will perform. Admission to all shows is FREE with a 2019 Pegasus Pin®. Special VIP viewing presented by Mr. Roof is available for select shows for $25, online at Sponsors: Kroger, CareSource, B96.5 FM and MAGIC 101.3. TUESDAY, APRIL 30 – WEDNESDAY, MAY 1


5:00pm – 9:00pm, Belvedere Riverfront Plaza Wine tasting sessions daily. Tickets: $10 Designated Driver; $50 General Admission; $85 VIP Experience (Limited Availability)

(21 and over only. Must present ID upon entry.) Tickets available by calling 502-584-FEST or online at Sponsors: Kentucky Proud, Commonwealth Credit Union, Today’s Woman and 106.9 PLAY. WEDNESDAY, MAY 1


6:00pm, Belle of Louisville Tickets for Belle of Louisville call 502-584-FEST or visit Tickets for the Belle of Cincinnati call 800-261-8586 or visit Sponsors: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 369, Four Roses, Kentucky Proud, PPL Therapeutic Services, PLLC, Limestone Bank and Q103.1.


11:00am – 1:00pm, Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront, Great Lawn Obstacle course competition. Admission is free with a 2019 Pegasus Pin®. Sponsors: Louisville Inflatables, WDRB and 107.7 The Eagle. For entry information call 502-241-1175 or visit www.



6:00pm – 9:00pm, Overlook at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville Beer tastings featuring regional craft beers. Tickets available by calling 502-584-FEST or online at (21 and over only. Must present ID upon entry.) Sponsors: Liberty Financial, Kroger, Samuel Adams and SWIG Louisville.


8:00pm, Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront Part of the Waterfront Jam concert series. The Waterfront Jam also features the Miller Lite Music Stage, where daily live local and regional music acts will perform. Admission to all shows is FREE with a 2019 Pegasus Pin®. Special VIP viewing presented by Mr. Roof is available for select shows for $25, online at Sponsors: Kroger and 91.9 WFPK.


7:00pm, Louisville Marriott Downtown Tickets: $250. Tickets on sale at or 502-585-4622. Sponsors: BrownForman, Bellarmine University and Republic Bank.


Music Stage, where daily live local and regional music acts will perform. Admission to all shows is FREE with a 2019 Pegasus Pin®. Special VIP viewing presented by Mr. Roof is available for select shows for $25, online at Sponsors: Kroger and Alt 105.1.


11:30am, Churchill Downs SOLD OUT. Sponsors: Kentuckiana Honda Dealers, Commonwealth Bank & Trust, Macy’s, The Voice-Tribune and 106.9 PLAY.




5:00pm, Downtown on Broadway from Campbell to 9th Street This annual parade features colorful floats, marching bands, giant inflatables and equestrians. Bleacher tickets $10 and chair seating $12. VIP seating $30. Tickets available at KDF. org or call 502-584-FEST. Sponsors: Republic Bank, KentuckyOne Health and The Galt House. Broadcast live on WAVE 3 NEWS.


7:00pm, KFC YUM! Center Mix and mingle with celebrities and some of the biggest names in the history of entertainment & music, while giving back to charity. To purchase tickets visit


8:00pm, Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront Part of the Waterfront Jam concert series. The Waterfront Jam also features the Miller Lite

9:00pm, Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront Part of the Waterfront Jam concert series. The Waterfront Jam also features the Miller Lite Music Stage, where daily live local and regional music acts will perform. Admission to all shows is FREE with a 2019 Pegasus Pin®. Special VIP viewing presented by Mr. Roof is available for select shows for $25, online at Sponsor: Kroger.

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Dover Quartet

7:30pm, Derby Dinner Playhouse A smash-hit Broadway musical filled with one heart-pounding, high-energy dance number after another! Adapted from the Disney film, this rousing tale is based on the true story about New York City’s newsboys striking against unfair working conditions. Runs through May 19, 2019.

April 5 Cinderella

8:00pm, The Kentucky Center A royal ball at this classic retelling of Cinderella as she overcomes her wicked stepmother’s and jealous stepsisters – with a little help from her Fairy Godmother – to win the love of a handsome prince and the chance to live happily ever after. Also run April 6.

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3:00pm, U of L School of Music The Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff Competition. Recently named the Cleveland Quartet Award winner, and awarded the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Dover has become one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world.

April 8 Glen Miller 2019

6:00pm, Derby Dinner Playhouse The legend lives on as this 19 member band continues to play the original Glen Miller arrangements.

April 10 TOPS Spring Launch Party

5:30pm-7:30pm, Digs Home & Garden Join TOPS Louisville as we launch our Derby magazine. Win an outdoor dining set from Digs Home & Garden! Winner will be drawn that night. Party includes bites by The Cheddar Box and drinks from Four Roses.

brasserie provence offers a 5-course domaine juliette avril châteauneuf-du-pape wine dinner 6:30pm, Brasserie Provence Special Guest Maïlis Lehedois, Ambassador for the Domaine Juliette Avril Winery, presents exceptional wines from the Châteauneuf-du-Pape terroir paired with Chef Patrick Gosden’s Provençale Menu. The Dinner is $79 per person plus tax & gratuity. Reserva-

tions are required and can be made by calling 502-883-3153.

April 12 Gallop Gala

6:30pm – Midnight, Churchill Downs Join us for an evening of fun, laughter, and dancing! Meet the members that drive the mission as we celebrate their success at the 8th Annual Gallop Gala presented by Churchill Downs, benefiting Down Syndrome Of Louisville.

Louisville Bespoke Fashion Show

6:00pm - 10:00pm, The Speed Art Museum Louisville Bespoke is pleased to announce our 3rd annual fashion show featuring the best fashion designers, models, makeup artists, and hairstylists of Louisville, KY. VIP Pre-Party, mix and mingle with fashion industry leaders, sponsors, and designers. Ticket includes signature drink, appetizers, and deluxe swag bag. VIP: $95, Reserved Seating: $55 in advance/$65 at the door. General admission (standing room only): $35 in advance/$45 at the door. For more info visit

April 13

April 17

Break Every Chain Gala featuring UNCHAINED Fashion Show

Girls Night Out

5:30pm – 8:30pm, The Grand New Albany The gala, which will feature a Performance Art Fashion Event and Fundraiser to raise awareness of Human Trafficking in Indiana and help bring an end to sexual abuse and exploitation in our community.

Girl Scout Saturdays

9:00am, Kentucky Derby Museum Attention Girl Scouts! Join us for an engaging morning of equine education. Open to all scout troops, all participants earn a badge.

April 15 14th Annual Golfers Gauntlet

10:00am – 8:00pm, Covered Bridge Golf Club The Golfers Gauntlet is a unique charity golf event patterned after the widely successful “Big Break” as seen on Golf Channel. Golfers will compete in a traditional scramble as well as test their skills in a series of challenges. Benefiting the Epilepsy Foundation.

6:00pm, Copper & Kings Join us for a ladies only evening of cocktails, hors d’oevres, and Oaks & Derby prep. Featuring industry experts: Donna Barton Brothers, former jockey and NBC Sports Reporter; Mike Battaglia, Handicapper and Morning Line Odds Maker for Churchill Downs; and Jennie Rees, Horse Racing Reporter and Journalist. They will share their knowledge and strategies on how to bet and share their top picks for Oaks & Derby. Tickets available at

April 18 Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical

7:30pm, The Kentucky Center Based on the French novel, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and the classic cult film starring Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillipe and Sarah Michelle Geller, Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical pulls you into the manipulative world of Manhattan’s most dangerous liaisons.

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April // may events April 20 KMAC Couture

7:00pm to 12:00am, KMAC Museum KMAC Couture is a wearable art runway show presented by KMAC Museum. This event offers a unique way to experience the Museum by featuring and supporting emerging and established artists, costumers, designers, and milliners.

Best Buddies Kentucky Friendship Walk

9:00am, Waterfront Park Funds raised benefit Best Buddies—the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


11:00am - 2:00pm, Brasserie Provence Brasserie Provence is delighted to offer a 3-Course Easter Brunch with choices

between 4 different Appetizers, Entrées and Desserts. Easter Brunch is $45 Per Person +Tax & Gratuity.

April 23 Wellspring’s Derby Preview Party

6:00pm, Churchill Downs An exciting evening of support for Wellspring’s mission to promote mental health recovery, our 21st Annual event will continue a tradition of dazzling 500+ guests with live and silent auctions, that feature some of the best items and activities from our region, including an open chef’s table, desserts and cocktail bars.

April 26 33rd Annual Kentucky Derby Museum Gala

6:30pm – 11:00pm, The Kentucky Derby Museum Featuring cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres inside The Mansion at Churchill Downs Racetrack, followed by a seated

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dinner, dessert, live music and dancing inside the Kentucky Derby Museum.

Spring Dance Festival 2019

7:00pm, The Kentucky Center Join Louisville Ballet and Louisville Ballet School in this year-end celebration showcasing the artists of the next generation!

April 27 churchill downs Opening Night 6:00pm Churchill Downs Churchill Downs partners with the Fund for the Arts to combine the Thrill of Racing and the Best of Louisville Arts. Opening Night is a “Dress to Impress” occasion. Enjoy live music on the Plaza Stage and Performing Artists throughout the track.

save the rhino day

7:00pm, The Louisville Zoo Charge on over and learn more about rhinos. Enjoy special keeper talks and meet Letterman and Sindi, our southern white rhinos, plus our new rhino mascot Leroy.

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April 29

May 1

Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy’s

Biscuits and Bourbon

7:00pm – 9:00pm, Churchill Downs Millionaires Row Spend the evening with Triple Crown winners Mike Smith and Elliott Walden at the annual “Race for Grace” dinner benefiting the Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy. For ticket info, go to

11:00am – 2:00pm, Kentucky Derby Museum Guests will enjoy locally sourced Kentucky Proud products with southern flare. At the bar, delight in unlimited Kentucky bourbon, bellinis, and Bloody Marys and fill your plate with delicious brunch favorites, all while enjoying live music.

April 30

May 2

Champions Day


12:45pm, Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby week’s newest event: Champions Day highlights the history and the sport of the Kentucky Derby. Meet legendary jockeys and trainers, gain expert insights into Derby betting and support thoroughbred aftercare.

Network, Develop and Derby

Daily through May 4 DAZZLE LAB— a new collaboration focused on developing venture capital/ private equity access for next generation entrepreneurs.. DAZZLE LAB is being hosted by Theo Edmonds and Tawana Bain. The event headliner will be ArlanHamilton founder of Backstage Capital. Go to for more info.

May 3

12:45pm, Churchill Downs Celebrate the trifecta of Kentucky pride at Thurby, and enjoy the things that Kentucky is famous for - great horse racing, bourbon, and music! Enjoy 11 thrilling thoroughbred races and live music.

Derby Sneaker Ball

9:00pm - 1:00am, PNC Club at Cardinal Stadium Derby Diversity & Business Summit presents the 2nd Annual Derby Sneaker Ball provides a space where pairing your finest kicks or tennis shoes and favorite ball gown or sports coat and tie could win you the “Who Wore It Best Walk Off.” Tickets: $95 | VIP $250.

Unbridled Eve Gala

7:00pm - 1:30am, Grand Ballroom of the Galt House Hotel Experience a night of Southern grace, glamour, charm and hospitality at its finest during the eighth annual Unbridled Eve Gala. Held the night before the Kentucky Derby, the Unbridled Eve Derby Gala is one of the most anticipated black tie-optional events of the year for Louisville lovers, celebrities and racing enthusiasts! For tickets, tables or to make a donation to the Unbridled Charitable Foundation, call 502-894-9768.

May 4 Hats, Bowties & Bourbon II Derby Day Party

4:00pm, Garden Court The Louisville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. presents the 2019 Hats, Bowties & Bourbon II Derby Day Party. The event will be held at Garden Court (1044 Alta Vista Rd, Louisville, KY 40205). This event is like none other on the planet and we are happy that you are joining us for another exquisite event.


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The Cast of How to Defend Yourself

YMCA SUMMER DAY CAMPS Go on exciting field trips, swim each week and make new friends. We have over 30 locations! View all of our camps and register at The Cast of We’ve Come to Believe

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The Miller High Ball

February 23 Louisville Marriott East Benefiting Kosair Charities and Mayhurst Photos by Dick Arnspiger John Crable and Lindsay Wehr

Ellen Shaikun and Judie Parks

Stephanie and Chad Evans

Ashley Davis and Jay Sigman

Keith and Susan Inman

David Miller, Judith Lambeth and Bev Miller

Jim Golden and Darlene Allgreier

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Louisville Film Society

Oscar Watch Party February 24 Copper & Kings Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Andrea Ahl holding Nikko with Sarah East

Christine Fellingham and Kirby Adams

Soozie Eastman

Jeff and Susan Calleen with Gill Holland

Junior League

Juleps After Dark March 1 Louisville Slugger Field Photos by Terry Steiden

Steve and Lauren Block

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Erin Craft, Patty Kantlehner and Connie Simmons

Bill and Julie Songer

Ashleigh Collard and Ashley Powell

Sarah Provancher, Christy Cole and Tammy Gatlin

Pink UnTied

March 8 KY Center for African American Heritage Benefiting Susan G. Komen Kentucky Photos by Robin Conway

Jennifer Adams and Kelly Richardson

Josh and Nikki Grizzle

Jonathan Noel and Juliana Valencia

Showing children their potential instead of their obstacles. Alyson Wiggins, Andrea Ritter, Cydney Raymond and Lauren Skaggs

Tina Gilbert and Doug Schieber

Join us:

Caitlyn Metcalf, Steve Buttleman and Trenda Metcalf

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Heartstrings Valentine Dinner & Dance March 9 The Louisville Boat Club Benefiting the Louisville Stroke Association Photos by Robin Conway

Lindsey Murta and Adam Jones

Amy Walter, Chris Pearson, Carole and Kent Powell withJeff Walter

Patrice and Greg Pittman

Erin and Mike Vick

2019 KDF Festival Unveiled March 14 MAEC Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Debra Rayman with the 2019 KDF Princesses

Gladys Barclay, Marita Willis, Dallas Beale and Gary Friedman

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Matthew Porter, Stacey Robinson and Randy Blevins

Animal Care Society

5th Annual Benefit Bash John and Tammy Turpen

March 16 MAEC Photos by Robin Conway

Kenneth Wright, Natasha Lynn Foley, Randy Blevins, Joanna Agin and James Bany


George Allison, Sami Ricketts, Sarah and Tommy Mitchell

Jennifer Barker and Noelle Penta

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Pearls & Pumps Fashion Show March 16 The Marriott Downtown Photos by Bill Wine & Avery Ford

Amy Saurer, Beverly Edwards, Rhonda Harding and Paula Carey

Cathy Lyons, Lynn Bynum, Bill Roby and Suzanne Ciotti


Amy Wagner, Teresa Metzler, D. De Hill, Melanie Beeler

Elizabeth Lanning and Trish Alexander

Crown of KY Gala

March 16 Churchill Downs - Starting Gate Suites Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Derek and Ashley D. Anderson

Heather French Henry with gala guests


Katie Bouchard with 2019 Miss Kentucky Candidates

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Kentucky Give The Opera Gala

Gift of Style February 2 Louisville Marriott Downtown Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Nativity Academy Auction March 22 MAEC Photos by Terry Steiden

Maria Gurren and LaPrecious Brewer

Fran Brown, Tyra and Jill Mueller

Gifts - Jewelry - Clothing - Home - Accessories Furniture - Drapery

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Tim and Tara Hagerty, with Stephen Sample and Peggy Hagerty Duffy

KDF Macy’s

Fashion Show March 28 Horseshoe Casino Photos by Bill Wine

Six Sisters Boutique


2019 Overnight Camp YMCA CAMP PIOMINGO


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Magnolia & Fig

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Macy’s Finale

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HATS OFF TO DERBY SEASON! CHOOSE A WINNER WITH DEE’S If you’ve always wanted to create your own unique, affordable Kentucky Derby hat or fascinator, read on! The perfect hat can make a big fashion statement wherever you go, any time of the year. But the buzz on hats is always at an all-time high at Derby time. Dee’s helped Chloe Kellams, TOPS Print and Digital Account Manager, put together her fashion look for this year’s Derby. We think it’s the perfect fit.

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Join Us in Celebrating the

Very Best of the Arts on Saturday, April 27, 2019! Kick off Derby Week with national and local artists putting Louisville on the international stage. Experience an exclusive VIP extravaganza with the very best of the arts, dinner, dancing, and horse racing delight at historic Churchill Downs.

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