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December 2018 // Priceless

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contents top notes

The Gift of a Beautifully Organized Life 19 Spirited Entertaining 20 tops shops: Warming Trends 22 special: Holiday Gift Guide 24

life+style Boutique Spotlight: Lemon Tree 34 fashion: The New Holiday Dress Code 36

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special: The Giving Issue 45

OPTIONS TO RENEW YOUR CAR TAGS

at home Design Guru: Why We’re Crazy About Banquettes 79 Tour of Homes: Contemporary Tidings 80

cuisine small bites: Gourmet Holiday s 90 TOP 5 dining: Raising the Bar 100

Online ReNew

JeffersonCountyClerk.org

Telephone ReNew 569-3300

Mail-In ReNew

P.O. Box 33033 Louisville, KY 40232-3033

Who’s Your Gramma? 106

health+beauty Cosmetic Couture 112

community Adopting Africa 116 Meet the Media: Ron & Mel Fisher 120 Arts: The Holiday Magic Makers 122 Songs of Hope and Love 127

Jefferson County Clerk ViP serViCe

bringing you

Supermom: Lottie Stockwell 128 Giving Back 132

Open 24 hours a day at JeffersonCountyClerk.org

Calendar: What to Do in Lou 150


delivering

Out & About

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Equestricon

134

Breeders Cup Festival Lunch

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Women Racing Ahead

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Expressions of Hope Gala

139

Splat Out Cancer

140

Wells Fargo 50th Build

141

The Rose Awards

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Gilda’s Night

144

Chenoweth Square Holiday Walk

146

RTL Tennis Charity Event

147

Snow Ball Gala

148

Top Shots

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• No. VolVol 2 •2No. 10 12 Keith Yarber Keith Yarber

Publisher Publisher kyarber@topsmarketing.com kyarber@topsmarketing.com

Christine Fellingham Christine Fellingham

Editor-in-Chief Editor-in-Chief christine@topslouisville.com christine@topslouisville.com

Kevin Broady Pam Leet

Managing Editor Public Relations & kevin@topslouisville.com Community Outreach Director pam@topslouisville.com

Malissa Aebersold

Creative Director Rocko Jerome malissa@topslouisville.com Brand Ambassador rocko@topslouisville.com Kathy Thuerbach Advertising Sales Manager kathy@topslouisville.com Kristie Hicks Crenshaw

Advertising Account Executive kristie@topslouisville.com Pam Leet Public Relations & Community Outreach Director Laurie Pfeiffer Lennon pam@topslouisville.com Advertising Account Executive laurie@topslouisville.com

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Amanda Harper Joanna Hite Shelton Graphic Designer

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Graphic Designer Ashley Ols0n haley@topsmarketing.com Advertising Account Executive ashley@topslouisville.com Terri Waller

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Letter from the editor

It’s Time to Celebrate!

Who’s Who // What’s New // What To Do NOVEMBER 2018

We wanted to use this celebratory moment not just to thank those who bolster us, but also to offer a collective show of support to a cultural landmark that overcame a devastating fire and extensive renovations. The resiliency and determination demonstrated in the face of an unforeseen obstacle is an inspiring end-of-year metaphor. Cheers!

November 2018 // Priceless

TOPS

As the second successful year of TOPS comes to a close, those of us on staff are feeling grateful for the loyal readers and supporters who have made it all possible. Our final cover of 2018 is a tribute to that gratitude. It features some of our dearest friends, staffers and subjects on the stage of one our city’s most iconic locations, the Kentucky Center.

Vol. 2 • No. 11

CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM Editor-in-Chief

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COVER PHOTOGRAPHED BY Louis Tinsley, assistant Nayo Ayegbajeje

13. Daniel Shults, CEO/ Mortgage

28. Stacey Robinson, Executive Vice

45. Candice Gentry, TOPS event

14. Christine Fellingham, TOPS Edi-

Derby Festival

46. Rocko Jerome, TOPS brand ambas-

Broker, Steadfast Mortgage

President/Chief of Staff, Kentucky

tor-in-Chief

29. Kevin Broady, TOPS Managing Editor

Heyman Talent model

director for CyberKnife

ROC restaurant

of Kentucky’s Department of Veteran

of Closet Factory

3. Yamilca Rodriguez, founder

Closet Factory

4. Kathy Campbell, director of

founder of Pursekeyper

5. Donna Barton Brothers, NBC racing

and Community Outreach Director

6. Allison Jones, contributing writer

21. Tonya York Dees, President/owner

co-owner of Ina Marcella Events

of Unbridled Eve

co-owner of Ina Marcella Events

Louisville Healthcare CEO Council

10. Dr. Shiao Woo, Cyberknife Medical

of Unbridled Eve

ment of Radiation Oncology at the

photographer

of Medicine

plastic surgeon, TOPS contributor

Frontwoman for the Billygoat

Manager, Kentucky Derby Festival

1. Emme Metry, TOPS intern and

15. Christine Stone, marketing

2. Heather French Henry, comissioner

16. Marilyn Jones, Vice President

Afffairs, first TOPS cover model

17. Jerry Ostertag, Owner

of Bespoke

18. Dana Robinson, TOPS Supermom,

Heyman Talent Louisville

19. Pam Leet, TOPS Public Relations

reporter, two-time TOPS cover model

20. Randy Blevins, Think Tank

7. Marcella Kragel, TOPS columnist,

York Management, co-founder

8. Ina Miller, TOPS columnist and

22. Tammy York-Day, President of

9. John Shaw-Woo, entrepreneur

onya York Dees, co-founder

Director and chairman of the Depart-

23. Dick Arnspiger, contributing

University of Louisville School

24. Dr. Julene Samuels, board certified

11. Laura Ellis, producer for WFPL /

25. Shanna Ward, Senior Event

Strut Revue

26. Dallas Beall, owner of Dallas Jewelers

photographer

ROC restaurant

12. Tim Furlong, contributing

27. Stacy Cadolini, co-owner of

30. Rocco Cadolini, chef/owner of

31. Kathy Thuerbach, TOPS general sales manager

32. Tawana Bain, CEO of NAC

33. Olive Flick, Heyman Talent model and TOPS February cover model

34. Penelope J. Peavler, President &

photographer

sador and distribution manager

47. Mimi Simms, owner of Mimi’s Dip 48. Jerry Simms, Coldwell Banker McMahan

49. Keith Yarber, TOPS Louisville and TOPS Lexington founder

50. Danny Alexander, TOPS contributing photographer

CEO, Frazier History Museum

35. Brian Gupton, CEO Dataseam

36. Jeanie Kahnke, Senior Director of

LATE ARRIVALS

Muhammad Ali Center

and Janine Truman

Public Relations and External Affairs,

Karl Truman, Karl Truman Law Office,

37. Mike Berry, President and CEO, Kentucky Derby Festival

38. Eric Gurevich, Director of Communications and Engagement, Fund for the Arts

39. Kim Baker, President, the Kentucky Center

40. Kris Stein, Heyman Talent model in December issue 41. Steve Rapp

42. Malissa Aebersold, TOPS Creative Director

43. Kelin Rapp, TOPS Traffic Manager

44. Bill Wine, TOPS event photographer

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top notes

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The Gift of a Beautifully Organized Life From pantries and guest rooms to, yes, gorgeous closets, local designers are creating impeccably curated and clutterfree spaces in homes all over town. Put that on your wish list. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM

W

ho wouldn’t love to have someone wave a magic wand and clear the clutter from their home? That’s becoming the trend with our local closet companies who report that more and more often, clients are turning to them not just to create museum-like closets, but to organize other high traffic or multi-purpose areas in their homes. “We’re experts at analyzing spaces and making them not only more beautiful, but more functional,” says Jeff Speedy, vice president and general manager of Closets by Design. According to Speedy, mud rooms, pantries and media walls are common requests, and there’s a growing demand for hide-away wall beds. “We have such a huge variety of specialized storage options and a wide range of moldings, colors and wood grains,” he says. “We can create looks that range from traditional to contemporary and we can even add lighting that turns on when you open a door or that highlights your collections.” The cost of an uncluttered life isn’t as astronomical as you might expect. “We work with all budgets,” he says. “Prices range from a couple thousand to six figures.” And it’s not too late for the holidays. Says Speedy, “We can wrap up a gift card and you’re ready to go.” 

IF YOU GO

Closets by Design is located at 1301 Herr Ln Suite 105, (502) 425-4728 TOPS LOUISVILLE | December 2018 19


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SPIRITED ENTERTAINING How do the experts in our city’s thriving bourbon industry celebrate the season? Kristie Hicks Crenshaw caught up with Tim Laird, Chief Entertainment Officer at Brown-Forman, for some relaxed mixing and mingling advice. PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER

What type of holiday entertaining you do? We love casual entertaining with appetizers and cocktails and brunch is a favorite on the weekends. We set up self-serve stations which makes it easier on you as the host. The highlight at brunch is a mimosa station where guests can build and garnish their own sparkling creations. We use Korbel Brut California Champagne as it is on the drier side and is a great base for any juice combination. We also set out club soda for alcohol-free sparkling options.

Can you share some favorite traditions? When serving champagne, we like to set out whipped cream with strawberries. Guests love dipping the strawberries in the whipped cream and then sipping the Korbel, it’s a perfect combination. For more elaborate gatherings, we serve caviar and toast points with champagne. You can now get sustainable Spoonfish Caviar that is much less expensive than the traditional Sturgeon Caviar

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but with the same flavor profile and quality. In Louisville you can buy this at Shuckman’s Fish Company or order it online.

Any non-traditional traditions? We always serve champagne in a white wine glass instead of a flute. The flute is too narrow to drink from, breaks easily when being washed (ask any bartender), does not hold much when making a mimosa and overall is a bad glass. On the other hand, the white wine glass is a perfect multi-tasker. With its wider opening it is easier to pour into, easier to drink from, offers plenty of room for added juices and is easy to wash. We are on a mission to “Ban the flute!” Most people only serve champagne when celebrating. We “toast life” every day with champagne because it truly pairs well with every type of cuisine from Indian to Italian and Argentinian to American. Serve it as you would a still wine. 

Champagne Cocktail

− Korbel California Champagne

Punch Royal Makes: 10 to 12 servings

− Sugar cubes

− In a punch bowl or large pitcher, add:

− Angostura bitters

− 8 ounces Chambord liqueur

• This cocktail was seen throughout the movie, Casablanca. It is a classic and easy to prepare.

− 8 ounces cranberry juice

• In a white wine glass with Korbel California Champagne add a sugar cube soaked in Angostura bitters.

• Stir and garnish with fresh raspberries or blackberries, then serve immediately.

Kir Royal

• For a dramatic look, use a small Bundt mold to freeze water and raspberries and float the ice with berries in the punch.

− Korbel California Champagne

− 2 750-ml bottles Korbel Brut California Champagne, chilled

− Chambord Liqueur • The Kir Royal is another classic, famous and delicious cocktail. In a white wine glass with Korbel California Champagne add 3/4 ounce Chambord Liqueur.

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Piarossini red gloves, $25, and LIB fluffy scarf, $20, at Apricot Lane

Top Shops:

warming trends

Red and gold necklace, $19, at Work the Metal

Bundling up never looked so chic. Here, the latest in layers, velvet and fur from staff stylist, Emme Metry. PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

Aquatalia suede “Rhumba II” boots, $695, at HJ Redmon in Chenoweth Square

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Faux fur fanny pack, $58, at Rodeo Drive

Two’s Company red bow ring, $10, at Work the Metal


Make Your Holidays Brighter

ON EMME: Bailey black velvet trench/robe, $298; Trina Turk plaid pants, $268, and top, $168, all at Rodeo Drive. CC black pom pom beanie, $14, at Apricot Lane

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Owl Pine Cone Tree Ornament $15 Digs Home and Garden 3905 Chenoweth Square (502) 893-3447

Diamond Inlaid Pearl Necklace 18k yellow gold $3298. At Merkley Kendrick Jewelers 138 Chenoweth Lane (502) 895-6124

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HOLIDAY

gift guide Everyone has someone on their gift list for whom it is hard to buy. Check out these unique holiday gift ideas from some of Louisville’s finest boutiques, shops and restaurants. PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

Snowman Lumbar Pillow $55 Digs Home and Garden 3905 Chenoweth Square (502) 893-3447

Nest Holiday Scented Candle Bougie Parfumee $40 Digs Home and Garden 3905 Chenoweth Square (502) 893-3447

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Pompom Throws, Ivory or Taupe $185. Fleur de Lis Interiors 3913 Chenoweth Sq (502) 893-5341

Karen Adams Calendar comes with gold or silver easel $61.50 Cartwheels Papers & Gifts (502) 895-1800 3919 Chenoweth Square

Be fashionably warm in a knitted faux fur poncho. Black or brown $150 Lemon Tree 3915 Chenoweth Square (502) 690-3315

Fashion show featuring cancer survivors, supporting the Baptist Health Cancer Centers. Tickets $90 before January 1st, $100 after. Pearls & Pumps (502) 425-8999 (502) 896-7475 PearlsAndPumps.org

Enjoy the gift of giving with a Gift Card (any amount) Salzman Cosmetic Surgery and Spa 4702 Chamberlain Lane (502) 425-5200

Galatea Diamond in pearl pendant, 14k gold. $980 Dallas Jewelers 4915 Brownsboro Road (502) 423-1250

The Giving Blanket —more than a comforting blanket, it’s a blanket with a purpose. $34 Tunies Boutique Westport Village 1302 Herr Lane Suite 150 (502) 618-3868

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HOLIDAY

gift guide Todd Snyder medium sized car coat in navy blue with brown shearling collar, handmade in Manchester, England. Retail price $1,200. Evolve price $215 Evolve: The Men’s Resale Store 2416 Frankfort Ave #2 (502) 690-6655

OPRAH’S FAVORITE THINGS Big O Key Rings in Neoprene and Leather. $25 to $55 Apricot Lane Boutique Westport Village, 1301 Herr Ln #170 (502) 708-2822

Our handcrafted Bridle Nameplate Belt, a staple in any southern man’s wardrobe. Customize with a full-brass nameplate. $105 Clayton and Crume 913 E. Main Street (502) 694-2615

Ugg Ivory Fur Slippers $100 Merci Boutique 3911 Chenoweth Sq (502) 893-4252

Jefferson’s Ocean, Bourbon aged Jefferson’s Reserve —incredibly smooth bourbon aged up to 18 years old. $49.99 Jefferson’s Manhattan —Barrel-aged Manhattan makes a perfect cocktail every time, $39.99 Kentucky Artisan Distillery, Home of Jefferson’s Bourbon 6230 Old LaGrange Road, Crestwood, KY (502) 822-3042

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Create new, natural looking brows, hair stroke by hair stroke, $500. Feather & Blade 1200 Barret Avenue fbbrows.com


Give the gift of the flavors of Italy at Roc Restaurant Roc Restaurant 1327 Bardstown Rd. (502) 459-7878

Kai perfume oil, body lotion and deodorant. Perfume Oil $48, Body Lotion $37, Deodorant $24 Reflections Of You By Amy 3935 Chenoweth Sq (502) 384-3660

Buy $100 gift card, get $110 to spend on spa and salon services. Strands 11400 Main Street, Suite 102 (502) 938-4247

FEATURING TWO JAMMACAPS STYLES: JammaCaps versatile Beanies (below) can be worn four different ways. $29 Our fun and cozy Jammas (right) can transform into scarves! $29 JammaCaps Online orders only at jammacaps.com (502) 777-9304

Julie Voss ring, bracelet and necklace $155 to $354 Rabbit in the Moon Westport Village 301 Herr Ln Suite #152 (502) 326-5683

Embellished Candles $34.99 to $49.00 Details Furniture Galleries 11816 Shelbyville Rd. (502) 253-0092

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HOLIDAY

gift guide Kashwere —Luxuriously soft and warm throws $158 to $176 Bedded Bliss 3936 Chenoweth Sq. (502) 899-5153

Tracy Arrington necklace with Biwa stick pearls. (designer exclusive at Clater Jewelers) $369.00 Clater Jewelers Westport Village, 1201 Herr Lane, Suite 170 (502) 426-0077

Voluspa Candles three sizes $24.99 to $214.99 Details Furniture Galleries 11816 Shelbyville Rd. (502) 253-0092

Your holidays and New Year just got easier! Introductory Classic Set Lash Extensions $125 through Jan. 31st (Reg.$200) The Lash Lounge St. Matthews (502) 353-1414

Great Gift. Great Cause. Great Deal. Membership – a Frequent Fun Pass! The Louisville Zoo 1100 Trevilian Way (502) 459-2181

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Bohemia Crystal Decanter Set, perfect for your bourbon collection! $124.99 European Splendor 2232 Frankfort Ave (502) 618-1633


Round Voluspa Candle and Caspari Matchbox $5.00 to $28.99 Details Furniture Galleries 11816 Shelbyville Rd. (502) 253-0092

A great local gift for any occasion (any dollar amount) Louisville Originals Visit Online at louisvilleoriginals.com

Water Wick Pillar Candle metallic colors great for the holiday season. $42 each. Work The Metal The Butchertown Market, 1201 Story Ave (502) 584-2841

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Executive Vice President Jude Loew, interior designer Sara Osborne, interior designer Jacqui Smith, Purveyor of all Things Beautiful Barry Wooley

Mayor Greg Fischer, Marianne Butler with LG&E, Louie the Lightning Bug, Jefferson County Judge / Executive Queenie Averette and Toys for Tots Coordinator Cletis Evans. LG& E presented Toys for Tots a check for $5,000

OUT + ABOUT The Grand Reveal Exhibit event was held at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Honoree D. Wayne Lukas

presented by

Clydesdale Sparky, Bill and Karen Veith

The event was the charity presentation of a total of $26, 600 to A Recipe to End Hunger. Left to right: Brownsboro Hardware & Paint owner, Jim Lehrer, Dawne Gee with WAVE 3, Beth Northup with Kentucky Harvest and Jeremy Melloan with Sysco.

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Metro Councilwoman elect Keisha Dorsey and Metro Council Woman Barbara Sexton Smith with the Envy Dance Team.

Lily Wilder, Maggie Clines, Amy Radel, Coleen Clines, Natalie Smith, Brent Drew-Wolak, Ashleigh Bakker, Laura Ugalde, and Brittany Harvey at the Anchal Holday Show

Natasha Lynn Foley, Manager of Special Events with the Kentucky Opera, Laura Goodman, co-owner of Brasserie Provence and Stacy Duncan

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LIFE+STYLE

Boutique Spotlight:

34 Lemon Tree Fashion:

36 The New Holiday Dress Code


life+style

Boutique Spotlight:

Lemon Tree Mother daughter duo Katie and Maggie Brooks opened a cheery accessory boutique in Chenoweth Square that’s become a one-stop-shopping resource for all kinds of pretty pick-me-ups, from décor to gifts and great fashion finds. PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM

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etail must be in their DNA. After running the successful store, Tradewinds, for over a decade, Katie and Maggie Brooks took some time off for children (Katie) and grandchildren (Maggie), but couldn’t quite stay away from the fun of running their own store. “After a few years off, we were ready to get back into it,” says Katie. “A space at Chenoweth opened up and we decided that was our opportunity.” The pair wanted to do something they hadn’t done before and decided that accessories would be their niche. “We had carried a small selection of accessories at Tradewinds, but it was very focused,” says Maggie. “We both loved that market and there wasn’t another accessory boutique over there, so we thought it would be a good fit.” The two were in synch about the rest of their vision as well. “We are both obsessed with customer service,” says Maggie. “We designed the store to be happy and cheery. We have big polka dots on the wall and lights strung from the ceiling. We want people to come in and feel relaxed and welcome.”

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We carry fashion that fits real women. We want to do everything we can to alleviate the stress that comes from spending too much or from not being able to find something that fits you. Their focus on one-on-one service has made their boutique a popular spot for women running in for last-minute outfit fixes. “We had ladies running in on the way to Breeders Cup looking for gloves,” says Katie. “And women will stop in for wraps to go over their dresses right before a gala. Or they run in for hostess gifts on the way to a party. They know we’ll help them get in and out and we’ll have what they need.” With encouragement from their loyal following, they’ve expanded their selection gradually to include more apparel. “We’ve added great items like dresses and fun tops,” says Katie. “We go for what’s different and eye-catching— the way we do with accessories. We look for something in each piece that sets it apart. We’re also all about texture. We want everything in our store to be comfortable to wear.” Their holiday looks include cozy, fashion forward items like suede and velvet dresses, velvet tops, and sequined fuzzy sweaters— most reasonably priced under a hundred dollars. And they come in sizes that run from extra-small to extra-large. “We carry fashion that fits real women,” says Katie. “We want to do everything we can to alleviate the stress that comes from spending too much or from not being able to find something that fits you.” This approach has earned them a following that includes mothers, daughters and grandmothers who often shop together. “Our age group is hard to pin down,” says

Katie. “We seem to have everyone from teenagers on up because customers come in with their daughters and they both wind up finding things.” It makes sense that a shop run by a mother and daughter has attracted a multi-generational following. “We love that we’ve created a store where people feel comfortable shopping for themselves and others,” says Katie. “We love what we do and we’re excited when our customers

are excited. When we can help someone put the finishing touches on a look or put together an entire outfit that makes them happy, that’s a great day for us.” 

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S O F T L Y

Peppermint velvet sparkle wrap dress, $59, at Apricot Lane. Alice + Olivia metallic mules, $395, at Rodeo Drive. Ornament “Disco ball” purse, $69, at Work the Metal. Pom pom earrings, $132, at Liv Boutique.

Photographed by STEVE SQUALL Shot on location at LOLA, the late-night lounge above Butchertown Grocery Styled by EMME METRY WITH CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM Hair by DEVYON COHEN AND JULIANNA SALISBURY FOR J MICHAEL’S SPA & SALON Makeup by SLOAN WINTERS FOR CIRCE BEAUTY BAR. ALL MAKEUP SLOAN BESPOKE BEAUTY. Models courtesy of HEYMAN TALENT: OLIVE FLICK, JUJU LONG, ISABELLE BOEHNERT KRUEGER, YASMEEN MOHAMMADI, KRIS STEIN AND CAM STURGEON

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Holiday décor, ornaments and greenery courtesy of NANZ & KRAFT


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R E D

On Olive: Fifteen Twenty faux fur jacket, $324, and Laundry print silk dress, $168, both at Liv Boutique. Bee and cheetah print purse, $195, at Rodeo Drive. On Kris: Voglioli blazer, $1595, Good Man sweater, $198, J Brand dark wash jeans, $198, Bracket feather lapel pin, all at Rodes for Him.

the new

HOLIDAY D R E S S

C O D E

Bye-bye basic cocktail dress. From faux furs to fabulous embroidery, lavish fabrics and mad prints, this fashion season is made for life-of-the-party dressing. So, go ahead. Mix it up.

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P L A Y

W I T H

P A T T E R N

On Izzy, left: THML sweater, $72, Tyler Boe turtleneck dress, $153, Fly London shoes, $275, all at Tunies in Westport Village. Belt, $18, at Six Sisters. Necklace, $79, at Work the Metal. On Olive, right: Aratta long shirt dress, $148, cowhide purse, $175, and Liberty Black metallic boots, $249, all at Tunies. Dena Lyons silk print scarf, $250, at Rodeo Drive.

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L O U N G E

A R O U N D

From left to right: On Yasmeen: L’Agence blazer, $675, BA&SH shimmery pleated skirt, $275, and Bam Forever maroon fringed clutch, $72, all at Rodeo Drive. Lush print body suit, $45, at Apricot Lane. On Izzy: Glamourpuss fur-trimmed jacket, $495, at Rodeo Drive. Lush jumpsuit, $75, at Apricot Lane. On Juju: Hunter Bell sequined jacket, $660, Milly black and gold rufe blouse, $360, both at Rodes for Her. Rachel Zoe pants, $395, at Rodeo Drive. On Kris: Good Man sweater, $198, Eton white dress shirt, $265, and J Brand jeans, $198, all at Rodes for Him. On Olive: Beulah Style silver dress, $99, at Work the Metal.

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L O O K

L U X E

On Izzy: Alice McCall fringe dress, $450, at Rodeo Drive. On Cam: Robert Talbott velvet blazer, $1098, Eton white dress shirt, $265, J Brand black jeans, $198, all at Rodes for Him.

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G O

FA U X

On Juju, left: L’Agence black sparkle blazer, $675, at Rodeo Drive. Renamed reptile print dress, $45, at Apricot Lane. Jeweled earrings, $19, at Work the Metal. On Yasmeen, right: Cupcakes and cashmere faux fur jacket, $148, at Six Sisters. Milly feathered pants, $395, at Rodes for Her.

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JDRF ALLISON PERKIN, Senior Development Coordinator JDRF Kentucky Chapter 11902 Brinley Ave. jdrf.org

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he strength of JDRF is its exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D. It is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF is committed to accelerating drugs and devices that help people with T1D improve glucose control and

achieve better outcomes with less burden. This year, there was an important step forward for a new drug to improve glucose control. Lexicon and its partner, Sanofi, submitted a new drug for approval in the United States and Europe for T1D. The drug, Zynquista™ (sotagliflozin), is the first drug to block both SGLT-1 and SGLT-2, which are responsible for blood sugar absorption in the kidneys and intestine. JDRF was one of the first to support a clinical trial for the drug. In this and in later clinical trials, sotagliflozin showed a significant reduction in HbA1c, and also improved other key health measures.

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The organization’s efforts span many other program areas. “When families are first diagnosed with T1D, they receive a Bag of Hope while they’re in the hospital. Also, we have an outreach program that helps connect the newly diagnosed with mentors, and we provide opportunities for children with

type 1 to become involved through our Youth Ambassador program. In addition, JDRF has a robust advocacy program,” says Allison Perkins, Senior Development Coordinator. JDRF relies on volunteers to lead all major events, including One Walk, Promise Gala and Ride to Cure Diabetes. The 22nd Annual Promise Gala will be held March 9, 2019 at the Henry Clay.

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Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve TAVIA CATHCART BROWN, Executive Director Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve 12501 Harmony Landing Road, Goshen, KY KYNaturePreserve.org

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ince 1975, Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve has provided a beautiful and scenic 170-acre park-like destination for the entire community. It enriches the community through conservation, education and community enjoyment. Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve features nine miles of serene trails, a native woodland garden, singing springs, pollinator habitat, grassland prairies, natural history museum, fire pit and camping

area, and manicured playing fields. “We are one of the area’s true treasures, a place to unwind and take a deep breath from the hustle and bustle of daily life,” says Executive Director Tavia Cathcart Brown. The Preserve’s Thrive Forest School is Louisville’s first nature-based preschool, connecting children to the natural world. Children are invited to trade screen time for green time as they splash, climb, imagine, balance, sing, dance and explore in

the inspiring forest classroom. Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve welcomes volunteers who would like to help in the Woodland Garden and at family-friendly events and summer camps. PRESENTED BY:

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Alzheimer’s Association LISA MCKINNEY, Communications Coordinator Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Kentucky & Southern Indiana Chapter 6100 Dutchmans Lane, Suite 401 alz.org/kyin

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he mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, provide and enhance care and support for all affected and reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. “The Greater Kentucky & Southern Indiana

Chapter provides support to 125 counties and offers programs and services for every stage of the Alzheimer’s journey,” says Lisa McKinney, Communications Coordinator. In fiscal year 2018, 825 volunteers contributed 6,288 hours of work for the local chapter. The education team held 350 programs and offered 60 monthly support groups. The Association engaged local advocates and worked on the national level to achieve a federal funding increase in Alzheimer’s research dollars at the National Institutes of Health. Events and

YOU’ARE INV ITED RSVP for our holiday-themed brunch on December 22nd, 2018 from 10 am - 1:30 pm. Enjoy panca kes & holiday mimosas, then stay for a tour of our newly opened Memor y Care! P L U S , me e t our mys te r y g u e st W H O w ill ST E A L your he a r t! Join us at Stonecrest of Louisville 1105 Dorsey Lane , Louisville, KY 40223 (5 02) 792 - 0 4 4 0 | StonecrestOf Louisville.com

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fundraising exceeded $3.1 million. Community members are encouraged to participate in the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s or in The Longest Day in which they raise funds for and increase awareness of the Alzheimer’s Association. PRESENTED BY:

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Love City INGA ARVIN Love City Inc 344 N 26th St Louisville lovecityinc.org

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estled in the heart of Portland is a charming place where you can get some of the best BBQ in town with a bear hug and a side of inspiration. Porkland BBQ, part of Love City, is a highly-reviewed homey spot where love oozes thicker than the sauce. It’s also a “front door” to the many initiatives at Love City, all of which focus on loving people.

Love City was founded almost accidently by a couple who felt pulled to move to Portland from Crescent Hill. When they tried to buy a long boarded up house, they found it would only be sold with the community center next door and that’s how it all began.

Want to help? You can find out how at www.lovecityinc.org. The only requirement – bring extra love. PRESENTED BY:

Today, Love City offers programs at three adjacent properties they refer to as the neighborhood’s “living rooms.”

The Louisville Branch of Wells Fargo Advisors is pleased to support Love City, Inc. At Wells Fargo Advisors, we strive to make a difference in our local communities.

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USA Cares

To date, USA Cares has responded to over 106,000 requests for help with millions of dollars in granted assistance, raised through donations from individuals, businesses and foundations, as well as volunteer fundraisers. “After telling our story, we are often asked ‘How can I help?’” said Jennifer Robinson, Deputy Director for USA Cares. “It isn’t always about money. Sometimes it’s about telling our story to someone else, sharing our mission, and if just one more military family in need of assistance finds us, then we’ve succeeded in making an impact.”

JENNIFER ROBINSON, Deputy Director USA Cares 11760 Commonwealth Drive usacares.org

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SA Cares is a national charitable organization that provides financial and advocacy assistance to post-9/11 active service members, veterans and their families facing hardships related to their service. Providing aid through four programs: Combat Injured, Career Transition, Housing Assistance and Emergency Assistance,

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USA Cares strives to reach families at the earliest stage of intervention to prevent further financial distress and suffering.


Gilda’s Club SUZANNE GOLDRING, Marketing & Communications Director Gilda’s Club Louisville 633 Baxter Avenue Louisville, KY 40204 gildasclublouisville.org

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iving with cancer is not a choice. HOW you live with it is. That’s what Gilda’s Club is all about-LIVING with cancer. In our first decade, Gilda’s

Our 100+ free monthly programs-support groups, music and art, lectures and workshops, healthy lifestyle programs and social events-provide an opportunity for families to come together and enjoy life while cancer is a part of it.

Club has served more than 8,000 people (one quarter of whom are children) living with 55 different types of cancer. Besides the damage to the body, cancer has a tremendous impact on the mind. We treat those symptoms through psychosocial support that works in tandem with medical care for “whole cancer care.”

Support groups in southern Indiana, a branch office in west Louisville at the Passport Health Campus (in 2020), and the facility we purchased on Grinstead Drive (which will double clubhouse space and for which we have begun a $12 million capital campaign), will allow for tremendous growth. That growth translates into real impact-not only on quality of life but health outcomes, as well. We urge the community to participate in one of our upcoming fundraisers: Night of a Thousand Laughs (Friday, May 17, 2019); Wigs on Tap (October, 2019); Gilda’s Night (November, 2019). PRESENTED BY:

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Friends of Metro Animal Services SUSANNA M WESTERFIELD, Executive Director Friends of Metro Animal Services 3705 Manslick Rd., Louisville 40215 www.fomaslou.org

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riends of Metro Animal Services (FOMAS) was formed in 2009 as the non-profit, sole fundraising entity for Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS). Susanna M. Westerfield, the first executive

director of FOMAS, will spearhead fundraising of the much anticipated completion of a new shelter in the summer of 2019. Her new role will also include working with the dedicated, compassionate staff at LMAS to expand community outreach and public education in support of programs critical to caring for thousands of animals that enter the shelter each year. FOMAS will help advance LMAS’ progress as the county’s largest and only open-admission animal shelter that provided a temporary home for more than 7,500 animals last year. “We can make a

difference in the lives of those living in our community by providing a state-ofthe-art location where healthy, adoptable pets reside while waiting for adoption. There is nothing more fulfilling than helping people experience the steadfast love and companionship of a pet,” says Westerfield. The new facility will have a standalone community spay and neuter clinic, a medical wing with the shelter’s first X-ray wing, four surgery tables and six dog yards. “Our city of compassion has just moved light years ahead! For the first time ever, LMAS has achieved the status of a “no kill” shelter as no animals have been euthanized for time or space. The innovative Pay it Forward free adoption program, managed intake and partnerships with other shelters allow LMAS to move animals for quicker adoption,” she adds. All animal lovers are invited to participate in LMAS’ field trip programs and to foster pets awaiting adoption. Donations in any amount are always greatly appreciated. Attending Trivia Night at Bluegrass Harley-Davidson on Saturday, February 9, will be a fun way to get to know the people at LMAS and to learn more about its services and programs. PRESENTED BY:

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Treyton Oak Towers RHONDA HARDING, Director of Residence Development Treyton Oak Towers 211 West Oak Street treytonoaktowers.com

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stablished in 1984, Treyton Oak Towers serves senior citizens by providing retirement living with a continuum of care in a safe, secure environment with a warm and friendly staff. It is a private pay community offering independent living, independent living with assistance, companion services, personal care and skilled nursing, as well as short-term rehabilitation, all under one roof. “Our Personal Care and Skilled Nursing each recently received deficiency free state surveys.” “We strive to be a senior living community most admired for its hospitality, artful

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personality, quality care, local roots and philanthropic endeavors,” says Rhonda Harding, Director of Residence Development. “Residents are active and engaged with the Resident Counsel and plenty of volunteer opportunities. Treyton Oak Towers affords its residents an activity calendar like none other. There is something for everyone.” Residents are proud supporters of the Louisville arts community, particularly Louisville Orchestra, Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet and Louisville Chamber Music. “Many folks choose to live with us for this reason,” she adds. More than 13 different floor plans can be customized to suit each resident’s personal taste. Individuals and couples enjoy fine dining, a coffee shop, lectures, music programs, an art studio, theater room, access to the arts, and daily classes in yoga, tai chi, relaxation and meditation, and stretching and balance is staffed with an on-site dentist and podiatrist and features a wellness center. Complimenting

the beautiful gardens and courtyards are a rooftop greenhouse and observation deck. Great views of the Louisville skyline and engaging Old Louisville architecture abound. Also available are banking services, valet parking, a salon with a manicurist, private storage and a library that sponsors a book club. Treyton Oak Towers is a retirement community that offers a wide range of opportunities and features to ensure its residents minds, bodies and spirits are enriched. PRESENTED BY:


Live The Life

of warmth

Come Winter With Us For Ninety Days! For over thirty years, Treyton Oak Towers has been spicing things up with a lively mix of trendy and traditional in Old Louisville. Now here’s your chance to sample a season with us! We have a handful of lovely, fully-furnished apartments available for a limited time. We invite you to lease one for 90 days and see for yourself just how wonderful this winter can be! You’ll enjoy countless amenities, from a fitness center, massage suite, greenhouse, art studio and aquatic therapy to fine dining, a bank branch, a dentist, a beauty salon and more. And we’ll keep you busy with lectures, concerts, trips, movies and special events - and plenty of friends to share them with - just minutes from downtown and Nulu dining, arts, sporting events, galleries and more. All in a warm setting with a caring staff that takes your comfort to heart. So treat yourself to a little comfort and joy this winter. Visit treytonoaktowers.com or call (502) 589-3211 today for details, or to schedule lunch and a tour. And get ready to fall in love!

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The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts JULIE ROBERTS, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts 501 West Main Street www.kentuckycenter.org

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ome to many of the city’s major arts organizations, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts brings the finest in music, dance, theater and more to Kentucky. It is home to Louisville’s nationally-renowned arts scene, including the Louisville Orchestra, Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet, StageOne Family Theatre and PNC Broadway in Louisville, as well as a host of community theater groups and Kentucky Center Presents performances. “The three theaters at The Center, and the historic W. L. Lyons Brown Theatre, are showcases for the performing arts.

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From Broadway to ballet, from blues to bluegrass, from Big Bands to Beethoven or the hottest indie rock groups, the stages overflow with magnificent entertainment almost every night of the year,” says Julie Roberts, Vice President of Development for The Kentucky Center. The Kentucky Center is the cultural anchor of a neighborhood revitalization project in Louisville’s Paristown neighborhood. The flexible performance space, expected to open in June 2019, will enable the Center to offer unparalleled programming and cultural events for the region. The venue will welcome national touring bands, regional arts organizations and collaborative projects, new works and non-traditional performance experiences. With a mission of building individuals’ bonds with the arts, programming extends far beyond stages and theaters through education and community arts programming. Whether it’s School Programs, the Kentucky Center Governor’s

School for the Arts, Arts in Healing, ArtsReach or Access Services, the Kentucky Center provides life-changing and lifelong experiences with the arts. The Kentucky Center is for the curious and the inquisitive, as well as those who have a heart for sharing their love of the arts. The community may get involved in a number of ways in addition to attending performances, such as becoming involved in volunteer opportunities and participating in the membership program which provides unique access to and support for community programming as well as behind-the-scenes events. PRESENTED BY:


CELEBRATING 35 YEARS OF ENTERTAINMENT

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Hosparus Health PHIL MARSHALL, President & CEO Hosparus Health 3532 Ephraim McDowell Drive www.hosparushealth.org

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ith a mission to improve the quality of life, Hosparus Health provides compassionate care for patients and families facing complex illnesses. Care is delivered by an expert team that includes physicians, nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, therapists, chaplains, volunteers and grief counselors. Hospice services are available to patients with a terminal diagnosis who are expected to live six months or less. Palliative care, also called advanced illness care, is available to patients at any stage of a chronic illness. Hosparus Health cares for patients with

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all types of advanced illnesses, including COPD, congestive heart failure, cancer, dementia, diabetes, neurologic conditions such as MS or ALS, as well as other diseases and conditions. In addition to medical care, Hosparus Health provides counseling and support for patients and families, advance care planning and guidance on end-of-life decisions. “The entire focus is on offering high-quality care to patients and families so they can experience the best possible quality of life for as long as possible,” says Phil Marshall, President & CEO. “Care is tailored to each person’s needs and wishes. We literally wrap ourselves around our patients and families to provide care that meets them wherever they call home, 24/7.” Hosparus Health was started by volunteers 40 years ago, and they are still at the heart of delivering care. Volunteers provide companionship for patients or respite to families, they help at the Thrift Shoppes and fundraising events, and support office staff. As a 4-star partner in the

We Honor Veterans program, military veteran volunteers visit veteran patients for special recognition and veteran-to-veteran companionship. Thanks to the generosity of Kentucky and Indiana communities, Hosparus Health has provided care to over 50,000 patients and families over the last 40 years, regardless of their ability to pay. With continued support, Hosparus Health will help even more patients Shine as Long and as Bright as They Can! PRESENTED BY:


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A Recipe to End Hunger DAWNE GEE, FOUNDER/ PRESIDENT A Recipe to End Hunger P.O. Box 21763, Louisville, Kentucky 40221 arecipetoendhunger.com

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ur local food banks, backpack programs and pantries work tirelessly to feed those in need but must also address the daily logistics of obtaining food, cooking food, serving food and raising the money for the food. We, as a community, must do more. You can do that with A Recipe to End Hunger while also celebrating the community and having a good time,” says Dawne Gee, Founder/President. A Recipe to End Hunger rallies the

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community to join numerous fundraising efforts throughout the year. Since there is no paid staff, a hundred percent of the funds raised go straight to financially struggling feeding programs already in place in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. These programs are making a significant impact but they cannot address the crisis alone. A Recipe to End Hunger is committed to enhancing their efforts. Concerned individuals may join A Recipe to End Hunger’s mission by buying the Number One, best-selling cookbook, A Recipe to End Hunger, on Amazon; attending or supporting the many programs and events during the year, such as the First Concert of the Year to be held March 10 at the Grand, and the Big Green Eggfest to be held at Brownsboro Hardware August 2 and 3; donating to a local food bank; sponsoring a school’s backpack program;

planning a fundraiser; and donating to A Recipe to End Hunger at any Republic Bank. Follow your heart and do anything! A Recipe to End Hunger is solving childhood suffering one meal at a time. “It might seem too simple to be true but when you take the time to celebrate with us at Big Green Eggfest or any of our community events, you are helping A Recipe to End Hunger financially back dozens of neighborhood programs that fight every day to make sure that children and families have the basic right to a meal,” says Gee.    PRESENTED BY:


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Paralyzed Veterans of America KARL TRUMAN, Karl Truman Law Office The Kentucky-Indiana Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America 2835 Holmans Lane, Jeffersonville, IN 47130 kipva.org

The Kentucky-Indiana Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America (KIPVA) strives to improve the quality of life of U.S. military veterans and others with spinal cord dysfunction through the use of advocacy, research, sports and recreation, education and communication. KIPVA is interested in all issues affecting the lives of persons with disabilities, such as those affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

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The Karl Truman Law Office is supporting the Paralyzed Veterans of America Wheelchair Games to be held in Louisville from July 11 to July 16, 2019. “Hosting the national games in Louisville is a huge undertaking. There will be over 600 disabled veterans coming to Louisville to participate in the games. There is a great need for fundraising and volunteers,” says attorney Karl Truman.

ince 1946, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) has been on a mission to change lives and build brighter futures for the country’s seriously injured heroes. The programs offered by Paralyzed Veterans of America often fill a void created by cuts to services previously offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs  and other government agencies, making PVA’s advocacy for veterans even more vital. 

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“My staff, family and I are ardent supporters of the Kentucky-Indiana Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans and are honored to be part of this very exciting event to be held next summer. We invite the community to support it financially and to become involved as volunteers. It is such a visible way to show the men and women who have served our country so nobly that we deeply appreciate their service.” PRESENTED BY:


The Giving Issue

American Red Cross AMBER YOUNGBLOOD, Senior Director of Communications, Red Cross Kentucky Region American Red Cross 510 East Chestnut Street redcross.org/kentucky

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he Kentucky Region of the American Red Cross serves 116 counties in Kentucky and three in Southern Indiana, providing critical aid every day from responding to disasters big and small to teaching first aid and CPR to collecting vital blood products. These services are made possible by an outstanding corps of 3,100 volunteers and the generous support of donors. In 2018, the Red Cross responded to 1,350 home fires and provided food, shelter, comfort, casework, guidance and other recovery assistance to more than 2,200

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people following local disasters. The Red Cross Hero Care Network offers support to service members and their families pre-deployment, during deployment and when they return home through emergency communications services, financial assistance programs, re-integration and veterans services. Locally, the Red Cross collected 101,000 blood products and held 3,679 blood drives in area communities during fiscal year 2018. Every day, seven people die in home fires. Children and the elderly disproportionately lose their lives. The American Red Cross’s Home Fire Campaign save lives. Central to the campaign is Sound the Alarm, a series of home safety and smoke alarm installation events. Together with fire departments and other community partners, Red Cross volunteers canvass at-risk neighborhoods, install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing

alarms and provide fire prevention and safety education. In only three years, Red Cross home visits have included the installation of more than one million smoke alarms and prepared more than one million people against home fires. “Volunteers are essential to the work of the Red Cross. They serve meals to disaster victims, assist with blood drives, teach CPR, help soldiers arrange travel home for the birth of a child, install smoke alarms and provide fire safety education. They also help us prepare for disaster and recover from the aftermath,” says Amber Youngblood, Senior Director of Communications, Red Cross Kentucky Region. PRESENTED BY:

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The Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana JEANINE TRIPLETT, The Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana 2115 Lexington Road gskentuckiana.org

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irl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts unleash the G.I.R.L (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) in every girl, preparing her for a lifetime of leadership-- from taking a night-time hike under the stars to accepting a mission on the International Space Station; from lobbying the city council with her troop to holding a seat in Congress; from running her own cookie business today to tackling cybersecurity tomorrow.

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“Our Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a one-of-a-kind leadership development program that demonstrates proven results. It is based on time-tested methods and research-backed programming that helps girls take the lead in their own lives and the world,” says Jeanine Triplett, Chief Development and Communications Officer for Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana. The inclusive, all-female environment of a Girl Scout troop creates a safe space where girls can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles and just be themselves. “Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana troops contribute to the fabric of Louisville life by providing thousands of community service hours to hundreds of organizations throughout our 64-county footprint. And adult volunteers are integral to our wide range of fundraising committees and to the Board of Directors for the Kentuckiana

Council,” adds Triplett. The annual Desserts First Fundraiser has become one of the most anticipated community events of the year. The 2019 event will be held Thursday, February 28 at Brown and Williamson Club of Cardinal Stadium. Registration for Girl Scouts summer camps will begin in the spring. In addition to being the venue for many Girl Scouts activities, the camp properties also may be used for non-Girl Scout groups. Information about the camps and facilities is available on the website. PRESENTED BY:


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Muhammad Ali Center JEANIE KAHNKE, Senior Director, Public Relations and External Affairs Muhammad Ali Center 144 N. Sixth Street www.alicenter.org

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ocated in the heart of Louisville’s downtown along Museum Row, the Muhammad Ali Center is a multicultural center with an award-winning museum experience dedicated to the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali.

Through its two-and-a-half levels of dramatic multimedia presentations, interactive exhibits, historical video, countless images and artifacts, visitors discover the many aspects of Muhammad Ali’s iconic life and his significant and widespread impact: how he obtained greatness as an athlete, humanitarian and global icon, and then used his fame as a catalyst to do great things for the world. “The Center’s visitor experience captures this inspiration through Ali’s six core principles—Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Respect, Giving, and Spirituality— as well as through exhibits that highlight Muhammad’s humanitarian accomplishments, professional boxing career, civil

rights activities, spiritual beliefs and his memorable Olympic torch-lighting experience at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta,” says Jeanie Kahnke, Senior Director, Public Relations and External Affairs. Visitors can also explore Generation Ali story booths, a takeaway Poster Pledge station and highlights from the Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards. In addition, the Ali Center hosts temporary exhibits throughout the year. Now on display through December 30 is a family-friendly exhibit called America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far. Much more than a museum, the Muhammad Ali Center, a 501(c)3 organization, also houses a Collections Library & Archives to acquire, preserve and manage the items relating to Muhammad Ali’s life and career. In addition, the Center provides educational programming and community events in and outside of its headquarters, offers private event space with a variety of indoor and outdoor options, has on-site and online retail stores; and a membership program. Those who visit or who are engaged with the Muhammad Ali Center are generously supporting the mission of the Center and helping to raise awareness of Muhammad Ali’s legacy as a significant international figure and beloved hometown Champion.

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The Giving Issue

Kosair Charities KEITH INMAN, President Kosair Charities 982 Eastern Parkway kosair.org

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osair Charities helps protect the health and well-being of children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana by providing financial support for social services, research, pediatric healthcare, education, and child advocacy. The organization aligns with partner organizations statewide that address every aspect of a child’s life. Kosair Charities hopes to break down the root causes of problems and issues children face, and support initiatives that can ideally prevent the problems from occurring. Examples include tackling food insecurity, providing children with special

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needs the educational tools they need to learn and thrive, supporting cutting-edge medical research, and much more. The organization expects to make about $16.1 million in grant commitments to 92 organizations during 2019 through their gifts and grants program. In 2013, the board of Kosair Charities made the bold commitment to end child abuse and neglect by officially launching the Face It ® Movement. Fully funded by Kosair Charities and coordinated by Kentucky Youth Advocates, Face It focuses on a three-pronged approach to addressing child abuse and neglect: promoting best practices in child abuse prevention and intervention, building awareness and engaging the community, and advocating for effective policies to improve the child welfare system. Whether you are a parent or caregiver, student or professional,

or a concerned community member, we need to come together to end child abuse for all children in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. “The holidays are a time for believing. Since 1923, Kosair Charities has believed in showing children their potential, instead of their obstacles,” said Keith Inman, president of Kosair Charities. “With your support we can help make this belief a reality.” To give a gift that keeps giving within our community, please call 502-637-7696 or visit kosair.org/donate. PRESENTED BY:


Elevating our community by committing over $16 million to 90+ partner agencies in 2019 Allegro Dance Project Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana Black Community Development Corp. Bluegrass Center for Autism Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana Boys & Girls Haven Bullitt County Scottish Rite Cabbage Patch Settlement House (The) Camp Hendon Camp Quality Kentuckiana Carriage House Educational Services CASA of Bullitt County CASA of the Heartland CASA of the River Region Central Louisville Community Ministries Clark County Youth Shelter & Family Services Commonwealth Theatre Center Critically Loved Dare to Care Food Bank Dorman Preschool Center Down Syndrome of Louisville Dream Factory (The) Dreams with Wings Epilepsy Fdn. of Kentuckiana Exploited Children’s Help Organization Families for Effective Autism Treatment Family Community Clinic Fern Creek Highview United Ministries Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm (The) Friends School Fund for the Arts Gilda’s Club Louisville Global Game Changers Green Hill Therapy Harbor House Hardin Memorial Health Fdn. Help Us Grow Heuser Hearing & Language Academy Holy Trinity Home of the Innocents Hosparus Health House of Ruth Huntington’s Disease Society - Kentucky Chapter

Jewish Community Center of Louisville Jewish Family & Career Services of Louisville Kentucky Hemophilia Fdn. Kentucky Youth Advocates Kids Cancer Alliance Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies (The) Kings Center (The) Lighthouse Promise Living Faith Community Development Center Louisville Metro Police Fdn. Louisville TKO Louisville Visual Arts Maryhurst Meredith-Dunn School National Multiple Sclerosis Society Orchid House Pitt Academy Portland Christian School Project One Salvation Army (The) Shirley’s Way Shively Area Ministries Shriners Hospital for Children - Lexington Silver Heights Camp and Retreat Center Smoketown Family Wellness Center Corp. Society for the Prevention of Aggressiveness and Violence Among Adolescents South East Associated Ministries South Louisville Community Ministries Sowing Seeds with Faith Spalding University Special Olympics Kentucky Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky

St. George’s Scholar Institute St. Joseph Children’s Home St. Matthews Area Ministries St. Vincent de Paul Stage One: The Louisville Children’s Theatre Summit Academy Trust for Life University of Kentucky Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine University of Louisville Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine University of Louisville Pediatric Neurorecovery Research University of Louisville Research Fdn. Visually Impaired Preschool Services Volunteers of America Mid-States Wesley House Community Services Workwell Industries YMCA Safe Place Services YouthBuild Louisville

Since 1923, Kosair Charities has shown children their potential, instead of their obstacles. There’s so much more to do.

Join us: kosair.org/donate


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St. Joseph Children’s Home CHRISTINA MILLER, Communications and Development Coordinator St. Joseph Children’s Home 2823 Frankfort Avenue sjkids.org

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t. Joseph Children’s Home was first established as the “St. Joseph Catholic Orphans Society” in 1849 by twelve local German-American Catholic parishes wishing to care for orphans whose parents had died in the cholera epidemic of 1832. St. Joe’s has evolved to caring for children who have been removed from their homes because of severe abuse and neglect. It serves children and families in all counties of Kentucky, regardless of nationality, sexual orientation, race or creed, across three core programs: Residential Treatment Program, Therapeutic

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Foster Care and Adoption Program, and the Child Development Center. The programs help children and families thrive by fostering an environment of compassion, growth and safety. St. Joe’s offers relief to the thousands of children currently in Kentucky’s foster care system by giving them a safe and loving home. St. Joe’s has celebrated 45 adoptions since 2017 and provides trauma-informed care to 48 children who live at St. Joe’s today. Additionally, St. Joe’s provides quality child PRESENTED BY:

care throughout the work week. Since 1849, St. Joe’s has served over 75,000 boys and girls and continues to serve almost 250 children each day. Community members may volunteer in one of the core programs, become a monthly donor, become a Picnic sponsor and/or volunteer, or receive certification to be a foster or adoptive parent. The community can also advocate for survivors of abuse and neglect by sharing and liking St. Joseph Children’s Home content on Instagram and Facebook (@ stjosephchildrenshome). “SJ Kids are counting on the community to make their holiday wishes come true by making an end-of-the-year gift. By giving to SJ Kids, supporters will help St. Joe’s find and create forever families for Kentucky’s most vulnerable children. St. Joe’s will not quit until every child has a family,” says Christina Miller, Communications and Development Coordinator.


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WHY WE’RE CRAZY ABOUT BANQUETTES They’re sleek, chic extra seating that can turn any corner or wall into a cozy gathering place. Sarah Osborne, interior designer at Barry Wooley, explains why this décor trend is back to stay. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY WOOLEY

They make a statement.

“We can go minimalist with solid fabrics, bold with patterns and luxe with tufted, luxurious fabrics like cut velvets and leather (as they did with the white leather banquette in the break room at DS Research, below). They’re an instant focal point in the room.”

They’re adaptable.

“Sometimes we design them with backs, sometimes we load them up with pillows. We once created a floor-to-ceiling tufted banquette.”

They add drama.

Creating such a custom area really enhances a space. Clients always tell us that their banquette is their new favorite spot in their home.

You can add them anywhere.

“You can design a banquette into a little corner that was wasted space, or you can fill up a whole wall.”

They maximize your space.

“We maximized a client’s floorplan by nestling a banquette in the corner between their living room and kitchen.”

They pair with pedastals.

“We like to use pedestal base tables because it creates more room underneath. Round or oval tables are especially great because the curved edges make it easier to slide around.”

Over the past few years, formal dining rooms have become less popular and open concept kitchens have become the place where people end up eating most of

their meals in breakfast nooks or at kitchen islands. This shift towards more casual eating areas has increased the popularity of banquettes that offer design clients a sophisticated way to customize their spaces and create extra seating. “We can design them for almost any space in any style and, once completed, they really become the hub of our clients’ homes,” says Sarah Osborne, interior designer at Barry Wooley Designs. “Banquettes make the coziest little hangout spots.”

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CONTEMPORARY How do you dress up a dazzling downtown apartment with a killer view? Omni Louisville residents Michelle and Neil Taylor invited us into their twenty-eighth floor apartment for a spectacular tour and a fresh vantage point on seasonal décor. PHOTOS BY TIM FURLONG JR. • STORY BY ALLISON JONES

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ichelle and Neil Taylor aren’t strangers to downtown living. They spent the last several years living at Whiskey Row Lofts where they enjoyed the proximity to everything the city has to offer. But they were in a need of additional space, so when they became aware of The Residences at Omni Louisville, they were eager to take the leap. “We were on a wait list for three years for the Omni. This was even before the building process had started,” Michelle shared. “Our main home is at Rough River in a rural area. We have family there and our downtown home makes us more centrally located.”

We were on a wait list for three years for the Omni. This was even before the building process had started

They have only been enjoying their new place since June, but Michelle is quick to share their favorite elements of the space. “We love it all,” she says. “The views from the balcony are spectacular. The kitchen is huge and accommodating when entertaining. We enjoy the second bedroom that is used as a den. Plus, we have amenities like a fitness center and pool.” They brought a lot of their contemporary pieces from their last place, but incorporated new furnishings that complement the new space. With the help of interior designer, Kristine Russell of Kristine Russell Interiors, the apartment has been transformed into a sophisticated yet warm haven. “Kristine decorated our place at Whiskey Row and we loved how it turned out, so it was only natural that we include her in our latest project,” says Michelle. “It was so easy working with her because we had the same vision and taste.”

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Between sunrises and sunsets, this has become our oasis. We could not be happier living here.

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he beautiful cityscape beyond their floor-to-ceiling windows was a centerpiece of the design. Kristine implemented a variety of seating areas that capture the incredible views from the windows that frame the living room. Modern leather swivel chairs flank a round cocktail table giving a front row vantage point of the downtown landscape. The buttery, white leather sofa is paired with a glass waterfall coffee table offering another place to unwind. Splashes of cobalt and aqua, silver textures and mirrored surfaces blend well with the skyline. “I wanted the décor to accentuate the view not detract from it, so using light, airy upholstered furniture anchors the space enough without weighing it down,” Kristine shares. She used a similar approach when helping the couple decorate their home for the approaching holiday season, infusing subtle yet sophisticated decorations that don’t take away from the focal point, but add a festive touch to the space.

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he living room flows effortlessly into the kitchen. Stylish pendant lights illuminate the breakfast bar. Accent chairs clad in a plush, textured fabric encircle a round table that provides the perfect spot to greet the day. Upholstered bar stools soften the granite counters and can swivel around for another look at the skyline. “We can never tire of the views,” says Michelle. “Between sunrises and sunsets, this has become our oasis. We could not be happier living here.” 

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Coffee encrusted pork chops with sweet potatoes and apple-walnut chutney and apple cider gastrique from Butchertown Grocery

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This versatile sauce, while vegetarian, can be used in several different dishes that are all very comforting and fullfilling and are sure to please holiday guests ► MARK FORD Lead Chef, Anoosh Bistro

RECIPE YIELDS 3 QUARTS WINE PAIRING: NERO DI CASANOVA SANGIOVESE FROM TUSCANY

INGREDIENTS

1 HEAD CAULIFLOWER, CUT INTO SMALL FLORETS OLIVE OIL FOR DRIZZLING, PLUS ¼ CUP FOR THE SAUCE 2 TBSP KOSHER SALT, DIVIDED 4 PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS 1 CUP DRY GREEN LENTILS 4 CUPS YELLOW ONION, CUT INTO A SMALL DICE 2 CUPS CARROTS, CUT INTO A SMALL DICE 2 TBSP MINCED GARLIC 1 CUP RED WINE 48 OUNCES WHOLE PEELED SAN MARZANO TOMATOES, HAND CRUSHED 4 SPRIGS FRESH BASIL 4 SPRIGS FRESH THYME 1 TBSP GROUND FENNEL 1 TBSP DRY OREGANO 2 TBSP BALSAMIC VINEGAR

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vegetable

BOLOGNESE

• Preheat the oven to 350°.

• Drizzle cauliflower florets with olive oil and a pinch of salt. Roast for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Process in a food processor until they resemble cooked ground beef. • Drizzle the portobellos with olive oil and a pinch of salt. Roast for 20 minutes. Cut into medium dice and process in a food processor until they resemble cooked ground beef. • Place the lentils in a quart pot with a tight-fitting lid. Cover the lentils with three cups of water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to simmer and cover with a lid. Cook the lentils for 15 minutes. Strain and reserve. • Sauce: In a heavy bottom pot that holds at least one gallon, heat ¼ cup of olive oil on medium-high

heat until the oil runs freely around the bottom of the pot. Add onions and carrots; sweat for five minutes. Add garlic and cook two minutes. Add red wine and reduce by half. Add mushrooms, cauliflower, lentils and tomatoes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Place the sprigs of fresh basil and thyme in a piece of cheesecloth (or a large coffee filter) and tie with butcher’s twine. Place the bouquet garni, fennel, oregano and salt in the pot. Simmer one hour, stirring every 10 minutes. Add balsamic vinegar and adjust seasoning with salt. • At the restaurant we serve this sauce over roasted spaghetti squash but it also may be served over your favorite pasta or baked into lasagna. Fresh torn basil and Parmigiano-Reggiano are perfect garnishes for the dish.


This dish is so rich with holiday flavors of apple, walnuts, ginger and mulling spices, giving off the perfect aroma and bringing you back to your childhood memories. It’s decadent and comforting for a chilly evening. ► BOBBY BENJAMIN Chef and owner, Butchertown Grocery

RECIPE YIELDS 4 SERVINGS

COFFEE RUB

3 OUNCES GOODFOLKS COFFEE, GROUND FINE 1 OUNCE CHILI POWDER 1 OUNCE PAPRIKA 1 OUNCE GARLIC POWDER 4 PORK CHOPS SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE 1 OUNCE BUTTER 2 OUNCES OLIVE OIL

• For the coffee rub, mix together the first four ingredients. Season each side of the pork chops with the rub, salt and pepper. Add butter and olive oil to a sauté pan on high heat. Sear each side of the chops for approximately two minutes, then roast at 350° for five minutes. Let rest two minutes before serving. Serve the chutney and apple gastrique over the chops.

SWEET POTATOES

APPLE-WALNUT CHUTNEY 1 OUNCE BUTTER

1 OUNCE OLIVE OIL 4 GRANNY SMITH APPLES, DICED 2 OUNCES WALNUTS 1 TSP FRESH GINGER, MINCED 1 TBSP PEPITAS ½ TSP CRACKED RED PEPPER SALT TO TASTE

• In a sauté pan on high heat, add butter, olive oil and apples. Once apples begin to caramelize, deglaze with four ounces of the apple gastrique. Add walnuts, ginger and pepitas. Finish with cracked pepper and salt.

APPLE GASTRIQUE

4 SWEET POTATOES, ROASTED AND PEELED

8 OUNCES APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

8 OUNCES BUTTER

12 OUNCES RAW SUGAR

1 OUNCE SALT

• Mix together all of the ingredients until smooth.

24 OUNCES APPLE CIDER

• Place all ingredients in a sauce pot and reduce on low heat for approximately 1 hour.

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PORK CHOPS WITH SWEET POTATOES AND APPLE-WALNUT CHUTNEY AND APPLE CIDER GASTRIQUE

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PEA SALAD RECIPE SERVES 4 AS A SIDE DISH

INGREDIENTS

WINE PAIRING: A CRISP SAUVIGNON BLANC OR A NICE PILSNER

2 LARGE HARD-BOILED EGGS

1 TSP APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

1 RED BELL PEPPER, CHOPPED

1 TSP SUGAR

2 OUNCES CHEDDAR CHEESE

1 TSP SOUL FOOD SEASONING

½ CUP MAYONNAISE

OR SEASONED SALT

½ CUP SOUR CREAM

1 TSP GRANULATED GARLIC

1 CUP CHOPPED COOKED BACON

½ TSP FRESHLY GROUND PEPPER

2 TBSP CHOPPED RED ONION

4 DASHES CHOLULA HOT SAUCE

2 TSP CHOPPED FRESH DILL

60 OUNCES FROZEN PEAS

• Mix together all the ingredients. Let sit out until peas thaw. Serve with seafood or chicken.

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My grandma used to make this for us for the holidays. It was awesome. ► DALLAS MCGARITY Chef and Owner, The Fat Lamb


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4 CUPS DICED GREEN PEPPERS 4 CUPS DICED YELLOW ONIONS 4 CUPS DICED CELERY 4 TBSP VEGETABLE OIL

1 TBSP CHOPPED THYME 4 TBSP CHOPPED ITALIAN FLAT LEAF PARSLEY 3 CUPS COLD CHICKEN STOCK

SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE

2 LOAVES GOOD, CRUSTY BREAD CUT INTO CUBES

1 TBSP CHOPPED MARJORAM

2 EGGS

1 TSP CHOPPED SAGE

• Preheat oven to 400°. In a large pan, sauté peppers, onions and celery in vegetable oil until vegetables are soft and translucent. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper. Add herbs. • In a large mixing bowl, add vegetable mixture and dried bread. Mix thoroughly. Add cold stock and eggs, tossing together quickly and thoroughly so the eggs do not cook. • Place in a 13x9x2-inch baking pan or two smaller baking pans. Bake, uncovered, 15 to 20 minutes.

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This is a long-time favorite at the Rover because who doesn’t love something warm and cinnamon-y smothered in caramel sauce and whipped cream? And, did I mention bourbon? ► SIOBHAN REIDY Co-Owner, The Irish Rover

RECIPE SERVES 10 WINE PAIRING: HOT SPICED RUM CIDER OR HOT WHISKEY

BREAD PUDDING 16 EGGS, BEATEN

½ QUART HEAVY CREAM 1 CUP BROWN SUGAR 2 DROPS VANILLA EXTRACT 1 TBSP GROUND NUTMEG 1 TBSP GROUND CINNAMON 1 CUP RAISINS BREAD SCRAPS TO FILL A 4-INCH DEEP BAKING PAN UNSALTED BUTTER

• Whisk together eggs and cream in large bowl. Whisk in brown sugar, vanilla and spices. Add raisins and bread scraps and combine thoroughly. Butter the inside of the baking pan. Spray the pan with baking spray. Pour bread mixture into pan. Cover with foil and bake at 350° for 1 hour. Remove foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes. Serve warm with Whiskey Sauce.

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bread & butter PUDDING

WHISKEY SAUCE

1 POUND UNSALTED BUTTER 4 CUPS BROWN SUGAR 1 CUP BOURBON 3 CUPS WATER 1 TBSP GROUND NUTMEG ½ TBSP GROUND CINNAMON

• Combine butter and brown sugar in small sauce pot, and mix well over medium heat. Add remaining ingredients and bring to low boil, stirring until thickened. If needed, a cornstarch slurry can be added but don't over-do it. Pour hot sauce over warm bread pudding. Top with whipped cream.


This is a pumpkin pie meets coffee cake type of dessert.” ► MORGAN FRIEND Banquet Chef, The Brown Hotel

pumpkin CRUNCH CAKE CAKE

15 OUNCES CANNED PUMPKIN 12 OUNCES EVAPORATED MILK 3 WHOLE EGGS 1 ½ CUPS SUGAR 1 TBSP CINNAMON 1 TSP SALT ½ CUP MELTED BUTTER ½ CUP CHOPPED PECANS

• Whisk together all ingredients, except butter and pecans, until sugar is incorporated throughout the mix. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Grease and flour two 8-inch cake pans. Add filling. Crumble Topping over filling. Drizzle with melted butter and pecans. Bake at 325° for 45 minutes. Let cool for two hours. Top with your favorite caramel topping. Cut into one-and-ahalf-inch squares. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

TOPPING

2 CUPS ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR 1 ½ CUPS SUGAR 1 ½ TBSP BAKING POWDER ½ CUP POWDERED MILK ½ CUP CHOPPED PECANS ½ CUP MELTED BUTTER

WINE PAIRING: SUBTLE PORT WINE OR A CAPUCCINO

• Blend all the dry ingredients and the pecans. Fold in the butter until mixture becomes chunky.

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“This was our Christmas extravaganza when I was growing up in Italy. ► ROCCO CADOLINI Owner, ROC

RECIPE SERVES 6

pandoro CAKE

CAKE

18 OUNCES WHITE FLOUR, PLUS EXTRA FOR DUSTING 5G SALT 4 ½ OUNCES CASTER SUGAR 10G FAST-ACTING YEAST FINELY GRATED ZEST OF 1 ORANGE FINELY GRATED ZEST OF 1 LEMON 5 ½ OUNCES SOFTENED BUTTER, PLUS MORE FOR GREASING PAN 2 MEDIUM FREE-RANGE EGGS, PREFERABLY BURFORD BROWN OR OTHER DARK-YOLK VARIETY) 2 FREE-RANGE EGG YOLKS, PREFERABLY BURFORD BROWN OR OTHER DARK-YOLK VARIETY) 2 TSP VANILLA PASTE 3 ½ OUNCES MILK, WARMED ICING SUGAR FOR DUSTING 4 CUPS CHOCOLATE CHIPS

• Place the flour in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add salt and caster sugar to one side of the bowl and yeast to the other side. Add the orange and lemon zest, softened butter, eggs, egg yolks, vanilla and milk. On slow speed, mix together to form a wet sticky dough. Increase the speed and mix for 10 minutes. The dough should be a thicker consistency and adhere to the dough hook. If the dough is dropping from the dough hook, mix another five minutes or until the correct consistency is achieved. • Lightly dust a work surface with flour. Gently knead the dough to form a ball. Place dough in a lightly-greased bowl. Cover and leave to prove until doubled in size. This can take four hours, but for best results, leave overnight.

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• Grease an angel food cake pan with butter. Turn out the dough onto a lightly-floured work surface and fold in on itself a few times to knock out the air. Shape into a ball and place in the prepared pan. Cover and leave to rise until it comes to the top of the pan. This will take an hour-and-a- half to two hours. • Preheat oven to 375°. Uncover the pan and bake for 35–40 minutes. It is done when a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for five minutes. Turn out and cool completely on a wire rack. • Slice into two to four layers. Place cream filling between each layer. Add chocolate chips to a metal bowl. Place on top of boiling water until chocolate is melted. Dust top layer of cake with icing sugar and top with melted chocolate.

CREAM FILLING 4 LARGE EGG YOLKS

½ CUP GRANULATED SUGAR 1/3 CUP MARSALA WINE 16 OUNCES MASCARPONE CHEESE 1 CUP HEAVY CREAM 2 CUPS BREWED ESPRESSO 3 TBSP COFFEE LIQUEUR OR BRANDY

• Place the egg yolks, sugar and Marsala in a large metal mixing bowl. Set over a pot of simmering water. Cook, whisking, until mixture is pale, thick and double in volume (about five minutes.) Remove from heat; whisk in mascarpone. Whip the heavy cream until it holds stiff peaks. Fold whipped cream into mascarpone mixture. Set aside. Whisk espresso, liqueur and powdered sugar together in a shallow dish. Combine with the filling.


PIE DOUGH

2 ½ CUPS ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR 8 OUNCES BUTTER, CUT INTO ½-INCH CUBES ½ CUP COLD WATER

• Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a pie pan and set aside. Add butter to flour and work mixture with your hands until it resembles coarse meal with largest bits being pea size. Add cold water and mix together until it forms solid dough. Do not overwork or the dough will become tough. Roll out dough onto a floured surface until 1/8”-thick. Carefully place in pie pan. Trim away excess dough and set aside.

CRANBERRY WALNUT FILLING

PIE TOPPING

1 1/3 CUPS SUGAR

1/3 CUP FLOUR

1/3 CUP FLOUR

1 CUP WATER

1 CUP WATER

½ TBSP CORN STARCH

1 1/3 CUPS SUGAR

2 ½ CUPS WHOLE CRANBERRIES

• Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a pie pan and set aside. Add butter to flour and work mixture with your hands until it resembles coarse meal with largest bits being pea size. Add cold water and mix together until it forms solid dough. Do not overwork or the dough will become tough. Roll out dough onto a floured surface until 1/8”-thick. Carefully place in pie pan. Trim away excess dough and set aside.

cranberry

WALNUT PIE

½ CUP CHOPPED WALNUTS ¼ CUP BUTTER 1 TSP VANILLA EXTRACT

• Combine sugar and flour in a saucepan. Whisk in water and corn starch. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook mixture until thick. Stir in cranberries, walnuts, butter and vanilla. Pour into pie shell. If you had excess pie dough, feel free to cut pieces of the dough into leaves, acorns or other shapes, then lay gently on top of the filling. Bake at 350º for about 45-50 minutes, until the crust has a golden hue, and the pie filling is a nice reddish color. There should be a slight jiggle to the filling. Let cool. WINE PAIRING: A STEAMING MUG OF MULLED CIDER SPIKED WITH BOURBON.

My family loves this pie. The tart sweetness of the cranberries is the perfect finish to a big meal and the crunch of the walnuts gives it a nice complexity. ► JESSICA HASKELL Chef and Owner, Sweet Surrender

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RAISING THE BAR

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and ‘Tis the season to pull up a stool for cocktails far catching up. Fortunately, bar food has evolved to beyond the plate of nachos to delectable fare share and savor. Y ALEX ANDE R BY NANC Y MILLE R • PHOT OS BY DANN

Levee at River House 3015 RIVER ROAD 502-897-5000

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o me, bar food usually refers to something that’s casual, that could be held in the hand and isn’t eaten with a fuss,” says John Varanese, chef and owner of Levee at River House. But the truth is, he has gone to a bit of a fuss to create gastropub bar food in keeping with his reputation as one of Louisville’s top chefs. (Think Varanese and River House.) Those hand-held appetizers he’s referring to include a grouper cheek taco, sliders, flatbread, tuna ceviche and short rib nachos. If you think a top chef wouldn’t waste his time with pork rinds, you might be right except Varanese jazzes them up with barbecue seasoning.

Oysters on the half shell fall into his hand-held appetizer category. Hold them in your hand and slurp them out of their shells for one of life’s most fleeting treasures. Levee regulars aren’t shy about pairing any appetizers on the menu with loaded fries. Varanese didn’t have to think long about the name of the dish because they’re well, loaded, with cheese, scallions and maybe the bestthing-ever, bacon onion jam.

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The Cellar Lounge at Decca 812 E. MARKET 502-749-8128

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ecca encompasses the vitality and energy that infuses the arts district of NuLu. The restaurant’s chef and owner Annie Pettry and Executive Chef Cody Stone are culinary luminaries who are masters at orchestrating a panoply of flavors both in the historic building’s two dining rooms and downstairs in The Cellar Lounge. The Cellar’s Bar Bites menu features dishes such as sweet and salty caramel corn; a house pickle plate with beet pickled farm egg; warm Spanish olives with preserved lemon; grilled cheese on sourdough with Fontina, caramelized onions and apricot agrodolce; shoestring frites; a farmstead cheese board; and grilled spare ribs with North African spices and honey gastrique.

Butchertown Social

1601 STORY AVENUE • 502-890-3892

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he food at Butchertown Social isn’t easily defined. That’s on purpose and it’s the way Executive Chef Connie Hartsock likes it. “I don’t want a label. We’re kind of all over the board. Some Asian, some burgers, some wings, some salads,” she says. Any way you look at it (and eat it), the food isn’t fancy, but it also isn’t ho-hum. The Korean Cuban (gochujang/beer braised pork, ham, Swiss, kimchi aioli and house-made pickles on Italian bread) is a

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good example of her penchant for twisting the expected. That doesn’t mean there isn’t something positive to be said about chowing down on all-American familiar fare like the Social Dog (a frank, tobacco onions and some other tasty stuff on a pretzel bun). Vegans, you’re gonna love her too, especially her arugula salad and veggie burgers. Butchertown Social, a public house-inspired spot, serves up cocktails and craft beers to enjoy with live music, art exhibitions and pub trivia. “I think it’s a great place because of our diverse customer base of all ages, races and orientation,” says Hartscock. “It’s all very inclusive.”

The Small Bites menu is complemented by creative cocktails that use fresh juices and house-made syrups and tinctures. The drinks reflect the team’s passion for adhering to seasonal ingredients and for supporting small batch distilleries and local breweries. Seasonal and classic cocktails join Decca originals such as The Waysider, which will have particular appeal to bourbon lovers, and the fresno chilikicked up Chupacabra, with mezcal and ginger. Vodka, citrus and some bubbly are the perfect partners in the neighboring friendly Fresh Prince of Butchertown.


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Brasserie Provence

150 N. HURSTBOURNE PARKWAY 502-883-3153

If you’re not lucky enough to be planning a holiday trip to Provence, you can at least have a taste of the experience at Brasserie Provence where Chef Patrick Gosden’s bar menu will make you absolutely giddy at Happy Hour. Select from special appetizers like country

Troll Pub Under the Bridge

150 W. WASHINGTON 502-618-4829

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he first surprise you’ll encounter at Troll Pub Under the Bridge is Louie the Troll, an 8-foot tall jovial troll who stands guard at the entrance. There are more surprises

pâté, garlic sausage, cornichons and grilled baguette; goat cheese, tomato and arugula flatbread; French-style sausage pizza; and fried calamari. “There are two styles of happy hours, those in a sports bar with loud music and televisions blaring, and ours, which is quieter and relaxing,” says owner Guy Genoud. He and his staff are happy to serve anything from the menu at the bar. So, your new idea of bar food can include French

inside, the kind you can eat. You don’t have to start with the frickles, but we say go ahead because it’s not everywhere you can find fried pickles with chipotle-lime dipping sauce. Try the chicken and black bean quesadilla, pizza, meatball sub, chili and the beer cheese that’s a very big deal. The Pot Roast Poutine is a plateful of decadence--fries and beer cheese topped with pot roast and gravy. Troll Pub has a secret room that’s hidden by a bookcase.

onion soup, escargots, grilled ahi tuna, black bean cake with potatoes and ratatouille and crab cakes. Stop in on Tuesday for the pork rib-eye special or on Friday for bouillabaisse. Bar food is always great to share with friends but if you’re flying solo, you can make fast friends at Brasserie Provence. Genoud could be one of them. And feel free to strike up a conversation with the bartenders. They’re some of the best schmoozers in Louisville.

To get in, you have to know which book opens the door. The room is about the only thing that’s a secret at Troll Pub. “We’re trying to throw a party and want to be a welcome host to people who come to the party,” says Ben Barker, operating partner. “Our name might have the word ‘pub’ in it, but we’re not a traditional Irish pub with a bunch of old guys sitting around drinking Guinness. We’re a fun, family environment.”

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G

ramma? ’ 

The latest restaurant from Kevin Grangier of Le Moo and Village Anchor fame, is a multi-sensory culinary extravaganza in Holiday Manor, cheekily named Grassa Gramma Ristorante Italiana. Nancy Miller pulls up a chair. PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER

T

he stakes and the expectations are high for Grassa Gramma Ristorante Italiano, Kevin Grangier’s newest restaurant venture scheduled to open this month. (In case you’re wondering, loosely translated from Italian, “grassa” means plump; “gramma” means grandma.) Following The Village Anchor, Le Moo and Kevin’s PICNIC, Grassa Gramma is an ambitious project full of jaw-dropping visuals and a menu that melds northern and southern Italian cuisines. Resourcing and transporting interior design elements for the restaurant was an exhausting project for Grangier. “There’s a limited number of Italian pieces of furniture and tapestries and art in our immediate area. I developed a list of auction houses around the country and in Canada that have a strong history of Italian antiques. I bought many, many pieces, large and small, online,” he says. After he made his

purchases, he’d fly to a central area around four or five auction houses, rent a Penske truck, pick up the items and bring them back to Louisville. He made a dozen such trips over a six-month period. What is being used as hostess furniture came from a Gothic Italian castle dining room. The front and back bar, which he calls Confession, were once an 18th century alter from a church that was being torn down. “It’s 22 feet tall and is magnificent. When I saw it, I had to have it,” says Grangier. Thirty clergy chairs from various churches provide some of the most unusual seating in any Louisville restaurant. Piazzas throughout Italy influenced much of the restaurants design. Grassa Gramma’s towering, tiered fountain is meant to emulate Trevi Fountain. Grangier pays special attention to tabletop décor. He was thrilled to find about 350 different plates

from an Italian manufacturer that was going out of business. “Just as with the décor of the restaurant, with the menu I don’t want guests to feel as if they’re in any particular city in Italy. That’s why Chef Rob Rice and I worked very hard to create a menu that has the best, most authentic dishes from northern and southern Italy. One section of the menu I would classify as traditional Italian as Americans might portray the dishes. Another part has selections that might be less familiar to Americans. We have tried to cover each end of the spectrum,” says Grangier. At the core of a lot of the decisions we made about the menu is that many people aren’t educated about true Italian food. It’s the same with other international cuisines.” He and his team have been diligent about making the experience of Grassa Gramma educational, both through the food and the wines.”

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cuisine Finding a grandma to be the “face” of the restaurant became a lighthearted, but essential challenge that resulted in a public competition. “It was really exciting because it put in front of me the various types of personalities a nonna, or an Italian grandmother, represent. But there was only one, Maria Poff, who perfectly fit my stereotype of the grandma. She has an authentic accent, her passion is cooking and she’s very family oriented. The culture she shared with us, her story of how she came to the United States, and her continued connection to her home in Italy all inspired me,” says Grangier. Developing the Grassa Gramma concept, constructing the space, creating the menu and finishing the décor down to the smallest details was more than a year-long process. “I wouldn’t categorize my life as fun but having the construction company and the architect understand my way of creating an experience and having everyone on the team come together has been fun.” 

THE INSIDE CHRISTMAS SCOOP WITH KEVIN GRANGIER TELL US ABOUT SOME OF YOUR CHRISTMAS MEMORIES THAT STAND OUT IN YOUR MIND

My mom’s getting ready for Christmas was a labor of love that started 30 days in advance. She had five or six trees in various places around the house, a Santa who nodded up and down as he said “Ho Ho Ho” and eight reindeer that moved on the lawn or roof. On the porch was a tree that turned continuously and carolers that swayed back and forth. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS CAROL?

Deck the Halls. DO YOU LEAVE OUT COOKIES AND MILK FOR SANTA?

Yes, but because I’m a middle-of-the-night eater, I eat and drink them myself. Because of that, he hasn’t visited me in a while.

ARE YOU AN EGGNOG PERSON OR DO YOU HAVE A SPECIALTY CHRISTMAS DRINK?

Definitely eggnog, but with bourbon in it. When I was growing up, my nanny made a grasshopper with crème de menthe and ice cream. Part of my youth was having grasshoppers and homemade fruitcake. Still today I love fruitcake. WHAT’S THE MOST UNUSUAL GIFT YOU’VE EVER GIVEN SOMEONE?

I gave a set of antique Le Creuset from the ´50s to a friend who’s an avid cook. While I thought it was quite unattractive, I thought it was fabulous because it was intact and was almost a piece of art. IF SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS WERE COMING TO YOUR HOUSE FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER, WHAT WOULD YOU SERVE?

Cream of wheat because they’ve been around a long time and likely need to have soft foods. I’d spike it with a little bit of fine Kentucky bourbon and fresh mint. I’d serve it in a nice bowl with a sterling silver spoon and a linen napkin with SC embroidered on it. HOW DO YOU RECOVER FROM THE AFTERCHRISTMAS BLUES?

I don’t have after-Christmas blues because I’m so happy for it to be over.

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HEALTH & BEAUTY

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Cosmetic couture

With his Chanel training, impeccable aesthetic and flawless blending techniques, local makeup artist Sloan Winters has created a signature cosmetics line that’s as effortless as it is elegant. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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e’s earned the reputation as the man who can create a smoldering, smoky eye that can make or break a magazine cover or a gala look, which is somewhat ironic for a makeup artist who has always preached less is more. Sloan Winters, the impeccably dressed, impossibly calm makeup artist behind the Beauty Bar at Circe launches his long-anticipated makeup line, Sloan Bespoke Beauty this month. It’s a carefully curated collection of colors for eyes and cheeks in beautiful refillable compacts. “There’s a lot out there,” says Sloan. “If I’m going to offer something, I want it to be special.’ Special it is. From the meticulously-cultivated selection of neutral to knock-out eye colors (matte and shimmery “because people like what they like”) to the glow-y bronzers and the believable shades of blush, Winters has created a pared-down group of essentials that you can throw on and go or layer and combine for a full-on glamazon look. “This collection was created with the idea of building a wardrobe,” he says. You can start with beautiful everyday basics and add special effects. The pans of color fit into refillable compacts, placing everything you need in one chic little

case that can be tossed in a purse, stored in your desk drawer for the quick, easy touchups which his formulas will undoubtedly deliver. “I’m known for my blending,” says the man who will talk anyone he can out of heavy foundation and powder. Not surprisingly, his colors melt into your skin for a luminous look that’s polished, but never cakey or overdone. Sloan developed his mad skills as a regional trainer for Chanel, flying from city to city to train their talent, and as an artist for cult-classic makeup artist lines Laura Mercier and Trish McEvoy. His technique is flawless and his touch light as air; his makeup definitely follows this aesthetic. “I chose products that make you look bright, fresh and awake,’ he says. “They’re made for people who don’t want to look overdone.” Those products include the shadows, blushes, cake liner, highlighter and bronzers; come spring, he plans to add tinted moisturizer. But not until he gets it just right: “I’m known for giving clients a dewy complexion,” says the cosmetic perfectionist. “I won’t introduce one until I can get the right formula.” Sloan Bespoke Beauty, like the makeup artist who created it, is very much about bringing out a woman’s natural beauty rather than masking it. That’s one of the reasons why his marketing materials, counter cards and eventual web site will feature beautiful line drawings rather than models. “I want to send a message,” he says. “No amount of cosmetics will take the place of self love. You have to love yourself. Lipstick is not a magic wand.” 

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Wrap up the holidays here. For shoppers with an appetite for life, Westport Village has it all. With more than 40 local shops offering unique styles & services, it’s Louisville’s one-stop for home, health, fashion & food.

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120 Ron & Mel Fisher 122 The Holiday Magic Makers 127 Songs of Hope and Love Supermom:

128 Lottie Stockwell 132 Giving Back


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

AFRICA A mission trip to Kenya and a challenge to “just do it” inspired Amy Hehre to claim Africa as her second home and its sick orphans as her responsibility. Steve Kaufman shares her story.

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I found myself saying that I wanted to give life-saving treatment to needy children who couldn’t otherwise access it.

innie is a sixyear-old African child who came to the OVI Children’s Hospital in Migori, Kenya, with stagefour cancer. There was a tumor emerging from her eye. In the custom of areas like this, Winnie’s program of treatment would likely have been to make her as comfortable as possible until she succumbed to the disease. That, however, was not to be this young girl’s fate. Instead, Amy Hehre, a Kentucky-born Physician’s Assistant who runs the free hospital, insisted on a trial program of chemotherapy for Winnie. The results were miraculous. Today, Hehre reports that Winnie is in complete remission. The tumor in her eye is gone. And Winnie has found a new home, as well, living in the Hehre household. Case studies like this are not isolated at OVI, even though it’s merely a year old. Hundreds of children a month, from Kenya and neighboring Tanzania and Uganda, are brought in for treatment.

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Some have common childhood diseases that are treated routinely in the U.S. But many have malaria. Or epilepsy. Or AIDS. Some are brain-damaged. Or cerebral palsy victims. These are children, like Winnie, who would have been denied any treatment and hidden away in their homes, because of cultural stigmas about the disabled. All are orphans. Because that was Hehre’s mission, from the time she first flew into Nairobi, Kenya’s mostly modern and sophisticated capitol city of more than 3 million residents, and then took a bumpy 14-hour car ride due west to Migori, near Lake Victoria in the tropical, sugar-belt wetlands of the country. “It was dirty, it smelled bad and there was nothing to do – not a single restaurant in town,” Hehre says today, six years later. “It didn’t have the mountains or grandeur of so much of Africa. There was not a lot of wildlife around.” And yet, she fell in love – with the people and, especially, the children.

Winnie


“I knew I couldn’t be anywhere else,” she says. “It was a life-changing moment.” But why choose Kenya? “I don’t think I chose Kenya,” she says, “I think Kenya chose me.” Of course, “Why Kenya?” is only one of the questions that come to mind when you hear Amy Hehre’s story. “What made you do all this in the first place?” is number one on the list. Here’s the back-story answer. Amy is from tiny Somerset, Kentucky (south of Lexington, in Pulaski County), and initially was pursuing a broadcasting degree at Western Kentucky University. But she was also studying speech pathology, “because I had a passion to work with stutterers.” As she tells the story, she was at a campus ice-breaking event, just before her junior year, and pulled the topic, “What do you want to do with your life?” from a hat. “I found myself saying that I wanted to give life-saving treatment to needy children who couldn’t otherwise access it.” And someone in the room asked her, “Then why aren’t you pursuing it?” She Googled “medical opportunities in Africa” and, that Thanksgiving, announced to her family that she was going to Kenya. “I said there was no use trying to talk me out of it. I’d already bought the plane ticket.” After graduation from WKU, she enrolled in the three-year Physician’s Assistant program at the University of Kentucky’s College of Health Sciences. “Once I’d found my mission, I couldn’t see waiting 15 years until I

completed med school, internships and residencies.” Also, there are PA equivalents in Kenya, called clinical officers, so she anticipated a good fit there. Her partner in all this is her husband, Rob, himself a PA. They had met when they were 15, counselors at a summer church camp. He, too, felt a calling for a medical mission. They’ve already adopted two of their patients (Moses, six, and Lily, three) and have now made room for Winnie, as well. Orphans, abused and abandoned children, and NICU survivors are the most needy, which is why Hehre made that her specialty in Kenya. “In the past, people here dropped those children off at orphanages, and walked away,” Hehre says. “I’m constantly having to explain that OVI is not an orphanage, it’s a hospital for orphans.”

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She notes that, in Kenya, low-budget orphanages aren’t 100-bed dormitories, they’re “a woman in a hut with mats in the dirt.” OVI is now a 60-bed facility, with ER and outpatient services, and a staff of 60, all Kenyans, including two MDs. There’s also a medical laboratory and a physical therapy program, and she wants an OR, as well. And if you think she’s finished, you haven’t been paying attention. There are regions throughout Africa, and even India, that need resources like hers. “I’m a big dreamer,” Hehre says. And because she is, others are getting a chance to dream too. 

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Meet the Media:

Ron & Mel Fisher

They are Louisville radio stalwarts and survivors. Through ups, downs, and big changes, their strong relationship has seen them through. The couple sat down with Rocko Jerome to share their story. PHOTO BY TYLER FRANKLIN

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on Fisher's career in radio can be traced all the way back to Bishop David High School when he found a fantastic way to share his love of music: He was allowed to play records for the student body over the intercom during lunch period. "It was something that I really enjoyed doing," he says. "It was pretty clear that I wanted to find a way to continue doing it." That he did. Ron would go on to serve an internship at WHAS in 1992 that led to a fulltime position the following year. "I think that they gave me the job to keep me from hanging around all the time," he quips.

airwaves on the WHAS Saturday Morning Crew show. They kept the new depth of their relationship a secret for a few months until it was blown on air by touring comedian Etta May, who was in town promoting a local performance. Their radio family was fully accepting, and when they wed, it was Marji as the Maid of Honor and QMF morning man Rocky Knight, an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church, who did the honors. "I told him that he could be just as funny as he wanted to be, but keep in mind that my grandma is here," says Mel.

For Mel Fisher, the path to professional radio was a bit more accidental. In 1990, she was a student at Spalding studying towards a major in communications with a minor in theater, when she met Louisville radio legend Duke Meyer who was then splitting his time between instructing and a gig as a DJ at WQMF. The station, through Spalding, offered students internships in their field of study and Mel decided to go for it. "I think the original plan was that I would be doing things like getting coffee and answering the phone for Duke," Mel says, "but the morning show guys had other ideas." The QMF AM drive time crew, led by Ron Clay along with Troy Roebuck and Barry Harmon, needed a voice for female characters in their radio bits. Mel, with her pleasantly unique tone, quick wit and background in theater, fit the bill. Soon she had her own show and there was no looking back.

The two could be heard both separately and in unison across myriad radio stations for years. They could drive to and from work together, they shared an office. Things were comfortable and nice, until one fateful day in March of 2015. Ron and Mel were each called in to separate meetings and summarily dismissed without warning, a cost-cutting move from high up the company level. Between them, they had given over 40 years of service.

Ron and Mel were having fun and living the dream, live on the air during the freewheeling and independent era of local radio. They had a lot, but they didn't have each other. That would come in 1995 when a huge conglomerate bought out many local stations and brought them all together under one corporate umbrella. Mel heard about Ron first, who would be coming over to run promotions for QMF. Marji Pilato, then Promotions Director for WAMZ, said to her "Ron is perfect for you. The only thing is, he's got a girlfriend." Mel put it out of her mind, and she and Ron became great coworkers and good friends, bonding over their mutual love of classic film and diverse music. "There are not many people who can go with you from the Foo Fighters and Ramones to Bing Crosby and Dean Martin, but we always like a mix," Ron says. Mel adds, "We are freakishly compatible."

They leaned on each other through this difficult time. Sure enough, opportunity came calling via Louisville's independent radio stations. Louisville Public Media recruited them both, thanks to WFPK Program Director Stacy Owen and, as fate would have it, Duke Meyer, who now does morning drive on WFPK. Ron does his thing on 89.3 WFPL, the spot on the dial reserved for news, while Mel is a DJ on 91.9 WFPK, the music station. Both stations broadcast from the same downtown studios, and they now enjoy the latitude and respect that this style of radio allows. "I was amazed when we began," Mel says, "They showed me the programming slot that I would be in charge of, and it was full of empty spaces where I could choose for myself the music that would play. The trust and freedom was remarkable."

When Ron's other relationship ended, he and Mel got together. "It just felt natural," Mel said. By this time, they were sharing the

"I was stunned & petrified," says Mel, "This was the only job I had ever known. It was such a huge part of my life, and it was just suddenly gone. Completely gone." Ron was more optimistic. "I certainly wasn't happy about the situation, but I always felt that we would get through it all, and that things would be OK," he says. "This goes into the way our relationship is balanced," Mel adds, "Ron is the calm before the storm...I am the storm."

All these years later, and this is Ron and Mel- still together, still on the air, still riding to and from work together every day...and loving every minute of it. 

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Ron & Mel In the spirit of our holiday issue, we asked the couple to come up with their top 5 seasonal traditions. Not surprisingly, they answered us in unison.

Christkindlmarkts (German for “Christmas Market,” a sort of holiday oriented street wide pop-up flea market)

After traveling to Europe several times during the holiday season, we’ve come to love the Christmas markets in Germany, France, England, and Luxembourg. A warm mug of gluhwein (a spiced wine) is a must while you’re there.

Classic Christmas Movies

It wouldn’t be the holidays without watching our favorite Christmas films-“The Bishop’s Wife”, “White Christmas,” and “Miracle on 34th Street,” to name a few.

Decorating

Over-the-top decorations, a la Clark Griswold, but with an emphasis on pigs, pigs and more pigs. Seriously... we have a lot of Christmas pigs!

Snow

We may be some of the only people here who actually want to see snow. Especially on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. We haven’t had a White Christmas in quite a few years, so we’re due!

Buche de Noel

Our favorite Christmas dessert! It’s a tradition for us to order one of these delicious Yule Logs every year from Sweet Surrender. (Theirs is the best!)

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From the fantastical Nutcracker to the heartwarming A Christmas Carol, performances by our local arts organizations have added beauty, magic and memories to the holiday season for decades. Here, some of the key players in our most anticipated holiday shows share behind-the-scene insights and their own must-see traditions. BY ALLISON JONES • PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER

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Filled with artistry and magic, Louisville’s broad spectrum of holiday performances manages to enchant the young and old alike. Those of us in the audience can count on these shows to help make the season a special one, year after year. But what about those artists who make the magic happen? What moves them most about the performances that are a special part of their lives as well? And what other shows do they find time to enjoy as spectators? Here’s what a few had to say about their unique roles in our holiday season and their personal must-see traditions.

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Barbara Lynne Jamison (General Director of the Kentucky Opera) Her Holiday Favorites: “Having just moved here this past summer, I’m excited to explore the holiday offerings of this city. I’ve recently heard about a longstanding community chorus celebrating their 25th anniversary this season. I’m excited to attend the VOICES of Kentuckiana holiday concert, Red & Green to be performed on December 9th at the Kentucky Center for the Arts." (www.voicesky. org for ticket information) Kentucky Opera Surprise: “Our next opera will be Verdi’s Rigoletto, with rehearsals beginning in the new year. This is an opera that is causing quite a stir across the country, in light of, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement. Stage director, Kathleen Belcher, is considering the original time period of the piece when curses were believable and women were considered the property of men. Our production will be set in the 16th century where 21st century audiences will be shocked to see much of the story is happening in today’s world – even with our enlightened views of gender, equality, science, and religion.” RIGOLETTO by Guiseppe Verdi will be performed at the Brown Theater on February 15 & 17, 2019. (www.KYOpera.org or call 502-584-7777 for tickets)


Patricia Fong-Edwards (Full-time Violinist with The Louisville Orchestra since 1997) Holiday Show: The BrownForman Nutcracker Her Holiday Favorite: “I may be partial, but the Nutcracker is my favorite. I love all of Tchaikovsky, but personally, I think his ballets are greater than his symphonies (exception being his exquisite Symphony no. 6 and the famous oboe solo in Symphony no. 4). I never get tired of the music from it. Multiple performances are a great way to keep our “chops” because the piece does require a lot of technique. However, December gives us a break from having to learn new, difficult music since we have been playing this ballet for years.

I truly enjoy working with the Louisville Ballet dancers. The arts speak powerfully whenever there is a collaboration of more than one group. Having different arts groups work together, allows us to increase our pool of audience, bringing more positive attention and exposure to one another.” Louisville Orchestra Surprise: “During Nutcracker season, people often offer plates of snacks and treats in the musician lounge. With us, it is all about the food. Then our manager, Adrienne, puts up a lighted statue of a flamingo next to a palm tree. We often hang ornaments or candy canes to the palm tree which adds a sense of humor to our space during our holiday performances.” (For ticket information go to www.louisvilleballet.org and for information on the upcoming Louisville Orchestra season, go to www.louisvilleorchestra.org)

Kim Baker (President & CEO, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts) Her Holiday Favorites: “The Kentucky Center and Brown Theatre have so many wonderful holiday performances this year, it is hard to pick just one. My daughters and I always look forward to seeing Louisville Ballet’s The Brown-Forman Nutcracker and are always hopeful to be amidst the snow that falls from the ceiling of Whitney Hall! Louisville Orchestra’s production of Handel’s Messiah performed at different churches throughout Louisville, will no doubt be inspiring. Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer (performed at the Brown Theatre) is also a must-see for me, because I love seeing a beloved childhood memory brought to life on stage.” Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Surprise: “New to our holiday schedule is PNC Broadway in Louisville’s production of A Christmas Story which should add a lot of fun to the traditional holiday fare.” (www.kentuckycenter.org or call 502-5847777/800-775-7777 for ticket information)

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Robert Curran (Artistic Director/Executive Director, The Louisville Ballet) Holiday Show: The BrownForman Nutcracker His Holiday Favorite: “With my hectic schedule, I really just love spending time with my family, enjoying a viewing of the movie Love Actually, and relishing in a large glass of bourbon!” Louisville Ballet Surprise: “This is the first year that Louisville Ballet is presenting a sensory friendly performance of The Brown-Forman Nutcracker. It will feature a specifically designed atmosphere that is comfortable, inclusive and safe for individuals who have sensory sensitivities.” (The sensory friendly show will be performed December 9, 2018 at 11:30 am.) (www.louisvilleballet.org for ticket information)

John G. Preston (Ebeneezer Scrooge/ Actors Theatre of Louisville) Holiday Show: A Christmas Carol His Holiday Favorite: “This is my fourth-year spending Christmas in Louisville and it is rapidly becoming my favorite holiday celebration. Louisville feels more and more like a holiday home away from home for me. It is such a welcoming city and the audiences are a joy to perform for. I spend a great deal of time rehearsing and performing, A Christmas Carol, so I don’t have the freedom to enjoy the other amazing seasonal productions offered in the city. It is an honor having the opportunity to come back year after year and working for this world class theatre.” (www.actorstheatre.org for ticket information A Christmas Carol Surprise: The show is different every year simply because there are new actors in the cast every year. This cast is very strong musically which has been a delight to hear.

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Songs Of Hope And Love The Louisville Gay Men's Chorus brings the sound of good cheer to your ears with a message of love and acceptance. Rocko Jerome takes us behind the powerful performances of this talented group. BY ROCKO JEROME PHOTO BY MARTY KING

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ow celebrating their sixth year, We Were Boys,” and it features a hearty the Louisville Gay Men's Chorus dose of nostalgia and a sense of the evohas become a beloved local insti- lution that we experience as we age. In tution. Every holiday season, they cele- keeping with the theme of change, this brate with a gala event notable for its ex- year will be the first for Gregory DuPont, interim artistic director. He's been a choir traordinary variety of director at area churchfestive songs. The holies for 25 years and he day show is the group's brings fresh creative biggest annual performance, and if this year enthusiasm to the Everything we is like previous ones, it scene. The choices for do is about will sell out. the material are a secret, but he promises a acceptance, we It takes a great deal of mix of tunes as diverse dedicated practice for try our hardest to as the chorus itself. "We the forty plus members want to be inclusive and make a space for of the LGMC to prepare make a positive impact for showtime. They everybody. on the community in practice for 14 long general, not just the weeks, perfecting every LGBTQ community, but last note so that the night of the show will go off without a hitch. It's a wonder to be- everyone," says Gregory. hold these men weaving their harmonies, That spirit of inclusiveness is always demonstrating the kind of intricate vocal important, but especially so during the performance that only diligence, dedica- holidays, when so many find themselves tion, and practice can produce. feeling lonely rather than accepted by The title of the show this year is “When

family. This is too often the case for too

many in the LGBTQ community. The Louisville Gay Men's Chorus offers a beacon of love and support to many who would otherwise feel isolated during this special time of year. "Everything we do is about acceptance. We try our hardest to make a space for everybody," says Steve Smith, president of the LGMC board of directors. "The LGMC are very excited to welcome everyone and we feel the message that we have to offer is needed now more than ever." 

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The Louisville Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Concert When We Were Boys will be held on Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 at the Ursuline Arts Center. Tickets are available directly from the group’s website. The chorus is a non-profit that consists entirely of volunteers, and they are sustained by donations from the community. Please visit www.louisvillegaymenschorus.com for more info. TOPS LOUISVILLE | December 2018 127


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Lottie Stockwell The energetic, always-moving Associate Athletic Director of Marketing for Louisville athletics is also a single mom of two. Here’s how she keeps all the balls in the air at home and work. BY KRISTIE HICKS CRENSHAW PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER

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would challenge anyone to spend five minutes with Lottie Stockwell and not come away just a little bit in awe. She is the upbeat, impossibly organized Associate Athletic Director of Marketing for Louisville Athletics. She’s also a single mother to Cooper, age 9, and Georgia, age 5, and she balances both roles with optimism and a sense of humor. “Believe that there is no reason why you can’t do something and always know that something amazing is

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about to happen,” she says when I ask her how she gets it all done. Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, Lottie graduated from that other college in Kentucky with a degree in Integrated Strategic Communications, but she bleeds red now. Not just an employee, but a true Cards fan, Lottie joined the ranks in 2015 after working her way up in the agency world. She credits her ex-husband with encouraging her to stretch and grow into

this opportunity that she fully embraces. She’s proud to be part of an organization that is so central to life in Louisville. “Our culture has really instilled in us that the program is bigger than the individuals,” she says. “We are driven to make it, to see it through to the other side. This program is going nowhere but up!” She is rock solid in that belief and truly loves being a part of the resurgence and the strong fan base. 


Here’s what she had to say about her life with her teams at work and home. The biggest challenges working in such a male-dominated field?

“The biggest challenges are the same, whether it’s male-dominated or not. It’s high stakes, high pressure, and a fast-paced environment. It doesn’t allow for a lot of emotion, but the women in our department are extraordinary and take on leadership roles in all sorts of initiatives. You have be ‘un-offendable’ to some degree.”

Are her children sports fans?

“My son loves it, my daughter comes for the show and the snack bar. And some nights, the snack bar is dinner. “I don’t think there’s a mom out there who thinks they are juggling well. It’ll go in cycles. I’m really killing it at work, then not so much at home. I have certainly learned to prioritize and pick my battles…and to just stay positive.”

On living in the moment:

“I try to embrace the joy that comes out of the smallest things; uninhibited joy. Remembering what it’s like to be a kid… when no one has told you you can’t do something yet.”

Lottie’s advice to other single moms?

“Accept help and give yourself a break. You‘re doing great. Even when the circumstances aren’t ideal. I try to remind myself that this is the childhood they will remember. I don’t want them to remember me on my phone or too busy.”

What’s next for this marketing powerhouse and super mom?

“I feel like there is so much untapped potential where I am right now, being able to bring this brand to life and prove out the value and longevity of the Cardinals brand. We’ve barely scratched the surface here. I'm inspired to dig in and do that. I love working in sports, especially college sports. I don’t see myself wanting to do anything else for a really long time.”

Her biggest life lessons?

“I’ve learned a lot about myself just working in this job for this department, going through a divorce, turning 40… You’re the only one who’s responsible for your life. Life is far too short to leave the key to your happiness in someone else’s hands. You have to show up for yourself. I want my kids to understand that.”

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Holiday Service The sharing of your time and abilities, not only helps those in need, but creates cherished family memories, and hopefully spawns traditions beyond drinking egg nog in front of the fire. (Although it’s important to make time for that too, preferably with a little Bulleit Bourbon mixed in.) Here are some places that need your help. • Re:Center Ministries (formerly known as The Louisville Rescue Mission, recenterministries. org) is seeking volunteers, as well as donations, for their annual Christmas Eve brunch. Find out more at recenterministries.org. • Kentucky Refugee Ministries (kyrm.org) offers lots of opportunities for volunteers to assist in welcoming families to our community and making them feel a little more at home. • Holiday Volunteer Opportunities at St. Vincent de Paul (www.svdplou.org) include staffing their Santa Shop, and gift wrapping the treasures parents in need pick out for their children.

Giving Back ‘Tis the season to plan parties. And our talented, in-house event planners Marcella Kragel and Ina Miller have found thoughtful ways to celebrate and give at the same time— doubling the joy of the season.

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ou can make your holidays memorable, magical, and meaningful by finding creative ways to weave giving back into your already busy holiday season. The spirit of giving is something we try to foster in our work and home lives, with the hope that we will spread the spirit not only to our families, but also throughout the city of Louisville. Over the years, this thinking has become second nature and now we find there are so many ways we can contribute and make a difference during this time of year. Below, we share some of our favorite ways of combining service, giving and gifting.

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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Holiday Giving Contributing to worthy causes is about more than donating money. While funds are always in need at many local non-profit and service organizations, many groups make it even easier during the holidays. Several organizations arrange special holiday drives this time of year and donating to them is a wonderful way to give directly to those in need. Below are just a few of those closest to our hearts. • Check out Wayside Christian Mission (www. waysidechristianmission.org) and help keep the homeless warm this winter by participating in their holiday food and clothing drive. • Home of the Innocents hosts a Holiday Magic Match Program that connects one child with a family to help make their holiday dreams come true. Who doesn’t want to play Santa now and again? Contact April Sage, Outreach Director, at ASage@homeoftheinnocents.org for more information. • Don’t forget our best four-legged friends. The folks at Southern Barker Louisville (502-9633660) are collecting new or gently used pet toys for those awaiting adoption at Louisville Metro Animal Services. • Host a charitable house party. Ask your guests to bring a set of mittens, personal hygiene products, or blankets to help the homeless take care of themselves throughout the coldest


months of the year, and bonus, you get to celebrate with those you love at the same time. Or encourage them to write a Holiday Cheer card for service men and women overseas and mail them yourself the next day. Check out Operation Gratitude (www. operationgratitude.com) for more details. When the party is over, don’t throw away the leftovers, donate them to Kentucky Harvest by calling (502) 894-9999 to schedule a pick-up of leftover perishable and non-perishable food. They will turn around and donate that food to one of more than 120 local shelters, missions or food pantries around our city.

Celebrate Local • First and foremost, gift local and use this season as a way to support local businesses. It’s the most common way of giving during the holidays, so why not make your gifts work for you? There is no better way to shop for gifts than shopping local. It often seems to be all about the kids. Shop for the big kids at Carmichael’s Kids (1313 Bardstown Road) and for the little ones at Playthings Toy Shoppe (two locations at 4209 Shelbyville Road and

1215 Herr Lane) where imagination is king. Don’t forget the babies! Check out the stylish toy selection at Scout (720 East Market Street). When attending holiday parties don’t go empty handed. Show your appreciation for being included in your loved one’s plans with a thank you gift from Six Sisters Boutique (804 East Market Street) or Digs Home and Garden (3905 Chenoweth Square).

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ake it one step further and make it a local holiday from start to finish. Chop down a Christmas tree at an area farm and update holiday décor with locally made crafts from one of the many local craft markets like Fleur De Flea Vintage and Handmade Holiday Market, December 8 and 9, or the Flea Off Market Holiday Bazaar held December 15 and 16. When it comes to big meals, buy a local ham or turkey from your favorite farmer’s market meat provider. Fill out the rest of your menu from a locally owned grocer like Rainbow Blossom (multiple locations, www.rainbowblossom.com) or Paul’s Fruit Market (various locations, www. paulsfruit.com). Supporting so many local businesses run by entrepreneurs in our community helps make the season just a little more magical. 

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Jon Reinstine, Amy and Lee Garlove

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CALENDAR // December 2018 DECEMBER 1

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE 11AM-7PM NORTON COMMONS

Avoid holiday crowds and shop local this holiday season! Most Norton Commons shops and restaurants will be open and many will feature holiday sales and specials. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots and get a photo with Santa or a carriage ride.

LIGHT UP ST. MATTHEWS 3-6PM BROWN PARK

A tradition for decades that has become an annual can’t-miss holiday event returns with festive fun for the whole family. Santa arrives at 3pm with cookies and hot chocolate. There will be plenty of activities to enjoy. The Honorable Mayor of St. Matthews will help Santa light up the park at 6pm.

RODES’ CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY AND CINDY BORDERS JEWELRY SHOW RODES FOR HIM & FOR HER

LO: HANDEL’S “MESSIAH” 7:30PM ST. FRANCIS IN THE FIELDS

DECEMBER 5

LOUISVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL VS. CENTRAL ARKANSAS 7PM KFC YUM! CENTER

DECEMBER 6

CHAMPAGNE WINE DINNER 6:30PM BRASSERIE PROVENCE

Enjoy a curated dinner prepared by Chef Patrick Gosden, served with pairings selected by Julie DeFriend, Advanced Level Sommelier from Vintner Select. Reservations required.

MARTINIS & MISTLETOE 5PM-9PM KMAC MUSEUM

DECEMBER 7

CHRISTMASTIDE BOOK SALE HISTORIC LOCUST GROVE

LOUISVILLE URBAN LEAGUE ANNUAL REPORT LUNCHEON 11AM-1PM OMNI LOUISVILLE HOTEL

LOUISVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL AT SETON HALL 12PM FOX

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BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND 8PM KFC YUM! CENTER

THE BROWN-FORMAN NUTCRACKER 1:30PM & 7:30PM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

CHRISTMASTIDE BOOK SALE 12PM-7PM HISTORIC LOCUST GROVE

LOUISVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL AT INDIANA 2:30PM FOX

LOUISVILLE BALLET PRESENTS: THE SUGAR PLUM PARTY 11:30AM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

CHRISTMASTIDE, 1816 12PM-7PM HISTORIC LOCUST GROVE

RANDY RAINBOW 7:30PM BROWN THEATRE

CAKES WITH KRIS KRINGLE 9AM-11AM THE KENTUCKY DERBY MUSEUM

DECEMBER 9

THE BROWN-FORMAN NUTCRACKER 11:30AM, 3PM & 7:30PM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

LOUISVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL VS. LIPSCOMB 7PM KFC YUM! CENTER

DECEMBER 14

THE BROWN-FORMAN NUTCRACKER 7:30PM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

VOICE OF KENTUCKIANA: RED & GREEN

BOURBON & BENEVOLENCE BENEFIT TASTING

5PM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

6PM-10PM THE KENTUCKY DERBY MUSEUM

LOUISVILLE YOUTH ORCHESTRA: HOLIDAY MAGIC

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER

4PM BROWN THEATRE

DECEMBER 11

7:30PM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

AFTER HOURS AT THE SPEED

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5PM-10PM SPEED ART MUSEUM

6:30PM-8PM SPEED ART MUSEUM

LOUISVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL VS. KENT STATE

DECEMBER 12

DECEMBER 15 4PM KFC YUM! CENTER

JIM BRICKMAN: A JOYFUL CHRISTMAS 7:30PM BROWN THEATRE

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CALENDAR // December 2018 ANGELS IN DISGUISE PRESENTS A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL

6:30PM BROWN THEATRE

2PM & 7PM BROWN THEATRE

CAKES WITH KRIS KRINGLE 9AM-11AM THE KENTUCKY DERBY MUSEUM

THE BROWN-FORMAN NUTCRACKER 1:30PM & 7:30PM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

LOUISVILLE BALLET PRESENTS: THE SUGAR PLUM PARTY 11:30AM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER 2PM & 5PM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

GERMANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD HOLIDAY PARTY 2PM-5PM ART SANCTUARY

DECEMBER 16

THE BROWN-FORMAN NUTCRACKER 1:30PM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

DECEMBER 22

LOUISVILLE BALLET PRESENTS: THE SUGAR PLUM PARTY

DECEMBER 18

11:30AM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

6:30PM-8:30PM 8UP

7:30PM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

KENTUCKY OPERA BENEFIT DINNER

DECEMBER 20 GIVE A JAM TO END HOMELESSNESS

THE BROWN-FORMAN NUTCRACKER THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER 2PM & 5PM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

6PM-11PM HEADLINERS

THE BROWN-FORMAN NUTCRACKER

NUTCRACKER ON ICE 1:30PM & 4:30PM LOUISVILLE SKATING ACADEMY

7:30PM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

DECEMBER 21

THE BROWN-FORMAN NUTCRACKER 1:30PM & 7:30PM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

HOLIDAY BRUNCH 10AM-1:30PM STONECREST OF LOUISVILLE

Enjoy pancakes and mimosas before taking a tour of Stonecrest's new Memory Care facility. RSVP.

DECEMBER 23

LOUISVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL VS. ROBERT MORRIS

THE BROWN-FORMAN NUTCRACKER

7PM KFC YUM! CENTER

1:30PM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

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DECEMBER 29

LOUISVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL VS. KENTUCKY

7:30PM-12:30AM SOUTH PARK COUNTRY CLUB

2PM KFC YUM! CENTER

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DECEMBER 30

BLUE JEAN & BLAZER DAY PARTY 2PM-8PM ALOFT LOUISVILLE

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DECEMBER 31 NYE LIVE!

9PM-4AM FOURTH STREET LIVE!

DANCING THROUGH THE DECADES 7PM-2AM THE GALT HOUSE

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NEW YEAR'S MASQUERADE

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BLACK & WHITE NYE 8PM-2:30AM C2 EVENT VENUE

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NEW YEAR'S EVE 2019 9PM-2AM MELLWOOD ARTS CENTER

Featuring Tony & the Tan Lines and DJ K-Dogg, this celebration will be one for the ages! Tickets include cocktails, late night food and a champagne toast.

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Musical talents of Rick Quisol and Ken Allday at Butchertown Grocery

Santa and his helper at the Rabbit Hole Distillery

TOP SHOTS

Anchal 7th Annual Holiday Trunk Show benefiting Women Survivors of Trauma with KDF’s Dodie Howell

Hall of Fame horse trainer, Bob Baffert

Carol and Danny Woo

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