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PHOTOS Out + About

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TOPS Preview Party

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Lead The Table

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Frankel: Cocktails & Casino Night

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Junior Achievement BizTown Grand Opening

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The Addy Awards

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YMCA Annual Celebration

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Roundball BASH

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Unique Taste of Woodford

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Women Leading Kentucky Roundtable

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Sts. Peter & Paul Mardi Gras

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Her Knight Dance

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FUNDAMENTALS AT HOME Tour of Homes: Game Changer

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Meet The Media: Doug High

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TOPS Cares: Wine Women & Shoes

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TOP 5 Dining: Waffles

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Womanista: Pan-Seared Salmon Citrus Salad

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Beer of the Month: Sweet Water Goin’ Coastal

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Wine of the Month: Lovers Leap Photo Finish

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CONTRIBUTORS Photographers Paul Atkinson Ben Burchett Jim Burgett Tracie Dillon Michael Huang

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Phillips Mitchell Ron Morrow Keni Parks Woody Phillips Amy Wallen

Sarah Boerkircher Jesse L. Brooks Cynthia Ellingsen Amanda Harper Marsha Koller

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FUNDAMENTALS LIFE + STYLE

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Spring Fashion: Garden Punch

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WOW Wedding: Andréa & Corbin

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Wedding Trends: Black Magic

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Gor-Jess: Rosé All Day

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Outfit of the Month: Derby Darling

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FAMILY Family Cares Spotlight: Jennie Carol’s Memorial Mother’s Day Run

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Super Mom: Jamie Sayre

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In The Buf: The Three Amigos

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Parties: Easter Table Decor

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Pets: Keep Them Safe

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Equine Cares: Kentucky Equine Humane Center Fillies of the Month: Kristin Werner Leshney + Laura Werner Colts of the Month: Ken, Barry + Richie Donworth Horse Park Happenings

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What’s New, Kentucky?

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Calendar: Lex In The City

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OUT + ABOUT

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Laurie Genet Preston, Doug High and Elizabeth Shatner at the Belle Brezing Documentary Premier

WaterStone at Hamburg Grand Opening

Surgery On Sunday Perfect 10 Miler

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Lynn Hudgins, David Royse, Emmanuel Caulk, Melissa Bacon,Ed Staton, Dan Graves, Greg Dixon celebrate JA BizTown


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PHOTOS | TOPS Preview Party Rector Hayden | March 1 | topsinlex.com | Photos by Keni Parks

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Natalie Handshoe and Laura Hayden

Donna Williams, Debbie Hodges, Misty Wise and Desaray Bowman

Beth Harper and Cindy Bell

Adrian Wallace and Andrea Clemons

Rick & Kim Zander

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Brandon Looney, Casey Bjarnstadt and Missy Ward

Kristin Halfhill-Larimore, Jim Halfhill Jr., Jim Halfhill Sr. and Gary Denton

John Sanders and Garry Lawrence

Janie Head, Aaron Mason, Tina Hatfield and David Jarvis

Angie Ballard and Davonna Saier

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PHOTOS | Lead The Table

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Chris Woodall, Lori Houlihan and Jim Gray

Kathy Plomin, Barry Stumbo, Melissa Kane and Gerry Van der Meer

Brandon Green, Brian Hegnauer, Steve Deaton and Kaelyn Query

Paul Chewning and Peggy Trafton

Fausto Sarmiento, Amy Carrington and Jamie Rodgers

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Kelly & Steve Wolf

Sheila & Greg David

Sarah Lear and Heather Arrasmith

Lindy Karns and Rick Christman

Jordan & Nick Donovan

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Ed & Brandy Quinn, Jed & Leah Kerkhoff, Jennifer & Alex Tingle and Jami & Matt Fritts

Christian Schnabel and Colby Ernest

Paul & Paula Graf

Vance & Mary Michael

Allison & Art Kerschbaum

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PHOTOS | Junior Achievement BizTown Grand Opening

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Gwen Hart, Lynda Bebrowsky, Lynn Hudgins and Kelly Johns

Prenell Mitchell, Kim Sweazy and Nila Wells

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Sheri Evans Depp, Brad & Kathleen Lovell

Paul Johnston, Melissa & Wes Omohundro

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Jackie & Bob Duncan

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Leslie Miller and Ashlee Harris

Karen & Bill Michul

Jake Adams, Sara Ahlgrim, Stephanie Bork and Chad Perkins

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AT HOME

Tour of Homes: Game Changer

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GAME CHANGER By Michelle Aiello | Photos by Jeff Walker

Tim & Heather Couch’s home was built around family & fun Located on Brookmonte Lane, the home of former NFL quarterback Tim Couch and his wife Heather is one of the most dazzling properties in the Lexington area. The 12,794-squarefoot, five bedroom, nine bathroom home is located in a quiet gated community on just over 10 acres of property surrounded by beautiful Bluegrass farmland. It has a large swimming pool, a four-car garage and an extensive list of amazing features. According to Heather, she and Tim met in 1999 at a charity event. Tim had just been drafted into the NFL by the Cleveland Browns, and she was living on the west coast at the time (she is originally from Akron, Ohio). “Fast forward to today, we have been married for 12 years and have two sweet boys,” she said. “Chase is eleven, and Brady just turned eight on St Patrick’s day.” As a complete surprise, one of Brady’s gifts was a seven-week old Golden Retriever puppy, so the family now has several pets including a yellow lab named Buddy that they rescued four years ago, along with two lizards, a bearded dragon named Cheese, and a leopard gecko named Toasty. “That only makes sense, right?” she laughed.

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At Home Tim and Heather hired a local architect Steve Albert and Warner Builders to design and construct the home in 2005. They moved into the home in December of 2007. The house is currently on the market, and is presented by Whitney Pannell of Keller Williams. Interested parties are welcome to contact Pannell at (859) 983-8080.

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When asked to describe the style of the home, Heather said, “It’s been a constant work in progress. Since moving in ten years ago, we made several changes to fit our family’s needs. The style is a mix. I wanted to have a formal appeal and transitional comfort. The Tuscan inspired coziness of our kitchen is very inviting. We really do use every room in our home, and that was one of the things that was very important to us from the start.”

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Heather also mentioned that one of her biggest concerns when building the home was their growing family. “Chase was in my belly when we began this process, and we knew we wanted another child, so keeping them in mind and making our home beautiful and comfortable were the main goals.�

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The style is a mix. I wanted to have a formal appeal and transitional comfort.�

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The beautifully coffered ceilings and fantastic crown moldings throughout the home offer an artistic touch. Other custom features include scraped hardwood flooring, custom wood cabinetry and a master bathroom with a combination soaking tub and fireplace, which divides the room into two distinct sections. Nearly every room in the house contains a mini refrigerator, so guests can help themselves to a cold drink anywhere they happen to be.

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With amenities like a full Hollywood-style home theater, a wine cellar, a full gym with massage room, a wet bar, a full basketball court, an elevator to all three floors, luxe his-and-hers bathrooms with dual vanities and an oversized honeymoon shower, Thermador towel warming drawers in the shower, an outdoor kitchen with a Wolf grill, a fully equipped butler's pantry, and multiple terraces and balconies, it’s hard to imagine a buyer wanting anything else in a property.

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“There are so many things we love about this home,” said Heather. “Tim loves his custom commercial gym, and he uses it daily. The privacy is priceless. Our kids love having friends over and running all over the property, they have Nerf wars and we love to roast s’mores on the patio fire pit.”

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While spending time with family is a top priority for Tim and Heather, in his spare time, Tim is an avid golfer. “We also really enjoy taking our boys to practice and games in whatever sports or projects they are playing or participating at the time,” said Heather. “In addition,” she continued, “I volunteer at school as much as I can, and I’m on the board of The Lexington Cancer Foundation which is very near and dear to my heart.”

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The family shares a fence with Juddmonte Farm, and loves seeing their beautiful horses in their backyard. Some of Heather’s personal favorite features are the huge wine cellar with a walkout basement and cozy covered patio just steps away from the custom pool. Designed by Mid American, the pool features a gorgeous sun shelf with geysers and fountain.

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When asked why they have decided to sell, Heather said, “We would like to build again here in Lexington. We enjoyed the experience first time around and would love to do it one more time.” We can’t wait to see what they come up with next. architect | STEVE ALBERT AND WARNER BUILDERS listing agent | WHITNEY PANNELL, KELLER WILLIAMS designed by | COURTNEY BY DESIGN (CINCINNATI) kitchen design | ARCHITECTURAL KITCHENS AND BATHS flooring | RODGERS FLOORS AND MORE lighting | LUTRON (INSTALLED BY AVID) surround sound and electronics | AVID appliances | PIERATT’S bathroom fixtures | FERGUSON’S pool | MID AMERICAN

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At Home

Flori CULTURE

TACKLE BOXES & TOMATOES It seems most things in my life are tied to plants. From faded memories to calloused hands, it always seems to lead back to the dirt. I was born at the end of the last generation of gardeners who planted not by choice, but by need. Unlike my grandparents and their parents before, my generation no longer depended on Mother Nature, but instead the time clock on the wall. Having parents who chased the 9 to 5 dream gave me summers full of idle hands. I was lucky, though. We lived on a small road in the rolling hills of Kentucky with grandparents just two miles away. Summers were spent on the heels of my grandfather. The stories he told me and the lessons he taught me still echo in my memory. I learned a lot from that old man and I didn’t even know it at the time. I learned which tomato to pick and which needed another day. Which bug to leave and which bug to get the Sevin dust after. These were things I was doing just because my grandfather was doing them; thirteen-year-old boys want nothing more in life than to stretch wide paces and match their grandfather stride for stride. Never did I guess where it would lead me. Why do most of us love to plant and watch things grow? Is it the beauty or is it the memories? For me, it’s the hot summer days in the shade with an orange pop and a bologna sandwich. It’s knowing that dark purple blackberries are ready to pick and red ones you leave (and if Nan isn’t looking, she might not notice a missing handful). It’s knowing that purple fingers lead to fall jams and that you always keep salt in the truck for when you find that perfect tomato. What does any of this have to do with a tackle box? My grandfather had an old tackle box that was filled to the brim: thousands of sinkers, hundreds of hooks and every fishing lure known to man. He carried it no matter if he was after a big fish or a little one. I always wondered why he carried so much to go fishing, but I realize now that if you were ever lost on the water, he was the guy you wanted to be lost with.

Rutgers Heirloom Tomato The Rutgers Heirloom variety produces large, red fruits have a thick flesh with superior flavor. These strong vines yield a large initial crop followed by several flushes of fruit. Plant in full sun in well-drained, rich soil and provide consistent watering throughout the growing season. Even a light frost can damage tomatoes, so be sure to protect your plants in spring.

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All these years later, I’ve realized that all these memories were piling up in my gardening tackle box of knowledge. This tackle box has helped me get where I am today, and I’m always adding to it. While I may not have to call on the memory of which tomato does best sliced on white bread every single day, that memory is always there if I need it. I guess we all have our reasons for loving plants and gardening. Each one is different, but in many ways, each one is the same. My “tackle box” started filling up years ago as thirteen-year-old boy stretching to match Pa’s pace, and I cherish every memory made along the way. (By the way, Rutgers tomatoes with a touch of salt are the best!)

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COLOR CATALOG Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year

Greenery Behr Paint in Green Shoot

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Pantone® may not be the first name in color to come to your mind when thinking of decorating your home. However, Pantone® is the authority on color and annually forecasts which hues will be popular in fashion, beauty, home, product and graphic design applications. Pantone® has declared 2017 the year of Greenery. This vibrant green may not be a color you want to paint your walls, but it is a great shade to inject the spirit of spring into your home via accessories and textiles.

Treetop

Hazelnut

Orion Blue

Greenery looks fresh and modern with black and white, but can also be very earthy when paired with other shades of green, like Pantone® Treetop, and warmer neutrals like Hazelnut and Orion Blue. KitchenAid® Artisan Stand Mixer, Green Apple Williams Sonoma

Chinoiserie Lattice Green Melamine Dinnerware Pier One

Alyssa Rosenheck

Actual colors may vary from this printed representation.

James Plaid Quilted Bedding Pottery Barn Kids

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ince its inception in 2011, Dancing with the Lexington Stars has quickly become one of the “talk of the town” fundraisers in our community. This fun-filled affair puts the dancing skills of local leaders and celebrities on stage, trained by the professionals at Arthur Murray Dance Studios, to raise funds for the Lexington Rotary Club Endowment Fund. The major beneficiary of the funds raised is Surgery on Sunday, founded by former Rotarian and local surgeon, Dr. Andy Moore, along with numerous other community charitable organizations. With nearly $550,000 raised the first five years, this event has touched thousands of lives in Lexington and beyond. Vote for your favorite dancers online at dancingwiththelexingtonstars.com and learn more about these incredible organizations. Profiles by Amanda Harper Photography by Phillips Mitchell Women’s Dresses Provided by Bella Rose Assistant Amber Pike Makeup by Natalie Rathbun

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Faces + Places

Dr. Juan Martin Favetto

with Rae Mickelwait Born in Buenos Aires, Angentina, Dr. Favetto came to Kentucky in 1985 for a Hand Surgery Fellowship in Louisville. “I really like living and working in Kentucky,” he said. In his spare time, he enjoys sailing, racing, working on cars and listening to ska music. As a surgeon, Dr. Favetto knows that the work Surgery on Sunday does is incredibly important to the local community. When he was asked to participate in DWTLS to support the cause, he was happy to do his part. The dance lessons are a new experience for the surgeon, and he admits that he has never danced for an audience before. “I would like to see if I can learn enough to not make a fool of myself,” he joked. Dr. Favetto says his instructor, Rea, is his secret weapon in the competition. Together, they will hit the floor and try to wow the crowd. Age: 51 | Occupation: Hand & Upper Extremity Surgeon

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Benna Deney

with Bobby Docherty Benna was born in Bulgaria. When she was young, she loved watching the international ballroom and Latin dance competitions that took place in her hometown. “When I was 16, I was finally brave enough to sign up for some dance classes,” she said. That experience will help, but it’s a far cry from dancing in front of the DWTLS crowd. “I have never done anything like this before. To be honest, I am a bit nervous, but I believe so strongly in this cause that I will leave my nerves at the door.” Benna is practicing The Hustle with her dance partner. “Since I am too young to have actually danced at Studio 54, I am very excited to learn this,” she said. “I am so happy to be able to participate in this great event as well as make new friends and learn a few new dance moves!” Age: 45 | Occupation: Au Pair

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Dr. John Roth and Robin Russell John has been very involved with the local medical community, serving as a past chair of the Lexington-Fayette Board of Health and a current member of the Lexington Medical Society Foundation. He was chosen by his fellow Rotarians to represent the Rotary club of Lexington. It makes sense that he wanted to boogie to benefit an organization like Surgery on Sunday. “I practice my salsa steps every morning while getting ready for the office,” he said. “John is a dear friend and talked me into it,” Robin admitted. “Plus, I needed a reason to show off my amazing moves!” She has only taken a few lessons casually, and her experience in performing was limited to her pre-teen years. What will be her secret weapon? “Scotch. Single Malt. Rocks.” John and Robin have been taking weekly lessons. Robin has focused her training on understanding the backstory of salsa. “The moves are very important, but the history really drives its passion and fire.” She added, “Anyone who knows me understands I am not lacking in either.” John’s Occupation: Dermatologist, Kentucky Dermatology and Cosmetic Specialists Robin’s Occupation: Senior Patient Liaison Specialist, Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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Andrea Walker with Chris Stone

As a morning anchor, Andrea starts her daily grind at 2am every morning… literally; “I am passionately in love with coffee!” Her strong work ethic is serving her well as she attends dance lessons to prepare for DWTLS. Andrea was a cheerleader at West Jessamine High School, but hasn’t danced in front of a crowd before and has no prior dance training. “It will be a completely new experience for me,” she explained. “I was excited about doing something outside of my comfort zone, and at the same time, supporting an amazing charity like Surgery on Sunday.” Andrea says her signature move is The Bend and Snap from Legally Blonde. To prepare, she’s planning to get a spray tan–or two–like they do on DWTS. “I will most likely need all the help I can get in this competition,” she admitted. “So please vote for me and donate when the time comes!” Age: 27 | Occupation: Morning News Anchor, WKTY & FOX 56

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Adrian Smith and Rico Adams As someone who works in operating rooms at St. Joseph Hospital and Lexington Surgery Center, Rico knows just how vital Surgery on Sunday’s mission is in our community. He has volunteered for the organization for years, and now Rico is ready to get moving to raise money for the cause! “Over the past four years, I have been attending the past Dancing with the Lexington Stars events,” he explained. “Having watched the performances, it inspired me to participate in the event. And being a volunteer for S.O.S., it will benefit a cause I care deeply about.” As a surgical technologist at St. Joseph Hospital and PRN at UK Hospital, Adrian has also seen the great work that Surgery on Sunday does. “It is a great cause.” She added, “I love what I do, and I am excited to dance for such a wonderful event!” Adrian’s Age: 34 | Occupation: Surgical Technologist, St. Joseph Hospital Rico’s Age: 41 | Occupation: Clinical Supervisor, SpecialtyCare, Inc.

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Joyce Davis

with Chip Sebastian Joyce has a long history in the medical field. Currently, she leads a team that works with physicians to build educational platforms to enhance recovery after surgery while minimizing opioid use. As a board member for Surgery on Sunday and active Surgery Day attendee, it makes sense that Joyce is finally putting on her dancing shoes for this great cause. “I have seen firsthand the impact SOS has on our community and surrounding area,” she explained. “I consider it a privilege to be a part of Dr. Andrew Moore’s vision and mission, and I’m honored I can give back.” Joyce teases that there will be some Dirty Dancing vibes in the dance she and her partner, Chip, will be performing. She admits that she is nervous that she’ll fall down during the big moment. She joked, “Current backup plan: make it look like it’s part of the dance!” Age: 52 | Occupation: Executive Director, Strategic Alliance and National Education, Pacira Pharmaceuticals

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Troy Thompson with Cathya Franko-Johnson Troy’s list of media credits is long. As a triple Emmy nominated TV host and executive producer, Troy has a ton of experience in front of and behind the camera. Currently, he works on Midday Kentucky on ABC 36. But will those acting, directing and hairstyling chops translate into DWTLS glory? “Well, I have been told I have good rhythm, so we will see if that comes true,” he said. Troy said he has always wanted to be on DWTS. “So this is a stepping stone,” he joked. Getting to participate in DWTLS has given him the opportunity to take dance lessons for the first time in his life. He admitted that his go-to dance move at the club is… to buy a drink and watch from the sidelines. “So I better be able to learn the Jive fast.” Is he nervous? “No, not nervous, and no, I’ve never danced in front of a crowd,” he said, “But hey, I’m on live TV every day, so…” Occupation: Host and Executive Producer, ABC 36

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Jean Murphy Carmichael with Duncan King

As a lifelong professional in the equine industry, Jean has experience at virtually every level. “Horses are an art form not unlike dancing,” Jean said. “Power and grace are what has always drawn me to them.” Jean decided to dance in DWTLS because of the opportunity it provided to help an organization she loves, Surgery on Sunday, in a new way. “As a volunteer for the program on a civilian basis, I get to see up close and personal what a remarkable service these wonderful professionals provide,” she said. “Truly, a work of the heart.” Jean admits that she is nervous to compete, but says she is focusing on what’s most important throughout the process. “Joy is my goal in life. To have it in my heart and to be able to share it with other people,” she explained. “Dancing is a great vehicle!” Age: 67 | Occupation: Bloodstock Investments, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital

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Dr. Brandon Devers with Rosie Picone

Brandon, a Lexington native, husband and father of two, works as an orthopedic hand and upper extremity surgeon. While he may be gifted with his hands, he’ll have to train his feet if he wants to gain the edge in the DWTLS competition. With no prior dance experience, Brandon is learning new dance styles and routines. “I am listening and following all of the instructions my partner gives me… exactly like I do at home,” he joked. In spite of Dr. Devers’ light-hearted approach, he certainly has a competitive spirit: “I am in it to win it,” he said. Dr. Devers was excited to have the opportunity to support Surgery on Sunday and the Lexington Rotary Club endowment fund. He admitted, “I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I am a little nervous. However, if I help raise money and support for these great charities, then any embarrassment I may bring upon myself is well worth it.” Age: 34 | Occupation: Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Gina JohnsonHiggins with Steven King

Dr. Gina’s megawatt smile will be a fantastic asset during the DWTLS competition. Every competitor has a little something up their sleeve to give them the competitive edge, but Gina isn’t afraid to let everyone know: “My secret is joy!” While Gina spends her day helping Lexington feel confident in their oral health, she’s thrilled to be able to help out another way. “Giving back to the community is very important to me. I feel so honored to be asked to participate in this wonderful event to help others while having fun and gaining some skill in dancing,” she explained. “I am having some butterflies, but the support for this event and the great work it will promote are truly motivational.” While not everyone may know Dr. JohnsonHiggins yet, they certainly know her husband’s work: Greg Higgins is the owner of Magee’s Bakery. The couple has a daughter in high school. Age: 42 | Occupation: General Dentist

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Lori Ann Taylor and Christian Erickson Lori Ann and Christian are both entrepreneurs at heart. “We love the flexibility of being business owners,” she explained. “Working hard when we need to and getting away when we want to!” Their determination and competitive spirits will serve them well in the DWTLS competition! “We dance a lot. However, it is far from formal dancing: more like jumping, bumping and goofing off,” Lori Ann explained. She said they’re both excited to take dance lessons. “We look forward to dancing together for years to come after this event!” Christian added, “It’s an honor to be asked to participate in this fundraising event and we are going to work hard for the votes.” “For every vote (which is $5), you get one chance to win a $1,000 gift certificate to Belle Vie MedSpa,” she explained. “This is for a great cause and you just might win!” Lori’s Age: 52 | Occupation: Owner, Belle Vie MedSpa and Belle Vie on Main Christian’s Age: 56 | Managing Principal, Ashwood Wealth Management

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Ravi Moss and Larkin Moss Ravi was a part of the UK squad under Tubby Smith from 2002-2006. They made it to the Elite 8 twice, so it’s fair to say that he knows a thing or two about performing under pressure. “I have played basketball in front of 27,000 crazy Cats fans at Rupp, so I should be okay,” he joked. Larkin danced at UK and was the Miss Kentucky Quality of Life award winner. She said, “I have danced in front of crowds at Memorial Coliseum, Rupp and Commonwealth Stadium, but never the ChaCha!” “We both wanted to be a part of DWTLS for a few reasons, the most important one being the charity that this event supports,” Larkin said. “We both commend Surgery on Sunday for the life changing procedures they offer to people that wouldn’t be able to afford it without them,” Ravi added. The newlyweds are also excited to take dance lessons together! Ravi’s Age: 32 | Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales / Former UK Basketball Player Larkin’s Age: 25 | Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales

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Honorary Co-Chairs

Magdalene Karon and John Stewart As former participants, John and Magdalene know very well all the hard work it takes to dazzle on the DWTLS stage. They juggled two busy schedules to squeeze in all their practice sessions before the big night and felt the heat of the spotlight as they danced the night away. The organizations behind the event hold a special place in the doctors’ hearts, and so they were thrilled to come back as Honorary Co-Chairs. “As dedicated medical professionals, we are so excited to support the wonderful cause of Surgery on Sunday,” John explained. They’re also big fans of dance. “We love to encourage dancing, whether as individuals or couples,” Magdalene said. “It’s great exercise, fun, socially engaging and great stress relief.” John and Magdalene invite everyone to see all the performers take the stage on May 13, 2017 at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa. Tickets are available at dancingwiththelexingtonstars.com. Magdalene’s Occupation: OB-GYN and laparascopic robotic surgical specialist, St. Joseph Main + East Hospitals John’s Occupation: Retired Surgeon, Stewart Home & School Chairman + Medical Director

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A Familiar Face Goes Behind the Camera... and Then to Afghanistan Doug High was a self described “shy kid” so a career in the communication industry seems an unlikely path to take. “I wanted to do theater but that was a bridge too far,” he said. His parents were the ones who pointed out that when his attention spiked, it was always in something communication based. Growing up in Mansfield, Ohio, during the ‘70s and ‘80s, High was fascinated with science fiction. Star Trek and Star Wars were among his favorites. He appreciated the intricate story lines. “The original Star Trek used a lot of Shakespeare in telling their story,” he recalled. He was and still is an avid reader of books and is passionate about history. Growing up, while his classmates would glaze over informa-

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tion in history classes, he soaked it up like a sponge. When kids would complain history was a drag, High would try to spark their interest through his passion. Often, he would get the intended response: “I never thought of it like that,” they’d say. That’s when High started to realized he was harnessing the power of communication to influence others while helping them discover an interest in history. “That started formulating the theory that communication was cool,” High said. “If I had a choice, I would much rather spend time reading or watching and then talking with a like-minded person about what we just saw or just read,” he said. High typically picks a topic and then learns all he can about it. He studied the Titanic for years then moved onto the American Civil War, which was his focus in college.


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His interests are rounded out with music and sports. He played trumpet in a jazz group all through high school and college. Tennis was his sport although he admits, “I enjoyed teaching far more than competing.” His parents instilled a drive to have fun and be a good sport. “That’s far more important than winning,” he said. After graduating from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio with a BA in History, High became a licensed instructor. With encouragement and a connection from his parents, High landed a job at a low power community radio-TV group in his hometown. High worked in sales, weathercasting and reporting for the TV side and did live remote broadcasting for the AM/FM stations for four and a half years. He was hooked instantly. “It was a group of creative people putting something together on a deadline, on a wing and a prayer and I loved the adrenaline rush of that,” he said. The teamwork and camaraderie got into his blood. It was during this time High met and married his wife, Lyssa. “She is incredibly talented,” he said. Lyssa High is a singer songwriter and he encouraged her to pursue her dream in Nashville. “I said if you are going to go for it, do it now. Do it while I am working 70-80 hours a week so you don’t look across the breakfast table at me when we are in our ‘50s and say, ‘dream killer’,” He said. She moved to Nashville and the couple saw each other two weekends a month. For Doug, the next stop was the ABC station in Toledo where he worked part time on air and full time sales. He moved across town to the NBC to co-anchor and do weather in the mornings while selling national ads in sales in the afternoons. After two years apart, High and his wife decided it was time to be back under one roof. That’s when they moved to Lexington in 2000. High worked at WKYT as the host of a magazine show, Uniquely Bluegrass, while also working in their sales department. After a year, he was ready to try something new.

He joined two men and an investor who had a startup video production company called Post Time Video. They were trying to branch out beyond medical and wedding videos when High approached them about joining the team as their sales manager/general manager. He would also produce some projects. During the next eight years, the company grew from three people to ten and moved into a state of the art facility as Post Time Productions. He loved the work, but the pull of local news was ever present. In 2009, the news director at WTVQ called with an offer he couldn’t turn down. The station was looking for a weekend anchor; it was a part time job that allowed High to continue his partnership with Post Time. Nine months later, he was morning and noon anchor. When he moved to Lexington, High kept hearing about Belle Brezing, the Lexington Madam. “I was fascinated by her story. It’s got everything: you have a girl who had every reason to fail and refused,” he said. With few options open to Belle, she was an unapologetic madam who vowed to become the best in the country. “You have a true rags to riches story,” High said. There have been books written about Belle, but no documentaries. “I was stunned to find out no one had done a documentary about Belle,” he said. High got to work on the film under his own company, High Impact Productions, LLC. Out the gate, the project had a problem: with only eight known pictures of Belle, visuals would be challenging for an hour long film. The decision was made to tell the story through reenactments, but that meant creating Victorian era gowns under a limited budget. High wondered how he would pull this off. Enter Nelson Fields, who runs the costume department at the U.K. theater. Fields became an associate producer for the film and designed more than a dozen costumes. The Henry Clay Estate was the authentic backdrop for a set. The pieces were coming together.

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Faces + Places High tapped into the wealth of knowledge from Maryjean Wall and Doug Tattershall who wrote books on Belle, as well as Foster Ockerman, who wrote a book about the history of Lexington. Using the three historians as storytellers, along with photos and re-enactments featuring local actress Laurie Genet Preston as Belle, High was able to weave a tapestry around them to tell the notorious madam’s story. Belle’s Parlour in Lexington had a juicy history. Belle had ties to murder, mystery, bourbon and the thoroughbred race industry. There is even a Gone with the Wind connection: Margaret Mitchell’s character, Belle Watling, was lifted right out of Lexington. It’s no surprise the story played before a sold out crowd at the Kentucky Theater when it premiered in February. “I am overwhelmed by the response we had. We sold out the Kentucky Theater,” High said.

set up a perimeter. High must be prepared for the unexpected when he is escorting journalists. It’s intimidating. “I would by lying if I said it wasn’t. I have never done anything like this. I am in my late ‘40s with two young children. But, it’s what I signed up for. I am ready to do my duty,” he said. His family is prepared too. “My wife is great. Lyssa is a rock. She will be a strong single parent and keep the home front intact.” The kids, Jackson and Harrison, handled the news well. “My twelve-year-old is

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KET will start airing the film in May. It will also be available for purchase on DVD this month. High is especially excited about the statewide exposure on KET, which reaches four million households. “Everyone wins when you have a broadcast partner like KET,” he said. Belle Brezing and the Gilded Age of the Bluegrass is just one of nearly a dozen films High has worked on under his label High Impact Productions, LLC and as a partner in Witnessing History, LLC. Several have aired on KET and been syndicated to PBS stations nationwide. Outside of High’s commitment to his creative craft is a commitment to his country. “After 9/11, I was distraught. I was angry. I was scared. I thought I had to do something proactive and positive.” It was a call to action. He joined the Navy reserve, the branch his father belonged to. His wife took their yellow lab, Brandy, to train as an auxiliary search and rescue dog while she trained as the handler. High applied for the Direct Commission program, which only accepts six people a year for job specific posts. As a limited duty officer, members do exactly what they do as a civilian. As a public information officer, High is responsible for telling the Navy’s story. “I thought, ‘Wow! That’s awesome’.” He was recently promoted to full commander. “It’s been one of the best things I have ever done in my life.” His duties have taken him to the set of the TV show Jag as a consultant for the Navy. He has been to Africa and the Ukraine. “The missions have been incredible, but I have never done anything like what I am about to do,” he said. High left this month for an eight-month mission in Afghanistan. Based in Kabul, he will be working for a four-star general who commands the NATO mission there. “We had 170 thousand troops there a few years ago. Now we have 7 thousand. The mission is now called Resolute Support and the few thousand US and NATO troops that have remained in Afghanistan are tasked with training and supporting the Afgan Army units being stood up to defend their country and fight terrorism within their borders,” he said. High will be armed 24-7, will be trained in the use of body armor, learn how to extract himself from a turned over Humvee and how to

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very sensitive and his first instinct was he wanted to go with me. He said, ‘I want to help you. I don’t want anyone to hurt you’.” The seven-year-old’s first response after taking it all in was to ask if he would be issued a gun. “I said, ‘you know what, they are going to give me two’ and he says, ‘cool’.” In the weeks following the announcement, High was getting more hugs and a few more “I love you”s which he loves. “I am crazy about both of them,” he said. After his eight month deployment, High will take two months of leave to re-acclimate and enjoy vacation with his family before returning to the anchor desk in February. “WTVQ has been very supportive. Our general manager has a son in the Naval Academy so he is all about supporting our military,” High said. The community response has been overwhelming. “It’s a tidal wave of support from our whole viewing area.” That support left him in high spirits before leaving. “I love Lexington. I love our community and knowing they have my back,” he said. The commitment to his community is evident in the time he gives to volunteer. Special Olympics Kentucky, Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, Kentucky Historical Society, Bluegrass Honor Flight and Elizabeth Shatner’s All Glory Project, which serves veterans with equine therapy, are among the organizations he serves. “I have to do things that I am passionate about.” For Doug High that is family, local TV, documentary production, and the U.S. Navy. “I am very blessed. I love my wife. She is the most beautiful, amazing person on the planet. When she came into my life, I suddenly had purpose and direction. I have someone I perpetually want to impress and want to make happy,” he said. High beams when he talks about his twenty years of marriage. “I am barely hanging on pushing 48 and she is eight months older than me, but she looks like she just walked out of a Victoria’s Secret catalogue. She is a gorgeous woman and she is so smart. She has helped me be the best person I can be. I hope that I am doing the same for her. We are very lucky we have a rare and wonderful relationship,” he said. High is careful to keep everything in balance; “I really have to make sure I put what is important first and foremost,” High said. •


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event for every charity held, as they work hard to find what fits for each market. Years of event expertise and best practices, along with access to their national fashion partners and designers, ensures a phenomenal outcome of every community’s gathering. An Evening To Remember The latest local happening of WWS is a benefit on behalf of Kids Cancer Alliance, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for children with cancer and their families through recreational and support programs, providing a sense of normalcy in kids’ lives in the midst of cancer treatment. The empowering organization kindly asks you to join Kids Cancer Alliance for an unforgettable evening of wine, fashion and fun, where attendees will take part in designer shopping, wine tasting, a runway fashion show and much more, all while contributing to enriching the lives of kids with cancer. What can attendees expect at the event? Other than an incredible evening commemorating this amazing cause, guests will be entertained by silent and live auctions, wine tastings from an array of California wine vintners and a fashion show featuring the gorgeous models of Images Model and Talent Agency, who will be showing off the latest Spring fashions from Bella Rose Boutique.


Faces + Places While the wine vintners are sharing knowledge (and tastings!) of their wines, guests can browse the marketplace full of Lexington shops and boutiques, wine and bourbon walls, and a “Key-to-theCloset” raffle full of items to complete any woman’s dream closet. Opportunities to learn more about the important work Kids Cancer Alliance does within the community will be shared throughout the night. About Kids Cancer Alliance KCA was started in 1981 as a joint effort between a volunteer group in the Lake Cumberland area and the Kentucky Cancer Program. Their shared vision was to provide a “normal” camping experience for children with cancer; quite a novel idea at the time as there were only five other oncology camps across the entire country. The organization has 36 years under its belt of providing pleasant experiences for kids and their families, and it is now proudly offering oncology and sibling camps, teen and family retreats, quarterly events and in-hospital programs, as well as assisted financial support, all completely free to children with cancer and their families. Through community support of donations and volunteering and corporate sponsorships, programs of KCA have been and always will be completely free for every child affected, along with their siblings and parents. Each program is designed to help children with cancer have enjoyable and positive experiences, which is made possible by KCA team leaders working to create valuable memories for the kids.

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Faces + Places Shelby Russell, Executive Director of Kids Cancer Alliance, is ecstatic to announce the second collaboration of Wine Women & Shoes with Kids Cancer Alliance. “Wine Women & Shoes is a really unique event because it incorporates so many exciting elements in one evening,” Russell said of the anticipated event. Getting involved with KCA as a summer camp counselor 14 years ago, Russell fell in love instantly with the kids there as well as the people involved with the organization. Russell credits KCA to inspiring her to pursue a career in pediatric oncology, which she did, first as a social worker, and then as her recent position of Executive Director. “I’m so very blessed that each and every day I get to work with the most courageous and resilient children and families, as well as dedicated co-workers and volunteers,” Russell opens up. “Kids Cancer Alliance is truly special because we are missionfocused and everyone involved is all about the kids.” According to Russell, the WWS Lexington Committee is being chaired by Meiko Welch, who has been volunteering for KCA as a camp nurse for over 15 years, and wanted to do more to educate the local community about the programs and services that the charity provides to Central Kentucky’s children with cancer, as well as their families. Since all of the KCA programs are provided at no charge to the children and families, the committee has been working hard year-round to plan a funfilled event that will raise valuable funds in order for the KCA to continue to touch the lives of these special children who are battling cancer. Thousands of brave children are finding reprieve of fighting cancer from this powerful alliance of support. KCA is continually evolving new programs to meet the needs of the families it serves, giving kids opportunities to just be kids again and enjoy time spent with their families and friends outside of the hospital.”•

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The 2nd Annual Wine Women & Shoes Lexington event will take place Friday, April 28th, 6:30 pm at The Carrick House. For more information and tickets, visit www.winewomenandshoes.com/event/lexington All proceeds from WWS Lexington will help KCA continue their mission of enhancing the quality of life for children with cancer and their families through camp, recreational and support programs. You will not want to miss this marvelous evening benefiting a truly amazing cause. Be there. Be fabulous!

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Friday, April 28, 2017 • 6:30-10:00 PM at the Carrick House Join Kids Cancer Alliance for an evening of fashion & wine! Wine Tasting • Glamorous Fashion Show • Designer Shopping Best in Shoe Contest • Key-to-the-Closet Drawing • Charming “Shoe Guys”

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Feather & Blade Beauty insiders say a person’s eyebrows are the punctuation marks of the face. It doesn’t matter if you like them arched and feathered or straight and bold; eyebrows, for many, may be the most important facial feature. In the past, those who wanted fuller or darker brows had to fill them in with pencils, gels, powders, or even tattoos, but now there’s a procedure that replaces those processes, causing some to raise their eyebrows! It’s called microblading and for Holly Meredith, owner of Feather & Blade in Lexington, the semi-permanent trompe l’œil technique is the brow and beauty industry’s newest and next best thing.

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Popular in larger cities and among celebrities, Meredith’s new downtown brow boutique featuring the Bespoke Brow procedure is quickly growing its clientele base, as happy customers tell their friends about their positive experiences. “Brows are such a major focus in today’s beauty trends and Kentucky women shouldn’t have to travel out of state to have theirs microbladed,” Meredith said. But what is microblading? The process is a semi-permanent cosmetic procedure that involves using a hand tool to insert pigment into the top layers of the skin as individual hair


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strokes, creating a natural-looking brow that typically lasts one to three years. It’s almost like embroidery for your eyebrows, and the strokes look just like real hairs. But is it painful? Talking to a number of people who have had the procedure done, they each say it’s really not. Maybe a little uncomfortable, but definitely not painful. And Meredith says educating her clients about the process is the best way to calm their nerves before she gets started. “I think learning about the procedure always helps people feel more comfortable,” she said. “The first appointment of a Bespoke Brow procedure starts with a consultation to determine a client’s desired look with color and shape; then exact measurements are taken and the desired brows are mapped out on the client’s face with makeup. Once the client is satisfied with the look, microblading begins,” she explained. The entire appointment typically lasts a little over two hours. Meredith’s clients are diverse and have been men and women ranging from age 19 to 84. “Whether your brows are sparse naturally, as a result of over-plucking or a medical condition, Feather & Blade’s Bespoke Brow procedure can offer lowmaintenance results for a natural brow look,” she said.

There is no down time after the process is complete, so her clients are ready for their Instagram selfie as they walk out the door (of course, followed by comments from friends saying, “Those Brows Tho!”). The results last an average of two years and Meredith recommends annual touch-ups to keep them looking fresh. To connect with Feather & Blade, find them on Instagram @featherandblade, Facebook (Feather & Blade) and their website www.fbbrows.com. Meredith says she is also happy to take any additional questions potential clients may have via phone or email. You can also visit her cool shop located at 704 North Limestone. “Interiors are a passion of mine, so I have worked to create a chic and modern space where my clients feel comfortable and relaxed,” she said. “I have to say though, the biggest contribution to the atmosphere has been the incredible women I have met along the way. From the hardworking lady bosses who are my channel partners and neighbors to the wonderfully diverse women who are the majority of my clients, there are so many driven and inspiring women in this city and I really enjoy building relationships with them.”•

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From their expansive patio overlooking the Town Branch Creek to the multilevel industrial-chic setting, Goodfellas Distillery is reinventing the traditional pizza joint by adding craft cocktails and a highly social atmosphere. Long known for their hefty New York-style slices, which attract long lines among the late-night crowd at the original Mill Street location, Goodfellas Distillery offers an extensive drink menu featuring hundreds of different bourbons, and a Prohibition-style speakeasy cocktail bar. After the success of their Wiseguy Lounge locations in Cincinnati Goodfellas Distillery is a and Covington, founders and former high school budcasual pizza joint with an dies Eric Boggs and Alex Coats knew the time was upscale cocktail lounge right to bring the concept to their hometown. By Michelle Aiello | Photos by Keni Parks

The newest addition to Lexington’s ever-growing James E. Pepper Campus on Manchester Street was once the distillery’s boiler room. Known as “Building 13”, the 5,500 square foot facility would draw water from the creek and receive grain and coal via train (the tracks still crisscross the patio). The coal was then loaded into the gigantic hopper, which remains suspended over the bar. Boggs explained that when he and Coats first looked at the building, there were no windows, no roof, and a gravel floor. He and Coats designed the renovation along with architect Rebecca Burnworth, using as many of the original materials as possible. For example, the patio is lined with reclaimed brick pavers, stamped with a variety of Kentucky locations. The original 105-foot smokestack is now a VIP area with suspended Edison lightbulbs and circular banquette seating. One of the most impressive elements of the design is the second level mezzanine that overlooks the entire space. It was added using the existing steel framework, with the intention of keeping the same look and feel that it may have had in 1930’s. “We always tried to keep the focal point going up,” said Coats. They added a steel spiral staircase leading up to the area, which is outfitted with leather sofas, 114

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a pool table, oversized windows, and exposed brick. The space can be reserved for small gatherings of 15 or groups of up to 70 people. Boggs and Coats selected all of the light fixtures, with assistance from Cindy Olson at Kentucky Lighting & Supply. Always preferring to support local businesses, they partnered with George Gatewood of Longwood’s Antique Woods and a local mural artist, Mike Martinez, for other decorative elements. They explained that since all of the Pepper Campus buildings are owned by individuals and not a single developer, owners are taking a lot of pride in making the district the best it can be. The structure adjacent to Goodfellas will be the revived James E. Pepper Distillery, which will manufacture their namesake bourbon once again. And a new trailhead for the Legacy Trail is under construction across Manchester Street. When completed, it will reportedly link Pepper Campus to downtown. Additional parking across the street is coming soon as well. Goodfellas Distillery has a quick service concept, so customers can drop in and get a slice if they’re hungry or pressed for time. Or they can sit down and order a whole pie to be brought to the table. “You can also walk up to the bar and order pizza or drinks, so it creates a


Cuisine very social atmosphere,” said Coats. “When you’re here, you often run into people you know or meet new people that you normally wouldn’t in a typical restaurant environment.” He added that since they don’t have designated reservations, tables tend to move quickly, so customers can come in any time they want and have a beer; before long, a table will open up. Their award winning cocktail menu is the brainchild of beverage director Bill Whitlow, who developed the beverage program at their Over The Rhine and Mainstrasse locations in Cincinnati. “Bill came here to get our beverage program rolling and really introduce Lexington to the craft cocktail scene,” said Coats. “There are a few craft cocktail bars here, but nothing like we are doing.” Bar manager Mike Abbott is on-site at Goodfellas Distillery and is passionate about creating exciting cocktails made with locally sourced ingredients. A hands-down customer favorite, he said, is the Mexican Shakedown. “It’s a play on a traditional fizz, using small batch tequila instead of gin and our house-made rosemary simple syrup.” He explained that since our senses of smell and taste are so closely related, they use a spring of fresh rosemary, which is torched and placed in the drink as a garnish. “Once we light one, we know we’re about to make eight more,” he said. When asked what excites him most in the food and beverage world, Abbott said, “I love the movement where people are doing fresh, simple food, but with perfect execution. It might just be mashed potatoes and buttermilk fried chicken, but if it’s executed perfectly, there is no need to doctor it up. So we always look for minimally processed ingredients, and we try to buy local as much as we can.” Coats added, “It can be challenging with the volume of ingredients we use, but we have a great food purveyor who knows about quality ingredients.” After myriad lessons learned over eleven years in business, Coats and Boggs knew the time was right to take their restaurant group to the next level. Coats explained how the idea of the Wiseguy Lounge evolved. “When we first decided to branch out of Lexington, we

Goodfellas Distillery 1228 Manchester Street, Lexington (859) 523-5280 Hours: Sunday - Wednesday: 11am–12am Thursday - Saturday: 11am–2:30am

opened a multi-story location in Covington, Kentucky. It featured craft cocktails, 400 bourbons, and prohibition style drinks. It has a back staircase, so we decided to put a speakeasy on the second floor. We called it the Wiseguy Lounge but we didn’t market it: people would just stumble across it, and many didn’t know it was there. But over time, the popularity grew.” Two years later, they opened the same concept in Over The Rhine. Wiseguy Lounge has been rated one of the Top 50 Bourbon Bars in America for the past three years by Four Roses and The Bourbon Review Magazine, in addition to many other awards. With the new location and more on the way, Coats and Boggs are showing no signs of slowing down. They give plenty of credit to their team, including general manager Tony Arthur and Director of Operations, Matt Falco, for helping them operate successfully day after day. “We are both Lexingtonians,” said Coats, “We love our great state of Kentucky, but my mother’s family is from Long Island, so we also have family ties to New York and to New York pizza. That’s why we decided to do a New York style pizzeria with a bourbon bar concept.” Boggs added, “We have known each other since high school, and our parents taught us from a very young age, if you’re going to do something, do the best you can.”

Goodfellas Distillery Old Fashioned 2 oz. Old Forester 86 bourbon 2 oz. Angostura bitters Splash of simple syrup Flamed orange peel Quick stir then served over ice with orange peel and black cherry garnish.

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Q+A with Goodfellas Co-owners Alex Coats and Eric Boggs What is your personal favorite pizza? Alex: A plain, which is what New Yorkers call pizza with just cheese. That’s how you can tell a good recipe. If it’s masked with other flavors, you can’t tell the quality of the sauce, the dough and the cheese, which are the basics of pizza. Eric: Chicken and bacon. We make a pie called The Boss, which is chicken bacon and red onion, drizzled with ranch. It’s a winner. What’s your favorite place to dine out in Lexington? We love anywhere local, but one of our favorites is Blue Door Smokehouse. The owners have passion that carries into their food. Jeremy Ashby (AZUR, Brasabana), Cheapside, and Locals are all close friends. It’s good to see everyone’s success. Are there any food trends you’re not a fan of? We have a lot of requests for gluten free dough. Some people don’t understand why we won’t evolve, but you can’t do everything at every establishment. We stick to simple, traditional New York and Italian recipes. Besides pizza, what do you love to eat? Alex: My mom has been baking professionally for 30 years, and I love anything she makes—Italian pastries, Christmas cookies. But my favorite thing that she makes is her white bread. That with a little butter? Fuhgetaboutit. Eric: I’m a sucker for cheeses. I love snacking on a nice salami and gruyere with crackers. What do you do for fun when you’re not working? Drink. [Laughs] We just did a couple of barrel picks, where you hand-select a barrel of bourbon. They roll out five or six and you can taste it directly from the barrel and experience the different variations. If someone told you they wanted to start a restaurant, what would you say? Alex: Work hard and continually educate yourself. It’s taken a lot of trial and error and a lot of sacrifice. We operated out of a 650-square foot restaurant for five years, barely paying ourselves before we decided to take a gamble and open another location. Eric: Be a jack-of-all-trades. We fix computers, plumbing, leaky ceilings, and we even wash dishes. We call ourselves firefighters because we are always putting out fires. Also, never be too big for your job. Our company slogan is “One heartbeat, no tears.”

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Wild Eggs

Top 5 Dining

Waffles

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Want to walk on the wide side with your waffles? Check out Wild Eggs. Their spicy Wild Chicken and Waffles is a can’t-miss: a seasoned chicken infused waffle served with a Nashville hot chicken breast, chopped bacon and their house made buttermilk maple syrup. Looking for something a little sweeter? Their Bananas Foster waffle comes topped with banana rum caramel sauce, fresh sliced banana, vanilla bean ice cream and a dusting of powdered sugar and cinnamon (it’s also available as pancakes or French toast). 3735 Palomar Centre Drive • 859.277.0402 1925 Justice Drive • 859.543.0532 wildeggs.com

The Village Idiot

Josie’s

Lexington’s First Gastropub brings an extravagant twist to the waffle with their Duck & Waffles: buttermilk fried duck leg confit over a cornmeal and cheddar waffle, served with herbed butter, candied jalapeños and Steen’s Cane Syrup. They are open daily for dinner and for brunch on Sunday and Saturday. With a list of unique cocktails, great beers and a relaxed ambiance, The Village Idiot is a waffle experience unlike any other.

If you’re looking for a basic waffle that will wow, look no further than Josie’s. Their breakfast is a staple of the Chevy Chase morning scene, and their waffle is no exception. Deceptively simple, they offer the option to take them with traditional whipped butter and syrup, but locals know that Josie’s waffles are wonderful with fresh strawberries or blueberries and whipped cream. Crispy, light and everything you want in a waffle.

307 West Short Street • 859.252.0099 lexingtonvillageidiot.com

821 Chevy Chase Place • 859.523.8328 1973 Lexington Road, Georgetown • 502.603.0378

Whooo Wants Waffles?

Lexington Diner

Sometimes, the best way to grab a waffle is on the go. The Whooo Wants Waffles? food truck brings their traditional Liege-style Belgian waffles to events and sidewalks all over Lexington. The Hot Ness Monster features Nutella, hot (cayenne) banana ice cream, candied pecans and chocolate drizzle. For those who want to eat like the King, the Elvis is topped with banana, peanut butter, bacon and whipped cream. You can also build your own, and top it with a scoop of Sav’s Chill Ice Cream.

Known for dishing up exciting takes on traditional fare, Lexington Diner doesn’t just slap a waffle on a plate and call it good. For instance, check out the new Waffle BLT on their latest brunch menu: a waffle piled high with bacon, lettuce, tomato and chipotle mayo. For lunch, their Chicken & Waffles doesn’t disappoint; it features a crisp Belgian waffle, topped with hand-breaded chicken tenders and Applewood bacon.

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Pan-Seared Salmon Citrus Salad Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 6-8 minutes Ingredients: 4 (4-ounce) salmon fillets (with or without skin) ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil salt, to taste black pepper, to taste 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (about half of a lemon) 8 cups mixed salad greens

Preparation:

2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced

Leave the salmon at room temperature for 10 minutes before cooking, and pat dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture. Squeeze the lemon juice over both sides the salmon fillets, then season both sides with salt and pepper, to taste.

1 small cucumber, seeded and diced 3 tablespoons rinsed and chopped capers 1 cup PopChips®, crushed

Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and salmon (skin side down if using skin-on fillets).

¼ cup reduced-fat Feta cheese crumbles Citrus Vinaigrette: ¼ cup red wine vinegar ¼ cup orange juice (You could also use a combination of orange juice, grapefruit juice, and lime juice) 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard ½ tablespoon stevia (or your favorite no-calorie sweetener) ½ teaspoon salt black pepper, to taste

Immediately reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for about 4 minutes before flipping and cooking an additional 1 minute on the opposite side. The cooking time will vary depending on how thick the salmon is cut. Cook until the internal temperature reads 145° F, then remove from heat. To make the vinaigrette: In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the vinegar, citrus juice, Dijon mustard, stevia, salt, and black pepper. Slowly whisk in the oil until the vinaigrette comes together (emulsifies).

4 servings Nutrition Facts based on one-fourth of the salad and 3 tablespoons of Citrus Vinaigrette

To plate: Layer 2 cups of mixed greens, and evenly distribute the diced tomatoes, cucumber, capers, chips and Feta cheese. Place 1 salmon fillet on top and leave whole, or break up into large pieces. If the skin was on, easily scrape it off the cooked fillets with the back of a spoon or thin spatula.

Calories 380 | Fat 23g | Fiber 2g | Cholesterol 56mg | Sodium 785mg Carbohydrates 16g | Sugar 5g | Protein 27g | Smart Points: 9

Drizzle each plated salad with 3 tablespoons of the Citrus Vinaigrette.

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

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April Picks by Kirk Burke

OF THE MONTH

Sweet Water

Goin’ Coastal Why Kirk Enjoys this Beer…. “When I first heard about this new beer from Sweetwater I knew that it was going to be fantastic! IPA’s from their Atlanta brewery never disappoint and when you add pineapple to the mix, it has got to be good! It was initially released as a seasonal brew and I was disappointed when I saw it begin to disappear for the season last summer, but now that it is available all year long I am ready for this one to jump back into my rotation. The subtle yet full flavor taste of pineapple sneaks in amidst that immense citrus hop zest to add just the right amount sweetness and creates a well balanced easy drinking IPA with a quick and crisp finish. My summers are spent at the lake, and that is exactly where this beer belongs too!” Style: IPA with Pineapple Alcohol By Volume: 6.1% IBUs: 50 Hops: Columbus, Cascade, Simcoe, Goldings Taste Profile: Slide into summer and step off the grid by Goin’ Coastal with this pineapple laced IPA. The bright aromas of the five citrus hop additions are accentuated by the tropical fruit of the pineapple – and just like those three day weekends, its finish is quick.

www.KYeagle.net | Please call Kentucky Eagle at 859-252-3434 for local purchase locations!

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Wine OF THE MONTH

Lovers Leap

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Named after an outcropping on the Kentucky River, Lovers Leap Vineyards & Winery is one of the largest wineries in Kentucky and is currently the largest producing vineyard in the state, sustainably producing quality grapes and wine from the rich limestone soils and extensive winemaking facilities. The Lover’s Leap Winery winemaking approach begins with expressing the rich fruit qualities of each varietal and showcasing the distinctive character of their Central Kentucky vineyard. Located on a tributary near the Kentucky River in Lawrenceburg, Lovers Leap is in the heart of the famed Bluegrass Region and right along The Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Varietal Blend: Vidal Blanc, Riesling, Vignoles, Cayuga, Traminette. Alcohol By Volume: 11.61% pH: 3.38 Residual Sugar: 7% Tasting Notes: This sweet white wine entices with essence of honeysuckle, melon, ripe apple, pear and tropical fruits.

Proudly distributed by Kentucky Eagle, Inc.

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Wilson Nurseries Succulents are everywhere these days. Pinterest is filled with adorable examples of these little plants and Instagram is inundated with succulent inspiration. But what are they, and how do we make them part of our everyday home green space? The team of plant pundits at Wilson Nurseries has some helpful hints to get you well on your way to staying on trend with succulents. The group of plants that we call succulents are typically thick and fleshy, which leads to some really unique shapes, colors and even quirky appearances that will capture your eye. Their ease of care is an added incentive and has contributed to their well-deserved popularity. Because succulents store water for themselves in their thick leaves, they don’t require a proverbial “green thumb.” They thrive when the soil stays a bit dry between watering. Whether grown indoors or out, succulents don’t like wet feet and should be planted in soil that drains well. A good potting mix, such as Black Gold cactus soil, is ideal for succulents planted in containers. Because they’re native to arid regions, succulents do love the sun. While varieties differ, most need at least half to a full day of sunlight. Indoors, a sunny window with good afternoon exposure is the best place for a colorful display. Echeveria, dudleya and aeonium may sound Greek to you, but their lovely leaves give the appearance of “petals” and a bloomlike look that will soon make them a familiar favorite.

Wilson Nurseries is serious about succulents. This spring’s curated collection encompasses over 100 varieties that span the spectrum of succulents to grow in containers or in the ground. The ever-cherished and popular Hens & Chicks (sempervivum) medley includes 18 varieties with names like “Chocolate Kiss”, “Appeletina”, and “French Frosting”. Stumped on how to group or show them? The team at Wilson’s will help you create surprising combinations of the perfect plant with the perfect pot to take your love of succulents to the next level. Wilson Nurseries has been sharing gardening expertise and a passion for plants in the Bluegrass for nearly four decades. Their flagship garden center and greenhouses are deeply rooted in Frankfort. Their Lexington nursery marries a fresh and new perspective with an urban aesthetic. Wilson’s combines a classic and artful eye with exceptional plants and solid horticultural bones. Connect with Wilson Nurseries onsite or online for up-to-date workshop and event details, landscape and design services and a wealth of knowledge for those who love to grow.

Wilson Nurseries

2700 Palumbo Dr. | Lexington | 859.269.5795 3690 East-West Connector Rte. 676 | Frankfort

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june eleventh Andréa and Corbin met for the first time at a chess tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio. Corbin likes to joke that the moment he saw Andréa, “she checkmated me.” Yet, in spite of their instant connection, Corbin couldn’t ask Andréa out, because she was scheduled to leave for Devon, England for a year of study abroad. The two briefly connected over her winter break, when they met for coffee in a cozy café. Andréa enjoyed their conversation and returned to England thinking about Corbin. PHOTOGRAPHY BY : Melanie Mauer WRITTEN BY: Cynthia Ellingson

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hat summer, Corbin asked Andréa out befor the very night he took his MCAT. They attended a tennis tournament together and shared their first kiss under the stars. Later that year, when Corbin was in Paris, he placed a lock on the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris. The lock was yellow with red poppies and read: Andrea, Corbin, Paris. He texted the photograph of the lock to Andréa and said, “I love you and all of Paris knows it.” He proposed during the Spring of 2016 at a moveable feast in Ault Park in Cincinnati. Of course, Andréa said yes. Corbin and Andréa were married shortly after on May 28, 2016. In honor of their first date, the couple decided to have their ceremony on the tennis court at Corbin’s family home. The private, beautiful setting is nestled in the corner of the backyard and surrounded by trees. Corbin’s mother refers to the tennis court as a bird sanctuary because at dusk during the Spring, the birds launch into a beautiful chorus. As the birds sang, “the ceremony was infused with the memories of all of the things that had brought Corbin and I together under that Chuppah,” said the bride. “It was more than anything we could have ever dreamed of.”

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One of the couple’s favorite memories of their wedding day is the cake cutting ceremony. The ceremony was over, the speeches past, and the only thing left on the agenda was dancing. They snuck away to cut the cake in private. As they fed one another, Corbin got icing all over Andréa’s face. She loved it because it made her laugh—plus, the cake was a delicious orange butter with strawberries. Corbin and Andréa also cherish the memory of the thank-you speeches and toasts they gave to their families, “the people who made our wedding happen so beautifully.” Andréa remembers the joy of standing by Corbin’s side and looking out into an audience of their family and closest friends at “their sparkly champagne glasses, teary eyes, and warm smiles. It was the best view in the room.” When asked what advice they would offer to other couples planning a wedding, Andréa cited something she learned from her new mother-in-law. “A wedding is so much more than just getting married, or just throwing a party. It brings friends and family together like nothing else. So, all the little details that seem stressful and unnecessary matter because they set the tone for the day that binds you, your family, your husband, your husband’s family and all of your friends for forever.”

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Give your face a healthy rose hued glow by applying a pop of blush right onto the apples of your cheeks. If you are all about a gleaming highlight impact, sweep the product right above your cheekbones, inner eye corners, cupid’s bow, and brow bone.

From left to right:

NARS NARSissist Unfiltered Cheek Palette | $59, Lancome Blush La Rose | $34, Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in ‘Candy Glow’ | $30.

Rose tones are a go-to for making your eye color really standout, and are also a nice option if you don’t want to go the usual brown/neutral route. To make your peepers pop there’s a variety of both matte and shimmer formulas that are Tops approved.

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NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in ‘Rigel’ | $29, NYX COSMETICS Face and Body Glitter in ‘Rose’ | $5.99, Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette | $42.

Spring is always a fun time to play with lip color. With rose toned shades you can keep it nude and simple, or deepen your pout by playing with colors that have richer undertones.

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Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in ‘Golden Pink’ | $17, L’Oreal® Paris Colour Riche La Palette Lip Gloss in ‘Pink 01’ | $14.99, MAC Pink Lip Kit | $42.50.

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The race to Churchill Downs is on and we are getting down and Derby! We’re still a month away from the big event, but it’s never too early to start planning your outfit. The Kentucky Derby is hands down one of the biggest and most legendary events in the Bluegrass. And while it is of course all about the horses, to us gals it’s also all about the fashion. This month’s look will give our readers a little Derby inspo for what to wear to the races. Staying in the spirit of spring, we wanted a look that was soft and feminine, so naturally that called for florals and pastels. This strapless crêpe dress by Dolce & Gabbana is like a fine work of art. Designed with a romantic floral pattern which mimics deep brush strokes and a watercolor technique, it makes this piece both artistic and sophisticated. To allow our dress to do all the talking, a simple yet chic pair of sandals were in order. Alexandre Birman’s coveted ‘Clarita’ sandals have been spotted on several stylish celebrities, including one of our favorite sassy Southerners, Reese Witherspoon. Handcrafted from plush velvet in a soft petal hue, they are lined in smooth leather and detailed with the label’s signature bow embellishments at the front strap and ankle. Our bag needed to be just as stylishly subdued as our footwear, and this Christian Louboutin clutch is a perfect addition to our polished look. Shaped from a rich metallic-finish leather and a gleaming curved clasp, this bag is the very definition of sleek. For a little frosting, Larkspur & Hawk’s ‘Olivia Button’ earrings are handmade from rose gold-dipped sterling silver, set with 20.00 carats of faceted topazes that catch the light from every angle. Of course no Derby look would be complete without the perfect hat. Milliner Christine A. Moore is best known for her explosive racing styles for the Kentucky Derby and two of them are in the Kentucky Derby Museum. She’s even designed a hat for Barbie herself! So who else would we turn to for a fabulous topper? The ‘Cynthia’ hat is adorned with silk organza flowers and a french net, which beautifully complements the neutral shades in our dress. We polished off our Derby Day ensemble with Stila’s Stay All Day liquid lipstick which delivers long lasting matte color for 6+ hours. When you’re spending the majority of your day outside sipping mint juleps, you definitely want a lip product that doesn’t budge. No matter where your seat is, and even if it’s a viewing party rather than the main event, in this look you will be the ‘Derby Darling’ of the day.

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REFLECTIONS MED SPA “Opening a medspa had been a dream of mine for a number of years,” explained owner Janice Mueller, who owned a real estate firm for over 40 years. “Once I met Jennifer Neustat, RN and saw her dedication to her patients, I knew that with her medical skills and my business experience, we would be able to bring a premier medspa to Lexington.” Janice considers their experienced, highly-trained staff to be the business’s biggest asset. “While most medspas offer the same products, it is the provider who knows how to administer that product to enhance the client and to ensure their safety,” she said. Reflections Medspa offers clients a full range of cosmetic medical services, such as injectables, lasers and medical-grade products. Their Aesthetics department offers facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, aromatherapy and dermaplaning. They also feature Coolsculpting, which offers clients non-surgical permanent fat loss with no downtime. “We want to continue to add services which will help our clients achieve a healthier more vibrant life,” Janice explained. She said her biggest accomplishment is helping others bring out the best version of themselves.

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HAIR NATION SALON AND SPA Hair Nation believes in offering two unique experiences that will both pamper and surprise their guests. “The spa is relaxing and quiet with spa music and luxurious linens and tables. The hair side is fun with a rock n’ roll flair, but very professional,” explained owner Angie Ballard. They believe in catering to their guests, from refreshments to top-notch services, education and products. Hair Nation is a full-service salon and spa. They offer all hair services for both men and women, nail services, skincare services, massage, makeup and hair replacement services, as well as hair and eyelash extensions. They are a Redken and Pureology certified salon with stylists and front desk staff who are versed in every product Hair Nation offers. Before every Hair Nation spa service, they offer a complimentary consultation to better customize the experience and products used to best suit the client’s unique needs. That’s just one way Hair Nation

is committed to utilizing their extensive knowledge to make everyone who steps into the salon feel stunning. Angie’s reason for starting her own salon was to support local stylists and beauty industry experts. “I wanted to help people in the industry I love grow their careers,” Angie explained. “Watching people succeed in a career that they’re passionate about is the best feeling in the world for me. My husband shares my passion for leading others. We make a great team.” Angie says that 99% of the battle for any business is finding the best staff possible. “Lucky for us, it didn’t take long to find the ones who were the right fit. They’re a family for us,” she explained. “Lexington is such a wonderful city with so much to offer. We love celebrating the growth around us, “ Angie said. “We love being a part of this community.”

152 West Tiverton Way | 859.252.HAIR (4247)| hairnationsalonandspa.com | Owners: Jay & Angie Ballard

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PLANET SALON AND SPA Excellence is an important part of what has made Planet Salon and Spa special throughout its 19 years of business. Their stylists complete a 6-9 month apprenticeship that includes training under a higher level stylist, classes taught by fellow stylists and practicing on friends and family. Once the stylists get on the floor, they have the opportunity to travel to New York City for classes, as well as attend in-salon classes several times a year. ‘These classes are taught by some of the most practiced cosmetologists in the United States. We like to ensure our stylists

keep up with the latest trends and styles,” Marcella explained. “We are very dedicated to continuing education.” Each of Planet Salon’s three locations is a full-service salon, including body waxing. This includes men’s, women’s and children’s haircuts, Keratin treatments, extensions, makeup application, eyebrow tinting, lashes and more. They carry products by Bioelements as well as Bumble and bumble. All of their salons feature the Wella color line. The Beaumont location also includes a full spa. In addition to hair

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services, they offer massage, facials, nails and specialty spa treatments, such as the Cryotherapy Body Treatment. The Beaumont staff is happy to work with clients to select the spa services that will be most beneficial for each person’s unique needs. Their spa packages make great gifts; they have packages that are uniquely tailored for men, women, couples, relaxation and pampering, as well as for mothers and daughters to enjoy together. Marcella says that she and her fellow Planet Salon owners were inspired to create an uplifting and inspirational high-end salon environ-

ment for both clients and stylists. “We are driven by having the chance to make our clients feel beautiful, giving back to our communities and providing the opportunity for our stylists to be able to follow their dreams,” she said. “It’s very humbling to know we are helping fellow cosmetologists–young and seasoned–do what they love every day.” “We love what we do. It comes with hard times, but it’s worth it,” Marcella added. “Seeing the joy on our stylists faces when they do well, and the confidence of our clients after a service, is an irreplaceable experience.”

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ennie Carol Black Tarter started running in 2005 and finished the 2007 and 2008 Derby Festival Mini-marathons in Louisville, Kentucky. On April 26, 2008, her sons, Evan (9) and Mason (6), crossed the finish line, each holding her hand, in what would unknowingly be her final race. While celebrating over dinner the following Friday, Jennie collapsed after choking. Unfortunately, all efforts to help Jennie failed. Jennie passed away on May 7th, 2008, at age 34, from choking and was laid to rest the day before Mother’s Day. A mother to two young boys, former elementary teacher, runner and friend, her sudden death shocked her family, friends, and her hometown of Danville. Yet, from this tragic event, a race arose in her honor which has transformed the BackPack Kids Program of Danville, Kentucky. Now in its ninth year of running, because of grassroots sponsors, including Pediatric Dentistry of Danville, White, Greer & Maggard Orthodontics and many others, every person who enters this race personally provides a backpack full of food that feeds one child over one weekend. Can you imagine what it feels like to skip seven meals or go 60 hours without food? When people enter to run, walk, or cheer on others, they potentially feed a child seven meals. As the sun rises on the Saturday morning of Mother’s Day weekend in downtown Danville, the smell of local coffee shops and aroma of Burke’s Bakery baking hot glazed donuts add to the race day registration and starting line. A prayer of gratitude for Jennie’s life and the lives of all mothers, the acapella singing of our National Anthem, the firing shot to start the race by Evan and Mason Tarter, and suddenly the mass swarms as all types of people move in one direction down Main Street. The race course is flat and curves through blossom lined

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Evan and Mason fun run 2009 first year of race Jennie Carol 5 K

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streets to end at the Joe McDaniel stadium of Centre College. The first three finishers in each age group receive race hats with the Cheetah Print Balloon logo. A first time 5K division encourages the newbies to try, and a baby stroller division exists for the first three people to finish while pushing a stroller. At 9 o’clock, the free ‘Evan and Mason kids’ race,’ open to all kids 9 and under, begins on the Centre College football field - think 50 yard dash style, divided into groups by age, and parents snapping pictures on their phones. And yes, every person is welcome to partake in a freshly baked Burke’s glazed donut at the Finish Line, sponsored by the Finish Line Sponsors: White, Greer & Maggard Orthodontics, Joe Teague, Good Neighbor Pharmacy, and Tarter Farm & Ranch. The 5K race results are chip timed, printed in the Sunday paper, and make for very little waiting on the award ceremony. For more than half of its race years, Danville Pediatric Dentistry has generously taken on the T-Shirt Sponsorship giving the JC5K the opportunity to design a long sleeve technical shirt that satisfies the runners, with a signature Cheetah Print Balloon logo that pleases the fashionistas, as well as a comfortable errand running shirt - a perfect gift for yourself or your mom. The kids sizes come as a short sleeve cotton version. In celebration of all mothers and children, including Jennie Carol and her family, the JC5K encourages their neighbors in cities surrounding Danville, like Lexington, to participate in this year’s race to help impact the many children benefiting from the BackPack Kids Program. You can visit the JC5K website to register.

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Jaime Sayre, regional sales manager at WKYT-TV, Lexington’s local CBS affiliate, is inspired by her faith and two teenage sons and wants to set a good, well-rounded example of what it takes to be successful personally and professionally. “Life experiences shape you—I have never regretted any experiences I’ve had,” Jaime said. “All of them, bad or good, have crafted me into the person I am. Your kids watch how you react to every situation. Be very open and honest with them, and let them know they can talk about or ask you anything.”

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A typical day for Jaime starts at 6 a.m., so that she can do a load of laundry, jump in the shower, get her boys up by 6:30, make breakfast, pack lunches and have the boys off to school at 7:30 a.m. She then gets to work by 8:30 a.m., where she is either busy in the office or out on work appointments. In the late afternoon, she picks up her boys and then usually one or both have practice from 5-7 p.m. “I love doing any activity with the kids. I love having them around and now that they are older, they are truly so much fun. We love to travel, go hiking, golf or run errands,” she said. “Since I’m in the television industry, it’s ok for me to admit that we even have a couple favorite television shows that we enjoy together every week—it’s usually ‘Taco Tuesday’ and TV night!” By the time Jaime and her boys eat dinner, finish homework and sneak in a favorite show, it’s time for bed. She admits she tries to work in exercise a few times a week, but she never knows if it will be at 6 a.m., noon or 9 p.m. Like most moms, Jaime finds the biggest challenge is juggling everything from work to social to family obligations. From getting married to selling her house to moving to building a new house and her career, Jaime finds herself multitasking 10 things at once. Jaime’s advice for other moms is to take time to relax.


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As Jaime explained, one can’t be a super mom without asking others for help. “It’s difficult to balance all of the responsibilities, but you do have to make time for yourself,” she said. “It truly takes a village, and I’m grateful for friends and family that can always step in and help out.” As Jaime has learned, the most rewarding part of being a mom is seeing life through her sons’ eyes. She said she loves watching their brains work and the questions they ask. “I remind myself daily that I am raising someone’s future husband and father one day; I’m not only raising my sons.”

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Life + Style

by Buffy Lawson Relationship Veteran

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by Deanna Talwalkar Party Planner Extraordinaire

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f you grew up in the South, then you are probably no stranger to potluck dinners. Whether it was a church gathering, family get-together, or a holiday picnic, potlucks were always filled with lots of great food, fun, and laughter. Planning a perfect potluck is a great way to celebrate Easter or any other Spring celebration.

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uds form on trees ready to explode with blooms of color. Bulbs burst from the earth to reveal patches of bright, yellow daffodils or purple hyacinths; and birds return with their morning wake-up calls. All are signs of Mother Earth’s springtime rebirth. Unfortunately, this magnificent renewal of life can bring unexpected, volatile weather and the need for preparedness. This month as you dust off your outside patio and begin to plan your flower beds, take time to create a basic disaster preparedness kit for you and your pets. There are many online resources available to help you prepare a kit for your family in the event of a disaster. However, it is important to know that in addition to natural disasters, the Bluegrass Army Depot’s chemical stockpile also poses an unlikely, but unique risk to central Kentucky. One great resource to consult for disaster awareness, planning, and kit building specific to Lexington is BeReadyLexington.com. Check out this website to educate yourself about how you can better plan and prepare to keep your family safe in the event of a disaster. To help small animal pet owners, below is a Pet Disaster Kit Checklist containing items to collect and store in an easily accessible location in the event of a disaster. Disaster preparedness organizations recommend that you keep your pets’ emergency kit near your family emergency kit. Confirm that it will fit in your vehicle with all of your emergency supplies should you need to evacuate your home. Periodically rotate the contents of your pet’s emergency preparedness kit for freshness and Erica list its location in your family’s written emergency plan. Hopefully, you will never need to use your kits. Radhakrishnan However, as Petra Nemcova, survivor of the 2004 tsunami said, “we cannot stop natural disasters, but we Hospital Administrator, BVS can arm ourselves with knowledge: so many lives wouldn’t have to be lost if there was enough disaster preparedness”. This spring, arm yourself with the knowledge and resources to prepare for your family and pets’ well-being should an emergency strike.

Daily Care Items -Food in a closed/waterproof container to last 10 days for every pet -Bottled water (about 1 cup/10 pounds daily) -Manual can opener -Water and Food Bowls -An appropriate sized crate or kennel with pad/blanket -Collar with current identification tags -Leash and/or harness -Litter box, scoop, and litter (For cats) -Poop bags -Garbage bags, paper towels, disinfectant -Medications, 10-day supply (if needed)

Additional Recommendations -Medical, Vaccination, & Prescription Records -Current photo of you with your pets for identification/reunification purposes -Written Feeding, Medical Condition, and Behavior Instructions including weight, known allergies, age, sex, and microchip number -Pet First Aid Kit and Instruction Booklet -Grooming brushes and supplies

Special Considerations for Unique Pets -Bird owners – In addition to items already listed, consider a cage cover, spray bottle to moisten feathers in warmer weather, catch net, and cage liners (newspaper/paper towels) -Reptile owners – Be sure to have a safe warming device and secure housing container. -Small Mammal owners – Remember extra bedding, salt lick/vitamin supplements, a water bottle, and hiding box or tube for your pet to seek refuge.

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Equine Cares: Kentucky Equine Humane Center

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Local students learn valuable lessons at the Kentucky Equine Humane Center Patrick’s Bullseye arrived at the Kentucky Equine Humane Center (KyEHC) in mid-July 2016. After rescue, this young colt and his mother travelled first to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital where his mother was admitted for severe colic surgery. Sadly, Patrick’s Bullseye lost his mother to irreparable colic and laminitis, so he was moved to the KyEHC. At the KyEHC, Patrick’s Bullseye “adopted” the Center’s babysitter, a 19-year-old mare named Esprit. They were turned out together, and quickly created a strong bond. After Patrick’s Bullseye was a little older, he was turned out with some of the other young horses at the KyEHC. He was happy, healthy and learned important social skills from the other horses. Fostering education and engagement Patrick’s Bullseye was soon given the honor of being named the mascot for the “Take the Reins” program, a new education initiative introduced by the KyEHC that partners local elementary schools with the Kentucky Equine Humane Center. Each school that participates in the program “fosters” a horse from the Center for one school year. The program supplements core curriculum while enhancing learning outcomes such as responsibility, care and the importance of giving back. The fostered horse serves as a cornerstone for the lessons in school and engagement with the Center. The students participating in

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the program benefit from guest speakers, field trips and other opportunities at the Center. Mark Coley, a volunteer of the Center and an employee of the US Equestrian Federation, became involved with the Kentucky Equine Humane Center’s junior board in the spring of 2015. A co-worker approached him about the junior board that was being created and how it could help the Kentucky Equine Humane Center. “I became very interested in learning more and getting involved,” said Mark. “At the time, I was not very familiar with the Center and their work. After the first few meetings, it was apparent we had a very passionate and energetic group that could help provide some new ideas and assistance to the Center.” Take the Reins was developed from an idea presented by Karen Gustin, executive director of the KyEHC. Meg Jewett, one of the founders of KyEHC, and Laura Schnettler, vice president of the junior board, developed Karen’s idea into a program that focused on educating elementary school students about the equine industry and the importance of responsible horse ownership. “Take the Reins took the lead in getting the program started, but we were very lucky to have the wonderful support of Alltech,” said Mark. “The support of Alltech allowed Julius Marks Elementary School to be the first school to participate this academic year.” KyEHC and its junior board are hopeful


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to continue to expand the program and are looking forward to having three schools participate in the Take the Reins program in the 2017-2018 academic year. The Kentucky Equine Humane Center helps horses and people of Kentucky by accepting horses who are surrendered by their owners or by an agency such as animal control. Once a horse is surrendered, KyEHC helps the horse find its forever home. “We accept equines from all backgrounds, training levels, soundness levels and of all breeds,” said Amanda Bryant, director of development for the KyEHC. “We help these horses during their journey to adoption by providing them with any necessary rehabilitation and training. One thing that really sets us apart is our ability to do intensive rehabilitation on the horses that find themselves in our care. We also have a trainer who works will all of the horses at the Center; she helps them regardless of their previous training experience.” Some horses are feral when they arrive at the KyEHC, having never been touched by people, and some arrive with quite extensive training. However, there is no time limit for a horse once it arrives at the Center. While the Center’s mission is helping horses, it also helps people in Kentucky by allowing them a safe place to surrender their horses, if they are no longer able to provide care. “People make the tough decision to surrender a horse for many reasons, be it financial, for health reasons or simply because the horse was not a good match for them,” said Amanda. “We accept these surrendered horses without judgement of the owners. We are happy we can help them with their horse, so that the horse does not end up in peril.”

Save the Date…

Please save the date for the the Kentucky Equine Humane Center’s farm-to-table dinners, Harvest for Horses, on Wednesday, May 24 and Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Guests will sip on delicious, locally produced beverages that are paired with hors d’oeuvres, and a multi-course dinner curated by a celebrity chef using locally sourced ingredients. The invite list is limited to 150 guests for each dinner, so please visit kyehc.org for more information on ticketing.

The mission of the KyEHC is to provide humane treatment and shelter for surrendered horses while working to seek adoptive homes and provide second chances for Kentucky’s equines, regardless of breed. KyEHC wants to educate the public and raise awareness for responsible equine ownership, so that fewer horses end up in crisis. The Center also works with, and serves as a model for, organizations with the same mission in other states to save America’s equines from inhumane treatment. “We are a private, 501c3 non-profit organization, so all of our funds come from individual donations, special events and grants,” said Amanda. “One hundred percent of donations made to the KyEHC are used to care for the horses at the Center.” Each year, between 100 to 120 horses come to the KyEHC. The average cost to care for a horse per month is $500. While the junior board helps bring in additional money for the Center, the Center does not receive any state or federal funding. To continue to help as many horses as possible, there are easy ways to get involved at KyEHC. From attending one of the open houses to meeting the horses at the facility in Nicholasville to volunteering for a few hours at one of the Center’s education booths, making a donation to directly benefit the Center or attending one of the many great events held throughout the year, the community is encouraged to learn more about the KyEHC or attend one of their events. • Want to help out? Donations can be made through KyEHC’s website: kyehc.org Donations are also accepted at the Center’s special events, like Harvest for Horses, and also by mail: PO Box 910124, Lexington, KY 40591

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Fillies of the Month: Equine

Kristin Werner Leshney + Laura Werner

by Jen Roytz | Photos by Keni Parks

Growing up on the East Coast before moving to the Bluegrass, sisters Laura Werner and Kristin Werner Leshney were not exactly what you would call the best of friends. In fact, their relationship could probably better be described as an ongoing sibling rivalry. One of the few areas they could always find common ground with, however, was their mutual love for animals. Like many siblings, as they got older, they also grew closer. Today, Laura and Kristin are not only sisters, but the best of friends. They’ve also each turned their love for horses into successful careers, Laura as a veterinarian with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and Kristin as Senior Legal Counsel with The Jockey Club. An Unwavering Focus Originally from the Philadelphia area, the Werner family lived in Connecticut and later New Jersey before making the move to Louisville, Kentucky in the late 1980s. While they had always lived in a suburban setting, the Werner girls were drawn to animals, especially horses. Laura, seven years her sister’s senior, was laser-focused on riding and competing in the sport of eventing. From the moment she knew what a “career” was, she knew what she wanted hers to be. “I started riding when I was five or six and was hooked immediately,” said Laura, who says she has wanted to be a veterinarian since the

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day she learned what a veterinarian was. “My parents often tell the story of me explaining to my pediatrician when I was very little that I wanted to be a horse doctor.” Laura competed in the sport of eventing throughout her childhood and into her teenage years. When it came time to choose a college, she wanted to go somewhere that would prepare her for vet school, but would also allow her to continue riding and competing. Choosing the University of Kentucky allowed her to accomplish both. “I went to college at age 17 and got into vet school at age 20, but I actually never completed my undergraduate degree,” said Laura. “The AP classes I took in high school combined with the coursework I did in college allowed me to earn all of the prerequisites I needed for vet school in three years.” Accepted into Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Laura earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and upon graduation, ventured back to Kentucky for an internship with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. She then accepted an opportunity with The Ohio State University, where she completed her residency and a Master’s degree focused on joint infections in horses. After working at Ohio State for several more years as an emergency surgeon, Laura took a position at a private practice in California, and soon after met her now-husband, Glenn Princic, who works as an park ranger and golf professional.


Equine “In 2008 a position opened up at Hagyard. I knew the people there from when I did my internship and liked the idea of practicing in the epicenter of the horse world, so after a lot of long conversations with my husband, I decided to accept the position and move back to Kentucky,” said Laura. In Lexington, Laura has found her niche. In addition to being an emergency surgeon and sport horse lameness specialist, she is still competing in eventing, training with her friend, client and upperlevel eventing rider Allie Knowles, at Valley View Farm. Balancing a veterinary career with a rigorous riding and competition schedule would be insurmountable for most, but Laura makes it work. “Being a veterinarian is more of a lifestyle than a job,” said Laura, “so I’ve evolved my eventing career into that lifestyle.” “I fit the riding in where I can, which also means a lot of 6AM rides. I try to coordinate my farm visits with my riding, and since Valley View is one of my bigger clients, that makes it easier. On days that riding just isn’t going to be in the cards, I have one of the working students at the farm school my horses.” The plan was for Glenn to make the move to Kentucky at a later date, but seven years later, the couple is still living the long distance life. Plans are for Glenn to finally make the move to Lexington later this summer. Treading Her Own Path with Horses Laura isn’t the only one who has created a life centered on horses. While Kristin often accompanied her big sister to competitions and helped her around the barn, she never had the same passion for competing that Laura did. Instead, she enjoyed riding recreationally, taking both English and Western riding lessons throughout her teenage years. “Whereas Laura was singularly focused on eventing, I enjoyed other activities in addition to riding, like playing field hockey, softball and other sports, and being active in 4-H training and showing dogs,” said Kristin, who focused on agility and training with her German Shepherd and Beagle, eventually becoming a 4-H dog club leader. “We were both busy, active kids, just in very different ways.” Those different paths led them to the same place, as Kristin followed in her sister’s footsteps to attend the University of Kentucky. There, while pursuing a Political Science degree, she continued her involvement with the Kentucky 4-H Dog Program and was involved with the UK equestrian and field hockey club teams. It was while working on her undergraduate degree that she began a part time job that would evolve into a nearly 20 year career with The Jockey Club. “We used to go to the races at Churchill Downs often as kids, so the idea of working at The Jockey Club appealed to me. I began doing data entry in 1999 and worked there through both my undergrad years and while I was in law school,” said Kristin, who graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law. “When I graduated from law school, they created a job for me, and now I’ve been with The Jockey Club for 18 years.”

Kristin’s role has evolved over the years far past her time doing data entry. Today, she serves as Senior Legal Counsel for The Jockey Club, while also overseeing the organization’s equine advocacy efforts, including the Thoroughbred Incentive Program, Thoroughbred Connect and Equine Injury Database, all initiatives that focus on the welfare of Thoroughbreds, before, during and after their racing careers. Much like her sister, horses take center stage in Kristin’s personal life as well. She and her husband, Tim, had long dreamed of having a farm, and in 2014 that dream became a reality. “It’s kind of nice to have your own little piece of Kentucky and see the land around you,” said Kristin of her Georgetown, Kentucky property. “I just wish they had some kind of ‘Owning a Farm 101’ or Farm Ownership for Dummies for people like me that grew up in the very nonfarm-y suburbs. From pasture management to fencing to building barns, it’s definitely been a learning curve, but we love having our horses, dogs, cats and maybe eventually some chickens all right there at home.”

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Another dream that became a reality was owning a horse. After riding and working with (or on behalf) of horses for so many years, Kristin adopted a horse of her own in 2015. Fittingly, he is a Thoroughbred. “We had recently bought our farm and I was casually considering getting a horse of my own. I saw a listing for Jasper in the Kentucky Horse Laura Council newsletter, then saw him again in an email sent out by New Vocations [Racehorse Adoption]. A few weeks later I was doing a site inspection of New Vocations on behalf of the [Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, which is the national accrediting body for Thoroughbred retirement and adoption facilities] and he was there at the farm,” said Kristin. “I always feel like the right animals seem to find me. I can ride him English or Western and he has such a chill personality. I just wanted a horse I could ride around the farm or on trails and he’s perfect for that.” Recently, she and her husband got a second horse, Bob, who had been used as a therapeutic riding horse at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, so the couple could ride together. “Bob’s personality is so different from Jasper. He’s all business and likes to have a job, so it’s been a bit of an adjustment for him to have a more laid back pace of life. Jasper has found a new element of his personality, and that is being the alpha horse in the herd,” joked Kristin. “Between my job and our farm, I feel very lucky to have horses play such a strong role in my life.” •

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Ken, Barry + Richie Donworth Growing up on a cattle and horse farm in County Limerick, Ireland, few could have predicted all the Donworth brothers would one day accomplish in the American Thoroughbred business. The brothers have each found their own path to success in Kentucky. As hard as each has worked to create his own success, the brothers are quick to give credit where they say it is due. “The O’Rourkes were neighbors at home, and our mothers are still friends to this day,” said Ken of brothers Liam, Brian and Garrett O’Rourke, all of whom hold prominent positions in the Thoroughbred industry. They helped each of the Donworths not only find their footing on American soil, but eventually set down their roots and thrive. Added Ken, “The O’Rourkes, as well as Dermot Ryan, were instrumental in us coming here, and really deserve more thanks than we can ever give them.”

Garrett that I got here, and because of Dermot that I stayed here. From them I gained both motivation and inspiration. I doubt either knows the true impact they’ve had on me,” said Ken. Then, roughly three years into his tenure with Coolmore, Ken had a minor epiphany. “I was dating a girl who’d graduated from college and was making $30,000 a year,” said Ken. “I was only making about $10,000. I said ‘I need to try this college thing,’ and enrolled at Sullivan University.” Ken studied Business Management and Marketing, eventually leaving the farm to focus on a career in sales and accepted a position with Ireland-based Powerscreen, the one of the world’s largest manufacturers of rock crushing and excavating equipment. There, he has worked his way up from an entry-level marketing position to handling their Midwest, Southwest and West Coast American sales.

The first to make the trek to America, Ken (44) had originally worked at Coolmore Stud at the farm’s base of operations in Ireland under Dermot. Coolmore has farms around the world and Ken was eager to explore work opportunities with the global Thoroughbred operation in America. Thanks to Garrett and Dermot, that became a reality in 1992 when he transferred to Coolmore America in Central Kentucky.

In addition to his work with Powerscreen, Ken is also involved with real estate, focusing primarily on farm and residential sales. “I’ve made a lot of connections and friendships throughout the horse community here in Lexington, and I feel fortunate that they allow me to assist them with their real estate needs when the situations arise,” said Ken. “Powerscreen is my bread and butter and keeps me traveling quite a bit – I logged about 150,000 miles last year alone – but selling farms and houses for people gives me something to do in the evenings and weekends, thanks to all of the referrals.”

A year later, Dermot transferred to the farm’s American nursery as well, taking on a management role that he holds to this day. “It was because of

Over the years, Ken has also been fortunate to make the leap from grooming Thoroughbreds to owning them. While the business of buy-

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an owner, investing in “several sale horses each year” with his brothers and friends.

Ken originally got involved with Thoroughbred ownership through partnering with friends to pinhook (purchase with the intention of selling for a profit) young horses. It wasn’t long before he (and they) found success on the track as well. One of the more recent horses Ken has been involved with is 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Hootenanny, whom he and several friends purchased as a foal with the original intention of selling him as a yearling at the Keeneland September Sale.

Continuing an Entrepreneurial Tradition

“We sold him to Gatewood Bell as a yearling, but several of us, including myself, decided to stay in [as partial owners] for a piece of him,” said Ken. Hootenanny won his first race at Keeneland as a 2-year-old and Coolmore purchased him as a racehorse with future stallion potential for, as Ken describes “a lot more than we paid for him,” and he went on to be successful in both the U. S. and Europe for the global Thoroughbred operation that gave Ken his start years prior. Creating Opportunities Following in his brother’s footsteps, Barry (43) came to the U.S. a year after Ken and, thanks again to Dermot, took up groom duties at Coolmore’s American operation in Versailles, Kentucky. After several years, he was offered an opportunity to travel to Saratoga Springs, New York to work at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale. “I went up to New York for the sales, but ended up staying there for a year working in construction,” said Barry. “After that, I headed back to Kentucky and back to Coolmore.” As is a theme in the Donworth family, Barry had an eye on the future and was keen to explore entrepreneurial opportunities. It wasn’t long before Barry began diversifying his professional experiences, eventually leaving his job at Coolmore to work as a bartender. “After I got some good experience bartending at McCarthy’s and at Molly Malone’s, Ken and I opened up Kitty O’Shea’s in 1998,” said Barry about the Irish-inspired pub he and his brother owned for eight years. “It was great to meet so many people from all walks of life. Sure, the Irish came in, but between the university and the people from all over the world who were in Lexington for the horse industry, it was a great way to get to know our community.” When the brothers decided to close the pub in 2005, Barry fell back on his experience in construction. Venturing out on his own under the banner of Celtic Construction, Barry found success in residential construction until the housing bubble burst around 2010. Ever nimble, Barry evolved Celtic Construction into Celtic Horse Transportation, allowing him to return to his roots in the horse industry, but in a new way, transporting horses to and from the farms, sales, races and breeding sheds for a variety of clients, including Coolmore. “It definitely keeps me busy. I do about ninety-five-percent of the driving myself and a lot of my business comes from the Irish farms,” said Barry, noting Lexington’s Irish community’s penchant for supporting their own. Barry also keeps his hands in the Thoroughbred market as

One of the farms Barry can often be seen transporting horses to and from is Scarteen Stud, owned by the youngest of the Donworth brothers, Richard (40). While Coolmore played an equally significant role in his life, for Richie, as he’s known by friends and family, it was in a very different way. “I worked for Coolmore in Ireland before going to work for Darley in England. Several years later I got the opportunity to go to work for Coolmore’s Australian farm,” said Richie. “I called my mom in 2000 and told her I wanted to spend the rest of my life in Australia. She felt it was too far away, so she called Ken and asked him to try to convince me otherwise.” Ken flew Richie out to Kentucky to visit with him and Barry. During his trip he also caught up with Brian O’Rourke, who was the General Manager of Wimbledon Stud at the time. Richie ended up relocating to America instead of Australia, taking up duties alongside Brian as the assistant manager at Wimbledon Farm. “I figured if I didn’t like it here I could always go back,” joked Richie, who has now been in the U.S. for 16 years. Richie landed a position as the assistant farm manager for Wimbledon Farm and later was brought on by Overbrook Farm as an assistant broodmare manager, which saw him working with one of the best broodmare bands in the world. Then, in 2004, he was contacted by Three Chimneys Farm by then-farm manager Dan Rosenberg, about a career-making opportunity. “When I was 27, I was one of the youngest broodmare managers in the industry at the time. I am forever grateful to Robert Clay for affording me such an important role at his farm,” said Richie. Richie remained at Three Chimneys, managing the farm’s largest division, for 10 years. When the farm’s ownership changed in 2013, Richie began once again thinking what his next move would be. Much like his brothers, the move he was considering involved going into business for himself. At the time there were no farms for sale that would work for Richie’s needs and budget. Luckily, Ken had an idea. “Ken had some business dealings with [Hill ‘N’ Dale Farm owner] John Sikura, who had a lot of land, including one division in particular that Ken asked him if he would be willing to lease,” said Richie. “I met with John and he told me ‘When I was your age, someone was good to me and gave me a leg up. I want to do the same for someone else’ and leased me the land.” That land, and now a second plot of land that Richie has acquired since, operates under the name Scarteen Stud. There, Richie and his staff care for approximately 100 Thoroughbred mares and foals for clients, several of whom have been with him since his days at Three Chimneys. “If it weren’t for Ken and for John, there would be no Scarteen Stud,” said Richie. “I’ve been very fortunate to have some great clients who have been with me a long time and I’m very grateful for their support.”•

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April brings more than just rain, pretty blooms and the Easter bunny: it’s also one of the most exciting months at the Kentucky Horse Park! The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is April’s crown jewel, but there’s plenty more to see and do. From an exciting exhibit that celebrate’s one of our historic equine superstars to a some great shows that will wow, you won’t want to miss the fun happening at the park this month! Man o’ War at 100: The Mostest Horse That Ever Was The International Museum of the Horse is celebrating Man o’ War’s 100th birthday with an exhibit in his honor! Come experience the story of the life and career of the original Big Red and those who worked with him. Discover what created Man o’ War’s lasting legacy and how he became the mostest horse. Through November 5, 2017: imh.org Cowboy Up for a Cure Saturday, April 8, 6-10pm at the Alltech Arena: Cowboy Up For A Cure, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides funding to benefit children with various forms of pediatric cancer. The Cowboy Up For A Cure Rodeo is a fundraiser on behalf of their charitable efforts. Tickets are available through the Cowboy Up For A Cure website: cowboyupforacure.com

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There are more great events to discover! Visitkyhorsepark.com for a complete listing of all the upcoming Horse Park Happenings, and be sure to visitTOPSinLex.com/calendar for more great events around town and all over Central Kentucky!

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cal I love the UK fanbase. Big Blue Nation is the best! We are loud, and we are proud! There is truly no better fanbase in the solar system quite like Big Blue Nation. If the Cats are playing in Alaska, we are there. If the Cats are playing in the Bahamas, we are in the house. If the Cats are playing in Monkey’s Eyebrow, we’re gonna pack the place! That’s just who we are. But sometimes I get so frustrated at our own fan base. It’s not all of the fans, but there are a few out there that sometimes make my head nearly explode! For example, how many times have any of you heard one of our own fans say something like, “Calipari is a great recruiter, but he just can’t coach.”? We’ve heard it. Some of you may have even said it yourself. I say, “Shame on you!” I don’t think the majority of the fans who say this about Cal–or even think it about Cal–honestly know how difficult it is each season to basically start from scratch. Each year, the Cats lose anywhere from 5-8 players to the NBA or due to graduation. And keep in mind, all of these players that leave are the “main” players on the team. There are rarely any “holdovers” from last season of players who actually play “quality” minutes. So Calipari doesn’t have the same luxury as all the other coaches in the country of relying on returning players to build around. Calipari has to completely rebuild.... each and every year. Are you thinking that might be an easy thing to do? Here’s the answer: it’s extremely hard to pull off. Coach Cal has to take a bunch of super talented 18 and 19-yearolds right outta high school and within a few months, mold them into a team that’s ready to compete for a championship. If not, most of our fan base isn’t going to be happy.

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Let’s give the man some credit. My dad was a high school basketball coach for over 20 years in Indiana. Every coach will tell you that most of their job is done in practice. Have you ever seen Coach Cal in practice? All he does is coach. The entire 2 hours is basically just Cal coaching and coaching and coaching… teaching… instructing... every single day. Most of our fan base never sees this, but just ask anybody who has ever gone to a UK practice. Cal is involved in every last aspect of the game with his team. I think another aspect that a lot of fans don’t see–or in some cases refuse to see–is how Coach Cal adapts to the team he has. If he’s got a perimeter-oriented team like he did this past season, that’s where the emphasis is. If he has a stronger interior team, like the Julius Randle and Karl Anthony Towns teams, then that’s where the emphasis is. Every year is a new challenge because it’s a new team. And we’re good, every single year. Calipari often says, “I like my team.” I love it when he says that because I understand the coaching that has already happened to get to that point when he can say to all of us, “I like my team.” 99% of our fan base is the best. Big Blue Nation is the best. I just wish the negative 1% would just be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy this great run UK basketball has been on since Cal got here. He’s not going to be here forever. We better enjoy it while we can.

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PHOTOS | YMCA Annual Celebration Fasig-Tipton | February 23 | ymcacky.org | Photos by Woody Phillips

Alyssa Jones and Jessica Berry

Andy Waters and David Martorano

Gerry van der Meer and Tina Pugel

Thomas Rawlings, Jessica Green and Mark Manuel

Clinton Colliver and Alisha Workman

Victoria Martorano, Paula Anderson, Dana Ensley and Steve Pelphrey

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PHOTOS | YMCA Annual Celebration Fasig-Tipton | February 23 | ymcacky.org | Photos by Woody Phillips

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Jenny Wurzbak, Rob & Jessica Pedigo

Courtney Barker and Elizabeth Jones Hardwick

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PHOTOS | Unique Taste of Woodford

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PHOTOS | Women Leading Kentucky Roundtable Malone’s Prime | February 8 | womenleadingky.com | Photos by Woody Phillips

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Jeannine Petell and Carol Siler

Barbara Jean Beighle and Allie Darling

Sonia Boniface, Tina George and Elizabeth Hobbs

Jill Shirley and Sheila Taluskie

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PHOTOS | Saints Peter & Paul Mardi Gras Gala The Grand Reserve | February 25 | sppslex.org | Photos by Woody Phillips

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Nikki & Erich Maul and Carrie Morris

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PHOTOS | Her Knight Dance Keene Barn | February 3-4 | herknightdance.org | Photos by Paul Atkinson

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Kentucky Spring Winchester-based Chase Parrish is a 25-year-old entrepreneur with a passion for woodworking. That love is something that he came by almost accidentally, but which has evolved into a successful business and rewarding craft. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, Chase was looking to purchase or start a small business of his own. He found that opportunity with Kentucky Spring and a simple salad tong that would launch a desire and full time career. “My dad had a home workshop and I would occasionally help him or build things on my own,” he explained. “I never thought of it as a career, but I certainly love being able to create new products and run my own business.” Chase enjoys working with design and making useful kitchen tools with moving parts that are simple, durable, and beautiful. His company Kentucky Spring is loaded with the preservation of historical technique and thoughtful attention to detail. Kentucky Spring offers a variety of cheese cutters, spreaders, wine stoppers and beautifully crafted cutting boards. “I look for the quality of grain and color in the wood and try to match its character to the product I am making,” Chase said. Kentucky Spring and its expanding line of beautiful, original and useful wooden cooking utensils can be found in over 300 locations across the United States, Canada and on Etsy.

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A Bluegrass Unbridled Experience Take a gallop through The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass during A Bluegrass Unbridled Experience on Saturday, April 15th! The Outlet Shoppes are excited to unveil five custom painted horse sculptures that celebrate Kentucky. So they’re inviting everyone out for a fun-filled day of excitement to see the works of art up close and personal while discovering some of the best shopping in the state. The festivities begin at 11am with the unveiling of the Center Court horse. Guests can also sit in on a trend talk from local social media influencers, Nicole Green of What Nicole Wore and Tif Fannin of Bright on a Budget. The style bloggers will present must-have spring finds that will certainly wow! Stay for the Family Festival from noon to 3pm. Enjoy face painting, balloon twirling, a family photo op, stick pony races and more. Special entertainment will be provided by Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers. The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass is a 366,000+ sq.ft. outlet mall located near I-64 in Simpsonville, Ky. Stores include Gucci, Kate Spade, Michael Kors and Coach. Their roster of stores include apparel for men, women and children, footwear, fragrance & beauty, housewares, specialties and great dining.

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Fox 56 For a station of less than 30 people, WDKY (Fox 56) is able to create innovative, entertaining programs while maintaining a close, familytype atmosphere. “We are fortunate to have a group of people who care about each other and take pride in what they do,” explained Ronna Corrente, General Manager. “That’s what makes us a family. And our family is capable of some pretty remarkable stuff.” To foster their connection to local families, the station held their second annual Back to School Jamboree. The free event drew more than 12,000 parents and kids to Evans Orchard. The kids got to meet mascot Frosty Fox, who is featured prominently in winter months to let the kiddos know if it’s a snow day or not. The station’s vision is to connect Central Kentuckians with the most up to date news and weather information. They are able to do just that with their Fox 56 Morning Edition at 7am and Fox 56 10pm News with Marvin Bartlett and Erika Abe. Many people may not know that Marvin has been with the station since its newscast launch over 22 years ago! Over the past few years, WDKY has expanded their local sports cover-

age. They launched the Fox 56 High School Sports Extra, which runs Friday nights throughout football and basketball season. Their great work earned them the Kentucky Broadcasters Associate Press away for Best Prep Sports Show in the state. They are looking forward to their Fourth Annual “Spirit of the Derby”, a half-hour program that airs on Derby Eve. It focuses on horse farms, jockeys, Derby food, fashion and handicapping. This past August, the station put together their second 30-minute, comprehensive overview of UK’s football team. “The Wildcat Preview” kicked off the college football season on Fox. “We believe in showing appreciation for what our people do to help us be successful,” Ronna explained. The station is pleased to have a parent company, Sinclair Broadcast Group, who shares that belief. “That’s been key to keeping and finding good people.”

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Skin Secrets One of Central Kentucky’s most trusted cosmetic dermatology practices recently moved to expand their Lexington offices. Now, they’re excited to welcome new patients into their beautiful facilities in Lexington and Richmond! Founded in 1976, Skin Secrets has been helping men and women of the Bluegrass reveal their beauty for decades. Skin Secrets of Lexington moved to larger accommodations last August. Their Harrodsburg Road location, as well as their Richmond location, offer patients wonderful experiences in a state of the art facility. They offer a spa environment from the waiting room to the individual treatment spaces. The staff at Skin Secrets is eager to ensure that every visit is the best it possibly can be. Skin Secrets has four board certified dermatologists on their combined staff. They want everyone to know that only their highly-qualified physicians do injections. Skin Secrets has achieved Allergan Diamond Status, and they have been recognized as Expert Injectors; over 3 million doctors perform injections, but less than 3% qualify as Expert Injectors! That means their service is handled with a high level of professionalism for stunning results. Skin Secrets also has a Mohs Micrographic surgeon on staff. Mohs is the most effective and advanced treatment for skin cancer today, even when prior treatment has failed. Skin Secrets is committed to customizing the process for each patient’s unique needs. They offer complimentary skin analysis consultations to review the skin’s appearance and the patient’s health history. Then, the cosmetic dermatology specialists of Skin Secrets create a skin care treatment plan that is completely tailored to meet each individual need. Aside from injectables, the most popular services at Skin Secrets include the nanolaserpeel, IPL, Skin Tyte laser and schlerotherapy for spider veins. From microneedling to cryotherapy, they have a solution for any skin problem. Their esthetic services include lash and brow tinting, waxing, facials, makeup artistry and more! Skin Secrets offers beautiful solutions for skin concerns in comfortable, relaxing facilities. Their friendly, knowledgeable staff of extensively trained professionals are eager to meet prospective patients!

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thing coming to town this month: we have a calendar filled with fun for everyone. Fans of ABC’s hit show Dancing With The Stars will have the chance to see mirror ball-winning brother/sister team Julianne and Derek Hough perform their latest show live on stage. On the music front, country music’s king and queen are bringing back a third installment of their immensely popular Soul2Soul tour. Tim and Faith haven’t hit the road together in over 10 years, but the magic they create is as strong as ever. Fairy tale lovers can rejoice, as The Lexington Ballet is presenting their rendition of “Cinderella”. You can expect a royal ball, evil step-sisters, and of course a glass slipper. All the whimsical things we love about the classic tale. As for the children in your life, there are few things more fun than a day filled with Disney! Disney On Ice is hitting the KFC Yum! Center and bringing along a “Passport To Adventure” with a few of our favorite characters. Mickey & Minnie, Daisy Duck, Goofy, and more will be on hand to explore the fantasy lands we all grew up watching. Dancing, singing, a performance on ice-you name it and April’s got it! JESSE L. BROOKS Calendar Highlights

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T 8:30am - 9:45am | Keeneland Calling all Keeneland fans! This outside walking tour with an experienced Tour Guide takes guests on a stroll through the Keeneland Paddock and Grandstand, grounds, and when available, guests will have the opportunity to see the worldrenowned Sales Pavilion. You will also learn about the history of Keeneland and get an insider view of operations. Following the trackside tour, fans are invited to visit the Keeneland Library.

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The Gambler’s Last Deal

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8:00 pm | Newlin Hall - Norton Center for the Arts

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Grammy Award-winning country superstar and music icon Kenny Rogers has enjoyed great success during his storied career of nearly six decades. On this farewell tour, The Gambler will give what he’s best known for: amazing songs, heartfelt performances, and a gift for storytelling. Come celebrate a living legend and sing along to hits like “Lucille”, “Buy Me A Rose”, “You Decorated My Life”, “Islands In The Stream”, “Lady” and many more.

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LexBrunch with Small Batch 10:00am - 2:00pm | The Burl There’s few things better than great food and good music. LexBrunch 2017 is a free concert series hosted at The Burl, every other Sunday presented by Lexington Community Radio. The series features a di erent and or usician at each install ent alongside the local food trucks you love, and a cash bar (because let’s be honest... it’s brunch!) The concert series is free to attend: food and beverages are available for purchase.

Kaleidoscope: Presented by the Lexington Brass Band 4:00pm | Lexington Opera House

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APRIL 12 Chew Dinner with Justin Thompson 6:00pm | The Event Barn at Evan’s Orchard

Horses and Hope Pink Day 10:00am | Keeneland

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Passport To Adventure Disney on Ice | KFC Yum! Center There’s no better day than a Disney day! Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald, Goofy and Daisy on a journey to the timeless worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, and Academy Award winning Frozen. Explore Neverland with Tinkerbell, Ariel’s mystical underwater kingdom, the African Pride Lands with Simba,Timon and Pumbaa, and much more! Upbeat music, lovable characters and unforgettable moments make for an experience your entire family will never forget.

APRIL 14 Lexington Philharmonic: Beethoven & Brahms 7:30pm | Singletary Center for the Arts

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7:30pm - 10:00pm | Lexington Opera House The Prince is giving a Royal Ball and all eligible young ladies are cordially invited! The Lexington Ballet brings the timeless tale of Cinderella to life in a production that will delight the entire family. Enjoy a magical evening complete with lavish sets, whimsical music, and sumptuous costumes. The Lexington Ballet performs this beautiful two act masterpiece under the artistic direction of Luis Dominguez. Join inderella as she finds love and transfor s fro a humble serving maid into a beautiful princess.

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Oaks Day at Keeneland Keeneland

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Derby Day at Keeneland

Lexington Wine Auction & Gala 6:00pm | Donamire Farm

Pegasus Parade Broadway in Louisville

Central Bank Thursday Night Live 4:30pm | Cheapside Park

MAY 5 Night Market 6:00pm | 700 Block of Bryan Avenue

10:00am-5:00pm | Keeneland

Derby Day Breakfast 10:00am | Waveland

Celtic Woman 8:00pm | EKU Center for the Arts

MAY 7 Brunch & Bibelots 11:00am | Headley-Whitney Museum

Lex Brunch with Derek Spencer 10:00am | The Burl

Jeans, Jewels & Juleps The Cellar Bar & Grille

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Kentucky Wine & Vine Fest

Don & Mira Ball Education Builds Hope Luncheon

10:00am | Downtown Nicholasville

12:15pm | The Carrick House

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

4:30pm | Cheapside Park

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MAY 12 Kentucky Ballet Theatre: Peter Pan 7:00pm | Lexington Opera House

MAY 20 Rock ‘n Soul Pops 7:30pm | Lexington Opera House

Purses Pouts & Pearls

Francisco’s Farm Art Festival

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Ruth Brinkley CEO of KY One Health

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Amber Philpott at Read Across America

Fat Tuesday at Copper Roux

BBN Heart Break

Omega Mardi Gras

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