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Bundle Up with Bourbon & Blues

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Pink Untied

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Shinnenkai

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Heart Ball

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Her Knight Dance

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Commerce Lexington Dinner

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Wild Game Dinner

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Bluegrass Sports Awards

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UK Basketball

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Tour of Homes: Quintessential Chevy Chase

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Realty Tips & Trends: Basements

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Masculine Retreats

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Color Catalog: Lime Meringue

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Dining: The Bridge Eatery & Bar

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UK Sports Legends

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popculture: Buffalo Chicken Soup

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Meet the Media: Ryan Lemond

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Bluegrass Beef Boom

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TOP 5 Dining: Sports Bars

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FUNDAMENTALS 142

LIFE + STYLE 121

It’s a Guy Thing

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Outfit of the Month: And the Oscar Goes to...

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Top Dressed

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Gor-Jess: Janelle Monae Purple Reign

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KY Derby Fashion Festival

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Wow Wedding: Laura + Will

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Weddings Unveiled: See Through Stunner

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Super Dads: Daniel Harrison, Shaun Ring and Todd Justice Kids Activities: Rainy Day Fun Family Finance: How to Create a Budget You Will Actually Follow Pets: Springtime Companion

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COMMUNITY 134 HEALTH + BEAUTY 154

Preventative Health for Men

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The Aging Male Face

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Brotox

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Fitness Forum

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Beauty Buzz: Quicker Way to a Spring Break Bod

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Keeneland Behind the Scenes: Springing onto the Equine Scene

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Equine Update: Springing onto the Equine Scene

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BBN: Reflections on the Legend of ‘78

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Art in the Bluegrass: Emma Bellomy Acts Out

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Frank & Danita Ross, Greg Milward

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Mark Nabity, Nana Mensah and Hope Nabity

Robin Johnson and Susan English

Shannon Arvin and Katie LaMonica David & Beth Hawes, Karine & Todd Cote

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Steve & Amber Philpott Hill, Noelle & Sam Dick

Dian & Mike Davis

Eric & Lesli Gilliam

Noel Caldwell, Lauren Schuette, Carrie Hammond and Aaron Meyer

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Charles Baesler, Lee Lingo, Darren Srebnick and Matt Bevin

Kevin Smith and Robert L. Brown

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Jon Carloftis, Dale Fisher, Mike Turner, Greg & Michele White

Ray & Linda Ball

Tom, Tracey and Brannon McLarney

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Marcielle & Fred de Beer, Deb Rateri and Alan Daugherty

Diane & Chet Lott

Barbara & Bill Thomason

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or Jennifer and Brandon Hufstetler, buying their home in the heart of Chevy Chase was something of a whirlwind. They won the home in an auction, and Brandon didn’t even see it until after they’d purchased it. In today’s low-inventory real estate market, and especially in a high-demand area like Chevy Chase, homebuyers have very little margin for hesitation. The Hufstetlers knew this from experience—they had previously been unsuccessful when bidding on another Chevy Chase home that was up for auction. So the couple, who moved to Lexington from the Dallas area, was determined not to let another home slip through their fingers. They had already decided to work with Emery and Denise Emmert with Encore Construction & Design, and when Jennifer, Emery and Denise walked into the home for the first time, it was love at first sight. “We said, ‘This is it!’” said Jennifer. “One of the things we were looking for, and something to always keep in mind with a tear-down or a big remodel, is looking at the existing layout of the house to see if it will work for what you want. A lot of times, it really won’t work if you try to change the bones too much.” They saw the house on a Tuesday, and the auction was scheduled to take place that Friday. “Meredith (Lane with Keller Williams Bluegrass Realty) was already our relator and her husband Blake Ferguson is a trained auctioneer, so it made it easy for us because he had that skill and knew how to bid,” said Jennifer. The three attended the auction, and discovered that the street was already lined with onlookers and bidders. Jennifer remembered that the bidding process went so quickly that it was difficult to tell who was winning. But thanks to Blake’s skills, they won the auction. “Somebody was definitely watching out for us that day,” said Brandon. The following weekend, they began measuring and getting everything underway for the renovation. They took the 1952 home down to the studs and did a complete rebuild, which was completed in July 2017.

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The major structural changes included moving the staircase from the center of the house to the left side, widening the staircase, replacing the electrical system, updating the plumbing, replacing the sump pump and sewer line, burying electrical lines to the home and installing a new roof. They also added smart home technology, a kitchen and bath to the basement area and plenty of closet space with soft-close cabinetry throughout. In addition to installing more than 130 recessed LED lights, Jennifer selected the light fixtures from the 2017 Lighting Market through Ferguson. In fact, the only detail the family didn’t change in the 4,300 square foot home was the original fireplace in the basement. Its decorative brass faceplate and multicolored tile are a nod to the home’s 1950’s origins– but still look modern enough to blend in with the rest of the décor.

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According to Jennifer and Brandon, their favorite part of the process was designing the floor plan and ensuring it included all of their “must haves” –which included an open concept, attached garage, lots of natural light, triple sliding glass doors off of the family room, and a breakfast nook. “Ultimately it was taking an idea in our heads, conceptualizing it on paper and turning that concept into reality,” said Brandon. “It was incredible to see our vision come together. Emery Emmert was a tremendous asset to us during this phase. He worked through several renditions of our ideas to make it possible for our lot while preserving ample yard space in the front and backyard.” When asked about the most challenging aspect of the build and design process, Jennifer said, “Creating the overall feel of the home. We wanted a high-end custom home, to represent Chevy Chase and blend in with the neighborhood while including an expansive floor plan with tall ceilings, five bedrooms and all of our must-haves. Our home is quintessential Chevy Chase but with a huge element of surprise. That is the ‘feel’ we worked hard to create.” Dwayne Anderson of house by JSD Designs had a large part in helping the Hufstetlers create that feeling. He started off by assisting Jennifer in selecting lamps that complimented the existing lighting, fixtures and hardware. Their relationship evolved from helping with lamps to planning and executing the entire décor scheme. “When you move, you often have to restart with your décor. Each home is so different and unique,” said Jennifer. “Dwayne utilized some of our current pieces but really brightened up every room in our home with new accessories, art, flowers, pillows and rugs.” Jennifer explained that her talent lies in selecting materials and finishes for the home, but when it comes to décor, she

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At Home needs an expert. “That is where Dwayne has played a huge role in making our house feel like a home. He helped bring our décor to the next level, and he understands our need to be functional but also show off our style.” Anderson was able to partner with Rag Peddler (Located next door to house by JSD Designs) to get pillows to add a pop of color to their beds, and a cowhide rug for the front living room, a favorite of Brandon’s. In a coincidental twist, Brandon actually told Jennifer that they needed a cowhide rug for that room and she brushed it off. The next day, Anderson, unaware of the conversation they had the night before, said they need a cowhide rug and found one at Rag Peddler.

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At Home In one of their favorite rooms – the kitchen—gleaming white cabinets offset by commercial-grade stainless steel appliances and a nine-foot island, also includes useful touches like double sinks and a pot filler. Jennifer said that she and Denise Emmert of Encore Construction selected everything together. “One of the reasons I chose to work with Encore was that our vision was the same and we worked really well together. We had that instant trust and comfort.” Brandon added, “They’re also very good with the design aspect, and understanding the flow of the house without it feeling awkward.”

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Leading into the dining room is a butler’s pantry that matches the kitchen countertops and cabinets.

“The open floor plan makes it so easy and comfortable to entertain.”

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The main level also features a large family room and four bedrooms – a guest room with an ensuite bath, the master and two bedrooms for their sons Hudson (4) and Nolan (13 months). As the parents of two young boys, the Hufstetlers knew from the very beginning that making the home as family-friendly as possible was a huge priority. As they were building their home, Jennifer brought her boys to what they referred to as their “construction site” on a daily basis. Baby Nolan was in tow and present at all meetings, and Hudson, who was 3 years old at the time, was a “big helper” along the way. “He was always prepared for these meetings with his plastic hammer and screw driver in hand!” said Jennifer. Around the same time they won the auction and purchased the home, they were working through a significant speech delay with Hudson and were worried that another big change in his life may set him back further. For that reason, they didn’t tell Hudson that he would be living in the home until after they finished building it. “We wanted him to feel confident and secure. We didn’t know until the day we told him we were going to make the construction site our new home that the transition would get him so excited and increase his confidence,” she said.

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Upon hearing that he’d be moving into the construction site, Hudson immediately packed his suitcase and wanted to have a picnic and sleep on the floor that night. As Jennifer remembers, “The first week in our new home, Hudson and Nolan thrived. They slept through the night from day one (which is huge for little ones: children their ages can take up to 3 months to adjust to a new home). Hudson loved riding his electric car around the neighborhood and meeting our neighbors. We were so thankful that our construction site felt like home without any adjustment time.” Jennifer said she asked Hudson what kind of bed he wanted, and he chose a bunk bed, so she and Brandon surprised him with a tree house bunk bed from Pottery Barn Kids. The kids’ rooms are connected with Jack-and-Jill baths, each with its own vanity.

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The master bedroom, accented in blue, features an exterior door leading to the back patio. Even though the master shares a wall with the boys’ rooms, the Hufstetlers installed extra insulation, resulting in a more peaceful household. If one child wakes up, the other won’t be able to hear, Jennifer explains.

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The master bath is equipped with heated Carrera marble floors and a skylight for that extra burst of natural light. The vanity countertops are topped in a natural stone called “smoke” that is more durable than marble but less durable than granite. “I love it because it has the look of marble, but much more durable,” said Jennifer.

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The first floor powder bath, with its deep eggplant walls (actually Benjamin Moore’s color of the year, Shadow), is one of Jennifer’s favorite rooms in the house. She said, “I love the raw edging of the countertop. It dresses it up.”

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perfect space for our family.”

When asked what inspired the style of their home, Jennifer stressed the importance of having a beautiful space that was also family friendly. “We are a young family with two busy wild boys. Our style is transitional with a modern flair. We recently ordered the very last thing we need for this home -- a white slipcovered sofa for the downstairs living area so we can keep it washed on a regular basis!” She gives a great deal of credit to Dwayne Anderson of house by JSD Designs. “He saw our vision. I’m not super formal, but I like nice things. This is a custom home with a lot of nice finishes, but it was very important for it to be comfortable at the same time.” The family had searched years for a ranch home with an open floor plan but also with space for entertaining that didn’t jeopardize the “coziness” factor. “We eventually came to the realization that it only existed if we built it ourselves. So we did!” said Brandon. “The open floor plan makes it so easy and comfortable to entertain. Our first entertainment opportunity was in December for Hudson’s birthday party. We had a Lego Bricks 4 Kidz birthday party at our home and hosted about fifty people. It didn’t feel cramped in any way. It was after that party that we knew we created the perfect space for our family.”

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MASCULINE

RETREATS Napoleon Skyfire Bellagio™ Patio Torch Housewarmings

The great outdoors Seura UHD4K Outdoor Television Barney Miller’s

Classic Adirondack Chair Home Depot

Big Green Egg (Large) Steepleton’s

Acoustic Research Hatteras Indoor/Outdoor Wireless Speaker Dillard’s

Kentucky Fire Pit Barnhill Chimney

Corn Hole Boards Keeneland

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Classic Tonic Syrup Jack Rudy Cocktail Co.

Dartboard with Wood Cabinet Game Set Pottery Barm

Hadwin Wool Throw Blanket Ralph Lauren Home Ocean Currants Map Canvas Pottery Barn Truth Serum Decanter house

Cathy’s Concepts Engraved Wood Bottle Opener Dillard’s

Pub Sign Keeneland

Brooks Lounger Market On National

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Deluxe Poker Set Restoration Hardware


Tech territory Sonos Play:3 Hands Free Wi-Fi Speaker Barney Miller’s

RCA Smart Home HD Wi-Fi Doorbell Camera Dillard’s

Monessen Artisan 60 Electric Fireplace Housewarmings

Echo Spot in White Amazon

Single Pad Wireless Charger in Birch Ikea Danby 5.4 Cu. Ft. Kegerator Pieratt’s

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At Home Malachite Charger Polished Interiors

Pacific Coast® Lighting PCL Urchin Table Lamp Bed Bath & Beyond

Davenport Lounge Chair Kate Spade

Traditional Green Rug Pier 1 Imports

COLOR CATALOG

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tep into spring with Olympic’s Lime Meringue. This muted mint may be subtle, but it can bring harmony and light into any space.

Lime Meringue is a delicate balance of pigment, that can freshen up any room. This hue is a great way to integrate green into your current aesthetic since it acts as a cool neutral as well as a hint of color. Pair Lime Meringue with a deeper green, such as Ivy League, for a vibrant monochromatic scheme or with a rich brown, like Cocoa Cupcake, for a calming contrast. A dusty pink pastel, similar to Floral Linen, brings out the depth of this subdued green, but also serves as a contrast without overpowering other color elements.

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Check any list of the best athletes of UK Sports history, and you’ll find these guys. From their glory days in Kentucky to their professional careers, they made a name for themselves and did the BBN proud. But their incredible achievements in the sporting world aren’t the only reason they’re great: they also happen to be active, engaged members of our community. We asked these three remarkable guys to meet us down in the Distillery Distric to enjoy pizza and a few drinks while swapping stories and sharing why they love Lexington... photos by Conrhod Zonio | special thanks to Goodfella’s Distillery

Sam: “I think the reason I came back to Lexington–it’s the people of the Commonwealth. I’m 56 years old and they still treat me like I’m still on the roster. It’s the people who make you come back and settle here.”

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“I love the University and going to the games, just being around the program as much as I can.” Favorite memory of playing at UK: “Probably when we beat Alabama. Kentucky hadn’t beaten Alabama in about 75 years. The game went into overtime and I threw a touchdown on the last play of the game to Craig Houston. Fans rushed the field, tore the goal post down and it was just a really cool moment. It was just one of those moments that you dream about going into college as a quarterback... you live for those moments.” Is there anything in your career you wish you could do over? “Just the injuries I had. I went into the NFL as the number 1 pick in the draft and went to an expansion team and just got really beat up. I wish I could have stayed healthy through that period and played a lot longer. I had a great run, so can’t really complain about it.” Why do you love Lexington? “The city and the people. I’m from a little town 2 hours south of here in Eastern Kentucky. I came here for school and just really fell in love with the place. Once my wife and I started having kids we decided to bring our kids back and let them grow up here.” As a fan, who was your favorite UK player? “I grew up a big Rex Chapman fan. I was a basketball player in high school, as well: I actually came to Kentucky to play both sports. Rex was kind of my guy growing up: he was from the state like I am. He was a really great player and just a lot of fun to watch.”

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“I just would like to thank the readers for all the support that I have received over the last 30 or so years being in this area.” Favorite UK memory: “Without a doubt, it has to be my senior night at Rupp Arena. It was scary and very emotional at the same time because it was scary that I was leaving a comfortable area that I was so used to. Many, many tears.” Play that you’d like to do over: “It’s no secret that I have had some injuries throughout my career. There was an alley-oop pass that I received at Vanderbilt, that I dunked the basketball wrong and that was the beginning of some nightmare years as far as injuries.” As a fan, what are some of your favorite UK sports memories from the last few years? “Watching the UK team that was 38-0. There wasn’t one particular player, but watching them go through that year and seeing how everyone was contributing was a beautiful sight. I was really a fan of that particular team.”

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What are some ways you’re involved with the community? “I’m big on giving back. I do a lot of public speaking. I try to teach the younger generations about the ill effects of alcohol and drugs. I’ve always been a believer that if you can touch just one individual, then the day is successful.” Favorite local place to eat? “Probably Josie’s. I’m there 4 or 5 times a week.”

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“Lexington is not too big, but it’s big enough to find everything you need– great restaurants, great food, plenty of action, like Keeneland.” Favorite moment in your career: “I think the NCAA championship game, scoring 41 points in that game was still what everyone wants to talk about, even today, so that was cool. Then being on the cover of Sports Illustrated after that was also pretty good... and now on the cover TOPS! I’m on top of the mountain right now.” Is there anything in your career you wish had gone differently? “We were in the championship game my freshman year and I would have liked another opportunity to play that game. We lost to UCLA in San Diego. I think if we had played that game on a more neutral site, it would have probably made a difference and we made a couple mistakes down the stretch of the game made it tough for us to win.” Why do you love Lexington? “Well I was born right here in Lexington, so this is home to me. My wife was born in Bourbon County, so it’s home for her, as well. It’s a beautiful place, with all the horse farms.” What do you enjoy doing in town?

“I still like going to UK ballgames and going to Keeneland two or three times a meet. I am a fisherman, so I like to fish the horse farms in the area. There are just a lot of great people, and I have a lot of great friends here, some I have known most of my life, some from all the way back in high school.”

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1974-1978

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Named 1st team All-SEC three times

Named 2nd team All-American in 1978 Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball out of Bryan Station High School in 1974

1978 Helms Foundation Player of the Year

PARADE High School All-American

His #21 jersey is retired to the rafters of Rupp Arena

Only 1 of 3 players to ever score over 2,000 career points at UK Ranks 3rd on UK’s career scoring list with 2,038 points

16th overall pick in the 1978 NBA Draft Played 2 seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, then played in Japan

Jack “Goose” Givens will forever be remembered as the hero of Kentucky’s 1978 National Championship team. In the NCAA championship game against Duke, Givens famously scored a career-high 41 points to lead UK to a 94-88 win and the Cats 5th National Championship. He was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player in the Helms Foundation 1978 Player of the Year. It was the perfect ending to a storybook career for the Lexington native, who left UK as one of only 3 players to ever score over 2,000 points. Givens still ranks 3rd on UK’s all-time career scoring list. His #21 jersey proudly hangs from the rafters at Rupp Arena. After UK, Givens spent two seasons in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks after they drafted him with the 16th overall pick in the 1978 draft. He also played two years of professional basketball in Japan. Givens currently lives in Northern Kentucky with his wife, Linda. He’s the Vice-President of Business Development for Bowlin Group, LLC, which is an infrastructure construction company that builds energy and communications networks for utility, cell and cable companies. “Playing basketball at the University of Kentucky was an awesome experience that was even more special because I grew up 20 minutes from the campus,” Givens said. “There is not another college program in the country that holds their former basketball players in such high esteem. For this, I am very grateful, and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to play basketball at the University of Kentucky!”

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Kyle Macy is regarded as one of the best point guards and one of the most popular basketball players in the history of the University of Kentucky. After being named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball in 1975, Macy started as a Freshman at Purdue before transferring to Kentucky, where his legacy lives to this day. Macy led the Cats to the 1978 NCAA championship. He was named Consensus All-American and was the first UK player ever to be named Consensus SEC Player of the Year during his senior year. During his three year UK career, Macy was named All-American and All-SEC every year. Macy was a first round pick in the NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns and spent 7 years playing in the NBA and 3 years playing in Italy. After his playing days were over, Macy retired to live in Lexington to raise his family. He has worked as a sports broadcaster, including a stint on the UK radio network and is also producing his own TV show, “From the Rafters of Rupp”. Macy is currently an assistant basketball coach at Transylvania University and a tennis coach at Lexington Christian Academy. He also served as head coach when his team at Morehead State won the OVC championship in 2003; he served as their coach for a decade. “My four years at the University of Kentucky as a student-athlete were some of the best years of my life,” Macy said. “I honestly couldn’t have imagined or even written a script any better for how things turned out during my time at UK. Looking back, I am very proud that I not only played on a national championship team but also earned two undergraduate degrees from the University of Kentucky. These memories from my time at UK–both on and off the court–I cherish the most!” Macy added, “As for the Big Blue Nation, it still amazes me that even now, 40 years later, UK fans continue to recognize me and recall specific games I played in just like it was yesterday!”

KYLE M ACY Mr. Basketball in Indiana in 1975 Started as a Freshman at Purdue Consensus SEC Player of the Year in 1980 SEC Male Athlete of the Year in 1980 Consensus 1st team AllAmerican in 1980 3rd team All-American in 1979 Spent 7 years in the NBA and 3 years playing in Italy Elected to Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001 His #4 jersey is retired to the rafters of Rupp Arena

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Few UK basketball players have been more beloved during their playing days and thereafter than Sam Bowie. Following an incredible high school career in Pennsylvania–where he was named a McDonald’s and PARADE All-American–“Big Sam” spent five years on the UK campus from 1979-1984, even though injuries limited him to only three seasons on the court. After a stellar freshman season, Bowie was picked to play in the United States Olympic team: the team was unable to compete due to the 1980 Olympics boycott. During his sophomore season, Bowie was named consensus 2nd team All-American after averaging over 17 points and 9 rebounds a game. Bowie then had to miss the next two years battling leg injuries. He came back for his senior season and led the Cats to the 1984 Final Four. Bowie was then famously picked with the #2 overall selection in the 1984 draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, one pick ahead of Michael Jordan. Bowie battled more leg injuries during his 10year NBA career. Bowie has lived in Lexington since his retirement from basketball, where he raised his family. After a stint as the color analyst on the UK basketball radio network, Bowie says, “These days I’m retired and enjoying watching my children grow up to be wonderful adults.” Big Sam added, “Being a Kentucky Wildcat has been a tremendous honor, and I feel truly blessed to have been able to represent the BBN.”

The Legend: McDonald’s and PARADE All-American in high school Picked to the 1980 Olympic basketball team Consensus 2nd team All-American in 1981 2nd team All-American in 1984 2nd overall pick in the 1984 NBA draft NBA All-Rookie 1st team in 1985 Played 10 seasons in the NBA His #31 jersey is retired to the rafters at Rupp Arena

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Valerie Still is not just the single greatest women’s basketball player in Kentucky history, she’s one of the best to ever play women’s college basketball. Still is the all-time scoring leader at Kentucky–male or female–with 2,763 points. It’s a record most feel will never be broken. She’s also UK’s career rebounding leader. Simply put, Valerie Still is the best to ever wear the blue and white, which is an incredible accomplishment considering she was among the first to receive a college basketball scholarship under Title IX. After her college playing days were over, Still played professionally in Italy for 12 years, winning a national championship along the way. Still also played professionally for the Columbus Quest, where she won 2 titles and was twice named MVP of the Championship series. She finished her career playing for the Washington Mystics in the WNBA. Still is currently living in New Jersey as a Public Information Officer/ Director of Communications for the Palmyra School District. She is also CEO of the Dr. Clarence B. Jones Institute for Social Advocacy. Her son, Aaron, is a 2nd class (junior) at the US Naval Academy. Her memoirs will be released this spring. “In everything that I have done, achieved or experienced while at UK, I always put it in the context of the experiences of my ancestors, Levin Jr. and Peter, who were sold as property to a man in Lexington, KY, at the beginning of the 19th century when African Americans were enslaved in America,” Still said. “For me to return to Lexington nearly 200 years after they were in bondage and be able to excel to the level I have at UK in terms of athletics pays homage to them and recognizes them. If it wasn’t for their sacrifices, I would not have had the opportunity to do what I did at UK.” Still added, “As a young, naive girl, pre-Title IX, whose passion was playing basketball on the outdoor playground of Camden, NJ, I never could have orchestrated a narrative that would have me receiving a scholarship to one of the most prominent college basketball dynasties in the world and then breaking and still holding the most prestigious records of most points and rebounds at that school. On top of that, it being the place of enslavement for my ancestors makes it even more powerful.” She concluded, “Lexington, KY, and the University of Kentucky is a special place for me, it will always hold special meaning for me, not because of the records I set there but because of the love and relationships I was able to develop in my years while playing there and still maintain today.”

The Legend: Among 1st to receive scholarship under Title IX UK’s all-time career scoring leader–male or female UK’s all-time career rebounding leader Played for Team USA in 1980, 1981 & 1982 Played professionally in Italy for 12 years Won a National Championship in Italy Twice named MVP of the ABL Championship Series Played in the WNBA for the Washington Mystics College basketball Hall of Fame nominee

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B B E W N O D N A 1998-2000 BR Brandon Webb is largely considered the best pitcher in the history of the University of Kentucky. Webb earned a baseball scholarship to UK after an outstanding career at Paul Blazer High School in Ashland. It was during his junior year that Webb caught the eyes of the professional scouts when he finished the 2000 season with a record of 7-3 and led the team in innings pitched and strikeouts. The Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Webb in the 8th round of the Major League Baseball draft, and he made his major league debut only 3 years later in 2003 at the age of 23. Webb spent the next six seasons pitching for the Diamondbacks, where he finished with a record of 87-62, and an ERA of only 3.27 with 1,065 strikeouts. Webb was named to the All-Star team three years in a row in 2006, 2007 and 2008. His best year came in 2006 when he started the season 8-0 and finished 16-8 with an ERA 3.10. He was named the National League’s Cy Young Award winner, becoming the first and only Kentuckian to ever to achieve that honor. In 2007, Webb pitched a streak of 42 scoreless innings, which is the 12th longest streak in baseball history. He was also the Cy Young Award runner-up in 2008 after racking up a career-high 22 wins. Webb’s career was cut short by a series of shoulder injuries that started at the beginning of the 2009 season. A section of Route 60 near Ashland is named “Brandon Webb Highway”. He currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife and 3 kids. Webb says he still gets down to the ballpark often during the season, working for Fox Sports Arizona doing the pregame and postgame shows. “Being a Kentucky Wildcat was all that I ever wanted to be growing up in Ashland, Kentucky,” said Webb. “Playing in the SEC against the best players in the country was what set the tone and gave me the experiences to take my game to the next level. Go Big Blue!”

The Legend: Drafted in the 8th round of the MLB draft in 2000 Made MLB debut in 2003 at age 23 Pitched 6 seasons for the Arizona Diamondbacks Won the NL Cy Young Award in 2006 and runner-up in 2008 Led the National League in wins in 2006 and 2008 Was named an NL All-Star 3 straight years from 2006-2008 Section of Route 60 is named “Brandon Webb Highway”

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Former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen is as beloved today as he was when he played for the Cats from 2000-2003. Lorenzen was the Cats’ starting quarterback all four years of his UK career. In that time, he set 11 school records, 4 SEC records and 6 NCAA records for passing and total offense. Most believe his UK records will never be broken, including total offense, passing yards, passing touchdowns, completions and attempts. He also threw a school record 538 yards in one game against Georgia during his red-shirt freshman season. Lorenzen signed as a free agent with the New York Giants and earned a Super Bowl ring as the team’s backup quarterback in 2008. After his NFL career was over, Lorenzen’s love for the game led him to play for a couple of indoor football teams, where he even served as the general manager of the Northern Kentucky River Monsters and then eventually the commissioner of the Ultimate Indoor Football League. He now covers the state of Kentucky for HBB Pro Sales Group, which is a small manufacturing company based out Cleveland that makes HVAC and plumbing products. Lorenzen also owns a t-shirt company appropriately named Throwboy Tees, and he’s a regular on Kentucky Sports Radio. “Being able to call myself a Kentucky Wildcat is one of the greatest honors I have as a person,” Lorenzen said. “You can be anywhere in the world and find another Wildcat, and it’s like you guys are best friends and always have something to talk about. The fans truly bleed blue, and that’s what makes them the greatest fans ever.”

The Legend: Named Kentucky’s Mr. Football in 1998 Led Fort Thomas Highlands to 2 state titles, including a perfect 15-0 season in 1998 Set 11 UK records, 4 SEC records and 6 NCAA records for passing and total offense 2nd team All-SEC in 2002 SEC Co-Freshman of the year in 2000 National Player of the Week vs Vanderbilt in 2001 Two-time semi-finalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award NFL Super Bowl champion as member of New York Giants in 2008

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R E K L A W Y KENN SEC Player of the Year in 1985 & 1986

Georgia’s Mr. Basketball in 1982 #2 on Kentucky’s All-time career scoring list Consensus 1st team All-American in 1986 Consensus 2nd team All-American in 1985

5th overall pick in the NBA draft by the New York Knicks NBA Slam Dunk Champion in 1989 Played 7 seasons in the NBA (Knicks & Bullets) His #34 jersey is retired to the rafters of Rupp Arena Member of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

There is no denying that Kenny Walker is one of the most exciting players ever to put on a University of Kentucky uniform. “Sky” dominated for the Cats from 1982-1986 where he was named All-SEC all four years. In his senior year Walker was named a consensus 1st-team All-American. He was named the SEC Player of the Year in both his junior and senior seasons. When his playing days were over at UK, Walker is one of only three UK basketball players to score over 2,000 points and finished as the 2nd all-time leading scorer with 2,080 points trailing only Dan Issel. Walker began his professional career with the New York Knicks after they drafted him the 5th overall selection in the 1986 NBA draft. Three years later, “Sky” won the NBA slam dunk title three days after the death of his father. Walker played five years with the Knicks, two years with the Washington Bullets, and six years playing overseas in Japan and Spain. Walker has lived in Lexington since his playing days ended. He is a salesman for Kentucky Sports History and has been a sports talk radio host, primarily for WVLK. Walker proudly said, “Playing at the University of Kentucky and still being recognized today is still one of the most exciting things in my life, including playing in the NBA.”

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Simply put, Derek Abney was one of the best kick returners in the history of college football. Abney was one of those rare athletes that when he was on the football field you never took your eyes off of him because fans knew at any time that he could do something special. As a receiver and kick returner for the Kentucky Wildcats from 2000-2003, Abney broke or tied seven NCAA records, 11 SEC records and 14 UK records for kick returns and all-purpose yards. Abney was the very first player in NCAA history to have over 2,000 receiving yards, 2,000 kickoff return yards, and 1,000 punt return yards. When his storied UK career ended, Abney had returned eight kicks of touchdowns (6 punts and 2 kickoffs). He was is one of only four UK football players to ever be named first team All-SEC three times. Abney is currently a manager of a petrochemical terminal in South Carolina. “I didn’t realize when I accepted my UK scholarship how extensive and supportive the UK fan base would be,” Abney said. “I live in Charleston, SC, and just about every week I see a UK shirt, flag, sticker, or license plate. Big Blue Nation is ever-present, and the support it shows for its teams sets it apart from any other fan base.”

DEREK ABNEY 1st team All-State as a junior and a senior in North Dakota Broke or tied 7 NCAA records 1st player to ever have 2000 all-purpose yards, 2000 kickoff return yards and 1000 punt return yards. Consensus 1st team All-American in 2002 2nd team All-American in 2003 1st team All-SEC in 2001, 2002 & 2003 Ranked 1st in All-Purpose yards at UK and 2nd in the SEC Ranked 2nd in career receiving yards, receptions and receiving TD’s at UK Drafted in the 7th round of the NFL draft by the Baltimore Ravens

Abney added, “I will say I also developed a lot of character from the adversity that comes with three different head coaches and four different position coaches. It was a difficult situation which forced my leadership qualities to develop; which has served me well in my current role as a petrochemical terminal manager. That being said, I wouldn’t change my time at UK. It is special to me, and I appreciate all my UK family-with red or blue blood-did for me and continues to do.”

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N E S N A H Y JENN 1992-1995 Jenny Hansen-Hecht is not only one of the most decorated athletes to ever wear the Blue and White at Kentucky, but she’s also one of the greatest gymnasts in the history of collegiate gymnastics... period. While at UK from 1992-1995, Hansen is the only person to ever win three consecutive NCAA All-Around Championships. She also won 2 NCAA titles in the balance beam, 2 NCAA titles in the vault, and also won an NCAA title in floor exercise. In all, Hansen won 8 NCAA championships and 9 SEC titles. In 2006, the Wisconsin native was named the Most Outstanding NCAA Gymnast over the past 25 years. She is a 13-time All-American, and is one of only two female athletes to ever have a banner retired at UK in their honor. Her post-UK career has been just as rewarding. She’s worked at Sea World, Disney World, Orlando Magic games, and in Hollywood as a stunt woman. She currently lives with her husband, Michael, in Golden, Colorado, where she works with the ATS Team as a rigger and professional obstacle course tester for some of TV’s most popular obstacle courses like American Ninja Warrior, Ultimate Beast Master and Amazing Race. “Being a UK Wildcat gymnast has been one of the most influential periods in my life,” Hansen said. “Coach Leah Little and Assistant coach Time Myers, along with teammates, allowed me to struggle and succeed. The University of Kentucky and the state of Kentucky welcomed me with open arms and always made me feel at home.” Hansen continued, “This home feel and appreciation of what I accomplished while I was competing at UK is displayed all over town–from the Nutter Field House where I trained, Memorial Coliseum where I competed, to the Children’s Hospital Hall of Champions wall as well as two ‘Jenny Hansen Days’ [May and February]. I am honored by the love I received while being an athlete and overwhelmed by the banners placed everywhere to celebrate my accomplishments. To be recognized as one of the Top 10 Kentucky Legends, makes me speechless and puts me on Cloud 9 to be still acknowledged in the beautiful state of Kentucky!”

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Only person ever to win 3 straight NCAA AllAround Championships Won a total of 8 National titles Won a total of 9 SEC titles 13-time All-American

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Named the NCAA’s Most Outstanding Gymnast over the past 25 years One of only 2 female athletes to have a banner retired in their honor at UK Named an SEC legend Participated in 2002 Olympic closing ceremonies


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Tim Couch is not only one of the best football players to ever play at UK, but he’s universally regarded as the most “important” football player to ever play at UK. Couch became a cult phenomenon at Leslie County High School where he not only set several national passing records and was named Kentucky’s Mr. Football, but also led the state in scoring in basketball as a junior with 36 points per game. He added to his popularity by picking Kentucky over rival Tennessee. After Hal Mumme was hired as UK’s head coach, Couch stamped his place in UK folklore by turning in the 2 best seasons a UK quarterback has ever had in leading the team to the Outback Bowl in 1998. When his UK career was over, Couch held 7 NCAA passing records, and he still holds the NCAA record for completions per game at 36.4 and completion percentage in one game (minimum of 40 completions) when he went 44-53 against Vanderbilt in 1998. His record of 4,151 passing yards in 1998 was an SEC record for 9 years until Tim Tebow broke it by only 30 yards. He is also the only UK football player ever to be named a Heisman finalist. After UK, Couch was the overall #1 pick in the NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns where he started for 5 seasons. He currently lives in Lexington with his wife, Heather, and their two boys. Couch worked as a broadcaster for several years after his playing days, and now he’s an investor in several businesses in Lexington. “Coming out of high school I had an opportunity to play anywhere in the country, but I chose to stay home and play for Kentucky because I grew up a huge UK fan, and I wanted to stay close to home for my friends and family to watch me play,” Couch said. “It’s a decision I’ve never regretted for many reasons. We started a new brand of Kentucky football with the “Air Raid” offense, and I loved playing for coach Mumme where I became the SEC Player of the Year, 1st team All-American, a Heisman Trophy finalist, and the #1 overall pick in the NFL draft.” Couch continued, “I loved playing here so much that after my NFL career was over, I decided to come back to Lexington to raise my kids here.”

The Legend: Kentucky’s Mr. Football in 1995 USA Today High School All-American in 1995 Consensus 1st Team All-American in 1998 SEC Player of the Year in 1998 1st team All-SEC in 1998 2nd team All-SEC in 1997 Heisman Trophy finalist in 1998 Overall #1 draft pick by the Cleveland Browns. AFC Offensive Player of the Week in 2002 NFL Rookie of the Month in 1999

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Ryan Lemond marvels about how far he has come when he returns to his hometown of Otwell, IN, population 434. “We had a post office, an elementary school and a gas station. That’s it,” Lemond recalled. His dad coached basketball for the one and only high school in town. Lemond remembers going to the gym with his dad from the time he was able to walk. “I couldn’t wait for the day I could play for him,” he said. Lemond played ball for his dad for three years in high school, but even before that, there was another talent he was perfecting back home, on the 1970s shag carpet with his baseball card collection: he’d stack the cards in the fibers of the thick carpet and let the gift of gab take over. “My mom will tell ya, I was doing my play by play the entire time,” he said. His mom would also hear him announcing in his room while shooting hoops with his Nerf basketball. “She knew long before I did that I was going to get into broadcasting,” Lemond said. Lemond played baseball in college at Kentucky Wesleyan in Owensboro. It was during that time he picked up an internship at a TV station. “That’s where I got the bug,” he said. “That’s where I knew what I wanted to do.”

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After graduation, Lemond’s career took off. First stop, a TV station in Owensboro where he spent one year. Then he moved on to Evansville, IN where he was on air for six years. Lemond moved to Lexington in 1996 when he was hired by LEX18. He spent the next 12 years anchoring and reporting for the sports department. The first four years are some of his most memorable. “That four-year stretch I could not believe how lucky I was to be there at that time. It was awesome,” he said. Three months after he moved here, UK won the basketball championship. Three months later, the Olympic torch relay passed through Kentucky and he got to carry the torch on one leg of the trip. The next year Kentucky was back at the Final Four. The following year, another championship. Lemond was there for it all. He thought, “Wow! How awesome is that!” As exciting as the career was, it was a delicate balance with his family. Lemond and his wife, Amanda, have three sons. Gavin, their oldest is 20. Michael is 15 and Josiah is 11–he plays basketball, baseball, and football. A simple question at the dinner table one night changed Lemond’s career path. His then nine-year-old son asked Ryan if he was going to miss another one of his games. That’s when it clicked. “Something happened to me at that moment,” he recalled. “I said, ‘no, I am not’.” Lemond left LEX18 and got his real estate license so he could have a career with more flexibility. One problem: his epiphany happened in ‘07 when the market was starting to crash. “It was rough a couple years,” he said. So, he picked up some radio work on the side to supplement his income. Eleven years later, Lemond is on the air five days a week, co-hosting Kentucky Sports Radio with Matt Jones from 10am-noon. “We’re not really a sports show. We are really more of an entertainment show.


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“It’s perfect. I put my radio hat on in the morning, take it off at noon and put my realtor hat on...” We are more like a couple of guys sitting around, having a beer and talking about what we normally talk about,” he said. It’s a caller-driven show with an informal, open conversation. They open up the mics and the phone lines and typically have no idea where it will take them. Social media also allows even more listeners to interact. “I don’t know why it has taken off like it has, but I thank my lucky stars every day,” he said. Radio allows Lemond to stay close to the world of sports he loves. Real estate supports the family. “It’s perfect. I put my radio hat on in the morning, take it off at noon and put my realtor hat on and do my realtor stuff the rest of the day. I am still free to go to all my boy’s games, all my boy’s practices. I didn’t want to miss being a dad,” he said. It’s the best of both worlds. “Radio is great. You don’t have to take a shower. You don’t have to comb your hair. You can put on sweatpants, a hoodie and a hat and go,” he said. Lemond has one more “sideline gig”. You will see him on the air during high school football season on WKYT reporting from the game of the week as well as see his sports stories right here in TOPS. Lemond admits he’s been lucky. “God has blessed me to be able to be a family man and still support my family with these two careers I’m in,” he said. “I’m happy.”•

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For 40 years, Hospice of the Bluegrass has cared for thousands of families in local communities, but in recent years, they felt that they were outgrowing their name. “Many of you know us as the Hospice of the Bluegrass and nothing has changed, other than our name and the fact that we are now able to provide more expert care—long before life’s final months,” said Bluegrass Care Navigators’ President and CEO Liz Fowler. by Sarah Boerkircher | photos courtesy of Bluegrass Care Navigators While a name change has taken place, the level of care has never wavered. In fact, Hospice of the Bluegrass, now Bluegrass Care Navigators, has been a national leader for 40 years in providing expert and compassionate care for patients and families. “We changed our name to Bluegrass Care Navigators to better reflect how we guide and provide care to more people, in more ways, at earlier stages of serious illness. Yet, we’re still the same great provider with the same great people,” said Liz. “We still have the same compassion and commitment that has always defined Hospice of

the Bluegrass. With our new name, we are better reflecting our growing range of services, which includes Bluegrass Hospice Care, Bluegrass Extra Care, Bluegrass Palliative Care and more.” In Lexington, Ky., in 1978, a small group of healthcare professionals and volunteers formed Community Hospice of Lexington, which later became Hospice of the Bluegrass. The first CEO, Gretchen Brown, retired in 2014, but she provided a tremendous amount of leadership nationwide and has advocated for hospice care for more than 32 years.

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“We serve the patient and family where they are because our goal is to create a lot of memories up to the very end.” The face of healthcare has changed over the past four decades and Bluegrass Care Navigators has grown into a major healthcare provider for the seriously ill in the state of Kentucky.

Vicki Merrill, Bluegrass Care Navigators Director of Counseling Services

For Bluegrass Care Navigators, it’s all about the care and services they can provide to patients and families, and to community and professional partners. In 2016, through all of the programs and services provided, Bluegrass Care Navigators served more than 13,000 patients and their families. They estimate they closed 2017 by serving close to 15,000 across Kentucky. Currently, services and programs provided include:

• Bluegrass Extra Care: A private pay, personalized service for clients in their home, nursing home or assisted living facility. Services include homemakers, certified nursing assistants, sitters and skilled nursing. • Bluegrass Home Primary Care: A comprehensive, in-home expert medical care service for chronic medical conditions for those who are “home limited.” • Bluegrass Adult Day Care: An engaging program for adults whose physical or intellectual competency has been compromised by age or illness. • Bluegrass Transitional Care: A program provided by the hospital or

insurance provider that helps patients after a hospitalization transition to care at home.

• Bluegrass Palliative Care: A physician consult service providing specialized medical care focused on relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness to improve quality of life. • Bluegrass Hospice Care: A program providing expert care for the final months of life, including medical, nursing, emotional and spiritual support for the patient and family. • Bluegrass Grief Care: A unique counseling service for support and

guidance through anticipatory grief and bereavement, a service provided to our hospice patients and the community through children’s grief camps, support groups and outreach to businesses and area schools.

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“Gretchen and Community Hospice of Lexington were sensitive to the needs of the terminally ill and recognized that hospitals and nursing homes allowed little dignity and intimacy to those who had a short time to live,” Liz said. “Bluegrass Care Navigators will continue to support the mission of helping a growing number of seriously ill patients and their families during their journey.”

Helping patients and families live their fullest life As Liz explained, Bluegrass Care Navigators continues to evolve because they are always listening for unmet needs and how they can better utilize their expertise and compassionate care to serve patients and their families. “As for where our care is provided, it depends on the service,” she says. “A significant portion of our care is provided wherever a patient calls home–a residence, nursing facility or assisted living. Some of our services, like palliative care for example, are provided in partner facilities such as hospitals, clinics and nursing facilities. We serve the patient and family where they are because our goal is to create a lot of memories up to the very end.” For those who are not in need of hospice, yet are struggling with a serious illness and the accompanying needs, the palliative and other in-home services continue to grow. While there is often confusion regarding hospice and palliative care, it helps to know that many patients who receive palliative care are not terminally ill, and palliative care is for anyone, at any age and any stage of serious illness. “Not all patients who receive palliative care will go to hospice, but all patients in hospice will receive palliative care,” Liz said. “Many people believe hospice is just for the final days of life, but hospice is so much more. We can help patients and their family for months. We often are told, ‘I wish we’d called you sooner.’”


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40 years of care To celebrate their 40th anniversary, Bluegrass Care Navigators has planned a variety of events across the community to recognize 40 years of care and to honor those who have helped them along way. Gladys Dotson, the first hospice patient in Kentucky, was admitted into their care on March 18, 1978. Bluegrass Care Navigator is planning a 40th Anniversary Online Giving Day on March 16, 2018, with a goal of raising $40,000 to continue to help care for future hospice patients and their families. Additionally, on Sunday, July 22, 2018, Bluegrass Care Navigators will be the featured charity at the Lexington Legends game, giving them a public chance to celebrate this milestone year. “Thanks to community support, we can go above and beyond in so many different ways,” said Liz. “We are one of the best serious illness programs in the country because we truly want to help people to live their fullest life. Anyone can call us, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 855-492-0812. Our help is always available.”

How to make a donation: Through the generosity of the community, Bluegrass Care Navigators is able to provide the highest quality hospice and serious illness care in the nation. All donations made to Bluegrass Care Navigators stay in Kentucky and can be designated for the care and services that they provide in specific counties. Donations can be made by visiting give. bgcarenav.org or calling 855-492-0812 and asking for the Philanthropy Department. •

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New & Noteworthy:

Worn & Company

The East end of Lexington continues to get cooler and more fun! Worn & Company is definitely helping take the area to the next level with its mix of new and vintage clothing, accessories, furniture and other artifacts for your home. Its unique environment offers a space where you can hunt for one-of-of-kind treasures or find well-made, comfortable denim jeans that you’ll want to wear every day. The store’s owner, Nick Nardiello, said he believes in offering products that are meant to be worn and will last a lifetime. Nardiello had been inspired to open a shop like Worn & Company long before his vision came to life. “I have always been a collector and thrifting is in my blood,” he said. “I felt that Lexington was missing a casual and authentic men’s shopping experience. I wanted to be able to show that retail doesn’t have to be uncomfortable or rushed. The store offers all the things I enjoy hunting for in one location. We sell clothing that will last another ten years if taken care of, plus one of a kind collectibles, furniture and knick-knacks that have lasted the past fifty.” Nardiello said his hope is that by locating his store on the east side of town at 901 Winchester Road, that they will help draw some new businesses to the area. “I love our location and can only imagine how the neighborhood will change in the next five years,” he said.

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Worn & Company is completely different than anything else out there in Lexington. Every nook of the store tells a story. You can spend hours in there if you let yourself! “It’s eclectic and arranged in a way that melds the new with the old,” Nardiello noted. “We’ve created a space that makes you want to stay a

while. While most items in the store are for sale, the lifestyle pieces such as couches, old hunting books and magazines encourage our customers to hang out and take a break from their day while listening to the records play.” The store offers items with a wide range of price points and inventory is always changing. On the high end, they offer value and support brands that deliver quality. But they also love finding tried and true objects that look as good as they did new, offered at a fraction of the price. Their goal is that people from any background can walk away with something they love. “Our products are incredibly diverse and we are proud of that,” he said. Don’t worry gals: the store isn’t just for men. “We have plenty of fun things in the store for women. Most men we have in here buying for their homes are already getting spousal approval before their purchase,” Nardiello joked. “We sell furniture, rugs, artwork, barware and other homewares. We even have a collection of women’s vintage clothing, hats and accessories that is starting to grow.” The 30-year-old owner also shares his advice for other entrepreneurs out there who want to do something big, chase a dream or open a business. He said, “I can’t begin to tell you how many times I envisioned a store like this in Lexington and to now see it here, the reality of it is even better. People want authenticity. When you are true to yourself, you can offer something that is truly unique. Don’t be afraid to try something different, you never know who else might have the same interests until you show them yours.” Be on the lookout on social media for their Keeneland & Derby hat show at the store in March, hosted in their newly renovated and expanded hat room. wornandcompany.com •

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Chevy Chase Eatery offers the best of Italy & the Mediterranean

By Michelle Aiello | Photos by Keni Parks

Located among a row of established local businesses on Romany Road, The Bridge Eatery & Bar (jointly owned by Gokhan Kargi and Bayram Vatansever) is one of Chevy Chase’s newest dining establishments – offering a fresh mix of traditional Greek and Turkish cuisine along with classic, made-from-scratch pizza. Gokhan Kargi and his wife Mine moved to Lexington from Istanbul Turkey two years ago. Gokhan worked as a civil engineer in Istanbul, where had the opportunity to build and design several hotels and restaurants, including Nusr-Et, the original restaurant of celebrity chef and butcher, Nusret (known as “salt bae” on social media). “During those years,” he said, “I worked with many different chefs to design their kitchens, and so it became a dream of mine to run a restaurant when I retired.”

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The Bridge is located in the building that most recently housed Fit yoga/pilates studio. The two-story building was completely renovated and is decorated in warm earth tones, punctuated with colorful art from Turkey and a shimmering accent wall made of illuminated tile. The name The Bridge, Gokhan explained, has multiple meanings. Bayram Vatansever opened The Bridge Pizza on Waller Avenue in 2012. The two became partners in early 2017, and decided to open another restaurant –one that would combine pizza with other Mediterranean dishes. The current menu “bridges” the gap between different countries and cuisines. Plus, as he pointed out, Turkey itself is a bridge between Europe and Asia.

The Bridge Eatery & Bar 342 Romany Rd., Lexington, KY, 40502 (859) 554-5656 | TheBridgeEatery.com Open Monday through Sunday: Dine In: 11am to 12am | Delivery: 12pm to 10pm

The Kargis are very proud of the fact that everything at The Bridge is made from scratch, using the best quality ingredients possible. One of the traditional Turkish menu items gaining popularity is Lahmacun, which is similar to pizza, except it is topped with minced beef and lamb which has been mixed with fresh, chopped parsley and onions. This mixture is spread over a very thin dough and baked in a brick oven. Saksuka, an appetizer made from braised eggplant cooked with tomatoes and onions, and served with fresh, warm garlic bread for dipping, is popular as well. But perhaps what the Kargis recommend most is a dessert known as Kunefe. Unavailable anywhere else in Lexington, this pastry is made from ultra-thin shredded dough known as “kadayıf” served with a very mild, sweet cheese in the center. The dessert is served drizzled with warm syrup. “This is one of our favorites,” said Mine. The Bridge’s Mediterranean chef, Yasar Aydin, is a pastry chef by trade, which comes as no surprise, given the delicate texture of the Kunefe. Gokhan also mentioned that whether guests are looking for a quick slice of pizza or a leisurely meal with friends, both can be found at The Bridge. The restaurant also offers Sunday Brunch and delivery. The couple said they searched for a long time to find a location that was perfect for their business. Eventually, they chose Chevy Chase because of its close-knit nature. “We want to share the property, our food, everything –with our neighbors,” said Gokhan. “Many other businesses in this area have been around for thirty or forty years. It’s nice to be a part of this neighborhood and we are really trying to do that.”

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Gokhan Kargi & his wife Mine

with Owner

GOKHAN KARGI

Are you from Lexington? If not, where? We moved to Lexington almost two years ago. We are originally from Istanbul, Turkey. How did you get started in the restaurant industry? I am originally a civil engineer. My career brought several opportunities for me to become an expert in constructing and designing different sizes of hospitality properties. The Bridge Eatery & Bar is a family business. What advice do you have for working day-to-day-with family? Set each member’s roles and responsibilities and never try to jump in each other’s area of responsibility. If you were eating at The Bridge, what would you order? I would start with Patty’s (our Bar Manager’s) special New York Sour. My following order would be the Adana Kebap and closing would certainly be Kunefe! Last thing you cooked for yourself at home? I normally do not cook! My wife recently cooked a delicious salmon casserole and salad for some friends. Favorite food from your childhood? My grandmom’s delicious meat and spinach Boreks and lentil veggie balls. Last restaurant where you dined? I recently celebrated my birthday at World of Beer.

The Bridge’s

Red Lentil Soup Ingredients:

Directions:

9oz red lentils, rinsed and drained

Put the olive oil, lentils, onion, carrot, potato and hot water in a large pan. Bring to boil for about 35 minutes or until the lentils and the vegetables are cooked. Stir occasionally to ensure the lentils don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 medium carrot grated 1 medium potato, peeled and grated 1.5 liter hot water 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon butter 1 ½ teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes Salt and pepper to taste Extra wedge of lemon, paprika flakes and croutons to serve

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Once cooked, add butter and red pepper flakes. Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper to your taste, stir well. Serve hot with a wedge of lemon. Garnish with croutons and red pepper flakes. Serves 6 Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 40 minutes

Favorite meat and way to prepare it? Iskender (Gyros). I like it prepared with the best quality meat, butter, tomato paste, and of course, Turkish yogurt. Quote you live by? Success is bringing together the structures that fit best, and happiness is to watch them move in harmony.


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Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 15-20 minutes Ingredients: ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Low-Carb

Buffalo Chicken Soup

1 medium whole carrot, thinly sliced 2 ribs celery, thinly sliced 1 small onion, diced 1 head cauliflower, cored and chopped 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth 2 cups water 8 ounces ⅓-less-fat cream cheese, cubed ¼ cup hot sauce ½ cup reduced-fat blue cheese crumbles 3 cups cooked shredded chicken (about 1 pound raw boneless, skinless breast) Preparation: Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat and add the oil. When the oil shimmers, add the carrots, celery, and onion. Cook until the carrots soften, 5 to 7 minutes, then set aside. Meanwhile, bring the cauliflower and chicken broth to a boil in a large pot or Dutch oven. Cook until the cauliflower is very soft, 8-10 minutes. Carefully transfer the cooked cauliflower and broth to a high-speed blender and blend to a smooth puree (Or puree it right in the pot with an immersion blender.). If blended in a blender, carefully pour the puree back into the pot, and return the burner to medium-high heat. Add in the set-aside cooked vegetables and 2 cups of water. Stir in the cream cheese, hot sauce, and ¼ cup of the blue cheese crumbles and stir until the cheese is smooth and incorporated. Add in ⅔ of the cooked chicken, and cook an additional 5 to 10 minutes to heat through. Serve each bowl of soup garnished evenly with the remaining ⅓ of the chicken and ¼ cup of blue cheese on top. Drizzle with additional hot sauce as desired. 6 servings | Nutrition Facts based on 1½ cups Calories 255 | Fat 13g | Fiber 3g | Sodium 890 mg | Carbohydrates 11g | Sugar 4g Cholesterol 75 mg | Protein 24g | SmartPoints: 6

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B L U E G R A S S

BEEF BOOM By Barbara Meyer

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entucky, a state long associated with world-class horses, is earning a reputation for first-class beef. The terrain is ideal - the same limestone content in the soil and water that infuses important properties into bourbon also adds value to a cow’s diet for the best possible meat flavor. Kiah Twisselman, The Kentucky Beef Council’s Director for Consumer Affairs says, “Kentucky farmers have always been great cultivators of the land and caretakers of livestock, producing wholesome food for families across the bluegrass and beyond. Today’s consumers want healthy, nutritious meal options without sacrificing a delicious eating experience, and the Kentucky beef industry has responded.” Beef sales are once again on the rise due to lower prices, more choices, and greater awareness of the nutritional value of this high source of protein. Kentucky is the largest beef producing state east of the Mississippi, the home of more than 38,000 beef cattle farmers and over 2 million head of cattle.

Beef Is Better Than Ever In 1989, there were only six lean cuts of beef available in the meat case. Today, 70 percent of the meat case is lean beef with more than 39 lean beef cuts available. Lean beef packs big nutrition in a small package, with more than ten essential vitamins and nutrients and about half a day’s requirement for protein, all in a 3-oz.,150 calorie serving. Lean beef is a part of a heart-healthy diet, supplying fewer calories and more nutrients than plant proteins like quinoa and edamame. “Today’s consumers are evolving as millennials surpass baby boomers as the largest generation,” Twisselman observes. “While cost and taste still drive purchases, millennials also value knowing where their food comes from, food as not just sustenance but an eating experi-

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ence, as well as convenience when shopping. The beef industry is evolving with the changing marketplace, becoming more transparent in sharing their story from pasture to plate, reaching consumers where they are online with cooking tips and resources, and expanding retail options beyond the grocery store through avenues such as e-commerce (food delivery services, online shopping, etc.).” Locally sourced beef is making an increased appearance in restaurants, grocery stores and specialty shops. “It all comes down to consumer demand,” Twisselman explains. “With the farm-to-table movement, many restaurants specifically source from local farms. The Kentucky beef industry has worked together to bring local meat options to Kroger, one of the state’s largest retailers, with choices like the new Kentucky Cattleman’s Ground Beef.”

Natural Methods - Premium Taste You can purchase beef directly from local farms, with larger quantities available for the best value. Get a whole, half, quarter or eighth of a cow and customize your order, specifying the cuts of meat and package weight. Sellers often provide important tips for the best ways to prepare and cook the meat too. Tom and Melissa McFarland are among the local farmers providing premium beef in central Kentucky. They believe that the finest cattle, raised safely, humanely, and in keeping with environmental sustainability yield the highest quality meat. Their Big Zeke Steaks line sold at their farm in Bourbon County is now available nationwide online at BigZekeSteaks.com. “We put our cattle’s well-being and comfort first and foremost,” McFarland explains. “When cattle are stressed and upset, they don’t eat properly or develop to their fullest potential. Our “calm cattle” are primarily grass-raised and given all-natural feeds the traditional way, like our grandfathers did. We use no growth hormones, antibiotics or additives so the meat tastes better and is healthier.” As with a fine wine or artisan cheese, the right process makes all the difference, like the Big Zeke Steaks method of dry-aging their meat 14-21 days for optimum juiciness and tenderness. The result is beef rivaling that served at the finest restaurants in the country. “By starting with high-quality steaks, you can recreate a premium steakhouse experience for friends and family right in your own kitchen,” McFarland says.

Kentucky Raised - Kentucky Proud Our government supports the growing local cattle industry. With help from the Kentucky Agriculture Development Fund, farmers are using acreage previously designated for tobacco to become beef cattle producers. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s “Kentucky Proud” promotional campaign has increased awareness of what’s available and helped producers, retailers, and restaurants market beef industry products and services to communities across the Bluegrass. “People today want to know more about where their beef comes from and the families that produce it, and the Kentucky beef industry has stepped up to the plate to share that story.” Twisselman observes. “Look for Kentucky Proud beef where you shop and eat out across the state. Whether you prefer to buy beef from a local farmer or your local grocery store, you can feel confident in the products you choose.”

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SPORTS BARS By Amanda Harper

THE CELLAR BAR & GRILLE Their 30 flat screen TVs and a 169” hi-def big screen make watching the game so easy, but it’s their extensive list of beer, bourbon and wine that makes them a can’t miss year-round. Start the evening off with Bob Twigg’s Cellar Chips served with a blue cheese dip, or jump right in with their Philly Steak Wrap, with Philly meat, sautéed onions, peppers, mushrooms, steak sauce and provolone wrapped up in a warm tortilla. Though it is on the Signature Club’s property, the Cellar is open to the public. 3256 Lansdowne Drive | 859.317.8301 | cellargrille.com

WINCHELL’S RESTAURANT & SPORTS BAR A local favorite for over 25 years, Winchell’s marries the feel of a cozy sports bar with a down-home family restaurant. Over 30 flat screen TVs make watching sporting events convenient, but their extensive, comfort food menu makes it a place to return to time after time. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a great selection of beer, wine and cocktails. Their Winchell’s Hot Chicken is a great pick, with fried boneless chicken breast, dipped in their homemade spice blend and served over white bread with sliced pickles. Try their Fried Green Tomatoes to start. 348 Southland Drive | 859.278.9424 | winchellsrestaurant.com

A.P. SUGGINS BAR & GRILL A friendly neighborhood joint that puts southern hospitality at the forefront of a great sports bar experience. Their Bowl Plus features their award-winning chili, loaded with cheddar cheese and chopped onions and jalapeños, served with tortilla chips for dipping. Or, try their Catfish Fingers, battered with Weisenberger Mill batter and served with their own creamy tartar sauce. Enjoy their carefully selected menu of beer and wine. 345 Romany Road | 859.268.0709 | suggins.com

BANNERS Banners puts sports fans first. Over 25 TVs and a huge projection screen ensure that there’s not a bad seat in the house. Their Pepper Jack Cheese Balls are positively addictive. Locals love their Championship Ring Burger, featuring a half pound of beef topped with cheddar, bacon, tomato, onion and beer battered onion rings. They offer great drink specials during all Cats’ games. 3650 Boston Road | 859.223.4775 | bannerslex.com

DRAKE’S Founded with the idea to have a great late night dining and bar experience, Drake’s has cemented its place as a local favorite. Their Sriracha Wings just beg to be shared with buddies over beer–and they have a great selection to choose from. Their Smashed Morning Glory Burger features pepper jack cheese, a fried egg, fire-roasted salsa and fresh cut toppings. With fun events like Wings and Whiskey Wednesday, there are plenty of reasons to “Come Play” at Drake’s. 3347 Tates Creek Road | 859.335.6500 | drakescomeplay.com TOPS Magazine | March 2018

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Grass Monkey March picks BY Kirk Why Kirk Enjoys this Beer…. “Grass Monkey…..that funky monkey! C’mon you know you did it too! When you see a beer name and it makes you sing you gotta give it a whirl, right? Sweet Water brewing in Atlanta continues to impress. 420 is a staple in my fridge and I always enjoy their limited release seasonal offerings. Their Spring release Grass monkey is a wonderfully built beer, the pour produces a beautiful golden color that is quickly followed by the wonderful aroma of hops and citrus. The flavor in this beer is tremendous, a slight citrus hop flavor up front that is backed up with a malty wheat punch and finishes with a fresh lemongrass flavor that is obvious but not over powering. This beer is wonderfully refreshing and is perfect for spring in the bluegrass. Don’t miss out on this one!

style: Hoppy Wheat Ale with Lemongrass

hops: Bravo and Lemon drop

alcohol by volume: 5.4% | IBU: 30

taste profile: Spring got sprung with this funky monkey. We dropped a big stash of Lemon drop hops into both the kettle and the dry hop – delivering a big citrus blast – and topped it off with a Lemongrass addition for a refreshing twist. Light in body with bright citrus notes, this is an extremely complex but very easy drinking brew.

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Leese-Fitch

Firehouse red wine Tasting Notes‌. This vintage of the Leese-Fitch Firehouse Red shows aromatics of Bing cherry, huckleberry, sweet leather and cedar with hints of toasted dill and earth. The flavor starts with dark chocolate covered cherries, espresso, vanilla bean, blackberry syrup and tart plum. The finish shows Italian roast coffee, heavy toasted French oak, balsalmic reduction and cocoa nibs.

Varietal: Zinfandel, Merlot

appellation: Lodi, Clarksburg, Contra Costa County and Sonoma County

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alcohol:

3.63

6.4g/L

13.5%

food pairings: This is a big wine that would pair best with rich dishes. Sausage lasagna, a flatiron steak with roasted root vegetables or carne asada tacos come to mind as good pairings.

proudly distributed by kentucky eagle, inc. www.KYeagle.net Please call Kentucky Eagle at 859-252-3434 for local purchase location! TOPS Magazine | March 2018

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an upgrade on your fun

barney miller’s

by

Looking to unwind? Imagine reclining back in a motorized theatre chair, adjusting the power headrest, touching “movie scene” on an iPad and watching the lights dim as the show begins. Heading home from an event or dinner? Imagine pushing the “home scene” app on a phone and having the garage door open, security system disarm, the lights go on and music playing. Grilling out? Imagine enjoying incredible quality and uniform volume from a landscape sound system. Forget Bluetooth speakers: this is a stereo that looks awesome and sounds even better! Or how about watching a stunning all-weather 4K TV while entertaining? Barney Miller’s has everything to make a guy’s life easier, better and a whole lot more fun.

232 E Main St. // lexington, ky 859.252.2216 // barneymillers.com

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find a new home with

rector hayden realtors Sha Fister, General Manager and Keith Rector, Senior Vice-President have been in real estate most of their lives–having grown up with parents in the business since they were very young. “We both have many fond memories of seeing all the many achievements and successes of the Rector Hayden Agents over the years. It’s an honor to now lead the company as we continue to grow and serve Lexington and Central Kentucky home buyers and sellers with their real estate needs,” Sha explained. “At the same time, we’re proud to give back: Rector Hayden supports over 70 local community organizations.” Keith added, “We’re also very excited that Rector Hayden Realtors will soon be celebrating our 50th year in the business, and we continue to grow in the future!”

1099 Duval St. Ste. 250 // lexington, ky 859.276.4811 // rectorhayden.com

Get Stylin’ at

Howard & Miller clothiers Howard & Miller has been Lexington’s premier shopping destination for high-quality men’s clothing for over 30 years. Its founders, Harold Howard and Cliff Miller, had years of experience catering to men’s clothing needs before establishing Howard & Miller in 1984. Cliff ’s son, Jeff, proudly continues his father’s tradition in overseeing a business dedicated to serving men’s fashion needs and providing professional wardrobe advice. They carry products from Samuelsohn, Peter Millar, Gitman Bros., Southern Marsh, Dixie Reserve and more. With something to appeal to a wide variety of clientele and an in-store tailor, Howard & Miller Clothiers is a local treasure for guys.

400 Old Vine St #102 // lexington, ky 859.259.3926 // Find them on Facebook

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oliver peoples “OP-L 30th”

Lindberg Buffalo Acetanium

Anne et valetin “Erman”

See the future more clearly

with John G. Roche Opticians John G. Roche Opticians is a small family business that offers a boutique eyewear experience. From designer sunglasses to cutting-edge lens technology, they offer an experience unlike any other in the Bluegrass. In the 1990s, John started advertising. Golf and sunglasses proved to be a winning combination. They began to increase their inventory of prescription and designer sunglasses to best serve their active clients. At the same time, they began having annual trunk shows with designer eyewear brands. Oliver Peoples got in touch with the boutique in 2006, and Roche’s clients fell in love with the brand. In 2013, they opened their office in Lexington. They are now proud to offer digitally designed lenses that provide a more refined image. This allows certain visual needs to be addressed more accurately, resulting in optimal visual acuity. Their Oliver Peoples and l.a. Eyeworks lines are their most popular. They added Lindberg, a Danish frame company known worldwide for their state of the art construction and lightweight design. In 2015, they added frames from Anne et Valentin, a French company with a flair for artistic colors and shapes, taking the store to the next level of fashion. Francis and John are excited to be in Lexington as they approach their 5th anniversary!

710 E. Main St. Ste. 120 // lexington, KY // (859) 523-5070 // johnsglasses.com

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porterhouse

the big zeke steakburger

delicious steaks and burgers

from bigzekesteaks.com With grilling season upon us BigZekeSteaks.com and Big Zekes Farmhouse Market are making it easier than ever to pick up truly delicious steaks and steakburgers that are homegrown, well marbled and all natural. Something that really sets Big Zeke’s apart is that all of their Well Marbled Beef is dry-aged 14-21 days. This means it is juicy, flavorful and fork tender, just like his grandad used to do! Big Zeke Steaks is proud to say that their cows don’t do drugs: no hormones, no antibiotics, no additives. They are deeply committed to the welfare of their cattle, raising them on lush green Central Kentucky pastures. For true carnivores, Big Zeke Steaks offers half and quarter steak shares. From their beautiful New York Strip to their juicy Porterhouse, Big Zeke’s offers a cut above the rest. Carefully butchered to offer the best and most flavorful bite, their steaks are buttery tender and steakhouse quality. Their burgers are made with choice cuts of steak, ensuring a truly incredible taste that will make grilling season a can’t-miss event! They invite everyone to find out what authentic farm-to-table beef tastes like!

5950 Stewart Rd. // lexington, KY // (859) 474-8127 // bigzekesteaks.com

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With the Oscars airing March 4th, we couldn’t resist creating an outfit that would be perfect for scooping up an Academy Award. The Oscars are by far the Superbowl of awards shows and the red carpet is the place to make a grand entrance. Starting off our look is a gown so dreamy it could very well be fit for Hollywood royalty. Jenny Packham’s ‘Aurora’ Sequin Gown features a round neckline, sheer panel detail, and sequin embroidered mesh overlay. Embellishment always shines the brightest on the red carpet, and this metallic-blush gown is dripping in luxurious twinkle. To further up the sparkle factor, Jimmy Choo’s ballet pink mix speckled glitter acrylic ‘Sweetie’ clutch sports a sleek tubular design. Featuring a foldover top with easy to fasten magnetic closure, an internal logo patch and an internal slip pocket. Taking things down a notch, we kept our shoe choice just as luxurious but a tad more on the simple side. Gianvito Rossi’s ‘Portofino’ Ankle Strap Sandals make an elegant statement with a 4 inch stiletto heel, adjustable ankle strap and a peep toe opening. There is never a better time to embrace extravagant jewelry than on the red carpet. Since the gown and bag are already heavy on the glitz, we wanted our jewelry to be eye catching without entering overpowering territory. These Artisan double pendant drop earrings with diamond details offer a vintage glamour that ties in perfectly with our soft, feminine sentiment. For makeup, it is all about looking soft and feminine. A dusting of Tom Ford’s lustrous ‘Young Adonis’ eyeshadow and a pair of fluff y false eyelashes by Nikkia Joy Cosmetics beautifully round out our winning look. While we might not be there for the main event, we’re always game for dressing up, and more than ready to hear ‘and the Oscar goes to...’

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The Heart Ball and Her Knight’s Dance were filled with TOP looks!

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Father/Daughter Duo!

The TOParrazi were out and about capturing the most stylish looks at recent events around Lexington! Here are our TOP Dressed for this month!

The TOPS Girls looking classy in red and black at this year’s Heart Ball!

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There is no better way to kick off spring beauty than with pops of gorgeous color. For the L.A. premiere of “Black Panther”, celebrity makeup artist Jessica Smalls took inspiration from the vibrant and powerful film to create a showstopping look on singer/actress Janelle Monáe. Beautiful sculpted cheekbones, electric purple under-eyes, and a bright red lip all worked together to turn out this winning ‘Purple Reign’ look on the red carpet. To recreate this vivacious look at home, check out all of the key products Jessica used below.

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1 | HOURGLASS Graphik Eyeshadow Palette in ‘Ravine’ 2 | HOURGLASS Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick in ‘Champagne Flash’ 3 | NATASHA DENONA Matte Eyeshadow in ‘Nina’s Orchid’ 4 | HOURGLASS Voyeur Waterproof Liquid Liner 5 | HOURGLASS Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in ‘Dark Brunette’ 6 | FENTY BEAUTY Lip Stain in ‘Stunna’

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Life + Style The Macy’s Kentucky Derby Festival Fashion Show is a full-on style spectacle featuring 33 models, one mega department store, more than a dozen local boutiques and over 145 derby season ensembles. Backstage is the fast-working team from J. Michaels Salon and Spa who curl, crimp and contour each model to breathtaking runway perfection. And they’re ready to coax you out of your comfort zone.

BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM PHOTOS BY CHRISSY BRATCHER OF GREATER GRAPHICS, INC.

n the evening of Thursday, March 29, LouisO ville’s biggest annual fashion show will take the Grand Ballroom at Horseshoe Casino by storm.

This yearly event that has grown into a multi-media shopping-and-entertainment extravaganza is a perennial sell-out with a packed house of almost a thousand guests. They come for style inspiration served with cocktails and a fabulous dinner. The goal of all involved is to guarantee that these guests leave energized about their style options and inspired to take some risks. While dressing the army of glamazons has been my job as producer for the last seven years, it’s the beauty gurus over at J. Michaels who create the breathtaking looks that set the tone for Derby season beauty decisions. “We get started right after Christmas,” says J. Michaels owner Jill Higginbotham. “It’s the largest fashion show in Louisville and it’s one of the best team-building experiences we have all year. It gets our creative juices flowing and makes everyone bring their best ideas forward.”

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Those ideas are designed to create runway magic that will translate into real-life makeovers. (The key word here is “translate.”) Higginbotham’s advice on how to interpret what comes down the catwalk? “Don’t be intimidated,” she says. “Avant-garde fashion is an amplified look that comes from something very simple that you can do for yourself. It might be the fact that everyone has curls or bangs and you can consider how to bring that into your style. Or the makeup may seem edgy, but you might see new colors that you can try.” If you need help applying what excites you to your own hair or face, the salon is, of course, a phonecall away. Says Higginbotham, “We can deliver everything you see in a more wearable way. The show is all about seeing new possibilities.”


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IF YOU GO The Macy’s Kentucky Derby Festival Fashion Show, which TOPS in Louisville, our sister publication, is joining as the proud media sponsor, takes place on Thursday, March 29, at Horseshoe Casino. Cocktails and shopping with featured boutiques start at 5:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00. Dinner tickets start at $75 and lounge seating (including wine and appetizers) is $35. A few VIP experience tickets which include pre-show meetings with our fashion and beauty team, milliners and models will also be available. Go to kdf.org for information and tickets. But act fast. The show is typically an early sell-out. And the TOPS team would love to see you there!

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As Laura and Will Richard explain, they are a proud product of their generation because they met online using the dating website Match.com. The couple had their first date at Malone’s, and quickly figured out that they had many mutual friends, but had never actually met, as well as many shared interests and similar careers. “We both work in the horse industry and both grew up in Kentucky,” Laura says. “Over dinner, we had lots to discuss and even more things in common.” Laura, who is originally from Lancaster, grew up riding horses and helping her father herd cattle on their farm. After graduating from Eastern Kentucky University, Laura made Lexington home when she took a job with Taylor Made Farm in 2011. Will, who grew up in Owensboro, excelled in baseball and pursued the sport at Arizona State University. While Will loved baseball, he soon caught the horse bug. Will’s father, who formally trained racehorses throughout Kentucky, spent a lot of time at the track with Will. Soon, horses became Will’s passion and eventually led him back to Kentucky to pursue a career in the horse industry. Once the couple got engaged, there were many decisions to be made, but deciding on where to hold the reception was an easy one.

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“Since we are so connected to the horse industry, we wanted to celebrate and tie the knot at a horse farm,” Laura says. “In 2015, Taylor Made was considering opening the farm to the general public as a wedding and event venue. As the farm’s Experience Director, this was part of my job to plan and initiate, so we jumped on the opportunity and hosted the wedding at the farm.” The couple couldn’t have been happier with their choice. The Stallion Complex made a beautiful setting for the ceremony and for the reception, the guests moved to a shaded spot on the farm, surrounded by a field of roaming horses. Will and Laura agree that their wedding day, June 3, 2017, truly was the best day ever. “It’s not every day that the Kentucky Derby winner and two-time Horse of the Year, California Chrome, is a guest at your wedding,” Laura says. “The guests loved meeting him after the ceremony. The reception, which was held under a tent full of string lights, had tables that were lined with a green floral runner, lanterns with candles, and some pink peonies and roses. Laura’s father cut tree trunks that were used with the lantern centerpieces and on the dessert tables. Will’s father built the couple a wooden swing that hung from a tree at the front of the tent. It was hand painted by Will’s grandfather, Fred Maglinger, who was a former sign painter in Owensboro and is now 91 years young. “The swing was a surprise to us from my parents” Will says. “My groom’s cake was decorated to look like my dad’s racing silks; it was special for us to include the personal details”. The Richards had an 18-month engagement, so seeing their vision and months of planning come together was a wedding day highlight. As Laura explains, a long engagement has its pros and cons. “Personally, I wouldn’t suggest a long engagement,” she says. “I think a yearlong engagement would be the perfect amount of time. My only other advice to to other couples is to make your wedding personal and don’t forget why you are getting married in the first place. When things get stressful, especially when you have to narrow down the guest list, say a prayer, kiss your fiancé and remember that your day is going to fabulous.” PHOTOGRAPHY BY : On A Whim Photography WRITTEN BY: Sarah Boerkircher

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Calling all spirng and summer brides! Looking for that perfect detail to give your ceremony or reception a crisp romantic look? Acrylic is the trend for you! Brides can incorporate acrylic in so many ways. Use a fun acrylic tray to display your programs, or have a calligrapher make a unique menu for your table settings. You can even use acrylic chairs! The possibilites are endless. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

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Daniel “DH” Harrison says his own dad is his inspiration to be a super dad to his kids, Sachan and Wiley. “I had the best dad in the world and I just try to be half of the dad he was,” he says. “I want my kids to grow up knowing I am their biggest fan and cheerleader, and that I will support them in anything they choose to do.” DH, who is the brand manager at Country Boy Brewing, and his wife, Michiko, met in Japan when DH was teaching English. The Harrisons now live in Sadieville, Ky. “We decided to give our children Japanese first names and English middle names, so when they are older, they can choose which name to go by,” DH says. The Harrisons love playing and being outside. As DH explained, they live in the woods of Scott County, which offers a lot of adventure. “Wiley and Sachan love to go fishing, and when the weather is right, we try to fish as much as possible,” he says. “Besides fishing, we love reading books, cooking and just being together.” DH works a lot, which also means he’s gone a lot. He says it’s hard to balance being a small business owner to a growing company and raising two young kids. “I try to maintain the balance, but it is a real challenge,” he says. “But the best part of my day is when I get home and I’m greeted by two warm hugs and kids that scream, ‘daddy!’ That makes everything in the world seem just about right.”

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Shaun Ring, broker/owner of East of Elm Real Estate and commercial photographer, says his biggest inspiration to be a Super Dad is his son’s Super Mom, Katie. “Katie not only has the difficult job of being a stay-at-home-mom for our son, Carson, but she’s also his homeschool teacher,” Shaun says. “I’ve never seen someone more devoted to being a good parent. I’m not at home with Carson as much as she is, so when he and I are hanging out, I know that each moment carries huge weight.” Like many dads would agree, Shaun finds his biggest challenge is fitting everything in. While his work is very rewarding, Shaun says he can’t ignore the bigger picture. “I want Carson to see a dad that keeps things balanced—to see me valuing my relationships with family and friends as much as I value client connections. To see me valuing my own health and mental clarity. I don’t know that I’m nailing it, but I’m doing my best,” he says. The Rings like to keep it simple when they’re all together by playing games, listening to music, reading books, watching movies or playing with their three dogs, but they always make time to help Carson, who is 11, chase his dreams. “I envy Carson’s creativity. From the early age of four, Carson has been interested in movie-making. From filming to editing, from script-writing to animation, Carson’s ideas are big,” Shaun says. “He’s been saying for years that he’s going to be ‘bigger than Spielberg’. What I enjoy most about fatherhood is helping Carson make sense of it all. I’m not a movie-maker, but I can help clear a path for him to run toward that dream. Knowing that I’m a part of Carson’s future history is humbling.” For Shaun, the best part of being a dad is seeing all of life’s phases unfold. He has made it his mission to raise Carson to be a caring, independent and balanced person, a person who unapologetically marches to the beat of his own drum.

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Todd Justice, Chief of Police for the Nicholasville Police Department, says that the toughest but most rewarding job is being a dad to his son, Ethan. “Before having children, you often hear that being a parent is the most difficult yet challenging job you will ever have. It is not until you are actually a parent that you can understand the pure honesty in that statement,” he says. Todd and his wife, Jennifer, met in high school, and have been together 25 years. The Justices suffered from infertility for 13 years, which was a very painful experience. When the opportunity presented itself to grow their family through adoption, they took it without hesitation. The Justices adopted their son Ethan, who is now six years old. “Kids of adoption often experience the trauma from loss and feelings of abandonment,” Todd says. “It is my priority to make sure that Ethan feels loved and cared for. Just over a year ago, Ethan was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome. Our biggest challenge is teaching him that being different from his peers is not only okay, but should be celebrated.” Todd’s mother lives in Lexington and is his only living parent. Often the family will gather together to eat dinner and discuss their days or talk about where to vacation next. “My small family always makes me feel relaxed and comfortable. We love each other, and enjoy our time together teaching Ethan about life,” Todd says. “When you go through infertility, you experience parenthood differently. You truly learn to appreciate the small things.” Ethan has taken interest in geography, architecture and traveling, so the Justices like to explore local attractions like the Hummel Planetarium at Eastern Kentucky University and the Newport Aquarium. It’s important to Todd and Jennifer that Ethan be active, so this past season he played his third year of soccer. “I coached Ethan’s team and we both really enjoyed it,” Todd says. “Ethan kept telling anyone who would listen that his daddy is his coach, which gave me another source of pride for being his dad.”

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sky zone Whether it’s your child’s birthday party or just an afternoon out with the family, Sky Zone is the place for everyone to have family fun. With programs like Toddler Time, parents and children can share an awesome experience. No better way for littles to discover the joy of being active with their parents.

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For over 25 years, Joseph Beth Booksellers has been providing families with books and activities the whole family can enjoy. Whether it’s Camp JosephBeth, Story Time for the kids or author signings and book fairs for the parents, everyone is guaranteed to be leaving with imaginations running wild.

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What better way to spend the day, than with a little family competition at Collins Bowling. From birthday parties to bowling leagues or even group bowling nights, Collins Bowling is fun that the whole family will enjoy. Reserve your lane online today!

Whether you are new to climbing or an expert, Lef Climbing has areas for all skill and ability levels as well as clinics anyone can enjoy. With climbing and fitness memberships, families can schedule a work out or day of activities that will have everyone discovering just how much they love to climb.

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We have all done it. We set a goal and get off to an ambitious and determined start. Then life happens or the excitement wears off and we begin to lose focus on why we set the goal in the first place. While all goals are important, setting and following through on your financial goals can have a lasting impact on your future. This starts with creating a budget, one you can actually follow. The first step is to figure out exactly how much money you bring home each month, your net pay. Stick with your base pay and don’t include any overtime or bonuses. Those aren’t guaranteed and your budget should be reflective of that. Next, make a list of all “must pay” expenses. Include rent/mortgage payments, child care, estimated monthly utilities, insurance, estimated grocery costs, and other loan payments. Now compare the two. How much money is left after you pay these expenses? If your monthly expenses are greater than your income, it is time to evaluate the situation you are in and make changes. This can lead to tough decisions but your financial position is not sustainable in this scenario. The amount of income left after your expenses is your disposable income, what you can spend or use for other things. Just because we call it disposable income, doesn’t mean you should throw it away. The first thing you should do is determine how much of that you can save or pay down debt with. This will only lead to greater financial strength in the future. Now, set yourself an allowance with the remainder. Determine how much you are going to limit yourself to spending on fast food, shopping, splurges and hobbies. Consider opening a separate account for “must pay” expenses and keep your allowance or disposable spending funds separate. This allows you to be aware of how much and what you are spending your money on to make necessary adjustments. Awareness is key. If you stay aware and avoid impulse spending, stop and think before swiping, budgets aren’t so hard to follow. Just do your homework.

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pringtime is just around the corner. With the warmer weather, comes an increase in outdoor and social activity, of which, man’s best friend is often a part. Lexington is an exceptionally pet-friendly community demonstrated by its number of pet-related businesses. However, many establishments that are not animal specific are also opening their doors to our four-legged friends.

There are a number of restaurants with pet-friendly patios located in several areas around town including Hamburg, Chevy Chase and Downtown. Bluegrass Paw Print and Bring Fido have a list of canine-welcoming restaurants, hotels, activities and events on their websites and Facebook pages. They advise that you call ahead to be informed of any legal or policy changes. Bars and breweries are also starting to welcome dogs at their establishments including Pivot Brewing, Rock House Brewing, West Sixth, Ethereal, Mirror Twin Brewing Company, Arcadium and Blue Stallion. Dogs must be on a leash but permitted in areas such as the patio, beer garden or event spaces. Again, be sure to call ahead or check out their websites to verify their dog-related policies. If you are need of some fruits and vegetables or need to pick up a bouquet of flowers for your Saturday date night, a stroll to the Lexington Farmer’s Market with your canine companion will fit the bill. The main market located at 241 W. Main Street is open on Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm through March, and 7 am to 2 pm April through October. This is a great spot to visit with your dog. If you are more of a sports guy, then running in a local dog-friendly race or catching a game at the ballpark with Fido may be more your speed. The Lexington Legends began hosting Bark-in-the-Park events several years ago, and they are extremely popular. The dates for the 2018 season are 4/5, 4/19, 5/10, 5/24, 6/14, 6/21, 7/19, 8/9, 8/23 and 8/30. There is a $2 dog-entry fee in addition to your ticket price. The proceeds go to benefit a local, animal non-profit organization. Maybe you and your pup prefer to commune with nature. If so, then check out a local dog park, the University of Kentucky Arboretum, or spend some time at the Kentucky Horse Park. Lexington is home to four large dog parks located in Coldstream Park, Jacobson Park, Masterson Station Park and Wellington Park. Dogs must be leashed when entering or exiting the park, licensed, current on vaccinations and supervised closely when off leash within the dog park confines. Both the Arboretum and Horse Park allow leashed dogs in their outdoor spaces. Regardless of the social environment, be sure to follow proper dog etiquette. Dogs should be in control which means they should be on a leash unless in an approved off-leash area. They should be healthy, licensed and vaccinated. Owners must clean up after their pets. Carefully introduce your pet to new settings. Unfamiliar environments, sounds and smells can raise anxiety and lead to poor behavior. Finally, always supervise your pet to help them adapt and socialize making the experience positive for you and your furry friend.

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By: Amanda Harper There’s an old saying that goes “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. However, many men choose to ignore that wisdom, foregoing screenings and important conversations with their doctors. According to the Men’s Health Network, men make half as many visits to physicians for preventative care as women. The end result is bleak: men tend to live about 4.5 years less than women do, and the average man’s final 9 years tend to be spent in very poor health. Fortunately, taking the reins on your health is something you can start right now… as in, this very second!

GET MOVING If you’re reading this, you are most likely sitting down. While everyone needs to take a load off now and then, too much time on your behind may be deadly: numerous studies connect increased sitting time with an increase in the risk of disease, even among people who get regular exercise. According to the American Heart Association, being physically active is a key to preventing heart disease and stroke, the number one and number four killers of men in the United States. To improve overall cardiovascular health, they recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise (or a combination of the two). Is your blood pressure or cholesterol a concern for you? The AHA recommends an average of 40 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic activity 3 or 4 times a week. Lifting weights is also a good idea for most men. Aging means loss of bone mass. Fortunately, lifting weights appears to help strengthen bones. A study in the Journal of Applied Physiology reports that men who lifted weights for 16 weeks increased their hip bone density by nearly 4% and raised their blood levels of a marker for bone growth by nearly 20%. It can also stave off the natural loss of muscle that occurs in men past the age of 50. Of course, moving around may not always be an option, whether you’re tied to your desk or limited by your body’s physical condition. Consider that movement can be a flexible goal: use an under-desk pedaling machine, lift free weights while you read, stretch your stiff neck or try an inflatable cushion in your chair to put a little wiggle in your sit. STEPS TO TAKE NOW: Get moving, sit less often TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR: Incorporating vigorous or moderate exercise into your lifestyle.

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While there’s not one single meal plan that will work for every man, here’s what we do know: a diet that is high in fiber with lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean sources of protein and low in sodium and saturated fat is ideal. Eliminating vitamin and mineral deficiencies helps your body run at peak function. A diet high in fiber and low in sodium, red meat, sweets and saturated fats is shown to benefit the cardiovascular system and colorectal/digestive system. If you’ve never spoken to a nutritionist or dietician, it may be helpful to do so. They can offer you specific feedback on your usual eating habits that will help you not only keep an eye on your weight but also pack more nutrients and fiber into the meals you enjoy. According to Men’s Health, 77% of men don’t take in enough magnesium and many are deficient in vitamin D, potassium and iodine. According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, most people simply don’t get enough fiber in their diets. The typical American gets about half the daily recommended amount. Soluble fiber–the kind found in oats, beans, barley and fruits–has been shown to slightly lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels. It has numerous benefits for the digestive system, as well. How much you need depends on your lifestyle. The most important step is putting that knowledge into action on a consistent basis. And that’s also where most men stumble. Between business lunches, busy families and dinner dates, smart choices are often overlooked for more convenient options. Make a game plan for dining out so that you’re not overwhelmed by the menu and lured into picking a dish that’s not in your best health. Pack your lunch. Get involved in the meal planning process at home rather than relying on your partner’s expertise. The more you make a health positive diet a part of your lifestyle, the easier it will be to make a choice for good health.

It bears repeating: men just don’t go to the doctor. Your doctor is your best ally in preventing health problems. So why don’t you pay him or her a visit? The Cleveland Clinic surveyed 500 men and found that only three in five get an annual physical. What’s more alarming: a little more than 40% only go to the doctor when they fear they have a serious medical condition. Guys, it’s time to get over it. Regular checkups are the best way to catch health issues early. Waiting until the problem becomes unbearable often means waiting until the problem is untreatable. Likewise, be honest and open with your doctor. If you fudge the truth or keep quiet about something that’s been bothering you, your doctor can’t give you the best advice. Topics that men shy away from discussing like erectile dysfunction, urinary issues or changes in your testicles can be the sign of something much bigger. Don’t be afraid to bring them up! Make a plan with your doctor for a timeline of screenings. Find out which items you can check yourself for, and actually follow through. Book your appointment for next year’s physical before you leave the office, and dial up your dentist on the way out the door.

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THE AGING MALE FACE BY JARED NIMTZ, MD COMMONWEALTH PLASTIC SURGERY | COMMONWEALTHPLASTICS.COM

As we age, both men and women experience some common changes in their facial features, such as 1) loss of volume in the cheeks and midface—resulting in jowling along the jawline and deepening of the folds around the nose and mouth, 2) fine lines and winkles in the brow and around the eye, 3) an overall increase in skin laxity, giving the appearance of thinner, sagging skin, and 4) increase in volume of the neck and lower face. While both men and women need these common issues addressed, the extent of the treatment varies in order to maintain the male aesthetic, which is obviously, quite different from that of a woman. Both men and women benefit from restoring facial volume, and both can undergo a facelift to address excess skin, but I often do smaller corrections on a man when compared to that of a woman. When a man’s skin, eyelids or brows are pulled too tightly, they can look overdone, even surprised, and what looks appropriate for a male face is lost. The male brow, for example, often drops in middle age; while some lifting of the brow can be desirable, maintaining fullness along the brow can keep him looking mature, without looking old. As the male brow drops, so does the skin along the upper eyelid. Correcting excess skin within the upper lids is a common procedure we do for both men and women, but with a man, I might not remove as much upper eyelid skin as I would with a woman. The result is a man who appears rested and restored, not surprised. The right amount of skin above the lid is important to balance with the fuller male brow. Another common procedure for men is liposuction under the chin and along the jaw line. Men particularly tend to gain fat in this area. While growing a beard can help define the chin and disguise the weight along the neck, liposuction in this area is a quick and affordable procedure that can offer a subtle yet youthful improvement to a man’s face.

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hether their wives make the appointment or they do it themselves, men are opting for injectables and lunchtime procedures in record numbers.

Women aren’t the only Here’s a look at the most commonly treated areas. ones going under the needle in the name of rejuvenation. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of men opting for injectables increased a whopping 337 percent between 2000 and 2015. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM

FOREHEAD: Botox for smoothing out horizontal lines. Fillers may be used to lift eyebrows.

NASAL LABIAL FOLDS: Men’s skin is thick, so thick fillers like Juvederm Voluma or Restylane Lyft are often used.

CHEEKS: Chemical peels or hydrafacials treat sun damage; PRP collagen pin to build up collagen.

CHIN: Thick fillers like Voluma or Restylane Lyft to augment the chin and define jawline. Kybella to melt excess fat or double chin.

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eople who are troubled by areas of unwanted body fat, that are resistant to diet and exercise now have several options for treatment, including traditional liposuction and nonsurgical procedures.

Liposuction may be most appropriate when there is a larger volume of fat that needs to be removed, however it has a longer recovery period. Removing fat with a cannula does cause bruises, swelling and soreness that lasts for several weeks, and a compression garment may be necessary. While results are seen after the swelling goes down, it takes 6 months to see the final results. Negatives include greater risk for complications and generally greater cost, although more fat can be removed at one time. If you are close to your ideal weight and want to target trouble areas, noninvasive treatments may be preferred. The devices approved for permanent fat destruction include laser lipolysis (SculpSure), cryolypolysis (Coolsculpt), and high-intensity focused ultrasound (Liposonix.) All of these methods take 12 weeks for full results, although some improvement, may be seen sooner, and usually require two treatments. Non-invasive treatments average 20-25% reduction in subcutaneous fat per treatment. Sculpsure is the newest of the non-invasive tools for permanent fat destruction. It takes about 25 minutes per area treated, and does not have bruising or swelling afterwards, and is generally less uncomfortable during and after treatment than some of the other methods. Several areas can be treated during the same session or at different times, which could make it more affordable Treatment for the submental area, (double chin) can be done with SculpSure on heavier people up to a BMI of 40, although for other treatments BMI of 30 or less is advised. Kybella (TM) injections can also be used to dissolve fat in this area and also normally requires 2-3 treatments. There is usually some swelling, soreness and bruising for a few days after Kybella which is not seen with SculpSure, full results are also seen in 12 weeks. Thermage, a specialized radiofrequency treatment generally used for skin tightening is also indicated for improvement in the appearance of cellulite, but is not used as a treatment to reduce fat.

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A ST Y LISH SPRI NG at the KEENEL AND SHO P It’s that time of year again… as the horses are called to post, Central

Kentucky’s social season heats up! That means always looking fantastic, whether you’re standing in line at the betting window or cheering from the Clubhouse. Fortunately, the Keeneland Shop has some exciting and stylish collaborations in the works, as well as a fashion-forward event, that will have you looking your very best through it all. The Keeneland Shop is pleased to announce that they are collaborating with Draper James on a capsule collection including women’s wear and accessories for equine enthusiasts and southern belles. Draper James is a contemporary lifestyle brand by Reese Witherspoon that is known for its timeless style. Searching for finishing touches? An expanded selection of neckwear will arrive this spring at the Keeneland Shop, including new racing-inspired styles to complement any race day look. Local vendor Henry Dry Goods is once again creating unique bags and accessories that will be available exclusively at the Keeneland Shop. Gents will be thrilled to know that the Keeneland Shop worked with Brackish to create a custom Keeneland bow tie. Available this spring, this handsome accouterment is crafted from authentic peacock feathers. This bold pop of blue will be the perfect finishing touch to any guy’s sharp spring look. The Crittenden jacket has been a staple of every dapper southern gentleman’s wardrobe for years. Now, the Keeneland Shop is proud to offer a limited edition exclusive jacket that’s sure to turn heads trackside. Designed with race day in mind, this herringbone Harrods Flap model sports a two-button notch, side vents and a ticket pocket, making it perfect for any weather. Made of a unique wrinkle-resistant silk and linen fabric, this worry-free jacket is effortlessly cool for any occasion that calls for a classic sport coat. Don’t forget the kiddos! The Keeneland Shop has collaborated with The Beaufort Bonnet Company to debut a custom Keeneland collection. From classic smocked dresses and jonjons to soft Pima dresses and pajamas, any kid would look picture perfect in these adorable styles this spring. Get ready to mix and mingle! The Keeneland Shop is pleased to host a Taste of the Races in celebration of the spring meet. On Wednesday, April 4th from 4:30 – 7:30pm and Thursday, April 5th from 8:30am-4:30pm, head out to Keeneland to experience this fun event. In a unique trunk show setting, the Keeneland Shop will host a number of unique vendors such as Draper James, Henry Dry Goods, Crittenden, Christine A. Moore, Kendra Scott, catsudio and more. Fans can shop while enjoying light bites and refreshments. Be sure to stop by on Wednesday evening! That night, Maker’s Mark will be crafting the Keeneland Breeze on-site, served in a custom Keeneland catstudio glass that attendees can take home as a gift. With exciting fashion collaborations and a great shopping event, this spring will be the most stylish ever at the Keeneland Shop!

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Springing Onto the Equine Scene story by Jen Roytz

Road to the Horse

Thursday, March 22nd - Sunday, March 25th at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena The best horse trainers and clinicians from around the world will converge in Lexington, Kentucky to compete for top honors in this world-renowned colt-starting competition. Each competitor will select an unbroke 3-year-old American Quarter Horse and, over the course of three days, spectators will watch as the competitors build a relationship and accomplish training feats with their chosen horse in an attempt to win the World Championship of Colt Starting. The four-day event also includes demonstrations, country music acts, an expansive vendor fair and more. To learn more or purchase tickets, go to www.roadtothehorse.com.

Cowboy Up for a Cure

Saturday, April 7th at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena This family-friendly event offers something for everyone! Hosted each year since 2013 by the University of Kentucky chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta and the UK Rodeo Team, this professional-style rodeo includes roping and riding events, demonstrations, an inflatable village, face-painting, vendor booths, live music and more. All proceeds benefit Central Kentucky children with cancer. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.cowboyupforacure.org.

Horse Country Tours: Nursery Tours Available through the spring Spring is foaling season, which is the perfect time to explore Central Kentucky’s Thoroughbred nurseries! Notable Thoroughbred nurseries including Saxony, Mill Ridge, Hermitage, Taylor Made, Pin Oak, Hurstland, Denali, Runnymede, Stonestreet and Stone Farms welcome visitors behind their gates to see the next generation of racing superstars as they take their first steps and explore the world around them. Tours are offered daily at various times and can be booked through www.visithorsecountry.com.

Crawfish Boil hosted by Park Equine Hospital, benefiting the Kentucky Equine Humane Center Tuesday, April 17th at Park Equine Hospital Enjoy a taste of the Big Easy and support a great cause at the same time! Guests will receive a heaping helping of fresh Louisiana crawfish with sides. This casual, family-friendly event also features live Cajun music and a live auction. All proceeds benefit the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, an all-breed horse rescue and adoption facility. Tickets are $35 each and must be purchased in advance at www.kyehc.org or by calling (859) 881-5849.

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Reflections on the Legend of ‘78 Jimmy Carter was President. The Great Blizzard attacked the Ohio Valley. Somebody stole the remains of Charlie Chaplin from a mausoleum in Switzerland. Weird things happened four decades ago in 1978. What also happened, right on schedule, was Kentucky winning the NCAA basketball title–the first for the Wildcats in 20 years. It was oh so predictable, according to people who like to anoint pre-season champions.

He was right back then–and those words would ring true even today for any other program. But he was the head coach at Kentucky, where standards are different. And he knew it, having played at UK after growing up in Cynthiana.

Dick Gabriel gets a second shot at his 1978 interview with Joe B. Hall

But what came with those predictions back in the fall of ’77 was the tonnage of pressure, which might have squashed other programs. To the credit of Joe B. Hall, UK stood tall throughout the season and hoisted the trophy at the end of the year. And it was Hall who bore the brunt of the pressure. Working for Rupp, Hall had helped recruit the “Super Kittens” class of 1975: Kevin Grevey, Jimmy Dan Connor, Steve Lochmueller, Bob Guyette, G.J. Smith and Mike Flynn. Ineligible back then as freshmen, they played their own slate of games and packed Memorial Coliseum, at times outdrawing the varsity. There were whispers that the freshman team had actually beaten the upperclassmen in practice scrimmages. So when it came time for them to move up to varsity status, everyone figured that surely national championships would follow. Didn’t happen. As sophomores (in Hall’s first season as head coach), they won the SEC, but lost to Florida State, one game shy of the Final Four. As juniors–lacking a true post player (vital to Hall’s style of play)–they stumbled to a 13-13 record, triggering a tidal wave of grumbling about Hall’s inability to match Rupp on the bench. But in 1975, supplemented with another all-star recruiting class, they rolled through the NCAA tournament, upsetting undefeated Indiana in the Mideast Regional final, losing only to UCLA in the championship game. The freshmen on that team included Jack Givens, James Lee, Mike Phillips and Rick Robey. The 1978 season was their last chance, which was what Joe Hall was hearing from the “win or be gone” faction. “That’s just fine with me. If I don’t win it, fire me,” he said with a smile to a then-student journalist by the name of Dick Gabriel. “That’s a tough thing to put on a team or a guy. There are a lot of great coaches today who haven’t won the first one, or been to the Final Four.”

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“I’m an alumnus,” he said. “There’s nothing an alumnus can say to me that I can’t say to myself. I understand the program and I care about it in a different way. I’m in a different position where I can do something about it.”

His defiance served him well back then. After a brief stint selling for the Heinz 57 company (that’s right... he was Joe B. Hall, ketchup salesman), he pursued coaching, landing a job at Shepherdsville High School. “My first year in high school coaching,” he said, “on the other side of the stacked groceries at the store, I heard a lot of comments–usually from people not knowledgeable about the game and who never coached.” He also insisted on reading the hate mail that arrived at his office, something Rupp’s secretary had always kept hidden. Hall said reading it helped him develop toughness, which is why prior to the ’78 season, he greeted the suggestion–that it’s NCAA title or the unemployment line–with a smile. That smile was as bright as the sun on a drizzly night in St. Louis on March 27, 1978. His Wildcats had won the school’s fifth NCAA title. The pressure had vanished. Hall was off the hook. There would be more criticism in the next few years–an inevitability for the head coach at Kentucky–but that night in March was his to celebrate. Even in victory, he had his critics. So focused were Hall and his players, they called it “The Season Without Joy”. Hall mocked the notion that the Wildcats failed to have fun on their tournament trip, which ended with Final Four wins over first Arkansas, then Duke. The Blue Devils had eliminated Notre Dame in the semi-finals; Arkansas then beat the Fighting Irish in the now-defunct consolation game. At a campus pep rally the day after the title game, Hall addressed a roaring crowd. “Fun?” he said to the fans. “Notre Dame had fun!” The crowd roared. Joe Hall just smiled.

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Emma Bellomy

Acts Out Do you like to be scared?

Emma Bellomy admits she definitely doesn’t. Lucky for her, in the newlyreleased movie The Strangers: Prey at Night, it’s Bellomy who is terrifying audiences. Playing one of three masked psychopaths out to kill a family of four, the Lexington native gets to do the scaring. Shot in Maysville, Kentucky last summer, The Strangers: Prey at Night is the long-awaited sequel to the popular 2008 horror flick starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman. This is not only the major motion picture acting debut for Bellomy, but also one of many films that have been enticed to The Commonwealth for production thanks to the 2015 bill that offered attractive tax incentives for films shot in Kentucky. story by Jen Roytz

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A graduate of Henry Clay High School and currently studying film and broadcast journalism at the University of South Carolina, Bellomy was an avid fan of shows like America’s Next Top Model. As a teenager, she worked with Images Model & Talent agency, booking jobs for local businesses and boutiques, including Tops in Lexington magazine. “Being involved with speech and debate in high school, I’d done a lot of monologues and improv and I really enjoyed having to be dynamic in that way,” said Bellomy. “I would watch the models on [ANtM] and think that they must have the coolest job in the world. I’m a pretty tall girl, but soon realized I was not tall enough to do runway work. Plus, I’m not exactly known for my hand-eye coordination–I’m pretty clumsy. I really enjoyed acting though, so I started focusing more of my efforts into that.” It was her agent at Images, Janie Olmstead, that found the opportunity for Bellomy to audition for The Strangers: Prey at Night, and it was Olmstead who called several days later with the life-changing news.

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“When I auditioned, I gave it all I had. They said they’d call us back the next day, but we didn’t hear anything, so I figured I’d chalk it up to good practice for auditioning,” said Bellomy. “When Janie called me several days later and told me I got the part, I collapsed on the floor and screamed ‘no way!’ into the phone so loudly it probably hurt her ears. I was so excited, and at that time I didn’t even realize the scope of the project.”

picture and the wide variety of professionals involved in making a movie come together.

Making Horror Less Scary

“It was a real eye-opener in such a good way. From the director and scriptwriters to makeup artists, set designers, camera operators, lighting, sound... it made me realize that if I want to pursue a career in the film industry, I want to be sure I’m well rounded and have knowledge of the different roles that come together to create a movie,” she explained.

“They’d have fog machines going and you’d hear coyotes off in the distance all the time. You really felt like you were in a creepy movie because you were,” she said. “Since I was acting as the threat, it took away some of the scariness. Plus, a lot of the people on set had found their niche in scary movies and they welcomed me into their club of sorts. When cameras weren’t rolling, it was a fun, positive atmosphere.”

“I get killed off in the very first scene, but then I come back in other episodes through flashbacks,” said Bellomy. “I had to lay there and play dead for hours. It was kind of neat to just peacefully lay there and take in all of the things going on around me that were going into creating that scene. It’s the first time I truly fell in love with film-making.”

Set to premiere on March 9th, The Strangers: Prey at Night was filmed mostly at night on a set created to resemble an abandoned trailer park where a family of four on a road trip stops to sleep for the night. The audience stays on the edge of their seats as Bellomy and two others play masked killers preying on the family in an attempt to murder them before the break of dawn. Cast in the role of “Dollface,” Bellomy said that the camaraderie on set among the cast and crew helped her to separate reality from the frightening storyline they were acting out.

Shooting the film during the summer between high school graduation and her freshman year of college, Bellomy got an education about the inner-workings of film production for a major motion

During the filming of The Strangers: Prey at Night is also when Bellomy got another break, being cast in the series premiere of Smoketown, a miniseries scheduled to air later this month on the Trinity Broadcast Network. Parts of the show were shot in Louisville. The miniseries revolves around a family that operates Smoketown Family Shelter. Set in a poor and racially diverse neighborhood, the plot centers on a mysterious murder and a group of otherwise normal citizens who subsequently develop supernatural powers and fight for justice on behalf of the impoverished community.

She added, The fake blood was a mixture of soap and chocolate. I know it will forever be nostalgic for me and take me right back to that place whenever I smell it.”

“When I auditioned, I gave it all I had... I was so excited, and at that time I didn’t even realize the scope of the project.”

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Future Goals

Now a freshman at the University of South Carolina, Bellomy is eager to take advantage of all her school has to offer for students interested in pursuing a career in film. She is interested in pursuing her acting career, though admits finding an equilibrium between the two takes some juggling. “I try to look for auditions that I can do via video or Skype. It’s a tough balance during the school year, but I hope to do more auditions this summer,” said Bellomy. She was recently cast as the lead actress in an independent film being shot by several of her friends; it’s slated for entry in an upcoming festival for student-made short films. “I got to act, but also got to help direct and edit the script. It was so much fun to be part of.” “I want to get into more student filmmaking on campus,” she continued. “USC has one of the largest film libraries in the country, dating back to the 1920s. I want to study that as thoroughly as possible and take advantage of all of the opportunities I can.” • For more information on the Kentucky Tax Incentives for Film Production, visit filmoffice.ky.gov

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What’s NEW, Kentucky?

New options in healthcare at Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography A practice dedicated to empowering patients with a choice in healthcare, without breaking the bank in the process. Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography is a new business in Lexington designed around a patient’s convenience, choice and money in mind. After the change in the Affordable Care Act in 2010, Kim Davis, the owner of Ultrasound Consulting Services Inc. noticed the prices of healthcare went up as the rise of big corporations and insurance companies started to raise their prices. Affordable healthcare options narrowed and patient options began to dwindle. The entire process of insurance payment for procedures became so convoluted with pre-certs and claims denied as medically “unnecessary” after the fact, patients were finding themselves financially burdened unexpectedly. Ultrasound Consulting Services Inc. knew something needed to be changed and opened it’s first fixed outpatient site. Giving into a new way of thinking and new approach to healthcare needs and payments, Patient Choice Ultrasound is a new concept that gives the option to patients to receive quality care at an affordable cost. Independently owned and operated, Patient Choice Ultrasound takes out the middleman in patient payment. Pricing is a fraction of other institutions traditional fees that rely on insurance reimbursement and simplifying the payment process. The fees are cut so much,

it is easy for patients to pay out of pocket straight to Patient Choice Ultrasound, without having to go through the hoops an insurance company provides when looking for services like ultrasounds and thermography. If a patient wants to pay with insurance, PCU only accepts insurance from Medicare and Health Savings Account; however, given the low cost, you are encouraged to compare! If you have a high deductible, PCU may still be your best choice. You will receive a receipt to apply to your deductible. Patient Choice offers thermography services, in addition to their ultrasound services. Thermography is a screening that detects subtle changes in the breast or lymphatic system that may accompany breast pathology or diseases. This non – invasive breast screening is painless with no radiation or compression and is available for body screenings as well. Thermography has been FDA approved since 1984 and is perfect for women with breast implants, dense breasts or fibrocystic disease. Located on West Tiverton Way, Patient Choice Ultrasound put every little detail with the patient in mind. A convenient location, convenient appointment times and a friendly environment was created with this new concept in mind. PCU offers services with less hassle and more transparency without jumping through hoops and breaking the bank.

152 W. Tiverton Way // Lexington // (859) 554-7360 // PatientChoiceUltrasound.com

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CALENDAR ofofEVENTS CALENDAR EVENTS March 2018 January 2018

Spring will finally

arrive this month...

As the weather (hopefully) warms up, our monthly calendar is heating up as well. St Patrick's day is always a fun and spirited holiday, and there is plenty of celebrating to be done. Runners won't want to miss the annual Shamrock Shuffle 3k downtown, followed by the lively St. Patrick's Day parade and festival. Classic country music fans can experience a splendid blast from the past when ACM & CMA winner Clint Black brings his collection of hits to The Bluegrass. Kids and adults alike will want to fall down the rabbit hole with Alice for her adventures in Wonderland. On the basketball front, girl power will be taking over Rupp Arena. The NCAA Women’s Basketball Championships Regional Rounds will be held in Lexington for the first time since the 1986 NCAA Women’s Final Four. If comic books, films, cosplay, and toys are your thing then you will love Lexington's very own Comic Con. No matter which event tickles your fancy, you are sure to have a blast and make some unforgettable March memories.

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Lexington Opera House

This is the true story of how four bluecollar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide–all before they were 30! Jersey Boys features beloved hits like "Oh What A Night", "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Sherry" and more.

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Beef & Brews Dinner

6:30pm | Blue Grass Stockyard

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Frankel Cocktails & Casino Night

7:30pm | The Carrick House Celebrate and support the Lexington Hearing & Speech Center with casino games, silent auctions, and fantastic hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. LHSC provides services to over 1,200 families from over 65 counties across the Commonwealth through their day-school, preschool and kindergarten classrooms, speech/language therapy and audiology services and full family Audiology clinic services.

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Lexington Comic & Toy Convention

Lexington Convention Center With attendance of over 25K in 2017, Lexington's Comic and Toy Convention is becoming the south's most awesome weekend of geekery! The 3-day event showcases products like comics, toys, magazines, gaming, horror, anime, movies, art and many more related products and services. This year's guest lineup includes '80s & '90s favorites like Chuck Norris, Pauly Shore, Lou Diamond Phillips and more.

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A four course Kentucky-sourced beef dinner paired with Country Boy beer and cider. Dinner will be prepared by Hayden's Stockyard Eatery. Beef will be brought to you by The Chop Shop from Wolfe County's JSW Farm. Don't miss this wonderful taste of Kentucky!

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Jersey Boys

Bowl for Kids’ Sake

1pm-7pm | Collins Bowling Center Don't miss out on a fun-filled day of bowling, food, drinks and prizes (and don't forget to come dressed as your favorite movie character), all while benefiting at-risk children in Central Kentucky. Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass for their annual signature FUNdraising event, and witness Bowl for Kid's Sake as it comes to life on the BIG screen in 2018! Register as an organization, team or individual.

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Fayette Co. Farm Bureau Auction

8:30am | Kentucky Horse Park Last year's auction was the largest attended event in Farm Bureau history, and the largest sale of its kind in Kentucky! Just like last year, the event is open to the public and welcomes donated items and all types of farm equipment and lawn & garden equipment. All proceeds from this sale go toward funding scholarships for Fayette County High School students.

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Scholarship Competition

2pm | Singletary Center Join Alltech, in partnership with the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre department, for this free event as vocalists raise their voices to compete for $500,000 in scholarship funds.

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Gallery Hop

5-8pm | Downtown

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Alltech Lexington St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

10:30am-7pm | Downtown Throw on your green and get ready to celebrate! The festival is part of an all-day celebration. Enjoy the annual “Blessing of the Keg” (11am) and the spirited St Patrick's Parade (1pm). The yearly festival lineup features musicians, singers and dancers from across Kentucky and even the world. So come on out for a fun filled day for both adults and kids!

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Shamrock Shuffle 3k

8am | Downtown Kick off the running and racing season in downtown Lexington at the 12th Annual Shamrock Shuffle 3K! Join in to walk, shuffle or run in this annual St. Patrick’s Day tradition! The Shamrock Shuffle 3K is locally organized, and 100% of the proceeds stay local benefiting Lexington Habitat for Humanity. There will also be a costume contest and awards presentation.

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Clint Black

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Luke Pell & Logan Mize

He was one of country music's biggest stars of the 90s and now he is back on tour and visiting The Bluegrass. Spend an intimate evening with the singer-songwriter who surged to superstardom as part of the fabled Class of ‘89, reaching No. 1 with five consecutive singles from his tripleplatinum debut, "Killin’ Time". He quickly followed that success with a string of platinum and gold albums. Don’t miss your chance to see this country music legend live in concert.

7pm | Manchester Music Hall

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10am-5pm | Sweet Mash Southern Goods

Yoga in the Museum

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Rupp Arena The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship games will be played at Rupp Arena for the first time since the 1986 NCAA Women’s Final Four. Chosen for being a 'basketball hotbed", Lexington also hosted the event in 2016 and 2017, and is no stranger to popular sporting events. Experience March Madness and witness excitement as these talented ladies compete for the big win! (Game times are still being added, so keep your eyes peeled.)

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Director's Showcase

Downtown Arts Center

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The 2nd Annual Bluegrass Prep Event

Ready for the races? This great event will get you prepped and pampered. Shop hats, bowties and more while sampling cocktail mixers and tasty race day eats. From perfectly curated equestrian décor to live music, this event has everything to have you feeling festive for spring.

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Spirits: Sip and Absorb the Essence of our Past

6:30pm | Waveland Enjoy a special tour with Kentucky spirited beverages accompanied by Kentucky spirited characters. Go back in time and meet Joseph and Margaret Bryan, Belle Brezing, Henry Clay, Daniel Boone and more! Wander from room-to-room while listening to their stories and sipping Kentucky spirits provided by Chrisman Mills Winery and West 6th Brewery. Tasty drinks, exploring a beautiful property and a history lesson all in one visit? You can't beat that!

Kentucky Horse Park

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Colt Ford

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Alice in Wonderland

Lexington Opera House

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4th Kentucky Military Drill

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Easter at the Trace

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“Weird Al” Yankovic

7:30pm | Lexington Opera House “Weird Al” Yankovic burst onto the scene over three decades ago and never looked back. For the first time in his storied career, the world’s foremost musical satirist and four-time Grammy-winner foregoes his usual high-octane, big-production show for an intimate evening of music, focusing on original (non-parody) songs from his 14-album catalog. This is a rare opportunity to get up-close and personal with this legendary performer.

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New in the Bluegrass Youth Ballet repertoire, this ballet depicts the story of Alice falling down a rabbit hole and landing in a fantasy world of very peculiar characters and many strange adventures. The White Rabbit, The Mad Hatter, The Queen of Hearts and many more help bring Alice's magical journey to life. A favorite among both children and adults, the BYB will put their signature creativity and ingenuity into this timeless tale.

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6pm | Rupp Arena

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Paul Frazer Memorial Combined Test

7am-5pm | Kentucky Horse Park

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Keeneland The Keeneland Shop is pleased to host a Taste of the Races in celebration of the Keeneland Spring Meet Wednesday, from 4:30 to 7:30 and Thursday from 8:30 to 4:30. In a unique shopping and product preview setting, the Keeneland Shop will host a number of unique vendors from which fans can shop, while enjoying light bites and refreshments.

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Bippity Boppity Boutique

The Nest

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The Eagles

7pm | Rupp Arena

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Central Kentucky Home & Garden Show

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Flamingo 5K & 1 Miler

9am | RJ Corman Campus

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Wine, Women & Shoes

6:30pm | Griffin Gate Marriott Join Kids Cancer Alliance for an evening of fashion and wine for a great cause. With a wine tasting, savory bites, a children’s fashion show, designer shopping, “Best in Shoe” content and so much more, it’s a can’t-miss night of style!

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Land Rover Kentucky ThreeDay Event

Kentucky Horse Park Known worldwide as the "Best Weekend All Year!" This thrilling event puts the mastery of horse and rider center stage. Dressage, Jumping and Cross-Country and are on display and a true spectacle to behold... but don't forget about the worldclass shopping and tailagting, too!

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Motown: The Musical

Lexington Opera House It began as one man's story… became everyone's music… and is now Broadway's musical. Experience the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough".

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Corteo: Cirque du Soleil

Rupp Arena This thrilling show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth. The cast of Corteo includes 51 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors from all around the world.

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H’Artful of Fun: Golden Gala

7pm | Living Arts & Science Center Celebrate 50 years of the Living Arts & Science Center's hands-on and interactive instruction in arts and science directly from professional educators and active artists and scientists. This artfilled evening features live and silent auctions, a one-of-a-kind original art auction, live music, art and science-filled surprises with dinner and spirits by Dupree Catering.

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College Scholarship Day

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Maker’s Mark Bottle Signing Spring Challenge Handicapping Contest Kids Club Family Day

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Military Day at the Races

Horses and Hope Pink Day

FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS: Tailgating on The Hill SATURDAYS: Sunrise Trackside

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Jon Oldham and his princesses

Craig Hamilton and his princess

Brian Moscoe and his princesses

Allison Sweeney and Nancy Boatman

Brad Kerkhoff and his princess

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Commerce Lexington Annual Dinner Lexington Center | January 25 commercelexington.com Photos by Paul Atkinson

Jim & Pat Host

Zion Walker and Lyle Hanna

Terry Forcht and Heidi Hillard

Jim Gray

Terry McBrayer, Lynda Bebrowsky and Spencer Noe

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Michael Huff, Scott McConnell and Jeremy Terry


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Karen Hill, Laura Babbage, Luther Deaton and Bob Babbage

Ken Michul and Greg Kessinger

Tina Pugel, Michael Delzotti and Lisa Greer

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Michael Adams, Keleigh Arnett and Catrena Bowman

Lisa & Tom Biederman


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Dinner & Auction Campbell House | January 26 BeneďŹ ting Cardinal Hill cardinalhill.org Photos by Ron Morrow

Nicki & Tim Farmer with Roddy & Lisa Knetch

Matt Falcone and Jenny Wurzback

Diane & Rob Perez, Tanya Priddy

Sharon & Randy Michael

Lindsey Hughes & John Thurston, Andrea Walker

JP Mattingly

Marley Tribble, Cindy Jacobelli and Chelsea Banks

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Bluegrass Sports Awards Lexington Center | February 7 bluegrasssports.org Photos by Michal Huang

Jim Host and Jerry Tipton

Matthew Laurance

Brad and Doug Flynn

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Kevin Stinnett

Mark Lyons

Stewart Perry


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UK Men’s Basketball Rupp Arena January - February 2018 Photos by Ben Burchett and Mike Cyrus

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Twirling princesses at Her Knight Dance

Lexington Legends Anthem Auditions

Chester & Ann Grundy at the Black Panther Premier

Even when a wildcat is down, he’s never out!

Chinese New Year Celebration

Happy 10 year anniversary, Danielle Pope!

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Who's Who, What's New and What To Do in Lexington, KY

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Who's Who, What's New and What To Do in Lexington, KY