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CONTENTS

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the fashion + home and garden issue

Volume 13 Number 4

COMMUNITY 34 39 42 59 64 68

Non Profit Spotlight:

The Well of Lexington Lexington Live Green Dancing with the Lexington Stars

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New & Noteworthy Derby Eve:

Second Chance Celebration Derby Eve:

Unbridled Success

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Art in the Bluegrass:

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Art in the Bluegrass:

The Stand In NorthSide Festival

LIFESTYLE 80

Spring Fashion:

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Outfit of the Month:

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Gor-Jess:

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Pops of Pantone Winning Colors Kacey Musgraves’s “Golden Hour” Glamour

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Wow Wedding:

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Weddings Unveiled:

Chelsea + Matt Let it Bloom

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CONTENTS

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AT HOME 114

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Tour of Homes:

Robust Renovation

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Color Catalog:

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Home & Garden:

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Super Mom:

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Kids Easter Fashion:

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Pets:

Garden Patch Local Pros to Know Meredith Lepp Let’s Hop Into Spring The Importance of Vaccinating Your Pets

EATS & ENTERTAINMENT 162 168 170 173

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Dining:

Ranada’s Bistro & Bar Modern Meal Prep Recipe:

Italian Stuffed Chicken BBN:

Big Blue Enthusiasm

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BBN:

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Equine Update

Kentucky on Draft


CONTENTS PHOTOS 30 178 180

Out & About Mr. & Miss Kentucky

Basketball Awards Ceremony Annual Celebration & Awards

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2019 AAF Lexington

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Make-A-Wish Foundation

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FoodChain’s 3rd Annual

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Lexington Hearing & Speech Center

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YMCA of Central Kentucky

American Advertising Awards

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Hearts for Wishes FEAST Frankel Cocktails & Casino Night LexArts:

2019 Fund for the Arts Campaign Kickoff

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Recovery Cafe:

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Top Shots

Rise from the Ash Bash

CALENDAR 198

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April - May 2019

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PHOTOS Out & About

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Mission Lexington Spring Gala Salute to Jim Gray

Olivia Grigsby at FEAST Eve

Junior Achievement Miss Business

Isabel Yates, Julie Goodman & Janet Holloway attend the Celebrate Lexington Community Breakfast

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Non Profit Spotlight:

The Well of Lexington Lexington Live Green Dancing with the Lexington Stars

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Derby Eve:

Second Chance Celebration

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Derby Eve:

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Art in the Bluegrass:

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Art in the Bluegrass:

New & Noteworthy

Unbridled Success The Stand In NorthSide Festival


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THE WELL OF LEXINGTON Every year, millions of men, women and children are trafficked around the world, including the United States. There is no uniformity to trafficking; no regard to age, nationality, race, religion or gender. Defined by the National Human Trafficking Hotline as “the exploitation of someone for the purposes of compelled labor or a commercial sex act through the use of force, fraud or coercion,� the presence of this billion-dollar illegal industry is increasing at an alarming rate both globally, and here within the Commonwealth of Kentucky. story by Lauren Henry Rogers

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To quote the Department of Homeland Security, “the trauma caused by traffickers can be so great that many individuals may not identify themselves or ask for help, even in highly public settings.” Once they are identified, however, there are incredible programs in place ready to step in and step up to the task of providing a safe home, free from fear, as survivors piece their lives back together, stronger than before. The Well of Lexington is one such organization. With the mission of providing a “holistic program of safe housing, recovery support, education and healing for women exploited by sex trafficking to empower them to reach economic independence and live productive lives,” at The Well of Lexington, residents receive emotional support, counseling and necessary physical and psychological help. Executive Director, Eileen M. Levy shares, “The Well of Lexington means hope to me. I get to see the light come back into people’s eyes. It’s like watching little miracles happen every day. Hope to survivors, or any human for that matter, is life changing.” She adds, “All they need is a little spark. Give them their power back, a safe place to heal and with a little loving guidance, they get this spark! They deserve a fighting chance at life and it’s our mission to help make that happen.”

The Well Lexington Staff: • D.Woolfolk, Clean Start Coordinator • E. Levy, Executive Director • A. DuFour, Program Coordinator

During their two-year tenure at The Well of Lexington, these survivors-turned-thrivers learn to live a clean, drug free life. They also find employment, advance their education and learn crucial life skills, such as learning to trust and learning to take control of their own life; difficult but critical lessons to learn. “What happens to these women takes a very long time to undo,” Eileen reminds us. “Each resident that enters The Well comes with her own unique story and here, each individual’s needs are thoughtfully addressed and carefully attended to.” In their first year of residence at The Well, the core focus is on rebuilding, both physically and emotionally. While regaining their strength, women of The Well are provided professional support through a life skills coach, social workers and counselors. They receive transportation to medical and dental appointments and comply with all court ordered appointments.

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Human Trafficking 101 Presentation with Presbyterian Women’s Spring Gathering

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Second Annual Golf Scramble to benefit The Well of Lexington

Date: Saturday April 27, 2019

Date: Monday June 3, 2019

Where: Second Presbyterian Church downtown Lexington

Where: Spring Valley Golf Course

When: 10am - 12pm. All are welcome.

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The following is a list of potential red flags and indicators of human trafficking to help you recognize the signs.

Once the first year is complete, the second year shifts the focus to successfully living independently and what this process entails. Eileen explains, “The mission of The Well is to get our residents out of the abusive lifestyle for good and to instill in them the dignity they are entitled to while empowering them to be a self-loving, productive member of society.” She continues, “They learn to thrive and take pride in their accomplishments.” Another avenue where the women grow tremendously involves The Well of Lexington’s social enterprise program, Clean Start. Through this communityoriented organization, the residents receive training in business skills while earning income. Once they graduate from The Well’s two-year program, these ladies will then have savings and transferable job skills that are immediately applicable to their new lives. What’s more, however, is the deep inner healing work that occurs as the women learn and talk together. In 2019, the main goal for The Well of Lexington is raising Human Trafficking Awareness in Kentucky. Eileen explains, “We think human trafficking is a foreign problem and that it doesn’t exist here. But it does. Most of our residents were born and raised in Kentucky. In working with them, you realize that they could have been your sister, mother, niece or any relative for that matter. There are many ways that we can help The Well achieve their goals, (and we really CAN help), throughout the year including attending public presentations on human trafficking, donating time or funds to the organization or by taking part in one of their great fundraising events such as the upcoming 2nd Annual Golf Scramble on June 3rd. Held at the Spring Valley Golf Course, there are sponsorships and foursomes currently available. “Awareness is key,” Eileen postulates. “We love to educate churches, community groups and healthcare workers. Not only does it help prevent trafficking, it helps us fund our safe house here in the Bluegrass. The more light we can shine on this the safer our community is.” To find out more and to get involved with this incredible organization, please visit thewelllexington.com. •

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If you see any of these signs, you can call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. You can learn more at the National Human Trafficking Hotline's website: HumanTraffickingHotline.org • Appearing malnourished • Showing signs of physical injuries and abuse • Avoiding eye contact, social interaction and authority figures/law enforcement • Seeming to adhere to scripted or rehearsed responses in social interaction • Lacking official identification documents • Appearing destitute/lacking personal possessions • Working excessively long hours • Living at place of employment • Checking into hotels/motels with older males, and referring to those males as a boyfriend or “daddy,” which is often street slang for pimp • Poor physical or dental health • Tattoos/ branding on the neck and/or lower back • Security measures that appear to keep people inside an establishment - barbed wire inside of a fence, bars covering the insides of windows


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If you live or work in Lexington, you’ve seen the amazing impact that Live Green has on our community. From planting trees at local parks to ensuring that hazardous materials don’t end up in our streams, this initiative helps keep our bluegrass green! Part of the Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works, Lexington Live Green is your go-to source for environmental questions and issues. They work to preserve, protect and enhance Lexington’s environment by educating the public about the need and benefits of creating a healthy and sustainable quality of life for our community. To learn more about what Lexington Live Green is up to and how you can help, visit LexingtonKY.gov/livegreen.

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Tune in to Lexington Community Radio (93.9FM) on Mondays at 11am (or in Spanish bimonthly on Monday at 11am on El Pulso 95.7FM) to learn more about living and working green in Lexington. Back episodes are available on Soundcloud.

TRASH DISPOSAL DAY

SIGN UP FOR 311 ALERTS

Saturday, April 13 | 6 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bluegrass Regional Transfer Station (1505 Old Frankfort Pike)

You can get text or email notifications about city services and programs, such as curbside waste collection schedule changes, vacuum leaf collection dates, volunteer events, alerts when conditions are prime for sanity sewer overflows or special collection events, such as Hazardous Waste Collections and Paper Shred.

Drop off a level pickup load of bagged household waste and up to four tires (off the rim). This event is not for hazardous waste. (Wondering what counts as hazardous waste, or when the next HHW event is coming? Visit LexingtonKY. gov/HHWevent.)

Visit LexingtonKY.gov/311alerts or register through the LexCall app. There are tons of other great benefits to being in the know with the "LexCall 311" app, from requesting pothole repairs to getting the latest traffic alerts!

REFOREST THE BLUEGRASS Saturday, April 13 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Masterson Station Park – 3051 Leestown Road Help expand Lexington’s urban forest and protect local waterways by planting native trees. Celebrating 20 years! LexingtonKY.gov/Reforest.

PAPER SHRED Saturday, April 27 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 1631 Old Frankfort Pike – Enter Jimmie Campbell Dr. Safely shred unwanted documents and papers.

MULCH GIVEAWAY Saturday, May 18 | 8 a.m. – noon or until mulch is gone 1631 Old Frankfort Pike – Enter Jimmie Campbell Dr. Residents of Fayette County may collect up to one truckload. Mulch is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. DO YOUR “DOODIE”

TRASH DISPOSAL DAY

Did you know that aside from being a nuisance, pet waste harms our water quality? Decomposing pet waste uses up oxygen in water that fish and plants need to flourish. It also contains nutrients that encourage algae to grow in streams, further harming fish and plant life. It can also contain harmful bacteria and parasites that can cause problems for people and other animals.

Saturday, July 13 | 6 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bluegrass Regional Transfer Station (1505 Old Frankfort Pike)

The best thing you can do is always pick up after your pet, whether you’re on the sidewalk, in a park or on private property. Carry baggies with you and dispose of them in containers for trash–never in recycling carts and bins or in gray yard waste carts. Do not use pet waste in compost or as a garden fertilizer.

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Drop off a level pickup load of bagged household waste and up to four tires. (Off the rim. This is not for hazardous waste.)

KENTUCKY RIVER CLEAN SWEEP Saturday, July 27 | 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Clays Ferry Boat Dock (Use 9079 Old Richmond Rd. for GPS.) Have fun while cleaning up the river. Breakfast and lunch provided to all participants: LexingtonKY.gov/RiverSweep.

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he Rotary Club of Lexington, in partnership with Lexington Arthur Murray Dance Studio, presents the 9th Annual Dancing With the Lexington Stars. Since its inception in 2011, this event has quickly become the “talk of the town” fundraiser in our community. This funfilled affair puts the dancing skills of local leaders and celebrities on stage, trained by the professionals at Arthur Murray Dance Studios, to raise funds for the Lexington Rotary Club Endowment Fund. The major beneficiary of the funds raised is Surgery on Sunday, founded by former Rotarian and local surgeon Dr. Andy Moore, along with numerous other community charitable organizations. With nearly $800,000 raised the first eight years, this event has touched thousands of lives in Lexington and beyond. Curious about this incredible event? Vote for your favorite dancers, learn more about these amazing organizations or register to bid on auction items online at: DANCINGWITHTHELEXINGTONSTARS.COM photos by Keni Parks & Jenny Hansen Lane

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Arthur Murray Dance Studio: Hunter Lisle & Elesha Burkhart

DWTLS Assistants: Cathya Franko & Aaron Orin


NEWTON of Bates Security

dancing with Bobby Docherty

Best Move: The moonwalk. No, wait, that’s my partner, Bobby. Secret Weapon: My competitive energy and pursuit of success. Favorite Music Genre: Unfair question – I love ALL music! Dancing Inspiration: My darling, dancing daughter Aden. Biggest Challenge: Not looking at my feet. Why are you excited to participate in DWTLS? From fundraising and bringing awareness to this great cause to learning a well-choreographed dance, DWTLS is such a great event to focus positive energy.

“Dancing for a great cause? Yes, please!”

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Dancing with the Lexington Stars

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“I am happy to be a part of this creative way to raise money for two worthy causes.”

TOOMBS of PDR Interiors

dancing with Duncan King Best Move: My nieces would tell you it’s flossing. They are always goading me into doing that move for them. Favorite Music Genre: I love ALL music. I always have a song in my head and am singing or dancing around my house. If I have to choose a favorite genre, it would be pop (specifically boy bands). Don’t judge – I grew up in the ‘90s. Dancing Inspiration: Paula Abdul has always been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. She has great moves! Why are you excited to participate in DWTLS? It is such a fun and unique concept! I appreciate philanthropic efforts.

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MULLINS of Marshall Lifestyle Medicine

Best Move: The Robot!

dancing with Catherine Docherty

Secret Weapon: My talented partner, Catherine. Favorite Song: Cat Stevens “How Do I Tell You That I Love You?”

“DWTLS is an event that I strongly believe in.”

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Dancing Inspiration: Fred Astaire Biggest Challenge: Overcoming my fear of embarrassing myself! Why are you excited to participate in DWTLS? In my medical practice, I am often assisting patients to do things that are often times out of their comfort zones. In order to reach your full potential, I believe that you must occasionally do things that stretch the boundaries of your comfort level. If I can help raise money for a charity that I believe in while stretching the limits of my own comfort, grow from the experience and perhaps inspire my current or future patients to strive to be better... well, that just sounds like a triple win.

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Best Move: Agreeing to participate! Secret Weapon: Our wonderful instructor, Chris Stone. Favorite Music Genre: Classic and Prog Rock Dancing Inspiration: Raising money for the charities! Biggest Challenge: Practicing at home with our 3 beagles at our feet... Why are you excited to participate in DWTLS? We are honored to be dancing to help support Surgery on Sunday and the many other great charities supported by the Lexington Rotary Endowment.

“What could be better than doing something that’s good for the community, good for our health and fun to do together?”

Instructor: Chris Stone

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Best Dance Move: Breakdance, robot, pop and wave.

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ANDERSON of Cohesion, LLC and BA Natural Health Company

Secret Weapon: Our cute kids: Lauren (16), David (14) and Natalie (10)! Bret’s Dancing Inspiration: I attended a talent show when I was 13 and did a breakdance routine. I was hooked. Also, love Saturday Night Fever. Bret’s Biggest DWTLS Hurdle: I had knee surgery in January and getting ready to practice was a challenge. Also, coordinating 4 others in the routine is an absolute trick! Why are you excited to participate in DWTLS? First, to raise money for this great cause. Second, I’m on a mission to be in the best shape of my life when I turn 50 this September. I want to prove I can still break it down like it’s ‘85. Lastly, I wanted to include my family in the process. We all are so busy, and grateful we have this chance to make memories of a lifetime.

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Matthew’s Best Move: Picking a great partner! Angela’s Dance Inspiration: Frances “Baby” Houseman Matthew’s Dance Inspiration: Used car lot inflatable tube man... Angela’s Biggest Challenge: Not tripping! Why she’s excited to participate in DWTLS: It’s an opportunity to put myself out there, learn something new and help people – who wouldn’t be on board with that? Why he’s excited to participate: It’s a great opportunity to get involved and make a difference in my community!

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of Bluegrass Health Staffing and Conversations That Matter dancing with Rosie Picone

Secret Weapon: Meditation. Favorite Musicians: Michael Bublé or The Standards – any music associated with that genre is great. Biggest Challenge: Keeping up with my dance partner! Why are you excited to participate in DWTLS? Being a part of the health care community, it’s an honor to help support Surgery on Sunday.

“I’m thrilled for any exciting way to be social and raise money for a great cause.”

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Best Move: Carolina Shag Secret Weapon: Having fun no matter what! Favorite Music Genre: I love every type of music, and I’m frequently changing up what I listen to. Dancing Inspiration: Dancing With The Stars TV show Biggest Challenge: The one foot height difference between me and my wife! Why are you excited to participate in DWTLS? This is such a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the lives of folks in the community through Surgery On Sunday.

“DWTLS is a fun way to spend some time with my wife while learning something new!”

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of Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation dancing with Jani Szukk Best Move: Turns & Spins Secret Weapon: My costume! Favorite Music Genre: Classical Dancing Inspiration: Yulia Zagoruychenko Why are you excited to participate in DWTLS? I’m so honored to serve CHI Saint Joseph Health advancing the philanthropic agenda to support our hospitals, facilities and the patients and families we serve. The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth began the mission of compassionate care to the poor and underserved in 1877 , and it is a tradition we still carry out today. It’s why we are proud to be an important partner for Surgery on Sunday, and I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to participate as a dancer for this worthy cause.

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RUSSELL of Lexington Dream Factory

dancing with Chip Sebastian Best Dance Move: It’s got to be my dance moves to the Baby Shark song with my toddler grandsons. This catchy kid’s song went viral and hit the Billboard Hot 100 songs and is a great way to get exercise with your little ones on rainy days. Favorite Music Genre: My love of music spans across everything from opera, to western swing, to classical and pop music. Dancing Inspiration: I’m a fan of old, classic movies so I have to go with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and anything choregraphed by Jerome Robbins (West Side Story and The King and I) or Bob Fosse (Caberet and Chicago).

“My 12 siblings are my secret weapon! A dozen strong, we looked out for each other — and still do.”

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Biggest DWTLS Hurdle: Choosing a very challenging waltz to learn for my dance routine. Why are you excited to participate in DWTLS? It’s an exciting, yet humbling experience for me to express myself through dance while raising money to benefit the skilled, compassionate works performed by the dedicated Surgery on Sunday doctors, nurses and staff.

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Inclusion Palooza honors those with disabilities The 2019 Inclusion Palooza will be held on April 27th 2-7pm at the Moondance Amphitheater in Beaumont Circle. This community event honors individuals with disabilities and their contributions in our community, schools and workplaces in Kentucky. Inclusion Palooza was first hosted last year in an effort to bring people together and celebrate our differences and similarities through the power of music and advocacy. This year, they will feature live music from Joslyn and the Sweet Compression, Baja Yetis, Metric Soul, Little Dub, Tripp Bratton, Mojo Tones, as well as a few on-stage surprises. West Sixth Brewery, Pivot Brewing, Go-Go Burger, Kona Ice and other food and drinks vendors will be in attendance. They will also have family-friendly activities and exhibitors. The event’s presenting sponsor is Life Plan of Kentucky. Inclusion Palooza is hosted by Build Inclusion and Lexington Parks & Recreation.

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DiverCity Festival connects our diverse community The first annual DiverCity Festival is going to be held on April 27th at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza from 3:00pm until 10:00pm- rain or shine. It is free to attend the festival, which will feature entertainment, food, live performances,and opportunities to interact with fellow community members. The purpose of the festival is to help educate, embrace and celebrate the multitude of cultures that enrich Lexington. DiverCity’s goal is to enlighten individuals and bridge the gap between people’s experiences and understanding of the world. They want to highlight the similarities and differences that makes Lexington such a great place while inviting everyone to embrace the diversity that we have here. Everyone will walk away from the DiverCity Festival with a greater appreciation of how our wealth of diversity contributes to our arts and culture. From now until the event, the DiverCity Festival is accepting applications for sponsors, vendors, organizations and volunteers. They also welcome individuals to volunteer and support the event.

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BUSINESS NEWS:

Battle Axes is now open for daytime and corporate events! Battle Axes is Lexington’s premier hatchetthrowing destination, located in the James E. Pepper Distillery. They offer casual throwing, league play, corporate events, and private parties. They also offer almost 60 canned beers and ciders (half of which are Kentucky Proud), soda, bottled water and snack foods that are available for purchase. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Walk-ins are also available, with times slots that start on the hour or half hour. There are also a handful of house rules that everyone must abide by: you must be 18+ to play, but minors aged 13-17 are allowed daily until 6 pm.

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The Railbird lineup is here! Railbird Festival, a new world-class music festival led by AC Entertainment coming to The Grounds at Keeneland August 10-11, 2019, is proud to present its inaugural lineup, ticket levels, premium festival experiences and more. Those topping the weekend’s bill include American rock supergroup The Raconteurs (Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler) and singer-songwriter Hozier, whose latest album Wasteland, Baby! debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts. Additional music acts will feature Tyler Childers, Grammy-award winner Brandi Carlile, Gary Clark Jr., Old Crow Medicine Show and many more. A full list of confirmed artists from the 2019 lineup can be found on the Railbird website. More than 30 acts will perform across three stages – Limestone Stage, Elkhorn Stage and The Burl Stage – during this two-day festival. General Admission (GA), VIP and Superfecta weekend passes are available to the public via RailbirdFest.com. Layaway plans will be offered for all ticket levels, with first payments starting at less than $40 plus fees for GA.

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Wild Health at Proof offers a unique approach to wellness There’s a new family medicine clinic inside Proof Fitness! Wild Health at Proof takes a unique approach with patient care that starts with truly getting to know each client.

the client’s body that affects their overall health.

The team of certified professionals starts by delving deep into each client’s foundation through genetic testing. This allows them to gather in-depth information that helps them create a personalized plan for care.

Perhaps most importantly, the Wild Health team opens up a dialogue with each patient. They discuss every client’s individual lifestyle, including family, work, goals and stressors. This helps the team understand what treatments may be appropriate and what underlying factors might affect the patient adversely, now or in the future.

They also perform intense biometric and laboratory testing. This gives them a 360-degree look into the client’s hormone and thyroid status, as well as their vitamin and mineral concentrations. They then test the microbiome with cutting edge assays to measure the billions of bacteria living in and on

Wild Health at Proof offers a wide range of services such as: athletic performance optimization, stroke and heart attack prevention, Hormone Replacement Therapy, dementia and Alzheimer’s management, vitamins, nutrition, healthy aging, weight loss, stem cell therapy, PRP and regenerative medicine.

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AWARDS & HONORS:

Jeff Ruby is on his way, Lexington! Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse is coming soon to Lexington with an expected opening of April 20th! One of the most highly-anticipated additions to the Lexington dining scene in 2019, Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, Lexington will be located in the City Center project in the heart of downtown. No doubt it will be a local go-to for client meetings and elegant date nights. What can diners expect at the Lexington Jeff Ruby’s? Like its sister in Louisville, the menu and interior will be adapted to suit the Kentucky culture. Steaks, sushi, desserts and drinks anchor the creative menu. Jeff Ruby has been in the culinary industry since 1970. His first eatery was opened in 1981 and the first Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse followed in 1999. Consistency and quality are hallmarks of a Ruby restaurant – a fact supported by decades of success at his eateries. Jeff Ruby is widely considered one of the nation’s preeminent restaurateurs. And while national organizations like Zagat, Food Network, USAToday and Wine Spectator rank his steakhouses among the best in the country (making him a foodie celebrity in his own right) it is his total commitment to the finest food, impeccable service and a total dining experience unlike any other that keep his loyal fans coming back year after year.

Weinberg Humanitarian Awards honor those who serve our community The Lauren K. Weinberg Humanitarian Awards are given to individuals and organizations whose dedication and service to our community promote respect, understanding and tolerance among all people. The goals of the awards are to celebrate social justice work being done in Lexington and provide a platform for local humanitarians to share their missions and get attention for their work. The 2019 Weinberg Humanitarian Awards were hosted on February 22. The categories for award winners were broken down into three categories: individual, entrepreneur and organization. The individual award winner was Josh Nadzam, director of On the Move Art Studio, the entrepreneur award winner was Black Soil: Our Better Nature; Ashley and Trevor Claiborn., and the organization award winner was Latino Leadership College Experience Camp; Akemmy Bucio Dimas, Daishyera Garner, Edith Cruz, Omar Salinas-Chacón, Erin Michelle Howard and Jesenia Rosalyn Avila. The awards are named after Lauren K. Weinberg, who served the Bluegrass Region for 13 years as the Executive Director of the National Conference for Community and Justice. She worked to help destroy the barriers that divide us along racial, religious, cultural and ethnic lines. She also developed and implemented highly effective and publicly acclaimed youth programs. With these awards and the ongoing work of the Plantory help continue Lauren’s legacy of community inclusiveness and collaboration.

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Makenna Foundation presents: Derby Eve Soiree Celebrate Derby Eve in Lexington and help support an amazing cause by attending the Makenna Foundation’s Derby Eve Soiree, benefitting Kentucky Children’s Hospital. This year’s Derby Eve Soiree will be held Friday, May 3rd at 7pm in the Patterson Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Lexington. The Makenna Foundation’s Derby Eve events have been a staple of the Lexington social scene for over 15 years. This festive evening celebrates the Kentucky Derby with fine dining and Kentucky spirits, live entertainment and auction to support a worthwhile cause. The Makenna Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization facilitating hope, joy and courage for children facing life threatening trauma and illness. These children and their families are served by caring professionals at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Established in September 2001 in loving memory of Makenna David, who died of a rare lung disease in 1998 when she was 20 months old, the Makenna Foundation raises funds to help make

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the Kentucky Children’s Hospital a benchmark of children’s hospitals. KCH serves as the subspecialty regional referral and pediatric care center for Central and Eastern Kentucky. There are more than 70 pediatric specialists and more than 300 pediatric nurses working in 24 areas, as well as physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapists, dietitians, licensed clinical social workers, genetic counselor, child life specialists and pharmacists, all of whom are dedicated to caring for children. The Makenna Foundation helps provide equipment and assistance needed for hospital expansion. Since 2001, the Makenna Foundation has raised over $1.3 million for the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. From the Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center, the foundation’s contibutions have helped make the hospital experience a little more welcoming for children and their families. For tickets or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, visit MakennaFoundation.com.

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Derby Eve:

SECOND CHANCE

CELEBRATION The Kentucky Castle's gates are being thrown open for a Derby Eve event to change hearts and minds. story by Donna Ison | photos by Mark Mahan

Thoroughbred racing has long been known as the “Sport of Kings,” so it is only appropriate that the newest event of this year’s Derby season will be held at the Kentucky Castle. However, the affair will forego pomp and circumstance for a party for the people…with a purpose. The Second Chance Celebration will be an authentic Kentucky experience that hits close to home—raising awareness around the many communities that struggle with addiction and incarceration. “During Derby season, you see a lot of celebrities, and you see a lot of privilege, and it’s very beautiful,” said Holly Harris. “But there is another side to that coin, and our goal is raise awareness around people and places that are equally beautiful, but in desperate need of reforms that can expand opportunities and offer second chances.” Harris is the executive director of the Coalition for Public Safety, which will both sponsor and benefit from the celebration. The 501(c)(3) non-profit is dedicated to bringing about comprehensive reforms to the justice system at both the state

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and federal level. Prior to heading up the organization, Harris, a self-described “reformed politico,” graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law and served in politics as a litigator, chief of staff, and General Counsel to the Republican Party of Kentucky. Simply put by Harris, the Coalition’s goal is “to ensure that people who have made mistakes have alternatives to incarceration, and if they do serve time, have a pathway home where they can find jobs, secure a place to live, and take care their families. Because ultimately that makes us all safer.” Last year, these issues rose to national prominence with passage of the First Step Act, a federal bipartisan prison and sentencing reform bill focused on improving current conditions for prisoners, reducing recidivism, addressing substance abuse, and reforming unduly harsh sentences. Harris gives credit for this accomplishment to states like Kentucky, who have already passed similar pieces of legislation.

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from left to right: Dr. John Hourigan and his wife Beth; Holly Harris, President of the Coalition for Public Safety; Christie Eckerline; Director of Events at The Kentucky Castle and Dr. Brian Adkins, co-owner of The Kentucky Castle.

But there is still much work to be done. Luckily, these issues bring together leaders from across the political spectrum. And Harris adds that, at this celebration, “You will certainly see lawmakers from the far right to the far left. And how many events do you go to lately where you see very progressive Democrats mingling with very conservative Republicans?” Harris was first approached with the idea for this event by Beth Hourigan, who owns the local Hourglass Lash & Skin Bar, and her husband Dr. Jon Hourigan, a surgeon. They had seen some of Harris’ national events, and urged her to “come back home, and bring back the Lexington Derby party.” The couple suggested an iconic landmark, the Kentucky Castle, as the venue. The Castle, which was recently named by Architectural Digest as “The Most Beautiful Hotel in Kentucky,” features impeccably decorated indoor areas, such as a bourbon hall, dining room, music room, ballroom, as well as a stunning space on the rooftop. The Hourigans connected Harris to the owners of the Castle, who include Brian Adkins, Danny Bramer, Matthew Dawson, Ryan Dawson, and Jody Elliott, all of whom hail from areas afflicted by the drug epidemic. They were honored to be the venue for The Public Safety Coalition to host “a party for the people” at the Castle in support of criminal justice reform. When planning the party, Harris was keenly aware of Lexington’s rich Derby eve history, steeped in tales from socialite Anita Madden’s legendary fetes, which she attended in college. Recalling the star-studded parties wth lavish costumes and celebrities, Harris says, “There will never be another Madden party.” With no illusions of recreating that era, Harris worked with the Castle team, and tapped Harbinger, a nationally-renowned events and experiences firm that has managed White House events and the Pope’s stateside visits, to create an evening filled with incredible entertainment, authentic Kentucky food, and educational experiences.

From start to finish, the event is packed full of world-class musical acts, featuring performers from an array of musical genres, ensuring there is something for everyone. Multi-platinum entertainer Sara Evans will be one of the headliners. With five No. 1 Country singles including “No Place That Far” and “Suds In The Bucket” and “Born to Fly,” Evans thrills audiences across the country. Her eighth studio album, Words, debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart, and was named among Billboard and Rolling Stone’s favorite country albums of 2017. Evans’ “stunning, country voice” (Rolling Stone) has earned top accolades, including the Academy of Country Music’s Top Female vocalist, numerous American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Country Music Association, CMT and Grammy Awards nominations. The event will also be headlined by singer/songwriter Pat Green. With three Grammy nominations and over two million albums sold, Green’s signature Texas Country sound has sold out major venues, including the Houston Astrodome. Fifteen of Green’s singles have charted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, perhaps the most famous of which is "Wave on Wave" from his gold-certified album of the same name. Reception guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear John Carter Cash and wife Ana Cristina Cash sing family legacy favorites such as “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Ring of Fire.” The only son of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, John Carter Cash is an award-winning record producer, garnering six Grammy Awards. Also an accomplished author and singersongwriter, he released a new album last year, We Must Believe In Magic, featuring an astounding host of musical guests. The event will also showcase popular acts well-known to this area. The Local Honeys, made up of the duo of Linda Jean Stokley and Montana Hobbs, will bring the Bluegrass. By adding their special brand of R&B, local band MISC. JONES, led by

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Second Chance Celebration Michelle “Emtre” Hollis, will round out the evening with a cool Caribbean feel. And if the music draws you into this celebration, the food will keep you there. In the farm-to-table tradition, guests will enjoy authentic Kentucky drinks and delectable dishes utilizing ingredients sourced from local gardens and farms. Underscoring the mission of the event, the baked goods will be provided by DV8 Kitchen, a Lexington restaurant and bakery recently featured in the New York Times for training and hiring recovering addicts, most of whom also are formerly incarcerated. But at its core, the Second Chance Celebration is about promoting a dialogue that will change hearts and minds. To this end, the night will also include videos telling powerful stories of redemption, interactive experiences that raise awareness around challenges in our justice system, and recognition of well-known advocates, philanthropists and lawmakers from the left to the right. Harris wants the event to be inclusive. Event pricing will begin at $250 per person, and will also include higher level sponsorship opportunities for companies and groups. Keep in mind, this price includes food, drinks, interactive educational experiences, and an incredible concert at a venue many Kentuckians have dreamed of visiting. Further, guests are encouraged to express themselves in their attire, whether they choose “sequined finery, or a cocktail dress with cowboy boots,” Harris says, “We want people to feel comfortable.”

Proceeds from the evening will help the Coalition for Public Safety continue their work, including right here at home. “No state has been more affected by our broken justice system than Kentucky,” states Harris, “We’re already having an impact here, and not just through the legislation.” Last year, the Coalition provided funds to finish the BallQuantrell-Jones Women's Recovery wing of the Hope Center in Lexington, and contributed $50,000 to the Life Learning Center in Covington, which provides an alternative to jail and helps “at-risk” individuals reach their highest potential. The Coalition also supports the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship which, in partnership with the University of Kentucky and Transylvania University, hosts a student-Congress made up of promising students from all 50 states that promotes civility in political debate, and last fall, the Coalition announced funding for criminal justice fellowships at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. When the Second Chance Celebration is over, Harris hopes people leave with unforgettable memories, and a powerful mission. “We want to reach a whole new constituency, and inspire people to get more involved.” She adds with a smile, “And what better way to work to remove the stigma of incarceration than to celebrate second chances in a castle?” •

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Save the Date: Friday, May 3rd 4:30pm-10pm at The Kentucky Castle For tickets, visit: CoalitionForPublicSafety.org

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Unbridled Success

Derby Eve:

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

story by Rocko Jerome photos courtesy of David Nichols, dRAE Media and Brian Bohannon

On Derby Eve, the scene at the legendary Galt House is always the same: The limos are lined up three lanes deep and crowds of bystanders await the arrivals of fabulously-clad celebrities and luminaries while camera ashes illuminate the darkness. This electric atmosphere is all generated by one event: the blacktie optional Unbridled Eve, a fundraiser for local charity Blessings in a Backpack that has become the must-attend Derby gala for a who's who list of stars, including Mira Sorvino, Beau Bridges, Louis Gosset Jr., Ray Liotta, Cheech Marin and Luke Bryan. Co-creators Tonya York Dees and Tammy York Day have carefully cultivated a setting that never fails to impress guests who’ve partied on both coasts and all over the globe. They enter on the requisite luxurious red carpet, then mix and mingle during a cocktail

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Unbridled Success reception fueled by fantastic signature cocktails and a killer bar. This year’s spirits will include fine wines, champagnes, vodkas, custom cocktails from Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and of course, a wide selection of bourbons. There's a gourmet dinner served in the hotel's Grand Ballroom, followed by live On Derby Eve, the scene at the legendary Galt House is always the same: the limos are lined up three lanes deep and crowds of bystanders await the arrivals of fabulously-clad celebrities and luminaries while camera flashes illuminate the darkness. This electric atmosphere is all generated by one event: the black-tie optional Unbridled Eve, a fundraiser for local charity Blessings in a Backpack that has become the must-attend Derby gala for a who's who list of stars, including Mira Sorvino, Beau Bridges, Louis Gosset Jr., Ray Liotta, Cheech Marin and Luke Bryan. Co-creators Tonya York Dees and Tammy York Day have carefully cultivated a setting that never fails to impress guests who’ve partied on both coasts and all over the globe. They enter on the requisite luxurious red carpet, then mix and mingle during a cocktail reception fueled by fantastic signature cocktails and a killer bar. This year’s spirits will include fine wines, champagnes, vodkas, custom cocktails from Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and of course, a wide selection of bourbons. There's a gourmet dinner served in the hotel's Grand Ballroom, followed by live music from the incomparable Louisville Crashers and, always, surprise appearances from grammy level performers who have included Ruben Studdard and Kris Allen. This party goes late. Attendees dance into the night and with a little perseverance and maybe a quick Bloody Mary, everybody is off to the races at

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Churchill Downs the next morning. Creating an event like this in the first place and keeping it fresh year after year is a herculean task, which is why it’s no surprise that it takes two remarkable women to make it happen. The synergy between Tonya York Dees and Tammy York Day puts a new spin on the sister dynamic. The two often speak for each other. One always seems to know what the other is thinking before she says it. They occasionally finish each other's sentences. And they always, always have each other's backs. Unbridled all comes as a result not only of their shared vision, but of this unparalleled closeness. "I think of the two of us as a unit," says Tammy. "You really can't have one of us without the other. People always mix us up for the other and think we're twins, even though we don't think that we look that much alike." They're tight the way you can only be with someone you grew up in close quarters with. "I always say that I prayed her into existence," Tonya reminisces. "The doctors kept saying that this was most likely to be a boy, but I just knew otherwise. When our parents brought Tammy home, I told them so. I knew all along! We were best friends immediately." Each of their lives followed a similar sort of trajectory. They studied business in communications, economics and finance, then put their education and passion to work in big ways. Tonya served the city for Greater Louisville Inc. before founding York Management, Inc. Tammy was Chief Operating Officer of Delta Dental before taking her current role as the president and CEO of the Louisville Healthcare Council.

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Remembering an emphasis on doing things for others that had been instilled in their family life from the beginning, the sisters were always intent on giving back and finding ways to actively improve the lives of those in need. Tonya and Tammy volunteered and chaired charity events together for years, amassing a dedicated team and unparalleled acumen in the field. In 2012 they decided to strike out on their own with an entirely original concept and Unbridled Eve was born. A completely philanthropic endeavor, this non-profit exists solely to raise funds and awareness for imperative charities like Blessings in a Backpack, an organization dedicated to bringing an end to childhood hunger. Unbridled Eve has continued to grow every year since and has attracted attention internationally – not only because it’s such a spectacular soiree, but also in part because of the Derby Prelude party. That’s an event that the sisters hold in West Hollywood every other January, once hosted by none other than Louisville's own Jennifer Lawrence. It’s a cocktail party designed to cultivate relationships with sponsors, celebrities and other people of influence, bringing people together towards the common goal of raising awareness for Unbridled and its charity partners. Much more than one singular event, Unbridled Eve is an ongoing, massively complicated logistical project that most would find daunting, but these two do it so well because they do it together-- along with a team of dedicated volunteers. "We're very proud of our sponsors, attendees and everyone who contributes every year, to ultimately help make the world a better place," Tonya says. "The long-term plan is for this event is to add leverage to a new level of success and to help support economic development for the entire area and it's amazing to watch that grow." Being the force behind what’s become an iconic Derby event makes for a very busy Derby season, but the truth is, Tonya and Tammy are perpetually in motion. Says Tonya, "We always go a hundred miles per hour no matter what.” Tammy adds with a laugh, "We just get a whole lot less sleep at this time of year." •

IF YOU GO The Unbridled Eve Gala will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Galt House from 7pm until 1:30am on Friday, May 3rd. For tickets, tables or to make a donation to the Unbridled Charitable Foundation, email: peggy@yorkmgmt.com or tonya@yorkmgmt.com or call 502.894.9768

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THE STAND-IN Bourbon, Basketball and... Barrymore? Shutting down streets to accommodate Hollywood stars, film crews and local extras is a rare occurrence in Central Kentucky. But in late February, both Lexington and Versailles cordoned off their Main Streets to make room for Drew Barrymore’s latest movie, The Stand-In. And, if co-production partner Wrigley Media Group has their way, the future will bring more moviemaking to the area. story by Donna Ison | photos by Keni Parks

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The Stand-In

According to Ross Babbit, one of the executive producers on the project who also serves as executive producer & EVP of programming and partnerships at Wrigley Media Group, “There has been a huge emphasis in the last few years to attract filmmakers and TV makers to Lexington and create a hub, much like Atlanta has done for Georgia. We have a very strategic plan to do that. This film is just one part of that. We have a lot of other productions coming down the pike soon.”

saying, ‘We need a small town. You guys are right there.’ One thing led to another. They came here and started to scout.”

Producer Tom McNulty adds, “[Kentucky] is completely a fresh jewel that no one has really experienced. I think people [in the film industry] are always looking for fresh opportunities and locales where people are excited to come to work and there’s a vibrant community.”

Ross is thrilled. He says, “To come full circle with her and now be working with her on this film here in Kentucky is just awesome.”

Ross continues, “The economic impact is huge. We’ve seen it in other states and would love to bring it to Kentucky” Ross also just happens to be the brother of the movie’s director, Jamie Babbit, who is known for her work on films such as Addicted to Fresno and television shows, including Russian Doll, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Girls, Santa Clarita Diet and Silicon Valley. Since producing Jamie’s first short film 25 years ago, Ross has been yearning to join forces again. Ross says, “We’d always talked about working together on a project. She reached out

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After scouting Lexington, Jamie was struck by its diverse architecture and accessibility. “What’s great about Lexington is you can literally walk a lot of places, so we stayed at 21c Hotel downtown and walked around and thought, ‘Oh, here’s a construction site. And, here’s city hall. And, here’s a church. Let’s shoot here.”

The Stand-In centers around a disillusioned star who trades places with her stand-in. The other woman commandeers both her career and personal life, thus opening the door for the star to reinvent herself, as well. Jamie was drawn to the script’s message. She says, “I was attracted to this project because it was about two different women who were interested in finding their bliss and finding what life meant to them.” She further explains, “For one of the characters that Drew Barrymore plays, her bliss is really about succeeding in the entertainment industry. But, Drew also plays another character who absolutely abhors Hollywood and everything about the Hollywood lifestyle. Her personal bliss is to come to Kentucky and have a furniture store and live a simpler life.”

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Despite this, in the beginning, Tom was skeptical about actually filming here. “When Jamie first pitched Kentucky, I thought it was kind of a crazy idea. But Wrigley Media really went above and beyond to make it attractive for us. Not only from a financial perspective, but also from a creative perspective by giving us everything we need and giving Jamie everything she needs to make the film,” states Tom. Executive Producer Danny Tepp adds, "The talent pool in Lexington is deep and the overhead is low. Throw in Keeneland and our killer food scene and the stage is set for big things in the Bluegrass." Jamie agrees, saying, “There are wonderful resources here. There’s a great studio here. There’s a great crew here. And, Wrigley Media has really helped to shape a film community here, so it makes coming to Lexington so much easier for our production, because we can use the resources that Wrigley Media is honing.” Wrigley Media Group, under Owner Misdee Wrigley Miller, is expanding to ensure successful partnerships with other high-profile films. However, ultimately, industry growth is up to Kentucky’s government. According to Jamie, “The best way for a state to really have a thriving film industry is for the state government to enact a tax incentive. And, the great thing about the tax incentives is that they one hundred percent bring so much money and so much publicity to the state. So, it really is an opportunity to shine and that’s exactly what tax money should go for.” State-sanctioned MPIs (Movie Production Incentives) can range from providing tax credits to offering sales and lodging tax exemption to providing grants and cash rebates. Tom adds, “It is about going to the governor’s office and passing legislation to get tax credits. When I’m looking for locations for films, whether it’s an independent or a studio film, economics drives everything. It’s dollars and cents.” The opportunities a vibrant film community affords a city are undeniable. And, unlike when Jamie first began directing, women are now playing a major role in all aspects. For any young extra who watched the filming and saw herself in the director’s chair someday, Jamie offers this advice—“Just, go for it. I was also an eleven-yearold girl in Ohio who had no ties to the entertainment industry and no ties to New York or Los Angeles. But, it was a dream that I wanted to pursue. I feel like if you just go for it, you can make it happen.” •

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honors Artist and former UK Basketball story by Jen Roytz player LaVon Williams

Committed to celebrating Lexington’s arts and cultural scene in creative and collaborative ways, the Lexington Art League is putting on the inaugural NorthSide Festival on April 27th to celebrate folk artist and longtime Lexington resident LaVon Williams. The event, which will take place on the grounds of the Loudoun House, will feature art vendors, live music and entertainment, local food and beverage retailers and more. Admission is free and attendees will also have access to the Lexington Art League Galleries. The impetus for the NorthSide Festival came about after a series of conversations among those involved with the Lexington Art League about how they could best engage the local community around the Loudoun House. “The Art League has been a part of this community for decades and we wanted to show our appreciation for our neighbors’ continued support,” said Adrienne Dixon, Events and Membership Director for the Lexington Art League. “There are so many important artists who reside and work in the area. We wanted to offer a way for everyone to celebrate what’s happening in this neighborhood. Naturally, we thought of LaVon Williams and his influence in the Northside community. The idea evolved into a festival where we could use the grounds of the Art League and welcome everyone to celebrate the significance of the Northside neighborhood.” Williams originally gained acclaim in Central Kentucky as a member of the University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball Team,

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first as a contributing sophomore reserve on the 1978 NCAA championship team before being a two-year starter for famed UK coach Joe B. Hall. While Williams played professionally in Italy and Japan before an Achilles tendon injury forced his retirement from basketball, it was Williams’ art that garnered him the honor of being inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame. Now based in Lexington, his preferred medium is wood carving, and his signature is often a unique mix of African culture combined with distinctly American undertones. “LaVon stands out not only in the North Lexington area, but also as a nationally-acclaimed folk artist. We are honoring the highly crafted work he has made through his career by presenting an exhibition of his art in our galleries and holding this festival in his honor,” said Dixon of the event, which she and others hope will become an annual tradition. “LaVon has also been central to the design of the festival, providing images for logos and assisting in the jury process for presenting artists, as well as making suggestions for musical talent to feature.” The NorthSide Festival will be held from 10am – 5pm on Saturday, April 27th at Castlewood Park (209 Castlewood Drive) in Lexington. For more information, go to lexingtonartleague.org and click “Exhibits and Events”. •

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Eyelet midi dress in aquamarine by ASTR; Beaded earrings in yellow; Ikat patterned clutch | peplum Dress in yellow by Alberto Makali; Necklace and earrings in gold by Julie Vos; Handbag in pastels by Sondra Roberts | cotton patch

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Pleated skirt in pink and coral by Strut & Bolt; Blouse in coral by Trina Turk; Drop earrings with pearl detail in gold; Cork clutch with gold detail | monkee’s Ladies presidential watch with ruby and diamond bezel detail and mother of pearl ruby dial in gold by Rolex; Bracelet with .60ct diamond in 18k rose gold by Roberto Coin | the castle

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Blazer in coral by Gerry Weber; Button up top in dusty blue and coral stripe by Gerry Weber; Flair dress pant in white by Ecru | carl meyers Earrings with 2.75cttw diamonds in gold | the castle 18 kt. rose and 2.2 cttw. white gold diamond flower necklace | diamond gallery

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by jesse brooks Spring has sprung! That means the 2019 Kentucky Derby is right around the corner! If you plan on attending and find yourself stumped for outfit inspo, we are here to help. For such a joyfully Southern (and hopefully sunny) day, it’s all about color. There is no better way to stand out in the crowd at Churchhill Downs than to wear something bold and full of delight. Inspired by the Derby’s official flower, the Rose, we opted for a red infused look that reminds us of the dozens of buds found on the winning garland. Inspired by a trip to The Cloisters, Oscar de la Renta’s latest collection was awash with decorative floral prints and embroideries that spoke to the label’s elegant romanticism. This scarlet botanical embroidered dress is crafted from silk and features a round neck, a concealed front fastening, half sleeves, a flared skirt and is knee length.

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Since we have such a spirited dress, the shoes need to be chic and understated. Stuart Weitzman’s signature ‘Nudist Song’ sandals are made from sleek leather. Detailed with two slim straps, they are set on a 90mm heel and have a cushioned insole for comfort. In lieu of jewelry, we decided to incorporate a little sparkle via our bag. There is no better way to pay tribute to this time honored tradition than with a beautiful nod to thoroughbreds. This elegant Judith Leiber clutch is made entirely of bronze crystals and polished gold hardware with a charming and endearing composition that will warm the heart of any horse lover. The most important piece in any gal’s Derby day look is easily her hat. For the 2nd year in a row, designer Christine A. Moore has been named the “Featured Milliner of Kentucky Derby 145.” Her “Lovely’ creation brings out the sunny shades of yellow in the dress, not to mention a touch of drama to our overall ensemble. Crafted with a parisisol broad oval brim with hand cut and sewn silk and silk organza petals, the inspiration behind this piece was the new blooms of early spring. Last but not least, we wrapped things up with a shiny, classic red lip courtesy of Tom Ford Beauty. Combining the longwearing texture of a stain with the high shine finish of a gloss, this pigmented formula is enriched with moisturizers to keep lips feeling soft and plump. No matter which horse you end up rooting for, this outfit’s ‘Winning Colors’ is sure to make you one lucky lady.

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LIFESTYLE Getting GorJess Using the MTHRSHP SUBLIMINAL PLATINUM BRONZE EYESHADOW PALETTE (1), press ‘PROVOCATRIX’ and ‘CELESTIAL’ onto the center of the lid. Sweep ‘BURNING DESIRE’ through the crease with a blending brush. Define the socket & outer corner with ‘DARK PARADISE’ & blend the edges. Use a small detail brush to apply ‘BURNING DESIRE’ along the lower lash line. Define the upper lash line with the PERMAGEL ULTRA GLIDE EYE PENCIL (2) in ‘BLK COFFEE’ Highlight the inner corner and brow bone with ‘CELESTIAL’ Apply a few generous coats of FETISHEYES MASCARA (3) Buff ‘IRIDESCENT PINK 003’ highlighting powder to the high planes of the cheek Line the perimeter of the lips with ‘BARE ROSE’ PERMAGEL ULTRA LIP PENCIL (4)

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hen you’re nominated for 4 Grammys and you actually win every one of them, chances are you’re gonna have that winning glow. Musical sensation Kacey Musgraves’s “Golden Hour” album swept the show, and not only was the brunette beauty a major winner on stage, she also gave us butterflies on the red carpet. To coincide with Kacey’s ethereal Giambattista Valli couture gown, makeup artist Moani Lee created a beautiful neutral toned makeup up look, with an incredible lit from within glow. Using products from the incomparable Pat McGrath Labs, Moani added a hint of shimmer to the eyes paired with a touch of black eyeliner, mile long lashes and the prettiest of pink pouts. Lee shared all of the key products she used to create this dazzling look (along with the techniques she used), and you can shop them all here to recreate your very own country queen glamour at home.

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True love is shelter in a raging storm. No couple knows this better than Matthew and Chelsea Branham. Together, this incredible pair have weathered their fair share of clouds, both literally and figuratively, and have come out stronger even through the darkest of days. ith strong ties to the Bluegrass, it seemed a natural choice for Chelsea to attend Morehead State University. She explains, “I was born and raised in Georgetown, KY and have family in Lexington and Western, KY. In fact, my parents still live in the house I grew up in!” For Matthew, who grew up in Circleville, OH, perhaps fate had a hand in bringing him to the very same college where both were active participants in Greek life. The two crossed paths often but those who know their bond now would be surprised to learn that they did not hit if off right away. Fortunately, after a few months spent going separate ways, Matthew and Chelsea reconnected and have happily been together ever since. Fast forward to a romantic Myrtle Beach getaway in 2016 where Hurricane Matthew tried but did not succeed in putting a damper on a very special moment. “Matthew proposed to me on the beach right before we were evacuated,” Chelsea recounts. Then, as wedding planning was in full effect, the couple again had to retreat into their own strength and rely on one another for refuge. “Matthew and I had a rough start to the beginning of 2018,” shares Chelsea. “Before our wedding in July, he lost his grandfather and his grandmother, and I lost my grandfather.” In a very touching tribute at their reception site, a table was lovingly set up with their

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pictures, a lantern with a lit candle and a sign reading, “We know you’d be here if heaven weren’t so far away.” Another sentimental touch Chelsea included were personalized hankies for her parents. They returned the thoughtfulness gifting her a sweet, personalized necklace with their family’s saying, “I love you more than my arms can reach.” Setting the stage for their picturesque wedding ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner was The Groves on Silas. The couple booked The Groves for the entire wedding weekend to enjoy all of their festivities in one idyllic location. “I loved the venue from the first time I looked at it,” Chelsea remembers. “The owners were so sweet and everything you saw you got without any extra fees. We also felt as though the venue fit our personalities, a definite plus!” While their venue came with an inherently rustic yet elegant backdrop, special florals and hand-crafted touches took their wedding to the next level. “Jessica Jones at Blooms-n-Blossoms was amazing to work with and helped turn my dream wedding into a reality. I wanted something simple, rustic but still elegant, nothing over the top. She was able to provide just that for all the bouquets, bouts, arch and centerpieces,” says Chelsea fondly. All of the signs created for the wedding weekend were lovingly handcrafted by the bride with the help of family and friends. She adds, “We wanted to keep the rustic look since we were getting married in a barn, so we also incorporated old windows into the decor and featured an amazing donut board built by my dad!” Though nothing could sink the spirits of the bride and groom and everyone in attendance, the night before their wedding, there was a huge storm looming that brought with it a tornado warning, forcing everyone on site to evacuate the venue. In another testimony to the bright and beautiful future in store for this couple, once the rain had cleared, Chelsea remarks, “We heard that rain on your wedding day is good luck, well, Matthew and I should have all the good luck in the world then!” she laughs. Chelsea was angelic in her Bridal and Formal wedding gown as she descended the aisle towards her beaming groom. During the ring ceremony, Chelsea started to put Matthew’s ring on the wrong hand, which brought a chuckle from the crowd. When the time came for the traditional father-daughter dance, Chelsea and her father brought down the house when halfway through, the DJ cut the music and their wedding officiant, (and also the bride’s uncle), began rapping Ice-Ice Baby to which the bride had choreographed a remix of their father-daughter dance.

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“For us, having everyone we love and cherish under one roof to help us celebrate one of the biggest days in our lives was all we ever wanted”, Chelsea says. She continues, “Having our bridal party and closest friends with us to get ready all day, our parents to help us make everything perfect and finally getting to say, “I do” and kiss to seal the deal. It was so special. And even though we wish we could have had better weather, we made the most of it and our wedding was still perfect to us.”

PHOTOGRAPHER Kata Welsh @ KM Creatives VIDEOGRAPHER David Valdepena @ KM Creatives VENUE The Groves on Silas CATERING Marks Feed Store

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Spring is here and what better way to elevate your spring wedding than with a stunning floral installation? Soft pastels and lush blooms have a way of adding a ‘wow factor’ to any venue. Whether it’s an over-the-top ceremony arch, a hanging floral chandelier or a photo backdrop with cascading blooms, incorporating these statement decor pieces is a great way to add some warmth and color into the atmosphere. Here are a few inspiration photos to get your vision blooming.

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New owners breathe new life into this colonial townhouse. story by donna ison | photos by shaun ring

Variety is not only the spice of life, but also one of the key elements in an inspired interior. Throughout Janette and Michael Heitz’s Central Avenue townhouse, you find classic taste intermixed with adventurous art, global souvenirs and family heirlooms. Janette’s design philosophy focuses on using “high and low, new and old to create traditional style with a slant.” This translates into mixing high-priced items with bargain finds, incorporating new furnishings alongside antiques, and blending in contemporary art. She says, “Our furnishings are a mixture of fine furniture, consignment store finds, family hand-me-downs, auction finds and online shopping. I like a collected look that is cozy and inviting.” And, Janette is a bit of an expert. Readers glean decorating advice and more from her successful “The 2 Seasons” lifestyle blog, which features DIY projects, recipes, travelogues, design ideas and personal stories. The former journalist started the blog with her daughter, Jordan, eight years ago with the intent of sharing “two generations, two states, two styles.” Now, it has grown into a part-time job. “It serves as a creative outlet. I love it, especially interacting with the readers,” she says.

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Janette’s audience has been able to follow each stage of the townhouse’s renovation since the Heitzs purchased it in 2018. The couple had downsized to a two-bedroom home, but, as Janette says, with a laugh, “Then our kids, for some reason, started getting married and having babies.” So, when they saw an open house for their current home, they decided to check it out and, consequently, made an offer. Janette states, “Our home is special because we saw its potential. We knew that it would be a lot of work, but we also knew that we could make it beautiful. We love a good project.” To fulfill the home’s potential, they employed architect Jack Stewart, as well as builder Koller Warner Construction and Plum Carpentry. The full renovation on the 1980 colonial townhouse took nine months and involved repurposing and opening up old spaces, as well as creating new ones. Janette explains, “For instance, we removed a wall in the foyer to open up the new dining room. We turned a former dining room into an office. We used some of the space in the former open foyer to create a walk-in closet for the master bedroom. We stole space from two bathrooms to create a laundry room. We made all of the doorways on the first floor seven feet high to accommodate the height of Michael, a former basketball player.”

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But, perhaps the biggest undertaking was moving an exterior wall to make way for a great room, which required removing a brick wall and two brick fireplaces and adding a steel support beam. To give a rustic touch, the beam was wrapped with wood reclaimed from a New York City skyscraper. Once the construction was completed, Janette immersed herself in the redesign and decorating process. To begin, she chose a neutral color palette with navy accents. She says, “Navy has been my favorite color for as long as I can remember.” She also added pops of color in each room for interest. Then, with the help of interior decorator Beth Harper of the Lone Re-Arranger, she placed furniture and hung art.

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Her “high and low, new and old” philosophy is reflected throughout, starting in the airy dining room where the traditional wood table and stately armoire from her previous residence commingle with a bamboo bar cart bought on Facebook marketplace, contemporary blue and white artwork above the mantle, and a colorful abstract painted by Janette, herself. But, the room’s pièce de résistance is an antique highwheeled bicycle, known as a penny-farthing, that was built in the 1880’s. Janette says, “I saw it hanging on a porch in an antique shop in Danville and knew I had to have it. It is the item that I would save if I had five minutes to get out of our house in an emergency.”

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During the remodel, one room received extra attention. “I’m a kitchen girl,” says Janette, an accomplished cook. She knew exactly what she wanted and knew that Debra Willett Hupman of Creative Kitchen & Bath could achieve it. The result is a room that is both utilitarian and stylish with a combination of low-maintenance Alleanza quartz countertops and walnut countertops from Burton Made; a Kohler farmhouse sink; custom cabinetry in crisp white; and Thermador appliances, including a raised dishwasher. There is also a bar, in Janette’s signature navy blue, with a plate backsplash. But, the most eye-catching element is the unique, white powdercoated stove hood with sleek stainless-steel straps. Janette says, “I wanted a hood that was a showstopper.” Next to the kitchen is a combination walk-in pantry/office with cabinets, drawers, shelving, and a built-in desk from Premier Garage.

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The adjacent great room again combines traditional couches and chairs with heirlooms like a wormy chestnut trunk passed down from her grandmother and modern touches like Samsung’s The Frame television. Janette loves art that wasn’t first intended to be art. So, the walls, boast everything from a map of the United States with French wording purchased from a Paris flea market to vintage magazine advertisements to framed sheet music from World War I that she rescued from her grandfather’s barn. “Art gives a house personality,” she says.

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The ground floor also houses a mudroom, enclosed breezeway, and both a powder room and full bathroom. All the home’s bathrooms were also designed by Creative Kitchen & Bath.

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In addition to a master suite, the second floor contains a nursery, full bath, laundry room and guest room. Each offers more examples of Janette’s eclectic aesthetic. In the guest room, you’ll find an antique chest, which was a gift to them as newlyweds; a French painting from the fifties purchased recently from the Bluegrass Trust Antique Show; and lamps made from vases acquired in Singapore. Both Janette and Michael are avid travelers, having visited 80 and 100 countries, respectively. Naturally, they find treasures abroad, but Janette states, “Even when we travel, I make sure that the souvenirs we get will fit into our house.”

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The townhouse also has a finished third floor, with a large “dorm” room designed especially for visits from the grandchildren, and replete with a craft room, full bath and guest room just next door for “adult supervision.” Throughout, extra touches like solar tubes, which capture sunlight from the roof and deliver it inside, make it truly special.

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Now, Janette is looking forward to warmer weather, so she can begin making the outdoor space, which consists of a front yard and courtyard built and designed by United Landscape, her own. “The courtyard has room for an herb garden, something I have had for forty years, and colorful, flowering annuals. We are also adding a fountain this spring.” Janette will continue to share her remodeling journey, as well as tips, tricks, and personal anecdotes on her “The 2 Seasons” site. Join her there.

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Q+A DEBRA HUPMAN OF CREATIVE KITCHEN + BATH

Where do you find your inspiration as a kitchen and bath designer? My inspiration comes from the clients themselves, their wish list, the style of their home and the style that they would like it changed into. Thinking up different ways to transform the space into this magical living, cooking and entertaining room of the house is what drives me. Along with my design team, Pam Newton and Jennifer Barnes, we want it to be the best design it can be for their family and lifestyle.

What is the most important element of a welldesigned kitchen? The most important is the function of the design and how it works within the desires of the homeowner. Sometimes those don’t coincide—what the owner wants may not function very well for a well-designed kitchen. I’m always very cognizant of having a stunning focal point in the space, whether it is a stone hood or a tall, painted pantry unit with leaded glass.

Which kitchen trends are you most excited about in 2019? For several years, the trend has been clean, modern but timeless kitchens. This is a style you can’t get tired of because it has stood the test of time and is a classic.

How can someone freshen up their kitchens and baths for spring? Paint, paint and more paint! It’s the best way to freshen up a space without a major remodel. Changing hardware, linens and accessories are all fun things to do.

What are three things we could always find in your refrigerator? I am a condiment queen! I have every type of condiment, sauce, mustard and mayo that you can imagine. It drives my husband crazy. We always have condiments, eggs and fresh garlic - very simple.

What is a common misconception about working with a designer? The biggest is that a designer is going to be much more expensive than doing it on your own. Designers normally specify better quality products so you will be happier with them in the long run. Mostly we can help clients from making a wrong decision that could be very expensive to make right. We lay out all the electrical and lighting to add emphasis to the space and make it look fantastic. Through experience, we know how products work together to give you just the perfect look for your space.

How should one go about choosing the right designer for their project? Word of mouth and referrals from family and friends is a great way to come up with the right designer. That way, you can see their work and have knowledge of how easy they are to work with.

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Dutch Boy’s “Garden Patch” (326-5DB) is a botanical green that offers a sense of rejeuvenation and comfort. It adds warmth wherever it’s applied, bringing the outdoors in for a wonderful melding of home and garden! Garden Patch was featured in Dutch Boy’s “Homestead” color palette, which aims to capture the feeling of simple living. Mixing soft natural hues with warm neutrals, this on-trend palette is perfect for breathing life into minimalist spaces. It grounds the space without feeling too heavy or serious. A muted palette leaves lots of room for pattern play. You can get a little bolder with textures, inlays and prints when the colors you’re working with are soft and cohesive.

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THE TOWNHOMES AT ELLERSLIE by Commonwealth Designs

161 N. Eagle Creek Drive, Suite 200, Lexington (859) 948-1985 | cwdky.com | sigky.com Luxury and maintenance-free living combine to create a unique Fayette County property at the Townhomes at Ellerslie! Commonwealth Designs incorporates immaculate finishes and upscale amenities throughout these ranch and 2 story designs. New townhome lots are currently available backing to green space with prices starting in the upper 300s. These open floor plans feature gourmet kitchens, first floor master suites, free standing tubs, walk-in showers, spacious bedrooms and relaxing outdoor living spaces. Ellerslie is a parcel of land with gently rolling hills, a view of Ellerslie Lake to the west and Delong Road to the southeast. Located across from Jacobson Park, this cove is secluded and private with little development nearby. Featuring 77 acres of greenland, exquisite stone walls and a town square style fountain, located 3 miles from I-75 and shopping and less than 5 miles from downtown Lexington and Kroger Field. These townhomes are marketed by Signature Real Estate. Call Reece Miller for your private showing.

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Our favorite element is the tranquility of the area. Gently rolling hills and a view of Ellerslie Lake create a peaceful and private retreat despite being so close to several of Lexington’s shopping and entertainment hot spots.” -Reece Miller Principal Broker, Signature Real Estate

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345 Lafayette Ave, Lexington (859) 268-0800 | akandb.com This beautiful renovation was created by Architectural Kitchens & Baths and Pickett Homes. The large open format was accomplished by removing 20 feet of the rear wall in order to add a family room off of the kitchen. The remodeled area features clean classical cabinetry, but with some unexpected elements. Custom floating shelves made from reclaimed wood and a custom copper hood give the kitchen personality. In the master bath, the overall layout was completely changed. New vanity cabinets featuring a beautiful navy stain accented with honey bronze hardware create an updated but classic look. As AKB designer Linda Bratton says of working with Barbie Pickett of Pickett Homes, “Our combined expertise and professional relationship resulted in the overall transformation that the client wanted.”

Having trusted partners that always have your back and can anticipate your next move is critical to the overall success.” -Brent Richards, Owner & Architect

Architectural Kitchens & Baths is an experienced design firm led by owner/architect Brent Richards. His team specializes in unique, beautiful, yet functional spaces using quality cabinet products and expertise in product selections. Brent knows that good chemistry between a design firm and remodeling firm is essential to great results and says it’s part of what makes projects like this one so successful. “Understanding how to work together to seamlessly integrate construction components is a skill that is perfected by practice,” he says. “Having trusted partners that always have your back and can anticipate your next move is critical to the overall success.” 142

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Hager Cabinets and Appliances, Lexington

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1300 E. New Circle Rd. | Lexington (859) 253-0798 | hagercabinetslex.com 466 Eastern Bypass | Richmond (859) 623-8285 | hagercabinetsrich.com

Our focus has always been on quality products, careful planning and skilled building at an affordable price.” -Bob Hager, Founder

Hager Cabinets, Inc. began in 1967 when Bob Hager began building homes for friends and acquaintances. As the business grew, Bob and Oberita Hager opened a warehouse and showroom in Richmond. Bob said, “Our focus has always been on quality products, careful planning, and skilled building at an affordable price.” Today, they continue to offer top quality cabinetry and exceptional customer service. See more styles from the Richmond team at the Grand Opening of the Richmond showroom on May 11th. Take away some inspiration for dinner and your dream kitchen as you watch a chef work magic in the functional showroom kitchen complete with GE appliances. Meet experts from Waypoint, Decorá, Aristokraft, & Diamond Cabinetry as well as door, window, flooring & building material specialists who can help you make the perfect choice for your next project! This corner kitchen at Hager Cabinets and Appliances in Lexington showcases full overlay Roslyn door Decora cabinets. With shiplap on the range hood and floating corner shelves, this kitchen display seamlessly blends an inviting farmhouse style with modern elements. This space features a combination of two finishes: a hand-brushed Onyx finish on white and a painted finish in Interesting Aqua. Cambria quartz countertops complete the look.

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HOUSE By JSD 1148 Industry Rd., Lexington (859) 523-3933 | housebyjsd.com

Regularly scheduled meetings... helped keep everyone on the same page and the project progress on-time.” -j. stuart hurt, Owner

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GRANITE Galleria 3340 Clays Mill Rd., Lexington (859) 303-5057 | granitegalleriakentucky.com

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or this home in Equestrian Estates, the biggest -Sandy Guzman, Owner design challenge was getting the kitchen island—which weighs over 1,000 pounds—installed in one piece. “Our turnaround time from template to install is 4-7 days,” explained Sandy Guzman, owner of Granite Galleria-Kentucky. “This full installation took about 4 hours to complete throughout the home, including laundry and bathrooms.” Granite Galleria is a family-owned and operated company. For more than a decade, they have been providing innovative design and natural stone solutions to homeowners and commercial customers across the United States. Clients can choose from a wide variety of options including quartz, granite, marble and quartzite, all while knowing that the Granite Galleria team stands behind every product from beginning to finish. For this project, the team installed Fantasy Brown Dolomite on the island, a beautiful material that’s sealed so it’s resistant to water absorption and abrasion. For the vanity, they used Smoke Marble. “My contractor allows us to take on his projects and do what we want with the design to accommodate his cabinets,” Sandy explained. “We try and make the process as simple as possible. We know construction is overwhelming, so we try to take the stress off by helping with designing…without the big designer expense.”

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MOORE Custom Flooring

2617 Regency Rd., Lexington (859) 368-9529 | moorecustomflooring.com

“ This project is special because the design elements and creativity show that you can do anything you imagine.” -Jerrod Moore, Owner & Architect

This project is special because the design elements and creativity show that you can do anything you imagine,” explained Jerrod Moore of Moore Custom Flooring. The space was dark and closed in before the remodel, but the client desired an open layout floor plan. “I created a digital layout for her to visualize the new space based on her ideas. This customer’s vision came to life beautifully and could not be more appealing to the eye!” Jerrod began helping in his family’s flooring business when he was just ten years-old. He is proud to continue his father’s tradition of craftsmanship. From custom flooring and tile to painting, shower installation, tubs, custom cabinets and more, Jerrod and his team can create the remodel of any client’s dreams. “Challenges arise in any remodel job, big or small,” he explained. That was the case with this project. One big challenge they tackled was matching the new flooring to the existing floor, ensuring a seamless transition. “Another typical challenge we face—and certainly dealt with on this project—is staying within budget while producing the look and quality the customer desires. The project was successful in accomplishing both.”

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or this open concept kitchen, Kentucky Marble & Granite created a beautiful grand island with a waterfall wall. Not only does this design provide ample room for a sink, prep space and seating, but it also utilizes the gorgeous natural stone to its fullest potential. “The biggest challenge was finding a stone large enough to create the island without any seams,” explained owner John Orihuela. The open space of the kitchen allowed their team to install the countertops exactly how the clients had envisioned. The step up at the end draws attention to the gorgeous waterfall and adds extra utility for the clients. Kentucky Marble & Granite is a family owned business with more than 25 years of experience. “We are experts in natural stone, including the fabrication and installation,” John explained. They handle countertops from designing the digital template, fabrication to installation with granite, quartz, marble and silestone. They have a beautiful showroom and indoor slab room to allow customers the opportunity to see the stone in person. “The slab room is immaculate, carrying over 100 different stones in various colors available to create the ideal design that you’ve been dreaming about. We also offer in-home visits for your convenience.”

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-Daniel White, Owner

Our favorite part of the job was building the custom vanity, which used reclaimed wood from a local Kentucky barn.”

This customer had trouble with contractors in the past. She wanted a newly redesigned bathroom, so she went looking for a company she could trust to do the job right. She found Right Angle Home Repair,” explained owner Daniel White.

Right Angle understands the importance of trust. They’ve built a reputation of offering high-quality, first-rate home repair services. They put a special focus on creative home remodels, always done with integrity and passion. “Throughout the job, we ran into problems, but worked with her to solve them in creative and timely ways,” Daniel said. “When we went to vault the ceilings, we found an air duct in the way. We created an enlarged tray ceiling, giving the bathroom a balanced look while hiding the duct.” This project involved knocking down walls to turn a 50 square foot room into a 200 square foot space. “We cut open the concrete floor and reran all of the plumbing. We rewired the electric to create ideal lighting for the space.” Daniel added, “Our favorite part of the job was building the custom vanity, which used reclaimed wood from a local Kentucky barn, sourced from Longwood Antique Woods.”

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Taking good care of our trees is one of the most environmentally responsible things we can do for our individual properties, our community, and our planet,” Sara Hesley explained. “Their care should be taken seriously and done properly. Because our industry does not require licensure, there is a broad range of folks providing services that fit into the category of tree care. From planting to removal--pruning, mulching, insect & disease management, and preservation should be trusted to the experts. In 2011, Sara and Jesse combined their love of trees and expertise in the field of arboriculture to create Town Branch Tree Experts, Inc., Lexington’s only mom-and-pop, TCIA Accredited, full-service tree care Company. They assembled a team of highly skilled, internationally credentialed professionals. Jesse is one of only five ISA Board Certified Master Arborists in Kentucky and Sara is an ISA Certified Arborist. This project was a high-angle removal of a massive, dead Sycamore on the iconic Gainesway Farm. The tree was between a road and a paddock, making the removal tedious. A team of three Town Branch Tree Experts arborists worked with an 80-ton crane and crane operator to complete the project in a single day_ “Large or small, each tree presents its own unique challenge and we love always being up for the task,” Jesse said.

Our favorite element of this project is the monochromatic theme and open floor plan.” -Bill Pickett, Owner

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We love to help make our client’s dreams come true! -Jeanne Sallee, Owner & Designer

For this makeover, owner and designer Jeanne Sallee and her team helped to design this beautiful master bedroom for her client. They desired custom window treatments that would give them privacy and sun control. However they did not want to permanently block their amazing views. The windows were quite large and the draperies had to be custom made in order to be fully operational. Custom pillows, a new rug and strategically placed art and accessories have made their bedroom a true retreat. This client loves their stunning new bedroom!

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eredith Lepp has not only remained on top of it all as a stay-at-home mom, she has done so, and then some, with unparalleled grace. On top of juggling multiple extracurricular activities, school responsibilities and family life, about a year ago, Meredith began working as an International Exchange Coordinator with EF High School Exchange Year. She explains, “In this role, I recruit host families and place exchange students with them. Then, while the students are here, I supervise them and their host families until they go back home, usually for close to a year.” With two daughters Kadynn, 14, and Ava, 12 an exchange student from Denmark, Laura, 17, and two Girl Scout troops that she has led for nine years, though incredibly, and understandably busy, Meredith wouldn’t have it any other way. She shares, “To date, we have hosted three exchange students who have each lived with us for a school year. They have all become my ‘kids’ too and I love that they are such a large part of our lives.” What’s more, Meredith began volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, (or CASA,) for children of Madison County, Kentucky last Spring which is a group that works with children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. “As an assigned CASA, I meet with each of my kids monthly and visit, play games, or just talk about whatever they want,” Meredith describes. She continues, “In addition, I advocate for them, working closely with their Guardian ad Litem, (or GAL), their social workers, and the court system.”

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While this family is on the go all the time, they gather every evening for dinner, something very important to Meredith. “We make it a point to have a sit-down dinner together almost every night during the week, even if it’s almost bedtime. Most days this is the only time we’re all together and can talk about any upcoming events or things that may be going on at school or in our personal lives,” she says. Though she would never describe herself as a Super Mom, Meredith’s actions and service to others, particularly her family, and her extended family of Girl Scouts, Exchange Students, and the children of Madison County, automatically elect her to Super Hero Status. Inspired by her own mother daily to be the best mom she can be, Meredith divulges, “I just want the best for my kids. I want them to have the chance to do things and I want them to believe in themselves. I want them to look back and remember that I tried to give them the best of myself while encouraging them to play sports, be brave, and get out and try new things.” Here, Meredith was gracious enough to provide some insight into her family activities, the tools that keep them organized and the sources she draws from to keep her superwoman-like-powers flowing.

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MEREDITH’S GIRL SCOUT FAMILY

What is the most rewarding part of being a mom? The most rewarding part for me is just simply watching my girls grow up. I love to watch them when they’re with their friends and watch how they interact. I love when I catch them being nice to each other and acting like friends instead of big sister/little sister. My favorite part is just watching them grow into more loving, caring, thoughtful and kind young ladies who are trying to do good things in life.

How do you manage to balance your time with work, social, health and family obligations? Lists and calendars! I keep lists and put everything in my Google calendar that Darius (my husband) and I share. Darius and I work together on every aspect. We’re on the same team and I couldn’t do anything as a mom without him! Another big thing we do is meal planning. We don’t meal prep – we just plan. Typically, we plan our meals out for the month based on our scheduled activities using an app that also keeps a running grocery list for us. Then we use Click List at Kroger – it’s seriously the best invention!

Is there anything else you’d like to add about why you are a super mom? I know I mentioned my husband before, but I honestly couldn’t do this without him. He works full time and drives almost four hours a day and is still as involved with our family and activities as he possibly can be and always has been. He has always supported me in all I’ve wanted to do and everything I’ve signed up for, even when it took time away from him.

What advice do you have for other moms? Take care of yourself both physically and emotionally. Do something that makes you happy: go the gym, have lunch with a friend, go on a trip, or just meet for coffee. Stay in touch with the people you care about and don’t compare yourself or your kids to other moms and their kids. Spend time alone with your husband, even if you can only find a few minutes a day or at the grocery together. Finally, make sure you have a good support system and great friends. We all need someone to laugh with, share the good and bad with, go on adventures with, and sometimes, even share the responsibility of driving each other’s kids around or keeping them for a few days. It really does take a village!

MY FAVORITE PART IS JUST WATCHING THEM GROW INTO MORE LOVING, CARING, THOUGHTFUL, AND KIND YOUNG LADIES WHO ARE TRYING TO DO GOOD THINGS IN LIFE.

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Kids Easter Fashion Maerin Fitz Frock in Old Preston Plaid, $56 | Beaufort Bonnet

These adorable children’s brands were founded right here in Lexington by local moms. Hop online to fill your Easter baskets with sweet Spring styles for your little ones, while supporting these momtrepreneuers and the many locals that they provide jobs to. thebeaufortbonnetcompany.com littleenglish.com bellabliss.com Photos belong to Beaufort Bonnet, Little English and Bella Bliss.

PRETTY IN PASTELS Daphne Dress in Plantation Pink with Periwinkle Flower Applique, $72 | Beaufort Bonnet

Bunny Jack Shortall Set, $78 | Little English

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Grace Dress, $52 | Bella Bliss

LITTLE GENTS Boys Slim Pant in Yellow Twill, $48 | Bella Bliss Prim & Proper Polo in Worth Avenue White, $42 | Beaufort Bonnet

LITTLE LADIES

Spring Bow Tie in Clarence Check, $18 | Bella Bliss

Pink Bunny Day Set, $58 | Little English Pink Bunny and Blue Bunny Pajamas, $51 | Little English

Bellefaire Frock in Marietta Morning Glory with White Eyelet, $62 | Beaufort Bonnet

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story by Alexis Patinos

In a day and age where many of our pets accompany us on vacations, interact with neighborhood pets on walks or at local dog parks, or encounter wildlife on trails or even in our own backyard, it is more important than ever that pet owners are vaccinating their pets. Vaccines protect against highly contagious and sometimes deadly diseases that our pets may come into contact with day to day. With vaccines in human medicine receiving all the buzz these days, perhaps there is a misconception regarding what a vaccine is and how exactly it benefits humans and animals alike. Vaccines are agents designed to trigger protective immune responses and prepare the immune system to fight future infection from disease causing agents. They act to provide immunity against several infectious diseases that can lessen the severity or prevent certain diseases all together. There can be a variety of different vaccines between modified live, killed, and adjuvant or non-adjuvant containing just to name a few. Each vaccine has been researched by the FDA on how it is formulated and the route of administration and has been determined to be safe and efficacious for your pet. In pets, core vaccines are those that every pet should receive while non-core vaccines are those that are administered on an at-risk basis depending on your pet’s lifestyle and geographical location. Generally speaking, core canine vaccines protect against diseases with high morbidity and mortality and include Rabies, Distemper, Parvovirus, and Adenovirus. Non-core canine vaccines cover Leptospirosis, Lyme, Bordetella (Kennel Cough), and Influenza. Similar to core canine vaccines, core feline vaccines protect against the highly infectious Rabies Virus, Panleukopenia, Calicivirus, and Herpesvirus. Non-core feline vaccines include Feline Leukemia

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Virus, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), Infectious Peritonitis or Coronavirus, Chlamydia, and Bordetella. Talk with your pet’s veterinarian about your pet’s lifestyle, any traveling your pet may be doing, and the geographical region you live in to determine which diseases they may be susceptible to. Your veterinarian will help create a tailored vaccine schedule to meet your pet’s individual needs. It is also notable that due to its highly contagious and lethal nature, the rabies vaccine is required by law in most US states. Pet owner compliance with this law is critical in preventing the spread of the fatal disease that is transmissible to humans and animals alike. Anytime your pet has received a vaccination, it is imperative that you monitor them closely for 24 hours for any possible allergic reactions to the vaccines. Symptoms of a vaccine reaction can include vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, hives, swelling, and acute collapse. It is normal for your pet to be a little lethargic and tender at the injection site for the next day after receiving their vaccines. If pet owners have any questions regarding potential reactions, they should not hesitate to contact their primary care veterinarian or the nearest emergency veterinary hospital. Overall, pet parents should know that vaccinating their pets can help to not only prolong their lives, but can also help save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in veterinary care should an unvaccinated pet fall victim to an easily preventable disease. Be sure to discuss your pet’s vaccine schedule with your regular veterinarian and follow medical guidelines to ensure your pet is protected and in good health.

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As you walk through the door at 400 Vine Street you instantly have the feeling you’ve been there before. The space is cozy and welcoming with colorful walls and a variety of local artwork decorating the restaurant. Offering a diverse menu combining Southern with influences of Thai, Indian and Latin with an “everybody knows your name” ambiance there’s something for everyone at Ranada’s and that’s exactly how she planned it. After receiving a phone call from Walker’s owner, Larry Dean mid-November 2018, Ranada Riley says the restaurant opening 11 days later was “truly a community effort.” “We painted the walls and floors, my local artist friends all brought me their artwork to display on the walls and my friend, Buffy Lawson did the staging. I couldn’t have pulled off our grand opening in such a short amount of time without everyone’s support.” Award-winning chef and co-owner, Riley describes the style as “eclectic but not weird and inviting, sort of like like Cheers.” “And then there’s the Chevy Chase crowd that comes in for lunch and stays all day. It’s like a big hug. I also had to include all of the things that I love: art, music, color,

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good food, good booze and lots of my favorite local artists and musicians here” mentions Riley. Several dishes on the menu pay homage to chefs Riley has worked with before. Former Natasha’s owner Gene Williams shared his recipe for hoppin’ John with Riley. She also created a lentil loaf inspired by Ouita Michel’s nationally recognized beet loaf. Churrasco steak, a dish she cooked with well-known Louisville chef Anthony Lamas is Riley’s favorite dish on the menu. After leaving the Lexington Diner, Ranada worked as executive chef in several of kitchens from Louie’s Wine Dive to Chenault Vineyards and feels like opening Ranada’s has been her rebirth. “I’m finally in a great place, this is the style of food I have always wanted to do,” says Riley. As far as what to eat when you visit Ranada’s, consider yourself warned; there are a lot of delicious options to choose from. Ranada suggests her personal favorite, the Churrasco Steak which is a hand-cut 10 ounce Angus New York Strip topped with house-made chimichurri, pickled red onions, arugula, and garlic parmesan roasted potatoes. The steak is served alongside the chef vegetable which is typically classic haricot verts. Another dish not to miss is the roasted brussels sprouts which judging by the extensive reviews of the dish on Yelp is a favorite of more than just Ranada. They’re roasted until crispy and tossed in a sweet chili and tangy white balsamic which makes them “perfect, just as they should be,” grins Riley as the bartender also shakes her head in agreement. And then there’s the charcuterie boards designed to rotate cheeses and highlight a variety of meats, pickled veggies, bacon jam and housemade chow chow. “If you’re vegan, check out the Tree Hugger Bowl,” says Riley “and if you like dessert, we have fantastic vegan ice cream and my personal favorite, Backroads Bakery Cheesecake.” Riley doesn’t stop at lunch and dinner. She offers a killer brunch menu served

Saturday and Sunday from 10-3 which she describes as “going all out”. The brunch menu offers dishes like Salted Caramel Apple Waffles, the classic Hot Brown turned into a 3 egg omelet stuffed with ham, turkey, bacon and tomato drizzled with mornay and spring onion. Then there’s the Beef Tenderloin Benedict, a combination of toasted English muffin, filet medallions, sauteed spinach, poached eggs, lump crab meat and hollandaise.

400 Old Vine Street, Suite 108 | Lexington (859) 523-4141 ranadas.com

Patio now open!

If you’re a fan of live music you can find local artists playing on Friday and Saturday and then there’s the not-tobe-missed happy hour, Monday-Friday 2-6 pm where you can find $1 off all draft beers, $2 domestic bottles, $5 select wines by the glass, $3 well drinks and $8 flatbread pizzas. “Starting in the spring, we will have happy hour all day on Monday,” mentions Riley, “which I am pretty excited about”. “And every Wednesday we have Wine, Women and Song where we will be offering $5 wines by the glass and music 6-9. While our menu and service are consistent, in the 12 weeks we’ve been open, we work hard to give our guests a new experience. From the art to the music to the chef’s specials we work to change things up so it’s never the same place twice” notes Riley. “I truly have the best team and can’t wait to see where we take this thing.”

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with Chef RANADA RILEY Favorite veggie? Asparagus sautéed with a little salt and pepper. Simple is best! What made you fall in love with food? Watching my mom and grandmother cook. Some of their goto’s were shake and bake pork chops and hamburger helper. My mom made eggrolls and it fascinated me. How do you stay inspired? By teaching. I love to watch it click and they take it and run with it.

Favorite cocktail? Ranada’s Bistro Drunken Uncle. Do you have a morning ritual if so, what does it look like? When I get to the restaurant, I turn on lights, make a cup of coffee and turn on the music - I am in a big blues and jazz kick right now I love the 70s+80s. Favorite dish from your childhood? Pork chops and sauerkraut. If you could cook for anyone who would it be and what would you make? Jack Nicholson. As a kid, I had a big crush on him, and I’ve always wanted to meet him. He has such a big personality, so I’d make a big dish. What do you love most about Lexington? I have been here so long it’s a small town feel in a city. I feel like I know so many people here. The support of the community I’m in right now, Chevy Chase is different - these folks are loyal. Ladies from the woodlands pile in and want to introduce me to their friends. It’s amazing. When you’re not working are you cooking or grabbing carryout? Carryout - I like to hit the restaurants downtown. A piece of advice for someone who dreams of pursuing a career in food. Work in a year before you go to school. If you love it, then go!

BOURBON BACON JAM Ingredients: 3 lb bacon baked and cut into small pieces 4 yellow onion, finely diced 5 tablespoons garlic, finely minced 2 2⁄3 cup apple cider vinegar 11⁄3 cup brown sugar 1 cup bourbon 1 ¼ cup water 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper Instructions: Bake off the bacon and then chop into small pieces. Combine bacon and all ingredients in a pot and cook for about 20 minutes on medium heat until “jam like”. Cool and put into clear quart containers with label and date (shelf life is about 7 days).

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MEAL PREP MARTHA & MARLEY SPOON marleyspoon.com | Cost: $10.25 (per person, per meal)

Ready to cook like Martha Stewart? Martha & Marley Spoon offer seasonal ingredients, pre-portioned for fast and easy meal prep. Ingredients are delivered to the subscriber’s doorstep in a chilled box that includes ingredients and recipe cards. The recipe cards provide instructions and clear photos that help make the prep less of a guessing game. Martha & Marley Spoon pull meals from over 18,000 recipes in the Martha Stewart archive, ensuring variety and creativity on the 10-meal menu each week. Customers may enjoy a tomato and pesto tortelloni bake, pork bulgogi lettuce wraps or roasted veggie white pizza. Vegetarian options are always available.

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freshly.com | Cost: Choose between 4, 6, 9, or 12 meals starting at $49.99 a week No shopping, no chopping and no cleanup necessary. Freshly delivers chef-prepared meals fresh to subscribers’ doors. Freshly meals don’t include refined sugar, gluten or any artificial ingredients, and they’re never frozen. Vegetarian options are available weekly. Consider this service to be “gourmet takeout”. Subscribers simply select desired meals from more than 30 weekly gluten-free menu options. Freshly preps, cooks and delivers the meal to the front door. All that’s left for customers to do is heat the meal and enjoy. Prep time is estimated at two minutes, so put that microwave to work!

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BLUE APRON

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Blue Apron is known for having top food quality and variety while remaining incredibly affordable. What makes Blue Apron unique is that they allow subscribers to substitute their protein: users may choose chicken instead of seafood or make the meal vegetarian.

Saving time is one thing, but saving money is another huge factor for many home cooks. Dinnerly is by far one of the most affordable meal kit services offered online. Meals are under $5 per adult-sized serving. How does Dinnerly do it?

blueapron.com | Cost: $9.99 (per person, per meal)

dinnerly.com | Cost: $4.99 a serving

The main idea with Blue Apron is the ability to customize meal options. Subscribers can leave it up to the chefs at Blue Apron to choose their meals, or they can swap the meals for items on other menus. Weekly subscriptions are available, but users can also adjust their plan to receive three meals per week for one, two or even six people.

They use the same quality ingredients as other services, but use digital recipe cards instead of paper, fewer ingredients per dish, and simple packaging. The result? Deliciously affordable meals that can be delivered at the subscriber’s convenience. Meal options include six dishes, all using six ingredients or less. Customers can enjoy honey pork stir-fry, garlicky turkey burger and onion rings or seared chicken and broccoli

90% of subscribers recommend meal kit delivery to friends - Packaged Facts

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HOME CHEF

Here’s a food subscription without the commitment. Users can pick their favorite meals from nine possible meal options Plated offers, then pay per plate. When a customer selects a meal or meals, the recipe and ingredients are delivered to their home, and the question of “what’s for dinner?” is answered with a knock on the front door.

For subscribers with very specific dietary routines and restrictions, Home Chef is a great option. This service provides 13 weekly meal options, which include sirloin steak with blue cheese compound butter, teriyaki ginger-glazed salmon, chicken Caprese grain bowl, and vegetarian tofu chorizo tacos.

plated.com | Cost: $12–$15 (per person, per meal)

homechef.com | Cost: $9.95 (per person, per meal)

Plated’s menu changes weekly and seasonally, but the menu options always include meat, poultry and seafood from trusted purveyors, as well as options catering to vegetarian, gluten-free, low-calorie and low carb needs. Popular meals reoccur on the menu often, such as the crispy mushroom burger or Indian butter chicken.

Home Chef users enjoy the simplicity and joy of cooking. On the Home Chef website, users can identify which meals cater to their needs, and frequent allergens are clearly labeled, such as milk, fish, wheat or soy. The subscription can easily be controlled by skipping weeks or pausing the account.

HELLOFRESH

hellofresh.com | Cost: $11.50 for the “classic” box and

GREEN CHEF

greenchef.com | Cost: $11.99 for “omnivore” box, $10.49 for

$9.80 for the “veggie” box (per person, per meal). Three Meal Cost for a Family of Four: $138.00 (Classic box)

Whether users are looking for gluten-free, organic, vegetarian or paleo options, Green Chef makes it happen. This service is excellent for subscribers looking to satisfy food allergies or special dietary restrictions. Users select a plan that caters to their dietary wants and needs, and Green Chef delivers ingredients and easyto-follow recipes guaranteeing meal-prep time right around 30 minutes.

Meals at HelloFresh are initially prepared and approved by professional chefs and nutritionists: health is just as important as taste, but efficiency is not forgotten. Once ingredients are delivered to the front door, meal prep time is only about 30 minutes, and ordering the meals can be done on their website or on the HelloFresh app. Subscribers can choose from the “classic” or “veggie” boxes and select three of five meals they want delivered from the menu on a weekly basis.

The Keto Plan features low carb, high-quality flavors, and is the fastest growing menu. The plant-based Vegan Plan is innovative and natural, while the Pescatarian, Omnivore and Carnivore Plans are all customized and delicious.

In a meal subscription comparison, users found that HelloFresh meals offer larger portions of food, meaning subscribers were getting more for their money and leftovers for the days following the order.

“vegetarian” box, and $13.49 for “carnivore” box (per person, per meal)

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Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 12-15 minutes Ingredients: 4 (6-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts Salt, to taste Black pepper, to taste

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1 Roma tomato, thinly sliced (4 oz) 1 cup baby spinach (1 oz) 4 tablespoons reduced-fat mozzarella shredded cheese 4 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese 8 wooden toothpicks Preparation: Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, and set aside. Season both sides of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper, to taste. Heat a grill pan, or an indoor grill over medium-high heat. Coat it with nonstick cooking spray, and grill them on each side, just long enough to get grill marks, about 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side. Take the chicken off the grill and let them rest for a few minutes on a cutting board, until cook enough to touch. Only the outside of the chicken will be cooked, the inside will still be raw. Butterfly each chicken breast, by slicing them lengthwise without cutting all the way through, and open them like a book. Season the inside with salt and pepper, to taste. Fill each breast evenly with the spinach, tomatoes, and cheese. Close the butterflied breasts, and use 2 toothpicks to keep them closed with baking. Transfer the breasts to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until done. Let them rest for 5 minutes, then remove the toothpicks and serve. NUTRITION INFORMATION Yield: 4 servings | Serving Size: 1 chicken breast

Calories: 221 | Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 109mg Sodium: 412mg | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fiber: 0g Sugar: 1g | Protein: 40g

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Confectioner William Schrafft made these sweet, chewy candies popular during the Civil War; though jelly beans didn't become assoicated with Easter until the 1930s.

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A simple, casual and extremely popular party food that is also a winner at breakfast time. Team biscuit or team croissant dough—how do you wrap your piggies to party?

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BIG BLUE ENTHUSIASM story by Larry Vaught

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If this turns out to be PJ Washington’s final season at Kentucky, he’ll certainly leave with a lot of fond memories about what he’s done on the court during his two years playing for coach John Calipari. However, his parents, Sherry and Paul Washington, will also have plenty to remember.

Paul Washington, a former high school coach, still remembers going to Big Blue Madness for the first time when his son was a freshman. He thought he was prepared for what he would see… but he was wrong. “It was such a big thing. You really can’t understand just how crazy it gets until you are there,” said Paul Washington. “The Big Blue Nation was just incredible. The enthusiasm and passion for what is not even a legitimate practice just showed you that Kentucky fans loved basketball maybe even more than we realized. And it was not like we didn’t know how Kentucky fans were already, but that exceeded our expectations for what the passion would be like.”

Washington’s father has seen a “maturity” in his son going from a freshman learning what to do to where this season he was able to “direct people” in games. Calipari also put the team on Washington’s back the second half of the season—and he responded in a big way.

The Washingtons also quickly learned one other thing—Kentucky really is the Super Bowl for every team on the schedule as Calipari had told them.

However, what Washington and his parents will remember most about his time at Kentucky if he enters the NBA draft as expected after the season will be the fans.

“You get everybody’s best game. No matter who it is, if they beat Kentucky they are going to celebrate,” Paul Washington said. “I think it took PJ some time to fully comprehend that. There are no regular games for Kentucky. Every game is a big deal and I'm sure he'll never forget that.

“He has just loved the BBN. So many people get excited when you do well,” Paul Washington said. “It almost makes you feel like a rock star with the love the fans give you. It’s insane the love he gets throughout the state. It would not surprise me if he ended up (living) in Kentucky one day just depending on the direction his life goes.

“Fortunately for PJ, he’s comfortable in the spotlight. He played at Findlay Prep (in Las Vegas), so he was used to big games, media, lot of fans. Even in high school he knew he had to play hard and didn’t want to have a bad game to disappoint fans. But here at Kentucky, that goes up another 10 notches or so.”

“He learned how to get things done,” Paul Washington said. “He loves winning. He'll remember some of his better games, but he'll remember the wins more.”

“He has loved being at Kentucky and even when he put his name into the draft last year to get NBA feedback it was never a case of not loving Kentucky. He’s loved everything about Kentucky from day one and that has never really changed and never will.”

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ENTUCKY DRAFT

story by Larry Vaught

photos by Mont Dawson

Forgive Kentucky associate head coach Vince Marrow for being almost giddy when he even thinks about the upcoming NFL draft April 25-27 in Nashville. For a team that has had just three first-round picks in the last 20 years (Tim Couch, Dewayne Robertson and Bud Dupree) and only eight picks total in the last eight years (none the last two years), Kentucky could have two first-round picks this year and between eight and 10 players selected by the time the draft ends. “We have never had people drafted (some years) and now every day you are going to see our logo and see these guys get drafted,” said Marrow. “I never thought Josh Allen, Mike Edwards and C.J. Conrad would stay this year (at Kentucky for a senior season instead of going to the NFL draft) and that was biggest recruiting thing we ever did. We got the benefits of a great season and now those guys and more are going to get the benefits at the draft.” Allen, the consensus national defensive player of the year, is viewed as “no worse” than the No. 3 pick overall and most mock drafts have him going second. C.J. Conrad and Benny Snell both should be mid-round picks in the NFL draft later this month.

What Benny did in this conference, that’s amazing. I don’t care how you spin it. Same with Josh, Lonnie and all these guys. I can’t wait for the draft... Vince Marrow

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“NFL people want to know what kind of kid they are getting for all this money. I tell them he is one of the most humble kids I have ever seen. When he decided to come back (for his senior season), Josh could have been running around here, going to clubs, hanging out, chasing girls. He was totally opposite. He was leading the married, professional life going into his senior year,” Marrow said. Cornerback Lonnie Johnson has been one of the draft’s rising stars to where he’s now viewed as a potential first-round pick by some but others still have him projected in rounds three to five. Count Marrow as a Johnson believer based on what NFL scouts have told him. “This kid is a freakin’ 6-3, 210 and can run. I think there are good corners in the this draft but I think if you look at the upside

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Kentucky's prospects: Josh Allen Lonnie Johnson Mike Edwards Benny Snell Darius West Derrick Baity CJ Conrad Jordan Jones

they all have, Lonnie Johnson is the best,” Marrow said. “I am hearing he is on some (draft) boards in the 20 to 25 range (in the first round).”

of a disservice to him but he did what was best for the team. He could have caught 50 balls here but he did what was best for the team and did it without complaining.”

Running back Benny Snell, UK’s all-time leading rusher, is only projected as the 10th best running back by ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper and is projected as a third or fourth round pick. His best time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine was 4.65 seconds – below average for NFL running backs.

Conrad didn't get to work out at the combine after a heart abnormality was discovered. Conrad insisted that would not derail his NFL career.

Marrow says one NFL general manager says no one should “doubt” Snell. “If teams overlook our guys, especially 26 (Snell) and you pass on him, you are going to regret it,” Marrow said. “He is going to play. I am not saying people will pass because a lot of people like Benny. His play speaks for itself.” Same with tight end C.J. Conrad, another mid-round projection. He was viewed as one of the nation’s top tight ends going into the 2018 season but his lack of catches (30) have lowered the 6-5, 252-pound Conrad’s draft stock. “He started four years here and has blocked some guys you see in the NFL now,” Marrow said. “What we did with him was kind

Safety Mike Edwards, safety Darius West, cornerback Derrick Baity and linebacker Jordan Jones all also got invited to the NFL combine and could be mid to late round picks. Offensive linemen Bunchy Stallings and George Asafo-Adjei have also drawn interest from some NFL teams. “What if we ended up having 10 guys drafted?” Marrow said. “Some people are still questioning Benny, C.J. and others. Check Alabama or Ohio State. Getting that many guys drafted is the norm. What we have done here is build that. What Benny did in this conference, that’s amazing. I don’t care how you spin it. Same with Josh, Lonnie and all these guys. I can’t wait for the draft and to see that (Kentucky) logo up there so much and to have others wondering what the heck is going on because they didn’t pay attention to us the last few years.”

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LANDSAFE CLINIC – HOSTED BY UK EVENTING April 19 - 20 | Clearview Equestrian Center

story by Jen Roytz

KEENELAND SPRING RACE MEET April 4 – 26 | Keeneland Race Course One of the most iconic venues in horseracing, Keeneland allows patrons to “enjoy racing as it was meant to be.” Guests can put on their race day best and enjoy the clubhouse or keep it casual and watch the races from the grandstand, boxes or paddock. The Hill at Keeneland also offers tailgating, wagering, and live coverage of the day’s races on the big screen. Sunrise Trackside is a free family-friendly event beginning at 7 a.m. each Saturday during the race meet and includes breakfast, children’s activities, walking tours, handicapping seminars, equine demonstrations and, of course, watching the racehorses exercise on the track. For more information go to keeneland.com.

Equestrian sports are fun, but they aren’t without risk. The University of Kentucky Equestrian Team is hosting a Landsafe Rider Safety Clinic aimed at teaching equestrians the best techniques to use for fall prevention and protection. The clinic will include simple gymnastics aimed at building muscle-memory to protect one’s self in a fall. Skills learned will then be tested on the equine simulator (surrounded by padded mats) as each participant is put through several common fall scenarios. The cost is $275 per person. For more information, go find “UK Eventing” on Facebook and click on “Events.”

KEENELAND SPRING RACE MEET April 17 | 5:30 – 10:00pm | Fasig-Tipton Celebrate those who are making a difference in farmland conservation in Central Kentucky. Since 1998, the Bluegrass Land Conservancy has protected more than 27,000 acres of local farmland from development in order to sustain the region’s identity, economy and way of life. The Farmland Conservation Celebration and Auction features local food, festive cocktails and a wide array of live and silent auction items up for bid. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit bluegrasslandconservancy.org.

WINE AND CHEESE TASTING BENEFITING CENTRAL KENTUCKY RIDING FOR HOPE April 18 | 6:30 – 9:00pm | The Twisted Cork Sip and taste your way through a selection of wines and cheeses while supporting Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, which offers therapeutic riding and equine-assisted therapy programs for children and adults with physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs. CKRH volunteer and craft cheese maker Roger Shook will offer a selection of homemade cheeses, which will be paired with wines selected by the team at The Twisted Cork. For more information, visit the Central Kentucky Riding for Hope Facebook page.

Land Rover KY Three-Day Event 2018 Photo by Ron Morrow

LAND ROVER KENTUCKY THREE-DAY EVENT April 25 - 28 | Kentucky Horse Park Known to fans as “The Best Weekend All Year,” the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event has something for everyone. The top horse and rider combinations from around the world will converge on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park to compete in Olympic-caliber competition in the three phases of eventing: dressage (Thursday/Friday), cross country (Saturday) and stadium jumping (Sunday). Saturday afternoon, the some of the world’s best show jumpers will take their turn in the spotlight to compete in the $225,000 Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix. In addition, guests can enjoy everything from live music and a wide variety of food offerings to bourbon tastings, shopping, tailgating (on Saturday) and more. To order tickets, call (859) 254-8123 or go to kentuckythreedayevent.com.

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MR & MISS KENTUCKY BASKETBALL AWARDS Lexington Center | March 5 Benefiting The KY Lions Eye Foundation mrandmisskybasketball.com Photos by Rob Bolson

SHEA NICKELL, JOSH MCCURN AND MAC FERGUSON

SAVANNAH WHEELER AND DONTAIE ALLEN

JIM RICHARDS AND TODD ZIEGLER

KAREN MARLOW, SAM AJAGBE AND ROB GAYHEART

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LEE & JEWELLAN MORRISON

TONY BISHOP, GEORGE LONNEMAN, MARY WETHINGTON AND CHUCK CARLSON

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DAIS JA TROTTER AND LARRY PUSATERI

IRA DAWSON AND BRADY WHITAKER

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YMCA OF CENTRAL KY

ANNUAL CELEBRATION & AWARDS Limestone Hall | February 27 ymcacky.org Photos by Woody Phillips

MARLA GEARHART AND CHUCK WAUGAMAN

ABDUL MUHAMMAD, DAVID ELSEN AND JAY INGLE

NIC ENGLAND, MARCY & DAVID KLOIBER AND AL ISAAC

STEVE MURRY, NIKKI HARTLEY AND KEVIN HAURY

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YMCA OF CENTRAL KY

ANNUAL CELEBRATION & AWARDS Limestone Hall | February 27 ymcacky.org Photos by Woody Phillips

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JORDAN COHEN, JESSICA BERRY AND BOBBY WHITE

JARROD COVINGTON AND LINDA GORTON

DAVID & VIKI MARTORANO

ERIN ANDREWS AND BRANDI DOSS

JERRY GRASSO AND DEBBI DEAN

CAITLIN ELLIS AND GLENN HALEY

DIANA & JEFF KOONCE

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2019 AAF LEXINGTON

AMERICAN ADVERTISING AWARDS Lyric Theatre | February 22 aaflexington.com Photos by Woody Phillips CHANDLER WARE, TYLER HAYES, KARA GILLEY AND LOGAN VANCE

NATE SPRY

ADAM & ASHLEY BROWN

ALEX BURGAN AND BAILEY THOMAS

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MEGAN AND ED MARTIN

ETHAN WOOLDRIDGE, ASHLEY & HUU NGUYEN

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DANIEL LIVINGSTON

KATE DAVIS AND MICHAEL BRALEY

KENDRA WADE-DAVIS AND RUSSELL CAMPBELL

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MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION

HEARTS FOR WISHES Carson’s Food & Drink | February 28 oki.wish.org Photos by Woody Phillips

DEBBIE GREEN AND FAITH HACKER

TOM LEACH AND MARIA MONTGOMERY

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KEARNEY ACKERMAN, RACHEL HARPER AND JAIME SAYRE KAWAJA

DEANN STEPHENS AND STEVE MOSS

MARK FICHTNER AND PAULA ELDER

DOUG HACKER, TRACY & ROGER MADDEN

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FOODCHAIN’S 3RD ANNUAL

FEAST Fasig-Tipton | March 12 foodchainlex.org Photos by Paul Atkinson

JOY CRUMP

OUITA MICHEL AND BEN SELF

CHRIS CAIN AND BECCA SELF

HARRIET DUPREE, SETH THOMPSON, WELLS BULLARD AND JON CARLOFTIS

WES & ANNE MURRY

ERYN CLAYTON, KRISTY MATHERLY AND EMERSON THOMPSON

HENRY & SHAWN BLADES

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LEXINGTON HEARING & SPEECH CENTER

FRANKEL COCKTAILS & CASINO NIGHT The Carrick House | March 8 lhscky.org Photos by Ron Morrow

KELLY WOLF, MATTHEW FRITTS, MARY BETH WRIGHT AND JOHN MAHAN

RYAN & BRITTANY WORTHEN

COLBY & SAMANTHA ERNEST

BUDDY SCHNEIDER AND MARCEY ANSLEY

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ROB & POLLY RUDDICK

JEANETTE MILLER, JULIA AMANN, JANET WOLFSON, JINGER PRUDEN AND MELISSA MCCONATHY

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LEXINGTON HEARING & SPEECH CENTER

FRANKEL COCKTAILS & CASINO NIGHT The Carrick House | March 8 lhscky.org Photos by Ron Morrow

TODD FUGATE, ALLISON GEORGE, ELIZABETH ROBERTSON, BILL GEORGE AND HILLARY FUGATE

BEN & TIFFANY PICKETT

TIM & TAMMY GALES

MEGAN BROWN, LAUREN ROY, HOLLY COOPER AND SHELBY RUTLEDGE

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LEE & STACIE MARKSBURY

KYLE & DANA ADAMSON, SARAH & ANDREW JEFFERSON


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LEXARTS

FUND FOR THE ARTS CAMPAIGN KICKOFF The Kentucky Theatre | March 12 lexarts.org Photos by Paul Atkinson CAROL MCLEOD, JIM & SUZANNE ELLIOT

TIFFANY DUPONT NOVAK AND MAURY SPARROW

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LESLIE KELLER-BIEHL AND TOMMY TODD

BRENDA BRAGONIER AND LOUIS PRICHARD

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DAVID KIDD AND NAN PLUMMER

DI BOYER AND LU ANN PEELE


PHOTOS

RECOVERY CAFE

RISE FROM THE ASH BASH Limestone Hall | February 22 recoverycafelexington.org Photos by Rob Bolson

JEFF, SALLY AND TAYLOR HEATH

JOHN DIELLO AND JOSHUA MAULDIN

JASON ROBINSON AND PATRICK DOYLE

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JULIE GOODMAN AND LAURA BOISON

BRITTANY ROBINSON AND NANCY HALL

JOHN SCHROERING, JORDAN ELIZABETH SPEARS, STEFANIE DITTERT, RILEY MCCARTY, ANNA CLINE ROSS, AMANDA GREENLEE AND ANTHONY GUGLIELMI

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of Events

CALENDAR 198

APRIL 4-26

Marlin McKay Trio

Keeneland Spring Meet

9pm-12am Creaux

APRIL 4

APRIL 6

7pm Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Central Kentucky Home, Garden & Flower Show

Discovery Night: Storytelling Under the Stars

Michael Cruse Trio

6-8pm Living Arts & Science Center

9pm-12am Creaux

Box Lunch Lecture

APRIL 7

Lexington Legends Opening Day!

12:30pm-1:30pm American Saddlebred Museum

Ethos Jazz Quartet 8-11pm Creaux

APRIL 5 Central Kentucky Home, Garden & Flower Show 2pm-7pm Rupp Arena

10am-7pm Rupp Arena

Central Kentucky Home, Garden & Flower Show 11am-5pm Rupp Arena

Reflections: A Drag Show 6pm The Lyric Theatre

APRIL 10 Monty Python’s Spamalot 7:30pm EKU Center for the Arts

Willie Nelson & Family

7:30pm EKU Center for the Arts

Wear Red Day Keeneland

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APRIL 11 Disney on Ice: Frozen 7pm Rupp Arena

The Church Basement Ladies in Rise Up, O Men

COMMUNITY

The Magical Tales of Beatrix Potter 2pm & 7:30pm Lexington Opera House

Flamingo 5K 9am-10:30am RJ Corman Railroad Group

2pm EKU Center for the Arts

Suits that Rock: Jam Out for Justice

9am-12pm The Lyric Theatre

Join the movement and transform Lexington, one compassionate act at a time! #LexGiveBack together!

6pm The Lyric Theatre

The Great Pug Run 5K

APRIL 19

History Harvest

11am-2pm Masterson Station Park

APRIL 12

SCAPA: Mary Poppins 7pm Lexington Opera House

Disney on Ice: Frozen

APRIL 14

10:30am & 2pm Rupp Arena

Disney on Ice: Frozen

Brit Floyd

7:30pm EKU Center for the Arts

1pm Rupp Arena

Pony Up for The Nest 12pm Keeneland Phoenix Room

Lexington Community Orchestra Spring Concert

Saint-Saëns & Shostakovich

3pm-4:30pm Bryan Station High School

7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

APRIL 13 Disney on Ice: Frozen 11am, 3pm & 7pm Rupp Arena

APRIL 18 SCAPA: Mary Poppins 7pm Lexington Opera House

APRIL 20 SCAPA: Mary Poppins

2pm & 7pm Lexington Opera House

Kite Fest

12-4pm Masterson Station Park

Girls on the Run 5K

9am-11am Kentucky Horse Park

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CALENDAR | APRIL-MAY 2019 APRIL 24 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! 2pm & 6:30pm Lexington Opera House

APRIL 25 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Kentucky Horse Park

MercyMe

7pm Rupp Arena

Horses and Hope Pink Day

Amadeus Live

7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

Kiwanis Kasino Night

Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s The King and I 2pm & 8pm Lexington Opera House

7-11pm The Carrick House

Amadeus Live

APRIL 27

ROCK Season Opener

Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Kentucky Horse Park

H’Artful of Fun

7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

4-9pm Lexington Convention Center

Walk to Cure Arthritis

10am Masterson Station Park

Keeneland

7-11pm Living Arts & Science Center

APRIL 26

Maternity Fair presented by the Women’s Hospital at St. Joseph East

Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

DiverCity Festival

Baptist Health 2019 Maternity Event

Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Kentucky Horse Park

9am-12:30pm Marriott Griffin Gate

3-10pm Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza

Ladies’ Night

7:30pm Rupp Arena

Inclusion Palooza

2-7pm MoonDance Amphitheater

Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s The King and I 8pm Lexington Opera House

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NorthSide Festival

10am-5pm Loudon House

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12:30-3:30pm The Carrick House

Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s The King and I 1pm & 6:30pm Lexington Opera House


Calendar

APRIL 29

MAY 4

WWE Monday Night Raw

Run for the Roses

7:30pm Rupp Arena

MAY 2 Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music 8pm EKU Center for the Arts

Bluegrass Wine Auction & Derby Gala

12-4pm Hamburg Pavilion

MAY 7 VIPS Golf Outing 11am Keene Trace

COMMUNITY

Kiddie Kapers

12pm, 3:30pm & 7pm Lexington Opera House

PJ Masks Live! 3pm Rupp Arena

Voices HEaRd

10am-8pm 530 N Limestone

MAY 9

MAY 16

P!ink

Education Builds Hope Luncheon

7:30pm Rupp Arena

12pm Carrick House

6pm-1am Donamire Farm

MAY 3 Second Chance Celebration

MAY 10

MAY 17

Kiddie Kapers

American Cancer Society’s Purses, Pouts & Pearls

7pm Lexington Opera House

6-9pm Hilton Lexington Downtown

4:30-10pm The Kentucky Castle

Unbridled Derby Eve Gala

Voices HEaRd

10am-8pm 530 N Limestone

5-11pm Proud Mary’s BBQ

Gault House Louisville

Derby Eve Soiree

7pm Hyatt Regency Lexington

Lilies in Lexington: Oaks Day Celebration 3-7pm Keeneland

Thunder Under the Bridge

MAY 11 Central Kentucky Heart Walk 9am Keeneland

MAY 18 History Harvest

9am-2pm The Lyric Theatre

Dancing with the Lexington Stars 6-11pm Marriott Griffin Gate Resort

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PHOTOS Top Shots

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Kyle Macy, Todd Ziegler, Rick Robey, Jack Givens and Dave Baker at Republic Bank Bring on the Madness!

Swahili Elks Ball

Elesha Burkhart, Lynn Goodman, Gary Edwards and Hunter Lisle

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Cats defeat Gators on Senior Day


Profile for TOPS Magazine

April 2019 - Tops in Lexington Magazine  

Who's Who, What's New and What to Do in Lexington, Kentucky.

April 2019 - Tops in Lexington Magazine  

Who's Who, What's New and What to Do in Lexington, Kentucky.