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Dear TOPS Reader, You and I are living through unprecedented and extraordinary times. From all of us at TOPS, our hearts go out to everyone whose health, business, or jobs have been impacted. We designed this month’s unique cover to reflect the very best of Kentucky and our local community. In these uncertain times, it’s inspiring to hear and witness so many stories of service above self. The worst of times brings out the best in so many people. This special edition is made possible by the many wonderful businesses you see featured in this issue. Like every publisher in America, designing, printing, and distributing a magazine in these uncertain times is very economically challenging. Please thank these advertisers for making this issue and future issues possible. Local businesses like TOPS need your support now more than ever. With business closings and events like Keeneland and Derby postponed or canceled, our staff scrambled to rework our content to bring you a balance of the many features you love about TOPS while serving as a community resource during this time. Your favorite shops and restaurants will re-open. Our lives will get back to normal, although they may never be quite the same. Staying well is important both mentally and physically, and so, we felt it essential to keep a sense of normalcy and bring you a ray of sunshine. We hope this issue helps you focus on the things in life that are still positive in these challenging days. Our upcoming May issue will proudly feature “Hometown Heroes” and bring you stories about the many ways people have gone above and beyond to help us all. We can’t wait to share those with you. We also plan to feature Real Estate Rockstars and Support Local businesses.

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Weddings Unveiled:

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PHOTOS Out & About

OA Dionna & Michael Huang at the Central Kentucky Heart Ball Read Across America

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Governor Beshear Governor Beshear

by Dawn Anderson photo courtesy kentucky.gov

#TeamKentucky is our Commonwealth’s state-wide mission #TeamKentucky is our Commonwealth’s state-wide mission to “flatten the curve” of the spread of the coronavirus, an effort to “flatten the curve” of the spread of the coronavirus, an effort spearheaded by the calm and decisive leadership of newlyspearheaded by the calm and decisive leadership of newlyelected Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear. A graph circulating elected Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear. A graph circulating in the media updates daily with the number of confirmed in the media updates daily with the number of confirmed coronavirus cases by date, plotting Kentucky’s numbers against coronavirus cases by date, plotting Kentucky’s numbers against Tennessee’s. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee was much slower to Tennessee’s. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee was much slower to action and the data clearly bears that out in simple visual form. action and the data clearly bears that out in simple visual form. Governor Beshear’s early actions to mobilize the state’s resources Governor Beshear’s early actions to mobilize the state’s resources and the entire citizenry in the fight against this global pandemic and the entire citizenry in the fight against this global pandemic have drawn both local praise and national recognition. So have drawn both local praise and national recognition. So much so that social media has sprouted proposed trades from much so that social media has sprouted proposed trades from various other states to lure Governor Beshear away: Florida various other states to lure Governor Beshear away: Florida has offered Disney World, Texas is willing to give up Matthew has offered Disney World, Texas is willing to give up Matthew McConaughey, Maryland would hand over The Preakness. McConaughey, Maryland would hand over The Preakness. Governor Beshear’s streamed and televised 5pm daily briefings Governor Beshear’s streamed and televised 5pm daily briefings have become must-see TV. They feature the latest health have become must-see TV. They feature the latest health

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guidelines, new actions taken by the state, videos geared to guidelines, new actions taken by the state, videos geared to children of different age groups, graphics by Kenneth and ASL children of different age groups, graphics by Kenneth and ASL translation from newly-appointed Kentucky Colonel Virginia. translation from newly-appointed Kentucky Colonel Virginia. The internet loves our governor. He has inspired the Facebook The internet loves our governor. He has inspired the Facebook Group “Andy Beshear memes for social distancing teens” that, Group “Andy Beshear memes for social distancing teens” that, as of press time, has nearly 150,000 members. (Kenneth and as of press time, has nearly 150,000 members. (Kenneth and Virginia have been given the meme treatment, and have become Virginia have been given the meme treatment, and have become household names in their own right!) Governor Beshear has household names in their own right!) Governor Beshear has been compared to both Franklin D. Roosevelt and Mr. Rogers been compared to both Franklin D. Roosevelt and Mr. Rogers for his extraordinary ability to inform and reassure the people for his extraordinary ability to inform and reassure the people of Kentucky. of Kentucky. #BeerWithBeshear photos pop up each day on social media as #BeerWithBeshear photos pop up each day on social media as “Andy Hour” draws near. But rest assured that Governor Beshear “Andy Hour” draws near. But rest assured that Governor Beshear takes his duties seriously and soberly as he guides Kentuckians takes his duties seriously and soberly as he guides Kentuckians through the maze of confusion and fear that could otherwise through the maze of confusion and fear that could otherwise threaten to overwhelm us.• threaten to overwhelm us.•

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Giving

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Key tactics to warding off COVID-19, such as handwashing and social distancing, are difficult for the more than 700 homeless citizens of Lexington. Local homeless shelters are distributing small bottles of hand sanitizer and taking the temperature of anyone who enters the shelter. The city needs donations of hand sanitizer, digital thermometers and disposable probe covers as part of its efforts to protect our homeless population. Contact Lexington’s Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention at 859.258.3105.

The Kentucky Blood Center supplies blood to hospitals across Kentucky, and they need your help to ensure that the blood supply doesn’t fall short. Blood donation remains safe and there is no evidence of COVID-19 transmission from giving. For more info about donating blood during the coronavirus pandemic, visit kybloodcenter.org.

United Way of the Bluegrass, the City of Lexington and Blue Grass Community Foundation have partnered to create the Coronavirus Response Fund. This charitable fund will give one-time grants to established social service agencies in Central Kentucky that can provide residents with access to food, prescriptions, health care and child care. Giving is easy! Donate online: bgcf.givingfuel.com/coronavirus.

The Team Kentucky Fund provides assistance to Kentuckians who have been severely financially impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. Organized by the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Public Protection Cabinet, you can learn more at kentucky.gov.

Retirement communities are limiting inperson visits, but many facilities are offering ways you can brighten a senior’s day. Sayre Christian Village Coordinate a care package drop-off or schedule a virtual visit by calling 859.271.9000, or send an e-card at sayrechristianvillage.org. If you have a loved one in a local retirement community, give the front desk a call to see if they are accepting gifts, cards or donations for residents. Ask if it would be possible to help coordinate virtual visits through services like Zoom or Skype.

Food insecurity is a reality for many Lexington families, now more than ever as they are economically impacted by coronavirus-related school and business closings. Host a food drive to collect the following items for God’s Pantry: breakfast foods, shelf-stable milk, pasta, rice, soups, and canned meat, fruits and vegetables. God’s Pantry is also in high need of disinfecting wipes to keep their pantries and equipment clean. To donate, call 859.255.6592.

Whether you want to learn more about these local nonprofits – and hundreds of others – or if you want to learn more about the work of Blue Grass Community Foundation, Lauren love to hear from you! You can reach her at 859.225.3343 or lauren@bgcf.org. *The coronavirus pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation. Before you make a donation, please contact these agencies to see if their needs have changed.

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Lauren Parsons,

Director of Strategic Initiatives & Communications at Blue Grass Community Foundation

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Who’s Who

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KENTUCKY’S COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE

RYAN QUARLES

A ninth-generation Kentuckian with seven college degrees and a love of all 120 Kentucky counties and nature’s four seasons, Dr. Ryan F. Quarles is serving his second term as the commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. by Kathie Stamps | photos courtesy of Kentucky Department of Agriculture

Growing up on his family farm in Scott County, Quarles became interested in civics and state government as a young teenager. In 2010 he ran for his first office, serving in the Kentucky House of Representatives, while he was still in college. He was elected ag commissioner in 2015 and re-elected in 2019. Education has a high priority in Quarles’s life. He has three undergrad and two graduate degrees in agricultural economics and in diplomacy and international relations from the University

of Kentucky, plus a master’s in higher education from Harvard University and a doctorate in higher ed from Vanderbilt. Quarles lives in his hometown of Georgetown. He commutes to Frankfort for work, but more often than not he is out visiting farmers and Kentucky Proud producers all across the commonwealth. Last year he traveled to each of Kentucky’s 120 counties, putting a lot of miles on his car. “In Kentucky, those miles are not straight,” he said. “I love it, though. I love Kentucky.”

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Rooted in a 240-year-old legacy of agriculture, Quarles comes from a long line of farmers—one of Kentucky’s frontier families in the 1780s, in fact. As a wee lad himself, let’s say around six, he began working the land and his dad paid him a dollar an hour, which he saved up to go to college. “Character-building exercise,” Quarles called the hard work of putting up tobacco, baling hay and repairing the farm machinery. During harvest time, the family would put in 80-hour weeks. “I wouldn’t trade my Kentucky farm roots for anything,” he said. “The work ethic gave me respect for a hard-earned dollar.” For example, if he wanted a CD (country music or ‘90s rock) he had to go out and earn it. In previous decades, the Quarles family raised tobacco and cattle. In modern days they’re farming soybeans and corn, as well as high-quality hay for the horse industry. “I am thrilled to be where I am today,” Quarles said. “I love politics, I love policy making, I love agriculture. This really is a dream job.” Three out of his four grandparents were farmers and the fourth was a Kentucky Thoroughbred trainer. “Agriculture runs deep in my blood,” Quarles said. “I love the racetrack, I love the farms. It is easy for me to go up to any person in the state and strike up a conversation about how farming impacts all of us.”

In his spare time, Quarles helps out his dad on the family farm in Scott County. “Nothing replaces the sun on your face and wind on your back,” he said. He also enjoys cooking and having friends over to break bread—and Kentucky Proud recipes. When the topic of Fayette County comes up, you’ll likely hear him bragging on Lexington’s “eats” appeal and foodie scene.

He’s especially appreciative of Kentucky’s bourbon “crop,” so to speak, and for many reasons. “The economic impact on our state, the history and heritage, and it truly is a signature drink that, whether you drink alcohol or not, is something that helps define our state and support our farming community,” he said. “The bourbon industry liquefies over 9 million bushels of Kentucky corn.”

CRISIS LEADERSHIP At the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, Commissioner Quarles led the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) in taking measures to protect the agricultural sector and the state’s schoolchildren who rely on free and reduced lunches: 75% of Kentucky’s 650,000 students. The National School Lunch Program is coordinated through the KDA’s Division of Food Distribution. Commissioner Quarles contacted the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to request flexibility for Kentucky’s school districts so students would have access to meals during school closures, and that waiver was granted. He personally visited with nearby Harrison County Public Schools to help distribute meals to students, and with Southern Elementary in Lexington. Reaching out on social media, Commissioner Quarles said: “The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is talking constantly with our commodity groups and our processors who are affected by this crisis. When you can, please be sure to buy local, buy Kentucky Proud, and thank a Kentucky farmer.” Facebook and Instagram: @kentuckyag and @kentuckyproud •

Q+A FIRST CONCERT: Alabama, when they performed at EKU’s Brock Auditorium in January 1993.

YOUTH AWARDS: Kentucky State Fair 4-H Tractor Operators Contest (twice) and two state shooting tournaments.

INSIDE SCOOP ON UK SPORTS: A lot of people don’t know how competitive the UK shooting team is. We field an Olympian every four years!

HOBBIES:

Old Fashioned.

Shooting, hiking, camping and the great outdoors.

BOURBON QUOTE:

FAVORITE VEGETABLE:

“They say Kentucky is home to 95% of the world’s bourbon, but I say 100% of the bourbon worth drinking.”

Kentucky Proud broccoli.

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Life of a Farmer

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KENTUCKY FARMER There are nearly 76,000 farms in the state of Kentucky. Local farmers raise a diverse array of vegetables, fruits, grains, livestock and other agricultural products, many of which are served or used by people all across the Commonwealth. The COVID-19 epidemic hit small farms especially hard, many of which supply local restaurants, schools and catering services that have been closed for weeks. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways everyone can pitch in to support local farmers. photos courtesy of Gilkison Farm and Crooked Row Farm

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GILKISON FARM

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gilkisonfarm.com

TOPS: Tell us about your farm and what you grow. Brennan Gilkison: The operation is run by myself and my wife Serena. We are from multi-generational farming families, but our operation is a first-generation operation. Our farm is very diversified. We raise corn and soybeans, burley tobacco, alfalfa hay, black raspberries, industrial hemp and have a cow/calf operation as well. We have been known to get outside of the box in growing and trying different commodities such as canola, sunflower, milo, blue corn and rye. The most important crop on our farm is our kids. They are the fruit of our labor and our most prized possession! TOPS: Walk us through an average spring day on the farm. Brennan: Farmers have many different hats to wear, each day is different, and each farmer’s day is different. Depending on the season, we could be running nonstop in the field from 7 to 10 at night. That could be during the planting season, which generally is March to June and then harvest season which can run from August through November or ever December. Along with the planting and harvesting duties, there are also office duties that take place every day. In the winter months, I am always in the office, analyzing data or off to a meeting or educating myself on how I can better serve our operation. TOPS: How has technology helped improve your business? Brennan: Technology has been an asset for our operation. Whether it is technology from seeds, allowing farmers to produce more food per acre safer than anywhere else in the world, or technology that allows us as farmers to have real time data at our fingertips, so we can make the best decisions for our operation in that moment.

TOPS: Tell us why Kentucky conducive to growing hemp. Brennan: We are willing to diversify and adapt. Some aspects of raising hemp are not all that different from raising tobacco, a crop that all of us are familiar with. Kentucky has some of the best soil in the country and infrastructure that allows us to move product quickly anywhere in the country. TOPS: What do you hope for the future of hemp in Kentucky? Brennan: I hope all the best for the future of hemp in our state. Clark and Fayette counties were once the leaders in hemp production. I hope that we as a state can continue that legacy. Although hemp is not a new crop for Kentucky, hemp most definitely is new to the farmers that are raising it now. The industry will hit its highs and most definitely will see the lows, but it is my belief that it will settle down and become a viable crop that we can use in rotation with the other crops that we raise. TOPS: How can locals support farmers during this pandemic? Brennan: Locals can support farmers during this pandemic by seeking local farms that sell meat. It’s a little early for the harvest of local produce yet, but we are not far away. Many farmers sell value-added products as well. Choosing restaurants (for take-out, of course) that utilize local farms is another option. On a side note, empty shelves in grocery stores have shed light on the importance of American agriculture and all the components that supply the food on our plates. Farmers don’t necessarily need appreciation, but future understanding of our industry, building relationships with farmers in general and realizing we’re all in this together will prove to be invaluable going forward.

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CROOKED ROW FARM TOPS: Tell us about your farm and what you grow. Robert Eversole: Our farm specializes in GAP audited salad greens and tomatoes. Our primary customers are schools, restaurants and the wholesale market. We provide produce to schools ranging from pre-school through university. We also raise calves for the cattle market. TOPS: Where can locals find your produce? Robert: Our products are served in Clark County public schools, University of Kentucky, Vinaigrette Salad Kitchens, Ouita Michels restaurants and Lockbox, to name a few. TOPS: Walk us through an average spring day on the farm. Robert: We get up at 5:30am, and start the day by feeding cattle. We then spend the rest of the day harvesting, washing, packing and delivering produce three days of the week. On days that we aren’t harvesting, we are planting and tending to crops. This could be everything from preparing new beds for crops to be seeded to covering and uncovering crops with row cover to protect them from winter weather. We continue harvesting, and also have to feed and care for the animals on a daily basis. There is always something to be done on the farm, 7 days a week, every day week of the year. TOPS: Tell us why Kentucky’s agriculture and climate are conducive to farming produce? Robert: Kentucky has a climate that allows us to grow pretty much any crop that we want. Our winters are also mild enough to have fresh vegetables in the ground all year, but also cold enough to allow us to produce fruits that require substantial chill hours. One downside to Kentucky’s climate is that it is very wet and humid during most of the growing season, which cre-

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crookedrowfarm.com ates an intense disease pressure on most vegetable crops. This is only getting worse with climate change. TOPS: Why are you Kentucky Proud? Robert: We were born and raised in Kentucky, and are proud to call it home. Being Kentucky Proud is an easy way to show consumers that their food was grown right here at home, by people they can trust. TOPS: How has COVID-19 impacted your business? Robert: Since we are a wholesale farm that primarily works with schools and restaurants, we have lost nearly all of our income for the time being. All schools and restaurants are now closed, and the restaurants that are still open are ordering a tiny fraction of their normal orders. In addition, we have hundreds of pounds of salad greens nearing harvest that would have been for the busy season that Lexington restaurants experience due to Keeneland, and the many conferences that come to town in the spring, and these are all now cancelled. In our 10 years of farming, this is one of the hardest situations we have been faced with. TOPS: How can locals support farmers during this pandemic? Robert: We are pivoting from our normal operations to launch an online market with home delivery. This service will launch in early May and you can visit our website to learn more. For those that are more interested in a traditional CSA approach, we are also partnering with Butler Farms to provide a weekly offering of fresh vegetables, pork, chicken and beef. In the meantime, continue visiting your local farmers market; since it is classified as an essential service, it will always be open. Lastly, keep ordering take out from restaurants, with priority given to those that purchase from local farmers! •

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HEMP:

it’s here to stay

Hemp, how can I use thee? Let me count the ways—as fabric, fuel, food, paper, plastic, lumber, in hempcrete and, of course, for CBD oil. In the words of Lamar Wilson, founder of SunJoined, “Understand that this God-given plant is powerful. There are hardly any other renewable resources that allow for the foundation of as many industries as hemp. In almost every major industry we have, you can use hemp in some form or fashion.” Given its potential as a cash crop, it’s no wonder so many farmers and entrepreneurs are all-in on hemp. And fortunately, hemp is proving to be a long-term win. by Donna Ison

Hemp, itself, is member of the Canabis Sativa strain of plants. But, unlike its cousin marijuana, hemp must contain a THC level of .3% or less, making it ineffective as a psychotropic substance. Hemp requires no pesticides, minimal fertilizer, moderate water and can flourish in most climates. And, a hemp crop can be harvested a mere 120 days after planting. Currently, the darling of the hemp universe is cannabidiol (CBD) oil, which has gained popularity for its medicinal potential. Many credit CBD oil with decreasing inflammation and pain, reducing seizures, aiding with anxiety and promoting sleep, among other positive effects. Lamar Wilson was initially skeptical of the CBD craze, until he tried the oil himself for an arthritic knee and found relief almost immediately. Seeing its efficacy firsthand, he began researching all aspects of the product in order to determine how to produce the “highest quality and highest concentration of hemp-derived CBD oil.” This resulted in SunJoined developing their own brand of full spectrum hemp extract with the slogan “the power of nature, bottled to perfection.” SunJoined is “a community of hemp growers and processors that share best practices, buy and sell material and fellowship with like-minded individuals.”

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To the southwest, hemp is seeing a resurgence as an eco-friendly lumber product being manufactured in Murray, Kentucky at HempWood. Founder Greg Wilson had a dream to open a factory within the U.S. where he could hire people at a living wage and make products with locally-grown crops. With the support of Dr. Tony Brannon and Dr. Brian Parr, who serve as dean and assistant dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture and directors of the Murray State Center for Agricultural Hemp, he has fulfilled this mission. HempWood currently employs 21 Kentuckians and supplies hemp wood for flooring, cabinetry, furniture, hobbies and home goods, with everything from musical instruments to duck calls to wedding bands being crafted from the product. Hemp wood is superior to domestic hardwoods due to its higher density, hardness and stability. But, it is the environmental benefits that are truly remarkable. Greg Wilson explained, “Hemp grows in four months, and we can replace 15 to 30 60-year-old oak trees with one acre of hemp we produce. It also pulls more carbon out of the air than slow-growing trees.”

Lamar Wilson, Sunjoined

Soon, hemp will be hitting the runway at the Future of Fashion 2020, a multimedia art and fashion event organized by designer Soreyda Benedit-Begley. The show, which was originally scheduled for March but postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, will include the Sarah Jane Estes Sustainable Design Fashion Competition showcasing ready-to-wear and avant-garde looks from hemp fabric. The winning designs will be featured in an upcoming issue of Sophisticated Living magazine. Benedit-Begley stated, “Hemp is durable and easy to work with. It’s biodegradable, water repellent, UV ray resistant and mold resistant, among other things.” To stay stylish while going green, she urges consumers to purchase clothing made from sustainable fabrics. With the February declaration of bankruptcy by GenCanna, some have questioned the viability of hemp. Lamar Wilson sees this development as an unfortunate, but expected growing pain for a burgeoning industry. As for SunJoined, they are experiencing steady growth. Lamar Wilson stated, “We’ve had 1153 investors invest in us, so we have a huge network of investors. We have around 600 people signed up to be distributors of SunJoined sourced products. And, we’re growing our farmer list.”

Greg Wilson, Hempwood

According to Greg Wilson, Kentuckians can bolster by buying. “The best thing you can do for the hemp industry is to get involved and buy what we make. It’s a lot cheaper and easier to do it elsewhere, but we’re trying to do it right. We need the market support.” Despite some setbacks, including the current economic uncertainty, both believe hemp is here to stay. With optimism, Lamar Wilson concluded, “Hemp can create an economic engine that propels Kentucky into the forefront of a new, greener economy.”•

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BRONZE CEILING:

Q+A with the Artist Barbara Grygutis photo courtesy Laura Clay Photographic Collection, University of Kentucky

Artist Barbara Grygutis was selected by Breaking the Bonze Ceiling to design and build a statue a statue in downtown Lexington to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. Visit breakingthebronzeceiling.com to donate and be a part of this important movement!

TOPS: What about the Breaking the Bronze Ceiling project spoke to you initially? Barbara Grygutis: The passage of the 19th amendment was an epic event in the history of our nation. The legislation languished in Congress for 40 years prior to being passed. The opportunity to create a monument celebrating the passage of the amendment and the opportunity to celebrate the people who fought so hard for this basic right is unique. Very few monuments dedicated to the achievement of women exist in this country. The City of Lexington is at the forefront of the nation with this project and I hope that other communities will follow the lead. I am honored to be a part of this forward thinking project. TOPS: Your public art is often framed around enhancing the environment the piece will be a part of while engaging civic interaction. How did that play into your concept for this sculpture? Barbara: The work I have created for the site is designed to be monumental in scale and celebratory. The site is very urban with very large buildings as a backdrop. The planter sits five feet above the sidewalk. The five figures that comprise the monument are twenty-two feet tall. This will put the height of the artwork at twenty-seven feet above the sidewalk, creating a work that is monumental in scale. This is very important for the central theme of the artwork, which celebrates the monumental effort made by the suffragettes, in the face of amazing adversity, to get the amendment passed. I am hopeful that the imagery and scale of the work will create dialogue and conversation in the community, and beyond. We are a democratic nation and the right to vote is fundamental to our lives. TOPS: What inspired the elements of your design? Barbara: As I did research on the project I was struck by tenacity of the suffragists and the tremendous courage and strength it took to move forward with the right to vote, in the midst of tremendous adversity. Those efforts have made us a better nation. The right to vote for all has made us a much improved society. The enormity of the accomplishment is the inspiration for the design. While there are a few famous names associated with the suffragists movement, such as Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Caty Stanton, the effort was huge and many, many nameless woman and men participated in the effort to achieve passage of the 19th amendment. The design makes reference to all of the nameless people who marched day after day, week after week, and did not loose sight of the goal. TOPS: How does your design incorporate Kentucky’s suffragist history? Barbara: There is a famous photo [above] that was my inspiration. The lineup of women in the photo is characteristic of the rallies held by the suffragists all over the country, and Kentucky was a leader in the cause. The five monumental figures of women are not specific people, but rather an amalgamation of many women, representing the period. The dresses and hats abstracted in the figures importantly are representative of the period in which the passage of the amendment happened. The work is a salute to Kentucky woman of the 1920s, who made history. •

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Dress in white by Crosby; earrings and bracelets Monkee’s

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Printed maxi dress by Traffic People; Beaded earrings in pink Cotton Patch

Lemon print dress by Moodie; Flower earrings in yellow Pirie

Shift dress in blue by Umgee Fluffy Flamingo Pineapple beaded earrings Pirie

Potted lemon trees; Cotton napkins in navy with Lemon napkin rings | Pottery Barn Lemon pillow; Cobalt embellished glassware; Lemon table runner; Bookend lemon trees; Lemon pitcher and canister; Lemon ceramic bowls and melamine plates | My Favorite Things

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LIFESTYLE Farm to Table Fashion Pants and jacket in army green; Beaded jewelry in gold; Purse in pink White House Black Market at The Summit

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Farm to Table Fashion LIFESTYLE Printed dress in coral by Rails ;

Jeans by Lucky and Blessed ;

Earrings by Betsy Pittard Olive You Boutique

Shirt in blue by Do and Be Fluffy Flamingo

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LIFESTYLE Farm to Table Fashion Goucho pants in white; Snake skin blouse Simply Beautiful Boutique Braided Abaca serving tray; On The Rocks acrylic margarita pitcher and goblets Pottery Barn Yellow florals House by JSD Designs

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Farm to Table Fashion LIFESTYLE Dress in pink by Theia Carl Meyer’s Earrings and bracelets in gold and black Monkee’s

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Romper in yellow by Blue Mint ; Beaded earrings in cream As You Go Boutique

Printed dress in blue by Forever Unique; Hoop earrings in pink Peplum

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Support Local


Support Local LIFESTYLE

Businesses! It’s often repeated that supporting local businesses is essential to a thriving community. But following this spring’s COVID-19 closures, it’s more important than ever to stand behind the stores, restaurants, services and people that make Lexington the unique, vibrant city that it is. If you’re wondering how you can show your support for local businesses, we have plenty of ideas. Buy a Gift Card for Yourself If you want to support a local business that you can’t visit right away, consider purchasing a gift card. This helps show the proprietors that you’re standing behind them right now, even if you won’t be stopping in for a few months. Dollars spent now will go a long way to replenishing stock and recouping losses. Buy a Gift Card for Someone Else Want to spread the love? Buy a gift card for a friend, colleague or loved one and you very well might make a customer for life. According to Business Wire, 90%

of consumers who receive a gift card from a business they’ve never visited say they will shop at that business and will return there in the future. Get Social Follow your favorite businesses on social media and let them know you’re rallying behind them. If they have an email newsletter, sign up. Share posts from local businesses that you think your friends will want to see. Post your haul on your social media, and tag the business or use the appropriate hashtags. You could even snap a selfie while you’re getting your taxes done!

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LIFESTYLE Support Local

#LexGiveBack is a week-long community service event. Visit lexgiveback.org to sign up as a volunteer and get connected to organizations that need your help!

Book That Appointment

Leave Reviews

If you had to cancel an appointment due to coronavirus – or you’ve just been putting one off forever – schedule it now! Just knowing that business is coming in is a great gift to any small business owner.

If you’ve never left reviews for businesses that you love, now is the time. Include specific information about what you love about the business, what they offer and how it’s unique. Positive reviews have a lasting impact on influencing potential customers.

Tip Generously Restaurant and service workers took a real hit when everyone was self-quarantined. Help them recoup by adding a little extra on the tip line. As an added bonus, it’ll make you feel great (seriously – random acts of kindness release dopamine, causing what’s known as a “helper’s high” according to the Cedars-Sinai Blog).

Many business owners, retail workers and service industry professionals are feeling mental and emotional strain, even as things improve. Ask them how you can help. Everyone needs a little kindness right now, and every kind act makes an enormous impact.

Donate Those Cleaning Supplies

Invest

Went a little overboard buying up Lysol wipes? Donate them to a business or nonprofit that will put them to good use.

If you haven’t visited or supported one of your favorite local businesses in a long time, consider this your cue. They miss you!

If you’re in the position to help a local business on a bigger level, now is a great time to make a plan for that to happen. There are lots of guides online to becoming an investor in small, local businesses. You can also speak to your bank, wealth management professional and community development companies/loan funds. You could also consider CSAs, cooperatives or supporting crowdfunding projects.

And Find Some New Faves

Keep It Going

It’s great to support businesses you already love, but part of the fun of living in central Kentucky is getting to explore hidden treasures. There are some truly wonderful gems out there waiting! To get you started on your journey, the array of businesses you’ll find in this very magazine is incredibly varied – it’s a wonderful start!

Once everything is back to “business as usual,” the community will feel less urgency to support local stores and services. It’s important to help keep the momentum rolling! Join an organization dedicated to increasing awareness of the importance of all things local, such as Local First Lexington. Encourage people around you to shop locally, and be sure you lead by example. •

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savin’ face story by Jayme Jackson

Savin’ Face LIFESTYLE

BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

hey say the eyes are the windows to your soul. About 4 month ago, I looked into my makeup mirror and realized two things: my soul must be tired and I have lost my sparkle. Sparkle… that twinkle behind my eyes that says, “I’m awake, I’m young and come hither” all at the same time. I was on a mission to get it back.

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It seemed I developed dark circles and hollowed eyes overnight. The first thing I needed to do was find a good eye cream that worked after one use. Ha! I never found that cream, but I did find a few that I like. Ladies, you should use an eye cream every morning and night to help slow down the clock and prevent future wrinkles. Here are a few I like: •

Neocutis Lumiere Bio Restorative

Skin Medica TNS Essential Eye

LaRoche Posay Active-C Eyes.

it Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye

Anti-aging eye creams are great, but I needed to bring in the big guns. Next, I asked my personal plastic surgeon, Dr. Alex Montague what would help. He suggested a Tear Trough Filler. The man should wear a cape. I didn’t even realize that was an option! There are 2 frequently practiced options. PRP (platlet rich plasma) draws a small amount of your blood, spins the plasma and injects micro units of your body’s own cells to fill in what time has robbed from your formerly sparkly eyes. The second option is a filler called Restylane Refyne. It’s not natural, but neither am I, so I went with this option. I had small amounts of the filler injected beside the bridge of my nose and under my lower eye lids. I am happy to report that it did not hurt one bit! I promise. The “wow factor” was instantaneous! Dark circles? Gone! Deep-set eyes? No more! I would recommend taking over the counter Arnica before getting filler to avoid bruising. Ask your health care provider their recommended dose. My final recommendation is to use camo, AKA concealer. I love Bye Bye Undereye by It Cosmetics. Use a damp sponge with a dab of “It” under your eyes, fanning up and out towards your temples. Finish by patting with a powder to lock the look in without creasing all day. If you look at my Facebook page, (wait- why are we not friends?) you will see some of my epic fails when trying to figure out the right blending technique under my eyes. Trial and error, girls!

LaRoche Posay Active-C Eyes Skin Medica TNS Essential Eye

So now you know the secret behind my hazel eyes: Wrinkle cream, Restylane and a dash of war paint. It’s all worth it to get my sparkle back. Afterall, the right eye contact can be more intimate than words can ever be.

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Sarah & Mirza

Some love stories are written in the stars... B Y L AU R E N H E N RY • P H OTO S B Y C A R L S . M I L L E R P H OTO G R A P H Y

Some love stories are written in the stars long before they are formed in the heart. Sarah and Mirza Salkovic are a testimony of one such narrative. Sarah, a Lexington native and Mirza, who moved here as a sophomore in high school, first met when introduced by mutual friends. It was soon evident that theirs was a neverending love, and plans for a summer wedding on August 24th of 2019 quickly commenced. For their traditional Persian themed wedding, the bride and groom desired an elegant venue in Lexington with the ability to provide a large open space where everyone was able to see them easily throughout the ceremony. The Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa on Newtown Pike was the perfect fit! As is custom, Sarah and Mirza partook in the Aghd ritual, which is the quintessential centerpiece of the Persian wedding celebration. Sarah explains, “The traditional Persian wedding ceremony spread, also known as the Sofreh Aghd, includes many symbolic items, all in which represent an element of the couple’s new life and marriage together.” Seated in front of the Sofreh Aghd, Sarah was a princess in her stunning gown from the White Dress of Lexington while Mirza was princely in his tux by Macy’s. The bride and groom sat at the head of their wedding table

where 23 symbolic Sofreh Aghd items containing custom and profound meaning to the couple were present. Some of the sacred items present on Sarah and Mirza’s table included: a mirror representing light and brightness for the newly married couple’s future; a needle and thread symbolizing the ritual of two people becoming one and two families becoming one; coins to symbolize wealth and prosperity for the couple; rose water for good luck; candles and candelabras to symbolize energy and clarity in the couple’s life together; flowers symbolizing love; honey consumed at the conclusion of the ceremony to represent sweetness for the couple’s life; and the Quran symbolizing God’s blessing over the couple. Another special feature of their wedding was their first dance. Sarah shares, “We coordinated our first dance with three songs, each of which was a different language to incorporate both of our origins.” Other memorable moments occurred during the reception when one of Mirza’s friends lifted Mirza, who is 6’6, onto his shoulders, taking him for a literal spin and when one of their guests pulled the entire camera crew onto the dancefloor. The couple laughs remembering, “The camera crew were all shocked because they had never experienced this at other weddings!”

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LIFESTYLE Gorjess: Get the Look In the end, Sarah and Mirza would have not done anything differently though they do recommend having a timeline and or checklist of the order of when things need to be done. Sarah encourages others not to procrastinate and plan ahead. “Planning a wedding can be a lot for someone to handle and sometimes having help through a wedding planner or an app can make things that much more enjoyable,” she suggests. They warmly thank all of those present at their wedding for celebrating their stunning moment in time and for travelling great distances to be with them in their union.

PHOTOGRAPHER Carl S. Miller VIDEOGRAPHER Carl S. Miller VENUE Griffin Gate Marriott CATERING Griffin Gate Marriott SWEETS Tinker’s Cake Shop

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FLOWERS Nadia’s Elegant Events PLANNER Nadia’s Elegant Events RENTALS/DECOR Nadia’s Elegant Events BRIDAL GOWN The White Dress of Lexington GROOM ATTIRE Macy’s

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MAKEUP Macy’s Lancôme, Allison HAIR Thomas Blake Hair Studio, Heather Cole PERSIAN CEREMONY TABLE Bride, Bride’s Mom

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Are you passionate about including your old Kentucky home into your wedding? We’ve got a list of Kentucky Proud vendors that will be sure to add a little bluegrass to your big day. Kentucky Proud is the official state marketing program for agricultural products. From farm venues and caterers to flowers and sweets, it’s easy to support these local businesses when you say “I do.”

by haley norris Recent Bride & Owner of Haley Michelle Designs

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Ashford Acres Inn

3 Peas in a Pod

Belmar Flower Shop

Christina Bakes!

1801 Ky-36, Cynthiana 859-298-2989 ashfordacresinn.com

203 Lyons Dr, Frankfort 502-320-6470 3peasinapodcatering.com

1200 Barret Ave, Louisville 502-367-6172 belmarflowershop.com

Bluegrass Wedding Barn

Red State BBQ

Kings Gardens

5820 Orion Rd, Louisville 502-314-1539 chefchristinabakes.com

3050 Mitchellsburg Rd, Danville 859-324-1424 bluegrassweddingbarn.com

500 Laketower Dr. #85, Lexington 859-223-7898 redstatebbq.com

4560 Nicholasville Rd, Lexington 859-272-7077 kingsgardens.com

Confused Confections

Fasig Tipton

Dupree Catering

Michler’s Florist

Sweets by Millie

2400 Newtown Pike, Lexington 859-403-2040 fasigtipton.com

201 East Main St. #1500, Lexington 859-231-0464 dupreecatering.com

417 E Maxwell St, Lexington 859-254-0383 michlers.com

223 S Hancock St #1 Louisville 502-551-7311 sweetsbymillie.com

Taylor Made Farm

Farm to Fork Catering

Susan’s Florist

2765 Union Mill Rd, Nicholasville 859-881-6123 taylormadefarm.com

2425 Portland Ave, Louisville 502-365-3276 farmtoforkfood.com

2731 Preston Highway, Louisville 502-635-6351 susansflorist.com

The Sweet Shoppe by Beth

113 Clay Ave, Lexington 859-263-0555 confusedconfections.com

109 Springdale Dr, #4 & 5 Nicholasville 502-223-9977 susansflorist.com

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Honeybear Farms

Old Kentucky Chocolates

Barnwood & Bluegrass

AJ Apothecary

2810 Rosewood Rd La Grange 502-235-0727 honeybearfarmsky.com

450 Southland Dr. Lexington 859-278-4444 oldkycandy.com

214 W. Main St. Richmond 859-314-1913 barnwoodandbluegrass.net

1156 Appian Crossing Way #210 Lexington 502-417-7869 ajapothecary.com

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with kids With children at home from school, finding creative ways to keep them active and engaged can be challenging. Times like these make us appreciate our wonderful teachers for their patience and ability to keep students on track in the classrooms every day! Striking a balance of interactive, educational, entertaining, and kinesthetic activities can be overwhelming. Lean too much on quiet time, and children can become restless or bored. Push too hard for constant activity, and they can become overwhelmed and frustrated. We’ve rounded up some great resources to help your young children learn, imagine, explore and play – even when you are on a conference call!

educational

keep moving

Virtual Zoo Field Trip

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Places like the Cincinnati Zoo are hosting Facebook live ‘Home Safaris’ during weekdays. Or for a more handson outlet, visit kids.sandiegozoo.org.

Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world. Visit youtube.com/users/cosmickidsyoga.

One Planet on Netfilx

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Exhilarating visuals and stunning footage of rarelyseen animals mix with somber truths about humanity’s impact on the planet’s habitats and species.

Create a list of items you might see around the neighborhood (i.e. an odd shaped rock, a mailbox, a ladybug). Take your kiddos on a walk around the block to find the items.

Monopoly Kids monopoly is a great introduction into buying/ selling goods. Regular monopoloy for older children teaches young adults about real estate, savings, and income.

Alphabet Exercises Assign a different exercise to every letter in the alphabet (i.e. A=10 squats). Have your child spell out their name and do the corresponding exercises!

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FaceTime or Skype a Friend

Sidewalk Chalk

Allow your child to connect with a friend or family member each day. Schedule virtual playdates with friends.

Create colorful messages and drawings on your sidewalk and driveway for neighbors to see when they walk by.

Virtual Bookclubs

Learn to Draw

Schedule time to get a few friends together online to discuss a book you’ve read with your children.

Let your kids practice their art skills by learning to draw fun characters. Perfect for all ages. Visit youtube.com/ users/artforkidshub.

Snail Mail Write letters and/or design cards to mail out to friends and family. Receiving something in the mail is exciting for everyone...especially now!

Bon Apetite Encourage participation from your children in the kitchen with measuring out ingredients, stirring, sorting, cleaning. They’ll feel accomplished when they helped cook a meal for the whole family!

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Health Hazards

Working from Home by amanda harper Working from home presents unique challenges, no matter what you do for a living. If you’ve never had to run your “office” out of your house, it can feel like a continual juggling act. These tips can help you make the most of your workday, no matter where work is.

Set Work Hours

Use Signs

Set Daily Goals

Create a work from home routine and try to stick to it. Not only will this create a sense of normalcy, it will also offer you a better work/life balance. If you’re watching your children, consider a split schedule that better accommodates their needs while providing you with time to focus on work.

Work from home parents often implement signals to let their kids know what’s up. Hang a stop sign to let kids know that you can’t talk with them at the moment. Strike a deal: when the conference call or hour is up, the sign comes down and you’re finally available to answer why the sky is blue.

Lists and planning are more important than ever. Set benchmarks for what “done” for today looks like. If you tend to put too much on your own plate, prioritize your goals from tasks you must complete to things you’d like to get done, if possible.

Start Without the Screens Before you start your work, give yourself at least an hour without any screen time. No phone, no laptop, no TV. This prevents you from diving into work the moment you get up. Get Dressed You’re not your most focused when you’re in your sweats. I’m not mandating that you put on a real bra (I’m not a monster!) but do put on some pants that have a button. It’s an instant signal to your brain that you’re awake and ready to tackle the day. Designate a Workspace Plopping on the couch with your laptop is certainly comfortable, but it’s not going to lead to you doing your best work (in fact, it will probably lead to “Love Is Blind”). Even if you don’t have an actual desk, create a space where you sit upright or stand to work. 78

Communicate Staying in the loop with your coworkers can be a challenge when you’re working remotely. Consider how often you speak to coworkers face-to-face: that time should now be transferred into emails, phone calls, video conferences and group chats. And while it’s essential to communicate a little extra about your projects and progress, it’s also important to socialize and check in with your staff. Better Breaks Take regular breaks. Use those breaks to bolster your mental and physical health in creative ways: step outside, do 5 minutes of yoga, walk the dog, drink a full glass of water, video chat with a friend, have an impromptu dance party or eat an apple.

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Be Gentle With Yourself Fact: it’s okay that you’re not able to give 110% while the dog is barking, the kids are running in circles and your neighbor’s car alarm is going off. Worrying that you’re not doing “enough” is undue stress that will just pile on. You’d have “off” days even in the office, so you’re not slacking if you need to do laundry between checking emails. Find Solidarity One of the biggest issues that people who work from home discuss is a sense of isolation. Those feelings can become overwhelming. Seek out people who understand your struggle. Explore blogs and hashtags like #workfromhomelife to learn more about others’ creative solutions to issues you face. We’re all in this together!


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Less House, More Home

MORE LESS house home!

by Donna Ison

IS DOWNSIZING RIGHT FOR YOU? FOR MANY RETIREES, DOWNSIZING HAS A HUGE UPSIDE. Size matters. But, many are deciding smaller is superior—at least when it comes to square footage. More and more mature adults are downsizing by choosing to live in smaller spaces with fewer things. According to a recent TD Ameritrade survey, 42 percent of Americans plan to downsize in retirement. According to professional organizer Emily Evans of Eliminate with Emily, “The purpose of downsizing is to make your and your loved one’s lives as easy and as stress-free as possible as you transition to a different stage of life.” Within this larger goal, there are primarily three factors that play a role; maintenance, money, health and safety. MAINTENANCE Who wants to spend their golden years dusting rooms they rarely enter? As time becomes more valuable, people are choosing to spend more of it living and less of it cleaning, mowing, fixing and maintaining large properties. Denise Gerkens and her husband, Scott, opted for an extreme version of downsizing after their only daughter left for college. The couple went from a 3,400 square foot cabin on 2.5 acres to an 850 square foot “tiny house” on Herrington Lake. Gerkens said, “The big house just became too much to clean and maintain

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and mow. What used to take three hours to mow now takes ten minutes. What used to take all day to clean, now only takes a couple of hours.” MONEY A second factor is finances. A smaller home usually equates to a lower mortgage, insurance, property taxes and utility bills. Don’t forget that this extra cash can be put to good use. According to financial guru Dave Ramsey, excess money should be used to pay off higher-interest loans and credit cards, go into a retirement fund or to purchase a smaller home outright, and thus be mortgage-free. HEALTH & SAFETY As knees begin to crack and hips go out on a regular basis, grand sweeping staircases become much less appealing. Step-in tubs, winding walkways, out-of-reach cabinets and slick hardwood floors can also become a nuisance. A single level home equipped for the physical challenges that accompany aging can bring ease of everyday living to the resident and peace of mind to their families.

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Even with all the benefits, the decision should be a calculated one. Reece Miller, principal broker of Signature Real Estate advised, “Make sure the pros outweigh the cons. Try and downsize, not downgrade.” So, before staking a “For Sale” sign in the lawn, people should ask themselves the following questions: How much do I actually like my spouse? The adage “familiarity breeds contempt” is a nice way of saying that having someone in constant proximity can make you want to stab them with a spoon. With the recent restrictions from COVID-19, we have all seen how challenging it is to be up close and personal with family 24/7. If keeping a larger home will keep the marriage intact, it’s probably worth it. Will the grandchildren mind sleeping in drawers? Be realistic about how much space you’ll need for your grown children’s growing children. If they live out of town and will be staying with you during visits, it is important to plan sleeping arrangements, luggage storage and for a play area. Can I really bear to get rid of my bobblehead collection? For many, the most difficult aspect of downsizing is parting with possessions. “The hardest part was figuring out what we could… or should keep. We had a lot of family heirlooms that wouldn’t fit in the new space,” stated Gerkens. Evans offered this wisdom, “Remember it is a just a thing and the memory you have of the person or moment it reminds you of isn’t going to disappear if you get rid of it. It is good to keep things that remind you of happy times, but if everything is special, nothing is.” She added, “It’s really asking yourself the important questions for each item in the home and working through the process. Does it really serve you or bring you joy? Is it going to serve you in this next stage of life?” If the task is still too daunting, a personal organizer can help designate what gets kept, given, donated, sold or tossed. Evans said, “Often times we can get overwhelmed by our own things. A professional organizer will come in and guide you through the entire process, start to finish.” If after all considerations, downsizing still makes big sense, it’s time to decide which type home will work best for you. Traditionally, the most popular have been senior living communities, condominiums and reduced-sized residential homes. But, there is a new housing option that combines the best of all three—a maintenance-free community, with fully-customizable units, where an HOH takes care of all exterior aspects from landscaping to snow removal to roof repair. One such property in Lexington is the luxury community of Patchen Wilkes. Principle broker Joey Svec explained, “We’re finding that the quality of life people want to have has really escalated. Just because you’re downsizing doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality. Lifestyle is also important. We have many people that are still five to ten years from retirement, but want to be able to just jump on a plane and go on vacation or go see their grandkids and not worry about their house.” The sense of community is also a huge draw. Svec stated, “We saw a neighborhood that was brand new and said, ‘We want these people to have the opportunity to know each other.’” Initially, the company held social events, but quickly the residents took over and began hosting each other. Walking trails throughout the premises promote interaction and give neighbors a chance to actually see and wave at each other. In these frightening times, a smile, wave and knowing the person next door means the world. For many over fifty-five, going smaller, makes big sense. On the front porch of their cottage, the Gerkenses have a sign that sums it up in four words—“Less house, more home.” •

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home, you can certainly do so. But with so much going on at Legacy Reserve, you may decide you want to be right in the thick of everything. The team at Legacy Reserve often hear potential residents say, “I like it – but I’m just not ready for it yet.” Senior Director of Sales and Marketing Jacqueline Kennedy said, “I would really like to break through the ‘I am not ready for that’ discussion when people are asked about senior housing. At Legacy Reserve, we ask: Not ready for what? People need to know all we can

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offer them. This opportunity involves new adventures, friendships, wonderful cuisine, quiet evenings at home, whatever you wish. All of our Independent Living apartment homes offer condo type amenities with full kitchens, washer and dryer hook-ups and personal balconies. Residents have every opportunity to enjoy their own home and the lifestyle around them. There are also continuing care options for future needs including Personal Care and Memory Care.” Another alluring aspect of Legacy Reserve is the dining opportunities available. All apartment homes offer full sized kitchens but people who are tired of cooking will be intrigued by all their choices. “Our dining experience is completely different from that of most senior living options,” Jacqueline said. Instead of simply having a community dining room, Legacy Reserve offers Chandler’s Restaurant, Bernard’s Sports Bar, The Bluegrass Bistro (with all-day dining options), seasonal terrace dining and room service menus. “We are proud to have changed the image of senior living dining,” said Food Service Director Josh Dennis. “We offer experiences ranging from fine dining to a burger and a beer. It is exciting to offer residents the freedom to choose how, when and where they want to dine. Our menus also change on a regular basis to enable us to feature seasonal soups and entrees and offer in-season fruits and vegetables.”

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Legacy Reserve feeds your brain and your curiosity as well through The Academy at Legacy Reserve, which provides curriculum opportunities for a variety of interests. “Residents get to choose from an array of over 100 on-site classes, outings or events,” Executive Director Carol Brinegar explained. “These revolve around education, fitness, hobbies, performing arts, wellness, technology, entertainment, travel and supporting causes near and dear to our residents’ hearts.” Academy Director Janet Montgomery said, “It’s an incredible experience to see such vibrant seniors continuing to enjoy life. The stereotype for senior living in regard to activities often revolves around things like bingo. That is certainly not the case at Legacy Reserve. These residents are meeting new friends and pursuing new passions. It is a privilege to create options for them to continue to pursue the freedom to enjoy life.”

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Legacy Reserve is currently fully occupied with a Waiting List. Now is the time to research options to learn more about Wait List opportunities. The communities Wait List allows future residents to be able to experience the community prior to making the move so the acclimation process is a smooth one. You can call to schedule a personal tour, during which you can check out the apartment homes, the amenities and the dining venues and see how Legacy Reserve can enrich and enliven your life, or a loved one’s senior years.

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When life finds us at our happiest, single moments become lifelong memories. Simple pleasures, such as singing with a friend, stargazing after a barbeque, or telling stories about nights long past, are what stay with us as years go by. At Trilogy Health Services, we not only celebrate these small instances of joy – we strive to bring them to life every day. With over 110 senior living communities throughout the Midwest, our team of servant hearts is proud to make this goal a reality for the seniors who call our campuses home.

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In Lexington, you can find our commitment to care in action at three locations: The Willows at Hamburg, The Willows at Citation, and The Willows at Fritz Farm. Each campus is outfitted with a full continuum of care. Our team and beautiful facilities ensure that each resident’s basic needs are always being met, while also enhancing their lives through our robust Life Enrichment programming and restaurant-style dining services. Visit our Facebook pages to see what the next chapter of your life can be!

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Personal Care Offered at each location, our Personal Care neighborhoods come equipped with all the comforts of home. You’ll have access to your own private suite, assistance with activities of daily living, medication management, and more. The Willows at Citation offers two Independent Living studio suites.

Memory Care Offered at The Willows at Hamburg and The Willows at Citation, our Memory Care services provide seniors with memory loss comfort, dignity, and joy. Our private suites are places of peace, and our caregivers are mindful of every resident’s unique needs and challenges.

Post-Acute Healthcare Services Whether you’re searching for Rehabilitation, Skilled Nursing, or Short-Term Care services, you can rely on our highly trained team to provide care for the body and spirit.

Lifestyle At each of our communities, you’ll never wake up worrying how in the world you’ll fill the time. We offer a wide range of Life Enrichment and Dining programs every week, each designed to promote creativity and brainpower, as well as mental and spiritual wellness.

Dining Dining is the most important thing we do three time a day, so for us, it’s not enough to create dishes that taste as good as they look. When you pull up a chair at our table, you’re treated to an experience – one that is sure to have you coming back for seconds.

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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. The level of customization possible for each townhome through Commonwealth Designs is incredible.

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From millwork, flooring and countertops to aspects of the floor plan and more, each space feels as unique as its owner. 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. If you are

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looking to downsize – or “rightsize” – and enjoy all that Lexington has to offer, these townhomes are the perfect choice. Commonwealth Designs has successfully built houses in the Bluegrass for over 40 years. With new concepts and personalized strategies, the team is dedicated to building a home that suits your needs. They have over 100 floor plans among 40 communities in surrounding areas. Their residential neighborhoods in prime locations throughout central Kentucky have been developed to meet the future residents’ needs. Listening to the customer and adapting to trends allows Commonwealth Design to continue the tradition that has made them beloved by many Kentuckians. These townhomes are marketed by Signature Real Estate. Call Reece Miller for your private showing.

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At Cedarhurst of Beaumont, we provide truly person-directed care, taking the time to know and work with each resident as an individual and providing them with care that’s as unique as they are. Whether in Personal Care or Memory Care, our caring, compassionate staff, first-rate amenities, beautiful environment and welcoming, supportive atmosphere make Cedarhurst a secure, enriching place to live.

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Here, individual attention informs almost everything we do. You can see it in the wide array of tailored activities and programs, designed to engage and delight. Hear it in the warm interactions between our compassionate staff and our residents. Taste it in a special dish prepared by our chef from a resident’s favorite recipe. And feel it in every apartment and every lively gathering space.

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Experience the Cedarhurst Difference with: • Connective Technology: Assuring families and residents stay connected and informed about their loved ones’ ongoing care and wellness • Exceptional, Compassionate Staff: Our warm, welcoming staff values first names and personal relationships with residents and their families too • Person-Directed Care: The personal preferences of each individual are front and center, and each resident decides their daily schedule • On-site EmpowerMe Wellness: Pharmacy and one-on one physical, occupational and speech therapy services are fully integrated and part of the daily routine

Personal Care

Our approach to Personal Care is shaped by respect and understanding of the unique lives of our residents. Together, we work with you, your family, and your physicians to determine what aspects of your life you want or need additional assistance with. Our trained healthcare professionals use their expertise to serve you in ways that encourage independence and dignity.

Memory Care

As a Memory Care community, we not only take care of each resident’s needs; we provide important resources to treat memory loss. Only Cedarhurst cares for the memory of each resident with inclusive, custom-tailored programming. A physician and nurse practitioner see our residents every week and our staff is specially trained by a Certified Dementia Practitioner. With exceptional staff, amenities, comfort and care, you can rest assured that Cedarhurst of Beaumont will provide all life’s necessities, and more. If you have questions, we’re always here to help.

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Neva Hand-Knotted Rug POTTERY BARN

Color BACK TO NATURE

Jonathan Charles Buffet MY FAVORITE THINGS

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Artificial Potted Pilea OPALHOUSE

Behr’s 2020 Color of the Year, Back to Nature (S340-4), is a revitalizing hue that brings the outdoors in. Used in any room that has abundant natural light or stunning views of nature, this yellowy green will pick up on Mother Earth’s beauty. Its warmth brings an energizing, rejeuvenating quality. As this photo illustrates, Back to Nature works beautifully in rooms where you can step right out into the great outdoors, such as entryways. This green also hearkens to herbs and leafy greenery, which makes it perfect for dining rooms and kitchen. This botanical paint easily pairs with other natural elements. Wood, leather, wool and stone will all fit perfectly. And of course, all your plant babies will all shine against this green! Behr’s Secret Meadow (S360-6) is a deeper version that works to add dimension: try it inside built-ins to create visual depth. A white trim would fight with Back to Nature’s bright quality. Instead, set it off with Graphic Charcoal (N500-6), a soft, refined neutral.

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PANDEMIC Pet Care story by jean gibowski, cvpm brighton animal clinic

The world has changed very quickly and like all other businesses, veterinary medicine has had to adapt to this new reality. You have probably noticed changes your vet has put into place such as curb side service and telemedicine. As clinics become more short staffed and and more stay at home rules are applied, the question will arise...when does my pet NEED to go to the vet? Besides very sick or injured pets, which will always require immediate care, other times to seek emergency care will include ingestion of foreign objects or medicine, frequent urination or straining to urinate, persistent coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, limping, and severe scratching.

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If you pet ingests any of your medicines or larger quantities of his medicines than he is supposed to have, your ďŹ rst call should be to the Pet Poison Hotline. They will tell you what immediate actions should be taken and what care should be provided by your vet longer term. Some medicines, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen, can be very dangerous for pets, never give them to your pet for pain. If your dog or cat ingests things like string, socks, hair ties (a favorite for cats!) or whole toys, you should seek immediate veterinary care. Pets who are normally housetrained or litter box trained but suddenly start having accidents may be trying to tell you that they have a urinary tract infection. Male cats especially must be seen for this very quickly. Even a tiny stone can cause a complete blockage which can become fatal if not treated quickly. Although many vaccines can wait right now, puppy and kitten vaccine series and rabies vaccines cannot. We are outside with our dogs more often these days and chance encounters of puppies and an unvaccinated pet can lead to parvo or distemper, both very dangerous and expensive conditions to treat. By law all pets must have a current rabies vaccine and since rabies is a zoonotic disease it is especially important to be sure shots are kept up to date. Your veterinarians and their staff are working hard to keep your pets healthy and to be there for both you and your pet during this time.

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Dine On! T O P P I C K S F O R LO C A L DELIVERY & CARRYOUT

#beerswithbeshear BREWERIES Blue Stallion Brewing Company C bluestallionbrewing.com • (859) 785-1625

Country Boy Brewing C

Carson's Food & Drink C

countryboybrewing.com • (859) 554-6200

carsonsfoodanddrink.com • (859) 309-3039

Ethereal Brewing C D

Drake's C D bluegrasshospitality.com • Hamburg, Lansdowne & Nicholasville

El Rancho Tapatio C

etherealbrew.com • (859) 309-1254

Fusion Brewing C fusion-brewing.com • (859) 554-8037

elranchotapatio.com • (859) 373-9091

Mirror Twin Brewing Company C D

Harry's C D

mirrortwinbrewing.com • (859) 447-8146

bluegrasshospitality.com • Hamburg & Palomar

Pivot Brewing Company C

J. Renders Southern Table & Bar C D

pivotbrewingcompany.com • (859) 285-6778

jrendersbbq.com • (859) 533-9777

Rock House Brewing C

Locals' C

rockhousebrewing.com • (859) 368-7064

localslex.com • (859) 523-3249

Wise Bird Cider C D

Malone's C D bluegrasshospitality.com • Hamburg, Lansdowne & Palomar

wisebirdcider.com • (859) 309-1863

Marriott Lexington City Center C lexingtonmarriottcitycenter.com • (859) 253-1000

OBC Kitchen D bluegrasshospitality.com • Lansdowne For a full up-to-date listing of restaurants, recipes and so much more visit topsinlex.com!

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A smorgasbord of local options #WASHUPFORDINNER A Cup of Commonwealth C D acupofcommonwealth.com • (859) 255-0270

Blue Heron Steakhouse C blueheronsteakhouse.com • (859) 254-2491

A.P. Suggins C suggins.com • (859) 268-0709 Apollo Pizza C D apollopizzamenu.com • (859) 523-2992 Archa Nine Thai Kitchen C D archaninethai.com • (859) 309-2726 Arirang Garden Korean C D arirangky.com • (859) 269-8273

Bourbon and Toulouse C D ilovecajun.com • (859) 335-0300

Athenian Grill C atheniangrill.com • (859) 368-9725 Azur Restaurant and Patio D azurrestaurant.com • (859) 296-1007 Backroads Bakery C backroadsbakerylex.com • (502) 694-2210 Bad Wolf Burgers C D T bad-wolf-burgers.business.site • (859) 286-9889

Broomwagon Coffee and Bikes C broomwagonbikes.com • (859) 554-6938 Buddha Lounge C D buddhaloungeky.com • (859) 523-4723 Carmanda's Bake Shoppe C D caramandas.com • (859) 278-7172

Balance Bleu Meal Prep D balancebleu.com • (859) 455-6210 Bear and the Butcher C D bearandthebutcher.com • (859) 469-9188 Bella Forno D bellaforno.net • (859) 523-3222 Bella Notte D bellalexington.com • (859) 245-1789

Charlie Brown's (859) 269-5701

Blue Door Smokehouse C D bluedoorsmokehouse.com • (859) 252-4227

Columbia Steak Express C D columbiassteakhouse.com • (859) 313-5300

Brick Oven Pizza C D brickovenpizzeria.biz • (859) 223-2300 Bridge Eatery and Bar C thebridgeeatery.com • (859) 554-5656 Bronte Bistro C josephbeth.com/bronte • (859) 422-1429

Cellar Bar and Grill C D cellargrille.com • (859) 317-8301

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Charlie's Seafood C D (859) 255-6005 Chef Doug's Gourmet Foods C D chefdougsgourmetfoods.com • (859) 585-1464 Coffee Times Coffee House C coffeetimescoffee.com • (859) 277-9140

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Columbia Steakhouse C columbiassteakhouse.com Limestone • (859) 253-3135 Richmond Road • (859) 268-1666 County Club C countyclubrestaurant.com • (859) 367-0263 Crank and Boom C D crankandboom.com • (859) 288-2176 DeRae and Friends Catering C D daraeandfriends.com • (859) 272-8003 Distilled D distilledatgratzparkinn.com • (859) 255-0002 Donut Days C T donutdaysbakery.com • (859) 277-9414 Doodles Breakfast and Lunch C doodleslex.com • (859) 317-8507 Dupree Catering C D dupreecatering.com • (859) 231-0464 DV8 Kitchen C dv8kitchen.com • (859) 955-0388 El Charro C D elcharrolex.com • (859) 219-0200 El Lounge Ice Cream and Snacks C (859) 963-6349 East End Tap and Table C eastendtapandtable.com • (859) 785-2511 Girls Girls Girls Burritos C D girlsgirlsgirlsburritos.com • (859) 285-6853

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Want more? Guiseppe's Ristorante Italiano C D giuseppeslexington.com • (859) 272-4269

Miyako Steak and Sushi House C O miyakogrill.com • (859) 268-0708

Gluten Free Miracles C glutenfreemiracles.com • (859) 278-8888

Mondelli's Bakeshop C bakerylexington.com • (859) 245-5377

Good Food Co-op Cafe C goodfoods.coop • (859) 278-1813

The Mouse Trap Deli C mousetrapky.com • (859) 269-2958

Goodfella's Pizzeria C goodfellaspizzeria.com Downtown • (859) 281-1101 Distillery District • (859) 523-5280

Nate's Coffee C natescoffee.com • (859) 469-8004

Grey Goose C greygooserestaurants.com • (859) 233-1500 Gumbo Ya Ya C gumboyayaky.com • (859) 252-9292 High on Art and Coffee C D highonartandcoffee.com (859) 396-4366 or (859) 576-3981 Jasmine Rice Thai C D (859) 246-0200 Joe Bologna's C joebolognas.com • (859) 252-4933 Josie's C D josiesky.com • (859) 523-8328 KSR Bar and Grille C (859) 554-6081 The Ketch C D ketchseafoodgrill.com • (859) 277-5919 Le Petite Delicate C lapetitedelicat.com • (859) 266-0041 Le Deuville French Bistro C D ledeauvillebistro.com • (859) 246.0999 Lexington Diner C lexingtondiner.com • (859) 303-5573 Luke's Coffee C (859) 260-2005 Lussi Brown Coffee Bar C lussibrowncoffee.com • (859) 469-8440 Magee's Bakery C D mageesbakery.com • (859) 255-9481 Manchester Coffee Co. C manchestercoffeeco.com • (859) 317-9092 Merrick Inn C themerrickinn.com • (859) 269-5417 Minglewood C minglewoodlex.com • (859) 523-1236 Minton's at 760 C D mintonsat760.com • (859) 948-1874

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North Lime Coffee and Donuts C northlime.net North Limestone • 859.414.6654 Clays Mill • 859.303.6114 Oscar Diggs C D odiggs.com • (859) 523-8305 Old School Coffee C oldschoolcoffeelex.com • (859) 309-1968 Papi's Mexican C papislex.com • (859) 368-9369 Parkette Drive-Inn C D theparkette.com • (859) 254-8723 Pasta Garage C D pastagarage.com • (859) 309-9840

Saul Good C saulgoodpub.com Downtown • (859) 252-4663 Mall • (859) 273-4663 Sav's Grill and West African Cuisine C D savslex.weebly.com • (859) 785-1635 School Sushi C schoolsushilex.com • (859) 368-0660 Shamrock Bar and Grille C D shamrocksky.com Hartland • (859) 245-9504 Patchen • (859) 269-7621 Sidebar Grill C D (859) 225-8883 Smithtown Seafood C D smithtownseafood.com • (859) 303-4100 Sorella Gelateria C D (859) 797-0085 The Southern Deli and Tavern C D thesoutherndeliandtavern.com • (859) 368-8807 Southland Bagel C D O southlandbagel.com • (859) 309-2286

Pasture at Marksbury Farm C marksburyfarm.com • (859) 754-4224

Spotz Gelato C O spotzgelato.com • (502) 682-3750

Pearl's C D pearlspizzapie.com • (859) 309-0321 Pho Saigon Kentucky D phosaigonky.com • (859) 244-8989

Sunrise Bakery C sunrisebakeryky.com • (859) 255-0304

Pietana C O pietana.com • (859) 687-0333 The Press Juice Bar C thepressjuicebar.com • (859) 317-8915 Puccini's Smiling Teeth C D puccinissmilingteeth.com Chevy Chase Place • (859) 269-0404 Brighton Place • (859) 264-0505 Boston Road • (859) 223-1588 Ramsey's Diner C ramseysdiners.com Zandale • (859) 259-2708 Andover • (859) 264-9396 Ranada's Bar and Bistro C D ranadas.com • (859) 523-4141 Rolling Oven C D rollingoven.com • (859) 447-8146 Sage Rabbit C thesagerabbit.com • (859) 523-2095

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Stella's Kentucky Deli C stellaskentuckydeli.com • (859) 255-3354

Sushi Blue C D (859) 523-6862 Sutton's C D suttonsrestaurant.com • (859) 268-2068 Tackhouse Pub C tackhousepub.com • (859) 224-0099 Third St Stuff and Coffee C thirdststuff.com • (859) 255-5301 Thrive Kombucha C nourishyouradventure.com Tulip Bistro and Bar C thetulipbistroandbar.com • (859) 367-6687 Wild Thyme Catering C wildthymecooking.com • (859) 523-2665 Wine + Market C D wineandmarket.com • (859) 225-0755 Zims Cafe C D zimscafe.com • (859) 785-3690.


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Slow Cooker Brown Sugar

SPIRAL HAM Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 4-6 hours

Ingredients: 1 (8-pound) spiral ham 1 cup brown sugar ¼ cup apple cider vinegar 2 teaspoons ground mustard 1 teaspoon ground cloves

Preparation: Spray the bottom and sides of a slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Unwrap the ham and discard the glaze packet. Place the ham cut-side down in the slow cooker. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, ground mustard, and ground cloves. Pour this sauce over the ham. Cover with the slow cooker lid, and cook on low for 4-6 hours, basting with the sauce occasionally as it cooks. When done, allow the ham to rest for 15 minutes before slicing. Nutrition Facts: Yield: 16 servings | Serving Size: 3 ounces Calories 340 | Fat 13g | Carbohydrates 15g | Cholesterol 130mg Sodium 99mg | Fiber 0g | Sugar 15g | Protein 42g

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MARCH PREVIEW PARTY The Woodhouse Day Spa | March 5 topsinlex.com Photos by Woody Phillips CINDY CHILDERS, CARLY KERN AND CHERYL ROSE

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JAYME BURCH, ANN-ALAN CALLAHAN AND JESSICA CULL

ALICIA HUFF, JAYME JACKSON, MEREDITH TURK, SUZANNE & CHRIS POWELL.

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ADDYS 2020 The Lyric Theatre | February 28 aaflexington.com Photos by Woody Phillips

ALLIE OWEN, STANYA & KEN KRAGEL

DANIELLE & CALEB CLEMENTS

SHERRI MULLEN AND JOANNE UNDERWOOD

KATHY MARTINOLICH, RANDY STEWARD AND NICOLE BERRY

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ANNUAL GALA Lexington Country Club | February 28 missionlexington.org Photos by Ron Morrow

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DAWN STRATTON

LISA WEST AND CAROL WOOD

JOE & ANGIE HEBERT

DOUG NEUMAN

PAM JENKINS-MCGEE AND MARGARET BABB

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FRANKEL COCKTAILS & CASINO NIGHT The Carrick House | March 6 lhscky.org Photos by Ron Morrow COLBY & SAMANTHA ERNEST

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ASHLEY & KENT SMITH

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FRANKEL COCKTAILS & CASINO NIGHT The Carrick House | March 6 lhscky.org Photos by Ron Morrow TIFFANY & BEN PICKETT

KEITH FRYMAN, KEVIN DAVIS, JAMIE FRYMAN AND AFSI DAVIS

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JORDAN DONOVAN AND SARAH JEFFERSON

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AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

HEART BALL Lexington Center - Bluegrass Ballroom | March 7 heart.org Photos by Woody Phillips and Keni Parks

LINCOLN BROWN

GWYN & REN EVERLY

JOHN & TRICIA COLLIER

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HALLE & BRUCE TASSIN

PAT & JIM HOST

MADDEN FRANCES, ANDREW WHITE, BEN PHILPOT, SARAH GRACE, MICHELE, GREG AND MADELINE WHITE, TREVOR HILL

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HEART BALL Lexington Center - Bluegrass Ballroom | March 7 heart.org Photos by Woody Phillips and Keni Parks

SUE WYLIE, JOHN Y. BROWN, JR. AND ISABEL YATES

GERY & LISA TOMASSONI

KEITH YARBER AND ANN BAKHAUS

MARK AND DEIRDRE LYONS

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MELISSA & DANNY MURPHY

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KARLA BALCIRAK AND BAMBI TODD

P.G. & WILMA PEEPLES

MAREK GREER AND TOM MCLARNEY

ANDY & CAROL BARR

FORREST & DESTIN SMITH

PATRICK MCGLADE AND AMANDA HARMS

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AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

HEART BALL Lexington Center - Bluegrass Ballroom | March 7 heart.org Photos by Woody Phillips and Keni Parks

BARNEY & RENEE MILLER, SARAH & HAL SKINNER

JOHN Y. AND REBECCA BROWN III

MARK NEWMAN JORDAN & MEREDITH ENGLISH

TOM & ELIZABETH DUPREE, FRED & JAYME JACKSON

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FUND FOR THE ARTS CAMPAIGN KICKOFF The Kentucky Theatre | March 10 lexarts.org Photos by Paul Atkinson

DIANA KOONCE AND DI BOYER

JEZREEL HOUTZ

LAURIE PRESTON AND LORI HALLIGAN

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JANE PHILLIPS AND CAMDEN SKIDMORE

KEVIN GOUGH AND GREG PADGETT

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