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CONTENTS The Season of Giving: How to Give

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The Season of Giving: Creating Meaningful Memories

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Who’s Who: Jim Gray

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New & Noteworthy

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Art in the Bluegrass: Walker Montgomery

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Fashion: The Holiday Mix

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Outfit of the Month: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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Getting Gor-Jess: Lady Gaga

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Nutrition News: Making Smart Choices During the Holidays

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Wow Wedding: Anna Gayle + Richard

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Weddings Unveiled: Winter Wedding Palettes 2018 Gift Guide

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CONTENTS AT HOME

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Tour of Homes: The Art of Decking the Halls

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Holiday Décor: Designer Tips

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Color Catalog: Colorhouse’s Metal .05

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Super Mom: Jennifer Miller

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Pets: The Reason for the Season

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Dining: J. Gumbo’s

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Top 5 Dining: Cheers

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popculture: Low-Carb Pork “Fried Rice”

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BBN: Tim Couch Talks Ball

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BBN: Celeb Rising

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Out & About

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TOPS November Preview Party

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A Signal Affair

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A Most Southern Sunday Brunch

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Jubilee Jobs Luncheon

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Go Red for Women

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All-In to End Cancer

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Night of Hope

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March of Dimes: Signature Chef Auction

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Evening with the Stars

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Top Shots

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Olive You Open House

OUT and ABOUT John, Marsha, Jay and Leighton Bordas at the Kentucky Golf Hall Of Fame

Yudofsky Sip & Shop

Women Veterans Appreciation Dinner

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Dermatology Consultants/Skin Secrets Open House


The Bluegrass Indo-American Civic Society India Day Celebration

2018 Art Trail

Kara Moninger and Camille Walker at the Maker’s Mark Holiday Green on Red Waxing Event at Liquor Barn

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New & Noteworthy

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The Season of Giving: Creating Meaningful Memories

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Art in the Bluegrass: Walker Montgomery

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Who’s Who: Jim Gray


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How to

GIVE this holiday season

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is the season of giving. It’s a wonderful time to open your heart and help support local community organizations. While financial contributions are always welcome, many have direct and urgent need for food, supplies and other goods. We asked our friends at the Blue Grass Community Foundation to reach out to local non-profits to find out how you can help their missions succeed this year.

Achieving Recovery Together

Allegro Dance Project

Mission: Addresses the drug epidemic by dramatically increasing

Mission: Shares the art of dance through a contemporary dance company and through an outreach program, serving children with special needs.

the number of individuals and families in recovery. Drop off: Wednesdays at noon at 30 Taylor Avenue in Winchester Contact: Amber Fields Desired items: Hygiene items: soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste for homeless in Winchester

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Drop off: Allegro Dance Project, 315 Sierra Drive in Lexington; pickups can be scheduled, as needed Contact: Jeana Kleven, allegrodanceproject@gmail.com Desired items: New items, gift baskets, gift cards for silent auctions. Gently used items for May 2018 Yard Sale Fundraiser


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BIA Cares

Chrysalis House

Mission: Builds a better future through active participation in community service projects that support and promote the physical, emotional, and social well-being of Kentucky families.

Mission: Residential, licensed, quality, expert treatment for women with substance use disorders.

Drop off: 3146 Custer Drive, Lexington November 1 - December 12

Drop off: Chrysalis House Community Center, 1589 Hill Rise Drive in Lexington, Monday - Friday, 9am-4pm

Contact: Brenda Vance, 859.273.5117 ext. 27

Contact: Sherry Jackson, 859.977.2504

Desired items: New, unwrapped toys for ages infant to 17 for families and children of deployed and non-deployed military personnel in need, statewide, in partnership with the Kentucky National Guard.

Desired items: New twin bed sheets, bed pillows, clothes, towels, deodorant, shampoo, bus passes, newborn diapers, baby wipes, high chairs, bassinettes, baby monitors, car seats, bottles, dishes, pots and pans. For kids: toys, books, clothing. For women: journals, stationary, socks, makeup, jewelry, body wash

Camp Horsin’ Around Mission: Outdoor camp adventure for children whose health is compromised or who have special needs. Drop off: 1159 Claunch Road in Perryville: in Danville, Harrodsburg and Lexington by appointment by calling 859.332.0001 Contact: Julie McAllister, horsinaround1159@gmail.com Desired items: Gym class parachutes, mulch, trees, grass seed, dolly, hand truck, utility trailer, archery supplies and loans of bobcat, ditcher or backhoe

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning Mission: Fills gaps in the educational opportunities available to Kentucky’s diverse families. Offers low-cost/free programs and scholarships to all in need. Drop off: Carnegie Center front desk at 251 E. Second in Lexington Contact: Jennifer Mattox, jmattox@carnegiecenterlex.org Desired items: Brand new backpacks and school supplies for Back to School Bash giveaways and for Carnegie Clubs, outreach in tutoring sites in Title I schools. Gifts (i.e., school supplies) for students at outreach tutoring sites

Friends Book Cellar Mission: Located in the lower level of the Central Library on Main Street, the Book Cellar sells used books, DVDs, audiobooks and magazines. Drop off: 140 East Main in Lexington Contact: JoJo Yuen, jyuen@friendsbookcellar.org Desired items: Used books, DVDs, audiobooks and magazines

God’s Pantry Food Bank Mission: Food pantry serving 2000 clients per month from 4 pantries. Drop off: 1685 Jaggie Fox Way in Lexington, 8am-4:30pm Monday Friday or the blue barrels located in all Lexington Kroger stores Contact: Misty Simms, msimms@godspantry.org Desired items: Undented canned fruits and vegetables, pasta and pasta sauce, peanut butter, breakfast items, and soup

Hope Center Mission: Cares for homeless and at-risk persons by providing liferebuilding services. Drop off: Privett Men’s Recovery Center, 250 W. Loudon Avenue in Lexington. Call for pickup of larger items

“A 2010 Harvard Business School survey of happiness in 136 countries found that people who are altruistic were happiest overall.” - Random Acts of Kindness

Contact: Carey Cairo, ccairo@hopectr.org Desired items: For homeless and recovery clients, all new: long underwear, gloves, hats, socks, sweatshirts, backpacks, bus passes, coats, toys

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Lady Veterans Connect

Lexington Rescue Mission

Mission: Honors lady veterans by providing hope, homes, and healing.

Mission: Interdenominational nonprofit providing services for the critical needs for homeless, hungry and others in need.

Drop off: Call 859.806.4297 for pickup information.

Drop off: 444 Glen Arvin Avenue in Lexington, Monday - Friday from 9am-5pm or Saturdays 9:30am-1:30pm

Contact: Phyllis Abbott Desired items: New children’s clothing, baby items, toys, food for ages 6 months to 12 years, for children of women veterans.

Lexington Chamber Chorale Mission: Enhances the arts in Lexington and the Bluegrass Region through choral repertoire presented by professional singers to a diverse audience. Drop off: LexArts building, 161 N Mill Street in Lexington, or pickup available if needed. Contact: Carolyn Keehan, cjmckeehan1@gmail.com Desired items: Legal size file cabinet and a scanner (gently used okay)

Lexington Humane Society Mission: Largest pet adoption agency in Central Kentucky. Provides education on responsible pet care and the compassionate treatment of all animals. Drop off: Administration Building, Monday - Friday 10am-6pm Contact: ahammond@lexingtonhumanesociety.org Desired items: new and used sheets, towels, bedding, toys, opened bags of food and treats.

Lexington Public Library Mission: Tiny Libraries are miniature community centers for sharing books on a “take a book, leave a book” model, to ensure that everyone has access to quality books and materials. Drop off: Any public library or Tiny Library location Contact: Anne Gay Donworth, adonworth@lexpublib.org Desired items: New or used books in good condition for 30 Tiny Libraries around Lexington

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Contact: Laura Carr, laura@lexingtonrescue.org Desired items: Hats, gloves, and scarves, socks, underwear, sleeping bags, backpacks, hygiene items, canned food

Natalie’s Sisters Mission: Extends hope, support and God’s unconditional love to sexually exploited women through a first-touch approach providing respite, relationship and referrals to community resources. Drop off: 667 North Limestone in Lexington, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 9:30am-10am Contact: Laura Carr, laura@lexingtonrescue.org Desired items: leggings (used ok, all sizes), tennis shoes (used ok, all sizes), individually bottled juice/water

New Life Homeless Day Center Mission: Day Center where homeless find shelter from the weather, get referrals for needed services, find support for making appointments and get transportation to/from those appointments.   Drop off: 224 North Martin Luther King Boulevard in Lexington, 9am-3pm Contact: Martha Polston, mspolston@aol.com Desired items: coffee, coffee cups, creamer, and sugar, personal (hotel size) bottles of shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, disposable razors, shaving cream, dental floss, tampons, small combs or brushes


Did You

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indness is hearthealthy! The warm, fuzzy emotions that you feel when you do something good help release oxytocin in the brain and throughout your body. Oxytocin causes the release of nitric oxide in your blood vessels, which dilates and expands them. This causes a lowering of your blood pressure. Because of this effect, oxytocin is considered a heart-protective hormone. “Giving help to others protects overall health twice as much as aspirin protects against heart disease,” explained Christine Carter, Author of Raising Happiness; In Pursuit of Joyful Kids and Happier Parents. While you can’t break up with your doctor just because you’ve started giving to community organizations, it’s safe to say that being kind is a great way to boost your overall wellbeing... all while helping others in need!

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Simon House, Frankfort Mission: Serves homeless adult women who are pregnant or have children and other low income community families at risk of homelessness. Contact: Ann Crowe, annhcrowe@gmail.com Desired items: Household items: dish and laundry detergent; trash bags, cleaning products, baby diapers and wipes, baby formula; shampoo and conditioner; bath and hand soap; deodorant; toothbrushes. Adopt a family to provide Christmas gifts for.

Sisters Road to Freedom Mission: Provides youth programs, food and clothing banks, domestic violence education, emergency financial assistance. Drop off: 2350 Woodhill Drive, Suite 72 in Lexington, Wednesdays 1:30pm-2:30pm or Saturdays 10am-12pm Contact: Therese, 859.536.7677 Desired items: New or gently used clothes, coats, boots, hats and scarves for kids and teenagers for weekly food and clothing bank. Laptop or iPad and assistance with cost of internet.

The Foster Care Council of LexKY Mission: Enriches the lives of children who are removed from their homes due to abandonment, serious neglect or abuse by providing them with the funds, support and opportunities that the state’s foster care system cannot provide. Drop off: Facebook message The Foster Care Council of LexKy or call Cassie Slone at 239.248.7699 to set up an appointment to drop off donations. Contact: Cassie Slone, cassie@thefostercarecouncil.com Desired items: Gently used clothing for Studio Thrifty, a boutique exclusively for foster kids aged one day to 18 years. Needs clothes, shoes, toys and books. Winter clothing, coats, new socks and new underwear for boys and girls in all sizes.

The Lexington Academy of Barbering Community Foundation Mission: Responds to the critical needs of former felons who are transitioning back into mainstream society and pursuing the barbering profession.

GIVE

Drop off: 1132 Winchester Road, Suite 174 in Lexington Contact: Mary Jefferson, mejefferson09@yahoo.com Desired items: Gas cards, coats, thermal underwear, scarves, socks, gloves, laptop and desktop computers, file cabinets, printer, copier and office supplies •

more this season:

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indness is actually contagious: studies show that the positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the good deed. The boost in their mood actually makes them more likely to give, as well! A great way to multiply the effect of your gift is to make it a group activity. Invite your holiday guests to bring donation items. Be sure to let everyone know just how much of an impact they had, and send pictures when you drop off the goods to the organization you’re supporting: it’s very likely that your Snapchat will spark a chain reaction of love!

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The holidays are a magical, joyous time. They can also be a source of stress, especially for parents who feel pressure to create meaningful memories for their children. One way to maximize the magic: help kids experience the joy of giving with these easy, heartfelt ways to give back.

Giving Cards In addition to toys and games, consider giving your kids a Giving Card or two. These fun, colorful cards are much like retail gift cards, with one exception: the person receiving the Giving Card gets to pass it on to any charity in the United States, including schools and places of worship. Giving Cards are a wonderful way to introduce kids to the idea of giving back. They’re also a great way to begin the conversation about the causes that speak to your child. Giving Cards are available in various denominations and dozens of styles at Blue Grass Community Foundation’s website at bgcfgivingcards.org.

Volunteer as a family Make it a holiday tradition to research a charity you’d like to volunteer for in the coming year, then keep your commitment. Shelters often have plenty of volunteers to serve meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but could really use help when the holidays are over. Check with the charity’s volunteer coordinator first to make sure your child is old enough.

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A few opportunities: • Lexington Humane Society needs help with dog grooming and tending to animals during adoption events. For more information, call Ashley Hammond at 859.233.0044, ext. 231. • Hope Center provides emergency shelter and other services for the homeless. They need meal servers at the shelter and sandwichmakers for the HopeMobile. Kids must be 12 or older. For more information, call Carey Cairo at 859.225.4673. • Girls on the Run Central Kentucky needs volunteers for its spring 5K in April at the Kentucky Horse Park. Help is needed at water tables and cheer stations, to face paint and to host a craft table. For more information, contact Heidi Guckenberger at 513.549.2560.

GoodGiving.net To find more volunteer opportunities that align perfectly with your family’s interests, or to research local charities to give those Giving Cards to, go online with the kids and check out GoodGiving. net, a free resource brought to you by Blue Grass Community Foundation. You’ll find attractive, user-friendly profiles of over 400 Central Kentucky nonprofits that you can search by mission, location or name. Blue Grass Community Foundation creates more generous, vibrant and engaged communities, growing charitable giving throughout the Bluegrass and Appalachia Kentucky. To learn how the Community Foundation can be your philanthropic partner, contact Lisa Adkins, President/CEO at 859.225.3343. •


Community

who’s who:

Mayor Jim Gray WHEN JIM GRAY WAS ELECTED MAYOR EIGHT YEARS AGO, HE WAS FOCUSED ON JOB CREATION, AN EFFICIENTLY RUN CITY GOVERNMENT AND BUILDING A GREAT AMERICAN CITY. AS HE PREPARES TO LEAVE OFFICE IN JANUARY, GRAY IS PROUD OF HIS LEGACY LEADING THE CITY. story by Michelle Rauch | photo courtesy of LFUCG

“I’ve always believed that if people wake up in the morning feeling better about their city, then they’ll feel better about themselves, and if that’s the case then we will have done our jobs as public servants. I feel good about that,” Gray said.

for the coming year. Not only was he able to turn that around, under Gray’s leadership the city saved money. The Rainy-Day fund has more than 31-million in it, nearly double what it was when Gray took office.

His first day in office he faced financial hardships. The city 9-million dollars in the red with a 27-million-dollar projected shortfall

“We controlled spending and created surpluses in each of the last seven years. That’s a big deal and I’m proud of it. You’ve got to have

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The success did not come without challenges. Lexington manages the only independent pension system in the state, one for police and one for firefighters. It was critically underfunded. It took teamwork to save the pensions. “Working together, we found a compromise that secured their pensions and saved millions for our city. It has been described as the most effective pension reform in the country,” Gray said. With the city’s financial house in order, the mayor has been able to turn his attention to many quality of life investments. Among them, Town Branch Commons which is a winding park and trail system that follows the path of the city’s first water system. The project is still in the construction phase, but when it is finished it will include scenic bike and walking paths through downtown. Town Branch Commons will link the heart of the city to the picture perfect rural landscape of the bluegrass with 22 miles of uninterrupted trails. The restoration of the Historic Courthouse was completed just last month. Built in 1899, it has been architectural and cultural landmark in the heart of the city. The 32-million dollar project was made possible through public and private sector partnerships and tax credits. It stands as a testament to what adaptive reuse can look like. The mixed-use office and event space is also home to a highly interactive visitor’s center. An expanded convention center and reinvented Rupp Arena also top the list of Gray’s greatest successes. “These projects will create jobs, animate our downtown, and add to the Renaissance spirit of our city,” Gray said. It’s that spirit that Gray believes allows the people who live here to feel good about their Kentucky home and themselves. “Our city employees work hard providing the services citizens need. We’re on sound financial footing. Our economy has grown. More people are working than at any time in history. We are a diverse, welcoming community,” he said. Under Gray’s leadership, Lexington has been recognized as the 4th best run city in America. Affordable housing has increased. $12.2 million dollars has been invested to leverage $112 million worth of private development funds. More than 1,400 affordable housing units have been created or preserved. It’s a foundation Gray would like to see built upon as the city moves forward. “Growth is good for our city, but as we grow, we should make smart decisions and continue to protect the working farms and countryside that surround our city. That’s our signature brand,” Gray said.

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Safety is also signature of the city. Lexington is known as a safe place to live and raise a family. As the nation faces challenging times, Gray believes the people who live and work here have set an example. There have been increased investments in public safety with attention on prevention. Neighborhoods, churches, the city and citizens are working together through One Lexington. Created in the summer of 2017, the group has mobilized to address neighborhoods where violent crime is more prevalent. Part of the outreach targets children. The Youth Engagement Summit pairs the city’s youngest residents with mentors to keep them inspired and engaged. The networking of One Lexington is helping to ensure the city remains ranked as one of the safest cities in the country. Fairness and inclusion have also been hallmarks of Gray’s time in office. Rainbow crosswalks were painted at Short and N. Limestone. “This may seem just symbolic to some, but symbolic acts are far more important than we sometimes think,” he said. In October of 2017 the two confederate statues that have been in front of the old courthouse for more than 130 years were removed and relocated. Lexington made national headlines along with other cities faced with a public outcry over public memorials to confederate soldiers in the wake of the deadly conflict in Charlottesville. VA two months earlier between white nationalists and counter-protesters. “We’ve made some tough decisions, but we’ve done them Lexington style with civility and respect for all viewpoints. By relocating Confederate statues for example, Lexington showed the nation how to move from a controversy to a solution,” he said. “I say proudly that these symbolic acts were all about creating a city where everyone feels welcomed and encouraged.” As Gray prepares to leave office he has one piece of advice to the incoming mayor and newly elected council members. “Think big. Start small. Move swiftly,” he said. Gray is returning to his business background armed with a new perspective. “Just like public service, business has always fascinated me. Service and problem solving fascinate me. I took lessons from business into government and I’ll be taking lessons from government back into business,” he said. It’s a future that he will continue to focus on what matters: people. “Our ability to learn and solve problems, to adjust and adapt is part of what makes life rewarding, always remembering that the more we give the more we get,” he said. •

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your financial house in order to get big things done. I learned that in business. It’s true in government too,” Gray said.


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OUR CITY EMPLOYEES WORK HARD PROVIDING THE SERVICES CITIZENS NEED. WE’RE ON SOUND FINANCIAL FOOTING. OUR ECONOMY HAS GROWN. MORE PEOPLE ARE WORKING THAN AT ANY TIME IN HISTORY. WE ARE A DIVERSE, WELCOMING COMMUNITY.

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New &NOTEWORTHY RECENTLY MOVED:

by Jordan Holt and Amanda Harper

Lexington Furniture Company is now on Industry Road LEXINGTON FURNITURE COMPANY began in 1960 and has consistently offered Central Kentuckians top-tier quality furniture with meticulous craftsmanship and exceptional customer service. This fall, they moved to 1132 Industry Road in Lexington with the goal to offer customers a more tailored experience from start to finish. Their Industry Road location is focusing on offering a customized furniture experience. From upholstery to outfitting an entire room with furniture, their main goal is giving clients the opportunity to curate their spaces and find exactly what they’re dreaming of. For homeowners who feel overwhelmed by design, have no fear: the Lexington Furniture Company staff can provide insights, recommendations and ideas to help make every space feel perfectly balanced and beautiful. They’re committed to offering the same level of quality and service that Central Kentucky has come to expect over the last 58 years. Lexington Furniture Company is known for carrying some of the most prestige home furnishing brands in the industry, including Bernhardt, Drexel Heritage, Henredon, Canadel, American Drew, Althorp, Hancock & Moore, Harden and more. Their extensive network of suppliers means that they can find the perfect pieces for a variety of home styles and needs. Clients can select pieces from these brands and truly customize their space with luxurious, top-quality furnishings.

AROUND TOWN:

Rainy days are more fun at The Summit! Lexington is the city where locals can experience any or all of the four seasons in a single day. Shoppers can never be quite sure what to expect from Kentucky weather, but if they happen to be at The Summit at Fritz Farm when Mother Nature decides to downpour, Crú Food & Wine Bar will have them covered... quite literally. Between now and December 31 at 11pm, shoppers can borrow umbrellas during their shopping excursions and be rewarded for simply returning them! Whenever it rains, shoppers at The Summit can stop by Crú Food & Wine Bar to grab one of the complimentary Sip & Shop umbrellas to use for the day while they wander through The Summit’s many shops and boutiques. Upon returning the umbrellas in the same day, shoppers will receive a $5 gift card to Crú Food & Wine Bar. Crú Food & Wine Bar can’t wait to welcome shoppers back for a wonderful evening full of wine and Napa style food.

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New &NOTEWORTHY NEW IN TOWN:

The Kentucky Black Bourbon Guild is shining a light on the industry’s multicultural history and future A new organization aims to improve multicultural bourbon tourism in Kentucky while preserving and celebrating the long history of minorities in the bourbon industry. The KENTUCKY BLACK BOURBON GUILD (KBBG) is an inclusive community of consumers and enthusiasts of America’s only native spirit. Their mission is to honor minority involvement throughout bourbon history while embracing its future development through inclusivity, education and community building. Their core values are inclusion, stewardship, history, education, career exploration, networking and community development. The are partnering with distilleries to provide local tastings, tours and select barrel picks for KBBG members. They’re also bringing in speakers and establishing workshops to help their members learn, network and connect across the industry. Their goals for the future include establishing a scholarship fund for minorities entering spirit-related industries, helping to facilitate a brighter tomorrow for a new generation of bourbon enthusiasts and experts. They are also partnering with the Stave and Thief Society to advocate for members of the KBBG to become Certified Bourbon Stewards.

LOCAL NEWS:

Senior Sleigh delivers holiday cheer to local seniors A UK hat, red lipstick, good smelling lotion. These are just a few Christmas wish list items that seniors in the Lexington area have asked Santa for. Six years ago, RECTOR HAYDEN REALTORS introduced SENIOR SLEIGH, a holiday project that delivers requested items to seniors living in homes, lifting spirits with love and generosity of everyone involved in this wonderful cause. This year, 900 seniors across five counties will be participating. Pine Meadows, Cambridge Place, Sayre Christian Village, Lexington Country Place, Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Care, Dover Manor, Manor Hill, Arcadian Cove, Thomson Hood VA and Margaret Hall will all be receiving gifts. To be the person who makes a senior’s Christmas wishes come true, stop by the Hayden Rector Realtors Office in Lexington, Georgetown or Versailles. There is a Christmas tree at each location with requested items written on tags. Simply take a tag, purchase the small gift and wrap it, and return it to the location by December 14th.

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New &NOTEWORTHY: Wreaths Across America Camp Nelson National Cemetery lies south of Nicholasville, and is home to the final resting places of America’s fallen heroes. Every year, Camp Nelson partners with WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA, an organization that aims to place a wreath on each veteran grave in the cemetery. Wreaths Across America’s mission is to remember, honor, and teach on National Wreaths Across America Day. This year, National Wreaths Across America Day is on December 15th. On that day, every veteran cemetery the organization has partnered with will hold a wreath-laying ceremony. Wreaths Across America plans these ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and at more than 1,400 locations across the country, making an impact in all fifty states. This year, Camp Nelson’s goal is to raise enough money to provide 15,000 wreaths. With National Wreaths Across America Day just around the corner, only 3,276 wreaths have been sponsored, leaving a 11,724 wreath-wide gap between hope and the reality. Wreaths Across America and Camp Nelson is reaching out to Lexington businesses and individuals to help increase the current funds for this cause, so this day can be as special as possible. Wreaths Across America commemorates this day not only to

honor fallen heroes, but also their loved ones who endure the holidays without a veteran family member. Donations are a small way of remembering those who fought for our freedom, and paying respects to their families. On December 15th, Camp Nelson will host the wreath placing ceremony at the cemetery, and are in need of volunteers to help set a wreath on each grave. Each veteran buried at Camp Nelson paid the ultimate sacrifice. Now, Camp Nelson needs small sacrifices of the public to keep this patriotic tradition going this year and for years to come. The importance of remembering and honoring America’s bravest hearts cannot be stressed enough as the holidays approach. Making a monetary donation or volunteering time to participate in this event is an act that does not go unappreciated. The more sponsorship and time dedicated to these fallen heroes and their families, the more meaningful this day can be for everyone. Last year, the Lexington area raised enough money to provide over 900 wreaths, a record breaking year for Camp Nelson. Time is of the essence as December 15th nears, and Camp Nelson and Wreaths Across America are excited about the elevated Christmas spirit in Lexington, and look forward to the outcome of local efforts.

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Lafayette Marching Band celebrates their 20th state championship

A Lexington marching band recently took home its 20th state championship title! The Kentucky Music Educators Association Kentucky State Marching Band Championships were held on Kroger Field on October 27th. LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL’S MARCHING BAND won the Class 5A championship, bringing their total of state honors to 20. Their performance, titled “MOASAIC”, brought color and vibrancy to the field. The band and color guard wore uniforms and carried flags with patterns that mimicked stained glass. The competition schedule is demanding for these young musicians. Bands that attend at least two sanctioned contests are allowed to compete in the regional quarterfinal competitions. Sixteen bands from each group advance to the state semifinals the following week. The top four bands from each class compete in the finals, held the same evening, performing once more for the judges. According to the Lafayette Band website, “The marching band and color guard begin their demanding schedule with band camp in July and generally rehearse and perform from August through early November. The bands perform under the direction of Charles M.

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Smith and Mr. Robert ‘Dee’ Bishop.” North Hardin High School came in second place while Madison Central High School brought in third and Paul Laurence Dunbar Band came in fourth. The Class 4A champions were South Laurel High School while Bourbon County High School came out on top in Class 3A. Adair County High School took top honors in Class 2A while Murray High School won in Class 1A. According to a Harris Poll, two-thirds of high school graduates participated in a music program while 90% of post-graduates were former band kids. In fact, 83% of people earning at least $150,000 per year participated in music programs! Why is that? Our brains are wired for music in much the same way they’re wired for language. Studies show that kids who learn music also do well in math, foreign languages, memory, speech and reading comprehension. Marching band and color guard also offer physical health benefits, like athleticism and coordination. Band is an incredible asset to our schools. Bands consistently need funding and support. Consider looking into a local band program and find out how you can help bring music to local students!


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Chicken Salad Chick’s 100th location opens in Brannon Crossing On November 8, CHICKEN SALAD CHICK opened its 100th restaurant in Nicholasville at 254 E Brannon Road. This marks Chicken Salad Chick’s 22nd opening in 2018, and its first location in Kentucky. To carry on the excitement of the grand opening, the following week included daily specials and giveaways such as a free large Chick Cooler, entry into the Free Chicken Salad of the month Club, and a free Chick Coozie and a large drink for the first 50 or 100 customers to arrive on each day. Chicken Salad Chick was founded in 2008 by Stacy Brown, after the local health department prohibited her from selling her dishes from her home. To counter the setback, Stacy teamed up with co-founder and future husband, Kevin Brown, to open the first Chicken Salad Chick. Now 100 restaurants strong, Chicken Salad Chick is owned and operated by Vickie and John Tranter.

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With a voice as powerful as it is smooth and an innate ability to weave words into songs that transcend generations and speak to the masses, it’s no wonder that Walker Montgomery is a star on the rise. There’s no doubt he has some serious shoes to fill, following in the footsteps of his father, John Michael Montgomery, and his uncle, Eddie Montgomery, but the younger Montgomery seems poised to continue his family’s legacy. It was just after he stepped out onto the stage for the first time, receiving a warm and enthusiastic welcome from the crowd at a county fair in his hometown of Nicholasville, Kentucky, that he wrote what would become his first single, “Simple Town.” Almost instantly the tribute to the place he says made him into the man he is today became a local hit, playing in heavy rotation on Central Kentucky radio stations. This fall he used “Simple Town” as the title track of his debut EP, which weaves elements of Montgomery’s many musical influences together to create his signature sound and takes listeners on an emotional journey. “When I put this record together, my main goal was to have relatable songs for the listener,” he said. “When you can pull on someone’s heartstrings a bit, chances are they’ll like the song. ‘Burnin’ 18’ is the epitome of a summer song. Even the fast, up-beat songs

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can get to someone’s heart and remind them of when they were 18 and how they were raised.” Also included on the Simple Town album is his current single “Just Say When,” an emotional and relatable ballad that tells the story of wanting something – or someone - you know is bad for you. Written by Ross Lipsy, Houston Phillips, Taylor Phillips and Matt Roy, the message drew Montgomery in immediately. “The lyrics really hit you right in the heart,” he explained. “It has a message that everyone can relate to, because everyone has been in that situation at one time or another.” Another song, which has quickly become a fan favorite with its nostalgic homespun message is “Just a Truck,” a song Montgomery was inspired to record because he so genuinely related to its theme during his own high school years. “I grew up on a farm and Daddy always had a truck we could run around in, and get hurt in, and do everything in the world in that Momma didn’t know about,” said Montgomery. “So, when I heard that song, it hit me…when you’ve got a truck like that, your whole life is in it. It gets you from Point A to Point B, but it’s more than just that. It’s your life.”


The variety of pace, sound and style throughout Simple Town is quickly becoming signature to Montgomery’s overall sound, thanks in large part to his parents exposing him to many different genres and styles of music during his formative years.

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“I’m blessed because I really like all types of music. When you grow up listening to everything from Big Band, Frank Sinatra and Glenn Miller to old time country, it gives you a different perspective from both a musician’s and vocal standpoint,” said Montgomery, who says he credits Randy Travis, Luke Bryan and his own father as his musical idols. “Every once in a while, when we’re playing live, I’ll throw in a Frank Sinatra cover or something just to change things up.” While Montgomery is most often seen onstage playing the guitar, he also plays not only piano, but the mandolin (joking that “I’m from Kentucky, so you know I’ve got to play some kind of Bluegrass instrument!”). A songwriter for both himself and for others to perform, it’s with the help of those instruments that he often creates the initial melodies for his songs.

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“It’s never really planned on,” says Montgomery of his writing process. “It always seems like I have a guitar or piano close by, so I can jot down a little chorus. I usually get the melody, but that can sometimes change a bit once you put the words to it. Writing is definitely one of my passions.” Fans will likely get the opportunity to hear more of Montgomery’s work. He was recently signed to William Morris Entertainment, the largest booking agent in the world. “The support that Kentucky has brought me is a special thing,” he said. “My home state has pushed me to where I am. It’s amazing and I can’t thank Kentucky enough.” •

Visit walkermontgomery.com to purchase Simple Town.

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Twi s ted b o m b sh el l Ja c k i e j ea n by Park er Sm ith ; Cas h m ere tu r tl en ec k i n c a m el by In C ashm ere; Ja c ket w i th m i n k tr i m by Vila g allo; C a m o r uf f le ear rings

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// Simply Beautiful at House Caref u l stretch b o o t i n bl a c k by S i l e n t D

// Peggy's Dro p h o o p ea r r i n g s i n g o l d by Pan do ra; Stack abl e r i n g s i n g o l d by Pan do ra

// Pandora Fayette Mall L eath er c l u tch i n bl a c k by U rban E x pressions

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Leath er l eg gi n gs i n ch a rc o a l by L y sse ; Ru f f l e s l eeve sweater i n wh i te by C u pcak e s & C ashm e re ; Pa i sl ey sc a r f ; Mar r i a tas s el s h o p p er b a g i n c o g n a c by Abe l ; K asey n eck l ace by B e t sy Pi t t ard D e si g n s

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L eopard tunic in black by H igh Se cre t; Shawl with fur collarin brow n by Tan’s ; Metallic leg ging in brown by Fairbe llas

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Hi gh r i se a n k l e sk i n ny j ea n s i n bl ack by Liv erpool;

Elli faux fur vest by Ellison;

Sl eevel ess tu r tl en ec k i n g r ay by Fi fteen Twenty;

Amber puf f bodysuit in bur nt o range by TCEC;

L eather a g ate c l u tch i n red by K rav a ;

Jeans with ruf f le detail in black by Hayde n ;

Ho o p s i n g o l d by B an x D e si g n s ;

O pen toe bootie in cheetah print by Ve r y Volatile LA;

B abu sh ka sweater c a rd i g a n by M u mu

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Pom pom beanie in red ; F lared jeans by A rticle s of Socie ty; Chunky knit sweater in c ream by D oe & Rae ; Shark tooth pendant nec k lac e; D usty fringe ear rings in blu e

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Sk i n ny j ean s; Stampede i nta r si a sweater i n p l u m ; As h l ey ves t i n m a u ve; Wi l der bo o ti e i n c o g n a c ; Av i at o r s un g l a sses by Fre y rs E ye w e ar

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M i n k s tro l l er j a c k et i n em er a l d g reen; G a b i n f i tted d ress i n tea l; Freefo r m n eck l a c e a n d c u f f b r a c el et i n g o ld

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L ace midi dress in emerald by Two Siste rs; Necklace and ear rings in gold

// Peplum Char m bracelet in gold by Pan dora

// Pandora Fayette Mall Chelsea clutch in gold by Gigi N e w York

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O pen bac k s eq u in dress in blac k by FRNC H ; Beaded d rop ear rings in s ilver;

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Part y dress in silver by Lost + Wander

// Pirie Necklace and hoop ear rings by Pandora

// Pandora Fayette Mall Velvet heels in red

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Naia lace sheath dress by A del yn Rae;

// Morton James at The Summit at Fritz Farm K alani stone necklace in gold; Merida stone bracelet in gold

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E m b el l i sh ed j u m p su i t i n bl a c k by T h eia C outure; Fu r sh aw l i n bl a c k; B ea d ed j ewel r y

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L E FT C h amp agn e b ow to p i n g o l d by Tri n a Tu rk ; E mma s k i n ny j ea n s i n bl a c k; D ro p ear r i n gs i n bl a c k by I n di e G re e n ; C h el s ea cl utch i n g o l d by G i g i N e w York

// Monkee's Gl as gow s n ak e h eel s i n ch a m p a g n e by K aanas

// Olive You R I G HT R amey d res s i n bl a c k by C ro sby ; C i n di e j ack et i n ch eeta h by Ju l i e B ro w n; E ar r i n gs i n bl ac k a n d g o l d by I n di e G reen

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Wide leg pant in of f white; Rebecca coat in ivor y by Ju lie Bro wn ; Turtleneck in f lamingo p ink by In Cashme re ; Fingerless g loves with p om p om s in cheetah print; Embelished ear rings

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Graduated fur jacket by C ar re’ N oir; L eather pocket top in red by High Se cre t; Assorted print leg gings; Heart pendant necklace in silver

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LEF T Nao m i k nit s trip ed jumpsuit in blac k velvet by Ade l yn Rae ; Blanket scarf in blac k by K atie Loxton

// Peggy's K alani nec k lac e in ros e gold by K e n dra Scott

// Olive You Rose g old b rac elet by Pan dora

// Pandora Fayette Mall

RIG H T Grease p onte leg ging in blac k by San ctu ar y Clothin g; Blake metallic blou s e in silver by Bishop + You n g

// Peggy's Ma rble ear rings in p u r p le

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The Malicotes // LO C AT I O N //

The Living Arts & Science Center // ST Y LI N G //

Kristen Oakley and Haley Norris // H A I R + M A KE U P //

Dana Peddicord, Allison Jenks | Blush + Glow // M O DE LS //

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Lifestyle

The Christmas season is here again, and naturally that calls for an all new outfit to celebrate! This month we are getting festive with designs perfect for holiday entertaining. Starting off with pieces from one of our favorite boutiques, J.McLaughlin at The Summit at Fritz Farm. Their classic ‘Bedford’ turtleneck is coveted for its versatility, and just in time for Christmas, it comes in this joyful ‘Merriment’ print. Party skirts are one of the brand’s specialties, and this ‘snowy’ fringed pencil skirt does not disappoint. A grosgrain waistband adds an extra level of playful polish, not to mention added comfort. To keep you warm and cozy, the addition of the ‘Tripp’ Sweater Coat keeps you looking chic even when covered up. The dramatic layer is more sweater than coat, and is made of a unique nylon knit that resembles fur paneling. It’s sleek but still toasty and has a modern stand collar and handy front pockets. Even though we are suckers for wearing black, we don’t want our holiday look to come off as gloomy. That means adding in beautiful, holiday colors; starting off with a shiny splash of gold. Prada’s scalloped sandals not only help elevate the color story of our look, but also brings in a fun and unexpected twist to the feet. For some much needed red and green, the bag and jewelry get a jolt of vibrancy. The Charlotte Olympia gift box clutch comes in a joyful shade of red, in the shape of a gift box decorated with gold ribbon and a bow closure. Whether you like your bracelets loose or close to the wrist, Kendra Scott’s ‘Elaina’ Adjustable Chain in Emerald is a delicate addition to any arm party. Tying things up with one last pop of red, a Christmas manicure is a must. For Tom Ford, every detail counts, so it’s no surprise that his nail lacquer formula delivers high coverage and shine while staying color true throughout wear. Whether you’re handing out gifts at home or visiting relatives out of town, in this look it will feel like “The Most Wonderful Time of The Year” no matter where or how you spend it.

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Lady Gaga's Futuristic Glamour From The L.A. Premiere of 'A Star Is Born"

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BY JORDAN HOLT

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he holiday season means holiday eatin’! It’s always frustrating that the most wonderful time of the year makes living a healthy lifestyle nearly impossible with all the tempting treats and goodies that come with holiday parties, feasts and celebrations. After putting in precious time and dedication to reach physical goals all year long, it’s important to find smart ways to treat your body to a healthy holiday season – rather than just reaching for the seemingly limitless mountain of treats!

Don’t Wait for New Year’s “I’m going to eat healthy starting January 1st – it’s my New Year’s Resolution!” Uh huh. A lot can happen between November and January. Taking two months off can make for a tough hole to climb out of once it’s time to act upon that resolution. Instead, make it a holiday resolution to eat mindfully and to be as healthy as possible. That leaves room for other New Year’s Resolutions to take priority, such as spending more time with family, finally getting around to read that one book or vowing to cook more. The best part? All of these resolutions can then be enjoyed while feeling good, especially knowing holiday temptations were defeated.

Bring Healthy Dishes to Share The holidays can feel like a sixty-day-long feast. Neighborhood parties, family visits, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Kwanzaa, New Year’s… These winter months are like dessert trays at the end of the buffet line: the calories pile up oh-so quickly!

during the Holidays Especially in the South, potluck dishes seem to be a minefield of butter, sugar, heavy cream and starches. When everyone brings such amazing goodies to these parties, it seems impossible to stay away. You can change that. Try bringing a healthy dish to these gatherings, helping to promote the healthy lifestyle. With so much holiday temptation standing in the way of health goals, a big dish of hearty, nutritious food can be a big relief for every guest. Be the one who brings butternut squash soup, a Paleo sweet potato casserole, turkey pita bites or a fresh, green salad. Searching for inspiration? Check out TOPSinLex.com for great, light recipes!

Give “Active” Gifts In the spirit of giving, why not give the gift of health? The holiday season means presents! Instead of spending money on more material items this year, try something different. Have a friend who wants to train towards a 5K or 10K race? Consider buying them a race entry or an item they can use for training, such as a phone holder or a water bottle. Friends who cycle? Perhaps gift them with a package to use at local cycling shop or fitness studio. Think outside the box… literally. Whatever challenges the holiday season may bring, there is a way to conquer them all! The healthy lifestyle will prevail this year when you apply a little determination and a lot of will power to explore creative, fun ways to skirt around temptations. Making smart choices will make you feel like a champion come 2019!

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Richard and Anna Gayle Bidwell first met during the summer of 2010 when they were visiting The University of South Carolina for their Freshman Orientation. “We were both future biomedical engineering majors, so we were making our schedules in the computer lab. I took what I thought was my schedule off of the printer,” said Anna Gayle. “Richard walked up and realized that we had accidentally grabbed the other’s schedules. We were friends throughout college, but it wasn’t until the end of our senior year that we went on our first date.” Anna Gayle grew up in Lexington, Ky., but she and Richard live in South Carolina while Richard finishes medical school. “Although we live in South Carolina, I consider Kentucky home,” said Anna Gayle. “Our hope is to move back to Lexington to raise our family once Richard is done with his medical training.” Anna Gayle knew she wanted to marry in her hometown of Lexington, so she and Richard set up a meeting with Cooper at the Apiary. “The second we walked into the venue, we fell in love with the gardens, the tent and all of the details inside. We also had a food and cocktail tasting in their kitchen, so at that point Richard was sold,” Anna Gayle said. Anna Gayle is a full-time graduate student and Richard is in medical school, so the couple’s time is limited. As Anna Gayle explained, there are also so many details that a bride doesn’t think about, so she recommends using a wedding planner. “Shelly Fortune and her team thought of everything and took so much stress off of me while planning our wedding. Shelly is amazing and I recommend her to every bride that I meet,” Anna Gayle said. The Bidwells married on December 31, 2017. Throughout the wedding day, it was important to Richard and Anna Gayle to include special details that were meaningful to not only the couple, but their family and friends. Richard’s aunt, who he was very close to, passed away just before the wedding. Richard and Anna Gayle lit a candle for her that burned during their wedding ceremony at Saint Peter’s Catholic Church.

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“It was a special way to honor her and it allowed us to feel her presence that day,” said Richard. The couple shared a “first look,” which took place at one of Anna Gayle’s favorite places in her childhood neighborhood. “I have many memories there, so it was very sentimental to have our first look added to that list of special moments and celebrations,” she said. As Richard explained, the couples friends mean the world to them, so they wanted to make sure that they spent time with each of them on their wedding day. “It was really special that I had time with my groomsman and Anna Gayle had time with her bridesmaids early in the day. After our first look, we all came together and shared a bourbon toast with the wedding party,” Richard said. The Bidwells celebrated their wedding day and New Year’s Eve surrounded by family and friends. From the band to the champagne, every detail allowed the Bidwells and their guests to bring in a new year with bang. “Our band was incredible, and our friends and family kept the dance floor in full swing all night long,” Anna Gayle said. “One of our favorite details was the confetti cannon that went off at midnight, and sharing a new year’s kiss as man and wife is a moment we will never forget.”

PHOTO G R APH E R Todd Pellowe Photography C ER EMO NY V ENUE Saint Peter’s Catholic Church R ECEPT I ON VENU E The Apiary PL A N N E R Shelly Fortune Events FLO R I ST Rose & Honey Floral CAT ER I NG The Apiary C A K E Tinker’s Cake Shop B R I DAL GOW N Carolina Herrera BR I DAL PART Y Bella Bridesmaids G RO O M T UX Peter So British Tailors | Hong Kong GRO O MSMEN Geno’s For mal HAI R + MAKEUP PinkLouLou Design Studio STATI ON E RY / C A L L I G R A PHY Donia at the Blu Sash BAND Music Fantasy | Mobile, Alabama

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M O O DY WINTER BLACK 1 | Ash & James Photography 2 | Hazelwood Photography 3 | Jonnie + Garrett 4 | Hazelwood Photography

SNOW WHITE W I T H G R AY 1 | Mekina Saylor Photography 2 | Sugar Ruffles 3 | Audrey Rose Photography 4 | Belathée Photography

RU S T I C H O L I D AY 1 | Sarah Goss Photography 2 | Love Is A Big Deal 3 | Janelle Sutton Photography 4 | Sarah Goss Photography

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F RO S T Y B L U E 1 | Ashley Errington Photography 2 | Shalynne Imaging Photography 3 | Shannon Von Eschen Photography 4 | Shalynne Imaging Photography

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Is winter your favorite season? Do flannel scarves, soft dusty blues or romantic whites make your heart flutter? If so, then a winter wedding just might be for you! There are so many different ways to create a stunning winter wedding from the dark moody black and greens to soft snow white and gray. No matter what you choose, it is sure to be breathtaking.

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THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS UPON US AND THAT MEANS THE SHOPPING HAS BEGUN! WE’VE GOT THE PERFECT SELECTION OF GIFTS FOR EVER YONE ON YOUR LIST!

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Handcrafted Bridle belt, a staple in any southern man's wardrobe. Customize with a full-brass nameplate. $105/ea

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Holiday Picks | Advertising Section Lifestyle

Jerome through the years! For over 50 years, Jerome has been

helping women maintain their beauty through unique fashions, hairstyling and skin care procedures. ey haven’t been around this long without knowing their customer’s wants and needs. Over the years, their clients have become part of their family and every day the staa enthusiastically comes in looking forward to assisting their customers with fashion, hair and skin care requests.

is time of year, Jerome especially enjoys helping Lexington ladies. With all the running, parties and planning for special occasions, Jerome is one place where women can slow down, enjoy hot cider and goodies and shop for friends. And the best part is that they can also pick out a little something for themselves, and maybe have their hair done or enjoy a relaxing facial treatment too! Jerome’s very unique fashions and accessories will make you a hit at any holiday party and will be sure to please any woman on your gii list. So visit Jerome today! No need to wait through long lines at the mall or department stores. Pull right up and shop while you relax in Jerome’s fun little mini-department store for ladies!

Ha Happy Holidays from everyone at Jerome!

e holidays are here! Appliance Pro’s goal is to help you get your kitchen chef-ready for all your holiday feasts. Don’t miss out on our Café Remodel Reward! Earn up to $1,500* with purchase of select, customizable Café appliance suites. (*via online or mail-in rebate) Located at 2320 Fortune Drive in Lexington, Appliance Pro has Lo been family owned and operated since its inception in 2006, ooering quality name-brand appliances you can depend on. eir sales and management staa have over 64 years combined experience. Appliance Pro has established a caring tradition built on honesty and integrity that always provides you, the customer, with an exceptional buying experience. Appliance Pro specializes in new and “scratch and dent” home appliances; all scratch and dent items have the full manufacturer factory warranty. ey have the largest selection in Central Kentucky with over 500 appliances on display in their showroom. Bring in a quote and Appliance Pro will price match any local competitor! Life is messy, but shopping for an appliance doesn’t have to be. Save time and money this season and shop at Appliance Pro to get your home ready for the holidays!

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The Art Of Decking The Halls Just in time to inspire your own holiday decorating, Lee Robinson, master of posh yet personal design, dressed up a client’s home for the holidays. Watch him add some swag and abandon the Christmas décor clichés. BY ALLISON JONES PHOTOS BY TIM FURLONG, JR.

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nnovative and inviting are perfect descriptions of this stunning home that Lee Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of The Lee W Robinson Company, created for his clients— a young family with two active boys. A blend of contemporary and traditional that he labels “modern glam,” this home blends sophisticated design with warm accessories to create a very personal, one-of-a-kind ambience. Family pieces blend effortlessly with furniture from young designers such as Mary McDonald and Celerie Kimball, giving the home a youthful but elegant vibe. With this foundation, decorating for the holidays is merely an extension of the décor in play. “Holiday decorating should complement and never overpower or compete with the permanent décor of the home,” says Robinson who recently decked their halls for holiday entertaining. “My criteria is simple, spare, and sophisticated.”

“We wanted the foyer to be grand yet youthful and we also wanted to use marble, so we opted for a modern way of handling it,” he says. The foyer greets guests with its smooth marble flooring in a light gray and white hue peppered with silver strips that give the space an extra pop. Robinson chose an octagon motif inlay for the center of the design. Walls are clad in a Schumacher covering from Mary McDonald and feature fabric pieces framed in silver leaf frames— also Mary McDonald. Festive poinsettias find a home under the modern version of an old Georgian eagle table created by designer Thom Filicia that showcases stylish lamps and silver holiday ornamentation. An elegant chandelier illuminates the space while small boxwood wreaths complement the Julian Chichester mirrors that line the walls. Lee designed Georgian headers above the doors that add another striking, custom detail. Aged mirrors reflect one another at each end of the transverse hallway with pedestals featuring lighted alabaster urns containing bold flower arrangements that are changed out seasonally.

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In the dining room, custom wainscoting panels with mirror inlay add a touch of drama and sparkle. Banquettes provide extra seating when the family is entertaining large groups. The walls are Stark – a hand-folded origami pattern with sterling silver leaf. Robinson echoed the palette by incorporating silver ornaments into the greenery he placed on the mantel. “I like to incorporate live greenery into holiday décor whenever possible,” he says. “Decorating with nature adds a timeless element.” The farm-to-table arrangement including kale that has been sprayed with just a touch of silver adds a festive twist to the dining room table.

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he study is a breathtaking room full of surprises. Lacquered blue walls command attention, while Mary McDonald club chairs with stilettos-like legs and a velvet sofa adorned with Missoni pillows form a cozy conversation pit. Instead of built-in bookcases, Lee opted for matching Celerie Kimball shelves to flank the fireplace and accommodate books and collectibles. Ornaments and twinkling lights dress the Christmas tree in the hearth room. “This is where the family spends most of their time,” says Robinson. Chairs covered in a colorful Jim Thompson fabric embrace the round table that’s ideal for lively family dinners. Beams add an architectural element to the room while creating an instant focal point. Pillows created by local muralist Tania Vartan accessorize the accent chairs flanking the fireplace. Festive stockings decorate the mantel while poinsettias pose on the hearth. “When decorating for the holidays, I like to incorporate the five senses – taste, sight, touch, smell and sound,” says Robinson. “Candles, music, holiday treats along with beautiful decorations that are tactile in nature add those details that make the occasion special.” 

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Lee’s TOP 7 Décor Sources We asked Lee Robinson to share some of the essential design and holiday décor sources he used in decorating this stunning home.

Dried boxwood: Lee W Robinson Company Live greens: St. Matthews Feed & Seed Fresh flowers: Colonial Designs

Cone-shaped boxwoods: Perry & Kaelin Outdoor Nursery Pillows in the hearth room: Local muralist, Tania Vartan

Pillows in the study: Missoni Furnishings: Mary McDonald, Celerie Kimball, Julian Chichester and Thom Filicia

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Decorating for the Holidays can seem overwhelming. To help inspire and guide you through the chaos, TOPS turned to Lexington’s leading interior designers for tips on how to turn your home into a cheerful retreat for the holiday season.

texture + depth For Jeremy, two words come to mind when decorating for the holidays - texture and depth. Adding faux greenery stems and other floral picks give trees a lush and beautiful appeal. If you are afraid of the outcome and don’t know where to start, a fool proof combination is to pair long needle pine, cedar, and magnolia leaf – the Holy Trinity of Evergreen! Start with those and then add your gold, red or other accent colors - even leopard print. And don’t be afraid to have a little fun with your ribbon. It really is a great place to add some personality to your tree. If you’re ribbon is double sided, roll the ends up to expose the opposite side. This is a sure way to add some additional texture to the tree.

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personalization Jennifer loves the idea of personalizing her holiday décor. One of her favorite holiday decorating tips is to use treasured ornaments that have been collected over the years. All of a sudden, decorating becomes a fun way to reminisce about family members, vacations, and other cherished memories. Not only can you create your own holiday palette with ornaments and decor you already own, but don’t be afraid to incorporate new and updated decor to freshen up the look from year to year. If personalizing your decor is of importance to you, consider starting a collection of photo ornaments, engraved silver bells, or hand painted ornaments that you can add to in years to come.

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Chad suggests jazzing up your light fixtures. Holiday water lanterns are the perfect addition to end tables, coffee tables, mantels and nightstands. Since most of them are battery operated, they not only provide a bit of light for a warm ambiance, but also movement and often times music for added holiday cheer. These are great conversation pieces at holiday gatherings and can easily become a collector item!

Nothing sets a holiday mood more than a warm fire and the smell of fresh greenery! Debra likes to put up her Christmas decorations early, so fresh pine is not always an option at first. Instead, she suggests using artificial garland for the base of your mantle and then several days before Christmas, gather pine, cedar, magnolia, or whatever you may have at the time and weave them into the existing dĂŠcor. This transforms the arrangement into a beautifully scented masterpiece.

For Ann-Alan, a quick and easy way to spruce up mantel garland is to accent it with citrus. Adding lemons, oranges, clementines, or any other in-season citrus, is a fresh accent alternative to ornaments or ribbons. Citrus is inexpensive and readily available this time of year. It also is a nice nod to the old Christmas tradition of putting oranges in stockings.

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Kendra is a strong believer in repurposing some of the beautiful pieces already in our home. Topiaries are beautiful year-round plants – why not dress them up for the holidays! Whether you are working with large topiaries outside on the front porch, or smaller variations as a centerpiece to your dining room table, Kendra suggests placing them in festive gold or silver planters and then arranging greenery at the top of the pot, along with groupings of ornaments. For an extra layer, entwine small lights or beautiful ribbon for a final touch.

Peggy reminds us that it’s not always what’s ON the tree, but what’s UNDERNEATH the tree that counts! Beautifully wrapped packages complete the holiday look you have worked so hard to achieve. No stickon bows allowed! Handmade bows are an inexpensive way to make your packages look their best. Start with a ribbon that will hold its shape and make loops the size appropriate to your box. As you make a loop, twist the ribbon at the base before making another loop. Keep twisting and looping until you have 5 loops on each side of the bow. Attach it to your package and voila! Coordinate wrapping paper and ribbon on all your packages to make the base of your tree look as beautiful as the tree itself!

When it comes to decorating, Ed thinks bigger is better! He encourages us not to be afraid to add large items to a tree. Santas, snowmen, snowflakes, and oversized bulbs are all festive additions that help develop a theme for your tree, without making it look cluttered. A trick Ed likes is using a chenille stem to cluster a bunch of ornaments together with a narrow ribbon. The result is beautiful!

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Think of graphite gray as the perfect starting point for any room. As a neutral, it goes with just about anything you want to pair it with. But as a dark shade, it adds a little drama and intrigue, allowing accessories to really take center stage. Colorhouse’s Metal .05 is a pretty gray that comes in a variety of finishes, including chalkboard. Choosing the right finish will make a big impact: a semi-gloss will allow light to reflect while a flat will have a cozier feeling. Colorhouse suggests pairing Metal .05 with greens, woods and intriguing yellows for a contemporary, warm look that invites creativity. This gray works wonderfully with industrial, rustic décor pieces, but can also be a fun backdrop for globally-inspired accents. For a touch of hygge, use plush fabrics, natural materials and stone-inspired accents. Actual colors may vary from this printed representation.

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Jennifer Miller husband | Dave Miller children | Trey-19, Izzy-17, Ella-15, Ava-14 and Zeke-12

ennifer and Dave Miller are parents to Trey (19), Izzy (17), Ella (15), Ava (14) and Zeke (12) and co-owners of Nature’s Expressions, an outdoor design and construction company. To say the Millers are busy is an understatement, but as “Super Mom” Jennifer explained, the best thing they can do as a family, when times get crazy, is to prioritize one another. A few years ago, Jennifer initiated an all family breakfast. She designated 30 minutes for all seven of them to come together—to talk, pray or read together—over a hot meal. “I noticed we weren’t getting the time together at dinner because everyone was so busy with evening activities and I began to feel like our family was losing connection,” Jennifer said. “While I felt like I had no control, one day the Lord told me it was worth the effort and the possible grumblings from the kids to create a new early morning routine.” As the old adage goes, a family that prays together, stays together, and as Jennifer explained, when she spends time with God, she feels empowered, refreshed and driven to be the (super) mom the Lord wants her to be. While Jennifer is inspired by her kids, husband and strong faith, she is always on the lookout for inspiring moms. Written by Sarah Boerkircher Photos by Keni Parks Photography

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“I am constantly listening to and looking for other super moms,” she said. “I have found that making time to meet with other women sharpens, refreshes and challenges me as a Christian, wife, mom and businesswoman.” Jennifer has noticed that spending time with other moms is just as valuable now as it was when she was a new mom, to the time she was a stay-at-home mom with five kids under the age of seven, to today, balancing working fulltime and all the activities of running a large active family.

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So how does Jennifer balance a large family, work and all of life’s responsibilities? She said that balancing it all is something she continues to work on. “Working 40 hours a week, having a business and managing a larger family is definitely a difficult balance, so time management continues to be something I’m trying to figure out,” she said. “I always feel successful when I have gotten up early in the morning to get on the treadmill and spend time in God’s word. At least then, I feel like I have started off the day on the right foot.” While being a wife, raising five children and working full-time as the marketing director for the family’s business, Jennifer prioritizes taking time for herself, and saying no to things that take her or her family away from what’s best for them. “There was a season of time that I didn’t make the time for myself and I lost perspective of the big picture, and I felt overwhelmed and isolated,” she said. “There are so many good things in life, but it’s hard to wade through them and keep life from being more complicated than it needs to be. My advice: foster sibling friendships, make your marriage a priority and look for creative ways to make family time a priority because you’ll never regret it.”

“I have found that making time to meet with other women sharpens, refreshes and challenges me as a Christian, wife, mom and businesswoman.”

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ith an abundance of friends, family, and holiday cheer, December is a time that we generally enjoy the gift of giving. Not only is this a time to spend with family and friends, but it is also a great time to give back to the community through volunteering. On December 5th, the world celebrates International Volunteer Day, a day for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities. Perhaps you have a non-profit organization that you have been volunteering with for many years or maybe you are looking for a new organization or a way to give back going into the new year. Regardless, the holiday season can be a wonderful time to give back to local animal rescues and shelters if you are an animal lover wanting to make a difference in your community. Doing so lends itself to a variety of tasks and opportunities all with one common goal, and that is to care for and help find homes for the animals! Volunteering with your local animal shelter or rescue, such as the Lexington Humane Society or Old Friends Equine Farm, you may be asked to do things such as clean kennels or stalls and outdoor areas, groom or bathe animals, walk dogs, or foster an animal. While cleaning is not always the most glamorous part of volunteering at a shelter, it is essential to the day-to-day function of the organization and the health of the animals it houses. As you can imagine, animals can get pretty dirty while living in a shelter as well. As a volunteer, you may be asked to bathe or groom animals too. This not only helps the physical appearance and cleanliness of the animal, but can work wonders for the animal’s social and mental health. Some of the animals found in shelters have been abandoned or never had a home, so the intimate interaction with a volunteer when grooming and bathing helps to provide some of the much needed human interaction and socialization to help make these animals great pets for the right person one day.

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Walking or outdoor play has similar effects on human socialization with the added benefits of exercise. While shelters and rescues do their very best to provide a welcoming and enriching environment for their resident pets, some animals need additional one on one care that make them better candidates for fostering. If you can open your doors to a foster dog or cat, you’ll be performing a vital role in the animal’s wellbeing. Fostering can take as little as a week or as long as a few months depending on the animal’s needs. Fostering can be emotionally draining for some foster parents when it comes to letting go of an animal they’ve been caring for, but the joy that comes from helping that animal find their forever home overrides this sadness for many. If you are like many people around the holidays, you may be short on time to dedicate to physically volunteering. Luckily this isn’t a problem for most animal shelters or rescues as they rely heavily on donated items for their day-to-day operation in addition to physical volunteers to help the shelter run smoothly. Inquire at your local shelter or rescue for what items they may need and add a couple of these items to your Amazon cart as you do your online holiday shopping or add them to your basket as you grab a few last minute items from your local supermarket. Dog and cat food, blankets, disinfectants and cleaners, and money can all be valuable donations to your local shelter, but be sure to check with them first to see what items they are most in need of. Whether it be volunteering your time or your money, you are sure to find satisfaction in helping out at a local animal shelter or rescue during this holiday season. Find the reason for the season and be sure to spread joy and give back to your community and those that are less fortunate than you! Happy Holidays!


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J. Gumbo’s By Allison Antram | Photos by Keni Parks

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alls decorated with local art, a homemade quilt draped over a bench, an art exhibit in the garden out back, a framed print of New Orleans overlooking a table – at J. Gumbo’s, Robbie Morgan took a much-loved Cajun food franchise and turned it into something that not only reflects her personality but also highlights the diversity of the North Limestone neighborhood and the rich collaboration of Lexington’s culture.

Morgan was originally drawn to food when she noticed the way it gathers people from all walks of life and how it inherently builds camaraderie. From growing up helping in an array of family businesses to opening the American Girl Café in Chicago to pioneering the Crave Festival here in Lexington, Morgan’s culinary experience is unique, but her drive continues to reignite her passion for uniting people around a table. It’s this passion and her appreciation for the diversity of her own neighborhood that led her to open J. Gumbo’s in early November in the North Limestone area – an area that is not only a growing part of Lexington, but one that Morgan calls home. She understands the neighborhood and wants to represent NoLi well while investing in the area. “Gentrification can be mixed. It can offer some things for the people who have been here for thirty years and it can offer some things for the people who will be here for the next thirty years,” she explained, reflecting on the up-and-coming north side, and her desire to be a part of it. “I hope it’s balanced. There is an incredible contribution for most people to make if they’re asked. If we see that there’s a lot of human capital out there and invite it in, we will continue to be an interesting, thriving city.” This vision to enrich an area while preserving its personal sense of home marks much of her dream

for J. Gumbo’s. Beyond the décor, Morgan wanted to ensure the price point and food offerings were fitting for the area. She committed to finding her own niche in the eclectic businesses of the north side while also collaborating with businesses from all over Lexington. Utilizing her unique talents to give the Cajun-creole food her own spin, she’s made a franchise completely her own to give customers a one-of-a-kind experience. Above all else, she wants to meet more and more of her neighbors. “I want it to be a neighborhood place where people feel like they’re invited to come cozy in. I really want people to feel like it’s a home, that it’s a place they can go relax and eat good food and see their neighbors,” she explained. Morgan is looking forward to trying out some fun ideas for the spring, such as hush puppy happy hours, grill outs and a beer garden. In the meantime, she will continue serving up jambalayas, chilis and unique specials (such as some seriously exceptional bread pudding). First and foremost, though, Morgan will continue creating a space for Lexington to gather in the heart of NoLi.

I really want people to feel like it’s a home, that it’s a place they can go relax and eat good food and see their neighbors.” TOPS Magazine | December 2018

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Your favorite thing to cook? Bread pudding

Guilty pleasure food? John Foster’s risotto at Sage Rabbit Favorite spot to visit in Lex? McConnell Springs What would we be surprised to learn? I’m in an all-female punk rock band What’s on your Lexington bucket list? Waveland Historic Site What are you most looking forward to about the holidays? I really enjoy my family; we tell bad jokes

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hether you’re ringing in the New Year with a bang or enjoying a relaxed toast to the year gone by, Lexington’s cocktail scene is bursting at the seams with wonderful options to make your night truly magical. Here are five bars that put the focus on local, handcrafted drinks to make your spirits merry and bright!

Whiskey Bear Located in The Barn at The Summit at Fritz Farm, Whiskey Bear is a neighborhood bar that treats every customer like family. Their Hot Toddy will warm you right up this winter with Benchmark Bourbon, lemon, honey and spices (you can also substitute Copper & Kings Floodwall Apple Brandy.) Their lengthy menu features bourbons, wines, beers, mocktails and a host of great spirits. 119 Marion, Ste. 170 • 859.368.8325 • whiskeybearbar.com

Elkhorn Tavern

Carson’s Food & Drink

A lounge and taproom in the heart of the Distillery District, Elkhorn Tavern’s interior makes use of the rustic location and historic theme, with natural wood accents and copper bar tops and ceilings. They serve craft cocktails made with Barrel House Distilling Co. spirits, which are made next door. They also feature a short menu of appetizers, dishes and desserts to make it an exciting evening.

A rustic, yet refined concept with chef-driven recipes served up alongside prohibition-era cocktails, hand-selected wines and craft beers awaits at Carson’s. The Rosé Seelbach will feel festive: it features Hangar One Rosé Vodka with fresh lemon juice and strawberry purée, topped with LaMarca Prosecco and garnished with a mint leaf. Their extensive list of bourbons, wines, scotch, cognac, bottled beer and more will ensure that there’s a sip for everyone in your crew.

1200 Manchester St. • 859.368.8122

West Main Crafting This bar prides itself on creating inspired cocktails and curating a menu that’s both authentic and surprising. Their special cocktails rotate throughout the year, but their standards are anything but ordinary: their White Old Fashioned features Kentucky bourbon whiskey, gomme, acorn bitters and woodland essence for a taste of winter that’ll warm you to the core. Their Absinthe Service will make any evening feel like a special event. 135 W. Main St. • 859.618.6318 • westmain.com

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362 Main St. • 859.309.3039 • carsonsfoodanddrink.com

Bourbon on Rye With an intimate atmosphere that hearkens to a prohibitionera bar, Bourbon on Rye is a great spot for a cozy toast. The bartenders can make great recommendations from their bourbon selection, or choose a mixed drink made with housemade bitters, syrups and freshly-squeezed juices. Just be sure to pair it with their homemade beer cheese! 115 W. Main St. • 859.327.9505


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Cuisine Preparation: Prepare the pork to marinate by trimming off all of the fat and silver skin. Dice the pork into ½-inch pieces. Place the pork in a gallon size resealable bag with 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce. Seal the bag and marinate outside of the refrigerator for 15 minutes while preparing the cauliflower rice. (Cold meat will stick worse to a pan, so being warmer than right outside of the refrigerator will help it to not stick to the pan). To prepare the cauliflower rice, pulse the florets in a food processor for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the cauliflower resembles rice. Do this in 2 batches to not overcrowd the food processor bowl.

Low-Carb Pork

“Fried Rice” Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes

Heat a large skillet, or a wok over medium heat and add 1 teaspoon of oil. Add the riced cauliflower and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the cauliflower becomes tender. (Optional: use toasted sesame oil to flavor the rice). Remove the cauliflower rice from the skillet and reserve in a bowl. Carefully wipe out the skillet with a paper towel, and return the skillet to the burner over medium-high heat. Add 2 teaspoons of oil to the skillet, swirl it around, and add the marinated pork and its marinade to the skillet. Push the meat around fast, cooking all sides for 4 to 5 minutes until all of the meat is fully cooked. Remove the pork and the pan liquids to a bowl, and reserve.

Ingredients: 1 pound pork tenderloin 3 tablespoons less-sodium soy sauce, divided 1 head cauliflower (1 lb 5 oz after cored and chopped) 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced 1 tablespoon minced garlic 3 green onions, thinly sliced (¼ cup) 1 cup broccoli florets, chopped small 12-ounce bag frozen peas and carrots, thawed 2 eggs 1 tablespoon rice vinegar 1 teaspoon sriracha hot sauce (optional) salt and black pepper, to taste

Return the pan to the burner, still over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon of oil to the skillet with the garlic, ginger, and green onions. Cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until they are fragrant. Add the broccoli and thawed peas and carrots, cooking for 2 minutes, until the broccoli is bright green and beginning to become tender. Add the reserved cauliflower rice, stir it together with the cooked vegetables. Make a well in the center and add 1 teaspoon of oil and the eggs. Let the eggs cook for 30 seconds, then break the yolks and scramble in the center of the skillet, until cooked. Reduce the heat to low, and stir together the cooked egg with the rest of the vegetables and cauliflower rice. Add the reserved pork and pan liquids to the skillet, with 1 additional tablespoon of soy sauce, the rice vinegar, and the optional sriracha hot sauce if desired. Stir together and season with salt, and pepper to taste.

NUTRITION FACTS Yield: 4 servings | One-fourth of salad (3 cups) Calories 342 | Fat 17g | Saturated Fat 3g | Cholesterol 74mg | Sodium 302mg | Carbohydrates 14g | Fiber: 4g | Sugar 9g | Protein 31g

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2016 • Lodi • Alcohol: 14.5%

The 2016 Lodi Petite Sirah has a beautiful dark purple color that leaves a gentle trail of color after giving the glass a swirl. The aroma jumps out of the glass with notes of fig jam, ripe cherry and fresh blackberry as well as hints of vanilla and toasted coconut. Dark black fruit flavors are balanced with supple tannins, dark chocolate and espresso flavors that linger on and on. The finish has flavors of sandalwood, dried currants, and brambly fruit notes. This Sirah pairs well with sliced skirt steak over garlic mashed potatoes and oven roasted carrots, sausage pizza with caramelized onions and topped with fresh arugula, or a mushroom lasagna.

December Celebrations Sierra Nevada

CELEBRATION Fresh Hop IPA • ABV 6.8%

Sierra Nevada’s seasonal winter beer is cause for celebration. Their winter offering, Celebration Fresh Hop IPA was first brewed in 1981 and is one of the earliest examples of an American-style IPA and one of the few hopforward holiday beers. Famous for its intense citrus and pine aromas. On the palate this luxurious, dark, bitter-chocolate-tinged beer is a stunner, filled with exotic spice and nut flavors, a huge, hoppy streak of bitterness and all sorts of ebbing and flowing nuances of grapefruit, juniper berries and treacle.Celebration is aptly named, because you will want to make it a part of all your holiday festivities.


TIM COUCH

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Who is your favorite player this year? My favorite player this year would have to be Josh Allen. He’s been phenomenal to watch and he’s so consistent each and every week. He is leading the SEC in sacks. No team we have played has had an answer for him. I think he is one of the finest defensive players I’ve ever seen at UK and I think he will be a top 10 pick in the NFL draft. What has surprised you most this season? It would have to be the way our defense has played all season long. Those guys have been unbelievable on that side of the ball. Even in games when our offense has struggled to move the football or put up points on the board like in the Missouri game, our defense kept us in it and gave us an opportunity to win. They have been great at rushing the passer, creating turnovers and stopping the run. When you can do those things, you’re always going to have an opportunity to win games. I think they have been the biggest reason for our success this season.

There seems to be a certain swagger about this team. Do you feel the same? Yes, I definitely think this team has a swagger about them and a confidence that they can compete with anyone that they play. I think that comes from great leadership from guys like Benny Snell, Kash Daniel and Josh Allen. They set the tone for this team and everyone follows those guys. What has been your favorite play or moment in this team’s season? My favorite moment from this season would have to be the victory over Florida. It had been a very long time since we had beaten those guys, I think it was 32 years in a row that we’d lost to them. I was so proud of our football team going on the road in a hostile environment like the swamp and dominating that football game. I think that victory set the tone for this year’s team that they can compete with and beat anyone on our schedule.

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How would you compare this Kentucky football team to some of the past teams? I think top to bottom this is the best football team that I’ve seen at Kentucky. If you look at the way we’re able to run the football, the way our offensive line has played and especially the play of our defense it’s hard to say that we’ve had a better team here at Kentucky. I think Coach Stoops and his staff does a tremendous job of not only recruiting and evaluating talent but also developing that talent once we get them here on campus and now it’s starting to show out on the field. This team has done things that hasn’t been done here in a long time. We had a great opportunity to win the SEC East and play in the championship game, but we fell a little bit short. But we still have so much to play for this season. We’re going to get an opportunity to play a tremendous bowl game and take the next step for this program. What has this team done for UK football and the fan base? This football team has raised the bar for what we expect and what we’re capable of seeing out of our football program. They’ve elevated all of our expectations of where we can go and what we can be. What we’ve been able to accomplish this season will only help continue our excellent recruiting and we will be able to do that at an even higher level and continue to get better players here so we can compete for SEC east titles year in and year out. Kentucky will always be known as a basketball school. Tell us your thoughts on what the next 5-10 years hold for the football program. We definitely have a great and long storied tradition in basketball. But I don’t see any reason why our football team can’t be successful as well. We have put a lot of money into the football program with the upgrade to the stadium and the new football facility and I think you’re starting to see that type of commitment show out on the field. We are a different football team now. We look like we belong in the SEC. We’re bigger,faster and stronger than we’ve been in years past and that will only continue to get better each year. I think what Coach Stoops is building here is going to be special and something that all of the BBN will be proud of. Will Kentucky football ever compete for an SEC or national championship? I have no doubt in my mind that we will. We were so close to competing for the SEC championship this season. I really think we’re just starting to scratch the surface of what this football team is going to be in the next several years. Coach Stoops has a tremendous vision for this program and where we can go and exactly how we’re going to accomplish that. He has a great staff and they can recruit at a high level. The future of this football program is brighter than it’s ever been. Who do you think wins the National Championship this year? I think it’s going to be Alabama. I don’t see anyone that can compete with those guys right now. They are just on a different level. They have the best coach in the nation, the best quarterback, the best skill position players and they have tremendous depth at all positions. I would be shocked if they don’t win the title again this season. TOPS Magazine | December 2018

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e was already a celebrity of sorts in Pendleton County before he received a scholarship offer from Kentucky and quickly decided he wanted to play for coach John Calipari. Now senior Dontaie Allen is really a celebrity. “Pretty much everywhere I go people recognize me and will ask about the situation (with Kentucky) and how things are going with it. I really enjoy it. It gives me something to talk about because almost everybody around here loves Kentucky and is thrilled I am going to Kentucky,” said Allen.

Dontaie Allen says he didn’t play any differently this summer. Instead, he just had adjust to showcase his skills on a bigger stage.

It’s almost like a fairy tale story how he’s gone from a “not very good” basketball player as a kid to a future player at his dream school — and the school that had more players on opening day NBA rosters than any other school in the country.

“Growing up I really wasn’t that good. About my seventh-grade year I really started working hard but even then, I really wasn’t as good as I wanted to be,” Allen said. “I broke my wrist eighth grade year and I just stayed in the game even with a cast on my right wrist. I was shooting left-handed and on the treadmill running and trying to stay in shape. I think that is when I found out I really loved basketball. Ever since then I have been trying to do more than even what I was doing, and it has worked out okay so far.” Okay? It has worked out great.

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He averaged 31.8 points and 11.4 rebounds per game last season when he shot 59.1 percent from the field, including 40 percent from 3-point range. He went into his senior season with 2,697 points, including two 50-point games, and 1,044 rebounds. He’s had 56 double-doubles in 105 high school games. Still, his recruitment did not blow up until last summer when he was playing AAU for M.A.T.T.S. Mustangs and had over 20 scholarship offers before the one from Kentucky came. “I am just really glad it happened. I feel like I have always done those things I was doing this summer. It was just the platform that I did it in. I did it against some of the nation’s top talent,” Allen said. He stayed so focused that the first time Calipari came to see him play during an event in Georgia, he didn’t even know the coach was there until the game ended. He scored 30 points that game. Calipari’s first phone call to Allen didn’t exactly go well, either. Allen didn’t answer. “I thought it was maybe a random coach and I was trying to get ready for this tournament. Then I looked back and it was Coach Cal and I was like, ‘Oh shoot,’ and I screamed. Then I called him back and we just talked.”


Kentucky signee Dontaie Allen with Pendleton County Coach Keaton Belcher. Photo by Larry Vaught

Allen made an unofficial visit to UK a few weeks later. He had no scholarship offer at the time, but he got one during his visit. His high school coach, Keaton Belcher, thought the offer might be coming but anticipated Allen not rushing to make a decision. Allen had even told his parents, April and Tony, before the visit he didn’t know what he would do if he got a scholarship offer. “I have always been a Kentucky fan and I have always known I wanted to go there. I just wanted to see what it was like and go from there. But I pretty much knew I was going to take the offer as soon as I got it,” the Pendleton County senior said. “My parents were even wondering what happened when I said yes so quick. They were not expecting it. Kentucky didn’t pressure me. They just left it on the table and we just kept talking. I felt like that was where I wanted to be, and I could develop as a player and person there. So, I just committed.” Belcher says, Allen is a special talent on the basketball court but also a rare person off the court. “Dontaie is phenomenal,” his coach said. “He’s great with our youth players and is respected by his peers and teachers at the high school. He is always giving credit to teammates. He will never take credit on his own. He rarely says I or me.” “You won’t see him making any offensive tweets. His parents did a great job raising him, but he knows because he’s been such a good athlete his entire life and now is going to be an even bigger superstar that he has to be careful how he handles the spotlight. But he really is one of the best kids you could ever be around.”

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EQUINE update By Jen Roytz

HOLIDAY TEA

December 5, 6, 7 and 12, 13, 14 | 12pm Keene Place Enjoy the traditions and warmth of the holiday season in style! A historic and tastefully-appointed mansion originally owned by the Keene family, Keene Place is a hidden gem that overlooks the surrounding Keeneland grounds. Renowned chef Marc Therrien will prepare a gourmet twist on a fine tea luncheon paired with chef ’s choice tea. Reservations are required. Visit keeneland.com for more information.

SNOWBIRD DRESSAGE December 12 Kentucky Horse Park

Likened to ballet on horseback, Dressage is a style of riding in which horse and rider perform a series of pre-determined movements to show the suppleness and trainability of their horses. The last installment of the Snowbird Dressage Series will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in December and will offer Eventing Dressage, Western Dressage and all U. S. Equestrian Federation/U. S. Dressage Federation-recognized tests. The show is free for spectators.

STILLS & STALLIONS: KEY TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

December 13 11:45am – 4:30pm Coolmore Stud and Castle & Key At Coolmore American you can see the “home turf ” of not one, but two Triple Crown winners, and do a bourbon tasting at Kentucky’s most anticipated distilleries to boot! Guests will get an overview of the farm and industry, followed by a private, guided tour of Coolmore’s stallion complex. Your tour guide will take you from Thoroughbred country to the Bourbon Trail to visit the newly opened Castle & Key, where you will tour the breathtaking grounds and learn about the art of making (and tasting) bourbon. For more information, visit kentuckytourism.com.

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HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT THE KEENELAND SHOP

25TH ANNUAL SOUTHERN LIGHTS

Looking for the perfect gift for the racing fan or equestrian in your life? Want to give a friend or family member a Kentucky-themed memento they’re sure to treasure? The Keeneland gift shop offers a wide array of timeless gift options for everyone on your list. From brands like Barbour, Henry Dry Goods, Beaufort Bonnet, Rebecca Ray and Joules to apparel, jewelry, ties, home décor, and more you’re sure to find the perfect gift for any occasion. Browse online at keenelandshop.com or visit their store, open year-round and situated next to the club house entrance at the racetrack. Check out their gift guide and so much more at keenelandshop.com.

One of the most coveted holiday traditions in the region, the Southern Lights tour allows guests to see the Kentucky Horse Park in a new and very festive light. Guests can take a four-mile self-guided driving tour of the Kentucky Horse Park grounds at night to see a wide array of holiday and Central Kentucky-themed light displays. Following the driving tour, families are invited to come into the Kentucky Horse Park’s Visitors’ Center to see the petting zoo, enjoy pony and camel rides, holiday craft merchants, children’s activities and more. Prices are $15 per car MondayThursday, $25 per car Friday-Sunday. For more information, visit kyhorsepark.com.

Open Monday-Saturday | 9am – 5pm Keeneland

Runs Nightly through December 31 | 5:30 – 10pm Kentucky Horse Park

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NOVEMBER PREVIEW PARTY Abell Eyes | November 7 topsinlex.com Photos by Woody Phillips

KRISTEN OAKLEY, PAMULA HONCHELL, TAMI & BRET MELROSE AND DANIELLE POPE

TOM & LIBBY ABELL JAKE CASSADY, LINDSAY BOWEN, JENNA CASSADY, MEGHAN TEMPLE, JESSICA CULL AND PAM MCNEAL

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A SIGNAL AFFAIR Copper Roux | November 11 Benefiting Radio Eye radioeye.org Photos by Ruth Weinstock

PAT & ZADIE RYAN, MAC FERGUSON

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A MOST SOUTHERN SUNDAY BRUNCH October 28 Benefiting LexArts lexarts..org Photos by Paul Atkinson

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APRIL NEASE AND SILAS HOUSE MAURY SPARROW

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JUBILEE JOBS LUNCHEON Hyatt Lexington Downtown | November 11 jubileejobsoflexington.org Photos by Ron Morrow & Ruth Weinstock

SCOTT & TIFFANY SMILEY, LORIE LOVEJOY-WARD AND JOHN KELLY

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GO RED FOR WOMEN Lexington Convention Center | November 8 Benefiting the American Heart Association heart.org Photos by Keni Parks and Woody Phillips

PATTY & DAVID BREEZE

NANCY COX

LAURA & BOB BABBAGE

FINN AND TRICIA COLLIER

CAROL RUSSELL

KYLA THOMPSON

BILLIE & LISA DOLLINS AND J. STUART HURT

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GO RED FOR WOMEN Lexington Convention Center | November 8 Benefiting the American Heart Association heart.org Photos by Keni Parks and Woody Phillips

LISA DEATON GREER AND TAFT MCKINSTRY

LIZA VAN DISSEL

KRISTEN OAKLEY, SAVANNAH BLANK, MEGAN MARTIN, MAREDITH WOODS AND MOLLIE ANN TERVEER ALLISON SPEARS AND JENNIFER EBERT

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ALL-IN TO END CANCER The Grand Reserve | November 9 Benefiting the American Cancer Society cancer.org Photos by Woody Phillips

HEATHER COLEMAN, MATTHEW ROTH AND ERIN JONES

CRYSTAL & MICHAEL ARD J. STUART HURT AND PEGGY HUNT

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KELLY BALL, RACHEL BALL ALBRIGHT AND LINDA BALL

CECIL DUNN AND CATHY JACOBS

CARRIE THAYER, JOEY & CARISSA NOLASCO

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TEDRIN BLAIR LINDSAY

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SIGNATURE CHEF AUCTION Marriott Griffin Gate | November 16 marchofdimes.org Photos by Woody Phillips

JON SHARP

DUSTIN & CHRISSY STACY

ANDREA WALKER

AMBERLEE & JOEL FAY

LEE A. JACKSON

MARIAH SCILLEY AND RYAN MOLLENKOPF

GWEN & MEDFORD MORELAND

RICK GALLO AND HUNTER LISLE

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Lexington Center | November 10 Benefiting the Emergency Department at Saint Joseph Hospital kentuckyonehealth.org Photos by Ruth Weinstock CARLOS DRADA, ELI COLON AND FEDERICO SABOGAL

TAWANDA OWSLEY AND TRACY COLON

PHYLLIS & JOHN CRONIN

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MR. & MRS. LARRY CHILES

KATHLEEN MARTIN

RHONDA & DARYL LOVE

JEFF & ANNA BENNETT


BOB HALL AND HELEN HAMILTON

LESLIE SMART AND ERIC GILLIAM

ROBERT & KRISTY SALLEY

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THRU DECEMBER 31 Southern Lights

5:30pm-10pm Kentucky Horse Park

THRU MID JANUARY Unified Trust Skating Rink Triangle Park

DECEMBER 4

Lexington’s Christmas Parade

UK Women's Basketball vs. University of Rhode Island Memorial Coliseum

Blue Grass Trust Holiday Party 6pm-9pm Thomas Hunt Morgan House

DECEMBER 7 Nutcracker on Ice

6pm Lexington Ice Center

7pm Downtown

Wintersong 2018

Alabama with Ricky Skaggs & The Kentucky Headhunters

7pm Manchester Music Hall

6:30pm Rupp Arena

DECEMBER 5

Lexington Singers present “Messiah: a Christmas Story”

Haelstorm & In This Moment 7pm Rupp Arena

DECEMBER 6 Trees and Traditions

7:30pm Singletary Center

Night Market 6pm-10pm 700 Block of Bryan Avenue

2pm-7pm Waveland

Feast on Equality

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

6pm-10pm University of Kentucky Student Center

7:30pm Rupp Arena


18th Century Christmas

Ashland Christmas Candlelight Tour

6pm-9pm Fort Boonesborough

5:30pm-7:30pm The Henry Clay Estate

DECEMBER 8

BIG Holiday Breakfast

Snoop Dogg Puff Puff Pass Tour 7:30pm Rupp Arena

Story Time with Mrs. Claus 10:30am Waveland

A Magical Cirque Christmas 7:30pm EKU Center for the Arts

18th Century Christmas 1pm-4pm Fort Boonesborough

13th Annual YMCA Reindeer Ramble 5K/10K Fun Run and Walk 9am-12pm Keeneland The Reindeer Ramble is a wonderful way to participate in a 5K or 10K while supporting scholarships for kids attending YMCA summer camps. Sign up as an individual or a team. We encourage participants to don their favorite holiday sweater, Santa suit, or “holiday festive” attire and embrace the spirit of the holiday.

9am-11am Living Arts & Science Center

UK Women's Basketball at Louisville

Nutcracker on Ice

4pm-6pm Lexington Ice Center

No Kid Hungry Sunday Supper 5:30pm-9:30pm Lockbox

DECEMBER 10

2pm KFC Yum! Center

Scholastic Book Fairs Holiday Warehouse Sale

Larkin Poe

DECEMBER 11

9pm The Burl

Story Time with Mrs. Claus 10:30am Waveland

12pm-7pm Lexington Center

Scholastic Book Fairs Holiday Warehouse Sale 10am-7pm Lexington Center

Jazzy Holiday Concert

7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

A Charlie Brown Christmas 2pm-3pm Lexington Children's Theatre

DECEMBER 12

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Nutcracker on Ice

7:30pm EKU Center for the Arts

6pm-8pm Lexington Ice Center

Scholastic Book Fairs Holiday Warehouse Sale

UK Men’s Basketball vs. Seton Hall University at Madison Square Garden

10am-7pm Lexington Center

12pm Fox/UK Sports Network

11:30am The Lyric Theatre

Feed the Soul: Big Chill

DECEMBER 9 Amit Peled

3pm Singletary Center for the Arts

Due to the changing nature of events, please contact hosting organizations before attending any event. Thanks for understanding if our information is out of date!


CALENDAR // DEC 2018 DECEMBER 13

Lexington Ballet Company: The Nutcracker

Brunch with Santa

2pm & 7:30pm Lexington Opera House

10am-2pm Hayden's Stockhard Eatery

UK Women's Basketball vs. Middle Tennessee

The $20 Art Market

1pm Memorial Coliseum

4pm Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center

DECEMBER 14

An Acoustic Evening with Jason Isbell

Christmas Caroling

The Nest

UK Men’s Basketball vs Utah

Jingle Bell Bash

6:30pm-9:30pm Cross Gate Gallery

Sinbad 7:15pm Comedy Off Broadway

Reindeer Express

Bluegrass Youth Ballet: The Nutcracker in One Act 7pm Singletary Center for the Arts

Lexington Ballet Company: The Nutcracker 7:30pm Lexington Opera House

8pm EKU Center for the Arts

5pm Rupp Arena

Lexington Makers Market Holiday 8am-1pm Lexington Farmers Market

Sinbad 7:15pm & 9:45pm Comedy Off Broadway

Market 301 Holiday Edition 6pm-10pm Manchester Music Hall

Sinbad 7:15pm & 9:45pm Comedy Off Broadway

DECEMBER 15

Bluegrass Youth Ballet: The Nutcracker in One Act 2pm Singletary Center for the Arts

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Story Time with Mrs. Claus 10:30am Waveland

Lyric Holiday Fun Day 12pm The Lyric Theatre

Market 301 Holiday Edition 11am-3pm Manchester Music Hall

7pm Triangle Park

DECEMBER 16 Ozuna

8pm Rupp Arena

Lexington Ballet Company: The Nutcracker 2pm Lexington Opera House

Holiday Ever After Princess Ball 5pm-7pm The Kentucky Castle

Brunch with Santa 10am-2pm Hayden's Stockhard Eatery

Sinbad 7:15pm Comedy Off Broadway


DECEMBER 17

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker 7pm Singletary Center for the Arts

DECEMBER 18 Holiday Improv

6pm-9pm The Kentucky Castle

UK Women's Basketball vs. Western Carolina University 7pm Memorial Coliseum

DECEMBER 20

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 5pm & 8pm Singletary Center for the Arts

DECEMBER 21

Planetarium Pop-Up: Season of Light 10am, 2pm & 5:30pm The Living Arts & Science Center Season of Light explores the reasons humans are so fascinated with lighting up our lives during the December holiday season. It’s an exploration of the astronomical meanings behind seasonal traditions, including the “Star over Bethlehem”. Season of Light is a specialty program with an emphasis on astronomical and cultural themes related to the holiday season. Expect fun and delight for all!

Lexington Ballet Company: The Nutcracker

The Slow Dance

7:30pm Lexington Opera House

9pm-12am Creaux

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

DECEMBER 29

5pm & 8pm Singletary Center for the Arts

UK Women's Basketball vs. Murray State University 12pm Memorial Coliseum

DECEMBER 22

Lexington Ballet Company: The Nutcracker 2pm & 7:30pm Lexington Opera House

UK Men’s Basketball vs. University of North Carolina at Chicago 5:15pm CBS/UK Sports Network

DECEMBER 23

Lexington Ballet Company: The Nutcracker 2pm Lexington Opera House

Black Jacket Symphony: Tom Petty’s Damn the Torpedoes 4:30pm & 8pm Lexington Opera House

Daddy Daughter Dance

5pm-7pm The Kentucky Castle

UK Men’s Basketball at University of Louisville 2pm ESPN2/UK Sports Network

UK Women's Basketball vs. Sacred Heart 1pm Memorial Coliseum

Saved by the 90s

7pm Manchester Music Hall

DECEMBER 31

New Year’s Eve: Tango Caliente! Santa Brunch 9am-11am The Kentucky Castle

7:30pm Lexington Opera House

Boots and Suits New Year’s Eve 8pm-1am The Kentucky Castle

Due to the changing nature of events, please contact hosting organizations before attending any event. Thanks for understanding if our information is out of date!


CALENDAR // JAN-FEB 2019 A Night at the Cabaret

NYE 2019

9pm 21c Museum Hotel Lexington

10pm Kentucky Ale Taproom

New Year's Eve

Let Them Eat Cake!

7pm-1:30am Red Mile

12pm The Kentucky Castle

Flappers, Fedoras & Fun

Midnight Masquerade

Carson's Food & Drink

New Year's Eve Party 6pm J. Render's Southern Table & Bar

Pat Goodwin 8pm & 10:30pm Comedy Off Broadway

Ring in 2019 8pm Soundbar

NYE with GleanKY 8:30pm The Galerie KY

Family Noon New Year's Party 11am Lexington Public Library

8pm-1am Venues of the Grand Reserve

JANUARY 5 Concert with the Stars 8pm Lexington Opera House “Concert With The Stars” is a cabaret-style concert of Broadway show tunes, interwoven with behind-the-scenes stories from the guest stars. The Broadway Stars of today are joined by the Broadway Hopefuls of tomorrow, in various numbers. The LEX celebrates numerous alums that have made their Broadway or National Tour debut since appearing in a LEX production.

UK Men’s Basketball at University of Alabama 1pm ESPN/UK Sports Network

JANUARY 3 UK Women's Basketball vs. Vanderbilt

8pm The Vault

7pm Memorial Coliseum

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UK Men’s Basketball vs Texas A&M University 7pm Rupp Arena

JANUARY 10

Nights at the Algonquin Round Table 8pm Singletary Center for the Arts

JANUARY 11

Nights at the Algonquin Round Table 8pm Singletary Center for the Arts

JANUARY 12

UK Men’s Basketball vs Vanderbilt University 8:30pm Rupp Arena

JANUARY 13 WWE Live

7pm Rupp Arena

Roaring 20s New Year's Eve

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UK Women's Basketball vs. Ole Miss 1pm Memorial Coliseum


JANUARY 15

UK Men’s Basketball at University of Georgia 7pm ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU/SEC Network

JANUARY 18

JANUARY 22

UK Men’s Basketball vs Mississippi State University

JANUARY 24

UK Gymnastics Excite Night

6:30pm Memorial Coliseum

7pm Rupp Arena

JANUARY 19

UK Women's Basketball vs. University of Missouri

JANUARY 25

Kinky Boots

American Girl

UK Men’s Basketball at Auburn University

JANUARY 26

2pm & 8pm Lexington Opera House

4/6pm ESPN/EPSN2/UK Sports Network

JANUARY 20 Kinky Boots

1pm & 6:30pm Lexington Opera House

Harlem Globetrotters 3pm Rupp Arena

Shen Yun

7:30pm EKU Center for the Arts

7pm Rupp Arena

8pm Lexington Opera House

Kinky Boots

JANUARY 29 JANUARY 30 Shen Yun

7:30pm EKU Center for the Arts

JANUARY 31

UK Women's Basketball vs. University of South Carolina 6:30pm Memorial Coliseum

7pm Lexington Opera House

UK Men’s Basketball vs University of Kansas 6pm Rupp Arena

FEBRUARY 2 Winter Jam

6pm Rupp Arena

American Girl

UK Men’s Basketball at University of Florida

JANUARY 29

FEBRUARY 3

11am, 3pm & 7pm Lexington Opera House

UK Men’s Basketball at Vanderbilt University 9pm ESPN/ESPN2/UK Sports Network

4/6pm ESPN/ESPN2/UK Sports Network

UK Women's Basketball vs. University of Florida 2pm Memorial Coliseum

Looking for more fun? Visit TOPSinLex.com and click on "Calendar" for the latest events around Central Kentucky!


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Gold for Gray Gala

Cal Turner, Jr. and Bob Quick at the Spotlight Lexington Breakfast

Jas and Andy Langani with Laura Babbage at the KentuckyOne Health Palomar Open House

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