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Volume 13 Number 11

go red + meet the millenials

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Who’s Who:

Coach Colene Understanding Congenital Heart Defects American Heart Association in Central Kentucky Heart & Stroke Survivors Non Profit Spotlight:

Jarrett’s Joy Cart

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Five Ways to Give this Month Heather French Henry Foundation for Veterans Breaking the Bronze Ceiling:

Mary Britton New & Noteworthy Branching Out:

The Night Market Meet the Millennials

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LIFESTYLE Outfit of the Month:

Savin’ Face:

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Wow Wedding:

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Change of Heart

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WHO’S WHO WHAT TO DO

Nude Attitude

Heart Health H O L I DAY PREP MEET THE

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2019 Gift Guide

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Injectables Allison + Sean Fall Flannel Details

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on the COVER See page 94 to learn more Photo: Matt Malicote


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Holiday Entertaining Tour of Homes:

Meticulous Manor Color Catalog:

Hale Navy

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Super Mom:

Antoinette Goss Johnson Family-Friendly Fun:

Holiday Magic Pets:

‘Tis the Season

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Top 5 Dining:

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33 Staves at Origin Hotel Cozy Restaurants Creamy Tortellini & Vegetables Holiday Cookies

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BBN:

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Football Courting Advice Equine Update Art in the Bluegrass:

A Good Sport The Sporting Art Auction


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Out & About TOPS

October Preview Party KET

Fabby Abbey Ball Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County

Empowerment Banquet

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Make-A-Wish Day at Keeneland Camp Horsin’ Around

Camp Out A Night for The Nest Women Leading Kentucky Ad Club Lexington

Keeneland Club Day

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Booktacular:

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Henry Clay

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A Great Gatsby Affair Hemp Social

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PHOTOS Out & About

OA Big Blue Madness Secretariat Monument Unveiling and Dedication

Secretariat Monument Unveiling and Dedication

Dana Carrozza and special friend at Sacred Selections Adoptions Event

Bank of the Bluegrass Ribbon Cutting

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Thriller Parade


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Who’s Who:

Coach Colene Understanding CHD Heart Association Heart & Stroke Survivors Non Profit Spotlight:

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Volunteer This Month Heather French Henry Breaking the Bronze Ceiling:

Mary Britton New & Noteworthy Branch Out:

The Night Market Meet the Millennials


WHO’S

WHO: COACH

COLENE by Kathie Stamps | photos by Keni Parks Business coach, corporate trainer, consultant, author, entrepreneur, conference founder— Colene Elridge comfortably wears all the hats. “When I was five, my mom’s best friend asked me what I wanted to be and I said I wanted to be the next Oprah. Literally since I was five. She laughed and said, ‘That’s cute. What do you really want to do?’ I said Oprah; I didn’t know that you couldn’t do that.” Elridge has never met a stranger. A graduate of Harrison County High School, she was on the speech team at Transylvania University, as well as VP of student government, president of the Panhellenic Association and Miss Transylvania. She convinced the board of trustees to let her create a degree for herself. In 2005 she was the first anthropology graduate at Transy and now it’s a full-time major. Anthropology is the study of culture (not to be confused with one of its subfields, archeology, the digging up of artifacts and bones). As the owner of Be More Consulting, Elridge works with individuals and businesses, some of whom hire her to evaluate workplace culture and help management define values and create company culture. She learned how to put a curriculum together for half-day and multiday training sessions during the dozen years she spent working in state government


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in the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet, including stints in the Department of Human Resources and the Office of Diversity, Equality and Training. She was also an investigator for discrimination and harassment complaints, and developed a passion for helping companies “create inclusive workplaces because I saw the benefits of it,” she said. In 2013 she was speaking at a conference about harassment prevention in the workplace, and a manager from Walgreens asked her afterward how much she would charge to come out and teach all the regional managers for that company. She told him it wasn’t something she did. “I think he thought I was playing hard to get,” she said. “Two days later, he called and said, ‘We really want you and here’s what we’ll pay you.’ It was a third of my yearly salary to go do two days of training,” she said. “I was like, cool, I’ll come. I’ll figure it out.” As her speaking and training side hustle grew, she also coached people one-on-one over coffee, helping one person at a time figure out and then accomplish their goals. She soon became known as Coach Colene. By 2018 she had left her full-time job in state government to become her own boss. She also got married that year (“He tells me I’m a superstar when I feel nervous about things”) and published a book, Monday Morning Pep Talks, based on her weekly e-blasts of the same name. More than inspiration, the email gives readers a weekly intention to practice. “I want it to take you less than five minutes a day to write out how you incorporated the theme,” Elridge said. “Two sentences.” This year she created a Monday Morning Pep Talks journal for capturing those daily check-ins and weekly summaries. The journal is making its debut for attendees at Elridge’s EmpowHer Conference in November. She created the content for the event by interviewing 50 women about their biggest leadership challenges. “I wanted this to feel like brunch with your

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Who’s Who

IT WAS REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME, BECAUSE I WAS RAISED BY A SINGLE MOM,

TO GIVE WOMEN OPPORTUNITIES TO BE IN THE ROOM.

girlfriends, but you’re going to learn things along the way,” she said. “I want it to be a fun day, but a day where women get the opportunity to talk about things they’ve been struggling with and offer them solutions too.” She is giving five conference scholarships to single moms. “It was really important to me, because I was raised by a single mom, to give women opportunities to be in the room,” she said, “knowing that some of them could not financially afford to go. I had a moment thinking, ‘my mom could have used a conference like this but could have never afforded to come to a conference like this’.” When she officially filed the paperwork for Be More Consulting a few years ago, Elridge called her brother. She asked him, “Is this crazy?”. She could hear him shaking his head on the phone. “Your entire life you’ve said you wanted to be the next Oprah,” he said. “Why would you think it’s crazy when it is what you always said you wanted to do?” Minus the TV show, Coach Colene is doing what she is meant to do: helping people live their best lives. •

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EmpowHer Conference Wednesday, Nov. 13th 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Manchester Music Hall For ticket information, visit EmpowHerConference.com


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UNDERSTANDING

Congenital Heart Defects story and photos courtesy of the American Heart Association Lexington

A congenital heart defect (CHD) is a structural problem with the heart that is present at birth. Such defects result when a mishap occurs during heart development soon after conception – often before the mother is aware that she is pregnant.

body to deliver that oxygen. When valves, chambers, arteries or veins are malformed, this circulation pattern can be impaired.

Though most heart problems in children are congenital, not all fall into this category. There are three To better understand congenital heart defects, it’s general categories of possible childhood heart probhelpful to remember how the heart is meant to lems: structural defects, acquired damage and heart function. A normal heart has valves, arteries and rhythm disturbances. These defects are usually, but chambers that circulate blood in a recurring pattern. not always, diagnosed early in life. Children also can When all the chambers and valves work correctly, be born with or develop heart rate problems such blood is pumped through the heart to the lungs for as slow, fast or irregular heartbeats, known as “aroxygen, back to the heart and then throughout the rhythmias.”

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Most of the time, the cause of CHDs isn’t known. Although the reason defects occur is presumed to be genetic, only a few genes have been discovered that have been linked to heart defects. Very rarely, the ingestion of some drugs and the occurrence of some infections during pregnancy can cause CHDs. Anyone can have a child with a congenital heart defect. Out of 1,000 births, at least eight babies will have some form of congenital heart disorder, most of which are mild. If you or other family members have already had a baby with a heart defect, your risk of having a baby with a heart defect may be higher. Severe heart disorders generally become evident during the first few months after birth. Some babies have very low blood pressure shortly after birth while other defects cause breathing difficulties, feeding problems or poor weight gain. Some babies may even appear to have blue-tinged skin, nails or lips. Most often, minor defects are diagnosed during a routine medical checkup. The good news is virtually all children with simple defects survive into adulthood. Although exercise capacity may be limited, most people with CHDs lead normal or nearly normal lives. Limitations are common with certain defects. Some children with CHDs have developmental delays or other learning difficulties. Successful CHD treatment requires highly specialized care. Treatment for severe defects can require extensive financial resources, including the costs associated with hospitalization. And children with developmental delays also require additional resources in their communities and schools to achieve their full potential.

Catherine Bennett, a 2014 Go Red for Women featured survivor, was born with a Ventricular Septal Defect and leaky tricuspid valve. photo by Phillips Mitchell

A serious congenital heart defect can also put an enormous emotional and financial strain on young families at a vulnerable time. Patient and family education is an important part of successful coping. The American Heart Association’s Support Network is a great place to start. The network is where you can share concerns and gain insights within a community of care. •

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THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

in Central Kentucky by Beth Langfels | photos courtesy of American Heart Assocation

When you think about all the work the American Heart Association (AHA) does, it’s easy to get confused. The AHA is a large, diverse, international organization performing a lot of work, in a lot of areas, and in a lot of different ways. Not just a charity, the Association includes crusaders, innovators, scientists and partners, all working toward fulfilling the mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. The AHA improves the health of Americans in a variety of ways including leading the nation in CPR education and training, helping people understand the importance of healthy lifestyle choices, and providing science-based treatment guidelines for healthcare professionals to help them give quality care to their patients. The Association also educates lawmakers, policymakers and the public, while advocating for changes to protect and improve the health of our communities and works with

diverse partners from many sectors to build a culture of health for all. Volunteer experts select the scientific research most worthy of funding — with great results and thanks to generous donors, the AHA have invested more than $4 billion in research, more than any organization outside the federal government. Many lifesaving research advances such as the first artificial heart valve, cholesterol-lowering drugs, heart transplantation and CPR techniques, as well as many Nobel Prize winners, have been funded. But heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of Americans and worldwide, and stroke is a leading cause of disability and the No. 5 killer in our nation, and the No. 2 killer globally. Ultimately, the AHA is working to change these facts and is overall focused on improving health and wellbeing within our local communities.

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AHA in Central Kentucky

So, what does this mean in Central Kentucky? The AHA works to improve risk factors that may lead to heart disease. This is why they go beyond education and information and work directly with volunteers, sponsors and other local organizations and companies who have an interest in health and wellbeing and want to transform the lives of our friends and neighbors for the better. This is known as “collective impact,” because it’s so much more powerful when partners work together toward a common goal. Priorities in Lexington include reducing the burden of chronic disease by offering blood pressure management programs; improving nutrition security by advocating for better food access and better guidelines for schools and childhood education centers; and working to create safe spaces and streets to encourage more physical activity. The AHA is also working with lawmakers to regulate e-cigarettes and tobacco use in public places, to both protect our children and our citizens from harm. Another way the AHA ensures equitable health for all in Central Kentucky is through both the Get with the Guidelines® and the Mission: Lifeline recognition programs. Hospitals and

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EMS recognized through the AHA’s quality improvement programs are following the most up to date, evidence-based treatment guidelines to improve patient outcomes. Here in Central Kentucky, the American Heart Association hosts many events that both educate and inspire people to live healthier lifestyles. The Go Red for Women Experience is among these events. Sponsored nationally by CVS Health with local cause sponsors, CHI Saint Joseph Health and Passport Health Plan, and Together to End Stroke sponsor, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, the event is designed to inspire women and those who care about them to take care of themselves, their health and their hearts. Over the years, this event has grown to become nearly a full day of education, camaraderie, entertainment and encouragement. On November 8, this year’s event will be held beginning at 8:30 am at the Lexington Center downtown, and will feature breakout sessions including “Heart Disease and the Importance of Sleep,” sponsored by CHI Saint Joseph Health; “Managing Stress through Yoga,” sponsored by Passport Health Plan and the KY Beef Council’s healthy cooking demonstration. Attendees will be treated to a heart healthy lunch while

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enjoying a survivor fashion show and listening to the keynote speaker, Karen M.R. Townsend, Ph.D., a Kentucky State University graduate, who will be speaking on the importance of self-care. The 2019 chair is Janet A. Craig of Stites and Harbison. It’s a celebration of women and the power they have together! On March 6, 2020, the AHA will be hosting the Central Kentucky Heart Ball, presented by White, Greer & Maggard Orthodontics. This is the premier black-tie event in Lexington and will be held at the Lexington Center Bluegrass Ballroom. Guests to this event enjoy a gourmet meal, live entertainment and will have an option to bid on some of the most exciting and unique auction items in town. Once the inspiring program is complete, guests can dance the night away with friends. The 2020 chair couple is Dr. Hal and Sarah Skinner. The event will honor former Governor John Y. Brown. The Central Kentucky Heart Walk takes place on May 9, 2020 at the beautiful grounds of Keeneland. All ages are welcomed to participate and sign up to raise funds to support the AHA’s mission. The event itself is designed for all abilities and includes both a one- and three-mile routes. The Heart Walk is the perfect way to celebrate a year of better health or kick off a commitment to add more physical activity. The year-round campaign, Healthy for Good, includes the Heart Walk, and also encourages smarter eating, moving more and stressing less. Healthy for Good sponsors in Lexington include UK HealthCare, UnitedHealthCare, Clark Regional Medical Center, Georgetown Community Hospital and Kroger. Karen Harbin of Commonwealth Credit Union is the 2020 Central Kentucky Heart Walk Chair. •

The American Heart Association is a volunteer driven organization and without the help of community volunteers, they could not fulfill their mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Do you have a passion for health and wellness? Are you a heart disease or stroke survivor? Is your child living with a congenital heart defect? Do you want to honor or memorialize a loved one who lost a battle with heart disease? Most people find that they can answer yes to at least one of these questions! If you would like to volunteer, call the Lexington Division of the American Heart Association at 859.317.6880 or visit heart.org/Lexington.

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The American Heart Association’s signature women’s initiative, Go Red for Women, is a comprehensive platform designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally. This year’s event is scheduled for November 8th at the Lexington Center. Janet Craig, this year’s Chair of Lexington’s Go Red for Women event says, “Heart disease is a women’s common enemy. What I really like about Go Red is that it makes you part of a caring and supportive group and it gives you tools to help you recognize and prevent it. Heart disease doesn’t discriminate. All ages are affected." Meet the 8 local survivors that will walk the runway at the Go Red event on November 8th with their mothers, sisters and friends that supported them through their journey to a healthy heart. photos by Erica Lee Photography stories by Beth Langfels

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Joyce’s heart problems began in the 1980s with an irregular heartbeat. Since heart disease runs in her family, she was prepared when doctors wanted her to take heart medication. Heart catheterizations revealed that there was no blockage in her heart, but instead, the heart muscle itself was damaged. In 2017, when even taking a few steps across a room left her out of breath, Joyce’s cardiologist tested her heart and said she was in congestive heart failure. When her doctor began surgery to insert a pacemaker and defibrillator, he saw her heart was in better shape than he initially thought. He decided to start her on the new medicine and external defibrillator. She had side effects, so her doctor decided again on an internal defibrillator. The day after Christmas in 2017, Joyce’s defibrillator kicked on after she had fallen asleep on the couch next to her grandson. Waking up and clutching her chest, she realized that the defibrillator had saved her life. In January of 2018, Joyce’s doctor confirmed that her heart was damaged beyond repair. Joyce’s new heart became available a year ago in October. After transplant surgery and a rough recovery, she stabilized and three weeks later, she went home. After just a few complications, she is doing well today. She wants to share her story to encourage everyone to get checked, including women who may not think they are at risk for heart issues. DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, STEPHANIE Joyce’s support system includes her son and his wife, Stephanie. They live within walking distance of one another, and Stephanie stayed at the hospital many times and supported Joyce through her ordeal. She is grateful to her family, cardiologists and her transplant coordinators, who all helped her become healthy again!

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Tiara was born into a difficult world. She was born with a very serious heart defect, having only a single functioning heart ventricle. Because of this, she needed open heart surgery just days after birth to save her life. She eventually had three surgeries but was not growing and thriving like other children her age. In 2011, Tiara went to visit her great aunt, Wanda Smith, after a family reunion and they spent a few nights together. Within a few short months, Wanda and her husband, who had three grown children away in college, were asked to change their entire lives when both Tiara, age 5, and her younger brother, John David, age 2, were placed in their care permanently. Today, Wanda is mom to both kids, after adopting them in 2015. Because of this, both children have been given a chance to live full, healthy lives. Now nearly 14-years-old and in middle school, Tiara’s early struggles have caused some delays, but none of this has stopped her from being a very active teenager who participates in dance competitions and volleyball. Tiara is excited to participate in this year’s Go Red Experience with the American Heart Association. Wanda is so proud of her strength and courage overcoming many obstacles. “MOM” WANDA Wanda’s sudden change from great aunt to legal mother of two children who desperately needed a stable, healthy home life has never given her a moment’s regret. She knows how lucky they are that both Tiara and her little brother are thriving. Wanda said being able to raise the children has been a tremendous blessing in her, her husband, and their grown children’s lives. She has learned to appreciate even the simplest things.


"Being healthy puts a person in a privileged group, according to Melanie Stivers. Having a second chance at life helps you realize this truth.” One evening in 2006, Melanie briefly lost consciousness, began vomiting and lost the ability to understand or express speech. In the ER, doctors unpacked terms like subarachnoid hemorrhage, which is bleeding caused by an abnormal bulge in a blood vessel, known commonly as a brain aneurysm. The bleeding could lead to brain damage or death. A skilled surgeon saved Melanie’s life but four years into her recovery, a second brain aneurysm presented on the opposite side of her head. After an unplanned second date with Melanie’s brain surgeon, she found herself with new deficits and additional needs for physical, occupational and vision therapy. "Being sick shows you who has your back. People carpooled our young sons while my vision prevented me from driving. They brought food and showed up for us in other powerful ways,” Melanie remembers. While a health crisis is not something she would choose, the important lessons she learned made her family who they are today. "My stand and deliver moment is when I get to tell people how much health really matters. None of us can be bulletproof, but we can wear a vest with our choices: cardio, strength and flexibility training, nutrition, prioritizing personal sleep needs and managing stress. I get to be the truly rare person who twice survived a brain aneurysm and a person who knows for sure that health is a paramount privilege worth choosing,” says Melanie. MOM, NANCY Melanie’s mother started a prayer chain and rallied her friends to support Melanie during this health crisis. She continues to be Melanie’s lifelong supporter and biggest fan.

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Mary Sue Vicars is nearly 82-years-old and has had a long, eventful life. Fifty years ago, she had a car accident. While in the hospital recovering, a heart problem was detected along with her broken jaw. Her heart defect had been caused by rheumatic fever she had years before, yet her family doctor had failed to detect it. After heart surgery, Mary Sue went home to continue caring for her family and three young daughters at the time. Though her heart continued beating strong for years, in 2006, she began having more issues that required heart surgery. Her surgeons replaced two valves, repaired the tricuspid, rerouted the maze and performed a bypass as well. These procedures put Mary Sue back on the road to health once again. Eventually, Mary Sue had a pacemaker implanted and in February of 2019, she experienced exhaustion and shortness of breath. Doctors discovered a leaky mitral valve and she was scheduled for a much less evasive procedure to repair it. Again she was given a new lease on life. Mary Sue rested for one day and then returned to work! Today, she is grateful to be healthy and alive and is awaiting the birth of her first greatgrandson! She calls her surgeons and doctors, as well as her family members, her biggest blessing. FRIEND/DOCTOR Dr. Michael Schaeffer is Mary Sue’s cardiologist. He not only performed lifesaving procedures on her heart that saved her life but has also become a close friend. Mary Sue calls him her “angel sent from Heaven.”

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Ebony’s heart story began when she was a full-time student at UK and working three jobs. She developed a sudden headache and nausea one evening after work. She went to bed, but when she awoke early the next morning, she looked in the mirror and noticed her vision was darker on the right side. Ebony frantically called her parents and drove to her home, ten minutes away. Her mother ended up taking her to the hospital while Ebony worried about what may be wrong. Doctors in the emergency room diagnosed her with a blood clot behind her eyes. Ebony was unable to see. A very matter of fact doctor told her she would never be able to see again. After a week in the hospital, doctors could not identify the cause of what ended up being a stroke. Additional tests showed that Ebony’s hearing was also damaged in one ear. Eventually, doctors determined she had an allergic reaction to estrogen and her birth control pills added to the levels, causing the stroke. Sixteen years later, Ebony, who was told she could never have children, has given birth to three. She has adjusted to her blindness and hearing deficit, but will be on blood thinners for the remainder of her life. But today, she calls herself a “stroke warrior” and says it’s important to her to share her story with others so they may learn the signs and symptoms of stroke. CHILDREN Ebony is a proud mom to the children that doctors never said she would have. They are her reason for moving forward, sharing her stroke story and living a healthy life. Her son, Mekhi (10) and daughter, Emory Victorian (4) appear with her in the photo. Her third and youngest child, Eden Victoria, passed away three years ago at the age of seven weeks.

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An irregular heartbeat doesn’t sound that serious. But Lisbon Hardy knows that this arrhythmia can totally devastate a life. Years ago, when Lisbon’s son was planning to bring friends home from college for a Keeneland weekend, she was scrambling to make her home presentable for them. She put a lot of pressure on herself to make it perfect and kept going by drinking a lot of coffee. While driving and running errands, she suddenly had to pull off to the side of the road, feeling like she had “an animal running wildly” on her chest. She decided to go immediately to the nearest emergency room where she was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, or A-fib. Medication seemed to work and kept it under control. But over time, Lisbon’s health was slowly getting worse. Eventually, she was diagnosed with atrial flutter and AV node re-entry tachycardia. She ended up having a cardiac ablation, but it didn’t fix her issues. A new doctor suggested a procedure to not only shock the heart to encourage regular rhythm but to follow up with medication designed to help it maintain its pace. She also had a pacemaker installed, but none of these treatments worked long term. A later second ablation was successful, but health issues caused her irregular heartbeat to return. Today, she is living with A-fib but will not allow the condition to define her. She takes blood thinners and researches her options. She is sharing her story to encourage women to care for their hearts and health to relax, avoid striving for perfection and to enjoy life! DAUGHTER, HALLIE Lisbon's biggest supporter and one of her very best friends is her daughter, Hallie. Lisbon said her daughter inspires her to take care of her heart health and do what she can to live a longer, healthier life!

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Like most women, Kathy Crouch wasn’t aware of any symptoms pointing to a heart problem. Three years ago, she changed doctors and was diagnosed with a heart murmur. Her doctor ordered an echocardiogram and it revealed she had multiple leaky valves, as well as an enlarged and damaged heart. After being referred to a cardiologist, Kathy learned her condition was unusual. She had an MRI of her heart, which showed structural issues and a severely leaking mitral valve. Her doctor changed her medication to help slow her heart rate in hopes of delaying or avoiding surgery, but she began to feel exhausted and short of breath. Her heart was deteriorating and open-heart surgery was the only way to fix it. On January 10, 2019, Kathy had that surgery, which repaired the heart and valve damage. After a few painful days in intensive care, she began to recover rather quickly. Today, she is doing well! Kathy said she feels grateful for this second chance and is blessed to have the support of family and friends, as well as medical professionals along her journey. She is sharing her story to encourage others who are struggling with heart issues. DAUGHTER, LAURA BETH Laura Beth was Kathy’s last baby. Now 19-years-old, she was faced with the fear of losing her mother to heart disease when she was just 18. Kathy calls Laura Beth, who herself is very healthy, a blessing for the joy and support she provided her.

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When Sadie Taylor was born in late 2013, her parents thought their newborn daughter was very healthy. But at just six months old, Sadie was diagnosed with a heart murmur. By the time she was two, her doctor had become more concerned. At home, Sadie was growing tired easily and waking up at night sweating. Her mother took her to the doctor, who referred to a cardiologist. She was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, coarctation of the aorta, when she was just three years old. Coarctation is a narrowing or pinching in the aorta. This condition forced Sadie’s heart to pump harder in order to push her blood through her heart. This caused abnormally high blood pressure on the left side of Sadie’s heart and arms and very low pressure in her legs. Sadie’s cardiologist recommended a procedure to repair her heart. Sadie came through with flying colors. She was released and able to return home to Somerset within four days post-surgery. Today Bridget says her daughter has so much energy that it’s hard to keep up with her! She just turned six years old and has no restrictions of any kind. She loves playing soccer and anything to do with art. A kindergartner this year, Sadie is homeschooled but enjoys time with her friends at church and the local gym. MOM, BRIDGETT Last year, Bridget attended a support group and learned about the American Heart Association’s efforts in her community. She knew she wanted to raise money for this important cause but wasn’t sure what to do. After doing some research, she found an idea for a “kindness plate,” filled with a dozen homemade treats, to give as thank you gifts to people who donated to the AHA. Last year, Sadie made a video sharing her story on social media and ended up giving away 77 dozen cookies. Bridget said Sadie loves raising money for the AHA because they helped her get well so she can grow and play like a normal kid!


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JARRETT'S JOY CART

by Lauren Rogers | photos courtesy of Jarrett's Joy Cart Jarrett Mynear of Jarrett’s Joy Cart was born destined for greatness. Although some would say Jarrett was robbed from a normal childhood due to Ewing Sarcoma – a rare bone cancer diagnosis – the word “normal” was never fitting to describe Jarrett in any capacity. He was always extraordinary. Exceptional. An old soul, wise beyond his years. And a force of joy to be reckoned with. Jarrett was an angel shared for a fleeting moment, who blessed those around him with kindness and gifts of love. This selflessness and effervescent positivity in the face of extreme adversity forever made Jarrett a legend – not just in Lexington, but around the nation. At just 2-years-old, Jarrett lost his leg to cancer. Three years later, he received a bone-marrow transplant when the Ewings returned for the first time. Multiple diagnoses and aggressive treatments resulted in a secondary cancer at age 9, myelodyspla-

sia. He received a bone-marrow transplant from his incredibly courageous sister, Claire, that extended his life for four more years. By the time he reached age 13, he had been diagnosed with and treated for Ewings 5 times. None of this stopped Jarrett from spreading joy and light to others in need. Inspired by his own experience receiving toys and trinkets as a patient in a Seattle hospital at age 5, Jarrett began lobbying local Lexington businesses for donations in order to spread the same joy locally. Toys started pouring in. Thus, in 1999, Jarrett’s Joy Cart was born. Each Tuesday night, Jarrett would fill up a cart with the donated goodies and walk the halls of the UK Healthcare Children’s Hospital (KCH) letting each of the 50 plus patients (ages 0 - 18) he visited choose a toy. In his own words, Jarrett explained, “The Joy Cart is not just about giving the children toys; it’s mostly about having something for them to look forward to.”

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Since its inception, this one simple act of kindness has directly impacted tens of thousands of people by bringing them some joy and distraction in a time when they needed it most. Nearly two decades after his death in October of 2002, Jarrett’s legacy lives on through his beloved Joy Cart. The program, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has expanded to include so much more than weekly Tuesday night visits. Jennifer Mynear, Jarrett’s mom and Chair of Jarrett’s Joy Cart, shares that the all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit is now excited to provide “projects that encompass everything from toys to endowments, to educational materials, to an annual Holiday Store where patients choose free gifts to give to their parents and loved ones, to high-end electronics, to distractors, incentives and more.” She continues, “Jarrett made us promise to keep his Joy Cart going and growing and we think he’d be proud of all that has been accomplished from the strong foundation he laid out. We’ve been able to keep the focus on the kids, just like he wanted.”

Born out of empathy and compassion for others, Jarrett’s Joy Cart seeks to positively and directly impact as many children as possible from across the state who are treated at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital for various medical challenges, both inpatient and outpatient, and to bring them joy, a sense of escape, education and empowerment. To follow along with Jarrett’s incredible legacy, check out Jarrett’s Joy Cart on Social Media by searching Jarrett’s Joy Cart – Central KY on Facebook, thejoycart on Instagram or check out their website, thejoycart.com.

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He appeared on the Rosie O’ Donnell Show four times as well as on Oprah!

He had a genius level IQ.

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DanceBlue was founded in memory of Jarrett.

A biography was written about him called The Boy Who Delivered Joy by Marvin Bartlett available online and in bookstores.

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TOPS: What are our goals for 2019/2020? Jennifer Mynear: In the coming year, our plan is to fine tune the projects that we have developed while preparing for the ever-growing patient population and to seek out additional opportunities to spread some JOY. TOPS: What does Jarret's Joy Cart mean to you? JM: Seeing the direct impact on tens of thousands of patients & families, whether momentary or long-standing, means the world to us and makes all of the hard work by our Board of Directors, dedicated volunteers, and donors worth it. TOPS: What has it been like to watch Jarrett's vision come to fruition in Lexington? JM: It is beyond words to express what the continued support means, from the Lexington area and across the state and to know that something Jarrett started 20 years ago, is still relevant and making a difference long after he left this world. It’s never been about Jarrett: it’s always been about his message, reaching out to others in need–whom you don’t even know–to show you care. TOPS: How can people help support Jarret's Joy Cart? JM: The first and easiest way is to partner with us is through financial donations so that we can continue to grow, such as our $125,000 endowment for a Sibling Support Program provided by the Kentucky Children’s Hospital PACT Team (Pediatric Advanced Care Team), purchase large ticket items requested by various departments, keep our inventory of toys and gifts going and much more! Secondly, donations of new toys and gifts for ages 0-18 years is what helps keep our inventory stocked and up to date. Thirdly, spread the word! We’re still here after 20 years and plan to keep going and growing with support. Follow us on social media or visit our website. •

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As Thanksgiving Day approaches, it’s the perfect time to give thanks by giving back to our community. There are so many causes in Lexington that need your help. Here are five simple ways you and your family can make a difference this holiday season!

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Proceeds from two upcoming races will benefit GleanKY, a nonprofit that gathers and redistributes excess fresh fruits and vegetable to nourish central Kentucky’s hungry. Sign up to volunteer for, or run in, The Gobbler on November 24th and The Thoroughbred Classic on November 28th. Contact Bekah Worster: bekah@gleanky.org.

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Fayette County Public Schools needs volunteers for the R.E.A.L. Men Read Program to read to elementary students for one hour per month from November 20, 2019 – March 27, 2020. R.E.A.L. stands for “Read, Excel, Achieve, Lead” and it’s a national read-aloud program that puts volunteers in schools to build students’ literacy skills. For more details and availability at your local elementary school, contact R.E.A.L. District Coordinator, Christian Adair: christian.adair@fayette.kyschools.us.

The Salvation Army needs volunteers to ring the bells at Red Kettle stands throughout Lexington from November 29th – December 24th. A few hours of your time this holiday season provides The Salvation Army with funding to shelter homeless women, feed hungry families and educate at-risk children throughout the year. Children are welcome to participate with an adult. Contact Megan Couch: megan.couch@use.salvationarmy.org.

Volunteer for the Lexington Humane Society “Picture Your Pet with Santa” fundraiser and help with registration, handling animals, and assisting Santa and photographers. Or, LHS is always looking for donations of pull-tab canned dog food, pull-tab canned cat food and/or dry kitten chow. Contact Meghan Bostic: mbostic@lexingtonhumanesociety.org.

Stock the Step By Step Christmas Store with new, unwrapped toys for babies and children up to 9 years old. The young single moms in Step By Step shop for their children with points they earn as they reach program milestones. Gifts can be dropped off December 2 – 6 at Immanuel Baptist Church. Contact Tanya Torp: tanyat@sbslex.org.

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To learn more about these nonprofits and over 400 others, visit GoodGiving.net. Or if you want to learn more about the work of Blue Grass Community Foundation and how they can help you better organize and simplify your personal or business giving call 859.225.3343 or email Lauren Parsons: lauren@bgcf.org.

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HEATHER

FRENCH HENRY

FOUNDATION FOR VETERANS Heather French Henry is a truly remarkable lady. She works tirelessly to make a difference daily in the lives of all Kentuckians, as well as doing big things for our veterans. We would be remiss not to mention that she also means a great deal to TOPS, as she was our very first TOPS Louisville cover story back in January of 2017. Heather was gracious enough to take a quick break and spend some time with us again.

by Rocko Jerome photos by Danny Alexander “In everything that I do, my main intention is always to make Kentucky proud.” With those simple words, Heather French Henry has lived a life of purpose, service, dignity and intent. Raised in Augusta, Heather came from a working-class family. The lessons of her father still guide her today. “He’s a decorated veteran of Vietnam,” she says, “and he’s of that generation where we’re only just now recognizing concepts like PTSD and its long term effects. He’s always been a figure of great strength to me.” The first line about Heather’s life story is almost always that she was Miss America in 2000 and the first from Kentucky, but perhaps her most important work has been in devotion to improving the lives of veterans. Selflessly, she used the attention directed towards her from that pageant’s accolade towards the monumentally important task of making a difference for those who served. All too often, these brave men and women are left disabled or fall through the cracks and become homeless. Heather formed the Heather French Foundation for Veterans. It’s an ongoing campaign of compassion. The organization’s motto is


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“One of the things about the great honor of becoming Miss America is that it changes the course of your life and plans,” Heather says. “I was on a trajectory for a career in fashion design before winning. That title afforded me so many new options and avenues, so when I came back to that, it was with fresh eyes.” Heather had graduated from the prestigious University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning just before she took the crown. In the years since then, she’s put her passion for fashion to work by creating elegant designs for every woman. It was something that she knew would be important to her from an early age. “For as far back as I can recall, I always found fashion and style captivating,” she says. The name of her line is Frenchy, and you can peruse her luxurious work online.

IN EVERYTHING THAT I DO, MY MAIN INTENTION IS ALWAYS TO MAKE KENTUCKY PROUD.

“Honoring those who died by serving those who live.” It’s about as personal as it gets for Heather. “Their sacrifices are incalculable, and that doesn’t stop after wartime ends,” she says. In 2014, she was appointed as Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, where she’s served as an outstanding advocate. She also worked as Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of KDVA, serving under two governors, Steve Beshear and Matt Bevin.

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For all of the tremendous work that Heather has done, her greatest pride comes from her daughters. She beams when she talks about the family she’s formed with her husband, former lieutenant governor Steve Henry. “I watch the way that they engage with all kinds of people, they’re so far ahead of most kids their age. There’s so much importance in a handshake, eye contact and a smile; it makes all the difference in opening doors of opportunity for everyone.” Heather has built a life full of defied expectations, making impacts and improvements to the world in ways few might have expected. A Miss America leading foundations to help homeless veterans. A fashion designer serving in public office. Heather’s is a life well-lived. “Maybe I just like the challenges,” she says with a laugh. “One thing that I can tell you for sure is that as much as I like getting fixed up, I’m just as happy in a ballcap!” •

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Breaking the Bronze Ceiling

Inspirational Women:

DR. MARY E.

BRITTON Lexington Suffragist

story by Randolph Hollingsworth, PhD, of the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project • kentuckywomansuffrageproject.org

Mary Ellen Britton (April 16, 1855 — August 27, 1925) was born in Lexington as a free person of color – she and her six siblings lived with their parents Laura and Henry Britton on Mill Street, between Second and Third Streets, in the Gratz Park area. She and her sister, Julia Britton Hooks, attended a private school. Her family moved to Berea after the Civil War, and Mary graduated from Berea College in 1874. She taught in central Kentucky’s segregated schools and participated in many civil rights organizations as well as local reform efforts. She was a founding member of the group who created the Colored Orphans Industrial Home in Lexington, and she protested at the Kentucky building in Chicago at the 1893 World Exposition by trying to gain admission. Her newspaper articles on moral and social reform were widely circulated, and she wrote a regular women’s column in the Lexington Herald under the pseudonym “Meb.” Britton believed that women were not fully represented by men at the ballot box. In 1887 she gave a suffrage speech before the Kentucky Colored (sic) Teachers Association – the first of its kind in the South and of which she was a founding member: “If woman is the same as man then she has the same rights, if she is distinct from man then she has a right to the ballot to help make laws for her government. … most assuredly is Woman Suffrage a Potent Agency in Public Reforms.” By 1896 Lexington’s women – black and white – won the right to vote in school board elections; and in 1901, a large percentage of black women organized to vote for candidates in the Republican Party. Britton and other women were angry that the African American principal Green P. Russell supported radical changes to the school curriculum and that he was personally profiting from acceding to the dictates of the conservative Democratic Party. The large turnout by black women voters led to the state’s revocation of woman suffrage in 1902. Britton left Lexington to attend school in Chicago. She graduated from the American Medical Missionary College and in 1902 was granted a license to practice medicine in Lexington – the first woman to do so. She served patients in her home on North Limestone Street (fronting Rand Avenue, in a building still standing) where she practiced for over twenty years. She continued to complain about the poor status of black schools in Lexington, publicly objecting to Russell’s support by the city government. For decades she led the Lexington Women’s Improvement Club efforts to support mothers and children as well as raise funds for literacy efforts. •

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GET INVOLVED: Support Breaking the Bronze Ceiling in erecting a statue in downtown Lexington to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. Visit breakingthebronzeceiling.com to donate and be a part of this important movement!


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Celebrate the Kentucky Book Festival November 10-16 For one week this month, Lexington is getting a little more literary!

held at the Kentucky Theatre. This event is free to attend, but RSVP is required.

Lexington is celebrating the Kentucky Book Festival November 10-16, 2019. The first literary celebration of its kind in the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Book Festival shines the spotlight on local authors and stories while inviting nationally recognized writers to the Bluegrass. This week-long festival offers lots for book lovers to enjoy.

Thursday, November 14th 5-7pm at The Mane on Main, attend Cocktails & Conversation with violinist and author Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman, interviewed by KET’s Renee Shaw. Tickets are $35. Also Thursday is a free Books & Brews Trivia night at West Sixth Brewing.

The Kentucky Book Festival Kick Off will be Sunday, November 10th 1-4pm at ArtsPlace. All ages can enjoy creative activities and meeting authors in person. The Newport Aquarium’s WAVE on Wheels Outreach Program will be on-site, featuring live animals and hands-on learning activities. This event is free to attend. The Literary Luncheon on Tuesday, November 12th at 12pm at ArtsPlace features guests Gurney Norman, Bobbie Ann Mason, Ed McClanahan and Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, moderated by poet and novelist Crystal Wilkinson. Tickets are $40. On Wednesday, November 13th at 6:30pm, a special screening of the documentary about Wendell Berry, Look & See, will be

Friday, November 15th at 8am, the Commerce Lexington Spotlight event will feature three bourbon experts who will share about the business of bourbon and its cultural impact in the bluegrass and beyond. The Kentucky Book Fair is an anchor to this celebration of writing. The 38th Annual Kentucky Book Fair will be held in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park November 16th 9am-4pm. Over 200 regional and national authors will be in attendance, with panel discussions and author presentations on two stages throughout the day, as well as vendors and exhibitors for guests to browse. Admission is free. Concessions will be available for purchase on-site.

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Matthew and Jenna Mitchell to donate $1 million to Town Branch Park In October, Town Branch Park announced a $1 million donation from Matthew and Jenna Mitchell. “Jenna and I feel extremely blessed to call Lexington home,” said Matthew Mitchell, head coach for the University of Kentucky women’s basketball program. “We have received so much love and support from virtually every segment of the community and this is an opportunity for us to give back in a meaningful way. Town Branch Park will be a place for people of all ages, backgrounds and experiences to gather together and interact in a beautiful and dynamic space. That is a vision of Lexington we are proud to get behind.” To honor this gift, the Park will name the hardscape plaza near the park entrance after the Mitchells. The Plaza will serve all members of the community with hundreds of free activities and classes. It will be a key location in the park for the many programs planned for people of different ages and a wide variety of interests. “We are deeply grateful to the Mitchells, whose spirit of generosity and underlying love for Lexington are embodied in

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this gift,” said Allison Lankford, executive director of Town Branch Park. “This is another giant step forward in creating a world-class park in the heart of downtown, and we are fortunate that Matthew and Jenna have chosen to support this community in such a meaningful, impactful and lasting way.” With this donation, the park has now raised $10.6 million of its $31 million private fund-raising goal to create more than 9 acres of signature downtown park. It also will become the trailhead – connecting 22-miles of biking/walking trails leading from downtown to Lexington’s iconic rural landscape. Town Branch Park, led by civic leaders and philanthropists, is working to transform acres of parking in the Manchester Parking Lot behind Rupp Arena into an inviting, dynamic, fun, and uncommonly beautiful green space that will reflect the culture and spirit of Lexington. The Park will be funded, programmed and maintained through private donations and grants. story courtesy of Allison Lankford, Town Branch Park

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Craig Purser, NBWA President & CEO, and Brian Gelner, NBWA Chairman of the Board, present Tate Sherman and her team with the award.

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Kentucky Eagle, Inc. recognized by national organization for outstanding education campaign The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) awarded Lexington-based beer distributor Kentucky Eagle, Inc. the 2019 Public Affairs Award during its 82nd Annual Convention and Tradeshow in Las Vegas. Kentucky Eagle, Inc. was honored for its efforts to create a comprehensive rebranding campaign that sought to educate the public about the critical role of beer distributors. This annual award recognizes a company that goes above and beyond to find innovative and creative ways to promote the beer distribution industry. “Kentucky Eagle Inc, under the leadership of Tate Sherman, executed a one-of-a-kind rebranding campaign that seeks to educate the community about the role of distributors,” said Craig Purser, NBWA president and CEO. “This award is a testament to the company and its employee’s skill and commitment to the industry. We are so proud of Tate Sherman and her team at Kentucky Eagle, Inc.” Kentucky Eagle Inc. is a family-owned company that was founded in 1948. For its 70th anniversary, the company commissioned a comprehensive rebranding campaign.

Kentucky Eagle analyzed the most significant issues facing the industry, including self-distribution, attacks on the three-tier system and general unawareness, and created a strategy to communicate its rich history and the story of beer distributors. The company’s rebrand established new core values, including teamwork, accountability, integrity and community, and embraced that they are family-owned and -operated. Kentucky Eagle’s campaign also highlighted distributors’ continued commitment to keeping shelves and taps stocked with a wide variety of beers. Most notable, however, was the decision to completely re-wrap Kentucky Eagle Inc.’s trucks. Now, when a Kentucky Eagle truck is on the road making its deliveries, it has the company’s new branding and slogans. “We are so humbled to be recognized by NBWA this year,” said Tate Sherman, president of Kentucky Eagle Inc. “We saw a need to educate our community about our role and had some fun along the way. Kentucky Eagle hopes that this will serve as a model and other distributors will follow suit.” story courtesy of National Beer Wholesalers Association

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Lush Aesthetics moves to Hamburg Conveniently located inside and partnered with Kentucky Laser Hair Removal, Lush Aesthetics is providing full service aesthetics in the Hamburg area! To better fit the growing needs of their clients, Lush Aesthetics moved to a larger space in September. They are now in the Abell Eyes building, making them more accessible than ever. They continue to offer a wide range of injectables, including PRP for collagen correction and thinning hair. Consultations at Lush Aesthetics are complimentary. One-onone guidance is given with Master Injector, Jasmin Wheeler, APRN. Jasmine has been practicing aesthetic medicine for 10 years. She has been trained and certified in aesthetics through several organizations. She prides herself on understanding her patients’ needs on a personal level. She said, “Aesthetics is an art. Your face is my canvas, and I am here to form a masterpiece that you and I create together.” Because of their partnership with Kentucky Laser Hair Removal, they are able to provide a 10% discount for laser clients.

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World Market opens November 14th in Hamburg Home décor mavens rejoice: the first Lexington World Market location is opening in Hamburg in November! Cost Plus World Market will be nestled between Total Wine & More and Half Price Books. The retailer, a subsidiary of Bed Bath & beyond with more than 250 stores nationwide, offers furniture, home décor, dinnerware, seasonal decorations, food and more. Whether luxury or every day, world-inspired or style-focused, World Market features an eclectic and sophisticated array of products perfect for any home. The World Market grand opening will be November 14th, just in time for the holiday season. There will be special customer discounts, giveaways, coupons, samples and more. The store will be located at 2321 Sir Barton Way #1060.

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CHI Saint Joseph Health launches affiliation with Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center CHI Saint Joseph Health – Cancer Care Centers in Lexington and Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center have launched a formal affiliation to expand access to highly specialized cancer treatments, clinical expertise and research studies for patients in central Kentucky. “Our cancer care centers have a long history of providing high quality care for patients and we are pleased to enhance that care even further,” said Bruce Tassin, CEO, CHI Saint Joseph Health, and president, Saint Joseph Hospital. “This affiliation will give patients in central Kentucky access to physicians at Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center, which is ranked in the top 10 hospitals for cancer care nationally by US News & World Report.” The affiliation follows a rigorous review process of the care and services provided by CHI Saint Joseph Health – Cancer Care Centers. Among the benefits are a streamlined referral process and consultation on treatment options with Cleveland Clinic physicians. Oncologists with CHI Saint Joseph Health will present cases to the Cleveland Clinic tumor board, which

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will provide a consensus opinion to the Lexington physicians to incorporate into the treatment plan. “Our affiliation with CHI Saint Joseph Health will streamline access to second opinions for patients in central Kentucky,” said Brian Bolwell, MD, chairman of Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center. “We look forward to collaborating with CHI Saint Joseph Health oncologists to expand the number of patients we can help with advanced treatments and therapies.” CHI Saint Joseph Health – Cancer Care Centers provide a variety of support services, including a social worker at both Lexington locations who are involved with the patient throughout their cancer journey and support groups that meet regularly. The centers will soon add referral coordinators devoted to oncology services. These coordinators at the cancer center can walk patients through referrals and assist with scheduling to make it easier to access vital patient care.” story courtesy of CHI Saint Joseph Health

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Kick off the holiday season with The Square! Surround yourself with stylish brands, distinctive dining and festive entertainment during The Square’s annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 29th from 3-8pm. As one of Lexington’s favorite holiday traditions, this event is one that you won’t want to miss! From live holiday music to the chance to get a surprise gift certificate, there’s so much festive fun to experience this year at The Square! Don’t miss activities and entertainment to delight every member of the family! In the atrium from 3-7pm, children can visit Father Christmas and receive an adorable elf hat (while supplies last). Create a keepsake holiday craft or ornament together while you enjoy live holiday music. Make a minimum $10 purchase from a participating store and bring the receipt to the atrium, where you will select a candy cane and get a gift certificate to one of The Square’s great shops or restaurants! Continue the memories with a visit to the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival in Triangle Park from 3-7pm! Guests can enjoy skating, listen to music and enjoy free children’s activities as the crowd waits for Santa and the mayor to light the tree. Between The Square’s Holiday Open House and the twinkling lights in Triangle Park, you will definitely want to be downtown on Friday, November 29th!

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Branch Out

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The Night Market

The Night Market is a monthly street festival produced by NoLi CDC, from May-December. The Night Market is celebrating its seventh year! The average crowd has grown to 5,000 people per festival, compared to 1,000 per festival in 2013. On the first Friday of the month at the 700 block of Bryan Avenue, you’ll find vintage vendors, artisans, nonprofits, exciting cuisine and more. People leave room for dancing to live music, families play in the kids’ area, and people flow in and out of the nearby retail stores until things wind down at 10 pm. The goal of the festival is to provide a space for artists, local

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businesses and organizations to engage with the community. Vendors pay just $25 for their space, which opens the door for vendors of all sizes. All of the businesses at Night Market are locally-owned, and 70% of vendors live or work in the North Limestone area. At either end of the market, you can grab a fresh beer from West Sixth Brewing—who gives half of the proceeds from beer sales at the festival back to supporting the Night Market and neighborhood projects. The Night Market is a great destination for date night or a family outing. The next Night Market is December 6th. It will be the perfect place to wrap up your holiday shopping!

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DR. JASON HARRIS, OWNER AND RADIOLOGIST lexingtondiagnostic.com “Each patient we see at Lexington Diagnostic Center & Open MRI is extremely important to me and our entire team,” says Dr. Jason Harris. “We understand what we do makes a significant difference in this patient’s life,” he shares. As Lexington’s only locally owned and operated free-standing independent imaging facility, LDC can save their patients 30-60% compared to the costs of diagnostic imaging at the local hospitals. “We believe every patient deserves the best in affordable, quality care,” Dr. Harris explains. “A patient at LDC always knows what their testing will cost up front, there are no hidden fees or surprise bills that arrive weeks or months later.” “Being the owner and Radiologist of Lexington Diagnostic Center & Open MRI, I know that every decision starts and ends with what is best for the patient. I look at each patient as if they are a member of my family, as someone I know, this motivates me to give my absolute best,” he says. Dr. Jason Harris also appreciates his dedicated management team and exceptional staff, “I enjoy working with our talented team at LDC and I look forward to where the future takes us.”

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BRENNAN & ASSOCIATES AT MERRILL LYNCH MARK J. DILL 859.231.5237 Mark J. Dill experienced the turmoil of the Great Recession in 2008 and 2009 while he was a student at Henry Clay High School. “My parents worked hard to ensure that my sister, Meredith, and I could afford to go to college,” says Mark. This influenced Mark’s father to start bringing home the USA Today to teach him about the markets and business news. Now a Wealth Advisor at Merrill Lynch, Mark shares, “These memories motivate me to continue reading and learning so that I may serve families in the highest capacity.” As a partner with Brennan & Associates at Merrill Lynch, Mark says, “We recognize that affluence can place unusual demands on families in our community. Mollie and I strategically partner with families to design a multi-generational legacy plan with the warmth and comfort of a boutique, family office.” Mark is excited about the opportunity to help Lexington grow and prosper. “My team is fortunate to be growing and expanding, now we plan to deploy more resources for those who need them most. My wife, Alison, and I have specific organizations we support, but we look forward to engaging more with civic leaders in their community-building endeavors.” Mark encourages young professionals to surround themselves with people who want to be successful when entering the workplace today. He says that Abraham Lincon said it best, “I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.”

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CARSON’S FOOD & DRINK CARSON FICHTNER, MARKETING DIRECTOR carsonsfoodanddrink.com Carson Fichtner has long recognized that the use of technology in the workplace has given the millennial generation a bit of an edge in the ever-evolving world we live in. As the Marketing Director for Carson’s Food and Drink, this tech-savvy approach has definitely been an advantage in their marketing strategy while balancing the core values of their company, something that Carson feels sets them apart from the rest. He explains, “At Carson’s, it is tremendously important to us that we remain approachable and give off a warm and inviting nature within our restaurant. That same principle applies to our marketing strategy. We are in the hospitality industry after all, and we feel that can often be lost, especially in the realm of marketing.” Motivated daily by his beautiful family, Carson has plans to expand his efforts – and his team – in the next ten years, taking his business to a new level. “I truly hope to see my current one-man operation turn into a diverse set of other team members,” Carson shares. “Creating other job opportunities for people in the design and marketing field is a lifelong goal for me, and hopefully we can make that happen, and soon!” Coming from a creative collegiate background himself, Carson advises, “Don’t ever let anyone devalue the creative side of our world or your role in it. If you are passionate about an artistic or creative job, pursue it. Don’t let anyone else deter you from finding yourself in the things you love.”

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LAUREN WEST: OWNER, DRYBAR & PEPLUM • COLLEEN COSTELLO: GENERAL MANAGER, PEPLUM • DENISHA SCOTT: SHOP EDUCATOR, DRYBAR peplumlexington.com For Lauren West, owner of Drybar and Peplum, the priority will always be the customer, something she feels sets apart her business in the industry today. “Our clients enjoy and have come to expect our personal touch on their experience. We make every person that enters our doors feel welcomed and celebrated.” On that note, it is no surprise that the incredible clients motivate Lauren. She has established lasting relationships with them over the years. “Other women continue to motivate me and drive me forward each day,” she shares. “Our clients have become friends and their energy and enthusiasm for our brand make us want to be better and work harder every day.” Speaking of other women, not only does Lauren feel that Peplum and Drybar have such a great synergy because both businesses share the same purpose, she credits her incredible team for their continued success. Lauren explains, “The sole purpose of both brands is to instill confidence and happiness in our clients. We want women to leave us feeling empowered and full of love for themselves, but you can’t create that kind of environment without the right people in place. That’s why Denisha Scott, the Shop Educator at Drybar and Colleen Costello, the General Manager at Peplum, are such an integral part of our team. Culture starts at the top and both ladies understand that our number one priority is to love on our clients and make sure that anyone who enters our doors feels like a million bucks!”

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CRAVENS REALTY - JOSH & KIM JOSHUA T. BARRETT & KIM CAYWOOD gokyrealestate.com Despite the common misconception surrounding the work ethic of millennials, Joshua T. Barrett and Kim Caywood of Cravens Realty are proving that in actuality, the millennial generation is anything but what society often labels them as. Josh explains, “I think we’re pigeonholed as lazy and selfcentered, and although that may be true for some, I find many millennials are efficient and hardworking.” He continues, “living through the recession has made millennials fearful, so they are thrifty, but at the same time, they really take risks and do what hasn’t been done. They invest, especially in real estate, as they see its’ value. They are tech-savvy and use that to work smarter, not harder.” Cravens Realty has been locally owned and operated since 1997 by Mike Cravens. Kim has been actively selling real estate for the past 15 years. Josh began selling real estate at the age of 18 and actively sold up until 2019 when he took a more passive role in the company. Today, Kim heads up all the buying and selling as Josh manages customer service and client relationships. “Seeing a family make a house a home continues to motivate us each day,” Josh and Kim share unanimously. They say that, “providing for our own families, creating jobs, spurring on the American and Kentucky economies and being a part of a great community while building in it are driving factors pushing us to show up and do our best, each and every day.” Partnering with Kim has afforded Barrett the time to become more civically and politically involved. “I am passionate about showing up and representing our people. I feel a great calling to make a difference for the folks in central Kentucky”.

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ANDRES AGUIRRE, MANAGER AND PARTNER campestre.com Andres Aguirre brings his passion for people to Campestre, a family-owned Mexican Bar and Grill company based out of Princeton, West Virginia. “I love working with people and I like to talk to a lot of people. This continues to motivate me each and every day when I come to work. In ten years, I hope to have opened more Campestre locations all around Kentucky; that would be the goal!” Serving as Lexington’s Premiere destination for “South of the Border” favorites, Campestre boasts a full bar, 16 different draft beers and dishes made with top quality ingredients, like their tasty salsa blanca. As the Manager and Partner, Andres feels that the Campestre style mixes up the more traditional Mexican restaurant vibe creating a unique ambiance that people are drawn to. “We pride ourselves in serving only the freshest, most delicious, authentic Mexican cuisine. Our dishes are perfectly seasoned, generously portioned and always made to order. Quality veggies and meat comes with a price, but we know that people deserve the best,” Andres explains. Despite the perception – often held by millennials – that opening a business is easy, Andres advises others that it is not as simple as it seems. “Working hard is always what I recommend to people just getting started in their careers. That and find something you love to do and pursue it with all you’ve got!”

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THE KENTUCKY CASTLE

CHRISTIE ECKERLINE, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER thekentuckycastle.com

For Christie Eckerline, Chief Operating Officer of The Kentucky Castle, the greatest motivator each day is getting to work with her amazing clients. “There is nothing quite like working with someone to bring their perfect event to life. Whether you are training your staff, revealing a new product, or celebrating a milestone, we can help to create a perfect, one of a kind experience for your guests. It is both fulfilling and fun!” Recently named “The Most Beautiful Hotel in Kentucky,” by Architectural Digest Digest, this positive mindset and leadership is clearly reflected in the outstanding results and reviews of The Kentucky Castle, now welcoming guests nightly. Christie explains, “Our goal is to treat every guest with the level of care and attention that we would want our family to be treated with. We want you to feel welcomed with open arms and we aim to provide this to all of our guests and we hope this will keep our patrons coming back for years to come.” Christie is also quick to admit that in today’s world, business never stops. She shares, “Emails come in at all hours of the day and we are expected to constantly stay in contact and be accessible by phone. You will be a much better and more productive employee if you create a good balance; making time to step away and recharge from work is a necessity.” She advises those entering the workforce to “find something you love so that you never want to coast.”

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THE MALICOTES & SEED + HARVEST KELS MALICOTE, CVO themalicotes.com

Kels has been working as a professional photographer for the last decade and has co-owned a creative branding company for nearly two years. For her, the key to success is a positive outlook. “For me, it’s the confidence I have in good things returning to me,” she explains. “I work hard, I give as freely as I possibly can and I throw compliments around like confetti. I speak positivity over my team and my business and I believe that a good attitude coupled with good intentions and acts of kindness create the perfect recipe to success!” For anyone else who may be sitting on their dreams or big ideas, Kels advises to go for it. “Listen up sister: if you’ve got a dream, it isn’t too big or too small, too out there or too boring. It’s yours,” she says. “So stop waiting. It deserves your effort because you deserve the dream!” photo by Matt Malicote

REPUBLIC BANK PATRICIA MORGESON, AVP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER republicbank.com

While Generation X may have created computers and the internet, Patricia Morgeson says, “it is the millennial generation that is shaping the future with it now.” As the AVP Business Development Officer for Republic Bank, she continues, “we have come so far, and yet we have so far to go. The ever-growing technology allows us to be able to innovate for the future.” Driven by her motivation to excel at her job, Patricia encourages everyone to pursue their passion, or as she puts it, “Find that thing that makes you tick, the thing that makes you want to lose sleep and work all night. That’s what you want to do, and then strive to be the best at it. Innovate, agitate, then educate.” Patricia strives to help her children in the pursuit of their dreams, saying, “It’s all about making the next generation thrive more than the previous generation.”

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DAN C E LESS ON S Arthur Murray gift cards include 2 private sessions, 1 group lesson and 1 private lesson. Call Now! $29 // ARTHUR MURRAY 1801 Alexandria Dr #132 (859) 278-7711 lexingtonarthurmurray.com

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H O L I DAY BUNDLE The perfect gift for the active person with a Sky Zone Holiday Gift Card Bundle $30 // SKYZONE 3644 Boston Rd #130 (859) 629-4455 skyzone.com/lexington

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O RA N G E T H E O RY M E M B E RS H I P Buy a heart rate monitor & 6 month membership – Get your first month free! $89-149/month

Give the gift of CoolScuplting or Cooltone. Book your consultation this month for added holiday savings!

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This brown leather frame with buckle detail is the perfect gift for your equestrian lover. $72

Decorate for the holidays with this Christmas barn cookie jar ($60.00) and barn animal salt/pepper shakers ($21.25).

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PHOTO F RA MES Natural stone picture frames, available in two sizes and two colors. $24.95 / $29.95 // HOUSE 1148 Industry Rd (859) 523-3933 housebyjsdonline.com


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LIFESTYLE Outfit of the Month

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For our ‘Go Red’ issue, we are paying tribute to heart disease survivors with an outfit that will bring even more awareness to the cause. Starting off with a charming minidress from REDValentino that is made from pure silk with the label’s lovable red heart print all over. To keep warm and cozy in the chilly November tempts, we added Delpozo’s striking wool and cashmere coat. Gianvito Rossi’s slouchy boots are made from velvety suede. We accessorized with Valentino’s sleek cross-body ribbon bag, J.Crew opaque tights, and Kendra Scott ruby stud earrings. We polished off the ensemble with some full, fluffy lashes courtesy of Armani Beauty’s eccentrico mascara.

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Rosie Huntington Whiteley’s Nude Attitude by Jesse Brooks

From the street to the red carpet supermodel Rosie-HuntingtonWhitley is always delivering A+ glamour. For a recent evening out in NYC, the English beauty was the picture of old Hollywood royalty. Wearing a sumptuous Oscar de la Renta feathered gown, chic slicked back hair and flawless peachy-nude makeup. To create the timeless look, makeup artist Hung Vanngo brought out Rosie’s stunning natural beauty with classic, soft makeup. He kept her skin looking luminous with peach flushed cheeks, paired with lightly smoked eyes and polished things off with a deep apricot lip. The end result exuded a charming ‘Daisy Buchanan’ 1920’s vibe. It’s very much the kind of Gatsby glamour that never goes out of style.

S KIN Hydra Beauty Camellia Water Cream Illuminating Hydrating Fluid Hydra Beauty Micro Gel Yeux Intense Smoothing Eye Gel Hydra Beauty Nourishing Lip Care Hydra Beauty Essence Hydration Protection Radiance Energizing Mist

FAC E Les Beiges Eau de Teint Foundation in ‘Medium Light’ Le Correcteur de Chanel Longwear Concealer in #20 ‘Beige’ Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base

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Poudre Universelle Libre Loose Powder in shade ‘Clair’ Poudre Lumiere Illuminating Powder in shade #30 ‘Rosy Gold’

Stylo Soucils Waterproof Defining Longwear Eyebrow Pencil in shade #806 ‘Blonde Tendre’

Joues Contraste Powder Blush in shade #71 ‘Malice’

Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in shade #943 ‘Brun Agape’

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Les 4 Ombré Lumieres Naturelles Eyeshadow Palette

Rouge Allure Velvet Extrême Matte Lipstick in shade #112 ‘Idéal’

Inimitable Intense Multi-Dimentionnel Sophistique Mascara in shade #10 ‘Noir’

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rinkled was not one of the things that I wanted to be when I grew up. Now don’t get me wrong, I will keep my smile lines that I earned from years of laughter with my family and friends, but I literally draw the line there.

Botox is the first weapon in my arsenal. I started Botox treatments when I was 27 years old. Back then, people thought that I had lost my mind. My theory was pretty simple: if I can’t make the expression then I can’t get the line. So, every 4-6 months for the last 13 years, I have gone for my Botox injections. They have managed to keep the lines from forming on my forehead, in between my eyebrows (the dreaded 11!) and beside my eyes (the feared crow’s feet). Just about everyone has heard about Botox by now. But just in case you have been living under a rock, Botox, short for Botulinum toxin, is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by paralyzing the underlying muscles. I will leave it to the medical professionals to answer any technical questions. I’ll just cover the 3 questions that I am asked almost every day.

How often do you have to get it? That’s up to you. I prefer to get mine every 4 months before I can see that it’s time to get my next injections. Can’t let my face unfreeze! Some people can go up to 6 months in between appointments.

How much does it cost? Also, somewhat up to you. Your medical professional will discuss with you what your game plan will be. Botox is sold by unit. Younger patients wanting to start out using Botox for prevention can start with about 30 units per treatment. I prefer the completely frozen, motionless look and that requires approximately 75 units. The cost per unit varies between $10 to $13, so you can estimate your treatment budget once you determine the number of units needed to get the desired result.

Does it hurt? No darlin’, Spanx hurts. This is a series of injections using the tiniest needles. I can have this done at lunch and be back at my desk in under an hour and no one is the wiser.

Dr. Erika Music, board certified physician who practices general, surgical and cosmetic dermatology at Skin Secrets shared her words of wisdom on the subject: “The most important thing to remember about Botox is to start early! It’s much easier to prevent wrinkles than to treat existing wrinkles. Also, maintenance is key. You have to be consistent if you want the best results possible.” So, you may not be able to buy happiness, but you can buy Botox and it’s kinda the same thing.

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WOW Wedding LIFESTYLE Remarkably, the two agreed to continue talking and countless phone calls on the way home from work set the framework for a beautiful friendship. Cupid intervened in late August with Sean’s return to Kentucky for another wedding. “After just one day, we were attached at the hip immediately and decided we needed to see each other as much as possible,” says Sean. Over the course of the next couple months, the lovebirds began dating long-distance, travelling back and forth visiting each other, and various cities, as much as possible before meeting one another’s families over Thanksgiving. This is when, as the two remember fondly, “the whole thing became serious.” Shortly thereafter, Sean began saving for a ring and planning the perfect way to pop the question involving a favorite Bluegrass tradition: Derby Day. Those close to Alli can attest to her dislike of surprises, but somehow, Sean managed to pull off the proposal at the Arboretum followed by a surprise engagement party with family and close friends on Derby Day without her knowing. “The whole day she was beyond shocked and didn’t know how to act but I was the one to shed a few tears when she was all smiles,” shares Sean. The Monday after the Derby, planning commenced for a December 29th of 2018 wedding at the Saint Peter Catholic Church followed by their reception at the Hilary J. Boone Center, which they selected for the convenient location and all inclusive, incredibly accommodating offerings. While the couple cherished the entire day, excited and delighted to share in the celebration with their friends and family, memorable moments from their ceremony included being romanced by the stunning Christmas décor at the church as the bride floated down the aisle wearing an ethereal, Famosa by Pronovias gown from the Lace Bridal Couture in Cincinnati, OH and her grandmother’s engagement ring, invoking sweet and understandable tears from the groom. Favorite memories from the beautiful reception adorned by navy, blush and gold accents, votive candles, Christmas trees and splendid hydrangeas, brunia balls, dusty miller, roses, ranunculus and eucalyptus florals from DC Blooms included sentimental photographs with Alli and Sean’s grandparents, the incredibly touching speeches in which the father of the bride choked up during his and the audience lightening up the mood by busting out the “C-A-T-S” chant and “Hail Woodford” cheer in between each. When glow sticks and glow wands made a surprise entrance, they added a certain sparkle to the room and illuminated the dance floor as the Top Tier Band serenaded the crowd, firing up the groom so much that he ripped his pants while grooving on the dance floor. They do admit, however, that if they could do things differently, they would have liked to not have been so rushed fastening the boutonnieres on the junior groomsmen and ring bearers and hurrying to get everyone down the aisle for the ceremony without having time to straighten out the bride’s dress for the processional. What’s one other thing they would recommend to others planning their own wedding? “Definitely get a bubble machine for pictures. And have fun with the one you love and it will all work out in the end.”

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PHOTOGRAPHER The Malicotes VIDEOGRAPHER DMZ Productions CEREMONY VENUE St. Peter Catholic Church RECEPTION VENUE The Hillary J Boone Center CATERING The Hillary J Boone Center

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Thanksgiving is my favorite time of the year. It’s the holiday that’s all about food, family and savoring quality time with those you love the most. And while I love spending my time in the kitchen preparing a delicious meal, I’ve discovered that with a little planning and prep I can enjoy both my time in the kitchen as well as the time with my guests.

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Kate Horning is a millennial entrepreneur, healthy living chef and author of Healthy Living Redefined: Live It. Share It. This month, she is sharing her tips and recipes for holiday entertaining.

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Don’t worry about over crowding the table. A table full of festive decor will impress your guests!

Dust off the Use your best dinnerwear! That’s why you have it. It will be a little extra work to hand wash, but the wow factor will be worth it.

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Create lasting memories by intoxicating your guests with the scent, sight, taste and sound of a memorable gathering. The smell of a pumpkin spice candle and yummy warm dishes will keep them wanting more. Set the mood with the perfect lighting and flickering candles. Plus, your festive decor will be a sight for sore eyes. Turn on the tunes to set the mood and get the party started. You will have taste covered with these fabulous dishes.

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SHOP local The holiday season is a great time of year to support local business owners. When your guests ask where you purchased your festive décor, you can send them over to your favorite local shop.

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meticulous manor This refined residence represents three decades of building experience and expertise. story by donna ison photos by mark mahan

For Tony and Debbie Collier, when it comes to personal properties, three times has proven a charm. This is the third residence that Tony, who has been in the construction industry for 27 years and owns Collier Custom Homes, Inc., has built for he and his family. Debbie says, “There is always something that you would do different on the next house, but with this one I can’t think of anything that I would change. It truly is our dream home.” First, the couple agreed on the perfect site for the home in the Keene Manor subdivision, overlooking the golf course. Next, to ensure the floor plan was completely conducive to their lifestyle, they enlisted the help of local architect firm MBM Design. And then, they called on Nancy Elam of Design Link, who they have depended on for the last 15 years to meet their interior design needs. Together they carefully selected the interior and exterior finishes to create a seamless flow from the inside out. “On this house, Nancy helped us pick out everything, from the brick right down to the accessories. Her results are always amazing,” says Debbie. Nancy is a founding partner and residential designer with Design Link, a full service commercial and residential interior design firm dedicated to “providing each client access to the very best that the design world has to offer; regardless of project scope or complexity.” The goal on this project was simple—to create a space that was equally sophisticated, stylish and serene. Nancy states, “My goal is always to achieve the look that looks like my client. I don’t ever want the house to be a reflection of who I am. I want it to be a reflection of who they are, and because I’ve worked with them for many years, that part was easy. I knew that they wanted it to look beautiful, but to also be inviting, comfortable, and relaxed.” The result is a residence that strikes the ideal balance between luxury and livability.

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Perfecting the open floor plan was a primary objective. According to Nancy, “The floorplan is unique in that it all just makes sense. The space is very well planned, and although it’s a very open plan, there is still a sense of intimacy.” Debbie adds, “We love the open floor plan. We enjoy having family and friends over, and it is a great space for entertaining a lot of people.” To enhance the flow, white oak rift-and-quartered flooring, from Hardwood Specialties and installed by Evans Hardwood Floors, is utilized in nearly every room. Natural light from the expansive windows adds to the openness, while the color choices also play an integral large role in accomplishing a clean and calming atmosphere. To counterbalance Tony’s fast-paced professional life, Nancy chose a peaceful palette. “The overall color scheme is soft, light neutrals. The wall color used throughout most of the house is a Sherwin Williams color called ‘Worldly Gray,’ which is my ‘go to’ color when wanting to use a warm gray,” she explains. Debbie adds, “The question we were asked most often during the tour was ‘What is the paint color you used on the walls?’” 110

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Of course, she is referring to the 2019 Grand Tour of Homes hosted by The Building Industry Association of Central Kentucky. In its price point, “The Carter,” named for the couple’s grandson, garnered first place honors in Curb Appeal, Landscaping, Kitchen, Master Suite, Floor Plan, Interior Features, Interior Lighting, and Overall. Knowing that “it’s really the furnishings and accessories that make a house warm and cozy,” Nancy chose draperies, area rugs and upholstery in easy and elegant colors and fabrics, as well as classic and commodious furniture, all procured direct from venders through Design Link. Accent accessories were purchased from favorite retailers from around town, including House, My Favorite Things, Market on National, Lexington Furniture, ArHaus and Pottery Barn. The classic transitional décor is rounded out with a mix of lighting by Brecher’s Lighting with the dominant finish being polished nickel.

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As for the layout, the great room opens into a living room and kitchen with a breakfast bar, and continues on into a large dining area and hearth room. A coffered ceiling, marble fireplace, handsome built-ins, and a hand-knotted wool rug make the ample area both timeless and tranquil. The kitchen is anchored by white floor-to-ceiling custom cabinetry from Kitchen Concepts and a pair of islands topped with “Ice Brown” granite from Artistic Marble and Granite providing double the space for food preparation and presentation. The range wall is a focal point, featuring a distinct 3-dimensional ceramic tile backsplash and custom stainless steel and chrome hood. The appliances, which include a 48” gas range, a refrigerator cleverly masked as cabinetry, a microwave drawer and more were purchased from Pieratt’s. A pantry, mudroom and coat closet with built-in cubbies for Tony’s extensive cap collection adjoin.

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Off the kitchen is Debbie’s preferred place. “The hearth room is where we land most often. Its close proximity to the kitchen is nice, and it’s a cozy comfortable space. We enjoy the beautiful view of the golf course as well,” she says, “I love this view. I love all the open windows.” The spacious home office is the hub of the Collier’s company. With masculine mahogany walls and ceiling, built-in bookshelves, and wooden shades from Design Link, it provides an ideal work atmosphere.

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The awesome attention to detail is also apparent in the staircase, which features floorto-ceiling wainscoting and an intricate pattern created with the balusters. The entirety of trim work was done by Classic Custom Trim. A large window, flanked by oversized sconces, is covered in a plantation shutter, provided by Millers Window Works. Down this staircase, the Colliers basement proves to be just as spectacular as the main living area. Debbie says, “The basement is Tony’s thing. He loves his basement.” It contains a pub-sized bar; state-of-the-art home theatre equipped by Rodgers Audio/ Video; mirrored exercise room; and a bathroom. But, most extraordinary is the Bourbon Room. Nancy explains, “Many homes today feature a wine cellar, but not so frequently do you see a room dedicated to bourbon. There was much time and consideration spent on exactly how that space should be designed to accommodate Tony’s current stock of bourbon, knowing that would increase in years to come.” To achieve an “authentic” feel, rustic touches and natural materials abound. Barn doors made of reclaimed wood provided and fabricated by Old World Timber, distinguish the entry into the basement. Clay Level, with Kitchen Concepts, and Tony joined forces to create the right look for the bar cabinetry. The bar top, made by Lakeside Woodworking, is constructed of reclaimed wood that was once part of a Jim Beam rickhouse, a storage space for whiskey barrels during the aging process. Timber and stone columns, brick walls, barrel lids and bourbon artifacts adorn the walls, alongside sports and golf memorabilia. The wood floor is 7” prefinished oak, featuring “old world” characteristics. This, along with the rubber flooring in the exercise room were provided by Mathis Flooring. A set of smaller televisions hang on either side of a home cinema screen, so three games can be watched at once with, of course, the University of Kentucky taking center stage. Both billiard and shuffleboard tables, a “Pop A Shot”, and freestanding Pacman machine, all from Lexington Billiards and Spas make it a gamer’s delight.

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Of course, no home would be complete without a suitable space for outdoor living. “The Carter” has a covered porch with “Old Savannah” brick walls, a brick paver floor, and tongue and groove ceiling highlighting an outdoor fan. In addition, you will find a fireplace, TV, built-in grill, and a custom reclaimed wood table and bench, fabricated specifically for the space by Scott Penegor and Dave Bond of The Wood Cutters. The Colliers are planning to spend the rest of their years in the home. But, for now, they are eagerly anticipating hosting the holidays, especially with a new grandchild to spoil. Their son Anthony, who is now a part of the Collier Custom Homes team and plays an integral role in helping manage their projects, and his wife, Erica, gave birth to their son, Carter in 2019. Debbie says, “We haven’t been here for the holidays yet, and we’re really looking forward to that. It is going to be so much fun.”

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designer q+a

WITH NANCY ELAM

founding partner and a residential designer with Design Link. Where do you find your inspiration as a designer? I am a Pinterest, magazine and design related book junkie! I am constantly browsing all of these resources for pure fun, but also in an effort to stay current. I’m inspired by other designers. My favs include Suzanne Kasler, Mark Sikes, Tobi Fairley and of course most of all the Design Link girls!

How would you describe your decorating style/philosophy? I simply love beautiful things. I love beautiful spaces, whether those spaces are contemporary, traditional, transitional, etc. I enjoy helping to create an environment that feels lovely. I want the finished product to be a reflection of the clients personal style, not my own. A room that is executed well, will absolutely bring joy into a person’s daily life, and that brings joy into mine.

Name three things every room should have. 1. Tastefully selected and appropriately placed accessories 2. Adequate and beautiful lighting 3. Fresh flowers

Why is color so important and how can a client find their perfect palette? Color creates a mood. Tranquil, soft colors can provide very serene environment and vibrant colors can energize a space. To identify the perfect palette for a home, it’s important to understand how the space will be used and what the client wants each room to “feel” like. I also want to know what colors they enjoy most. Some people prefer strong interjections of color, others really migrate toward a more neutral palette. There is no right or wrong on this…it’s fully customizable. At the end of the day, the colors selected need to help to create their happy place.

Which design trends are you most excited about in 2019? I love the light/white wall trend, obsessed over brushed brass these days and I can’t get enough of velvet…especially in a rich strong color like a deep blue or green.

What is a common misconception about working with a designer? The most common misconception that I hear, is that most designers simply do what they want to do with a space without considering the style, likes/dislikes of their client.

Why should one opt to use an interior designer? And, when they do, how should they go about choosing the right one for their project? An interior designer can help avoid making costly errors (like purchasing furniture that won’t fit the room), help achieve a look you’ve been after but haven’t been able to achieve alone, bring creative “out of the box” ideas into the space, help create a well-functioning space…I could go on, and on, and on. November 2019 | TOPSinLex.com

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Leighton Pendant in Brass and Navy BRECHER’S LIGHTING

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Benjamin Moore’s “Hale Navy” (HC-154) is a timeless, rich blue that adds big color impact while remaining absolutely elegant. It’s a statement color that’s serene enough to work in a variety of spaces.

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As shown here, this lovely take on navy looks great with other neutrals. Wood floors, natural stone countertops and metals will pop against this deep hue. A nearly monochromatic palette will allow this deep blue to truly shine. Hale Navy is a warm blue, so it conveys a sense of stability and comfort. In spite of being so bold, it adds a sense of calm wherever it’s applied. In fact, TOPS can attest to Hale Navy’s transformative punch; we just renovated our office space and used this beautiful navy in our hallways!

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or Antoinette Goss Johnson, motherhood was just the motivation she needed to grow into the person she was destined to become. Though Antoinette works full time in advertising and video production for The Medical Institute of Kentucky, when her daughter Royce came into the world four years ago, she felt entrepreneurship calling. Shortly thereafter, Antoinette launched Reine Accessories, an online girl’s boutique that as she says, “provides little queens with accessories that match their big personalities.” Antoinette shares, “Motherhood motivated me to start my own business so that I could leave a legacy for my daughter and I don’t think I would be the person I am today if it wasn’t for motherhood.” She continues, “Seeing my daughter imitate everything I do inspires me to be a super mom. I’m the example that she is going to go by, and though that comes with a lot of pressure, I love it!” Royce is already following her mother’s business savvy footsteps, helping to select all the inventory for Reine Accessories and finding interesting and standout fashion items for their online boutique. “As Royce gets older, she is becoming very opinionated and I love it! Even at the age of 4 she knows what she likes and what she doesn’t like. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the accessories she picks out and how they represent her personality.” She adds, “Watching my little one morph into her own person is the most rewarding part about motherhood. I can remember feeling her kicks when I was pregnant and wondering what she was going to be like. I put a lot of pride in raising a little girl into a woman, and I want her to be confident and strong. I want her to know her worth, and I want her to know that no one can stop her from accomplishing her dreams.”

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To that end, one piece of advice that Antoinette suggests to all moms, (and that she has followed herself,) is not looking at motherhood as a roadblock. Instead, she encourages others to use motherhood as a tool and a standard to always be your best. Antoinette says, “Motherhood is tough, and it is easy to get so caught up in taking care of others that you forget to take care of yourself.” But Antoinette’s definition of taking care of one’s self goes way beyond selfcare, though she says that plays an important part too. She stresses that mothers need to also “take care of your hopes and dreams and taking the time to tend to them and to not let them fall to the wayside.” She continues, “being a mother may be stressful at times but don’t let moments of stress get in the way of dreams you’ve had for a lifetime.” While this may be easier said than done,

remembering that you can accomplish anything is key. “My biggest challenge is making sure I don’t get in the way of my own success,” she admits. “Any time I feel like I am doubting myself or talking myself out of doing something I want to; I know that is just fear wanting me to stay afraid. In order to keep going, I have to tell myself to get those negative thoughts out of my head.” Other tools that have helped Antoinette include time management and creating treasured moments with her family at home. “For me, everything fell in place once I slowed down and took the time to see how I was spending my time, and what I was doing. I then realized that I was not managing my time well at all and was able to make adjustments.” One of her absolute musts each day is making breakfast for her family and getting

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creative in the kitchen with her daughter each evening: her favorite part of the day. Fueled by passion, delicious plant-based meals, and the love from her family, late nights spent fulfilling orders for Reine Accessories, looking for new inventory and coming up with content to post to my brand social media page and juggling a 9-5 career don’t seem nearly as late, or as labor-some. And, Antoinette admits she has one very amazing husband on her side to whom she credits her success. She shares, “Honestly, I don’t think I’d be as much of a super mom if it wasn’t for my super husband! Shawn makes my life very stress free because I know that if something comes up, I don’t have to fight it alone, and that we can fight it together. From the moment we found out we were going to be parents, he’s always made me feel like I could do it, and I really value that about him.” •

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Southern Lights Kentucky Horse Park This Lexington holiday tradition is a dazzling delight for the whole family. See tens of thousands of lights in creative displays as you drive through the grounds starting November 29th. Through December 23rd, park and check out the indoor exhibits and outdoor entertainment, including a petting zoo and visits from Santa.

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A Christmas Carol Waveland State Historic Site Relive Christmas past with the Dickens classic at this historic home. Scenes from the play take place as you move from room to room. Prepaid reservations are required. Friday-Sunday December 6th-21st. Unified Trust Company Ice Rink Triangle Park Starting mid-November, enjoy wintery fun in the heart of downtown Lexington. Skate rentals are included with the price. Lexington Christmas Parade Main Street Celebrate the holiday season with marching bands, festive floats and a special appearance by Santa Claus! Saturday, December 7th 11am. Lexington’s Christmas Tree Lighting Festival Triangle Park Get wrapped up in the magic of the holiday season with twinkling lights, live music and fun children’s activities. Join Santa and the mayor as they light Lexington’s official tree for the first time this holiday season. Stop by The Square’s Holiday Open House for even more fun! Friday, November 29th 3pm-7pm. Lights Up! The Summit at Fritz Farm Welcome Santa to The Summit! Fun activities, live holiday entertainment and more make it a fun event for all ages. Saturday, November 16th 4-7pm The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Lexington Children’s Theatre This musical version of the holiday classic can’t be missed. This heartwarming story teaches us all about the gift of giving. November 30th 7pm, December 7th 2pm & 7pm and December 8th 2pm. The Nutcracker in One Act Singletary Center Presented by the Bluegrass Youth Ballet, this shortened version of the holiday classic was created with younger audiences in mind. December 15th 7pm and December 16th 2pm.

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It’s the holiday season. Time for family, food, decorations….and stress. We are not the only ones who get stressed with the changes in routine, company and the general chaos this season brings. Our pets can get just as overwhelmed as we do. There are things we can do to help make this season less stressful for your pets…and maybe you as well! If you are having company over, make sure your dogs and cats have a safe, quiet place they can escape to. Maybe it’s their crate, a box with a hole cut in it, a guest room that is baby gated off, or a room with a dog bed and a “no people allowed” sign on the door. Before company comes, bring your pet to the quiet area, give them treats, toys and attention. Play some quiet, classical music in that room and add a pheromone dispenser to the room (such as Feliway or Adaptil). Make sure that guests know that once the pet is in that area, the dog or cat is off limits; this is especially important if there are children visiting. You can also talk to your veterinarian about supplements for anxiety in pets. Many are in treat form and can be used short term. Holidays bring lots of extra food and we are not the only ones who find it irresistible! Make sure you keep your pets away from the set table and do not feed them scraps. Highly fatty foods can cause stomach upset and can even lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous condition for dogs and cats. Holiday decorations can also lead to ingestion and possible surgery if left where pets can reach them. We hope that you and your furry friends enjoy the holidays! And when things get too chaotic, remember that taking the dog for a long walk is always a good excuse for you both to get out of the house for a little while.

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Tucked inside the Origin modern hotel, 33 Staves, a farm-to-table inspired restaurant opens in the Summit at Fritz Farm.

Referring to the number of wooden stave pieces needed to form a full-size oak barrel used to distill bourbon, 33 Staves in the Origin Hotel is letting their passion for both bourbon and southern hospitality shine with their seasonally crafted, Southern-inspired farm-to-table menu. While the restaurant and bar are located in the lobby of the hotel, the area feels hip, modern and bright, yet cozy. With leather couches available to curl up and sip on a craft cocktail and the large family-style dining table designed to make everyone feel like they’re at home, the team at 33 Staves has thought of literally every detail when it comes to hospitality. “Our people genuinely care about the guests and the experience they have when visiting our hotel and restaurant,” shares GM Michael Russel. “People come to visit from all over the world as well as people from Lexington just wanting a staycation. They enjoy the hotel and restaurant and want to hang out here,” comments Russel.

Michael Russel, General Manager and Bret Hall, Executive Chef

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Our people genuinely care about the guests and the experience they have when visiting our hotel and restaurant.”

Driven by three pillars, community, life and balance, the team is eager to show off all the things Lexington has to offer. Team members want to share their passion for bourbon, horses and everything in between. “We serve local beer on tap, have a partnership with Buffalo Trace, we use as many local elements as we can in our cocktails and on our menu. We put a lot of thought into the curation of what we serve here and work to showcase bourbons and whiskeys that are a little harder to find,” comments Russel. You’ll also find a wine list curated by restaurant manager and sommelier, Katy McDaniel, which features unique wines that you won’t find on every menu in town. And while the name may reflect their love of bourbon, they put just as much attention to detail when it comes to the menu. Described by Russell as “simple done well” the menu is a diverse collection of mouth-watering dishes such as Smoked Jumbo Wings, Cayenne Bourbon Honey Bacon Grilled Cheese, Charred Cauliflower and Chicken and Waffles. “The Lexington food scene is growing tremendously, and I am so excited to be involved in building this new brand and contributing to that,” shares executive chef Bret Hall, who spent ten years with the Bluegrass Hospitality Group and previously worked with the Tin Roof.

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Muddle rosemary in rum, carrot shrub, orange juice and Gent’s Mule Cocktail Mix. Strain into cocktail glass with ice. Top with a splash of ginger beer. Top with sprig of rosemary and serve.

When it comes to the menu, Hall highly recommends the chicken wings. “We take whole jumbo wings with both joints and rub them with an old family rub recipe before baking and smoking them, so they’re packed with flavor and juicy. We serve the wings with horseradish if you like heat and a bourbon-soy sauce that uses a local BBQ sauce as the base. It’s both sweet and tangy and balances the heat of the wings perfectly.” Another visitor favorite includes the Cayenne-Bourbon Honey Bacon Grilled Cheese with melty fontina cheese on sourdough topped with bacon and drizzled with a bourbon honey glaze served with peppery arugula and juicy tomatoes. “We use Mad Dog Jams from Georgetown and change up the jam daily based on what we have,” comments Hall. The grilled cheese is served up with housemade fresh-cut fries and best paired with local Cougar Bait on tap. For an Asian-influenced flavor profile, the Harvest Bowl combines quinoa and farro with roasted sweet potato, sauteed onions and kale, and toasted pumpkin seeds tossed with a spicy sesame sauce made in-house, a dish that’s loaded with complex umami flavors. The dish is a great vegetarian option or can be topped off with chicken or fish. It’s best served with their signature cocktail, the Summit, a spicy-sweet bourbon-based cocktail topped with a red wine float. “We have happy hour daily from 3-5pm and offer bourbon flights at 5pm on Thursdays and host fun events like cocktails and candlemaking that you can learn more about from our instagram @33staves,” shares Russell. Whether you are looking for a cool place to grab a craft cocktail, want to enjoy a southern-inspired meal or are looking to soak up a little southern hospitality, 33 Staves is the perfect place to plan your next visit.

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DRAKE’S Lansdowne & Brannon Crossing • 859.335.6500 • DrakesComePlay.com With a fun pub feel, Drake’s is beloved for their mini burgers, great beer selection and awesome brunch. But in the cooler months, the fireplace makes Drake’s a much cozier destination. Grab one of their perfectly seasonal cocktails with a serving of warm pretzels and beer cheese. Gather up with friends for trivia, Pint Night and more.

CARSON’S FOOD & DRINK 362 Main St. • 859.309.3039 • CarsonsFoodandDrink.com The interior of Carson’s takes on a romantic, intimate glow when the fireplace is lit. Share the Grilled Brie starter (with bourbon pear chutney, candied pecans and seasonal berries served with a toasted baguette and truffle butter) with your friends while you take in the warm, inviting ambiance. Don’t forget about brunch!

JEFF RUBY’S STEAKHOUSE 101 W. Vine St. • 859.554.7000 • JeffRuby.com/lexington Every trip to Jeff Ruby’s is a special occasion, and that’s definitely true during the colder months. Enjoy the Chateaubriand For Two, featuring 18oz. beef tenderloin, seasonal vegetables and sea salt, prepared tableside. Enjoy live music and a truly exceptional experience.

THE MERRICK INN 1074 Merrick Dr. • 859.269.5417 • TheMerrickInn.com Combining Southern charm with comfortable elegance, it’s no wonder Lexingtonians love to stop by The Merrick Inn during the winter. The Pecan Crusted Pork Tenderloin is perfect for a chilly evening; it comes sauteed and topped with Maker’s Mark apple chutney and maple chipotle butter. Try it with Libby’s corn pudding.

SEDONA TAPHOUSE 3600 Palomar Centre Dr. • 859.368.0464 • SedonaTaphouse.com This casual spot is a wonderful place to relax after a long day. Their Prime Rib Sandwich comes topped with sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, fontina cheese and horseradish sauce on a toasted artisanal roll, served with natural aus jus and greens. Or keep it simple with a Moscow Mule and great company!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 15-18 minutes Nutrition Facts: Yield: 7 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup Calories 314 | Fat 10g | Carbohydrates 45g | Cholesterol 47mg Sodium 449mg | Fiber 5g | Sugar 6g | Protein 15g

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Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the oil, garlic, and red chili flakes and cook until the garlic is browned but not burnt, about 1 minute.

1 tablespoon minced garlic ⅛ teaspoon red chili flakes 1 tablespoon white whole wheat flour ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth ½ cup skim milk ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning salt, to taste black pepper, to taste

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Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the frozen vegetables for 3-5 minutes, then add the tortellini and boil an additional 2-3 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Stir in the flour and cook for 30 seconds. Increase the heat to medium-high and whisk in the broth and milk. Stir constantly for 3-5 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the cheese until smooth and melted. Season the sauce with the Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Transfer the cooked vegetables and tortellini to the skillet with the sauce, and gently stir to evenly coat.

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Jump in to making festive cookies with these simply steps:

Holiday Cookies Local baker and owner of PattyCakes by Vicki shares a fun family fall activity in the kitchen and a shortcut recipe for delicious sugar cookie dough. I grew up baking for fun with my mom, especially around the holidays! She'd let me break eggs for cake batter, pour yeast for pizza dough and cut cold butter into pie crust, all under her patient, watchful eyes. These moments in the kitchen taught me about traditions and forever tied family to baking for me. As a mom of three, I've always enjoyed getting the kids around the table for fun food traditions, and we love decorating holiday-themed cookies. This Thanksgiving, we're making a batch of pies - cookies decorated to look like little pies that is! Using a delicious shortcut cookie dough, easy buttercream and few colors, we'll transform some simple round cookies into a spread of mini harvest pies perfect for any turkey day feast, hostess gift, friends-giving or classroom party! Give it a try! I think you'll love this take on "pie." Happy Fall, Y’all!

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SHORTCUT SUGAR COOKIES 1 box yellow cake mix 1 whole egg 1 stick salted butter Mix it all up! It will be crumbly at first, just keep mixing until dough forms. Roll dough out onto a floured surface. Cut dough into circles about one-third of an inch thick. If you don’t have a round 3 to 4 inch cookie cutter just use a cup, glass or jar from your kitchen cabinet. Bake at 355 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. While cookies cool, prep your icing.

VANILLA BUTTERCREAM 2 sticks salted butter 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 Tablespoon whole milk 4 cups powdered sugar Mix all ingredients until smooth. Separate icing into 5 bowls for your colors: tan for the crust, orange for the pumpkin, red for cherry, blue for blueberry and white for the the whipped cream topping. You’ll need more icing for your “pie crust” than the other colors. To make this light brown color, add a bit of cocoa powder to the icing. For the orange, red and blue use food dye. Put icing into separate plastic zipper bags and trim tip off one corner of each bag for piping. Add your “filling” to the cookie base first and spread it with a butter knife Pipe a fun crust around the edge & you can even try a woven crust on top of your “pie filling.” Finish off each pie with a dollop of white icing to look like your whipped cream topping in the middle. Serve immediately or store in a airtight container until ready to serve. It’s a piece of pie!

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It is amazing what these players do for our patients as well as the patients' families."

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Luke Fortner hands a football to a young patient at Kentucky Children's Hospital during an October visit. "It may sound a little selfish, but when I'm having a bad week I come and it makes my week a lot better. They don't know it, but they are giving me a lot in return."

Quarterback Sawyer Smith's body was so beat up physically that he went a whole week without throwing a football after Kentucky's loss at South Carolina last month just to give himself time to recover partially. However, he knew his ailments paled in comparison to what patients at Kentucky Children's Hospital faced and wasn't about to miss a chance to visit there. "The stuff you go through on the field, you think you're tough, and you think you're strong. You go there and walk around, and you really get inspired by the philosophy that some of those kids have at such a young age," Smith said. "There's a kid in there, probably 16 or 17 years old, he has his Bible by his bed. I asked him how much time he spends reading it, and he said about four hours a day. For a kid of that age to have that kind of mental strength and power while suffering from an illness is just inspiring. That's all I can say. It's just inspiring." Former UK tight end C.J. Conrad started a program where UK football players visit the hospital one day each week. Conrad has graduated, but the program continues much to the delight of Jennifer Guilliams, child life coordinator at Kentucky Children's Hospital. "We get a lot of visitors, but the consistency of the weekly visits of the UK football players is phenomenal," Guilliams said. "UK players really give their time. They don't just visit and leave. They will stay, and sometimes we will even have to pull them out of the room because of time limitations." 146

Guilliams says not only do the young patients at the hospital benefit from the visits, but so do the patients' families. "The families, the parents, get a boost from the visits, too," Guilliams said. "We see sick teenage kids, and younger school-age boys sit up in bed when the players come. The personal touch that these players are giving to patients—you can tell it is 100 percent appreciated." Guilliams says Kentucky football director of player development Courtney Love, a former UK linebacker, told her that sometimes it's almost like a "competition" to see which players get to make the weekly visits. "We see some familiar faces each week and some new faces, too," Guilliams said. "We have kids that are frequent patients here and look forward to Tuesday (because of the visits from UK players). After the players leave, they will talk about getting posters or footballs signed. I have seen parents going through some of the worst times of their lives, and feeling everything is out of control and visits from these UK football players really brightens their days. "It is amazing what these players do for our patients as well as the patient's families. It also really makes our whole staff feel good to see what they do. They will go to any child, any room and spend as much time as they can. They don't do it for any reason other than they just want to be there for those kids. To me, that makes these athletes pretty special."

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story by Larry Vaught Photo courtesy of Vicky Graff

“Cal knows what he is talking about. He is right about almost everything. Even though some players might talk back to him or get angry with what he says, he is usually right and I plan to remember that no matter what happens this season,” said Whitney. Calipari has said he’s “excited and refreshed” about this season where he can blend returning players Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley, EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards with a talented group of newcomers again like he has the past ten years at Kentucky. Some UK players believe that the team’s most athletic player is freshman forward Keion Brooks Jr. Brooks likes the “interchangeable parts” that Calipari has at his disposal this season, one reason UK was ranked as high as second in some preseason polls. “Coach Calipari has a good problem on his hands to see how he can move us all around,” Brooks said. “I’ve always made sure that I am effective in different spots, but a lot of us are that way because coach Cal has a good track record with players like that.”

Immanuel Quickley, left, and Keion Brooks Jr. are versatile players who will give coach John Calipari a lot of different options this season.

UK BASKETBALL:

COURTING

ADVICE Kahlil Whitney got a lot of advice about what to expect after he decided he wanted to play for coach John Calipari at Kentucky. However, the freshman wing player knows exactly what was the best advice for the season that has just started.

Last year’s team just missed a trip to the Final Four. Despite losing three NBA first-round draft picks (P.J. Washington, Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson) off that team, Quickley believes this season can be special.

I think with our size and athleticism, we will be able to hold a lot of offenses in check." -Immanuel Quickley

“I think we will be an excellent defensive team, especially with Nick in the middle blocking shots as he can. I think with our size and athleticism, we will be able to hold a lot of offenses in check,” Quickley said. “Offensively, I would hope we are better because that is the goal to get better each season. We lost a lot, but I think we can make up for it.”

Obviously, so does Calipari. Time after time, he’s stated how much he “likes his team” in the past two months. Like most years, he’s emphasizing that UK won’t hit its peak until late January or February. He does have one concern — how will his team respond to physical play that Calipari knows will be coming. “If you get roughed up, can you still play, can you still perform? Do we have the physical, mental toughness?” Calipari said. “So the main thing for me will be how do we rebound and how tough are we physically? But I do really like this team.”

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EQUINE UPDATE story by Jen Roytz

THOROUGHBRED RETIREMENT FOUNDATION 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION November 6 | 11:30am - 2:30pm Blackburn Correctional Complex The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) is celebrating 20 years of “Saving Horses and Saving Lives” through their Second Chances Program. The partnership between the two entities has resulted in offering sanctuary to hundreds of retired Thoroughbreds after racing, while instilling vocational and life skills in hundreds of men seeking a Second Chance in society after completing their terms at Blackburn. Visitors will enjoy lunch and a tour of the Second Chances Barn, a showcase of the horses in the program and an overview of the Second Chances program. Tickets are $25 and RSVP is required. For more information visit trfinc.org/blackburnfund.

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SOUTHERN LIGHTS

November 22 - 23 | 6:30pm Kentucky Horse Park – Alltech Arena

November 29 - December 31 | 5:30 - 10:00pm Kentucky Horse Park

In what is quickly becoming an annual fall tradition, the Kentucky Horse Park will once again play host to the Bluegrass Rockin’ Rodeo, a country western event that features fast-paced rodeo action, live music, kids’ activities and more. The event, which serves as the International Professional Rodeo Association’s All-Region Finals, includes bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing, bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding and more! Tickets are $20 each with discounts for college students and military personnel and first responders. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to kyhorsepark.com.

Attracting more than 100,000 people annually, the Kentucky Horse Park’s Southern Lights display has become a tradition for locals and out-of-towners alike. Guests come by the car-load to see the 3+ miles of Kentucky-themed holiday light displays. Guests are also invited to experience the non-driving attractions, including a petting zoo, pony and camel rides, shopping, food vendors and more. Tickets are $20 per car-load Monday-Thursday, $25 Friday-Sunday (additional pricing for larger vehicles). All proceeds benefit the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. For more information, visit kyhorsepark.com.

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Art

in the Bluegrass:

A GOOD SPORT

THE ANNUAL SPORTING ART AUCTION story by Jen Roytz

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hether one is on the side of creating it or genuinely enjoying it, passion is the ultimate driver of art. It moves artists to continually strive for perfection and create masterpieces in which others can recognize personal convictions, interests and emotions. As is signature to the fabric of Lexington, those passions in locals, or those who visit with regularity, often center around racing and equestrianism, along with other aspects of sporting culture, such as hunting, fishing and agricultural endeavors. It’s only natural, then, that Lexington–specifically Keeneland–play home to the world’s largest auction of sporting art.

John R. Skeaping RACING

Nick Bibby DEVON & CORNWALL LONGWOOL RAM

Now in its seventh year and slated to be held on Sunday, November 17th at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion, The Sporting Art Auction is a unique collaboration between Cross Gate Gallery, one of the world’s foremost purveyors of fine sporting art, and Keeneland, the world’s premier Thoroughbred auction house. “Passion is the whole story behind this auction,” said Field Ladd, Acquisitions Director for Cross Gate Gallery. “People who are buying pieces out of this auction do so because they not only love it but feel a connection to it and the culture it represents.” The Sporting Art Auction features paintings and sculptures from lauded 19th and 20th-century artists, including Sir Alfred Munnings, LeRoy Neiman and Franklin Voss, as well as newer works from contemporary artists, such as Andre Pater, Nick Bibby and Charles Church. While many of the pieces depict equestrian scenes featuring Thoroughbreds, polo, foxhunting and jumping, other subjectmatter included in The Sporting Art Auction includes dogs, farm animals nautical scenes and Native American culture.

Milton Menasco MARES & FOALS

LeRoy Neiman CLUB ST GERMAIN DU PARIS

Cross Gate Gallery, which is owned by Field’s father, Greg, was founded in 1974 with the sole intention of offering locals access to fine sporting art. In the years since then, Cross Gate Gallery has earned a reputation internationally

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as not only being a premier source for the world’s finest equine and sporting art, but also for introducing some of the world’s finest painters and sculptors to the genre of sporting art, furthering and often bolstering their careers. “We work to identify talented artists whose work does not typically involve sporting art and work with them to either get them commissioned work or we commission them ourselves,” said Ladd. “Each year, we try to introduce one or two artists to the sporting art genre. We identify quality in their talent, redirect that talent on a sporting art subject matter, and put the product in front of people who recognize and appreciate quality.” While prices for The Sporting Art Auction typically range between $4,000 and $40,000, someday Ladd would like to curate a section of offerings within the auction that is more affordable. “So often people come to the auction, only to get priced. I want to provide opportunities for more people to have access to art that speaks to them and is evocative of who they are and what they enjoy,” said Ladd. “Next year, I would like to have a selection of 30 or 40 paintings that are $1,000 or less, allowing more people to purchase a piece of sporting art that they truly love.” The public is welcome to view this year’s Sporting Art Auction offerings during the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale (November 6-17) or by appointment through Cross Gate Gallery. Each piece displayed references the artist name, title of the portrait, the medium used to create the piece, any accompanying background on the artwork and the estimated value. For those considering a purchase from this year’s auction, bids will be taken in person at the auction, via phone through a prior arrangement and online. For more information, go to thesportingartauction.com or call Cross Gate Gallery at 859-233-3856.

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OCTOBER PREVIEW PARTY Abell Eyes | October 2 topsinlex.com Photos by Woody Phillips

TRACEY BURCHELL, LYNDI HAGAN, LIBBY ABELL

ASHLEY MAMS

VICKI BLEVINS-BOOTH, KARI MUESSIG AND KRISTEN OAKLEY

CHRIS & DAWN BARNETT

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MEG KASAMA AND GRANT FRANKLIN


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LANICE SARFO AND TOM EVANS

BUTCH & TONI DAVIS

TOM ABELL AND EVA WHITE

VICKIE COLEMAN, COLE CAMPBELL, LAURA FARRIS AND ANGIE DIMAYO

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FABBY ABBEY BALL Spindletop Hall | September 28 ket.org Photos by Rob Bolson

AUSTIN & MICHAELA SHIELDS, ALICE STEWART-KAIN & JACK KAIN

MRS. J. ROUNSIE MASHBURN

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BARRY STUMBO, MICHELE RIPLEY, BRIAN ENGLE AND VERONICA CORNETTE

DAVID & FRESCA LEDDY

MELANIE GLASSCOCK SIMPSON AND LISA TRAWICK

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MARK & SUSAN SWIETERMAN

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URBAN LEAGUE OF LEXINGTON – FAYETTE COUNTY

EMPOWERMENT BANQUET Lexington Convention Center Bluegrass Ballroom October 7 ullexfay.org Photos by Woody Phillips MR. & MRS. JD PARKER

AARON THOMPSON AND WILMA PEEPLES

TAMMY & KERRY CREECH

MARIO RADFORD AND KEITH MCCUTCHEN

ASHLEY SMITH AND LARRY JONES

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MAKE-A-WISH DAY AT KEENELAND Keeneland | October 10 oki.wish.org Photos by Woody Phillips

SHANNON AND ALEX TOTTY, ANN & JOHN GREELY

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WISH KID CODY DORMAN WITH LESLIE, KELLY AND KYLIE DORMAN

GRETCHEN MCGREGOR, MELANIE SIMPSON AND JANE WARNER

GEMMA FREEMAN AND CATE JOHNSON

ALEX FRANCKE, BUCKLES AND WISH KID ANDY

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BUCKLES, GRADY AND WISH KID JULIE

JUSTIN FISTER AND JAMIE HILL

WISH KID KADENCE

HUNTER THORNHILL AND GWEN POTTER

JULI MILLER, BARBARA THOMASON, FAITH HACKER AND MOE DUGGER

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CAMP HORSIN’ AROUND

CAMP OUT Fasig-Tipton | October 17 camphorsinaround.org Photos by Rob Bolson

JOHN & JANE MILLER, ERICA & TRAVIS MUSGRAVE

CLAIRE CROUCH AND CHRIS HICKEY

JULIE MCALLISTER

SUSAN COX, ALLEN DAUGHERTY AND DEBBIE RATERY

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AMY & LENNIE RHOADES

DEBBIE SOUDER, JIM INGRAM AND DIANNE OLIVERIO

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TOM & GENIE WHAYNE ELLEN & CARL NATHE

CHRISTINE & DAV DOODNAUTH

LUKE MORGAN AND LOU ANNA RED CORN

WENDY, AARON, TONY AND MARY BETH PEDDICORD

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A NIGHT FOR THE NEST Castle and Key | September 28 thenestlexington.org Photos by Paul Atkinson

WENDY CARPENTER, MARLESE BESS, PAM ROGERS AND JANE SANNER

LIBBY & WILL MESSER

REWA ZAKHARIA

AARON ANN & GREG FUNFSINN

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WES MURRY AND JON CARLOFTIS

HUNTER HICKMAN AND CREW

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LAURA DALZELL, RACHEL CHILDRESS AND MIRSADA SIMIC

JOELLEN WILHOITE AND ABE OWEN

PATTY & DAVID BREEZE AND PAM GRAVES KEELY ROCK AND NICOLE WARE

ENRIQUE GONZALEZ

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SHERI ESTILL

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WOMEN LEADING KENTUCKY J. Render’s Southern Table | October 16 womenleadingky.com Photos by Woody Phillips

SONIA BONIFACE, AND CAROL SILER

GWYN & REN EVERLY

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REBECCA BOWERS AND KATIE TAYLOR

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ADRIELLE STAPLETON


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APEKSHA PATEL, LYNNE WASHBISH AND JESSICA PFISTER

MEGAN LINCAVAGE AND CONNIE BAESLER

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JOSH LAMPKIN AND ANGIE BALLARD

DAWN HANZEL AND SHELLEY GAFFNEY

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AD CLUB LEXINGTON

KEENELAND CLUB DAY Keeneland | October 17 aaflexington.com Photos by Woody Phillips

KATIE MULLEN AND ADAM BROWN

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SHERI MULLEN

MEGAN MARTIN, LAURA MERCHANT AND KRISTEN OAKLEY

DANIEL & MONICA LIVINGSTON

BIGGS TABLER AND KAMERON KRAGEL

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BOOKTACULAR: A GREAT GATSBY AFFAIR Limestone Hall | October 26 lexpublib.org Photos by Woody Phillips

LUCY JONES, BRERETON & LIBBY JONES AND ANNE DONWORTH

TYLER HAYES AND MEGAN MARTIN

MADELINE O’NAN, ANNA BULLARD AND CAROLYN MADSON

COSTUME CONTEST PARTICIPANTS

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BECCA SELF AND JENNIFER REYNOLDS


PHOTOS

LINDSAY HUGHES THURSTON, NANCI HOUSE AND KELLI PARMLEY

MISSY & JIM CLIFTON, BRENDAN YATES

MELISSA AND DANNY MURPHY

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HENRY CLAY

HEMP SOCIAL Ashland | October 17 henryclay.org Photos by Paul Atkinson

HOPE HASKINS, LATOYA HUNFJORD, ALYSSA ERICKSON AND KIRSTIN BOHNERT

KATIE MOYER ARZAMASTSEVA

LIZ HARRIS, BEN KAUFMANN AND JANET ZUSMAN

DAVID & PHILIPPA FOGG

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TOM MARTIN AND JIM CLARK


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EMILY JONES AND ROBYN DIEZ D’AUX

JOHN & MARGO MILLER

BRIE LOWRY COX AND JONATHAN LUNDY

TAMARA MCCAIN, PATRICIA MORGESON, JOSH HOWARD AND NICK BAKER

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NOVEMBER 8

NOVEMBER 14

Madagascar

Ball Homes Night of Hope

7pm Lexington Opera House

7pm Lexington Opera House

UK Men’s Basketball vs. Eastern Kentucky University

Cocktails & Conversation 5pm The Mane on Main

Rupp Arena

of Events

CALENDAR

Warehouse Block Sip n’ Shop

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North Ashland Ave.

Holly Day Market

NOVEMBER 9

Holiday Jam featuring Xscape

UK Football vs. University of Tennessee Kroger Field

10am-7pm Lexington Convention Center

7pm Rupp Arena

JDRF Hope Gala 6:00pm Kroger Field

Madagascar 2pm & 7pm Lexington Opera House

Barrels & Broads

6:30pm Signature Club of Lansdowne

NOVEMBER 10 Kentucky Book Festival Kickoff

Commerce Lexington Spotlight 8am The Grand Reserve

12-4pm ArtsPlace

Alias Brass Company

NOVEMBER 12

7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

UK Men’s Basketball vs. University of Evansville

GalleryHOP

Rupp Arena

An Evening with Ted Bassett 6:30pm Keeneland

Literary Luncheon 12-2pm ArtsPlace

NOVEMBER 13 "Look & See" Screening 6:30pm Kentucky Theatre

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5-8pm Downtown

Jeremy Piven

7:15 & 9:45pm Comedy Off Broadway

NOVEMBER 16 UK Football at Vanderbilt University Away

Holly Day Market

10am-7pm Lexington Convention Center


Truck-A-Palooza

1631 Old Frankfort Pike

Jeremy Piven

NOVEMBER 18

NOVEMBER 23

UK Men’s Basketball vs Utah Valley University

UK Football vs. University of Tennessee at Martin

David Sedaris

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Christopher Titus

Chris Young

NOVEMBER 19

Turkey Run

7pm Rupp Arena

Kroger Field

9:45pm Comedy Off Broadway

Kentucky Book Fair

7:30pm Lexington Opera House

1pm & 7:30pm Lexington Opera House

9am-4pm Alltech Arena

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Dinner 6:30pm Woodford Reserve

Lights Up & Santa's Arrival

4pm-7pm The Summit at Fritz Farm

7:15pm Comedy Off Broadway

Seniors Got Talent!

7pm Lexington Opera House

7:30pm Rupp Arena

10am Castlewood Park

Girls on the Run 5k Keeneland

NOVEMBER 17

NOVEMBER 22

Ariana Grande

UK Men’s Basketball vs. Mount St. Mary’s

7:30pm Rupp Arena

Holly Day Market

11am-4pm Lexington Convention Center

The Sporting Art Auction 4pm Keeneland Sales Pavilion

ROCK Holiday Bazaar 10am-3pm The Plantory

7pm Rupp Arena

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical 7:30pm Lexington Opera House

NOVEMBER 24 Beautiful: The Carole King Musical 1pm & 6:30pm Lexington Opera House

UK Men’s Basketball vs Lamar University 6pm Rupp Arena

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CALENDAR November - December 2019 NOVEMBER 25 Comedy Showcase

7:15pm Comedy Off Broadway

NOVEMBER 26 Finals: The Funniest Comic East of the Mississippi 7:15pm Comedy Off Broadway

NOVEMBER 27 GoodGiving Guide Challenge bggives.org

The Square Holiday Open House 3-8pm The Square

Southern Lights Begins

5:30-10pm Kentucky Horse Park

NOVEMBER 30 UK Football vs. University of Louisville Kroger Field

Campfire Social and Candlelight Hike 5pm McConnell Springs

NOVEMBER 28 Thoroughbred Classic 5k 9am Keeneland

DECEMBER 2 YMCA Reindeer Ramble 9am Keeneland

NOVEMBER 29 UK Men’s Basketball vs. University of Alabama at Birmingham 7pm Rupp Arena

DECEMBER 3 GoodGiving Guide Challenge bggives.org

DECEMBER 4 GoodGiving Guide Challenge bggives.org

DECEMBER 5 Trans-Siberian Orchestra 7:30pm Rupp Arena

GoodGiving Guide Challenge bggives.org

Pauly Shore

7:15pm Comedy Off Broadway

DECEMBER 6 Feast on Equality 6pm UK Student Center

GoodGiving Guide Challenge bggives.org

Night Market

6-10pm 700 Block of Bryan Ave.

Downtown Lexington Christmas Tree Lighting Festival

Pauly Shore

3-7pm Triangle Park

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Calendar

DECEMBER 7

DECEMBER 11

UK Men’s Basketball vs. Fairleigh Dickinson University

Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show

4pm Rupp Arena

Lexington’s Christmas Parade 11am Main Street

Pauly Shore

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

GoodGiving Guide Challenge bggives.org

DECEMBER 8 GoodGiving Guide Challenge

DECEMBER 14 The Nutcracker

2pm & 7pm Lexington Opera House

UK Men’s Basketball vs. Georgia Tech

10pm ESPN2

DECEMBER 21 The Nutcracker

2pm & 7pm Lexington Opera House

UK Men’s Basketball at Ohio State University 5:15pm CBS

5pm Rupp Arena

Woodford Reserve Holiday Dinner 6pm Woodford Reserve

DECEMBER 15 GoodGiving Guide Challenge

UK Men’s Basketball at University of Utah

7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

bggives.org

DECEMBER 9

COMMUNITY

The Nutcracker

2pm Lexington Opera House

DECEMBER 22 The Nutcracker

2pm Lexington Opera House

DECEMBER 28 UK Men’s Basketball vs. University of Louisville 3:45pm Rupp Arena

bggives.org

DECEMBER 18 DECEMBER 10 Acoustic Jam

Cirque Dreams Holidaze 7pm Rupp Arena

DECEMBER 31 NYE: Mardi Gras in New Orleans 7:30pm Lexington Opera House

7:30pm Lexington Opera House

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TOPS in Lexington - November 2019  

Who's Who. What's New. And What To Do in Lexington, Kentucky

TOPS in Lexington - November 2019  

Who's Who. What's New. And What To Do in Lexington, Kentucky