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Inside the home of Marion and Erika Jones of Bluegrass Fine Homes

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or a professional homebuilder and designer, the best example of one’s own work is one’s own home. Marion Jones of Bluegrass Fine Homes has known that for twenty years, and has designed his Nicholasville area home to showcase every bell, whistle, and custom option a homeowner could want. This serves a dual purpose: Marion and his wife Erika get to live in a fabulous home, which also serves as a visual tool for prospective clients. “Nobody really needs this much house,” Marion said with a laugh, “But a lot of our clients like to have a visual example and not just look at pictures.” During initial interviews, he says, clients will indicate that they don’t want or need certain features, but they often change their minds once they experience them in person. Marion started his career in the construction business during high school. After getting his bachelor’s degree

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in Business Administration, he founded Bluegrass Fine Homes in 1996. He received initial funding from an employer who believed in him, and built his company from the ground up. Bluegrass Fine Homes was the first company to win first place in all seven categories in The Building Institute of Central Kentucky’s 2004 Grand Tour of Homes. “Our philosophy is that our home owners don’t have to pay custom prices to get the quality that comes with custom homes. We make it easier for you to get into your dream home,” he said. The exterior of the home is reminiscent of a countryside manor, but with plenty of traditional elements as well. The front door is framed

with decorative masonry and the stained wood door features glass windows with a beautiful scrolling design. Marion describes it as “a French country style where modest farmhouse meets estate-like chateau.” He mentioned that out of all the exterior features, the distinctive roof shingles are complimented the most. This particular touch of old world charm costs more than regular shingles, but since his home is a display tool, it was important to showcase a variety of high end materials and designs to buyers.

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“He painted with his heart” The Jones’ home, which was finished in 2015, is situated on five acres of land just east of Nicholasville. The land was previously a farm, and about fifteen years ago, it was developed by a well-known country singer who still owns a home in the subdivision. Before moving into their current home, the Joneses had lived and built homes in the Beaumont area for eleven years. Once their youngest son entered his senior year at Dunbar High School, they decided to move to a more rural area. Both Marion and Erika had grown up in small, rural areas (Ashland, Kentucky and Arkansas, respectively) so they both wanted to go back to a quieter, more secluded setting. They had been interested in purchasing their lot for several years. The original owners declined Marion’s offer to buy initially, but changed their minds a few years later and sold to someone else. Some time later, while Marion was building another house in the subdivision, he saw that the lot was on the market again. When he called to inquire, he learned that it had been sold a month earlier. Two years after that, when he noticed that nothing had been built on the site, he called the property owner and asked if he’d like to sell. The owner agreed, and the lot finally belonged to the Joneses. “I guess the third time’s a charm,” Marion said. To date, Bluegrass Fine Homes has built six out of the eleven properties in the subdivision. Marion and Erika love their little community and enjoy close relationships with their

neighbors, vacationing with three other families every year. They also value close relationships with their employees and associates. “We have worked with the same vendors for the last fifteen years,” Marion said. The Joneses have regular get-togethers and celebrate milestones with the people they work with, and they agree that having a family-like relationship makes for great long-term partnerships. The lot the home sits on was customized by Jones’ landscaping team, Signature Landscapes. “It looked nothing like this when we bought it,” he explained. “We brought in over six hundred loads of dirt during the building process, raising elevations to over 9 feet in some areas.” Upon entering the home, visitors are greeted to a stunning great room and open concept kitchen, complete with lofty ceilings, hand carved wooden beams, and illuminated built-in cabinetry surrounding a custom stone fireplace. All the lighting was purchased through Brecher’s. “Our interior decorator Debbie Lail with Window Wraps and Interiors helped pick out the major lighting and was a big help through the building process, and Stephanie Wolfe with Brecher’s also assisted in picking out additional lighting,” Erika explained. The colors were established from the warm side of the palette and the faux finished walls and comfortable yet ornate furnishings are a great compliment to the luxurious finishes and materials used throughout the home. Their painter, Tony K., spent over six months on the home “He painted with his heart,” said Erika.

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The kitchen was designed with both beauty and function in mind, featuring top of the line Subzero and Wolf appliances. The refrigerator and dishwasher have been fitted with custom wood faces by Mike Barber of Barber Cabinets. The curved, dual-level kitchen island is topped with striking 3-inch thick granite, complete with a chiseled edge. The kitchen sink, as well as many other sinks in the home, feature shimmering mosaic tile designs. The ornately carved corners and cabinet accents add a touch of elegance and drama. During the kitchen design Mike and Marion wanted to make the stove and backsplash the focal point of the kitchen. But Erika had always dreamed

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of having a large kitchen window, which would have had to be installed where they were planning to place the stove. As Erika told it, “Debbie made sure the guys knew how important this was to me, and she told them, ‘Erika is getting her window’. This was probably my biggest must-have, and I was not backing down. As you can see, I got my kitchen window,” she laughed. Another outstanding feature is a custom butler’s pantry connecting the kitchen to the back hall, making it easy to access the laundry and garage. One of Erika’s favorite features is a custom cabinet for her KitchenAid stand mixer. All she has to do is open the cabinet, and the mixer pops up on its own platform. “It’s so much more convenient than having to drag it out or storing on the countertop, and I actually use it more,” she said.

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The home office is a cozy and stylish space with coffered ceilings and mahogany paneled walls and floors. Marion says that in the twenty years he’s owned his business, he’s always had his office in his home. “But you know how it is,” he said, “when you have your office in the house, you walk by to check your email and come out four hours later.” To solve that problem, he built a custom garage for his offices. Not missing an opportunity to show off the skills of his craftsmen, he had the office painted in a variety of faux finishes, with three ceiling heights and a car wash bay for equipment. Underground network cables and property-wide wi-fi make it possible to work anywhere. “We can work from our home and sometimes do, but we don’t keep any paperwork here,” he said.

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In the master suite, Marion and Erika have spared no detail or expense in creating a “wow” factor that is sure to impress any homebuyer. Here, they have used the same warm tones, faux finishes and artfully combined textures to create a comfortable yet luxurious look. The ornately carved bed sits beneath a textured tray ceiling complete with medallion, and views of the property’s softly rolling hills create a relaxing atmosphere. There is a wet bar off the master, a feature they love and use daily. All of the home’s textiles and many of the furniture and décor selections were done by Debbie Lail. Erika said, “We could not have built our dream home without the help of Debbie –she is a big help to us not only with our home, but all of our new construction, too. She is always a phone call away for any help we may need.” 54

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The master bath’s full soaking tub and glass-enclosed mosaic-tiled shower provide the best of both worlds. The his-and-hers vanities are topped with attractive dark granite countertops and the sinks are decorated with a metallic gold leaf inspired finish. All of the plumbing fixtures were provided by Brock McVey. 56

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The his-and-hers walk-in closets feature plenty of space to store and display clothing and accessories, as well as a stackable washer and dryer. Lisa Wood with Willis Klein was another key player in the Jones’ team. “Lisa helped pick out all of our door hardware and the “bling” hardware for my closet,” said Erika.

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The outdoor entertaining area is one of the home’s ultimate focal points and a space that Marion and Erika spend a great deal of time on. “This area took as much time and attention to detail as building a small home,” he explained. The patio is outfitted with a over 2,500 square feet of entertaining space including a complete outdoor kitchen with granite countertops, warming drawers, ice maker, refrigerator and grill. In less than ideal weather, the covered sitting area can be enclosed with a remote controlled screen. With 12-inch subwoofers embedded in the ground, a fire pit, outdoor wi-fi and recessed lighting, the patio can be party-ready in an instant. “It’s a lot of fun out here. It’s very pretty at night. We entertain a lot, and when the neighbors hear music playing, they usually come join us,” said Marion.

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“It’s a lot of fun out here. It’s very pretty at night. We entertain a lot, and when the neighbors hear music playing, they usually come join us” Beautiful craftsmanship is evident at every turn in the Jones home, and it’s a versatile space that is just as conducive to entertaining large groups of people as it is to spending a relaxing evening inside with a glass of wine. When asked if this was his “forever home”, Marion laughed and said, “Do you know how many forever homes I’ve built?” But he and Erika both agree that the goals they had in mind while building this home—to create something different they could be proud of —has certainly been a success.

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REALTY

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$2,400,000 HIGHEST SELLING HOME PRICE LOWEST SELLING HOME PRICE

NUMBER OF HOME SALES

OF HOMES SOLD OVER LIST PRICE

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AVERAGE NUMBER OF BEDROOMS

$186,000 5,028

24%

MEDIAN SQUARE FOOTAGE

BY THE NUMBERS

MEDIAN SELLING PRICE

$14,500

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2017

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MEDIAN LOT SIZE (ACRES)

2 AVERAGE NUMBER OF BATHROOMS

438

NEW CONSTRUCTION SELLS

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AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET

We make every effort to provide accurate and complete information,; however we do not assume any liability for the accuracy or completeness of the information provided. Some estimates were made due to the publication deadline. Statistics are based on data as of December 11, 2017 and are provided by Meredith Price, LIVINLEX.com. TOPS Magazine | January 2018

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“Whitney A Small and Passing Thing” Art Canvas by Meg Nesbit Designs Polished Interiors

Angelica Lamp Ensemble Anthropologie

COLOR CATALOG

Pair with:

Anemone

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Oceanside

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herwin Williams has announced Oceanside as their 2018 Color of the Year. The company describes the hue as “a collision of rich blue with jewel-toned green, a color that is both accessible and elusive. A complex, deep color that offers a sense of the familiar with a hint of the unknown, Oceanside, bridges together a harmonious balance of blues and greens that can be found in what’s old and new.” This color’s richness pairs well with pale, rosey tones such as Anemone, or a yellow-green pop of Gleeful. An earthen brown like Coconut Husk will also show off the depth of Oceanside.

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Sherwin Williams also describes Oceanside as “universal when it comes to design style from mid-century modern to Mediterraneaninspired, traditional to contemporary.”

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Contemporary Klismos Fabric Side Chair Restoration Hardware

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a Dynamic Downtown Introducing Terry Sweeney, President & CEO of the new Downtown Lexington Partnership For decades, downtown Lexington’s economic and social progress was facilitated largely by two organizations – the Downtown Lexington Corporation (DLC) and the Lexington Downtown Development Authority (LDDA). The DLC has been marketing its members and the downtown experience for almost 30 years, and the LDDA has been coordinating downtown economic development and helping guide public projects for the last fifteen. Back in June 2017, it was announced that those two organizations would be consolidated to form the Downtown Lexington Partnership – an organization that will provide a greater focus and combine all activities that develop and promote the heart of our city. - story by Michelle Aiello, photos by Ron Morrow After the partnership was formed, the team struck out to find a leader. A national search process yielded candidates from across the country. The finalists went through an in-depth interview process in Lexington that included dozens of downtown stakeholders. Mayor Jim Gray also met with each candidate, and after the rigorous selection process, the board selected Terry Sweeney. “Terry will be an excellent fit for Lexington,” said Mayor Gray in a statement. “With Town Branch Greenway, a new signature park, a new convention center and the restoration of the Historic Courthouse, our city is ready to move to the next level. Terry has the know-how to help us get there.” Steve Grossman, chair of the Downtown Lexington Partnership board, added, “Terry will be an outstanding first president of our new organization. He has a proven track record of energizing downtown development in two different cities. His experience in strategic planning, economic development and marketing downtown businesses and events is exactly what we need to launch our new partnership.” A native of Indianapolis, Sweeney has more than twenty years of downtown development and revitalization experience. He graduated from Wabash College with a major in Political Science and a minor in Economics, and he earned his Master’s in Public Affairs degree from Indiana University.

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Prior to accepting his position with the Downtown Lexington Partnership, Sweeney served as the Executive Director for the Downtown Management District of Corpus Christi, Texas. Sweeney accepted that role in 2014 and had a large part in several key achievements in the downtown area, including increasing funding by 300%, facilitating nearly 35 new business launches in three years, and creating DINE, a downtown restaurant week. He also launched the Bike Corpus Christi bike share program and assisted with the development and management of Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone. Before working in Corpus Christi, Sweeney spent 18 years at Indianapolis Downtown Incorporated. While working for IDI, he was a featured speaker at several local and national conferences on topics such as urban revitalization, retail trends, and economic development. He was also recognized for his leadership by being selected as one of the Indiana Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40”. In his spare time, he enjoys running, cycling and swimming and has competed in a number of Ironman races from Ireland to Nevada. While Sweeney had the opportunity to meet several of our downtown stakeholders, guests of the Downtown Lexington Partnership’s 2017 Annual Meeting & Awards of Excellence had a chance


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Terry Sweeney, Kathryn Campbell, Larry Jones, Lisa Bell and Wayne Cowan

to meet Sweeney for the first time on December 4, 2017. Presented by Unified Trust and held at the downtown Hilton, the luncheon meeting was an opportunity for DLP board and advisory members to hear Sweeney’s address and to honor those who have supported the mission to enrich Lexington’s downtown over the past year. The meeting was opened with remarks from Jack Pattie, who announced the 2017 chairpersons and recognized past DLC and DDA representatives – Jeff Fugate, Renee Shephard, Rose Lucas and Harold Tate – for their contributions to the city. “The opportunity for measureable success has never been greater for us,” he said. Pattie was followed by Mayor Jim Gray, who closed his remarks by saying “Downtown is everyone’s neighborhood.” When Sweeney took the podium, he began by extending his thanks to those who reached out prior to his accepting the job and helped to ease his transition to Lexington, particularly Bob Quick with Commerce Lexington, Mary Quinn Ramer with Visit Lex, and Kevin Adkins and Brandi Preacher with the Mayor’s office. “I think it speaks volumes to the collaborative culture here, and the passion people have for their downtown,” he said. He went on to outline a little more about the DLP and its mission. “As the name implies, the DLP is a partnership. The goal is to create a single point of contact and accountability for an organization

Barb and Terry Sweeney

that works to develop, manage and market the downtown.” He also explained that the DLP’s partners include their staff and board members, their member and partner organizations, the city and city council as well as downtown stakeholders. He likened the DLP’s role to being the “mall manager” of downtown. “We don’t own the property, and we don’t have contracts with the tenants. And that makes our job much more challenging.” What the DLP does, much like a mall operator, is ensure that the downtown area is clean, safe and accessible. They work to attract new businesses and new development, to support existing ones, and to drive customers to those businesses through our marketing and promotions. Finally, Sweeney expressed his gratitude to be chosen for the position and his appreciation for Lexington. “In the short time my wife Barb and I have been here, we have been discovering the people and places of Lexington and I can tell you that we find it a very welcoming and wonderful community and we both feel fortunate to be here. I believe this community, this downtown, has enormous potential and I’m anxious to help make that happen. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to work with the great staff that is already in place and the many community leaders who obviously care deeply about Lexington’s success.”•

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Wilma E. Thornton CTVU Suite Ribbon Cutting: President of Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation Leslie Smart, Amy & Michael Thornton, Bonnie & Steve Thornton, President of Saint Joseph Hospital and CEO of KentuckyOne Health Bruce Tassin

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The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation:

On a mission of health and hope

As we celebrate a new year, 2018 also marks an important 140th anniversary year for Saint Joseph Hospital. Founded in 1877, by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Saint Joseph Hospital has grown into a 433-bed medical center with a full range of services, including the national award-winning heart institute and leading edge da Vinci robotic surgery. Also known as “Lexington’s heart hospital”, Saint Joseph has pioneered many firsts in the health care community. by Sarah Boerkircher | photos courtesy of the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation

“As Lexington’s first hospital, we remain the first choice for health care today,” said Leslie Buddeke Smart, CFRE, President of Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation. “Saint Joseph East is also a full-service community hospital located in the rapidly growing southeastern section of Lexington, Kentucky. It includes The Women’s Hospital, which has a 16-bed Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of women in central and eastern Kentucky.”

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The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation is a non-profit on a mission to bring health, wellness and hope to Lexington and surrounding communities. The Foundation provides critical philanthropic support to Saint Joseph Hospitals by raising philanthropic support through major and planned gifts, annual giving and events. Through the generosity of donors throughout the community, the Foundation is able to provide facility improvements, state-of-theart equipment, program support, and workforce needs including


Faces + Places providing scholarship funding for nurses and allied health staff to advance their education.

A STAR-filled evening The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation recently hosted its 29th annual STARS Gala to benefit Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East. The event honored deserving physicians and community leaders who are improving lives through philanthropic support, clinical care, service and leadership. Nancy Cox with LEX18 emceed the evening’s award program. The funds raised during the “Mission Moment” portion of the night benefited the tiniest babies served at The Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Toni Marie and Chris Perry, parents of twins Olivia and Avery, shared their story, and deep appreciation, of the life-saving care that their daughters received during their five-week stay in the NICU. “The dollars raised during the ‘Mission Moment’ will fund a Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) Compounder to measure the exact nutrition needed for these tiny babies,” said Leslie. “Thanks to a lead gift from the Crusade for Children of $30,000, and proceeds from the STARS Gala, we will be able to fund this much-needed equipment. Babies just like Olivia and Avery will both survive and thrive.” The STARS Gala Committee, chaired by Tracy Colon, worked tirelessly to create a memorable evening for guests. An aerialist towered above the entrance and kicked off the STAR-studded event. Guests enjoyed a four-course meal and danced the night away on a star-lit dance floor to the sounds of the 12-piece band, The Mercy Men. The premier silent auction featured a trip to the South of France and an African safari. Guests departed the STARS Gala with treats for the ride home, which included sugar cookies adorned with crystal stars. “It was a memorable evening for all who attended,” said Leslie. “It was also a successful evening because nearly $90,000 was raised for the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation.”

‘Forever in debt and grateful’ to Saint Joseph Hospital

At the STARS Gala: Leslie Smart, Mayor Jim Gray and April Corman-Colyer

The 30th Annual Evening with the STARS Gala: October 27, 2018 The Evening with the STARS celebrates the medical staff leadership at Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East as well as community leaders. Prestigious awards are bestowed on health care professionals for excellence in leadership, innovation and service. In addition to physician honorees, each year the STARS Gala also honors a Community Leader of the Year. The Community Leader of the Year award honors nonmedical leaders who have made significant contributions to improve health care in our community.” Below: Chair of the Kentucky One Health Board of Directors Jane Chiles and her husband, Larry Chiles

The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation recently celebrated the renovation of the Wilma E. Thornton Cardiothoracic Vascular Unit (CTVU Suite) at Saint Joseph Hospital, which was made possible by a $1.5 million transformation gift. The major renovation to the CTVU Suite was in honor of Mrs. Thornton, a former patient who passed away in 2011 at age 86. “Mrs. Thornton son, Michael Thornton, credited Saint Joseph Hospital with allowing her to enjoy ‘bonus years’ by providing outstanding care,” said Leslie. “Following her surgery, her son wrote a personal note to the hospital president expressing that the family was ‘forever in debt and grateful.’”

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Mary McGroarty and Dr. David McGroarty (receiving an award on behalf of the late Dr. Paul McGroarty)

Save the date! The 29th Annual Golf Tournament at the University Club of Kentucky June 11, 2018 in Lexington, KY This annual golf tournament features teams of four playing in a scramble format at The UK Club, which features two 18-hole courses. Players come from a variety of businesses throughout Kentucky to take part in this annual event. For more information, please visit kentuckyonehealth.org

Yes, Mamm! 5K at the RJ Corman Railroad Group October 13, 2018 in Nicholasville, KY The Yes, Mamm! 5K is a competitive walk/run through the park-like property at RJ Corman Railroad Group in Nicholasville, KY. This event raises funds to support the Yes, Mamm! program. Yes, Mamm! provides funding for individuals to receive a mammogram regardless of their ability to pay. The Yes, Mamm! 5K has become a must attend race in Central Kentucky. It is a great opportunity to gather as a community with friends, patients and families in a fun outdoor setting. For more information, please visit kentuckyonehealth.org/yesmamm5k

Bruce Tassin and Tharun Karthikeyan, MD, 2017 Physician of the Year for Saint Joseph Hospital Two months before Mrs. Thornton passed away, Michael Thornton and his wife, Amy, pledged $1.5 million to the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, the second largest donation in foundation’s history. Improvements to the CTVU Suite include major facelifts to 22 patient rooms to provide a more peaceful environment, and upgrades throughout the nurses’ work stations and common areas. The CTVU Suite is designed to help patients with heart, lung and vascular illnesses. “Thanks to Mrs. Thornton’s surgeon at Saint Joseph Hospital, and the wonderful clinical care she received, she was able to spend an additional year with her two sons and grandchildren. She was able to enjoy University of Kentucky basketball games, trips to Keeneland and much more. Mrs. Thornton was forever grateful to the hospital. We, too, are grateful for Mrs. Thornton and her family for the incredible legacy they have provided to Saint Joseph Hospital,” said Leslie. For those interested in making a donation to The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, donations can be made at kentuckyonehealth.org or by calling 859.313.170. Checks may be mailed to Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, 701 Bob O’Link, Suite 200, Lexington, KY 40504. “By making a donation, you are supporting the work of an organization that is vital to the health and welfare of people in Lexington, and surrounding communities,” said Leslie. “More work is ahead, and we need your support to make it possible.” •

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Faces + Places Amber grew up on the beaches of the Space Coast of Florida, but comes to Lexington from the Western Slope of Colorado, where she was the evening news anchor for the CBS affiliate in town. As the evening news anchor at WTVQ, she has loves getting to know the community. Like many Lexington residents, horses are Amber’s first love, and she’s so happy to be living in the Horse Capital of the World. She was a member of the University of Florida’s Equestrian team, Block and Bridle Club, and grew up riding and showing horses. She was extremely active in the 4-H Equine Horse Judging and Hippology programs and even competed at the Kentucky Horse Park on various occasions. TOPS: When did you know you wanted to become a journalist? Amber: I always enjoyed reading, writing and telling stories, but I guess my career in broadcasting started at the local little league baseball fields. Growing up, my parents would very lovingly force me to tag along to my brother’s practices and games. While they were coaching, umpiring and team momming it up, rather than sit in the stands, I’d go up in the booth and play on the microphone. Soon I was announcing line ups and calling games, which among other things, was a great early lesson that people – very rightfully so – prefer to have their names pronounced correctly!

Meet the Media:: Amber

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In school I was always part of the TV broadcasting classes through graduating high school. I actually started college majoring in equine science with the intentions of becoming a veterinarian. After realizing I’d never actually be able to euthanize an animal, I switched paths to what I’d always been drawn to – TV journalism. I love being able to hear about their experiences and then share that information with others. That is what journalism is about. TOPS: What’s a story that sticks out in your memory? Amber: I’m a big fan of feature stories highlighting good things people are doing to make a difference in our community. One involves a young girl with a huge heart. After someone stole her beloved Christmas decorations from her family’s lawn, she was given a shopping spree at a retail store. We had video of her furiously tossing toys from the shelves into the shopping cart as she tore up and down the aisles. However, all of the items were not for her. Instead, she was thoughtful and kind enough to bring them to her school and distribute them to her classmates, so that they too would have gifts and holiday joy. It was the sweetest thing. TOPS: What’s a typical day like for you? Amber: There’s never a typical day in the news business. News is constantly happening, developing and changing, along with our schedules. You kind of have to accept being comfortable with the uncomfortable, or you risk perceiving your entire day as a failure because things didn’t go as planned. TOPS: What’s the best thing about covering the news in Lexington? Amber: The best thing about covering the news here is most definitely the people. Such a large part of the community is dedicated to helping others and improving and growing the area in innovative ways. The compassion so many have is obvious through the news releases

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and letters we receive every day about various organizations making life better for so many people in need. I just wish we could cover them all. Having a great team here at WTVQ really is a blessing. You want to like the people you spend so much time around, and we have some incredible, caring and helpful people at our station. I’ve also been fortunate to meet so many welcoming and amazing people in town. It really says a lot about an area when people who grew up here stay their entire lives or those who moved away ultimately come back to raise families and grow their careers. TOPS: How did you get involved with the equine world? Amber: My parents, although they both like horses, were not part of that scene while I was young. So I had to be resourceful and would do whatever work was needed to be around the animals. I cleaned stalls, painted fences, pulled weeds, groomed, fed and rode anything and everything just to learn. I started showing in the 4-H system and wholeheartedly stand behind the principles it teaches young adults. I was also involved in 4-H horse judging and hippology teams, where we competed at the national level (even here in Lexington). I eventually won Horseman of the Year for the state of Florida my senior year, complete with a scholarship to college. TOPS: What are some of your favorite local places to shop and eat? Amber: Downtown is great with the combination of the college campuses and nineto-fivers. There are some delicious places to eat and super cute boutiques. I love the character of the Distillery District. It’s such a unique space and always has a great vibe. TOPS: What’s your resolution for 2018? Amber: After surviving my “freshman year” here in Lexington, I really want to make a better effort to get out and explore all the really interesting and diverse places and activities this area has to offer. I believe it’s important to be involved around the community. •

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Blue Grass Stockyards Regional Marketplace story by Molly Crain Community. Legacy. Stewardship. Values that the new Blue Grass Stockyards—more specifically, the Blue Grass Regional Marketplace—prides itself upon (BRM). Without those values in mind, the BRM might still be the largest cattle operation east of the Mississippi, but it wouldn’t have transformed into the community-centric facility it is today, with the customer and Kentucky families at its heart. Anyone who was in Lexington the day the Blue Grass Stockyards caught fire last January remembers the devastation it wrought. Flames so viciously high many said they could see the smoke all the way from Louisville. Days passed, owners and politicians deliberated, staff revived nearly decade-old plans that were long-time dreams for expansion. Resilient like Kentucky farmers are, the Blue Grass Stockyards team quickly sought to turn this heartache into an opportunity. A short eight months of vigorous and steadfast construction later, the Blue Grass Regional Marketplace had its grand opening with much pomp and circumstance at 4561 Iron Works Pike, across from the Kentucky Horse Park. A state-of-the-art eco-friendly operation expanding to 232,000 sq. ft.—with 40,000 sq. ft. of office and retail space—BRM is more than a stockyards, but a place for farmers to engage in commerce and community. “You really have to see it for yourself,” said Lauralee Estill, Event Coordinator at BRM. “This is becoming the center of AG culture in central Kentucky. From the classroom and museum to the sales ring and barn, this is the place connecting people to where their food comes from and the people producing that food.” Speaking of good food, BRM invites patrons to dine at Hayden’s Stockyard Eatery, located at the marketplace’s center. Owned by DaRae Marcum of DaRae and Friends Catering, Hayden’s serves top-shelf southern fare that cattle customers and travelers alike say is worth the drive; particularly for the prime-cut meats supplied by JSW Chop Shop. Local Kentucky Proud products are used to create the made-from-scratch southern comfort breakfast and lunch menu, which can be had from 7am until 3pm Monday through Saturday. Hayden’s has exciting dining plans for the New Year too, like a Beef and Bourbon experience in January and a Valentine’s Day dinner in February. Visit: haydensstockyardeatery. com for more information. BRM has also seen great success in midst of the holiday season, where there’s fun to be had by all. The weekend before Christmas, families brought their children to sit atop Santa’s lap, have lunch and do some last-minute shopping at R.T. Outfitters farm and outdoor wear. But even with all the action the marketplace has seen in a few short months, they’ve still got big dreams for the future. “It feels like an endless amount of possibilities out here,” said Estill. “We have the infrastructure to support large events with the rolling hills of central Kentucky as the backdrop.” •

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Bear & the Butcher M E AT, D R I N K & B E M E R R Y

By Michelle Aiello Photos by Keni Parks and courtesy of Bear & the Butcher

Bear & the Butcher 815 Euclid Avenue Lexington, KY, 40502 (859) 469-9188 bearandthebutcher.com Monday - Thursday: 11am to 12:30am Friday: 11am to 2am Saturday: 10am to 2am Sunday: 10am to 12am

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ocated near the corner of High Street and Euclid Avenue, Bear and the Butcher is a versatile eating and drinking establishment that specializes in high quality artisan meats. The 4,000 square foot building, which has housed a number of businesses, but most recently Art Bar, was given a complete renovation. Tom Behr, who owns the building, worked with architect Jackie Stewart and contractor Eddie Turner, but the interior design was the work of himself and his two sons, Brett and Brian. Brett, who owns The Beer Trappe next door, explained that after a few disturbing incidents at the former Art Bar, his father wanted to buy the building and make it “something that neighborhood would be proud of –not ashamed of.” The Behrs’ inspiration came from restaurants and shops they visited while traveling to London and other areas of England. The emerald green glazed brick exterior imparts a unique look, and the interior has an industrial-chic vibe with t o oo t an o en at et een t e eclaimed wood (sourced from a historic Virginia farm), and exposed brick and ductwork.


Cuisine The main floor features a stainless steel, u-shaped bar that seats about 50 (the interior tile was sourced from the Old Crow distillery after their renovation), and in warmer weather, glass garage doors open onto a sidewalk patio. The upper level also seats about 50, with a neon “Chevy Chase” sign, oversized wall art depicting a bear, and an area for live music. More glass garage doors lead onto a 40-seat balcony overlooking Euclid Avenue. Brett and Brian Behr opened the restaurant in August 2017 with the goal of offering fast casual fare such as tacos, sliders and house-made sausages and condiments to go with them, like housemade mustard, pickles and sauerkraut. Brett got his start in the restaurant industry by working at his father’s restaurant, Pazzo’s, which opened in 2000. He said that his family has always enjoyed trying new restaurants, both locally and on vacation. While out of town, they always try to find as many unique spots as possible and avoid chain restaurants. “After opening The Beer Trappe, we saw an opportunity with the space next door, and I went into business with my brother Brian (who also owns The Village Idiot),” he said. After running Bear & the Butcher for several months, Behr and his team received customer feedback that has led them to reinvent their concept a bit. “The food for the most part has been really well received,” he said, “but going forward, we are going to focus more on sit-down dining, servers, more entrees, and things of that nature.” Executive Chef Jason Ritchey added that when they originally looked at the building, they had discussed doing a split concept in which the upstairs was more of a lounge, with a fast casual restaurant on the lower level. But things changed as they often do in the restaurant industry. “We kept adding more space, and the space was very nice,” he said. “So when we opened, we kept hearing people say, ‘We love the food, but the space is so nice that we expected a more refined experience’.” In the Chevy Chase area, he went on, many customers want the full dining experience—to be waited on and have a leisurely meal with friends and family. So he and the Behr brothers decided to expand the menu and give their customers what they want. “We’ve taken a lot of our fast casual items and integrated those into the new menu, but we’ve also added things like steaks and chops,” he said.

Creamy Sriracha Shrimp Tacos with Asian Slaw Ingredients:

Creamy Sriracha Sauce:

Three 4-inch flour tortillas

1 cup mayonnaise

Fried shrimp (packaged is fine)

1/2 cup Thai sweet chili sauce

Creamy Sriracha Sauce

Sriracha hot chili sauce to taste

Asian Slaw

Vietnamese Vinaigrette:

Cilantro 1oz. fresh jalapenos 1oz. fresh garlic olive oil salt to taste

1/2 cup Lemon juice 1/2 cup tamari or soy sauce 1 1/2 cup lime juice 1/2 cup fish sauce 1 cup mirin ( Japanese rice wine)

Asian Slaw:

1 bunch cilantro, chopped

Napa cabbage, shredded

1 red bell pepper, minced

Red onion, thinly sliced

1 hot pepper such as jalapeno, minced

Red cabbage, shredded

2 shallots, minced

Red bell pepper, thinly sliced

6 garlic cloves, minced 1 stalk lemongrass, grated Zest of 2 limes

Directions: For the Creamy Sriracha Sauce: Add all ingredients together in a small bowl and stir. For the Vietnamese Vinaigrette: Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Toss with sliced vegetables. Assemble fried shrimp, slaw, sauce and accompaniments into the tortillas. Serve immediately.

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Cuisine Also, Ritchey explained, fast casual restaurants typically don’t seat as many people as Bear & the Butcher does, so the service may have been a bit slower than some were expecting. But now, customers can have the best of both worlds —anything from a quick bite to a full sit-down dining experience. What they can’t get—despite the name—is cuts of meat by the pound. “The name is really just a play on words,” said Behr, explaining they’re not actually a butcher shop. They do, however, order whole animals (supplied by Blue Moon Farms of Richmond) and have a full butchering facility on the property. Ritchey said, “It gives us a better use of the animal. Instead of grinding up a pork chop, we can cut a nice pork chop from an animal that we got locally, and butchered here on site.” Ritchey, a Georgetown native, got his start in the culinary industry by working for Jonathan’s at Gratz Park. A graduate of Sullivan Uni-

versity, he began working for The Village Idiot when it opened and was later brought on the team to build Bear & the Butcher’s menu from the ground up. He still cooks for The Village Idiot and has been tasked with updating and reinventing Pazzo’s menu as well. The menu he created for Bear & the Butcher focuses on bratwurst made with pork and veal, spicy smoked chicken sausage, a sweet Italian pork sausage and a smoked beef and pork Texas hot link. It also includes a variety of sliders, like fried chicken, lamb and smoked brisket, plus pub burgers, street tacos, salads and desserts like the Bear Claw (sweet pastry, almond paste and rum icing) and for those wanting to keep the meat feast going, chocolate-covered bacon. For their weekend brunch menu, Ritchey has tried to cross-utilize a lot of the dinner menu items, and one of the most popular items is a breakfast burrito with house made chorizo, egg and potatoes.

JASON RITCHEY Chef

BRETT BEHR Owner

Q A Favorite food from your childhood?

Current favorite ingredients?

Brett: My favorite food growing up was a filet cooked by my dad. My mom also made great sweet potatoes, green beans and pasta dishes.

Brett: I like to incorporate anything seasonal and local. That’s what our customers have been demanding more and more and I really think it helps make for a great product.

Jason: BBQ ribs

Favorite local spots?

Last thing you cooked for yourself at home?

Both: Obviously Pazzo’s and The Village Idiot. In addition to those, we like to support locally owned restaurants. Cole’s is my favorite place for special occasions. I also really like Corto Lima and obviously Bourbon n’ Toulouse as well.

Brett: I don’t cook a lot at home, but I recently cooked a honey garlic salmon dish that turned out well. Jason: Ramen Favorite meat and way to prepare it? Jason: Bone-in ribeye, grilled medium rare.

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Something in your fridge that would surprise people? Jason: Pedialyte. I have a two-year old, plus it’s great for hangovers.


Cuisine They also offer a few different biscuit options—a smoked brisket biscuit with Cholula hollandaise, pickled red onion and our house smoked beef brisket with barbeque sauce. In addition, he says, they offer a twist on a biscuit sandwich called the Portland State Deluxe. “There’s a restaurant out west that does a really famous biscuit sandwich – and our version has fried chicken breast on it, with American cheese and bacon, and covered in sausage gravy. It’s fantastic.” Ritchey also said that it came as a bit of a surprise, given the name of the restaurant, how many vegetarian and vegan requests he’s received. So he has included those in the new menu, but he’s incorporated them as dishes that are traditionally thought of as meat entrees. “We’re going to be doing a shepherd’s pie, but the base, instead of ground lamb, is going to be ground crimini mushrooms. And we’ve also got a Lexington pasta gnocchi with tarragon cream, Grana Padano cheese and English peas and shoots. It will be nice, coming into Spring, and we love the products that we get from Lexington pasta.” For a veggie appetizer, they’re offering fried Japanese shishito peppers. “We’ll hit them with a really hot skillet and blister the skins, which softens them and gives them a little bit of a caramelized sweetness that you don’t get from the raw peppers,” he said. The peppers will be drizzled with sesame vinaigrette and served with creamy Sriacha mayo on the side. Ritchey wants existing Bear & the Butcher customers to rest assured that their favorite items aren’t going anywhere. “Those items will be making their way onto the new menu,” he said. “We’re just adding more items and giving customers a fuller experience. Before, you could come in, get a couple of tacos, get a side, and that would be pretty much it. Now you can come in and lounge with your friends and get a full service meal with sharable items. It’s a broader range of experience.”

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TOP 5 Dining By Amanda Harper

Salads

LOUIE’S WINE DIVE

Louie’s Wine Dive knows that unique touches are what makes a dining experience memorable. The bright, crisp Emily’s Apple Harvest salad features grilled chicken, field greens, apples, dried cranberries, bacon, crumbled goat cheese, candied pecans and a balsamic vinaigrette. Their Grilled Sesame Crusted Tuna salad is another local fave. And of course, every Louie’s salad is just perfect for enjoying alongside a glass of wine. 854 E. High St. | 859.523.7900 | louieswinedive.com

VINAIGRETTE SALAD KITCHEN It’s obvious with a name like Vinaigrette that this casual stop for lunch or dinner offers some truly wonderful salads. The Bluegrass Blackberry salad starts with a spring mix that’s topped with crumbled feta, strawberries, apple chips, red onion, Kight’s pecans and drizzled with a blackberry sorghum vinaigrette. Their Maki Shrimp and Vegan Power salads are other great options. Mulitple Lexington locations | vingaigrettesaladkitchen.com

MALONE’S Everyone is familiar with Malone’s Bottomless Lexingtonian salad, but their freshly made entrée salads shouldn’t be missed. Their Kale & Quinoa salad features chopped kale, quinoa, sunflower seeds, green apple, queso fresco, red onion, dried cranberries and a cider honey vinaigrette. It can be topped with chicken breast or grilled salmon for a truly delicious meal. The Malone’s Steakhouse salad is another wonderful option. Mulitple Lexington locations | bluegrasshospitality.com

WHOLE FOODS MARKET Well-stocked with a wide variety of fresh fixings, the Whole Foods salad bar makes customizing lunch or dinner a snap. From chickpeas and eggplant to blueberries and chicken, there plenty of tasty options for any palate, priced per pound. For people who don’t mind a grab-and-go option, there are also prepackaged salads. 4059 Finn Way | 859.971.8600 | wholefoodsmarket.com

CORELIFE EATERY Responsibly sourced and served fresh, CoreLife Eatery believes in doing salad right. Their Spicy Ginger Steak salad features shredded kale, arugula, grass fed steak, green and red bell peppers, ginger and sriracha: they suggest topping it off with their miso sesame ginger dressing. Their Kale Caesar Chicken salad is a green twist on an old favorite. Ask about their grain bowls, as well! 4040 Finn Way, Suite 110 | 859.687.7975 | corelifeeatery.com TOPS Magazine | January 2018

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Beer

January picks by Jason

OF THE MONTH

New Belgium

Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA Why Jason Enjoys this Beer…. “New Belgium brewing never disappoints, from their quality everyday beers to their amazing sour program, I am always blown away by the beers they create. Juicy Haze IPA is the latest addition to the family and you have got to get your hands on this one. The opening pour is full of a wonderful tropical style fruity hop aroma that hits bold and lingers throughout. The first look finds that hazy orange color you expect from the New England style IPAs. Then the first taste is a wonderful ride, full of citrus and tropical hop flavor and a very smooth mouth feel, the slight bitterness is perfectly balanced and it finishes as clean as it pours. My first experience with this beer uncovered one major theme, the only thing better than the first one was the next one. Do yourself a favor and make sure this one gets in the rotation, take it from me you will be happy you did.” Style: American Style India Pale Ale Hops: Citra, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe and Nugget Alcohol By Volume: 7.5% | IBU: 42 Taste Profile: Packed with bright Tropical aromas and brilliant citrusy flavors, this unfiltered IPA wraps up with a pleasantly smooth finish.

www.KYeagle.net | Please call Kentucky Eagle at 859-252-3434 for local purchase locations!

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Wine OF THE MONTH

Cedar + Salmon

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2016 Tasting Notes Brimming with fresh blackberry and plum aromas, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir gains earth and herb nuance with time. Rip red plums and red cherries dominate the smooth palate, accented by a dash of herbs. Varietal: 100 % Pinor Noir Appellation: 100% Willamette Valley PH: 3.78 TA: 5.6g/L Alcohol: 14.5% Food pairing: Versatile and food-friendly, this pinot noir pairs well with a vegetarian risotto with stewed tomatoes and Taleggio cheese, roasted pork with cranberry glaze, or gilled salmon wth a brown sugar crust.

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Wow Wedding: Rachael + Chris Weddings Unveiled: Non-Traditional Dessert Bars


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hen it comes to the long running question of ‘diamonds or pearls,’ we can never decide. For our Outfit of The Month, pearls are indeed our jam. While we are well aware that high end pieces aren’t exactly affordable, they certainly are fun to dream about.

When it comes to fashion fantasies Gucci always leads the pack. Alessandro Michele has redefined the brand’s aesthetic with his romantic, ethereal and instantly recognizable approach to fashion. Delicately produced from off-white and black, this short sleeved embellished dress is a timeless staple. For the chilly January weather, chic outerwear is naturally a must. This black wool blend embellished pearl coat from Edward Achour Paris is such a stunner you’ll look forward to cooler weather just for the chance to wear it out. One of the best parts of winter is the chance to bring out a fierce pair of boots. This luxury pair by Alexander McQueen can be styled slouchy around the ankle or worn extended to the knee, and features a curved horn heel with hand-painted finish. An item we always support investing in is a versatile bag. Chanel’s classic caviar tote is a lovely match for this ensemble. Choosing jewelry for this look was easy; it’s again all about pearls. These studs from Henri Bendel are petite enough to not be too flashy, yet still lend the perfect amount of accessorizing. No outfit would be complete without a little makeup. The Dior Couture Coulour Wardrobe is directly inspired by runway shows that teams fresh and natural colors with vibrant and sophisticated shades. This look is perfect for kicking off a new, stylish year and an excellent way to play up one of your favorite embellishments.

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

Stunning at Miss Fashionista!

Red Carpet Ready!

These girls had some gorgeous looks at this year’s Winter Gratitude Gala!

Can’t beat a classic bowtie!

Dazzling!

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While Rachael and Chris Benezet first met at the University of Kentucky and were friends throughout college, they didn’t end up dating until 12 years later. As Rachael explained, Chris never gave up the chase. Rachael, a transplant coordinator at University of Kentucky Healthcare, was born and raised in Versailles, Ky. Chris, owner of Benezet & Associates, was born in New York, but moved to Lexington when he was in elementary school. Although Chris isn’t a born and bred Kentuckian, Rachael says that Chris has a love for Kentucky like no other. The Benezet’s were married on September 16, 2017 at Central Christian Church. Following the ceremony, a reception was held at The Livery. “The Livery is absolutely stunning and we appreciate its historical value,” says Rachael. “We loved the rustic but elegant feel The Livery had to offer. The distressed brick, open barn ceilings and prime downtown location were exactly what we had in mind for our wedding — we knew it was where we wanted to have our reception as soon as we walked in. We could not have picked a more stunning venue to celebrate us.” Rachael and Chris each had 11 attendants and each bridesmaid had their own style of dress to fit their elegance. It was important to Rachael to incorporate thoughtful and sentimental details, starting with the wedding invitations.

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“Our invitations were picturesque and we received so many compliments. People went out of their way and called us to tell us how pretty our invitations were. This was really important to us because it was the first thing to grab our guests’ attention.” Throughout the wedding flowers and decor, Rachael added personal touches. Her two sisters’ bouquets included cymbidium orchids in remembrance of their grandmother, as this was her favorite flower. The ring bearer carried the same pillow that Rachael’s maid of honor used at her wedding. The wedding guest book was a large bourbon barrel, which their guests autographed. There was a table near the front of the venue, which displayed the couple’s engagement photos to add a personal touch. As Rachael explained, the décor was just an added bonus because The Livery’s ambiance speaks for itself. The best advice that the Benezet’s would share about planning a wedding is to pick a venue and coordinator that is in tune to the details that are ‘must haves’ and personal to the couple. Then, all the planning should fall into place and the day is sure to be magical. “Something special that Chris and I ensured was to have a few minutes alone to look at each other, take it all in, laugh excitedly and converse amongst ourselves. Sneaking away with your new spouse gives each of you a special keepsake moment of your special day,” Rachael says. The Benezet’s agree that their wedding day felt like a fairytale. They could not have been more pleased with the outcome of their enchanting day. “Every little detail shined; my wedding coordinator made everything look striking, flow smoothly and we didn’t have to worry about a thing,” says Rachael. A highlight to the day was the sentimental depth of my maid of honor’s speech. “It was straight from the heart, humorous and shared distinctive moments of our friendship over the years,” expresses Rachael. The best man’s speech led with some humor and perfect timing.

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“Our best man was sharing how much I like to eat and then a button from my tux popped off because I was laughing so hard,” says Chris. “Although it looked planned, it perfectly topped off his speech and made for a good laugh and a memory we’ll never forget.” The Benezet’s ended their wedding night with a sparkler exit, followed by a midnight ride in a Bentley. “The day went by so fast, but we loved every minute of it and would do it all over again.”

PHOTOGRAPHER Kate McStay Photography CEREMONY VENUE Central Christian Church RECEPTION VENUE The Livery C AT E R I N G DaRae’s Catering PLANNER + FLORIST Natural Endeavors B R I DA L G OW N Mori Lee B R I DA L PA RT Y Twirl Boutique G RO O M / G RO O M S M E N Geno’s For mal Affair CAKE Mondelli’s Bakery I N V I T E S + P RO G R A M S Haley Michelle Designs HAIR + MAKEUP Pink LouLou RINGS Rivard’s Fine Jewelry BAND Tim Talbert Band PHOTOBOOTH Mack Daddy’s Photo Booth T R A N S P O RTAT I O N Gold Sheild VIDEOGRAPHER Collin Merrit TOPS Magazine | January 2018

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One piece of the wedding day that most guests are excited about is the sweets! Once that meal is finished, everyone is already thinking about what flavor cake they get to try or what type of dessert you've chosen to finish the palette before the dancing starts! However, these days, the traditional wedding cake has taken a backseat to more unique dessert bars. Here are a few to get your ideas flowing!

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MILK & COOKIES

POPCORN BAR

HOMEMADE PIES

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SMORES BAR

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DaRae & Friends Catering Bayou Bluegrass Catering Dupree Catering & Events Lundy's Special Events Nothing Bundt Cakes Caramanda's Bake Shoppe Magee's Bakery Spaldings Bakery

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Family Super Mom Lindsay Gilvin is the mother to Dawson (6), Brooks (3) and Beau (2), wife to Casey, who is the director of fitness at the University of Kentucky, and owner of FIT4MOM Lexington, KY. While Lindsay doesn’t consider herself a “Super Mom,” she is inspired by the unbelievable moms she has met through FIT4MOM, the country’s largest fitness program for moms, which offers pre and post-natal fitness classes for every stage of motherhood. “I started exercising with Fit4Mom’s Stroller Strides® when my daughter, Dawson, was 4-months-old and I was immediately hooked. I found a community that supported motherhood and made staying healthy a priority,” Lindsay says. When the Gilvins moved to Lexington, Lindsay took her passion for motherhood and leading a healthy, active lifestyle to build the Fit4Mom community in central Kentucky. The mission of Fit4Mom is to help moms achieve their ultimate potential, both physically and emotionally. Lindsay says that as a franchise owner for Fit4Mom that she strives to encourage other moms, including herself, to remember that you simply can’t “do all the things.” “It is so important to ask for help (why is that a such a tough thing to do when you become a mom?) and to make your health and well being a priority,” she says. “My biggest advice to other moms is to surround yourself with those that are in the thick of it with you, ones that can build you up and support you through this crazy journey of motherhood.”

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As a mom of three young kids, a business owner and a wife, Lindsay says that there are days that she doesn’t have the time to get past the first item on her never ending to-do list. “I sometimes, okay, most of the time, go to bed with laundry that needs to be folded and dirty dishes in the sink. And sometimes, my husband and I feel like we are just roommates tag-teaming it with these little rascals,” she says. “There are days that I missed an opportunity to be fully present with the kids to get work done. There are also days that I get the house clean, cook all the meals, have the opportunity to go on an adventure with my kids, spend time with my husband, get a workout in and even get the chance to shower. However, I always do my best to wake up, put that cape on and get to it.” Like many moms, Lindsay admits that finding balance is one of the biggest challenges that comes with motherhood. On days that the to-do list is getting longer rather than shorter, Lindsay says she will remind herself that being present is more important. “I am not sure I ever have a true balance between all of my responsibilities, but my goal is to be present in the moments that matter most. I try to recognize my priorities and adjust as needed,” she says. “Each day is different and brings it’s own joy and challenges, but the most rewarding part of being a mom is actually being a mom. Dawson, Brooks and Beau are incredible kiddos—they remind me every single day how blessed I am to be their mom.”

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Fit4Baby® Stroller Strides® Body Back® in the Lexington Area. To learn more about these fitness programs and Fit4Mom Lexington, KY, please visit:

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4 STEPS TO TAKE BEFORE PURCHASING A NEW HOME The Dream of Homeownership may be closer than you think. Implementing these four key action items from WesBanco will help make the Dream of Homeownership become a reality. CHECK YOUR CREDIT. Credit is the life line to your future ability to become a new homeowner. A best practice is to review your credit report at once a year. Reviewing your credit allows you to make sure there are no surprises such as incorrect reporting or fraudulent credit activity showing up on your credit report prior to applying for a mortgage. You can use apps such as credit karma or review your credit report online via www.experian.com, www.equifax.com or www. transunion.com.

Too often we get the new car with a big car payment, prior to buying the new home that we want, only to find out later we can’t afford the home now. If you are buying a home within six to twelve months, make sure you talk to a financial adviser prior to making major purchases so that you can plan accordingly. You can also access tools online that will allow you to run budget numbers that will help keep you in line. Try to keep your monthly obligations to a minimal prior to buying your home and save for the future.

ACCESS YOUR NEEDS. Accessing your housing needs could be the most important step in the process, however it can be easily over looked. Knowing what size home you need now and whether you have plans for future family growth that may require more room are very important. Knowing what your necessities are in a home is priceless. This will keep you from over spending and buying more house than you need.

PRE QUALIFY. The pre-qualification process is the last major step prior to your search. Make sure you talk with several mortgage professionals to find out what mortgage products best fit your needs. Questions to consider: How long will I stay in this home? Will you need a loan that requires a low down-payment? Can I use my VA benefits to buy a home? Are you purchasing an existing home or building a new home? All these questions need to be discussed with a mortgage professional that can help guide you to the loan that best fits your needs. The mortgage professional will also access your credit, income and assets. By doing so, they can tell you how much you qualify for in a home, which allows you to shop with confidence. Remember, “When in doubt, ask!”

BUDGET. Budgeting for a new home is crucial. With the accelerated increase in student loans, higher credit card balances and big car payments, it’s sometimes difficult to find room for a mortgage payment.

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aby, it’s cold outside! The New Year is here, and Old Man Winter continues to unleash his frosty breath on Central Kentucky. It is important to remember as temperatures drop and we bundle ourselves a little tighter before heading out the door that our pets also require extra attention before venturing outside.

Not all of our pets’ fur coats are as warm and insulated as we believe, especially when exposed to brutally cold and wet weather. Short haired, smaller, older, younger and thin pets are more susceptible to the dangers of winter temperatures. Some chronic, medical conditions and medications also put pets at greater risk. Exposure to winter elements for an extended period can quickly lead to hypothermia which is a dangerously low body temperature or frostbite of the legs, paw pads, nose, tail and ear tips. Signs of mild hypothermia include shivering, weakness and a reduction in mental alertness. More advanced symptoms include shallow breathing, stiffness, dilated pupils, low blood pressure and difficulty feeling a pulse. The effects of hypothermia impact internal organs. Owners can see evidence of frostbite externally, on their pet’s skin. Initially, frostbite causes the skin to appear gray or pale and may feel cold and hard to the touch. Frostbitten skin that thaws will turn red, puff y and be very painful. If severe, frostbite will cause the skin to die, blacken and slough off. If you suspect your pet has frostbite or is hypothermic due to prolonged exposure to cold temperatures, bring them indoors, wrap them in a blanket or towel, and seek immediate veterinary care as these conditions can be life threatening. In general, pet owners should practice the adage, “if it’s too cold for me, it is too cold for my pet” and bring outdoor pets inside during cold, inclement weather – especially during wind chill advisories. However, if impossible, follow these extra measures to protect your outside pet’s health during winter months.

• Always provide your pet with access to clean water, food and a warm, dry, draft-free shelter.

• Be sure to keep your pet’s fur coat well groomed and free of mats to protect skin from the elements.

• Insulated houses with dry bedding or blankets raised off the ground to minimize heat loss work best. Use thick bedding and change it regularly to ensure dryness. Heating pads can cause burns and fires, therefore, are not recommended.

• Sweaters and coats are helpful for keeping your pet warm when outdoors. However, wet jackets will cause hypothermia faster than not wearing one. Be sure to remove wet clothing quickly to reduce this risk.

• Consider purchasing a heated, tip-proof, pet bowl to prevent your pet’s water source from freezing. A variety of these products are available online or at your favorite, local pet store. However, bowls heated by an electrical cord pose a potential hazard, especially to pets that like to chew. Use good judgment before investing in one of these products.

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• Booties will protect your dog’s paws from winter dangers such as ice collecting on fur between the toes and paw pad irritation from salt or ice melt. • However, most importantly, remember YOU are your pet’s best defense against Jack Frost! Check on outdoor pets often to assess their wellbeing and stock of basic needs.


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aria Montgomery knows health & beauty. After all, it is part of her job. Lucky for her, Maria had an interest in her health before she signed with Ford Models. “I’ve always been a health-nut. I just love the science behind nutrition and exercise. But that doesn’t mean that I wake up eager to work out every day! Besides keeping me feeling at my best, the obvious motivation is my job.” Locals might recognize Maria as the on court entertainment host for UK basketball or as Bob Allen Motormall’s spokesperson. Maria’s impressive list of national clients includes beauty, fitness and swimwear brands like Pantene, Maybelline, Victoria’s Secret, Jockey, Nike and more. Given her clientele, Maria explains, “Being lean isn’t good enough. Muscle tone is imperative since swimsuit season is year around for me,” Managing to stay fit while always on the road takes serious commitment. When Maria is in town, she attends local group fitness classes. “I love that classes prevent me from procrastinating on my workout since they start at a specific time,” she says. However, attending classes regularly is easier said than done. Maria often gets booked the day before a photo shoot and hops on a plane within hours’ notice. Early shoots, late flights and constantly changing time zones can make scheduling workouts challenging. “I began streaming Beach Body on Demand on my iPad. It has hundreds of short workout videos. There is literally something for everyone and I’m able to do them in my hotel room easily,” she says. “At the end of the day it’s most important how I feel, and when I choose to be active, I simply feel stronger, more at peace and more energetic.” Hair and skin care are equally important in the modeling industry. Maria swears by her monthly facial at Prive Med Spa. “It really helps keep my skin bright, exfoliated, and able to take on endless makeup at shoots,” she says. “With work, my hair is constantly getting damaged with heat styling multiple times a day. So on my days off, you’ll see me in leggings, without makeup, and rocking my crazy, wavy air-dried hair. I think it’s important to let your skin and hair have time to breath!” says Maria. When asked how Maria defines beauty, she said, “Overall, I’m instantly drawn to warm, joyful, natural, and confident people. That doesn’t mean I don’t love a good hair style, but nothing can draw you in more than a genuine smile with a heart of gold to back it up.” Maria definitely has that.

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Favorite local workout?

Favorite food to splurge on?

Favorite healthy snack? Most dreaded workout?

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get the look: was all about metallics at the Gotham Awards with Hollywood’s golden girl herself, Reese Witherspoon. The Oscar winner’s talented makeup artist Quinn Murphy created a sophisticated look on the Southern beauty that perfectly complemented her gold accented Oscar de la Renta frock. The “Big Little Lies” star and Elizabeth Arden brand ambassador always kills it on the red carpet. and this beautiful bronze moment was no exception. Luminous skin, sparkling eyes and

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It’s Hormonal!

13 Symptoms (Good and Bad) You Can Blame on Biology Can’t get out of bed? Blame your thyroid hormone! Feeling wonderful? Your estrogen and progesterone are in sync. Low libido? Could be too little testosterone. Your hormones hold the key to your physical and psychological wellbeing. Understanding how and when they play a role can help you maintain better balance – inside and out – this year. story by D.H. Timmering

The effects of hormones on our bodies is a secret windfall of discovery about our physiological and emotional design. Misunderstandings abound about these much-maligned chemical messengers. Yet our understanding about them can actually be our best weapon for optimal health, overall wellness and disease prevention. A few key facts can put their importance into perspective. There are literally thousands of hormones in the body. They are so crucial to our daily functioning that every single cell has a hormone receptor. Critical hormones for all humans include estrogen, testosterone (yes – even for women), progesterone, insulin, cortisol, dopamine, thyroid and endorphins. They originate in the glands (ovaries, testes, pituitary, thyroid and adrenal, for example), and are secreted into the bloodstream. Correct levels of all hormones

are required for proper functioning of any and all of our body’s systems. Prolonged imbalance of any one of them can lead to chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. Hormones impact men and women differently. That disparity comes into play especially during the teen years, when puberty hits and the sex hormones of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone activate. This causes mood swings, strong emotional impulses and very distinct bodily changes in girls (between the ages of 1014) and boys (between 12-16). In later years, women and men once again go through their own forms of hormonal change known as menopause and andropause, respectively. For women, the estrogen and progesterone-producing ovaries “have their own retirement plan,” according to Dr. Rebecca Booth, a partner in Women First, the Dupont circle ob/gyn

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Health + Beauty practice and author of The Venus Week. Because we are now living on average to 80, we are actually living half our lives without certain hormones which eventually cause the “symptoms” of aging that we think we can’t avoid, like brain fog, anxiety, sagging skin, loss of muscle mass, fatigue, failing libido and belly fat. However, the body doesn’t have to succumb to the side effects of many hormonal changes or inbalances, such as menopause or postpartum depression, if hormones are better understood. When they are, they can be “re-optimized” – or balanced with hormone therapy – according to Peggy Heuser, M.S.N, A.P.R.N, chief medical officer with Heuser Health.

So, we asked Booth and Heuser to highlight some of the most important or common hormonal effects, and how to take control of them this year. This hormone handbook is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose or treat any condition: the first step is always to talk to your doctor!

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Acne and Blackheads

• Sensitivity to Androgen-A testosterone which increases sebum at the base of the hair follicle

• Puberty

• Choose low glycemic-index foods, whole grains, vegetables, some fruits

• Menstruation

• Cleanse face morning and night to wipe off dead skin cells clear away excess sebum

• Estrogen

• Changes in estrogen and progesterone during pregnancy

• Herbs like cohosh and clover help with estrogen

• Menopause

• B-vitamins B1, B2, B6, Folic acid

Cognition and Thinking

• Progesterone • Dopamine • Serotonin • Cortisol

Depression

• Passionflower and chasteberry mimic progesterone • Omega-3 • Meditation and sleep

• Estrogen

• Hormonal changes due to PMS, perimenopause and menopause

• Discuss symptoms with your doctor, including how hormones may play into the issue • Balancing estrogen levels increases natural serotonin

• Testosterone

• Hypothyroidism or overactive thyroid

• Thyroid

• Thyroid issues

• Rest when can when tired as much as possible

• Adrenal, Progesterone, Estrogen and Insulin

• Stress

• Minimize relational stress

• Low Androgen

• Perimenopause

• Sleep 8-10 hours

• Menopause

• Cortisol Hair Loss

• Chronic stress

• Chronic stress

• Thyroid (Thyroxine)

Fatigue, Low Energy or Can’t Get out of Bed

• Pregnancy

• Cortisol • Progesterone

• Sister hormones

• Perimenopause

• Fiber rich diet helps regulate estrogen

• Progesterone

• Menopause

• A quality multi-vitamin

• Estrogen and their imbalance

• Stress

• Manage stress with rest and mindfulness

• Low testosterone • Insulin • Thyroid

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But hormonal therapy isn’t necessary to treat many hormonal symptoms, from PMS to acne. Hormonal balance can be managed throughout our lives through diet, exercise and relaxation techniques. If we manage our hormonal fluctuations, we can often manage our own health and happiness.

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Immune Breakdown

• Too much cortisol – the stress hormone – weakens the immune system

• Chronic, persistent stress

• Check with your doctor first to uncover other potential causes

Insomnia

• Decrease of progesterone and estrogen

• Pregnancy

• Maintain regular bedtime schedule

• Low testosterone

• Menopause

• Exercise 30 minutes/day

• Menstruation

• Avoid excessive caffeine

• Stress

• Warm shower before bed

• Thyroid • Cortisol Low Libido

• Low testosterone • Excess androgen • Progesterone • Estrogen

Mood Swings, Irritability or Crying

• Low estrogen

Puberty

• Leptin

Stress or Panic Attacks

• Gonadotropin, estrogen, progesterone

• Mindfulness and meditation practices

• Get natural light Hormonal change due to pregnancy or perimenopause

• Natural ways to boost estrogen, like chasteberry or red clover tea

• Chronic stress or fatigue • Hormonal change due to pubery, menstruration, pregnancy or menopause

• Exercise

• Puberty: Girls (10-14) Boys (12-16)

• Reverse sedentary lifestyle

• Pituitary hormones

• Body fat percentage

• Too much cortisol

• Prolonged stress

• Low testosterone

• Calcium supplements • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and sweets • Stress management

• Reduce environmental toxins • Balanced diet • Reduce caffeine and alcohol, which stimulate brain activity and trigger attacks • Sleep more • Mindfulness, deep breathing and meditation • Boost exercise and hydration

Sweating or Body Temperature Changes

• Low estrogen

Weight Gain, Belly Bulge or Cellulite

• Insulin resistance due to excess Cortisol

• Menopause

• Reduce use of caffeine and alcohol • Reduce stress • Maintain a healthy weight • Black cohosh, flaxseed or evening primrose supplement

• Low progesterone • Adiponectin

• Chronic stress • Hormone inbalance during perimnopause, menopause or andropause

• High intensity training • High-fiber diet with nuts, seeds, beans and bran • Reduce stress • Avoid foods that cause inflammation

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A retired educator of 34 years, Gay Hudson has always enjoyed athletics. Her physical education teacher in Junior High School encouraged all girls to play sports. “She taught us to compete and be proud of our interest in sports. She was very ahead of her time!” This inspired Gay to become a physical education teacher, something she did for 10 years. Gay continued her participation in sports as an adult, playing softball for 40 years. “I loved it. Participating in group fitness activities is a part of my adult life.” She added, “Working with a trainer has only happened in the last 3 years. I really like the results achieved when getting professional help.” Having grown up on a farm, Gay has always included fresh produce from her garden in her diet. Gay tries to be vigilant about what she eats so that she doesn’t aggravate her acid reflux. Staying in shape and watching her diet is important in managing her heart arrhythmia. Living longer used to be her top motivation until God gave her another reason. One of Gay’s granddaughters has a rare type of muscular dystrophy called Nemaline Myopathy, which causes low muscle tone as well as some breathing and digestion issues. “She participates in physical therapy to maintain her current level of mobility,” Gay explained. “Gaining muscle strength will not be a part of her future.” Gay’s current mission is to stay as strong as possible for her granddaughter. “Staying in shape, at any age, improves your quality of life, your outlook on life and ability to participate in life. If we can’t do these three things, what good are we to our family and others?”

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Dolores works full time for Johnson and Johnson as an Executive cardiovascular pharmaceutical sales representative. When the busy mom of four is not working, staying fit or spending time with her family, Dolores spends time volunteering for God’s Pantry, Catholic Action Center and the American Heart Association. One way Dolores blanaces her many commitments is by working out in the morning while her kids are still asleep. Dolores has exercised regularly throughout her life, playing all the women’s sports that were available in high school. Fitness has been such a priority for her because she believes in trying to present her best self every day. She said, “When you exercise, you feel better.” At the age of 28, Dolores was involved in a bad boating accident. With a cut on her anterior tibialis, she thought she might never run again. Fortunately, that has not been the case. Since the accident, Dolores has run a marathon and completed over 60 triathlon and running races, as well as an IRONMAN this past September. Dolores has found motivation in her running and biking buddies. She loves the company and friendships involved. “When you have people waiting outside your door to run at 5:45 in the morning, it’s hard to let them down. Especially in the cold,” she says. Dolores is also a big fan of group exercise because it holds everyone accountable. When asked how she encourages others to stay fit, she tells them to do what they love and exercise will not feel boring. “Celebrate every mile, celebrate life, celebrate every milestone!”

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A diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis on July 28, 2009 changed Carolyn Pace’s life. “MS has focused on my spinal cord, which affects mobility. My heath had declined rapidly the year leading up to my diagnosis,” she recalled. “Immediately I knew I had to change my diet and step up building my strength.” By working with a personal trainer she slowly built up to being able to run three miles a few times a week. In 2012, another obstacle appeared. “My doctor and I were completely shocked to find out I had a 95% blockage in the LAD artery, A.K.A. The Widow Maker,” she said. Slowing down was not an option for Carolyn, who is a mother of five children and stepchildren and a grandmother to eight. After getting a stent to open the blockage, she was able to get back to running. Fighting MS and heart disease, she works hard to make sure she can keep making memories with her family. “My husband is my biggest fan! We have several things on our Bucket List and I am determined to stay healthy to cross those things off our list together!” She added, “My family is such a source of strength for me!” To keep in shape, Carolyn takes classes at The Barre in Winchester. The variety of exercises keeps her motivated and energetic. For Carolyn, staying well means a multifaceted approach. “I have what I call the Four Fs that I focus on: Faith, Family, Fitness and Fabulous Food!” She said, “These things combined keep me fighting a good fight against disease.”

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Dr. Fadi Bacha, a Board Certified Internist, has been married for 24 years and is the father of two. Growing up, he enjoyed playing soccer, but found that it did not keep him in shape as he got older. With familial hyperlipidemia, Dr. Bacha knew he had to monitor his cholesterol closely. At 41, Dr. Bacha got a reality check when he discovered he had high blood pressure. “At that point, I started a healthy low carb diet and started exercising. I fell in love with P90X,” he recalled. He was not going to let this genetic condition define him. “Now I am at 12% body fat, my cholesterol and blood pressure are better than my 20s and I am on no cholesterol or blood pressure medicine.” To stay healthy, Dr. Bacha has continued a low carb and high protein diet for the last 10 years. He does enjoy dark chocolate and nuts as a healthy snack, though is careful to eat those in moderation. Dr. Bacha keeps a regular workout routine. “I try to do 50 minutes of exercise 6 days a week. Mostly high intensity weights and minimal cardio. I love my rowing machine,” he said. While finding the time may be a challenge for a business owner, Dr. Bacha makes it a priority, because he knows he needs his good health to better serve his clients. It is important for Dr. Bacha to be a good role model for his patients. “I try to practice what I preach,” he explained. “I encourage all my patients to get on the health wagon and try to address the cause of their problems rather than simply take a pill that hides it.”

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For Heather, getting fit meant learning how to put herself first. “It is very important as a wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend that you take care of yourself as much as you take care of others,” Heather said. As a Cardiovascular Ultrasound Technologist at Baptist Health Lexington, Heather was seeing the negative effects of an unhealthy lifestyle both in her own life and in the people she encountered at the hospital. “It is hard to work in healthcare and not live the life you want to promote for to your patients.” Since October of 2016, Heather has lost more than 100 pounds and is continuing to work towards her end goal. She credits her transformative success to her strong support system both in and outside of her home, including husband, Tim and daughter, Ally. She said, “I want to give myself every advantage I can to live a long, healthy life and be able to see my daughter raise her children.” She also received support from her sister and brother-in-law, mom, dad, encouraging coworkers and an online support group called TWIO girls. For Heather, finding a balance has been key. She said that eating a balanced diet and creating a schedule that allows her to work out while not interfering with family time has been a challenge. She explained, “Happiness is an endless journey that you have to be willing to go out of your comfort zone to find sometimes.” By pushing those boundaries, Heather now feels “prettier, sexier, and more confident,” and has found a passion for encouraging others who are struggling with an unhealthy lifestyle. “I want to encourage others by leading by example, not just showing that I can lose the weight, but that when I mess up, I dust myself off and never quit. My motto is ‘success is never owned, it is rented, and the rent is due every day’.”

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Though he does not consider himself to be an athlete, Frank does believe in the importance of fitness. “I was active in high school and spent one enlistment as a Marine Corps Infantryman, where fitness was kind of a big deal,” he said. “When I was younger, my focus was weight lifting but after several pesky shoulder injuries, I found myself drifting towards running.” To say Frank is an avid runner is an understatement. In the last year alone, he has run over 2,000 miles: six half marathons, four full marathons, four ultra marathons, one 50 mile race and one 62 mile race. To put that into perspective, it’s like running from New York City to Mexico City! Frank is the director of District-Wide Services for Scott County School District. He met his wife, Deborah in a college biology class and they have been together ever since. He is the proud father of two boys: Ben is 20 and is on active duty in the US Navy and Emerson is 12 and in 7th grade. Even with all of his running and commitments, Frank still finds time to satisfy his cravings. “I’m a vegetarian and am very grateful that both coffee and beer are meat-free! I love Lexington’s craft beers and ciders,” he joked. “I’m a work in progress: I know my wife would like to see me make better choices.” When asked about his inspiration, Frank said, “I know lots of runners who seem to me to be superhuman yet approach others with humility and acceptance and respect. Those are the people who inspire me.”

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Joyce has been an adventurer since she was a child. She and her husband retired to Kentucky in 2005 after teaching English in Japan for 40 years. While abroad, they enjoyed hiking, skiing and other outdoor activities with their two children. Joyce’s activity decreased when several discs and vertebrae began to deteriorate. In 2011, back surgery became her only option for relief. The surgery meant having rods and pins inserted into her lumbar area and a long road to recovery. “It was a long time after surgery when my doctor finally agreed to an exercise class at the YMCA. It was difficult. I cried, but that was the beginning of my recovery,” she reflected. “Five years later, I’m not struggling as much and am still passionate about gaining as much fitness as I can. I don’t believe pain defines who I am, but it certainly limits what I can do.” Joyce continues to challenge herself by participating in water aerobics classes at the YMCA. “Being in the water reminds me of all those years of being in the water as a younger person, racing, synchronized swimming, springboard diving, scuba diving. It’s invigorating physically, mentally, and emotionally,” she said. “A renewed active life has given me a lot of pleasure.” Joyce explained, “One of the key lessons I’ve learned by working towards wellness is to know when to stop or when to make adjustments with the exercise. I have to understand my body and treat it with respect and kindness.”

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Sandra Nichols has not always been physically active. A few years ago, she learned she had high cholesterol and was approaching pre-diabetic levels. She was given two options; get her numbers down within 3 months or start taking cholesterol medicine. With a few changes in her diet, along with a new exercise routine, she was able get her numbers down and avoid medication. Today, she trains for races along with running, biking, strength training and swimming. “When a minor injury kept me from running this year, I decided to take swim lessons. I went from refusing to go in water above my knees to swimming laps after a few lessons,” she said. Along with exercising, Sandra eats a diet featuring plenty of vegetables, nuts and dairy products. She has been a vegetarian for over 20 years. “Because I’m a runner, I probably eat more carbs than most vegetarians,” she explained. “My carb intake will increase or decrease with the number of miles I run each week.” Sandra’s biggest motivation is herself. She has a deep desire to stay as healthy as she can be.She knows that staying in shape will give her enough energy to run around with future grandchildren. “If you aren’t doing this for yourself, it will be too easy to stop working out,” Sandra said. Sandra has been a running mentor at the YMCA and has volunteered with Girls on the Run. She said, “It was so rewarding talking to the kids about healthy habits and setting goals while running with them.”

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Jeff is the general manager at BME Mechanical & Electric. He is the proud husband to Rebecca, father of five children and four dogs. After getting married and having children, Jeff recalls how easy it was to fall into unhealthy eating habits. “It seemed like we were always celebrating a birthday, so birthday cake seemed to be my favorite dessert there for a while,” he recalled. “I was up to a 36 inch waist and had to buy new khakis back in 1996, so I decided enough is enough and I joined a gym and started watching my diet a bit more,” he said. The hard work paid off. Jeff enjoys doing a variety of different workouts to keep in shape, from boot camps and crossfit to cycling classes at Cycle You. “I like to switch it up as I think I get bored or just want to do different things to keep it interesting as well as hit different muscle groups and keep my body guessing,” said Jeff. Fitness has become a stress reliever for Jeff, keeping him mentally and physically balanced. His biggest motivation is his family. He said, “I want to be around to see my children have children and be a good example for them.” Jeff ’s biggest fitness accomplishment, he said, “was reducing my overall BMI and cholesterol and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the last 10 years.” His goals for the next 10 years include competing in obstacle course racing.

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Michele is familiar with the pressure that comes with wanting to lose weight. In her late 30s, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure and a low lung function of 64%, all of which made daily tasks challenging. “My biggest motivation is that 3 years ago, I couldn’t stand for more than 2 to 3 minutes or walk more than about 100 yards without being in severe pain and gasping for air,” she explained. Since then, Michele has lost 150 pounds, and she isn’t stopping there! Having competed in cheerleading, track and swimming in high school, Michele understands the importance of consistency and working towards an end goal. “I think fitness has been key to helping me lose my weight. It helps my stress levels, gives me energy, and gives me goals to work toward.” Michele’s motivation to work out daily is fueled by her encouraging trainer, who challenges her with HIIT (high intensity interval training) and Crossfit. “I work out like it’s a job I get paid for. It is something that I have made my top priority– no excuses,” she said. “Excuses got me where I was: I don’t use them anymore!” Today, having increased her lung function back to 98%, Michele celebrates her health by competing in 5ks and participating in events such as the Lexington Fireman Memorial Stair Climb. Her biggest accomplishment to date is summiting a mountain in Alaska in 2016. When Michele reached the top, she thought to herself, “3 years ago, you couldn’t walk to your mailbox, but today you climbed a mountain.” To anyone having doubts about getting started on their weight loss journey, Michele encourages them to start slow but stay steady, make fitness a priority, and find what works for them.

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Designed to return patients to leading active, independent lives, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital is a 232-bed rehabilitation hospital that provides a higher level of comprehensive rehabilitation services.


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Founded in 1991 by Deborah Dyer, RN, BSN and the late Jacqueline Smith, RN, BSN, Central Kentucky Research Associates (CKRA) is one of the most highly experienced multispecialty clinical research sites in the nation. Located in Lexington, CKRA was Kentucky’s first independent clinical drug research facility. Since that time, CKRA has conducted over 500 Phase I through IV clinical trials across a broad spectrum of therapeutic areas, including cardiology, dermatology, musculoskeletal and immunology. Clinical research trials are carefully controlled research studies that test how well new medical approaches work in people. They are designed to answer scientific questions about vaccines, new therapies or new ways of using known treatments to determine whether those new drugs or treatments are both safe and effective. People who participate in clinical trials do so for many different reasons. They may want to play a more active role in their own

health care or gain access to new medical treatments that aren’t currently available to them. Some people participate because they feel good knowing that the information obtained from their participation in a study will ultimately benefit others with the same condition. In addition, participants can receive medical evaluations, study-related lab tests and study medication at no cost, and they’re usually compensated for their time and travel. CKRA conducts a variety of clinical research trials at any given time. Currently enrolling studies include an investigational vaccine for C. difficile (C. diff ) in adults 60 years old and older; Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder in Postmenopausal Women; Low Testosterone; and Osteoarthritis of the Knee. Upcoming studies include Overactive Bladder; Smoking; and vaccines for Anthrax, Avian Flu, Ebola and Respiratory Syncytial Virus. For more information or to see if you may qualify to participate, contact CKRA at 859.264.8999 or visit CKRAresearch.com.

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LEXINGTON WOMEN’S HEALTH WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM Getting started on a weight loss journey can be confusing. Plateaus, setbacks and conflicting advice can be discouraging. Assistance through a professional, medically-guided weight loss program can be an invaluable tool. What sets the Lexington Women’s Health Weight Loss Program apart? It’s designed by women, for women of all ages. With a team of professional, caring medical staff available to their patients, Lexington Women’s Health makes weight loss accessible, attainable and understandable for every woman.

ington Women’s Health provider to offer support, assistance and accountability. What’s even better? The visits may be covered by health insurance plans–simply pay the co-payment! The Lexington Women’s Health team understands that appetite control can be a big hurdle for many in cutting back caloric intake. Appetite suppressants and other FDA approved weight loss medications may be a part of the patient’s weight loss success plan.

Starting is easy. During an office visit, a knowledgeable health care provider will partner with the patient to develop a personalized plan for success. Lexington Women’s Health will review medical history and lab results to determine what medical or metabolic conditions may be affecting progress. The provider will measure BMI, help set attainable goals and set a plan to help the patient achieve them. From exercise tips to tailored advice regarding diet, Lexington Women’s Health can offer so much!

Sarah Dougherty, PA-C is the anchor of the Lexington Women’s Health Weight Loss Program. One of her patients, Lauren, explained, “Sarah taught me a lot. I finally understand after 37 years how my body reacts to food. She taught me to focus on the intake and not try to make up for bad food decisions with exercise.” Sarah is currently accepting new patients at the Alysheba Way location. For convenience, they offer the program at both of their Lexington locations.

From there, patients visit the office at least once a month to track and evaluate their progress. Patients are also invited to keep a food diary, which can boost results. All along the way, they can rely on their Lex-

Achieving weight loss and better health doesn’t have to be confusing. Lexington Women’s Health can help set a clear path for the journey and offer all of the support needed to make it a success.

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Health + Beauty When people think about their oral health, often teeth and gums are the only things that come to mind. But the TMJ, one of the most complex joints in the human body, has a direct relationship to the health of our mouths. When the upper and lower teeth don’t meet together evenly it causes unbalanced pressure in these joints. This can lead to head and neck pain, muscle soreness and headaches. Other people experience no pain, but the uneven pressure on their teeth can cause them to wear, break, rotate, or become loose. Cash+Yoder Dentistry believes in examining the chewing system as a whole, which allows them to treat the cause of disease instead of the symptoms as they arise. This philosophy is what leads their patients to longterm health.

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For over 30 years their office has provided Lexington with exceptional dental care. Dr. Cash is renowned for his artistry and skill as an AACD cosmetic dentist. Dr. Yoder continues to focus on how the teeth meet together and function with the joints, which is an approach that leads to beautiful esthetics, improved function, and dentistry that lasts. They welcome everyone to come experience a higher level of care.

Frontier Nursing University has a nearly 80-year tradition of making graduate nursing and nurse-midwifery education accessible and exceptional. Ranked as a top program in the nation many times, FNU offers innovative distance education programs which allow registered nurses to go to graduate school to become nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners from anywhere in the country through online course work.

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FNU, one of the largest nonprofit graduate nursing universities in the United States, offers masters and doctoral degree programs. Specialties include nurse midwives, family nurse practitioners, women’s healthcare nurse practitioners and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners.

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The flexibility of FNU brings learning to the student. Clinical experience can be done in the student’s own community. This allows them to follow the school’s mission of educating nurses to serve women and families, with an emphasis on rural and underserved areas. Inspired by a culture of caring, FNU’s talented, diverse community of students and alumni work in hospitals, clinics and private practices nationwide. The caring culture helps drive nursing students to achieve success and bring a high level of care to the communities that need them.


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ARTHUR MURRAY DANCE STUDIO:

DANCE YOUR WAY TO FITNESS 1801 Alexandria Drive, Suite 132 // Lexington 859.278.7711 // LexingtonArthurMurray.com

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This year, it’s time to try something different to stay in shape! Ballroom Dancing is fast becoming one of the most popular sports to lose weight, stay fit, and have fun! Curious why you should dance for fitness? Dancing with or without a partner during a private lesson will burn an average of anywhere from 450–600 calories at a time. Most students find that dancing is the equivalent of walking a mile and a half! It helps improve your posture and body alignment, strengthening your body’s core abdominal muscles. Dancing offers many health benefits. Dancing improves the cardiovascular system, helping to prevent heart disease and has been scientifically proven to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease in older people who dance on a regular basis! It’s a great stress reliever, as well. With so many different dances like Tango, Waltz, Rumba, Samba, and Quick Step, there is something for everyone. Take the first step—if you can walk, you can dance! Don’t miss the chance to enjoy learning to dance! Try a free private lesson and see how easy and fun it can be with Lexington’s favorite dance studio!

It’s a rare thing when one skin treatment can tackle antiaging, acne and acne scarring, sun spots and sun-damaged skin. Aesthetic Skin Care Center is pleased to offer the VI Peel and VI Peel Precision Plus, which can address all of these concerns in just 30-45 minutes!

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The VI Peel can soften lines and wrinkles, smooth rough skin and rejuvenate skin. The VI Peel Precision Plus can do all of this in a targeted spot treatment that reduces age spots and sun damage, all while brightening and renewing discoloration. Best of all? The peels are suitable for all skin types, including darker skin tones and include a numbing agent for comfort. The VI Peel comes with a take home care kit for comfort and superior results and takes 4 to 5 days to peel.

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Aesthetic Skin Care Center is an integrated office with RNs, RN Injectors and a Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David Kirn, all housed in the same building. Owner Karen L. Sims, RN and her staff have over 25 years of experience in advanced medical skin care, plus 20 years of surgical experience. They work with every patient to choose the right skin care treatments to address every individual concern for glowing, refreshed skin.

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DR. SUSAN NEIL: THERMAGE FLX

Thermage can offer softened lines around the mouth, eyes and forehead, as well as improved definition on the jawline and under the chin. It can also reduce wrinkles around the eyes and eyelid, decreasing “hooding” to give a more awake and refreshed look. Over the body, Thermage can offer improved contours and help with the appearance of crepey skin, resulting in smoother skin on the abdomen and legs. The new Thermage FLX is the latest iteration of this trusted, effective treatment. Finely tuned to offer the best results in the shortest time, the treatment time is now 25% faster than before. Patient comfort is always the utmost concern for Dr. Neil. The Thermage FLX offers a gentle vibration Comfort Pulse

Technology™ that makes the procedure even more comfortable. All of this is achieved with Thermage FLX’s AccREP Technology™, which features an optimized treatment algorithm with site specifc real-time tuning for the most consistent result. Board certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Neil has run her own private practice since 1999, focusing on aesthetic procedures, preventive medicine and adult medical care. Whether treating cosmetic concerns or medical issues, Dr. Neil enjoys being an educator and advocate for her patients. One of Dr. Neil’s favorite parts about her practice is the evolution of treatment options for treating skin aging non-invasively, as with the Thermage FLX. “I love getting instant natural-looking results that patients can see,” she explained. For lasting results with little to no downtime in just one procedure, the Thermage FLX is unrivaled. Dr. Susan Neil is excited to be the first to introduce this innovative technology to the state of Kentucky. She is thrilled with the results she has seen so far and eager to share the fast, non-surgical results with her patients.

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Thermage FLX is the newest generation of Thermage® technology, a unique non-surgical procedure for firming and contouring skin and reducing wrinkles. With lasting results in just one treatment and little to no downtime, Thermage has long been a preferred service for Dr. Susan Neil’s patients. She is the only practice in the state currently offering Thermage FLX.


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As any beauty buff knows, eyebrows are a very important facial feature. The days of the thin brow are over. The lush and dark arch is here to stay! However, many women lack the volume to achieve this look. Microblading is an effective option for those with scarce, missing or over-plucked brows to achieve a full and natural looking brow. After nearly a decade in accounting and finance, Holly Meredith earned her graduate degree in Entrepreneurship and entered the beauty industry as a microblading artist. She opened Feather & Blade in 2016, to meet the local demand for this incredible procedure. Through quality work, Holly established the brow parlor as Kentucky’s leading provider of cosmetic and paramedical tattoos. A certified Nouveau Contour Master in both hairstroke and powder brows, Feather & Blade’s services include: microblading, machine hairstroke brows, ombre and powder brows, and permanent eyeliner, as well as areola repigmentation for women who had mastectomy and other breast surgeries. Holly and her staff are all highly trained and experienced professionals. So how does it work? Microblading is a semi-permanent makeup procedure that creates life-like hair strokes on the brows that typically last 1-2 years. The procedure is done by inserting cos-

metic pigments into the dermis layer of the skin. With topical numbing agents, the discomfort is minimal. Microblading is also sometimes known as brow feathering and hair stroke tattooing. However, microblading differs from a traditional eyebrow tattoo in that the strokes are small and more realistic, and the pigment stays truer to color. Microblading is also significantly less painful. Curious what results are possible? Feather & Blade’s signature service, Bespoke Brows, includes two appointments. In the first appointment, Holly works with each client to map out the perfect pair of brows, from thick and dramatic to full and understated. After taking measurements to custom fit the best brows to the client’s face and discussing their desired results, Holly draws on brows with makeup so that she and the client agree on shape and placement before any semi-permanent procedure begins. There are plenty of color options to perfectly suit any face, hairstyle or aesthetic. Feather & Blade offers a monthly open house that so every client can get all of their questions and jitters out of the way before going under the blade. Check out their portfolio on Instagram @featherandblade or head on over to their website at featherandblade.com to book an appointment.

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It’s no secret that our state “lives and dies” with the University of Kentucky basketball team. The overall psyche of our state largely depends on how some 19 and 20-year-old young men play basketball. After big wins, everyone in the Commonwealth is happy and joyous. I have always suspected that work productivity goes way up in the work place after a UK win. Likewise, everyone in the Commonwealth is usually sad and down after a loss, and it increases ten-fold after a heartbreaking loss. Big Blue Nation falls in love with our Cats every year. And every year, BBN goes to bed at night and dreams of their beloved Cats cutting down the nets in March. It’s what we do. It’s who we are. But for some reason, the fan base just didn’t seem to accept this year’s edition of John Calipari’s Cats. The season started with much less fanfare than in seasons past. We didn’t seem to have the “superstar” player like John Wall, Anthony Davis or Karl Anthony-Townes to get the fans excited about the team and the season. The team just didn’t seem to have a lot of personality. Maybe it’s because we really didn’t know these fresh, new faces. (If you haven’t heard, Cal has his youngest team ever at UK, and it’s the youngest team in the country.) Something wasn’t right. Something was missing. We didn’t feel the love for Cal’s Cats, and we sure didn’t seem as excited about this year’s team as we normally get. But then it all changed. Quade put on the shades. Yep, that’s all it took. When Quade Green wore those shades against Virginia Tech, all of a sudden, this team had some swagger. This team became cool. This team became one that we can really get excited about.

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Because not only did Mr. Cool Quade wear the shades (which he needed to do after getting poked in the eye during the Monmouth game in New York) but also, the Cats just played so well in that game. The 2010 team had the dance: John Wall’s signature dance from Big Blue Madness. The 2011 team had Jorts: Josh Harrelson’s nickname for wearing cut off blue jean shorts. The 2012 team had the unibrow: Anthony Davis’ trademark eyebrow. The 2013 team had the hair: Nerens Noel’s stovetop haircut. The 2014 - 2015 team had the twins: Aaron and Andrew Harrison’s star shone bright before they ever got on campus. The 2016 team had the bow and arrow: Jamal Murray’s trademark move after a 3 pointer. The 2017 team had Fox and Monk: DeAaron Fox and Malik Monk were superstars in the making and so fun to watch. But this year’s team had nothin’. Without sounding mean, this year’s team was almost too “vanilla”. There was no personality. There was nothing to get excited about. Until, that is, Quade put on the shades. I feel very confident that when this season is over, BBN is going to look back at that two-game stretch against Monmouth and Virginia Tech and say, “That’s where the season turned around”. Kentucky scored over 90 in back-to-back games, and I’m thinking this year’s edition of the Cats may never look back. There may be some losses along the way; that happens to young teams from time to time. But this team has a little swagger now. This team has us excited. All because of some super cool shades. •

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HORSIN’ AROUND story by Jen Roytz

In Lexington, there’s never a shortage of horse-centric things to do! Each month, we will be highlighting some of the best equine attractions taking place in the area. Whether you’re looking for a fun family activity or a date idea that isn’t the same old dinner and a movie, we have options at the ready so you can explore your city and all its signature industry has to offer! Still looking for more? Visit topsinlex.com/calendar to find a more complete list of equine and community events! Handicapping 101 Series Taylor Made Farm, the Daily Racing Form and Horse Country Tours have teamed up to offer a fun way to learn the art of handicapping. On January 4th, February 1st and March 1st from 10am11am at Daddy Joe’s Bar & Grill (which serves as the Taylor Made Farm visitors’ center), Taylor Made’s resident handicapper Phil Shelton will explain the basics of handicapping in an interactive and fun setting. Each guest will receive a complimentary copy of the Daily Racing Form and will leave the event ready to pick the ponies with an educated eye this spring at Keeneland. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at visithorsecountry.com. Food and drinks will be available for purchase separately during the experience.

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Bulls, Bands and Barrels One part bull riding, one part barrel racing and one part live country music, Bulls, Bands and Barrels is sure to be a rockin’ good time. This national event is making its stop in Lexington at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena the evening of February 10th. Tickets can be purchased at bullsbandsandbarrels.com. The evening will kick off with some of the toughest cowboys around testing their mettle on the backs of bucking bulls, trying to stay aboard for the full 8 seconds required to post a score. Then, it’s the cowgirls’ turn, as they race against the clock around barrels in one of the fastest events in rodeo. After the rodeo events, the crowd can dance the night away to music from up-and-coming country artists. Kentucky Horse Park Activities There is still much to see and do at the Kentucky Horse Park in the offseason. Guests can take self-guided tours of the grounds, including the Hall of Champions and Breeds Barn and Big Barn. Also included in their winter admission price is admission to the Smithsonian-affiliated International Museum of the Horse and the American Saddlebred Museum. Tickets can be purchased at the park, and include free admission the following day. Go to kyhorsepark.com for more information. •


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Beginning in January, the Lexington Art League will present their annual figure exhibition, which has earned a reputation nationally over the past several decades for pushing the boundaries far beyond traditional nude art and examine the subject from various perspectives. This year’s collection, titled The Nude: Brutal Beauty, will be a collection of contemporary pieces that explore the human form through qualities such as satisfaction, pleasure and comfort, which are so common, yet often private.

of Georgetown College, Mary Rezny of M.S. Rezny Gallery, Alex Brooks from 21C Museum and Ed Frankin, a Lexington artist who works extensively with grassroots exhibition development. “Our goal is to create a show of excellence, so it’s important to have a selection committee that is very insightful and educated, as well as passionate about the work,” said Harris. “One of our primary goals is to put our local artists in a national context. We have several pieces from Moremen Molony Gallery, Adam Schulman and a Cambodian artist by the name of Vinhay Keo. We also have some sculpture entries from British Columbia that are amazing.”

“This year’s theme, The Nude: Brutal Beauty, was inspired by local artist Patrick Smith,” said the Lexington Art League’s Executive Director Stephanie Harris. “He is an extraordinary painter who has this THE NUDE: BRUTAL BEAUTY ability to capture an unmatched realism with exhibition will be on dishis work. His portraits are very raw and real. play at the Lexington Art He seems to not only focus on his subject’s League’s Loudoun House (209 figure, but also get to the essence of who they Castlewood Dr. in Lexington) are as people.” and will run from January 27th A call to artists was well-received, with submissions coming in from around the world. Pieces included in The Nude: Brutal Beauty exhibition will be selected by an informal curatory board comprised of Jack Gerard of Transylvania University, Daniel Graham

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through March 11th, 2018, with the ticketed Opening Celebration event on January 26th from 7pm-11pm. Visit lexingtonartleague.org for gallery hours and to purchase tickets to the January 26th exhibition launch event.

While many may think of a nude figure exhibition as a traditional study of the body, this year’s The Nude: Brutal Beauty collection will push well past those self-imposed boundaries, making bold statements and representing a board cross-section of geographic, demographic, gender-based and societal and perspectives expressed through paintings, photography, three-dimensional works and video. “Art is our record-keeping,” said Harris. “What we see in art today will be our history tomorrow.” •


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Kentucky temperatures... can put a damper on amusing outside events, but one thing January has plenty of is live indoor entertainment. This month, the Bluegrass welcomes concerts and shows celebrating everything from country music and rock n' roll to one of the most beloved films of the 80s. Nashville recording legend Alan Jackson will take the stage at Rupp Arena to perform his collection of hits spanning over almost three decades. On a different stage, The Lexington Opera House is ready to give you the time of your life with a live version of the cult classic Dirty Dancing. If you're a bride to be, then you won't want to miss the Diamond Rings & Pretty Things bridal show. If you're up for embracing your inner child, you'll love the Explorium of Lexington's Your Night At The Museum event. No matter what your idea of entertainment is, our fun filled calendar has a little something for everyone, and is a great way to kick off a new year.

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11:00am-4:00pm | Heritage Hall From Bridal Salons to Wedding Planners, Diamond Rings & Pretty Things features the finest wedding professionals that the local Bluegrass area has to offer in every category and price range. This show is here to help you with your planning and guide you through the maze of caterers, florists, musicians, photographers, videographers and more. No matter what your budget, every bride deserves to have a wonderful day. Pre-registering is suggested.

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7:30pm-10:30pm | Lexington Opera House Don’t miss this exciting concert of showtunes sung by “Today’s Broadway Stars and Tomorrow’s Broadway Hopefuls!” Broadway Stars lead the concert, telling stories of their careers and singing some of their favorite songs. Lexington’s own Colton Ryan from the smash hit "Dear Evan Hansen" will be in attendance to celebrate The Lex's mission. Collegiate students from top programs around the country and fabulous local talent will also take the stage for an evening of musical entertainment.

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6pm | The Kentucky Castle

11:00am-5:00pm | Cincinnati Art Museum Calling all fashionistas! This is one exhibit you won't want to miss. Working with materials as diverse as metal umbrella ribs, industrial yarns, woven metal, leather strips, and transparent acrylic, Iris van Herpen is one of the most visionary fashion designers of the twenty-first century. Take a close look at the unconventional material methods used in Iris van Herpen's high fashion clothing and even document your experience along the way. All of this fashion fun for only $10!

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The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

7:00pm-8:00pm | Lexington Children's Theatre A classic tale comes to life in this enchanting stage performance. In Narnia, land of eternal winter, the White Witch holds power over all – any who dare dissent are turned instantly to stone. But one day, a little girl named Lucy enters this magical land through an enchanted wardrobe and signals a great change to come. Go through the wardrobe with Peter and Lucy in this two-actor adaptation of the classic tale of triumph of good over evil.

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Athens Schoolhouse Antique Show

10am | Athens Schoolhouse Antiques

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The Harlem Globe Trotters

7:00pm | Rupp Arena Basketball fans get ready! The Harlem Globetrotters known for their one-of-akind family entertainment are coming to Rupp. This time they'll be taking on their long-time adversaries the Washington Generals. The Globetrotters will face the revamped team which recently launched a more competitive profile, making an appearance in The Basketball Tournament over the summer. The tournament-tested team is looking to snap a 47-year losing streak against their world famous rivals during their 2018 tour.

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In Our Element, The Encore

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A Taste of 21c with Jonathan Searle

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98.1 The Bull Presents: Cody Johnson

8pm | Manchester Music Hall

6:30pm-8:30pm | Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill Foodies, this one's for you! Join executive chef Jonathan Searle of Lexington's Lockbox at 21c for an evening of locallysourced Bluegrass culinary delights. Dine on traditional favorites and seasonal Kentucky dishes prepared with straightfrom-the-garden ingredients. The menu celebrates Shaker Village’s roots by featuring dishes made of seasonal ingredients from our garden and local farmers.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

10:00am | Lexington Center Heritage Hall The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Planning Committee highly encourages the community to participate in the days events and activities that commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. The Freedom March departs from downtown Lexington Center Heritage Hall on West Main Street at 10:00 a.m. The Commemorative Program begins at 11:00am.

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Alan Jackson featuring special guest Lauren Alaina

7:30pm | Rupp Arena Country superstar Alan Jackson, joined by country music vocalist and "American Idol" runner-up Lauren Alaina, brings the 2018 Honky Tonk Highway Tour to Lexington. Alan Jackson’s concerts find the icon performing hits that have gained him legions of longtime fans, songs that continue to draw new crowds as a younger generation discover his music. Jackson’s repertoire withstands the test of time. So come on out and sing along to "Chattahoochee,” “Drive”, “Gone Country” and many more!

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Kid Rock featuring A Thousand Horses

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Black Jacket Symphony Performing Led Zeppelin IV

4:00pm & 8:00pm | Lexington Opera House The Black Jacket Symphony returns to the Lexington Opera House to perform Led Zeppelin IV in its entirety. The band offers a unique concert experience through recreating classic albums in a live performance setting. A selected album is performed in its entirety by a group of handpicked musicians specifically selected for each album, with no sonic detail being overlooked--the musicians do whatever it takes to musically reproduce the album.

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Jerry Seinfeld Live 7:00pm | The Louisville Palace

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Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage

Lexington Opera House Journey back to 1963 for an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heartpounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of book-smart Frances "Baby" Houseman and bad boy Johnny Castle, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Don’t miss your chance to see this record-breaking live theatre sensation. You’ll have the time of your life!

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Bundle Up With Bourbon & Blues

7:00pm-11:00pm | Keeneland Sales Pavilion Benefit Bluegrass Care Navigators with an evening of delicious bourbon and entertaining blues. Attendees will enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, bourbon workshops, live music by the Jordan English band, mystery boxes and much more! A cash bar will also be available with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Bluegrass Care Navigators to further their mission in Central Kentucky! So bundle up and head out for a great evening for an even better cause.

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1964 The Tribute Beatles Tribute Band

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8:00pm | Lexington Opera House Since the early 80's, “1964" The Tribute has been thrilling audiences all over the globe with what Rolling Stone Magazine has called the “Best Beatles Tribute on Earth.” "1964" takes their audiences on a musical journey to an era in rock history that will live in all of our hearts forever.

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Central Kentucky Heart Ball

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It's Your Night at the Museum 7:00pm-10:00pm |

Explorium of Lexington The "5th Annual "It's Your Night at the Museum" is a carnival inspired fundraising event for adults where they can let out their inner child. Walk the Red Carpet and enjoy the auction, food, henna artists, photo booth, magician, mechanical bull and so much more! All proceeds from his event will be used to further the mission of the Explorium which is to create a fun and dynamic hands-on learning environment that inspires imagination and curiosity.

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PBR: Professional Bull Riders

7:00pm | Rupp Arena

6:30pm | Lexington Center Dance for a heartfelt cause. The 30th Annual Central Kentucky Heart Ball kicks off at 6:00pm with a reception and silent auction, followed by dinner, dancing and a live auction at 7:00pm. This wonderful black tie preferred evening supports the American Heart Association.

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Her Knight Dance Keeneland’s Keene Barn

The mission of Her Knight is to celebrate daughters and create opportunities for them to experience faith through their relationships with parents and other important adults in their lives. Her Knight is open to stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, godfathers or other male role models who fulfill the role of "knight" to a little girl.

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My Fairy Lady 2:00pm & 7:00pm | Lexington Opera House


TOP SHOTS

Tony Delk Wine Launch at Wildside Winery

Stephen Powell, John Barton, Amanda Henson, Joseph Hill and Brook White at the Baptist Health Lexington Cancer Center Open House

Steve & Kathy Gates, Wil & Micheala James and Jim Gray at the Toyota Holiday Reception

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Glenna & Matt Bevin at the Gold for Gray Gala

Darrell & Kathy Ishmael, Robert & Patty Ryan; Harding & Gayle Dawahare at Toys for Tots


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Tops in Lexington - January 2018  

Who's Who. What's New. What to Do in Lexington, KY

Tops in Lexington - January 2018  

Who's Who. What's New. What to Do in Lexington, KY