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CONTENTS

NOVEMBER

go red + meet the millenials

Volume 12 Number 11

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Non-Profit Spotlight: How You Can Help Local Veterans

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How do you Go Red?

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Giving Thanks with the 2018 GoodGiving Challenge

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New & Noteworthy

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Who’s Who: Natalie Littlefield

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Art in the Bluegrass: Sporting Auction

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Have Heart: AHA Reaches Out Across KY

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Meet the Millenials

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LIFE & STYLE

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Getting Gor-Jess: Autumn Shade

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Fitness Forum: Cardio Heart Benefits

Top Dressed

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Wow Wedding: Micaha + Austin

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Health Report: CPR How To

Outfit of the Month: Harvest Moon

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Weddings Unveiled: Napkin Play

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2018 Gift Guide

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CONTENTS AT HOME

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Tour of Homes: Bluegrass Glamour

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Designer Showcase Wrap-Up

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Color Catalog: High Park

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Super Mom: Jill Smith

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Pets: Life Lessons from your Hedgehog!

EATS & ENTERTAINMENT

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Dining: Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites

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Top 5 Dining: Hidden Gems

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popculture: Turkey and Pomegranate Salad

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BBN: Cheering Quickley

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Equine Update


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Out & About

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TOPS October Preview Party

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Designer Showcase

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Fayette County Farm Bureau Legislative Appreciation Dinner

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Funding Hope

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Horses Work for KY: Equines and Tourism in KY

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Big Blue Madness

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The Wendall Gill Appreciation Party

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Keeneland Fall Meet

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Lasso A Dream

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16th Annual Camp Out Gala

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Top Shots

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CALENDAR 188 November - December 2018

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Photos

OUT and ABOUT

Wellward’s 50 Shades of Pain Masquerade Ball Ed Webb, Ann Bakaus and Jim Gray at Arty Party Talk of the Town Branch

Carol Logan, Coach Stoops and Elliott Logan at the Grand Opening of Logan’s in Lexington Green

Daniel Boone at Battle in the Saddle

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Melinda & Bruce Drake at Drake’s VIP Pre-opening Party at Brannon Crossing

Wildcat fans watching the Wildcats versus the Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Non-Profit Spotlight: How You Can Help Local Veterans

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How do you Go Red?

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Giving Thanks with the 2018 GoodGiving Challenge

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New & Noteworthy

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Who’s Who: Natalie Littlefield

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Art in the Bluegrass: Sporting Auction

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Have Heart: AHA Reaches Out Across KY

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Meet the Millenials


Community

How You Can Help

Local Veterans

The need is great, but the difference you can make is real.

story by Sarah Boerkircher

Marine Corporal Matthew Bradford lost both of his legs and eyesight in combat. Once he returned to the United States, he faced a long and grueling rehabilitation. His family stayed in a Fisher House for a long time, which saved his life and his family from financial ruin.

by providing a free place to stay for Veterans’ families,” Tom said. “Fisher House is not a dormitory or a hotel, but a warm, comforting house that allows families to be close to their loved one during a medical crisis and focus on what’s important – the healing process.”

Cpl. Bradford knows the critical role a Fisher House plays for military and Veterans’ families, so he serves as one of the board members for Friends of Lexington Fisher House. As President and Chairman Tom Kenny explained, Veteran Affairs (VA) contacted the National Fisher House Foundation because of the need for a Fisher House in Lexington. The National Fisher House Foundation agreed that the need was great in Lexington and thus the project was born.

After VA approached Tom, an anchor for WTVQ, the ABC affiliate in Lexington, to lead the capital campaign to raise money to build a Fisher House, Friends of Lexington Fisher House was established.

The Lexington VA Health Care System is a 43-county area in central and eastern Kentucky, home to an estimated 90,000 Veterans and some of the poorest counties in the nation. The Lexington Fisher House will accept guests who live at least 50 miles from Lexington, but as Tom explained, exceptions can and will be made. “Many Veterans’ families will come from low income areas in eastern Kentucky, so we want to remove that tremendous burden

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Tom has seen the tremendous need for a Fisher House in Lexington, so his answer was “yes” before he was even asked to get involved. He has seen families sleeping in their cars at VA Medical Centers because they couldn’t afford a hotel room. Tom’s late father was also a disabled World War II Veteran, so he grew up seeing a devoted patriot. “The war took something from my father, but he never complained,” Tom said. “I have been heavily involved in serving Veterans and Veteran causes my entire adult life. It’s the least I can do because, how do you truly thank someone who has given you everything?”


Plans for the Lexington house include being built to the left of the main entrance of the newly renamed Franklin R. Sousley Campus on Leestown Road. Once the house is built, it will be gifted to VA, so it then becomes a federal building. VA will be in charge of staffing and operating the house, but there will be a full-time house manager, facilities manager and social workers. The Lexington Fisher House will have 16 private suites with a common kitchen, dining room, living room, playroom and laundry room. It will be 13,000 square feet and cost approximately $6.5 million to build. The hope is to break ground in 2020 or 2021, but that will be dictated by fundraising efforts. “This is not a Tom Kenny project or a VA project, this is an American project,” Tom said. “Kentucky veterans’ families need a Fisher House. The need is great, and the difference this house will make in veterans’ families lives is real.” The Lexington Veterans Affairs Health Care System (HCS) helps Veterans by providing low cost or no cost health care to Veterans. Services include cardiology, mental health, primary care, geriatrics, women’s health, acupuncture, chiropractic, and there are plans of adding a sleep clinic, all to meet the growing demands of Veterans. According to a recent Rand Corporation study, VA health care performs at similar or better than non-VA systems on most measures of inpatient and outpatient care quality. Out of VA’s 171 medical centers, the Lexington HCS is currently among VA’s best. “The Veteran’s experience is the center of everything we do,” said VA Public Affairs Officer Cat Trombley. “While Veterans are appreciative of being thanked for our service, many of us believe we were doing what we signed up to do. If you want to thank a Veteran, do so through action,” said Cat. As Cat explained, there are organizations in town that are always looking for help. One of these organizations is Veterans

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Community Tom Bensberg received the first Troy Bowling Award in April during National Volunteer Week. To date, Tom has volunteered 3,024 hours in his career. He has volunteered 370 hours to date this fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2017 to today). Troy Bowling pased away last summer. He volunteered more than 78,000 hours to VA facilities – by far the most anyone has volunteered here, ever. To put that into perspective, if a 16-year-old started volunteering at VA today, s/he would have to volunteer four hours a day, five days a week, every week until s/he were 90-years old to accumulate the 78,000 hours Troy volunteered at VA in his lifetime.

Resources United of Central/Southeastern Kentucky (VRUCK), which meets the third Thursday of every month. “In April 2016, we were approached by the VA in Lexington to become a ‘My VA Community’ to bridge the gap between Veterans and resources available to them in the 43 counties served by the Lexington VA,” said Phyllis Abbott. “Our mission is to engage, collaborate and bridge the gap between businesses; federal, state, and local agencies; nonprofit organizations; individuals interested in supporting Veterans; Veterans; their families; and Veteran organizations in central and southeastern Kentucky.” VRUCK is a pillar under Lady Veterans Connect, which Phyllis is the founder. Lady Veterans Connect serves homeless women Veterans by providing a place to heal and participate in programs to transition them back into the women they were when they served our country. Phyllis founded Lady Veterans Connect, formerly Sheppard’s Hands, to serve Veterans. She found that there were very few services available for female Veterans, so she focused on providing a transitional housing program for women Veterans. “We currently have a three-bedroom home that was opened in Lexington on July 1, 2016,” said Phyllis. “Since that time, there has not been a night that women Veterans have not been occupying the home. We have also purchased the Trapp School in Winchester, which we are converting into housing and programs for women Veterans to meet the growing needs for women Veterans, who are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population.” As Cat, Tom and Phyllis explained, these organizations that are serving Veterans are always looking for ways to collaborate through public-private partnership. “Since Oct. 1, 2017, nearly 36,000 hours have been donated by volunteers across the health care system,” Cat said. “The hospitals

simply could not run without the contributions of our volunteers. If you can only donate an hour, that hour spent is an amazing contribution that we don’t take lightly. Together we can improve the outcomes for our Veterans.”

How to donate: Anyone wanting to donate to Veteran Affairs should contact Patrick Sinclair at Patrick.sinclair@va.gov. All donations stay local and can be designated. For instance, donations can be made to assist with suicide awareness or they can go into the general fund. Friends of Lexington Fisher House is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit foundation and is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. All financial donations to Friends of Lexington Fisher House are tax deductible and stay local. Donations can be made online www.friendsoflexingtonfisherhouse.org or by mail. Make checks payable to: Friends of Lexington Fisher House P.O. Box 54481 Lexington, KY 40555 Lady Veterans Connect accepts donations of cash, furniture, clothing, household goods or other items, which all stay local. To learn more, please visit (www.ladyveteransconnect.org), send an email (info@ladyveteransconnect.org) or call (859) 806-4297.

Want to volunteer? The VA Medical Center is always looking for volunteers. Volunteers sit with patients, work with staff and help patients find their way to appointments. If interested, please contact Patrick Sinclair at Patrick.sinclair@va.gov. Anyone interested in volunteering with the Lexington Fisher House, please send an email to lexingtonfisherhouse@gmail.com to learn more. •

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givin� thank� with the 2018 GoodGiving Challenge

“Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give.” – Edwin Arlington Robinson Study after study has shown that gratitude is good for us. It increases our joy and optimism. It makes us more compassionate and forgiving. It can even lower blood pressure, strengthen our immune system and lead to a better night’s sleep. Best of all, gratitude inspires us to be generous. Not that we need a scientific study to tell us that. Who doesn’t feel better when they are mindful of their blessings and then pay them forward? The Blue Grass Community Foundation knows just how much they have to be thankful for. They’re grateful for the generosity of their donors, who collectively gave $9.7 million for charitable causes last year. They’re grateful to the 4,400+ donors who gave a total of $1.3 million to local nonprofits during the 2017 GoodGiving Challenge. And they’re grateful for the hard-working nonprofits that inspire this generosity. The GoodGiving Challenge is the Blue Grass Community Foundation’s way of saying thanks to local charities. Since 2011, they have co-sponsored this online giving campaign, which has raised a total of $8.5 million for the nonprofits that make our community better for everyone. As always, the BGCF and its generous supporters will provide over $325,000 in matching funds and prizes during the 2018 Challenge, just to keep things interesting. Blue Grass Community Foundation creates more generous, vibrant and engaged communities, growing charitable giving throughout the Bluegrass and Appalachia Kentucky. To learn how BGCF can be your philanthropic partner, contact Lisa Adkins, President/CEO at 859.225.3343. •

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The Challenge is your chance to say thanks, too. It couldn’t be easier: 1 • Go to BGgives.org between 9am, Tuesday, November 27th and 11:59pm Monday, December 2nd 2 • Review fun, colorful profiles of over 100 local nonprofits 3 • Be joyful and amazed at all the good being done in our community 4 • Give $10 or more using a credit card or ACH checking 5 • FEEL GOOD!


Community

who’s who:

Natalie Littlefield

of the American Heart Association Lexington HALF A DOZEN ORTHOPEDIC SURGERIES HELPED NATALIE APPRECIATE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN HEALTH AND EDUCATION. WITH DEGREES IN EXERCISE SCIENCE AND PUBLIC HEALTH, SHE’S EXCITED TO SERVE AS THE HEART ASSOCIATION’S COMMUNITY IMPACT DIRECTOR. story by Michelle Rauch | photos by Keni Parks

A path with a purpose landed Natalie Littlefield at the American Heart Association in Lexington. She has undergone half a dozen orthopedic surgeries in her lifetime. It was during rehabilitation she made the connection between health and education. “I think a lot of pressure is put on medical providers to see a high volume of patients a day, which limits their time with them and leaves a lot of questions unanswered from a patient perspective. That’s when I realized I was passionate, through my experience, to fill that gap between the medical provider and the patient,” she said. Littlefield earned her bachelor of science in exercise science from Murray State as well as a master’s degree in public health from the University of Kentucky. As the Community Impact Director at the AHA she will focus on health behaviors, disease prevention, and things everyone can do behaviorally to positively impact their health. “It is the perfect blend of my interests in terms of disease prevention primarily through physical activity and diet,” Littlefield said. Since Littlefield started in May, her first assignment was to go out and study her territory which includes Lexington and reaches into Eastern Kentucky. She is learning what the data says about health outcomes in the region. That information is being used to create a thorough community assessment. “Through that assessment I was able to highlight areas that are vulnerable and really in need of outreach. That includes areas with

a high concentration of minority groups and areas that are underresourced in terms of income, distance to groceries and medical offices,” she said. Findings like those will be used to find solutions. Littlefield is already working on education initiative about blood pressure control and improving access to healthy food which are two of the primary gaps that contribute to someone’s risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Littlefield will be connecting with partners that are already doing great work in Lexington and eastern Kentucky. “Being on the health strategy team allows me to assist in leveraging existing sponsorships in a way that will transform communities,” she said. “As the only community health strategy team member for AHA in Lexington, I am not able to go at this alone and if I do, I am not going to get very far.” It’s all about connectivity. Littlefield is also drawing on her experience from the state health department where she was already working in heart disease and stroke prevention. A self-monitoring blood pressure project was eye-opening. “I really liked it because you learn that not everybody knows. I think the assumption from health care professionals is everyone knows what their blood pressure numbers are, what they mean and that their behaviors can influence them positively or negatively. From that project, I learned there are a lot of gaps between what we think the lay person understands and what they actually

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understand about their health behaviors and how they impact their health,” she said. Littlefield encourages everyone to ask their doctor what their numbers mean. What may be a good reading for one person may not be the best for someone else. She stresses the importance of knowing your numbers. Her outreach with the AHA will shine a light on the people who are hiding in plain sight. As Community Impact Director, Littlefield is working to bridge the gap between community and clinics. It’s about shifting the focus to prevention instead of maintenance. “I feel really blessed to have this position,” she said.•

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FROM THIS PROJECT, I LEARNED THERE ARE A LOT OF GAPS BETWEEN WHAT WE THINK THE LAY PERSON UNDERSTANDS AND WHAT THEY ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND ABOUT THEIR HEALTH BEHAVIORS AND HOW THEY IMPACT THEIR HEALTH.

CURIOUS ABOUT NATALIE’S WORK? Get the latest updates from the American Heart Association by following them on social media or by visiting them online (heart.org/Lexington)! You can also get in touch with Natalie Littlefield at 859.317.6890 or Natalie.Littlefield@heart.org

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have heart

The American heart association reaches out across kentucky story by Michelle Rauch

“When you look at a map of cardiovascular disease and stroke in the entire country, the stretch of Appalachia lights up red,” said AHA Community Impact Director, Natalie Littlefield. “Kentucky is currently among the highest rates in incidence of heart disease. We want to change that.” For nearly 100 years, it has been the mission of the American Heart Assocation to heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives. At the local level, the Lexington chapter is working to weave healthy living practices and opportunities into our community all across the state.

SOAR Shaping Our Appalachian Region, known as SOAR, is a network of Kentucky’s Appalachia that unites 54 counties worth of talent.

SOAR’s mission is to expand job creation, enhance regional opportunity, innovation, and identity, improve the quality of life and support all those working to achieve these goals in Appalachian Kentucky. SOAR is a landscape-changing enterprise: shaped by a shared and envisioned future, driven by innovation, entrepreneurship, and a commitment to common purpose, with improved education, health, and economic outcomes, and expanding opportunities, for all citizens in the 54 counties that make up SOAR. Through SOAR, the American Heart Association is building partnerships on the local level. Connections and conversations are bringing smaller communities in the 54-county eastern Kentucky region to the table. The work is raising awareness about prevention, maintenance, control and self-monitoring, no matter how old you are. They are shining a light on the people living with dangerous conditions that are hiding in plain sight. “Blood pressure is the silent killer. Heart disease is the silent killer. It is the number one killer overall for both males and females across the nation,” Littlefield explained. “You can walk around

Kentucky is currently among the highest rates in Incidence of heart disease. We want to change that.

The American Heart Association is a champion for community health and well-being. There exists a great need for mission outreach in Kentucky.

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for a long time with high blood pressure and high cholesterol and not know it because you can’t see it from the outside. You may be symptom free up until the time you have a stroke or heart attack.” SOAR is addressing the issues that are at the forefront in the region that are impacting heart health: specifically, the opioid epidemic. One big idea is reaching out to and working with the families impacted by opioid addiction. “We look at the public health perspective and ask: how does the impact of opioid user impact those around them who they love and how does that impact their health?” Littlefield added, “As opioid use increases, diseases of the heart increase with it. The opioid crisis poses a big problem for us.” Though there are more connections to build and always more people to reach, the impact of SOAR has been evident from the get-go. “We’ve seen firsthand the impact that SOAR has on these communities,” Littlefield said. “We’re so excited about all the good work that’s been done already, and all that’s ahead.”

STEM Goes Red STEM Goes Red is another heart health initiative. It’s empowering middle school aged girls to improve the heart and brain health of Americans through careers in science, technology, engineering and math. There is a clear need for more women in these field. According to the AHA, only 20% of cardiologists in this country are women. In the spring of 2019, the AHA will bring STEM Goes Red For Girls to London, Kentucky. The attendees will learn how their

Improving cardiovascular disease and stroke rates in our state is not going to happen overnight... If we continue to do the work we are doing and make the partnerships we are making, we will be able to reverse those trends over time.

heart works, how nutrition impacts it and how creating healthy heart habits early in life will lead to a lifetime of healthy living. By empowering girls to explore careers in STEM, we can help address our region’s STEM workforce inequities and impact innovation and economic development.

prevention “We are not in a health care culture that focuses on prevention. When you look at how we stack up to compared other countries, the disparity is clear,” Littlefield said. “I think when most people think of the Heart Association, they think of the research and the science and the technology that are funded through the AHA’s fundraising initiatives. I didn’t realize until I took this position how intentional our organization is about mission outreach and really working with communities and community champions to prioritize prevention and build healthier lives for all,” Littlefield said. There is a belief that building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke can and will happen in Kentucky. In time the map that lights up red will change for the better. “Improving cardiovascular disease and stroke rates in our state is not going to happen overnight. It might happen very slowly,” Littlefield explained. “If we continue to do the work we are doing and make the partnerships we are making, we will be able to reverse those trends over time. That’s what we’re fighting for every day.” •

how you can get involved: Donations to the American Heart Association help fund innovative research, advocacy, and patient support until no more loved are lost to heart disease and stroke. To give, visit heart.org/give or call 859.317.6883. For the latest updates, follow the American Heart Assocation Lexington on Facebook: Facebook.com/ AHALexington

save the date: The Go Red for Women Experience: Thursday, November 8, 2018 at the Lexington Center/Heritage Hall - For more information, please contact Emily Blair at 859.368.4498 or Emily.Blair@heart.org The Lexington Heart Ball: Friday, February 1, 2019 at the Lexington Center Bluegrass Ballroom - For more information, please contact Mike Turner at 859.317.6878 or Mike.Turner@heart.org Central Kentucky Heart Walk: Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Keeneland Race Course - For more information contact Lisa Edwards at 859.317.6885 or lisa.edwards@heart.org TOPS Magazine | November 2018

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Every November, in celebration of the annual Go Red for Women Experience hosted by the American Heart Assocation, TOPS features local heart disease and stroke survivors. This year, we asked local women who have close, personal experience with the effects of heart disease and stroke to answer the question, “How do you Go Red?” Our photographer took their photos in places that represent the unique ways they face, fight and heal from heart disease and stroke. From The Arboretum to the capital in Frankfort, from gardens to their places of work, these women are sharing their stories to help spread awareness of the fact that cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. Want to learn more about cardiovascular disease and what you can do to help fight against these staggering statistics? Visit heart.org and GoRedForWomen.org for information, resources and opportunities to make a difference! photos by Phillips Mitchell | stories by Beth Langefels of the American Heart Association Lexington Special thanks to Jennifer Maggard of Macy’s and Janie Ohmstead of Images Model Agency

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Natalie Brawner “Although sharing personal details has been challenging, I realized how a traumatic event in my life can be turned into something positive.” On February 9, 2018, with a violent gasp for air as a tube was extracted from my throat, I reentered a drug-induced state of semi-consciousness. With my mind swirling in confusion, I slowly began to piece together the events from the days before which had begun when I drove two and a half hours from work to a regional hospital where my daughter was having tests run. When I got to the hospital I, too, wasn’t feeling well. After leaving my daughter’s ER room multiple times to conceal how I was feeling, I was stopped by a nurse. After hearing my symptoms, she insisted on having me admitted to the ER. Given I was only forty and generally healthy, I was stunned when the second round of cardiac labs came back elevated. After an excruciating night of pain in my chest, both arms, left shoulder, neck, and jaw, the cardiologist informed me that I already had a heart attack. All my grandparents and my father either had heart bypass surgeries or heart attacks. I entered the cath lab, and the last thing I remember is hearing that I had a 99% blockage. Later, I learned this was from a condition known as Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD), where a tear in the inner lining of an artery forms and can block the artery. The SCAD caused me to go into cardiac arrest, and I received four stents in three coronary arteries, critical care for ten minutes, including CPR and seven shocks to my heart. I was on life support with a heart pump for 24 hours. Since my time in the hospital, I have been motivated to improve my physical and mental well-being, which started with completing cardiac rehabilitation. I have received excellent follow-up care and confirmed I have no permanent heart damage. As I reflect on this year’s events, I am convinced this was a well-orchestrated plan, and I thank God for more time. I count my blessings for the love and support of my husband, and our children, as well as my family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. I have become involved with the American Heart Association and as a Commonwealth of Kentucky employee, I have worked with the Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan to spread awareness to state employees. Although sharing personal details has been challenging, the feedback I have received has made me realize how a traumatic event in my life can be turned into something positive by encouraging others to educate themselves on heart attack symptoms, to listen to their bodies and seek medical attention.

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Carol Russell “I owe it to myself, my husband, my children, my grandchildren and everyone else in my life to take care of myself.” My name is Carol Russell and I have a family history of stroke. While training for the New York City Marathon in September of 2010, I received a devastating phone call: at the age of 59, my sister Peggy had died from a massive stroke. How could this be? Peggy was tall, slender and beautiful. I had seen her just four days earlier and she was fine. While her doctor had told her she had suffered a couple of mini strokes a few months earlier, we never expected to lose our witty and vivacious Peggy. After my sister’s funeral services, I tried to resume my marathon training, however my legs felt like lead and my heart was simply too heavy. I had to accept that the NYC marathon was not in the cards for me that year. I thought about my family. My father had died of a massive stroke at the age of 55 and his mother was in her mid-40s when she had a stroke that left her permanently disabled. My eldest brother died of a heart attack at the age of 59. When I eventually started running again, I had my heart set on qualifying for the Boston Marathon. A few months after Peggy’s death I signed up for and ran in the Kiawah Island Marathon. During the entire 26.2mile course, I felt more grateful than ever to be alive. I held Peggy’s spirit deep within my heart throughout the race. During that race, I finally qualified for the Boston Marathon, which I ran in April 2012. This summer while going through my junk email I noticed an application for the New York City Marathon. I applied and was accepted. So here I am, eight years later, where I was when Peggy died. I’m finally training to run a marathon that has always been on my bucket list. After losing my sister, I don’t take my health for granted and listen to my body. Peggy looked like the picture of health, but she didn’t exercise. We must be mindful and pay attention to warning signs and trust our intuitiveness when things aren’t right. I owe it to myself, my husband, my children, my grandchildren and everyone else in my life to take care of myself. I’m overwhelmed with how blessed I am and I Go Red!

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Gale

Bhattacharyya

“I was very lucky: My heart is a perfect match for me.”

My name is Gale Bhattacharyya. When I was 33 years old I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart muscle. My father died at 36 and my brother at 30 of the same disease. My younger sister also has it. In our family, cardiomyopathy is an inherited disease. I am the oldest of eight children and when my father died, my youngest brother was not yet born. We knew my father’s cause of death was heart related. Eventually it was given a name and it was then that doctors told us cardiomyopathy was running in our family. I was a Kindergarten teacher and I noticed I was becoming fatigued rather quickly. At one point, I almost fainted so I was compelled to go to a doctor who ran tests and made an appointment with a cardiologist. All my life I have known that I needed to exercise and eat healthy, I didn’t drink or smoke because I knew that I could inherit this disease. When I found out that I had cardiomyopathy, I was even more cautious about taking care of myself. After my diagnosis, I kept teaching because I loved what I did, but it was intense work. About 15 years ago, my heart health started to decline. I was in congestive heart failure and needed a pacemaker. I greatly reduced my teaching hours until nine years ago, when I had to end the career I loved completely. I travelled with my husband, visiting our children and grandchildren, we went to 20 countries. Congestive heart failure sounds very bad, but you can do a lot of things. I just had to pace myself and conserve my energy whenever I could. In June of last year, I was deteriorating and needed a heart transplant. I knew it was time. But you can’t do it alone. I got my heart on June 28, 2017. I was in the hospital for 18 days afterwards. My husband and daughter stayed with me every single night. I was very lucky: my heart is a perfect match for me. It came from a 28-year-old young lady from Bowling Green who was in an accident in Pittsburgh. Her mother and sister wanted her organs to go back to Kentucky. It took awhile after my transplant to recover but through therapy I eventually built back my strength. I had to change my diet and exercise, but all these things are minor compared to the gift I got of a new heart.


Karen Kline

“I’m 62 and a nurse that ignored my symptoms for nearly seven months. I was a walking heart attack and should have known better.” My name is Karen Kline. I’m a nurse and an Army veteran. In February of 2017, I was experiencing a lot of stress in my life from a death in the family and an ever-demanding job. I began having some chest pain and pressure, which I naturally attributed to my stress. By June, I was waking up at night with terrible chest pain that came with shortness of breath and an abnormal heart rhythm. I ran into a colleague that took one quick look at me and immediately asked me what was wrong. He marched me upstairs to put me on a two-week event monitor. My primary care physician sent me in for a stress test which came back negative. I have a family history of heart issues. My father had a massive heart attack – he died at 47 - and because of that and my high cholesterol, my doctor ordered a CT scan. The CT scan revealed that I needed a heart catheterization. I chose to have it done right where I worked, as I was confident it would get done right. I ended up having a large occlusion in my right coronary artery, which was promptly stented. I’m 62 and a nurse that ignored my symptoms for nearly seven months. I was a walking heart attack and should have known better. Women, especially women nurse veterans like me, make ourselves the last priority. I was in the Army, raised two kids, and I was afraid because I knew enough about what could go wrong in surgery. I realized I was doing a job that was making me miserable and I wanted to live my life differently, so I made a change. Today I’m very blessed and in a great place. My blood pressure and cholesterol are under control thanks to medication, and I am managing my stress. I enjoy spending time with my 5 year-old granddaughter! Life is good now and I’m so proud to work at Lexington’s VA Medical Center.


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Tenesha Peyton “Stroke is the number five killer of all Americans... I’m working hard to live a healthy lifestyle and I’m blessed to be here.” My name is Tenesha Peyton, I’m 35 years old and I’m a stroke survivor. I was born with an irregular heartbeat and inflammation around my heart, but grew out of both issues as a teenager and had no problems as a young adult. On Christmas Eve in 2017 I was driving and turned at a stop light. I noticed my vision was blurry. I took my glasses off to clean them and realized I couldn’t see. I rubbed my head, and everything started spinning. It was very intense, but it quickly went away. Later, I mentioned this to my mom and my sister and they urged me to go to the doctor, but I didn’t go. A week later, it happened again but this time, I felt nauseous and my head hurt too. I called my doctor, who became worried and urged me to go to the emergency room. When I got to the hospital, the nurse took me back immediately and checked my blood pressure. I mentioned I wasn’t on any medication. They rushed me back, saying I was having a possible TIA, which I had never heard of. My blood pressure was extremely high and they finally told me I was having a mini stroke. One week later, the same thing happened, and I rushed to the hospital. I went into hypertensive crisis three times and had three additional mini strokes. I made an appointment with a cardiologist and we worked on medication for my blood pressure and I take aspirin daily to protect my heart. No one knows what caused everything to go so bad so quickly. But within 90 days of my first mini stroke, I had a 90% chance of having a major stroke. I still get dizzy and there are a few things that linger, but for now, I’m doing fine. My high blood pressure is the cause of my issues with stroke but thank goodness, with medication, it’s fixable. Stroke is the number five killer of all Americans and the number one cause of disability. But I have excellent doctors and medication that help keep my blood pressure under control. I’m working hard to live a healthy lifestyle and I’m blessed to be here.


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Kyla Thompson “I know I have a special heart. But I’m OK with that!” My name is Kyla Thompson. I’m 13-years-old and I’m a heart survivor. When I was born, everything seemed normal. Just one day later, a nurse in the hospital noticed that my fingernails were blue. My dad saw that my skin looked dark. After examination, the doctor informed us that I had a heart defect called Tetrology of Fallot. I had to have an operation the very next day. My surgeons placed a shunt in my chest, and it would stay there for nine months while I waited for my bigger surgery. My mom said it was a rough start for me because we were in and out of the hospital every few weeks. My lips still turned blue and I had trouble breathing. After I had my surgery at nine months old, I started doing much better. When I turned 8, I was also diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Then, when I was in fifth grade, at the age of 11, I found out I would have to have a valve replacement. That was three years ago. Today I am doing much better. I play volleyball, I am on the dance team and I recently won the national Heart of Service award at the Miss America pageant, which was really exciting! The greatest news is, I may never need another surgery if everything continues to go well with my heart. I have a pretty normal life – like any other 13-yearold girl. I know I have a special heart. But I’m OK with that!

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Jamie Lynn Robinson

“After something like this happens, it’s natural to look at life differently. Every day is a gift and I thank God for my life.” My name is Jamie Lynn Robinson and I’m a stroke survivor. On July 21st of this year, I woke up in the middle of the night and was paralyzed. I couldn’t talk or wake my husband, so I rolled out of bed and hit the floor. My husband woke and picked me up off the floor. When I saw his face, I knew I was having a stroke. He ran to get our adult daughter who remained calm and confirmed I was having a stroke. She held me until the paramedics arrived to take me to the hospital. When we arrived, my entire right side was paralyzed, and my arm was curled up and stiff. I remember arriving in the emergency room and immediately being taken back for tests and scans. Several MRIs and CT Scan revealed a blood clot in my heart that had traveled to my brain. Surgery was necessary to remove it. The surgery was successful, and the clot was removed in three pieces. I was monitored for an irregular heartbeat, but there was no sign of it. The next day my husband brought in a small exercise ball, so I could start squeezing it and I started recovering, hour by hour. I remained in the hospital for the next five days. I’m a hair dresser by profession and, to be honest, I didn’t think I would ever be able to use my right arm again. At home, I continued my exercises and now I’m back to work and using my arm normally. After something like this happens, it’s natural to look at life differently. I now see the good in people. Every day is a gift and I thank God for my life. I have two daughters and a sixyear-old granddaughter and I treasure my time with them. I thank all my doctors and nurses for their expert care. Without them, I wouldn’t be here sharing my story today.

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Whitney

Stevenson

“In my job, I advocate for children and families daily. It was time for me to do this for myself.” My name is Whitney and I’m a heart disease survivor. In the spring of 2016 when I was 42 years old, I made an appointment with a cardiologist to get a second opinion about issues I was having with my heart. I was experiencing shortness of breath and chest pressure, so the doctor scheduled a stress test, which I failed. It revealed that I would need to have a heart catheterization. I remember the initial procedure very clearly, and the cardiologist coming into my recovery room reporting there were no blockages, and everything looked good. My stress test, therefore must have been a false positive. While I was relieved with this news, I continued to have symptoms and my medications were still being adjusted. I decided to get another opinion. Since I’m a married woman with children, work full time, and am a doctoral student, I’m often told that the daily stress in my life was causing me to be anxious and that I needed to find ways to de-stress. After finding another cardiologist, my medications were changed again, and I was told they were going to monitor me closely. Shortly thereafter, the cardiologist I was seeing left the practice and I was assigned to yet another doctor. In my job, I advocate for children and families daily. It was time for me to do this for myself. For me that meant asking to see a female cardiologist. In February 2018, I saw my new cardiologist for the first time. The next month, I went to the ER with chest pressure and shortness of breath. During my follow up the next week, my doctor ordered another heart catherization, with a second surgery done a few weeks later. During that procedure, blockages were found in my small vessels and I was diagnosed with microvascular heart disease. Today, I wear a nitro patch every day and continue taking additional medication. My cardiologist saved my life with a new heart catheterization procedure brought about by research. My heart story has empowered me to be an advocate for women’s heart disease.

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The Deatons

“All four of my daughters are positive for a heart defect that happens to be one of the disorders that causes sudden cardiac death.”

My name is Chris Deaton and my family is living with heart disease. I have five children – four daughters and a son. All four of my daughters are positive for a heart defect called Brugada Syndrome, a condition that causes disruption of the heart’s normal rhythm. It also happens to be one of the disorders that causes sudden cardiac death. The first indication that there may be a problem in my family was in April of 1995 when my brother passed away in his sleep. Because it was thought that this was related to his heart, my brother, sister and I were all given EKGs. My brother Jeremy had some issues and was given a defibrillator. My sister and I were cleared with no indication of a heart problem. But a year later, my sister started having unexplained fainting episodes, so she received a defibrillator. They tested me again and I was still negative. In March of 2000, I was on an airplane and my heart stopped. I went in and out of consciousness three times. We made an emergency landing in Memphis and did all the normal testing but couldn’t find any issues. They flew me home and I got a defibrillator.

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These are my girls. My oldest daughter, Tara, was born in 1995. In 2008, she passed out in the bathroom. We knew there was a good chance it was cardiac related. That Monday morning, we took her to her pediatrician, who referred us to a pediatric cardiologist. We brought all our daughters in and we had genetic testing that came back positive for the genetic mutation that causes Brugada. Only my son was negative. In 2009, Tara got a defibrillator and then my next oldest daughter, McKayla, got hers. My two youngest daughters, Camryn and Emma, have been asymptomatic so far, but may get defibrillators in the future. It took my brother’s death to alert us that something was wrong. Genetic testing told us that this came from my mother’s side, but you don’t know it’s there until you see it and when it shows up, it can be life changing. Camryn and Emma may never need defibrillators but as a parent, how do you measure this information? How will we know if they will wake up in the morning? We just need to trust that God will take care of them and that organizations like the American Heart Association are leading the charge on trying to understand these things better.


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Jayne Morgen Breeze

Jayne Morgen Breeze was born on a bright sunny day in the summer of 1987. In fact, she was born on her due date, July 25th at 4:10 pm. The amniocentesis that was performed while she was in utero showed that she was a normal female. But after her birth, that normalcy did not continue. All was well for the first 24 hours. The next day Jayne’s pediatrician informed her parents that a heart murmur had been detected by a nursery room nurse. He said it was not a major concern but to be on the safe side, he had ordered a chest x-ray, EKG and an exam by a pediatric cardiologist, thus entered Dr. Carol Cottrill into Jayne’s life. She informed Jayne’s parents that the congenital heart defect was indeed not normal and that there was not one thing, but three things wrong with her heart. Within an hour Jayne was transported from Central Baptist Hospital where she was born to the University of Kentucky where she would undergo an operation to repair her heart. Dr. Carol Cottrill and Dr. Edward Todd, the cardiothoracic surgeon, both assured Jayne’s parents that she had three things in her favor going into the operation; she was over seven pounds in weight, she was full term having been born on her due date, and she was female. She was given a 50/50 chance of surviving the operation which lasted 7 ½ hours. Her aortic arch which was in two pieces was grafted back together and a band was put on her pulmonary artery to restrict blood flow. Nothing was done with the multiple holes in her upper and lower walls of her heart. Those holes would be repaired in the second operation which would be performed when Jayne was between the ages of 2 to 4. The second operation came sooner than later. Jayne grew faster than anticipated and the graft on the aortic arch was starting to restrict the flow of blood. In June 1989, the family flew to Rochester, MN to the Mayo Clinic for out-patient testing and for the operation at St. Mary’s Hospital. On September 19, an eleven hour operation was performed to replace the graft on the aortic arch, to remove the band on the pulmonary artery and close the holes in the walls of her heart. The operation was successful and the surgeons said that probably a third operation would be needed when she was a young adult. At the age of nineteen, Jayne underwent a heart catheterization to see if a third operation was needed. It was not. She continues to see her cardiologist on an annual basis to monitor the heart. Jayne is now 31 years old and despite some of the road blocks that she has experienced due to her heart condition, she has developed into a charming young lady who is compassionate and loving. Her determination to succeed has been an inspiration to her family and friends. Dr. Cottrill, who died in 2017, had always said that Jayne’s strong will to live has been the major factor in her survival. Jayne definitely “Goes Red for Women!”

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Other ways to Celebrate National Wear Red Day®

Go Red!

Go Red for Women’s National Wear Red Day® is an annual opportunity to raise awareness for cardiovascular disease, which kills approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The next Wear Red Day is Friday, February 1, 2019.

Know Your Numbers

Schedule a check-up with your doctor, and let them know you’d like a cholesterol check. GoRedForWomen.org has lots of information about what questions to ask and what information you should make a note of, like your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI. Talk to your doctor about what you can do to stay more aware of your numbers on a day-to-day basis, and if your numbers are elevated, what you can do to get them to a healthier range. It’s also important to discuss your risk factors.

Know the Signs

Arm yourself with information about heart disease and stroke. Visit heart.org for lots of resources on the symptoms and how they may differ between men and women. Knowledge is power!

Get Moving

The American Heart Association has recommendations to help you ensure that you’re getting enough activity to keep your heart as healthy as possible. TOPS has an article this month in our Life + Style section with more details! Adding a little more exercise to your day doesn’t have to be a struggle. Adding a brisk walk to your evening will feel refreshing and give you time to get in tune with your thoughts. While you’re catching up on your favorite show, lift weights or dance in place. Talk to your doctor about what’s appropriate for you and then get going!

Take Legislative Action

Stay up to date with bills and measures that affect health care and organizations that support cardiovascular and women’s health. Call your representatives and let them know that heart health is a concern for you.

Let Someone Know You Care

One of the most important ways you can Go Red is to reach out to other women and support their journeys. Share what you’ve learned and encourage those you love to take inventory of their heart health. •

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New &NOTEWORTHY

The Holly Day Market is Back! Featuring more than 100 unique vendors from across the country, this year’s Junior League of Lexington Holly Day Market will be held November 30th - December 2nd at the Lexington Convention Center. More than 4,000 people are expected to attend the three-day shopping event, which offers the best apparel, jewelry, children’s gifts, holiday décor, unique home goods and more. The Holly Day Market also includes fun daily events, like cookies with Santa, crafting classes, performances, free massages and a silent auction of over 250 items. “I am so proud of how much the Holly Day Market has grown over the years. I am honored to be the 12th Market Chair and excited to add so many more local merchants and workshops to the event this year,” says Joy Dineen. “The money we raise goes to local worthy organizations and we couldn’t do it without the help and support of our local community,” she adds. Proceeds from the event benefit the Junior League of Lexington’s mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the lives of individuals in Central Kentucky. This year, the Holly Day Market is thrilled to partner with local merchants at the Cookies with Santa event on Sunday, December 2nd from 1-4pm. Children under 10 are offered free admission. Adult admission is free with paid admission into the Market. Children can sip hot chocolate with Santa and Mrs. Claus, do holiday crafts with ArtPlay Studio, interact with princesses from Once Upon a Dream Tea Room, as well as enjoy offerings from AquaTots, Click Photo Booth and more. For more information or to purchase tickets for the market and party, visit hollydaymarket.com.

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Holly Day Market Dates, Times and Special Events: Friday, November 30th

10am – 6pm at the Lexington Center • Ribbon Cutting: 10am sponsored by Plastic Surgeons of Lexington • Holiday Floral Arranging Workshop by Rose and Thistle: 1pm (Pre-registration required)

Saturday, December 1st

10am – 6pm at the Lexington Center • Bow Making Class with Peggy Queen from Peggy’s Gifts & Accessories: 10:30am (Preregistration required) • Door Hanger Class with Door Belle Designs: 12:30 – 2pm (Preregistration required)

Sunday, December 2nd

11am – 5 pm at the Lexington Center • Cookies with Santa: 1-4 pm • Silhouettes by Timothy Arnold: 11am-5pm (Pre-registration required)


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New &NOTEWORTHY NEW IN TOWN:

Gamfi by Fusioncorp is changing the way visitors see Lexington FUSIONCORP is a technology company based in Lexington. After relocating headquarters to North Forbes Road in summer 2018, GAMIFI BY FUSIONCORP was launched and “new” became the norm. At the celebration for the grand opening of the headquarters, Gamifi by Fusioncorp introduced the latest wave of tech to one of the clients in attendance, VisitLEX. VisitLex was presented with a new app by Gamifi by Fusioncorp, and experience app that uses augmented reality to provide interactive walking tours and scavenger hunts downtown. The goal of the app is to strengthen Lexington’s tourism toolbox. This app will help attract more visitors to the downtown area and will help provide tourists with history and facts behind the city. As the hour long virtual tour takes place, users learn fast facts about what they’re seeing, and collect blue horses along the way. The app begins the virtual tour a the historic downtown courthouse, where the VisitLex office is now located. Fusioncorp and Gamifi are thrilled to be adding to the Lexington tourist experience. Other applications by Gamifi are used in the area to promote Bluegrass attractions and destinations, such as the Augmented Reality baseball card collection app for the Lexington Legends and the Cincinnati Brewing Heritage Trail.

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS:

Walker Montgomery album Simple Town available now Kentucky native and country singer WALKER MONTGOMERY recently released his debut EP called Simple Town on October 19th. When the album dropped, fans went wild. This is no surprise in Central Kentucky, considering the “Simple Town” Montgomery sings about is Lexington’s neighboring city of Nicholasville. Locals can’t help but feel a sense of pride and belonging listening to the young artist’s lyrics and great music. The five song album has been a hit in the area. The single “Simple Town” was produced by Colt Ford and Noah Gordon. The video reflects the beauty of the Bluegrass State and appreciation for the uncomplicated lifestyle Montgomery grew up knowing. Country music is in his blood: he is the son of multi-platinum selling country music star, John Michael Montgomery, and nephew of Eddie Montgomery, of Montgomery Gentry. He stays true to his Bluegrass roots, sometimes performing live at Kroger Field for pregame concerts in support of the University of Kentucky. Be sure to check out Montgomery’s new album today, available on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music and on his website.

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New &NOTEWORTHY

NEW LOCATION:

Drake’s is now open in Brannon Crossing The company that brings Malone’s, Harry’s, Aqua Sushi, OBC Kitchen, and Malone’s Prime Events & Receptions is adding a location to the fun! Brannon Crossing recently became the home of Drake’s, a Bluegrass Hospitality Group restaurant. This will be the 10th Drake’s location, with restaurants already in Lexington, Louisville, Florence, Indianapolis, Alabama and Tennessee. The construction at East Brannon and Lancer Drive began in 2017, and the grand opening took place on September 25th. The Drake’s menu that Lexington knows and loves is up and running, with classic items such as “smashed” burgers and fries, craft beer, sliders, salads, chili and more. Guests will also be able to enjoy the Aqua Sushi menu! The Brannon Crossing Drake’s takes on the same casual night-out feel as its sister locations. The fun, easy-going atmosphere encourages customers to enjoy themselves, their food, and their friends. Whether it’s lunch, dinner, or a late night, Drake’s is a great place to hang out. On certain nights, Drake’s features themed activities. Sunday and Monday include trivia with half-off beer towers. Tuesday’s are

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better known as Takeaway Tuesday’s. Starting at 6pm, Drake’s features a different craft beer with tap night specials and prizes from the brewery. Whiskey Wednesday includes $5 and $6 whiskey selections. Thursday, of course, is Thirsty Thursday. Daily specials and times may vary based on location, but whichever location it may be, customers can expect discounted drinks. Friday’s are none other than Fireball Friday’s. Things heat up with $4 Fireball shots, $5 cinnamon toast crunch shots, and $6 angry balls cocktail. Whatever day of the week it may be, Drake’s has something for everyone. The Brannon Crossing location jumped right into the good-time spirit offered by all Bluegrass Hospitality locations, combining club and pub into one fun place. However, the fun doesn’t stop here. Number ten will not be the last we see of Drake’s. Chattanooga, TN will be getting its very own come 2019. The more burgers and people, the merrier here in the Bluegrass. Grab some friends and join the fun at Drake’s at Brannon Crossing. Don’t get too full on starters such as Warm Pretzels and Beer Cheese or Drake’s Nachos: remember to save room for a smashed burger or tasty sandwich. And in true Drake’s fashion, be sure to enjoy the meal with a delicious drink.


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New &NOTEWORTHY LOCAL BUSINESS NEWS:

Good Foods Co-op announces exciting leadership changes GOOD FOODS CO-OP has recently made several changes in leadership. Former HR Manager Kat Luchtefeld is now the General Manager. Luchtefeld brings two years of experience with Good Foods, and knows the staff very well. With a background in economics and law education, she was a clear fit for the position. Luchtefeld is a proud wife and mother of two, and enjoys running and being involved in the community. She is thrilled to help shape their future on Southland Drive. Produce Manager Rob Walker, also an elected member of Good Foods Co-op board of directors, was promoted to Retail Operations Manager. Walker has proudly represented the Co-op for eight years, taking on a variety of roles in that time. He has worked as a corrections officer, at Lexmark, in music production, and remains heavily involved with the community as a minister. With the new positions in management, this means Good Foods Co-op’s leadership team is entirely made up of women and minorities. Good Foods Co-op continues to be the only cooperatively-owned grocery store in Kentucky since being founded in 1972, with over 8,000 owners in the community. Other leadership team members include: Marketing Manager - Lauren Gawthrop; Deli Operations Manager - Shannon Willard; Systems Development Manager - Sheryl McCoy Gray and Finance Manager - Melanie Fowler.

COMING SOON:

NEW IN TOWN:

Miracles Bakery is partnering with Joseph-Beth booksellers on a new concept

Jazzi Cosmetic Surgery

MIRACLES BAKERY is partnering with Joseph-Beth to bring an upscale organic coffee and pastry concept to Lexington. Soon, shoppers will be ably to enjoy hand crafted drinks and tasty treats when browsing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington Green Mall. More details are coming, but rest assured that the concept will be a delicious and uplifting experience for every guest! Denise Walsh started Miracles Bakery because she saw firsthand how her son, who was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, struggled with allergens. She made a bakery that served many dietary needs while still tasting delicious.

JAZZI COSMETIC SURGERY is an up and coming affordable, high quality cosmetic surgery and aesthetic medicine practice in downtown Lexington. Located at 110 W Vine St, Suite 300, the new business is convenient for Lexington locals. Jazzi’s is dedicated to enhancing beauty by enhancing customer experience with a friendly and knowledgeable staff. The practice is approachable yet highly professional, and includes microneedling, acne treatment, hair removal, injectables, tattoo removals and many other services. The dedicated staff makes great service and excellent patient care a top priority. Understanding patients’ visions and goals is key to providing a quality experience, and this new business is well-prepared to take on the needs and desires any customer may bring to the table. Jazzi Cosmetic Surgery makes keeping up with proper skin care easy and stress free. Book your consultation today and begin your journey to happier and healthier skin!

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Community

y a d i l o HHAPPENINGS Kick Off the Holiday Season with The Square! Surround yourself with stylish brands, distinctive dining and festive entertainment during The Square’s annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 24th from 3-8pm. This delightful event features activities and offerings to thrill every member of the family! In the atrium from 3-7pm, children can visit Father Christmas and receive an adorable elf hat (while supplies last). Create a keepsake holiday craft or ornament together while you enjoy live holiday music. Make a minimum $10 purchase from a participating store and bring the receipt to the atrium, where you will select a candy cane and get a gift certificate to one of The Square’s great shops or restaurants! This festive, fun event is a can’t-miss way to kick off the holiday season. Continue the memories with a visit to Luminate Lexington in Triangle Park from 3-7pm with a holiday market, ice-skating and live entertainment. Enjoy the tree lighting ceremony at 6:30pm. Santa will arrive to turn the key that will light the tree, as well as all of Lexington’s glittering holiday lights. It’s a wonderful Lexington tradition! With incredible shopping, dining and entertainment, The Square is your fun-filled holiday destination!

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Looking for more holiday fun? VISIT TOPSINLEX.COM AND CLICK ON THE CALENDAR TAB FOR ALL THE FESTIVE EVENTS, PLAYS AND SHOWS AROUND TOWN!

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Art

in the

Bluegrass:

Sporting Art Auction

story by Jen Roytz | photos courtesy of Cross Gate Gallery

Recognized as the leading Thoroughbred auction house in the world, Keeneland attracts buyers from throughout North America, as well as Europe, the Middle East, Central and South America, Asia, Australia and more. Just a few miles away in downtown Lexington, Cross Gate Gallery has earned the same globally-lauded reputation as the world-leader in fine sporting art. In 2013, the two icons came together for an historic showcase of equine and sporting art. Adorning the walls of the Keeneland Sales Pavilion during their November Breeding Stock Sale were 174 pieces of coveted equine art, available both for the public to enjoy as an exhibit and for potential buyers to inspect. Upon the conclusion of the horse sale that year, Keeneland and Cross Gate Gallery held the inaugural Sporting Art Auction and, in keeping with the

Included in the 6th Annual Sporting Art Auction...

tradition of millions of dollars of horses that had been purchased just weeks earlier within the same walls, the maiden draft of sporting art garnered an excess of $3 million. Now in its sixth year, the 2018 Sporting Art Auction will be held on November 18, 2018 beginning at 2pm. The catalog, 175 pieces strong, includes works by some of the most notable artists in American sporting art history, including Andre Pater, Alfred Munnings, Edward Troye and Henry Lawrence Faulkner. The public is welcome to view this year’s Sporting Art Auction offerings during the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale (November 5th-16th) or by appointment through Cross Gate Gallery (859.233.3856) or online at TheSportingArtAuction.com.

“Richard Singleton” – Edward Troye (Swiss/American, 1808-1874) Oil on canvas, $40,000-$60,000 (pictured above) Richard Singleton was a champion racehorse owned by Colonel Willa Viley, who was known as one of the most prolific people in the formation of Thoroughbred racing in Kentucky. Richard Singleton was among the horses that gave Viley prominence, starting in 14 four-mile-heat races and winning all but two.

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“Democrat Party Rooster” – Henry Lawrence Faulkner (American, 1924-1981) Oil on Board, $25,000 - $30,000 (pictured above) This piece was purportedly done for the Kentucky Democratic Party, though whether as a commission or with the intention of selling it to the organization is unknown. Regardless, the painting was never delivered. Rather, Faulkner used it to pay a Lexington attorney for services in getting him out of “legal jams.” Later, Faulkner found himself in another legal situation, but his original attorney was out of town and unable to help. Instead, Faulkner took the painting and two chairs from his first lawyer’s office and used them to pay the other lawyer, who has kept the piece until the present day. •

View the 2018 Sporting Art Auction catalog at:

TheSportingArtAuction.com

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esearchers typically define the millennial generation as those born after 1980 and somewhere around the mid 1990s. That puts them at the right age to be entering and redefining America’s workforce. They’re young professionals, business owners, managers and experts in a diverse array of fields who are making waves in the Central Kentucky community and changing the way Lexington runs. We photographed these local Gen Y business professionals at Amtek on New Circle Road in the beautiful office spaces designed by millennial Jessica Cull of Design Link.

photos by Conrhod Zonio | special thanks to Daren Turner and Amtek

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT GEN Y? There are

80 MILLION

millennials in the US

AND 2.5 BILLION WORLDWIDE

THEY’RE OLDER THAN YOU THINK.

The oldest millennials are nearly 40. The youngest are just getting out of college. If you were picturing teenagers, think again: that’s Gen Z!

Millennials are the most racially and ethnically diverse generation.

By 2020, they will comprise 50% of the US workforce. [That number will jump to 75% by 2030.] MISCONCEPTIONS: millennials are lazy, entitled, self-absorbed, social media addicted and frivolous spenders: they only care amout themselves

THE REALITY: millennials are very adaptive to new technology, choosing careers that they’re passionate about, flipping the script on what adulthood looks like and one of the most-educated generations ever: they care about the future

Millennials value COMMUNITY, FAMILY & CREATIVITY in their work. Sources: Why Millennials Matter • Business Insider

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LONGSHIP

PATRICK HALE, ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE • KEVIN MITCHELL, ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE • CHANDLER FORMAN, SR. ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Longship.us Longship is a third-party logistics company specializing in over-the-road truckloads of fresh, frozen and dry shipments. On-time delivery is their priority. They value preparedness and creative solutions to issues to ensure that every customer is satisfied. Kevin believes that what sets Longship apart is their commitment to the client. “I try do go above and beyond when it comes to taking care of my business. Answering phone calls after normal working hours, coming to work on the weekends, and, above all, making sure my customers are always taken care of,” he said. “If the job you perform means something to you, then it makes working hard easy.” Chandler knows that there is competition in the industry, and that motivates him to succeed. “When I started working here, there were already established brokers that had built great books of business. I knew what I was capable of, and I knew that I could go straight to the top,” he explained. “Our company is seeing incredible growth. We come to work and push each other every day.” Patrick has heard the misconception that millennials have no work ethic. “On the contrary, this generation is highly motivated to become successful.” He said, “If you need proof of young men and women who are willing to pay their dues to achieve greatness, spend a day at Longship!”

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JESSICA CULL, CO-OWNER & INTERIOR DESIGNER DesignLinkInteriors.us

“It’s easy to come to work every day when you love what you do.” Jessica loves the variety of the projects and clients that she gets to work with. Most recently, Jessica completed the top-to-bottom upfit and design of the Amteck building, where this feature’s photo shoot took place. Working alongside Amteck business owner Daren Turner to transform the old Halloween Express into a state of the art open workspace environment gave Jessica an opportunity to explore her creativity. Jessica’s hard work and determination is easily recognized in her projects and the long term success of Design Link. Design Link offers a broad range of services, from interior architectural space planning and finish selections to furniture layout and more in both commercial and residential settings. She said, “Often times if we work with our clients on a commercial space, they will also pull us into their residential projects because we have the resources to accommodate their designs in both areas.” Jessica is a big believer in the power of determination. “As long as you’ve got passion, faith and are willing to work hard, you can do anything you want in this life. You just have to put your mind and heart into it!” Jessica knows that millennials have the advantage of being familiar with today’s newest technologies, and she and her team put those talents to use. “Having the educational background to use certain design programs that show our clients their designs before they are even complete is such a huge resource!” She added, “Understanding social media allows us to market and connect to our clients in new, innovative ways. We love rising to the challenge of proving to our clients that even though we are considered millennials, we can still offer the highest level of service.”

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RECTOR HAYDEN REALTORS

MAGGIE COHEN • PATRICK PEARSON • JOSÉ ROSAS Maggie.RHR.com • PatrickPearson.RHR.com • Jose.RHR.com

Rector Hayden Realtors is a real estate service in Central Kentucky. They serve the community’s commercial and residential real estate needs. Their team of REALTORS® are committed to honesty, integrity and service to the client, first and foremost. “I could not think of a better company to be a part of. Not only does Rector Hayden provide the useful skills and knowledge to run your own business and be successful in this industry, but the support and mentorship you receive along the way is incomparable,” explained Maggie. “I am passionate about my business and want nothing more than to be of support, value, and purpose to others. I truly enjoy and have the ability to communicate, engage, and work with all types of people.” Patrick understands that the real estate process can be an emotional one because he has experienced it firsthand. “I’ve been on both sides of buying and selling, and it’s not always a positive experience for every situation,” he said. “I think it’s important to put yourself in their shoes and do whatever you need to make the process as smooth as possible for them.” Bilingual in English and Spanish, José does whatever he can to make his clients feel comfortable in the real estate process. “My job is helping families make their dream come true on becoming homeowners by counseling them through their buying process,” he said. “I also enjoy helping homeowners sell their homes quickly and easily!”

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CORY COOLEY • CAITLIN MITTLE • JONATHAN BRONAUGH III CooltuckyCreative.com • CaitlinMittle.RHR.com • JBronaugh.RHR.com

As a U.S. Marine, Cory knows that he’s a living example that millennials absolutely have the work ethic to get results. “I was raised to work hard and take pride in my work, no matter what job it is,” he said. He knows that it’s easy to see a fresh, young face in the workplace and assume that they’re inexperienced. “I bring the core values of the Marines – like honor, courage and commitment – into helping people find their home. I pride myself on my work ethic and knowledge of the local housing market.” Caitlin has been with Rector Hayden for seven years. As a life member of the Million Dollar Club, she knows millennials have unique skills in the workplace. “I think our creativity in marketing and tech savviness is a big factor. We also have the motivation in this stage of life to be successful,” she explained. “I love to make a difference for people. Serving people with excellence and really caring for what they care about makes a big difference.” Jonathan loves that he’s working for a member of the prestigious Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® global network. “At Rector Hayden, I feel like I’m at an organization like the Lakers or the Yankees: every day I walk in the office, I know I’m going to run into a legend or a giant in our industry and learn something new!” He said, “I’m able to take the lessons learned and put them to work servicing my clients at the highest level.”

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LEXEFFECT EVENTS + MANAGEMENT KAELYN QUERY, FOUNDER & PRESIDENT LexEffectKy.com

LexEffect is an events and management company, working with individuals and businesses to create unique events and memorable experiences. From weddings to corporate meetings, farm to table dinners to festivals, and everything in between – LexEffect produces events across the US for a variety of clients. Founder Kaelyn Query is committed to exceeding client goals and expectations. “We bring experience and knowledge to the table that’s unique. We use those experiences across the board with all of our clients, no matter the genre of event,” she explained. She has worked at many levels of event management, so she understands the business. Like many millennials, Kaelyn loves to learn and adapt to the latest advances for the benefit of her clients. “There’s always new technology that can help impact an event, or a new trend in entertainment, or a new technique to be implemented. I never want to stop learning,” she said. “Millennials grew up with technology, so we are more adaptable when it comes to new technology being introduced in the workplace. We have the ability to pick up new platforms and programs.” Kaelyn loves that her work helps show off the best of the region. “We want to help bring others to Kentucky to see what we have to offer and experience hospitality and entertainment unlike anywhere else,” she said.

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HAMBURG FAMILY DENTAL ALISHA PATEL, OWNER & DENTIST HamburgFamilyDentalKY.com

Hamburg Family Dental is a new practice that aims to offer patients a different, more enjoyable dental experience. Dr. Alisha Patel and her staff bring the advancements in education and technology garnered from her experience in the San Francisco Bay Area back to Kentucky. She explained, “I truly believe the environment that has been created and currently exists in this office is felt from the moment you walk in the door. You will just know you want this place to be your dental home and it’s something special.” She added, “I love being my patient’s cheerleader when it comes to making the necessary changes for improving their oral health.” Dr. Patel knew the time was right to start her own practice because she had been listening, observing and taking in the lessons from mentors, coworkers and former bosses. “Absorbing it all has helped me to always keep an open mind and allowed me to become a better leader and communicator.”

JACK KAIN FORD NIK VENN, SALES CONSULTANT KainFord.com

Nik is proud to work for a company that has been in business since 1953. “When you come to Jack Kain Ford, whether its for service or buying a vehicle, you feel like you’re a part of the family here,” he explained. “There is zero pressure, complete transparency, and you’ll get Jack’s best price the very first time. I don’t want you to just be a one time customer, I want to build a strong relationship with you for the years to come.” Nik is the youngest person in the sales department. As a millennial, he understands that he must leverage his talents and flexibility to succeed, and that includes his generation’s familiarity with tech. “With all the up and coming technological advances today, I like to embrace them and use it all to the best of my abilities,” he said. “What motivates me is my desire to be the best I can be. I have no problem harnessing the power of technology to make me productive.”

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DINSMORE & SHOHL, LLP JACOB CASSADY, ASSOCIATE Dinsmore.com

Jacob’s first years of practice at a large international law firm in Miami quickly honed his commercial real estate experience. His projects tend to be complex, with high stakes and far-reaching effects for clients and their communities. But that’s what he loves about it. “Clients need my technical and drafting experience, but sometimes their greatest need is for someone to listen closely and offer an objective analysis that identifies a creative solution – or a hard truth,” he said. “I work hard to learn the fundamentals of my clients’ businesses so that I can offer what they need to know, not simply what they want to hear.” For Jacob, real estate investing is also personal. “In addition to my law practice, my own investing is primarily in commercial real estate. I strive to never lose sight of my clients’ business goals as I work on the legal dimensions of their projects,” he explained. Like many of his generation, Jacob is committed to building a brighter future. “Though born in Louisville, I’ve spent most of my formative years here in Lexington, as did my wife Jenna. We’re proud to be founding our own family here. When we seek opportunities for service, we’re investing in the community that will be home to our children,” he says. “I see millennials’ belief in the potential for positive change as making that change more likely. And I see our generation – and Lexington – poised for continued innovation and growth.” For other millennials, Jacob’s advice is to be fully open to learning from others, especially the senior members of any team. “Find good mentors, the more experienced the better. When you encounter someone who is both knowledgeable and willing to share what they know, become a willing and active listener,” he said. “In my experience, that improves the chances that your own contributions will be valued.”

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MEES TILE & MARBLE CLAYTON MEYER, BRANCH MANAGER MeesTile.com

When Clayton stepped into the role of managing the Lexington branch of Mees Tile & Marble, he was well prepared to take on a big role in the family business. “Being brought up in the tile and stone business has enabled me to learn an abundance of knowledge from a very young age,” Clayton explained. Mees is a fourth generation family-owned and operated business, established in 1954 in Cincinnati, Ohio by his great grandfather Howard Mees Sr. Some of their employees have been with the company for over 30 years. “Tile and stone work is an art, and mastery in this field is not something you can learn overnight.” “We set ourselves apart in many ways. We have everything to offer for a complete home remodel or new build project all under one roof,” he explained. “We import natural stone, quartz, and tile from all over the world and stay up to date on the most trending looks from all over. In addition to over 60 years of expertise, we have great relationships and can recommend the best tile contractors, builders and remodelers in the area.” Clayton’s advice to young professionals is to ask questions and always be a listener. “Looking towards your peers and learning from those who have been in it much longer will make you much more successful. I am fortunate enough to work with men and women in our company who have ‘been there, done that’.” he said. “Nothing excites me more than coming into work every day confidently knowing I can provide my customers with the best advice and ideas to make their project all come together.” Clayton has big plans for Mees Tile & Marble, and knows it takes great work ethic to make them a reality. “I have always had to work hard, and I learned at a young age what it takes to get what you want and that is show up and work hard to achieve your goal,” he said. “In 10 years, I plan to be taking on a bigger role in the family business and expanding our business into new areas.”

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MILESTONE REALTY CONSULTANTS ANNE HART CORNETT, REALTOR® 859.509.5628

“I live, love and breathe for all things real estate!” For Anne Hart, her number one priority is to be her clients’ most trusted advisor. “I always listen, provide loyalty and always, always, always keep my clients’ best interests at heart.” Whether she’s working with buyers or sellers, she believes in focusing and never giving up, letting her passion be her motivation. “The biggest misconception of millennials, in my opinion, is that they don’t have the experience needed to thrive in an industry like mine. For me, this only makes me more determined to follow my passion, maintain a ‘go-getter’ attitude and prove the stereotypes wrong!” She added, “Millennials can provide a fresh approach to what may be lacking or becoming dull in this day and age. We are tech-savvy, creative minds and are always thinking outside of the box!”

GOOD FOODS CO-OP KAT LUCHTEFELD, INTERIM GENERAL MANAGER GoodFoods.coop

As a cooperative business, Good Foods welcomes everyone to discover what makes the region’s agriculture so incredible and gives everyone the opportunity to own an equal share of the business. “I get to work with some of the most thoughtful and creative people in Lexington and as a team, we get to serve and interact with the best customers anyone could ask for,” Kat explained. “It’s easy to stay motivated when you get to see a direct line from the work you do to making your community a better, healthier, happier place!” Kat knows that millennials face difficulty finding the right fit. “Don’t give up on finding ways to blend your education and intellectual skills with your passions to create your dream career,” she advised. “It wasn’t until I found my Co-op career that I realized I could apply my legal education and corporate experience to my love of food, wellness and community.”

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REPUBLIC BANK ALI CAHILL, WORKPLACE SPECIALIST • CHRISTOPHER L. HENRY, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER • MASON MCCAULEY, ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT & PRIVATE BANKING OFFICER RepublicBank.com Over the last 35 years, Republic Bank has grown to become the largest locally-owned community bank in Kentucky with 45 locations in 5 states and over $5.3 billion in assets, offering a full array of banking and financial services for individuals as well as small and large businesses. Their goal is to make banking easier than anyone else for their clients and exceed customer expectations in all that they do. Ali knows that what sets Republic Bank apart is the integrity of the staff. Her goal is to embody that in everything she does. “Every day, I am the most honest, friendly and helpful banker I can possibly be,” she said. “I love working one-on-one with my clients, which allows me to hear all of their concerns so I can work above and beyond their expectations.” Christopher has seen first hand how millennials bring expertise, as well as many talents to their roles. “I offer a financial perspective from various viewpoints that bridges the gaps between generations,” he said. “As with most stereotypes, there is not a box everyone fits in. Millennials are open to change, take pride in being different and for all intents and purposes are tearing ‘the box’ down.” Mason believes that people are first in his business. “I work with clients on their personal and business/commercial banking needs. From specialty lending products to deposit services, I am able to offer a wide range of products and services to accommodate the needs of my clients and help them achieve their financial goals,” he said.

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FEATHER & BLADE HOLLY MEREDITH, PROPRIETOR FeatherAndBlade.com

Holly was driven to bring microblading and restorative cosmetic tattooing to Central Kentucky by her desire to support and serve other women. “I am motivated to build community and inclusiveness among women by building them up and helping them feel their best selves,” she explained. “We specialize in various brow procedures including microblading and also areola repigmentation for clients who have had mastectomy and other breast related surgeries.” In an ever-changing world, Holly believes it’s absolutely essential to fine tune and expand her staff ’s abilities and talents to better serve the community. “Our team values true connections with our clients and we strive to continually grow our craft in order to best support them,” she explained. “It’s a strength of millennials to see the world in a new way, and to be adaptable to approach challenges from thoughtful and creative angles. We use this adaptability to collaborate with our clients and help them reach their individual goals.”

LEXINGTON ICE SCULPTURES MATTHEW STODDART, LEAD ICE ARTIST LexingtonIceSculptures.com

“Ice sculpting is something that I have taken a natural love for and that passion has kept me hooked since the start,” Matthew explained. “My passion for ice sculpting has always driven me to learn more and progress in my craft. Being able to work with such a unique medium challenges me daily.” He loves working with the only ice sculpting company in Central Kentucky, which has been providing breathtaking ice sculptures of all kinds for twenty years. They’ve created just about everything out of ice, from cocktail ice to full size bars! Matthew knows firsthand that young professionals entering the workplace face a lot of hard work, but he also knows that doing what you love is worth it. “Follow your dreams and conquer the obstacles that will come your way,” he said. “If you stay strong and follow your passion, it will never lead you astray.”

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PEPLUM

LAUREN WEST, CO-OWNER PeplumLexington.com

Lauren West and her mother co-own Peplum, a women’s boutique specializing in affordable, on-trend clothing, accessories and shoes where everything is priced under $150. Lauren says she is motivated by other women. “Our clients have become our friends and their energy and enthusiasm for our brand make us want to be better and work harder everyday!” She added, “We make every person that enters our doors feel welcomed and celebrated. Our clients enjoy and have come to expect our personal touch on their experience.” Lauren believes that the one sure bet is yourself. “Work hard, be tenacious and believe in your ability to do great things,” she advised. She admits that millennials face older, more established business people not taking them seriously, but she believes in staying flexible and open to experience. “There may be bumps along the way, but you are not defined by those challenges.” She is also a big believer in learning through mistakes. “Your identity lies in the times after failure – can you be brave and continue to go after your dream? If you can muster the courage to keep going and working diligently towards your goal, success is inevitable,” she said. Lauren has big plans for the future. “I see myself owning and operating multiple businesses within ten years, whether they be additional Peplum locations in other cities, or another concept altogether,” Lauren said. “One thing is for sure: it will always be female-focused and something that works to make women feel good about themselves.”

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Community

COMMUNITY TRUST BANK JOE KENNEY, VP, COMMERCIAL LENDER • ANDY JARVIS, SVP, CENTRAL KY SENIOR LENDER CTBI.com Joe said, “I am truly customer-centric. I invest in professional relationships with my customers, but also develop personal relationships along the way. I believe most products and services in financial institutions can be similar, but it’s truly how people are treated that makes the difference.” His values line up perfectly with those of Community Trust Bank. “It’s a community bank with local decision making that you can trust will provide you with superior customer service and tailor products to meet your needs. We take great pride in serving businesses and individual customers within our community and are active participants within our local area.” Andy agrees that a personal touch is essential. “I always discuss with my customers their big picture goals – not just why they want to invest, but also what they want their investments to do for them,” Andy explained. “Providing quality service and spending time investing in them is my way of helping every customer achieve their dreams.” Andy likes that access to both traditional insitutions and technology have given millennials more opportunities to branch out with their money. “We grew up in the age of resources and have more opportunity to fund startups via traditional lending or crowdsourcing with apps like KickStarter and Go Fund Me,” he said. “Entrepreneurial opportunities are not out of reach for us like they were for other generations.”

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

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M O R S E CO D E NECKLACE Say it in morse code with these unique 16 inch gold chain necklaces. $44.99/ea // PEGGY'S GIFTS 112 Clay Ave. (859) 255-3188 peggysgifts.com

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Keeneland opening weekend was filled with fashionable fall looks!

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f there is one season we love for fashion the most, it would be fall. Sumptuous coats, cozy sweaters, and stylish boots are just a few autumn staples that we can’t get enough of. This month’s look is about embracing all of the cold weather essentials that we are anxiously waiting to bust out of our closets. Starting things off is a coat that is sure to stop onlookers in their tracks. Uniting artistic temperament and playful engagement with everyday functionality, this faux fur coat by Shrimps is cut to calf-length with a gathered skirt, thick collar and romantic illustrations. It is designed by Hannah Weiland and brings eccentric luxe and quintessential English charm into the sandhued design. We matched our spirited coat with classic pieces, allowing it to be the star of the show. A pair of L’Agence dark washed jeans and a chic solid black bodysuit by Acne Studios both play the perfect supporting roles. Adding a splash of color to our footwear is a pair of knee-high suede boots by Sergio Rossi in a popping shade of gorgeous garnet. For accessories, we went uber glam with oversized Gucci sunnies, a traditional Louis Vuitton handbag, and sparkly crescent moon studs by Moon & Meadow. The key product to our beauty look is a bold, yet sophisticated red lip. Guerlain’s KissKiss formula is a hydrating and plumping matte, intense like a lipstick and comfortable like a balm, giving just the right amount of color all the while wearing pleasantly on the lips. Whether you’re heading out for some fall festivities or simply dressing up for Thanksgiving dinner, in this ensemble everyone will be in awe of your dashing ‘Harvest Moon’ moment.

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his month our beauty look is all about throwing shade...beauty shade that is. The star of any good autumn face is of course the eyes. Gorgeous golds, pretty peaches, bold bronzes, and beautiful browns are the key ingredients to looking fall fabulous. They look good on every skin tone, all you gotta do is find the color palette that works best for you. For November’s look we were inspired by the lovely leaves that autumn brings. From the richness of a merlot lip to the pumpkin spice flush of a cheek. Luxury and drugstore collide in our product list, helping you purchase what works for your budget in recreating this fabulous fall fantasy.

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While from different sides of the state, Austin and Micaha Hughes have lived in Lexington, Ky. since 2011. Alumni of the University of Kentucky, Austin and Micaha met while serving on the technology committee for the UK DanceBlue Marathon in the spring of 2014. Both enjoy exploring the Bluegrass State and all it has to offer. Austin even proposed to Micaha on Auxier Ridge in Red River Gorge, which is one of their favorite spots. The couple recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary on October 28, 2018. “There is something about Kentucky’s southern hospitality, mixed with midwestern charm, that makes it so unique,” said Micaha. “When planning our wedding, it was important to us that the wedding felt personal, organic and romantic, so we chose The Barn at Springhouse Gardens. The Barn’s ambiance perfectly fit our vision and showcased Kentucky’s charm.” The Hughes carefully selected their wedding décor around the natural and romantic ambience they hoped to create. Mauve, navy and maroon were the primary colors they used along with floral decorations, which included lots of greenery. The reception dance floor was lined with luscious green plants and the ceiling of the reception tent had hanging greenery installations. “The Webers, owners of The Barn at Springhouse Gardens, helped us envision our wedding day from start to finish,” said Micaha. “They offered several options for how the ceremony and reception could be set up, so we were able to achieve organic and natural vibes by using the setting and landscape.” Austin and Micaha agreed that a wedding, while celebratory, can also be overwhelming at times. As Austin explained, the times throughout the wedding week, and day, when it was just the two of them, those are the moments that he and Micaha cherish. “The Barn at Springhouse Gardens has a tradition for all their couples of burying a bottle of bourbon to ward off bad weather,” said Austin. “A couple of days before our wedding day, we went to the Barn and buried our bourbon bottle. At the reception, we dug up the bourbon and drank it with all our friends and family.” Time together was important to Austin and Micaha, so the couple took a few moments before the wedding ceremony to escape to the little cottage at the Barn at Springhouse to sit alone as a couple.

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“There were no people, no pictures… just us,” said Micaha. “It was just a moment to be together and soak it all in.” The Hughes wedding day also was a day to celebrate the lives of some very special people in their lives. Micaha’s father passed away when she was 12-years-old, so her sister-in-law gave her a small pin with a photo of Micaha and her father. The photo was placed next to a family broach on Micaha’s bouquet. “Even though my dad couldn’t be there, he still walked me down the aisle,” Micaha said. Another honorary guest was Austin and Micaha’s daughter, Charlie, who was also their flower girl. While Austin and his mom, Bridgette, danced the traditional mother-son dance to “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw, the song also symbolized the respect that Austin and Micaha have for the way they were raised—to be humble people, to love kindly and to put their family above all else. “Micaha and Charlie stepped in halfway through the dance, so my girls and I danced to the rest of the song,” Austin said. “Dancing to ‘Humble and Kind’ was a way for us to show our parents how thankful we are that they raised good husbands and wives, and it was a promise to raise our own daughter with the same love and intention they share.”

PHOTO G R APHE R Sarah Katherine Davis Photography V I D EO GR APHY Reel Deal Creative, LLC V ENUE The Barn at Springhouse Gardens PL A N N E R Sara Rogers F LOR I ST White Cat Wedding CAT ER I NG Minton’s @760, J. Render’s Southern BBQ CAK E /DE SSE RTS Roxann Rosado, Metropolitan Donuts BR I DAL GOW N Leanne Marshall, Carrie Karibo Bridal (Cincinnati, OH) GRO O M / G RO O M SM E N Geno’s For mal B R I DAL PART Y Azazie HAI R + MAKEUP Hair by Maddie Wofford, Kelli Marshall Makeup R E N TA L S/ D E C OR Bryant’s Rent All, Goff Tents & Events V EI L Noon on the Moon (Etsy)

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Whether you’re a couch potato or a gym rat, there is always room to improve when it comes to your heart. Are you sure you’re doing the right amount–and kind–of activity to help your heart and cardiovascular health? It’s a well-documented fact that regular physical activity is important to prevent heart disease and stroke. The American Heart Association has some recommendations for what’s best to help the average adult reap the hearty benefits of exercise. Written by: Amanda Harper

FOR OVERALL CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH: • At least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days per week (for a total of 150 minutes per week) or • At least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least 3 days per week (for a total of 75 minutes), OR a combination of moderate-intensity and vigorousintensity aerobic activity and • Moderate-intensity to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity at least 2 days per week (for additional health benefits) WHAT INTENSITY AM I AT? According to the CDC, the easiest gauge is the “Talk Test”: in general, if you’re doing a moderate-intensity activity, you’ll be able to talk but not sing during the activity. If you’re doing a vigorous-intensity activity, you won’t be able to say more than a few words without pausing breath. Walking briskly, bicycling under 10mph, playing doubles tennis, ballroom dancing are all examples of a moderate-intensity aerobic activity. Vigorousintensity activities would include race walking, jogging, running, swimming laps, playing singles tennis, aerobic dancing, bicycling faster than 10mph, jumping rope and hiking uphill. TARGET HEART RATE Another key indicator as to whether you’re getting the maximum benefit of your activity is to maintain your target heart rate for the duration of the activity. To calculate your maximum heart rate, subtract your (adult) age from 220. For moderate-intensity activity, your target heart rate should be 50-70% of your maximum heart rate. The target heart rate for vigorous-intensity activities is 70-85% of your maximum heart rate. WAIT, IS THIS RIGHT FOR ME? It’s absolutely essential that you speak with your doctor before starting any exercise regimen to discuss your level of fitness, your physical condition and your goals. Work together to determine what activities are appropriate for you, as well as what guidelines you should follow for maximum heart benefits. TOPS Magazine | November 2018

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Why Learn Hands-Only CPR? Cardiac arrest - an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs - is a leading cause of death. Each year, more than 350,000 EMS-assessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. According to the American Heart Association, about 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim's chance of survival.

Music Can Save Lives Song examples include "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees, "Crazy in Love" by Beyonce featuring Jay-Z, "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira or "Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash. People feel more confident performing Hands-Only CPR and are more likely to remember the correct rate when trained to the beat of a familiar song. When performing CPR, you should push on the chest at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute, which corresponds to the beat of the above listed songs.

Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public. Hands-Only CPR has just two easy steps, performed in this order:

1 Call 911 if you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse.

Be the Difference for Someone You Love If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.

2 Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of a familiar song that has 100 to 120 beats per minute.

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Many people use the phrase “dream house,” but when it comes to Tonya and Jason Widmer’s home in Serenity Equine Estates, the term can be used literally. “I went to sleep and had a vision of exactly the house I wanted. When I woke up, I knew the challenge would be to bring the vision to life,” says Tonya. But with the help of architect John Dehart of Dehart Architecture; builder, the late Marion Jones of Bluegrass Fine Homes; and interior designer Jessica Cull of Design Link, they were able to do just that—and in the span of one year. Three themes dominated this vision: clean lines, symmetry, and allure. Tonya states, “I wanted every room to be airy and symmetrical with a pop of glam.” Though Tonya had a definite ideal of what she wanted, she found it very helpful to have input from an interior designer. Of Jessica, she says, “She helped me stay focused, especially when I found so many things that I loved.” Jessica elaborates, “We just kept coming back to Tonya’s original vision; keeping it simple and modern with a touch of glitz.” Photos By | S H A U N R I N G Written By | D O N N A I S O N

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To achieve this, the pair chose a pure palette of white and warm grays, blended with bits of polished nickel and satin brass. Contemporary custom artwork by Meghan Temple of Atelier Temple graces the walls throughout. In addition, all upholstered furnishings are covered in sumptuous fabrics with a sheen, while a modern-rustic wood flooring from Howard-Carpenter Floor Covering give the rooms an extra ‘elan. Even the smallest spaces, like a half bath that boasts a dazzling mother of pearl mosaic tile wall, showcase the sophisticated style. However, they wanted to make sure the space retained a sense of warmth. “There are rustic infusions,” Jessica explains. These include sliding barn doors on several rooms, shiplap, and realistic faux wooden beams painted by Tony K Designs in Painting.

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Throughout the home, spectacular lighting fixtures, provided by Design Link and Brecher’s Lighting, bring drama. From the trio of starburst chandeliers in the great room to dripping glass wall sconces in the hallway to a row of caged pendants with a satin brass finish over the dining table, each fixture is illuminated art. Tonya’s aesthetic was greatly influenced by her parents, Linda and Ron Turner who founded the engineering and electrical contracting company Amteck. When asked who her design icons were, Tonya says, “My mom and dad. I really wanted to reflect the style of their house in ours.”

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Family also played a huge role in the lay-out of the home. Tonya and Jason wanted a space that offered ample room for family gatherings, while also remaining intimate. “I wanted a space where people could flow from one room to the other and never feel isolated,� Tonya states. Along with Jessica and John, they agreed that a house with an open floor plan with varying levels would best serve their needs. To maintain the openness, grand windows pour light into the spacious great room, which contains living, kitchen, and dining areas to provide ample space for entertaining extended family. An elegant electric fireplace surrounded by classic yet comfortable furniture provides a perfect place for conversation. The overall effect is cozy, yet posh.

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The kitchen is functional with flair, featuring custom white cabinetry and modern hardware from Kitchen Concepts accented with silver strapping and a sleek custom-designed, metal hood from Kentucky Metal Craft. The countertops, provided by Artistic Granite & Marble, are a new product known as Neolith, which resembles the beauty of marble but offers remarkable durability. To keep the area clutter-free, all appliances are hidden behind matching cabinet panels.

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The view, in every direction, is gorgeous, and includes pastures, a four-acre lake, and copses of mature trees. “You would not the believe the sunset,� Tonya says. The family enjoys spending time outdoors and looks forward to evenings on the patio in front of their large, stone outdoor fireplace from Housewarmings.

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Just a few steps away from the great room are the music room and formal dining room. The music room, where their daughter practices on a white baby grand piano, is adorned with a polished Zebrano Marble floor and satin brass accents. These finishes extend into the dining room and set the perfect backdrop to the custom walnut, live edge table designed by the homeowners.

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The first floor houses a master suite. The master bedroom was inspired by and designed around an extraordinary pair of bedside pendant lamps. The master bath captures the luxurious feeling of a spa with a freestanding tub situated in front of a large window that beckons for a bubble bath with a glass of champagne. There is also an oversized shower tiled in an intricate Moroccan pattern provided by Louisville Tile.

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Up one landing is what Tonya refers to as “the quiet room,” where the family nestles in for together time. This room gives a nod to the Bluegrass with paintings of white thoroughbreds, equestrian touches like a snaffle-bit hurricane lamp, and a pop of Kentucky blue. Down a landing, you’ll find the home theatre outfitted by Barney Miller, a favorite spot for the kids and their friends. Bonus rooms include a mudroom, laundry, and exercise room. Tonya is thrilled with the resulting arrangement.

“I CAN HEAR E V E R Y B O D Y. I C A N F E E L E V E R Y B O D Y. I A M AWA R E T H AT M Y W H O L E F A M I LY I S NEAR.”

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When it came to the exterior of the home, the primary goal was to fit seamlessly into the graceful landscape of Serenity Equine Estates. Custom stonework from Clay Ingels along with lush landscaping by Greg Spivey of Landscaper’s Paradise compliment the surrounding countryside. Only minutes away from shopping and restaurants, Serenity Equine Estates combines the best of both town and farm living by providing a backdrop of rolling hills and beautiful fence lines, as well as convenience. With the completion of Brannon Road Extension Project, the convenience factor will be even greater. In addition, Five Arrows Farm, with its state-of-the-art stable and outdoor riding arena, are located next door. The estates were developed by Tonya’s brothers, Troy and Daren Turner of Turner Developments, to provide homeowners a “highend and personally nourishing community.” Again, keeping kith and kin close is always a priority. This year, for the first time, the Widmer’s will be hosting Thanksgiving at their new home. Then, all will head to the Chinoe Road house, owned by Linda and Ron, for the long-standing tradition of turning on the elaborate Christmas display that has become a highlight of Lexington’s holiday season. With loved ones always being at the forfront, it is no wonder Tonya’s biggest compliment on the new property came from her oldest son who said, “Mom, you did such a great job on this house. I love to come home here. You should really be proud.”

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DESIGNER, JESSICA CULL OF D E S I G N L I N K S AT D O W N W I T H U S TO S H A R E H E R I N S P I R AT I O N S A N D T I P S FO R AC H I E V I N G T H I S GORGEOUS HOME.

WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION AS A DESIGNER?

I would say I’m inspired in a multitude of ways! I love design so I’m constantly surrounding myself with it. From traveling to new places to flipping through design magazines and following some of my favorite designers on social media. I love seeing what the latest trends are and how I can implement them into my projects. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DECORATING STYLE?

I love a modern space that offers clean lines, simple colors, layering of textures, but still a timeless feel. However, when working with any of my clients I always try to understand their style and develop a design palette that works best for them. WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR PERSONAL FAVORITE FURNISHINGS?

Probably the side table in my son’s nursery. It’s a vintage midcentury piece that belonged to my great-grandmother. I love the sentiment of it being hers, along with the style of it. WHICH DESIGN TRENDS ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT IN 2018?

I would say the mixture of warm and gray palettes blended together. Rather than just going all gray, I love that I’m seeing a mixture of cognac leathers, warm/ gray toned woods, and soft satin brass tones mixed with grays and whites. WHY SHOULD ONE OPT TO USE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER?

At the end of a project, I feel like any of our clients would say that it was so useful having us in the mix to help guide their style. So many clients have a vision in their head of what they want, but they just don’t know how to bring it to life. That’s what we love to help them do. Also, getting from start to finish in a project. If you aren’t involved in construction every day, it can be a stressful road for some. We help alleviate that stress by walking the clients through each step and helping communicate decisions effectively to the contractors in the field. Making the overall process much smoother and enjoyable.

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run with a houseful of happy visitors on October 7th, according to event co-chair Paula DeBoor of Lexington. “Many people commented that it was the best showcase ever,” said DeBoor, who has been involved with Showcase since the first one in 1976 and has chaired or co-chaired nine. “People talked about how livable the house is-- and they loved the colors.” Volunteers such as Nancy Moser of Lexington report

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HISTORY OF THE “WHITE HOUSE” Located at 3330 Versailles R., the 5,402-squarefoot showcase house’s origins date to 1902 when Mariah Pepper Clay and Charles Donald Clay, a nephew of Kentucky statesman Henry Clay, built a much smaller house that was typically constructed in those days. It became known as the “White House.” The Clays lived there until the 1930s, when it was sold out of the family to a buyer from Cincinnati. In the early-1950s, Dr. Thomas G. Hobbs and wife Brownie Hobbs bought the house. Working from plans designed by Lexington architect Robert McMeekin, master carpenters Herbert Cox and Ed Cox enlarged the house. The process of building what is now a den, bathroom, dining room, kitchen and garden room took a year. In 1958, they added a solarium, believed to be the first one in Lexington. McMeekin, one of Kentucky’s most notable 20th century architects, is better known as the architect of the Keeneland clubhouse and grandstand. He also designed numerous residences in Gardenside and on horse farms, Memorial Hall, the E.J. Grehan Journalism building on the UK campus and the old Henry Clay High School. “Whatever Robert McMeekin said, Dad did,” a son, Dr. John Hobbs, said, as he toured the glammed up showcase house, where Hobbs and three siblings lived as children. The new kitchen—featuring top-of-the-line appliances, gleaming porcelain countertops, gas lamps flanking the gas stove and an island almost large enough to have its own zip code-- is a far cry from the one he remembers.

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“Mom liked pink, so the entire kitchen was pink—walls, cabinets, everything,” he recalls. “It was ugly.” Design coordinator Dwayne Anderson of house by JSD Designs deserves credit for selecting a more pleasing color palette with 14 shades of blue, brown, yellow and gray, pulled from fabric he had used in a client’s home. “The designers’ talent and creativity were truly remarkable,” Anderson said. “The result is a house with a cohesiveness that flows naturally from room to room. Nothing jarring or out of place. In fact, it works so well that some guests were surprised to learn the designers didn’t plan it that way.” As one visitor declared, “The designers respected the house. Nobody did anything outlandish to draw attention to themselves. Everyone seemed to

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work together to ensure the aesthetic from room to room made sense.” Designers gave time, talent, and money to fulfill their vision for rooms and spaces, inside and outside, Anderson added. “They did it because they wanted to. From day one, every designer embraced the purpose of this event—to support the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency’s mission of improving care for residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in Central Kentucky. Helping people who are unable to help themselves was the focus of our efforts. It was a wonderfully humbling experience.” For Gail Moses of Regency Interiors by Gail Moses of Lexington, the cause hits closer to home than it used to. “I had so many people express this was a “must see” due to the connection with Henry Clay, and of course it has been so many years since the last showcase. People were hungry to see another,” said Moses, who has participated in 22 of 24 showcases; her first was Faywood Estate in 1979. Her transformation of the Kentucky blue dressing room in the owners’ suite was the subject of much discussion. Faux painter Steve Walker applied layers of white marble flour to the walls to add texture and visual interest; the imperfect yet chic new finish looks and feels like stone. “I have a friend in a nursing home, and my own parents are desperately trying to live independently, with assisted living hovering in the near future,” Moses continued. “The purpose of the event has become much more relevant to my life.”

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Hubbuch & Co.

Benjamin Deaton Interiors

Ivy Downs Interiors

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Landmark Landscaping

Counter Culture Plus

Liberty Hill Antiques & Fine

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Liz Douglas Designs

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Metamorphosis Studios

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Pottery Barn

Greentree Antiques

Regency Interiors by Gail Moses

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Suff ’s Furniture

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The Designer Showcase house went on the market in late September for $1.75 million. Situated on 1.33 acres, the house has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and two half-baths. An 18 x 36 pool, pool house with covered porch, guest suite, two bathrooms and a four-car garage complete the estate. Showcase furnishings may be purchased from designers. Listing agent is Suzanne Elliott of Berkshire Hathaway de Movellan Properties.

HOW YOU CAN HELP The Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency relies on the gifts of individuals and organizations in Central Kentucky to fulfill its mission of improving the quality of life for residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. If you’re interested in giving your time, talent, or treasure to help sick, disabled residents who can’t help themselves, contact Susie D. Hillard, NHOA’s director of philanthropy and administration, at 859-940-8434 or susiedhillard@ombuddy.org.


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alm, inviting and timeless. Benjamin Moore’s High Park offers a little moment of peace wherever it’s utilized. A part of their Classic Color Collection, High Park is a beautiful hue that will never feel dull. This lovely sage works as a natural neutral, pairing beautifully with just about any color you set it against. For this entryway, Benjamin Moore chose a palette of various greens. This botanical look is as calming as it is uplifting, welcoming guests into a space of relaxation and joy. An interesting place to make use of High Park would be your kitchen. This natural gourmand hue will invite everyone to stick around, take it easy and enjoy spending time together. It would be a really pretty shade for cabinetry, backsplashes or islands!

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One of the surprising benefits of such a classic color is that it plays well with both modern and traditional styles. Don’t be afraid to mix transitional, industrial and contemporary elements when using this unifying sage. Actual colors may vary from this printed representation.

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“It’s exciting to watch our children grow into Godly, well rounded, compassionate people as they make their way over life’s hurdles,” Jill says. “In addition, my husband and I truly love watching our adopted children from Haiti as they see things for the first time. It makes us have so much appreciation for things that we have always taken for granted.” Jill, a registered nurse, and her husband Jeff, co-owner of the local Servpro franchise, have two biological children, Claire (19) and Cameron (16). After nearly a four-year process, the Smiths adopted Makendia (9) and Beau (4), who are biological siblings from Haiti. “On November 25, 2017 after three years and 10 months, Makendia and Beau came home,” Jill says. “Since the process of adoption was so grueling, emotional and long, Jeff and I have developed a patience that we never had when our first two children were young. Having older and younger kids at the same time has allowed us to have a better perspective as parents. We are much more relaxed and don’t ‘sweat the small stuff,’” Jill says. The Smith family stays very active and are often on the go. All six Smiths love sports and spending time together at home, especially in their pool. As Jill explains, they are all very competitive and like to make games out of everything and anything. Written by Sarah Boerkircher Photos by Keni Parks Photography

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Claire is a sophomore pre-law major at Carson Newman University and plays college tennis on scholarship. Cameron is a high school junior and plays baseball. He recently committed to play baseball at the University of South Alabama. Makendia plays soccer, takes tennis lessons and loves her church activities. Since coming home from Haiti, Beau has enjoyed tennis, soccer and playing at the playground. “Since I work part time as a nurse for Baptist Health, every day is different,” Jill says. “Jeff ’s business has irregular hours, so our schedule is constantly changing. While the kids do have a bedtime, we aren’t a strictly structured family. We are very flexible as to our daily routine—it’s a style that has always worked for us and we believe it keeps our kids flexible too.”

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The biggest parenting challenge for Jill and Jeff is that their children are all so different, so Jill and Jeff agree that they parent each of them with a different approach. “Figuring out what is the best course to take with each child can be hard. What works for one may not work for another,” Jill says. “My advice to other moms is to slow down and make sure you are keeping a strong foundation at home first with your spouse and children. Stability at home is the essence of giving kids qualities like confidence, values and interpersonal skills.” Jill has also found through her parenting journey that she’s a better mom when she has time for own hobbies and makes time to care of herself. “Children need to learn that everyone in the family has their own interests and it is not always ‘about them.’ I believe this teaches children to take time to support family and friends even if it’s something they don’t really care about,” Jill says. “ Parenting is complicated and at times difficult, but a joy unlike anything else.”

“It’s exciting to watch our children grow into Godly, well rounded, compassionate people”

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Life Lessons From a Hedgehog!

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n the United States, the month of November is synonymous with gratitude – a feeling of appreciation felt by a recipient of kindness and other forms of generosity. Every day pets share the generosity of their spirit with us. They can teach us many important life lessons, if we simply take the time to reflect on their example. This is true even for uncommon pets like the African Pygmy hedgehog.

The Way You Treat Others Matter While most American’s gravitate towards fur-covered creatures, the African Pygmy Hedgehog makes a delightful pet for families. Their unique physical qualities teach owners that the way you treat or handle others matter. Their bodies contain over 5,000 spines and when frightened, hedgehogs will curl into a ball making their spines stand up straight to protect their face and soft belly from harm. However, with patience and tender loving care, pet hedgehogs can learn to trust their owners and be gently handled. This is true when building most relationships.

Erica Radhakrishnan Hospital Administrator, BVS

We all go through stages that warrant sensitivity Young hedgehogs naturally experience a “shedding” period between the ages of 2 to 6 months. During this time, their skin is extra sensitive and they may spend longer periods of time curled as a ball. They may also show a decrease in appetite during this stage of development. While it is acceptable to hold a shedding hedgehog, it should be done with much care and sensitivity guarding against unintentional added discomfort.

Even the Prickliest of Being is Capable of Love Providing a hedgehog with a healthy, commercial diet including insects and veggies, clean water, a warm, safe cage with a place to hide, patience, TLC, and regular veterinary checkups will create a strong and trusting bond. A hedgehog has a keen sense of smell and will become familiar with its owner’s scent and touch. Once acclimated and bonded, a hedgehog will provide years of love to its owner proving that even the prickliest of beings need and express love.

Listening To Others Makes all the Difference In order to gain your hedgehog’s trust, you must first listen to their voice. Like all creatures, hedgehogs produce a variety of sounds. Their most telling vocalization is a hiss. Hedgehogs hiss as a warning to an approaching hand that they are unhappy and to proceed with caution. If ignored, they will make a clicking sound and pop their body. A popping hedgehog can cause a poke from the barbs on their spine reminding you to always listen to their voice before acting upon your will. 148

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This November shower pets with some extra gratitude and pay a little closer attention to their behavior. They will not only teach you how to take better care of them, but how we can all take a better care of each other. Happy Thanksgiving!


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Samantha Fore’s cooking career started with traditional Sri Lankan brunches cooked out of her home. When the crowd outgrew her kitchen table, she invested in a tent, equipment and some licenses, set up her tent behind Arcadium Bar, and became Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites. She made her money back in one day.


By Allison Antram Photos by Desarae Anderson and Keni Parks This incredible success has followed Fore’s journey thus far. Her unique cuisine has attracted attention from locals and beyond: she was recently featured in Plate Magazine as one of their “Chefs To Watch 2018”. “And I work out of a tent,” she laughed. “I’m lucky to have customers who are loyal and vocal.” This loyalty is cultivated by a food experience that is both innovative and intriguing. She shares her cultural heritage through her Sri Lankan cuisine and at the same time, her passion for her Kentucky upbringing with Southern twists, such as curry-braised ribs and fried chicken. “The blend of Sri Lankan and Southern food is more approachable for an average diner,” Fore said. “Most people are swayed by their experience with Asian food… so when they try it, they light up because they don’t expect the flavors they’re getting.” Tuk Tuk finds its ideal home in Lexington among a wide and thriving food scene. Fore explained that, “the diversity of Lexington really plays to our benefit... there are all sorts of awesome food opportunities. The diverse experience makes it easier for people to embrace something new, while still keeping it authentic.”

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I’m lucky to have customers who are loyal and vocal.” Fore’s authenticity is a mark of the excellence in her unique menus. Steeped in tradition and her mother’s recipes, they feature fresh, local twists and a desire to, in her words, “translate food.” She shares her culture and aims to expand her reach in Lexington so that more can experience Sri Lankan cuisine. She said her food is a “combination of things I’ve enjoyed eating here, and making it my own. Everyone has a callback to their culture that resides in food.”

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This unique culinary pop-up is growing in the form of events and restaurant takeovers, such as trading a tent for white tablecloth at Holly Hill Inn, or pushing her creativity alongside other talented chefs at 610 Magnolia. However, Tuk Tuk still makes consistent appearances behind Arcadium, which can be followed through their website (tuktuklex.com) and social media (Instagram: @tuktuklex).

with Samantha Fore

What is your favorite thing to cook? I really like cooking fresh veggies… whatever’s in season. What is your go-to Lexington eatery? Tortilleria y Taqueria Ramirez. They have the best burritos. What would you do on an ideal day-off in Lexington? A drive down Old Frankfort Pike, stop at Wallace Station and get an ice cream... I just love that I can take a quick drive and clear my head driving through all the horses and scenery. Is there anything you get tired of cooking? Not really. People’s enthusiasm has rubbed off on me. What inspires you? My mother, and the fact that my friends always push me to do more and aim higher. I have a strong support group around here. What is your “guilty pleasure” food? Macaroni & cheese Anything we would be surprised to learn about you? I’ve worked in a lot of different industries before food, like music and advertising.

Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites tuktuklex.com | (470) 588-5885

Most excitingly, customers can look forward to a brick and mortar location in the near future. Fore is teaming up with Arcadium to open AteBit, likely coming in Spring of 2019. As the business evolves and grows, customers are sure to see an ever-evolving creativity through Fore’s unique culinary point of view, as a large part of her passion lies in learning, experimenting and expanding her skills. “I love going around the town and region and trying new things,” Fore explained. She said she holds a deep love for taking what she finds locally and seeing what she can create with it. “Every day of my life has turned into a Top Chef challenge at this point.” It’s Fore’s drive, authenticity and local passion that is slowly making Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites a must-try Lexington staple – even when it’s out of a tent. TOPS Magazine | November 2018

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Sushi Blue Sushi with an upbeat vibe. Their expansive menu includes all your favorites, plus Japanese sushi bites that you may not have tried. Their Blue Specialty Rolls are fun to try: the Sushi on the Fire Roll is shrimp tempura with avocado and spicy tuna topped with cooked shrimp rolled in special flakes, then the whole thing is fired over an open flame. Best of all? They’re open 6pm-2am Monday through Saturday! 185 Pasadena Dr. • Lexington • 859.523.6862

Mr. Kabab

The BLVD Grill

Located just off Richmond Road, this gem often gets passed over. The modest interior is brightly decorated with a fun diner feel and Mediterranean decorations. You can see just about everything they offer on the serving line. Their Shawarma Platter is a local favorite, with chicken or beef options and generous portions.

Designed to have a great “neighborhood joint” feel, The BLVD Grill is a perfect spot for a quick lunch or for dinner after work. For ultimate comfort food, try their Open Face Roast Beef, topped with mashed potatoes, brown gravy and served up with your choice of side. They have a nice selection of wines, beers and bourbons, as well as great game day specials.

2901 Richmond Rd. • Lexington • 859.266.5222

844 Hays Blvd. • Lexington • 859.226.0315

Oasis Mediterranean Restaurant

Blue Door Smokehouse

True to its name, Oasis is a great spot to relax in the middle of Chevy Chase. Their signature Oasis Dish features tender chunks of beef or chicken cooked in tomato sauce with eggplant, chickpeas, celery, green peppers, onions and spices. It comes served with salad and rice or fries.

Smoked fresh daily, Blue Door’s barbeque is truly delicious. Their Platters are a great option: brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken or 2 smoked sausage links with white bread, pickles, onion and two sides. You can sauce it yourself with their three tasty sauces. Hurry… on busy days, the meat will sell out before closing time!

837 Chevy Chase Pl. • Lexington • 859.269.6440 oasisrestaurant.net

226 Walton Ave. • Lexington • 859.252.4227 bluedoorsmokehouse.com

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Turkey & Pomegranate Salad

with creamy balsamic dressing Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 10-15 minutes

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 pound turkey cutlets (about 2 cutlets) ¼ teaspoon salt black pepper 12 cups mixed lettuce greens ½ cup pomegranate seeds 1 small crisp apple, thinly sliced ½ shallot, thinly sliced ¼ cup reduced-fat blue cheese crumbles 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons hot water salt and black pepper, to taste

Preparation: Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil. Season the turkey with salt and pepper, and cook until done, 4-6 minutes on each side. Allow the cooked turkey to rest on a cutting board while preparing the rest of the salad. To make the dressing, in a small mixing bowl, whisk the dijon and balsamic vinegar together. Whisk in the hot water. Next, whisk in the oil slowly and season with salt and pepper. Slice the reserved turkey diagonally into ½-inch wide strips. To assemble the salad, toss the lettuce greens, pomegranate seeds, sliced apples, sliced shallot, blue cheese crumbles, and dressing together. Place the sliced turkey on top and serve.

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

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NATIONAL SUNDAE DAY

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Not only is November 11th Veterans Day, but it’s also National Sundae Day. So plan to share a sundae with your favorite servicemen and women.

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Call Kentucky Eagle at (859) 252-3434 or visit us at kyeagle.net for information about these and other premium beers, wines and spirits!


WINE & BEER OF THE MONTH

Moss Roxx

ANCIENT VINE RESERVE ZINFANDEL

Appellation: Lodi, CA • Blend: Zinfandel Merlot • Alcohol: 14.5%

This is not your everyday wine. A big flavorful Zinfandel from Lodi’s half to century year-old vines. This dense and dark red wine with mature round tannins accenting generous cherry, raspberry, chocolate, caramel and baking spice has a smooth, long finish.

Since Moss Roxx is a a big, robust wine it is best paired with bold flavors such as beef, lamb venison and barbequed pork ribs.

November Celebrations New Belgium Brewing

ACCUMULATION

White India Pale Ale • ABV 6.2%

New Belgium Brewing has been a long time craft beer staple. While Fat Tire may be the brewery’s most enduring beer, craft beer lovers always look forward to the seasonal offerings. For winter, New Belgium distributes Accumulation, which is an incredible white IPA that is crisp with a complex hop flavor that has a warming effect that you wouldn’t normally expect from a light colored beer. The aroma of this brew is crisp with citrus hops and the flavor is peppery with a great hop flavor. New Belgium bucks the trend by not brewing a traditional dark beer for the winter season and gives you a beautiful White IPA that is reminiscent of the white stuff that falls from the sky in our winter months. This beer is a must try; be sure to grab some while its here!


Eats & Entertainment Nitrease Quickley (front row with UK hat) was in the Bahamas to watch Kentucky play along with family members just as they will be for most UK home games this season. (Tina Cox Photo)

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f you attend a Kentucky basketball game or even just watch it on television, there’s a good chance you might see one player with his own unique cheering section. Freshman guard Immanuel Quickley had almost 50 family members and friends take a charter bus from Maryland to Atlanta to watch him play in the McDonald’s All-American Game last spring. When Kentucky went to the Bahamas in August for a fourgame exhibition trip, Quickley’s family was also out in full force. No wonder he already knows what his biggest problem could be this year. “I don’t know how I am going to get enough tickets for everyone that wants to come,” said Quickley. “I don’t think we can do it because there will be a lot of them wanting to come see Kentucky play. I think I had the biggest family group at the McDonald’s and again in the Bahamas.” Those family members were decked out in Kentucky gear in Atlanta and again in the Bahamas. Nitrease Quickley, the UK freshman guard’s mother, says that won’t change. “We all love Kentucky and having Immanuel at Kentucky,” she said. “You can tell that coach Cal ( John Calipari) cares about the kids he has chosen to be part of the Kentucky family. He made that clear during recruiting. Coach Cal also takes time for people. He would send Immanuel inspirational quotes and motivational sayings when he was recruiting him. Coach really works at building kids up and we all like that.” Nitrease Quickley enjoys engaging with fans because she knows the game and appreciates the support for her son. She’s a former player at Morgan State who scored over 1,000 points in high school.

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“She was really good in college, too,” Immanuel Quickley said. “That’s all I know … except that she can’t beat me.” She did coach his basketball team from the time he was 6 years old until he was 10. “The good thing about that is that I got to take all the shots,” the

UK freshman said. “Seriously, I hear all the time what a delightful lady she is. She is an upbeat person, always positive. “But my mom is definitely not the one who spoils me. My aunt and my grandmother spoil me but my mom is always straight forward and keeps it real with me all the time. Academics, church, basketball, everything.” Nitrease Quickley wants Kentucky fans to know how much playing for the Cats means to him. “He loves God and loves his family. I think he’s a really nice kid. He’s a great big brother to his sister Shiloah,” she said. “I think what makes him really special is he’s a humble kid that knows only a few have been chosen or selected to be a part of Big Blue Nation. I don’t think he takes that invite lightly. He knows he has been blessed and favored with the opportunity that some kids only dream of receiving.” Quickley’s mother adds, “The past two summers Immanuel has traveled to Spain and Africa representing our nation, so he is no stranger to learning to play with and against the best players in our country. UK fans can look for nothing less than 110 percent effort when he is on the court because he knows the greatest stat is not rebounds, points, nor steals. It’s winning the game.” “When he plays not only is he capable of scoring, but he is known for making all of the players around him better. Immanuel is a good decision maker and thinker on the court and he just has a knack for finding ways to help his team win.” Nitrease with her son, Immanuel Quickley at the McDonald’s All-American Game. (Larry Vaught Photo)


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By Jen Roytz

U.S. DRESSAGE FINALS November 8 - 11 Kentucky Horse Park

Often likened to equine ballet, dressage is an equestrian sport that epitomizes horse training, as horses and riders perform pre-determined patterns and movements aimed at displaying the athleticism and trainability of the horse. The best dressage competitors from around the country will converge in Lexington for the U. S. Dressage Federation’s U.S. Dressage Finals, where they will compete for year-end championship honors. General admission is free and open to the public and VIP seating is available by reservation. Learn more at usdf.org/usdressagefinals.

BOMB-PROOFING THE MOUNTED PATROL WAY November 10 | 9am - 4pm Hagyard Equine Medical Institute

Have you ever wondered how police horses are trained to be unflappable in even the most chaotic, stressful situations? The Kentucky Equine Humane Center will host a clinic for horse owners and horse lovers aimed at teaching the skills and techniques that will help your horse be steadier and more dependable on trails, at shows and in other unfamiliar environments. Tickets are available both for those who want to take part in the clinic with their horse and those who wish to watch and learn from the sidelines. Order tickets at eventbrite.com using the key phrase “Bomb-Proofing the Mounted Patrol Way.”

BLUEGRASS ROCKIN’ RODEO

November 16 - 17 | 5pm Kentucky Horse Park - Alltech Arena

SOUTHERN LIGHTS STROLL November 15 | 6:30pm Kentucky Horse Park

One of the most coveted traditions in the region, the Kentucky Horse Park’s Southern Lights display kicks off the 2018 holiday season with their annual Southern Lights Stroll, a 5K run-walk at dusk through the more than three miles of Kentucky-themed light displays showcased in the splendid landscape of the Kentucky Horse Park. After the Stroll, guests are invited to enjoy mini-trail rides, refreshments, drawings and more. The first 2,000 5K registrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. For more information, visit khpfoundation.org.

Cheer on nearly 100 cowboys and cowgirls as they rope, race around barrels, ride bucking bulls and broncs and more. In addition to the fast-paced rodeo action, attendees can enjoy Kentucky Proud food, craft beer, bourbon and shopping. For more information, go to kyhorsepark.gov.

BLESSING OF THE HOUNDS

November 24 | 9 - 11am Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill Join Shaker Village and the Long Run Woodford Hounds fox hunters for one of the oldest traditions in equestrian sport—the blessing of the hounds, horses, riders and the fox, followed by the first meet of the formal hunting season. Guests can enjoy à la carte ham biscuits, bloody marys and Irish coffee alongside roaring outdoor fire pits, and kids will have plenty of opportunities to pet horses and dogs. Tickets for the Blessing of the Hounds are included in the admission price for Shaker Village. Learn more at shakervillageky.org.

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OCTOBER PREVIEW PARTY Skin Secrets | October 3 topsinlex.com Photos by Ron Morrow

TIFFANY SHROPSHIRE, ERIKA MUSIC, JAMES LAGREW, KATIE HART, PEGGY RICHARDS, KATIE PERDUE, KIMBERLY COLBERT AND SARAH ZABAWA

VIVIAN LASLEY & PHILLIP IRVIN BIBBS MINA & RAYMOND BOYD, PATRICK DAVEY

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DESIGNER SHOWCASE 3330 Versailles Rd, Lexington | September 20 Benefiting Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass ombuddy.org/designer-showcase Photos by Tracie Dillon

BRIAN DUFRESNE, ALICE & GARY DEHNER

TROY LYONS

MARK MCBRIDE AND LORI JOHNSON

KRISTY AND TJ ANDERSON

SUNNI BROWN AND RASHMI ADI-BROWN

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LEGISLATIVE APPRECIATION DINNER Spindletop Hall | September 27 kyfb.com Photos by Woody Phillips

SEAN & JENNIFER MILLARD

RALPH & DAWN ALVARADO AND JULIE WAITS

REGINALD THOMAS AND RON MACK

JENNIFER HUDNALL, BONNIE EADS, LINDA TUCKER AND DANIELLE MILBERN

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LEGISLATIVE APPRECIATION DINNER Spindletop Hall | September 27 kyfb.com Photos by Woody Phillips

RANDY LUTKE AND ANDI JOHNSON

ROBERT ELAM, GLORIA MARTIN AND JANE ELAM

LUCY VANMETER AND SUSAN WESTROM

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NANCY COX AND LAURA PREWITT

JUDI BLAKE AND SERENA GILKISON


BILLY VAN PELT AND CHAS MARTIN

WILLIAM & CARRIE MCINTOSH

COURTNEY HENDERSON AND RYAN MCCORD

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FUNDING HOPE The Galerie, Versailles | September 22 biacentralky.com Photos by Ruth Weinstock

TRISTAN HODGES, AMBER KENNOY AND KATE JONES

JIM & AMIE BLAKE

AMYA CATCHING

JULIE & TODD JOHNSON

SANDY BECK AND BRENDA VANCE

LIZ & BRUCE MAYBRIAR

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HORSES WORK FOR KY

EQUINES AND TOURISM IN KY Castle & Key Distillery | October 2 horseswork.com Photos by Woody Phillips

PRICE BELL

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ELISABETH JENSEN AND JOHN COX

STEPHANIE ARNOLD AND MARY QUINN RAMER

REGINA STIVERS AND FRED SARVER

WILL AND BETTY JANE GLASSCOCK

ADRIENNE WATTS AND ROSS BOGGESS


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Southland Christian Church | October 20 Benefiting Wendall Gill gofundme.com/help-for-a-deserving-man Photos by Woody Phillips BITSY, JOYCE AND BUZZY TENNEY

MARY LOY AND MICHELLE WILLIAMS

JUSTIN GILL

WENDALL AND DENNY GILL

TODD OLDFIELD AND THERESA FAIN

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KEENELAND FALL MEET

Keeneland | October 5-27 keeneland.com Photos by Paul Atkinson, Ron Morrow and Danny Pendleton

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LASSO A DREAM The Grand Reserve | October 19 Benefiting the Foster Care Council thefostercarecouncil.com Photos byWoody Phillips

LINDY HESTER, CINDY GUCKIAN AND CHRISTY JONES

_CASSIE & JOHN SLONE MELINDA DRAKE, DEANN STEPHENS AND PAULA ELDER

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JONATHAN NOEL

CONNIE WELLS AND TONYA WIDMER


JAY ROMINE

AL YOUNG

ADRIAN MESSERLI AND TOM WHAYNE

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CAMP OUT GALA Blue Grass Stockyards | October 18 camphorsinaround.org Photos by Ron Morrow

MARIA FERA, CHRIS MAYS AND BRENDA HARRIS

CLAIRE CROUCH AND MARILYN SWINFORD NANCY & CARY BLAYDES, ANDY & PEGGY HENDERSON

LUKE MORGAN AND LOU ANNA RED CORN

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MID NOV.- EARLY JAN.

The Go Red for Women Experience

6pm Rupp Arena

8:30am-1pm Lexington Convention Center Fifteen years ago, Go Red For Women was born as a campaign to raise awareness among women about their great health threat – heart disease. The Go Red for Women luncheon continues to serve as the cornerstone event of the Go Red For Women movement in local communities. The Go Red for Women Experience in Lexington features a Discovery Village and three interactive educational forums, a heart healthy lunch, a heartwarming survivor fashion show and fun and excitement with other women from central Kentucky and beyond!

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NOVEMBER 9

10am, 2pm & 6pm Rupp Arena

7pm The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass Kick off the holiday season in style! Enjoy seasonal music and more as the one and only Santa Claus makes a special appearance to light their Christmas tree. The first 200 kids under 10 receive a special holiday goodie bag.

Winter Ice Village

From November through the beginning of January, the lawn at Triangle Park welcomes the Unified Trust Company Ice Rink. Take to the ice in the glow of Lexington’s official Christmas Tree bringing a unique experience for guests and locals of all ages. Learn more at DowntownLex.com.

NOVEMBER 6 Paw Patrol Live!

Paw Patrol Live!

NOVEMBER 8

Peppermints & Pearls Holiday Shopping Boutique 5:30-9pm Lexington Christian Academy

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jr. 7pm Lexington Opera House

Tree Lighting Event

All-In to End Cancer: Casino Night 6:30pm The Grand Reserve

Girls on the Run Silent Disco 6pm-9pm The Mane on Main


Home Free: Timeless World Tour

UK Opera Theatre: Silent Night

7:30pm EKU Center for the Arts

7:30pm Singletary Center

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jr.

NOVEMBER 11

7pm & 2pm Lexington Opera House

Peppermints & Pearls Holiday Shopping Boutique 12pm-7pm Lexington Christian Academy

Barrels & Broads Ladies Night 6:30pm Copper Roux

UK Men’s Basketball vs Southern Illinois 7pm Rupp Arena

UK Opera Theatre: Silent Night 7:30pm Singletary Center

NOVEMBER 10 Jeff Dunham

5pm Rupp Arena

Arty Party: Jessie Laine Powell 7pm LexArts on Mill

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jr.

Cnetral Kentucky Free to Breathe Run/Walk 12:30pm Coldstream Park

Bob Dylan and His Band 8pm EKU Center for the Arts

UK Opera Theatre: Silent Night 2pm Singletary Center

NOVEMBER 14

UK Men’s Basketball vs North Dakota 9pm Rupp Arena

Peppa Pig Live! 6pm EKU Center for the Arts

NOVEMBER 15 Southern Light Stroll

Johnny Carino’s Hoops for Hope

4:30pm Rupp Arena Save lives and shoot hoops at Rupp – it’s a win-win! You and your teammates will have five minutes to hoop it up and rebuild lives on the Rupp Arena floor during the third annual Johnny Carino’s Hoops for Hope to benefit the Hope Center.

NOV. 16 - DEC. 31 Southern Lights

Kentucky Horse Park This spectacular display of lights is a holiday tradition in the Bluegrass. It returns this year with even more fun. For details, visit khpfoundation.org.

NOVEMBER 16 Signature Chefs Auction

6:30pm Marriott Griffin Gate Resort and Spa

Elf: The Musical

7:30pm Lexington Opera House

5pm Kentucky Horse Park

Lexington Philharmonic: Made in America

Straight No Chaser

Bluegrass Rockin’ Rodeo

8pm Lexington Opera House

7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

6pm-11:30pm Kentucky Horse Park

7pm Lexington Opera House

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


CALENDAR // NOV-DEC Holiday Open House

Ruffles and Rust Expo

6pm-8pm Lexington Green

9am-5pm The Grand Reserve The Ruffles and Rust Expo features over 100 vendors from several different states and brings them to one location. These are juried vendors that offer a carefully curated treasure trove of furniture, home decor, jewelry, boutique apparel and handcrafted goods, each chosen specifically for quality and mix.

NOVEMBER 17 Lights Up

5pm-9pm The Summit at Fritz Farm Join The Summit for Lights Up: Santa’s Arrival! Santa will land by their Man o’ War entrance, near Louis’ Flower Power at 6pm. He will make his way down Candy Cane Lane to their Vendor Village. Enjoy kid crafts, adult beverages, sElfie stations, carolers and more during this festive evening.

37th Annual Kentucky Book Fair 9am-4pm Kentucky Horse Park

REO Speedwagon 7:30pm EKU Center for the Arts

Elf: The Musical 1pm & 7:30pm Lexington Opera House

Improbable Baubles Opening Celebration 1pm-3pm Headley-Whitney Museum of Art

UK Football vs Middle Tennssee Koger Field

NOVEMBER 18 Vince Gill

Norton Center for the Arts

Elf: The Musical 1pm & 6pm Lexington Opera House

Ruffles and Rust Expo 9am-5pm The Grand Reserve

NOVEMBER 19 Bill Nye The Science Guy

8pm Singletary Center for the Arts

NOVEMBER 21

UK Men’s Basketball vs Winthrop University 1pm Rupp Arena

NOVEMBER 23

Luminate Lexington: Holiday Market & Lexington’s Official Tree Lighting Ceremony 3pm-7pm Triangle Park

UK Men’s Basketball vs Tennessee State University 7pm Rupp Arena

NOV. 27 - DEC. 3 GoodGiving Challenge Week

bggives.org The GoodGiving Challenge is an online giving campaign designed to engage the entire community and to make charitable giving easy and fun. Now in its seventh year, the Challenge is a partnership between Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing. The 2017 GoodGiving Challenge raised over $1.4 million in partnership with 120 participating nonprofits.

NOVEMBER 28

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

NOVEMBER 29 Lighting of the Trace

5:30pm-8:30pm Buffalo Trace Distillery

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Kiss a Pig

A Kentucky Christmas at Ashland

Pucker up for a cure! This adorable event invites local celebrities to kiss a pig to help support the American Diabetes Foundation.

12pm-7:30pm The Henry Clay Estate Visitors check off their gift list from a wide array of Kentucky artisan offerings at the outdoor Christmas Market, take selfies with Santa, see the illumination of the house and trees, then stay and tour the Mansion by Candlelight.

5pm Barrel House Distilling Company

NOVEMBER 30 Holly Day Market 2018

10am-7pm Lexington Center Mark your calendars for the 12th annual Lexington Junior League Holly Day Market from November 30th - December 2nd, 2018. The Holly Day Market brings together vendors from across the country to Lexington for one weekend to give shoppers the opportunity to buy holiday gifts in one spectacular location: the Lexington Center.

The Roadshow Christmas 7pm Rupp Arena

Arty Party: The Art of Politics

6:30pm Davis/Scorsone Residence

DECEMBER 1 Holly Day Market 2018

10am-7pm Lexington Center

Harry Connick, Jr.

DECEMBER 5

Haelstorm & In This Moment 7pm Rupp Arena

DECEMBER 6 Trees and Traditions

Collage: A Holiday Spectacular 2pm & 7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

UK Men’s Basketball vs University of North Carolina at Greensboro 4pm Rupp Arena

DECEMBER 2 Holly Day Market 2018

11am-5pm Lexington Center

Collage: A Holiday Spectacular 3pm Singletary Center for the Arts

DECEMBER 4

Lexington’s Christmas Parade 7pm Downtown

2pm-7pm Waveland

Trans-Siberian Orchestra 7:30pm Rupp Arena

DECEMBER 7 Nutcracker on Ice

6pm Lexington Ice Center

Alabama with Ricky Skaggs & The Kentucky Headhunters 6:30pm Rupp Arena

Lexington Singers present “Messiah: a Christmas Story” 7:30pm Singletary Center

DECEMBER 8

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

7:30pm EKU Center for the Arts

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


CALENDAR // DEC-FEB Story Time with Mrs. Claus

Lexington Ballet Company: The Nutcracker

10:30am Waveland

7:30pm Lexington Opera House

Ashland Christmas Candlelight Tour 5:30pm-7:30pm The Henry Clay Estate

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

DECEMBER 12

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical 7:30pm EKU Center for the Arts

DECEMBER 14 Reindeer Express The Nest

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

DECEMBER 15

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

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

An Acoustic Evening with Jason Isbell 8pm EKU Center for the Arts

UK Men’s Basketball vs Utah 5pm Rupp Arena

DECEMBER 16 Ozuna

8pm Rupp Arena

Lexington Ballet Company: The Nutcracker 2pm Lexington Opera House

DECEMBER 17

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

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DECEMBER 21

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

Planetarium Pop-Up: Season of Light

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

DECEMBER 22

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

DECEMBER 23

Lexington Ballet Company: The Nutcracker 2pm Lexington Opera House

DECEMBER 29

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


JANUARY 5

JANUARY 18

JANUARY 26

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

8pm Lexington Opera House

6pm Rupp Arena

Concert with the Stars

JANUARY 8

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

JANUARY 11 Martin and Martin

8pm Rupp Arena Legendary actors and comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short are teaming up for a very special night of live comedy and music.

JANUARY 12

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

Kinky Boots

JANUARY 19 Kinky Boots

2pm & 8pm Lexington Opera House

JANUARY 20 Kinky Boots

1pm & 6:30pm Lexington Opera House

Harlem Globetrotters 3pm Rupp Arena

JANUARY 22

UK Men’s Basketball vs Mississippi State University 7pm Rupp Arena

JANUARY 25 American Girl

7pm Lexington Opera House

UK Men’s Basketball vs University of Kansas American Girl

11am, 3pm & 7pm Lexington Opera House

FEBRUARY 2 Winter Jam

6pm Rupp Arena

FEBRUARY 5

UK Men’s Basketball vs University of South Carolina 7pm Rupp Arena

FEBRUARY 9

Lexington Ballet Company: Sleeping Beauty 2pm & 7:30pm

FEBRUARY 12

UK Men’s Basketball vs Louisiana State University 7pm Rupp Arena

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


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Steve Zahn at Keeneland

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Andre & Kasia Pater with the 2018 Polo Classic event folder featuring his painting, Kinetic Contact, at the dedication of the National Sporting Library & Museum’s Polo Wall of Honor

Janet Beard and Emmanel Washington at the Urban League’s 50 Year Celebration

Angela Evans, Melissa Moore Murphy and Libby Messer at Ladypalooza

Keeneland See Blue Day

Coach Matthew Mitchell at Big Blue Madness

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