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Picnic with the Pops

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Remarkable Remodels

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TOP 5 Dining: Food Trucks

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FloriCULTURE: Fall Flourish

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New & Noteworthy: Peplum

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Womanista: Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

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Color Catalog: Behr’s Fine Wine

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FUNDAMENTALS 144

LIFE + STYLE 114

Saddle Up Style

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Wow Wedding: Ashley + Robert

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Weddings Unveiled: Bare it All

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Equine 101

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Pets: Moving

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The Equestrians

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Horse Country

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BBN: Does Stoops have the Winning Ticket?

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Micah & Danielle Harris

Hana Toupin, Terri McLean and Courtney Elbert

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Remarkable Remodels

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At Home

Tour of Homes:

DUNBRODY FARM By Michelle Aiello | Photos by Shaun Ring

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n March 2017, Conor and Nathalie McCaughley and their children Vanessa (11), Jack (6), and Abigail (18); moved into their dream home. With 10-foot ceilings, decorative finish details and trim work, oversized crown molding and baseboards, the 6,500 square foot estate has the look of timeless construction, even though it was just built. And at just fifteen minutes from downtown and in the midst of beautiful Bluegrass horse country, the McCaughley home is truly the best of both worlds.

Conor was a trainer for Greengate Farms before founding his building company, Eirecon LLC, in 2001. Under his and Nathalie’s direction, the home was built over the course of ten months. Since Eirecon specializes in both residential and equine facilities, they were able to create a customized home for the family, plus a competition size arena with dustless surface, and a 14-stall Sport Horse barn. Nathalie McCaughley, who is an Executive Vice-President with General Electric, said that both she and her husband grew up with horses. Originally from France and Ireland respectively, the couple built their home with the intention of getting back into the equine environment. Nathalie explained that aside from their family’s needs (“Our daughter Vanessa is an avid rider and has three horses on site, and our son plays baseball and flag football”), another major reason for building the barn was to accommodate both local boarders and seasonal boarders from Florida for the

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show season at the Kentucky Horse Park. Since the home was built from scratch, the McCaughleys had the opportunity to design a floor plan that truly reflected their needs and lifestyle. It had to feel cozy, and it was important to invest in building it in a way that would be cost effective, including a geothermal cooling and heating system and spray foam insulation. They worked with Lexington design firm Schnabel Cashman Interiors –owned by Jennifer Schnabel, Julie Cashman and Elizabeth Schnabel. “We handle all projects as a team,” said Schnabel Cashman. “We enjoy working closely with our clients to create interiors that are a reflection of each individual’s aesthetic goal. Nathalie was a pleasure to work with. She had an excellent vision of an equestrian manor home with a European feel. We enjoyed helping her design and create her dream home. A home where she could entertain large groups of close friends and enjoy her family.”


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“The Schnabel Cashman design team helped us with the space planning of the first floor,” said Nathalie. From the beginning Nathalie knew the look she wanted and how she wanted the house to function; she just needed assistance getting there. “The first time we met, I knew they were going to listen and advise me without telling me my ideas were bad,” she laughed. A major goal was to emulate the style of older French country manors—tones of light blue and cream accented by black lacquered interior doors. She created a Pinterest board for each room of the house, and handed it off to the design team so they could get a feel for the style. As in many older homes, the doors and ceilings are all ornamented with beautiful trim, and the front door is framed in what Nathalie describes as a “beautiful custom fan light.” That was a “must have” that nearly fell through because of the cost involved, but Nathalie maintains that it was worth it. Schnabel Cashman said, “We spent a lot of time discussing the architectural details. Conor loves trim work and wanted it to look very classic and timeless. Well designed and fabricated trim work is what can set a well-constructed home apart. The trim carpenter, Jeff Lynch, fabricated a beautiful finished product -- the attention to detail shows.”

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One of Nathalie’s biggest “must haves” was the Stark needlepoint wool runner for the staircase. “I said, ‘No matter how the big picture looks in the end, I’d like to have an animal print runner on the foyer stairs,’” said Nathalie. “I wanted it to be classy and soothing, with a little spice here and there.” To incorporate the runner (fabricated by Carpet Works), Schnabel Cashman began pulling in pops of black for the doors, the stairs and banister. The look came together beautifully. TOPS Magazine | September 2017

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On the main level, to the right and left of the staircase are the living room and dining room. Both echo a European manor home with pale blue walls, and custom furniture and accessories. The designers carefully selected several French antiques in honor of Nathalie’s heritage. Four antique French maps hang in the living room, along with an antique gilded mirror and chandelier.

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ADS The formal dining room’s Lee Jofa toile wallpaper adds an updated classic touch. Nathalie explained, “Since I’m French and my husband is Irish, when our relatives come from Europe they all stay here with us. We don’t entertain a lot, but when we do, we have forty or forty-five people here.”

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Like many families, out of all the rooms in their home, the McCaughleys spend the most time in the kitchen. “I love to cook, with my family hanging out close by, so it made sense to have a large kitchen,” said Nathalie. Designed by Schnabel Cashman and Kitchen Concepts and decorated in tones of crisp white with pops of blue, the spacious, sunny room is as beautiful as it is functional. Conor casually mentioned one of the kitchen’s most ingenious details - the large, central island (from Kentucky Marble and Granite) is moveable. “We just put it on furniture pads,” he said. The adjoining butler’s pantry (not pictured) is painted a striking shade of deep cobalt and features gold-toned hardware for a luxurious look, and to the left of the kitchen is an extra large mudroom (not pictured) for all of the kids’ belongings. “Since the kids are heavily involved in different activities such as horse riding, baseball, flag football, and soccer, it made sense to plan a very large mudroom that could accommodate this dynamic,” said Nathalie. 60

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Just off the kitchen is a charming half bath with Chenonceau wallpaper from Schumacher and antique gold accents.

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At Home Unlike many homeowners who have done a custom build, the McCaughleys chose not to make the floor plan of the kitchen and family room an open concept. “I wanted to have the luxury of isolating the kitchen mess from the great room when I cook,” said Nathalie. “Plus, if you think about it, it gets pretty noisy when you have everything open.”

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Both the kitchen and family room offer views of the expansive back patio area, which overlooks the beautiful rolling hills of horse country. Brick pavers in a traditional Herringbone pattern, a row of white columns and a light blue painted bead board ceiling evoke the warm southern style of the property on which this home sits. “We wanted (the outdoor space) to be very wide and large to both enjoy the view and entertain,” said Nathalie. For landscaping (designed by Tay Breene and maintained by the Crase Group), they went simple and elegant: “We wanted minimum maintenance with lots of green and some white hydrangeas.” In a stroke of luck, the outdoor area, which is wired for sound, is situated in such a way that there is almost always a breeze. Since Conor works in the building industry, he used his insider knowledge to make small, cost-effective changes. For example he used LED stairwell lights to illuminate the patio from above, which are much less expensive than outdoor LEDs.

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The bold staircase leads to a landing that has been painted white with dark hardwood flooring for a touch of contrast. The dark floorboards are irregularly sized, the way you might see in an old European manor. Antique gold sconces with a tassel detail illuminate the space. “I love tassels,” Nathalie said. Dual oval windows overlook the outdoor scenery. “The addition of the oval windows helped to create a classic designed home that looked more old than new” said Schnabel Cashman.

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The second level consists of a master bedroom, three other bedrooms, and a guest corridor. The master bedroom and guest room both have adjoining balconies and baths.

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The master bath is outfitted in Carrara marble with a soaking tub, his-and-her vanities and a beautiful shower.

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“ “It’s really a dream come true.” The family has only lived in the home for a short time, but it’s clearly a place where everyone loves to be. As Nathalie put it, “It’s really a dream come true. We’ve wanted to create this home for many years but never thought the opportunity would arise – an equestrian estate, with a Kentucky horse farm view, and in this area (Old Richmond Road/Delong/ Walnut Hill), just minutes from downtown. When asked about her favorite element of the home, she said, “The fact that it was designed by us, for us. Over the course of a week, our family uses every space in this house at some point. We have been here for five months now, and there is not one thing we would change. I guess we can call it a success!”

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CREATIVE KITCHEN & BATH Kitchen Renovation in Chevy Chase

Describe what the space was like before the update: This 1990’s kitchen had outdated cabinetry, a tired color scheme and was closed off from the rest of the house. What was the biggest challenge you faced with this project? This kitchen has a minimalist design so making all the materials clean and streamlined was challenging. What were the homeowners’ wishes for the space? How did you make their CK&B Team dreams come true? The homeowner wanted a simple, modern and open show stopper of a kitchen. They also wanted unique design touches like a yellow range and a concrete sink. The first step in achieving these wishes was opening up all the walls. We installed the hood in front of the windows to make a statement with a yellow Bertazzoni range to set it off. What was the biggest change that was made? The biggest change is the outside and inside fitting together in one new space. The kitchen now feels a part of the rest of the home. What is your favorite part or detail of this project? My favorite parts are the island with the waterfall edge and the floating shelves.

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THE WINDOW SOURCE Replacing Old Chipped and Drafty Windows

Describe what the space was like before the update: This home had outdated windows that let a lot of heating and cooling energy escape.

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What was the biggest challenge you faced with this project? Keeping the architectural look for this beautiful home. What were the homeowners’ wishes for the space? How did you make their dreams come true? The homeowners needed affordability, quality and energy efficiency. They also wanted maintenance-free windows that would never need painting. We gave them all this plus added curb appeal with the updated windows. What was the biggest change that was made? We removed three smaller windows and created a larger opening which brightens up the living space and offers beautiful views of the adjacent lake and golf course.

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What is your favorite part or detail of this project? The two large picture windows on the rear of the house that enhanced the already beautiful view!


KITCHEN CONCEPTS Total Kitchen Makeover for a Great Family!

Describe what the home was like before the update: The kitchen in this 30-year old home in Hartland was lined with traditional oak cabinetry. It lacked functionality, storage, and aesthetics. What was the biggest challenge of the project? The biggest challenge on this project was designing a kitchen and butler pantry space that was not only beautiful but also very functional for an on-the-go family. What were the homeowners’ biggest wishes for the space? How did you make their dreams come true? Clay Leavell The cabinetry storage maximizes every inch of the kitchen and butler pantry while still keeping an elegant look. The refrigerator and freezer are flanked by two pantries with decorative antique glass panels giving the appearance of a piece of fine furniture. The separate work zones in this kitchen allow for very functional spaces which is what the homeowners wanted to achieve. Family time in the kitchen space was of the utmost importance to these customers and this layout accommodates exactly that. What was your favorite part of the room? Why? My favorite part of this project is that even though the entire home was renovated with new, updated, bright vibrant colors, the aesthetics of the home stayed very comfortable. Mixing the original rich mature traditional feel of the existing home with more clean-modern products gives a great blend of beauty. I enjoy designing a space when it is important to a homeowner to keep some of the original feel of the home intact.

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What was the biggest change of the project? The biggest change on this project is the amount of storage space that was gained, as well as the clean bright feeling that was given to the room. The original oak cabinets blended with the floors, giving no pop of color or contrast to the space. The new beaded inset wall cabinets, White Peony in color, are stacked to the ceiling, giving a rich but bright and timeless look to the kitchen. TOPS Magazine | September 2017

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INTERIOR SOLUTIONS + CAROL PIPPEN INTERIOR DESIGN

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Renovation of Castle Post

BEFORE Describe what the space was like before the update: The finishes were dark and had the medieval feel of a castle, but also seemed gloomy. What was the biggest challenge of the project? It was a challenge choosing finishes that complimented the medieval style of this true castle, while bringing in modern and light colors. The owners wanted to create a sense of authenticity and quality to a neglected space. What were the owners’ biggest wishes for the castle? How did you make their dreams come true? Interior Solutions The owner wanted the space to feel like a retreat— with Carol Pippen somewhere that people from all over the world and locals Interior Design alike would want to spend time. They had a vision of elegance with classic design and we worked closely with them on selections that would blend with their vision. What was the biggest change that was made? The lack of cohesion was unsettling; the space had chaotic elements of design from different time periods, regions and styles. We wanted it to make sense. The dark and heavy feel is gone. It’s light and airy now that the dark carpet has been removed and the space is filled with neutral finishes. What is your favorite part or detail of this project? We especially love the all white ballroom tile with the alternating gloss and matte finishes laid in a checkerboard pattern. It was wonderful to see this project’s swift turnaround. It’s amazing what can happen when everyone is working hard to execute a vision. Overall, we just loved being a part of the transformation of a local landmark. The Castle is a beautiful treasure and unique to our area. It was a privilege to be a part of this exciting project.

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FEEL@HOME..STAGING PROS Staging of a Vacant Home!

Describe what the space was like before the update: Blah and golden oak. What was the biggest challenge you faced with this project? The huge golden oak look in kitchen, floors and cabinets. Even MaryAnne though they are perhaps fine hickoSimmons ry quality, matching the golden oak stained floors proved to be too much of one color. What were the clients’ wishes for the space? How did you make their vision come true? Create a “WOW” factor to attract buyers to this great home. What was the biggest change that was made? The darker rug and darker table and chairs broke up that color of golden oak. What is your favorite part or detail of this project? Changing the vacant look to one of more spacious elegance upon entrance to the house.

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DESIGN LINK RT’s Pavilion at the Signature Club of Lansdowne

Describe what the space was like before the update: A kind of fun and whimsical take on a Tiki Hut! But, the owners wanted to create a more transitional space that had the flexibility to serve a variety of functions. What was the biggest challenge of the project? Finding a way to blend some of the current traditional Jessica Cull architectural features of the Club with the new modern feel the owners wanted to produce. By mixing the existing column detail with a clean, white shiplap and richly stained beams, we were able to create a space that blends seamlessly into the existing environment. What were the clients’ biggest wishes for the space? How did you make their vision come true? They wanted to create a modern, comfortable outdoor space for their members to enjoy! Mixing details like cushioned hanging beds, a large bar area, family style dining, and other cozy lounge areas allowed us to create a variety of spaces for friends and families to relax and enjoy time together. What was your favorite part of the room? Why? My favorite feature was the addition of the hanging beds! I love that it’s a unique way to relax out of the sun on a hot day or pile up with a group of friends in the evening for a glass of wine. Either way, just a fun, unique way to unwind! What was the biggest change of the project? The biggest change was the exterior! As you can see from the before and after images, the Tiki Hut was much smaller in scale and lacked the modern appearance that the new pavilion offers.

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BENEZET & ASSOCIATES

State of KY Office Fitup (80,000 sq. ft.) Describe what the space was like before the update: Prior to the renovations the space was completely outdated. This was the first upgrade the building had seen since the late 1970’s/early 1980’s. What was the biggest challenge of the project? The biggest challenge was updating and integrating the old and new systems throughout the building. The building had to have new electric, plumbing, and HVAC, as well as a cosmetic overhaul! What were the clients’ biggest wishes for the space? How did you make their vision come true? We worked closely with the owner and their tenant to achieve the total renovations in a quick and cost effective manner. We achieved the clients’ goal of completing the fit-up in approximately 6 months! What was your favorite part of the project? Why? How quickly our team was able to complete the project. From erecting the walls to the final clean, we accomplished our tenants goal of a 6 month completion. Working with knowledgeable clients definitely made the process easier. What was the biggest change of the project? The whole 80,000+/- sq. ft. was completely renovated. I would have to say the whole job was a huge change.

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Complete Home Remodel in Chevy Chase Describe what the space was like before the update: The house was in desperate need of a face-lift when purchased. The layout of the house made it feel too small and the interior was outdated. What was the biggest challenge of the project? There were many structural issues to overcome as well as installing a bathroom in what was previously a sitting area. What were the clients’ biggest wishes for the space? How did you make their vision come true? Our goal was to make the home feel open and inviting by tearing out walls throughout the home, refinishing floors and repainting. We completely redesigned the upstairs to be a gorgeous master bedroom and bathroom. The kitchen was transformed by installing brand new counter tops, stainless steel appliances and island with Carrara marble. What was your favorite part of the room? Why? Adding the master bedroom and bathroom on the second floor and turning unusable space into a gorgeous space to live.

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What was the biggest change of the project? Opening up the main floor to create a better flow from the living room to the kitchen and dining room.

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PLATINUM ROOFING Beautiful New Replacement Roof

Describe what the space was like before the update: The roof was old after years of exposure to the elements and recently damaged from wind and hail. Damage caused various spots for water to penetrate and leak into the house, which further caused interior damage for the homeowner. What were the homeowners’ wishes for the tinum oo ng space? How did you make their dreams come Team true? Since we maintain an excellent working relationship with major insurance providers, we were able to get to work on their roof fast. We worked with the appraiser and billed the insurance company directly, eliminating a major source of worry for the client. It’s all part of the service you should expect from your roofing company.

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What was the biggest change that was made? The entire roof was replaced, which resolved issues with interior leaks. What is your favorite part or detail of this project? Providing the homeowners with a beautiful new roof in a timely manner. TOPS Magazine | September 2017

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ere we are on the doorsteps of fall. Soon, we will be trading the lake and shorts for football and hoodies. This is truly one of my favorite times of the year, when Mother Nature slowly starts to put herself to sleep for the winter. Annuals and perennials fade and trees shine in their autumn color. It’s hard not to fall in love with fall. For gardeners though, it’s the start of an end. Those beds of color that we have worked so hard for all season will soon fade and the cleanup will begin. Containers once full of beauty are going to be emptied and replaced with a single mum in hopes of pulling a few more weeks of color out of the dirt. The season doesn’t have to end with the last blooms on a chrysanthemum. Utilizing cold tolerant plants, incorporating other materials and making use of unconventional themed containers can expand the fall into a season full of color and texture, squeezing a little more beauty out of Mother Nature. If you are like most, when you go to plant your fall containers you head straight for the mums and pansies. You know they are reliable and extremely easy. Toss the mum in the container and you are done. This year, try something new. Plants like snapdragons, petunias and geraniums can hold up in cooler temperatures, up to the first hard freeze. These plants are normally associated with spring and are overlooked in the fall. They offer something a little different than the fall norm: colors that can be hard to find this time of year. In September, garden centers will start carrying a variety of plants that are not normally seen in fall containers, but don’t be scared to try them! Not everything that goes into a container during the fall has to be a plant. Take a step back and try to think outside the box. Small pumpkins, gourds and squash offer an amazing variety of colors and textures that will add a bit of flair to your container. Instead of planting a container to the gills, leave some space for a few small pumpkins or gourds in groups of two and three. This will give your container an amazing fall theme! Then there is the container itself. Though just tossing a few plants in the existing containers would be the easiest way to handle the season, you could pick a theme and run with it. Items like old wooden boxes, apple baskets and galvanized containers help pull a great “fall chic” look with little effort. Get creative! Unlike spring, if you want to use container which lacks drainage, simply leave the plants in the plastic containers they came in and dump any extra water out as needed. Fall is one of those times of year that you either love or dread. For gardeners, it’s usually the latter. To them, fall means an end to another year of having our hands in the dirt. It doesn’t have to be like that. With a little creativity, fall can turn into another season full of happiness and beautiful color.

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Surya Bedroom Tian Tian 50’’ x 67’’ Throwl My Favorite Things

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Much like a fine wine, many things get better with age. The same can be said for Behr’s Fine Wine. This timeless burgundy speaks nothing but elegance, adding a luxurious vibrancy to any room. Rich in both pigment and taste, Fine Wine can bring a dull room to life. Although attractive on its own, Fine Wine pairs seamlessly with colors of a lighter hue. Partner this dominating purple with a light neutral tone, such as a Moth Gray wall or rug to let the color shine. For a warmer look, integrate Golden Nectar into the decor as a throw pillow or curtain. For a stylish contrast, use Wasabi green to complement the lush purple. Together, the colors look stunning as a bright upholstered piece of furniture.

Lavender And Ivory Riley Sculpted Hand Towel World Market

Noble Excellence Soho Glazed Stoneware Coffee Mug Dillard’s

Whether the aesthetic of a space is meant to be vintage and cozy or modern and sleek, Behr’s Fine Wine is a color that truly stands the test of time.

Pair with: Graham Ottoman in Tagori Norwalk

Golden Nectar

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When Neshea, a young, single mother, came to Dress for Success Lexington she said she was shy, had low self-esteem and was lacking confidence. She never realized the impact that her experience with Dress for Success Lexington would have on her life nearly four years later.

In 2012, Analisa Wagoner, Co-Founder and Executive Director for Dress for Success Lexington, found herself at a crossroads with her career. She was unemployed and looking to give back to the community she grew up in.

Dress for Success works with women who are either unemployed or underemployed. The mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to thrive in work and in life.

“Since I grew up in Lexington, I wanted to do something to give back to the women in our community,” she said. “Dress for Success®, which is an international non-profit organization located in 146 cities in 26 countries around the world, was actively looking to open an affiliate here in Lexington. The timing was impeccable. Since opening our doors in October of 2013, Dress for Success Lexington has served close to 600 women, ranging in age from 16-72, many of whom don’t have their GED or high school diploma.”

Each client receives a suit when she has a job interview and she can return to Dress for Success Lexington for a week’s worth of clothing separates once she lands the job. Clients also have access to a career center, where they receive assistance with resume writing, interview preparation and other essential tools needed to be successful in the workplace. As Analisa explained, beyond providing clothing, Dress for Success Lexington aims to provide two of the most important things a woman needs when entering the job force – confidence and support.

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“Our goal is to empower women, and help change their lives, every day,” said Analisa. “A single mother of one in Kentucky needs to earn $36,000 annually to afford the basic essentials of housing, childcare, food and transportation, so Dress for Success Lexington gives women who need a helping hand the tools they need to provide a sustainable income for their families.” Neshea was the first Dress for Success Lexington client. Referred by Step by Step Lexington, one of 30 agencies with which Dress for Success has partnered with in the community, Neshea was eager to start working on job training and resume writing skills. “I thank Dress for Success Lexington for helping me get my job due to the fact the manager said they weren’t hiring,” Neshea said. “The manager said she was impressed with my resume and offered me a position.” Fast forward four years. Neshea has gotten her dream job and become involved as a mentor. She has also gotten married and moved into a new house.

Recycle the Runway Dress for Success Lexington’s annual fundraiser “Recycle the Runway”, presented by Remedy Intelligent Staffing, will return to the Grand Reserve on Tuesday, September 12. The fundraiser is an opportunity for professional and amateur designers to showcase their skills, and for the community to participate in an exciting and impactful afternoon. “A partnership between Remedy Staffing and Dress for Success Lexington makes perfect sense,” said Lynn Braker, franchise owner for Remedy Intelligent Staffing. “We have been placing women in jobs with Central Kentucky’s top companies for 23 years. Our team has witnessed the difference an outfit makes in an interview and daily work environment more times than we can count. One single outfit can certainly change a person’s entire journey.”

A donation to Dress for Success Lexington helps empower a deserving woman in need.

Did you know that a..? • $5 donation pays to dry clean an interview separate? • $10 donation buys a day of internet access in the Dress for Success Lexington Career Center to search for employment? • $50 donation provides one woman with one-on-one résumé guidance and mock interview sessions in the Dress for Success Lexington Career Center? • $100 donation allows one woman to work one-onone with a stylist consultant for the interview suiting, preparing her with a complete outfit for her interview?

As the most popular event of the year, Recycle the Runway’s Chair Candace French, and board vice chair of Dress for Success Lexington, anticipates another successful runway show with 150 in attendance and 15 amateur designers showcasing their designs. Guests will enjoy a “recycled” fashion show, where local designers will unveil runway-ready fashions made out of “unsuitable” garments. The one-of-a-kind creations will be featured on the runway and then judged by local fashion-savvy judges. New this year, the fashion show

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will have two guest judges, Emily Ho, of the popular Authentically Emmie fashion blog, and Sherri Mosley, the new owner of the local women’s fashion boutique, Carl Meyers. “These two women have such a passion for fashion, so having them join our judging team this year is such an exciting addition,” said Candace. “Proceeds from the fashion show benefit Dress for Success Lexington by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women thrive in work and life.”

“This was the client’s first job as she had spent her life being a mom to her amazing kids and taking care of the house,” Analisa said. “To continue to serve women in our community, Dress for Success Lexington is always looking for donations of both time and money, all of which are used locally to benefit clients from many different situations.”

Each year, Recycle the Runway features two Dress for Success Lexington clients in their annual video and these two clients get to walk the runway. Neshea was the first Lexington client to tell her Dress for Success Lexington story and she was the first client to walk the runway at the very first Recycle the Runway event in 2013, and she returned to walk a subsequent year.

Clothing donations can be made by appointment on Thursdays from 1-4 p.m. Since Dress for Success Lexington provides clothing for both the interview and the job, they are in need of clean, current, new or nearly new clothing, shoes and accessories. Many of the clients are plus-sized, so donations of larger-sized clothing and shoes are always needed.

“At the Recycle the Runway fundraiser, I felt like a superstar and a local celebrity for a few weeks,” Neshea said. “My experience with Dress for Success Lexington has been a ‘wow moment’ in my life that words can’t really explain, but if I tried I would say, ‘honored.’ I will forever be grateful to be a part of the organization.”

Four times a year, Dress for Success Lexington has a sale that is open to the public. As Analisa explained, 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale go directly back into programming, like offering one-onone coaching and lunch and learns for current and past clients, and providing Dress for Success Lexington the opportunity to purchase items such as wide shoes and other specialty items like scrubs for healthcare professionals. Specific donation needs, as well as volunteer opportunities or upcoming sales, can be found on Dress for Success Lexington’s website (https://lexington.dressforsuccess.org) or by calling their office at (859) 231-7848. •

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Meet KRISTEN the Media:: Kennedy She hails from South Carolina, an hour inland from Myrtle Beach. Growing up, Kristen Kennedy thought she would pursue a career in medicine, until she did a job shadow with a surgeon in high school. “I thought I wanted to go into surgery but it’s lots of numbers, math, and science. I’m not good at that,” she said. It wasn’t until she shadowed a local news anchor that Kennedy put a career in broadcasting on her radar. She recalls meeting the local anchor for the first time... by Michelle Rauch Photos courtesy of Kristen Kennedy

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“She was sitting in an edit bay putting a story together for the evening news. She showed me how she pieced audio together and wrote. I thought that was the neatest thing. I was hooked,” Kennedy recalled. She went to school in North Carolina at Elon University, a small private university known for their communications department. Kennedy got her first job in television in Lubbock, TX. Two years later, she moved to Lexington to work at WKYT. “It feels like home to me. It’s very comfortable,” she said. Kennedy says the welcoming spirit of people in central Kentucky remind her of South Carolinians and that is one reason why she has been here for seven years. “This was going to be a stepping stone,” she said. But that all changed when Lee K. Howard, WKYT’s weekend sports anchor, moved to Lexington. The couple met in Lubbock. “We got engaged here. We got married here. We had a kid here. We bought a home here. This is home. We like it a lot,” Kennedy said.


Faces + Places Kennedy welcomed her first child last September. “I have so much respect and understanding for other mothers. I get it now. Before I wondered why they were tired and feeling like their time was going in all directions. Mom guilt is a real thing. I totally get that now,” she said. Baby Meg is in her discovery phase. “It’s fun to see how she looks at things. She is crawling and will be taking first steps soon,” she said. After the birth of her baby, Kennedy left the weekend anchor desk and moved to mornings where she anchors from the Alert Desk and then goes out and reports later in the morning. She enjoys meeting people and hearing their stories. Her favorites? “People who open their hearts. The average viewer may not remember that story, but you sure do,” she said.

“We got engaged here. We got married here. We had a kid here. This is home. We like it a lot!”

One of Kennedy’s first stories here is among her most memorable. The World Equestrian Games were in town. It was quite the welcome to Kentucky. “It felt like Disney Land at the Horse Park. We spent long days meeting people from all around the world. That was a lot of fun,” she said. Outside of work, Kennedy and her husband enjoy spending time downtown pushing Meg in her stroller. Thursday Night live is a favorite haunt for the family. They also enjoy visiting local restaurants. “That’s what I love about Lexington. They have such great local fare! They have amazing chefs. We are amateur foodies. We like to try different places,” she said. Running is another favorite pastime, although she admits she doesn’t get out as much now that she is a mother. “We want to get back into 5k’s. It’s slow going, but getting there,” she said. As for long term goals, Kennedy laughed and said, “To get Meg to her first birthday. That’s how I feel about long term now!” She says working at WKYT is like working with family. “From the anchors to the management, they really value you as a person,” she said. Kennedy was hired as a reporter, but says from day one she has been encouraged to grow. “They are incredibly kind in shaping that for me. They also make sure I am enjoying what I do they ask if I am having a good day,” she said. Work. Family. Community. It’s a combination that makes Kennedy happy to call Kentucky home. “We are really enjoying it here. We are in a good spot,” she said. •

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Peplum I had been hearing about Peplum, this awesome new boutique in Chevy Chase, for several weeks. When I walked in the door and met Lauren West, one of the owners, I instantly understood all the hype! The store itself is bright, beautiful and inviting — and Lauren is too! Plus, their inventory is fantastic. Peplum offers “nice easy price points” with styles that are both trendy and classic. “We did a ton of research,” West said. “I looked in my own closet to see what brands I was wearing and then started doing research on those brands. Then I really started expanding my collections.” She also talked to other people who had boutiques and picked their brains for advice. The store carries a vast selection of clothing, jewelry, accessories, gifts, shoes and bags. Brands include Adelyn Rae, Rebels, Bishop & Young, Endless Rose, English Factory, THML and GLAM. Everything is priced less than $150! For Peplum, it truly is a family affair. For starters, opening the store was actually Lauren’s husband’s idea. “I think he thought I may have a shopping problem,” she said laughing. He suggested that she channel that energy and enthusiasm into a business. “I knew I wanted to work for myself but it took me years to figure out that this was what I wanted to do.” She added, “I grew up in an entrepreneurial mindset type of family, so while jumping into a new business venture was scary, I had my family’s support and experience behind me as backup.” The next family member to jump in: her mother! “My mom, Diane Henson, is my business partner and I absolutely could not do this without her.” West’s parents are in construction. Her sister, Clare

Henson, co-owns Market on National. “Clare was a huge help with the layout and design and since our dad is a general contractor, he was able to do the build out. Then my other sister Meredith has been so awesome and helpful as well. She’s a teacher and while she was off of school this summer, she worked in the store a lot, which allowed my mom and I to go to market a couple of times and for my husband and I to go on a once-in-a-lifetime trip with friends,” West said. Sometimes in life and in business, it truly does take a village! Now that Peplum is off the ground and gaining great success, Lauren and Diane are excited for what is to come next. They also want to encourage others who are on the fence about pursuing their dreams to just go for it. When Lauren was in the beginning stages of Peplum, she was talking to another woman who was leaving her job to start a new career and her advice resonated. She said, “I realized the only reason I wasn’t going out and pursuing my dreams was because of the fear. And I realized that was no way to live my life: making decisions based on fear. So I am just going to do it.” Hearing those words from someone West admired was a turning point for the young entrepreneur. “Everything was just lining up: my mom coming in as my business partner, my husband being super supportive, the perfect location being available. It just all came together. You just have to believe in yourself.” Peplum is located at 824 Euclid Avenue in the former Handpicked space.• by Meredith Lane, City Scout photo by Keni Parks TOPS Magazine | September 2017

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Grimaldi’s Coal Brick Oven is the Secret to Perfect Pizza By Michelle Aiello | Photos by Keni Parks

With its classic red-and-white gingham tablecloths, black-and-white photos of vintage Brooklyn and Tony Bennett and the like playing on the sound system, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is about as New York City as you can get in Lexington. The restaurant, located in The Summit, has a large brick-walled dining room that seats 128, a 48-seat covered patio with heaters and fans, and an indoor/outdoor bar. Grimaldi’s specializes in authentic New York-style pizza, calzones and antipasto, salads and cheesecakes. The full bar features cocktails, craft beer and a well-rounded wine list, including the exclusive Mille Gradi — a delicious red blend produced for Grimaldi’s in Tuscany, Italy. Via the exhibition kitchen, guests can watch the hand-tossed pizza being made, as well as their signature coal-burning oven. Some New York City style pizzerias turn out gargantuan slices of pizza, loaded with cheese and sauce. Grimaldi’s pizza is light and thin with a smoky, full-flavored crust. Not sold by the slice, the pizzas are served oven-hot and are cut into six or eight-slice sizes and three varieties, regular, pesto or white (sans sauce). Prices range from $14 to $18. About a dozen different toppings — including mushrooms, Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, basil, garlic, pepperoni, and ricotta cheese — are available for an additional $2102

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$4 per topping. While the Summit location opened in August, Grimaldi’s originated in 1990 and can be traced back to the first coal pizzerias of New York City in the 1930’s. According to Front-of-the-House Corporate Trainer, Randy Bartoe, Grimaldi’s wanted to move away from the “get in, get out” service of traditional New York pizzerias. “We wanted to have that family sharing dining experience. Casual dining with five-star service.” When asked about the environmental concerns of working with coal, Bartoe explained that the type of coal used is “a very hard and clean burning resource. Much like a fireplace flue, the air is warmed by the coal and circulates heat up to the oven, providing the perfect temperature to cook our pizzas and calzones”. Bartoe says pizzas can be baked in that oven in a matter of five or six


Cuisine minutes. “When a customer orders, every pie is made from scratch, from the stretching of the dough, to hand-cut cheese. The oven is never turned off. Every single day around 4 and 5 p.m., the fire must be stoked to return to its optimal temperature.” During that time, no pizzas or calzones can be baked. But, he says, “It’s part of the commitment that we have to doing things in the original New York style.” Customers who visit during that time can enjoy happy hour specials ($2 Bud Lights, $2 off wine and starters), and are welcome to order anything off of the appetizer menu, or even “Start with a slice of cheesecake and work backwards — we’re not here to judge!” Bartoe laughed. “We explain the tradition of stoking the oven, the process, and why we do it to each person who walks through the door at that

Coal is the original style of cooking pizza in America. time,” said general manager Jessica Terry. “We encourage them to come in an unwind, have a glass of wine, and as soon as the oven is up and running again, we’ll bring the pizzas right out.” “It’s great when our guests want to learn about the process,” Bartoe added. “They will hear the shovel and their ears will perk up. And we get a lot of folks who work in the coal industry. It’s something to be proud of.” In terms of texture, says East Coast Back-of-the-House Corporate Trainer, Jamie Culliton, using coal definitely makes a difference in the flavor and texture of the pizza. “Coal is the original style of cooking pizza in America. A lot of people think New York style is

big, greasy slices. We are actually original New York style, which is a neo-Neapolitan style, meaning thin-crust, hand-tossed pizza.” When asked about their favorite menu items, Terry mentioned The Brooklyn Bridge pizza, with sausage, oven roasted red peppers and Ricotta cheese. She and Bartoe agree that Grimaldi’s cheese pizza is pretty spectacular. “A cheese pizza is an equalizer among all pizza places — it’s got to be perfect,” Terry said. “Even without toppings, it has so much flavor.” When it comes to salads, Grimaldi’s doesn’t offer the standard array of Honey Mustard, Ranch, and Thousand Island. Instead, each salad is paired with its own custom dressing. For example, the kale salad is dressed with their house-made Lemon Vinaigrette, which compliments the depth of flavor from the olives, shaved Parmesan cheese and artichokes. Grimaldi’s also offers an ever-changing selection of seasonal deserts. Beautifully presented cheesecakes are baked in-house daily, with New York and Oreo varieties on the menu year-round. Above all, the goal at Grimaldi’s is to focus on excellent service, quality ingredients and family style dining. “I think that sharing enhances the whole experience, said Bartoe. “We all work very hard for our money. When dining out, individual entrees can get up to fifteen, twenty dollars a plate very easily, so we focus on dishes everyone can enjoy together.” Plus, he added, having a dedicated staff is of the utmost importance. “Jessica has brought in an amazing family of people who know each other, care about each other, appreciate the culture, and work together very well – and that is a huge factor in our success.” Grimaldi’s is open 11am to 10pm Sunday through Thursday, and 11am to 11pm Friday through Saturday, joining other restaurants at The Summit at Fritz Farm, a retail and living development at Nicholasville and Man o’ War Boulevard.

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S. Cory Lattuca Last thing you cooked at home? Grilled Eggplant Rolatini, and a birthday cake for my daughter’s sixth birthday. Favorite food from your childhood? Pizza! How would you describe working in your kitchen? Intense and fun. We are a display kitchen, so it is important that the cooks are enjoying themselves as well as working hard. What chefs do you admire? (Lexington or others) Jet Tila. Alton Brown. Amazing chefs that have perfected the balance of using the traditional cooking rules to create something that is anything but traditional.

Life is too short to eat bad pizza. Something in your fridge or freezer that would surprise people? A1 sauce. Lots and lots of A1 sauce. A meal or a dish that, as a young chef, was an inspiration? Seared Foie gras with apricots and a balsamic reduction. It completely changed my notions of what food could be and was the first of many times where my preconceived notions of flavors and textures were completely wrong. Last restaurant where you dined? Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay.

Grimaldi’s Strawberry Spinach Salad Ingredients:

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4 oz. baby spinach

4 oz. strawberry puree

2 oz. sliced strawberries

1 ½ tbsp. red onion

1 oz. red onions, thinly sliced

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1 oz. feta cheese

1 tsp. salt

½ oz. toasted almonds

¼ tsp. pepper

1 ½ oz. dressing

10 oz. canola oil

Instructions: To make the vinaigrette: Whisk all dressing ingredients to emulsify into a vinaigrette. To make the salad: Toss the salad ingredients together and then add dressing to taste.

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Any tips for at-home pizza makers? Get a pizza stone or steel. Your oven can’t be too hot. Until you have mastered stretching and cooking pizzas, buy pizza dough, don’t make it. Once you have the technique down, then make your own dough. If someone wanted to be a chef, what 3 things would you say? 1. Practice constantly. 2. Never go cheap on knives and kitchen shoes. 3. Enjoy your weekends while you can. Is there a dish on your menu that will follow you wherever you go? Pepperoni Pizza. You can’t beat a perfect version of a classic. Favorite meat and way to prepare it? NY Strip. Rare plus. Just a bit of salt and pepper seared over charcoal. What does “hospitality” mean to you? To me it means family. I want customers to feel like they are walking into our home. From hostess, to server, to kitchen, the focus should be on a singular guest experience. Quote you live by? Life is too short to eat bad pizza. Where can we find you on your day off? The nearest golf course!


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The Gastro Gnomes

You’ll know The Epic Cure’s truck when you see it: the hip graffiti style is truly epic, and their food is just as fresh. Dedicated to locallysourced, chef-driven cuisine, this truck offers an irreverent menu at their permanent spot outside of Al’s Bar. Past dishes have included Drunken Tots (featuring beer braised brats, peppers, onions, cheese and sour cream over a bed of tater tots) as well as some truly incredible burgers.

Chefs Andrew Suthers and Kyle Klatka love creating seasonal, local, chef-driven menus. That focus means that their offerings are everchanging, but always a delight. Last September, some of their menus included dishes like The Pimento BBQ Burger, Cherry Coke Waffle, Steakhouse Chicken Wings and Heath Bar Panna Cotta. Expect their menus to be perfect for their locale and deliciously indulgent.

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“Mobile Pizzeria” is music to local eaters’ ears. With Neopolitan-inspired wood-fired pizzas and sandwiches, the twenty-foot shipping container modified into a kitchen and made mobile boasts a delicious menu. They have traditional favorites as well as some unique concoctions, like the Bourbon BBQ Pizza, featuring shredded chicken marinated in Rolling Oven’s own sauce, red onions, provolone and mozzarella, finished with a spritz of Maker’s Mark. Rolling Oven also has a permanent home inside Mirror Twin Brewing on National Avenue. rollingoven.com

With a sandwich named the “Oh No You Didn’t”, you know this truck is unbelievable! With pulled pork and smoked mac and cheese nestled between American cheese slices and Texas toast, this grilled-to-perfection sandwich screams “Yes we did!” J. Render’s is different by design, offering dishes like the BBQ Pork or Chicken Nachos–that’s right, nachos! Lexingtonians love this truck so much that owners Ren and Gwyn Everly opened a brick and mortar location in Beaumont Centre. jrendersbbq.com

Napa Prime was founded in 2013 as a gourmet burger restaurant located in Versailles, right on the Kentucky Bourbon trial. It didn’t take long for owner, Darrell Lewis, to realize he needed a mobile kitchen for weddings, corporate luncheons, cocktail receptions, bars and other private events. From local beef sliders with bacon jam to lobster and shrimp pasta, Napa Prime’s catering menu is as unique as the events they serve. Of course, you can also catch the Napa Prime truck at local events all around Lexington. A calendar of their schedule is available on their website. napaburgerbar.com

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Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients: 3 green bell peppers 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil 1 (8-ounce) container baby bella (cremini) mushrooms, sliced 1 red bell pepper, diced 1 small onion, diced 1 tablespoon minced garlic ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper 8 ounces flank steak, trimmed of fat and thinly sliced against the grain into bite-sized strips 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 6 slices ultra thin sliced provolone cheese, halved Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes Preparation: Spray an 11x7-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, set aside. In a large stockpot, over high heat, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Slice the green peppers in half lengthwise and remove ribs and seeds. Place the pepper halves, two at a time, in boiling water for 2 to 4 minutes. Repeat with the remaining peppers. The pepper “skin” will lose a little brightness after cooking in boiling water. Use tongs to carefully remove the peppers from water and place open side down on paper towels to drain excess water. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, red bell pepper, onion, garlic, salt, and black pepper. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until the onion and peppers have softened. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Add the thinly sliced flank steak to the skillet. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and cook for 2 to 4 minutes. Flank steak should still be slightly pink in the middle or at an internal temperature of 120º F for medium-rare, 130º F for medium. Place the green bell pepper halves open side up in baking dish. Line the inside of each pepper half with ½ slice of provolone cheese. Using a slotted spoon, transfer ½ cup of the flank steak mixture to each bell pepper half. Top each pepper with the remaining ½ slice of provolone cheese. Bake the peppers for 10 minutes in preheated oven until cheese is melted.

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6 servings | Nutrition Facts based on 1 stuffed pepper half Calories 155 | Fat 14g | Fiber 3g | Carbohydrates 10g | Sugar 4g | Protein 18g SmartPoints: 3


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September Picks by Terrell

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Sierra Nevada

Oktoberfest Why Terrell Enjoys this Beer…. Sierra Nevada is hands down one of my favorite breweries, and their Oktoberfest is my favorite of their seasonal line-up, year in and year out. The great team at Sierra Nevada have been on a mission to explore the roots of Germany’s festival beers. Each year they have partnered with one of a handful of German brewers to create a traditional take on the most famous German-style beers in history. This year, they worked with Brauhaus Miltenberger to create this lager that is true to the roots of the festival. It pairs German malt with American Hops to create a delicious take on the traditional Festbier. Its copper color is bright and forms a beautiful white frothy head, followed by a wonderful bready aroma that lingers along with the sweet smell of caramel. This lager packs a nice malt punch and has a slight hop bite that really brings the flavor full circle. Sierra Nevada has outdone themselves again: this year’s Oktoberfest is the best yet! It is a seasonal, so it won’t be around long. Don’t miss out on this one – it’s a must! Style: Oktoberfest Festbier Alcohol By Volume: 6.1% IBU (International Bittering Units): 30 Taste Profile: A festival beer true to style—deep golden in color with deceptively rich malt flavor and balanced by traditional German-grown whole-cone hops.

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Wine OF THE MONTH

Spindrift Cellars

Pinot Noir 2015

The fragrant mix of flowers and fruit introduces this wine. Centering on plum, currant fruit, lifted by balanced acidity, this delicious drink finishes with a silky texture and a good, lingering finish. The 2015 vintage started with bud break in March, two weeks early in its region. The early trend continued with higher than normal temperatures through spring, which created exceptional conditions for bloom, flower and fruit set. As spring gave way to summer, conditions continued to be warmer than usual and consequentially grape clusters were far larger than typical. All in all this has led to one of those all too rare vintages where you get high yields and outstanding exceptional fruit quality. Appellation: Willamette Valley, Oregon Alcohol: 14% T.A.: 5.7 grams per liter pH: 3.56 Food pairing: This wine pairs wonderfully with dishes with deep savory flavors. Try pine nut and basil crusted salmon perched atop caramelized onion mashed potatoes.

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MONKEES // Splendid dress in floral by Trina Turk; Ball drop earrings in maroon; Sunglasses by Tory Burch

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SCOUT & MOLLY’S // Suede swing top in mocha and Santa Fe legging in black suede by Astars; Necklace and earrings by Southern Belle Glitz; Bracelet by Love and Mercy; Metallic clutch by CoFi DILLARDS // Suede and leather boots in black by Vince Camuto

DILLARDS // Herringbone blazer and leggings in burgundy by Cremieux; Button up blouse in white by Antonio Melani; Suede Rawhide Corset Lacing boots in wine by Freebird Coal PANDORA FAYETTE MALL // Necklace and earrings by Pandora

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PEGGY’S // Suede dress in blush; Leopard calf hair clutch; Earrings in gold by Karli Buxton; Majorca peep toe booties in desert taupe suede by Toms

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E LEIGH’S // loral o e s oulder blouse by ASTR; Suede mini s ir in sundried oma o by BB Dakota; e la e and earrings by Baublebar

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COUNTRY CLUB PREP // Corduroy pants in honeysuckle camel, Button up top in snowdrop white, Galway boot in brown, all by Dubarry of Ireland PANDORA FAYETTE MALL // Necklace and earrings by Pandora

COUNTRY CLUB PREP // Jacket in in brown, Button up shirt in broadhaven navy plaid, Dress pant in khaki, all by Dubarry of Ireland

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EVEREVE AT LEXINGTON GREEN // ar an S ou ru e s ir in aberne by Sanctuary; Suede s ir in amel by Peyten Jensen; a is a S ud boo ie in sesame by Lucky LOFT AT LEXINGTON GREEN // ie bell slee e op in green by Lou & Grey; Suede s ir i ipper embellis men in ar oal; e elry in gold; Sunglasses PEGGY’S // a or a peep oe boo ies in deser aupe suede by Toms FRANCESCA’S AT LEXINGTON GREEN // uil ed es in oli e; S ea er in beige; idrise s inny pan s in oli e; ea er boo ie in bro n by Report

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PEPLUM // Suede vest with fur trim by Ark & Co.; Bell-sleeved shirt in white by English Factory; Button front suede skirt in charcoal by She + Sky; Metallic snakeskin clutch by 3AM Forever; Beaded necklace, earrings and bracelet

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OLIVE YOU // Mock neck sleeveless sweater in blush by Bishop + Young; Suede leggings in latte by LYSSE; Paisley silk scarf by Echo; Embellished beaded earrings in gold

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BELLA ROSE // Handkerchief dress by Tracy Reese; Agate antler tassel necklace by Summer Eliason; Beaded earrings in gold PEPLUM // Whimsy strap wedge in black by COCONUTS by Matisse

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COTTON PATCH // Button up blouse in black and white plaid, Cashmere cape in black, Leggings in black, all by Tyler Boe DILLARDS // Suede Rawhide Corset Lacing boots in wine by Freebird Coal CARL MEYERS // Fox fur purse by T.ba PEGGY’S // Studded Agate earrings in black and gold by Karli Buxton

PIRIE // Jacket in khaki by Sugarlips; e s oulder dress in army green by Ali and Jay; Fringe earrings in green PEPLUM // Tortoise shell clutch by Seal Lily CARL MEYERS // Suede knee high boots in tan by Michele Negri

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WEEKEND DRIFT // Bedford and Sons pants in khaki, Checkered shirt in blue, Vest in coastline blue, Leather belt in brown, Leather shoe in chocolate, all by Tommy Bahama

WEEKEND DRIFT // Modern bootcut jean and cascade rib tunic in camel heather by Tommy Bahama SINCERELY YOURS AT THE SQUARE // Equestrian necklace, bracelet and ring in silver FRANCESCA’S AT LEXINGTON GREEN // Leather bootie in brown by Report

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Life + Style JEROME // Suede pant in beige by Tesoro Moda; Leather jacket in brown by Insight; Smoothwear long sleeve turtleneck in camel by Magic SmoothWear; Sunglasses by Batali; Equestrian silk scarf; Leather belt in brown; Leather crossbody purse in black and brown by Diophy

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MIMI’S PLACE // Sweater with fringe detail in tan by Lovestitch; Stretch legging in hunter green by New Mix; Necklace and earrings by Good Feelings; Leather purse in brown

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CARL MEYERS // Crushed velvet blazer in emerald by T.ba; Camisole in black by A’Neu Ligne; Leather skinny pants in black by Equestrian Designs DILLARDS // Suede Rawhide Corset Lacing boots in wine by Freebird Coal

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DILLARDS // Sport Jacket in navy plaid by Hart Schaffner Marx; Slim bu on do n s ir by Roundtree and Yorke; Dress pant in chicago cream by Hart Schaffner Marx; orse ead bo ie in red by Cremieux MONKEES // Dress in navy by Kerry Xie; Ball drop earrings in ivory

PHOTOGRAPHY // Amy Wallen Photography VENUE // Kentucky Horse Park HAIR // Dry Art | Jordan Shoenberg + Ciara Christian MAKEUP // Cos Bar | Alisha Canter MODELS // Abby Garrett, Emma Bellomy, Jaidah Spaulding + Paul Olliges STYLING // Megan Hillenmeyer + Kristen Oakley STYLING ASSISTANT // Haley Walls

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Ashley and Bob Weaver were both born in Lexington. Bob grew up here and still has family in town. Ashley returned to the city to attend Transylvania University and has stayed put ever since. Despite being in Kentucky’s “biggest small town”, their paths didn’t cross until medical school. The couple prioritized having a beautiful outdoor space for their wedding day. “If there are some things that you know are going to be really important to you, try to be honest with yourself about what they are and focus your efforts in those places during the planning process,” Ashley advised. They chose the Polo Barn at Saxony Farm, a fully-functioning Thoroughbred horse farm. This lent itself to a gorgeous Southern theme for the day. Ashley wore a Hayley Paige gown. Her dress got caught and ripped on the way out the door. “If I had it to do over, I probably would have tried to bustle my dress prior to just walking down the aisle,” she explained. Fortunately, Ashley was able to take it in stride. “The most important part of the day is the relationship between the two people getting married.” She carried her grandmother’s wedding ring on her bouquet, which featured white blooms surrounded by silver dollar eucalyptus.

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The ceremony was held under a canopy of trees facing one of the property’s fields. The pew markers were little bouquets of baby’s breath and magnolia leaves and the aisle was lined with white rose petals. At the start of the aisle, two bourbon barrels bore arrangements of white snaps, baby’s breath, lilies, hydrangeas, silver dollar eucalyptus, olive branches and magnolia branches. The end of the aisle was marked with two large containers of white blooming branches that added height and framed the couple beautifully. The ceremony was performed by a close friend of the couple who also did double-duty as best man. He did a reading from the couple’s favorite children’s book as a sweet, sentimental touch. The cocktail hour was held in the polo barn with bars set up in the stalls. Guests enjoyed bacon flights and a bourbon tasting bar, as well as a make your own bloody mary bar (a favorite drink of both the bride and groom!) Guests could mingle and leave notes for the couple or record video messages in front of a metallic background made of wallpaper taken from the house the couple was renovating at the time. A play area was set up outside for kids with sidewalk chalk, custom coloring books and bubbles. Custom cornhole boards were built by the groom for the special day, as well. The bride and groom snuck away to watch the sunset together. Fairy lights came alight as the evening wore on, illuminating the trees outside of the tent, the roof of the barn and pathways. Guests enjoyed a shrimp boil at the reception, sitting at tables bedecked with magnolia leaves, double lisanthus, silver dollar eucalyptus, olive foliage, white garden roses, tulips and peonies. “The flowers were also beautiful, exactly what I asked for and one of my favorite parts of the décor,” Ashley recalled.

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Glow sticks appeared as guests danced and laughed the night away. A late night snack of duck fat fried French fries and truffle ketchup gave the bride, groom and their guests stamina to celebrate the love of a lifetime together.

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Wedding trends have a tendency to change year over year. That’s why they are called trends. Man, oh man, are we glad they do! As a bride to be, I’ve had fun spending a little extra time planning (and tasting) the cake. There are endless possibilities to create something beautiful yet delicious! A new trend that has recently surfaced is the Naked Cake. Yes, I said that right... naked! Now, for those people who are in it for the icing, this might not be the trend for you. However, there are numerous ways to incorporate some extra sweetness while still achieving the overall naked look. For example, you can add edible flowers or fresh berries to the design, or just add a little extra icing between the layers. No one would be mad about that! The Naked Cake trend can fit with any theme or season. You can go for the bright summery look with colorful florals or you can showcase your winter wedding by adding red berries and metallic details. No matter the theme, going naked will be sure to turn heads!

Photo by Kelli Lynn Photography

Here are some professionals to get naked with:

BY: HALEY WALLS Bride-to-Be and Owner of Haley Michelle Designs www.haleymichelledesigns.com

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Even though humidity is still heavy in the air, fall fashion is slowly starting to roll in. And quite frankly, getting us in the mood to do a little layering. For this month’s look we are styling some of our favorite autumn arrivals with pieces that can easily transition from summer to pre-fall. Our color story is all about embracing warm hues: deep wines, intense marigold, and rich plums.

Our outfit’s star player is a real show-stopper! Etro creates robe-style jackets each season that fit perfectly into the well-traveled, bohemian woman’s lifestyle. This particular version is fully reversible with one side cut from lustrous floral and paisley patterned satin jacquard. The black interior has a textured piqué finish.

Elegance gets a flirty update with this lustrous satin ‘Rodmell’ top from Roland Mouret. Skillfully draped, this one-shoulder design comes with a peplum-like hem and is closed with a gold-tone zipper for added impact.

To give our ensemble a more relaxed vibe, we went for classic, casual denim. The Row’s light-blue ‘Ashland’ jeans offer slight fading and whiskering, and have a straight-leg silhouette.

Aquazzura has collaborated with one of our favorite Colombian designers, Johanna Ortiz, to create this particular pair of sandals, decorated with lustrous tassels that exude an exotic feel.

Sealing things off with a swipe of lipstick, Pat McGrath’s new MatteTrance is a rich formula with a sensually creamy, powerful pigment that evokes screen siren glamour with every application.

Incorporating some beautiful jewel-tones, Charlotte Olympia’s ‘Pandora’ clutch comes with a multicoloured abstract cluster fastening and an internal shimmering gold-tone zip pouch.

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Tanya Bolton, Marketing Director for Lexington Women’s Health, leads by example. She and her husband, Donnie, Master Electrician at Fayette Electric, are raising their daughters to have a strong work ethic. Tanya works full time, teaches a Sunday school class, is a team manager for Central Kentucky’s STORM soccer club team, the secretary for West Jessamine High School soccer team and an active volunteer for Women Leading Kentucky. While Tanya says her time is limited, she strives to fit it all in.

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“I want my daughters to know that they come first as many days as possible, but I also want them to know that work is not something I take lightly,” she says. “I want to instill a hard work ethic in them. Just because I have a family doesn’t mean I can miss work, be late or slack off. It means I need to work harder to make it all fit.” Tanya’s daughters are simply the joy of her life. She and Donnie want to raise their daughters to grow up to be good people. As Tanya says, the most rewarding part of being a mom is when people compliment her children on being decent human beings. The Boltons enjoy being together and spend most weekends on the road traveling for club soccer. They are also self-proclaimed foodies as they love to try all the new restaurants in town. “The girls are growing up so fast and I know it sounds cliché, but I want time to slow down. I am not ready to think about them being grown. I do want them to be responsible adults one day—just not today,” she says. Tanya’s advice for other working moms is to network, network, network. Tanya says that networking has improved not only her work life, but her family life. “I have met so many other women who have enriched my professional life and become lifelong friends.”

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From work to social to family obligations, Tanya keeps it all straight with an old fashioned calendar. She likes to keep appointments on her phone, but she says, there’s something about writing things down that keeps her sane. She also likes to look back at her calendar and see all the things that she and her family have done throughout the year. “I think it’s important to not stress the small stuff,” she says. “My house is never spotless, but if I need something, I usually have it in my car. I always has an emergency bag of extra socks, extra cleats, a black dress and black shoes (for me!) baby wipes and hand sanitizer ” While Tanya doesn’t consider herself to be a super mom, she does think her husband is a super dad. “Donnie is the super soccer dad of the year. He does as much if not more than I do,” she says. “I consider myself a normal mom who does a lot of things (we all do), but my mother was and still is a super mom, so I’m assuming she passed down those genes.”

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Equine 101:

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OF HORSE COUNTRY by Jen Roytz

Horses are Kentucky’s calling card to the world. Even our region’s name – The Bluegrass – speaks to the animal

so highly revered by Kentuckians, as Kentucky bluegrass is the signature forage for the more than 242,400* horses throughout the state. Many believe it is also the key to raising a stronger, faster horse. While Thoroughbreds may be Kentucky’s most visible equine commodity, there are a wide variety of breeds, competitions and activities throughout the region that make it not just the Thoroughbred Capital of the World, but the Horse Capital. We’re breaking it all down for you!

Thoroughbred Racing When many people think of horses in Central Kentucky, Thoroughbreds come to mind, and with good reason too. Not only is the most famous horserace in the world – the Kentucky Derby held just an hour to our west, but more Thoroughbreds are raised on area farms and sold at public auction between Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton each year in Lexington and the surrounding area than anywhere else on the globe. With its park-like grounds and customer-centric approach, Keeneland’s spring and fall race meets are a Lexington tradition. From tailgating on The Hill, enjoying the races from the outside rail and grandstand area, fine dining, corporate events and more, Keeneland allows patrons numerous options for enjoying a day at the races, allowing them to craft the perfect experience on any given day. Thanks to Keeneland’s “BETologists,” even a novice can play the ponies like a pro. Easily identifiable by their fedoras and green vets, these friendly and informative handicapping experts can answer any questions guests may have about placing a bet or making your picks. Many of the Thoroughbreds that race and win at Keeneland got their start just minutes from the track. While the greater Lexington area is home to some of the most impressive stud farms and expensive stallions in the world, there are also hundreds of small and medium-sized Thoroughbred nurseries that, year after year, raise the foals that hold the promise of one day becoming part of the next generation of racing superstars. “For some people, just making that first wager and learning to handicap gives a feeling of ownership,” said Anne Hardy, Executive Director of Horse Country, a tour company that offers access

to Thoroughbred industry’s most notable farms, as well as smaller nurseries, equine hospitals and more. “Lexingtonians are literally surrounded by the best Thoroughbred attractions and events, and the area’s rich tradition of equine agriculture and competition is now more accessible than ever.” On the Horse Country website, users can view daily offerings of tours, as well as highlights and points of interest about each farm or equine-related business featured on their tours.

How to Get Involved In addition to attending the races at Keeneland during the Spring and Fall meets, visitors can come to the track early in the morning to watch the many Thoroughbreds stabled at Keeneland get their daily exercise during the morning workouts. Horses exercise on the track from 6am until 10am and admission is free. The Thoroughbred sales at Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland are also open to the public and have no admission fee. Spectators can watch as top horsemen from around the world evaluate their purchase options and place their bids. For those looking for some celebrity sightings of the equine variety, Central Kentucky has many options. Old Friends is a retirement facility that features pensioned stallions and retired racing greats. Tours are by appointment only and a schedule of times is available on their website, oldfriendsequine.org. Horse Country Tours also offers a wide variety of tour options, allowing guests to see Thoroughbreds at every stage of life (including notable stallions) and also learn about the management of these farms, from horse care and breeding to pasture maintenance, nutritional plans, veterinary services and more.

* according to the last Kentucky Equine Survey conducted by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, Kentucky Horse Council and UK Ag Equine Program.

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Polo Often associated with the rich and the royal, polo is a fast-paced sport that can be enjoyed by the masses from the saddle or the sidelines. Likened to field hockey on horseback, polo matches pit two teams of four horse and rider combinations against each other with the aim of scoring more goals than the opposing team. Each match is divided into rounds, or “chuckers,” allowing riders to catch their breath and change horses throughout the match. With its tight turns and quick bursts of speed, polo is a game of skill for both the horse and rider. Polo players are the ultimate equestrian multi-taskers, simultaneously riding and maneuvering their horses, often at a gallop, with one hand on the reins and the other gripping their polo mallet with an attempt to keep the small plastic ball in play and moving toward the opposing team’s goal.

Polo is a great spectator sport because it is a team sport, which is quite unique in the equestrian world.

“Polo ponies,” as the horses are called, must be agile and responsive to the rider’s cues. A competitive streak doesn’t hurt, either!

As such, polo ponies are often Thoroughbreds or Thoroughbred-Quarter Horse crosses, which makes it a popular sport for many Lexington locals. The Lexington Polo Club holds regular practices and matches at the Kentucky Horse Park, which are open to the public. Often, spectators will bring a picnic and tailgate next to the field as they cheer on the players and teams.

“Polo is a great spectator sport because it is a team sport, which is quite unique in the equestrian world,” said Courtney Asdourian, Manager of the Lexington Polo Club. “Not only must the player and their horse work as a unit, but the four players on the team must work together as well. It’s the perfect combination of horse power, individual skill and team strategy.” The University of Kentucky also has competitive men’s and women’s polo teams. As with the Lexington Polo Club, the UK Polo Team’s home matches are held throughout the year at the Kentucky Horse Park. In addition to regular matches, there are several larger charitable matches each year, including the Annie’s Answer Charitable Polo Match and the Bluegrass International Cup, both held in September.

How to Get Involved Throughout the summer, the Lexington Polo Club invites Lexington to see polo live. They hold matches at the Kentucky Horse Park on Sundays at 11am to 1pm. Spectators are encouraged to bring picnics or tailgate along the perimeter of the field. For those who want to climb into the saddle, the Lexington Polo Club welcomes people of all ages and riding experience levels to try their hand (and seat!) at polo. The Club periodically hosts polo clinics aimed at those new to the sport. Their website (lexingtonpolo.com) also features a “Try Polo!” button on their contact page.

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Western With its roots firmly planted in the working needs of cowboys and ranchers of the American West, Western riding has evolved from its utilitarian foundation into not only a popular style of riding, but the basis for many rodeo and equestrian competitions. They key components that separate Western riding from other forms of horseback riding include a large saddle with a deep seat and horn and split reins that the rider holds in a single hand, steering the horse via neckreining (allowing for a change of direction by applying light pressure with the rein against the horse’s neck). While any breed of horse can compete in Western styles of riding, the most popular tend to be the American Quarter Horse, American Paint Horse and Appaloosa. There are many types of competition within the Western discipline of riding and most evolved from the skills cowboys use working on the ranch. In speed events, such as barrel racing, roping, and pole bending, the difference between winning and coming in second or third can be tenths or even hundredths of a second. There are also Western shows that feature subjectively-judged events, such as reining, Western pleasure, trail, ranch riding, and cutting. “Reining is actually one of the fastest-growing Western events in Europe,” said Chad Mendell, owner of Heritage Horse Farm, a boarding, lesson and show stable based in Georgetown, KY. “For those who want even more excitement, there is mounted shooting, where riders navigate a shooting pattern on horseback in a timed event.”

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Throughout the year there are a number of competitions and events in Central Kentucky that feature Western riding, including the Road to the Horse, a colt-starting competition, and Young Rider Championships. The Lexington Rodeo, held at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena, features a variety of Western riding events, as well as bull riding and bareback riding. Each September the Kentucky Horse Park also houses The KHP Foundation Battle in the Saddle, in which experienced riders are paired up with celebrity amateurs in a contest to see which team can herd a group of cattle into a pen in the fastest time.

How to Get Involved The best way to learn more about Western riding is to attend competitions and shows as a spectator and even talk with the competitors after the show to ask them about their horse and riding. If your interest is piqued, your next step would be to take a riding lesson and try it out for yourself. “Generally, trainers and exhibitors are very open to helping new people learn more about their sport,” said Mendell. “If you’re interested in riding, it’s best to find a knowledgeable trainer or instructor to help you get started.” Often, stables that offer riding lessons will have well-trained horses that will allow a novice to learn the basics of riding and showing in a safe and fun way.


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Standardbred Racing When it comes to horseracing, Keeneland isn’t the only game in town. The Red Mile offers harness racing throughout the summer and into the fall each year, with its pinnacle racing series, the Grand Circuit, drawing the best harness horses and horsemen in the country to Lexington, Kentucky for several weekend each fall (September 28-October 1 and October 5-8).

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names, dates and racetracks, hidden from view. Players can either make their own selections using the machine’s handicapping tools or allow the machine to make selections on the player’s behalf. Red Mile offers first-time players a $10 voucher with an internet coupon from their website, and a $5 voucher without the coupon.

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In harness racing, drivers play the role of the jockeys, guiding their horses from a two-wheeled cart, or sulky, as the horses race around the racetrack. Rather than racing at a full-tilt gallop as Thoroughbreds do, Standardbreds race in one of two gaits – a trot (where their legs move in diagonal pairs, right front and left hind, then left front, right hind) or pace (where their legs move laterally, right front and right hind together, then left front and left hind).

Red Mile offers patrons a variety of experiences aimed at customizing their race day or evening experience. General admission to the grandstand is always free, with ample space and seating along the rail and around the track’s apron area. For those who want to enjoy dinner, the clubhouse offers dining options by reservation.

“For those new to horseracing, Standardbred racing may be easier to understand initially, especially from a handicapping perspective,” said Mary White, Director of Marketing and Special Events for Red Mile Racetrack. “The races are always one mile, so the distance of the race versus the distance the horse has run previously or is bred for is not a factor like it is with Thoroughbreds.”

Several times a year the Red Mile’s “Bets and Brews” offers those new to racing and betting an informal introduction to both with a handicapping clinic, as well as a beer tasting from local favorite Country Boy Brewing. Afterwards, attendees are invited to test their newly-acquired skills in an amateur’s only handicapping tournament during that evening’s races.

The Red Mile is also a simulcasting facility, open year-round and showing most of the races running throughout the country at any given time, allowing patrons to wager on multiple tracks from a single location.

For those who want to get involved with harness racing at the ownership level, White says the best thing to do is attend the races and talk with the horsemen.

Visitors can experience the Red Mile’s Instant Racing facility, which features more than 900 betting machines. These historical racing betting terminals, which resemble slot machines, allow customers to place wagers based on previously run horse races, with all identifying characteristics from the races, such as jockey and horse

“The horsemen – drivers, trainers and owners – are so accessible at the Red Mile and they are always happy to help someone interested in learning more about our sport,” said White. “Our resident handicapper, Gabe Prewitt, is a wealth of information too, and is always happy to help someone get involved with harness racing.”

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American Saddlebred Kentucky’s oldest native breed of horse, the foundation of the American Saddlebred combines the size and athleticism of the Thoroughbred with the gaits and stamina of the Narragansett and Canadian Pacers, resulting in a horse that stands tall and proud, with a way of going that is animated, yet easy on the rider. It’s no surprise, then, that Saddlebreds were the mount of choice for officers in the Civil War and were even used as gifts to international dignitaries and royalty, such as Marie Antoinette.

lar feel to the social aspect of Keeneland, but spectators are enjoying Saddlebreds instead of Thoroughbreds.”

Today’s Saddlebreds can be found all over the world, but nowhere are they more popular than in Kentucky, where the American Saddlebred Horse Association and American Saddlebred Museum are both based at the Kentucky Horse Park. Kentucky is also home to two of the three legs of the Saddlebred Triple Crown, which are held in Lexington and Louisville each year.

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Popular in the show ring both under saddle and being driven, immaculately-dressed riders and drivers show off their horses at the walk, trot and canter, and depending on the type of competition, the slow gate and rack as well, which are signature gaits of the breed.

There are also a number of Saddlebred farms in Central Kentucky that offer riding and driving lessons for both children and adults, many of which take riders to compete at local and national horse shows.

“Historically the Lexington Junior League Horse Show has been held at the Red Mile, but in July of 2018 it will be making a move to the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park,” said Michelle Krentz, Marketing Director for the American Saddlebred Museum. “At this show, attendees dress to the nines while enjoying the first jewel of the American Saddlebred Triple Crown. It has a very simi-

The Lexington Junior League Horse Show, the world’s largest outdoor American Saddlebred show, is held each July and attracts more than 1,000 competitors from around the U. S. and Canada. Spectators can choose from a variety of seating and dining options, as well as enjoy an expansive vendor area and post-competition parties. For more information, go to lexjrleague.com.

In addition to traditional American Saddlebred shows that feature saddle seat riding, the breed is also a popular option for other types of competition, including dressage, endurance riding, combined driving eventing and show jumping. They are also suitable for recreational riding as trail horses or family horses, due to their gentle nature.

The American Saddlebred Association’s Youth Clubs are a great way for children and their families to get involved with the breed and meet other young people interested in horses. Information on the clubs and how to join can be found at asha.net.

Saddlebreds were the mount of choice for officers in the Civil War and were even used as gifts to international dignitaries and royalty, such as Marie Antoinette.

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Dressage, Eventing & Jumping The three Olympic equestrian sports – Dressage, Eventing and Show Jumping – fall under the “English riding” umbrella. English riding equipment features a smaller, flatter saddle than Western riding, a bridle with a noseband and closed reins which are buckled at the end and held by the rider in each hand, allowing for direct contact to each side of the horse’s mouth through the bit. Likened to ballet on horseback, Dressage is often viewed as the foundation for all other forms of riding. In this style of riding, the horse and rider perform a series of pre-assigned movements to show off the horse’s trainability, athleticism, balance and suppleness. To the average spectator, the communication of aids and cues from rider to horse are virtually indiscernible. There are several riding styles that feature jumping. Show jumping is a test of skill and speed, with top honors awarded to the horse and rider combination that clears all obstacles without knocking down any rails in the fastest amount of time. Comparatively, the winners in show hunter classes are chosen qualitatively, with a judge deciding the order of finish in a class based on each horse’s style, movement and how smoothly they navigate the course. Another popular sport within the English riding discipline is eventing. In this “equestrian triathlon,” horse and rider combinations compete against one another in three phases: dressage, crosscountry (jumping anywhere from 24 to 36 obstacles along a 2.75 to 4-mile course through the countryside) and show jumping. The combination of the three aims to test a horse’s obedience, stamina and technical skills.

“People are extremely lucky if they live in Central Kentucky and want to see horse events,” said Joyce Brinsfield, owner of Ballyhigh Show Stable in Lexington and President of the Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association. “There are shows and events held throughout the year and throughout Central Kentucky. Grand Prix [show jumping] can be very exciting for spectators. The power and grace of these large animals is breathtaking and the jump-offs are thrilling, with only a fraction of a second between the winner and second place.”

How to Get Involved As one of the premier equestrian competition venues in North America, the Kentucky Horse Park hosts a number of horse shows throughout the year that feature Grand Prix show jumping and dressage (the highest level of competition for each sport), as well as a number of eventing competitions. Go to kyhorsepark.com and check their calendar to see what competitions are being held and attend one (or several) as a spectator to see if jumping or dressage are types of riding you might enjoy. Like most other riding styles, dressage and jumping can be a fun hobby at any age. Many stables in the area offer riding lessons for kids and adults, with opportunities to compete at shows based on the rider’s skill level. “If an individual wants to learn more about hunters, jumpers, dressage or any other discipline, they can contact their local organizations for more information,” said Brinsfield. In Central Kentucky, that would be the KHJA, Kentucky Dressage Association or MidSouth Eventing and Dressage Association for dressage and various types of jumping styles. “If you are interested in trying riding for yourself or your child, seek out a reputable instructor. Other options to learn more include your local 4-H or US Pony Club chapter.” •

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CENTRAL KENTUCKY TACK AND LEATHER Steve Conboy, DVM, Owner

3380 Paris Pike 859.299.TACK CentralKentuckyTackAndLeather.com Steve Conboy, owner of Central Kentucky Tack and Leather, believes that hard work keeps a business moving forward. For him, that means constantly improving both his product and service. “It is one thing to be able to produce a premium leather product, which we do, but I feel our team is top notch at providing friendly, creative, and sincere service to the industry,� he said. Steve has been in love with the equine industry since he was a boy. In addition to the tack shop, he and his wife Denise have a thoroughbred breeding farm. This year, one of their graduates, McCraken, ran in the Kentucky Derby!

WHITE HORSE WEDDINGS

Dan & Elizabeth James, Owners 2150 E. Leestown Rd. // Midway 859.351.3558 AusEquinePerformanceCenter.com White Horse Weddings is an exciting new event venue located just minutes from downtown Lexington at The Australian Equine Performance Center. Owned and operated by Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship and his wife Elizabeth James (a professor in the Equine Program at UK), White Horse Weddings also offers live equine entertainment and performance horses for photo shoots. The Double Dan Horsemanship team, which has been proudly featured in Vogue, Versace, and County Music Weekly, can now be part of private parties and pictures! White Horse Weddings is a stunning venue with beautiful views of Kentucky landscape and Elkhorn Creek. The venue features barns, lawn space and great amenities all on one farm. photo by Dainya Sapergia

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SALLEE HORSE VANS Nicole Pieratt, Owner

2053 Buck Ln. // 859.255.9406 SalleeHorseTransport.com Nicole Pieratt, a Lexington native, has been at the helm of Sallee Horse Vans for more than a decade. Mr. Sallee sold the business to Pieratt’s grandparents, who then grew the business into what it is today. All the while, Nicole gained experience and knowledge as she handled the transport of Kentucky’s most prized possessions: horses. For over fifty years, Sallee Horse Vans has built a reputation for blue ribbon customer service and satisfaction. “Whether a Triple Crown race winner, or a family steed who taught your children about caring for others, we know that the horses we carry represent hopes and dreams, friendships and fortunes,” Nicole explained. Sallee’s entire staff is passionate about the equine industry and is well versed in caring for horses throughout transport. “We all understand and care about the industry and, most importantly, the well-being of your horses,” said Nicole. Sallee Horse Vans is headquartered in Lexington with an additional operation in Ocala, Florida. This puts them close to the heart of America’s equine industry, of which they have become an important part.

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TAYLOR MADE FARM

Laura Richard, Experience Director 2765 Union Mill Rd. // 859.885.3345 TaylorMadeAdvantage.com “I grew up with Quarter Horses and cattle at my parents’ farm in Lancaster, KY so horses were always a passion of mine,” explained Laura Richard. “My earliest and fondest memories are riding with my father to make sure all the cattle were healthy.” Laura is now Taylor Made’s Experience Director. “I manage our Hospitality Division – farm tours, events, and our store. I also help promote our newest venture, Daddy Joe’s Bar & Grill and Thoroughbred Golf Club”. Taylor Made, a world leader in Thoroughbred sales and marketing, has been home to some of the industry’s biggest stars, including American Pharaoh and California Chrome. “During your tour, you’ll learn about ways to get in the game like our Medallion Racing and Bloodstock Investment Packages which have both been very successful,” said Laura. The 1,100-acre family-owned farm boasts a thriving stallion, yearling and nursery division and is home to over 500 horses. “The Taylor & Payne families are wonderful people. Frank and Duncan Taylor have especially been great mentors to me. The most important thing they have instilled in me is that we are in the people business. We do right by our customers.” 176

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Mary Catherine White, Director of Marketing and Spciecal Events 1200 Red Mile Rd. 859.255.0752 // RedMileKY.com Mary Catherine White, Director of Marketing and Special Events at Red Mile, fell in love with the equine world at an early age. “My interest in the horse industry grew from many trips to Lexington as a child to see my extended family who own a Thoroughbred farm here,” she explained. “Through their passion and love for Kentucky and the industry, I caught the bug.” The opportunity to join the team at Red Mile combined her passion for horses, business and special events. “My main focus right now is educating the public on the massive improvements we have made at Red Mile to make us the one stop shop for most things equine: live racing, simulcasting, and now Instant Racing, which combines the thrill of pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing with the speed and excitement of electronic games,” she explained. They have been able to grow purses at both Keeneland and Red Mile while allowing local horsemen and tracks to stay competitive in the national and international landscape of racing. “In my opinion, Red Mile is one of the most unique institutions in horse racing in Kentucky. Not only does our story and business date back to 1875, but our role now is pushing Kentucky racing into the future.”

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experiences by sharing the rich history of the horses, the land, and the people of Horse Country. Ultimately, Horse Country’s goal is to develop fans of farms and clinics through engaging, exciting tourism experiences. You can book a Horse Country tour by calling 859.963.1004 or online, where you can choose from a variety of experiences. “If you want to chat with us, we also have a concierge service that can help with selecting the right fit for each guest, or we can also make suggestions on places to eat, stay and play along the way,” explained Anne Hardy, Executive Director of Horse Country, Inc. “We can arrange custom and VIP experiences, but no matter how guests get to us, we want to make sure that while they’re on a Horse Country member property, they’re going to have an excellent, authentic, interactive experience!”

Head to visithorsecountry.com to book your tour at the following Horse Country member properties: ADENA SPRINGS Stud Farm

DENALI STUD Nursery Farm

KEENE RIDGE Nursery Farm

SAXONY FARM Nursery Farm

AIRDRIE Nursery Farm

GAINESWAY Stud Farm

LANE’S END Stud Farm

SPENDTHRIFT Stud Farm

COOLMORE AT ASHFORD Stud Farm

HAGYARD EQUINE MEDICAL INSTITUTE Clinic

MAKER’S MARK SECRETARIAT CENTER Retraining Facility

STONE FARM Nursery Farm

BLACKWOOD Training Facility CLAIBORNE Stud Farm DARBY DAN Stud Farm GODOLPHIN AT JONABELL Stud Farm

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STONESTREET Nursery

PIN OAK STUD Nursery Farm

TAYLOR MADE Stud Farm

HURSTLAND Nursery Farm

ROOD & RIDDLE EQUINE HOSPITAL Clinic

THREE CHIMNEYS Stud Farm

KEENELAND Race Track/Sales Company

RUNNYMEDE FARM Nursery Farm

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September 7 – 9 // Covered Arena The Rocky Mountain Horse Association International Grand Championships will exhibit the smooth gait of this incredible breed, which originated in Kentucky. There will also be educational classes each day starting at 9am.

New Vocations Charity Thoroughbred Show

September 8 – 10 // Rolex Stadium & Walnut Arena The New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program was founded in 1992 to offer retired racehorses a safe haven, rehabilitation and continued education through placement with experienced, caring homes. This show, presented by The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program, will show the horses’ incredible progress, all to benefit this amazing cause.

Special Olympics Kentucky State Equestrian Competition

September 9 8am – 7pm // Alltech Arena Special Olympics riders from local therapeutic and private riding organizations will come together to display their skills and enjoy an exciting day of competition. They will showcase multiple disciplines, including English and Western Equitation, Dressage, Showmanship and Working Trails. Admission is free, so come out and

support these incredible riders and learn more about the Special Olympics Kentucky program.

National Mounted Police Colloquium

September 25 – 29 // Alltech Arena Presented by the Kentucky Horse Park Police and the Lexington Police Department, this series of courses is designed to teach skills like Crowd Control, Tactic, Search Techniques, Flatwork and Jumping. Guest instructors are scheduled to include representatives from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and US Border Patrol. On September 30th, the Civilian Equine Sensory Training Clinic will help both horses and riders gain training in obstacle, sensory and equitation techniques.

Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning

September 29 // 4:30pm – 10pm Enjoy an evening of fun to benefit the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation! This event pairs two amateur team penning riders with a celebrity guest rider. Whichever team pens a group of cattle the quickest is the winner! Celebrities include stars of the equine world, as well as local media personalities. The relaxed, fun-filled environment is family-friendly (kids under 12 get in free with the purchase of an adult ticket.) To learn more or to purchase VIP Dinner Tickets, visit khpfoundation.org •

Kentucky Horse Park Magazine: The official visitor’s guide to the Kentucky Horse Park hits stands September 21st! Find a copy at the Kentucky Horse Park, at local tourism sites or at TOPSinLex.com to discover more about what’s happening at the park this fall and winter!

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Does Stoops Have the Winning Ticket? If you’re like me, every now and then, you take a stab at cementing your financial future by purchasing a lottery ticket. When the pot has swollen to those dreamy totals, it’s hard to resist. I once read that your odds of winning are basically the same, whether you buy a ticket or not. (But twice I’ve cashed in tickets worth $2 each–so in my mind, I’M A WINNER!) It seems as though trying to win a Southeastern Conference football title is UK’s version of playing the lottery. The season rolls around and each year, the players line up. At the gas station, you can walk right by the cashier with your dollars tucked safely into your britches, but the Wildcats will field a team, regardless. And yet, before the season starts everyone is undefeated. It seems like the same chance. But we know better–don’t we? Think of it this way: do all the other SEC basketball teams really start the year believing they have a chance at unseating Kentucky? A couple of them do. (Most do not. Thanks for playing.)

We all know that when it comes to SEC football, at least half of the teams in the league are issued pre-season lottery tickets that have no chance of being winners. The numbers printed on them may as well be hieroglyphics. And lately it seems Alabama gets a ticket with numbers we already know to be winners, except maybe the Powerball, just for dramatic effect. The Crimson Tide just has to avoid any stumbles on the way to cashing in. But what about Kentucky’s ticket this season? Could it be a winner?

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Kentucky has lots of talent returning, although in the off-season, it lost two big-play magicians. Boom Williams would attack by land, ripping off huge touchdown runs. Jeff Badet’s assaults came by air, as he would sneak behind opposing defenses, haul in a long bomb and then win the ensuing sprint to the end zone. Replacing that kind of explosiveness is a must.

Can Kentucky stay healthy and muster enough big plays to find even more victories on a schedule that seems a bit more manageable?

The Cats have made a run at the top a few times and in the modern era, they’ve made it there twice. In 1976, UK won its only SEC football title. In 1977, the Wildcats went undefeated in league play but NCAA sanctions forced them to tear up that winning ticket without getting to cash it. Can you imagine?

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Based on what we saw last year, it just might be. The Wildcats got off to a bumpy start that soon degraded into a tailspin that threatened to become a downright spiral. But they pulled out of it, posting crucial league wins over South Carolina, Vandy, Missouri and –by the grace of a last-second field goal–Mississippi State. And of course, there was the upset win over Louisville and its Heisman Trophy-winning QB, Lamar Jackson.

And there’s the fact that you have to stop the other guy. Georgia Tech ran over and through the Wildcat defense in the bowl game in Jacksonville. The SEC is big-boy football. You need more on defense than good looks and snazzy uniforms.

Thanks to some of the best recruiting in the history of the program, Stoops & Co. seem to have assembled a deep and talented roster. So the multi-million dollar, lotterywinning question is: can Kentucky stay healthy and muster enough big plays to find even more victories on a schedule that seems a bit more manageable? If they do, Mark Stoops just might move to the head of the line with a big grin on his face, knowing that he’s holding the winning ticket. photo by Dr. Michael Huang

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WHAT’S NEW, Mathnasium of West Lexington is Turning One! Lexington’s math-only learning center is celebrating its first anniversary! Mathnasium of West Lexington specializes in making math make sense to kids. Owners Tim and Jessica Scifres have seen firsthand that doing well in math is a snowball effect for children. “We provide students with opportunities to see success in math, which grows their confidence and in turn, grows their skills,” explained Tim. Each student is provided with a fully customized learning plan, built from their complimentary initial assessment. “Each student in our Center each day is working on their own specific learning plan based on concepts they have shown a need for more practice,” Jessica said. “Since everything is so customized, we are able to have the flexibility to work with students who are experiencing some struggles and need some remediation work.” They also work with students, from first grade through graduation, who wish to deepen their understanding of specific math concepts. Mathnasium offers drop-in scheduling and most memberships offer unlimited sessions each month. Celebrate Mathnasium’s anniversary with them on October 3rd, and learn more about what makes their learning center so unique. Find them on Facebook for more details: facebook.com/mathnasiumofwestlexington

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KENTUCKY? Fall Fest Offers Beauty and Fun on September 15th Enjoy a fun evening of entertainment and skin care at Kentucky Dermatology and Cosmetic Specialists’ Fall Fest! On September 15th from 4-8pm at 177 Burt Road in Lexington, the team is welcoming everyone to come discover what makes Kentucky Dermatology the Ultimate Experience in Skin Care. Cosmetic Specialists is pleased to offer every guest who attends a one-time 20% off coupon for any of their services. The discount can be saved on their account for an entire year! Guests may shop a curated selection of local brands while enjoying special event pricing on all Cosmetic Specialists services from their skin care experts. Along with the exclusive savings and great giveaway prizes, there will be food trucks, inflatables, live music and sweet treats! It’s an event that is sure to be fun for the entire family. Some of the local vendors to be featured at Fall Fest include Matilda Jane Clothing, Blush Box & Co., Sala Studio, Lexi + Lou, Kentucky Blended Nutrition and Queen Bee Popsicles with more to be announced! Welcome fall with glowing skin from Kentucky Dermatology and Cosmetic Specialists’ Fall Fest! For the latest updates, follow them on Facebook: facebook.com/kydermcs | Instagram: kydermcs | Twitter: @kydermcs

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Water + Oak is Coming This September Starting September 22nd, Water + Oak Outdoor Co. will call Lexington home. The outdoor apparel, footwear, and equipment retailer offers great products for any active lifestyle. The first location opened in Louisville in 2016. “With this concept, we wanted to create a modern but authentic take on the traditional outdoor outfitter,” explained Director of Operations, Kristy Ward. “Going beyond brown boots and polyester hiking pants (although we still have them), our goal is to engage people who love and live an active and outdoor lifestyle.” Their activewear, gameday apparel, and outdoor accessories are perfect for any active lifestyle. They carry products from great brands like Patagonia, Barbour and The North Face, as well as Hunter Boots, Sorel, Vineyard Vines, Alo Yoga and True Grit, just to name a few. An important aspect of Water + Oak is the wealth of knowledge they bring. Their local staff is well-versed in all things outdoor in and around Lexington. From hiking to tailgating, backpacking to outdoor photography, they share their customers’ passion for outdoor life. The company’s CEO, Scott McCrory, has been a lifelong traveler and adventurer. In college, he worked at an outdoor store and bike shops

before settling into what he thought would be his lifelong career as a CPA. Though he achieved his goal of a partnership, adventure still called. Scott and a group of partners had an opportunity to purchase an existing outdoor retail company. Through their growth, Water + Oak was conceived. His passion for traveling, backpacking, mountain biking and climbing spurred him to bring this concept to Central Kentucky, allowing him and his team to connect with outdoor enthusiasts who want to explore the natural beauty of Kentucky. “When we first visited Lexington, we felt at home,” Scott said. “The people are kind and welcoming, the food is outstanding and the outdoor life is lived well. It is an easy fit for us and we are excited to serve the people of Lexington and connect them with the things we love.” Their grand opening weekend is Friday, September 22nd – Sunday, September 24th. They will offer grand opening specials, including a raffle of 40 great prizes with a grand prize valued at $500. The first 100 purchases over $50 will receive a free custom engraved YETI 10oz. lowball tumbler. They will also be doing fundraising for charities. Follow Water + Oak on Instagram and Facebook for additional details, including a special event on Thursday, September 21st.

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FALL EASES INTO THE BLUEGRASS THIS MONTH... and with it comes a slew of fun and fabulous events. Not only are the majority of these affairs highly entertaining, they also benefit great causes. If you have a spare cape laying around, strap that bad boy on and join in on the CASA Superhero Run. If fashion and fundraising is your more thing, then Dress for Success Lexington’s 5th Annual Recycle The Runway will be right up your alley. For an evening of glamour, The McDazzle Red Tie Gala is filled with gourmet food, dancing, silent auctions and more held by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of The Bluegrass.

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For a fun group outing, gather your fellow Wildcat fans for Big Blue Madness and kick off basketball season in grand fashion. On the music front, you won’t want to miss five-time Grammy winner and powerhouse entertainer Bruno Mars, who will hit up the KFC Yum! Center for his first tour in over four years.

Give her a night she will cherish forever! This dance lets girls feel like princesses. Enjoy dancing, food, photos and more, including special appearances by Princesses Elsa and Belle! This daddy/daughter dance benefits March of Dimes, the leading non-profit organization in pregnancy and women’s health.

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8:30am // Kentucky Horse Park Grab your capes and masks and get ready to feel like a hero-better yet a superhero! Attendees of all ages will gather for a 5K and kids run. This is not your typical race, there will be superhero figurines along the course that can be redeemed at the finish line for special prizes. Afterwards, there will be fun activities including costume contests for kids, adults, teams and pets.

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6:30pm // Fairyhouse Hall Fairyhouse Hall owners Heather McKeever Haffey & Shane Haffey will collaborate with Chef Jonathan Lundy and Sommelier TJ Cox, for this annual supper party, featuring a menu of estate raised items as a part of the Kentucky Proud Farm to Fork Dinner Series. Enjoy garden tours, a spirits tasting, live music and Kentucky trivia!

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11:30am-1pm // The Grand Reserve Fashion and charity join forces for the 5th Annual Recycle The Runway. Guests will enjoy a unique “recycled” fashion show, silent auction and luncheon where local designers unveil runway-ready fashions made out of “unsuitable” garments. Their one-of-a-kind creations will be featured on the runway and judged by local fashion savvy judges. This event has become Dress for Success Lexington’s signature fundraising event that both attendees and designers alike look forward to each year.

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6pm-10pm // Jefferson St. The Jefferson Street Soirée is bringing fun and excitement to downtown once again! Come on out and enjoy the Jefferson Street area restaurants, food tents, beer trucks and live music! Nick Ryan’s, Enoteca, Grey Goose and more culinary favorites will be joining in on the tasty goodness. The Tee Dee Young Band will be the main source of entertainment, with The Kentucky Hoss Cats opening. Jefferson Street will be blocked off from Short Street to Maryland Street.

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11:30am // The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Center Take a break from your work day to enjoy lunch & live tunes from the talented Enrique Gonzalez and other local songwriters and musicians. This event aims to create an artistic oasis from your hectic life, a midweek lunchtime escape to eat, relax and feed your soul and mind. Feed the Soul will feature a tasty buffet-style lunch from Dupree Catering.

Festival Latino de Lexington

Downtown Lexington

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LexArts Gallery Hop

5-8pm // Downtown

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Explorium's Museum-Go-Round

10am // Triangle Park

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Art of Making Miracles

6pm // RJ Corman Hangar A night of delicious food, great music, a live and silent auction and one incredible mission: to support the miraculous work of the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. The Makenna Foundation was established in loving memory of Makenna David, who died of a rare lung disease when she was just 20 months old. This great event helps support the KCH as it gives hope, joy and courage to the children and families it serves.

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McDazzle Red Tie Gala & Auction

6pm-12am // Downtown Hilton Support the tenth-annual McDazzle, held by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of The Bluegrass. Having earned a reputation as “the charity event of the year,” McDazzle features an exciting live and silent auction, gourmet dinner, live music and dancing along with a special tribute to Elizabeth Carey Nahra.

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East End Explorations

8:30am // The Lyric Theatre

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Noam Pikelny

8pm // KFC Yum! Center

8pm // Norton Center for the Arts

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The 24K Magic World Tour celebrates the talent and incredible energy that is Bruno Mars. This show is the Grammy winner’s first full length tour since 2013’s wildly popular Moonshine Jungle. Bruno is back with a brand new album and even more remarkable dance moves. Be ready to rock out to classic tunes like “Locked Out of Heaven” and “Treasure”, as well as new hits such as “24K Magic” and “That’s What I Like”. Bruno never disappoints, so make sure not miss him!

Horses and Hope Trail Ride

9am // Kentucky Horse Park

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Light the Night Walk

5:30pm // Whitaker Bank Ballpark The Light The Night Walk is the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's annual fundraiser that takes place every Fall nationwide. It is a night to pay tribute to those who have been affected by blood cancers and also raise funds for blood cancer research and patient services. LLS is making cures happen by providing patient support services, advocating for lifesaving treatments and pioneering the most promising cancer research anywhere. The event's signature lanterns light to illuminate this wonderful cause!

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The Doobie Brothers

7:30pm // EKU Center for the Arts

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Harvest For Horses

6pm // RJ Corman Hangar Take delight in a farm-to-table experience to benefit the Kentucky Equine Humane Center. Guests will sip on delicious wines paired with hors d’oeuvres, charcuterie, and a three-course dinner curated by a celebrity chef using ingredients sourced locally. Dinner will also

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feature live acoustic music, a wine and bourbon auction and more! Proceeds will benefit the center, which exists to provide a peaceful haven for horses to relax and recover until they find their forever home.

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Anderson County Burgoo Festival

An Evening with Rufus Wainwright

Gordon Lightfoot

8pm // Singletary Center for the Arts

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5th Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards

Marriott Louisville Downtown Honorees include: Acadamy-award winning actress and humanitarian Patricia Arquette; Her Royal Highness Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite; global humanitarian Paige Elenson; Kentuckian, activist and actress Judd; and author, actor and philanthropist Hill Harper. Professional ring announcer Michael Buffer will emcee for the evening.

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5pm // Kentucky Horse Park Giddyup! The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation Battle in the Saddle is a celebrity team penning event that will be fun for the whole family. This event pairs two amateur team penning riders with a celebrity guest rider. The teams compete to pen cattle the fastest. It's great fun to see stars of the equine industry and local media personalities battle it out, cowboy-style!

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Savory Cycle

8am-6pm // Holly Hill Inn

Battle in the Saddle

Air1 Positive Hits Tour

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Lexington Center

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6pm // Belle's Cocktail House

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Walk to Defeat ALS

8:30am // Rupp Arena

7pm // Rupp Arena

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The Night Market

7pm // Rupp Arena

6-10pm // 700 Block of Bryan Ave

3pm // Lyric Theatre and Cultural Center

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Thoroughbred Makeover

Kentucky Horse Park

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Keeneland Fall Meet

Keeneland The Keenland races are back for an autumn run in beautiful horse country. Each October, Keeneland's signature Fall Stars Weekend is an exciting kickoff to the Fall Meet. Nine graded stakes are offered opening weekend. Fans will see many Breeders' Cup-bound stars prep at Keeneland as a prelude to the World Championships. Of course, everyone knows that one of the best parts of the fall meet is getting gussied up, placing a few bets and enjoying Kentucky's beautiful fall colors!

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Big Blue Madness

The Edgar Winter Band

8pm // Norton Center for the Arts

Kentucky Wildcat fans, bring out your best blues and get ready because basketball season is coming! Big Blue Madness is the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2017-18 men’s and women’s basketball teams featuring practice drills, team introductions and more. Like the last two years, the ticket distribution will take place Friday night both at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Avenue of Champions and at Ticketmaster.com.

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The Bourbon Social

Around Central Kentucky A series of events that's perfect for fans of Kentucky's most famous spirit. Enjoy Bourbon & Bites on Thursday, a Day at the Races (tickets sell out every year) on Friday and The Main Event on Saturday. Check out thebourbonsocial.com for the latest event updates, tickets and more, and celebrate bourbon culture with fellow fans!

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Ball Homes Night of Hope

7pm // Lexington Opera House Sports writers describe Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson an outrageous, witty and talented athlete. He was a firstround draft pick for the Dallas Cowboys and an All-Pro Bowl linebacker. Sadly, alcohol and drug abuse quickly brought his brilliant career to a shocking halt. Fortunately through therapy and the 12step program, he established a new way of living. Thomas will be the evening's guest speaker sharing his story and helping celebrate 20 years of recovery at the Hope Center.

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Yes, Mamm! 5K

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Kentucky Horse Park

The Bourbon Chase

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Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen Fall Fair

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LIV ON: Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman & Amy Sky

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Thriller Parade & Fest

3-8pm // Downtown

7pm // Norton Center for the Arts

Historic Indian Fort Theatre, Berea

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The Beach Boys

7:30pm // EKU Center for the Arts

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UK Alumni Charity Game 2017

Woodland Art Fair UK Football Fan Day

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Kathy Sink, Tom Buford and Alice Forgy Kerr at the Tomato Fest


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