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FUNDAMENTALS at home tour of homes: A Stunning Point of View gardening: Attracting Birds

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faces+places Tops Cares: Home of the Innocents New+Noteworthy: Downtown Louisville Meet the media: Shannon Cogan

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Dining: Volare Italian Ristorante Southern Lady Cooks: Maple Pecan Pancake Bake Skinny Mom: Low-Carb Creamy Avocado Pasta At the Italian Table: Warming Foods & Winter Herbs TOP 5 Dining: Comfort Food Spirit of the Month: The Dalmore Wine of the Month: Bourbon Barrel Red

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life+style WOW Wedding: Kayla + Aaron Remmers Wedding Trends: Well-Heeled Shoes Outfit of the Month: Winter Wonder-Glam Boutique Spotlight: Liv Boutique

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Super Mom: Christine Marshall In The Buf: Out with the Old, In with the New Dear Tony: Advice from the Edge Pets: Pet Insurance Parties: Have a Kid-Friendly Super Bowl Party

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arts+entertainment theater: Tradition In A New Way film: Louisville Gets Ready for Its Close-up music: Jeanna Dean

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The Champ’s 75th OFF THE RECORD: NuLu TOP EVENT: Wrapped In Red Gala UK Sports: What’s the Deal with BBN? U of L Sports: Can “Lamarvelous” Repeat? Calendar: What to do in Lou

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PHOTOS Out & About

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American Founder’s Bank Holiday Party

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Martinis & Mistletoe

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Holiday Open House Celebrating 1500 Wishes

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Light Up CenterStage

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MSA Hot Toddy Tuesdays

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Jeptha Creed Grand Opening

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Rose Awards

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Commissioner’s Cup Gala

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UK vs. U of L Basketball

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KRA Day at the Races

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Expressions of Hope

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Hit Hunger Out of the Park

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Toys for Tots

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hank you for picking up the inaugural issue of TOPS Magazine! What is TOPS all about? Think of us as a giant mirror reflecting the very best of our community. TOPS was born and bred in one of Kentucky’s other great cities, Lexington, back in 2006. I was in the radio business most of my media career, and enjoyed it immensely. I have always had the entrepreneurial spirit, wanting to be my own boss, captain of my destiny, and to see if I really had what it took to start a business from scratch and grow it into something sustainable. Well, here we are in Louisville, and we plan to be here a long, long time. How did it all start? During my radio career, I kept hearing a common refrain from the non-profits: “HELP!! WE NEED HELP!” And I kept hear-

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ing businesses saying that advertising was getting way too expensive. The first cardinal (see I how worked that in?) rule of business is find a need and fill it. I thought if I could create a website that would showcase the amazing work that non-profits do to enhance our community, and help businesses reach the same or larger number of people that traditional media does but for far less cost, then maybe I could be a huge resource to both. In 2006, TOPSinLex.com website was born. It grew rapidly, and in 2007 we launched our first magazine. A skinny, 64page, stapled magazine that was the equivalent of a gangly teenager with braces. The awkward teenager quickly blossomed into a monthly, perfect-bound, premium quality publication that now consistently exceeds 200+ pages. I am very proud, and a little humbled to say that TOPS has become a major brand in Lexington. We have helped large and small non-profits tell their stories, promote their signature events, make their guests feel like celebrities, and help them grow in attendance and fundraising. My Louisville friends kept encouraging me to bring this concept here, saying, “We don’t have anything quite like TOPS here, and would love to see it every month.”

One of the questions I most often get about the magazine is “How in the world can you publish such a high-quality magazine and not charge $6 per copy like other premium city magazines?” The answer is the wonderful, community-minded advertisers you see in this magazine support all of this. If you are enjoying this magazine, please take a moment to let these businesses know you appreciate them. It would mean a lot for them to hear your support. This will help us bring you a growing publication each month.


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Louisville is a perfect market for our magazine. This city is on fire with world-class Arts, Entertainment, Dining, Culture, Tourism, Shopping, Housing, Sporting Events, and still more major projects in development. If you are reading this magazine, chances are good you are socially active, community-minded, and care deeply about this city and it’s quality of life. So do we. Each month 25,000 magazines will be distributed all over the Louisville and Southern Indiana. With an average “pass around” rate of 4.6, that translates into around 115,000 readers who get to enjoy reading about this incredibly robust city. In each TOPS issue, you will find:

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TOPS CUISINE Louisville has a booming dining scene – it seems like a great new restaurant is opening every hour. Our photographers and writers will introduce you to the owners and chefs so you know which new spots to add to your must-visit list.

TOPS EVENTS Our “TOP-arazzi’s” will be all over town each week, capturing photos of Louisville’s dynamic social scene: galas, fundraisers, annual meetings, parties, concerts and sporting events. If it’s important, we will be there bringing you all the fashion and fun.

TOPS COLUMNISTS From Gardening, Relationships, Advice, Health, Pets, UL Sports, and UK Sports, you will get a smile or some timely information to use in your everyday life.

TOPS MONTHLY SPOTLIGHT FEATURES Each month, TOPS puts the spotlight on a topic that will enlighten key areas of Louisville Life: JANUARY: Better Living featuring Fit, Fabulous, and over Forty FEBRUARY: The Money Issue: Meet the “Money Makers.” MARCH: Home and Garden – Spring Fashions APRIL: Derby, Derby, Derby! What else could there be? MAY: Real Estate: Market Trends and Superstar Agents JUNE: Derby Recap and Summer Fashion JULY: Healthcare: Meet the Docs. AUGUST: What Makes Louisville Great: A look at our growing city – Rock Star Entrepreneurs. SEPTEMBER: Fall Fashion – Tailgating Tips OCTOBER: The Inspiration Issue: Survivor Stories NOVEMBER: Go Red For Women DECEMBER: Holidays and Fashion As you can see, it is a busy year ahead, and our success will grow even faster if you tell your friends and neighbors that you “Saw It In TOPS!” Any comments or suggestions? We would love to hear from you at GetMore@TOPSLouisville.com. Thank you again for picking up our very first magazine, and taking time to read about us.

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American Founder’s Bank Holiday Party American Founder’s Bank, 1200 Forest Bridge Road | December 13 | afbusa.com | Jolea Brown

Rebecca DeFerraro, Jordon Doepke

Kevin Lynch, Barry Brauch

Kulwant Singh, Gina Horner

Linda Berry, Bud Sanderfer

Rob Kester, Michelle Baughman, Jon Baughman

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Anita Brauch, Jessica Tretter

Kevin Lyons, Jim Lyons, Jamie Brodsky


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David Buechler, David Verville

Emie Bowlby, Cindy Young

Bregg Seibert, Lesa Seibert

Kathie McBroom, Harry Dennery

DeRan Florence, Trish Osborn, Steve Lynch, Dave Zimmerman

Justice Heltel, Michael Baer, Ben Lawrence

John Jennings, Joey Conely, Matt Obrien

Jeff Fields, David Jarnagin, Colleen Jarnagin

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Martinis & Mistletoe KMAC | December 1 | kmacmuseum.org | Louis Tinsley

Roseann Squire, Angela Hagan

Robert Bertrand, Kris Richter

Ellen McKnight and Daniel Maye

Christina Carter, Prewitt Lane, Julia Comer

Emily Miles, Josh Hardesty, D’Ante Tinson

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Amy Fitzgerald and Jennifer Kramer

Caitlin Sollee, Jessica Muir

Annie McLaughlin, Diane McCallum


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Holiday Open House celebrating 1500 wishes Make-a-Wish | December 7 | makeawish.org | Louis Tinsley

Cheri Lineweaver, Emily Lineweaver Care Darmstadt, Keith Lerme, Jennifer Churik, Lisa Reeves

Jennifer Greener, Allison Kiefer

Brianna Lerme, Keith Lerme

Cassidy Hyde, Lori Leitner, Darla Chezam

Beth Kregor, Craig Peterhansen

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Hunter Graham, Shelley Levey

Keith Lerme, Cate Darmstadt

Herb Phillips, Linda Phillips

Mike Caci, Craig Peterhansen

Cassidy Hyde, Katie Higdon, Elizabeth Olson, Leslie Comstock, Suzy Marino

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Light up centerstage Jewish Community Center | December 3 | jcc.org | Hunter Zieske

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MSA Hot Toddy Tuesdays Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, KMAC, Frazier Museum | November 29, December 6 & 13 | mainstreetassociation.com | Louis Tinsley

Logan Leet, Chuck Theiler

Jeff Crowe and Evan Williams Crew

Andrew Fleischman

Robin Miller, Rachel Dickey, Jamie Smith, Nolan Kapp

Jodi Lewis, Annie Lewis

Julia Comer, Deb Delor

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Ellie Yerkes, Nolan Kapp

Pam Leet, Dawn Wigginton, Keith Yarber, Mary George Meiners, Laurie Lennon


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Phil Scherer, Rebecca Matheny

Mariah Gratz, Corky Taylor

Reginald Glass, Mary George Meiners

Leslie Smith, Amber Youngblood

Rachel McMahan, Patrick Yates

Kelley Burke, Steve Eggers. Shawn Hadley

Brandon Jaggers, Rachel Dickey, Robin Miller, Tricia Burke

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Jeptha Creed Grand Opening Jeptha Creed Distillery | November 11 | jepthacreed.com | Louis Tinsley

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Autumn Nethery, Joyce Nethery

Dave Carpenter, Matt Hambright

Kevin Hall

TJ Gordon

Jerry Miller and Chef Josh Moore

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Cheers!

Norma Taylor, Thomas Hardesty

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Hunter Nethery, Rob Rothenburger, Joyce Nethery, Bruce Nethery, Thomas Hardesty, Autumm Nethery


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ROSE AWARDS Louisville Marriott Downtown | October 28 | louisvilleroseawards.com | Hunter Zieske

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Commissioner’s Cup Gala Speed Museum | November 19 | Louis Tinsley

Logan Leet, Brance Gould, Traci Gould

The Blandfords

Miss Kentucky, Laura Jones and Friends

Colleen Cox, Allen Dossey

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Ron Rapp, Kathy Bragg, Cindi Thompson, Kimberle Thompson, Amy Landrum

Greg Karsner, Cynthia Bohn

Dr. and Mrs. Houtz


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Mike Hatzell, Eddie O’Daniel, Karen Timmel

Chris Hayden, Jared Cox, Natalie Donahue, Greg Karsner

Chad Peach, Alma Meyer

Bill Petterson, Debbie Patterson, Dinah Bird

Joey Sloan, Francine Sloan

Amy Landrum, Michelle Wolf

Francine Sloan, Eddie O’Daniel

Misty Mountain String Band

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A Stunning Point of View Everything about this custom-built home reflects the tastes and interests of the couple who built their dream house

by Steve Kaufman Photos by Tim Furlong, Jr.

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ne of the more interesting pieces in Becky and Bill Lamb’s home is a 100-year-old grand piano nestled in a corner of their living room. The piano’s history is interesting: Bill’s father ran a recording studio in Flint, Mich., so he had access to musicians and artists, and that’s how he was able to buy the instrument from a local music arranger. “Apparently,” said Bill, “Fats Domino and Jo Ann Castle [of the Lawrence Welk Orchestra] actually played this piano.” But the piano’s more recent history is interesting, too. During a dinner part at the home, Teddy Abrams, music director and conductor of the Louisville Orchestra, sat down to the antique instrument and played a piece he had recently composed. “I always bring wine when I’m invited to someone’s home for dinner,” Becky laughed, “Teddy brought an original piece of music.”

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...he came back to us with a picture of a house in New England he’d found in a magazine – very beautiful, balanced, symmetrical. And that’s what we ended up building.”

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he entertaining that the Lambs do is a part of their lifestyle, but also a big part of their work. Becky is vice president of contracting at U of L Physicians, the largest multi-specialty practice in Louisville. Bill is president and general manager of WDRB. They host local businesspeople, medical professionals, politicians, radio and TV personalities, artists, other prominent Louisvillians and good friends for dinner a half-dozen times during the year. That, as much as anything else, was the impetus for the Lambs to build this 10,500-square-foot home. “For me, having the space to entertain was important,” Becky said. “The dining room can accommodate 14 people. In our previous house, we had to sit people in the hallway. The scale of things here makes entertaining a lot easier.” It was, by no means, planned. The Lambs were happy in their Wolf Pen Springs home and not necessarily eager to move. “But Becky and I have a history of driving around, looking at homes,” said Bill. “We’ve done that as long as we’ve known each other – just looking around. This development was one of the places we drove through.” The builder of their previous house, Jim French, owned a lot in the subdivision,

Homeowners Becky and Bill Lamb

and French engaged the Lambs in the conversation. “He said to us, ‘Let’s say you’re going to move, what would the house look like?’” Bill related. “So, just for the fun of it, we began describing it to him,” said Becky. “And soon he came back to us with a picture of a house in New England he’d found in a magazine – very beautiful, balanced, symmetrical. And that’s what we ended up building.” Also, “just for fun,” French engaged Becky and Bill in various floor plans. Soon, they were hooked.

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ut the development, which had only two or three houses when they started looking, was filling up. So they began seriously looking at available lots and picked one that, coincidentally, their friend Terry Meiners had his eye on for some time. “Terry used to drive through here frequently, scoping out how it looked when the sun set or how the headlights coming down the street in the evening would hit the house,” Bill said. “He was convinced it was the best residential lot left in all of Louisville.” Why? “Look at how it backs up to all that undeveloped area,” said Bill, peering through the large windows at the back of the wood-paneled study in the center of the first floor. “It’s quiet, private and spacious. And the trees are so well-placed. It’s beautiful in all of the four seasons of the year.” And so, when the imagined home became a reality, that was the lot the Lambs bought (completely unaware of Meiners’ infatuation with it). And they started building. For Becky, who had never built before, it was not the horror story she’d heard so much about. Researching magazines, TV shows, websites and a home-browsing app called Houzz, she immersed herself in the world of materials, paint colors, fixtures, floor tiles, moldings – the myriad details of home-building. For Bill, who had previously built a house for himself, the only daunting part was the hundreds of choices Becky was constantly throwing at him. “We reached an agreement,” he said. “She could look at 100 different faucets that she liked, but she had to narrow it down to two or three before she could show them to me.” And so the process took its course, slowly but effortlessly. They sold their old house and moved into an apartment in The Galt House for a year. This was easy, they thought, and so it was – until it was almost time to move in. “It was Derby week, 2014,” Becky recalled, “and The Galt House needed us to move out. Our apartment had already been promised to someone else. We had to move in while the painters were still here, even before the final inspections had been done.”

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oday, though, that experience is in the rear-view mirror, just a bunch of funny stories to tell. The elegant Georgian house they built is now the comfortable home they inhabit. And they’ve filled it with as much of their lives and personalities as they could. Becky did insist on a clean and light palette throughout her new house. The walls are almost all various shades of white or the palest of greens. “We don’t want the colors of the walls to be the thing you notice,” she said. “When you walk through the front door, we want your eyes drawn through the house to the large rear arched windows and the views of the back. The house was specifically laid out that way.” The details of the house reflect the inhabitants’ lifestyle. The artwork on the walls recalls their eclectic travels as much as their eclectic tastes. It recounts trips to Paris, Havana, San Diego – even to the country of Georgia, where Bill visited as part of a U.S. State Department exchange program.

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When you walk through the front door, we want your eyes drawn through the house to the large rear arched windows and the views of the back.”

“The local TV station wanted to give me a gift,” he recalled. “One of their employees, who had passed away, had given all of his original artwork to the station. They told me to take whatever I wanted.” So now a haunting portrait of a Georgian woman’s face hangs, framed, in his downstairs home office. And the arresting light turquoise and

tan area rug in the couple’s master bedroom was bought by Bill on a trip to Turkey. “He contacted me, because buying a carpet is something you do in Turkey,” Becky recalled. “We had no rug in the bedroom, so I said, ‘Pick out something you like, we’ll build the room around it.’ ” “I bought it ‘without supervision,’” Bill laughed. “Luckily, she liked it.”


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he spacious open kitchen was built to accommodate Becky’s love of entertaining. Her “baby” is the large, white granite-topped, center island. “It was one of my non-negotiable bargaining chips,” she said of the white granite. “I wanted it very much. When you go to the granite suppliers, there are so many fantastic choices. But I’d seen this one in a picture early on, and I stuck with it.” Bill’s only real requirement in the kitchen was that the appliances be GE Monogram. “There was never a question of Wolf or Viking or Sub-Zero,” he said, “I wanted to support the local business.”

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he dark, woodsy study is the lone departure from Becky’s light palette, “and it’s my favorite room in the house,” she said. “I wanted a masculine room here, with a stone fireplace,” said Bill. “I’m still looking for a deer and antlers.” Does he hunt? “No, I shop.”

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he master suite has commodious walk-in closets for each of them, and also an open walk-through shower in the bathroom, “so neither of us has to squeegee the mirrors in the morning,” said Becky. “We used to race to be the first one in the shower.” A flat-screen TV sits on a wall above a slipper tub, one of 13 TVs in the house. “Becky always said this was the house that TV built,” said Bill. The spacious basement is where the Lambs really express themselves – several rooms of casual comfort, recreation, entertainment and exercise. A display in the billiards room houses Bill’s collection of sports memorabilia in glass cases – baseballs, footballs, a basketball and one boxing glove, personally autographed by the likes of Muhammad

Ali, Dan Marino, Johnny Bench, Terry Bradshaw, Andrew Luck, Chris Webber and others. Bill pitched for Taylor University, and actually had a tryout with the Detroit Tigers. “I showed up with an old pair of beat-up baseball shoes, and Kirk Gibson [then a Tiger outfielder] lent me a pair of his shoes.” Thus the ball inscribed by Gibson, later a National League MVP with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Ali glove was signed the day they broke ground for the Muhammad Ali Center. Becky’s “room” downstairs is a well-equipped gym of free weights and an elliptical trainer that she uses religiously. “I’ve known Becky for 17 years and she’s never missed a day,” said Bill. “I use the massage table a lot.”

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Becky always said this was the house that TV built.”

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plush eight-seat theater in the basement is where the couple watches TV and movies, often with friends. “Fox sends me all the new shows before they air in the fall,” said Bill (his station is a Fox affiliate), “so we’ll have a dinner party and a screening before the shows actually hit the air.” Behind the baffle along one wall is a fully concrete safe room. “We were building this right after the Henryville tornado,” said Becky. “Nearly every room in the house has a lot of windows and glass. But this room would survive the house crumbling around us.” It also has its own – guess what – TV. “If you’re in a weather crisis, you have to be able to watch the weather,” said the TV executive without a hint of embarrassment. So Bill Lamb has an exercise room he rarely uses, a billiards room though he says he isn’t much of a pool player, a full bar and custom wine cellar though he doesn’t drink, an antique grand piano though he doesn’t play, and a woodsy, hunting lodgetype study though he doesn’t hunt. But if you think this house he shares with his wife of 15-plus years isn’t “the culmination of my life-long dream,” you haven’t walked the halls with him.

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Attracting Birds

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hen it comes to attracting birds to your garden there are several things to consider: habitat, nesting sites, water and feeders. The landscape you have will determine what types of birds you attract. “It’s all relative to what you have around you,” said Fayette County Extension Agent Jamie Dockery during a recent Gardner’s Toolbox class. Older neighborhoods with mature oaks will attract different birds than a newer neighborhood with few trees. “It’s all about habitat,” Dockery explained. The more lush your yard, the more likely you will be to get birds. Think about it. Birds don’t willingly drop into an open field where they can’t see the terrain. They need a place to perch and survey to avoid predators. That said, robins, blackbirds, and crows don’t mind flat grassy areas but they are likely not what you are looking for

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as far as beauty and entertainment. Where do you begin? The number one thing to attract as many birds as possible is to reduce the amount of lawn and create a more varied habitat with bushes and landscape plantings. Evergreens are outstanding to provide shelter in winter. The compass plant is beneficial with its flat, fern like leaves that grow in a fan shape providing a single landing plane to perch on. Planting wildflowers will also attract beneficial insects, which provide a significant part of a bird’s diet. When birds are rearing their young they are big on bugs. Outside of creating an optimum habitat, your next best bet is to feed them. Black oil sunflower seed is regarded as one of the best, as it deters the unwanted birds; suet provides fat and calories when it is cold. Suet is very affordable and also easy to make yourself. Feed variety will also serve your visitors

well as it will eliminate the competition at one feeder. Some birds won’t stand up to bullies so if you diversify your feeders, you are more likely to satisfy nearly everyone. As the old saying goes, variety is the spice of life! The effort will create bird Zen. I would like to credit this month’s information to the Gardner’s Toolbox Class offered by the Cooperative Extension Service. I really enjoyed attending a handful of these classes last year. Look for the 2017 list of classes coming out this month. Many of them are free! 

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rika Rhodes has been the Medical Social Services Manager at Home of the Innocents’ Kosair Charities Pediatric Convalescent Center (KCPCC) for four years. Here, 76 young lives are sustained, loved, and given the round-theclock attention they need – sometimes for respite care for a week or two, and sometimes for years. Often, the most dedicated parents are stretched beyond their limits, believing

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that caring for their medically-fragile child at home is the ethical thing to do. Many are unable to acknowledge how their own needs have fallen by the wayside until they get their first full night’s sleep once their child is in expert and caring hands. The KCPCC is only a fraction of what Home of the Innocents (the Home) does. They served over 7,000 children in 2015. Their 20.5-acre campus on East Market

Street in Louisville is the hub of an incredible amount of care. Housing children who’ve been abused, neglected, and abandoned is what they’re known for, and have been doing for more than 136 years. They also offer comprehensive medical services to the area children who need it most at their Open Arms Children’s Health Clinic. There’s a school on campus. There’s family counseling and foster care services. Anything you can imagine vulnerable children might need, it’s there. Rhodes invited TOPS Louisville to her office at the Home to speak with her and coworker, Ivana Mattingly (Medical Social Services Coordinator) about their work. The first Friday in December in the building’s lobby, people in festive felt elf hats sat behind a decorated table taking holiday gift donations. When the moment came for the interview, Rhodes had just received bad news – confidential news about a child’s condition – and was trying to stop crying. In less than two minutes, she had her game face on.


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“The posted hours are eight to five,” she says, smiling. Everyone laughs. “I don’t know that I’ve left by five at all this week.” “It’s hard not to take some of it home when you’re on-call all the time. But part of what I learned early on in my career is you have to be able to let it go. You have to let some of it go. You have to live your life.” She knows that caring for herself and her family is the first step to being able to provide the most effective care she can. Ivana Mattingly was hired in February 2016 after volunteering on and off for ten years. The time she took off, she was at college preparing for the work her service at Home of the Innocents proved was her calling. “It’s hard, because there’s no place like this. So there’s nothing you can really do to prepare yourself – even if you’ve worked in a hospital, you’ve worked in an ICU, or you’ve worked in social work, this is such a unique place where all these things sort of blend together.”

If you are the parent of a child with a developmental or physical disabilities or who is ventilator-dependent and you would like to see what the center has to offer, please call 502-596-1127.

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“You know, you don’t get up every day with a quota for selling things, people breathing down your neck for something that doesn’t matter. Because everything here matters so much in so many ways that you can’t count, you can’t touch.” “Everything everybody does here contributes to the betterment of the children, no matter what department you work in. That’s true for all of the Home,” adds Rhodes. “There’s so much that these kids can’t do, but there so much that they can do, and everything we do is just to help them do all the things they can,” says Mattingly. “And celebrate those things that they can do,” adds Rhodes. One young girl comes to mind. She came

to the KCPCC at just three months old with a rare genetic condition. She arrived on a ventilator and stayed for three years. “She was very sick for a long time, but we were able to help her get better,” says Rhodes. With the right kind of care, she was able to learn to use her hands. “She’s this teeny little girl who has these fingers that are fused together, but yet she learned though occupational therapy how to turn the pages of a book and do the simplest things that we take for granted every day.” The four-year-old, whose parents were afraid to hold or touch her for fear of hurting her when they brought her in, was able to go home to live with her family last summer. Not all the children who come to the

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KCPCC were loved and cared for by parents doing their best. Some are severely abused and neglected. “Someone said it in orientation,” Mattingly says “‘Their worst days are over.’ And I don’t cry, but I cried. They’re kids that have lived through hell. They come here, and they’re beat up, and they’ve just lived through serious hell... and they can’t tell you about it. All you can do is read medical reports and see what their social worker has to say. And that hell is over.” There’s a catch in her voice, but she smiles. “And from now on, they have us following them, they have other people following them, that are going to look out for their best interests.” “These kids have survived more than I could,” says Rhodes. “I know that for a fact. I mean, they’ve survived so many medical obstacles, sometimes social obstacles, that I could not survive. And there they are, the teeniest-tiniest person that has overcome so much in their short life that they know nothing but strength.” 


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owntown Louisville is experiencing a tremendous period of transformation. A whopping $1.2 billion investment in Downtown Louisville is taking place all projected to be completed in 2018. With over 45 projects announced or underway, this is an historic chapter in Downtown Louisville’s history, which is the culmination of many years of hard work and planning on behalf of the entire public and private community. Louisville citizens should be proud and very enthused about what their Downtown will look like in 2018. The Louisville Downtown Partnership (LDP) wants the community to know that Downtown remains open for business and encourages folks to come Downtown to check out all of the exciting developments for themselves. Development in Downtown Louisville spans every business opportunity and cultural sector. Anchoring the construction is the Omni Hotel, a $321 million, 30-story hotel complete with an 8,000 sq. ft. urban market, various restaurants, and even a speakeasy that contains several bowling lanes. Equally exciting and impactful is the $207 million expansion and renovation to the Kentucky International Convention Center, which will allow Louisville to access an extra 25% of the robust convention market. Word of the two major construction projects is already paying dividends, with 42,000 room nights already booked at the Omni Hotel. Though the Omni’s 612 rooms present an impressive number, they represent just under a third of the announced total of new hotel rooms. In 2018, eight new hotels will open in Downtown adding 1,526 rooms, bringing the new total to 6,316 hotel rooms in Downtown. Downtown Louisville will receive an additional tourism boost from the

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burgeoning “urban bourbon” sector. By 2018, Louisville’s Central Business District will boast four operating distilleries—Angel’s Envy, Kentucky Peerless, Old Forester, and Rabbit Hole Distilling—and three satellite distilling experiences—Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse, and Michter’s –all contained within a cohesive Bourbon District. Kentucky is the birthplace of Bourbon, crafting 95 percent of the world’s supply. Louisville currently produces roughly a third of the world’s supply of bourbon, and there will be no better place in the city than Downtown to experience the heritage of Kentucky’s native spirit. In one word coined by Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville is the home of Bourbonism®. While a large portion of the transformation will cater to those visiting our charismatic city, several high-profile residential developments will also be constructed. These developments, which range from adjacent neighborhoods like Butchertown and NuLu to the heart of Downtown’s South Fourth Street retail district, will increase market-rate units by 27%. Once fully occupied, the apartments and condos will house well over 5,000 residents who will be immersed in an increasingly vibrant urban environment. Louisville received the 2015 Event City Award by the International Festivals and Events Association. Part of the excitement includes 70 events in the two weeks preceding the annual Kentucky Derby each spring, many of which are in Downtown, including Thunder Over Louisville which drew a crowd of more than 700,000 people in 2016. New and current residents alike will be able to take advantage of gatherings hosted by the Louisville Downtown Residents Association, whose primary goal is to enhance the quality of life of neighborhood residents.

With a current workforce of 65,900 workers, Downtown Louisville serves as the center of commerce for the metropolitan area. In fact, if Downtown Louisville were its own county, it would be Kentucky’s third largest in terms of economic impact. Major employers like Humana Inc., Kindred Healthcare, Louisville Metro Government, and LG&EKU contribute to an employment payroll that currently exceeds $895 million. Over the next two years, an additional 3,000 jobs will be introduced into the


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market, and this doesn’t even count construction-related jobs! With the amount of construction currently underway in Downtown Louisville, one might wonder how traffic patterns will be affected. Look no further than the Louisville Downtown Partnership. LDP, a non-profit economic development organization focused on the Central Business District, has teamed up with the Courier-Journal, Louisville Metro Government, and Waze to create an interactive, real-time development map. This map

will display the 45+ projects in addition to traffic flow to help visitors, employees, and residents avoid any congestion that may occur during this period of growth. LDP drives economic growth in Downtown and adjacent central-city neighborhoods for the benefit of the entire region, as well as oversees multiple on-street enhancements that help establish Downtown Louisville’s distinctive character and widespread appeal. LDP believes the economic engine of any great city starts with a strong Downtown. 

For more information, go to: louisvilledowntown.org. LDP can be contacted at 556 S. Fourth Street; Louisville, Kentucky 40202; 502-584-6000.

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Who knows more about the pressure on a woman in our culture to maintain a certain look than a former Miss America? It’s hard to believe it’s been 17 years since Kentucky’s own Heather Renee French of Bracken County walked across an Atlantic City stage in bathing suit and evening gown, sang Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “As If We Never Said Goodbye” and answered judges’ interview questions on her way to winning one of America’s most coveted crowns. Most people who’ve hit the 40-year-old mark and beyond look back at a particular time in their lives when they felt in almost optimal shape – what they weighed, how their clothes fit. For Heather Renee French, that moment played out on the largest of stages before an international television audience. And, not surprisingly, she felt great about it. “I felt like Superwoman,” she says now. “I had my body in its ultimate physical shape, the right muscle tone, super-high energy.” Even the swimsuit competition, which some people today regard as demeaning, was a moment of pride for her.

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“I think a lot of people assume the girls feel horrible having to walk across the stage in those swimsuits,” says Henry. “Let me tell you, at that age, when you’ve trained and prepared yourself, your body’s going to be the best body you’re ever going to have. And you are more than happy to walk across that stage. It’s an invigorating moment – even though I’m glad it lasted only about 20 seconds.” During those 20 seconds, though, Henry says, the feeling was, “Listen, I have worked hard for this, I want you all to see this.” But life doesn’t stop at 24, when they’re singing “There she is, Miss America” about you. Heather Renee French has now reached the 40 mark – 42, actually, as of December. She’s Heather French Henry now, married for 16 years to Steve Henry, an orthopedic surgeon who was Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky at the time. She’s had two children. She’s been passionately active on behalf of military veterans, currently Deputy Commissioner of Veteran Affairs in Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration. She gained a Masters Degree in Fashion Design, and ran an international company that produced a successful line of fashion wear. But she has resolved to stay in shape, though she acknowledges it’s more difficult to do at 42 than at 24. She knows her body won’t always react as immediately to diet or exercise. She’s had hip pain that, at times, restricts her ability to go out for a run. She’s also much busier than she was when training for pageants. Her ongoing diligence is motivated by a number of things: the conviction that life is better when you’re healthy and in good shape; the determination to be a good role model for her two daughters, Harper, 15, and Taylor, 13; and her conviction that she is, and always will be, an ambassador for the Miss America organization. “I’ve gone back to the pageant every year since I’ve won, and I always want to put my best foot forward,” she says. “It’s like any class reunion or special event of your

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past. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want to look their best. I want to bring my “A” game and feel good about myself. “I will always be a former Miss America. That’s a lifetime title, not just one year. I don’t want people to feel disappointed when they see me and meet me.” Sure, you say, but what Miss America – of any age – has ever had to worry about the way she looks, how much she weighs, her body profile?

I will always be a former MISS AMERICA. That’s a lifetime title, not just one year. I don’t want people to feel disappointed when they see me and meet me.” Well, when Heather was in high school, her nickname was “Heifer.” “I was a curvy, full-figured child,” she recalls. “I always had problems with my weight. When I look back at pictures, I was a pretty normal-looking teenager. But kids are cruel. I sympathize with my two girls in their teenage years having to deal with body-image issues, what society throws at them, what mean things people can say.” Luckily, she says she had other things in her life to focus on. “I played musical instruments, was involved in church, in fashion and in musical theater. I loved being on stage.” So she plunged into the pageant world, with a tangible goal in mind. “It took me five years to win a state title to get to Miss America. I learned how to train for my body. And I learned how to be healthy.” She says there’s a misconception that


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Miss America contestants “are harder on ourselves or obsessed with how we look. I think I have more friends, non-pageant people, who are obsessed about their weight and their look. And that’s not because of beauty contests, it’s because of the distortion created by Hollywood. Teenagers today see all the photoshopped images in magazines. It’s an unattainable goal.” She knows, from personal experience as well as just looking around her, of the pressure on women to look just a certain way. (Some might say “the Miss America way.”) “I’m of the opinion that all people should love themselves as themselves,” she says, “but there are healthier ways to manage your body, and optimal weights to maintain. As one who has had to watch her weight, I believe I’m sensitive to the pressures girls have – and it doesn’t stop in adulthood.” Especially, she says, for women who have never had weight problems. “I have friends who’ve been thin their whole lives, and now that they’ve entered middle age, time has caught up with them,” Henry says. “If you were born thin and trim and lean, if you always had great muscle tone without even trying, your thought is, ‘I don’t have to try nearly as hard, or at all, I can eat whatever I want and not gain weight.’ ” And then, when age begins to change and rearrange things, those women are unprepared for how to handle it. Why do I have this roll here? Why am I working out and not seeing results? So Henry maintains a program of regular exercise and eating smart, for her health and that of her family, and for her image as a once-and-always Miss America. Now, though, there’s another impetus on the horizon. The Henrys are actively considering having another child. But there are some issues. “My husband is 63,” she notes. “He’s in remarkable shape but he’s also a prostate cancer survivor. So this can’t be traditional.” And, because she’s now 42, “there are lots of things I have to check out, tests I’m going through. I’m in the process of determining whether I can conceive, and doctors are

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currently making that assessment.” She credits “the wonderful uses of technology” available today. “Age isn’t as much a factor as it used to be in determining the end of fertility life for a woman.” But she also knows she gained 75 pounds during each of her previous two pregnancies. If that happens this time, how difficult will it be to shed the weight? “I know what strain my body went through in gaining that weight,” she recalls. “I know how my joints and hips felt, and how difficult it was to lose it afterwards.” But, in an ironic sense, she’s confident that her age will better prepare her for the challenge. “I’m in my 40s now, I hope I’m smarter in knowing what I have to face tomorrow or next week, and how I need to feel,” she says. “I know how my body will feel depending on what I eat, or how much exercise I get, or how much sleep I do or don’t get. I know what I’ll feel like, and I just won’t do what I shouldn’t.”

I’m in my 40s now, I hope I’m smarter in knowing what I have to face tomorrow or next week, and how I need to feel.” And then there are the longer-term considerations – staying healthy for a child who will be in adolescence when Henry herself is in her late 50s. “I think now I’ll have to be even more conscious of my health, not just for today but for 20-30 years down the road,” Henry says. “I’ll be bringing another child into the world.” So, if you wonder about Heather French Henry today, there she is: still and always Miss America.


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Stephanie Kuhn 6th grade Science teacher, 42

Before her dramatic weight loss, Stephanie had high blood pressure and low energy. Now 60 pounds lighter, she not only keeps up with her kids, she sometimes passes them! Tell us about your family. I have been married for 18 years to Craig, daughter Lexie (13), son Brett (9) and a dog Roxy. Was there a an experience that made you change the way you eat, work and live? I had been heavy since having my two kids. When I turned 40 I had hit my highest and decided I had to do something. What’s the best way to make time for fitness? I realized you don’t have to get all your exercise done all at once. I use the time I find in my crazy days. If I have a few minutes during planning, after school, or during the kids’ practices I use it to get my steps in. Why is fitness such a priority for you? I feel better about myself, I have more energy, I’m happier. All of these things make me a better wife and mother, which are my two most important jobs. How do you encourage others to get fit? When people ask me how I lost the weight I tell them to take small steps to make life changes. I think people get overwhelmed by thinking they have to go to the gym, workout 7 days a week, etc. What tips do you have for someone who doesn’t know how to start? I really needed a boost when I started. Everybody likes fast results, sometimes when you don’t see results you get discouraged. When I did the 40 day HCG program with Louisville Laser I lost 30 lbs in 40 days. It motivated me to keep going to reach my goal. 68 TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2017


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Heather Snyder Hall Novo Nordisk District Business Manager, 44

Heather is a busy wife and mother who juggles home, career and fitness. Even when she’s traveling for work, she starts her day between 5 and 6 a.m. with a workout. Tell us about your family. I have an amazing husband Matt and three wonderful children: my daughter Bailey (19) and sons Hayden (14) and Harrison (10) – and a Labradoodle named Bentley. Have you always been fit? I’ve played sports my entire life, and was even inducted into the Bellarmine Athletic Hall of Fame for Field Hockey. I’ve never been the skinniest girl, nor will I ever be. God gave me a strong body and all I can do is own it. For me, strong is the new skinny! What do you do to stay fit? I started working out in the mornings while my family is still asleep so I don’t miss out on anything. It’s important to me as a mom to be present but also to take care of myself so I can be the best I can be. What tips do you have for someone who doesn’t know how to start? Start by just walking the block and taking the stairs when you can. Find a gym or boot camp where a certified instructor can show you proper form and modify workouts to your level. You will eventually amaze yourself when you look back and realize how far you’ve come. What are some of your biggest fitness accomplishments? Completing my first marathon. . . and every time I cross the finish line at a race because I did it. The very best of it all is when my kids are at the finish line, cheering me on with the signs they made and saying ‘You’re awesome, Mom!” TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2017 69


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Malcolm Miller Police Sergeant, 45

Malcolm ran track and field at UofL, then struggled to maintain that same level of discipline after he graduated. He found new inspiration when he became a police officer and now competes internationally against other police and fire professionals. Tell us about your family. I am married to my wife of 5 years Amber. I have two sons from a previous marriage Andrew (26) and EJ (18). We have three South African Boerboels (a type of mastiff), a cat, and African Cichlid fish. What do you do to stay fit? It’s a combination of lifting weights, running track, playing basketball, and swimming. How do you balance your workout routine with your family and job commitments? I include my family in my fitness routines whenever possible. I make working out a priority on my off days and prior to going to work. Why is fitness such a priority for you? I believe it’s the difference in how you live and how you want to live. I want to do the same activities I enjoyed when I was younger. I want to enjoy my family and set a good example to my sons by living a healthy lifestyle. How do you encourage others to get fit? I tell people to start small and build your way up. The most important part is getting started. Making excuses like saying, “I’m too old,” is a cop out. Don’t give up on yourself! What are some of your biggest fitness accomplishments? Competing in the World Police and Fire Games in track and field and placing 2nd in the Triple Jump. I competed in several Crossfit competitions last year during my 1st year of the sport. I have competed in 7 World Police and Fire Games dating back to 2001. I will continue to compete until I have no more breath in my body. 70 TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2017


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Crinda was a high school cheerleader who stopped working out once she got to college and stopped cheering. After two years, she made a change and started teaching aerobics. Even though she juggles a busy career and family life, fitness has been part of her routine ever since. Tell us about your family. My family includes my husband, Ken, my kids Alex and Zach, plus Roxy the dog and Boots the cat. What do you do to stay fit? I enjoy spinning, pilates, yoga, weight training and power walking. What’s your favorite way to work out? I prefer to do group exercise classes. However, I travel quite a bit for work, so have learned to adjust my workouts to fit anywhere. How do you balance your workout routine with your family and job commitments? I schedule exercise into my day/week just like I do anything else. Everyone in my family is committed to working out, so often, we are fighting over time in our gym. What’s the best way to make time for fitness? As I do, you have to schedule it into your routine. Working out with friends is also a great way to make time for fitness, combining fun with fitness. Friends will encourage and hold each other accountable as well. What does your diet consist of? I vary my diet quite a bit and must admit it’s probably my achilles heel. What seems to work best for me is following an 8-hour diet plan, with 16 hours of fasting in between. What tips do you have for someone who doesn’t know how to start? Start slowly with small attainable goals. Since I love to work out in a group exercise setting, I always, without fail, encourage others to try classes. TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2017 71

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April St. John Special Education Teacher for Jefferson County Public Schools, 55

When she reached her late 40s, April slowly started to gain weight, which resulted in numerous health issues. After her breast cancer diagnosis, she changed her diet and cycled her way to health and fitness. She dropped 30 pounds and 30 points off her cholesterol! Extra-Curricular activities/volunteer work: I served in the Army National Guard in Ohio, Hawaii, and South Carolina for 21 years and retired a Warrant Officer. For 16 of those years I was a rotary-wing pilot. I flew the UH-1 Iroquois and the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters. Tell us about your family. I’m divorced with one daughter, Alex. How do you stay fit? I began cycling on my 23-year-old TREK mountain bike 5-7 days a week an hour a day. Within a month I had lost 10 pounds! I purchased a new TREK road bike. Schellers gave me great advice, helped me adjust to my new bike, and listened to my concerns. Meanwhile, I joined a Beachbody nutrition and fitness group. I have been doing the 21-Day Fix exercise and nutrition plan over the last six months. Since then, I have lost 20 more pounds! What tips do you have for someone who doesn’t know how to start? Make one big change at a time. I spent a month learning to make cycling a habit. Then I started a nutrition plan and made that a habit. Finally, I started exercising (strength training and exercise video). It’s a combination of all these things that will give the best results. What are some of your biggest fitness accomplishments? I’ve lost 50 inches from my body since June 2016! I biked a charity ride 35 miles in September for Norton Hospital’s Bike to Beat Cancer and I have committed to a century (100 miles) ride next year.

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Fit, Fabulous & Over 40

Karl Truman

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Overweight as a child, Karl got hooked on running after his first marathon. Now, after completing 17 marathons, he knows firsthand how fitness changes lives. Tell us about your family. My wife is Jeanine Truman – we have been married six years. I have two children and she has three. Was there an experience that made you change the way you live? My first motivation came from Army basic training in 1981 and I served the next 28 years in the U.S. Army Reserve. In the military, you are required to pass a physical fitness test twice a year consisting of push-ups, sit-ups and a two-mile run, so that kept me motivated. What is your biggest motivation? After my first marathon, I was hooked. When I get tired and hurting I think about the veterans I have met running with artificial limbs and what they overcame to get where they are. The best quote I saw on a shirt was “pain is temporary, pride is forever.” How do you encourage others to get fit? The best form of exercise is the one you will do – whatever that means to you and what you enjoy. It does not matter where you are – don’t compare yourself to others, just challenge yourself every day. What are some of your biggest fitness accomplishments? The Army taught me the can-do attitude and that quitting is not an option. When I ran the Army marathon three years ago, at mile 14 I started having hip pain and it was painful to run because I was limping so I walked most of the rest of the way but I still finished. This perseverance has helped me complete 17 full marathons since 2007 and numerous half marathons. Only 0.5% of the U.S. population has run a marathon and fewer have run more than one.

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Bonnie is a Uterine and Colon Cancer survivor who lost 90 pounds after learning that her lifestyle habits were possibly a major contributor to her illnesses. Now cancer free and more fit than ever, she recently completed a 100mile bike ride for cancer research! Tell us about your family. I have been married to Dwight Armstrong for 40 years and have one son, Darren, who lives in Chicago. Have you always been fit or was there a time/experience that made you change the way you eat, work and live? I was an overweight child largely due to steroid medication for asthma and allergies. I was able to maintain a healthy weight throughout high school and college but later, I allowed the stress and happiness of marriage, career and motherhood to put 100 pounds on me. After God saved me from uterine cancer in 1988 and colon cancer in 2004 I finally decided to change. Since 2006 I have changed my eating habits to include an abundance of fruit and vegetables and exercise for up to two hours six days a week Why is fitness such a priority for you? I realize that without our health there is no quality-of-life. I want a quality life. Eating properly and getting a lot of exercise are protective activities against cancer. I cannot guarantee I will not get cancer again. But I can guarantee I am working on my risk factors. What/who is your biggest motivation? Before I began my lifestyle journey my son in anger told me that I was killing myself and he did not want his mother dead. Knowing how selfish it would be of me to increase my risk for a premature death that would deprive my son of his mother proved to be a great motivating factor. What tips do you have for someone who doesn’t know how to start? Look in the mirror and tell yourself you are important enough to make the time to improve your chances for a healthy and longer life. There is no time better than now.

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Fit, Fabulous & Over 40

George Quill, M.D. Orthopedic Surgeon, 58

As an orthopedic surgeon, George understands the importance of staying active. With his unpredictable work days, he keeps a gym bag in the car to stay consistent. Tell us about your family. I have been married for 31 years to Deb Quill, with whom I have three daughters: Kari, Jenna and Candace. What do you do to stay fit? I go to Baptist Milestone about five days a week. If it is nice outside, I prefer to bike, walk, or jog but Milestone is convenient to my work. What’s your favorite way to work out? I usually start walking and jogging on a treadmill and then go to sit-ups, chin-ups, weights (lighter weight/more reps at my age), followed by 45-60 minutes of cardio on a bike, elliptical machine, or arc-trainer. I get caught up on the news and sports of the day while on the cardio machines. What’s the best way to make time for fitness? Figure out what time of day your body feels most energetic and comfortable for exercise. For example, my joints feel fairly stiff first thing in the morning and I feel I should save most of my energy for my patients as my work day is very long and surgery often quite strenuous. Therefore, I prefer to work out as diligently as I can at the end of the work day. I have a snack about 4:30pm and get to the gym by 6:15 most days. What tips do you have for someone who doesn’t know how to start? Consult your physician to decide how healthy you may be for exercise and then avail yourself of credible fitness resources like certified trainers, physical therapists, and vetted on-line resources. Nothing hurts me vicariously more than watching someone at the gym do exercises that are not orthopedically or ergonomically sound! TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2017 77


Fit, Fabulous & Over 40

Steve Tarver CEO, YMCA of Greater Louisville, 65

Steve is an avid runner who logs 15-20 miles per week and also believes in squeezing fitness in wherever he can. He parks the car far away, takes the stairs and stands when he’s at the office or on the phone. Tell us about your family. I’m married to Ann. We have two children: my daughter Faith and son Kenton, along with daughter-in-law Megan and granddaughter Allyson. Why is fitness such a priority for you? It's about maintaining a functional level of fitness. I still like to play catch with my children, run around shooting a Nerf gun, and stay active with youth at the YMCA. Plus I like the puzzled look on the Physician Assistant’s face when she looks at my age, then asks me if I'm on any medication and I say no. What/who is your biggest motivation? A big motivation is staying fit as a good example for those with whom I work and volunteer. And I want to maintain a level of fitness to enjoy recreation and family. The definition of fitness is having enough energy to do the things you have to do and enough leftover to do the things you want to do! How do you encourage others to get fit? I try to be a good example. I encourage others to have clear goals and do a little less than they think they can to avoid burnout. Be progressive and have a purpose. What are some of your biggest fitness accomplishments? I can still water ski barefoot and have run four marathons. I still hope to do another. They say, “You know you are getting old if anything under a quarter is not worth picking up.” So I always pick up a coin on the sidewalk, even if it's just a penny. 78 TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2017


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Fit, Fabulous & Over 40

Chuck Theiler Lawyer, 69

Chuck is a two-time cancer survivor who has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and completed four marathons, over 20 half-marathons and a Tough Mudder! Tell us about your family. I’m married to Julie Mitchell and together we have six children: Adam, Kirk, Patrick, Nicole, McKenna and Noah. I have seven grandchildren: Lucy, Quin, Emmett, Nolan, Zoe, Zane and Lessie. We also have a dog and a cat. What do you do to stay fit? I run and hike. And once a week my law partner, Lee Sitlinger and I work out with a trainer, Mary Glover. Any health issues? I’ve battled both non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Prostate Cancer. How do you balance your workout routine with your family and job commitments? It’s an ongoing struggle and I must constantly plan. Don’t think too much about it, just do it! Why is fitness a priority for you? It may be the only thing in my day that I can start and finish. What’s your biggest motivation? My wife Julie. What does your diet consist of? I try to eat healthy: it’s mostly pasta, fish, chicken, mixed greens. What’s your favorite healthy snack? I like plain yogurt with honey and a few almonds. What’s your favorite splurge food? Bourbon. How do you encourage others? I like to give positive reinforcement of small steps.

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Fit, Fabulous & Over 40

Jo Frye Retired, 81

For the past 20 years, Jo has completed at least 150 Jazzercise classes per year, proving her theory that fitness is the fountain of youth. Tell us about your family. I have three “kids”: Joey, Leslie and Lisa . Was there an experience that made you change the way you live? I smoked for 50 years and all it took to quit was a heart attack in 2002. What do you do to stay fit? I Jazzercise three to four days per week, and eat healthy. We can exercise but we can’t outrun our forks! What’s your favorite way to work out? Jazzercise has many different classes and my favorite one is called Fusion. Why is fitness such a priority for you? I believe it’s the closest thing to the Fountain of Youth that Ponce de Leon was searching for. What does your diet consist of? My day starts with fresh fruit, yogurt and black coffee. My second breakfast after class, is usually eggs, toast with coconut oil, cinnamon and honey. I graze – I’ll eat something about every two or three hours. I take my heart meds and vitamins with soy milk, morning and evening. How do you encourage others to get fit? I use Facebook to remind people of what they already know: “You have to keep moving if you want to keep moving.” What tips do you have for someone who doesn’t know how to start? Try different types of workouts and see what you love to do. That helps with ‘Want Power’ and beats ‘Will Power’ all to pieces.

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Tom Shields Retired U.S. Military an d Engineer, 91

Tom served as a Marine during World War II and later worked as an engineer until the age of 78. After his wife passed away in 2011, Tom became physically inactive. He joined Milestone and regained not only his fitness but his joy of life. At 91, he has no physical ailments and takes no medication! Was there an experience that made you change the way you live? My wife of 66 years passed away in September of 2011. After her passing, I filled my time by watching about various subjects on DVD from the teaching school in Chantilly, VA. But I was becoming very physically inactive. One day I did yard work, and the next day my whole body was sore. I decided it was time for me to get into a regular exercise routine. What’s your favorite way to work out? I especially enjoy the water aerobics classes with lots of ladies who are excellent persons to share the pool’s activities. I have also benefitted physically from the exercises that I do routinely at the facility. The equipment that is available to me has had a positive effect on my body. Who motivates you? I now have a social life at Milestone. I have met so many wonderful people here that it has added a new dimension to my life. I am a people-person and I enjoy hearing about the experiences that other members share freely with me, with good humor to boot! And I am now able to enjoy doing my yard work without suffering in the following days.

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Fit, Fabulous & Over 40

K9 Barry Navy SEAL K9, 13 (that’s 91-dog-years-old!)

Barry is a Belgian Malinois who holds the distinction of being Naval Special Warfare Group Two’s “first dog.” He served with the SEALs in Iraq for three years and participated in over 225 combat missions. He is credited with NSW G2's largest explosive find. He now lives in Hebron, Kentucky. Extra-Curricular activities/volunteer work: Speaking at schools, teaching kids about the Naval Special Warfare canine program and how the dogs protect the troops. Tell us about your family. Two human adults, two human kids, and two dogs. Have you always been fit? Yes – I needed to be in top physical condition in order to be able to work alongside Navy SEALs. Any health conditions? Hip Dysplasia What do you do to stay fit? Chasing tennis balls, jogging, and hiking. What’s the best way to make time for fitness? I incorporate it into my daily nap schedule. What is your biggest motivation? Tennis balls will make me do anything.

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Congratulations and thank you for letting me be a part of your premiere 2017 TOPS in Louisville magazine. It is an even bigger honor to be featured in the Fit & Fabulous edition of this wonderful new locally produced, locally focused monthly lifestyle magazine. As a busy attorney it’s not always easy to eat right, exercise and stay healthy; Thank you for recognizing my efforts. I look forward to seeing future issues of TOPS in Louisville magazine.

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ou make New Year’s resolutions every year. The top three resolutions are to stop smoking, lose weight, and begin an exercise program. You are not alone; approximately 50% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, much of what we want to achieve falls apart after a few months. Research says you’re 10 times more likely to change a behavior by having S.M.A.R.T. goals and by building self-compassion. Our goal today is to help you better understand why these two principles are your guide towards accomplishing your goals!

Will you be successful in keeping your resolution? Make the s.m.a.r.t. decision.

Why is Self-Compassion so important? Your self-talk has a direct impact on the thoughts you produce everyday. Your thoughts can be either positive or negative. Whatever choice you make will then give you positive or negative feelings (emotions). After this process you take more positive actions or negative actions. People who practice building self-compassion everyday understand that we must do our best to produce positive thoughts because they will lead us to feel better about ourselves. These moments of feeling better about ourselves lead us to make wiser decisions (actions); therefore, we have a greater opportunity to make a difference not only in our lives but the lives of other people.

Compassion & Cooking ProFormance and Chef Anoosh Shariat invite you to join us at our next Compassion and Cooking session held the third Thursday of every month. You will learn how you can build self-compassion, gratitude, and humility. These are truly the cornerstones toward building more meaningful lives!  What: Compassion and Cooking When: January 19, 20017 Where: Noosh Nosh, 4816 Brownsboro Center Louisville, Kentucky 40207 Time: 9:00am Reservations: Please call Rebecca at 502-690-6585 to reserve your spot today! Website: www.proformanceresults.com

Specific: Goals need to be clearly stated. For example, taking 8,000 steps per day, adding strength-training exercises three days per week, add a healthy breakfast to your eating habits or drink 2-3 more glasses of water per day. Also, remember if you want to accomplish your goal you must expect it to happen. Go confidently in the direction which you have set forth.

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goals which will lead to your weekly goals which lead to your monthly goals which lead to your yearly goals.

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By Carlos Rivas

Carlos Rivas, MS, CSCS is the Director of Health and Well-being at ProFormance,LLC and the Chief Encouraging Officer at Compassion and Cooking.  He holds bachelor’s degrees in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine and a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology. Carlos can be reached by e-mail: carlosfitpro@gmail.com or 502-741-9428.


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n any given day, there are approximately 30,000 cars driving down East Market Street. However, not many of those cars have headed in the opposite direction, crossing over the Ninth Street divide. It’s something akin to magic how as soon as you venture into the Portland neighborhood the activity rapidly slows, almost to a halt. A sense of fear has been instilled in Louisvillians over the years along with the stigma that areas west of downtown are unsafe and should be avoided. Instead of fear, local entrepreneur and developer, Gill Holland, sees potential and intrigue in the Portland neighborhood. When your dad is a teacher, your mom is a librarian and your wife went to school for urban planning, you are inherently involved in the community. Although he never heard the term sustainability until he met his wife, Augusta, Gill has managed to help transform NuLu into one of the first sustainable neighborhoods in Kentucky by utilizing streetscape improvements to create a better pedestrian experience and bioswales to make the neighborhood more eco-friendly.

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Now that NuLu is thriving, his attention has shifted to Portland, Louisville’s largest neighborhood, with a population of approximately 13,000. Although it is among the city’s lowest income levels, the neighborhood is slowly experiencing a rebirth and revitalization of its own. “Everybody knew where East Market Street was,” Holland said. “There are people who do not know where Portland is. Except for those coming across the Sherman Minton Bridge, there’s no reason for people to cross over.” The 1937 and 1945 floods completely immersed Portland underwater. Once the water receded, many of the damaged buildings were never repaired because all the able-bodied men were sent overseas to fight in World War II. Today, there are now 1,400 vacant lots and every 1 in 4 buildings sit vacant or abandoned in Portland. Holland and the Portland Investment Initiative moved their office into the abandoned Boys and Girls Club building. It’s never a good sign when the Salvation Army closes a Boys and Girls Club in any community. “Things don’t make sense,” Holland said. “There was no sit-down food establishment in the entire Portland neighborhood. I grew up in a little town of 2,500 people and we had two restaurants. Having The Table open a year ago, now there’s a place to sit down.” The biggest challenge in NuLu was getting people to stop their cars, get out and walk around. Portland poses a different challenge because it is more residential. The question now becomes, how does Portland return to its original density without displacing those who have worked long and hard to make Portland what it is and ensuring everyone in the community benefits from all the investment coming in? “You have to fire on all cylinders,” Holland said. “It’s business attractions, intellectual bricks and mortar, real bricks and mortar and increasing density. When we got to NuLu, the

Clarksdale housing development had already been torn down, so there were very few people living there.” Holland said. “We didn’t have to worry about issues like gentrification, which is a challenge here.” The Portland Investment Initiative announced a 10-year plan to raise $24 million to invest in the revitalization of Portland. Three and a half years since that announcement, Holland says they are way ahead of schedule to fund their four-part plan.

East Portland Warehouse District The existing warehouse buildings are being redeveloped into cultural, residential and dining destinations. Most recently, Louisville Bespoke was held at the Design Terminal, the 13,000 square foot re-designed Portland Terminal at 1403 Rowan Street, which borders Waterfront Park Phase 4.

Portland Stroll District The retail area located at Portland Ave and 26th Street is being enhanced with more retail space, tourism opportunities and restaurants. Recently, new restaurants have opened, including The Table and McQuixote. Heine Brothers Coffee also announced the relocation of its headquarters to the Portland neighborhood.

Artist Row Portland The new Art Gallery Warehouse District is already attracting many Louisville-area artists. The district is home to the Tim Faulkner Art Gallery and Louisville Visual Art; and is soon to be home to the University of Louisville Hite Art Institute.

21st Century Shotguns After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, Louisville became the city with the most shotgun homes in the country. This residential effort plans to partner with locally and nationally renowned architects to develop modern shotgun homes on some of the over 40 vacant and abandoned properties on Bank Street between 26th and 16th Streets.

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nchor, philanthropist, and fourtime Emmy winner Shannon Cogan has a lot going on. When she’s not delivering the nightly news for WAVE 3, you can find her working with multiple charities and social organizations, and keeping up with 8-year-old twin boys. Though her career keeps her plenty busy, staying involved with the community and with her children’s lives remains her highest priority. Shannon Hori Cogan grew up in Schaumburg, Illinois and attended Indiana University. Her mother is of Irish and Swedish

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descent, and her father was born in Manzanar, the Japanese internment camp, during World War II. As a child, she participated in gymnastics, dance, and music. “I was one of those young kids that knew right away what they wanted to do,” she says. “I knew I wanted to be a reporter, and knew I wanted to go to IU because they have such a great journalism program.” Though she originally majored in journalism and wanted to report for a newspaper, her plans changed when a professor recommended an internship with a television station in Chicago. There she fell in

love with television journalism and began a new career path. Her first reporting job after college took her to Terre Haute, Indiana, but shortly thereafter she got a job in Louisville with WLKY, where she worked as a reporter and morning anchor from 1994-1998. Over the next few years, she worked in Orlando, Dallas, and Miami. While anchoring in Dallas, she hosted a weekly football show with former Dallas Cowboys player Troy Aikman. Throughout her career, she has interviewed the likes of Tony Romo, Lonnie Ali, and Katie Couric.


Back to Louisville While Cogan lived here in the 1990s, she was introduced to her husband Kendall by fellow WLKY anchor Rick Van Hoose. After living in Dallas and Florida, the couple returned to Louisville following the birth of their children, and Cogan joined the WAVE 3 News Team in June 2013. Though she has spent less than ten total years here, Cogan feels right at home in the 502. “I just love the sense of community here,” she says. “I’ve lived in a lot of different cities but the people here genuinely love Louisville. We love our hometown teams, we love our parks, and we love our neighbors. It is a wonderful place.” She not only serves as one of the city’s favorite people in media, she’s also a favorite with her colleagues. “Shannon is the ultimate professional,” says WAVE 3 news director Bill Shory. “She holds herself to a very high standard, which challenges the rest of us to do the same for ourselves, and ultimately the beneficiaries of that are our viewers and our public.” Cogan is also passionate about horse racing, and took horseback riding lessons as a child. Since she moved to Louisville, covering the Derby each year has been one of her favorite annual stories.

A Day in the Life It would appear Cogan’s workday starts at 5 p.m. when she first appears on WAVE 3, but her day actually starts much earlier. Cogan is out the door taking her boys to their respective schools by 7:33 am (precisely), returns home for a few hours to get some extra sleep or exercise, and arrives at the news station by 2:30 p.m. She anchors the news at 5, 6, and 11 p.m., but is able to return home to have dinner with her family and read bedtimes stories to her children. “Shannon is such a great mom,” says Shory. “The thing I hear from viewers most often when they see her out in public is, ‘Shannon is so great with those boys.’” When she’s not working, you may see Cogan around the city with her family. The foursome loves spending time outdoors, taking long walks at Cherokee Park with their black lab, Maddy, and renting bikes at the Big Four Bridge. They also enjoy frequenting Louisville’s many amazing restaurants. Her favorites include Mexa Tacos, Blaze Pizza, and Jack Fry’s.

from top: Shannon interviews Simon Cowell of “America’s Got Talent” • Shannon with her son Colt and friend Anna at the Heart Walk • Shannon reports the evening news on WAVE 3

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Shannon is the ultimate professional. She holds herself to a very high standard, which challenges the rest of us to do the same for ourselves, and ultimately the beneficiaries of that are our viewers and our public.” WAVE 3 news director Bill Shory

While Cogan takes her job very seriously, her family remains her highest priority. Thankfully, her colleagues at WAVE 3 have the same priorities. “I’ve worked in a lot of newsrooms, but what I love about this station is that everyone genuinely cares about each other,” she says. “Everyone here understands that we have an important job to do, but at the end of the day we all have families and that is what’s most important.”

Giving Back When Cogan moved to Louisville, she began contributing to events at the Speed Museum, the Louisville Ballet, and other important organizations in the area. However, she is no stranger to philanthropy and community outreach. Following her son’s complications from a congenital heart defect, Cogan became involved with many children’s hospitals and the American Heart Association.

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“I’ve always felt that it’s important to give back to the community, and even when I was just starting out I volunteered as a Big Sister,” she explains. A large part of Cogan’s motivation to help others began when her twin sons were born. Her son Colt was born with a rare heart defect called TAPVR, and had to have open heart surgery when he was just two days old. Following the operation, he went into cardiac arrest during a routine procedure and flatlined for twenty minutes. Because of this, Colt has had many health complications, including hearing loss. Thankfully, he was able to work with the Heuser Hearing and Language Academy and other specialists in the area, and is growing up happily alongside his brother Cade. Cogan’s latest philanthropic adventure holds a special place in her heart. Along with WAVE 3 and the Junior League of Louisville, she is helping launch Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

“For me, reading to my kids at night has been one of the greatest joys of my life,” she says. Through donations from Delta Dental and the Rotary Club of Louisville, children all over Louisville will get to experience the magic of reading. Those who participate in the Imagination Library will receive a new book in the mail every month from birth to age five, and get to keep every book that is sent to them. Each story is age appropriate and the program is completely free. Neighborhoods participating in the program include the Downtown/ West Louisville, Smoketown, and Russell/ Portland. Parents can sign children up by visiting the WAVE 3 website and clicking on the community tab. Cogan has covered several important events in history, including major hurricanes, the Florida recount during the 2000 presidential election, and John Glenn’s return to space. She has built an illustrious television career, won awards

for her work, and helped multiple causes throughout the nation. However, she considers her greatest accomplishment to be her children. “I don’t know what I’d do without my kids,” she reveals. “To see all my son Colt has gone through, and the love his brother shows him, fills me joy. Colt’s journey has changed me as a person, and spending time with my family is a much bigger priority in my life. You never know what will happen in life so I think you should soak it in while you can.” 

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An Italian Love Affair Volare’s Chef Josh Moore brings passion to the Kitchen by Kate Sedgwick photos by Jessica Ebelhar

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andling an 80-pound Opah is no easy feat. The fish is as slippery as it is colorful. It wouldn’t normally have its fins and tail this far from its home in the Pacific, but it was a special-order. You have to talk directly to the captain of the fishing vessel to get it like this, with the fins’ long spines intact. The best way to get a handle on it is with a long reach. Volare’s executive chef and managing partner, Joshua Moore, grins as he holds the luminous fish for a photograph. When his arms need a break, he delicately slides the fish onto a baking tray and the glassware on the other side of the table tinkles melodiously with its weight. He orders a big fish each Friday, and will start butchering this one as soon as it’s back in the kitchen. He gets an Opah in every couple months. “It’s definitely a firm texture, but it’s a soft and delicate fish,” he says. It’s not as dense as a swordfish. “It still has a flake texture, a large flake. Real sweet and mild taste.” The texture isn’t an afterthought. It’s a rare delight in Louisville to get capellini that feels light and fresh or a convincing linguini al dente, but it seems the rule at Volare. The devil is in the sear on a steak,

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from left: Bistecca con Bourbon, Capellini di Sorrento, Inverno salad, Tiramisu

the crispy skin on a roast duck, the buoyant pop of a perfectly poached shrimp. The seasonal Inverno salad is a great example. With mild, roasted beets, tender aquaponic lettuce, crisp candied walnuts, creamy goat cheese, and just enough warm, tangy dressing to make everything glossy, it lets the diner assemble any number of perfect bites, each with their own delicious balance and subtle array of crunches. Chef Moore is a newlywed. He and his bride (catering and events coordinator at Volare, Lindsay Moore) spent their 16-day October honeymoon in Italy and tasted everything they could. They ate at “Michelin Star famous places,” and “just little family places.” In romantic fashion, the experiences they

shared have found their way onto the menu in several of the Volare menu’s winter updates. The Capellini di Sorrento is squidlike in its presentation. The delicate noodles cascade, festooned with fresh rock shrimp, from a head-like, hollowed-out jumbo lemon. The lemon in the sauce is a member in a garlic, basil, cream, white-wine ensemble, none overpowering the mix. The chef found a distributor for the larger-than-average lemons used in the dish, but they don’t compare to the one he was served in Sorrento, which was the size of a mango. Another recent change is the updated beef carpaccio, inspired by one they had in Rome with creamy Burrata cheese and caramelized shallots. Seven recent updates to the menu were directly influenced by the couple’s honeymoon trip. Volare serves playful and contemporary Italian cuisine alongside clas-

sics that are done right. There’s a bar menu with pizzas, slider, and antipasti to go with live music. Diners can find comfort in the homestyle traditional pan-fried chicken parmigiana served with house-made marinara and topped with mozzarella that’s broiled to brown-dappled perfection. Moore’s love affair with good food began early. As soon as he could reach the counter, he wanted to work with the things in his grandmother’s kitchen. He says his mother would leave him watching cartoons and come back to find him watching cooking shows. Moore’s lifelong study, including 23 years in Italian food alone, has paid off. The proof is in the Tiramisu. VOLARE ITALIAN RISTORANTE

2300 FRANKFORT AVENUE LOUISVILLE, KY 40223 502.894.4446 volare-restaurant.com

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Joshua Moore

Executive Chef + Managing partner • Volare Italian Ristorante

For the home cooks out there, what are the most important ingredients in terms of flavor? Use a good olive oil. That’s always a must. And salt is such a key in the kitchen. It brings all the flavors out. Get quality salts, quality produce and meats. With me being a farmer and chef that grows a lot of produce for the restaurant – anytime you can use local anything, that’s awesome.

What’s your favorite thing to grow? We’re always excited about summertime, because our heirloom tomatoes – they’re our favorite part of the garden.

Besides local produce, how can customers see Kentucky on your menu? Being on the bourbon trail, I like to have bourbon in my menu, so I do a balsamic-bourbon reduction and grilled scallions on the New York Strip. It’s delicious.

You say you started cooking as soon as you could reach your grandmother’s counter. What kind of things did she cook? Both my grandmas cooked at home: a lot of fried chicken and pork chops, casseroles, that kind of thing. They both did a lot of baking. I’m from a pastry background. I love pastry arts, and I started with them, candy making, and cookie baking and cake baking.

What on Volare’s menu is most exciting to you? My absolute favorite standby is the Pappardelle Boscaiola; we make the pappardelle in house. My favorite dish on the menu is the veal saltimbocca.

What’s something you had in Italy that you’d never had before? We had something in Modena that we loved – gnocco fritos. It’s like a fried flat bread – they served it with Stracchino, which is a cheese I’d never had before. It’s like a soft, spreadable cheese and you’d spread that on the hot bread then add your little mortadella or prosciutto. We also had a white bolognese sauce in

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Rome with pine nuts and no red wine in it – more just like a white wine-based sauce – that was phenomenal.

What’s your favorite pasta to make by hand? I love a stuffed pasta: mezzaluna, ravioli, tortellini. I love doing that because you can incorporate so much flavor into the pasta. The mezzaluna pasta we have right now is rolled with black truffle so you have pieces and flavor of black truffle within the pasta.

There’s live music here at Volare’s bar four nights a week, Wednesday through Saturday. What kinds of music can people hear there? We have several local artists that play. On Wednesday and Thursday, we have Robbie Bartlett, Carly Johnson sings on Friday nights and Saturdays rotate between Brian Curella and Napolean Edmondson.

If you could only have one thing off the bar menu, what would it be? Easy. The chicken slider.


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Maple Pecan Pancake Bake This Maple Pecan Pancake Bake is the perfect recipe for brunch or a family gathering. Instead of standing over the stove making pancakes, you can make a lot at one time. This recipe is very versatile so you can make the pancakes to your liking. We love the combination of maple syrup and pecans topped with bacon! Ingredients: − 2 eggs, slightly beaten − 1 ½ cups of Bisquick® Baking Mix − 1 Tablespoon of sugar − 3/4 cup of buttermilk − 1/4 cup of maple syrup − 1/2 cup of pecans, chopped − 3-4 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled Preparation: Preheat oven to 425° F. Combine first 6 ingredients in bowl and mix well. Spray 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray and then pour in mixture. Bake for 12 minutes. Add crumbled bacon to top and cook for another 4-5 minutes or until knife comes out clean in the center. Don’t expect this recipe to rise a lot; it is the consistency of a pancake. Cut into squares and serve with maple syrup on top. Makes 6-8 servings

by Judy Yeager • The Southern Lady Cooks

Judy Yeager of The Southern Lady Cooks had no idea when she started her food blog in 2008, that she would have such an amazing following... 800k and growing on Facebook! She loves to feature many traditional Southern recipes, along with family recipes and dishes created in her Kentucky Kitchen. She has two published cookbooks and a third on the way! For more great Southern Lady recipes, visit TheSouthernLadyCooks.com

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Skinny Mom

Low-Carb Creamy Avocado Pasta

Ingredients S: − 1 avocado, peeled and pitted − ¼ cup fresh basil − 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil − 1 tablespoon lemon juice − ¼ teaspoon salt − black pepper, to taste − 2 teaspoons minced garlic

For a low-calorie and low-carb weight loss-friendly dinner, you MUST make this creamy avocado zoodle recipe. The zucchini noodles cut down on carbs you would normally find in spaghetti noodles, while the avocados and artichokes, full of antioxidants, help burn fat and detox your system. And perhaps the very best thing about this recipe is that you can have dinner on the table in 30 minutes!

Z: − ½ teaspoon extra virgin olive oil − 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved − 1 (14-ounce) can large artichoke hearts, drained and chopped − 10 cups zucchini noodles (from 4 small zucchini, ~2 pounds)

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 10-15 minutes

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Preparation To make the sauce: blend all of the ingredients together to a food processor or high-powered blender until smooth, and set aside. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the oil, artichoke hearts and tomatoes. Cook for 4-6 minutes until the tomatoes start to plump and get juicy. Add the zucchini noodles and the previously setaside sauce to the skillet. Season with salt and black pepper, and gently toss together with tongs to evenly coat. 5 servings | Nutrition Facts based on a 2 cup serving Calories 163 | Fat 10g | Cholesterol 0mg | Sodium 364mg | Fiber 6g Carbohydrates 17g | Sugar 7g | Protein 5g | Smart Points: 3 Pro tip: Don’t be alarmed when you read 10 grams of fat! Remember that it’s coming from the avocado, which contains HEALTHY monounsaturated fat. It keeps you full until your next healthy meal!

by Brooke Griffin • Skinnymom.com

Griffin is originally from Corbin, Kentucky and strives to educate, motivate and inspire other moms to live their healthiest life.


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Warming Foods and Winter Herbs

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aby it’s cold outside, but inside we’re snuggled up warm by the fire and braising a beef roast in the oven or stewing a leg of lamb in red wine on the stovetop. This is the time to enjoy big, hearty dishes deep in flavor that warm you all the way through and promise you’ll survive until the spring thaw. The new year is generally the time we make resolutions to improve ourselves and our lives, and many of us turn to diets to shed the pounds gained over the holidays. But it’s also a great time to take care of ourselves, to protect against the harsh winds and snows of the season, to bundle up and stoke the inner fire that keeps you going. Winter is harsh, be good to yourself! And that means plenty of warming soups, stews and braises. These dishes take time and patience to develop, which really is indicative of the winter season - we patiently wait for the sun to begin its northern climb and bring us the warmth of spring. Take the time to hunker down inside and focus on cooking seasonal vegetables and meats – kale, dried beans, root vegetables, winter squashes, fennel, leek, cabbage, venison, boar, beef and bison. If you’re a gardener and lucky enough to have a southern exposure close to the house with lots of winter sun, you know that rosemary, sage and thyme are hardy perennial herbs that continue to flourish in winter. If the garden is well covered with leaves or straw, the plants will survive the cold, although not as successfully in the grey Ohio River valley as in sunny Tuscany, where I spent most of the past 20 years. If you have herbs in pots that you bring inside, you can harvest your own fresh herbs all winter long. Rosemary and sage are big herbs with high oil content and are crucial for really great winter stews and braises. They deepen the flavor of a dish and elevate it with added complexity and nuance. Putting rosemary and sage in whole while sautéing the vegetables in these dishes helps to soften the flavors contained in their oils. Thyme brightens the dish and adds a complexity of its own so throw a sprig in with the wine and it will add its own note to the symphony in the pot. A word of caution: use fresh herbs; dried herbs can be strong, overpowering and unpleasant. That’s what I wish for all of you in the New Year: a warm spot to wait while the stew braises and the trust that green things will grow in the future!

Stracotto A long-cooked beef dish from northern Italy, any dark meat or wild game can be substituted. It’s delicious served with its juices on a bed of polenta. Ingredients: − beef roast – chuck or rump − olive oil − 1 onion, chopped − 2 carrots, chopped − 2 celery stalks, chopped − 3 garlic cloves, minced − 2 tablespoons tomato paste − 3 cups dry red wine − 2 bay leaves, 1 sprig rosemary, 6 sage leaves, 2 sprigs thyme − 2 tablespoons parsley, minced − sea salt & pepper Preparation: Salt the roast, brown well in olive oil in a Dutch oven. Remove to the side, add the chopped vegetables and garlic to the pan, along with additional olive oil if necessary. After 10 minutes add the fresh herbs and after 5, add the tomato. Sauté five minutes and then add back in the meat and the wine. Add sea salt and a fresh grinding of pepper, to taste. Cover and place in a 350 degree oven until the meat is tender, about three hours. Remove the meat to a side plate and reduce the sauce over a high heat until it thickens. To serve, slice the meat and return it to the sauce, serving it over polenta.

by Gina Stipo • At the Italian table

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Comfort Food

Red Barn Kitchen

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arbecue is the ultimate comfort food,” says manager Brandon Thompson. Anything you pick out on chef Reed Johnson’s menu could make you homesick if you’re from grits country. The hand pies are half-moons of pie crust stuffed with smokey barbecue burnt brisket ends and mac and cheese. They’re served with corn and tomato relish and an Alabama white barbecue sauce. The building’s been there for 50 years and is rustically original. You might want to leave room for the RBK Banana Pudding with banana caramel, brûlée banana, toasted meringue, and Nilla wafers.

8131 NEW LA GRANGE ROAD LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY 40222 502-434-7470 REDBARNKITCHENBBQ.COM

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Shirley Mae’s Café & Bar

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hirley Mae Beard has been serving up soul food for about 28 years. Manager Warren Simpson says “It’s the epitome of comfort food. No one’s coming here to lose weight.” Sweet potatoes, fresh turnip greens, barbecued ribs, ham hock, peach cobbler: try to find something that won’t warm you up on the menu. Try housemade sides like mac and cheese and hot-water cornbread. This multigenerational family establishment makes food with time and care. Shirley Mae’s daughter, Chef Theresa, developed her own spin on classics for confections like her pintsized pecan and sweet-potato pies that serve two.

802 S CLAY ST. LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY 40203 502-589-5295 SHIRLEYMAESCAFE.COM

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hef Anoosh Shariat keeps the stone oven at Noosh Nosh fired up 15 hours a day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Vegetable frittata for breakfast, or pizzas and flatbread for lunch or dinner will show you what a difference a stone oven can make. There are many vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free items, including pizza options. What could be more comforting than French toast? Maybe Kentucky French Toast of thick-cut brioche served with Pappy Van Winkle maple syrup. Short ribs, pastas, roasted chicken – whatever your comfort zone for comfort food, Noosh Nosh has you covered.

4816 BROWNSBORO CENTER LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY 40207 502-205-2888 NOOSHNOSH.COM


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hef Gina Stipo lived in Tuscany for 13 years and brings together delicious Italian food and a communal experience you won’t find elsewhere. Stipo brings many ingredients back on frequent trips to Italy and sources others locally. Up to 20 people can share a predetermined multi-course meal there Wednesday through Saturday. One such meal included sautéed mussels to start, followed by lasagna with saffron besciamel and sausage, then grilled sausages with white beans and fennel salad, then an apple lemon cake for dessert. Book well in advance. While reservations fall through on occasion, At the Italian Table is immensely popular.

2359 FRANKFORT AVE. LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY 40206 502-883-0211 ATTHEITALIANTABLE.COM

Finn’s Southern Kitchen

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inn’s Southern Kitchen is all about delicious, casual dining that won’t break the bank. Asked to recommend comfort food from the menu, Finn’s owner Steve Clements says, “That’s just what we are. That’s what we do here.” For lunch, try Finn’s ultimate biscuit with fried egg, fried chicken, bacon, and sausage gravy. For dinner, Clements recommends the slow braised pot roast or chicken pot pie. Sides include Hop’n John (AKA Carolina peas and rice), KY collard greens, and jalapeño pineapple slaw. Brunch from 10 to 3 on weekends offers eggs benedict, biscuits and gravy, and many a la carte options.

1318 MCHENRY ST. LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY 40217 502-708-2984 FINNSSOUTHERNKITCHEN.COM

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Spirit of the month

The Dalmore From the Distillery awarded Highland Single Malt of the Year

Matured in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, then exclusive 30 year old Gonzales Byass Matusalem oloroso sherry butts

ABV 40% AROMA Citrus fruits, chocolate and aromatic spices TASTING NOTES Citrus, oloroso sherry, vanilla pod FINISH Roasted coffee and chocolate

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GOLD

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Bourbon Barrel Red From Old 502 Winery • Louisville

Aged for a short while in bourbon barrels, this semi-dry red wine gives you just a hint of that other famous Kentucky beverage often made in Louisville!

Kentucky Commonwealth Commissioner’s Cup • 2014/2015/2016 • People’s Choice

Best Wine

Taste of the Bluegrass • 2015/2016 • Judge’s Best Award

Best Wine

Taste of the Bluegrass • 2016 •

GOLD

New York Finger Lakes International Competition

VARIETAL Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chambourcin ABV 12.5% TASTING NOTES Ripe Currant, Black cherry, velvety plum, hint of oak FOOD PAIRINGS Beef, Pork, Barbecue and Venison

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WOW WEdding: Kayla + Aaron Remmers Wedding Trends: Well-Heeled Shoes Outfit of the Month Boutique Spotlight: Liv Boutique Beef Carpaccio available at Volare

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Kayla + Aaron

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t’s been said, “love knows no bounds.” No two people know this to be true more than Kayla and Aaron Remmers. Kayla, originally from California, and Aaron, born and raised in Louisville, were separated by 2000 miles. But they found their way to each other at a Western Kentucky University party. “Everything happens for a reason,” Kayla said. “It sure was the best thing that in this huge world we found each other coming from opposite sides of the nation.” Kayla and Aaron are a very outgoing couple who are always surrounded by friends and family. So naturally, Aaron wanted to pop the question when they were gathered together in Las Vegas celebrating his sister Natalie’s 21st birthday. Aaron was afraid he wouldn’t get the ring in time, but Genesis Diamonds sent the ring overnight to Caesars Palace. Before Natalie’s birthday dinner, the group stopped at the Bellagio fountains to give Natalie a “surprise birthday present.” Little did Kayla know, the surprise was for her. Natalie handed the fake present to Kayla and told her to look inside. Kayla opened the box to find a note reading, “Kayla, will you marry me?” and Aaron down on bended knee.

On December 9, 2016, the couple tied the knot at St. Agnes Church with the reception following at The Gillespie. Both venues had exactly what they were looking for -- elegant, breathtaking scenery. “We were lucky enough to have Father Bill Hammer, who married three of Aaron’s aunts and uncles,” Kayla said. “It was very special for him to marry us and carry on the tradition.” Kayla loved the Gillespie because it reminded her of the historic buildings in San Francisco, which made her feel at home. She weaved her Golden State ties into her Southern wedding in many ways. The bridesmaids wore full-length gold sequin gowns by Badgley Mischka. The wedding party flowers were 14k gold-dipped orchids. The reception decor details also included gold touches. The tables were decorated with floating candles, candelabras or 14k gold-dipped branches with hanging crystals and candles. The head table stood tall with three arrangements of gold branches with two dozen floating candles and embellished gold mirrors. “I wanted to create a very romantic, winter vibe,” Kayla said.

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Aaron and Kayla took a moment during the stress of wedding planning to write letters to each other, which they exchanged during their first look on their wedding day. Looking back on everything, Kayla wouldn’t trade the few mix-ups or stressful moments for anything. Her advice to other couples planning their big day is to relax. “It’s hard to take people’s advice when you’re planning the biggest day of your life,” Kayla said. “Some of the biggest worries you may have about the wedding will be your smallest worries the day of your wedding.”

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Well-Heeled Shoes Fully Embellished High Heels with that “Party in the Back” Factor Be ‘Well Heeled’ With Embellished Heel Shoes When considering footwear styles, there are none better than stunning, fully embellished shoes. And a unique take are wedding day shoes that relegate the bling to the heel, boldly peeping out at guests from beneath the back of your dress. This look can get lost if you have an elaborate train, but is especially great if you are wearing a shorter dress or even a sheath gown. But don’t be fooled. Here, less can cost just as much as a more rhinestone embellished shoe.

Make a ‘Heel Turn’ to Elaborate Heels Some brides turn away from the thought of a completely embellished shoe because they fear the over-construction can lead to an uncomfortable shoe that needs to be worn all the way to the dance floor. Or brides voice concerns that beading will get caught on netting and crinolines under their gown. Enter the rhinestone and beaded heel shoe, with a more conventional unadorned shoe ‘body’ and the show in the rearview. To borrow a phrase, which you know I love to do, “Business in the front, party in the back”!

This Footwear will be Your ‘Achilles Heel’ Heel to wedding shoes that are decorated in style, and there are magnificent choices that are detailed with rhinestones, beads, pearls, large crystals and glitter. There are fabulous shoes with mirrored heels that would reflect light and your guests would always know where you are throughout the night. For a splash of color, especially for something blue, the heel can be your point of interest. Designers also embellish heels with elaborate design creations of metalwork and beading, crafted just for the back of the shoe.

To Not ‘Feel Like a Heel’, Wear Them Again A shoe this fabulous can’t be relegated to the back of the closet. And wearing your embellished shoes more can justify what you are spending. Plan to break them out to wear for your year of ‘firsts’, like your first New Year’s Eve, first anniversary, and first birthday dinner. This way you can carry your wedding day bliss throughout the year.

‘Heel to Temptation’ to DIY Your Heels If ‘feeling like a heel’ means that your budget doesn’t allow for a big expense on a wedding shoe, here’s a secret. Its super easy to DIY a fancy heel on your wedding shoe. It’s the one part of a shoe that is not flexible and has a hard base to work with. It’s as easy as spray glittering your heels (after masking off the rest), or gluing on flat-sided sparkle like a sorority girl. Very crafty!

by Marsha Koller Wedding Consultant

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Winter Wonder-Glam

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f you’re forced to tackle the chilly nights of winter, you might as well do it in style. When attending cold weather events and parties, there’s always a bit of pressure on what to wear. You want to look fabulous, but also not terribly uncomfortable. For this month’s look, we are here to help you find the perfect ensemble for a dressed-up evening out. Encrusted with dazzling embellishments, Miu Miu’s little black dress is sure to steal the spotlight. It’s made from lightweight stretch silk-chiffon to a floating silhouette with long sleeves and a double-layered skirt. It’s decorated at the waist with an explosion of silver-tone metal studs and rainbow-hued crystals. It isn’t easy to find a sparkly party dress that you can actually move in, but this little number was made to twirl and dance the night away. And if you’re gonna boogie, then you’re gonna need one killer pair of dancing shoes. Oscar Tiye’s ‘Minnie’ sandals are punctuated with round appliqués at the back to resemble everyone’s favorite and most fashionable, lady mouse. Crafted in Italy, this leather pair is saturated in red, gold and black glitter that catch the light with every step. We wanted our bag to pop, fizz, and clink, so Betsey Johnson’s Cheers! wristlet was any easy choice. What better way to celebrate a fun occasion than with this whimsical, bubbly bag? To complement the firework effect on our festive dress, a pair of statement making earrings is a must. These long drop earrings by Suzanne Kalan feature a kinetic concatenation of baguette diamonds set in a pattern resembling lightning bolts. In other words, these sparklers are simply electrifying. Polishing off our look on yet another bold note, is our pop of pink lip color. NARS ‘Audacious’ lipstick has a luxurious pigment-rich formula that glides on to impart intense, full coverage color in just one stroke. Getting adventurous with your makeup is always a fun way to spice up your usual day to day look. No matter what your plans are, whether you’re hitting a grand party or just celebrating with friends, in this outfit you’ll be the epitome by Jesse L. Brooks of ‘Winter Wonder-Glam’.

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MIU MIU plunging embellished silk mini dress SUZANNE KALAN ‘Fireworks’ long drop diamond earrings NARS Audacious Lipstick in ‘Michiyo’ BETSEY JOHNSON Cheers! Wristlet OSCAR TIYE ‘Minnie’ glittered leather sandals


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Liv Boutique Fashion that Nurtures Body & Soul Photography by Ryan Noltemeyer

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ucie Stansbury didn’t always envision herself owning Liv Boutique, one of Louisville’s elite fashion and lifestyle boutiques. In 2000, Lucie resigned from a corporate marketing career to manage the family antiques business where she would often travel to Nashville for tradeshows. “While there, I would spend my free time exploring small boutiques and galleries, loving the environment, the fashion, styling and design which transcended antiques and home interiors,” Lucie explained. “Hence the wheels started turning.” Liv Boutique opened its doors on Lexington Road in August 2015 and it’s safe to say that Lucie has no regrets. When asked what would surprise most people to know about her, Lucie laughed and said, “There’s not a lot of surprise! Anyone that meets me knows right away that I’m a talker and am fascinated in learning about other people’s lives and interests.” As soon as you walk through the doors, you’re greeted with Lucie’s energy as well as her three lovable dogs that welcome you with wagging tails. “We love to see new faces from out of town or across the street!” Lucie explains.

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Liv Boutique Owner Lucie Stansbury with Charlee

Liv Boutique is perfect for women of any age. They offer contemporary ladies apparel and accessories that both moms and daughters love. It’s a place for those who love shopping, and for those who loathe shopping, because of the relaxed environment paired with friendly, approachable staff. “We have the latest trends as well as quality staples at a wide range of price points, while still maintaining the highest quality and integrity,” Lucie described. “Our focus is to introduce the unique – we showcase hand-selected fashion designers from all around the world that may not have emerged yet into this area,” Lucie explained. In addition, they proudly offer popular styles from established labels. She focuses not only on quality and integrity, but also to deliver products which nurture the mind, body, soul and the environment.

Liv Boutique goes beyond the typical shopping experience. They offer a clothes donation drop-off as well as personal wardrobe/closet consultations to simplify and keep your wardrobe current and relevant. “We understand closets are rarely big enough and tend to collect clothes that haven’t been worn for quite some time,” Lucie explains. They also offer personal styling consultations to help you complete your look. “We love to play dress up, and we thoroughly enjoy helping to create or expand upon our customer’s personal style.” They offer a fun assortment of gift items for the home, featuring handmade studio art pieces and antique/vintage accessories from around the region. “Inventory is always changing, making each visit fresh!” Lucie said. Whether featured as merchandise or creatively utilized as store displays, all are available for sale.


Light weight sweater by 360/Skull Cashmere, paired with an asymmetrical leather panel mini skirt, finished with the Trina Turk leather shoulder bag.

Flirty halter dress by Waverly Grey paired with a fun beaded cross body bag and finished with the gold and crystal EifelTower Pendant, by Miss Ellie design studio, NYC.

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SuperMom Christine Marshall Husband: Justin • CHILDREN: Addia, 8 • Aubrey, 10 • Gavin, 12 • Brennan, 14 • Derek, 19 • Bradley, 22 By Elizabeth Gerber

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hristine Marshall is the definition of a Super Mom. Christine and her husband, Justin, got married this past October, blending their two families together to create beautiful chaos. Justin, who has two children from a previous marriage, is in school for radiology. Christine, who has four children of her own, works two jobs (sometimes more) as the operations manager for a mortgage broker and the event coordinator for The Loft at Over the Nine. Together, their kids range in age from 8 to 22 years old. A typical day in the Marshall household begins by 6:30 a.m. Christine will pack lunches, make sure the children are dressed and gets everyone off to their respective schools. Justin, who is up earlier

because he has to be out the door earlier never fails to make Christine coffee every morning, a small act for which she can’t thank him enough. Once the workday has ended they spend two to three hours in the car picking up kids and heading to extra curricular activities. The day winds down with homework and dinner by 8:30 p.m., then it’s off to shower and bed. The Marshalls try to do dinner with the older kids at least once a week, especially when they’re home from college. “It’s very important to me to instill family,” Christine said. “My kids would do anything for each other, whether they’re ‘real’ siblings or not. My kids don’t differentiate. We’re a family.” As a working mom with six children, Christine says her biggest challenge is finding that one-on-one time with every member of her family. She swears by Cozi

Family Organizer, an app on her phone, to keep every aspect of her and her family’s life on time and on track, but you can’t schedule those important personal interactions. “I think my kids realize that there’s a lot of us and we do a lot of activities; so even that 10-minute car ride to the grocery store, asking if they want to tag a long, can be special,” Christine said, “The girls both cheer so you never really have one-on-one time, even at that moment. So I have to say that, plus Justin and I finding time together, is a challenge. Date nights don’t exist. They just don’t.” Christine also manages to squeeze in some “me” time every now and then–even if it’s only once a quarter. She loves to attend Uptown Art classes with her girlfriends.

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“During that time I don’t have to worry about kids or bills or work,” Christine said. “I truly ignore the phone. Maybe I’ll do a little Snapchatting because it’s fun.” Managing schedules can be a daunting, overwhelming task. Days can even seem to not have enough hours, but Christine advises other mothers to stay true to themselves and stay organized. Christine is really big on the organizational part of motherhood. She lives by Post-It notes and notebooks, but the one thing she is bad at is saying ‘no’. “Learn how to say ‘no’,” Christine says. “Anyone could ask me to do something and, even if I only have 15 minutes, I’m going to try to figure out how to fit it in those 15 minutes. So, if someone is trying to be a better mom, say ‘no’ to those others and maybe say ‘yes’ to the kids; “let’s go to the mall even if we’re just going to walk around.” Christine has found the best advice from her boss, who she’s worked with for eight years and who’s become her mentor. She couldn’t give just one piece of advice because he is constantly enlightening her on things and has advice on everything. “He tells me to stay true and open to fixing things because everything has a way of working itself out,” Christine said. “I think the biggest thing is to not focus on the negative aspect of it. Instead, focus on how you’re going to get over it. Look for a solution, don’t look at the problem.” While having two jobs, raising six children alongside a husband who’s in school and being the president of the Booster Club at Cheer Gym requires a lot of energy and organization, Christine remains focused on being her best self. “I haven’t always been this organized,” Christine said. “I have older kids and I had them young, so I went through a couple phases. I look back now and think that I wasn’t always there for my older kids; we kind of grew up together. So, I am more driven to be a better mom and just a better person overall now.” Throughout all the juggling of schedules and chaos of time-management, it all pays off in the end when you can look at your kids and smile. Christine says the biggest accomplishment of motherhood for her is knowing that she raised good kids. She looks at them all the time and thinks, “I taught you that.” While she may not have directly taught them, the way she raised them molded them to be that way. “It’s the proud moments,” Christine said. “Take those moments, that’s really what it’s all about, to be a proud mom, but not a crazy mom. You’re proud on the inside and don’t have to tell the whole world what your kid just did. It’s not about the bragging aspect. It’s about knowing inside that you raised good people.”

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pparently the number one New Year’s resolution is to get back to the gym! Followed by: slowing down on drinking, quitting smoking, getting finances in order etc. While gym owners revel in the first two months of the year, the cold hard fact is, many of us do fall off the wagon well before the Easter bunny hides those yummy chocolate eggs. The theme to my recent approach to life in many areas has been to simplify. From cleaning out closets to less chaotic holiday seasons. I’ll further extend this promise to the New Year. I do think it is extremely important to exercise, quit smoking and slow down on the ole’ vino, if necessary. But I also wonder if a more subtle approach just might make you very happy and be so easy to stick with that the other changes you wish to make come much, much easier! My idea is to find a trait in your personality that could use some attention. Such as, if you are a negative Nelly, make an effort to positively comment on things that you typically don’t pay attention too. This

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will force you to look around and realize that even though it is a rainy Monday morning, the smell of your vanilla latte is even more fantastic. Or if you tend to be ravenous about your job and your children are beginning to mistake the mailman for their father, make yourself take the ball out into the yard and show them a thing or two. As it has been written in the Toby Keith song, ‘you might not be as good as you once was but you might be as good once as you ever was!’ As you begin to fall asleep that evening, chances are your mind will be thinking about the pride on your kids face when you threw a hail Mary instead of the abysmal expense report that would otherwise rock you to sleep. And of course, smile for no good reason! Smile at a perfect stranger and ask how they are doing today. How hard is it to make a kind gesture to somebody who just might need a friendly face. And now that you are on a roll… why not go one step further and require a “Calgon take

me away” moment once per week even for ten minutes! If you can’t squeeze in ten minutes of you into your life, then something definitely needs to change and that needs to be your New Years Resolution! Chaos, heartache, frustration, deadlines are going to happen no matter what. Such is the world in which we live. But if we can’t find ways of being just a little happier each day, the chances of us sticking to the gym are slim to none. Joy is not something we are promised. But it is everywhere if we get out of our own way. It’s a new year! I hope it is your best one ever.

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Dear Tony: Advice from the Edge How to Handle Crazy Sports Parents Dear Tony, My daughter plays tennis. There is a very annoying family at our club. They wear matching t-shirts that say, ‘We came, we saw, we kicked their aces.’ I find this very offensive, off-color and not appropriate for a family establishment! Also, it psychs my daughter out. How should I handle it? Jenni L. via Facebook Dear Jenni, I LOVE THIS FAMILY. It’s funny and completely appropriate. If I were you I would make friends with them. Who knows? They just might start cheering for your kid when she isn’t playing their daughter. Sure, it seems like they are a little over-the-top in their parenting style, but hey, so are you. Try going to a wrestling tournament in Nowhere, Kentucky and meeting a lady wearing a “Beast Mom” t- shirt who’s screaming at her kid to kill your son. Here’s your ice-breaker: walk up and say, “You misspelled the word asses” and go for the high five. I bet you end up friends.

Hot for Teacher: Did She Go Too Far? Dear Tony, I am hoping you can help with a sticky situation involving my daughter’s extremely attractive third-grade teacher. Last week, Mr. McHottie (not his real name) asked for parent volunteers to help him cook at the annual Reindeer Rendezvous Pancake Dinner. I should probably mention that I am newly divorced. I texted Mr.

McHottie and said, “I would like to volunteer my services!” I added an emoji of an eggplant because it is related to cooking. I never heard back from Mr. McHottie, and since then he has avoided eye contact with me in the carpool line. A friend suggested he is avoiding me because I sent an inappropriate text. What do you think? Jessica A. via Facebook Dear Jessica, It is widely known with the younger set that the eggplant emoji is a reference to things unsuitable for a family publication. So if the guy is young, your worst fears are correct. You should also know that if he is a “McHottie” teacher you are not the only mom to hit on him. So don’t worry about it. But I think it’s a good idea to keep your kids’ teachers off the possible date list. Do like everyone else hook up on the Internet.

Putting the Grammar Police Under House Arrest

that Amber, who is now a Strauss herself, would be grateful for this knowledge? I sent her an email and let her know about her mistake in the friendliest way possible. My son is furious and he and his wife are now refusing to come over. I really don’t mind if she doesn’t come to our holiday meal, but I don’t want to cause a rift with my son. What do you think I should do? Evelyn M., via Tops Mail Dear Evelyn, Why in God’s name would you “grade” a holiday card? I don’t care how nice an email you sent, you might as well have circled it in red ink and written a note. It’s who you are. I get it and so should your son. He and his wife should have laughed it off. Your whole family is uptight and needs to figure out who you are and except it. My advice: pop by for a surprise visit, take your daughter-inlaw to lunch and move on to a wonderful holiday. Real face-time cures almost everything.

Dear Tony, I am afraid that I may have ruined the holidays. It all started when my new daughter-in-law, Amber, sent out a Christmas card. It featured a photo of Amber and my son Michael, and at the bottom it said, “Season’s Greetings from the Strauss’.’” I am retired, but was a fifth grade English teacher for thirty years. The correct plural form of Strauss is Strausses. Wouldn’t you think

Looking for advice from a guy who’s been around the block? Send your questions to Tony Vanetti at asktony@topslouisville.com.

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nyone who has taken their pet for an emergency vet appointment knows very well just how high pet care costs can go. In those times, it’s often tempting to pick up a brochure on pet insurance and sign on the dotted line. But is pet insurance right for you and your companion? According to Consumer Reports, pet insurance generally costs more than it ever pays out. Their testing of the three major pet insurance providers said that pet insurance seemed to be a bargain only when pets had major surgeries or extremely costly medical interventions. Don’t be hasty to call pet insurance a bad buy. With many different companies offering pet insurance, each will have unique pros and cons. Some pet insurance companies cover kennel fees, prescription medications, behavioral therapies, pet loss (including theft or straying), pet death and more. Rates tend to change based on the pet’s age and breed, but it may be the right buy for you. Remember to factor the price of your peace of mind! If you opt for pet insurance, Consumer Reports strongly recommends doing some serious research before signing up. They say to always read the policy thoroughly to understand its terms and exclusions; understand that most pet insurance does not cover pre-existing conditions; ask about premium increases–including how and when you will be notified of increases; go for high deductibles on catastrophic coverage; avoid riders for wellness care. Consumer Reports felt that the smartest “pet insurance” was to save money in a “kitty” (their pun, not mine) for emergencies. I recommend this for every member of your family, pets included! Set up a savings account, and then have a set amount of money automatically be transferred to it each month. You’ll always be saving money for emergencies without ever having to think about it! What about your insurance? Sometimes, your homeowner’s or auto insurance policy may actually cover some veterinary expenses in the event of a covered accident. Contact your insurance provider to discuss this. For the most part, however, homeowner’s insurance policies cover only dog bites to people outside your family–with breed restrictions. Is pet insurance the right choice for you and Fido? Do your research to uncover the risks and rewards. If you’re on the fence, discuss it with your veterinarian; they may have more specific recommendations that will help you make this decision! 

by Amanda Harper Pet Aficionado

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Have a Kid-Friendly Super Bowl Party

hen you think about Super Bowl Parties, the first items that might come to mind are beer, wings and a giant television! Although each of those components might be necessary for a Super Bowl Party, if you’ll be hosting some pint-size guests this year, you might want to add a few items to your party necessities. Super Bowl parties are great for kids because they are typically casual events filled with fun and food. With just a few little extra touches kids will have a great time at your party!

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There’s no need to prepare special foods for kids. Whether you prefer wings, pizza or subs for your Super Bowl party, you don’t have to create a whole new menu for kids. For example, if you traditionally prepare wings, have a few barbeque wings or other non-spicy wings for the kids to snack on. If it’s pizza you prefer, then make sure to order a few plain cheese or pepperoni pizzas for the pickier eaters. Finally, if you traditionally make or order sub sandwiches for the Super Bowl, leave the condiments off the sandwiches. Serve mustards, mayonnaise and other condiments in small bowls on the sides so kids will be more likely to eat the sandwiches. Also, cut the sandwich into smaller portions that are easily managed by smaller hands! Additionally, you’ll want to serve some kid-friendly side items. Set out some fresh fruits and vegetables to go along with the dips. Encourage kids to fill their plates with not just chips, but also healthier fruits and vegetables. For drinks, serve juice boxes or water bottles to the kids.

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If you have some serious football fans, plan on two separate viewing areas for the game. Set up one viewing area this is kid and party friendly. Then, make the separate viewing room as a kid-free zone for the hard core football fanatics. Kids may start to get tired of the football game, so have a few extra activities planned for them. For example, print out our free Football Smackdown printable for kids to fill out during the game. Award a prize at the end of the evening for the kids with the most correct answers. Another idea is to play I-Spy during the football game. Tell the kids to search for items or objects during the game that start with each letter of the alphabet. Give them a sheet of paper to write down each item as they find them. Finally, during half time, play knee football. Players have get a foam football into the other team’s end zone without leaving their knees.

decorations

Super Bowl parties are generally all about the food and the big game, so keep decorations simple. Start by choosing paper plates, cups, and napkins for either your favorite team or both teams in the Super Bowl. You can also purchase balloons and table cloths in the team colors. If you already have a football fan at your house, gather any footballs, helmets and pompoms you might already have the house. Scatter those football themed items around the food table for décor. These quick and easy ideas will make your party look festive without breaking your bank account. 

by Deanna Talwalkar Party Planner Extraordinaire

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Tradition in a New Way Ian Derrer settles in as General Director by Steve Bittenbender photo by jessica Ebelhar

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n just a few short months, Ian Derrer has made quite an impression in his new Kentucky home and vice versa. Since becoming the General Director of the Kentucky Opera in September – and just the fifth person to hold that title in the history of the country’s 12th oldest opera company – the 42-year-old has maintained a busy schedule. For now, there’s the final preparations underway for the 2017 Carnevale, the Opera’s annual black-tie fundraiser scheduled for January 28, as well as rehearsals for The Mikado, the company’s final performance for the 2016-17 season. The company will perform the Gilbert and Sullivan masterpiece on Feb. 10 and 12. That’s the short term, but as the organization’s chief executive, Derrer also must keep his eye on the long term. That includes deciding what the company will perform in future seasons, expanding upon its already high profile within Louisville’s thriving arts scene and establishing relationships with key movers and shakers in the community. Oh and, when time permits, getting familiar with his new surroundings. “For me, it’s an honor to be here,” Derrer said in a recent phone interview. “I feel like everyday something new and interesting and surprising reveals itself to me, either about Louisville or Kentucky. I think it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.”

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It’s fun to have the chance to learn from him and what he brings from other cities.” CHRISTEN BOONE, FUND FOR THE ARTS PRESIDENT AND CEO

While born and raised in Weddington, N.C., a Charlotte suburb, the opera house has almost always served as a home to Derrer. His parents sung in the chorus for the Charlotte Opera, leading him to be involved in the children’s chorus there. After graduating with a degree in voice performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, he began a career that’s taken him to such places as Atlanta, Santa Fe, Chicago and New York. Over the last 20 years, Derrer transitioned from production roles, such as an assistant director, to administrative ones. Prior to coming here, Derrer served as the artistic administrator for the Dallas Opera, where he managed budgets for singers, musicians and support staff. The overall annual budget for the for the Dallas Opera is about $20 million. That’s almost 10 times the size of the Kentucky Opera’s, Derrer said. However, despite the drastic budget decrease, Derrer saw unique advantages and opportunities here as he worked his way through the selection process. The camaraderie and collaboration between local arts groups made the job appealing for Derrer. It’s something he picked up on even before he took the job, said Fund for the Arts President and CEO Christen Boone.  She recalled having coffee with him as he was in town for interviews and he talked about his dinner the night before

with leaders from the Speed Art Museum, Louisville Orchestra, Louisville Ballet and Actors Theatre. He told her it excited him to see these leaders genuinely like each other. “He said, ‘That’s the kind of community I want to be in,’ and that is what drew him to Louisville,” she said. Another aspect that instantly appealed to him was that he’d be able to create the schedule for the Kentucky Opera’s 201718 season. At other opera companies, he said, they may already have their lineups set for the next couple years. “The flexibility that you have is infinite,” said Derrer, who added that he has a “blank slate to be able to create my own season based on what I thought was going to be successful or interesting to the audience. I had to learn very quickly what I thought would be popular here.” Derrer declined to reveal specifics about the upcoming season, other than to say an announcement would be made in the near future. However, he provided insights into what he wants the company to produce. He wants the Kentucky Opera to secure the best voices available for the roles and then he wants those “glorious voices” to tell the story in the best way possible. “If that means in some instances that we are telling the story in a new way, an old story that’s been told many times but in a new way, and it still keeps the story true, then I’m all in favor of it,” he said. “I think that there’s a time and a place for traditionalism, and I think there is a time and a place for a more stylistic interpretation. And I think there is room for all of that in the opera house nowadays.” Sometimes, there’s room for both in the same production. Take the upcoming performances of The Mikado, a satirical opera taking place in Japan but serves

as a commentary on the mores of Great Britain in the Victorian Era. Derrer said the Kentucky Opera’s rendition should appeal to a wide audience. “This production of The Mikado… has a lot of nods to some, I guess I would say, rather careful and clever updates that will make it relevant to today but also honor the traditional aspects of it as well,” said Derrer, who loves the playful, witty lyrics often associated with Gilbert and Sullivan productions. Boone is excited about having Derrer, whom she called a great addition, join the local arts community. “It’s fun to have the chance to learn from him and what he brings from other cities,” she said. “And I know that many of the other leaders that work with him share that. He’s just a real generous, gracious, positive, optimistic, creative kind of spirit, and we love that here in this town.” To purchase tickets to the Kentucky Opera, visit kyopera.org. 

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On set of “Rust Creek”

Louisville Gets Ready for Its Close-up By Mary Clay Boland

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as that Nicholas Cage in the produce section of Whole Foods? Did I just pass Jeremy Irons downtown? I think the woman standing next to me is from “Orange is the New Black.” If you got caught up in the celebrity-spotting craze, you are not alone. A trailer full of A-list actors descended on our fair city, as at least five movies were shot in Louisville this past summer – and several more are shooting now. “Mom and Dad”, “Monumental”, “And Then I Go” and “Beauty Mark” are all in post production and will be released in 2017. Why the influx of out-of-town filmmakers? In 2015, the Kentucky General Assembly passed a bill approving tax incentives for film and television productions shot within the state of Kentucky. With a 30 percent refundable tax credit and an additional 5 percent available for hiring local

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crew, Kentucky has some of the most generous incentives in the country. Louisville has had a thriving local film scene for many years and has had a few larger budget features shot here (“Stripes”, “Elizabethtown” and “Secretariat” to name a few). Now, filmmaking in Louisville is poised to take off with these aggressive incentives. The breaks help local filmmakers with small indie features, and bring visiting filmmakers to town with larger budgets. The word is out in LA and NYC and several filmmakers are coming here to take advantage of the incentives. And once they shoot here chances

are good they’ll come back. “In the Radiant City” was filmed in Louisville and premiered at the Toronto Film festival a year ago. Its LA-based producer Sonny Mallhi now plans on directing his next film here. “I found a crew base that are not only really talented but feel like family,” he said. “The locations feel fresh and the people are so great. Everyone is helpful and what’s more everyone seems to know each other. It feels like a very artistic town and people want you to succeed.” Stu Pollard is a homegrown filmmaker who lives in both Louisville and Los Angeles and usually brings his films home to shoot. He is currently here producing “Rust Creek”, the story of a young woman confronted for the first time with her own mortality. Pollard created the project with Louisville in mind and says he couldn’t imagine shooting it anywhere else. He has directed two indie films: “Nice Guys Sleep Alone”, which starred Louisvillian Sean O’Bryan, and “Keep Your Distance”. Pollard also has produced over a dozen more films, including “Men Go to Battle”, which was shot here and won the Jury Award at the Tribeca film festival. Pollard keeps coming home because he says simply, “Louisville is the best community to shoot a movie in.” Local police, civilians and a top-notch local crew have made the “Rust Creek” experience a great one. And with so many more films shooting here, experienced crew workers are able to make a home in Louisville because they can move from one project to the next without having to move to other cities looking for work. As a founder of the company Lunacy Productions, Pollard helps films develop, get funding and get made. He said there is a buzz about filming in Kentucky and multiple filmmakers are proposing projects that would be shot in Kentucky. Will film become the next blockbuster industry in Kentucky? Time will tell but for Louisvillians eager to show the world the beauty of our Filmmaker town, there’s no place like Stu Pollard home. 


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Jenna Dean Genre Hopping Activists by stephen allbritten

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enna Dean are on a mission to shine a light on the current state of affairs in our country. Blending social conscious hip-hop with the attitude of an indie rock band provides them with the platform they need. The band may be crossing genres with ease, but lead vocalist, Anthony Raspberry, wants his music to serve a real purpose and get people thinking, not just dancing. Started in 2013, the group includes a diverse collection of musicians who have two

bases of operations, Louisville and Venice, California. Rounding out the band is Jason D’Mello on guitar, Jamison Taylor French on guitar and vocals, Jon Poww on bass, and Joel Goodwin on drums and keys. Raspberry also acts as the band’s producer, but he considers himself a poet more than anything else. “Though hip-hop is the foundation,” Raspberry adds, “everyone in the band plays an instrument, and it’s normal to hear a rap verse

followed by a Jimmy Page inspired solo.” While combining hip-hop, rock, and funk, their live performances prove that no one has more fun doing what they do. In October, the band released “Prayer,” the first single from their forthcoming EP. Featuring Carly Johnson on vocals, the song showcases not only their musical style but a taste of their social commentary. Inspired by the tumultuous events of 2016, the single acts as a plea from the band for everyone to work together. “There are more things that unite us than divide us, and prayer is one of those things we can all relate to and understand in every culture, religion, and community,” comments Raspberry. The band plans to release a video for “Prayer” in February. The band is also prepping to release a new single, “Apathy,” featuring Patrick Hallahan from My Morning Jacket. Due out January 13th, the track continues the band’s call for change, this time inspired by a speech from the Pope. “[The Pope] spoke on how our apathetic nature in today’s world is hurting us all,” notes Raspberry. ”I took some of my lyrics directly from the Pope’s words.” The band, on the other hand, provides Raspberry with the infectious groove he needs to drive his point home. Music can act as a universal language, and Jenna Dean is taking full advantage. Joining genres together allows the band to spread their message to a wider audience. Raspberry says he is just staying true to himself by talking about what is going on in the world. The band share this obligation to speak about real life and inspire others. “We are all connected,” Raspberry says. “We need to communicate openly and honestly with one another if we’re going to leave this planet in a better condition for the next generation.”

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The Champ’s 75th Muhammad Ali Center To Honor “The Greatest” With A Four-Day Celebration

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ollowing the passing of boxing legend and global humanitarian Muhammad Ali on June 3, 2016, the Muhammad Ali Center will honor what would have been his 75th birthday on January 17 with several community activities at the Ali Center January 1417. The weekend event line-up includes free film screenings, a new Muhammad Ali Tribute exhibition and a service project with Ali Center staff members. January 17 also marks the Second Annual International Mentoring Day and mentors are encouraged to tour the Center with their mentees all weekend long at a discounted rate: $5 for mentor and free for the mentee. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day also occurs during this timeframe and special film showings will occur on Monday, January 16 as part of the weekend festivities. Admission: $12 Adults; $11 for seniors; $8 for military; $8 for students; $7 for children Photos courtesy of The Muhammad Ali Center

Saturday, January 14 – Sunday, January 15 Muhammad Ali Tribute Exhibition opens to the public in the new Ina B. Bond Gallery. The Tribute Show affords the opportunity for the Center to showcase unique art pieces that are in our collection or on loan for this particular exhibition. On display will be a variety of art pieces in mediums from oils and acrylic to a cut and dyed concrete paver compilation, all creative pieces inspired by The Greatest! Entrance to this exhibit is included in the regular admission price. The public is also invited to the Center’s auditorium for free film screenings throughout the day on Friday and Saturday.

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Saturday, January 14 10 a.m. Ali Rap 11 a.m. When We Were Kings 1 p.m. The Trials of Muhammad Ali 3 p.m. Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World Sunday, January 15 12 p.m. Muhammad Ali: In His Own Words 1 p.m. Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight 3 p.m. Ali’s Dozen: 12 Fights, 12 Rounds, 12 Defining Moments


Muhammad Ali left a loving & beautiful legacy of serving people

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Tuesday, January 17

The Ali Center traditionally shows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech to the community in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Join the Ali Center as it shows this historic speech every hour on the hour beginning at 10:00 a.m. A panel discussion, “Continuing the Dream, Living the Legacy” will follow the 11:00 a.m. showing. Members of the Muhammad Ali Center Council of Students will discuss how young people are continuing the work of Dr. King and Muhammad Ali in our community.

In honor of Muhammad Ali’s famous quote, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth”, the Ali Center’s staff and Council of Students will partner with Together We Rise, an organization focused on improving the lives of foster children of America, for a service project. The staff’s goal is to donate 75 hours of service in recognition of what would have been Ali’s 75th birthday. The staff and team members will build over 20 new bikes for foster care children in Louisville, a nod to Ali’s stolen red Schwinn bike that became the catalyst for his boxing career.

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Off the Record: A Day in NuLu

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s event planners we are exposed to many exciting things within this great city. There is so much to do, see, and eat that sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. Here are our suggestions for a day in NULU. It’s called NuLu (new Lou, get it?) because large sections of East Market Street have been revitalized. But, this neighborhood is actually home to some of the city’s oldest buildings making it an architectural treasure. Pair that with the strikingly modern art galleries, locally sourced gourmet eateries and dozens of unique small businesses and you get an area full of contrast. It practically hums with creative energy! Wouldn’t a refreshing yoga session be a calming way to begin a busy urban day? Try Thrive Studio (822 East Market Street.) Follow that with the classic Cliffie’s Plate (a tasty mix of all the breakfast essentials from eggs to pancakes) at Toast on Market (620 East Market Street) where the slogan is “free wifi and plenty o’ smiles.” Now that you are fully charged, we suggest a casual stroll up and down Market Street, the heart and soul of NULU. Local artists and artisans are treated like rock stars in the boutiques that line the road. Head east to check out Revelry (742 East Market Street), a shop that sells only locally produced artwork and gifts. A little further down the block you will run into Mahonia (806 East Market Street), where you can select a few beautiful blooms to brighten a friend’s day. Looking for something larger? Check out Rellek (817 East Market Street) and Redtree (701 East Market Street), two of the many unique furniture spots in NULU. Shopping always makes us hungry! The burger at Harvest (624 East Market Street) is hands down one of the best in the city, complete with bourbon bacon jam, but skip the dessert and finish lunch off with a Spanish latte and chocolate chip cookie at Please and Thank You (800 East Market Street). The combination of chocolate, caffeine, and music from their vast vinyl

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collection will help fight afternoon fatigue. After your coffee kicks in, check out the neighborhood’s colorful murals and award winning architecture. In addition to the historic buildings, NULU is home to The Green Building (732 East Market Street), the city’s first commercial building to receive platinum LEED certification. Escape the cold and visit one of the rotating shows in The Green Building Gallery. For dinner, we can’t think of a bet-

ter place to cap off an amazing day than Decca (812 East Market Street), with one of Chef Annie Pettry’s handmade pasta dishes. Annie’s recent appearance on Bravo’s Top Chef has made her a celebrity, but her food has been famous for years! Don’t forget a nightcap; try a signature cocktail at the cozy TAJ (807 East Market Street). Whew…what a day! With so many options you can’t go wrong in this vibrant neighborhood. These are just some of our top picks…off the record.

by Marcella Kragel and ina miller Off the record

Ina has been an event planner her entire life, always the organizer for her friends’ parties. Marcella can’t remember not being passionate about art and design. Throw these two together on a field hockey team as high school freshman and it’s the recipe for a lifelong friendship. Today, they are the owners of Ina Marcella Events, having the time of their lives. Ina and Marcella are married, each with three kids!


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Providing Relief Through Celebration Wrapped in Red Gala Takes Place March 18 By Nicholas Siegel

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or the past six years, the Louisville Area Red Cross has hosted the Wrapped in Red Gala, a celebration to raise money and awareness. 2017 marks 100 years of service for the organization, and the seventh annual gala, held at the Louisville Marriott Downtown on March 18, will celebrate the landmark by being the biggest yet. “The event has grown each year. It started in 2011 with just around 400 people to where we now have nearly 700 people attend on an annual basis,” says Amber Youngblood, Senior Director of Communications for Red Cross Kentucky Region. “We always try, each year, to add different elements that are new and exciting.” Youngblood gave last year’s success as an example. During the celebration, which had a firefighting theme, eight firefighters came out amid flashing lights and sirens. The response was more than anyone on the committee anticipated. The entire crowd of 700 people gave the firefighters a standing ovation.

“We helped raise over 20,000 dollars in two minutes,” Youngblood says, “and we tied that in with the firefighters, since you only have two minutes to get out of your home on average when a fire breaks out.” This year, the gala’s theme will center around the Red Cross’ services and partnerships with the armed forces. There will be cocktails, a sit down dinner, dancing and both live and silent auctions. Music will be provided by the Indianapolis band Endless Summer. “It’s done in a way that is very engaging and interactive as opposed to somebody standing at a podium and giving you a five or ten-minute spiel about what the money is going towards,” Youngblood says. “We try to make it more interactive.” The gala is the largest fundraiser for the Red Cross in the state of Kentucky. “Part of what the Red Cross does in the Louisville area and across the state and in Southern Indiana is help people who have been impacted by disaster,” Youngblood says, “so all the proceeds from this gala go into our

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community disaster programs. “We respond to 35 home fires a month, just in the Kentuckiana area. We also respond to about 1,400 disasters across the state and Southern Indiana in a year. So this event helps make it possible to help people in their time of need when they’ve been displaced—whether it be a home fire, a flood, a tornado—whatever natural disaster that may come through.” Most of the fundraising is achieved through the price of tickets and the auctions, however, the gala provides an opportunity for attendees to contribute whatever donations they are comfortable with. There is often a substantial amount of money raised through donations alone, and this has done tremendous help for disaster relief in our community in the past. Youngblood attributes much of the event’s success to a grassroots movement that’s spread praise by word of mouth. “We find that we get a lot of returnees, and they bring their friends to come experience [the gala] for the first time.” The turnout for this year’s gala is expected to continue the pattern of growth with a bigger crowd than ever. The event has drawn an eclectic crowd in the past, and to make sure everyone has the opportunity to participate the way they prefer, 75 dollar tickets will be available for those who would rather only come for the dancing and auctions. The full price, which includes the dining experience, is 225 dollars. Youngblood reflected on the title of the event, which has a few different layers: “What amazes me with this particular event is that while we call it Wrapped in Red, it carries a lot of different meanings. It’s that warm blanket or the shoulder to lean on—the arm that’s being wrapped around someone that’s been displaced. We came up with the name because 95 percent of our workforce [are] volunteers. We’re highlighting the main color staple of our logo and brand and also the wrapped and embracing of people in their time of need.” This tradition makes a real difference for people in our community in their times of need. It’s fortunate that the gala always draws such a large and enthusiastic crowd, but it’s not surprising. A lot of heart goes into the planning, and that will be clear for all to see.

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What’s the Deal with the BBN?

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e all know that there are very few fan bases across the country that love their team more than the Big Blue Nation loves their Kentucky Wildcats. It’s a very special marriage between the BBN and the Kentucky Wildcats. I’ve often been asked, “What is it about Kentucky Wildcats that creates such a love from their fan base?” Several years ago, a television crew from France came to Rupp Arena as part of a documentary on loyal and rabid fan bases. Naturally, they came to Lexington to see firsthand what it is about the Cats that make us follow them almost like a religious cult. Where else do hundreds of fans line up for days to camp out for 3-4 more days to get free tickets to a basketball practice? As John Calipari loves to say, “You people are crazy!” It’s what makes the Big Blue Nation special. It’s what every other fan base in the country wishes they had: great fans. Some people don’t like my explanation that one of the reasons we love our Cats so much is that we don’t have a lot to hang our hat on in Kentucky. Education, poverty and employment levels are all at the bottom nationwide. But the Kentucky Wildcats give us something to stick our chests out and be proud of, something that is our own. The Cats are the one thing that can bring us all together. It’s the one thing that

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can make us all feel proud to say, “We are from Kentucky!” We bleed blue. We celebrate the wins. We console each other after the losses. We’re in it together. It’s what makes us special. I don’t know this for a fact, but it’s safe to say that the work productivity across the state is much much higher on days after wins and much much lower on days after losses. We often “live and die” with our Cats. I like to think that on days after heartbreaking losses that nothing gets done, and we should really just close everything up and go home. Recently, our Kentucky Sports Radio crew took a cross-country tour, starting in Lexington and ending in Las Vegas, for the basketball game against North Carolina. No matter where we went, we had UK fans show up for our radio shows. In Memphis, a couple who met at Berea College joined us and even acted as our tour guides by showing us around a little bit. In Fayetteville, two more guys hung out with us. In Oklahoma City, five guys showed up for the radio show who were Kentucky fans. We ate in a little bitty restaurant in Matador, Texas, only to find out that the only other restaurant in town just happened to be owned by some folks from Kentucky who were huge UK fans.

In Lubbock, Texas, three more fans came out. In Roswell, New Mexico, we had three UK fans stop by, including a dentist from Madisonville and a couple that used to live in Paris that drove 90 miles to come to the show. It’s amazing! We get so tickled every time this happens. No matter where we go, no matter where we stop, no matter what time of the day, UK fans never disappoint. We always show up. It’s, again,what makes us special. It’s hard to explain our love for our Cats. You just have to live here to understand. I grew up in southern Indiana. I thought IU basketball was big. It’s nothing like the UK fan base. Green Bay Packer fans have it. Alabama football fans have it. I don’t think anyone else has it. It’s a special relationship between the Cats and the fans. I’m just glad to be a part of it.

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Can “Lamarvelous” Repeat?

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ow tough is it to win the Heisman trophy twice? If Lamar Jackson repeats his title next season, he will tie Alabama. That’s right, he will have as many Heismans in his trophy case as Alabama does in its. That’s right, for all the tradition and history of Alabama football, all those great players coached by Legendary coaches, who have produced countless NFL draft picks, Alabama as a school collectively is only one ahead of Lamar Jackson. How About some other names of schools with a total of two Heisman winners: Georgia, Miami, and Texas. Heard of them? As for the number of individuals who have repeated as the winner, only Ohio State’s Archie Griffin from Ohio state has ever won the award back to back years. That was in 1974 and ’75. The reasons why are many. The biggest reason is most winners were either seniors or went pro after winning. Jackson will be just 15th Heisman winner to return to school the following season. NFL rules require players to be three years removed from high school before they can be drafted. Otherwise, he might not be coming back for his junior year with a shot to defend it.

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But the real challenge of winning once, much less twice, is something Jackson benefited from last year. It’s better if the voters don’t see you coming. People always want to find fault with the front-runner. If you start on the lead, you are exposed to everyone who wants to find the latest flavor of the week. When you come off the pace they are wowed when you jump over a defender on your way to the end-zone. Next year Jackson may need to hurdle 2 or 3 people to wow the voters. With endless TV Shows, Radio Show, Podcasts, and blogs devoted to college football, everyone needs a new angle. The guy who won it last year is far from a new angle. So how can Jackson be better next year than this year? How can you better than 3390 yards passing, 30 TDs and only 9 Interceptions, while running for 1538 yards (a school record for any position) and 21 touchdowns. Those 51 touchdowns he accounted for are an ACC record. The answer is his stats probably cannot be better, so his team will have to be. A 9-3 regular season won’t get the job done on next years grading scale. It almost wasn’t enough this year, but the lack of any true secondary candidate never allowed anyone to make a true run through the door Jackson and Louisville opened late in the year. It’s hard to imagine anything less than a conference title keeping Jackson at the top of the Heisman race in 2017. Which takes me back to the start of this article. Alabama has won this award twice. It’s rare. It should be celebrated without an expectation of repeating. If he joins Griffin’s club, then he is truly one of the greats of all time. If he doesn’t, he’ll just have to settle for living legend status. Whether he realized it or not, he just added three words to his name. For the rest of his life he’s no longer “Lamar Jackson”, he’s “Heisman trophy winner Lamar Jackson”. It’s got a nice ring to it, even if it doesn’t happen again.

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Gordon Food Service

The Crowne Plaza crew, Lisa McLaughlin

FESCO

Oracles

Lindsay Moore, Chef Josh Moore, Chef John Varanese

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HPS Mike Wilcox, John Breen, Against the Grain’s Andrew Ott, Ron Barr


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Tammy Newby, Jane Perks

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Ridge Quarles, Justin Newby

Jaenine Truman, Karl Truman

Bev Sherrard, Jerry Ward


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Taylor Seum, Senator Dan Seum

Melanie Hicks, Beth O’Daniel, Todd O’Daniel, Rebeckah Grimes, Ted Ennenbach, Leesa Ennenbach

Steve Bryant, Beth Bryant

Cortney Sherrell-Johnson, Jeff Johnson

Kristi Mattingly, Lindsey Reed, Stephanie Sims, Vanessa Ruppe, Dr. Gump

Lisa Humphrey Kaiser, Rick Kaiser

Mandy Brewer, Edouard Garca, Dee Dee Taylor

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Hit Hunger Out of the Park Louisville Slugger Museum | November 15 | blessingsinabackpack.org | Louis Tinsley

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“Passengers” Film Screening Baxter Avenue Theaters | December 20 | jenniferlawrencefoundation.com | Louis Tinsley

Stephanie and Nathalie Tapolsky

Maggie Hoy, John Grisanti, Meredith Lawrence

Jessica and Cole Schwein, Ashley LeGrande

Erika Furlong, Valerie Gates, Erin Schepman, Deanna Keal, Olivia Kenworthy

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Elizabeth Morse, Leah Morse


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Angela Clark, Frankie Adams, Kelly Maciejak, Courtney Kelihan

Gina and Russ Wardlaw, Lindsey Harden


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January 2017 events JANUARY 6

JANUARY 3–29

Republic Bank First Friday Hop

“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” Presented by Actors Theatre

Main Street & Market Street firstfridayhop.com JANUARY 7

Winter Jam Spectacular

Freedom Hall, Kentucky Expo Center 2017.jamtour.com/shows/louisville-ky

“Pops: The Music of David Bowie” Presented by the Louisville Orchestra

The Kentucky Center Louisvilleorchestra.org From “Ziggy Stardust” and glam rock of the 1980s to hard rock and electronica, David Bowie’s 40+ years of inspired and innovative music-making influenced generations. Commemorate his life and music with the performers of Windborne Music. Brent Havens conducts Pops: The Music of David Bowie with the Louisville Orchestra on Saturday, January 7. JANUARY 7–8

BrickUniverse Lego Fan Expo

Kentucky Exposition Center brickuniverse.org/louisville

Actor’s Theatre actorstheatre.org

JANUARY 11–FEBRUARY 19

“Run for Your Wife” Presented by Derby Dinner Playhouse Derby Dinner Playhouse derbydinner.com

JANUARY 13

Harlem Globetrotters 2017 World Tour

KFC Yum! Center kfcyumcenter.com The Globetrotters can’t wait to share their all-new show with you and create a new favorite family memory that will last forever. Last year was the Globetrotters’ biggest tour ever, and this year promises to be even bigger. More incredible ball handling, trick shots, and side-splitting comedy than ever before. Don’t miss their visit to the KFC Yum! Center on Friday, January 13!

Arts · Benefit · family · music

JANUARY 17–22

“The Sound of Music” Presented by PNC Broadway

The Kentucky Center louisville.broadway.com The hills are alive! A brand new production of The Sound of Music, directed by Jack O’Brien, is coming to you. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning Best Score. JANUARY 20

Dierks Bentley: What the Hell World Tour 2017

KFC Yum! Center kfcyumcenter.com Known for “traveling his own path and being country music’s most relatable star,” Dierks Bentley notches his 15 career #1 hits with the thought-provoking “Different for Girls” featuring Elle King on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase radio charts. Now, he is kicking off his “What The Hell World Tour 2017” and bringing his talent to the KFC Yum! Center on January 20! JANUARY 20

Josh Ritter: Works in Progress Presented by 91.9 WFPK KCD Theatre Wfpk.org

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Want to see your event in TOPS? Submit your event online at topslouisville.com JANUARY 21

Science with a Twist

Kentucky Science Center Kysciencecenter.org Don your cocktail attire and sneakers and be ready to “DO SCIENCE” at Kentucky Science Center’s annual fundraiser and celebration! All proceeds from the event go toward their mission to encourage people of all ages to do science in engaging, educational and entertaining ways to inspire a lifetime of learning. JANUARY 21

“Carnival of the Animals” Presented by The Louisville Orchestra Brown Theater Louisvilleorchestra.org

Cardinal Family Fun Day

JANUARY 24–28

Louisville Ballet’s Choreographer Showcase

Louisville Ballet Studios Louisvilleballet.org Get an exclusive first look at choreography created by and for Louisville Ballet artists. This season the company will focus on narrative as they invest in the future of ballet and the dance makers building the classics of tomorrow. Join Louisville Ballet for a thrilling performance that captures the craft and vision of their company! JANUARY 27

2017 Legends Series: Bourbon Masters

Kentucky Derby Museum derbymuseum.org/legendsseries.html

JANUARY 28

Swashbuckler’s Ball

Louisville Marriott East Saintmaryscenter.org

Kentucky Opera’s Carnevale

Louisville Marriott Downtown Kyopera.org Kentucky Opera’s 2017 Carnevale will take place on Saturday, January 28 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown and will feature unique performances, an amazing auction and an attendee experience that is second to none. Kentucky Opera is partnering with Cirque Louis, River City Drum Core, Jecory Arthur (1200) plus additional local talent to make this a night to remember for years to come!

U of L’s Red Barn Uofsab.org

Frankfort Ave. fatfridayhop.com

FAT Friday Trolley Hop

JANUARY 28

B3 Bash

JANUARY 27–FEBRUARY 11

The Olmsted Twistedpink.org

“Heathers the Musical” Presented by Acting Against Cancer

JANUARY 28, FEBRUARY 4, 11

Mellwood Art Center B3bash.com JANUARY 23

2017 Louisville Auto Show

Kentucky Exposition Center Louisvilleautoshow.com

The Henry Clay Theatre actingagainstcancer.com

Twisted Pink Masquerade Ball

“John Lennon and Me” Presented by StageOne Family Theatre

The Kentucky Center stageone.org/season/john-lennon-and-me

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Greek Glendi

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FEBRUARY 4

Lobster Feast 2017: The Beach Ball

Louisville Marriott Downtown Actorstheatre.org Trade in your tuxes and gowns for resort wear and sandals at Actors Theatre’s annual costumed fundraiser, Lobster Feast 2017: The Beach Ball at the Louisville Marriott Downtown on Saturday, February 4! Take a stroll along the boardwalk and dive into the undersea ballroom for dinner and dancing. Enjoy the silent and live auctions, signature cocktails, all-you-caneat Lobster buffet and dancing, all in support of Actors Theatre of Louisville.

America with the Louisville Orchestra Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Louisvilleorchestra.org

Fight for Air Climb

National City Tower Lung.org

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FEBRUARY 10, 12

“The Mikado” Presented by Kentucky Opera

Brown Theatre kentuckycenter.org With a storyline packed with anti-Establishment silliness, this delightful show promises over-the-top fun for all ages from start to finish. Flirting is outlawed! In the fantastical land of “Titipu,” the Mikado makes a law. But when his own son falls for the delightful YumYum, who can carry out the execution decreed as punishment for the crime? "The Mikado" is a pointed satire of the manners, politics, and institutions of Victorian era Britain; it deals comically and absurdly with pompous officials, prudish etiquette, and other foolishness. Delightful and instantly recognizable, the music of "The Mikado" features some of G&S’ best work. FEBRUARY 11

Puppet Prom

Squallis Puppeteers Squallispuppeteers.com Around Valentine's Day every year Squallis Puppeteers hosts Puppet Prom, an all ages event to help raise money for general operating support. Admission is sliding scale ($10-$25) with a cash bar, food, activities and a silent auction.

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FEBRUARY 14

Louisville Old School Hip Hop Festival

KFC Yum! Center kfcyumcenter.com

FEBRUARY 15–18

National Farm Machinery Show

Kentucky Exposition Center farmmachineryshow.org FEBRUARY 18

“Newsies” at StageOne Family Theatre StageOne Family Theatre Stageone.org

FEBRUARY 18

Louisville Heart Ball

Louisville Marriott Downtown louisvilleheartball.heart.org Join the American Heart Association for an unforgettable evening of entertainment and hope at the 2016 Louisville Heart Ball. Each year, community members, medical professionals and corporate leaders come together to celebrate the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association. From the gourmet dinner to the silent and live auction – it’s an exciting night of glitz and glamour.


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30th Annual Caper

Galt House HOtel familyandchildrensplace.org Join Family & Children's Place on Saturday, February 18 for the 30th Annual CAPER at the Galt House Hotel. The CAPER features live and silent auctions, libations, a delicious selection of food and desserts from local restaurants and the chance to meet and greet some Louisville Legends. FEBRUARY 18

Tailspin Ale Fest

Louisville Executive Aviation Hangar Tailspinalefest.com The Tailspin Ale Fest features more than 150 craft beers in a revived WWII era airplane hangar at the oldest continually operating airfield in North America. This year's festival takes place on Saturday, February 18 at Bowman Field. All paid attendees will receive a souvenir tasting glass. Food served by local food trucks will be available for purchase. The festival also features live music, a historic display and KY Heritage Section. VIP Attendees will receive an hour early entry, a one year subscription to DRAFT Magazine, one food voucher, plus a Tailspin Ale Fest souvenir. Proceeds benefit Dare to Care Food Bank.

FEBRUARY 22–26

“Human Abstract” Presented by the Louisville Ballet

Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Louisvilleballet.org A co-production between Louisville Ballet and LOUISVILLE VISUAL ART, this production will push the boundaries of how art can be created through collaboration. Choreographer Lucas Jervies brings a psychological drama to life in the intimate setting of the Bomhard Theater, where you will feel a close connection to the power of the art you see. FEBRUARY 25

Chefs for Hope

Big Spring Country Club 502-931-5420 Chefs for Hope is a dinner created by Louisville's Premier Chefs to help fund The Salvation Army's Culinary Training Program, an intensive, 10-week class that instills the basic culinary skills needed for work in the hospitality industry. Each year this talented group of chefs come together to create a truly memorable night. This exclusive one night only dinner will be held at Big Spring Country Club, February 27 at 6:30 p.m.

FEBRUARY 25

Beaux Arts Ball

The Brown Hotel Beauxartsball.com FEBRUARY 25

Brantley Gilbert: The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour 2017

Country-rocker Brantley Gilbert will bring his “Devil Don’t Sleep Tour” to KFC Yum! Center on Saturday, February 25 with special guests Tucker Beathard, Luke Combs and Brian Davis. The 2017 tour supports Gilbert’s fourth studio album of the same name, set to be released in January. FEBRUARY 28–MARCH 4

Bourbon Classic

Kentucky Center for Performing Arts This week-long event is a rare, interactive opportunity that delivers education and entertainment exclusively focused on the Bourbon enthusiast. Hundreds of Bourbon lovers will gather in Louisville to explore the “best of the best” in the world of Bourbon—from the craftsmanship of distilling to the pure enjoyment of the spirit in its many forms.

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Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson attended the UK vs. UofL basketball game in December

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The 2016 Rose Award Recipients

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