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Denim & Diamonds Gala
Bourbon & Bowties: A Taste of Corbett’s
Zoofari 2017! One Wild Night
Whitehall Summer Celebration
AHA Hard Hats for Heart
Fête De La Musique
Let’s Dance Louisville
The Big Event: Club Gatsby 2017
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Marcella Kragel Nancy Miller Ina Miller Jennifer S. Newton Carlos Rivas Julene Samuels
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Letter from the editor
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Kurt Roberson, Christine Fellingham, Jessie Coleman of Joseph’s Salon & Spa and Katie George
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO GET HEALTHIER?
fter pulling together this issue devoted to health, I know I’m trying not to take mine for granted. Some of the stories shared on our pages will remind you what a gift good health truly is… and what a positive force the search for wellness can be. For instance, our two stunningly beautiful cover subjects both found a sense of purpose through their ongoing involvement in sports and fitness: Katie George credits competitive sports with putting her on the career path to being a sports reporter and giving her the self-discipline to pursue it. Model and actor Kurt Roberson believes that playing in a deaf basketball league helped him form last-
CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM Editor-in-Chief
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ing friendships, build self-confidence and successfully straddle the hearing and non-hearing worlds… skills that led him to score his first movie role. Other subjects in our “Strong Medicine” feature have turned serious diagnoses into meaningful turning points in their lives. We hope that these stories and the many other health and wellness features in this issue can be your inspiration to use summer as the season to embrace the kind of lifestyle changes that will boost your wellbeing and increase your happiness. Have a happy, healthy summer!
JENNIFER S. NEWTON WRITER Jennifer is a Louisville native and a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Bellarmine University. Currently the editor-in-chief of MD-Update magazine, a publication for Kentucky physicians, she also has worked in public relations and marketing for area hospitals, fostering her penchant for healthcare communications and media. Additionally, Jen is a freelance writer and editor on any subject that comes her way. In her spare time, you’ll find Jen spending time with her husband and two daughters.
ROCKO JEROME WRITER
Rocko Jerome, Brand Ambassador for Tops, is a lifelong Louisville native who loves his town and a good story. He’s written for a number of periodicals including the international Vintage Rock magazine, as well as essays and short stories in several publications, all of which are available on Amazon.
ANTONIO PANTOJA PHOTOGRAPHER
Antonio shot our cover and our “Strong Medicine” feature. In the past calendar year, he has won over thirty awards for his efforts in photography and film. He is extremely passionate about his craft. If he woke up tomorrow as a millionaire, the first thing he’d want to do is pick up his camera and shoot. “If you love your job, you never have to work a day in your life.” (Photo of Antonio by Gary Barragan.)
DANNY ALEXANDER PHOTOGRAPHER
Danny Alexander is a portrait and editorial photographer currently residing across the river with his three dogs and family. He’s won several photography awards and been featured in multiple publications and photography websites. Further work can be found on his website DannyPA.com.
Kristie Hicks Crenshaw WRITER
Kristie has written personality profiles, features, and articles on health, beauty, and the medical field. She has a Billboard Magazine Award from her time in morning radio, a Miss Kentucky Crown that she didn’t get on E-bay, and a penchant for playing charades with her husband, Brooks. Known to craft entire conversations out of 80’s song lyrics, she loves high tea, low light and smooth Kentucky bourbon.
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THINK PINK… For Breast Cancer Awareness
If you’ve spotted pink wigs, bows, hats and various makeshift headgear in your newsfeed, it’s not a mid-summer micro-trend but a creative effort to raise breast cancer awareness and money. The “Big Wig Challenge” presented by Delta Dental of Kentucky, is an interactive on-line campaign benefiting Susan G. Komen of Kentucky in which local “big wigs” including Jerry and Madeline Abramson, Terry Meiners from WHAS, “Papa” John Schnatter and Matt Thornton have donned pink
headgear and snapped selfies as part of an effort to raise $10,000 each and to encourage others to donate and fundraise too. You can join in the fun-for-a-cause by going to BigWigKY.org and donating to your favorite personality’s fundraising team or by grabbing something pink, placing it on your head, snapping a selfie, posting it on Facebook and challenging friends to do the same and donate on line. The campaign runs through July 24; let’s see if we can make it go viral!
Find Your Fitness Fit Can’t decide which routine will whip you into shape this summer? Inhouse wellness expert and exercise physiologist Carlos Rivas pairs your goals with some of our city’s numerous exercise classes.
ne distinction our city recently earned wasn’t one to brag about: We finished last in this year’s American Fitness Index, which measures the health and well-being of the 50 largest metropolitan cities in the United States. We are now known as the fattest city in America. This title contradicts what so many of us know about the city we call home—a place where biking, hiking, farm fresh foods and great fitness resources are plentiful. The truth is, we have the tools to turn this unfortunate ranking around. We must build a collective mindset where all of our health, fitness, and well-being companies become as much a part of our lifestyle as our restaurants and sports teams. Step one is finding a fitness style that truly fits where you are with your personal goals and how you live. The guide below should help promote positive health outcomes for yourself and those you care about. Let it be a first step in our mission to go from fattest to fittest.
Carlos Rivas, MS, CSCS, ACSM-CPT is the Director of Health & Well-being @ ProFormance, LLC and the Chief Encouraging Officer @ Compassion and Cooking. He holds bachelor degrees in Exercise Science, Sports Medicine, and a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology. Carlos can be reached by at carlos@ proformanceresults.com or 502.741.9428.
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2041 River Road www.proformanceresults.com What to expect: ProFormance Pilates offers a series of exercises focused on creating lean, long, and strong muscles. Beginning with breathing and focusing on core work, Pilates incorporates strengthening, mobility, and stability into every exercise utilizing specialized equipment such as the cadillac, reformer, pilates chair, arc barrels, rings and circles. Goal: Improved core strength and stability; posture and balance; flexibility; prevention and treatment of back pain. Fitness Level: Beginner, intermediate, and advanced level classes are available. Perfect for: People wanting long, strong muscles and a leaner look and also a reduction of back pain.. The Pilates team will help you improve your core strength, develop a flat tummy, and improve your posture. Caveat: “Our workouts leave you feeling relaxed, energized, taller, and stronger” says Pilates Director, Nancy Carrol.
502 POWER YOGA
2210 Dundee Rd www.502poweryoga.com What to expect: 502Power Yoga is Louisville’s first yoga studio dedicated to teaching Hot Power Vinyasa Yoga inspired by the Baptiste Yoga Method. Open seven days a week with 60 classes a week. Reservations required. Goal: To empower people to transform their bodies, minds, and lives one breath and one pose at a time. “We are about sweat, fun, possibility, strength, flexibility and flow” says, Sarah Smith, owner of 502PowerYoga. Fitness Level: Classes are offered to accommodate all fitness levels. Perfect for: Anyone wanting to increase strength and flexibility. Caveats: You will become part of a great yoga community whose mission is to help you become your best self.
4600 Shelbyville Rd. stmatthews.cyclebar.com What to expect: Fifty-minute indoor cycling classes in a state-of-the-art theater that pumps music and cool air. They’re led by a Cyclestar who is part DJ, motivator and coach. They utilize 50 Schwinn Carbon Blue bikes equipped with computers that track your distance and calories burned based on your speed, power, gender, age, weight and height. These stats are tracked for every ride and emailed to you after class, along with the downloadable playlist you heard. Goal: The main focus is zero-impact cardiovascular exercise that helps develop muscular strength and muscular endurance. Perfect for: Anyone who’s joints don’t love to be pounded on day in, day out. For anyone who likes to get lost in the music and burn 600-1000 calories. Fitness level: This is a good fit for every fitness level because each rider is completely in charge of the resistance they put on their wheel. Caveat: CycleBar is truly a community. “We workout hard together, have fun, and we raise money for local charities through our Cyclegive rides,” says Katie Ryser.
Suspension Training (TRX Classes) What to Expect: Offered at most fitness facilities, suspension training is a method of training that uses bodyweight and gravity for a fullbody workout. Goal: Suspension training works your entire body. Most exercises work multiple muscles at once, especially your core. The unique combination of resistance training, muscular balance, mobility, stability, and core strength gives you an effective workout in less time. Perfect for: Anyone wanting a great, full-body workout in less time.
1321 Herr Lane 4284 Summit Plaza Drive 2294 Lexington Road What to Expect: Each fifty-five class begins with a warm-up in the center of the room, on the floor, followed by standing with light weights to work upper body muscles. You will move to the barre to work your thighs and glutes. After the glutes work, you’ll do a series of ab exercises, followed by a cool down. Goal: Pure Barre is a total body workout that utilizes the ballet barre to perform small, isometric movements which burn fat, sculpt muscles and create long, lean physiques. Perfect for: Anyone wanting to work out as part of a greater fitness community would enjoy Pure Barre. Classes include all shapes, sizes and ages. Fitness Level: Classes are designed to accommodate all fitness levels. The instructors are highly encouraging. Caveat: While the flow of class is always the same, the instructor is always changing the music and exercises, so you’ll never experience the same class twice.
Fitness Level: Any. Caveats: Be sure to work with a TRX certified Personal Trainer when you start your suspension training program. Quality of movement is the most important factor.
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A Pajama Party With Jennifer Lawrence The Frazier History Museum is offering three extraordinary full-immersion Hunger Games experiences this summer. Don’t miss them.
true it-could-only-happenin-Lou event is coming to the Frazier this month. In what would have to be described as the ultimate sleepover, The Power of One Pajama Party on Thursday, July 13, provides the rare opportunity for children to spend the night at the museum visiting The Hunger Games exhibit; learning stunt choreography, archery, special effects makeup, cake decorating and, yes, catching a quick visit by our own hometown star of The Hunger Games series, Jennifer Lawrence. A pizza dinner, movie (The Hunger Games, of course), popcorn, light breakfast and swag bag with autographed poster are all part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. This dream evening has a purpose: All proceeds go The Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, the charitable non-profit Jennifer formed to support worthy local causes. (Tickets are $300 per guest or $150 for an accompanying caregiver.)
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If it sounds too good to be true, just wait until the next evening, Friday, July 14, when Jennifer returns for The Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Gala and grown-ups get their chance to roam the exhibit after hours, indulge in specialty cocktails from Michter’s, appetizers from Chef Dean Corbett, a plated dinner in the Frazier loft and music from Linkin’ Bridge and the Louisville Crashers to raise money for a worthy cause. (Tickets start at $1000. For details on both evenings, go to jenniferlawrencefounation.com.) If you don’t score a ticket to one of these exclusive events, you can still get a fascinating peek into the magic of the movie and the mystique of Katniss at The Hunger Games: The Exhibition which runs through September 10. This highly-anticipated exhibit, which travels only to a handful of major cities, includes never-before-glimpsed set pieces from the movie, actual costumes worn by Jennifer and the rest of the cast, interactive games (ncluding an incredible stunt choreography challenge), film clips and more than a thousand authentic artifacts from the films. (The Girl on Fire dress and chariot are selfie-worthy must-sees.) Any or all of these experiences would make summer 2017 one to remember. (Tickets are $27.50 for adults, $26 for military, seniors and children 4-11, $16 for Frazier members. For more info about the exhibit, go to Fraziermuseum.org.)
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Un Chef Nouveau Pour La Chasse A popular local chef is swapping kitchens and hopping continents. Andrew Welenken, former chef de cuisine at the vaunted English Grille at the Brown Hotel has been named Executive Chef at the French Bardstown Road hot spot La Chasse. “I couldn’t pass on this opportunity to really express myself through food in ways I have never done before,” says Welenken. “I’m looking forward to cooking outside boundaries and to bringing adventurous dishes to the menu.” A recent visit to the cozy candlelit restaurant included a heavenly lobster crab cake and melt-in-your-mouth brandy orange soufflé and suggested wonderful culinary adventures ahead. (If you go: La Chasse is located at 1359 Bardstown Road, 502-822-3963.)
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Outdoor concert series are becoming a sign of summer in these parts with live music and laughter ringing through the warm night air in night spots all over town. They’ve returned this year to the cobblestone streets of Westport Village where extended hours for the locally-owned shops and lazy dinners on the patio at Artesano or Nappa River Valley can turn one languid evening into a much-needed mini vacay. This month’s concert is set for Friday, July 21, featuring local band the Hot Brown Smackdown, “a bluegrass fueled, funk-steered, rock-influenced semi-acoustic party.” Westport Whiskey & Wine’s drink tent will open at 6pm with Jeptha Creed cocktails, Ballotin Whiskey slushies and a featured brewery. The music starts at 7:00 p.m., but the party starts at 5:00 when the racks roll out for the sidewalk sales and Norton Bike to Beat Cancer arrives to sign up family bikers for more family fun. See you there. (Go to westportvillage.com for more info.)
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Uncommon Cures Eastern medicine and alternative therapies are popping up in spas, salons and wellness centers around town. Kristie Hicks Crenshaw rounds up a few that may not yet be on your radar.
hether you’re searching for clear skin, relief from chronic migraines or general stress or pain relief, chances are, there’s an alternative therapy in town that promises to treat it. And if you’ve been taking over the counter pain medicines and getting no relief, you may be more than ready to try them. Here’s what to know before you go.
What it is: A technique using a mono-filament needle to treat pain patterns, trigger points and muscle soreness. Nothing is injected, but muscle tension is released and blood flow increases.
What it is: Piercing the cartilage of your ear (the daith) by a licensed body piercer-typically found in or near a tattoo shop. It requires a unique procedure and tools.
What it treats: Headache, migraines and TMJ along the jaw.
What the practitioners say: Doc at Artfully Insane was a medic in the merchant marines (that’s who I’d want piercing my cartilage) and has been licensed and practicing for 24 years. “Most clients experience immediate relief,” says Doc. “Some gain temporary relief or even none at all.” But for $30, you might want to roll the dice.
What it is: In a stressed out, over-booked world it offers a chance to completely unplug from all stimulus and reconnect with yourself. The fact that you’re in a pod with 200 gallons of water and 900 pounds of epsom salt is an added bonus.
What the practitioners say: Robin Harrington, PT, DPT, OCS, a 15-year Physical Therapist with KORT Physical therapy tells us,”If there is muscle tension or tenderness in the muscle with destruction of movement…we can needle that region to get pain relief. Some users will experience soreness or aches at the site of the treatment, but it will subside. “ Cost: $85 for a treatment with no insurance. (Insurance will sometimes cover it when it’s done with other therapies such as massage.) Side effects: Some light headedness, a “runners’ high” or jitters have been known to occur. Some experience bruising. Caveats: “Anyone with a history of cancer, any blood clotting disorders or who is on blood thinners needs to consult their doctor,” says Harrington. Where to go: Kort Physical Therapy, 210 E Gray St. Suite 807, 502-587-9350 (www.kort.com)
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What it treats: Migraines.
Cost: $30 Side Effects: “Infection is the only enemy here,” says Doc. “Sometimes people’s bodies will simply reject the piercing. Eighty percent of issues are self-induced from bacteria on the hands.” Caveats: “At the very least, you’ll have some pretty jewelry on your ears,” he tells me in his dead-ringer for Sam Elliott voice. Where to go: Artfully Insane, 2604 Bardstown Road, 502-409-8288 (www.artfullyinsane. com.)
What it treats: Joint pain, hypertension, fibromyalgia, general anxiety and PTSD. What the practioners say:“The brain is quite responsive without any external stimuli,” says Greg Ellis of Weightless Float Center. “Our brains produce similar waves to REM sleep in the float tank, resulting in what feels like four hours of sleep to the body.” Cortisol (the stress hormone) levels are lowered. Cost: $65 for a 90 minute float, with discounted memberships available. Side Effects: None. Caveats: You’ll want to avoid if you have liver issues or magnesium sensitivity. Where to go: Weightless Float Center, 600 Distillery Commons, 502-567-4111. (www. weightlessky.com.)
LED Light Therapy
What it is: A soothing, relaxing session in a cave-like setting surrounded by five tons of the purest pink Himalayan salt crystals that allows total rest and relaxation. The low light and soft music or optional guided meditations will soothe your mind and ease your soul.
What it is: Hypnosis isn’t just for the Las Vegas stage and it’s far more mainstream as a therapy than it was 40 years ago.
What it is: An FDA-Approved treatment that “is known to reduce pain and increase circulation, thus improving the body’s natural ability to heal itself,” says Emily Semersheim of In Light Medical.
What it treats: Stress, allergies and skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, or eczema.
What the practioner says: Dr. Gene Oliver states, “There has to be a conscious desire to bring about change.”
What the practitioners say: Nicole Bartlett of The Salt Cave (co-owner with Kim Rash) tells us, “Halotherapy is known to ease symptoms associated with allergies, inflammation, bacteria, and viruses.”
What it treats: Typically used for smoking cessation, weight loss, and controlling anxiety. It can also treat panic attacks, phobias and be used for pain management
Side effects: None. Cost: $675 will give you a good start with five 50-minute sessions.
Cost: $35 dollars for a 45 minute session in a group setting. Private sessions are available.
Caveats: Oliver, who’s practiced for 35 years, cautions, “Working on complex issues requires a practitioner with a specialty in that particular field,” says Oliver who has practiced for 35 years. “Hypnosis is NOT a group activity, and one should be leery of 1-2 session success stories.”
Where to go: The Salt Cave, 9800 Shelbyville Road, 502-996-7000. (www.louisvillesaltcave. com.)
Where to go: Louisville Hypnosis Academy, 4500 Bowling Blvd, #100, 502-208-4048. (Louisvillehypnosisacademy.com.)
Side effects: Although there are no known dangers, it is not recommend for anyone actively undergoing chemotherapy or suffering from kidney or liver disease.
What it Treats: Fine lines, workout recovery, brain health, and circulation. Side Effects: None known, but avoid placing directly on pregnant bellies. Cost: Treatments run $65-$120 and you can lease or purchase your own unit home use from $1200-3000. Caveats: “Pain management is the primary reasoreason clients use this treatment. Circulation and a lymphatic cleanse are others.” Where to go: www.inlightmedical.com
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W So You Want To Own A Masterpiece?
ell, the Speed Museum has an innovative new Adopt-an-artwork program that lets people experience a little bit of the thrill of art collecting… for a much lower price tag. Here’s the premise: The museum’s chief curator Erika Holmquist-Wall selected works of art in need of TLC. “It can by anything from a frame needing repair to a painting or sculpture needing cleaning or restoration,” she says. “These are works that have been taken out of circulation and have been sitting in storage. We want to get them back out so the public can enjoy them.” To “adopt” one of them, you pledge to cover the cost of their repair. “We have items with estimates as low as $1,500 going all the way up to five figures,” says Holmquist-Wall.
The Walsh Sisters, By Thomas Sully, Courtesy Of The Speed Museum
Home Sweet Home Store Bliss Home comes to Westport Village this month bringing a dazzling 24,000 square feet of casual contemporary furniture and regional decor, art and accessories to this picturesque destinationshopping center. hose in search of fresh home inspiration have a new source: Bliss Home in Westport Village. The carefully-curated furniture and decor store has moved in and transformed the cavernous space that was once home to the unlikely predecessor we locals knew as Gattiland.
This Westport shop is the fourth location in a small regional chain which started in 2003 in Knoxville where owners, couple Scott Schimmel and Lisa Sorensen, sought to create a comfortable but
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You can go in on an adoption with co-workers, friends, family or pledge alone and then the fun begins. You receive a dossier packet on your selected masterpiece with a condition report, repair information and history. Once restoration begins, you’ll receive photos and updates throughout the process. And, when the piece returns sparkling new and is placed back in the Speed permanent collection, you can have your name (or any credit you like) on a plaque next to the work for five years. “Some donors are adopting in a loved one’s memory; others do it as gifts,” says Holmquist-Wall. “It’s a very real way to engage the community in their museum.” (If you want to adopt: Go to speedmuseum.org for more info.)
cutting-edge local alternative to more generic national furniture stores. The pair accomplished that by combining a unique mix of niche national brands with locally-made and sourced pieces that would allow customers to fill their homes with items that had a highly-personalized feel. Their vision was apparently what shoppers were searching for. In the next fourteen years, they opened two stores in West Knoxville and Nashville which were just as wildly popular as the first. Now they’re taking their brand of local-meets-national design to our city. “We absolutely fell in love with Louisville during our many visits here,” says
Sorensen. The couple chose Westport Village as their first location outside of Tennessee because it matched their store’s support-local vibe. “We’ve been so impressed with the southern hospitality of the other store-owners of Westport Village,” says Sorensen. “It’s one of the main reasons we chose this location.” Another? “Westport Village has a strong focus on creating a sense of community. We knew it was a place where we could build on our success and support our new neighbors.” Bliss brings yet another browse-worthy location to the increasingly lively outdoor shopping center where a collective creative and collaborative spirit have spawned a summer concert series, seasonal specials at popular dining hot spots like Napa River and Artesano and extended summer hours at the boutiques. With its expansive array of ideas and merchandise for every room, Bliss Home might easily turn one evening at Westport Village into two.
WHEN YOU GO: Bliss Home is scheduled to open mid-July and is located at 1315 Herr Lane. Visit shopbliss.com or westportvillage.com for updates about the shop and summer shopping events.
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Denim & Diamonds Gala Historic Locust Grove | June 2 | parkinsoncenter.org | Photos by Dick Arnspiger
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Merritt Gill and Erika Branch
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Drew Williams, Brooklyn Graham and Shaun Logsdon
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Richard Krause, Shara Haq, Kara Nichols, JP Davis and Christen Boone
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The Prelude Waterfront Botanical Gardens | June 4 | waterfrontgardens.org | Photos by Dick Arnspiger
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Rowland Davis, Joyce Meyer, Mayor Greg Fisher and Lisa Stemler
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Lauri and Bill Wade, Linda Kozloski and Matthew Kuhl
Louisville Ballet artists Leigh Anne Albrechta and Ben Wetzel
Jim Segal and Caroline Courtenay
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Bourbon & Bowties: A Taste of Corbett’s Corbett’s: an American place | June 8 | nortonchildrens.com | Photos by Dick Arnspiger
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Inspired Design Since 1968, Homearama has been the can’t-miss summer outing for anyone looking to build, move, renovate, decorate or dream of doing any of the above. Writer Allison Jones pops into a home in this year’s venue—Poplar Woods—and shares the decor play-by-play. Photos by Tim Furlong Jr.
hile there are plenty of activities to keep Louisvillians busy in the summer, one standout is Homearama. Since 1968, the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville (BIA) has given Louisville area residents the opportunity to ooh and ahh their way through beautifully built and decorated homes that each reflect the distinct aesthetic of some of the area’s best builders, interior designers, craftspeople, and landscape architects. This year, Perry Lyons and his partner, Adam Gallagher of P.L. Lyons Architectural Builders, have not one but three spectacular homes on the tour– all with their own distinctive look. Photographer Tim Furlong and I had the pleasure of taking a private tour of one Perry affectionately calls, “Iron Gate.” Among its many unique charms is the fact that its backyard is adjacent to a conservation area. “It will never be developed,” says Perry. “So, we added a wall of windows that invites the natural landscape inside and makes it a wonderful focal point.” If the outside provides the perfect view and park-like setting, the inside only delivers more wow factor. Once you walk inside, you are welcomed by beautiful, European-style craftsmanship in detailed panel and trim work, columns and dramatic ceilings all with a fresh, open floor plan that breathes functionality.
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If the outside provides the perfect view and park-like setting, the inside only delivers more wow factor.”
he entire home is built to accommodate easy living and entertaining. Nowhere is that more evident than in the well-appointed kitchen. Perry sees clients choosing more high-end appliances. “It just seems people are building homes that are, well, livable, so they want their kitchen to be a place to gather.” He created a wall of appliances that includes a built-in coffee maker, beverage cooler geared for the kids (to deter them from opening and closing the main refrigerator) and, a steam oven along with an integrated refrigerator that gives the space a unified look. Bathrooms have similarly smart features. In the master bath, Perry added an electronic shower – no valves needed. Just use your phone to coordinate a time and it will come on at the perfect temperature. Yet, he grounded the space by adding a linen press.
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hile Perry and Adam created the space, it’s up to the interior designer to bring in the “wow” factor. Julie Redmon of Cherry House Furniture Galleries was the creative genius behind the home’s eye-catching ambiance. The home embodies the transitional style – a marriage of modern and traditional. “We used a neutral palette that invites the accessories to make the statement,” says Julie. “This allows homeowners to easily change up the look without having to repaint the walls.” And while white kitchens are all the rage, Julie reminds homeowners to “add some contrast”. For this particular home, the base of the island reflects a darker hue that complements the rest of the room. “You don’t want the island to be invisible, you strive to make it a standout,” she says. Tile, bold accent pieces, and flooring are all used to bring in texture and visual interest. “Adding those elements gives the design its depth.”
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hen tackling the lower level, Julie found a challenge when met with a narrow space beyond the open theater. “Actually, it ended up being the ideal spot to put in a game room.” Televisions line the walls and are easily viewed from three modern game chairs. The televisions throughout the lower level can be synchronized to have the same game, movie, or whatever is in demand. With its full kitchen and stylish bedroom, Perry reflected on the lower level’s value. “We design this so it can serve as a separate living space for a family member or a place for guests to stay which allows everyone to have some privacy.” It’s just another example of a beautiful home designed for beautiful living.
IF YOU GO: Homearama produced by the Building Association of Greater Louisville runs July 15 through July 30 at Poplar Woods in Goshen, Kentucky. It features nine homes ranging from $725,000 to over $1.5 million. Regular admission is $10; a two-day pass is $15. Tickets are sold on site. For more info, go to homearama.com.
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History Lesson When a doctor and a rocker bought a historic home, they asked interior designer Lee Robinson to meld the classic architecture with their eclectic style and make it their own. By Christine Fellingham Photos by Tim Furlong, Jr.
hen you drive up to the rambling yellow and white Georgian with its expansive front lawn, you can’t help but sense that this is a home with its own story to tell. The massive julep sculpture sitting near the front walk hints at more recent and lively additions to the narrative. Homeowners Scott and Ashley Lankford, college sweethearts who recently returned to their native Louisville after four years in Palm Beach when she joined a local medical practice, fell for the house at first sight. “I walked in and said, ‘This is it,’” says Scott, a musician and member of popular Nervous Melvin and the Mistakes and past member of iconic local bands Big Wheel and Love Jones. “It was more than we wanted to spend and it had dark window treatments and paint, but I could see the potential and that was it for me. I was already licking the doorknobs.” Ashley took slightly more convincing, but not much. “We looked at it for ten minutes and the next time we were in it, we owned it,” says Scott. “We knew the house and had driven by it for years growing up. It just felt like a great old Louisville home.”
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You don’t change the bones. You don’t alter the original details—the molding, the door knobs, the floors, the hinges.”
he house, which began as a log cabin, morphed into a shotgun house and was then transformed into a sprawling Georgian by architect Frederick Morgan, was loaded with character, but definitely in need of updating. “It was stuck in the nineties,” says interior designer Lee Robinson, “with these massive window treatments and dreary colors. We took the curtains down and decided we didn’t need to replace them. The windows are stunning.” Lee was the couple’s first and only choice to be the designer who would bring the home back to life and infuse it with their eclectic sense of style. “There are a lot of great designers in town, but we knew Lee understood the historical relevance of the home and could modernize the look without compromising the integrity of the architecture,” says Scott. “Everything he does makes sense to us. And we knew he would know exactly what to do and what not to do to restore the home’s grandeur and make it livable.”
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nd what not do to, according to Lee, was to change too much: “You don’t change the bones,” he says. “You don’t alter the original details—the molding, the door knobs, the floors, the hinges. This house has some beautiful original floors and it has a wall of built-ins with hardware from the 1800’s. We kept all of that.” The first thing Lee did do was eradicate the nineties palette with fresh paint and paper. “We had to update everything,” says Lee. “We brightened and lightened and brought in some beautiful wallpaper. Then we brought in the furniture and started playing.”
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The look is authentic,” says Robinson. “There’s a horse chest in the den, but Ashley rides and it’s hers. Nothing here is contrived. It’s real.”
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ee created a luxe transitional look that seamlessly melded antiques with mid-century modern and abstract art with classic portraiture using many of the couple’s own furnishings and possessions. “The Lankfords have great taste and their own story. I didn’t want to start from scratch.” The foyer hints at the mission of mixing old and new by borrowing the traditional décor flourish of placing two tables with mirrors on either side of a door in perfect symmetry. “But we chose surprising contemporary tables as a twist,” says Lee. “It’s an idea that was inspired by the Rockefeller home.” Wallpaper with palm fronds adds glamour and a personal touch: “It’s a nod to their Palm Beach past,” Lee says. An unfussy and unforced marriage of old and new, the edgy and the traditional are evident in each of the rooms.
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Immediately off the foyer, in Ashley’s study, a large modern painting by local artist Billy Hertz accents one wall while portraits of their Cavalier King Charles Spaniels grace the other. (The couple has three spaniels: Miss Lucy Honeychurch, Fergus and Luke and a one-year-old golden retriever, Sailor Belle.) White leather chairs pop against rich ostrich-print wallpaper. In the living room, a Mies Van Der Rohe leather chaise is placed in front of a portrait of Stephen Foster. “Ashley’s grandmother outbid the Filson Society for that painting,” says Scott. “It’s a very rare portrait because he was basically a pauper, but the story goes that she waited to see who had the highest bid and she outbid them.” In the same room, a striking five-foot-tall wooden bird sculpture stands guard by a window. “We call him the Bobo man,” says Scott. “I forget which country he’s from, but he used to guard
villages so he was out in the elements and he’s pretty weathered.” Somehow, in this home full of carefully-curated belongings, scattered Hermes throw pillows and sparkling glass tables don’t look out of place with a well-worn piece of folk art. Lee has his theory about the secret to successful eclecticism: “All things of quality work together,” he says. “In the library, we have a true Louis XIV chair next to a Mies Van Der Rohe chair next to a Chinese Chippendale piece and it works.” The fact that the furnishings, artwork and accessories are an outgrowth of the couple’s real passions and lives also makes a difference. “The look is authentic,” says Lee. “There’s a horse chest in the den, but Ashley rides and it’s her horse chest. None of this is some new furniture company’s interpretation of anything. Nothing here is contrived. It’s real.”
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The Lankfords have great taste and their own story. I didn’t want to start from scratch... All things of equal quality work together.”
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mong the authentic details that have a place of prominence in the home are family items—like the 1863 sign over the kitchen door. “This sign came from the Epping Bottling Company that Ashley’s family owned downtown,” says Scott. A glass 7Up bottle from Epping Bottling Company sits on the shelf in the den. “I love ancestral items,” says Lee. “If a client has them, I find ways to use them.” The home as it has quickly evolved under Lee’s skillful guidance—conveys a delightful sense of history—both of the structure and of the couple who inhabit it. But they’re not done yet. “It’s still a work in progress,” says Scott. “We’ve made it our house, but we’re by no means done.” Phase one is behind them, but phase two lies ahead. “What’s going to happen is more customization,” adds Lee. There are plans to renovate the master suite, adding a bar, ultra-modern closets, a glamorous master bath and a bedroom with a panoramic view of the sweeping backyard that isn’t visible with the current layout. It’s all part of the process of adding their chapter to the story that began in a little log cabin and continues in this carefully restored showplace. “I still can’t believe we live here,” says Scott. “What’s the Talking Heads line, ‘This is not my beautiful house...My God, how did I get here?”
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LASIK CONDITIONS: Nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism CANDIDATES: People over age 18 with a stable prescription for at least a year and no eye disease. OVERVIEW: The surgeon creates a flap and then reshapes the interior layers of the cornea with a laser to correct vision. Standard treatments used a blade to create the flap, but many practices have abandoned the blade in favor of all-laser LASIK, which is safer and more consistent. New technology is providing better than 20/20 results and eliminating night vision problems. OPTIONS: Wavefront-guided and wavefront-optimized LASIK
A Second Look At Lasik If you think you know it all about this popular vision surgery, think again. Newer versions are getting faster, easier and more targeted to speciﬁc needs. Jennifer S. Newton reports.
f you have worn glasses or contacts for a lifetime, you know what it’s like to awake to the vague impression of numbers on an alarm clock or bump blurry-eyed into unassuming bathers in a swimming pool. Laser vision correction, a.k.a. refractive surgery, is changing that for many people. Having been around for 20 years, LASIK is perhaps the most common elective laser vision surgery. Over the last decade, and particularly the last couple of years, technological advances are allowing LASIK results to become even more precise. “It’s evolved from standard treatments to custom treatments, which give better quality vision, higher 20/20 rates and better night vision, so a lot of the concerns of the past of poor night vision or glare and halos have pretty much gone away,” says Asim Piracha, MD, refractive surgeon and medical director at John-Kenyon. New laser technology is also expanding options for those who may not qualify for LASIK, as well new indications, such as near vision. Check out the latest in LASIK technology, as well as three newly FDA-approved procedures.
Jennifer S. Newton is the Editor-in-Chief of MD-Update.
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Customized treatments based on anatomy rather than prescription. Frank Burns, MD, refractive surgeon, says, “Everybody’s cornea is like a fingerprint. To get the best results, you have to correct any potential aberrations in a person’s cornea, and [wavefront technology] allows us to do that.” Topography-guided LASIK For nearsightedness with or without astigmatism, the next generation of customized treatment addresses irregularities in the shape of the cornea with incredible accuracy. John Meyer, MD, refractive surgeon with the Eye Care Institute, says, “We can get about onethird of patients 20/12 or better, which is small enough letters that we never even tested people before.” COSTS: $250-$2,200 per eye. Costs vary widely depending on the practice and technology used. CAVEATS: People with very thin corneas or certain professions, such as the military, may not be candidates. Newer technologies may not be appropriate for every eye.
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CONDITION: Nearsightedness CANDIDATES: Pure nearsightedness, those not candidates for LASIK because of dry eyes, thin corneas, or certain professions. OVERVIEW: FDA approved in September 2016, SMILE reshapes the cornea by removing a small pocket of tissue from the inner layers without creating a flap. COSTS: Comparable to LASIK CAVEATS: Only available at John-Kenyon currently.
KAMRA™ and Raindrop® Corneal Inlays CONDITION: Presbyopia (loss of near vision) CANDIDATES: Anyone who needs reading glasses and is a candidate for LASIK, ideally age 45-55. OVERVIEW: Like a mini contact implanted in the cornea to correct near vision, corneal inlays can be used by themselves or in combination with LASIK. “What we do is correct the dominate eye for perfect distance vision and correct the non-dominate eye with the inlay for near vision,” says Dr. Piracha. Unlike monovision, both eyes maintain distance vision, while the inlay eye sees better up close. OPTIONS: KAMRA™ Inlay FDA approved in 2015 and used for slight nearsightedness. Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay FDA approved in 2016 and used for slight farsightedness. COSTS: Twice as much as LASIK, around $5500 for the whole package CAVEATS: Most people will need laser treatment to get them to the ideal prescription before implantation. Because they are an implant, there is an increased risk of swelling and inflammation. Not all practices offer them.
BEYOND LASIK PRK, laser vision correction performed on the surface of the cornea without creating a flap, was a pre-cursor to LASIK and is still a viable technique for those with high prescriptions, thin corneas, or certain professions. There is also a new iteration called ASA (Advanced Surface Ablation). Just like monovision contact lenses, monovision LASIK corrects one eye for distance and one eye for near vision. It has been around a while but is not for everybody. “I only offer monovision if a patient has gotten used to that in contact lenses prior to the surgery,” says Dr. Burns.
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he company’s name has long been synonymous with extraordinary care. With their rebranding this spring, Hosparus Health puts a new emphasis on caring for those who are living with chronic conditions—a group that is only going to increase dramatically over the next decade. “We have ten thousand baby boomers a day turning sixty-five,” says Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Gwen Cooper. “There will be 58 million seniors by 2040. The average family is supporting four chronic diseases.” These families need help—not just in the late stages of disease, but during the earlier years—years that can be enjoyed and lived to the fullest with the right support systems in place. “The care that we provide is social and psychological and spiritual and medical,” says Cooper. “It not only helps the patient live more comfortably, it helps the family function better. It makes daily life less of a struggle so they can treasure every day.”
A Focus On Caring With a new name, Hosparus Health announces its expansion into advanced illness care and a new focus on improving the quality of life for chronically ill patients of all stages and ages. 70 TOPS LOUISVILLE | July 2017
Adding “health” is more than just a change in name, it’s a shift in focus. “When you add ‘health’ to ‘Hosparus,’ it suddenly says that we can help you sooner,” says Cooper. “We open the door to advanced illness care.” That care isn’t limited by a patient’s life expectancy. It can be provided at any stage of acute or chronic illness and can also be provided as part of curative treatments. People living with COPD, congestive heart failure, cancer, dementia, diabetes and neurological conditions can all be served. The expanded mission is to improve the quality of life by providing the same kinds of compassionate services that their caregivers and medical experts have traditionally provided through Hosparus during the last six months of a patient’s life. However, to receive the hospice care provided by Hosparus, patients had to be diagnosed with a terminal illness with a life expectancy of no more than six months. “We were constantly turning patients away,” says Cooper. “And, often, we would only be with patients for six weeks. Families were constantly saying that they wished they’d called earlier.” The short-term nature of their care and the increasing need for long-term advanced illness care caused the company to rethink its mission and add palliative or advanced care to its services. In a sense,
they’ve already tested the idea with a cutting-edge pediatric program called Kourageous Kids that they launched in 1980. Through that program, their care teams serve seriously ill children who may still continue to seek curative care. Kourageous Kids helps families celebrate their time together-- planning group social outings, navigating medical options and providing counseling and support with sometimes unthinkable circumstances. After a year of shuttling their newborn daughter, Lexi, in and out of the Vanderbilt hospital for surgeries to correct unspecified congenital abnormalities, Jeff and Shayla Forgys decided with the help of their doctor to take her home and forgo future surgeries. That was when they called Hosparus for help. “While it was the most difficult decision to make, it was the right one for Lexi as she would no longer have to suffer,” says Shayla. “When we called Hosparus, Greta (Hays, Lexi’s nurse) let us know that we just needed to continue to love her and spend time with her.” With help from Hosparus, the Forgys were able to take a family trip to Gatlinburg. “We were able to enjoy our baby girl and our time as a family on that trip,” says Shayla. After six months in Hosparus care, Lexi died at home surrounded
When you add ‘health’ to Hosparus, it suddenly says that we can help you sooner. We open the door to advanced illness care and that care isn’t limited by a patient’s life expectancy.” by her family on May 15, 2015. Since then, Hosparus has been involved in helping the Forgys commemorate her short life and remember their little girl. With the rebranding, Hosparus Health is now offering the same kind of safety net and support system to families of patients of any age. For one local family coping with ALS, those services have restored joy and
harmony to their home life. Carrey Dewey, 45, mother of three children ages 8, 10 and 12, is mostly confined to her bed. Her husband, Eric, is her primary caregiver. She originally called for hospice services, but was surprised and pleased when they directed her to their pilot palliative program. “I think it’s great that people who don’t qualify for hospice still have an option,” she says. While Carrey is still receiving treatments for ALS, she and her family are also receiving nursing, social work, counseling and volunteer services from Hosparus Health. Counseling has been especially helpful to her children who “have normal people problems like arguing and not following directions, while living in extraordinary circumstances,” she says. “It’s so nice that we don’t have to go out and look for somebody with that type of experience and that she will come to our home. It’s been a huge help.” Another huge help has been the volunteer who weeds her garden twice a week. “It was depressing to see my garden looking so pathetic and not being able to do anything about it,” she says. They have also provided anticipatory grief counseling, scholarship research for the children, advanced care planning and a DNR. In big and little ways, they’ve made
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faces + places Tops cares faces+places it possible for Carrey and Eric to live life with their children to the fullest. “I don’t feel like I am dying even though, with my diagnosis, it’s clear that I am,” says Carrey. “I have three kids and I feel like I have an active life.” While the opportunities for providing improved quality of life are tremendous, the challenges are also real. There is no standard benefit available for advanced illness care through medicare or private insurance—although some services are covered by some companies. “Every patient and every insurance company we are piloting with is different,” says Cooper. “There are a few pilot programs around the country and we have our own pilot that we’re funding. We are working with Congress to get advanced care covered. And I’m an eternal optimist.” After all, optimism is part of the gift that Hosparus Health and its extensive network of compassionate doctors, counselors, psychologists, nurses, chaplains and caregivers brings to those it serves.
MYTHS AND TRUTHS ABOUT ADVANCED ILLNESS CARE MYTH: •
Advanced (or palliative) care is the same as hospice.
If you accept palliative care, you must stop other treatments.
Palliative care shortens life expentancy.
Hospice care is limited to the last 6 months of life, but palliative care can be offered at any age and any stage of a serious illness.
You can receive palliative and curative treatments at the same time.
Palliative care alongside standard care can extend life expectancy.
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Gone Fishing WAVE3 anchor John Boel’s summer reset is at his Wisconsin boyhood home – and a river does run through it. By Steve Kaufman • Photos by Danny Alexander
ohn Boel hung the “gone fishing” sign on his door in June and headed up to his boyhood Wisconsin home. It wasn’t entirely a trip to recharge his batteries. He felt he had to go up there. His father back in Beloit is nearing 80 years of age, and his sister was recently widowed. Then Boel went up to Eagle River, near Lake Superior, to the area where his mother’s ashes were scattered after she passed away three years ago. But Boel also spent a lot of time on the water, just as he had as a boy.
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“It’s like the movie, ‘A River Runs Through It,’ ” he says. “All of us need a place to go back to, to reset. It grounds me. I sit in the same spot, using the same lures, looking at the same five houses around the edge of the lake, the same rickety piers.” He needed that after a winter in which he had a benign tumor removed from his left side. The residual soreness in his arm has put him behind on his training program for the Louisville Ironman in October. He doesn’t want to fall behind. He hasn’t missed a Louisville Ironman in 10 years, and has finished eight of them.
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His program had already been slowed by the broken collarbone he sustained just prior to last year’s Ironman. He competed anyway – and, remarkably, finished the entire event, though his doctor had advised him to take that one off – but the after-effects of swimming nearly two-anda-half miles with a damaged shoulder kept him from jumping back into the water this year until June. And to top it all off, he turned 55 this spring. And his younger daughter Brianna graduated from Male High School and will be heading to the University of Kentucky this fall on a pre-med journey. John and wife Brenda, who met in high school, will be facing empty-nesterhood after 30 years of marriage.
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But up in Wisconsin, sitting in his rowboat with a six-horsepower outboard in the middle of Whitewater Lake, it all melted away – the years, the tension, the soreness, the anxiety about missed training hours. Though his wife and daughter traveled through Europe this summer – a graduation present for Brianna – he insists, “If you gave me an airplane ticket to go anywhere in the world, I’d choose right here in Wisconsin. Something about returning to my home, to my boyhood creek down the road, the lake where I fished 45 years ago and the lake up north where I first vacationed in 1968. There’s nothing like that.”
The one thing that’s probably changed is the six-pack or two of beer on the boat back then for Boel and his fishing buddies. Boel has been a recovering alcoholic since 2011. The events were all very public. The newsman became the news, with two DUIs in two years that led to his being fired by WLKY. By the time he got hired by WAVE3, after a year of unemployment, Boel was devoting his life to sobriety – and to Ironman. Up in Wisconsin, he put in an hour a day on his dad’s old Schwinn Aeordine, one of the early-model exercise bikes. And he ran for an hour along Turtle Creek, his boyhood fishing hole. But he knows most of his October competition has already been working out 20-25 hours a week.
Turning 54 a year ago created a ‘speed bump’ in his fitness routine, a plateau where ‘everything’s a little harder, my times are slower, my pains take a little longer to go away.’
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“I’ll have to hit an 80-mile bike ride and a 10-mile run as soon as I get back,” he says, “and enter a triathlon or two.” He says turning 54 a year ago created “a speed bump” in his fitness routine, a plateau where “everything’s harder, my times are slower, my pains take a little longer to go away. “The wheels feel like they’re coming off. It’s a tough adjustment.” Still, his commitment is as strong as ever. And he’s nothing if not disciplined. It’s critical for his regimen. And yet! This winter, he discovered a familiar distraction that conflicts with that regimen. Since Christmas, he’s been regularly doing some trout fishing at Otter Creek in Meade County. “It’s my new favorite thing to do,” he says. But the fishing isn’t good for his legs. “After wading a couple of miles on slippery rocks, knees locked and tensed, my legs are cashed.” And he wades out so far that it’s a 45-minute walk back to his car. Not good for his Ironman training mode. “It’s detrimental to my condititioning. It kills my legs and joints. In fact, the biggest thing going on this year in my triathalon life is having to force myself not to go fishing on a perfect afternoon.” It seems like a cruel irony. There must still be something irresistible for him about fishing, after all these years. The lure of that crankbait diving down below the water’s surface, the boat rocking gently, the summer sun shining through the Wisconsin pines. The quiet and peace of it all. It will be hard to resist the lure. John Boel suddenly knows how the bass feel.
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KATIE g e o r g e The highly recognizable face of WDRB sports and news is a former star volleyball player and Miss Kentucky who always brings her A-game. he delivered a megawatt cover-worthy smile as soon as we turned on the camera. Two seconds earlier, Katie George, the energetic newcomer at WDRB had been talking shop about local sports teams with our photographer, Antonio Pantoja and cover co-star Kurt Roberson. Without a pause, she switched gears and struck and tenaciously held a pose that could make a pilates instructor cower, adjusting arms, wrist position, her left leg like a pro-- all while answering my questions between takes about her life, fitness routine and career. Katie George is a woman who delivers her A-game no matter what the game happens to be. According to George, she was born to be a competitor. “I had two older brothers—Timmy and Charlie—and they played every sport imaginable,” she says. “ I knew if I wanted to hang out with them I had to be able to play as well as them.” While the former Division 1 University of Louisville champion admits she was naturally “a pretty decent athlete,” that early drive to be as good as her older brothers made her work relentlessly to take her skills to the next level as soon as she could swing a bat at a T-ball game. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM • PHOTO BY ANTONIO PANJOA Hair and makeup by Jessie Coleman of Joseph’s Salon and Spa
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“I’d come home after a game and head out to the backyard with my dad to keep practicing,” she says. “My brothers would say, ‘You’re not fast enough. You’re not big enough, you’re not good enough and I always wanted to prove them wrong. I always credit my competitiveness to them.” Katie and her dad would spend hours in the backyard throwing the football or baseball or any other ball she was hoping to play with her brothers. “Eventually, they started picking me over their friends,” she says. “They pushed me and motivated me to practice and get really good at things and not settle for being just okay,” she says. “I always had to be better.” That drive propelled Katie into almost every sport you can name: basketball, softball, field hockey, tennis… but once she began playing volleyball on a whim in elementary school, she became hooked. Soon she was playing on KIVA, choosing Assumption High School partly because of their excellent volleyball program and earning a scholarship to play volleyball for Division I U of L. That prize was earned not with mere natural talent— which she certainly had, but near-obsessive dedication and perseverance. “I was playing year round and at school, practicing three or four times a week,” says Katie. “I’d take two or three lessons a week at 6 am before school. My parents paid for club volleyball and lessons, but the goal always was to get it back with a college scholarship.” And, as her parents surely recognized, Katie wasn’t one to fail. She saw the University of Louisville not just as a means to play the sport she loves at the top level, but as a place to strive for her next goal: a career as a broadcast sports reporter. She had settled on that profession early and, like everything else in her life, was relentless in her pursuit of it. “I was thirteen when I first saw Erin Andrews on ESPN and I knew instantly that I wanted her job,” she says. “My brothers always had the remote so we never watched anything I wanted to watch. It was always ESPN or a sports show or a game. When I saw her, I thought, ‘I love sports and talking about sports; I want to do what she’s doing.’” From that point on, her resolve never wavered. “It’s weird because people have often asked if I ever thought of going into anything else,” she says, “but my goal has never changed and I’ve always been aware that these are the steps I need
to take to get there.” Becoming a 2015 ACC Player and Setter of the Year and NCAA All American, landing early internships with TK and WDRB (which led to an on-air position when she graduated magna cum laude in three years) and even making the outof-pattern decision to enter (and win) her first beauty pageant, were all steps towards her lifelong dream of becoming a broadcast sports reporter at a national level. “I feel lucky that everything has fallen into place,” she says. “But I put myself in a position to have everything fall into place.” According to Katie, a life built on a foundation of sports and fitness made self-discipline and achieving goals a given. “I learned what
“My brothers would always say, ‘You’re not fast enough. You’re not big enough. You’re not good enough. I always credit my competitiveness to them.” it takes to achieve through sports,” Katie says. “And sports also promoted a healthy lifestyle. I never had to think about dieting or working out because training and eating right was just another aspect of what I was doing. I was always in a gym or at a practice or working with a team trainer. I didn’t know what it was like not to be doing that.” Now that she’s moved from the court to the newsroom, she’s found different ways to stay fit. “I don’t need a trainer because I know what I need to do,” she says. “I don’t go to a gym and I’m not trying to gain muscle anymore. I want to remain tight and toned because the ten pounds on television is a real thing.” So she does personal workouts at home, often before she heads to work. “I’ve been through so many workouts as an athlete that I can put a workout together myself,” she says. Like everyone else, she does have occasional mornings when she doesn’t want to get out of bed. “But, again, it’s that discipline I have from years of sports,” she says. “I can just roll out
a yoga mat. I do a lot of body circuits. I’ll get out the dumbbells and be done in forty-five minutes to an hour. I try to run a few times a week just to get a good sweat going and get my heart rate up.” She adds that the “glamorous” life of a local television reporter is a workout in itself: “What people don’t realize is that, off camera, I’m carrying about fifty pounds of gear and rushing from one location to another in ninety degree heat. I’m sweating my butt off!” Her schedule as a news and sports reporter leaves little time for team sports, which she misses. “There is a lot of volleyball at night, but I work night and can’t do those teams,” she says. “There are times when I play sand volleyball on the weekend and I really enjoy that. But I don’t get to compete anymore.” And as much as she enjoys her hard-won career, she does admit that she misses the thrill of the games. “I still find it hard,” she says. “I’m so competitive and I don’t have that regular competitive outlet where I’d go to practice every day to work for a tangible goal with other people. I do miss the camaraderie and competition. I envy people who have those outlets.” Now, instead of masterfully playing the games, she’s masterfully covering them. “It’s a transition to move from court to the sidelines, but I’m at an advantage because I know what it takes and I know what those athletes are going through,” she says. “I try to use that. I can give a behind-the-curtain look into what it’s like to be in those spots and I try to bring that perspective to every story I do.” And, in true Katie George style, she is turning the broadcast world into her new volleyball court. “It’s the way I’m made,” she says. “Whether I’m competing with myself or with a coworker, I have to set goals.” Those goals will ultimately lead her away from hometown newsrooms and local games to bigger arenas. I’ve been very honest about my career goals with WDRB,” she says. “They know I want to work at a regional and national level. I love working in my hometown, but I’ve never left and I need to do that at some point. I wouldn’t leave Louisville for a Cincy or Indy job, but I will leave for a market that would put me in position for a national spot.” Anyone who’s watched Katie work and play knows that it’s only a matter of time before she scores.
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My surgeon and doctors didn’t sugarcoat anything. They also didn’t pressure me into making any crazy decisions and let me come to the decision on my own.
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STRONG MEDICINE Courage in the face of a healthcare challenge is sometimes the ultimate cure. Here four inspiring stories of people who turned life-altering diagnoses into personal turning points. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM • PHOTOS BY ANTONIO PANTOJA
When you look at nineteen-year-old University of Kentucky sophomore Emily Dawson, you see a beautiful survivor. The prosthetic leg she walks, dances and works out on is a visual reminder of the battle she fought with a rare type of bone cancer called osteosarcoma. But it’s also a symbol of her strength and determination. While most girls her age were worrying about friend drama or the latest pimple, at the age of fifteen Emily was coping with an out-of-nowhere cancer diagnosis. “It was right before Christmas and my brother and I were playing by the tree and I fell and broke my leg,” Emily says. “At first, my parents thought I was being a drama queen.” The next day, when she woke up and couldn’t move, they wound up getting her an MRI and hearing the unthinkable news. “We were supposed to go on a cruise and, instead, I started doing chemotherapy,” she says. “Things immediately changed for my family.” Her parents were splitting their time between the house and the hospital and her three younger siblings were obviously coping with the news too. “My younger brother was terrified he’d get cancer,” she says. “It was hard on everyone.” One thing that raised her spirits that year was when she was released early from one hospital stay to attend the Dance Blue dance-a-thon. “Seeing all of those college students working to raise money for cancer was really inspiring,” she says. “They don’t just dance but they work all year fundraising. Just knowing they give so much of their time and energy to fighting cancer was really meaningful to me.” During her treatment, she became close friends with some of the Dance Blue members and, over time, started getting involved. While her tumor initially shrank, it eventually spread and she learned she’d have to have surgery in 2015. “My parents and I got the news together. One thing that helped through all of it was that they didn’t try to hide things,” she says. Because of the position of the tumor, Emily was told that she’d have to have her leg removed above the knee, unless she chose a relatively new procedure called a rotationplasty in
EMILY DAWSON which the foot is reattached at the knee joint. “Our surgeon and doctors didn’t sugarcoat anything,” she says. “They also didn’t pressure me into making any crazy decisions and let me come to the decision on my own.” “It would mean that not only was I going to look different, but I was going to look different from other amputees,” says Emily. “It was a tough decision, but my parents helped me come to terms with it and ultimately they let me make the call myself. By doing that, I could be a below-the-knee amputee which would give me more mobility. So that’s what I chose. In the end, due to complications, it turned out to be six surgeries on my leg and about twelve surgeries total for me, so it wasn’t easy. But it was the right decision for me.” The resolve it took to choose a ground-breaking surgery is the same kind of resolve that has allowed Emily to enter college on schedule, choose a major in hospital business (“I spent so much time there I have a unique perspective.”) and dance all night as a member of her winning dance team in this year’s Dance Blue. (Although she is quick to say that the marathon involved more line dancing and standing around than actual dancing. “I wouldn’t quite call myself a dancer!”) As special as she is, she embraces doing the kind of ordinary everyday activities of a typical college student—working at Steel City pops, walking across campus and working out with friends in the gym a few times a week. “I know not everyone survives cancer, but I did,” she says. “What I learned from going through it is to make every day count.”
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KURT ROBERSON When the crowd favorite at the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Spring Fashion show hits the runways to delighted shrieks, he can hear the roar… with the help of a hearing aid. Kurt Roberson, model, actor and basketball player was born almost completely deaf. With his hearing aid, he can hear faint sounds, but he relies on lip reading to understand what people are saying. And, unlike many with his level of impairment, he can answer out loud. Many people don’t realize that the strikingly handsome six-foottwo Tennessee native is deaf. In fact, his own family didn’t realize until he was three years old. “When I was two years old and sitting too close to the TV, my mother called my name three times, then threw a toy to get my attention and I didn’t respond,” Kurt says. Concerned, she took him to the doctor who ran tests and discovered he was deaf. Next, he was taken to the audiologist, fitted for hearing aids and placed in a school with mentally and physically disabled kids. “My mother felt it wasn’t the right placement for me, so she went to the board of education and fought for a better placement,” he says. “My mother has always been a strong advocate for me even though she was young. She came to an agreement to mainstream me into a regular school and implement speech therapy three times a week at the young age of three.” In therapy, Kurt developed his speech despite his inability to hear himself. That enabled him to blend with the hearing world, but it also isolated him in a sense. “Growing up, I was always around the hearing community,” Kurt says. “It was good in some ways, but it was also hard. Some kids were mean. I had a very small group of friends…. I played a lot of video games.” Then, at fifteen, two life turning points occurred. “My mom brought me into a modeling agency and
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this guy had me get up on the stage and walk. “I did what I normally do,” says Kurt. “I strutted down the runway and he was amazed that I had natural talent. My mother couldn’t afford the school but he told us not to worry about it and signed me up.” And, one day, while shooting hoops in the local gym, a team across the floor motioned to him. “They said, ‘Are you deaf?’ And I said, ‘Yes.’ And they couldn’t believe it. They recruited me to play on the team which was part of the national league of deaf teams,” he says. While Kurt was a star starter on his high school team, joining a team of deaf players that was part of a national organization was especially meaningful. “The basketball league is where I really learned to live in both worlds-- the deaf world and the hearing world,” he says. “I had to relearn sign language. It taught me to straddle both worlds.” Kurt slips in and out of both worlds effortlessly building a successful modeling career here in Louisville with Heyman Talent (which began when a former girlfriend sent his Facebook photos) and establishing a weekly sign language class for hearing and non-hearing students at the Calvary Chapel in La Grange. His worlds collide in his first movie role in an upcoming Emilio Estevez film in which he shares the screen with no other than Alec Baldwin. He landed the role when a friend heard that Estevez, who was filming in the area, was looking for a deaf actor for a cameo: “I sent in an audition video and three days later, I got an email telling me where to show up. I didn’t believe it was real.” During his first day on set, he had to sign in the scene he shot with Alec Baldwin. “I don’t sign every day and suddenly there were all of these people watching me do it,” he says. “It was weird. I felt like a celebrity.” And, apparently, he did okay. His small cameo turned into two scenes. “I got to die on screen,” laughs Kurt. His experience with moviemaking has inspired him to pursue more acting opportunities and get more involved with Deafinite Models, a modeling and talent agency in Los Angeles that helps deaf talent achieve their dreams. “Of course, Kurt has already achieved quite a few. “I can’t explain how it felt to be cast in a movie. I met Gabrielle Union… It was crazy. It was a blessing. And it makes me want to work harder to be a role model.”
The deaf basketball league is where I really learned to live in both worlds. I had to re-learn sign language.
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Right now, I’m feeling good, but I have a litle bit of a sense of urgency. I would like to see Hope Scarves be a gift to as many people as possible. I want it to be my legacy.
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Some people would see a cancer diagnosis as a reason to slow down. Lara McGregor used it as a catalyst to change her life, start a thriving non-profit and spread a message of hope to other people living with the disease. She was thirty years old and pregnant with her second child when she received the news that she had breast cancer. After coping with a newborn, chemotherapy and recovery, Lara, who had spent a decade in nonprofit fundraising, made a decision inspired by the gift of a scarf and a heartfelt message from a friend: “I said, I know what I’m going to do. I’m going to start a non-profit,” she says. “I’m going to share scarves and notes of encouragement with other cancer patients.” The organization which she named Hope Scarves began in a spare bedroom with a handful of volunteers and soon became an Ignite Louisville project which meant that a team of Ignite participants had to create a marketing campaign to promote their mission. “And one day, one of the project coordinators looked at me and said, ‘Don’t be offended. But is this a little project you do in your spare bedroom in your spare time or is this going to be a national non-profit? There is no wrong answer, but only you can decide.’ I thought, ‘It’s go time.’ And I quit my tennis team and devoted myself to it full time.” Five years and more than 6,000 scarves later, Hope Scarves has delivered their colorful care packages to patients all over the country with all different types of cancer. The scarves, all donated by other cancer patients, all come with their carefully chronicled stories of other lives and patients they’ve touched. “Our database is what makes us really special,” says Lara. “We work very hard to keep track of where the scarves have been and who has worn them. We are dedicated to telling these stories.” A recent diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer has only deepened that dedication. “I had my very dark moments after the diagnosis. I got angry and very down, but I fought through it,” she says. “It made me reflect on the organization and where I want to take
LARA McGREGOR it. And I want it to take it to a truly national level.” She is determined, while she has a good quality of life, to do everything she can to make that happen. “I’m trying to do more public speaking. I’m partnering with as many hospitals as I can.” (Hospitals in several states stock collections of scarves for patients.) This spring, she also launched the first special edition scarf created with Echo Designs of New York ($32 at hopescarves.org) in an effort to raise more funds for breast cancer research and reach a broader audience. While she works tirelessly as founder, visionary, marketer, spokesperson of Hope’s Scarves, she is also carefully watching her work life balance, leaving the day after our interview for an annual family trip to her home state of Michigan with her two young sons. (Her husband would meet up with her in Europe the following week.) “I have been around cancer long enough to understand what the metastatic diagnosis means,” she says. “I want to make the most of my time… I surround myself with joyful people. I make sure I take trips and see family and create memories with my sons and husband.” But she is also determined to create something larger than herself. “I want to build this into a national organization with a solid infrastructure that can support that kind of outreach. I will consider it to be a real success when I’m appearing on The Today Show,” she laughs. “Right now, I’m feeling good, but I do have a little bit of a sense of urgency. I would like to see Hope Scarves be a gift to as many people as possible. I want it to be my legacy.”
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And she said, ‘You have colon cancer.’ And there I was, with my sons playing on the floor and my wife in the next room and my whole world was rocked.” Over the next few months, there was surgery “to remove a large section of my large intestine” and recovery and then, remarkably, a heart attack in 2016. “I was driving my oldest son, Sam, to school and I felt a shooting pain in my left arm,” he says. “I just drove myself to the hospital again and they sent me straight into surgery and I had two stints put in.”
Having worked over two decades for the YMCA— most recently as Executive Director of the downtown branch-- and been a lifelong runner, Dave Bell was always the slim, fit picture of health. Like many men, one evening two years ago, he dismissed a searing stomach ache as “something I ate,” even when the pain became so severe that he lay awake writhing in pain all night—eventually moving downstairs to the couch so as not to disturb his wife or sleeping sons. When the pain only increased over the next several hours, he made a call to a doctor friend who encouraged him to go to the ER. “So, I drove myself to the ER,” he says. “My wife had to stay with our sons, so I just hopped in the car and drove.” That trip revealed a ruptured appendix which led to surgery which led to a CT scan which led to the discovery of colon cancer.
And, at that point, there was a decision that it was time for a meaningful life change. To live a life less stressful and more purposeful. “I decided that I wanted to go to work in jeans and I wanted to work someplace where I could make a difference,” says Bell.
“I had come home a few days after the appendectomy and I was getting all of these calls from the hospital,” says Bell. “I thought they were just those follow-up calls to see how my stay was and, I admit, I didn’t answer them.” Finally, after countless calls, he finally decided to pick up the phone. It was his doctor. “She wanted me to come into her office,” says Bell. “I knew that wasn’t good.” When he shared this development with the same doctor friend, she offered to read his file if he gave her permission. He did. And the next phone call he received was the one that changed his life.
“I mean what are the odds that I would get colon cancer and that an organization I had never heard of would need somebody with my skill set to promote colon cancer awareness?” asks Bell. “I feel incredibly fortunate.”
“I was in my kitchen and she asked me, ‘Are you sitting down?’ So, I sat down at the kitchen table.
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It was around then that he saw an ad for a job for a marketing coordinator for the Colon Prevention Project. “I thought, ‘Well, I’m a survivor, I know nonprofits, this is fate,’” he says. He sent in his resume and received no response, but followed up shortly after. “They told me they hadn’t called because I was overqualified, but it turned out that the director who was on maternity leave, wasn’t coming back: Would I be interested in that job?” Bell was and has been the Colon Prevention Project Director since September 2016.
His new job has given him the opportunity to wear denim every day (sometimes with a bow tie), spend more time with his three young sons and make sure other men and women become more proactive about their health and colon cancer prevention. “I am making it my mission to make it easier to talk about this subject and our mission is to eliminate preventable death and suffering from colon cancer.”
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Some Like It Hot Seviche’s ﬂavorful Latino cuisine with a hint of a southern accent put both chef owner Anthony Lamas and Louisville on the national radar. Nancy Miller shares what he may be serving next. Photos by David Harrison
ince Anthony Lamas opened Seviche in 2005, Louisville has become a sizzling food town. Scores of new restaurants couldn’t survive the heat and were shuttered but Seviche thrived and Lamas hot tracked his way to national fame. “Seviche’s Nuevo Latino flavors were new to Louisville in that diners began to see Latin food being more than beans and rice and tacos. Those are fine but there’s so much more to the cuisine when you start getting into Peru and Brazil,” says the chef and restaurateur.
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“The Nuevo Latino movement was happening in major cities but what made me different was that I was doing the food using a lot of Southern ingredients such as sorghum, grits and country ham.,” says Lamas. National press would write about Nuevo Latino cuisine becoming “popular in Miami and New York and even in Kentucky!” “I always thought that was kind of funny,” he says, “but, hey, there were mentioning us. That was flattering and inspirational.” Lamas was raised in Central California where he developed his palette at a
young age, eating calf’s liver when other kids were eating macaroni and cheese. His mother cooked what the family could afford but put a home-cooked meal on the table every day. Surrounded by one of the largest agricultural areas in the United States, her kitchen was stocked with an abundance of produce – tomatoes, avocados, oranges, pomegranates, as well as spices that fascinated the chef-to-be. Although he was an adventurous eater when growing up, he wasn’t aware of the term “culinary arts” until he was about 19 years old and realized it could be
a career. His career skyrocketed. “In the beginning it was about getting my name out there but, fortunately, I can now pick and choose the chefs I work with at events around the country,” he says. Winning Food Network’s Extreme Chef and twice battling Bobby Flay have been two very public highlights of his career. “It’s so much fun to have that high energy and adrenaline and to be cooking with one of your heroes. Bobby is intense but he’s a really cool guy,” says Lamas. At Seviche he continues to meld Latin American with Southern and an edge of Southern California, but he dislikes the word “fusion,” believing fusion food is confusing food. “It’s a matter of maturing as a chef, doing things that work naturally, not because they’re a trend. “I didn’t realize I was blending Latin and Southern until I actually did it. Spanish and Southern cooking both love ham and pork. Southern has cornbread, Latin has corn tortillas. Instead of hominy in posole, I’d use it in grits,” he says. Food Network has approached him about another show, but he has put those plans on hold. He’s considering all his options, including a new restaurant concept. “Something totally different. Latin Asian? Or focusing on one country? Or, what if I did a family restaurant where you can have lobster ceviche and the kids can have a quesadilla, or you can have a ribeye and a glass of wine?” When Lamas says, “What if?,” Louisville diners are likely to say, “How soon?” TOPS LOUISVILLE | July 2017 91
cuisine You’re a chef, restaurateur, television personality, James Beard Award semi-finalist and cookbook author. How do you manage it all? And what keeps you grounded? I don’t call myself that stuff. I forget about it because I don’t know how to accept it. Maybe that helps me. Early on I had an ego and became competitive, when television was making chefs rock stars. My mamma tells me she’s proud of me and she reminds me of where we came from. She helps me stay grounded. And I focus on what we do day in and day out.
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Chef - Seviche
What do you hope Seviche and your cookbook, Southern Heat, New Southern Cooking Latin Style, say about you? You can see my personality in both. Especially with the book, you see who I am today and how growing up in California, and then coming to Kentucky, have influenced my cooking and my life. I hear guests say they can’t believe it, but eating at Seviche is one of the best Latin food experiences they have had. It’s because I bring my style of cooking, the restaurant’s ambiance and my personality together.
Being a chef isn’t the role that’s most important to you, is it? I’m so in love with being a father. I love that people say I’m a great chef but when my time has come I want them to remember what a great dad I was. I’m very touchy-feely with my sons and am very emotional. I give a lot of love.
What are some of the most important life lessons you’re passing along to your sons? First is a work ethic. Working hard will open doors for you. Also, don’t be afraid to set goals. It’s okay to go after dreams. You may not reach all of them but it’s better to try. Take a chance and do it.
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4505 Shelbyville Road Suite 100 Louisville, KY 40207 (502) 835-2001
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français très bien manger The philosphy of cooking at 211 Clover Lane is one of simple elegance, and their seasonal menu will conjure up the essence of both French and Italian techniques. The dinner menu is always well balanced, offering selections for meat-lovers, vegetarians, and the health-conscious alike. Located at the Colony Center in St. Matthews, 211 evokes an atmosphere of the French countryside. The restaurant’s interior is decorated simply with fine French and American antiques, and the soft music and gentle lighting create the perfect atmosphere in which to enjoy wonderful food and company in al fresco dining.
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Seviche’s Crab Ceviche Healthy dishes can be delicious too like this local spin on a Latin American classic. For the broth − Juice of 3 limes, plus finely grated zest of ½ lime − Juice and finely grated zest of 1 lime − Juice of 1 orange, plus the finely grated zest of ½ orange − 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil − ½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce − 1 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt − For the corn salsa − 1 ear fresh sweet corn, charred on the grill − ¼ cup julienned red onion − Juice of 1 lime − 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil − ½ teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt − 2 tablespoons packed, chopped fresh cilantro For the tomatoes − 21 heirloom cherry tomatoes, preferably different varieties, − shapes and colors, sliced in half − Juice of 1 small lemon
Make the broth: In a small bowl, whisk together all the broth ingredients until well combined. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
− carefully picked over to remove any shells
Make the salsa: Holding the stem end of the corn cob and placing the pointed tip on the counter or in a bowl, use a knife to cut down the cob, removing the kernels; place in a small bowl. Add the rest of the salsa ingredients, except the cilantro, to the corn. Toss to combine, then cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
− 3 or 4 fresh padron or shishito peppers, trimmed, seeds and membranes removed, and very thinly sliced in circles (you can substitute Fresno chiles or seeded jalapeños, thinly sliced)
Prepare the tomatoes: Just before serving, in a medium bowl, toss the tomatoes with the lemon juice, olive oil and salt; taste for seasonings.
− Large pieces of crispy fried homemade tortilla chips, lightly salted (see below)
To serve: Whisk the broth to recombine, taste and adjust seasonings, and then add
− 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil − ½ teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt − 1 pound lump crabmeat (or whichever style you prefer that’s fresh),
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the crabmeat. Toss well to coat the crabmeat. Add the cilantro to the corn salsa, toss to combine well, and then taste and adjust seasonings. Combine the crabmeat mixture with the corn salsa and let sit for a few minutes. Check again for seasonings and adjust if necessary. On individual plates, evenly portion the crab-corn mixture (scoop it out of the broth), then top each with about 7 thin slices of the pepper and about 7 halves of different colors and varieties of heirloom tomatoes. Add a little crab broth, if desired, and then drizzle each serving with the juices that accumulated from the tomatoes. Garnish with crispy fried tortilla chips and serve immediately. Serves 6.
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T THE GRAPE LEAF
hen The Grape Leaf opened 25 years ago, Middle Eastern food was a frontier that hadn’t been much explored in Louisville. A generation later, The Grape Leaf is firmly entrenched as a beloved local restaurant. It has an always welcoming neighborhood vibe that eschews fussy décor and any trace of haughtiness. Chef/owner Nabil Al-Saba’s menu of more than 75 dishes is a bonanza of fresh, explicit flavors that have a lively conversation with each other. The mezza sampler rocks with hummus, grape leaves, avocado dip, fava bean dip and spanakopita. There are plenty of moxie-filled meat dishes such as beef moussaka, pomegranate balsamic chicken and afeek stew. But, The Grape Leaf is also where fish and seafood are bestowed celebrity status. Children won’t feel left out. A special menu for them includes chicken kabobs, a gyro and a pita pizza. It’s a delicious change of pace from the usual chicken nuggets.
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ea Station Asian Bistro pays homage to the regional cuisines of China as well as dishes from Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand. The menu is a perfect reflection of Executive Chef Roland Wong’s confidence to venture away from the tried-and-true to introduce fare that sings out with high octave surprises. But he doesn’t forget his fans who rely on him to deliver outstanding classics. The Asian-inspired atmosphere is unpretentious and quietly tasteful. A few tables outside are prime seating for people-watching in the center of Norton Commons. Miso soup and lettuce wraps are healthy starters that jumpstart a meal with delicious delicacy. Jalapeno fish, Mongolian beef and Kung Pao scallops are a party for the palate. Drop in Wednesday through Sunday nights for Chef Bill Nguyen’s sushi, some of the best in the city. The Churchill Downs roll is a racy combo of spicy crab and seared scallops. One bite of the Fire Dragon roll with spicy tuna, eel and avocado and you’ll be hooked for life. Bubble tea is a goody that will appeal to the kids and the inner kid of anyone who likes tasty fun in a glass. Wine, spirits and some snazzy cocktails let the adults sip and savor their own fun.
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ROOTS/ HEART & SOY
he Zen-like atmosphere captures the essence of Roots, an upscale vegetarian restaurant owned by Chef Huong “CoCo” Tran. A sister restaurant, the adjoining Heart & Soy, is a casual spot that offers sit-down or carry-out service. Anything on Roots’ menu also may be ordered for take-out. Both restaurants are a vegetarian’s paradise created by Tran to evidence her compassion for animals and respect for the environment. Her restaurants have engendered a sorority and fraternity of vegetarian gourmands. For those who relegate vegetables to side dishes only, Tran dispels that notion. Choose your adventure as you mix and match green curry or butternut squash soup with salads such as ginger and poached pear, green papaya and the miracle of vegetable construction, the bouquet salad. “Savories” include Japanese eggplant, wild mushroom and sundried tomato pâté, Vietnamese crêpe and crispy avocado and tomato rolls. Many dishes may be made vegan or gluten-free. A selection of more than 50 teas can be an education to the novice tea drinker or a treasure to the aficionado. If you arrive on a day it’s in operation, you can watch the fascinating tofu machine in Heart & Soy at work.
1216 Bardstown Road Roots: 502-452-6688 Heart & Soy: 452-6678
PHO BA LUU
HALF PEACH BAKERY & CAFÉ
Rustic Wood Fired European Cuisine
essica Mach, chef and owner, brings her native Saigon street food to an adoring crowd at Pho Ba Luu. Summer is a great time to get down to the seriously fun business of exploring Pho Ba Luu’s while sitting on the pooch pal-friendly patio. But if you’re in more of an inside than outside mood, you’ll find the interior’s casual savviness to be a sharp mingling of warm wood and modish industrial. Just so you don’t need to ask what Pho Ba Luu means, TOPS is on your side with a translation. Pho refers to the traditional Vietnamese noodle soup, an absolutely, positively must-have on one of your visits. Ba Luu? That’s Mrs. Lu, a nod to Mach’s mother whose cooking inspired much of her daughter’s menu. Out of Mach’s kitchen parade tastes that are nothing short of vibrant and vivacious. Three varieties of pho schmooze with banh mi (pork, egg, tofu or chicken sandwich with pickled veggies and pâté.) The chicken curry rice bowl packs a punch of deliciousness you won’t forget. Pho Ba Luu’s kitchen accommodates food sensitivities and special requests with a friendliness you’ll want to reward with a hug.
ue Zhao and her daughter, Tina Gao, are on a mission to change the world, one vegan at a time. Their Half Peach Bakery & Café’s salads, soups, sandwiches, bowls and desserts are so rich, flavorful and satisfying that it’s understandable if someone would question that they are totally vegan. They are. Blissfully so. The ambience is refreshingly crisp and simple and the staff seems to perpetually smile, possibly because they’ve sampled everything on the menu. If you haven’t heard, there’s a raw food movement going on. You may not be ready to convert to an all raw food diet, but give Half Peach’s raw taco salad a chance to make its point. Love Italian sausage but don’t want the fat that comes with it? Half Peach’s Italian sausage sandwich will trick your taste buds with gluten-free bean sausage, arugula, red peppers banana peppers and cashew sour cream on a wheat tortilla. Other favorites are tomato olive pizza, falafel, black-eyed pea burger and Nashville hot chikn (a soy patty with hot chili sauce.) Don’t forget the cakes and pies (especially the blueberry cheesecake). While you’re not forgetting anything, check out the mango mint or the coffee date smoothies.
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WOW WEdding: Greta & Ben
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A favorite family vacation destination—Playa del Carmen— became a stunning location for the wedding of childhood sweethearts Greta Nunnally and Ben Pittenger.
or some reason, fun isn’t necessarily the first word associated with wedding planning or weddings for that matter. But it was front and center once Greta Nunnally and John Benjamin Pittenger (“Ben”) became engaged. “We started dating in the summer before high school when we were both fourteen—but I was never the type of person to start planning my wedding before it happened,” says Greta. “And, once we got engaged, I was studying for the bar and I couldn’t even think about planning.” Ben, who had just recently opened his own law firm, didn’t exactly have a lot of free time either. “We were both just incredibly busy during that period of our lives,” she says. “I didn’t even get started on wedding plans until four months into our engagement and, by then, all the local venues were booked.” The pair talked a bit about having the wedding in her parents’ backyard, but their sights soon shifted.
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We wanted it to be fun and that was our ﬁrst priority...I really just wanted to make a few decisions and show up and have a great time with our guests.”
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“We wanted it to be fun and that was our first priority,” she says. “I’m not someone who was going to enjoy spending months talking about the details and planning every little thing. I really just wanted to make a few decisions and show up and have a great time with our guests.” It didn’t take the two long to realize that they’d been visiting the perfect wedding location for the duration of their relationship. “We’d been going to Playa Del Carmen with my family since we were fifteen and it’s beautiful and it’s our favorite place and it also happens to be meaningful,” she says. “We just thought, ‘What could be more fun than having all of the people we love together in our favorite vacation place? At a lot of venues, you’re out in five hours. We wanted to be able to spend more time with people and this would be the perfect way to do it.” The couple planned a trip to Playa del Carmen after Greta took the bar. “We toured a couple of resorts, but as soon as we walked onto the grounds at The Royal and saw the gazebo where we would have the ceremony, we just knew it was it,” she says. With that big decision out of the way, Greta’s planning duties were dramatically reduced. “The great thing about a resort wedding is that they do it all for you. I wasn’t a high-maintenance bride. I didn’t care about the flowers or the colors or the décor. I made a few choices and mentioned the things that mattered to me and it was so easy.”
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A few requests she did make? “I wanted gold pineapples at the center of every table and when we talked down the aisle,” she says. “I also really cared about the food being very good and making sure there were vegetarian options because we got married on Friday during Lent.” She also cared about her dress. “But I found it online and tracked it to a store in Indianapolis and tried it on and fell in love with it instantly,” she says. “It was the first dress I tried on. My mother and bridesmaids made me try on other dresses just because they wanted the experience. I did, but, really, I tried on one dress and I was done.” The ease of planning a wedding at an all-inclusive resort and finding a dress in one outing let the couple put some effort into planning other experiences for their guests. “We had a welcome party on Wednesday night on the rooftop of the Thompson Hotel,” says Greta. “It’s really swanky and cool—almost like a 21C gone tropical—and it was just a great way to greet everyone.” Greta also put together an eight-page PDF for guests detailing
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activities, meals and maps. “I don’t know if everyone even read it, but it made me feel better that they had all the information they needed when they got here.” She would encourage anyone planning a destination wedding to do something similar. “You’re asking people to travel. You’re asking a lot,” she says. “You want to do everything you can to remove any stress for them.” Other advice? “It can help to have someone act as interpreter if there’s a language barrier,” she says. “I have a friend who is bilingual and she helped make sure that they (the staff at the resort) understood the points that were really important to me.” Her favorite highlights from the actual day? “Our DJ was incredible. The food was incredible. Overall, the entire experience was exactly what we had hoped it would be,” says Greta. “But the most memorable part in all of it was probably the speeches. Being in this beautiful place and hearing our families and friends stand up and share thoughts about our relationship was something I’ll never forget.”
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Splash of Success The (pet) doctor is in
Splash Of Success With its move to the expansive Big Four Lawn, Norton Children’s Hospital’s Splash ‘N Dash fundraiser has more room for the splash zones, water features and slip and slides that are all part of the fun that raises money and awareness for The Children’s Hospital Foundation.
f children could dream up the perfect summer fundraiser, the Splash ‘N Dash organized by The Children’s Hospital Foundation would be it. This water fun run, which is being held on August 5 at its new location on the Big Four lawn, includes both 5K and 1K courses that wind past water zones, obstacle walls, slip and slides and cooling stations. It’s a great way to get some exercise, beat the heat and give back to your community all in one memorable afternoon. Not surprisingly, the event has grown quickly in three years from about 1,000 participants to closer to 2,000—with families making up a large percentage of the attendees. “This is something that families can do together,” says Lynnie Meyer, Executive Director of The Children’s Hospital Foundation. “We hear from a lot of parents who say, ‘Thank you. This provides us with an opportunity to demonstrate to our children how we can give back.’” Not only does the event involve dashing through water zones it includes a “Just for Kids” Zone, sponsored by Hwang’s Martial Arts, with water slides, inflatables and a DJ.
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Over-the-top water fun isn’t the only thing that makes this fundraiser special. It’s different from every other Children’s Hospital Foundation fundraiser because it allows participants or donors to select which area of pediatric care they would like their dollars to support. People can choose areas that have special meaning to them which can make their experience even more rewarding. That can also make it easier to explain to younger participants how their efforts will translate into something positive.
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Children participate and, of course, they also benefit. The money raised by The Children’s Hospital Foundation supports the Norton Children’s Hospital, Norton Children’s Medical Center and Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital and ensures that more than 170,000 children receive the medical care they need every year regardless of their families’ ability to pay. Fundraisers like Dash ‘N Splash support Norton Children’s programs, equipment, research, clinical care, advocacy and state-of-theart facilities. Last year the CHF raised nearly $12 million thanks to donations from the community. Spending a day with family or friends at a waterfront water run is one easy way to get involved. “Watching a family slide through the slip and slide together or watching mom or day help the kids over the obstacle wall are great moments,” says Meyer. “They are raising money, but they are also all laughing and having fun together. We really love that about Splash ‘n Dash.”
IF YOU WANT TO GO Here’s what you should know before you go to the third annual Norton Children’s Hospital Splash ‘N Dash, presented by Texas Roadhouse: • Register before August 1 to save money. Registration for the 5K is $30 for adults and $15 for children 17 and younger. Registration for the 1K is $20 for adults; $15 for children. • Arrive early— well before 9 AM— to beat the parking and same-day registration rush. • Wear clothes that can get wet! • Fundraise by forming teams and asking sponsors for donations. (You can pick a theme and dress up.) • Get updates and more details at SplashNDash5k.
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The (Pet) Doctor Is In Your pet is wheezing, sneezing or skipping meals. Resident pet reporter Tara Bassett shares advice on when to pick up the phone and when to simply curl up on the couch.
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s any pet parent knows, there are few sights more pathetic than a sick or ailing pup. They can’t verbalize what’s wrong, but they find ways to tell you that something just isn’t right. That’s certainly true for my oldest puppy, Brady, who is to the best of my knowledge, a half-Dane, half-Lab mix who weighs in at 83 pounds. He’s ten years old, but he’s as frisky and energetic as a five-year-old. When he’s not, it usually means he’s not well. He’ll mope around and follow me everywhere. The last time this happened was in May. He was licking and scratching and losing his hair in spots. I gave him a bath with oatmeal soap every day, but nothing helped. Finally, I took him for a visit to our vet, Dr. Kristin Barrilleaux who diagnosed him with seasonal allergies and suggested antihistamines and
cool baths with no soap. “Soap will dry out his skin no matter how soft it says it is on the label,” she explained. She also provided the dreaded Cone of Shame to prevent Brady from scratching himself raw. Fortunately, I’d found a more comfortable, inflatable version which I put on him as soon as we got home. With that, his medication and some TLC in the form of a Kong full of frozen kibble, Brady settled comfortably on his bed. In a few days, Brady was starting to get back to his old self, chasing his Frisbee instead of sulking after me. His recovery would have taken a lot longer had I postponed that doctor’s visit. However, you can’t run to the office at the first sign of any discomfort. To help you decide what to do when symptoms surface, I asked local experts for their advice. Here’s what they had to say.
SKIN SYMPTOM 911
DIGESTIVE DISTRESS 911
Here’s how to handle some common summer skin maladies.
Stomach and gastrointestinal symptoms can look more serious than they are. Here’s how to know:
• Fleas: Rush to the vet. Fleas can infest the human environment. • Open wounds beyond a scratch or small cut. Make an appointment. Open wounds are susceptible to bacterial infection. • Yeast infections on skin and in ears. If your dog is scratching and rubbing, it may be a yeast infection. Avoid swimming or bathing which can promote yeast growth. Call and talk to your doctor to see if the symptoms warrant a visit and a prescription. A yeast infection can easily spread with scratching • Sneezing, scratching or coughing. It’s usually safe to try Benadryl for first signs, after a quick call to your doctor. • DON’T promote yeast growth by letting your dog swim or eat sugary food.
• Retching without vomiting. Rush to the vet. A dog’s stomach can flip (“torsion”) and kill the dog. • Persistent diarrhea. Make an appointment. It can cause dehydration. • Bloody diarrhea. Call the vet. Not as bad as it seems and can often be treated simply with Flagyl. DO withhold food for 24 hours, then feed rice, wet food or boiled chicken for a few days. DON’T allow dehydration; powdered Pedialite is mixed with water and fed to your dog.
RESPIRATORY IRREGULARITY 911 There’s no time to waste when real breathing issues occur. Here’s how to spot the life-threatening ones. • Blue tongue (Cyanosis). Rush to the vet. It’s a very serious lack of oxygen to blood • Excessive panting, tongue hanging out. Call ahead and rush to the vet. It could be summer heat exhaustion or heat stroke. • Coughing, sneezing, and lethargy. Don’t panic. Call first and see if your vet recommends an appointment or home TLC. • DO learn pet CPR in the event your dog stops breathing. • DON’T give alcohol or caffeine products to try to enhance breathing.
Top Summer Health Risks Dr. Karen Becker of Healthy Pets and Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) suggests all pet parents be aware of these potential seasonal dangers. UNATTENDED PETS IN CARS. An outdoor reading of 75º can cause a car temperature to rise to 118º in one hour, and can result in heat stroke, brain damage, and ultimately death. BURNED PAWS. Hot blacktop can be very painful. If possible, walk your dog on the grass or dirt. HEAT EXHAUSTION. Working out in the heat is tough on people and pets, but pets are wearing a fur coat! Exercise your dog in the early morning or late evening, when it’s typically cooler. FLEAS/TICKS. Check your dogs for ticks if you’re in wooded areas, tall grass or brush. Use tick and flea prevention year-round in Kentucky. Fleas can become a huge problem since they infest your home. SPRAINS AND SOFT-TISSUE INJURIES. These are the most common injuries, especially after a dormant winter. Warm your dog’s muscles up by moderate exercise before they cut loose at the park or on a hike.
How to Choose Your Vet Word of mouth is the most effective tool in selecting the human who will take care of your four-legged children. Qualifications must be considered. Look for your vet’s displayed credentials, and it can’t hurt to check with the governing bodies if they claim to have special accreditations. Location is important. Ideally, look for a veterinary office or hospital that’s just a few minutes from your home for safety and convenience. Mine is three short miles up Shelbyville Road in St. Matthews, so if an emergency occurs, we can get there in a hurry. Cost is a factor for many of us. A list of procedures and their prices should be made available before you make your first appointment. I suggest you also price the OTC products like flea and tick medication, heartworm preventative, and both wet and dry special diet foods. Environment counts. Tour the potential offices. Make sure they’re clean and bright, with appropriate ventilation and temperature. Interview the vets and their staff, as you’ll want every person working with your baby to be experienced, professional, and KIND. by Tara Bassett
Tara Bassett is host of “Puppy Pack Adventures” podcast and “Take it from Tara,” Monday and Wednesday from 4-6 PM. “Waggin’ Wednesday” airs in the first hour of her show on... well, Wednesday! It’s all on WCHQ 100.9 FM, Crescent Hill radio.
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Forecastle 2017: A Guide to the Best of the Best
By Rocko Jerome • Photos courtesy of Forecastle Festival
ow entering its fifteenth year, Forecastle is Louisville’s very own gigantic, world-renowned outdoor music festival. An event expected to attract over 75,000 attendees from across the planet, Forecastle has grown steadily over the years from a small event held in Tyler Park into a full-fledged contender for “coolest festival” as named by Rolling Stone, as well as one of the top 15 festivals that the USA has to offer, according to Outside Magazine. It takes place July 14-16 at the scenic and spacious Waterfront Park, and features over 50 bands across four stages, all with maritime theme names (Mast, Boom, Ocean, and Port Stages). There’s also Party Cove, a separate locale dedicated to D.J.s spinning records. Past events have had performances from such luminaries as The Black Keys, Jack White, Sam Smith, Outkast, Beck, The Avett Brothers, My Morning Jacket, The Flaming Lips, Widespread Panic, Modest Mouse, Robert Plant, Spoon, She & Him, Sleater-Kinney, The Black Crowes, Wilco, Sleigh Bells, Andrew Bird, Neko Case, and the Del McCoury Band. A very healthily diverse list, to say the least, and this year’s line-up is quite a mix as well. Let’s have a look at some of this year’s mustsee performers, all appearing on the main Mast Stage over the course of the weekend.
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JD MacPherson Fans of vintage Rock ‘n’ Roll have recognized JD McPherson (Saturday, July 15th at 3:45-4:45) as the greatest thing of his kind to happen in the last few years and his raucous performances have only grown stronger since his debut LP, Signs and Signifiers, landed in 2012. Partner/ producer/bassist in JD’s band Jimmy Sutton has been workshopping a very specific sound for decades, something that feels vintage but still alarmingly new and exciting. It’s difficult to fathom that anything short of a time machine would allow you to see a better, more vivid, wildly alive performance than this man and his band.
Charles Brady At 69 years of age, one wouldn’t be apt to consider Charles Bradley (Sunday the 16th at 3:30-4:30) an overnight sensation, but it sure felt that way when his debut album, No Time For Dreaming, hit the scene in 2011. He arrived fully formed, a powerful and potent soul singer and a dynamic performer with a record filled with songs he wrote about a tumultuous life led through hard times. Since the tragic loss of Sharon Jones, he’s the stalwart flagship performer on the mighty Daptone label. Daptone is a recording house (literally; they record in a house, just like Motown did) devoted to keeping classic R&B alive and kicking. Fans of the likes of James Brown and Sam and Dave would do well to make it their business to be front and center for his set, you will absolutely not regret it. It is a transcendent experience.
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riday at the Port Stage is dedicated to musicians local to Louisville, featuring local performers Quiet Hollers, Jaye Jayle, and John Mooreland. The headliner, Teddy Abrams (Friday the 14th, 9-10:30) is a bit of a local celebrity, and he’s bringing a touch of classical to the proceedings. He’s the youngest music director in the University of Louisville’s 78 year history, as well as a conductor and composer in his own right. He’s on a mission to make symphonic music accessible to all, and bringing his sound to a show like Forecastle can only be considered a huge coup.
PJ Harvey PJ Harvey (Sunday the 16th at 7:00-8:15) has had a decade-spanning career, making highly literate music that tingles the spine. Most of her best work sees her coming across as some sort of truly righteous voodoo priestess, with a flair for drama that was certainly unrivaled during her 90’s popularity peak. A multi-instrumentalist that is surely the smartest person in the room most of the time, Poly Jean Harvey hails from England, tours infrequently, and having her at this year’s Forecastle is truly a treat.
Weezer Although eternally associated with the 90’s Alternative period that they debuted, no one since is responsible for more solid, straight-ahead Pop tunes than Weezer (Sunday July 15th, 9:15-10:30). If you can avoid getting “Buddy Holly” stuck in your head anytime you even think of its chorus (Ooo wee ooo, I look just like Buddy Holly. ooo wee ooo, and you’re Mary Tyler Moore), then your mind is a powerful one, indeed. The list of catchy hits rolls on; “Undone (The Sweater Song),” “Say It Ain’t So,” “El Scorcho,” “Hash Pipe,” “Island in the Sun,” “Beverly Hills,” “Pork and Beans,” all big hits on the charts down through the years. No matter what else was popular at the time, Weezer always sounded like Weezer, and they’ve always cranked out songs that are fun to listen to.
LCD Soundsystem LCD Soundsystem (Saturday the 14th, 9:30-11:20) stands apart from other Electronic Dance artists of their ilk thanks to their witty sense of humor (Their concert film was called Shut Up and Play the Hits, for example.) and the fact that unlike so many icons from their scene, they are a full-fledged band instead of an individual. That being said, frontman James Murphy looms large, often called “The Coolest Man Alive” by fans. Their set is going to be a huge-groove dance party, so wear your comfortable shoes.
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How healthy are we here in Jefferson County? It depends. Do you smoke? BY STEVE KAUFMAN
f you live in Louisville, you have been exposed to healthy lifestyle options. We are, after all, a city on the forefront of the farm to table movement. We are a community with an active cycling population. Bike paths. Walking bridges. Walk-a-thons. Marathons. But, like most urban areas, Louisville is also struggling with the social and economic factors that lead to illness and premature death: poverty, lack of education, access to healthcare, air quality, nutrition, violent crime. And one statistic leaps off all the pages, placing Louisville – and all of Kentucky – behind the national curve. In Louisville, 23 percent of the population are smokers. That’s better than the nearly 27 percent throughout
the commonwealth. But it’s still far above the national average of 17 percent. “We bounce back and forth between being the worst state in the country, and nextto-worst,” says Bonnie Hackbarth, director of communications for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. “In some years, we’re slightly better than West Virginia; in other years, West Virginia is a little better than we are.” Every other state has left these two behind. Louisville’s health profile is in no way dominated by cigarettes. It’s not all horrible news. But the numbers suggest that there are many things we could and should be doing to improve our national standing and our quality of life.
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LIFE—and death— BY THE NUMBERS LIFE EXPECTANCY
77.6 79 69 in Louisville
in the U.S.
in the CaliforniaParkland neighborhood
DEATHS DUE TO POVERTY
367 in Louisville 5% of all metro deaths
7 per 1,000 live births
65.5 PERCENT of the Louisville population lives in high-risk areas for cancer
HEART DISEASE DEATHS
181 per 100,000 in Louisville 194 in the U.S.
28 per 100,000 in Louisville 22.4 in the U.S.
of the Louisville population lives in in high-risk areas for chronic disease
190 per 100,000 in Louisville 186 in the U.S.
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deaths from LUNG CANCER: 60 per 100,000 COLORECTAL CANCER: 16 per 100,000 BREAST CANCER: 23 per 100,000 PROSTATE CANCER: 20 per 100,000
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THE GOOD NEWS THE CANCER RATE FOR THE STATE IS DECREASING.
Five years ago: 211.9 per 100,000 THE HEART DISEASE RATE FOR THE STATE IS DECREASING.
200.5 per 100,000 Five years ago: 210.1 per 100,000
Children 19-35 months in Louisville: 84 percent; U.S.: 81 percent
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UP IN SMOKE Finally, the rate of smoking in Louisville (and in Kentucky) is going in the right direction: downward. But it’s still higher than the national average. (Courtesy of Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.) Here’s who’s lighting up and some repercussions. ADULT SMOKERS
Currently: 26.6 percent Five years ago: 29.5 percent National average: 17.5 percent HIGH SCHOOL SMOKING
Dr. Frank Burns
Currently: 16.9 percent Five years ago: 26.1 percent National average: 10.8 percent COPD SUFFERERS
11.6 percent of adults diagnosed with prevalence toward COPD Five years ago: 10.4 percent National average: 6.1 percent Kentucky ranks 48th out of 50 states. Kentucky was one of the ﬁrst states to introduce a “quit line” for those who need help, advice and resources to stop smoking. “The Centers for Disease Control tell us 70 percent of current smokers would like to quit,” says the Foundation’s Hackbarth. This will be an even bigger resource,” she says, “following the passage of FB89 by the federal government, requiring health insurers to cover FDAapproved cessation programs.” The federal program goes into effect in July, and the state has planned an informational campaign to assure consumers, insurers and providers understand the tools available.
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“THERE WAS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY”
I DON’T HAVE A REGULAR DOCTOR” 3 percent
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“Nearly three years into implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Kentucky, emergency room use has neither decreased nor increased substantially, despite predictions that the law might have a strong impact,” The Foundation for a Health Kentucky reported this spring, using the most recently available data. “About the same proportion of Kentuckians went to the ER in 2016 as before the ACA, although the total number of ER visits increased slightly.” 124 TOPS LOUISVILLE | July 2017
“IT WAS CLOSE” 2.9 percent
“OTHER MEDICAL FACILITIES WERE NOT OPEN AT THE TIME”
DIRECTED TO GO THERE BY MY DOCTOR” 7.1 percent
WHY WE GO TO THE ER
“I WAS TAKEN THERE BY THE AMBULANCE” 2.6 percent
TOP 3 EMERGENCY ROOM HEALTH ISSUES According to Ron Waldridge II, MD, physician executive at KentuckyOne Health Medical Group (and chief medical ofﬁcer at Jewish Hospital), the three most frequent causes of the visits are:
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- OBESITY - CANCER - HEART DISEASE - ACCESS: they can’t get the healthcare they
need; they can’t afford the healthcare available; they can’t get to healthcare facilities when they need it.
According to the “Metro Health Equity Report”:
10.2 percent of Louisvillians have no access to their own vehicles
U.S. average: 8.9 percent Residents of the Russell neighborhood: 51.2 percent In eight Louisville neighborhoods, that percentage is greater than 20 percent.
FIVE YEARS AGO:
of adults diagnosed with prevalence toward obesity
FIVE YEARS AGO:
Kentucky ranking: 40th out of 43
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NATIONAL AVERAGE: Kentucky ranks 45th out of 50 in U.S.
18.5 percent of high school students diagnosed with prevalence toward obesity
Obesity rates for Louisville/Jefferson County Metropolitan Statistical Area, from Baptist Healthcare: Obese (Body Mass Index over 30.0): 33.6 percent Overweight (BMI, 25 – 29.9): 33.7 percent Normal weight (BMI, 18.5 – 24.9): 30.1 percent Underweight (BMI, 12 – 18.4): 2.5 percent
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BEHIND THE NUMBERS Here’s what Ron Waldridge, II, MD, physician executive, KentuckyOne Health Medical Group; chief medical ofﬁcer, Jewish Hospital had to say about our health rankings. Why does Jefferson County, with all its resources, rank 28th out of 120 Kentucky counties in its health ranking? Because, as with most urban areas, Jefferson County also has the most negative contributors to good health: air pollution, transportation problems, socioeconomic factors, violent crime. Is crime a health issue? It can be. Research has shown that children with traumatic life experiences are more susceptible, later on, to mental health issues and also to physical health issues as adults. Somebody with a violent childhood experience has two or three times the expected rate of hypertension, heart disease and diabetes. In fact, when you look at quality of life and healthy living, 15-20 percent is related to medical care; and 80-85 percent is related to other social determinants. Any areas where we’re really falling behind? The opioid abuse problem is staggering. Kentucky is at the top of list in terms of numbers of overdoses being brought into the Emergency Room. Any areas where we’re making actually making progress? We’re having better outcomes with cancer, through early detection and better treatments that we didn’t have 15 years ago. At KentuckyOne, we have a lung cancer screening program for people with risk factors (say, those who’ve smoked two packs a day for 40 years). We’ve detected one cancer in every 90 patients screened. In general, we’re getting the message out to get regular physical exams, have your blood pressure checked, and check cholesterol and blood sugar. I’d rather you come in and check your cholesterol and blood sugar, and treat that issue, rather than having to meet you in the ER having chest pains. We’ll have a healthier population if we can provide proactive preventive care.
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THE DRUG EPIDEMIC
FIVE YEARS AGO
24.2 per 100,000
16.3 per 100,000
KENTUCKY IS 48TH OUT OF 50 STATES
deaths in Kentucky from drug overdoses
5.4 per 100,000 ALCOHOL AND DRUG RELATED DEATHS IN LOUISVILLE
QUALITY OF LIFE According to the County Health Rankings by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Jefferson County ranks 28th out of Kentucky’s 120 counties in terms of healthcare provided. (Oldham County is ﬁrst, Breathitt County is last.) Some of the foundation’s county-related ﬁndings regarding Jefferson County’s quality-of-life issues:
in the downtownOld Louisville-university area in the Portland neighborhood
of adult respondents reported their health as “fair or poor” (compared to 21 percent for Kentucky and 12 percent in best U.S. counties.)
3.9 is the average “poor physical health days” reported in the previous 30 days (the statewide average was 4.7)
3.9 is the average number of “poor mental health days” reported in the previous 30 days (the statewide average was 4.4)
The Fastest-Growing Rejuvenating Procedure That No One Is Talking About What’s trending in the art and medicine of female intimate wellness? Dr. Julene Samuels shares the latest news that you might not have heard, yet.
t may come as a surprise to you, but one of the hottest trends in plastic surgery right now is labiaplasty, a surgical procedure that’s either used to trim excessive labia minora (the “inner lips” of the female vulva) and labia majora (the “outer lips”), or to lift and fill saggy tissue of the labia majora. (This is called a “puff” procedure.) Nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation technologies now also exist that help women deal with unwelcome internal vaginal canal changes that occur with childbirth, aging, and menopause. While these are common problems, well over half of women may be unaware of current options available to them, but that’s changing rapidly. According to the latest statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), labiaplasty procedures spiked 49% between 2013 and 2016, and this trend is continuing, with more than 12,000 procedures performed by ASAPS members just last year. The increase in interest stems from both aesthetics and function. For instance, the internet is full of what constitutes a “desirable” appearance of the vaginal area, implying a “new norm” of more petite appearing labia minora and full, tight labia majora. Due to the popularity of Brazilian waxing, the female anatomy is now more commonly totally visible. A common complaint of patients is excessive redundancy, deflation
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and hyperpigmentation of the external tissues, which is both a cosmetic concern and a functional problem for women of all ages. Young adolescents feel “abnormal” if the labia minora hang too much or are asymmetric, post-partum women experience changes of laxity and sometimes sexual dysfunction after child birth or weight loss, and menopausal women can experience dryness, tightness, itching and painful sex after aging and hormonal loss. Women’s clothing has expanded to include form-fitting streetwear like yoga pants, exercise clothing and leggings, and excessive tissues can cause rubbing, chafing, irritation, dryness, and fullness that is uncomfortable during exercises like running, biking, horseback riding or even during intimacy. With this cultural shift and increased media representation, the good news is that board-certified and well-trained plastic surgeons have fine-tuned surgical techniques that offer safe, effective and aesthetic results while also correcting functional issues for female patients bothered by true symptoms down below. The bad news is that with rapidly increased demand, accompanied by a lack of mandated training for the great numbers and types of practitioners offering treatments, many women fall prey to botched surgeries or spend tons of money on ineffective
therapies. Good plastic surgical techniques for labia reduction and even clitoral hood reduction yield very high patient satisfaction and can make all the difference between a life of chronic anxiety and doubt and one of pleasure and self-confidence. Meaningful nonsurgical options using CO2 laser technology now exist to effectively offer treatment of the functional conditions such as loose vaginal canal (Vaginal Relaxation Syndrome) after childbirth or weight loss and dryness, itching, vaginitis, tightness, urinary leakage (Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause) caused by declining estrogen levels in menopausal women or those denied estrogen after hormonally treated cancers. These lasers can also be used to cosmetically treat the atrophic, loose or hyperpigmented external vulvar skin that occurs with pregnancy and aging; in some cases even eliminating the need for surgical labiaplasty. And, finally, these lasers can help treat sexual dysfunction including painful intercourse due to internal vaginal dryness or tightness, laxity due to relaxation, and orgasmic dysfunction. In a clinical trial that I conducted last year on the use of the CO2RE Intima laser for 40 menopausal women, results showed an astounding ninety percent patient response rate after just two laser treatments, and a hundred percent response rate after the recommended three monthly treatments on symptoms of dryness, itching, painful intercourse and urinary leakage. Several of the female patient groups who can be dramatically improved with these treatments are breast cancer and hormonally treated cancer patients who may enter menopause at an earlier age and for whom hormone replacement therapy is not advised, patients with radiation-induced dryness and patients suffering from urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. Again, not all practitioners offering treatments for these cosmetic and functional issues are necessarily surgically trained or laser experts, so, as always, patients should research credentials, board certification, experience and recognition in the field before selecting a provider to ensure the best outcome.
Let’s Talk About U Of L What’s the only thing worse than being severely punished? The answer: Being severely punished while everyone around the country says you got off easy. Here’s what in-house sports expert and radio host Drew Deener has to say about it.
he NCAA needs to learn the number one rule of journalism: Don’t bury the lead. But with their vague verbiage and the fact that they buried the most severe penalties more than twenty pages deep into their ruling, the NCAA created an incorrect national narrative that the Cards got off lightly with their penalties.
Louisville got hammered. Bludgeoned. Crushed. Destroyed. Pick whatever word you want to use, the NCAA came down with a heavy hand on the University of Louisville. It is unlike any punishment we have seen for a long time for a basketball team. But the way the NCAA announced the punishments initially fooled both fans and media alike in terms of what they were actually doing to Rick Pitino’s program. And that narrative has continued. The NCAA is going to take down a championship banner for the first time ever, with the Cards’ 2013 win. Then, they’ll take the 2012 banner while they’re at it. The Cards are going to have to give back money from four tournament runs that likely earned north of three million dollars. They got banned from an NCAA tournament. The school loses 123 wins, which takes them from being just behind UCLA on the all-time wins list to just behind Oregon State. You’d think that’s what the NCAA would
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say when they announced the punishment. But they didn’t. They wrote the punishments like clues in the Davinci Code. They listed fourteen punishments for U of L, but you had to go to number twelve to realize the banner was coming down. Instead of announcing, “Louisville will vacate its 2013 national championship because they had hookers and strippers in the dorm,” here’s what it reads like in NCAA-ese: “The institution shall vacate all regular season and conference tournament wins in which ineligible student-athletes competed from the time they became ineligible through the time they were reinstated as eligible for competition through either the student-athlete reinstatement process or through a grant of limited immunity.” They leave out the part where it’s too late to go through any reinstatement process. Keep in mind that was item twelve out of fourteen. The easy one to understand was a fivegame suspension for Rick Pitino, so that’s what ESPN had plastered up as breaking news all afternoon on its screen and bottom line. Which would be getting off easy if that were the most significant punishment. I actually called my friend Michael Eaves, who I used to work with at WKYT in Lexington and who anchors Sports Center
regularly and said, “I think you guys are missing the big story here. The banner is coming down.” Eventually ESPN added some more notes about the punishment, but even they wrote on their bottom line ticker: “It is unclear whether Louisville will forfeit its national title” Hell, ESPN was so confused about it that Michael found a way to get me to be on Sports Center as a guest that night to talk about it. (Clearly, I need to call him more often.) Since we are a society that reads headlines and 140 character tweets and not 35page reports from the NCAA, the national narrative from many people is that Louisville skated on this. For the record, they did not. They got pummeled. If the NCAA wants to make the argument that it was an unprecedented crime that deserved unprecedented punishment, then we have to live with that. Just do North Carolina and Ole Miss a favor when you hammer them: Tell them you are hammering them.
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A-Get-It-All-Done Guide To The Farmers’ Market Our in-house event experts Marcella Kragel and Ina Miller find much more than fresh produce when they hit the farmer’s market. You can too.
t’s rare we have a Saturday off in the summer, but when we do, you’ll find us visiting farmers’ markets around town. It’s part practical shopping trip, part social outing, and part family fun all twisted together. We can even claim it’s research if we discover a new local meat source, floral farmer or outrageous part-time baker.
What To Bring
Whether your motivation is business or personal, you can accomplish a lot more than you think on a trip to the farmers’ market. You’ll find an incredible gathering of local farmers, artisans, bakers and experts who are passionate about what they do and happy to share what they know. If you stop and chat, you’ll leave with unexpected wisdom and insights that will nourish your mind as well as your body all in one relaxed visit.
Cash. Although many vendors are starting to accept credit cards, cash is still king and will help you keep your budget in check and avoid holding up the line behind you. Reusable bags. We are all there to shop local, eat seasonal, and engage with our community; why not help the environment too?
And the friendly, unhurried atmosphere with the aroma of fresh fruit and flowers permeating the air is the perfect weekend escape from the rest of your week. It’s hard to be stressed when you’re filling a basket with fresh rainbow carrots or strawberries. Plus your money will go right back into our community. If these aren’t enough reasons to make it a habit, we hope our advice below is.
An appetite. Food trucks and restaurant stands dot every farmers’ market we go to, and nothing makes us hungrier than shopping! An umbrella, if you need it. The markets go on rain or shine, so check the forecast and be prepared.
SOME FAVORITE FINDS OTHER THAN THE OBVIOUS You can get more than the makings of the week’s dinner and salads at farmers’ markets. They’re great sources of all kinds of locally made items—both edible and not. Here are some of the sources we’ve discovered for our homes and events. •
For parties, weddings and gifts: Consider Mr. G’s Kettle Corn at the Douglas Loop Farmers’ Market. It makes a great late-night wedding snack.
Need some wine and advice on pairing it? The folks at Old 502 frequent many neighborhood markets and will help you find the perfect pairing for that dinner you are hosting.
Need a housewarming or wedding gift? Find unique hand-made items at Black Cat Pottery at the St. Matthews Farmers’ Market.
Just engaged? Visit Hazelfield Farm at Douglas Loop Farmers’ Market to discuss all your floral needs from centerpieces to bouquets.
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Our Favorite Farmers’ Markets These are the markets we frequent, but there are so many markets around town that it’s hard to hit them all. Ask your friends and neighbors for their favorites too. Douglas Loop Farmers’ Market 2005 Douglass Blvd., Saturdays 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Market Farmers’ Market 3738 Lexington Road, Sundays 12 p.m.–4 p.m. St. Matthews Farmers’ Market 4100 Shelbyville Road, Saturdays 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Original Bardstown Road Farmers’ Market 1722 Bardstown Road, Saturdays 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Phoenix Hill/ NuLu Farmers’ Market 1007 E. Jefferson St., Tuesdays 3 p.m.–6 p.m.
We have the best of both worlds here in Louisville: diverse city-life surrounded by rolling farmland providing endless fresh food.
Hosting overnight friends from out of town? Pick up some local coffee to serve at home from Red Hot Roasters, Highland Coffee, or Sunergos. Each market has their neighborhood favorite.
With kids out of school we know play dates are a plenty! Take them along. Virtually every market has at least one baker with tempting treats to share with friends and their little ones.
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Ina Marcella Events is a full service event planning and creative consulting business co-owned by Ina Miller and Marcella Kragel. With shared backgrounds in the arts and non-profit management, and a mutual passion for community engagement, Ina and Marcella have developed a unique approach to event planning aimed at creating inspired oneof-a-kind events for their clients. Ina and Marcella have been friends for twenty years and each is married with three kids.
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Sarah and Mike Rasmovich
Jeremy and Mary Burtel
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Melissa Meiners, Brittany McGill and Tina Hood
Dr. Yvonne Austin and Al Cornish
Christy Metzger, Colleen and Mike Abate
LLS Man & Woman of the Year
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The Olmsted | June 10 | lls.org | Photos by Shannon Barton
Lyndsey Henken, Cole Goodlett, Peyton Wilson, Olivia Henken, Nicki Holston and Terra Wiseman
Angie Gaddie and Erin Pforr
Cassie Simms and Tony Simms
Ben Gaddie, Bryan Pfor and John Overfield
Sara and Michael Valenti
Danielle Berrier and Rana Khosrowshahi
David LaPine, Suzanne and Michael Murphy
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NEW Entrepreneur Showcase The Ice House | June 14 | nentw.com | Photos by Dick Arnspiger
Melissa Swan and Kim Higgins
Pamela Broadus, Quinn Hart, Lauren Broadus
Lora Searcy, Michelle McGinnis, Jayne Labes and Sara Silletto
Haleh Karimi and Cliff Elgin
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Lynn Cooper and Debbie Burdorf
Dr. Tina Brown and Lindsey Clem
Amanda Rose, Mary Lou DeWitt
Jeannie Hilt and Christy Jarboe
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Leah Fulner and Ami Feger
CASA Bourbon by the Bridge Big Four Bridge | June 10 | casariverregion.org | Photos by Joy Bauer
Pamela Brooks and Tara Ryan
Lisa Groft, Chelsea Stengel, Paula Alone and Michelle Nichols
Steven and Sarah Clark
Hollie Spade, Alan Spade, Harper and Jack Kelly
Jessica Cantley and Vanessa Cantley
Mary Jo Smith and Chris McCaffery
John and Tracy Burgin with Christy and Matt Brotezge
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July/August events THROUGH AUGUST 10
Music on the Terrace
Paddock Shops paddockshops.com/ Come to the Paddock Shops every Thursday for music, food, and free face-painting for kids. The lineup includes bands such as Hot Brown Smackdown, Radiotronic, The Rigbys and Moondance. THROUGH AUGUST 13
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater in Central Park kyshakespeare.com Performed in Central Park, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival exposes audiences to both Shakespeare classics and hidden gems. This summer, the company performs Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar and Richard II on a rotating basis. THROUGH SEPTEMBER 10
The Hunger Games: The Exhibition
Frazier History Museum fraziermuseum.org The Hunger Games: The Exhibition invites visitors to explore Panem, the world created by author Suzanne Collins, as seen in the popular ﬁlm series. Visitors can see over one 1000 props and costumes used in the ﬁlm, explore detailed interactive exhibits and walk through exact set recreations that span seven galleries. The main attractions included Katniss’ Girl on Fire dress, the Mockingjay dress and the Mockingjay armor. Tickets are on sale starting at $26, with a discounted four-pack available for $90.
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THROUGH SEPTEMBER 24
Butterflies n’ Blooms
The Louisville Zoo Louisvillezoo.org Explore the zoo’s new 1000 square feet ﬂight house, ﬁlled with hundreds of native butterﬂies. With 12 species of butterﬂy present in the ﬂight house, see how many you can identify. If you are lucky, you might even get to see a butterﬂy emerge from its chrysalis. THROUGH OCTOBER 14
Gordon Parks—Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art
Speed Art Museum speedmuseum.org Come visit the ﬁrst contemporary art exhibit to explore the complex landscape of the American South through literature, cuisine, music and more. The exhibition focuses on artwork within the past three decades but also includes work from the Civil Rights Era. 60 artists are represented, along with a music-listening library. THROUGH NOVEMBER 17
Kentucky Science Center kysciencecenter.org/movies/summer-movie-series/ Visit the Kentucky Science Center to watch classic sci-ﬁlms one Friday a month on a 4-story screen. Films include Inception, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Donnie Darko and A Beautiful Mind. JULY 7- AUGUST 5
Summer Classic Movie Series
Louisville Palace Louisvillepalace.com This summer’s classic movie series will feature classic who-dun-its from the Golden Era of Hollywood such as Mad Love and Arsenic and Old Lace. Movies start at 8 p.m., and tickets are $5.
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Republic Bank First Friday Hop
Main & Market Streets Downtown Firstfridayhop.com Visit local art galleries, museums, restaurants, breweries and theaters on the ﬁrst Friday of every month. You can sign up for VIP membership on their website.
Foxhollow Farm Sunset Concert Series
Foxhollow Farm Store eventbrite.com/e/sunset-concert-series-july-tickets-22505302967?ref=ebtnebtckt July’s concert features The Moonlight Peddlers and The Hart Strings. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, with free admittance for children under 12. JULY 7–8
16th Annual Lebowski Fest
Baxter Avenue Lebowskifest.com Founded in Louisville, this traveling festival celebrates the cult classic Coen brothers ﬁlm The Big Lebowski with a two-night event, including a movie party and bowling party. Dress up as your favorite character to win the costume contest or brush up on your Coen brothers knowledge for the trivia contest. You might even see one of the actors make an appearance. JULY 8-9
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts LouisvilleOrchestra.org. Experience the classic fantasy ﬁlm on a giant screen with the famous John Williams score performed live by the Louisville Orchestra. This is a must-do for Harry Potter fans both young and old. Tickets range from $35-$95.
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Family Fun Day
KMAC kmacmuseum.org/ Join the educators at KMAC for free artmaking for the whole family. Tour KMAC’s new exhibition, experience Studio 715 and make art projects in the Education Studio. Kids and parents alike will enjoy making their own arts and crafts.
Jeffersontown Summer Craft Beer Fest
Gaslight Pavilion jtownbeerfest.com/ Come to the heart of downtown Jeffersontown and try a selection of over 50 craft beers. For non-beer drinkers, local wines and hard ciders will also be served. In addition to the drinks, the festival also features live music and food trucks.
Family Film Night on the Belvedere
The Belvedere louisvillefilmsociety.org/familyfilmnight2015/ Presented by the Louisville Film Society and The Kentucky Center, come watch comedy classic Pee Wee’s Big Adventure on The Belvedere. Admission is free, and snacks and drinks will be available for purchase on-site.
The Pointe Made-market.co This hand-made craft market features the work of local artists and craftsmen. The event also includes a bar and food trucks. JULY 9
Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social
Riverside Landing riverside-landing.org/event-calendar/ Listen to music on the banks of the Ohio River and eat Ehrler’s Ice Cream. The ice cream eating contest, live band, petting zoo and archaeology dig is sure to entertain the whole family.
SONICBernheim: Thunder Moon
Bernheim Forest bernheim.org/ SONICBernheim explores the relationship between sound, music and nature. Participants will walk through different outdoor locations including performances by Charles Rivera and Bobby Barbour. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair, a ﬂashlight and a picnic.
DAVID BLAINE LIVE
The Louisville Palace LiveNation.com Magician and stunt-artist David Blaine will perform at the Louisville Palace on his ﬁrst ever North-American tour. With the promise that no two shows will be the same, DAVID BLAINE LIVE promises an interactive show that will both shock and amuse audiences. JULY 12–AUGUST 20
“The Music Man” Presented by Derby Dinner Playhouse
Derby Dinner Playhouse Derbydinner.com One of the largest and oldest operating dinner theaters in the country, Derby Dinner Playhouse promises an experience that will be fun for the whole family. Now presenting Broadway classic The Music Man, the nostalgic score and romantic small town setting is sure to appeal across all generations.
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July/August events JULY 14–16
Waterfront Park forecastlefest.com This year’s Forecastle Festival includes headliners like LCD Soundsystem, Odesza, Weezer, Sturgill Simpson, Cage the Elephant, Run the Jewels and more. With bars and food available for attendees, Forecastle is a music festival for the both the casual and diehard music lover. JULY 14-16
9th Annual Jane Austen Festival
Locust Grove Jasnalouisville.com If Forecastle isn’t your scene, try the Jane Austen Festival. Attendees will experience duels, 19th century fashion, and a four-course tea. The festival also includes fun and quirky workshop such as “How to String your Own Pearls” and “Putting your Best Face Forward: The Art & Application of Regency Cosmetics.” JULY 14
The Power of One with Jennifer Lawrence at the Frazier
FRAZIER History MUSEUM Together, the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation and the Frazier History Museum are thrilled to announce The Power of One, a beneﬁt event to be held on the evening of Friday, July 14th at the Frazier History Museum. Jennifer Lawrence, ﬁlm director, Francis Lawrence, and other cast members from The Hunger Games ﬁlm franchise will attend in support of the foundation’s fundraiser (all subject to availability). This event will celebrate how one person has the power to positively impact the lives of young people, artists, and the organizations that serve them. This experience curated for select guests is one that Louisville will never forget!
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Full Contact Karaoke
FRIDAY MOVIE NIGHT: MOANA
Iroquois Amphitheatre Fullcontactkaraokeband.com/ iroquois This Louisville-based band provides audiences with the unique opportunity to sing karaoke with a live band. Audience members can sign up and pick a song in advance for the event. Tickets are $5.
The Louisville Zoo Louisvillezoo.org Enjoy a movie under the stars on the Louisville Zoo’s giant inﬂatable screen. Concessions are available for purchase, but don’t forget to bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Movie nights are free to Zoo members and only $5 after 5 p.m. for nonmembers. The movie starts at sundown.
Homearama 2017 Poplar Woods Subdivision bialouisville.com/signature-events/homearama/ Homearama showcases new, custom-built homes that are furnished, decorated and landscaped, featuring the latest trends in technology and interior design. JULY 15
Keeneland Concours d’Elegance
Keeneland Keenelandconcours.com This annual luxury car show features brands such as Rolls-Royce and Bentley, with a rafﬂe to win a 2017 Porsche Boxster. In addition, proceeds from the event go to the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. JULY 15
Woodland Hills Summerfest
Woodland Hills facebook.com/events/546716355507730 Come out to the 8th annual Woodland Hills Summerfest featuring bluegrass band HOG OPERATION. There will be free food, displays by the Army National Guard, pony rides, face painting, and balloon twister.
Westport Village Sunset Concert Series: Hot Brown Smackdown
Westport Village Westportvillage.com Come out to Westport Village and see bluegrass band Hot Brown Smackdown. Westport Whiskey and Wine’s drink tent opens at 6 p.m., and Happy Hour sidewalk sales will be happening from 5-7 p.m. The concert starts at 7 p.m. JULY 21-22
Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival Louisville Water Tower Park louisvillebluesandbbqfestival.
com/ Come celebrate the summer with food, music, and craft beer. Listen to New Orleans and Memphis-style blues and eat barbecue with friends. One day passes are just $10. JULY 21–23
“Mamma Mia!” Presented by PNC Broadway The Kentucky Center
Kentuckycenter.org Come see the now-classic musical featuring the songs of ABBA. Right before her wedding, a daughter’s mission to bring three men from her mother’s past to a Greek island spirals into a journey to ﬁnd out which one might be her real father.
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Lunar5k.com This nighttime 5k run is an event for the whole family, with all proceeds beneﬁtting Hosparus. Participants run or walk through an electric nighttime landscape supplemented by live music. JULY 27
Heaven Hill Distillery Tasting
Haymarket Whiskey Bar heavenhilldistillery.com Local bourbon enthusiasts club KOBBE presents a series of new bourbon tastings. The event features a presentation by the “Whiskey Professor” Bernie Lubbers, a guest DJ and drink specials.
St. Matthews Mid-Summer’s Night 5K Run/ Walk
Bethel St. Paul Church runsignup.com/Race/KY/Louisville/StMatthewsMidsummersNight5kRunWalk This annual 5K beneﬁts Kosair Charities. Starting and ending at Bethel St. Paul’s parking lot, an awards ceremony takes place following the run with a free cookout for all participants at Saints Pizza and Pub.
Louisville Open Air Fair
Sullivan University sullivan.edu/events/louisville-open-air-fair/ Join Sullivan University for their ﬁrst ever open air fair. Explore local crafts, artwork, agriculture, jewelry and more. There will also be catering from Julep’s and bread from Sullivan’s Bakery .
Norton Commons Music by the water
NORTON COMMONS AMPITHEATER Featuring Joe D'Amato and the Rigbys. Go to Nortoncommons.com/events. JULY 30
Taste of Independents
The Olmsted aproninc.org/events/ Spend an afternoon tasting dishes from over 30 of Louisville’s best chefs. Beer, wine and liqour samples will also be available. The Robbie Bartlett Duo will perform their contemporary jazz stylings while you eat, and a silent auction will take place throughout the event. AUGUST 5
Supersonic: The Kentucky Craft Gin Festival in Louisville
Copper & Kings copperandkings.com/ Sample artisanal gins and cocktails from three Kentucky distilleries. There will also be catering by Butchertown Pie Co., and entrance is free. AUGUST 17-27
Kentucky State Fair
Expo Center The Ofﬁcial state fair will be back from August 17-27 at the Kentucky Expo Center! The unique, family-friendly 11-day festival that celebrates local and statewide heritage gives far more to the Commonwealth than merely blue ribbon competition, concerts, special exhibits and carnival rides. It is a showcase for Kentucky’s ﬁnest products, companies, entertainment, and, most importantly, people. AUGUST 26
Brew at the Zoo
The Louisville Zoo Louisvillezoo.org Come to the zoo for tastings from craft breweries, wineries and local restaurants, as well as animal encounters. The event begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m.
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Westport Village Sunset Concert Series
Zoofari 2017! One Wild Night
Fête de la Musique
Kentuckiana Pride Festival
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New to the neighborhood— but not to serving people. First Capital Bank of Kentucky is now MainSource Bank. We’re MainSource Bank, and we’re honored to be a part of your community. Spend a little time with us, and you’ll learn that we’re not like most banks. We truly believe a bank can be a force for good in the world, and you’ll see it in everything we do.