TOPS Louisville: March 2017

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Vol. 1 • No. 3


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FUNDAMENTALS at home tour of homes: Come Taste the Wine


Color Catalog: Palladian Blue


faces+places New+Noteworthy: Now is the Best Time to #LiveinLou


Tops Cares: Big Brothers Big Sisters


Meet the media: Kelly K




Dining: Sway


Womanista: Tex-Mex Casserole


Recipe: Becoming the Ideal Bartender


TOP 5 Dining: Pub Grub


life+style WOW Wedding: Erin + Christopher


Wedding Trends: Glass Slippers


Outfit of the Month: Be Our Guest


Boutique Spotlight: Rodeo Drive




Super Mom: Angela Shaw


In The Buf: Practice Patience in Romance


Dear Tony: Advice from the Edge


Pets: Emma’s Story


Parties: St. Patty’s Day Sweetness


Fitness: Empowering Healthy Behaviors at Work


arts+entertainment film: Kentucky Impresses in Sundance


music: WAKY Radio


Arts: A Compassionate Community




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TOP EVENT: 2017 Fillies Ball


OFF THE RECORD: The Highlands


UK Sports: Bring On March Madness


U of L Sports: Cards Fans Ready for March


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PHOTOS Out & About


TOPS Preview Party


Pack the Sack!




Take Heart Gala


Barnhart Bar


Heart Ball


Tailspin Ale Fest


4th Annual Taste and Dancing with Prospect Stars


Dreamer’s Ball


Desserts First


Louisville Uncorked


Feathers & Friends


Varanese Progressive Dinner


Oscar Watch Party


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TOPS Preview Party Levee at The River House | February 2 | Dick Arnspiger

Margaret Schneider, Julie Mitchell, Valinda Weibel

Elizabeth Kizito

Winston and Joyce Shelton

Sherry Silva, Meg Gatti

Ron Heydan and Lindsay Shepard

Keith Yarber, David Grantz

Monica and John Resch

Mary George Meiners, Christy Jarboe

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Shannon Cogan, John Leshney

Courtney Sommer and Whitney Blanford

Anna May and Maria Davey

Terri Cardwell, Wil Heuser

Aaron Withrow, Elissa Withrow, Eric Payne, Drew Deener

Jeanine and Karl Truman

Lucy Stansbury, Niki Dillman

Logan and Pam Leet

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TOPS Preview Party

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Isaac Fox, Antonio Pantoja, Danny Alexander

Alan and Leisje Reitze

Gill Holland, Jeanne Hilt

Steve Squall

Mary George Meiners, Terry Meiners

Karen Kushner

Helen Roberts, Tara Hollinden, Jenifer Foster

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Mark Shelton, Joanna Hite Shelton


Pack the sack!

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Jordan Chawk, Erika Tucker

The Olmstead | February 4 | | Ken Parks

Jason Alvey, Ted Loebenberg

Sarah Kruse. Matt Ansert

Tony Vanetti, Molly Hundley

Lori Grigsby, Paula Hundley

Mary Vanetti, Barbara Passafune

Michelle and Roger Hayes

Elisabeth Kruse, Jen Bowman

Rickelle Nelson

Jenny Alvey, Mollie Knewasser

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Carnevale Louisville Marriott Downtown | January 28 | | Jolea Brown

Stacey Rowan, Marita Willis and Stacy Cohen

Tara Handiboe, Rebecca Aldammad, Tara Coogler, Erika Chavez-Graziano, Jeaneen Barnhart

Sally Herndon, Martha Nichols, Ian Derrer

Randy Blevins, Matthew Porter

Tom Grosko, Drew Fellon, Edith and Tom Halbleib

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Simmons and Stephaine Falk

Laura Goodman, Kent and Stephanie Gregory

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Chris McGarvey, Kelly Bryant, Sasha Bjork-Mayor

Dave and Susan Mateja, Kristen and Gary Jensen

Dana Wooten, Steve Phillips

Shadia Haddad, Genine Fallon, Kenneth Wright, Sean Lawson

Chad Sloan, Lisa Hasson

Briana Clemerson, Lauren Waterhouse

Betsy and Bob Vaughan, Joy Yudofsky

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Ashley Davis, Traci Simonsen

Barbara Sandford, Jill and Del Newman, Joseph Machavich

Janet Brown, Jill Newman

Phil and Joan Huff

Elizabeth and Thomas Jones

Rolandas Byrd, Rodricka O’Bannon, Nubia Bennett, Keenan Burke

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Jason and Laura Zachariah

Marcella Kragal, Garrett Renfro, Wesley Fairman


take heart gala Meredith Dunn School | February 4 | | Dick Arnspiger

Jeff Ratanapool, Shannon Cogan

Kirisha and TJ Golightly

Steve & Ashley Ward, Ken Kolb

Robin Johnson, Tracey Kamer, Stacy Freibert

Kitty Pfeiffer, Connie Spalding, Kelly Krampe, Antoinette Cogan

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Kori and Carol Morrison

Kathy Beam

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Chris Lee, Sierra Spina

Bryan and Holly Wiegandt

Kim Doss, Preston Boyd

Louie Falconburg, Susan Christoff

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take heart gala (Continued)

Scott and Leslie Beam

Natalie and Matt McCluggage

Mike and Kathy Stammerman

Michelle James, Angela Cosman

Christine and Michael Zanghi

Chris and Matt Lucas

Janie and Dan Anthony

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Shawn and Stacy Freibert


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Barnhart Bar Cellar Door Chocolates | February 9 | | Anna May

Roger Lesor and Zoe Benway

McKenzie Trass and Taylor Allen

Tara Coogler, Phadraig Sheehan, Brooke Duvall and Rebecca Aldammad

Whitlee Goode

Erika Chavez-Graziano, Michael Kraft, Eddie Kraft

Doreen Dehart and Wil Heuser

Lisa Tuelle and Caroline Knop

Lynnie Meyer and Jeaneen Barnhart

Mike Cool, Deborah Lively and Jerry Black

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Heart Ball Louisville Marriott Downtown | February 18 | | Dick Arnspiger

Emily Meyer, Todd Schmiedeler, John and Sandy Cooper

Katie and Matt Roundtree

Tia and Rod Ledford

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Jeff and Dana Backus

Barry & Julie Denton, Harry Dennery, Terra Long

Connie Steller, Jane Merman

Sally and Tim Snavely

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Annette Calhoun, Shari House

Loren Miller, Karen Cook, Stephanie and Robert English

Theresa Burdette, Kim Kirkpatrick, Lucy Ackerson, Lou Siegwald

Sunny and Kevin Lynch

Hana and Wagar Saleem, Amir and Reena Paracha

Chris and Jordan Semder

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Heart Ball

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Alexandra Gerassimides and Greg Fisher

Hanna Spalding, Julia Means, Blair Klayko, Sean Carpenter, Alyssa Arnett, Caroline South

Mary Cleveland, Stephanie Lackey, Keisha Deonarime

Theresa and Byron Walters

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Abby Petter, Amory Haley, Lindsey Herr

Eric Conley, Lea and Ron Waldridge


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Beaux Arts Ball Brown Hotel | February 25 | | Ken Parks

Andrew and Jessica Green

Tyler McCrillis, Michael Clark, Cooper Coopersmith

Mark Bailey, John Martin-Rutherford

Delores and Larry Gatewood

Brian Taylor, Kevin Spalding

George Kunz, Billy Wages

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Greg Sopko, Lloyd Cole, Carl Enoch

Jeremy English, Tommy Arnold

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Tim Mulliger, Taylor Hart

Craig Scherman, Cassie and David Mattingly

Remy Sisk, Charlie Meredith

Jeff Reed, Shar Wilkie, Jared Scott

Bette Niemi, Patti Echsner

Daniel Martin, Kat Joyner

Kelley Brendler-Hall, Chad Reischl

Steve Adams, Lee Borchert, Milton Minor

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Come Taste the Wine The couple overhauled this neglected old house, board by board, wire by wire and pipe by pipe. Why? So they could have their vineyard. By Steve Kaufman | Photos by Tim Furlong, Jr.


he 112-year-old house was dilapidated. The nearly 11 acres were overrun with wild brush.

The realtor said, “I found this piece of property, but it’s in really bad shape.” A team of contractors, called in to evaluate the viability of the project, all voted with their thumbs: Don’t do it. The prospective homeowners did their own calculations, and concluded it would be too expensive. “It would bankrupt us,” said the wife. They had every reason to walk away. But each had a reason to stay. “I fell in love with the barn,” admitted the wife, “a beautiful two-story Dutch Colonial structure set into the hillside.” And for the husband, it was a perfect location to plant his vineyard. Apparently, vineyards can be temperamental. The soil has to be poor, so that water runs off it. “Grapevines don’t like to be wet,” he said. They don’t like to be cold, either, and in the winter a foggy warmth comes off the nearby Ohio River and rolls up the valley to create a blanket for the budding vines. The slope of this property, facing the river, was perfect.

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And so they plunged, into a year of clearing the grounds, stripping the skin off the house and rewiring and re-plumbing, pulling up the wood floor, and renovating the kitchen and all the bathrooms (a work that’s still in progress). The property, originally a country estate home for the wealthy homeowners who also had a Fourth Street mansion, is on the National Historic Register. It had been in the same family’s use for roughly 100 years. As the new owners ripped and stripped, the charms of the 5,400-square-foot house became evident – 74 windows, all with the original glass; interior brick walls; multiple fireplaces; elegant crown molding around the nearly 12foot ceilings; period woodwork; original light fixtures; carved Greek columns.

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t was not all “This Old House” charm, of course. They wanted, for example, to refinish and retain the hardwood pine floors, but the house had a history of pets while it was inhabited, and raccoons in the three years it had been vacant. “A contractor told us, ‘You’ll never get the stink out of these floors,’ ” said the wife, “so we spent two years pulling up the old floorboards – including an incalculable number of nails.” “It made me sad,” said the husband, “to think that, 100 years ago, a skilled workman was down on his hands and knees painstakingly nailing each and every board into place. But we had to do what we had to do.” They ended up mimicking the look and feel of the old wood floors, but with wider, tongue-andgroove planks. They also had to replace the heating and electrical systems, both original – and somewhat antique.

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It made me sad to think that, 100 years ago, a skilled workman was down on his hands and knees painstakingly nailing each and every board into place. But we had to do what we had to do.�

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ur heating-and-air-conditioning guy warned us that if we ignited the old boiler system, it might blow us to kingdom come.” Years of dampness had destroyed the plaster walls. On the other hand, the house was structurally good, the foundation walls were sound. “Houses back then were built to last 400 years,” the husband noted. “So, even in such bad shape, foundationally this house was not going anywhere.”

There were frequent reminders that this house had lived in different times. For example, the new owners noticed that, in various parts of the house, some wooden doors had five panels, some six. “What we came to realize,” said the husband, “is that the six-panel doors marked the owners’ rooms, and the five-panel doors were in the servants’ quarters – for some reason, which I’m not sure I understand, but that’s how they did it.” They also found buzzers on the floor, for the servants. “It appears they always had two or three in help,” she said. The house had initially been built in the Greek Revival style by Louisville architects Charles Clarke and Arthur Loomis in 1905. But the new homeowners believe that in the 1920s, after a tour of Europe, the original homeowners had fallen in love with the stucco they saw and had built a Dutch Colonial addition onto the back of the house.

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“They had also clad the entire house in stucco, over the original lapboard,” said the wife. “When we stripped the stucco, we found some charming architectural details.” The “front” and “back” of the house added a quirky period detail. The road to the house, off the main road, winds up to the “front entrance” to the house – but it’s not the original front entrance. When the house was built, explained the husband, horse-drawn carriages drove around to “the back” – which is actually “the front” – to a portico and porch with stunning views down the valley and across to the river. Inside the house, the homeowners worked to make it their own, balancing historical details with their personal tastes and preferences. In the kitchen, for example, they maintained the period appeal of a brick wall – actually part of an original chimney – but added sleek contemporary lines and materials throughout the room. “I appreciate various baroque styles, but I prefer straight, neat lines,” said the wife. “I’m not about fussy things, I guess.” All new appliances were installed, along with a center island with an astonishingly beautiful quartzite top. There’s also a new granite top along all the work areas in the kitchen.

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n fact, many of the hard surfaces throughout the house are an array of dazzling stones and rocks. Marble, granite and sodalite are all over the house: on fireplace hearths, table tops and bases, and in the bathrooms. An upstairs bathroom, for example, has a tub encased in Verde Alpi (Alpine green marble) and an Italian white carerra floor. “The marbles I pick are not plain,” she said. “I like veining and I like colors.” Those help bring contrast to an interior that is primarily neutral in palette. And their color and texture offset the sleek, straight lines of the contemporary furnishings she likes. “ ‘Modern’ and ‘contemporary’ always sound so cold,” she said. “But when you put color and texture into a room, you warm it up.” Among the striking contemporary pieces in the house is the dining room table, a blue pearl granite top with Platner edging on a Rosa Verona marble base. “One of my concerns was looking at the stacked crown molding and thinking, ‘Can I do stainless steel and glass, and marble and granite, and make it work without looking absolutely crazy?’ ” she said. But she did. And it works.

‘Modern’ and ‘contemporary’ always sound so cold, but when you put color and texture into a room, you warm it up.”

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n smaller rooms, she has made use of colorful painted walls, like a “foresty green” in the library downstairs and a “wedgewood-like blue” in the master bedroom upstairs.

“When the architects, Clarke and Loomis, began their careers, electricity was in its infancy,” noted the husband. “Natural light from the outside was what helped illuminate the inside.”

“But in the bigger rooms, too much wall color might be overwhelming,” she said. “And then there are all the windows. When you bring the outdoors in like this, you don’t need a lot of color.”

Some of the best views in the house are from an upstairs sitting room that the wife turned into a full closet for herself. (“I’m ashamed, but I love it!”) She outfitted the closet with hickory cabinetry and woodwork, which she knows will change colors from exposure to the four windows in the room. But she’s fine with that, and

Yes, all the windows – 74 of them, gazing lovingly out at the surrounding landscape, down to the river.

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certainly worth the views she gets. “When I’m up here, I feel like I’m in a tree house.”

castle in the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale,” said the wife.

Challenging as the interior of the house was, the grounds were significantly moreso. Months were spent clearing brush and chopping and chipping fallen wood.

But they took a long view of their property stewardship. “We felt like caretakers,” she said, “taking an old piece of property, maintaining it, improving it and then passing it on. It’s all part of the continuum.”

There were wild vines all over and big, invasive bushes called Tree-of-Heaven (that were definitely not heavenly). “It all reminded me of the thistles around the

“We’ve probably added another hundred years to the life of this house,” said the husband.

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o be environmentally conscious, they decided on geothermal heating for the house, and dropped about 25 wells into the ground around the property. They welcomed all wildlife, putting up bluebird houses and bird feeders. They have deer, raccoons and rabbits running wild, and pretty much accommodate them all. “All living beings have to have a place to roost and do their thing,” she said. And while they leveled all the underbrush and cleared the clutter, they took pains to preserve what was worth preserving, including what she said was “the largest blue ash tree in the country. Someone from the U.S. Forestry Service came out, took a whole bunch of measurements and verified that.” The tree sits right outside one of the windows, along with the undulating hillside, the thick stands of remaining trees and the Ohio River in the distance. “I look out the windows at all the spectacular views,” she said, “and on a clear night, it seems like the stars are right there for me to touch. I feel like I’m on vacation every day.”

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Palladian Blue Benjamin Moore


Photo by Miekel Reece for Caitlin Creer Interiors

enjamin Moore calls Palladian Blue a calm, relaxed, soft, airy blue that combines the blue of the sky with a touch of mother of pearl.

The tranquility of this hue lends itself particularly well to bedrooms, baths and any room in which your main intention is relaxation. Because this shade is quite light, add warm, playful colors with your selection of wall art, textiles and accessories. Deep tones, such as Benjamin Moore’s Witching Hour, will ground and stabilize your space. On the other hand, Westminster Gold and Cinco de Mayo will give a pop of visual interest.

Accent Colors:

Pineapple Linen Fingertip Towel Pomegranate

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Together Now - Giclee print on canvas Pottery Barn

Witching Hour

Westminster Gold

Cinco de Mayo

Actual colors may vary from this printed representation.


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Now is the Best Time to #LiveInLou By Greater Louisville Inc.


ou’ve no doubt heard the number 30,000 recently. That is the number of jobs open in Greater Louisville, including 8,000 that require a Bachelor’s Degree or higher education. It’s a daunting number, but here at Greater Louisville Inc. we are working to fill them as quickly as possible. It is not going to be easy and we cannot do it on our own. The time is now for all of us to pitch in and grow our region’s workforce and our economy as a whole. As the Metro Chamber of Commerce, GLI is tasked with attracting new businesses to our region and the question asked by site selectors and business owners most frequently is “are there enough skilled people here to hire?” We need that answer to be a resounding “YES!” to compete with our competitor cities. The good news is GLI has a plan.

ATTRACTION The simple fact of the matter is that we need more people to move here to fill open jobs quickly. We all know people who have moved away from our region and may have some desire to come home again. You know you want your family members and friends back, so why not help us recruit them? That’s why we built It is a single resource to help reinforce all the great things happening in this region that we talk about all the time. It’s there for you to use to become an ambassador for our city. We are also working hard on our partnerships with the colleges and universities throughout the state to reach out to college students graduating with

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in-demand degrees. Instead of moving out of state, we are connecting them with local companies, proving you can build a vibrant career right here. There is no need to move to Chicago or New York to make your mark. Greater Louisville has it. We continue to leverage our partnerships with the Louisville Sports Commission and the Convention and Visitors Bureau to tap into people visiting. Short visits can be used as an opportunity to “sell” our city to people from outside the region. There are plenty of opportunities and we must utilize them to keep growing.

RETENTION Once people are here, we want them to stay. This is a phenomenal place to buy a home, have a family, and build a career. With a variety of amenities, this area appeals to people who love the country and the city and everyone else in between. We have a remarkable parks system, worldclass restaurants, a thriving music scene, a diverse population, and a welcoming attitude. You can feel the buzz. These are things we should all embrace and GLI is working hard to promote what Greater Louisville has to offer both inside and outside

our region. We work with YPAL, New2Lou, Leadership Louisville, Greater Louisville International Professionals, and dozens of other community and professional groups to get newcomers plugged in and get people engaged in building this community. The more invested people become in an area, the more likely they are to stay.

DEVELOPMENT Last but certainly not least, is how we get citizens of all ages ready for the careers of tomorrow. GLI has an aggressive goal to make sure 75% students graduating from JCPS are either college or career-ready by 2020. We are working with business and education leaders across the board to launch Talent Development Academies in the 2017-2018 school year. These are programs that connect student’s required curriculum with real world applications and assist teachers in making lesson plans that keep kids engaged in the classroom. There is a lot of interest in the current direction of JCPS and GLI knows that our school system builds the workforce of the future. As the voice of the business community, it is in everyone’s economic interest that we help all students set off on a career path. Nothing worthwhile is easy. It took us decades to get the Bridges project complete, to transform Downtown Louisville into a tourist destination, to grow our region’s presence in the global economy. But, when Greater Louisville gets behind an idea, the odds are in our favor. The time is NOW to grow our community and our economy to new heights. 

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteers create bonds and shape lives

By Cameron Aubernon | Photos Courtesy BBBS


eri Swinton has been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana for nearly three decades as the chapter’s CEO and director, over half as long as BBBS Kentuckiana has been in operation; the chapter is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017. As part of the national Big Brothers Big Sisters network, the chapter provides positive role models for children who don’t always have such models in their lives, whether due to economics, or matters of the heart. Through a thorough vetting of potential Big Brothers and Sisters, Little Brothers and Sisters are paired with adults who are able to light a path toward a better life. Swinton “worked for several years as an assistant director at the Shelter for Battered Women, providing residential assistance for domestic violence victims.” The job pushed her to find a way to end the cycle of violence “by providing prevention services to boys and girls so that they would understand” domestic violence needn’t ever be acceptable, or a part of their lives. Searching around for opportunities matching her need to help young children, BBBS Kentuckiana “seemed like a natural fit” for the next chapter in her career. Part of the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to help young children at-risk learn how to resolve conflict through more positive methods and tactics.

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Looking back, Swinton says she was right about her decision to join BBBS Kentuckiana. “There probably is no more impactful way than having a one-on-one friendship,” she said. “Children don’t appreciate being talked down to. They do follow closely the examples that adults set. It is a huge impact when people compare children that have had the positive of an adult role model in a long-term relationship, one-on-one. They are far more likely to go to college, to have careers, are far more likely to earn more in their careers, than children of the same demographic who do not have the benefit of that role model.” The most rewarding aspect of Swinton’s role as CEO of BBBS Kentuckiana is those children who do participate in the program are later involved in community service, going so far as to take on leadership roles in the act of service — including becoming Big Brothers and Big Sisters themselves. Yet, there are challenges in finding the right role models to pair with the hundreds of children looking for guidance. The main challenge in finding the right mentors, according to Swinton, comes down to commitment: per research conducted by the national organization, a relationship between a Big and Little lasting less than six months does more harm to the child than never having been paired up at all. Every Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter stresses to its potential candidates that they need to be there for their Littles for a minimum of one year; some who come through the door fail this test, claiming uncertainty as to where their lives will be in one month, let alone a single year.

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Grown up Little Brother Dominic Hollingsworth, Big Brother Andy Park, and Doug Proffitt.

Once the main obstacle is cleared, Swinton says the new Bigs are matched with Littles based on interests and proximity to each other. The new pairs are then able to bond and grow over activities, developing relationships which last a long time with coaching and support from each chapter. She also says Bigs who are 50 and above have matches which last longer than those in their early 20s; the discrepancy is due to the older Bigs leading more settled lives than those who are still developing theirs. BBBS Kentuckiana holds numerous fundraisers throughout the year to help build up and improve upon the resources and strategies used in creating and sustaining a Big/Little match, the biggest of which is Bowl For Kids’ Sake. Swinton says the fundraiser is also the chapter’s biggest “friend-raiser,” netting several thousands of dollars in donation annually via friends asking friends to sponsor a bowler for $10 and up. This year’s edition is seeking a minimum donation per bowler of $119.67, the last four digits in honor of the chapter’s founding in 1967.

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Little Brother William and Big Brother Joshua DeYoung

Laura Kaye, Kate Mantell, Libby Ogilvie Soward, Moriah Ogilvie at Bowl For Kids’ Sake

... we are probably the biggest bridge builder across geographic areas, across racial lines, religious boundaries, because people have the opportunity to really get to know each other as people...” “The Bowl For Kids’ Sake is tons of fun,” Swinton said. “People bowl with other people in the community. We provide dance music, and we give away door prizes. The participants don’t pay for their bowling; we provide two free games of bowling. Papa John’s is our sponsor, so people get fresh Papa John’s pizza… It only takes a couple of hours, and we’re scheduling teams now through March and April to come out and participate in Bowl For Kids’ Sake.” Another fundraiser, The BIG GIVE Telethon — held in partnership with WHASTV, and featuring appearances and stories by the chapter’s matches — has long roots

going back to the late 1980s. According to Swinton, baseball legend and Big Brother Hank Aaron came to Louisville for a BBBS Kentuckiana event, who introduced the legend to Louisville’s media outlets. While following up with WHAS, then-anchor and Hank Aaron fan Gary Rodemeier asked Swinton if her chapter would be interested in doing a weekly feature with the television station, thus beginning a relationship lasting to this day. The telethon came about a couple of years ago, pulling in $26,000 in 2016 in its latest milestone. “I think that one of the things that makes

us more relevant than ever right now,” Swinton said, “is that with all of the conflict during the last election… that I think Big Brothers Big Sisters offers an opportunity for people to not judge each other by prejudice; that we offer an opportunity to really get to know people; and that we are probably the biggest bridge builder across geographic areas, across racial lines, religious boundaries, because people have the opportunity to really get to know each other as people… once people make that relationship with a child, then they learn not to judge, and they learn to appreciate the circumstances some of our kiddos come from.”

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Fillies Derby Ball Saturday, April 8 Louisville Marriott Downtown The 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival’s Fillies Derby Ball will crown the Derby Queen who, as always, will be selected by a spin of the wheel. As her first royal act, the newly-crowned Kentucky Derby Queen will induct the Knights and Dames to the Royal Court of Pegasus in recognition of their civic accomplishments. The Fillies Ball is one of the many fundraisers held for the KDF Foundation. Benefitting: Kentucky Derby Festival Tickets:

Photo Courtesy of KDF Photo Courtesy of Down Syndrome of Louisville

Gallop Gala Saturday, April 21 Louisville Marriott Downtown The sixth annual Gallop Gala kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a red carpet entrance. The ball benefits Down Syndrome of Louisville, and features dinner and a live auction. A cocktail party with hors d’oeuvres starts the festivities. VIP attendees will enjoy a dinner for eight and a gift package from the event’s sponsors. The energy gets amped up at the end of the evening when guests dance to the wildly versatile musical act The Louisville Crashers. Benefitting: Down Syndrome of Louisville Tickets:

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Taste of Derby Festival Tuesday, April 25 Louisville Slugger Field Taste of Derby Festival is in its 30th year. This popular event brings together 40 restaurants, and 20 local distilleries and beverage companies that serve up generous samples. It’s a great chance to learn what Louisville has to offer. There is also a silent auction, and all the fun benefits Dare to Care. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. in the Louisville Slugger Hall of Fame Pavilion and finishes at 8 p.m. Tickets are sold in advance only, with early-bird pricing until April 18. Benefitting: Dare to Care Food Bank Tickets:

Photo Courtesy of Dare to Care Photo Courtesy of Kentucky Derby Museum

The Kentucky Derby Museum Gala Friday, April 28 Churchill Downs The 31st year of this gala kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails in The Mansion at Churchill Downs. Dinner follows in the museum. The Celebrity Allstar Band will cap off the evening by getting everyone dancing. The festivities, sponsored by Brown-Forman and the Churchill Downs Racetrack, benefit curatorial and educational initiatives at The Kentucky Derby Museum throughout the year. A Gala Lounge package includes dessert, drinking and dancing starting at 10 p.m. Benefitting: The Kentucky Derby Museum Tickets: 31st-Kentucky-Derby-Museum-Gala

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KTA/KTOB Derby Trainers’ Dinner Tuesday, May 2 Hyatt Regency First Lady of the Kentucky Derby, Jill Byrne, and sportscaster Paul Rogers host this year’s Kentucky Thoroughbred Association Derby Trainers’ Dinner at The Hyatt Regency Hotel. The guest of honor for 2017 is Doug O’Neill, trainer of Nyquist, winner of the 2016 Kentucky Derby. Cocktails will be served at 6:00, followed by dinner at 6:45. This Derby insider event benefits The Backside Learning Center and The Healing Place. Benefitting: The Backside Learning Center and The Healing Place Tickets: Vickie Garcia at 859-259-1643 or

Linda Doane Photography Photo by Marvin Young for KDF

WineFest Tuesday and Wednesday, May 2 and 3 The Belvedere The Belvedere at Waterfront Park turns into a regional wine tour both nights of Kentucky Derby Festival’s WineFest. Some of the area’s more-than-90 wineries will have varieties available to sample. Entry includes a wine glass, which attendees use to taste throughout the evening, an event pin, and a chance to learn about the many varieties of reds and whites from the Bluegrass State and surrounding areas. Benefitting: Kentucky Derby Festival Tickets:

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Along with the beautiful Derby hats available, enjoy:

Kentucky Derby Museum’s Annual Hat Sample Sale

Meet & greet with Jenny Pfanenstiel of Formé Millinery, Official Milliner of the Kentucky Derby Museum! A complimentary beverage from 14 Hands Live music Local boutiques & stylist Hors d’oeuvres Plenty of FREE parking Raffles, contests & much more!

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Jocktails at The Derby Wednesday, May 3 The Ice House Jocktails is a celebrity bartending event. Each Derby season, they bring their blend of personality and libations to The Ice House and get the world’s top jockeys in the mix shaking cocktails for charity. The fundraiser features appetizers and an open bar. The event, from 7:00-10:00 is invite only, but after 10:00, the 21+ party opens to the general public. Proceeds benefit Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Benefitting: Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund

Photo by Jacob Zimmer Churchill Downs Racetrack/Dan Dry & Associates

Taste of the Derby Thursday, May 4 KFC Yum! Center Get ready to taste to your heart’s content. Racing personalities mix and mingle while celebrity chefs pair their delicacies with wine for everyone to sample. The event opens with a tasting at 7:00 that keeps rolling until 9:30. For fun, catch the Future Chef Showdown brought to you by Sullivan University. The band this year is Atlanta’s Underground Social Club. Stella Artois is sponsoring the event, which benefits hunger relief, including Dare to Care. Benefitting: Dare to Care Tickets:

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Barnstable-Brown Gala Friday, May 5 Barnstable Brown Mansion The Barnstable-Brown Gala turns 29 this year. Known for its star-appeal, locals crowd up along the red carpet, hoping to get a glimpse of a-listers on their way in. Top-shelf food and drink are on offer all night while any number of celebrities take the stage. There’s no predicting who will be inspired to collaborate for a one-off musical number once the night gets going. The gala benefits diabetes research through the Barnstable-Brown Foundation. Benefitting: Barnstable-Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center Tickets: 502.491.6778

Photo by Jacob Zimmer Photo courtesy of Quint Events

Fillies & Lilies Party Friday, May 5 Kentucky Derby Museum This party kicks off immediately after The Oaks. What better place is there to be on Derby Eve than Churchill Downs? This year, the Fillies & Lilies Party features a live performance from country music star Clint Black. Hors d’oeuvres stations and open bars are set up inside the museum where guests are free to graze, quaff, and roam. The bourbon lounge pours the best of Kentucky’s spirits for guests’ sipping pleasure. Tickets:

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Unbridled Eve Gala Friday, May 5 The Galt House More than 30 celebrity guests are expected to walk the red carpet at this year’s Unbridled Eve Gala. Attendees will enjoy a gourmet dinner and a variety of specialty bars provided by Southern Glazer Wine and Spirits serving wines, champagnes, bourbons, and more. Celebrity musical guests and dancing are always part of the gala. There will also be live and silent auctions. This year’s primary charitable beneficiaries are Blessings in a Backpack, which feeds needy children, and The Fund for the Arts. Benefitting: The Unbridled Charitable Foundation Tickets:

Photo courtesy of Unbridled Eve Gala Photo courtesy of Fillies & Stallions

Fillies & Stallions Friday, May 5 Mellwood Arts Center This is Fillies & Stallions 7th year. If past events are any indication, there will be plenty of celebrity appearances. Guests have included Scottie Pippen, Travis Tritt, Ashton Kutcher, and Boyz 2 Men, to name a few. This year’s performers are yet to be announced, but guests can remain in the know by following Fillies & Stallions on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Doors open at 10:00 and the party lasts until 3:00 a.m. Tickets:

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Derby Eve Gala Friday, May 5 The Seelbach The theme of the 23rd annual Derby Eve Gala is Fiesta because this year, Derby Eve falls on Cinco de Mayo. Those who attend will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a gourmet dinner with wine service. This gala focuses on the spectacle perhaps more than any other, and the decor promises to dazzle with light and color this year. Dancing to the band Burning Las Vegas follows. The event benefits The American Lung Association. Benefitting: The American Lung Association Tickets:

Photo courtesy of Unbridled Eve Gala Photo by Robert Pieroni

Silks in the Bluegrass Friday, May 5 Crowne Plaza Silks in the Bluegrass is a night of music, entertainment, and dancing for a good cause. In its ninth year, the event switches from Derby night to Derby Eve this time around. The musical act is The Atlanta Showstoppers, a twelve-piece outfit who pack the dance floor with their energetic vibe. The evening benefits Operation Open Arms, Inc., an organization that finds home for the children of female prisoners. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.. Benefitting: Operation Open Arms Tickets:

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Winner’s Party Saturday, May 6 Kentucky Derby Museum Immediately following the Run for the Roses, many will gather at The Kentucky Derby Museum to witness the crowning of this year’s champion. This exclusive event lasts until 9 p.m. and features an open bar, a plethora of hors d’oeuvres, music and dancing. This is the season’s last hurrah -- a final chance to drink in the majesty of the most famous horse race in the world. Until Kentucky Derby 144 in 2018, that is.

Benefitting: The American Lung Association Tickets: kentucky-derby-parties/winner-s-party

Photo courtesy of Kentucky Derby Museum

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Consult a Dermatologist and/or Plastic Surgeon Getting advice from a specialist about your skin should be your first stop, said Dr. Julene Samuels, an aesthetic plastic surgeon practicing in Louisville. It’s not enough to go to your local cosmetics counter and buy up the latest upscale moisturizers. It pays, she said, to have a skincare regimen that is designed for you. “People are often afraid to book an appointment with a plastic surgeon, especially if they aren’t interested in surgery. But in my practice, we work with a lot with patients to help them develop a plan that works for them—their skin, their goals and their budget. For some patients, that is just using the right skin care products. For others, it could be fillers, peels, non-invasive laser treatments, or surgery.”

Your Best Derby You Eight Ways to Get Your Derby Beauty Shine On By Susan Gosselin


ou’ve bought the dress. You’ve bought the hat. And you’ve even got matching shoes. But have you stopped to think about what your skin is going to look like in your Derby finest? With a just a few weeks left to go, experts on beauty treatments and medical procedures say there’s still plenty of time to get your Derby shine on. The secret is to start thinking about your options now. Here are the strategies and procedures they recommend before the big day.

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Consider Cosmeceuticals Everyone knows you can get fancy creams and serums at your cosmetics store. But did you know that plastic surgeons offer skin care products, too? They offer “cosmeceuticals”—skin care products that pack the potency of prescription-grade medicines. Only available through plastic surgeons, these products require a prescription and feature clinically tested ingredients that promote firmness, plump and moisturize, exfoliate and correct uneven skin tone. “A lot of people think these kind of products are completely unaffordable. But you’d be surprised,” Dr. Samuels said. “Many of the products we offer aren’t any different in price than the high-end products you’d find in a department store case, or at stores like Ulta. The difference is, they work, and they are tailored for you.”

Don’t forget your back After hibernating in sweaters all winter, are you sure you are ready for that backless dress? These days, “back facials” are

now a thing, giving the skin on your back the same exfoliating, moisturizing loving care your face gets during a facial. “These treatments are popular, because it’s an area you can’t care for by yourself,” said Vycki Goldenberg, franchisee for the St. Matthews, Springhurst and Clarksville, IN Massage Envy. “It’s best to get several treatments, if you can, before Derby.”

Give Your Brows A New Look Beautiful eyebrows are about so much more than tweezing. If you’ve never had your eyebrows professionally shaped, spring is a great time to start, experts say. “Getting the right look for your eyebrows is an art. We customize brows based on the shape of your face, the thickness of your brow, and the look you want to achieve,” said Marcia Cotner, a franchisee for the European Wax Center in Middletown.

Prepare Your Skin with a Regimen of Facials All the sources for this story say that regular, professionally administered facials can often be the key to your skin care success, especially in advance of Derby. Professional facials are offered at Samuel’s offices, as well as beauty centers such as Massage Envy. They not only exfoliate and hydrate, but they can help plump and prepare your skin, getting it ready for other procedures such as chemical peels or laser treatments. And, of course, they can make sure your skin is up to par with your big Derby outfit reveal.

sponse that works for larger areas of the face and neck, often mimicking the results of a facelift.

Out with the old skin, in with the new

Wax away your unwanted hair Waxing legs, underarms, facial hair and bikini line are all very popular treatments in advance of Derby, Cotner said. “If you have several areas you want to wax, it is best to call now and put together a plan for getting all the waxing done in several appointments, so you’ll be ready for the big day.”

Look into new facelift alternatives For patients wanting to address the affects of aging without facelifts, facial injectibles like Botox and routine fillers have always been the go-to products. And while they are still good for temporary relief, Dr. Samuels said new non-invasive, non-surgical procedures can offer much better, longer-lasting results. Specifically, she recommends Sculptra, a technique that injects poly-L-lactic acid into folds and places that need filling, especially those around the cheeks and eyes, stimulating collagen response that lasts two to four times longer than other treatments. Profound, another procedure, uses micro-needling to deliver controlled radio frequencies, producing new collagen and elastin, for a retexturizing, tightening re-

When it comes to rejuvenating the skin on your face, few things work better than chemical peels, laser and heat/light treatments. They remove the layers of dead skin on your face, forcing new skin to the surface, eliminating the look of fine lines and lessening the appearance of dark spots. Chemical peels are widely available at beauty centers like Massage Envy, as well as your dermatologist and plastic surgeon’s offices, usually with about a three to five day downtime. “Peels are great, but there are other options out there,” Samuels said. “There’s some truly exciting new procedures available now that offer great results with very little downtime. For instance, our Broadband Light (BBL) service offers a photo rejuvenation treatment that heats the tissues underneath the surface, creating a collagen stimulation that can provide very long lasting results.”

Get rid of that stubborn fat If you have pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise, there is always liposuction. But Samuels said a new non-invasive option, the Ultrashape Power cool laser, can get the job done with around three treatments and a six-week window. The non-surgical regimen usually results in a 32-percent fat reduction in your target areas, she said. “The key,” Samuels said, “is to be proactive, and plan. Take care of your skin, use the right products and interventions, and you can not only look good on Derby, you can put off having facelifts done for years,” she said.

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By Nicholas Siegel | photos by billy garland

For many people in Louisville, Kelly K has become a part of the morning routine, as regular as a hot cup of coffee or a newspaper on the front porch. As half of The Morning Show on 99.7 DJX since 1999, Kelly has given listeners 18 years-worth of fun and exciting conversations to start the day.


ypically, her alarm goes off early in the morning. She makes some small preparations on her phone, and then she’s out the door to the studio downtown in the Marmaduke Building on 4th Street. By 5:30 a.m., she and her partner Ben Davis are live on the air.

nine years, Kelly’s partner was Peter B. After Peter retired from radio to become a Catholic priest in March of 2010, Ben took over, and Kelly has been working with him ever since.

“Throughout the show, we’re doing lots of fun stuff from doing contests to playing silly games—talking about crazy stories— just trying to crack you up on your way to work and school,” Kelly says.

Kelly and her husband Michael have two children: Jacob, who is 7, and Ava, who will be 5 in April. “I get as much time with them as I possibly can, because I don’t see them in the morning at all.” Kelly says. “I’m out of the door before anybody’s awake, so my afternoons and evenings and weekends with them are super precious.”

After the show is over, the work isn’t done. Kelly and Ben spend a lot of time preparing and brainstorming for the next day’s show. Then there’s production and commercials, setting up interviews, having meetings about promotions and editing the day’s show down into entertaining segments that could be replayed for the best-of shows on Saturdays or for when the team is on vacation. “That way we can still be on the air without actually being here,” Kelly says. While the basic format and spirit of the show has remained the same over the years, there have been some changes. For

Family Life

Because of the intensity of Kelly’s work schedule, she’s become more selective about many of the things she does outside the show. This includes scaling back some of her appearances and events. “I’m a little more choosey with what takes me away from [the kids] outside Monday through Friday. We’re always trying to go out and about and do stuff with them. My favorite is just chilling at home with them. Sometimes we just don’t even get out of our jammies on weekends, and that’s a great weekend in my point of view.”

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Meet the Media

The Road to Radio Kelly didn’t always plan on a career in radio. At first, she was interested in working as a TV reporter. At 19, while earning her telecommunications degree at Purdue, she started an internship to get some experience in broadcasting. One of her friends in class was doing a part-time air shift at a radio station in Lafayette and suggested that Kelly do the same. Within a week, she was voicing radio commercials. Within a month, she was doing a parttime air shift and running a countdown show. Within another month, they gave her an air shift overnight on the weekends. Within a year, she was doing The Morning Show. Kelly quickly realized her true calling was radio and not TV. “Just spending time in a radio station, I realized that you could make money showing up, acting like an idiot on the air, giving away free stuff, being goofy and having a great time,” Kelly says. “You can’t just waltz into being a TV news anchor. You had to start with being a reporter and work your way up. It was a lot less glamorous than I thought it would be. I pretty quickly learned that that wasn’t my strong point.” What Kelly did learn was that using her personality was her strong point, and that wasn’t something that would be front and center as a reporter. “I figured out that I wanted to have a great time being goofy on the radio as opposed to being first on the scene of an accident or something like that, but through the years I’ve been able to marry both of them. I’ve done a lot of TV work here in town, because they like radio people who can just improvise and not have to rely on teleprompters.

The Joy of Unpredictable Work For Kelly, one of the best parts of her job is that it’s different every day. “You never know who’s going to call up and tell you some crazy story, or where any of our topics are going to take us with who we get to interact with on a daily basis,” she says. The work is even less predictable now that fans can interact through Facebook, Twitter and text-messages. “It’s a lot more moving parts, but it makes it way more interesting for us and better for the listeners. They get to hear their tweets being read on the air or their text messages being read—they’re

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I have people who will remember everything I’ve ever mentioned about my life on the air for the past 18 years and that is really cool. I’ve lived a lot of life on the air.”

kind of all characters with us and everything that happens on the air. I love that about it.” As part of the morning routine for so many people in the community, Kelly has also noticed an attachment that listeners have to her. “I have people who will remember everything I’ve ever mentioned about my life on the air for the past 18 years and that is really cool. I’ve lived a lot of life on the air,” she says. This on-air life has included her younger, single years, her now-husband proposing to her live on the show, dressed as

a knight in shining armor, the process of planning a wedding and the birth of her children. For many regulars, she feels like family. Kelly makes it clear that her success is, in large part, due to the talent she is lucky to be surrounded with in her work and the receptiveness and loyalty of her audience. “I’ve been fortunate enough to work with really talented people. My success I had with Peter was very much because he was so amazing. I was lucky enough to find the same kind of chemistry with Ben, and that’s not easy to come by. It’s almost like capturing lightening in a bottle.” 

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way’s Chef Pietro Consorti might have been a botanist. The appreciation for nature that attracted him to science found a home in his passion for cooking great food. The closer to the source, the purer the ingredients, the better food you can make. For him, this is more than a philosophy; it’s heritage. Consorti is from Prato in Tuscany, a region of Italy rich in food traditions. He moved to Louisville only nine months ago after working as executive sous chef with Chef Andrea Aprea at Milan’s Park Hyatt’s Michelin-starred VUN restaurant. Just 34 years old, Consorti has been pursuing cooking with a passion for more than 14 years, but the traditions he espouses have been with him all his life, and in his family for generations.

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Burger with pork belly, fried egg and French fries

The food at Sway is Southern and Consorti brings it closer to its roots using local suppliers and seeking ethically sourced ingredients. The Southern Fried Chicken is half a natural Kentucky bird, brined for two days for flavor and tenderness. It’s then breaded and fried to perfection. The creamy, mashed new potatoes on the plate don’t need help from the robust thy-

my gravy, but they pair so well, you might need to close your eyes to fully appreciate them together. He buys ground beef for the Southern Burger at local biodynamic Fox Hollow Farm. The meat has a natural tenderness and mild sweetness. On top is a thick slice of crisp, seared pork belly, a fried egg, and a healthy portion of arugula.

The top bun comes at a jaunty angle, daring you to smash its grilled toastiness onto that substantial pile of proteins without tucking your napkin into your collar. If you can wrangle it into a hand-held burger, you are a true American, but no one could fault you for resorting to a fork and knife.

Pork belly with Kentucky cabbage

For now, Italian food shows up in specials and seasonal dishes, but the chef is planning on bringing something new to Sway in the next couple months. A smaller dining area inside the restaurant at 4th and Jefferson that seats 12 will go by the name The

Italian Way. He plans to open for communal, Italian-style meals serving virtual tours of Italy via a select tasting menu before Derby. Consorti’s squid ink spaghetti (from Gragnano, Italy) with mussels in a zucchini coulis is an item that might make an appearance at The Italian Way. The umami flavor of the pasta and its firm texture are an exquisite foundation for the fresh, bold, electric-green zucchini coulis. The mussels bridge the gap between those worlds, while the garnish of carefully fried, razor-thin zucchini chips add a pop of crunch.

Fried chicken with greens, potatoes and gravy

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Squid ink spaghetti with fresh mussels and zuchinni chips

The communal Italian concept isn’t unheard of in Louisville. Consorti cites his colleague, Chef Gina Stipo of At The Italian Table. He stopped by there once when she was making panzanella, a summer salad that is highly traditional and impossible to fabricate without bread that is regionally specific and handmade. The chef explains the recipe, a series of steps that must be done just-so then remembers the conversation. “I said, ‘Where did you find the bread?’” She said, “Try, try.” “‘It’s perfect, no?’ That’s something really from Tuscany... She is doing a good job. But I come from a background of fine dining and experience, so what I want to try really is to blend these things together.” The concept adds a broader range of techniques and approaches to the foundational traditions the chef depends on: a modern approach in the Italian way. 


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What are you reading?

people doing what they know – so you work on the tradition. We were working together on the concentration of the taste - strong, strong, strong. It was Italian food, but very strong. You close your eyes, and boom.

I’m now studying a book about the weeds and vegetation here in Kentucky to find some wild herbs or weeds that I know with the Italian name [of] that I can find here.

Do you use them back home? Foraging in Italy is a big thing especially in my family in Tuscany. It’s something that you have in your roots, in your culture. Every season has different things to offer.

What would you find in the spring? When the asparagus season starts, you go and you know that you are going to find wild catmint, wild fennel plant, small onion, or hops sprouts.


Hops sprouts?

It probably takes a lot to get that flavor out of a zucchini, like in the zucchini coulis.

We use them in egg frittata. They taste lake asparagus but a little bitter, so you need to add some acacia flower and there you have this sweet fresh taste.

What about the rest of the year? You have the summer with the blackberries and the catmint is still there, and then you have mushrooms, and after that, chestnut.

Do you have plans to do that here? Kentucky is the bluegrass state and this means that you have a lot of countryside, so you have plenty of people that in the past used to know those things and used to know the spot where to pick morels, for example. It needs only to be rediscovered. For me, cooking Southern food is cooking with Southern produce and ingredients, It’s not only fried chicken for me, it’s more connection to the countryside and what this state can offer.

We had this dish on the tasting menu: paccheri, ricotta di bufala e concentrato di ragù napoletano. Almost everybody in Italy knows the ragù napoletano. It’s a tradition. It’s something that every mother in Naples gets up and starts cooking early Sunday morning and just cooks slow all day. And what we did, we concentrated more this flavor making a bigger batch, ending up after two days and multiple steps with a kind of ketchup of ragù napoletano. It’s very strong.

What local cheeses are your favorites to use? I really like the Barren County Bleu and the Smoked Kentucky Bleu of Kenny’s Farmhouse. This last one reminds me an Italian cheese that is made in the mountain area of Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Carnia. Actually, the cheese is a smoked ricotta and they have this traditional dish using pumpkin gnocchi with butter sage and this cheese.

I know Chef Aprea was a huge influence in your life and style. What was that like? A big part of the job was in amazing

No. It’s the opposite. It takes nothing. You use only the green part, and a little bit of what we call the bread of the zucchini. Boil, and... You don’t have to add nothing else if you have the good zucchini or the good mussels.

How do you hope to influence the future chefs working with you? The idea is to show them – to take [them] to the farm to see farmers and growers. I want to show to my guys that there are people that really care what they are doing. They invest a lot of efforts in just doing one thing – growing rice for example or raising duck. That’s all they do. We have to know them and let people know that there is another way to eat. They are brave. I like to have people with a passion. It’s the difference.

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Tex-Mex Casserole Your family will love the bold Tex-Mex flavors in this creamy casserole. It’s made with whole-wheat penne, lean ground beef and a delicious blend of cheese, beans and spices to give you a simple meal with big taste.

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients − 8 ounces whole wheat penne pasta − 1 pound lean ground beef − 1 small onion, diced − 1 teaspoon minced garlic − 1 (10.5-ounce) can Campbell’s® Healthy Request® condensed tomato soup − 1 (15-ounce) can reduced-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed − 1 (15.25-ounce) can low-sodium whole kernel corn, drained − 1 (10-ounce) can Ro*Tel® “Original” diced tomatoes and green chilies − 1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chilies − 2 teaspoons chili powder − 1½ teaspoons ground cumin − ½ teaspoon salt − ½ teaspoon black pepper − ½ cup shredded reduced-fat four cheese Mexican blend − 1 tomato, diced

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Preparation Preheat the oven to 350° F. Spray a 13x9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook the pasta to al dente according to package directions. Drain and set aside. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef, onion and garlic until the beef is no longer pink, 7 to 8 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to break the beef up as it cooks. Drain any excess fat and return the skillet to the stovetop, turning the heat down to low. Add the cooked pasta, soup, beans, corn, diced tomatoes, green chilies, chili powder, cumin, salt and black pepper to the skillet and stir until well combined. Transfer the pasta mixture to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the Mexican cheese evenly over the top. Bake uncovered in the oven until the cheese is melted and casserole is heated through, 18 to 20 minutes. Top with the diced tomatoes before serving. 8 servings | Nutrition Facts based on 1½ cups of casserole Calories 319 | Fat 8g | Fiber 7g | Carbohydrates 48g Sugar 11g | Protein 21g | Smart Points: 9

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Becoming the Ideal Home Bartender By Isaac Fox • La Chasse


ith March Madness upon us, your thoughts may be turning to hosting parties for friends and family. In these days of educated palates and craft cocktail bars, this can be a daunting task. Have no fear – you’re sure to win with these pointers.

Master the Basics. You don’t need to know hundreds of different cocktails, just master a handful of the classics. Pick from several different styles (e.g. refreshing, sparkling, strong), and learn them well! A solid list might include the Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Margarita, Sidecar, Champagne Cocktail, and Cosmopolitan.

and a bitter element (bitters, Camparit, etc.). Use two parts base spirit to one part sweet and a few dashes of bitter.

Keep it Fresh. You don’t need to have the most expensive spirits on your shelf, but don’t use artificially flavored liqueurs or bottled juices! There is simply no substitute for fresh citrus juice, herbs or fruit.

Work in Advance.

Keep your bar simple.

While most of the best cocktails are made one at a time, pre-batching cocktails can help foster consistency and save the home bartender a lot of time. If you choose to do this, save fresh juices and bitters for last and always taste as you mix to make sure the balance is correct.

None of your guests should expect your home bar to look like a restaurant bar. If your guest is upset that you don’t have Macallan 50-year Scotch, you might want to rethink your guest list! Have four to five base spirits (whiskey, gin, tequila, vodka, rum), vermouth, bitters, and a couple of fruit liqueurs, such as Triple Sec.

If you want to try more complex cocktails, add other levels of flavors by incorporating spices, herbs, or bitters to your drink. Below is a recipe that follows this pattern. It is a spicy and delicious Margarita variation, and can be enjoyed at La Chasse along with nearly 40 other cocktails on our craft cocktail menu.

Keep your cocktails balanced. A balanced drink is a perfect drink. No chef or home cook would be happy if his or her food were too spicy, too sweet, or too salty. A good bartender strives for the same balance.

Michuacan Margarita Ingredients:

Keep it Simple.

− 1 1/2 oz Jalepeno-infused Tequila

A perfect cocktail can be created with only three ingredients. Work off the following guidelines and allow for small adjustments.

− 3/4 oz fresh lime

Refreshing Drinks. Include a base spirit (such as rum or gin), a sweet element (simple syrup or fruit liqueur) and a sour element (like lemon or lime juice). A good general recipe is two parts base spirit to one part sweet and one part sour. Strong Drinks. Work on the principle of a base spirit (whiskey or brandy), a sweet element (vermouth, liqueur, etc.)

− 3/4 oz Giffard Creme de Mure (or other good quality blackberry liqueur) − dash of simple syrup − muddled cilantro (mint or basil work well here also) − Rocks glass rimmed with sea salt Preparation: Muddle the cilantro with the other ingredients. Fill your salt-rimmed glass with ice. Briefly shake the ingredients with ice and double strain (to remove any bits of cilantro) into the prepared glass. Garnish with lime and blackberries. Cheers!

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Top 5 dining

Pub Grub

by Sara Giza

Troll Pub


ituated along Whiskey Row since 2011, Troll Pub is a sports bar with historic roots. Previously the site of the original Galt House, a railroad headquarters and an artist colony, the space now features a hidden bookcase room, cozy nooks, exposed brick, wooden beams and a myrtle wood bar. Accompanying a generous beer list is the pub grub we’ve all come to love— burgers, sandwiches, pizza and more. Start off with a favorite, Louie the Troll’s Signature Beer Cheese. Made with Shiner Bock and Sierra Pale Ale, it’s served with warm, soft pretzel sticks. For those on the lookout for something new, Louie’s Burger of the Month showcases new connections. 150 W. Washington Street 502.618.4829

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The Hub


he atmosphere of The Hub, located off of Frankfort Avenue, borders between industrial and modern sleekness. They feature a large patio, billiards and sizeable selection of wine, draft beer and bourbon. For the cocktail drinkers among us, The Hub boasts unique creations like the Snow Queen—Tito’s vodka, cream, white chocolate, Giffard Vanille de Madigascar, Tempus Fugit Crème de Menthe. When it comes to eats, check out their cheese stuffed croutons. An assortment of sliders, like the pineapple braised pork, makes for a solid choice. 2235 Frankfort Avenue 502.777.1505



ounded by NBA player and Louisville resident Darrell Griffith, Griffs is a sports bar with plenty of televisions for game watchers. Yet, what sets it apart is the southern comfort food inspired by Griffith’s travels. From starters to main entrees, they don’t skimp on presentation. It’s this attention to detail that coincides with smoking their own wings and making everything fresh daily. The Mozzarella Cheeseburger will let you get your pizza fix, without all of the carbs. Topped with an egg, the Sunnyside burger is packed with protein. 323 W. Cardinal Blvd. 502.939.3535

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he craft pizza and tap-house serves up a sizeable selection of craft beers, local brews and specials. The relaxed environment is perfect for unwinding. While the menu includes items like sandwiches and pasta bakes, the pizza steals the show. One of the favorites is Tony’s Supremo, made with thick pepperoni, ham, sausage, mushrooms, onions, peppers, olives and fresh tomatoes. For the more adventurous, try the Fire Roasted Fajita—chipotle sauce, topped with chicken or steak, fire roasted peppers, onions, and fresh tomatoes served with a side of garlic sour cream. 1890 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy 502.491.4111


ocated off of Bardstown Road, Highlands Tap Room is a casual, down to earth pub with billiards, live music and frequent karaoke. For a snack, their Naked Chicken Wings are served with your choice of BBQ, Buffalo or Asian sauce. For main course, try one of their specialties like the hand-breaded fried chicken and homemade waffle or their take on our iconic Hot Brown. Seafood is not typically found at pubs, but Highlands offers an exception. Check out the Crabby Patty—claw meat fried, with spicy tartar sauce on a toasted bun. 1056 Bardstown Road 502.584.5222

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hen it comes to love, it’s been said that opposites attract. This couldn’t be more true for any couple than Erin and Christopher. Erin is outgoing, fun-loving and always has the travel bug. Chris on the other hand is more laidback and reserved, very much a homebody. Erin and Christopher met when they both began working at the fulfillment center. The moment Chris knew Erin was the woman he wanted to spend forever with, he couldn’t wait to ask her. The day he bought the ring, he couldn’t wait to ask Erin to be his wife, so he just went for it and popped the question that same day after Erin returned home from her co-worker’s baby shower. The couple tied the knot on October 22, 2016 at the Conrad-Caldwell house in St. James Court. After taking a tour of the house and surrounding neighborhood of Old Louisville and Central Park, there was no doubt this would be where they got married.

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“We chose the venue because it fit perfectly with everything that was desired from aesthetics to availability to cost,” Erin said. Every detail of their wedding and reception was personalized to their taste and personality. Instead of having a first dance, the couple played the shoe game, coming up with their own mix of questions instead of the ones found online. Instead of speeches, Erin presented her bouquet to her mother to honor her parent’s anniversary date, which they share. There was a caricature, as well as giant Jenga and giant Connect Four for entertainment; and animal masks, snacks and bubbles to entertain the children. “I don’t know if we did anything traditionally at all,” Erin said. “It was a non-traditional ceremony. We used non-traditional music. My sister read an Irish blessing that I put together from a few different ones.” Erin admits to being too laid back on her wedding day and not allowing the getting ready process to stay on schedule. The photographer planned out ample time, but the bridal party ran so far over with their hair and makeup that the photographs got rushed before the ceremony. “Plan as much of a stress free day as possible,” Erin said. “Delegate all the tasks, even potential tasks to someone, anyone, but yourself. Remember not everything is going to go as planned, but be ready to enjoy the day no matter how it goes.

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Glass Slippers Wishing for a magical wedding? Wear Cinderella’s glass slippers


ost little girls dream of being Cinderella, and dream of being a bride. It’s completely ‘magical’ when the day comes that you get to pull both of these off. Especially if you choose a billowing ball gown, choosing a glass slipper as your wedding footwear will make you feel like a princess and look like the belle of the ball. You’ve already caught the eye of the Prince, so why not?

The Choice is Clear The glass slipper is a hot commodity right now, with specially commissioned glass slippers being created by designers for stage, the big screen and the red carpet. Stuart Weitzman designed glass slippers for the dazzling Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella’, then ingeniously took the shoes mainstream – available to anyone. These romantic beauties are transparent vinyl and feature a galaxy of Swarovski crystals. They were designed for the actress to be able to effortlessly dance on stage, so they were made for your reception! Never to be outdone, Christian Louboutin has designed his version of Cinderella’s Glass Slippers for Disney, with a foundation of sheer, see-thru netting that appear to disappear on the foot. They are topped with Cinderella’s signature butterfly. Magnificent.

Fit For A Mouse Footman You may take one look at glass slippers and think they would be uncomfortable, but that is not the case. This look is actually a throwback to 60’s clear, hard, Lucite heels, but now they are designed for comfort as well as crystalline beauty. Current styles are actually surprisingly cushiony and aren’t as stiff and unbending as they appear. I did mention magic, didn’t I? Jealous Wicked Step-Sisters? They Can Have Their Own A special magnificent pair of glass slippers for the bride can be as pricey as you will let it. However, you would be shocked how affordable some lower end versions can be – even in the $50 range or less for savvy shoppers. This way all your bridesmaids could have glass slippers of their own (no matter how big their feet are!) I love the consistency of your entire wedding party wearing translucent footwear to compliment yours. Imagine the great shots your photographer could catch or stage.

Don’t Leave Your Glass Slipper Behind Dance the night away until the clock strikes 12, and then tuck them in your getaway pumpkin carriage to take them on your honeymoon. They ‘clearly’ will match everything in your trousseau, and only one great pair of evening shoes will lighten your suitcase. So waive a magic wand (also know as a credit card), close your eyes, and pick the most fabulous pair of glass slippers you can find. Bibbity, Bobbity, YOU! 

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ith Disney’s live-action version of their beloved classic ‘Beauty and The Beast’ finally hitting the big screen this month (March 17th to be exact), we couldn’t resist putting together our very own enchanting rendition of Belle’s unforgettable look. Our ensemble is a modern day couture fairytale, staying true to the key elements, while adding a little high fashion to the mix. Without question, the most important piece to Belle’s look is her princess worthy yellow gown. Isabel Sanchis’ Panare Apois gown is constructed of cascading layers of silk and tulle, framed with a structured bodice in a crowning shade of buttery yellow. Unlike Cinderella, we never really get a good glimpse of Belle’s shoes, but we figured any magical pair has to have a little sparkle on them. Gold-tone leather ‘Belle’ (how fitting!) sandals from Giuseppe Zanotti Design feature an open toe, metallic sheen, crystal embellishments, and a strappy design with a branded insole. Belle is a low-key girl, so she doesn’t wear a lot of bling. A pair of simple diamond studs are more than enough to add a little frosting. One accessory that this Disney Princess did love was a pair of matching long opera gloves. Belle lives in France, so it only makes sense that her ballroom attire would be a bit on the regal side. One of the biggest stars of the romantic tale is often forgotten because...well, it doesn’t speak. The glass domed rose that with each fallen petal determines the time the Beast has left to find true love is a vital part of the story. This Judith Leiber clutch is reminiscent of that very flower, and makes for one beautiful bag. Belle didn’t wear a ton of makeup, but she is most remembered for big brown doe eyes and thick long lashes. A pair of falsies by House of Lashes are excellent for giving that very effect. Plus, this particular set is part of a Disney collaboration. This obviously isn’t a look for every day, but if you have a formal event on the horizon, or maybe a Disney themed gala, or just enjoy dressing up like we do, this outfit is perfect to put your magic to the test, and be one stylish guest!

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Big City Style Meets Small Town Service By Kate Sedgwick | Photos by Ryan Noltemeyer


he shopper’s challenge, especially around Derby time, is finding that special item that will carry the day. You could cover miles and shop for hours and still come up empty. Enter Rodeo Drive. “It’s like a mini department store,” says Michelle Tasman, who runs the boutique with her mother, Raquel Koff. Every corner of Rodeo Drive holds fascination. The boutique is full of items you won’t find anywhere else, a curated collection of top-name fashion: scents, shoes, gowns, dresses, hats, casual wear, jewelry, and more. They are exclusive local dealers for upscale brands that can’t otherwise be bought regionally. Top brands include Alice & Olivia, DVF, Halston Heritage, Badgley Mischka, Theia, and Marchesa Notte, which all offer bold, classic, and chic pieces that will raise the

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bar in Louisville looks this season. People shop online now, which makes a terrestrial store owner’s job more involved. Bringing the latest trends to the shop and providing items at a variety of price-points is part of it, but Tasman says where Rodeo Drive excels and has since 1993, is in customer service.

The boutique carries a very limited number of each design. They work with customers to find out where they will be for Derby festivities, and where they might be sitting so no one has to worry about who wore it best. “If you have something that’s old, you want to update it, you can bring it in. We won’t judge you... We’ll help you dress it up,” says Tasman. March 9 and 10, Rodeo Drive will host a Nicole Miller trunk show. March 16 and 17, jewelry designer Matthew Campbell Laurenza returns to the boutique, adding to their alluring collection of his bold work. Tasman says the dilemma for the Derby shopper is, “Do I buy the hat first or do I buy the dress first? It depends. If you fall in love with the hat first, buy the hat. If you fall in love with the dress, buy the dress. But we will figure out a way to find the perfect dress for the hat, or the hat for the dress.” Her word of advice for Louisville’s hat season is, “Get a hat that you feel good in, that you can move around in, and that’s not too big for your head.” The store has a seamstress on-staff to make sure any item is a perfect fit, including hats. In the next couple months, milliners will be bringing hats to the shop for exclusive trunk shows and shopping events. Top hat brands include Formé Millinery, Attitudes by Angie, The Hat Girls, and Carol Kennelly Millinery. From the demure to the brave, available styles will run the gamut. To stay in the loop about these events, shoppers can go to the website,, and scroll to the bottom of the page to sign up for the mailing list. Rodeo Drive is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest @ shoprodeodrive.  Rodeo Drive

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Super MOm: Angela Shaw In the buf Dear Tony Pets: Emma’s Story Parties: St. Patty’s Day Sweetness Fitness

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Angela Shaw Husband: Jeff • CHILDREN: Devin, 18 • Savanna, 13 • Peyton, 8 • Mason, 3 • Maddox, 3

By Mariah Kline Photos by Andie Zimmerman Photography


here is no exact definition for what makes a Super Mom, but Angela Shaw sets a great example of how much a mom can handle when she sets her mind to it. Each day she balances motherhood with a prominent career, making for an incredibly busy but very full life. Angela and her husband Jeff have five children: eighteen year old Devin, thirteen year old Savanna, eight year old Peyton, and three year olds Mason and Maddox. The couple adopted Mason from a family member when he was thirteen months old, adding further joy and one last addition to their family. Raising kids who are that spread out in age is far from easy, but the pair makes it possible by working together and taking things moment by moment. This Super Mom not only manages her family’s busy schedules, she also works in a highly important role at her job. Angela is the director of the cyber security operations center at Humana, and has worked in IT for several years. Her husband works mostly from home but also in the technology field for Bank of America.

A day in the life of a parent is never routine and for this Super Mom, it starts very early. Angela wakes up at 4 o’clock every weekday to do laundry and then exercise. After a workout, she readies herself for the day before waking up the kids at 6:30 and getting everyone out the door by 7:15. After dropping off the youngest ones at daycare and school, she arrives at work by 8am where her day is filled with meetings, presentations, and countless other duties. After work, it’s time for extracurricular activities. Cub scouts, basketball, field hockey, and other sports are all on the

agenda, meaning weeknights are spent running to and from practices and weekends are spent attending games. “My husband and I say that people probably think that we don’t like each other because we’re rarely able to be at the same place at the same time,” she jokes. After practices, there’s dinner to be eaten, homework to be done, and baths to be taken. Though it’s often challenging for the seven of them to eat together every night, the Shaws make a point to have a family dinner all together on Sundays.

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During the warmer months when the family isn’t managing their many activities and obligations, they can often be found spending time outside. Though the kids are quite spread out in age, they all enjoy swimming in their home’s pool, going to local parks, and visiting the family’s house at Nolin Lake. “Everyone is in a different phase of life, but they all enjoy the lake and being on the boat,” she says. So how does a Super Mom manage the schedules of five children? “For us it’s a true partnership between me and Jeff,” she says. “We work really well at dividing and conquering. We absolutely live by Google Calendar so we can keep track of who’s doing what and going where.” Angela and Jeff both work full time and sometimes have to travel for work, adding extra chaos to their already busy lives. “One time when Maddox was a baby we actually had to exchange him at the airport,” she jokes. “I was coming home from a trip and he was leaving for one. It was really funny to us, but to the kids it’s just

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and make your situation work.”

And how does a Super Mom balance motherhood with a demanding job?

Though Angela and Jeff manage their hectic lives very well on their own, Angela says they couldn’t do it without a network of people helping them. Thanks to her co-workers and the strong community at her children’s school, they don’t have to do everything themselves.

“You have to be flexible more than anything,” she says. “You never know when something is going to go wrong at work, someone is going to forget their homework, or someone is going to get sick. I’m pretty laid back and have just learned to go with it. You also have to accept that sometimes you’re going to miss things, but you shouldn’t be hard on yourself. Your children are going to see that you’re trying your best, and they have a better view of you than you realize.”

“That has been the key to managing every aspect of my life,” she says. “It takes more than one person to run the kids everywhere that they need to be. Having a group of people you can call on to help you is so important.”

Though there is often a debate about how women should handle careers and motherhood, Angela knows that there’s no right or perfect way to do things.

Every day as a Super Mom brings challenges, but Angela’s strategy for staying cool under pressure is to stay in the moment.

“There are so many opinions about whether moms should work, stay at home, or try to balance both,” she says. “Women end up trying to fit a certain mold and it can be detrimental. To me a Super Mom just means being the best parent you can be for your child. Whether you’re a working mom or a stay at home mom, just do what works best for you and your family

“People ask me all the time, ‘How do you do it?’, but there’s no magic answer,” she explains. “For me, I just handle the day one hour at a time. Whether I’m in a meeting or taking the kids somewhere, I try to stay present and focused on that one hour I’m in. If I stopped to worry about all of the things that are stacked up in one day, I’d get really overwhelmed.”


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Practice Patience in Romance


love to paint a room. Not just because it makes the space look brand new and fresh while hiding all evidence of previous flaws, but because it provides instant gratification! Guilty as charged, I have always been an impatient person. Not a brilliant quality if one is also a perfectionist, such as I have become over the years. However, back in my youth as a very young (non-perfectionist/impatient woman) I can recall painting my front porch….right over the bugs, hairballs, spider webs and pretty much anything that was in the path of my rolling brush! I could easily say the same for the choices I made in my romantic relationships back in those days. Speaking of bugs, hairballs and spider webs… On top of it all, I was a helpless romantic. Hmmm. Let’s see. Impatient, nonperfectionist helpless romantic. Let’s just go ahead and throw into our crockpot recipe of disaster, naiveté sprinkled with a touch of reckless abandonment. “Mom, you are just going to love Charles!”

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Needless to say, mom didn’t love Charles. Or Frank. Or Tom. Or Jeff… I suppose I bought into the Disney version that we must find love! And we must find it fast! Or we would quickly shrivel up into a form of nothingness, much like the wicked witch of the west’s gnarled pointy shoes as the house lands on her dreadful person in the Wizard of Oz. Each relationship disaster provided a new lesson until the bugs, hairballs and spider webs finally became draining, boring and predictable. And then it occurred to me. Patience. Uh, patience? How could such a thing even exist? But I could no longer deny my long string of disappointments could have been avoided if I would learn to take my time and expect awesomeness. The real turning point was when I realized that if Mister Man never came along, well that would be okay too. All was well in the world and I was fortunate enough to find Mister Man. I had worked hard to find my peace and that only came through patience. Great les-

sons learned which is the beauty of being a woman. One lovely spring afternoon, Mister Man and I decided to paint the front porch. We gathered our supplies and I was in the process of sweeping the area before we began. The phone rang and I had to take the call so I walked inside. As I came back out to the porch I observed our son holding my rolling brush clinched in his hand with porch paint leaking all over the place. “Mom! Don’t worry about the bugs, hairballs or spider webs!” Just paint right over them. No one will ever notice! Trust me!"

by Buffy Lawson Relationship Veteran

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Dear Tony: Advice from the Edge SHOULD WIFE HIT SNOOZE ON SEPARATE BEDROOMS? Dear Tony, I am hoping you can resolve an issue that has come up between me and my husband. As of two nights ago, we are sleeping in separate bedrooms (me in the master bedroom, him in the guest room). Bob has always been one to talk in his sleep, but for the past week or so, he has been calling out the name “Marion” during the night. I asked him, “Who is this Marion, Bob?” I could tell he knew EXACTLY what I was talking about, but he tried to tell me that maybe he’d had a dream about Marion Barber. I Googled him and it turns out he plays in the NFL, so maybe? Then, a couple of nights ago while he was sleeping, he said, “I love you, Marion.” I woke him right up and said, “If you are in love with NFL player, then we have bigger problems than I thought, mister!” He said he has no idea who “Marion” is. I handed him his Tempurpedic pillow and told him there will be no touchdowns in this house until we get to the bottom of this! I know Bob is not having an affair. He is too lazy to get out of his La-Z-Boy to get more kettle chips, much less to woo some other woman. But I called his mother to see if he knew any girls named Marion in his past. She said, “Well, yes, there was Marion Dettinger, his GIRLFRIEND DURING ALL OF SENIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL.” I am not sure what to do, Tony! Is my husband pining for his old flame? Sheila (a name that doesn’t sound ANYTHING like Marion!) Dear Sheila, I want to tackle the issue of separate bedrooms. This topic actually came up at a dinner party the other night. There were five couples of all different ages and only one sleeps in the same bedroom. Things have changed since Michael and Carol Brady worked out their family issues over

Have a question for Tony? Send it to asktony@

pillow talk. A good night’s sleep is one of the best things you can do for your health. Whatever it takes, including separate bedrooms is okay these days. With that said, you need to give the hubby a break. Yes, it’s awkward and weird, but get over it, he can’t control his dreams. If that is your only issue let’s move on.

be an online dating group with your same interests of scrapbooking and pets. You sound like a fun, smart, intelligent woman. Don’t sell yourself short.


My lying piece of crap girlfriend dumped me, and I am now back to the world of online dating. I am trying to be a little more strategic this time around because I want to find a top-quality girl. I have swiped right on some hotties who seem to have their act together like I do, including a nurse for sick babies and a dental hygienist. I am doing pretty good professionally myself and make close to six figures.

Dear Tony, I’ve been divorced long since that “Sex in the City Show” was on the air. When I was last on the dating circuit, there were personal ads printed in the weekly newspaper! But now there are all of these on-line sites, and it is just so confusing. I made the online acquaintance of “Stephen,” who appeared to be a very handsome, and as clever and witty as a character in romance novel. We exchanged niceties. I liked him, but always felt like he was pressing me for something more. I told him all about my cats, Patches and Peaches, my scrapbooking hobby, and my love of baking. Everything seemed to be going swimmingly, but he kept asking for more photos. He said he wanted to see “more of me.” So I sent photos of me with Peaches, me with my prize-winning cherry cobbler, but could not find any other flattering photos! Yesterday, Stephen sent me a photo. Tony, I will not offend the sensibilities of your readers, but suffice to say the photo was of part of Stephen, but not his entire self. I am not sure if I am being clear enough, but I was shocked and horrified. I am a well-bred, respectable woman who would only be interested in that part of Stephen after a very, very(!) long courtship. I have not written back to him. I am tempted to say, “Oh, I am sorry, but I believe you meant to send that photo to your urologist,” but I fear that is going to make me look like a square. How should I respond? Kitty L., via Facebook Dear Kitty, You are not a “square” (try not to use that term unless you want to attract Ward Cleaver). Don’t waste your time with Stephen –he is not in your league. Handsome and clever doesn’t cut it when you reach a certain age. I can’t believe we live in an age now where sending a picture of your man thing is appropriate. There has to


I want to take these ladies out somewhere classy to show them that I am serious and a stand-up guy. If I found the right girl, I could be in it for the long haul. But, to be perfectly honest, I get a little ticked off when I to the Olive Garden and drop sixty bucks on a lady and that’s it—no returned texts and no happy ending to the night (and I’m not talking about tiramisu, if you catch my drift). So here is my question. Can I use a buy-oneget-one-free coupon and ask my date to split the check? My buddies say no, this is tacky, but I think this is totally fair. What do you think? Mike Dear Mike, Your buddies are right. It’s tacky to use a two-for-one coupon on the first date. I can’t believe you could type those words without realizing how ridiculous it sounds. says that 7 out of 10 women prefer for the man to pay on the first date. The other three are probably lying. You need to pay on the first date – for everything. You don’t have to wow someone with an expensive meal. Pick a local establishment with good food and some character to it. Here’s a tip: text her and ask what type of meal she prefers, or if you are really strapped for money (and it sounds like you aren’t) suggest meeting for drinks and appetizers. One last thing, don’t be in such hurry. A lot of times when you stop searching the right one shows up.

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Emma’s Story By Sara Giza


hey say that dogs are mans’ best friend. Anyone who has experienced the unconditional love and loyalty they provide, would easily agree. Yet, not all dogs are lucky enough to find an owner who will fight to the depths for them. For a coonhound name Emma, survival came with a second chance and a friend who wouldn’t give up on her.

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After receiving a tip that Emma had been captured by a hoarder, Cardwell didn’t waste any time confronting him. Unfortunately, Emma, ever the survivor, had escaped before she arrived. “Emma had suffered most of her life and now, on my watch, she was in harm’s way again. This was an unbearable reality.” Finally, a call came from a stranger who had seen Emma’s “missing” poster. Emma had been spotted near Cherokee Park. Panicked, hopeful and determined to find the forlorn dog, Cardwell canvassed the Crescent Hill neighborhood. After knocking on doors, a call came from a man who claimed that he just seen Emma hit by a car on I-64.

emma “My heart sank to depths unimaginable. I got in the car and went to the highway where he indicated,” she says of the call no pet owner ever wants to get. Arriving on the scene, her worst fears had been realized. Thankfully, a kind woman who witnessed the hit had stopped traffic. The bystander managed to drag her to the side of the road, with both lanes of cars coming towards them. Emma couldn’t get up. In shock and crying in pain, Emma was rushed to the vet. Cardwell would not allow her to suffer. “I told the vet to euthanize her if he couldn’t control her pain or if she was paralyzed,” she says. After a morphine drip and x-rays, the vet said “she has profound, segmented fractures in both femurs…but, I can fix her.” After a seven-hour surgery, hospitalization for a month, $12,000 in medical costs, and a wealth of Louisville residents donating to Emma’s fund, she had brand new legs. Once home, she needed 24-hour care. After a year of recovery, her leg muscles were back. She may have had to learn a new way to run, but she can run. “This animal, my baby girl, was born innocent—as all of us were. She has experienced unmentionable emotional and physical pain in her life. It is my one wish that we can share our love affair a little longer,” Cardwell says “ I would like to especially acknowledge Tara Bassett and the doctors at Metropolitan who made this extra time a reality,” Cardwell says..



St. Patty’s Day Sweetness Leprechauns, rainbows, pots of gold, Irish blessings – what’s not to love about St. Patrick’s Day? Plus, it’s a great excuse to party in the middle of March. Include kids in the St. Patrick’s Day fun by celebrating the holiday with a couple of these fun St. Patrick’s ideas for kids.

rainbow fruit jello Since rainbows are synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day, rainbow treats made out of fruit are a healthy treat for the holiday. Rainbow Sparkling Fruit Jello Cups are a fun way to serve up the rainbow for kids. Plus, the jello cups are made with ginger ale, which kids will love! − 2 Envelopes Gelatin − 1/2 cup cold water − 1/3 cup sugar − 1 1/2 cups of ginger ale − 1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped raspberries/ strawberries

− 2 oranges, peeled & chopped − 1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped pineapple − 2 kiwis, peeled and chopped − 1/2 to 3/4 cup blueberries − 1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped purple grapes


Chop fruit and layer it in 8 small 4-ounce juice cups in this order: raspberries, oranges, pineapple, kiwi, blueberries, then purple grapes. Pour gelatin and cold water into a small saucepan. Let sit for about 2 minutes. Add sugar to saucepan and heat over medium high heat until the gelatin has dissolved. Do not bring to a boil. Remove from heat and pour in ginger ale, stirring. Pour over fruit. I poured it to the top of each of the cups, let it pour to the bottom, then pour a little more in each cup. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours for a soft set. The jello will remain at a soft set with all the fruit in the cup.

craft time You know why Leprechauns are so fun at St. Patrick’s Day? Kids love finding all the naughty things sneaky Leprechauns do! These Leprechaun Poppers are a fun craft filled with Rainbow Skittles! Leave them around your house for kids to discover or make them and deliver them to friends! Find Instructions online at Mirabelle

− Paper towel rolls cut in 2-inch section − Tissue paper − Construction paper in green, black & yellow − Craft glue and small brush − Scissors − Twine or ribbon − Tape − Skittles candy

leprechaun punch Serve up a fun St. Patrick’s Day themed drink for an after-school snack or party drink. This green Leprechaun Punch is a great addition to any St. Patrick’s Day menu. With just a few simple ingredients it’s a punch that your kids will request to have over and over again. Makes 2 large servings or 4 small servings. − 2 cups Lemon Lime Kool Aid − 6 oz Pineapple Juice − 8 oz Lemon Lime Soda − Limes


Prepare Kool Aid as directed on package. Stir Kool Aid, Pineapple Juice and Soda together. Serve over ice. Squeeze a little fresh lime juice in punch right before serving.

by Deanna Talwalkar Party Planner Extraordinaire

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Empowering Healthy Behaviors at Work


orksites are crucial to improving the health of their workers. Many adults spend most of their waking hours at work rather than at any other place. The worksite culture and environment are powerful influences in helping their employees develop a healthier lifestyle. Listed below are the benefits for the employee and the organization.

Employee Benefits

Employer Benefits

• Weight reduction • Improved physical fitness • Increased stamina • Lower levels of stress • Increased well-being, self-image and self-esteem

• Enhanced recruitment and retention of healthy employees • Reduced healthcare costs • Decreased rates of illness and injuries • Reduced employee absenteeism • Improved employee relations and morale • Increased engagement and productivity

3 Simple Strategies for Successful Worksite Wellness Programs


Lead by example: Success starts at the top. Highly engaged leadership will dramatically have higher participation rates. The executive team must be active participants of the wellness initiatives.


Make it Easy: Map out walking routes around the office with varying distances and approximate time requirements to offer options for all fitness levels. Serve healthier foods at meetings, in the cafeteria and in vending machines. Have a fitness expert set appropriate goals and teach the employees how to use the worksite fitness facility.

Forward-thinking organizations and employees understand that proactive or preventative health decisions will create a healthier, happier and more productive workforce.

Empower Your Best-Self Performance Coach Carlos Rivas and Chef Anoosh Shariat bring the community together to share a meal and a powerful message of self-compassion. You will receive a recipe by Chef Anoosh Shariat and a message of compassion that is sure to help you become a better version of yourself! What: Compassion and Cooking When: March 16, 2017 Where: ProFormance Health & Well-being 2041 River ROAD, Louisville, Kentucky 40206 Time: 9 – 10 a.m. Reservations: Please call Rebecca at 502-690-6585 to reserve your spot today! Website:


Personalize It: Successful wellness programs are highly individualized. Your program needs to encourage employees to establish their own goals. Make the goals achievable so that the employees accomplish early success. These early successes will build the competence and motivation needed to be more productive and engaged at work.

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By Carlos Rivas

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



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Kentucky Impresses in Sundance By Gill Holland


wenty years ago, I took a film to the Sundance Film Festival for the first time. Sundance 1997 was an amazingly energizing, positive, and diverse yet still relatively intimate gathering of folks working in the independent film industry. Our team was thrilled when our movie - Morgan J. Freeman’s “Hurricane Streets” - became the first film ever to win three Sundance prizes (including the Audience Prize) and get picked up by MGM (still one of not that many indies ever to get bought by a major studio). When the folks at TOPS found out I was returning to Park City, Utah, with a film and also to co-host the annual Kentucky Film Commission party, they asked me to document this year’s cinematic adventure in the snow. It is surely a sign that there is a lot of production and job creation going on in the state when there were so many other Louisvillians and Kentuckians there this year! I landed at Salt Lake City airport with just enough time to get to the classic Egyptian Theater for the first screening of the movie I worked on, Laura Dunn’s “Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry.” Our Executive Producer Robert Redford joined Laura onstage for the Q & A, which thrilled the audience since many folks have attended Sundance for years without a “Bob” sighting. “It was a wonderful festival,” Laura said. “Very encouraging and inspiring. Mary and Tanya Berry (Wendell’s daughter and wife) stole the show! We are exploring some distribution partnerships and are eager to get the film to more audiences.” Co-Producer Owsley Brown II hosted a lovely reception afterwards at the Plexus Lounge, a new venue in town. Later at a party, I met an Australian woman who said she had heard how great it is and wanted to see it to maybe buy the film for Australian distribution. I got her a link. As of this writing, she is making an offer. In any case, the film will be out in the world later this year after this successful festival launch.

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The Kentucky Film Commission Party has grown significantly in the four years since we started it, and was sponsored this year by both the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau and VisitLex, along with the KY Film Commission and Louisville Film SoGill with Will Oldham ciety. The latter’s Executive Director and filmmaker Soozie Eastman had a car, our country’s creative treasures, mainso we went to get a case of Old Forest- ly known as a prolific singer-songwriter. er and Woodford Reserve so partygoers This year he co-starred with Casey Affleck could more effectively discuss “distilling and Rooney Mara in David Lowrey’s latest great films” in our home state. “Kentucky film “A Ghost Story.” One indieWire writer bourbon is always a great ice-breaker and called it the best film at Sundance 2017. I there was plenty of it flowing,” said KFC took Will to the New York University parChairwoman Merry-Kay Poe. “We made ty (I used to teach film production at NYU some great connections and were able to Graduate School and they have a remarktalk about why Kentucky is a great place able number of students and graduates to make movies. Now that we are compet- with films at Sundance every year.) When itive with our incentives, there is a buzz in asked about his first Sundance trip, Will the industry about bringing films here. I recounts: “My first time at the Sundance expect we will add several projects to our Festival went off as both hoped and feared. A wild mess of humans and weather to already-busy 2017.” navigate, with big cinematic and personal As the Woman’s March was winding rewards. We saw three movies: Trophy, A down on Main Street, I ran into Louis- Ghost Story, and Call Me By Your Name. ville’s own Will Oldham, who is one of All were exceptional. I played a part in

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for the movie there, it really worked out quite nice,” he said. After twenty years, Sundance is no longer just about movies, and Chefdance, founded thirteen years ago, is an annual culinary feast that this year included Louisville’s own Edward Lee as one of its celebrity chefs. I met up with Edward at the always-impressive ASCAP Music Café one afternoon and we caught some good tunes as the snow continued outside. “Everyone I met at Sundance was a creative mind,” said Edward, “and to be surrounded by that energy was both inspiring and humbling. I cook for a lot of people every day but the crowd of hundreds that I got to cook for at Sundance were all a part of this creative family of artists, and that felt special. And I got to meet Sam Elliott which is pretty darn cool. I had a blast!”

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“GHOST”; regardless, that film has made narrative-style leaps long overdue from which I pray we do not recover. Call Me By Your Name ends up being the best story of family and young love that I can recall seeing on a movie screen. At Sundance it was easy to eat and drink for free, easy to meet folks and to get lost in that little big planet. We were hosted by the Ghost Story family, and hosted well.” A Lexington native, Lucille (Lucy) Sharp broke onto the scene on Downton Abbey (and yes, many people are surprised when they find out she is not British). She was at Sundance with two projects, “Pineapple”, a digital TV series pilot about a mountain town that must shut down its mines after an assault, and America Ferrara’s Latino dramedy “Gente-fied.” “My first Sundance was incredibly fulfilling as I came here with a project and team that I'm very passionate about,” Lucy said. “To top it off I managed to see 12 films in less than six days so I'd say it was a success! Was thrilled to meet so many Kentucky filmmakers and artists at the festival and hope to collaborate in future and bring more Bluegrass stories to the wider world.” In addition to being a great ambassador for Kentucky film, Lucy may take the prize for seeing the

most films of anyone I know who is not a film festival programmer or film buyer. While there are many skiers who love going to Park City in late January during Sundance since the slopes are relatively uncrowded, many other folks attend Sundance to promote recent releases or films that are in different stages of production. One of those was Jamie Buckner, a filmmaker I worked with, who was handing out postcards about the recent release on iTunes, Amazon Prime, etc. of his independent romantic bowling comedy “Split.” It was filmed in Louisville so I do not think one will confuse it with the Hollywood blockbuster out now with the same title. For Jamie, the high point was the Sundance Bowling Party. “I got to spread all kinds of love

Sundance is still an amazingly energizing and positive gathering; it is just not quite as “intimate” and not as solely “independent” as it used to be, though even more diverse and welcoming. The crowds are bigger and the quantity, quality and budgets of films are bigger. And there are a lot of other events, both sanctioned and not, happening in and around Park City Utah during the ten days that comprise the Sundance Film Festival. One of these years though, I promise I will get some skiing in! 

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WAKY Radio: Still Going Strong By Rocko Jerome


or baby-boomers who grew up in Kentuckiana, the first time that you heard artists like Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Temptations, the BeeGees, and many more, it was almost certainly on the mighty WAKY Radio. From the late fifties to the early seventies, WAKY was by far the top pop station in the Louisville area, thanks in no small part to a freewheeling feeling supplied by real life characters like Dude Walker, Mason Lee Dixon, Gary Burbank, Johnny Randolph, and Bert Markert, known publicly as “Weird Beard.” Chief among the gang was the legendary Bill Bailey, known as the immortal “Duke of Louisville.” These men were local celebrities of the highest order, holding court from the studio on Fourth Street, broadcasting the best songs of Rock & Roll’s greatest era straight to car stereos and transistor radios all over town when they were brand new on hot wax. But they didn’t just play Rock- it was nothing to hear a Motown number followed by Herb Alpert, and then a Country tune. WAKY mixed it up and kept it hopping. Sadly, nothing lasts forever. By the eighties, WAKY was no more.

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In 2007, radio industry professional Bill Walters had the bright idea to resurrect the beloved WAKY brand at 103.5 FM. The concept was simple: operate a channel that felt less like a “Moldy Oldies” station that plays a very limited format ad nauseum, and more like what WAKY had been in its wild salad days. Every disc jockey on WAKY is a full-fledged personality, the kind that listeners start to think of as

a friend that they hear from consistently throughout their day. These include Bobby Jack Murphy in for the morning commute, and original WAKY jock Johnny Randolph during afternoon rush hour. Johnny is especially fond of running the “Top 5 At 5,” in which he plays the top tunes from a particular date in WAKY’s storied history at 5:00 sharp, giving lis-

teners something to look forward to just as traffic starts to thicken up out there on the road. The jockeys like to play the best classic songs of the sixties through the eighties throughout the week, and then narrow it down to the sixties and seventies (With the occasional fifties number tossed in for good measure, you can occasionally catch a Chuck Berry rollicking rocker like “Johnny B Goode”) for the “WAKY Wayback Weekend.” It feels like your radio has somehow found a signal that’s been lost in time since the middle of the 20th century. Mr. Walters has found out that WAKY still means a great deal to locals, and pleases fans both new and old. “We call it Fun Lovin’ WAKY, and that’s what we’re all about, is fun,” he says. “There’s always someone coming up to me and telling me all about what it’s meant for them, the impact this radio station has had on their lives. It’s great to just be able to turn on the radio and find music that has stood the test of time, and really still appeals to people of all ages.”


A Compassionate Community


hile Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn might not be Louisville natives, they have become one of the community’s most impactful families, changing the cultural landscape- both figuratively and literally. When driving down Interstate 65, one can’t help but notice the new state of the art soccer facility that bears their name, anchoring the transformed Owsley Brown Frazier Cardinal Park. The major gifts and deep community involvement from the Lynn family, now 17 strong including grandchildren, is driving serious systemic change in Greater Louisville Who are the Lynns and what drives their continued commitment to bettering the Louisville community? The Owensboro natives moved with their family to Louisville in the mid-1980s. Dr. Lynn joined Dr. Bizer in 1985 and after more than a decade of strong leadership and a clear vision, he purchased the practice in 1998. Today, Dr. Lynn and his wife Cindy own and operate more than 87 VisionWorks offices in Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, Indiana, and Missouri. Following in their professional and philanthropic footsteps is their son, Dr. Mark J. Lynn, Vice President of Professional Services at VisionWorks.

Athletics and Academics. Recently, the Lynns chaired “Dress for Success”- a local fundraiser and fashion show that benefits an organization that empowers women to break the cycle of poverty. Dress for Success provides business attire to many at-risk women, and the Lynns believe in supporting Louisville women to live securely and safely with ample professional opportunities.

“The strength of our arts community is critical, and a strong united arts fund with a bold vision is vitally important as we work together to move Louisville forward,” says Dr. Lynn. A musician and educator himself, Dr. Lynn understands the role arts play in business. After seeing firsthand the transformative social and health benefits of integrating the arts into early childhood education, the Lynn family wanted to help the Fund expand and recently gave $50,000 to Fund for the Arts. Moreover, Dr. Lynn joined the Fund for the Arts Board and is helping spearhead a greater vision that leverages the arts to improve health outcomes for all Louisvillians.

Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn

Through their years of leadership in business and medicine, the Lynn family has cultivated a unique perspective on leveraging multiple sectors to drive community change through philanthropy. Many might knowthat the Lynns gifted the University of Louisville $5 million to create the 5,300 seat soccer stadium which opened to a crowd of over 7,000 in 2014. However, folks might not know that each of the Lynns’ four children graduated from the University of Louisville, spurring their devotion to both Cardinal

Kosair Kids® partners Kosair Charities agencies with arts organizations to leverage the therapeutic and healing power of the arts for special needs children. Led by professional teaching artists from Louisville Visual Art, VIPS students used the arts to explore their senses.

The Lynns are passionate about supporting the blind and visually impaired community, particularly advancing educational opportunities for special needs children. This passion led them to a partnership with Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS), helping the organization to transform their mission. Last year, through the family’s relationship with VIPS, Dr. Lynn heard of a new partnership between Kosair Charities and Fund for the Arts. He was immediately intrigued. The initiative, Arts for

“Because of the Lynn family’s generosity, we are able to continue working toward making sure all Louisvillians have quality access to the arts,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts President & CEO. Louisville has long been recognized for its social services. Fortunately, more and more are heeding Mayor Greg Fischer’s call to become a compassionate city. Through the University of Louisville, Dress for Success, VIPS, and now Fund for the Arts, the Lynn family is not only answering the call but also inspiring others to pick up the phone and get moving.

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2017 Fillies Ball Historic Gala Celebrates Tradition By Cameron Aubernon


n over two months’ time, the world will be looking upon Louisville as several horses aim to become the next Triple Crown winner, all thundering down the stretch at Churchill Downs in horse racing’s fastest two minutes, the Kentucky Derby. Mint juleps will be had, wallets will shrink and grow, and locals will hobnob with celebrities over the first Saturday in May. Before then, there’s the month-long run-up to the festivities at Churchill, from big events like Thunder Over Louisville and the Kentucky Derby Festival, to galas, parties and fashion shows galore. Of the parties surrounding the Derby and its sister celebration of equine speed, the Oaks, the one to keep in mind is the Fillies Ball. Founded in 1959 by The Fillies Club — now known as The Fillies, Inc. — the Fillies Ball is the progenitor of all Derby balls, parties and galas which have followed in the decades since. On a warm late February afternoon, TOPS Louisville dropped by Louisville Marriott Downtown to interview Fillies president Kathy Bingham, Fillies Ball chair Susan Moore, and Fillies publicity chair Kristen Miller to talk about the history of the ball and the organization behind it, and what to expect from the 2017 edition. “The Fillies is a charitable and sociable organization of women who [are] mostly located in the Louisville area, and it was created years ago to support the Ken-

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Ball Chair Susan Moore, Publicity Chair Kristen Miller and Fillies President Kathy Bingham

tucky Derby Festival,” Miller said. “One of the first primary roles of The Fillies was to host a Derby ball.” According to Morris, the ball’s first court had a king — a practice long discontinued for reasons unknown — and its princesses were the daughters of the Fillies founders. Bingham says future royal court members were proposed by friends

and family of Fillies members, Miller adding that the organization eventually opened up the process to those in the community who were enrolled in school and demonstrated excellent academic prowess. The [first ball] was put together so those folks could be official ambassadors,” Bingham said. “Back then, we didn’t have

that many events. We had the Pegasus Parade, but we didn’t have the more than 70 events of today. The purpose was to have that ball to crown a queen, go to what few things there were, and mainly to ride on the float during the Pegasus Parade.” Since the first ball decades ago, the Fillies Ball has not only helped raise funds for the KDF Foundation — who, in turn, give to several non-profits linked to the KDF — but also serves as a scholarship program for the princesses who have come through the ball’s royal court — including a handful of Miss Kentuckys and former Kentucky governor Martha Layne Collins. “The 2017 ball has been in the making since last summer,” Morris said. “So, thinking about that and being to maybe 20 balls myself, The Fillies have had jockey themes, fleur de lis themes. … Keeping all of that in mind and thinking about the history… I came up with the theme of the royal ball.”

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The royal theme of this year’s ball is centered on the court, past knights and dames, and the legacy and future of The Fillies. Each table will have a gold crown-and-flower centerpiece set upon a mirror, surrounded by chocolates by Cellar Door Chocolates and wooden Derby-themed party favors. Red carpet, pullback curtains, chandeliers, tulle drapes and amber lighting round out the scene. The program for the Fillies Ball includes raffles for the centerpieces, a 10-ticket giveaway from the KDF, and a silent auction. There will also be an artist from Lexington who will do live painting of the ball during the evening, and the menu has been prepared to appeal to both men and women (think sirloin steaks and stuffed baked potatoes alongside the usual finger foods and salads). “Of all the balls and all the social char-


itable events… around the Derby Festival, the Fillies Ball is the one with the history,” Miller said. “This is the one that starts it all off… Even if you’re not a Filly, if you’re from this area, the ball needs to be a bucket list item. You need to go to the Fillies Ball.”

Excited to go to this year’s Fillies Ball? Mark off Saturday, April 8 on your calendar, and purchase tickets at or call 502-5723856. Tickets are $175 per ticket, $2,500 for a corporate table of 10. The ball runs from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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Off the Record: The Highlands


e can’t lie, this month’s column is one of our favorites! The Original Highlands and neighboring Cherokee Triangle is an area full of contradictions. Some of the oldest Victorian Homes in the city are here, yet many sport ultra modern additions in back. Businesses of Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue hum with energy, while a few blocks away you can take a quiet walk in Cherokee Park. There is enough to do and see to fill much more than a day, so we suggest a day and a night to experience the neighborhood as a resident would, on foot! A cup of coffee and buttery croissant is a classic way to start your day of walking. Wiltshire Bakery and Café (901 Barret Avenue) will transform even the most stubborn carb avoider. You can smell the bread baking from blocks away and won’t be able to resist. With coffee in hand, walk a few blocks to one of the most beautiful spots in the city, Cave Hill Cemetery (701 Baxter Avenue). You can feed the swans and visit some of the city’s most famous residents like Colonel Sanders, George Rogers Clark, and “The Greatest of All Time” Muhammad Ali. Both locals and tourists alike leave tokens of thanks at their graves, lending to the air of beauty and celebration within Cave Hill’s wrought iron gates. The only thing scary about this cemetery is the ease with which one can get lost; just follow the solid road lines to the exits. For lunch you can enjoy Egyptian, Israeli, or Indian cuisine, all of which can be found at Ramsi’s Café On the World (1293 Bardstown Road). The hummus is a personal favorite and goes well with everything! If you eat fast enough you might be able to catch afternoon story hour at Carmichael’s Kids (1313 Bardstown Road) just a block away. The newest addition to the Carmichael’s Bookstore Family is a magical place where parents will want to take home as many books as their kids do. Go back in time for dinner within the dark and cozy walls of Jack Fry’s (1007 Bardstown Road). Photographs docu-

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menting Louisville’s 1937 Great Flood and classic cocktails pair perfectly with Chef McClain Brown’s creative menu. But in true fun Highlands’ spirit, skip the Cheesecake (even though it’s delicious) and enjoy a Pineapple Jalapeño Popsicle from Steel City Pops (1021 Bardstown Road) on your walk home instead. Don’t worry if you don’t live close by. Gralehaus (1001 Baxter Avenue) has you covered with their stylishly appointed Bed and Bever-

age guest rooms. You will wake up to the smell of coffee and bacon from the kitchen downstairs, just like at home! We have only scratched the surface on this unique neighborhood. In the interest of full disclosure you should know; we both grew up here, one of us still lives here, and in 2012 we located our offices here. This is where we live, work, and play. Where else in Louisville can you truly live on foot and not miss a beat?

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Bring on March Madness!


f you are a basketball fan, there is no better time of the year than March. The conference tournaments and the NCAA tournament are always the best entertainment of the year. If you are a UK basketball fan, March Madness is like a month-long holiday. It’s a special time when we can all bond together in support of our favorite teams. The SEC tournament has become a favorite of UK fans to attend. Whether it’s in Atlanta or Nashville, Big Blue Nation comes in full force to support the Cats. Lots of families now take vacation time and pull their kids out of school just to attend. The streets of downtown Nashville are filled with blue and white, and you usually can’t take 5 steps without hearing someone start the “C-A-T-S” cheer. Tickets are often hard to find, but just walk up and down Broadway during a UK game at the SEC tourney and every single bar and restaurant is filled with UK fans who can’t go to the game but still want to be a part of the “experience”. That’s what it’s all about: the “experience”. It’s a great feeling when you can bond and join your fellow fans in celebrating your team winning a tournament game. For those who are able to get tickets, they will confirm that the atmosphere inside the arena is better than anywhere else because these are the fans that normally can’t get tickets to Rupp Arena to see the Cats in Lexington. It’s a different crowd, and I have always argued, the SEC crowd is a more excited one. When it comes to the NCAA tournament, it doesn’t matter if Kentucky is playing in Des Moines, Iowa, or New York City... blue gets in! Wherever we play, we paint it “blue”. It’s a fun and exciting time! Most years, Kentucky enters March as a favorite to make a Final Four run. However, it’s the years when Kentucky makes an unexpected run at a Final Four that seems to be far more enjoyable. UK’s run to the 1998 National Champi-

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onship is still one of my all time favorite periods to be a UK fan, because nobody thought the Cats could even come close to making a Final Four. We all know the history of that season; they lost at home to Ole Miss at Rupp Arena on Valentine’s Day, but then didn’t lose again. The “Comeback Cats” also had to come from behind to beat Duke in the Elite 8, Stanford in the Final Four, and then come from behind again in the National Championship game against Utah. Remember how we all rejoiced during the 2011 March Madness run? Nobody thought that the Brandon Knight led UK team could ever even get close to reaching the Final Four that year. Yet, Knight, Jorts and the Cats got hot and made an incredible run that included a last second win over Princeton and upsets over heavily-favored Ohio State and North Carolina. Then in 2014, UK fans started the season by having dreams of going 40-0 that year, only to watch the team struggle at times, especially during the SEC season. However, the Harrison twins and Julius Randle got rolling at the right time and went on a run that became one of the best in UK bas-

ketball history. It started with James Young hitting a late 3 to knock off undefeated and number one seed Wichita State. Then, we all have fond memories of Aaron Harrison hitting last second 3-pointers to beat Louisville, Michigan and Wisconsin to propel the Cats to the NCAA championship game. The “magic” that happens during March Madness is what makes it special. It’s why we watch. It’s why we sweat out the close games, and celebrate the big wins. It brings us together as a fan base–the best fan base in the country. So what will this year’s March Madness bring for the Cats? Will we see another big run towards a championship? We all hope so. I can’t wait! Let’s tip it up and see what happens.

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Cards Fans Ready for March


unishments are supposed to hurt. They are designed to take something away that you value. When The University of Louisville self imposed a post season ban for 2016, you could argue it was a harsher penalty here for fans than anywhere else in the country. Because nowhere else in the country does anyone value watching college basketball more than they do here in Jefferson County. That’s not an opinion, that last sentence is mathematically supported.

Part II to “keep your friends close but your enemies closer.” So UK fans watch U of L games, U of L fans watch UK games to keep their criticisms sharp and up to date. IU viewership of course adds to this as well. But without a doubt, it was Louisville fans (pardon the term) singing the blues last March, while everyone else got to enjoy the usual excitement of March Madness.

For 14 years running, Louisville has registered as the highest-rated television market for college basketball ratings on ESPN and not by a little. By a lot. Last year for example, the average rating of a college basketball game on ESPN in the Louisville market was a 4.9. Raleigh-Durham was 2nd at 2.7. (The streak figures to run to 15 this year, but the ESPN numbers were not available at press time)

So if you catch a Card fan with an extra smile on the eve of the ACC tournament or the NCAA tournament, cut them some slack. They have almost two years of pent up demand to watch a game that truly matters. Recently I asked for some listeners to my radio show (which airs 7am to 10 am Monday thru Friday on ESPN 680 and 93.9 the ‘Ville) what they did last year during the NCAA tournament. Did they still watch because of their great love of the tournament, or did they have to avert their eyes?

Those ratings of course reflect all college basketball games on ESPN. We all know from Michael Corleone in The Godfather

Dan from Louisville: “I did watch because I’m such a big fan, I couldn’t resist the tournament. I enjoyed it for the sake

of basketball.” Rob from Oldham County said “I dealt with it by drinking lots of bourbon and rooting against Kentucky. Thank you IU for knocking them out.” Jim from Louisville: “I couldn’t watch. Getting yanked from the tournament was like coming down Christmas morning and instead of finding a Red Rider BB Gun there was a pink bunny suit under the tree.” For Louisville fans, it hurt last year. A lot. So if you see Cardinal fans with a little extra pep in their step this month, let them enjoy it. They served their time last March.

by drew Deener Vice President/Talk Show Host ESPN 680 /93.9 The Ville

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“Life is not fair. Get used to it.” Bill Gates “It’s not right but it’s okay.” Whitney Houston

By Lachlan McLean


hat do Bill and Whitney have to do with college basketball? Not a thing! But their quotes sum it up perfectly: college hoops is the most unfair sport there is when determining whether your season is a success. Teams practice for weeks and play for months and it barely means a thing. Your year is defined almost exclusively by how you perform during the NCAA Tournament. You won a conference championship? Great! But it’s irrelevant unless you match that success in the Big Dance. You had a mediocre year and limped into the post-season? No big deal if you get hot at the right time. You basically play the entire regular season simply to earn a seed. Then once the Tournament tips, your body of work becomes meaningless, overshadowed by the next two or three weeks. It’s a bizarre ratio but at this point fans expect it, players know it and coaches live it.

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The good news in our area is that we’ve got two Hall of Fame coaches who can thrive in that kind of cauldron. In Rick Pitino’s last four NCAA Tournaments, he’s 15-3 with a National Championship! Meanwhile John Calipari is even better: in his last four trips to March Madness, he’s 16-3 with a title of his own. Of course let’s not forget that each has missed the field in the last five years (UK’s NIT disaster in 2013, UofL’s NCAA penalty last year), but when they get in they usually know how to stick around. So let’s assume both Louisville and Kentucky are good bets to make at least the Sweet 16. At that point, who is under more pressure to keep winning? The answer is of course Kentucky. Because while UofL fans love basketball, Kentucky fans LIVE it. No fan base is more crazy than the Big Blue Nation. For them post-season success isn’t just a hope, it’s a birthright. But while Calipari has an amazing

post-season record overall, in the last four years Kentucky has been a March disappointment twice. The 2012-13 team was ranked #3 in the nation before the year began but flamed out in the first round of the NIT. Last year the Cats were pre-season #2 in the nation yet lost in the Tournament’s opening weekend… to hated rival Indiana! This year Kentucky was again pre-season #2 and anything short of the Elite 8 would mean “failure” in three of the last five seasons! That might cause even Teflon John Calipari to feel some heat. In the end the high stakes of the NCAA Tournament are what make it so special. Knowing that every decision, every shot and every call (yes we’re watching you referees) can define your year. The team that wins the title isn’t the one that had the best season, but the one that had the best three weeks. While that’s not fair in the traditional sense, the “anyone can win” concept is why it’s is so compelling. It may not be right, but it’s definitely okay.


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Erin Riley, Will Johnson

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Jo and Brent McKim

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Leah and Doug Montgomery, Bob and Stephanie Walt

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Kayla Curran, Sara Morrison, Thomas Sutjiandi, Susan Davis

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Dreamer’s Ball The Gramercy | February 18 | | Jolea Brown

Angela and Steven Kirkpatrick, Kim and Robert Cardwell

Jessica Elliott, Jillian Huff

Debby Sexton, Karen Dean

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Louis and Lisa Reinhardt

Doug and Missy Osborne, Dottie Nilest

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Sidney Clements, Gretchen Frommeyer

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Desserts First The Olmsted | February 23 | | Jolea Brown

Eric Lomax, Sam Varju, Justin Shewell

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Kavonne Livers, Asli Shain, Andrea Whelan

Lori Spaulding, Angie Kapp Sullivan

Lisa and Rick Schardein

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Treana Redd, Tymber Redd, Anita Bullitt

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Aimee Jewell, Stephanie Barret

Bridget Dale, Chavisse Wright

Gary Owens, Denise Spalding, Jennifer Spalding

Serge Katz, Santo Hernandez, Justin Ruffra

Eric and Misty Cruse

Gayle Prichard, Belinda Stone, Charolatt Peake, Ruthie Wooten

Donovan Fornwalt, Sarah Willoughby

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Megan Murphy, Sarah Hughes, Lindsey Minnick, Kelli Piell and Sarah Huyck

Kristy Miles Pearson and Jennifer Fowler

Kristy Riley, Tanya Williams and Jenna Robertson

Kory Wallinga and Elizabeth Rhodes

Rishi Kumar, Chris Ehrler and Travis Molter

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Shawn Willoughby, Rebecca Blylan, Tamie Boone and David H. Clarkson

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Daniel Tadros, Lauren Johnson and Steven Valdez

Catherine Foots, J’Aime Jennings and Cristie Evebi

Kurt Buhts, Kat Gentner and Deryl Sweeney

Christina Jones, Holly Thompson and Kathy Lysinger

Thomas Carver, Nikki and Andrew Fleischman, Kellie Davis and Andrew Beckman

Stephanie Sturgeon and Amy Naylor

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Ann Bowdan and Kevin Wilder

Lisa Stevenson

Cathy Crockett and Liz Hargrove

Brad and Lori Burns

Maria Smith, Carl Swope, Dick Swope and Bob Swope

Larry and Terri Thomas

Marcos Morales and Cristi Smith

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Kristy Carter, Cory and Jorda Reid, Kenna Garbrough and Quacky


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Nancy Grossman and Rhonda Smith

Eddie Kraft, Tammy and Chris Dickerson

Bob Sullivan, Ramsey Kraft and Julie Downard

Brent Elliott and Sarah Furlow

Ray McDonald and Dan Cain

Rebecca Willenger and Lauren Burdette

Mary and Nick Pregliasco

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March 2017 events MARCH 1–APRIL 9


41st Humana Festival of New American Plays

AC2: An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen

Actors Theatre MARCH 3–31

The Memento Series: Travel & Leisure Craft(s) Gallery


Fashion Fundraiser & Exhibit Unveiling

Kentucky Derby Museum MARCH 10

Festival of Laughs

KFC Yum! Center

Tulips & Juleps

Louisville Slugger Field

“Sacred + Profane: Of Heavens and Humans” presented by The Louisville Orchestra Kentucky Center

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Community · Arts · Benefit · family · music

MARCH 14–19

Louisville Palace Theatre

Celebrate Freedom Dinner

Louisville Marriott Downtown

Ford Motor Company KDF Spelling Bee

Bombard Theater

“The Illusionists” Presented by PNC Broadway in Louisville The Kentucky Center MARCH 17

Norah Jones: Day Breaks World Tour

The Louisville Palace MARCH 18

Gift of Life Gala


Salute to Catholic School Alumni

Galt House Hotel Established in 1990, the Salute has become a hallmark community event in the Commonwealth, raising funds for families, parishes and schools to provide tuition assistance for families as well as grants for religious education, professional development of teachers, and advancements in technology. In the fall of 2016, the Foundation and its funding partners awarded an all-time high $5.8 million in tuition assistance to a record 2,700 students in Catholic elementary schools.

Speed Art Museum The National Kidney Foundation is proud to announce this year's Gift of Life Gala to be held Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY. We will be honoring the dedicated medical professionals and pioneers in the treatment of chronic kidney disease. There will be a plated dinner, complimentary cocktails, live and silent auction, as well as live entertainment held in the spirit of supporting the National Kidney Foundation and its mission.

Rodes City Run 10K

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Wrapped in Red Gala

Louisville Marriott Downtown The Wrapped in Red Gala is the signature event of the American Red Cross Louisville Area Chapter. The Gala has become one of Louisville’s premiere philanthropic events serving up a specially prepared, three-course dinner, live entertainment and a live auction featuring exciting trips and one-of-akind items. The Red Lounge dance only ticket is available for guests who want to forgo the sit-down dinner and enjoy the evening’s festivities beginning at 9 p.m., following the gala program and live auction. Guests get to enjoy dancing, mingling, silent auction and cocktails. Proceeds from the gala benefit American Red Cross community disaster programs. Since its inaugural year in 2011, the event has raised more than $900,000 to help communities prepare for and respond to disasters.

Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Never Forget

The Louisville Palace


Legends Series: Tom Bulleit

Kentucky Derby Museum

Westport Village Derby Fashion Show

Summer Classics Pull off the perfect Derby Day ensemble, and discover your most stylish fit no matter where you sit at the Westport Village Derby Fashion show. at Summer Classics. Runway looks from Apricot Lane, Chartreuse, Clater Jewelers, Collections, Darling State of Mind, Shirts Ties N Links, and Tunie’s will transform into a “realway,” whether your plans include Millionaire’s Row or a backyard Derby party. Enjoy tastes from around the Village, including a bourbon tasting and cocktail hour from 5-6 p.m. The styles hit the catwalk from 6-7 p.m. After the show, the featured shops and boutiques will remain open until 9 p.m. so you can shop the looks. MARCH 25

KDF Foundation Academic Challenge Presented by Sullivan University

Hyatt Regency Hotel

Animal Care Society Benefit Bash

Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center

NuLu Bock Festival

Market Street

Pops: Time for Three

Kentucky Center

We the People ACLU/Fairness Dinner

Speed Art Museum


“James and the Giant Peach” by StageOne Family Theatre The Kentucky Center for Performing Arts MARCH 26

St. Baldrick’s

Louisville Slugger Field MARCH 30

Macy’s Presents The KDF Spring Fashion Show

Horseshoe Casino

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April 2017 events APRIL 1


Papa John’s 10-Miler

KDF Foundation Student Art Contest Presented by The Fillies, Inc. APRIL 6

Big Brims & Fancy Trims Hat Sample Sale

Kentucky Derby Museum Over 400 hat samples will be available along with the Kentucky Derby Museum 2017 hat collection, with no sample hat priced over $75 and many as low as $18! Along with the beautiful Derby hats available, enjoy a complimentary beverage from 14 Hands, Live music, Meet & greet with Jenny Pfanenstiel of Formé Millinery, Official Milliner of the Kentucky Derby Museum, Hors d'oeuvres, Raffles, contests & much more!


duPont Manual High School APRIL 13

King Southern Bank KDF Bourbonville

The Louisville Palace

Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts


The Fillies Derby Ball

Louisville Marriott Downtown The 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival’s Fillies Derby Ball will crown the Derby Queen who, as always, will be selected by a spin of the wheel. As her first royal act, the newly-crowned Kentucky Derby Queen will induct the Knights and Dames to the Royal Court of Pegasus in recognition of their civic accomplishments. The Fillies Ball is one of the many fundraisers held for the KDF Foundation. APRIL 8–9

Humana Festival Ten-Minute Plays

Actor's Theatre

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KDF Foundation Pro-am Golf Tournament

Wildwood Country Club APRIL 18

Welcome to Night Vale

The Kentucky Center APRIL 19


Horseshoe Foundation KDF Night of the Future Stars

Indiana University Southeast APRIL 15


“The Sleeping Beauty” Presented by the Louisville Ballet

Community · Arts · Benefit · family · music

KMAC Couture V: Art Walks the Runway

KMAC Museum KMAC Couture V is the fifth wearable art runway show presented by KMAC Museum. This event offers a unique way to experience the Museum by featuring and supporting emerging and established regional artists, costumers, designers, and milliners and the extraordinary presentation of original couture pieces of wearable art and conceptual fashion designs.

KDF Basketball Classic Presented by Papa Johns Freedom Hall

APRIL 15–23

Give a Day: Mayor’s Week of Service

Give a Day is a week of volunteering to help others. Help make Louisville the most compassionate city in the world. Individuals, companies and groups can volunteer online at

Pints for Parkinson's

Gordon Biersch Pint's Foundation and Gordon Biersch will host, The 3rd Annual "Pint's for Parkinson's" on Wednesday April 19, 2017 from 6-9 pm at Gordon Biersch on the corner of 4th St. and Liberty (downtown at 4th Street Live) All proceeds benefit the Parkinson Support Center. The festivities will include an on-line auction, raffle, and Live Music on 4th Street. Proceeds from Pint’s purchased directly benefit individuals in our community that our navigating life with PD. APRIL 20–30

Stock Yards Bank KDF $1 Million Dollar Hole-in-One Golf Contest

Seneca Golf Course Driving Range APRIL 20

Legends Series: Campbell Brown

Kentucky Derby Museum The Legends Series is an ongoing celebration of the culture, people and history of bourbon. Don’t miss your chance to see this Legend in person and experience special tastings, appetizers and a Q&A discussion between Campbell Brown and Minnick.

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Gallop Gala

Louisville Marriott Downtown The sixth annual Gallop Gala kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a red carpet entrance. The ball benefits Down Syndrome of Louisville, and features dinner and a live auction. A cocktail party with hors d’oeuvres starts the festivities. VIP attendees will enjoy a dinner for eight and a gift package from the event’s sponsors. The energy gets amped up at the end of the evening when guests dance to the wildly versatile musical act The Louisville Crashers. APRIL 21

KDF They’re Off! Luncheon

Galt House East Grand Ballroom The official corporate kick-off of the 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival – the 61st annual They’re Off! Luncheon will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017. More than 1,500 Derby Festival supporters and patrons are expected to be in attendance for this community tradition, which will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Galt House East Hotel, site of the festive event since 1974. Notable speakers include Jay Bilas, Kirk Herbstreit, Erin Andrews, Sam Champion, Robin Roberts and Terry Bradshaw as well as many others in a long list of luminaries who have entertained They’re Off! Luncheon audiences for the past 59 years. APRIL 22

Thunder Over Louisville

Louisville Waterfront Welcome to Thunder Over Louisville, featuring one of the nation’s top air shows and one of the largest annual fireworks shows in the country. As the official Kentucky Derby Festival Opening Ceremonies, Thunder kicks-off the two-week 2017 Festival. After dark, prepare for the Thunder as the 28th annual pyrotechnic spectacular explodes to a sensational soundtrack in front of hundreds of thousands of our friends that come in from all across the country.

APRIL 22–30

APRIL 24–26

KDF Volleyball Classic

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill’s Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017

Baxter Jacks & Seneca Park APRIL 24–26

New Voices Young Playwrights Festival

Actor’s Theatre Inspired by the New Voices Playwriting Residency, the New Voices Young Playwrights Festival, is fully produced by Actors Education and the Apprentice/Intern Company. By harnessing the wildly creative resources under its roof, Actors Theatre Education provides an opportunity where young people of all backgrounds are invited to see plays and make plays. APRIL 25

KDF “Taste of Derby Festival”

Louisville Slugger Field APRIL 27–MAY 5

Chow Wagon

Waterfront Park APRIL 28

U.S. Bank Great BalloonFest: Great Balloon Glow

Kentucky Exposition Center

31st Kentucky Derby Museum Gala

Kentucky Derby Museum The Kentucky Derby Museum Gala is the single largest fundraiser for the Museum each year. Fundraising efforts for the Museum’s Gala will help support the Museum’s curatorial, educational programs and other program services. The Gala will begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails in The Mansion at Churchill Downs. Dinner and dancing to follow at the Kentucky Derby Museum

KFC Yum! Center


Awards in the Arts

Churchill Downs awardsinthearts. Louisville’s Awards in the Arts was established to celebrate the extraordinary arts community in the Greater Louisville region and the arts tremendous contribution to our unique cultural landscape and quality of place. But most of all, Louisville’s Awards in the Arts were established to celebrate the artists themselves, their talent and passion, to create, produce and present transformative and inspiring works of arts, in and for our community. Net proceeds of this event go toward the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund at the Fund for the Arts. APRIL 29

KDF Marathon & miniMarathon

Galt House Hotel

U.S. Bank Great Balloonfest: Great Balloon Race

Bowman Field APRIL 30

PNC Tour de Lou

Waterfront Park

2nd Annual Pre-Derby Scholarship Fashion Show and Brunch

The Olmsted

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Kentucky Shakespeare

Oscar Watch Party


Taste of Prospect Dancing with the Stars

Celebrity Dinner Party to benefit Cystic Fibrosis

Beaux Arts Ball

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