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Derby Recap


Dear Dwight and Tony


Fitness: Have a Healthful, Happy Summer


Calendar: What to do in Lou







Out & About


The Fillies Derby Ball


Chenoweth Square Derby Trot




Saratoga Art Show Reception


Macy’s KDF Fashion Show


Hats for Hope


Gallop Gala


And They’re Off! Luncheon


Derby Divas


Thunder Over Louisville


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Taste of Derby


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CONTRIBUTORS Photographers

Danny Alexander Dick Arnspiger Brian Bohannon Jolea Brown David Harrison Tim Furlong, Jr. Ryan Noltemeyer Steve Squall

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Allison Jones Steve Kaufman Marcella Kragel Ina Miller Nancy Miller Tony Vanetti Dwight Witten

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Letter from the editor



here are few weekends that make you more proud to be a Louisvillian than Derby weekend. The eyes of the world are upon us and, let’s face it, we collectively rise to the occasion. I’ve done Derby for more years than I care to count, but it never fails to wow me. From the friendly conversations on the escalators at Churchill Downs to the pageantry of the horses in the paddocks to the parade of colors… and… feathers… and cocktails, it’s an experience so unique and so singular that every year is a standout. It doesn’t matter how few hours you’ve slept or how many parties you’ve attended, in the end, you’re always left with a very happy afterglow. Which is why I’m so excited to be taking the editor-in-chief chair of this particular publication during this particular moment. Tops is a magazine devoted to celebrating all things Louisville. I am someone who has devoted the last ten years of my career, as a columnist and editor at The Courier- Journal, to celebrating the city of Louisville. And I’m coming on board this new publication at the time of year that represents the pinnacle of civic pride and excitement. It’s a perfect storm.

But we have a lot to tout locally beyond the Kentucky Derby and this issue will touch on so much of it. From good news in the real estate market to good works in the community, from restaurant openings to a new exhibit at the Speed Museum, from fresh summer fashion at our local boutiques to great outdoor fitness destinations for your dog, from a new radio show for our columnists Tony Vanetti and Dwight Witten to a tour of a brand new home in Norton Commons, we bring you a big, broad look at the city so many out-oftowners are falling in love with right about now. Assembling all of the cutting-edge and current happenings in Louisville for this issue was an exhilarating and wild ride. We can’t wait to do it all over again next month.


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Photo by Danny Alexander

These pages are packed with the aftermath of this supernatural occurrence and I hope you feel the enthusiasm that went into them. We’ve devoted plenty of space to covering all things Derby that preceded The Big Day—especially the Kentucky Derby Festival. (You might see yourself in the photos. Please go on line to to see our up-tothe-minute coverage of the pre-Derby parties and the fashions, stories and celebrities at the track.)

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WRITER, this month’s Cuisine section Nancy Miller is currently a columnist and is the former restaurant critic for The Courier-Journal. She also writes about food and dining, interior design and feature subjects for a variety of publications. The author of four volumes of Secrets of Louisville Chefs Cookbook, two other cookbooks and 100 Fascinating Louisville Women, she is working on a book about Chicago chefs and restaurants that will be published in the fall. Ms. Miller has made frequent appearances on radio and television and has been the featured speaker at numerous events. In addition, she is the founder and president of Miller Madison, a marketing communications firm.


DAVID HARRISON PHOTOGRAPHER, this month’s Cuisine section “I graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Journalism. I’ve worked for newspapers in Colorado, Kansas, Arizona and Kentucky. Until recently, I was the Director of Photography at The Courier-Journal. Now I’m enjoying shooting advertising, corporate and editorial assignments. I’m married to a wonderful woman and have three unique and talented kids…and a golden retriever. I love most things that involve internal combustion; especially with only two wheels.

FAVORITE QUOTE: “There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games,” Earnest Hemingway.

WRITER, this month’s Tour of Homes Allison is a Louisville native who has written about décor for The Courier-Journal for the last decade and who also writes for many area advertising agencies. Her free time is spent with her family that includes her husband Brian and boys, Bailey and Bryce. 14 TOPS LOUISVILLE | may 2017

TOP OF MIND “Seller’s market.”

Unfiltered thoughts on the theme of the month.

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear “Louisville real estate?”

Donna Barton, former jockey, racing reporter for NBC Sports

“Fast-moving.” Stacey Robinson, Executive VP of the KDF

“I would like to see outdated Historic Preservations policies changed because they hinder beautification and revitalization of urban neighborhoods.” John Shaw-Woo, founding board member of G Foundation

“Tremendous variety and value–lofts downtown, familyoriented neighborhoods like Germantown and Crestwood, eclectic like the Highlands or rolling horse farms in Goshen.” Susan Vogt, co-owner of Rodes

“It’s booming. Good time to sell!” Shannon Cogan, WAVE anchor

“The smell in Butchertown is not that bad. Stop overreacting.” Wil Heuser, TV personality/recording artist

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OUT + ABout Happenings in the City

Chef Anthony Lamas, Rachel Elliott, Lee Ann Zeller and Samantha Lamas at The Bites & Barrels Benefit

Fred and Linda Ruffenach at The Whisky Chicks’ 3 Year Celebration

Gail Winger and Artist Peter Williams at Saratoga’s Art Exhibit and Reception

Sharon Lamb, Buck Heath and Eddie Garber at Buck’s 25th Anniversary

Ramona Petto, Veronica Stivers,Kristin Goodwin and Lisa Simon at My Best Friend’s Derby

Donna Barton Brothers at Girl’s Night Out Oaks & Derby Prep at Porcini Restaurant

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The Fillies Derby Ball Louisville Marriott Downtown | April 8 | | Photos by Jolea Brown & Dick Arnspiger

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The Fillies Derby Ball (Continued)

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Chenoweth Square Derby Trot Chenoweth Square | April 12 | Photos by Dick Arnspiger

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The Louisville Palace | April 13 | | Photos by Jolea Brown

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Saratoga Art Show Reception Saratoga Accessories and Design | April 20 | Photos by Dick Arnspiger

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Hats for Hope Louisville Triple Crown Conference Center | April 20 | | Photos by Brian Bohannon

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A quaint but brand new colonial in Norton Commons is a custom-designed dream home for interior designer Karista Hannah, husband Josh and their boys. Allison Jones drops by.


home was much more modern,” she says. “It was great for that stage in our lives, but now we need something more comfortable and family-friendly.”

Her latest home is a 3,467 square foot “Coastal” colonial with an inviting front porch; open concept kitchen, living and dining area; an outdoor fireplace and a tricked-out play and media room in the basement. It’s a home made exactly for the way her family lives right now—with two young boys, a dog and plenty of friends running through the house. “Our last

According to Hannah, building a dream home isn’t something only a designer can do. It’s a matter of having vision and doing your homework. “It’s amazing how many people enter into the process without really knowing what they love,” she says. “I encourage anyone who’s thinking about building from scratch to do some research. Explore Pinterest and Houzz to get ideas. Figure out what you like and what you respond to emotionally. Go to Homearama and explore the options. Educate yourself first.”

ome people would find the prospect of constructing a new home to be daunting. Karista Hannah finds it exhilarating. The interior designer and owner of Set the Stage décor boutique at 10515 Meeting Street has built not one but two personal homes in the pristine, planned neighborhood of Norton Commons.

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Karista Hannah and Myka in their norton commons kitchen.

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fter that, it’s about finding reliable experts whom you can communicate with. “Find a contractor you are compatible with and whom you can easily relate to,” Karista says. “Communication is key when working with a builder, so finding that ideal individual is the most important component.” That’s exactly what Karista and her husband, Josh, have done and it’s why they continue to enjoy the process of building from the ground up. Their past two homes have been built by Leo Thieneman of Leo Thieneman & Son’s LLC and they’ve developed an easy rapport over the years. “Leo and I have a wonderful relationship,” says Karista. “Since we’ve worked so much together, there’s definitely the element of trust and comfort.”

I encourage anyone who is thinking about building from scratch to do some research. Figure out what you respond to emotionally. Go to Homearama and explore the options. Educate yourself first.

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arista is energized by guiding clients through the construction process: “I love it when I meet with a client who is starting the journey to build.” New construction can be costly, so she’s careful to be fiscally conservative and spend money where it has the most impact and long-term payoff. “I tell my clients to spend money on cabinets and tile, because you really aren’t going to want to rip those things out in the near future,”

she says. “Countertops are important too. Get what you want now even if it may cost a little more.” To save money, she often helps clients work with existing furniture—refinishing or reupholstering to give it a fresh look. “And you can be creative with accessories; not everything has to cost a fortune,” she says. “I love Kathy Cummins of Bella Blakely Furniture. She reinvents pieces of furniture with such flair.”

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er family’s new home, which they’ve lived in since August, has a completely different vibe from her previous home. “The last house had clean lines while this one has a more cottage feel. It’s warmer.” They opted for more trim work; architectural detail like antique corbels and shiplap are sprinkled throughout the home. They also chose to place a spare bedroom in the lower level as opposed to the second floor with the other bedrooms, to give guests a sanctuary away from the hub of the home. A first floor office and laundry on the second floor were novelties also not found in their previous residence. Says Karista, “It is a little more transitional, mixed with some vintage details. ”Since her boys – Ashur and Ellis – are getting older, she strived to make their rooms a place that would grow with them. “This way we don’t have to change the look for each stage of their life.”

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I didn’t do traditional kids’ decor. The boys are getting older and I wanted the rooms to be able to grow with them.

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Paint Colors

What color paint did you use? It’s the question Karista hears most often and we do too about our décor stories. She shared them all:

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What is your proudest accomplishment? The diversity of my clientele. I was among the very first Realtors in Louisville to market to the LGBT community with advertisements featuring same sex couples. What advice do you give aspiring real estate agents? First, study the laws, know the contracts, understand what practices are best. Only with this expertise can you best serve your customers. Second, put the customer’s interests ahead of your own, always.

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What’s the most rewarding part of your job? The satisfaction of completing a complex transaction. There are so many moving parts in a real estate sale. What advice do you give aspiring real estate agents? Pick a specific specialty. Don’t try to be all things to all people. Focus like a laser beam. What would you love for readers to know about you? I specialize in the US Highway 42 corridor. I have lived and worked this same area for the last twenty-five years.

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What is your proudest accomplishment?

I’ve been passionate about residential real estate since I was a young kid, as my mother is also a real estate agent. While most of my friends were interested in the NBA or NFL, I would scour neighborhoods for new listings!

Having the opportunity to be a panelist at multiple international conferences. I was a featured speaker on both the “Marketing to a New Generation of Wealthy Buyers” panel in 2014 and the “30 Something: the Next Generation of Real Estate Innovators” in 2016. In 2014, I was named one of’s Top 5 International Rookies of the Year and was also named a finalist for Realtor Magazine’s 2017 30 Under 30 class.

What was the biggest challenge in getting started? At just twenty-one, after my junior year at Vanderbilt University, I became a licensed agent with Kentucky Select Properties. I was very fortunate to sell eight houses In Louisville that summer and during my senior year while I was finishing school in Nashville.

What would you love for readers to know about you and/or your business that we haven’t asked? I currently serve on the associate board of Gilda’s Club Louisville, the boards of River Fields and Farmington, and the development committee of the Louisville Ballet. I love giving back to the city that has offered me so much throughout my life.

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Alan Rietze Semonin Realtors • 502.432.3983 • What inspired you to get into real estate? I enjoyed a successful career in marketing and advertising, but wanted to utilize my experience in a job with more flexibility. I have more time with my family now while still helping my diverse clients. What is the most rewarding part of your job? Seeing the joy of clients when we find their dream home. Buying a home is an investment, but it’s also very emotional. What sets you apart from your competition? I really take the time to listen to the people I’m working with so I can meet their expectations. What would you love for readers to know about you?

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My roots are in real estate. I grew up going to open houses with my father and grandfather. They’ve given me a foundation that most agents aren’t fortunate enough to have.

What’s your proudest accomplishment? Other than family, my three boys and my sweet husband, it would have to be my success in real estate in my hometown, the city I love for 25 years and counting! What else would you like clients to know about you? I’m passionate about interior design and love to help clients see the promise in a fixer upper that might

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Homepage Realty 502-690-6685 • What is your proudest accomplishment? Our grand opening party, hosted by the St Matthews Chamber, was a watershed moment. And watching our agents reach their goals and become successful professionals in a competitive industry. What would you love for readers to know about your business? Our biggest goal is to change the way agents and clients think about the real estate industry. Real Estate is overdue for an attitude and culture change that speaks to a younger generation and serves all different types of clients. Homepage Realty strives to find modern ways to relate to a new homebuyer, seller and agent that is inclusive, technologically advanced, easier, and more transparent.

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The Housing Story:

Surprise! It’s Supply and Demand

By the numbers Inventory of available homes, March 2017

21.52% ( J E F F E R S O N

LOWER than March 2016 C O U N T Y )

Home Sales Q1 2017

2,498 Jefferson County up 5.58 percent from Q1 2016

Trend in home sales


Available residential real estate is getting gobbled up because housing inventory is so low. And prices are rising as a result.


By Steve Kaufman

(*includes Jefferson, Oldham, Bullitt and Shelby counties)


he story of the residential real estate market in Louisville right now is “inventory” – as in, not enough of it. “The market is very aggressive right now,” says Pat Durham, executive vice president of the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville. “There are a lot of buyers and not much product.” The effect is fascinating. Or frustrating, if you’re trying to buy or sell a home. People with homes to sell are reluctant to put those homes on the market because they’re afraid they might not be able to find another house to move into. Buyers get frustrated, because they’re ready to buy but can’t find what they’re looking for. So the

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market kind of stalls on itself. Which is not to say it isn’t an active market. Quite the opposite. Homes are being built in increasing numbers. Existing homes spend less time on the market, and often sell for more than the listed price. And the average sale price, which rose in 2016, is rising again in 2017. Hard to figure? Here are some numbers to help. (Courtesy of Durham and John Fischbach, a realtor with ReMax who is also board member and past president of the Louisville Multiple Listing Service, and prepares the monthly statistical report for the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors.)

Greater Louisville* up 4.67 percent from Q1 2016

2016: 8 percent increase over 2015 2015: 8 percent increase over 2014 2014: 8 percent increase over 2013

Time on the market Jefferson County, by asking price (“Months of inventory” is a real estate term roughly equivalent to amount of time a house stays unsold after it’s listed)

UP TO $199,000


1.2 MONTHS of inventory

1.8 MONTHS of inventory

(very hot sellers’ market)

(hot sellers’ market)


$600,000 AND ABOVE

4.2 MONTHS of inventory

9.6 MONTHS of inventory

(approaching a balanced market)

(a buyers’ market)

Average sales price by ZIP code

$526,000 (Prospect) 40059

March 2017

$249,000 (North of Cherokee Park to the river)

40207 40245

40206 Downtown




(Highlands including Seneca Gardens)

(St Matthews/ Indian Hills)

$365,000 (East of Middletown)

Average sales price Jefferson County

$193,172 March 2017

Highest single sale price

New construction


Jefferson, Oldham, Bullitt and Shelby counties

18% more

Year-to-date 2017 5716 Harrods Glen Dr 40059 (off of Wolf Pen Branch Road)



Calendar year 2016 1830 Mayo Ln 40059 (in Rivercrest off of Hwy 42)


in 2016 than 2015

2015 – 1,782 new homes built 2016 – 2,233 new homes built

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By neighborhoods Norton Commons




Far and away the most popular neighborhood in Louisville, according to building permits,” says Durham. “More houses being built there than anywhere else in town. At least 10 percent of the total permits pulled. A couple hundred homes a year are being built there.”

“A small geographic area, very limited inventory of homes and condos,” says Fischbach. “Restaurants and bars are doing well.”

“Steady sales but no new inventory per se,” says Fischbach. “Some new apartments are coming.”

“Limited inventory, but that may change with the announcement of the Louisville City stadium project earlier this month.” – Fischbach

“Mostly single-family homes that are tiny, old and in need of repair,” says Durham. “But when a NuLu homes comes on the market, it gets snapped up.”

Germantown “Lots of renovation activity which should continue for the next couple of years” – Fischbach

Trends in construction Patio/garden homes “This popular concept fits perfectly with both empty nester baby boomers and millennials,” says Durham. “The older buyers want out of the big house – they don’t want to care for it anymore – but they want a nicely appointed home with nice finishes. Younger buyers – dual-income couples without children – don’t need the space, don’t want the maintenance and appreciate the lower price tag.”

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202 332 built in 2015

Conservation subdivisions

built in 2016

Those in which a builder/developer guarantees that 30 percent of the property will remain open green space or preserved land. Durham credits The Parklands of Floyds Fork with reigniting interest in nature conservancies.

(A 64 percent increase)


expected for 2017

“As we start developing out to the Parklands, bringing sewers out there, there are so many opportunities for pockets of attractive tree growth, slopes of land and water features that will be protected,” he says. “To make it work financially, the developers will have to build homes on smaller lots in the 70 percent of land they’re allowed to develop. But homeowners will accept the trade-off. That’s how much they appreciate nature and like the green spaces and parks.”

Multi-family dwellings

Between 2015 and 2016, there were 10,192 new apartment units. Downtown: 1,300 “Midtown”: 1,483 Suburban: 7,409


Average rent in 2015

Occupancy rates: 2014: 95.6 percent • 2015: 85.8 percent

“It’s astounding,” says Durham. “It’s an impact of the recession, when so many people lost their homes and had to rent. But also there are many baby boomer/empty nesters who are choosing to rent instead of buy; and millennials who aren’t ready to buy yet.

He says you see a lot of new multi-family construction along Westport Road, along Shelbyville Road into Middletown, and on the I-22 corridor to Norton Commons. “That’s where you see all the apartments developments because that’s where the land was available.”

“Also,” he says, “as we grow as a city and attract more jobs from out of town, there will be more people who’ll rent while they’re moving in here and getting the lay of the land.”

Downtown, the trend is to repurposing of existing office buildings because there’s practically no land for the kind of development that would make business sense. And the land there is expensive.

Build it yourself The answer to low available inventory, says Durham of the Builders Association, is to build your own house. “There are properties all over town,” he says. “St. Matthews and The Highlands may be built out, but there are always pockets of vacancies here and there that a good real estate agent or builder could find.” He says the more robust building markets are housing subdivisions further out, towards and along the Gene Snyder – Rock Springs, Norton Commons, Summit Place, Locust Creek, Notting Hill, Fox Run. Price will always determine availability, says Durham.

In the $100,000-$150,000 range, probably not a lot of opportunities to build new. “The costs of development and construction would drive the price of the home up, if the builder were to make any money.” Above $200,000, buyers can find properties at about the same price point as buying an existing home – or even less. Durham recommends people interested in pursuing a new build go to the Builders Association web site – bialouisville. com – and search for builders.

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t’s not everyone who can respond to a design challenge like the one I issued, “I’d like a dress that somehow says ‘Real Estate,”—possibly with ‘For Sale’ or ‘Sold’ incorporated somehow,” by texting me a photo of a flawless paper cocktail dress crafted from Open House flyers in under twenty-four hours. But Byrone Smith was thrilled to have the opportunity to do what he’s always wanted to do: Design beautiful clothes for other creative people. It didn’t hurt that our cover model and

When we needed a dress that said “real estate,” we turned to local designer Byrone Smith who created a couture confection out of open house flyers. We can’t wait to see what he does next.

his muse was local model Abby Hendershot, a Heyman Talent success story who signed with DNA New York last year and has opened for Marc Jacobs in New York fashion week. “This is what I live for,” gushed Smith when I called him. “I love creating clothes for other artists and fashion types. They appreciate my work more.” Smith met with Abby for a quick fitting the night before our shoot and wound up rethinking his original plan: “She has a long torso, so I decided a two-piece dress

would look amazing.” (It did.) Custom work like this is nothing new to the designer who recently returned to his hometown of Louisville after four years in L.A. “I always wanted to go to California,” says Smith. “So instead of going to college and racking up loans, I made enough money after high school to buy a one way ticket to Hollywood and I went.” Smith stayed in hotels while he earned money as a waiter to get a down payment for an apartment.

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Eventually, he lost his job, and “it clicked for me,” he says. “If you want to be able to live the life you want, you have to do something no one can take away from you. If I followed my dream of being a designer, that would be a job I couldn’t lose. I would be my own boss.” Smith paid a sewing instructor one hundred-and-eighty dollars to teach him to sew and he quickly started doing it for a living. “I started really making an effort to pursue the life I wanted,” he says. “I was making cell phone cases, beanie hats, maxi skirts out of table cloths, bow ties out of scraps of fabric—I was making anything I could to make money.” Eventually, Bryrone came up with a harem pant design for dancers and it took off. “I started selling them for sixty-five dollars a pair and I couldn’t make them fast enough. Dancers wanted simple patterns without pockets. They needed the functionality. Soon, I was making six hundred dollars a week sewing pants. Major choreographers and dancers were ordering them.” All the while, he was living on the sewing instructor’s couch and still soaking up everything he could learn. “She took me to New York fashion week. It was the best education I could get and I had no debt.” With his design aesthetic and business more established, Byrone came home last year and got a job as assistant wig and costume manager at Actors Theater. “Doing wardrobe at Actors has taught me diligence, attention to detail and that you can never stop learning,” says Smith. “It’s been incredible.” He has also become involved

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with the fashion collective Louisville Bespoke and, more specifically, with local designer Frances Lewis who, like Smith, prefers custom work. “I’ve had an internship with her and it’s been nothing but a blessing. She let me open her recent Revelations fashion show. I have learned so much from her.” He has palpable enthusiasm for his new life in his hometown. “I am at a high point,” he says. “I think we are starting to see a reaction to fast fashion in that more people are seeking custom garments that last. I’m in a perfect spot to take advantage of that.” And, as he did for our cover dress, he’s willing to work obsessively hard to accomplish his goals. “I always tell people that fashion is ninety-five percent hard work, five percent glamour. People don’t see all of the work leading up to the magic but you have to put in the effort.” He hopes his work ethic and artistry can inspire others. “I want people to realize they can make magic too,” he says. “You can make things with your hands and make money. You can make a life for yourself that nobody else has imagined.”

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Mission Possible With the goal of providing hope and opportunity to every child who walks through their doors, the Boys & Girls Club of Kentuckiana has nurtured countless success stories. Here are just a few. By Christine Fellingham

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heir unofficial slogan is “Great futures start here.” And they mean it. Inside the brick building at 3200 Greenwood Ave in the West End, just one of their six locations, buzzes a positive, supportive energy that envelopes every child that enters. “I remember the first day I went,” says Tayquan Spencer-Smith, 2016 Youth of the Year and a youth mentor. “I needed someplace to go after school. My grandmother walked me in and I was seven years old. I’m nineteen and it’s still my second home.” It’s a sentiment that’s echoed again and again by children and adults who have passed through the halls of our local clubs. “I started going there to play basketball and it quickly grew into more than that,” says Kolby Atkinson, 2015 Youth of the Year and a sophomore at the University of Lousiville. “The relationship I developed with the staff impacted my life in so many ways.

They got me more involved. I became more confident, more willing to help others,” he says. “They’re one reason I’m now at the University of Louisville majoring in public health.” And it’s not an accident. Fostering confidence is at the very core of the services and programs provided by Boys and Girls Club. “We’re much more than an after-care program,” says Jennifer Helgeson, president and CEO of the Kentuckiana organization. “We’re really an extension of their family. And we’re excited to be part of that.” The organization serves children ages six through eighteen, and they are determined to keep them involved for the duration. “We make a huge concerted effort as a staff to make sure that each child is connecting in a very personal way—to staff, volunteers and programs. Our hope is that when they start, they continue so we can help give them the skills and support they

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need to become successful and achieve their dreams,” says Helgeson. “They literally help you with your homework,” says Spencer-Smith. “I played soccer with them, I was in the Keystone Club and ran a candy story with them. I earned money from the candy store to go on field trips to Dave and Buster’s. Everything runs together. I started to pick up more of a leadership role. I realized I could be management, so I’m now majoring in Human Resources. And it’s all because of the skills I developed there.” Kolby echoes

the same sentiments: “My mother passed away when I was seven. I could have slipped through the cracks. But through the Boys and Girls Club, I had consistency. I had people who told me I could be whatever I wanted to be and people who nominated me for awards and told me I could write a speech. Through them, I have become someone my mother would be proud of.” Just a short list of services

the clubs provide includes hot dinners during the school year and three meals a day during the summer, swimming lessons, tutoring, basketball, baseball, art classes, summer educational programs, field trips, internships, ACT and SAT prep, college tours and college application assistance. “We have kids who come in at 8 a.m. and stay the entire day,” says Helgeson. “They have a club card so they can come in and out. They walk in right after school and stay for dinner and homework.” Recognizing the challenges of keeping members active and involved during the teen years, the local chapter has worked especially hard to create special activities to keep them engaged. “Teens have their own track of programming,” she says. “We have a junior staff program and, this summer, we’ve also arranged for them to participate in the summer works for the city,” says Helgeson. “They will hire kids who have been leaders here and give them job experience for their resumes. They’ll get thirty hours a calendar week and they’ll be paid. We will also have about

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fifteen or twenty teens helping with Youth Build at Park Land. We will have our own project they will complete.” Those kinds of experiences open doors that some of these children had never even envisioned. “I never thought of myself as a leader until I was encouraged to be one at the Boys and Girls Club” says Atkinson. “I went from doing my homework there to eventually becoming a tutor myself. The things they’ve done for me I’ve learned to do for others.” The initiative to keep teens in the program has paid off: “Our chapter is unique in that we have been able to


keep kids in the program for the long term,” says Helgeson. “About a third of our members are in elementary, a third in middle school and a third are in high school. It’s so unusual that we’ve been recognized nationally for this distinction. It’s something that sets our local organization apart.” Staffers are so involved and invested in children’s lives and success that they’re often invited to their high school graduations. “We had one member who got a full ride to college out of state but literally had no way to get there,” says Helgeson. “So we got a group together and

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One of this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival princesses, Taylor Marchelle Young, a junior at the University of Louisville, has experienced the joy of making a difference through the organization firsthand: “I got involved because I’m going for a degree in secondary education and I wanted to

With two locations in the West End— Parkland and Shawnee, one in Newburg, a new one in Frost-Stuart Middle school and two in southern Indiana, the club is open to all kids and they serve 3,000 in Louisville Metro and Southern Indiana. “We serve a variety of communities and we have kids with a variety of needs and challenges,” says Helgeson. “But many kids are there because they need a support system that their families can’t provide. Eightynine percent qualify for free or reduced lunch. Sixty-three percent live in a single parent household. “Many are in foster care,” she says. “We’re here for them when someone else can’t be. So, in a real sense we serve kids and their Tayquan Spencer-smith families.” Shawnee Club member, 2016 Youth of the Year

find a way to volunteer with children that wasn’t strictly academic,” she says. “I started with one hour a week, but I found myself getting really involved with the girls in the club. They are so appreciative. It made me feel really good-- like I’m making a difference.”

Kolby Atkinson Shawnee Club member, 2015 Youth of the Year,

Donations are a constant need and so is time “We’re always in need of mentors,” says Helgeson. “We have a lot of high school students who need service hours who volunteer.” Involvement can take many forms: “You can work in the dining room, cafeteria, gym. You can be a mentor to a child and be there when they’re asking the tough questions,” she says. “I always remind people that it just takes one person to have a positive impact on a child’s life.” 

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Meet the Media

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Juliana Valencia After two years in Paducah, Juliana Valencia thought her next career move would be out of state. Now, the newest WHAS morning anchor is thrilled to call Louisville her home. By Christine Fellingham | Photos by Jolea Brown


hen she wakes up her Louisville audience of Good Morning Kentuckiana with a sunny smile and upbeat delivery, Juliana Valencia isn’t faking it. The city’s newest morning anchor has landed her dream job in a city she genuinely loves. While the job has been on her radar for a while, (“I’ve always wanted to do a morning show,” she says), the city was not on this Gainesville, FL native’s short list. In fact, after her most recent job as an on-air reporter in Paducah, Kentucky, she thought she was ready to move out of state. “I honestly wanted to get out of Kentucky,” she admits. “To me,

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it’s mind-blowing how drastically different this city is from other parts of the state. Now I’m super-happy to be living here. I came for the interview having never set foot in Louisville and as soon as I drove into town, I knew it was more than I’d expected. I could feel the energy.” If moving to a place almost sight-unseen sounds intimidating, it wasn’t for Juliana. “I moved six times in my childhood,” she says. “I was born in Gainesville, FL, while my father was working on his doctorate and we moved to Kingsville, Corpus Christie, Sugarland, Nashville. I learned to start

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from scratch.” Her parents, who are from Columbia, also instilled in her a sense of adventure. “They came here from another country for opportunity. I learned that you have to be willing to move for a job. I was brought up thinking that you go to where the job is, so I moved.” If the city of Louisville was a surprise, the job itself wasn’t. “I was very prepared,” she says. She has been working her way up since she graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in telecommunications in 2013. “I started in Eastern North Carolina as an on-air reporter. That was stressful. I had to come up with my stories, go find sources, find people to interview it, shoot the story,” she says. “I’d get in my car and drive around with my cam-

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era. People would make little quips like, ‘Where is the cameraman?’ I’d say, ‘I’m it.’” At her next job, on WPSD in Paducah, Kentucky, she got to work with cameramen, but took on another crazy schedule. “I was the weekend reporter, but on Monday and Tuesday I did night-side. And Wednesday, I did day-side. It was hectic but I wanted that experience.” It’s experience that serves her well in the morning anchor job she landed in October. While those of us who don’t have to be at work before 6:00 A.M. every morning might find her hours daunting, she considers them to be extremely civilized. “I love the consistency,” she says. “Even when I anchor the noon show, I can be

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I’m a very positive person. There are a lot of bad things happening in the world, but I want to give people a fresh perspective. I like having the ability to make people feel better about the day ahead.

home by 1:30, then at a Falls City Cross Fit class by 3:30.” As a reporter, you’re scrambling for stories all day long and never know when you’ll go home. Now, I can plan stories weeks in advance. Her weekday starts early however. “I wake up at 2:45 and I’m out the door by 3:50. I have to walk Wilson (her black Shitzu and constant companion since college), get ready and go.” Getting up and out that quickly and efficiently in the morning requires some planning and organization. “I always pick out my outfit the night before,” she says. “And my closet is color coordinated. It makes getting dressed so much easier.” It’s no surprise that she gets to bed early: “I try to get to bed by seven as often as possible,” she says.

Her unusual schedule is one of the reasons she decided that sharing an apartment with another new hire at WHAS, reporter Robert Bradfield, would be the perfect arrangement. “I’m getting off work and he’s going to work,” she laughs. “We’re on opposite schedules and sharing a beautiful (two bedroom/two bath) apartment on the river that’s close to work. I’ve never shared that publicly before, but we decided our viewers might find it interesting.” (We do too.) The friends share more than a workplace; they’re both University of Florida alums—although Robert graduated the year Juliana arrived on campus. It’s just another home they shared on different schedules. Juliana is grateful for her new life and the dream job she has always wanted. “I’m a very positive person,” she says. “On evening news, people have to deal with a lot of negativity. I want to tell people stories and make them feel better. There are a lot of bad things happening in the world, but I want to give people a fresh perspective. I like having the ability to make people feel better about the day ahead.” When she’s not on the air uplifting her audience, she’s busy immersing herself in all things Louisville. “I’m very aware that I’m the new person on a team of people who have lived in Louisville for a very long time,” she says. “I’m going for full immersion. I helped with the cystic fibrosis dinner and hosted the Pearls and Pumps fashion show.“ She also loves walking through Clifton and the Highlands areas that are close to her River Road apartment. Some local haunts include Osaka, Dragon King’s Daughter, Porcini, North End Café. “I don’t have any favorites; I just like trying them all.” She often takes sidekick Wilson along for the walk—or hike. “He hiked eight miles with me and my friends in Red River Gorge the other weekend,” she says. “Of course, we started at eleven and left at five; we took lots of breaks.” Fitness has always been important to Juliana. “I’ve been a dancer for most of my life. I took lessons from age three to sixteen. And my first job was as lifeguard at the YMCA.” Her love of exercise is matched by a passion for the arts. “My most bragg-y fact is that I played Carnegie Hall in seventh grade,” she laughs. “I won a piano contest

Juliana at home with co-worker/apartment-mate reporter Robert Bradfield.

in Corpus Christie and the winners got to play there.” Getting involved in the Louisville arts scene is the next thing on her to-do list Meanwhile, in her limited downtime, Juliana has started a Spanish version of the WHAS newscast which airs on line. “I wanted to reach out to the Spanish audience because no one else was doing it,” she says. “It’s been very popular. And I’m tech-savvy. I like using technology to reach more people.” Her advice to others who want to break into the media business she finds so rewarding? “My biggest piece of advice is don’t be afraid to move. What hinders people is that they limit themselves to looking where their family is. But I had never visited Louisville and I’m okay. I’m more than okay—I’m doing my dream job. And it may not have happened if I hadn’t been willing to come to Louisville.”



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When we were designing the menu, we asked ourselves what people are interested in eating today and how to give them an exciting experience at an affordable price.


few people have told Geoffrey Heyde he must have been crazy to open a restaurant. There are times he thinks they may be right but he has no qualms about his decision.

Heyde, formerly the chef of The Village Anchor, SET and Owl Creek Country Club, debuted Fork & Barrel in April. “Restaurants are my passion. For the past four years, I’ve wanted to do something on my own. I have built a name for myself in Louisville, but not with my own bricks and mortar. This was the right time and the right place,” says the chef/owner. Fork & Barrel, 2244 Frankfort Avenue, is his expression of an upscale, refined American restaurant with a focus on local ingredients, craft cocktails and Southern hospitality. He is joined by Chef de Cuisine Nick Sullivan who has a pedigreed past at The Oakroom and 610 Magnolia. Heyde’s wife, Emily, handles special events, marketing and social media. “Collaborating with Nick and bouncing

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ideas off each other was a fun process, and will continue to be how we operate. When we were designing the menu, we asked ourselves what people are interested in eating today and how to give them an exciting experience at an affordable price,” says Heyde. The chefs experimented with three or four dozen dishes before settling

on their first menu. Lamb and veal can be pricey selections, but Heyde and Sullivan fashioned a two-way twist on them that keeps the price of the dishes in check: a pairing of lamb chops and braised lamb leg, and braised veal breast mixed with greens and loin of lamb.

Early front runners for most popular items are crab cakes; charred octopus with Great Northern beans, country ham, rutabaga and haricots verts; pork shank; and the lamb combo. Although he was involved in every aspect of establishing the character of the

restaurant, he credits Emily with much of the ambience. Ron Wolz, of Bittners, stepped out of his official role of official interior designer to offer the couple some friend-to-friends advice. “We ran with his ideas,” says Heyde. Clean lines and an orange and white color scheme define the décor that’s highlighted by a communal

table of repurposed oak and maple communal table. “Everything about Fork & Barrel is a team effort,” says Heyde. “I’m not trying to do everything myself. Bringing in talent to create the team gives everyone a sense of accomplishment.”

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If it could be anyone in the world, who would you most like to have walk in the front door of Fork & Barrel? Great chefs, authors and television Anthony Bourdain or Eric Ripert. I wouldn’t fix them anything special but would invite them to order off the menu. Our menu isn’t shy at all. I think they’d be excited to try a few different dishes.

What’s your favorite item on the menu? Wow. That’s difficult to say because everything has so much love in it to make the flavors so extreme. I love the octopus, the lamb and the pork shank.

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How have your personal tastes changed over the years? Humans’ taste buds change every seven to 14 days. Growing up, I didn’t like quiche, scallops or scalloped potatoes. But I grew to like them by eating them when they were prepared to perfection. I wasn’t a big fan of anchovies, but I found that I enjoy the white ones. They’re completely different from the brown ones.

You’re a diabetic. Isn’t that a terrible challenge for a chef? It’s really not a terrible problem and doesn’t inhibit me at all from tasting ev-

erything we serve, even desserts. I just have to calculate what’s in them and adjust my medication.

Are you intimidated when another Louisville chef comes to The Fork & Barrel for dinner? One particularly cool thing about Louisville is that no chef is upset about another chef opening a restaurant. We want everyone to succeed. I might be a little nervous when a chef stops by, but I’m not being arrogant or cocky when I say we will impress people, chefs included, because our team is top notch. I think a lot of chefs would be very happy dining here. They’d have a good experience.



Fork & Barrel’s Crab Cakes Nothing says “summer” like this flavorful twist on the American classic. Makes 16 2½-ounce crab cakes

− ½ red onion, small diced − 1 red bell pepper, small diced − 1 yellow bell pepper, small diced − 2 tablespoons chopped Italian − 2 tablespoons chopped tarragon − 2 tablespoons chopped chives − 1 cup mayonnaise − ¼ cup Dijon mustard − 2 cups panko breadcrumbs − Salt and Pepper to taste − Zest of two lemons − Juice of two lemons − 2 tablespoons togarashi − 2 eggs − 2 pounds lump crab meat − 2 tablespoons olive oil Preheat oven to 350˚. Mix together all the ingredients except the crab meat and olive oil. Gently fold the crab meat into the mixture. Chill for 30 minutes. Portion into two-and-a-half-ounce crab cakes. Sear both sides of the crab cakes in a hot skillet with the olive oil. Finish in the oven for five minutes. Serve with the Sauce Gribiche and Avocado Mousse.

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Blend the egg yolks, garlic and lemon juice in food processor. While the food processor is running, slowly incorporate the oil. Fold in the other ingredients. Refrigerate before serving.

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− 2 egg yolks − 2 garlic cloves − Juice of one lemon − Zest of one lemon − 2 cups salad oil − 2 tablespoons capers − 2 tablespoons chopped fine herbs − 1 chopped hard-boiled egg − Salt and pepper to taste

Avocado Mousse − 2 avocados, peeled and pitted − Juice of one lime − 4 ounces heavy whipping cream

Place all ingredients in a two-quart container. Use a stick blender to purée. Refrigerate until needed.

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These on-point hot spots will win over clients and coworkers. by Nancy Miller

Brendon’s Catch 23


rendon’s Catch 23, located on the first floor of Embassy Suites Hotel, 505 S. Fourth Street, is a slickly cool restaurant where business can be pleasure. If your company is picking up the tab, thank your good fortune and order Brendon’s Seafood Tower – shrimp cocktail, shucked oysters, crab legs and a chilled lobster. It’s a cornucopia of indulgence meant for sharing. You deserve it. At least tell that to the boss. The people behind the scenes know a thing or two about bars. There’s an oyster bar studded with Bluepoints and Chesa-

peake Bays sitting on ice just waiting to be plucked. A focal point of the interior is a stop-you-in-your-tracks bar with a nice selection of bourbons which will ease you into business. Or, kick things off with an edgy craft cocktail. The Catch Up menu, served from 4 to 6 p.m., offers small plates such as peel-andeat shrimp, fried clams and truffle fries for a stand-alone mini meal or as a teaser for a big shebang. Low country dishes, steaks and an assortment of seafood take you on a heartier venture into the impress-your guests Brendon’s Catch 23 experience.

Jack Fry’s


ack Fry’s, 1007 Bardstown Road, exudes a kind of clubby atmosphere. Not the pretentious ambience of a club you don’t want to join but where you secretly might want to become one of the elite. Stephanie Meeks took over the reins few years ago when she purchased one of Louisville’s most beloved restaurants from Susan Seiller who had maintained Jack Fry’s tradition with a confident hand. The place is so steeped in tradition that it makes you feel as if you’ve been a Jack Fry’s regular forever, even if it’s your first visit. There’s a different menu for lunch and

dinner but there’s no difference in Chef McClain Brown’s flawless execution. Sip a fine cocktail before you tackle the quandary of ordering among winners such as the duck confit salad, fried oysters, corned beef, and pork chop with smoked bacon and shiitake with a rosemary reduction that’s would be worth sipping on its own. Regular diners avoid that conundrum because they can’t pass up the shrimp and grits with red eye gravy and country ham. Life is full of choices that can drive you crazy. At Jack Fry’s you can’t make a bad one.

Jeff Ruby’s


t Jeff Ruby’s, 325 W. Main Street, the notion of a traditional steakhouse is upended by an energetic reinterpretation that retains the best of what you’d expect from a steakhouse and jazzes the concept up several notches. The trifecta of food, service and atmosphere attracts a bevy of out of town visitors, but don’t let that stop you from making Jeff Ruby’s a not-to-miss spot. Locals and visitors to our fair city become one happy family. Before you get down to the business that took you to Jeff Ruby’s, you’ll need to tend

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to the business of ordering. Sharing fried pork belly and crab cakes is bound bond your group. Mix and match to your heart’s content from the raw bar selections. And get ready for a sushi surprise. It’s some of the best in town. Any of the nine cuts of steaks will fortify you for tough decision-making. But no one will think less of you if you overrule a steak in favor of lamb chops, duck breast, salmon or sea bass. Not quite ready to call it a night? Treat yourself and your colleagues to dessert. May we suggest peanut butter pie or mousse cake? Or you could opt for a less caloric finale of Port, a Gran Marnier flight or Frank Sumatra coffee.

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usiness talkers sit side-by-side lively discussions of newsy Louisville goings-on Somehow, at Mesh, 3608 Brownsboro Road, it all works in a spirit of camaraderie boosted by the kitchen that turns out an eclectic mix of American, Asian, Italian…well, you get it…a little bit of everything, and it comes off well. You gotta love a menu that starts with fried green tomatoes, tuna tartare, baby back ribs and a charcuterie board. From there it’s on to From the Land and From the Sea. Carnivores can chow down on filet mignon, lamb shoulder with spiced lentils, and an applewood smoked pork chop. But vegetarians can peruse a menu of striped bass with butter bean chow chow, grilled scallops and bourbon glazed salmon. Don’t ignore sides such as lobster mac ‘n cheese, braised greens and Brussels sprouts au gratin. They’re too good to be considered tagalongs. Happy Hour ups everyone’s happiness with meatballs, sliders and calamari Small Bites that pair well with wine and spirits specials. There’s a feeling that there’s a Mesh in-crowd but don’t be put off by that. Your fellow diners and amiable servers make you feel you’re the newest member of the group.

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Brooklyn and the Butcher


long with New Albany’s renaissance has been the reimagining of a few treasures. Brooklyn and the Butcher, 148 E. Market Street, is one of the most delightful. Housed in a former hotel that dates to 1871, the restaurant is a big bite of historical décor that welcomes modern design elements. The exterior reflects the architecture of Brooklyn, New York. Inside is a panoply of repurposed bars from local landmarks. Brooklyn and the Butcher combines the expected offerings of a classic steakhouse with unexpected dishes that range from rustic to fancied up French and Italian. Pique your palate with steak tartare, oysters Kilpatrick, French onion soup or panzanella salad. Steaks such as a Manhattan strip, Wagyu sirloin and Porterhouse can be accompanied by the sauce of your choosing – chimichurri, au poivre, sautéed mushrooms with cipollini onions and bourbon sauce, and bacon and Gorgonzola. Not in the mood for beef? Brooklyn and the Butcher has you covered. Ravioli, pork shank with saffron risotto, ricotta gnocchi or fettucine with sausage and radicchio will make you swoon. If you have to trek across the river to get there, it’s a short excursion that will reap big rewards.

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Diane Von Furstenberg pants, $368, and blouse, $268, from Rodeo Drive. Natasha earrings, $24; Karma Bella choker, $20, and bracelet, $20, and Aldo shoes, $80, all from Dillard’s.

Bella Dahl dress, $142; from Liv Boutique. Susan Shaw coin necklace, $30; Susan Shaw Fleur de lis necklace, $30; and Susan Shaw necklace, $40; all at Cartwheels. Like Wow sunglasses, $69, at Dillard’s.

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Frills add a feminine, dramatic flourish to this dress, yes, but also to shorts, shirts and skirts. The key to making them modern, according to Liv Boutique’s owner, Lucie Stansbury, who styled the look here, is “balancing the sweetness with something a little edgier.” So, a gutsy tassel necklace and sleek colorblocked clutch tweak the demure vibe into something slightly daring. Photo by Danny Alexander

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Denim It’s official: Dark, skinny jeans are being eclipsed by soft, distressed denim in more relaxed shapes. Here are two new favorites to consider. Photos by Steve Squall Styling by Fitz Fitzgerald Model: Chelsy Malm for Heyman Talent Hair and makeup by Karen Stout, Nick Carter and JT Frieders for Joseph’s Salon & Spa

CROPPED Ankle-length jeans show off summer sandals and pedicures. Pair them with a floaty shirt and grown up accessories and they look sophisticated enough to go to dinner. BCBG Generation shirt, $88, and fringe purse, $69, from Liv Boutique. Free People jeans, $98; Kate Spade shoes, $168; Trina Turk choker, $178; and Foxy hoop earrings, $28; all from Dillard’s.

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FRAYED BELL BOTTOMS With a slight heel and sleek bodysuit, bell bottoms can enhance your curves and elongate your shape. A pair of glam earrings can balance the toughness of holes and an unfinished hem. Gianni Bini bodysuit, $41; Free People jeans, $120; Badgley Mischka earrings, $48; Robert Lee Morris ring, $38; Aldo shoes, $80; all at Dillard’s.

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Against the stately backdrop of Garden Court, Tess Martin and John Sansbury planned a whimsical wedding full of delightful details and unfussy flourishes. By Christine Fellingham


he formal gardens and elegant Beaux Arts home may have been the only purely traditional elements of the August 28 wedding of Tess Martin and John Sansbury. “Ultimately, what we had in our minds was just a fun day,” says Tess. “Neither of us is very traditional. We wanted to do something that was enjoyable for our guests and that reflected who we are.” Who they are is an unpretentious couple with a great sense of humor that was evident from the early days of their relationship. The romance began while they were coworkers at a marketing company. “We started secretly dating,” says Tess. “So we made it an adventure. We developed code names so we could send each other gifts and flowers at the office and nobody would know.”

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hen it came time to plan a wedding together, the two took a similarly inventive approach. “We both love brunch, because neither of us gets up early enough for breakfast,” she says. “We liked the idea of having a brunch on Sunday—something that’s a little out of the ordinary.” That meant that the usual carving stations and salads were replaced by a delicious crepe bar and bacon station. Says Tess, “We asked for something different and Garden Court responded with enthusiasm and creativity!” As for theme, the bride-to-be was inspired by the whimsical and slightly eccentric feel of an English garden tea party and, with the help of wedding coordinator Catie Cundiff Nelson, she wove that concept through the day in unexpected ways. “Each of the place settings had different china and the tables were decorated with tea-inspired knick-knacks that belonged to John’s grandmother—tea pots, books, embroidered doilies,” says Tess. “All of her things were intertwined throughout the décor.”

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hile Boston’s Floral Couture created extravagantly beautiful arrangements, the flower girls carried colorful circular balloons which also festooned the white folding chairs. Old-fashioned backyard games dotted the lawn and twenties bluegrass filled the air with sweetly nostalgic music. She says, “When you stepped into the garden, it was as if you were transported back in time.” In a day full of memorable moments, she singles out hearing John’s vows as the standout experience. “He started really funny by saying, ‘Today, I promise you this: I will stop wearing socks with my sandals,’ and ended it so seriously. It was super-personal and it was exactly what we wanted for our wedding day… a very bespoke event where every piece of it was tailor made for us by us.”

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Wedding Trends

Happily Ever After Festive send-offs, creative cocktails and confetti cannons are bringing a refreshing informality to summer weddings.

pontaneity may not be a word typically associated with some of our city’s most elegant nuptials. But, according to wedding planner Lauren Chitwood, whose client list reads like a who’s who of well-known Louisvillians, it’s exactly what many of her brides are now seeking. There’s definitely a move towards the unexpected and the fun, according to Chitwood. Brides want



“Clients are trying to rethink the wedding sendoff. We’ve been using sparklers and fireworks for the past few years but now couples are exiting their weddings with confetti cannons and LED balloons. It’s a fresh and fun way to close out the big night! “

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their guests to relax and enjoy themselves. They’re looking for shared moments that are magical and unique. And they’re looking for ways to inject an element of surprise. The magic can start at cocktail hour with signature drinks and weave through the evening all the way to the grand exit. Here are just a few of the delightful wedding flourishes Chitwood and her brides have dreamed up:

Photo by Amy Campbell Photography


by Christine Fellingham



“Clients are still looking for hybrids of a typical seated meal. Family style dining is popular. This format entails guests being served their entrees on beautiful platters that are placed directly on the table. A new way clients are switching up traditional plated meals, is with “meal flights. This is more of a tasting style menu. We serve entrees in small portion trios. The variety of small bites take the place of one large meal and allow guests to try something new.”


“Bar styling remains important to clients because this is a distinct opportunity for your wedding to express the couple’s style with a lot of visual impact. Along with the dance floor, most of your guests will visit the bar. My team has had fun with elaborate bar fronts and shelving. Guests are also embracing craft cocktail movement into their bar. This is a fun way to embrace local spirits and mixology at your wedding.”



Photo by Amy Campbell Photography

Color is coming back. For the past few years, we’ve been focused on shades of white and cream and greenery. But now I’m finding that couples are looking to put a spin on their décor with beautiful color palettes and seasonal florals.


Brides: “One trend that is the removable ball skirt or the convertible dress. Brides wear very grand gowns down the aisle and for the first dance but then the top skirt comes off to reveal an amazing dress underneath. For the rest of the evening, the bride is more comfortable and can move more easily on the dance floor.” Grooms: “Grooms are moving away from the traditional black tuxedo to a navy blue tux or a beautiful blue suit.”

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Shanna Ward The senior event manager and race director for the Kentucky Derby Festival is also a mother of two who plans birthday parties and field trips along with marathons and fashion shows. And she does it all with energy, enthusiasm and a smile. By Christine Fellingham


y first meeting with Shanna Ward was a classic working mom moment. We were having a whirlwind meeting with the Event Company in Portland selecting table linens, décor and stage swag for the Macy’s KDF fashion show at Horseshoe Casino. While our contact, Gary, stepped away to look for a swatch, Shanna seamlessly switched gears and texted Girl Scout moms about a meeting she was leading that night. Crafts were involved. She quickly texted out shopping lists and instructions and snapped back into meeting mode to negotiate budget as soon as Gary re-entered the room. She didn’t exude the teeniest bit of stress. Instead, she seemed to be genuinely excited about both events—the meeting with her eight-yearold daughter, Emerson’s troop, and the fashion show for nine hundred plus guests. I didn’t go to the Girl Scout meeting, obviously, but having watched Shanna flawlessly plan the show (which I’ve produced for the past six years), I can only imagine that it went very well. In the two months we spent working together, I know she also oversaw a kitchen remodel, a birthday party and a field trip to a goat farm. Not because she complained about it, but because she happily mentioned it all in passing. While other people swirled around

her in frazzled frenzies, she remained a calm, positive and upbeat tour de force— the kind of woman who can clearly juggle a crammed calendar and full family life with humor and grace. In this issue where we close the book on Derby 2017, it seemed only fitting that Shanna—the behind-the-scenes planner for events that this entire city enjoys and mom of Emerson and Isla Grace, 3- should be recognized as a supermom.

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TALK TO US ABOUT HOW YOU BALANCE IT ALL. “Being a mom is a lot like being a circus performer. We are always juggling! Oftentimes, I find myself planning my household jobs in a way that’s similar to how I manage my task list at the Kentucky Derby Festival. “I can do this… on my way to do that.” I’m never going anywhere that I’m not thinking about what’s next on the list. It’s not unusual for me to be ordering table linens for an event, all while chaperoning my daughter’s Girl Scout troop activities, where I also serve as an Assistant Troop Leader. I have many titles, but the one that means the most is “Mom.”

WHAT’S YOUR APPROACH TO PLANNING FAMILY EVENTS AND IS IT SIMILAR TO YOUR WORK STYLE? “Our approach is to constantly adapt to our situation. Sunday evenings we usually make a plan for the week’s activities. When my oldest, Emerson, started school, another mom shared with me her “Good Morning Checklist.” We immediately created our own, and still to this day it hangs in our upstairs hallway as reminder. During Festival season, it’s all hands on deck, with grandparents and neighbors pitching in to make it all run smoothly. It’s difficult being way from the kiddos so much this time of year. I’m most grateful for my husband, “Mr. Mom,” who takes on the additional burden.”

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See Spot Run Summer is the perfect time to bring your pets into your exercise routine. Radio host Tara Bassett, fitness and animal lover, has some pointers to share before you and your furry sidekick hit the streets.


hile some runners like to go it alone, I travel in a pack. Specifically, I get moving with Gracie Lou, my 11-year-old Beagle/Jack Russell; Brady Ramon, a 10-year-old Lab/ Dane; and Wyatte Gunther, an 8-yearold Shepherd/Husky. Together, we cover miles of ground every day. The longer days of summer make it the perfect season to take lengthy adventures together. On a recent walk on River Road, I spotted the distinctive lope of three coyotes. Wild dogs are lean, mean, fast machines. But what should we do with our domestic pups to keep their muscles toned? I’ve gathered tips from fellow dog enthusiasts and a local veterinarian on the safest way to exercise with pets. Their advice should help make your next run, hike or long walk both enjoyable and healthy for your friend on the other end of the leash. (Check with your vet before embarking on a new fitness program.)

Puppy 911 If you have an after-hours crisis with your dog, there are emergency 24hour vets in town:

Blue Pearl Speciality and Emergency Hospital in Eastwood (502) 244-3036 Metropolitan Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Service in Jeffersontown (502) 266-7007

Jefferson Animal Hospitals on Bardstown Road - (502) 966-4104 or Outer Loop - (502) 499-6535

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Uber-fit personal trainer Dexter James is considerate of “bare feet,” especially the eight belonging to pups Sylvanus, an eight-month old German Shepherd Dog, and Summer, a six-month old Australian Heeler:

“I stay on grass or dirt if at all possible in the hot months, because asphalt or concrete can really burn their paw pads. That’s why trail hiking at parks or forests is so much easier on them.” Maddie Tonini is a Supervisor at Churchill Downs, coaches soccer in her spare time, and runs at night with eight year-year old giant bloodhound named Hank:

“I always wear reflective gear for visibility. If you go online, you can find the same awesome reflective halters, leashes and LED collars that I’ve bought for Hank that keep him safe, too.”

Tech expert Tristian Fuller challenges himself to keep up with Che Blanco, a brute of a year old Argentinian Dogo:

“Big dogs can be strong, and it’s important to leash train them before you try to run around town. Nobody get hurt that way.”

Paul and Rhonda Petr, a pilot and a marketing director, suggest new technology for hiking with their hilarious twin Yellow Labs, Cody and Ellie, two:

“The hands free Waist Leash is the best way to manage a team. Hydrotherapy is great cross training, too. We use our Koi pond.” (Me: “Are there Koi in the pond?” Paul: “There were.”) The most important thing is to know your pet. If they seem in pain, hesitant to go, lethargic or faint, they’re trying to tell you that your pace isn’t theirs. Slow down!

What The Doctor Ordered

I asked my vet, Dr. Lindsey Miller, at East Louisville Animal Hospital for advice. Keep a consistent schedule. “Weekend runners” will get hurt when they run hard.

Carry water or know where the fountains are along your route. Dehydration in dogs, caused by an excessive loss of body fluids, is nothing to take lightly. The symptoms include lack of skin elasticity, dry, sticky gums, sunken eyes, too much or too little urination, and lethargy. If you press on your dog’s gum and it doesn’t quickly return to its normal pink, that’s trouble. Do not attempt to rehydrate your dog at home. Get them to your vet as quickly as possible.

Monitor the heat. Body temperatures can quickly rise to a dangerous level, and at 106, cardiac arrest and organ failure can occur. Dogs don’t sweat as humans do. They cool by panting, so excessive panting is a sign of trouble. Watch for these symptoms of heat stroke: dizziness or lack of coordination, convulsions, excessive drooling, or a rapid heart rate. You also should look for fever, lethargy, and loss of consciousness, vomiting, and lack of response to your voice. If any of these exist, don’t ask questions: get your pup to the vet immediately. (Writer’s note: Don’t try home treatments. Wyatte once was heat exhausted, and I was so scared by his behavior that I raced him to East Louisville. They rehydrated him with IV fluids, cooling him gradually until his 105 degree temperature dropped to a normal 102. If I’d taken him home, he could have suffered cardiac arrest and organ failure. From personal experience, late evening humidity can negatively affect dogs, even without high temperatures.)


Some parks are more dog-friendly than others. Here are some great places to get outside with your dog: •

Cherokee, where the trails are up and down.

Seneca, where the flat loop is great for older or small dogs, but watch out for strollers.

Iroquois is the Olympian running challenge, not for the faint of heart.

The Parklands of Floyds Fork and Bernheim Forest, for hiking and fast-walking.

Special tip for people: take sunblock, bug spray with DEET, and tweezers to pull out ticks!

Run in the early morning or early evening, when it’s coolest, and wear reflective clothing. When I see someone inconsiderately pushing a dog along in high temperatures, I want to yell out of my car window, “How would you like running in a full length fur coat?”

Don’t feed a large meal right before or after exercise, to avoid dangerous “bloat.” Feed smaller, lighter meals two hours before exercising, and wait one hour after you finish. Fresh water should always be available.

by Tara Bassett

Tara Bassett is host of “Puppy Pack Adventures” podcast and ““Take it from Tara,” Monday and Wednesday from 4-6 PM. Waggin’Wednesday” airs in the first hour of her show on…well, Wednesday! It’s all on WCHQ 100.9FM, Crescent Hill Radio.

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Bar Basics It’s the hub of your summer party, according to our resident event experts Marcella Kragel and Ina Miller. Here’s how to stage it for success– whether you’re serving sweet tea or cocktails.


s event planners we’re always on. We’re taking notes, trying things out and filing away ideas for the next perfect event. Our homes are like test labs. Kids’ birthdays, housewarming parties, showers and summer cookouts are all opportunities for us to hone our skills. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned after years of planning parties both for clients and ourselves, it’s that a good bar can elevate even the most casual cookout to a sophisticated summer garden party with little more than well-made drinks and fresh fruit garnishes. Take it one step further by providing some inventive, non-alcoholic options alongside your signature cocktails. Clever water infusions and herbed lemonade are crowd pleasers that are incredibly easy to make, but will make you look like Martha Stewart. There are four essential elements to the perfect home bar: booze, mixers, tools and flair. Follow our party-tested advice and your guests will deem you an entertaining genius at your next summer soiree.

MUST-HAVE SPIRITS These five spirits will allow endless cocktail combos. Everyone has their favorite brands. These are some of ours. Bourbon: Henry McKenna 10-Year-Old Bourbon. A solid Kentucky bourbon that was originally distilled by Marcella’s great great grandfather in Fairfield, Kentucky. We like to keep it in the family! Blended Scotch: Johnnie Walker Black Label. The iconic blended Scotch whisky is a staple for every bar. London Dry Gin: Rabbit Hole. This exciting new distillery is taking Louisville, specifically the NuLu neighborhood, by storm. Their London Dry Gin is one of the best you will find, and it’s local. Vodka: Finlandia. Finlandia is officially the best vodka to make the Oak’s Lily signature drink! Enough said. Reposado Tequila: El Jimador. Brown Forman’s El Jimador Reposado brings depth to your margaritas due to the oak barrel aging, something every Kentuckian can appreciate.

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by Marcella Kragel and ina miller Party Girls


Ina Marcella Events is a full service event planning and creative consulting business co-owned by Ina Miller and Marcella Kragel. With shared backgrounds in the arts and non-profit management, and a mutual passion for community engagement, Ina and Marcella have developed a unique approach to event planning aimed at creating inspired one-of-a-kind events for their clients. Ina and Marcella have been friends for twenty years and each is married with three kids.

• Bar spoon

• Mixing glass – for stirred cocktails • Strainer • Jigger: Both a 1oz/2oz and a .75oz and 1.5oz • Juice press: Hand press will do, electric juicer for the go-getter. • Shaker tin: Boston shaker and imperial pint glass will do. • Y-Peeler • Good small cutting board • Paring knife • Bar towels

BAR FLAIR Good Glassware: Flea markets are a great source for vintage glassware that adds personality to your drinks. Coasters: A small detail that can make a big impression. Cocktail napkins: We like Work the Metal (1201 Story Avenue) for fun accessories that you can switch out based on theme and time of year.

MUST-HAVE MODIFIERS AND MIXERS Sweet Vermouth: Keep it in the fridge for longevity. Dry Vermouth: Can also be stored in the fridge. Simple Syrup: You can buy a bottle of Stirrings brand premade simple syrup, but we suggest making your own. It’s just equal parts sugar and water, boiled and cooled. Aromatic Bitters: Angostura is a popular choice. Ginger beer Soda water Tonic water Fresh lemons and limes, or for a fun summery twist, try pineapple wedge garnishes– a symbol for hospitality, warmth and welcome.


ith these staples you can make all of the classics including a manhattan, old fashioned, mule, margarita, and martini– not to mention common crowd-pleasers like a vodka soda, gin and tonic and of course anything on the rocks. For classics with summery flair, check out The Southerner’s Handbook, by David Dibenedetto, an absolute must for every host or hostess. Plan a well-stocked bar and you’ll be ready for any occasion. And we have one last suggestion: If you’re inviting us, stock champagne, it’s our favorite.

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The Art of Engagement



By Christine Fellingham Photo by Dick arnspiger


fter a year of surprises and news from the Speed Museum, there’s this: Popular Speed CEO Ghislain d’Humières left his position and returned to France to care for his ailing father. The announcement came two months before his departure at the end of March.

munity response. In other words, it’s not a bad time to occupy this particular chair. “I’m fortunate,” says Reily. “We’re celebrating having completed our first full year of operations after the reopening. It’s a great time to take a breath and look back and take this incredible year and build on it.”

While some shock waves are still rippling, board director Stephen Reily is sliding into the vacated spot as Interim Director. Having sat on the board of the Speed for ten years and served as Chair of both the museum’s long-range planning committee and its curatorial committee, he comes into the role qualified to build on the successful era d’Humières has overseen. The redesign and expansion have enjoyed rave reviews and a robust com-

While the sparkling glass museum is a physical representation of achievement, the story inside the dazzling structure is even more impressive. “We have the numbers and they show that great things are happening,” says Reily. “Our attendance is up seventy-four percent over the pre-expansion year. In our first year, we’ve welcomed over 130,000 guests. We know who was here. We know when they were here. We know who comes on which days.”

Hummingbirds by walter inglis anderson. c 1955. Watercolor on paper. Image courtesy of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Ocean Springs, MS . copyright: Walter Inglis Anderson. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion

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The Art Of Engagement Speed Museum interim director, Stephen Reily, slips into his new role as a thought-provoking exhibit opens. Both promise to redefine the role of our museum as a community connector. By Christine Fellingham Photo by Dick Arnspiger

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arts+entertainment Apparently, almost everyone comes on Sunday—thanks to the Owsley Frazier free Sunday program. “You see people of every age, every faith, every color,” says Reily. “It’s a perfect example of this museum being used for the purpose it was constructed-- not as a jewel box, but as a platform for the community to find meaning and connection.” Through creative programming that also includes the wildly successful cinema at the Speed, Reily hopes to make every

day look more like Sunday. The newest exhibit: “Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art,” which runs through October 14, is another experience that should appeal to a diverse audience. A large and ambitious exhibit of contemporary Southern art, it seeks to “demonstrate that the South is an evolving concept,” says curator of contemporary art Miranda Lash. According to Reily, almost anyone can find an issue they care deeply about in the show: Music, food,

We ain’t no cotton pickin’ negroes, by amy sherald. 2011. oil on canvas. collection of keith timmons, esq, cpa. image courtesy of the artist and monique meloche gallery, chicago, il. copyright: amy sherald

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history, race relations, violence, immigration are all represented in the expansive collection. “This show is a wonderful opportunity to invite everyone to come in and find their connections and find meaning in art,” says Reily. “We know people are looking for museums to fill a different kind of hunger—a hunger for connectedness with each other. We want people to know they can find that here.”

About The Show

Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art Dates: April 30-October 14

There will also be free workshops, artists talks and events for adults and children during the exhibit—including Smartphone Photography, Watercolor and Sketching classes for ages sixteen and up during the summer. Go to for more info.

american address, by douglas bourgeois. 2006. oil on panel. private collection. image courtesy of the artist and arthur roger gallery, new orleans, la. copyright: douglas bourgeois.



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The 2017 Fillies Derby Ball Tops was proud to be a media sponsor of this year’s gala, which brought out circus performers, television reporters , our mayor and everybody’s best black tie efforts.

Mary Woolridge, Daphne Woolridge and Mayor Greg Fischer

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Andy Gunkler, Ashley Davis and Alyce Gunkler

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Jeffrey and Whitney McNicol, Patsy Allen, Brittany McNicol and Jacob Lamping

Pam Hendrickson, Mayor Greg Fischer, Cheryl Farnick and Amanda Henn

Georgia McDaniel, Kathy Bingham and Charlotte Edwards

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Derby Recap As we locals know, Derby is more than a single event, it’s a season. Here, a look back at the highlights of the month-long celebration that unites us as a city and endears us to the world— and especially at The Fillies Derby Ball, the Kentucky Derby Festival gala that kick-starts the social whirlwind (and that Tops was proud to partner with as a media sponsor this year). By Christine Fellingham | Photo by Ryan Noltemeyer


ressed in his dashing windowpane blazer and horseshoe print tie, Monte Durham, star of TLC’s Atlanta: Say Yes to the Dress and regular guest of the Kentucky Derby Festival, is an out-of-towner who manages to exude genuine Kentucky Derby panache: “Derby is more than a race,” said Durham in his suite at the Downtown Marriott last month. “And it’s more than the hats. It’s about the culture.” I visited with the celebrity host of the 59th annual Fillies Derby Ball the night before the gala and it was clear that Durham grasps the spirit of the Kentucky Derby– embracing of the countless traditions and rituals that have

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community grown out of the world’s greatest race. “It’s about the horses, the bourbon and all of the traditions,” he gushed. “The hats are the icing on a very pretty cake. It’s the history… it’s the mint julep cups. It’s all those beautiful events that lead up to it and the meaningful details that surround it. People think it’s a race and it’s much, much more.” The Kentucky Derby Festival organization, which has invited Durham as a guest for the last three years, is a huge part of the spectacle that has become Derby season. Its events begin with the Macy’s Kentucky Derby Festival Fashion show and keep building through weeks of parades, hot air balloon events, a marathon, Chow Wagon lunches, Fest-a-Ville and wine tastings. And they engage children, seniors, families, singles, infants, dogs... in an occasion that began as a single day. This menu of carefully-cultivated events does precisely what the KDF intends it to do, “It lets everyone get involved,” said Festival CEO Mike Berry, “And provides quality entertainment that enhances the community.” The Fillies Derby Ball, where Durham appeared in full black tie regalia– wearing tails, white gloves, a brooch and velvet slippers, “is really the social entrance into Derby,” said Durham. Fittingly, the ball brings with it enough pomp and circumstance to make even this flamboyant fashion expert swoon. Now, in its fifty-ninth year, the ball is drenched in a sense of history and civic pride.

People may not realize the fundraising power of the Kentucky Derby Festival.

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Executive Vice President / Chief of Staff at Kentucky Derby Festival Stacey Robinson with Monte Durham

This year, a standout moment was when KDF princess Natalie Brown of Crestwood was selected with the traditional spin of the wheel to be Derby Festival queen. Because as a teary Natalie bent down to have the sparkling crown placed on her head, all around the rose-bedecked ballroom stood incredibly credentialed, accomplished women who were visibly beaming. Many—like Judge Angela Bisig– were once princesses themselves. “People may not realize how incredibly impressive these young women are,” said Durham. “And they don’t realize the fundraising power of the Kentucky Derby Festival.” One of the reasons the Ball continues to be one of the must-attend events of the year is that it is known as one of the premier fundraisers for the KDF Founda-

tion—a foundation that supports homeless shelters, Dare to Care, Metro United Way, art contests, scholarship programs for elementary, middle and high school and more. “The 250 women who make up the Fillies are successful business women who form an amazing fundraising network that gives back to all parts of the community,” says Cheryl Francke, a manager for State Farm and second year Fillie. “There isn’t a group or a piece of Louisville that isn’t touched by this organization.” It’s fitting that formidable women represent the Kentucky Derby Festival on its courts past and present. After all, the KDF is a formidable organization that has helped to turn a day into a season and a festival into a fundraising machine that bolsters more than community spirits.

Dear Dwight and Tony


Advice From Two Mid-Life Crisis Males Dear Dwight and Tony, My boss-- who’s a guy-- recently reprimanded me for dressing unprofessionally. I’m an administrative assistant, so I don’t make a zillion dollars and think I look good. Most days I wear sleeveless dresses– and, yes, they’re usually well above my knees, but not tight or low cut. He told me to cover more of my arms and legs. So, I guess my question is: What does a guy know about what women should wear to the office?

shows even more skin. Maybe that will distract him from your shoulders and legs. This could also lead to a parting of the ways between you and your boss, which might be what you want anyway. If you don’t like your boss’s concept of an appropriate dress code, my guess is you’d rather work someplace else. Start looking! DWIGHT

Marsha G. Dear Dwight and Tony, Dear Marsha, How to dress at the office is a problem for a lot of people these days. Most offices are more casual than when I first started in radio. Back in the Stone Age, a salesman dressed in $3,000 suits with cufflinks and tie pins, now, not so much. More offices have replaced cubicles with living room furniture and laptops, but it doesn’t sound like that’s your office. Your boss wants you to step it up when it comes to your attire. The keyword is: boss. If this is a place you don’t plan on staying much longer, forget him and move on. But, if you want to stay and move up there you need to play the game. You can just throw a sweater over the sleeveless dress or, GO SHOPPING! Have you ever heard the expression “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have?” Bottom line is, he is the boss and can set the tone for office attire. Good luck. TON Y Marsha, Marsha, Marsha, Marsha! I went through the exact same thing when I got my belly button ring! I altered all of my dress shirts and ties so they would be shorter to show it off only to have upper management tell me that it’s not appropriate for the workplace. You’re right, most men do not know anything about what a woman should wear in the office. My suggestion would be wear something that

I’m very friendly to the neighbors, always saying hello when I see them out and about. This one guy who lives across the street is always friendly back except when his wife is out in the yard with him. Well, yesterday he walked across the street when I was pulling weeds and said, “Hey, do you want to get together?” I said, “I’m in a relationship… and I know you are too.” Now he never waves to me-- whether he’s working in his yard alone or with his pregnant wife. Now I’m wondering: Was I being rude?

and the family he is creating with the arrival of a new baby. TONY Dear Julie, First of all, the only reason I do NOT speak to you when my wife and I are together in the yard is because I am usually busy. I am also listening to the smooth sounds of the Commodores on my Sony Walkman (the fancy yellow sports edition that’s waterproof). I think you misunderstood me when I said, “Do you want to get together?” I didn’t want to talk, I was wanting to have a fling with you. I am so sorry for the misunderstanding. Your friend. . . and more, DWIGHT

Julie P. Dear Julie, Hate to break this to you but there is a jerk living across the street from you. Don’t worry, a lot of times when you ignore these types of jackasses they will return the favor. If you are a religious woman pray for this guy to figure what is important – his wife

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Have A Healthful, Happy Summer It’s not your running shoes, your trainer or even your exercise routine. Wellness expert Carlos Rivas shares the key to wellbeing success.


aving coached thousands of individuals, I have observed that most people who succeed in achieving their goals have one major thing in common: They are able to turn their negative thoughts into more positive ones by increasing their spiritual energy. Spiritual energy is what gives you love, joy, peace, patience and self-control. It turns out that these are the qualities we all need to have purpose and meaning in our lives. A person who is clear about his or her purpose in life has an easier time consistently practicing good habits, which allows them to move closer to achieving their all their goals each and every day. People with high spiritual energy possess three qualities:

1. They want a life full of meaning and purpose. In other words, they know where they want to go and have a clear understanding of their “why.” They want to become a better version of themselves so that they can help others.

2. They know their truth. They have a clear understanding of where they are right now. They are brutally honest with themselves and will hold themselves accountable for their actions.

3. They take action. They know the path to get to their purpose. They focus on eating healthier foods, drinking enough water, getting enough exercise, and sleeping well. Because they practice these things, they have enough energy to give to their families, work and friends.

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By Carlos Rivas

Carlos Rivas, MS, CSCS is the Director of Health and Well-being @ ProFormance,LLC and the Chief Encouraging Officer @ Compassion and Cooking. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine and a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology.


And They’re Off! Luncheon The Galt House Hotel | April 21 | | Photos by Jolea Brown

Terra Long and Elizabeth Alexander

Chapel Tinius and Laura Jones

Matt Porter and Randy Blevins

Diann Dries, Mary Lou Meyer, Susan Moore, Linda Steder, Barb Wainwright and Gail Deye

Scott Schroyer, Jessica Braun and Nick LaBarbera

Holly Rickard and Joseph Schifano

Debra Eichenberger, Catie Nelson and Joanie Allgeier

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Mariah, Ron,Jean and Eric Gratz

Kate Welsh and Rachel Bell

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Mary George Meiners , Marti Hazel and Bill Lamb

Julie Howell, Larry Sinclair, Kim Wade and Lisa Mills

Mark Pulliam, Martha Osborne and Pam Jenkins

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Derby Divas Rodes For Him and For Her | April 20 | | Photos by Jolea Brown

Sue Vogt, Erika Paramore and Fran Thornton

Kelley Hymes and Ashley Brooke McGinty

Rhonda Jo Conner and Michelle Mudd

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Maggie Montgomery, Jane Killion and Mary Jimenez

Kathy Cox, Heather Singleton and Julia Leggettt

Barbie Tafel and Jackie Hays

Joyce Meyer, Lynnie Meyer, Mary Lou Meyer, Lisa Stemler and Beth Meyer


Thunder over louisville

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April 22| | Photos by Brian Bohannon

Kevin Clements, Joe Kelly and Cary Bracken

Ben and Amy Fisher

Samantha Judie, Lashondra Hood

Kylie Henson and Traevon Coy

Anna Conn, Brad Shader, Christopher Kaelin, Richard McFarland and Katherine Arnold

Jeff and Julie Moad

Ryan Schroerlucke and Ericka Fischer

Andrew Matthews and Elizabeth Smith

Dagny McEwen, Logan Lucas, Rachel Sotiropoulos and Christian Raether

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KMAC Couture V April 8 | | Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher and Ramona Lindsey

Rob & Allison Schenkenfelder, Kristen and Chris Hudson

John Bajandas with daughter Olivia Bajandas

Mariah Gratz, Sarah Clay and Jamie Weyland

Dianna Robbins and Kelly Will

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Jeff Wins, Tawana Bain and Kobe Cam

Rob and Lorie Davenport

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Janet Weeden, Eric Wentworth and Olivia Griffen

Gretchen Bell, Amy Weeks and Theresa Carpenter Beames

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Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 Kentucky Center for African American Heritage | April 10 | Photos by Brian Bohannon

Roger Cude, Mayor Greg Fischer and Pattie Dale Tye

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Lee Puckett, Mark Hamilton, Maurice Hamilton and Ted Richardson

Carin Isaacs, J.P. Davis and Abby Shue

Claire Simms, Katherine Smith, Ben Smock and Ellen Yunker

Matt Kamer, JK McKnight and Mo McKnight Howe

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Ben Reno-Weber, Barbara Sexton Smith and Aldy Milliken

Annette Skaggs, Stacey Servo and Elizabeth Rounsavall


Taste of Kentucky Derby Festival

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Slugger Field | April 25| | Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Kathy Bingham and Merilyn Coslow

Ashton Smith and Shelby Meredith

Kara Mackey, Stan Siegwald and Nicole Yates

Chef Matt Weber, Kelley Ledford, Laurie Banta and Christopher Montgomery with Uptown Cafe

Taste of Derby Event Chair Michael Sadofsky

Michael and Jessica LeLand

Joel Poole, Executive Chef Joshua Moore and Lindsay Moore with Volare

Audrey Reay and Mark Coombs with Four Roses

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May 2017 events THROUGH SEPTEMBER 10


The Hunger Games: The Exhibition

Taste of Derby

Frazier History Museum The Hunger Games: The Exhibition invites visitors to step inside and explore the world of Panem as created in the films. More than one thousand authentic costumes and props, hightech and hands-on interactives, and detailed set recreations reveal the amazing artistry and technology that brought the incredible story to life. Visitors follow Katniss Everdeen's inspirational journey, from her humble beginnings in District 12 to her emergence as the Mockingjay. Highlights include iconic costumes from the films, such as the Girl on Fire dress, the Mockingjay dress and the Mockingjay armor; key artifacts including the Mockingjay pin, Cinna's sketchbook and Katniss's bow; and interactives, including an exploratory map of Panem, a gamemaker's control table, and a stunt choreography interactive. THROUGH MAY 15

"The Gestural Line of Equine" New works by Jeaneen Barnhart

Craft(s) Gallery Jeaneen Barnhart is dedicated to the art of drawing on paper, creating works with such diverse line and texture taking on their own dimension. Equine studies, Male Torsos, Sensual Nudes and Loving Couples encompass her extensive repertoire. Although painting is secondary, successful canvases depict similar qualities of classic drawing style and spirited movement. Her exploration with oil painting continues, working with a variety of subject matter including her Full-Bodied Wine, Tulips, Sunflowers, Equine, and Figure series.

KFC Yum! Center Mingle with horse racing celebrities as you savor an evening of exquisite cuisine and exceptional wines. Sample regional specialties with wine pairings, created by nationally renowned chefs along the Road to the Kentucky Derby, as you enjoy live music entertainment and a live chef cooking showdown. Join us from 7 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. as we start the Kentucky Derby celebration with flavor!

Unbridled Eve Derby Eve Gala

Galt House Hotel On Saturday the Mint Juleps will flow, the call to the post will sound, hooves will pound, dirt will fly, bets will be made and dreams will come true. But first, come experience a night of Southern grace, glamour, charm and hospitality at its finest during the sixth annual Unbridled Eve Gala. Held the night before the Kentucky Derby, the Unbridled Eve Derby Gala is one of the most anticipated black tie-optional events of the year for Louisville lovers, celebrities and racing enthusiasts.

Silks in the Bluegrass

Crowne Plaza Louisville Silks in the Bluegrass is the signature fundraiser for Operation Open Arms, held annually on Oaks night, a fundraiser for Operation Open Arms, Inc. MAY 5

Winners Circle Bourbon Brunch Fitz Fitzgerald and Dressed Behavior present the sixth annual Derby Day brunch on the exclusive rooftop terrace at the Vue. Brunch, chilled mimosas, cocktails, all set to a soundtrack provided by B96's very own, DJ Empty Beats.

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Fillies & Stallions

Mellwood Arts Center Anticipation has never been higher than in these weeks leading up to the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby. Now entering its 7th year, Derby weekend's premiere party is no longer a secret. It features a 40ft red carpet swarming with paparazzi and always has some crazy surprises in store. This private event is designed to entertain the greatest mix of celebrities, industry titans, well-heeled influencers, and tastemakers. There is no "dress code", per se, but cocktail attire or Derby chic is the common theme. This is the event you have been saving that outfit for. MAY 6


FARMINGTON HISTORIC PLANTATION Farmington Historic Plantation invites you to the annual Historic Homes Foundation Derby Breakfast. Enjoy a traditional sit-down brunch, Bluegrass style, with an open bar, live band, and Southern cuisine. We welcome you to enjoy coffee and dessert in our social silent auction area. Your buffet wristband also allows you access to the separate Bourbon & Biscuits tent.


FARMINGTON HISTORIC PLANTATION Farmington Historic Plantation invites you to the annual Historic Homes Foundation Derby Breakfast. Enjoy a traditional sit-down brunch, Bluegrass style, with an open bar, live band, and Southern cuisine. We welcome you to enjoy coffee and dessert in our social silent auction area.

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MAY 19–21

Winner's Party

Kentucky Derby Museum Join the celebration and witness the crowning of a new champion at the Winner’s Party. Toast alongside the winning jockey, trainers, and owners for the perfect ending to your Kentucky Derby experience. MAY 13

March for Babies

Big Four Lawn We are excited to enhance your March for Babies experience this year. Together we Hope, Remember and Celebrate at our walk sites nationwide. Whether this is your first walk or your 40th, you are going to love the fresh look and feel of March for Babies as you make a difference for moms and babies. MAY 19

Go Red for Women Luncheon

Louisville Marriott Downtown Join the American Heart Association for the 2017 Louisville Go Red For Women Luncheon. Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States? It kills nearly half a million women each year at the rate of about one per minute. They are our sisters, mothers, daughters, friends, neighbors and colleagues. The Louisville Go Red For Women Luncheon and Conference is a life-changing experience that focuses on three areas to support the fight against heart disease in women: heightening awareness of the issue, creating a passionate call-to-action and generating funds to support education and research.

MAY 20

Old Louisville Springfest

Historic First Street in Old Louisville With nearly 10,000 visitors, tons of vendors, food trucks and artists our neighborhood is brimming with excitement! Rain or shine please join us on First street between Oak and Magnolia in Historic Old Louisville for the Annual Old Louisville Springfest. MAY 20

Great Strides 5K

Slugger Field Great Strides provides a great opportunity for people within the community to get involved in a great cause. Participants can form walk teams at their workplace, through their clubs and organizations, or with friends and family. Walk day is a fun, family-oriented event with a healthy 5k walk, children's activities, food, and festivities that participants look forward to year after year.

Highlands Beer Festival 2017

ValuMarket Supermarket 1250 Bardstown Park Welcome to the Highlands Beer Festival 2017. May 20th, 2017. Admission $20. Absolutely no one under 21 admitted. Admission includes 15 beer tickets. The first 500 people through the gates will receive a 2017 commemorative HBF glass. Proceeds benefit the Bluegrass Center for Autism. Purchase your admission ticket to the Highlands Beer Festival in advance and get in 1 hour early with 5 extra beer tickets. The first 500 advance ticket holders are also guaranteed a commemorative Highlands Beer Festival 2017 For tickets, go to

Walk MS

Louisville Water Tower Park Walk MS helps us team up with friends, loved ones and co-workers to change the world for everyone affected by MS. Together, we become a powerful force. And with every step we take, every dollar we raise...we're that much closer. Together, we will end MS forever. MAY 25–29

Abbey Road on the River

Big Four Station Park MAY 26–28

Kentucky Reggae Festival

Louisville Water Tower Park The sound of steel drums and the savory smell of Caribbean-inspired foods make this the premiere Memorial Day event for those longing for summer. Flavorful dishes from the Jamaican Association of Louisville, Caribbean Market featuring arts, crafts, jewelry, beads and more. All surrounded by the contagious and soulsatisfying sounds of live, authentic reggae music. You’ll find it all at the Kentucky Reggae Festival brought to you by Four Roses Bourbon. MAY 31

Waterfront Wednesday

Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park Enjoy music from The Mavericks, Hollis Brown and Peter Searcy. MAY 31-AUGUST 13

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival

C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater in Central Park Grounded in the works of Shakespeare, we enrich our community by presenting accessible, professional theatre experiences that educate, inspire and entertain people of all ages. TOPS LOUISVILLE | may 2017 159

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June 2017 events JUNE 2

JUNE 6-11

Old Crow Medicine Show

Kentucky Bourbon Affair

Iroquois Amphitheater Award-winning country/folk band Old Crow Medicine Show will be paying homage to the legendary Bob Dylan when they make a tour stop at the Iroquois Amphitheater. The platinumselling band, who are two-time Grammy Award winners, are embarking on a 29-date tour, during which they will be playing Dylan’s iconic album Blonde On Blonde in its entirety at each stop. The Kentucky Bourbon Affair is the ultimate Bourbon fantasy camp and the only event that’s actually hosted by the legendary distilleries themselves. Join us in Louisville – the heartbeat of Bourbon culture and cuisine – for behindthe-scenes access, private barrel selections, rare tastings and exclusive nightcap events with the Master Distillers and Bourbon Barons of Kentucky’s signature industry.



See, Stop, Sketch!

Speed Art Museum Guests are invited to sketch in Southern Accent using drawing materials provided at guest relations every Saturday. Materials are free for members and with exhibition admission. Sketching exercises included with the materials draw inspiration from Minnie Jones Evans, Jeff Whetstone, and others featured in the Southern Accent exhibition. No registration required. JUNE 4

Salsa on the Belle

The Belle of Louisville

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Pride Night

Louisville Slugger Field Join with us for an historic event in Louisville as the Louisville City FC hosts PRIDE Night! The Louisville Gay Men's Chorus will open the night with the National Anthem just after 7:00 PM and then the game against the Charlotte Independence will begin at 7:30. JUNE 8

Bourbon & Bowties, A Taste of Corbett’s

5050 Norton Healthcare Blvd// Enjoy hors d’oeuvres prepared by some of Louisville’s top chefs, music and auctions to benefit Norton Children’s Hospital through the Children’s

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Hospital Foundation. A bowtie, tie and bangle have been created for this year’s honoree and are presented by River Road Asset Management. JUNE 9


MUHAMMAD ALI CENTER Working with local partners, the Ali Center will host a Youth Festival in celebration of Ali's life journey and fierce determination as an example to all children. Local arts and education organizations will provide booths and entertainment. The “I Am Ali” festival will open on the one-year anniversary of Ali’s passing, June 3rd and will highlight Ali’s “Six Core Principles”—Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Respect, Giving, and Spirituality– with six weeks of programming and community events, tied to each one of these principles. Go to for more info. JUNE 10

Whiskey Live

Louisville Marriott This premier tasting event will allow guests to sample world-class Scotches, Bourbons and whiskies while mingling with experts in the industry. The WHISKY LIVE event will be held at the Louisville Marriott East, the state’s only Bourbon-themed hotel.

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Adult Workshop: Back to Basics: Watercolor

Speed Art Museum SPEEDMUSEUM.ORG Understanding the South can be deepened by experiencing its unique environment. In Southern Accent, learn to look closely at your surroundings and translate them into expressive paintings in this watercolor workshop. Ages 16 and up. $5 for members | $22 for non-members.

The Color Run 5k Louisville


Zoofari: One Wild Night

Louisville Zoo The Friends of the Louisville Zoo is proud to host their 37th annual Zoofari! event on Saturday, June 10,. As the largest annual fund-raising event benefiting the Zoo, guests can again expect the opportunity to be up close and personal with the Zoo’s animals while also enjoying hors d’oeuvres, a gourmet sit-down dinner, themed cocktails, a silent auction, the opportunity to adopt an animal during the live auction, music entertainment and the company of friends and colleagues from around the community.

Walk and Roll for KIDS

Fourth Street Live!


U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

Papa John's Cardinal Stadium JUNE 17


National Pride March

Kentuckiana Pride Festival

Local march in solidarity with the national pride march. We want to be united as a community and stand for equal rights for everyone. More details to come.

Join thousands for the annual Kentuckiana Pride Festival. This years event will feature two stages, family zone, and over 100 vendors.

Kosair Charities and The Kids’ Center present "The Magic and the Wonder"

EP "Tom" Sawyer State Park Imagine adult bouncies shaped in the form of obstacles. If you've ever dreamed about flipping over a wall on a course like the inner ninja in you wants but have always feared that hard ground, this is your moment! Join Louisville OCR for this event! At a 5k distance, multiple bouncy obstacles designed for adults, and with fellow LOCRs, this is guaranteed to be a good time!

The Kentucky Center


"Kinky Boots" Presented by PNC Broadway

The Kentucky Center Kinky Boots is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

Insane Inflatable 5k


Waterfront Wednesday

Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park Kick off the summer series with Pokey Lafarge, Robyn Hitchcock and Carly Johnson.

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TOP SHOTS Who’s Who in Lou!

The Fillies Derby Ball

Shannon Kessler with Primp Style Lounge

KDF Taste of Derby

The Louisville Crashers at the Gallop Gala

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