TOPS Louisville: October 2017

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Good Medicine


Jewelry Trends


Boutique Spotlight: Six Sisters


Outfit of the Month: Gala Glam


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tour of homes: A Place in the Country


At Home With Her Horses


cusine Dining: Secrets Of A Louisville Chef


Recipe: Seared Lane Red Snapper


top 5 dining: Serving it Forward




New+Noteworthy:The Cutting-Edge


Tops Cares: Habitat For Humanity


Meet the media: Marques Maybin


Education: Making the Grade


family Super Mom: Jessica Moreland


Parites: Howlloween for Grown-ups


Pets: Rescue dogs of a different breed


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Tough Cookie Awards


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Dancing with Southern Indiana Stars


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Big Four Arts Festival


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CONTRIBUTORS Photographers

Danny Alexander Dick Arnspiger Joy Bauer Brian Bohannon Jolea Brown Tim Furlong Jr. David Harrison Steve Squall

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Tara Bassett Kristie Hicks Crenshaw Drew Deener Rocko Jerome Allison Jones Steve Kaufman Marcella Kragel Ina Miller Nancy Miller

Jennifer Newton Remy Sisk Tony Vanetti Dwight Witten

Cover image by steve squall


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opefully, you have an answer on the tip of your tongue. I, as usual, have many. But I will only share two. First: my sister, Stephanie, who was widowed six years ago at the age of twenty-nine, three days after her wedding. Her husband, also twenty-nine, had stage four lung cancer. She, like me, had been working in media at the time. Flash forward six years and she’s an oncology nurse at the University of Washington Medical Center. Whenever I’m having one of those days, I think of Stephanie and Kevin and their courage and remember that life is a gift that I can squander or celebrate. I choose the latter. This issue—our inspiration and education issue—illustrates that there is no lack of inspiring people, actions, achievements in our city. There’s even good news in writer Steve Kaufman’s, “Making the Grade,” a detailed, statistical look at both public and private schools in our city that reveals some surprising superlatives. The October issue is just another example of why my job is the second thing I’ll mention that inspires me— every day, year after year. To be an editor of a city magazine in a city fueled by creativity, philanthropy,

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diversity, thriving industry and, yes, sometimes bourbon, is a rare experience and one I do not take for granted. Thank you for making it possible. Another great big thank you to Yamilca Rodriguez, founder of Bespoke, the Louisville-based fashion collective that just moved their workshops and studio into a new space at 1000 Swan Street. She graciously opened her doors to our crew for our late-night cover shoot. Their couture creations— from millinery to menswear to the gorgeous cover skirt created by Genna Yussman Greene— are another wonderful example of an it-could-only-happen here initiative where artisan education and artistic inspiration coexist happily and magically every day. Let this issue, with its cover image of stunning, smart and unstoppable nineteen-year-old cancer survivor Emily Dawson and packed with uplifting people, places and events spark your next inspired move.


OUR COVER SHOOT Cover Photo by Steve Squall Model: Emily Dawson Hair and makeup by Karen Stout and Jessie Coleman from Joseph’s Salon and Spa On location at Louisville Bespoke at 1000 Swan Street Cover Credits: Do + Be suede motorcycle jacket, $73, at Apricot Lane. “Woke up Fabulous” t-shirt, $17.99, at H+M. Couture skirt by Genna Yussman Greene. ( SVA necklace, $224; leather choker, $48; hammered gold ring, $145; and pink stone ring, $135, at Blu Boutique. Deepa earrings, $149, at Liv Boutique. Behind the scenes:


Karen Stout and Jessie Coleman from Joseph’s Salon and Spa

HAIR STYLIST AND MAKEUP ARTIST FOR OUR COVER SHOOT This dynamic and incredibly talented duo have tackled many covers for us in our brief history. This month, they transformed Emily Dawson from University of Kentucky student to glamorous cover model. In true Aveda style, they did so by bringing out her natural beauty and inner glow—a process which was magical to witness.

Steve Kaufman

WRITER, “Making the Grade” and “Teddy Abrams Meets Muhammad Ali” Steve Kaufman’s professional career has taken him from Chicago to New York to Atlanta to Louisville. From Wrigley Field and Madison Square Gardens to Manhattan office towers and boardrooms, from Fifth Avenue luxury boutiques to suburban New Jersey malls, from European department stores to New Delhi street merchants’ stalls, from Michigan football to Kentucky basketball, from interviewing New York governor Nelson Rockefeller to interviewing Louisville’s Cookie Lady.

STEVE SQUALL PHOTOGRAPHER, Cover It’s the third Tops cover for photographer Steve Squall... “a mercenary photographer/fictional character who was invented with the hopes of making beautiful images. In his free time, he enjoys walking around with songs stuck in his head, eating fancy foods, and taking trips to the Star Wars Galaxy. He loves his mother, his girlfriend Kate, and his dog.”

He is also a published novelist, and an undefeated Jeopardy champion. But his Jeopardy was a daytime show filmed in New York in black and white. Yes…. He is that old.


Danny Alexander is a portrait and editorial photographer currently residing across the river with his three dogs and family. He’s won several photography awards and been featured in multiple publications and photography websites. Further work can be found on his website

Kristie Hicks Crenshaw

WRITER, “Inspiring Survivors” Kristie has written personality profiles, features, and articles on health, beauty, and the medical field. She has a Billboard Magazine Award from her time in morning radio, a Miss Kentucky Crown that she didn’t get on E-bay, and a penchant for playing charades with her husband, Brooks. Known to craft entire conversations out of 80’s song lyrics, she loves high tea, low light and smooth Kentucky bourbon.

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(AFTER WORK) Zeggz has a new selfserve champagne keg. We have a new October issue. Sounds like the makings of a party. And you’re invited! By Christine Fellingham Those of us at TOPS cover a lot of parties. Now we get to host one too. On Thursday, November 9, at Zeggz on Lime Kiln Lane, we’re breaking in their new “Bubblz Machine” (the first self-serve champagne-on-tap system in the country) with a brunch-inspired bash for our readers, writers, photographers, models, subjects and staff. We felt that the fact that champagne is now flowing like coffee at Zeggz locations is reason to celebrate. So, come meet the crazy workaholics who help put this product together and enjoy not only the selfserve champagne, but Tito’s Bloody Marys, Tito’s fancy squeezed Screws (a.k.a. screwdrivers) and mini brunch bites. Like our magazine, it’s all free.

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The Gala That Was 100 Years In The Making Next month, Metro United Way is hosting its first-ever gala to celebrate a century of supporting worthy causes in our community.

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fundraising mark of a billion on our hundredth anniversary?” asks Reno-Weber. Either way, the party will symbolize both the achievement of past goals and the beginning of a fresh chapter: “Many people don’t realize how the Metro United Way has evolved,” says Reno-Weber. “They think our support of other organizations is strictly financial, but we do so much more. We provide funding, yes, but we also provide a support system and marketing and outreach that allow other groups to continue to grow and focus their resources on doing good work.” Their reach is tremendous. In total, Metro United Way supports more than ninety-nine community agencies and over 150 programs in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Instrumental in their success are the 600 members of the Tocqueville Society. “We created this group in 1984 to recognize our most generous donors and contributors,” says Hickerson. In 2016, for example, the Tocqueville Society members alone contributed more than $6 million. Which is why the gala, on November 11,



will be more of a big thank you than another call to fundraise. There will be live music, a surprise “never before seen in Louisville” interactive activity that will result in a permanent fixture in the building. “Everyone who participates will be permanently memorialized,” says Hickerson. “But I can’t say more than that!” What there won’t be in an auction. “We’re not going to make this about raising more money, we’re going to make this a celebration of our shared success,” says Reno-Weber. “This is an exciting moment and an exciting time for us as an organization. We have created a great network of individuals and groups who are working together to tackle some of the toughest challenges in our communities. They deserve a party.”

IF YOU GO: The Metro United Way 100th Anniversary Gala will be held on Saturday, November 11 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. Individual tickets are $300; a table of ten is $2,700. For info, go to






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TOPS SHOPS: Trends Fall must-haves include luxe touches like velvet, naturethemed accessories and shades of grey or blush. Photos by dick arnspiger

At Apricot Lane Velvet shirt, $39

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For the uninitiated, cacio e pepe is a deceptively simple, deliciously creamy dish involving spaghetti (in this case, ROC’s homemade spaghetti), a wheel of pecorino romano (“the Louis Vuitton of cheeses”) and red pepper. “It’s a little like alfredo, but there’s no cream,” says Rocco. “You finish the plate with red pepper.” The dish is a classic comfort food in parts of Italy. “My mother used to make it for me,” says Rocco who hails from Sorrentino. “But the flame is my thing. People love to see flames. Sometimes I make it shorter, sometimes I make it longer… for show business.”

On Tuesdays, Rocco Cadolini, owner of ROC, heats up the dining room with flaming tableside preparation of his delicious cacio e pepe. This theatrical interpretation of crazydelicious Italian comfort food is just one thrilling culinary experience on the menu.

SIZZLING ITALIAN By Christine Fellingham Photos by Jolea Brown


t may be the most fun you’ve ever had eating dinner on a Tuesday. Cacio e Pepe night over at ROC on Bardstown Road isn’t on everyone’s radar yet, but this authentic Italian twist on performance dining has been drawing a crowd. “Last week, we

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had maybe twenty people come in for it,” says Rocco, the impossibly charming, impeccably dressed owner of the eponymous eatery. “I can cook maybe two at a time. If we get really busy, my manager, Gianfranco, can make it too.”

Showmanship is only part of the allure at the chic three-story restaurant with its lively patio, direct-from-Italy kitchen staff, authentic cuisine and extensive cocktail menu. Rocco’s ideas flow as quickly as his words. He and his wife Stacy have spared no detail in creating an inviting ambiance. There are two smaller private dining rooms upstairs (named after daughters Allessia and Sofia), concealed screens behind the bar and in the upstairs dining room for slide shows, presentations or big games. The third floor is still being renovated for future plans that should shake up the local dining scene further once those roll out. The smart ideas and delicious food are born of experience. Rocco and Stacy may be new to Louisville (she has family here), but they’re not new to restaurants. The recent transplants from New York have owned popular restaurants in Tribeca and Brooklyn. But the Cacio de pepe presentation is a first for them too. “The dish was a special on our Tribeca menu, but I couldn’t cook at the table,” says Rocco. “You pay by the inch for real estate in New York. I didn’t have the room! Now that I’m in Louisville, I have the room and the flexibility to do these kinds of things.”

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What If Lee Robinson Did Your Holiday Shopping? His holiday events have always been over-the-top explosions of fabulous dÊcor and gift items. And, this year, he’s bringing in a celebrity friend. By christine fellingham

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t’s the ultimate holiday season starter: A casual, cocktailsand-lunch gathering at one of our city’s most historic landmarks, filled with exquisite gifts and beautifully-staged rooms. It’s the latest intriguing undertaking by interior designer Lee Robinson who’s hosting this bash at the Pendennis Club and donating proceeds to support the Pendennis Historical Foundation. The party—like any encounter with the effervescent instigator— promises to be a productive whirlwind of fun and informative activity. Robinson has invited friend and colleague Mary McDonald, star of Million Dollar Decorator and Property Envy, to bring star power, styling advice and her in-demand furnishings. “Mary is basically bringing in a huge truckload of her furniture and she’s going to stage the rooms in the club,” says Robinson who is, of course, contributing plenty of his own ideas and items from lines like India Hicks, Chaddock, Osborne & Little of London, Stuart Mercer menswear and Carl Meyer’s womenswear. “There will smaller items like candles and accessories and gorgeous throw pillows and smaller furnishings and beautiful cashmere scarves,” he says. “The idea is to have everything you need at the very moment that everyone starts thinking about the holidays.” Guests can take a break from shopping to have lunch in the second floor dining room and take in a talk by McDonald (on the first day) or a floral arranging seminar by Jana Dowds (on the second). “And I’ll be walking around and I’m sure sharing advice too,” says Lee. “This is my way to bring national talent and cutting-edge products to Louisville during a time of year when everyone spends more time at home with their families.”

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or hundreds of locals and out-oftowners, checking out the thousands of illuminated pumpkins that light up Iroquois Park every Halloween season is a can’t-miss tradition. Whether you’ve made the annual trek or are contemplating this fun-for-the-whole family experience for the first time, here’s what you need to know before you go.

There are over 5,000 carved pumpkins in this year’s extravaganza—all carved by local artists.

You’ll find the smallest crowds on Monday through Thursday, after 10 pm on weeknights or on Halloween night or the five days afterwards.

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There’s extra parking at DeSales High School.

Wear closed-toe shoes instead of sandals since you’re tromping around a quarter mile trail through a park in the dark.

It’s for a good cause! Proceeds benefit If you go: This year’s show, “The Alphabet—from A to Z,” runs October 12 through November 5, from dusk to 11 pm on weeknights; midnight on weekends.

When making your list and checking it twice… Think Chenoweth Square first!

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Fleur de Lis Interiors offers a variety of home interior décor, ome stroll the Square and enjoy a magical, fun-filled evening with your friends and neighbors! Experience the beautifully design assistance, artwork, gifts and more. Schedule your indecorated shops, live music, including the Sacred Heart home holiday decorating consultation with their professional Academy Madrigal Choir, and share a cup of good cheer designers now. with these local businesses. Bedded Bliss, your fine linens and bedding resource, is ready for Part of the excitement of the holidays is putting together the perfect the holidays with merchandise to heighten your senses. Luscious look! It’s not too early to book your appointment now for a blow out soft fabrics to feel and scents to ensure a calmer you. and professional make-up application at Primp Style Lounge, using Set your holiday table this year with fine china and tabletop their mobile friendly app. accessories from Dolfinger’s, a Louisville institution since 1863. The wonderful ladies at Merci Boutique can help you select the Select the most unique gifts, Christmas cards and holiday party perfect holiday outfit for every party from Thanksgiving to New invitations ever at Cartwheels Papers & Gifts. Year’s Eve! A trip into Three Dog Bakery is a must for the most PUPular J. McLaughlin is the place to go to find beautiful, treats and gifts for the dogs and their people on your list. classic women’s apparel for any occasion. Top off your holidays with sweet and savory Top your outfit off with stylish women’s accessories offerings from The Cheddar Box. Their full from jewelry to scarves and gloves at Lemon Tree. catering services and carry-out meals have been Whether casual or formal, no outfit is complete a Louisville favorite for over 25 years. Crown your holiday parties and meals with without designer handbags and footwear from at the 14th Annual H. J. Redmon. the best fresh fish selections in town from Chenoweth Square It’s time to start decking your halls for the Highland Fish Market – Chenoweth Square. Holiday Walk holidays at Digs Home and Garden. From trimming Breakfast and lunch are always a treat at on Friday evening, your trees to updating your interior style décor with Cheddar Box Too! Mark your calendar now for a new upholstered seating, furniture, lighting and art, special treat of Cookies with Santa at CB2 on Saturday, November 3rd. Digs is the place. December 16, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Come eat, drink, shop and be merry

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Gala Guide We’re entering peak season for parties with a purpose— black tie galas that raise money for some of our city’s most deserving causes. Whether you’re a regular at many of them or a newcomer to the charity circuit, this cheat sheet can help you add a few festive evenings out to your calendar.

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October 21 The Doctors’ Ball at the Marriott Louisville Downtown: This classic formal includes an elegant four-course meal and a chance to honor physicians and community members who bring hope and healing to the community. The attire tends to fall on the formal end of black tie: a lot of long black gowns and stunning jewelry. Go to for more info.

November 3 The Giving Tree Gala at the Marcus Lindsey. This new-on-the-scene gala raises money to support organizations which encourage and assist domestic adoption. Bourbon by Rabbit Hole Distilling, dinner and dancing will all be part of this fun-filled evening where guests tend to get creative with their formalwear. Call Anissa Neubauer at 1 (888) 765-4833 for more info.

November 4 The Louisville Orchestra’s 80th Anniversary Gala and World Premier of Teddy Abram’s The Greatest: Muhammad Ali. The pre-show event will be held at 809 West Main Street starting at 5pm with valet parking, cocktails, and dinner created by renowned local chef Chad Welch. Transportation will be provided to Kentucky Center for the performance and guests can then head back to West Main for an unforgettable after-party. Expect an evening of incredible music, exquisite attire and a fabulous food and drink. For ticketing options and more info, go to

Hosparus Candleglow Gala at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. You’ll have half of the what-should-I-wear equation figured out at this black and white ball! There will be wonderful food, an open bar, live and silent auctions and a fabulous band. There will also be a lounge area with an open bar, appetizers and a photo booth (and less expensive tickets). Proceeds from this night will go towards the renovation and expansion of the Hosparus inpatient unit at Norton’s Downtown. For more info, go to

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November 11 The Metro United Way 100th Anniversary Gala at the downtown Louisville Marriott. This is the first-ever gala fundraiser for the organization that supports and aids a huge network of nonprofits in our community. There will be live music, a unique, interactive activity that will result in a permanent tribute for attendees and plenty of accolades and surprises in this one-timeonly celebration. Go to metrounitedway. org for more info.

November 18 Norton Children’s Hospital’s Snow Ball at the Marriott Louisville Downtown caps off a week of holiday-themed activities benefiting Norton Children’s hospital. Magical touches like artificial snowfall at the entrance, a receiving line with the Louisville Ballet Snowflakes and illuminated sorbet (you have to see it yourself) make this a can’t-miss holiday kick-off for many locals. Since it’s the 125th anniversary of the hospital, expect especially elevated attire and décor. Says Lynnie Meyer, Norton VP of Development, “The fashion will not disappoint. Guests tend to go all out for this every year!”

The Giving Tree Gala 7-11 p.m. Friday Nov. 3, 2017 The Marcus Lindsey 801 East Main St.

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Light The Night Event at Slugger Field

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When faced with unthinkable diagnoses, these four determined individuals pushed through fear and pain to triumph over personal tragedies. Their stories will inspire you. By Kristie Crenshaw


etsy Barefoot is bubbly and sweet and a breast cancer survivor at the ripe old age of 25. A little over a year ago, she noticed a lump the size of a marble in her right breast and mentioned it to her mother. It was time for her mother’s annual exam, so they booked an appointment for Betsy as well. Women with dense breast tissue often have areas of mass that feel that way and it was probably nothing. At least that was the expected outcome. The day did not go as they planned.

In April of 2016, they performed an ultrasound and then a biopsy, and then scheduled a surgery all in a matter of weeks. She was given the option of a lumpectomy (removing a portion of breast tissue) with radiation or a mastectomy (removing all of the breast tissue). Betsy wasn’t playing around, “I just felt like I wanted it all out of me. I decided to do the mastectomy.”

A Young Breast Cancer Survivor Photo By David Harrison

The surgery required a follow up of chemotherapy. Being the planner that she was, Betsy harvested and froze her eggs prior to the four rounds of chemo she underwent. Motherhood is still very much a part of her future. She also used the Penguin Cap in an effort to minimize hair loss. She says it was effective. While she experienced some thinning, it went unnoticed by others and she didn’t have to shave her head. Most young women in her peer group were prepping for graduate school or a summer abroad. Medical school was calling but Betsy took time off to focus on her health. The demands of medical school are intense for a healthy individual. It would have been brutal for someone fighting the Big C. When asked if she ever got angry at cancer, Betsy recalls, “I felt some jealousy towards friends who are young and healthy. They couldn’t understand what

I was going through. I started seeing a Behavioral Oncologist at Norton’s… something I recommend to everyone dealing with something like this. Everyone knows about the physical impact but so few people talk about the emotional side of dealing with cancer.” Betsy credits Chemo Angels with getting her through her cancer journey. “They pair patients with volunteers who lend support; sending letters and care packages.” Now Betsy is the one cheering on other patients. “My first buddy was a breast cancer patient and it was so cool to be on the other side of it. It feels really good to be able to comfort people in their journey.” Betsy is now a firstyear medical student and is leaning towards pediatrics, but hasn’t made a final decision. Having been the patient, regardless of her chosen specialty in medicine, her bedside manner is sure to be impeccable.

About Cold Cap Therapy Cold Cap Therapy is a drug free and non-invasive technique of scalp cooling, proven to be successful in minimizing hair loss, reducing minor swelling and may help to relieve the impact of migraine or headache symptoms and other trichological (hair and scalp) conditions. Cold Cap Therapy involves applying specially-designed caps onto the head to cool the scalp, maintaining the optimum temperature for a period of time dependent on each individual and their treatment specifics. (Norton approved the use of DigniCap, in their cancer care facilities, after Betsy’s treatment. So, Betsy used the Penguin Cap, which is the original Cold Cap Therapy System.)

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cuts, but my body couldn’t balance. So, I would scoot around on my bottom until they taught me how to use a walker. Think of a baby learning to walk.” Once a long-distance runner, she credits her love of physical fitness with much of her recovery success and her desire to stay motivated. She is now a certified personal trainer, a motivational speaker and owns SilverStrength, a fitness business that caters to seniors. (She is also on the BIAK Board of Directors and is a member of Governor Bevin’s task force for the KY Brain Injury Traumatic Trust Fund.) “I would love for everyone to have the same feeling about exercise that I do,” says Mary. “There is nothing more powerful than feeling your muscles move and your blood pumping.” Mary’s family started The Brain Ball in 2004, a fundraiser for the Brian Injury Alliance of Kentucky. At this year’s event, Mary will speak about her experience and be available for book signings of story her about her 20-year recovery titled The Light Through My Tunnel. She gives all credit to God. “Being a woman of faith, I think that God stepped in and sent that ER nurse to save me,” she says. “I’m still here to be an encouragement to other people. I would have been just a plain old Mary and now I’m a miracle…and I can help other people!”

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Triumph Over Tragedy


he year was 1997 and Mary Varga was a new mom running errands. While at a stop sign with her 3-month-old son in the back seat, she was t-boned by another vehicle and suffered a traumatic brain injury that would completely alter the course of her life. Miraculously, her son was facing the back and strapped securely into his car-seat, unharmed. “That was the first miracle,” Mary says. “The second was that there was an ER nurse in a nearby yard who rushed to my aid and revived me.” Upon waking up from a two-month coma, Mary asked the night nurse taking her vitals,

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“Who the hell are you?” She’s seen the photos but has no real memory of the accident, as the brain doesn’t retain memory in the face of such trauma. While still holding firmly to her intellect, her short-term memory was affected the most. “My sister, Julie, would re-introduce herself every time she came back into the room,” she recalls with a bit of laughter. “People who have brain trauma like I had tend to recover as much as they can in the first eighteen months. Since that time, it’s just been pure grit and strength on my part,” says Mary. “I had no broken bones or

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arah Mudd was an incredibly active working mom of two. She fed her family organic food, shopped at farmer’s markets, and ran or biked almost daily. So, when a sudden pain in her hip took her by surprise last July, she merely thought she’d pulled a muscle. However, after rest and ice, it only got worse. She went to her primary doctor for an x-ray and instead of a comforting explanation, she got this disturbing news: He discovered some sort of dark mass on the bone that couldn’t quite be identified. Sarah was then referred to an orthopedic surgeon who did an MRI and a needle biopsy, which came back inconclusive. Surgical biopsy was next, which yielded

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no conclusive result. They could not identify the type of cancer she had. Yes, cancer. ”I knew right away that I wanted a second opinion,” says Sarah. “You can go down a very dark rabbit hole on the internet,” says Sarah who was finally diagnosed with angiosarcoma of the bone. It was far more aggressive than originally thought and the tumor was growing. Usually affecting soft tissue, like breasts or skin, angiosarcoma of bone represents less than 1% of primary malignant bone tumors. It’s incredibly rare. “When I heard the C- word…it was very surreal. I was healthy and I never went in the hospital, except to have my children,” she recalls, “I was like, wait. What?” Sarah began chemo last December and completed her course of treatment in March of this year. She had surgery in April to remove any remnant of the eroded

bone tissue. Now she’s walking with a cane and doing ongoing rehab at KORT. She loves that her doctors and therapists remind her that she’s had major surgery and that her progress is good. She credits them with being great cheerleaders. As a family, they were very active; what was once a level 7 (on a scale 1-10) is now a level 2. “It was important to find my inner strength, to push through, to keep things as normal as possible for my kids,” says Sarah. Although running is off the table, bike riding is in her very near future and something the whole family can do together. And they’ve found creative ways to cope as a family and make the side effects less frightening. There was the hair-shaving party, for instance. “Losing my hair was not as difficult

as I thought it would be,” says Sarah. Her chic short hair now is fun and a little edgy…much like her personality. It suits her. She is able to maintain her employment by working remotely, which has been a huge blessing. It enables her to continue to earn a living while spending more time with her husband and children. Her physical goal is to work through rehab and be rid of her cane in the next 3 to 6 months. Her biggest concern is staying connected to her children, ages 9 and 4: “Do I want them to see me tired and emotional? No, but I wanted them to know they can talk to me about it.” The treatment and recovery process has been very limiting and rather painful. However, Sarah refuses to give in and chooses to focus on the present as much as possible. “Cancer is not going to define me or my life. Period.” TOPS LOUISVILLE | October 2017 47

A Change of Heart


t the age of 54, Lisa Russell thought a little weight-gain and some shortness of breath on her daily walks were the norm. “I went to the ER at Norton Brownsboro thinking I’d get an inhaler and go shopping,” she says. It didn’t exactly play out that way. Lisa was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and told a left ventricle assist device and a heart transplant would be required to keep her alive. “My heart was operating at only ten percent,” she says. Because of a fear of possible complications including clotting, stroke, and infection, Lisa decided she was not going to have surgery and would let God do the deciding for her. “Quality of life is most important to me,” she states. She forged on, planting trees in her yard and living life as normally as possible. “In March of 2015, I reached the point again of not being able to breathe and constantly catching my breathe. I’d wake up feeling like I was drowning,” recalls Lisa. “I went to the ER at Jewish. I thought I was having a panic attack, but it was

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actually V tach.” (Ventricular tachycardia is a type of regular and fast heart rate that arises from improper electrical activity in the ventricles of the heart and may result in cardiac arrest.) In September, she realized she was going to die if she did nothing. She agreed to the LVAD and began waiting for a heart. “I wrapped up my affairs beforehand,” she says. “I didn’t want to leave a mess for my family to sort through, in case things didn’t go well.” Transplant day was January 5, 2016. A heart had become available. “I walked in for surgery and they were afraid I wouldn’t make it the through the day,” she says. “I started praying.” Not only did

she “make it through” the surgery, but she recovered so effortlessly that she feels as if she were never sick. “I’m truly blessed.” Lisa says. “I appreciate life so much. There are so many who don’t qualify for a transplant or survive the LVAD.” Post-transplant, Lisa is amazed at how good she feels. She will have to remain on medication for the remainder of her life, but she can go on her walks, garden and live life with very few restrictions. “Two weeks before my heart failure, I was dealing with a lot of anger and I got on my knees and asked God to change my heart and fill it with love,” she says. “Because of my donor, Elaine, and her family…I have that now.”


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Good Medicine Norton Children’s Hospital celebrates its 125th anniversary with an epic exhibit at the Frazier History Museum that chronicles a history of nurturing our community through tragedies and triumphs.


he history of Norton Children’s Hospital is very much the history of Louisville, which is why the 4,200 square foot exhibit opening at the Frazier Museum this month is so compelling. The hospital that now serves over 170,000 young patients a year grew out of the response to the devastating tornado of March 1890. In its aftermath, a group of nurses volunteered to treat injured children in a donated home in what is now Old Louisville. From there, money was raised and the Children’s Free Hospital officially opened its doors and soon began treating patients from our own

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community and from others where decent medical care didn’t exist. The first patient was five-year-old Radford Duff from West Virginia, who had been declared a “hopeless cripple” due to tuberculosis in his hip. At Norton, he underwent surgery to remove the infected tissue, and was given a shot of bourbon because anesthesia was not yet available. He made a full recovery and was able to walk. “We had educated workers and we had a local source of anesthetic, so we had the best hospital in this part of the country” says VP of Development Lynnie Meyer.

By Christine Fellingham Photos courtesy of Norton Children’s hospital

“It’s incredible when you look at the determination and resourcefulness in in our early history.” That determination to serve, heal and continually expand the boundaries of medical technology has created a dynamic, world-class healthcare institution that not only helped our city through the horrors of The Great Flood, the polio epidemic and dozens of other natural and medical crises, but also set the standards when it comes to delivering the very best state-of-the-art treatments to young patients. “Our neonatal unit has a level four NICU and is one of the largest in the

had burns over most of his body and spent six weeks in intensive care, is now a bus driver, volunteer bus safety teacher, director of a new nonprofit called Voice for Change and a motivational speaker. “I think back to those days in the hospital as a turning point,” he says. “There was such compassion and understanding. I carry a huge part of that with me to this day.” The photos and artifacts from the exhibit bring to life the stories of so many others whose lives were forever altered by the hospital. Like Trish Cardin, the mother of “Baby Calvin” (a pseudonym), the sixth infant heart transplant patient in the world. “If there hadn’t been a Norton Children’s Hospital, we wouldn’t have had Robbie at

were phenomenal,” she says. When Robbie passed away at the age of nine— years later than most infant heart transplant survivors, it was also at Norton Children’s. “I remember walking out in the hallway to collect myself and I just saw doctors and nurses crying like babies,” she says. “They cared that much. He had his surgery at twenty-one days and twenty-one years later we are still connected to his nurses and doctors from Norton. We have them over for dinner. They are family.” These moving stories from one-hundred-and-twenty-five years of treating children promise to make the exhibit at Frazier a mesmerizing experience for guests of all ages. But if that’s not enough,

The photos bring to life the stories of so many others whose lives were forever altered by the hospital.

county,” says Meyer. “We also have level one pediatric trauma center. That not only allows us to treat the most serious, life-threatening conditions in our own community, but it allows us to treat children from areas where high-level treatments are not available.” The exhibit showcases many incredible stories of treating the “untreatable” and the unimaginable. For example, several of the survivors of the unforgettable Carollton bus crash in May 1988 were rushed to Norton Children’s. One of them, Quinton Higgins, who will attend the opening of the exhibit, says this of his stay at Norton: “I went from having the best day of my life to the worst,” he says. “I woke up in a room full of strangers. I couldn’t talk for two weeks. And what I remember is the overwhelming care. I almost have no words for it. I was scared, but I knew I was going to be okay.” Quinton, who

all,” she says. Robbie was born in 1986 with a heart defect that brought a life expectancy of no more than two months. Only five babies in the world had had the transplant surgery that their Norton doctor proposed to the Cardin family. “Dr. Mavroutis was so patient in how he explained it to us. He put it all into layman’s terms and he said, ‘If you’re not understanding something that I’m saying, you just ask me until you do,’” says Trish. “The other five patients were all still alive, so that told us it was the right thing to do.” After Robbie’s surgery when he was only twenty-one days old, Trish spent weeks with him in the hospital. “The nurses

there are all kinds of bells and whistles that can easily turn this trip into a day-long adventure. Guests can experience what it’s like to be a patient on an ambulance ride, explore a 3-D heart designed for a fourteen-month-old boy, view the tiny diapers created for preemies or the collection of surprising items children have swallowed— and the hospital has removed—over the years. “This exhibit has it all. History. Technology. Great story-telling,” says Meyer. But that’s what you’d expect from an exhibit that celebrates an institution that has provided over a century of healing to some of the most deserving patients. 

IF YOU GO: “Hope and healing: Celebrating 125 Years of Norton Children’s Hospital” will be at the Frazier History Museum from October 11, 2017, through February 4, 2018. For more information and tickets, go to

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PAST PERFECT This season, designers are flashing back to decades past, mixing eras and nostalgic influences into a fresh and modern aesthetic. It’s all an excuse to rethink the way you wear fine jewelry— layering what’s heirloom, old and new to create a look that’s a stunning and expressive signature for you. Photos by Dick Arnspiger

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Boutique Spotlight:

Six Sisters At her chic boutique in Nulu, Katie Meinhart masterfully combines insights gained from growing up in a house of half a dozen girls with her years of retail experience. The result? A relaxed and inviting shopping destination. By Christine Fellingham • Photos by david Harrison

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f there’s one thing noticeably missing from Six Sisters boutique in Nulu, it’s this: the attitude. When you walk into the vast space that’s loaded with charm and flooded with light from the wall of windows overlooking East Market Street, there is plenty of room to browse among the carefully-curated clothes, home decor, accessories and adorable baby gifts. While you’re wandering, you may get into a conversation about goings on in the neighborhood or the event you’re shopping for, but what you won’t get is pressure— although you’ll get plenty of styling and shopping advice if and when you want it. Six Sisters is the kind of place where shopping is laid back, fun and full of surprises— like the fact that many of the items are much less expensive than you’d expect.

After almost a decade in retail management, Katie Meinhart knew that atmosphere could be almost as important as merchandise when it comes to attracting and keeping customers. She wanted her own store to be warm and friendly from the minute her customers walked in. “I hate to say it, but you go into some boutiques and they just don’t have that southern feel,” says Katie. “They don’t say hi and they ignore you. Being down here in Nulu, I want to be welcoming. I’m dealing with locals and visitors alike and I’m excited to help people and to represent our city as being friendly and open.” She also wanted her merchandise to be as eclectic as our community. “Because of our location, I get to be trendy and edgy but still be accessible. Her store is for the “fun woman” who stays on budget most of the time but will occasionally splurge on fashion items. “I have a lot of pieces under a hundred dollars, but we have a few treat-yourself items that are around 200 dollars… and our shoes and boots are Dolce Vita, which are priced around 160,” says Katie. “They’re nice boots!” No matter what you buy, you won’t see the same outfit all over town. Katie only orders four of each item. “If you buy something, we’re not going to have another extra small or medium; it’s yours,” she says. While the dream of opening her own place was years in the making, it happened almost on a whim. “I’d always said that if the right place became available, I’d do it,” she says. “It’s always been something that was down the road. But then this space opened and Scottie Howell contacted me because he knew I needed to look at it.” So, Katie and fiancé Sam Rouster took one look and fell hard. “It’s so airy... and big… and so different,” she says. “We knew we had to do some construction, but we also knew that we had an amazing blank palette. We could see the potential and we live right down there in the neighborhood. We said, ‘Let’s do it.’” So, they did… despite the fact that the couple is also planning a wedding at the end of the year. “So, why not start a business and get married in the same year,” she laughs. “I guess teamwork makes the dream work!” So, the two jumped right in and tore down walls— exposing some hidden brickwork that’s now part of the historic charm— finished floors, installed new LED light fixtures and filled

the main space with industrial-chic fixtures and furnishings. “There was no designer, it was us,” says Katie. “My family got involved too. It’s a nice feeling to be able to look at it now and know we did it together. It feels very personal. It feels just like the store I always wanted to open.”

WHEN YOU GO Six Sisters is located at 804 East Market Street, 502-690-9986, and is open seven days a week. They also host private fashion parties after hours. (Shoppers get wine, snacks, a stylist and a discount!) Go to facebook/sixsistersboutique for more info.

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GALA GLAM We asked three gala chairs (or past chairs) to share what they’re wearing this year. Here, the style scoop.

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et ready to play dress up…. It’s gala season. Around here, it starts this month and doesn’t let up until the ball drops. Fortunately, we’re in the middle of a particularly glamorous fashion season that will make your Cinderella moments much easier to execute. And amidst all the jewel tones, velvet and vintage influences are edgy luxe accessories that can add fresh twist to that full-on gown. To inspire you, here’s how three gala-goers are getting dressed for their big nights. (All three galas are taking place at the Louisville Marriott Downtown.)

Ann Jones past chair, executive of Konica Minolta Norton Children’s Hospital’s Snow Ball November 18

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Denise Roby Chair Hosparus Candleglow Gala November 4

Meredith Loeb Director of the Metro United Way Tocqueville Society The Metro United Way 100th Anniversary Evening of Celebration, November 11

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A PLACE IN THE COUNTRY Rolling hills, daily horseback rides and a custom-built dream home provide the perfect retreat for busy cosmetic surgeon Dr. Julene Samuels and her family. By Christine Fellingham • Photos by Tim Furlong, Jr.


hen their family of four began to outgrow their home in the Highlands, Julene and Tom Samuels didn’t just start looking for a bigger house; they looked for a lifestyle change. “We love many things about the Highlands,” says Julene. “And it was close to my work, close to the twins’ school, but our yard had no privacy and we could lie in bed and look into our neighbors’ bedrooms,” And while the Highlands was close to her Dutchmans Lane practice and Tom’s downtown office, it presented a different kind of commute for this equestrian family with two young girls in competitive three-day eventing. “I was spending half my time driving to and from farms,” she says. Once they added their third horse to their family, the driving to visit their equine family members on the outside of town only increased. The family’s time in the car started really adding up—a burden for two working parents with long hours and early mornings.

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We want this to be a home we will never want to leave and that the girls will always want to return to.”

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he couple considered moving further out, but couldn’t decide how far. “We visited Homearamas and open houses and drove around looking at property,” says Julene. “We considered splitting the distance and living someplace in between. We looked at a lot of homes. Nothing felt right.” A solution presented itself when builder Carl Baker with Sterling Development Group found a beautiful piece of land out in the far reaches of Prospect… with a stable across the street. She says, “I remember driving out there to see it with the girls in the back seat and I had him on the phone and I kept saying, ‘Am I there yet? I think I’m lost!’” But the curvy country roads she was navigating led to a delightful surprise: At the end of a quiet road sat a beautiful piece of land with a sweeping vista of the river. Across the street was a barn. Says Julene, “We both knew that’s where we could build our dream house.”

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esigning and building the house that would occupy this idyllic location was a creative collaboration between themselves, Carl Baker and architect Viorel Florea. “We had gone to a Homerama at Lake Forest and saw a home with a kitchen that we could just see ourselves in,” says Julene. “Carl, who was the builder, walked up in a white coat that looked like a doctor’s coat and introduced himself. We told him we were considering building our dream home. He said, ‘I can do this for you.’” The Samuels had a vision beyond the beautiful country French kitchen: “Our goal with the house was to make it elegant and spacious but still comfortable and livable and not too stuffy or formal,” says Julene. “And we wanted to let the outdoors in; we wanted to incorporate the river view and the equestrian

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farm feel into the interior of the home.” Baker’s attention to detail was the perfect match for a surgeon. “When we started talking about the plans, he said, what time do you get up? Where do you dry your hair?’” says Julene. “He got that detailed about creating a house that met up with our needs.” Florea was similarly obsessive about optimizing the livability of their home. “He looked at the lot and said, we’re going to have to turn the house this way,” she says. “He built it around the view. I can lie in bed in the morning and watch barges go down the river.” She can also walk across the street and visit her horses. “The barn actually belongs to a wonderful neighbor, but they let us keep our horses there,” she says. It’s just another serendipitous perk that makes this house a completely perfect fit.

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hroughout the interior and exterior, other custom touches make the home uniquely theirs. The bannister on the sweeping circular staircase and upstairs balcony that encompass the marble foyer are accented with hand-forged iron horse head medallions. “I love that each one is a little different because they’re handmade,” says Julene. “On prom night, we had thirty couples on that staircase.” A cornerstone near the front door is engraved with the words, “Notre nid sur la riviere,” (Our nest by the river.) Gigantic square custom windows in the family room and upstairs master literally frame the picturesque river view. And a comfy sunken den is part of a teen suite that includes two bathrooms and bedrooms for the twins:

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“This is definitely a house for teenagers,” says Julene. “Their friends hung out here all the time. And we’d rather have them all upstairs than in the basement.” Now that the girls are at the University of Kentucky, their parents are about to enter the next phase of construction— finishing the basement and adding a pool and a second garage for horse equipment. “We’re creating a bourbon bar and we’ll have an infinity pool out back,” says Julene. “The house is evolving with our lives. It was a great home to raise the girls in and the next phase of construction will be great for the next stage of our lives. We want this to be a home we will never want to leave and that the girls will always want to return to.” 


Here are some of the local resources Julene and Tom Samuels used when creating their home.

Carl Baker with Sterling Development Group Builder Viorel Florea Architect Domain Interiors, Tassels and Interiors by Carrie Designers Yorkshire House from Bittners the tall secretary and chair in the foyer Ferguson Copeland Limited from Tassels mirror and buffet table in the foyer

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t’s no wonder Julene Samuels is so excited to have a barn— and her two thoroughbreds and a quarter horse— right across the street. As a solo practitioner in a thriving cosmetic surgery practice, her days routinely start before 8:00 a.m. and end twelve to fourteen hours later: “It’s often dark when I get up and getting dark when I drive home,” she laughs. Add to that the travel she does as an educator and consultant for several medical device companies and as a clinical investigator for Allergan, Syneron Candela, BTL and InMode and her enthusiasm over having daily access to her horses makes sense. “I still remember how excited I was when we first moved out here and I could get up in the morning, walk across the street and feed the horses,” she says. “There’s something magical about mornings in a barn.... It makes the balance of my life work.”

There’s something magical about mornings in a barn. Going over there just centers me. It makes the balance of my life work.” Balancing her busy life includes juggling not just surgical and non-surgical patients, but also the time she spends traveling and educating other medical practitioners as a consultant and clinical investigator. She is adamant, though, that she make time for the research and educational roles that give her national exposure and involvement. “One of the biggest reasons that I have devoted so much time to working with product and device manufacturers was that I wanted to be a part of shaping the future of my specialty,” she says. Julene has been a key opinion leader and consultant on body-sculpting technology, a leader in vaginal rejuvenation techniques and an innovator in laser facial rejuvenation. While some surgeons bristle at the thought of a surgeon spearheading nonsurgical research and technology, she adamantly disagrees with that thinking: “Part of the rapid increase in non-surgical technologies is due to the fact that patients themselves demanded it,” she says. “They quite frankly insisted that doctors and device manufacturers come up with new and less invasive solutions to common problems,” she says. “Since surgeons have the most knowledge of many different parts of the body, it’s my opinion that we should be leaders in the aesthetic industry.” In between all of the studies, speaking engagements, surgeries and procedures, she also makes time to sneak over to the barn just about every day. And, this year,

she decided she would go back for more education of a different kind: “I decided to take riding lessons again,” she says. “I decided it was something I needed to do for myself. It’s been such a treat.” She is currently involved in several clinical trials, one on a non-surgical urinary incontinence procedure for women and men which is about to be published; she is also presenting a paper at this year’s annual meeting of American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. It’s a bold move to be a surgeon speaking about the importance of nonsurgical technology, but she doesn’t shy away from it. “I’m also still a little bit of an anomaly,” she

says. “There aren’t a lot of other women out in that audience. It’s still a sea of men.” While some people would be crushed by a schedule so demanding, Julene has carefully cultivated the balance she needs to make it all work. “All of these relationships we have with manufacturers and medical experts keep my mind fresh and my creative juices flowing,” she says. “They also provide me with endless new options I can then present to my patients. As an aging woman myself, I certainly understand how they feel in their own aging bodies and I am constantly seeking better solutions for my life and for theirs.” 

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Louisville knows him as a chef, restaurateur, founder of Bourbon and Bowties, supporter of myriad charitable causes, husband, father and the person you want in your corner during good times and bad. Dean Corbett is an affable sweetheart of guy who brings magic to everything he touches. By Nancy Miller • Photo by Jolea Brown 78 TOPS LOUISVILLE | October 2017


ean Corbett, the executive chef and owner of Corbett’s an American Place, Equus and Jack’s, doesn’t pull any punches. He’s as frank as they come: “I went to business school, started as a dishwasher at Red Lobster, worked in nursing homes and country clubs and at Pizza Hut...everything imaginable, I’ve been there,” says the five-star chef. “It’s a matter of hanging in. I have had more challenges in the last couple of years than ever because of the competition in the business,” says Corbett. “When I started, there were a handful of (local) fine dining restaurants. Now there are 40 or 50. Staffing has become a huge issue and maintaining clientele is a challenge. A lot of my customers are getting older so we have to bring in new folks.”

Corbett has mixed emotions about the public becoming increasingly food savvy. He likes that they are knowledgeable and appreciative about what restaurants are doing, but wishes guests would trust chefs and stop trying to dissect a menu and change dishes to the point they don’t resemble what the chef intended. “Making so many accommodations get old and it seems to be getting worse,” he says. “It has become more difficult to execute fine dining because of the modifiers.” He “casualized” Corbett’s to make it easier on the wallet and the food more mainstream, both in an attempt to reflect changing times in the restaurant world and diners’ preferences. He has opened up his mind to pizza, wings, nachos and calamari and has altered his menu to welcome the trend toward small plates. And, he’s emphasizing that guests don’t have to worry about dressy attire or assume that a meal there will be a long, drawn out affair.

I’m looking forward to having great conversations in my own dining rooms.” Paul Sant is his choice as new corporate chef for all three restaurants. For many years, the two have known each other through charity events. “When he became available, I thought, golly, if there is any way we can make this work, let’s do it,” says Corbett, who will now be able to get out of the kitchens more often and spend more time with guests. “I’m still trying to make a buck and take care of my staff. I want every meal to be as good as the last. At the same time, I care very much about the people who work for me. The staff is my biggest weapon. My business model is to work as a team to give guests the best experience possible. I’m not fond of chefs or other people who have big egos. I have little patience for a big head until I see what they can put out,” he says.

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Corporate Chef, Corbett’s, Equus and Jack’s Lounge

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What is your plan for Corbett’s? To continue along the path we’re on and to get the word out about Corbett’s throughout the community.

Chefs have garnered rock star status. Do you think of yourself as a super star? I think of myself as just another cook. I believe if you come to our restaurants and enjoy the food, you’ll come back again. It doesn’t matter if the chef is Dean Corbett or Paul Sant or someone else. People are so much more knowledgeable about food today. Gone are the days when the wool can be pulled over their eyes.

Is it intimidating to work for Dean? He is one of the super stars. I don’t know many people in the industry who, when you say you work with Dean, don’t say, “Wow. He’s the man.” I have known him for many years. We became friends before we became employer/employee, which made it easier for me. He knew my culinary skill set so there was no need to do a dog and pony show for him. He knew what he was getting.

Where would you most like to have dinner tonight? And with whom? I would say at a hole in the wall that tourists don’t know about. I’m a little torn about whom I’d want to be there. It would be really cool to sit down with the Dalai Lama and with Lin-Manuel Miranda who writes unbelievable Broadway musicals. Also, one of the late night talk show hosts like Jimmy Fallon would be a blast. I’d like to see what makes them tick. And the pope would be a great person to have a conversation and meal with.

What’s your most vivid food memory? My wife and I were at the top of the Rialto building in Australia. All we ate was a cheese plate. It was a well done selection of cheeses that were nicely presented. The company was great, the view was beautiful, the sun was shining and we were 500 feet in the air. Fantastic.

Have you ever had a kitchen disaster? Once at a hotel in Australia, we were moving a banquet to the other side of the hotel, which required an elevator and lots of walking. I tied two racks of food together. One fell over and the tray of individual pastries slid off. The party was to start in a couple of hours so we didn’t have time to do them again. We got all hands on deck and served slices of cake instead of individual desserts. I can laugh at it now. That was 30 years ago.

Is there anything you’d refuse to eat? I don’t like it when people say they wouldn’t eat something. How do they know they wouldn’t like it if they haven’t tried it? You should try everything twice, like riding a roller coaster. Or doing stand-up comedy and bombing. The next time you’d be better. Honestly, I’d eat a skunk’s ass if it were cooked properly. TOPS LOUISVILLE | October 2017 79

cuisine A frequent mentor to chefs and personnel in his own and other restaurants, he adopts a “been there, done that” approach and considers it a compliment when asked for guidance about sourcing, employee issues or anything pertaining to a menu or running a restaurant. Organizers of non-profit events also turn to him, and in a very big way. “I guess it comes with age. I have been doing them for 40 years. People look to me for advice about how to pull off an event without a glitch,” says Corbett. What have become major fundraisers, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and March of Dimes events were first held at Equus in the ‘80s. Since its inception, he has been involved with APRON,

an organization that offers temporary relief to restaurant workers who are in financial distress, often because of injury or illness. Bourbon and Bowties: a Taste of Corbett’s, is a high-profile dinner that benefits Norton Children’s Hospital. “I’m especially proud of our Gilda’s Club event, a sit-down dinner which I have done for 450 people and never charged them a dime,” he says. “The next one is November 10. I’ll be the host and my team will lead the food although other chefs and Sullivan University’s culinary program will pitch in.” As he looks back over his career, he makes what some would consider a startling statement. “If given the option of being


Corbett’s Seared Lane Red Snapper Fall vegetables bring a seasonal twist to an elegant meal for two. Ingredients − 1 tablespoon butter − 2 8-ounce fillets red snapper − 10 fresh PEI mussels − ½ clove garlic, sliced − 1 medium shallot, fine dice

− ½ carrot, peeled and julienne − 1 medium green zucchini, julienne only the outer green skin − 1 medium yellow squash, julienne only the outer skin

− ¼ cup white wine − 1 cup of your favorite cooked rice − Sprig of fresh parsley or dill for garnish, or sliced green onions will work fine

Preheat oven to 375º. In a medium to hot pan, melt the butter and add the snapper fillet, presentation side down (skin side up). Sauté the fish approximately two minutes to get a nice color. Carefully flip the fish fillet over. Place the pan with the fish in the oven for about seven minutes. Gently remove the fish from the pan. Keep warm until ready to plate. Return the pan to the stove. Add the mussels. Sauté for approximately one minute or until the first mussel opens. Add garlic, shallots and vegetable julienne. Continue cooking for about 30 seconds. Add the white wine and continue cooking until all the mussels have opened. Remove from the heat. Set aside. While the mussels are resting in the hot liquid, place a ring mold in the bottom of each of two bowls. Spoon rice into the mold. Remove the mold. Place the cooked fish fillet on top of the rice. Arrange the mussels around the fillet. Top the fish with the cooked julienne of vegetables. Add the beautiful pan broth around the base of the plate. Garnish with herb sprig.

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a restaurant owner, I wouldn’t do it all again,” he says. “It ages you tremendously. Between the human resource madness, making payroll for 30 years and not being able to see my kids grow up… the stress has been unbelievable.” He can’t imagine a career that didn’t involve cooking, however. “Maybe I would have taught. Maybe I would have worked 9 to 5 for someone else,” says Corbett. “For me, it’s about the fun and creativity of cooking for others.” With Paul at the helm, he is sure to have more time for the fun side of his profession. Says Corbett, “I’m looking forward to having great conversations in my own dining rooms.” 



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evin Grangier introduced Celebrity Host Nights at The Village Anchor seven years ago to support local non-profit organizations. He expanded the program to his steakhouse, Le Moo, soon after it opened. The events are now known as Celebrity Host Nights, or Non-Profit Nights, and are held at each restaurant every Sunday and Monday night.

Organizations that have benefitted from the fundraisers that have raised almost $200,000 include Susan G. Komen Kentucky, Best Buddies, Maryhurst, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana, the Arrow Fund, Kentucky Humane Society, Paws with Purpose and the Animal Care Society.

“We give the participating group a percentage, usually ten percent, of all sales that evening. Leaders of the organizations are the hosts. What a lot of them have found is that it’s a great way to raise money as well as to bring supporters together in a casual way for the host to visit the tables and capture guests’ attention,” says Kevin.

“I have great compassion for abused and homeless animals and for children who come from less than stellar environments,” he says. “I donate to those organizations personally and enjoy it when they participate in the events.”

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Some of Louisville’s finest restaurants have cooked up creative ways to give back to the community. Nancy Miller has the dish. BY Nancy Miller • Photos By //////////

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arketplace Executive Chef Zac Young’s Modern American menu has Southern roots and draws on French and Mediterranean influences. He orchestrates a menu of palate pleasers such as mussels in lobster broth, scallops with corn succotash, blackened tuna with tabbouleh and ricotta gnocchi. With a menu that receives rave reviews and an interior that’s full of drama, Marketplace is one of Louisville’s most culinary-forward restaurants, moving from many diners’ bucket list of must-do-soon restaurants to their list of top spots for repeat visits. “As a local restaurant, we care very much about the people who live here,” says George Stinson, owner of Marketplace. “That’s why we’re proud to help support many events and organizations. Giving back is very important to us.” Among the organizations with which Marketplace is aligned is the Americana World Community Center which creates a safe and supportive community for refugees, immigrants and underserved populations. The restaurant also participates in Dining Out for Life, benefitting AIDS service agencies, and House of Ruth, which provides housing and other services for people with AIDS/HIV. In addition, Marketplace works in partnership with Kentucky Opera and supports fundraising activities for the Healing Place, which serves individuals and their families struggling with addiction. TOPS LOUISVILLE | October 2017 83




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he mission of The Table, a non-profit social entrepreneurship, is formidable: to address food insecurity and provide good, healthy food at affordable prices in Portland. Founded by Kathie and Larry Stoess, and John Howard, the response to the restaurant has been far more than they envisioned. “None of us had experience in the restaurant business. We knew we’d need about 60 paying customers a day to keep us afloat. We do about double that. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. We took a big step of faith,” says Kathie. Guests pay what they can afford. If they aren’t able to pay, they may provide a variety of services, such as washing dishes, serving, cleaning or picking up trash. Customers for whom the cost of the meal isn’t an issue often “pay it forward” by paying a little extra. Chef Laura Rountree’s seasonal menu includes soups, salads and sandwiches. The smoked chicken sandwich is so popular it bridges seasonal changes, and different toppings on smoked pork give a nod to a new season. Fall promises the return of pumpkin chili that proved to be a lunch favorite last year. “We don’t do this for money,” says Kathie. “We’re here to love people and do life together.”


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hen Cindy and Sal Rubino operated The Café in the former Louisville Antique Mall, they continually faced the dilemma of finding the right employees. A drug and alcohol counselor suggested they employee people in drug and alcohol recovery. Fast forward to The Café moving to Brent Street. The majority of workers are in recovery through St. Jude Women’s Recovery Center, The Healing Place, Teen Challenge and Volunteers of America. “We aren’t a rehab counseling facility,” says Sal. “We offer only our heart and soul to them. The Café is a safe place that’s conducive to their recovery process.” The Café also hires individuals who are not in recovery from Kentucky Refugee Ministries. Most of the employees in recovery work in the dining room while most of the refugees work in the kitchen, although there are exceptions. The Rubinos place them where they are most comfortable and can make the greatest contribution. The Café’s extensive menu features popular items such as the Louis XIV, chicken salad served on walnut wheat bread; baked ham and Swiss cheese sandwich; stratas (with or without meat); omelettes with a choice of ingredients; Belgian waffles; bread pudding and Italian cream and chocolate tuxedo cake.

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ehind the beautiful baked goods at Scarlet’s Bakery is a beautiful mission: The picturesque Old Louisville establishment employs women who were once exploited or trafficked. Many of them don’t have GEDs and some have learning disabilities. “It’s a very non-threatening job,” says CEO Rachelle Star. “They get to create something someone wants to purchase that tastes good. That gives them confidence and dignity as they transition through our program.” An 18-month paid job training program teaches baking and hospitality management. Trained Sullivan University culinary program graduates develop products such as cinnamon rolls, bacon and Cheddar chive muffins, donut bites and a variety of sandwiches, and train the women to make them. The program also provides life skills classes, counseling, housing, and group, art and recreational therapy. A case manager works with each woman. “Our first two years in business have been very challenging. But, when I’m able to see someone who was exploited or trafficked go through college, get a really good job and support her children, that makes it all worth it. I love seeing the change that can happen in people’s lives,” says Starr. “Everything we try to do, from the aesthetics to the food to our purpose, we want to be done with excellence because the women deserve that.”

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The CuttingEdge of Cancer Treatment In the hands of expert surgeons like Dr. Shiao Woo, Cyberknife, a new, noninvasive cancer treatment, is providing surgery-like accuracy with drastically shorter treatment for difficult-to-treat patients. By Jennifer S. Newton • Photos By David Harrison

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adiation therapy has been around for decades. While it’s effective, standard radiation requires daily treatment over several months and can sometimes cause damage to surrounding tissues. However, advances in technology are now providing more targeted delivery, allowing for shorter treatment times and less collateral damage. It’s the innovative, highly technological nature of the specialty that led Shiao Woo, MD, to specialize in radiation oncology. “In medicine, in science, many ideas have been around for hundreds of years,” says Dr. Woo. “It’s the improvement in technology that makes each idea executable. The tools, the technology, make it happen.” Currently professor and chairman in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, University of Louisville, Dr. Woo was born in Malaysia and entered medical school there at the age of 17. He came to the United States to further his training and completed residencies in pediatric oncology at Georgetown University and radiation oncology at Stanford. Before coming to U of L, Dr. Woo led stereotactic radiosurgery programs at MD Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor University Medical Center, both in Houston, Texas. Dr. Woo was drawn to Louisville because the prevalence of cancer and potential for new technology offered the opportunity to make a bigger impact on a larger number of people.

What is Different about Cyberknife Stereotactic radiosurgery or stereotactic radiotherapy are general terms that describe a high dose of radiation precisely administered through small beams focused on a single point. Stereotactic radiosurgery refers to radiation to the brain, typically accomplished in one treatment. Stereotactic radiotherapy refers to radiation to the body and is accomplished in two to five treatments. CyberKnife is one of several technologies that can administer both stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy. “The more precise the technology is the more we can afford to hit the tumor harder at each session because you have so little collateral damage,” says Dr. Woo. “CyberKnife is designed solely for that purpose.” CyberKnife is unique in that it combines a linear accelerator, which produces the radiation beam, with a flexible robotic arm that moves the treatment around the patient. It also includes a GPS-like tracking system that locates the tumor with pinpoint accuracy and adjusts for any movement during treatment. One of the biggest advantages of CyberKnife is that it allows for greater patient comfort. With the Gamma Knife, an older stereotactic radiosurgery tool, pins are put in a patient’s head to prevent any movement during treatment. CyberKnife’s GPS system allows for treatment without pins because real-time tracking adjusts for any movement. Other benefits? There are no incisions, no aesthesia, no pain, little or no recovery time and minimal exposure to radiation.

Which Cancers Can be Treated The most common conditions treated by CyberKnife are malignant brain tumors that have metastasized from another cancer site. CyberKnife can also treat benign brain tumors, such as acoustic neuromas, and a benign condition called trigeminal neuralgia. In the body, CyberKnife is effective for early stage lung cancer and certain cases of prostate, spine and liver cancers. “Today, early stage lung cancer can be equally cured by surgery or a special radiation treatment,” says Dr. Woo.

In each case, CyberKnife drastically reduces the course of treatment. For example, standard radiation treatment for prostate cancer is about 40 treatments over seven to eight weeks. With CyberKnife, it is just five treatments over two weeks. CyberKnife is one of three stereotactic tools available at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The other two are TruBeam and TomoTherapy. Each has different characteristics that perform better under specific circumstances. Ultimately, individualizing treatment to each patient to optimize the chance of survival and minimize damage to healthy tissues is key. “CyberKnife is not for everybody or for every situation,” says Dr. Woo. If you have a challenging case or want to explore your options, Dr. Woo emphasizes getting a second opinion at a center that has a variety of advanced tools. Jennifer S. Newton is the Editor-in-Chief of MD-Update. 


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This fall, Semonin Realtors not only helped a single mother and her daughter find their dream home, but they built it from the foundation up. It’s their twentieth project with Habitat for Humanity and just one of the many ways they serve the community they’ve helped so many people call home.

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hen you hear the word “realtor,” most people think of buying and selling. But, for some local agents, real estate is more than a transactional business. “Our agents are truly invested in our community,” says Stacy Durbin, sales manager and Habitat project manager. “‘Lead, teach, serve is our company motto. Service is part of our core set of values and doing service projects in our community is a huge part of what we do.” That’s more than marketing speak. The five hundred agents on the Semonin team spend upwards of five thousand hours a year on community projects and fundraisers for Habitat for Humanity hosting an annual golf scramble, planning in-office raffles and fundraisers and participating in their yearly build. “We have no problem getting volunteers or support for any of these projects,” says Durbin. “We typically have one hundred percent participation.” Their agents are notoriously generous

They select paint colors, floor finishes, light fixtures. It’s so exciting to watch them go through this process of creating a home they thought was out of reach.”

with time and money; their holiday bake sale for Norton, for instance, raised $17,420 last year. The Habitat build is especially meaningful to the team because it gives them a chance to get out of their routine and put some sweat equity into a cause that resonates with them. “We have all helped so many families find homes that we have a deep understanding of how important that is,” says Durbin. “Over the course of three days, we take the house from foundation to nearly finished. When we get there it’s a slab and when we present it to the owner, it has windows, doors, a roof and siding.” And that’s because the agents on their team roll up their sleeves and make it all happen. Many return year after year, learning and cultivating skills that they can use on the next project. One agent who’s typically on site from start to finish is Boyd Hurst. “It’s such a nice program— we have a lot of regulars who come out every year,”

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says the thirteen-year real estate veteran. “I’m a jack of all trades. I help with the framing and usually end up on the roof.” Guiding the realtors are professionals led by builder Chuck Sgro. “These guys are permanent habitat volunteers. They build Semonin homes and they build several Habitat homes a year,” says Durbin. “What’s great is that they can train our volunteers. People can show up with no skills at all and actually learn on the site.” Those who can’t build help in other ways—whether it’s cleaning up, running errands or bringing food and drinks to those swinging the hammers. “It’s a great way to really

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get to know your co-workers,” says Hurst. “And it’s a great sense of accomplishment.” The Semonin team not only works side by side with the construction crew, but with the new homeowner. This year, it’s a single mom and her twelve-year-old daughter. “The family volunteers two hundred hours on the build, so they’re working right along with us,” says Hurst. Before that happens, Durbin gets to meet with the family to help customize the home and select finishes and fixtures. “We want the homeowner to have the full experience of building a home,” she says. “They select paint

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colors, floor finishes, light fixtures. It’s so exciting to watch them go through this process of creating a home they thought was out of reach.” The months of preparation, three intense days of building all culminate in the moment when the Semonin team gets to hand the keys over to the new homeowners. “In the end, we have a dedication where we get to turn the home over,” says Hurst. “It makes the entire experience very personal.” While the agents are familiar with the satisfaction of helping families find the perfect home, the Habitat projects offer a different sense of accomplishment. “Most of these people would never be able to afford a home if it wasn’t for this,” says Hurst. “Many are immigrants to this country. Some of them have had to flee bad situations. They’re all good people chosen by Habitat who just need a little spark to get going. We get to be that spark.” 



A YEAR OF SERVICE The Habitat for Humanity build is only one way Semonin realtors serve the community where they work. Here’s a look at the money they’ve raised for Habitat last year: Cake auction: $17,420 Golf Scramble: $13,792 Payroll/ Commissions deductions: $10,978 Bowling to Build: $2,296 Quilt Raffle: $1,315 Holiday Bazaar: $768 Snack Basket: $757 NCAA Bracket: $400 UK versus U of L basketball ticket auction: $350 Hot dog lunch: $233 Boo grams: $197 New Albany’s biggest loser contest: $128 Total Raised in 2016: $48,634

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Marques Maybin Marques Maybin went from Cardinals basketball star to paraplegic to radio personality. His is the voice of experience. By Steve Kaufman • photos by danny alexander


is crisp, clear, confident voice jumps out of the radio. His opinions are sound ones, formed from years of playing the game, not the instant fan-love/fan-hate that dominates so much of talk radio.

Who is this guy? He’s too thoughtful, too articulate, to be just an athlete. Marques Maybin is full of surprises. “Some people hear me on radio and say, ‘Marques Maybin? There used to be a Louisville basketball player by that name,’” says the leader of Denny Crum’s last Cardinal team (17.7 points a game in 2001). “‘Couldn’t be the same guy, though.’ You know athletes – baggy shorts, corn rows, tattoos, always that hint of trouble. Mindless thugs.” Maybe the most impressive thing about that resonant, disembodied radio voice is not that he was an athlete, nor that he has a degree in psychology, nor even that his vocabulary goes well beyond “gets after the quarterback” or “can go to the hoop.” No, the biggest surprise – the most impressive thing – is that he’s doing all this while sitting in a wheelchair, victim of a motorcycle accident 14 years ago that robbed him of the use of his lower body. Did I say “victim”? Sorry. That’s someone else’s word. It’s not Maybin’s word. Ever. In the summer of 2003, after leaving Louisville and playing a couple of seasons overseas, in Lebanon and in France, Maybin slammed his motorcycle into a truck in an intersection back home in Clarksville, Tenn. And changed his life. Right? “Kind of, in terms of activity, but not really in terms of mentality,” he says. “You know, things can

happen. It was what it was.” Kind of changed? Things happen? Was what it was? Who is this guy? “Right after my accident, I couldn’t even move my hands,” Maybin recalls. “But you know, I considered the worst-case scenario. At least I was still alive. And after some weeks in rehab, I was able to move my hands. Then after a few more weeks, I was able to get out of bed and get around a little bit. “Once I could take care of myself, everything else was ‘Let’s go! I’m not bed-ridden. I don’t need someone hovering over me.’ It was all icing after that.” So, this is a professional athlete rendered a paraplegic in a random accident who says it’s “all icing” because he’s alive and not bed-ridden. You know this is someone who won’t vanish into the wallpaper, someone who won’t devote the rest of his life to bitterness, alcohol, depression. But Maybin had already sewn the seeds of his recovery, starting with great family support and nurtured by the relationships he’d made in Louisville. The university held a Marques Maybin Invitational Basketball Tournament that raised $170,000 for his medical expenses. Austin Peay University from his Clarksville home town pledged its proceeds from that tournament, and U of L coach Rick Pitino – who wasn’t even Maybin’s college coach, who had coached that school down the road – offered to match it. A local 5k run was organized by the school on his behalf. The “collection plate was passed” at Cardinal home games.

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I felt so unworthy of such love and support, I couldn’t really complain about anything.”

“I had the Yellow Brick Road of recoveries,” Maybin says. “I felt so unworthy of such love and support, I couldn’t really complain about anything.” Is there really a “Yellow Brick Road of recovery” from a paralyzing motorcycle accident? Maybin acknowledges that his story is probably “too cheesy” to be real. “If it were a movie, nobody would believe it.” And right about now, he’s getting impatient. Because he doesn’t want his story to be just about a motorcycle accident and his rehab. There’s a second act, and it’s much more relevant than the first. After going underground – “I wasn’t

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hiding from the world. Just let me deal with this at my own speed. I never wanted to be the high-profile charitable case, wheeled into games like some kind of sad story.” – he was invited back by the university to complete his degree. And he began to attend some basketball games, and to be interviewed on air by such local broadcast stalwarts as Bob Domine and Jerry Eaves. Those went well. “Talking basketball on the phone from my living room was pretty easy,” he says. Then, two years ago, Drew Deener of ESPN radio (and a regular TOPS columnist) asked him to come to the studio. He actually lost his voice the first time he

was scheduled to appear, but he went in the next week and people seemed to enjoy it. “It took off from there.” Very soon, he had his own morning show on 93.9 The Ville. What he knew, he says, is that he didn’t want to be one of those controversial types, all opinions all the time at a very high volume. “A lot of times, people run out of narratives and are drawn into negatives,” he says. “I knew I wouldn’t be negative. I didn’t want to be one of these arrogant ‘I played and you didn’t type of ex-athletes. I want to give you my eyes, to pick up on things I could see and maybe you didn’t, so you could understand, through me, what a

player might be thinking. Live it and see it vicariously through me.” Radio means constant pressure to fill the silence of the air. But Marques was intent on avoiding drama, on not picking a fight. Not that he didn’t have strong opinions.

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“But I keep it in the chamber as long as possible,” he says, invoking the vernacular of his father, an Army medivac helicopter pilot who flew more Gulf War missions than anyone else. Maybin was a military brat who traveled the world of forts and bases before landing in Tennessee. He saw guns, and shooting. Maybe that’s part of his equanimity about his own situation. “When I do unload, it seems to scare people, so I hold back. Still, you have to make sure the chamber is always loaded, as soon as the opening music plays. You can’t get caught unarmed.” His fire is often aimed East on I-64 toward the University of Kentucky campus. It’s all part of this area’s natural sports rivalry, whether you suited up in red and black against Big Blue Nation, or you only shouted at the big screen in BW3. Oddly, though, a part of his heart bleeds blue. “We’re all from Clarksville, and so is Alex Poythress,” says Maybin of the former Wildcat star. “My son, Jalen [an ex-University of Tennessee linebacker now with the Detroit Lions], grew up with the Poythress kids – Alex and his twin sister, Alexis. And he and Alexis have a son – my grandson – together. So, you see, you can be Cardinal red and black and hate Kentucky all you want, but sometimes life intrudes.” Life intrudes. Who knows that, if not Marques Maybin? And who has handled it any better? 

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MAKING THE GRADE A+ The school choices in our city—magnet or cluster, public or private, private or Catholic, Trinity or St. X-- are a source of continual debate and discussion. Behind all the noise are some undebatable numbers and undeniably good news. By Steve Kaufman


Are Activities: Worthwhile? Or Less So?

o, should high school seniors bulk up their resumes with sports, clubs, volunteerism, even if they’d rather be home texting?

We asked educators on both sides of the divide: Jenny Layman Sawyer, executive director of admissions at the University of Louisville; and Robert Mullen, president of Trinity High School, and Trinity’s college guidance counselors.

Extracurricular activities in general


e do deeply value the role that the out-of-class experience plays,” says Sawyer. “It prepares applicants to be successful, engaged, contributing college students.”

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She explains that, at the University of Louisville, “We commit to accepting college-ready students in a simple manner, without essays or letters of recommendation. Students who do not meet those college-ready criteria – grades and test scores – are encouraged to submit additional materials, often including an involvement resume. Leadership roles, service and work experience can be ways students can demonstrate having mastered the ability to manage their time.” “Our college guidance counselors suggest to students that quality over quantity is the most important consideration in choosing extracurricular activities,” says Trinity’s Mullen. “They counsel not to select extracurricular opportunities based on how they will look on an application. It is better if an application reader can see that a student has dedicated his time to two or three organizations and made a difference in those, versus seeing an applicant who has been nominally involved in ten activities.”


Sports Participation

oes athletic involvement get you into college if you’re not Romeo Langford? “Many activities in high school – not only sports, but also theater or music – can require a commitment of significant time,” says Louisville’s Sawyer. “This can sometimes limit the student’s ability to have an extensive variety of involvements. However, we know that such activities also can demonstrate discipline and opportunities to learn teamwork and develop leadership skills. In the case of athletics, one of the pros can also be early lessons in good fitness, healthy living and good nutrition.” But sometimes, she warns, “athletics and other activities can minimize a student’s time to dedicate to school work.”

“We feel involvement in high school sports promotes the development of many positive character traits: resiliency, leadership, discipline, time-management, teamwork, fair play and others,” says Trinity’s Mullen. “[However], if students write admission essays that reflect no unique take on how playing the sport applies to their future, or only search for colleges based on their chance to play a sport, then they have short-circuited the values one can derive from playing high school sports.” Mullen agrees with Sawyer about the schoolwork portion of playing sports. “Unfortunately, today,” he says, “to put oneself in a position to play a sport in college, the student must concentrate on the sport nearly year-round. This leaves little time for involvement in other enriching extracurricular activities.”


AP Classes

n most cases,” says Louisville’s Sawyer, “AP classes provide students with the most rigorous curriculum available at their schools. Students in these classes often have access to the best teachers, and also the most difficult levels of reading assignments. These classes provide a student the ability to master some material while still in high school and enter college ready to move on in classes that most challenge and interest them.”

She also notes that taking AP classes can often save the student some money, perhaps allowing him or her to consider minors and double majors, sometimes graduating in less than four years. Trinity’s educators like AP classes

for the benefit of challenging students to think differently. “The student must function at a higher level of thinking since the classes mimic college-level work,” Mullen notes. This can stimulate not only intellectual growth, but also self-confidence. Succeeding in a class where they had to work hard can strengthen them when facing other challenges.” He says colleges with competitive admissions practices “will look at course rigor and GPA as an indicator of a student’s ability to perform in a more rigorous college curriculum. The opportunity to get college credit is also a benefit. “Be cautioned though, it is always important to research what AP test score will equate to what credit in a particular college.”



ome time in the fall of either 2018 or 2019, the first charter schools are expected to open in Kentucky.

As Stephen Pruitt, Kentucky State Commissioner of Education, has been quoted as saying, “We’re no longer talking about charter schools, we’re doing charter schools.” Before Kentucky pats itself on the back for being so progressive, it’s worth noting that charter schools have been around since the mid1990s, beginning in Minnesota. We’re the 44th state in the country to authorize charter schools. House Bill 520 passed during the 2017 legislative session, established the statutes to make charter schools legal, and called on the Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate regulations.

“That’s where we are now,” says Earl Simms, who came on board this summer as director of the division of charter schools, for the Kentucky Department of Education, after six years doing similar work in Missouri. He’s a native Louisvillian, a graduate of duPont Manual High School and Murray State University. The board will be doing its second reading of the regulations at its October meeting. Simms explains that charter schools are not some independent renegade educational operation, but completely accountable to state standards, testing and laws. “They’re publicly funded by the same local, state and federal dollars as traditional district schools,” he says, “but have their own non-profit board, which is not attached to any locally elected district school board.” As a result, they’re able to make changes in curriculum, budget, school operations and culture very quickly to suit the student population or the community. “If something is not working,” says Simms, “they can make specific changes faster because the changes apply to only one school rather than an entire county system. They can offer innovations or programs not currently offered by anyone – so they’re in fact more of an opportunity than a threat for traditional district schools.” If the Board votes in October to post the regulations, there will be public commentary in November, with the regs finalized in January or February of 2018. Schools can then begin applying for charter certification.

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DuPont Manual High School was named a Gold Medal School by U.S. News & World Report. That may be no surprise. But Brown, Male and Atherton High schools were Silver Medalists.

In Louisville public high schools in 2016 there were,

Jennifer Lawrence went to Ballard High School in Louisville before heading off to fame and fortune in New York, Hollywood and Capitol City. This is mentioned for three reasons:

 Every article about

Louisville these days must have a reference to Jennifer Lawrence.

 It offers Louisvillians

some point of pride about their city’s school system.

 there are many other

(non-JLaw) reasons to feel proud of Louisville education, both public and private.

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43 National Merit Award finalists 51 Semi-finalists and 41 “Commended.”

In Louisville’s Catholic high schools there were,

18 National Merit Finalists 25 Semi-finalists and 21 “Commended.” 62 Governor’s Scholars for seniors in the class of 2018.

Four of Kentucky Country Day School’s 79 graduating seniors earned National Merit recognition this year.


Kentucky schools won National Blue Ribbon flags from the U.S. Department of Education (for overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups) in 2016: St. Xavier High School, St. Francis of Assisi School and Schaffner Traditional Elementary School.

The University of Louisville had

 Fulbright Scholars in 2017, Truman Scholar and Critical Language Scholarship winners.

Want more numbers?

We have a ton of them. They said there’d be no math. But, hey! This is the education issue.

TOTAL SCHOOL ENROLLMENT JCPS – 101,000 [27TH largest enrollment in U.S.] Jefferson County Catholic schools – 17,060 Jefferson County non-affiliated private schools – 14,110

PUBLIC EDUCATION — No respect? Look at some of these numbers! There are 21 high schools in the Jefferson County Public School System, with 25,650 students. The biggest high school is Eastern: 2020 students. The smallest high school is the J Graham Brown School: 242 students. The five biggest are: Eastern, Ballard, Manual, Male And PRP. The five smallest are: Doss, Waggener, Western, The Academy @ Shawnee and Brown.

duPont Manual was rated the Number One public school in Kentucky by the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings –

152nd in the country.  According to U.S. News, Manual had a College Readiness Index of

75.1 

A Mathematics Proficiency of 75% An English Proficiency of 93% And 82% passed the AP test

Also in the U.S. News rankings, Brown was 7th in the commonwealth Male was 12th Atherton was 15th

According to the rating of U.S. schools duPont Manual was the Number One public high school in Kentucky Male High School was Number Six Brown School was Number Nine Atherton was Number Eleven Ballard was Number Sixteen

And According to the duPont Manual was the 19th best magnet school in the U.S. the 50th best public high school in the U.S. and the 167th best public high school faculty in the U.S. There is more

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National Merit Scholars Manual had - 38 National Merit finalists, 2 National Merit semi-finalists and 7 commended Male had - 3 finalist 3 semi-finalists and 3 commended Atherton and Eastern each had - one finalist

Other awards Fern Creek High was awarded the National Principals Leadership Institute (NPLI) School Innovation and Change Award. Pleasure Ridge Park High School earned a Prestigious Media Award by the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.



of the Class of 2016 public high school graduates enrolled in college that fall


enrolled in in-state institutions

a lot more than beautiful buildings CATHOLIC + PRIVATE EDUCATION — It’s and big sports programs

In Jefferson County


private schools


31,170 students



average acceptance rate



Minority student body



student: teacher ratio

Average private school tuition $8,070 for elementary schools $11,128 for high schools.

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Education guide

Trinity High School


rinity High School recently earned national recognition and praise for its commitment to welcoming a wide range of students, regardless of their academic strengths or challenges, all while seeing student achievement move to record levels. These facts are precisely why enrollment has increased (its freshmen class up 18 percent) and ACT scores are at an all-time high. Each student’s program of studies is individually crafted, ensuring that he is in the right class each day in order to maximize his learning. Maybe the best way to explain the school’s philosophy was described by a visitor, “Trinity does not try to put a square peg into a round hole.”


Trinity High School recently earned national recognition and praise for its commitment to welcoming a wide range of students.

Each student’s program of studies is individually crafted, ensuring that he is in the right class each day in order to maximize his learning.

Trinity was the first in the region to implement a House System which makes the transition to high school easier.

The daily class schedule mirrors what one finds in college. It has opened access to a record number of AP courses and decreased average class size to all-time lows. The schedule has allowed the school to increase its graduation requirements which fosters the greater student achievement. Trinity was the first in the region to implement a House System which makes the transition to high school easier. It enables each student to more quickly feel like he belongs. All students receive increased individual attention while enjoying more than 100 clubs and activities.

78 percent of the schools are religiously affiliated (most-commonly Roman Catholic and Christian).

There are 49 Catholic elementary and secondary schools in the seven-county Archdiocese of Louisville.

Total enrollment for Pre-K-12 in the seven counties is 19,452. In Jefferson County schools, it is 17,060. Since 1984, local Catholic schools have been named

Blue Ribbon Schools 30 times

St. Xavier – 4 times Assumption High School and St. Agnes Elementary – 3 times


Seniors graduated from Catholic high schools in May 2017

99% 24.2

Of all registered seniors as of August 2016

Average ACT score

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The Totals and Rankings! There were

18 National Merit finalists • 25 National Merit semi-finalists 21 National Merit commended • 11 National Merit special scholarships 62 Governor’s Scholars in the class of 2018 6 in the Governor’s School for the Arts 3,575 college scholarships earned, valued at $143.5 million also $5.7 million in Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) awards.

According to the rating of U.S. schools

St. Xavier

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Kentucky Country Day

was the Number One best private high school in Kentucky Louisville Collegiate was Number Two St. Francis High School was Number Three Walden School was Number Four Kentucky Country Day was the 111th best private school (K-12) in the U.S. 144th best college prep private high school in the U.S. 201st best private high school in the U.S. Louisville Collegiate was the 174th best private school (K-12) in the U.S. 198th best college prep private high school in the U.S. 308th best private high school in the U.S.

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Holy Trinity Parish School


oly Trinity Parish School has made a commitment to its students, with an emphasis on educating the whole child. A Holy Trinity student can expect a wealth of rewarding educational experiences, all designed to make them continually successful throughout their lives. Holy Trinity has recently launched a STEAM initiative- that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. The school holds strong to those traditionally core academic values, but has embraced programs that will give students a leading edge in fields including robotics, coding, and 3D printing.


Holy Trinity was one of 50 private schools from across the country awarded the National Blue Ribbon Award by the U.S. Department of Education in 2017.

Holy Trinity focuses not only on developing great students, but more importantly, outstanding people.

Holy Trinity recently launched a STEAM initiative, embracing programs that will give kids a leading edge in fields like robotics and coding.

Holy Trinity fosters a partnership between school and families. Faculty work side-by-side with parents for the common goal of nurturing children to live up to their absolute greatest potential. Parents are welcome to volunteer in many facets of the school. Holy Trinity focuses not only on developing great students, but more importantly, outstanding people. Holy Trinity students routinely scores high marks on standardized testing. They are consistently in the top 10% in the nation when it comes to standardized test scores. Holy Trinity was recently recognized as a 2017 recipient of the National Blue Ribbon Award by the U.S. Department of Education. Holy Trinity was one of 50 private schools from across the country awarded for exemplary academic success. This is Holy Trinity’s second time receiving such distinction. Additionally, Holy Trinity won the Best of Louisville Award in 2017 for Best Private Elementary School. If you are interested in setting up a tour of Holy Trinity, please call 897-2785.

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Jessica Moreland The effervescent owner of Sassy Fox knows that creating a thriving business is truly a family matter. By Christine Fellingham • photos by dick arnsipiger


er comfortable, colorful store is as welcoming as Jessica Moreland herself. After twelve years in the cozy Chenoweth Lane location, Sassy Fox has a loyal following, a friendly vibe and racks filled with fabulous consignment finds. “I had always said if the perfect location opens up, I’ll open my own store,” Jessica says. “We live two blocks from here, so this was the perfect place.” It’s a business that has grown up with Jessica’s stepdaughter, Eliza. “She was ten when it opened, so I’d get her off the bus and she’d come back here and do her homework,” says Jessica. “Then I could go home and cook dinner and go back

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if I had to.” Her dedication and somewhat fanatical work ethic is what makes Jessica successful in both facets of her life: “I grew up the daughter of two business owners, so I knew how committed you have to be and how many hours you have to put in,” she says. “But I also knew that I could have some flexibility and that I could make it work for our family.” In the last few years, that flexibility has enabled her to continue working through treatment for a rare autoimmune disease. “I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis— a form of autoimmune inflammatory arthritis which causes fusing in the bones,” she says. “It’s

very painful and pretty rare especially among women. Some women go years without a diagnosis. I was lucky. After three or four bouts, my doctor sent me to a rheumatologist who did x-rays and diagnosed it. I’m really fortunate because I’ve found a medicine that works.” While she’s getting her infusions, she misses two days of work, but then she’s back at the racks. “Some days I might limp a little, but I’m doing so much better. I’m so lucky to have a store I can’t wait to get back to.” Here are her thoughts on finding happiness and balance as an entrepreneur and a parent.

I think some people think it’s going to be a lot more flexible than it is. But if you love what you do, it’s very rewarding to turn it into a way to make a living. Ultimately, it’s something your whole family can be proud of.” How involved is Eliza in the store? “She has worked for me over the years, but, now, if she’s here, it’s usually because she’s looking for something to wear. We definitely bond a bit over shopping. She shops here all the time. As a college student, it’s free for her and it’s cheaper for me.”

How has owning a clothing store influenced your wardrobes? “Oh my gosh.... All of Eliza’s prom dresses came from here. Senior year, she went to three proms. I said you can wear the same dress or you can buy three here. And I rarely shop outside the store. Once you’ve spent eight hours a day looking through clothes, you don’t want to go someplace else and do it.”

Do you have a style uniform? “Definitely. It’s usually jeans, t-shirt and a blazer. I completely understand why Michael Kors is always in the same thing. I enjoy dressing other people and dressing mannequins, but when it comes to myself, I don’t want to over think it. I wear a lot of black and denim. I only buy clothes that all work together. In my closet, it’s fifty shades of neutral.”

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family How difficult is it to have your own business when you have a health challenge? “When you’re sick and you own your own business, you still go to work. You may be stiff and you may be in a little pain, but you still go because it’s your store. But, at the same time, you can also plan around it a little because it’s your call. And as the business has grown, I’ve been able to bring in two people, so now I can take two days off for treatment every month. That’s been a huge help.”

Do retail hours interfere with family time? “You have to be flexible about your definition of what family time is. I’m lucky because Eliza could be here after school when she was younger. So, we made that family time. But there are those times when I have to put in the hours and I can’t be home with them. My family knows that in the months leading up to Derby, you’re not going to see me a whole lot. I may take time off afterwards to make up for it, but you can’t stop Derby.”


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What do you think Eliza has learned from watching you run the store? “Well, I know she’s learned to be a smart shopper because she sees the expensive clothes that come in here and how they get marked down. She sees regulars who bring in their old things before they shop for new things. It’s definitely been an education in how to shop. But I’m also very proud of her work ethic. I like to think it’s partly that she was raised by someone who owns her own business and she’s seen the work ethic. She knows what a work ethic is.”

What advice do you have for other parents who want to open a store or start a business? “Go into it with realistic expectations. It depends on what your business is, but I would tell anybody that the first year to two, expect not to have a steady income. You really don’t know when you start, so you have to plan for a lot less flexibility and income in the beginning. As you go on, it becomes easier to become flexible and you can hire some more help. You just have to be really committed and you have to be creative about finding time for family. It can be done. But I think some people think it’s going to be a lot more flexible than it is. But if you love what you do, it’s very rewarding to turn it into a way to make a living. Ultimately, it’s something your whole family can be proud of.” 

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Halloween For Grown-Ups Trick or treating with the kids is fun, but according to resident event planners Ina Miller and Marcella Kragel, Halloween is also a great excuse to throw a party for adults. Here, their favorite tricks—and treats. photos by dick arnsipiger


et’s just be honest, Halloween is usually all about the kids: How much candy did they get? What costumes will they wear? Who’s throwing the best haunted house party? But why should kids have all the fun? We like candy, costumes and parties too. And we are firm believers that Halloween is a night for all. So, we’re sharing our personally-tested tips and ideas that will let you party like an adult this Halloween season. by Marcella Kragel and ina miller 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.

THE COSTUME You have to have a great costume. Everyone loves fun couple’s costumes, but if your significant other isn’t into it, don’t worry. There are amazing best friend costume ideas out there as well. For example, this year we’re dressing as “Cake and Ice Cream.” If you aren’t a fan of traditional costumes, think about word play costumes. With Pinterest around there is no excuse to say you had nothing to wear.




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Party guests will arrive ready to impress with their costumes, so make sure your house matches their enthusiasm.

Remember that when costumes are involved, many guests will have elaborate makeup and/or props. Make sure snacks are easy to hold and relatively low mess.

Many great scary stories begin with friends sitting around a campfire, so why not embrace the cliché. Set up hay bales in a circle around a fire pit. If it’s chilly have some blankets ready, and don’t forget the Marshmallows. Pumpkins are a Halloween decoration staple. While everyone else is carving their pumpkins, we’re fans of painting them. It’s less of a mess, easy to do and an unexpected twist on a classic. Paint yours to match your other decorations by mixing up the colors and using fun patterns. No party would be complete without a great playlist, and Halloween is second only to Christmas in terms of fun seasonal music. But don’t limit yourself to the Monster Mash. Think outside of the classics by incorporating classic horror movie soundtracks. It could even turn into a game where guests are challenged to name the movie they came from. Want to really kick your party up a notch? We suggest hiring a palm reader for the evening and guarantee it will be a hit!

Fall is the perfect time for year for punch. We suggest making a Halloween inspired brew for your guests using the seasons best refreshment, apple cider. When mixed with locally-made brandy from Louisville’s own Copper & King Distillery, magic happens. Hot or cold, this drink will please even your scariest guests. We all know candied apples are difficult to eat, but this party-friendly version is easy: Just cut apples into wedges, spear them on kabobs and set up a candy topping bar complete with caramel sauce. Food display can be a great way to embrace decorations. A pumpkin serves as a great drink cooler. All you have to do is chop off the top, clean out the gourd, and fill with ice and beverage bottles.


Don’t worry if none of your friends are throwing a party; there is plenty to do around town. These are a few events and/or places we are eager to visit this year.

Boo La La Halloween Ball

Nightmare NuLu

This annual fundraiser for our amazing park system is a great way to have fun and give back. This year’s theme, Stranger Things Have Been Known to Happen! (October 28,

This celebration is back for its second year and it’s going to be awesome! The day welcomes tiny trick-or-treaters, but the night is adults only with drink specials and a passport party throughout the neighborhood. (October 28,

Louisville Ghost Tours

Waverly HILLS Sanatorium

Learn the dark and scary secrets of our city on this 1.5-hour tour. (Nightly,

One of the scariest places in the country! Find out why. (Every Friday and Saturday night between September 20 - October 28th, www.


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Rescue Dogs Of A Different Breed Sometimes, humans rescue dogs in need and, sometimes, it’s the other way around. Pet columnist Tara Bassett meets some veterans whose posttraumatic stress symptoms have been alleviated by some very special fourlegged therapists. By Tara Bassett • Photos by John O’Haver


ogs are incredible companions, but they can be more than that. In the canine kingdom, there are those charged with the mission of bringing love and comfort to a human with a physical or emotional challenge. These amazing creatures are born with a gentle temperament and high intelligence, and are trained in obedience and specific skills for the purpose of aiding their humans. They’re called service dogs, and the stories of the work they do are awe-inspiring. David Benson, founder of Dogs Helping Heroes, knows the stories from firsthand and is spearheading a campaign to bring it to others. His goal is to provide much-needed emotional and physical assistance to veterans by pairing them with service dogs. Since the organization began, over fifteen dogs have been

placed— at no cost to recipients. “Kentucky State Reformatory inmates train the dogs for socialization and basic manners,” says Benson. “Then my trainers and I teach them the key formal commands they need to know to succeed with their Heroes.” It goes without saying that all these Heroes suffer serious physical maladies, but the emotional pain is the primary reason their guardians are by their sides. If the Hero feels threatened, the dog will turn toward the rear and guard his “six”, or their backs. When the Hero is triggered and becomes emotional, he or she can say, “at ease,” and the dog will jump on her chest, lick her face, or bark. Eventually, the dog recognizes “tells,” like his human breaking out into a sweat, shaking, or crying and provides comfort without a command. Their work is so successful that there is less than a two percent return rate.

by Tara Bassett

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

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The Country Duo John Wells, a combat Corpsman, served in Vietnam at the tender age of 19, and the horrible sights he witnessed created a severe case of PTSD. “Getting shot at as I ran to pull guys from the line of fire was enough,” he says. “Not being able to save them pushed me to the brink.” John returned stateside a different person. Among other great honors, John was awarded a Vietnam Service Ribbon with a Bronze Star, the fourth-highest individual military award— given for acts of heroism, acts of merit, or meritorious service in a combat zone. But his awards didn’t make his re-entry into civilian life any easier. John suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic panic disorder, depression, Parkinson’s Disease, and psychosocial and environmental disorder. Cash was a lifesaver. The affectionate all-black Lab/ Dane mix came to John after his return to the States, as the nightmares and panic attacks peaked. As we chat, John’s legs never stop shaking, until Cash’s big black paw touches his leg to bring him comfort. David Benson is teaching Cash to pick things up for John, something that’s become difficult for him to do for himself due to the ravages of Parkinson’s. John’s dreams are still too violent to share a bed, so his guardian sleeps on the floor next to him. Fortunately, John’s family is nearby and Cash has alleviated some of the worst symptoms of his panic and depression. Now he’s paying it forward by telling the world about Dogs Helping Heroes, and organizing veterans’ events to bring attention to the soldiers who served.

A New Woman Gloria Gilley entered the military to get away from her violent husband in 1982. Specialist Gilley had culture shock upon arrival in Iraq. She’d “never seen a camel,” and the U.S. military personnel lived in tents alongside the Iraqis. She was sexually assaulted by a superior officer when they made her move into a men’s tent with only a partition between them. Gloria is decorated with many ribbons, among which is an impressive Marksman Badge with the Auto Rifle. However, the incredible markswoman became isolated and afraid to face the world at home upon her return 21 years later. It took five years for her to go to the VA, and she had no family support to bring her out of her prison at home. Her emotional diagnoses include persistent depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Gloria’s beloved Rottweiler, Bear, died of kidney failure last year, and she took “a serious nose dive.” Dogs Helping Heroes stepped in at just the right time last winter with three-year-old Lizzie, a glorious black lab. The dog has liberated Gilley, giving her a chance to explore the world again. She is no longer living in fear behind the locked door of her home, but now ventures out daily with Lizzie and has gradually increased the size and scope of her everyday world.

Coming off the Edge Jim Day is now 70 years old, but he was just a boy when he entered the Army near the end of the Vietnam War, serving as a rifleman and sniper. The Army specialist fourth class earned many ribbons, including the Army Air Medal for flying at least 25 helicopter missions in combat. Jim is also a recipient of the hallowed Bronze Star medal. One soaking wet and muddy night, Jim shared a Hershey Bar with a “foxhole buddy,” just before their position started taking fire. “Bill took one and died right on the spot,” he says. “I can’t eat that chocolate to this day.” His wife Diane didn’t recognize the mistrustful, hyper-vigilant man who returned from Vietnam. Then, while he was working as a police sergeant, a motorcyclist hit him head on and was killed. That was the beginning of the end for man who’d “sucked it up” too long. He installed doors all over his house, put cameras up, and paced the perimeters watching for the enemy every night. He was still fighting the war. Until Samson joined the family. Jim constantly confides in the dog, who also sleeps with him to calm him in the terror of the night. Samson’s “at ease” command is to push his wet nose into Jim’s face to stop his visceral response. Diane, who has stuck through everything with her husband, is now acclimating to a dog in the house, in the bed, in their lives. She says, “He’s the best thing that’s happened to us.” Jim’s volunteer duty with Dogs Helping Heroes? “I get to be the one to tell them they got their dog!”

DOGS WHO SERVE According to the National Service Animal Registry,“are dogs trained to assist people with a physical disability that substantially limits his/her ability to perform at least one major life task without assistance.” These dogs guide their owners and can be taught to open or answer doors, turn on lights, retrieve food, or offer help standing or transferring. Psychiatric Service Dogs have unlimited access to any place a human can go, including “No Pet” housing or flying in an airplane cabin. They are trained for people with an emotional or psychiatric disability so severe that it substantially limits his/her ability to perform at least one major life task. There are approximately 387,000 dogs working as service animals in the US; they cost $1500 to $30,000. If you’d like to help Dogs Helping Heroes, go to for information on volunteering or donations.  TOPS LOUISVILLE | October 2017 117

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Broadway’s Broadway’s Blockbusters Blockbusters Come Come To To Town Town Theatre fans are buzzing about the string of big hits in this season’s series. By Remy Sisk

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hile the Broadway Series sponsored by PNC has always been a hot ticket, this season, it will be sizzling. It’s no easy task to lure even one of the biggest traveling shows to your city, but PNC Broadway in Louisville President Leslie Broecker has succeeded in delivering a star-studded schedule of highly-acclaimed hits that’s sure to thrill both seasoned theatre-goers and newcomers alike. The buzz began last February when PNC Broadway announced the 2017-2018 lineup. It’s filled with favorites like “Chicago” and “RENT,” as well as newer hits like “Waitress” and “School of Rock.” The impressive season also features “Finding Neverland,” “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Les Misérables.” The chatter hadn’t died down when an announcement followed that Broadway phenomenon “Hamilton” would be coming to town in the 2018-19 season. The barrage of big shows is payoff for the research and planning by Broecker and her team. “When we’re booking the season, the first thing we do is wait for the TONY Awards,” Broecker says., “We see who wins. That typically propels a show to greater success and then that will inspire a producer to craft a tour.” The team looks at the shows that are available and begins matching them up with a mix of new shows and favorite revivals that Beocker calls her “chestnuts.” This season’s group of edgier newcomers are anchored by “Waitress,” Sara Bareilles’s smash hit musical adaptation of the 2007 film starring Keri Russell that is still currently running on Broadway. “Waitress” tells the story of Jenna, a waitress at a diner in the South who struggles with an unhappy marriage, unexpected pregnancy and fulfilled or unrealized dreams. Another newer hit, “School of Rock,” is based on the 2003 Jack Black film of the same name and follows a musician-turned-substitute teacher who brings out the musical talent of his prep school students. Elsewhere, “Finding Neverland” chronicles how celebrated author J.M. Barrie came to create “Peter Pan” in a family-friendly musical full of both fantasy and heart. These shows are a perfectly-selected balance to the season’s “chestnuts,” including “Chicago,” ”RENT” and “Les Miserable.” In December, there’s a show that Broecker is particularly looking forward to. “I have to say, the kid in me, who’s been

A STELLAR SEASON If you don’t have your tickets yet, here are the dates for the PNC Broadway in Louisville 201718 Season. Get them on your calendar before they’re sold out.

Finding Neverland October 24-29, 2017

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas November 28– December 3, 2017

Waitress June 26–July 1, 2018

Chicago January 23-28, 2018

RENT 20th Anniversary Tour February 16-17, 2018

working really hard, is so excited about ‘The Grinch,’” she enthuses. “I think the message of it is awesome, and, for me it’s sort of a double-dip on subscriptions in that you buy season tickets but you also got a holiday event for your family.” The fact that Louisville will have this beloved production on stage in Whitney Hall at The Kentucky Center during the holidays (November 28 through December 3) is a remarkable feat that Broecker has been working on for years. “There’s only a certain window of time within which you can do these holiday shows and everybody wants ‘Grinch’ in that wonderful cherry time of early December,” she relates. “So, I’ve been working very hard with The Kentucky Center to get a time that we don’t disrupt ‘The Nutcracker’ but also fits into the show’s schedule.” This year, they’ve accomplished that task — creating the opportunity for another memorable family outing during the holiday season. Of course, Broecker and her team are already looking ahead — especially to the revolutionary musical that’s had some of the most significant impact on Broadway in history: “Hamilton.” When the announcement was made, a stipulation was presented that if you subscribe this year for the Broadway series, you will be first in

School of Rock March 13-18, 2018

Les Misérables April 10-15, 2018

line for “Hamilton” tickets. Consequently, subscription records have been shattered, and PNC Broadway in Louisville now boasts 13,522 subscribers, topping 2015’s previous record of 11,979. With such a robust base, Broecker is excited to surround “Hamilton” with a mix of different shows that will demonstrate to folks who are new to the Broadway series the true magic and diversity of theatre. “Everybody knows they’re going to love ‘Hamilton,’” she explains. “But what if they go, for example, to see ‘Hello, Dolly!’ and they’re younger and they didn’t see the Barbra Streisand movie, but then they go in and it blows them away?” So, they’ll have ‘Hamilton’ that will live up to — and, hopefully, exceed its expectations…. but if all the shows you surround it with exceed expectations, then maybe these new subscribers will come back.’” It’s going to be a season to remember, certainly, and with “Hamilton” already booked, 2018-19 promises to be the same — if not better. Thanks to Louisville’s appreciative, engaged and art-loving community, the industry’s top shows will surely continue to tour to River City and bring the splendor of Broadway to Louisville, making every season a blockbuster.

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Teddy Abrams Meets Muhammad Ali Preparing a musical tribute to Muhammad Ali, for Louisville Orchestra’s 80th anniversary gala, turned into a months-long journey into the life and times of The Greatest. By steve Kaufman


eddy Abrams, director of the Louisville Orchestra, is 30 years old. When he was growing up, the historical image of Muhammad Ali had already solidified and hardened into legend material.

Perhaps, then, it’s not surprising that his recommendation for a program of commissioned musical portraits of great Americans would begin with a tribute to Louisville’s most notable Native Son. “Actually, it was Mayor Fischer’s suggestion,” Abrams admits. “I was thinking of starting with Barack Obama. But the mayor said, ‘How can you not start with Ali?’” Abrams was inspired by the impact of the musical play, “Hamilton” – “the way people can use music and art to connect with their own history.” But his initial

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model, he says, was Aaron Copland’s 1942 “Lincoln Portrait,” a 12-minute orchestral work combining narration with music to tell the Lincoln story.

and months of research, reading the works of everyone from James Baldwin and Norman Mailer to Walt Whitman and the Odes of Pindar.

What he found, though, was that to understand Muhammad Ali, you also had to understand Cassius Clay. And you had to understand black culture in the 1960s – and the civil rights movement – and the Vietnam War – and the shifting nature of sports journalism – and the anomaly of a boxer becoming the premier symbol of peace in his time.

What has emerged is a 90-minute piece of what Abrams calls “immersive music,” because it includes so many musical styles and verbal presentations – straight narrative, poetry, rap. It will be the centerpiece of the orchestra’s gala on November 4, celebrating its 80th anniversary.

“Too many people today see Ali only through a historical prism,” he says. “Even in Louisville, people know only what they’re told, or what they think they remember.” What followed for Abrams were months

The poetry of significant black poets, like Maya Angelou and Amiri Baraka, will be mixed with other poetic voices of the Clay/ Ali era, like Allen Ginsberg and Robert Bly. But then Abrams goes far beyond that, with words from the eighth century Chinese poet Li Po; and from Attar of Nishapur, a

Sunni mystic poet of twelfth century Persia, who wrote about the three butterflies and the meaning of love. (“I know how love’s fire can burn” – or, perhaps, sting like a bee.) “I didn’t want this to be only the voices of the 1960s,” says Abrams. “Ali was too complex a subject for that. The entirety of black history, his Muslim faith and decades of global politics all led to his anti-draft declaration in 1967: ‘I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong.’ That notion didn’t just pop into Ali’s head.” Nor did these themes just pop into Abrams’ head. Approaching this as a doctoral thesis, the composer went underground to begin understanding his almost-mythological subject: How world history can be changed by an individual from the West End who becomes perhaps the most influential individual of his lifetime. “Ali’s grappling with geopolitics in his own very charming and unrefined way was remarkably deep,” Abrams says. “Also, his understanding of race relations, and how they evolved and changed, is incredible, especially for people of my generation who are dealing with the same issue today in a new way.” After reading everything he could get his hands on, it was time to write the piece. “I did not come out of my house my entire 2016-17 winter break, except for coffee in the morning and usually one meal a day.” First, he had to write the script – “otherwise, what am I writing the music to?” – which

developed into his dramatic narrative, combining spoken and musical voices. Then two to three weeks sketching the piece out on the piano, and another two weeks doing the orchestration. At one point, he had 280 pages of “scribbles on paper.” “In my head, I knew the way I wanted it to sound,” he says, “but then I had to physically put the notes onto the paper, so musicians could read it, and to determine what every instrument would do at each point.” Abrams wants to emphasize that this “is not a lecture, it’s a piece of music, so I’m trying not to be heavy-handed. I want the words to speak for themselves.” The narrator who will speak those words is award-winning actor, writer and director Olivia Dawson. The singers will be renowned baritone Jubilant Sykes and country and blues singer/ musician Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops, “one of the great singers alive today,” says Abrams. The main rapper of Ali’s words, not surprisingly, is Jecorey 1200, who has become the classical world’s go-to specialist in rapping with orchestras. “I hope there’s an element of story-telling most people haven’t heard of,” Abrams says of the musical piece. “I tried to be fair, to cover the controversial that perhaps some people were less willing to accept. He was Cassius Clay before he was Muhammad Ali. And both characters were a product of how people felt about them, then and even now.” 

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Reflections On Red Wednesday Who better than our resident sports radio host and columnist Drew Deener to put the Card’s recent “losses” into perspective?


eptember 2017 may be known as the darkest month in University of Louisville history, but that doesn’t mean that it is the beginning of the end of U of L athletics. That is a message that every Cards fan needs to tell every other Cards fan. I, like a lot of readers, grew up here. I remember the football program being so bad that they gave away tickets at the convenience stores. The smell of the candied nuts at Freedom Hall is more familiar to me than any other scent on the planet. I was there the day that “GO”… “CARDS”… “BEAT”… “PURDUE” became a running joke after a cheerleader forgot to change out the team name so every opponent became Purdue in that cheer. I’ve also seen the football team now host College GameDay for the second straight year. The basketball team win a national championship with a fancy new arena. The baseball team regularly go to the College World Series— an event that we didn’t even know existed when I was a teenager. I’ve seen the soccer team and the women’s basketball team play in a national championship game. The swimming team turn out a national champ and a string of Olympians. The cross-country program produce a national champ. The men’s tennis team produce an NCAA finalist.

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I’m sure I left something out in the above paragraph that’s worth mentioning. I am also equally certain that these things will continue to happen no matter who the replacements for Tom Jurich and Rick Pitino are. Yes, it is true that both men were great at their jobs. It is also true that other people can also be great at those jobs too. It is okay to give them the credit and praise that they deserve while acknowledging that they are not the only two people who can do it over the next ten years. The thing that Tom Jurich did better than most outsiders was to get people to give the University of Louisville a lot of money— more than they had ever given. Those people are still here, and they are fans of the program. If someone new can earn their trust, which will be job one for whoever comes next, those resources are still there. That goes for

donors who have their last names on buildings all the way to the fan who skips a vacation so they can have season tickets. It will not be easy. Get used to taking grief from your Big Blue buddies. They are armed with more ammo than they have ever had. Real programs are bigger than one or two people. This is a real program with real fans who won’t let September 2017 end what they have enjoyed for decades. It won’t be easy. It will happen again. It will just take a while.

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

Advice From Two Mid-Life Crisis Males This month, our outspoken radio hosts— Tony Vanetti and Dwight Witten get personal, political and somewhat politically incorrect on the subject of education. Where did you go to high school?

TONY: I graduated from the best high school in the state, Trinity. Education is just one part of what happens when you spend four years inside those walls. They do a great job of turning boys into men, and at the same time encouraging and growing their faith in God. It’s not one size fits all. Trinity tailors your education to your goals. The decades of networking aren’t bad either. Dwight: Doss High School is my alma mater! I EXCELLED in cigarette smoking and Van Halen.

Would you say there is too much pressure on kids today to take A.P. classes, excel at sports, do it all?

TONY: Depends on the kid. It’s relative to each situation, but I would say no more than in the past. Sports are important but earning scholarships are a dream for ninety-nine percent of high school athletes. Don’t send your kids to linebacker camp, send them to science camp. Dwight: What the hell is an AP class? Is that like an on-line course?

What’s improved since you went to school?

TONY: Students today seem to have more choices for classes. High school is more like college was when we were there.

Dwight: Indoor plumbing.

What programs should be added?

TONY: Electricians, plumbers and carpenters can easily make six figures. Bring back shop! They should also have classes on buying cars and mortgages. Dwight: What ever happened to vocational programs like auto body and welding? Not all of us want that white collar job at Walmart handling the money and working the register!

What was your proudest moment as a student?

TONY: Graduating. I liked high school and a had a good time, but wasn’t the best student. Trinity identified that early and really helped me. Dwight: My proudest moment was when I was a freshman at Doss. While I was waiting for the bus, I noticed that someone had thrown out a piece of almost perfectly good carpet. I immediately took out my knife (standard issue for Doss students at the time) and cut a hole in the middle so I could put my head through and wear it for the day, much like a sandwich board. As luck would have it, there was a pep rally that day with a costume contest, so students were

proudly wearing their store-bought costumes— including one girl in a full head-totoe professional-grade Mickey Mouse costume! Long story short, I won the contest as “Carpet Man.” I was so proud!

Do you have any educational regrets?

TONY: Regrets, I have a few, but too few to mention.

Dwight: I seriously wish I would have pade attention in English. Recently, I have started doing a Coolum in a BIG publikation and the editor Christine is constantly making fun of my spelling and punctuation. All other subjects, I was real good at though, especially Geometry! If you point to ANYWHERE on the globe, I can identify it instantly.

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Mellwood Art Fair Mellwood Arts Center | September 9 | | Photos by Michelle Byrd

Alex Slucher, Mandi Mudd, Kirsten Hefling and David Farsetti

Diane and Arnie Karpoff

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Derrick Schaffer, Elizabeth Dorwart and Christian Wheeler

Vishal Thomas, Marissa Olson and Caitlin Cambron

Ebonii Renell, Danielle Logan and Ashley Withers

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Tim Chadwell and Michael Sweeney

Cathy Bannor, Julta Muller, Jean-Claude Weber, Celine Weber and Ray Bannor

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Oct/Nov events OCTOBER 8


Comstock Hall The Chamber Music Society of Louisville presents the Emerson String Quartet in their 40th Anniversary season. This special performance will be memorable as the Chamber Music Society of Louisville is celebrating their 80th Anniversary season. Festivities include a special presentation to the Emerson and a champagne and anniversary cake reception on the stage following the performance. THROUGH OCTOBER 14

Gordon Parks—Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art

Speed Art Museum Come visit the first contemporary art exhibit to explore the complex landscape of the American South through literature, cuisine, music and more. The exhibition focuses on artwork within the past three decades but also includes work from the Civil Rights Era. 60 artists are represented, along with a musiclistening library. THROUGH OCTOBER 31


Actors Theatre in the Bingham Theatre His fangs are bared. His eyes glow crimson. Louisville’s favorite vampire is back! Based on Bram Stoker’s gothic tale of the immortal Transylvanian count and his unexpectedly feisty human prey, this fast-paced, fright-filled adaptation is a Halloween treat that drips with suspense—and even more blood.

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2017 Landmark of Excellence Awards


KENTUCKY CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE The Bluegrass Chapter of Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the Louisville Chapter of International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) join together to host Landmarks of Excellence, an awards program for Louisville’s outstanding communications professionals.

Louisville Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Iroquois Park The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular began in Oxford, Massachusetts in 1988. It’s entertainment for the entire family. The Louisville event, October 12 - November 5, will be held in Iroquois Park with 5,000 carved pumpkins lining a -mile walking trail, illuminated at night as an art show daily from dusk to 11pm during the week (Sunday-Thursday) and midnight on Friday & Saturday. The festival includes: , Nightly illumination, Entertainment for the whole family, 5,000 illuminated pumpkins on a 1,500-ft. trail with over 100 carved into veritable works of art, presented in themed scenes and music. Proceeds benefit the Louisville Parks Foundation.


Yew Dell Botanical Gardens 360IPINKICAN.COM Join Us For A Night Of Fun And Festivity As We Fundraise For The National Breast Cancer Foundation. There Will Be Shopping, A Fashion Show By Dillards, Dj, A Pink Carpet Photo Op, Cash Bar, Hors D' Oeuvres, Gi Gi's Cupcakes, Raffle Prizes And Swag Bags For Our Guests!

Uspiritus: Bellwood Campus Louisville’s most prominent chefs are joining forces to cook one amazing meal to help raise money for Uspiritus! The 2017 Uspiritus’ Harvest for Hope Farm-to-Table Dinner will feature Chef Bobby Benjamin, Chef John Varanese and Chef Henry Wesley. OCTOBER 15

2017 Harvest for Hope Festival

Uspiritus Bellewood Campus Join us for a day of family-friendly entertainment on the beautiful grounds of Uspiritus’ Bellewood campus in Anchorage. This FREE community event will include carnival games, arts and crafts, climbing wall, inflatables, food vendors and live music. OCTOBER 18

2017 Taste of Louisville

Louisville Executive Aviation Come be a 'foodie' in your own city and taste the BEST of Louisville! Enjoy food from over 50 local restaurants, taste delicious local brews, an assortment of fine wines, and spirits a plenty. Come frolic with friends through it all! OCTOBER 19

Foxhollow Farm's Annual Fall Festival

Foxhollow Farm's Foxhollow Farm's 10th Annual Fall Festival located at 8905 HWY 329 in Crestwood. The popular family-friendly event will feature more fun and activities than ever before. Parking is $15 per car, and proceeds will benefit the Dare to Care Food Bank and Foxhollow Farm's Outreach Program.

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Jack O’Lantern Stroll

St. Francis of Assisi Dreams With Wings 17th Annual Jack O’ Lantern Stroll is Coming Home to the Highlands! This is one of the premier Halloween events in Kentuckiana, attracting families and neighbors for this one night of fun in the historic Highlands neighborhood!


The Doctors' Ball

Marriott Louisville Downtown A Night to Remember! See why hundreds of people call this their favorite event! Join us Oct. 21 for a four-course meal, cocktails, a silent auction, dancing to live music, and much more! We'll honor physicians and community members who bring hope, healing and wellness to our community.

Louisville Halloween Parade and Festival

Bardstown Road The 15th annual Louisville Halloween Parade & Festival is going to be the best yet! This year, experience Louisville's BIGGEST Halloween celebration brought to you by, Louisville's Home For Halloween. The festival will include vendor booths and live entertainment. The parade will begin at 4PM with an extended Parade route.

Dixie’s Tupperware Party

The Kentucky Center Dixie Longate, the fast-talking Tupperware Lady, packed up her catalogues, left her children in an Alabama trailer park and took Off-Broadway, the UK & Australia by storm! Now, join Dixie as she travels the country throwing good ol'fashioned Tupperware Parties filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, FREE giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage. Loaded with the most up-to-date products available for purchase, see for yourself how Ms. Longate became a member of the illustrious "#1 Tupperware Seller in the World" Club. ADULT CONTENT. NOVEMBER 3

Guns N Roses Not In This Lifetime Tour

KFC Yum! Center Three decades ago today, Guns N’ Roses transformed and transfixed the world of rock and roll forever with their seminal debut album Appetite for Destruction. To celebrate the multi-platinum record that welcomed fans to the jungle and topped the Billboard 200, the unprecedented legends of rock are announcing a selection of new stops on their momentous Not In This Lifetime Tour produced by Live Nation.


Finding Neverland

The Kentucky Center Directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers.


Hosparus Health Candle Glow Gala

Louisville Marriott Downtown The 12th Annual Hosparus Health Candle Glow Gala. Enjoy a wonderfully elegant evening of dining, live & silent auctions and dancing. The Gala honors those in our community who have had a lasting effect on hospice care and increases awareness about the patients and families who need our care.


The Louisville ORchestra's 80th anniversary gala and world premier of TEDDY ABRAM's The Greatest: Muhammad Ali

809 west main street and The Kentucky Center Join the Louisville Orchestra board of directors and gala committee in an anniversary celebration followed by the first performance of Teddy Abram's tribute to the legendary athlete and humanitarian. There will be cocktails and dinner prepared by world renowned chef Chad Welch at 609 West Main , transportation to the Kentucky Center and an after-party back at 609 West Main. Tickets to the performance-only range from $27 to $85. For info about tickets to both the tribute and the gala, visit

CirqueLouis: Kaleidoscope

The Kentucky Center Join CirqueLouis this fall on a colorful adventure in Kaleidoscope. Inspired by the centuries-old toy, vivid colors and shape shifting form will be brought to life by CirqueLouis' aerialists, jugglers, and acrobats. Beyond its rich visual surface, Kaleidoscope examines the symbolism of color, the subdivision of the individual, and reintegration of parts to the collective whole. The experience begins in the lobby as the CirqueLouis cast guides the audience to the theater through interactive performance! NOVEMBER 11

metro united way 100th anniversary gala

louisville marriott downtown Metro United Way is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2017! With this significant milestone we want to thank, recognize and honor those who have played a key role in the success of the organization's 100-year history. To do this, Metro United Way's Tocqueville Society members are hosting a onetime Gala celebration.

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The Holiday Shopping Event

Pendennis Club It’s the ultimate holiday season starter: A casual, cocktails-and-lunch gathering at one of our city’s most historic landmarks, filled with exquisite gifts and beautifully-staged rooms. It’s the latest intriguing undertaking by interior designer Lee Robinson who’s hosting this bash at the Pendennis Club and donating proceeds to support the Pendennis Historical Foundation. Tickets are $40 for two day admission and are available at the door or at


Louisville Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K

Beckley Creek Park Louisville Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K set for November 12th! Louisville's largest finisher medal, awesome zip up and a beautiful course!



The Derby Dinner Playhouse This spectacular Broadway musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ most well-known story breathes fantastic new life into the classic tale. A lavish and thrilling musical that is perfect for the holiday season!


Nick Offerman: Fall Bush

The Louisville Palace NICK OFFERMAN is an actor, writer and woodworker, best known as the character of Ron Swanson on NBC’s hit comedy series “Parks & Recreation.” For his work on the show, Offerman won a Television Critics Association Award for Achievement in Comedy in 2011, having earned his first nomination in 2010. He also received two Critics’ Choice Television Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.


Marriott Louisville East This year’s ball, “Hats Off to BIAK, Derby in November,” will take place on November 17, 2017, at the Marriott Louisville East. Wear a Derby hat, dress or suit and support outreach, prevention, education and advocacy efforts across the State of Kentucky.



The Derby Dinner Playhouse It’s the most wonderful time of the year in the land of Happily Ever After! Cinderella and Snow White are preparing for the Crystal Christmas Ball with all your favorite fairy tale characters. NOVEMBER 21 – DECEMBER 23


Actors Theatre in the Victor Jory Theatre Celebrate the warmth of the holidays with Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Actors Theatre’s rendition of Dickens’ classic tale is brought to new life with visual splendor and joyous music. NOVEMBER 25TH


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert

The Kentucky Center Rediscover the magic of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™. CineConcerts brings the beloved film to life with the Louisville Orchestra performing John Williams’ iconic score. Immerse yourself in the magic and much more set to the music you know and love. Don’t miss this amazing family event! NOVEMBER 18

The Snow Ball Gala

Louisville Marriott Downtown Enjoy this magical night with cocktail hour, silent auction, gourmet meal and dancing to raise funds for Norton Children’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. This black tie event has become one of the most fashionable holiday parties in Louisville. . Attire is black ties for the gentlemen and ball gowns for the ladies.

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Home for the Holidays

The Kentucky Center Louisville Orchestra: Flawless and exquisite, Lisa Vroman was renowned as Christine in Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera. She’s joined by Doug LaBrecque who thrilled Broadway as Ravenal in ShowBoat! Celebrate the music of the season with these two exceptional talents. NOVEMBER 28 - DECEMBER 3

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

The Kentucky Center Re-discover the magic of Dr. Seuss' classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage. The whimsical world of Whoville is beautifully realized by an A-list creative team in this delightful musical production. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday loving Whos.

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Actors Theatre in the Victor Jory Theatre As the Christmas countdown begins, a disgruntled elf gives us a hilarious behindthe-scenes tour of Macy’s Santaland. Delightfully irreverent and packed with David Sedaris’s signature wit, The Santaland Diaries is a holiday classic for those of us who prefer our eggnog spiked. DECEMBER 2 - DECEMBER 16

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Kentucky Center The Herdmans are the worst kids in the whole history of the world; they lie, steal and cheat. Now they have bullied their way into the church’s annual Christmas pageant! Slated to be the “worst pageant ever,” the whole town has gathered in anticipation, waiting to see the Herdmans ruin Christmas. Will the pageant be a disaster as everyone is expecting, or will the spirit of the season change the hearts and minds of the Herdman family?


Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour

Event Headquarters The 41st annual Holiday Home Tour takes place in Old Louisville, a neighborhood reminiscent of Yuletides past mingled with today’s urban vitality. A national historic preservation district boasting the largest collection of Victorian architecture in the country, Old Louisville is a neighborhood as diverse as its history is rich. Named “One of the Great Places in America” in 2016 by the American Planning Association in Washington, D.C., the neighborhood’s private residences and historic buildings seem to exude the revolutionary and transformative spirit poured into their very foundations well over 100 years ago. The Holiday Home Tour is the primary fundraiser for the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council whose mission is to preserve, protect and promote this historic neighborhood.


Louisville Christmas Gift and Decor Show 2017

Kentucky Fair and Expo Center One of the nation's finest Christmas Gift shows with dealers from across the country featuring Gifts, Crafts, Decor, Bath and Body, Jewelry, Candles, and more. Fri 11-8, Sat 10-8, Sun 11-5. Free admission. Free photos with Santa. DECEMBER 9 - DECEMBER 23

The Brown-Forman Nutcracker

The Kentucky Center Experience the magic of this beautiful Louisville holiday tradition! Our uniquely Louisville telling of the classic story of Marie and her journey with her Nutcracker prince is a festive fairy tale for both the young and young at heart. Filled with magic, artistry and awe-inspiring sets and costumes, it will transport you to a wonderland where dreams come true!

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Les Dames d’Escoffier Scholarship Recipients Karen Bright and Kaitlyn Garcia

Mayor Greg Fischer at the Ali Center Humanitarian Awards

US Bank Pride at the Pride Parade

Madelynne Myers Miss Kentucky USA with parents Larry and Debbie Myers at the Ali Center

Celebrity dancer Julie Hammond, and Gwen Cooper at the Hosparus Health - Dancing with our Southern Indiana Stars Event

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