TOPS Magazine August 2012

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L e x i n g t o n ’s M o s t i n f l u e n t i a l M a g a z i n e

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August 2012 vol. 6 no. 8

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Meet the Media: Leigh Searcy Show-Offs: Pets Show-Offs: Vacation Community Spotlight: LexArts Race for Education Bachelors/ettes TOPS Tour of Homes: Aspen Aesthetic TOP Shots

WHAT’S NEW 84 New Businesses 122 WOW Wedding: Marty & Michael Betts 129 Wedding Announcements


Community Calendar Posh Pets: Food & Nutrition Etiquette & Entertaining: Conversation Topics to Avoid 77 Sports: UK’s Upcoming Football Season 78 Food: Sabio’s 80 Relationships: Love Letters 83 Family: Morning Rush Hour 87 Gardening: Raised Bed Gardening 127 Weddings: Including children at your wedding

Contributing Writers Hallie Bandy, Kristin Espeland Gourlay, Blake Hannon, Amanda Harper, Drew Johnson, Marsha Koller, Buffy Lawson, Michelle Rauch, Sue Ann Truitt

Interns Kelly Adams Bethany Graham Blair Kearns Kody Little Jill Novak

TOP EVENTS 18 Lex. Jr. Leaque Horse Show 20 Lex. Jr. League Horse Show cont. 22 Central Bank Thursday Night Live 24 Child Care Council Kids Matter Luncheon 26 Bluegrass Youth Ballet Summer Soltice Party 28 Lexington Dream Factory Gala 30 Bella Bliss Sale to Benefit the Leukemia/ Lymphoma Society 108 Lexington Philharmonic 50th Anniversary 110 Red, White & Boom 112 Children’s Charity Caberet 114 Red Cross Disaster Blaster 116 Concours d’Elegance 118 Norton Center Grand Opening 120 Courtesy Fun Day

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Contributing Photographers Alex Orlov Shandon Cundiff Keni Parks Ashleigh Diehl Shaun Ring David Dejardins Michele Johnson

Out & About



What To Do

TOP HAPPENINGS Our Topparazzi photographers are everywhere! Please check our website for updated event information and please be aware of the changing nature of events.

Thursday, August 2nd TNL: Rebel Without a Cause 4:30PM-7:30PM Cheapside Park Bluegrass Area Minority Business Expo 8AM-4PM Lexington Convention Center Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band 8PM Riverbend Music Center

Friday, August 3rd Ballet Under the Stars 8PM Woodland Park Bluegrass & Bourbon 5PM-9PM Central Library Bye Bye Birdie 8PM Lexington Opera House The Great American Trailer Park Musical 8PM The Carriage House Theatre

Saturday, August 4th A Night for the Nest 7PM-11PM Normandy Farm Ballet Under the Stars 8PM Woodland Park Bye Bye Birdie 8PM Lexington Opera House Smooth Jazz Fest 7:30PM-9PM Transylvania University


Cincinnati Pops: A Lotta Night Music 8PM Riverbend Music Center The Great American Trailer Park Musical 8PM The Carriage House Theatre Shaker Village Craft Fair 9:30AM-5PM Shaker Village

Sunday, August 5th

Lexington Legends 7PM Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Friday, August 10th Lexington Legends 7PM Whitaker Bank Ballpark Fountain Films: Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom DARK Triangle Park

Saturday, August 11th

The Great American Trailer Park Musical 2:30PM The Carriage House Theatre

Lexington Legends 7PM Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Raise the Roof Concert 5PM Buster’s

Capital City Blues & River Festival 4PM Ward Oates Ampitheatre

Ballet Under the Stars 8PM Woodland Park

A Midsummer Night’s Run 6PM Downtown

Bye Bye Birdie 3PM Lexington Opera House

Roller Derby 7PM Heritage Hall

Shaker Village Craft Fair 10AM-4:30PM Shaker Village

Tuesday, August 7th Big Band & Jazz 7PM-8:30PM Ecton Park Southland Jamboree 7PM Collins Bowling Kentucky.7 Biennial Juror Discussion 7PM Loudon House

Thursday, August 9th TNL: Conch Republic 4:30PM-8PM Cheapside Park

Tuesday, August 14th Big Band & Jazz 7PM-8:30PM Ecton Park Southland Jamboree 7PM Collins Bowling

Thursday, August 16th TNL: Kenny Owens 4:30PM-8PM Cheapside Park Todd Snider with Patterson Hood 8PM Lexington Opera House

What To Do

Friday, August 17th Picnic With the Pops: Live from Las Vegas 8:30PM The Meadow at Keeneland

Saturday, August 18th

Thursday, August 23rd TNL: Superfecta 4:30PM-8PM Cheapside Park Lexington Legends 7PM Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Friday, August 24th Walk for Lupus Now 8AM-12:30PM Keeneland Susan G Komen Pink Tie Gala Barn 2 6:30PM-12AM Hilton Downtown Picnic With the Pops: Live from Las Vegas 8PM The Meadow at Keeneland

Lexington Legends 7PM Whitaker Bank Ballpark

AFB Art Fair 10AM-6PM Woodland Park

Fountain Films: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off DARK Triangle Park

Bluegrass Hunter Jumper Show Kentucky Horse Park

Mayor Russ Meyer’s Golf Scramble 8AM Lone Oak Golf Course

Sunday, August 19th AFB Art Fair 10AM-5PM Woodland Park

Hugh Laurie & The Copper Bottom Band 7:30PM Singletary Center

Bluegrass Hunter Jumper Show Kentucky Horse Park

4th Friday 6PM-9PM Loudon House

Monday, August 20th Lexington Legends 7PM Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Tuesday, August 21st Big Band & Jazz 7PM-8:30PM Ecton Park Lexington Legends 7PM Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Wednesday, August 22nd

Purses, Pouts and Pearls 6PM Trust Lounge Bluegrass Opera: A Tree on the Plains 7:30PM Lexington Opera House

Saturday, August 25th McDazzle Red Tie Gala & Auction 6PM Hilton Lexington Legends 7PM Whitaker Bank Ballpark

John Hiatt & Steve Earle 7:30PM Lexington Opera House

Run for the Fallen 8:30AM Moondance Amphitheater

Lexington Legends 7PM Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Bluegrass Opera: A Tree on the Plains 7:30PM Lexington Opera House

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Tour of Remodeled Homes 12PM-5PM Lexington Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas 8PM Norton Center for the Arts Anthony Clark Evans and Special Guest Julie LaDouceur 7PM Singletary Center Shelia Bayes Diamond Dig 6PM Evans Orchard

Sunday, August 26th Lexington Legends 1:30PM Whitaker Bank Ballpark An Evening with Bob Dylan 7:30PM Riverbend Music Center Tour of Remodeled Homes 12PM-5PM Lexington

Tuesday, August 28th Battle of the Bluegrass Blood Drive 10AM-6PM Singletary Center Southland Jamboree 7PM Collins Bowling Big Band & Jazz 7PM-8:30PM Ecton Park

Thursday, August 30th TNL: Catch 22 4:30Pm-8PM Cheapside Park Bluegrass Classic Dog Shows 8AM-4PM Alltech Arena Battle of the Bluegrass Blood Drive 10AM-6PM Singletary Center

Friday, August 31st Lexington Legends 7PM Whitaker Bank Ballpark


Out & About First female to cross the finish line at the Bluegrass 10,000!

Pam Honchell at the DIY Fashion Show

Be Medispa supports the lovely contestants of the Miss Kentucky USA Pageant

Cooper & Amy Stofer and Derrick Whitaker celebrating the Tops June Issue at Highland Hall

Having fun at Thursday Night Live


Top Events

Junior League Horse Show After Party Many of the Jr. League of Lexington’s philanthropic efforts are funded through its most notable event, the Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show. For over 75 years, the Horse Show has raised nearly $4 million dollars, which has benefitted the local community. Friday night at the 2012 Show was Go Red for Women presented by the American Heart Association and Kentucky One Healthcare. The after party featured Chad Graham & the 30 Spokes. Photos by Alex Orlov


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Junior League Horse Show Championship Party

The Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show was selected as the 2011 Honor Show of the Year by the UPHA and has become one of the most prestigious events in the Saddlebred industry as the first leg of the Saddlebred Triple Crown. The final night of the 2012 Show was Championship Night presented by Friends of Coal. The Championship Party was a fun night full of celebration, food and drinks. Photos by Alex Orlov


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Central Bank Presents Thursday Night Live

Central Bank’s Thursday Night Live has become a Lexington summer staple! The after-work crowd, as well as families, have been flocking to the Fifth Third Pavilion all summer, rain or shine, to enjoy great music, delicious food and drinks! Concerts will run every Thursday until October 18th!

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Bradley Stevenson

Chief of Police Ronnie Bastin and Rocky Burke

Bob Quick, Terry DeLuca and Lynda Bebrowsky

Superintendant Tom Shelton

Larry Jones

Olivia Thompson and Angie Kerrick

Child Care Council “Kids Matter” Luncheon The Child Care Council hosted the Superintendent of Fayette County Public Schools, Tom Shelton, as he spoke to 75 Lexington business leaders. “School, Community, Vision,” was an overview of how the community should come together in order to build on the strong work done by the FCPS. Shelton asked community leaders to establish a commitment to the change the school system needs so the students can achieve at their highest level. “Kids Matter” and we need to Invest Early and Invest Often. Photos by Alex Orlov


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Clark & Judy Toleman

Claire Rose

Patty & Jim Edmon

Sophie and Christina Bell

Christa & Gary Burchfiled

Adalhi Aranda & Duane Corn

Nicole Gibbs, Emma Guenther, Palom Paulin, Claire Rose, Grace Byars, Sophie Bell and Amelia Caldwell

Bluegrass Youth Ballet’s Summer Solstice Soiree The first ever Summer Solstice Soiree to benefit Bluegrass Youth Ballet was a fun, elegant and lovely evening featuring a performance by Bluegrass Youth Ballet. Guests enjoyed a silent auction, dining, music by Diane Timmons and Carla Gover, dancing to the latin tunes of Alma Gitana and raised funds for BYB’s scholarship and outreach programs.

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Kathy & Darrell Ishmael

Stephanie & Mike Mendenhall

Jim & Stacey Richardson and Mary-Alicha & Brian Weldon

Ronnie & Paula Bastin and Marsha & DeWayne Koller

Jennifer Palumbo and Jennifer Mynear

Stephanie Nallia and Kate Salsman

Doug & Holly Ruth

John & Carolyn Rasnick

Midsummer Night’s Dream Gala

The Lexington Dream Factory’s annual gala on June 23rd celebrated dreams past and raised funds so future dreams can come true! The Lexington Dream Factory grants dreams for children ages 3-18 with critical or chronic illnesses in Lexington and the surrounding area. Photos by Keni Parks


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Lauren Johnson and Sarah Havens

Ashley Robbins

Lisa McLean, Julianne Cleaver and Katharine McLean

Megan Huber, Susan Williamson and Isabel Ladd

Meredith Jenkins and Amy Watts

Christie Kessinger and Kelley Greer

Heather Reilly and Marilyn Hacker

Bella Bliss Warehouse Sale Benefitting The LLS

The luxury children’s brand Bella Bliss chose to kick off the summer months by holding their sixth annual charity warehouse sale at Sayre middle school. Bella Bliss donated 10% of the net proceeds to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, an organization dedicated to curing blood cancers and improving the quality of life of patients and their families. Bella Bliss has been able to donate over $30,000 to LLS from the proceeds of this sale.

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Who’s Who


by Michelle Rauch Photos courtesy of Leigh Searcy, David Lloyd & Paul Atkinson


Who’s Who LEX 18‘s Leigh Searcy is known as the “bag lady” at work. It’s a nickname affectionately given to her by co-worker, Kevin Christopher. Leigh laughs and says “In this job I’ve been called a lot worse!” It started a year ago when she asked everyone in the news room to give their aluminum cans and plastic bottles to her when they were finished with them so she could turn them in to her son’s school. “I collect between 400 and 500 cans and bottles a week from LEX18, alone. That’s about 20,000 recycled goods. Yes, we stay heavily caffeinated at work – you have to in news,” Leigh says. Every Friday, Leigh is spotted hauling a huge garbage bag out to her car. It’s paid off for St. John Catholic School in Georgetown. Last year the school raised $8,000 from their recycling program. Their efforts were also recognized nationally. “Going green helps. Reece’s school recently received $5,000 from a national green project. It placed 3rd out of 600 schools,” she proudly says. The school is using the money to buy smart board accessories which will help eliminate paper use.

homeless pets. Her household is full of them. Three dogs, Jack the 19-year-old cat, Oreo the rabbit, and Molly the goldfish are part of her family.

“News can be a rat race, but at the end of the day, I want to go home knowing I did my job with integrity, not trickery.”

That sense of community and service is near and dear to Leigh, who was raised in Versailles and graduated from Woodford County High School. “I help people and animals,” she says. Scott County Humane Society is close to her heart. “I flunked fostering, so I moved to fundraising,” she jokes. Flunking fostering isn’t a bad thing though, when it means you’ve adopted

When it comes to fundraising, Leigh has a natural talent for generating ideas. “Wags and Drags” was the brainchild of Leigh and a friend of hers who is a hairdresser and a member of the Imperial Court of Kentucky. The “queens” entertain guests during this annual event with a glamorous drag show which has grown each year. “The queens are some of the most generous people I know, very sincere,” Leigh says. That is just one of the fundraisers Leigh started for the Scott County Humane Society. She also came up with the idea for the “Fur Ball” seven years ago.

Leigh’s career as a reporter opens her eyes to the needs in our community. Three years ago she identified an opportunity to help the Salvation Army raise money to buy toys and feed families during the holidays while giving curiosity seekers a peek inside the famous Castle on Versailles Road. Christmas Tours at Castle Post was born. Local interior designers decorate the castle for the holidays and tickets are sold for tours. It was an instant hit and has raised more than $142,000 that has helped thousands of families in need during the last three years. “Leigh has a very big heart, she is really concerned about the needs of others,” says Major Debra Ashcraft of the Salvation Army.



Who’s Who “I’ve had to scale back since my son and daughter are involved in so many activities; but still help when I can,” she says. While the Scott County Humane Society gets a lot of her time, she also gives to the Lexington Humane Society’s annual fundraiser, the Beastie Ball. Her family has adopted animals from both groups. She likes to volunteer at charities she calls “close to home.” Leigh’s sense of giving back to others was instilled in her as she was growing up. “I learned by example. My dad has been a volunteer for Woodford Habitat for more than 30 years—I can’t imagine not volunteering,” she says. Leigh believes volunteering keeps her grounded. “It keeps your priorities straight. The world is not about you,” she says. When Leigh is not working or volunteering she is busy with her four year old daughter, Olivia, and five year old son, Reece. They keep busy between soccer, swimming lessons, and T-ball. Leigh jokes and says at times she feels like she is playing referee with her kids. Add the dogs into the mix and that’s something else! “Bathing our three dogs is a hoot. We all end up getting a bath,” she says. Leigh makes a point to fit in some leisure time here and there. “I’m often happiest in a ball cap, no make-up and “tique-n” with my kids,” she says. “Tique-n” is what her daughter Olivia calls their trips to antique malls and flea markets. “They love it and know the golden rule: No touching anything breakable!” Leigh learned to appreciate shopping for antiques and unique finds from her mother-in-law years ago. She credits her for all she has learned about primitive pieces which she has collected and decorated her home with. “My kids get a fun history lesson every time they go with me,” Leigh says. While her son Reece has enjoyed “tique-n”, it’s her daughter, Olivia, who seems to really be picking up the bug to shop. One of her favorite shops is Scout on Liberty Road in Lexington. “The kids know where we are going as soon as we hit Winchester Road,” she says. “Not all antique/vintage stores like to see little kids coming. Greg, one of the owners, is always so nice.” Leigh has accessorized a good part of her Georgetown home

from Scout. “I proudly display a hay rake from there on my family room wall. The trough I bought there makes a great toy box! I love re-purposing things. My dad thinks I’m nuts, but I still love the hay rake,” Leigh says with pride. Leigh enjoys sitting down with a good book although she admits she has set a personal goal to read more. She recently read Think by Lisa Bloom and describes it as the best book ever. “It’s very thought provoking. It talks about how women often allow themselves to dumb it down, be self-indulged and shallow without even recognizing it. Before the book, I’d watch some mindless reality TV shows to “veg out” after a long day at work. Think reminds you that you deserve better – not the garbage in, garbage out content all over cable TV,” Leigh says. Despite the direction a lot of TV is taking, Leigh still believes in the power of broadcast journalism. “It’s often the window for people to see good or bad – what’s really going on at home, in the courts, etc.,” She has spent her entire career in Kentucky. Leigh started reporting in Hopkinsville, moved on to Bowling Green, Lexington, Cincinnati and back to Lexington and LEX18. She has learned a lot about the state she was born and raised in. “Most people don’t realize you get three chances to drive drunk before DUI is ever a felony. It’s only a felony on the 4th offense, even then, it has to occur within five years of the other DUIs. Kentucky’s DUI laws are weak at best, in my opinion,” she says. Leigh’s twenty years of experience in broadcast news shows in the stories she tells; although it’s parenthood that she credits for making her a better journalist. “I’ve always tried to be compassionate in my reporting, but now that compassion is at a whole new level. I refuse to pressure a grieving loved one to speak with me. News can be a rat race, but at the end of the day, I want to go home knowing I did my job with integrity, not trickery,” she says.


Who’s Who

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Bella & Copper, owners Whitney Marcum & Pam Kirkpatrick


Nicholas naps with his new friend, owner Kathy Adams

Zola the Cheapside Bulldog, owner Tracey Carey

Moonshine, owner Kimberly Braunecker

Jaxson, owners Chuck & Ronna Corrente

Whisky & Derby DeVan

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What To Do


by Amanda Harper, Pet Aficionado

Do you accessorize your pet? Some pet parents can’t imagine sticking to the basics. They have a treasure trove of sweaters, kerchiefs and blinged-out collars for their pets. Many other pet parents don’t get why people think dogs need rain coats or “all that other stuff.” I’m somewhere in the middle. Saturn, my cat, has a great little breakaway collar with a beautiful turquoise print and bell. Unfortunately, she’s figured out the breakaway thing and does whatever she can to get it off, so I don’t suspect that other accessories would go over well. Growing up, we had three rat terriers who shivered away through cold weather and rainy days. They each had sweaters to keep them toasty and dry. One winter, we even experimented with booties to keep their tender little paws from sinking into the snow. For me, some of the pet accessories out there are just silly. I refuse to believe that a dog should stroll around in pants, or that a cat needs a wig to be fabulous. Did you know that there’s a company that manufactures stickers to cover up your pet’s unsightly “under-tail” area? That level of accessorizing is just weird to me. But even I have to admit—accessorizing your pet can be pretty cute, and it can certainly be beneficial. For pets with short, thin, limited or zero fur, sweaters, jackets and shirts can be a pet essential year round. In the summer, a thin shirt will cover your pet, preventing sunburns. In the cooler months, a sweater will keep your pet warm, even when the weather outside is frightful. Do pets need rain coats? It’s up to the pet owner, but as I said before, I’ve found them useful. A good rain coat will cut down on the amount of water that makes it on your pet’s fur, ensuring your pet won’t feel cold and wet after a trip outside. That keeps your home’s interior dry, too! Decorative collars, leashes, harnesses and muzzles can be a nice way to make your pet look stylin’, and perhaps help you feel more comfortable using them. I always felt awkward trying to


slip my guinea pig’s little legs into her harness jacket, but the resulting cuteness and ability to lead her on a leash was well worth the careful effort. Shoes and booties? They have benefits for pets who have tender paws and pads, or pets with injured feet. The trouble with pet shoes is that most pets simply won’t tolerate something foreign clinging to their foot. My parents’ rat terriers shook their booties off in no time flat! I’ve seen pet sunglasses, hats and visors. Unless your pet has a particular eye or skin condition that necessitates extra sun shielding, I consider these items purely decorative. Most pets are adapted to deal with sunshine just fine. Pets that aren’t meant to be outside in full sun shouldn’t be taken out at all, even with these sun shields. With any pet accessory, it can take some time and training for your pet to get used to their new wardrobe. Be patient with your pet. Trying on new accessories can be confusing and strange to a pet who isn’t used to getting dressed up. If your pet reacts negatively, don’t force the issue. Make sure getting dressed is a positive experience. For our rat terriers, putting on a sweater for the first time was more welcome to them after they went outside. With practice, your pet will be more cooperative. If you want to jump on the pet accessory bandwagon, go ahead! Just consider what function your pet accessories could serve and whether the accessory will be a bother to your pet. A good pet accessory conveys your pet’s personality to the world, but shouldn’t make your pet uncomfortable. Have fun trying this trend!

What To Do

SOME THINGS ARE BEST LEFT UNSAID by Sue Ann Truitt Entertaining Consultant

Conversation is a mirror of one’s heart, soul and mind. So, make a good reflection. It is the method whereby we relate to family, friends, acquaintances, and strangers. To make the most of this communication, there are some very important Do’s and Don’ts.

• Family and Siblings—Not everyone’s family relationships are as wonderful as someone else’s. Discussing intimate details could bring up unpleasant memories or negative emotions especially if there are unresolved issues.

When meeting a new person, what do you say? This is simple if the person who introduced you mentioned something the two of you have in common. Then, the topic is open for beginning a discussion. If a mutual third person is not involved, how do you begin? Some lead-in’s are – you could comment on what a wonderful color the person is wearing, what a fabulous tie, the interesting pin on her lapel, something about the flower arrangement on the table, or ask the person how they know the host or hostess. At that point, a conversation should begin. It can continue with you asking a question of the person but do avoid talking about yourself. However, never let those questions venture into the areas of health, relationship problems, or marital status. If this should happen, be brief! A new movie or new restaurant in town is a much safer topic to begin an engaging conversation.

• Politics—This is always an important conversation topic to exclude especially in this election year. Tempers are liable to get hot between now and November. It is easy to get carried away to a point that could be very unpleasant. This is not a good topic of conversation at any time but certainly not now. Actually, it is best not to even ask what political party someone supports.

The setting or type of get together should be a guide as to the appropriateness of a topic of conversation. If you are at a backyard cookout, it would not be a comfortable time to discuss the details of the death of a family member. Conversely, at a funeral, it would not be suitable to go into great detail about your upcoming trip to Monte Carlo. In a group conversation setting, it is most important to be certain that each person has an opportunity to speak. The topics should be those that everyone can enjoy. If you have something to say that is not of interest to everyone, then say it in private. Speaking to a group of six about something that only you and one other may relate to, is certainly a way to bore the group. It can give others a feeling of being left out. People do not enjoy being with someone who monopolizes the conversation! Conversation must be a two way street! Your children, your trip or your job is not of interest to everyone. The most important fundamental rule to practice is that conversation is sharing between all of those present. If it is not happening, be aware and do something about it. Bring that quiet person into the discussion by including a question directed toward an area of their interest. TOPICS TO BE LEFT UNSAID: • Money—Discussing money is a quick way to cause others to be uncomfortable. If someone doesn’t have as much as they think everyone else has, they will feel inadequate. The person discussing the money will come across as bragging or being materialistic. Neither of these are admirable qualities. Never should anyone ask or be asked how much money he makes. Certainly, avoid any gossip in regard to the financial status of others. It is not anyone else’s business.


• Health Issues—Discussing health and wellness such as eating well, organic foods, avoiding special items is a topic everyone finds interesting. Carrying the conversation to surgeries or a long illness can be very uncomfortable. Lengthy discussions about different diets, etc. can make some very self conscious and even depressed. Conversations about diets when around foods can be a turn off for many people. This is especially unfair to one who has spent time preparing specialties for the party. • Sex—While many are now very comfortable with this topic, it can be thought by some as inappropriate or even disgusting. It is a good practice not to make comments about couples who are in an unfortunate situation. Gossiping is never classy. • Religion—Avoiding the discussion of this topic comes as no surprise. It is still amazing how many people feel the need to push their beliefs and practices on others, even complete strangers. While you don’t need to avoid the topic entirely, you should enter the subject with care unless you are with those who share similar beliefs. This list is not necessarily complete but should serve as a guideline for the conversationalist. Perhaps, at your next dinner party, you might try a creative approach to introduce new and different topics of conversation . Some ideas are: Write different topics on cards and place a card under each guest’s salad plate. Or have ideas written on a card which is placed in a stack. Let each guest draw a card with a topic. Or go around the table giving each person a letter in the alphabet. Then have guests tell a SHORT story about a trip to a location beginning with the given letter. The rest of the guests must decide if the story was true or false. Or the host can ask a question and the rest will answer---What is the first Birthday party you can remember? Favorite pet? Where were you born? It is interesting how much you can learn about your friends. There is nothing that alienates people like a constantly wagging tongue. Conversations should always be accomplished with much thought and consideration of the other person. Remember the power of words!


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Who’s Who

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Marcel Smith in the Tevis Cup Race

Whitney Marcum and Jason Adkins in Panama City Beach, FL

Susan Beth Meeks and Cory Henon in Gatlingurg, TN

Natalie Heitz watching a storm come through on Hilton Head Island, SC

Carol Kearns, Martha Mossbarger and Blair Kearns in Georgetown, SC

Jimmy Ray Key and Janice Wright in Daytona Beach, FL

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LexArts, Champion of Local Arts, Turns 40 by Kristin Espeland Gourlay

Lexington has always been home to artists—from painter Henry Faulkner to actor Harry Dean Stanton, to the many musicians, photographers, and writers who have called the city home. But before the birth of LexArts (first called the Lexington Council on the Arts) 40 years ago this year, those artists had no single voice advocating for their needs; no single resource for help raising much needed operating funds. A Support System for the Arts “I think there were some rather prescient people in town who were seeing the trends in terms of Local Arts Councils and United Arts Funds that were beginning to pop up in Louisville and Cincinnati,” says Jim Clark, president and CEO of LexArts, celebrating its 40th anniversary this October. “It shows that people here have been interested in the arts for quite a long time, and realized that in order to have a flourishing arts community you need to have a support system in place.” Today, LexArts provides major ongoing financial support for the community’s largest arts organizations: The Lexington Philharmonic (, the Lexington Children’s Theater (, the Lexington Art League (, the Living Arts and Science Center (, The Lexington Singers (, and Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras ( It also offers general operating support grants, which provide unrestricted funds to organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to the arts, fiscal responsibility, sound management, and that operate on a year-round basis. LexArts maintains other compo-

nents of that support system for artists: affordable rental space for rehearsals and performances, public advocacy for the arts, capacity building for local arts organizations, and raising awareness of Lexington’s rich cultural scene. LexArts’ Jim Clark calls his organization a “champion for local arts groups,” making sure state and local legislators know about the important role the arts play in the community. And he says that importance isn’t lost on Lexington’s leadership. The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and the state arts agency, the Kentucky Arts Council, provide some support for LexArts with state tax dollars. Clark believes local officials understand that supporting the arts here isn’t just good for the conscience; it pays off in a strong business environment. “Mayor Gray and the urban county council are very familiar with how creative professionals are moving from city to city based on quality of life,” says Clark. “So if Lexington wants to attract the best and brightest in medical research, in clinical care, and in advanced manufacturing, then they need to make sure we’ve got an environment that is creative. And I think the arts play an important role as standard bearer of the city’s creativity.”

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From mid-February to mid-April, LexArts runs its “Campaign for the Arts,” encouraging corporate giving by enrolling companies in a regular giving program, visiting workplaces and educating employees about how much arts organizations contribute to the community beyond performances and shows, to running programs in schools and taking kids on cultural field trips. Employees can make a single gift or opt for a regular payroll deduction. (Interested in helping? Visit for more information.) LexArts member organizations benefit from the funds raised in the form of general operating funds—which can be more difficult to raise than funds for a specific projects or building—to help pay staff, keep the lights on, print programs, and more. But they also benefit from LexArts’ belowmarket-price space rentals.

Board Member John Long addresses the audience at the LexArts 2012 Fund for the Arts campaign kick-off celebration.

“We have ArtsPlace, which is about 30 years old,” says Clark. “It’s a space for artists and arts groups to rent. They can use it for rehearsal, office, and performance space. It’s also home to the Lexington Philharmonic, the Lexington Chamber Chorale, the Lexington Ballet, Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, and LexArts,” alongside other tenants like the Bluegrass Printmakers Cooperative and the Center for Old Music in the New World. ArtsPlace also has gallery space, and some studio space for individual artists. The variety of spaces enables arts groups to offer more intimate performances, as well. The gallery might be host to an evening of chamber music, while the performance hall can host a small theater group. It’s a beehive of creativity and it’s just one of the many gathering places in town for artists and art lovers.


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Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra ensemble (Dylan Rowe, Azure Rowe, Janie Herberner and Logan Rowe) perform at the LexArts 2012 Fund for the Arts campaign kick-off celebration.

Beyond fundraising, LexArts also works to strengthen arts organizations themselves, to help them grow, a process called capacity building. “We are currently working on developing a new business training model, where we will be connecting business volunteers…with some of our arts groups to address specific issues like development and marketing,” says Clark. The “support system” has, in part, helped the arts thrive in Lexington despite a recession. “We have not lost a single arts group in this town,” says Clark. In fact, he says, we’ve added groups: a new visual arts organization and two new theater groups.

Paula Anderson, Stephanie Spires, Elizabeth Deener and Tanzi Merritt at the Lexington Art League’s QXnet Opening Preview Party for Body Figure Nude



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“I think it is the strong artist population that we have here,” says Clark about what sets Lexington apart. Whether “visual, literary, music, [or] theater, there are a very significant number of accomplished artists who call Lexington home,” he says, “and that really adds to the diversity of our artistic expression.” The result? Bountiful opportunities to see new artists’ work in galleries, see local theater, enjoy local musicians and more. But how many Lexingtonians know about all those opportunities and carve out time on their calendars to take advantage of them? Clark says not enough. “One of the more surprising comments I hear from people is, ‘There’s not that much to do.’ That to me is purely a downfall of our communications,” Clark says. “That’s part of our challenge is to figure out how can we become better communicators, and help people gain access to the arts. Our job is to help grow audiences.” Join the growing audiences for the following LexArts partner organizations, profiled below.

by playwright Steven Dietz. Working under the nonprofit umbrella of the Kentucky Theater Conservatory, the group just wrapped its inaugural season with a tribute to the late, great playwright, Lanford Wilson. Ellie Clark (no relation to LexArts’ Jim Clark) says putting down theatrical roots back home in Lexington has only helped her creativity. “The nice thing about doing theater in a small community is that you get to see the ripple effects,” says Clark. “If you teach in the area, you get to see your students on stage in the area. And if you have a theater company, you get to see your audience grow. Those relationships establish much more quickly in a small environment.” Clark also appreciates the opportunities for collaboration in a small community. Project SEE has worked with local visual artists, Actors Theatre of Lexington, and tapped other groups like the Actors Guild for help with things like props. “The artists in this community are so supportive of each other,” she says. Clark says Project SEE’s focus as an ensemble theatre company will be on the artistic process. She says that means the company’s actors will develop close working relationships throughout rehearsals, training with, and learning from each other to infuse performances with the intimacy and trust they build. Their 2012-2013 season is under development. Each show will include a “pay what you can” performance, usually the first or second Thursday of the show’s run. For more information, visit


A Thriving Arts Scene When he surveys the arts in Lexington, Clark sees a richness and variety that rival any similarly sized city. The number of performance spaces tells part of the story. There are the 250 seats at the Downtown Arts Center, plenty of room for the Lexington Philharmonic at the Singletary Center. And at the Lexington Opera House, where performers like Al Jolson, W.C. Fields, Will Rogers, and Harry Houdini have appeared (or disappeared, as the case may be), audiences can enjoy the Lexington Ballet as well as several touring Broadway shows a year.

LexArts Member Profile: Project SEE Theater Project SEE Theater is a relatively new member of LexArts, founded by native Lexingtonians who decided to return home after working in New York City. LexArts staff saw one of their first shows and eventually brought the fledgling group into the fold. Now, Project SEE has access to rehearsal and performance space along with some much-appreciated— and often expensive—essentials for theater companies: lighting, chairs, and risers. Co-founders Ellie Clark, Evan Bergman, and Sully White launched Project SEE with a performance of Lonely Planet



Who’s Who intimate black box type of environment,” says Kaiser. “It provides an opportunity for us to have real-time dialogue with our artists, our audience, and our conductor; about everything from what inspired the creation of the piece to how musicians and conductors approach it,” she says. “We’re able to take risks,” says Kaiser, “with this kind of programming because of the group’s stable source of funding from LexArts.” But how can LexPhil make sure it stays fresh and relevant for another 50 years? Says Kaiser, “We’ve been analyzing everything we do – how we engage the community socially, what we’re doing artistically.” Part of that self-reflection resulted in the hiring of a new music director and conductor, Scott Terrell. Since his arrival, Maestro Scott Terrell and Lexington Philharmonic Executive Director Allison Kaiser orchestra subscriptions have jumped 41%, collaborations have expanded, and the musical LexArts Member Profile: Lexington Philharmonic repertoire has diversified. “I don’t look at the The Lexington Philharmonic may be one of the orchestra as a static thing going forward. It’s a musical community’s better known performing arts organizations laboratory,” says Terrell. and recipient of LexArts general operating funds support, Terrell says Lexington audiences can look forward to more but you may not know that the venerable orchestra just innovation from the philharmonic, which he hopes to played its 50th season for Lexington audiences. You might position as more than just an orchestra but an educational, also be surprised to learn that LexPhil has just launched a intellectual resource as well. Take one of Terrell’s recent composer-in-residence program and commissioned its first efforts: commissioning an Appalachian photographer piece from the first resident, Doug Kellog. last season to “score” a concert visually. Over the last two LexPhil executive director Allison Kaiser says the organization is focused on finding new ways to engage audiences in the classics. Take “Kick Back Classics,” for example, which is part concert, part Q&A. “It’s a very

years, Terrell says he’s led the orchestra in collaborations with more than 30 different groups. Learn more about the Lexington Philharmonic’s upcoming events, support their work, or get involved by visiting

Support Lexington’s Rich Local Arts Scene Support the vital work of LexArts ( and get to know its partner organizations, a handful of whom we’ve listed here: Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra: Project SEE Theatre: Red Barn Lexington Art League: Kentucky Ballet Theatre: Lexington Children’s Theatre:


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Back by popular demand, The Horsemen of All Ages Sale, presented by Adequan, returns to Floral Hall Round Barn at The Red Mile Race Track. This bachelor and bachelorette auction features a group of the most interesting single people in Lexington, willing to go on a date to benefit The Race For Education. The Race For Education is a scholastic organization that provides career and college readiness programs for students in need of additional academic support, and college scholarships for young people with significant financial need. Check out the following pages to see who is up for bid. Log on to daily during the month of August to vote for your favorite bachelor and bachelorette. TOPS will award a pair of tickets to one lucky voter each week for the Meet and Greet sponsored by SKYBAR, dinner and auction on Friday, September 7th. The Bachelor or Bachelorette with the most votes will receive two UK Football tickets and $1000 toward their favorite charity. For more information on the event, call The Race For Education at 859.252.8648 or visit them online at

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Cody Lane December 17, Sagittarius

All About the Family Father: Bobby Lane Mother: Joy Lane Siblings: One older brother and one older sister Birthplace: Riverton, WY Have you ever been married: No Children: No All About Cody Job: Colostrum Research & Sales (Product Manager at Halstrum, LLC Makers of LubriSyn and Re-Borne) Favorite Food: Steak Favorite Horse: Rocket Wrangler Favorite Musical Group: Cross Canadian Ragweed (CCR) Best Quote: “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” Fantasy Date: Wine, dinner and a horseback ride at sunset in the Teton mountains Favorite Sports Team: New Zealand All Blacks Rugby Go to Dance Moves: Swing Dance Pretzel Hobbies: Hunting, fly fishing and steer roping. Alma Mater: University of Wyoming Brief Description: This desperado comes from the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. He attended college at the University of Wyoming where he graduated with an Animal & Vet Science degree. While attending college he played rugby for the university and trained pick-up horses for rodeo. From the floors of an oil rig to the catwalks in New York City, there isn’t much this cowboy hasn’t seen.


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Claire Novak May 20, Taurus All About the Family Father: Robert Mother: Jill Siblings: 2 sisters, 2 brothers Birthplace: Illinois Have you ever been married: No Children: No All About Claire Job: Turf writer, Blood-Horse Magazine Favorite Food: Anything gourmet – really good! Favorite Horse: My thoroughbred, Bob. Favorite Musical Groups: Maroon5 and Amos Lee, plus a little country and some big band swing Best Quote: “You’re defined by what you stand for. Your integrity is not for sale.” Fantasy Date: Exploring a New England town together or a weekend on Vinalhaven Island in Maine – anything away from technology and racing! Favorite Sports Team: Orioles & Cubs Go to Dance Moves: Salsa Last Book Read: The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright Hobbies: Horseback riding, boxing, collecting equine art, traveling, teaching therapeutic riding at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope Brief Description: Precocious filly has elegant presence and is a smooth, leggy mover. Shipped from Arlington Park to Keeneland 10 years ago and has been well-traveled since, with stints in Saratoga and Chicago – but thrives in the Bluegrass. Now stabled in Lexington full time, this Eclipse Award winner is all heart and class. A proven winner sure to please!


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Jason Litt August 17, Leo All About the Family Father: Howard Litt Mother: Shirley Litt Siblings: Three older sister’s Birthplace: Dallas, TX Have you ever been married: No Children: No All About Jason Job: Litt Bloodstock Favorite Food: Nutella Favorite Horse: Xtra Heat, she’s similar to the perfect woman with her strong will, independence and a great butt! Favorite Musical Group: Coldplay Best Quote: “These go to 11” – Nigel Tufnel Fantasy Date: Share a six pack of Zima, bake chocolate chip cookies and discuss chapters 12-15 of 50 Shades of Grey Favorite Sports Team: San Francisco Giants Last Book Read: The Hunger Games Trilogy Go to Dance Moves: The Moonwalk Hobbies: Swimming, golf, Caucasian rugs & baking Alma Mater: BA UC Berkeley, MS Wake Forest University Brief Description: This Stallion prospect shipped from California to Kentucky in 2000. He had the honor of working with some of the greats in the industry, Three Chimneys Farm, Taylor Made Farm and Drs. Cheney, Northrop and Landry before starting Litt Bloodstock in 2009. His full service bloodstock agency follows the globe in search of top racing prospects. His day starts early, 6am Honolulu time and he often works until 7pm London time to make sure no stone is unturned. When not at the office or at a sale, this stallion prospect enjoys walking in the park, baking cookies, going to the movies and pontificating.


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Lori Ann Taylor March 22, Aries

All About the Family Father: Fred Stemple Mother: Clarissa Stemple Siblings: The youngest of three Birthplace: Jennersville, Pennsylvania Have you ever been married: Yes Children: Three daughters; Aubren, Ariele and Ashtyn All About Lori Ann Job: Owner, Belle Vie Medspa & Family Medicine Favorite Food: Homemade, with a glass of red wine! Favorite Horse: Big Brown Favorite Musical Group: Third Day Best Quote: “This too shall pass.” Fantasy Date: A vineyard in Napa Favorite Sports Team: UK Basketball Last Book Read: Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller Hobbies: Pure Barre, Bible Study Fellowship and Golf Alma Mater: Shepherd College, WV Brief Description: Lori Ann moved to Lexington 20 years ago from Maryland and loves to call it home! She is an entrepreneur at heart and keeps busy between Belle Vie MedSpa and the various Board of Directors on which she serves, including The Nest Center for Women, Children & Families; National Association of Women Business Owners; and Andover Golf and Country Club. Lori Ann’s newest challenge comes from her thirteen year old daughter; performing a flip off the diving board by the end of summer!


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John Nicholson All About the Family September Father: George Nicholson Mother: Peggy Nicholson Siblings: Nick Nicholson and Joe Browne Birthplace: Winchester, KY Have you ever been married: Yes Children: Chris, 13 and Colin, 9

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All About John Job: Executive Director, Kentucky Horse Park Favorite Food: Filet Mignon Favorite Horse: Cigar Favorite Musical Group: Van Morrison Fantasy Date: The really, really, really special dates in life are memorable because they aren’t planned, they just happen Best Quote: “It is important to have honor, for it is honor that helps you stand by people when they are in trouble or need; it is honor that will help make you a loyal person; it is honor that makes you help people when you are really too busy, when you are really too tired and too distracted, and when no one else will know or credit you with helping.” – James E. Bassett III Favorite Sports Team: University of Kentucky Last Book Read: The Kentucky Derby: How the Run for the Roses Became America’s Premier Sporting Event by James C. Nicholson Hobbies: Trail riding, bike riding, golf, sports and reading (history) Alma Mater: University of Kentucky Brief Description: The best horses are always Kentucky bred, and this stallion is no exception. A native of Winchester, John Nicholson stands at the Kentucky Horse Park, where he is the Executive Director of the country’s most popular equine destination. John has helped to lead the park to international prominence and worked to bring the World Equestrian Games to Kentucky. He accepted an Eclipse Award on behalf of the Horse Park and was awarded the annual Equine Visionary Award from American Horse Publications. Whether its lunch at Jot ‘ Em Down or dinner with celebs, this guy will be right at home. He loves kids, horses, dogs, and he lives with his 30 pound cat, Mr. Wiggles.



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Shelia Bayes December 30, Capricorn

All About the Family Father: James Mother: Christine Siblings: The youngest of three, 2 brothers and 1 sister Birthplace: Paintsville, KY Have you ever been married: Yes Children: No All About Shelia Job: Owner, Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers Favorite Food: Seafood and Mac n’ cheese Favorite Horse: Secretariat Favorite Musical Group: Depends on the mood: U2, Alicia Keys, Michael Buble…. Best Quote: “It is what it is.” Fantasy Date: Eating seafood on a sail boat in the ocean at sunset listening to great music Favorite Sports Team: University of Kentucky and L.A. Lakers Last Book Read: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James Go to Dance Moves: LOVES DANCING! Moves like Jagger! Hobbies: Traveling, dancing and scuba diving. Alma Mater: University of Kentucky Brief Description: This Kentucky bred filly has spent her lifetime in the Bluegrass building the area’s top jewelry store. This offering has looks and talent. Known for her generosity and kind heart she shares her luck with all who race with her. A lover of travel and the finer things in life, she is rarely found in her stall, but spending her time breezing the pastures. Any that know this fine filly will be quick to advise you that she is a sure bet!”


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Kyle Wilson September 29, Libra All About the Family Father: Homer Wilson Mother: Deborah Wilson Birthplace: Toledo, OH Have you ever been married: No Children: No All About Kyle Job: Stallion Season Sales, Three Chimneys Farm Favorite Food: Mexican Favorite Horse: Cigar Favorite Musical Group: Whatever Pandora chooses Best Quote: “The guts carry the feet, not the feet the guts.” - Miguel de Cervantes Favorite Sports Team: UK Wildcats & NY Yankees Go to Dance Moves: Buy another drink Last Book Read: A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson Hobbies: Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Horse Racing and the Ronald McDonald House Brief Description: Raised and grazed in Toledo, OH, Kyle Wilson is a 28-year-old Ohio-bred with Grade/Group 1 aspirations. He received his schooling at the University of Kentucky, graduating with majors in Economics and Spanish; and earned his gate card as a member of the Darley Flying Start stable of budding stars. A versatile and athletic colt that has shown propensity for the turf and ice, Wilson played golf, soccer, tennis, and hockey growing up and still dabbles with them at the amateur level. He is an easy keeper and shipper and is the only foal by his sire/out of his dam – surely his connections thought “why mess with perfection?”


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Jane Buchanan April 25, Taurus

All About the Family Father: Alan Buchanan Mother: Sylvia Buchanan Siblings: Naomi and Peter Birthplace: Lisburn, Northern Ireland Have you ever been married: No Children: No All About Jane Job: Racing Manager for Graham Motion Favorite Food: Japanese Favorite Horse: Tap Night, my steeplechase horse Favorite Musical Group: Cold Play Best Quote: “You only live once but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West Fantasy Date: Paris or Harbour Island Favorite Sports Team: Manchester United Last Book Read: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James Go to Dance Moves: MC Hammer, Hammertime! Hobbies: Working out, outdoor sports and spending time with friends Alma Mater: University of Salford (England) Brief Description: Jane is an Irish bred filly. She earned a degree in French and Arabic from the University of Salford. Jane moved to the US in 1998 and settled in Lexington, KY four years ago. Her passion is horseracing, but she enjoys most outdoor sports. She also loves to cook and host dinner parties and spending time with friends. This filly loves to travel and feels very lucky to get to go to racing all over the US and the world with her job. She has yet to make it to the Melbourne Cup, but it is on her bucket list!


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Andrew Cary May 11, Taurus

All About the Family Father: Peter Cary Mother: Rita Cary Siblings: Stephen & Paul Birthplace: Zimbabwe Have you ever been married: No Children: No All About Andrew Job: Select Sales, Partner & General Manager Favorite Food: Steak Favorite Horse: Ipi Tombe (ZIM) Favorite Musical Group: Creedence Clearwater Revival Fantasy Date: Dubai World Cup Favorite Sports Team: FC Barcelona, Anaheim Angels & L.A. Kings Last Book Read: Steve Jobs Bio Go to Dance Moves: Salsa Hobbies: Golf, piano, running, betting on horses & cooking Alma Mater: University of Colorado at Boulder Brief Description: Andrew is a a globetrotting Zimbabwe-bred who is now happily settled in Kentucky. He is general manager and partner in a thoroughbred sales agency that has grown strongly since they began operations in 2009. He loves what he does, and does what he loves everyday and feels exceptionally fortunate to be where he is now after working his way up from the bottom when he started out here a decade ago. Outside of the thoroughbred industry he enjoys sports of all kinds, especially hockey and baseball and he has also played the piano for over 20 years. Andrew is looking forward to a fun experience with this auction for a great cause.


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Michelle Mullins July 19, Cancer All About the Family Father: Basil Mullins Mother: Nancy Mullins Siblings: Hunter Mullins Birthplace: Lexington, KY Have you ever been married: Yes Children: One stakes filly All About Michelle Job: Self Employed Horse Farm Appraiser & Thoroughbred Consultant Favorite Food: Scottish Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Capers and Toast Points Favorite Horse: JacktheLad, my former racetrack pony Favorite Musical Group: From Classical to Bluegrass to everything in between Best Quote: “It takes two to get one in trouble.” – Mae West Fantasy Date: Surprise me! Favorite Sports Team: Kentucky Wildcats, plus any team my daughter plays on Last Book Read: Bluegrass Days, Neon Nights: High Rolling With Happy Chandler’s Wayward Son by Dan Chandler Go to Dance Moves: Drop back 5 yards and punt! Hobbies: Horseback riding and racing, reading, working out, hiking, shooting sporting clays and socializing Alma Mater: University of Kentucky Brief Description: This filly is a native Lexintonian and has been in the Thoroughbred industry in some capacity since 1986. Michelle has been a trainer in 10 states and Canada as well. She currently consults for clients with an emphasis on resale and racing prospects. She is also a real estate appraiser specializing in Central KY horse farms. Michelle has a wide variety of interests and is able to find humor in most any situation.




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Sean Feld November 23, Sagittarius

All About the Family Father: Bob Feld Mother: Cassandra McLaughlin Siblings: Madalyn Feld Birthplace: Pasadena, CA Have you ever been married: No Children: No All About Sean Job: Stallion Sales, Spendthrift Farm Favorite Food: Anything! Favorite Horse: Cozzene Favorite Musical Group: U2 Best Quote: “You can’t win the race (or girl) from the stall.” Fantasy Date: Dinner and Karaoke with Nikki Burdine Favorite Sports Team: The Cats, Steelers, L.A. Kings and Real Madrid Last Book Read: Some “Goosebumps” book Go to Dance Moves: The Dougie and the Macarena Hobbies: Karaoke, running and listening to music Alma Mater: University of Kentucky Brief Description: Sean is a 25 year old California bred that now does his running in the Bluegrass. He went to the racetrack for the first time when he was 3 months old and hasn’t left since. Sean’s favorite pastime is to serenade ladies at karaoke nights around Lexington.


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Marla Holt August 16, Leo All About the Family Father: William Anderson Steele Mother: Lynda Ruth Steele Siblings: Three Birthplace: Memphis, TN Have you ever been married: Yes Children: Yes, one boy and one girl All About Marla Job: United States Hunter Jumper Assoc. Favorite Food: Steak Favorite Horse: Secretariat Favorite Musical Group: Journey Best Quote: “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” – Zig Ziglar Fantasy Date: Dinner in NYC, a carriage ride and ice cream at Serendipity. Favorite Sports Team: UK Wildcats & Indianapolis Colts Last Book Read: Two Weeks with My Brother, Nicholas Sparks Hobbies: Horseback riding, hiking and camping. Alma Mater: Murray State University Brief Description: Marla’s love for horses began at the early age of 4 when her Dad brought home a pony. She grew up spending countless hours riding horses along with her Dad in the show ring and out on the trails. Marla recently moved from western Kentucky to the Lexington area. She is the Awards Manager at the United States Hunter Jumper Association located at the Kentucky Horse Park and is thrilled to be working in the horse industry.


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Tom Mueller January 20, Capricorn All About the Family Father: Jack Mueller Mother: Eleanor Mueller Siblings: Maria, Ellen, John, Lee & JimmyBirthplace: Louisville, KY Have you ever been married: No Children: No All About Tom Job: COO, River Road Asset Management, LLC Favorite Food: Everything! Favorite Horse: Twinspired Favorite Musical Group: U2, Coldplay, T.I., Kid Rock, Bob Seger Best Quote: “Some people go their life wondering if they ever made a difference. Marines don’t have that problem.” – Ronald Reagan Fantasy Date: Dinner in Santorini Favorite Sports Team: Notre Dame Fighting Irish Last Book Read: Steve Jobs Bio Go to Dance Moves: The Shopping Cart Hobbies: Snowboarding, DJing, Golf, Tennis & Guitar Alma Mater: University of Notre Dame Brief Description: This Kentuckian has been going to the race track since he was a young boy. Educated at Notre Dame with a summer stint at the White House, he returned to Kentucky to have a career in financial services. In 2010 he and his partners formed Alpha Stables and one of their first purchases, Twinspired ran in the 2011 Kentucky Derby. He now has partnered with Starlight Racing and is excited for the future!



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Mindy Lynn Coleman October 8, Libra

All About the Family Father: Rodney D. Coleman Mother: Rilla Barker Siblings: Several Birthplace: Ontario, OR Have you ever been married: Not yet Children: Only the four-legged kind All About Mindy Job: Jockeys’ Guild, Inc. Favorite Food: Home cooking Favorite Horse: Seattle Slew, Ruffian, Secretariat, Point Given, Cigar, Dash for Cash, Zenyatta & Frankel; to name just a few Favorite Musical Group: Too many to list Fantasy Date: A trip to Royal Ascot Favorite Sports Team: Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bulls and Gonzaga Bulldogs Last Book Read: No Angel Go to Dance Moves: I am more of a “wallflower” and/or judge of dance moves Hobbies: Racing, traveling, riding, volunteering and as of now, attempting to learn how to play golf Alma Mater: Arizona State University, Gonzaga University Brief Description: Even when this Oregon-bred filly was a weanling, she knew she wanted to become an attorney involved in the racing industry and ship to the Bluegrass. Since obtaining her law degree at Gonzaga University, she has been practicing in Lexington and is currently counsel for the Jockeys’ Guild. Mindy Lynn has been fortunate enough to combine her passion with her profession. When she is not working or at a racetrack, she is with her family, friends and/or her Yorkie, Buddy Love, traveling on some adventure and exploring new things.


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Julie Swindler May 24, Gemini All About the Family Father: Charles Swindler Mother: Lois Swindler Siblings: One brother Birthplace: Canfield, OH Have you ever been married: Yes Children: No All About Julie Job: Head Physician, Medical Bariatrics of Lexington Favorite Food: A good steak from my backyard grill Favorite Horse: Buttercup, the horse I rode as a child Favorite Musical Group: U2 Fantasy Date: Hiking at the Red River Gorge and finding a secluded lookout for a picnic Favorite Sports Team: UK Wildcats, of course! Best Quote: “Laugh often, love much, live well.” Last Book Read: The Solution Go to Dance Moves: Latin or swing Dance is always a good time Hobbies: Any outdoor activity (horseback riding, gardening, hiking, rafting) yoga, playing with my dogs and piano Alma Mater: Mount Union College, Northeastern Medical School, U of L Family Medicine Residency Brief Description: Growing up with a love for horses, Julie has always wanted to plant her roots in the Horse Capital of the World. She did her family medicine residency in Southern KY, trained for bariatrics (non-surgical weight loss) in Idaho and then started her own company, Medical Bariatrics in Lexington 5 years ago. Her passion may be her patients, but her goal is to laugh and enjoy life everyday.


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“OPERATION WIN” Phase Three: Let’s Go Bowling? by Drew Johnson Sports Junkie

Get your grill ready and your barbeque recipe dusted off, Big Blue Nation. Get excited for Lee, Kirk, Chris and the rest of the ESPN College Gameday crew. Prepare yourself for Lou Holz to speak/spit all over your television screen when discussing the Notre Dame football program. Take an online class in advanced calculus to get familiar with defensive coordinator Rick Minter’s scheme. Be ready to love Maxwell Smith. Are you ready for some SEC football, BBN? Yeah, I thought you were. I know Kentucky football wasn’t sunshine and unicorns last season. The offense struggled, the defense lost two all-conference players and I know some of you aren’t big fans of Joker Phillips. But can we at least hop on The Bandwagon of Optimism and pray the football program can build off ending The Streak against Tennessee? I know what the grumpy, disillusioned segment of BBN is saying: shouldn’t we just focus on the next top rated recruiting class John Calipari brings to Lexington? Why not simply sit back and watch Anthony Davis make the unibrow fashionable in London during the Olympics? Don’t these options sound better and less painful? To put it kindly: NO. You’re a prestigious member of Big Blue Nation. That means you support every team Kentucky fields. You take your son to watch the Bat Cats. You take your daughter to take in a softball double header. You purchase a Kevlar vest in support of the rifle team. That’s what we do. If you’re not a fan of Joker Phillips, fine. That’s your choice and you’re certainly entitled to it. But don’t take your frustrations out on the players. Remember, BBN supports THE TEAM, not THE HEAD COACH. Unless I’ve officially crossed over into The Land of Insanity, the last time I checked, the head coach doesn’t put on a helmet and take the field. The players do. I think.

Daryl Collins. Offensive guard Larry Warford is on the NFL’s radar, and center Matt Smith has been named to “watch lists” for the best center in college football. The cupboard isn’t bare, folks. There will be some talent on the field. The Defense—replacing all-conference hybrid linebacker Winston Guy will be tough. Replacing All-American linebacker Danny Trevathan is impossible. However, SEC games are won in the trenches. For the first time since Corey Peters, Myron Pryor, and Jeremy Jarmon patrolled the defensive line for Rich Brooks, Kentucky finally has some SEC “big bodies” to plug holes in tackles Mister Cobble and Donte Rumph. Defensive end Collins Ukwu drew future NFL praise from defensive coordinator Rick Minter before being limited with injuries last year. Sophomore linebacker Bud Dupree flashed SEC skills when he replaced Ridge Wilson as a starter. Tried and true senior Martavious Neloms will make the move to safety. Joker Phillips has raved about converted running back Marcus Caffey’s ability at cornerback. Guy and Trevathan are gone (but never forgotten), but overall, I expect to see the defense improve. Tailgating—I would tailgate for an insurance seminar, a church outing, a business dinner, or a wedding. All I need is the space, a tent, a grill, and beer. Tell me something more fun to do during football season. You can’t. Get on my level. Let’s do this. Photo by Matt Ishmael

I might be crazy, but I am of the small and screaming minority of Kentucky football fans that sees the light at the end of tunnel. Am I too optimistic? Perhaps, but I do see a silver lining in the storm cloud hovering over Commonwealth Stadium. Here are my reasons: The Offense—in all honestly, Kentucky’s offense can’t possibly be worse than last year’s. Statistically, it is practically impossible. That being said, offensive coordinator Randy Sanders will have more weapons at his disposal going forward. A bevy of SECcaliber running backs appear ready to tote the pigskin in Josh Clemons, CoShik Williams, Jonathon George, Raymond Sanders, plus newcomers Dyshawn Mobley and Justin Tyler. Quarterback Maxwell Smith showed flashes of talent and the ability to stretch the field. La’Rod King is a preseason all-conference wide receiver who will be joined by two young talents in Demarco Robinson and


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Many in Lexington know that Dudley Square is a building with a lot of history within its walls. Not only did it serve as the home for notable Lexington restaurant Dudley’s for 28 years, it used to be a learning institution dating back to the late 1880s known as the Dudley School. Now occupying this setting is the restaurant Sabio, the “new kid in class” that would probably get reprimanded by a teacher for playing with its food. Of course, no actual punishment will be necessary. Everything about Sabio, from its atmosphere to its international cuisine, is all worthy of praise. Sabio was opened in April by executive chef Javier Lanza. The Honduras-born Lanza has certainly gotten around from a culinary standpoint, working as a chef in restaurants in New York City, Nashville and San Jose, Calif. You may have even sampled some of Lanza’s creations at other restaurants in Kentucky. He was a chef at the acclaimed bed and breakfast Amelia’s Field Country Inn in Paris, Ky., from 1996 to 2000. He also worked for The Signature Club and Jean Farris Winery in Lexington before more recently returning to Paris to open Migdalia’s. When Lanza opened Sabio, he was very conscious of the space he was occupying. The name itself in Portugese translates to “being wise and educated” and he aptly named the bar area across the hall The Detention Bar. However, Sabio is no stroll down memory lane. Both the main dining area and the bar feature a hip, contemporary aesthetic that will allow you to feel welcome in a suit and tie or a t-shirt and jeans – not to mention its updated patio section with herbs grown in the garden that find their way into Sabio’s dishes. And speaking of dishes, Sabio will take you across the globe with European, Latin American and Asian influence but with an emphasis on local ingredients. You’ll experience big flavors right out of the gate with any number of small plates. The potato gnocchi (one of Lanza’s secret recipes) is heavenly, with cloud-soft dumblings and roasted wild mushrooms in a sauce of smoked shallots and vermouth. Those looking for an Asian kick can find it in the delectable kimchi ribs, which are steamed instead of poached for extra tenderness and topped with a Hoisin barbecue sauce over napa cabbage and bok choy. Plus, one of its simplest starters, the wok-charred green beans, is the most addictive. They’re tossed with garlic, ginger root, plum wine and soy with the added punch of Korean chiles. I was shoveling these into my mouth at such a break-neck pace my chopsticks were starting to smoke. While there are some differences between the menus at Sabio and The Detention Bar, you’ll likely be able to order whatever you want no matter where you spend your evening. However, you’ll have to ask about a special like the chicken lollipops. You read that right. The restaurant takes your typical chicken drumstick and has some fun with it by pushing the meat towards the end and deep-frying it before coating the chicken in a mango banana barbecue glaze for a playful presentation. Sure, Sabio has a good time in the kitchen, but they can also crank out some serious entrees, whether it’s a filet mignon, duck with sweet potato and goat cheese puree, haricot vert and a port and juniper berry sauce or lamb chops with gruyere bread pudding, roasted carrots and a mint demi-glaze. But Lanza will tell you his pride and joy are his scallops, and for good reason. The robust sea scallops are pan-seared a bit extra on one side to offer a bit of char and crunch to complement the delicate center. The addition of pancetta whipped mashed potatoes, wilted spinach, cherry tomatoes, crispy leeks and a garlic-tarragon beurre blanc sauce made this the best scallop dish I’ve ever tasted. You can polish off your meal in fine fashion with dessert. Its Crema Quemada, Sabio’s version of crème brule with vanilla and fresh-grown lavender, sounded tempting. However, when I found out they made their ice creams in house, my mind was made up. Its coffee ice cream made with Bourbon County coffee brand Caffee Marco accompanies Lanza’s expertly executed chocolate fondant, another one of Lanza’s specialties that he takes with him to every restaurant he’s opened. After one bite, you’ll be grateful he brought it to the Bluegrass. With a commitment to consistency, quality and creativity, Sabio is a restaurant Lexington diners are going to love to discover, occupying a familiar space with a fresh approach. If the Dudley School were still around and had a yearbook, I wouldn’t be surprised if Sabio was voted “Most Likely to Succeed.”

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IN THE ‘BUF’: OMG IS LUV SOL by Buffy Lawson Relationship Veteran

Yes. I confess. I still have a flip phone. I can’t begin to tell you how often people’s “smart phones” have “butt dialed” me in the middle of the night. It is true that I have heard some very interesting things from those smart phone butt dials. Further, as a songwriter, I still jot lyrics in a notebook with a pencil, not my laptop. I miss handwriting, licking stamps and…love letters. When I was a teenager, if a crush or break-up was taking place, kids dealt with the situation face to face…not on Facebook. “Friends” actually knew each other very well and if you “liked” someone, you hung out with them at the mall. If someone loved you, they didn’t text I LUV U. Instead, with their very own unique handwriting they wrote a personalized curly cued I Love You... which was likely accompanied by a variety of red hearts and the page would smell of Polo cologne. Time and effort was applied to express feelings. No question, there are many advantages to the technology that we have today. But I can’t help wonder if society is encouraging lazy behavior when it comes to romance. We now send “E-cards” instead of driving to hallmark and forward “E-vites” rather than mailing actual invitations. “E-harmony” is where we meet future partners rather than the shoe department at Sears. Granted, to many people, my resistance to change probably makes me sound like the older folks that thought Elvis was offensive with those gyrating pelvic thrusts. For the record, I liked those gyrating pelvic thrusts very much…I am not a prude or afraid of necessary evolution. I long for the romantic gestures of the past. One evening I spoke with Mister Man about this topic and asked his honest opinion. I stated my thoughts and followed with “Does this mean heartfelt romance is gone forever?” “I don’t see the problem babe,” he replied. “I love you is still I love you, whether it’s on pretty paper or your cell phone.” “Really…” I said as I went to grab a box that was hidden under my bed. I dated Mister Man when I was in high school, and yesterday his father gave me a box that was saved in Mr. Man’s parent’s garage for over twenty years. I poured a glass of red wine for us both and my sweetheart’s eyes became curious as he recognized what I was holding. Until that moment, he had forgotten it even existed. “You remember this?” I asked as he pulled out one of about forty cards that I had written to him so many years ago. The first card showcased a large smiling teddy bear with raining hearts falling from the sky. It said, in my own handwriting: “Happy Anniversary! I love you! I love you! I love you! This has been THE BEST THREE WEEKS OF MY LIFE!”


We laughed for over an hour as we reminisced through the box of sappy love letters and poems that I had written him. He had saved everything I had ever given him. Including the twelve page “break up” letter I wrote him with tear drops drawn along the periphery for dramatic effect. Of course, we were back together two days later. The box was full of dried flowers, a baggie with locks of my hair…uhh, that one was a little strange, but hey! Who’s complaining! Romantic, right? Receipts from restaurants, used candles and pictures from us at his senior prom. “You’re right Buf,” he said. “It’s pretty amazing that we have all of this to look back on. Wow—I admit I am a little weirded out that I kept your hair…” I responded… “Well, I’m a little weirded out that I wrote you three full pages of XXXOOOs. That must have taken hours—didn’t I have a life?” “Yeah, that is a little weird,” he replied. We both chuckled. “We were just kids, but think about it; if these had been text messages or e-mails, they would never be around today,” I said. “Yup,” he replied; still sorting through our sweet young memories. At the very bottom of the box was the last letter I wrote him. It read… “Please keep this letter forever and one day when we are old fogies in our rocking chairs, YOU: pencil in hand, drafting table on lap… ME: Microphone in hand singing love songs…We will look through a drawer full of letters and find this one and I will say, I told you so!” The lump in my throat was hard to swallow. This box was so incredibly special to both of us and looking back at our innocent love and far away dreams was overwhelming. Something that progress and technology could have easily prevented us from having. Back when youth thought that three weeks of dating was worthy of an anniversary card. Nothing is perfect in any relationship and we have our share of struggles, but every morning since our wonderful evening, I have awakened to a loving handwritten note placed beside the coffee pot. And you can bet that I have started a brand new box. I am certain that when we are old fogies in our rocking chairs this box will be priceless. I will keep my flip phone until they no longer make chargers for them, write my songs on notebook paper and remain forever grateful for curly love letters. cued

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Moms are everyday heroes for a variety of reasons.

And by the time I’ve emptied the car, I feel like I’ve already worked half a day.

And one of the main reasons is, they manage to get their kids to school every day—fed, clothed, and in their right minds. The kids, I mean. The process could easily put anyone on the edge of sanity.

I remind my kids regularly how fortunate they are that I am willing to make that drive every morning.

What sounds like such a simple feat in reality requires strategic planning on par with any NASCAR pit crew. At our house, we have one who can’t get out of bed. Another who takes too long in the bathroom. And another who is nearly always on time, but calls everything just a little too close for me. On a given morning, my youngest will spend 20 minutes staring at her bowl of cereal, never eating a bite, while one of her brothers provides an ongoing commentary on whatever topic has piqued his interest for the day. And it’s usually one that annoys her. (Cue squabbling.) Another son perfectly times his entrance to the kitchen to eliminate as much human interaction as possible. Which is a good idea, really. And I manage all of it. By the time everyone scurries out the door, I have announced the time every seven minutes for an hour, encouraged someone to “hurry up” at least a dozen times, examined (and often made adjustments to) everyone’s wardrobe selections, timed bathroom occupancy and usually refereed at least one argument.

Because plenty of kids ride the bus. Which adds another element to the morning rush: getting to the bus stop on time. One of my friends, fed up with the daily antics and regular “emergency” trips to school because her kids missed the bus, decided it was time to teach her boys responsibility. She warned them she would not provide taxi service to school if they missed the bus again. And she wasn’t kidding. When the next inevitable, “oops we missed the bus,” moment arrived, she handed them the phone book. “Call a taxi,” she said. And they did—and, they split the fare. My son came home that afternoon, incredulous. “Do you know how Matt got to school today?” he asked. “As a matter of fact I do,” I replied. “Do you know how much it COST?!” “No,” I said. “Do you?” Because I was thinking, maybe I should start charging.

Which doesn’t leave much patience for the carpool line at school, where everyone seems to need a remedial course in driving courtesy. I’ve seen the other half of the peace sign more than once while waiting to unload my children.


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entucky’s one-stop fan apparel shop is branching out! Fan Outfitters is not only opening a new location in Palomar Centre in August, they’re also setting up shop in two cities in Oklahoma this fall. These convenient locations make it easy for fans to get their gear and get out to the game! Fan Outfitters is known across Kentucky for its impressive array of collegiate apparel. They feature an extensive selection of team branded clothing, accessories, home goods and gifts, as well as game DVDs. They carry lines of Nike and Adidas goods, allowing them to offer authentic, quality products that are unmatched anywhere else. Fan Outfitters currently has 2 Lexington locations, 2 Louisville locations, a 54 foot traveling mobile retail store and a website fans can shop 24/7. The new location in Palomar Centre will

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make it even easier for Kentucky fans to shop for their favorite team apparel. The two locations coming this fall will be in Norman and Moore, Oklahoma. Those locations will feature OU and NBA Oklahoma Thunder products. With music, televisions and excitement, each Fan Outfitters shop feels like as much of an attraction as the big game. An incredible variety of fan goods sets Fan Outfitters in a league of its own.

What’s New exington’s favorite Family magazine is hitting shelves soon!

The Family issue of TOPS Magazine will be on stands this August. TOPS Family shines a spotlight on the best of Central Kentucky’s family-oriented events, businesses and fun! Like every TOPS publication, TOPS Family magazine is chock full of full-color photos. TOPS Family features snapshots from events in Central Kentucky, as well as readersubmitted candids of pets and kids.

A huge feature in TOPS Family this are this year’s Young Achievers award winners! Photos and bios help readers get to know the local Young Achievers and learn more about this incredible program. To find locations that have TOPS Family or to learn more about TOPS publications, visit For delivery updates and more, find TOPSinLex on Facebook!

An essential guide for parents and families navigating life in Central Kentucky, TOPS Family serves as a wonderful resource for finding businesses that cater to children and families. From healthcare for kids to beauty breaks for mom, there’s a lot to discover in TOPS Family.

TOPS Family Magazine COMING Early August For locations or other inquiries: 859.543.8677


he Medical Institute of Kentucky is now enrolling students in a number of medical training courses. For students of all ages who want to earn a national certification in a high-demand medical career, TMIKY offers a fast-track to a new career. Students can receive the medical training necessary in just 9-18 weeks. The Lexington campus is pleased to offer courses for Clinical Assistants, Phlebotomy/EKG Technicians, Medical Administrative Specialists and Medical Coding.

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A mix of hands-on training and guidance from a faculty that is academically and professionally proficient in their fields of training helps students at TMIKY garner the knowledge and skill needed to achieve a certification. TMIKY focuses on offering clear and concise training that offers allows students to graduate in the shortest time possible. Small class sizes and convenient schedules help students get the most from their training. Financial assistance is available for many students who qualify. They’ve just opened a fourth location in London, KY under their sister school’s name, Choice MD Training. There, students can receive medical and dental assistant training in 15-18 weeks, making an exciting medial career even more within reach!


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HOME GARDENING PLANT SHARING by Michelle Rauch, Gardening Enthusiast

While it may be better to give than to receive, a case could be made for the latter when it comes to gardening. Hear me out on this one. The time comes when every gardener has to thin out their perennials. It is for the health of the plants so they don’t smother each other out. It also prevents all your hard work looking like a mess when it becomes overcrowded. So from time to time the thinning process takes place to create a well maintained aesthetically pleasing garden. I have been the fortunate recipient of the dug up remains from others. Free is good, especially when it comes to plants. Depending on how elaborate you want your landscape to be, you can easily spend a small fortune. Not with freebies. What better no-risk venture? Take them home and plant them. If you don’t like what you’ve planted, dig it up and pass it on. You have zero investment, other than the small amount of time it took you to plant. I spruced up a side of my shed with freebies. It started with Hostas. A friend of mine who is not a gardner made me a deal I could not pass up. She let me loose in her yard. I did the digging and thinning and was able to take what I wanted in return. That’s a win-win. She didn’t have to pay someone to work in her yard and I left with several varieties of FREE Hosta. Another friend was complaining about her Lamb’s Ear when I was visiting. She was grumbling a bit as she pulled it up, lamenting how it grows like a weed and can’t be killed. I, in turn, said I like it. That’s all she had to hear to hand over a grocery sack full to me. She was right, you can’t kill Lambs Ear. I waited a couple weeks to plant it. I was able to salvage just a couple small clippings that looked somewhat alive. One year later, its lush, plush and beautiful from just two small samples. Last year my neighbor gave me one Larkspur plant. What a difference a year makes. It reseeded and this year I have several beautiful purple plants blooming. As much as I do like to receive all these free garden goodies, it feels good to give too. After three years, my Lilies are starting to multiply to the point of overcrowding. They are so pretty, the thought of throwing any of the bulbs away makes me feel wasteful. So I, too, am getting into the act of being a giving gardener. I have more than reciprocated all that I have received by giving away Mint. I took two large vases full of that stuff to work this Spring and it was gone in no time which made me smile. I was careful to give the planting tip I did not receive when I bought mine. Contain Mint or it will take over your yard! Once people know you have a green thumb they want to share. They are more than eager to do so. You’ll have neighbors, friends, and co-workers bringing you a wide variety of perennials. Take them up on their offerings. You’ll be glad you did.


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The long drive along the Turners’ winding driveway offers sweeping

views of their expansive property’s rolling hills. Once part of a much larger cattle farm, it now encompasses 165 acres where the family farms and raises cattle. They restored the three barns on the property for their own use. The outdoor-loving Turners built an ATV and Motocross dirt track, as well as a quarter mile blacktop road course for go-karts.



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Kirsten and Daren Turner love the aesthetic of Aspen. It’s hard to miss the Colorado influence on their home, which their friends liken to a warm weather ski lodge. The Turners have a home in Colorado, so bringing that style to their Kentucky home was a given. The beams featured on the home’s exterior were sourced from Longwood Antique Woods, where the Turners sourced much of the reclaimed wood featured in the interior of the home as well. The boulders that surround the home were brought in from coal mines in Hazard, Kentucky. The Turners worked with James K. Davis (for Jerry Herndon, Architect), architect Don Cundiff with Affinity Design and Interior Designer Jessica Cull with Design Link to design the house. The Turners collected photos of homes in Colorado that they loved. They pieced together what elements they wanted to use from each house to create a seamless home with Aspen style. Hayden Company got the house under roof. The interior was completed by Aaron Ferguson, who builds cabins in Tennessee.


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The home itself was built on one of the property’s highest ridges, placing it in the ideal spot for getting the most expansive view of the farm. The homeowners wanted to be able to enjoy their view from every part of the home. With no nearby neighbors, privacy isn’t an issue, so the large windows start just above floor level in the great room. Clerestory windows near ceiling height allow plenty of sunlight to filter into the space. In order to create unique spaces within the large great room, the architects employed the use of soffits and varied ceiling heights, ensuring each “room” felt distinct, yet open. Jessica Cull with Design Link worked as the designer for the Turners. Kirsten collected ideas from magazines and Jessica created an inspiration board to help them choose a clear direction for the home’s interiors. The Turners were able to travel to High Point Market in North Carolina with Jessica to choose the home’s furnishings, focusing on pieces that featured distressed finishes, reclaimed materials or a rustic feel to suit the Aspen inspiration.


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The hallway features a built-in shelving installation that divides the formal dining room while allowing light and air to flow freely. The barrel ceiling in the dining room features wood sourced from Longwood Antique Woods. The beautiful round shape is an interesting departure from the home’s more angular architecture. It frames a large, rounded window that offers diners a view of the property. The dining table seats ten, with eight dining chairs in a modern style and two cozy captain’s chairs. The mixture of fabrics in this space blends traditional, contemporary and rustic. Across the hall is the study. A barn door from Faraway Farm, the home of Man O War and War Admiral, offers a unique entrance. The door’s naturally distressed finish blends seamlessly with the study’s homespun decor. The walls are lined with shelving built from vintage wood planks and electrical cable trays salvaged from Amteck, Daren’s electrical and communication company.



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The sitting area at the end of the hall features a more modern feel with some ranch touches. A stone fireplace makes the area cozy while incorporating the angular, ranch style of the rest of the home. The space makes a wonderful spot for conversation or an impromptu recital on the grand piano.


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The kitchen is open, allowing the homeowners to entertain while they prep meals. Cowhide barstools in front of the island invite guests to sit and chat. To match the rustic decor while adding a sleek touch, every countertop in the home is poured concrete created by Third Fire Designs with the design instruction of Lisa Jeter. Above the island is the stainless steel range hood, encased in reclaimed wood. Glass accessories add minimal punches of decoration while letting the space’s natural beauty shine through. While she was working with their architects and designers to create the home, Kirsten emphasized that she wanted the organizational aspects of the home, such as the pantry and laundry room, to be efficient, easily accessible and spacious while still matching the beauty of the rest of the home. The effect was certainly achieved in the kitchen’s pantry area. The bricks of the pantry served as pavers in 1800s Lexington; the Turners worked to hand select each individual brick from a massive collection at Cowgirl Attic to suit the look they desired. The pantry door is a horse barn stall door cut in half to accommodate the space. Off of the kitchen and great room is a large wrap-around porch that the Turners use for entertaining or enjoying the view of Nicholasville’s light at night. An outdoor kitchen and sitting area allows the Turners to cook and chat with guests.


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The homeowners love living near a body of water. They built ponds at every home they’ve owned previously. When this property, with its 14 acre lake, came up for sale in Nicholasville, they knew they’d found their home. The previous owner had stocked the lake to test out the fishing lures he made as a hobby, so not only does the lake allow the Turners to go water skiing, wakeboarding and tubing, it also makes a great fishing spot. The homeowners built a 1,250 foot zip line that crosses the lake. A shelter built on the lake features plenty of seating for guests to relax by the water. A dining area and grill make entertaining a snap. This stunning home in Nicholasville offers the best of Kentucky with an Aspen aesthetic. By working closely with their designers to communicate their unique wants, the Turners were able to achieve a look and feel that is unlike anything else.


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Children’s Charity Cabaret Since 1981, The Children’s Charity Fund of the Bluegrass has raised more than 6 million dollars to help children in Central Kentucky. One of America’s most profitable and endearing agencies has assisted over 300,000 children in its history. The volunteer board oversees a golf tournament that is focused on improving the lives of children. Photos by Alex Orlov


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Keeneland Concours d’Elegance Hangar Bash The Keeneland Concours d’Elegance held the Hangar Bash the night before the car show at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky. The evening included vintage aircraft, exotic automobiles, music, wine tasting and fine cuisine prepared by Kentucky’s premier chefs. Photos by Alex Orlov


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Norton Center Season Premier and Art Auction

Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts hosted a Season Announcement Celebration at the Glass Gallery of Stephen Powell to share news of the upcoming performing arts season with VIP guests, friends, and subscribers! Art pieces created by Centre’s Advanced Glass Class, which is taught by Powell, were auctioned off at the event with proceeds benefiting Norton Center engagement programs. Photos by David Desjardins


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Courtesy Fun Day for The Makenna Foundation Courtesy Acura and The Makenna Foundation teamed up for the 14th annual Courtesy Fun Day. Over 175 golfers had lunch provided by Columbia’s then started the outing with a shotgun start. Golfers had the chance to participate in several contests to raise additional funds for The Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center at UK Chandler Hospital and Kentucky Children’s Hospital. The event raised over $10,200! Photos by Keni Parks


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Marty & Michael Betts

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June 2, 2012

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t was the first time Michael Betts, owner of Abundant Living Medical, had ever used an online dating site. He contacted one woman, Marty Shuff, through; little did he know, it was the connection of a lifetime. After two and a half weeks of long nightly conversations, the pair were finally able to meet for a first date on the town. They dined with a view atop the Chase tower Downtown and watched a movie at the Kentucky Theatre, then capped the night off with dessert at The Melting Pot. Michael threw a small party for 15 friends and gathered everyone around the television under the guise that a competitor’s marketing campaign would be airing live at 8PM on ABC. When Michael’s face appeared on screen, Marty asked why they were playing a commercial for him. He told her to listen. Instead of a commercial, it was a 60-second spot with Michael announcing that he’d met a wonderful woman and that by the end of the commercial, he’d be down on one knee. An ABC news camera captured the moment and they ran a story that night with Christine Winter letting all of Central Kentucky know that Marty had said “Yes!” Michael and Marty created a fun, personable and intimate environment at their wedding celebration, making each of their 260 guests feel welcome and included. A red carpet entrance complete with 10 photographers made the guests feel like celebrities as they made their way into the Thoroughbred Lounge to enjoy an array of hors d’oeuvres, wines and refreshments before the ceremony. Michael and Marty created a ceremony that expressed their faith in a fun way that allowed their outgoing personalities to shine through. The ring bearer got down on one knee to present the rings (and was paid $20 for doing so, to the delighted surprise of the audience.) Live music at the start of the ceremony and lighting of the unity candles created an exciting and beautiful touch. Marty wore a custom Danna Harrington wedding gown with a scoop neckline that featured small straps and sweeping off-shoulder

cuffs in soft chiffon, creating an elegant bridal style from her head to the tip of her chapel-length train. The reception featured an array of organic and natural gourmet foods. The quality of food and concentration on healthy, gourmet menu options was important to the couple. They served local grass-fed sirloin from Triple J Famrs, wild caught smoked salmon, locally-grown vegetables and custom baked natural breads from Great Harvest Bread Company. The 6-tier cake featured two layers that were gluten free to accommodate Marty’s dietary needs. Leo Brown served as emcee and guests enjoy a combination of music played by a DJ and live band. A week prior to the wedding date, Marty’s family suffered the loss of her 23 year-old nephew. Her family members had to travel two and a half hours to the wedding from Ohio after attending the funeral that morning. She wasn’t sure they’d be able to make it in time to see her walk down the aisle, but it made her day when they surprised her by walking into her bridal suite to congratulate her. It was a touching moment that made the couple’s joyous celebration of love complete. by Amanda Harper Photography by Conrhod Zonio


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Details: Venue & Catering: The Thoroughbred Center Photography: Conrhod Zonio Wedding Coordinator/Designer: Deni Hamilton Ceremony Coordinator/Designer: Katie Krumm Wedding Cake: Twisted Sifter, Danville, KY Entertainment: Verdi String Quartet, vocals by Amber Kennoy and Geoff Rothman, Leo Brown with Leo’s Mobile Music


What To Do

weddings: tips when including children by Marsha Koller Wedding Consultant

One of the stickiest of subjects about planning your wedding is how to control unruly, hysterical, or literally ‘sticky’ children that are in or attending your wedding. I clearly remember the screams throughout my brothers’ wedding ceremony, and haven’t forgotten that it was coming from our family’s side of the aisle. On the other hand, children can be a complete delight and make some of the most memorable moments in your ceremony and be captured in the cutest candid photographs for your wedding album. The trick is how do you keep them calm, cool—and corralled. We’ve all heard the horror stories of kids and weddings, from pulling the fire alarm, fingers in the champagne fountain, joining in the couples first dance or playing tag throughout the reception with the cake table as ‘home’. Of course there are ceremony snafus, like crying ring bearers, altar nose pickers, flower girl gum chewers or reception regurgitators. The worse case scenario is always little dirty hands and faces (and punch cups) ruining the brides white gown during the festivities! But unless your wedding is black tie and at an ‘adult’ location, making your wedding ‘adults only’ is a guarantee for hurt feelings and no-shows. Here are a few ideas to keep small idle hands busy and kids in their place. Provide a Nursery at the Church It is an absolute necessity to have a nursery at your church or wedding location. This can be arranged with the church or hire a couple of babysitters to work a nursery room. If you are expecting several infants, be prepared! The girls keeping your book can be the gatekeepers, directing parents with children toward the nursery. It’s fine to include that a nursery will be provided in your invitation, so parents get the message that you would prefer your ceremony be a scream-free zone. Hire Reception Babysitters This is a terrific tip that will give parents a break and keep the chaos at a minimum. The baby sitters can help round up kids, lead a kid dancing area or do activities to keep kids from running wild.

Have an Activities Table or Two When in doubt, WWDD (What Would Disney Do!) have a few Kid Stations with simple activities that your reception babysitters can help you with, like coloring pages where little girls can make crowns and magic wands and boys can use building toys. Several fun stations will help introduce children to each other, and give them a home base rather than swinging from the tent poles. Have a Kid’s Dinner Table Cover one of your reception tables (near their activity area) with butcher paper and let them color away while they eat with other little people. You can even have kid friendly food available on this table in the three main kid-food groups: chicken nuggets, mini burgers and fries, all with cocktail toothpicks in them. Turn food into an appetizer and kids will eat it every time. Have a Fun Project Your babysitter can lead a game or project, like shooting a movie with the kids as the stars. If you wish you can edit them on your PC and email to the kids later. Another fab idea is a photo scavenger hunt, breaking kids up in small groups with a Babysitter leading the way. Each child gets a disposable camera and they look for and ‘shoot’ a list of things like cutting of the cake, the bride, a rose, people laughing, the couple dancing, etc. When All Else Fails – Show a Movie Guaranteed to keep little ones happy for a chunk of time, play a DVD in an area set up just for kids, as long as the sound doesn’t interfere with your reception. Providing earphones is a great idea to keep the decibels down and will be cool for the kids. Make sure the movie isn’t too childish so the older children will want to watch. Don’t Sweat It – You’ve Done Your Best In the end, keep in mind the saying “Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff.” And when the small stuff is small people, your planning ahead of time may help, but in the end just let the good times roll. It’s a party, after all!



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