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42 Encore: OperaLex Fundraiser #2 44 Bluegrass and Bourbon 176 Salvation Army Annual Appreciation Luncheon 178 Belles and Beaus Ball Honoree Announcement Party 180 Women’s Leadership Conference 182 Relay for Life 184 A Divine Affair 186 Lexington Venture Club Startup to Success 188 Breeder’s Cup Kickoff 190 American Heart Association: Go Red Day at the Legends 218 TOP Shots

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IN EVERY ISSUE 48 Sports: John Calipari is Leaving. Someday. 51 Parties: Summer Movie Night 53 Etiquette & Entertaining: Traveling with Manners

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128 Relationships: Bye-Bye, June 129 Posh Paws: Chilly Dogs 130 Family: Right of Passage 131 Gardening: Get Your Cluck On! 132 Fashion: The Summer Sets 174 Business News 196 Weddings: Bridal Separates, Skirting the Issue 198 Fostering Spirits at OBC 202 TOP 5 Dining: Appetizers & Small Plates

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205 Taste of Thyme: No Taters Salad 206 Lesley’s List 209 Lex & the City 214 Save the Date

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Parties

Summer Movie Night

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ummer nights are made for relaxing outdoors with friends. Casual, low-key celebrations are the way to go during summer months. One great party idea for summer is a summer movie night. Grab some popcorn and your favorite movie and get ready for the perfect summer party! Decide on Where to Have the Party Movie parties can be held either indoors or outdoors during the summer months. If you’ll be hosting your party indoors, make sure to consider your viewing area. It’s imperative to have a large television or movie screen with plenty of seating options. If your viewing room does not have enough seating, bring in chairs or couches from other rooms in your house. If you are hosting an outdoor movie night, the most important considerations are the movie projector and screen. First, secure a projector if you do not already have one. Projectors can be rented through an online rental service or even at some public libraries. For a DIY movie screen, a white painter’s drop cloth from the local hardware store makes a fairly sturdy screen, whether you decide to build a simple frame, hang the cloth on a privacy fence, or stretch it between two large trees in your backyard. For seating, ask guests to bring their favorite lawn chair and set out blankets on the ground. Make sure to have a few extra blankets on hand in case the temperatures drop. Party Snacks Lots of great snacks are a must have for a movie night party! Since movie nights will start around dusk, most guests will have already eaten dinner. But, you should still have plenty of snacks for guests to nibble on during the movie. Traditional movie snacks, such as popcorn, candy, and nachos, definitely work for a movie night. Make sure to have plenty

of sodas and other drinks for guests to enjoy, especially if your party is outside on a hot summer night. For a movie night that your guests will always remember, consider picking snacks and décor based on your movie choice. One fun idea is to choose a movie with an international feel. Here are a few good choices: • Mexican Themed Night - Choose a movie with a south of the border feel such as Nacho Libre, Zorro, The Three Amigos or for the kids – Despicable Me 2. Serve two types of margaritas for the adults and Mexican sodas or limeade for the kids. A burrito bar with chips is a great snack choice and easy to set up indoors or outdoors. • Indian Themed Night – Movies such as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Slumdog Millionaire, and The Namesake will set the mood for the evening. Fill your snack table with Indian appetizers, such as samosas, chicken tikka kabobs and pakoras. Mango lassi is a refreshing drink that will instantly cool off guests. • Italian Themed Night – Roman Holiday, Under the Tuscan Sun, and The Talented Mr. Ripley are all set in beautiful Italy. A make-yourown-pizza-bar would allow guests to make their own pizzas with their favorite toppings before the start of the movie. Put the pizzas in the oven once the movie starts and serve them to guests as they are cooked. Top off the night with Italian sodas and red wine. Take advantage of the magic of a summer night and enjoy your favorite movie with friends and family! It might even become a fun summer tradition!

by Deanna Talwalkar Party Planner Extraordinaire Photo & Styling by Mirabelle Creations

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Etiquette & Entertaining

Traveling with Manners T

ravel brochures, school alumnae trip offerings and group tours abound this time of the year. Many people of all ages sprout their wings to venture to faraway lands they have never seen before. Maps are studied, airline “deals” are evaluated. Hotels are researched. Cruise ships are compared. Then, decisions are made. That is only the beginning as quickly what to take consumes all thought. Often the most important preparation is overlooked… how do the local people of this chosen destination live, interact with one another, eat and worship. How should a visitor fit into the lifestyle of those who live in another country? Also important is to know that what is acceptable in one country may be unacceptable in another. The Do’s and Don’ts of travel manners will assist the traveler in confronting the exciting unknown and avoiding the undesirable unknown. ETIQUETTE TIPS FOR THE TRAVELER • Airport and Airlines differ from one another. Plan on the differences and adhere to the specific rules and guidelines. Failure to do so could be problematic. Accept these conveniences and inconveniences as part of the grand experience. Airport security is stricter than it has ever been. Follow directions and don’t ask questions. There could be several security points with some oral questioning. Some of your favorite liquids may be thrown away. However, a study of security rules prior to the trip could avoid this and make the check point speedier. Just don’t question and be polite. by Sue Ann Truitt Etiquette & Entertaining Consultant

• Taxi service will vary from city to city. Be certain that you agree to travel

in a licensed vehicle. Look for all signs and markings of a legitimate car. Before agreeing to travel with the company, confirm the amount of the fare to your destination. • Understanding the hotel rules can ensure you have an enjoyable, trouble-free visit. The guest handbook placed in the guest room will give the needed information. Being a gracious visitor will go far with your hotel staff relations. It is customary to tip the porter who delivers your luggage. It is also courteous to tip other members of the staff. While it is not expected to tip the housekeeping staff, it does show gratitude. When doing so, tip a small amount each day rather than a larger amount on the last day. The staff works on shifts and the person on the last day may not have been in your room before. Many cultures focus their importance on local cuisine and mealtime rituals. Tasting the foods of the area is what exploring a new area is all about. In doing so, search for a location where the locals eat. Watch for the foods they order and try to experience a real adventure. In mixing with the people in a foreign destination, be certain you have done your homework before you leave home. The customs are going to vary from country to country. This will assist you in learning proper behavior in that part of the country. What is legal in one country may be illegal in another country. Religious holidays, festivals and practices should be adhered to when visiting. If the women cover their head to enter a religious building, then cover your head. Always be aware of safety precautions day or night. Be mindful of your actions, your dress and your general behavior. Always be aware of who you are, where you are and how you act. Remember – you are the visitor!

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TOPS Cares

Nurturing Central Kentucky Non-Profits Through volunteerism, philanthropy and historic preservation, the Junior League of Lexington is perpetuating its steadfast commitment to continue and expand the emphasis of volunteerism through community service. The organization has been instrumental in helping to fund and nurture a variety of not-for-profit agencies. Among them are The Baby Health Services, Lexington Children’s Theatre, Opportunity Workshop of Lexington, The Living Arts and Science Center, Ronald McDonald House, The Ephraim McDowell Cancer Research Foundation, Central Kentucky Riding for the Handicapped, Habitat for Humanity, God’s Pantry Food Bank and Children’s Advocacy of the Bluegrass. Within the first three months of 2015, the Junior League of Lexington has awarded $30,000 in grants to these five deserving community agencies and organizations: -The Bodley-Bullock House - an American landmark treasure…funds to aid the preservation of this historic treasure within our midst which exemplifies the grandeur of Lexington’s Gratz Park Historic District through renovation and ongoing maintenance -The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass - help to cover the cost of play equipment for children that experience trauma as a result of sexual abuse -Girls on the Run of Central KY - dollars to provide scholarships for a mentoring program which inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident via curriculum that creatively integrates running -Kentucky Educational Television (KET) - funding to cover costs for a Super Saturday open house which will allow young children a hands-on experience with music, science and health exploration -Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) - help to provide welcome bags for young children with visual impairments

The Junior League of Lexington’s Annual Holly Day Market

inspire the holiday spirit in everyone, from Scrooges to Santas!

Mark your calendars now so as not to miss the most anticipated holiday shopping opportunity of the year: the popular Junior League of Lexington Holly Day Market, presented to benefit local not-for-profit entities in our area. At this exciting event, you’ll discover magical treasures which will dazzle you and all of those special folks on your holiday giving list who deserve the best!

The $10 admission purchase facilitates the Junior League of Lexington and the many non-for profit agencies it supports. The Market will be open from Friday November 13th 11am-7pm; Saturday, November 14th 10am-5pm; Sunday, November 15th llam5pm. Remember: the Holly Day Markets offers daily events and activities to optimize your holiday shopping experience!

The Holly Day Market begins on Friday, November 13th with exciting shopping opportunities for all. If you’re looking for outof-the-ordinary holiday gifts, they’ll be here, including fascinating collections of memorable holiday treasures and those uniquely non-traditional gifts that you will not find elsewhere. You’ll be able to shop more than 70 vendors, each offering fabulous boutiquestyle items unavailable in stores: hand created, exquisite jewelry, clothes for women, men and children, toys, books, holiday décor, ornaments, and more. Special events are planned and designed to

Or, add some “Ho-Ho-Ho” to your holiday merrymaking celebrations at The Junior League of Lexington’s Annual Holly Day Market VIP Preview Party on Saturday, November 14th from 6-9pm. Tickets for this gala Holly Day Market VIP Party Event are $25 per person and may be purchased by calling the Lexington Junior League office at 859-252-8014. With your ticket, you will enjoy food and beverages, mingle with other guests and participate in the Junior League’s silent auction for numerous one-of-a-kind holiday gift items and more.

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TOPS Turns Ten!

tops in lexington staff:

Melissa Meatyard, Diana Gevedon and Teri Turner

Keith Yarber and William Shatner (honorary TOPS staff)

Megan Bell, Debbie Hodges, Kristen Oakley and Danielle Pope

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Maternity Care

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he journey to childbirth is an exciting time. It can also be a time that is rife with confusion. While building your birth plan, it can be difficult to understand which medical professionals will handle the various aspects of your pre-maternity, prenatal and postpartum care. While the information below covers only basics, it may help you make connections between your desired birth path and the medical professionals who can guide you through a healthy, safe delivery–and beyond! OBSTETRICIAN/GYNECOLOGIST (OB/GYN) An obstetrician is a medical doctor who has been trained in pregnancy, labor and the period directly following childbirth, as well as surgical care. A gynecologist is a physician who received training in the health of the female reproductive system, including the diagnosis and treatment of disorders and diseases. Because there is such an overlap in the care that each field provides, most doctors pursuing this field choose to become obstetrician/gynecologist. The OB/GYN’s role is providing medical and surgical care for all women, often with a focus on family planning, delivery and prenatal care. The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology set the education and training requirements for an OB/GYN. These include graduation from an approved medical school and completion of a four-year OB/GYN residency with specific requirements that they gain experience in primary and preventative care roles. They must be recertified every 10 years. Most babies in the United States are delivered by an OB/GYN, and only an OB/GYN can perform a Cesarean Section. Typically, they handle the prenatal care of patients who have complicated or high-risk pregnancies, though they may refer patients to specialists. Women who have difficulty conceiving will also often consult with an OB/GYN, who can help better understand what issues are preventing pregnancy, as well as provide medical intervention to work towards a successful pregnancy. MIDWIFE (CNM) “Midwife” is a term used world wide to describe health care professionals who specialize in maternity care including care before, during and after the birth. Generally, midwives handle low risk births–or even difficult situations like breech births–but may care for higher risk situations in collaboration with a physician. According to the International Confederation of Midwives and the World Health Organization, “a midwife is a person who, having been regularly admitted to a midwifery educational program that is duly recognized in the country in which it is located, has successfully completed the prescribed course of studies in midwifery and has acquired the requisite qualifications to be registered and/or legally licensed to practice midwifery.” This definition has not always been the case. Historically, midwives were women who specialized in assisting women through childbirth. As professional education programs emerged, both men and women became educated and better prepared as midwives to ensure the safety of babies and mothers. National certifications and state-by-state licensure were put in place to provide the public with a method to be sure that midwives are qualified. Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) are registered nurses who have advanced training in women’s health care, are certified by the American

Midwifery Certification Board and are licensed in the state in which they practice. To be certified as a CNM, they must have completed a graduate level midwifery education program that is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). They must pass a national certification exam administered by the American Midwifery Certification Council (AMCB) and hold both an active registered nurse license and either a midwifery state license or an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) state license depending on their state rules. In Kentucky, CNMs are licensed as APRNs. Their training includes extensive hours in a clinical site, supervised by a master’s prepared nurse-midwife. CNMs care for women and their families during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. They practice in hospitals, homes and birth center settings. They also provide well-woman care, which includes annual exams, primary care, birth control, pre-pregnancy care and menopausal care. Midwives do not perform surgery, such as Cesarean Sections. They generally do not care for high-risk pregnancies or complex gynecological problems, except in collaboration with an OB/GYN. Currently, the state of Kentucky does not license other types of midwives, including Certified Midwives (CM), Certified Professional Midwives (CPM) or Direct-Entry Midwives (DEM). Before accepting care from any midwife in Kentucky, it is important to check for proof of valid CNM credentials. This can be done through the Kentucky Board of Nursing website. Many insurance carriers (including Medicaid) cover midwifery services. Be sure to check with individual plan materials before seeking care from a midwife, and understand which services will be covered. The role of a midwife is often misunderstood. In addition to delivering babies, midwives aim to empower women to make their own decisions regarding health care across their lifespan, including prenatal care and delivery. They often help create the birth plan, including choices about pain relief (such as epidurals), the birth timeline and the birthing environment. They do not try to pressure women into so-called “natural births”, breastfeeding or vaginal birth. While a midwife cannot perform a C-section, they are happy to provide support and care until the procedure and during the postpartum period. Many women opt to receive all their routine gynecological care from a CNM, from well before conception through their menopausal years. MATERNAL-FETAL MEDICINE (MFM) AND PERINATOLOGISTS Maternal-fetal medicine doctors specialize in high-risk pregnancies, fetal therapy and maternal or fetal testing. They may be consultants or primary care providers during a pregnancy, depending on the situation, especially if there is a higher risk of complications, a chronic medical condition or if the pregnancy involves multiples. Maternal-fetal medicine specialists are OB/GYNs who undergo an additional 2-3 years of specialized training in the assessment and management of high-risk pregnancies and fetuses at risk. They have training in obstetric ultrasound and invasive prenatal diagnosis. The American Board of Obstetrician Gynecologists requires that MFMs do a minimum of 12 months clinical rotation and 18-month research.

Special thanks to Susan Stone, DNSc., FAAN, FACNM, President of Frontier Nursing University

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Depression & Anxiety

What are the causes? It’s not known what exactly causes depression and anxiety, though they can be triggered by many different risk factors, such as: • • • • • • • • •

Death of a loved one Divorce or a breakup Pregnancy or infertility Change (even positive changes like a new job, work relocation, graduation or retirement) Caring for a sick loved one Overwork Holidays or seasons Physical, sexual or emotional abuse Family history of depression and anxiety

What are the symptoms? How do you tell the difference between expected sadness over life events and serious depression? During the normal stages of grief following a death or the end of a marriage, a person can be distracted from their pain temporarily, but in clinical depression, sadness lingers on and on without letting up. Depression is insidious, creeping in slowly like a fog until the sufferer can’t see past their illness or even remember what it was like to feel well. WebMD suggests that five or more symptoms like these, persisting for most of the day, every day, for at least two weeks could indicate depression, especially if they interfere with day-to-day activities: • Loss of interest or pleasure in former activities, relationships and hobbies • Emptiness, sadness, guilt and anxiety • Pessimism, hopelessness, helplessness, worthlessness (particularly in the mornings upon waking) • Excessive sleeping or inability to sleep, resulting in fatigue • Drop in job performance • Forgetfulness, loss of memory • Restlessness, irritability, excessive crying • Loss of appetite and inability to keep food down • Significant weight loss or gain (amounting to more than 5% body weight in a month) • Loss of ability to concentrate or make decisions • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide • Sexual dysfunction • Excessive and compulsive drinking, drug use, gambling or even shopping Men and women experience depression differently. In men, depression manifests itself more often in anger and irritability, and men are more likely to deal with their feelings through alcohol, recreational drugs or infidelity rather than seeking help. 13-14% of mothers and 10% of men experience postpartum depression after the birth of their child, says the Huffington Post. Celebrity moms Brooke Shields, Marie Osmond, and Diana, Princess of Wales have all spoken publicly about their histories of postpartum depression. Treatment If left untreated, depression and anxiety can linger for months, years or never go away. During that time, they can undermine relationships, sabotage careers, lead to drug or alcohol abuse, inhibit ability to recover from other illnesses and even lead to suicide. Anxiety manifests itself with unpleasant physical symptoms like chronic back pain, severe headaches, indigestion, trembling, profuse sweating, dizziness and panic attacks.

There is no one procedure or laboratory test to treat depression and anxiety. The first step is to see your primary doctor right away. They may run medical tests in order to rule out a physical condition that replicates depression symptoms, like hypothyroidism. You could then be referred to a psychiatrist, psychologist or counselor for further treatment. For many, a combination of medication, talk therapy, and lifestyle changes is the most effective. Treatments and coping Medication - Brain scans of depressed individuals show biological evidence of abnormal activity levels, and key brain chemicals that carry signals between nerves may be out of balance. Medications can help correct this imbalance. In most states, only psychiatrists and medical doctors can prescribe antidepressant medications. Every medication is different and comes with its own risks and side effects. Antidepressants can take weeks or months to gain their full effects, and you may need to try different ones or vary doses to find the treatment that’s right for you. Talk therapy – Support groups can be a safe and comfortable place to share your feelings with others who uniquely understand what you’re going through. Group members can give you support, encouragement and share personal coping strategies and tips. Online groups can be a useful supplement to group meetings or take the place of them if it’s not possible for you to attend in person. Ask your doctor, church, HR representative or local mental health organization to help you find a support group in your area. Exercise – Exercise boosts endorphins, the “feel good” chemical produced by our bodies that also helps improve mood and reduce pain sensitivity. Exercise also increases energy and helps promote better natural sleep. Start in 20-30 minute intervals and build your program gradually as your energy level permits. Working out with friends, such as taking a yoga class, brings the added benefit of social support and can help you stick with it. Light Therapy – It’s most commonly used for seasonal affected disorder (SAD), depression experienced during winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. However, light therapy can benefit other types of depression as well. It involves sitting in front of a specially designed light box for a set amount of time each day to help elevate mood. Get involved – Regain your sense of purpose through volunteering and helping others. Your church or favorite charity can help connect you where you’re needed. Limit or eliminate caffeine – Caffeine may boost your energy temporarily, but it can also increase anxiety and nervousness, and undermine healthy sleep patterns. Raise energy levels naturally through exercise and getting the proper amount of deep, healthy sleep. Diet – No matter what you read on the Internet, no specific diet can be used to cure depression or anxiety. However, a healthy diet with regular meals including whole grains, fruits and vegetables can help build up physical strength, and omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12 are thought to ease mood changes. The carbs in lowfat foods like whole-grain pasta and sweet potatoes raise the level of serotonin, a mood-enhancing chemical in the brain. Find new interests – If former hobbies have associations with past events or people that cause you to feel sad, find different ones that have no unhappy associations. Taking up a new sport or creative pursuit like needlework or home improvement builds a sense of accomplishment. Explore new ways to express your feelings through music and the arts.

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Depression & Anxiety AVOID ALCOHOL AND DRUGS – Alcohol and drugs may make you feel better temporarily, but in the long run they can increase depression and anxiety. They could also interfere with prescription antidepressants. Even over-thecounter medications and natural supplements can affect your condition, so share anything you’re taking with your doctor before and during treatment. ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS – Explore yoga, meditation, massage, acupuncture, herbal remedies, aromatherapy, vitamins, saunas and steam rooms for their relaxing and therapeutic properties. PETS – A pet’s affection can serve as a reminder that you’re loved, and looking after pets helps you fulfill your responsibility to those outside of yourself. KEEP FRIENDS AND FAMILY CLOSE – How you’re feeling may cause you to withdraw from others, but you need loved ones now more than ever. Just having someone listen and try to understand is therapeutic and will remind you that you matter to those in your life, and that people care about you and will not abandon you.

GUARD AGAINST RELAPSES – Once you experience a significant bout of depression, you are at an increased risk of having another. The best way to avoid it is by staying on top of the triggers that caused your initial condition and addressing recurrent symptoms with your doctor or therapist. Do not stop taking medication you’ve been prescribed unless instructed by your doctor, even if your symptoms have disappeared and you are feeling better. FOCUS ON THE FUTURE – Healthline reports that the number of patients diagnosed with depression increases by approximately 20% per year, but over 80% of people with symptoms of clinical depression aren’t getting treated. That is existing, not living. If you suffer from depression, you can develop and execute a treatment plan for overcoming it. Be patient - it doesn’t happen overnight, nor will it go away as quickly. Set realistic goals and stay focused on moving forward. Eventually, more positive thinking gradually replaces negative thoughts. Sleep and appetite improve as the depressed mood lifts. Exploring talk therapy and counseling will equip you with better coping skills to deal with prospective triggers. As the fog of depression slowly clears, you’ll be able to finally see the future you deserve.

FINDING THE RIGHT WORDS WHAT & WHAT NOT TO SAY TO A LOVED ONE WITH DEPRESSION

When people don’t understand or don’t know what to say, they respond to people who are hurting with words that hurt even more. When a loved one is suffering, you don’t have to offer solutions. Just be there for them.

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“This is not your fault.” “Can I come with you/take you to your therapy appointment?” “What can I do for you?” (Then really do it). “I know that you can overcome this.” “If you want to talk, I’m here.” “I believe in you.” “I love you.” “You matter to me and to others.” “I don’t truly understand what you’re feeling… please help me to.” “I’m not going to abandon you.” “We’ll get through this together.”

“Nobody said that life was fair.” “It’s all in your head.” “This too shall pass.” “Time heals all wounds.” “You’re just being dramatic.” “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” “People are as happy as they choose to be.” “Stop feeling sorry for yourself.” “Not everything is about you.” “You’re just looking for attention.” “You’re just doing this to hurt me.” “There are so many other people worse off than you are.” “I know how you feel. I was depressed once for a couple of days…” “If you keep acting like this, you’ll drive everyone in your life away.”

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Skin Care

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t’s that time of year again; the birds are chirping, the flowers are in bloom and the sun is at long last shining. Summer is here and all the world is venturing outside of their homes, spending time in their gardens and by the pool, soaking up the vitamin D and enjoying the weather. But as the temperature rises and the surface area of our clothing decreases, we can’t help but be more conscious of the fact that more and more of our skin is being exposed to the elements. It’s a fact of summer that in most every store we enter from now until the end of August, we can rest assured that our senses will be assaulted by the sheer variety of sunscreens and lotions shoved onto supermarket shelves, stacked on the ends of checkout counters and laid out carefully next to the pool noodles for our general perusal. For many of us, summer is perhaps the only time that we pay any real attention to our skin. The fear of sunburn is a powerful deterrent, one that incites us into buying extra bottles or sprays that we cram into our beach bags and purses for those “just in case” moments. How do we choose? What can we do to protect our skin in the short term? Do I need to wear sunscreen even when I’m not at the beach or lounging poolside? These are all valid questions. But what we seem to forget is that if we limit our skin care regimen to the strictly seasonal, we could be depriving our body’s largest organ of the attention that it desperately needs all year round. If you’re like me, then skin care has always been an issue. I am one of those unlucky people whose skin is sensitive to most every product on the market. Something will work for a little while and then suddenly, it’s as though my skin builds up a natural immunity to the chemicals or ingredients and I’m back to square one. I’m constantly trying new treatments and trolling the Internet for holistic and natural ideas and, when all else fails, calling my dermatologist for advice and solace. Perhaps this isn’t you. Perhaps you’re one of the lucky ones, the type that can sleep in their makeup and never worry about breakouts; the type that tans easily and rarely bothers with moisturizing and all that jazz. But chances are good that at some point in our lives, we’ve all experienced some skin issues. Acne, rosacea, inflammation, irritation; for most of us puberty is the starting point but the problem can continue well into adulthood. If you’re suffering from one or more of these, rest assured that there is help out there. All of these problems are treatable with the help of a Dermatologist and a little extra knowledge about the general rules of skincare. Just because you haven’t encountered skincare problems yet doesn’t mean that you are precluded from taking that extra step to ensure that your skin is as healthy as it can possibly be. I spoke with dermatologist Dr. April Ramsey at the Dermatology Associates of Kentucky about some of the most common and pervasive skincare problems she sees on a day-to-day basis. Dr. Ramsey had some great information regarding recognizing problems, treating and protecting your skin, as well as when it’s appropriate, even crucial that you see a dermatologist.

ACNE Many would consider acne to be one of those stereotypically teenage problems that plagues us throughout our teenage years. While this may be true, Dr. Ramsey explained that acne can sometimes linger and continue to affect many of us in our post-pubescent lives. More and more so, she has seen it in the female age group ranging from 25-65. While there is a variety of factors that contribute to its appearance (often it’s just a question of hormones) the fact of the matter is that you may not simply grow out of it. While there are many over the counter treatments that many consider effective for spot treatments or occasional use, if you find the problem is persistent, a visit to a dermatologist is your best bet. Depending on the severity of the case and the factors involved, you can be proscribed both topical and oral medications that can help combat your acne and heal your skin. Rosacea Do you love your rosy cheeks? Many of us spend a fortune in cosmetics to achieve this affect, but for others the choice isn’t always optional. Another common skincare problem affecting the 25-65 year age range is rosacea, which Dr. Ramsey explained is actually a variant of acne with both redness and acne components. The important thing for suffers in this case would be first, steer clear of products that can further irritate the skin. She suggests that you avoid products or over the counter treatments with Salicylic acid or Benzoyl peroxide, ingredients that can inflame the skin and make it more sensitive, cause burning, itching or flaking. If you have rosacea and are prone to flushing, there’s no need to panic. Even though Dr. Ramsey explained that scientists are unsure of all of the triggers behind this inflammatory process, there are a variety of factors known to enhance redness including: emotions, the consumption of alcohol and caffeine and temperature; all of them easily controllable. Being more conscious of these details can help diminish redness and achieve a more desirable cosmetic result. The Important thing is to learn to be gentle with your skin. Find balance within your skincare routine and if you continue to be unhappy with the results, seek the professional advice of a dermatologist. Sunburn Although many skin care problems are easily addressed and generally cause only cosmetic discomfort, there are more serious issues that all of us can do our part to prevent. Remember those rows of suntan lotions lining the shelves of your local drugstore? It’s a buyers’ market but take it seriously; you could encounter a type of buyer’s remorse that’s more uncomfortable and long lasting than simply you doing your best impression of a human lobster. According to Dr. Ramsey, many of us only apply a quarter of the recommended amount of sunscreen. Even more of us forget or fail to reapply every two hours or after we’ve gone swimming in our body of water of choice: pool, ocean, lake etc. If you have

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sensitive skin or want something less irritating and more effective for your kids, look for sunscreen with UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection. Always read the ingredients. Zinc oxide and Titanium dioxide are “physical blockers” to look for and good for all users. Although there is no real “maximum” SPF limit, SPF 30 should be the minimum. Because women are more apt to be generous and evenly apply their moisturizer, Dr. Ramsey suggests that you be on the lookout for a facial moisturizer that contains SPF 30 for everyday use no matter the season. Sunburns are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to sun-related skin care problems. A type of permanent skin discoloration known as “post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation” can also occur. As a fun fact (or not so fun depending on your definition) Dr. Ramsey also pointed out that they’ve seen a type of rash in people using lemon juice or lime juice on their hair to help spur on natural highlights that can leave behind a brown pigmentation of the skin. Skin Cancer Though the above results aren’t life threatening, there is always the possibility of skin cancer: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma. She explained that the rate of melanoma in patients under the age of thirty is growing and that the rule of thumb to apply when attempting to decide whether it’s pertinent to see a dermatologist is that if anything is NEW, CHANGING or GROWING, then it’s time to book an appointment. If you need a helpful acronym to remember when you’re doing your own self-assessment just follow the ABCD’s of melanoma detection used by the American Melanoma Foundation: A – Asymmetry (one half is different than the other half) B – Border irregularity (edges are notched, uneven or blurred) C – Color (color is uneven) D – Diameter (diameter is greater than 6 millimeters) While all of this information may seem overwhelming and you may be thinking it’s a safer course of action to just hit the tanning bed from time to time and wear a really big hat at the beach, be aware that tanning beds give off UV light in more concentrated doses. Ergo a quick baking session is probably not just what the doctor ordered. Remember: you are not a Christmas turkey. Fun in the sun is a summertime right of passage. Just make sure that when the sun goes down you’re not sitting on your bed, slathering on aloe wondering if it’s possible to fry an egg on your skin. Enjoy the weather and be safe. •

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Family

Right of Passage There is something about boys and knives

that I just don’t understand. But I‘ve learned: they’re an essential accessory in a boy’s wardrobe. It’s how they make their mark—on trees, and furniture. My husband has carried a pocket knife as long as I’ve known him. He likes to remind me, it comes in handy when I need to open a package or dress roadkill. (Okay, I’ve never had to dress roadkill. I would hope the same is true for him, but I’m afraid to ask.) My boys were quite young when they expressed an interest in having a knife of their own, and I probably gave in sooner than I should have. But living in the country, it seemed an appropriate right of passage. They needed something to mark trails and clear brush. And possibly dress road kill. Trouble is, sometimes we venture outside our rural abode, and things are a little different in the big city. Like when I took the kids on the obligatory family educational trip to Washington D.C. We were excitedly standing in line for our first tour of the museums on the Mall when my son looked at me, panicked. “The sign says, ‘no knives.’” “Of course it does,” I replied. And then I paused, as the obvious dawned. “You have your pocket knife, don’t you?” He nodded, somewhat sheepishly, though I could tell he really was wondering why on earth anyone had such a silly rule. Nice as security officers are, certain exceptions can’t be made. Not to worry. My resourceful son somewhat brilliantly connived to hide his knife in bushes outside each and every one of the museums we visited. He set the alarm on his watch to go off about the time we expected to be done, and so was reminded to collect his precious possession. Annoyed as I was that day, it shouldn’t have come as any surprise. In fact, I really should have thought to tell him, “Don’t bring your knife.” Because he never leaves home without this essential accessory.

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The following summer, we enjoyed some extended family time. Apparently, my sister-in-law didn’t get the memo that boys need pocket knives, and her son was left frustrated when he tried to open the (really cool) birthday gift we’d purchased for him. Not to worry. My son whipped out his handy-dandy pocket knife to assist in removing the stubborn plastic packaging.

Disclaimer: I don’t know any of this from first-hand observation. We learned what happened next when said cousin crashed the adult-conversation party. Speaking in the strained high-pitched voice of a worried pre-pubescent, he urgently announced, “Aunt Hallie: Joe was trying to help me unwrap my gift, and he appears to have STABBED himself. He is now bleeding profusely. I think he is s-e-v-e-r-e-l-y injured.” By the time we got to the boy, his face was ashen. Not being one to deal well with injuries, I grabbed a cloth to clamp the bleeding and led him to the living room, where we both laid on the floor and put our feet up to prevent passing out. Meanwhile, some dear soul wiped up the blood, and my husband and his MD-sister assessed the wound. Just what I needed, I thought. An ER trip on a holiday weekend. Not to worry. My husband’s genius-MD-sister informed me: “I can fix that with superglue and a butterfly bandage.” And she did. Yes, you read that correctly. An MD made a quick trip to Target, then patched up my son’s gaping knife wound with superglue and butterfly bandages. To keep everything in place, she decided to wrap the hand in gauze. She struggled as she tried to open the package. Of course, my husband was there—with his pocket knife.


Gardening

Get Your Cluck On! They’re fun, feathered, and a food source. The urban chicken keeping movement is spreading across Lexington. I recently attended the Tour de Coops to see firsthand what the excitement is all about. The need to know where food comes from is a recurring theme I found among the people on the tour. In spite of the desire to raise hens in the city, it is not uncommon to find cities across the country with ordinances that prohibit a backyard flock. Lexington is not one of them and one by one stereotypes about the practice are being cracked and coops are going up on the north side, south side, east and west and in the heart of downtown. Jessica and Joe Moore just started raising chickens last spring. They have eleven hens in their modest, yet typical Lexington backyard. “I think people are mainly worried about the noise and smell. Our girls have a very low chatter and an occasional cackle usually after an egg has been laid, but they are not any louder than the dogs who live around us,” Moore says. Smell is not an issue if the coop is well maintained and clean. Of the seven yards I visited on the tour, not one of them smelled. I was struck by how well maintained they are. Space was another thing that really made an impression on me. A nice chicken coop does not take up that much space. Coops on the tour varied from up-cycled play and swing sets to modified sheds and do it yourself creations. “You don’t have to build a chicken Taj Mahal,” says Travis Robinson. Kim Glenney recommends starting out small with two or three chickens and scouting out a spot in the yard. “Pick the part of your backyard that is too shady for grass/garden and serves no purpose to you. The chickens will love it,” she says. While Mr. Robinson agrees it’s smart to start out small, he has one piece of advice. “Build a larger coop originally, because you will catch the chicken fever!” The Robinson family has chicken fever for sure. During the last six years their flock has multiplied to include eight hens, one young chicken and fourteen chicks. Each has it’s own personality. “Blanche, our Amberlink hen, likes to follow me around and keep me company. Cocoa Cupcake, our Americana, is constantly trying to escape and finds the smallest breaches in our pen to get out and show everyone else the way out and straight to the lettuce patch. The best is when one of the hens finds a treat of some sort and plays keep away from the others. It’s pure comedy,” Robinson said. They are entertaining and relatively easy to care for. “My eight chickens are as easy or easier to care for as a cat or dog with the same amount of cleanup,” Glenney says. Let’s not forget the eggs. Expect dozens of farm fresh eggs right outside your back door every week. Eggs so good and plentiful you will be sharing with the neighbors which keeps them happy too. CLUCK!Lex offers a free half hour consultation to help you get started. Additionally, they can provide advice on choosing the right breed for your needs, coop and run design and construction, and care of your flock. Once you get started there is a great network of support. For more information visit Clucklex.org

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Fashion

The Summer Sets

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ummertime is well underway here in the Bluegrass as are the blazing temps. There are soirées galore this time of year and sometimes the heat makes it a little challenging to dress to impress when you feel as though you’re melting. A couple of go-to pieces I like to rely on during the “beat the heat” months are rompers, silky separates, and cotton sets. All are perfect for the dog days of summer and will carry the distance for a handful of occasions. The Romper. I have to say, this is hands down my favorite summer go-to. It is equal parts comfy as it is adorable and can be easily dressed up or down with flats, heels, vests, or even a blazer for the evening. You can find a romper more or less anywhere in an array of prints, colors, and price points. I also find them to be relatively flattering on a wide variety of body types which is always a plus! The Midi Skirt. This leopard gem from Morton James is one that will be in heavy rotation. It is so light and airy and is the perfect foundation for a ton of summer shades. Another bonus of a lightweight summer midi? It will easily transition into the fall by simply topping her off with a crewneck sweater or a blazer and blouse. But for now, we’ll keep her paired with a bright pink silky blouse and turquoise necklace. The Matching Set. In a lovely eyelet cotton, this white two-piece is such a summer fave. I love its ability to look polished yet still be extremely comfy. This two piece could be worn to a BBQ with some flats, out to lunch with your gal pals, or even to a baby shower—endless possibilities.

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Keeping cool while still looking pulled together can be a tad challenging during the Dog Days of Summer. Be sure to rely on the romper, lightweight fabrics, and lovely cotton separates to help carry us gals through the peak of the summer months!

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Filly of the Month:

Kate Horning

By Kathie Stamps

Scoach, he is an expert in healthy living, a certified health chef, author and owner of a racing club. Kate Horn-

ing is living the dream in Lexington, Kentucky, a city that has a wonderfully supportive environment for the entrepreneurial spirit and love of all things equine. Horning grew up outside Akron, Ohio, where she was obsessed with horses. “My room as a kid was covered in horse posters,” she said. Every summer she went to horse camp. She also volunteered after school for Victory Gallop, a nonprofit organization providing therapeutic horseback riding for children with challenges. When school wrapped up in the spring, she and her sister would go to the library with their summer reading list. “My sister would have Little House on the Prairie and I would always have horse books,” she said. “I loved horses.” Choosing the University of Kentucky for a degree in dietetics, Horning fell in love with the Bluegrass and decided to stay in Lexington after college. She has since built her brand (Kate Horning) and business by teaching people how to live a healthier lifestyle. In April 2014 she published her book, Healthy Living Redesigned: Live It. Share It. “There are so many diets out there,” she said. “The solution is in focusing on you and learning what works for you, taking small steps and living them every day.” A dollar from every book sold goes to support nutrition education in schools. In September she will be speaking and teaching at a culinary and lifestyle retreat in Beaufort, South Carolina, and at a retreat in Mexico. Horning is also involved in the local food scene. She is a brand ambassador for Kitchen Concepts, a community partner with Whole Foods, and lead chef for the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction. Horning is constantly talking with local farmers and food (photos by Keni Parks)

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producers “learning where my food is coming from” and sourcing local ingredients to create amazing food.

“Healthy eating is a lifestyle,” Horning said. “Most of us need to eat more vegetables, cook from scratch and slow down.” She has found that following a vegetarian lifestyle works for her. “When I was 13 I wanted to become a vegetarian and my mom made me write a book report about it before she would allow me,” she said. “I’ve been passionate about nutrition and healthy living ever since.” In the fall of 2014, Horning launched her own boutique label of wine. She named it Santé Cellars, because santé is the French word for health. “We had originally planned to work with a winemaker out in California,” she said, “but I have a friend who is an award-winning vintner here in Kentucky.” Her friend is Greg Karsner, a vintner based in Washington County, whose wines were competing commercially with California wines at the Catalina Film Festival. With Horning’s concept of importing grapes from all over the world, Karsner is producing a line of chef-inspired, small-batch wines for Santé Cellars. The table wine series has a red blend and a white blend. “They’re both easy to drink,” Horning said. The Santé Cellars wines are considered European style, which means they are on the drier end. They go well with food. “Eating and drinking and enjoying life. That’s what life is about,” Horning said. She is working with a distributor to get national distribution over the next couple of years. In the meantime, Santé Cellars red and white wines are available at Wines on Vine and Liquor Barn. “Kentucky doesn’t have the best reputation for wine—I plan to change that—so we started the Santé Cellars Racing Club as a way to introduce our wine to a larger market,” Horning said. The club

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She has worked with Homegrown by Heroes, a program developed by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and Greenhouse 17, where she is teaching cooking skills to the women on the farm.

is not a syndicate selling shares of Thoroughbred ownership, but a social and lifestyle club that embraces Horning’s belief of enjoying life and sharing it with friends as a path to healthy living. Santé Cellars Racing Club launched in March 2015 and has room for 100 members. Anyone is invited to join. “Membership gives you access to club events, including private dinners on horse farms,” Horning said. Other opportunities involve meeting jockeys and trainers, attending horse sales at Fasig-Tipton, tailgating at Keeneland, special events during Derby week, and taking party buses to Woodford Reserve and Churchill Downs. “Members also receive a limited release of Santé Cellars wine that we’ve designed specifically for the club,” she said. Horning came to Kentucky for college because it is horse country, but she didn’t have that many experiences with horses until she got involved in racing. “I am lucky that my best friend and racing club partner, Anna Seitz, invited me out to events with some of her syndicates last year and I absolutely loved the experience,” Horning said. “Thoroughbred racing can be an insider’s world, something difficult to understand and get involved with without the right people and connections.” By adding another factor to the syndicate model, that of food, wine and entertainment, the Santé Cellars Racing Club was born. “I want the club to be about horses and a healthy lifestyle,” Horning said. “It is important for other entrepreneurs like myself to do things that are fun, and take time for themselves and spend time around likeminded people who are success-driven and motivated, to inspire one another.” Horning is passionate about helping other people create a sustainable healthy lifestyle for themselves. “As a lifelong lover of horses, both Santé Cellars Wines and Santé Cellars Racing Club are inspired by my belief that healthy living is achieved through sharing experiences with friends and family,” she said. For information about membership in the racing club, visit www.SanteCellarsRacingClub.com

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Shuttle, Flag Fliers, HiLo, Hug A Mug, Mug Shuffle, Pony Express and Scramble, just to name a few! These games are played as fast-paced relay races on well-trained ponies that require a high degree of athletic ability, riding skills, and hand-eye coordination.

United States Mounted Games Association: World Championships Descend Upon the Horse Park

The concept of mounted games was the idea of HRH Prince Philip of England (husband of Queen Elizabeth II) in 1957 as an activity for children who didn’t necessarily have specialized ponies. By 1965, these games had been introduced to America, Canada and Australia.

The United States Mounted Games Association (USMGA) will be hosting the 29th Annual World International Mounted Games Association World Team Championships. This exciting event will be held at the Rolex Stadium in the Kentucky Horse Park from July 6-12 and highlights the best of mounted games riders from around the world. The USMGA was established originally “to inspire, encourage interest, and increase participation in mounted games in the United States”, as outlined in its mission statement. Riders of all ages are encouraged to participate various mounted games on horseback and compete both nationally and internationally. For those of us who just might be wondering what are mounted games on horseback, here is a quick overview. Basically, this sport is played by people of all ages on ponies with a height of up to 15 hands (60 inches or 162 cm). These games can be played individually, in pairs, or as teams. There is a large assortment of games, with such names as Agility Aces, Bang a Balloon, Bottle

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Fast forward to today–this electrifying sport will be on display in all its glory in our own backyard in July. Mark your calendars and come to the Park to cheer on your favorite team. Mini Julep Cup July 3rd-5th The Mid-America Miniature Horse Club Mini Julep Cup is a horse show dedicated to the miniature horse. With a versatility to the breed that lends them well to all kinds of activities–including carriage driving, jumping, halter and driving obstacles, the Julep Cup celebrates and showcases the breed while providing spectators a real treat to witness these tiny packages in action! American Saddlebred Museum Art Auction Looking for that special something to give to a horse enthusiast in your life or perhaps looking to add to your own collection?


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The American Saddlebred Museum Art, Antique and Rare Book Auction is worth checking out. Twenty-five artists that date back to the 1800s through present day are represented, including original pieces by legendary George Ford Morris. Trophies, vintage ads and photos, antiques with an equine flair, sculptures and books no longer in print are all offerings presented by the event. The auction will be held on Saturday, July 11 at the Museum’s Showplace for Saddlebreds beginning at 12:00. Items will be available for preview on Friday from 9 am – 6 pm, and on Saturday morning before the auction commences. If you are unable to attend the auction but wish to bid on an item, telephone bids will be accepted with advance arrangements or you can also check out the auction via www.liveauctioneers.com. You just might find that special piece you didn’t even know you needed in your life! North American Junior and Young Rider Championships July 14th-19th One of the cornerstone events of the competitive season and at the Horse Park, the NAJYRC is not to be missed. North American junior and young riders (ages 14-21) come to compete in the disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing, reining and endurance as well as para-dressage, added this year. The event is a true experience for these young riders and spectators enjoy top-notch competition. For some, this is a chance to return and show off their honed skills, for others it will be the first time participating in an event of this kind. What is true every year though, is that some of the best riders in the country cut their teeth on the NAJYRC. As the only event of its kind held in the U.S., this competition is a true gem to the Bluegrass area and showcases our home turf in splendid form! Kicking off the event is the Opening Ceremonies where riders and their teammates participate in a golf cart parade to the neighboring Spy Coast Farm. Spy Coast Farm’s Welcome Party will involve plenty of good fun and team spirit. Once competition commences, every day there will be plenty of activity going on. A full schedule of events can be found at www. youngriders.org. Come out and support your favorite team! The sport needs spectators to ensure its success and its future.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Full Schedule Available at: BreedersCupFestival.com

SATURDAY, October 24th

• 10:30am Gaines and Juddmonte Plaque Unveiling at Thoroughbred Park

• 9:00am Thoroughbred Makeover at Kentucky Horse Park – Retired Racehorse Project features 350 retired, retrained racehorses competing for $100,000 in prizes. Enjoy seminars, demonstrations and more!

• 5:00pm Breeders’ Cup Draw Party at Keeneland – The draw for post positions

• 3:00pm Feeders’ Cup at Whitaker Bank Ballpark – Taste the best from local food trucks and enjoy live music!

• 7:00pm Festival Zone Concerts at Courthouse Plaza featuring Ben Lacy, Ben Sollee, Tee Dee Young • 7:00pm Guest Chef Nights

• 7:00pm “I Dedicate This Ride” The Life and Times of Isaac Murphy at The Lyric Theatre – Frank X. Walker’s brilliant play

TUESDAY, October 27th

SUNDAY, October 25th

• 8:00am Horse Farm Tours at various locations

• 7:00am Morning Workouts at Keeneland – Free and open to the public

• 7:00am Morning Workouts at Keeneland – Free and open to the public

• 9:00am Art Exhibits at various locations - Free admission

• 8:00am Horse Farm Tours at various locations

• 7:00pm Festival Zone Concerts at Courthouse Plaza featuring The Suffers

• 9:00am Art Exhibits at various locations - Free admission

• 3:00pm Cigar Statue Dedication at Kentucky Horse Park

• 9:00am Thoroughbred Makeover at Kentucky Horse Park – Retired Racehorse Project features 350 retired, retrained racehorses competing for $100,000 in prizes. Enjoy seminars, demonstrations and more!

• 7:00pm Guest Chef Nights

• 2:00pm “Kentucky for Kentucky” 5K Fun Run & Walk at Kentucky Horse Park

WEDNESDAY, October 28th

• 7:00pm Festival Zone Concerts at Courthouse Plaza featuring Here Come the Mummies

• 7:00am Morning Workouts at Keeneland – Free and open to the public

• 7:00pm Guest Chef Nights

• 8:00am Horse Farm Tours at various locations

• 8:00pm Thriller Parade in Downtown – The world’s largest reenactment of the Michael Jackson video featuring local dancers

• 9:00am Art Exhibits at various locations - Free admission

MONDAY, October 26th • 7:00am Morning Workouts at Keeneland – Free and open to the public • 8:00am Horse Farm Tours at various locations • 9:00am Art Exhibits at various locations - Free admission

• 7:00pm DRF Handicapping Event at Grand Reserve – Handicapping seminar

• 10:00am Kentucky Craft Market at The Livery – Artisan showcase • 4:30pm KBT Bourbon Experience at The Livery – The nine distilleries from the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® will be entertaining, informing and offering samples. • 6:30pm Oliver Lewis Way Bridge Lighting & Fireworks at Oliver Lewis Way – Public art display and fireworks show and celebration in the Distillery District

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from around the world descend on Lexington to decide who is the best of the best

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9:00am Art Exhibits at various locations - Free admission 10:00am Breeders’ Cup Bash at Red Mile – Watch, wager and celebrate at the biggest party in town at the newly renovated Red Mile, including food, music, drink and wagering 10:00am Kentucky Craft Market at The Livery – Artisan showcase 4:30pm KBT Bourbon Experience at The Livery – The nine distilleries from the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® will be entertaining, informing and offering samples. 7:00pm Festival Zone Concerts at Courthouse Plaza - featuring JD McPherson 7:00pm Guest Chef Nights

SATURDAY, October 31st • 7:00pm Festival Zone Concerts at Courthouse Plaza - featuring Town Mountain, Travelin’ McCourys

9:00am Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland – Join the excitement as the top thoroughbred horses from around the world descend on Lexington to decide who is the best of the best

• 7:00pm Guest Chef Nights

9:00am Art Exhibits at various locations - Free admission

• 7:15pm Equestrian Films at The Kentucky Theatre – featuring Dreamer: Inspired By a True Story

10:00am Breeders’ Cup Bash at Red Mile – Watch, wager and celebrate at the biggest party in town at the newly renovated Red Mile, including food, music, drink and wagering

THURSDAY, October 29th

10:00am Kentucky Craft Market at The Livery – Artisan showcase

7:00am Morning Workouts at Keeneland – Free and open to the public 9:00am Art Exhibits at various locations - Free admission

4:30pm KBT Bourbon Experience at The Livery – The nine distilleries from the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® will be entertaining, informing and offering samples.

10:00am Kentucky Craft Market at The Livery – Artisan showcase

7:00pm Festival Zone Concerts at Courthouse Plaza - featuring Lexington musicians

11:00am Keeneland Racing – Live thoroughbred racing as a special preview before the World Championships

7:00pm Guest Chef Nights

4:30pm KBT Bourbon Experience at The Livery – The nine distilleries from the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® will be entertaining, informing and offering samples. 7:00pm Festival Zone Concerts at Courthouse Plaza - featuring The Stooges Brass Band 7:00pm Guest Chef Nights 7:15pm Equestrian Films at The Kentucky Theatre – featuring Secretariat

FRIDAY, October 30th 9:00am Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland – Join the excitement as the top thoroughbred horses

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he open, spacious floor plan offers amazing natural light and plenty of room to breathe. The floors are painted and sealed in black semi-gloss with cream accent rugs. The plaster crown molding is original to the home. Using a mold made from a section of the plaster that had fallen down, they had an artisan recreate it. Ballroom chandeliers from the old Phoenix hotel adorn the living and dining rooms.

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Weddings

Bridal Separates

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or many brides, choosing their wedding dress usually starts with deciding which skirt style will suit them best; will it be long or short, full or sheath, mermaid or A-line, taffeta or tulle…and the list goes on. This basic question is one that makes considering wedding separates so smart, and offers the opportunity to build your look from the bottom up, if you wish. To Tulle or Not To Tulle The most popular wedding skirt separate is the full, puffy tulle skirt, because you get the wow look without the wow cost. Plus, you can shed the more cumbersome wedding skirt for your reception, revealing another ‘look’. The great thing about the tulle skirt is that it’s popular now to wear with virtually everything. From a chambray shirt for a low key ‘Denim and Lace’ wedding, to an heirloom top for a vintage themed wedding, to a fabulous top or bodice in a color that matches your wedding theme. Even, dare I say, a crop top (how fab for a beach wedding, though). The options are virtually endless, and perby Marsha Koller Wedding Consultant fect when you want to be one of a kind.

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Sheer Luck A completely modern and unique way to use a skirt separate is when wearing a graceful sheer wedding skirt separate over the cutest sexy short wedding dress. Not for the traditional bride, but these days not that much is traditional. A perfect wedding-y look for a second (or third or…) wedding or nontraditional vows. The Bride that wants to be more avant guard can really make this this option work for her look. Full Coverage Your skirt separate choices are not just in tulle or a sheer, ethereal fabric. Bridal skirt separates are found in every beautiful bridal fabric from silk to taffeta, and this option doesn’t allow for a peek underneath if you have a surprise second look reveal later in your event. It actually is more of a surprise that you are wearing separates when a more opaque fabric is worked in as the bottom of your wedding component ensemble. Budget Friendly Even though there are now designer wedding separates that can cost as much as a complete wedding gown, if you are on a budget this is a way to get a big, big look for less. Even watch sites like Etsy, where independent seamstresses with a creative flair can bring your wedding separates to you – and your budget – on a dime.


Dining

Fostering Spirits

With 300+ whiskeys and an artisanal menu, OBC is redefining upscale pub food. By Michelle Aiello Photography by Keni Parks

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here’s no denying it: Kentucky is synonymous with bourbon. And in the past 10 years, we have been enjoying the results of a nationwide bourbon boom. Craft distilleries, special finishes and other distinctive techniques are opening the playing field and offering new and exciting options.

For the owners and management team of OBC Kitchen, simply offering a great selection of bourbon wasn’t enough. This is Kentucky, after all. OBC’s Manager and “Bourbon Mayor” Michael Harper explains, “In order to offer a truly unique experience for our guests, we wanted to have much more than a nice bourbon selection. There are plenty of places that offer that, but what makes OBC unique is the wonderful, chef driven menu.” Located in the Lansdowne Shoppes, the latest addition from Bluegrass Hospitality Group has replaced Harry’s inside bar. A nod to Kentucky history, OBC stands for “Old Bourbon County” a phrase associated with the best bourbon in the United States after being stamped on barrels that floated down the Mississippi River from Kentucky. Dim lighting, centuries-old barn wood, hand-tooled leather bar stools and other handcrafted details come together to create a sophisticated pub atmosphere. The concept is a result of the extensive travels of owners Brian McCarty and Bruce Drake. After visiting the country’s most celebrated eating and drinking establishments, they brought the best ideas home and added a Kentucky twist. The menu was created by Chef Alan Lamoureux, BHG’s Culinary Director and long-time friend of Bruce Drake. It features relatively straightforward yet flavorful dishes made from local and seasonal ingredients, and plenty of sweet and savory touches that take upscale pub food to the next level. A prime example is the beautifully presented Bacon in a Glass. It’s made from thick-cut bacon glazed with honey, bourbon and turbinado sugar; served with smooth roasted peanut butter for an unusual yet delicious dipping compliment. Then there’s the Bluegrass Fondue consisting of house-made waffle chips and a warm smoky fondue made with Mimi’s fresh smoked bleu cheese. “Many of our menu items are designed to share,” Lamoureux said. “They’re not overly abundant, intensely flavored and large enough to satisfy with a sense of community. And they are designed to leave room for that extra craft beer, cocktail, or dessert.” 859.977.2600 | 3373 Tates Creek Rd | OBCKitchen.com Sun-Thur 4:30pm-10 pm | Fri & Sat 4:30pm-11pm

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Dining The most popular items with customers according to Lamoureux, are the Chicken & Waffles (cornmeal, cheddar and chive waffle, bourbon sorghum syrup, buttermilk fried chicken with hot pepper honey, candied walnuts, pickled peppers and fried leeks), the Cola Braised Short Rib Tacos (salsa verde, pico de gallo, kale-jicama slaw, horseradish cream), the Blackened Salmon BLT stack (Cajun seared salmon on a pumpernickel crouton with caper-dill mayo, frisee with sherry vinaigrette, lathered with tomato jam; topped with candied applewood bacon), and the Heritage Breed Surryano Virginia ham carved at the bar. OBC’s bestselling dessert is fresh warm doughnuts dusted with cinnamon sugar and served with a trio of dipping sauces—chocolate ganache, raspberry melba and salted caramel. “A lot of people say they don’t want dessert, but this is perfect to share and adds a touch of sweetness to the end of the meal.” No stranger to the culinary the world, Lamoureux attended the Culinary Institute of America, where he graduated at the top of his class. After a few years of working as a corporate chef in Kansas City, Missouri, he went on to open the L&N Fish Market restaurant at the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee. Later, he worked as an Executive Chef and consultant for a variety of other projects and restaurants including McCormick & Schmick’s. In 1998, McCarty and Drake visited Chicago and were inspired to bring the concept of a prime steakhouse to Lexington. They asked Lamoureux, who was still living in Florida, to help them open Malone’s. After helping to develop the menu and concept, Lamoureux returned to Florida. In 2009, his expertise was requested a second time for the opening of Drake’s. Lamoureux was offered the position of Culinary Director for BHG’s leadership team in 2011, and relocated to Lexington. Having worked in multiple places, Lamoureux brings a great deal of experience and vision to the table, both from a culinary and a restaurant management standpoint. “Lexington is so centrally located, and it makes it possible to travel often,” he said. “People experience things in other markets and bring those ideas back. It’s an opportunity to flex our creative muscles and experiment.” Lamoureux was given full autonomy in regards to the OBC menu and appreciates being able to pair his food with the different flavors and complexities of bourbon. “It’s about taking flavors like citrus, coffee, berries, mint, lavender, and other herbs and spices using them to compliment the flavors in bourbon.” To that end, Lamoureux strives to keep his dishes simple and pure. For example, he recommends an Old Fashioned, which has an undertone of orange flavor, alongside OBC’s Seared Crab Cake, which is served with a fennel citrus salad and orange vinaigrette. On the other hand, he recommends pairing a neat bourbon or stronger cocktail with the Braised Short Ribs. “Using great ingredients and taking time to present it in a man-

ner that compliments the beverages from nuttiness, spiciness, to sweet caramel and vanilla, to floral flavors is what makes our menu so unique,” he said. OBC has an unparalleled bourbon selection, but it was never intended to be the restaurant’s identity. Non-bourbon drinkers will be impressed by OBC’s sizeable craft beer and wine list. As Harper explained, “When we first opened, we knew we didn’t want to be a bourbon bar. That’s why the name OBC Kitchen was chosen. We are a restaurant that just happens to have a great bourbon selection.” That might be bit of an understatement. At last count, OBC’s reclaimed wood shelves held somewhere in the neighborhood of 340 whiskeys and 240 bourbons, the vast majority coming from distilleries within a 50-mile radius. Harper is passionate about the world of bourbon, from taking his staff on monthly distillery tours to procuring rare and specialty spirits for OBC guests to enjoy. “Staying current in the industry is huge part of our success,” he said. “I am always trying to find out what’s new, and what has been successful in the past.” A good example is the increasing demand for rye. Hot on the heels of the bourbon boom, more ryes are appearing on shelves as consumers explore the spicier, fruitier side of whiskey. In addition to customer favorites like Pappy Van Winkle and Willett, OBC offers approximately 50 varieties of rye that aren’t available anywhere else in town. A great opportunity to try new products is at one of OBC’s special events. During their Craft Series, Jim Beam Master Distiller Fred Noe presented a 3-cocktail pairing with Lamoureux’s gourmet comfort food. Dave Pickerell, former Maker’s Mark distiller and Master Distiller at Whistle Pig, hosted another event. The 4-course dinner was paired with a flight of Whistle Pig’s three new super premium 12-year-old ryes finished in European oak casks – Madeira, Sauternes, Port, Cognac, and Sherry. “It really was a next level experience for our guests,” said Harper. From the cozy atmosphere to the food and beverage selections, OBC Kitchen will not disappoint diners looking for a unique experience outside the beaten path of downtown. Lamoureux said, “It’s amazing how many bourbons and whiskeys there are, and how each distiller works his magic. The wonderful advantage about OBC is that we have a very knowledgeable staff with a passion to learn and educate our customers. When someone asks about a certain beverage, we can listen to their preferences recommend something they may not have tried before.” Harper is especially proud of their private barrel program. The restaurant currently has 13 private barrel whiskeys available, and Harper plans to continually add more. “Everyone has craft bourbon on their shelves. Our goal is to have the best selection anywhere in Kentucky.”

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Ky Bank Tennis

Kentucky Bank

Tennis Championships It’s here once again! The Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships

is back and has been the staple tennis tournament coming to Lexington for over 20 years. This international event brings in more than 100 professional men’s and women’s tennis players from around the world to compete in this USTA Challenger-level tournament. The event will take place July 27 – August 2 at the University of Kentucky’s Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex. You’re invited to experience Kentucky’s only professional tennis tournament. Attracting many players that have gone on to make big names themselves such as John Isner, Lleyton Hewitt, Marion Bartoli and Melanie Oudin, the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships tournament truly provides tennis fans with an up-close and intimate experience unprecedented in the Lexington community. New to this year is the introduction of perpetual winner trophies, which will be awarded to both the men’s and women’s tournament champions and have been provided by a select tournament sponsor and Kentucky Bank. Both made of Sterling silver, the trophies are an exquisite addition to this perennial event. The men’s trophy cup and cover are hallmarked for Sheffield 1895, with the maker’s mark of James Dixon and Sons. The women’s gilt cup and cover are designed in the Adams style, with a reticulated body exhibiting the original James Powell green glass liner, hallmarked for London 1905 with the maker’s mark of Thomas William Dobson.

Women’s Doubles Winners 2014

Along with the exciting tennis play, the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships also offers other family-fun events for fans of all ages to enjoy. These activities include Pure Barre exercise classes on center court, Kids Day, Men’s and Women’s nights, Pro-Am matches, Round-Robin tennis, special Big Blue exhibitions and much more, finally being capped-off by the UK Hall of Fame induction ceremony which will be held on Championship Sunday before the Finals. Come and enjoy something different each day and night of the tournament. Another fun and popular way to involve the family is for children to participate as ball kids. Kids ages 10 and above can volunteer for an afternoon, an evening or all week if they’d like, helping on the court and experiencing the players and the action closer than any fan. Training to participate as a ball-kid is provided before the tournament, and kids are fed, given breaks and monitored during their on-court shifts. The Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships offer a week of fun for the whole family, starting with the best tennis fans we’ll see in the entire state and ending with the opportunity for everyone to be part of this exciting event. Tickets are $10 per day/$50 weekly pass and are available at the gate or online. For more information, please visit lexingtonchallenger.com or contact the Tournament Director, Brooks Lundy, at LBLundy1@gmail.com or 859-509-9707.

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