TOPS Magazine June 2012

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LEXINGTON’S MOST READ MAGAZINE TOPSINLEX L e x i n g t o n ’s M o s t R e a d M a g a z i n e

Priceless | June 2012


June 2012 vol. 6 no. 6

Derby Recap!

Derby Parties | Decorator’s Showcase | Summer Fashion Accessories

Volume 6, No. 6


WHO’S WHO 17 Top Marketing Group

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Kristen Oakley Associate Publisher, TOPS Magazine Sr. Account Manager Melissa Meatyard

Editor, TOPS Magazine Magazine Design & Layout


Danielle Pope

Associate Publisher, LexScene Account Manager

Teri Turner

Account Manager

Buffy Lawson

Account Manager

Amanda Harper

Editor, LexScene Magazine Head Writer, TOPS Magazine Contributing Writers Kristin Espeland Gourlay, Blake Hannon, Amanda Harper, Drew Johnson, Michele Landers, Buffy Lawson, Michelle Rauch, Sue Ann Truitt


Hank Douglas Pope, born on May 25


Out & About

OAKS & DERBY RECAP SPECIAL SECTION 34 Kentucky Oaks 36 Martinis on the Lawn 38 Makenna Found. Jeans, Jewels & Juleps 41 Lex. Cancer Wine Auction & Derby Gala 44 Barnstable Brown Derby Gala 48 Derby Viewing at Keeneland 50 Kristen Pflum on Derby Fashion 52 Kentucky Derby 59 Unified Trust Derby Party 60 Derby Hat Extravaganza TOP EVENTS 18 Wig Out! 20 Camp Horsin’ Around Amazing 8 22 Central Baptist Expecting Great Things 24 Central Bank Thursday Night Live 26 Dancing with the Lexington Stars 28 Dancing with the Lexington Stars cont. 30 Women Leading Kentucky 122 Decorator’s Showcase Preview Party 124 Hope Center Luncheon 126 Hope Center Luncheon cont. 128 Miss Kentucky Scholarship Gala 130 TOPS May Sneak Preview Party 132 Markey Cancer Concert on the Lawn 134 Alzheimer’s Making Memories 72 Community Spotlight: Epilepsy Foundation 82 Meet the Media: Rick Dees 88 Sports: Grading Mitch Barnhart 138 WOW Wedding: Whitney & Elliot Neuman 147 TOP Shots

WHAT’S NEW 90 New Businesses 106 TOPS Tour of Homes: Decorator’s Showcase 145 Wedding Announcements

WHAT TO DO Contributing Photographers Paul Atkinson Alex Orlov Keni Parks Bob Bunting David Desjardins Beth Pope Shaun Ring Laura Donnell Neil Sulier Michele Johnson

Interns Kelly Adams Bethany Graham Blair Kearns Kody Little Jill Novak

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Community Calendar Entertaining: Easy Entertaining Gardening: Thinking Outside the Pot Dining Out: Georgia’s Kitchen & Café Family: Summer Sales Pets: Pawcations Relationships: Long Story Longer Featured Businesses Groom’s Wedding Responsibilities


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, June 7th Thursday Night Live: The Stooges 4:30PM-7:30PM Cheapside Park Festival of the Bluegrass Kentucky Horse Park Southland Jamboree: Kati Penn & Newtown 7PM Collins Bowling Lanes

Friday, June 8th Riders in the Sky 7:30PM Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center Festival of the Bluegrass Kentucky Horse Park It’s a Grand Night for Singing 7:30PM Singletary Center Free Friday Flicks: The Muppets 7PM Jacobson Park

Saturday, June 9th Egyptian Event Kentucky Horse Park Tear Jerker Rod Run 10AM-6PM Masterson Station Park Kitchens of the Bluegrass Tour Art in Bloom Outside with Jon Carloftis 5:30PM-7:30PM 405 Rose St

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Festival of the Bluegrass Kentucky Horse Park It’s a Grand Night for Singing 7:30PM Singletary Center

Sunday, June 10th United Way 5K on the Runway 7AM Blue Grass Airport Second Sunday at Blue Grass Airport 1PM Blue Grass Airport Festival of the Bluegrass Kentucky Horse Park

Wednesday, June 13th Lexington Legends 7PM Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Thursday, June 14th Lexington Legends 7PM Whitaker Bank Ballpark Thursday Night Live: Johnny Cash Tribute Band 4:30PM-7:30PM Cheapside Park

Friday, June 15th

It’s a Grand Night for Singing 2PM Singletary Center

Fountain Films: “Dirty Dancing” DUSK Triangle Park

Fair Trade Festival & 27 Hour Triathlon 8AM-11AM Spindletop Hall

Lexington Legends 7PM Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Monday, June 11th Lexington Legends 7PM Whitaker Bank Ballpark Lexington Humane Society’s Mutt Putt 11AM Mariott Griffin Gate

Tuesday, June 12th Lexington Legends 7PM Whitaker Bank Ballpark Big Band & Jazz 7PM-8:30PM Midnight Pass

LexArts Gallery Hop 5PM-8PM 161 N Mill KET’s Summer Celebration: Rhinestone Rodeo 7PM-12AM Donamire Farm Free Friday Flicks: Dolphin Tale 7PM Jacobson Park Bluegrass PRIDE Rain Barrel Reception 5PM-8PM Cheapside Park It’s a Grand Night for Singing 7:30PM Singletary Center


What To Do

Saturday, June 16th Ashland Lawn Party 5:30PM-9:30PM Ashland the Henry Clay Estate Night of the Stars 6PM Keeneland Dads & Grads Car Show 9AM-4PM Valvoline Headquarters Walk for Wishes 9AM Keeneland Lexington Legends 7PM Whitaker Bank Ballpark Juneteenth 12PM-10PM Heritage Park, Winchester It’s a Grand Night for Singing 7:30PM Singletary Center Shaker Village Antiques Show 10AM-5PM Shaker Village

Sunday, June 17th Lexington Legends 1:30PM Whitaker Bank Ballpark It’s a Grand Night for Singing 2PM Singletary Center Shaker Village Antiques Show 10AM-4:30PM Shaker Village

Monday, June 18th

Southland Jamboree: Stoney Creek 7PM Collins Bowling Lanes

Thursday, June 21st Thursday Night Live: Kenny Owens 4:30PM-7:30PM Cheapside Park Children’s Charity Cabaret 6PM Lexington Center

Friday, June 22nd Lexington Art League 4th Friday 6PM-9PM LAL Free Friday Flicks: Puss in Boots 7PM Jacobson Park Children’s Charity Classic Round I 9AM Greenbrier & Andover

Saturday, June 23rd

Big Band & Jazz 7PM-8:30PM Midnight Pass


Southland Jamboree: The Mountain Connection 7PM Collins Bowling Lanes

Thursday, June 28th Thursday Night Live: The Squirrels 4:30PM-7:30PM Cheapside Park Freedom Fest Sneak Preview Party 6PM-8PM Headley-Whitney Museum

Friday, June 29th An Evening with Vince Gill 7:30PM Lexington Opera House

Lexington Dream Factory 6:30PM RJ Corman Hangar

Lexington Legends 7PM Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Rollergirls of Central KY 7PM Lexington Convention Center

Fountain Films: 1776 DUSK Triangle Park

The Kentuckians Chorus, In Living Color 7PM Lexington Opera House

Free Friday Flicks: Adventures of Tin Tin 7PM Jacobson Park

Francisco’s Farm Arts Festival 10AM Equus Run Vineyards

Courtesy Fun Day 11AM University Club of Kentucky Sunday, June 24th courtesyonwheels. Markey Race for Women’s Cancer com 8AM Spindletop Hall

Tuesday, June 19th

Tuesday, June 26th Big Band & Jazz 7PM-8:30PM Midnight Pass

Francisco’s Farm Arts Festival 10AM Equus Run Vineyards

Saturday, June 30th Central Kentucky Concert Band 7PM The Arboretum Midwest Mayhem Car Show 9AM-6PM Masterson Station Park Lexington Legends 7PM Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Out & About Teri Turner and Rick Dees

Ribbon Cutting at McAlister’s Deli

Melissa Rea and Erin Hurst at Cinco de Mayo

Cynthia Ellingsen at Night of Literary Feasts

Celebrating Girls On The Run!

Taste of the Bluegrass


Top Events

Nancy Dreher and Susan Riestra

Ninfa Floyd and Beth Pope

Ann Blair Thornton and Lee Cruse

Cathleen Collins and Neil Sulier

Brittney Bates, John Tompkins and Amber Light

Chris Campbell, Ashley Couch and Stephen Mulligan

Fernando & Helen Garces

Wig Out, Inc. Presents The Pageant of Wigs Wig Out Inc. is a homegrown foundation whose mission is to provide grants toward the purchase of wigs for chemotherapy patients. Wig Out Inc. helps restore emotional dignity to those undergoing hair loss. A good wig is expensive and not covered by insurance. They hold one fundraiser a year called The Pageant of Wigs. The event allows the community to come together, let their “hair� down and show support to those undergoing the ravages of hair loss. Photos by Beth Pope


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Top Events

Coach Mitchell, Kyle Macy, Virginia Bell and Ralph Hacker

Brett, Peyton, Alex and Billie Jo Setzer, Bill Hall and Laurel, Savannah and Brooks Setzer

Beverly & Gyp Setzer

Erica Musgrave and Julia Pezzi

Molly Hunter

Rev. C.B. Akins, Dr. Martha Greenwood, Tom Dupree, Virginia Bell, Terry Forcht, Luther Deaton and Bill Robbins

Lamar Grimes, Tom Dupree and Harriett Dupree

Deidra & Bill Ransdell

Camp Horsin’ Around Amazing 8 Luncheon Camp Horsin’ Around honored 8 Amazing Community members and one dedicated corporation at their luncheon at the Lexington Downtown Hilton. Ralph Hacker served as the Emcee for the luncheon and guest hosts for the event were Kyle Macy and Matthew Mitchell. The 2012 honorees were Rev. C.B. Akins, Virginia Bell, Luther Deaton, Tom Dupree Sr, Terry Forcht, Dr. Martha Greenwood, Bill Robbins, and Brett Setzer. Also honored was the Camp Champion, McDonald’s.

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Top Events

Expecting Great Things Maternity Event About 800 moms-to-be attended Central Baptist Hospital’s Expecting Great Things maternity event April 28 at Keeneland. Attendees talked with Central Baptist physicians, saw maternity exercise demonstrations, munched on tasty refreshments and were treated to an array of great prizes. Mommy blogger and author Amy Wilson encouraged the crowd to enjoy motherhood and not to strive for perfection. Photos by Alex Orlov


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Top Events

Central Bank Presents Thursday Night Live Downtown Lexington gets loud every Thursday evening, April 26 through October 18, 2012 for Central Bank Thursday Night Live! Every Thursday, The Fifth Third Bank Pavilion in Cheapside Park features a live band, food from local restaurants and drinks served by local non-profit associations. Famillies and pets are always welcome! For a complete list of upcoming bands, visit our website. Photos by David Desjardins


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Top Events

Noelle & Sam Dick and Shelia Bayes

Jim Richardson and Nell Main

Linda Roach

Cecilia Hill and Stacy Miller

Gerald Marvel and Amanda Huddleston

McKay, Kitty & Andy Moore and Marian & David Fister

Jim & Carolyn Kurz and Doug & Sandy Wilson

Dancing with the Lexington Stars, Part I Another smash success! The second annual “Dancing with the Lexington Stars� is an exciting competition which pairs local celebrities with professional dancers from Arthur Murray Dance Studio in support of two wonderful charities. Proceeds benefitting Surgery On Sunday, Inc. & the Lexington Rotary Club Endowment Fund with continued support to Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. Photos by Michelle Johnson


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Top Events

Linda Roach and Jon Carloftis

Ann Blair Thornton

Eunice and Anthany Beatty

Hunter Lisle

Tom Kenny, Nancy Cox, Chris Bailey and Marvin Bartlett

Mary Jo Perino

Dancing with the Lexington Stars, Part II This year’s event sold out two weeks before the big night. Guests enjoyed food, beverages, a silent auction and wonderful entertainment. Linda Roach and Jon Carloftis took home the winning trophy! Photos by Bob Bunting


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Top Events

Hope L. Hurst and Julie McEwen

Sandra Pianalto

Stephanie Fister and Nawanna Privett

Jennifer Maddox and Marian Guinn

Janet Holloway, Nawanna Privett, Jen Shah, Mary Sias and Tori Murden McClure

Cynthia Ellingsen, Kathryn Imhoff, Melanie O’Meara and Adelina Franco

Debra Hensley

WLK Womens Business & Leadership Conference The 13th Annual Conference focused on “Transforming Lives: Celebrating Women & Children.” It celebrated those who make a difference in Kentucky with Girls on the Run International founder, Molly Barker, and CEO of the Federal Reserve Board-Cleveland, Sandra Pianalto, setting the tone. Crit Luallen, Pam Miller, Lois Combs Weinberg and Janet Holloway were presented with the 2012 Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award. Photos by David Desjardins


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Oaks 138


Martinis on the Lawn

Photos by Michelle Johnson and Keni Parks 36

Makenna Foundation Jeans, Jewels & Juleps

Marian & Gene Guinn

Ann Alderidge & Robert Woolery Greg & Sheila David

Bobbi & Troy Turner, Kirsten & Darren Turner Bill & Zella Daughtery, Melissa & Karl Krase

Michael & Ellen Karpf

Tara Finn and Heather English

James & Sallye Staley, Jennifer Adams and Patrick Healy Aimee Miller, Michael & Britt Jordan, JP Miller, Shalanta & Chase Gullett Photos by David Desjardins & Alex Orlov 38


Makenna Foundation Jeans, Jewels & Juleps

Eric & Jessica Bumm, Dr. Craig & Pam Carter

Keith Yarber and Kathy Scorsone-Stovall

Stacy & Jim Richardson

Logan & Pam Leet


Kathy Tisha Surrett and Sarah Hancock

Paul & Leann Turley

Vera, Steve & Meredith Daughtery


Noel Dick and Whitney Glass

Mark Scorsone-Stovall, Casey Cline, Joker Phillips

Lexington Cancer Foundation Wine Auction & Derby Gala

Kristin Baehler, Laura Quinn, Ashley Robbins, Elizabeth Nahra and Julie Neuman

Brian & Lori Wood

Royce & Tomi Anne Pulliam

Cathy & Don Jacobs Carissa Mondavi and John Michael Montgomery

Mandy Vaughan and Jamie Rice Leveridge Casey Graves, Kelli Faulkner, Jennifer Dunn, Carrie Patterson Photos by Paul Atkinson


Lexington Cancer Foundation Wine Auction & Derby Gala

Heather & Tim Couch

David & Amy Liotta, Donna & Bill Shively

Christie Lochmueller and Linda Ball

Diane Lott, Jennie Garlington and Libby Sautter

Isabel Ladd and Brent Brunner

Laura Eastes, Whitney Simms, Christy Smith and Joe Richardson


Barnstable Brown

Ashton Kutcher Clay Walker

Cyndi Lauper and son Declyn

Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas

Jennie Mai

Catherine & Paul Shaffer

Tim Corrigan, Taylor Dayne, & Courtney Pretzer Photos by Jacob Zimmer 44

Derby Eve Gala

Cece Peniston

Theresa Nelson & Travis Tritt

John Calipari

Erin Andrews

LIndsey Vaughn

Mark Bego & Mary Wilson


Triple Crown


Triple Crown


Kentucky Derby 138 at Keenel and

Photos by David Desjardins and Michele Johnson


Kristen Pflum: Cove by Michelle Rauch

Patterns, peplum, and Kentucky blue were trending this year at the Kentucky derby, according to LEX18’s Kristen Pflum. After covering the celebrities on the red carpet during the last six years, Kristen was on fashion patrol this year. She says, “Kentucky blue is in every store as this season’s hot color and it was definitely on display at the Derby, too. And what better timing than just coming off our UK Wildcats championship season!” Kristen was inspired to incorporate that into her own derby attire; Bella Rose provided the Kentucky blue cocktail dress and New York milliner, Christine Moore, provided the fascinator. Fascinators replaced many of the elaborate hats last year following the royal wedding. That trend carried over into this year’s derby; but there were new ones, too. “Having covered the Derby for the past seven years, I’m used to seeing simple pastel dresses set off by big bright hats with lots of adornments. This year, several ladies looked gorgeous in their loud prints whether it be floral, animal print, or ikat prints,” she says. While those patterns can be tricky, Kristen says the ladies of the 2012 Derby wore them beautifully. Peplum dresses were also popping. Kristen was impressed by the clean, figure flattering lines. “Very chic, yet very sexy when the look was kept simple. Let me tell you, the gentlemen had plenty of eye candy at this year’s Derby,” she says. The fine fashion is not limited to the women. Men from all corners of the country were turning heads, too; dressed to the nines. “I noticed quite a few seersucker suits, that’s to be expected. I also Photo of Kristen posted on (by Heidi Jewell, Under The Guise) saw quite a few guys wearing solid pants in spring colors with loud, often madras printed blazers and dressed like an ‘authentic costume from a 1790 Indian tribe out Fedoras! There were Fedoras everywhere. Looks like the men of Louisville.’ It took everything in me to keep from laughing are getting into the hats, too!” Kristen says. at their underwear and extra pale hairy legs,” she says. Kristen Fashion forward and classic elegance most certainly turn heads admits everyone’s interpretation of fashion is different, but says at the derby, but so do the not so put together attendees. Call that’s what makes the people watching so much fun. their motivation memorable, bad taste, or all in good fun, Watching people parading around looking glamorous is those looks have a way of holding their own. The pair known a tough job, but someone has to do it! “As much fun as it is, as the “Infield Cowboys” made a statement. Kristen discovit’s exhausting,” Kristen says. When it comes to covering the ered the men in the paddock. “They were easy to spot because Derby the work begins early Friday morning on Oaks Day and they weren’t wearing much! They told me that they had read continues well into the night during the Derby Eve galas. The and been told that you’re supposed to dress up for Derby. I day begins all over again bright and early Saturday morning think they just missed the mark a bit,” she says. The “Infield with a full day of live reporting. Kristen says as soon as her head Cowboys” donned loin cloths, underwear, plastic chest prohits the pillow Saturday night, she’s out like a light. tectors, and a headdress. “They tried to sell me that they were


ring Derby Fa shion The Infield Cowboys, Photo courtesy of Kristen Pflum

He used to embarrass me so bad when boys would call and he’d say “Call back when you’re 30!” and hang up,” Kristen fondly recalls. “Now that I’m older, I still don’t mind getting a little dirt under my French gel manicure; but the girly in me has certainly come out. I love shopping, decorating my new house, spa days with my girlfriends and, of course, high heels!” When it comes to shopping Kristen is a self-described “Frugal-Frida”. “It doesn’t matter which store I’m in, I always pull out my phone and Google coupons for the store before I head to the checkout counter. You’d be surprised at what you’ll find! Sometimes it’s just a dollar or two, but often it’s a pretty big payoff,” she says. She prides herself on her ability to find a deal and she’s more than happy to share her frugal secrets with others. “My friends laugh at me and make so much fun of me because I don’t buy anything if I don’t have a coupon for it.” Kristen credits her skill for scouting out the deal to her mom. “If I can maximize my buck it doesn’t get any better than that,” she says. Kristen also spends a lot of time with her four and a half year old son, Colton. “He is an inquisitive adventurous, all-boy four year old. He is my life.” Right now, life is revolving around T-ball! Kristen recently became an aunt, as her younger sister Danielle just gave birth to her first child.

Covering the Kentucky Derby is not a big leap for Kristen. She is familar with horses. She and her younger sister, Danielle, grew up showing Quarter Horses in Indiana. “Our parents hauled us around the state nearly every summer weekend to compete. It’s one of my favorite childhood memories,” she says. By the time Kristen was heading to college her interest was fading, but the memories are still strong. “There was nothing like those long road trips, trailer in tow, with my mom and sister. We laughed, we wore WAY too much makeup, we were fierce competitors. We cried and we did a lot of silly stuff my dad never found out about, but it was so much fun. I tell my mom and dad all the time that I never really appreciated the commitment they made to us and the sport, but we certainly do now,” Kristen says. Kristen’s upbringing around horses hints at the possibility, but contrary to what you may think about Kristen’s passion for fashion, she says she is a country girl through and through. “I rode four-wheelers and dirt bikes. I scooped poop. I put hay in the loft, got dirty and sweaty and loved every second of it,” she says. She fit in with the boys, and she says it was nice to have a built in “security squad” that always had her back. Not that she needed it—she has her dad for that! “They knew if they came too close, my daddy would be there holding his shotgun!

Kentucky Derby 139 may be a year away, but it’s never too early to make predictions about the fashion. Kristen says it’s hard to say what we’ll be seeing next year, but waiting and guessing is part of the fun. “What I’m positive we will see is more beauty on parade. Even those who couldn’t care less about fashion the other 364 days of the year, manage to find their inner fashionista and become fabulous!” Bill Caine Photography


Kentucky Derby 138

Darius Miller, Eloy Vargas, Terrence Jones, Marcus Teague, & Doron Lamb Andre Agassi & Steffi Graf

Bill Belichick & Linda Holliday Dana Benedict & Sgt. Dakota Meyer Guy & Lori Fieri

Deborah Messing

Warren Moon

Diana Degarmo & Ace Young

Miranda Lambert

Terry O’Quinn

Captain Keith Colburn Photos by Alex Orlov



Kentucky Derby 138


Kentucky Derby 138




Unified Trust Derby Party

Warren Leet, Norm Golibersuch, Kevin Avent and Billy Lanter

Laura & Kevin Avent

Robert & Connie Van Onselder

Jan Kasten and Unified Trust Founder Dr. Gregory Kasten Tim & Melissa Geertz

Elizabeth & Rob Williams Bill & Debbie Karutz, David & Sari Larson

Photos by Alex Orlov


Derby Hat

Photos by David Desjardins, Laura Donnell, Michele Johnson, Keni Parks and Alex Orlov




Derby Hat





What To Do

SUMMERTIME—WHEN THE LIVING IS EASY by Sue Ann Truitt Entertaining Consultant

What better words are there to describe our hopes for the upcoming season? Thoughts turn to Picnics, Cook-outs and Barbecues. What makes this type of entertaining EASY? Organization! The more organized you are the EASIER the summer events will be. Now, at the beginning of the season, prepare your yard, grilling station and casual necessities for the whole summer. Plant containers and flower beds with colors that coordinate with your outdoor dinnerware, linens and barware. Purchase items to complete this chosen palette. Be consistent with the basic color. Then, it will be possible to add pops of different secondary colors to vary from party to party. For the table, plan an EASY centerpiece which can be used more than once – not artificial but growing. Suggestion: Select a basket and line with several sheets of plastic (like a heavy garbage bag) and trim to fit. Fill the bottom of the basket with several inches of Styrofoam peanuts, the type used for shipping. At the grocery or landscape shop, select enough small potted (4 inch) plants to fit snuggly into the basket. The layer of peanuts should be deep enough so that the plants extend above the top of the container. Cover the surface around the plants with moss. Moss becomes more workable when first soaked in water. This basket will last indefinitely with care — watering and occasionally replacing one of the pots. A ribbon bow tied to the handle or around the top of the basket will add a nice touch. Very EASY! Keeping the menu simple and EASY leaves more time to think about a creative presentation. When time is short, it is not time to eat alone. Invite some neighbors

for a picnic. Again, line a basket with foil or plastic wrap and fill with fried chicken from the deli. That same idea of the lined basket could instead be filled with barbecue sandwiches, potato salad, chips, or cookies. For a clever salad idea, prepare an Edible Garden. Use a gallery tray or a flat basket with 3” straight sides. Trim curly lettuce to fit tightly into the container. The curly part should peek out at the top like grass growing. Then, among the leaves insert small fresh veggies as if they are growing on the grass (lettuce). To finish the garden, tuck in small certified edible flowers. Serve the dressing in a new, small, clean watering can beside the garden. EASY! Dessert can be quite a finale to the garden idea. Purchase small clay pots for serving EASY desserts. Wash and dry the pots. Place a piece of cake cut into a circle in the bottom of the clay pot. Pound cake works well. Insert a straw into the middle of the circle of cake. Spoon ice cream around the straw to fill the flower pot. Top ice cream with sprinkles, chocolate bits or other decorations. Trim the straw even with the top of the ice cream. Insert a flower and serve. So EASY! As you try these suggestions, more ideas will come to you. Enjoy Summertime… when the living is EASY!

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What To Do

HOME GARDENING THINKING OUTSIDE THE POT by Michelle Rauch, Gardening Enthusiast

It’s time to think outside the box— or in this case, outside the classic garden pot. While traditional terra cotta pots or their modern day plastic and fiberglass counterparts offer function, these days deciding what you pot your flowers in can be just as fun as picking the plants. I’ve reached a point when I’m scavenging around estate sales that I’m always imagining how every day things would look adorned with plants. Admittedly, one of my favorite finds wasn’t even discovered on a shopping trip. I was with a co-worker passing through an eastern Kentucky town. As we were zipping down a two lane highway, a charming old house turned antique store caught my eye as did the red, rustic, rectangular something-or-other on the front lawn. I excitedly said, “Can we please turn around and go back to that store?” The young man driving kindly obliged. It turns out this wonderful find is an old metal beverage cooler. My co-worker looked a little puzzled when I told him my purchase was intended to plant flowers in. It has the character and a nice little story behind it that adds to my enjoyment. One of my other favorite “out of the pot” finds is a fantastic, more than gently used, green metal tool box. I plant my flowers in three small terra cotta pots and line the toolbox with them. I display this with the lid pulled up which makes a neat showcase. Other eye-catching ideas I’ve seen include: old water pails, buckets, kettles and mailboxes. As always, make sure there is an adequate means for drainage. This may require a little retrofitting which


is as simple as drilling holes in the bottom. Something with built in drainage you may want to think about is a colander. It makes the perfect hanging basket. I find vintage wooden chairs irresistible. I love the detail in the craftsmanship. Add flowers, even better. I just finished making a chair planter. It was as easy as attaching chicken wire and adding a coco liner. Moss would also work well and look nice as a liner. Not only do these ordinary objects make out of the ordinary containers, they are a great way to recycle things that are no longer being used for their intended purpose. So before you toss something into the trash, use your imagination, and picture it as a planter.

What To Do

GEORGIA’S KITCHEN Lunchtime hot spot lures in dinner crowd with its international comfort food

by Blake Hannon


What To Do


o matter your age, location, occupation or cultural upbringing, everybody has a grandmother. And nine times out of ten, granny could cook her apron-donning tail off. Everyone has their own version of comfort food – food that gives you the warm and fuzzies with flavors that take you to a safe and familiar place. At Georgia’s Kitchen, this is always the goal – albeit it with an international flair and enough culinary twists to keep you intrigued. While Georgia’s Kitchen has only been open since February 2012, the restaurant essentially inherited an instant following thanks to its location. The old farmhouse at 900 N. Broadway is the former home of Flashfork Family Garden Café, a long-standing Lexington lunchtime landmark. Georgia’s Kitchen’s offers its own comforts both inside and out. The interior has an antiquated look. Everything from the dishes and decorations on the walls to the floral tablecloths makes you feel like you just stepped into your grandmother’s comfy abode. The floral elements definitely extend outdoors to the restaurant’s beautiful and expansive garden, which offers peaceful seclusion from the busy Broadway traffic. The garden not only offers pleasures for the eye and space for large gatherings, it produces the fresh-grown herbs used in the dishes and edible flowers that garnish almost every plate. The lunch crowd has always been a constant at Georgia’s Kitchen, but the restaurant is now trying its hand at using its comfort food aesthetic to appeal to the more romantic dinner crowd. The result is a menu that takes on elements of many regional cuisines and making sure some of the lunch items make the transition to your evening meal. You can get the escargot appetizer, with its rich herb butter and a kick of chili pepper, any time of day. However, you’ll have to make a dinner date for the salmon ceviche studded with the fresh pico de gallo and served with sizeable buttery toast points. Guests will also be treated to several varieties of fresh-baked bread (the cranberry nut bread is pretty phenomenal), which Chef Tim Gallaway said is prepared in-house – along with everything else. Gallaway said the menu has plenty of worldly influence and minor alterations while including recipes passed down from his and other grandmothers. Take a specialty salad like the quinoa salad, a take on tabouli salad that swaps out the gluten-free grain for the traditional bulger for the diet-conscious diner. Several entrees offer unique flavor pairings. Georgia’s Kitchen’s flavorful hanger steak gets an Argentinean touch with chimichurri while capturing the South American country’s European influence with a side of navy beans and apple wood smoked bacon lardon. The sesame seared ahi tuna practically has an entire Far East region in its delightful presentation and flavors, whether it’s the tuna’s black sesame seed crust, wasabi mashed potatoes, sweet gingered snap peas with crunchy walnuts, crispy rice noodles or the deep-fried plantains (the dish’s blood orange emulsion provides a welcome wildcard element). While Georgia’s Kitchen’s entrees certainly have plenty of flavors to choose from, you probably won’t find a dish that brings you closer to home than one of the restaurant’s featured casseroles. The Georgia’s casserole is the restaurant’s take on a chicken and mushroom Alfredo with plenty of flavorful herbs and topped with creamy melted gruyere cheese. As cliché as it might sound, it tasted like something my mom would have made and two bites in, I was ready to practically curl up with this delightful dish. Finish the night with a dessert and you’re also in for a treat no matter what your preference. The chocolate soufflé has the fluffy consistency you’re looking for while incorporating salted chocolate and a sprinkle of mango sea salt on top. Regional favorites like bread pudding may be less dense then what you’re used to but is topped with a richly decadent bourbon caramel sauce and fresh berries. Plus, if you head to the restaurant this summer, you’ll be treated to a lighter, warm weather dessert with the isles of paradise. Chef Gallaway’s new offering featured a variety of diced tropical fruits (kiwi, strawberries, mango, pineapple, coconut), mint and basil and binds it all together with agave nectar and a side of passion fruit puree and almond macaroons. Georgia’s Kitchen’s decision to branch out into dinner service couldn’t come at a better time. After all, it seems like a crime to keep this level of aesthetic and culinary comfort confined to just lunch.

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SUMMER SALES by Hallie Bandy




This time of year offers amazing opportunities to reduce, reuse and recycle, right in our own back yards—literally. Driving down country roads, or through neighborhoods, you can’t avoid Garage Sale Season. Neighborhoods make an event of it. For some of my rural neighborhoods, the sale lasts all summer. I have numerous friends who achieve HGTVesque looks for their homes by shopping garage sales. I tell myself every year that I need to master that skill; thus far it eludes me. And I haven’t had much success holding a garage sale myself, either. In fact, my kids like to remind me, the only item I ever sold at a garage sale was a scooter, which they wanted back about an hour later. The quarter the lucky buyer gave us for it was no consolation. When we moved to the farmette, we were told our small town sponsors an annual “get rid of your junk” fest… which was really more of a swap meet/flea market. People brought their large items to a central location—refrigerators, beds, lawn tools, and more—and before officials could dispose of everything, people would come and pick over the items to see if there was anything they could use. My friend told me she borrowed a large truck one year to take a load over, and there were people waiting in line as she heaved the junk into the pile. Soon after we moved, however, officials decided to city-fy the event. They moved it to a different location and posted a guard. Which turned out to be a big help to us. Because we had our own small version of the event at the farmette. In buying our old farmhouse, I felt strongly that we were contributing to the re-use effort. Why purchase a new home, when we can preserve what is already here? Then, we spent the first 12 months in the house replacing items that we thought were beyond repair. Funny thing is, others apparently thought differently. It started with a storm door we replaced. We set it out on the curb on garbage day. At 7 a.m., we heard a knock at the

door. A gentleman asked if he could have the door for his chicken coop. Um, yeah. Sure. Of course. The next week, we replaced a toilet, and an individual we can refer to as “Pat,” stopped her/his pickup truck at the edge of the drive and asked if we were getting rid of it. It was just what she/he needed. And so it went with just about anything we set out. In fact, I got tired of the early morning interruptions, so I started leaving a sign: “Free to anyone.” Never failed, whatever we set out disappeared before the garbage truck ever came by. And it got better. A contractor came by to talk about some foundation work. He really liked the wood stove that was taking up more than half the kitchen. That’s when I learned to barter. We hired a painter to refinish the kitchen cabinets. He looked lustfully at the hot tub perched on the upper deck. Interested? He sure was. All we asked is that he figure out how to move it. (We threw in the colony of tree frogs that had taken up residence inside the tub at no extra charge.) Ugly metal shed in the middle of the yard? Disassembled and relocated by the guy who also installed hardwood floors at a deep discount. And obviously, my children were taking notes. A couple summers ago, I determined to get rid of the 70s-style iron wheels that a previous owner had installed to adorn the driveway entrance. Really, they were just so darn ugly. My husband was not on board with the project, so I decided to take care of it while he was away. In fact, I placed a bet with one of my kids that it would take him at least a week to notice. My daughter happened to be home the day someone stopped by to ask how much we wanted for the items. Speechless, she took the lady’s number and called me to find out. This was a first. Someone actually wanted to give us cash for our junk! “How much do you give Dad towards your car insurance?” I asked my daughter. “$20.” Sold. And it took him a month to notice they were gone.



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Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana

Keeps Hope Alive by Kristin Espeland Gourlay

Six years ago, Allison was a happy, healthy five-year-old. So when she experienced her first seizure, her mother rushed her to the emergency room, expecting answers. But doctors could find no good reason her little girl had seized. One out of every five people will have a seizure sometime in their lifetime, they told her, and probably never will again. And that was that. Until Allison seized again. And again. Now 13, Allison has been diagnosed with primary generalized epilepsy, which means no one knows why she continues to have seizures several times a week. Her mother, Laureen Vassil, a pediatric nurse at the University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital, says the years of seizures have caused brain damage. “Developmentally,” says Vassil, “she’s a 13-yearold girl, but cognitively, she’s six or seven.” Like any parent, Vassil hoped more testing would reveal the cause of her daughter’s epilepsy or at least hope for some kind of treatment. She took Allison to the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic. Allison has endured brain scans and tests, which ultimately found no malformation in her brain, no injury, no infection, not even a


focus – a specific location in the brain – for her seizures. “Her MRIs are normal,” says Vassil, though “if you go further with the testing and have a PET scan, there’s definitely a slowing of function of the brain” from the years of assault by the seizures. Because doctors could find no focus, Allison is not a candidate for surgery, which can sometimes help by removing a portion of brain that’s active during seizures.

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And so, Vassil says, she and her family focus on making life as comfortable as possible for Allison. But it’s not easy. Someone has to watch Allison while she’s having a seizure to make sure she doesn’t hurt herself. “She’s fallen and hit her head,” says Vassil. Going to the pool can be nerve wracking. “It’s like having a toddler,” says Vassil, who must constantly keep an eye on her daughter. Nearly a year into her ordeal, Vassil heard about the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana. “Somebody mentioned something about a support group, and I went to it,” she says. “And I just got involved with helping them do different things. They’ve provided support for me, and they’re helping get support for Allison.” For instance, Allison is in special education classes in the Lexington public school system. Foundation representatives have come to her school and offered free training for teachers

and administrators on seizure recognition and first aid. “They’re a great resource,” says Vassil. From Personal Experience to Empowerment Deb McGrath is the co-founder and executive director of the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana, which provides support for families and sufferers of epilepsy. For more than two decades, the foundation ( has been educating families with a recent diagnosis, helping connect them with specialists and treatment options, and offering support groups and services. McGrath says the organization also advocates for better treatment for people with epilepsy. And they help find solutions to problems many sufferers encounter in daily life, such as finding transportation (many cannot drive) or decent housing (McGrath says one landlord was threatening to evict a client of hers because the ambulance came too often). My daughter was diagnosed [with epilepsy] 23 years ago,” says McGrath. “So I have a personal interest in epilepsy.” While her daughter has been seizure-free for 15 years, fighting epilepsy has remained a motivating force for McGrath.


So Vassil has tried everything else: a high fat diet, multiple medications, and even something called a vagal nerve stimulator, which is an implant, much like a pacemaker, that helps some epilepsy sufferers. While Vassil says the implant has perhaps lessened the severity of her daughter’s convulsions, nothing else has worked.

“There wasn’t an organization in Kentucky” back then, says McGrath. “There was only one neurologist treating children in Louisville at the time and he wasn’t taking any new patients.” So McGrath took her daughter to an adult neurologist, who happened to connect her with a handful of other families going through the same difficult-tounderstand diagnosis. A small support group formed, and attracted the attention of the national Epilepsy Foundation, which invited McGrath and another mother to Washington, D.C. to attend an awarenessbuilding event. They met other groups working to connect people with



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Support the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana! Ninety thousand children and adults in Kentucky suffer from epilepsy. Help make a difference in their lives by joining the foundation’s Walk Around Kentucky for Epilepsy, their biggest fundraiser of the year. Walks are happening in Lexington on June 30th at Keeneland, in Louisville on June 16th, and in Owensboro on June 9th. To register, visit:

support and advocating for change in the way people with epilepsy are treated. “And it was like, ‘Oh my gosh, we want to be like them! We want to offer this in our community and help other people who have been impacted by epilepsy!’” says McGrath. Now, McGrath receives referrals from all over Kentucky. She counsels families and those recently diagnosed on what to expect, what medications are available, and how to manage insurance matters, providing them with the tools they need to appeal coverage decisions. She also helps parents of kids with epilepsy, making sure they’ve got the appropriate accommodations in place. “We will go to the school meetings with the parents and be there and hold their hands and help them through the process,” says McGrath. For adults, epilepsy may require a new set of accommodations and advocacy. For instance, “a lot of people with epilepsy are discriminated against in the workplace,” says McGrath. “We can help advocate for them if they’re wrongfully terminated.” The foundation also lobbies for better laws to protect people with epilepsy. Recently, the foundation chalked up a success in the Kentucky legislature. Senate Bill 114 allows a doctor to request a “prior authorization” from an insurance company for a patient to remain on a particular medication. That means that people whose epilepsy is well-controlled on one drug can’t be forced to try a string of cheaper drugs that might not work as well. That’s critical, says McGrath, because epilepsy is chronic and progressive. The longer a patient waits for proper treatment, the more brain damage it can cause. “By the time they find their way to a specialist, it’s often too late,” she says. And by then, their epilepsy could be medication-resistant. Hope for New Treatment One place to find the right specialist is at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute at the University of Kentucky. The hospital has a comprehensive epilepsy center, which means it has a suite of specialists (including epileptologists, doctors who do additional training in epilepsy) and a range of diagnosis and treatment options. The center also runs clinical trials to try out new medications or therapies; a critical function since scientists are still looking for answers to what causes epilepsy and what the most effective treatments are. Rachel Ward-Mitchell is the center’s nurse coordinator. She sees patients in the hospital and in the clinic, but does most of her work counseling patients over the phone. Part nurse, part social worker, Ward-Mitchell is like a patient’s Sherpa, navigating the confusing


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Ward-Mitchell says there are some effective treatments— including some medications, surgeries, and the vagal nerve stimulator—but they don’t work for everyone. The medications often come with debilitating side effects (including weight gain, weight loss, hair loss, acne, loss of libido, depression. “No one’s going to steal your epilepsy medicine,” jokes Ward-Mitchell.). And surgery requires knowing exactly where a seizure starts in the brain. “Anything that alters the structure of the brain can cause epilepsy,” she says, “trauma, meningitis, abnormal clusters of vessels.” Find the cause, and you might be able to find the seizure’s focus. That could involve opening up the brain and removing the tissue that’s involved with seizures—as long as it’s not also involved in critical brain functions. That’s why the center is conducting trials in surgeries involving something called a gamma knife, which uses gamma rays to penetrate the brain instead of cutting it open. “We’ve been using the gamma knife to target brain tumors for a long time,” says Ward-Mitchell. “This clinical trial looks at how effective it can be to kill a seizure focus if we can target this radiation to just one tiny little spot.” But for most of her patients, says Ward-Mitchell, there’s no known cause. “Which means the equipment we have isn’t advanced enough yet” to peer into the brain and find answers, frustrating patients and families who must learn to cope with a condition that’s often misunderstood not simply inside hospitals, but outside, too. For example, Ward-Mitchell emphasizes that seizures can happen in any part of the brain. “If somebody has seizures

coming from a part of the brain that controls inhibition, when they seize, they may say things out of character,” says Ward-Mitchell, rather than convulse, as you might expect with a classic grand mal seizure. “We have patients that have been Tasered or arrested,” says Ward-Mitchell, presumably because they were under the influence of drugs or alcohol when they were actually having a seizure.


terrain of diagnosis, treatment, and management. She regularly refers patients to the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana.

“These folks are marginalized because of this behavior. People don’t understand it,” Ward-Mitchell says. “It’s a huge self-esteem issue.” So Ward-Mitchell says she tries to hook patients up with the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana. “It’s a great group that can connect them with insight into their condition…and maybe a group of people that are going through the same thing,” she says.

Get Involved and Learn More: • Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana: • University of Kentucky Comprehensive Epilepsy Center: • Centers for Disease Control: • The Epilepsy Therapy Project:


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by Amanda Harper, Pet Aficionado

Everyone loves to get away from it all in the summertime. Pets are no exception! How can you give your pet a wonderful vacation? If you’re planning a family vacation this summer and your pet loves to travel, consider bringing him along! Make sure you have pet-friendly accommodations everywhere you’ll be going. Many hotels and resorts are happy to let Rover stay over. Just be sure you make clear that you intend to bring a pet along when you’re booking your stay. Some places include a fee for this service. Taking a pet on a trip requires a bit of forethought and planning. Pack up your pet’s leash, muzzle, collar, portable water bowl, baggies for messes, favorite bed/blankie, favorite toys and an ample supply of your pet’s usual food. You will also want to bring along his rabies vaccination information and a brief medical history in case of an emergency. If your pet doesn’t have a microchip identification, consider getting one before you’re far from home. Some pets don’t mind a short venture, but don’t tolerate long trips. For those pets, consider short daycations that allow your pet to see new sights without being away from home for too long. Fit pets may enjoy hiking while other pets may simply want to take a stroll by the lake or in a new town. For those trips, remember your pet’s leash, collar, portable water bowl and baggies for messes. Medical information may be useful, but hopefully won’t be necessary. For pets who simply can’t go far, little getaways go a long way.


Spend a couple days housesitting for a friend or relative. They’ll appreciate the time away, and it will be like a brand new adventure for your pet. Of course, you have to make sure it’s okay with the homeowner! Be sure you clean up after every aspect of your pet’s stay in their home—vacuum thoroughly and clean up any messes about the house. The bonus here is that your friend may well be willing to housesit—and perhaps petsit—for you in the future! If your pet doesn’t mind trips to the kennel or other pet boarding service, this is a great option for families headed out of town. With a great boarding service, a lot of care is taken to ensure that the experience is as low-stress as possible for your pet. Most offer personalized attention and playtime with staff to ensure that pets enjoy their stay. Pets that don’t exhibit separation anxiety are great candidates for boarding situations. For pets who are anxious without their owners, it’s best to have them cared for by people they’re familiar with. If you’re going on a vacation and your pet can’t come, try leaving the pet with a friend or relative who’s cared for the pet before. Sometimes, this may mean that someone has to stay behind to care for the pet. While this can be a huge inconvenience, it’s important to consider that your pet will be very stressed out during this time if they’re not cared for by a familiar face. Then again, if you’re the one who can’t take a long vacation, you’ll find that your pet is ready and willing to be a great companion! Make the most of your time together with walks, knocking out some of your Netflix queue, gardening, reading in the sunshine or taking a drive in the country. This summer can easily be filled with great memories for you and your pet! Keep your mind open and your bags packed, because you never know when adventure will find you!

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LONG STORY LONGER by Buff y Lawson Relationship Veteran

I read an article recently that headlined: “Women, talk five times more per day than men.” I had to admit that I am very seldom at a loss for words, but five times more per day? No way. I decided to do some research on the internet and learned that the studies done on this issue vary dramatically. Just out of curiosity, I started paying more attention to my surroundings and watched people communicate at the grocery store, romantic dinners and, of course, paid attention to myself and Mister Man in our own home. It seemed like a chauvinistic statement implying that women are petty and dramatic and men are reasonable and controlled. Hmmm. One of my feminist girlfriends pointed out that women are just wiser and have more depth, therefore have more to say. One of my best male friends declared that women feel the need to discuss everything they feel, therefore they talk more. I was determined to see for myself about this apparent fundamental difference between Venus and Mars. It started with girl’s night out. Several girlfriends and I sat at a round table over a pitcher of margaritas. And, I had to admit, it was truly amazing how much gabbing was going on. Every moment was consumed with conversation. Everything from politics to lovers to face products. Perhaps “girls night out” played a large role into that study. Even I could not deny it. We had a new gal join us who worked with one of my friends. I determined that she must have somehow been another large portion of the study. She was one of those people who, while telling a story, felt compelled to include every single detail surrounding the situation. I got so lost in the details I could not remember what the actual point of the conversation was! For example, this was a typical story from the new girl: “So, me and Suzanne went to the store because I needed to get a new bathing suit, because I hated my suit from last year and

I think it was on Tuesday…, no actually, it had to have been Wednesday because…no, no, no, no… ya know… it was Tuesday, because I remember that Martha Stewart was featuring a new chicken dish that I had seen in a commercial…no, that was actually Thursday! Yes, it was Thursday. I remember now, because my grandma Abby only calls on Thursdays and I had already talked to her that morning. So yes, it was Thursday!” WOW. I was actually speechless. Sitting right beside us was a table of men. A football game was playing and they were chugging Miller Lites. Their eyes were glued to the big screen TV and nobody was really “conversing” so to speak. Unless you consider grunts and YEEEAAAHHHH’S as part of the English language. And they did quite a lot of that. They yelled at the TV, however, as if the coach was going to actually turn towards them and yield to their heated advice and praise. The only time I noticed that the grunts and YEEEAAAHHHH’S subsided was when there was a close up of the cheerleaders. During those moments, the entire table would get very quiet, in close observance, as if this was the first time they had ever seen a pair of…pom poms. The next evening Mister Man and I went to dinner. I looked at the couple next to us. I wasn’t sure what to make of this one. In the entire hour that we sat beside them I only heard the man and woman speak to each other once. “This bread is very good” she said. “Yeah, I wonder if it is home made?” he replied. “Probably so,” “Yes, good butter too.” “I agree.” And that amount of conversation seemed to work perfectly for them. No matter who talks more or less, there is no question that men and women are very different. It makes things sometimes complicated and sometimes perfect. Some aspects are stereotypical and others are just human nature. As long as we keep talking, we’ll get by just fine.



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by Keith Yarber with Amanda Harper Photos courtesy of Rick Dees and Keith Yarber


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ou could be at a restaurant, or a charity event in Lexington and spot a boyishly charming face in the crowd. He exudes enthusiasm and fun. “ W here do I know him from?”

a single year. Subsequent comedy albums also enjoyed success worldwide, earning him a Grammy Award nomination and Grammy Governor’s Award. Of course, he is known for more than just his parody songs. His career in radio really took off when, in 1981, he began hosting the toprated morning radio show in Los Angeles. Rick Dees turned KIIS-FM into the #1 revenue-generating station in America.

Then you hear the voice, and there’s no question: it’s Rick Dees. But why are you seeing him here, of all places? Many people don’t know that he calls Central Kentucky home for a good part of the year. “The beauty and the people of Central Kentucky are just fabulous. My wife Julie and I found this remarkable place during a visit with friends many years ago,” Dees said, in reference to their home in Danville. “ We knocked on the door and started making offers. Eventually they said yes, and we love living here.” W hile The Disco Era wasn’t quite so kind to most who strutted through it, it was the launching pad for a brilliant career that is still going strong. Rick Dees became a household name in 1976 when he wrote and recorded “Disco Duck,” the awardwinning runaway hit novelty record, which sold over six million copies. A number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, “Disco Duck” made an appearance in the film “Saturday Night Fever.” Sir Paul McCartney of The Beatles once introduced the track on an episode of “Solid Gold” by lamenting how he wished he could’ve written such an incredible piece of music. The platinum recording earned Dees a People’s Choice Award and garnered the BMI Award for record sales in

On Madonna: “One of the hardest working, and shrewdest business entertainers in the industry. After each show, Madonna has a meeting with all of the promoters, managers, venue agents and demands an accounting of every ticket and merchandising sold.”

On Michael Jackson: “I was at the taping when Michael’s hair caught fire. At first I thought what kind of special effect did they use to make a blue halo appear above his head. Then, everything broke into pandemonium when he realized his hair was on fire, and it badly burned him.”

During the height of Disco Fever, Dees and a friend rented out a warehouse, put in a huge sound system, lights, and dance floor, and turned it into “an instant Studio 54”. Charging a five dollar cover, Dees and his partner were hoping for 300, maybe 500 people to show up—if they were lucky. W hen over 2,000 people showed up, he realized the potential for big money in show business. That year, he earned over $200,000, capitalizing on a moment in music history. His internationally syndicated radio show, The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40, is heard by more than 70 million people across the globe. It is played in 125 countries and on the Armed Forces Radio Network. In April, he launched a nationally syndicated daily radio show, “Daily Dees”, which quickly became one of the top five shows on Los Angeles radio. One of his promotional announcements says “Rick doesn’t just talk ABOUT the stars, Rick talks TO the stars!” Just about every Hollywood heavyweight and


Who’s Who recording star has been interviewed by Rick Dees. Many of those celebrities still consider him a personal friend. With unprecedented ratings success, his trophy cabinet was bursting at the seams. Dees has earned a number of accolades in his career so far, including Billboard Radio Personality of the Year award ten years in a row. He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame and National Association of Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame. A graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he is also an inductee of the North Carolina Broadcast Hall Of Fame. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as well, and serves on the nominating committee of the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. A little-known radio industry secret: most radio announcers you hear these days are not actually live, especially on the FM dial. With digital studios, most announcers pre-record their shows and load it into the station’s studio computers ahead of time. Announcers can sound live anywhere in the world, at any time. There is an art form to this. “DJ’s” will record several announcements in a matter of moments, or record their entire show, which is heard between music and

commercials. The DJ moves on and records another show for another market. It can sound polished, live and local when done well. W hen done not so well, it sounds bland and stiff. Rick Dees’s radio show, often taped in Danville in his state-of-the-art digital studio, goes light years beyond a traditional taping. Heard in Los Angeles on Hot 92.3FM, Dees makes art; he takes the production value up several notches, creating a show that instantly feels relatable and hilarious. Dees and his assistant put in the time and energy to produce a funny, fast paced, topical show. Dees uses sound effects, caller interaction, comedy bits, music, wit and his high-energy “Dees-isms” to generate a large and loyal listenership. He will often rehearse bits, doing several takes until it is “nailed!” before he gives it the okay to air. His sense of the absurd and his love of comedy have earned him big ratings in every city in which he has performed. He hosted his own late-night TV show on ABC in the early 90’s, “Into The Night Starring Rick Dees.” He has guest-starred on a number of hit television shows, including “Roseanne,” “Married With Children,” “Cheers” and “Diagnosis Murder.” Dees also hosted the

Rick in his state-of-the-art home broadcast studio custom-built to resemble 1960s-era radio equipment.


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Rick with Chef Wolfgang Puck and Rick’s son Kevin

Rick and Sting

popular syndicated series “Solid Gold.” His voice has been heard on numerous animated features, including The Flintstones where he starred as Rock Dees and Jetsons: The Movie, as Rocket Rick. He also had a role in La Bamba, portraying the young man who helped launch Ritchie Valens’s career, Ted Quillen. An avid outdoorsman, Dees is deeply passionate about preserving open land in America. An Eagle Scout, he raises crops and cattle on his Danville farm. He is a hobby pastry chef and loves cooking dishes that feature chocolate. Dees loves to play golf and once caddied at the Masters for Mark O’Meara, where Jack Nicklaus jokingly asked him if he was Dick Clark.

Rick and the Godfather of Soul, James Brown

Radio announcers are much like musicians and athletes. Many devote their entire lives to making a living at their craft. Few ever make it to the top and stay there. It’s clear that with his business acumen and winning charm, Rick Dees will be on top for a very long time.

When he’s not spending time in Kentucky, Dees also resides in Toluca Lake, a suburb of Los Angeles, with his wife Julie whom he married in 1977. Julie is an accomplished comedienne with numerous credits, voicing several Smurfs, Betty Rubble and Casper the Friendly Ghost. Julie and Rick have a son, Kevin, who is President of Creative Development for Dees Entertainment, Inc., and a radio and TV host himself— clearly, showbiz runs in the family. Dees also has business enterprises outside the world of radio. He is the founder/partner of the Fine Living Network, which would later become the Cooking Channel. Dees also founded DDN—The Dees Digital Network—the online engine that drives his professional website, RICK.COM. Many of his latest ventures delve into the digital realm, including the launch of online digital channels.


Enjoy Rick’s parody Solid Gold performance of his #1 hit, Disco Duck, with Lisa Hartman and introduced by Paul McCartney


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by Drew Johnson Sports Junkie

“Ditch Mitch.” Don’t act like you don’t remember those bumper stickers. Certainly don’t act innocent, like you were the voice of reason amidst the chorus that wanted his head on a platter. Since replacing Larry Ivy in 2002, Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart has been a lightning rod for criticism to some, a rallying point to others. To be the man in charge of Kentucky athletics is an enviable task. To captain the SS Big Blue Nation means you have to have thick skin, focus, and the ability to “tune out” all the naysayers. Lexington’s passion for our beloved Wildcats brings out the best (and sometimes the worst) in all of us. Personally, I’d never want the job. I like my grip on what little sanity I have left. After a decade, isn’t it time we gave Mitch Barnhart a break? Barnhart dismissed the “good ole boy” culture that had infected Kentucky sports behind closed doors for years. Under his leadership, Kentucky hasn’t fallen under the watchful eye of the NCAA and infractions for the longest period in Kentucky history. Facilities have been improved. Graduation rates are high. Kentucky athletes have largely avoided embarrassing off-the-field incidents. But let’s be honest here. While this is something to be proud of, what matters most are wins. History remembers victories. So how does Mitch Barnhart “grade out”? Men’s Basketball: basketball is king at Kentucky. Mess with it at your own peril. So how has Barnhart done? He handled Tubby Smith’s divorce with Kentucky basketball about as well as anyone could have expected. Billy Gillispie was an absolute disaster in every possible way. John Calipari was a grand slam. Barnhart’s Grade: B+. If not for John Calipari, Barnhart could’ve been in trouble. The Billy Gillispie Experience almost destroyed Kentucky. He was inept as Kentucky’s head coach, and yes, it was that bad. It’s remarkable what Coach Cal has done in only three seasons, but we can’t give Barnhart a pass on Gillispie. It happened, no matter how much we’d all like to forget. Therapy worked for me.


Women’s Basketball: two Elite Eights. Two SEC Players of the Year. A fast, frenetic, fun style of play. The first SEC championship since 1982. A probable preseason top five ranking next season. Yeah, head coach Matthew Mitchell is pretty good. Mitch Barnhart thinks so, too. He made Mitchell the highest paid SEC coach with a contract extension to keep him in Lexington through 2015. Barnhart’s Grade: A. Mitchell has been that good, and Barnhart has rewarded him accordingly. The Lady Kats are becoming elite. Kentucky Football: Kentucky’s football program in the last decade has been above average at its best, unwatchable at its worst. Barnhart had little to work with when he arrived. He refused to match Baylor’s offer that eventually lured Guy Morris to Waco. Barnhart coaxed Rich Brooks out of retirement for the mother lode of rebuilding jobs. Under NCAA sanctions, the first three years of Brooks’ tenure in Kentucky were an eyesore. “Ditch Mitch and Rich” bumper stickers replaced “Ditch Mitch”. But Barnhart stood by Brooks, and was rewarded with four consecutive bowl games and an upset of the eventual national champion LSU Tigers. Barnhart announced Joker Phillips as the coach-in-waiting during Brooks’ next to last year at Kentucky. So far, Joker’s results have been less than stellar. Last season, Wildcat fans saw an overmatched team against South Carolina, LSU, and Vanderbilt (VANDERBILT!). Even Louisville upset Kentucky at home. That’s unacceptable. Barnhart’s Grade: B-. As great as Rich Brooks was, the most Kentucky achieved was an eight win season, two Music City Bowl wins, and a Liberty Bowl victory. That’s great for Kentucky, but it’s not exactly legendary to the rest of the SEC. Alabama would fire its head coach for a season like that. The program has regressed the last two seasons. If things don’t turn around soon, a fourth year for Joker might not happen. Getting blown out by Vanderbilt is unacceptable. My tally has Mitch Barnhart’s ten year review at a solid B+/A-. Even if you don’t agree with my assessment, could you at least get rid of that bumper sticker?


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luxurious fabrics present an incredible array of styling possibilities.

Founder Teresa Wallen aims to offer customers versatility, allowing each woman to customize her own look. An avid golfer herself, Wallen offers accessories that suit all ages and tastes. Contemporary patterns and

Abigale Lynn also offers a variety of golf ball markers and bracelets that interchange ball markers to add personalized flair. Their gift sets make wonderful gifts for women with a passion for sports.

or women and girls who love golf and other sports, Abigale Lynn offers a stylish range of accessories that are customizable and fun. Mix and match visors and golf accessories allow women to enjoy unique fashion with function.

The Abigale Lynn line features visors and interchangeable visor bands. The collection of embellished bands allows the wearer to customize the visors to coordinate with a variety of sporting outfits and occasions, from business meetings on the green to casual weekend spectator events.

For female golf and sport enthusiasts, look to Abigale Lynn for customizable and stylish accessories and headwear that aresure to impress.

Abigale Lynn 924 National Ave, Ste 125 859.309.0455


here are a number of situations in life that require the perfect wardrobe. From careers to special occasions; major life changes to travel, filling a closet with clothing and accessories that are flattering and suitable can be difficult without some assistance. That’s where Pamula Honchell and Fashionable Measures steps in. Honchell is ready to offer tough love, honesty and expertise to help men and women of Central Kentucky find clothing that fits both bodies and lifestyles. She stresses that just because something goes on, doesn’t mean it fits. She encourages clients to forget numbers and focus on being fabulous. At the same time, Honchell believes that a person should make an entrance--not their outfit. Fashionable Measures begins the process by asking questions

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about individual lifestyles and activities. Then, they review the client’s entire closet to start the transformation and decide what’s working and what needs work. The goal is to help each client reach a place where they feel confident in all occasions. Fashionable Measures is ready to help men and women of Lexington choose clothing that brings out their personality, strengths and style. Fashionable Measures aims to be your very own personal style concierge for those special occasions and opportunities.

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Dwayne Anderson, Jeremy Rice and j. stuart hurt have relocated their much-loved interior design, custom floral and gift store, house, to Walton Avenue. Originally opened in March 2010, house immediately began making its mark on interior design in Lexington. They are pleased to offer design services for all budgets, including color consultations, upholstery, draperies, lamps and other home accessories. house offers a unique blend of design styles and products to suit countless styles and needs.

Emerging in the gift arena, house offers many gifts under $50. Available gifts include custom embroidered pillows, jewelry for him or her, soaps and lotions. While The Boys would love to see everyone stop by their new location, they also have a shop online with a limited selection of their gift inventory available. house is also pleased to offer custom floral creations. They are becoming a sought-after wedding floral destination with their creative mix of designs available. With a great new location and the same amazing aesthetic that Lexington has come to know and love, house offers its guests a fantastic experience. Most of their customers love laughing the afternoon away with The Boys as much as they love their new decor!


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The Boys have moved!

250 Walton Ave, Ste 130 859.523.3933

TOPS Family Magazine is coming this August! This special TOPS issue features local families, photos of great kid-centric events and wonderful resources to help parents and families experience the best of Central Kentucky. From great local businesses that cater to kids to ways for parents to pamper themselves, TOPS Family Magazine features a variety of ways for families to get out and explore Central Kentucky.

TOPS Family Magazine is a gateway to the greatest familyfriendly products, services and goings-on in the Bluegrass. The 10,000 full-color, glossy copies of TOPS Family Magazine will be distributed in Lexington and surrounding counties. Businesses will not want to miss out on the opportunity to be seen by families all over Central Kentucky in this exclusive, special-focus publication.

Hitting shelves in early August, TOPS Family Magazine will feature the same amazing photos that TOPS readers have come to love and look for, but with a focus on kids and parents! There will also be unique content relevant to living and parenting today. TOPS readers of all ages will love this publication!

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chic boutiques





Wrist band in white, gold and diamond

Eagle bracelet & earrings by Alexis Bittar

Monogrammed straw hat

Colorful summer handbag by Rebecca Minkoff

Wrap watches by La Mer Collection

Designer inspired summer shades in purple and black

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276.0756 | 124 Southland Drive

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Customized golf visor in khaki, with two interchangeable fashion visor bands



Customized golf visor in white, with three interchangeable fashion visor bands

Ball marker bracelet with interchangeable designs functions as a golf ball marker holder. Designs range from martini’s to poker chips. Available in four interchangeable bands

309.0455 | | 924 National Avenue, Suite 125

John Hardy's Bedeg Collection: sterling silver rings with a bezel set peridot, rectangular sky blue topaz and a bezel set amethyst; wide sterling silver kick cuff; slim sterling silver flexible cuff with pave blue topaz ends

18K rose gold drop earrings with a hammered satin finish; 14K rose gold bracelet with three white gold and diamond stations

Jude Frances sterling silver and turquoise set: ring with diamond accents; embellished cross pendant; bangle and open cuff bracelets, embellished with 0.13cts and 0.14ct of diamonds

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MERCER Pocket square in purple gingham by R Hanauer

Cotton d-ring belt in purple gingham by R Hanauer

Multi-colored plaid tie by Seaward & Stearn LONDON

309.6631 126 West Maxwell Street (Above Bella Rose)


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BIKE, RUN Aero Helmet by Louis Girneau

Color block clutch by Big Buddah

Beaded necklace in turquoise by Geranium (also available in coral)

Biking/Running Watch with Garmin satellite technology tracks heart rate, pace, and distance, by Garmin Forerunner; HD Polarized polished black glasses by Oakley

Bangle bracelets in a variety of designs



Tri SL Jersey in pink punch/black spyro and In-R-Cool Tri Short, both by W ELITE; Sprint palm holder water bottle by FuelBelt


335.6631 | 828 East High Street

455.3384 | 320 North Ashland Avenue



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Bow ties in madras with blue seersucker and lavender with chambray stripe by High Cotton


COX Needle point belts in jockey silks and the SEC by Smathers and Branson

Leather Horse Bit loafer in black by Alden and 100% wool argyle socks by Pantherella

226.9354 | | 325 West Main Street

Andie handbag in gold by Milly Handbags

Sunset Beach band halter top and brief by Shoshanna Swimwear

Asymmetrical dip dye scarf in turquoise and green, by Yoana Baraschi


ROSE 255.4043 | | 126 West Maxwell Street



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DEPARTMENT STORE Leather bracelets with gold and stone accents by Whitley V

Tan & black watch and braided watch, both by Michael Kors

Colorful 2- piece bathing suit by Trina Turk

Daisy Lace earrings by Brighton

Carlow necklace by Moon and Lola

Watches in a variety of colors by Swatch

PATCH 271.9797 | | 3625 Nicholasville Road




269.8839 | 3367 Tates Creek Road (Lansdowne Shoppes)

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Pliage double handled handbag in fuschia by Longchamp

Paper Braid monogrammed hat in lime green by Dorfman Pacific Voile tortoise sunglasses by Tiffany & Company

288.4585 | | 4210 Versailles Road

Red duffle bag by Vineyard Vines Robin Eggs flip flops and turquoise cap, both by Vineyard Vines

Sailfish Flip chappy trunks by Vineyard Vines


259.3926 | | 127 North Broadway




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BOUTIQUE Raffia clutch by Mar Y Sol

Flamingo seersucker tank suit

Balboa earrings by Jane Pope

Classic surfer sandals by Sun San

Celeste necklace by Hyla DeWitt Embroidered sailboat seersucker trunks and tee; Fisherman sandals by Angel LaMour



BOUTIQUE 273.1552 | 190 Lexington Green Circle

266.9930 | 445 South Ashland Avenue



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FINE FURS & APPAREL Set of 3 metal bangles adorned with caviar enamel

Beaded wristlet evening bag with rhinestone details and mink balls

Hammered metal earrings and cuff with antique finish

269.3390 | | 3361 Tates Creek Road (Lansdowne Shoppes)

Nautical gold necklace by Lilly Pulitzer

Wedges in tan with shell accent by Lilly Pulitzer

Shoreline plastic tote by Lilly Pulitzer




268.1012 | | 3333 Tates Creek Road (Lansdowne Shoppes)


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Bamboo color block wedge



1-piece swim suit by Echo Design

Emmeline sunglasses in gold by Tom Ford

Cane beach tote by Toss Designs

Summer beach bag by Echo Design and beach towel by Trina Turk

Athena sandals in gold by Tuccia Di Capri

APART 253.0427 | | 116 Clay Avenue




245.8233 | 161 Lexington Green Circle | 850 East High Street

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Unique charm necklace by Treska


POLKA DOT Fuchsia wedges by GC- Canarie

Purse in café by Corazon De Melon

296.4800 | | 139 Cynthia Drive

Tassle necklace by Anthropologie

Rope tote by Mudpie

Handbag organizer insert and jewelry case by PurseN



CHIC 276.6144 | | 171 West Lowry (Regency Centre)


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Local Designer Talent on Display at Highland Hall in Decorators’ Showcase 2012

by Kristin Espeland Gourlay Shaun Ring Photography The Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass’ Decorators’ Showcase 2012 is open to the public through June 10 (for more information visit The showcase benefits the Ombudsman Agency while showcasing the best of Central Kentucky’s interior design. This year, local decorators have transformed a grand old private home called Highland Hall, built in 1855. Highland Hall, on Old Richmond Road in Fayette County, commands five acres, complete with a lake. A different team of designers made over each room with their own signature style while keeping within a shared color palette. The best part? Visitors can enjoy the fruits of their labor and even buy much of what’s on display, all for a good cause. Hurt says that despite each room’s unique style, the design of the entire house “flows well,” because designers stuck with a five-color palette agreed on at the beginning of the project. Highland Hall’s owners approved that palette and have also been able to agree to each designer’s plan. But the homeowners won’t be keeping everything. Everything from accessories to furniture is on sale, except elements the owners have already bought from designers.


What’s New

Front porch by The Keeneland Shop and Carriage Trade Ltd.

In keeping with the home’s Bluegrass connection, Carriage Trade Ltd. and Keeneland Gift Shop chose an equestrian theme for the home’s front porch, with furnishings from the Keeneland Shop’s Equestrian Collection.

Main foyer by Joe Richardson and Carolyn Threlkeld of Hubbuch & Co.


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North parlor by John Enochs

Showcase coordinator J. Stuart Hurt describes how designers approached the North Parlor. “The entire room has been filled with a collection of antique paintings and antique furniture,” says Hurt, referring to the 14-foot walls that now resemble a “museum parlor.”

Dining room by Gay Redding and John Martin of Greentree Antiques



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East foyer by Thoroughbred Antiques

Gathering room by Phillip Marcum and Rhiannon Jenkins of Norwalk Furniture


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was designed by homeowners and accessorized by Creative Kitchens and Bath

The kitchen witnessed an even greater transformation, says Hurt. “The kitchen was literally a hole in the ground,” Hurt says, before the homeowners finished designing it. Now, “the focal point is a center island that has been finished in a turquoise color. And the countertop on it is a solid 2-inch piece of walnut.” Hurt says the homeowners have kept the kitchen classic but updated appliances and cabinetry with a clean look. The backsplash and bathroom off the kitchen are laid with yellow onyx tile. And the cabinets are a refreshing cream with a “dirty glaze,” some with seeded glass fronts.

Guest bathroom by Julie McDearmon and Troy Johnson


What’s New

Side porch by L.V. Harkness

East porch by For Friends

Designers have also worked their magic on the home’s outdoor spaces. Thanks to designers Sue Ann Truitt, Emily Pendleton and Robert Hampton of L.V. Harkness, the side porch off of the kitchen, which overlooks the property’s lake, is now fit for a relaxing dinner or summer party. Hurt says the space was rebuilt out of some of the home’s discarded ceiling joists to give it a rustic, or even colonial, feel. Transitional lounge seating balance the rustic turquoise farm table and cane chairs with modern convenience.

Pergola by Housewarmings



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Designers from Scout Antiques have created something of a gentleman’s lounge in the Owners Post, an upstairs office space. According to Hurt, “it has a pair of chesterfield sofas, and a pedestal dining table with two wing back chairs. There’s an animal skin rug on the floor.” This central room overlooks the property and is sure to be a masculine respite.

Owner’s post by Jeff Perkins and Chad Davis of Scout Antiques

2nd floor veranda by Zedtta Wellman of Gratz Park Inn

Stableview bedroom by Mark Thompson of Lexington Furniture


What’s New

Lakeview bedroom by Jane Leake of Ivy Downs Interiors

The Lakeview Room – an upstairs bedroom— owes its new look to Ivy Downs Interiors, Inc. Coordinator Hurt says the designer has managed to keep the palette soft and inviting in yellows and creams. A pattern of blossoming cotton has been painted on the fireplace wall. A king-size four-poster bed in mahogany looks ready for a luxurious nights’ slumber. Completing the look is a gaming table with two chairs, a nightstand, and a wingback chair and ottoman both reupholstered to fit them room and serve as a tranquil reading area.



What’s New

Designer G.J. Gerard from Counter Culture Plus selected the Master Bath, which has been cast in the soft light of the home’s past while remaining entirely modern – a surprising feat given the fact that the house had no indoor plumbing until the 1940s or 50s. He found and refinished a clawfoot tub and kept all plumbing exposed. The custom cherry cabinets, with a white chalk glaze, feel warm and clean.

Isaac Shelby bathroom by G.J. Gerard of Counter Culture

Isaac Shelby Suite by j. stuart hurt of house.


What’s New

Traveler’s Suite by The Boys at house

Why not experience the best in Central Kentucky decorating, take in the splendor of a historic home, and make an afternoon of it? Lunch is available on site for $10. While you’re enjoying the work of local designers, maybe you’ll find some inspiration—if not make some purchases—for your next project. And as you stroll around one of the area’s most elegant antebellum homes (a chance you might not normally have) you’ll be supporting the work of a great nonprofit, the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass.


Top Events

Phillip Marcum and Tim Burcham

Stuart and Bill Hurt

GJ Gerard, Danielle Ladd and Ellen Trachtenberg

Travis & Julie McDearmon

Tom and Carolyn Threlkeld

Jerry Shrout and Gay Reading

Entertainment provided by Four Score!

Decorator’s Showcase Preview Party

The Decorators’ Showcase is an event that allows people to see inside historic Central Kentucky homes that they may not normally get to see. The preview party was the first official event that allowed people to see this historic home, transformed by local interior designers. Food was catered by Sam Sears of South-Van Events and music was provided by the band Four Score. The Showcase benefits the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency. Photos by Neil Sulier


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Crist Creona and Heather Mitchell

TJ Brown and Megan Simpson

Orlando Antigua and Liz Murray

Kristi Martin, Mira Ball and Brenda Rice

Lauren Moore, Carrie Thayer and Ann Katherine Deaton

Coach John Calipari and Bill Alverson

Education Builds Hope Luncheon, Part I One Parent Scholar House, a Hope Center program, held its first Education Builds Hope Luncheon on May 17 at the Carrick House. John Calipari and Orlando Antigua were there to give support to the program which supports single parents with housing, child care and support, enabling them to complete their college education. Photos by Alex Orlov


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John Calipari and R.J. Corman

George Privett, Marilyn Sagan and Nawanna Privett

Becky Ray, Peggi Stingle and Singe Dunn

Carol Wade

Mollie Jameson and Erin & Bill Rouse

Barry Hickey, Rose Douglass, Doug Flynn, Steve Kelly and Luther Deaton

Joni & Randy Breeding

Abel and Sarah Vest

Education Builds Hope Luncheon, Part II At the One Parent Scholar House’s Education Builds Hope Luncheon, featured speaker Liz Murray, the subject of Lifetime Television’s Emmy nominated original film “Homeless to Harvard,” gave a powerful and moving performance to a sold-out crowd of 440 people. All proceeds went to support the One Parent Scholar House which houses 80 single parent families and delivers supportive social services as the parents attend college. Photos by Alex Orlov


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Carol Carr, Joetta Gaunt and Debi Sharp

Ashton Gooch, Olivia Henken and Miranda Buchanan

Former Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teens Laura Jones, Ashley Ferry, Ann Blair Thornton, Alison Lovely and Erynn Landherr

Katherine Fields and Courtney Norvell

Cecili Webber, Morgan Canty and Kathryn Wilhoit

Jessica Casebolt and Stephanie Ramos

Caroline Ford and Laura Hancock

Candice Cruz, Jefra Bland and Jenna Day

Miss Kentucky Scholarship Gala & Silent Auction The Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization hosted its annual Miss Kentucky Gala & Silent Auction at the Hyatt Regency. Featured were this year’s 31 Miss Kentucky contestants and 32 Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen contestants along with the reigning Miss Kentucky, Ann Blair Thornton and Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen, Erynn Landherr. The event raises scholarship funds for the Miss Kentucky Pageant which will be held on July 12,13 & 14 at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Photos by Keni Parks


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Josh Skorton and Amanda Harper

Darrell Lear and Buffy Lawson

Terry Deluca, Keith Burdette, Ralph Coldiron, Bret Melrose, Noelle Dick and Larry Smith

Marty Shuff and Michael Betts

Phillips Mitchell and Kristen Oakley

Jenny Dratovick

Pavillion Entertainers

Wonderful Service at Wildcat Saloon

TOPS May Preview Party TOPS unveiled another fantastic issue at Wildcat Saloon on May 2, 2012. Entertainment was provided by Elliott Collett, an up-and-coming Lexington artist. Guests listened to great music, ate great food provided by Courtyard Deli and were able to see our newest glossy magazine featuring Mayor Jim Gray on the cover! Photos by Alex Orlov


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Joe Miller and Leslie Wilson

Ben Henley and Rebekah Gray

Jay Oakley and Peter Barr

Stephen Hillenmeyer and Hope English

Christie Kessinger, Ashley Hopkins, Kristen Oakley, Tiffany Fleming, Jenn Van Meter and Cathy Milward

Vince Gabbert, Price Bell and Gatewood Bell

Brad Scott and Woodford Webb

Markey Cancer Foundation Benefit Concert Keeneland and the Markey Cancer Foundation Legacy Council hosted a Concert on the Lawn after the races on Friday, April 27. Off the Hook provided the amazing music on a mobile stage pulled out on the racetrack! All proceeds went to the Markey Cancer Foundation. Photos by David Desjardins


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Keith Yarber, Mauritia Kamer, Elizabeth Polly, Judy Puckett, Tonya Cox and Beth Roettger

Whitney Vogel, Bari Lewis and Robin Jones

Esther Harvey, Heather Barron

Andrew & Ashley Pennington and Elizabeth & Robin Polly

Carl & Ellen Nathe

Amber Lakin and Tonya Cox

Christy Stucker

Kelley Nalli, Shaun Ring, Katy Bennett and Ashlee Harris

Alzheimer’s Association Making Memories 2012 Guests entered “A Night on Bourbon Street” at The Carrick House via the “purple carpet” complete with paparazzi. The evening featured bourbon tastings from Kentucky distillers, hors d’ oeuvres from Lundy’s Catering, live music by the Yellow Dog Jazz Band and both live and silent auctions. Funds raised went to support the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24 Hour Helpline, family caregiver workshops, research, support groups, advocacy, professional education and other local services.

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What To Do



Put a Ring on It Your first and foremost responsibility is to provide her engagement and wedding rings. This is not the time for sharing expenses—her rings should be paid for by the Groom unless an heirloom stone or ring is gifted to the couple. Help Compile the Guest List Coming up with the guest list is a huge job, and you need to share this with your Bride. Compile the names and addresses of the people you would like to see on your side of the aisle. The hard part will be working with your Bride to cut the number to a manageable, affordable and equal number. Rent or Purchase Wedding Attire Most groomsmen are expected to pay for the average $150 rental of their tuxedos, but many Grooms decide to pick up this expense themselves. The Bride will work with you to choose a style that ‘marries’ with the bridesmaid’s dresses, but you are responsible for getting the groomsmen to fittings, picking up the tuxes and delivering them to the church. Purchase Groomsmen’s Gifts This is a perfect opportunity to complete the groomsmen’s look with cufflinks or something to wear during the ceremony. If part of the wedding attire, it is best to give them the day of the wedding to make sure they all arrive at the wedding. Handle the Marriage License Make arrangements to get your marriage license; a good idea is to make a nice event of it. Take your Bride to lunch either before or after you visit City Hall, and remember that you’ll need to pay a small fee – usually starting at $25. Plan and Pay for the Honeymoon Traditionally the Groom plans and pays for the honeymoon, down to the passports. It’s fantastic to surprise her, but most Brides like to know their destination so they can pack correctly. Narrow down your destinations based on both your interests and budget. If she isn’t adventurous don’t choose backpacking across Europe. After a hectic wedding its best to find a place to just relax. Purchase a Wedding Gift For the Bride This is another very old but important custom; a good idea is a piece of jewelry that she can wear for a lifetime. Some Grooms say that the Honeymoon is her wedding

gift, but she won’t forget it if you do. Get her something nice. Send Rehearsal Dinner Invitations Since your parents pay for and plan the rehearsal dinner, you should compile the list of attendees for your parents to help in their planning. Formal invitations don’t have to be mailed, but it’s your responsibility to make sure to invite attendees. Pay for the Bride’s Bouquet, Corsages and Boutonnieres While the Bride pays for the flowers for the ceremony and reception, the more personal flowers are the responsibility of the groom. Your Bride will probably pick out the style, but you will need to pay for the Brides Bouquet, both Mother’s Corsages and your Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Boutonnieres. Assist in Any and All Planning of Ceremony and Reception Don’t just stand there. This is a big job and unless you have paid a florist or party planner big bucks to handle everything, there is a lot of prep and ‘toteing and fetching’ to be done—from setting up tables and chairs and helping with decorations, to wrangling family members. Find Hotels for Out of Town Guests Start early on this job, especially if you are getting married during peak wedding season or during a special event season in your area. It’s a good idea to pick up the cost of hotel rooms for close relatives. Pay Officiate and Musicians Either before or immediately after the ceremony take care of ‘Honorariums’ for the person performing the ceremony and fee for ceremony musicians. An acceptable amount for the officiant is $100, and it is good manners to have the Best Man deliver the payment for you. Be in the Right Place at the Right Time Don’t make your Bride continually look for you on this special day. It adds too much stress and can limit the quality of wedding photographs if you aren’t around for the perfect shot. Arrive at the ceremony at least 1 hour early and during the receiving line stand at the left hand side of the Bride Remember this… The sexiest thing a man can say to a woman is “What can I do to help you?” Start this habit with wedding planning, continue throughout your life together, and it will be smooth sailing!


WOW Wedding

June 11, 2011

Whitney & Elliot Neuman

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t’s hard to say who fell in love first after Whitney and Elliot danced the night away at the 2007 Bluegrass Charity Ball. Their parents’ connection from UK led to the couple’s introduction; however, Whitney and Elliot’s second meeting is what unveiled their mutual love of music and dancing. It was reminiscent when years later the couple shared their first dance as husband and wife in the very ballroom their relationship began. Born and raised in Kentucky Whitney and Elliot both attended UK but did not know one another in college. The couple was surprised their paths had not crossed—especially since Elliot played in a band, which Whitney was an avid fan. The couple’s similar interests did not end there. Following in their parents’ footsteps, Whitney and Elliot continue family traditions in the dental profession as a hygienist and future periodontist. In 2009, Elliot planned on proposing while the couple was skiing in Vail. He did not prepare, however, for Whitney’s lack of cooperation on the mountainside. Eventually the opportunity arose at Alpenglow Stube, the highest dining experience in North America at 11,444 feet. Elliot got down on one knee and asked for Whitney’s hand in marriage. A combination of high altitude and shock made Whitney speechless before she answered “Yes!” In celebration the couple shared crème brûlée and champagne, compliments of the chef, and descended down the mountain via two gondolas, newly engaged. The ceremony was held at the Cathedral of Christ the King where Elliot had been a member since elementary school. Whitney’s parents witnessed their friends’ wedding here 35 years earlier. A second generation of friendship was represented when those friends’ children were ushers and a bridesmaid in Whitney and Elliot’s wedding. An arrangement of white calla lilies sat above the altar in loving memory of the bride’s brother, and candles burned in memory of the couples’ grandparents and in honor of Whitney’s grandmother. The sister of the groom and a mutual friend recited scripture readings selected by the couple. To honor their parents and symbolize their families uniting, Whitney and Elliot each escorted their mother and father down the aisle to end the ceremony. On her wedding day, Whitney wore a Matthew Christopher silk satin gown featuring elaborate piecing and crystal embroi-

dery, accented with a crystal-embellished veil. Whitney’s something blue was a wedding gift from the groom—a sapphire and diamond ring. The groom wore a tra-ditional tuxedo and his wedding gift from the bride, a Victorinox Swiss Army watch engraved with the wedding date and “It’s Our Love”—the Moses Guest song played during their first dance. The reception greeted guests with passed hors d’oeuvres, champagne and a preset bibb and endive salad. Grilled tender bistro filet with cabernet demi and roasted chicken with apple chutney was enjoyed during a seated dinner which allowed for an intimate setting of toasts, one made especially by Whitney’s father. A five-tier wedding cake consisting of white, strawberry, champagne, pistachio, and raspberry flavors with butter cream icing followed. The groom’s cake was chocolate covered with nutella icing and was designed in the shape of Elliot’s bass drum with a Cincinnati Reds and UK logo, the groom’s favorite sports teams. The band, Deas Guyz, a Tucker family favorite from Hilton Head, provided the evening’s entertainment, which included a drum solo by Elliot. Whitney and her bridesmaids also took the stage for a tambourine performance. A sparkler farewell capped off the night. Looking back, the couple’s most touching moment was when they shared a private toast before dinner and celebrated being just named husband and wife. Soon after the couple joined their wedding guests for an evening of dinner and dancing. by Michele Landers Photography by Alicia Fierro of Aesthetiica Photography


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Who’s Who


Who’s Who

Details: Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of Christ the King Reception Venue: Lexington Center Bluegrass Ballroom Wedding Planner: Mackenzie Spalding with One Fine Day Ceremony Flowers: Best of Flowers Reception Flowers & Decor: Sally Barker (friend of the bride) with Welborn Floral & Events Catering: Hyatt Regency Lexington Entertainment: Chevy Chase Ensemble; Deas Guyz Pastries & Wedding Cake: Martine’s Brides Attire: Bridal & Formal Bridal Party Attire: Twirl Groom’s Party Attire: Geno’s Transportation: Bluegrass Tours; Duke Dunn Videography: Mills Films Photography: Aesthetiica Photography



What’s New

Chelsi (Warner) & Bobby McDonald April 21, 2012 Jason Oney of Jasperfish Photography

Rachel (Holt) & Scott Miller October 22, 2011 Charity Hedges of Hedges Photography

Wedding Announcements

Holly Suzanne (Hobbs) & Rick Timothy Fisher October 8, 2011 Marissa Noe Photography

Lindsey (Scroggin) & Bill Baker May 26, 2012 Schmidt Studio & Gallery

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Inside back gate


Our First TOPS Baby! Welcome Hank Douglas Pope!

Flying In Military Day at Keeneland

HGTV’s Monica Pedersen at Joseph-Beth Booksellers

Fun at the High Hope Steeplechase


Elizabeth and William Shatner at Cardinal Hill Atrium

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