TOPS in Lexington Magazine, November 2015

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30 Out & About 32 TOPS In Lexington Preview Party #1 34 TOPS In Lexington Preview Party #2 36 Circle of Red at the Governor’s Mansion 38 Black & White Ball 40 Belles & Beaus Ball 42 Recycle the Runway 44 5th Annual Chocolate Soirée 46 Celebration of the Bluegrass 200 Under the Big Top Gala 202 March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction #1 204 March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction #2 206 Night of Lexus


208 Ky Ballet Theatre Kickoff 210 Bell Bottom Boogie Bash #1 212 Bell Bottom Boogie Bash #2 214 30th Annual Fall Benefit for YMCA 242 TOP Shots

208 Captions for event photos are typically provided to TOPS by the event organizers. We do our best to check names and spelling…but we are all human and make mistakes. Please contact with any corrections and we will make note of it in the next issue.



IN EVERY ISSUE 50 Relationships: Precious Gestures 95 Etiquette & Entertaining: Thanksgiving Countdown Planner 96 Parties: Meaningful Thanksgiving Touches 109 Fashion: Keep It Cozy 111 Family: Tech Generation Gap 121 Sports: Random Thoughts 193 Gardening: Tropical Paradise 197 Business News 221 Weddings: Rustic Wedding Boutonnieres 222 A Taste of Thyme: A Biltmore Thanksgiving 229 TOP 5 Dining: Italian 230 Lesley’s List 233 Lex & the City 238 Save the Date



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Valvoline International 150-year Celebration Representing 6 regions

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk

Robert Ferguson, James Marshall Foster and John Marshall Mullins



Erin and Jennifer Lykins at Corbett Frame’s Henry Trunk Show

Women Leading KY Roundtable Elizabeth Wachtel, Carol Siler and Janet Holloway

Coach Cal Visits Sleep Outfitters Glamping Winner

Go Red for Women

“Today Sam is a normal, healthy child who I call a medical miracle.” - Christy

Sam Harris Sam Harris lost her twin in utero at

just 16 weeks. According to her mother Christy, Sam and her twin suffered from severe Twin to Twin Transfusion, (TTTS) a condition that affects the placenta of identical twins. “I underwent a fetalscopy of the placenta of both babies to increase their survival,” Christy said. “Unfortunately within 24 hours after surgery, Sam’s twin passed away.” Sam survived the surgery and was monitored by ultrasound on a weekly basis but at 21 weeks, physicians discovered a heart abnormality, common with TTTS because of the abnormal blood supply shared between twins through the placenta. “Our doctor explained that Sam had a condition called pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum due to the TTTS,” Christy said. “And she would need surgery within days after her birth.” Sam was born at 35 weeks gestation and had a heart catheter procedure at just one day old so doctors could assess her condition. At five days old Sam had open heart surgery. She came home from the hospital when she was 11 days old. “When Sam was 18 months old, she had another heart cath procedure and surgery to close a hole in her heart,” Christy said. “A complication during this surgery caused a stroke, but after therapy, Sam completely recovered.” “Her doctor calls her a fighter because whenever she examined her, she wiggled, kicked and screamed,” Christy said.



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Have Faith in Heart

program fights heart disease & stroke through Kentucky religious communities by Matt Rountree American Heart Association


ccording to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 30 percent of Kentuckians have high blood pressure and many more may be at risk. In addition, more than one quarter of all Kentucky deaths are a direct result of heart disease, making it our No. 1 killer. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is when blood pressure is 140/90 mm Hg or higher. It affects one in three Americans and disproportionally impacts African Americans and Hispanics. According to the American Heart Association, African-Americans in the United States have the highest rates of high blood pressure than any group in the world. It affects African Americans at younger ages compared to others, and is often more severe. For these reasons, the American Heart Association and Passport Health Plan have partnered together to promote heart-healthy lifestyle changes among Kentucky’s faith-based communities. Named “Have Faith In Heart,” this program raises awareness of heart disease and stroke in African American and Hispanic communities – which are at a higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Have Faith in Heart works with selected churches with one-day celebrations that includes free heart screenings, Hands-only CPR training, health insurance information assistance and more. Following the Sunday event, participants are matched with volunteer mentors and given resources to help them reach their blood pressure goals. “At Passport Health Plan, it is our mission to improve the health and quality of life of our members,” said Lisa Bellafato, Passport Health Plan Health Educator. “We want all Kentuckians to live healthier lives, and the opportunity to work with the American Heart Association to educate faith-based communities to make heart-healthier choices around nutrition and exercise is a natural fit.” As part of the free program, participants

check their blood pressure regularly and can attend free monthly workshops to learn how to live a heart-healthy lifestyle. Their mentors will monitor their results and support them in lowering their blood pressure through phone calls, texts, email or face-to-face meetings. Participants and mentors use the American Heart Association’s online health tracking tool, Check. Change. Control. to check progress. To ensure success, Passport Health Plan engages many of these communities by providing advice and support to participants in the months following the launch. The goal is to create a habit healthy lifestyle choices that improve heart health. This year, the program has benefited churchgoers at Pleasant Green Baptist Church, Shiloh Baptist Church, Bethsaida Baptist Church and Consolidated Baptist Church. In the upcoming months, this program will expand into churches in Eastern Kentucky. The initiative is one way the program and its volunteers are working toward the overall goal of improving cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020. “Thanks to Passport Health Plan, the Have Faith in Heart program will reach more Kentuckians than ever before,” said Mike Turner, Special Events Director of the American Heart Association. “It also ensures participants have the ongoing support to reach their desired blood pressure goals.” Have Faith in Heart is a component of Go Red For Women, the American Heart Association’s groundbreaking national movement that calls for women to embrace healthier lifestyle choices in order to improve cardiovascular health. For more information, or to get involved, call 859-317-6874.



Women Veterans

Helen Horlacher Evans

Captain, Women’s Army Corps (WACs)


elen Horlacher Evans was one of America’s first members of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Officer Candidate School in 1942, later known as Women’s Army Corps (WAC). The WACs were formed during World War II, and were trained in many specialties, including mechanics and small arms repair, which served the war efforts and freed men up for armed combat positions. Evans was a single, 21-year-old home economics instructor at Versailles High School when she and several other instructors were in the teacher’s lounge, discussing what they’d just heard on the radio. Congress had signed a bill creating the WAAC and they were accepting forms for enlistment and officer candidate’s school. Daring each other to apply, they borrowed a car and put in their paperwork. After her physical and written tests and a personal interview, Evans was accepted. The military readily recognized her potential; she later learned that “very young but very capable” had been written at the top of her application. Evans served as a captain in the WACs for almost four years, utilizing her background in food service. Her efforts ensured that servicepersons would have healthy food and that waste would be minimal, since civilians were already going without things. “We needed food that could travel and not spoil, so I was trained to inspect food at WAC mess halls,” she reflects. “I went to military bases all around the country making inspections for the Office of the Quartermaster General. With our dieticians, these inspections resulted in the first official WAC Food Service Bulletin.” Her inspections eventually took her to the European Theatre of Operations, traveling behind the troops in France and Germany in a jeep with a male driver. After the war ended in 1945, she moved to Louisville for a job at the VA, then she and her husband Joseph Carson Evans Sr. (also a veteran), eventually settled in Lexington with their two children. After leaving active military service she stayed busy with special projects for the Governor’s Mansion and DAR, was first director of the Friends Program at KET, and was director of the Lieutenant Governor’s Mansion. At 95, she takes continuing education classes at U.K. and assists with veteran’s affairs through assisting with honor flights, and helped establish the Women in Military Service For America Memorial in Washington. “Serving in the military in World War II is an experience that was really unique. I feel quite fortunate,” she observes. “It certainly broadened my horizons. I think it broadened the horizons of that whole generation. Serving opened up a whole new way of life, giving us exposure to new experiences in leadership, travel, and self-growth. That’s still true for veterans today.” •



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The Many Hats of Grace Gibbs A Commitment to Caring – Personified! by Mary Ellen Slone Photos courtesy of Keni Parks and Dr. Gibbs


elcome to a glimpse into the fascinating career of Grace Gibbs, D.O., who from a very early age was totally committed to becoming a physician. The story of how she not only fulfilled her dream, but also provides her skills in her service to our nation as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force can be compared to “the stuff from which movies are made”. However, throughout her stellar military and medical career, Dr. Gibbs has always kept service and medicine as her personal focus. Throughout her fascinating career, Dr. Gibbs has continually been willing to challenge the status quo in order to provide exceptional healthcare for her patients. She has done so in the military by serving in our armed forces domestically and abroad. In her medical career she has always pursued the most advanced, state of the art techniques, including the use of the da Vinci® Surgical System. Dr. Gibbs, an effervescent, articulate new member of the Lexington Women’s Health team, provided a glimpse of her passion for serving our nation as she shared unique milestones in her career. “For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a physician, but I simply did not have the means to pay for my college education,” she reflects. “During my junior year in high school, an Air Force Recruiter came and spoke at our campus about the opportunities the Air Force could provide. At age 17, I enlisted into the United States Air Force. Four days after my high school graduation, I left for basic training. “At a time when most of my high school classmates were finalizing their plans for college, I had completed basic training and was just finishing training in my career field of medical logistics. In August, I was given my first assignment to Wiesbaden Air Force Base, West Germany. My flight to Germany was in a C-130 Cargo plane. It was my first experience in a military aircraft and I loved it. It was than I knew that the military and flying would always be a part of my life. “My commitment to become a physician made me more resolute than ever to serve my country in some way, and above all, to try to make a difference in people’s lives. While I was stationed in Wiesbaden, I was assigned a new trainee named Todd Gibbs. We served together overseas, and found that we shared many of the same values. We were married in Denmark, and have been together ever since. Todd has always been my rock. It may sound cliché, but I would not be where I am without him. We are parents of two sons, Kirk age 27, and Justin age 25. They are both are currently in college.” Realizing the opportunity to combine her passion for medicine with her ongoing commitment to serve her country, Dr. Gibbs joined the Air National Guard after 8 years of active duty. “With the support of my family, I finished my undergraduate degree at Buena Vista University and earned my medical degree from Des Moines University,” she says. “All the while I maintained my commitment to our country through my service as a flight surgeon with the Air National Guard.”



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“Chef-de-Race” Even though the Keeneland Fall Meet and Breeders’ Cup have run their course, racing is still going strong at Churchill Downs in November and with the holidays rapidly approaching, I still have a lot of entertaining ahead of me. This season has been full of houseguests, engagements and socializing. It’s the constant bustle of this lifestyle that I truly enjoy and thrive on. Whether it be a champagne breakfast before the races or hosting a farm tour, the only way to become the effortless “chef-derace” of entertaining is to prep ahead. I refuse to miss a race or event regardless of whether if I’m in the kitchen or not and even a tiny bit of forward planning goes a long way. Nowhere is prepping ahead more important than in my current favorite dish, cheese and charcuterie trays. It is something that everyone enjoys, it can sit out all evening, the presentation is gorgeous, and I have more time to select my betting options! I get more compliments on my cheese and charcuterie trays than literally anything else I make and I barely have to put in any effort! Instead of sharing who I cashed tickets on last month, here are some winning tips: To begin assembly, start with a medium or large flat surface such as a slate or cutting board. Typically select three different cheeses. The key is picking out something that suits everyone’s palate – pick a soft, hard, aged and/or blue and among these, try to choose a cow, sheep and Kate Horning Health Coach. Lifestyle Expert. Chef.

goat milk cheese where possible. Also, if your party is hungry (as a horse), plan on about 2 ounces per person. Don’t know what you like? Head to Whole Foods – chat with the cheese monger, sample a few and then take home your favorites! This will also help when selecting accompaniments such as nuts, cured meats, preserves, dried/fresh fruit and olives. Olives aren’t for everyone, but not everyone has tried them. My favorite trifecta includes Lucques, Nicoise and Castelvetrano. The key is to use unpitted olives as their flavor and texture is far superior to pitted olives. If you can find them, be sure to include Peppadews or Sweety Drops for some added color and a bright pop of flavor. To complete the tray, grab some dried fruits (apricots, figs or dates), fresh grapes or whatever may be in season. Find a great jam chutney, spread or local honey and add some nuts - Marcona almonds, pecans or walnuts being my top picks. Occasionally, I’ll grab some smoked salmon or other seafood element. And don’t forget to provide a selection of crackers (I love Raincoast Crisps) and a warm, crusty baguette as a basis for each combination. Building yourself a cheese platter is just like creating a healthy lifestyle - one step at a time. Finally, serve a good table wine. There’s nothing I enjoy more than gathering everyone around a big cheese board and letting the variety of flavors and textures relax us at this busy time of year. In my opinion, it’s the absolute best way to start a meal and totally removes the stress of hosting so that you can get to what entertaining is truly about - slowing down and savoring the moment with family, friends and a good glass of wine!•



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in the country, the National Horse Show is also home to the top equitation competition for young riders: the ASPCA Maclay Finals. This competition is a major goal for many who are looking to make a career in the hunter/jumper world. Many winners of this competition, that judges riders on their horsemanship and proper form, have gone on to successful training careers, some even to the Olympics.

Southern Lights Stroll The annual Southern Lights Stroll fundraiser for the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation will feature a 5k run along with mini train rides, refreshments, and prize drawings in addition to a food drive for God’s Pantry and other area animal shelters. The first 750 adults registered receive a free souvenir t-shirt, while the first 350 kids registered receive a free holiday souvenir.

The Lights Are On! The 22nd Annual Southern Lights holiday festival is back once again from November 20th to December 31st. The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation presents Southern Lights annually and is one of the most anticipated traditions in the Bluegrass to ring in the holiday season. Beginning at 5:30 until 10:00 pm each evening, visitors can make the drive through the Park and see the light displays. Beginning at the KHP Campground, these beloved light displays include ones that give a distinct nod to the Bluegrass state. At the end of the display, visitors will be able to park and visit the other holiday happenings that will be offered, including a petting zoo, pony rides, camel rides, and plenty of shopping. According to the Park, “special weekends and added exhibits or attractions will add to the holiday excitement throughout the event. The lights on the driving route are on each night through December 31st, and the other holiday attractions will be open each night, with the exception of November 26th (Thanksgiving) and December 24th to 31st.”• Article by Katie Shoultz



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Filly of the Month:

Jamie Eads

Did you know that horses have a place in Kentucky’s state budget? As the director of the Division of Incentives & Development, Jamie Eads works with a multi-million dollar annual budget, overseeing three state breeder incentive funds (representing 13 equine breeds) and three state purse development funds (for 5 breeds), as well as the collection of uncashed pari-mutuel tickets, and distribution to the Kentucky Racing Health & Welfare Fund and distributions from the Backside Improvement Fund. Eads’ division is part of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, an independent agency within the Public Protection Cabinet charged with regulating horse racing in the commonwealth. Does she work in Frankfort? No. Eads has an office at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. “Besides the amazing views and the ability to open the windows for fresh air, most days I make a point to take a quick walk around the property for 20 to 30 minutes to enjoy the beauty,” she said. “The Horse Park is an easy reminder of what makes Kentucky great.” Calling herself “Kentucky’s biggest cheerleader”, Eads is thrilled to be surrounded with all of the equine beauty in the Bluegrass. On any given day, she is likely to interact with people representing three or four different equine breeds. “I am more likely to pick up the phone than send an email,” she said, “and the best days are the days when the phone rings all day long.” Prior to joining the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in 2008, Eads had a background in fundraising working with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders’ Cup Limited. “I’m giving money out instead of asking for money,” she said of her current position. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Eads has a BBA in marketing and management. Although she didn’t grow up riding horses, she did have an equine influence in her everyday life. “I have extended family in the Thoroughbred business and I can certainly recall family holidays at the farm, picking horses in the paddock at Keeneland each spring and Story by Kathie Stamps | Photos by Keni Parks



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Colt of the Month:

Billy Crouse Billy Crouse is the manager of Eclipse Award winning thoroughbred trainer Dale Romans’ Lexington farm. Crouse is also the sales director for Romans Racing & Sales agency, and his family has an adjoining property and racing operation. To say that Crouse wears a lot of hats would be an understatement. He even manages to find a little bit of time in his day-to-day life for his adorable niece and nephew, and a handful of chickens and a miniature pig. A graduate of the University of Kentucky in 2010, Crouse had an abundance of opportunities after college. He spent time in Virginia and Washington D.C., among other places, and even had conversations with some people regarding a future career in the CIA. He says he didn’t want to carry a gun, but we all know the old adage “If I told you, I would have to kill you.” All joking aside, it was his love of family, horses and the Bluegrass that brought him back to Kentucky and kept him here. He is a third generation horseman, and the family has some phenomenal success stories going back decades and traversing the country—and world. In a true family affair, Crouse and his crew (mother, sister, cousins, nieces, nephews, uncle and grandfather) are in the middle of sales preparation, assessing the young horses and trying to determine which ones could potentially become superstars. “I am so fortunate to be surrounded by a wealth of mentors,” Crouse said. “Horses are truly in my blood.” Before most people sit down to breakfast, Crouse and his family members at Romans have cleaned the barns, brought the horses in for their meal, and made sure everyone is happy and healthy. “At 10 a.m. on the dot, it’s time for exercise,” Crouse said. Not for himself, but for the animals.



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Governor Steve & Lady Jane Beshear

Battle in the Saddle

Anne Bakhaus, Catheine Park, Kaye Bell

Bill Meck and Kristen Pflum

Photos by Keni Parks



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Old Friends Executive Director Michael Blowen, TCA Executive Director Erin Crady, Silver Charm and TCA President Dan Rosenberg

photos by Susan Black and Megan Stapley



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Photos by TOPS Photographers



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Out & About

Ray Paulick the publisher of the popular news website

Dr. Pellom McDaniels, author of The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy. Dr. McDaniels gazes at his new document appointing him as an official Kentucky Colonel at the Isaac Murphy dedication ceremony.

A young racing fan

Lilly Chamblin and Laura D’Angelo

Dawn workouts at Keeneland, prior to the Breeders’ Cup

A wet break on opening day at Keeneland



Looking fab at Keeneland!

Sporting art from the collection of John & Luanne Milward

TOPS Tour of Homes


ich wood-paneled walls and twin wagon wheel chandeliers in the entryway set the tone for the rest of the home. Since most guests enter through the rear, the couple added the inviting hallway for convenience. A tiled floor and rustic New Mexican bench for removing boots are ideal solutions for keeping the home clean.



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hen designing their home, true comfort was one of the Millers’ goals, and they have certainly achieved it here. John Paul, who works in commercial real estate, spends much of his free time in the library, poring over his impressive collection of antique and vintage books. “I love spending time here,” he said. John Paul’s interests include Native American culture, Lexington history, the Civil War era, and historical fiction. He is currently working on his own novel. With plenty of natural light, a woodburning fireplace, mahogany paneling from Honduras, and shelves lined with all his favorite books and mementos, the feeling here is pure contentment and relaxation.




Rustic Weddings Men Set the Trend with Rustic Boutonnieres T

he focus is always on the bride during a wedding celebration, as well as in wedding planning, but the groom is still fifty percent of the wedding equation. One of the few ways a groom can express himself or be part of the theme of the wedding is with creative, unusual boutonnieres. Yes, you can still have him don that classic single rose or creamy stephanotis bloom, but it is so much more interesting to have a creative boutonniere that meshes with the spirit of your wedding. This is so apparent with today’s wildly popular rustic weddings, where formal blooms are just too stiff and don’t fit in. Rustic Elements Among the must haves in the rustic wedding look, burlap and twine can easily be incorporated into these down to earth boutonnieres, tying them into your rustic décor. Natural dried flowers or non-florals like wheat and wild grasses make rustic boutonnieres special, plus they don’t break the bank. Cotton is a beautiful element, and coordinates with a brides white dress. Colors of your elements should be faint and earthy, from matte bronze and green, to teals and browns, which will be perfect contrasting with a wood or metal accent piece. If you want a bolder look or more color, deep oranges, dark purple and rich reds will work with the rustic feel. When thinking woodsy, think wood. Actually using wood in these boutonnieres, from a wood disc to a slip of birch bark, is really cool and very different. Other natural selections for an organic look are acorns, pussy willows, fiddlehead ferns, succulents and interesting moss or lichens. Communicate His Down-to-Earth Interests Does he fish or hunt? Outdoor interests are a great element to build into a rustic, manly floral piece for him. Incorporating fishing lures with simple greenery that meshes with the rest of your flowers is so different. If he is a hunter, whether on land or in the sky, building in a spent bullet or colorful feather from this favorite game will make a statement about him and probably most of the groomsmen in his party. Does he boat or ski? Build in a nautical element to make him feel at home on this new adventure he’s embarking on. DIY

With this rustic theme, it is much easier for you to pull off a DIY project making rustic boutonnieres that can save a little money and be a fun project while you’re at it. Plus, if you don’t use live greens you can glean your own materials and make them ahead, checking this piece off your list. Be Photo Rustic Remember that in close up photos, his flowers might be the only thing that communicates your rustic theme. So be creative, and do something really different.

by Marsha Koller Wedding Consultant



Taste of Thyme

Fresh Mixed Green Salad with Biltmore Vinaigrette

Ingredients: 1 egg yolk ¼ cup apple cider vinegar ¼ cup spicy mustard ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon local honey ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon paprika

Serves 8 Preparation Time: 4 hours

1 tsp black pepper 1 clove garlic, minced 1 cup salad oil

Preparation: Whirl these ingredients with a wire whisk to make a thin vinaigrette, or use an electric blender for a thick, creamy dressing. To blend, process first 9 ingredients in a blender or food processor; gradually add oil by pouring it through the food chute. Serve with mixed greens.

Roast Turkey and Cornbread Stuffing

Ingredients: 20-25 lb. turkey Cornbread–prepared 6 buttermilk biscuits–prepared 1 dozen hardboiled eggs 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped celery ¼ cup ground sage Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Turkey: Rinse turkey and rub with salt inside and out. Using a large boiler or cooker, place turkey in enough water to almost cover it (one gallon or more). Heat to boiling point and cook on medium for about 2 ½ hours or until breast is tender; use a ladle to baste broth over the breast meat to keep it moist. Cornbread Stuffing: Bake a large pan of cornbread using your favorite cornbread recipe. Bake about six buttermilk biscuits using your favorite recipe, or purchase frozen biscuits and bake. Peel eggs and chop or grate them into large mixing bowl. Add onions, celery, sage, salt, and pepper. Crumble cornbread and biscuits into bowl. When turkey is done, pour turkey broth over the cornbread dressing until the desired consistency is reached. Mix well, using plenty of broth so that dressing will be moist and soft when done. Place turkey in center of large baking pan. Spoon dressing into and around turkey. Bake in 425-degree oven for about 45 minutes. If turkey browns too soon, cover with aluminum foil. Let rest before serving.




Electric Light Orchestra at the Norton Centre

Braving the Blue

Keeneland Opening Day Let the madness begin

JP Miller of Paul Miller Ford congratulates a lucky winner!



Montgomery Brothers Charity Golf Event for UK Childrens Hospital

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