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KEITH YARBER Hello again Dear Reader, It’s so good to see you again. The best news is the election is over, and regardless of your political affiliation, we can all be thankful for no more barrage of negative political ads! The holiday season is now in full swing, and it will be a different kind of season for most of us. Our goal this month is to provide a combination of modern and traditional holiday inspirations along with some festive cheer to you and your family. If you have noticed how TOPS has been adding fresh new content and new “looks” to the magazine, you would be right. I am so proud of our team lead by Jayme Jackson, Executive Vice-President, Fran Elsen, Editor-In-Chief, Amanda Harper along with Haley Norris, design gurus extraordinaire, and Courtney Desrochers, style contributor. This team has a ball getting together and brainstorming ideas that will elevate the overall presentation of the magazine. Their meetings have the feel of a slumber party in our conference room. It is an exciting time around the TOPS office. We thank so many of you who have complimented the new look and content for the last couple of months. It means a lot to hear your feedback. This month, TOPS is featuring “Legacies of Lexington”. Businesses we all know and love are to be applauded for being hyper-local and serving our community for many decades. Everyone needs a great attorney from time to time, and TOPS is proud to feature “Legal Eagles.” Get to know these superstar lawyers and save this issue. You never know when you might need to engage their services. Our Inspirations features this month include Valerie Still, and her fellow UK SEC Women’s Tourney Champions. You will also get to learn a little more about the Julietta Market in the Greyline Station, which opens this month. Finally, meet Aaron Roethke (you’ll love the winter cocktail recipe he shares from the Bourbon Rabbi!) Of course, we are showcasing food, shopping, decorating, fashion, and all that makes the “Holidaze” special and bright.

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Swing by McConnell Springs one weekend to enjoy the twenty-six acre natural park. Learn a little about Lexington’s history while you stroll!


Taste your way through the city. Visit a local eatery for appetizers or stop by a farmer’s market (yes, they’re year-round!)



Kristin Chilton made history when she was announced as Lexington’s Fire Chief in 2016. (She also graced the cover of the November issue of TOPS that same year.) She is one of only a handful of women who have become a chief of a career fire department in the United States, an incredible achievement. The 28-year veteran of the LFD announced in October that she would be retiring from her position in January. She said she looks forward to spending more time with her family and volunteering.

Host a wine tasting. Let a local winery or a member


Ready for holiday lights? Triangle Park’s annual Tree Lighting Festival will be November 29th. Check for details. Skate! The Unified Trust Company Ice Rink will be opening this month. It will feel so festive!


November 7: Bourbon and Breeders’ Ball to benefit Justin’s Place at The Kentucky Castle - November 12: Lockbox Live at 21c Museum Hotel Lexington - November 13: God’s Pantry Food Bank Sharing Thanksgiving Basket Brigade - November 13: Generosity Feeds Lexington - November 19: Cooking & Cocktails at The Kentucky Castle - Due to COVID, always check event organizers’ websites for the latest information, and be sure to follow safety guidelines!


It started in 2007 while the city was preparing for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Citizens spoke loud and clear: they wanted Lexington to focus their efforts into “legacy projects” that we could enjoy for years to come. It was finished in October as a 12-mile mixed-use trail that connects our city to the beautiful surrounding countryside. Never explored The Legacy Trail? Now’s the perfect time!


of the Liquor Barn staff help you pick some sips for your fun mini-Friendsgiving.

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{LIGHT-UP} The holiday season is upon us. For light peepers, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Lexington has plenty of festive displays to see and experience. hile we predict that even more homes will be decorated this year, COVID may have put a damper on some of these light shows always check with hosting organizations before you go.

SOUT HERN LIGHT S This incredible drive-thru light show is a local holiday tradition that can’t be missed. From racing horses to the Twelve Days of Christmas, each display is a delight for children of all ages. The Southern Lights are scheduled to turn on November 22nd. Check for the latest information. T URNERS’ HOME

LFD STAT ION 20 Lexington firehouse (located at 001 rrowhead Drive) sets up a dazzling timed light show. Check out their Facebook page for the latest info. T HE BIG W HIT E CHRIST MAS HOUSE Ron and Linda Turner turn their home into a winter wonderland for your enjoyment. Drive over to 1008 Chinoe Road to enjoy a truly beautiful, heartfelt display. 2956 MT. MCKINLEY WAY This computer-controlled light show is one to behold. Check out their Facebook page to stay in the know. 200 TORONTO ROAD The Toronto Road house always goes over-the-top for holidays. Follow them on Facebook for a sneak peek at their M N in atables!



1748 ABBINGTON HILL The Jones Family Christmas Light and Music Show is a sight to behold. Their Facebook page will have the latest information.

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Operation Christmas Drop Netflix • premieres November 5th A congressional aide looks into a military operation that delivers supplies and gifts to remote islands… under the leadership of a hunky Air Force captain. Watch it for: adventure, beautiful island views and lessons in the power of giving. The Princess Switch: Switched Again Netflix • premieres November 19th Will these look-alikes switch places again? Princess Stacy must intervene when a handsome royal threatens to steal Duchess Margaret’s heart away from her best friend. A third look-alike shows up to cause trouble for everyone. Watch it for: Vanessa Hudgens playing three roles in one movie. Zany! A Nashville Christmas Carol Hallmark • premieres November 21st A workaholic television producer is put in charge of a country Christmas special. This take on “A Christmas Carol” includes appearances from country stars like Sara Evans, Wynonna Judd and more. Watch it for: all that amazing Christmas music! Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square Netflix • Out Now A rich, mean woman returns to her small hometown… you know what, we know we don’t need to tell you the plot. You’re going to watch it. Watch it for: 14 original songs with music and lyrics by Dolly!

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A Christmas Tree Grows in Colorado Hallmark • premieres November 24th The woman in charge of planning the town’s Christmas celebration must win over a firefighter in order to get a beautiful spruce from his property. Watch it for: a will they, won’t they romance.

The holiday season is all about festive little traditions. For a long time, The Hallmark Channel had all the jingle bell feels on lock with their annual lineup of shmaltzy made-for-TV romance movies. And who could argue? On top of festive scenery (and cute actors), a happy ending was always guaranteed. It’s the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the season! In recent years, Netflix has come for the crown, producing slightly glossier alternatives, often with heavier star power. We’ll gladly grab a glass of wine, cuddle up by the fireplace and stream ‘em all! Here are some of the 2020 titles headed your way. And to answer your question, yes, you can buy that blanket. It’s available from ($29.99).

Tudo Bem No Natal Que Vem Netflix • premieres December 3rd Christmas becomes Groundhog Day when Jorge wakes up on Christmas Eve over and over and over again. Watch it for: the heartfelt lessons Jorge learns along the way. Christmas Comes Twice Hallmark • premieres December 13th Tamera Mowry-Housley stars as a newscaster who regrets missing out on the one who got away. A Christmas carnival ride transports her back in time to have a second shot. Watch it for: that silly time travel trope that we just can’t get enough of! Love, Lights, Hanukkah! Hallmark • premieres December 20th A woman just got a DNA test: turns out, she’s Jewish! She discovers a new family and an unlikely romance (with Boy Meets World’s Ben Savage). Watch it for: eight crazy (romantic) nights.

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Jingle Jangle: a Christmas Journey Netflix • premieres November 13th This star-studded family holiday adventure combines stunning visuals and a fabulous story to bring the magic of Christmas. Watch it for: a little holiday wonder… and one adorable robot. Alien Xmas Netflix • premieres on November 20th Extraterrestrials are trying to steal Earth’s gravity. Watch it for: it’s claymation, folks. What more do you need? The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two Netflix • premieres on November 25th Full of adventure, charm and magic. Watch it for: Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn return as Santa and Mrs. Claus. Angela’s Christmas Wish Netflix • premieres on December 1st A young girl is determined to bring her family together for Christmas. Watch it for: adorable Irish accents, and a story inspired by Frank McCourt.

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No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality by Michael J. Fox • Available November 17 Prepared to laugh and cry? Reflect on love, life, aging, illness, strength and joy with one of America’s most cherished icons... Marty McFly himself. With his signature humor, Fox recalls his journey with Parkinson’s Disease. Dessert Person: Recipes and Guidance for Baking with Confidence by Claire Saffitz • Available Now With the coming holiday season, this wonderful guide makes baking breads, cakes, pies, tarts and cookies seem... so much more possible for non-bakers. Meticulously tested by this Bon Appetit alum, you’ll love the variety of recipes. Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho • Available November 10 Former Cleveland Brown and current Fox Sports Analyst Acho hosts an openhearted web series that opens a dialogue about racism. In his own words, this book provides a space of compassion and understanding in a discussion that can lack both. A Wealth of Pigeons: A Cartoon Collection by Steve Martin and Harry Bliss • Available November 17 What happens when one of the world’s funniest men collaborates with a New Yorker cartoonist? A hilarious, gorgeous book that you will want to share with family and friends over the gravy boat. All that Glitters by Danielle Steel • Available November 17 Danielle Steel’s novels are always a romantic comfort. In this one, a wealthy young woman faces a sudden, devastatking heartbreak. She finds love and lessons as she learns to move foward.


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Ensuring a Tactful


for Holiday Shopping During a Pandemic

If you’re anything like me, when you imagine the start to the holiday season, you envision shoppers lined up in front of stores for Black Friday deals. But we know shopping this year is going to be very different. More than a third of U.S. shoppers who normally shop in store for Black Friday say they won’t this year. And half of U.S. shoppers say the pandemic will affect how they’ll shop for the holidays. This makes it hard for retailers to plan as they normally would, in a time when they need a successful shopping season. Customers will research and buy online even more The holidays are a traditionally heavy online-shopping season. Last year, 79% of U.S. holiday shoppers used three or more online channels for their shopping needs. This year, we expect those numbers to grow, as almost 75% of U.S. shoppers said they will shop online more for the holidays compared to previous seasons, and a similar number said they would browse for gift ideas online and not in store. Retailers should ensure digital strategies are in place That means it will be vital for retailers to be discoverable online. To make your products discoverable, be sure that you have a targeted display campaign and a proper search strategy for your product and service offerings. Businesses should also prepare for more online traffic by optimizing their websites for speed and user experience. It’s also a wise decision to make your products available for purchase on social platforms when possible.

People will seek safer, digitized ways of shopping Prior to the pandemic, the in-store shopping experience often began long before shoppers arrived at a store. This is truer today, as availability and local convenience has become a priority. In fact, 70% of shoppers said they plan to confirm online that an item is in stock before going to buy it. Plus, searches for “available near me” have grown globally by more than 100% since last year, reinforcing the importance of a proper search and keyword strategy. To alleviate the guesswork for shoppers, ensure your information is up to date and easily accessible online. While this holiday season is one we will be watching closely, it’s helpful to know that shoppers will be thinking — and buying — with a digitalfirst mindset. To stand out this year, ensure you’re giving people the information they need and the experience they expect. At TOPS we want to ensure you have a proper digital strategy in place for a successful shopping season. Reach out to us at for a Free digital consultation. BY CHAD HOWARD


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Aaron Roethke

Meet a man who brings his special brand of enthusiasm and entrepreneurship to his inviting liquor store and bar... where every hour is happy! B DONN ISON COURTES PHOTOS

On the front door of Happy Hour Liquor Store and Bar, you can expect to see a Heaven Hill bourbon-barrel mezuzah, made by the bourbon Rabbi, as a testament to owner aron Rothke’s proud Jewish heritage. nd when you step inside, you can expect to be greeted with excitement, expertise, and respect. Rothke says, “I want to make buying alcohol fun and provide a connoisseur’s level of service to everyone.” He adds, “I’d love to shake people’s hands and give out more hugs, but COVID is to be taken seriously.” Though originally from Chicago, Rothke loves bourbon like a born and bred Kentuckian in moderation. He states, “Judaism encourages people to drink in moderation doing it in the proper way, on kosher alcohol with a blessing, is a mitzvah good deed .” He encourages his patrons to embrace and enjoy their personal preferences. “My business motto is what you like to drink is the right thing to drink. nd, the way you like to drink your drink of choice is the right way to drink it. L’chaim to life ’.”

rmed with an MB from the University of Kentucky, Rothke purchased the store from its previous owners in ugust with the goal of offering both a superior selection and sophisticated spot to sip your favorite spirit. In addition to running a burgeoning business, Rothke holds o ces with several local organizations, including president of Jewish dvocacy of Kentucky ( K) chair o alk MS Lexington board member at Knit It Forward and vice president of Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass. It is no wonder he is finding his bi est challenge to be... balance. He says, “Entrepreneurship comes with lots of hours, so balance in life is important exercise, rest, to not get burnt out.” In both his business and personal life, Rothke strives to promote unity and working together to solve problems. He explains, “I love combating antisemitism no matter what side or where it comes from, and making Kentucky a better place for Jewish people and all people to live. nd, as both my parents are or were psychologists, I love making people feel warm, welcome, invited, and confident in being themselves.”

cocktail recipe:

Bourbon Honey Searching for the perfect cocktail for your winter celebrations? Look no further than this easy-to-mix Bourbon Honey, which is reminiscent of a hot toddy, but served over ice. Recipe provided by Aaron Rothke of Happy Hour Liquor 2 ounces Happy Hour Liquor Select Barrel of Bulleit Bourbon Stewards Honey (deemed kosher by the bourbon Rabbi) 1 2 oz. fresh lemon juice 1 2 oz. honey (preferably local) shake of orange bitters (optional) Stir ingredients well to ensure honey dissolves. In shaker, shake vigorously with ice for 1 seconds to chill. Strain into a double rocks old fashioned glass over ice. L’chaim (to life)! Find the Bourbon Rabbi on Facebook: @bourbonrabbi


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Midnite Rooster Founders: Kaelen Mitchell • Nick Wolter • Michael Kloiber


Midnite Rooster

Strutting their stuff with Kentucky pride! by Kristie Wilcox

It has been said that “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Spending time with Nick Wolter, one of the co-founders of Midnite Rooster, makes it apparent that he and his team have found the ingredients to a successful business: passion, pride, a genuine belief in one’s product, the drive to be unique and perhaps most importantly, a sense of humor. Midnite Rooster is a small, friend-and-family owned, Kentucky-proud business based out of Lexington. Utilizing the finest USDA Certified, organically grown hemp that our state has to offer, it is their mission to provide resultsdriven CBD products for customers at extremely affordable prices.

“We are the only CBD brand whose entire product lineup is both USDA Organic and Kentucky Proud.”



“Nobody else has gone through the measures we’ve taken to ensure that what’s going into our products is not only of the highest quality, but locally and ethically sourced as well,” Nick states. Being “Kentucky Proud” is more than just a certification for Midnite Rooster: it’s a commitment to the commonwealth. “Our four co-founders, all being unique in our own beliefs and passions, wanted to give to charities that align with our personal values.”

a mythical creature, with a pigmentation condition giving the rooster an all- black appearance: tongue, beak and eyes included. The sexy and sleek look of the bird gave it a bold and unique feel that exemplified the goals of the brand, and with that, the rooster became the farm mascot (aptly named Mr. Midnite), and Midnite Rooster was born.

Midnite Rooster donates a portion of their proceeds to The Lexington Humane Society, UK Children’s Hospital, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lexington, and The Hope Center which all have ties to the founders’ hearts.

At the heart of the company is an ethos centered around regeneration. The Midnite Rooster hemp farm includes produce rotations and livestock as part of their larger vision of healing. The name embodies the tireless, around- the- clock- approach the team takes to wellness and speaks to our holistic outlook on health.

What’s in a Name?

What Can Midnite Rooster Do for You?

The name Midnite Rooster draws inspiration from an actual breed of rooster, the Ayam Cemani. The feathery fowl looks like

CBD, for those unfamiliar, is the non-intoxicating therapeutic organic compound found in hemp. These therapeutic proper-

“Our four co-founders, all being unique in our own beliefs and passions, wanted to give to charities that align with our personal values.”



ties (neuroprotectant, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant), lend the compound to a host of applications, and Midnite Rooster has found a creative and fun way to bring these benefits to you. Support for the brand is coming from all over, and the team is proud to announce that former Patriot and Super Bowl champion Zach Moore, former first-round pick with the Cleveland Browns, Phil Taylor, and KSR’s very own Drew Franklin, are all now official spokespeople for Midnite Rooster.

Not Too Matcha: Features a healthy infusion of Matcha Green Tea, which is a unique green tea. It has a vibrant green color, a subtle aroma, and a rich umami taste. In addition to being a fat burner, numerous studies have shown that matcha tea boosts your body’s natural detoxification systems.

Their products can be purchased online 24/7, but their products are moving into the brick-and-mortar retail community around the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. According to Nick, “A store will soon be opening in the new Gray Line Station at Loudon and Limestone, and customers can currently find products at various area locations, including CBD Time on Woodhill and Wildcat Market on UK’s campus.”

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Give CBD a try and go with a Kentucky proud company that actually gives a cluck about their customers. Their engagement with the community is a vital core value and a major pillar to their brand. You, the customer, make them different, and that is what they love about you.

Variety of Oils “These oils have been meticulously crafted and engineered to be the best of the best,” Nick promises. The directions are very simple: shake well, place the recommended amount under the tongue for up to one minute. Swallow and enjoy the benefits. Bare: Stripped down to its essentials; no added flavoring; organically grown hemp really shines through. EnjoyMint: Utilizes fresh spearmint to provide you with a cool and invigorating taste to go along with the wellness boost.

Tickle Me Tangerine: Infused with a splash of bright and crisp citrus, enough to tickle the taste buds but not enough to steal the show. Beak Butter Lip Balm: Packed with all the moisturizing, antioxidizing, and nourishing elements necessary to keep lips lush and moist INK-ubator Tattoo Salve: Few things are forever, but tattoos are one of them. CBD tattoo salve has antiseptic, analgesic, and antiinflammatory properties necessary to protect that new ink and get you healed up in a hurry. KY Jesus Beard Oil: Provides Omega 3’s, 6’s and 9’s which hydrate your scruffy man fluff into a mane of perfectly balanced lusciousness. A well-groomed man portrays a confident man. Drew Franklin swears by it – evidenced by his flawless beard! Mate Bait Sexual Serum: CBD is an anti-inflammatory and analgesic, meaning it increases blood flow. This results in increased sensitivity, enhanced relaxation, and stronger orgasms. Suggested use: Apply generously, then get to the action (foreplay for 15 minutes to enhance effects). Soothing Salve Relief Stick: A combination of anti-inflammatory eucalyptus oil, antispasmodic peppermint oil, counterirritant menthol, all enhanced by analgesic CBD; a fast-acting topical that provides quick relief to localized pain.

Visit the website to learn more about the products and to purchase products 24/7 at • Facebook and Instagram: @Midnite.Rooster



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“Though she be but little, she is fierce.” - William Shakespeare This quote from Shakespeare perfectly represents the icon who came to be known as the “Notorious RBG.” Being only the second female nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States, Ginsburg knew her presence was imminently important. She stated, “ omen belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” s a woman at the top of her male-dominated field, Ginsburg was accustomed to being in the extreme minority. In her class at Harvard Law, out of 00 students only 8 were women. ith grace and grit, Ginsburg fearlessly forged the way. She was the first woman to be a member at the Harvard Law Review to be hired with tenure at Columbia University School of Law and to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol. She was also the first Supreme Court justice to o ciate a same-sex wedding ceremony. During her lifetime, Ginsburg garnered the Ber ruen Prize for Philosophy & Culture and the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal for her tireless work toward social justice and equality. From 200 through 2011, she was named as one of Forbes magazine’s 100 Most Powerful omen. But perhaps her greatest accomplishment was instilling the belief in young women that they too could instigate powerful change in the world without denying their sex. In the words of Ginsburg, herself, “I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.” Here, three women from Lexington’s legal arena share how they will remember and honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Christine Louise Stanley: Healthcare Litigator with Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.S.C. “On ednesday, February 2 , 2019, I was sworn-in, in open court to the United States Supreme Court. The courtroom is grand draped in velvet, dark wood and marble. My name was read aloud in a space with the nation’s top jurists and they granted the motion for my admission. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg was there. ou could barely see her, the regal leather o ce chair almost swallowed her whole. Her hair was pulled back in her usual bun she was quiet and reserved. “She and I had a couple things in common we are both from New ork and lawyers. I o en wonder what she thought of us young women lawyers, and whether she looked at us with pride and honor as we stood there before her with our right hand raised. From all accounts, I felt like she looked at us and thought, There are still not enough women here.’ That day, I looked around and thought, ‘There are not enough black and brown women—and men—here.’ PHOTO COURTES SUPREMECOURT.GOV


“In the name of equality, Ruth Bader Ginsburg dedicated her entire life to

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tearing down the barriers in the way of so many and yet, so many barriers remain. Her legacy lays at our feet… to pick up, carry on, and expand upon in a pursuit of actual equal justice for all.” Christine Louise Stanley, a first-generation Haitian-American born in New York City, is president of the Bell Court Neighborhood Association; a board member for the Civil Justice Reform Commission; on the CivicLex Programmatic Board; and a member of the Lexington Junior League. She earned her JD from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Judge Lindsay Hughes Thurston : Fayette District Court Judge “ arrior, in uential, ground-breaking, pioneer, wordsmith, notorious—all familiar words spoken in an effort to capture and re ect the legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. For me, I am grateful to Justice Ginsburg each morning when I have the privilege of stepping into my robe. heavyweight in a petite frame, Justice Ginsburg blazed the trail for women in the law, but especially for women in the judiciary. “Justice Ginsburg tackled bias, conquered barriers, and opened every single window and door available to her to light the way for us all. fearless advocate for women’s rights, minority rights, voting rights and gender equality for both women and men Justice Ginsburg le an indelible mark. nd she certainly le the world in a better place than she found it. Shouldn’t we all aspire to that? “Particularly heartening for me was her close relationship with Justice ntonin Scalia. On opposite sides of most all issues, RBG and Justice Scalia enjoyed a lifelong friendship, even traveling the world and enjoying opera together. In these o en polarizing times, we need more examples of that civility, that acceptance and tolerance of one another. In the words of RBG, ‘You can disagree without being disagreeable.’”

THAT ICONIC COLLAR fashion statement has ever spoken as clearly and with as much class as Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s iconic collar, NO which spoke to equality and cleverly voiced her opinion on Supreme Court rulings. hen Justice Ginsburg took her place on the court, she couldn’t help but notice how the judges robes were designed with men in mind, leaving room at the top for a necktie. So, in order to show that a woman did not have to sacrifice her femininity to hold a place of power, she adopted the lady-like touch of a jabot (a decorative tie o en made of lace). She later transitioned into the more recognizable crocheted and embellished collars. Ginsburg’s choice of collar o en re ected how she felt about Supreme Court decisions, wearing different versions depending

Judge Lindsay Hughes Thurston is currently a Fayette District Court Judge. Formerly, she served as assistant county attorney with the Fayette County Attorney’s Office; assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office; and assistant secretary of state at the Office of the Secretary of State of Kentucky. Thurston is a 2003 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Pamela Perlman : Federal Criminal Defense Attorney “ hen nita Hill outed Clarence Thomas for sexual harassment, I’d just graduated law school and begun working in a local prosecutor’s o ce. Many questioned Hill’s allegations, but I knew in my bones they were true. I’d been in her shoes, without any legal protection, without any option. “ year and a half later, Ruth Bader Ginsburg took her seat as the second woman ever appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court and I knew just as profoundly that things would change. This woman led the CLU’s Gender Equality and omen’s Rights campaign. This woman as an advocate argued the Supreme Court into recognizing that the Equal Protection Clause, which states no state shall deny to any person the equal protection of the law,’ actually applies to women because women are indeed persons. As an advocate, she argued the Supreme Court into recognizing that men and women should be treated the same in work, in pay, and within society. “ s a justice on the Supreme Court of the land, I knew this 5’5” titan would do all she could to protect me, to protect all of us, in act. Not just the women, not just the men. But all persons of every color, nationality, gender, age, and profession.” Born and raised in Lexington, Pamela Perlman graduated with a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law. She has served as a prosecutor, federal judicial law clerk, and most recently as a federal criminal defense practitioner for nearly two decades.

on whether she voted with the majority opinion or not. But, perhaps none is as celebrated as the black, bejeweled “dissent collar.” In a 201 ahoo interview with journalist Katie Couric, Ginsburg confirmed that the collar was her way of saying, “I dissent” to decisions such as the one made in the trial of Bush v. Gore, settling the 2000 election recount dispute. The now famous necklace was originally sold by Banana Republic. Currently, the quintessential collar is so synonymous with the woman who wore it that Ruth Bader Ginsburg is o en represented by the simple graphic of a white lace collar on a black background. Upon her passing, women across the world donned their versions of the collar to show their respect, admiration, and commitment to carrying on her legacy of equality for all.

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Julietta Market The Julietta Market gives shoppers a chance to put their money where their heart is. B DONN ISON PHOTOS COURTES Named for Lexington civil rights activist Julia Etta Lewis, the Julietta Market, a multi-vendor public market, will help carry on her vision for a more equitable city. The 2 ,000 square foot shopping destination, located in GreyLine Station, will offer striving small businesses the opportunity to grow in a lowrisk environment by providing affordable rent in a beautiful, historic, climate-controlled space. The Julietta Market will also serve as a community and cultural hub encouraging members of the neighborhood to come together, meet one another, support one another, and boost the North Limestone (NoLi) economy. According to NoLi CDC Executive Director Kristofer Nonn, “The mission of Julietta Market is to be a place that is for, by, and about our neighbors to be a place of comingtogether and exchange and interaction and interdependence and mutual prosperity.” Vendors will be showcasing a vast variety of unique products, including body butter,




hemp products, homewares, handcra ed jewelry, clothing, art, and a range of delicious foods from homemade baked goods to international cuisine. Founder of UsSoaps, Jason Childers, who manufacturers all natural soaps and beard products states, “The Julietta Market is a perfect fit for our customers and our products. e are thrilled to be a part of this unique market space and the energy it will bring to Lexington.” Though the NoLi CDC team is committed to helping each vendor “pursue their own dreams and see their aspirations realized,” Nonn says one shop holds a special place in his heart. er the untimely passing of NoLi CDC employee and small business owner Cubaka Nehemia Mutayongwa earlier this year, Nonn is thrilled to see his family carry on his entrepreneurial spirit. He says, “I am so excited that Cubaka’s legacy and passions can live on with his family continuing to operate his business, The Soda Pop Shop, and that it will be a part of Julietta Market.”


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The mission o Julietta Market is to e a place that is or y an a out our neigh ors to e a place o coming together an e change an interaction an inter epen ence an mutual prosperity. To help ensure each business succeeds, vendors are eligible to receive career coaching from Director of Small Businesses Development and Mentoring Leannia Haywood. Haywood says, “To be able to help someone do things they did not know they could do—or did not think was ever possible for them— is a reward within itself. Seeing people grow and reach their full potential, learning new things and winning in life is what ‘community development’ is about. And here at the Julietta Market, we are a community.” Liz “Carrie” Commodore, owner of A Taste of Fall, a caramel and candy apple company, is grateful for the guidance. “Having a chance to grow my business with the support of the NoLi CDC means everything to me. This is my dream come true and knowing that I will have business mentoring and support every


step of the way, is the icing on the cake for me,” says Commodore. In closing, Joanne Couch of Handmade Hope Rags, a line featuring original hemp fashion apparel, vintage equestrian home decor and bourbon barrel artwork, sums up the excitement perfectly. She says, “Artists are a conduit of culture; connecting the financial infrastructure to the people’s needs by sharing our voice and vision so we can all share a communal dream. And nowhere else do my husband, children and I feel that is most tangible than being part of the burgeoning excitement here in the Julietta Market.” The Julietta Market is located at the corner of Loudon venue and North Limestone in the GreyLine Station and will open to the public beginning November 1 . For more information, go to

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Rose Grasch Camenisch Mains PLLC Rose Grasch Camenisch Mains PLLC provides a broad spectrum of legal services to businesses and individuals across the Commonwealth. Recognized as among Kentucky’s most respected and successful attorneys, RGCM provides the caliber of representation of larger national and regional law firms, with exceptional value and client attention. RGCM’s primary goal is the prosperity and well-being of its clients. RGCM’s primary practice areas are business transactions, commercial real estate, commercial lending, business and commercial litigation, estate planning and estate litigation. RGCM’s clients include publicly traded entities, financial institutions, small businesses, entrepreneurial companies, and individuals. 48

RGCM prides itself on partnering with its clients to achieve their personal and financial goals in times of both opportunity and crisis. During 2020 the firm has stood side by side with its clients in dealing with unprecedented circumstances and will continue to do so no matter what the future holds. Rose Grasch Camenisch Mains’ attorneys have been recognized by “Best Lawyers in America” for several years, with many having distinguished ratings of “AV” by Martindale, awarded only to top lawyers based on peer evaluations. The firm has also been selected by U.S News & World Report as one of the Best Law Firms in Kentucky – First Tier for 2020.


326 South Broadway | Lexington | 859-721-2100 | Dan M. Rose has been practicing since 1984. He focuses on complex business and investment transactions, commercial lending, and commercial real estate. Al Grasch has more than 30 years of litigation experience in business disputes, business torts, personal injury, employee litigation, and wrongful termination. Mel Camenisch has been in practice since 1986. His primary focus is on business and commercial matters, both transactional and litigation. Rich Mains has been practicing since 1998. Rich focuses on mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, securities offerings and compliance, and corporate and business entity law generally. Melissa Stewart focuses on estate planning, probate, and estate litigation.

She enjoys helping families, individuals and family-owned businesses develop estate plans to leave a legacy for the future. In addition, she represents individuals and corporate fiduciaries in navigating the probate system and assists in resolving con icts that arise a er the death of a family member. Wes Harned represents businesses and individuals in various types of litigation, including general civil, business, commercial, tort, and bankruptcy disputes. H. Derek Hall focuses his practice on representing businesses across multiple industries in mergers and acquisitions, business and investment transactions, business start-up and formation, and commercial real estate and lending transactions. RGCM Members (left to right) Standing: Wes Harned, Mel Camenish, Al Grasch, Dan Rose, Derek Hall Seated: Melissa Stewart, Rich Mains



Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney, PLLC 333 W. Vine Street Ste. 1500 | Lexington | 859-255-8581 |

When you work with Sturgill Turner, you work with a team of attorneys who integrate an array of legal disciplines to provide you with comprehensive counsel and creative solutions. We’re proud of our reputation as experienced attorneys of sound character, with the recognitions to prove it. Featured here are firm Partners Todd Osterloh and Langdon Ryan Worley. Todd works with utilities and municipalities across Kentucky and the region, and enjoys projects that impact the lives of others. Working with Sturgill Turner attorney Jim Gardner, this year Todd spearheaded the first two utility-scale solar projects approved for construction in the Commonwealth. “I’m excited to work with solar developers locating in Kentucky, as renewable energy will positively impact generations to come,” he said. “And speaking of the future generation, I also enjoy assisting parents to finalize the adoption of their children, which is a significant event in my own life as a parent.” Todd has received numer-


ous accolades, including U.S. News Best Lawyers 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” for Utilities Law. Langdon believes the title “Insurance Defense” does not convey what insurance defense attorneys truly do. “It sounds corporate and impersonal, but my practice is far from that,” she said. An increasingly litigious world means more people and businesses – including our neighbors and small businesses – are the ones being sued. “When that happens, it’s important to me to be the one entrusted to their defense by their insurers. I answer their questions and calm their fears, and bridge the gap between a complex legal system and the real-life people who are impacted by it. Every practice group at Sturgill Turner puts people first it’s legal practice with heart.” Langdon is President of the FCB Women Lawyers Association, a SuperLawyers “Rising Star” and U.S. News Best Lawyers 2021 “One to Watch.”


Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs is one of the South-Central US region’s largest law firms and traces its roots back more than 200 years. The Firm maintains an active national practice with five o ces throughout Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana. Organized into nine service teams and industry-focused practice groups, their structure enables e cient and effective delivery of legal services. yatt has over 0 areas of legal practice, including corporate, creditor’s rights, construction, equine, mineral and energy, real estate, labor and employment, estate planning, and all aspects of litigation. Their attorneys are positioned to guide you through your legal questions.

250 W. Main Street, Suite 1600 Lexington | 859-233-2012

Featured here are three lawyers from the Lexington o ce: Craig Robertson, who specializes in Commercial Litigation, Equine and Construction Law Emily Cowles, who specializes in Creditor’s Rights, Real Estate, Business and Banking Litigation, and Equine Law and Brian Wells, who specializes in Business Transactions, Commercial Real Estate and Energy Transactions. Fostered years ago under the leadership of the named partners ilson yatt, John Tarrant and Bert Combs, client relationships have been the firm’s singular focus. yatt’s attorneys believe the practice of law requires sound advice, prompt service, vigorous advocacy, thoughtful counseling, and attention to detail. t yatt, the firm’s success is defined by that of its clients.



Nanci M. House

o t a tr t oor Winchester | 859-744-2551 For more than 70 years, the name White, McCann, and Stewart, PLLC has been synonymous with high quality legal representation and service in Winchester, KY and the surrounding area. From divorce to real estate disputes to criminal defense to many more issues, the firm has attorneys with knowledge of many areas of the law and how to resolve issues effectively and efficiently. Featured from hite, McCann, and Stewart, PLLC is Nanci House, ttorney and Partner. Ms. House grew up in southeastern Kentucky, graduated from Transylvania University and then the University of Kentucky College of Law. She has lived in Lexington for more than 20 years and is dedicated to improving life in her community. She is past president of the Junior League of Lexington, the president-elect of Chrysalis House, and is a current member of the omen’s Club of Central Kentucky. Service is a passion for her, as is the practice of law, and she is grateful to be able to do both every day. Ms. House practices primarily family law in Lexington, Winchester, Richmond and the surrounding areas. She helps her clients through di cult and complicated times, guiding them through the legal process and making the realities of life’s transitions as smooth as possible.



Lockaby PLLC

1795 Alysheba Way, Suite 4207 | Lexington 859-263-7884 |

Based in Lexington, Managing Partner Matthew Lockaby and Associate Attorney Tamara Patterson of Lockaby PLLC represent employees and employers throughout Kentucky in nearly every aspect of labor-and-employment law, and they provide estate planning to individuals and families.

arise during the employment lifespan” and they defend against claims for discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wrongful termination.

For employees, Matt and Tamara review and negotiate all types of contracts, including employment contracts, severance agreements, and non-compete agreements. For employers, they provide “compassionate yet business-minded advice on all HR issues that

time beneficiaries through the complicated issues and relationships unique to trusts, helping them understand their duties and obligations and how best to ensure the responsible stewardship of trust assets to enhance the lives of all beneficiaries.

In addition, Lockaby PLLC also provides estate planning services. The firm’s modern, holistic approach to estate planning focuses “We want to make the workplace a better place—for everyone. on every aspect of a family’s wealth their human, intellectual, Most employment lawyers only see one side of the story. We spiritual, and, of course, financial capital. represent employees and employers, which gives us a nuanced and One of the more celebrated aspects of the firm’s estate planning balanced perspective on workplace challenges and how to best practice is its first-in-kind trustee and beneficiary training resolve them for our clients.” program, which helps lay trustees and, in many instances, first-



Fowler Bell PLLC 300 W Vine Street #600 | Lexington | 859-252-6700 | As respected leaders in the industry, Fowler Bell represents businesses and employers in insurance defense, bankruptcy and creditor’s rights, civil litigation, workers’ compensation, education law, fair debt collections, real estate law, family law, employment law, and estate planning, along with other areas of practice. Fowler Bell is the law firm of choice for clients who want cost effective solutions to their legal needs. It is known for finding practical solutions to complex matters. Fowler Bell’s 2020 Legal Eagles include Danielle Harlan, Mary Porter McKee, Teresa T. Combs, and Aziza Ashy-Jones. Each of these women come from different legal backgrounds and are incredible assets to the Fowler team.

Teresa T. Combs served as General Counsel to several school districts before being recruited by the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) to provide Special Education and Section 504 Legal Services to school districts and educational cooperatives. Teresa provides training, procedures, publications and advice in di cult areas of law to school district staff, attorneys, and numerous organizations. She expanded her services at KSBA to provide training in General Education law, General Employment law, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. She has served on numerous educational committees and helped dra regulations in complex areas of education law. She is well known throughout Kentucky for her practical advice on navigating laws affecting schools. She advises a large number of school districts and educational co-ops in Kentucky and surrounding states.

Danielle Harlan has worked in many practice areas including transactions, labor and employment, civil rights, property, products liability, intellectual property, insurance defense, SEC, ziza shy-Jones joined the firm’s workers’ comcoal and many more. Danielle’s main focus with pensation and litigation groups with a focus on Fowler Bell will be the firm’s Creditors’ Rights representing employers and their insurers. Aziza and Bankruptcy department and litigation. enjoys the challenges brought by each individual Mary Porter McKee is bringing the firm’s Real case as each injury and scenario is different. The Estate department to full force! Mary has a strong privilege of working with all parties to reach a background in regulatory interpretation and workable resolution is one that takes persistence, compliance, commercial lending, commercial creativity, and finesse. real estate development, business management, residential real estate, residential lending, and Fowler Bell PLLC reminds you “When life comes at you sideways - you want us on your side”. contract negotiation.



Embry Merritt Shaffar Womack, PLLC 155 East Main Street, Suite 260 | Lexington 859-543-0453 |

With over 160 years of combined legal experience, the lawyers of EMSW take a team approach to handling the legal problems of a wide variety of clients throughout Kentucky. The attorneys of EMS bring specific experience in diverse legal areas to work collaboratively with clients to reach a solution to the most complex legal problems. EMS offers personalized, comprehensive legal services with a focus on litigation, insurance defense, health insurance defense, estate planning and probate, trust and estate litigation, administrative law, regulatory review and analysis, real estate, corporate formation and contracts, transactional matters, and federal criminal law. Suzanne Lee Shaffar, Partner. Suzanne’s practice focuses on wealth transfer planning, gi and estate tax planning, wills and trusts, asset protection planning, probate and estate administration, and litigation involving trusts and estates. Her focus is on assisting families and business owners with designing, dra ing and implementing estate and wealth transfer plans that minimize taxes and preserve the family legacy. Suzanne’s knowledge as an estate planner coupled with her experience as a litigator and trial attorney provide a unique set of skills to benefit her clients.




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THE LIFE AND IMPACT OF A PROUD KENTUCKIAN a ourishing law firm, driving back and forth from Frankfort to Greenup to practice law at night. Terry’s hustle and work ethic never stopped and the firm he founded, McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie, & Kirkland, now known as McBrayer PLLC, currently has over 0 attorneys with o ces in Lexington and Louisville.

When Terry McBrayer opened a law o ce in a single rented room above a grocery store in Greenup, Kentucky in 196 , he surely did not anticipate the impact or the reach his career would eventually have. ith his sister as his secretary and two dollars in earnings for his first case, Terry began the early stages of what would eventually become one of the preeminent law firms in the state of Kentucky. Many people around the state knew Terry not only for his law firm, but for his involvement in state government the origins of which were almost accidental. In an attempt to gain clients and name recognition, Terry ran for the Kentucky House of Representatives only a few years a er starting his firm. He traveled around his district handing out cards, stopping in convenience stores to chat and buy cigarettes despite the fact he didn’t smoke in an effort to get to know the people around him. Much to his surprise, however, he won. Thus began a lifetime involvement with Kentucky politics, which Terry saw as yet another way to help his community and the people in it. He shattered barriers at every step, serving as one of the youngest Speaker Pro-Tempores in the nation in 1968 and Majority Floor Leader in 19 0. ll the while, he managed

The strong relationships he built during his time in government followed him closely. He led the Kentucky Democratic Party as chairman in the nineties, and he served as former President Bill Clinton’s Kentucky Representative in both his presidential campaigns. His extensive network around the state and his boundless understanding of government processes eventually led to the creation of MML&K Government Solutions, a lobbying firm in Frankfort. Terry was more than just his work, however his ability to build relationships served him well throughout his life, and he could greet every person he met by name. Perhaps the only thing he was prouder of than his law and governmental affairs firms was his loving family, for whom he would do anything. Terry McBrayer will be missed by many as a friend, colleague, mentor, community advocate, and Kentucky legend.


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67 YEARS IN BUSINESS Vernon Bryant started his United Rent-All franchise store in 19 . It was the first equipment rental store in central Kentucky, located across from the University of Kentucky. In the early 60s, he decided to opt out of the franchise and began operating as an independent rental store under his own name: Bryant’s Rent- ll. In their decades of business, Bryant’s has cemented its reputation as a trusted source in quality rentals. The business moved to 8 South Broadway in 19 2, and this location became the site of their equipment rental store. They added a ,000 s . . warehouse at 01 Red Mile Road in 2010 to serve as the party and event rental store. Vernon’s eldest son, Terry, joined the business in 19 . hen Vernon retired in 1982, he handed the reins to his son. Terry’s son, Scott, joined the business in 1991. s a third-generation family business in Lexington, Bryant’s understands the needs of their customers. hile the main focus of the business is party and event rental, they also have an impressive construction, lawn and garden rental inventory. This multi-pronged approach has allowed them to serve a variety of local businesses, nonprofit organizations and families. Bryant’s is especially proud of their selection of rental tents. They have a variety of sizes, some of which span over 100 feet

in length! Their extensive experience in installation makes outdoor events a snap. ith lighting, sidewalls and accessories like heaters or fans, they can serve private, corporate or fundraising events all year long. They also offer free estimates to make the process easy. hen hosting an event, finding the perfect rental items can be a stru le. Bryant’s makes it easy by serving as a one-stop shop. They offer dinnerware, ooring, cooking equipment, linens, lighting, accessories, chairs, candelabras, P systems and so much more. Their CERP certified professionals can help you with just about any need. From basics to over-the-top items like lounge furniture and sno-cone machines, Bryant’s aims to have everything you need to make your party or event a success. Tackling a DI project? Bryant’s offers rental of equipment to help make it happen. From wheelbarrows and carpet cleaners to miter box saws and generators, it’s a good bet that Bryant’s has what you’re looking for. They also offer items perfect for contractors, as well as sales of used rental equipment. ith over half a century in business, the Bryant’s Rent- ll team is proud to be a part of central Kentucky’s weddings, charity events, corporate parties, home renovations and so much more. Pictured: Terry and Gail Bryant


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On June 18th, 1922, Barney Miller opened an auto parts store on Main Street in Lexington. In the next few years, cars began coming standard with many parts he was selling. He looked for a change and sold the first radio in Kentucky. Record players were next for many years. In the 1940s, Barney and second-generation Harry Miller sold the first TV in Kentucky. Over the years, third-generation Barney Miller guided the company away from a purely retail format into an installation company.

include home theater, stereo systems, smart homes, networks, security, camera systems, V furniture and seating, conference rooms, training rooms, huddle spaces, and motorized shades, to name a few.

Continually evolving and offering cutting edge technologies is the focus today. Barney Miller’s 1 person staff is the most technical and experienced in the company’s history. They are proud to have worked with multi-generation families and businesses for electronic systems and services throughout Central Kentucky.

Several years ago, Barney Miller’s implemented a state of the service structure. This allows clients to choose how they want to be serviced. New installations include complimentary 2 tech support with priority service. They also now have technologies that allow for programming changes and rebooting equipment remotely.

They are poised for growth thanks to the popularity of their products and services. They design, install, program, and service electronic systems for homes and businesses. These systems

Today, their knowledgeable staff, competitive prices, and ongoing customer service carry on the tradition Grandpa Barney started in 1922!


Their vast showroom enables clients to experience systems and technologies before they make a purchase. Free parking at their back door makes it easy for people to come in for a technology tour.



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In 1863, President Lincoln finally proclaimed it a holiday. Before that time, every president had to determine whether it would be a holiday each year. (Thomas Jefferson was the only president who said “no thanks.”)

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The first Thanksgiving Day football game happened back in 1876! That Princeton-Yale game ignited a trend of college rival teams playing on Thanksgiving Day.

46 million birds

Americans prepare a whopping 46 million turkeys for Thanksgiving… but only 88% of families have turkey on their table. The first turkey trot took place in 1896, hosted by the YMCA of Buffalo Niagara. It had six participants, but only four finished. Only male turkeys gobble.

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Though the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in 1924, the first oversize balloons didn’t debut until three years later. (Felix the Cat was the first character that went floating through Macy’s Herald Square.)

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The first Thanksgiving meal probably looked very different. While no records exist of the exact menu, historians suggest that the three-day celebration probably included wild turkey, swan, geese, ducks, deer, mussels, eel, corn mush, cabbage, spinach, nuts, beans and peas.

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for him trying to declare “Poultryless Thursdays” shortly before Thanksgiving). Reagan was the first to refer to sending the turkeys to farms or petting zoos as a “pardon” and it became an official ceremony under George H. W. Bush.

4,500 calories!

Experts estimate that Americans consume an average of 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving. Fortunately, we have leggings. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey named as the national bird. That would definitely make Thanksgiving super awkward.


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he holidays are a time to re ect on gratitude and giving back to our communities. One incredible program honors the legacies and sacrifices of merica’s veterans each December. They’re hoping that central Kentuckians will band together to show their gratitude during “a year unlike any other.” On December 19th each year, reaths cross merica hosts wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 1,600 locations to Remember our fallen US Veterans, Honor those who serve and Teach future generations the value of freedom. One of these ceremony locations is Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville. Like many nonprofit organizations, reaths cross merica is facing unique challenges in 2020. But the group that serves Camp Nelson is determined not to let COVID keep them from carrying out their mission. Jo Ellen Hayden explains, “The veterans who rest at Camp Nelson National Cemetery were devoted to keeping merica free for future generations: we are not going to let the pandemic prevent us from paying tribute to them.” That said, things will be di erent this year. To stay in compliance with COVID-19 restrictions, only registered volunteers will place wreaths. The wreaths will be placed on war and service memorials as well as graves for which a wreath has been specifically requested during the sponsorship process. “There will also be wreaths placed on the gates so that when you enter the cemetery, you will know that every veteran has been honored symbolically at a time when circumstances prevent placing wreaths on each grave,” Hayden says. The National Cemetery dministration has issued guidance that no spectators will be allowed at the ceremony. Instead, the ceremony will be posted to the reaths cross merica, Camp Nelson National Cemetery ( K CNNC) Facebook page. reaths will be placed by the a ernoon of December 19th, National reaths cross merica Day, for public viewing. The wreaths remain in the cemetery for about a month for visitors to see through the holiday season. In 2019, there were over 10,000 wreaths sponsored for Camp Nelson’s 16,000 graves. hile the team had hoped to sponsor wreaths for every grave this year, there is a unique opportunity. The will rollover any wreaths sponsored above their 2020 goal as a credit toward the 2021 goal. Hayden explains, “ e can build a base in 2020 and be well on the way to meeting our goal of 16,000 wreaths before 2021 even starts, especially if community groups, youth organizations, civic groups, and businesses will come forward and help us get to our new 2020 goal of 8, 00 wreaths.”


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t’s the most wonderful time of the year, so to help you get in the spirit, we’ve rounded up a few locally sourced ideas for you to have a festive holiday season! Everything from decorating to personalized gifting, we are sure that this collective of some of our favorite local stores and trends will have you ready to host, entertain and celebrate all of your special occasions in style. Cheers, ya’ll!

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How to make your tree look fuller:


It’s always fun to check in with the guys at House. We promise that you will always leave having learned something new! It seems oddly simple, but we really wanted to know a few basic tips for making a tree look layered and full. What are a couple of things that we can all do step up our family trees? Take note below.



Always start with the lights! The industry standard is that there should be 100 lights for every foot of the tree.


Once you have your lights on, gather some faux white pine branches and begin to add in sweepy layers throughout.


A couple of rolls of ribbon. Keep in mind, you don’t have to be traditional here! Try mixing a solid crushed velvet with a classic checkered print.


Berries can be your best friend. A subtle pop of color and character. We love that they are shapeable, you don’t have to be precise with their placement.

Before you know it, you’ll be creating “little moments” as Dwayne calls them. You can still add in all of your family heirlooms and a large topper if you wish, but you’ve suddenly elevated the entire look.

Holiday Baskets: House by JSD is known for their holiday door baskets. The store carries a large array of individual items a la carte so that you can pick and choose what will correlate best with your home décor on a seasonal basis. Dwayne explains you honestly just need: •

A few sticks

A strand of berries

Two types of greenery


An added focal point

Great stuff ! – An insulated foam sealant

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1. Set of 3 Birch Branches, $16.95

1. 28” Faux Outdoor Red Berry Stem, $6.95

2. 38” Magnolia Tree Branch, $9.95

2. 18” Variegated Faux Holly Stem, $6.95

1. 26” Branches of Bamboo with Greenery Leaves, $7.95

3. 28” Faux Pheasant Feather Pick, $5.95

3. 22” Red Large Rose Bud Spray, $5.95

4. 19” Faux Magnolia Spray, $4.95

4. 19” Faux Magnolia Spray, $4.95

5. 26” Faux Hydrangea Spray White, $12.95

5. 19” Gold Bayleaf Stem, $3.95

6. Realistic Faux Cedar Stem, $6.95

6. 26” Faux Hydrangea Spray White, $12.95

7. 18” Pine Spray with Pinecones, $6.95

7. Long Needle Pine Spray, $3.95

8. Long Needle Pine Spray, $3.95

8. Realistic Faux Cedar Stem, $6.95

2. 19” Faux Magnolia Spray, $4.95 3. 24” Faux Magnolia Blossom Stem, $13.95 4. 28” Gold Sedum Spray, $5.95 5. Long Needle Pine Spray, $3.95 6. 11” Faux Gold Metallic Magnolia Leaf, $5.95 7. Realistic Faux Cedar Stem, $6.95

from the pro When it comes to putting together your own holiday centerpiece - the possibilities are endless. There are so many different types of stems and foliage to incorporate, you’re probably thinking, “where do I even begin”? The holiday pros from House by JSD have just the right recipes to create the perfect holiday centerpiece! Follow these and you can’t go wrong!

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Tips & Tricks with Natural Foliage Keep it Abundant When we think “natural”, we think of Alexandra Pallos. Alex strives to make each of her arrangements full and lush by using several different greens instead of just one. By doing so, it helps add in texture and movement throughout. A few of Alex’s favorite fresh foliage picks this time of year are magnolia, cedar, tree fern and pine.

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Add in some unexpected pieces like fruits and vegetables (dry and or fresh) to help create more interest and dimension. Alex enjoys adding in pieces like pomegranate, dried persimmons, tangerines, pears, and artichokes for depth. This is also a really great way to add in color!


Keep it Creative Don’t be afraid to spray-paint leaves to help give that sparkle factor. Alex enjoys painting leaves gold for an extra bit character for the holidays especially.



from the pro Looking to learn how to make the perfect holiday wreath like the pros? Alexandra offers private floral arrangement classes all year long! Inquire today for a great way to get together with family and friends around the holidays!

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from the pro For Friends is the only Lexington store that carries the beautiful creations by MacKenzie-Childs. These products are handmade in Aurora, on a small farm in rural, central New York. From plates to planters, teapots to tureens and even holiday decor, MacKenzie-Childs designs are alive with individuality. Stains and glazes are painted on by hand, not by machine. You may notice variations in the density and depth of the color. This evidence of the artisan’s hand is highly valued by collectors: No two pieces are identical. Set a table with MacKenzie-Childs plates and their variations are sure to please and delight your guests this holiday season. Their signature Courtley Check print is classic and makes for a versitile backdrop all year.

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Chad Salyers, Lead Designer at Corman’s Marketplace, is our go-to tree guru. When it comes to shopping for your family’s Christmas tree a lot of people opt for a beautiful artificial tree. Now, you may think this is an easy purchase, but there are actually many different types of artificial trees to choose from. The structure of the tree needles come in different shapes and sizes, which can cause the overall tree to have varying appearances. Knowing these characteristics will help choose the perfect tree depending on your vision!

Classic PVC Tree Needles These create a full look. However, the rectangular ends of the needles and the material they’re made from are often not the most realistic look.

Tapered PE Needles These molded needles have the look of a real evergreen. Trees with just PE needles tend to look more rustic and sparse..

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Mixed Needles


These trees utilize classic needles to create fullness, then feature PE needles at the tips to create the most realistic look. It’s the best of both worlds!

Fancy Needles From long needles, reminiscent of a white pine tree, to feathers and beyond, there are plenty of other types of tree out there.

Tinsel These trees generally have the classic needle shape, but with the added fun of a glitzy metallic or colored finish.

Fiber Optic These trees have fiber optic lights interspersed with needles (typically the classic type). Some offer customized lighting schemes that will dazzle.

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Flock On! Don’t call it a comeback: flocking is a retro tree trend that has been gaining popularity in recent years! Flocking creates the look of freshly fallen snow over the tree’s branches. This velvety coating offers a wintry look that will feel custom. Fair warning: flocking can be messy! While flocking can be added on after-market, there’s less mess – and less stress – with a tree that comes pre-flocked. Still, you will want to take extra care when packing the tree away to ensure that the flocking isn’t damaged.

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Before you start filling your home with a bunch of holiday decor, create a stunning backdrop that you’ll love all year long. When you start with an expertly decorated home, it makes all of the holiday decorating a breeze. You may even find your home being the star of the show. Perfectly placed pillows and fur throws add just the right touch of cozy and warmth we all love this time of year. All you’ll have to do is add some lush holiday garlands and you’ve got yourself a beautiful holiday home.

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from the pro The design experts at Norwalk Furniture & Design are the go-to team to help you create the perfect backdrop for all of your holiday decorating! A couple of tips they give on decorating your home are: • Incorporate family! Add some vintage family pieces or pictures in fabulous frames. Again, It is the season of family!’ • Stay fresh. It’s as smiple as sticking fresh magnolia or holly berries in any vase or urn to make a beautiful holiday arrangement!

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Holiday Time Mixed Greenery Un-Lit Garland, 9’, $14.98 at Walmart


Some people may overlook the Kitchen when it comes to holiday decorating, but a true Southern girl would say this room is her favorite of all! It’s as simple as adding a garland of greenery or some berries to your pendant lights and you’ve got yourself a perfectly decorated Christmas kitchen! Photos courtesy of Ali Manno blog

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Now, this can be a daunting task for some as well, but is also so much fun. We’ve broken down a few important tips to keep in mind when searching for that perfect real tree:

Measure First Before you even start looking for a tree, pick the spot you’ll place it. Measure across the space to find out how wide your tree can be. Then measure the height, taking into account any tree toppers you might be adding or the base you’ll place your tree in.

Know Your Wants What look are you hoping to achieve? Do you want a tree that is full, or one that’s a bit more rustic? Do you mind if the needles that fall are sharp, or would you prefer they be softer?

Check for Freshness • Look for even coloring. • Compared to others of its kind on the lot, your tree should be greener. • The trunk should be slightly sticky to the touch. • Do the “bend” test: bend a needle in half with your fingers. Firs should snap while pines should bend, but not break. • Gently bounce the tree on its base: if needles on the outermost tips are falling off, move along. • Give it a sniff: fresher trees should be fragrant. • Hold a branch loosely between your thumb and forefinger, about a foot from the tip. Gently pull your hand toward you and see if any needles fall off.

Other Tips • Bring along one of your heavier ornaments: you want a tree whose branches can support the weight of your decorations! • One bare spot? If you’re planning to set your tree in a corner or against a wall, you can put the bare spot to the back. You might be able to negotiate a better deal for a less than ideal tree! • While a lush, full tree is beautiful, it actually may not be ideal for those who love to fill their tree with decorations. If you pack in the pretties, pick a tree with more space between branches.

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For those who aren’t as big on those forever-greens and looks forward to that natural pine smell that fills their home each year, then you love shopping for a real Christmas tree.

“L ks g @! L le fu, lo a sap.” – Clark Griswold

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The dining room table is oftentimes a focal point in the home during the holiday season, and for many, a gathering spot where joyous memories are made. Christmas is the perfect occasion to pull out your precious china, family heirlooms, and even non-traditional décor to piece together an inviting tablescape. Our friends at My Favorite Things set the gold standard when it comes to adorning your tables. •

Prioritize color coordination (even change it up by using colored glassware!)

Incorporate greenery or florals

Light a few candles

Have fun with layering! Your favorite linens, a charger, and even different sizes plates

Add in variety of textures for an extra bit of character and balance

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Don’t be afraid to step outside the box and have fun with your table settings! The more pattern and detail, the mor gorgeous they can be!

Photo courtesy of Sweet Rose and Wren Blog

Christmas Pavoes 20-Piece Dinnerware Set, $775 | Available at Neiman Marcus

Photo courtesy of Swoon Worthy Blog

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How to make the Southern Living Bow


We all know Southern Living is THE pro on how to make the perfect holiday bow. Follow this step-by-step guide to create your own perky, rounded shape bow that attaches easily to gifts, treetops, garlands, wreaths, and more. As you make it, you can use longer or shorter pieces of ribbon to adjust the size of the bow you’re wanting!




Start the Bow

Join the Center

Make a continuous loop of ribbon. The size and thickness of your loop will determine the size of your bow.

Cinch the loop in the middle with a length of twine or a chenille stem.

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Form the Loops

Create the Tails

Begin to pull individual bow loops out from the center, alternating pulls from each end.

Once all the loops are formed, tie a long piece of ribbon around the center to make the tails of the bow.

The Front Porch has a gift for everyone on your list, but did you know that they also offer the best variety of ribbon and pre-made bows for Christmastime? Spruce up your gift wrapping this season by adding in multiple colors, prints and patterns your friends and family will love!

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from the pro What better way to add some character to your home, especially during the holidays, than with a custom stair runner. Now, don’t think red and green; any beautiful neutral runner will compliment your holiday decor and you can still enjoy it year round! Installing a stair runner on your stairs can eliminate noise, increase your comfort level, and is aesthetically pleasing! Another way to add design detail to a room is with a gorgeous rug. Area rugs can add warmth and a soft surface underfoot, they can break up a room into different sections, they can add a pop of color or style, or they can add a combination of all three! Photo courtesy of May There Be Bubbly blog.

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Symmetry and Comfort The holiday season is about warmth and welcoming friends and family. Greet your guests with a cozy and gorgeously decorated front porch this year! When planning your front porch decor, think symmetry as you walk up. Find a beautiful boxed tree to place on each side of your door. Don’t be afraid to add some additional sprays to make it look full and to add some texture!

on the door. Add a pretty holiday ribbon and you’ve got yourself a perfect holiday front porch. Additionally, if your porch is covered, add some soft seating and decor to really warm up the space. Incorporate some holiday throw pillows and a flannel blanket and you might just find yourself socializing outside rather than inside. Photos courtesy of Worthing Court blog.

Then compliment those arrangements with a simple wreath

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How do you do christmas? If you’re like most people, decorating for the holidays is something we look forward to each and every year. Most people can’t wait and start decorating early.. like by the ďŹ rst of November early. Maybe it’s because there’s so much decor to get out and place just right, or maybe it’s for the simple fact to bring out that pure joy that the Christmas season brings.

they’re all beautiful in their own way.

No matter when the decorations go up, we all have our own vision and unique way of decorating... which seems to be the most fun part of it all! There are so many different themes and color palettes when it comes to Christmas decorating and

Any way you go, you’re sure to have a stunning holiday home! Here are some inspiration trees to get you excited for the Christmas season to begin!

Maybe you’re a traditional red and green gal, or maybe you sprinkle your home with a little glitz with an all pink tree! Do you stick to the metallics and do an abundance of silver and gold? Or are you a die hard UK Wildcats fan and can’t wait to get out your Kentucky blue tree?

Traditional Red & Green Let’s be honest, when we all think of the Christmas season, we immediately think of the vibrant reds and greens. You can’t get much more traditional than that. When ďŹ lling your red and green tree, add accents of gold to really bring out those classic colors! Tree photo courtesy of Treetopia. Holiday throw pillows can be found at For Friends, Lexington KY.

Kentucky Blue For all you Big Blue fans, we’re sure you’ve got a gorgeous frosty blue tree somewhere in your home! These shades of icy blue bring in the perfect winter feeling during the holidays. Plus, if you’re a fan of farmhouse decor trends, this tree style will compliment your home beautifully. Photos courtesy of Pinterest and BlueGrayGal.

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Metallic Shine Talk about the glitz and the glam! For all of you trendy ladies who love a good shine, then a mixed metallic tree is the way to go! Incorporating gold and silver decor can truly transform your home into a winter wonderland. Photos courtesy of (clockwise) May There Be Bubbly blog, Rooms for Rent blog and Classy Glam Living blog.

Holiday Pinks Who says you have to have a red or green Christmas tree? For all of you girly ladies out there that just can’t get enough pink in your life, grab yourself a gorgeous flocked tree and add all the shades of blush, rouge and mauve your heart desires. Have a little girl who wants her own christmas tree? This would be perfect for her bedroom! Photos courtesy of (clockwise) May There Be Bubbly blog, Fox Hollow Cottage blog and Strawberry Chic blog.

Rustic Christmas To some, when they think of their family Christmas tree they imagine their mom’s dried orange garlands or their neices and nephews salt dough ornaments they made last year. You can still have a gorgeous tree with simple rustic touches and family-made details. It makes it so much more special. Photos courtesy of (clockwise) Jenna Sue Design Co. and Farmhouse Fixxer Upper blog.


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DIY with Kids

Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments I used to dream of Christmas trees packed full of beautiful ornaments that all matched my color scheme...just like the ones you see all over Pinterest. And then I had kids. Don’t get me wrong; those perfectly planned trees are beautiful, but give me a tree full of handprints, paper crafts, and hot glued ornaments any day! I love reminiscing each year as we grow our family ornament collection until there’s hardly any room left on the tree! Hands down, our favorite ornaments each year are our homemade salt dough ornaments. They are cheap, and so simple...they do require a bit of patience to do them right, though! The key is letting them air dry. They set up so much better than being baked. And you can turn those sweet little handprints into just about anything.

my go-to recipe 1. Mix the ingredients together in a large bowl, it’s hard to mess up and easy to make a mess with!

• 1 c up f lour • ½ c up salt • ½ c up water

2. Let the kids join in and then roll out the dough and stamp hand or footprints or use cookie cutters to create your shapes. Again, let them air dry. This can take a couple of days depending on the thickness.

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3. Once dry, use acrylic paint to decorate them. I love using paint on little stamps to add lettering. You can even use paint markers once you have a nice base coat of paint applied. 4. Make sure you use a clear shellac spray to keep them preserved year after year! They also make for pretty sweet Christmas gifts or gift tags!

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Buying for the little ones can sometimes be super tough because there is so much out there to pick from! Depending on age group you wonder, “what do they really need?”. We’ve put together a few go-to gifts that are perfect for specific age groups to help our kiddos continue to learn and grow into the new year!


L arge B aby St ack in g R in gs , $ 4 9 | Av ail abl e at C rat e & B ar rel l

ages 0-12 months

Ruf f le d P i m a Bla n ke t i n C h a r lo t t e p r i n t , $ 5 6 ( wi t h monogram) | Av a i la b le a t Be lla Bli s s

Oh, and those pretty color-coordinated trees...we have those in our house too! You can’t ever have too many Christmas trees. But, Our Favorite they’ll never compare to our tree full of handMaterials made treasures. El eph an t B am boo S u c t ion D iv ider P l at e, $ 2 2 | Av ail abl e at KoKoK ids Et sy


Pe r s o n a li z e d T wo To n e L i t t le R e a d e r To d d le r C h a i r, $ 9 7 | Av a i la b le a t C us t o m To d d le r Chair Etsy

ages 1-3 years

K n ox ’ s N igh t N igh t an d Noel l e’ s N igh t N igh t , $ 6 2 | Av ail abe at T h e B eau for t B on n et C ompany

C ook ’ s C or n er Wooden P l ay K it ch en , $ 12 9 | Av ail abl e at Mel is s a an d D ou g

school starters Per sonalized Quilted Backpack by Stephen Joseph, $27 | Available at Inspir ing Stitches Etsy

JESSI TURNER Fruitful Phases Blog @fruitfulphases Kids A r t Smock, $24 | Available at Cr ate & Bar r el

ages 4-6 years

A ppl e A ppl ique Pet er Pa n S h or t S et , $ 6 6 | Av ai lb le at L it t le En g l ish


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p m I In 2015 Elizabeth Wilson Designs was born out of a love of ruffles, gingham and a twist of whimsy. If you’re looking for the perfect outfit inspo for the holiday season, then look no further than this gal. She’s got style, class and a little spunk that we can all get behind. She picked a few fall/ winter staples to start your holiday wardrobe. Shop her fall collection that’s out now!

Nancy Jane top in chambray

Judy Lanien dress in ivory/red plaid

Katherine top in leopard corduroy


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Prevention story by jean gibowski, cvpm brighton animal clinic

This year has been a record for hurricanes. Why should that matter for our pets? Because hurricanes displace many pets. Shelters fill up as people who have lost homes have no where for their pets to go, and already crowded shelters there try to empty out ahead of a hurricane in case they lose power or worse. And so rescues and individuals from around the country work hard to move the displaced pets out of the way of the hurricane and dogs from regions that are endemic with heartworms are moved to places with lower rates of heartworm infection, setting up a different type of perfect storm. Heartworms are spread my mosquitos and dogs with a mild infection will show no outward symptoms of the disease. The microfilaria of the heartworm however, are in the dog’s bloodstream and all it takes is one bite from a mosquito to spread this potentially fatal disease to other dogs. So let’s say that the cute dog recently rescued from the Gulf is at the dog park playing with all of new dogg y friends. The owner is excited to show off the new dog she just saved and hasn’t had the dog to the vet yet. As the dog romps and plays and enjoys his new life and new friends, he is bit by a mosquito. That mosquito also bites two of his friends. The microfilaria streaming through his bloodstream has now been transferred to his friends by that single mosquito. Luckily, there are a lot of preventatives on the market so you can protect your dog from these infections. Heartworm preventatives are given monthly year round and not only prevent heartworm infections but help guard your pet from intestinal parasites as well (also very prevalent at dog parks). Every year your vet will draw a little bit of blood from your dog to be sure he is not infected. If the worst happens and your dog does get heartworms, there are treatments, but they are painful and infection will cause life long damage to your dog’s heart and liver. In Kentucky heartworm are becoming more and more common… even without displaced pets. Our warmer winters have caused a mosquito explosion and even dogs who don’t venture out much are at risk….I killed a mosquito in my house this morning. A simple once a month treat could save your dog’s life.


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Large antique brass jewelry box in white lacquer, $275 | Kendra Scott at The Summit

Diamond by the Yard Necklace (0.30-carat) 14k white gold, $1299 | Richter Phillips 859-475-1880 513-241-3510

14k gold horse shoe earring, $620 | A Little Silver Lining 859-333-0458

Diana necklace with freshwater pearls & 18KT gold finish by Spartina, $98 | My Favorite Things

Andi mule in leopard print, $158 | Peppermint Palm 859-264-0923

Matte Revolution lipstick in “Very Victoria� by Charlotte Tilbury, $34 | Sephora

f e ladies Essential tech case in blush, $59 | Mark and Graham

Triple Sec 3-in-1 finishing spray in blanc scent, $26 | The Dry Bar

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Voluspa candle in blackberry rose, $37 | Worldsapart

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Storm cowhide wristlet by Hobo, $158 | Olive You Boutique 859-625-1328

Caviar beaded bracelet by Lagos, $295 | Richter Phillips 513-241-3510

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The Bourbon Country Cookbook, $29 | Worldsapart

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UK mens Ultimate Flannel lounge pant, $29.99 | Kentucky Branded 859-273-0122 | 859-543-8892

Dopp Kit in olive faux leather, $25 | Peggy’s Gifts 859-255-3188

KY Jesus Beard Oil, $24.99 | Midnight Rooster midniterooster. com

Indy high-top blucher workboot in brown chromexcel by Alden, $573 | Howard & Miller

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Barrel aged cider 7oz candleBARREL AGED CIDER, $24 | Wixology Candles wixologycandles. com

Golf cart socks by Unsimply Stitched, $12 | Poppy & Pomelo poppyandpomelo. com 859-259-3926

Apple Watch strap in natural, $150 | Clayton & Crume

Gentleman’s Hardware premium classic 7-piece shoe shine polish & cleaning kit, $49 | My Favorite Things | 859-264-0923

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Bourbon bottle lamp, from $175 | The Barrell Market 859-321-2293


6 Bottle Wine Rack in white marble and gold, $34.99 | World Market

Stackable beaded Bujukan bangle by Gabriel New York, starting at $595 | Richter Phillips 513-241-3510

Grande SoHo link bracelet by Julie Vos, $295 | Cotton Patch 859-269-8839

Big O silicone marble key ring, $25.99 | Peggy’s Gifts 859-255-3188

c i ms h e Silk pillowcases in silver and gold by slip, $8 | Bloomingdales

Original hair elastic in gold by invisibobble, $8 | Target

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Our Home 2020 Ornament, $16 | Anthropologie


Glass & gold beehive vase, $30 | Adele Lexington 859-266-9930

Gold lucite dominoes set, $120 | Anthropologie

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Tyler Diva Wash, $10 | Peggy’s Gifts 859-264-0923

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Blond Tabac Corta Maison boxed glass jar candle by Voluspa, $36 | My Favorite Things

Mimi’s Pantry Pack salsa trio, $18 | Screamin’ Mimi’s 202-557-8431

Drink Champagne pack of 20 cocktail napkins, $5 | Poppy and Pomelo

the COZYCHICŽ safari blanket, $136 | Barefoot Dreams

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Bulova tabletop clock with brushed & polished aluminum finish, $80 | My Favorite Things | 859-264-0923

Engraved bourbon barrel head, from $125 | The Barrell Market 859-321-2293

Eat Local holiday basket, prices vary | Epping’s and Cole’s

Wine bottle cooler in white by VinglacĂŠ, $89.50 | Pottery Barn

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UK game night gift basket, $39.99 | Kentucky Branded 859-273-0122 | 859-543-8892

Kentucky State Mary Ann Pillow, $90 | Rebecca Ray Design

Keeneland Men’s UK camo perth quarter zip by Peter Millar, $135 | Keeneland Shop

Blue horse face mask, $12 | Worldsapart 859-288-4236

Elle gold drop earrings In navy cat’s eye, $55 | Kendra Scott at The Summit 859-475-1880

my oclkdy k mue ho UK truck ornament, $22 | Kentucky Branded 859-273-0122 859-543-8892

Oxford micro sutton quilted crossbody by Dazzle, $165 | MZ Wallace

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Makers Mark blue wax barrel decanter, $115 | Kentucky Branded 859-273-0122 859-543-8892

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Doodle bar towel, $15 | Worldsapart

Popsicle sidewalk chalk, $10 | Peggy;s Gifts | 859-255-3188

Jelly Cat medium Billie giraffe, $32 | Worldsapart

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American Rose swaddle, $15 | Poppy and Pomelo

Fall Ramsey Pima jammies in Charlotte print, $58 | Bella Bliss

Kind is cool teether by Bella Tunno, $13 | Worldsapart 859-846-5295

Knit pom pom hat in periwinkle, $36 | Bella Bliss 859-846-5295

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Dalmation swaddle, $15 | Poppy and Pomelo

Stripe organza scrunchies by Lily and Momo, $8 | Poppy and Pomelo

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For the Ultimate Sports Fan Coach Hall: My Life On and Off the Court by Joe B. Hall with Marianne Walker, $26.95

Changing the Game: My Career in Collegiate Sports Marketing by Jim Host, $34.95

For the True-Crime Enthusiast The Murder of Marion Miley by Beverly Bell, $19.95

For the Fiction Lover Even As We Breathe: A Novel by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, $24.95

For the Bourbon Aficionado Kentucky Bourbon Which Fork Do I Use with My Bourbon? Country: The Essential Setting the Table for Tastings, Food Travel Guide, Third Edition Pairings, Dinners, and Cocktail Parties by Susan Reigler, $24.95 by Peggy Noe Stevens and Susan Reigler, $29.95 November 2020 |


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! e i f l e s r u o y e k ta Stop by151 Martin Luther King Blvd and take a selďŹ e in front of this gorgeous mural to show your support for small and local Lexington businesses! Then post your photo with the tag #LocallyLexington for your chance to win a dinner for 2 at Carson’s.

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accessory magic Don’t be shy when it comes to your accessories. Especially around the holidays, adding playful details in your jewelry or a clutch will bring your outfit to life. Bangle bracelet in gold with jewel stone details Clutch with bow detail in metallic lavender by Sondra Roberts All available at Bella Rose


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wrapped in As we strut our way into the holiday season we’re loving all things glitz and glam, with a sip of bourbon, of course!

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Whether keeping it small or going out for a romantic dinner for two, we’ve got the perfect style guide for your plans.

PHOT OS Amy Wallen Photography Christopher Michael Images ST Y LING Courtney Desrochers LO C AT I O N Lynwood Estates Bourbon on Rye HAIR + MAKEUP Blush & Glow

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satin silhouettes If you’re going for a simple look like one-toned satin, then get creative with the silhouette. Draped and dramatic necklines or wrapping and ruching will bring so much personality. Both dresses can be found at Bella Rose. Garland by Alexandra Pollos


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dynamic duo Make a statement with mixing textures and patterns. T hey always say two is better than one, so don’t be afraid of a garment with more than one detail. With embroidery, velvet and shiny satin in the perfect antique gold, you can’t go wrong. Both dresses can be found at Bella Rose.

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all things gold If you’re going for that monocromatic look, then gold is the way to go. Find statement earrings in the perfect sparkling hue to really bring your outfit to life. Drop earrings with jewel detail in antique gold Cuff bracelet with jewel detail in antique gold Available at Bella Rose


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Location: Bardstown Bourbon Co.

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Bardstown Bourbon Company’s Modern, Authentic Approach photos courtesy of Bardstown Bourbon Company

When we were envisioning our November cover, we wanted a location that married the glamour of our holiday dreams with the warmth and comfort of home. Bardstown Bourbon Company fit the bill perfectly. Nothing says “Kentucky” quite like bourbon. But Bardstown Bourbon Company’s unique approach to the industry pushes the boundaries through innovation while honoring the traditional art of making whiskey. Their beautiful, state-of-the-art facilities perfectly bridge the rich history and incredible future of bourbon. Bardstown Bourbon Company has so much to offer outside of the bottle. From a truly incredible restaurant to some spectacular new ways to discover Kentucky’s spirit, this distillery understands that bourbon is an experience meant to be savored.

COLLABORAT IV E DIST ILLING PROGRAM Located in the heart of Bourbon Country on 100 acres of active farmland, Bardstown Bourbon Company is one of the country’s most modern and technically advanced whiskey distilleries. Celebrating the art of making high-quality, authentic whiskey, BBCo. produces nearly 40 mash bills of custom rye, whiskey and bourbon for some of the most prominent brands, including Jefferson’s, High West, Belle Meade, Hirsch, Calumet and many others through its one-of-a-kind Collaborative Distilling Program.


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V ISIT OR’S CENT ER – TOURS & TAST INGS Bardstown Bourbon Company is one of the few distilleries along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail that is currently open. Master Distiller Steve Nally and his team combine the Kentucky traditions of whiskey making with the latest technical innovations to produce an unparalleled destination experience for visitors. Guests can enjoy cocktail classes featuring sensory and tasting exercises in the upstairs classroom and state-of-the-art Rickhouse, as well as multiple guided tours throughout the distillery.

T HE KIT CHEN & BAR AT BARDST OW N BOURBON COMPANY This Kitchen & Bar is one of the only full-service distillery restaurants located within the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The spacious dining room affords socially distanced tables, as well as plenty of outdoor seating to make for a safe and comfortable dining experience. The airy and inviting dining area features modern lighting fixtures, plush green velvet couches, brown leather chairs and greenery throughout. Large glass windows offer sprawling views of the property, the barrel warehouses, and the distillery. Combining all elements of the distillery, beverage and culinary teams, the revamped lunch, brunch and dinner menus feature classic Kentucky dishes celebrating local farms and regional businesses from executive chef Stewart “Stu” Plush. The expert bar team offers a one-of-a-kind barrel-aged program featuring expert craft cocktails like the Ship Shape – a bourbon cocktail served on a smoked Bardstown Bourbon Company barrel stave.


V INTAGE W HISKEY LIBRARY Also available for small, private events, the restaurant’s newly redesigned whiskey library features more than 400 vintage American whiskeys from across the globe curated by renowned whiskey author, Fred Minnick.

PET E’S PLACE Available for small, private events, Pete’s Place is a mesmerizing new tasting lounge named after the late founder of Bardstown Bourbon Company, Peter Loftin. The lounge is attached to the all-glass barrel viewing room, where certain in-person tours will get to taste and thieve straight from the barrel.

In partnership with Moonshine University, the “World’s Top Whiskey Taster” finale will be held at the distillery on Saturday, November 14 at 1:30 p.m. The winner will be awarded a cash prize of $20,000 with a contract to represent Bardstown Bourbon Company as a Distillery Ambassador at some of the country’s top whiskey festivals in 2021. The winner will also receive a scholarship to Moonshine University’s Executive Bourbon Steward certification program and a trip to Bardstown, Kentucky, where they’ll blend a custom product with Steve Nally. It will not be open to spectators due to COVID-19 protocols. A digital production of the event will be released immediately after the competition wraps. Visit to learn more. •

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uth and Adam met at church five years ago, but didn’t have their first date until two years later. They clearly hit it off. As Ruth put it, “... and the rest is history!” Adam was born and raised in Winchester while Ruth moved to the area from Charlotte, NC to attend grad school. When their search began for a wedding venue, they found a gem in Danville. “We thought Warrenwood Manor was absolutely beautiful! Their team was really helpful and fun to work with,” Ruth explained. “We couldn’t have dreamed of a better venue!” On the way to their ceremony, the couple spotted a beautiful rainbow in the sky. The forecast called for rain in the afternoon, but it stayed only misty and overcast until the late-night guests were leaving -- and then it came a torrential downpour! “We were thankful it held out to the very end!” The wedding ceremony was full of heartfelt moments. Ruth’s father passed away when she was young. Her aunt and uncle were able to come all the way from Ireland to walk her down the aisle, a special moment for each of them. Two of the couple’s friends sang a duet and the bride and groom presented their mothers with roses to honor them for everything they’ve done for their children. Ruth is a direct support professional for clients with intellectual disabilities; their ring bearer was someone very special to them who is a person with Autism. They were proud to have him as a part of their day.

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he couple loved the personal details of the day’s décor. “Jeannie Gorrell blew us away with the bouquets and floral designs! They are still to this day the most beautiful wedding bouquets we’ve ever seen,” Ruth said. “Friends of ours decorated the tables with picture frames, candles, bouquets and lanterns.” The peaches, oranges and golds in their palette were the perfect accents to their October wedding date. The food was just as important to the couple. “Adam’s aunt (of Suzie’s Sweets) made our beautiful cake and cupcakes, which were delicious. LaDonna’s Catering is amazing, as well! She goes above and beyond with all kinds of thoughtful touches for your special day,” Ruth reflected. The couple has this advice for others planning their weddings: “Splurge on the things that are really important to both of you and cut out anything that you don’t really need or can live without. Make sure you have a really good DJ! Ours was excellent, and our friends still talk about what a great job he did.” One thing the couple might’ve changed if they had it to do all over again? The day of the week. “We probably would have chosen a Saturday instead of a Sunday, as our guests would have been able to stay later,” Ruth said. “We also would have invited more people: we tried to be really careful with our guest list numbers, and as it turned out, we could have invited more of our friends and loved ones.” For Adam and Ruth, the most important moments of their big day centered around sharing the moment with all their loved ones, who traveled from near and far to be there for them. From getting ready with the wedding party to dancing to the Backstreet Boys at the reception, each moment was about celebrating a love to last a lifetime.


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AVANT-GARDE ITALIAN: Marrying the Old World & Modern Tastes at ItalX

Every great restaurant starts with a vision. Jonathan Lundy and T Cox, owners of Corto Lima, were tasked with the concept development for Ital in partnership with Greer Companies. “ e sought the best culinary legacy in Lexington and grabbed the Corto Lima duo, Chef Jonathan Lundy & T Cox,” said Lee Greer, President. “Together, we have the opportunity to create something special and different on the block we are the proudest of. This collaboration brings innovative ideas to the cornerstone of the City Center project.” For the interior, the team envisioned an open air market that meets a Mediterranean bistro. From the 00 million year old quartzite bar to the individually laid tile, the mounted ceiling beams to the earthy green velvet banquettes, each detail has been meticulously curated. Interior designer Cara Lundy Drion (who worked on Jonathan’s and Corto Lima) developed luxurious touches with a beautiful wine palette. “People’s eyes light up when they walk in and we welcome them with warmth and excitement. Ital has instantly become a total sensory experience,” said Marketing Media & Brand Design manager Brie Lowry Cox. “Our team is proud to instill our philosophies to one of Lexington’s most prominent corners and newest restaurants as we pay homage to Italian ideals: quality, fresh ingredients and sincere hospitality.” The menu feels like a marriage of Old orld tastes and modern sensibilities. Each dish focuses on simplicity, with a little twist that makes every bite a totally new experience for diners. The pasta is made by hand, an aspect of the eatery that is near and dear to Chef Jonathan Lundy’s heart. “I have been really excited about the manufacturing of the pasta. Now, it’s so much more than that. I am seeing it all come together from preparations to your table as an experience. Ital has brought Lexington something new and different,” said Lundy. The wine is another important piece of what makes Ital so special. Handselected Italian wines help make every meal an eye-opening moment. “My favorite part is watching a guest’s face light up when they experience a new wine for the first time,” said T Cox, certified sommelier. “Ital has shown me that it’s possible to have your favorites for the first time--again. our favorite Italian dishes are reinvented for the first time... like the fried pizza, just as an example.” Opening a new restaurant is always a stressful experience, but opening during a global pandemic was a unique problem for the Ital team. Fortunately, they have felt supported every step of the way. “Our team is grateful for the continued support by Greer Companies, which has enabled Jonathan and T to create something unique for Lexington’s dining scene,” explained Brie Lowry Cox. “ e are motivated to create jobs and continuously enrich the cultural fabric of Lexington. e hope to provide people a dining experience unlike anything else in the heart of our city.” Chef Lundy added, “It has been a challenge, especially this year. Fortunately, our guests have quickly grown to love the space and the dishes, as many people already wish to return and try out more of our menu.”



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Executive Chef and Lexington restaurant owner Cole Arimes has been making the family’s Thanksgiving turkey together with his mother, Bekki Turnbull, for more than thirty years. Their family recipe brings the best of a traditional Thanksgiving turkey to the table, every year. Bekki and Cole prefer to brine their turkey (a 16-18 lb bird) for a full 2 hours prior to preparing to cook. ccording to Cole, the brining ensures that the turkey turn out juicy, no matter what quality bird you purchase. ant his dressing recipe? Visit!

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Roughly chop all produce and add to a five-gallon bucket. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add a large raw turkey, making sure it is completely covered in the brine solution. Brine for at least 2 hours before cooking. Can also be kept in a cooler if unable to store in the refrigerator.

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Cole and Bekki cook for their family every year, sometimes for groups of up to 45 people! Cole closes his restaurants each year so all ta ca w t t r am y. Thanksgiving is Cole’s favorite holiday of the year! It’s all about his three favorite things: food, family and friends.



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Thanksgiving Bringing out the best in amily dysfunction since 3. Anonymous The holidays have a way of bringing out both the best and the worst in us. Careless comments made at the dinner table can leave a bitter taste for months to come. nd this year offers some special challenges with families choosing to celebrate in new and untested ways. Psychologist Robin Salyer Fleischer offers some sage advice on how to keep this holiday as sweet as candied yams.



Discuss your best vacation or dream destination. Name a valuable lesson or skill you’ve learned over quarantine. sk grandparents parents to talk about their wedding day or the days the children were born. Discuss books or movies that changed you in a positive way. nd, of course, you can go around the table and have each person announce what they are most thankful for this year.

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If you’re opting for the traditional family gathering, Fleischer offers this basic rule “Keep in mind that being polite, thankful,’ and kind is always in style. So, talk about subjects that one is grateful for, say kind things to others, and respond respectfully when spoken to. This will generate a safe environment’ for conversation.”

However, if cousin Melissa can’t hold her tongue (or Uncle Frank can’t hold his liquor) and tensions do arise, there are a few things you can do keep it from it turning into an all out food fight. ccording to Fleischer, “It is good to think through possible scenarios prior to going to a family function, especially if tensions and arguments have been known to happen. lways, always have an exit plan to keep yourself psychologically and emotionally protected. If you feel uncomfortable when tensions break out, feel free to go ahead and leave we don’t have to play referee at every family game.”

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Fleischer, who is a Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider, has seen firsthand how effective communicating via oom or another platform can be. She says, “Perhaps a virtual holiday dinner can be in the works. Share recipes prior and bring the family together through a oom mealtime. It’s time to be creative and to give ourselves permission to switch and pivot’ with new plans.” Here are a few tips to make your virtual soiree a success: Planning makes perfect decide on the number of courses and plan a shared menu, so you will each be enjoying the same foods at the same time. Do a mini, mock run the week prior, so you don’t waste time with lighting, sound, or technical glitches on the day. Set the table. Use your best china and cherished glassware to add an element of elegance. Choose either a simultaneous soundtrack or silence, so you

For an added element of fun, each person can pick a different oom background to re ect their personality.

Table for One, Please. nd, finally, if either health concerns, financial restrictions, or personal preference cause you to opt for dining alone, there are still ways you can feel connected. Fleischer states, “Sharing with others what we have, volunteering in the community, and being thankful even in our challenges, will create an atmosphere of gratitude and celebration.” So, take the opportunity to start a gratitude journal, donate to a worthy cause, volunteer, write letters or emails to family members telling them why you appreciate them, or spend time in nature and re ect on its wonder. Ultimately, the holidays are about celebrating another year passed and acknowledging there are fewer to come. Fleischer says, “Life and holidays are about joy. It’s not a dress rehearsal, and we only have one opportunity to enjoy our time.”

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BY DICK GABIREL | PHOTOS BY WOODY PHILLIPS The pandemic of 2020 has robbed us of so many moments and events; it’s hard to keep track of them all. One of them, the University of Kentucky Hall of Distinguished Alumni ceremony, was to include UK All-American women’s basketball player Valerie Still. She to this day owns the school scoring record. Isolated at her New Jersey home, Still decided to organize an event of her own, which is why on October 9, she and her former teammates, along with staff members from the 198182 Lady Kats (as they were known then) gathered at the UK Alumni House. Socially distanced, all wearing masks with fans joining via video conferencing, they celebrated the memory of their 1982 Southeastern Conference championship – still the only women’s basketball title in school history. Valerie Still went on to a pro career, both in Europe and in America; her name still dots the UK record book. And even though she pulled together the event, she was determined that

it would not be about her – or even basketball, for that matter. She wanted it to be about people – the ones in the room, and beyond. “Today with the pandemic, we need to bring people together,” she says. “This is all about, How do we overcome all these things that divide us? And I think sports does that in a way that’s not patronizing.” She wanted to be certain fans from today and yester-year understand that while she may have been the All-American, she was nothing without her teammates. “Patty Jo Hedges and Lea Wise,” UK’s starting guards that season, “were the most unselfish and talented players but (without) an ounce of selfishness or arrogance.” Sadly, their head coach was absent. Terry Hall succumbed to cancer in 1997 at age 52. Hall had taken over for Debbie Yow,

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who had recruited the majority of the squad. Their personalities couldn’t have been more different. Yow resembled a free spirit; Hall, more tactical and disciplined. “When [Yow] left,” says Still, “a lot of people were upset. We were like kids who loved mom and now she’s leaving and now we’ve got step-mom coming in. Terry Hall was from U of L. We hated them. ‘Why are you hiring her?’ ” But they came around as Hall guided them to the top of the conference, past Pat Summitt’s Tennessee Lady Vols and into the history books. “This team, this young group of girls,” Still says, “fighting stereotypes and identity crises and still getting on the court and doing what we did… especially at UK, which is a men’s basketball haven.” Never was that more apparent to her and some of her teammates than the day they wandered into Memorial Coliseum at noon, when the court unofficially belonged each day to then-Athletics Director Cliff Hagan, a former UK All-American himself.

Hagan conducted daily pickup games during his lunch breaks. The girls? They wanted in. “We showed up one day, these snotty-nosed girls, wanting to get into their game,” Still says. “By the end of the year, they embraced us, coming over and playing with them. It’s all about respect.” And now the vintage Lady Kats own a tangible symbol of respect. At the celebration each of them, players and staff alike, received championship rings after all these years, a symbol of what they accomplished by pulling together. “I’ve been on (pro) teams that have had the most talented players and were not able to win,” Still says. Then she described the Columbus Quest, the pro team she led to a pair of titles in the now-defunct ABL. “Each player knew they played a role. No matter how small or big, it was significant.” That same attitude led to a gathering of Lady Kats, nearly 40 years later, to smile, laugh and celebrate a championship season.





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If you watched the NBA playoffs, you couldn’t help but notice how former University of Kentucky players Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro seemed to emerge on the national scene. Adebayo was an all-star for the first time in his three years in the league and Herro was one of the top rookies. However, during the Miami Heat’s march to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers, both former Cats became national names. Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra certainly appreciates both players. “I think we all feel very blessed to have somebody like Bam that fits our fabric, our culture. He is wise, competitive, savvy and mature way beyond his years. I have to remind myself sometimes that he just turned 23 in the bubble here. He feels like he’s 28-years-old,” Spoelstra said. He added, “He feels like he’s been in the league for 10 years. There is no ceiling to his potential. Tyler, he was a teenager when we started this bubble, and he’s totally different now from even where he was in January. Because of the way he approaches it and works, he will continue to get remarkably better fast.”


BAM & Herro During the Miami Heat’s march to the NBA finals, both former Cats became national names.


Herro became the youngest player to start an NBA Finals at 20 years, 256 days old. Herro broke the record for most 3-pointers (48) by a rookie in NBA playoff history and became the sixth rookie to score over 300 points (335) in the playoffs – something only one player has done since 1979. He was the fourth rookie since 1971 to score 37 or more points in a playoff game and the first player 20 or younger to score 37 in a conference final. Herro scored in double figures in 20 straight playoff games before the streak was snapped in the final game. Still, he averaged 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Herro created some of his motivation when he felt snubbed in the 2019 draft by being picked 13th. “The 12 guys ahead of me definitely are in the back of my head all the time,” Herro said. Travis Riesop, Herro’s high school coach in Wisconsin, said it takes time to appreciate Herro’s talent. “He has that sneaky athleticism. He is like a predator in the weeds, just sitting and waiting for his opportunity. If he sees success, then his confidence really goes through the roof,” Riesop said. “That kid is just fantastic and now the nation is seeing that.” Adebayo had a dramatic block of a potential game-winning dunk by Jayson Tatum in the Eastern Conference Finals. Hall of Famer Magic Johnson called it the best block he’s ever seen in a playoff game. Adebayo also had a career-high 32 points, 14 rebounds and five assists – something only LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal had done for Miami — in another playoff win. He was the seventh player in NBA history age 23 or younger to have at least 30 points and 14 rebounds in the Conference Finals. Kentucky coach John Calipari says Adebayo has created a new position — point center — because of his terrific passing skills. Cal said nothing surprises him about Adebayo because of the drive he’s always had to provide for his mother after the sacrifices she made for him. “Where we come from… most people don’t make it out and just to be one of those people that made it out and is making an impact on his team and himself and his mother, that’s a big accomplishment for me,” Adebayo said. He averaged 17.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.0 blocks per game in 19 playoff games and shot 56.4 percent from the field. Even with those numbers, Spoelstra thinks Adebayo is only going to get better. “He’s going to become one of the great winners just because he’s so competitive. You can’t put an analytic to his game and that’s probably why he was overlooked in college. He competes every single possession. He’s really going into a leadership role. Way beyond his years. His offensive game is just growing daily,” the Heat coach said. •

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BY DAN KOETT | PHOTOS BY WOODY PHILLIPS & RON MORROW On a picture-perfect day, the 2020 Barbasol Championship’s Charity Golf Tournament, which was played on Friday, October 16 at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville, hit a hole in one, raising $205,000 for its Caddie127 charity partners. The tournaments, presenting sponsors Central Bank, Davis H. Elliot Company, Lexus of Lexington, Studio46, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and UK HealthCare were able to make something extraordinary happen for Kentucky nonprofits during a year when the PGA TOUR Barbasol Championship wasn’t played due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Benefiting charities included All God’s Children, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, the Kentucky Region of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Refuge for Women, and the Woodhill Community Center (Lexington Leadership Foundation). Barbasol Championship and the PGA TOUR also honored the newly launched First Tee Greater Lexington organization.

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“The support for our Caddie127 partner charities generated by our amazing sponsors and local corporate teams is truly humbling,” said Bryan Pettigrew, Tournament Director for the Barbasol Championship. “At a time when our world is still navigating the waters of a global pandemic, Kentucky stepped up to ensure the missions of these exceptional nonprofit organizations would continue to be fulfilled.” Touring PGA golfers Wes Roach, Morehead State’s Josh Teater, and former Wildcats Chip McDaniel and Stephen Stallings, Jr. were on hand to help teams with their drives and share tips with the participating teams. The PGA TOUR’s charitable donations recently surpassed $3.05 billion, which includes donations made by tournaments like the Barbasol Championship and others on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Korn Ferry Tour, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR Series-China. The Barbasol Championship returns in 2021 and will played July 15 – 18, 2021 at Champions at Keene Trace. The Barbasol Championship provides its winner with 300 FedEx Cup Points and a two-year PGA TOUR exemption and a trip to the PGA Championship. The 2019 winner of the Barbasol Championship was Jim Herman. “We’re looking forward to the Barbasol Championship returning to the Bluegrass next summer and watching some of the best golfers put on a show for our fans and community,” Pettigrew added.



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kay, fine. So it’s not technically a charcuterie board without… well, charcuterie. But when this trend took to the ‘Gram earlier this year, people weren’t so worried about semantics. Everyone was just looking for an unfussy way to make quarantine dining (such as it was) feel a little more special, elevating midday snacktime. Think grown-up Lunchables. That “make it work” spirit is what’s going to make food boards the star of your holiday celebrations… no matter how un-fancy they may be this year. “Charcuterie” is a French term for a whole branch of cooking that centers on preparing meat products. Most are preserved in some fashion, like through smoking or salt curing. By giving those meats longer shelf lives, charcuterie was a food for the peasant

class – something you wouldn’t probably guess when you order a charcuterie board at a schmancy restaurant. Breads, olives, oils, fruits and spreads were natural additions to charcuterie boards, all to help you experience the cured meats in new ways. But as the idea of what could go with charcuterie expanded, so did our thinking about what a “charcuterie board” was in the first place. After all, we’ve been serving cheese sans charcuterie on boards for ages. Why not throw it all out and have cookies, instead?! (Truly, great words to live by.) The versatility of the charcuterie moderne means you can steal this idea whether you’re having a Friendsgiving on the patio or a romantic holiday at home.

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T he Traditional There’s nothing like a classic to make your holiday feel comforting and timeless. While there aren’t rules for charcuterie boards, strictly speaking, the basic gist is that you want a balance of meats, breads, cheeses and accoutrement. • Pre-sliced meats: prosciutto, guanciale, mortadella, Ibérico ham or speck • Meats for guests to slice themselves: hard salami or smoked sausage • Spreads and dips: pâté, tapenade, hummus • Cheeses: choose to complement your other selections, but one bold cheese, one soft cheese and one hard cheese will usually do it (short on space? soft, spreadable cheeses can pull double-duty for the “spreads” category!) • Bread Elements: crackers, toast, crispy breadsticks • Extras: figs, pomegranates, cranberries, olives, giardiniera, grapes, dried fruit • One pretty thing: sprigs of rosemary, sage leaves, orange peel twists

T IP: Worried that your diners might feel intimidated by your fancy charcuterie board? Write out the spread menu with descriptions of each product to help them navigate the flavors. Helpful hints about smart bite pairings would surely be welcome, too!

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• Pick a color scheme: whether it’s red and green, blue and white or monochromatic, cohesive colors will help elevate the whole look. (Meaghan went peppermint colors AND flavors! How fun is that?) • See stars: notice how this round board radiates out from the center? Placing your goods in clever shapes creates structure. • More is always more! Follow @everyday_table on Instagram

• Fry hard: Have a plan of attack to ensure that everything makes it to the board nice and hot. Make use of the air fryer, your oven and any other fryalator you’ve got on hand and get crackin’. • I dip, you dip, we dip: honey mustard, buffalo wing sauce, ranch, bleu cheese dressing, ketchup and more! • Remember fresh: crudités, chopped green onions, parsley and radishes will be a nice break from the heavy fried stuff.

• Carb it up: Pancakes, waffles, crêpes and French toast all work wonderfully! • Top it up: add sliced fresh fruit, jimmies, whipped cream, syrups, jams and nuts. • Meat: if your guests need a little savory to kick start their morning, bacon and sausage are a natural friend of the pancake

Let’s be honest: new ways to have dessert are our favorite innovations. This platter by Meaghan of Everyday Tables will make your guests say, “Ho, Ho, Ho-ly cuteness!” Here’s how to make one happen:


Okay, this bad board is about as un-fussy as it gets. If your family is more into the Turkey Day football game than the parade, this board might just be for you!

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The problem of what to eat on the morning of the big meal is finally solved! This breakfast spread invites everyone to serve themselves (because it’s too darn early!)

T IP: Make your boards COVID-friendly with individual tongs for each guest. You could also serve everyone from the board.

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