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November 2012 vol. 6 no. 11

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Out & About Keeneland Fall Meet Leukemia/Lymphoma Light the Night Big in the Bluegrass Wine, Women and Shoes Makenna Foundation Art of Making Miracles Makenna Foundation Art of Making Miracles (cont.) Seton Catholic School Evening with the Stars Big Blue Madness Reader Show-offs TOPS October Preview Party TOPS October Preview Party (cont.) Rotary Club of Lexington Featuring Coach Cal Rotary Club of Lexington Featuring Coach Cal (cont.) Ladies Night for the Nest: Fabulous Hats Itzhak Perlman Concert TOP Shots


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Community Calendar Finance: Cliff Notes Sports: Dear Kentucky Football Family: Brotherly Love Food: Casanova Italian Restaurant Pets: Grieving the Loss of a Pet Sal’s Feeding the Hungry for Thanksgiving Relationships: Thanksgiving Dinner Parties: Thanksgiving Etiquette: Starting Thankgiving Traditions Gardening: Wrap-up of Summer 2012 Weddings: Mother of the Bride


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

Friday, November 2nd American Diabetes Association Gala 7PM RJ Corman Hangar Dia de Los Muertos Ballet 7:30PM Lexington Opera House

Saturday, November 3rd UK Football v Vanderbilt Commonwealth Stadium Campfire and Starlight Gala 7PM-11PM The Signature Club Alltech Countryside Canter 5K 8AM Kentucky Horse Park Mayback Music Group 7:30PM Rupp Arena Ron White Moral Compass Tour 7PM Singletary Center

Sunday, November 4th WUKY Presents: David Sedaris 7:30PM Singletary Center The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 2PM Lexington Children’s Theatre Approach: Pop-up Performances Downtown

Monday, November 5th UK Men’s Basketball v Transylvania Rupp Arena


UK Women’s Basketball v Bellarmine Memorial Coliseum

Wednesday, November 7th WVLK 65th Anniversary & Salute to Joe B Hall 6PM-9PM The Red Mile Clubhouse

Thursday, November 8th SCAPA & Friends of the Art School: The Little Mermaid 7PM Lexington Opera House

Friday, November 9th UK Men’s Basketball v Maryland 8:30PM Away Holly Day Market 9AM-5PM Alltech Arena Hardland Holiday Bazzar 2PM-8PM Hartland Club House SCAPA & Friends of the Art School: The Little Mermaid 8PM Lexington Opera House Blue Man Group 8PM EKU Center for the Arts

Saturday, November 10th UK Women’s Basketball v Delaware State Memorial Coliseum Legends Rummage Sale 7AM-1PM Whitaker Bank Ballpark Holly Day Market 9AM-5PM Alltech Arena

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 2PM & 7PM Lexington Children’s Theatre Blue Man Group 2PM & 8PM EKU Center for the Arts CASA Casino Night 7PM-12AM Campbell House/ Crowne Plaza Free to Breathe Lexington 5K Run/Walk 8:30AM Commonwealth Stadium SCAPA & Friends of the Art School: The Little Mermaid 2PM & 8PM Lexington Opera House

Sunday, November 11th Holly Day Market 11AM-5PM Alltech Arena

Monday, November 12th UK Men’s Basketball v Duke 9:30PM Atlanta, GA UK Women’s Basketball v Baylor Waco, TX

Tuesday, November 13th Glen Campbell 7:30PM Lexington Opera House

Wednesday, November 14th An Evening with Captain Sully Sullenberger 6:30PM-10PM Lexington Convention Center

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Art After Hours 6PM-8PM UK Art Museum

Lexington Art & Craft Show 10AM-5PM Lexington Center

Lindsey Buckingham 7:30PM Lexington Opera House

West Side Story 2PM & 8PM Lexington Opera House

Thursday, November 15th

UK Women’s Basketball v High Point Memorial Coliseum

Ball Homes Night of Hope Issak 7PM Lexington Opera Chris 7:30PM UK Singletary Center House Yellow Dubmarine March of Dimes 8PM Norton Center for the Arts Signature Chef Auction 6PM-9:30PM Embassy Suites

Sunday, November 18th Friday, November 16th LexArts Gallery Hop 5PM-8PM 161 N Mill West Side Story 8PM Lexington Opera House Lexington Philharmonic: Copeland’s America 7:30PM Singletary Center Southern Lights 5:30PM-10PM Kentucky Horse Park UK Men’s Basketball v Lafayette Rupp Arena Go Red for Women Luncheon 9AM-1PM Lexington Center

West Side Story 2PM & 7PM Lexington Opera House Lexington Art & Craft Show 10AM-5PM Lexington Convention Center

Wednesday, November 21st UK Mens Basketball v Morehead State Rupp Arena

Thursday, November 22nd THANKSGIVING!

Friday, November 23rd BLACK FRIDAY

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 2PM Lexington Children’s Theatre Holiday Market, Holiday Live! Concert, Lexington Tree Lighting Festival 2PM-7PM Triangle Park Home for the Holidays Train Ride 2PM Bluegrass Scenic Railroad

Sunday, November 25th UK Women’s Basketball v UNC Upstate Memorial Coliseum

Monday, November 26th Moscow Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker 7:30PM Singletary Center

Tuesday, November 26th Michael Bolton 8PM EKU Center for the Arts

Wednesday, November 28th UK Women’s Basketball v Miami OH Memorial Coliseum Acoustic Christmas with Phil Vassar and Craig Morgan 7:30PM Norton Center for the Arts

Oleika Shriner’s Rodeo 9AM-5PM Kentucky Horse Park

UK Men’s Basketball v Long Island University Rupp Arena

Boots, Bourbon & Brew 8PM-12:30AM Buster’s

UK Women’s Basketball v Morehead State Memorial Coliseum

UK Men’s Basketball v Notre Dame 7PM South Bend, IN

Bids 4 Builds Lexington Habitat for Humanity

UK Symphony Orchestra 7:30PM Singletary Center

The King’s Singer’s & Sean Curran Company 8PM Norton Center for the Arts

Saturday, November 17th UK Football v Samford Commonwealth Stadium

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Saturday, November 24th UK Football v Tennseee Away

Thursday, November 29th

Friday, November 30th Black Friday Art Sale 5PM-9PM Loudon House


Out & About Keeping Warm During the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure!

The Paisley Polka Dot crew at their New Location Grand Opening in Ashley Plaza!

The Willows of Hamburg Grand Opening

Olympian Tyson Gay Signing Autographs for Fans at Keeneland

John Michael Montgomery Belting it Out at the JMM Country Fest

Celebrating the Life of Cassius Marcellus Clay at the Kentucky Theatre!


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Keeneland Fall Meet 2012 Keeneland’s Fall Stars was full of fun and surprises. Bugler Bucky Sallee was saluted, Miss Kentucky, along with Keeneland jockeys were on hand for Make-A-Wish Day and the college crowd added to a packed house on College Scholarship Day and See Blue Day. Finally, rounding out the meet was Fashions on the Field, a chance for fashionistas to strut their stuff for awesome prizes. keeneland .com Photos by Paul Atkinson and Alex Orlov


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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night

LLS had its annual Light The Night Walk at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. This event is an evening filled with celebration and inspiration. During this leisurely walk, participants carry illuminated balloons - white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer. Walkers form a community of caring, bringing light to the dark world of cancer.

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Dr. Lisa Jenks, Dr. Pat McGrath and Lisa Maggio

Kathy & Alan Stein

Gina Smith, Dawn Doll and Jane Ireland

Diana & Billy Forbess

David & Ana Coomer

Dan Deaton, Lisa Deaton, Bob Babbage, Renee Jackson, Perry Sholes and Laura Babbage

Catherine Edelen, Mike Scanlon and Dawn Burdette

Big in the Bluegrass

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass held one of their biggest fundraising events, Big in the Bluegrass at Three Chimneys Farm. The event celebrated all things big in the bluegrass including food, music and fellowship with good friends. The evening included a Kentucky Proud buffet, local wine and bourbon tastings, silent and live auctions and music by the Tee Dee Young Band. Photos by Alex Orlov


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Christi Lochmueller and Sabrina Ripley

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Kate Kaiser and Kelly Anne Beile

Meredtih Jenkins and Camille Reillt-Morrow

Tiffany Ferrini and Heather Couch

Heather Duff and Jen Mueller

Ruth Ann Childers and Melissa Smith

Kasia Pater and Misdee Miller

Wine, Women and Shoes The Lexington Cancer Foundation hosted its second annual Wine, Women and Shoes event at the Keene Barn and Entertainment Center. The evening featured shopping a designer marketplace, sipping and swirling select wines and a fashion show featuring “The Best of the Best� from Saks Fifth Avenue in Cincinnati.

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Bridget, Elaina and Sean McGovern

Anna Owens and Sydney Robinson

Chris Jackson and Dana Gentry

Dan Glass and Leigh Wagner

Joni Watts, Richard Claunch and Teresa Martin

Rebecca & Eddie Napier

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The AccoustiKats!

Makenna Foundation: Art of Making Miracles The Art of Making Miracles, the first fundraiser for the Makenna Foundation back in 2001, was held on the grounds of RE/MAX Creative Realty. The night featured a silent auction, live auction, entertainment and food and drinks from restaurants around Lexington. This annual event is a casual evening for a great cause. Photos by Paul Atkinson


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Chasity & Bryan Raisor

Libbi Taylor and Sean Woods

Kathy Scorsone-Stovall and Tara Finn

Tim Taylor, Maggie Taylor and Bennett Clark

Joe & Barbara Huber, Natalie McDowell and Paul Chartier

Whitney Blanford, David & Laura Justice Slone

Greg & Sheila David, Larry Freels, Carla Hisle and Janice Mueller

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The 11th Annual Art of Making Miracles presented by the Makenna Foundation was the perfect night to get together with friends. Five tents were set up on the RE/MAX Creative Realty grounds to resemble rooms, each room held either dinner, a live auction, silent auction, a cash bar, entertainment and a “dine around the tent� set up featuring local restauranteurs. Photos by Paul Atkinson


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Chris & Jessica Mondelli

Steve & Robin Jennings

Gay & Kyle Whalen and Freeda & Simon Said

Houston & Dolores Hall

Jack & LeAnn Kirn

Christy & Scott Lowery

Heather & Don Kelley and Chris & Amy Sala

Joe & Kathy Champa

Seton Catholic School Evening with the Stars

Seton Catholic School’s 8th Annual Evening with the Stars was a wonderful cocktail party at Sal’s Banquet Room featuring live and silent auctions and a $5,000 reverse raffle! Parents and friends of the school enjoyed a night out dedicated to their child’s education. Photos by Alex Orlov


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Big Blue Madness Rupp was a packed house for the first practice. The Women’s Basketball team choreographed a dance battle culminating in Coach Matthew Mitchell’s epic Hammertime. Later, the Men’s team showed off their moves and previous champions came back to raise the championship banners together. Both teams gave fans a preview for the winning season to come. Photos by Dr. Michael Huang


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What’s New

Bolton Visits the Bluegrass by Kathie Stamps


aving sold more than 53 million albums worldwide, Michael Bolton is as famous for the songs he writes for others as the ones he performs himself. Central Kentuckians are in for a treat when Michael Bolton hits the stage with his band on Nov. 27 at the EKU Center for the Arts. “I’ve always said that my fans want to hear their favorites and I will definitely have those in the program that night,” he said. There’ll be some new music too and possibly a Motown hit or two, because his next release is going to be an album of Motown hits. “We don’t have a title for this tour,” Bolton said. It has been a worldwide tour this year, taking him to Europe, South America, Australia and Asia. Background Born Michael Bolotin in New Haven, Conn., he’s been in the music business for four decades, starting as a teenager in bar bands. Of his childhood, he claims he was “a skinny kid with long hair who loved listening to the radio. I’m not sure you want to picture that.” The Music Biz Bolton first made a name for himself in the music industry as a songwriter. Among other hits, he co-wrote (with Doug James) “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You,” a Top 40 hit for Laura Branigan in 1983. With Mark Mangold he wrote “I Found Someone,” which was recorded by Branigan in 1985 and Cher in ’87.

Musical Variety While Bolton’s hit singles have mostly been in the adult contemporary realm, he is comfortable singing songs from rock to soul to R&B and opera. Wait…what? Opera? Yes, he sang on stage with Luciano Pavarotti, the late Italian tenor, in 1996. Two years later he released an album of arias. “It’s a humbling experience to perform next to a legend like him,” Bolton said about Pavarotti. “But he was also the one who taught me that my voice was my instrument and that I needed to take care of it. The experience of singing with him was both nerve-wracking and cool at the same time.” Over the years Bolton has learned how to use his voice to the best of its ability. “As a singer, you have to understand how to care for what is given to you,” he said. “I am much stronger now than I was at 20 years old. I was just a kid trying to show off back then.” Writing Songs and Books Bolton spends a lot of time working on new music. “The songwriting process is a really strong form of expression for me,” he said. “It can be a life experience, a chord, working with a musician or another songwriter,” he said. “I wish I could say that it was the same experience over and over again but it’s not. Every song is in and of itself a journey, and that is what is so gratifying about the process.”

It wasn’t until his fifth album, “The Hunger,” that Bolton’s name was heard on the radio as a singer. In 1987 the two singles released from the album were “That’s What Love Is All About,” which he wrote, and his cover of Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay.” Musicians from Kiss and Journey played on several of this album’s songs.

You can also add “author” to Bolton’s list of talents. He wrote a children’s book in 1997 titled “The Secret of the Lost Kingdom.” Now he has written his autobiography. The 336-page memoir, “The Soul of It All,” is scheduled for a January 15 release in hardcover at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington and other bookstores around the country.

Recording his own version of “How Am I” on his 1989 album “Soul Provider” earned Bolton a Grammy award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and became the first No. 1 single of the 1990s on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Bolton won another Grammy award—same category—in 1991 for his version of Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman,” from his album “Time, Love & Tenderness.” By the mid-1990s he was racking up more industry accolades, winning a Song of the Year trophy from BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.), a Hitmaker Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and six favorite artist trophies from the American Music Awards. Last year he released his 21st album, a collection of duets with singers from Rascal Flatts to Seal.

Known for belting out a love song with soul and poignancy, it sometimes surprises people Michael Bolton to see Bolton’s performs in concert at the EKU playful side. He has been honCenter for the Arts Tuesday, Nov. 27, ing his comic 8pm, Tickets $55 - $70 Purchase online at chops or call 859.622.7469 ly. Last year he paid homage Ask about the EKU Center Supper Club to Jack Sparrow for dinner before the show. in a wildly


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Social Activism Early in his career Bolton began giving back, and he continues to help various causes and is an advocate for victims around the globe. In 1993 he founded the Michael Bolton Foundation, now known as the Michael Bolton Charities, Inc., a nonprofit organization providing assistance, education and shelter to children and women at risk from poverty and neglect as well as physical, emotional and sexual abuse. To date, more than $10 million has been raised from contributions and net income from special events. He would certainly welcome Kentuckians’ support of the MBC by visiting “But get involved in your local charities and causes that you are passionate about,” he said. “I can’t stress that more. There are so many wonderful local organizations that help children and women in nearly every city.” Performing in Kentucky

Michael Bolton Trivia Quiz When he was a teenager living in L.A., what little kid did Michael Bolton babysit? a. Paula Abdul b. Demi Moore c. Rosie O’Donnell What sport has Michael played with professional and amateurs? a. Golf b. Hockey c. Tennis With which Rock and Roll Hall of Famer did Michael co-write the song “Steel Bars”? a. Bob Dylan b. Al Green c. Bonnie Raitt

A decade before he recorded his own song “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You,” Lisa Hartman performed it on what early 1980s TV show? a. Knots Landing b. L.A. Law c. Murder, She Wrote Michael was a contestant on which reality show in 2010? a. Dancing With the Stars b. Project Runway c. Survivor

The correct answer to each question is (a).

popular viral video with the Lonely Island (Andy Samberg’s group), which has had more than 92 million views on YouTube. Bolton also helped kick off the 2012 season of “Two and a Half Men” on CBS, portraying himself as a hired proposal singer for Ashton Kutcher’s character. Now there’s talk of an entire sitcom series starring Bolton on ABC, with the working title “Michael Bolton’s Daughter Is Destroying My Life.” Lexington’s own Allison Miller, who plays Matthew Perry’s assistant on the NBC comedy “Go On,” came up with the idea for the show, so we should be seeing her name in the opening credits.

Bolton’s Nov. 27 concert in the Bluegrass is at the EKU Center for the Arts, a new 2,000-seat building in Richmond, behind Keene Hall (the tall dorm) on Lancaster Avenue. It opened in September 2011. The 2012-13 season has 20 shows, from Broadway plays to concerts. Parking is available in Alumni Coliseum, with a free shuttle service running a continuous loop to and from the center. “This is really the only venue in the region that is Broadway quality,” said Shawn LaDouceur, the center’s director of publications. “It’s been built specifically to have the biggest productions.” The facility can easily handle six semi-trucks filled with lighting and equipment to unload. The hall itself is particularly known for its advanced sound system. “Acoustically, it is the place to hear a concert,” LaDouceur said. “We get a lot of positive feedback from performers, about how much they like playing the facility.” Attention to detail is important for performers, but what about patrons? The staff at the EKU Center for the Arts is doing everything they can to make for an enjoyable night out. The EKU Supper Club provides a catered meal in another part of the building, the Black Box Theatre, which is set up with round tables for dinner before the show. “You can come here, eat dinner, then walk upstairs or take the elevator and take your seat, and not worry about crowds or parking,” LaDouceur said. “We look at it as taking care of your whole evening so you can have a pleasant experience.” Count on the Michael Bolton concert to be a true evening of entertainment. As a consummate professional, he has a true appreciation for each and every audience. “It’s been a while since I’ve been in Kentucky,” Bolton said. “But it’s a beautiful state.”


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FINANCE: CLIFF NOTES by Tom Dupree The Money Man

Art Cashin is a well known analyst with UBS and a frequent guest on CNBC. He is concerned. When Art is concerned I get concerned. I have a previous employer. It is the old PaineWebber Incorporated, which was purchased by the Swiss company UBS in 2000. Art Cashin has been with that organization for nearly sixty years. He is stationed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, which is another way of saying he doesn’t really have a job other than to comment on markets and history. I have seen him call tops and bottoms over the years and be correct about it. He may be the wisest person in financial markets alive. All he has to think about these days are what he is going to talk about on CNBC, what to write as his daily comment, and where to have lunch. In other words, he has no particular axe to grind. Art is worried that the diverging opinions among the electorate about how the country should be run is causing a kind of deadlock that is dangerous. He muses that if whoever wins the upcoming elections doesn’t do so by a large margin there could be problems because of what he calls “cementlike partisanship” in America. He means riots. He adds that “class warfare” baiting has exacerbated this. I agree.

increases throw the economy into a slow down when it’s slowing down anyway. At a time when the U. S. Treasury needs more tax revenues, they end up getting less. Even more money gets borrowed by the government with decreasing revenues. The U. S. credit rating gets cut again and again. We become like Greece. This is the narrative. While I don’t think it gets this bad, there is no way to dodge the fact that we face in our country a moral choice. Whenever you talk about moral choices today you get regarded by certain folks as intolerant and judgmental. Our views of morality are nearly always superseded by our need to be regarded as compassionate to others, even to the point of bankrupting ourselves in order to be kind and thoughtful. But sometimes the moral choice is simply doing what is correct. Is it correct to keep spending money we don’t have, just so we will feel better about ourselves? No, it isn’t. Vote your conscience this fall, by all means. But try to consider what is best for the long run. Is is better to make tdecisions than to have them made for you? If we don’t create our own austerity measures the market may do it for us. And then we will be like Greece.

Having lived through the 1960s and viewed riots in Lexington as a young teenager to the point of a building being burned on the UK campus, I’m not terribly worried about riots. Some of our major cities are at that point already. Detroit is like a slow motion riot. Chicago is deadly dangerous. Whether Memphis, Atlanta, or Los Angeles would explode is anybody’s guess. I did observe first hand Lexington’s version of the Occupy Wall Street rally last year. The protestors were set up right outside our office. It had some of the 60s craziness attached to it, but nowhere near the intellectual depth or focused anger of the 60s protestors. I wouldn’t be worried a bit about those people rioting. In short, I’m not sure things are as bad in America as they were in the 1960s. But they could get there. The thing that concerns me more than rioting in the streets is what is being called the “fiscal cliff ”, also a byproduct of the partisan stand-off that concerns Mr. Cashin. What is the fiscal cliff? In short, it is what may happen when the Bush era tax cuts expire on December 31 and the tax

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Dear Kentucky Football, by Drew Johnson Sports Junkie

The time has come to have a talk. Obviously, we’re not getting along very well this season. Frankly, our relationship has become toxic. You know what I’m talking about. Please save us both time and don’t act like you don’t. We’ve been bringing out the worst in each other: the fits and outbursts of anger, the excessive Saturday drinking to help us forget, the waking up in the middle of the night screaming “DON’T RUN THE DRAW PLAY!” Suffice to say, you and I both know we’ve seen better days. How did we let our love reach such depths? Why, it only seems like yesterday you were spanking LSU and sending the #1 ranked Tigers back to Baton Rouge with their tails tucked between their legs. Remember those trips we took to Auburn and Georgia and came back with wins? Boy, those sure were the best of times, weren’t they? I suppose we’ll always have those, won’t we? What about beating Tennessee to end last season on the highest of highs? I cried tears of joy. So did you. I felt like our relationship still had a pulse. It was worth saving. That is, until this season... There is plenty of blame to throw around. I know you’ve been hurt, Kentucky football. You’ve lost so many quarterbacks, cornerbacks, and running backs that the sideline looks like a M.A.S.H. unit. Everything you planned to do offensively with Maxwell Smith has been torn asunder, condemning a once-promising electric passing game to a conservative, plodding, almost predictable game plan. Patrick Towles and his rising star burned out far too quickly with a high ankle sprain. Your defense has been maligned with third down problems, wrong alignments, and you just can’t seem to get them off the darn field. Can I help? I’m


more than glad to. I miss coming to watch you on a beautiful autumn afternoon, rejoicing about the day’s battle, drinking entirely too much bourbon, and eating so much barbeque I have to adjust my belt up a hole so I don’t explode or have a heart attack. Pardon me if I get a little misty-eyed. I tend to get a bit emotional. Coach Joker talks about how young you are. I respect his opinion, especially should our relationship return to its former glory of awesomeness and someday we reconcile. Kentucky football, you’re one of the youngest teams in the country. When you travelled to Arkansas, 23 of your 30 defensive players were either freshman or sophomores. You were but babes thrown to the wolves of a future NFL quarterback. I’ve seen the athleticism and excitement of your future. I have no doubt it is, but perhaps that is our problem… Kentucky football, your youth is tantalizing. Your athleticism is appealing. Without question, better days are on the horizon. But I can’t wait that long. After five straight bowl seasons and respectability, I can’t take any more heartbreak. It’s just too much for my Big Blue bleeding heart to take. I need something positive. I need something more of a “committed to winning” relationship. Kentucky football, you have outstanding young men who represent Big Blue Nation with class. On the football field or in the work force, I have no doubt you will all be successful. I just can’t wait that long anymore. After 36 years, I need something I can grow old with. I hope Coach Joker can sit you down and help solve your issues before this season ends. I’m afraid it might be too late. I will always be around should you need me. All you have to do is call. I wish you nothing but the best. Stay golden. It’s not you. It’s me.


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When our oldest left for college, it wasn’t long before her brother took over her room. In fact, the debate over who was going to get her room started long before she ever left. Even her little sister campaigned, telling me I wouldn’t have to paint the room if she moved in – she’d be perfectly happy with the hot-pink walls. But, despite extra points for cuteness, she never came close to scoring the coveted real estate. Truth is, I couldn’t wait to separate our boys. Because, say what you will about building character and learning to get along, my boys shared a room their entire lives, and it was nothing but trouble. I had no idea about this, because, growing up, I had one sister. Boys were a mystery. When I was expecting our third child, people would ask if I wanted another girl or another boy. I would tell them: “My son would like a brother more than my daughter would like a sister.” Little did I know. After the second son was born, the first prayed, “Help us be good buddies,” and I would think, “how sweet.” Trust me—even at the tender age of three, he did not have anything “sweet” in mind. He needed someone to climb to the top bunk and reach precariously to the ceiling fan to place small objects on the blades, so he could then flip the “on” switch and launch said objects. He also needed a punching bag. I know, because when we purchased him a punching bag for Christmas one year, he said: “This is great! Now I don’t have to use Joe.” I’ve thought out loud how my boys are best friends, and best enemies. “That’s the definition of brothers,” one father told me. I think he’s right. I remember when we moved to the farmette how they spent weeks together in the woods, constructing a home-awayfrom-home for themselves from cardboard boxes and scrap lumber. And I remember the “unfortunate mishap” involving a sled and a tree, when my older son carried his brother all the way back to the house. But then there were all those times they locked each other in the chicken coop. For a while, my younger son was small enough to


crawl out the hen’s door. Of course, I knew immediately when he’d taken that escape route! But I didn’t always realize why my older son wouldn’t show up for dinner on occasion. And little brother wasn’t exactly forthcoming about the fact that his brother was locked up with a bunch of fowl. I always ask what in the world they were thinking. And I always get the same response: “I dunno.” It’s their favorite answer. Like they never think. Which is ridiculous, because they’re always thinking. Some of my husband’s most ingenious moments occurred when he hatched plots to bedevil his brother. One of his favorite antics was to wait in the hall, arms outstretched, when he heard his brother made a midnight trek to the bathroom. After the inevitable sissy-scream, my husband would return silently back to bed and tell his brother to quit waking him up with his silly nightmares. (“What a wimp.”) I ask myself: why would anyone bother to get out of bed for something so ridiculous? But I get the inkling this stuff is universal for males. My boys had not even heard that story when they started scaring each other. The younger was only two when he concocted the brilliant plot to wait under the bed and grab his brother’s ankles when he came into the room. We thought someone had been shot. And these antics are just part of the bigger plot to divide and conquer. So I understood, when their big sister left, the first territory to conquer was her room. But now that they have their own interior space, they focus on who gets the front seat on the way to school. That’s right, they’re calling shotgun. Every morning. Because apparently the rules are, you can’t call it the night before. I don’t know all the rules to shotgun. I’ve consulted the official shotgun rules website (yes, check out, but let’s be honest: who cares? I just want everyone in the car on time. But the front seat is now their holy grail, and, as far as my boys are concerned, it’s worth a fist-fight to sit there for the 20 minutes it takes to transport them to school. At least when they get home, I can send them to their—separate —rooms.


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CASANOVA Authentic Italian delivered from the old country to Lexington with plenty of love

by Blake Hannon


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there is one thing I think all Americans can agree on is our immeasurable love of Italian food. Some incarnation of the region’s cuisine finds its way onto almost every restaurant menu, and if you have a kid who is a picky eater, they will probably perk up if you put a bowl of spaghetti in front of them.

However, of the dozens of Italian restaurants you can visit in the Lexington area, if you’re looking for one that is guaranteed to give you real Italian food made by real Italians, you should be prepared to fall in love with Casanova Italian Restaurant. Both the restaurant’s owner Leonardo Capezzuto and its location have a fair share of history. Capezzuto was born in Naples, Italy and practically lived in his mother’s kitchen, learning the details of her techniques and recipes. He took his passion for food and service to manage several coffee shops and restaurants in his home country. His family introduced itself to Lexington both with Capezzuto’s Leonardo’s Café and when his sister Annarita, her husband Jason Gresham and his brother Giovanni, a cheese master from Napoli, opened Sapore D’Italia Market, which sells imported Italian foods, pastas and pastries with his handmade Italian cheeses. Casanova Restaurant was opened in February 2011 in the location of the long-standing upscale restaurant The Coach House. Guests of Casanova that experienced The Coach House for themselves may get a bit of déjà vu. Capezzuto said the restaurant’s dimly lit, romantic atmosphere with white tablecloths, rose centerpieces and crystal chandeliers may have what he calls an “antique” look he may change in the future, but it becomes immediately apparent that this is a place where the food is truly the star. Capezzuto takes extra effort to ensure you have little choice than to have a truly Italian experience from the first sip of wine to the last bite of dessert. The slightly higher prices at Casanova are for good reason. If a dish isn’t made in-house with local ingredients, the restaurant imports those ingredients and many of its hard-to-find wines and signature desserts from Italy. The fresh-baked Italian bread has the perfect contrast between the crisp exterior and soft, fluffy interior to sop up your extra virgin olive oil and Italian herbs. It can wet your appetite for any number of Italian antipasti, whether it’s the

antipasto misto, deep-fried calamari and shrimp, bruschetta or Zuppetta di Cozze e Vongole (seasonal mussels and Manila clams sautéed in roasted garlic, chopped tomatoes and white wine). The Caesar salad is a sizeable one, with baby field greens, walnuts, shaved Parmigiano, Caesar dressing and garlicherb croutons. This salad can be made into a healthy entrée with the Insalata con Salmone, with perfectly grilled Atlantic salmon, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts and balsamic vinaigrette. Capezzuto takes particular pride in his secret recipe for his Bolognese sauce, a meat sauce he simmers to perfection for four hours and lets it refrigerate overnight to further enrich the sauce. This finds its way into its classic spaghetti Bolognese and the Lasagna alla Bolognese, which might be the best lasagna in Lexington. Its four cheese blend of ricotta, smoked provolone, mozzarella and parmesan (all courtesy of his brother) is served on a pool of marinara whose bright acidity and freshness complement the savory richness of this perfect pasta dish. If meat lasagna isn’t for you, you can also try varieties featuring mushroom and spinach, a veggie variety or a five-cheese Lasagna. Casanova is also home to plenty of meat and seafood dishes, whether it’s veal, chicken, swordfish or a filet that its regular customers say is one of the best steaks you’ll get in the Bluegrass. A Casanova favorite is the lobster ravioli with homemade cream sauce and Parmesan cheese. It’s for good reason. Ask about getting the restaurant’s filet mignon with this delectable pasta and get a redefined version of surf and turf. While you can finish up your meal with desserts that include imported Sicilian cannoli or Sorbetto al limone (lemon sorbet), the delicate, creamy and masterfully prepared tiramisu is the way to go. Combine the espresso flavor and sweetness of this dessert with a stiff, after-dinner digestive drink like Limoncello and you’ll reach a level of satisfaction that can be understood in any language. Casanova Italian Restaurant is what results when a man like Capezzuto is determined to give guests a taste of his home – even though that home is thousands of miles away. Luckily for Lexington, a trip to this place can help you make that journey with just a few bites.

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What To Do


by Amanda Harper, Pet Aficionado

It’s never easy to say goodbye. But is grieving the loss of a pet as difficult and real as grieving a person? For a lot of pet owners, it is. The bond we have with our pets is different than our bonds with other people. We care for our pets like parents, we talk to them like best friends, we share some of our most private moments with our pets. They’re there for us at all hours. Pets never judge us and stick by our sides no matter how difficult life may be. They’re a part of our daily routine, too. Whole parts of our day are structured around taking care of a pet’s needs. When a pet is gone, we lose a lot more than just an animal. We lose a walking companion for those long, early-morning strolls around the neighborhood. We lose a movie night snuggle buddy. We lose a listener for when we’re thinking out loud. We lose a five o’clock dinner date. Society permits grieving for the loss of a member of the family. But if that member of the family has four legs and a tail, it can feel almost shameful and silly to mourn. For every pet I’ve lost, I remember crying hard and mourning for a time. I’ve had friends who never seemed to be very affected by the loss of a pet; other friends were devastated by their pets’ passings. Mourning a pet is a very personal thing. There is no standard, acceptable length of time for mourning, and no typical reaction to the death of a pet. There are, however, some things to keep in mind and ways to move forward with life while remembering a pet fondly. First, it’s important to acknowledge what you’re feeling. Search your heart and put words to what you’re feeling. More importantly, remind yourself that what you’re feeling is real and valid.

Shortly after the death of a pet, it may be helpful to take a scheduled break from your day to remember a pet in private. Perhaps use this time to keep a journal to write out your feelings and memories. Try to keep this moment contained. When you’re done, move on to a different task. Take a brisk walk, clean a room, do some yoga or engross yourself in a puzzle to clear your mind. Try to memorialize your pet in some way. Make a scrapbook, create a piece of artwork or start a blog and fill it full of your favorite memories of your pet. If you’re not the artistic type, comissioning a work of art featuring your pet or buying something that reminds you of your pet may help just as well. Some people place stepping stones or statues in their gardens to help them remember their pets. Volunteer work can help take your mind off your pet’s absence while channelling your energy towards a greater good. Volunteering for an animal shelter can help you share your love with animals who need it. If you find this painful, bond with your fellow humans for a charity, non-profit or organization. Connect with your support network. Now is when you need your friends, peers and family most; finding new friends or solidifying your bonds with the people in your life is extremely important at this time. Even if they don’t understand your loss, they can help you focus on your life and having fun. If you find yourself dwelling on your pet’s death or it interferes with your ability to live a normal life, it may be necessary to seek a third party to discuss your feelings with. A counselor can help you sort through your grief and uncover ways to cope. If you feel guilt or uncertainty regarding your pet’s death or the circumstances surrounding it, your counselor will be able to help you assess your role and come to terms with the loss. If you think you may be experiencing depression stemming from the loss of your pet, seek help with a medical professional right away. Grieving a pet is different for every pet and for every pet owner. It’s important to admit to yourself that you are feeling grief, then find ways to channel that grief into more positive outlets. The loss of a pet may be heartbreaking, but focusing on the good times with your pet may help you move on.



today’s hectic world women have so little time for themselves. They focus their energy on their family, friends and careers; often at the expense of their own health and hearts.

The truth is the choices women make today have a dramatic impact on their cardiovascular health. That’s why through the Go Red For Women movement the American Heart Association educates women in Central Kentucky that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and stroke is the No. 1 debilitating disease. The good news, however, is that heart disease and stroke can often be prevented if women make the right lifestyle choices, like eating healthy meals, exercising regularly and not smoking. Even subtle changes to a woman’s habits can make dramatic improvements to her health. On Friday, November 16 the American Heart Association will host the Go Red For Women Luncheon at the Lexington Center. This celebration will provide women the tools they need to live a more heart-healthy lifestyle. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (859) 977-4601 or visit by Matt Rountree Photography by Phillips Mitchell Clothing provided by Macy’s


Regan Judd

National Go Red For Women Spokesperson

At age 19, Regan Judd was living out her dream. She was a student at the University of Kentucky, and stayed active with her friends on the UK Dance Team. However, during dance practice, she started experiencing chest pains. The next morning the chest pains were still present, so she decided to go to the emergency room. After meeting with a cardiologist, Regan learned that she had a rare congenital heart defect called Ebstein’s Anomaly. In short, her tricuspid valve was leaking severely and she needed open heart surgery to repair it. On October 14, 2009, Regan had her surgery. She was thankful the doctors found and repaired her heart defect before it was too late, and the next semester she returned to school and the dance team. Now Regan uses her experience to educate women about heart disease as a national Go Red For Women spokesperson. “I am so honored to be selected as a national spokesperson for an organization that is so close to my heart,” said Judd. “My struggle with heart disease was a blessing in disguise. I am now able to spread the word that heart disease does not discriminate. I hope that by telling my story, I can help save lives.”



Jessica Casebolt Miss Kentucky 2012

Newly crowned Miss Kentucky, Jessica Casebolt, makes it her mission to not only represent the Commonwealth, but also to educate women on reducing their risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Jessica chose her platform of heart disease because of an overwhelming number of heart related medical issues plaguing her family and friends. It became a very prevalent issue early in her life when one of her dearest friends was hospitalized and nearly died from heart problems. Soon after, as a summer camp counselor, she mentored a sevenyear-old who was preparing for her third open heart surgery. It seems like the list is never ending as a volleyball teammate, a drama coach, an elder in her church, and even Jessica’s lab partner faced life threatening heart issues. And, as of late, with the passing of her best friend, her grandmother, to heart related complications, she decided to take action. As Miss Kentucky, Jessica’s primary job is to advocate for her platforms in schools across the Commonwealth. By teaching children to eat healthy, exercise regularly and avoid smoking, she is making an impact with the next generation.


Jane Duncan Senior Lab Technician, Lexmark

Jane Duncan knows the struggles that heart disease brings. It all started for her one February evening when her body ached, her chest felt heavy and she became nauseous. After meeting with her doctor, Jane was rushed to the ER where she received an EKG. At that moment Jane was having a heart attack. Jane remembers the misery of the surgery and recovery after doctors inserted a stent into her artery, and having to lay motionless on her back for hours on end. Unfortunately for her, this wouldn’t be the last time that she would be in the ER because of her heart. After more than a year of surgeries and recoveries, Jane feels very lucky to be alive today. She knows that if she hadn’t gone to the ER when she did, serious damage to her heart could have taken her life. Jane now eats healthy, exercises with her trainer regularly and has lost 50 pounds. She wants other women to know that positive lifestyle choices today can make a world of difference tomorrow.


Ellen Ray Junior, Sayre School

Sixteen-year-old Ellen Ray may look like a typical teenager now, but the way her life began was far from ordinary. Before she was born her parents learned that she had a heart defect through a routine ultrasound. While her parents were worried, additional ultrasounds reassured her parents that she would not need surgery at birth. Ellen remained asymptomatic until her scheduled surgery right before her fourth birthday. While Ellen doesn’t remember the surgery, memories of new Barbie dolls and stuffed animals filling her hospital room are vivid. Today Ellen is a healthy and active young woman. Aside from visiting her cardiologist once a year and taking mild blood pressure medication, she lives a very normal life. Ellen is thankful that her condition doesn’t restrict her active lifestyle, and she’s always reminded about the importance of heart healthy living.



Delores Dalton Grant Writer

When Delores Dalton was 51, she had a heart attack. However, she wasn’t aware of it until two and a half years later. During Christmas, 2001 she experienced the usual symptoms: chest tightness, shortness of breath and numbness in her right arm. She called her husband, who is a physician, and headed to the emergency room. At that time she was misdiagnosed with bronchitis, and was encouraged to rest. Years later Delores underwent minor surgery, and it was through an EKG that she learned she had a heart attack earlier. After talking with her doctor, she realized her symptoms in 2001 were indications of that heart attack. Later that year Delores became very faint and had trouble breathing. Her husband rushed her to the ER as a precaution. Testing ruled out another heart attack, but when her heart rate didn’t increase on its own she underwent surgery to have a pacemaker implanted. Delores is doing much better now, but she is constantly reminded to be in touch with her body, and to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.


Malenda McCalister Mother & Home Educator

For Malenda McCalister, the joys of being a new mother were quickly replaced with the fears of having heart disease. Shortly after her son was born, Malenda suffered a cardiac dissection, a condition where a tear in the aorta causes blood to flow into different layers of the heart. Malenda was told that she needed to have open heart surgery to correct the problem. Thoughts of her family flooded her mind. Her grandfather passed away from a heart attack, and her husband’s uncle almost lost his life to a heart attack the month before. Malenda knew that she didn’t want to die from heart disease at age 30. Since 2008 Malenda has received two pacemakers, and feels very lucky to be alive to see her son grow up. Today she wants women to know the dangers of heart disease, and to take care of themselves to reduce their risk.


Missie Lynch CPA, Lynch & Lynch CPA’s PLLC

At age 35, Missie Lynch went in to have a routine surgical procedure. However, after surgery she learned that her heart rate shot up very high, and she was placed on the cardiac floor of the hospital during the remainder of her stay. After returning home, her cardiologist recommended that she have a stress test as a precaution. After the test, Missie was diagnosed with a condition called mitral valve prolapse, a condition which causes her heart to pump harder than it should. After months of monitoring, Missie was told she would need to have open heart surgery to correct the problem. The healing process was slow for Missie, but now she is doing great and enjoys the time she has with her husband and three sons. Exercise is even more of a focus now for Missie, and she considers every day she has as a gift from God.


Lori Goggans Co-Owner, Table 908 Catering

Lori Goggans loves to stay active by playing tennis, but during one match her life drastically changed. Lori remembers that before she left the house that day she felt unusually tired, but as many do she ignored the symptom. While serving on the court, she collapsed and stopped breathing. Immediately her teammate rushed to her side and performed CPR for 17 minutes until the ambulance arrived. EMS were successfully able to shock her heart back with an AED unit, and Lori was rushed to the hospital. Soon after Lori underwent surgery to have a defibrillator implanted to shock her heart in case it stops again. After months of recovery, Lori is back to playing the sport she loves. Today she is much more aware of the signs and symptoms, and she feels very fortunate that her friend knew CPR and was able to save her life.




Maggie Wingo Student, Woodford County School System

When Maggie is asked to sum up her life in a couple of sentences, this is what she has to say: “I was born with a different heart than most people and I used to have trouble doing things. But since my surgery, I can do most of the things my friends can. It’s like I have a new life.” That much is true. Maggie Wingo is a 12-year-old girl who was born with a devastating heart defect, tricuspid atresia, which caused her to struggle through the first months of her life. From outward appearances, Maggie was a healthy baby girl, but inside her heart was missing its tricuspid valve, leaving only three functioning chambers. To correct this defect, Maggie underwent a series of operations, open heart surgeries, and countless hours of physical therapy that lasted several years. About eight months after her final surgery Maggie traveled to Phoenix to meet one of her favorite celebrities, Miley Cyrus. Today Maggie is a happy, thriving middle schooler. She has a perpetual smile on her face and a song in her heart. And why shouldn’t she be singing? After all, Maggie Wingo has a new lease on life.


Elaine Potts

Classroom Assistant Teacher, Versailles Montessori School

Elaine Potts isn’t necessarily the face of heart disease like you would think. She eats healthy and has been an athlete most of her life. However, one afternoon at her daughter’s soccer practice she simultaneously felt pain in her chest, nausea, shortness of breath and pain in her left arm. Elaine knew her body was giving her the clear signs of a heart attack, but emotionally she was in denial. Despite wanting to lie down, Elaine made the right choice to head to the hospital. She had emergency surgery where doctors found a blockage and placed in her a cardiac stent. At 51 years old Elaine became a heart disease survivor. Elaine credits the staff training in CPR at Montessori School for teaching her the warning symptoms which saved her life. She is now even more aware of her heart health and takes proper precautions to reduce her risk.


Viola Brown Retired Nurse

Viola Brown admits that differentiating between some of the symptoms of a heart attack and heartburn can be difficult. When she experienced these symptoms, she decided to take precautions and visit a cardiologist where she underwent a stress test. As time progressed, the burning pain in Viola’s chest occurred more frequently, and was accompanied by shortness of breath, light-headiness and sweating. After meeting with her cardiologist a second time, she learned that she had three blocked coronary arteries, two of which were almost completely closed. To correct the problem, surgeons placed stents in her arteries to allow the blood to flow. Upon recovery, Viola felt like a new person. The symptoms she experienced before were gone. Viola feels blessed to be alive, and she is making the most out of her new chance by losing 20 lbs., eating right and keeping her cholesterol and blood pressure in check.


Debbie Rogers Outreach Director, First Baptist Church, Somerset KY

Debbie Rogers didn’t know that her chances of having heart disease were increased because of family history and high cholesterol. But after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, she was encouraged to visit a cardiologist for a check-up. To ease her mind, she decided to take her doctor’s advice and schedule an appointment as a precaution. After routine tests, her cardiologist confirmed that she had two blockages and she needed to make a decision immediately to correct the problems. In Debbie’s case she noticed no symptoms, which confirmed in her mind how silent this deadly killer is. Now she walks 30 minutes every day, watches her sodium and fat intake, and takes medications to keep her blood flowing smoothly. Most importantly, she wants to be an advocate for other women, and encourages them to get their hearts checked.


What Time Do YOU Go Red? The exact time doesn’t really matter. What does matter is staying mindful of different ways you can go red to benefit your heart health throughout each and every day. Following are some great examples of how to Go Red.

Photography by Phillips Mitchell


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Lindy Karns

2012 Go Red for Women Chair; Partner, Dulworth, Breeding, Karns & Pleasants LLP

I Go Red at 5:30am by swimming laps before a busy day at work.

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Dr. Sandra Bouzaglou The Center for Plastic Surgery

I Go Red at 6:00am with an early morning wake-up workout.

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Dr. Sylvia Cerel-Suhl President, Central Kentucky American Heart Association

I Go Red at 8:00am by enjoying a hearthealthy breakfast consisting of fruit and oatmeal.


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Patty Breeze

Breeze Financial LLC

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Chasity Hester, PA-C Be Medispa

I Go Red at 9:00am by taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator.

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Vicki Tobin, Ed. S. School Psychologist


I Go Red at 10:00am by working out at the gym three to four times a week.

I Go Red at 11:00am by taking a quick walking break with my coworkers.

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Nancy Adkins

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Director of Sales & Marketing, Bluegrass Family Health

I Go Red at 12:00noon by having a salad at lunch with my girlfriends.

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Julie Hamilton

Empowerment Foundation

I Go Red at 1:00pm by taking time for myself and relaxing with my daughter at the barn.

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Ronda Felty

Clinical Manager, Saint Joseph Heart Institute

I Go Red at 2:00pm by choosing hearthealthy snacks instead of running to the office vending machine.



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Jean Rush

CEO, Kentucky Spirit Health Plan

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I Go Red at 3:30pm by drinking water instead of a sugary drink.

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Julia Hall

Owner, Incredipet

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I Go Red at 5:00pm by taking a relaxing walk with friends around the Arboretum.

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Linda Roach

Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team

I Go Red at 6:00pm by practicing yoga to reduce stress.



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Vicki Atwood, Ph.D. Go Red for Women Volunteer

Elesha Burkhart

Co-franchisee, Arthur Murray Dance Studio

I Go Red at 8:00pm by practicing ballroom dancing.

I Go Red at 7:00pm by playing tennis on my US TA team.

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Connie Brotherton VP, Brotherton Brown Group at Morgan Stanley

I Go Red at 9:00pm by unwinding with a glass of red wine.


Heart Healthy Recipe: Spaghetti Squash

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By: Chef Allison Davis, Wild Thyme Cooking School

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Ava Henry

District Sales Coordinator, Aflac

It can be called vegetable spaghetti, or spaghetti squash, but this creamy-yellow, watermelonshaped winter squash was so named because of its flesh, which, when cooked, separates into yellow-gold spaghetti-like strands. This is a great way to sneak vegetables into your diet, a wonderful substitute for traditional pasta, and you’ll get bonus A, B, and C vitamins. This low-carb recipe is a wonderful heart healthy option and continuing on a low carb diet will assist in lowering the amount of triglycerides in the blood which can also help blood flow and circulation. Yield: about 4 servings 1 Spaghetti Squash (approx. 2 1/2 lbs) 2 1/2 TBSP Butter (or substitute with 1 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Grapeseed Oil) 2 1/2 TBSP finely chopped herbs (i.e. basil, chives, sage, Italian or flat leaf parsley) Salt and Pepper Fresh cherry tomatoes cut in half 1/2 yellow onion small diced Handful of fresh Spinach leaves 1 zucchini medium diced Shaved Parmesan Directions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Using a sharp knife, cut the squash in half lengthwise and place, cut side down, in a baking dish. Add enough water to come 1/2-inch up the sides of the baking dish and cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 40 minutes, until the squash is easily pierced with a paring knife. While your squash is cooking in the oven, prepare your vegetables and herbs. Turn squash over and cover with foil again and continue to cook another 15 minutes, until the squash is very tender. Remove from the oven, uncover, and allow to cool slightly. Using a spoon, remove the seeds and discard. Using a fork, gently pull the strands of squash away from the peel and place the squash strands into a mixing bowl. Heat a skillet. Add the butter and first saute the onions until translucent (clear), add in the zucchini and spaghetti squash, herbs, salt and pepper and toss thoroughly but gently to heat and combine. Now add the tomatoes, if using canned be sure & drain first then add in to the spaghetti squash mixture. Serve immediately or cover and keep warm until ready to serve. When plating top the mixture with shavings of fresh Parmesan! Delish!!

I Go Red at 10:00pm by getting at least seven hours of sleep every night.

Note: You can serve this with a fillet of fish or roasted chicken breast and have a full balanced meal with vegetables, tomatoes, protein, and lots of vitamins. FYI: A small, whole spaghetti squash will yield a TON of cooked squash! Spaghetti squash stores well in a Tupperware container in the fridge and tastes great reheated in the microwave. Happy Heart Month!


Wearing Red in the Bluegrass has Never Looked So Good IMAGINE . . . It’s Friday night in Lexington. You and two of your closest friends are enjoying a glass of wine at the new restaurant you’ve been excited to try. The environment is relaxed as you catch up about your crazy week at work, favorite new fitness routine, and the honey who gives you Fifty Shades of Grey worthy tingles. Fast-forward and only two of you remain, because one in three women die of heart disease every year . . .

by Lauren Henry photos courtesy of Saint Joseph Heart Institute


RONDA Ronda, a radiant and bubbly heart disease survivor could have been a fatality statistic if not for the help of Saint Joseph Heart Institute team. “In fourth grade, I received a routine physical for my basketball team. The physician detected that strangely, my heart was on the wrong side of my chest, but couldn’t find anything further as to why this was or what was going on.” When she turned 21, Ronda was diagnosed with high blood pressure, but it was not until 2005, (the same year she began working for The Heart Institute), that her OB doctor narrowed in on what could really be going on with her; heart—coronary artery disease. “With my OB’s suggestion, I chose a cardiologist at the Saint Joseph Heart Institute who immediately performed a heart echo and found a serious stricture (an abnormal narrowing) in the main blood line which carries vital nutrients to the rest of my body,” says Ronda. Because of her physician at the Saint Joseph Heart Institute, Ronda was given clarification that her condition was caused by a birth defect, missed by several physicians and had remained lurking within her for years. In 2006, less than a year after she was diagnosed with heart disease, she survived surgery and today she graciously shares her experience surviving heart disease to help others.

HEART DISEASE 101 So what then, is heart disease? According to the American Heart Association, heart disease (cardiovascular disease) involves numerous problems many of which are caused by the process of plaque build-up in the arteries otherwise known as atherosclerosis. This buildup narrows the arteries and makes it more difficult to for blood to flow. If blood clots form, they can stop the blood flow causing a heart attack or stroke. In many cases, you can be born with heart disease (like Ronda) and it can go undetected for years. Heart disease is the number one killer of women, though most are unaware they are even at risk. Take for example my amazing mother, a retired social worker for the University of Kentucky Neurology Clinic. She discovered she had inherited the hypertension gene while working as a wellness consultant for Lo Melinda University in California shortly after she and my father married. Even though she ran every day and weighed in at 105 lbs., her blood pressure was dangerously high and she has been on medication ever since. She continues to place an avid importance on living a healthy lifestyle by watching what she eats and exercising daily to keep her blood pressure down. “Awareness is key,” states Julie Coffey, Director of the Saint Joseph Heart Institute. “It doesn’t matter if you are a seven foot tall basketball player for UK and in the best shape of your life; if your father, mother, aunt and uncle have all had heart attacks, chances are, you can have one too.” The good news is that heart disease is largely preventable and you can take action now to equip yourself with life-saving knowledge. OUR HEROES Leading the fight on heart disease is the Saint Joseph Heart Institute with a ground breaking repertoire including: Lexington’s first heart catheterization (the insertion of a long, thin tube into your blood stream and threaded to your heart to diagnose and treat some heart conditions), the first open-heart surgery, the first balloon angioplasty and the first Chest Pain Emergency


Julie exclaims. “Many women who were just days or months away from having a massive heart attack were able to recognize the signs and literally save their own lives. This is truly the reason why we do what we do. We get to help others save their lives, and the lives of their loved ones.” Though Julie is sworn to secrecy, she reveals that the success stories lined up for the November 16 Go Red for Women Luncheon are going to rock your world. Not only do dynamite stories and new friendships await you, the keynote speaker Holly Hoffman, a wellness enthusiast and Survivor Nicaragua Contestant, is equally fabulous. Holly’s motivating message appeals to men and women and will passionately convey the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. You don’t want to miss this incredibly special event! Center. Saint Joseph Heart Institute continued its legacy in 2007 when it became the regional sponsor for the Go Red for Women Program, defined by the American Heart Association as celebrating the energy, passion and power women have to join together in ending heart disease and strokes. “It is so important to educate women, in particular, on heart disease because the symptoms differ from heart disease in men, and get overlooked in many cases,” says Julie. Julie goes on to say, “we have to equip women with knowledge so they can in turn educate their families and loved ones.” Health and wellness starts at home because children eat what their parents eat, and they are active if they see their parents being physically active. “This is why it is so important for women to be aware of the risk factors associated with heart disease because they in turn educate their families by default.” TAKING ACTION Go Red for Women with the Saint Joseph Heart Institute has organized many of inspirational events to raise awareness on heart disease. One of which is the annual heart disease survivor fashion show. A few years ago, a precious pint sized girl proceeded down the catwalk at the age of four and tears streaked the faces of audience members. “We neglect to think that heart disease can strike children, but it does,” reminds Julie, who also reports that this miraculous young survivor is going strong today playing basketball, tennis and most recently golf for her school. To raise the awareness of heart disease in schools, The Heart Institute has recently started providing education to local schools on recognizing one of the leading symptoms of heart disease—chest pain. The Heart Institute also gives blood pressure and cholesterol screenings and awareness education at state fairs (the last of which featured a gargantuan inflatable heart to walk through which “the kids loved,” laughs Julie), the Junior League, Lexington Legends and UK basketball games, where Julie admits, “it is hard to ‘go red’ amidst of sea of blue, but we do our best and have fun doing it!” LADIES IN RED Next on the Saint Joseph Heart Institute’s Event Calendar is the Go Red Luncheon on November 16. The first luncheon was held at the Crown Plaza in 2007 with 50-100 people in attendance and relocated to the Marriot at Griffin Gate to accommodate their rapidly expanding audience. Now the Go Red Luncheon is held at the Lexington Bluegrass Ballroom at Rupp Arena where over 500 people donned red outfits in 2011. “This event has impacted the women who have attended because of the awareness it raises,”


Without the Saint Joseph Heart Institute’s passion for raising awareness of heart disease continues to save hundreds of lives in many central Kentucky every year. The Institute’s consistent mission to “truly make sure women are educated” ensures that you can prevent yourself, your friends, mother, sister, aunt, and grandmother from becoming another fatality statistic. Take action daily and encourage yourself and others to pursue a healthier lifestyle. Don’t be a statistic. Join the Heart Institute in committing to end heart disease in your lifetime.

Keeping Your Ticker In Tip TOP Shape* • Keep your cholesterol and blood pressure levels low. • Take time for your self to stay in shape, eat healthfully and reduce stress in your life. • Be physically active for at least 30 minutes most days of the week. • Eat a heart-healthy diet high in fresh fruits and veggies and low in sodium and trans fat. • If you smoke, get help to quit because cigarette smoking is the most important risk factor in young women and men. • If you don’t drink, don’t start. If you do, drink in moderation. • Take control of your heart health by following your doctor’s prescription instructions. *See your_risks.aspx for additional risk factors. For additional questions or information, please reach out to Saint Joseph Heart Institute at 859.313.1000 or visit their website:


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Ice sculpture of bride and groom’s dog who couldn’t make the wedding! Submitted by Chef Mike Stoddart


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Do you remember reading The Scarlet Letter in high school? You know, the book where a young woman, Hester Prynne, is required to wear a giant red A on her clothes because of an affair she had with a married preacher. You probably remember reading this book and thinking, “Gosh those Puritans are crazy!” Who would think that today, many people here in Kentucky feel they have to wear a scarlet letter because of a disease they have contracted. That is why this month’s community spotlight features AVOL, an organization formed in Lexington in 1987 as a way to respond to the AIDS epidemic in the central and eastern part of the state. This organization’s mission is to collaborate with our communities to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and to empower those Kentuckians already affected. Because nobody should feel like they should wear a scarlet letter.

One thing about HIV/AIDS is that unlike cancer or other modern diseases, it is 100 percent preventable.


HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It is a virus that attacks the immune system and destroys the body’s natural defenses. AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. It is a condition that happens when the HIV virus destroys too many disease-fighting white blood cells.

AVOL – AIDS Volunteers – has been making a difference in our community since 1987, when a group of friends sat around a kitchen table and wanted a way to fight back against the AIDS epidemic in Lexington. Since then, AVOL has been working hard to create public awareness and dialogue about HIV/AIDS. AVOL has also been working tirelessly to reduce the fear and stigma that surround the disease.

“AVOL can provide a condom for 15 cents while a lifetime of HIV care can exceed $350,000,” says Mark Royse, executive director of AVOL. Many people are not informed about HIV/AIDS and that is one of the things AVOL works hard to change.

A healthy person can have anywhere from 500 to 1500 of these cells in one cubic millimeter of their blood. A person with AIDS has less than 200!

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When people with HIV develop AIDS, their bodies lose the ability to fight off infections and certain cancers. They can also develop opportunistic infections, which are caused by germs that wouldn’t make a healthy person sick, but take advantage of a weakened immune system in a person with AIDS. There is currently no cure for HIV or AIDS, but those infected can receive treatment and make sure they don’t spread it through awareness and the help AVOL gives. Importance in Kentucky Many people probably think that people in Kentucky aren’t affected by HIV/AIDS. They may think that it only spreads in big cities or in Africa, but HIV/AIDS is a real problem in Kentucky. “Every day in Kentucky a new person is infected with HIV,” said Royse. “HIV affects men and women in each of the 72 counties AVOL serves in central and eastern Kentucky.” That is a big number and way more than this writer thought when beginning research! AVOL’s number one goal is to raise awareness of the disease here in Kentucky because HIV/AIDS is 100 percent preventable. All it takes is a little education that can go a long way.


Aid for AIDS AVOL does so much for our community in helping the local victims of HIV/AIDS. One of which is operating housing facilities for those infected. The first is called Rainbow Apartments. This housing facility is a transitional apartment complex that helps homeless people living with HIV/AIDS transition to permanent housing. “Stable housing helps ensure men and women living with HIV/AIDS have access to care and remain compliant with medical treatment,” says Royse. “Living in a safe environment is key to treatment.” That is why AVOL also runs the Soloman House. It is a community living facility for low-income men and women living with HIV. If that weren’t enough, AVOL also provides rental and utility assistance to help stabilize housing for low income families living with the disease. In addition to helping those who already have HIV/AIDS, AVOL makes it a priority to bring awareness to those who might not know they have it. Providing free HIV testing allows people with HIV to know their status and have access to treatment. This not only helps stop the spread of the disease in our region, but also empowers those affected to get the help they need.

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Do Your Part I know after reading all about what AVOL is doing for our community you want to help out, right? Well the good thing about this non-profit group is that there are so many things that anyone could do to give their part. One of AVOL’s biggest fundraisers is coming up this month. Every year on the Wednesday after Thanksgiving, AVOL hosts Dining Out for Life. This event is so much fun and there are so many places to participate that there is no excuse not to! “Dining Out for Life welcomes hundreds of people from all walks of life who come out to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with friends and to do good at the same time. It’s an easy, effortless way to make an important difference in the lives of Kentuckians living with HIV/AIDS,” Royse says. During “Dining Out for Life,” locally owned restaurants donate a minimum of 25 percent of their proceeds for that day to AVOL. Diners at the restaurants are in for fun with friends, good food and even eligible for prizes, which in the past have included round-trip airline tickets, couture jewelry and a year membership to the gym! “AVOL’s friends and volunteers work together to make sure each restaurant is packed on the day of the event,” enthuses Royse. “The event is truly a win-win for the community, for AVOL and for stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS.” Be sure to mark your calendars this month for Wednesday Nov. 28 and be sure to visit for more details. November isn’t the only month you can help out AVOL. On the first Sunday in April, AVOL hosts the Lexington AIDS walk. This event has been a Lexington tradition since 1993. Everyone from clients to friends, families and pets turn out to walk through downtown to raise awareness and money for AVOL’s very important mission. It is important that the people of Kentucky understand HIV/AIDS and what they can do to help. “Times are tough. For low-income families struggling with HIV/AIDS, that can mean making a choice between medication and food, the electric bill or clothes for the kids,” says Royse. AVOL steps in to help when no one else will with free HIV testing for those at risk and trips to the doctor in Lexington for those infected with AIDS in rural eastern Kentucky. AVOL is there with utility assistance to make sure a single mother living with HIV has running water or rent assistance to keep a family with HIV/AIDS from becoming homeless. AVOL works hard for our community so everyone can get the treatment and consideration they need. AVOL wants to make sure no one in Kentucky feels like they have to wear a scarlet letter.


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e’s a standup comic, a documentary film maker, and when pressed to define his title at LEX18, Lee Cruse calls himself an ‘ambassador.’ “I’m not a reporter and I don’t want to belittle the occupation. These guys in the newsroom work hard. They go gather information. They provide accurate and timely information on a story,” Lee says. The morning guy out and about bringing viewers the “fun-stuff” says it would be a discredit to his coworkers if he were given the same title. Bottom line – he’s a storyteller. “I get to go out and make people smile. I don’t ever want to be the person who delivers stories of death, destruction and mayhem. I want to make people happy,” Lee says.

THE EARLY DAYS Lee was born and raised in Winchester. He moved to Nicholas County his senior year of high school after his dad accepted a basketball coaching job there. After graduating, Lee attended Maysville Community College. “I knew I wanted to do something in broadcasting because I’m a big fan of Johnny Carson and David Letterman. Those are my guys.” Lee was attracted to Maysville Community College because of the outstanding broadcasting department. Students produced a show every Thursday that included twenty minutes of news, twenty minutes of talk, and twenty minutes of in-depth reports. That gave Lee a great by Michelle Rauch Photos courtesy of Lee Cruse


Who’s Who opportunity to learn every facet of broadcasting, from what viewers see on TV to behind the scenes and production. “Then I went to Eastern and screwed around until they asked me to leave,” he says with his dry wit. As Lee was getting an education in broadcasting, it was a career in comedy that was always on his mind. Standup comics, the likes of Eddie Murphy, Don Rickles, Jack Benny, and Groucho Marx, still make him laugh. Lee discovered he had a talent for standup back when he was a student at Trapp Elementary in Winchester. He entertained classmates as they waited for the bus. He always had a story to tell that had the kids laughing. “I liked that feeling of making people laugh. There was some sort of magnetic pull that made me carry on,” he says. When Lee was only twentythree years old he had a shot to showcase his talent. A syndicated show was being launched in New York called Last Call. Lee likens it to a late night version of The View with a political slant. After sending an audition tape, Lee was called and asked to come up to the Big Apple and audition in person. “I was nervous. It was the first time I’d ever been on a plane and here I am in New York City, auditioning for this national TV show,” he recalls. What could’ve been his big break didn’t go so well. “I ate it. The audience didn’t appreciate me very much – to say the least,” he says. He chalks it up to a New York “hostile audience.” It was a learning experience. “That sent me reeling. I got lost in my own head. I panicked. I swore I’d never be afraid again,” Lee says. He credits that as his launch pad for standup comedy. Years later, Lee has more than a thousand shows to his credit and has performed in front of every imaginable audience. “I’m confident in what I do now. I would love for this guy to go back and do the show (in NYC) instead of that kid,” he says. When asked if he still gets that warm feeling and satisfaction he got at the school bus when he made the kids laugh he says, “Not so much. I’m worried about the check now. This check better not bounce is what I’m thinking.” All jokes aside, when Lee is on stage he enjoys himself. He hosts open mic shows at Comedy Off Broadway with Scott Wilson. They critique the up and comings. Lee always has the same advice. It’s all about being comfortable on stage and relaxing. He says you have to be in control. “You can’t fake it.” That comfort level has helped him with television. “Television doesn’t help me with comedy at all other than it gives me a platform to say ‘Hey I’ve got a show at this theater please come see me.’” He gets that opportunity when he co-hosts LEX18’s afternoon show weekdays at 12:30pm. Lee is quick to point out, while his coworkers may have earned the title reporters and anchors and he has not, he has bragging rights to being a certifiable standup comic. “I could take anyone in that newsroom and put them on stage and they’d die a horrible death. I have a sense of what’s really funny as opposed to somebody else like Chris Goodman (Lee’s co-host and good friend) whose mother laughed at something he said once and now thinks its universally funny. It isn’t, so I have to tell him it’s not,” Lee says barely cracking a smile. His comedy is serious business. While his coworkers do their homework and fact checking, Lee

Lee with Al Roker at the Kentucky Derby

Lee with Coach Brooks Lee with Coach Joe B. Hall

researches what works and what doesn’t. Unfortunately for his coworkers, they often times are his scape goats. Before Lee started working at LEX18 in 1997, he worked in radio. Keith Yarber, founder and president of TOPSinLEX, was Lee’s boss at Z103 radio. To celebrate the fourth of July, Lee and some of his double-Q coworkers were lighting fireworks in the studio. Lee thought it would be funny to throw a lit firework in Keith’s office. As Lee was casually passing by, he tossed the firework in like a hand grenade. As he did, he saw one of the women who worked in sales sitting in Keith’s office. She was



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known to have a terrible nervous condition. As the firework blasted in the confines of the office it packed a punch that sounded like a bomb went off. “I knew that wasn’t good. So I ran home. I knew if Keith found me he would kill me or fire me,” Lee recalls. He waited eight hours to let Keith cool off before he showed his face at the station; after all his shift wasn’t over when he hightailed it out of there. “I got a good lecture over it. To his credit he kept me on. He didn’t fire me – he should’ve,” Lee says.

know when he adds “The advantage is all mine. I have a beautiful wife who is successful. The one negative is it was a bait and switch because her mom is a fabulous cook. I’m the only guy on the planet who wants his mother in law to move in with him.” He’s convinced the cooking gene skipped a generation. Lee’s wife doesn’t cook. “When she does, there is an ambulance in the driveway. I’m the only guy who, when I think of a fantasy woman, it’s not Jennifer Anniston. It’s Paula Deen. To smell something cooking in the house would be an aphrodisiac.” In lieu of the heavenly scent of home cooking in the Cruse house, it’s take out or drive through. Lee has a theory on that. “It could be a ploy to harden my arteries early. She could collect insurance and hook up with Alejandro the pool boy,” he says. If only they had a pool.

Even though radio and stand up comedy came first, Lee enjoys TV. He would have to, since he has been getting up at four in the morning for the last fifteen years. While it has not taken years off his life, the LEX18 ambassador who stands at 5’8’’ says it has taken a toll. “I’m not a morning person at all. I started this job at 6’4”. That’s the type of toll it takes. It’s Jason Epperson, Coach Cal, Lee Cruse and the Bates taken six inches off my life.” brothers after interviewing Coach Call for The Sixth Man Juggling radio, TV, and standup comedy have allowed people to know his persona. Lee believes the intimacy of TV, in particular, has made him even more approachable than he would be otherwise. He says people feel they know him so well they want to “mess” with him the minute they meet him. “They say really insulting things in a loving manner,” he says. Lee’s first reaction is to always question whether or not he knows the person. In many ways TV is a performance. Lee finds many people expect him to be gregarious all the time. In reality, there are days he just wants to say to the admiring fan, “I’m just here to get the Uncle Hershel at Cracker Barrel!” DOWN TIME What little leisure time Lee has is spent watching movies, comedies no doubt. He also enjoys golf. “I’m not very good. I’ll have a good round on occasion. It’s a tortuous game. Why anyone plays it I don’t know, but I’m addicted to it. Gotta get my fix,” he admits. When asked about family he says, “I don’t care for them.” Take two. Rephrase question. Do you have a family of your own? Lee has been married for twelve years. “I don’t have any kids yet, that’s still hung up in committee,” he says. Lee takes on a more serious tone and speaks with great pride when he talks about his wife, Elizabeth “I have a wife who’s very successful. She owns Miss Priss and has conquered the fashion world.” Then it’s back to the Lee we all

PRODUCER Lee is tackling something new and serious these days. He is producing a documentary film called The Sixth Man. He is working with film maker Jason Epperson and the Bates Brothers. They have invested two years of work and more than a hundred hours of recorded footage profiling UK basketball, its fans, and their devotion. “It’s the story of us,” he says. Even though Lee grew up watching the cats and affectionately calls the following a birth right, even he was surprised about what he learned as he was making the film. “We felt better about ourselves because we thought we were off the reservation until we met the extreme radicals who spent money they didn’t have on memorabilia and tickets. They got tired of traveling four hours to see the game, so they packed up and moved to Lexington,” he says. Look for The Sixth Man to be released in Kentucky this year. Lee would like to see it open to a national audience. In the meantime, you can always catch Lee and his uncanny wit on LEX18. “Reporting” in the wee hours of the morning, co-hosting during the lunch hour and having a great time doing it. Lee says, “I’m either grossly underpaid or overpaid. Nobody knows for sure.”



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estled in Lexington’s most prestigious and established neighborhood is the city’s newest community; Lakewood Park Apartments. Newly-opened in May of this year, Lakewood Park is the first premium community of its kind that marries tranquil lakeside living with contemporary updated apartments, close to some of Lexington’s best shopping, dining and downtown attractions. This community was built so that it truly feels like home.

Lakewood Park is located on Lexington’s exclusive Reservoir so not only does the community have the views of peaceful large bodies of water but residents have private Lake Access where they can enjoy kayaking, canoeing, paddle boats, sailing, and so much more! Looking for affordability, luxury, amenities, community, and general feeling of home? Head over to Lakewood Park to see what apartment living can finally be like.

Lakewood Park’s brand new apartments homes offer their residents quality upgrades that make it feel like home. Each apartment offers: gourmet kitchens with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, built-in tech stations, luxury showers, ceiling fans in every room, and cutting edge energy efficiency!

Lakewood Park 495 Laketower Dr 859.266.3123


exington’s most stunning Wedding magazine is hitting shelves across the Bluegrass on November 22nd!

Filled with gorgeous full-color photos of real, local weddings, TOPS Weddings is perfect for brides at any stage of their wedding planning. Brides and their families will find limitless inspiration in the professionally-shot photos that TOPS Weddings features. Each wedding is hand-selected to ensure that every page is packed with unique details that can’t be found in any other bridal publication.

TOPS Weddings helps connect Central Kentucky brides, their families and their wedding coordinators with the resources needed to create spectacular wedding events. There’s no doubt that TOPS Weddings is the place for wedding vendors to be seen! On stands all over Lexington starting on November 22nd, TOPS Weddings comes out just in time for brides-to-be getting engaged over the holiday season or planning their summer 2013 nuptials. For more information on TOPS Weddings or the monthly TOPS Magazine WOW Wedding feature, call today.

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The Market offers fine antiques, modern furniture, Karastan rugs, Stickley chairs, Marquetry nesting tables and more. They have a selection of modern trunks and storage benches, both beautiful and utilitarian. With Rogaska and Waterford crystal, small Remington bronzes, beautiful mirrors and a nice

selection of decorator pillows, The Market offers the pieces that complete a room. Their contemporary wall and table accessories, including unique dried flower arrangements, are perfect for creating a fresh look in any space. The Market is a family owned and operated small business, ensuring that each customer gets personalized care. Owners Filson & Janet Graham love to explore and search for wonderful goods to feature in their store. They’re happy to look high and low for unique pieces to suit any need or style. Conveniently located on East New Circle Road, The Market is a wonderful stop, whether for casual browsing or to solve a serious home decor dilemma. Shoppers with an affinity for unique items will find something special at The Market.

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ith a wide variety of home furnishings and decor from old to new, The Market at Bluegrass offers quality items that make any home space special. The ever changing inventory makes The Market always fun to browse, shop and enjoy!

1387 E New Circle Rd, Ste 106 859.389.8650


wice As Nice is a multiple vendor mall with over 150 vendors offering a fabulous selection of new, vintage and estate goods. Their collection of “American Pickers” bring in amazing offerings from their treasure hunting trips, ensuring that each visit to Twice As Nice turns up new finds at wonderful prices. Over 150 individual booths display different collections of unique, eclectic goods. Vintage jewelry, milkglass, antique fishing tackle, baseball cards, clothes, glassware and more means that Twice As Nice has a little something for everyone, from brides-to-be to collectors.

style pieces and antiques make wonderful accent pieces. They also feature an assortment of tools for the latest painting techniques, allowing crafty customers to turn old pieces into new. Twice As Nice has recently expanded, just in time for the holidays. The store is filled with vintage and modern decorations for every season. Take a quick trip to quaint Nicholasville and see why they really are Twice As Nice!

Decorators will love Twice As Nice. They offer great buys on furniture and home furnishings in an array of styles, from midcentury modern to French country and beyond. Primitive-

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955 South Main St, Nicholasville KY 859.881.8335


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IN THE ‘BUF’: THANKSGIVING DINNER by Buffy Lawson Relationship Veteran

Most of us remember our first Thanksgiving cooking performance for the rest of our lives. Even if you are considered by your people to be a good cook, pulling together this particular meal is very tricky and expectations are high. Timing is crucial and most folks are more particular about the food items than usual. Sage or no sage in the stuffing? Brined or deep fried? Everybody has a favorite recipe and you hope yours holds up. For my first home cooked Thanksgiving, Mom was going to be in Florida, crushing the family tradition, but promised to be “on call” in the case of a turkey emergency. Turkey’s are intimidating birds you know. And for good reason. If not cooked long enough, they can kill you! Most people only cook a large turkey once or twice per year, so we don’t have the same experience or confidence as we do with our meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

pie. It was a massive amount of food and smelled heavenly! Mister Man kissed me on my forehead… “Very impressive!” I continued running around the house like a crazy woman cooking, lighting candles, putting on music…I wanted everything to be simply PERFECT! It was getting close to dinner time so I decided to get myself ready. I poured a nice glass of red wine and looked up at the clock. It was 4:55 and I expected the masses to begin piling in any minute. I was so excited and very proud of myself. Damn! I actually pulled off my first Thanksgiving dinner! Just about that time we got a call. On the other line was the voice of his sweet Grandmother…“Hey, where are ya’ll? Everybody’s over here waitin’ on ya! Food’s getting cold!”

Mister Man tried to talk me out of hosting the dinner knowing how stressful these events can be, but I insisted it would be just fine. I asked that he go to the grocery and gave him a list. He hated going to the grocery from a “list” because inevitably I would leave something off of the list or he would get the wrong brand and have to go back to the store. But he was being a good sport knowing that I was a little nervous. And his Grandmother was going to be there…she was a fabulous cook which placed me under even more pressure. “Baking or Gold Yukon?” the phone calls started… “cornbread or regular?”…“canned or fresh”…“cob or canned…“heavy or fat free?” I’m thinking…I should have gone myself. He came home and began unloading all of the items. I was impressed that he didn’t forget anything! I had him get the biggest turkey they had. I stuffed oranges, peaches, rosemary and butter behind the skin of the bird and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. This was going to be fabulous! I cooked up some bacon that I would use for the green beans and started making the pies. Thanksgiving morning I got up extra early and things seemed to be pacing nicely. I made corn, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie, cherry


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Sal’s feeds the hungry in style for thanksgiving by Michelle Rauch


thousand pounds of turkey, along with mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce and an assortment of desserts served in one of Lexington’s finest restaurants awaits an estimated two thousand guests this Thanksgiving. For the past eight years, while other restaurants close their doors so employees can celebrate Thanksgiving, Sal’s opens their’s to serve a complimentary dinner. “Whether the guests are homeless, lonely during the holidays, or just in need of a warm meal and some company; Sal’s welcomes them on Thanksgiving,” says Allyson Wellman of the Bluegrass Hospitality Group. Unlike other complimentary holiday meals, this one is not served cafeteria style. It’s all about fine dining and the extras that make Thanksgiving so special. “Before our guests even enter the building, they are offered a piping hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate by a volunteer stationed outside,” Wellman says. Once they enter the restaurant guests are greeted by a smiling host. “For most, this is their first time dining in an upscale restaurant, so we want them to feel as welcomed as possible. Once seated in the dining room, the guests receive warm rolls and butter from a server designated to wait on them hand and foot,” she says. That personal attention is courtesy of a volunteer staff. From the Bluegrass Hospitality Group employees to the additional help from Southland Christian Church members, everyone is giving their time on a volunteer basis. In addition to leaving with a full stomach, guest take home goody bags filled with dental hygiene products. This annual event has been able to grow significantly from the three hundred people served the first year to the anticipated two thousand this year. It’s been possible because of the generosity and teamwork of other businesses and organizations. The dental practice of Lange, Rider and Reynolds of Lexington donate toothbrushes, toothpaste and other dental hygiene items for the goody bags. Gordon Food Services, Farmer Brothers Coffee and Tea, Coca-Cola, Fresh Market in Lansdowne Shoppes, Advantage Linens and Seasons Catering all chip in. LexTran provides four buses and drivers to shuttle guests to and from the dinner at no cost. “Our community supports us so much that this is our way of giving thanks to Lexington and the surrounding communities for all their support over the years,” Wellman says. Planning a one day event of this size takes nearly three months, but BHG owners and employees agree it’s worth the time to see the gratitude on the faces of all their guests. “A lot of the individuals we serve on Thanksgiving normally don’t get to enjoy the blessing of good, warm food, football games on TV and warm shelter,” Wellman says. It’s proving to be a memorable and welcoming holiday for everyone from the diners to volunteers.


LexTran will make three pickups around Lexington: LexTran Transit Center – 200 East Vine Street at 10:45am Wal-Mart Super Center (North Park) – 500 West New Circle Road at 1:15pm Eyeglass World (Nicholasville Road and Larkin Road) – 2558 Larkin Road at 1:15pm


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Thanksgiving dinners with my family are multi-generational affairs. Up to four generations attend the party, so accommodating everyone takes a little forethought. In particular, keeping the kids entertained ensures that everyone enjoys Thanksgiving. With just a few simple steps, you can create a memorable, fun Thanksgiving even for your littlest guests. Coordinate the kids’ space. Although kids appreciate their own table, you don’t have to sacrifice style. When I planned this year’s Thanksgiving table, I chose a color palette of cranberry, candlelight orange, and tan. The dessert table, adult table, and kids’ table all incorporated these colors. The paper goods, such as the name cards and food labels, for each of the tables also matched. Offer plenty of activities. Providing activities for the kids keeps them occupied for several extra minutes after they finish their meal. One simple activity is a Thankfulness Tree. A small “tree” can be set up on the table by placing branches in a vase. The kids then write what they are thankful for on paper leaves and place them on the tree. The tree also doubles as an inexpensive centerpiece. Basic kraft paper can be elevated with grosgrain ribbon and placed on top of the kids’ table. The kraft paper serves to keep the linens clean and as a spot for kids to doodle. One other entertaining craft, like the owl coloring pages available on TOPS’s website, gives kids an opportunity to get creative. Take it outside. If the weather permits, set up the kids’ table outdoors. Kids generally love being outdoors. For school-aged kids, when they are done eating, they can play outside until the grownups finish their dinner. If Thanksgiving Day is too chilly, choose another kid friendly spot for the kids’ table. Setting up the table in a playroom, basement, or even a child’s bedroom allows the kids the freedom to play after they clean their plates. Add natural elements to your décor. Fall is a great time to find décor in your own backyard. For the Thankfulness Tree, I gathered twigs from my backyard and spray painted them white for a modern look. The dessert table included acorns and mini pumpkins upgraded with gold spray paint. For the kids, acorns were also transformed into whimsical little owls with simple craft felt. These mini owls would be perfect for your pint size guests. And, the little owls can be taken home as a party favor. Choose Desserts for the Young at Heart. Although Pumpkin Pie is a perennial Thanksgiving favorite, kids appreciate a few dessert options that are just for them. Gumballs and sixlets in apothecary jars add pops of color to a dessert table, but are also irresistible to little hands. Mini pies and little cookies are also easier for kids to manage. Kids won’t be the only ones sampling these goodies. Adults will certainly be tempted by the candies and mini desserts, too.

Photos by Angela Frisby Photography

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ETIQUETTE: Traditions-Tried and True Or Beginning Anew by Sue Ann Truitt Etiquette Consultant

Traditions enrich our lives bestowing upon us a sense of belonging and being connected. They help us preserve family values to pass along to future generations. In celebrating Thanksgiving, traditions are an important part.

A rousing game of family touch football could ready everyone for the upcoming dinner. Ideas for customary traditions as well as ideas for creating your own traditions are bountiful. This Thanksgiving let gratitude be your focus. Happy Thanksgiving!

Whether reinventing old or establishing new ones, it is interesting to share ideas. The following are some family traditions that you might want to adapt for your own Thanksgiving celebration. Buy a scrapbook for each dinner guest to sign and inscribe with their gratitudes. Add a picture of the group. Then, repeat each year. It will be fun to look back through the years. Record gratitudes on slips of paper and bake them into the homemade dinner rolls. Buy a simple flat, king size sheet. With fabric markers, have each person sign and add their gratitude for the year. It can be used as a cloth on the buffet or children’s table. As the years pass, it will be interesting to have this record. Purchase special Thanksgiving dinnerware to enjoy only at this time of the year. The family will look forward to using it. As a family, donate food or time to a homeless shelter. Through this, the list of gratitudes will lengthen. Make a Thankful Tree Centerpiece. Let the family work together by gathering several like-sized tree branches. Tie them together with ribbon toward the base of the branches. Place in a vase or other container. Cut leaf shapes or circles from fall colored paper. Have everyone write their gratitudes on the paper cut-outs, then hang them on the tree. Turkey Day Awards to celebrate this year’s achievements are given to everyone in attendance at dinner. These awards are tailored to a person’s life—Aunt Grace might get the award for “Making the best Lemon Pie of the Year” or Uncle Eddie who gets the award for “Purchasing the Wiggliest Dog in History”. Thanksgiving Costume party. With a little advance notice, the Pilgrims and Indians will attend. What a great photo opportunity to enjoy for years to come! Potluck Dinnner. When blending several families, the hostess could request each guest to bring a dish. It would be made from a recipe they remember from when they were growing up. There might be several Sweet Potato Casseroles but that would be the fun of it.

Photo by Wes Wilcox, Table Arrangement by John Morris L.V. Harkness & Co.


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Andover by Kelly Adams Photobraphy by Shaun Ring


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man’s home is his castle, but the woman knows how to make it look like one. Nancy Gillis chose beautiful architectural elements and one of a kind furniture pieces to make this Andover home fit for a king and queen.

The interesting features begin right at the front door in this home. Surrounded by an arched brick entry, the heavy camel colored wood door seems straight out of Cinderella’s castle. The door swings open, inviting you into an entryway that fits the bill. In the entry, high ceilings lead you right up to the second floor by way of a curving staircase along the left wall. The hardwood stairs are laid with a plush green carpet that blends well with the deep olive walls and taupe ceiling. Lining the stairway and the upstairs landing is a beautifully crafted wrought iron railing.



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Under the stairs is a sleek black baby grand piano that pops as soon as the door opens. It screams elegance and class and sets the tone for the rest of the home. As you go left under the stairs from the entry, you pass a sweet antique secretary with glass front doors that house collected Kentucky Derby glasses and mint julep cups.


What’s New Back through the entry to the right opens into a beautiful open living and dining room. Your eye is immediately drawn to the back wall where a huge three pane window is flanked by glass doors and topped with a cathedral shaped window. The cathedral shape is repeated through the home creating repetition and making this wall an art piece in itself. Repetition is strong throughout this home. The moldings carry though every room and the columns in each room’s entry are detailed with wainscoting that mimics the fireplaces. The furniture in the living room is classy but comfortable. The chairs near the window are plush and inviting and the loveseats near the entry sport luxurious fabrics and fun patterns. The furniture in the living room is conveniently spaced to give equal


What’s New attention to the fireplace on the right and the built-ins that house the television on the left making this room multifunctional. To get to the kitchen, you can go through the open hallway between the living and dining rooms or you can take a secret bookshelf passage next to the living room fireplace.

I wanted to create an easy way of getting to my grill on the patio from the kitchen, so I had the builder cut out this small door and I worked with cabinet designers to get the hinges for the bookshelves right.


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A short hallway leads you to the master bedroom, which is elegant and timeless. The same hardwood floors continue into the bedroom, but the walls and ceilings are painted a deep brown. The dark walls are broken up by stark white crown molding that adorns every wall in the home. A king sized modified sleigh bed demands the attention of the room. Its woven grass detail pairs nicely with other natural elements such as bouquets of bamboo on the fireplace and near the patio door. The deep walls seem warm because they are brightened up by two large windows that look out onto the backyard and the golf course beyond. A door, also with a large window, leads out onto the Hollywood style deck.


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At either entrance, the kitchen opens up into a chef ’s dream. The large space houses three dishwashers, a double oven, six-burner range and a very large fridge that seamlessly blends in with the chestnut cabinets. Above the range is the same cathedral shape repeated in the windows and the bushes outside but now it acts as a hood cover underneath which hangs copper cookware. On either side of the stove are hidden cabinet that could be used for spices or appliances. Off the other side of the kitchen is a convenient office area. Cabinets and a matching desk make the perfect set up for a little command center.



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Also off the kitchen is one of three outdoor experiences, the small screenedin porch with brick walls and floor-to-ceiling screens covering two of the four walls. Cozy outdoor furniture made from woven grass and a plethora of plush pillows make this a complete outdoor room. Bamboo shades give extra privacy from the neighbors and protect the room from sunlight. Sitting on the couch, you can look onto the patio, the lush green yard and the golf course pond beyond. It is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine and a good book!


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Off the little screened-in porch is the sweeping Hollywood style concrete deck. Wrapping around the entire back of the home, the deck gives a view of the backyard and the golf course beyond. The deck’s railing is a light grey concrete with old-style pillars reminiscent of a high perch in Cinderella’s castle. The deck is complete with a large grill for barbecues and an outdoor dining table and chairs. An umbrella gives extra shade while enjoying the deck. There is plenty of extra seating, making the deck a perfect place for entertaining. This home has become more than a humble abode for Corky and Nancy Gillis. Through meticulous design and attention to detail, the couple has made this Andover home into a little castle.



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GARDENING: Feast Or Famine, Reflections on My 2012 Garden by Michelle Rauch, Gardening Enthusiast

A cherry tomato explosion. A zucchini bonanza. Mint, enough said. That’s the feast. Now to the famine: a handful of carrots (niblets), a handful of red onions (bite size), minimal basil, a few radishes, two cucumbers, no edamame beans or yellow squash, and a partridge in a pear tree. That’s what I have to show for my planning, planting, and nurturing this summer. It has left me puzzled. Let’s start with that feast. We are well into Fall and my cherry tomatoes are not showing any signs of stopping. Sure, some of the leaves are turning brown. The plants are no longer lush, but they are still producing. It’s as though those tasty, pop in your mouth right off the vine, treats are tempting fate. The zucchini has left me virtually speechless. It grew, and grew, and grew. I could pick all the zucchini one day and return the next and not only was there more overnight, it was monster size. There was so much zucchini I could not find enough recipes to keep me interested in eating it night after night.

My l ea r n i ng curve continues. As I reflect on my third year of gardening I have more questions than I did a year ago. Perhaps that is the nature of the hobby. Gardening is after all not confined to a controlled environment. We are all at the mercy of Mother Nature which never ceases to surprise us.

I was very excited about my regular sized tomato plants this year because I bought a four pack selection that included red, pink, yellow, and orange. All four plants sprouted up and exceeded the confines of their cages. They were so lush, yet somehow they never quite produced. As for the pink and yellow varieties, I am convinced I only had red and orange. Perhaps the pink and yellow were just a hue or two away from their companions and my middle aged eyes were unable to tell the difference. Chives, oh my chives. I was beside myself last summer after tasting homegrown chives for the first time. Homegrown goes beyond putting grocery store chives to shame. They are not only bursting with an amazing flavor, prompting me to cut them up and throw on whatever I ate last summer, they also grew so well in the little pot on my patio. This summer, not so much. I have yet to clip any chives as the few little stems have remained stagnant all season. That is until now. As soon as October hit the plant decided to grow. I’ve decided I will bring it indoors, place in a window, and if I’m lucky I’ll have fresh chives in December. My two rosemary plants are also late bloomers this year. They, too, started showing signs of life in October.


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October 8, 2011

Tate & Josh Sherman

WOW Wedding

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ate Russell and Josh Sherman met in fourth grade at Sayre. He was her first boyfriend in 5th grade, though the couple separated in 6th grade. Tate, Director of Strategic Brands at Kentucky Eagle INC, remained best friends with Josh all through high school and college. They really started dating in the fall of 2010, going to the lake every weekend. Josh, owner of Great Lawns, even proposed there on a weekend. They were then joined by all the members of both families to celebrate. Tate and Josh love many of the same things. Both very social, they love hanging out with their friends and spending time on the lake. The outgoing couple loves to laugh, have fun and dance. The bride worked with her mother, Ann McBrayer and groom’s mother, Pam Sherman, to plan the wedding. They chose Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina for the ceremony. Josh grew up vacationing on Hilton Head Island and his family owns a home there. Given that the wedding was a destination affair and in order to maintain an intimate atmosphere, they chose to keep the guest list to their closest family and friends. On Thursday, the couple had a casual welcome party at the Shermans’ beach house, which offered guests a beautiful view of the ocean while enjoying cocktails and amazing Hilton Head Island food. On Friday, the rehearsal dinner was held at The Ship Wreck and The Salty Dog, one of Josh’s favorite eateries in the area. They enjoyed music by their friend, Nate Jones. On the day of the wedding, guests departed on a boat to head to Palmetto Bluff for the intimate ceremony. The chapel’s aisle was adorned with white rose petals while the arch of the window was framed in greenery. Following the noon ceremony, guests enjoyed a champagne celebration next to the chapel, overlooking the May River. Everyone boarded the boat and traveled to Harbor Town Yacht Club for the reception. The food featured Southern flavors with a local flair. Samplings included shrimp and grits, tenderloin and a seafood bar. The wedding cake featured four tiers with fresh roses and orchids. The groom’s cake was modeled after the Great Lawns snow truck.

Given the location, the wedding party was outfitted in a casual, beachy style. The bride wore a Vera Wang dress swathed in lace. The groom wore linen pants with a suit jacket and brown loafers. The bridesmaids, the bride’s sister and the groom’s brother’s girlfriend, wore dresses in ocean blue. The groomsmen, the bride and groom’s brothers, wore coordinating ties and outfits to match the groom. A live dance band kept guests on their feet. They played everything from today’s music to 80s and Motown. The couple provided silly props for guests to play with including horse masks, glow necklaces and “beer goggles”. The couple decided not to have a traditional reception. Instead, Tate and Josh focused their efforts on throwing a party that their guests would remember for years! by Amanda Harper Photography by Abri Kruger Photography


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Details: Wedding Planner: Bride, Bride’s Mother Ann McBrayer, Groom’s Mother Pam Sherman Ceremony Location: Palmetto Bluff, SC Reception Location: Harbour Town Yacht Club, Hilton Head Island, SC Florist: Sue Burden, Palmetto Bluff, SC Photography: Abri Kruger Photography, HHI, SC Wedding Gown & Bridesmaid’s dresses: B Hughes Bridal Hair: Whitney Horn, Lexington Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Graves Cox Cakes: Signe’s Bakery, HHI Entertainment: Yvonne Johnson, Nate Jones, Jessica Jameson The Fabulous Classics Rings: Joe Rosenberg Jewelers



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The Top 10 Responsibilities for the Mother of the Bride by Marsha Koller Wedding Consultant

Your daughter’s wedding. It’s a romanticized notion and idyllic time to look forward to, but the reality of the stressful planning and hectic event can be less than perfect. If you know ahead of time exactly what roles you play, it is one less – in this case ten less – things your daughter has to think about. Counting down in late night tradition, here is The Mother of the Bride’s Top 10 Wedding Responsibilities: #10 – Choose Wisely on Your Wedding Outfit We’ve all heard stories about Mothers of the Bride who try to equal the flash of the Bride. Here are a few key pointers for mom’s wedding attire. First, ask your daughter what she wants you to wear, and find something that fits within her vision. Don’t choose a dress in cream or white - it’s just too close for comfort. Also don’t choose a style that mimics the wedding dress design too closely – sometimes the mother of the bride’s great figure could detract from the bride. Also don’t choose an overly bright color that will clash or stand out too much in the wedding photographs. Consult with the Groom’s mother on what you both will be wearing. Go for subtlety, beauty and class. #9 –Help Choose Her Wedding Dress and Trousseau Work to make choosing her wedding dress a wonderful experience; maybe working in lunch or tea for a pleasant day of gown shopping. Encourage the Bride to take only a few people with her, as too many opinions can be terribly confusing. Wedding dress shopping can be overwhelming, so listen to the bride on what she has in mind. If you have your heart set on her looking like Cinderella in a ball gown, but her style is sleek and sexy, keep in mind that the more beautiful she feels the better her wedding experience will be. It’s her wedding, her dress, and she will be the one looking at those wedding photographs for years! #8 – Provide Your Side of the Master Guest List Put together the list of your side of the family, with complete mailing addresses. If possible, try to provide them in order of importance, because inevitably wedding guest lists have to be trimmed due to reception expense and venue size. Also ask the mother of the Groom for their guest list. This will be a huge help to the Bride and Groom. If you are an organizational wizard, offer to manage the master list of names. #7 – Be the Primary Contact for the Professionals As the Bride’s mother and the one paying much of the bill, serving as primary contact for the professionals hired for the event will enable you to keep a tally of the costs of the wedding. This is especially important if the bride lives out of town. With the caterer, florist, reception and wedding venues, musicians, etc. contacting you directly, you can reign in expenses that could go unnoticed by a busy Bride, and handle payments without the Bride having to turn to you for payment. It will seem like Wedding Magic!

#6 – Be a Liaison with the Groom’s Family It is a big help if you can run interference with the grooms family. By keeping them posted on details, updates, changes, and accommodations; it will free up the Bride by not having to answer a lot of questions, especially if the Groom is not good at communicating details (most are not). However, if there is any tension between families (any Hatfields and McCoys?) then leave this job up to the Groom. #5 – Help Search Reception and Wedding Venues If the bride hasn’t pre-determined her dream wedding location, help her choose the venues. If the bride is indecisive or secondguesses her decisions, providing positive reinforcement (even effusive reinforcement!) on the bride’s choices will ease her mind and help mentally check these decisions off her wedding to do list. #4 – Be in the Right Place at the Right Time Attend all events “with bells on”, and make sure they don’t have to look for you during the wedding. Attend all her showers and wedding parties, but gracefully decline if you are invited to the bachelorette party. Escort the bride down the aisle if the father of the bride isn’t there to do the job, be the last to sit down during the ceremony and the first to leave. During the reception sit at the parent’s table, even if exes are involved - grin and bear it this one day. Stand at the head of the receiving line, as you are the reception hostess. Dance with the Father of the Bride (or other escort) and the Groom during the first dance. #3 – Be the Family Historian Be the one to research any family or ethnic traditions that would bring meaning to the wedding ceremony, or that could be incorporated into the reception. Ideas like carrying a family bible, digging up the parents or grandparents wedding photographs, or suggesting ‘Jumping the Broom’ can be delightful and meaningful additions to the event, and give a feeling of family and foundation to the couple. Don’t be upset if they don’t take your suggestions! #2 – Don’t be MomZilla The best way for a mother of the Bride to keep her daughter from turning into a BrideZilla is refrain (difficult as it may be sometimes) from being demanding or opinionated on choices from the dress to the venue (or even the Groom!) It will just make the Bride uncomfortable and combative due to the stress and amount of decisions she has to make. This wedding is all about her. And Mom’s #1 Wedding Responsibility – Be There for Her Being the Bride’s mother is, of course, the best wedding job of all. So let her cry on your shoulder before the wedding and share tears of joy with her on her special wedding day. Just be there for your girl, and enjoy!



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