TOPS Magazine October 2011

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Priceless | October 2011


October 2011 vol. 5 no. 6

Fall in the Bluegrass Keeneland’s 75th | Tailgating | Breast Cancer Awareness

Volume 5, No. 6


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Susan G. Komen Pink Tie Gala McDazzle Red Tie Gala Commerce Lexington Public Policy Luncheon BCTC Night of Glamour Woodland Art Fair Cystic Fibrosis Seafood Splash Race for Education Bachelor/ette Auction Cigar & Bourbon Tasting Children’s Advocacy Center Black Tie Gala TOPS/LexScene Preview Party Makenna Foundation: Art of Making Miracles Kentucky BASH Thursday Night Live Explorium’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

WHO’S WHO 17 34 70 74 84 103 120 127 130

Alyssa Fleming

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Out & About Community Spotlight: March of Dimes Meet the Media: Kruser TOPS Elite Makeover 2011 Tour of Homes: Renovated Home on Hanover TOP People to Know WOW Wedding: Dana & MIchael Peddicord Wedding Announcements TOP Shots

WHAT’S NEW 65 98

Fashion ‘Biz’: Luck Be A Lady Business News

WHAT TO DO 14 38 48 51 52 61

Community Calendar March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction Food: Shorty’s Urban Market In the ‘Buf’: Chicken Pot Pie Tailgating, UK Style! Sue Ann Truitt: What’s Cooking in the Parking Lot 62 Keeneland’s 75th Anniversary 66 Posh Pets: Unusual Animals 68 Home Gardening: Not Your Grandma’s Garden 76 Breast Cancer Awareness 81 Parenting: When the Chore List Goes Out the Window 82 TOP Design: Room to Grow 119 Weddings: Bridesmaid Dresses 128 TOPS Shopping Guide CORRECTION TO PREVIOUS ISSUE: The Invisalign coupon expiration in the September 2011 issue was dated November 30, 2012. The correct expiration date is November 30, 2011. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.


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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.

Thursday, October 6 Central Bank Thursday Night Live 4:30PM-7:30PM Fifth Third Bank Pavilion, Cheapside Park Music and Ritual: Himalayan Music 7PM UK Fine Arts Library The Fayette Alliance’s 5 year Birthday Party 5:30PM-8:30PM The Fayette Alliance Basketball, Bourbon & Bluegrass 6PM Three Chimneys Farm Wine, Women and Shoes Benefitting the Lexington Cancer Foundation 4PM-8PM The Keene Barn, Keeneland The Monkey King: Havoc in Heaven 7:30PM Singletary Center for the Arts

Friday, October 7 Racino Hard Boots & High Heels 6PM Mariott Griffin Gate Resort Opening Day Keeneland Fall Meet/FallStars Weekend 11AM Keeneland The Monkey King: Havoc in Heaven 7:30PM Singletary Center for the Arts

Saturday, October 8 UK Football v South Carolina AWAY


2011 Kentucky Proud IncrEDIBLE Food Show 9AM-7PM Lexington Center Health and Wellness Fair 2011 9AM-4PM Lexington Convention Center Huun Huur Tu 7:30PM Singletary Center for the Arts Susan G. Komen Lexington Affiliate Sponsors Luncheon Kentucky Horse Park

Tuesday, October 11 The Heart in Motion: Explorations of the Japanese Self Through Dance 7:30PM Translyvania University’s Carrick Theatre

Wednesday, October 12 Candidate Forum 5PM-8PM The Barrel House High School Placement Fair 3PM-5:30PM The Lexington School Gymnasium

Thursday, October 13

Imelda May 7:30PM Singletary Center for the Arts

Central Bank Thursday Night Live 4:30PM-7:30PM Fifth Third Bank Pavilion, Cheapside Park

Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen Fall Fair 10AM-6PM Indian Fort Theatre, Berea

Friday, October 14

Sunday, October 9 And She Said... 2PM Singletary Center for the Arts Piano Concert by Nicholas Phillips 3PM Translyvania University’s Carrick Theatre Rhythms of the World, Lexington Philharmonic 3PM Lexington Opera House Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen Fall Fair 10AM-5PM Indian Fort Theatre, Berea

Big Blue Madness 7:30PM Rupp Arena After Shock and After Image 5PM Singletary Center for the Arts $20,000 College Scholarship Day 75th Anniversary Edition 11AM Keeneland

Saturday, October 15 Post Time with the Pops: Boston Pops and UK Symphony Orchestra 8PM Rupp Arena Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 8AM Centre Pointe The Witches of Doon, Kentucky Ballet Theatre 8PM Lexington Opera House

Quatro Vivace Brasil 2PM Singletary Center for the Arts

BB King 8PM EKU Center for the Arts

The Red Mile Standardbred Meet 1PM The Red Mile

Keeneland’s 75th Anniversary; Andre Pater Book Signing 11AM Keeneland

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Sunday, October 16 Central Bank Thursday Night Live 4:30PM-7:30PM Fifth Third Bank Pavilion, Cheapside Park UK Jazz Spectacular 3PM Singletary Center for the Arts Community Day Celebration 11AM Keeneland

Monday, October 17 Urban League Annual Empowerment Dinner 5:30PM Lexington Center UK Symphony Band Concert 7:30PM Singletary Center for the Arts Central Kentucky College Fair 6PM-8:30PM Lexington Center

Wednesday, October 19 Willie Nelson 8PM EKU Center for the Arts Arts After Hours 6PM-8PM Headley-Whitney Museum

Thursday, October 20 Central Bank Thursday Night Live 4:30PM-7:30PM Fifth Third Bank Pavilion, Cheapside Park

Friday, October 21 Casting Crowns 7PM Rupp Arena

Scary Night at the Museum 6PM-8PM Lexington History Museum Romeo et Juliet: Lexington Opera Society and UK Opera 7:30PM Lexington Opera House Little Goblins Galore 11AM-4PM McConnell Springs Cloris Leachman, A One Woman Show 8PM Norton Center for the Arts Nancy Barron & Associates Art Fever Lexington Art League

Sunday, October 23 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 1PM Coldstream Park Military Day 11AM Keeneland Fashion Runway Charity Competition 6PM-7:30PM Lexington Humane Society Woodford Humane Society’s Canine Olympics 12Pm-4PM Woodford County Park Romeo et Juliet: Lexington Opera Society and UK Opera 2PM Lexington Opera House

Monday, October 24 Horses and Hope Health Fair Keeneland

See Blue Day 11AM Keeneland TEDxLex 7AM-3:30PM Kentucky Theatre Lexington Ballet: The Firebird 8PM Lyric Theatre

Saturday, October 22 UK Football v Jacksonville State Commonwealth Stadium

Wednesday, October 26 Blue/White Scrimmage Game 7PM Rupp Arena

Thursday, October 27 The Avett Brothers 8PM Rupp Arena Central Bank Thursday Night Live 4:30PM-7:30PM Fifth Third Bank Pavilion, Cheapside Park Almost, Maine 7:30PM Transylvania University

Kentucky Nonprofit Leadership Forum Lexington Convention Center

Friday, October 28 Romeo et Juliet: Lexington Opera Society and UK Opera 7:30PM Lexington Opera House The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe 7PM Lexington Children’s Theatre Fifth Third Bank 4th Friday 6PM-9PM Lexington Art League Honoring Bill Samuels for Dyslexia Awareness Month 7PM Lexington School Theatre

Saturday, October 29 Kiwanis 4 Kids 6PM-10PM Griffin Gate Mariott Resort Closing Day Keeneland Fall Meet 11AM Keeneland Taylor Swift Rupp Arena The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe 2PM, 7PM, 11:59PM Lexington Children’s Theatre Romeo et Juliet: Lexington Opera Society and UK Opera 7:30PM Lexington Opera House UK v Mississippi State Commonwealth Stadium Woodford Humane Society’s Boofest 11AM-3PM Lover’s Leap Vineyards

Sunday, October 30 Thriller Parade 8:30PM Main Street

Monday, October 31 Trick or Treat 6PM-8PM Lexington


Out & About Elmer Whitaker Enjoys a Day At Whitaker Bank Ballpark

At the Grand Opening of Wild Thyme with owner Allison Davis

Tyler & Elizabeth Nahra get framed with Ronald McDonald

Grand Opening of Monkee’s owners Janet Schwartz & Sarah Schwartz Woodworth

Tera Cobb Enjoys the Latest Tops Magazine

Bluegrass Community Technical College on the Red Carpet at CastlePost


Top Events

Debbie Green & Lee Hudson

Survivor of the Night Donna Sloan (Second from left) and friends

Jennifer Bricking, Kirsty Sweeney, Komen Board President Billie Dollins & Lisa Hart

Adam English, Stuart Hurt & Chris Young

Mary Allison Belshoff & Locke Raper

Carrie, Gordon & Joyce Patterson

Susan G. Komen Pink Tie Gala On August 12, 2011 the Lexington Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure hosted the 10th Annual Pink Tie Gala at the Carrick House. This was a record breaking year for Pink Tie Gala with over 400 in attendance and many dollars raised. Thank you to all supporters for fulfilling the Komen vision of a world without breast cancer. Photos by Myers



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Jeremy, Bill, Reed & Larietta Elliotte

Josh Harrellson ‘Jorts’ and friends

Carol Nahra, Carole Nahra, Ronald, Al Nahra & Jason Nahra

Carol & Jim Bennett

RMHC President Rachel Zeitlow

Sarah Warner, Elizabeth Nahra & Stephanie Johnson

McDazzle Red Tie Gala The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass hosted more than 300 people at the downtown Hilton for its annual McDazzle Red Tie Gala. The event supports the organization’s mission to improve the health and well-being of children and to strengthen their families during a time of need. The Ronald McDonald House of the Bluegrass has been a “home away from home” for more than 25,000 families since opening its doors in 1984. Photos by Alex Orlov



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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer & Lexington Mayor Jim Gray

Lisa Higgins-Hord & Steve Byars

Harry Richart, Kevin Sutphin & Scott King

Alan Stein, Regina Crawford & Claire Stephan

P.G. Peeples & Jim Host

Debbie Crowdus & Lauren Parsons

UK President Eli Capilouto, Tom Harris & Nancy Wiser

Commerce Lexington Public Policy Luncheon At the Commerce Lexington Inc. Public Policy Luncheon presented by Kentucky American Water on August 17, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced that they have initiated an innovative new partnership called the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement, which will develop a joint regional business plan supporting the growth of high-quality jobs in advanced manufacturing with the help of the Brookings Institution. Photos by Paul Atkinson



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Dr. Augusta Julian, BCTC President

Andrei Ponta & Lindsay Griffith

Mr. & Mrs. David Stephens

Tom Masterson, BCTC Found. Chair

Yusef & Annissa Franklin

Tina Paynes

BCTC Night of Glamour Committee

Wilma Thomas-Peeples

Janie & Larry Cowgill

BCTC Night of Glamour Bluegrass Community and Technical College Foundation gave guests the royal treatment at its Second Annual Night of Glamour Gala on August 20. CastlePost in Versailles opened its doors for a night of dining and dancing to support BCTC’s general scholarship fund. Over 125 revelers dined, bid at the silent auction, and danced the night away. Photos by Alex Orlov



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Woodland Art Fair The award-winning American Founders Bank Woodland Art Fair, produced by LAL and LFUCG’s Parks and Recreation, is Lexington’s largest, free, outdoor arts event with nearly 60,000 visitors coming to Woodland Park. In addition to 200 of the nation’s finest juried artists, the Fair offers live entertainment, hands-on art activities, free shuttle transportation, a bike check, great Kentucky food and plenty of opportunity to discover art. Photos by Judy Myers



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Melissa Chambers-Chairperson, Presley Gookin, Schuler Ravencraft & Carlisle Berkley

Ruth & Brett Annetts

Holly & Jeremy Lankster

Molly Webber, Leigh Putnam & Scott Woodall

Bram & Joanna Clarke, Susan & Kevin Cantrell

Amanda Woodall & Kit Rutherford

Mark Williamson, Jim Williamson & Doug Chambers

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Seafood Bash Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Seafood Splash and Spirit Bash at Rossi’s was highlighted by musical entertainment, open bar, delicious specialty drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a variety of premiere and silent auction items. Photos by David Desjardins



Top Events

Savannah Short & George Isaacs

Tanya Gunter, Tony Cissell

Greg & Rebecca Yeary

Shannon White

Elizabeth Collier, John Cashman & Cyndi Greathouse

Carlie Ambrose & Ravi Moss

Kimberly Brown & Elisabeth Jensen

Race for Education’s Bachelor Auction Dates with 16 bachelors and bachelorettes were up for auction at the 2011 Horsemen of All Ages Bachelor Auction, presented by Adequan, to benefit The Race For Education and their new Starting Gate program. The event, held at the historic Floral Hall at the Red Mile Race Track ended with net proceeds of approximately $100,000. Photos by Paul David Desjardins




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by Kristin Espeland Gourlay

How many nonprofit organizations have to find a new mission because they’ve accomplished what they set out to do?

birth rates with the national objective of 7.6%, Kentucky scored an F, with a preterm birth rate twice that.

Probably very few. But the March of Dimes is one. Launched in 1938 by Franklin D. Roosevelt, then President of a United States on the brink of war, the organization’s first purpose was to “lead, direct, and unify” the fight against polio, a viral disease that had paralyzed Roosevelt himself, along with epidemic numbers of children. At that time it was called The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. And the effort, which included big research dollars and armies of volunteers, lead to the development of the polio vaccine and to the virtual end of childhood polio in this country.

Why are Kentucky’s rates so high? The cause of many pre-term births is unknown. But several factors are known

Since 1958, the organization has harnessed its power and experience to prevent birth defects and promote healthy pregnancies. And, more recently, March of Dimes has worked to raise awareness of the danger of premature births – the leading cause of newborn death in the United States. The focus couldn’t come at a better time for Kentucky. On the March of Dimes’ 2010 “Premature Birth Report Card” for the Commonwealth, which compares states’ preterm


March of Dimes 2011 Ambassador Family Tim, Hannah, Claire, Joseph and Daniel Davies At 27 weeks, Claire Davies was having a healthy pregnancy while carrying triplets until one night when she had low back pain and did not feel right. She took herself to the ER at Central Baptist Hospital where she was admitted for 2 days of magnesium and steroids to help develop the babies’ lungs and slow down contractions. Two days later, Claire had a C-section and welcomed two boys (2lbs, 2oz/ each) and a girl (2lbs, 11oz) who were immediately placed in the NICU, where they stayed for three months. Today, Claire and Tim look back and reflect on how far their children have come – they just celebrated their third birthday! They are thankful every day to the Lord as well as to the team of dedicated medical staff who carefully cared for their children.

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The March of Dimes Kentucky Chapter has just wrapped a major initiative to combat the problem. “Kentucky has been fortunate to have the first pilot program called ‘Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait,’” says Christen Gelfand, March of Dimes Bluegrass Division Director. The three-year pilot program, began with three intervention sites at hospitals (including University of Kentucky Hospital) and four comparison sites, focused on preventing late pre-term births (babies born before 37 weeks). According to Gelfand, the project was so successful that in January it launched in Texas and New Jersey. And the keys to that success were training, education, and awareness —for mothers-to-be and hospital staff. “I think what’s really neat, though, is that moms are becoming more and more aware of how important it is to hit the full 40 weeks,” says Gelfand, referring not only to the impact of the project in Kentucky but to the March of Dimes’ ongoing awareness campaigns.


Gelfand says the difference between a 39 or 40-week baby versus a 36, or even a 38-week baby is striking. Research shows, for instance, that a baby’s brain at 35 weeks weighs only two thirds of what it will weigh at 40 weeks. And babies born even a few weeks before they’re due are at higher risk for jaundice and other newborn problems such as trouble breathing and feeding. That’s why, Gelfand says, the Bluegrass Division helps fund local programs to combat prematurity as well as to help families with newborns in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, or NICU. “We have programs in place,” Gelfand says, “so if folks reach out to us, if they know a child who is born early, or there’s a loss, we have support for parents on how to get through this.” To support those programs and the March of Dimes’ other outreach and research initiatives, the organization is hosting its annual Lexington Signature Chefs’ Auction on November 17, 2011 at the Carrick House in Lexington. Colleen Schwartz, Chief Nursing Officer at UK HealthCare, which is also the presenting sponsor, chairs the event. As Owner of The Real McCoy Catering, Benita McCoy-Lyons has been recruiting the Bluegrass’ top chefs to participate. If previous years are any clue, you’ll want to reserve your tickets now for this gourmet experience. Gelfand says that more than a dozen chefs are participating, with each creating a signature tasting menu for the more than 350 guests expected. Diners will roam from station to station, sampling dishes from each chef ’s personal menu, and bidding on a unique auction item each chef has created – such as a dinner party for six each season of the year or an in-home sushi experience. Foodies will love the chance to interact with executive chefs and maybe even win a visit from one of those chefs to their homes. Individual tickets are $100, and Gelfand says that, “to taste 15 of the best chefs in Lexington, you’ll never get a [deal or a] chance like that!” To learn more, visit or call Christen Gelfand at 859.402.1702.


Event Chair Colleen H. Swartz, RN, MBA, DNP, Chief Nurse Executive UK Healthcare and her husband Mark

contributors in Kentucky, many of which can be prevented, including being uninsured and not getting the necessary prenatal care, smoking during pregnancy, choosing an early induction or c-sections before 40 weeks, or a combination of those factors.

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Ever dreamed of having your own personal chef create a sumptuous, seasonal menu for six, right in your own home? How about a personalized sushi experience in your own kitchen with a chef who knows his uni from his unagi? What if you could have one of those delicious dreams delivered to your door while supporting a great cause? You can, at the Lexington Signature Chefs Auction for the March of Dimes! The auction, on November 17, 2011 at Carrick House in downtown Lexington, is a culinary adventure like no other, where guests will be able to sample from the unique tasting menus of more than a dozen of Lexington’s top chefs. Inside Carrick House’s elegant ballroom, diners will be able to stroll from station to station and chat with the chefs – some of whom are pictured on the following pages—who prepared each menu. Each chef will also offer a once-in-a-lifetime item at auction: that dinner party for six, for example. Bid, and you may win the ultimate epicurean experience. The evening, sponsored in part by UK HealthCare, aims to raise not only dollars but awareness for March of Dimes’ core focus: preventing premature births. The organization’s Bluegrass chapter runs local programs that help train and educate hospital staff, promote awareness of the importance of a full term birth and healthy pregnancy among moms-tobe, and provide comfort to families who find themselves with an infant in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, or NICU. Check out our Community Spotlight in this issue for more information about why the March of Dimes is worth every dime of the cost of the ticket to this evening of culinary excellence and community generosity. (Individual tickets are $100, available for purchase by calling March of Dimes’ Bluegrass Division Director Christen Gelfand at 859-402-1702.) Now, feast your eyes on these generous and talented chefs! by Kristin Espeland Gourlay Photography by Shaun Ring

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Donna Potter of Catering by Donna Jeremy Simpson of Bellini’s Victor Buenrostro of Central Baptist Hospital

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DOUG PEAK Lundy’s Special Events

GAIL STACKHOUSE Lundy’s Special Events

SAM SEARS South Van Events

As executive sous chef, Doug loves the creativity involved in his career. He began working with food at the age of 16 out of necessity. Today, Doug wields his 32 years of experience to build great soups and sauces, which he considers to be his specialty. He loves utilizing creative spice profiles to build new recipes. His favorite spice is basil. Doug enjoys classic French cuisine and his favorite entree is rack of lamb.

When Gail decided to make a mid-life career change, she headed in the direction of something she loved—food! Gail enjoys Asian cuisine, but as the chef de cuisine, she works with a variety of flavors and foods. Gail says she loves working with cilantro. Her favorite main entree is filet mignon and she adores chocolate desserts. In terms of creating new recipes and dishes, Gail makes them up as she goes along.

Sam was on the path to become an accountant when he discovered his love of cooking and feeding people. A member of the American Academy of Chefs and the American Culinary Federation, Sam loves attending conferences and conventions that allow him to learn from and collaborate with his peers. Sam loves working with garam masala and specialty salts, including black salts and virgin sea salts.



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TIN “KEITH” OO Aqua Sushi Trial and error comes into play when Keith is making new recipes. He considers sauces to be a specialty and he loves to employ fish sauce in his cooking. Keith enjoys Italian and Asian cuisine; his favorite main entree is crispy duck and his favorite dessert is fruit, the traditional Asian finish to a meal. Keith’s love of food and love of cooking pushed him to become a chef. Keith loves interacting with clients.

CHRISTOPHER ROTH UK Good Samaritan Hospital

SUBA TAMILSELVAN Curry House Indian Restaurant

After working with not one, but two great chefs, Chris decided to go to culinary school. He has been a chef for 12 years now and considers his specialty to be contemporary American cuisine with local inspirations. His current job allows him to create something that makes people happy, and he likes offering people enjoyment through his foods. His favorite food to enjoy is his grandmother’s rigatoni with meatballs.

Suba says that family members and friends are all guinea pigs—trying out new recipes on them is fun and useful for her. Suba delights in serving good food to the people around her as well as to her customers. Creating South and North Indian cuisine as well as Indo-Chinese cuisine, Suba loves utilizing curry leaves, cilantro and cumin seeds. Her favorite dishes include Chicken Briyani and Rasa Malai.

PETE COMBS UK Medical Complex Throwing a newspaper through the screen door of a country club began Pete’s foray into the culinary world at the age of 13. The chef expressed his anger and suggested that Pete the paperboy needed a new career—Pete boldly asked if the chef had any open positions! Since then, Pete graduated from Purdue University and the Culinary Institutes of America. Pete enjoys lemongrass and cilantro, especially in PanAsian cusine.


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JOE BOLOGNA Joe Bologna Restaurant & Pizzeria Joe has been the owner and general manager of Joe Bologna for 38 years. His path to life as a chef began when he started cooking at home at the age of 16. He went to cooking school while in the air force. Since he works with soups and Italian fare, it should be no surprise that Joe loves working with basil, garlic and oregano—components of one of his favorite Italianinspired entrees, vegetable lasagne.


JEFF MAYER Saul Good Restaurant & Pub A lot of kids grow up wanting to be firemen, astronauts or superheroes. Jeff knew he wanted to be a chef at the age of 8, when his grandfather showed him a brochure for the Culinary Institutes of America in New York. With over 20 years of experience as a chef under his belt, Jeff likes being a part of a restaurant team and seeing his fellow employees work hard to offer the best possible experience for customers.


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JEREMY ASHBY AZUR When Jeremy picked up and was quite mesmerized by a culinary textbook, he knew that he was being drawn towards food and cooking. He believes that being a chef chooses the person and not the other way around. For Jeremy, creating a new dish begins with him staring at an ingredient for a long period of time, bending and molding it into different forms in his head. He seeks a “wow” factor in his food.


SARAH MOORE 3 Peas in a Pod Catering The realization that cooking doesn’t have to be an exact science is what helped Sarah’s interest in becoming a chef really click. She now enjoys making the old new again; Sarah loves taking old family recipes and traditional Southern dishes and re-imagining them in a new and unique way. From hot brown dip tartlets to bread pudding with a bourbon glaze, Sarah loves customizing dishes and menus with clients.

JONATHAN LUNDY Jonathan at Gratz Park Jonathan says that the most exciting aspect of his job is walking in each night without a specific idea for the special for the night; he enjoys playful experimentation in menu development. Jonathan also really enjoys experiencing the rush of a busy night and interacting with the guests. With 18 years of experience, he gets inspiration from countless sources – dinner with friends, television, traveling, even mistakes!


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JOSH WINSLOW Triangle Grille Josh started cooking at age 20 and simply hasn’t stopped—he now has 18 years of experience. He loves using fresh thyme in his contemporary American dishes. He loves grilled Carolina peaches with ice cream or any meal that tastes truly inspired; Josh’s favorite dishes are ones that are cooked with passion. Josh says that the most fun he has in his job is being able to lead a team into battle and win!


BENITA MCCOY-LYONS The Real McCoy Catering, Inc. With 22 years of experience as a chef, Benita loves creating country, from-scratch dishes. Benita says that coming up with recipes always begins with an idea; her taste buds get going and she comes up with a concept. She then begins testing out different iterations of ingredients to make the perfect recipe. Then, she says, she tests them out on friends and family. Her favorite “secret ingredient” to work with? Fresh nutmeg.

JOHN HERZOG Saint Joseph East Hospital As a Nutritional Services Manager, John gets to use his extensive experience in the food service industry to offer patients, guests and employees of the hospital fulfilling and nutritious dishes to enjoy. When employees have requests or suggestions, John loves getting to research and discover how best to integrate those ideas while adhering to nutritional guidelines. He is a huge proponent of utilizing local produce.


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by Blake Hannon photo by David Dejardins 48

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here are certain types of businesses that can open up and be indicative of a city’s growth and development. For a quaint town, it might be a fast-food chain. For a small city, it might be a movie theater, mall or a Starbucks. But what of a city like Lexington? Sure, the downtown is booming with new development and it is certainly where you can find plenty of bars, shops and restaurants. But one business it’s rarely – if ever – been home to is a downtown grocery store. Well, at least that used to be the case. Thanks to the recently opened Shorty’s Urban Market, a downtown grocery store and New York-style deli located on 163 W. Short Street, a much-needed void has been filled for Lexington’s downtown residents. Of course, much of Shorty’s existence is owed to owner and general manager Darren Teodoro. A native of the northeast, he grew up with easy access to markets like Shorty’s where you could get a few groceries and a tasty bite to eat. But Teodoro originally had aspirations to open a small downtown sandwich shop until his friend Lee Ann Ingram and a group of investors pushed for an even more ambitious plan. In yet another example of downtown businesses revitalizing spaces with plenty of Lexington history, Shorty’s Urban Market began construction on Dec. 1, 2010 in the old Traditional Bank Building, a space that was in shambles on the inside with the exception of the bank’s massive vault door – a detail that’s become the store’s decorative touchstone. The rest of the grocery store features hardwood floors and the building’s original brick that adds to a clean, vibrant atmosphere. The store stocks a mix of popular brands, organic foods and specialty items when it comes to food, beverages and sundries. It also makes a conscious effort to carry products from local businesses. You can grab some Lexington Pasta, Graeter’s Ice Cream, fresh bread delivered daily from Bluegrass Baking Company and local meats and seasonal produce with help from Blue Moon Farm. In addition to stocking cuts of pork and steak courtesy of Kentucky’s Stone Cross Farm, Shorty’s Urban Market also boasts some great seafood, with sashimi-grade tuna

and swordfish and some of the freshest salmon in the city. As for its deli, it’s stocked with Boars Head Meats and Cheeses that costs less than it does at some of Lexington’s larger grocery stores. Speaking of the deli, if you don’t stop by to grab your groceries, Shorty’s is definitely a place to visit for some downtown eating. They make plenty of cold foods that burst with flavor, whether you’re talking about its two varieties of pimento cheese or its potato, seafood or chicken salad – which all pack plenty of punch. Shorty’s chef Jeff Sidebottom said he likes the daily offerings to be adaptable to whatever ingredients they have available. You can create your own sandwich and pick out the meat, cheese, bread, dressing and toppings with chips and a pickle for $6.99 ($8.99 if you opt for roast beef). However, the deli’s specialty panini’s is where Sidebottom gets creative. Alongside popular offerings like the Chicken Pesto Panini or the Buffalo Chicken Panini you’ll find a refreshing TMB2 (tomato, mozzarella, bacon and basil) or the Elvis Presley, a Panini with peanut butter, bacon and banana. Shorty’s market menu also includes daily specials, whether it’s a California Wrap or a Panini that combines sweet with savory that includes turkey, goat cheese, fresh plums and raspberry spread. Or, you can opt for a grab-and-go meal come dinnertime, like half a rotisserie chicken and two sides for $6.99. Shorty’s Urban Market addresses some of the main issues with urban grocery stores. Thanks to the Traditional Bank lot, there’s plenty of parking and the cost is comparable to what you’ll find in the grocery stores downtown residents usually have to make journey on the outskirts of the city. According to Teodoro, Shorty’s Urban Market will also be making an effort to implement a catering service for events and office and delivery service. To further make Shorty’s a one-stop-shop for downtown residents, it’s opened up Cellar 157, a wine and spirits shop that opened on Oct. 1. In the past, Lexington’s downtown may not have been able to support a business like Shorty’s Urban Market. But with desirable offerings and convenience to the everexpanding downtown area, it’s one more bit of proof that Lexington – as a city – has arrived.

309.3816 | |163 West Short Street, Lexington, KY 40507


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CHICKEN POT PIE by Buffy Lawson Relationship Veteran

We all represent ourselves as fabulous, juicy, one-of-a-kind filet mignons but over time, in relationships, we end up dry burnt cheeseburgers. It is human nature and if we are honest with ourselves, it would be apparent that most of us are guilty. This behavior is commonly referred to as “THE HONEYMOON PHASE.” We are like fishermen that dangle a worm into the water in hopes of catching the best fish in the lake. The honneymoon phase can consist of: frequent roses, homecooked dinners, candles, poems, eye gazing, hand holding and random surprise gifts. Take me for example. When I went on my first date with my now Mister Man, he treated me to a lovely meal at Guiseppie’s. We shared expensive wine and enjoyed live piano music. He had called in advance to get us the best table in the house. Another perk of the honeymoon phase. Our dinner was going fabulously; the conversation was delightful and it was evident that we were both falling fast. He and I discussed how different the dating scene is these days compared to how it must have been for our parents and grandparents. We laughed about how bizarre it must be for high school kids who seem to know nothing about cards or letter writing because this generation’s relationships often begin and end via text messaging and code words such as OMG, LOL, IS, LUV and SOL. Aiming to impress, and without thinking this through entirely, I found myself blurting out the fact that I made the best Chicken Pot Pie on the planet. Mister Man proceeded to tell me that Chicken Pot Pie was his absolute favorite dish. SCORE! He shared with me his opinion that it was terrible that nobody seemed to like to cook anymore. I smiled and whole heartedly agreed, but was a bit concerned because I knew good and well that other than scrambling an egg, Chicken Pot Pie was the only item that I knew how to cook… The following weekend we made plans to have dinner at my house. My pot pie would be put to the test. I took a long shower prior to his arrival and conditioned my hair ten minutes longer than usual. I found myself dieting that week as I wanted to look my best and actually busted out the most painful

shoes that typically lived in the back of my closet. Another perk of the honeymoon phase. I bought all new vanilla candles and lit the fireplace. It was the first fire of the year as the evenings has just started getting chilly. It was finally tailgating season, my favorite time of the year. It had been a while since I made my infamous pie but it was falling into place nicely. The evening could not have gone any better and he agreed that it was the best Chicken Pot Pie he had ever tasted. He was so impressed and I was proud. We made plans for the following weekend and this time he invited me to his house. His home was so clean and the smell of garlic bread filled the air. He had prepared a fantastic entrée of spaghetti complete with homemade meatballs. It was nothing less than fabulous! I had to admit that a meal of this caliber was not what I expected from a guy, as it had certainly never been my experience. All of my previous relationships consisted of hot dogs and frozen pizzas. After dinner we sat on the sofa gazing into each other’s eyes. How could this be any more perfect? Well, other than the fact that I was clearly misleading him, all the way down to my shoes. (They were killing my feet and I was dying to get my jammies on and bear shaped fuzzy house slippers.) He smiled as he told me that he had shared with his mother what a fabulous chef I was. Gulp…how could I break it to him that Chicken Pot Pie was the only thing on the planet I could cook? I just smiled and thanked him. A couple weeks later, I had some friends over for dinner along with my new boyfriend. He seemed to enjoy my Chicken Pot Pie almost as much as the first time. But the third time I prepared the pie, I noticed suspicion on his face. Finally, our relationship had evolved to the point that it was time for me to meet his family. His mother was a delightful lady with loads of charisma. She was a homemaker and it was obvious where he learned how to keep a clean home. His sister was in high school and seemed to like poking fun of him. I almost found her annoying until she looked at me and giggled. “So, let me guess”…she blurted out…”he swept you away with… spaghetti & meatballs!” Awwww, YES — he was busted!


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2011 Acura ZDX with advance package in silver (Courtesy Acura)

UK Spirited Tailgate Flag (Fan Outfitters)

2011 Acura MDX with advance package in black (Courtesy Acura)

Nike replica UK tee and Nike straw cowgirl hat (Fan Outfitters)

Fresh chicken tenders Tailgate Boxes with Cane’s special sauce - 25, 50, 75, 100 ct (Raising Cane’s)

Jugs of freshly squeezed lemonade and iced tea (Raising Cane’s)

Low-fat Mingua Beef Jerky in Mild, Cajun, Hot, Teriyaki and Griippo’s

Bud LIght iPod Dock cooler and Bud Light beer (Kentucky Eagle)

UK folding tailgate chair (Fan Outfitters)

UK button-down dress shirt and UK ball cap (Fan Outfitters)

UK Coffee Thermos (Fan Outfitters) Custom UK corn hole set including boards and bags (Fan Outfitters)

Children’s UK Jersey and pant with UK football (Fan Outfitters)

Sphere-shaped UK cushion chair for kids (Fan Outfitters)

Royal blue Legend patented Dri-Fit technology tee (Fan Outfitters)


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UK spirited tailgate flag (Fan Outfitters)

Customized Kentucky 3-piece grilling set includes spatula, tongs, and grilling fork Shirt and short (Fan Outfitters) set from the Tara

2011 Ford F-150 FX4. F-150’s as low as $16,997 (Paul Miller Ford)

2012 Ford Escape XLT, Four Wheel Drive, $24,995 (Paul Miller Ford)

Collegiate Collection by Ishtex (The Cottage)

Hello Kitty Wildcat Love slim-fit women’s shirt (Fan Outfitters)

Dark wash demin dress features a zipper closure and a waistcinching belt (Fan Outfitters)

Long sleeve dress from the Tara Collegiate Collection by Ishtex (The Cottage)

Custom UK cornhole set, including boards and bags (Fan Outfitters)


UK plastic wineglass (Caught Ya Lookin’)

UK 6-pack traveling cooler (Fan Outfitters)

Old Chicago Pizza

Bud Light Football Helmet Grill (Kentucky Eagle)

Tin ice stand (Caught Ya Lookin’) UK folding tailgate chair (Fan Outiftter)

UK sweatshirt Hobo bag (Fan Outfitters)


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Klutch Apparel UK strapless dress (Kennedy’s Bookstore) Vantage men’s black UK performance polo (Kennedy’s Bookstore)

Full rack of fall-offthe-bone slow cooked BBQ ribs; Chicken wing bucket with several sauces from sweet to hot (Village Host)

2011 Audi R8 V10 Spyder in Ice Silver; MSRP: $173,125 (Audi of Lexington)

UK Spirited Tailgate Flag (Fan Outfitters)

Card-like folding table with built-in cup holders (Fan Outfitters)

Bud Light iPod dock cooler (Kentucky Eagle)

Bud Light Football Helmet Grill (Kentucky Eagle)

Large House-Specialty Pizza with four meats and four veggies; “Traveling Salad Bar” including veggies, cheeses, meats and dressing (Village Host)

Nike men’s black UK Dri-Fit Swagger jacket and pants; Champion arch Kentucky tee (Kennedy’s Bookstore)



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WHAT’S COOKING IN THE PARKING LOT by Sue Ann Truitt Entertainment Specialist

Tailgating has morphed from no listing in Webster’s Dictionary to the most socialable occasion in the country. Preparation is imperative and fun is guaranteed. Everyone can tailgate whether it be Keeneland, Commonwealth Stadium, or your child’s soccer game. First plan the menu—keeping it very simple so as much as possible can be done in advance. For example, if burgers are the fare, make them ahead of time. Each pattie should be no thicker than ¾ inch or they take too long to cook. Freeze meat between sheets of wax paper and take to the event while frozen. Cook 3-4 minutes on each side. Make a list of everything one could possibly need for this parking lot party. Some veteran tailgate pros suggest laminating this list so it can be used over and over. Suggestions are: zip lock bags – freezer style are stronger, heavy duty foil, frozen bottled water for drinking and for freezer packs, coolers, jumbo cups, grills, hand wipes, large garbage bags, first aid kit, and on and on. Large baskets are easy for transporting items to the event and may be used for storing equipment afterwards.

Tailgating at a sporting event requires one to arrive very early, maybe 3 to 4 hours prior. Select the best parking spot—ideally next to a grassy area. Upon arrival, DECORATE! Banners balloons, umbrellas, etc. will certainly help your friends to locate you. Wearing the team colors is a must. After arriving and decorating it is time to meet your neighbors and greet your friends. Corn hole and a football to pass can entertain while the food is being set up. The rest is just plain fun. When the event is over, everyone will come back to your tailgate area. Planning should include food and drink for this time as well. Leftovers will not be popular so maybe a dessert is a good offering. The host and hostess must always be keenly aware of food safety—cold needs to stay cold and hot needs to stay hot. Be careful that no one pulls out the mayonnaise based salad that had remained on the table during the game. Lastly, when the quests are gone, everything that has been brought into the area must go out—all trash and all recyclable items must be removed from the premises. Adhering to this “good neighbor policy” assures that tailgating will continue as the fun, lively occasion that it is meant to be.


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Racing begins at Keeneland Glamour and sport return to Lexington 75 years ago despite hard financial times

by Maryjean Wall

World War II loomed closer in Europe. The infamous Mrs. Wallis Simpson filed in England for divorce with her name linked to scandal and a crisis on the horizon for King Edward’s throne. These headlines dominated world news on October 15, 1936 – but not the news in Lexington. A banner headline in The Lexington Herald reassured Thoroughbred fans that all was bright in their world with these four words: “Keeneland Will Open Today.” Lexington had gone without Thoroughbred racing for three years, but that drought would end with a 2 o’clock post time on this Thursday afternoon. Long in the planning and one year in construction, Keeneland would open as a non-profit model for racing the way tradition intended the sport to be: with the horse at the center and betting as an understated adjunct to the new track’s raison d’etre. The Herald stated the new track’s mission – “to keep aflame the spirit of true sportsmanship” – and urged all in the community to “be there Thursday for the opening bugle.” Society figures arrived from Philadelphia and the best racing stables in the country filled the new barns. The latest model of tote machine, this one built by the American Totalisator Co. especially for Keeneland, was among modern improvements awaiting those who answered the opening bugle’s call. Keeneland’s opening in the midst of the Great Depression demonstrated the remarkable will among horse enthusiasts to return their sport to Central Kentucky. They were defying the fate of Keeneland’s predecessor track, which had failed twice due to national financial depressions. The first time the old Kentucky Association track at Fifth and Race streets had closed was from 1898-1905 following a wave of bankruptcies nationwide that brought on the Panic of 1893. In 1933, the Great Depression forced the century-old track to close permanently. The horse community


and Lexington welcomed Keeneland with a resolve that hard times would not force this track to close. As the newspaper noted, “few communities would have dared such a task.” The payoff was an opening day of beautiful weather, good racing and a prediction from The Thoroughbred Record that Keeneland might “become to the West what Saratoga is to the East as a rendezvous for breeders, racing enthusiasts and visitors from afar, who wish to purchase horses and at the same time witness high-class racing.” The Church of the Good Shepherd on Main Street sold Keeneland souvenirs. Barney Miller advertised Philco radios for sale (television broadcasts did not begin in the United States until 1941) and WLAP announced it would broadcast all Keeneland races over the radio except those on the final day. The horse indeed found its place central to this opening meet as the founders had intended. The proof existed in “the well-worn path to the paddock,” the weekly magazine noted, with this path demonstrating that “the interest was in the horses rather than ‘the tote’…” Right from the start, Keeneland received praise for its beauty and good taste. The Thoroughbred Record noted, “Easterners accustomed to the vastness of the mammoth concrete structures in their part of the world, were visibly moved by the comfort, coziness and homey atmosphere of Keeneland.” The scene on opening day Just as today, a long, double driveway with a row of pin oaks separating the lanes ended in a circle at the stone structure that was the clubhouse. Inside this building, a large stone fireplace dominated the building’s central gathering room. Visitors found the clubhouse drawing room “homey” and a “delightful place to linger.”

What To Do Across the way in a grandstand that occupied its own sphere, not yet adjoined to the clubhouse, patrons awaited the first race. They took their places in wooden seats that came largely from the dismantled Kentucky Association track. A lawn separated the grandstand from clubhouse but one spirit united patrons in the two buildings. This was the roar of noise that went up for the winner of the first race: Royal Raiment, a gray daughter of Royal Minstrel, owned by John Hay Whitney, trained by J. W. Healy, bred by Liz Tippett’s Llangollen Stable and ridden by J. Gilbert. Royal Raiment finished four lengths in front of A.B. Hancock’s Recussion. With the patronage of stables like those owned by the various Whitneys and Hancock of Claiborne Farm, Keeneland racing seemed off to a great start. Other notables at this meeting who were then only beginning their careers included jockey Eddie Arcaro; Jack Gaver, eventual Racing Hall of Fame trainer associated with Greentree Stable; Calumet Farm, which had yet to win the first of its eight Kentucky Derbies; eventual Hall of Fame trainer Preston Burch; and a young Kentuckyborn trainer named Woody Stephens, eventual Kentucky Derby winner, Hall of Famer and unequaled trainer of five consecutive Belmont Stakes winners. Keeneland patrons made fashion a priority, just as in modern times. Merchants advertised in a special opening day Lexington Herald: Embry & Co., for example, suggested alongside an illustration of a woman wearing a full-length mink that Keeneland and mink coats would “go together.” Another Main Street fixture, Purcell’s department store, advertised “sure winner” hats including turbans and a “King Edwards” chapeau for women that was designed to reflect the British monarch’s coronation. Myrtlewood and Man o’ War Keeneland held four stakes races during the inaugural meet: the $2,000-added Keen Handicap on opening day, the $2,500-added Ashland Stakes two days later, the $5,000-added Breeders Stakes on October 21 and the $2,500-added Lexington Stakes on closing day, October 24. Purses for all other races averaged $800. The popular filly Myrtlewood started odds-on to win the Keen Handicap at six furlongs. Two days later she won the Ashland Stakes at 1 1/16 miles – by 12 lengths. The Ashland was intended to be Myrtlewood’s final race but in the interest of drawing a large crowd to the final day of the meet, an impromptu match race against John Hay Whitney’s Miss Merriment was arranged. Insiders called this proposed match race a long-awaited showdown between the best fillies in the East (Miss Merriment) and West (Myrtlewood). Myrtlewood won by three lengths and her owner, Brownell Combs, received for his trophy a gilded antique silver love cup, crafted in 1815 in England. With Keeneland’s opening meet, the torch had passed from racing at the historic Kentucky Association track to a hopeful new venture that even Keeneland described as an experiment in how to operate a racetrack.

FALL’S EXCITING LINE-UP OF EVENTS: Thursday, October 6: Wine, Women and Shoes Event for Lexington Cancer Foundation: 4-8 pm Friday, October 7: Opening Day and the beginning of FallStars Weekend- gates open at 11:00; Moore & Giles Leather Trunk Show- all day Every Saturday: Breakfast With The Works 7:00am-9:00am Saturday, October 8: Book Signing- former jockey, Donna Barton Brothers’ “Inside Track: Insider’s Guide to Horse Racing”from 12:20 pm-1:30 pm; Moore & Giles Leather Trunk Show Sunday, October 9: 75th Anniversary Jockey Signing- next to the walking ring Wednesday, October 12- Thursday, October 13: Budweiser Clydesdales at South Gate Entrance Wednesday, October 12: Keeneland Handicapping Contest - Place a mythical $2 win and place wager on Keeneland races 3 through 9. Entry fee is $10 with a guaranteed $2,500 pool. Limit three entries per person, First 200 participants receive a free Daily Racing Form. Friday, October 14: Buffalo Trace Giveaway - Register to win a VIP Buffalo Trace Distillery Experience $20,000 College Scholarship Day 75th Anniversary Edition: Full-time college students receive free general admission and the chance to win one of twenty $1,000 scholarships Book Signing: Keeneland: A Thoroughbred Legacy will be signed by Keeneland’s president, Nick Nicholson and presidents emeriti, Bill Greely and Ted E. Bassett from 1:30-3 pm. Saturday, October 15: Keeneland’s 75th Anniversary; Andre Pater’s “75 Years of Thoroughbred Tradition”poster signing 11am-1pm; Budweiser Clydesdales appearance on the track; Post Time with the Pops- Boston Pops Concert at Rupp Arena- 8:00pm, visit for tickets. Sunday, October 16: Community Day Celebration - the first 7500 patrons will be treated to a sampling of Keeneland’s birthday cake- BREAD Pudding. Visit any METRO Lexington Kroger to pick up a general admission pass for FREE admission. Valid October 16 only. Wednesday, October 19: Keeneland Handicapping Contest Place a mythical $2 win and place wager on Keeneland races 3 through 9. Entry fee is $10 with a guaranteed $2,500 pool. Limit three entries per person, First 200 participants receive a free Daily Racing Form. Friday, October 21: “see blue.”Day - Kick off University of Kentucky’s homecoming weekend. Free general admission for UK students, Alumni and Faculty and activities for all Wildcat fans! Saturday, October 22: Teresa Duke Art Show and Signing of “Paddock at Keeneland”from 11am–1pm Sunday, October 23: Military Family Day All active and inactive members of the military and families receive free general admission with a military ID at any pass gate. Wednesday, October 26: Keeneland Handicapping Contest Place a mythical $2 win and place wager on Keeneland races 3 through 9. Entry fee is $10 with a guaranteed $2,500 pool. Limit three entries per person, First 200 participants receive a free Daily Racing Form. Friday, October 28: Book signing- Liz Stoll’s “Lafayette Slept Here”from 11am–1pm Saturday, October 29: Closing Day This is your final opportunity to enjoy world-class Thoroughbred Racing as Keeneland’s 2011 Fall Meet comes to a close. Teacher and Staff Appreciation Day; Special Halloween Edition of Breakfast with the Works- features the headless horseman 7am–9am; Book Signing: Liz Stoll’s “Lafayette Slept Here”from 11am–1pm



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by Biz Ruby, Fashion Consultant

The October Keeneland fall meet and the fashionable women it attracts are practically synonymous…both are unforgettable fixtures of the Bluegrass. Yet, sartorially speaking, for fall 2011 let’s make that ladies of the Bluegrass. Because the fabulousness that is fashion this time around is all about a timeless, luxurious, ladylike look. And I mean lady, from the top of her well-coiffed head to the tip of her pointed d’Orsay pumps. This fall designers and retailers worldwide have staged a revival of femininity in fashion that harkens back to the era of ladylike style as exuded by Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, yet without the conformity and fussiness of that time period. This is of-the-moment, super-duper sexy lady chic, one that is unmistakably, thoroughly modern in its execution and style. And, the beauty of it all is there are no hard and fast rules to achieve the look; it takes just a bit of sophistication with an elegant touch. Pulling it all together is as easy as wrapping a slinky, skinny belt around the waist of a form-fitting sheath; throwing a beautiful sculpted waist-length wool coat over your shoulders; and finishing it off with elbow grazing leather gloves in classic tobacco brown and to-die-for burgundy suede pumps.

clear winners when executed in the rich Bordeaux almost every designer went ballistic over…as will you. Color blocking is still major, for a bold, statement-making look that features jackets and skirts (at Milly and Tory Burch) and jackets and pants (at Derek Lam) combos, plus dresses and accessories to make the multitudes from the paddock to the clubhouse stop and stare. Then there’s the dynamic duo of leather and fur. Whether an all-out sexy-as-you-wanna-be leather dress (a la Derek Lam’s jersey/leather full-skirted stunner) or a jaw-dropping silver fur jacket in the real thing (as at J. Mendel and Prada), or faux (Trina Turk’s amazing feathered version), this lady is not messing around when it comes to luxury. The something-extra, ultra-ladylike touches that go a long way to complete this look include armloads of gold cuffs and bracelets, the ubiquitous hand held leather bag (best at Prada) and the aforementioned killer pump – a stylish, mile-high stiletto with nary a platform in sight (you read it here first). Ladies… Keeneland awaits!

Key elements of fall’s ladylike looks include silhouettes that embrace a woman’s figure with curvaceous dresses – some form-fitting (drop-dead gorgeous in burgundy at Oscar de la Renta), some cinched at the waist with ‘50’s-like full hems (as at Lafayette 148) – plus skirts galore in every guise with pencil shapes leading the way, while fluid (dazzling in metallic at Tory Burch) or circular numbers come in a close second. Note to self: mini is out; at the knee or just below is in. Think First Lady chic…often these skirts are paired with elegant twin sets and cardigans. Speaking of First Ladies, this fall’s skirt suits channel the late, great fashion megastar Jackie Kennedy with their perfectly pristine cuts (as at Donna Karan) both in muted tones and jewel-like hues (the best of both at Marni). And while I’ve now mentioned it twice, it bears repeating: burgundy. Everything from blouses and bags to the shoe of the year, the pump, are


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by Amanda Harper, Pet Aficionado

Most folks categorize themselves as one of two sorts: a dog person or a cat person. But we all know those aren’t the only animals that people keep as companions. Whether you’re interested in bringing one of these exotic creatures into your home or just curious about what sorts of pets people keep these days, there’s a whole world of unusual animal pets to learn and love. Rodents and cavvies are popular picks in classrooms; mice, rats, gerbils, hamsters, and guinea pigs are much-loved by many children, but poorly understood by many. They have short life spans and are generally inexpensive. Mice, gerbils and hamsters don’t require a lot of room (though a fishtank should not be considered as a habitat for them) and rats and guinea pigs don’t require much more space. As a bonus, there are lots of care guides available to help you. Looking for something a little less furry? Go scaley! Lizards, snakes, turtles, frogs and reptiles are surprisingly wonderful pets (I promise!) Their care and keeping is fascinating to children and adults alike, requiring a bit of study and understanding to best provide for these animals. Their habitats are often wet and sunny, and these animals often consume other animals, so they may be expensive to many pet lovers. However, their rewards are many-they’re always a conversation starter and they’re a lot of fun to play with and enjoy. Birds are a perrenial favorite pet. From small lovebirds to large parrots, different types of birds suit different lifestyles. Larger bird varieties often require a lot of attention and handling while smaller birds require different care. What about a larger animal? People in Kentucky have kept a number of awesome large animals,


including alpacas, llamas, ostriches, zebras, buffalo... the list goes on and on! These animals are for you if you have a large farm property and the facilities to care for an exotic large animal. There are pitfalls to avoid in unusual animal ownership. Picking a pet based on its unique appeal is a bad idea. Unusual pets are often expensive and finding a veterinarian who can care for your pet can sometimes be difficult. These animals often have highly-specific habitats which often requires elaborate means to recreate the animal’s living conditions. Many exotic pets are illegal or traded by shady, cruel people. Learn as much as possible about the trade of each animal, the legality, the care needs and your overall commitment before you buy. Many people are fascinated by monkeys, and rightfully so; monkeys are playful, curious and a unique companion animal. However, monkeys also require a great deal of handling and socialization. There have been cases of monkeys attacking their owners. Keeping a monkey is a decision that an animal lover should not take lightly. Finding an animal in the wild and calling it “pet” is a poor choice in almost every situation. Many bear disease that is dangerous to yourself and your other pets. Wild animals aren’t trained for life indoors and live on their instincts. Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are a great many animals out there that are perfect for someone looking to befriend a unusual pet. Do your research before you dive into ownership of any animal. Owning an unusual pet is often rewarding and fun, so enjoy! Editor’s Note: I recently had the great pleasure of seeing a man walking his miniature horse near our new offices on East High Street!


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NOT YOUR GRANDMA’S GARDEN by Michelle Rauch, Gardening Enthusiast

You’ve probably seen that cute wooden cut-out of the little gardener bending over with her bloomers showing. If not in your grandma’s garden, somewhere...your neighbor’s yard or perhaps strategically placed off the road, up on a hilltop. Think about it and you may recall getting a fleeting glimpse at one time or another while taking a drive off the beaten path. Sure, she’s cute and all, but country-craft may not be your style. Gnomes may not be either for that matter. Don’t get me started on gnomes right now, that’s a topic for another day. Throw out the stereotypes for good. This is not your grandma’s garden anymore! Attracting a new generation of garden enthusiasts has industry insiders looking at innovative ways to grab your attention. When it comes to marketing you have to give people what they want: choices. Variety truly is the spice of life when it comes to the modern day green thumb. There is a theme to fit just about anyone’s style. Eye-catching pottery is abundant in sleek, modern black and white to bold colors in monochromatic schemes. If you want to create a relaxing oasis with a Feng Shui feel, there’s a variety of things to choose from that will create the ultimate meditative garden. Looking to capture the classic elegance reminiscent of a Greek garden? No problem. Do wild and whimsical tickle your fancy?


There is so much to choose from you can create a space with a surprise around every corner. UK fans can show their team spirit in the yard. Wildcat inspired pottery and accessories aren’t hard to find in Cat Country. Support local craftsmen with unique rustic Kentucky crafted ornamental yard art. While there are so many more choices for the modern day gardener, there is something for those of you who maintain a soft spot for grandma’s garden. The nostalgic can go retro with a pink flamingo. But forget about grandma’s plastic ones. Today’s pink flamingos are made of metal with an artistic flair. Remember, a garden can be an extension of your home. If you have a flair for country-French, traditional or even Moroccan décor inside your house, you won’t have a hard time finding outdoor counterparts that will compliment your sense of style. The same is true for your garments. From garden gloves to galoshes there are sassy styles out there if you have a flair for fashion. After all, who says you can’t look good while you dig in the dirt?

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by Michelle Rauch 70

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is name is Dave Krusenklaus. You probably setup. While it was technically a college radio station, it was a commercial rock station with a sales staff and just know him as Kruser.

The Cincinnati native has literally made a name for himself across central Kentucky. He’s been talking and talking for more than 30 years on Lexington radio stations. Listeners have heard his gift for gab on News Talk 590 WVLK for the last 15 years. Kruser knew at a young age he wanted a career in radio. “I think it’s a performance gene. There was this desire in me to host something. I guess you want to be an actor or a singer or host something. It was always a desire to want to be around where news was happening so I could talk about what was going on, I could report on what was going on, or I could play the music I liked,” he says. Growing up (he’s one of six kids) in the Cincinnati area sparked his desire even more. It was an era in the city’s history when locally produced variety and talk shows were top notch. “As a kid who wanted to be in the media it was great to watch and listen to these people and it only furthered my desire to do that,” he says.

general manager. It was valuable experience. “You’re a conduit to current events and current music. I hustled,” he says. THE HUSTLE PAYS OFF

WKQQ approached Kruser after he graduated from college to come to Lexington to be the music director and cover afternoon drive. He says, “I packed everything I owned in a Pontiac Sunbird and moved here in 1978.” His career started to accelerate. FM radio was taking off. Lexington had the appeal of a young town with a thriving college population. “Rupp Arena had just opened and they were getting rock concerts every week and “Q” owned them,” he recalls. “I came on the air and decided I was going to do something a little different and it worked. The whole Kruser thing. I goofed around a little bit.” He was having a good time and getting promoted. “It was exciting. It was a lot of fun especially looking back on that to have an audience that is so dedicated to your station. There still isn’t a week that goes by that somebody doesn’t say something to me like ‘Hey, those Q-days were great.’ It’s so gratifying that we meant so much to so many people for so long,” he says.

“If you want to get a message out, it‘s still the free, over the radio and television programming that can‘t be beat for reaching the largest audience.”

Kruser majored in communications at the University of Dayton. That’s where he got his foot in the door that set his career path. He started as the college radio station producer and call screener for talk radio. That lasted a year and a half. Then an offer was made. A chance to get his first paid job for a weekend talk radio show. “I turned it down because I wasn‘t ready. I was scared of it,” Kruser says. A fear that may be hard for his long-time listeners to believe. “When it comes to talk radio there’s no safety net,” he says. If you don’t have something to talk about you can’t flip a switch and turn on the tunes. The fear of dead air prompted Kruser to walk away from that first offer. The opportunities kept coming. His junior year of college he jumped at the chance to do the morning drive news and work DJ shifts at WVUD which had a unique

In 1996 WKQQ severed its ties unceremoniously with Kruser in spite of good ratings. He was replaced with the syndicated “Bob and Tom Show”. “My firing made the front page of the paper, top of the fold. When I saw that I was just amazed,” Kruser says. That’s when not only radio, but TV offers came rolling in. He accepted a job at Arrow 101.5 to cover the morning drive. He also accepted a part-time job at WLEX-18 to do three feature stories a week for the 11pm news. “They sent me on the road with all the True Blue Fan coverage. That was really a learning experience. I got to travel doing pieces (stories) on the fly, editing them in a satellite truck, doing live shots. We worked very hard. It was fun, but it was a lot of work,” he says. Kruser‘s five years in TV gave


Who’s Who him valuable experience generating his own story ideas. He says, “It framed how I do talk radio today.”

the radio, there are show topics that burn out after too much play. That’s another challenge to always keep it fresh and different from the competition.

Even though he enjoyed his time in TV, radio is where his heart is. In 1999 he joined MEMORABLE News Talk 590 WVLK. “I MOMENTS have more freedom and I One of Kruser’s most get to be a host,” he says. memorable weeks in While TV was defined broadcasting was the Ice and stories have to be told Storm of 2003. He and in less than two minutes, the other hosts at WVLK time is on his side in rawere on the air non-stop dio. A lot of time. “It’s for eight days. They took three hours of hosting. calls the entire time. What am I interested in Kruser was able to keep a and what do I want to put pulse on the progression on the show?” The vetof the people during a eran broadcaster admits disaster that brought the he is very lucky to have city to a screeching halt. that kind of freedom. So “The first two or three how does he decide what days (people said) ‘we‘ll to talk about? “It basically all get through this toboils down to what intergether.’ By day 4, 5, and 6 ests me. There are some (you heard) ‘there was a things that are obvious, utility truck on my street sure. You talk politics, and I still don’t have the major news stories of with Alan Hunter (original MTV VJ) power’ or ‘what about the the day, but I also try to guy outside the home imfind those things other provement store selling people are not talking overpriced generators? about that will make you I’m calling the attorney go ‘Oh, wow, that’s funny general!’” By day 7 and 8 or that’ sweird’.” He varies people were angry. They the content to keep the were best described as program moving. Kruser cranky callers! They’d is keenly aware that his had enough of life in the success depends on his dark. It was an interesting popularity. “Talk radio is lesson in human nature host and content driven. and he had the benefit of Callers are good and they a captive audience. “You add to the show, but at the have those times when heart there’s the host. Do talk radio and WVLK atyou like the host? Is the tract people who may not host interesting or prelisten to us a lot. We were sented in an entertaining a lifeline. They didn‘t fashion?” he says. Meethave anything else but a ing those expectations debattery operated radio, so pends on him. It’s a oneit was a way for people to man show to get the job share,” he says. As listendone. There aren‘t any beers rallied around their hind the scenes producers radios something neat happened. “Callers gave tips on what helping him with the six hours of prep work before the show hotels still had rooms available. It almost became part tradairs. Hosting a show for three hours is challenging. It’s all ing post where people were trying to direct people (to the about keeping listeners engaged. Just like the hottest hits on


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places) they could get good deals to avoid price gouging.” There were also moments that just made him laugh or scratch his head and say “Hmm”. “Like the caller who said ‘Yeah, I think we’ll be warm tonight. I just wheeled my grille in,” Kruser recalls. AFTER HOURS When he isn’t broadcasting , Kruser enjoys time with his friends and his grown son, Adam. He works a few blocks away from WVLK. The father and son duo get together after work frequently. You may see the pair at Thursday Night Live from time to time. Kruser and his wife Cate enjoy spending time at their neighborhood pool. He hits the greens too. “I play golf, badly. But I try,” he says. Hitting five or six good shots keeps him motivated to come back. Non-fiction is his reading genre of choice. Rock and a growing appreciation for Jazz keep his toes tapping. As for sports, he roots for the Reds. He is a fan of pro and college football

as well as college basketball, Cats included. BACK TO BASICS With all the choices out there it’s tough being in old fashioned broadcast media. “I am very grateful. There are a lot of people who have listened to me and followed me for a long time. I’m working harder on the show. I want there to be a payoff. They have come to expect a certain style and content from me and I hope to never let them down,” he says. Kruser doesn’t plan on going anywhere. He believes there is still a place for talk radio. “Local talk radio, what’s left of it, is one of the last bastions with Katie Klein that can’t be satellited and voice tracked. That’s where people can call in. You can still have a voice. I hope there is still room for that in all this new media we have.”

Kruser & Krew airs weekdays from Noon-3pm on News Talk 590 WVLK


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Elite Makeover 2011

by Buffy Lawson with Amanda Harper

Sometimes, it can feel nearly impossible to manage the responsibilities of career, family and health. For many, the selfless obligations of taking care of others results in the slow, but steady deterioration of their own appearance and self-esteem. Many don’t have the time or financial resources to stop, look in the mirror and say, “What can I do for myself today?” They spend hard earned money on diapers, children’s college loans and all the expenses required to give everyone else what they need. With no time or money left over for themselves, they become unrecognizable compared to the person they once were. TOPS joined forces with Dr. Bart McFarland and an elite team of professionals in an effort to change the life of one very special person from the inside out. TOPS ELITE MAKEOVER is not a makeover for the sake of vanity; it is a team of compassionate, devoted individuals enjoying the opportunity to pay forward the fabulous skills they have acquired to help put the sparkle back in the eyes of someone incredible. From a complete smile makeover, personal trainer, wardrobe specialist to hairstylists, cosmetic surgery, spa services, jewelry and more, the TOPS Elite Makeover


project offers a new chance at a confident, healthy future. Many lives have been forever changed through the TOPS Elite Makeover. Dr. Bart and his staff have always strived to have personable relationships with patients, taking the time to know their clients. “It was just so obvious to me that so many of these wonderful people needed somebody to give them a break,” he explained. “I have been blessed with an amazing career and wonderful family, so I decided that I wanted to give back somehow.” Dr. Bart chose a few patients that were in desperate need of dental care, but who could not afford it. He gave them each a total smile makeover. Some patients’ teeth were so badly deteriorated that simply eating was a terribly painful process. Dr. Bart was so deeply moved by the humility and genuine change he witnessed in his patients that he felt compelled to invite other local business professionals to participate. Before long, a phenomenally talented team had come together in an effort to offer a total elite makeover. Each year, hundreds of people submit their stories or that of a loved one. Every letter is thoroughly read and Dr. Bart nar-

Who’s Who rows the candidates down to sixty people. At that point, the selected individuals come to meet the elite makeover team, personally discussing their story and a winner is selected. It is explained without hesitation that this will be a long, but rewarding journey. The winner is expected to work diligently with the resources provided, including ongoing vigorous workouts with a personal trainer, regular meetings with a dietitian and completion of a medical screening. They also receive extensive laser skin treatments from Dr. Glenn Simons, another very passionate and brilliant participant.

veal Banquet and Migdalia’s donated a space for it. The winner was interviewed on the radio with Jason Bailey following the reveal. Eighteen local businesses assisted in making this makeover process possible.

This year’s runner-up Susie received far more than what these amazing individuals provided, however. She was sent by her personal trainer to have a routine physical done before she began her workout regimen. Her physical showed abnormalities and eventually it was determined that she had cancer. Teresa said that if it weren’t for Teresa before and after her TOPS Elite Makeover winning this makeover, she would have continued to avoid going to the doctor for The winner is revealed after four months and always under- checkups, as she had in the past. goes a total transformation by the end of the makeover—and not just physically. This person is getting a second chance at life. “It is difficult to express how touching it is to hear the stories of our winners at the end of this journey,” says Dr. Bart. “It is so special how many years they stay in touch and how often I hear, ‘Dr. Bart... I am finally smiling from the inside out. I feel pretty.’“

The cancer was diagnosed in time and was still treatable with surgery. Teresa wasn’t able to perform her workouts but she did actively participate in eating healthy and took part in every other aspect of the makeover. Now that Teresa has gone through the TOPs Elite Makeover process and has been treated for her illness, she has a new outlook on life. “The nails, the hair, the teeth and all the other This year’s winner Tetreatments I received resa got the works: Seamake me look and feel sons Salon & Spa probeautiful, but the fact vided a day at the spa, that I was forced to get Southern Style Salon a routine exam done provided hair and nail and cancer was found makeovers and Bella and treated makes me Rose provided an unfeel like this makeover veiling wardrobe. Kevsaved my life,” Teresa in Balcirak from Body said during the reveal. Structure and Matt Per“I don’t know if I would raut from Xtreme Fitbe here next year if it Susie (runner up) before and after ness donated personal wasn’t for this maketraining and dietary over.” counseling for both winners. Dr. Bart McFarland donated dental services, including crowns, veneers, bridges, partials, Part of the requirement that helps determine the winner teeth whitening, root canals and white fillings. Glidewell is an individual who is truly ready and willing to take full Labs donated their lab services for crowns, partials bridges advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity. If you or and veneers. Dr. Doug Cox from Bluegrass Endodontics do- someone you know would like to be considered for the 2012 nated his services to both winners; Holli Gibson provided TOPS ELITE MAKEOVER valued at over $60,000, submit before and after headshots for the reveal; The Castle donated your story to Dr. Bart Mcfarland by December 30, 2011 at jewelry to the Grand Prize Winner; Traditional Bank and Kens New Market donated funds toward the cost of the Re-

“I don’t know if I would be here next year if it wasn’t for this makeover.”


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by Kristin Espeland Gourlay

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we thought we’d test your awareness with a little quiz. Pencils ready! Answers appear at the end of the article. 1. True or false? Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in Kentucky. 2. Which are considered risk factors for developing breast cancer? a. Genetics b. Obesity c. Alcohol consumption d. Hormone Replacement Therapy e. All of the above. 3. At what age should women begin receiving annual mammograms to help prevent and detect cancer? 4. True or false? 1 in 100 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. If you didn’t score as well as you’d like, October is a great time to learn the facts and get acquainted with the resources available for breast cancer patients, survivors, and their supporters. It’s also a great time to get involved in helping find a cure for the disease that will strike one in eight women over the course of their lifetimes. Here are some suggestions. PARTICIPATE in the 15th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which kicks off from Centre Pointe in Lexington on October 15, 2011. According to the Susan G. Komen Lexington Affiliate’s executive director Mary Allison Belshoff, between six and eight thousand people are expected to participate in the 5K (3.1 miles) race, on their own or in teams, timed or not, running or walking. And it’s not too late to register online at or in person on race day. Belshoff says the event is about more than raising money; it’s about honoring those who have fought and those who have


survived the disease. “A section of the race is dedicated to survivors,” she says, “and there’s a parade of survivors as well.” The money from entry fees and team fundraising goes toward breast cancer research, as well as toward community programs for the Bluegrass region. Last year, that totaled nearly $500,000. And while you’re at it, LEARN about Komen’s services and resources for fighting breast cancer. Since its inception in 1982, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has become a leader in the fight against breast cancer worldwide. It’s now the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to eradicating breast cancer and has the largest grassroots network of survivors and activists around the world. Closer to home, the Komen Lexington affiliate was established in 1996, and now serves 58 counties in central Kentucky with programs that help uninsured women and men who have been diagnosed or may be diagnosed with breast cancer. Take, for example, a simple screening mammogram. At $125, it may be out of reach for low income women and men. Belshoff says Komen Lexington can help pay for that initial screening as well as for the patient’s cancer treatment and any follow up services, like transportation to medical appointments. “I met a woman who was low income, uninsured, and she was diagnosed just as her husband had lost his job,” Belshoff recalls. “Komen allowed her to receive every treatment an insured woman would receive, and now she’s a seven-year survivor.” Besides paying for treatment and research, Komen Lexington also funds a program called the Kentucky Pink Connection, which Belshoff describes as a kind of navigation service for cancer patients and survivors. “We’ll help with anything from a gas card to help you get to medical appointments to finding the best wig in town after treatment-induced hair loss,” says

What To Do Belshoff. “It’s all those wrap-around services that make the process a bit more bearable.” Kentucky Pink Connection also provides referrals to support groups, several of which meet regularly throughout central Kentucky. Which leads us to our final suggestion for getting involved this October: KNOW your own risk for breast cancer, how to prevent it, and how to detect it. The more you know, the likelier you are to detect cancer early – and that could save your life. When detected early, the survival rate for breast cancer can be as high as 85%. In Kentucky, that number is just 78%. “Something that Komen is focusing on recently is knowing your body,” says executive director Belshoff. The organization

encourages women to become familiar with their breasts and to call a doctor if they notice changes. And, Belshoff says, don’t forget your annual mammogram. Federal guidelines recommend them every two years for women aged 50 and up. But Komen suggests beginning at 40 or earlier, especially for those with a family history of breast cancer. Men with a family history of breast or prostrate cancer should also be screened. To understand your risk, you can ask your doctor about genetic screening, make sure you know your family’s cancer history, and take a look at your lifestyle and diet. See our guide, “More information and resources,” to get started. (Quiz Answers: 1. True; 2. E; 3. 40; 4. True)

started in the 1950s. That’s why McBrayer, 55, had mammograms religiously and made sure she knew her body well. “When I first suspected something,” McBrayer says, “I went to a doctor,” who told her she had nothing to worry about. But she got a second opinion, along with the alarming news that she did indeed have cancer. It was at a very early stage when detected, and after a lumpectomy and 40 radiation treatments, McBrayer is now going on 14 years cancerfree. She encourages women to listen to their guts, as she did 14 years ago. “Women need to be very aware of their bodies, listen to their bodies. Women’s intuition is very strong. And if something doesn’t feel right you need to get to the bottom of it.” Since her diagnosis, McBrayer helped start the Lexington Foundation, a group dedicated to raising money and awareness to fight cancer. The group’s fundraisers take place year round, including the upcoming Anne McBrayer, Lexington Wine, Women, and Shoes event at Keeneland on October 6. And if her involvement in the foundation doesn’t keep her experience with “I always felt I was high risk, because my breast cancer top of mind, something else does. mama was a breast cancer survivor,” says Anne “There is a gift that cancer gives you,” McBrayer McBrayer, president of Kentucky Eagle, Inc., says. “The gift is it truly makes you appreciate the beverage distribution company her family each day you’re alive.”



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Pam Bradley, Lexington Lexington native and breast cancer survivor Pam Bradley knows her body. And that may have saved her life. Bradley, 53, knew she had eight cysts in one breast, and 10 in the other – nothing serious, but she had mammograms every six months to be on the safe side. The former elementary school teacher went for her regular appointment in August 2010. “It was the second day of school, (I thought,) no big deal,

I do it all the time,” Bradley said. “And before eight o’clock the next day I got a call at school: ‘we want to do a diagnostic mammogram.’” When doctors told her the massive lump they had found was stage four cancer, Bradley says her heart stopped. “It sort of makes you stop and think.” And the news grew worse. A breast MRI and a PET scan showed the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes, hips, and spine. The oncologist told her it would be impossible to cure. And here’s where Bradley’s story takes a turn for the miraculous. Her next PET scan in September 2011 showed the astonishing results of treatment: “a complete clinical response,” according to the oncologist. “My first reaction was that I asked him to repeat it,” Bradley says. “I said, ‘I think I know what you’re saying, but, to me, that’s a miracle from God.’” With no tumor to remove, Bradley still receives chemotherapy every three weeks, and continues with regular PET scans, but she’s officially in remission. Bradley says her faith helped her heal. But accepting help from friends and family helped her cope. “I’m always used to trying to help other people. And I was told that it was very hard for that kind of person to accept help from other people. When you’re going through something like this, you do need help from your friends.”


• October 6: The Lexington Foundation’s Wine, Women, and Shoes, Keeneland, Lexington ( wine-women-and-shoes/) • October 8: Susan G. Komen Lexington Affiliate Survivors Luncheon, Kentucky Horse Park ( PageServer?pagename=Survivors) • October 15: 15th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Centre Pointe, Lexington (To register, visit: http://rfclex.convio. net/) • October 24: Horses and Hope Health Fair, Keeneland Racetrack in Lexington (for fans and horse industry workers): http://www.



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I have yet to meet a child over the age of six who willingly volunteers to take part in household tasks. But, as a grownup, I’m required to inform them: if a family is to function efficiently, there are certain things that every child should be willing and able to do. At our house, we have a rather straightforward method of assigning chores. There are chores that our kids do simply because they are able-bodied members of our family: make their beds, put everything in its place, study, and sign up to do dishes twice a week. There are also jobs that they can sign up for in order to receive an allowance. Honestly, I believe I’m doing them a favor, giving them life skills training. Of course, not everyone sees it that way. I know it’s not just me. There are other parents who expect kids to contribute. Some kids just accept the assignments and move on. And then there are kids who spend an hour arguing about whether or not they should be forced to do a five-minute job. I have one who can hold an hour-long soliloquy on injustice. And he usually follows with a performance of “The Song that Gets on Everybody’s Nerves.” He can sing it for hours. He sings it with a French accent, a southern accent. He sings it doggy-style. And the title really delivers. We all try to clear the house when it’s his night to do dishes. While I am steadfastly determined that he will not wear me down, he seems equally determined to try. Recently, I decided it was time for my boys to learn to put clean sheets on their bed. Honestly, I’m not trying to torture them. I just want them to have some basic life skills. I mean really, do they think Mommy is going to show up to their dorm room to change the bed? I showed them the basics of pulling the fitted sheet taught and making a neat hospital corner. One son grasped the concept quickly, made his bed and went on with his life.

And then there was the other son, who is, apparently, significantly challenged by this sort of practical exercise in spatial intelligence. His first attempt was a wadded, tangled mess. His second attempt was a lumpy, wrinkled mess. And then he refused another attempt. I try to be reasonable. Really, I do. I told him: the bed doesn’t have to be perfect. But it has to look like you can sleep in it. I offered to help; he declined. So I took a long look at the lumpy, bumpy bed and said, “call if you need help, but don’t leave the room until the bed is made.” I left, closing the door in hopes of muffling the inevitable “It’s Not Fair” lecture, followed by the nerve-irritating musical performance. It’s a fact of parenting that as soon as you think you’ve got the right answer, you realize you’ve asked the wrong question. It didn’t take long for me to realize I was not hearing the fit I had been certain my son would throw. In a brief moment of optimism, I wondered if he had actually decided to make the bed. Quietly, I walked back upstairs and opened the door to his room. I’m not sure if I really thought I’d see a neatly made bed. But of course I didn’t. Nor did I see my son. Instead, there was an open window, a climbing rope, and a grappling hook attached securely to the bed. In the brief moments it took to survey the situation and come to the realization that he had climbed out of a second-story window to avoid putting sheets on his bed, I heard the go-kart engine revving up, and the voice of my older daughter behind me. It was she who just knew the grappling hook would be the perfect Christmas gift for her younger brother. “I saw him on his way down,” she said. I’m not sure if he thought the go-kart was the fastest getaway, or if he just figured once he was out the window, the stealth portion of the mission was complete. Either way, I knew it was going to be much easier to make his bed than try to make him come back and do it — that day. But that doesn’t mean he’s worn me down. I’m not going to change my mind about making the bed. I’m just going to make sure he puts the grappling hook in its place, first.


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ROOM TO GROW: DESIGNING BEDROOMS FOR CHILDREN by Meghann van den Dool Interior Designer

The best bedroom for a child is a timeless one designed to grow with its occupant. Creating a plan to flow with the action and change in the child’s life is essential. Vintage pieces of furniture have already withstood the test of time and are usually more budget friendly. You can easily update vintage furniture with a fresh coat of non-toxic paint. Try a glossy finish for a more modern look. For those looking for something new, many furniture companies are developing children’s lines that offer traditional pieces but on a smaller scale, appropriate for little ones to use and enjoy. Choosing durable fabrics is essential when designing for children. There are a plethora of designer fabrics available with an indoor/outdoor finish that can be wiped down effortlessly. Look for prints that will reflect your child’s personality. For instance, a bright colored geometric pattern would be well suited for a fun loving little girl, while a classic blanket plaid in blues, reds and tans, would work well for a boy and be something that will never go out of style. When it comes to paint colors, think outside the box of your typical pink and blue. Calming neutral colors can easily be accented with bold fabrics and accessories. Sticking with a neutral pallet will allow you to change the accent colors over time by swapping out pillows and accessories. Spray paint baskets with bright colors to


store toys and hide clutter. This is another way to add a pop of brightness to the room without spending a lot of money. Create a rotating exhibit of artwork by painting a section with chalkboard paint, allowing your child to express his or her inner artist. School assignments and chore lists can also be written down here, and friends can leave messages when they visit. Framing your child’s artwork is an inexpensive way to add originality to the space. As your child grows you can build a collage by adding new pieces. The trend is moving away from any sort of theme room. For example, if your child loves baseball, try restricting the baseball theme to accessories rather than wallpapering the room with pennants. Eventually, the cuteness of the juvenile theme will fade and you’ll be redecorating in a few years. When all is said and done, the child’s room must retain a sense of practicality and youthfulness. Using these guidelines to plan ahead the first time will prevent you from having to make major updates every few years. Just remember to keep it fun.


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TOPS TOUR OF HOMES: Six apartments. Plumbing everywhere. Tons of extra walls. It sounds like a renovation nightmare, but for owners Sam & Noelle Dick, it made their renovation decisions much easier. There was no doubt that they’d just knock out everything and start from scratch in almost every space in the storied old House on Hanover. Working with j. stuart hurt, CID of House by JSD Designs, Sam & Noelle knew they wanted to create a space that featured deep, warm tones and offered them cozy living space. Working in “shifts” on the home, portions of the renovation were completed in six month cycles allowing them to live in the house as work was being done. The television/reading/dining space was originally part of a massive back porch. Custom cabinetry was built in to allow great storage and display. The loveseat was chosen because it is meant to be a sitting area just for Sam & Noelle. The carpet divides up the space and is removable to allow access to the plumbing below.

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A small windowseat offers a quiet reading nook and elegant retreat. Draperies make the space feel truly luxurious and toasty. Cushions give comfort while the light fixture casts a warm, relaxing glow. Built-in shelving and custom cabinetry boasts ample storage for the family’s many books, as well as Sam and his father’s Emmy awards. Sam also proudly displays his many medals from triathlons.


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The custom-made dining table is a rustic, gorgeous focal point. hurt didn’t have to look far for the captains chairs that flank the table’s ends--they were his! Noelle loved them and they suited the space perfectly, so hurt was happy to part with them. The pantry is original to the house. The granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and custom-built cabinetry, however, are thoroughly modern. A miniature gas fireplace makes the space a cozy gathering spot for holiday cooking.



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The master bedroom features soothing tones. The hardwood flooring throughout the house is original. The master bathroom is warm and inviting. The claw foot tub, combined with the inset fireplace, calls a great ending to the day.


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The guest suite offers total comfort for company. An original door on a barn track leads into the hallway, which features exposed ductwork and brick for a loft feel. The guest bedroom features deep blue-green walls and dark wood fixtures. Plenty of storage is built into the space. The guest bathroom pairs black marble and a bold orange paint to create an awesome visual impact. Invigorating yet spa-like, the custom-designed shower is a favorite of the couple and their guests. The floor of the shower is created using a mosaic tile featuring copper, which will petina over time.



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asanova offers a truly authentic find Southern Italian dining experience in the heart of the Bluegrass. With recipes straight from Naples, Casanona uses fresh ingredients to create dishes that transport the taste buds to the heart of Italy.

making every dish unique to Casanova. They serve gnocci and scialatielli. All the cheese they serve are made locally by Capezzuto’s brother, Giovanni. Utilizing Kentucky Proud and local ingredients, every menu item at Casanova is created with love.

Executive Chef and owner Leo Capezzuto is a native of Naples, Italy. He owns Leonardo’s Italian Cafe downtown and La Magnolia in Naples. He says that the dishes served at Casanova are mirrors of what he serves to true Italians in Naples. Specialty desserts are imported directly from Naples. With an eclectic wine list featuring Falanghina, created by the Romans and not served anywhere else in the state, Casanova offers something very special.

Large parties are welcome at Casanova. Offsite catering is available and there is a banquet room on site. Reservations are encouraged.

Capezzuto serves up pasta made using a special family recipe,

Casanova Fine Italian Restaurant 855 S Broadway 859.309.3313


t’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on Floyd Drive. The Corman Marketplace is getting back to the traditions its had for the last 40 years with its recently reopened Christmas market. With dazzling holiday decor, The Corman Marketplace offers the latest and brightest in Christmas goods and accessories. Nearly 10,000 square feet of holiday magic in Corman’s showroom for store design and manufacturing. The Corman Marketplace: Christmas Traditions Redefined features a

variety of holiday-themed goods and decor to help any home or business transform their spaces for the Christmas season. Trees, tinsel, ornaments, swags, wreaths and a number of other glittering, twinkling accessories will be on display. Ted Corman, president of Corman and Associates Inc, said that he wants families to shop there together for their holiday celebrations. The variety of decor goods allows guests to let their imaginations roam free, pairing a variety of styles together to create a unique holiday look. The Corman Marketplace: Christmas Traditions Redefined offers Central Kentuckians the opportunity to get back to their own holiday traditions and build new ones.

The Corman Marketplace 881 Floyd Drive 859.233.0544


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Gateways to Integral Health works with patients to help slow the aging process. Supporting clients in having a more vibrant and healthy life, Gateways to Integral Health focuses on antiaging and regenerative medicine. They believe that educating patients on how the aging process works best helps them to

slow the process and live more fully. Gateways to Integral Health offers a number of services to help achieve optimal wellness of their patients. Bioidentical Hormone Balancing, Functional Medicine, Functional Nutrition and Health & Lifestyle coaching helps keep patients on track, healthy and motivated. Gateways to Integral Health also offers medical weight loss with the HCG-Diet. Rapid and permanent weight loss using the body’s own hormones can help patients to look great and feel their best. Gateways to Integral Health offers patients the knowledge and resources they need to achieve overall wellness. They have a passion for prevention and love to help patients achieve a new level of vigor and vitality.

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ptimal health and longevity are the specialty of Gateways to Integral Health. Owners Regina Forster MD and Andreas Schmitz PhD focus first on health and wellness of each patient.

1517 Nicholasville Road, Doctors Park 302 859.351.1310


AVA Systems is an Electronic Systems Design firm that offers home cinema design and installation as well as unique home automation services that tech-out Central Kentucky spaces. A high-level of technical expertise allows LAVA to provide unrivaled service.

LAVA helps homeowners monitor and reduce energy consumption with smart home electronics while maintaining comfort, convenience and design aesthetics. Their green technologies can automate homes to save money and conserve resources quickly and efficiently.

From single rooms to multi-building estates, LAVA can create solutions for a variety of project needs. LAVA has experience designing a variety of entertainment and meeting spaces.

For anyone remodeling, moving or building, LAVA can design a worry-free environment. LAVA Systems is helping enhance the lifestyles of Central Kentuckians through home technology.

LAVA provides design and installation of lighting control, climate control, automated shades, audio/ video calibration, multi-room music/video, remote monitoring, and boardroom solutions. Their automation services allow users to operate these electronic systems from cell phones or the iPad®, as well as handheld remotes and in-wall touchscreens.

LAVA Systems 124 N Broadway 859.721.0151



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ensibly Chic has evolved over the years to provide the best service possible to its customers while still providing the below retail price designer brands that they are known for. For a variety of styles, ages and sizes, Sensibly Chic offers women’s apparel, accessories and home goods that suit everyone. For the past 15 years, the store has been known as Apparel Outlet. With a change in ownership in September 2010, it was time for an update. At the suggestion of a customer the store became known as Sensibly Chic. When the owners decided to retire, Mindy Keller took it as a sign that it was time to get back to her passion-retail. Now the owner, Keller loves to listen to the customers and understand what it is they want from her off-price designer boutique.

stylish goods. They have home decor, baby clothing and gifts. They have a dedicated room for Anthropologie clothing and goods as well as an excellent setting for “Couture & Cocktail”. Whether you are 20 or 80 years old, looking for traditional or contemporary styles, missy, petite or women sizing, Sensibly Chic offers something perfect. Their designers include Anthropologie, Ann Klein, DKNY, Foxcroft, Lilly Pulitzer, Lisette, Multiples, Sharon Young, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, Ralph Lauren and many more!

Sensibly Chic has expanded to include a number of incredible,

Sensibly Chic at Regency Centre 171 W Lowry Lane 859.276.6144 www.


horty’s: Cellar 157 is Downtown’s Urban Wine Shoppe. An excellent and unique selection sets Cellar 157 apart. Its convenient, fabulous location makes it a wonderful stop for those looking to explore new wines at all prices, from $9.95 to above $100. Cellar 157 will have an array of international wines that are price conscious. They will offer Lover’s Leap wine from Kentucky and other recognizable labels like Rodney Strong, Joel Gott and Chateau Saint Michelle. However, the majority

of the wines will be from boutique wineries that create less than 1500 cases a year of their wine. They’ll also have highend gift and trophy wines. In addition to great wines, Cellar 157 carries Lexington Chocolate Company Fudge, Zenbunni Spicy Chai Chocolate and local cheese from an Italian cheese maker. They have wine books and magazines for browsing or purchase. Select wines will be popped open daily, allowing customers to sample a taste of something new each day. Thursday night wine tastings and a monthly exclusive wine club will allow guests to become more familiar with a wide variety of wines.

Shorty’s: Cellar 157 157 W Short Street


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ith great food, a relaxing environment and a fantastic location, Village Host Pizza & Grill serves up a wonderful experience for its patrons. Their pizza is made from the freshest ingredients, insuring a great quality pie on their special dough recipe that’s made fresh daily. The salad bar features more than 40 items and a handful of homemade dressings. Their burgers and sandwiches are served on fresh toasted rolls. Village Host also has fabulous appetizers and desserts

Village Host offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere. With 36 flat screen TVs, comfortable seating, a full bar and a gaming room, Village Host is a perfect dining destination for every member of the family. Whether to catch the game or catch up with friends, Village Host has got the perfect table waiting. They can also accomodate a variety of get-togethers, from private birthday parties to office parties (including conference call capabilities and a 120 inch projection screen.) Village Host has 13 dedicated parking spaces and unlimited parking on evenings and weekends in Goodwin Square. For guests coming from downtown, Village Host is along the trolley stop, making it easy to head down and have fun.

Village Host Pizza & Grill 431 Old Vine Street 859.455.3355


ocê is so much more than a salon, and so much more than a boutique. They offer fabulous care, immaculate service and great products that are sure to please even the most discerning client. Owner Mickey Binion and the staff aim to make every customer look and feel fabulous. They specialize in Keratase treatments and products, offering Balayage and Bio Keratin. Você was named third runner up for Salons of the Year 2010 by “Salon Today Magazine”.

Você’s boutique features stylish clothing, shoes and accessories. They feature products from J Brand, Torn by Ronny Kobo, Low Luv by Erin Wasson, Nightcap, Koolaburra, Rebecca Minkoff and a number of other designers worn and loved by celebrities and trendsetters. The fashions featured at Você range from edgy to wardrobe staples, but every piece is modern and carefully selected. Você offers world-class care alongside incredible products. Every customer is sure to feel fabulous, head to toe.

From hairstyling to makeup application, Você offers a wide array of services. Cuts, coloring and hair care treatments are all available to make each customer completely fabulous. From perfect blowouts to smoothing treatments, the staff at Você tames manes and makes their clients feel like rockstars.

Você 707 Almahurst Ln. Nicholasville, KY 859.887.0955 Look for Wingswept Farm on Facebook



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TOP People to Know John A. Delpont

Penny Bass

Andreas Schmitz

Vice President

Executive Director

Health Coach

John Delpont is Vice President of Whitaker Insurance Group, a division of Kentuckybased Whitaker Bank. Rooted in Kentucky himself, Delpont is a Hazard native and a Union College Alumni. He has been licensed in Property, Casualty, Life and Health insurance lines for over 29 years. Delpont is also a Trusted Choice Agent and member of the Independent Insurance Agents of KY. Whitaker Insurance Group represents several major insurance carriers.


Penny Bass, a member of the National Association of the Education of Young Children, is the new executive director at Good Shepherd Day School. She has a Master’s Degree and extensive background in early childhood education and administration. Penny is committed to excellence in education. She hopes to continue with and to build upon the mission and philosophy of the Day School while upholding its reputation in the community.

Andreas Schmitz, Ph.D. is Co-Owner of Gateways to Integral Health. Schmitz offers Weight Loss, Functional Nutrition and Health & Lifestyle Coaching. His specialty is to support people in looking great and feeling their best. He looks at the whole person and uses nutrition, exercise and supplements to support them in slowing the aging process and prevent or heal chronic disease. His passion is optimal health and a whole new level of vigor and vitality.



Teri Turner

Buffy Lawson

Kirsten Johnson

Account Manager

Account Manager


Teri is a busy mom, always on the go, which results in being an effective, efficient marketing specialist for TOPS. She puts 14 years of marketing expertise to work helping her clients make money through impactful advertising results. Ask her clients. Ask her kids. Teri makes it happen, right now! When your business needs to make a splash in the market, give Teri a call.

Being a recording artist, songwriter and columnist as well as an account manager for Top Marketing Group, Buffy is inspired by the creative process when working with her accounts. A strong believer that a brilliant ad and out of the box marketing strategy is key to a successful business, she spends quality time considering the concerns, goals and positive return of her clients. If you’re looking for fresh ideas and ready to see real growth in your business, call Buffy!



A pioneer in equine sports medicine and rehabilitation, Kirsten has dedicated her career to the heallth of the horse. She is credited with introducing hyperbaric oxygen therapy to the equine industry and this technology now is employed worldwide. Her philosophy is a team approach in promoting soundness and wellness of horses at all levels of competition. Kirsten’s clients are the “Who’s Who” of the racing and show horse industries.

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Tommy Threkled & Steve Pulliam

The Horses of Courses

Will & Cindy Southerland

The Cigars

Rick Brooks and Friends

Cigars & Bourbon Benefiting UK Children’s Hospital Coach Joker Phillips and Rich Brooks hosted a cigar and bourbon tasting event to benefit Kentucky Children’s Hospital at the legendary Gainesway Farm. Are you ready for some football? Photos by Alex Orlov


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Clint and Keri Long, Kirstin & Matt Wiley

Anna Bryson & Allison Benjamin

Jenna and Matthew Mitchell share a laugh with Morehead State Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Donnie Tyndall

Welcome from Event Chair Barb Saunier

Dave Howard & Carmen Fox

Andrew Oliver

Murray McCandless, Andrea & Andrew Oliver

An Evening for the Children’s Advocacy Center The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass hosted its signature fundraising event, An Evening for the Children’s Advocacy Center at the R.J. Corman Hanger in Nicholasville. More than 200 guests enjoyed a beautiful night of great food, drink, music and an exciting live auction. All proceeds raised will support the Center in its mission to provide hope and healing to child victims of sexual abuse throughout Central Kentucky. Photos by Brian and Judy Myers



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Dr. Michael Huang & Nasim Noorazar

Michele and Doug Landers

Glenn Blind & Doug Smith

Colleen Goethals

Samantha Jean Moore, Trisha Atcher & Janet Macht

Penny Bass & Tera Cobb

Cristobal Montejo & Sergio Budar

Katherine Tierney, Keith Burdette & Tricia Shackleford

Regina Forster & Andreas Schmitz

TOPS/LexScene Preview Party at Rincon Mexicano TOPS magazine’s September Premiere Party was held on the festive patio at Rincon Mexicano on Harrodsburg Road. Friends and advertisers got a sneak peak at the latest issue before it hit the stands. Thanks to our sponsors for a wonderful evening. & Photos by Alex Orlov



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Nancy Boudinet checks out the bids

Wilma Langfels and Susan Forsythe

Tess & Bernie Utterback

Sheila & Greg David

Jordan English entertains

Janice Mueller and Mike Wolken

Rachel & Eli Mashni

Makenna Foundation Art of Making Miracles The Makenna Foundation was established in September 2001 in memory of Makenna David who died of a rare lung disease in 1998. The goal of the Foundation is to raise funds to help make the Kentucky Children’s Hospital a benchmark of children’s hospitals by providing the necessary equipment and assist in hospital expansion. Photos by Paul Atkinson



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JW & Mary Ann Davis

Dusty & Danielle Bonner

Lester Boyd and Wife

Dr. TJ & Mary Beth Richardson

Leslie & Coach Joker Phillips

Robyn & Tom Leach

Tom Cheek and Fran Taylor

Cathy & Don Jacobs and Sandra Burton

Cardinal Hill Kentucky BASH Fans of UK Football were invited for a spirited bash benefitting Cardinall Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. The evening featured a bourbon tasting, wine sampling, sophisticated Southern menu and live music by the Torques. An exclusive live auction and the opportunity to meet and greet UK legends made the evening a delight. Photos by Alex Orlov


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Central Bank Thursday Night Live Head downtown every Thursday evening through October 27, 2011 for Central Bank Thursday Night Live! Located at Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park, attendees enjoy beverages, food from local restaurants and of course, great music by a variety of live bands! Photos by Brian & Judy Myers



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Greg Schuler, Peggy Trafton, Mike Gilmore, Patty Trafton and Steve Grossman

Linda & George Allgeier

Carnival Director Emily Lane and Kyle Lake

Sammy & Deborah Guy

Celebrating the Explorium

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Peggy Trafton and Explorium Volunteer

Explorium 20th Anniversary The Explorium of Lexington’s 2011 Carnival was a fundraiser for underserved and at risk children who come to the Explorium. The Explorium reaches out to these children educationally through a Fund called Have A Heart. The proceeds from Carnival went to helping fund Have A Heart. It was a night of games, confections, silent auction, and fun. Music was by NightCrawler. Photos by Alex Orlov




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Bridesmaid dresses have gotten a bad reputation over the years with all the terrible bows, shiny fabrics and unflattering shapes, but the modern day bride will be pleasantly surprised when shopping to outfit her bridal party. Many fabulous bridesmaid designers have caught on to fashion trends and silhouettes and translated them very nicely into the bridesmaid world.

the most popular, long dresses are making a comeback and will be seen more in 2012. Shopping with the intent to dress your best friends can be overwhelming. While they are wearing it, you are the one that will look at the photos the rest of your life, so the bride must be happy! We suggest bringing one or two girls of different body types on your first shopping trip and the rest later. Relax and remember that whatever you choose will be gorgeous!

Brides are often faced with the daunting task of trying to fit many different body types. A trend for the past few years has been to choose a color and fabric and let each bridesmaid select the style they feel most comfortable in. Bridesmaid designers are making this a very easy option for brides. One suggestion I offer is to narrow down the choices to five or six options instead of giving them free reign of an entire collection. Some dresses blend together better than others and a bridal consultant can help you pull your vision together so everyone looks like they belong in the same bridal party. Most bridesmaids just want to please you, the bride, so they will often look to you for guidance and giving them twenty options can be overwhelming. Another trend that is picking up in popularity is choosing a variety of colors in the same color palette. This must be done very carefully to make sure all of the colors mix well and one is not going to overpower the others, but the effect can be amazing! This usually works best with a softer color palette, but can work with bolder colors, too, if done correctly. Style trends that will continue into 2012 are the one-shoulder look and also the very feminine, romantic details of ruffles and flower details. I also suggest brides take into consideration the style of their own gown when choosing the bridesmaid attire. The style of the wedding gown, along with the venue and time of year will also help in the narrowing down of style, fabric, and length. While short dresses are still


June 4, 2011

Dana & Michael Peddicord

WOW Wedding

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eddings are all about family and friends coming together to celebrate a couple’s lifelong commitment to one another, and it was no different for Dana and Michael. Strength, love and life was the common thread throughout their Pink Tie themed wedding which celebrated both of their mother’s successful battles against cancer. Dana and Michael met in college and became fast friends, discovering that they really had a lot in common. They had gone to the same high school and church, and really loved all the fall season activities they could do together. Tailgating for UK football games and the Keeneland races were favorite times that allowed them to have fun together while developing a deep friendship that eventually evolved into something much greater. Dana was only slightly patient about waiting for Michael’s proposal, she played along with his “what if ... would you marry me?” game which drove her and her girlfriends a little crazy. But one rainy night, she found herself with Michael at Talon Winery in the gazebo and the “what if ” game became a bona fide proposal which she happily accepted. Their volunteer work with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure gave them the idea for the Pink Tie theme, and Dana paired that with a beautiful

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green for their wedding colors. The guests were also asked to add a dash of pink to their wedding attire. They were married at St. Peter’s Catholic Church and Dana was able to personalize the music by playing “The Prayer” by Celine Dion for the mothers, and “One Hand, One Heart” from Westside Story for the bridesmaids. Dana and Michael recessed to “I Do” by Colbie Calliat. In addition to Michael, Dana also had a “first glance” with her dad, enabling them to share a beloved heartwarming moment. Michael’s grandfather, who’s marriage has lasted almost 70 years, gave Michael his wedding band. It was engraved with both his and Michael’s initials and wedding dates—such a special gift and a powerful reminder of the meaning of marriage. Dana’s something old was a 75 year old monogrammed handkerchief from Michael’s grandmother. It was wrapped around her bouquet which had each of her grandparents wedding bands pinned inside by pearls. Dana’s mom presented her with a Pink Swarovski crystal band to wear as her “touch of pink.” The reception was held at the Boone Center which allowed them to dance under the stars in the courtyard. Adding to the fun was seeing how into the Pink theme guests were, some sporting Photography by Alicia Fierro, Aesthetiica Photography


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pink pants, dresses, and even hair pieces. Dana’s advice is to make a list of the details you want as your personal touches. Figure out what you can do and what help you can enlist from friends. But most of all, don’t miss out on any of the special moments by worrying. Looking back on their wedding day, Dana and Michael wouldn’t change any of the details that made it so wonderful.



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Details: Ceremony - St. Peter’s Catholic Church Reception - The Hillary J Boone Center DJ - Bluegrasss Beat Florist - j stuart hurt, house Photographer - Alicia Fierro of Aesthetiica Photography Catering - The Hilary J Boone Center Cake - Cake Walk, Danville, KY




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Amelia & Bernie Stevens June 25, 2011 Photography by Melissa Schroeder

Emily (Allen) & Kevin Donohue June 18, 2011 Aestetiica Photography

Wedding Announcements

Kristin (Ford) & Robert Milam May 14, 2011 Emily Faith Photography

Lindy (Elswick) & Blake Woodward August 6, 2011 Jesse Caylor Photography

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O TSHOTSP Kara Heissenbuttel at Keeneland’s Opening Week of Yearling Sales

Bradley Stevenson, Kyle Macy, Cole Mitcham & Kyle Krebs Tee It Up for the Child Care Council of Kentucky

Chris Willson Tips His Hat to the Makenna Foundation

Jimmy Nash, Luther Deaton, Jane Beshear & Glenn Norvell Help Cardinal Hill Open New Patient Care Facility 130

Lyndsey Jordan on the Auction Block for Race for Education

3-Time Kentucky Derby Winning Trainer Bob Baffert with Teri Turner of TOPS

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