L E X I N G TO N’S M O S T I N F LU E N T I A L MAG A Z I N E
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Priceless | September 2012
September 2012 vol. 6 no. 9
Fall Fashion VP Debate | Alan Cutler | Mrs. Lexington
Volume 6, No. 9
LEXINGTON’S MOST INFLUENTIAL MAGAZINE
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TOP EVENTS 20 Keeneland Concours d’Elegance 22 Freedom Fest Bone Appetit Day 24 Woodford Humane Society’s Freedom Fest 26 Bluegrass International Cup Polo in the Park 28 ADA Presents Toast to a Cure 30 LLS Light the Night Kickoff 32 TOPS August Preview Party 34 TOPS August Preview Party cont. 122 Bluegrass & Bourbon 124 A Night for the Nest 126 UK Football Fan Day 128 Hats Off to Kentucky’s Horse Industry Day 130 A Midsummer Night’s Run 5K 134 Lexington Art League’s Woodland Art Fair 132 Picnic with the Pops 38 83 90
Meet the Media: Alan Cutler Mrs. Lexington, Ella Karch Community Spotlight: American Diabetes Association 106 Tour of Homes: Chevy Chase Renovation 146 TOP Shots
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Vice Presidential Debate at Centre College Fall Fashion: Keen(e) Sense of Style Reader Showoffs New Businesses WOW Wedding: Emily & Brendan Hewett Wedding Announcements
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Contributing Writers Kelly Adams, Hallie Bandy, Amanda Duckworth, Tom Dupree, Blake Hannon, Amanda Harper, Drew Johnson, Marsha Koller, Buffy Lawson, Michelle Rauch, Deanna Talwalkar, Sue Ann Truitt
Contributing Photographers Alex Orlov Paul Atkinson Keni Parks David Desjardins Shaun Ring Alicia Fierro Michele Johnson
Out & About
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Community Calendar Sports: Tailgating Do’s & Don’ts Tailgating Parties Finance: Mother’s Silver Dollars, Lesson Learned Food: Shakespeare & Co. Pets: Back to School Etiquette: Appropriate Attire Gardening: Fall Crops Family: Beware the Pinterest Post Relationships: Pool People Weddings: Finding the Perfect Dress
Correction to previous issue: Middle photo on Out & About, page 17, should have read Be Medispa supports the lovely contestants of the Miss Kentucky Scholarship Pageant.
What To Do
TOP HAPPENINGS Our Topparazzi photographers are everywhere! Please check our website for updated event information and please be aware of the changing nature of events.
Thursday, September 6 TNL: Sixty Four West 4:30PM-8PM Cheapside Park downtownlex.com Ringing Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Fully Charged 7PM Rupp Arena rupparena.com
Friday, September 7 The Kentucky BASH 7PM Donamire Farm cardinallhill.org Ringing Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Fully Charged 7PM Rupp Arena rupparena.com Whiskers, Wags & Wine 7:30PM-10:30PM Wildside Winery hollys.org Horsemen of All Ages Auction 8PM Red Mire Round Barn raceforeducation.org Lexington Roots & Heritage Festival Downtown rootsfestky.com
Saturday, September 8 Ringing Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Fully Charged 11AM, 3PM & 7PM Rupp Arena rupparena.com UK v Kent State Football 7:30PM Commonwealth Stadium ukathletics.com Roller Derby 7PM Heritage Hall lexingtoncenter.com Extreme Rampage 8:30AM-1PM Masterson Station Park extreme-rampage.com
Paws Putters 8AM Cherry Blossom Golf Course sc4paws.org Kentucky State BBQ Festival Danville, KY kentuckybbqfestival.com
Sunday, September 9 Ringing Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Fully Charged 1PM & 5PM Rupp Arena rupparena.com Kentucky State BBQ Festival Danville, KY kentuckybbqfestival.com
Monday, September 10 Lexington Clinic Foundation Golf Tournament 10:30AM University Club of Kentucky lexingtonclinicfoundation.org
Thursday, September 13
Lexington Ballet Company: Hard Rock Ballet 7:30PM Lexington Opera House lexingtonoperahouse.com Festival Latino de Lexington 5PM-11PM Downtown festivallatinolexington.com Makenna Foundation Art of Making Miracles 6PM-11PM Re/Max Creative Realty makennafoundation.org St. Peter & Paul School Downtown Fall Festival 4PM-11PM 423 W Short St sppslex.org
Saturday, September 15 UK v Western Kentucky Football 7PM Commonwealth Stadium ukathletics.com Horse Aid Live Cmmbined Test & Dressage Show Masterson Station Park horseaidlive.org
TNL: Girls, Guns and Glory 4:30PM-8PM Cheapside Park downtownlex.com
UK Alumni Charity Game 2PM Rupp Arena rupparena.com
John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience Rupp Arena johncaliparibasketballexperience. com
Lexington Ballet Company: Hard Rock Ballet 2PM 7:30PM Lexington Opera House lexingtonoperahouse.com
Jubilo Music & Art Festival Fort Boonesboro State Park jubilofestival.org
Jubilo Music & Art Festival Fort Boonesboro State Park jubilofestival.org
Friday, September 14 Greek Festival 5PM-9PM Red Mile Clubhouse lexingtongreekfestival.com Lexington Philharmonic: Firebird & Fandangos 7:30PM Singletary Center uky.edu/scfa Jubilo Music & Art Festival Fort Boonesboro State Park jubilofestival.org
Greek Festival 11AM-9PM Red Mile Clubhouse lexingtongreekfestival.com Midway Fall Festival Midway midwayfallfestival. org Bluegrass Railroad Museum Mystery Theater 2PM & 4PM Bluegrass Railroad Museum
What To Do
Sunday, September 16 Hermitage Classic CDE Jubilo Music & Art Festival Fort Boonesboro State Park jubilofestival.org Greek Festival 12PM-6PM Red Mile Clubhouse lexingtongreekfestival.com Lexington Ballet Company: Hard Rock Ballet 2PM Lexington Opera House lexingtonoperahouse.com Bluegrass Railroad Museum Mystery Theater 2PM Bluegrass Railroad Museum bgrm.org Midway Fall Festival Midway midwayfallfestival.org
Monday, September 17 Orchestra Kentucky 7:30PM Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center theskypac.com Kentucky Breast Cancer Coalition Conference 4:30PM Embassy Suites kypinkconnection.com
Thursday, September 20 TNL: The Big Maracas 4:30PM-8PM Cheapside Park downtownlex.com Lisa Swayze 7:30PM Signature Club hospicebg.org
Friday, September 21 LexArts Gallery Hop 5PM-8PM 161 N Mill galleryhoplex.com Anjelah Johnson 7:30PM Lexington Opera House lexingtonoperahouse.com Danger Run 7PM-11PM Louisville dangerrun.com pARTy for Everyone 5PM-10PM Cheapside Park lexingtonartleague.com
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9AM-5PM Hermitage Farm hermitageitc.com Spoonbread Festival Berea spoonbreadfestival.com
Saturday, September 22 Black Jacket Symphony: Led Zeppelin’s IV 8PM Lexington Opera House lexingtonoperahouse.com CASA Run for Kids’ Sake 8AM Coldstream Park lexingtoncasa.com Shelia Bayes Diamond Dash 10AM Triangle Park sheliabayesdiamonddash.com Bluegrass Mud Run UK bluegrassmudrun.com
Friday, September 28 Halloween Fest Lights Drive Thru 7PM-10PM Fort Boonesboro parks.ky.gov The Poverty Forum 6PM-9PM The Lexington Convention Center povertyforum.com The Bourbon Chase bourbonchase.com ScareFest 5PM-10PM Lexington Center lexingtoncenter.com Anderson County Burgoo Festival Lawrenceburg kentuckyburgoo.com
Saturday, September 29 UK v South Carolina Commonwealth Stadium ukathletics.com
Spoonbread Festival Berea spoonbreadfestival.com
The Bourbon Chase bourbonchase.com
Big Brown Truck Pull 9AM-11AM Lexington Green soky.org
ScareFest 11AM-9PM Lexington Center lexingtoncenter.com
Bluegrass Railroad Museum Ronald McDonald Train Ride 2PM Bluegrass Railroad Museum bgrm.org
Roller Derby 7PM Heritage Hall lexingtoncenter.com
UK v Florida Football Gainesville, FL ukathletics.com
Sunday, September 23 Gala in the Garden 4PM-7PM The Arboretum ca.uky.edu/arboretum Spoonbread Festival Berea spoonbreadfestival.com
Tuesday, September 25 Rising Stars Recognition 7PM-9PM Malone’s Banquet Room lypa.org
Thursday, September 27 TNL: Coralee and The Townies 4:30PM-7:30PM Cheapside Park downtownlex.com
Andrew Bird 7:30PM Singletary Center uky.edu/scfa Anderson County Burgoo Festival Lawrenceburg kentuckyburgoo.com
Sunday, September 30 Walk to END Alzheimer’s 1PM Cheapside Park alz.org ScareFest 11AM-4PM Lexington Center lexingtoncenter.com Itzhak Perlman with UK Symphony Orchestra 7PM Singletary Center singletarycenter.com Anderson County Burgoo Festival Lawrenceburg kentuckyburgoo.com
Out & About Macy Sudduth and Lee Mullins at the Skin Solutions Grand Opening
Rebekah Bennett, Ashley Slusher and Natasha Swanner at the Tops Preview Party
Bill Bryant winner of the Journey tickets from TopsInLex.com
Bret Melrose and Danielle Pope with newest Tops baby Hank Pope at Creative Kitchens and Baths
Marian Guinn, Bob Hilen and Coach Matthew Mitchell at the Hungry Dinner benefitting Godâ€™s Pantry
Miss Kentucky Jessica Casebolt receives her new Lexus from Lexus of Lexington www.topsinlex.com
Tony Dehner & 1932 Auburn Boatail
Connie & Tom Jones
Dr. Eli & Dr. Mary Lynne Capilouto
Wendy Bernard and Beth English
Peggy & Curt Richards and Fred & Lori Rutherford
Trudy Tibbs, Shelia Zwischenberger and Dr. Connie Jenning
Party for Concours d’Elegance An annual Cocktail and Dinner Party for friends and fans of Keeneland’s Concours d’Elegance Car Show was held at the home of Taft and Doug Rood. Guests enjoyed viewing beautiful show cars, great drinks and tons of fun. Not even the weather could bring this party down! keenelandconcours.com Photos by Alex Orlov
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Katie Krumm, Paul Atkinson and Whitney Glass
Susan Adams, Katie Boni, Rena Elswick, Barbara Mezger and Cap’n Crunch
Diane Baker and Judy Papania Gadbois
Marty and Michael Betts
Olivia Thompson and Angie Kerrick
Freedom Fest Bone Appetit Day The Woodford Humane Society’s Freedom Fest, presented by Abundant Living Medical, was held July 20 & 21 at Darley’s Jonabell Farm. Bone Appetit Day featured breakfast with author David Rosenfelt and a tasting luncheon. woodfordhumanesociety.org Photos by Paul Atkinson
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Lille Clay, Dean Smith and PeeWee
Morgan & Natasha Franklin
David & Morgan Franklin
Helen O’Leary, Bryan & Phyllis Otero
Missie Wood and Bill Thomason
Marsha & Ralph Glass
Jon Carloftis, Susan English and Dale Fisher
Woodford Humane Society’s Freedom Fest The Woodford Humane Society’s Freedom Fest, presented by Abundant Living Medical, was held July 20 & 21 at Darley. Saturday night’s event featured a catered dinner, live and silent auctions, and live music to benefit homeless pets cared for by the Woodford Humane Society. woodfordhumanesociety.org Photos by Paul Atkinson
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Caitlin Courtney and Brad Flowers
Beth & Price Bell
Sasha Sanan and Joe Miller
Team Kentucky Eagle receives 1st place trophy! Hutton Goodman, Ulysses Escapite, Julian Daniels and Chris Nevins
Juan Monteverde, Trent Lott lll and Chet Lott
Bluegrass International Cup Polo in the Park
The Fayette Alliance and the Markey Cancer Foundation joined forces to host the 6th Annual Bluegrass International Cup, Polo in the Park event. More than 700 people attended at the Kentucky Horse Park’s John Henry Field. Tailgaters competed for the “Best Tailgating Unit” prize, while tent patrons enjoyed a delicious dinner by Apiary Fine Catering and Events. After the match both tailgaters and tent patrons hit the dance floor with Hipshack. polointheparklex.com Photos by Michele Johnson
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Dale & Joyce Campbell
Marsha Bloxom, Chris Smith, Walter Bloxom and Larry Smith
Lisa Edwards, Jennifer Harris, Sheri Logan, Louanne Cooper and April Enix
Sheri & Louis Logan
Mike & Tami Ross
Audrey & John Booher and Pat Hale
ADA presents Toast to a Cure
The Third Annual â€œToast to a Cureâ€? was held on Saturday, July 28 at Talon Winery. Guests enjoyed an evening of food, friends, wine and entertainment while supporting a very worthy cause! All proceeds for the event support the American Diabetes Association and their mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all those affected by diabetes.
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Paige Marcinek and Lauren Johnson
Kari Noe and Lindsay Meadors
Meredith Jenkins and Marvin Bartlett
Robin Fisher and Karyl Ferman
LLS Light the Night Kickoff The Light The Night Kickoff Luncheon at the Signature Club of Lansdowne provided Corporate, Friends and Family team members with the opportunity to network with other participants and learn about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Societyâ€™s mission and the research that is funded to find cancer cures. The Light The Night Walk takes place this year on September 22nd at the Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
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Josh Skorton and Amanda Harper
Sabrina Ripley, Barbara Huber and Diana Gevedon
David Bush and Derrick Whitaker
Tylynda Glenn & Phil Salvo
Kathryn Murray, Melianie Terrell and Shelia Bayes
TOPS August Preview Party The TOPS Auguest Preview Party was held at the Creative Kitchens and Baths showroom. The evening was full of fun and family as eveyone who had a part in creating our August issue came together to celebrate another great publication. topsinlex.com Photos by Alex Orlov
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Kristen Oakley and Allison Davis
Carrie Patterson, Keith Yarber, Dan Glass, Pam Nystrom, Bambi Todd, Leigh Wagner and Payton Trosclair
Jason Otis, Mandy Otis and Elisabeth Jensen
Kellie Corridoni and Ali Hammond
TOPS August Preview Party Part II The August Preview Party was an exciting occasion as the 2012 Horsemen and women of all ages Bachelors and Bachelorettes were revealed. Creative Kitchens and bath provided a great backdrop while the guests enjoyed food drinks and even door prizes! topsinlex.com Photos by Alex Orlov
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What To Do
Tailgating 101: A Tutorial by Drew Johnson Sports Junkie
Hello, BBN campers. May I say you look splendid this month? Good, because I was going to say it regardless. That’s the kind of man Joker Phillips wants me to be. It’s SO nice to see you with that UK “glow” back. In fact, I haven’t seen it since Matt Roark went all Matt Roark and Rocky Top’d Tennessee in last season’s finale. I’ve really missed that look in your eye. If you were in a Zoolander pose off with your annoying next door neighbor, I’d say you look soooooo Magnum. Welcome back, Kentucky football. In the words of 21st century poet laureate 50 Cent, ‘I love you like a fat kid loves cake’. If there’s anything I consider myself an expert on, it is the art of tailgating. I admit that while I may be great at quoting 80’s movies, dancing badly, and being inappropriate at inappropriate times, my true calling in life is tailgating. My second calling is hating all things Duke, but that’s another story for another time. Tailgating on a beautiful autumn day alongside your friends and family is truly one of my life’s pleasures. No matter the struggles UK football has seen over the years—and there have been many—tailgating has always remained the one constant. Some of my earliest memories as a child are holding my mom or dad’s hand on the way into Commonwealth Stadium, passing all the sights, the sounds, and the smells that only tailgating will ever offer. It’s a time honored tradition (your check is in the mail, Masters). HOWEVER, the proverbial Shangri-La that tailgating is to me is facing more and more challenges with each passing year. Some of you are amateurs, new to the tailgating game. Some of you don’t understand what tailgating is about. Others just don’t “get” the essence of tailgating. Allow me to offer some pointers, guaranteed to make this football season’s home slate EPIC. DO always bring alcohol. DO NOT ever be the alcohol “buzzard”, vulturing everyone else’s booze because you “forgot” or “but my great aunt on my husband’s side died last night”. Those excuses are worse than “my dog ate my homework”. DO always offer friends and family a drink. DO NOT ever offer strangers and tailgate crashers a drink. This can single-handedly destroy a tailgate.
DO NOT be nice to the swarms of tailgating free loaders. They’re like birds. They’re friggin’ everywhere. DO bring something comparable to everyone else’s expenses. DO NOT bring a pack of Little Debbie cupcakes when everyone else has paid $50-$100 for the barbeque a dozen people have been working on around the clock for the past 24 hours. DO always wear your Kentucky gear. DO NOT come to the tailgate if you’re not wearing Kentucky gear. In fact, give up being a fan if you don’t. Tailgating isn’t for you. DO be nice to the opposing team’s fans. DO NOT allow Louisville fans to your tailgate. This is against all Kentucky fan protocols. If caught, you will be kicked out the country and excommunicated out of BBN. This is never acceptable. DO help set up the tailgate. DO NOT leave the tailgate area looking like you had your own miniWoodstock that forces the federal government to declare a natural disaster. DO drink and have a good time. DO NOT get plastered and pass out 3 hours before kick-off. Unfortunately, I’ve seen this. It’s not pretty. The only thing uglier will be the stories you will hear about what you did for the next 28 years. DO come tailgating because you’re interested in the game and you’re a true fan. DO NOT come tailgating because it’s “a cool thing to do”, meet single people, or party like you transported back to the disco era and you’re center stage at Studio 54. DO put together a good song list everyone at the tailgate will enjoy. DO NOT jam to techno music. Leave your glow sticks at home and find the next rave. DO enjoy yourself and be safe. There’s nothing better than tailgating. DO NOT be stupid. See you in the Blue Lot…
DO be nice to your fellow UK fans.
MEET THE MEDIA ALAN CUTLER: ONE WILD & CRAZY GUY
W hen it came to getting hired at LEX18, you could say it all came down to Alan Cutler’s signature mustache. It was
1981. Alan had long hair and a mustache that was admittedly way too long. He had an interview with the news director back then, John Ray. It went well, they talked money, and Alan left thinking he had the job. He waited for the phone call he was promised the next morning. It didn’t come. By 4pm, Alan picked up the phone and called Mr. Ray. Alan recalls what he said, “We have a problem. Your mustache is too long.” He paused, thought for a second and said he’d shave it. “‘No, ‘don’t shave it.’ he says. He puts me on hold for a couple minutes, but it felt like half an hour.” Then came an answer Alan could live with. “He said, ‘Don’t shave your mustache, get a haircut, trim your mustache. I want you to fly back tomorrow’.” When Alan returned to Lexington he had explicit orders from the news director not to say a word about
the minor adjustments he made to his appearance when he met the general manager, Harry Barfield. Mr. Barfield came in, took a look at Alan, nodded, paused and then started talking. Five minutes later Mr. Barfield offered Alan a contract. “When he nodded, I knew I was good,” Alan recalls. Alan believes there is one reason there was much ado about nothing. “They were afraid they couldn’t control me and that I’d be too wild for Lexington. They were testing me,” he chuckles and admits they were within their right to do so. “I’m kind of wild and crazy and I was a lot wilder back then.” So, Alan’s good faith gesture to trim his mustache gave management the sign they could work together. It has never come up in conversation again. The relationship has been so good, that when Alan left WLEX in 1984 to go to Pittsburgh they asked him to come back in 1987. by Michelle Rauch Photos courtesy of David Lloyd & Alan Cutler
Who’s Who Lexington has been home to Alan and his wife of thirty years, Judy. They have raised two children; his 27 year old daughter, Jenna and 24 year old son, JJ. Alan grew up on Long Island, New York. He played basketball with a kid from his school named Billy Crystal; yes, The Billy Crystal. He keeps that relationship in perspective. “We weren’t friends. We just played basketball together.” There is another brush with a well know comedian from Alan’s past. He attended Hebrew school with Jerry Seinfeld. Alan doesn’t remember Seinfeld personally, simply that his dad drove a van! Alan attended college in upstate New York, majoring in history at Cortland State. In the back of his mind there was always a desire to go into broadcasting. The interest was sparked when he was just five years old and got his hands on a cheap transistor radio. “I would keep it under my pillow and listen to Yankee and Mets games. I was hooked as a little kid,” he fondly remembers. His dream was to do baseball play-by-play. “It’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do my entire life—my entire career. It’s the only thing I think I was ever good at,” he says.
bread, almost nothing else. No money, but I was having a great time.” Other jobs followed. Alan had the opportunity to call semipro baseball in Grand Junction, Colorado. He put together two half-hour newscasts a day and taped another dozen a day before heading out to cover play-by-play at night. He also rebuilt a radio station in Colorado. “I worked around the clock and had a great time,” he says. He was operations manager and also did work in sales. That gave him the experience he needed to move to Boise, Idaho in the late 70s. “They were desperately looking for someone to be a sports director at KBCITV.” It was a $5 an hour job that eventually got him to Lexington. That’s the play-by-play of Alan’s career. When he is not working, well, “I don’t do anything for fun. I am a very boring person. All I do is work, workout, and go home,” he says. You could say working out is a hobby because of the time he devotes to it... up to thirteen hours a week for what he affectionately calls his wimpy weight workout. “My energy is wonderful from working out,” he says. He also includes cardio, yoga, and stretching. “I’m living proof you can look this bad and work out all the time.” Even though Alan has always exercised, his weight has yo-yo’d. He admits he topped out at 270 pounds at one time.
“It has become very
popular to say that Joker is on his way out. I happen not to be in that boat.”
Alan’s first career stop, albeit a short one, was an FM radio rock station in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It looked promising since the station was off Cutler Avenue. It was a minimum wage job. All he needed was his FCC license, which he took the test for. But when the paperwork never arrived from New York, he did the honest thing and turned the job down. Alan proceeded to pour $25.25 into a pay phone making calls to stations across New Mexico, hoping something would pan out. Cold calling turned up three radio station openings. He showed up to the FM rock station in Farmington, NM with everything he had and applied to call little league baseball. The secretary was the owner’s daughter. Alan apparently made a nice impression, because twenty minutes later he was hired for $100 a week. He remembers those days fondly. “I lived over Snookers’ Pool Hall and paid rent by the week. I always had orange juice and peanut butter and most of the time eggs and
“We all have a choice. I made a choice to eat too much and I got fat. My choice – my fault.” Today, he has found a healthy balance, taking vitamins and juicing. “It’s ridiculously healthy for you.” He’s also sold on the benefits of yoga. “I can see doing yoga when I’m 85, 90 years old. It sounds like a dumb thing to say but it’s a vision I have. I also think I can get skinny; I’m delusional,” he says with a grin. It’s football season and every year the focus is on UK and Louisville. This year is no different. Alan believes this could be one of the bigger games with the Cards in a few years. He predicts coach Joker Phillips has a balancing act ahead of him.
Who’s Who He’ll need to keep True Blue Fans who are on his back calm, while pumping up his players to feel good about themselves, so they can get a big win. “Joker is now playing with a ton of ‘his’ recruits, and it can show what he can do with the players he and his staff have brought in,” Alan says. So that begs the question, what is he looking for this season? “I’m very curious to see what kind of quarterback Max Smith becomes,” Alan says. He is ready to watch if Smith will be pushed by Patrick Towles. Alan says he is a great prospect, but recognizes he will only be a freshman. All eyes will be on these two quarterbacks for many reasons. “If one of these two quarterbacks turns out to be special, it could make a big difference in Joker’s future,” Alan says. When it comes to Joker’s future, Alan has something to say about that, too. “It has become very popular to say that Joker is on his way out. I happen not to be in that boat. I believe Mitch (Barnhart) is going to have a lot of patience if he believes there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” he says. While the Wildcats are fun to follow, with a great fan base; it’s the thoroughbred industry that has Alan counting milestones. “If you would’ve told me thirty years ago I would’ve gotten into the Derby like this, I would’ve said no. What’s happened is that I’ve found the people surrounding the Derby, like the trainers, owners, and characters on the backside of the
track, often turn out to be great stories. There are so many interesting stories; I had no idea until I got into it.” Every year he wonders how he will find that special story, a good human interest story that will capture people’s attention. He is never left empty handed. “There’s always something,” he says. He has been interviewing the legendary likes of D. Wayne Lucas and Nick Zito since the 80s. “It’s not like I’m best friends with these guys, but you get to know them. Some of these guys are actually happy to see me,” Alan says. Alan has no desire to retire, but admits in this day and age, he may not have a say in when that happens. “Every day I’m on borrowed time.” In a perfect world he would like to put in the time to cover six more Kentucky Derbies. That would get him to 65 years old. “Let’s be real, I’m a dinosaur. I’m surprised I’m still on TV. How many 59-year-old guys do you see on TV? How many 59-year-old gals do you see on TV?” How many people do you think get to retire the way they want to? Not many,” he says. He’s not worried, although he does anticipate that a day may come when the decision is made for him. He keeps a healthy attitude about it. “I’ll be one of the fortunate ones if I look at each Derby as this can be one of my last Derbys. “Whatever Derbys I have left I will enjoy. I still really like my job. I think there are more people my age who really don’t like what they’re doing than care to admit. I consider myself very fortunate,” Alan says.
Alan is the Sports Director at LEX18. You can see his stories weekdays at 6pm as well as read many more of his reports online at LEX18.com You can also follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
What To Do
TAILGATING PARTIES by Deanna Talwalkar Party Planner
Fall in Kentucky means one thing to me—tailgating! What could be better than enjoying a beautiful fall day with great food, friends and family? So whether you are planning a tailgating party for a Kentucky football game or for a day at Keeneland, it’s time to get started formulating your tailgating plan. The following tips will help you add a little extra pizzazz to your tailgating party. The Decorations: Just because your tailgating party is an outdoors affair, you shouldn’t be limited to paper plates and plastic tablecloths. Using unexpected decorating elements will help you score points with all your guests. For the tailgating party pictured here, I used a simple drum shade chandelier to dress up the dessert table. I designed it so that it could also be hooked to the top of a tailgating tent with a carabiner. Fresh flowers, vases, metal trays, and other serving pieces can also elevate your table to the next level. For fun football table décor, try topping your food table with a mini football field. To achieve the look, cover it with inexpensive grass carpeting from your local home improvement store. White duct tape can be used to make the field lines. You could also make mini goal posts using PVC piping and duct tape. As an alternative, beautiful patterned fabric, such as ikat, quatrefoil, or chevron, in your team’s color would make a fashionable table covering. The Food: Tailgating food doesn’t have to be just beer and brats (although I do love a good brat). Try mixing up your menu with new items. Kentucky themed items, like a hot brown dip or Kentucky burgoo, can add a regional feel to your menu. Another idea for a memorable meal is to create a signature sauce for your barbeque or other meat. In addition to serving it with your meal, you can bottle it up in small mason jars to give to guests to enjoy at a later time. To add a little excitement to your sweet treats, choose football inspired treats. For the dessert table pictured here, I made “We Bleed Blue” blueberry pie pops, “Scratch Cats” cookies, “Wildcat Spirit” pretzel sticks, “On, On U-of-K” chocolate cupcakes, “Touchdown” strawberries, and a “Go Big Blue” vanilla cake. By sticking to foods that are either football themed or your team’s colors, you can create a unified look for the food table. It is equally important to display your food choices in a welcoming manner. Using varying heights and color coordinated serving dishes is a simple way to achieve an organized look. An important part of any great tailgating party are the beverages (some might even argue it is the most important part). A fun touch is to choose team inspired drinks. For a non-alcoholic drink, bottled blueberry sodas and drinks are a perfect choice. Kentucky themed beers or Big Blue Martinis work well for adult beverage choices. Throwing a fabulous tailgating party requires just a few key steps: some simple table décor, traditional and non traditional food choices, a variety of sweet treats, and plenty of cold drinks. And don’t forget the most important part—plenty of great friends with whom to share it all.
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CENTRE COLLEGE LANDS 2ND VP DEBATE IN THREE PRESIDENTIAL CYCLES
by Michelle Rauch
istory is repeating itself at Centre College. October 11th, the college will host the Vice Presidential debate for the second time. Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan and Vice-President Joe Biden will answer questions about national and foreign policy during the live nationally televised debate.
“It’s a great statement that Centre has always been a place that thinks what’s next? What is possible?” Wyatt says. He believes it is a testament to the great sense of confidence and ambition that thrives at Centre. “It confirms we are a place where important conversations and events happen.”
Centre made history twelve years ago when the campus community, along with people in the city and county including young school kids, campaigned and won the right to host the 2000 debate between Democrat Joe Lieberman and Republican Dick Cheney. Centre was the smallest institution to ever host a national general election debate. The success of pulling it off once is being credited with giving them an edge over this years hopefuls which included nearly a dozen other prestigious colleges and universities. “We did a very good job the first time around and that helped.” says Dr. Clarence Wyatt, co-chair of the debate steering committee. He says they are prepared to exceed everyone’s expectations this year. “As good as the facility was in 2000, it’s far superior now,” he says. Significant improvements have been made. The Norton Center has new seating, an extensive modern foyer, and up to date control systems for all the technology. The accommodations for the media have expanded by fifty percent. Reporters will be working in a gym the size of three full sized basketball courts. Preparations started back in October as soon as the Commission on Presidential Elections announced Centre would be the second in a series of four televised debates before the November election. Seven hundred and fifty work stations have been built and 14.5 miles of cable have been run to accommodate the phone and data needs of the media. It’s not just local and national media that are converging on Danville in October. “The number of international journalists will be significant,” Wyatt says.
While Centre College is relying on the help of hundreds of student and community volunteers, they are also eager to share this unique opportunity beyond the confines of campus. Educational opportunities abound for people across the commonwealth and beyond. A website is being launched to generate on-line discussions about the debate. A voter education drive is underway. There is also a Debate Festival. If you are not able to get a ticket to watch the debate in person, you can still enjoy the energy in the air and watch on the lawn of the campus. In addition to broadcasting the debate on a big screen outside, there will also be entertainment. There will be performances by Centre’s Brass Ensemble, the popular student/faculty group The Kentucky Ensemble, Kentucky cellist Ben Sollee, as well as The Marshall Tucker Band and more. Speakers Park will provide anyone with anything to say a chance to be heard. The secure, enclosed area will have a stage and public address system. The Festival is free and open to everyone.
Being in the national spotlight for an event of historical significance is an honor for the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of Centre.
It’s no small feat and the people at Centre are taking it on a second time. They credit surrounding communities like Lexington, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and hotels for their cooperation. “It will be hard to find an empty hotel in Lexington that week,” Wyatt says. Ultimately, it’s the voters and students who are benefiting from the free exchange of ideas right in their backyard. Dr. Wyatt reflects on the longterm impact of the 2000 debate, “It was a life changing experience for our students that set many of them on different paths, which included public policy, politics and journalism.”
VICE PRESIDENT, JOE BIDEN Vice-President Joe Biden has served along side President Barak Obama for nearly four years. He was elected to the U.S. Senate at the age of 29, becoming one of the youngest people ever to do so. Her service in the senate continued for 36 years and included being Chairman and Senior Democrat of the Senate Judiciary Committee for seventeen years. He also served as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Biden has taken that experience to the White House since he became the 47th vice president of the United States in 2009. He has worked on the Obama administrations foreign and domestic policy initiatives. The vice president is credited with playing a vital role in bringing an end to the war in Iraq. He made eight trips to the country since he was sworn into office.
Joe Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Delaware and Syracuse Law School.
U.S. CONGRESSMAN PAUL RYAN Paul Ryan is a U.S. representative from Wisconsin. In his seventh term in Congress, Ryan was the youngest member of the freshman class when he entered Congress in 1999. Ryanâ€™s service includes being the Chairman of the House Budget Committee as well as the House Ways and Means Committee. He is well known for his work to simplify the tax code and eliminate the federal deficit. Before Ryan was elected to Congress he served as an aide to the following Republicans: Senator Robert Kasten Jr.,Sam Senator Brownback, former U.S. rep. and vice presidential candidate, Jack Kemp. Ryan was also a speechwriter for Education Secretary William Bennett. Paul Ryan was born in Janesville, Wisconsin. He graduated from Miami University in Ohio with degrees in political science and economics.
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MOTHER’S SILVER DOLLARS: LESSON LEARNED by Tom Dupree The Money Man
When I was a small child, I had silver dollars that my parents gave me for birthdays and Christmases. We lived up in the mountains in Harlan, KY. When we moved to Lexington in the early ‘60s we had to get used to modern things like dial telephones, color televisions, and banks. One day my mother decided those silver dollars would be safer in the bank so she went down and deposited them…in a savings account. She had no idea that the same dollars wouldn’t be there when she decided to withdraw them and the clerk didn’t inform her of this. There went our silver dollars! My mother was married to a finance guy, but she didn’t understand the most basic concepts of banking. It wasn’t her fault; nobody had ever bothered to explain them to her. Today the widespread misunderstanding of how financial things work may be even worse than it was fifty years ago. To understand money, it helps to understand banking. Today, money is credit. Money used to be represented by gold, by cattle and agricultural products, land, and other tangible items. Now money primarily exists as a line item on the balance sheets of banks. Of all the money in circulation, no more than 5% of it is in the form of currency; i.e., dollar bills and coins. The rest is basically invisible to the public. And it sits in banks.
numerous examiners from various regulatory agencies constantly looking over their shoulders to make sure they are safe. They usually close or force mergers with stronger banks of banks that are on the verge of failure. Of course, we have the FDIC and the Federal Reserve System which give people assurances that the banking system is secure. And to a certain degree they are correct, but security comes with a cost. That will be for another column where we measure risk and reward. Today we are just talking about money and banking. In order for banks to make money, they have to make loans. To make loans, they need a demand for loans. Loan demand is the result of strong business conditions. If there is not much business going on, there will be little demand for loans. And that’s where we are today. Banks find themselves in a quandary as to how to put their deposit money to work and earn a “spread” which is the difference for what they pay for money and for what they can loan it out. Fixed income investments are paying very low interest rates and not many people are looking to borrow money. It’s a big reason why banks are paying such low rates on savings accounts and certificates of deposit today. By the way, hold onto those silver dollars!
Most people think that banks take your deposits for free. They don’t. The only reason banks take your money on deposit is because they hope to loan it out at a profit. If they pay you 1% for your deposit money, they hope to loan it out at 5% or more. That is how banks make money on your deposits. The health of the monetary system depends on the health of the banks. If banks made bad loans with the money you deposited with them, they have to cut back on lending. If they made a lot of bad loans, they may have to close down or be merged into other banks. And if enough banks make enough bad loans, people begin to lose faith in the banking system and they become afraid to put money in banks. This happened in the Great Depression and it happened to a lesser degree in 2009. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or the FDIC, provides guarantees that bank deposits up to $100,000 are safe. Anything above that amount and in a bank failure you could lose money. As a practical matter that rarely happens. Banks have
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shakespeare & co. FROM ITS VARIOUS DISHED TO ITS EXTRAVAGANT SURROUNDINGS, THIS RESTAURANT, BAR AND CAFÉ IS ALL ABOUT THE DETAILS
by Blake Hannon 50
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You can’t go naming your restaurant after one of the world’s greatest writers and not be aware of what you’re invoking. In the case of one William Shakespeare, whether it was his poems or his plays, every action, every phrase, every word, every syllable, counted. It all added something to the finished product. In the case of Lexington’s intriguing new restaurant Shakespeare and Co., the devil is definitely in the details. However, before we get into the sights and flavors of this establishment, one of the more interesting details is where this restaurant originally began. The concept came from Dr. Edward Saad and his wife, Alyne. Shakespeare and Co., named for a Parisian bookstore that was one of Alyne’s favorite hangouts, is actually a chain of restaurants that opened in 2001 in Dubai, where the restaurant has more than 15 locations in the United Arab Emirates and franchises slated to open in Syria. Having worked and lived in Lexington for many years, Saad decided make it the first U.S. location for his restaurant – one that’s quite unique in terms of its looks and menu. While some casual fine dining establishments may go for a more minimal aesthetic with the décor, Shakespeare and Co. is opulent and unabashedly over-the-top. There’s always something to catch your eye, whether you’re having a drink in the bar side with its Middle Eastern flair or eating and enjoying the colorful “Alice in Wonderland” playfulness of its restaurant/café side. Decorative and vintage couches and chairs replace your typical tables and booths with no two being exactly alike. It’s what a restaurant looks like that spares no expense. Comfort with a WOW factor. Once you settle in to your surroundings, the menu gives you just as much to think about. Since it serves breakfast and you can order any dish while the restaurant is opened, you can have eggs benedict or crepes at 10 p.m. or a rack of lamb at 7 a.m. The restaurant specializes in international comfort food. Starters have some familiar favorites (calamari, mozzarella sticks, chicken wings), but you’ll also find a bit of variety in dishes like the chicken satay skewers brushed with peanut sauce or the flavorful piri piri shrimp, a bright, citrusy dish with the savory heat of chili herb butter. You can get burgers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, pizzas and a variety of salads (for caprese salad fans, the buffalo mozzarella salad in a fresh-baked crispy parmesan and pistachio basket is fantastic). However, if you’re like me, you’re looking for something a bit different, Shakespeare and Co. has some dishes that may be as unique as its one-of-a-kind atmosphere. While the restaurant offers several breakfast options, you can get in touch with the owners roots with its Mediterranean breakfast, which comes with grilled halloumi cheese, labneh (a very thick, strained yogurt with olive oil), halawa (a tahini-based candy) and some flat-out addictive Lebanese black olives tossed with oil and herbs. You could also go the Mediterranean route with your starter by trying its saj, a flatbread that can be filled with more native ingredients like strained yogurt or halloumi cheese or American-ized with the help of cheddar and spicy sausage. Once you’ve thoroughly perused the restaurant’s 28-page menu, you’ll likely see some entrée staples like rack of lamb, baby back ribs, beef tenderloin and ribeye. You’ll certainly feel comfortable tasting the classic flavors of their spring chicken, a grilled Cornish hen with grilled veggies, roasted potatoes, lemon confit and a rosemary sauce. However, if you want a dish that has the potential to taste different with almost every bite, go with the salmon filet. The salmon is skillfully prepared, but it’s the supporting players on the plate that gives the dish its visual and flavorful appeal. Where to start? There’s the braised fennel on top. There’s the eggplant puree that’s been charred on the grill, giving it a punch of smoke that made a believer out of this eggplant avoider. You can also dip your bite into two kinds of hollandaise (black olive or pesto) or grab some diced tomato, avocado and mango, separated by color and formed into a mini tower your almost ashamed to topple due to the care it took to create it. And if you want to talk about a way to finish strong, order the restaurant’s deconstructed carrot cake. Unlike most carrot cakes that merely serve as a vessel for overly sweet cream cheese icing, the dish is incredibly balanced. The bottom layer is a ginger short bread cookie and marscarpone cream, a second layer of carrot marmalade and raisins, and a third layer of spiced spongecake with only the tiniest hint of thyme. Fantastic. I feel like I’ve really only talked about a portion of Shakespeare and Co. I haven’t been able elaborate on its secluded patio (retractable roof coming soon) or its in-the-works banquet area upstairs. Then again, I also didn’t mention the company’s pastry and chocolate line or how this is supposed to be the first of many Shakespeare and Co.’s in North America, with the owners planning to have restaurants “from Canada to South Beach.” If I had to guess, I would say this restaurant’s “Co.” is going to expand and include a lot of curious diners. 859.367.0411 | 367 West Short Street | shakespeareandco.us
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Long sleeve mini dress by Winter Kate; liquid gold orbitng cuffs (2 shown) by Alexis Bittar; Danielle earring lapis by Kendra Scott; Montana handbag in cognac and gold by Hammitt (VocĂŞ).
Sport coat; striped tie by Robert Talbott; pants in grey by Corbin (Howard & Miller).
What’s New Amanda – Aztec print dress; Grace pendant necklace and Sun Goddess earrings (Bluetique). Bade pumps in chocolate by Isola (Monkee’s). Horse buckle belt in orange by Dimacci; sunglasses in black by Prada (Keeneland Gift Shop). Kelly – Waist pleated dress with leather trim; cuff by PONO; snake wrap watch in white and brown with gold motor chain by La Mer; Daphne handbag in taupe by Lauren Merkin (Voce). Frameless sunglasses in brown by Gucci (Keeneland Gift Shop).
Whatâ€™s New Kelly â€“ Multi-colored chevron dress by Whish; medallion bib necklace in pink by Zad (Cotton Patch). Gold X sunglasses in tortoise by Tiffany & Co. (Keeneland Gift Shop). Amanda - Lace dress in mustard, leather belt, cropped leather jacket and copper necklace and earring set (Paisley Polka Dot).
Textured belted dress in black by David Meister; princess slicker rain coat in vanilla by Jane Post (Embry’s). Pumps in black by Claudia Ciuti (Monkee’s). Sterling silver and black rhodium bead hoop earrings with Tahitian pearl; sterling silver 3-row Hematite and Spinell Tahitian pearl and 2-row Black Spinell Tahitian pearl necklaces, all by Gellner (Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers).
Chip – Sport coat and flat front pants in black by Ralph Lauren; sheen dress shirt in fuchsia; patterned tie in fuchsia by Ted Baker (Dillards). Mollie – Davie printed shirtdress with removable sash in hollyhock gigi; Love Note clutch in gold metallic lizard embossed with wishbone hardware, all by Lilly Pulitzer (Peppermint Palm). 14K white and rose gold 3 station diamond woven bangle (Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers).
Kelly – Cobblestone embossed jacquard cap sleeve dress in cobalt by David Meister (Embry’s). Harper small envelope clutch in wineberry by Diane Von Furstenberg (Aj’s). Sterling silver and pave diamond horseshoe pendant by Armenta; 18K white gold pave diamond inside outside hoop earrings (Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers). Mollie – Charlotte dress in azalea fantasy floral by Alice & Trixie; earrings by W&M (Monkee’s). Liz handbag in royal blue by Due Fratelli (Keeneland Gift Shop).
Dressage printed dress by Nanette Lepore; leather cross body purse in mustard by Kate Spade (AJâ€™s). Leather bracelet in red by Longchamp; frameless sunglasses in brown by Gucci (Keeneland Gift Shop).
Floral straight skirt in orange and navy, tweed jacket in navy, both by Anthropologie; knit tank in orange by Nic&Zoe; woven bangle bracelet in orange (Sensibly Chic). Earrings by Sylvia Benson (Monkeeâ€™s).
Kelly – Jensen silk top in black by Kate Spade; knit skirt by Leona (AJ’s). Sterling silver Palu Kapal multi dangle earrings and sterling silver chain with Palu pendant, both by John Hardy (Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers). Amanda - Leather ruffle front jacket by Tory Burch; plaid bubble skirt in brown and fuchsia by Julie Haus (Sensibly Chic). Earrings by W&M (Monkee’s). Mollie – Clover mid thigh skirt with front tucks, draped pockets and grosgrain waistband in hollyhock pocket full of posies; Audrey scoop neck flounced short sleeve top in emerald green (Peppermint Palm). Necklace in gold and white (Sassy Fox).
Up and Down dress in black and white; bobble necklace in black (Bluetique). Diamond pattern shoulder handbag in bordeaux by Longchamp (Keeneland Gift Shop).
Amanda - Pleated dress with floral top; leather and canvas belt (Paisley Polka Dot). Gold earrings in turquoise by Jardin (Keeneland Gift Shop). Chip - Lined ¼ zip vest in junip; tartan oxford; Raleigh washed pants in khaki, all by Peter Millar (Keeneland Gift Shop).
Hallie dress in sunset orange by Shoshanna; wood earrings by Summer Eliason (Bella Rose). Jeweled cuff bracelet by Toss Designs; gold X sunglasses in tortoise by Tiffany & Co; small tote in orange and black by Terry Stack (Keeneland Gift Shop).
Mollie – Linny sleeveless printed A-line dress in luggage and Seema corduroy jacket in terracotta, both by Cremieux (Dillards). Leather purse in cream and brown by Coach (Sassy Fox). Horse buckle belt and gold burghley bracelet, both in beige by Dimacci (Keeneland Gift Shop). 18K rose gold floral cut earrings (Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers). Chip – Cotton v-neck sweater vest in cream, plaid button-up shirt, 5-pocket vintage pants in khaki, all by Polo Ralph Lauren; sport coat by Hart, Schaffner & Marx (Dillards).
Irena coat in ecru, Julia 3/4 sleeve dress in black and ecru and flower ring in black, all by Milly (Bella Rose). Clutch in cream and red with brown leather trim by Kate Spade (Sassy Fox). 14K white gold 3 station diamond woven bangle; sterling silver diamond Venetian hinged klick cuff by Jude Francis (Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers).
Ponte knit dress in turquoise by Alice & Trixie; necklace by Sylvia Benson and gold sunglasses by Tom Ford (Monkee’s). Gold/CZ cuff bracelet in turquoise by Jardin (Keeneland Gift Shop).
Blazer in navy by Samuelsohn; giraffe tie and slacks in salmon, both by Peter Millar (Howard & Miller).
Holly tunic dress in summer kaleidoscope by Jude Connally; bangle in turquoise by Moon and Lola; teardrop bead necklace by Zad (Cotton Patch). Roseau silk scarf in turquoise by Longchamp and gold earrings in turquoise by Jardin (Keeneland Gift Shop).
Special Thanks to: Location: Keene Place at Keeneland Styling: Kristen Oakley with Kelly Adams Photographer: Alicia Fierro of Aesthetiica Photography Models: Heyman Talent
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From Bosnia to the Bluegrass
Mrs. Lexington, Ella Karch
by Amanda Duckworth
lla Karch may be the reigning Mrs. Lexington, but she started out as Ella Fetahovich, survivor of the Bosnian War.
At a time when many girls are in a blissfully awkward stage of adolescence, a then 14-year-old Karch had no choice but to grow up and grow up fast. Her mother Nezira and father Smajo were helping defend their country, and her older sister, Ina, was recently married and no longer at home. That meant her little brother, Alen, who is 12 years Karch’s junior, was left largely in her care. “I pretty much had to be the mother, the sister, and the housekeeper,” explained Karch. “I had to learn how to cook, how to build fires, how to chop wood, how to go get water. During the war, we would go through tunnels to get water, hiding from snipers and grenades. I had to wait in line for sometimes 2 hours, sometimes 14 hours, and then carry it back.” Although she was only a teenager, Karch figured out a way to carry 16 jugs on her body during her water runs, even in winter. As such, it is no surprise those trips left their mark on Karch in the form of a paralyzing aversion to being cold. Karch also dislikes loud noises like thunder and lightening thanks to the war. Considering she was grazed in the head and leg by a sniper after a head-on car collision, that too is not overly surprising.
What is surprising is that during the war Karch managed to teach herself English and also got a degree in culinary arts. She had no way of knowing her desire to learn would one day be the catalyst that resulted in her moving to Kentucky. “By the time I was 14, I knew some English from movies, music and Madonna. But when we were in shelters, I would take old newspapers and a dictionary, translate back and forth, and practice with myself. I wanted to die smart if I was going to do die,” she explained. It was her ability to speak English that landed Karch a job after the war as a translator and interpreter. Because she was helping Americans teach Bosnians how to use and maintain tanks, she herself had to learn how to drive the machines. During that time, Karch met a man who was from Kentucky. Although that relationship did not last, it did result in her moving to the Bluegrass State. It is here that she became an American citizen, opened up her own real estate company, became the sales manager for a local company, met her husband, Scott, and became the mother of two little girls, Isabella and Natalia. “It was hard to leave my family, but I never once questioned how I felt about living here,” said the current Mrs. Lexington. “People change names, change religions. You can change a country and still be patriotic. A lot of people take America for granted, but I never will. No matter where I go from here, Lexington will always be home.”
Who’s Who A chance meeting with Christy Stucker, Mrs. Kentucky 2009, led to Karch’s Mrs. Lexington title. After becoming friends, Stucker explained the pageant and offered to sponsor Karch. This summer, they learned that Karch was accepted as Mrs. Lexington and will now compete for the title of Mrs. Kentucky in October. Although Karch was by no means a pageant girl in her youth, she does have one experience in that realm. She finished in the top five of the 1993 Miss Surrounded Sarajevo pageant during the war. “That pageant was not to compete or to have a winner and a loser, but to show they could not kill the city. They could not kill us,” said Karch of the contest, which has been immortalized in the song “Miss Sarajevo” by U2. Now 35, Karch has come a long way from her days as a child in a war torn country, but she also doesn’t hide from her past. For instance, when Lexington got laid low by the 2002 ice storm, Karch was able to use the skills she gained as a child to stay warm and well fed. Her past also shows in other more subtle ways. Karch likes to wear high-heeled shoes and works to make sure her daughters never know what it is like to struggle to have basic clothing. And nothing makes her happier than making other people laugh. Karch also admits to a love of food – specifically Nutella and local favorite Goodfellas – that some might find surprising given her amazing figure. But while she believes eating healthy is important, she has also known what it is like to starve and isn’t going to deny herself. Although Karch’s father is no longer living, she holds on to some words of wisdom he passed down. First, listen to advice but trust yourself and your instincts. Second, the person who sings has no time to think of evil. “I want to be beautiful on the inside, and I will do anything in my power to be that,” Karch said. “It almost pains me when somebody comments on just my exterior. But I never got to have my teenage years. I don’t know what it is like to go to the prom. So Mrs. Kentucky will be my prom.”
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POSH PAWS BACK TO SCHOOL
by Amanda Harper, Pet Aficionado
Does your pet need to go back to school? Training a pet can be challenging, but the rewards are many. From simple obedience to clever pet tricks, there are many reasons to consider both formal and informal pet training. Many businesses offer formal obedience training, taught by a skilled professional who knows the ins and outs of animal behavior. Most obedience training classes meet once or twice a week for several weeks. Already taken your pet to obedience training? She may still benefit from going back to school! Pets should attend a “refresher” course every few years to reinforce positive behavior. For dogs, obedience training often includes teaching a pet simple commands, like sit or stay, and good behaviors, like not chewing on furniture. Ideally, puppies should be taken for obedience training at 8-12 weeks, before they’ve formed bad habits; waiting until bad habits show up makes training much more difficult. For horses, training is specialized to your wishes. Horses can be trained for riding, running or sporting. At a beginner’s level, horses will be taught safe behavior and how to respond to human commands. Local equestrian organizations can likely recommend reputable trainers at a number of price ranges. A few obedience trainers do personalized lessons with cats and other pets. Cats generally don’t do well in a class setting, and the needs of other pet species are unique and specific. What about home schooling? The internet is teeming with tips and tutorials to help pet parents train their pets. Many are highly effective and allow you to have some quality bonding time with your pet. And you might even find DIY training resources for tricks and skills that aren’t taught in conventional training classes. We taught our rat terriers to beg and spin when they wanted a treat or to be picked up—something I think most pet parents probably would’ve never wanted their pooch to learn! Still, it was adorable and got them a lot of attention, which they loved.
Training your pet yourself is a long road. Rather than leaving the teaching to someone else, you serve as the teacher and the reinforcer. Letting someone else do the heavy lifting will allow you to enjoy your pet’s great behavior without all of the stress of the learning process. The work can be greatly rewarding, but is often fraught with setbacks. Patience is the name of the game with any pet. Professionals are trained to not only help your pet learn new skills, but also to weed out other bad behavior that might go unnoticed by an amateur. If you notice some troublesome behavior in your pet or a sudden change in your pet’s habits, seek the advice of a professional right away. It can be a warning sign of a health issue or sudden life change. It’s always safer to check than to wait and see. Even if you’ve opted to go with professional training, you’ll still need to do some homework with your pet. Using the commands that your pet was taught in class is essential and you shouldn’t let your pet slide with bad behavior. You have to help keep up the training that your pet has learned; otherwise, it was all a waste! Remain consistent with your pet’s training and their behavior should remain consistent. Pet training should be a positive experience for you and your pet. It helps socialize your pet, teaches them good behavior and offers them some fun while they learn. It helps your relationship with your pet by preventing bad behavior and gives you some great bonding experiences. A quality pet training professional should be able to offer you steady, consistent results and training that is always positive for your pet. Even if it’s easier for a pet to be trained at a young age, the old saying couldn’t be more wrong: old pets can definitely learn new tricks! The key is a good teacher, the right lessons and a lot of patience with the pupil.
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Representing UK in Destin, FL for Zach and Lindsey Hurley’s Wedding
Lorraine Coldiron fits perfectly under Anthony’s arm while shopping at Target!
Danielle Harsin & Braden Mann having good times at Captain Anderson’s
Jesse enjoying his new forever home after being adopted from the Lexington Humane Society owner Susan Meeks
Pacino poppin’ his collar, owner Chad Helton
Ela Ladwig and Theresa Williams at the Solaris Gallery Opening Night of the exhibit Horses, Horses, Horses
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Colt loves his Jolly Ball horse toy! owner Danielle Harsin
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Skipper the Parrot owner Rose DeAlba
All cleaned up for our big day, owners Erin & Kyle Gobble
The Reeves Family helps cool off with a Lemon-Aid Stand!
by Kelly Adams
When you think of diabetes you probably think it couldn’t affect you. You may think it’s not that serious of a disease or you may think you’re not at risk because you’re not overweight. If you are thinking this you are not alone, but you also could not be more in the dark about this disease that affects millions across the United States. Read on to learn more about diabetes, how to prevent it, and what the Bluegrass chapter of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is doing to get you in the know.
Diabetes: More Serious than You Think
What’s Your Type?
The fact is, diabetes causes more deaths a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. As we know, heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, and two out of three people with diabetes die of heart disease or stroke.
Not sure what diabetes really means? You’re not the only one; but that is why the Bluegrass Chapter of the ADA is this month’s Community Spotlight.
Diabetes also does not limit itself to the obese. Being overweight is a risk factor, but diabetes is mostly traced genetically. Many overweight people never develop Type 2 diabetes, while some people with Type 2 diabetes are at a closer-to-normal weight. “As of 2012, 532,000 Kentuckians (12%) are estimated to have diabetes. Approximately 233,000 Kentuckians have pre-diabetes,” says Stewart Perry, Chair of the Lexington Chapter of the American Diabetes Association, and former National Chair of the American Diabetes Association Board. “These numbers alone tell the story as to why it is so important for Kentuckians to be aware.”
“Our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by the disease,” says Perry. The first step is awareness. Diabetes Mellitus, commonly referred to as “diabetes”, is a group of diseases distinguished by high glucose levels resulting from defects in the body’s ability to produce and/ or use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to convert sugar, starches and other foods into energy needed for daily life. When you eat food, insulin breaks down the sugars and starches into glucose. Without it, glucose can build up in your blood causing both immediate and long-term complications. Photos courtesy of David Desjardins, Michelle Johnson and Alex Orlov
Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in youth. You may have even heard it referred to as juvenile diabetes, as that is how it was previously described. In Type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, those with Type 1 diabetes can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives. About 5% of people who have diabetes suffer from Type 1. The other 95 percent of diabetes patients suffer from what is known as Type 2 diabetes. Millions of Americans, including hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians have type 2 diabetes. In this type, either the body does not produce enough insulin or a person’s cells just ignore the insulin. Some groups are more susceptible to developing type 2 diabetes. The risk is higher for African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and older people. Anyone can develop type 2 diabetes. Before the Storm Many people develop prediabetes before actually being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. This is when your body is showing signs of diabetes, but you are not quite there yet. Some long term damage can occur during prediabetes, but the good news is that those with prediabetes can delay or even prevent the development of type 2. First of all, if you are in any of the aforementioned groups, you should have regular tests for diabetes. There are three different tests your doctor can use to test you for prediabetes: the A1C test, the fasting plasma glucose test or the oral glucose tolerance test. Your level of glucose in
your blood after taking these tests can help determine whether or not you have a normal metabolism or if you have prediabetes or diabetes. If you are diagnosed with prediabetes, there are several things you can do to prevent from developing diabetes. The two most obvious are making changes to your diet and increasing your level of exercise and physical activity!
There are two main types of diabetes. These are called Type 1 and Type 2.
According to the Diabetes Prevention Program study, just 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity, paired with 7% decrease in body weight, resulted in a 58% reduction in diabetes! Community Prevention In 1940, the ADA was formed by 26 physicians determined to bring about awareness to diabetes across the country. In 1970, members and volunteers were welcomed to the organization and in 1988, the Bluegrass chapter was formed in Lexington to help the people of Kentucky cope with this serious disease. Today, the ADA is the nation’s leading voluntary nonprofit health organization supporting efforts in diabetes, research, information and advocacy. This would not have been possible without the hard work of the local chapters just like the one we are lucky enough to have right here in the Lexington area. The local ADA chapter has many programs designed to help the Lexington area become aware and learn how to detect diabetes. One of these great programs is the Family Link which helps youth and teens cope with diabetes and assists their families by providing information and support.
“Family Link provides opportunities for families of kids or teens with diabetes to get to know each other and find support,” says Perry. Youth programs are so important because diabetes is becoming more and more prevalent among young adults. “In 2000, fewer than 2% of Kentuckians aged 35-44 had been diagnosed with diabetes, but by 2012, that number had more than tripled to a rate of 5.5%!” said Perry. The ADA here in Lexington also runs Life Empowered, which is an African American initiative. Its goal is to raise awareness of the rates of diabetes among African Americans and discuss the serious of the disease and its complications. Life Empowered also stresses the importance of healthy eating and exercise. It is important to have programs geared towards African Americans because they are at a 77% higher risk of being diagnosed with diabetes than non-Hispanic whites. Life Empowered educates people with or at risk of developing diabetes about prevention. In addition to these programs, a critical part of the American Diabetes Association mission is finding a cure for diabetes. The American Diabetes Association provides more than $34 million per year in diabetes research grants and over $3 million is currently being funded in Kentucky alone. “We are very proud of these
efforts and the fact that we are helping to discover new treatments and ultimately a cure for diabetes,” said Perry.
Cruisin’ for a Cure The Chapter works hard with advocacy efforts like Diabetes Day at the Capitol, Diabetes Month in November and staying abreast of what is going on in Frankfort that affects people with diabetes. They have a few fun things up their sleeves too! The Annual Diabetes Gala is one of their biggest fundraising efforts. This year’s event is “Cruising for a Cure.” The ship will be docking at the RJ Corman Airplane Hangar in Nicholasville, so you might want to get on board! Sponsored by Central Baptist Hospital, the event will include a dinner buffet, cocktails, hundreds of auction items and entertainment by the band Caught Red Handed! This is the 20th Anniversary of this event here in Lexington, so the ADA is planning on bringing out all the stops. Not only are attendees assured a great time, but they’ll gain a greater understanding of the seriousness of diabetes and the urgent need for critical fundraising dollars to find a cure. For more information, please visit www.diabetes.org/ lexingtongala. Step Out! You may have seen photos of the Step Out! Walk to Stop Diabetes a few issues back. That is because we couldn’t resist joining in on the fun!
The annual event is held at Keeneland with over 1,200 walkers participating in this fundraising event. You can form teams of friends or family (including Fido) and walk together in support of a cure for diabetes. Last year’s event raised over $200,000 to help efforts to stop diabetes right here in Central Kentucky! Be sure to save the date for next year’s walk on Saturday June 1, 2013. For more information, visit www.diabetes.org/stepout. Support for the Community Although the events and efforts of the ADA here in Lexington are tons of fun, they are serious about getting the word out, preventing and eventually finding a cure for diabetes. Every 17 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. If trends continue, one in three children born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime. It is a disease that could affect anyone and everyone. “[People] should know that the affects of diabetes are far reaching. They don’t just affect individuals, but families, businesses and the community as a whole,” says Perry. “[Your] support of the ADA can help change the future and Stop Diabetes.”
igh end looks, without the prices! AccessHERize specializes in costume jewelry, handbags, fashion accessories and apparel that will delight any woman. With great customer service and a truly exceptional array of styles, AccessHERize is one of Lexington’s most fabulous shopping destinations. Every woman knows how troublesome it can be to find the perfect piece to compliment her individual style or taste. AccessHERize aims to please every aesthetic, from the latest trends to classic, timeless styles. By offering a large stock of unique and exciting accessories and apparel, AccessHERize helps women define their style without the headache of searching all over town for just the right thing.
is able to offer services that others simply can’t. They offer layaway and free gift wrapping alongside their exceptional customer service. They’re also willing to search high and low for special order pieces for customers who are looking for something particular. For any fashion-conscious woman, or for anyone searching for just the right gift, AccessHERize offers perfect pieces that complete any wardrobe!
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dible Arrangements is happy to introduce their new Confetti Fruit Cupcake™!
The Edible Arrangements Confetti Fruit Cupcake™ features cupcake-shaped pineapple, dipped in gourmet white and semisweet chocolate and topped with rainbow sprinkles. It’s filled with an assortment of fresh fruit favorites: cantaloupe, honeydew, strawberries and grapes. Half the strawberries are dipped in semisweet chocolate, too! Artfully arranged in a
custom cupcake container, the Confetti Fruit Cupcake ™ is one of Edible Arrangements’ sweetest presentations yet! Prices start at $55 and same day delivery is available. Edible Arrangements is known for delivering sweet sentiments with beautiful bouquets and arrangements of delicious fresh fruit and other goodies. A wonderful gift alternative, Edible Arrangements is perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, condolances, thanks or any reason at at all. Browse online for the perfect arrangement, or order by phone. The new Edible Arrangements Confetti Fruit Cupcake™ would be a perfect surprise for someone special today!
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What’s New as private instruction, both in Mat Pilates and Reformer Pilates.
Whether for general fitness or injury prevention, strengthbased workouts or something cardio-oriented, Reform Pilates has something for everyone. Their clients range in age from early teens to senior years and Reform is happy to work with both men and women. They offer both group workouts, as well
Head instructor, Allyson Lyster, is fully certified and eager to help men and women of Lexington experience the fun and challenge of a Pilates workout. With top-of-the-line equipment that is clean and well-maintained, Reform’s space makes every class feel like a semi-private workout without sacrificing the amenities of a larger gym. Limited class sizes mean personalized attention that can’t be found anywhere else; no student gets lost or ignored during instruction at Reform Pilates.
Reform emphasizes core strength and balance in every workout. This fall, they’ll be offering additional classes, including a cardio-based program that is sure to tax the entire body for a full hour.
here’s a new fitness studio in town! Reform Pilates is excited to offer a unique experience that is intimate and professional. By focusing on providing a challenging workout and individualized attention, Reform is a challenging and exciting way to get fit.
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he Aloha spirit is alive in Lexington! An island atmosphere and a great time can always be found at Kahunas Island Bar and Grill. With a variety of drinks and food to please, Kahunas offers an experience that can’t be had anywhere this side of Maui! Happy Hour is all the time at Kahunas! A 24/7 Happy Hour means one dollar draft Hula Girl beer. They have twenty different, delicious sliders starting at 99 cents and a full menu, featuring plenty of delicious food to enjoy.
night. Their patio is spacious and perfect for relaxing after work or sharing lunch with friends. For anyone who loves the island atmosphere and a great time, Kahunas Island Bar & Grill serves up both alongside great drinks and eats. With live entertainment, an amazing patio and an environment that feels like a vacation any night of the week, Kahunas is the perfect way to get away from it all without ever leaving Lexington.
Fun is always on tap at Kahunas. They offer live entertainment on most nights. Kahuna Karaoke Wednesdays feature special guest DJ Snorkel Willy and prizes for best song or dance. On Mondays, DJ Lava Larry and the Mermaids perform. Tuesday is Trivia night. Sundays means the Service Industry luau
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or horse lovers of all ages, the Kentucky Classic Combined Driving Event offers an exciting show. The KCCDE invites families to start a new fall tradition of attending these unique equestrian events. With numerous divisions, the Kentucky Classic features different events each day. On Thursday and Friday, the horses demonstrate their grace, suppleness and responsiveness in dressage. Saturday spotlights the thrilling cross country event, which is fun and appropriate for the whole family to enjoy. Sunday brings horses and drivers back to the stadium for timed obstacle driving, which requires skill and nerves.
year, the event will host the National Championships in Pair Horse Competition and all the Pony Divisions. This event is free with the price of admission to the Kentucky Horse Park. A portion of the proceeds will benefit two important equestrian organizations; the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, which funds the many important programs at the Park, and Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, which provides persons with disabilities important therapeutic work using horses.
For those familiar with the Rolex 3-Day Event, the KCCDE organizers say this event is in a similar format, except with horses and carriages--think of it as “Rolex on Wheels”. This
Kentucky Classic Combined Driving Event October 4-7 Kentucky Horse Park kentuckyclassiccde.com
exington’s premier women’s discount designer boutique has moved to a new location! With countless brands, Sensibly Chic can help any woman build a fabulous wardrobe without breaking the bank or sacrificing quality. Quality designer brands offered with value pricing is what Sensibly Chic has done from Day One. They offer clothing and accessories from a variety of designers, including Anne Klein, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Lilly Pulitzer, Ralph Lauren and many
more. Their Anthropologie room features clothing, home goods and jewelry from the much-loved brand. Sensibly Chic’s staff of professional personal shoppers help customers find the perfect item for any need. From casual looks for school to sleek separates for work, Sensibly Chic offers clothing that suits a variety of needs and styles. Their pieces are perfect for women of all ages and tastes, and they have petite, missy and women’s sizing in stock. Located just minutes from Downtown Lexington on Richmond Road, stopping by Sensibly Chic has never been more convenient. Sensibly Chic is a perfect shopping destination for first-quality designer products offered at Sensibly Chic prices.
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APPROPRIATE ATTIRE by Sue Ann Truitt Etiquette Consultant
There are so many words of wisdom which have come our way through the years—You act the way you look – Beauty is only skin deep – It’s better to be over dressed than under dressed…Determining what to wear for an occasion can be an instant headache. Many factors play into this decision: Age, location where you live, body type, color, season, weather, and type of activity. You want to be well dressed for the occasion. To give some suggestions, consider the following guidelines. Business casual – A well fitting, attractive blouse partnered with slacks and conservative heels. This conveys the directive without compromising professionalism. The blouse neckline is not plunging nor does it reveal a midriff. Logos, slogans and pictures are inappropriate. The pants look nice without being form-fitting or too casual like denim, sweats or spandex.
the other hand, it could mean cut-offs and flip flops. You need to look at the type of occasion and type of invitation to make your decision. Keeneland Attire – This is one of the best Kentucky locations to bring out the highest heels, the prettiest dresses, the most fabulous hats for the ladies and the most colorful sport coats and the zingy ties for the men. These outfits should always be worn with an underlying conservative approach. Save the sequins, satins and glitter for another occasion, not at Keeneland. Denims and shorts are inappropriate as well. True style is innate. Visual style is a surface mirror of something existing at a deeper level. Style is not simply how things look, it’s how they are. A genuinely stylish person is not one who has learned to look a certain way but one who is a certain way—a way that is expressed visually. “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” - Yves St. Laurent.
Job Interview – There is something to be said for first impressions. Appearance is the first thing you say to other people. Appropriate dress is an important factor in your job search. Your dress creates an impression that can compliment your resume. It can most certainly give you an edge over others being interviewed. This interview attire for a man should include a dark colored suit with a solid white or light blue shirt. A good quality tie, avoiding extreme characters, will complete a desirable presentation. The job interview dress for a lady should also be a neat suit or a well tailored dress that covers your thighs when seated. Conservative shoes and a few pieces of well chosen jewelry complete the look. Cleanliness and attention to personal care is of the utmost importance. Casual dress – This is a difficult category because it is so broad. Casual written at the bottom of an invitation can mean dress and heels for a lady and no tie for a man. On
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HOME GARDENING: FALL CROPS by Michelle Rauch, Gardening Enthusiast
My tomato, squash, and cucumber plants are just now producing a hearty harvest, so it just doesn’t seem possible that it’s time to start planting the Fall crop. But, it is. Think broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, mustard greens, onions, radishes, and spinach. That’s a healthy lineup right there! Many of the same vegetables you planted in the Spring can be planted again in the Fall. It’s all about the number of hours of daylight and milder temperatures that make these crops thrive. First things first. Knowing the Fall frost date. LEX18 meteorologist and fellow gardener, Tom Ackerman, says we can expect the first frost to arrive around October 15th. With that average date in mind, look on your seed packet or plant label to find out how many days are needed for the vegetable to mature. Count backwards from the frost date. It doesn’t hurt to add a few extra days just to be sure. Actually, some Fall crops don’t mind a light frost. All veggies are not created equally when it comes to optimal growing. Your leafy vegetables mature quickly from seed. I learned this first hand in the Spring when I planted loose leaf lettuce for the first time. The seeds I sprinkled in the soil burst with beautiful greens in no time. Other vegetables do better when you transplant small plants that have been started in a six pack. Broccoli and
cabbage fall into this category. I also have had much better luck planting onion sets instead of seeds. As always with new transplants and seeds, keep the water flowing. Water deeply. Early morning or evenings are best when the heat of the day isn’t causing a water loss. There are other important things to tend to on your Fall garden check list. Harvest your vegetables as soon as they are ready and clean out the debris once the plants have stopped producing. This is an efficient way to create more space for your new crops. Continue harvesting herbs. Consume them, store in a cool dry place or think about freezing some to use later. Divide your perennials that have become overcrowded and prepare your beds for any new perennials you want to plant. This is your last opportunity to plant new additions to be ready for next Spring. Now is the time to also prepare to plant your cool season annuals for that one last burst of color in your yard and potted containers. Lastly, here are some words of wisdom I just picked up from the Farmer’s Almanac. As tempting as it may be, and believe me my crape myrtle is practically begging me to bring the loppers to it, do not prune your shrubs and trees. That encourages new growth, which could be damaged this winter. That said, pruning could be a sound plan of action to take on that out of control Forsythia on the side of my house!
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BEWARE THE PINTEREST POST by Hallie Bandy
I’ve recently succumbed to the Pinterest craze—and I must say, the online site gives me both dreams and nightmares. While I find it a great resource for myriad ideas—from birthday parties to home décor to what to make for dinner—I must remind myself, it is like any other place on the Internet. The information is only as reliable as its source. Case in point, the other day I saw someone had pinned a recipe for Friendship Bread. While I learned my lesson about that stuff years ago, the pinner said it was delicious. And I fear countless other pinners have succumbed to the myth. Whoever created this stuff was a marketing mastermind. Think about it: who would bake Pyramid-Scheme-Bread? Or 10-Day Pudding Bread? But Amish Friendship Bread. That’s different. Because, if it’s Amish, it must be guaranteed wholesome and delicious. And, there is friendship involved. Make no mistake, though: it is the culinary equivalent of a chain letter. Only I think it multiplies faster. “All you have to do is squeeze it and add a few things once in awhile,” my friend assured me when she offered me the starter. “It’s really good.” I accepted the starter with hesitation, and plopped the bag on the counter when I got home, wondering if I would remember to “squeeze several times,” each day and thinking maybe I should set an alarm to remind me. Turned out remembering to squeeze was not the problem. With four kids in the house, that bag was squeezed more than udders in a dairy barn. It became an obsession. They could not pass through the kitchen without squeezing. When muddy handprints covered the bag, I drew the line: please wash your hands before squeezing! One day someone squeezed a little too hard, and the zip lock broke. I didn’t notice until a swarm of gnats had descended and the dog was licking the dripping goop off the cupboard. Normally, I would have just thrown the mess out, but I couldn’t. It was Friendship bread.
Amish Friendship bread. Besides, I’d already been squeezing for several days. I had a commitment to the goop. So I cleaned up the leak and resealed the bag. And kept a closer eye on squeezers. I tried to make a mental note of what day it was that I needed to bake the bread, but as things go, Culmination Day had a mile-long to-do list and it was 9 p.m. before I looked over at that goo-in-a-bag sitting on the counter and realized, “Today is the day!” I wondered what would happen if I waited another day. But the directions said, “Day 10,” and this was the day. I couldn’t blow it. My friend might find out. I followed the directions carefully, adding the list of basic ingredients along with the optional nuts, raisins and apples. I sprinkled the greased loaf pan with cinnamon sugar, thinking how delicious it would smell. I love my friend, and I was making a wholesome delicious snack for my family. My kitchen was full of sweet sentiment. As I finished cleaning up, however, the warm cinnamon smell had become a little smoky. I peaked in the oven and noticed batter dripping over the edges of the loaf pan. A quick re-check of the recipe confirmed the problem: the recipe makes two loaves, not one. Sweet sentiments quickly turned to seething frustration as the dripping batter began erupting into small fires in the bottom of my oven. I sighed loudly and began plotting revenge if the smoke detector went off and woke the baby. An hour later, the overloaded pan was still spewing liquid goo. When I finally heaved that mess out of the oven, it required amateur surgical skills to remove it from the pan. What was purported to be simple and delicious had turned out to be complicated and, well, very burnt. The dear friend who gave me the starter later admitted that she, too, had flunked Amish Friendship Bread. She forgot to take the new starters out when she made the bread. But here is where I begin to wonder which one of us is sane. I would have considered that a providential solution to the problem of how to get rid of the new starter. “Oops, no starter to give away. Darn.” I’m sure there is another experiement—er, project—on Pinterest to occupy my time.
The Denning House sits comfortably in the Chevy Chase neighborhood on a yard impeccably designed by famed Lexington garden designer, Jon Carloftis. The couple wanted the outside to mimic the inside with great dĂŠcor and the perfect place for entertaining.
Chevy Chase Renovation by Kelly Adams Photography by Shaun Ring
A home should be the perfect marriage between warmth and style, coziness and functionality.
Bethany and Garyen Denning have managed just that. They have turned an old Chevy Chase home into a modern but homey place where their kids can grow. Matt Carter of Matthew Carter Interiors was the interior design mastermind behind the Denning House. He did everything from the family room and kitchen to the master bed and bath. When you first open the welcoming front door, you are greeted by beautiful new hardwood floors, a staircase that leads to the second floor and dĂŠcor that makes you feel immediately at home.
To the left is the formal living room. The hardwoods continue through this room and directly into the dining room. The room is flanked with wide openings decked in immaculate white decorative moldings. The moldings carry around the room and throughout the rest of the home. The living room has a vintage charm mixing pinky-mauve with neutrals like cream and light grey. Two pink chairs face their backs to the front door followed by a high backed grey chair and soft cream couch that create a semi-circle, with their attention focused to the fireplace, which has vintage lines, but the crisp white makes it feel more modern. Through the wide opening on the other side of the formal living room is the dining room. The same commanding molding surrounds the doorway on this side, but in the dining room, the walls are covered in a fun, but neutral wallpaper. At first glance the wallpaper bears a lattice pattern, but on a closer look you see the darks and the lights of the paper are actually what look like dancing leaves. Details like this make a room captivating.
“We did a lot to the place after we purchased the house. We kept saying we wanted something really open. I wanted to be able to see everything,” said Bethany of the renovations and additions she and her husband did to the downstairs. With the help of architect Steve Graves, of Murphy Graves, – who is conveniently their neighbor as well – the Dennings opened up the downstairs to create flow between the kitchen and family room. The kitchen is crisp and modern with stainless steel appliances and fixtures. The slate colored countertops are actually a beauti-
ful limestone picked out by Carter. The cabinets are a bright white that trail up to the ceiling ending in crown moldings that are continued throughout the downstairs. The cabinets are completely custom and feel unique to the home. They have rounded edges instead of the standard square, which makes them kid-friendly and cool. “Being kid friendly is a plus, but we really wanted our kitchen to stand out,” said Bethany of the cabinets. “We were able to use the old kitchen cabinets in the garage and the laundry room, so that turned out to be a great way to repurpose what we already had.”
Being kid friendly is a plus, but we really wanted our kitchen to stand out.
Behind the cabinets is a grey subway tile backsplash, with largerthan-normal tiles that make the space more modern. Looking out into the living room is the kitchen island. Functionally, it houses the sink, dishwasher, cabinets and drawers for extra storage. The countertop is the same grey limestone, but off the back is a raised dark wood breakfast bar. The wood gives a soft rustic touch to the otherwise modern-looking kitchen. Three industrial lights hang above the bar giving extra light to diners. Separating the eating area from the rest of the kitchen are two large square skylights, which Graves encouraged the couple to keep. They act as an extra source of light, but also as a room divider. It is a
way to keep your space open, but also send the message that these are two different spaces. This part of the house was an addition. Originally the home ended at the kitchen and doors opened to an outdoor sunroom. The Dennings, with the help of Pat Kirkhope of Kirkhope Construction, demolished that old sunroom in favor of expanding their kitchen to make an everyday eating place for the family. The couple also wanted to add a fireplace to this area as well. It makes the kitchen more cozy and the eating area seem more like a gathering place.
Keeping with the theme of “family” throughout the family room, most of the hanging art are photographs of the Denning family. Bethany and Garyen’s children, Turner and Emma, are represented at every stage from newborn to toddler. Carter chose an indoor/outdoor fabric for the ottoman to keep it kid-friendly. The seating area in the family room is open to two main focal points: the built-in media cabinet, built by Isaac Turner, and the fireplace. The fireplace is original to the home, painted to match the walls. The mantle, from Longwood Antique Woods, is the same rich
brown color echoed throughout the downstairs spaces. Above it is a panoramic custom framed photograph of Secretariat winning the Triple Crown. The main living area comes full circle back to the kitchen, but before you get there, you are greeted by a simple and elegant bar area complete with a built-in wine fridge and a lattice wine rack. The cabinets, which mimic the round-edge kitchen cabinets, house supplies for entertaining and drinking. Behind the limestone counter is the same beautiful subway tile that is found throughout the kitchen.
The master suite is located on the first floor. The previous owners had originally added on here, but the area was too broken up for Bethany. “There was a bedroom, a master bath and a small office back here but it felt too chopped up. With Steve’s [Graves] help, we decided to change it to a master suite that flowed much better for us.”
The bedroom leads into the master bath with his and hers rectangular sinks sunk into white marble countertops with modern angular fixtures. Across from the sinks is an open doorway that leads to the bathroom. The room is breathtakingly bright with large windows that have plantation shutters for privacy and a skylight that brings in even more light. The shower has two walls completely made of glass with modern fixtures and sweet blue tiles. Forget the dream of a claw-foot tub; this modern version lacks feet, but surely makes up for it in style. The long, round porcelain bathtub is sexy and sleek, even though most of the time it is used by a two and a four year old! A sunlit sitting area complete with a beautiful window seat and built-in storage connects the powder room to the ‘walk around closet.’ The master suite, consisting of the bedroom, bathroom and closet flows in a continuous motion. There is no choppiness or abrupt halts, the whole thing flows effortlessly between each element, much like the rest of the house. The Dennings ultimate goal was to create a home the family could grow into. With modern furnishings anda great flow, they have achieved just that.
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IN THE ‘BUF’: POOL PEOPLE by Buffy Lawson Relationship Veteran
This summer Mister Man and I spent many Saturday afternoons at our neighborhood pool. The experience was relaxing and…quite fascinating.
Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade my forty-three year old brain and experience for a twenty year old body for anything in the world. But I did find myself hoping that every one of them had ugly toes.
Our first afternoon pool visit, we claimed the last remaining two lawn chairs and plopped down, grateful not to be lying on towel covered uncomfortable concrete. I carefully applied my two hundred and eighty proof sunscreen and sat beneath my draping, oversized hat doing my best to keep the wrinkles at bay. Mister Man took out the newspaper from the pool bag and I began to read my book.
It had never occurred to me until this moment, but one thing was certain…everybody at the swimming pool was extremely aware of their bodies. Young, middle aged, male, female, heavy, thin, the ultra toned and seriously floppy.
It was going to be a lovely day and having time to relax felt fantastic. I could hear the joy of children playing and somebody close by had a boom box cranking Hank Jr. Not a worry in the world. I continued reading and felt so peaceful enjoying some quality time with Mister Man. When all of the sudden, I looked up and saw her. The beautiful girl in her early twenties sporting an itsy bitsy, teensy weensy, yellow polka dot bikini. She was standing in the center of the pool area stretching and flipping her long wet hair. Miss Thing was either practicing yoga moves or making absolutely certain that everybody within a one mile radius witnessed each angle of her person. Three of her male friends/fans sat in chairs beside her, but she was too busy doing yoga to acknowledge them. The guys seemed perfectly content being in her presence and I assumed they were quite fortunate with the seating arrangement. A few minutes later, several of her girlfriends arrived. It appeared that they all went to the same yoga class as they began the posing. At their ages, bathing suit shopping is one of the major highlights of the year. At my age, I would prefer to go to the dentist and have a root canal with not one ounce of happy gas to help ease the pain. At some point, parts just don’t look the same, no matter how hard you work. And if you hate running unless someone is chasing you with a sharp object, such as myself, it is even more grim.
Whereas the young and toned found their way to the middle of the pool area, the rest of us hid under trees, never daring to walk towards the middle without a bathing suit cover. Those that were brave enough to approach the muddy trenches without bathing suit covers, casually looked down, sucking their parts is as best as possible. I did learn a great trick that day. I realized that if laid flat on my back in the lounge chair things looked much better. As I was laying there sucking it all in, I couldn’t help notice Mister Man peeking over the top of the newspaper watching the yoga class. He wasn’t being disrespectful, but he defiantly couldn’t help but notice the yellow polka dot bikinis. “I am so glad we got a membership!” Mister Man declared as we packed up to go home. “I bet you are,” I thought to myself. Week after week these young girls continued torturing all of the faded bombshells as well as their husbands until one day there was a game changer… He was about 6’2”, dark hair, and only one word comes to my mind—Tarzan. Tarzan was the most handsome man I had ever seen and was quite the diver! Watching him climb out of the pool with water dripping from his toned pectorals nearly made me blush. But it was such sweet revenge. I just smiled and watched the show. Mister Man was very aware of Tarzan and the smile on my face. “Man, I am so glad we got a membership here, honey.” I said… “I bet you are.” he replied.
Kyle and Gay Whalen
Elizabeth Deener and Stephanie Spires
Leah Keller and Kelli Carter
Christian Erickson and Chuck Ellinger
Kelly Anne Beile and Marty Chiles
Matt Frazier and Jennifer Batista
Margaret Ridley and Amy Carrington
Tricia Binetsch and Seth Thompson
Bluegrass & Bourbon at the Lexington Public Library The Young Professionalâ€™s Committee of the Lexington Public Library Foundation held Bluegrass and Bourbon at the Downtown Public Library. The event was presented by Makerâ€™s Mark and featured live bluegrass music from Driving Rain. Proceeds from the event benefit the Lexington Public Library Foundation. lexpublib.org
Photos by Alex Orlov
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Kevin Mehr and Aubrey Cousins
Jenny Morris and Carol Whipple
Jeffrey White, Bill Alverson and Scott Pippen
Cliff Feltham and Kristen Pflum
Marsha Bloxsom, Nicole Sergent Biddle, Amy Bowman and Sarah Page
Jennifer and Jeff Hendren
A Night for the Nest The Nestâ€”Center for Women, Children and Families is a local, nonprofit organization that promotes healing, stability and well-being of children and families. A Night for the Nest at Normandy Farm was a huge success! Attendees were able to enjoy silent auction, drinks, dancing and tons of fun all while giving back to those in the Lexington Community that need assistance. thenestlexington.org Photos by David Desjardins
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UK Football Fan Day The annual Kentucky Football Fan Day was held Saturday August 4th at Commonwealth Stadium. Fans of the Cats were able to watch the team in action as Coach Joker Phillips and staff ran the team in an open practice. After practice players and coaches held an autograph session followed by a fireworks show. ukathletics.com Photos by David Desjardins
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Hats Off to Kentucky’s Horse Industry Day Hats Off to Kentucky’s Horse Industry Day is a day where friends and families of Kentucky can celebrate the horse and everything it does for Kentucky’s well-being. The Kentucky Horse Park offered fun family activities like arts and crafts, pony rides, educational booths and even a thrilling equestrian competition. On Hats Off Day, Kentuckians were able to enjoy the Kentucky Horse Park free of charge! hatsoffky.com Photos by Michele Johnson
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A Midsummer Night’s Run 5K A Midsummer Night’s Run was held in downtown Lexington. It was a great way to get everyone moving! From the Fastest Kid in Town Competition to the 5K race. After the running, there was a Midsummer Night’s Concert in the pavilion with music from local bands. The event was presented by Central Baptist.
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Lexington Art Leagueâ€™s Woodland Art Fair The Woodland Art Fair sponsored by American Founderâ€™s Bank was home to over 200 artists and vendors. The two day fair included live music, art demonstrations and a Kids Zone! The Fair has received many honors including being voted a Top 200 Fine Art & Design Show in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine and a Top 10 Festival by The Kentucky Travel Industry Association! lexingtonartleague.org Photos by Alex Orlov
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Picnic with the Pops This year, Picnic with the Pops went Live from Vegas with music made famous by Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack. The guest artist was Matt Dusk - singer, songwriter, producer and arranger from Canada who crooned at the crowd his own hits plus the classics you love. People from all over brought their picnic baskets and partied Vegas-style to the sounds of the Lexington Philharmonic. lexpops.com Photos by David Desjardins
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May 4, 2012
Emily & Brendan Hewett
mily loves scrapbooking and baking. Brendan enjoys football and cigars. Their interests overlap with their love of wine, traveling, riding Brendan’s Harley Davidson motorcycle and working out. Their similarities don’t stop there; she’s a Captain in the US Air Force and he’s a Captain in the US Marine Corps and are both stationed at the Pentagon. Emily and Brendan met online through Match.com. They shared their first date at the North Carolina Muscadine Wine Festival, dancing the night away under the beautiful Southern sky. When Brendan got 2 week notification that he would be deploying early for 10 1/2 months, he couldn’t wait to ask Emily for her hand in marriage. After deployment preparations and a quick lunch together, he popped the question on the boat dock at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Since Brendan was deployed for the majority of the wedding planning process, Emily had some unique challenges. She did everything she could to keep him included in the decision making by sending him pictures from wedding expos and photos from magazines to help him see her “vision”. Since they couldn’t Skype, she had to stay exceptionally organized to keep him in the loop; and because Emily did so much work in planning the wedding, Brendan handled planning the honeymoon. The location was a complete surprise until they got on the plane to St. Lucia! The rehearsal dinner was held at The Vue, following a cocktail hour. The party then moved to Skybar to continue the celebration. Since many of the guests were from out of town, Emily planned a “Taste of Kentucky”, taking them to Ashmore stud farm, Lover’s Leap winery, Wild Turkey distillery and Keeneland to watch the Derby. The wedding ceremony was held at Broadway Christian Church. The groomsmen wore Navy suits to match Brendan’s uniform, accessorized with pink ties and feathers in their boutonnieres. The bridesmaids wore navy blue dresses and pink flower hairpieces made by the bride’s mother. Emily’s mother had a purse made from the lace on her own wedding dress, which she gave the bride to carry down the aisle. The same lace was used to wrap the bride’s bouquet as another surprise from her mother. During the ceremony, the couple put love letters into a wine box, which contained wine and glasses, to be opened if the couple ever hits a bump in their marriage. As the couple departed the church, six
marines created a sword archway before a horse and carriage carried the couple away. The couple chose The Carrick House for their reception, with its Southern charm and beautiful facilities. Many of the wedding details were handmade by the bride, ensuring that they were completely personalized. Emily and her mother made the invitations, programs, table numbers, menu cards, wine labels, cocktail hour drink tags, candy bar tags and much more. During the cocktail hour, hors d’oeuvres were passed, including hot browns and veggie kebabs. The couple opted to serve two signature drinks; Kentucky Ale was served as the groom’s choice and the Oaks Lilly cocktail was the bride’s choice. During dinner, guests chose from chicken roulade, sirloin or mushroom pasta. The cake featured a feather on top and “bling” to complement the reception decor while the groom’s cake, a surprise from Emily to Brendan, was decorated with the Harley Davidson logo. As the couple left the reception, guests held sparklers up to create a magical exit for the newlyweds. The couple and some close friends toasted the evening at an after party, held at The Blue Martini. by Amanda Harper Photography by Rob Mould
Details: Ceremony Venue: Broadway Christian Church Reception Venue: Carrick House Photography: Rob Mould Florist: Doug Smith Designs Cake: Sugar Forest DJ: Jason Henniger of KY Pro DJ Video: Bella Blue Studios Horse & Carriage: Lexington Livery
What To Do
weddings: sAY YES TO YOUR WEDDING DRESS by Marsha Koller Wedding Consultant
Many girls dream of buying their wedding dress for years, some even for all their lives. Buying a wedding dress is usually the single most important, and expensive, garment purchase of a lifetime. There are several things to consider before trying on your first dress to make sure the dress you choose not only fits you, but the wedding you are having. Don’t Fall in Love at First Sight Girls who have never tried on a wedding dress before many times fall in love with love – dress love that is – with the first big white dress they try on, even if it isn’t necessarily the best dress style for their body type or event. So it’s important to do your homework on styles that are best for your body type, for your personal style and your budget. But Don’t Play too Hard to Get If you try on tons and tons of gowns, it will only confuse and frustrate you. The easiest way is to scour bridal magazines and websites so you can go in with a direction that the dress consultant can start with that will get you going in the right direction. Here are some basic wedding dress styles to consider for your big day. The Ball Gown If you want the biggest, most formal and traditional silhouette, the ball gown tops them all with a dramatically full skirt and a tight bodice. If you want big volume, you can amp up the ball gown with crinolines made with extra toile or netting for maximum volume and impact. Typically the bodice is fitted with a natural waistline, with the skirt flaring from the waist. This gown style is very figure flattering, can help define a wider waistline and hides heavy hips or bottom. However it may overwhelm a petite bride and is not ideal for brides with large busts. Fit and Flair This Fit and Flair Gown is exactly what is sounds like, with a fitted, elongated bodice that terminates below the hips and then flares out to a dramatic skirt of varying fullness. This glamorous style is the perfect choice if you want the Princess look, but with updated style. This is also a great choice if you want drama, but a ball gown is just too much. Be cautious, as this style may emphasize a wide waistline or wide hips, but can also really show off womanly curves. It can actually appear to add curves to a straight figure.
A-Line or Princess This is the most classic wedding dress silhouette – and if you want to look like a traditional Disney Princess, this is the ways to go. This style is the most universally flattering with a fitted bodice and a full skirt that gently flares away from body at the natural waistline. This style makes petite brides look taller, de-emphasizes wide waistlines, adds feminine curves and hides a heavier bottom half. Mermaid The Mermaid Gown is similar to the Fit and Flare gown except the skirt begins right below the knee. These skirts range from a simple ruffle at the bottom of the sheath to a very full mermaid skirt with layers of toile for a more dramatic mermaid shape with great movement. This silhouette highlights feminine curves and is a very glamorous, high fashion, sexier look and is best suited to slender figures as it hides very little. It can also accentuate a straight or wide waist and wide hips. A variation is the Trumpet that begins to flare at mid thigh. Sheath The sheath, or long straight gown, burst onto the scene again in the late 80’s after a long hiatus when the roaring 20’s style faded away. They now can be the epitome of glamour for chic brides. But they are not without wedding style elements with small kick trains or removable long trains that disappear for an evening of revelry and dancing. They are most flattering on slimmer figures and are great for petite brides, as the long narrow lines will make you appear taller. This is not a good silhouette for pear shaped figures. Short and Sweet A short dress is perfect for second weddings, casual wedding settings, and beach or lake destination weddings. Many girls actually choose a short wedding dress, sometimes with extra sparkle, to change into for their reception. For girls who love the wedding experience you can even choose a short wedding dress, possibly in a pale color, to wear to your rehearsal and rehearsal dinner to make that evening even more special. So you can actually say Yes! Yes! Yes! to up to three dresses! Wear What You Want on Your Big Day This day is all about you so wear whatever gown you want, whether under a cathedral ceiling or outside under a cathedral of stars. Wear what makes you feel like a bride.
Jaqueline Nicole (Sexton) & Tyson Wade Jones June 23, 2012 Christina Kaye Photography
Kedall (Goffinet) & Taylor Foley June 30, 2012 Schmidt Studio & Gallery
Ashlee (Hyde) & Shane Casey VanHoose July 21, 2012 Villetto Photography
Natalie (Hodgson) & Derrick Warren Blandford May 19, 2012 Wilson Photography
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O TSHOTSP Congratulations to Jessica Casebolt, winner of the Miss Kentucky Scholarship pageant! Best wishes in the Miss America pageant!
Dancing the night away at Ballet under the Stars
Lexington Philharmonic performs with Matt Dusk at Picnic with the Pops
All the right moves at the Arthur Murray Thoroughbred Showcase
Reverend Jim Sichko and Chef John Besh at an evening with John Besh presented by St. Markâ€™s Catholic Church
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