Sweet Summer Soirees

The Louisville Youth Group after they had just learned the choreography from one of the numbers in “Kinky Boots.” (Photos Courtesy of Carla Sue Broecker)

Cappy is the well loved, spoiled rotten, adorable cat that allows Walter Wagner to live with him. He knew Walter had his 85th birthday coming up and so he permitted Walter to host a supper party to celebrate and to unveil a newly commissioned Steve Sawyer painting of Walter and Cappy together.

It was a wonderful night for a garden party. Cappy received his guests while reclining on a large round table on the terrace. He obviously enjoyed the attention he was getting. Wiltshire Pantry catered with their typical flair of delightful and delicious finger food. The key lime tarts and “kitty decorated” macarons were spectacular.

Cappy’s guests included Ann and Bob Allison, Margaret Flowers, Barbara Partlow, Rosemary and Jimmy Boone, Fr. Walter Wagner Jr. and Bobby and Beth Wagner along with the boys’ mother Beverly, Mary Margaret Phelps and son Bill, Ann Earley and Bob Southerland, Barkley Payne, Jody Zimmerman, Brad Calobrace and dozens more.

Kinky Boots “Raise You Up” Education Program

When PNC Broadway in Louisville’s presentation of “Kinky Boots” was in town a couple of weeks ago, it brought with it a unique education opportunity for a special group of youngsters. “Kinky Boots” is a story of inclusion and standing up for what’s right. Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund created a program in NYC and for the tour of “Kinky Boots” called Raise You Up.

Walter Wagner Jr. celebrating with Barkley Payne from Chicago and his son Fr. Walter Wagner.

The program brings together at-risk LGBTQ youth to give them special behind-the-scenes access of the inner-workings of a Broadway show to highlight career opportunities they may want to explore.

The Raise You Up program in Louisville took place on Thursday, June 15 beginning at 4 p.m., and youths had an opportunity to meet with the show’s department heads to learn about ticketing, operations, marketing and production. They received a tour of the Broadway in Louisville offices and The Kentucky Center, met the dance captain of “Kinky Boots” and learned some of the “Raise You Up” choreography. They toured the stage, had dinner (pizza donated by Bearno’s) and saw the performance. Then they had an exclusive post-show chat-back with the cast.

The Louisville Youth Group (LYG) is a nonprofit organization that envisions a universal community that accepts, affirms and uplifts all young people regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity. They work toward this goal by helping and supporting young people – gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, questioning, asexual, intersex and allied youth under the age of 21 – through resources and connections with mentors.

In advance of the show’s Louisville arrival, Modern Louisville published an article about the program and an interview with “Kinky Boots” Tony-winning director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell. WAVE3’s Shannon Cogan spoke about the program to the sold-out audience before the curtain went up on opening night.

BUTTERFLIES IN MOTION

The committee that puts on the wildly popular Butterflies in Motion luncheon at the Brown Hotel to benefit Heuser Hearing & Language Academy thought they were sold out of tables for the third year in a row. Not so! Turns out the hotel figured out a way to add a few more. If you want one, you better speak up quickly. Call Libby Parkinson at 502.893.3927.

DINNER IN THE DELL

Last week was the annual Sunday Supper at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood. This popular event always sells out. People who are addicted to horticulture just love Yew Dell. This evening allows them to wander the grounds and talk about their passion with like-minded people, and they always discover a new tree, flower or shrub to go gaga over.

Old Mr. Theodore Klein who created Yew Dell must be smiling down from a heavenly wooded cloud, happy that his passion lives on. And that Paul Cappiello, the director, has brought many hands and hearts to the gardens.

This year’s Sunday Supper menu was prepared by Mayan Café and The Fat Lamb. Passed appetizers were carp ceviche shooters, puff pastries filled with veggies and goat cheese, and taquitos with chicken, potatoes, roasted corn and feta cheese. Dinner was served in bowls family-style and included braised lamb with tzatziki sauce and gremolata, pulled chicken with lemon and sumac, Mayan Gypsy’s famous limas, kale and quinoa salad with dried fruits, and chilled green beans with citrus vinaigrette and pickled onions. Desserts were mini key lime tarts and mini pistachio and dried cherry baklava with mint syrup.

The table sponsors were Baptist Health LaGrange, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Mike and Anne Hampton, Lenihan Sotheby, Limestone Title, Osage Plastics, Sterling G. Thompson Co., Stock Yards Bank & Trust and U.S. Bank. VT