Letter From the Editor


Kentucky to the World continues to gain momentum and interest from far and wide. The organization, which has a mission of enhancing “Kentucky’s image by showcasing the talent, ingenuity and excellence of men and women with strong Kentucky ties,” recently hosted another Speaker Series event, this time featuring Olympic gold medalists Mary T. Meagher and Kelsi Worrell Dahlia in a program that was moderated by WHAS11’s Whitney Harding. You’ll find coverage in these pages, and you can learn more about Kentucky to the World’s powerful initiative – as well as how you can help – by visiting kentuckytotheworld.org.

Speaking of talented people with ties to the Commonwealth… It was thrilling to learn Food Network executive chef and vice president of culinary Robert Bleifer is a resident, at least part of every week. In this issue, you’ll discover a feature penned by Janice Carter Levitch of how and why Robert, his wife Nedra and their children have made Kentucky their home. 

On Aug. 1, we’ll publish our annual Arts Issue, featuring previews of the upcoming arts season, a comprehensive list of arts listings and a number of features celebrating some of the faces behind our city’s major arts organizations. If you’re interested in being a part of the issue as an advertising partner, you should know we are donating 10 percent of ad sales to Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts to assist the nonprofit in reopening stronger than ever after the June 13 fire that caused significant damage. To reserve your ad space and help us help The Kentucky Center, call 502.897.8900 or email advertising@voice-tribune.com.


Disney Dreams

A Review of Toy Story Land

Story & Photos By Allison Taylor

The Imagineers at Walt Disney World have been working overtime to deliver new and exciting attractions to the famed amusement park.

Summer 2018 has been an exciting year for Disney fans, with the opening of Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I was lucky enough to attend the media preview of the land two days before the opening.

The fact of the matter is, with any new addition to any of Disney’s four parks, people will be lining up (literally) to be one of the first to experience the latest and greatest attraction.

Navigating Disney can take the planning of someone with a doctorate in Disney (which I happen to possess). A trip certainly isn’t as simple as the days of showing up, meeting characters along Main Street USA and hopping on rides.

To make matters easier, here are my tips for maximizing your time at Toy Story Land and Walt Disney World in general:

Believe it or not, your hotel choice can make a difference in having the best chance at getting on your favorite rides quickly. Staying on Disney property means that you can book FastPasses as soon as 60 days prior to your stay while guests of non-Disney properties have to wait until 30 days prior.

Be strategic in booking your FastPasses. If possible, book them as close together as possible. Each guest gets three FastPasses per day that can be pre-scheduled. Once you’ve used all three of your FastPasses, you can then schedule one at a time for any rides you may want to bypass the regular line.

Toy Story Land was tons of fun in the daytime, but when the sun set and the lights came on, it was downright magical. If you can only visit once, I urge you to visit during the evening hours. It is really something to see.

There are three rides located in Toy Story Land. Two are brand new and one is an old favorite that has gotten a new entrance.

The two new rides are Slinky Dog Dash (the roller coaster) and Alien Swirling Saucers. Slinky Dog Dash is the ride with the longest wait time and for good reason: It is a ton of fun. I loved it so much that I rode it seven times in a row during the media preview I attended. This is the ride that I would definitely use a FastPass on. Don’t let the name or the photos fool you; this is not a classic kiddie ride like the Barnstormer found in Magic Kingdom. Slinky Dog Dash provides enough thrills that parents will enjoy it just as much as the kiddos. Just a note: if you are the first rider in the car, to the far left you can see more of the steep drops. So, those riders in your party who have a tendency to get a bit nervous should probably sit on the right-hand side. If you are looking for a more thrilling ride, the very back is where you will want to be. I did the dirty work for you and have ridden in the front, middle and back. The back was hands-down my favorite spot to ride Slinky Dog.

Since opening, Alien Swirling Saucers has had pretty manageable wait times, so if you can manage a reasonable wait, I would ride it without the FastPass. This ride is not a spinning ride like the tea cups, but rather reminded me of the scrambler that you find in pop-up carnivals.

Like everything that Disney does, there was extreme attention to detail given to this new area. The intention was that upon entering, guests would feel as if they had shrunk down to the size of a toy. There are so many details that are just waiting to be discovered. Keep your eyes peeled! VT

Chenoweth Square to Host Annual Tent Sale

The annual Chenoweth Square Tent Sale is coming up the weekend of Aug. 2-5. Select stores on the square will have items up to 75 percent off. Participating businesses include Cartwheels Paper and Gifts, Lemon Tree, Merci Boutique, Fleur de Lis Interiors & Gifts, H.J. Redmon, J. McLaughlin, Bedded Bliss and Cheddar Box Too. Follow Chenoweth Square on Facebook – @chenowethsquarewcw – to stay up to date on hours, promotions and more.

Chenoweth Square

3907 Chenoweth Square

St. Matthews

502.562.9200

A Harbor for the Downtown Crowd at Atlantic No. 5

By Baylee Pendleton

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

If you walk into Atlantic No. 5 on any given day, you’ll hear the quiet hum of espresso machines, bubbling conversation and background music of the acoustic variety. The bell will chime as you walk in, and you’ll be greeted warmly as you’d expect in any such establishment. In my experience, though, there’s much more behind this eatery than just these normal, cafe rhythms.

On my first day with The Voice-Tribune team, I popped into Atlantic No. 5 for what I thought would be a routine lunch jaunt, rushing because I wanted to get back to my desk. Walking briskly and a bit distracted, I was several steps into the cafe before it hit me: this place is anything but routine.

Large windows facing Main Street light the shop’s interior, and exposed brick contrasts with crisp, white walls and cheery lighting. The large display case holds the day’s breakfast and lunch specials, and the pastry stands on the counter tempt you with a revolving selection of desserts. On both ends of the cafe, co-owners and operating partners Rebecca Johnson and Mary Wheatley have installed retail shelves, selling a variety of local food items like salsa, chutney, dressings and the like.

Johnson and Wheatley bought Atlantic No. 5 three and a half years ago, intending to attract the downtown business crowd with fresh and healthy options for breakfast and lunch. Omnivores, gluten-free patrons and vegetarians alike can find something on this menu, which combines standing items with daily specials.

Breakfast focuses on items like egg sandwiches, a daily frittata and their famous biscuits. The biscuits – doughy on the inside with a well-preserved crust on the outside – are a standout served with jam and butter. The David ($6) is a delicious, open-faced sandwich on Blue Dog Bakery levain bread topped with tomato smear, olive oil, mashed avocado, scrambled egg, bacon and arugula.

The soup-salad-sandwich lunch menu includes the A5 Grilled Cheese ($9), which pairs well with their Creamy Tomato Soup ($3.50). Any panini they have on special will be delicious – and I do mean any. The Powerhouse Salad ($9) is a great working lunch option with fresh greens, dried cranberries, edamame, toasted chickpeas, sliced cucumber, pickled red onion and caramelized sunflower seeds.

And of course, there’s the coffee. Atlantic No. 5 serves Sunergos coffee, a Louisville favorite, whether you opt for a black drip or a sweet cappuccino. Don’t leave without a coffee and oatmeal cream pie in hand. If you were looking for more reasons to stop in, the shop now serves gelato.

In the weeks following my initial visit, I’ve found myself returning to Atlantic No. 5, perhaps more often than I really need to. Walks away from my computer during break time always seem to end back at their door, where I’ve created some excuse to pick out a sweet afternoon treat or yet another cup of coffee. But ultimately, it’s not the food or drinks that keep calling me back. From day one, I was treated like a member of some informal klatch and was always asked about how my day was and how my work was going. That’s what kept calling me back. Two weeks later, I had favorite menu items. By week three, everyone behind the counter knew my name.

Atlantic No. 5 goes beyond the basic norms of a routine eatery, welcoming you into a community of hospitality, warmth and beauty. Visit expecting delicious eats, but leave with something more. VT

Atlantic No. 5

605 W. Main St.

502.883.3398

atlanticno5.com

7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

What’s Cooking

Bourbons Bistro Announces Event, New Menu Items

Bourbons Bistro, 2255 Frankfort Ave., will host a Cheese and Bourbon Experience at 6 p.m. July 19. Guests will enjoy a reception cocktail and a five-course bourbon and cheese pairing hand-selected by resident bourbon expert Jason Brauner and Van Campbell with Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheeses. The cost is $45 per person. For reservations or more information, visit bourbonsbistro.com or call 502.894.8838.

The restaurant is also now featuring new menu items, including Heirloom Tomato Salad (basil pesto, Bibb lettuce, red onion, crumbled goat cheese, aged balsamic dressing, lava salt, pine nuts); Sam’s Southern Salmon Cakes (cucumber salad, lemon poppy seed vinaigrette); Quinoa And Fresh Berries (fresh berries tossed with arugula, quinoa, cider vinaigrette); Tuna Poke Tacos (three crispy wonton shells with Asian slaw, marinated No. 1 tuna, black and white sesame, chives); Willie’s Tomato Toast (brioche toast, herb infused ricotta cheese, sliced heirloom tomatoes, balsamic glaze, basil and micro greens); Scottish Salmon (parmesan grits, sautéed peppers and onions, lemon truffle vinaigrette); and Strawberry Shortcake (white chiffon cake, macerated strawberries, whipped cream.


Max Balliet. Photos by Josh Keown.

Pizza LUPO Owners Headlining Lebowski Fest

Achievers can grab a ceremonial beverage at Butchertown’s Pizza LUPO during Lebowski Fest, featuring White Russians for $6 July 20-21. Why is an Italian joint serving the Dude’s drink? Because co-owners Sarah Balliet and Adam Turla are headlining this year’s festival with their band, Murder by Death.

Sarah and Adam met in 2000 as students at Indiana University in Bloomington, where Adam performed as the vocalist and guitarist for what would eventually become Murder by Death. Sarah joined soon after they met as the band’s cellist. Since then, they’ve played thousands of shows, released eight studio albums and saved up money to become restaurateurs. This year, the band plays Lebowski Fest ahead of releasing their new album, “The Other Shore,” and heading out on tour.

Serving Louisville’s first and only true Neapolitan pizza, Pizza LUPO, 1540 Frankfort Ave., crafts pies and pastas inspired by Mediterranean traditions. Chef Max utilizes local ingredients atop Old World-style pizza dough cooked in a 900-degree wood-fired oven. The menu also features handmade pastas, lunch sandwiches and fresh salads. An Italian-inspired bar program features a wide selection of amari, house-made limoncello, seasonal craft cocktails, negronis by the pitcher and classic cocktails, wine and beer.


Eat Your Liquor at Portage House

Chef Dallas McGarity and Copper & Kings are teaming up for a special brandy dinner at 7 p.m. July 27 at Portage House, 117 E. Riverside Dr. in Jeffersonville. The meal will feature five courses pulled from Chef McGarity’s new cookbook, “Take Me To The River.” The book details 20 coursed recipes prepared with American Brandy and an additional three superlative brandy pairings with country ham, cheese and artisanal chocolate. It illustrates the use of Copper & Kings’ aged American brandies – American Craft Brandy, Floodwall Apple Brandy and Butchertown Reserve Casks Brandy – in recipes ranging from amuses, soups and salads through appetizers and entrées. All dishes were developed and prepared by executive chef Dallas McGarity. To purchase tickets or the book, go to copperandkings.com.

A Lush History

A glimpse at the Frazier Museum’s new garden space and bourbon exhibition

By Simon Meiners

Photos provided by the Frazier History Museum

On June 22, the Frazier History Museum unveiled a modern new entrance and public park.

The renovated area is located on the east side of the building in the space between the Frazier and the neighboring brick structure at 823 W. Main St. Among the new features are a large glass vestibule – “the Cube” – on Main Street, a rooftop garden with a balcony and, to the north, a linear outdoor park populated with native Kentucky plants and furnished with benches, tables and chairs.

The Weber Group served as both designer and builder of the project, working intimately with the museum’s staff to help the Frazier highlight a new brand identity. Lead designer Nick Holmes worked in close collaboration with Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens on the renovations. Carloftis is a world-renowned landscape artist from Lexington who is famous for the rooftop gardens he designs.

“It is such an honor to be a part of this team,” Carloftis said. “Nick and (Frazier President and CEO) Penny Peavler were both such a treat to work with.”

The park consists of troughs and garden beds sown with ghost ferns, serviceberry shrubs and other plant species that grow wild in Kentucky, as well as Kentucky coffee, black locust and American yellowwood trees. Over the treetops, lights crisscross between the two buildings, enabling the Frazier to host events in the park after dark.

“The Frazier is where the world meets Kentucky,” Peavler said. “With this new park and rooftop garden, we want to provide a space where folks can relax outdoors, whether you work downtown or you’re just visiting. It’s the perfect spot to come and sip your coffee, eat lunch with your friends or just take a break from the hustle and bustle of downtown.”

Stairs lead from the park to a second-story rooftop garden, a space that is situated on top of the Cube. Lining the rooftop are paw-paw trees and several trellis-walled boxes of a species called short-toothed mountain mint. A beautiful and fragrant plant, the short-toothed mountain mint is known to attract wildlife: its many pollinators include hummingbirds and butterflies.

“It is always a real challenge taking a long, narrow space without much sunlight and turning it into a welcoming space,” Carloftis said. “But I feel like my 25 years of experience designing and building rooftop gardens and courtyards in New York City has been a tremendous help.”

The south side of the rooftop juts out to form a balcony, providing a stunning and one-of-a-kind view of the Bourbon District and its historic architecture. (Louisville’s West Main Street is notably the site of the second largest cluster of cast-iron façades in the nation, number one being SoHo in Manhattan). Mounted above the balcony is a large vertical monument sign bearing the name of the museum.

All the wood furniture in the park and garden is designed by Old World Timber, a firm that specializes in deconstructing old wooden barns and structures and “reclaiming” their timber.

“Having our go-to furniture designer Lesley Thomas create one-of-a-kind furniture pieces made the project extra special,” Carloftis said. The tables and benches are made from 100-year-old beams of ipe wood, or “Brazilian walnut,” that once belonged to a pier in New Jersey. The pier was built in 1928 but destroyed in 2012 by Hurricane Sandy.

During museum hours, both the park and the garden remain open to the public – not just to visitors of the Frazier. “The park is free and open to the public anytime the museum is open,” Peavler said, adding, “It is also available for rent for special events.” New programming will be offered in the park several times per week, including tours led by staff to share stories of the native plants that are featured throughout.

After hours, the park and garden are closed, and a rolling steel gate on the north end of the park seals off entry from the rear. The rear entryway guarded by this gate will soon enable access to the museum from Washington Street for the first time since the Frazier opened back in 2004.

As for the front entrance, the Cube will not officially take over for the museum’s current entrance until construction on the room adjacent to it is completed later this summer. That room will house both the Frazier’s new admissions desk and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail (KBT) Welcome Center, a tourist attraction and concierge service staffed by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA).

The KBT Welcome Center will mark the official starting point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail experience, a tourist attraction launched by the KDA in 1999 to help promote bourbon-related tourism around the state. It is scheduled to open at the Frazier in tandem with The Spirit of Kentucky, a permanent exhibition about the history of bourbon in Kentucky, on Aug. 25.

Some of the materials used in the ongoing renovations at the museum are a deliberate nod to bourbon whiskey. Visitors entering the Cube from Main Street, for example, will find white oak panels on the ceiling above them and limestone pavement on the ground below them. (Bourbon is made with Kentucky’s limestone-filtered water and aged in charred, white oak barrels.)

“Ninety-five percent of the world’s bourbon comes from right here in the state of Kentucky,” Peavler said. “With the launch of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center and Spirit of Kentucky exhibition this August, we at the Frazier want to spotlight Kentucky as the one, true home of bourbon whiskey – America’s only native spirit.” VT

Simon Meiners is the public relations writer for the Frazier History Museum.

Best of Forecastle Fashion

Morgan Haley’s festival glow features fringe, handmade crochet from Bali and a cape from Free People.

By Miranda McDonald

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Glitter-covered mermaids, men in bright floral shirts and those paying homage to the bohemian ways of Janis Joplin. When it came to the dress code at Forecastle Festival, self-expression was the only rule of thumb.

“If you want to dress like a sea creature, goddess or just purely for comfort, you can do that here and still be accepted,” explained Mo McKnight Howe, creator of the music festival’s Party Cove.

 

Aniyah Adams doubled down on the flower power with her sunflower yellow style.

 

Hunter S. Thompson and some gal pals pose for a photo.

 

Josh London of The Josephines was found keeping it cool and classic.

 

Mo McKnight Howe wore a beaded necklace that paired well with the whimsical jellyfish that loomed overhead at Party Cove.

For women, the biggest fashion trends included rompers, fringe and a variety of statement sunglasses. Men stepped up their game in the style department as well and embraced Hawaiian shirts, bandanas and folk-inspired hats.

Soaring temperatures also played a role in what attendees wore to the festival. “It was so hot that I decided to just layer this tunic over my favorite bathing suit,” stated one event-goer.

Not to be outdone in the swimwear department, however, a few men donned colorful swimming trunks with their printed tops. A few were even bold enough to top off their look with a captain’s hat.

 

Priscilla Summers, Sara von Roenn, Stephanie Lindsay, Jen Lynn.

 

Mike Foster and Milan Chakraborty saving lives and keeping the energy high in the Party Cove.

 

Pearlescent fringe ready to be put into motion on Abbi Cline.

 

Leah Raeber kept it classy with all black clothing and brass jewelry.

Whether dressed as a gypsy, sailor or anything in between, the style mantra at Forecastle Festival was a simple one: all are welcome. VT

The Final Piece of the Puzzle

After two years of renovation, the Kentucky International Convention Center takes its place – bigger and better – in Louisville’s gleaming and growing downtown

By Steve Kaufman

Courtesy renderings

On Aug. 6, roughly two years from the day the Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) closed for a $207 million renovation, it will officially reopen.

The cranes, barricades and construction equipment will be gone, and Fourth Street will be reopened. The massive building, which runs from Second to Fourth streets and Market to Jefferson streets, will convert from a hindrance clogging up the middle of the city into one of Louisville’s most sparkling assets.

Stacey Church, general manager of KICC, said the renovation will come in on schedule and on budget, which is in and of itself a pair of remarkable achievements.

And not a moment too soon, because the day after the official opening, the first group to use the new facility – the University Bible Fellowship – will load in for a week-long program that runs Aug. 8-15, with 3,000 attendees. (On average, Church said, meetings ranging from 550 attendees to 8,000 are already booked for 2018-19. And, in fact, groups are talking to KICC for meetings as far ahead as 2024.)

According to Stacey Yates, vice president of marketing for Louisville Tourism (the new name of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau), the economic impact of this group on the city – hotel rooms, meals, events, tourism and transportation, plus the cost of renting the center – will be $6.03 million.

While the city has missed a thriving convention center in its midst, and all that economic impact it produces, it hasn’t been sleeping.

There has been a 54-percent growth in downtown hotel sleeping rooms since 2010, and Yates said it will reach 6,193 rooms next year with the opening of Hotel Distil/Moxy Hotel at First and Main.

City-wide, there has been a 20-percent growth in that same time period, soon to be 22,000 rooms by next year.

“Hotel growth is in a symbiotic relationship with the convention center’s expansion,” said Yates. “We needed an expanded, modern convention space, but we also needed the added support of plenty of hotel rooms.”

Omni Hotels & Resorts made it clear early this year with the opening of its massive Omni Hotel Louisville – located just a couple of blocks down from the new convention center – that the renovation of the convention facility was a major motivator in its decision to build in Louisville.

As for what KICC offers to the city’s conventioneers, the numbers speak for themselves:

A 34-percent increase in contiguous meeting space to 200,000 square feet (from 140,000). Much of that comes from a new cantilevered overhang on the Market Street side of the building. “We have already booked groups as large as 10,000 people,” said Church.

52 separate meeting rooms.

A 25 percent increase in the number of convention groups the Louisville Tourism sales team can go after, according to its own estimates.

A significant addition of natural light through walls of glass and skylights. “That’s important to addressing customers’ needs,” said Yates. “Today’s attendees don’t like to meet in a windowless, concrete box. Everyone knows natural light improves people’s mood and alertness.”

A 40,000-square-foot, column-free ballroom on the ground level, 33 percent larger than the former ballroom, and with what Yates called “an entire high-tech, color-changing LED wall, so the conventions can theme out the venue in any way they choose in a very cost-efficient way.”

And, she added, “the beauty of that space is how multifunctional it can be. It can be used for proms and local groups and dinners, as well as formal ballroom space for conventions. Plus, because of its size and lack of columns, it could accommodate a trade show inside its four walls, as well.”

But the large exhibit floor on the uppermost level can also accommodate 14,000 persons for a large meal function.

“These two meal options are a business attraction in several ways,” said Yates. “KICC can handle larger meal events than it could before, which keeps an on-site dining-in option. That’s especially important with trade shows, where exhibitors want to keep attendees in the building as much as possible. If they’re going elsewhere in the city for their major show dinners, they’re not mixing with exhibitors’ booths.”

One of the buzzwords of the convention-planning industry is “sightlines.” Ideally, every trade show booth ought to be visible from every corner of the room. If not, no exhibitor wants a far corner in the back, which cuts down on the number of exhibitors a convention can attract. And then they begin looking to other cities for their meetings.

To that last point, Louisville still trails some other nearby cities – at least in the number of hotel rooms.

“Columbus has 28,000 sleeping rooms; Indianapolis has 32,000; Nashville, 42,000,” said Yates. “These are the things meeting planners look at. They prefer to put their attendees in fewer hotels. Otherwise, it can become a hassle to move attendees to and from the main convention facility.”

She said the industry refers to that as a “tight package. … How close is the convention center to your main hotel blocks? How close is it to dining, attractions, other amenities?”

As for transportation, she said, Uber and Lyft have filled the gap in getting around town. Louisville is not, like Chicago and New York, a city where you can step out on the curb and hail a cab. But here, today, you can easily order a ride with your phone.

Convention attendees will always want to get out into the city, and fortunately, said Yates, “In downtown, we now have dining districts we didn’t have before. And we have attractions – a dozen within four walkable blocks, many of those bourbon-related.”

All of this makes Louisville a more-than-vanilla experience for the city’s visiting conventioneers.

“That’s right,” affirmed Yates. “It’s now a vanilla-and-caramel experience.” VT

Obituaries

Anderson, Howard J. “Andy”

Howard J. “Andy” Anderson, 90, of Louisville, went home to be with his Savior on July 13, 2018 following a short battle with cancer.

He was an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean wars and was a member of the First Alliance Church. Andy was a faithful man of great integrity. He will be greatly missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Andy is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marjorie Anderson; their children, Dale Anderson (Cindy) and Jody Anderson Lubenec (Serge); grandchildren, Peter, Bethany, Timothy, Emily and Jennifer; and five great grandchildren.

A funeral service to celebrate Andy’s life was conducted on July 17, 2018 in the chapel of Arch L. Heady at Resthaven, 4400 Bardstown Road. Entombment was held at Resthaven Memorial Park Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Word of Life Fellowship, P.O. Box 600, Schroon Lake, NY 12870. Marked for “Island renovations in memory of Andy Anderson.”

Please visit us online at www.archlheadyresthaven.com 

Drexler, RosaLee “Rosie”

RosaLee “Rosie” Drexler, 87, of Louisville passed away on July 13, 2018.

She was an avid UofL basketball fan who enjoyed Christmas and watching the Hallmark Channel. Rosie also loved her 8 p.m. phone time with her sister Mary Ann.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Eddy Drexler; their daughter, Joan Whitehouse; a grandson, Jeff Geoghegan; and a brother, Jimmy Schaefer.

Rosie is survived by her children, Linda Hughes (David), Diana Geoghegan (Bob) and Maureen Fifer; a sister, Mary Ann Brewer; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A special thanks to Rosie’s best friend, Valerie Sturdivant. She is also survived by her loyal dog, Sandy the Schnoodle.

A celebration of Rosie’s life was conducted on July 18, 2018 in the chapel of Arch L. Heady at Resthaven, 4400 Bardstown Road, with interment following at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Missouri Search and Rescue K9 Inc. 1710 NW Saunders Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015.

Please visit us online at www.archlheadyresthaven.com

Groves, Amelia “Millie”

Amelia “Millie” Groves, 103, of Louisville, passed away July 13, 2018.

She was the third child of 11 children and was born in Louisville, Kentucky on Aug. 28, 1914, to the late Rose and Henry Kaelin Sr.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Groves Sr.; her parents; five brothers, Fred, Carl, Louis, Albert and Martin; and two sisters, France Garrity and Barbara Ann Kaelin. She was also preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Gay Hammond Groves; son-in-law, Michael Schaffer, M.D.; and a granddaughter, Gwynne Groves.

She is survived by her children, Ernie Groves and Kathy Schaffer Palk (Roy); her grandchildren, Gabriella Mendoza, Lyndi Barnhill (Kevin) and Jason Schaffer (Tina). Great-grandchildren who survive her are Julia Mendoza, Aaron Moyers, Alyssa Barnhill, Jason Barnhill, Alex Barnhill and Tatum and Ashlyn Schaffer. She is also survived by one great great-grandson, Avery Cooper, and siblings, Henry Kaelin Jr., Joe Kaelin and Carolyn Nolan.

Millie, a very devout Catholic, was a life-long member of Holy Trinity Church. She attended Ursuline High School for a period of time, and in 1968, she proudly earned her GED at age 54.

As a teenager, she worked at Plehn’s Bakery in St. Matthews and then at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, where she met her future husband, Ernie Groves. She was later employed at Artmaster when she was in her early 40s and retired from there in her early 70s.

At age 90, she was asked what three things were the most important in her life. Without hesitating, she replied “My faith, my family and my friends.”

The family of Millie wishes to extend a special “thank you” to the Charity Court staff at Nazareth Home for their loving care and devotion to Millie, a job done extremely well.

Her funeral mass was held on Tuesday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 501 Cherrywood Road, with burial in Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation was held Monday at Ratterman Funeral Home, 3711 Lexington Road, in St. Matthews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the WHAS Crusade for Children, 502 W. Chestnut St., Louisville, KY 40202.

William (Bil) Kays

Kays, William (Bill) Thomas

William (Bill) Thomas Kays, 79, passed away on June 29, 2018.

Bill was a retired truck driver. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Joyce Brown Thomas Kays; sister, Barbara Ann Rouse; daughter, Karen Kays Maye (George); son, Tom Kays, step-daughter, Kathy Thomas DeStephanis (Dion); brother-in-law David Brown; grandchildren, Corey Lynn Triana (Edwardo), Billy Kays, Chess Thomas, Samuel Kays and Bailey Thomas; and great-grandchildren, Illonna Puris and Victoria Triana. He was preceded in death by his step-son, Michael Thomas.

A memorial service will be held on July 21 at 2 p.m. at Union Christian Church, 970 Union Church Road, Hodgenville, KY 42748.

Smith, Claudia

Claudia Smith, 73, passed away on July 14, 2018. She was born on March 4, 1945, to the late Charlie and Lillie Garrett.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David Smith, one infant brother and two sisters, Alene Smith and Nancy West.

She is survived by her children, Linda Crabtree (Gary), Lois McClellan (Dana) and Tony Smith; one sister, Oradean Crabtree (Ben); four grandchildren, Austin Cannon, Sam Crabtree, Lance McPherson and Jordan Nunn; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on July 18, 2018 at Owen Funeral Home, 5317 Dixie Hwy., Louisville, KY 40216. Burial followed in Bethany Cemetery.

Visitation was held at Owen Funeral Home on Tuesday and Wednesday before the funeral.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org/donate).

Golf: Technique or Strength?

By Jeffrey Howard

I arrived in Lexington almost six years ago and was greeted by my oldest brother at the airport with a birthday gift of a brand new set of golf clubs. I had never really played golf before – tennis was my sport of choice – but that’s how my golf journey began.

My brother Rick, who’s exceptional at the sport, patiently taught me the game, and we played every weekend. This eventually turned into three times a week, and though I’m not sure I ever really improved, I tried my best and loved the game. Over time, I came to learn that the perfect swing is the ultimate goal of golf. Many golfers will purchase state-of-the-art clubs, hoping this will increase the distance of their drive and decrease their handicap. What these golfers don’t realize is that the quality of their clubs will not ultimately lower their handicap. Instead, it’s your overall strength and flexibility that will improve your swing and decrease strokes off of your game.

To increase this strength, a tailored training regimen that focuses on the muscles most used by the player is best. In golf, attention should be given to core strength and flexibility to reduce overuse of your arms and wrists and to prevent strain on the lower back. Golfers should try yoga, pilates and Barre workouts. In addition to strengthening your core, you should strive to improve flexibility in your feet, ankles, hips and lower spine to increase your rotational range of motion. The further you can bend your body while maintaining good alignment, the more powerful your swing will be and the further the ball will go.

Golf is a good way to stay fit through moderate aerobic exercise and strengthening of your muscular and skeletal systems. Here are a few fitness facts regarding golf and your health:

It burns calories to lose weight.

Jeff Howard is a world-renowned fitness presenter who resides in Louisville. He has starred in numerous fitness videos, educated fitness professionals at conventions worldwide for more than a decade, trained countless celebrities as the pioneer instructor at the Golden Door Spa and has appeared on several national TV shows. Along his journey, he has managed award-winning fitness programs from Equinox in Chicago to Virgin Active in South Africa. Jeff is currently the group exercise and aquatic SCW Fitness certification Facilitator.

Golf is a surprisingly effective way to burn lots of calories. Losing weight is simple: eat fewer calories than your body uses. When you take in more calories than your body needs, that energy gets stored as fat. When your body can’t get enough calories from food, it pulls the energy from fat instead, resulting in weight loss.

So how many calories can you burn playing golf? Playing an 18-hole round burns 721 to 2,000 calories if you carry clubs. Riding in a cart, you’d burn around 411 to 1,300 calories. The exact amount will vary based on the course and the golfer, but it’s a significant loss no matter what.

If you are new to golf or too busy for a full round of golf, try heading to the driving range. An hour spent hitting a bucket of balls will burn off around 200 calories. In comparison, you’d have to run for 30 minutes to burn the same amount.

It increases your muscle mass to get fit.

During a round of golf you engage several large muscle groups including your back, arms, core and legs. Over time, this repeated exercise increases your lean muscle mass. The more lean muscles you have, the more calories your body burns. Beyond the caloric burn, strong healthy muscles are necessary to support joint health and maintain strong bones. It can even help your body metabolize insulin and become more resistant to diabetes.

The fitness benefits of golf reach beyond fat lost and muscles gained, too. In a research study, a group of mostly sedentary men played golf two to three times a week. Over the course of 20 weeks, the new golfers lost weight, reduced their waist size and decreased the fat around their abdomen. Their stamina increased, their blood pressure lowered and their levels of good HDL cholesterol increased.

It improves your mental health.

Golf has been shown to decrease stress and anxiety and improve overall mental health. Programs have even been designed around golf to treat PTSD in veterans. This mental boost is attributed to a combination of exercise and the following:

  A deficiency of vitamin D has often been linked with depression, and more than 40 percent of Americans are vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D is best absorbed through sunlight. Because most people don’t spend enough time outside, they aren’t getting sufficient vitamin D. Golfing a few times a week can provide you with the vitamin D you need to stay healthy and decreases the risk of depression, certain cancers, osteoporosis, diabetes, hypertension and autoimmune diseases.

  Outdoor activities can help alleviate symptoms of Alzheimer’s, dementia, stress, depression and improve cognitive function. A recent study showed that just 90 minutes of walking in a natural setting, such as a wooded trail or golf course, increased positive thoughts and decreased negative self-talk in most people. VT

Nonprofit News

Center for Nonprofit Excellence Leadership Transition

Greg Nielsen is stepping down as chief executive officer of Louisville’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNPE) to pursue new opportunities. Ann Coffey, with more than 25 years’ experience in organizational consulting and leadership, will serve as interim CEO.

Greg Nielsen.

Ann Coffey.

“We are grateful to Greg for his three years of leadership that helped grow our organization and expand our reach,” said Tess McNair, board vice chair for CNPE, which today helps more than 500 nonprofit organizations across the Louisville region grow and thrive through consulting, professional development and other programs. Coffey will work with staff to continue CNPE services and programming and with the CNPE board to prepare for an executive search.

Under Nielsen, CNPE launched new programs including Destination Excellence, an intensive six-month curriculum designed to elevate the leadership capabilities of nonprofit executive directors or other senior leaders. Nielsen also introduced CNPE’s Circles of Excellence program which provides peer-to-peer learning opportunities for those working in nonprofit leadership, grant-writing and finance roles, and led the expansion of CNPE’s annual conference to a must-attend event for the region’s nonprofit community. Prior to his career leading nonprofits, Nielsen was an attorney with Bank of America and judge advocate general with the U.S. Army.

Coffey is founder and co-creator of Forte LLC, a leadership coaching and consulting practice and has helped create and grow a variety of organizations for more than 25 years. She previously was chief of staff for the University of Louisville’s Office of Advancement, president and CEO of Louisville nonprofit Women 4 Women and served in Gov. Martha Layne Collins’ administration as special assistant.

“I look forward to working with the board and staff over the next several months to build upon Greg’s work toward the CNPE’s vision to become one of the preeminent nonprofit centers in the country,” Coffey said.

Cedar Lake Closes Its Pick-Up Service

Cedar Lake, Kentucky’s largest, private nonprofit organization serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, announced they will be closing their Pick-Up Service operation on July 27 due to the departure of their solicitation and buying partner, Savers.

Savers, is also the for-profit entity that owned and operated the Unique Thrift Store on Preston Highway. After the abrupt closing of the store and surprise announcement that they will be leaving the Kentucky market entirely, Cedar Lake was left with little to no option but to close its Pick-Up Service operations.

Cedar Lake was in a transitional period to become fully independent from Savers to create additional net proceeds for their nonprofit by the end of 2018. Savers denied Cedar Lake’s attempt to become independent and fully operational by January 2019. Because of Saver’s own business challenges, they decided to not execute a contract that would have allowed for a smooth transition with no interruption to the Pick-Up Service.

“While the news of the Pick-Up Service closing is unfortunate, we are currently exploring new strategies for the future to restructure and reorganize our Pick-Up Service operations, with plans to include a new, exciting thrift store concept,” states Chris Stevenson, president and CEO of Cedar Lake. 

Cedar Lake is scheduling pick-ups through the third week of July through its website at www.cllpickup.org. The call center has been discontinued and Cedar is only receiving pick-up requests through its website. For updates on the re-initiation of this service, visit www.cedarlake.org and click on the “Pick-Up Service” tab.

Cedar Lake would like to thank its many donors over the years and look forward to re-engaging with them in the future.

Hosparus Health Needs Volunteers

Hosparus Health needs patient support volunteers in Jefferson, Bullitt, Henry, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties and will offer a free training from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 9 (lunch provided) at its main Louisville campus, 3532 Ephraim McDowell Dr.

Hosparus Health provides hospice and palliative care to seriously ill patients and their families. Volunteers assist with patient and family support, administrative duties, bereavement care, outreach, fundraising and special events. Licensed hair care, massage and pet therapy volunteers provide their services. Military veteran volunteers visit veteran patients for recognition and companionship visits. 

Registration is required at least one week prior to training. To register, complete the volunteer application at hosparushealth.org/volunteer. For questions or general information about volunteer opportunities at Hosparus Health, contact Sky Yeasayer, volunteer services coordinator, at 502.719.4155 or syeasayer@hosparus.org.

Wings for Kids Airshow Organizers Present Check to Norton

A record amount of nearly $46,500 was raised during this year’s Wings for Kids Airshow, presented by the IPA Foundation and hosted by the River City Radio Controllers. Event organizers presented the funds to the Children’s Hospital Foundation on July 11 during a special ceremony at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park’s Bill Fluke Airfield. The Wings for Kids Airshow took place in June.

The funds will benefit the Norton Children’s Hospital “Just for Kids” Transport team. The team transports sick newborns, kids, and teens across multiple states, making about 2,000 trips by land and dozens by air each year.

In its 18th year, the Wings for Kids airshow featured radio-controlled airplanes modeled after aerobatic planes, Warbirds from World War II, turbine-powered jets and scale vintage planes.

Community Foundation of Louisville Announces Call for Creatives

The Community Foundation of Louisville is pleased to announce a call for applications for Hadley Creatives, a six-month professional development experience for local visual, performing and literary artists who are at a pivotal point in their careers. The online application opened June 18 at www.hadleycreatives.org and will remain open until Aug. 20.

Developed in partnership with Creative Capital, a New York-based nonprofit that supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country, Hadley Creatives will help local artists build their professional practice, cultivate an expanded peer network and dedicate time for reflection and planning. Through a competitive application process, up to 15 artists who demonstrate potential and readiness to pursue a career as a working artist will be selected for the Hadley Creatives program. Artists can apply in the disciplines of dance, media, music, theater, literary and visual arts. 

The Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL) is working closely with Creative Capital to build the six-month program. Creative Capital’s approach — inspired by venture-capital principles — surrounds artists with the tools they need to realize their visions and build sustainable careers. Since 1999, Creative Capital has committed nearly $40 million in financial and advisory support to 500-plus projects around the country. 

“We are excited to continue our five-year partnership with Creative Capital,” said Ramona Lindsey, program officer at CFL and staff lead on the program. “At the end of this time, Metro Louisville will have a community of 75 well-educated artists focused on creating provocative new art undergirded by professional best practices. Louisville has the potential to become a national model for developing, supporting and retaining the creative class.”

Hadley Creatives is supported by the George and Mary Alice Hadley Fund at the CFL. The Community Foundation designed Hadley Creatives and the Hadley Prize, a $5,000 prize that supports an enrichment experience for the winning artist, as a way to nurture creative professionals and support a thriving arts economy throughout Louisville. Both of these programs support the broad vision of Imagine Greater Louisville 2020, the long-term plan for the arts in this community.

Artists creating new work in the disciplines of dance, media, music, theater and literary and visual arts are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and living in the Louisville Metro area, which is defined as Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble Counties in Kentucky, and Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott and Washington Counties in Indiana.

Hadley Creatives seeks artists who create original works of art, on an ongoing basis, within one of the specific artistic disciplines and who are pursuing this work as a means to a livelihood or a way to achieve further recognition for their work. Artists must demonstrate a readiness and eagerness to actively participate in the Hadley Creatives program and to engage with fellow artists and facilitators in a meaningful way. Artists must have a demonstrated history (minimum of three years) of devoting themselves to meaningful, focused artistic activity outside of a degree-granting program. Artists who will be enrolled in BFA or MFA programs during the six-month program are not eligible.

For more information about Hadley Creatives, contact Ramona Lindsey at CFL at 502.855.6971 or ramonal@cflouisville.org.

Meet the Authors of The Cabbage Patch Founder’s Bio

On July 22, the public is invited to meet the authors of “The Two Lives and One Passion of Louise Marshall: Founder of the Cabbage Patch Settlement.” This book discussion takes place at The Cabbage Patch, 1413 S. Sixth St., from 2 to 3 p.m. and is presented by the Louisville Historical League. The event is free, and reservations are not required.

Fundraiser for Breslin Park Improvements

A fundraiser for Breslin Park, hosted by the Louisville Parks Foundation and Home Skateshop, will take place at Headliners Music Hall at 7 p.m. July 26. Proceeds from the event will go towards improvements to the park, including a new skateboarding element and shade structure.

The all-ages show will feature Miracle Drug, The Hot Wires, Adventure, Comforter and Legs Akimbo with DJ’s Sam Sneed and Matt Anthony and Sean Cannon as emcee. Custom artwork, tee shirts and stickers designed by local pop artist, Matthew McDole, will be available for purchase. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at headlinerslouisville.com, Headliners Box Office, Home Skateshop, Guestroom Records, or at the door the night of the show. All tickets bought in person, will come with a free Matthew McDole Breslin sticker.

Funding for the project is the result of a partnership between the Louisville Parks Foundation, a non-profit that supports Louisville Parks and Recreation, Home Skateshop, Councilman Bill Hollander and individual donors.

For those interested in donating to the Breslin skate spot, please visit lpfky.org.   

Radcliff Veteran Receives New Roof From Bone Dry Roofing

Owens Corning Platinum Contractors are working with Purple Heart Homes to provide new roofs to veterans in need and their families as part of the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project.

Roger Young, a U.S. Army veteran, received a new roof on July 5 from Bone Dry Roofing, Inc., an Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Contractor. This nationwide effort is a way to show gratitude and honor the veterans who served our country and the families who support them.

“We pride ourselves on being heavily involved in our community – you’ve probably seen our trucks and apparel around town,” said Louie Leger, owner and general manager of Bone Dry Roofing, Inc. “This was just another way, a big way, for us to become more involved and give back.”

Owens Corning Roofing and its network of independent Platinum Contractors, along with support from the Owens Corning Foundation, are donating roofing materials and labor to replace roofing shingles on the homes of military veterans and their families throughout the country. Through a partnership with Purple Heart Homes, Roger Young was selected and approved as the recipient for the roof replacement.

“We consider Bone Dry Roofing a true partner in making this happen,” said executive director John Gallina at Purple Heart Homes. “We’re excited to see this project come to fruition. Mr. Young gave so much and to this day, still serves as a civil servant for the Army.”

For more information on the Roof Deployment Project, or to learn more about how you can get involved, visit www.RoofDeploymentProject.com.

At Home with Joe Goodwin

A few of Joe Goodwin’s favorite things

By Janice Carter Levitch

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Joe Goodwin is a photographer, Air Force veteran and African art collector.

“My parents gave me my first camera for Christmas when I was six years old. I’ve been into photography since then,” he recalled.

“I started taking pictures with my first camera and couldn’t afford to have the pictures developed. So, I would send off the film and never go to pick it up,” Goodwin said. “That’s a funny memory. But, I was always the guy who enjoyed taking pictures of people. … Fast forward to today, I shoot a lot of events and portraits. The personal stuff is fun. That’s what my passion is, the freedom to create beautiful images.”

Goodwin recently welcomed The Voice-Tribune into his home to share a few of his favorite things.


1. Bronze Sculpture

The bronze sculpture is a piece Goodwin has had since 2004. “It was from an African art dealer in Columbus, Ohio. I saw it and knew I wanted it for my collection. One thing is for sure, I never get tired of looking at it because it’s just extraordinary.”


2. Roller Skates

“I bought my skates in 1980 after joining the Air Force in 1979 right out of high school,” Goodwin explained. “When I arrived at my first assignment at Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus, Mississippi, they had just built a skating rink on base, and I got a part-time job working there. So, I thought if I’m going to work at a skating rink, I better learn how to skate. They’ve been all over the world with me, including the Philippines, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia, too.”


3. Walking Sticks

“I got my first walking stick about 15 years ago from a friend who sold African Art,” Goodwin said. “It has to be really unique and stand out for me to add it to my collection. The only thing in this collection that isn’t a walking stick is an old military sword that has been in my family for years. I even remember admiring it when I was a young boy.”


4. Crystal Gorilla

Goodwin saw the crystal gorilla in a local shop and was drawn to it. “I noticed it’s numbered on the bottom, which meant it was part of a special collection,” he said. “A few people have wanted it, but I’m going to hang on to it. It’s absolutely a favorite thing in my home.”


5. Ornamental Weaponry

Goodwin’s collection of ornamental weaponry, he explains, “was created by Negritos in the Philippines. When I was leaving there, they presented it to me as a thank you for being so kind to them, and everything was created out of old materials they collected.” VT