The Voice-Tribune January Wedding Expo

On Jan. 11, brides and grooms to be mingled with Louisville wedding vendors at The Voice-Tribune’s January Wedding Expo. Held at the Louisville Marriott East, the event allowed couples and their friends to meet with local wedding vendors while sipping champagne.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Woodland Farm Holiday Party

Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson hosted a spectacular holiday celebration at Woodland Farm on the evening of Dec. 17.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Forest of Earthly Delights NYE Party

On Dec. 31, 21c Museum Hotel hosted its annual New Year’s Eve bash in the Atrium Gallery. Proceeds from the event benefited Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest’s Artists in Residence Program.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

New Year’s Eve 2020

Louisvillians rang in the new year at Mellwood Arts Center on Dec. 31. Hosted by Eventris, this spectacular party featured entertainment by Tony & the Tan Lines and DJ K-Dogg.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Culinary & Cocktail Series

Green Remedy CBD presented a specialty dinner at 211 Clover Lane on Dec. 27. Guests had the opportunity to taste test CBD-infused cocktails and food and learn more about Green Remedy’s line of products.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

The Edge Of Forever At Hermitage Farm

Photography: Andrea Hutchinson

Styling: Liz Bingham

Styling Assistant: Laurie Robertson,
Owner of The Bridal Suite of Louisville

Hair: Audrey Speedy, Drybar Louisville

Makeup: Becca Schell Makeup Artistry

Flowers: In Bloom Again

Models: Hanna Benjamin and
Dominique Joy Thompson

Location: Hermitage Farm

Artelier Nicole Miller pants, $24; Raoul silk top, $42; Talbots tweed jacket, $30, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Ivory fingertip veil with pencil edge by Richard Designs UK, $125, available at The Bridal Suite of Louisville. Earrings from stylist’s personal collection.

Justin Alexander “Kelly” gown in blush pink silk, price upon request; ivory fingertip veil with scalloped edge and crystal detail by Richard Designs UK, price upon request; rose gold hair clip with freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystal detail, exclusively for The Bridal Suite, price upon request; cubic zirconia solitaire drop earrings set in rhodium by Bejé Jewelry for The Bridal Suite, $79; available at The Bridal Suite of Louisville. Cubic zirconia ring, $24, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment.

Justin Alexander gown with removable beaded belt, price upon request; waltz-length veil with horsehair edge custom designed by The Bridal Suite, price upon request; hand-beaded Swarovski crystal hair clip, $139; cubic zirconia solitaire drop earrings set in rhodium by Bejé Jewelry for The Bridal Suite, $79; cubic zirconia solitaire pendant necklace set in rhodium by Bejé Jewelry for The Bridal Suite, $79, available at The Bridal Suite of Louisville. Rhinestone bracelet, $3, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment.

Artelier Nicole Miller pants, $24; Raoul silk top, $42; Talbots tweed jacket, $30, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Ivory fingertip veil with pencil edge by Richard Designs UK, $125; Richard Designs UK asymmetrical headband with Alençon lace, Swarovski crystals and freshwater pearls, $425, available at The Bridal Suite of Louisville. Shoes from model’s personal collection.


Justin Alexander “Jaylee” Italian lace gown, price upon request; single tier veil with embroidered lace, pearls, sequins and rhinestones, $189; rose gold hair clip with freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystal detail, exclusively for The Bridal Suite of Louisville, price upon request; cubic zirconia pendant cushion-set earrings, $18; available at The Bridal Suite of Louisville. Cubic zirconia ring, $24, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment.

Eddy K Collection gown, price upon request; Eddy K detachable Alençon lace skirt, price upon request; waltz-length veil with horsehair edge custom designed by The Bridal Suite, price upon request; Justin Alexander hairband, $235; cubic zirconia solitaire drop earrings set in rhodium by Bejé Jewelry for The Bridal Suite, $79, available at The Bridal Suite of Louisville.

Justin Alexander “Jasmine” gown with detachable train, price upon request; Richard Designs UK satin edge single tier veil, $189; cubic zirconia solitaire drop earrings set in rhodium by Bejé Jewelry for The Bridal Suite of Louisville, $79; cubic zirconia solitaire pendant necklace set in rhodium by Bejé Jewelry for The Bridal Suite, $79; beaded hair clip, $139, available at The Bridal Suite of Louisville.

Justin Alexander “Kelly” gown in blush pink silk, price upon request; ivory fingertip veil with scalloped edge and crystal detail by Richard Designs UK, price upon request; cubic zirconia solitaire drop earrings set in rhodium by Bejé Jewelry for The Bridal Suite, $79; available at The Bridal Suite of Louisville. Cubic zirconia ring, $24, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment.

Vintage Ward Brothers mink fur coat, $275, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Richard Designs UK satin edge single tier veil, $189; cubic zirconia solitaire drop earrings set in rhodium by Bejé Jewelry for The Bridal Suite, $79; beaded hair comb, $139, available at The Bridal Suite of Louisville.

Justin Alexander “Jaylee” Italian lace gown, price upon request; Richard Designs UK faux fur stole with rhinestone clasp, $175; Richard Designs UK re-embroidered lace band, $299, available at The Bridal Suite of Louisville.

Justin Alexander Signature Couture “Turin” gown, price upon request; single tier rhinestone edge custom designed veil by The Bridal Suite; cubic zirconia pendant cushion-set earrings, $18, available at The Bridal Suite of Louisville. Yudofsky mink fur coat, $750, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment.

Have Your Bourbon and Eat it, Too

Matt Jamie.

Eat Your Bourbon Marketplace is the latest creation from Bourbon Barrel Foods’ Matt Jamie

By Mariah Kline
Photos by
Andrea Hutchinson

What started as an experiment in microbrewing soy sauce has become a dream come true for Matt Jamie. Along with his talented team, the owner of Bourbon Barrel Foods has created countless varieties of handcrafted foods that embrace Kentucky’s native spirit. Sauces, spices, sweeteners, snacks and much more adorn the shelves of the retail store located at 2710 Frankfort Ave. Now, right next door at 2708 Frankfort Ave., fans of the brand can now take part in tastings, purchase prepared foods and enjoy drinks at Eat Your Bourbon Marketplace.

Jamie and company opened the doors of the marketplace in November. Offering gourmet food and cocktail experiences, the marketplace’s mission is to show customers how best to use the bourbon-centric products.

“One of the hurdles we have as a gourmet food company making bourbon-smoked or barrel-aged anything is that people want to try it out first,” says Jamie. “So, that is our job – to educate them. What better way to do that than to have it in a display case for you to grab and take home?”

In the kitchen is Resident Chef Michael Crouch, the mastermind behind the now-closed Bistro 1860. He’s keeping the display case stocked with made-from-scratch bread, hefty dishes, light snacks and delectable desserts. Behind the bar, guests can order traditional and non-traditional bourbon drinks as well as other craft cocktails, beer and wine. The brand’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee and a specialty house tea are also offered.

The marketplace was designed with the same cozy vibe as the retail store, albeit with more room. The 1,800-square-foot space was formerly a salon, but Jamie and company didn’t find the transformation too difficult.

“We had talked about needing more space and what we could do with it,” Jamie recalls. “We were going to blow out the back of the store and had already started construction when this space became available. We immediately stopped, I came over and looked at the space and it’s just what we needed.

“I didn’t have any fear going into it,” he continues. “It all just kind of came together like I knew it would – picking the right contractors, general manager and employees to help run the place.”

Jamie’s vision is what launched Bourbon Barrel Foods, but he gives a great deal of credit to the employees and the customers who have made the brand what it is today. Watching the bourbon industry explode in the way that it has, he is also incredibly grateful to have been one of the first people to utilize the spirit culinarily.

“I’ve had a front-row seat watching the city and the state embrace bourbon,” he says. “It’s this thing that people are coming from far away states and countries to experience.” 

Though he didn’t have a background in retail prior to opening the store, he says his “stubbornness” wouldn’t allow him to quit.

“It was a blind passion that no one was going to keep me from doing,” he says. “I didn’t know anything about food manufacturing either, but I’ve learned.”

Jamie is excited to see the Eat Your Bourbon Marketplace come to life and is already looking ahead to what else the company can grow into.

“What we want to incorporate into the brand identity is diversity – throughout the entire company on every level – as well as innovation and evolution,” he says. “The marketplace is the footprint of the Bourbon Barrel Foods retail experience, and I believe I can take that into other markets.

“I wrote one business plan with one product, and it has just evolved,” he adds. “I had a big dream, and it has become everything that I ever wanted it to be and more.” V

To learn more about Eat Your Bourbon Marketplace and Bourbon Barrel Foods, visit bourbonbarrelfoods.com or call 502.333.6103.

Let the Light In

Inside an elegant and bucolic Glenview home

By Mariah Kline
Photos by
Tim Furlong

For one Louisville family, displays of light are not just reserved for the holiday season. Their more than 8,800 square foot home sits on an idyllic estate, where the movement of the sun provides a new spectacle each day.

Built in 1994, the home was modeled after the style of Hugh Newell Jacobson, the renowned architect whose mainstay is beautifully and skillfully-designed homes. The outdoors are brought in by floor-to-ceiling windows, massive glass doors and skylights. The homeowners say that early spring brings a colorful, panoramic explosion of beauty that can be seen across the entire backyard. In winter, they take in the smoky blues of the trees and the pink-hued halo of dusk above the backyard.

The six-bedroom and nine-bathroom home was renovated in 2010 by Mark Campisano with MC Associates, and additional work was done by Mike Smith of Artistic Kitchens and Meg Vogt of MVP Design. Vogt worked closely with the homeowners on the chef’s kitchen, which includes a richly finished counter built from reclaimed Kentucky tobacco barn wood. The space is equipped with a Subzero fridge/freezer, Miele super-quiet dishwasher, Wolf double ovens and a six-burner stove.

The master suite is thoughtfully positioned at the opposite end of the home from the kitchen. The space contains a dressing room with five double closets, and its bathroom features a Whirlpool tub, walk-in shower and tall vanities.

Anchoring the living room is a floor-to-ceiling chimney with a Renaissance Rumford 1500 zero-clearance fireplace and custom cabinetry on both sides. On the second floor, the three bedrooms each have separate bathrooms, and one features its own sitting room, creating an ideal suite for guests or a nanny.

In the partially-finished lower level, you will find an exercise room, wine cellar, two storage rooms and a large workshop. Over the garage sits an apartment/mother-in-law suite with its own entrance and kitchenette. Outside, a screened porch with slate flooring overlooks the pool and provides an additional place to host friends and take in the view.

The homeowners’ “love of the hunt” produced much of the decor. 1950s patio chaise lounges, an Oktoberfest table with benches and other treasures were found on family trips to Northern Michigan. A bench in the foyer with original green paint was found locally at Antiques at Distillery Commons, and original artworks from MaryBeth Karaus and other artists are dotted throughout the house.

The home sits eight miles from downtown, but the property is made of more than five acres, providing a quiet and private escape. The current owners enjoy its “great bones and karma,” its magnificent light and views and its versatility for entertaining. They were told by the home’s previous occupants that “it’s a very easy house to live in,” and they could not agree more. V

For more information about 5806 River Knolls Dr., contact listing agent Joanne Owen at jowen@kyselectproperties.com or 502.648.5330.

 

Second Presbyterian Fall Festival

Second Prebyterian Church, located on Brownsboro Road, celebrated the autumn season with a fall
festival in October in the church gymnasium.

Photos by John H. Harralson Jr.

On the Town with Celebrated photographer John H. Harralson Jr.

John H. Harralson Jr. is a veteran photographer and iconic figure in Louisville society. He owned and published The Voice from 1987 through 2005. At the age of 92, Mr. Harralson still regularly contributes to the magazine and can often be seen photographing local parties, galas and sporting events.

Celebration of Life: William Albert Reisert III

1937 – 2019

William Albert Reisert III, 82, died Nov. 15, 2019 at his home in Prospect. He was born Feb. 8, 1937 in Louisville, Kentucky, the eldest son of William Albert Reisert Jr. and Ruth Marie Dentinger Reisert. He was a 1958 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he played baseball. After receiving his degree, he served his country for over three years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an artillery officer.

Mr. Reisert was a devout Catholic and adored and revered the Holy Mother. He was a long-standing member of Holy Spirit and St. Brigid parishes.

For his professional career, Mr. Reisert was the president of Reisert Insurance, a respected insurance agency in Louisville, which was founded by his grandfather in 1884.

Many of his family and friends simply knew him as “C.P.” or “Captain Pops,” a nickname his sons gave him. Mr. Reisert loved his time with his friends at the Bonnycastle Club. He was an avid supporter of Indiana University football and rarely missed a home game, where his tailgating with family and friends was legendary. For over two decades, Mr. Reisert was “The Voice of Lakeside” and announced countless swim-meets at the quarry.

Mr. Reisert was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Robert E. Reisert; and his son, Kurt A. Reisert. He is survived by his brother, John Reisert (Mary); his sisters, Rita Olshansky (David) and Ruth Ann Gatti (Bill); his 10 children, Trina O’Brien (Jay), Kiki Strother (Bobby), Bill Reisert (Elizabeth), Greg Reisert, Nick Reisert (Kathy), Peter Reisert, Heidi Hutchins (Peter), Mary Reisert, Paul Reisert and Matthew Reisert; and 16 grandchildren, Lars Barbercheck, Mia Barbercheck, Sam Strother, Claire Strother, Kathleen Reisert, Alex Reisert, Rachel Reisert, Eleanor Reisert, Elise Reisert, Anna Reisert, Katie Reisert, Raegan Reisert, Julia Reisert, Caroline Hutchins, Max Hutchins and Jude Hutchins.

The family would like to thank Dr. John L. Huber at Baptist Health in Louisville, Dr. Dana Cardin at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville and the wonderful nurses and staff members who helped Bill bravely face pancreatic cancer with loving determination.

Visitation was held on Nov. 20 at Ratterman Brothers Funeral Home. A funeral mass was held on Nov. 21 at Holy Spirit Church, followed by a private family burial at St. Louis Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Pancreatic Cancer Research, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Celebration of Life: Martha Jean Coursey Porter

1930 – 2019

Martha Jean Porter, 89, transitioned to her heavenly home on Nov. 10, 2019 with family by her side. Despite her battle with dementia and Alzheimer’s, she lived, in our opinion, a remarkably positive life. She was unable to take care of herself, to remember some of our names or to recall events from the past. However, she often had a smile on her face, a twinkle in her eyes and never forgot to say “thank you” when someone would do something for her. She was not bedridden, didn’t suffer any bone-breaking falls nor battle any other debilitating diseases.

She was born in Logan County, Kentucky, on June 6, 1930 to Elmer and Ila Coursey. Martha Jean was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt. She will be remembered as a wonderful Christian lady who loved the Lord.

Martha Jean is preceded in death by her parents, younger brother, older sister and loving husband, H. D. Porter. Her children and grandchildren are left to cherish her memory. Survivors include her three sons, Kent (Kathy) Porter of Allen, Texas, Rollie (Betty) of Huntsville, Alabama and Ramsey Porter of Louisville, Kentucky; one daughter, Reba Porter Katsampes (Ernie) of Prospect, Kentucky; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, three nieces and one nephew.

Homemaker was her given profession while her children were young. She later retired as a catalogue sales associate at the J.C. Penney Co. Her other interests included ceramics, cooking and gardening. Martha Jean was a talented seamstress and designed much of her and her daughter’s wardrobe. She loved music and enjoyed listening to hymns and gospel music.

She was faithful and an active member in her beloved church, Eastwood Baptist in Bowling Green, prior to her Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis 12 years ago.

The family thanks Dr. Jane Cornett and the staff in Charity Courts at the Nazareth Home in Louisville, Kentucky, for their compassionate care of our mother during her final days.

Visitation was held at the J.C. Kirby Funeral Home at 820 Lover’s Lane in Bowling Green, Kentucky on Nov. 13, 2019. Funeral services were held at the funeral home on Nov. 14, 2019. Her final resting place is in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Lewisburg, Kentucky.

The family requests memorial donations be made to Eastwood Baptist Church in lieu of flowers.

The Leading Man

Robert Barry Fleming. Photo by Jonathan Roberts.

Robert Barry Fleming on life at Actors Theatre of Louisville

By Laura Ross

“I was bossy and already an artistic director as a kid, making my cousins do shows in our basement when they’d visit.” For Robert Barry Fleming, 55, Actors Theatre of Louisville’s recently hired artistic director, life and art are all consuming. He belly-laughed with a rich, deep mirth at the childhood memory, and added, “My mom took us to the Chinese opera, to museums, to concerts and the ballet. I had a lot of rich arts experiences sparking my imagination and shaping my brain to be something of an innovator. I’m not the least bit surprised that it has held for over 50 years now.”

A Frankfort, Kentucky native, his first foray onto the stage was a childhood part in “A Raisin in the Sun,” which was performed at Kentucky State University, where Fleming’s father was a professor. The acting bug bit early, and he set his sights on a creative career. He studied at Temple University and launched a professional career that took him across multiple disciplines as an actor, artistic leader, producer, director, choreographer, teacher and coach.

Fleming rehearses with the cast of “Once on This Island.” Photo courtesy of Cincinnati Playhouse.

Fleming comes to Louisville by way of Cleveland, where he served as associate artistic director of Cleveland Play House. Previously, he was the director of artistic programming at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.  He was also a tenured associate professor and chair of the University of San Diego Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Department. 

His professional acting credits include stints on Broadway, playing major regional theaters, television (the Emmy-winning Disney Channel series “Adventures in Wonderland”) and film, including “L.A. Confidential” and “Twilight of the Golds.”

Coming home to a prestigious position at the world-renowned Actors Theatre is a high coup for Fleming. “The Commonwealth formed me, and I’m thrilled to return and share all that I’ve learned and grown in my craft,” he said. “Actors Theatre has a storied history, and I was floored by the variety and excellence I see on the stage. I have incredible partners locally and nationally, and we have big plans for what we are going to do here.”

Fleming is mid-way through the 2019-2020 season and is looking forward to the 44th Humana Festival of New American Plays in March. “We have the opportunity to see Actors contribute to the national conversation in so many different ways and build our national cannon of new American plays, and that’s just extraordinary,” Fleming said.

He hopes Louisvillians realize the international importance of Actors Theatre in the arts. “It’s really fortifying to know this state is so influential in the nation’s art and culture and has meaningful impact in the cultural scene. This is a spot in the middle of the country that is home to great theater and many important conversations. Great art can be centered in unexpected places,” he said.

Louisville’s rich arts scene is energizing, he added. “The crop of brilliant fellow leaders and artisans has been so thrilling, and they are all so distinguished. Louisville is a cultural watering hole. We want to do transformative theater that moves audiences and gives people a chance to think critically, and we want to contribute in meaningful and substantive ways to our ecosystem and nation.”

Fleming calls Actors Theatre a “welcoming place with radical hospitality,” and said, “The arts create those political, timely and social situations that explore the conversation, even when that’s uncomfortable. (Actors Theatre) provides a place that produces high art, excellently rendered, and adds to the social cohesion and connection that we are so desperate for in these polarizing times. Theater is the place where we are deeply reminded how vulnerable we are as a species and how much we really need each other.”

Fleming is working with Actors’ staff and the community in building programming through key initiatives like community conversations and ticketing grants, hoping to deepen cultural conversations and expand Actors Theatre’s reach throughout the community.

“You’ll see more music, more movement and universal languages of the body and voice that entertain things different from how you might think, but which provides an immediate, rich and fun experience,” he said. “We are looking for high art that is deeply, viscerally entertaining but has meaning with social impact.”

He brings his enthusiasm to work each day.  A downtown resident, Fleming walks to work early each day and dives into the world of Actors. “I actually begin the night before, taking notes for the coming day before I sleep,” he explained. “Then, I’ll start with notes, emails and meetings in and out of the office. Next, there are rehearsals, interviews, back to my desk, working on a five-year plan. Then, I go to shows, have dinner with a donor, share stories with board prospects and more. It’s all encompassing.  I get to meet motivated, smart and passionate people. It’s hard not to love all of that.”

Photos by Kathryn Harrington.

His energy is seemingly boundless and cheery, and he readily admits the position is not a 9 to 5 job. “Leadership is not separate from the art,” he said. “You are always thinking about both. It’s a constant joy and passion of continually thinking, etching, conceiving and conferring. This ability to keep conceptualizing and sharing ideas is what you wish you saw more of in other sectors of the community.”

Fleming is a self-described workaholic, but he sees that as a good trait. “I’m pretty complex, but I think that’s just me,” he said. “It took me a while to find balance, but this life works great for me. I’m having a ball.”

With a career that has spanned the stage, television, film and more, Fleming has accomplished more than most. “All those things intersecting makes sense now,” he said. “You walk your own way because you earned it, and you find it through the rigor of your practice. I want to grow and help people find their paths.”

His boundless enthusiasm can sometimes unnerve others, however. “I live downtown and came out of my (house) and someone said, ‘What are you so happy about?’” he laughed. “I can’t help it; I just really enjoy this moment of my life.” V

Livin’ and Lobsterin’ on Island Time: Actors Theatre’s Lobster Feast 2020

In the depths of winter, the islands are calling.

Lobster Fe ast benefitting Actors Theatre of Louisville hits the Louisville Marriott Downtown Feb. 8 for its 18th year of  feasting and festivities. Perennially rated as one of Louisville’s best parties, Lobster Feast features an all-you-can-eat lobster and locally-sourced dinner buffet, Cooper’s Craft signature cocktails and open bar, live and silent auctions and dancing until midnight. 

“I love the idea of Lobster Feast,” said Actors Theatre Artistic Director Robert Barry Fleming. “It’s fitting that it’s happening around my directorial and choreographical debut of ‘Once On This Island,’ so we have the theme of having an island adventure. It’s going to be a lot of fun and will be about what coming together as a family looks and feels like. Actors Theatre is my found family, and we want to share that love and connection in a fun way with Louisville.”

Lobster Feast is quite literally dinner and a show with the returning “It’s Showtime” theme and special nods to “Once On This Island,” which will be on stage at Actors Theatre Jan. 29 through Feb. 23. 

Guests are encouraged to channel island time and dress appropriately, but anything goes at Lobster Feast. In addition to the lobster, the Marriott provides a full buffet that includes partnerships with locally-sourced food providers.  Live and silent auction packages abound, and theater-friendly-themed auction items – including naming rights for theater elements – are part of the fun.

And, about that lobster, which is flown in from northern waters: in 2019, Lobster Feast included around 2,500 pounds of lobster with enough butter and bibs to go around for more than 600 guests. The event sells out each year, and ticket sales this year are already underway. Individual tickets are $300 each, with tables of 10 available for $3,000. VIP tables of 10 for $5,000 include premium seating, dedicated serving staff and other special touches.

Rock (Lobster) on, Louisville. It’s about to get messy in here.

Lobster Feast 2020 is
Feb. 8 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner is served at 8 p.m. Purchase tickets online at lobsterfeast.org. Or, call Erin Meiman at 502.584.1265 x 3003 or email her at emeiman@actorstheatre.org.

Director’s Cut:
30 seconds with Robert Barry Fleming

Morning caffeine before hitting the stage:  I just “discovered” coffee a year ago and I’m obsessed. I use my Keurig for coffee each morning and have lately been enjoying a Gevalia Majestic Roast coffee.

What’s so great about living downtown?  It is so convenient to walk to work, and I love the great views of Greater Louisville.

How late does a typical day go?  There are no typical days. Generally, I start around 8 a.m. and depending on what is running in the theaters, in rehearsal or what needs attention, I finish close to 8 p.m. 

Favorite way to chill out? I love my two cats, Mufasa and Kaz, who keep me in stitches. I’m a corny dad about that because there’s something about animals that I’ve always loved.

What’s on your nightstand? I have an insatiable love of books. I’m reading “Black Jacobins” by C.L.R. James, “My Love, My Love: or the Peasant Girl” by Rosa Guy and “Persistent Disparity” by Sandy Darity. I was riveted by Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us” on Netflix.

Definition of a perfect day?  For a workday, it is getting to contribute to the stewardship of the art and business at Actors Theatre and enjoying the privilege of developing the potential of brilliant staff.  A perfect day of pleasure is spent in the beauty of nature, meditation and reflection.