Five Fun Things to do Outdoors this Fall

By Elizabeth Scinta

 

The weather has cooled, the Halloween candy and pumpkins are displayed at the grocery stores and Pumpkin Spice everything is officially on the shelves. The times might be different, but that doesn’t mean you have to skip out on all the fun fall activities you’ve done in the past. Below are five fall activities you can safely enjoy outdoors.

Boo at the Zoo

The Louisville Zoo has hosted this event for 39 years, and having to change the format is not going to hold them back from hosting the event this year. The event will take place from Oct. 1 through Oct. 30 on Thursday through Sunday nights beginning at 5 p.m. Trick-or-treating will be available for children 11 and under. Costumes are encouraged, but make sure to include a mask on children five and up! Families can take a ride on the Spooktacular Carousel, walk through the free-crawling “not-so-itsy-bitsy” Spider House and hear the tale of the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow. Members of The Louisville Zoo can purchase tickets for $6, and nonmembers can buy them for $12.50. The Louisville Zoo is taking extreme precautions for its staff’s health and safety and all visitors. For more information and to read about their safety precautions, visit their website louisvillezoo.org/boo.

Boo at the Zoo | 5 p.m. Oct. 1 – 30, Thursday-Sunday
The Louisville Zoo
louisvillezoo.org/boo
502.459.2181

USA Drive-Ins at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass

The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass have opened their parking lot to USA Drive-Ins every Friday and Saturday night through Oct. 18. The movies are being shown in the parking lot behind Old Navy and American Eagle. USA Drive-Ins has the schedule of movies on their website until Oct. 3, so it’s easy to plan when you want to go. This weekend they’re showing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and The Lego Batman Movie. It’s highly recommended to purchase tickets in advance by going to usadrive-ins.com/purchase-tickets; USA Drive-Ins is currently operating under a cashless program. Movies begin at dusk, approximately 8 p.m., but parking begins at 7 p.m. 

USA Drive-Ins
8 p.m., Friday and Saturday through Oct. 18
The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
theoutletshoppesofthebluegrass.com/event/USA-Drive-Ins/2145543899
502.722.5558

Jack O’Lantern Spectacular at Iroquois Park

The beloved Jack O’Lantern Spectacular is returning, but this year as a drive-thru. From Oct. 1 through Nov. 1, you can drive through Iroquois park to view 5,000 artistically carved pumpkins. The theme this year is “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Magical Places,” which will include places mirrored from reality and fictional stories. You should expect to be transported all over the world through music and the scenes before your eyes. There will also be a drop off location for #FeedTheWest, an initiative by Change Today, Change Tomorrow; more information can be found here, change-today.org/feedthewest. The entrance for this event is at 4800 New Cut Road. The event will be from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7:30 to midnight Friday and Saturday nights. It’s highly recommended to purchase tickets in advance through their website jackolanternlouisville.com. Tickets are $35 per car/SUV/minivan or $50 per passenger in van/RV/limousine; proceeds benefit the Louisville Parks Foundation. 

Jack O’Lantern Spectacular
7:30 – 11 p.m. Sunday – Thursday
7:30 – midnight Friday and Saturday
Oct. 1 – Nov. 1
Iroquois Park
Jackolanternlouisville.com
contact@jackolanternlouisville.com

Fall Activities Galore at Huber’s Orchard

Huber’s Orchard Winery & Vineyard, a family-owned farm owned by seven generations of Hubers, offers activities for the whole family. You can pick apples and pumpkins, take on the corn mazes, play on the mountain slides, enjoy lunch at the Starlight Cafe or grab some ice cream at the Ice Cream and Cheese Shop. There’s a $3 admission price to board the U-Pick wagons, so make sure you purchase those tickets before hopping on. Whatever fall activity you’re interested in doing, Huber’s is bound to have it. Make sure to try their delicious apple butter before you go back home!

Huber’s Orchard Winery & Vineyard
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
19816 Huber Road
Starlight, IN 47106
huberwinery.com
812.923.9813

Tai Chi in the Gardens at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is a 60-acre garden that hosts numerous events during the fall. This fall, they’re offering Tai Chi in the gardens. Learn how to flow through movements that will allow you to connect with the changing seasons. The sessions are introductory, stand-alone and taught by Daniel Lally and Amy Connor from 10:15 to 11 a.m. They are offering Tai Chi in the gardens over five-date options: Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Nov. 5, Nov. 19 and Dec. 3. The class takes place at the Mary F. Rounsavall Pavillion that overlooks the Pollinator Meadow. The class is rain or shine, and there is no pre-registration required. For more information, check out their website yewdellgardens.org/event/chi-for-yew-fall-chi-with-daniel-lally-and-amy-conner-drop-in-class/.

Tai Chi in the Gardens
10:15 to 11 a.m.; Oct. 1 and 15, Nov. 5 and 19, Dec. 3
6220 Old LaGrange Rd.
Crestwood, KY 40014
502.241.4788
grow@yewdellgardens.org

 

The Virtual “Art of Bourbon” Experience

The Speed Art Museum’s annual auction features rare bottles and bourbon experiences

 

By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos provided by the Speed Art Museum

 

The Speed Art Museum’s “Art of Bourbon” auction will be live and completely online on Sept. 24. Combining Kentucky’s official art museum with one of the state’s greatest products it produces is sure to create a great auction. The Speed has hosted this event for the past two years and plans to make it similar to the previous years. The “Art of Bourbon” auction will be live and free to attend, and guests can log onto the event and bet against whiskey connoisseurs in real-time.

This annual event is not only going virtual but is also taking it up a notch with the rare bottles of whiskey included in the auction. This year’s rare jewel is the Black Bowmore 1964 50-year-old, The Last Cask, which is expected to be auctioned off for around $80,000. This is one of the rarest and most sought-after single malt whiskies ever created, according to the museum.

The Black Bowmore 1964 50-year-old, The Last Cask, is the oldest expression of the Black Bowmore series. The whiskey aged 50-years in one of the world’s oldest scotch maturation warehouses and is presented in a hand-blown bottle created by renowned sculpting studio Glasstorm with cork tops made by Scottish Silver.

 

Distillery Manager David Turner, whose grandfather worked on the original bottling over 50 years ago, said, “Black Bowmore is one of those whiskies that’s celebrated by collectors and aficionados around the world. To have Black Bowmore available for auction is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Other bottles being auctioned off include a Michter’s 25-year-old, an Old Fitzgerald 6-year bottled-in-bond and the Heaven’s Door Bootleg Series: 2019 Edition, Limited Release.

Along with bottles of bourbon and single-barrel selections, there will also be VIP experiences up for auction. This includes the Maker’s Mark Barrel Selection: Your Own Unique Barrel of Maker’s Mark and Dale Chihuly Artwork, the Knob Creek Single Barrel Select Rye Experience, and the Hermitage Farm and Barn8 Immersive Journey. Each experience is unique, but each is also an experience you don’t want to miss. New bottles and experiences are being added daily, so if the one you’re looking for isn’t on the list yet, don’t worry, there’s still a chance it could be added before the auction.

 

“On Sept. 24, collectors have the opportunity to buy and taste history, and this auction creates these opportunities,” said Jamar Mack, founder of KOBBE, Kentucky’s Original Black Bourbon Enthusiasts, and one of several bourbon experts curating the auction. 

The auction is from 7 to 9 p.m., but the Hell or High Water pre-show will begin at 6:30 p.m. featuring whiskey aficionado and best-selling author, Fred Minnick. To learn more about the event and read up on all of the bottles, barrels and experiences included in the auction, visit artofbourbon.org. Have your wallets open and get your bidding technique ready because this is an event you’re not going to want to miss!

Give Back with Give for Good Louisville

The Community Foundation hosts annual 24-hour giving day with live-stream event 

 

By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos provided by Shutter Photography & Film*

 

The Community Foundation of Louisville is back with its annual 24-hour Give For Good Louisville event on Sept. 17, 2020. Give For Good Louisville is a giving campaign in partnership with over 500 nonprofits in the Louisville area. This year, the event will look a little different in years past due to the COVID-19 pandemic and having to follow social distance guidelines. “In the past, a lot of nonprofits have held fundraising events on Give for Good day and that’s not been as feasible this year. Some nonprofits are doing events in different ways and we’re going to be live streaming in partnership with nonprofits. But we’ll be doing it a little different than doing it live and in person,” said Jan Walther, vice president of marketing and communications for Give For Good Louisville.

The day will be live-streamed on the Give For Good Facebook page to keep the community involved and keep it as exciting as it has been in years past. “We have specific segmented times where we will announce prizes and will be interviewing nonprofits. We’ve got a couple of other exciting things planned. It’s not on a consistent hourly schedule but we’re trying to be live every hour,” said Walther.

Participants can choose from over 500 local nonprofits to donate to on Sept. 17 between midnight and 11:59 p.m. “People are generous all year round but they have things to do. All that a giving day accomplishes is getting people to focus on what they already care about, what they’re already passionate about. I think by making it fun and by containing it within the 24 hours, it just gets people to move, to act. That’s really what it’s all about. It’s not creating generosity, it’s unleashing it,” said Ron Gallo, President and CEO of Give For Good Louisville.

Through GiveGab, the online platform used for donating, the donor can give as little as $10 or as much as their credit card allows, according to the Give For Good Louisville website. “We have a number of generous partners who have contributed to creating a prize pool for the nonprofits, which creates incentives all throughout the day. One of the benefits is, if you’re contributing on Give For Good day, your contribution will be considered as part of the incentive and help make nonprofits eligible for some of those prizes,” said Walther. Donors are allowed to select as many nonprofits as they’d like to donate to and checkout at once, creating what Walther likes to refer to as a “gift basket.” The Community Foundation of Louisville is not on the 500+ list of nonprofits but donors have the option to “thank the host” when checking out, according to Gallo. 

Gallo is hoping that this event will help create some positivity in people’s lives and show them that good things can still happen even through difficult times. “It is a wonderful elixir for people to donate. While we do this every year or have for the last seven, I think this year is even more important in terms of it being something that lifts people up and is also supporting nonprofits at a time when they have stretched to the limit, and some are pretty fragile right now,” said Gallo.

Donations can be made on Sept. 17 at giveforgoodlouisville.org between midnight and 11:59 p.m.

Give For Good Louisville
Midnight to 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 17
Giveforgoodlouisville.org
info@giveforgoodlouisville.org

*All photos are from last year and this year they will be following COVID-19 guidelines.

 

 

Calling All Bourbon Lovers to Bardstown Bourbon Company

Distillery offers in-person and virtual bourbon experiences

 

By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos provided by Bardstown Bourbon Company

 

Bardstown Bourbon Company offers many opportunities to interact with people, virtually and in-person, with the reopening of their restaurant, beginning of the second round of their virtual “World’s Top Whiskey Taster” competition and a virtual tour of the distillery. Located in Bardstown, KY, Bardstown Bourbon Company is one of the “most modern and technically advanced whiskey distilleries” in the country. Focusing on custom rye, whiskey and bourbon, they produce Jefferson’s, High West, Belle Meade, Hirsch and many other well-known brands. 

They are also the only distillery on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail that offers a full-service restaurant: The Kitchen & Bar. The Kitchen & Bar, formerly known as Bottle & Bond Kitchen and Bar, reopened to the public on July 10 with many changes, including new staff and updated menus. Executive Chef James-Stuart “Stu” Plush, new to The Kitchen & Bar, changed the menu to capture the Kentucky southern comfort food scene and to include local farms and vendors. 

“Bardstown Bourbon Company’s goal has always been to create a modern bourbon experience in the first Napa Valley-style destination on the bourbon trail, and our new menu reflects that,” said Chef Stu. “The lineup is full of contemporary takes on classic Kentucky dishes.” 

Some new items on the menu include country ham with bourbon grains, collard green wontons with smoked turkey and Capriole Farms goat cheese and shrimp and grits with Kentucky country ham. The goodness doesn’t stop there. The Kitchen & Bar also has a new beverage menu complete with peachy Mint Juleps, boozy slushies and the Ship Shape, “a bourbon cocktail served on a Smoked Bardstown Bourbon Company barrel stave.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reservations can be made by phone at 502.233.4769 or online at bardstownbourbon.com.

If you don’t have time to make it out to the restaurant itself, take a virtual tour on their website and check out its 100-acre property. The Bardstown Bourbon Company is the first distillery in Nelson County to launch a complete virtual 360 tour. The tour is free to the public and allows viewers to see the full whiskey creation process all from their homes.

“While the distillery has recently reopened to visitors, we recognize people may still have concerns about visiting public places, and we don’t want that to limit anyone from experiencing what we have to offer,” said Vice President of Hospitality Dan Callaway. “The virtual tour allows us to expand our reach to bourbon lovers all over the globe and introduce them to the Bardstown Bourbon Company brand.” 

 The tour is interactive, educational and allows participants to choose what they want to learn about and see. Participants can view Pete’s Place, the new tasting lounge named after the late founder Peter Loftin, for the first time as well.

“This virtual experience is unlike anything I’ve seen in the bourbon industry,” said Bardstown Bourbon Company Marketing Director Laurel Altman. “As a modern company, we consider ourselves to be leaders in the digital space and the virtual 360 tour is a great example of how we continue to reimagine the traditional bourbon experience.” 

The tour can be viewed on any mobile device or desktop at bardstownbourbon360.com.

The fun doesn’t stop there. In partnership with Moonshine University, Bardstown Bourbon Company has announced the schedule for its virtual “World’s Top Whiskey Taster” Competition. In round two, 100 contestants will have to compete in four palate challenges followed by a presentation element. The contestants will receive a challenge kit in the mail with the mystery whiskeys they’ll have to compete with in the virtual challenges. Contestants will also have to create a whiskey flight and present it to a panel of judges consisting of Bardstown Bourbon Company’s beverage, distilling and culinary teams. The winner of each regional event will then come to Bardstown Bourbon Company to compete for the title of “World’s Top Whiskey Taster.” 

“The challenges in this competition are designed to showcase a taster’s sensory skills and understanding of whiskey – educational goals also shared by our Bourbon Steward program,” said Colin Blake, Moonshine University’s Director of Spirits Education and a judge slated for the national competition. “I’m a big fan of the whiskey flight-building exercise in particular, as it’s a great way to demonstrate a competitor’s skill in both areas.”

The competition doesn’t come without a prize. The winner will receive $20,000, a contract to represent Bardstown Bourbon Company as a Distillery Ambassador at whiskey festivals in 2021, a scholarship to Moonshine University’s Executive Bourbon Steward Program and a trip to Bardstown Bourbon Company where they get to blend a custom product with Master Distiller Steve Nally.

The competition will be hosted by Bardstown Bourbon Company National Brand Ambassador Samantha Montgomery and will be live-streamed via Facebook and YouTube. The schedule is as follows:

Tennessee – September 1 – 6 to 8 p.m. CST.
Illinois – September 2 – 6 to 8 p.m. CST.
Indiana – September 3 – 6 to 8 p.m. EST.
Florida – September 4 – 6 to 8 p.m. EST.
Ohio – September 8, 6 to 8 p.m. EST.
Kentucky – September 9 – 6 to 8 p.m. EST.
Western Region – September 10 – 6 to 8 p.m. PST.
California – September 12 – 2 to 4 p.m. PST.
Mid-Atlantic – September 14 – 6 to 8 p.m. CST.
Texas – September 15 – 6 to 8 p.m. CST.

For more information on the contest, visit bardstownbourbon.com/WTWT/RULES.

Located at:
Bardstown Bourbon Company
1500 Parkway Drive
Bardstown, KY, 4004
Bardstownbourbon.com
502.233.4769

 

Be Bold

Photographer
Andrea Hutchinson
Stylist
Liz Bingham
Styling Assistants
Madison Ewing
Ellie Kemper
Elizabeth Scinta
Makeup
Isidro Valencia
Models from Heyman Talent
Corey Jackson
Summer Reed
Location
Traffick Digital Media Studio

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Bourbon on the Patio

Mandy, Robert Woehrle, Izzy, Taylor and James Bright, Jean Bright and Mary White at Le Moo.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington and Andrea Hutchinson

 

Nothing goes better with Kentucky summer heat than a good glass of bourbon. As Louisville locals soak up the last bit of summer, we visited outdoor dining locations around town to see who is dining where and what bourbon they’re drinking. Among the restaurants with patios we visited are Bourbons Bistro, Eat Your Bourbon Marketplace, Equus Restaurant & Jack’s Lounge, Le Moo, The Manhattan Project, River House Restaurant & Raw Bar, Seviche, Varanese and Volare Italian Ristorante, all of which you will see pictured here.

Visit our website voice-tribune.com to see the full gallery of restaurant patio dining photos.

 

The Art of Gardening and Interior Design

Crystal Smith

Bittners Designer Crystal Smith shares her craft

 

By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos by Kathryn Harrington

 

Gardening recently became a hobby for many people during quarantine, but for Crystal Smith, gardening has always been a part of her daily routine. Smith, an interior designer at Bittners, began gardening as a young child when her parents created their garden. She now has her own garden at her home where she grows a variety of vegetables depending on the season. When the shutdown occurred, Smith was able to dedicate more time and energy to working and appreciating her garden. “I found gardening more relaxing because I was able to spend a lot of time and actually sit out and enjoy it during quarantine,” Smith said.

Smith prefers to shop for her garden from a farm in southern Kentucky called Peace Valley Farms. She likes to prioritize shopping locally, so she tries to get all of her vegetable seeds from them. Since her supplies are sourced from local farmers, she had no trouble getting the items she needed during the quarantine. Her garden is full of a variety of different vegetables, often changing depending on the season or her mood, according to Smith. “Right now, I’m obsessed with my tomatoes because they’re ripe. I’m thinking of all of these different things to make like salsa, tomato pie, etc. I’m currently canning whole tomatoes to use in my cooking,” Smith said.

Gardens should be full of plants that you’ll enjoy and eat, not just a random sampling of seeds. Everyone will have their own preference of what to include in their garden, so there’s no wrong way to go about picking which vegetables to plant according to Smith. She likes to try new things, and this season she planted raspberries and eggplant for the first time.

Gardening can be tricky if you go into it with little to no previous knowledge, but learning a few tips can help a garden go a long way. “Learn how to space your plants properly. It’s important to know how much space every plant will take up so that different plants aren’t overlapping each other. Knowing how much space a squash plant will take versus a pepper plant, for example. It’s something I still struggle with, but it’s very important,” Smith said.

The quarantine allowed Smith to step back and appreciate her garden more than she usually does, and through that process, she recognized the similarities between gardening and interior design. “Both bring me joy. Both involve a process and starting with the right things. For gardening, you have to start with good soil, and for interior design, you have to start with a good foundation,” Smith said.

Smith has been an interior designer for ten years in Louisville, beginning her career at Tassels for four years, and now she’s been at Bittners for six years. Interior design isn’t a career for everyone, but for Smith, she said it comes naturally to her because she’s always been a naturally creative person. “Even as a kid, I would move furniture around in my room, redecorating and getting into my creative side,” Smith said. Creative-minded people always need some kind of outlet in their lives, and for Smith, that is interior design. Going through the process from start to finish and selecting items to complete a project are what encourage Smith to keep interior designing.

For many businesses, quarantine stopped the daily grind of work, but for Smith, work never let up. Construction on projects was able to continue because they were able to social distance, so projects that had begun before quarantine continued. Moving her office at Bittners to her home presented a lot of challenges for Smith, but it also brought along lots of new skills. “I got a lot more comfortable using social media platforms, such as Facebook and Zoom, because I don’t think I felt uber comfortable using them before. It definitely came with challenges too, including many meltdowns from my 3 and 5-year-old during Zoom calls, but everyone was in the same situation and very understanding,” Smith said.

All kinds of challenges arose for different people during quarantine due to the unprecedented nature of switching from working in an office to working at home. One way to make this less challenging and feel a bit more normal is to spruce up your at-home office. Smith recommends adding some kind of greenery to your office, such as an indoor house plant. It gives that organic feel of something natural in your space that might help alleviate stress. If keeping plants alive is the last thing you want to have on your plate, consider adding a low-maintenance plant, such as a succulent or a faux plant. “I have orchids in my office at Bittners and I loved being able to see them bloom or about to bloom. Seeing the beautiful flowers everyday lifts me up and makes me feel good,” Smith said.

Another way to spiff up your at-home workspace or home in general is by implementing small changes, such as moving artwork around or pulling things out of storage. “Try recycling some old pieces from your attic or storage spaces into a new space. Mix the old things with the newer things for a fresh look,” Smith said. Another effortless way to change up a room is with new pillows, according to Smith. Changing throw pillows seasonally is an easy way to reflect the feeling you want in the room. It also gives you a fresh new look every few months, according to Smith.

Don’t be afraid to try something new. Whether it’s changing your home around or planting your first seed in your vegetable garden, you could be unleashing a hidden talent. Whether you’re looking for gardening tips or an interior designer, Crystal Smith is a woman of many talents and is sure to help you find that extra something you or your space needs.

Bittners
731 East Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Bittners.com
502.584.6349

From Log Cabin to Private Oasis

A home with a history and Prospect charm

 

By Ellie Kemper
Photos provided by Berkshire Hathaway

 

This Prospect home located in the Sutherland Farms neighborhood has a rich history and is the perfect combination of comfortable and stately. 7010 Penfield Place sits at the end of a cul-de-sac, making it the ultimate private oasis. The acre of land it sits on, its convenient location and neighborhood amenities add to the grand appeal of this home. We had the opportunity to interview Anna Deason, a realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices who represents the home, who shared her insight on the Penfield house and what makes it so unique.

One reason this home stands out from other homes in the neighborhood is its unique historical feature. There is a room in the house, referred to as the “log cabin room,”’ that is the preserved remains of the original Penfield home. Deason explains that “this home was one of the first homes that were built in the subdivision. The house structure that is there now was built in 1992, but the original feature of this home is the family room, which looks like a log cabin, and that was built sometime in the early 1900s.” This distinctive room is characterized by gorgeous wood paneling and a large stone fireplace, bringing “so much charm and character to the home,” said Deason. It creates a cozy spot to read a book or sit by the fire and adds to its historical value. Deason explains that the Penfield house is “very unique by having that history there and maintaining that original feature of the ‘log cabin room.’” Deason shares that, “adding a gorgeous house on top of” the preexisting log cabin has enhanced the property and the neighborhood at large.

Another notable characteristic of this house is the grand staircase in the front foyer. This open space offers viewpoints to several other parts of the house, making the house seem spacious and inviting. On the right of the staircase, Deason explains that “the dining room and kitchen area make up kind of their own wing,” which connects to the log cabin room. On the main floor, “It is not open-concept, but more of a traditional concept. It still feels open because you have so many rooms to choose from.” The Penfield house appears warm and bright on the inside because of the many large windows throughout. Features like the six fireplaces distributed amongst the three levels make the house even more welcoming and family-friendly.

On the upper level, the home offers four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The master bathroom was completely renovated by the current owners, the only renovation during their residence. “They put gorgeous finished tile in the bathroom and replaced all the mirrors, transforming it into a big mirror vanity wall. They also updated the cabinets and added a huge walk-in shower with a skylight,” said Deason. Their acrylic freestanding tub is also an eye-catching feature of the newly renovated master bath.

In addition to the home’s historical attributes and charming features, its location also adds to its appeal. “[Prospect] is a very pristine place to live,” said Deason. This part of Louisville gives homeowners the opportunity to own a lot of land and ensure both safety and privacy, “while still being close to modern amenities.”

Another great feature of this home is the spacious backyard and patio area. Deason explains that “there is a nice acre lot that this house sits on, and it is easy to go outside and enjoy the back patio. It becomes your own oasis when you go to the back of the home, where you can enjoy the patio and relax.”

The Sutherland Farms neighborhood has much to offer homeowners as well. The neighborhood has its own clubhouse and “you can access the clubhouse as soon as you buy a house in the Sutherland Farms neighborhood,” explains Deason. “There is a neighborhood pool, neighborhood tennis courts and neighborhood playgrounds.” These are just some of the amenities available to Sutherland residents, making the neighborhood a more inclusive and family-friendly place to live. Deason attests that “it is a very safe neighborhood which is comforting to buyers.” For buyers interested in a family-friendly neighborhood, historical charm and spacious land to create a private environment, this is the home for them.

For more information about  7010 Penfield Pl., contact Judie Parks, principal broker/owner, relocation director at jparks@bhhspw.com or 502.419.7496.

Meet Lauren Sharp Anderson

VOICE OF LOUISVILLE Account Executive

 

Photo by Andrea Hutchinson

 

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Favorite Hobby: Tennis, shopping, spending time with my kids and family, talking, and of course, socializing

Childhood Career Goal: Tennis player or teacher

Best Known For: I’m a connector. I like to connect people and make introductions and help local businesses promote their business. I also love to watch and play sports.

Usually Found: On the phone or texting

Favorite Dessert: Sugar cookies with buttercream frosting and mint chocolate chip ice cream

Favorite Place: The beach with family, Harbor Island, Bahamas and Destin, Florida. I love the pink sand beach in Harbor Island.

Besetting Sin: Coke Zero, online shopping and binge-watching Netflix

Coffee or Tea: Coffee, lots of coffee with fat-free creamer

Fun Fact: I used to want to live on a boat, a yacht specifically, and I love deep-sea fishing or just fishing in a pond with my kids.

Charity Nonprofit: The Community Foundation’s Give For Good Louisville, on September 17. Specifically near and dear to my heart is the Bluegrass Center for Autism. My husband John’s business partner, Ben Byrne, is the former head of the board for the center and his wife, Christen, is the current executive director. They do amazing work for our community and have great fundraising events throughout the year, such as the annual Barrels, Boots and Bluegrass party.

Letter from the Publisher

Photo by J. Edward Brown.

“Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul.”
– Peggy Toney Horton

Welcome to the September Bourbon issue. Alluring, evocative and engaging, the collection of bourbon aficionados featured within the pages of this beautiful issue takes us into the world of distilling and the nuances of creating what we Kentuckians refer to as “liquid gold.” Our team of Account Executives have rallied together prominent brands that you will find informative, along with discovering the passion of each Master Distiller our talented writers and photographers had the opportunity to meet along the way. We are also spotlighting one of our Account Executives, Lauren Sharp Anderson. As a devoted mother of two beautiful children and wife to John Anderson, Lauren works diligently with local businesses to connect people in the community with The Voice-Tribune for each special issue we publish. Learn more about her besetting sins and other intriguing fun facts on her profile page.

Mark your calendar! During a 24-hour celebration of philanthropy, Give for Good Louisville 2020 will be held from midnight to midnight on Thursday, September 17, 2020. On that day, donors may contribute to their favorite nonprofits at giveforgoodlouisville.org. During these unprecedented times due to the pandemic, giving is more important than ever before. Your support will demonstrate your commitment to the local nonprofit community and any amount of giving will make a difference. Learn more about the Community Foundation’s giving day and future updates by signing up for their Nonprofit News e-news by visiting their website at cflouisville.org.

As the iconic local publication for over 70 years, The Voice-Tribune will continue to provide content that is engaging and relevant to our community. Our gratitude goes out to our constant supporters and loyal advertisers, we can’t thank you enough. Without you, we could not do what we do so well. Let us hear from you, after all, it is your voice that matters. 

Truly yours,

Janice Carter Levitch
Publisher

Letter from the Editor

Win, place, bourbon! For the first time in Kentucky’s history, both National Bourbon Heritage Month, which celebrates bourbon as America’s “Native Spirit,” and the Kentucky Derby fall in the same month — how about that? In celebration of these two things that make our state so intrinsically Kentucky, we named our September issue the Bourbon issue and it is chock-full of all things just that. We have stories on two of our state’s oldest distilleries, Maker’s Mark and Heaven Hill, who are both revolutionizing the bourbon distillery experience. We also got the inside scoop from bourbon industry newbie, Spiritless, who just released their first alcohol-free bourbon, Kentucky 74. We interviewed some of the bourbon industry’s Master Distiller legacies, including those of Brown-Forman, Jim Beam, Buffalo Trace, Willett, Four Roses and the “Buddha of Bourbon,” Jimmy Russell, of Wild Turkey. We also interviewed Jamie Masticola, long-time owner of local favorite store, Prospect Party Center, who claims to sell more bourbon than any other product!

If you’re into astrology, or even if you’re not, Contributing Writer, Barrett Freibert, created an insightful chart on what bourbon cocktail to drink for your zodiac sign that’s full of fun, easy-to-make recipes. Contributing Writers, Liz Gastiger and Kevin, share a bourbon distillery memory of their own and the recipe for a delicious marinade made with Bourbon Barrel Foods products. Steve Humphrey concludes his series on time with part three titled “Time in Relativity” and Josh Miller is back with an article on Louisville legend and sculptor, Ed Hamilton. Our Intern, Sarah Levitch, had the opportunity to write about The Louisville Film Society and Black Media Collaborative’s creation of a grant for local Black filmmakers, sponsored by Rabbit Hole Distillery, who just announced the winner, Imani Dennison. We also interviewed the Lee Initiative Founders, Edward Lee and Lindsey Ofcacek, on their most recent causes, the Restaurant Workers Relief Program, the Restaurant Reboot Relief Program and the McAtee Community Kitchen.

September is the perfect month to hit the refresh button and begin the transition to fall, whether that involves improving your home and garden, buying an entirely new home, or switching up your fitness routine to adjust to cooler temperatures. Bittners Interior Designer, Crystal Smith, shares her advice and talent for ways to spruce up your home and garden, Berkshire Hathaway lists a beautiful historic home in Prospect’s Sutherland Farms neighborhood and Milestone Personal Trainer, Kenny Hodges, wrote about the benefits of group fitness. 

Like the bold flavor of bourbon, our fashion editorial this month titled “Be Bold” embraces the vibrant hues of fall, with pops of color and movement, like the leaves on the trees. So as you read this issue, we invite you to sit back, relax and pour yourself a glass of your favorite bourbon as you enjoy the September issue!

Sincerely yours,

Liz Bingham

Editor in Chief