Reignite Your Routine

Lisa Jo Groft, BS, ACSM-Certified Exercise Physiologist, is the Fitness Co-Director at Baptist Health/Milestone Wellness Center. Lisa wears many hats around Milestone, where she manages a team of 50+ personal trainers, leads all of the training and development of the personal trainers and is the Head of the Corporate Wellness division of her department. She has been with Milestone over 16 years!

How to jumpstart your fitness and health post quarantine

 

By Lisa Groft
Photos by
Kathryn Harrington

 

Did you lose your fitness and health motivation during the quarantine? The stress from COVID-19 related changes has affected most of our normal routines. If your routine was disrupted and you’re unsure how to restart, here are a few tips that should help get you back on track.

1. Set goals

If you’ve fallen off the wagon, it can be hard to figure out where to begin again. Set goals for yourself that are achievable and will make you feel accomplished, not frustrated. If you used to exercise five times a week and you haven’t been exercising at all lately, try setting a goal of working out two times a week to start. Also, try writing your goals somewhere you will see them every day so you’ll constantly be reminded of what you want to accomplish!

2. Hire a  personal trainer

A trainer will vary your workout program and keep it fun and interesting. They also take the guesswork out of it for you, so all you have to do is show up and have them take you through a routine. If you need help finding the right personal trainer for you, give me a call and I will pair you with one of Milestone’s certified trainers.

3. Get a workout buddy

Find a friend who is near to the same fitness level as you so you can motivate each other, set goals together and hold each other accountable. Make a pact that you won’t cancel on each other unless absolutely necessary! In addition to an in-person workout buddy, you could form a group chat with people who are into wellness. You can share recipes, workouts and provide support to each other on your wellness journeys.

4. Track your nutrition

Use a food tracking system, such as My Fitness Pal. This app is a great way to get your eating habits back in check. It will teach you to look at food labels, count calories and be more conscientious about what you’re eating and drinking. Any time I’ve had a client track their food, they tend to be shocked at how many calories, fats, sugars, etc. are in the foods they’re eating.

5. Keep a workout journal

It has been proven that people who write down their workouts are more successful at accomplishing their goals than those who don’t. Use a notebook or buy a fancy workout journal; either one will work!

6. Get rid of all or nothing thinking

This may be the most important way to stay motivated. Often, we mentally beat ourselves up for not accomplishing our goals because we try to be overachievers. If you set your goal to exercise four times a week and you only get to do it three times, do not get down on yourself! Keep telling yourself that a little bit of exercise is better than none at all.

I hope these tips will be helpful to get you back on track during these challenging times and please visit us at Baptist Health/Milestone Wellness Center to start your fitness and health journey!

The Myth of Passage

Theories on the perception of the passage of time

 

By Steve Humphrey
Illustrations by Andrea Hutchinson

 

Intuitively, we speak of the passage of time, such as Labor Day is coming up, but we have passed the Fourth of July. Alternatively, we talk as if we are moving through time, such as, I’m approaching my 70th birthday. This language seems to imply that something is moving, but what is it and what is it moving through? How can time pass? If we insist that it does, it makes sense to ask how fast it is passing. The glib response would be, “One second per second, silly.” But does this make any sense? Motion is the change of position over time, but how can one change one’s position in time over time? If we had a second sort of time, say God’s time — some religions hold that God operates outside of our time — then our time could pass at a certain rate relative to God’s time. But then we might ask, how fast does God’s time pass? This leads to an infinite regress.

Those who believe that time passes have a dynamic view of time, in which the present moment, the “now,” separates the past from the future and its motion turns the future into the present and then into the past. There are several versions of this. In one version, the future doesn’t exist, but the present and past do. In this theory, the past and present are fixed, while the future is open and undetermined. In another version, called “Presentism,” only the present exists, meaning, only events occurring now actually exist. Additionally, future events will exist and past events did exist, but only present events are real. However, this raises additional questions. How long does the present last? It can’t be instantaneous since we seem to experience the present as having some duration, if only briefly. This is referred to as the “specious present.” Neurological science tells us that our perception and consciousness of experiences lag actual events by approximately two-tenths of a second. That means, by the time we are aware of something, it has already happened. Further, it is assumed that the now is universal, meaning it makes sense to talk of what is happening now throughout the universe. If there is an appetite for it, I will discuss the Special Theory of Relativity in my next column, and that theory implies the Relativity of Simultaneity, according to which what counts as “now” will be different for people in different states of motion.

An alternative to the dynamic theory is the static block theory. According to this theory, every event, whether past, present or future, is equally real and determinate. Future events, though unknown, are fixed and real, and we can no more change the future than we can the past. We can affect the future through our actions in the present, but we cannot change the future. There is only one future, one set of events that will occur, that seems to deny free will. This theory was discussed centuries ago by theologians worried about God’s divine foreknowledge. If God knows what you are going to do, can your choices truly be said to be free? In the block theory, “now” operates as an indexical, like “here” or “I.” When I say “I am here” and you say “I am here,” they have different meanings because “I” and “here” signify different things in the two utterances. So, according to the block theory, every event is now for someone experiencing that event and there is no unique moment which is now.

In the physical sciences, no importance is ascribed to any individual moment that might be now. The same physical laws apply to all phenomena in the block theory, and these laws have been tested over and over and found to be very successful. So the question arises, if our best theory of the physical world conflicts with our naïve intuitions, what are we to believe? We will see that this conflict goes much further than just the notion of the now. I will talk more about this conundrum in a future column, so stay tuned for next month’s further discussion on time.

Steve Humphrey has a Ph.D in the history and philosophy of science, with a specialty in philosophy of physics. He teaches courses in these subjects at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has taught them at the University of Louisville.

The Joy of Farmers’ Markets

Connecting the planet, farmers and the general public through farm-fresh ingredients

 

By Liz Gastiger and Kevin

 

For almost as long as there have been farmers, there have been farmers’ markets. They are a tradition around the world that bring fresh produce and farm products directly to the buyer. More importantly, they also bring the farmer directly to the public to share their expertise and bounty of freshly grown goods, which is a blessing for those who appreciate farm-fresh ingredients.

Because of their trade, farmers are in tune with the seasons, the moon, the weather, the soil, their markets, land prices, the local geography, heavy farm equipment, the logistics and the people associated with farming. In other words, farmers study the planet and have the ability to hear its language. They follow the signs from the earth’s forces and become one with them. Farmers are able to transform their resources from the planet’s information into their marketable products. The signs and variables involved in farming and the logistics in moving their products to market are numerous, and yet, the successful farmer constantly adjusts, overcomes and improves. I’ve often heard people say that anyone can farm, but that’s far from the truth. Farming is a business like any other, but with the planet as a partner.

Recently at a local farmers’ market, Kevin and I had the pleasure of asking the vendors about their products. They told us what is in-season, like peaches, apricots, cabbage and zucchini. Almost all of the vendors also had a story of their grandparents’ or parents’ favorite dishes from the seasonal produce they grew. One vendor shared his own twist on what we know as “Little Debbie’s,” where he added dates; a treat his grandmother loved every weekend he made it. Another local vendor produced the most amazing cakes, brownies and cookies using sweet potatoes from their family recipes.

Farmers have also learned to rely on themselves. Generally, the happiness of farmers doesn’t depend on what somebody else does, but their own toil of the soil. As Richard Bach writes in his bestselling book, “Illusions,” “If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem.” If only we could all be more like farmers and learn a thing or two about how to stay connected to the planet, to listen to its messages and to better rely on ourselves.

Here are a few recipes that I enjoy using the freshest, in-season peaches I can currently find at my local farmers’ market. I hope you too can visit your local farmers’ market to find fresh peaches and other in-season produce and enjoy these recipes as much as I do!

Fresh Peach Crostata

Flaky Pie Dough
(Makes two 9” shells)
Ingredients and Instructions
Blend
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon salt
Cut In
½ cup shortening
½ cup cold unsalted
butter, cubed
Stir In
4-7 tablespoons ice water

Preparation
Blend flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl until well mixed. Cut in shortening and butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Stir in 4 tablespoons of ice water with a fork, adding more water if dough seems dry when pinched. Divide dough in half, press each half into a disk and wrap in plastic. Chill dough for at least an hour before rolling out.

Filling Ingredients
3 large peaches, peeled and sliced
8 tablespoons sugar, divided
¼ cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons butter
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons raw sugar crystals

Instructions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Toss sliced peaches with 3 tablespoons of the sugar. Combine remaining sugar, flour, butter and cinnamon and, using your fingers, rub the mixture together until incorporated. Combine the peach mixture with the flour mixture.

Roll out pie dough into a large circle. Transfer to parchment-lined cookie sheet. Place peach mixture in the center and fold up the edges of pie dough over the peaches. Sprinkle pie crust and peaches with 2 tablespoons of raw sugar.

Bake until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly for about 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before cutting and serving.

One of a Kind

Angie Schultz.

Vivacious hat designer Angie Schultz celebrates 20 years of Attitudes by Angie

 

By Mariah Kline
Photos by
Kathryn Harrington

 

Inside her Prospect home, Angie Schultz, owner of Attitudes by Angie, has turned a massive front room into a spectacular space to showcase her hat designs. “When we moved into this house 37 years ago, I thought, ‘What on earth is this room going to be? It’s so big, what are we going to do with it?’ Here it is, it’s my hat shop,” she says.

Surrounded by color and dimension, those in search of Derby headwear have a plethora of options. Each unique hat and fascinator is custom designed by Schultz and given a name, such as “Shine Your Light” and “Winner Take All.”

With 20 years of Attitudes by Angie under her (sparkly) belt, Schultz is thrilled to continue sharing her craft. We recently sat down with the artist to discuss her company’s anniversary and all things Derby. 

What inspired you to begin making hats?
“I started with a baseball cap. I looked in the mirror one day and said, ‘Why am I wearing this plain baseball cap?’ So, I decided to go get a glue gun and some flowers. It started out as a hobby and ended up as a business.”

How does it feel to be celebrating 20 years of Attitudes by Angie?
“It’s very exciting! I’ve definitely grown and I’m braver than I used to be. I think all of my hats are great, but when I look back, they were less embellished. Now I see that it’s the more the merrier.”

Why do you think your hats make such a significant impact on those who wear them?
“These hats are like pieces of art. They’re all one of a kind, just like women, so I use my hats as a vessel to help women step out of the box. Derby is one big day. They’ve got to look good and they’ve got to make a statement, and if they’ve never done it before, my hats will do it for them.”

What trends will we see at this year’s Derby?
“Print, print and more print. And you’ll see a lot of blues and a lot of blush colors this year. Fascinators are still quite popular since women don’t want to mess their hair up, but I still like hats. They make a huge statement.”

What do you think sets your pieces apart?
“I think it’s the textures and the colors. When you put them on, they come alive. My hats give women lots of choices. With so many colors in each hat, they can go with any dress that you have.”

How do you want to use your art to inspire other women?
“I believe a hat can change your life. You can feel the energy that I put into it. It’s about attitude and doing something you love. If I can inspire women by showing them what I love to do, maybe they can find what they love to do. They can look inside themselves and see what makes them happy. Everyone should feel what that creativity is like.”

For more information, visit attitudesbyangie.com.

KMAC Couture: Star Stuff

Unexpected cosmic fate transforms the eighth annual runway show into a film

By Sarah Levitch
Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Ever since its premiere in 2013, the annual KMAC Couture runway show has proven to breathe vibrant energy into the creative community in Louisville. Described by the KMAC Museum as “wearable art,” the designs construct a collective celebration at the intersection of couture fashion and art. Each year, approximately 60 artists present funky, mystical concepts, and over the course of four months, turn these concepts into reality. The runway show, usually hosted in early April, provides emerging and established artists a space to explore, connect and blossom. There is no denying that KMAC Couture transfixes its usual sold-out audience with an electric pulse that tingles the eye, mind and soul.

When the world went into lock-down in early March, the team behind KMAC Couture, with a determination to offer an extraordinary show filled with passionate artists, refused to cancel. Despite attempts to push forward with their original plans, the first few weeks of quarantine forced the team to delay the show. After quickly realizing that the virus wasn’t going away any time soon, they pivoted their plan and brainstormed ways to host a runway show while under strict regulation to stay six feet apart and wear face masks. After tossing around four or so different ideas, the concept of a film ventured into unknown, yet opportunistic territory. Who better to traverse this space than the go-getters behind KMAC Couture?

Lorie Davenport, chair of KMAC Couture 2020 and 2021, spoke to us about the emergence and cultivation of the idea to construct a film. “We had to find a way to honor the artists’ amazing pieces and keep art going. When we first conceived the idea of the film, the concept was to show it at a drive-in movie theatre. That may happen at some point. I think it’s going to turn out to be a special tribute to the artists because it’s going to be long-lasting. They’ll always have this memory of the design they made,” said Davenport. The transition from runway to film raised a few questions. How does a film differ perceptively from a runway show? What will the film offer that a runway show cannot?

“We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself. Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

— Carl Sagan

Regarding the content, the film consists of differing shots of each design, interviews and artist spotlights. Davenport mentioned that some interviewees include top sponsors such as Churchill Downs, Brown-Forman and Blue Grass MOTORSPORT, Davenport herself and Michelle Staggs, interim director of KMAC and director of development. Through this, the film will take an in-depth perspective on the artists and designs, “highlighting the intricacies of the pieces and the craftsmanship and artistry that goes into the designs,” Davenport shared. Unlike a runway show, where the design appears then vanishes when it leaves the runway, a film can capture a detail forever.

Connecting all the designs through a common theme, the curatorial statement for KMAC Couture 2020 gestures towards the greater connection of all life in the universe, from humanity to the cosmos. Inspired by the quote, “We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself. Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known,” from American astronomer Carl Sagan, the team at KMAC, “asked artists to look outside of their normal day-to-day and to create designs that brought elements of space and the galaxy, while also exposing something about their secret selves,” said Davenport. How do humans grapple with understanding their human existence?

Five of the artists featured in “KMAC Couture: Star Stuff” discussed their inspiration, how their design identified with the vast, wondrous theme and some techniques or materials they utilized to create their pieces.

“I’m incorporating a beastly look into my design, but when I move around in the piece, it feels playful, like a bouncy house.”
— Christ Moo

Christ Moo returns for his third year as a designer and his first year as a model. “I wanted to show myself through a double meaning. People say I have an angry face when I’m not showing any expression, but my personality is cheerful and bubbly. I was watching “Beauty and the Beast,” and when the Beast turns into a human, I thought to do something similar to that. I’m incorporating a beastly look into my design, but when I move around in the piece, it feels playful, like a bouncy house,” said Moo.

“I used all recycled materials and textiles, such as turmeric, coffee grounds and red cabbage.”
— Audrey Slyter

Audrey Slyter, a recent high school graduate, designed for the first time her sophomore year of high school and returns for her third year with hopes to continue participating throughout her college career. “I immediately thought of our environment and sustainable fashion,” said Slyter. “I used all recycled materials and textiles, such as turmeric, coffee grounds and red cabbage. My piece had a really big neck and puffy sleeves, and the idea with that was how small we are in the entirety of the universe. I wove in smaller colors of thread to further that idea.”

“It involved taking stuff off after you’ve put two materials together, removing things to let your light shine through.”
— Lauren Dowell

Lauren Dowell joined the show for her first time. She recently took on the challenge of making her own clothes for a year, and for her, KMAC Couture served as her capstone or thesis of artistic sewing. “The older you get, the more stuff you get rid of, then we’re able to let our light shine through,” said Dowell. “What I did is a traditional Kentucky quilting pattern and reverse applique. It involved taking stuff off after you’ve put two materials together, removing things to let your light shine through. I used reflective fabric underneath, so as the model moves, the dress reflects where I did reverse applique.”

“When I saw it was going to be about the sky, I immediately thought of the night sky, and then I came up with this silly pun: Knight Sky.”
— Ala Durham

Ala Durham, a high school student, comes back for her second year. Durham said, “I’m very into medieval legend, specifically Arthurian legend. When I saw it [the theme] was going to be about the sky, I immediately thought of the night sky, and then I came up with this silly pun: Knight Sky. I’m using a type of aluminum that is copper-colored. It has some leather pieces on the shoulder, and there is a skirt that goes around the waist made of denim with about 1,200 discs that I covered with copper foil. I based it on medieval armor.”

“I tried to design something that would be in a ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Star Trek’ type movie.”
— Isaac St. Thomas

Isaac St. Thomas leaps out of his comfort zone of graphic tees, screen prints and embroidery to make a couture piece for the first time. “I’m a big fan of ‘Star Wars,’ so I tried to design something that would be in a ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Star Trek’ type movie,” said St. Thomas. “I was imagining someone like the Queen of Mandala or Princess Leia wearing it. The entire dress is made of velvet with a small section of mesh.”

The production crew filmed the models wearing the designs at three different locations in Louisville: KMAC Museum, both inside and outside of the building, Repurposed and Fort Nelson Park. Davenport praised cinematographer Ben Newkirk of Uproar Films saying, “The designs are being captured in a way that is not easily done with the runway. We’ve always had a videographer and photographers at the show, but the way Ben is filming different angles and splicing it all together makes the designs pop.” She also mentioned an innovative lighting technique they’re using. “Blue Grass MOTORSPORTS, who is one of our premier sponsors, is going to bring several Audis out one night of shooting, and we’re going to use the Audis to do the lighting of the runway show,” Davenport explained.

Another behind-the-scenes component of the show brought up in discourse with Davenport is the volunteer mentor program that KMAC Couture sets up for the student and first-time artists. Out of the 55 or so artists in the show, usually, 20 are students from high school and college. After the artists receive their invitation to participate in late December, the KMAC Couture committee holds its first general meeting in late January where the mentors meet their artists. Establishing a relationship to last throughout the four-month process, the mentors frequently check in to offer advice and support to these artists who aren’t as well versed in the world of couture fashion.

In addition to providing aid through mentorships, the KMAC Museum will also be awarding a scholarship to a yet-to-be-announced student artist. Established in 2019, the Debbie Huddleston Mitchell Young Artists Award gives the winner a scholarship to go towards their undergraduate or graduate school tuition.

Director Curtis Conlin stands as the quiet force behind all these moving parts that build KMAC Couture. Davenport continually emphasized Conlin’s effort’s through our dialogue when she said, “I can’t imagine being able to bounce with everything the way he’s been able to. He’s persistent and has always had the artists in his heart, making sure we show their pieces the best way we can. He’s been working with about 55 artists and 25 models, and figuring out the right schedule for everybody.” Serving as the driving figure to ensure that the momentum of KMAC Couture persists, Davenport insisted that Conlin not be overlooked for his passion and dedication to the artists.

Though the KMAC Couture team endured uncertainty and an unexpected shift from runway to film in 2020, an even bigger question looms in the near future. What will KMAC Couture 2021 look like? Serving as the KMAC Museum’s signature fundraiser, raising about a quarter of the museum’s operating expenses, KMAC Couture serves not only the artistic community but also the vitality of the museum. Transitioning swiftly and efficiently from runway to film, the powerhouse minds behind KMAC Couture will emerge stronger than ever and, without a doubt, tackle the great challenge presented for 2021.

“KMAC Couture: Star Stuff” will premiere online in September 2020 with The Voice-Tribune as the exclusive Media Sponsor of the event. Sponsors, ticket-holders and artists will be given an exclusive first look at the film; however, the team expects additional viewing opportunities to arise, as well as a public release in late 2020.

 

William Tyler Beam

1976 – 2020


W
illiam Tyler Beam, devoted father to Tyler and Ellie Beam, passed away peacefully at home during the early morning hours of June 19, 2020. Tyler courageously battled brain cancer for more than twenty years and was loved and admired by everyone who was fortunate enough to cross his path. He was known for his unwavering courage, incredible strength and endless charm. Tyler lived every day to the fullest, choosing to spend his cancer journey living rather than dying which was evident in every choice he made. There was no playbook that he followed. He lived his life his way, full of love, laughter and determination.

Tyler was a dancer, an athlete and a lover of music. He loved to laugh and he loved to cry. He loved to hug but he could also fight. He was stubborn yet gentle, charismatic and loyal. Tyler was open and welcoming in sharing his battle, particularly with those he didn’t know well.

Born on December 10, 1976 in Louisville, Kentucky to Taffy and John Beam, Tyler was a gifted athlete, spending his youth excelling at football, basketball, baseball and track and field. He attended Louisville Collegiate School and Woodberry Forest School, where he was captain of the varsity football team. He earned 1st Team All Prep honors and was recognized as one of the top wide receivers in the state of Virginia. He continued his education at the University of Alabama, where he was a walk-on football player. He was also a member of SAE fraternity.

Tyler was a valued member of Brown-Forman’s Corporate Communications team for more than 13 years, serving as Senior Communications Analyst. He was loved both personally and professionally and was well respected by his colleagues. The Beam family is sincerely grateful to Brown-Forman whose support and compassion for Tyler will never be forgotten.

Tyler’s greatest passion was helping the cancer community at large. He was a founding board member of the Louisville chapter of Gilda’s Club, where he invested much of his time and energy helping raise significant funds for the Louisville cancer community. He embraced being an advocate for cancer, giving hope to others facing similar struggles. However, Tyler chose not to let cancer define him as he preferred to be known as a doting father, reliable friend and loving son.

To be loved by Tyler meant that he had your back at all times and that you were the recipient of unconditional love. Tyler valued friendship and family, and that love was reciprocated and evident in all of the support he received throughout his life.

Tyler reserved his greatest and purest love for his two children, Tyler and Ellie. He was proud to be their father, cherishing them and leaving them with the legacy of loyalty and love.

Tyler is survived by his children William Tyler Beam Jr. and Eleanor Eastman Beam, his parents John Greer Beam Jr. and Teresa Sprow Beam, his brother John Greer Beam III, sister-in-law Kate Browne Beam and their three children, Mary McPherson Beam, John Greer Beam IV, Louisa Williams Beam and his beloved Eliza Beth Sweitzer.

The Beam family is eternally indebted to Dr. Renato Larocca, the nurses and staff at Norton Cancer Institute, Dr. Mary Barry and Dr. Allan Friedman for their extraordinary care, as well as the Hosparus team, especially Amanda Scharf, nurse Sandie Winters, and caregiver Aji Mbye.

A private ceremony will be held at Cane Station. There will be a celebration of Tyler’s life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the Beam family would like for you to consider gifts in Tyler’s honor to Gilda’s Club, 2440 Grinstead Drive, Louisville, KY 40204 or Woodberry Forest School, 898 Woodberry Forest Rd., Woodberry Forest, VA 22989.

Tyler Charles Gerth

1993 – 2020

 

Tyler Charles Gerth, of Louisville, passed away at 27-years-old Saturday, June 27, 2020. He is survived by his parents, Chuck and Gena Gerth, sisters Brittany Loewen (Joshua), Tiffany Hensley (Byron), five nephews, two nieces and countless friends and other family members.

Tyler Gerth was a beloved son, cherished little brother, adored uncle and a trusted friend. Tyler loved watching movies, listening to his vast and diverse record collection, traveling and exploring new places. He enjoyed learning about history, through genealogy research, biographies and documentaries, playing and watching a variety of sports and spending time with family and friends. Perhaps most of all, he loved his beloved companion and rescue dog, Jordan. Tyler was incredibly kind, warm-hearted and generous, holding deep convictions and faith. It was this sense of justice that drove Tyler to be part of the peaceful demonstrations advocating for the destruction of the systemic racism within our society’s systems. This, combined with his passion for photography, led to a strong need within him to be there, documenting the movement, capturing and communicating the messages of peace and justice. The family says, “While we cannot fathom this life without our happy, curious, hardworking, funny, precious Tyler, we pray that his death would be a turning point and catalyst for peace in the city he loved so much. We ask for your prayers and that the Lord would draw close in our sorrow, but we also ask that his death is not just another statistic of senseless violence.”

There will be a public celebration of life for Tyler at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider monetary gifts to the Tyler Gerth Memorial Fund at gofundme.com/f/tyler-gerth-memorial-fund.

Ready, Set, Go! Bourbon Experience Opens at the Frazier History Museum

Calling all bourbon buffs to this unique new experience


By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos provided by the Frazier History Museum


The Frazier History Museum is now offering their new Ready, Set, Go! Bourbon Experience in the museum’s private bar. 

Having the event in the museum’s bar ensures safe social distancing can occur alongside a fantastic experience talking about and tasting various kinds of bourbon. The experience includes a multi-brand bourbon tasting, museum admission, access to all exhibits and an exclusive Frazier Bourbon Aroma Kit.  

Guests can take a tour through the Bottle Hall, which includes every bottle of bourbon currently being produced in Kentucky, count how many of the bourbons they’ve tried and take a picture with their #MyBourbonNumberIs sign.

The Frazier History Museum is the official start of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, so you can get a $4 coupon for Ready, Set, Go! Bourbon Experience if you book a tour or tasting at one of their partner distilleries, Kentucky Peerless Distilling and Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. Book tours or tastings in advance as tours usually sell out.

The Ready, Set, Go! Bourbon Experience is offered every Thursday through Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and lasts one hour. Tickets are $39 and can be bought online at fraziermuseum.org/bourbon-experience.

The Frazier History Museum currently has ten exhibits available, including “The Spirit of Kentucky” and new “Pappy Van Winkle: The Van Winkle Family Collection.”

 ”The Pappy Van Winkle: The Van Winkle Family Collection” exhibit celebrates the life of Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle and his family by displaying bottles of bourbon, figurine decanters and original photographs. 

“The Spirit of Kentucky” shows the history, craft and culture of bourbon whiskey in Kentucky through a covered bridge-style path on the third floor of the museum. With Red River Gorge and Cumberland Falls footage projected onto the walls of the path, it truly feels like you’ve left the museum and entered into an alternate space. 

An interactive experience, guests can see which distilleries closed during the prohibition, watch videos of the Paleozoic era and participate in the rubbing station by creating crayon-on-paper rubbings of Derby-winning thoroughbreds.

The Frazier History Museum launched its Coronavirus Capsule online through a partnership with Jefferson County Public Schools, The University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections and the public on March 30. The capsule is full of written words, videos, photos, artwork and class projects that show how people are feeling during this unprecedented time. Anyone can submit their work through fraziermuseum.org/coronavirus-capsule-guidelines or view the capsule at fraziermuseum.org/coronaviruscapsule. 

The Frazier History Museum has opened the Frazier Virtual Museum online through their website and their Virtual Frazier Magazine, which comes out every Monday through email. Subscribe to the newsletter to stay in the know about all the exhibits and events happening at the museum; you can subscribe online at fraziermuseum.org/subscribe.

Located at:

Frazier History Museum
829 W. Main St
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
fraziermuseum.org
502.753.1699  

5 Things To Do Outside This Summer

As the temperature rises and the need for social distancing continues, here is a list of local family friendly outdoor activities to keep the summer fun going.

By Elizabeth Scinta

 

FRP LaGrange Quarry

FRP LaGrange Quarry.

Located in La Grange, KY, the FRP LaGrange Quarry is a great place to socially distance outdoors while getting a little sunshine and floating on the water. It’s an old rock quarry that is maintained only through rainwater, which means the water is clear, clean and natural, according to their website. You must be 18+ to go, and rafts are required when in the water. There are multiple places to jump off into the quarry and diving docks to lay on in the middle. The quarry is open Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased online at frp-lagrangequarry.com before your visit. 

Contact Info:
FRP LaGrange Quarry
2201 Fendley Mill Road
LaGrange, KY 40031
502.939.5049

Wild Lights: Asian Lantern Festival at the Louisville Zoo 

Photo by Bobbi Sheridan.

Opened on July 9, the largest lantern display in the country is now at the Louisville Zoo until August 28, 2020. The display features more than 2,000 lanterns along a 1.4-mile trail with multiple stops for specialty food and drinks. The exhibit is interactive and perfect for all ages to enjoy. Wild Lights is open Thursday through Sunday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at wildlightslouisville.com.

Contact Info:
The Louisville Zoo
1100 Trevilian Way
Louisville, KY 40213
502.459.2181

Louisville City FC Soccer Game

Photo by Silent Wolf Productions.

Since its creation in 2015, Louisville City Football Club, aka LouCity, played all games at the Louisville Slugger Field until this year. In 2020, the Lynn Family Stadium welcomed fans for LouCity’s first game, and win, on July 12. Attendees can sit under the lights and cheer on our city’s team at their next home game on July 25 at 8 p.m. vs. Sporting KC II. Tickets can be purchased online at loucity.com/tickets.

Contact Info:
Lynn Family Stadium
350 Adams St.
Louisville, KY 40206
502.568.2489 

Bourbon and Botanicals at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis Photography.

Sponsored by Kentucky Artisan Distillery, this event takes place every Thursday at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. The evening includes live local music, beautiful gardens to explore and bar service from West Sixth Brewing and Morris Deli and Catering. Admission is free for members or $9 for non-members; tickets must be purchased online before the event at yewdellgardens.org/buy-tickets/.

Contact Info:
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
6220 Old LaGrange Road
Crestwood, KY 40014
502.241.4788

A Night at the Sauerbeck Family Drive-in

Sauerbeck Family Drive-in.

The Sauerbeck Family Drive-in, located in LaGrange, KY, is the perfect alternative to a traditional movie theater. Open every night, the weekly schedule of movies and tickets can be found on their website at sauerbeckfamilydrivein.com; tickets are $15 or $20 if you plan to bring food. This Friday, they will be showing a Blake Shelton concert with special guests Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins. 

Contact info:
Sauerbeck Family Drive-in
3210 D.W. Griffith Ln
LaGrange, KY 40031
502.233.1149

Homearama Goes Virtual

An inside look at the home design trends on the virtual tour at Norton Commons


By Shirelle Williams
Portrait provided by Anna Henry Photography
Home renderings provided by the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville 


For the first time in the fifty-three years of Homearama, the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville (BIA) announced that the annual in-person event scheduled to take place in the Norton Commons neighborhood is cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, all homes will be available to view virtually on July 20 instead.

On average, Homearama welcomes 25,000 attendees to tour the newly designed homes. When asked how the decision to go virtual was made, Executive Vice President of the BIA, Juva Barber, commented, “We tried to figure out so many scenarios. Could we do it? Could we limit the number of people? As you’re walking through houses, there’s only so much space. We wanted to protect the public, our members and the homeowners.” The virtual tour of the participating homes will be available on the BIA’s website and is designed to capture 3D images to provide a realistic, immersive experience. 

Despite the change of operations for the 2020 event, Homearama will still showcase the charm of this year’s site at Norton Commons. Located in Prospect, KY, Norton Commons is an interactive, tight-knit community that sits on acres of farmland. Its pastoral landscape is what drew BIA to make it the new site location. Barber said, “One of the things we are trying to highlight in our video is the beautiful landscape in the area.” In addition to showcasing the attractive exteriors, the video also includes the unparalleled interior décor that is customary of Homearama homes, all curated by local designers. Because all of the homes included in this year’s tour were sold prior to the event, each home was customized to meet the needs of the buyers. 

Kaelin Brutscher.

One of the customized homes on the tour was designed by Kaelin Brutscher, the lead interior designer for local interior design and home decor company, Set The Stage. The color palette Brutscher chose for the house is influenced by an old-world European pattern that can be found on the tile of the laundry room floor. “Their home design style is European transitional as the buyers are frequent travelers,” said Brutscher. Design accents in an “x” pattern repeat throughout the home, such as on the kitchen cabinets and bedroom closet barn doors. Viewers can expect bursts of vibrant blue, aqua and navy throughout the home to elevate its classic and timeless design. This home also features a wine cellar and a retractable screened-in patio with an outdoor kitchen. The basement hosts several multifunctional spaces, including a children’s playroom, a bar and kitchen and a living room. Perhaps the most distinguishing part of the house is the large navy island in the u-shaped kitchen. “The kitchen is my favorite because of its vaulted ceilings and accent beams that are stained to match the hardwood floors,” said Brutscher. 

Bold color choices have been a popular design choice among this year’s Homearama homeowners. “One home is planning to have a pink door to honor their fight with breast cancer and another has installed green kitchen cabinets,” said Barber. A typical commonality among living spaces is neutral colors, marble and shades of white. However, the boldness in color schemes these homeowners chose reflects their willingness to take design risks, something Brutscher and her team at Set The Stage are accustomed to. Set The Stage is a four-time winner for interior design in Homearama competitions. Brutscher says her team’s willingness to experiment and take design risks is what sets them apart from other interior design companies. “Big things happen when you step out of your comfort zone. We really try to be versatile in style and feel there isn’t anything we can’t do.”

To partake in the virtual tour, visit homearama.com beginning July 20 to be a part of the live event! 

 

Open Doors in KY — Your Basic Civil and Human Rights Explained

Photo by Staff Photographer Kathryn Harrington

Empower yourself and others! Know your rights, know the law! The Kentucky Commission for Human Rights (KCHR) is giving you the opportunity in a free online event Thursday, July 23.

At the core of the current movement for justice is a demand that civil and human rights be recognized and enforced for all people, regardless of race, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation or socio-economic class. All Kentuckians will be empowered by understanding the Kentucky Civil Rights Act and the role the KCHR plays in enforcing this act.

KCHR was created to ensure equality in Kentucky and to enforce the Kentucky Civil Rights Act and federal civil rights laws. For the last four decades, KCHR has been helping enforce the act by investigating, conducting hearings and ruling upon complaints against the Kentucky Civil Rights Act. 

Their vision is “a Commonwealth united against discrimination, a Commonwealth united for equality.” You can help them achieve this vision by signing up for this free workshop, which will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. on July 23. Registration is required, and an email with a link will be sent out once you’ve registered for the class. Donations are accepted but not required to attend.

NuLu Welcomes Bar Vetti 2.0

Bar Vetti opened July 7 in a new location inside the AC Hotel with an expanded menu


By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos by Tommy Johns, Neon Bites


You might know Bar Vetti from their previous location on South Fourth Street, but Bar Vetti 2.0 opened July 7 at AC Hotel in NuLu. 
Bar Vetti was in its South Fourth Street building for three years before co-owners Ryan Rogers and Andrew McCabe, also the executive chef, decided to switch to their new NuLu location. The Italian restaurant will be on the first floor of the hotel with double the capacity of the first Bar Vetti; Rogers and McCabe also plan to add outdoor seating in the future. Bar Vetti will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with short-term plans to add brunch and lunch.

“After a great run inside the 800 Building, the time was right for us to expand our seating capacity and make the move to NuLu and the AC Hotel. We’re confident our loyal guests and newcomers will be excited with the evolution of our restaurant and menu,” McCabe said. There’s free street parking available on Market Street, Main Street and Shelby Street and paid parking available within the NuLu AC Hotel parking garage. Bar Vetti has a “playful vibe” with an Italian menu complete with Kentucky accents. The menu offers selections of house-made fresh pasta, a rotating selection of pizzas and seasonally sourced entrées with ingredients from local farmers. 

McCabe has adapted the menu by adding more options to their entrées and sides, such as heirloom tomatoes with olive oil and balsamic or grilled and chilled squash with pepitas and basil. The fan-favorite dishes, such as the smashed meatball burger, will remain on the menu. Accompanying the new menu will be a beverage menu with specialty cocktails, beers, wines and several different bourbon brands. Bar Vetti was one of three restaurants in Louisville to receive a four-star review from the Courier Journal in 2018.

“Our goal is to give our guests an unforgettable dining experience,” said General Manager Hap Cohen. “Andrew has put a tremendous amount of work into creating a menu that blends long time favorites with exciting new plates. Our front of house team is ready to rise to the challenge of elevating our guest service and hospitality.” Bar Vetti is owned by Eternal Optimist Hospitality, which also owns Feast BBQ and Royals Hot Chicken, both also located in NuLu.

Reservations are required until further notice to ensure they remain in the proper state capacity guidelines and can practice proper social distancing protocols. Guests can visit barvetti.com or call 502.883.3331 now to make reservations. Bar Vetti will continue to offer carryout and curbside options as well. Orders can be made through the website or by phone.

Located at:
Bar Vetti, 727 E. Market St.
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
barvetti.com
502.883.3331