Evan Dale Carter Sr.

1961 – 2020


Photos provided by the Carter Family


Evan Dale Carter Sr. was born on May 11, 1961, in Jefferson County, Kentucky. He was the son of the late Franklin D. Carter and is survived by his mother Kathy Carter Siebe. He was the father of Evan Dale Carter Jr. (Crystal), Kevin Scott Carter, Justin Tyler Carter and Jacob Horvitz. He was the brother of Shirley Harrington (David), Michael Carter (May), Janice Carter Levitch Humphrey (Steven) and Earl Franklin Carter (Miriam). He was a grandfather to Katie A. Carter, Evan D. Carter III, Ethan S. Carter, Eli Taylor Carter II, Jesse J. Carter, Bentley C. Carter, Karmyne Rayne Traxler and Jayden Jose Carter. Evan was also an uncle to many nieces and nephews who loved and adored him. 

Evan passed away in the comfort of his home on November 20, 2020, with the loving presence of his Mother by his side. Evan was a retired Machinist and spent most of his career working with his brothers at the Carter family business A.C. Tool & Machine Company in Louisville, Kentucky, that his Father founded and bequeathed to his children at the time of his passing. 

Evan was a cool and unusual soul and will be remembered by many that were touched by his unique persona. Especially his other family, his family of motorcyclists: known as his biker buddies. This family rides on two wheels and shares a common love of the highways, by-ways, pit stops and sunsets. Riding with them was one of his greatest pleasures. Evan will be deeply missed by family members and friends that will cherish his memory and giving spirit. 



Lewis “Sonny” Bass

1921 – 2020


Photo provided by the Bass Family


Louisville native Lewis “Sonny” Bass passed away December 11, 2020, from COVID-19 at the age of 99 years old at Baptist Health Hospital. Sonny was a Louisville original and community treasure. He was an entrepreneur, philanthropist, community leader, University of Louisville supporter, Kentucky Colonel, amateur magician, competitive athlete, softball coach for over 30 years at the Jewish Community Center, mentor and friend to many and was always ready to lend his opinion on making you a better person. Most importantly, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved to travel the world with Gladys, his wife and best friend of 74 years, and family and enjoyed every minute of it. His family was the most important part of his life.

Born on June 5, 1921, Sonny lived in the West End at 10th and Walnut Street and loved helping his parents run the Joe Bass Men’s Clothing Store. He was proud of his upbringing and the friends he made there before moving to the Highlands. Sonny graduated from Male High School in 1938 then spent one year at Western Military Academy in Alton, IL, where he played football and basketball. He was an alumnus of Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, and the University of Louisville where he was a three-year football letterman (‘40,‘41,‘42) and a two-year letterman in basketball (‘40-‘41). Sonny served in the Air Force for three years during World War II, seeing overseas duty at the Air Transport Command in Kunming, China.

In the summer of 1946, Sonny was with friends in Cincinnati and saw an old friend, Herschel Lowenthal, with a very pretty young lady, his sister, Gladys. Long story short, they were married shortly thereafter and they just celebrated their 74th anniversary on October 20, 2020. 

When he returned to Louisville, he partnered with his first cousin, Charles Weisberg, to co-found Bass & Weisberg Realtors in 1952, which he managed for 30 years, originally showing homes by taking the bus. Sonny was a co-founder along with David Jones, Wendell Cherry and Charles Weisberg, originally of Heritage House of America, in 1961. It started as a nursing home business and later became the country’s largest (41) and changed the name to Extendicare and then sold them in 1972 to focus on hospitals. In 1974, the name was changed for the last time to HUMANA to better reflect its mission, eventually selling the hospitals and remaining in the insurance business. Sonny served on Humana’s board for several decades as the company grew to a healthcare industry leader and Fortune 500 company it is today.

He was also a partner in Associated Theatres, which grew to 60 screens in the region. He was an astute investor and businessman, and helped mentor many Louisvillians with their business careers and was always ready to give advice from his experiences.

Sonny was a gifted tennis player and played competitively into his golden years. He was ranked #1 in senior tennis in Kentucky for 10 years in singles and doubles; won a gold medal at the Maccabi Games in Israel in 1986; and played on Louisville’s Volvo Tennis Team that won a national championship in 1989.

As an accomplished amateur magician, Sonny loved teaching children magic at Maryhurst, Brooklawn, Boy’s and Girl’s Haven and Junior Achievement, all organizations he also supported financially. He was a member of the Louisville Magic Club; the Ft. Lauderdale and Boca Raton Magic Clubs in Florida; and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and the Society of American Magicians.

To his final day, Sonny loved making people smile and was known for making little dogs out of Mardi Gras beads for every restaurant hostess, server and any person he ran into, or showing them a quick card trick just to have them smile. He used to say, “It only takes a minute to give a little joy and see a smile.”  

He was a donor and served on the boards of The Jewish Community Center, University of Louisville, Bellarmine University, Louisville Rotary Club, the Arthritis Foundation and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.

A huge supporter of the University of Louisville, along with Mason Rudd, Sonny and Gladys donated the seed money for UofL’s Bass-Rudd Tennis Center, the first sports facility built in Cardinal Park on campus. 

The couple’s support for UofL continued over the years such as the generous gifts of the UofL chimes in the clock tower on campus, the 6ft bronze Cardinal bird, UofL’s mascot, welcoming students to the Student Activity Center and a major gift in 2008 towards the “Gladys and Lewis “Sonny” Bass” Family Scholar House on Hill St. close to the UofL’s campus. Sonny and Gladys truly loved hosting the University of Louisville basketball and football players at their home for many years and continued to mentor many of these players until his final days.

Sonny was a member of the Male High School, University of Louisville Athletics and Jewish Community Center Sports Halls-of-Fame. He earned UofL’s Hickman-Camp Award and Male High’s Distinguished Alumni in 1994 and was named Kentucky Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Humanitarian of the Year.  

He was a member of Standard Country Club, Cardinal Golf Club and Boca Tecca Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida, and The Jewish Community Center. Sonny was also a member of The Temple and Adath Jeshurun Synagogues.

Sonny loved his family foremost and was always proud of all of them. He was a blessed man and the family was blessed to have him as their Patriarch. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Anna Bass and his grandson, Elliott Joseph Bass. Sonny is survived by his loving wife of 74 years, Gladys. His sons: Mitchel (Delores) of Parkland, Florida, Ned, and Steve (Terri) of Louisville. His grandchildren: Richard (Stacy) of Miami, Florida; Nikki (David Walker) of Raleigh, North Carolina; Dr. Heather Bass Zamanian (Kaveh); Anna-Bass-Wilson (Cara), Joel Richardson (Sherry); Jodie and Ben, all of Louisville; Elle Woodruff (Suzy) of San Diego, California; and Jason Gunoe (Dawn) of Canel Winchester, Ohio. His beloved great-grandchildren: Henri, Lily and Bella Zamanian of Louisville.

A special thanks to Michelle and Larry Smith who were wonderful caregivers and to his amazing personal physician, Dr. Carmel Person. Likewise, Dr. Gary Fuchs and Dr. Britt Brockman, as well as the wonderful nurses and doctors at Baptist Health dealing with COVID-19.

Sonny requested that donations be made to the Gladys and Lewis Bass Family Scholar House (familyscholarhouse.org), CASA (casariverregion.org), Maryhurst (maryhurst.org), Gilda’s Club of Louisville (gck.org) or the donor’s favorite charity.

Due to the pandemic, there will be a private burial. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Herman Meyer & Son, Inc.

Letter from the Editor

Photo by Andrea Hutchinson.

Welcome to 2021! It’s the year we’ve all been waiting for and, thank goodness, it’s finally here! What’s a better way to start the New Year than with an entire issue dedicated to the union of two individuals starting their lifelong journey together? This past year has been a journey for us all, and I hope this issue will bring you some hope and reassurance for what lies ahead.

Inside you will find three breathtakingly beautiful weddings that clearly didn’t let a pandemic get in their way. There is the wedding of Josh Miller and Theo Edmonds who tied the knot in Old Louisville at St. James Court, surrounded by a small group of family and friends that was live-streamed to those who couldn’t attend. The Assumption Greek Orthodox Church was the venue for Christina Pecha and George Greenhalgh’s nuptials who had only a few friends and family join them for their magical day with a reception at Volare Italian Ristorante. Last, but certainly not least, is the wedding of our Publisher, Janice Carter Levitch and Steve Humphrey at their home in the gorgeous garden designed by Janice named Jardin de Janice, with a three-foot-tall cake modeled on the garden itself! All three weddings were truly spectacular and you can find all the photos and intimate details on the pages of this issue.

We orchestrated two fashion editorials this month, because why not? The first took place at the idyllic 18th-century estate, Oxmoor Farm, in its gorgeous library that is home to more than 10,000 books! With the princess-inspired gowns from Bridal Suite of Louisville, it truly felt like a fairytale brought to life. The second editorial had a more modern aesthetic and took place at the Speed Art Museum. You’ll even see the non-traditional look of a fantastic jumpsuit from Glasscock Women’s Boutique that I couldn’t wait to show you.

To complete our wedding content, we included two guest writers, Alex Narramore, The Mischief Maker, who designs stunning wedding cakes, adorned in handmade sugar flowers so realistic you’d swear they were real! Narramore even designed the three-foot-tall Jardin de Janice inspired cake. Event Stylist & Planner and Floral Designer, Giselle Smith, is back again and shared her insight for those recently engaged who are ready to start planning on who to invite, what to spend and when and where to get hitched. Also included is a listing of local wedding vendors, so for all you new fiancées who are ready to start planning, we’ve got you covered! The Kentucky Derby Museum is one such venue that makes for beautiful weddings and even includes a VIP tour of all of Churchill Downs!

Looking ahead, we checked in with Actors Theatre that has two new virtual events to share with the community: “Romeo & Juliet: Louisville 2020” and “Convergence! An Actors Theatre of Louisville Celebration.” You’ll also find photos of some local events that took place this past holiday season, including the Waterfront Botanical Garden’s “Gardens Aglimmer,” the opening of Stoneware & Co.’s new store on Brent Street in Paristown and a private showing of the newly opened Glasscock Too. For those looking to give their home a refresh in the New Year, we included photos of a newly renovated pre-war condo that is sure to inspire you. Lastly, Milestone Fitness Instructor, Bekki Jo Pritchard, shares tools and advice for how we can be our best selves in 2021 and beyond. So cheers to the New Year and may it bless us all with health and happiness in the months ahead.

Sincerely yours,

Liz Bingham
Editor in Chief

Letter from the Publisher

“Every heart sings a song,
incomplete until another heart whispers back.
Those who wish to sing always find a song.” ­
— Plato

Tie the knot, take the plunge, get hitched. There are many different ways to describe a wedding ceremony and it means different things to those who have decided to become engaged and begin planning their wedding. In this issue, I shared my recent nuptials with you and revealed a peek behind the curtains of our special day. Call us brave and in love, Steve and I decided to plan our ceremony while being sensitive to and in spite of COVID restrictions, including masks must be worn by all. Our own backyard seemed like the ideal location and allowed us to have a ceremony under a tent with plenty of room for social distancing to welcome the small group we could include. Of course, Poseidon himself decided to join our special day and the rain relentlessly ensued until about 2:00 p.m. when the sun broke through the clouds, offering us a ray of hope that we would have a dry wedding ceremony after all. With my Mother by my side, she and I made our way to “Jardin de Janice” where the small group of guests were waiting. Steve and I said our vows to each other at 5:30 p.m. without a drop of rain landing on the roof of the tent. Just as everyone made it into the dinner tent for the reception, a clap of thunder was heard and another torrential downpour began. We would like to think this was a gesture from Poseidon acknowledging his blessing over our union. Our very own Liz Gastiger was in charge of catering and, following the ceremony, overseeing her staff to make sure they followed the proper protocol for serving dinner. Needless to say, it was fabulous.

The dinner tent was decorated with centerpieces from Nanz & Kraft Florists and the icing on the cake was actually, quite literally, our wedding cake itself, created by the very talented Alex Narramore, also known as The Mischief Maker. You can read more about her talent in a feature we have included, written by her, in this issue.

Our gratitude goes out to our loyal advertisers that continue to support us month after month. May 2021 bring many blessings to all.

Happy New Year,

Janice Carter Levitch Humphrey

A Timeless Revival

A pre-war condo renovated to reflect the original architecture


By Sarah Levitch
Photos by Kathryn Harrington


Make new renovations, but keep the old; one is silver, and the other is gold. When renovations began on this beautiful duplex condo back in March, the homeowner envisioned a timeless space with a delicate balance of modern and classic. Located in a pre-war building, a previous owner broke through the wall of the tenth floor, constructing a duplex apartment connecting the tenth and eleventh floor. As it was, this penthouse abode’s interior was a bit outdated and unfitting to the building’s architecture, including an Art Deco style staircase. This provided the current homeowner with an opportunity to revive the interior by reflecting the style of the exterior. 

The homeowner remarked, “Buildings kind of talk to me whenever I look at them. This building feels like an apartment building that you’d find in Central Park because it’s a classical, pre-war building. I wanted to update the space with modern conveniences while respecting the period and the architecture that’s unique to the building. There’s always a balance between making a vintage building liveable with modern conveniences while still respecting the integrity of the exterior and interior architecture of the building.”

The biggest changes the homeowner made were an update to the kitchen, three bathrooms and the staircase. “For the kitchen, I had custom cabinetry made that is white with marble countertops and backsplashes. I modernized the kitchen by breaking through the wall that separated the kitchen from the dining room. I did a very traditional black and white stone floor because a lot of those pre-war buildings naturally have the stone kitchen floors,” said the homeowner. Two of the bathrooms kept their original tile, with new vanities and countertops, but the master got a full makeover. The homeowner also reconfigured the staircase, putting in a new railing more appropriate to the building’s style. 

Situated high up in the corner of the building, the condo’s main living space presents a breathtaking, panoramic view of downtown Louisville, Cherokee Park, across the river to Floyd Knobs, IN and all the way to Ruth’s Chris Steak House on Hurstbourne. A sure way to impress guests, the homeowner noted that visitors have also commented on how peaceful the condo feels as a result of what the homeowner described as the neutral “envelope.” “All of the walls, trim, ceiling and cabinetry are in an off white color. For me, that’s the envelope. The artwork, decor and wallpaper are really what add the feeling you want the space to have. I decided to use more wallpaper that is somewhat colorful and has patterns. I typically do an incredibly neutral palette without color, but for some reason, it spoke to me that this was an appropriate space to add some decorative elements,” said the homeowner. 

With the beauty and soul of an old building comes challenges, too. For the homeowner, knocking down the kitchen wall made of solid masonry proved to be the major feat. Nevertheless, opening up the space proved worthwhile, with a new sense of peace and hints of the original architecture in the archways and plaster molding. 

What’s left is a timeless space with hidden touches of modern life that any admirer of original architecture would appreciate. The homeowner reflected, “I tried to be very mindful of the envelope of the space, so that anything I put in it, somebody wouldn’t say, that person did that in 2020. I think in 30 years, it will look as good and appropriate as it does now. That’s what good design that respects a building’s architecture does. It never feels dated; it always feels relevant.”

Be Your Best Self

What we want and need for a better self in the New Year


By Bekki Jo Pritchard
Photos provided by Baptist Health/Milestone Wellness Center


The “self” is a concept made of two components: personal identity and social identity, meaning how we see ourselves and how we interact with others. Face-to-face interaction is extremely important in developing the self. Alison Cardoza, Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer with Baptist Health/Milestone Wellness Center, says that face-to-face interaction is instrumental in developing our best self. The energy that is emitted through face-to-face interaction is electric. Endorphins are released and you are held accountable.

The whirlwind we know as 2020 has tested, pushed and forever changed how we develop our sense of self, which in turn affects how we interact with others. During a tumultuous year filled with COVID-19, shut-downs, restrictions, sacrifice, change, non-existence and loss, our normal lives which included family gatherings, dinners out with friends, hot yoga four times a week, spring break in Destin with everyone from the neighborhood and Derby hats with mint juleps have come to a screeching halt. Self-development has been short-circuited! Or has it? 

Dr. Jan Anderson, a local psychologist who specializes in working with executives, professionals and their families said, ”There’s so much uncertainty, so we’re more anxious.” She goes on to point out that with isolation comes disconnection. However, at the same time, Dr. Jan said that overexposure to loved ones can push a person over the edge. Isolation, for most, has not really been an issue, but overexposure may have been. With this newfound awareness of both isolation and overexposure vulnerabilities, Dr. Jan is positive that it is motivating us to find more ways to handle it.

In living through many ups and downs myself in 2020, I look to 2021 with great hope and optimism.  I have always been one who welcomes change because it offers the opportunity for growth. We either adapt and flourish with change or whither and go to the wayside. For 2021, I am curious to know what people need or want to be their best selves. As a fitness professional of 30 years and a college professor of Sociology for 20 years, the development of the self has been an intriguing aspect of the socialization process. I went to social media to find out what people want or need to be their best selves in 2021 and, I have to admit, I was happy to learn that I was not alone.

Cat Crawford, Owner of 502 Power Yoga, said, “Self-care takes practice, practice, practice! Start small with one thing, like journaling, meditating, gentle yoga moves or a morning walk and make it a habit. Practice every day, even if it is 5-10 minutes.” One tool Cat uses is an app called Insight Timer that is full of meditations, talks, music and courses all aimed at inspiring and encouraging mindfulness and self-care. For me, self-care has been very important. Hot yoga has been my form of mental self-care for many years and the pandemic really put a damper on my ability to continue practicing. As Dr. Jan mentioned, she is positive that we are motivated to find more ways to handle our vulnerabilities and anxiety. In hopes to counteract my anxieties about not being able to practice in the studio, I turned my back sunroom into the perfect yoga studio with beautiful, colorful tapestries, comfy pillows, LED candles, soothing lights and, most of all, the ability to create a heated room. 

For many, compassion and positive talk towards others are not an issue. The problem is that we do not have compassion for the self and we are our own worst critics. Self-criticism and negative self-talk specifically impact our own behaviors and attributes and this in turn negatively impacts our well-being. Self-compassion and positive talk are two great gifts that we can offer ourselves.  According to PostivePsychology.com, there are five steps to develop self-compassion:

1. Practice forgiveness.
2. Employ a growth mindset.
3. Express gratitude.
4. Find the right level of generosity.
5. Be mindful.

We must be aware that 2020 was a tough year for everyone. We must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and realize we are human. This past year, self-compassion has been a difficult aspect of life for me, just like many others.

Ralph Waldo Emerson had the right idea when he said, “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” If we could just extend the same patience and grace to ourselves as mother nature does to the earth, what a beautiful self that could flourish as does the earth. A few simple ways to help find self-grace and patience are:

1. Stop, take a break and breathe. Create a morning meditation ritual. Even if it is for just a few short minutes, those few moments of concentrated breathing can help bring clarity to an otherwise clouded mind.
2. Do not be afraid to tell yourself that you are proud of your accomplishments. Pat yourself on the back or give yourself a big kudo for the day. Positive self-talk is extremely important when developing a path to self-grace.
3. Do something for yourself. It can be as simple as a quiet lunch to yourself, a short walk around the neighborhood, that mani/pedi you love or snuggling up with your favorite book for the night. Do anything that is something that is important to you and makes you feel good.
4. Start your day with a positive affirmation. Begin the day with a positive outlook, smile and kind words of encouragement for yourself.
5. Remember that you are human. Forgive yourself for past mistakes and move forward in a positive way.

Michael Malherek, Reiki Master and Owner of Constitutional Wellness 11:11 in Las Vegas, NV, explains it best by saying, “Stop being an a**hole to yourself.” Kindness and acceptance are the easiest and quickest way to experience self-grace and patience. There is so much power in self-grace and patience. Just the intention holds a great deal of power and self-empowerment. Self-grace and self-patience hold a very self-healing frequency.

While researching for this article, I found that many of us are struggling with some of the same issues, maybe in different ways. Luckily, many of the ways in which we can seek out and find our best selves are held right from within. The beauty is that seeking from within is both inexpensive and priceless at the same time. Whether it is the addition of a brisk morning walk or a mani/pedi with Helen at the Oasis Spa at Baptist Health/Milestone Wellness Center, please remember that yes, this is all about you. You are building a better you in order to be the best for those who mean the most in your life. Make 2021 the year you seek out and find the best self you can be!

Bekki Jo Pritchard, BA and MLS at Baptist Health/Milestone Wellness Center is a Certified Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Barre Instructor, RYT 200 Yoga Instructor, Adjunct Professor of Sociology, College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV and Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Craftonhills College, Yucaipa, CA.

To Be, Or Not To Be?

Avery Deutsch as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet: Louisville 2020, created by Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Actors Theatre takes a modern approach to a new era of the arts


By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos provided by Actors Theatre


Just because theater as we know it isn’t currently taking place doesn’t mean the theaters have stopped creating and working; it’s actually quite the opposite. Actors Theatre has been hard at work adapting and coming up with new ways to keep their actors and team creating, not only for their benefit, but to give Louisvillians something to enjoy and support locally. Beginning in February, they created two new ways for people to enjoy and support the arts from the comfort of their homes with the production of “Romeo & Juliet: Louisville 2020” and new virtual fundraiser “Convergence! An Actors Theatre of Louisville Celebration.” We had a chance to speak with Actors Theatre to learn more about both of these exciting new offerings.

Romeo & Juliet: Louisville 2020

Director Robert Barry Fleming is putting a twist on the classic Shakespearean play, “Romeo and Juliet,” by setting it in the year 2020 in our very own city. I had the pleasure of interviewing the actors playing Romeo and Juliet, Justin Jackson and Avery Deutsch, to learn more about them and the process of creating the play. Romeo & Juliet: Louisville 2020 uses the traditional Romeo and Juliet script, edited in a few places as most productions do, but it’s set in a different year and different city than the normal production, according to Deutsch. “It’s set in Louisville in summer 2020 during the Black Lives Matter uprising. Juliet’s family, the Capulets, within the world of the story is of an old-money, pretty conservative White family and Romeo’s family is Black and that’s the backdrop of them finding each other. They aren’t just dealing with the challenges of loving each other but also the profound injustice of the culture they’re living in,” explained Deutsch.

Justin Jackson as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet: Louisville 2020, created by Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Many shows, movies, etc., are taking on the setting of 2020 and implementing masks into the shows as they think it’s essential to maintain the details of what’s happening in real life. I’ve heard from some people that they aren’t fans of this because they think that shows and movies are supposed to be an escape from reality. While Deutsch and Jackson both understood this thinking, they thought what happened in 2020, especially in Louisville, is too important to skip over. “I totally understand that impulse to want to escape reality and I feel that way sometimes too. But I think for something like “Romeo and Juliet,” a play that has existed for hundreds of years, putting it in a new context is a really rich way to understand the play more deeply and what we’re living through more deeply. I imagine it’s a big reason why Robert was drawn to setting it at this moment in time so we could reintroduce it,” said Deutsch.

For Jackson, what Fleming did makes sense to him because it seemed like what Shakespeare himself would do. “Shakespeare, from what I’ve heard and studied, would incorporate modern music from the time into the plays he wrote. I think that’s just another reflection of what Robert is doing here which is reflecting modernity and using that as a vehicle for a wider understanding and digestion for the show,” said Jackson.

Devin E. Haqq as Reverend Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet: Louisville 2020, created by Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Another novel and unique aspect of the play is that it was filmed remotely by each actor. Jackson explained, “I have a lot of friends and family who are still asking me how it works. The way I explain it is, they send us all of the film items you would need, they tell us to download a special film app on our phones and then you film yourself.” Jackson continued, “Let’s say we’re doing the balcony scene. Avery and I would both be on a Zoom call and then we would both individually share our phone recording screens to the Zoom call so that Robert can check our shots live. From there, he would adjust shots and adjust where we’re standing so we look like we’re talking to each other. I stare at my sticker on my wall and Avery stares at her sticker on her wall and then we would do the scene several times at different angles until we got it right.”

The tickets for “Romeo and Juliet: Louisville 2020” are available for purchase now, starting at $15, with the option to donate more if you’d like to provide additional support. When purchasing tickets, Actors Theatre would like you to consider the actors and team that made this magical production come to life and the expansive audience it will reach. “These are virtual tickets and you’ll get a streaming link that you’ll get to start watching at any time,” explained Elizabeth Greenfield, the Director of Communications and Patron Experience at Actors Theatre. “There’s an expiration on it, almost like an Amazon Prime rental. So once you start it, the link will expire after you watch it once. The links will be available in early spring so you can buy them anytime in the streaming window on into the spring.” All of the proceeds from the tickets go towards supporting the actors and team involved in creating the play.

Isiah Fish as Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet: Louisville 2020, created by Actors Theatre of Louisville.

“Romeo and Juliet: Louisville 2020” is a part of the Bingham Shakespeare Series, which is a part of the endowment given to Actors Theatre from the Bingham family, according to Greenfield. To purchase tickets or learn more about the other actors involved, visit actorstheatre.org/shows/2020-2021/romeo-juliet-louisville-2020/.

Romeo & Juliet: Louisville 2020
Early Spring – May 31, 2021

Convergence! An Actors Theatre of Louisville Celebration

The new virtual fundraiser, “Convergence! An Actors Theatre of Louisville Celebration,” will be streaming on February 27 as a replacement for their usual annual Lobster Feast fundraiser. As the year comes to a close, Robert Barry Fleming and the Actors Theatre team thought it was crucial to showcase the work they’ve produced this year and to fundraise in a different way than they have before.

“The two public crises of COVID-19 and then our reckoning with systemic racism gave us the opportunity to offer stories on a virtual platform as the primary way of doing business. It has felt like real-time to see the cumulative work we’ve done on a digital platform and how that has been formed in the conversation with systemic racism, the matrix of oppression, domination and how to make a greater Louisville,” Fleming explained. “This is one of the key things of ‘where have we been, where are we and where are we going.’ That convergence of using digital technology as a social enterprise that is both rooted in arts and culture, but also civic conversation, felt like a way to really celebrate the amazing ways we pivoted and have been nimble and agile over the last nine months.”

Jessica Wortham as Nurse in Romeo and Juliet: Louisville 2020, created by Actors Theatre of Louisville.

The night will consist of showcasing the art and productions of Actors Theatre’s artists as well as what they’re calling people’s “Impact Stories.” These “Impact Stories” will focus on how this year and the social conversations we’ve all been having have impacted that person, according to Patrick Owen, the Chief External Relations Officer at Actors Theatre. “The big focus is really being in conversation with people in the room and sharing the work we’ve been doing and helping them better understand who we are and where we’re going,” explained Owen. There will also be some moments of fundraising and lots of surprises according to Owen. 

“I think what is lovely about this too is that, even though Actors’ tradition has been plays of theatre only, we’re now bringing in all this other interdisciplinary art to come together into one wonderful event where people can actually interact with the event,” explained Natalia Bishop, Co-Chair of the event. “What you can expect is going to be a wonderful experience throughout the night that is going to allow you to really be immersed and actually interact. Participants will be in the community experiencing art together in a very unique way that I think our audiences are really going to enjoy.” There will be spoken word, music-centered pieces, animated work and traditional theater pieces, including snippets of “Romeo and Juliet: Louisville 2020,” for all to enjoy, according to Fleming.

Still from Romeo and Juliet: Louisville 2020, created by Actors Theatre of Louisville.

With Actors Theatre’s mission statement being to “unlock human potential, build community and enrich the quality of life by engaging people in theater that reflects the wonder and complexity of our time,” Jennifer Mackin, Co-Chair of the event, believes that “Convergence!” will encompass all three pillars of the mission. “I think the timing of this event is interesting because we’re all looking forward to saying good riddance to 2020 and are thinking toward the celebration in 2021 after getting past a lot of the challenges of the past year. And I’m not just talking about our health challenges, but also societal challenges. I think that’s one of the things I’m the proudest of Actors Theatre for, for really trying to heal and connect the community and tackle some of these challenges through art so we can celebrate in February this future that we have together,” explained Mackin.

Jennifer Mudge and Chris Henry Coffey as the Capulets in Romeo and Juliet: Louisville 2020, created by Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Accompanying the event will be an auction that will take place two weeks prior to “Convergence!” and will close on the night of the fundraiser. “What’s going to be unique is thinking about where we are in our social isolation and making sure that whatever we have within the auction reflects the time we’re living in. We want things that would be appealing now, so we are looking at what we have done in the past that people have enjoyed and also some new things that would draw people in. We don’t have it all completed yet, so we’re looking for anyone in the community that can help,” explained Mackin. More details on the auction will be released in the coming weeks, so make sure to pay close attention to Actors Theatre’s website for more information at actorstheatre.org.

Tickets will not be available to purchase in advance as Actors Theatre wants as many people as possible to attend the virtual event without the burden of ticket prices. “Because it’s going to be virtual, like all of the work we’re doing, our reach can be so much greater and vaster in all kinds of ways including geographically. We’re finding that, for the work that we’re doing, we’re getting national and international participation. People are tuning in to what we’re doing from around the world and we’re excited! We want to democratize the arts,” said Owen.

Christina Acosta Robinson and Ken Robinson as the Montagues in Romeo and Juliet: Louisville 2020, created by Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Stay tuned for more information about the preceding auction as well as the exact time of “Convergence! An Actors Theatre of Louisville Celebration.” Mark your calendars for February 27 for a beautiful virtual evening filled with art, learning and the celebration of moving on from 2020 stronger and better than we came into it.

Convergence! An Actors Theatre of Louisville Celebration
February 27, 2020

Actors Theatre of Louisville
316 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202

The New Normal for Wedding Planning

How to plan for your special day in the age of a pandemic


By Giselle Smith
Photos by Laura Bodnar Photography


If you’ve just gotten engaged and are wondering where to start with planning a wedding in the current state of the world, we’ve got you covered on who should be by your side, what to spend and when and where to get hitched. 

Who to Invite

With safety and government mandates in mind, keeping your guest count small is the easiest route. What’s not easy? Deciding who to invite. Typically a rule of thumb is not to invite anyone you haven’t shared a meal with within the year, but that may even be too many at this point. Immediate family and the bridal party, plus their dates, are a given. Not all aunts, uncles, cousins, college buddies and coworkers must be considered. For years, we’ve suggested couples invite fewer guests when their wedding dreams outweigh their budget. One of the only positive impacts of the pandemic is that we are seeing smaller guest counts resulting in wedding days devised of pure magic. While you may be limited to fifty, a hundred or even twenty-five guests, look at this as an opportunity to elevate your own experience and that of those in attendance. Maybe this means a nicer meal, a higher-end photographer you thought you could never afford or the floral installation of your dreams that seemingly fell out of the pages of a magazine. 

What to Spend

Setting a budget is always a touchy subject. First, you’ll need to determine how much you can set aside in the desired time frame yourselves and then touch base with both sets of parents to see what they’re able and/or willing to contribute. It is best to be direct and ask for a set dollar amount. After you know how much you can spend, you can determine how much to spend on each element of your day. We like to divide the elements up into percentages and calculate from there. We assign a percentage to each element based on average weddings and multiply that by your overall budget. Percentages will vary for each couple based on their priorities, but here is an example: 

Ceremony & Reception Venues 17%
Photography 18%
Planning / Coordination 8%
Wedding Flowers 10%
Catering 12%
Cake 2%
Alcohol 6%
Rentals & Decor 7%
Bridal Gown 5%
Groom’s Attire 2%
Officiant 2%
Entertainment 5%
Stationery 2%
Wedding Day Hair & Makeup 4%

This percentage scale does not include additional events such as a rehearsal dinner, a welcome dinner, a bridal brunch, showers, etc., and fun things like lounge areas or photo booths are nice, but they are not must-haves and are not included in this basic budget outline. The same goes for tips, gifts and favors, as what you spend can vary greatly.

Be sure to sit down with your fiancé and family to set limits everyone is comfortable with. Gourmet appetizers, petite desserts, fabulous paper products and signage, china/flatware/glassware to make your tables pop, dramatic lighting and to-die-for floral installations are all items your guests are sure to notice. Trusting the talents of your vendors will pay off and make what your budget buys look like a million bucks.


When & Where to Get Married

Setting a date just got a lot more interesting. Previously, couples weighed wedding season vs. off-season, Saturday vs. Friday or Sunday dates and venue availability. Wedding season in Kentucky runs April through October and off-season months are those with colder temps. Choosing a warmer, less rainy season makes more sense now than ever as outdoor, alfresco events have been deemed most safe and most flexible for capacity. Saturday is still the most desirable day to get married, but with so many weddings rescheduled to 2021, even Fridays and Sundays are filled at prime venues. Couples are faced with forgoing the venue of their dreams, booking into 2022 or choosing a weekday to say “I do.” Don’t rule out a Thursday evening event in the summer. Everyone loves a long weekend, and with smaller guest lists made up of your closest friends and family, asking attendees to take off Thursday and Friday is not a deal-breaker.

Once you’ve selected a date or season and set a budget, you can start looking at wedding venues. Kentucky is full to the brim with enchanting venues from historic homes and bourbon distilleries to luxe rustic horse farms and romantic hotel ballrooms. Restaurants and museums also double as event venues. This is one of the areas that hiring an experienced wedding planner can be a make or break. A wedding planner worth their salt will have the time to research and ample knowledge about venues that you don’t. Mandates and restrictions are ever-evolving in the new normal, so you want a planner with great relationships with venues and who will shoot you straight on the level of flexibility to expect if your date must shift. Style and capacity are ever-important, but thinking of percentage-based attendance restrictions is new. Outdoor spaces offer more room assuming you can always increase tent size and the bigger the better as far as indoor spaces go. Although, venue capacity doesn’t matter with capped headcounts such as the 25-attendee limit instituted for weddings in late November. Reading your contracts thoroughly is a must to know what to expect if restrictions are in place at the time of your wedding. 

None of us know what 2021 and beyond in the world of wedding planning holds due to the pandemic; however, I hope you’ve found my insight of tips and tricks helpful for planning your special day. Just remember, if you stick to what is most important to you and your fiance, no matter what you choose will create the perfect and magical day you will always remember.





Photography: Laura Bodnar Photography
Venue: Oxmoor Farm, Louisville, KY
Videography: The Hon Collective
Design & Planning: Goldenrod + Glory
Floral Design: Lovely Leaves
Rentals: Bryants Rent-All & La Tavola
Stationery: Studio W Designs
Bridal Gown: Twirl Lexington
Bridal Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Men’s Wear: The Black Tux
Groom Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Ring Box: The Mrs. Box
Hair: Hair by Maddie Woff
Makeup: Color in the Ville 

Outdoor Festive Fun

Enjoy local light shows, markets, ice skating and more to get in the holiday spirit


By Elizabeth Scinta


The holiday season is finally here and I’m sure we’re all looking forward to a little celebration and fun. We’ve rounded up a list of local and festive outdoor events for you and yours to safely enjoy as you share in the magic of the holiday season.

The Winter Woods Spectacular at Iroquois Park

Iroquois Park is at it again with another amazing holiday-themed event. You might be aware of the Jack O’Lantern Spectacular they put on every year, well get ready for their new winter-themed event: The Winter Woods Spectacular. Take a half-mile drive through the woods of Iroquois Park and see wonderful holiday scenes filled with magical ice castles, Santa’s workshop, a penguin’s choir and 120 stained-glass windows! The event will run until Jan. 2 and is open from 6-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $35 per car/SUV/minivan/truck, $50 per passenger van/RV/limousine and $100 per tour bus/limo bus. Brew some hot chocolate, load up the cars and get ready to be transported to a holiday oasis.

Winter Woods Spectacular
Nov. 27 to Jan. 2
6-10 p.m. Sunday – Thursday, 6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
4800 New Cut Road
Louisville, KY 40214


Village Christmas Market in Westport Village

Photo by Erika Doll Photographer.

This is the last weekend for this event, so make sure you stop by to get in the holiday spirit! In the green space near Tunie’s Boutique, you’ll find a beautiful Christmas Market filled with local shopping opportunities, festive warm beverages, charcuterie boxes, baked goods and more. Some of the vendors you’ll find there are: Board and You Bistro & Wine Bar/Board and You Custom Charcuterie, Georgia’s Sweet Potato Pie Company, Nustaboutcha, 52 Home, Ah, Whatta’ Bout Mimi! and more! Masks are required, and there will be multiple hand sanitizer stations around the market. Get your holiday shopping on by shopping local.

Photo by Erika Doll Photographer.

Village Christmas Market
Nov. 27 to Dec. 20
12-7 p.m. Friday, 11-7 p.m. Saturday, 12-6 p.m. Sunday
1315 Herr Ln.
Louisville, KY 40222


Winter Illuminations in the Parklands of Floyds Fork

Photo courtesy of All Community Events.

While walking along this one-mile trail, expect to see ten different light installations accompanied by holiday music and surrounded by the Parklands’ beautiful nature. The lights are synchronized to music, so you really get to see ten separate light shows, and I promise, it’s something you don’t want to miss. Tickets can be purchased online here for $17.99 Wednesday and Thursday and $19.99 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; there are discounted tickets for children aged three to 12. Tickets and reservations are required before walking through the Winter Illuminations trail. The trail is open from 5:45-8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 5:45-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Reserve your tickets now for a little exercise and holiday cheer all wrapped up in one.

Photo courtesy of All Community Events.

Winter Illuminations
Nov. 20 to Jan 3.
5:45-8 p.m Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 5:45-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday
1411 Beckley Creek Pkwy.
Louisville, KY 40245


Hermitage Farm Holiday Art Walk 

Photo courtesy of Hermitage Farm.

Hermitage Farm’s Holiday Art Walk Installation is another excellent chance to get outside and be festive while also seeing Kentucky’s beautiful countryside. In the woods behind Barn8, the woods are coming alive with lights and music timed perfectly with each other. The light projectors illuminate the landscape with magnificent colors and patterns as it tells a story of wonder. The light show will continue to change each season, and as someone who got to see the fall light show, I can only imagine how memorable and festive the holiday version will be. Tickets can be purchased online and are half off for those dining at Barn8. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for children. Get dinner and a show all on the same night at the same location! 

Photo courtesy of KLIP Collective and Hermitage Farm.

Hermitage Farm Holiday Art Walk Installation
Dusk to 9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday
10500 W. U.S. Hwy 42
Goshen, KY 40026


Lights Under Louisville

Photo courtesy of Louisville Mega Cavern.

In a cavern underneath Louisville, one can find over 40 themed displays, 850 lit characters and 5,000,000 points of light waiting to spread holiday cheer to all those that come to visit. Yes, I’m talking about Lights Under Louisville in the Louisville Mega Cavern.

“To create an unforgettable holiday tradition, we have added more than one million twinkling lights, a projection mapping experience, a second light tunnel measuring 120 feet and three new themed areas in the past two years. Built over eight weeks, this will be the largest Lights Under Louisville experience, ever,” stated Charles Park, Louisville Mega Cavern Executive Vice President.

Those who attend can expect to drive through almost one mile of underground passages lit up with holiday scenes and filled with holiday music. This is the perfect COVID-19 friendly experience as you’re in your car the entire time. Lights Under Louisville is open daily from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. until December 25, and then limited hours until January 3. Tickets can be purchased online beginning at $29.99 per car, increasing in price depending on your vehicle’s size. Purchase in advance to make everything flow smoothly! 

Photo courtesy of Louisville Mega Cavern.

Lights Under Louisville
Nov. 13 to Jan. 3
Daily from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. until Dec. 25, 5-10 p.m. Dec 26-27, 6-10 p.m. Dec. 28-Jan 1, 5-10 p.m. Jan. 2-Jan. 3
1841 Taylor Ave.
Louisville, KY 40213


Paristown Fȇte de Noël

Photo courtesy of Paristown.

Paristown neighborhood has opened its Fȇte de Noël, the Festival of Christmas, full of all kinds of activities for every age. The six-week winter village features an ice skating rink, The Cafė, Brent St. Holiday Market, various holiday movie nights and more! 

The ice skating rink is the only authentic outdoor ice skating rink in Louisville, and tickets can be purchased for $13 at the Paristown Holiday Ice Rink Skate Shack and include skates and an hour-long session. Masks are required, and the rink capacity is limited to 50% for everyone’s safety. 

The Cafė is the perfect place to warm up with a steaming cup of hot chocolate or apple cider after an excellent ice skating session. With a full bar and a new dinner menu, The Cafė has something for everyone in the family.

Brent St. Holiday Market is the perfect place for all of your holiday shopping needs. Filled with vendors and makers from the Fleur de Flea Vintage Market, there are all kinds of unique, local gift options available. The market is open until Dec. 24, so make sure to head over before it’s too late!

Photo courtesy of Paristown.

Paristown Fȇte de Noël
Nov. 25 to Jan. 3
Hours vary depending on which event you’re attending
720 Brent Street
Louisville, KY 40204

Drink and Be Healthy Too

Making craft cocktails at home just got easier with Modica Superfood Cocktail Mix


By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos provided by Modica


When Eric Wentworth and JD Mitchell met in business school getting their MBA in entrepreneurship, they began to tackle the crucial question of “How can I make a great cocktail in the easiest way possible?” The answer came to them in the form of a superfood cocktail mixer.

“Eric and I both enjoy a nice cocktail, but we were both working during the day and getting our MBAs in the evening. Even though it seems kind of silly, the amount of time it takes to prepare a nice cocktail and the energy that goes into that at the end of the day was maybe a little bit more than we could muster after 15-16 hour days. So, we started thinking more and more about cocktail mixers,” explained Mitchell, “I think ultimately you have consumers with a lot of experience like Eric, who own two bars and restaurants, which is one end of the spectrum, someone who is really into cocktails. Then there are regular people like me who find it kind of hard to even squeeze a lime. So, finding something that married those two proclivities was really helpful.”

Eric Wentworth and JD Mitchell.

Thus, Modica, the superfood cocktail mix, was created. Through numerous taste testings and learning about all of the different superfoods, they created three different flavors available for purchase: Tumeric Ginger Mule, Cucumber Aloe Margarita and Tart Cherry Old Fashioned. “Playing around with superfoods gave us a great launching point because they encompass so many unique flavors. That helps create cocktails that are really interesting and unique,” explained Wentworth. Modica superfood mixers are healthy mixers that contain only 35 calories and make it quick and easy for you to craft an astonishing cocktail.

“It’s all-natural, there’s nothing artificial and no preservatives. Every flavor features a superfood ingredient, so that’s our focus as a way to quickly tell consumers that it’s better for you. It’s low sugar due to our blend of cane sugar and stevia that we sweeten it with, and it also contains vitamins and antioxidants,” explained Wentworth.

For their initial offerings of products, they wanted a variety of different flavors for consumers to choose from so they could draw the eye of all kinds of people. “If you wanted something a little earthy and spicy, then there’s an option for that with our mule. If it is a hot day and you want something cool and refreshing there’s the margarita, which is also great if you had a vacation planned this year and had to cancel that. Even right now with winter and it getting cold outside, the old-fashioned is great for bundling up and staying inside. So just trying to think of all the different ways people will enjoy having cocktails and what are some flavors we think really embody those experiences,” said Mitchell.

Modica is currently being sold online as well as in a few stores in the Louisville area. You can find Modica at Rainbow Blossom in St. Matthews as well as the Highlands store, The Wine Rack and Westport Whiskey & Wine; soon to be available in Liquor Barn and Party Mart, according to Wentworth. Stay up to date about where to find Modica by following them on Instagram, @drinkmodica and visiting their website, drinkmodica.com. 

Wentworth and Mitchell both want to emphasize that you should never feel guilty about drinking and having a cocktail, but that it’s about balance. “We’re really excited to start talking to people about balance. You can have a cocktail and it’s not going to undo your diet or undo all of the work you’ve put in throughout the day. You can totally have a margarita at the end of the day and it’s not going to ruin everything you did up to that point. [We want people to] think about reframing cocktails. You can celebrate all of your victories at the end of the day too,” explained Mitchell.

With all of the Modica mixers’ flavors sounding so good, I asked Wentworth and Mitchell what their favorites were to help narrow down all of the cocktail possibilities. Currently, Mitchell loves the Cucumber Aloe Margarita and the Tart Cherry Old Fashioned mix. “I love doing the one-to-one margarita. So the Cucumber Aloe Margarita mix with tequila is so simple, quick and easy; I can have one while making dinner. On the weekend, I’ve started using the old-fashioned mix and adding just a little bit of that to red wine to make a mulled wine, and that has been awesome, especially as it gets colder.” 

Wentworth had a harder time narrowing down a favorite, but he did say he’s been using the Tart Cherry Old Fashioned mix more as it’s been getting colder outside, as well as the two-minute eggnog recipe they’ve just put up on their website. “We’ve created a lot of fun recipes that you can use on our website. There is the standard recipe on the back of the bottle that’s quick and easy, which is just the spirit, the mixer and a garnish.  Each mix is designed to make mocktails as well as cocktails, and there is a mocktail recipe on the back of each bottle for non-drinkers as well. But if you want to change it up with something a bit more elevated, but still very simple, we have a lot of amazing recipes on our website for you to choose from,” explained Wentworth.

Make sure to stay up to date with all things Modica by following their Instagram! Stay healthy while drinking your favorite cocktail with one of the three Modica flavors currently available.


Introducing the New Stoneware & Co.

A new location opens in Paristown that offers an assortment of exciting new customer options


By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos by Kathryn Harrington


Just in time for the holidays, Louisville’s iconic lifestyle brand, Stoneware & Co., is proud to unveil their extraordinary new showroom and mercantile space, adjacent to their previous location of 48 years at 731 Brent Street. Now accessible directly off of Brent Street in one of Paristown’s remarkable historic restorations, shoppers will find hand-crafted stoneware, Kentucky folk art, Kentucky Proud food products and new additions created by nationally recognized Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens. 

Stoneware and Co. is also in the process of creating a Paint Your Own Studio, as well as a test kitchen and museum that will tell the history of Stoneware & Co. for guests to become more familiar with the brand. For example, did you know that Stoneware & Co. is one of the oldest pottery factories in the United States at over 200 years old? You can learn more about the company’s history on their website or by visiting the museum once it opens. 

The test kitchen will be a fun new component to the store that will allow them to test their new food products in the stoneware they produce. “For example, we have some wonderful pies and also some really great breads. There is a company called Soberdough Brew Bread that will make the bread in our bread bakers and our pies in our pie plates, appetizers on our stoneware platters, etc. If it wasn’t for COVID, we would be doing samples and things like that, which is what we’ll get back to in the future,” explained McGuire.

Another new feature they’re adding is what they like to call “The Love Shack” which is intended for those putting together a bridal registry. With the assistance of their own personal Stoneware & Co. specialist, participants can enter a cute log cabin in-store and browse all of the available items and patterns the couple can choose from to add to their registry. This allows the couple to have a personal one-on-one consultation in a fun environment that sets the mood for the beginning of the wedding planning, according to McGuire.

Jon Carloftis and Lauren Sharp Anderson.

Just during the month of December, customers can join Jon Carloftis every Friday in the new Stoneware Garden Room for meet and greets, as well as demonstrations on making eye-catching holiday arrangements. Stoneware & Co.’s new retail destination will delight holiday shoppers with a stunning showroom that pays homage to the neighborhood’s rich history, complete with classic gifts perfect for everyone on your list.

So when wondering where to buy your holiday gifts this season or looking for something new to do, make sure to visit Stoneware & Co.’s new location and experience their exciting new offerings, while still upholding the iconic Stoneware & Co. products and experience we Louisvillians all know and love. If you’re not comfortable going out to shop, they do have an online shop as well and curbside pickup options. As the holiday season continues, remember it’s always best to shop and support local! 

Stoneware & Co.
731 Brent Street
Louisville, KY 40204