Get a Taste of Independents, Sunday, July 14

Have you ever wanted to load up a plate with both filet mignon and beignets? It could happen at this year’s Taste of Independence. 

Louisville’s food scene is constantly growing, so it can be difficult to keep up with all the new and exciting restaurants. Cross off some of these restaurants on your bucket list this Sunday, July 14. More than 30 of Louisville’s top restaurants will be handing out small plates and samples. From 1:00 to 4:00pm, try bites of handcrafted pizza from Coal’s Artisan Pizza, decadent biscuits from Biscuit Belly, upscale bites from Bourbons Bistro, and much more. 

The annual event also includes a silent auction and live jazz performed by the Robbie Barlett Duo.

Taste of Independence benefits APRON, Inc. Founded in 2011, APRON, Inc. helps employees in independent service industry who need financial assistance due to illness, injuries, or other issues. 

Tickets for Taste of Independence are $50 in advance or $60 at the door. The event is hosted at The Olmstead on Frankfurt Avenue. Taste of Independence is a great way to meet local chefs and food enthusiasts.

The Speed Art Museum July 2019 Calendar

The Speed is now open until 8 p.m. on Fridays and also hosts the monthly After Hours Party every third Friday until 10 p.m. More information can be found at


GONZO! The Illustrated Guide to Hunter S. Thompson

Opens July 12 – Nov. 10, 2019

Special Exhibition, South Building

As one of Kentucky’s most famous exports, especially in the world of modern investigative journalism, the Speed is uniquely positioned to present this exhibition highlighting the professional collaborations (and personal relationships) that Thompson enjoyed with the artists and photographers who were tasked with illustrating his work, and even more importantly, articulating his vision through visual means.


Ebony G. Patterson: …while the dew is still on the roses…

Through Jan. 5, 2020

The Speed Art Museum will present the work of artist Ebony G. Patterson in the comprehensive solo exhibition …while the dew is still on the roses… Organized by the Perez Art Museum, the project is the most significant presentation of Patterson’s work to date and includes work produced over the last five years, embedded within a new installation environment that references a night garden.


Yinka Shonibare MBE: The American Library

Through Sept. 15, 2019

Free for members and free with admission for non-members



Family Drop-In Tour

1 to 2 p.m. July 1

Explore the Speed’s collection on this interactive, hands-on tour designed for children and families. Free with general admission.


Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

1 to 2 p.m. July 3

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. 


Speed Cinema Presents: The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun)

6 to 8 p.m. July 5

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s BRD Trilogy in 35mm The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Maria (Hanna Schygulla) marries Hermann Braun in the last days of World War II, only to have him disappear in the war. 


Speed Cinema Presents: Lola

6 to 8 p.m. July 6 

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s BRD Trilogy in 35mm Lola
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Set in Germany in the autumn of 1957, Lola, a seductive cabaret singer-prostitute (Barbara Sukowa) exults in her power as a temptress of men, but she wants out. Embracing her ambition, nothing will be good enough for her—she wants money, property, and love. 


Speed Cinema Presents: Veronika Voss (Die Sehnsucht des Veronika Voss)

 2 to 3:45 p.m. July 7

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s BRD Trilogy in 35mm Veronika Voss (Die Sehnsucht des Veronika Voss)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
As the film opens, the once-beloved Third Reich-era starlet Veronika Voss (Rosel Zech) lives in obscurity in postwar Munich. Struggling for survival and haunted by past glories, the forgotten star encounters sportswriter Robert Krohn (Hilmar Thate) in a rain-swept park and intrigues him with her mysterious beauty. 


Family Drop-In Tour

 3 to 4 p.m. July 7

Explore the Speed’s collection on this interactive, hands-on tour designed for children and families. Free with general admission.


Speed Cinema Presents: Deconstructing the Beatles: Abbey Road—Side One

5 to 6:30 p.m. July 7

Deconstructing the Beatles: Abbey Road—Side One
Produced by Abramorama and Culture Sonar
The Beatles’ Abbey Road is a masterpiece filled with classic Beatles songs, such as “Come Together,” “Something,” and “Here Comes the Sun.” George Martin told the Beatles to think “symphonically,” and they responded by creating the remarkable two side song suite. Abbey Road was the last time that the Beatles recorded together at EMI Studios—soon-to-be-christened Abbey Road Studios after the album’s release. 


Speed Cinema Presents: Say Amen, Somebody

6 to 7 p.m. July 12

2 to 3:40 p.m. July 13

6 to 7:40 p.m. July 13

2 to 3:40 p.m. July 14

4 to 5:40 p.m. July 14

Essential Cinema: New 4K Restoration Say Amen, Somebody
Directed by George T. Nierenberg
“One of the most joyful movies I’ve ever seen.”—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
This new 4K digital restoration presents a new opportunity to enjoy this joyous celebration of African American culture and history, one of the top music documentaries of all time. 


Speed Cinema Presents: The Millstone Sewing Center | Quilting Women

12:30 to 1 p.m. July 14

Appalshop at 50 The Millstone Sewing Center
Directed by Mimi Pickering With Quilting Women Directed by Elizabeth Barret
“Leaves you in a quiet fury, wondering about a government which can squander millions and then try to ‘economize’ by cutting back on small-scale local endeavors that actually help the people they were meant to help.” –The Washington Post on The Millstone Sewing Circle 

Photo by Bill Wine.

Art Lab

1 to 4 p.m. July 14 

Visit Art Lab and put your creativity to the test. Art Lab provides a creative space for artistic experimentation, encouraging visitors to solve creative challenges, tinker with technology and discover new materials for art-making. All ages are welcome; All youth must be accompanied by an adult. Free with museum admission.


Family Drop-In Tour

3 to 4 p.m. July 14

Explore the Speed’s collection on this interactive, hands-on tour designed for children and families. Free with general admission.


After Hours at the Speed

5 to 10 p.m. July 19

Stay up late with us at the Speed! On the third Friday of each month, the Museum will be open until 10 pm. Each After Hours event comes alive with an eclectic mix of music, performances, cash bar + food available by Wiltshire at the Speed, and of course art! Come experience the Speed after hours like you’ve never experienced it before. Generously sponsored by Bulleit Bourbon: Frontier Whiskey. In partnership with GonzoFest Louisville to celebrate the opening of Gonzo! 


Speed Cinema Presents: Halston

6 to 7:45 p.m. July 19

Directed by Frédéric Tcheng
“A poignant character study of a misfit ultimately undone by his excessive hunger to prove himself.”—Guy Lodge, Variety
America’s first superstar designer, Halston, rose to international fame in the 1970s, creating an empire while embodying the dramatic social and sexual revolution of the last century. Reaching beyond the glamour and glitz, acclaimed filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng (Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel and Dior and I) reveals Halston’s profound impact on fashion, culture, and business.


Preschool Workshop: How Does Your Garden Grow?

10:30 to 12 p.m. July 20

How Does Your Garden Grow? Flowers and gardens are blooming outside, but at the Speed you can find flowers and gardens in our galleries as well! Enjoy a tour of the museum’s collection focused on flowers and gardens before making your own floral masterpiece in the art making classroom. Ages 3 – 5. A parent or guardian must register with the child and remain with them throughout the workshop. 


Speed Cinema Presents: 2019 Sundance Short Film Tour

 3 to 4:40 p.m. July 20

6 to 7:40 p.m. July 20

2 to 3:40 p.m. July 21

4 to 4:40 p.m. July 21

 6 to 7:40 p.m. July 26

2019 Sundance Short Film Tour Various Directors
The 2019 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 96-minute theatrical program of 7 short films selected from this year’s Festival, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years. 


Family Drop-In Tour

3 to 4 p.m. July 21

Explore the Speed’s collection on this interactive, hands-on tour designed for children and families. Free with general admission.


Speed Cinema+ Presents: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am with Dr. Kaila Story

6 to 8:30 p.m. July 26

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders “Rousing!
Underscores the deeply humanistic soul responsible for broadening the literary landscape.”—Nick Schrager, Variety Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the Nobel Prize-winning legendary storyteller. 


Speed Reading Book Club: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. July 27

Join us for this program that is part book discussion, part gallery tour. This month we will read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson as a part of the Gonzo! The Illustrated Guide to Hunter S. Thompson exhibition and GonzoFest. Visit the Museum Store to purchase a copy. FREE with admission.


Speed Cinema Presents: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

3 to 5 p.m. July 27

6 to 8 p.m. July 27

2:30 to 4:30 p.m. July 28

5 to 7 p.m. July 28

1 to 3 p.m. July 31

6 to 8 p.m. Jul 31 

Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
“Rousing!  Underscores the deeply humanistic soul responsible for broadening the literary landscape.”—Nick Schrager, Variety


Open Studio

1 to 3 p.m. July 28

Visit the Speed for an open art-making studio, where the only limitation is your own creativity! Each month, different materials will be provided for you to make artworks inspired by the Museum’s collection. Free with museum admission. All ages are welcome; All youth must be accompanied by an adult. Education Court


Family Drop-In Tour

 3 to 4 p.m. July 28

Explore the Speed’s collection on this interactive, hands-on tour designed for children and families. Free with general admission.

Photo by Andrea Hutchinson

Nothing Trivial About It!

Why go to the same old dive bar trivia night, when you and the whole family can do trivia night at 3rd Turn Brewery Gardens in Oldham County? Plus, it’s for a good cause! 

The folks at 3rd Turn Brewery are producing some of the best local craft beers that standout amid a boom in the local craft beer scene. But what sets 3rd Turn apart is their Brewery Garden in Oldham County, where they can serve 16 craft beers from the tap in the gorgeous serenity of the Kentucky countryside (only about 20 miles from Downtown Louisville). 

Gather your team of six friends and family members to compete for first- and second-place prizes, as well as a prize for the team that comes in last. If you can’t pull four or five friends away for the evening, 3rd Turn will be happy to help put together a team with you. Food will be for sale from Backside Grill. For each adult ticket purchased, you will receive a $5 voucher for any food or drink. 

For all of the fun, the real winners are the aspiring students who need support to pursue their  dreams of a post secondary education, as your participation will support Oldham County Community Scholarships. 

Children under the age of 12 are free to join, while students with a high school ID can receive a $10 discount.

Thursday, July 11, 2019 from 6:00PM – 9:30PM
3rd Turn Oldham Gardens

A Force of Nature

Cezanne necklace, $48; Cezanne earrings, $48, courtesy of Dillard’s. Merlot Mac Duggal gown, $650.
Antonio Melani pinstripe jacket, $199; Antonio Melani pinstripe pants, $139; Antonio Melani double-breasted trench, $169; turquoise wrap belt, $79; blue shell necklace, $58, courtesy of Dillard’s.
Antonio Melani tailored dress shirt, $89, courtesy of Dillard’s.

Soozie Eastman reflects on filmmaking, family and turning 40

By Laura Ross
Photos by Andrea Hutchinson
Styling by Andre Wilson
Hair & Makeup by Lorie Karnes, CEO of Vanity Beauty Haus and Brooke Spurgeon

THE SCENE: Our hero is a single mother, filmmaker, business executive, world traveler and comedian. She is wrapped in a whirlwind that includes movie premieres, pounding the pavement for money and loads of dirty diapers, late nights and the juggling of public and private personas. Add in scenes of a near-death experience and rising from the ashes for a triumphant denouement.

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It sounds like the setup to a movie, but it’s truly a reality for Louisville-based filmmaker Soozie Eastman.

When most people reach the age of 40, they begin to reflect on their lives and the paths they have taken. What were the successes or failures of the last 40 years? Eastman is a consummate goal setter and list maker but tracking age? Not so much.

“I’ve tried to not let age define me,” Eastman reflected. “I had a friend pass away at 12 and every time I hear someone complain ‘I’m so old,’ I think, Anna Thompson would love to be 25 or 30 or 40. Getting older is a privilege denied many, and if I live to be 90, (that means) I’m a baby right now.”

She’s also a single mom to a baby, Irie Eastman, current executive director of the Louisville Film Society and she serves on the Louisville Film Commission. She is the producer of the popular Flyover Film Festival and a documentary filmmaker, ready to launch her first feature film, “Overload: America’s Toxic Love Story.”

Her journey began in Louisville and took her from coast to coast before bringing her full circle: back to her hometown for the next chapter of life with her child.

Opening Scenes

“Soozie would set up a nightly news set when she was young and film entire newscasts with those big cumbersome camcorders from the 1980s,” laughed Linda Eastman, Soozie’s mom. “We also built a little office that she’d use as a (pretend) travel agency called Everywhere You Want To Go, and she’d order tickets to Paris, and she’d fill out a file system for all her ‘customers.’ Her creative imagination was flourishing.”

“I didn’t think much of it, it was just fun,” said Soozie Eastman. “I figured I’d become a marine biologist or something, not a filmmaker.”

After graduating from South Oldham High School, Eastman realized major decisions had to be made. She thought about what made her tick, and the artistic world of film stood out to her. Her parents encouraged her to head to New York City, where she enrolled in Hunter College and began studying broadcast journalism.

“My parents always said, ‘Be the best you can be – whether it’s being a doctor, making coffees, being a janitor or whatever,’” said Eastman. “I needed to see the microcosm of New York, where I could see the cultures, the ethnicities, the world, and just have my eyes blown wide open.”

However, broadcast journalism didn’t offer enough creativity for Eastman. She returned home and enrolled at the University of Louisville, where she carefully customized a major that blended communication, theater arts, sociology and Spanish.

Around the time she graduated, the Sept. 11 attacks changed the world in an instant. Going back to New York seemed frightening, but the siren call of Hollywood beckoned.

LA (Louisville Area) to LA (Los Angeles)

Eastman landed in Los Angeles in 2001 and enrolled in Chapman University to pursue a masters degree in producing for television and film. “It felt like a three-year summer camp where we were playing with equipment and telling stories, but it allowed us to find our voices and flex our film muscles,” said Eastman. “I made raunchy dark comedies and was nicknamed ‘Baby John Waters’ (director and screenwriter of cult classics like ‘Hairspray’ and ‘Serial Mom’) by my professors, which I loved.”

Eastman settled on making a mockumentary for her thesis, but her plans shifted dramatically after she came home for a holiday visit in December 2004. For years, the Eastman family has volunteered during Christmas at the Wayside Christian Mission homeless shelter. That year, Eastman and her mother met a woman, Denise, whose own story re-directed Eastman’s plans.

“She had been robbed at the Greyhound station, so we drove her to her family through a massive snowstorm,” said Eastman. “We listened to her story and hope for the future. (Hearing) her story of absolute tragedy to her hopefulness on how she was going to overcome homelessness changed my whole career.”

Eastman shelved her mockumentary idea and immediately started sketching out plans for “By The Wayside,” a featurette documentary about homelessness.

“By The Wayside” won several awards on the film festival circuit and her career was launched.

While in California from 2002 to 2014, she immersed herself in the film industry, making contacts and working under such notables as Michael Ovitz, former president of ABC/Disney, and “The Joy Luck Club” producer Janet Yang. She also worked as director of programs for the HUMANITAS Prize, honoring television and film writers.

“The industry is incredibly hard to break into, but it’s about tenacity,” said Eastman. “It will chew you up and spit you out if you don’t stay on top of the game. There are three reasons people succeed there: a fluke, your rich uncle or you busted your rear end to make it work.”

Networking is key in the world of filmmaking. Louisville-based entrepreneur and film producer Gill Holland met Eastman in 2005 when he was also screening one of his films at the Vail Film Festival. “She showed great talent in that first film (‘By The Wayside’) so she went on my mental list of folks I wanted to work with one day,” said Holland. “I didn’t realize then that it would be later on the Louisville Film Society and Flyover Film Festivals.”

Overload: America’s Toxic Love Story

Eastman thought she had it all – a busy career, an office window that faced the ocean, a place to call home in Los Angeles and Louisville and friends on both coasts. “(But) I started to think that one day I’d like to have a child,” she said.

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With the proverbial biological clock ticking, she knew having a baby might not happen in the most conventional way. She began researching options and came across a study that simultaneously intrigued, scared and motivated her.

“I stumbled upon research done by the Environmental Working Group that said every baby born in the U.S. has no less than 200 synthetic chemicals in them at birth,” she said. “That blew me away to think that pesticides, flame retardants, plastics and more are in this new, fresh life we assume is completely pure.”

The more she thought about it, the more she knew that the story needed a voice. She pressed pause on her immediate journey towards motherhood and instead began raising money to fund a documentary film, which became “Overload: America’s Toxic Love Story.”

“I left my job and focused full-time energy on developing and fundraising this film,” Eastman said. “It took me about three years, but 280 donors later, I did it. I returned to Louisville to dabble in things here while I was fundraising, and Gill Holland asked me to volunteer with the Louisville Film Society. Then, Christy Brown reached out and asked me to produce Prince Charles’ visit to Louisville. I produced the event, overseeing 1,400 people in multiple locations in a seven-hour visit. It was my jam and was so exceptional and special. I was then hired as the first paid executive director of the Louisville Film Society. All of that was my door-opening moment, and I realized I was going in the right direction.”

Production soon began on “Overload,” with Eastman as both director and subject. She was laboratory tested for 119 of the most commonly used chemicals in food, personal care and household products. Eastman – who already maintained what she thought was a healthy, clean lifestyle – was shocked to learn that she was full of chemicals.

“I was tested on day zero and then days 30 and 60. I shopped my way around to find alternative products and resources,” she explained, “I had experts help me make changes and checklists, and when I was retested, it worked.”

She still had chemicals in her body – since many have long lives in our bloodstream – but overall, her health improved. “During the second 30 days, the Cleveland Clinic created a detox program for me,” she said. “(It felt like) I ate sticks and berries and cried and detoxed. I lost 40 pounds, but I had an incredible level of energy and mental clarity.”

“By making small changes, I was able to impact what was going into my body,” she added. “It was empowering and infuriating that I as a consumer had to consciously make this effort, but I learned a new lifestyle.”

Does she hope to start a conversation or build a revolution with “Overload?” “Both, I think,” she laughed. “I want to motivate change.” The film has had a few showings so far – including an upcoming screening at the Flyover Film Festival this summer – and will be streamed and distributed through Bullfrog Films later this year. To coincide with the film’s release, Eastman is currently building a social impact campaign and website entitled Cleaner Greener Me. This will provide a platform and toolkit for consumers to learn simple, inexpensive ways to lower the amount of toxins entering their homes and bodies.

Life Quakes

“In the back of my mind as I started this film, I thought, ‘What if I run out of freaking eggs before the film is done?’” she said. “It was remarkable that during the filming, I ended up becoming incredibly fertile. Not only did I make a film, I changed my health around.”

Eastman consulted with doctors in both Louisville and Los Angeles who told her the time was, literally, ripe in January 2018. As per usual, she had a full plate. She was in the middle of making final edits for her film while traveling and working non-stop, and her father was facing serious health challenges. She asked for more time. Her doctor said no.

“She told me, you can change anything at any point in your life, but you can’t barter with biology,” said Eastman. “She said I was at my expiration date and was ovulating in 10 days, so in eight days, I needed to try and make a baby.”

Soozie Eastman with daughter, Irie, and mother, Linda Eastman.

Using a known donor, she became pregnant on her first try, using no hormones or medicines. “I took my future into my own hands and made it a reality,” she said. “I realized that life is finite and some decisions need to be made in the blink of an eye.”

Friend and owner of Revelry Boutique Gallery Mo McKnight-Howe was one of many friends who supported Eastman’s decision. “I remember being caught off-guard by her telling me she was going to live chemical-free, have a baby and produce a film all in the same timeline,” she said. “I couldn’t believe how ambitious these goals were, but I saw how confident she was that this was all going to happen.”

Eastman teamed up with her mother, who supports her as a co-parent. Together, they made plans, built nurseries in their homes and prepared to welcome the baby. “It was a healthy, fantastic pregnancy… until it wasn’t,” said Eastman. “I worked out one day and then the next, I was in the hospital with preeclampsia that rapidly turned into organ failure.”

As doctors raced to deliver Eastman’s baby several weeks early, they ran into roadblock after roadblock. She was in organ failure. Her throat and brain began swelling. The odds that both mother and baby might not survive skyrocketed.

“As a mother, I was absolutely terrified, but I could not show it,” recalled Linda Eastman. “I had to look strong, but inside I thought, ‘I’m going to lose them both.’”

“There were moments of panic, but on Sept. 1, we got a 4 lb., 4 oz. baby girl, who I named Irie, which is a Jamaican word meaning positivity and heaven on earth,” said Soozie Eastman.

Baby Irie was whisked away to the NICU for two weeks, and Eastman began her own long recovery. “The docs kept asking what I did when I was pregnant because the baby was so healthy overall,” said Eastman. “They called her the ‘zen baby’ because each day she’d reach a new goal to bypass. I truly think that was because of my film and the choices I made while I was pregnant. She was off the preemie charts at four months instead of two years.”

Happily Ever After

Not much makes Soozie Eastman happier these days than spending time with her daughter.

“It’s remarkable to have this thriving baby and film,” she mused. “I just sit in appreciation for the life I’ve been given and the life I’ve created.”

“We celebrate all the stages,” added Linda Eastman. “Irie, or ‘Little Stuff,’ and Soozie are both the lights of my life. I’m 72, and I wish I could be with them for another 30 years, but time is short and every day is a celebration for us. I’m trying to pour everything I have into her life every day and imprint as much as I can on my girls with love and joy and appreciation.”

As she celebrates her 40th birthday, Soozie Eastman is back to making her infamous lists and setting goals. She’s focusing on strength in health, happiness and focus and overcoming obstacles.

“I feel content and I live in the moment of whatever age I am,” she stressed. “I wrote a note the day before my 30th birthday to read before my 40th. I found it and it said, ‘Only focus on making money if it’s also making the world a better place.’ I hoped for health and happiness. Reading that was amazing.”

For Eastman, her life is just beginning in many aspects as she looks to the future with Irie. “Life is absolutely exceptional,” she said. “From the darkest nights come the brightest mornings, and we all have to make our own, authentic story and journey. We only have one shot on this earth, so make it count.” V

Splash Into Summer

Photography: Andrea Hutchinson

Stylist: Liz Bingham

Contributing Stylist: Laura deRome

Wardrobe Assistant: Mariah Kline

Location: Private Residence of Joe Wood

Makeup: Daniel Strasser, Creative Director of Clique Boutique

Anne Baldridge
Liz Bingham
John Carloftis
Janice Carter Levitch
Chris deRome
Laura deRome
Erin Frank
Ricardo González
Ingrid Hernandez
Sarah Levitch
Patricia McQuade
Josh Miller
Penny Peavler
Janell Samuels

Woo Speed
Daniel Strasser

Liz Bingham

Chevron knots top, $100; Suspended bottoms, $110, available from Cannonball swimwear. Ava & Aiden scarf, $24.99, available at Saks OFF 5th at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. Hat from stylist’s personal collection.

Janell Samuels

Cut-out one piece, $200, available from Cannonball Swimwear. Kate Spade scarf, $28; pearl necklace, $16; Jeffrey Campbell mules, $32, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Salvatore Ferragamo sunglasses, $99, available at Saks OFF 5th at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass.

Laura deRome

White knots top, $100; Honey Ryder bottoms, $100, available from Cannonball Swimwear. Calvin Klein visor, $24.99, available at Saks OFF 5th at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. Earrings, $42.95, available at Discoveries. Sunglasses and shoes from model’s personal collection.

Chris deRome

Custom men’s shorts, $130, available from Cannonball Swimwear. Linen shirt, $39.99; Ray-Ban sunglasses, $119.99, available at Saks OFF 5th at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. Hat from model’s personal collection.

Janice Carter Levitch

Cut-out one piece, $220, available from Cannonball Swimwear. Cover up, shoes and sunglasses from model’s personal collection.


Anne Baldridge

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Laura deRome

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Sarah Levitch

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Woo Speed

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Patricia McQuade

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Laura deRome

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Penny Peavler

Cupshe swimsuit, $18; red and turquoise necklace, $16; ring, $18 available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Gold necklace, $62.95, available at Discoveries. Celine sunglasses, $149.99; available at Saks OFF 5th at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. Rhode Lena dress, $385, available at Circe.

Jon Carloftis

Linen shirt, $49.99; Trunks Surf & Swim Co. shorts, $24.99, available at Saks OFF 5th at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. Hat, sunglasses and watch from model’s personal collection.

Erin Frank

Liberty print top and bottom set, $210, available from Cannonball Swimwear. Soludos wedges, $18; Kate Spade sunglasses, $58; necklace, $12; tote bag, $12, Eric Javits hat, $16, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Stone bracelet, $86.95, available at Discoveries.

Josh Miller

Custom men’s shorts, $130, available from Cannonball Swimwear. Saks Fifth Avenue hat, $39.99; Burberry sunglasses, $89.99, available at Saks OFF 5th at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. Necklace, $16; bracelet, $12, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Cover up from stylist’s personal collection. Rings from model’s personal collection.

Ingrid Hernandez

Plunging one piece, $180, available from Cannonball Swimwear. Betmar hat, $10, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Earrings, $36.91; ring, $62.95, necklace, $62.95, available at Discoveries. Bracelet from model’s personal collection.

Ricardo González

Linen shirt, $39.99; Trunks Surf & Swim Co. Swami shorts, $24.99; Ray-Ban sunglasses, $89.99, available at Saks OFF 5th at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass.

Janell Samuels

Cut-out one piece, $200, available from Cannonball Swimwear. Necklace, $26; hat, $10; Alex Marie pumps, $32, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Earrings, $32.92; Ghana-made fan, $22.95, available at Discoveries. Bujibaja straw bag, $104, available at Circe.

Ingrid Hernandez

Custom two-piece, available from Cannonball Swimwear. Ray-Ban sunglasses, $119.99, available at Saks OFF 5th at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass.

Woo Speed

Custom rashguard top, $110; basic high leg bottom, $100, available from Cannonball Swimwear. Sunglasses from model’s personal collection.

Patricia McQuade

Shiny tankini tank, $100; Dark Garden bottoms, $110, available from Cannonball Swimwear. Stella and Dot scarf, $15, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Earrings, $42.91; bracelet, $62.95, available at Discoveries. Burberry sunglasses, $89.99, available at Saks OFF 5th at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass.

Daniel Strasser

Necklace, $58, available at Discoveries.

Swimsuit Ready

We asked our pool party participants to weigh in on what self love and acceptance look like to them.

Laura deRome

Cannonball Swimwear Owner and Designer

“My mission is to explore and celebrate the very edges of who we can be as people while simultaneously embracing the heart of who we already are.”

Liz Bingham

The Voice-Tribune Events Coordinator and Fashion Stylist

“Self acceptance is about loving all of yourself, even your ‘flaws,’ because they are what make you, you and are the most unique and beautiful. No one is perfect. It’s about accepting what God gave you and surrounding yourself with others who accept you just as you are, too.”

Janice Carter Levitch

The Voice-Tribune Columnist

“To discover who we truly are translates to being comfortable in your own skin and knowing there is beauty within all of us. Self respect translates to self care. Honoring your body mirrors how we perceive ourselves and how we present ourselves to the world. Be confident enough to look in the mirror and be satisfied with what you see. If there isn’t a sufficient satisfaction, then elevate your thoughts to enhance what is needed deep within the consciousness to change your perception.”

Josh Miller (he/him/his)

Co-Founder + CEO of IDEAS xLab

“Someone recently reminded me that I don’t ‘blend into the crowd.’ I have a certain way I see the world, a set of expectations I have for myself, and I want that to shine through – to evoke curiosity. Self acceptance has been a reminder that it’s not just about showing up for me, but to spur change for generations to come.”

Daniel Strasser

Clique Boutique Creative Director

“I provide a space for everyone to fulfill all their beauty desires. I curate an inspirational experience for my clients designed to create, evoke and transform. Makeup should be the tool used for the complete exhibition of a woman’s inner strength and unique personality. “I do not make-up – I make ART!”

Woo Speed

Attitude Coordinator

“Apositive body image gives me the confidence to be myself throughout the day.”

Ricardo González

Associate Broker + JD, Keller Williams Realty Louisville East

“You can’t expect epic from the ordinary. Love all passionately, work intensely and live life to the fullest. (It’s) not for everybody to like and/or accept, but I would not live life any other way.”

Penelope “Penny” Peavler

Frazier History Museum President and CEO

“I am 51 years old. I know who I am, and I know where I come from. The body that I have has borne me two children; these legs have carried me all over the world on adventures; and these arms have enabled me to work in this community for 30 years. I gave up on being anyone other than who I am many years ago. Loving others begins with loving yourself. It’s critical in today’s society that we model for our children and their peers how important self love and self acceptance is. I am confident in who I am as a person, and I’m just as confident in a bathing suit as I am in a business suit.”

Ingrid Hernandez

President of INgrid Design

“We are our own brand. It is important to represent yourself authentically for people to believe in you. Confidence in myself has been critical in projecting my abilities and achieving success. This comes from within, with all my heart and mind. This is the image I like to reflect, from the inside out.”

Anne Baldridge

The Voice-Tribune Editorial/Event Coordinating Intern

“Positive body image means embracing your real, true self. Especially in our world today, people continue to use social media as a flaw platform. We should be proud of who we are, no matter the size you wear, and learn to be confident in our own skin.”

Sarah Levitch

Student at New York University Tisch School of the Arts

“I believe that body positivity comes from not comparing yourself to others and feeling confident in your body, whether that feeling comes from working out or eating your favorite dessert.”

Erin Frank

Sales Representative at Cintas, Pure Barre Instructor

“I have learned to accept where I am and be excited about where I want to go. As the great Ru Paul said, ‘If you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you going to love someone else?’”

Patricia McQuade

Jefferson County Public Schools Teacher and Founder of Louisville Listens Project

“Staying open to new experiences and developing new friendships are keys to lifelong personal development.”

Christopher Francis deRome

Oates Co-Owner/General Manager at Ostra and Lead Singer of Ocifer    

“It takes practice to love yourself, vulnerability to admit it. Look for the light in others and accept the light that you give.”

Janell Samuels

Market Director, Saint Joseph Health Foundations and Philanthropist

“Positive body image is about embracing the way you look at various stages of your life. If more of us thought of our bodies as temporary, we would have more compassion for the fluctuations we see. We might even surprise ourselves by stepping boldly and bravely whereas we treaded lightly before.”

Jon Carloftis

Garden Designer

“I have always been very uncomfortable having pictures made and usually cringe after seeing them. But I have always had great confidence in knowing you’d be hard pressed to find a better personality on earth – and that is something that anyone can develop.”

The Leading Ladies of Literature

Left to right, back to front: Danika Isdahl, Kristen Miller, Sarah Gorham and Joanna Englert. Far left: Sasha Isdahl.

Meet the team behind Sarabande Books

By Mariah Kline
Photos by
Andrea Hutchinson

In a second-story office in Louisville’s NuLu neighborhood, four devotees of the written word spend their days at Sarabande Books. The local independent publishing house is run by the dynamic team made up of Editor in Chief Sarah Gorham, Managing Editor Kristen Miller, Production Manager Danika Isdahl and Director of Marketing and Publicity Joanna Englert. Together, this impressive group of women is influencing the national literary scene while running the local nonprofit with grace and savvy.

Sarabande was founded in 1994 by Gorham and her husband Jeffrey Skinner, a poet, playwright and professor at the University of Louisville. Their mission from the beginning has been to advocate for the underdogs of the publishing world –  books of short fiction, essays and poetry – that go mostly overlooked by large publishing houses. Sarabande has a catalogue of more than 200 books and the house currently publishes 10 new books each year.

Sarabande’s Mission: “Sarabande Books is a nonprofit literary press founded in Louisville, Kentucky. Established in 1994 to champion poetry, fiction and essay, we are committed to creating lasting editions that honor exceptional writing.” | from

“Because we were authors founding a press, we consider ourselves an author-oriented press,” says Gorham. “The authors get a lot more attention than they would at a commercial house.”

“We publish 10 books a year because that’s what our capacity is,” says Isdahl. “You don’t want to ever compromise the quality and time you give each book.”

In addition to genre, the team also focuses on the personal identity of writers and consistently publishes works from women, minority and LGBTQ writers. In an incredibly competitive industry, Sarabande is a beacon of hope for burgeoning authors, many of whom end up going on to work with commercial publishers.

Kristen Miller, Danika Isdahl, Sarah Gorham and Joanna Englert

“A lot of the writers we discover do their first and second books with us, and then the big houses will start to perk their ears up,” says Gorham. “It’s a great honor to be a launchpad for them.”

Well-known writers also benefit from the independent publisher’s efforts. Through their chapbook series, established and high-profile authors have the opportunity to put out shorter works that their commercial publishing houses may not want to take a chance on. One such project is the bilingual “Puro Amor” by Sandra Cisneros, who is known for her award-winning novel “The House on Mango Street.” Other prominent titles the house has put out include “Animals Strike Curious Poses” by Elena Passarello, “Hustle” by David Tomas Martinez, “Him, Me, Muhammad Ali” by Randa Jarrar and “Witch Wife” by Kiki Petrosino.

While the industry itself can be cutthroat, the network of small publishing houses Sarabande works with is notably symbiotic. As the brand’s publicist, Englert organizes hundreds of events for authors in different cities and is able to coordinate with fellow independent publishers to promote them. Sarabande’s authors are able to hold readings, go on lengthy tours and participate in literary festivals throughout the country.

The writers they represent live and work in all parts of the country, but Sarabande’s heart is firmly aligned with Louisville, where they have been headquartered since the beginning. In recent years, they have launched artistic and educational programming and hosted special events for the community. Sarabande Writing Labs reaches under-resourced areas including detention centers, homeless shelters and community centers. In these spaces, individuals of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to create new works and share their voices.

As they celebrate their 25th anniversary this year, the nonprofit is also engaging with other arts organizations in the community. In April, they took part in KMAC Couture through textile artist Andrea Hansen, who used the Sarabande-published “Make/Shift” by Joe Sacksteder to create a one-of-a-kind gown made of book pages. They participated in this year’s Awards in the Arts at Churchill Downs through the experience of poetry busking, in which a writer crafts personalized poems on the spot after only spending a few moments with someone.

“There’s an immediacy to poetry that I think lends well to engaging an audience,” says Miller.

“Social media is helping poetry to spread more,” Englert concurs. “You have so many great, active poets sharing snapshots of poems every day and tons of people interacting with that. The excitement and accessibility spreads it faster.”

Though poetry has experienced a certain resurgence lately – potentially due to the current political and social climate – Sarabande has long prioritized promoting the craft.

“Sarah’s editorial acumen has been at the forefront of a lot of trends, even preceding them,” says Miller. “She’s been our editor in chief from the very beginning, so her tastes have helped shape our entire catalogue. You can see these (works) start to gain widespread popularity, but these are things that Sarah’s been cultivating for decades.”

Gorham was also ahead of her time in establishing a creative and open-minded company culture at Sarabande. Isdahl frequently brings her dog Sasha to the office while Miller brings her young son.

“This is a press of all women, and I think that’s a really important part of our community with each other,” says Miller. “Sarah’s created this place where having a baby doesn’t have to ruin your career. That was important to me having my first child last year and knowing that I would still have a place here. We can keep doing the work that we’re doing while we have our lives.”

“We’re a real team,” says Gorham. “Each person works as hard as they can, and each person has incredible contributions to make. I couldn’t do it without them.”

Each staff member is also a writer, and all are encouraged by their fearless leader to spend sufficient time on their personal works. Gorham gives them a great deal of vacation time – and makes sure they use it – to go on “by-your-own-design writer retreats.”

“As a team, it’s nice to have such a support system for your own writing aspirations,” says Englert. “It’s great that we can all keep each other in check.”

“Imposter syndrome does not live here,” adds Isdahl.

As they share their literary passions, the fierce four of Sarabande Books hope others will embrace their craft and embrace reading as a social adventure.

“Reading doesn’t have to be a solitary experience,” says Isdahl. “We can engage with each other the same way we engage with Netflix shows. Reading is a form of media that is beautiful and rich and we should be sharing that with each other.” V

To learn more about Sarabande Books, visit or call 502.458.4028.

Creative Collaboration

The Gracie
3,980 square feet
4 beds
3.5 baths

What to expect at Homearama 2019

By Mariah Kline
Photos courtesy of the 
Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville

Every summer, potential homebuyers and curious locals wait in anticipation of Homearama, the annual showcase of cutting-edge and custom-built homes. For established homeowners, it’s a way to see what new improvements they can make to their own dwellings. For people like myself – a millennial who is still saving for her first house – it’s a fun and almost voyeuristic experience to walk through and envision yourself in such amazing spaces.

Produced by the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville (BIA), Homearama utilizes the talents of several local professionals. In addition to builders and contractors, the event requires the expertise of seasoned interior designers like Amy Wagner, owner of Reflections of You, by Amy.

The Mediterranean
3,554 square feet / 4 beds / 3.5 baths

“Pulling together a fully furnished home in a matter of weeks is certainly a marathon, not a sprint,” she says. “But having designed several show houses, our team has the experience and resources to pull together a ‘wow’ show house within a short amount of time.”

“It’s actually a very technical job,” says Maria Leon-Johnson, an interior designer with Century Entertainment & Furnishings who is working on two homes in this year’s showcase. “You need to be really organized because you go from fluffing pillows to looking at construction drawings, attending site visits with providers to choosing the configuration of a sectional sofa.”

Leon-Johnson is pulling double duty while designing both The Sequoia alongside Thurman Real Estate & Development, LLC and The Gracie with Eldridge Company. Wagner is partnering with RPO Homes to design the Meditterranean, a Southern California-inspired abode. Completing these projects requires the creativity and hard work of hundreds of people, but for these designers, the collaboration is a pleasure.

“The builders are awesome, and we have prepared many surprises for the public during the home show,” says Leon-Johnson. “Both builders are young and new to Homearama, so they came with an open mind and a great vision. It has been a phenomenal experience so far.”

The Belgian Cottage
5,049 square feet / 5 beds / 4.5 baths

“I’ve loved getting to know Rob Osborne and his assistant Stacy Jenkins,” says Wagner. “They’re experienced and professional yet they know when to laugh and not always be serious. The fact that we have a cohesive vision, work hard and truly enjoy the process has made Homearama 2019 one of my favorites.”

The local sponsors who have joined BIA in supporting the event share the same enthusiasm and commitment for the event.

“We are so lucky to have so many local partners who are committed to Homearama,” says Juva Barber, executive vice president of BIA. “LG&E is our presenting sponsor and River City Bank is the official sponsor. We are honored that these local partners take time to work with us and reach out to the community at Homearama.”

As for the neighborhood, Barber says Dove Point offers the perfect blend of convenience and privacy.

The Sequoia
5,448 square feet / 5 beds / 3.5 baths

“This location is amazing,” she says. “Located inside the Gene Snyder, Dove Point Estates is close to an abundance of shopping and dining options. The development is a beautiful, farm-like setting, providing (both) a quiet retreat and easy access to all of the amenities a busy family needs.

Perhaps what will be most alluring to attendees is the variety in price points and architectural styles, which include contemporary to rustic to somewhere in between.

“These homes are all individual so there is truly something for everyone,” explains Barber. “There is so much to see at Homearama, even if you’re not in the market to buy. From new paint colors to new tile patterns to new finishes, you can see it all.”

For those who become so inspired by that they can’t wait to start shopping, more than 30 vendors will be exhibiting top-of-the-line items. Located in the tent as guests enter and exit the neighborhood, the selection will include windows, sunrooms, security systems, flooring and more. A significant furniture sale will also take place during the show. To stay up to date, follow the event on Facebook by searching for @homearamalouisville.

There’s a reason Homearama has been delighting visitors for more than 50 years. Whether you’re in the market for a new home or just enjoy taking a curious lap through a pristine space, no other display of beautiful dwellings can compare. V

3,870 square feet / 4 beds / 3.5 baths

Homearama 2019

July 13-28
Dove Point Estates, 4063 Sweeney Lane
Admission: $10
Children 12 and under free with an adult
5 to 9 p.m. weekdays:
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays
1 to 6 p.m. Sundays
Ticket gate closes one hour prior to closing time.

Work from Home

Treadmill and resistance band in gym at home

How to design the home gym of your dreams

By Jeff Howard

If you live in your dream home or you’re about to move into it, I want you to consider finding a space for your very own home gym, whether it’s a whole room or just a nook. “I don’t have time to work-out” is the number one excuse people have when it comes to not being able to make it to the gym. If that sounds like you, then perhaps it’s time you consider designing one at home.

Photo by Jillian Clark.

The biggest mistake people make is thinking that they’ll get in shape simply by spending money on a bunch of great equipment. For that reason, I usually suggest that people start off a home gym project on a smaller scale, and then build upon it if and when you are actually making use of it and enjoying it.

Here are my suggestions for planning out and buying essentials for your own family-friendly home gym:

Where to Put your Gym

The first thing to decide is where you want to set up your home gym. Basements, spare bedrooms, offices and garages can all make for an excellent workout space. I want you to consider what types of things you’ll want to do as far as working out in that space. If you’ll be using weights, do you have the right type of floors? Are the ceilings high enough for what you want to do? Is there an electric outlet in case you want to add anything that requires power?

Equipment You’ll Need

There are a few pieces of equipment that can be essential to most home gyms. The key is to only add pieces that will help you get the most out of a variety of exercise routines. While some may go all out and add several types of machines, chances are that most of these will take up valuable space and go to waste. Make sure the equipment you choose fits a variety of needs.

Here are my suggested items to help get any home gym going:

Mats, rubber flooring or carpeting: Since a lot of your workout will be floor-based exercises, consider the type of flooring you have and make sure it’s comfortable on the body. You’ll be using free weights, dumbbells, kettlebells or maybe a yoga mat so your floor is important.

Tubing or resistance bands: These are a great tool and can be utilized for several different exercises. You can strap them to a door or wrap them around a machine. They take up little space, come in different tensions and are not too costly.

Dumbbells: The exercises you can do with dumbbells are endless, so they are worth investing in. Purchase three to five sets in a range of weights to accommodate for different exercises and for the strength you will be gaining.

Barbell and weight plates: Your home gym, of course, would not be complete without a barbell. Like other free weights, barbells are much better than the machines at the gym because of the stabilization and coordination aspects they bring to your workouts. Now, you need some weight to put on that bar! Buy a variety of sizes: 2.5 lb., 5 lb., 10 lb., 25 lb. and, if you are fairly strong, 45 lb. plates.

Home gym in the mansard with training equipment – 3d rendering

Utility bench and/or stability ball: A simple padded bench can be utilized for many upper- and lower-body exercises and is a great complement to any free weights you might have. A Swiss Ball or stability ball is another great option as it can be used very similarly. Utilize your bench as a functional training tool for hamstring curls, glute bridges, squats, core exercises and more.

Your favorite cardio piece: If one of your priorities is weight loss or improved cardiovascular health, then you may want to consider adding an elliptical, treadmill, stationary bike or rower. Just be sure that whatever you choose is a good fit for your space. To save money, call your local gyms to find out if they have a used one they are replacing. On a tight budget, a jump rope will do the job.

Suspension trainers (TRX): Systems that involve straps that you can attach to ceilings, doors or support beams allow your body weight to become your resistance. They are relatively inexpensive when you consider the variety and overall number of exercises you can do with them. And much like resistance bands, they take up little to no space.

Mirrors, mirrors, mirrors: They serve a couple of valuable purposes when it comes to having them in your home gym. Mirrors are helpful in watching for any problems you might have with proper form. Doing squats, lunges, etc. in front of a mirror can help with correction and alignment. Also, they can make a space feel bigger and brighter.

Music/TV: Working out to your favorite music is key to getting you motivated! Having a TV is great for following a workout from a fitness channel or video. It can also be the perfect opportunity to catch up on the news or your favorite “Real Housewives” show.

Equipment for a Tight Budget

Stability ball
Jump rope
Resistance bands
Hand weights

Having a gym in your house can be a perfect solution to making fitness a priority for you and your family. But even the best-equipped home gym will do absolutely nothing for your health and fitness unless you use it! Schedule your workouts and do whatever it takes to stay the course. V

Hometown Trailblazers

Dorothy Butler Gilliam, Louisville native and author of “Trailblazers: A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America.”

By Janice Carter Levitch

Portrait of Janice by J. Edward Brown.

Let me tell you about my recent travels that took me from Washington D.C. to New Orleans and how it all looped back around to our beautiful city of Louisville. The adventure to D.C. was inspired by one of my kiddos, Lane Levitch, who is embarking on a summer internship there. While in D.C., I received a call from a friend, Blair Butler, who told me about his aunt Dorothy Butler Gilliam who had written a book – not just any book but her memoirs.

After telling Blair I was in D.C., we checked and Dorothy was only eight minutes away from where I was staying. Within the hour, I was shaking hands with her as she proceeded to autograph a copy of her book, “Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America” for me.

“I came of age in Louisville,” Dorothy explained. “It was the segregated South at that time. Despite the harshness, we were able to learn what was needed to be on a path for success. I became hooked on journalism while working for the Louisville Defender. I learned to take shorthand at Ursuline College and that helped me at the Washington Post. Louisville is where I got my start. I learned journalism was a profession that could open new worlds for me.”

Dr. Nick Mueller, Louisville native and co-founder of The National WWII Museum.

Skip ahead a few years and Dorothy found herself being hired by the Washington Post as the publication’s first black female reporter. This was 1961, the height of the Civil Rights Movement. What an honor to meet someone so accomplished. I’m still in awe.

From D.C., my travels took me to New Orleans for a little Creole elegance. My trip included a visit to The National WWll Museum, which was co-founded by Louisville native Dr. Nick Mueller. This museum is astounding and carefully curated to allow visitors to learn about the history of the countless men and women who have fought for our freedom.

The National WWII Museum.

D-Day’s 75th anniversary was in full swing. Some of the folks around me wore jackets emblazoned with special medals of honor denoting the time they had served in the military. I learned that Nick and his friend Stephen Ambrose shared a drink in the gazebo behind Stephen’s house 27 years ago, and the idea for the museum was born. I find it inspiring that a conversation between friends can create a place that attracts about 700,000 visitors each year. The stories I discover whilst traveling still leave me wonderstruck and proud that so many Louisville natives are brave trailblazers making a significant difference in our society. And for that, I am truly grateful. V

Army and Navy personnel await orders during maneuvers in England prior to D-Day. Navy demolitions experts aided army personnel in clearing obstacles on the beaches. Photos courtesy of The National WWII Museum

Home is Where the Heart Is

Photo by Kathryn Harrington

Story by Class Act Federal Credit Union

At a young age, the importance of education was instilled in Christopher Lopez by his mother and his grandmother, who were both JCPS employees. Growing up, he says there was “never a question of how important education was.” Christopher has carried this philosophy with him, and this is one of the reasons why he joined Class Act Federal Credit Union when he was 16 years old.

Because first-time home buying can be intimidating, Christopher trusted Class Act to guide him through it. “My mortgage advisor was really great throughout the process,” he said. From submitting his application to closing on his dream home, Christopher had an exceptional home-buying experience thanks to Class Act.

Christopher was not surprised that Class Act came through for him, because they have always provided him with great service. He expressed how convenient it was to have a branch on campus when he attended UofL. The special playroom for kids at the Fern Valley branch was especially appreciated by Christopher and his son.

Class Act’s excellent customer service and the way they value education makes them special to Christopher. “I often think about how the world would look if education was really emphasized the way I think it should be,” he said.

Christopher recalled how excited his son was to see their new home. He is already planning how to decorate his room, and negotiations for a trampoline in the backyard are in the works. If you are passionate about education like Christopher and want a financial institution that is on your side, visit, or call 502.964.7575 to see how you can become a member today!

The Queen’s 92nd Birthday Tea

The English-Speaking Union, Kentucky Branch held its annual Queen’s Birthday Tea on June 10 at the home of William and Patricia Wetherton in Anchorage. The colorful event included a champagne luncheon, displays presented by the Sons of Colonial Wars Color Guard and performances by local drama students. Scholarships were awarded to university students, enabling them to attend classes at Oxford, Cambridge and the University of Edinburgh. The ESU provides educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators and members.

Carolyn Cook, pipe major with the Louisville Fire & Rescue Pipes and Drums and Julian Clay, member of the color guard.

The Color Guard of The Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Scholarships were awarded to the following students: Hannah Bishop, University of Louisville, who will attend the University of Cambridge; Katie Huffman, University of Kentucky, who will attend Oxford University; Shania Goble, University of Kentucky, who will attend Oxford; and not pictured, Kenzie Gooley, Bellarmine University, who will attend the University of Edinburgh.

Hosts William and Patricia Wetherton.

Sylvia Bruton, Vice-president of the Kentucky Branch of the English-Speaking Union.

William Carroll and Grant Bruton.

Letter From the Editor

Behind the scenes of the “Splash Into Summer” fashion editorial at the home of Joe Wood.

Years ago, a big-time Louisville entrepreneur who was making waves around the world but receiving zero coverage locally looked at me and said, “I don’t think people understand what’s happening here.”

I did my homework, and he was right.

Thankfully, that’s now changed.

The Voice-Tribune team and I couldn’t be more excited to share this issue with you and highlight people who are making waves around the world.

Soozie Eastman is one of those. In this issue, we get the “reel” truth behind her documentary that is garnering rave reviews.

We also peek in on an incredible pool party, get back to school tips from principals and visit Homearama.

And then, there’s this.

The first time I met Louise Cecil, I was terrified.

I’d been sent to her costume shop off Floyd Street, knocked on a heavy, metal door and spoke into a rusted speaker announcing my name and reason for my presence. Soon, I was greeted by a man who beckoned me to board an old-school, industrial elevator.

This was years before iPhones and social media, and I was alone, but I went anyway, making small talk as we inched upwards.

When the elevator came to a lurching stop, I held my breath.

And then the doors opened to what felt like a wonderland. I’d landed in Louise’s world, and hours later, I left feeling like I’d been touched by royalty with a cloud of pixie dust.

That was Louise: She was magical.

Soozie Eastman is styled by Andre Wilson and photographed by Andrea Hutchinson at the home of Linda Eastman and at the Speed Cinema.
Photos by Britany Baker and Andrea Hutchinson.

After that first meeting, I didn’t hesitate to reach out for costumes, fashion shoot props and advice, too, about ways to fuel creativity. I looked forward to the clandestine albeit welcoming introduction to her world every time I knocked on her door.

Before I left, even if she had a hundred other people in her shop, she always took a moment to tell me I was welcome back any time. I am positive she said nearly the same thing to everyone who had the good fortune of experiencing Louise’s magical love and passion for creating.

You can see our celebration of Louise in this issue, which features a photo of her by Frankie Steele, on page 102. Thank you, Louise, for teaching so many of us the importance of enjoying life.

Angie Fenton
Editor in Chief