Donna Lee Schwaniger Bolton


Donna Lee Schwaniger Bolton, 89, passed away Thursday, February 27, 2020.

She was a member of Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church and was deeply involved in the Our Mother of Sorrows parish. Donna was a member of the Red Hat Society. In her free time, she enjoyed visiting local restaurants with her many friends.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Bolton; daughter, Lynn Bolton; sons, Brian Bolton (Suzanne) and Dennis Bolton (Anne); seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held on March 6, 2020 at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church with funeral Mass following.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Celebrating Suffrage

A look at the upcoming  ‘What is a Vote Worth? Suffrage Then and Now’ exhibition at the Frazier History Museum

By Chloe Games
Photos courtesy of
Frazier History Museum

2020 is a year earmarked for celebration. A century ago, the long fight for womens’ rights culminated in the landmark passage of the 19th Amendment. The movers, shakers and paraders who had put their hearts into the suffrage movement secured for generations to come the power of the vote that we enjoy today. Forty-five years later, the Voting Rights Act was passed and these freedoms were secured for everyone. But, how did this change happen? And, does voting really matter? These are the questions that the folks at the Frazier History Museum were pondering in late 2017.
Penny Peavler was the CEO of the museum when the staff and board began to talk about the significance of these dual anniversaries. In order to explore how we got here and why voting matters, Peavler and Cissy Musselman – a fellow proponent of women’s rights – pulled together a team of Louisville’s own women’s history experts and trailblazers.Former councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton signed on immediately. Working in politics has given her a distinct awareness of just how powerful the vote really is, and furthermore, “I’ve always believed that your vote is your voice,” she says. “Nothing is more powerful for each individual than your vote.”
Hamilton, Peavler and Musselman were joined by women’s history expert Eugenia Potter, Judge Denise Clayton, Marsha Weinstein and Tina Ward Pugh, who helped engage over 100 different partner organizations. Thanks to their efforts, 2020 will be a year full of opportunities to reflect on the power of the vote and inspire the community to engage with this power. “There’s not one person or organization or company that’s said no to anything we’ve asked for,” Musselman says. “They know that the 19th Amendment was important for their wives, their mothers, their sisters.”
Kicking off the commemoration, “What is a Vote Worth? Suffrage Then And Now” opens this spring at the Frazier History Museum, where visitors will have the chance to walk through time. “The exhibition begins with life before suffrage and talks about what life was like for women, about the rights that they had or didn’t have,” Peavler says. A story of the women who marched, spoke and ultimately voted their way towards change is tangible in a collection of objects. One of particular significance is a copy of the “Woman’s Bible” on loan from the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust Collection and a pair of boots worn by local suffragette Evelyn Glass.
Amanda Briede, who is curating the exhibit, says, “Visitors can also look forward to seeing some examples of the evolution of women’s fashion while the fight for women’s suffrage was taking place. We will feature historic dresses and undergarments to demonstrate how the growing freedom of women was reflected in the fashion of the time.”The exhibition will also highlight some lesser-known stories of Kentucky’s own suffragists. “One of the things that I’m really excited about regarding this exhibit is the ability to share the stories of some hidden figures of the women’s movement,” Peavler says, “and particularly to share the stories of some influential African American women that you may not have heard of, such as Dr. Mary Briton.”
The first female and African American doctor in Lexington, Briton has an exceptional story. Hers is only one among many others that will be told at the Frazier. For Hamilton, it’s essential to honor women like Briton. “It’s important to share these stories,” she says. “Never forget on whose shoulders we stand: the many women who opened the door or broke it down.”
Outside of the museum, you will find many other opportunities to be a part of the city-wide celebration. “Every month, something will be going on around this theme,” Musselman says. The commemoration is sponsored by Wells Fargo and involves community partners and institutions including the Louisville Metro Office for Women and the League of Women Voters. The festivities will not only help us to reflect on the past but to look toward our future and empower the community – using the power of the vote to bring about the change we want to see in Louisville. “We’re all working together to move the needle forward toward increasing voter participation,” Peavler explains. “We expect that by shining a light on the value of the vote, we will not only uplift women and their stories but all people.” V

A full calendar of Louisville’s suffrage and voting rights activities can be found at More information about the exhibition can be found at

Access the Jefferson County Public Schools educational resource at This resource is provided by the Wells Fargo Foundation, The Brooke Brown Barzun Philanthropic Foundation and private donors.

Warm Weather Workout: Take your workout outdoors

By Jeff Howard
Photos by
Erin Trimble

Spring has sprung in Louisville! After spending more time indoors the last few weeks, it is important to go out and enjoy the warm weather. The sun’s vitamin D is essential to our physical and mental health, so soak it up this season.
Even if you can’t hit the gym right now, I’ve designed a workout that can be done outside or in the comfort of your home. Do each of these exercises 20 times.
1. Squats x20
Stand with feet hip-width apart, facing forward. Bend the knees as if you’re sitting in a chair, with hands on hips. For a modification, put your hands in prayer position, behind your back or over your head.

2. Lunges x20
Stand with feet hip-width apart facing forward. Step back into a deep lunge, return to standing position and repeat on the other leg with hands on hips. For a modification, put your hands in prayer position, behind your back or over your head.
3. Plié Deadlift Combo x20
Stand in plié position with feet turned out. Bend your knees, then straighten your knees as you bend forward, touching the floor. Bend the knees coming back into your plié.

4. Shoulder Press x20
Begin in plank position with hands under shoulders. Lift your gluteus to the sky, looking at your feet (similar to downward dog) and bend your elbows. Push up and resume plank position.

5. Shoulder tap x20
Begin in plank position with hands under shoulders. Lift your hand to tap your shoulder. Return to the ground and repeat on the other side. For a modification, do it in place with your knees on the floor.
6. Plank Jump Ins x 20
Begin in plank position with hands under shoulders. Jump with your feet forward and your knees coming in between your arms. Jump back into plank position.

7. Push-ups x20
Begin in plank position with hands under shoulders. Lower your body to the floor and let the arms reach out to either side of your body. Bring your arms back in by your side and push up towards the sky.
8. Sit-Up x20

Lie on your back with legs bent. With hands reaching to the sky in alignment with your shoulders, reach upwards into a seated position.

9. Sit-Up Twist x20
Lie on your back with legs bent. With hands reaching to the sky in alignment with your shoulders, reach upwards, adding a twist into a seated position. Repeat on the other side.

10. Turkish Get-Ups x20
Lie on your back with one leg bent. Reach up with the lead arm toward the sky, bringing the upper body upwards. Lower to the floor. Do 20 on one side and repeat on the other.

It’s Showtime


How Louisville’s performing arts community is bringing the stage to you

Compiled by Liz Bingham

Local performing arts organizations are offering several entertainment opportunities during this period of social distancing. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has forced them to postpone or cancel upcoming shows and activities, these performers are staying connected with fans and community supporters.
Here are just a few local organizations that are using the Internet as their stage:

Kentucky Opera
Although live Kentucky Opera performances, including the highly anticipated youth opera performance of Robin Hood, are currently postponed, the Kentucky Opera website is offering a list of streamable performances you and your loved ones can enjoy in the comfort of your home. The list includes performances from the Met Opera, Opera America and Operavision. Other non-opera performances available includes Kentucky Shakespeare’s 2017 rendition of “Much Ado About Nothing,” orchestral music from the Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall, Alvin Ailey American dance theater performances and a running list of instructors’ online classes to practice in your own home, and a variety of artforms from The Social Distancing Festival.
Visit for more information.

Louisville Ballet
If you’re looking for something to read other than your typical book choice, the Louisville Ballet recently made their Etoile program magazines available to the public for free viewing! Each program includes details, photos and director notes from past performances and more. For access, visit

The Louisville Ballet School’s Mind Body Balance health and wellness initiative is currently offering live Facebook streaming classes of all levels with schedules posted regularly on their Facebook page This week they will be offering the following classes:
Wednesday, April 1: 8 am Advanced Pilates Matwork
Friday, April 3: 11 am Mixed Level Ballet Barre

Broadway Across America Louisville
As Broadway Across America Louisville is currently saying, “This is just an intermission,” the good news is Louisville can look forward to the Broadway performance of Anatasia that has just been rescheduled to perform at the Kentucky Center August 4-9! Visit for more information, including a full list of shows scheduled to come to Louisville with updated performance dates and more.

Actors Theatre
Although Actors Theatre’s 2020 season is currently suspended, including nearly 100 planned performances as part of the 44th Humana Festival of New American Plays, Actors Theatre of Louisville and Executive Artistic Director Robert Barry Fleming are proud to announce the launch of Actors Theatre Direct: multi-channel, on-demand creative content to ensure that world-class theatre continues to thrive and enrich lives during this turbulent time. The flagship offerings of Actors Theatre Direct are two full-length, filmed performances of the Humana Festival productions:
Where the Mountain Meets the Sea by Jeff Augustin with music by The Bengsons, directed by Joshua Kahan Brody and featuring Allan K. Washington, Nathan Hinton and Shaun and Abigail Bengson. This play was commissioned by Actors Theatre.
Are You There? by Vivian Barnes, Jonathan Norton and Gab Reisman, directed by Robert Barry Fleming, commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville and performed by the 2019-2020 Professional Training Company.
Virtual tickets are now available at Tickets start at $15 and streaming will begin April 6.
Local audiences can create a complete “dinner and show” experience at home with a special offer from Bearno’s Pizza. Bearno’s By-the-Bridge location will offer free breadsticks or cheese bread to those who mention “Actors Theatre” for a delivery or pickup order. Call Bearno’s By-The-Bridge at 502-584-7437.
Actors Theatre Direct will also feature free content, with a pay-what-you-wish donation encouraged, on Actors Theatre social media channels. Details and FAQs available at Hashtags: #ActorsTheatreDirect #LiftUpLou #ArtsAndCultureINKY

Louisville Orchestra
All Louisville Orchestra concerts scheduled through April 25, 2020 have been canceled, however, in an effort to support the Louisville Orchestra members, you can donate your tickets to canceled concerts to help cover the value lost due to cancellations. Donate your tickets today and receive a gift acknowledgment for the value of the donation. Ticket donations can be made online by emailing to (name, phone, CID, seat locations), by phone, or in person.

Also, the Louisville Orchestra Facebook page offers plenty of virtual musical content thanks to the Music Director, Teddy Abrams and the Orchestra family at large. The page includes videos of musical performances, virtual conductor lessons by Teddy Abrams himself, and live score readings. Visit for all content. Abrams is also partnering with Lift Up Lou, a Facebook group where Louisvillians can view and share ideas for fun activities and experiences at home. Visit for more info.

Kentucky Shakespeare
Kentucky Shakespeare is offering a virtual “Dinner and a Show” on April 3 from 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. EDT as a free broadcast Facebook premier of King Lear from the 2019 Summer Season. Producing Artistic Director Matt Wallace set Shakespeare’s royal family tragedy in iron age England, and the production features Jon Huffman as the aging king, Neill Robertson as Edgar, and the Arts-Louisville Broadway World Award winner Jennifer Pennington as Gloucester. In an effort to encourage viewers to support our independent, local restaurants, they recommend ordering take out from one of the following partner restaurants to enjoy while you watch the show from your home:
All Thai’d Up
Four Pegs
Get it on a Bun at Booty’s
Ramiro’s Cantina
Six Forks Burger Co.
Visit on Friday to tune in!

Kentucky Shakespeare’s workshop for adults, Shakespeare Off the Page, is now available remotely via Zoom virtual meeting program. For the final spring session, they’ll be reading Much Ado about Nothing and Henry V. Visit to register now.

Lastly, Kentucky Shakespeare’s amazing costume designer, Donna Lawrence-Downs, is beginning work on making surgical masks for our healthcare community! Visit to see how you can help.

The Kentucky Center
If you’re looking for a single online source to access any and all art forms taking place digitally in Louisville, look no further than the open Facebook group, Louisville Bright Spots. Kentucky Performing Arts Senior Programming Manager, Erin Palmer, created the group to be an online arts exchange for Louisville to stay connected and creative. Members can upload a song, a video, a poem, pictures of your visual art or start a watch party and more.

Posts thus far have included performances or music by regional musicians in multiple genres including Teddy Abrams, Louisville Orchestra’s conductor and a composer, the musicians of Bourbon Baroque, and four Louisville Orchestra musicians who recently formed The Social Distancing Quartet. Literature includes posted poems, to children’s stories read in videos — like those from Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School teachers. Different types of dance can also be found on the page with links to dance lessons, like those being provided currently by the Louisville Ballet School. Other posts have links to streaming performances of plays and operas both locally and worldwide, including Kentucky Shakespeare and the Metropolitan and Paris Operas. Check it out now by visiting

CenterStage at the J
The Jewish Community Center’s J Arts + Ideas Louisville page on Facebook is a great resource for community members and non-members of all ages. It will be posting content for kids to do at home including crafts to do alone or as a family, audition classes, free streamable Broadway shows, musical theater cardio dance classes, sing alongs, videos of people singing their favorite song and talking about their favorite past role, live chats, and much more! They will be posting a challenge next week with details coming soon, so stay tuned by visiting

Commonwealth Theatre Center
If you want to still feel involved with Commonwealth Theatre Center from your home, Artistic Director, Charlie Sexton, is now hosting weekly #ChatsWithCharlie on the Center’s Facebook and Instagram pages where he will be reading books, sharing improv games and sending links to other theater games both kids and adults can do at home. Visit to tune in.

Derby Dinner Playhouse
Although all Derby Dinner Playhouse performances are currently canceled through May 17, you can take a trip down performance memory lane via their Facebook page currently featuring daily clips from past performances. Their page also shows shared rehearsal videos, messages from their cast and crew, and musical performances from other local musicians. Visit the Derby Dinner Playhouse Facebook page to check out their latest content at V

The Show Must Go On

Photos courtesy of Down Syndrome of Louisville.

Down Syndrome of Louisville to host online fashion show

The world may be in a state of postponement, but for a few of Louisville’s top models, the show must go on. Like many nonprofits in town, Down Syndrome of Louisville determined that postponing two of its largest fundraisers of the year was the safest choice for the individuals they serve and the members of the community who support the organization. But that was not going to stop them from rocking the runway – someway, somehow.

While working from home, Down Syndrome of Louisville’s Development Director Nicole Volz began crafting a plan to keep their members engaged, their donors inspired and their purpose fulfilled during this time of uncertainty.

“Nobody likes the COVID-19 virus, but me and my crew are ready to go viral!” she thought. With that, the Down with Derby Virtual Fashion Show was born.

The show, which will be hosted on Down Syndrome of Louisville’s Facebook Page on April 2, 2020 at 7 p.m., will feature 21 models, styles from three local boutiques, craft cocktail tutorials and more. There will also be links to a silent auction that is raising funds to support the organization. 

To watch the show, visit

To make a donation to Down Syndrome of Louisville, click here

Down Syndrome of Louisville provides developmental and educational programs for individuals with Down syndrome throughout their entire life span. DSL’s Lifelong Learning Center is the first and only of its kind in the nation. Program excellence earned DSL the prestigious Gold Certificate of Accreditation from Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action. To learn more, visit

Louisville’s Boredom Busters

During this challenging time, many of us are beginning to get stir crazy. There are only so many Netflix shows a person can watch, so we’ve compiled a list of things you can do at home thanks to these local institutions. 

Explore the Speed Art Museum

The museum may be closed, but the art is still open for all. Kids and parents can take part in online Art Sparks tutorials. Cinephiles can stream the Speed Cinema and read curator Dean Otto’s recommendations. Anyone and everyone can look at pieces from the museum’s various collections. 

Join Kentucky Shakespeare Off the Page

Missing your book club? Step into the world of Shakespeare via Off the Page, programs for actors and non-actors alike. Beginning April 4, the group will meet online via the Zoom virtual meeting program to discuss Henry V. Email to register or ask questions.

Take art lessons with LVA

Art Starts with Louisville Visual Art is a new series with creative instructional videos. The first lesson on how to make a Tunnel Book is already up, and a new video will be posted this Saturday morning. 

Work on your green thumb with Louisville Grows

The annual Seeds and Starts Sale from Louisville Grows will still take place as the nonprofit will offering curbside pick-up service beginning April 4. Their selection includes fruit trees and berry bushes, vegetable plants and herbs as well as flowers. See the full selection and place an order online.

Dance at home with Louisville Ballet

Turn up the music and get some exercise with this comprehensive guide from Louisville Ballet. Kids and adults can explore various styles of dance from around the world, learn to design a costume, follow performance videos and so much more.

Hell or High Water Shares #stayathome Cocktail Recipes

The Classic Negroni.

Photos by Jonathan Cherry

While we all #stayathome, the friendly bar team at Louisville’s most creative cocktail venue, Hell or High Water, is sharing cocktail recipes the budding mixologist can make at home. Hell or High Water is led by brother-sister duo and Louisville natives, Stirling and Maud Welch. The menu is divided into “Hell” with stronger, more spirit-driven cocktails and “High Water” sporting refreshing, brighter and lighter beverages. 

“While we all do our part to ‘flatten the curve’ the team at Hell or High Water hopes these recipes offer our friends the chance to enjoy cocktails just as they would in our bar,” said Stirling Welch. “We look forward to welcoming our customers #belowwhiskeyrow very soon!”

The Classic Negroni (staff favorite)

1.5 ounces gin

.75 ounce Campari

.75 ounce sweet vermouth

1 dash Angostura bitters 

1 dash orange bitters

Stir over ice and serve with a large rock or up.


1.5 ounces bourbon

.75 ounce Campari

.75 ounce sweet vermouth

1 dash Angostura bitters 

1 dash orange bitters

Stir over ice and serve with a large rock or up.



2 ounces gin

.75 ounce lime juice

.5 ounce Dry Curaçao

.25 ounce simple syrup

Shake and strain into a glass. Try adding cucumber slices to your shaker and a few orange bitters.

Hell or High Water’s Favorite Daiquiri

1.5 ounces rum

.5 ounce lime juice

4 teaspoons raw cane sugar

.25 ounce orange liqueur like Grand Marnier

Shake and strain into a glass.


Gold Rush

2 ounces bourbon

.75 ounce lemon juice

.5 ounce honey

Shake and strain into a rocks glass over ice.


The Quarantini (rebranded martini)

2 ounces gin 

1 ounce dry vermouth (bar’s favorite is Dolin Dry)

Dash of orange bitters

Shake or stir over ice and serve up in Nick and Nora glass or martini glass. Garnish with olive and/or lemon zest.


Hell or High Water is located at 112 W. Washington St. in Louisville. The bar is open Tuesday through Thursday 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., and Friday and Saturday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Reservations are highly recommended and can be secured through the RESY app or by visiting The bar has earned national praise in VOGUE, Food & Wine, Playboy, and Thrillist

Festival Unveiled

Presented by Citizens Union Bank and Four Roses Bourbon, the Kentucky Derby Festival’s kickoff event took place at Mellwood Art & Entertainment Center on March 5. 

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Formé Millinery Derby Hat Show

On March 5, Formé Millinery shared a preview of its 2020 Derby Hat Collection at Kore Gallery. Proceeds from the event benefited Shamrock Pet Foundation. 

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Desserts First 2020

Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana hosted its annual cookie dessert extravaganza on March 6 at the Brown & Williamson Club at Cardinal Stadium.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Blue Grass Trust Antiques & Garden Show

The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation hosted its 35th Antiques & Garden Show at Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena the weekend of March 6-8. The Voice-Tribune’s Publisher Janice Carter Levitch was a featured speaker at the popular “Cocktail & Quickfire Seminars,” featuring design, spirits and party experts.

Photos by Arden Barnes