Gardening for the Greater Good

The annual Kilgore Home & Garden Tour offers access to Louisville’s most beautiful gardens while helping those in need


By Laura Ross
Photos by Page Penna


The Kilgore Home and Garden Tour has offered peeks into lush gardens and homes across Louisville for 21 years. The popular event is produced by volunteers for the Kilgore Samaritan Counseling Center, a mission of Second Presbyterian Church and St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church. The non-profit counseling center was founded in 1987 through the vision of Betty Moss Gibbs and is named in memory of her father, Ben Kilgore.

Betty and her husband were avid gardeners, so a natural fundraising effort grew out of their passion for gardening and became the Kilgore Home and Garden Tour. The event has raised thousands of dollars to ensure no one needing mental health services is ever turned away from Kilgore for an inability to pay.

Usually held in May, but beset by the pandemic, Kilgore took a calculated risk and held the 2020 event in June and only offered outdoor gardens. “It was a smash hit,” said Ken Fleming, executive director of Kilgore Samaritan Counseling Center. “People wanted to get out and do things. They needed to see gardens and smell the flowers to give them a feeling of relief.”

This year’s tour will feature two homes and six gardens on June 12-13. Guests are encouraged to pace themselves through the gardens and maintain social distancing. A special treat on June 11 includes Flower School 101 with Michael Gaffney, featuring a two-hour demonstration and lecture with the famed author, personality and executive director of the American School of Flower Design. The Kilgore Home and Garden Tour is held rain or shine and tickets for the tour, Flower School and raffle can be purchased on the Kilgore website and at select retail locations.

“We use the garden tour as a good foundation for how we approach counseling and therapy as we help people navigate their journey through their challenges,” said Fleming.

All proceeds benefit Kilgore’s counseling services, which treat children, adults and families struggling with mental health issues and addiction. “We have seen quite a few people recently,” said Fleming.  “We had a record-setting year of folks with anxiety, depression, overwhelming parenting issues and the stress of the pandemic, working at home and trying to manage school. It has affected the entire family structure.”

“These are people who need healing,” he added. “Like the gardens we feature, you must plant a seed, water it and manage it. It’s a reflection of what you go through in therapy.”

Kilgore’s therapists often combine psychotherapy and spiritual approaches. “It’s a unique layer of guidance that spans all faith traditions,” said Fleming. “We have a chaplain on staff and several therapists who’ve studied theology or attained divinity degrees. We treat both mind and soul.” 

Kilgore’s team of counselors and therapists includes psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and pastoral counselors. Kilgore treats families, with specialized counseling for children, adolescents and the elderly, and provides psychological testing, behavior consulting, relationship and marriage counseling and addiction counseling. 

“We put the entire family on a better path,” explained Fleming.

As the world navigates difficult waters through the uncertainness of the pandemic, Fleming stresses the need to realize if you’re drowning in worry, addiction or anxiety, to ask if you need a lifeline. Kilgore can provide the steps to recovery. 

“Even though we have different faces, we face the same challenges mentally and spiritually,” he said. “Kilgore Samaritan Counseling is here to help you breach those barriers. It’s easy to go to a doctor and get fixed for a broken arm, but when it comes to mental health, too many people say, ‘Oh, I’ll get over it.’  Our approach is intricate. We combine the body, mind and spirit to help people overcome those barriers and say, ‘Hey we are all on this boat together.’ It always helps to talk with others.”

The Kilgore Samaritan Counseling Center
918 Ormsby Lane
Louisville, KY 40242

Kilgore Home and Garden Tour
June 12 and 13, 2021
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rain or shine

Gardens on the 2021 Tour:
4023 Norbourne Boulevard
5105 Dunvegan Road
The Gardens at the Avish, Avish Lane off River Road
7915 Westover Drive
1208 Evergreen Road
108 Mt. Mercy Drive, Pewee Valley, Kentucky

 The Kilgore Home and Garden Tour is a self-guided tour. Guests may begin at any of the addresses listed.

Flower School 101 with Michael Gaffney

Friday, June 11 at Second Presbyterian Church, 3701 Brownsboro Road

Flower School 101 features a two-hour lecture and demonstration where Michael will create ten arrangements. Additionally, there is an opportunity for 50 people to attend a two-hour class where Michael will show you how to create three of your own arrangements.

Flower School:
Morning Lecture: 9–11 am; Limited attendance for $75
Book Signing: 11–12 pm
Morning Lecture and afternoon Workshop: 1–3 pm; Limit is 50 people for $150


Albert P. Smith, Jr.

1927 – 2021


Albert Perrine Smith, Jr., a noted Kentucky journalist and public citizen, died peacefully at home on March 19, 2021, in Sarasota, FL. He was 94.

Al, who was born in Sarasota and grew up in Hendersonville, TN, owned and published seven weekly newspapers in Kentucky and Tennessee. For 33 years, he was host and producer of Kentucky Educational Television’s “Comment on Kentucky,” the longest running public-affairs show on a PBS affiliate. In 1979, he was appointed federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission by President Jimmy Carter, serving in the Carter and Reagan administrations until 1982. He hosted and produced a daily radio show, “Primeline,” from 1990 to 1996, and wrote two books. He was a charter member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, a fellow of the national Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the former president of the Kentucky Press Association and the former chairman of the Kentucky Arts Commission.

At 15, Al beat out 100,000 contestants to win the American Legion’s national oratorical contest. He traveled the country for a year speaking to raise money for the war effort. After high school, he proudly served stateside in the Army during World War II. Al then attended Vanderbilt University before beginning his journalism career in New Orleans, where he worked as an editor and reporter for The Times-Picayune and the States-Item. Though his 10 years in New Orleans were colorful and fueled a lifetime of stories, alcoholism derailed his career there. Al relocated to Russellville, KY, where he became the editor of The News-Democrat, and quit drinking in 1963. He went on to accompany countless others to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and was a “friend of Bill W.” for 58 years.

In 1966, he met his future wife, Martha Helen. They married in 1967. The next year, Al left The News-Democrat to start his own weekly, The Logan Leader, and soon purchased The News-Democrat. Through the 1970s, Al was editor and publisher of his Russellville papers, and with Martha Helen and other partners acquired several other weeklies. He sold the chain in 1985. As editor, he took strong stands on public issues, particularly education. In 1974, he began a broadcasting career, hosting “Comment” on Friday nights. The popular show featured a panel of Kentucky journalists discussing and analyzing that week’s news.

In the 1970s and 80s, Al became involved in several statewide public service organizations. He was founding chair of the Kentucky Oral History Commission and chaired both Leadership Kentucky and the Shakertown Roundtable, a forum on challenging issues facing Kentucky. With the University of Kentucky, he founded the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues (IRJ) and was chair emeritus of its advisory board. He retired from his television career in 2007 and went on to write two memoirs, Wordsmith and Kentucky Cured.

Al’s greatest legacy was the many people he helped along the way. He mentored younger journalists and others who crossed his path. He was a kind, generous man and a wonderful (if long-winded) storyteller, with a Shakespearean grasp of political foible and triumph. His curiosity was more than a journalist’s quest for a story; it was a wider curiosity that reflected his love for humanity and its condition. That quality brought him a wide circle of friends from all walks of life. He loved his family, Kentucky, political stories, his dogs Chloe and Coco, chocolate and Willie Nelson. Fats Waller’s “Your Feet’s Too Big” transported him to the snowy rifle range at Fort Sill, OK. or to New Orleans, where he loved the food, the music and the people.

Al received honorary doctorates from the University of Kentucky and eight other colleges and universities. He was named a Distinguished Rural Kentuckian by the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives and a Rural Hero (for journalism) by the National Rural Assembly. He received the Medallion for Intellectual Achievement from the UK Library Associates, the Kentucky Broadcasters Association’s Gabbard Distinguished Kentuckian Award, Leadership Kentucky’s Flame of Excellence Award and several other honors. Two statewide awards are named in his honor. One Al Smith Award, given by the IRJ together with the Bluegrass SPJ, honors public service through community journalism. The other Al Smith Award is given by the Kentucky Arts Commission to an artist who has achieved a high level of excellence and creativity.

Al was the son of Albert Perrine Smith and Elvira Mace Smith. Survivors include his beloved wife of almost 54 years, Martha Helen Smith; his children, Catherine McCarty (William) of Birmingham, AL., Lewis Carter Hancock of Louisville, and Virginia Major (William) of West Hartford, CT., as well as an “adopted” son, Huaming Gu of Shanghai, China; his sister, Robin Burrow (James), of Abilene, TX.; and two nieces, Robin Rutledge Sloane (Robert) of Fort Worth, TX. and Rachel Burrow of Austin, TX. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Evan and Connor (Ikue) McCarty, Lauren Hancock, and Susannah and Ava Major, as well as numerous cousins.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made in Al’s honor to the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at 343 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., #206 BLD, Lexington, KY 40506-0012, and to the Hope Center at

Hensel “Buck” Heath

1944 – 2021


Hensel “Buck” Heath was born in Virginia, July of 1944. From there he moved around the country, before settling in his beloved Louisville, Kentucky. During his travels, he worked at a florist shop creating beautiful arrangements, where he fancied one day creating a place with a “moon garden” of white flowers. 

In his earlier days, Buck worked in some interesting places like Hugh Heffner’s yacht for a summer in the Florida Keys. There, he fell in love with the ocean. He also worked in the restaurant industry for many years, where he nurtured his passion for food and for making people happy. Over the years, he developed a love of buying and selling antiques, which gave Buck a great eye for items that were unusual, unique and beautiful.

So, in 1992, Buck took what he learned throughout his travels and life experiences and created Buck’s Restaurant and Bar. He filled the restaurant with antiques and white flowers and created a wonderful menu that had something for everyone.

When his friends found out that he had been diagnosed with cancer, they asked him what was on his bucket list. Buck loved the ocean as well as the Keys and stated that he would like to visit the Keys, if just for one last time. Thanks to the many friends he had made throughout the years, they were able to grant his wish and send him to the Keys.

Buck will be greatly missed. But his name, passions and memory will live on through the spirit of Buck’s Restaurant and Bar.

Robert Searcy Allison

1932 – 2021


Robert Searcy Allison, age 88, died peacefully on March 24, 2021, following a brief illness surrounded by his beloved family.

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee September 9, 1932, the son of Margaret Elizabeth Searcy Allison and George Upton Allison. His parents and his younger brother George (Bud) Allison predeceased him. His Mom was from South Alabama and his Dad from East Tennessee.

A 1954 graduate of the University of Tennessee, Bob was elected president of the University’s student body. He was actively involved and an officer in his fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta. Later he was named Outstanding Senior by the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership fraternity. Just before graduation, Allison was one of eleven students selected as a Torchbearer. “The Torchbearer is the highest student honor conferred by the University of Tennessee. Torchbearers are Seniors who have served their Alma Mater with overall excellence.”

Following graduation from the University of Tennessee, Bob married the love of his life, Anne, in July 1954. He immediately moved with his bride to Schenectady, NY, having been hired by General Electric’s Advertising and Sales Promotion Department.

He served two years of active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army. One of those years was in the Territory of Alaska during 1955 and 1956. Anne joined him in Alaska, teaching kindergarten in the small port town of Whittier.

Allison left GE in Schenectady to join Doe-Anderson Advertising Agency in Louisville in March 1960. In early 1973, he was elected the agency’s president/CEO and served as its leader for the next 20 years until his retirement in 1993. During Bob’s working years, he was chosen for membership on the national board of directors of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, also serving as chair of the U.S. Central Region of the AAAA. He was chair of the Advertising and Marketing International Network.

Bob’s most treasured community-involvement memories were the years he spent as a leader of Troop 318 of the Boy Scouts (affiliated with Second Presbyterian Church), and the lifelong friendships he enjoyed with so many of these young men. He delighted in following their achievements in life as the years passed, and was especially proud of the many Troop members who earned the highest award in Scouting: the Eagle Scout rank.

Bob served for years as Eucharistic minister for his Catholic Church to Norton Hospital and also Naples Community Hospital in Florida.

Allison’s community involvement began shortly after his arrival in Louisville. Early days included a promotion for our Community Chest and also for the Fund for the Arts. He was an early and long-time member of the Louisville Waterfront Board; a founding member of the Ali Center; served on the Saint Xavier High School Board and also the Kentucky Country Day School Board; was chair of the University of Louisville Board of Overseers; and treasurer of the UofL Athletic Board.

Allison followed closely the entire career of Muhammad Ali, from Ali’s Rome Olympic Championship through each of his professional fights. A thrill came when Bob was invited to spend several days at Ali’s training camp in Pennsylvania. He ran each morning with the Champ and had dinner with him each evening. Years after Ali retired, Bob was having dinner with Ali and John Ramsey. Bob told the Champ he had never been so scared as on the night Ali fought Sonny Liston, a fighter Bob felt was a fierce opponent for Ali. When he said this, Ali leaned across the small table toward Bob, his eyes grew large as saucers and said, “You think you were scared,” followed, of course, with a huge Ali smile. Later, Bob was on the Board which helped organize and set in motion the building of the present-day Muhammad Ali Center.

In 1999, Bob was inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the University of Tennessee Alumni Board of Governors and was inducted into the University of Kentucky Advertising Hall of Fame. He worked with a small group formed by the UofL Athletic Department under Athletic Director Bill Olsen, to create the Papa John’s UofL football stadium. Success for the group, he professed, was the unusual result of “upside-down marketing” wherein the incredibly strong support of UofL fans (with their commitments to a Lifetime Seating offering) eventually got the attention and support of the City, the Commonwealth and corporations. Result: the Stadium was built.

Allison ran three marathons, the first two just minutes over four hours. His final marathon was the 1983 New York City Marathon. He was determined to get under four hours this time and crossed the finish line in Central Park in 3 hours and 56 minutes. He had quietly promised Anne (in a tag strapped to his running shoe) he would quit running “crazy distances” if she would stop smoking. Being an independent soul, Anne did not jump at Bob’s offer of a deal but waited until December 31, 1983, to smoke her last cigarette (which Bob captured, framed with a brass plaque noting her important lifetime achievement).

He studied and enjoyed water coloring, clay and stone sculpturing, each of which he took up following his retirement. He continued with these fun activities for the rest of his life.

The family would like to thank Dr. Allan Currie and the outstanding caregivers at Baptist East Palliative Care.

His greatest pride, without question, was his marriage to his college sweetheart, Anne, since July 1954. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Anne Lewis Witt Allison, and their two wonderful and much-loved children: Jeanie Allison Gatchel (Hunter), and Rob Allison (Cindy), and four loving and talented grandchildren Beth Anne in Orlando, and George (fiancee Sami), Natalie, and Louise in Louisville.

The visitation was held on Monday, March 29, 2021, from 4 pm until 7 pm at Pearson’s, 149 Breckenridge Ln. A Funeral Mass was held at 10 am on Tuesday, March 30 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 501 Cherrywood Rd. Louisville, Ky, 40207, with private burial to follow.

In lieu of flowers, if one wishes, the family requests gifts in his memory be sent to Kosair charities, 982 Eastern Parkway, Louisville 40217; or St. Xavier High School Foundation, 1609 Poplar Level Rd., Louisville 40207; or Sacred Heart Schools Foundation, 3177 Lexington Rd., Louisville 40206; or the charity of your choice.

Mary Lee Clem McCoy

1956 – 2021


Mary Lee Clem McCoy passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at home surrounded by her husband, son and daughter. She is preceded in death by her mother, Barbara Clem, and her father, E.J. “Bo” Clem. She is survived by her husband Chris McCoy, daughter Caroline McCoy Lesousky, son Colin McCoy, son-in-law Ben Lesousky, grandsons Oliver and Henry Lesousky, siblings Jim Clem, Barbara Keisler and Nanette Hilley.

Mary Lee was born on March 27, 1956, in Louisville, Kentucky where she spent most of her youth before moving to Atlanta. A graduate of the University of Georgia with a postgraduate degree from the University of Louisville, Mary Lee devoted 35 years to Catholic Education. She spent 25 years at Assumption High School as a teacher, principal and president. She also served as co-director for the Network for Mercy Education, principal of DeSales High School and most recently as principal of Sacred Heart Academy. Her mission in life was to empower young women through education.

Mary Lee loved mystery novels, Diet Coke, the Georgia Bulldogs and spending time with her family. Due to COVID-19, a memorial service will take place at a later date with a celebration befitting her joy and legacy.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED), an organization supporting the education and leadership of young women in sub-Saharan Africa.

Molly Kristine Parsley

1974 – 2021


Molly Kristine Parsley was born May 16, 1974, and passed peacefully on March 20, 2021. She was a graduate of Ballard High School and the University of Indiana School of Journalism. She was known for having a big heart and many good friends. She was a native of Louisville but most of her career was in San Francisco where she was a freelance PR Director. She was named one of the “15 to Watch” for making a significant contribution in the PR/Marketing Industry and won an Emmy for Pereira O’Dell Advertising Agency. 

She leaves behind her mother Jacque (Carter) Parsley (Robert), her father William Parsley (MaryAnn), her sister Jessica Leigh Parsley of Denver, her stepsisters and brothers Amy Solinger Porco, Lilli Lutgens (Troy), Ted Solinger (Jennifer), and Adam Solinger of Louisville. There will be a Memorial on July 24 at the Water Tower 3005 River Road at 11:00.

If desired, a donation may be made to Molly Parsley Scholarship Fund for young women desiring to study Marketing. This can be made at, to the Humane Society or ASPCA.

Black Bourbon Society Member Meetup

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson


Louisville’s Black Bourbon Society hosted a member meetup on April 8 at Trouble Bar to share their love of bourbon and enjoy bourbon-inspired cocktails. 

The Champagnery’s Guide to Champagne

Tony Majors, Brad Stengel, Charlotte Stengel and Eric Wentworth.


By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos by Kathryn Harrington


Everyone loves a delicious glass of champagne, but do you ever find yourself having the same champagne over and over again? It’s easy to stick with your favorites and not branch out, especially if you’re not sure what to try next. Luckily for you, the owners of The Champagnery, Charlotte and Brad Stengel and Eric Wentworth, and the Sommelier and Beverage Director Tony Majors gave us some insight into what champagne we should try next. “The ‘fruit of the vine’ has been with us for thousands of years. Personally, the symbol of wine runs deep throughout my own life and faith journey as a Christ-follower,” said Charlotte Stengel. “Wine has been used as people gather, signifying life and celebration. It is always my hope that joy and light are brought into people’s lives as they gather and celebrate each and every day at The Champagnery. Champagne does not need to be reserved for special occasions. If we have learned anything this year, it has been to be grateful and celebrate every day of life.”

First up, is Ruinart Rosé. This is Brad Stengel’s favorite, “due to its wonderful balanced and fruity flavors, memories of great experiences with this particular champagne and the history behind the Ruinart name as the first established Champagne House in Champagne, France. I believe that fond memories of good times had while drinking past bottles and an understanding of the history behind the making of the particular wine can all play a part in your enjoyment of the glass itself,” said Stengel. Ruinart Rosé is made of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay that creates an outstanding balance with a nose of red fruit, according to Stengel. “Rosé is definitely my favorite, but far from exclusive on my list. I tend to favor champagnes with Pinot Noir for their balance and red fruit hints, and I lean toward bottles with less dosage and on the drier side,” explained Stengel. He believes champagne pairs well with anything, but he likes to pair Ruinart Rosé with sushi, main courses and sweet desserts. This champagne can be found at The Champagnery for $140 per bottle, $36 a glass, or the discounted bottle-to-go price of $91.

Next up is Charlotte Stengel’s favorite: Billecart-Salmon Brut Nature. “I love dry champagnes with a strong Pinot presence, and I search for sparkling wines with no dosage,” said Stengel. Her best advice for selecting a champagne is:

– Keep an open mind.
 Do not be afraid to try something new.
– Research the backstory of the champagne or sparkling wine.
– Remember that every fan of champagne experiences his or her first glass of great champagne somewhere. We hope it is at The Champagnery, but regardless of where it is, enjoy the glass and trust that your appreciation and experience of the wine connects you to the artisans and experts who grew the vines, selected the grapes and created that particular bottle to be enjoyed by you and your loved ones.

Billecart-Salmon Brut Nature is created in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, France, by a single family-owned and operated champagne house. It’s been in the family since 1818, and they’re on their seventh generation of the Billecart family running the house, according to Stengel. “The Champagnery is also a family-owned and operated business, and as we approach our third year since opening our establishment, I have profound respect and appreciation for Billecart-Salmon’s successful 200+-year-old, seven-generation family-owned business,” Stengel explained. “Billecart-Salmon Brut Nature (non-dosage, fewer than three grams of sugar per liter) balances the three typical grape varieties found in Champagne – Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay – into an elegant, bright and pure champagne.” It has little residual sugar, which is what the “Brut Nature” or “zero dosage” means in the name. Stengel describes it as, “with dried fruit and a floral aroma, a zesty lemony finish and brioche biscuity tasting notes. I think it pairs best with fish, grilled seafood and sashimi.” Billecart-Salmon Brut Nature can be purchased at The Champagnery for $121 a bottle or the discounted bottle-to-go price of $79. 

Wentworth prefers the Contratto Millesimato Pas Dosé. “I chose Contratto because I love absolutely everything they do. They are a great example of how some of the finest quality sparkling wines can actually be found outside of Champagne, France. So, while their wines are technically not champagne, they are made in the same classic method and can go toe-to-toe with some of the best champagnes out there. I especially love that all of the wines they make are no dosage, which is my favorite style,” explained Wentworth. This sparkling wine has hints of lemon, apple and brioche and pairs well with seafood. Similar to the preferences of Charlotte Stengel, Wentworth also prefers champagnes with zero sugar and favors really dry champagne. You can purchase a bottle of Contratto Millesimato Pas Dosé at The Champagnery for $76, a glass for $20 or the bottle-to-go discount price of $49. For the price point, Wentworth believes this sparkling wine is “exquisite.”

Finally, Majors loves the Chartogne-Taillet Les Allieés Extra Brut. Many champagne houses purchase their grapes from other sellers and then make the champagne in house; however, Chartogne-Taillet Les Allieés Extra Brut is created by the same people that grow the grapes. “I chose this wine as my favorite because, to me, it represents what ‘grower champagne,’ a champagne made by the same people that grow the grapes, is all about. It’s making wine that speaks to its sense of place,” explained Majors. Alexandre Chartogne creates this champagne at his family’s vineyards in Merfy, France, a town in Northern Champagne. This champagne pairs best with trout almondine, seafood scampi and halibut piccata, according to Majors. “While many large producers make hundreds of thousands of bottles per year using various degrees of mechanization, to me, smaller, boutique wineries often produce more thoughtful, hand-crafted wines,” Majors said. “And by choosing to drink wines made by smaller, more artisan producers, you can help these producers make a name for themselves, which can help them and their communities prosper for generations to come.” A bottle of Chartogne-Taillet Les Allieés Extra Brut can be purchased at The Champagnery for $160 or the bottle to-go discount price of $104. 

Luckily for us, they included a bonus champagne that is loved dearly by all four of them, Champagne Collet NV Brut. They particularly wanted to include this champagne because Champagne, France wouldn’t hold the importance that it does today without its creation. “Maison Collet, located in Äy, France has been creating distinctive champagnes since 1921. Äy, France, a village involved in the ‘Champagne riots of 1911,’ was the location in which 6,000 winegrowers from the Champagne region banded together to demand that the grapes used in the creation of champagne must authentically be grown in the vineyards of Champagne, France,” explained Charlotte Stengel. “The violent riots caused the deployment of 4,000 French troops to this region. This social movement resulted in the creation of the ‘Champagne AOC’ in 1936, which established the international rule stating that only wine produced with grapes grown in Champagne, France may be called ‘Champagne.’ Sparkling wines made from grapes grown outside of Champagne, France must be referred to as ‘sparkling wine.’” When researching champagnes, the Stengels were informed that news of The Champagnery’s opening in Louisville had spread all the way to Champagne, France. “Upon arrival to the House of Collet, the director of Maison Collet exclaimed that he could not wait to meet the crazy people who opened a Champagne House in Bourbon Country!” Charlotte Stengel explained. A bottle of Champagne Collet NV Brut can be purchased for $80, a glass for $21 or the bottle-to-go price of $52. 

The Champagnery offers over 250 different champagnes and sparkling wines making it easy to find something sure to please. So next time you’re in the mood to explore the world of champagne, head to The Champagnery to expand your champagne horizons and toast to the joy of the everyday.

The Champagnery
1764 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206

Behind the Cover

Liz Bingham and Ciara Rasool. *All those not wearing masks in these photos are double-vaccinated and followed all CDC recommended guidelines for the team’s safety.

Photographer: Andrea Hutchinson
Stylist: Liz Bingham
Model: Ciara Rasool
Makeup: Izzy Nolan
Hair: Danielle Toller
Attire: Belle Monde Boutique
Champagne: Veuve Clicquot
Location: Lincliffe


For the May Issue, the themes of Real Estate & Champagne lent themselves to a cover featuring a gorgeous home and celebratory bubbles with a model in a locally-sourced beautiful gown – thank you Belle Monde for providing the perfect one! With Covid-19 still in mind, we chose Janice and Steve Humphrey’s lovely home, Lincliffe, for our location and the stunning Ciara Rasool as our muse. Ciara was actually supposed to model in the April Derby Fashion Editorial, however, she was unable to attend at the last minute. So we were thrilled when she was available to be our May cover star. I pulled gowns from all of our advertisers’ boutiques which was a bit of a strange task considering none of us have had an occasion to wear a gown in quite some time, so it was fun to revive a dormant pastime. We were also excited when both Veuve Clicquot and Moët & Chandon Champagne came on as sponsors of the May Daily Libations column, written by Joe Daily, and also as advertisers! Make sure to read “Only One Quality, the Finest” inside this issue to learn the history of these two remarkable Champagne Houses. Even though it decided to rain on our scheduled photoshoot day, thanks to the very talented team of makeup artist Izzy Nolan, hairstylist Danielle Toller and Voice staff photographer Andrea Hutchinson, I think we pulled it off! I hope you enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at how our cover was made and that you can relax in your home while sipping champagne as you read the rest of the May Issue. 

BHLDN sequin dress, $179, available at Belle Monde Boutique.

Liz Bingham and Izzy Nolan.

Fund for the Arts Awards in the Arts 2021

Photo by Tim Harris.

By Janice Carter Levitch Humphrey
Photos provided by Fund for the Arts


After a challenging year for the arts, the Fund for the Arts fifth annual Awards in the Arts event will provide some solace and relief for artists and patrons who have been missing the joy of performing and experiencing art of all forms in Louisville. We spoke with Fund for the Arts President & CEO, Christen Boone, to learn more about what this year’s fundraiser and auction has to offer. 

What is the significance of Awards in the Arts 2021?

This is the fifth annual Awards in the Arts event that has been created to celebrate the extraordinary arts community here in the greater Louisville region. Featuring artists, creatives and organizations that bring that work to life and is the only event of its kind in our community that is about all disciplines, whether it’s performing arts, visual arts or multimedia. 

Photo by Tim Harris.

How is the Awards in the Arts 2021 event different from past years?

We are still in partnership with Churchill Downs who is one of the founding members of this event. It will be streamed live on the Fund for the Arts Facebook page. On May 8, the house party sponsors are having people at their homes. Tickets include dinner by Susan Hershberg of Wiltshire Pantry, drinks by Brown-Forman, a local musician who will play at your house party and a cool party kit.

Photo by Tim Harris.

What is your call to action, how can the community participate and help?

Photo by Fund for the Arts staff.

We want to invite everyone to check out our auction which is a new addition this year. It’s a great way for anyone to be able to join and access things that are often only accessible to a ticket holder to an event like this. Commemorative Old Forester bottles signed by Brown-Forman Chairman Campbell Brown and Old Forester Master Taster Jackie Zykan. We also have a decanter that was created for Brown-Forman’s 150th anniversary this past year, only 502 of those were produced. This is an incredible opportunity for another collector’s item. 

The three categories of the auction items are Collectible Bourbon Bottles, Master Classes and Covid Dreaming.

Photo by Fund for the Arts staff.

Photo by Fund for the Arts staff.

What is the series of Master Classes?

We have asked local artists and creatives to share their gifts through these master classes. People like Ben Sollee are providing a master class in cello, composing and performing. From the Louisville Ballet, Robert Curran is providing private master classes in dance, and there is so much more.

Ben Sollee. Photo by Jessica Ebelhar.

Can you explain the “Covid Dreaming” series?

We are auctioning off a series of other experiences that we call “Covid Dreaming.” This includes a special afternoon at Ashbourne Farms with clay shooting and lunch provided by their team. A tour and tasting at Buffalo Trace, an evening with the Louisville Orchestra with a special appearance from Teddy Abrams. These are some of those things that we have all been so hungry to do and haven’t been able to do in the past year. 

Ashbourne Farms.

Buffalo Trace Distillery.

Awards in the Arts 2021 will be presented virtually on May 8, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.

To find out more about purchasing tickets and to participate in the auction for the Awards in the Arts 2021, go to

ArtsMatch Sponsor
Churchill Downs

Media Sponsor
The VOICE of Louisville

The Queen’s Daughters Derby Fashion Show & Luncheon

Photos by Kathryn Harrington


The Queen’s Daughters, a Catholic women’s organization, hosted their annual Pre-Derby Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon “La Vie en Rose” sponsored by Dillards at The Crowne Plaza on Monday, April 19.