The Voice-Tribune Fall 2018 Launch Party

Photos by Kathryn Harrington and Andrea Hutchinson

Guests kicked off the fall season and celebrated the launch of our publication’s Fall Issue on Sept. 6. The event was the first to be held in the Frazier History Museum’s brand-new Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center. At the party, an exciting announcement was made: As of December, The Voice will be published as a monthly, glossy magazine.

Frazier History Museum Preview Party

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Donors and sponsors got a first glimpse at the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center and the Spirit of Kentucky Exhibition at Frazier History Museum on Aug. 29. Guests experienced the exciting new exhibit before it opened to the public on Aug. 30.

Bike to Beat Cancer

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Celebrating 10 years of caring for patients and families, the Norton Cancer Institute hosted Bike to Beat Cancer on Sept. 8. Riders took part in races ranging from five to 100 miles long in honor of those who have won and lost their battles with the disease. All of the funds raised went to the Norton Cancer Institute and Norton Children’s Cancer Institute.

The Romeo + Juliet Gala

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

The Louisville Ballet’s annual fundraiser was held at the Omni Hotel on Sept. 8. Guests enjoyed a seated dinner and cocktails at the gala before traveling to the newly reopened Kentucky Center for the Arts to see the premiere of “Romeo + Juliet.”

Field & Fork 2018

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

On Sept. 8, The Parklands of Floyds Fork held its annual fundraising event at the Brown-Forman Silo Center. The event included a cocktail reception in the Hockensmith Barn, three-course dinner by Ladyfingers Catering and the Afterglow lounge presented by Butchertown Grocery.


Baker, Marjorie Kean 

Marjorie Kean Baker.

Marjorie Kean Baker, 81, passed away on Aug. 22, 2018, at her home surrounded by loving family. Margie was born in Chicago growing up amongst a wonderful family who have through her lifetime remained amazingly close.

Moving to Louisville in 1955, Margie quickly became active in her congregation, serving on their board for years and as president of the Sisterhood. Through this association, she established lifelong friendships cherished throughout her life.

In 1967, Margie attended the first Weight Watchers meeting in Louisville. Losing 137 pounds and through dedication and heart, 25 years later she became a top executive to the CEO, running the franchise in their absence. This was her calling, helping thousands do the same. There was never a moment in public that someone didn’t approach and thank her.

In 1996, Margie married the love of her life, Allan Baker, and began a beautiful and fun-filled life together. Margie helped Allan continue to grow the business at Korrect Optical. She served as an ambassador and once again established so many close friendships. They traveled the world and loved to throw extravagant parties.

Margie will be so missed by so many that cherished her. With her children, step children, grandchildren and many friends, the legacy that was “Margie” will forever live on. Margie is preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Florence Kean; brother, Bob; niece and nephew, Nancy and Michael Kean; and her loving husband, Allan Baker.

She is survived by her daughter, Carol Lee Martin (Jim); son, Scott Kean Goodman (Kristal); stepchildren, Vicky Unrich, Sharon Butler (Greg), Barry Baker (Shevvy) and Steven Baker (Sheila); and her grandchildren, Stacy Boros, Michael Kleinman and Melissa, Ellie and Andrew Baker. Also, so much gratitude to her caregivers, Paula Burr and Patricia Burdette, for their caring, love and friendship.

Visitation and service was held on Aug. 26 at The Temple, 5101 US Hwy 42, with burial following in The Temple Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy can be made in Margie’s memory to The Temple or WHAS Crusade for Children.

Mahon, Martha Snowden

Martha Snowden Mahon.

Martha Snowden Mahon, 99, born May 31, 1919 in Goshen, Kentucky, died Aug. 30, 2018, at Sunrise Retirement Community. She was predeceased by her mother, Martha Lloyd Snowden, and brother, Joseph Giltner Snowden. She also outlived five husbands, Chester E. Slider, Joe H. Seay Jr., Walter L. Clark, John “Don” Hill and Boyd B. Mahon Jr.

Martha graduated from Atherton High School for Girls in 1935 and lived most of her life in Prospect, working at the family business, The Prospect Store. She was a long-time member of the Prospect Christian Church. In retirement, she moved to Naples, Florida, where she belonged to The Covenant Presbyterian Church. She attributed her longevity to a daily dose of bourbon and had many devoted friends who celebrated life with her. She is survived by her daughter, Susan Lloyd Seay, of Sarasota, Florida, and her son, Joe (Joey) H. Seay III, of Prospect, Kentucky.

Visitation was held on Sept. 7, at Pearson’s, 149 Breckenridge Lane. Burial was private in Cave Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may go to Hosparus Health of Louisville or Butterflies in Motion-Heuser Hearing Institute.

Huelsman, Charles

Mr. Charles “Chad” E. Huelsman, 35, of Louisville, returned to his Heavenly Father on Sept. 8, 2018. Mr. Huelsman was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 29, 1983. He was a member of St. Rita Catholic Church.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his daughter, Azlyn M. Huelsman; his parents, Pamelia C. Huelsman and Edward C. Huelsman; his brothers, Chris Huelsman (Vikki), Stephen Colebank (Rhea), Billy Huelsman, Brian Colebank (Laurie) and Jon Huelsman; his nieces and nephews, Kelsea Huelsman (Billy), Alex Colebank, Tyler Colebank, Corey Huelsman, Jared Colebank, Madisyn Huelsman, Nicole Huelsman, Macy Colebank, Luke Colebank and Olivia Colebank; great- nephew, Wyatt; and a host of other dear family and friends.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Sept. 12, at St. Rita Catholic Church (8709 Preston Hwy., Louisville) with burial at Brookland Cemetery. Friends paid their respects on Tuesday at Schoppenhorst, Underwood and Brooks Funeral Home.

Joyce Meyer and Lisa Stemler

Story and photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Joyce Meyer and Lisa Stemler were both athletes until college, when they began exploring how to dress for adult life outside of the athletic realm. Both of their mothers were fashionable business women. Lisa’s mother was a CEO who passed her wardrobe on to her daughter.

Joyce Meyer and Lisa Stemler.

Lisa loves statement shoes since she had to wear corrective, orthopedic shoes during her childhood. She ultimately had surgery to correct her pigeon toes, but once she healed up and had the freedom to wear what she wanted, she felt the urge to make up for lost time.

Joyce’s favorite labels are Alice & Olivia, Joie and Gucci. She likes to find intricate and ornate details and statement pieces to build around. She appreciates Gucci’s color palette and says their pieces match across the years and that helps her get more mileage out of the clothes she’s already invested in.

Lisa’s favorite labels are Coach, Gucci and Ralph Lauren. She attends many gallery shows and art galas with Joyce, and she grew tired of having her beautiful gowns stepped on. Once she’d had enough of tattered hems and frayed edges, she bought two bespoke tuxedos and has never looked back.

While the styles of both women are different, they do complement one another, much like their personalities. In addition to fashion, both Joyce and Lisa have an immense love for the arts and enjoy showing that love through their personal style. VT

Adventures in Dining

An evening at Ostra, the latest from Chef Adam Burress

Story and photos by JD Dotson

I would never consider myself to be an adventurous eater. Adventure calls for me in travel or experiences, but when it comes to food, I know what I like and stay pretty mainstream: not too spicy and definitely nothing weird. I am picky about seafood and would never intentionally eat a bug. Only in the past two years have I stepped outside of my comfort zone for some delicious chargrilled oysters on trips to New Orleans.

That being said, the new restaurant Ostra from Chef Adam Burress of Hammerheads, Game and Migo gets its name from the Spanish word for oyster, so it was only fitting that I have a bit of a culinary adventure here, too.

Warm summer nights call for dining al fresco, and Ostra’s two-tiered patio was a great place to start.  Jon, my dinner date for the past 18 years, and I couldn’t have more opposite tastes when it comes to food, with him being the more daring usually. Our selections reflect our taste, but I was willing to step out my comfort zone for a bit. We started out with drinks. Jon ordered a margarita ($9) from the cocktail list and I ordered a Huey from the Ducktails list ($5). The Huey is coconut milk, honey, basil and turmeric (and named after one of Scrooge McDuck’s nephews in Disney’s “DuckTales”). Both cocktail and mocktail are perfect summer porching drinks for a warm evening in Louisville.

Of course, we couldn’t come to Ostra and not order oysters. Jon ordered the Hot Half-Shell Oysters ($15 for four), two with kale goat cheese and two with jalapeno mornay, and I ordered the watermelon salad ($11). The oysters were distinctly different – delicious and creamy with the goat cheese and just a hint of heat with the jalapeno. The watermelon salad was a refreshing, cool counterpart to the oysters. Basil yogurt, roseheart, toasted peanuts, feta and white balsamic blend together beautifully with the fruit.

Options for our next course were in the categories of raw and bocata – sandwich or sliders in Spanish – under the heading “More Amore.” I picked a bocata, the crispy avocado banh mi. Jon wanted a little more love and ordered the Bang Bang Chicken. ($7 and $12). My crispy avocado sandwich was served with mushroom pâté, pickled vegetables, kimchi mayo and cilantro. Bang Bang Chicken is a fried chicken on jalapeno risotto with toasted peanuts. My banh mi was a deliciously interesting, vegetarian twist on a traditional Vietnamese sandwich, with just enough crunch to the avocado and wrapped in the kimchi and pickled vegetable flavors. Jon’s sandwich had a great kick with the lightly-fried chicken. Ostra, which has numerous tapas-style plates, is perfect for trying a lot of things and sharing. All of our dishes were just the right size for both of us to try some new things and still have room for dessert.

The inside of Ostra is dark and romantic with warm light from hanging baskets and the concrete bar. The interior is intimate and sleek, a perfect spot to end the night with dessert and a drink.

Usually, it is difficult for me to choose a dessert. I love it all, so narrowing it down is usually the hardest part. But the choice was clear from the get-go. We had to embrace the culinary adventure and order the Cricket Brownie ($8). Studies show that we unknowingly eat several pounds of bugs a year. Yet, I had a hard time of intentionally ordering a dessert made of insects.  It was the thing I love most in the world mixed with the thing(s) that make me squirm the most. The menu says the brownie is made from banana, coconut and cricket flour. Doesn’t sound too bad at first. I am sure I can handle it since it’s just flour, right?

The large plate of brownies was set in front of us. Just out of the oven, the smell of warm chocolate hit us first. Drizzled with icing running down the sides, the brownies were beautifully decorated with edible flowers. We immediately forgot the flour recipe and, wait, what is that? Sitting amongst the flowers and perched atop the gooey chocolate mounds were little candied whole crickets. I love dessert the most, but this is the one and only time in my life where I had to pass. Jon, being braver, than I dug into the brownie and insisted I try it, knowing the sugar fiend in me always wins the fight. I tried the dessert, my fork carefully avoiding actual whole crickets as it sunk into the good stuff. The brownie was heaven – rich chocolate, warm, hints of coconut and banana and no hint of whatever my mind conjured up cricket flour to taste like. Truly a spectacular dessert, cricket flour and all, and my adventures in eating just got taken up a notch. So the little guys on top didn’t die in vain, I made Jon eat the candied garnish so I could squirm a bit more and be adventurous albeit vicariously.  VT


1758 Frankfort Ave.


Ribbon Cuttings and Moments of Clarity

The Lash Lounge Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony at Chenoweth Square.

By Janice Carter Levitch

When I heard Britany Baker and her husband Frankie Steele had an art exhibit called “Moments of Clarity” at Art Sanctuary, I had to go see what it was all about. As an artistic duo, Baker and Steele bring together an imaginative collaboration of some of the most ethereal, beautiful art that any connoisseur would be privileged to add to their portfolio. I, for one, am looking forward to the inspiring task of making a selection from this current exhibit to add to my personal collection.

In her artist statement displayed at the exhibit, Baker explains that in her practice of art, she explores themes related to the body and to living forms. She is interested in the internal versus the external and in how things grow. 

Artists Frankie Steele and Britany Baker at Art Sanctuary, 1433 S. Shelby St. on opening night for their exhibit “Moments of Clarity,” which runs through Sept. 30.

The exhibit captures and conveys how sturdy yet delicate life is.

As a professional photographer, Steele wants to capture real people, each in their natural habitat, being present. He then slows the video down to allow the viewer time to see expressions and movements that would normally go unnoticed. It confronts the viewer with what it looks like to think, to play, to feel discomfort, happiness and more.

On display as the starting point for the exhibit, Steele’s video is a portrait of friends and family. It gave me a glimpse into the subtle nuances of these people and their relationships. It was fascinating to watch and made me realize this type of artistic expression could help us find out more about what we have in common with others as well as what makes us unique.

Speaking of unique, I was recently invited to attend the grand opening of The Lash Lounge in Chenoweth Square. The owner is Jennifer Kalmey, who took the time to explain to me what their mission is. “At The Lash Lounge, we pride ourselves in specializing in safe, sanitary and truly customized eyelash extension applications,” she explained. “Our exclusive technique tailors a perfect design for each individual’s unique eye shape. We also provide additional services including brow extensions, lash and brow tinting, threading and lash lifting for effortless beauty and an instant youthful appearance.”

“Layered Tether” by Britany Baker. Charcoal on paper.

Well, of course, I had to give it a go myself and see what it would be like to have eyelash extensions. In a spa-like setting, I was greeted with a warm welcome and asked to fill out a little bit of paperwork. In the blank where you are to fill in your birth date information, I tested their humor by writing, “a beautiful fall evening in October,” and waited to see the reaction. Yes, I’m a closeted comedian.

The process took about 90 minutes and the stylist thoroughly explained every step along the way. I was even given a blanket to keep me warm, which almost lulled me to sleep (you also get to lay down on a comfy reclining chair). I’ve never been a fan of someone awkwardly poking around my eyes, but I have to say this experience was relaxing. And if it weren’t for fear that I would snore louder than a bear, I could’ve taken a little siesta. Adios for now! VT

Owners of The Lash Lounge Doug and Jennifer Kalmey.

March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction

Chef Joshua Moore.

March of Dimes needs little introduction. Celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2018, the organization leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies.

Founded in 1938 by Franklin D. Roosevelt with the goal of eradicating polio, March of Dimes has since funded prevention of fetal alcohol syndrome, elimination of rubella, gene sequencing to diagnose, prevent or treat birth defects and even Apgar scoring – a standard screening measure used by modern clinicians worldwide to summarize a newborn’s health. 

Bourbon tasting bar from the 2017 Signature Chefs Auction.

“We like to say that everyone is a March of Dimes baby, even if you were born healthy, because everyone is affected for the better by our contributions,” says Carolyn Harper, senior development manager for the Greater Louisville March of Dimes market.

In 2003, the bar was set even higher to address one of healthcare’s most tragic statistics: every year, approximately 15 million babies worldwide are born prematurely, and 1 million do not survive past their first birthday. Preterm birth (defined as birth before 37 weeks gestation) is especially prevalent in the U.S., and March of Dimes wants to know why.

“Moms and babies in the U.S. are facing an urgent health crisis,” Harper explains. “We fund research, educate moms to help them have the healthiest pregnancies possible and advocate for policies that prioritize the health of moms and babies. We have five prematurity research centers across the country that use a transdisciplinary approach, bringing together scientists, educators and researchers working together to find the causes of premature birth and how to prevent it. They especially look at factors that are hard or impossible to control, like genetics, ethnicity and working conditions.”

Emmett Scott, who was born prematurely in 2015.

By narrowing down which factors may be more likely to cause preterm delivery, obstetric healthcare providers are better able to educate, monitor and treat their expecting patients. While an exact cause of premature birth is difficult to pin down, each evidence-based finding can help another baby thrive.

Fundraising events like the upcoming Signature Chefs Auction on Nov. 8 support this invaluable objective and give contributors a culinary occasion to remember. A city like Louisville, now recognized as a destination for great food lovers, provides an enticing list of participating restaurants. At the Omni Hotel, Chef Joshua Moore of Volare, in his 11th year as lead chef of the event, will present chefs from more than 25 local eateries preparing delicious food, cocktails and auction packages, all with compassion for the tiniest and most helpless among us.

This year’s Ambassador Family is Kelsey Petrino-Scott, University of Louisville football Coach LD Scott and their four children, all of whom were born prematurely. “It’s important to have an organization like March for Dimes working to prevent babies from being born too soon in the first place, but also working to help advance the care they receive after they are born, as well,” says Petrino-Scott. “It’s an honor to serve as the Ambassador Family for this year’s event and to do my part to help support their mission. I’ve personally been a longtime supporter of March of Dimes.”

2018 Ambassador Family Kelsey Petrino Scott, LD Scott and their children Brianna, Anissa, Emmett and Braylon.

“Events like the Signature Chefs Auction help fund significant research on a national level, as well as support local programs right here in Louisville like CenteringPregnancy and Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait,” says Harper.

March of Dimes leaves no stone unturned when it comes to babies in need and their worried parents. “One of our live auction packages again this year will be a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) holiday dinner,” says Harper. “We’re teaming up with Texas Roadhouse to go into a local NICU during the holiday season to provide meals to parents who are often forgotten. It’s a nice way to show we’re thinking about them during a really challenging time.”

Such is the March of Dimes’ credo. Every baby deserves the best possible start, and when a community supports every family, the future is brighter for us all. VT

Signature Chefs Auction

Omni Hotel

6 p.m. Nov. 8

Purchase tickets or tables: Tickets must be purchased prior to event.

Louisville Girls Leadership

Louisville Girls Leadership (LGL) is a nonprofit that benefits high school-aged girls from every high school in Louisville – public and private. The participants plan campaigns and events that focus on societal challenges young women deal with today. We spoke with Program Coordinator and former LGL participant Kelsie Smithson to learn more about the organization’s mission, fundraising and events.

Their Mission

LGL aims to guide young girls through their teen years to develop meaningful skills and relationships. “As members of an inclusive community, girls amplify their societal impact, becoming exceptional leaders in their world,” said Smithson. “We achieve this mission through programming that is for girls, by girls. Each year we welcome students representing every public and private high school in Louisville to explore their personal leadership style through the lens of challenges impacting society today.”

LGL Co-Chair Grace Bagga.

Spreading the Love

The young women of LGL are the catalysts for programs and events, and they are currently recruiting a new class of sophomores to join the action. “We’ll choose up to 40 from across Louisville to participate, and our steering committee of 20 juniors and seniors will lead the effort every step along the way,” enthused Smithson. “With the upperclassmen at the helm, we are able to focus on leveraging brilliant women from the area as speakers. We have had hundreds of women volunteer their time and wisdom to LGL during our 20-year existence. Our students also undertake an incredible volunteer effort each year and have been known to contribute a combined 5,000 hours in a single year.”

The Give For Good Goal

LGL has previously participated in Give For Good Louisville and sees more success with each year, so they’re hoping to keep that trend going. “We are considered a ‘micro’ nonprofit based on our budget size, which means that a day like this where the giving infrastructure, community energy to give and sense of urgency are a huge boost to our annual fundraising. Last year, we raised $8,000 using the new peer-to-peer fundraising feature and came closer to $10,000 thanks to the prizes that we qualified for.”

Current Plans

The organization has a wide variety of events and campaigns that are created by the students. “Our participants just wrapped up a media campaign that used the Jimmy Kimmel-style ‘Mean Tweets’ format to highlight how toxic online forums can be,” Smithson said, “and to encourage students and adults to challenge (the) tendency of passively consuming media.”

In 2019, their big event will be a Galentine’s Day dance on Feb. 15. The student leading this effort, Grace Bagga, a senior at Kentucky Country Day School and LGL co-chair, makes a compelling case for an event like this. “All girls deserve the chance to have a positive dance experience during their high school career,” Bagga said. “One where everyone feels welcome regardless of religion, cultural background, sexual orientation or any other perceived difference. This idea originated when a friend of mine (who wears a hijab) lamented that she could never attend homecoming or prom since it is haram (forbidden by Islamic law) to dance in front of guys.  Other folks I know are hesitant to go to these kinds of events in fear that their self-expression will be ridiculed. Even people who don’t have these restrictions have to contend with unwanted attention like touching or grinding without consent. We want girls to dress how they want, dance how they want, listen to music they want and have fun with their friends freely. Our focus is on community and camaraderie and not coupledom.”

How You Can Help

The best way to stay informed is to follow LGL on Facebook (search Louisville Girls Leadership), Instagram and Twitter (@LGIRLSL) or join the email list at

“Our program benefits greatly when we can introduce dynamic women to the students who represent a vast range of backgrounds, leadership styles and career paths,” said Smithson. “If someone has a story they would like to share or a soft skill they are excited to teach, they can reach out to us via our website and we will connect the dots to our curriculum. Beyond that, we can always benefit from sustained financial support to fund projects that students want to take on as well as spreading the word about the great work that the girls are doing.” VT

Louisville Girls Leadership

735 Lampton St., Suite 302