Having a Ball

Stephen Reily revels in the Speed Art Museum’s era of growth and advancement

Stephen Reily. Photo by Andrea Hutchinson.

By Laura Ross

When the Speed Art Museum, Kentucky’s largest independent museum, reopened in 2016 following a three-year, $60-million renovation and expansion, it doubled the museum’s overall square footage and nearly tripled its gallery space.

Louisville sat up and took notice.

No longer a somewhat sleepy museum housed on the fringes of the University of Louisville’s Belknap Campus, the new Speed Art Museum, with its architecturally stunning new North Building addition, event spaces, interactive exhibits and the outstanding Speed Cinema addition brought thousands through the museum doors during the reopening year. Unique community-focused programs, educational collaborations and outreach events, including the Brown-Forman sponsored Free Owsley Sundays, introduced the Speed to audiences who’d never stepped foot into the marble-floored institution.

. . . . they stood in a time of unknowing . . . for those who bear/bare witness, 2018. Ebony G. Patterson. For “Ebony G. Patterson ….While The Dew Is Still On The Roses…”

 For more than 90 years, the Speed Art Museum has focused on the mission of its founder, Hattie Bishop Speed, who built the Speed with a belief in the power of art to change people’s lives. Today, museum director and community philanthropist Stephen Reily, who took the reins of the museum in 2017, presides over a cultural gem of Louisville that is much more than “just” an art museum.

“We are just starting to understand how to bring our exhibits to life through events and activities,” said Reily. “I’m excited that we are hiring people and launching internal teams to expand our partnerships and use our existing successes to make our art ever more relevant to the people we serve.”

Reily, a successful entrepreneur, civic leader and lawyer, wears many hats in his varied career, but his tenure as the Speed Art Museum’s leader is arguably one of his favorite enterprises.

A longtime supporter of the Speed, he served on its board for 10 years, including several years as chair of both the museum’s Long-Range Planning Committee and its Curatorial Committee. He joined as director at the height of the Speed’s renaissance.


Since reopening in 2016, the Speed has enjoyed many successes, including groundbreaking exhibitions like “Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture,” the blockbuster “Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism” and “Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art.” For 2019, the Speed Art Museum is showcasing what it knows best: Kentucky.

Page 58 of Loose Nuts: A Rapsody in Brown, 1933. Bert Hurley. For “Loose Nuts: An Illustrated Novella by a Rediscovered Louisville Artist”

 “We have launched an exciting 18 months of Kentucky-themed exhibits, reflecting the beautiful history and diversity of this state back onto itself,” said Reily. It started with Louisville-born Keltie Ferris and continues with “Making Time,” an exhibit devoted to early Kentucky history and the way “tall case” clocks used technology and craftsmanship to serve a growing middle class in the early 19th century.

“It will continue with ‘Gonzo!,’ an exhibit devoted to the illustrators who worked with Hunter S. Thompson; a retrospective of the work of Jamaican-born artist Ebony G. Patterson, who spent the last decade teaching at UK; and will conclude with ‘Tales of the Turf,’ the Speed’s first-ever exhibit devoted to equine art,” added Reily.


Building on its current mission of growing community “where art from around the world invites and inspires diverse audiences to experience the power of creativity,” the Speed is focusing on using all elements – art, architecture, programming, outreach and community – to be a hub of creativity for all of Kentucky. In addition to the art, the Speed has developed a heavy focus on community, launching and nurturing special efforts to engage visitors of every demographic, through offerings like the wildly successful Free Owsley Sundays sponsored by Brown-Forman, which provides free Sunday admission to all, to the popular After Hours at the Speed social events held once a month.

Oakland House and Race Course, Louisville, about 1840. Robert Brammer. For “Tales from the Turf.”

 Following the successes of the past three years, the Speed is continuing to build on its accomplishments, which have included growing memberships, international media coverage and large, sometimes at-capacity crowds.

“The ‘new’ Speed will celebrate its third anniversary in March, and we are finding that time does more to generate excitement than the reopening did itself,” said Reily. “Our successes teach us how to grow even more. Free Owsley Sundays have taught us about the hunger to enjoy our amazing spaces and art. We have used that success to offer ‘Speed for All,’ a free family membership for anyone on any form of government assistance, offering the opportunity to enjoy the Speed to families across our community whenever they want to come.

“And, the success of After Hours has taught us that many people want to enjoy the Speed at non-traditional hours,” he added. “As a result, the Speed is now open every Friday night until 8 p.m. beginning in February.”

Stephen Reily with the Speed’s latest acquisition by Keltie Ferris. Photo by Andrea Hutchinson.


2018 was a year of growth and learning at the Speed. The Museum welcomed more than 150,000 visitors in 2018, a 26 percent increase over 2017, and its membership base is at an all-time high. The Speed made adjustments as well, including reinventing its retail store from an operation that was losing money to one that is now generating profit for the museum.

Another success in 2018 included the launch of a five-year partnership with the Eskenazi Museum at Indiana University Bloomington, which has closed for extensive renovations. The first exhibition in the partnership, “Picasso to Pollock: Modern Masterworks” from the Eskenazi was a major hit for the Speed.

“This partnership is remarkable for several reasons,” Reily noted. “One is the opportunity to share real masterpieces from one of the country’s great museum collections with a broader audience in Louisville and our region. It is also far longer than most three-month loan agreements and gives us five years to organize many exhibitions from the Eskenazi while it is closed.

Vintage Dr. Gonzo. Ralph Steadman. For “Gonzo! The Illustrated Guide to Hunter S. Thompson.”

 “I’m equally wowed by the impact of sharing individual works from their incredible collection,” he continued. “We moved audiences with a cabinet exhibit built around the Eskenazi’s masterpiece by Norman Rockwell, ‘Breaking Home Ties,’ and individual works from Bloomington continue to enhance and create new conversations around some of our own masterpieces.”

A key piece of the Speed Art Museum’s strategy is to focus on the theme of “invite everyone.”

“That spirit has led to many new programs this year at the Speed,” said Reily. “We’ve launched a broad Community Connections program to celebrate important partnerships across the community, exhibiting art created with our friends from Family Scholar House, the Backside Learning Center and the Americana Community Centers. We launched the Speed for All program, and we’ve made tours free for all Title I schools in which a majority of children are living below the poverty line. And we’re hosting 120 students from Cane Run and Whitney Young Elementary Schools four days a week in partnership with our friends from Global Game Changers.”


Every day, it’s a constant whirl of activity for the Speed and its dedicated staff. The height of the event season, though, remains the coveted Speed Art Museum Ball. For decades, the Speed Ball has been the most anticipated and sought-after social ticket in the city. More importantly, the funds raised from the gala help fund exhibitions and programs at the Speed all year long.

Photo by Tim Valentino.

“This is a party only the Speed can throw,” said Evan McMahon, chief of staff to Stephen Reily. “The Speed Art Museum Ball is one of the oldest and most celebrated fundraisers in Louisville, benefitting the museum’s mission, outreach and exhibitions. Featuring an elegant dinner in the historic 1927 galleries, this black-or-white tie evening is the social event of the season.”

The Speed Art Museum Ball will be held, as always, on the first Saturday in March at the museum. Highlighted by a seated dinner by Wiltshire at the Speed in the museum galleries and cocktails by Brown-Forman, the evening includes music and dancing to Louisville’s noted Love Jones band, which recently enjoyed an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” in January. Dancing into the late night will continue with music from Second Wind, a high-energy dance band from Cincinnati.

While the ball doesn’t have a specific design or theme this year, the galleries themselves are key to the elegance of the evening, said McMahon. “The Speed Ball offers the rare opportunity to dine surrounded by paintings, sculptures and columns of marble with floral centerpieces and table linens to enhance these already beautiful and historic spaces,” he said. The more contemporary design of the Speed’s North Building will feature more modern décor and lighting elements and will be home to the bands and dancing.


Trace Mayer of Trace Mayer Antiques and Andy Vine of Blue Grass MOTORSPORT are serving as the 2019 Speed Ball chairs along with a committee of several Speed Art Museum community volunteers and supporters. Mayer and Vine were key committee members in 2018 and returned this year with fresh ideas for the traditional ball.

Co-Chairs Trace Mayer and Andy Vine. Photo by Kathryn Harrington.

“We intend to build on last year’s efforts to expand the museum’s reach to a broader audience within the state and region, both geographically and demographically,” said Mayer. “We want to energize not only our guests but corporations and individuals who will help propel the Speed forward. The Speed Art Museum Ball is a spectacular mix that always provides surprises.”

“We are so lucky to have Andy Vine and Trace Mayer,” added Reily. “Andy, whose Blue Grass MOTORSPORT is also a major sponsor, has corralled an incredible committee of young men and women who have helped us exceed our goals for corporate sponsors. Trace is a longtime museum supporter who brings his own discerning eye to the event as well as a great head for business, teaching us how to make the Speed Ball both special and sustainable.”

Proceeds from the Speed Ball are the single biggest contributor to its mission and budget, said Reily. “We are especially grateful to our corporate sponsors, who pay much more than their ticket prices to make our work possible,” he said.

“I believe the ball directly empowers the museum to do more and reach more people and continue to be a place of inspiration and ideas where people can come together,” added Mayer.

It’s also a highly anticipated and welcome society bright spot in the depth of winter. As patrons gather to enjoy the food, drinks, laughter and community, they can’t help but be influenced by the spectacular art collection that the Speed houses. The community focus, the constant, behind-the-scenes work of the curators and staff and the ongoing outreach to new audiences builds the importance and relevance of the Speed Art Museum daily. Founder Hattie Bishop Speed would be proud of what the institution she built in 1927 has become.

For Reily, it’s a time to reflect and plan for another successful year. “As we complete our third year in this new building, I am more aware than ever that the Speed is a place, and a place that can bring people together,” he said. “At a time when media, social media and politics seem to push people apart, I am grateful that art – and a place where we can celebrate – brings people together. People are hungrier than ever for opportunities like these, and I feel like the Speed is only beginning to tap into that potential.” V

The Speed Art Museum Ball takes place on March 2, at the Speed Art Museum, 2035 South Third St. Benefactor tickets ($750 per person) include a cocktail hour, dinner in the galleries and drinks, dancing and dessert following dinner. Late Night tickets ($200 per person), include drinks, dancing and dessert. Benefactors arrive at 6:30 p.m., Late Night guests arrive at 9 p.m. For ticket information, visit speedmusem.org or call Kelly Scott at 502.634.2704.

The American Library. Yinka Shonibare MBE. For “American Library.”

2019 at the Speed Art Museum

A Celebration of the Speed Collection

Opened March 2016

Extending the legacy of its founder Mrs. Hattie Bishop Speed, the museum’s permanent collection presents art from more than 6,000 years of human creativity, including ancient art, European art, the Speed Cinema, contemporary art and the art of Kentucky.

Making Time: The Art of the Kentucky Tall Case Clock, 1790–1850

Feb. 2 – June 16

In early 19th-century Kentucky, clocks and watches were a costly investment – especially tall case, “grandfather” clocks. “Making Time,” the first exhibition devoted to Kentucky tall clocks, will bring together more than 20 outstanding examples of these towering creations. When shown side-by-side, the clocks reveal the distinctive hands of many Kentucky cabinetmakers and clockmakers; illustrate the hidden world of gears, bells, weights and pendulums that kept a clock running and chiming; and record the complex webs of craft, taste and trade needed to make these practical works of art.

Yinka Shonibare, MBE: The American Library

March 30 – Sept. 15

“The American Library” by Yinka Shonibare MBE is a celebration of the diversity of the American population. The thousands of books in this art installation are covered in the artist’s signature Dutch wax printed cotton textile, which has been celebrated as a symbol of African identity.

This installation considers what our society would be without the gifts that America’s immigrant populations and minority groups have brought to this land. It represents those seen as the “other” who have made a valuable contribution to the nation’s history.

Ebony G. Patterson ….While The Dew Is Still On The Roses…

June 22 – Oct. 6

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.

Patterson’s works investigate forms of embellishment as they relate to youth culture within disenfranchised communities. Her neo-baroque works address violence, masculinity, “bling,” visibility and invisibility within the post-colonial context of her native Jamaica and within black youth culture globally.

Gonzo! The Illustrated Guide to Hunter S. Thompson

July 12 – Nov. 10

“Gonzo!” spotlights one of Kentucky’s most celebrated writers, Hunter S. Thompson, whose professional collaboration and personal relationship with artists Ralph Steadman and Tom Benton produced works that have become touchstones of postwar American counterculture.

Kentucky Women: Enid Yandell

July 17, 2019 – Jan. 12, 2020

This exhibition looks at the groundbreaking work and history of noted Louisville-based sculptor and artist Enid Yandell.

Loose Nuts: An Illustrated Novella by a Rediscovered Louisville Artist

Dec. 13, 2019 – April 19, 2020

Shown in its entirety for the first time is “Loose Nuts,” a richly illustrated and handwritten novella set in Louisville’s West End during the 1930s by the little-known African American artist Bert Hurley.

Tales from the Turf: The Kentucky Horse

Nov. 15, 2019 – March 1, 2020

“Tales from the Turf: The Kentucky Horse” is the story of how the Bluegrass State became the equine capital of the world. This ambitious exhibition features paintings, prints and sculptures from the late 18th century to the present day.

Breathtaking Beauty


Julie Laemmle & Logan Watts

Photos by Melissa G Photography

Julie Laemmle and Logan Watts were wed in an elegant ceremony on Oct. 6, 2018. While navigating busy careers – Julie is an attorney with Wyatt Tarrant & Combs and Logan is an assistant golf professional at Louisville Country Club – the couple pulled off their dream day thanks to the help of skilled planners and experienced vendors. Julie recently shared the details of their wedding with The Voice and looked back on the extraordinary experience.

When and how did you two meet?

 We both swiped right on Bumble in spring 2016. We talked for about a month before we finally went to dinner. The rest is history.

When did you know he was the one?

We both knew pretty early on that we were in it for the long haul, but I distinctly remember being at dinner one night at the end of summer 2016 and Logan saying, “When you know, you know.”

When and how did you get engaged?

We had a very large and very public engagement in the Paddock at Derby 143 (2017). My family had a lot of friends in town, and we were taking pictures in front of the Gardens at Aristides. Logan and I took a picture, and then as I was yelling for the rest of the group to get in the next picture, he got down on one knee. I was in such shock that I couldn’t hear a word he said, although I do know he said he wanted to make sure to pick at least one winner that day and he wanted that winner to be me. Everyone in the Paddock and upstairs cheered when I said yes.

Who assisted with the planning process?

I knew we would need at least a year to plan the wedding given our busy careers. Plus, we had just closed on a house the week before we got engaged. Ellen Fox and her team with ShaFox planned our day. Even though the Omni Hotel was still very much under construction when we first met Ellen, my parents, Logan and I were enamored with the idea of having our reception in such a new and exciting space.

What was your favorite part of the planning process?

 I love flowers but know nothing about them (and can’t even keep fake ones alive), but working with Wayne Esterle at In Bloom Again was one of the easiest and best planning meetings we had. I had a vision and Wayne went above and beyond in creating it. Seeing the reception space for the first time absolutely took my breath away.

What moments from the wedding stand out most in your mind when you look back on the day?

Two of my favorite moments from the wedding day were my first looks – first with my dad and then with Logan. I am the only daughter and am definitely a daddy’s girl, and I knew Logan and I needed to see each other before the ceremony or else I would have ugly cried the whole way down the aisle.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We went to Italy for 10 days and ate and drank our way through Rome, Florence and Venice. As we said, #nocarbleftbehind. It was the perfect trip for us.

What advice would you give to couples who are in the middle of planning their wedding?

My advice for anyone currently planning their wedding is to make sure they soak it all in. I know that tends to be a common piece of advice, but it is truly amazing how fast the day flies by. I’ve watched our wedding trailer from Antonio Pantoja about a hundred times to relive the day. So maybe that’s my second piece of advice – get a great videographer like Antonio so you can watch your day over and over again. V


Planner, Stationery, Design and Linen Rental: ShaFox Weddings & Events

Reception Venue: Omni Louisville Hotel

Ceremony Location: St. Boniface Catholic Church

Officiant: Deacon Scott Haner

Photographer: Melissa G Photography

DJ: Triangle Talent

Band: A-Town, A-List

Videography: Pantoja Film & Photo

Florist: In Bloom Again

Decor: Millennium Events

Cake: Cakes by Camille

Hair: Courtney Brown and Sarah Jennings, Salon Couture

Make-up: Beauty by Bethany

Chair Rental: Fifty Chairs

Late Night Snack: Hi-Five Doughnuts

Transportation: R&R Limousine and Xtreme Transportation, LLC

Groom’s Cake and Welcome Bag Cookies: Sweets by Millie

Welcome Bag Gifts: Moss Hill

Dress, Veil, and Hairpiece: Modern Trousseau

Tuxedos: Geno’s Formal Affair

Rings: Seng Jewelers

Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Bristol Bar & Grille

Bridal Luncheon Venue: The Village Anchor

The Power to Choose

School Choice gives students the chance to thrive

By Mariah Kline

For the last 20 years, School Choice Scholarships has made the impossible possible for children from low-income families. Thanks to the program’s donors, students attending kindergarten through eighth grade qualify for assistance paying for school, allowing many to choose the education that’s right for them.

School Choice Scholarships Executive Director Heather Huddleston.

Founded in 1998, School Choice was spearheaded by five local business people, including the late Baylor Landrum Jr., the celebrated Louisville philanthropist. Founding members Jim Patterson, Ann Wells, Phil Moffett and George Fischer still serve on the board of directors for the organization. In its 20 years, School Choice has awarded scholarships to almost 8,000 Louisville students, allowing kids to attend private and parochial schools they couldn’t afford otherwise. 

The need for the nonprofit’s services has grown exponentially. There are currently more than 6,000 students  in the area on the waiting list to receive scholarships. Five years ago, there were only 500.

“We are unique in that we’re the last one still standing that is still operated in the same way,” said Executive Director Heather Huddleston. “We’re still privately funded, and all of the other organizations like ours, as far as we can tell from our research, exist in states that have passed some kind of legislation that helps encourage funding from more donors – so the programs got much, much larger because there were tax credits for donors – or they merged or they no longer operate.”

School Choice boys during a parent education meeting

Huddleston currently spends a great deal of time in Frankfort advocating for the organization and the families’ it benefits.

“We’ve been working on scholarship tax credit legislation, which would be such a big incentive for donors,” she explained. “That’s really the purpose of (the legislation): to encourage more private donations to scholarship programs like ours.”

While the nonprofit paves the way for students to go to private schools, Huddleston affirms that nothing about the mission discourages people from going to public schools.

“The purpose is not to put every child in a private school,” she said. “It’s to empower families and provide opportunity for children who need a different school and couldn’t afford it any other way. For families with very low income, it’s not something that they even think is in the realm of possibility. They have a hard time choosing what to have for dinner because those options are so limited. Choosing the school their child is going to go to – particularly a private school with tuition – is completely out of that realm.”

Mr. Charles,” as he’s affectionately known, with four graduates from the West End School and School Choice Scholarships

The families of children in the School Choice program say that the entire household dynamic changes once education is made attainable. Everyone in the family becomes more invested not just in terms of money but in time and energy, too.

Local parent Kes Hatcher’s five children have all received School Choice scholarships. 24-year-old twins Aminah and Akilah are both college graduates; 20-year-old Ailiyah is a junior at Centre College and has been traveling abroad for the last six months; 19-year-old Ayesha is a freshman at Sullivan University; and 7-year-old Rashad is currently in the School Choice program.

“I know that I could not have done any of this without School Choice,” said Hatcher. “They helped me make a difference in my children’s lives and helped me to establish a solid foundation on which my children could flourish.”

School Choice students from several schools on the playground at St. Francis of Assisi during a parent education meeting.

While assisting the children financially, School Choice also prioritizes getting to know the families they are working with and helping them thrive as a unit.

“We run parent education classes and meetings that we require the parents to attend four of during the school year,” said Huddleston. “They cover all kinds of things – opioid abuse, teen drinking, social media, family finances, etc. We’re not just giving scholarship money but we’re also trying to get to know the families and give them even more tools to empower them.”

“The meetings are great because they’re based on current life situations and what’s going on with kids right now,” Hatcher affirmed.

A School Choice family at an event at St. Nicholas Academy

Since Hatcher’s family has benefited so much from the organization’s work, she now sees it as her duty to give back to School Choice and share her testimony with other parents.

“As a parent, I have learned the importance of making sure that our children are educationally sound,” she stated. “I know that someone helped pave the way for my family, so I must pave the way for someone as well. My family is truly honored to be part of this life-changing program.”

School Choice opens up doors for families in Louisville. Regardless of their parents’ income or which zip code they live in, students are able to choose the education that is right for them. 

“People understand that the pathway out of poverty is education,” Huddleston said. “I think that there’s a misconception that families in programs like this are families who aren’t working or who are not trying to help themselves, but it’s completely the opposite. We have so many grandparents raising their grandkids, disabled parents, children with medical crises, special needs kids and foster children. We run the gamut.”

Though students cannot apply after eighth grade, Huddleston has seen the scholarships set children up for success long after middle school.

L to R from back: Ailiyah, 21; Ayesha, 20; and Kes’s husband Robert. Second row: Akilah, 24, and Aminah, 24. Front: Kes and Rashad, 7.

“A lot of children get scholarships to high school or they get into a top program,” she said, “but also part of the philosophy is that you give the child a solid foundation in education so they they’re going to thrive wherever they go. So, even if they don’t get into a private high school or top program, they’re going to do well wherever they go.” V

To learn more about School Choice Scholarships, visit schoolchoiceky.org or call 502.254.7274.

Letter from the Editor

Speed Art Museum Chief Marketing Officer Steven Bowling and The Voice Photographer Andrea Hutchinson photographing Stephen Reily. Photo by Britany Baker.

I’ve always had an affinity for the month of February because of my tendency to reflect on where I’ve been since the start of the new year and where I’d like to go. If I’ve made any resolutions, I assess my progress or lack thereof, make adjustments and start anew. I also make sure to celebrate any met goals and personal and professional successes. This issue is filled with much reflection: Stephen Reily of the Speed Art Museum takes us on a look back at the museum’s role in our community. Writer J.C. Phelps shares his recent trip to Colombia. Dave Parks of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks & Weisberg Realtors delves into the history of the firm he owns with his sister Judie Parks. And Angela Burton of Feet to the Fire offers up inspiration and encouragement to those who seek to tell their stories.

Josh Moore, Volare Italian Ristorante executive chef and partner, recently appeared on an episode of Food Network’s “Chopped” and won the competition. He’s pictured with his son Gibson and wife Lindsay. Photo by Kathryn Harrington.

Speaking of reflecting, if you get the opportunity, stop by Volare Italian Ristorante to congratulate Executive Chef and Partner Joshua Moore for his recent win on Food Network’s “Chopped,” and you may get a bit of insider information about his experience. Josh certainly represented Louisville well and was more than deserving of the championship. You can view photos from his watch party at voice-tribune.com.

As a mom to a 3-year-old, I was enamored with Janice Carter Levitch’s interview with Dominique “Joy” Thompson, who is a professional model, certified nursing assistant and mother of three kids. When she’s not wearing one of these three hats, she is working on starting a nonprofit to provide essential items to the homeless members of our community as well as those staying in nursing homes and hospitals. Check out her story – and her stunning photos by Joe Goodwin – on page 18.

Lastly, you’re invited to join us 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 when we celebrate this month’s edition of The Voice – and the people featured in it – at The Champagnery, 1764 Frankfort Ave., Louisville’s first and only champagne bar.

Thank you for taking the time and care to pick up The Voice. Cheers!

Nonprofit News

Hosparus Health Names Scott Herrmann Chief Strategy Officer

Scott Herrmann.

Hosparus Health CEO Phil Marshall announced recently that Scott Herrmann has accepted the role of chief strategy officer (CSO). Herrmann, a native of Evansville, Indiana, was most recently director of economic development with Louisville Forward, a department within Louisville Metro Government.

In addition to Louisville Forward, his career has spanned pharmaceutical sales management to healthcare asset management and business development with large national financial institutions. His role as CSO will be to work alongside Hosparus Health CEO Phil Marshall to pinpoint new capital opportunities, align strategic partnerships, identify potential expansion opportunities and explore new ways to communicate the exceptional care provided to thousands of families throughout Kentucky and Indiana each year.

“Scott’s background and diverse experiences have uniquely positioned him to understand the relational, financial and time-sensitive aspects of business development which will help us continue to respond quickly to the changing healthcare environment, allowing us to maximize opportunities for continued growth,” said Marshall.

Herrmann will have oversight of Hosparus Health’s business development, marketing, communications, fund development and legislative affairs teams. “I’m very excited to join the Hosparus Health team. Hosparus Health is a national leader in hospice and palliative care, and it is an honor to become part of an organization that wishes to continue to grow in order to meet the growing needs of an aging America. I look forward to becoming part of the team,” said Herrmann.

Herrman began his new role Jan. 28, 2019.

Leadership Louisville Center president Cynthia Knapek to serve as board chair of National Association of Leadership Programs

The Leadership Louisville Center is pleased to share that president Cynthia Knapek will serve as the board chair of the Association of Leadership Programs (ALP), the nation’s largest network of leadership programs. Her one-year term began in December 2018. This role allows Knapek to lead the advancement of the effectiveness of community leadership programs and professionals across the country. The field of community leadership involves looking at situations, opportunities or challenges through the lens of the whole community and pursuing a course that builds the well-being of all.

Cynthia Knapek.

“I believe in the work being done in community leadership programs across the country to strengthen our social fabric. Our peers in cities and counties large and small help people find their passion for service and they help connect diverse thinkers – two things we all need to be focused on now more than ever,” said Knapek. “I am excited to serve as national board chair to grow everyone’s capacity to do this work and create real impact both for the communities and the thousands of alumni we serve.”

As chair, Cynthia Knapek of the Leadership Louisville Center will serve alongside the following fellow executive committee members:

Vice Chair Kay Fitzsimons, Leadership North Houston, Texas; Secretary Jessie Baginski, Leadership Lake County, Ohio; Treasurer David Sachs, LEADERship Baltimore, Maryland; Past Chair Juliann Jankowski, Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka, Indiana; and Governance Chair Tammy White, Leadership Knoxville, Tennessee.

Dreams with Wings to Host the Dreamer’s Ball on March 2

Forget the cold winter and enjoy Summer Dreams, an evening of dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions. This is Dreams with Wings largest fundraiser of the year. Guest participation empowers those with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities and autism. Come enjoy a beautiful evening at the Gramercy in Downtown Louisville on March 2. Check in begins at 6 p.m. and entertainment will be provided by Big Black Cadillac. Single tickets are $90 and sponsorships are available.

Dreams With Wings was started in 2000 by a group of individuals who wanted to improve the quality of services, programs and community inclusion for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism. Initially started to provide residential housing in the Louisville area, today they have grown to support more than 230 individuals in 12 residential homes and five apartment buildings. In addition, Dreams With Wings offers an adult day program, supported employment, summer camp programs, behavior supports, occupational, ABA, physical, psychological and speech therapies. They are located in the heart of the Highlands in Louisville.

See & Be Scene

Every week, The Voice’s photographers capture the fun and philanthropic experiences taking place all around Louisville. Don’t see yourself in these pages? You can find photos from every event we cover at voice-tribune.com and by following @TheVoiceTribune on Facebook and Instagram.

Investiture of the Jefferson District Court Judges / Metro Hall / Jan. 6

Judge Erica Lee Williams.

‘Chopped’ Viewing Party / Volare Ristorante / Jan. 15

Patti McCormick, Kelin Rapp, Terri and Steve Bass, Steve Rapp and Steve McCormick.

Mayor Greg Fischer with “Chopped” Champion and Volare Executive Chef Josh Moore and his wife, Lindsay Moore.

The Voice of Louisville Wedding Issue Launch Party / 21c Museum Hotel / Jan. 3

Fred Hatfield, Margie Cox, Lee Hollis and Myrna Gibbs.

Edgar Migirov and Nadia Mutan.

March of Dimes NICU Luncheon / Baptist Health / Dec. 20

Carolyn Harper, Christine Summerfield and Marla Guillaume.

Nicole Moseley Jaeger, Dr. Seth Schultz and Jenni Hockensmith.


New Year’s Eve 2019 / Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center / Dec. 3

Shane Karimi, Taylor Karimi, Emily King, Ashton Beaven, Remsing Kimbell and Neal Kimbell.

Greg Dunn, Mario Supper, Maurice Urrutia and Chris Steier.

Jessie and Ashlyn Daniels.

Putting Feet to the Fire

Telling the stories of a lifetime

By Laura Ross

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Art Boone reads his story at the Feet to the Fire Writers’ Workshop.

Tell me a story.

It’s a simple prompt, and one that can generate happy memories, sad recollections or raucous experiences. When tied to your life, it becomes truly personal.

Writer and educator Angela Burton knows firsthand the power of storytelling. Words on the page are an elixir to her, and she’s always known her future would include helping others tell their stories by figuratively putting writers’ feet to the fire and encouraging them to express themselves as much as possible.

She didn’t, however, expect the fire to become a (welcome) conflagration.

Her father, Joe Kirtley, who died in 2012, was an inspiration to Burton. She realized that despite his advancing age, his creativity was peaking. “My father wrote a lot before he died. Our family is so lucky to have his essays, poems and more. It’s a gift to us all.”

Burton created a series of what she called Feet to the Fire Writers’ Workshops, where she mentored and coached groups of writers in developing their talent. When she thought about her father, she decided to expand the writers’ workshops to senior care facilities.

Franny King opens her journal to read her story.

In 2015, she took Feet to the Fire to several area assisted living and senior care facilities and offered the six-week workshops, which worked with small groups of residents who were given encouragement, story prompts and the chance to put pen to paper. The workshops caught on like wildfire and became popular throughout Louisville at facilities including Episcopal Church Home, Miralea at Masonic Communities, the Nazareth Home, Brownsboro Park and others.

“Feet to the Fire Writers’ Workshops are about lifelong learning,” Burton said. “Participants are not taught how to write but how to use self-expression. That confidence and creativity helps build autonomy and connection with others.”

She didn’t realize it at first, but Burton was capturing valuable research. “It was really cool that people were expressing their legacies and stories, but then I realized, more importantly, they were redeeming a sense of self and purpose, and that’s so important as you age.”

Angela Burton

 Not only did it keep creative juices flowing for the seniors and provided cognitive exercise, it also gave a sense of closure. “As you look back at your life – the good, the bad, the ugly – you revisit it by writing about it and you come to terms with a lot of things. It becomes expressive writing and can be therapeutic as people age,” she added.

Medical research is showing scientific evidence that sharing and recording stories is beneficial for older adults. It builds self-esteem, enhances feelings of control and often is therapeutic psychologically. A 2015 Pew Research Center study also found that 55 percent of adults age 65 and older have a computer at home, and suggests that encouraging journaling, writing poetry or memoir development as a helpful tool in the aging process.

“I initially looked at the workshops as a legacy writing approach but saw that was just the tip of the iceberg,” Burton said. “I came to understand the tremendous benefit of more serious expressive writing, which provides a more social outcome. Isolation and loneliness are critical factors for people who are aging. It can literally make you sick. Research has shown that loneliness can have the same physical results and symptoms as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.”

Coming together in small writing groups each week has enhanced the social, cognitive and even physical lives of the seniors who participate in Feet to the Fire workshops. “The byproduct is the story, but what happens in the process becomes more important to the person,” said Burton. “My focus with Feet to the Fire celebrates the human being and human condition and how people connect.”

I realized, [the writers] were redeeming a sense of self and purpose, and that’s so important as you age.”

— Angela Burton

As the workshops’ popularity soared, Burton saw a need to grow her business. It had grown beyond a helpful program for seniors, and media coverage began to spread her story across the nation. “As it rolled along, I realized there is a need for these workshops,” she said. “I transformed Feet to the Fire into a product. I created a training program, writing prompts and a workable kit that is a solution for people to utilize.”

And on a whim in early 2018, Burton auditioned for the Wild Accelerator grant program.

Wild Accelerator is a Louisville-based micro-accelerator and startup initiative geared towards early stage and idea-stage female entrepreneurs looking to snag an investment, create an initial prototype or create a focused, go-to-market strategy.

Burton joined more than 80 applicants in the process, which included meetings and pitches to a panel of business leaders and funders. “I’d never pitched Feet to the Fire in this way, and I just gave it a shot,” she said. “I had no idea what to expect.”

That chance thrown to the wind paid off. Burton quickly learned she made the list of top 10 finalists, which was then whittled to three entrepreneurs who were selected by Wild Accelerator. “All three entrepreneurs got the same support,” said Wild Accelerator Interim Director Stacey Servo. “Each were granted a $25,000 in-kind support budget from Kale & Flax, John Ackerman Accounting and some legal and financial services, and Kentucky Science and Technology offered all three entrepreneurs a $20,000 investment.”

That was followed by an intensive, nine-week program that counseled Burton on business topics including marketing, branding, financial and legal advice and strategic planning.

“The program really taught me how to grow and expand my business to the senior writer’s market,” said Burton. “It truly accelerated what I was doing. I formally launched the program, got some new national media coverage and it’s just exploded interest in Feet to the Fire.”

“Angela’s brilliance isn’t just in her storytelling abilities or community building,” said Servo, “it’s also in her tenacity and curiosity. She’s a fast, hungry learner who’s passionate and pushes herself and her understanding of the world to a higher level. Angela is a learner, doer and collaborator.”

Burton now licenses and sells the Feet to the Fire Writers’ Workshop program to senior care communities and wellness organizations nationwide. She’s even had interest worldwide with inquiries coming in from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

“(Last year) took me by surprise,” she admitted. “It’s starting to unfold, and I’m always thinking about how to expand the workshop, but I have to focus on the core of connecting people through writing and sharing their stories.

“I love working with the aging population,” Burton added. “They are very honest and are my biggest fans because they know how valuable the writing is to them personally.”

Since she began the program in 2015, she’s worked with hundreds of senior writers, who’ve penned thousands of stories. Some have even taken it a step further and published their work, which makes Burton particularly proud. “There is a gentleman at Episcopal Church Home who is in his 90s and has been published several times in Kentucky Explorer magazine,” she said. “That’s given him a wonderful sense of accomplishment.

“Writing is like breathing to me and I try to present it that way,” said Burton. “Writing captures our thoughts, but sharing it connects us as one. We all have stories to tell, no matter what our age.” V

To learn more about Feet to the Fire Writers’ Workshops, visit feettothefirewriters.com

Writing Samples from Some of Feet to the Fire’s Authors

Feeling Cozy

By Art Boone

The house where I grew up in Elkton was a big frame house. There were 10-foot ceilings in the rooms nearest the street. Entering the front door you came into the hall with a spiral staircase leading to the upstairs. To the left was our bedroom and to the right you entered the living room, also called the parlor. Behind it was Papa’s bedroom, followed by the dining room, breakfast room and kitchen. Heat was provided by open fireplaces in the living room, dining room and bedrooms. These rooms had open brick fireplaces with grates. We had a coal house and wood house out in the yard, and it was my job, starting when I about five or six, to bring in coal and wood for them and the kitchen stove. I was also responsible for cleaning out the fireplaces and carrying the ashes out to the lane leading to the barn. That provided my allowance.

We bought coal from the coal yard and it was delivered by a horse and wagon and put in our coal shed. We also had a wood shed to keep stove wood in. Coal came from the Madisonville area and it was block coal, which you bought by the bushel, and the dealer delivered it by horse and wagon. Stove wood was bought by the cord, measuring 4x4x8 feet or rick, just a pile of short pieces of split wood.

There was no natural gas for heating but you could buy kerosene, which was called coal oil to burn in stoves. We had a coal oil stove with four burners in the kitchen by the old Majestic range, which Mom used for some cooking, especially breakfast.

Our bedroom, which I shared with my parents, had an open grate brick fireplace which we used all winter. We never had a cast iron heating stove. As weather demanded, we started fires in the grates as a measure of keeping warm. That would probably be in late September and would last until early March, about seven months.

During the day, you were busy with chores, homework from school and no telling what else, but the grate fires had to be maintained. Wood and coal had to be brought in to prepare for the night and ashes had to be carried out. After supper, the family gathered, often in Papa’s room, to listen to WHAS or WSM. Favorite programs like “Amos and Andy” and the world news was our entertainment until bath time. There was no heat in our bathroom save a one-burner coal oil stove and in colder weather, we opted to get my bath in our bedroom using a wash tub in front of the open fire. Actually, it was more of what I would call a “spit bath” as I was too big to get into the tub.

After I got cleaned up, we might sit by the open fire place a while before I crawled into my bed. Mom, Dad and I might go over the days happening or the plans for tomorrow while wrapping a quilt or throw around ourselves and getting as close to the hearth as we could. Facing the fireplace you were toasty warm while your backside was cold. When bedtime came, Dad had to bank the fire with ashes, and maybe get up during the night once to add more coal or wood to keep the fire going. I brought in coal in a coal scuttle filled with coal and kindling and firewood and laid them on the hearth before dark. If it was extremely cold, we had to resort to an extra blanket or quilt for warmth.

There was no such thing as natural gas available anywhere close to my hometown, so we just put on extra sweaters to withstand extreme cold. Those nights we were warm and cozy in spite of old Jack Frost, and I remember how Mom or Dad tucked me in to be sure I was cozy warm. After all, I was their little angel, if you believe that…. Do you want to cozy up to me?

Prompt: Drug Stores of Childhood

By Barbara Roche

It has to be the first drug store I ever entered. In our copper mining town of Ruth, Nevada, where all the company-owned houses looked much the same, the drug store was privately owned, and thereby looked more like a building on a movie set of the Old West. It had a false front on which the name appeared in bold letters – Ruth Drug Company. Inside, the space was squared off: the first section was the store, the middle section was for mixing drugs and the last section was the house where the druggist and his wife lived. She had a piano and composed songs. The hillside rose steeply behind the building. As a child, I remember the soda fountain. I would climb up onto a stool navigating a round swivel seat. Here I was introduced to the five-cent chocolate ice cream cone and what became a favorite, then and to this day, the root beer float. It sold for a quarter. And on occasion, when I was at home sick with some malady, my dad might bring home a chocolate malted milk.

A Day of Learning and Fun

By Judith Conn
Never too old to try something new. I had never been in a raft before, especially one that would be going down the Chattahoochee River in Georgia. It is the river that was used in the filming of “Deliverance.” It was a wild, exhilarating ride. We carried our raft to the water’s edge. Given our life jackets, helmet and our paddle, we suited up and headed for the shallow area to practice our paddling skills. I had none! Our guide settled us into our positions and we were given quick lessons in how to use the oars, how to follow directions and how to change directions at a moment’s notice. We learned what to do if we fell out of the raft. Heads-up bottoms down and hopefully you will be able to keep your head up so you can watch for boulders. Before we got out of the shallows, I slid out of the raft. Our guide was able to help me back in. I did not feel too ashamed about flipping out, we all took a turn. It was definitely helpful to know how to get back into the raft. The river was a tough choice for a group of novice rafters. I “shot the bull” which is a steep fall through and around boulders in rapidly moving water.

A snippet from Carol Mead, a workshop participant:

“…It’s the last day of the year and I am sitting in our cozy living room writing my essay for Feet to the Fire writing class on this rainy Monday morning. This is our sixth Christmas in Louisville and we are happy to trade in a white Michigan Christmas in exchange for a green Kentucky one – even a wet one. As I’ve told you before, the grass is much greener here, especially at this time of year. Right now, I have created a hygge [pronounced hoo-ga] mood, which is that beautiful Danish word for a feeling of contentment and warmth and well-being. There is a blazing fire in the fireplace, lit candles in the windows and our first Christmas tree in our Kentucky home. We found a two-foot Scotch pine that will last until Easter, well, at least through Epiphany. When my son came after Thanksgiving, he marveled at the size and asked if it was real. We have never had an artificial one but he didn’t think live ones came so tiny…”

Just Getting Started: KMAC Couture Fashion Week

KMAC Couture: Art Walks the Runway has long been lauded as one of the city’s most artistic and elegant events. In 2018, KMAC Museum added to the show’s excitement by starting KMAC Couture Fashion Week, a series of happenings at local businesses where supporters can receive special offers and take part in exclusive experiences. To learn more about this dazzling week, we spoke with KMAC’s Development and Membership Associate Kris Pettit and two of the creative minds behind KMAC Couture Fashion Week, Lee Middendorf and Debbie Huddleston-Mitchell.

What can Louisvillians look forward to with KMAC Couture Fashion Week 2019?

“KMAC Couture Fashion Week has grown immensely since its inaugural year in 2018,” said Pettit. “This year, we’re pleased to announce that the kickoff to KMAC Couture Fashion Week will be an exclusive, upscale event at Churchill Downs before the track opens for the season. As KMAC Couture has been called the ‘Unofficial Kickoff to Derby Season,’ what could be more fitting than kicking things off with a night at the track?”

“Throughout the week, Louisvillians can look forward to posh, art-focused events at some of the most fashion-forward local businesses in our area, like boutiques, jewelers, distillers and spas,” explained Middendorf. “Guests can expect giveaways, promotions, swag bags, gourmet food and cocktails while they mingle with other Couture fans and arts supporters in the city. Also this year, we’re adding expert speakers and book signings.”

Which local businesses are hosting events this year? 

“So far, we’re pleased to announce support from Physicians Center for Beauty (hosting this year in their new space on Chenoweth Lane), Six Sisters Boutique, Skyn Lounge, Cindy Borders Jewelry, Circe, Blu Collective and Rabbit Hole Distillery,” stated Pettit. “And there’s room for even more! Local businesses interested in being involved can contact me at Kris@KMACMuseum.org to become a part of this ever-growing celebration of art and fashion in Louisville. We’d be remiss in not also thanking our major KMAC Couture sponsors: our presenting sponsor Blue Grass MOTORSPORT, as well as incredible support from Churchill Downs, Brown-Forman and The Mitchell-Schenkenfelder Group at Morgan Stanley.”

Are there any treats or surprises planned at each location?

“Of course! Each host is already making plans to throw a memorable event, and we know each business will be stepping up their game to dazzle our guests with giveaways, promotions, swag, food and drink,” said Huddleston-Mitchell. “We already know that Six Sisters is offering 20 percent off of in-store purchases and a unique tote bag just for guests, Skyn Lounge will be offering a swag bag filled with skin care products, Rabbit Hole will be unveiling new art installations and plans for the week just continue to be made.”

How does Fashion Week help build the anticipation for KMAC Couture?

“The night of KMAC Couture is always so incredibly dynamic and inspiring, everyone involved is left wanting more,” said Middendorf. “One night of art and fashion is just not enough! That idea of wanting to prolong the excitement of KMAC Couture season is what ultimately turned into KMAC Couture Fashion Week: a chance for our fashion-focused supporters to share their enthusiasm for the event with our models, artists and guests.”

“An essential part of KMAC Couture Fashion Week is partnering with and highlighting local businesses through a supportive partnership,” explained Huddleston-Mitchell. “This week is a chance for local businesses to host exclusive experiences for our KMAC Couture audience. We often have looks from previous shows, allowing attendees to see these remarkable garments up close and making for an exciting teaser for what awaits them on April 20.”

“The hosts for KMAC Couture Fashion Week will also have their latest ‘shades of white’ looks ready to show off, which really gets attendees thinking about how they will dress and accessorize to attend Couture and the Kentucky Derby,” Pettit said. “Attending (these) events is the perfect way to build your unique look for these two red-letter Louisville experiences.

“With so many talented artists and art supporters gathered in celebration of the local arts scene, KMAC Museum and KMAC Couture, what could be more exciting?” Pettit continued. “And since front row tickets for KMAC Couture are already half sold out, we know the rest of Louisville is just as excited as we are.” V

Stay tuned for more details about KMAC Couture Fashion Week. Visit their website at kmacmuseum.org or
call 502.589.0102

May the Course Be with You

Prepping for the Triple Crown of Running benefiting WHAS Crusade for Children

By Graham Pilotte

Most people would agree, as Shakespeare wrote in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” that “the course of true love never did run smooth.” But if you’re training for the Triple Crown of Running, that may be a good thing. For lifelong runners and newbies alike, Louisville’s upcoming road races are the perfect chance to contribute to the community and take on a personal challenge.

“The Louisville Triple Crown of running is a longstanding series of three races,” explains Pru Miller Radcliffe, manager of the series. “It begins with the Anthem 5K Fitness Classic. The second is the Rodes City 10K, and the final race is the Papa John’s 10 Miler.” Participants can choose to sign up for just one or two races or run in all three.

“Many people run all three because it’s a tradition for them and for their family members,” Radcliffe says. “We see people running as a family or as a church or school group in matching shirts.”

The runs directly benefit the community. “Our charity has always been the WHAS Crusade for Children,” Radcliffe explains. The nonprofit raises money for agencies, schools and hospitals to make life better for children with special needs. “Since 2002, we’ve been able to donate almost $1.8 million from registration (money) and proceeds,” Radcliffe says.

The Triple Crown encourages children to get active as well. “The Kids’ Fun Runs take place following each of the three races. It’s just $5 per registrant, and they each get a little swag bag. It’s great to see the future runners of our community out there having fun and doing their part to stay fit,” Radcliffe says.

“Louisville is known throughout the country as a running community. (The Triple Crown of Running) is a community effort. We’re looking forward to an even bigger and better donation to the Crusade this year,” Radcliffe says, “and that’s thanks to all of our sponsors and our community.” V

Training Tips

It’s about being healthy. “Running and walking is still the simplest, easiest and least expensive way to get your body up and moving,” Radcliffe says. All you need is a good pair of shoes.

If you’re just getting started, don’t feel pressured to start training with a sprint. “You need to start off slow,” Radcliffe advises. “If you’ve been sitting all year long, don’t just get up and go run it; you have to build up to it.” Instead, start out with some slow walks and runs to build up your endurance.

It takes a special kind of person to get up on a foggy morning and lace up your shoes and run. Keep in mind why you started. Crossing that finish line with other runners by your side will make getting up on sleepy mornings worth it.

Race Information

The Anthem 5K Fitness Classic will take place on Feb. 23. Registration will cost $35 by Feb. 11, $45 before Feb. 22, and $60 on the day of the race.

The Rodes City Run 10K will take place on March 9.

The Papa Johns 10 Miler will take place on March 23.

Kids’ Fun Runs are $5, and registration is available in advance and on the day of the race.

More registration dates and
times are available at LouisvilleTripleCrown.com

A Santa Barbara Birthday and a Louisville Wedding

L to R Betty Oliver, Dr. Kurt Oliver, Janice, Steven Humphrey, Gary Lawrence, Karen Lawrence and Pat Howerton attending the birthday party.

By Janice Carter Levitch

Photos by Monica Montigny

Love is the strongest force the world possesses, and yet it is the humblest imaginable.”

–Mahatma Gandhi

Photo by J. Edward Brown.

Let me tell you about my recent trip to Santa Barbara, California, to celebrate Steven Humphrey’s birthday with some dear friends from Louisville, who also made the journey to this glorious little town. Snuggled along the west coast, Santa Barbara is alluring and picturesque and has definitely captured my heart (I’m still swooning over the experience thanks to a little help from cupid’s bow).


My heart swelled when Steven began greeting guests, which included Gary and Karen Lawrence (yes, Jennifer’s parents) who are as gracious as the day is long. Karen commented, “It was a happy coincidence that we happened to be in Los Angeles so we could be at Steven’s birthday party. We loved celebrating with him and his Santa Barbara family!” Other guests included Dr. Kurt Oliver, a veterinarian from Louisville, his wife Betty and their dear friend Pat Howerton. Liz Gastiger, a professional chef in Louisville and Santa Barbara, prepared the menu for the evening and attended with her husband Kevin Frantz.

The Santa Barbara home of Steven Humphrey,

Champagne flowed and so did the bourbon cocktails – after all, this was a group from Louisville. The party was buzzing with laughter and when the three candles (representing past, present and future) on the cake were lit, everyone sang happy birthday and cheered Steven on to open his gifts. One of the gifts was a saber (a large sword) used to open a bottle of champagne with a technique called sabrage. The saber and art of sabrage is something one has to carefully master, especially since the blade is dull (I would love to have a physicist explain this oddity to me sometime).

Left: Steven Humphrey opening the birthday saber.


View of the harbor in Santa Barbara, California.

 While in Santa Barbara, I took the opportunity to peruse the town and explore some of its most notable destinations. The Spanish Colonial Revival-style courthouse situated in the center of Santa Barbara is breathtaking. Built in 1929 by William Mooser III, I can only imagine the shenanigans that have taken place within the stucco walls of the courtroom. I was lucky enough to meet Judge Brian Hill in his chambers and discuss the goings-on of the local community. It seems the jail is across the street from the courthouse so the perpetrators in custody are escorted across the scenic downtown streets of Santa Barbara. I thought about the occasional tour bus unloading sightseers nearby, giving them the impression this is part of the tour. It’s a delightful thought, but orange is not the new black.

The courtroom of the Santa Barbara Courthouse.

 Speaking of delightful thoughts, another jaw-dropping experience I had took place at Bellosguardo, the estate of the late copper heiress Huguette Clark. Located on a bluff overlooking Santa Barbara’s East Beach, the house and gardens conjure up images of a golden era of days gone by. The interior is untouched by time with most of the original furnishings and artwork remaining intact. Though not open to the public, I was given a private tour of the magnificent gardens (even in the rain, it was perfect) and the interior, including the most private quarters.


With Valentine’s Day coming up, I can think of no better way to celebrate love than with a wedding (no, not mine). Dr. Seth Summers and Mrs. Ashley Summers recently had a spectacular wedding and reception at The Brown Hotel that included hundreds of delighted guests. The mother of the bride, Cindy Carcione, reminisced with me about Seth and Ashley’s love story, which began on a Valentine’s Day.

Dr. Seth Summers and Mrs. Ashley Summers at their wedding. Photos by Sarah Katherine Davis.

 “When Ashley told me of her first date with Seth, I knew in my heart she had finally found someone befitting of her kindness, love, and romance,” Cindy said. “Their first date was dinner on Valentine’s Day, and it had gone very well. Then, Seth said he had to go to the car and when he returned he had a box of roses, and he said he thought every girl should get flowers on Valentine’s Day. Ashley had been waiting for a very long time to find someone with this degree of thoughtfulness and ability to show love. He was the one.”

Love is intoxicating and I’m reminded of the lyrics from the song “Sweet Child o’ Mine” by the band Guns N’ Roses. The lyrics are gentle and intense at the same time, much like relationships. We need a little patience to balance the blend of gentleness and intensity, but when it’s right, there is nothing on earth sweeter than love. V

New Year, New Décor

It’s time for a reboot with what’s in and what’s out. Lesa Buckler of Details Furniture Gallery & Design shares her insight.

By Lesa Buckler

Photo by Andrea Hutchinson

I am always excited for the New Year because it starts with buying trips to markets around the country and embracing what’s new and good in our design industry. Having just returned from Atlanta, one of our larger markets, the Details’ staff is so ready to showcase to Louisville and all of our clients what’s new and on point. I’ll give you a sneak preview here. 

1. Don’t Skimp on Comfort

Making your home comfortable is more important than ever. Spend the money to get the basics of your home right, and you’ll feel so gratified. Buy the better sofa and chairs, buy the better bed, buy the better fabrics, spend the money on the better rug. Do things right the first time, and you won’t waste money and time redoing later.

2. Embrace That More is More

The “less is more” as it relates to design has been a trend for too long, and now we are seeing a resurgence of trims, fringes, layering, vibrant colors and bright finishes. Don’t be afraid to go over-the-top this year.

3. Add Lots of Layers

Living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, even kitchens and bathrooms, are being layered with paints, wallpapers, fabrics, rugs and accessories. Also, the layering of multiple colors, including rich jewel tones, is having a moment.

4. Mix Your Metals

Mixing metals (in moderation, of course) is in and is a timeless, tasteful way to create definition and balance in a space. This is accomplished with hardware, appliances, furniture pieces, framing, lighting and other ways. We are seeing and using brushed brass with gold and nickel as well as mixing with iron and bronze. Again, being bold and thinking outside the box is necessary!

5. Create a Kitchen with Impact

This year, we will be gravitating toward kitchens that have more impact. Simple, monochromatic kitchens will take a backseat and  be replaced by bolder color choices, graphic tiles and brighter fixtures for lighting and plumbing. Overall, more pop and punch in kitchens. Black cabinetry and appliances with gold and copper accents are definitely “in” and we couldn’t be more excited. The popularity of quartz finishes for countertops will continue and remains one of our clients’ most frequently requested materials. Consider what striking ways you can make your kitchen unique to your home. Why not make a statement with every single part of your kitchen?

6. Choose blues and whites

Blue and white design elements have always been in vogue and that will not change this year. Blue is soothing and thought provoking. It just, quite simply, makes people feel better! Use it in cushions, cabinets, furniture and accessories, and don’t be afraid to use it anywhere.

Think of using daring and brave details (pardon the pun!) in 2019. Large expanses of grey and cold neutrals will be out, so making a statement with all elements of design, i.e., the layering aspect, will be a huge focus. V

Details is located at 11816 Shelbyville Road. Visit

detailsint.com or call 502.253.0092.

A Taste of Cartagena

A Colombian journey brings culinary inspiration

Story and photos by J.C. Phelps


That is  unequivocally and incontestably  the word that describes my life.

Maybe it was the summer I spent in France and Spain before high school. Maybe it was the internship that I completed with a part of the Mexican government when I was an undergraduate at Centre College. Maybe it’s genetic. Pinpointing the catalyst aside, one thing is clear: my love of travel runs deep within my veins.

Originally a small town boy from Southern Kentucky, wandering the globe illuminates the importance of cultural relativity. It proves to me, over and over again, that we are all one – our societies, no matter how different, boast more commonalities than we presume. Dissimilarly, the cultural aspects and phenomena that make populations unique are to be celebrated.

That’s how I discovered the intersection of being a traveler and a gastronome.

What this has caused is a perpetual, insatiable hunger for foreign culinary experiences. Having crossed over the 20-country mark in my 24 years, I’m not planning to stop anytime soon.

My most recent trip took me to a bucket-list location: Cartagena, Colombia. A gem of the Caribbean, Cartagena is a preserved oasis of culture, food and the good life. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most lively, charming places that I have visited. What I love about traveling in el mundo hispanohablante (the Spanish-speaking world) is the palpable sense of vibrancy. Colorful buildings, energetic plazas and a devotion to flavorful, fresh food – it doesn’t get much better in my book.

 I had high expectations for Cartagena, but the city surpassed them with ease. The colonial stone walls, cobbled streets, bougainvillea and the water were visual highlights for me. Even more than that, however, I loved exploring the boundless food.

Arepas (made from cornmeal) are quite common, as is the bandeja paisa (a platter with a variety of meats and accompaniments). Above all else, I found myself loving the empanadas.

Popular across Hispanic cultures, each region boasts different varieties of the dish. Empanada comes from the verb empanar, which means to cover in pastry, bread, breadcrumbs or dough. Commonly, meat is found inside the dough, which can be either baked or fried; additionally, one might find cheese and vegetables inside. My favorite version is chorizo-filled – which, luckily for me, is easily found in Colombia.

When I got back to Louisville, I had to recreate them. The part that took the longest to execute perfectly was the seasoning of the chorizo. From there, I wanted to develop an easy, light dipping sauce to offset the heaviness of the empanada. Lastly, the dough. While it is feasible to make your own, I do believe in cutting corners for the sake of efficiency when quality is not comprised. I found that a great substitute for empanada dough is refrigerated pie crust. When baked, it proves to be perfect – easy to use and the correct thickness.

Baking these in my kitchen, though located in the Highlands, took me back to the streets of Cartagena. For that, I am thankful.

Food can transport us anywhere in the world, and that is, without doubt, one of the most magical parts of the experience.

As always, happy eating, happy traveling, happy living. V

Chorizo-Filled Empanadas + Avocado Cream Dipping Sauce


Makes 8-10 small empanadas. Recipe can easily be multiplied.


1 pack (9 oz.) Cacique Pork Chorizo

1 pack Pillsbury Pie Crusts

1 egg

2 tbsp. chili powder

¾ tsp. cumin

½ tsp. ground cloves

1 tbsp. paprika

½ tsp. garlic powder

Avocado Cream Dipping Sauce

1 ripe avocado

½ c. sour cream

1 lime, juiced

6-8 dashes of hot sauce

½ tsp. garlic powder

Cilantro, to taste


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a bowl, mix chorizo, chili powder, cumin, ground clove, paprika and garlic powder together.

Over medium heat, transfer the chorizo into a skillet. Stir until thoroughly cooked.

Roll out the pie crusts. Using a circular object (rim of a glass, two-inch cookie cutter), cut out even circles from the dough.

With the dough in hand, spoon a small amount of chorizo into each circle. Fold the ends together, press firmly (it should resemble a half moon).

In a small bowl, whisk the egg with a splash of water and brush it over each empanada.

Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and place the empanadas equidistant apart. Bake for about 10-15 minutes until golden brown.

Allow to cool and enjoy with the Avocado Cream Dipping Sauce.

Avocado Cream Dipping Sauce

Mash the ripe avocado well and thoroughly mix with the sour cream.

Add in the lime juice, hot sauce, garlic powder and cilantro. Stir well.

Refrigerate until serving with the empanadas.