Mary Todd Lincoln House to host hands-on ‘Floral First Lady’ program on May 11

The Mary Todd Lincoln House will host a hands-on program the evening of May 11 about one of Mrs. Lincoln’s favorite things -— flowers. Participants will explore Mary’s lifelong relationship with flowers and make a small bouquet like those Mary carried to take home. According to museum director Gwen Thompson, family stories recall that Mary’s love of flowers began as a child, when the Todd...

Lexington’s Tom Hammond turning over the reins of NBC’s Kentucky Derby coverage to Tirico

Mike Tirico will take the Triple Crown hosting reins from Tom Hammond, an award-winning member of NBC Sports’ horse racing team for more than three decades and a Lexington native, beginning with the May 6 Kentucky Derby on NBC. Tirico recently was named NBC’s primetime Olympics host. “NBC Sports is the home to the world’s premier horse racing, due in no small part to Tom’s passion, knowledge...

Your Kentucky Home: Spring is in the air — bring bright yellow and green colors inside

By Liz Toombs and Erika Wilhelmi Special to KyForward Spring is in the air, along with lots of bring colors. Yellow and green are plentiful in nature this time of year and you can also use those colors inside. Here’s our advice to do so: Yellow is the perfect accent color and is best when used in accessories. If you are feeling bold, yellow also can be a small pop of color in furniture. We suggest...

Chef Foster: Additions to local restaurant scene leave consumers with more culinary choices

Direct me to the nearest entrance because I’m ready. Lexington is about to get really full with restaurant options from fast food to fine dining and several new concepts in between. In my dual capacity as Chair of Sullivan University/Lexington’s Culinary program and the co-owner of The Sage Rabbit, I must say I have mixed feelings. You would think that the idea of 30 new eating and drinking establishments...

The Summit at Fritz Farm begins three-day celebration with First Look Weekend events

The Summit at Fritz Farm, Lexington’s new one-of-a-kind destination, is excited to celebrate its First Look weekend with the community. Join The Summit at Fritz Farm on April 27 for a three-day celebration as the first round of best-in-class retailers and restaurants open to the public. This dynamic destination located at the corner of Man o’ War Blvd and Nicholasville Road will be activated Thursday...

Science Guy: Don’t use your forehead — here’s how you can crush a can using only air around us

The air around us is stronger than you may think. Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist show us how the air is strong enough to crush a can. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” How do you crush cans? On your forehead? Maybe with your bare hands? You do it on your four head Conner?...

Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event to premiere ‘Champions Live!’ discussion panels on Sunday

The 2017 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Land Rover, will premiere “Champions Live!” a new Sunday morning discussion panel featuring U.S. equestrian champions from each Olympic discipline. America’s only Four Star Event, known as the “Best Weekend All Year,” will host a star-studded list of competitors when it returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington,...

Shakespeare and the Queen City exhibit to feature an original First Folio at Cincinnati Museum

Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) announced Shakespeare and the Queen City, a temporary exhibition featuring an original First Folio, the first published collection of William Shakespeare’s works. The First Folio, printed in 1623, is one of only 234 known surviving copies that preserved 36 of Shakespeare’s plays after his death in 1616. To enhance this literary and historic treasure, Shakespeare...

Kentucky by Heart: Sweet clover became a savior, not a scourge, for bees and Pendleton County farmers

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Years ago, I remember reading something about my mother’s native Pendleton County that spoke of “clover” as a significant part of the county’s heritage. Recently, I did a little more research; my connection to the area’s history is strong, mostly because Mom and her twin sister were raised in Butler’s noted Fryer House, which today houses the Pendleton...

Science Guy: Sure, soap’s useful in the shower, but would you consider putting it in the microwave?

Some of you might use it in the shower, but have you ever considered putting it in the microwave? We’re talking about Ivory Soap and our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist show us what happens when the gas in your soap, is heated. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Microwavable...

Daily Yonder: Stories about what it takes to work underground moving from column form to new book

By Gary Bentley Special to KyForward Gary Bentley’s first column in the Daily Yonder was also the first time his writing appeared in public. After 60 weeks of funny, profane, and heartbreaking stories about working underground, Gary is taking a break to work on a book. (Also, see this Q&A interview with Gary about his experience writing the column.) I write this letter to you, the reader, with...

Awards in the Arts honors academy award winner Gaghan and Madam Secretary star Daly

Fund for the Arts, Jennifer Lawrence Foundation and Churchill Downs announced the winners of Louisville’s second annual Awards in the Arts, presented by Delta Dental of Kentucky and Joy Mangano. Academy award-winning screenwriter and director Stephen Gaghan will receive the Delta Dental of Kentucky National Awards in the Arts, and actor and Madam Secretary star Tim Daly will receive The Unbridled...

Chef Foster: Changing our habits key to eating healthier foods, improving our diets — give it a try

It is a constant struggle I know, between what we want and what we need. I’m not talking mainstream concepts, ideas or trends, but the choices we make when we sit down, (or stand, or drive) to eat. I am after all a chef, and while I may have opinions on other more worldly and important topics, I understand that food and its impact on us is my utmost concern. At this point in my career, both at...

Southeast Tourism Society selects Kentucky Crafted: The Market a Top 20 event for month of April

The Southeast Tourism Society has named Kentucky Crafted: The Market one of its Top 20 Events in the Southeast for April 2017. Produced each spring by the Kentucky Arts Council, this year’s Market is April 21-23 at Lexington Convention Center. The event is in its 35th year. The society’s Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985. The Market...

Keven Moore: Community Surveillance Program uses technology to help police protect our neighborhoods

Not one to leave any valuables in my vehicle, I often times am torn on whether to lock my car at night. My thought process has always been that if a thief wants to get in, he will break a window and I’ll just be left footing the bill for the repairs since it falls below my deductible. But after somebody got into my truck and ransacked the glove compartment for the second time in two years, I went...

Kentucky Proud vendors contribute distinctive flavor to Kentucky Crafted: The Market

Guests at Kentucky Crafted: The Market, set for April 22-23 at the Lexington Convention Center, are sure to find unique items from the best visual and craft artists in the state. While visitors peruse the artwork on display in the exhibition hall, they can also enjoy tasty food products from Kentucky Proud vendors, like Lexington’s Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream. A perennial favorite among...

UK Symphony Orchestra, choirs collaborate on ‘Russian Spectacular’ in season finale

The critically acclaimed University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro John Nardolillo, will perform their season finale with the UK Choirs, conducted by Jefferson Johnson, in a concert featuring Sergei Prokofiev’s “Alexander Nevsky.” The Russian Spectacular will begin 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the Singletary Center for the Arts. This UKSO concert will also feature guest...

Nominees announced for 15th annual CATSPY Awards show at Memorial Coliseum

The 15th annual CATSPY Awards, celebrating the 2016-17 athletics year at the University of Kentucky, will be held Monday, April 24 in Memorial Coliseum. The awards ceremony begins at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited. Tickets for the CATSPY Awards cost $5 each and may be purchased online or at the UK Athletics Ticket Office (Joe Craft Center). All seating is general admission...

Kentucky by Heart: The Squire’s Sketches of Lexington flames interest in city’s most noted fires

By Steve Flairty KyForeward columnist I recently picked up a copy of noted Lexington historian J. Winston Coleman Jr.’s book, The Squire’s Sketches of Lexington (Henry Clay Press, 1972). After reading through about a third of the text, I was struck by the frequent mention of large fires in the city happening during the time period starting in the late 1700s, resulting in the loss of many well-known...

Study says only way to protect children from nicotine exposure is to not smoke in house — or quit

Children carry significant levels of nicotine on their hands even if their parents don’t smoke around them, according to a recent study by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and San Diego State University. “Parents may think that not smoking around their child is enough, but this is not the case. These findings emphasize that the only safe way to protect children from smoke...