A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Chef John Foster: Some creative, tasty options for using all that basil you are growing in your garden

If your garden is like mine, your basil is at this point more of a bush than a plant! Mine started producing early and hasn’t let up. After a brief lull in the very hottest part of the late spring, I thought we might get burnt. But basil is incredibly resilient and like most near weeds it’s hard to kill. From the constant kitchen use at The Sage Rabbit to quarts of pesto for a menu item, you...

Beth Underwood: There’s a lot more to life than avocado toast and cats wearing sunglasses

Humor me, won’t you? Pull out your phone and look at your photostream. What do your most recent photos say about your life? Do they leave you feeling excited and ready to plan your next great adventure? Are you filled with memories and good times of days gone by? Do they cause you to look around at your life and mumble to yourself, I really need to get a life? Or am I the only one? I bring this...

City of Lexington releases special edition digital publication celebrating Bluegrass 10,000

Downtown Lexington’s only 10k beats the heat … and the results are in. (Click for full publication) The Bluegrass 10,000 is one of Lexington’s oldest races and enjoys many repeat participants, some who have run the race for 10, 20, 30, and some 40 years! Lexington Parks and Recreation and the Downtown Lexington Partnership want to celebrate all those who complete the race with this special edition...

Kentucky by Heart: Lexington entrepreneur Katie Thompson providing unique ‘Kentucky’ experiences

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist After Katie Thompson graduated from Paul Dunbar High School eight years ago, she set off from her hometown of Lexington and lived in a couple of Kentucky’s finest small towns. Katie spent four years in Danville, graduating from Centre College with a degree in history and international relations. From there, she moved to Bardstown to take her first full-time position,...

Christian hip-hop artist, music executive KB to perform at Campbellsville University Aug. 19

By Josh Christian Campbellsville University Christian hip-hop artist and music executive KB will perform at Campbellsville University on Sunday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. in Ransdell Chapel. Citizens Bank and Trust Company is sponsoring the concert, and general admission will be $35. VIP admission is $75 and allows for seating in first three rows and meet and greet with the artist. Admission will be free for...

Keeneland Concours d’Elegance returns July 19-21 with classic cars and classic Kentucky hospitality

It will be a weekend of horsepower in the Horse Capital of the World July 19-22, as Keeneland’s Concours d’Elegance returns to the Bluegrass. Since it began in 2004, the Concours d’Elegance has become a community event with national participation. This year, over 160 cars from brass era steamers to exotic future classics will compete at one of Kentucky’s iconic horse racing venues, Keeneland...

Campbellsville marks 10th year as host of FCA Leadership Camp with record attendance

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) held its annual Leadership Camp at Campbellsville University July 5-8 largest ever with 685 participants – the largest ever. Around 500 campers ranging from middle school to high school attended the camp with about 185 Huddle leaders, coaches, and staff. Of the 685 people who attended the FCA camp at Campbellsville University, there were 33 salvations made...

Fayette County Extension Service will present fifth installment of Kentucky Proud Evenings July 23

Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service will present the fifth installment of the Kentucky Proud Evenings series Monday, July 23 with guest author Deirdre Scaggs discussing her book, “The Historic Kentucky Kitchen: Traditional Recipes for Today’s Cook.” The free monthly series celebrates The University Press of Kentucky’s 75th anniversary with author discussions and samples from Plate...

John Foster: Losing your way happens, find your center by focusing on what’s right in front of you

Things are a bit unsettled right now. The summer season seems to have accelerated, we’re back in school, and I can’t seem to get my head around events like Burger Week, closely followed by Restaurant Week. Don’t get me wrong, I love to be busy, I can’t stand too much puttering around, (probably not a good sign for my golden years to come) I like to be active and engaged. Sometimes...

Four Americana music acts added to Kentucky Art’s Council’s Performing Artists Directory

JoAnna Oldfield and James Moore practiced together for about two years before starting to perform live in May 2016. That perseverance paid off for the Americana duo, known as JOANNA~JAMES, as they became one of four Americana music acts adjudicated into the Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Artists Directory. “People recognize the arts council as being reputable and being a part of the Performing...

Beth Underwood: Things rarely go as planned in the kitchen, but at least there’s always more cheese

I use to have pipe dreams of growing a big garden every year. In this pipe dream, I’d plant tomatoes and cucumbers and onions and carrots. I’d wear a cute little sundress and coordinating hat as I toiled in the soil. I’d write books like, The Thoughtful Gardener or You say tomato, I say how many would you like? Suffice it to say reality and the pipe dream existed on opposite ends of the spectrum....

Real fairy tale: How did commoner beagle, rescued from KY kill shelter, end up in Kensington Palace?

By Hannah Carver NKyTribune reporter This is the rest of the fairy tale. The world is familiar with the story. The Duchess of Sussex, aka Meghan Markle, born in 1981 in Los Angeles, California, married Prince Harry of Great Britain in the embodiment of the classic Cinderella story. But it is Duchess’ dog, rescued from a grisly fate in a Kentucky shelter, that is truly a rags-to-riches, happily-ever-after...

Kentucky by Heart: Celebrating Kentucky’s own James Bond, and all of the state’s ‘overcomers’

Reading and writing about overcomers from Kentucky is a passion of mine. Overcomers are often fueled by faith and an amazing persistence, along with the capacity to lay feelings of bitterness and self-pity aside. They don’t come “a dime a dozen,” and celebrating their stories, I believe, can inspire others with their struggles. A good place to find such noble people from Kentucky can start with...

Chef John Foster: Revisiting the ‘incredible, edible egg;’ why they belong in balanced, healthy diet

It was at one time “the incredible edible egg,” a multi-purpose package of nutrition and energy. Capable of singlehandedly replacing everything you might choose for breakfast with a single magic bullet of goodness and light. This notion, of course, was ripe for a takedown, nothing could be this perfect. And so, like most icons it has suffered some setbacks over the years, going underground...

Beth Underwood: Return to the classroom evokes childhood memories for this ‘test-taker’s’ test taker

Every now and then, we all experience something that reminds us of childhood. Maybe it’s the smell of a long forgotten scent or the sound of a favorite song on the radio. For me, it’s the angst that comes with having to take a test. And it was the latter that filled my being earlier this week when I attended Moonshine University. Yes, that’s right. I went to Moonshine University. Where else...

Lexington Burger Week returns July 9-15, with local restaurants serving creative spins on burgers

Lexington Burger Week is back July 9-15 to celebrate burgers at local restaurants serving their creative spin on Lexington’s favorite food. “Summer is burger season. Lexington restaurateurs have created amazing culinary masterpieces that the city will really sink its teeth into,” said Chuck Creacy, publisher at Smiley Pete Publishing and organizer of the event. At a cost of $5 each, everyone...

Kentucky by Heart: Exploring Kentucky’s role in War of 1812; Independence Day memories from Claryville

After thinking about a Kentucky connection to Independence Day for this week’s column, I recalled hearing some intriguing facts about America’s War of 1812. The conflict included a highly significant number from the state who served militarily, including a two-time governor of Kentucky, Isaac Shelby. Additionally, another iconic Kentuckian used his governmental authority to push the United States...

‘Making patterns’ and creating powerful fiction, Kentucky’s Bobbie Ann Mason offers ‘Patchwork’

By Mack McCormick and Whitney Hale University Press of Kentucky Life is a quilt — random bits of memory that somehow fit together, forming a cohesive yet unlikely pattern. One of the best ways to uncover these seemingly hidden patterns, as demonstrated by Kentucky writer and University of Kentucky alumna Bobbie Ann Mason, is through fiction. “Writing fiction is a way of making patterns, discovering...

Screenwriter Charles Pogue to deliver Playwrights Lecture at Lexington playwrights conference Sept. 6

Charles Edward Pogue a native of Fort Thomas, a graduate of Highlands High School and the University of Kentucky will give the Kentucky Playwrights Lecture at a playwrights and screenwriters conference sponsored by the Kentucky Playwrights Workshop at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington September 6-8. Charles Pogue Pogue once worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood where he wrote...

Western Kentucky University welcomes stickwork sculptor Dougherty to campus October 1-19

Western Kentucky University’s Cultural Enhancement Series and the Kentucky Museum will host award-winning artist Patrick Dougherty Oct. 1-19 on WKU’s campus in Bowling Green. Dougherty creates large-scale environmental sculptures made from intertwined tree saplings. His next installation will be located in front of the Kentucky Museum. This installation is open to the public at all times during...