Kentucky by Heart: Winchester minister, family touched by acts of kindness by their community

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Minister Dave Scalf describes himself and those who worship at Christ Church Winchester as “real people,” not in any way perfect. “We’re all just ‘messes who need a messiah,’” he likes to say, and so it makes sense that all are welcome to come and worship at CCW. Embracing that humble mind-set has inspired Dave and his wife, Amy, to open up their...

Kentucky Bourbon Festival unveils new logo and first official message on responsible drinking

The world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Festival announced that they’ve been retooling since celebrating their silver anniversary in 2016. They launched a sleek new logo to jump-start the 2017 celebrations as well as the festival’s first official message on responsible drinking. Designed by Vimarc, a Louisville-based advertising agency, the new logo features an original illustration of a Glencairn nosing...

EKU Center for the Arts 2017-18 season highlighted by appearances by Doobie Brothers, Alton Brown

Now entering its seventh season, the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts invites new and returning guests to “Experience It Live” with an astounding array of world-class entertainers set to take the stage in 2017-18. From classic rock to Broadway, country, and dance, the EKU center will once again bring some of the top names in entertainment to Richmond, Kentucky. The season kicks...

Science Guy: Don’t waste your breath — there are more effective ways to blow up a balloon

How do you inflate a balloon? Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist say not to waste your breath, they show us how to use a few ingredients from the kitchen, to inflate a balloon. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Most likely you’re just like everyone else, if you are going to...

Chef Foster: How to preserve our food heritage while trying to keep up with current demand

As I write this column, I sit in a beach house, hundreds of miles away from Lexington on Edisto Island in South Carolina. Vacation — yes vacation — is at hand and with it a change of venue which only serves to reinforce the importance of local food systems and the people that work them. There is no fast food on Edisto, no corporate chains or even local restaurant groups. There are approximately...

Your Kentucky Home: With return of summer, it’s time to update your home through use of fresh colors

By Liz Toombs and Erika Wilhelmi Special to KyForward The official start to summer is this week! You update your wardrobe for summer, so how about giving your home an update too? Here are three hot colors we love for the season: — Denim blue pairs beautifully with a huge range of colors. The cool and soft shades of denim can add a sense of peace and tranquility to any space, which makes it...

Final lineup for Red White and Boom 2017 includes Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Sam Hunt

The full line-up for Red White and Boom 2017, set for Sept. 1-3 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, was released Thursday. Each day of Red White and Boom features four renowned country music acts. Among the remaining five additional artists named to the Labor Day weekend event are “Used to Love You Sober” artist Kane Brown, Kentucky-born Carly Pearce, and “Hurricane” artist Luke Combs. The...

Officials mark reopening of newly renovated May Lodge at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

State and local officals Wednesday held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the renovated May Lodge at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, which is now open. A fire in March, 2016, forced officials to close the main lodge building, which included the park restaurant and lounge. The lodge rooms remained open during repairs and the restaurant moved to the conference center. “We are grateful that no one was hurt...

National Endowment for the Arts awards grant to Transylvania professors for Unlearn Fear + Hate project

Transylvania University professors Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova have received $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to create a permanent, illuminated artwork as part of their ongoing Unlearn Fear + Hate cycle of artworks. The artwork will be a large sculptural halo mounted on a downtown building. The location for the installation is to be determined. The NEA grant provides initial funding...

Portable Banking: PNC Bank debuts its new Tiny Branch — 160 square feet on the UK campus

PNC Bank revealed its portable Tiny Branch on the University of Kentucky campus. Measuring 20 feet by 8 feet, or 160 square feet, the converted steel container brings PNC’s newest and unique branch to Lexington. The temporary branch is located at 230 Avenue of Champions in front of Bowman’s Den. PNC will open a permanent branch in the new UK student center when construction completes in 2018. “The...

Kentucky by Heart: From the real McCoy to Floyd Collins, forgotten Kentuckians have interesting stories

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist When perusing the 15th state’s illustrious history, even Kentucky outsiders recognize such names as Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Boone, Henry Clay, and, of course, Secretariat. All have had a positive national impact and add to its treasured heritage. There are a whole passel of other Kentuckians, however, that are less known today yet certainly made impacts around...

Online registration now open for 33rd running of A Midsummer Night’s Run, set for Aug. 12

Registration is now available at www.amidsummer5K.com for the 33rd running of A Midsummer Night’s Run scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 12 in downtown Lexington. Race day events will begin with The Fastest Kid in Town, a series of sprints for ages 3-12, at 4:30 p.m. The One-Mile Fun Run/Walk, offering casual family fun, will get underway at 6:30 p.m. Annual Midsummer Night’s Run is set for Aug....

Science Guy: Common ingredients from your kitchen can keep your summer beverages colder

From keeping drinks cold to creating a camp fire, summer can offer a lot of challenges. All this month our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey introduces us to science hacks, you and your family can use, to help with some of summer’s biggest challenges. This week, he tells us how adding an ingredient from the kitchen, to your cooler, will keep your favorite summer beverages colder, faster. Go to –...

Do Not Throw Away Your Shot: Only three more chances remain to see UK’s ‘Grand Night’ 25

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre will conclude its 25th anniversary of “It’s a Grand Night for Singing!” this weekend. Only three more performances remain June 16-18, at the Singletary Center for the Arts. “It’s a Grand Night for Singing!” is a highly anticipated summer musical revue in Lexington, with UK vocalists showing off their talents alongside regional performers....

Jets over Kentucky: Lebanon the site for world’s largest remote control jet show July 9-16

The World’s Grandest Jet event rolls, loops and spins its way over the skies of Lebanon when the 13th annual Jets Over Kentucky Week gets underway. Scheduled for July 9 to 16 at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport, the largest remote control jet show on the planet features 200 pilots from around the world, an aerobatic jet show, private plane tent tours and more. Watch a video that shares peek...

Kentucky Horse Park to host family-friendly equine-themed Man o’ War Movie Night, activities

The Man o’ War Celebration, presented by Windstream, continues at the Kentucky Horse Park with a special movie night on June 24 from 6-10 p.m. Sponsored by the Keeneland Kids Club, the event will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the famous racehorse and is part of a season-long series of Man o’ War-themed events hosted by the Kentucky Horse Park. The Man o’ War Movie Night is $5 per carload...

Lexington hopes to repeat as winner as judges from America in Bloom visit city this month

Professional volunteer judges from the America in Bloom (AIB) national awards program will visit Lexington on June 19-20. This is Lexington’s third year as an America in Bloom participant, and it is one of the many proud and passionate communities across America working on local revitalization programs with an eye to receiving a prestigious America in Bloom national award. In addition to a receiving...

Kentucky by Heart: Community volunteer Nichols sees role as giving hope to those down on their luck

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist I would have to see a whole lot more out of her before I’d ever believe this Versailles woman is a “sassy momma,” as she claims she is. The Heather Nichols I see around town is more like, if not Mother Theresa, maybe her first or second cousin. At least, they figuratively have the same bloodlines. It is at the Journey Provisions store, sitting on the property...

Man o’ War commemorative mural on The Village Idiot to be officially unveiled June 29

The legendary Man o’ War, one of America’s original sporting heroes, will be depicted in larger-than-life fashion via a 30’ x 30’ mural in downtown Lexington. The mural is being painted by Agustin Zarate and is part of the Kentucky Horse Park’s Man o’ War Celebration, presented by Windstream, which includes a series of events to highlight the life of the great racehorse. An unveiling party...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Helping others and being around horses the mission of Therapeutic Riding

New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding began as a dream of Julie Peterson. A way to both help others and be around horses. Today they have over 100 students at they Bowling Green facility, more than a dozen horses, and as many volunteers from all walks of life as they can round up. The reward comes from helping others forget they have a disability and seeing them gain confidence. Let’s visit. Kentucky...