Chef Foster: Get ready for feast akin to Cratchit’s, enjoy the celebration with family and friends

It probably started long before Ebenezer Scrooge sent the boy around to “the poulterer’s” to fetch the big tom in the window at the end of A Christmas Carol. Maybe as far back as the first Christmas, or maybe the first celebration of food and Christmas. I’m talking of course about Christmas dinner, the penultimate familial celebration of the season, sometimes...

Beth Underwood: From a slew of posed school photos to a slew of selfies — sure, that works fine

I overheard a couple of women talking about their kids while standing in the checkout line the other day. One of them pulled out a small photo album to show off pictures of her new granddaughter and family. While they “ooh’d” and “ahhh’d” and “isn’t-she-the-cutest,” a few things occurred to me: A. I cant remember the last time I carried physical photos with...

Kentucky by Heart: Seasoned journalist Michael Embry finds new voice through fiction in retirement

By Steve Flairty Special to KyForward For decades, journalist Michael Embry pretty much had what he wrote assigned to him; it largely depended on the news — often sports — that happened around him. He simply (and skillfully) reported. As an editor for a lengthy period at Kentucky Monthly, he did the assigning. Additionally, during those journalism years, he found time to follow his interests...

Central Ky’s most famous cold case the subject of new book by UK law professor Robert Lawson

On Oct. 26, 1961, the lifeless body of 19-year-old student Betty Gail Brown was discovered in front of the Old Morrison Building on Transylvania University’s campus. A new University Press of Kentucky book, “Who Killed Betty Gail Brown? Murder, Mistrial, and Mystery” by Robert G. Lawson, emeritus professor of law at the University of Kentucky, is the first book to examine Brown’s murder,...

University of Kentucky alumna earns roles in Gap holiday ad campaign, ABC sitcom ‘black-ish,’

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward What does a series of new holiday ads for Gap featuring Janelle Monáe and two episodes of ABC’s award-winning TV show “black-ish” have in common? They all include performances by University of Kentucky alumna Angel Laketa Moore-Tanksley. Moore-Tanksley plays a character name Erica in an episode of the ABC hit, which first aired Dec. 5. She will also appear...

Chef Foster: It’s holiday party time; be good to yourself by sticking with some tried-and-true favs

We’ve come to that time of year when people start planning and hopefully executing their holiday parties. Magazines, television shows and even live demonstrations abound as your attention is pulled from dish to dish, appetizer to entrée to dessert, in an effort to impress, titillate and amaze. Somewhere in this tangle of holiday merriment, you hopefully will also feed your guests and give...

Beth Underwood: Christmas decorating isn’t for the faint of heart, but ‘tree-mergency’ house calls help

It was about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday night when the tree specialist arrived at our house to diagnose the Christmas tree. Yes, you read that correctly. Our Christmas tree received a house call. The fate of our fir had been teetering on the brink for almost 24 hours at that point, and now, our moment of reckoning was at hand. Looking back, something seemed a bit off as soon as we brought it into the house...

CU, Town Hall Productions to present ‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’ Dec. 14-17

Josh Christian Special to KyForward Campbellsville University is partnering with Town Hall Productions to perform “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” at the Ross Mobley Theater Dec. 14-17. The theater is located in the Alumni Building at 114 University Drive, Campbellsville. On Dec. 14, 15 and 16, the play will begin at 7 p.m. On Dec. 17 the theater will perform its matinee...

University of Kentucky alumni to join Red Barn Radio for “An Appalachian Christmas” concert

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward A radio concert featuring some of the state’s best musical artists, including alumni, will celebrate the holidays in a very Kentucky way. “An Appalachian Christmas,” presented as part of the “Red Barn Radio” program, will showcase the talents of The Sara Holroyd Singers featuring UK alumni, My Brother’s Keeper, The Price Sisters and...

Kentucky by Heart: Judge Leigh Anne Stephens remains focused on community, despite hard times

Hazard District Court Judge Leigh Anne Stephens has an affinity for the welfare of kids in her community. That might be true mostly because she had so much fun growing up and playing with an abundance of kids in her Hazard neighborhood. Those experiences partly inspired her to lead in establishing Camp Promise, a week-long gathering of recreational activities and positive mentoring for young boys thought...

Bivens to present plenary session at Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Creative Industry Summit

Retired Brig. Gen. Nolen Bivens will present the plenary session at the Kentucky Arts Council’s fourth annual Kentucky Creative Industry Summit on Dec. 5 in Morehead. Bivens’ presentation, titled “Building an Arts and Military Community, Health & Wellness Ecosystem,” will focus on national efforts to promote opportunities for artists, arts organizations and communities interested in supporting...

John Foster: Sharing insight into grandeur of Ferris Wheel, the restaurant business, success, failure

The restaurant industry has always been an amusement park attraction, for as long as I’ve called Lexington my home. Part funhouse, part coaster, with the unpredictable nature of a tilt a whirl and the grandeur of the Ferris Wheel. More than once I’ve seen fortunes rise and fall, sending seismic shifts throughout our tight-knit community, and into the consciousness of the general public. Empires...

Beth Underwood: About pet peeves, at top of my list is nouns that become verbs; please don’t ‘gift’ me

We all have pet peeves, don’t we? Whether it’s disdain for a trendy phrase like cra-cra or someone driving 20 in a 55, there are certain things in life that grate on our last nerves — those things that go through us like nails on a chalkboard, causing us to wonder if our ears will bleed out from the noise. For me, one such pet peeve is nouns that become verbs. Take the word gift, for example....

Kentucky by Heart: Dying with grace and dignity – who is your Mary Gay Lake?

Editor’s note: This tribute appeared previously in KyForward and was used as a dedication to Steve Flairty’s book, Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes #4, published in 2015. My first remembrance of Mary Gay Lake, from a distance, was the way she dressed—sharply and in classic style. Her attire fit smartly on her rather tall and well-postured frame, and she wore her dark brown hair in a neat,...

Sixth annual Black Friday Art Sale Dec. 1-2 at Loudon House to feature unique gifts from 25 local artists

On December 1-2, the Lexington Art League and dRock Press usher in the holiday season with the 6th Annual Black Friday Art Sale, at the Loudoun House. Enjoy a one of a kind shopping experience to find a personal, thoughtful, and hand-crafted gift. The first holiday pop-up market of its kind in Lexington — the 2017 Black Friday Art Sale will feature more 25 local artists exhibiting unique, handcrafted...

Find those one-of-a-kind gifts at WKCTC’s Paducah School of Art and Design Holiday Art Sale Dec. 2-3

West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) invites the public to its seventh annual Holiday Art Sale in the college’s Clemens Fine Arts Center Gallery December 2-3. The Holiday Art Sale will be open in the gallery Saturday, December 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Providing the opportunity to purchase unique...

Track photographer Pat Lang succumbs to cancer; captured many of horse racing’s historic moments

By John Engelhardt Special to the KyForward Surrounded by his family and longtime friend John Engelhardt, Patrick Lang died peacefully on a late Nov. 17. After more than 30 years of making photos from the finish line, track photographer Pat Lang had hung up his camera three years ago. Pat Lang as many horse racing fans remember him; with his camera, headed toward the finish line at Turfway Park (Provided...

Beth Underwood: Family traditions are family traditions, in one form another, and can change

Ah, traditions. Whether they’re a component of major holidays or part of our weekly rituals, we all have traditions in one form or another. For some, it may mean a chili dinner with the family before the kids go trick-or-treating. For others, it could be pancakes every Sunday morning. In our family, it means lining up for our annual flu shots on Thanksgiving. That’s right. We know how to party. Typically,...

Lexington Philharmonic Fairy-Tale Opera at annual Candy Cane! Nov. 26 to feature Hansel and Gretel

The Lexington Philharmonic kicks off the holiday season with its annual Candy Cane Concert on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 3:00 PM at the Singletary Center for the Arts. LexPhil will present a very special semi-staged presentation of Engelbert Humperdinck’s fairy-tale opera Hänsel & Gretel, featuring the talents of Kentucky Opera Studio Artists. Originally conceived by the Brothers Grimm,...