Kentucky by Heart: Biographies of humorist Cobb, iconic Still among newly released Kentucky books

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Every several months, I look forward to driving to the Kentucky Monthly office in Frankfort to obtain a selection of newly released Kentucky books to review for the magazine. I define “Kentucky books” simply as ones about Kentucky or written by a Kentucky author. For my taste, it’s grounds for salivating profusely without being taken to task. This batch seems,...

State artists invited to submit two-dimensional entries for Kentucky Artisan Center exhibit Reveal

Kentucky artists who work in large two-dimensional formats are invited to submit entries for the exhibit program Reveal at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Reveal will showcase one selected artist in the Center’s lobby from Jan. 13-April 30, 2018. Reveal exhibits are a regular part of the center’s exhibition schedule through an annual statewide call-to-artists. The center’s Reveal...

Veterans Day Parade highlights Lexington’s Week of Valor honoring Central Kentucky veterans Nov. 4-11

Returning this year to downtown Lexington, the 2017 Lexington Veterans Day Parade is the culmination of a series of events highlighting the contributions of Central Kentucky’s veterans. During the 2017 Week of Valor, local organizations and community partners are hosting multiple events celebrating veterans. The Week of Valor kicks off Saturday, Nov. 4 with the Salute to Veterans at the University...

Kentucky Trinity: New book shines light on state favorites burgoo, barbecue and bourbon

As Kentuckians celebrate fall in the Bluegrass, it is sure they can be found at Keeneland or tailgating football games with one or more of the trinity of good taste in the Commonwealth — burgoo, barbecue and bourbon. A new book from University Press of Kentucky (UPK) by award-winning author and chef Albert W. A. Schmid serves up a feast for readers wanting to know more about these beloved and tasty...

Chef Foster: Soup may not be a cure-all, but it can still be a remedy for what’s ailing us

I’ve got the sniffles and a nagging cough. Not sure if it’s allergies or I’ve finally succumbed to a common cold that’s been circulating through school. The good and the bad of fall wrapped up into one condition for which there is no cure, except? Well you can’t really call soup a cure for anything, but it can be a remedy for a lot of what may ail us. A cure would be too easy, would allow...

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Kristof to discuss global citizenship during UK appearance

The University of Kentucky International Center will welcome Nicholas Kristof, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and well-known columnist with The New York Times, on Oct. 26, to discuss “A Path Appears: How Students Can Change the World.” His appearance is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Gatton College of Business and Economics, and the School of Journalism...

Author David Domine’s ghost stories from Louisville available once again to chill and delight

When David Dominé moved into a house in the historic Old Louisville neighborhood, he dismissed local rumors of a resident poltergeist named Lucy. Before long, however, unnerving, disembodied footsteps and mysterious odors caused him to flee his home in the middle of the night. David Domine What began as a search to find rational explanations for the strange occurrences turned into a new life as a...

Pair of iconic symphonies and a modern American master among highlights of LexPhil’s Simplicity

Lexington Philharmonic presents the second concert of the 2017-18 season, Simplicity on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 pm at the Singletary Center for the Arts. The evening opens with Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, followed by Pulitzer-prize winning American composer Dominick Argento’s Casa Guidi, an exquisite song cycle which brings to musical life the letters of Victorian poet Elizabeth...

Lexington wins population category, most beautiful cemetery in annual America in Bloom Awards

Top honors for the prestigious 2017 America in Bloom National Awards Program were announced at the annual awards held in Holliston, MA on October 7. All participants were evaluated on six criteria: overall impression, environmental awareness, heritage preservation, urban forestry, landscaped areas, and floral displays. Additionally, they were judged on their community involvement across municipal,...

Kentucky by Heart: Hatton has an incurable need to help people, all with a smile on his face

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Reading Dale Hatton’s posts on Facebook are sure to put a grin on your face. He likes to share his light touch with some low-key humor, usually of the clean variety and always good-natured in content. As you read him daily, you’ll also likely find him to be a caring sort, one who has a genuine passion to help those in his Winchester community who “are having...

Lyn Hacker: Do Not Resuscitate and other end of life decisions — think about them now, while you can

The death of much beloved rock icon, Tom Petty, and maybe the violence in Las Vegas has brought up some serious considerations of the concepts of DNR or Do Not Resuscitate Orders. DNRs and Advance Directives are not things that people tend to think of until they get much older, which might be unfortunate. It seems the younger you are, the more resistant you are in thinking something catastrophic might...

Best-selling author, journalist Suki Kim discusses going undercover in North Korea at U of L lecture

Best-selling author and investigative journalist Suki Kim will discuss her rare experience “Undercover in North Korea” during the Oct. 18 annual University of Louisville lecture in Asian democracy at the Louisville Free Public Library. Kim’s public talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the main library, 301 York St. UofL’s Center for Asian Democracy is presenting the lecture with the World Affairs...

Life’s Lesson: Kentucky state senator Webb has new understanding of the disabled following foot injury

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Robin Webb said she has more compassion for those with disabilities after spending the past six weeks with a cast on her left foot. “I get a little frustrated, but I have a whole new appreciation for people who have to deal with disability every day,” she said. “It almost makes me cry (thinking about it). They grapple with a lot worse than this and keep a smile....

HalloWhinny: Kentucky Horse Park hosting fall festival, included in price of admission

The Kentucky Horse Park will host the HalloWhinny Fall Festival, a day of family-friendly fun to celebrate the fall season, on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 1-6 p.m. Several special activities will be offered throughout the day, most of which will be included in the cost of admission. “The HalloWhinny Fall Festival is a great way to draw families from our local communities to the Kentucky Horse Park,”...

Chef Foster: Preserving the sanctity of pasta, one of our oldest and most versatile culinary treasures

Mention the word pasta to someone and they may shrug their shoulders slightly. Yeah, they like it alright but it’s a quick dinner, or a snack for a hungry teenager. The era of pasta as king of the menu is past, and with the proliferation of boxed pastas ready to microwave, it’s taken on a fast food mentality that to me is infuriating. This is an art form in other countries, whether it’s...

Kentucky football pregame concert series continues Saturday featuring Magnolia Vale

Magnolia Vale will take the stage as part of the Kentucky Football Pregame Concert Series on Saturday, playing before UK hosts Missouri in a night game at Kroger Field. The concert will take place on the stage in the plaza outside Gate 12 of Kroger Field. Magnolia Vale will play immediately following the Cat Walk presented by Chevy, which is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. Bradford BBQ and Mad Mike’s...

‘Appalachia in the Bluegrass’ continues fall concert series with Brett Ratliff, The Local Honeys

The next performances in the “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series showcase artists who have dedicated their lives to the performance and preservation of old-time music. On Oct. 6, banjo player Brett Ratliff will perform. On Oct. 13, the traditional music duo The Local Honeys will play. Both free public concerts will take place at noon, at the Niles Gallery, located in the University...

UK Homecoming 2017 celebration marked by special events throughout the week

Although a few early events took place over the weekend, the University of Kentucky Homecoming 2017 celebration continues through Sunday with the UK Alumni Association’s Golden Wildcat Farewell Breakfast. This year’s theme is “Superheroes: Not all Wildcats wear capes.” Visit the Homecoming schedule at for the latest information. President and Dr. Capilouto congratulate the 2016...

Kentucky by Heart: Woodford Quilt Trail allows community to give tribute to their heritage

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist When Debbie Tichenor was growing up on a farm in Owen County, she spent a lot of quality time with her dear Granny Smith while her parents worked their jobs in Frankfort. “Granny was a quilter, she sewed, and she was a crafty person. She could do about everything,” noted Debbie. “She always had something for me to do and she loved my art and kept it displayed...

Filmaker, VeggieTales creator Vischer set to speak at Campbellsville University Oct. 18

Phil Vischer, co-creator of VeggieTales and founder of Big Idea Productions, will speak at Campbellsville University two times on Wednesday, Oct. 18, and his addresses are open to the public free of charge. Everyone is invited to both sessions. Vischer will share his testimony at chapel at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 in Ransdell Chapel at 401 N. Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville, Ky. 42718. Later, from 6:30...