Chef Foster: Bountiful supply of late summer vegetables leaves chefs with plenty of options

Summer solstice is long gone. Corn that’s knee high by the Fourth of July? Already past. Christmas is coming the goose is getting fat? Not quite to that point yet, but we have reached the peak of Kentucky’s bounty, right here and now. I know that because I have too many choices to make and too little cooler space to fit everything. A sample list of what I could provide would go something like...

Murray writer, KyForward columnist Alexander selected for Humanities Council roster

Constance Alexander, award-winning writer and civic journalist from Murray, is on the 2017-18 Kentucky Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. This is the seventh year Alexander has been tapped as a featured presenter, available to community groups in Kentucky. The booking fee for non-profit organizations is $175 with for-profits at $300. Alexander, who writes a weekly column that appears on KyForward,...

21c Museum Hotel Lexington to host opening of A Global Gathering: The 21c Collection August 22

21c Museum Hotel Lexington will host an opening reception of A Global Gathering: The 21c Collection on Tuesday, August 22 at 6:00 p.m., including introductory remarks on the exhibition by Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites and bites and drinks from Lockbox.   Artist and author Sharon Louden in her Minneapolis studio, November, 2015. (Photo by Vinson Valega) The event will bring the public together...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Owners of first Lavender farm in Kentucky call business a ‘work in progress’

Lavender Hills of Kentucky is a small farm located just outside of Brooksville in Bracken County … and is what the owners like to call a work in progress. When they began Lavender Hills they were the first lavender farm in Kentucky and have since learned some very hard lessons about this difficult to grow crop. More than just a flower, lavender has given this family something to come together around...

Science Guy: Filler from your old bean bag chair, air pressure can be used for amazing experiment

Do you have a bean bag chair? If so, our “science guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist show us how you can use those tiny pieces, inside the chair, to do an amazing experiment. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Mashing Matter INGREDIENTS • Bicycle Pump with Rubber Stopper • 1 Liter Clear...

Park in the Dark: Kentucky Horse Park to host eclipse viewing party in Rolex Stadium

The Kentucky Horse Park will host “Park in the Dark,” a solar eclipse viewing party, on Monday, Aug. 21, from 1:30–3 p.m. at Rolex Stadium. The sun in Lexington is going to be 95 percent covered by the moon, with peak darkness at about 2:30 p.m. During the event, the eclipse will be broadcast on the scoreboard monitor in Rolex Stadium, kids crafts will be held 1:30–2:15 p.m., and...

Urban Farmer: Twenty years on the gardening roller coaster and finally figuring out the beans

By Ginger Dawson Special to KyForward This is something I know beans about.  Beans.  All kinds of beans. Over the past twenty, or so, years I have always raised beans: pole beans, bush beans, green beans, dried beans–you name it. Early on, I always raised pole beans.  It seemed like the sensible way to manage the small amount of dirt that I had at my disposal at the time.  I could raise a...

Transformations: EKU Chautauqua Series features host of bestselling authors, Genius Award winners

Two MacArthur “Genius” Award winners, a host of bestselling authors, distinguished professors and other leading figures from a variety of fields will examine the theme of “Transformations” in the 2017-18 Chautauqua Lecture Series at Eastern Kentucky University. The series, which runs throughout the academic year and also includes an art exhibit on the theme, kicks off Thursday, Sept. 7, with...

U of L’s Hite Art Institute presents ‘Type Hike’ design project supporting nature, national parks

Hite Art Institute will bring “Type Hike,” a collection of artistic posters that celebrate the National Park Service to Schneider Hall Galleries Aug. 18-Sept. 22. Designers David Rygiol and James Louis Walker created the project last year to promote and raise money for national parks during its centennial celebration. They invited graphic artists from across the country to submit a poster for each...

Kentucky by Heart: Vision, determination of a girl named Bruce brought college to Cynthiana

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Years back when Johnny Cash sang about a “boy named Sue,” he might just as well have done the same about a “girl named Bruce.” But where Johnny, at the end, expressed frustrated regret for the gender anomaly, Bruce Florence, the Cynthiana woman whose strong leadership brought a college to her town, relishes her masculine sounding name. That’s because...

Owners of ‘backyard woods’ can get landscaping tips during upcoming Kentucky Wood Expo

Though the word “woodland” or “forest” often brings to mind vast tracts of trees, more than six million people in the United States own between one and 10-acre parcels. Owners of these “backyard woods” who wish to learn more about keeping their landscapes healthy and managing wildlife in their yards will get many of their questions answered by University of Kentucky College of Agriculture,...

With school out for the day, Living Arts & Science Center opens Eclipse Day celebration to the public

Due to the cancellation of school in Fayette County on Eclipse Day, Monday, Aug. 21, The Living Arts & Science Center (LASC) will open its planned Eclipse Celebration to the public. The LASC will be open 12-4 p.m. with activities throughout the building for families to enjoy together. The Living Arts & Science Center’s science educators will lead students through art and science activities...

Garden Club of Kentucky to dedicate new Monarch butterfly waystation at Barren River State Park

The Garden Club of Kentucky will dedicate the latest of a series of Monarch butterfly waystations at Barren River Lake State Resort Park on Monday, Aug. 14. The ceremony will be at 10 a.m. just below the lodge patio and pool. Members of the Garden Club of Kentucky and the Glasgow Garden Club began working with park staff in 2013 to design and install a Monarch waystation at Barren River Lake State...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Youth Ballet in Lexington provides young with access to the art of dance

Bluegrass Youth Ballet in Lexington engages and inspires youth by providing access to the art of dance throughout the community. Learn more at: bluegrassyouthballet.org. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as natives Bob Shrader and Matt Hilton remind us each week, there’s...

Science Guy: Friction gives serious muscle power to pages of those old phone books

Do you have any old phone books? If so, don’t trash them. Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and some kid scientists, show us how the pages, inside, have muscle power. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Phone Book Friction INGREDIENTS • Two Phone Books INSTRUCTIONS STEP 1: Overlap the pages...

Al Smith Fellowship for excellence in respective disciplines awarded to six Kentucky artists

Six Kentucky artists have been awarded $7,500 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council for exemplifying excellence in their respective creative disciplines. The prestigious award, named in honor of former arts council board chair and Kentucky journalist Al Smith, recognizes professional artists who have reached a high level of achievement in their careers. Since its beginning...

Chef Foster: Success in the restaurant business comes when luck is combined with preparation

Luck can manifest itself in many ways. One can stumble upon it — when you least expect it you can pull the winning ticket. Luck can be granted to you, and if you’re “lucky” it will materialize. Or you can work at being lucky, doggedly pursuing your successes, changing things when they don’t work, monitoring your ups and downs until the day that lightning strikes. Farming is very much...

ArrrrrF! Heads up, dog lovers; it’s National Spoil Your Dog Day — and you wouldn’t want Fido to miss it

In case you haven’t heard, Thursday is National Spoil Your Dog Day — and there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that American dogs are seriously spoiled.  Consider this:  * 73% of dog owners give frequent gifts to their dog (and it’s sexy). Three-quarters of Americans gift their pooch once a month or more. And it’s getting them dates. 48% of men and 60% of women find...

From ballgames to concerts, communities gearing up for once-in-a-lifetime Great American Eclipse

With a little less than two weeks left, much of Western Kentucky is gearing up to become the epicenter of the 2017 total solar eclipse. Hopkinsville, in Christian County, will be the point of “greatest eclipse” with 2 minutes and 40 seconds of totality on Aug. 21 at 1:24 p.m. CDT. In addition to Hopkinsville, 15 other cities are in the path of totality and offer wonderful viewing opportunities....

Voting begins this week to choose performers for season-opening UK football concert

After more than 60 nominations were submitted, the list of bands contending to play the first in the 2017 Kentucky Football Pregame Concert series has been whittled down to eight. Over the course of three days of voting this week on Twitter, fans will be choosing a winner from the following bands: Jordan English Band – Fronted by Jordan English, they have developed a following in his hometown of...