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UK graduate Kyle Longley named director of LBJ Presidential Library; his book on LBJ just published

Kyle Longley, a graduate of the University of Kentucky, has been named director of the LBJ Presidential Library by the archivist of the United States. A distinguished historian, Longley will be the fifth director of the library, named for Lyndon B. Johnson, which opened to the public in 1971. “Longley’s extensive historical knowledge, combined with his teaching, research and leadership...

Chef John Foster: Peaches, peaches, peaches — grilled, roasted, baked poached (and fresh) are great

I blame it on the canned peaches of my childhood, the soft grey masses of syrupy, sugary fruit that tasted of metal and stale water. With the texture of dense, soggy bread and the viscosity of 10W40, there was an overwhelming feeling of queasiness every time I heard a can being opened and slid into a bowl, like a gator sliding back into the swamp. When my mother canned fresh peaches, the results were...

Beth Underwood: Letting kids be kids isn’t always easy, but it’s okay to let them test their limits

Colton is the daredevil of the family. I’m not sure where he gets it — certainly not from me — but I’m convinced daredevilism (is that a real word?) must be a part of one’s DNA. Once you have it, it’s hard to shake. As is the memory of one of Colton’s most memorable stunts. From where I stood that day, Colton was 100 feet off the ground if he was 10, climbing among the branches...

National League of Junior Cotillions seeking participants for program in Fayette County

The National League of Junior Cotillions (NLJC), a program of etiquette, character education and social dance training for middle school students, has announced plans to establish its national program in Fayette County. Says Charles Winters, President of the National League of Junior Cotillions, “We will be selecting a director for a local chapter who will receive complete training and an exclusive...

UK student, Paducah resident named national patient ambassador for Shriners Hospitals for Children

Lexington Shriners Medical Center has announced that patient Lily Silverstein has been selected as one of the two new national patient ambassadors for 2018-2019. Every year, Shriners Hospitals for Children selects two National Patient Ambassadors to represent the health care system’s patients. The ambassadors spend the year telling their stories of perseverance in the face of adversity and the ways...

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

Editor’s Note: This column originally appeared at KyForward.com on June 20, 2017 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...

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes expecting first child; baby boy due in December

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and her husband Andrew Grimes announced on Monday that they are expecting their first child, a boy, in December. Alison Lundergan Grimes “The journey to grow our family has not been easy,” Grimes said in making the announcement. “With the assistance of talented doctors, numerous surgeries, a supportive family and immense prayer...

Arts Council awards folk and traditional apprenticeship grants to four Kentucky artists

Four Kentucky master artists have been awarded Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants from the Kentucky Arts Council. The Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant provides $3,000 to a Kentucky master folk or traditional artist to teach skills, practices and culture to a less experienced artist from the same community during the course of a year. Shuling Fister of Lexington was one of...

Ballet Under the Stars returns to Lexington’s Woodland Park for 29th year August 2-3

Lexington Parks and Recreation is celebrating the 29th year of Ballet Under the Stars with an enchanting evening filled with performances and activities for dance lovers of all ages. This annual summer event will run Aug. 2–5 (rain date Aug. 6) in Woodland Park, 601 E. High St. The main show, featuring the Kentucky Ballet Theatre, will begin at 9 p.m. each evening. Admission is $6 (sales tax included);...

Lexington’s Book Benches public art project pays homage to University of Kentucky authors and artists

By Lindsey Piercy and Whitney Hale Special to KyForward Looking for a great place to dive into a summer book? Well, you’re in luck. Kentucky’s literary heritage is being featured around Lexington as part of the new Book Benches public art exhibit to encourage reading. The 36 fiberglass benches, which depict colorful artistic renderings of books by Kentucky authors, were unveiled in Gratz Park...

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...