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,...

Kentucky by Heart: Thanksgiving brings back fond memories of friends, family and feasts of rich food

I’m in favor of the Thanksgiving season to be termed the most important holiday that Americans celebrate. The theme of gratefulness is a universal one, not held back by the narrow lines of religious, or other, differences. It’s a time when, at least theoretically, we show appreciation for the good things around us (the bounty) rather than to focus on what we’d like but don’t possess. Out of...

Sir Alfred Munnings’ ‘A Morning’s Work, Newmarket Heath’ brings top price at 2017 Sporting Art Auction

Spirited bidding and the sale of Sir Alfred Munnings’ A Morning’s Work, Newmarket Heath for $186,300, including buyer premium, highlighted the fifth annual Sporting Art Auction, held Sunday afternoon at Keeneland. The Sporting Art Auction is a collaborative effort between Keeneland, the world’s leading Thoroughbred sales company, and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington, the country’s foremost gallery...

Northern Kentucky playwrights named 2017 winners of Kentucky Theatre Association new play contest

By William McCann KyForward Contributor On Friday night, during the opening night of the Kentucky Theatre Association annual conference at Pikeville’s Jenny Wiley Theatre, the state’s best playwrights of 2017 were celebrated and honored. The evening began with a reading of Richard Cavendish’s 10-minute play, “Botherum.” Following were readings of 20-minute cuttings from “Rural...

Celebrate a Dickens of a Christmas Small Business Saturday event in Historic Downtown Paducah

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, historic downtown Paducah will be bustling with holiday shoppers and Christmas cheer. On November 25, enjoy the Dickens of a Christmas Small Business Saturday event organized by Paducah Main Street, a division of the Paducah Planning Department. From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., downtown Paducah will be transformed into a Dickens atmosphere with free Victorian carriage...

Keeneland Association, Cross Gate Gallery to host fifth annual Sporting Art Auction Sunday

A Morning’s Work, by Sir Alfred Munnings Keeneland Association and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington will conduct the fifth annual Sporting Art Auction on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion. The 2017 collection features 175 high-quality lots representing fine sporting art, American paintings, and sculpture from celebrated masters as well as talented new artists. The Sporting...

Chef John Foster: Throw a KISS to Thanksgiving — and sit down to a meal all your guests can enjoy

By this time, you’ve probably read a half a dozen articles on how to present the perfect Thanksgiving dinner. You’ve watched countless shows on the best pumpkin pie, or the new improved side dishes to spice up your holiday tables. I don’t need to tell you about basting versus self-basting, the dangers of stuffing the bird or cooking the dressing separately. If you have...

Beth Underwood: First step to recovery is admitting the problem, but let me check my phone first…

People say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem, so here goes. “Hello. My name is Beth and I may be a social media junkie.” The moment of truth came last Sunday morning. I was innocently journaling with a nice cup of coffee and minding my own business, thank you very much. On this particular day, things seemed to be off to a fairly good start. Weekend mornings are like that,...

Lexington’s Triangle Park transformed into Unified Trust Company Ice Rink through mid-January

Staff report The lawn at Triangle Park has been transformed into a winter wonderland with the Unified Trust Company Ice Rink. Take to the ice in the glow of Lexington’s official Christmas Tree and enjoy a unique experience for guests and locals of all ages, including a warm mug of hot chocolate at DoubleH BBQ. In its first year, the Unified Trust Company Ice Rink welcomed over 22,000 skaters and...

Kentucky by Heart: Writing, faith in God help Rita Setness cope with unexpected loss of son

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Writing a book called Surviving Child Loss was, for Nicholasville resident Rita Setness, part of her personal therapy in attempting to survive the loss of a child. In fact, her writing about son Jonathon began soon after his unexpected death at age 26 in December 2013. As one might expect, the emotional blow of her son’s sudden passing tossed Rita head long into...