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Lexington man becomes oldest to complete 307-mile Sheltowee Trace Hiker Challenge

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  The Sheltowee Trace Association recently honored 17 people who hiked 307 miles of Kentucky’s longest trail in 2014, including the oldest participant to complete the Hiker Challenge.   Each year, the Sheltowee Trace Association leads a series of guided …

James Halcomb: The Flash, S.H.I.E.L.D., Prince among year’s best entertainment

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  I never felt that I am entrenched in the minutiae of popular culture, or expert enough about film, television or music to deem anything “best”. However, I can tell you my favorites.   Favorite New Show: The Flash: currently …

EatKentucky: Trusty Meadowthorpe Cafe serves up good food with a side of quirkiness

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  By Alan Cornett Special to KyForward   In an environment of new cafes and diners, Lexington’s Meadowthorpe Café is an old standby. A breakfast and lunch diner, Meadowthorpe, offers a full range of burgers and sandwiches, as well as …

Super Saturday ticket among packages available for 2015 Kentucky Reining Cup

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Ticket packages for the 2015 Kentucky Reining Cup, set for April 24-25 at the Kentucky Horse Park, are now available.   Packages include tickets for each of the individual days plus a new Super Saturday ticket, offering a discounted rate …

Science Guy: One kernel of popcorn in a glass ornament adds burst of fun to decorating tree

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Looking for a way to add a little science to the Christmas tree this year? If so, our KyForward’s Science Guy Jason Lindsey shows us how to pop popcorn inside a clear glass ornament.   Popping Christmas Ornament   INGREDIENTS …

Midway Christian Church’s eighth annual medieval Feast of the Epiphany set for Jan. 6

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Midway Christian Church will host the eighth annual “Feast of the Epiphany” with a medieval menu prepared by Chef Ouita Michel and her staff on Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in Midway College’s Piper Dining Hall.   The feast will …

Chef John Foster: Once the Christmas cookies are gone, pass around the memories instead

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  See my Quick Gingerbread recipe below   I am always fascinated by traditions, especially the ones having to do with food and the holidays.   Thanksgiving certainly is heavy with symbolism, embodied by traditional foods served just the way …

James Halcomb: Stay in character, listen more than you talk and more tips for ‘Santas’

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A couple of years ago, my wife and I decided to invest in a nice Santa suit. The suit was mainly to use for church and family functions, but we thought it would be fun if we also did some …

People says Transy fraternity’s lip dub among 2014′s best ‘mouth movers and booty shakers’

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  A Transylvania University fraternity’s lip dub of Taylor Swift’s hit “Shake It Off” continues to garner attention. People magazine named Delta Sigma Phi’s YouTube hit one of the top lip dubs of 2014.   “Love watching The Voice and …

Christmas classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer still shines bright 50 years later

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  Staff report   Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, one of the most beloved Christmas television specials of all time, airs tonight on CBS, and when it does it will mark a major milestone: 50 years of recounting the story of …

With two new records, increasing popularity, Sundy Best is ‘living the American dream’

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  By Erin Grigson KyForward correspondent   The year has been a busy one for the members of Sundy Best.   The Kentucky country duo of Kris Bentley and Nick Jamerson have toured the country, released two records and attended …

James Halcomb: Well-crafted and smart, Birdman should win big come awards season

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  When they look back at this decade, I don’t think any film will be more of a reflection of our popular culture than “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”.   The film takes all of the tropes and …

Lex What Wear: There is plenty of time to find that perfect gift; these guides can help

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  By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   Last week, I shared my holiday shopping gift guide for monogrammed gifts, watches, my favorite plaid scarves, boots and vests. This week’s guides feature all things Amazon – Amazon.com, that is, the one-stop-shop …

Chef John Foster: Cooking through the lens
of history adds challenge to a necessary act

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  See my recipe for scones below:   I wonder sometimes what we really know about cooking. In a 21st-century world of 24-hour cooking shows, instant celebrity chefs and immediate access to infinite recipes, where does the act of cooking …

Nearly $1.1 million awarded to develop, maintain 17 trail projects throughout state

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Nearly $1.1 million in 2014 Recreational Trail Program grants have been awarded to develop and maintain 17 trail projects throughout Kentucky.   “Improving Kentucky’s trails is important to developing our state’s overall adventure tourism efforts,” said Gov. Steve Beshear in …

EatKentucky: Walker’s Grill in Olive Hill delivers a burger straight up the middle

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By Alan Cornett Special to KyForward   In a row of shops and old storefronts facing away from the main road, but toward the railroad track, in Olive Hill is Walker’s Family Restaurant (aka, Walker’s Grill). It’s in an unremarkable …

Real stars of ‘Spirit of the Horse’ are Boater, Apollo, Papi and other four-legged performers

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The real stars of “The Spirit of the Horse” are not the bedazzled and well-costumed riders, nor are they the magical story line, well-suited music, or the overall riding acting and showmanship. No, the real stars have four legs, a …

Daily Yonder: Recipes generate a taste of controversy, but some reactions miss point

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The New York Times tried to evoke something of the cultures and traditions of each state in the Union with a Thanksgiving recipe section. Some of the negative reader reaction misses the point: Family recipes should be shared, along with …

James Halcomb: NGC’s ‘Chug’ shows the
best way to literally drink up local culture

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  Zane Lamprey and his multiple TV shows, most famously “Drinking Made Easy” on AXS TV, and podcasts through the past years have been slightly transcendent to me. Not in some mystical sense, but in a way of looking at …

EatKentucky: Expect the best when you open a tub of KC Candy’s pulled cream goodness

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  By Alan Cornett Special to KyForward   There’s nothing in the world I would rather eat than Kentucky pulled cream candy. Nothing. Nada.   I’ve also discovered it’s pretty much an exclusively Kentucky food. Whenever I mention it to …