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Wayne Stacy: Polson’s ‘local kid makes it big’ story more about faith than UK basketball

Former UK basketball player Jarrod Polson displayed four years of NCAA jewelry and other memorabilia during a visit to his hometown of Wilmore in Jessamine County. (All photos by Wayne Stacy)   The things I see:   At the Wesley Village Community Center in Wilmore, former University of Kentucky basketball player Jarrod Polson held court recently. He brought four years of NCAA jewelry (including...

Wayne Stacy: Daredevil family’s balancing act an entertaining stop on Kentucky ‘Fat Ride’

Kyle Ives, the youngest of the Ives Brothers, performs a balancing act on the ‘Wall of Death’ at Wildcat Harley-Davidson just outside London. (Photos by Wayne Stacy)   The things I see:   I’ve written in the past about the different kinds of travel: staycations, destinations, overnight trips on the town, etc. But I’ve never really delved into the different ways you...

Wayne Stacy: Punk rock’s Goo Goo Dolls
still relevant in today’s music culture

Goo Goo Dolls drummer Craig McIntyre plays during the band’s Cincinnati performance last night. (Photo by Wayne Stacy)   The things I see:   Nearly 30 years ago, friends came together to form a punk rock band. They were about to go on stage for the first time, but they still didn’t have a name. An advertisement from True Detective magazine was open nearby, and on the page was a toy...

Wayne Stacy: Success, though ‘bittersweet,’ finally comes musician Charles Bradley’s way

(Editor’s note: Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires recently appeared at Headliner’s Music Hall in Louisville.)   The things I see:   Charles Bradley has been described in many ways through the years, but successful was never one of them.   Abandoned at eight months of age by his mother, Bradley lived in Florida with his maternal grandmother. His mother came for him...

Wayne Stacy: Eventer Jan Byyny’s comeback from injury, stroke proves she’s still a threat

Jan Byyny, atop In Mid Air, overcame injuries related to a fall and subsequent stroke to finish in the top 10 of this year’s Rolex Three-Day Event in Lexington. (Photos by Wayne Stacy – see photo gallery below)   The things I see:   Jan Byyny is synonymous with American eventing. Over the last 30 years she has trained with some of the greatest names in the industry, including...

Wayne Stacy: Eventer Jan Byyny's comeback from injury, stroke proves she's still a threat

Jan Byyny, atop In Mid Air, overcame injuries related to a fall and subsequent stroke to finish in the top 10 of this year’s Rolex Three-Day Event in Lexington. (Photos by Wayne Stacy – see photo gallery below)   The things I see:   Jan Byyny is synonymous with American eventing. Over the last 30 years she has trained with some of the greatest names in the industry, including...

Wayne Stacy: Colton Dixon, a different style American Idol – glam rock, Christian message

Colton Dixon on stage during Saturday’s Winter Jam at Rupp Arena. (Photo by Wayne Stacy)   Preparing for Winter Jam 2014 at Rupp Arena this past weekend, I decided to interview in advance the only act I had ever heard of – Colton Dixon, because I am an American Idol nut:   WS: Thank you for taking the time to talk with me; I know your schedule is very tight.   CD: No Problem,...

Wayne Stacy: Colton Dixon, a different style American Idol – glam rock, Christian message

Colton Dixon on stage during Saturday’s Winter Jam at Rupp Arena. (Photo by Wayne Stacy)   Preparing for Winter Jam 2014 at Rupp Arena this past weekend, I decided to interview in advance the only act I had ever heard of – Colton Dixon, because I am an American Idol nut:   WS: Thank you for taking the time to talk with me; I know your schedule is very tight.   CD: No Problem,...

Wayne Stacy: Winter Jam! Not Grandpa’s revival but a revival with great music

A crowd of more than 20,000 packed Rupp Arena Saturday for the Winter Jam Music Festival. (Photo by Wayne Stacy)   The things I see:   I have covered some big events at Rupp arena over the years but the crowd of 20,000-plus for the Winter Jam Music Festival, a Christian music extravaganza, was the largest I’ve seen that wasn’t a UK Basketball game.   I was told early on that...

Wayne Stacy: New Shanghai Circus brings its dragons, jugglers, contortionists to Frankfort

The Shanghai Circus takes their amazing show across the United States from January to March. It performed at Frankfort’s Grand Theater earlier this week.   The things I see:   Sometimes you do not have to do the traveling; sometimes the travelers come to you….   Dragons, and jugglers, and contortionists……OH MY! The New Shanghai Circus is a troupe of very gifted acrobats...

Wayne Stacy: Richmond Powwow during fall is a celebration of Native American culture

The Richmond Powwow, a celebration of Native American art and culture, is held every year during the fall harvest. (Photo by Wayne Stacy.)   The things I see:   The history of Native Americans in Kentucky is well documented. While tribes and hunting parties traveled the region prior to European and Colonial settlements and Kentucky statehood, there were no indigenous tribal settlements. Three...

Wayne Stacy: Take ‘event destination’ trip
to the Louisville Ballet for great date night

The Louisville Ballet opens its season tonight, Sept. 13, at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville. Wayne Stacy was one of three house photographers for two seasons.   The things I see:   

Well, it has been a little longer than two weeks since my last article, but that is because I have been out 
on new adventures to tell you about in the future. I traveled around...

Wayne Stacy: Take ‘event destination’ tripto the Louisville Ballet for great date night

The Louisville Ballet opens its season tonight, Sept. 13, at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville. Wayne Stacy was one of three house photographers for two seasons.   The things I see:   

Well, it has been a little longer than two weeks since my last article, but that is because I have been out 
on new adventures to tell you about in the future. I traveled around...

Wayne Stacy: Reproductions of famous Nina and Pinta allow you to sail aboard history

A view across the Ohio River from the deck of the S.V. Nina as she was moored at the Joe’s Crab Shack Dock in Louisville   The things I see:   The Nina and Pinta, the world’s most authentic reproductions of the Christopher Columbus’s ships, are returning to Kentucky. The ships will be in Grand Rivers near Paducah from Aug. 29 to Sept. 9. In September 2012, I was fortunate enough...

Wayne Stacy: A journey to Mount Rushmore – and veritable feast for photographers’ eyes

Mount Rushmore. (Photo by Wayne Stacy.)   The things I see:   And what I’m sharing are visual results of an adventure one late August that involved a 16-day, 6,840-mile circuit of our great country. I was very fortunate to participate in a U.S. National Park photo study that took me to so many memorable and historic locations throughout America. Just me, my camera, and my well stocked...

Wayne Stacy: Chance of seeing Cumberland Falls moonbow keeps me going back for more

“No Bow” was taken at Cumberland Falls last Saturday night, June 22, during the “supermoon.” What started out as a clear, beautiful and very promising night turned into another failed attempt to capture the falls’ elusive moonbow. As the night got longer and the moon approached its apex, clouds moved in and it was over. (See more photos of the Cumberland Falls area below.)   The...

Wayne Stacy: ‘Things I see’ are now things
I share in this exciting adventure we call life

Wayne Stacey’s ‘Cumberland Falls Bridge: The Reflection’   Fine Arts Photographer Wayne Stacy is joining the KyForward team as our on-call photographer.  He’ll be doing regular travel features, but you’ll see his fine photographs throughout the site – as illustrations for our stories and features, on T.G. Shuck’s Weather Wizard, and more.  While other...

Kentucky Arts Council exhibit at Capitol Rotunda will feature art by military veterans and family members

The artwork of 41 artists, along with members of one American Legion post, has been selected for a Kentucky Arts Council exhibit that highlights the artwork of military veterans and their families. The Kentucky Veteran Project Exhibit features 44 pieces of art by military veterans and family members of veterans. The inspiration for the exhibit came from discussions the organization Americans for the...

Work by 29 Kentucky artists celebrates tradition across the state in Governor’s Derby Exhibit

Work by 29 Kentucky artists will hang in Frankfort for the Governor’s Derby Exhibit, an annual initiative coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council. This exhibit is on display through May 8 in the Capitol Rotunda, 700 Capital Ave. in Frankfort. “The Kentucky Derby is a time-honored tradition, and so, too, is our celebration of work by Kentucky artists,” said Kentucky First Lady Glenna Bevin. “The...

The Licking River: A ride on the final stretch toward the Ohio, no splashing the water

Part three of a seven-part series   The Licking River begins with a whimper on its 300-mile plus journey north from headwaters in the mountains of Kentucky to its crescendo as it converges with the Ohio River at metro Cincinnati. Veteran reporter Andy Mead undertook his journey in an aluminum canoe, braving the elements on and off over more than a year, to experience himself the good, the bad,...