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Kentucky by Heart: Visit to Pendleton County Historical Society brings back childhood memories

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist I enjoyed attending the Pendleton County Historical and Genealogical Society’s 25th Anniversary Open House, in Northern Kentucky, recently. The location sits atop a small rise alongside U.S. Highway #27, several miles north of the town of Falmouth. The event was far more than a passing interest for me while taking in the festivities on that warm September day. The...

Keeneland Library opens exhibit of historic photos Oct. 1; Library Lecture Series resumes Oct. 23

The Keeneland Library is presenting two special events in October in conjunction with the Fall Meet. On Oct. 1, there will be the opening of an exhibit of historic photos titled “From the Vault: Historic Tracks.” And on Oct. 23, the resumption of the popular Library Lecture Series takes place when Milt Toby discusses his book “Taking Shergar: Thoroughbred Racing’s Most Famous Cold Case.” Founded...

Mermaids and pirates return to Newport Aquarium through Oct 14; special themed activities scheduled

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor The mermaids and pirates have returned to Newport Aquarium at Newport on the Levee. Mermaid Liora greets visitors at the Shark Ray Bay Theater at Newport Aquarium (Photos by Mark Hansel) The popular Mermaid and Pirates experience runs through October 14. It includes opportunities to witness mermaids swimming underwater in the Coral Tunnel among their tropical...

Chef John Foster: Life moves on with change of seasons and so come chilies, stews, and roasts

And just like that the gateway to the summer slams shut. No, it goes out not with a whimper but in a deluge of rain and dark clouds, spiraling from 60-degree weather and falling leaves to 85 and mosquitoes. Keeneland waits at the end of the week, and beyond that, there is already talk of Black Friday and the new year ahead. It all seems to change without our even noticing. Just a few weeks ago I...

Beth Underwood: Festering can of club soda adds some clarity to the biscuit and bullet association

Do you remember reading the story that circulated about exploding biscuit cans? It went something like this: a woman goes to grocery and buys a can of biscuit — let’s say Pillsbury Golden Flakes for our purposes. On her drive home, the can of biscuits explodes, sending bits of dough flying through the car. A rogue piece of dough strategically splits from the can and makes a B-line for the front...

Kentucky by Heart: Mike and Wilma Wilson foster spirit of community involvement through theatre

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist For nearly three decades, Mike and Wilma Wilson carried on busy careers as music teachers in the Jefferson County Public School System. A marriage filled with the spirit of community involvement, they also performed as married couple actors in Bardstown’s noted musical drama, The Stephen Foster Story. Additionally (and amazingly), the couple found time to produce...

Despite economic progress, many Kentuckians still struggling to afford basic necessities

New U.S. Census Bureau data shows continued progress in our economy overall but a relatively large share of Kentuckians still struggling to afford the basics, especially people of color, and a lack of progress for communities in eastern Kentucky. The data shows 17.2 percent of Kentuckians lived below the poverty line in 2017. The state’s poverty rate is an improvement from the 18.5 percent rate in...

Chef John Foster: Cooking is art and will always need a human touch, despite advent of cooking robots

I just finished reading an article about robots making food and I must confess that I’m a bit freaked out. I like the idea of consistency as much as the next chef or restaurateur but the thought of gleaming, sleek machines pumping out food at an accelerated rate with very little human involvement blurs the lines of the creative process. Someone has to set the concept, something could do the heavy...

Beth Underwood: From Red-eye gravy to shoo-fly pie, a tasty tour of some southern culinary oddities

As a child of the south, I long ago learned the role of a good white half-runner in southern cuisine. From cook-outs and potlucks to Sunday dinners, this summer staple is as much a part of meals as the fried chicken and cornbread. Almost as important as white half-runners themselves is the art of stringing and snapping them. And if I close my eyes, I can still see Granny sitting on the porch snapping...

Transylvania Theater’s 2018-19 season under leadership of new program director Tosha Fowler

Transylvania University’s 2018-19 theater season will feature four productions — from the contemporary to Shakespeare — under the leadership of Tosha Fowler, the new Lucille C. Little Chair of Theater and program director. All productions will be in Little Theater and are free to the public thanks to the generous support of the Dixon-White Fund. Transylvania Theater will benefit from Fowler’s...

World’s largest bounce house coming to Lexington’s Masterson Station Park Sept. 21–23

Parks and Recreation invites Lexington residents of all ages to join in on record-setting fun Sept. 21–23, as the largest bounce house in the world is coming to Masterson Station Park. The Big Bounce America, the Guinness World Record holder for largest inflatable castle, is more than 10,000 square feet. Along with a huge bounce house, the event includes a village of other attractions like inflatable...

Christine Luken releases second book, ‘Manage Money Like a Boss,’ aimed at creative entreprenuers

When Christine Luken began writing her second book Manage Money Like a Boss, her original target audience was anyone with a small business. But then she noticed something interesting. She observed that many of the creative entrepreneurs she knew – artists, musicians, photographers, and the like – had a strained push-pull relationship with money and success. They wanted to make more income...

Kentucky by Heart: The day Thomas Clark helped my son with a social studies question and other tidbits

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared at KyForward April 11, 2017 By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist During my years teaching fourth grade, students knew that whatever social studies lessons I taught, I would make direct connections to the state of Kentucky. Not only did I see the practice as educationally sound, but it was also a good opportunity to indulge my Bluegrass passion....

Transylvania professor’s ‘Elkhorn’ book wins Thomas D. Clark Medallion, highlights state’s history, culture

Richard Taylor, Transylvania University’s Kenan Visiting Writer and a former Kentucky poet laureate, has received the Thomas D. Clark Medallion for his new book, “Elkhorn: Evolution of a Kentucky Landscape.” Named after the founder of the University Press of Kentucky, the medallion is awarded to one book each year for highlighting the state’s history and culture. “Elkhorn” is published...

Chef John Foster: Having two jobs (teaching, owning a restaurant) means work is always on the mind

As I write this, Sullivan University is on break. I find myself at a loss for what to do as my work often dictates what I do with myself when I’m on break. I know I’ll be at work in the restaurant tonight, but what to do with the rest of my day? The answer is complex, and multilayered, nothing as simple as lying in bed until noon eating bonbons (not that I ever did that!). And yes, the answer...

Beth Underwood: We will never forget — sharing one of many stories from a tragic 9-11 that remind us

Writer’s Note: As this week marks the 17th anniversary of 9/11, I’d like to share the story of Rick Rescorla. Chances are you know who he is — several documentaries feature his story as a 9/11 hero. He was also in the battle of Ia Drang. Remember the book and movie, We Were Soldiers Once… and Young? That’s him on the cover of that book jacket. On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I came...

Brig. General Benjamin Adams, an aviator, retires from Kentucky National Guard after 40-year career

Kentucky Today A 40-year veteran took his final flight Saturday during a celebration of his retirement from the Army. 
Brig. Gen. Benjamin F. Adams arrived via helicopter for his retirement as the assistant adjutant general for the Kentucky National Guard at the Army Aviation Support Facility within Boone National Guard Center, according to the State-Journal. Brigadier General Benjamin Adams speaks...

Canine ‘Lucy Lou’ Kayser, former Rabbit Hash mayor and write-in presidential candidate has died

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Former Rabbit Hash mayor and write-in presidential candidate Lucy Lou has died. Mayor Lucy Lou (photos courtesy of Bobbi Layne Kayser) The 12-year-old border collie died Monday from kidney failure attributed to her age, according to the Rabbit Hash Historical Society. Lucy Lou lived her whole life in Rabbit Hash and was a familiar face in the community, with...

Kentucky by Heart: Liberty Elementary ‘purncipal’ Gerry Brooks offers fun relief from classroom stress

Editor’s Note: The following is reprinted column from the August issue of Kentucky Monthly. By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist “Purncipal” Gerry Brooks promotes positive “edjercation” leadership tied in with a steady diet of funny stuff for his teachers at Liberty Elementary School in Lexington. And in recent years, the good-natured frivolity he shares, mostly via social media, has...

Rick Pitino’s new book: Defending himself (again) against the scandals at UofL, telling ‘his story’

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Rick Pitino’s new memoir, Pitino: My Story, hit the bookshelves and internet booksellers’ websites this week, and it’s sure to receive a lot of interest and conversation from college basketball fans and the media.   In many ways, the overriding thread of the book isn’t surprising. The former Louisville coach continues to play the role of victim,...