A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

‘Kentucky Knows Bourbon’ and local artisan knows, creates from state’s bourbon barrels

Tony Davis fashions an Ale 8 bottle opener onto a barrel stave in his studio. (Photo by Molly Crain)   By Molly Crain KyForward correspondent   Tony Davis has played with bourbon barrels since childhood when he used them to build clubhouses in his downtown Lexington backyard.   Years later, he’s turned his childhood passion into a profit-making business at his Studio 300 in the...

UK’s Stoops, Mitchell among celebrities ready to ‘Battle’ to benefit Horse Park Foundation

Hold your horses … for the return of the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation’s Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning Event.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Molly”] Celebrities already lined up for the July 14 event include: University of Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops; UK women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell; three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel; legendary...

UK's Stoops, Mitchell among celebrities ready to 'Battle' to benefit Horse Park Foundation

Hold your horses … for the return of the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation’s Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning Event.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Molly”] Celebrities already lined up for the July 14 event include: University of Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops; UK women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell; three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel; legendary...

World Refugee Day event creates awareness of local refugees’ plight, bridges cultural gap

FACE Time students performed in a drum line during last year’s World Refugee Day. Similar performances will be presented this year. (Photo provided)   When refugee families flee their home country for the United States, the transition poses many language and cultural barriers for both parents and children.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Molly”] That’s why Kentucky Refugee Ministries,...

Area artists can take their talent outside during annual Lexington Cityscapes paint-out

Artist Mary Neely paints outside the Farmer’s Market. (Photo provided)   Calling all artists for the third annual “Lexington Cityscapes” paint-out!   [widgets_on_pages id=”Molly”] Co-hosted by Artists’ Attic and Plein Aire Painters of the Bluegrass, Lexington Cityscapes is an all-day affair in August when local artists are invited to set up their easels in the central...

Ky. Historical Society wants to connect dots on Dr. Wendell’s life, Lexington’s narrative

Dr. Thomas Tyler Wendell is shown with his son, John, in his Lexington medical office. (Photo from Kentucky Historical Society)   By Molly Crain KyForward intern   A practicing physician in Lexington from 1904 until his death in 1953, Dr. Thomas Tyler Wendell was hailed for improving health care for African-Americans at Eastern State Hospital, as well as recognized as a humble servant of...

Pony Up! Kentucky’s customized handbags
proving a stylish way to help horses in need

Molly Crain KyForward intern   When a customer walked in Versailles’ popular women’s boutique, Pretty in Pink, co-owner Donna Carroll couldn’t help but notice her “fabulous equestrian-themed purse.”   The Sweet Pleats purse is one of several available from Pony Up! Kentucky. (Photo from PonyupKentucky.com) In fact, PonyUp! Kentucky, a nonprofit organization that supports horse...

Pony Up! Kentucky's customized handbags proving a stylish way to help horses in need

Molly Crain KyForward intern   When a customer walked in Versailles’ popular women’s boutique, Pretty in Pink, co-owner Donna Carroll couldn’t help but notice her “fabulous equestrian-themed purse.”   The Sweet Pleats purse is one of several available from Pony Up! Kentucky. (Photo from PonyupKentucky.com) In fact, PonyUp! Kentucky, a nonprofit organization that supports horse...

Full Circles Foundation for girls coming … well, full circle … for Transy grads, friends

Tachyona Heard took time out from her busy overnight camp schedule to relax in a swing. (Photo by Lauralee Crain)   When fellow Transylvania University students Marcie Hawkins-Smith and Lauralee Crain were in school, they shared similar passions for the environment, sustainability, their local community and women’s activism.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Molly”] Now the pair share...

Women’s labor of love gives birth (finally)
to Dress for Success Lexington organization

By Molly Crain KyForward intern   For Analisa Wagoner and Jennifer Monarch, co-founders of Lexington’s new nonprofit Dress for Success, the process to bring the international organization here has been a labor of love — literally.   “I’m not kidding when I say it, I feel like I had a baby,” said Wagoner, “because it’s been nine months for it to come to fruition.”   Dress...