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Kentucky Distillers’ Association leads coalition offering $10,000 worth of free rides during holidays

The Safe Ride KY coalition has announced that it is offering $10,000 worth of free rides during the upcoming holidays to complement DUI enforcement efforts and prevent impaired driving on Kentucky roadways. Individuals can claim $10 in ride credits by downloading the Lyft app on their phones, entering promo code SAFERIDEKY2020 and ordering a ride home. Rides can be taken between 5 p.m. Dec. 20 and...

Constance Alexander: Sharing some of my mother’s family secrets in honor of St. Patrick’s Day

My mother, whose maiden name was Kelly, claimed that her family was definitely “lace curtain” Irish. Asked for further clarification, she explained that her Father’s branch of the Kelly family was refined, genteel, and upwardly mobile. That was a good thing. Lace Curtain. The other end of the spectrum, Shanty Irish, was not a good thing. As if she had conducted a sociological study, Mother decreed...

Constance Alexander: March is almost here, spring’s at the door, so a poem to celebrate good days galore

The outlook’s not brilliant on Main Street today, With too many topics and too much to say. This calls for a poem with a rhyme and a beat, And couplets that tempt you to tap both your feet. It soon will be spring and March first’s almost here, So Dairy Queen opens. That should raise a cheer. In spite of the weather, we stick to our mission And line up for ice cream, a cherished tradition. Blizzard...

Safe Ride KY coalition offering $20,000 in discounted rides through Lyft, CityScoot on St. Patricks Day

Following its success during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the Safe Ride KY coalition today announced that it is offering Kentuckians $20,000 worth of discounted rides during St. Patrick’s Day to prevent impaired driving. Individuals can claim $20 in free ride credits by entering code SAFERIDEKY2018 in the Lyft or CityScoot apps and ordering a ride between midnight on Saturday, March 17,...

Chef John Foster: Get ready for your St. Patrick’s Day feast; here are some Irish cuisine options for you

It is time once again to turn our thoughts to green beer, soggy corned beef and cabbage, and dense soda bread. Not because we must, but because this is what generally represents the best (sic) of Irish cuisine. The best? Really? I can do almost no research and tell you this is absolutely not the case. Living for a short time in the late eighties, in the Irish section of the Bronx, I was introduced...

Henderson’s John James Audubon State Park, other locations plan St. Patrick’s Day specials, events

Wear something green and get in free on St. Patrick’s Day at the John James Audubon State Park museum. The park in Henderson is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 with specials for visitors at the museum, gift shop, and golf course. John James Audubon museum (Photo from KSP) Guests who wear green on Saturday receive free museum admission. They can also enjoy “Shamrock baked goods” at...

Chef Foster: Rediscover authentic Irish cuisine as part of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration

Forget green beer and dense soda bread, warmed over corned beef and cabbage drowning in grey water with a side of over starched potato. If that’s your St. Patrick’s vision of Irish food, and indeed the only time you eat it, then that’s pure blarney. The potato has a mixed heritage in Ireland, corned beef was beyond most people’s economic reach, and green beer…well let’s just leave it...

Lexington’s 38th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival gets new location in 2017

Eight performance groups will be taking the Irish festival stage on Saturday, March 11, as part of the city’s 38th Annual Alltech St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival. The lineup features local musicians and dancers, as well as two international acts. The festival is part of an all-day celebration that begins at 8 a.m. with the Shamrock Shuffle to benefit Lexington Habitat for Humanity. For 2017,...

Chef Foster: Green beer and green cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day? I prefer traditional fare of colcannon

Don’t worry, I won’t be giving you may favorite recipe for green beer (I don’t have one) or the sparkly green frosting on a cupcake (not a part of Irish or Irish –American cuisine). Rather I’ve been asked to give you some insight into traditional Irish-American fare in advance of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. I do have some favorites that pop up this time of year and are absent the rest...

Local, regional groups perform for 37th annual Lexington St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

Seven local and regional performance groups will be taking the Irish festival stage on Saturday, March 12, as part of the Lexington’s 37th annual Alltech St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. The lineup features musicians, singers and dancers from across Kentucky. The festival is part of an all-day celebration that begins at 8 a.m. with the 10th annual Shamrock Shuffle to benefit Lexington Habitat...

Alltech St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival committee accepting entries for 37th festival

The Alltech St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival committee is accepting entries for Lexington’s 37th annual parade and vendors for the Irish festival to be held Saturday, March 12, 2016, on Main Street in downtown Lexington. The parade and festival are part of an all-day celebration that begins at 8 a.m. with the 10th annual Shamrock Shuffle to benefit Lexington Habitat for Humanity. At 11 a.m.,...

U.S. Census Bureau: Americans are ‘going green’ as 34.1 million claim Irish ancestry

This just in for St. Patrick’s Day: There are Irish aplenty in the United States.   According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 34.1 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry. That’s out of 313.9 million residents overall. Not surprisingly, areas of the northeast have the highest concentration of Irish-Americans. But, perhaps surprisingly, a number of Midwest states – including...

Mark Rucker on Getting Fit: It’s easy to let
the ‘demons’ drag you down, but don’t

This weekend, we went out with some friends to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Last week was a rough week for me because I had been under the weather. You see, I was feeling a little deflated for missing several workouts so I thought some time with friends would do me some good.   As we were sitting around the restaurant the Phillip Phillips song “Home” came on and I found myself singing along...