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(Clockwise from top left)
n Erik Merton, Steve Shaffer, Eric Goodman, Chris Goodman. n Meredith Lucas, Randy Braun, Ray Lucas. n Troy Cunningham, Kristie & Dustin Williams. n Adrian Brown, Cristy Brown, Matt Willingera.

Night Racing with German American

June 30 • Churchill Downs in Louisville

(Clockwise from top left) n Erik Merton, Steve Shaffer, Eric Goodman, Chris Goodman. n Meredith Lucas, Randy Braun, Ray Lucas. n Troy Cunningham, Kristie & Dustin Williams. n Adrian Brown, Cristy Brown, Matt Willingera.

(Clockwise from top left)
Erik Merton, Steve Shaffer, Eric Goodman, Chris Goodman.  Meredith Lucas, Randy Braun, Ray Lucas.  Troy Cunningham, Kristie & Dustin Williams.  Adrian Brown, Cristy Brown, Matt Willingera.


German American hosted a group of young professionals from Southern Indiana for the June
30 night racing event at Churchill Downs. The theme that night was “Downs After Dark Does the Decades.” Guests enjoyed a delicious, complimentary buffet and drinks while watching from a luxury Jockey Club Suite with a private balcony.

Photos by Christian Watson









From the Editor | April/May 2017

THE FIRST TIME I attended the Kentucky Derby was in 2001, a year before I moved from Michigan to Louisville. For the first time in my life, I donned a hat that wasn’t a ball cap or winter beanie and enjoyed the hoopla, but it wasn’t until I saw the now-late actor James Avery — who was best known as Uncle Phil from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” starring Will Smith — seated at a table near where I walked that I realized whatever this was, it must be kind of a big deal.

Several years later, I worked as the entertainment columnist for The Courier-Journal and soon was also hired by Churchill Downs Racetrack to interview celebrities on the red carpet on Derby Day.

The week leading up to the first Saturday in May was hellacious (in terms of workload), amazingfte1 (thanks to the people I worked with and for) and awe-inspiring, because no matter how many celebrities came to town or how many parties I covered, I fell in love with the spell that seemed to have been cast over the community for that brief time and occurred at the same time year after year. I also quickly saw that the real stars are locals who go out of their way to ensure everyone, whether from near or far, feels like they’re part of something special during Derbytime.

My job, back then, was to dish about the glitz and glamour, and the occasional mishap.

[For the record: Hugh Hefner was always very kind and sweet, though one of the gals from his former trio of girlfriends was most definitely not; Adrian Grenier of “Entourage” fame was, let’s just say, one of my least favorite interviews ever; Brooke Shields is as beautiful inside as she is out; Martha Stewart is hilarious…and imposing; Bill Belichick does smile; both Rick Pitino and John Calipari are a lot of fun but definitely remain on your toes when they’re in the vicinity; Travis Tritt should be given a key to the City of Louisville, as should Joey Fatone formerly of *NSYNC; Danica Patrick is fierce and fun; Darryl McDaniels of Run-D.M.C. treats people like they matter; so does Diane Lane, who starred in “Secretariat,” and happily took a pic of partygoers at Churchill Downs when I watched in awe as they didn’t recognize the acclaimed actress but instead asked her to take a photograph, which she did; and the first year Louisville’s own Larry Birkhead was invited to attend the Barnstable Brown Gala as a guest, he received the loudest applause from onlookers and has remained an oft-silent but incredible father to his daughter, Dannielynn (her mama is the late Anna Nicole Smith) and is as good of a person to those around him as he has been philanthropically (and quietly) to our Louisville and Southern Indiana community.]

As fun and interesting as the glitz and glamour was, year after year, I always left the track by myself – utterly exhausted – before the Running of the Roses and would drive to a neighborhood bar to watch the Kentucky Derby with those who made Derbytime so special: those who live here year-round and love our community regardless of the season. Sometimes, I’d drink a beer at the bar surrounded by a throng of individuals. Other times, I sat by myself as torrential rains poured outside and the staff and I watched the race in near silence.

Then, on Sunday, I’d meet up with friends and enjoy brunch, a Bloody Mary or two and rehash the past week before heading to bed well before the sun went down.

Times have changed, for me at least.

I’m married now, my professional obligations are different and I have a daughter who isn’t yet old enough to understand what it means to Do Derby.

fteThis year, I’m going to emcee the Boys & Girls Haven Oaks Day Brunch – featuring Linkin Bridge – with my husband and our daughter, Olive, in tow. After that, we’ll most likely return to our home in New Albany and, weather permitting, do yard work and enjoy the day until watching the Kentucky Oaks on TV. The following morning, we’ll probably get up, eat breakfast, maybe attend a Derby party for a bit, watch the race on TV, and then rise on Sunday morning, gather together for brunch and prepare for the week ahead.

This is how we — it’s no longer just about me — do Derby SoIN style, at least in 2017. Here’s to a winning Derby season, no matter how you spend it.

Yours truly,

Angie Fenton
Editor in Chief

JD Dotson

Finding a New Derby Tradition in New Orleans

The exterior of a two-story corner building of a street in New Orleans, which is named Elysian Fields and runs between the L&N tracks and the river. The section is poor but, unlike corresponding sections in other American cities, it has a raffish charm.

So begins “A Streetcar Named Desire,” the 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tennessee Williams.

Seventy years later at the exact address of Stella and Stanley Kowalski is where a New Orleans adventure begins for me. A Bicycle Named Desire and I.J. Reilly’s Knick Knack and Curiosities now occupy the house at 632 Elysian Fields and is home to bike rentals and tours and a menagerie of locally-made art and products.

In addition to the beach cruiser that I rented to take me all over the city, the shop rents tandemene bikes, children’s bikes and baby seats, and outfits riders with maps, bike routes, helmets, locks, a wire basket, lights and a bell. I am well-equipped and ready to explore this amazing city, home of Bourbon Street, birthplace of jazz, and my escape from the Kentucky Derby: the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

I am trading in one track this year for another, as Jazz Fest is held around the track at the New Orleans Fairgrounds just minutes outside the French Quarter. Jazz Fest is two music-filled weekends beginning April 28 and lasting through May 7. New Orleans is host to every music lover’s dream with local musicians and internationally-renowned artists in jazz, rock, blues, zydeco, gospel, blues, R&B, latin, folk, Caribbean and Cuban music. This years lineup includes Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, Maroon 5, Lorde, Snoop Dogg, Earth, Wind and Fire, Patti Labelle, the Dirty Dozen brass band, the New Orleans Classic R&B review and hundreds of other artists. in addition to music, Jazz Fest brings together local handmade artists and craftspeople, the Congo Square African Marketplace, Cultural Exchange Pavilion welcoming Cuba to Jazz Fest
and amazing new orleans, Cuban and African Food.

ene5There is a Jazz Fest App that allows you to personalize your experience. There is parking on-site,  but the best way to get to and from the fairgrounds is by Uber or bicycle.

Tickets are $70 a day in advance/$80 at the gate and more information can be found on the website, www.nojazzfest.com

Attempting to guide someone to the charms of New Orleans would take volumes. This city is an explorer’s heaven and, luckily, she never sleeps. I have been in love since my first visit in college over 25 years ago. It’s the place I had chargrilled oysters for the first time, got a taste for deliciously nutty chicory coffee, saw my first drag show in a bar in the quarter and still as often as I go back, new experiences arise in the Crescent City.

New Orleans is one of the best places in the country to be a tourist, and tours present ene1themselves at every turn, whether you’re into ghosts and vampires, architecture, history, pirates and plantations or swamps. The food is unique to the area, spicy cajun alligator or crawfish served in famous restaurants as well as some of the most delicious po-boys in the back of a tiny convenient store. Some of my favorite spots are not on any tourist map and some I have happened upon by accident.

It is tradition with my group of friends, after picking up the bikes, to make our first stop Organic Banana in the French Market. You will come across many a boozy, slushy-selling bar in the French Quarter, but once you have a Flaming Monkey from the Organic Banana, you will swear off the cheap imitations. The Flaming Monkey is 151 Bacardi, Irish Cream, banana and coconut cream. Non-alcoholic smoothies are available as well but all drinks are made with real, organic fruits and juices, and since we are on bikes, virgins all around this visit.


French Market 1100 N Peters St. #27


The past couple of years has seen the opening of Crescent Park and the Lafitte Greenway, as well as dedicated bicycle paths throughout the city. We rode our bikes through the quarter, into the Marigny, past Cake Cafe, home of a delicious king cake and site of my official engagement ene4and into the bywater, to the entrance of the Crescent Park. The 20 acre urban linear park along the banks of the river offers spectacular views of the city, public art, native landscaping and pedestrian and bike paths. The Lafitte Greenway begins just at the edge of the quarter and is over two miles of paved path along the city’s most historic transportation corridors. Originally people traveled by canal, then train and now tree lined bike and pedestrian paths all lead to City Park. Biking is definitely the easiest way to get to Jazz Fest. There is bicycle parking with overnight security in case we need to leave bicycles. With our Jazz Fest route secure, brunch is our next top priority.



Sometimes it is hard finding something everyone can agree on for food. St. roch Market is a southern food hall and craft cocktail bar with history as a market going back to 1838. After falling in disrepair sitting empty for years following Katrina, the market has returned as a multi-vendor market and bar. Street food, coffee shop, pastries and juice bar, Haitian, Mexican and Japanese, oyster bar, organic vegetarian and southern barbecue all under one roof, we were sure to spend an hour making a decision, and surely find something for everyone. I found my brunch at Juice nola. My avocado toast was semolina bread, mashed avocado, lemon juice, sea salt, chili flakes, egg and cherry tomato to start. I finished my meal off with the Morning bowl of quinoa, black beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado, pumpkin seeds, cotija cheese, a sunny side up egg and avocado dressing. I apparently had pedaled up quite an appetite.



2381 St. Claude Ave 504-609-3813


The French Quarter is definitely a must see, though it can be tricky to navigate through crowds of people and cars by bike. We like to stick to exploring neighborhoods on two wheels and the quarter by foot. The Marigny and bywater offer breathtaking public murals, Dr. bob’s Art gallery, famous for the tag line “BE NICE OR LEAVE”, and haunting X-codes or Katrina “crosses” still on some houses and buildings in spray paint and some turned into iron sculptures. The crosses ene3identified rescue workers, time and date and survivors or the dead. the grand houses of the garden District and restaurants and shops along Magazine Street, through neighborhoods and parks, exploring in the big Easy is a feast for the eyes. You could wait in an hour long line for beignets and chicory coffee at Cafe Du Monde in the quarter, but my exploring in the found a great coffee shop without the wait. I am an admitted fan of chicory coffee, and so glad I can pick up a can at Kroger at home, but Hi Volt Coffee in the lower garden District has me hooked. they have a Cola Cocktail on the menu. Mexican Coke, shot of espresso and vanilla over ice gives me just the sugary, caffeinated jolt of energy we need to get us back to the quarter before dark.

1829 Sophie Wright Place



We lock up the bikes and hoof it through the quarter stopping to look at wigs at Fifi Mahoney’s, ene6stumble upon a vampire themed gift shop, peruse the artists at the Second Line Art and Antiques and end up at Lafitte’s blacksmith Shop. Lafitte’s was built between 1722 and 1732 and is reputed to be the oldest structure used as a bar in the united States. The bar feels old, mainly lit by candle light, dark and crumbling, mysterious with the spirits of murderous pirates perhaps. The only non three hundred year old thing in the bar is the purple drink, one of the only other acceptable boozy slushies in the quarter. I used to down my drink when the group is ready to go, forgetting that in new orleans, everything is in a to go cup, and downing purple slushy leads to brain freeze, but this time, slushy in hand we head back home to our hostess for some sage advice for Derby escapees coming to Jazz Fest.

941 Bourbon St.



Our amazing hostess and friend, Kim Smith was put on the spot as I asked her some questions about a trip to New Orleans for Jazz Fest.


Q. What is your number one tip for anyone visiting for Jazz Fest?

A. Most people don’t realize Jazz Fest ends at 7pm at night so attendees can get out into the city and see jazz in clubs and music venues. You get to see music up close in some of the same places jazz was born. Also bike to Jazz Fest.

Q. What is the best tourist spot that should be on everyones list?

A. Just wander around the French Quarter, Jackson Square artists, ghost tours. Avoid Bourbon Street. If it’s your first time, you should go to Bourbon Street, but only for an hour or so then explore the streets around it. Also the swamp tours are pretty amazing, where else can you see hundreds of alligators swimming around?

Q. Best non-tourist spot in town?

A. Anything not in the Quarter. Frenchman Street, biking along the levee, Bacchanal in the Bywater, City Park.

Q.The number one thing as a tourist one should NEVER do?

A. Drink a hand grenade, spend all your visit on Bourbon Street, stand in line for beignets, refer to New Orleans as N’Awlins.

Q. Best cocktail in town?

A. Cane and Table has an amazing tiki inspired cocktail list and Victory Bar in the CBD makes a spicy drink called So Pho-cking Good and it is! Our trip to New Orlean for Jazz Fest is sure to end on a cheerier note than A Streetcar Named Desire. While we will miss the fun and festive atmosphere of home around Derby-time, the charms and music of this southern city will keep us happily entertained.


Doing Derby SOIN Style | 2017

To the medley area that encompasses Kentuckiana, The Kentucky Derby is one of the biggest days of the year. It doesn’t matter if Seabiscuit is your All-Time favorite movie, or if you would really rather not deal with the traffic, there’s no avoiding the festivities and commotion once April hits and the road to Derby has commenced, paving its way to the glory of the track. So, we sent JD Dotson and Grant Vance on a road trip to find out how those who work and/or live in Southern Indiana celebrate the big day. This is just a sample of how our fellow citizens are doing Derby SOIN style this year. 


Craig Nance, New Albany

I am a horseracing hobbyist; not an expert or trained professional. I don’t like to give betting advice, and please don’t interpret this as such. This should be read as an uninspiring story about a young boy of 17 that placed a $12 bet that paid $2,000, and who was forever a fan of the ponies after that point. One who cannot resist the allure of the next brilliant bet and big cash (still waiting).

Admittedly, I probably lose more than I win, but I continuously come back to overanalyze the program and hold my breath while my horse gets nosed out at the finish line. I primarily play the ponies for the thrill of outsmarting the rest of the betters, but I also love the history and greatness of horse racing, the atmosphere at the track, the adrenaline of the cheering fans, power of the thoroughbreds, breaking out the seersucker and sipping on a few too many mint juleps.

I tend to dream a little too big and over play the longshots but only because this, again, is just a hobby and where is the fun in playing the chalk?

There is no better day than the first Saturday in May to dream big, overanalyze the program, and look damn good in your seersucker while cashing your first exacta for three times what it would pay on a normal Saturday. What makes the Kentucky Derby such a great day for betting is the inflated pots due to the thousands of tourists, drunk infielders, celebs, hobbyists with inflated expectations (like me), and millions of casual off-track and online bettors adding to the fat Derby Day pots. Look up pari-mutuel betting if you don’t understand how it works.

I usually spend the days leading up to the Derby watching the Derby prep races online to get a feel for the contenders (available at www.kentuckyderby.com at no cost). I don’t need to watch these to pick out the favorites, but I try to find the bridesmaid that looked like she just had a bad rehearsal (bad start or wild trip), didn’t seem to like how her dress fit (track/weather conditions), looks her best after a long day of pampering (conditioning with each race) or caught the bouquet toss (next time a bride). You can also get this information from the program, but sometimes seeing is believing.

I rarely bet the win, place or show bets, even though you can get some great odds on Derby day. I prefer the exotics and searching for the big cash. Most races consist of a large trifecta and a couple exactas to back it up. I try to take on partners when I want to bet bigger and go for the pick six or a superfecta. I prefer to use an alternative to boxing my bets when I play trifectas and superfectas, which is called a part wheel. This type of bet allows me to pick different quantities of horses to come in specific finish positions (i.e. 3,7/3,7,5/3,7,5,4,9). I will put my favorites picks on top, consider plugging others betting favorites in the place position to be safe, and oftentimes add longshots to the show position for the unknown.

My analysis of the program usually starts with looking at every horse without paying attention to odds. I look mostly at past performances and a multitude of factors, including but limited to race quality, track conditions, splits, finish, distance, speed figures, etc. Once I narrow it down to a handful, I rank them and consider other factors like jockey, trends, breeding, layoffs, track condition, etc. Then I factor in odds and look for value. I usually throw out any extreme chalk unless it seems inevitable. I land on a couple personal favorites and tailor my bets to maximize my return on those select few while giving myself some outs in case I completely miss judge the field.

Top riders usually matter but they are all (top riders) in the Derby. Good trainers help, but they all did their job to get their horse here. Breeding sometimes matters, but I just don’t have the time to follow it that closely. Grey horses have a certain mystic, but I don’t think that really matters either. Speed figures are a good basis for easy analysis, and tip sheets are useful but you need to find the right ones. When all else fails or you have had too many mint juleps, horse names might just be the best approach.


Josh Premuda, Jasper  

This is my first year going (to the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs). We’re renting a charter party bus. It’s like 30 bucks a person. They’re picking us up, and I want to say there’s close to 30 of us going. We’re going to get dressed up. My wife is a photographer, so I think she is going to try do some of our own Derby staging photos, before we all get too many mint juleps in us. Going to spend the day and come back, really. I want to go to the Oaks, I’ve heard that’s more fun, but I doubt we’ll go. I’m a big check-it-off my list kind of person. You have to do it one time and have a good time doing it. No $1,000 mint julep for me, though. Don’t you get a cup or something? I’d love for my bar. (Maybe if I) win big I’ll do it.


Rose Glasser, Louisville

Either the day before Derby, or an hour before Derby starts, I regret that I haven’t been doing anything for Derby, so I hurriedly find my friends and go hang out at their place. My friends have a place that’s walking distance from Churchill. My favorite time is just celebrating each other, but my favorite couple years — we’re actually a group of swing dancers — and for a couple years, we occasionally bust out, and it stops being us spectating them(passersby) and them spectating us. And, most of the time, you could hear their music going by, so it would depend on their music. The common thing is that girls would have heels in their hands walking. My friend started offering hospital booties, and it was hilarious. … He would have to convince (people) to put them on their feet.


Marsella Congleton (pictured with her husband, Keith), Corydon

We just have another couple in and – no money exchange – and we each pick a horse. We always watch it on TV, but we’ve never been. I pick my horse by the way he looks – the stout one! – and I’ve been pretty successful.


Eileen, Jasper

Well, I tell you what, we have people from (Jasper) that go up there (to Derby). We had a guy who owns the print shop the other year rent a limo, brought his party in here (to the Schnitzelbank Restaurant), drove up there and as soon as the Derby was over, they came back down here for dinner. We usually all work on Derby. It’s busy, busy. I have some friends from Kansas City (in Missouri) who come here and stay in our town because they don’t want to deal with the camaraderie and everything that’s going on in Louisville. You can’t get a hotel half the time. So, they stay here. They usually come the Tuesday before Derby, go up Thursday for Oaks, and stay until after Derby.


Travis Cheatham, Ferdinand

We used to go to Derby all the time. We’d get a rental van and a bunch of us would go, and then, now we just do it at the house, and we’ll put out banners and flags of horses, and just do our own bets and stuff. Just to avoid the crowd. Winning big (is my favorite part). Getting the tickets and changing your mind last second, being the winner. I’ve won a little over $200 before (on a) trifecta.

Kenneth Keller , Ferdinand

We have a Derby party at my parents’ house every five years. There’s usually about 50 people there. We do all kinds of decorations and stuff, but out thing is every year we do a stick-horse race, like a backyard derby. And the stick horse gets wreathed with roses and get some kinda prize for being the fastest runner. It’s really funny to watch people do it.


Donna Wilson, Corydon

I’m going to Derby and I usually go to Derby parties at a friend’s house. This year I’m going to Oaks and I’m going with my sisters and sisters-in-law. We’re in a box, getting a ride – dropped off and picked up – and going to a nice dinner afterwards. Everyone will have hats. Derby day, I’m going to a Derby party at my friend’s. We do fun “friends betting.” But If I’m at the track, I definitely bet at the track, and I pick the horses by their names. Our Derby party isn’t themed or anything, just standard food and, of course, Juleps.


Jason, Corydon

(At Emery’s Premium Ice Cream), we have our Derby flavor, bourbon pecan pie. We’re open on Derby, so we don’t go to actually celebrate Derby, but you know we’re in (slinging some Derby Pecan Pie). It’s a bourbon cream with chocolate and pecans, so it’s very similar to a Derby pie, but with a bourbon base. I’ve been to Oaks 10 times; haven’t stepped foot in the Derby once. I’ve worked here 10 years, so I definitely haven’t been since. Boss would know if I called in, it’s just me and him.


Lee Webster, Jasper

I usually watch the Derby at home and pool bets if we have enough people. I used to go but not anymore. Now, it’s just a fun day with friends and food… I love the hats; wish I had a place to wear it.

Amanda Bennet, Selvin

I used to go to Ellis Park (in Henderson, Ky.) for the horse races, dollar beer and dollar hot dogs. That was big when (all of my friends and I) were 21. We would go around Derby, especially. But I haven’t been in five years.


Dolores Dotson, Lanesville

Yard sale day (is an annual event on Derby in Lanesville). I’ve done it almost 20 years. Has it been that long? I guess it’s been 20 years. All of Lanesville! It’s pretty big. We used to watch the Derby after and everyone would put five bucks in a jar and pick a name, but everybody is too pooped now. We’re all getting older, and we all just go home and watch it.


Tara Smith, New Albany

It’s my mom and sister’s birthday, so we typically have people over, watch the race, bet money and have a cookout with a big cake with roses. And, of course, we dance and have a great time doing so.


Doing Derby

Model Kristen Kirsch (left) is wearing an Elan romper, $49; two chokers, $18 each; bead bracelet,
$29; stone bracelet $22; gold stick with pink stone, $18; cork clutch,
$59; and carrying a Betsey Johnson Cat’s Meow Purse, $78, all available at Sapphire Boutique, 326 Spring St. in Jeffersonville. Model Catherine Kung is in a Sugar + Lips romper, $56; trio flower choker, $16; gold bracelet with turquoise stone $18; and carrying a clutch, $50, which are all available at Sapphire Boutique, 326 Spring St.
in Jeffersonville.

Photography by David Harrison

Fashions modeled by Catherine Kung, Kristen Kirsch and Micah Cargin

Makeup and Hair by J Nicolle

Salon & Spa Apparel from Sapphire on Spring Boutique, Dress and Dwell, Colokial Boutique, Glo Spa, Strandz Salon & Threadz Boutique, Mariposa Consignments
and Him Gentleman’s Boutique

Vehicles courtesy of Coyle Chevrolet Buick GMC in Clarksville


Sapphire Boutique, 326 Spring St. in Jeffersonville

Kroger, 305 E. Lewis & Clark Parkway in Clarksville

Sunset Spirits, 2708 Paoli Pike in New Albany

The Office Cigar Shop & Lounge, 3700 Paoli Pike in Floyds Knobs

German American, 3660 Paoli Pike in Floyds Knobs

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Left: Model Micah Cargin is in a Tallia Sport Coat, $198; James Tattersall shirt, $108; Goff Club Collections bow tie, $40 or 2/$75; Clayton and Crume belt, $100; Levi khaki pants, $69; Goff Club Collections pocket square, $40; Goorin Bros. Fedora, $55; and Ray Ban sunglasses, which vary from $120 to $215, all of which are available at Him Gentleman’s Boutique, 314 Pearl St. in New Albany.

Right: Kristen is wearing a two-piece Sherri Hill gown that originally retails for $750 but is $390, and Catherine is in a black Sherri Hill two-piece gown that retails for $585 but is $279.99, both of which are available from Mariposa Consignments, 222 Pearl St. Suite 102 in New Albany.

df2After a morning of shopping, Kristen and Catherine posed in front of a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible in Hyper Blue Metallic, MSRP $54,075, which is available for purchase from Coyle Chevrolet Buick GMC, 1801 Broadway St. in Clarksville.


Micah is wearing a Tallia Sport Coat, $198; James Tattersall shirt, $108; The Tie Bar tie, $20; Thedf3 Tie Bar Lapel Pin, $10; Levi line 8 jeans,
$69; The Tie Bar pocket square, $10; and a Goorin Bros. Hat, $35, all of which are available at Him Gentleman’s Boutique, 314 Pearl St. in New Albany. Our model is posed next to a 2017 GMC Yukon Denali 4WD in Onyx Black, MSRP $76, 340, which is available for purchase from Coyle Chevrolet Buick GMC, 1801 Broadway St. in Clarksville.

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Left: Kristen is wearing a black dress (with pockets), $112.99; horse fascinator, $120; and earrings, $9.99, from Colokial, 219 Pearl St. in New Albany. She was photographed at Kroger, 305 E. Lewis and Clark Pkwy. in Clarksville.

Right: Catherine is wearing a polka dot dress, $97.99; money fascinator, $90; and earrings, $9.99, from Colokial, 219 Pearl St. in New Albany. She was photographed at Kroger, 305 E. Lewis and Clark Pkwy.
in Clarksville.

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Left: Catherine is wearing two Dignity bracelets in gold large, $86; small stone B&B bracelet, $36; Classic bracelet in gold large, $42; medium stone bangle, $40; horse pendant by Summer Eliason, $85; blue Just Me Dress, $64; rattan clutch. By Mud Pie, $48; and fascinator Head Candi, $292, all of which are available from Dress and Dwell, 138 E. Spring St. in New Albany. She was photographed at Kroger, 305 E. Lewis and Clark Pkwy. in Clarksville.

Right: Kristen is wearing a long-sleeve pink flower Everly dress, $42; Rachel Rattan Clutch by Mud Pie, $54; Cindy Borders freshwater pearl circle earrings, $98; the Vivian beaded tassel earrings, $24; small stone B&B Bangle, $36; the smallest B&B Bangle, $32; and a fascinator by Head Candi, $334, all of which are available from Dress and Dwell, 138 E. Spring St. in New Albany. She was photographed at Kroger, 305 E. Lewis and Clark Pkwy. in Clarksville.

df8Kristen is wearing a green hat with pink flower by Tammy Sharp, $87; flower dress, $65; colorful pink, blue and turquoise necklace, $19.99; Charlie Paige Pink earrings, $9.9; and pink bracelet, $9.95, all of which are from Strandz Salon & Threadz Boutique, 322 Vincennes St. in New Albany. She was photographed at Sunset Spirits, 2708 Paoli Pike in New Albany.




Right: Catherine is wearing a yellow fascinator by Tammy Sharp, df9
$66; Crystal Avenue Pearl necklace and earrings, $24; two pearl bracelets, $13 each; and yellow dress, $65, all of which are from Strandz Salon & Threadz Boutique, 322 Vincennes St. in New Albany. She was photographed at Sunset Spirits, 2708 Paoli Pike in New Albany.





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Left: Catherine (left) is wearing a Sugar + Lips Green dress, $47; Sincerely Quinley bracelet, $32; green stone ring,
$28; gold bracelet, $14; necklace, $22; and fascinator by Rebecca Vance, $50, which are all available at Sapphire Boutique, 326 Spring St. in Jeffersonville. Kristen (right) is wearing a wire cuff bracelet, $16; bracelet, $22; necklace, $36; hat by Rebecca Vance, $250; and Sangria Dress, $72, which are all available at Sapphire Boutique, 326 Spring St. in Jeffersonville. Catherine and Kristen were photographed at Lavender Hill, 359 Spring St. In Jeffersonville.

Right: Kristen (far left) is wearing an Emma & Michele orange sheath, $82; pearl choker, $14.50; pearl earrings, $10; and champagne fascinator from the Sophia Collection, $30, all of which are available at Glo Spa, 344 Spring St. in Jeffersonville. Micah (middle) is wearing a Tallia Sport Coat, $198; James Tattersall Shirt, $108; The Tie Bar Tie, $20; Goff Club Collections Pocket Square, $40; Goorin Bros Hat,
$35, all of which are available at Him Gentleman’s Boutique, 314 Pearl St. in New Albany. (Model is wearing his own pants.) Catherine (right) is wearing a Sunny Taylor short tunic dress, $29.80; tassel necklace, $24; and Passion 4 Fashion Fascinator, $35, all of which are available at Glo Spa, 344 Spring St. in Jeffersonville.

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Left: Micah is wearing a Tallia Sport Coat, $198; James Tattersall Shirt, $108; The Tie Bar Pocket Square, $10; Goff Club Collection bow tie, $40 or 2/$75; Levi khaki pants, $69; and Goorin Bros. Fedora, $55. He was photographed at Kroger, 305 E. Lewis and Clark Pkwy. in Clarksville.

Right: Catherine Jung, Kristen Kirsch and Micah Cargin were photographed at German American, 3660 Paoli Pike in Floyds Knobs.


PRESS RELEASE | 10th annual Thunder Over Louisville Party at Bristol

Contact: Jaimie Schapker

or Jamie Estes


(502) 721-0335 ext. 105

Estes Public Relations


10th annual Thunder Over Louisville party happening at Bristol Bar & Grille Jeffersonville April 22

All -you-can-eat buffet pairs with prime views of Louisville skyline for airshow and fireworks

 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 28, 2017) — Seat reservations for the Thunder Over Louisville celebration at Bristol Bar & Grille Jeffersonville, 700 W. Riverside. Dr., are now available. The restaurant will open at 3 p.m. Sat., April 22 in time for the airshow. Guests receive a wristband giving them access to a covered seat perfect for viewing the festivities along with food and drink buffets. Service starts at 4 p.m. and goes through 11 p.m. Cost ranges from $115 for patio, bar stools or limited view seat to $180 for indoor seating. A tent will cover patio seats if needed. Entire tables must be purchased. Call (812) 218-1995 to make your reservation. For more information, visit www.bristolbarandgrille.com.

Thunder Over Louisville menu includes*:

Hot and cold appetizer station

Variety of options including green chili wontons, artichoke fritters, and fruit and cheese crudités

Raw bar

Oysters on the half shell, steamed shrimp, and smoked salmon

Carving station and sides

Carved prime rib with au jus, horseradish, Henry Bain’s sauce and yeast rolls;

broccoli with hollandaise; mashed potato bar; wedge salad; and button mushrooms

Country station

Fried chicken; baby back ribs; macaroni and cheese; greens; coleslaw; country-style green beans; and corn bread


Assortment of cookies, cheesecake, chocolate-covered strawberries and sweet treats

*Menu is subject to change

About Bristol Bar & Grille:

The Bristol Bar & Grille has been Louisville’s dining tradition since 1977. All four locations are open for lunch and dinner daily. The Bristol’s award-winning Sunday brunch is a renowned local favorite. Locations and phone numbers are: Highlands (502)456-1702; Downtown 502-582-1995; Hurstbourne Pkwy (502)426-0627; Jeffersonville (812)218-1995; and Bristol Catering (502)584-3663. For more information, visit bristolbarandgrille.com. Like Bristol on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.

PRESS RELEASE | Works Tour and Breakfast return at the Kentucky Derby Museum

It’s back! The Works Tour and Breakfast returns at the Kentucky Derby Museum for new dates this fall


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 6, 2016) – Join the Kentucky Derby Museum for a unique, full-day experience with the return of The Works Tour and Breakfast.  Tickets are now available for Friday, September 16th or Friday, November 25th (Friday following Thanksgiving) for this one of a kind tour!

Guests of The Works Tour and Breakfast meet in Kentucky Derby Museum’s lobby, and then head over to Churchill Downs Racetrack to watch the horses as they go through their morning workout. Over pastries, coffee and more, a tour guide will provide insight into what it takes to train a Thoroughbred race horse and discuss handicapping the races.


Following the morning workout, guests return to the Museum to take in two-floors of interactive exhibits, including the American Pharoah exhibit and the 360° immersive media experience, The Greatest Race.


Guests will then experience an exclusive Inside the Vault Tour with the Museum’s curatorial team, offering an opportunity to get up close to check out rare artifacts not currently on display in the Museum.  This tour will feature unique items related to Barbaro, in honor of the 10th anniversary of his Kentucky Derby win.


The Works Tour also includes admission to a day of live racing at Churchill Downs Racetrack, with general admission or box seat options.

  • Tour including General Admission to Churchill Downs Racetrack:
    • $30 per person
    • $20 per Museum Member
  • Tour including Box seats to Churchill Downs Racetrack:
    • $35 per person
    • $25 per Museum Member

Visit DerbyMuseum.org for more information and to purchase tickets today!

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About Kentucky Derby Museum (DerbyMuseum.org)

Kentucky Derby Museum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Louisville, Kentucky has a commitment to ENGAGE, EDUCATE and EXCITE everyone about the extraordinary experience that is the KENTUCKY DERBY.