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Harvest Ahead

HARVEST HOMECOMING’S CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD COURTNEY LEWIS OFFERS A SNEAK PEEK OF THE UPCOMING FESTIVAL SEASON 

PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN WATSON 

HARVEST HOMECOMING 2019 is on the horizon. So, we asked Courtney Lewis, chairman of the board, for a bit of insight and input as to what to expect. 

Q & A WITH COURTNEY LEWIS:

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A PART OF THE HARVEST HOMECOMING VOLUNTEER TEAM? 

This year marks my 12th or 13th festival. At some point all the fun runs together. 

WHAT DOES HARVEST HOMECOMING MEAN TO YOU PERSONALLY? 

For me, Harvest Homecoming really is about family and friends. We all have a Harvest Homecoming story. A great memory from our childhood or the first time we got to go on the (non-sanctioned) Beer Walk or meeting the love of our lives (not me, but if Mr. Right is ready, I’ll be in downtown New Albany for a couple weeks in October) or taking our children to get their first chicken and dumplings. It’s become a bit of a tradition with my coworkers to spend that Friday afternoon together. It’s like team building for us. I will never forget (thanks to the pictures) those moments. My nieces started volunteering last year, and I couldn’t be more proud of them for taking time out of their teenage lives to give back to their community. They are setting an example, knowingly or not, for their friends. Every place in the world has their thing, but for anyone who grew up here, Harvest Homecoming holds a very special spot in our hearts. 

WHY IS HARVEST HOMECOMING BENEFICIAL TO OUR COMMUNITY? 

Harvest Homecoming is such a great way to showcase our city and really celebrate the beauty of our neighbors. New Albany’s best assets lie in the people in this community. It feels great to see people come together and enjoy our city during the most beautiful time of year in Indiana. Not only is the economic impact beneficial to our businesses and local non-profits, Harvest Homecoming is able to give back to the younger members of our community through our scholarship programs. As an all-volunteer work force, Harvest Homecoming is also able to continue a rich tradition of giving back to our city and passing those values on to the next generation of pumpkins. 

WHAT CHANGES CAN THE COMMUNITY EXPECT TO SEE FOR THIS YEAR’S HARVEST HOMECOMING? 

Harvest Homecoming is really evolving and trying new things this year. Parade Day will look different with a day full of family fun in downtown. The Carnegie Center for Art & History will host their annual #IAMPUBLICART event on Bank Street at noon; the parade will kick-off at 3 p.m. (new this year) from New Albany High School, and then we’re going to park the floats around Bicentennial Park so people can get up close and personal with them while we partner with Mayor Jeff Gahan and the City of New Albany for Harvest Kickoff Karaoke in Bicentennial Park. 

We’ve got some amazing new partners this year like Samtec Cares, UPS, SoIN Tourism, the Community Foundation of Floyd County and so many more that we’re excited to welcome to our Harvest Family. With the support of our neighbors in the community, we’re able to take our all of our kids’ events and riverfront concerts to the next level. 

We have a great team working on the new Samtec Cares Family Stage in the First Financial Parking Lot that is going to be huge for kids of all ages. Vice President Amy Cummins and her team are working with new partners at the Floyd County Library and its branch at the Carnegie Center to fill that space with fun, interactive and educational programming Thursday and Friday during Booth Days, and I think everyone is going to be very excited to check that out. 

Make sure to follow Harvest Homecoming on Facebook & Instagram for a full schedule of events. 

WHAT IS THE THEME FOR HARVEST 2019? 

This year’s theme is CarniFALL, based on our president’s, Art Niemeier’s, love of the Bahamian Festival, Carnival. It’s also a carnival, so look at us being clever. We are so excited to celebrate culture and unity and the joy of being a vibrant community of loving people from everywhere. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HARVEST HOMECOMING EVENT? 

This is so hard. I really love all of our events for different reasons. I am so excited about the parade this year. Our Parade VP, Allyson Glass, has really put in so much effort to take our parade to the next level, and I can’t wait to see the community be able to enjoy her hard work. I LOVE Pumpkin Chunkin and what that partnership with Purdue Polytechnic Institute has done to further STEM education and awareness in our community. 

The Business Luncheon is hands down THE (clap) BEST (clap) luncheon, probably in the world. 

I also really enjoy our Riverfront Events from the car show to the concerts and new this year, the Harvest Hops Beer Fest. 

With help from our friends at Sounds Unlimited Productions, Alpha Media and Monarch Beverage, we’re working to bring exciting concert experiences to the Riverfront Amphitheater this year. Also, if you haven’t been to the Kid’s Dog Show, I highly recommend it. Super-cute dogs, even cuter kids; it’s the best way to spend a Monday evening at the Riverfront Amphitheater. 

WHAT FOOD IS A MUST-TRY AT HARVEST HOMECOMING? 

LOL. Literally everything. A couple years ago, myself and a couple of the ladies in the festival started a new tradition called “Smorgasbord Sunday.” I would venture to say the three of us spend 20 to 30 bucks apiece, we all get something different, go in a room at the Harvest Homecoming Office where no one can find us and we pig out. Some of our favorites are Brooklyn & the Butcher’s loaded potato and steak tips, Mason donuts, ribbon potatoes with cheese sauce and beans, and greens and cornbread from Chef Walker. 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ANYONE WHO HAS NEVER EXPERIENCED HARVEST HOMECOMING? 

Be prepared to have fun and be patient. We are so blessed that hundreds of thousands of people choose to visit our city every year during the first week in October, but that also means a bit of congestion. I would make sure you’re following Harvest Homecoming, the City of New Albany and SoIN Tourism on social media so you can plan your perfect Harvest Homecoming visit. We have something for literally every age and interest. 

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NAHA BACK TO SCHOOL BASH

July 25 • New Albany 

Photos by Kathryn Harrington 

New Albany Housing Authority (NAHA) hosted its Back to School Bash on July 25 at 300 Ernie Ave. School-age attendees received free haircuts, school supplies, sports physicals and eye exams, in addition to enjoying food, music and so much fun. Sponsors of NAHA’s annual event included the City of New Albany, Hope Southern Indiana, LifeSpring Health Systems, New Albany Parks and Recreation and Lions International. 

 

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Two-in-One

HOW TO COMBINE TWO HOUSEHOLDS INTO A HAPPY HOME 

So, you said, “I do,” – but what does that mean about accepting your soon-to-be’s stuff, too? 

Regardless of how much you’ve both accumulated, combining two households into one can be a chore and a major headache, and lead to unnecessary strife. Here are some tips to make the transition easier. 

LABEL LOVE 

Prior to the merger of your life together, it’s time to look at everything you own. Overwhelmed? Devote 20 to 30 minutes each day to make piles and put them in designated areas that are labeled LOVE, LEAVE and WAIT. 

Keep what you LOVE. Get rid of what you label as LEAVE, and hold onto the WAIT list with a promise you’ll revisit within a time frame you and your beloved can agree upon. 

JUNK JAM 

Donating, selling and recycling your extras is best, but if you have a bunch of stuff you just want to get rid of, 1-800-Got-Junk is your jam. Seriously. You point and they make it disappear.

ADVICE MAESTRO 

Moving into a new home and want help on melding two households into one? Ask your Realtor for input. They know everything and everyone. 

Caroline Hilbrich is wearing Kate Spade glasses, $259; Asher Sigman is wearing Guess glasses, $14; Linette Colwell is wearing Guess glasses, $279; Tyler Bliss is wearing Geoffrey Beene glasses, $209; and Ruth Hedeman is wearing Ted Baker glasses, $249. All eyewear available at Dr. Black’s Eye Associates. 

Eye on the Prize

Get glam – and ready for back to school, too – with glasses from Dr. Black’s Eye Associates 

Photos by Christian Watson

Styled by Miranda McDonald 

Eyewear provided by Dr. Black’s Eye Associates Have2020.com 

Outdoor location shot at Spring Hill Apartment LocustSpring@gmail.com 

Models: Asher Sigman, Caroline Hilbrich, Linette Colwell, Tyler Bliss and Ruth Hedeman 

Tyler Bliss is wearing Maui Jim glasses, $279.

Tyler Bliss is wearing Maui Jim glasses, $279.

No matter your age, now is the time to keep your eye on the prize – whatever that means to you – and check out the latest in eyewear from Dr. Black’s Eye Associates. 

Dr. Black’s Eye Associates features a team of highly qualified ophthalmologists and optometrists who treat patients at several locations in Indiana and Kentucky. They specialize in primary vision care, Dry Eye Treatment, LASIK vision correction, and laser cataract surgery, serving patients from around the egion. The primary office in Jeffersonville includes a state-of-the-art eye surgery center and the Dry Eye Center. Learn more at Have2020.com or call 812.284.0660.

Linette Colwell is wearing Guess glasses, $279.

Linette Colwell is wearing Guess glasses, $279.

Asher Sigman is wearing Guess glasses, $149.

Asher Sigman is wearing Guess glasses, $149.

Caroline Hilbrich is wearing Guess glasses, $209. 

Caroline Hilbrich is wearing Guess glasses, $209.

Ruth Hedeman is wearing Ted Baker sunglasses, $259. 

Ruth Hedeman is wearing Ted Baker sunglasses, $259.

Caroline Hilbrich is wearing Tory Burch sunglasses, $219.

Caroline Hilbrich is wearing Tory Burch sunglasses, $219.

Tyler Bliss is wearing Geoffrey Beene glasses, $209.

Tyler Bliss is wearing Geoffrey Beene glasses, $209.

Asher Sigman is wearing Nike glasses, $189. 

Asher Sigman is wearing Nike glasses, $189.

Ruth Hedeman is wearing Pro Design glasses, $289. 

Ruth Hedeman is wearing Pro Design glasses, $289.

Linette Colwell is wearing Guess glasses, $259.

Linette Colwell is wearing Guess glasses, $259.

Tyler Bliss is wearing Maui Jim sunglasses, $249.

Tyler Bliss is wearing Maui Jim sunglasses, $249.

Caroline Hilbrich is wearing Tory Burch sunglasses, $219. 

Caroline Hilbrich is wearing Tory Burch sunglasses, $219.

Asher Sigman is wearing Maui Jim sunglasses, $299. 

Asher Sigman is wearing Maui Jim sunglasses, $299.

Ruth Hedeman is wearing Ted Baker glasses, $249.

Ruth Hedeman is wearing Ted Baker glasses, $249.

Linette Colwell is wearing Michael Kors sunglasses, $229.

Linette Colwell is wearing Michael Kors sunglasses, $229.

Caroline Hilbrich is wearing Kate Spade glasses, $259; Asher Sigman is wearing Guess glasses, $14; Linette Colwell is wearing Guess glasses, $279; Tyler Bliss is wearing Geoffrey Beene glasses, $209; and Ruth Hedeman is wearing Ted Baker glasses, $249. All eyewear available at Dr. Black’s Eye Associates. 

Caroline Hilbrich is wearing Kate Spade glasses, $259; Asher Sigman is wearing Guess glasses, $14; Linette Colwell is wearing Guess glasses, $279; Tyler Bliss is wearing Geoffrey Beene glasses, $209; and Ruth Hedeman is wearing Ted Baker glasses, $249. All eyewear available at Dr. Black’s Eye Associates.

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PRINCESS OF THE HEART

Four-year-old to hold court over annual Kentuckiana Heart Walk

By Mandy Wolf Detwiler 
Photos by Tony Bennett and Courtesy Images

AT FOUR YEARS of age, many a young girl dreams of being a princess. For Remi McCrite, being chosen as a princess to represent the Kentuckiana Heart Walk means much more. It’s literally a celebration of life, a success story that proves the sassy preschooler overcame not one but three life-threatening heart issues at just four months of age. 

The McCrites are originally from Kentuckiana, but patriarch Zach McCrite’s job took them to Oklahoma, where Brittany McCrite prepared to deliver the family’s first baby. 

“As a newborn, she weighed nine pounds, two ounces,” Brittany says. “We thought we had a healthy, large, slept-through-the-night, wonderful newborn. As life went on, she was sleeping a lot. She was choosing sleep over eating. That threw up a red flag. Then she started to get sick when we would feed her, her bottles. In October of 2015, after multiple doctors’ appointments, I demanded that some tests be run, and it was discovered that she had three holes in her heart.” 

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It’s not uncommon for newborns to have small holes in their hearts, but they usually repair themselves quickly after birth. Remi’s diagnoses were more serious than originally believed, and her parents wouldn’t take “she’ll be fine” for an answer. As it turns out, baby Remi had a ventricular septal defect (VSD), the most common type that requires surgery if it doesn’t repair itself; a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) that causes abnormal blood flow between arteries connected to the heart; and a patent foramen ovale (PFO) –– a more serious hole in the heart that didn’t close all the way. If not corrected all three defects could cause serious issues through adulthood and even death. 

“After that, we were kind of in a whirlwind and were told that she would have to have open-heart surgery as a four-month-old,” Brittany says. “Remi’s VSD was so large, there was no other option but surgery.” 

On Nov. 10, 2015, the family entered Oklahoma Children’s Hospital under the care of Dr. Harold Burkhart. “They said ‘Give us hours. You’ll see changes by the hour with her. And then it was days. ‘You’ll see even more progression.’ She did everything she was supposed to do in the healing process,” Brittany says. “We kind of treat November 10th as a second birthday with her, and we do cake with our family and celebrate her.” 

Eventually, she healed completely, a success story and another of two parents who weren’t resigned to take no for an answer. 

The family eventually moved back to Louisville, and Remi became a big sister to her two-year-old brother, Monroe. As another way to celebrate Remi’s accomplishments as a now spunky, princess-obsessed four-year-old, the family became involved with the Kentuckiana Heart Walk, this year scheduled for Sept. 21 at 8 a.m. at Waterfront Park’s Great Lawn. 

“We again use that as something for our family to be able to do with Remi,” Brittany says. “We’re ‘Team Remi’ and we are part of the community teams with the Kentuckiana Heart Walk.” 

extolmag_28_ad_final_page_085_image_0003Remi’s story touched walk organizers so much that they chose her as one of three representatives for the event. That means Remi’s dream of being a princess came true, with a tiara and red cape – and red Converse shoes all designed to represent what she, and others with heart issues, have endured. 

“Remi was chosen as a member of our 2019 Royal Court because of her amazing story of survival,” says Mary Fowler, walk director for the American Heart Association. “She is an inspiration and we love that her family now celebrates her Heart Day and her healthy heart each year at the Heart Walk. Even at four years old, Remi’s zest for life is contagious! As a Royal Court member, she will represent pediatric heart patients and share her story with our thousands of participants at the Kentuckiana Heart Walk and surrounding events.” 

 

Brittany hopes to bring awareness to pediatric heart issues –– but few can do it better than a blonde little girl in a cape and tiara. Remi will be a part of the opening ceremonies for the walk. 

“Heart-related issues don’t only happen to adults,” Brittany says. “We check in with a cardiologist once a year, but she’s growing as she should. She’s a spunky, opinionated, loving four-year-old. As first-time parents, it was our worst nightmare.” 

And for parents who suspect there’s something not quite right with a newborn? “For any parent, or mother –– they say motherly instinct –– go with your gut and demand that tests be run,” McCrite says. “Go with what you feel is wrong with your kid. This can happen to children. That’s why we submitted Remi’s story. And in a very humble, joking way, she says, ‘You know, Mommy and Daddy,’ you can call me ‘Your Majesty.’” 

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Get Fit Before You Hit The Aisle

FOUR BARREL FITNESS OWNER CASE BELCHER OFFERS UP A FEW TIPS TO HELP YOU LOOK AND FEEL YOUR BEST ON YOUR BIG DAY – AND BEYOND 

BY LISA HORNUNG 

Everyone wants to look perfect for their wedding, and when you want to lose weight to do your best, you need to find the right diet and exercise program to make that happen. 

CASE BELCHER, owner of Four Barrel Fitness, said he sees a lot of brides who come in and want to drop pounds before their big day. While he’ll help them reach their goals, he also wants them to continue their progress after the wedding. 

“Say you want to lose 20 pounds before your wedding, but then later you put on 25 pounds,” said Belcher, who is a Crossfit Level 3 coach and a USA Weightlifting Level 1 coach. “We get them through the door with the stuff they’re interested in. Then we say, “Let’s search for that more sustainable path now.” 

Belcher advocates a three-tier system of fitness: nutrition, exercise and lifestyle. Nutrition is all about eating healthy food and fueling your training and life. Exercise includes cardio and strength training, with a buddy or coach. Lifestyle changes include getting enough sleep and drinking enough water. 


NUTRITION 

Fad diets and cleanses are a no-no, Belcher said. “Studies, in fact, show that you tend to put on more weight than what you took off. You can lose weight quickly, but it probably needs to be monitored by a nutritionist or dietitian.” 

Belcher recommends the “hand system” to measure food portions. Four meals a day should have meat or protein (beef, chicken, fish) the size of your palm; a carbohydrate (such as potatoes, rice or carrots) that can fit in a cupped hand; vegetables (such as a salad, asparagus or broccoli) should be the size of your fist; and fats (oils) should be the size of your thumb. “That way no matter where you’re at, you don’t have to have a food scale,” Belcher said. “You can just eye that stuff up.” 

The “go-to thing that people have been told in terms of dieting is you’ve just got tp eat like hardly anything, but that’s totally not true because you don’t have the nutrients you need for training. You’re going to run into a wall, you’re not going to be motivated, you’re not going to have the energy you need to stay consistent. A lot of times when people start eating (utilizing the ‘hand system’), it feels like a lot of food to them. But they’re eating balanced now, they’re getting more fiber because they’re eating vegetables and things like that. They start to lose the fat and lose the pounds.” 

EXERCISE 

For exercise, Belcher said a key component is accountability. Find a gym or place to exercise that’s convenient and where you’ll be able to stay consistent. He recommends either taking a buddy – a bridesmaid or groomsman, perhaps – who will plan to be there with you, holding you accountable. Hiring a coach is another way. You can make appointments, and you’ll be expected to be there. 

Conditioning with cardio along with lifting weights at least three times a week is the best plan, he said. Compound moves, such as pushups, squats, deadlifts and pull-ups or ring rows work more than one muscle at a time. 

“People who are looking for fat loss, strength training and putting on some lean tissue is going to help them keep that fat off, and essentially, it’s giving them a bigger engine to burn fat,” Belcher said. “More muscle burns fat, and it makes you a more functional human being. We want you to get those immediate results, but then also we want to set you up for what’s going to keep you healthiest for the long term. Putting on that muscular base is what keeps you strong later in life.” 

LIFESTYLE 

Stress and lack of sleep make losing weight more difficult. “Sleep is when your body does most of its recovery,” Belcher said. “It also controls a lot of your hormonal processes. If you’re low on sleep, your body is going to have a lot higher cortisol. When stress levels are higher, you tend to hold more fat because your body is kind of in that flight mode.” Cortisol is a steroid hormone that regulates your metabolic and immune systems. 

Drinking more water is another way to keep your body functioning properly, he said. “Most people are low-level dehydrated on a daily basis, and your body systems just don’t function as well if you’re not well-hydrated.” 

Belcher recommends drinking 100 ounces per day. 

Adhering to these three components will ensure weight will come off, and Belcher likes to see people start their training about six months before the big event to give enough time to make changes and see results. 

“Do your research and find a professional,” Belcher said. “I’ve found that speed and degree of results are directly related to the skill of the coach I’m working with. Use your wedding as momentum to start healthy behaviors that could last a lifetime.”

 

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Art for All

The Kentuckiana area is lucky to have an amazing
event once a year known to bring more than 250,000
attendees from all over the world. If your mind went
immediately to horses and giant hats, think again.
When the leaves change and the weather cools, the
St. James Court Art Show is what attracts people
from near and far.

The one-of-a-kind experience for art lovers in
the heart of Old Louisville is a juried show that now
has more than 700 exhibitors who sell their wares
and high-level art.

Howard Rosenberg, executive director of the
St. James Court Art Show, said the event is special
for many reasons. “The setting is unique,” he said.
“There are very few art shows in the country – I don’t
know of any of them – that are right smack dab in
the middle of a historic landmark neighborhood.
It also gives people an opportunity to see some of
the finest art in the country.”

And it’s free.

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The show was started in 1957 by St. James Court
Association President Malcolm Bird as a way to
make money. The association was out of funds,
and it had looming debt because of recent fountain
repairs. The show was originally open to all and
was just an exhibit. Art was hung on clotheslines
from tree to tree.

Over the years, the show grew and expanded in
the neighborhood, adding Belgravia Court, sections
of Third Street and the West End Baptist Church. The
neighborhood impact average of St. James Court Art
Show is about $56,000 annually, which surrounding
schools and churches each raise – on average – by
using their parking lots for St. James Court Art
Show visitor parking. The money raised from the
actual show has helped fund historic preservation
of the neighborhood, which has spurred housing
restoration in the area. “It grew because it became
such an iconic art show, but it also grew because it
benefits the other neighborhoods to participate,”
Rosenberg said. “They’re all part of a consortium
that makes up the art show as participants. It’s grown
because of the level of art, because of the demand,
because of it being so special.”The St. James Court
Art Show also focuses on ensuring diversity of artistic
medium, making sure that it’s not just oil paintings
or watercolors. There are 17 different mediums,
including jewelry, clay, wood and more.

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The jurors of the show select artists based on
photos of the art, with no idea who the artist is,
Rosenberg said. So, entry is entirely based on the
quality of the art. “Then, during the show, another
group of jurors – people from the art world – visit
and assess the artists themselves,” Rosenberg said.
“Are they engaging? What do people think of the
art? Are they actively participating? Not like a car
salesman trying to sell something, but are they
engaging people?”

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The show annually awards $50,000 in scholarships
to area high school students. Several of are as high
as $15,000 individually. So, visitors are not only
supporting artists who are supporting themselves,
they are also supporting the next generation of artists.

Rosenberg has lived in Old Louisville off and on
for 37 years, and has been a volunteer and organizer
of several projects in the area. He said he likes the
way the St. James Court Art Show showcases the
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“Because of the setting, because of Central Park, I
think that that’s what’s so special about it,” Rosenberg
said. “The fact that it continues to improve and
expand, and new artists are brought in. The fact
that there’s a scholarship program for students. It
brings the neighborhood together and showcases
it in a special way.”

This year’s St. James Court Art Show is Oct. 5, 6
& 7 in Historic Old Louisville. It’s open 10 a.m. to
6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday. Admission is free, but please leave your
dogs at home. For a complete list of artists and
vendors, pick up a free program available at the
welcome tents at St. James Court and Magnolia
Avenue, Fourth Street and Magnolia Avenue, St.
James Court and Hill Street. Or just ask a volunteer,
who will be happy to help you.


St. James Court Art Show
Oct. 4, 5, & 6

Historic Old Louisville

For GPS, use 1402 St. James Ct.
in Louisville

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday & Saturday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

stjamescourtartshow.com

Free Admission

Rain or shine

No pets allowed

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TO HAVE & TO HOLD (AND THROW) (category)

Creatively inspired by Ben Franklin Crafts in New Albany

By Morgan Sprigler

Wedding Season is upon us and the DIY options are endless. Crafting for a wedding not only helps cut down costs but adds a personal touch that won’t soon be forgotten. Can you picture yourself and your soon-to-be being showered in flowers as you exit your ceremony as husband and wife? If so, this is the DIY craft for you! Start saving all of the flowers you receive during your engagement to help out the budget and add that personal touch.

SUPPLIES:

• Dried flowers 

• Essential oil of your choice 

• Cardstock 

• Wooden sign 

• Paint marker 

• Sheer bags 

• Basket 

• Twine 

• Glue gun

 

Materials provided by Ben Franklin Crafts & Frame Shop 420 New Albany Plaza | New Albany benfranklinartsandframing.com 

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STEP ONE 

Gather flowers! I used a combination of flowers, leaves and herbs I found in my garden. Petals from my rose bushes, ivy from my flower beds, basil and lavender from my vegetable garden and hydrangeas from my hydrangea plants. I love the idea of repurposing flowers from your engagement parties, showers or bouquets you’ve received from friends and family over the course of your engagement. All you need is a little sunlight to dry 

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STEP TWO 

Make floral confetti. Combine all of your petals, leaves, etc. in a large bowl and add your essential oils. I went pretty heavy with my oil, as I love all things that smell great! Once you feel like all of your “confetti” is coated in oil, allow everything to dry overnight. 

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STEP THREE 

Make cones to hold your confetti. Starting in the bottom corner, roll your cardstock to create a cone shape. Glue the ends down to hold the cone together. If you find that there is an opening at the bottom of your cone, simply apply a dot of hot glue and pinch the ends together. Cut and tie a piece of twine around the middle, if you wish. 

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STEP FOUR 

Fill your bags (to have) and cones (to throw)! Fill your cones and your sheer bags full of floral confetti. The cones can be used during the celebration, and the bags can be used as gifts for your guests to use in their homes as potpourri. 

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STEP FIVE 

Create your display. I found all of my supplies at Ben Franklin in New Albany. They have an amazing selection of baskets, bowls and trays that could be used to display your creation. I also found a distressed wooden sign that I used to write, “To Have and To Throw.” So cute!! Assemble however you would like. 

Congratulations to all of you newly-engaged couples! This is such an exciting time in your lives. Enjoy every single moment! Wishing you so much love and happiness!

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XO,

Morgan

 

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Be Our Guest

We sent our resident explorer, JD Dotson, in search of the perfect wedding gifts that will land you on the greatest guest list 

PHOTOS & STORY BY JD DOTSON 

Always looking for the perfect wedding gift that is sentimental or functional (or both!), I have a tendency to skip buying the single salad fork on the registry and look for something special for the couple of the hour. I 100% get the importance of a gift registry, especially if the couple is someone I barely know or just starting out in adulting life together. But I also 100% trust my instincts on giving thoughtful gifts to people I love and in no way have waited until the last minute when the only thing left on the registry is a $600 Vitamix. So, here are a few of my faves that will help land you on the unofficial “Greatest Guest” list you know couples compile. 

 

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Ceramic You and Me Dish, $3.99 each 

Instantly feeling the need to redo everything in my house, I had to remind myself to stay focused when I go to PC Home Center. Anything a young couple starting a home together might need can be found in this store. From paint, flooring, windows, cabinets to entire kitchen installations and really cool lighting features, PC Home Center offers gift cards in any denomination to get the project started. Not one to just toss a gift card at a couple without something to open, I found this galvanized steel heart set of three containers, and a couple of “you and me” ceramic ring dishes to compliment. 

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For the bicycle enthusiast couple on your gift list, I fell in love with this Cycle Gathering Table. I even have the perfect spot picked out at home and don’t mind a belated wedding present. 

Cycle Gathering Table $559.99 


PC Home Center 

123 Cherry St., New Albany | 812.944.4444

www.pchomestores.com


extolmag_28_ad_final_page_053_image_0002The blank page cut out letter books have the look of vintage, classic readers digests. They come in a wide and wild variety of cover designs, all 26 letters of the alphabet and the ampersand. Combine the initials of the couple, spell out LOVE, the last name, any romantic word for a functional, customizable and fun gift. 

Everyone needs that chip and dip tray for fancy entertaining. The couple are full-on adults — no more cutting the top of the bag off and screwing off the lid. It is time to actually elevate the chips and dips when company calls. The Nora Fleming line of platters, cake stands, serving trays and chip and dip bowls can be accessorized with “decorative minis.” Every kind of theme is available from summer fun, holidays, baby, even a tiny ceramic zombie hand and they all easily attach to the dish. 

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Nora Fleming Chip and Dip Platter, $43.20 

 

Decorative Minis, $11.66 each 


Ben Franklin Crafts 

420 New Albany Plaza, New Albany | 812.944.1215

www.benfranklinartsandframin.com


extolmag_28_ad_final_page_054_image_0001The best way to get your foodie friends to invite you over for a post-honeymoon meal is to get them amazing things they can use in the kitchen. I love a multifaceted theme gift, and The Olivet delivered. I discovered The Oil and Vinegar Lovers Cookbook by Emily Lycopolus and picked a variety of exotic goodies (Rose’ Wine Balsamic, Blood Orange Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Hawaiian Black Lava Salt and a Citrus Peel Rub) and topped off the gift with a locally-handmade wooden cutting board by Wayne Pepin. I may have had some chocolate and macarons while I shopped. Don’t judge. 

 

Cookbook, $29.95 2 oz. bag of spices or salts, $7 each or three for $18 

375 ML Balsamics, $18.95 

200 ML Olive Oil, $13.95 

Cutting Board, $79.95 


The Olivet 

37 Bank St., New Albany | 812.913.4430 | www.theolivet.com 


extolmag_28_ad_final_page_055_image_0001Georgetown boy meets the love of his life in Clarksville. Wedding toasts follow in the stemless wine glass with etched zip codes. No matter what area the couple grew up in or plan to call home, zip code glasses can be special ordered. 

$9.99 each 

extolmag_28_ad_final_page_055_image_0002The rustic, simple and sweet couple, hand-carved out of wood, painted and embellished is ready to be taken to their new home. Sold individually, they are perfect for every couple. 

$30 each; $60 for the couple 


Madhouse 

151 E. Spring St., New Albany | 812.924.7728 www.madhousena.com 


Walking into True North makes me want to get remarried and put so much hand-made beautiful stuff on my list. I fell in love with the simple driftwood candle holder by Mack Dryden, even though my IKEA coffee table would do it justice. Depending on how much you loved me and my significant other, you could throw in the gorgeous Paul Weddington coffee table it sits on and I wouldn’t hate that one bit. 

extolmag_28_ad_final_page_056_image_0003Driftwood Candle Holder, $45 

Table, $475 

extolmag_28_ad_final_page_056_image_0002Every home should have that beautiful tea set that comes out on special occasions. Dallas Wooten’s soda-fired ceramic tea set deserves a spot in a glass cabinet and carefully taken out when people you love stop in for tea. A really beautiful, functional work of art is an ideal gift. 

Tea set, $120 


True North 

137 E. Market St., New Albany | 502.873.868

www.shoptruenorth812.com


extolmag_28_ad_final_page_057_image_0001The stacks of books that have been on my side tables and coffee table for the past 12 years are the ones I keep telling myself I am going to read. I found a stack of books at LL&A that make the reading quick, easy and perfect for the happy couple. “I was made for loving you baby, you were made for loving me” will now be stuck in your head as well. Top off the gift with a bottle of wine and a congratulatory bottle topper and get yourself out on the dance floor. 

 

Bottle Toppers, $18 

Book Stack $ 172 


LL&A Interior Design 

247 Spring St., Jeffersonville | 812.282.6606

www.leslielewisdesign.com 


extolmag_28_ad_final_page_058_image_0005There is nothing wrong with pre-wedding gift giving. You want the couple to look and feel good on their wedding day, and gift cards to Body & Brow Boutique will take care of both of them head to toe. Facial and body waxing, male waxing, tanning, facials and even makeup application are available. I thought treating the couple to a nice soak with some bath bombs for after the big day would be a good way to start spending the rest of their lives together. 

Gift cards available in any denomination, price list available on the website. 

Bath Bombs, $6.50 


Body & Brow Boutique 

141 E. Spring St., New Albany | 812.225.9191

www.bodyandbrow.com


extolmag_28_ad_final_page_059_image_0005Great as a pre-wedding gift to be used at a reception perhaps, the Love Jar by Gratitude Jars comes with 250 blank foil embossed Love cards. Guests can leave a love note in the jar as a keepsake for the couple after the wedding. Great minds think alike: the Love Jar is one of Oprah and my favorite things, too. 

Love Jar $45.00 

extolmag_28_ad_final_page_059_image_0006Love is Love is Love in these beautifully sweet rendered wedding mugs. Love is a lot of things and I hope every morning starts off the day right with a good cup of coffee with the one you love. 

Coffee Mug, $15 


Regalo 

234 Pearl St., New Albany | 812.542.6567 | www.regaloart.com


 

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Here Comes the Bride, Er, Bridal Dress

Laurel Wreath Bridal Owner Laurie Haag shares what’s hot this season?

By Mandy Wolf Detwiler

Photo of Laurie Haag by Naomi Ruth Photography

Photos of wedding gowns courtesy Madi Lane 

Haven gown available at Laurel Wreath Bridal.

Haven gown available at Laurel Wreath Bridal.

Finely with skirt available at Laurel Wreath Bridal.

Finely with skirt available at Laurel Wreath Bridal.

So you’ve got the ring on your finger. Your next step is to most likely pick up a bridal magazine. Maybe two. But don’t get your heart set on the first couture piece you see – chances are you won’t find it in Kentuckiana and if you, do the price is likely scary enough to scare the curl out of your hair.

Still don’t be defeated, says Laurie Haag, a wedding planner and owner of Laurel Wreath Bridal. These books are designed to give you an idea of what you want, be it a mermaid train, the poofiest dress found or sleek and sophisticated.

Haag dislikes being asked what’s hot in the bridal world, because that depends on location. Here in Southern Indiana, we’re still pretty traditional

Finley cape full length gown available at Laurel Wreath Bridal

Finley cape full length
gown available at
Laurel Wreath Bridal

“Bazaar magazine might say that suiting and blazers or these super really avant-garde bridal separates with detachable crazy trains are what’s going to trend for 2020,” Haag says. “I can 100 percent tell you the brides in the Midwest and in our area aren’t going to connect to that. They could say that’s what is the trend or what we’re moving toward. I always say that’s not for every bride in every area of the United States.

“There are some things that are kind of trends that I can see coming up,” Haag says. That includes add-on bridal capes –– not the long, winter styles designed to keep a bride warm, but light and gauzy capes that simply adorn the shoulders.

“It’s a short, beautiful capelet over a plain gown,” Haag says. “The capelet has the detail, the lace and the beading. (We also see) capes that attach to the front of the gowns and act as sort of the veil.”

Made of organza or tulle, these longer capes serve as both a stunning addition to a gown and take the place of the veil if a bride doesn’t want to wear one.

Henley with cape available at Laurel Wreath Bridal.

Henley with cape available at Laurel Wreath Bridal.

Feather details along the bottom of gowns are popular, but so too are more structured gowns of yesteryear.

“They’re trying to say that high-low hems are trying to make a comeback,” Haag says. “I’ve not seen it in Bridal Market, but it might eventually.” The aforementioned bridal event happens at the end of September and sets the tone for buyers for 2020.

“Traditionally, most bridal boutiques are doing their buys for the next season at the end of August/beginning of September, and that’s when the designers are doing their new visions that the brides are going to be able to get their hands on,” Haag says.

Haag says “illusion lace, sometimes labeled as “tattoo lace” on the sleeve or top is very “now” and “we saw a lot of Mikado satin at the last market, so I’m sure that’s going to carry over as well.”

Does fabric make a difference anymore? Haag said no, “and I’m a big proponent of not really trying to follow trends anyway. … We always say in our bridal appointments that people should have an open mind.”

Some brides come in with poof, glitz, Pinterest and “Say Yes to the Dress” on the brain, but once she starts exploring, “they’re not connecting, they don’t look that good on them and we’ll say at some point in the appointment ‘Hey, you want to try something a little more unexpected?’” Haag says. “At that point we’ve won their trust and they’re like, ‘Ok, sure!’ and that’s the bride that’s going to walk out with the most straight, sleek, no-embellishment, super body conscious beautiful gown, and it takes them by surprise.

Henley full length gown available at Laurel Wreath Bridal

Henley full length gown available at Laurel Wreath Bridal

“We can talk about trends, but I feel like every bridal, their dress shopping is a journey and they need to be open-minded.”

Haag suggests brides not get overwhelmed and to visit as many local high-end boutiques as it takes to find the one that makes her eyes sparkle, “and she almost doesn’t want to take it off,” she says. “That’s the one.”

So You’ve Been Asked to Be a Bridesmaid … Now What?

No, lime green doesn’t look good on everyone. And no, you can’t cut every dress short and wear it again (although I did once!).

Says wedding planner Laurie Haag: “We tend to recommend that the bride picks the color that she wants, maybe the stylistic look of what she’d like her bridesmaids to look like –– not that she should get any opinion from her bridesmaids, and we all know that bridesmaids are of varying ages, sizes various stages of life (like bridesmaids who are expecting or will have just had a baby and are more body conscious), you really try to keep that process simplified. We would hope that bridesmaids realize and understand that we think of bridesmaids as they’re going to be framing the photos. They’re going to be side by side with the bride in the total bridal party. They’re the frame to make the bride and groom shine.”

Halo and Haisley gowns available at Laurel Wreath Bridal.

Halo and Haisley gowns available at Laurel Wreath Bridal.

Haag recommends the bride choose a couple of dresses, a couple pairs of shoes and have their bridal party come to a consensus. Letting bridesmaids choose their own, say blush and back, is an invitation for disaster as there are many interpretations of both colors.

“You give bridesmaids total control, and it just gets crazy,” Haag says.

Ivaine gown available at Laurel Wreath Bridal.

Ivaine gown available at
Laurel Wreath Bridal.


INTERNATIONAL BRIDAL STYLE COMES TO LOUISVILLE AND SOUTHERN INDIANA

In addition to a wide array of dresses, headpieces and accessories, Laurel Wreath Bridal is the exclusive carrier of Madi Lane gowns, which are pictured in these pages.


Laurel Wreath Bridal

203 W. 1st St.

New Albany

812.946.2038

LaurelWreathBridal.com