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Celebrate the Kentucky Book Festival November 10-16 

For one week this month, Lexington is getting a little more literary! 

Lexington is celebrating the Kentucky Book Festival November 10-16, 2019. The first literary celebration of its kind in the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Book Festival shines the spotlight on local authors and stories while inviting nationally recognized writers to the Bluegrass. This week-long festival offers lots for book lovers to enjoy. 

The Kentucky Book Festival Kick Off will be Sunday, November 10th 1-4pm at ArtsPlace. All ages can enjoy creative activities and meeting authors in person. The Newport Aquarium’s WAVE on Wheels Outreach Program will be on-site, featuring live animals and hands-on learning activities. This event is free to attend. 

The Literary Luncheon on Tuesday, November 12th at 12pm at ArtsPlace features guests Gurney Norman, Bobbie Ann Mason, Ed McClanahan and Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, moderated by poet and novelist Crystal Wilkinson. Tickets are $40. 

On Wednesday, November 13th at 6:30pm, a special screening of the documentary about Wendell Berry, Look & See, will be held at the Kentucky Theatre. This event is free to attend, but RSVP is required. 

Thursday, November 14th 5-7pm at The Mane on Main, attend Cocktails & Conversation with violinist and author Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman, interviewed by KET’s Renee Shaw. Tickets are $35. Also Thursday is a free Books & Brews Trivia night at West Sixth Brewing. 

Friday, November 15th at 8am, the Commerce Lexington Spotlight event will feature three bourbon experts who will share about the business of bourbon and its cultural impact in the bluegrass and beyond. 

The Kentucky Book Fair is an anchor to this celebration of writing. The 38th Annual Kentucky Book Fair will be held in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park November 16th 9am-4pm. Over 200 regional and national authors will be in attendance, with panel discussions and author presentations on two stages throughout the day, as well as vendors and exhibitors for guests to browse. Admission is free. Concessions will be available for purchase on-site. 

Matthew and Jenna Mitchell to donate $1 million to Town Branch Park 

In October, Town Branch Park announced a $1 million donation from Matthew and Jenna Mitchell. 

“Jenna and I feel extremely blessed to call Lexington home,” said Matthew Mitchell, head coach for the University of Kentucky women’s basketball program. “We have received so much love and support from virtually every segment of the community and this is an opportunity for us to give back in a meaningful way. Town Branch Park will be a place for people of all ages, backgrounds and experiences to gather together and interact in a beautiful and dynamic space. That is a vision of Lexington we are proud to get behind.” 

To honor this gift, the Park will name the hardscape plaza near the park entrance after the Mitchells. The Plaza will serve all members of the community with hundreds of free activities and classes. It will be a key location in the park for the many programs planned for people of different ages and a wide variety of interests. 

“We are deeply grateful to the Mitchells, whose spirit of generosity and underlying love for Lexington are embodied in this gift,” said Allison Lankford, executive director of Town Branch Park. “This is another giant step forward in creating a world-class park in the heart of downtown, and we are fortunate that Matthew and Jenna have chosen to support this community in such a meaningful, impactful and lasting way.” 

With this donation, the park has now raised $10.6 million of its $31 million private fund-raising goal to create more than 9 acres of signature downtown park. It also will become the trailhead – connecting 22-miles of biking/walking trails leading from downtown to Lexington’s iconic rural landscape. 

Town Branch Park, led by civic leaders and philanthropists, is working to transform acres of parking in the Manchester Parking Lot behind Rupp Arena into an inviting, dynamic, fun, and uncommonly beautiful green space that will reflect the culture and spirit of Lexington. The Park will be funded, programmed and maintained through private donations and grants. Story courtesy of Allison Lankford, Town Branch Park.

Awards & Honors:

Kentucky Eagle, Inc. Recognized by National Organization for Outstanding Education Campaign 

The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) awarded Lexington-based beer distributor Kentucky Eagle, Inc. the 2019 Public Affairs Award during its 82nd Annual Convention and Tradeshow in Las Vegas. Kentucky Eagle, Inc. was honored for its efforts to create a comprehensive rebranding campaign that sought to educate the public about the critical role of beer distributors. This annual award recognizes a company that goes above and beyond to find innovative and creative ways to promote the beer distribution industry. 

“Kentucky Eagle Inc, under the leadership of Tate Sherman, executed a one-of-a-kind rebranding campaign that seeks to educate the community about the role of distributors,” said Craig Purser, NBWA president and CEO. “This award is a testament to the company and its employee’s skill and commitment to the industry. We are so proud of Tate Sherman and her team at Kentucky Eagle, Inc.” 

Kentucky Eagle Inc. is a family-owned company that was founded in 1948. For its 70th anniversary, the company commissioned a comprehensive rebranding campaign. 

Kentucky Eagle analyzed the most significant issues facing the industry, including self-distribution, attacks on the three-tier system and general unawareness, and created a strategy to communicate its rich history and the story of beer distributors. 

The company’s rebrand established new core values, including teamwork, accountability, integrity and community, and embraced that they are family-owned and -operated. Kentucky Eagle’s campaign also highlighted distributors’ continued commitment to keeping shelves and taps stocked with a wide variety of beers. Most notable, however, was the decision to completely re-wrap Kentucky Eagle Inc.’s trucks. Now, when a Kentucky Eagle truck is on the road making its deliveries, it has the company’s new branding and slogans. 

“We are so humbled to be recognized by NBWA this year,” said Tate Sherman, president of Kentucky Eagle Inc. “We saw a need to educate our community about our role and had some fun along the way. Kentucky Eagle hopes that this will serve as a model and other distributors will follow suit.” Story courtesy of National Beer Wholesalers Association.

New Location:

Lush Aesthetics moves to Hamburg

Conveniently located inside and partnered with Kentucky Laser Hair Removal, Lush Aesthetics is providing full service aesthetics in the Hamburg area! 

To better fit the growing needs of their clients, Lush Aesthetics moved to a larger space in September. They are now in the Abell Eyes building, making them more accessible than ever. They continue to offer a wide range of injectables, including PRP for collagen correction and thinning hair. 

Consultations at Lush Aesthetics are complimentary. One-on- one guidance is given with Master Injector, Jasmin Wheeler, APRN. Jasmine has been practicing aesthetic medicine for 10 years. She has been trained and certified in aesthetics through several organizations. She prides herself on understanding her patients’ needs on a personal level. She said, “Aesthetics is an art. Your face is my canvas, and I am here to form a masterpiece that you and I create together.” Because of their partnership with Kentucky Laser Hair Removal, they are able to provide a 10% discount for laser clients.

New In Town:

World Market opens November 14th in Hamburg

Home décor mavens rejoice: the first Lexington World Market location is opening in Hamburg in November! 

Cost Plus World Market will be nestled between Total Wine & More and Half Price Books. The retailer, a subsidiary of Bed Bath & beyond with more than 250 stores nationwide, offers furniture, home décor, dinnerware, seasonal decorations, food and more. Whether luxury or every day, world-inspired or style-focused, World Market features an eclectic and sophisticated array of products perfect for any home. 

The World Market grand opening will be November 14th, just in time for the holiday season. There will be special customer discounts, giveaways, coupons, samples and more. The store will be located at 2321 Sir Barton Way #1060.

Business News:

CHI Saint Joseph Health Launches Affiliation with Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center

CHI Saint Joseph Health – Cancer Care Centers in Lexington and Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center have launched a formal affiliation to expand access to highly specialized cancer treatments, clinical expertise and research studies for patients in central Kentucky. 

“Our cancer care centers have a long history of providing high quality care for patients and we are pleased to enhance that care even further,” said Bruce Tassin, CEO, CHI Saint Joseph Health, and president, Saint Joseph Hospital. “This affiliation will give patients in central Kentucky access to physicians at Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center, which is ranked in the top 10 hospitals for cancer care nationally by US News & World Report.” 

The affiliation follows a rigorous review process of the care and services provided by CHI Saint Joseph Health – Cancer Care Centers. Among the benefits are a streamlined referral process and consultation on treatment options with Cleveland Clinic physicians. Oncologists with CHI Saint Joseph Health will present cases to the Cleveland Clinic tumor board, which will provide a consensus opinion to the Lexington physicians to incorporate into the treatment plan. 

“Our affiliation with CHI Saint Joseph Health will streamline access to second opinions for patients in central Kentucky,” said Brian Bolwell, MD, chairman of Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center. “We look forward to collaborating with CHI Saint Joseph Health oncologists to expand the number of patients we can help with advanced treatments and therapies.” 

CHI Saint Joseph Health – Cancer Care Centers provide a variety of support services, including a social worker at both Lexington locations who are involved with the patient throughout their cancer journey and support groups that meet regularly. The centers will soon add referral coordinators devoted to oncology services. These coordinators at the cancer center can walk patients through referrals and assist with scheduling to make it easier to access vital patient care.” Story courtesy of CHI Saint Joseph Health.

Around Town:

Kick Off the Holiday Season with The Square!

Surround yourself with stylish brands, distinctive dining and festive entertainment during The Square’s annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 29th from 3-8pm. As one of Lexington’s favorite holiday traditions, this event is one that you won’t want to miss! From live holiday music to the chance to get a surprise gift certificate, there’s so much festive fun to experience this year at The Square! 

Don’t miss activities and entertainment to delight every member of the family! In the atrium from 3-7pm, children can visit Father Christmas and receive an adorable elf hat (while supplies last). Create a keepsake holiday craft or ornament together while you enjoy live holiday music. Make a minimum $10 purchase from a participating store and bring the receipt to the atrium, where you will select a candy cane and get a gift certificate to one of The Square’s great shops or restaurants! 

Continue the memories with a visit to the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival in Triangle Park from 3-7pm! Guests can enjoy skating, listen to music and enjoy free children’s activities as the crowd waits for Santa and the mayor to light the tree. Between The Square’s Holiday Open House and the twinkling lights in Triangle Park, you will definitely want to be downtown on Friday, November 29th!