The Kentucky Derby – The one with all the memes

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The two weeks leading up to the first Saturday in May are the most fun and exciting times to be in Louisville, KY. It’s Derby time here and the city is buzzing… If you’ve never experienced Derby, you should put it on your bucket list. You won’t regret it.  [Read more…]

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Fund for the Arts Showcase & Campaign Kickoff!

I was lucky to be invited to the annual Fund for the Arts Showcase and Campaign Kickoff and was delighted to accept! Louisville may seem like a small town to many but we have one of the best arts scenes in the country. Symphony, Theatre, Dance, Opera, etc. Louisville has it all and is always a stop along the way for any tour that happens to be cruising the country/world.

Growing up as a dancer in Louisville, I was lucky enough to be surrounded by so many avenues that supported the arts. I was fortunate to attend and graduate from the Youth Performing Arts School, do commercials for Stage One, attend performances by Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, and get tickets to many, many shows that came to the Kentucky Center for the Arts. I still take classes at the Louisville Ballet School. The arts are kind of a big deal to me.

The bigger this fund gets, 
the more arts, the more arts jobs, the more arts education 
for those living in and around this city! 
Here’s a look at the event: 

My girlfriend, Abby was there as well! 
A fellow dancer who works the Kentucky Center.

First up, a performance by the Louisville Youth Choir

“Oh Freedom” by the Kentucky Opera

A scene from The Nutcracker, by the Louisville Ballet
I was so enthralled by the dancing, I almost forgot to shoot a photo! 
Took this at the last second.

A scene from Hamlet by Kentucky Shakespeare

Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal was so much fun
when performed by the Louisville Youth Orchestra 
Actors Theatre of Louisville presenting a scene from 
Pirates of Penzance – which I hear is hilarious! 

An excellent performance by the children from Walden Theatre
And Mr. Jenkins from the Louisville Visual Art Association
who started with this: 
And by the end of the performance had this: 
Lastly, Louisville native, Andrea Davidson
And no event like this is complete without a stop to the sponsor backdrop. 
(Amanda was my date to the event.)

And we’ll just go ahead and throw in a selfie for good measure…
Lastly, I believe I’ll switch my title to “Internet Journalist.”
; ) 
To donate to the Fund for the Arts, click here
and support the connection of the 
people of this community with the creative world. 
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Fund for the Arts Showcase & Campaign Kickoff!

I was lucky to be invited to the annual Fund for the Arts Showcase and Campaign Kickoff and was delighted to accept! Louisville may seem like a small town to many but we have one of the best arts scenes in the country. Symphony, Theatre, Dance, Opera, etc. Louisville has it all and is always a stop along the way for any tour that happens to be cruising the country/world.

Growing up as a dancer in Louisville, I was lucky enough to be surrounded by so many avenues that supported the arts. I was fortunate to attend and graduate from the Youth Performing Arts School, do commercials for Stage One, attend performances by Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, and get tickets to many, many shows that came to the Kentucky Center for the Arts. I still take classes at the Louisville Ballet School. The arts are kind of a big deal to me.

The bigger this fund gets, 
the more arts, the more arts jobs, the more arts education 
for those living in and around this city! 
Here’s a look at the event: 

My girlfriend, Abby was there as well! 
A fellow dancer who works the Kentucky Center.

First up, a performance by the Louisville Youth Choir

“Oh Freedom” by the Kentucky Opera

A scene from The Nutcracker, by the Louisville Ballet
I was so enthralled by the dancing, I almost forgot to shoot a photo! 
Took this at the last second.

A scene from Hamlet by Kentucky Shakespeare

Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal was so much fun
when performed by the Louisville Youth Orchestra 
Actors Theatre of Louisville presenting a scene from 
Pirates of Penzance – which I hear is hilarious! 

An excellent performance by the children from Walden Theatre
And Mr. Jenkins from the Louisville Visual Art Association
who started with this: 
And by the end of the performance had this: 
Lastly, Louisville native, Andrea Davidson
And no event like this is complete without a stop to the sponsor backdrop. 
(Amanda was my date to the event.)

And we’ll just go ahead and throw in a selfie for good measure…
Lastly, I believe I’ll switch my title to “Internet Journalist.”
; ) 
To donate to the Fund for the Arts, click here
and support the connection of the 
people of this community with the creative world. 
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Kentucky Lounging

Last week, this guy rode into Louisville 
on a stop on his 2 month motorcycle trip around the country. 
This is my buddy, Mark and his bike: 
He wanted a few days of lounging around, 
so being the great, accommodating host that I am,
I took a couple days off (sorta) and we did just that. 
Park walking, 
creek wading, 
rock skipping,
 back patio sitting,
 river road bike riding, 
etc. 
Captain’s Quarters on the river, in the middle of the day: 

You don’t know this, but here’s a talent of mine: 
Classy, I know. 

And one of our evenings hanging with the dogs in the backyard… 
This is my thinking pose:

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Big Events in the Bluegrass…

I’m not sure if you guys are aware, but it’s a pretty wild time in the Bluegrass this time of year… 

First, yesterday was my mother’s birthday. 
To the best woman I know, Happy Birthday! 

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Second, Derby is in the air! 

The big race will take place in 5 weeks and the opening ceremonies will kick off in 3 weeks! I participated in one of the many fashion events that happen this month – Calospa’s Winning Derby Looks event, benefitting Churchill Down’s Backside Learning Center.  Get ready for hat season, ladies…

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and lastly, The UK/UL Game!

The two biggest (and best) college basketball teams in the state, who happen to also be HUGE rivals, University of Louisville and University of Kentucky, are playing tomorrow in the NCAA Final Four. It’s kind of a big deal here.

Approximately half of my known friends/family are heading to NOLA for the games and I’m a little jealous. But only a little, because UK and UL fans are known to rumble a little bit when they’re playing each other. Especially when there’s alcohol involved. Did you guys hear about the two guys that got into a fight while they were each receiving dialysis? Wow. So I’ll be watching safely, from Buffalo, NY.

Happy Friday! 
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Kickass Tunes: The Mend

Who loves kickass, folksy tunes? ME. 
Especially when they’re written and performed by kickass people… and especially when those peeps are from Kentucky… and really especially when I happen to know the artist personally, and can vouch for his awesomeness.
May I present: 
So sit back, 
kick your feet up, 
pretend you’re in Kentucky for a hot second, 
and have a listen: 
*my fave is #9 
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WINNERS.
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Talk Derby To Me…

I’m not sure if you’re aware, but here in Louisville, KY, on the first Saturday in May, we hold this little event/party called THE KENTUCKY DERBY. And it’s here again. This weekend. It’s kind of a big deal. And I’m home (meaning I’m living in KY, not CA, like the past 4 years).

The Derby Festival lasts for 3 weeks. It starts with Thunder Over Louisville, a HUGE fireworks show, and includes events like the Pegasus Parade, the Great Steamboat Race, and the ever-famous Chow Wagon. That’s right, people. That’s right.
And it’s going to be fantastic. F’ing fantastic. If y’all want to come down and hang, you let me know. I’ll be here. I’ll even make you a Mint Julip. ; )
I’ve been prepping all week because the entire city shuts down for it and nobody works tomorrow (Oaks Day) soooo I’ve had to get a lot of stuff done in three and half days, which is why you haven’t heard from me all week. Sorry ’bout that. Images 1, 2, 3, and 4. Cinco de Mayo today, Oaks Day tomorrow, Derby on Saturday… Go Baby Go!
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Bittersweet Change

So it is official: We are leaving. My husband, Conrad (pictured here) and I are leaving San Diego and making our way east. We have found jobs in Louisville, Kentucky and will be relocating in 3 weeks! A tough decision to make but one that we think will end up being the best for us in the long run. We’ll be getting closer to some family but farther away from other family. We’ll miss the beach and the great friends we’ve made but are looking forward to re-connecting with old friends and making new ones. My friends, Jason and Jenn Burton have a quote on their website from Helen Keller that sums it up perfectly. “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”

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