LouisvilleKY to host Kentucky’s largest beer festival this summer Thursday, Mar 23 2017 

Story and information from www.kycraftbash.com

Louisville, KY – On Saturday, June 24th, at Louisville Waterfront Park’s Festival Plaza, the Kentucky Guild of Brewers will host its first annual Kentucky Craft Bash.  The Kentucky Craft Bash will be the state’s largest beer festival that will only feature beers produced within the Commonwealth by Kentucky Craft Brewers.  This event will host over 30 Kentucky breweries featuring more than 70 varieties of beer.

Not only will there be favorite Kentucky brews, there will also be available experimental beers that will never go into widespread distribution, and beers rarely found outside of a brewery’s taproom or brewpub.  For one day this summer, Festival Plaza will transform into the largest most exclusive taproom in the nation!

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Third Turn Brewing- Jeffersontown, Ky.

23 Brewing- Prestonsburg, Ky.

Against The Grain- Louisville, Ky.

Akasha- Louisville, Ky.

Alltech Brewing- Lexington, Ky.

Apocalypse- Louisville, Ky.

Beer Engine- Danville, Ky.

Blue Stallion Brewing Co.- Lexington, Ky.

Braxton Brewing Co.- Covington, Ky.

Country Boy Brewing- Lexington, Ky.

Dry Ground Brewing Co.- Paducah, Ky.

Ethereal Brewing- Lexington, Ky.

Falls City- Louisville, Ky.

Gordon Biersch- Louisville, Ky.

Goodwood- Louisville, Ky.

Great Flood Brewing Co.- Louisville, Ky.

Holsopple- Louisville, Ky.

Hopkinsville Brewing Co.- Hopkisnville, Ky.

Jarfly Brewing Co.-Somerset, Ky.

Lemons Mill Brewery- Harrodsburg, Ky.

Mile Wide Beer Co.- Louisville, Ky.

Mirror Twin Brewing Co.- Lexington, Ky.

Monnik Beer Co.- Louisville, Ky.

Old Louisville Brewery- Louisville, Ky.

Paducah Beer Werks- Paducah, Ky.

Rock House Brewing- Lexington, Ky.

Rooster Brewing- Paris, Ky.

West Sixth Brewing- Lexington, Ky.

White Squirrel Brewery- Bowling Green, Ky.

Wooden Cask Brewing Co.- Newport, Ky.

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Seth Davis to come to LouisvilleKY to kick off the Kentucky Derby Festival Thursday, Mar 23 2017 

March 23, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – Seth Davis will go from March Madness to April Madness, as he helps kick-off this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival. Davis, an award-winning writer, broadcaster and best-selling author, will be the featured speaker at the 61st Annual They’re Off! Luncheon on Friday, April 21. The luncheon, first held in 1957, serves as the time-honored kick-off to each year’s Festival. It’s the second-oldest event on the Festival schedule.

 

“Like Derby Festival, March Madness tops the list of favorite times of year in Louisville and we know our basketball town will welcome Seth Davis as he helps kick-off this year’s celebration,” said Stacey Robinson, KDF EVP and Chief of Staff. “We know he’s a former Blue Devil, but we won’t hold it against him.”

Photo taken from Seth Davis Twitter Page

Photo taken from Seth Davis Twitter Page

The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Galt House East Hotel – site of the festive event since 1974. This year’s event will also feature the presentation of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Active Heroes Volunteer of the Year Award and the Fifth Third Bank Silver Horseshoe Award for service to the community. Tickets are $85 each or $680 for a table of eight. To purchase tickets or to get additional information, please call (502) 584-FEST or visit KDF.org.

 

A senior writer for Sports Illustrated, Davis also serves as a studio analyst for CBS and hosts The Seth Davis Show on Campus Insiders. Davis has been a contributor for CBS Sports’ coverage of NCAA Men’s Basketball since 2003 where he serves as an analyst on AT THE HALF®, the college basketball halftime show. Davis has also served as an analyst for CBS Sports Network since 2004. In 2004, Davis was a reporter for CBS Sports’ THE NFL TODAY. Davis is a regular contributor to SI.com, where he authors his popular “Hoop Thoughts” column and has contributed to the magazine’s “Golf Plus” since 1995.  Prior to joining Sports Illustrated, he spent three years at the New Haven Register, covering primarily local sports, the NFL, NBA and college basketball. Davis has authored three best-selling books,Equinunk, Tell Your Story: My Return to Summer Camp (2003), When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball (2009), and Wooden: A Coach’s Life (2014). Davis graduated from Duke University in 1992 with a degree in political science. He has performed stand-up comedy in various clubs throughout New York City. He currently resides in California with his wife and two sons.

 

Davis joins Jay Bilas, Kenny Mayne, Dick Vitale, Terry Bradshaw, Erin Andrews, Bill Walton, Archie Manning, Greg Gumbel, Magic Johnson, Julius Erving, Larry King, Bob Costas, Robin Roberts, Cawood Ledford, Phil Simms and Howard Cosell in a long list of luminaries who have entertained They’re Off! Luncheon audiences for the past 60 years.

 

Contributing sponsors for the event are Active Heroes, Fifth Third Bank, Kentucky Blood Center, and Kentucky Proud with Media Sponsor Business First.

 

Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together in celebration. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

 

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LouisvilleKY’s zoo throws another party for the planet Wednesday, Mar 22 2017 

Party for the Planet: A Month-Long Celebration of the Earth

LG&E and KU sponsor events throughout April;

$8.25 admission to the Zoo’s Earth Day celebration on April 30

 

The Louisville Zoo is throwing its annual bash for the Earth — Party for the Planet: a Month-Long Celebration of the Earth, powered by Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company. The month of April includes special activities: zoo keeper presentations, a regional art contest for students, $8.25 admission on April 30 and conservation-minded events every weekend.

 

“This is truly an incredible event for those in our community and visitors from all locations who come to enjoy it,” said LG&E and KU Director of Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs Angie Evans. “Not only does it offer fun for the whole family, but it puts focus of that fun around our magnificent planet and its wildlife and opens up a dialogue about how we can all play our part in protecting them.”

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Earth Day Festival

During the April 30 Earth Day Festival, guests can enjoy $8.25 admission and free parking at the Zoo courtesy of LG&E and KU.

 

Returning for its fifth year is Trashformation: a Trash-to-Treasure Recyclable Art Contest for students ranging from preschool through grade 12. This contest is open to individual students, groups or classes. New this year, the Zoo is partnering with the Louisville Orchestra’s MakingMUSIC Landfill Orchestra program sponsored by Fifth Third Bank and has added a new category encouraging students to create a playable musical instrument from recycled materials. Winners of the contest divisions will be announced and displayed at the Earth Month Kick-Off on April 1. Students submitting a musical instrument will be invited to participate in a jam session with their instruments led by Louisville Orchestra music director Teddy Abrams at the awards presentation press conference April 1 at 10:30 a.m.

 

Visit louisvillezoo.org/earth for full details about the entire month.

 

April Party for the Planet Activities

 

Saturdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 7:30- 11:30 a.m.

ZooPoopyDoo Compost and Mulch Sale

Get your garden ready for spring with our unique, high-quality ZooPoopyDoo compost and hardwood bark mulch. Compost is $40 per scoop. Mulch is $19.50 per scoop. Each scoop is 17.8 cubic feet. These products are now available for pre-purchase online at louisvillezoo.org/zoopoopydoo.

 

Saturday, April 1, 10:30 a.m.

Earth Month Kick-Off press conference and Trashformation Awards Ceremony

Mayor Fischer will announce winners for the Trashformation art contest and Louisville Orchestra music director Teddy Abrams will lead students who submitted entries in the musical instrument category in a jam session. Appearances by Louie the Lightning Bug from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Sunday, April 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ZooCycle featuring Eco-Cell

Help wild gorillas and clean your clutter for spring! Bring an old cell phone to recycle and receive a voucher for $2 off your next visit to the Zoo or $2 off a ride if you are a Zoo member.

 

Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

National Zoo Lovers Day featuring Clifford the Big Red Dog and NHC Health Fair

Visit the Louisville Zoo and show your support for Zoos and the great things they do every day of every year. Meet and Greet Clifford the Big Red Dog from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Norton Healthcare will provide screenings on the Zoo plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Sunday, April 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

ZooCycle featuring the Louisville Water Company and WaterStep shoe drive

Learn about water quality and the technology behind using the earth as a source for creating safe drinking water. Guests donating a pair of shoes to WaterStep will receive a voucher for $2 off your next visit to the Zoo or $2 off a ride if you are a Zoo member. WaterStep collects on average 30,000 pounds of shoes each month, so that’s 30,000 pounds of waste that is kept from going into landfills.

 

Monday, April 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fun Day Mondays

Guests can enjoy $5.25 general admission courtesy of LG&E and KU. There will be special zoo keeper talks and LG&E and KU’s Mini City display plus appearances by Louie the Lightning Bug from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Saturday, April 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Eggstravaganza

Meet and greet the Easter Bunny, enjoy some EGGcellent games and watch as our Zoo animals take part in some EGGstraordinary fun. Be sure to bring your basket and join us for egg hunts for children 11 and under.

 

Sunday, April 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ZooCycle featuring Eco-Cell

Help wild gorillas and clean your clutter for spring! Bring an old cell phone to recycle and receive a voucher for $2 off your next visit to the Zoo or $2 off a ride if you are a Zoo member.

 

Monday, April 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fun Day Mondays

Guests can enjoy $5.25 general admission courtesy of LG&E and KU. There will be special zoo keeper talks and LG&E and KU’s Mini City display plus appearances by Louie the Lightning Bug from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Backyard Action Hero Day

Learn how to become a Backyard Action Hero (BAH) —a kid or adult who is passionate about wildlife and habitats and is ready to take action to protect them. Pick up the Louisville Zoo’s most recent copy of the Backyard Action Hero Guidebook presented by Toyota to learn about city ecosystems and what you can do to keep your local ecosystem balanced and healthy for the good of plants, animals and people. The day features stations with docents and biofacts where you can get an up-close look at the plants and wildlife native to our home. Learn what you can do at home to help protect our wildlife and what actions the Zoo is taking to become more sustainable.

 

Monday, April 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fun Day Mondays

Guests can enjoy $5.25 general admission courtesy of LG&E and KU. There will be special zoo keeper talks and LG&E and KU’s Mini City display plus appearances by Louie the Lightning Bug from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Save the Frog Day featuring Froggy

Leap on over to the Zoo to learn more about amphibians and simple things you can do at home to help save frogs. Special guest Froggy from the Froggy book series will hop by for a meet and greet.

 

Sunday, April 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (enjoy the Zoo until 6 p.m.)

$8.25 admission all day, free parking

Eco-Partner displays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day with special keeper talks, more than 20 community eco-partner displays (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and $8.25 Zoo admission and free parking all day courtesy of Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company. Visit LG&E and KU’s Mini City display and see Louie the Lightning Bug mascot. Come join the fun and learn what you can do to help save our planet! Avoid the line and purchase discount tickets online at louisvillezoo.org

 

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The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company, part of the PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) family of companies, are regulated utilities that serve nearly 1.3 million customers and have consistently ranked among the best companies for customer service in the United States. LG&E serves 322,000 natural gas and 403,000 electric customers in Louisville and 16 surrounding counties. KU serves 546,000 customers in 77 Kentucky counties and five counties in Virginia. More information is available at www.lge-ku.com and www.pplweb.com.

 

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A new LouisvilleKY bourbon festival to be held in September Tuesday, Mar 21 2017 

Bourbon & Beyond: A New Bourbon, Food & Music Festival In-One Is Coming To Louisville September 23 & 24, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky., March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — In celebration and honor of the great state of Kentucky and its spirit and soul: bourbon, Danny Wimmer Presents is proud to announce the first-ever Bourbon & Beyond, a festival taking place on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. Blending the best elements of a bourbon festival, a food festival, and a music festival into an all-encompassing, unforgettable weekend, Bourbon & Beyond will be an enriching weekend featuring master distillers, Michelin-starred chefs, world-class musicians, and other craftsmen and craftswomen.

Full details on the experience will be announced soon. Please head to www.bourbonandbeyond.com and join the community in the meantime to stay up to date on the announcement plans.

In addition to the finest Kentucky bourbons, Bourbon & Beyond will partner with renowned local chefs and restaurants to deliver uniquely delectable creations. Various immersive bourbon experiences, interactive workshops, culinary demonstrations, and plenty of exciting surprises will run throughout the weekend. Additional nighttime events and tours will be available, as well as pre- and post-festival happenings extending into Louisville and the greater Kentucky area.

bourbon and beyond

Bourbon & Beyond’s goal is to produce the finest festival worthy of the finest spirit. With a history stretching back nearly to the founding of this great nation, bourbon is a congressionally-designated distinctive product of the United States – the only spirit to enjoy such protection. From Bourbon Country’s distilleries to Louisville’s legendary Urban Bourbon Trail, the soul of bourbon is prevalent throughout the great state of Kentucky. The “Bourbon” in Bourbon & Beyond unites the world together to celebrate the legacy and innovation of the spirit. The “Beyond” represents our inclusive approach and expansive vision in creating a truly groundbreaking festival. Altogether, Bourbon & Beyond is a celebration of craftsmanship, soul, and spirit.

For our love of bourbon.
For our love of Louisville.
Bourbon & Beyond.

About Danny Wimmer Presents
Since 1993, music industry veteran Danny Wimmer has been producing concerts and festivals, both large and small. In 2011, he formed Danny Wimmer Presents, which now produces several of the largest rock and alternative festivals in the U.S. By combining A-list talent with local cuisine and culture, DWP has become recognized within the industry for delivering the highest-quality entertainment experiences to fans, artists, sponsors, partners and host cities. DWP creates memorable and all-encompassing festival experiences, leaving both consumers and partners with lasting and meaningful impressions. DWP will continue to add new music festivals to its already stellar portfolio, which includes Rock On The Range, Monster Energy Aftershock Festival, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Louder Than Life, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, and Chicago Open Air, among others. www.DannyWimmerPresents.com

SOURCE Danny Wimmer Presents

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Priority tickets for LouisvilleKY’s Derby Festival Waterfront Jam concerts go on sale this week Wednesday, Mar 15 2017 

DERBY FESTIVAL OFFERS PRIORITY VIEWING FOR NATIONAL CONCERTS

 

March 15, 2017. Louisville, KY. – Music fans can be front row at their favorite Derby Festival Waterfront Jam concerts at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville. The Festival is offering Priority Viewing for their national concert series including Daya, Hunter Hayes, the Sugarhill Gang with special guest Grandmaster Dee featuring Kurtis Blow, and Jimmy Eat World. The Priority Viewing tickets will get fans special access to a private area right in front of the stage, but only 200 tickets are available. Tickets are $20 and go on sale Thursday, March 16, at KDF.org. Kroger sponsors the Waterfront Jam, along with Contributing Sponsor Miller Lite.

 

  • Daya on Friday with special guest Tryon, April 28, at 8 p.m. Media Sponsor: 98.9 Radio Now First time Grammy Winner for Best Dance Record “Don’t Let Me Down” with The Chainsmokers, the youngest member of Forbes’ annual 30 Under 30 list this year, and #5 on Billboard’s “21 under 21” list, Daya is a breakout pop musician. Her distinct vocals are climbing the charts after she released her highly anticipated gold-certified full length debut album, “Sit Still, Look Pretty,” featuring her first single, “Hide Away.”  Tryon will open the show.
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2016 Waterfront Jam

  • Hunter Hayes with special guest Carly Pearce on Saturday, April 29, at 8 p.m. Presenting Sponsor: 97.5 WAMZ. Singer, Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist, and five time Grammy Nominee, Hunter Hays has taken country music by storm with hit singles like “Wanted,” “I Want Crazy,” and “Somebody’s Heartbreak,” and his newest single, “Yesterday’s Song.” Opening the show is Kentucky native, Carly Pearce, who is sure to wow the crowd with her own style of contemporary country and bluegrass music.

 

  • Sugarhill Gang with special guests Grandmaster Dee featuring Kurtis Blow on Tuesday, May 2, at 8 p.m. Media Sponsors: B96.5, G105.1 and Magic 101.3.American hip hop group, the Sugarhill Gang will bring a blast from the past with 1979 hit single, “Rapper’s Delight.” Joining them is internationally renowned DJ, Grandmaster Dee, founding member of Whodini, and rap artist Kurtis Blow, known for landmark certified gold single, “The Breaks” and his single “Basketball.”

 

  • Jimmy Eat World with special guest Colony House on Thursday, May 4, at 8 p.m. Media Sponsor: 102.3 The Max. Jimmy Eat World, the American rockband from Mesa, Arizona, recently released their ninth studio album, Integrity Blues, which Rolling Stone called “some of the band’s most adventurous musical statement in years,” with hit single “Sure and Certain” and other gems including “You With Me,” “You Are Free” and the next single “Get Right.”  Colony House will open the show.  The concert is not one to miss.

 

Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville opens Thursday, April 27, for a nine-day run ending Derby Eve, Friday, May 5. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, except Sunday 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Admission is a 2017 Pegasus Pin. Kroger is title sponsor of the event, with contributing sponsor Miller Lite and media sponsor The Courier-Journal.
Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together in celebration. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

 

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LouisvilleKY’s Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. launches new spirit Wednesday, Mar 15 2017 

Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. launches “Blue Sky Mining” 7-year-old pure Muscat Brandy aged 30 months in Kentucky hogshead barrel

Limited edition release from Louisville distiller available this March

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 14, 2017) – – – Louisville-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. is launching limited release artisanal 7-year-old pure Muscat Brandy – Blue Sky Mining. Matured for 30 months in a single Kentucky hogshead barrel, the non-chill filtered spirit is unadulterated by any post distillation infusion of boisé (oak flavor or infusion) or caramel color for a natural color and natural flavor.

 

Blue Sky Mining will be launched March 24 with an event that matches the imagination and creativity of the liquid at Copper & Kings’ Butchertown distillery. Patrons will enjoy unique aerial arts performed by Louisville’s own aerialists, Suspend, who will also be serving elevated cocktails. The event also includes live music from Exacta Cube and bottle signings by local label artist AngryBlue. The $10 entry fee includes a Blue Sky Mining taste. The distillery will also open for after dark tours and food will be served along with a cash bar.

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Approximately 600 bottles (375mL each) will be produced and sold at the distillery and by request in a selection of superlative bars and liquor stores across the USA. The original fine art is painted by local Louisville artist AngryBlue.

“We are privileged to live in America,” said founder Joe Heron. “Blue Sky Mining is meant to reflect and celebrate what really makes America great – the imagination, the invention, that unique ability to dream big and then to actually mine that big blue sky of ideas and make beautiful things happen.”

 

“Wow, wow, wow – we couldn’t have dreamed this one up,” said head distiller Brandon O’Daniel. “It’s just spectacular, heavenly, easily some of the best liquid to come out of our basement cellar. Muscat de Alexandrie aromatics have always been spectacular, and this is illustrating that beautifully. The larger volume, 80-gallon hogshead, with used Bourbon staves and new American oak heads is a fantastic medium for brandy maturation – incredible polish that lets the fruit shine brightly, whilst still letting the oak impart its typical warmth and layered honey. I wish I could keep this one all to myself!”

 

Copper & Kings 3 Blue Sky Mining Pure Muscat Brandy (100 proof/50% ABV)

$40 per 375mL bottle

Appearance: Dark fall honey.

Aroma: Luscious tropical notes – melon, hibiscus. Quite bright with hints of roses.

Taste: Nice Muscat fresh grape juice, with a touch of ripe, bruised peach. Lightly spicy and lively.

Finish: Gorgeous creamy mouthfeel, silky with a lingering faint sweetness.

 

Copper & Kings also produces the following portfolio of fine distilled spirits:

 

Copper & Kings American Craft Distilled Brandy (90 proof/45% ABV) – $35/750 mL

Copper & Kings Butchertown Brandy (124 proof/45% ABV) – $60/750 mL

Copper & Kings Floodwall Apple Brandy (100 proof/50% ABV) – $45/750 mL
Copper & Kings Un-Aged Apple Brandy
(90 proof/45% ABV) – $30/750mL

Copper & Kings Immature Brandy (90 proof/45% ABV) – $30/750 mL

Copper & Kings Absinthe Blanche (130 proof/65% ABV) – $55/750 mL

 

Copper & Kings is available in 28 markets including: Arkansas, California, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Washington D.C.

 

About Copper & Kings American Brandy Co.:

Copper & Kings uses small batch copper pot-distillation to forge untraditional, non-derivative, pure pot-distilled American apple and grape brandies and absinthe that are non-chill filtered with no added sugar, colors, flavors or synthetic chemicals. The state-of-the-art distillery exclusively focuses on the distillation of brandy. Copper & Kings, located at 1121 E. Washington St. in Butchertown, is owned by beverage entrepreneurs Joe and Lesley Heron. Products are currently available in 28 markets across America. For more information, visit copperandkings.com or follow @CopperAndKings on Facebook and Twitter.

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LouisvilleKY student nabs 2nd Derby Festival Spelling Bee title Tuesday, Mar 14 2017 

 

March 11, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – 11-year-old Tara Singh of Louisville is a two-time champion after winning her second consecutive Derby Festival Spelling Bee. Singh also won the competition in 2016.  She correctly spelled “Gloxinia” – Any of several tropical South American plans of the genus Sinningia. The competition was held in the Bomhard Theater at the Kentucky Center for the Arts (501 W. Main Street in Louisville). Ashley DeVore of Fayette County, Kentucky, was runner-up in the competition among students from Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Tara Singh Spelling Bee Winner Photo 2

Singh represents Jefferson County Private Schools and is a 7th grade student at Louisville Classical Academy. This was her fourth year competing in the Derby Festival Spelling Bee. 61 students from 59 counties in Kentucky and Southern Indiana participated in today’s 24th annual Ford Motor Company Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee, going through 238 words, 10 full rounds and 1 championship round.

 

“I feel exhausted right now,” said Singh after being named champion of the bee. “I was definitely nervous. But, I love competing and am just honored to be here with all these other great spellers.” Singh will not get any time off from studying. She’ll compete in another bee next weekend in hopes of qualifying to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee this summer.

 

For today’s win, Singh received the John & Joan Murphy Memorial Scholarship Fund, a $10,000 savings bond at maturity from the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation, the Derby Festival’s charitable arm.  She also received a Britannica online subscription gift certificate, Blue Orange Games: Speedeebee, an Amazon.com gift card and a trophy. Singh will also have the opportunity to ride the Winner’s Float in the 62nd annual Republic Bank Pegasus Parade on May 4th.

 

Ashley DeVore received the Barbara Cox Memorial Scholarship, a $5,000 U.S. Savings Bond for finishing runner-up in the 24th annual competition. JC Hyde of Floyd County, Indiana, finished third, winning a $3,000 savings bond. Ava Chuppe of McCracken County finished fourth and received a $1,500 savings bond. Ariti Gani of Warren County finished fifth, winning a $1,000 savings bond. The prize money is provided by the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation – the Derby Festival’s charitable arm.

 

The Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee is sponsored by Ford Motor Company, with Media Sponsors Kentucky Monthly and 840WHAS.

 

The Derby Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation.  It entertains more than 1.5 million people annually. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

 

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LouisvilleKY’s Bellarmine and JCPS to host second annual STEAM Maker Faire for local students Monday, Mar 6 2017 

 

Louisville, KY., – The second Bellarmine-JCPS STEAM Maker Faire will take place Friday, April 21, 2017, from 6:00 to 9:00 at Bellarmine University’s SuRF Center. The free event will feature students (with project teachers and coaches) presenting their designs and creations based on the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) investigations they have learned as part of a partnership between Bellarmine University and Jefferson County Public Schools.

Last year’s event drew over 200 community visitors observing and participating in experiments involving topics such as robotics, coding and solar energy; while this year’s specific exhibits promise to be a surprise, organizers anticipate double the number of attendees this year.

“The idea of a maker faire is to give an opportunity to showcase the DOING of STEAM and get people excited,” says Dr. Kristin Cook, who co-directs the project with fellow Bellarmine school of education professor Dr. Sarah Bush.

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Jcps

The centerpiece of the maker faire will be the work of students from the five elementary schools involved in the two-year STEAM program—Alex R. Kennedy, Bowen, Brandeis, Field and Tully—although all ages are welcome to join in the fun. True to the concept of a maker faire, there will be opportunities for participants to partake in hands-on creating.

Lest the arts be overlooked in STEAM, Cook says it is the current of humanity and community that runs through the entire undertaking: “Art comes in a lot of forms,” Cook says. “It goes beyond arts and crafts. It is about performance and thinking about empathy, thinking about expression. The arts are infused [in STEAM] in a variety of ways. We use problem-based inquiries using the design thinking framework to connect artists and engineers,” she offers as an explanation. In other words, she says, “students solve real-world, authentic problems in the community. It’s getting into the minds of those you’re designing for, and starting with empathy.”

From whatever angle attendees approach the maker faire, there promises to be something for everyone from the curious beginner to the experienced professional—and it’s happening right here in our schools. “There are lots of really cool things going on at the district level that people can replicate,” Cook says.

The Bellarmine-JCPS STEAM Maker Faire will also include three key informal learning partners on the project: the Kentucky Science Center, the Speed Art Museum, and the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.

For more information on the Bellarmine-JCPS STEAM Maker Faire, e-mail Dr. Cook at kcook@bellarmine.edu.

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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Ever Fehr’s, a Fun Dentist, War on Louisville Fight, Seinfeldia Friday, Mar 3 2017 

On Saturday, this erratic and entertaining flock of Cardinals takes on Notre Dame at the Yum! Center in the regular season finale, and Mangok Mathiang, David Levitch and Tony Hicks will be introduced here for the last time. Let’s hope they’re as impressive as they were last Sunday against Syracuse (a pic from my seat is above) and not the mistake-prone bunch that lost at Wake Forest a few days later.

in studio with Marianne Zickuhr

in studio with Marianne Zickuhr

That’s just one of several big events planned for the weekend. I’ll be attending opening night at Actors Theatre for the new Humana Festival play “I Now Pronounce.” It sounds promising, focusing on tragedy and comedy at a wedding. On Saturday, you can celebrate Festivus, and make other Seinfeld-related jokes, at an event featuring the composer of the award-winning show music and a woman who wrote the comprehensive book about the show. Listen to this week’s Rusty and hear from the organizer of Seinfeldia and my co-host, Marianne Zickuhr.

Also on Saturday, the fine folks who operate the Red Barn Kitchen are offering their first brunch. Chef Reed Johnson (now the defending Gravy Cup champ) will do it up right, of course. And it will continue both Saturday and Sunday for the foreseeable future. So next time you can’t think of a place to go for weekend brunch, there you go.

Take a listen to my interview with my dentist, Dr. Shawn Moore. He’s up on all things tech, and has opened a new practice in the Caribbean, meaning he has to go there every single month. Also, Bill Hollander is making his mark as a Metro Councilman, heading up the Dem Caucus and fighting the good fight against the evil forces out in the state who are trying to make decisions on how we should run our city and schools.

RUSTY SATELLITE SHOW

Jeff Faith

Jeff Faith

I think you’ll really be entertained by this week’s episode of EatDrinkTalk. My interview is with a really unique guy — musician, airplane mechanic and home brewer Jeff Faith, who bought the Fehr’s Beer brand three years ago and is now serving it up at the Akasha Brewery in NuLu. Plus, Steve Coomes has a great story from Jenn Desjardins, who worked her way through school in the hospitality business, and is now running the new bartending program at Copper & Kings. Plus, Steve and I have our regular helping of news, and we talk about our favorites from the week (mine involved biscuits and gravy).

Also on the site, you can read about my experience at Mercato Italiano in Norton Commons, and the decision by management at Fourth Street Live! to market to locals.

Listen in:

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Have a great weekend, y’all!

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Tickets for LouisvilleKY’s biggest festival go on sale this week Wednesday, Mar 1 2017 

 

March 1, 2017. Louisville, KY. – Tickets for Kentucky Derby Festival events go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 3. To purchase tickets order online at KDF.org 24 hours/7 days a week. For questions, call the Derby Festival Hotline at (502) 584-FEST.

 

“We have another packed line-up of events to look forward to this spring,” said Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President & CEO.  “Many of our ticketed events sell out quickly, so we encourage Festival Fans to purchase their tickets early so they don’t miss out.”

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Tickets to these events on sale on Friday, March 3:

  • Macy’s Presents the Spring Fashion Show on March 30 (Lounge Tickets Only)
  • The Fillies Derby Ball on April 8
  • King Southern Bank Bourbonville on April 13
  • Derby Festival Basketball Classic* presented by Papa John’s on April 15
  • They’re Off! Luncheon on April 21
  • Thunder Over Louisville VIP Rooftop Party on April 22
  • Running Wild Pasta Party on April 28
  • Kentucky Proud WineFest on May 2 and May 3
  • BeerFest presented by American Founders Bank on May 3
  • Great Steamboat Race on the Belle of Louisville and Belle of Cincinnati** on May 3
  • Republic Bank Pegasus Parade on May 4

 

In 2017, all Derby Festival event tickets also feature a special offer from Louisville City FC, including discounts on season tickets.

 

*Tickets for the Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by Papa John’s can ONLY be purchased at TicketMaster locations, Ticketmaster.com, or by calling (800) 745-3000 or the Freedom Hall box office at (502) 367-5144. TicketMaster convenience fee will be added to all outlet, internet and phone orders.

 

**Tickets on the Belle of Cincinnati for the Great Steamboat Race can ONLY be purchased through BB Riverboats at BBRiverboats.com or by calling (800)-261-8586.

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