In Other News… Col. Sanders replaced, KY employees outed in Ashley Madison hack, J-Law highest paid actress Friday, Aug 21 2015 

macdonald colonelDouble Down: Back in July, we talked about the new KFC ads starring Darrell Hammond as Colonel Sanders. Reaction ranged from weird to downright creepy. According to CNN, The Huffington Post, Fortune and The Hollywood Reporter, Hammond has been supplanted … Continue reading

KMAC Announces Major Renovation, Completed 2016 Friday, Aug 14 2015 

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC) announces major renovation plan to be completed in Spring 2016. After 35 years of artist support, exhibitions, educational programs, and community building, the newly designed museum will increase public space and open opportunities for continued growth. Renovation plans aim to meet ambitious 2016 goals to engage 10,000 … Continue reading KMAC Announces Major Renovation, Completed 2016

Episode 101: Brad Williams – Brew at the Zoo Tuesday, Aug 11 2015 

It seems like only 51 episodes ago that Brad Williams was on talking about what to expect at Brew at the Zoo. Hey wait…it WAS 51 episodes ago. He’s back this year with all new information, in what will be, a brand NEW Brew at the Zoo: Version 2015. If you’ve attended BatZ (as the

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Hite/KMAC Summer Fellow Explores the Permanent Collection Monday, Jul 20 2015 

By Hunter Kissel, Hite/KMAC Curatorial Fellow for Summer 2015 Hunter has completed his first year in graduate school pursing a dual Master in Public Administration/Master of Arts in Critical and Curatorial Studies at the Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville; he is a native Louisvillian. I received my undergraduate degree from Transylvania University in Studio Art last … Continue reading Hite/KMAC Summer Fellow Explores the Permanent Collection

#ArtIs building a stronger, more vibrant community Wednesday, Jun 24 2015 

Art-is-the-power2give-sliderThe Arts are everywhere and on Friday June 26th they will be in your hands. Literally. We’ve created a one-day experience to bring the Arts to you, to your computer, to your smartphone, to reach a new level of accessibility … Continue reading

NiFi, a new music festival comes to the Kentucky Speedway! Friday, Jun 12 2015 

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SPARTA, KY – JUNE 11, 2015 – Nitro Fidelity in association with Kentucky Speedway are excited to announce the single day lineup for inaugural NiFi Festival.

Single day tickets will also be available beginning Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 10am est via nififest.com. The single day tickets can be purchased at an incredibly low introductory offer of $69 while supplies last or until June 30, 2015. After introductory tickets are sold out, the price for a single day ticket will be available for $99. Three-day tickets are still available for $199. AN Ignited One Day Pass is also available for $275.

The three-day NiFi Festival will be taking place August 28 – 30, 2015 at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY, centrally located near Cincinnati, Louisville and Lexington, and within easy driving distance of a number of major municipalities including Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Charleston, Knoxville, St. Louis, Nashville, Indianapolis and Columbus. Nitro Fidelity has partnered with Huka Entertainment and AJ Niland to curate a range of artists from multiple genres. The all-star line up will include over 40 artists: Green Day, Kings of Leon, Miranda Lambert, Brantley Gilbert, Jake Owen, Weezer, Hank Williams, Jr. and more. The full lineup is below. General Admission and Ignited (VIP) tickets go on sale on May 28, 10am eastern via nififest.com.

Besides world-class music performances, NiFi will also be offering an incomparable food and beverage experience that will include local chefs, food trucks, brewers and distillers.

Local superstar chef, the James Beard Award nominated Edward Lee will be featured as the culinary headliner.

General admission tickets will include three-day access and complimentary car camping.

Optional tent camping and RV upgrades will be available. An “Ignited Pass” will include three-day access and preferred camping as well as entry to the Ignited Lounge with complimentary drinks, menu by Chef Edward Lee and activities as well as exclusive viewing areas and more. The “Headliner Experience” will include a fully loaded tour bus plus personal concierge and gourmet meals.

NiFi will have three music stages, including one that is dedicated solely to emerging talent. All events will be held in the infield of the speedway in order to allow patrons to get the most out of the infrastructure and benefits of the venue. The incredible music is sure to make for an epic three-day weekend that will feature multiple lodging options, an elevated food and beverage program as well as a variety of dynamic activities.

Additional lineup announcements and a daily schedule of artists will be available soon.

For the latest NiFi news and updates, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/nififest

The inaugural NiFi Festival daily lineups:

FRIDAY

Green Day

Hank Williams, Jr.

Flogging Molly

Trace Adkins

Joe Nichols

Jana Kramer

Preservation Hall

Jazz Band

Bully

Drake White & The Big Fire

Rayland Baxter

Native Run

David Fanning

Dean Alexander

The Marcus King Band

SATURDAY

Kings of Leon

Weezer

Spoon

Josh Turner

Benjamin Booker

Built to Spill

Cloud Nothings

The Orwells

Charlie Worsham

Brooke Eden

MamaDear

Firekid

LEVON

SUNDAY

Miranda Lambert

Brantley Gilbert

Jake Owen

Gov’t Mule

Bleachers

The New Pornographers

Joy Formidable

Black Lips

Moon Taxi

Jon Pardi

Nikki Lane

Jacob Davis

Tucker Beathard

Walker County

Enjoy the Heaven & Evan Tour From Bardstown to Louisville Tuesday, May 5 2015 

May 5, 2015 Louisville, KY – Having a well-rounded, palette-pleasing bourbon experience doesn’t have to take an entire day. Bourbon lovers can now sign up for Heaven & Evan, a unique exclusive tour and tasting experience organized by Mint Julep Tours. The experience transports you from downtown to nearby Bardstown and back in just five and a half hours, making it the perfect option for people looking to maximize their time.

For just $175 per person, you have the opportunity to visit two staples of The Kentucky Bourbon Trail—Heaven Hill’s Bourbon Heritage Center in Bardstown, Kentucky, and the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in downtown . Along the way, you will interact with master distillers and taste some of the world’s finest bourbons, including some that are exclusive to each of the properties.

Heaven & Evan will take place on Friday, June 19 and Friday, September 25. On both dates, the event begins at 4 p.m. and ends at approximately 9:30 p.m.

The unforgettable experience begins at The Galt House, where Mint Julep Tours will pick you up and transport you to Heaven Hill’s Bourbon Heritage Center. Once there, you can whet your appetite with heavy appetizers and specialty cocktails before partaking in an intimate bourbon tasting held inside a working rickhouse of America’s largest independent, family-owned producer of bourbon. Master Distiller Denny Potter will lead the tasting, which will include Larceny and William Heaven Hill Bottled-In-Bond, a product available exclusively at the Bourbon Heritage Center. While inside the rickhouse, guests will also be given the rare opportunity to pull and taste Elijah Craig 12-Year-Old Bourbon straight from a barrel utilizing a Whiskey Thief.

“We are excited to partner with Mint Julep Tours to showcase each of the Heaven Hill visitor centers featured on the world famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail®.  Through the Heaven & Evan event, guests will not only develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation for our native spirit, but they will also be provided with a unique opportunity to interact with distillers one-on-one, and enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience complete with behind-the-scenes access and offerings that are not typically available to the public,” stated Larry Kass, Director of Trade Relations for Heaven Hi

After your experience at the Bourbon Heritage Center, Mint Julep Tours will transport you back to to the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. There, inside the Prohibition-Era Speakeasy Lounge, guests will be treated to additional heavy appetizers, desserts and specialty cocktails. Artisanal Distiller Charlie Downs will lead a bourbon tasting that includes Evan Williams Single Barrel and two premium offerings: Evan Williams 12-Year-Old, a new product available exclusively at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, and Evan Williams 23-Year-Old, which normally retails for $289 per bottle.

The night wraps with a guided tour of the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, during which everyone will get the opportunity to sign a barrel of bourbon. As a keepsake, guests will receive a complimentary specialty-labeled bottle of Evan Williams Single Barrel signed by Master Distiller Denny Potter and Artisanal Distiller Charlie Downs.

Guests will be transported back to The Galt Hotel via a tour bus at 9:30 p.m. Heaven & Evan is limited to 23 guests per night, making it an intimate experience that any bourbon lover will not soon forget. Learn more: http://mintjuleptours.com/exclusive-experiences/

ABOUT MINT JULEP TOURSMint Julep Tours is a -based tour, transportation and event planning company with a mission statement that represents the primary purpose of the company: “The purpose of fun is to have some”. Tours include: The City of , Private Horse Farms, Bourbon Distilleries along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and special customized corporate outings and events. Specialty horse and bourbon-related gifts are available at the Mint Julep Tours retail store inside the Galt House, Rivue Tower at 140 North 4th Street Suite 326, , KY 40202.

For more information, visit: www.mintjuleptours.com, call 502-583-1433 or emailinfo@mintjuleptours.com.

Jobless Rate Drops in Every Kentucky County Tuesday, Apr 21 2015 

From Ky.gov…

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Annual unemployment rates were lower in all 120 Kentucky counties in 2014 than in 2013, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

“Even though economic opportunities vary across the state, 2014 proved to be an extraordinary year with all 120 counties posting an improvement in the unemployment rate,” said economist Manoj Shanker of the OET.  “The greatest improvement in percentage points was in the coal counties of eastern Kentucky. This is the first time since at least 1990 that all the counties have had a drop in the unemployment rate.”

The annual jobless rate for Woodford County was the lowest in the Commonwealth in 2014 at 4.5 percent. It was followed by Fayette and Oldham counties, 4.8 percent each; Scott and Shelby counties, 5 percent each; Owen County, 5.1 percent; Boone and Campbell counties, 5.2 percent each; and Anderson, Jessamine and Spencer counties, 5.3 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest annual unemployment rate in 2014 — 14 percent. It was followed by Harlan County, 13.9 percent; Leslie County, 12.8 percent; Letcher County, 12.3 percent; Breathitt County, 11.6 percent; Clay, Elliott and Jackson counties, 11.5 percent each; Wolfe County, 11.3 percent; and Knott County, 11.2 percent. In 2014, 19 counties had annual rates at or above 10 percent compared to 36 counties in 2013.

Counties with the largest decline in annual unemployment rates from 2013 to 2014 were Leslie County, -4.9 percentage points; Letcher County, -4.4 percentage points; Knott County, -4.3 percentage points; Harlan County, -4.1 percentage points; and Perry County, -3.7 percentage points.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The statistics in this news release are not seasonally adjusted to allow for comparisons between United States, state and counties figures. The statistics in this news release may be revised in the future.

A separate report issued in February showed that the unemployment rate dipped to 4.8 percent in the Louisville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)  during the fourth quarter.wellness_worksite

Rand Paul Set to Announce Presidential Campaign in Louisville KY Tuesday, Apr 7 2015 

Rand Paul, the U.S. Senator from Kentucky, is expected to announce his candidacy for the Presidency at the Galt House in Louisville today at Noon.  Over the rest of the week, he plans to barnstorm the four early voting states — New Hampshire, South Carolina, Iowa and Nevada — in a “Stand with Rand” tour.

He released the video here in advance of the announcement, which mixes news clips from sources as diverse as Newt Gingrich and Jon Stewart.

“On April 7, one leader will stand up to defeat the Washington machine and unleash the American Dream” reads the screen in the video.

 

Madness is Here in Louisville KY, UK in Action Thursday night: Cards, Hoosiers on Friday afternoon Monday, Mar 16 2015 

Time to tune out if you’re not into college hoops. Louisville KY is not the #1 rated market for watching basketball on TV for nothing. The top overall seed, Kentucky, will play late Thursday night in Louisville KY’s KFC Yum! Center. Louisville’s Cardinals are a #4 seed, and open Friday (on TBS) at 4:10 with UC-Irvine’s Anteaters in Seattle. Indiana made the big show as a #10 seed, and play Wichita State in Omaha Friday at 2:45 on CBS. Make your “get-out-of-w0rk” plans now for Friday.

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 6.26.11 AMAnd who’s coming to Louisville, along with Kentucky? Cincinnati and Purdue face off Thursday in an 8/9 matchup for the opportunity to play UK. South Region games played here will be a 3/14 contest between Iowa State and Alabama-Birmingham, followed by #11 UCLA and #6 SMU.

Winners from those games play on Saturday. If you’re looking for tickets, you can find them from your friendly neighborhood scalper. Kentucky fans will be dominant at Yum all weekend.

Games will be televised on four stations, so it’s time to find out where on your cable system that TruTV, TNT and TBS are located, along with CBS, WLKY-TV in Louisville. That station gets the highest ratings in the country for the tournament every year.

Here’s a link to the official printable bracket. Best of luck in your office pool.

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