Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Muhammad Ali Center

The Muhammad Ali Center, located in its namesake's hometown of Louisville, is an exciting modern museum venue that shares the story of boxing's "The Greatest".

Visitors to the center begin their experience in a five screen multimedia theater with the film "If you Can Dream," narrated by James Earl Jones and Maya Angelou.
From there guests begin their walk through the multi-floor space to learn about Ali's early years, his rise to fame, and the struggles of the civil rights era. The museum has unique displays that engage visitors including watching excerpts of  Ali's boxing matches projected onto a regulation size boxing ring that was used in the Will Smith movie, "Ali."
Interactive displays give visitors a glimpse into the strength and athleticism it takes to be a world champion boxer. Guests can punch boxing bags and try to keep up with Ali in a projection video, or train with his daughter Laila in an interactive video in the boxing ring.  
The museum truly has something for everyone, and whether you know a little or a lot about Muhammad Ali, you will leave the Ali Center with an understanding of not only the great contributions Ali gave to the world of boxing, but on a higher level his contributions to the world as a great inspirational leader.
Be sure not to miss the mosaic facade of the building as you leave! 
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Hours: Sunday: 12:00-5:00pm
            Monday: closed
            Tuesday-Saturday: 9:30am-5:00pm
            Last recommended arrival time is 3:30pm, last tickets sold at 4:15pm.
            Adults: $9.00
            Seniors (65+) $8.00
            Military and students with ID $5.00
            Children ages 6-12 $4.00
            Children age 5 and under are free.
There is a parking garage available adjacent to the Center.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Wigwam Drive-In, local favorite since 1957

The Wigwam Drive-In in Ravenna is one of those places that has the best of everything a local diner has to offer. Located on a small intersection of curvy roads in Estill County, the Wigwam has been serving curb side and eat-in favorites to hungry patrons for over fifty years.
Known as the Home of the Country Boy, this double patty cheeseburger is worthy of its name plaque over the door. If you still have room for dessert, there is often a selection of homemade desserts to choose that are nearly impossible to turn down!

Whether you are a local regular, or you're just passing through, the Wigwam is a welcome place that is a nostalgic example of America's roadside diners of the past.

Monday - Thursday 7am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday 7am - 10pm
Sunday 8am - 9pm

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wagner's Pharmacy, a Churchill Downs Tradition Since 1922

Located across from Churchill Downs, Wagner's Pharmacy has been a Louisville landmark since 1922. This old fashioned pharmacy, known for its fountain counter and diner, has been serving up hot food for horse trainers, breeders, owners and race fans for a large part of the track's history.

Open Monday through Saturday, Wagner's offers a great hot breakfast menu of omelets, pancakes, bacon and hashbrowns. When the cook asks if you're sure you really want to order the Pam and Jack omelet featured in the Bobby Flay throwdown, you should listen! The four egg, three meat, two cheese, tomato, onion, and green pepper omelet is so large it hangs off of the plate. Starting at 11 a.m. the lunch menu offers a tasty variety of soups, sandwiches and classic burger platters.

While at first glance the building may not seem enticing on the outside, it is the perfect fit for a racetrack pharmacy diner that has been feeding the appetites of horsemen and women for over ninety years. With almost every inch of wall space lined with Kentucky Derby memorabilia, Wagner's is a must do stop for anyone interested in Churchill Downs history.
Restaurant hours: Monday thorough Friday, 8:00 a.m-2:30 p.m., Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Yuko-En on the Elkhorn

Yuko-En on the Elkhorn is a Japanese style strolling garden interpreted in the bluegrass landscape. Located near the banks of the Elkhorn Creek in Georgetown, the garden is free and open to the public daily. At almost six acres, the garden consists of a gravel walking trail that weaves in and out of Japanese influenced landscape features, including a large pond with water lilies, waterfalls, sculptures and footbridges. Georgetown is home to a large Toyota manufacturing plant, and as the official Kentucky-Japan friendship garden, Yuko-En is a symbol of the importance of Japanese culture in the bluegrass region.

Visitors who prefer a guided walk can call ahead to schedule a group tour. Yuko-En also offers regular demonstrations and classes such as Raku firings in the kiln house and clay workshops. In addition, the garden hosts the Cherry Blossom/ Redbud festival in April, and the Kiku Matsuri/ Chrysanthemum festival in October.

Be sure to check the website for the latest events.
Hours: Open daily from dawn to dusk, year round.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Zoo Walkers Walking Club

Did you know that the Louisville Zoo has a walking program that offers visitors the chance to visit the zoo before it opens? And it's free! The Zoo Walkers club runs from March through October, and features a 1.1 mile paved walking loop marked with directional signage. Guests have the opportunity to glimpse many animals as they are still peacefully lounging, while their keepers make daily preparations for the opening of the zoo.
Although not all of the animals may be awake and out for viewing, the loop features a wide range of species including, lions, flamingos, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, rhinos, sea lions and even a polar bear! The walking trail also has great horticultural interest with a variety of plant species comprising the habitats for the many zoo creatures.  

Whether you're an animal lover and want a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of normal zoo hours, or you are looking for a different setting for some weekly exercise, the Zoo Walkers club is sure to be enjoyed by all!  

Schedule: While the zoo is open to visitors year round, the walking club runs March 1- October 31, Monday- Saturday, 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Additional evening hours are available in June and July from 6-8 p.m. All guests are asked to enter and sign in through the administration offices to the right of the main gates. Guests should sign out upon leaving by the end times listed. Please call the number on the website in advance to request free Zoo Walker membership passes.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Ballet Under the Stars

Each year during the first weekend in August, the lush tree canopy of Lexington's Woodland Park serves as the backdrop for Ballet Under the Stars. Featuring performers from both the Lexington Ballet Company and the Kentucky Ballet Theatre, this event has been popular for over 20 years.

The lawn in front of the stage is sectioned off into blanket seating or lawn chair seating areas, and guests may choose to pack a picnic or purchase concessions available on site. As the sun sets and the fireflies come out in the park, Ballet Under the Stars becomes a magical event that is a favorite for all ages. 

The 2012 show will run August 2-5.  The pre-show ballet begins at 8pm, with the main curtain at 9pm. Admission is available at the gate: $5.00 per person, children age three and under are free.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Goodfellas Pizzeria

Tucked into the storefront of a historic building in the heart of downtown Lexington, Goodfellas Pizzeria offers hungry patrons some of the biggest, freshest slices of New York style pizza around.

Visitors can order a whole pizza or stop in and order by the slice. Popular with the business crowd for their lunch special, Goodfellas is equally busy as a late night break from the nightlife.

The restaurant is standing room only inside, but offers table and chair seating on the sidewalk. Each slice of pizza is so big it's served up on not one, but two paper plates, so be sure to bring your appetite!

Open:  Monday-Wednesday 11am-9pm
            Thursday-Friday 11am-3:30am
            Saturday 5pm-3:30am 
            Closed Sunday

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Keeneland Concours d'Elegance

Each year in July, the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance hosts one of the finest collector automobile shows in the region.  The event takes place on the beautiful grounds of Lexington's famous Keeneland Race Track, which serves as the perfect setting to showcase these fantastic vehicles. 

The event features over 130 exceptional vehicles ranging from the earliest of models to future classics.  Adding to the fun of studying the changes in vehicular design over the decades, several of the car owners dress in period style to match their car.  In addition to classic cars, the event also hosts an assortment of vintage motorcycles, classic military vehicles, and even a few vintage award winning speed boats! Several car clubs in the area gather in the car club paddock, offering visitors further opportunity to see their favorite makes and models. 

If you're in need of an indoor break while looking around, be sure to try your chance at the silent auction located in the Keeneland Entertainment Center, with proceeds benefiting Kentucky Children's Hospital.

Whether you're a sports car fanatic or you prefer fifties fins, it is a great way to enjoy a summer afternoon with friends!

The 2012 Concours d'Elegance will take place on July 21, from 9:00am-4:30pm. 

Admission: $15 per person, children under age 12 are free, Active Military in uniform are free.

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Beargrass Creek Greenway

Beargrass Creek Greenway is a scenic 1.33 mile stretch of multi-use trail that is part of the overall Louisville Metro Bikeways system. Located parallel to Lexington Road, the greenway follows Beargrass Creek, offering visitors the chance to enjoy nature while getting some exercise.
Louisville Metro Parks has teamed with the Metro Sewer District to install a wetland landscape project along the greenway adjacent to the intersection of Grinstead Drive and Lexington Road. This wetlands area provides an opportunity to improve and study the effects of stormwater runoff, infiltration, and other water quality issues. Several native species of plants and wildlife can be observed at this location, which is marked with informational signage. 
So whether you're out for a leisurely walk or a brisk bike ride, the Beargrass Creek Greenway is an enjoyable way to experience nature in the midst of an urban setting! 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

West Sixth Brewing Company

West Sixth is an exciting new craft beer brewery that recently opened in the century old Rainbo Bread factory nestled in Lexington's Northside Neighborhood.  Located directly adjacent to a future portion of Legacy Trail and just blocks from the activity of the Jefferson Street Corridor, the location is drawing a big following.

Visitors will enjoy the atmosphere of the tap room which maintains some of the character of the factory with hints of industrial accents, including original yellow tile walls and an old Rainbo Bread bench.  The bar was even made from the salvaged maple loading dock with pieces of the old Memorial Coliseum floor worked in for a bit of UK spirit! 
In addition to the offerings on tap, West Sixth has begun canning their IPA, becoming the first craft brewery in Kentucky to can their beer.  
The owners have affectionately named the development the Bread Box, and have plans to share the 90,000 square feet of space with many other community minded businesses, artists, and non-profits.
So the next time you're looking to enjoy a fresh local pint with a few friends, stop on by West Sixth Brewing!

Monday-Thursday: 3pm-10pm
Friday-Saturday: 12pm-12am
Sunday: 1pm-6pm

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Institute 193

Institute 193 is an exciting non-profit art gallery offering visitors the opportunity to view contemporary art by emerging artists from across Kentucky and other Southeastern states.  Located in downtown Lexington, the gallery is a great addition to the city's art scene. 
Featuring wall text and a clean simple layout, Institute 193 is founded on the idea that innovative art can originate outside of the nation's major metropolitan areas. The gallery aspires to be an artistic stepping stone, helping artists gain publicity and connections to larger art markets.

Tucked along North Limestone Street, the gallery is within walking distance of several downtown bars and restaurants. It's a great place to stop by and add a little bit of art to your day! 
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, or by appointment.
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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Springtime in Lexington Cemetery

Spreading over 170 acres of rolling land, the Lexington Cemetery offers springtime visitors a beautiful show of blooming trees and flowers.  The grounds feature three small lakes nestled among the flowering dogwoods, magnolias and cherry trees. There are actually over 200 species of trees on the grounds, many of which are labeled with horticultural name plates.   In addition to the geese and ducks that enjoy the lakes, the Audubon Society of Kentucky has identified 179 species of birds on site. 

Founded in 1849, the cemetery is also very rich in history.  Having served as a resting place for over 160 years, many famous monuments and markers can be found throughout the site.  Most notably visible is the Henry Clay monument featuring a statue of Clay on a column that towers over the grounds.  Members of Mary Todd Lincoln's family are buried on the grounds, as well as John C. Breckinridge, the youngest man to serve as Vice President of the United States.  Of more recent fame, Adolph Rupp the University of Kentucky's most winningest coach, is also buried in the cemetery. 

Some may be surprised to think of a cemetery as a beautiful place to enjoy a springtime walk, but it is truly a place of peace and remembrance for all those that visit.

Open daily 8am-5pm.
Be sure to pick up a cemetery map located in a stand near the main office and parking area.
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Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Bridges of Fleming County

Popular in the 1800's, at one time in Kentucky's history there were over 400 covered bridges across the state's landscape. Today 13 remain, with three of them located in close proximity to each other in Fleming County.
The Goddard White Covered Bridge is located off of KY 32 about nine miles southeast of Flemingsburg on Goddard Bridge Road. This 63 foot bridge spanning Sand Lick Creek is still open to vehicular traffic and features a design known as Ithiel Town Lattice Truss. Each of the timbers are joined with wooden pegs. It is beautifully constructed and features a view of Goddard United Methodist Church which is perfectly framed when looking through the opening.
The Grange City Covered Bridge is south of Flemingsburg, located on KY 111 about four miles south of Hillsboro. This bridge is no longer open to traffic, but can be spotted immediately off of 111, and has a pull off space where visitors can park to access the bridge by foot. Built in 1860's this bridge has an 86 foot span across Fox Creek, and features a Burr multiple king post truss design composed of a series of upright timbers inclined towards a center post.

Ringo's Mill Bridge can be reached by turning off of KY 111 onto KY 158 south of Hillsboro. It is also not accessible by car, but can easily be seen from KY 158, and offers a pull off where visitors can park and walk across the bridge. The bridge is named for a grist mill that was located near Fox Creek in the 1880's and features an 86 foot span of the Burr Truss design. It was built in 1867 and the original yellow pine trusses still remain today.

The bridges of Fleming County make for a great day trip. So pack a picnic and and explore these remaining glimpses of what it must have been like to travel the countryside back in the late 1800's!

Additional Tip: The annual Covered Bridge Festival takes place on the fourth Saturday in August at the Goddard White Covered Bridge.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Blue Grass Trust deTours

The Blue Grass Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving historic buildings in the Lexington area.  Every first Wednesday of the month, the BG Trust offers the opportunity to tour a historic building, often with a chance to see the behind the scenes places that may not usually be open to the general public. 

These tours are part of the deTours program, and are free and open to anyone.  This month, the tour featured Lexington's Old Courthouse building.  Completed around 1900, the building was a masterpiece of its time, showcasing a grand marble staircase and a very large dome with interior balcony. 
Sadly during renovations in the 1960's, the grand stair was removed and the dome was filled in with HVAC equipment.  The tour offered a rare chance to go inside the dome and get a glimpse at how amazing this space once was, offering a prime example of why historic preservation is so important. 
So whether your interest is history or architecture, the Blue Grass Trust deTours program offers great opportunities to see some places you might not ordinarily get to see!

Tours are the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30pm.
Free and open to the public.
Check the website for locations and details.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Cozy + Cute = Coffee Pub

Located in a cozy stone house off of Old Harrodsburg Road, the Coffee Pub is one of the cutest breakfast restaurants you will find in Lexington.  Open daily from 8am-2pm, the pub serves up a variety of tasty comfort food and brunch dishes, accompanied with a selection of espressos and coffee drinks.
For a hint of Kentucky flair, several of the dishes are named for famous race horses, such as The War Admiral, an egg dish made with peppers and potatoes (shown right).

So if you're out and about and need a coffee stop, or are looking for a new comfortable place to share a weekend brunch with friends, give the Coffee Pub a try!

Open daily 8am-2pm.
Helpful hint:  For people familiar with Lexington, the best tip for directions is that it is located behind Ramsey's on Harrodsburg Road.

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