Sunflower Kids supports, empowers, and strengthens adult and child survivors of domestic violence by collaborating with central Kentucky agencies to provide safe, supervised visitation services. The organization works toward a vision of diverse communities free of violence, where all individuals are safe and treated with the respect they deserve. True to this inclusive mission, Sunflower Kids recognizes that the abused partner is not always female and that families experiencing domestic violence are not always heterosexual. For the safety of adults and children, visits take place at Sunflower Kids' secure facility, which has a number of security measures in place, such as staggered arrival and departure times and separate entrances and exits. A visitation monitor stays in the room during each session to observe interactions between the child and the parent who poses the safety concern, making sure the child is both physically and emotionally safe.
Since forming in the 1920s, the Harlem Globetrotters have continued to entertain millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a trademark blend of athletic precision and razzle-dazzle showmanship. For the team's 2014 tour, a rotating roster of Globetrotter favorites—including three female players—takes to the hardwood each game. Spectators might spot veteran guard TNT sharing a behind-the-back pass with dunker Quake, whose high jump once cleared 7 feet, cruelly dashing his dreams of working in a ceiling-fan store. The Globetrotters might also present a study in contrasts with 5-foot-2 Too Tall and 7-foot-4 Stretch, the team’s tallest member.
During each Globetrotters game, youngsters laugh along and witness the jovial jocks performing classic routines of unconventional passing and sudden transmutations of water into confetti. To infuse their visits with an extra shot of unpredictability, the Globetrotters also let fans in each city vote on special rules for every game; past rules have included the use of a four-point shot and the installation of a penalty box. Over the years, similar antics have followed the Globetrotters around the world, including to 122 countries and territories and all six continents on which basketballs grow naturally. The Globetrotters’ extensive travels haven’t gone unnoticed: they’re one of the few teams to earn a spot in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as ambassadors of the sport.
Holiday Art Shows gathers together a wide array of contemporary and traditional artwork for arts and crafts fairs held in Lexington, Kentucky; Wilmington, North Carolina; and St. Augustine, Florida. Visitors can shop for paintings, photography, and sculptures to decorate their homes or drape themselves in handmade jewelry and fiber art. A knowledgeable jury reviews each artist's offerings to ensure a high-quality selection.
Bi-Water Farm and Greenhouse scatters family festivities across 20 acres of autumnal farmland during AutumnFest 2011. The friendly staff welcomes up to four campers or one retired barbershop quartet trying to reignite their spark and moseys them to the campfire site, where groups can huddle around a fire pit, gorge on a full-catered hot dog dinner and crash flaming-marshmallow meteors into each other. A slew of attractions including a hayride, 5-acre corn maze, kid-friendly spooky farmhouse, and barnyard zoo with pet bunnies, chicks, and baby ducks swooping down a slide entertains into the evening. Bi-Water Farm & Greenhouse supplies firewood, benches, and a staff member to start the fire and permits campers to bring their own lawn chairs and ghost-story manuscripts.
Founded by Saddlebred/Kentucky State Fair Hall of Famer Sam Brannon in 1978, Brannon Stables sprawls over 150 acres of rolling pastures to create an ideal setting for equine entertainment. Enthusiastic teachers lead lessons year-round in the outdoor riding arena when skies are clear or inside the 26-stall barn when rain threatens to smear the horses’ hoof polish. Students learn English- and Western-riding styles in a safe and proper manner, regardless of their age or amount of previous experience. Young beginners start with private instruction on the stable's lead line ponies, and older and more experienced riders can participate in group sessions atop more advanced horses.
The convivial Al's Bar fills its halls with live bluegrass music while plying diners with gourmet burgers, sandwiches, and more than 25 bourbons and whiskeys. Al's menu includes specialty burgers that load buns with nontraditional toppings, creating options such as The Levi, a tasty work of fried egg, split hot dog, and chili simmering atop two tender slabs of beef ($10). With breaded chicken breast, fried egg, and melted jack cheese, The Conundrum sandwich ($7) offers taste buds flavors that are hard to understand yet easy to enjoy. The Actual Burger ($9.50) stacks grilled portobello mushrooms, onions, and jalapeños on a garden's worth of veggies and two all-beef patties; for an extra dollar, patrons can transmogrify their patties into bison, lamb, or a frisbee. Between chomps of hearty burger, guests slurp down an assortment of upscale bourbons and whiskeys, such as Four Roses single barrel ($6.50), Van Winkle 12-year ($8+), or Wild Turkey Rare Breed ($6.50).
At Blue Agave Cantina & Tequila Bar, chefs prepare heaping platters of Mexican and southwest cuisine, whereas mixologists craft margaritas from hand-squeezed sour mix and pure agave nectar. Mouths warm up with fresh avocado deep-fried in beer batter, and spoons refrain from perching on patrons' noses by diving into the chicken-corn-tortilla soup, a hearty blend of hominy, avocados and sour cream. Chimichangas star chicken or steak swathed in a fried tortilla, and the huevos con chorizos peppers scrambled eggs with zesty chorizo sausage. Dining duos can clink bottles of Dos Equis lager or tipple cocktails such as the top-shelf margarita, a blend of Herradura Blanco and Patrón Citrónge more moving than the tears of a Mexican wrestler.