As a boy, Brandon Morton indulged his fascination with airplanes and flying by going to every aviation show he could. Today, with more 5,000 hours of flight time?including more than 2,300 hours of flight instruction?he shares his passion for flying at NexGen Aviation where he works alongside co-owner and accomplished jet pilot Dale Gillispie, who has more than 25 years of flying experience.
From Bluegrass Field Airport, Brandon and Dale maintain a fleet of Diamond and Cirrus aircrafts for single-engine training and a Beech Duchess for multi-engine training?each highly engineered aircrafts that boast solid safety statistics. It is also here that the owners and their fellow instructors teach students through a blend of theoretical classroom work and hands-on scenario training. Through these courses, they prepare aspiring pilots to apply for their private, commercial, or professional pilot license. Further services range from sightseeing flights and aircraft sales and management to tutorials on how to properly fold a paper airplane.
More than 100 plant-populated acres unfold behind the stone-fence entrance to The Arboretum, showing off ever-changing seasonal landscapes to visitors 365 days a year. Passing breezes dance over grassy fields and stir up aromas of 1,500 rosebush varieties as visitors meander past the gazebo and fishpond en route to the 1.85-acre Kentucky Children’s Garden, a hands-on, educational environment for 2- to 10-year-old horticulturists. After exploring the wetlands and fountains or checking out art exhibitions, gardening seminars, and other special events, visitors can set out on the two-mile Walk Across Kentucky, a paved botanical excursion through the seven native regions of the state, including the Appalachian Plateau and wild fried-chicken habitats.
Sarah Bennett’s 22 years of horse experience—including a competition career that began when she was just 6—have led her to her current post as the head instructor at Ainsley Riding Academy. A lifetime around horses has imbued her teachings with a kind and understanding touch that eases the nerves of even the most young and novice rider. Atop friendly lesson horses—either inside the climate controlled indoor facility or under the sun in the outdoor riding ring—students follow a plan for improvement that’s geared toward their needs and goals while always keeping them safe and away from the peer pressure of circus daredevils.
Within the climate-controlled confines of BounceU's supervised playground, inflated structures beckon kids to bound over surfaces and fly down slides. In addition to bouncing areas, games let visitors shoot hoops or don inflated, oversize boxing gloves to safely battle over ascension rights to the bouncy castle's throne. Open-bounce sessions allow families to join in on the fun, with parents bouncing for free. Additionally, the play area can set the stage for camps and birthdays, with the option to lower the lights and let non-solar-powered guests play across a glow-in-the-dark wonderland.
The Kentucky Ballet Theatre was founded in 1998 to give Lexington audiences their own local company of ballet dancers. The performances that have followed have included classics such as Prokofiev's Cinderella and new works such as Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. The dancers host their shows at the Lexington Opera House, a historical landmark which was built in 1887, was converted into a movie theater in the 1920s, and did a brief stint as a Rockette before returning to its classical roots in 1976.
Laundry101’s staff picks up soiled clothing and household fabrics from customers’ homes, and returns them sans dirt and stains about 48 hours later. They dry-clean items and wash each client’s load of laundry separately so that clothes don’t get mixed up or misplaced, and afterwards place dry-cleaning on hangers and fold laundry. The staff also honors special instructions, from letting jeans hang-dry, repairing broken zippers, or adding extra starch to shirts with poor posture.