Without regional magazines, the only way to keep an eye on changes in neighborhood fashions is to set up a camera behind a bush that takes photographs every five minutes. Avoid the stress of constantly changing memory cards with today's Groupon: for $10, you get a one-year subscription to Kentucky Monthly magazine (a $20 value).
Kentucky Monthly is just as likely to feature a Kentuckian now living in Paris as one in Louisville, and aims to keep both current and former Kentuckians posted on what's going on both in and around the state. A one-year subscription to the publication gets readers 10 regular issues, plus a holiday-shopping guide, a post-holiday-regifting guide, and a derby-festival guide, which comes in conjunction with the annual derby-themed April issue. Each edition includes exclusive dining features and a statewide guide of upcoming events, and a yearly literary issue highlights up-and-coming Kentucky writers.
Since 1998, Kentucky Monthly has showcased the state’s personalities and culture in conversational journalistic pieces covering festivals, art, dining, and hometown heroes such as Muhammad Ali and George Clooney. Between each issue’s colorful covers, readers find a statewide calendar of events pinpointing the dates of fall and summer performances, fairs, and festivals. The dining section shines a light on local eateries while sharing prized recipes to produce a gourmet dining experience at home or while standing in a charcoal-grill-equipped DMV line. Throughout the year, themed issues cover topics such as literature and gardening. Nonresidents can gather the ingredients for a tasty vacation itinerary with the magazine’s tourism ideas.