Thanks for all the fun + beauty you provide us, Lexington. | Graphic by LEXtoday
Dear reader, Thank you for being a dedicated follower of LEXtoday. We are grateful for you. And in this season of gratitude and giving thanks, we thought it would be fun to write a thank you card to our sweet city of Lexington.
In a previous newsletter, and on social media, we asked you to share why you are thankful for Lexington. Here are your (and our) answers —
“Thank you, Lexington for your big city feel in a small town! We moved downtown for the walkability to restaurants and activities — there’s always something going on.” — Reader Melinda S.
“I am thankful for the people that I have met while living in Lexington. Some are acquaintances, some friends, and some really great friends. I especially am grateful that I can drive 5 minutes or less and see beautiful farms with amazing horses romping around.” — Reader Jennifer D.
“They welcomed me when I moved here alone for a new job during the lockdown, had the perfect house for me, and everyone was so very nice! I knew I was home.” — @suz_woj
“Thank you, Lexington for the natural beauty & friendly faces.” —@gretchen.farah
“I’m thankful for Lexington because of its unparalleled beauty.” @ditravelfan
“Being such an intelligent, progressive, and welcoming city” — @stacy.l.yelton
“The local one-of-a-kind businesses…. Not many other cities #supportlocal like we do and there’s a certain pride about that.” — @rachelmelam
UK vs. North Florida | Wednesday, Nov. 23 | 4 p.m. | Rupp Arena, 430 W. Vine St., Lexington | $19-$55 | Cheer on the men’s basketball team as they host the North Florida Ospreys.
Wellness Wednesday | Wednesday, Nov. 23 | 6 p.m. | Old North Bar, 101 W. Loudon Ave., Lexington | Free | Wind down before the holiday hustle and bustle with a midweek yoga + trivia break.
Thursday, Nov. 24
Thanksgiving | Thursday, Nov. 24 | Times vary | Locations vary | Priceless | Celebrate the season of gratitude with those you cherish the most.
Friday, Nov. 25
Tito’s Tacky Christmas | Friday, Nov. 25 | 10 a.m. | Lexington Tennis Club, 410 Redding Rd., Lexington | Price varies | This charity tacky tennis tournament benefits Toys for Tots and the Lexington Humane Society.
Gobble Grease Toss | Friday, Nov. 25 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Redwood Cooperative School, 166 Crestwood Dr., Lexington | Free | Help protect our sewer pipes by bringing your leftover cooking oil to be studied by UK’s Center for Applied Energy Research.
Saturday, Nov. 26
Gingerbread Snap | Saturday, Nov. 26 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Hamburg Pavilion, 2308 Sir Barton Way, Lexington | Free | Bring the family to get free photographs with Santa and shop from nearby stores — featuring holiday activities, treats, and face-painting.
Sunday, Nov. 27
Luminate Lexington Holiday Lighting Festival | Sunday, Nov. 27 | 3-7 p.m. | Triangle Park, 400 W. Main St., Lexington | Free | Head downtown for the annual holiday lighting of the city’s Christmas Tree + Hanukkah Menorah along with live music, vendors and a visit from Santa.
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
Indiana-based chicken chain Cluckersis opening in Versailles at 480 Lexington Rd. near the end of the year. The restaurant has a family-friendly sports bar atmosphere + the menu includes regular and boneless wings, tenders with plenty of sauces, burgers, sandwiches, and appetizers. 🍗 (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Our own Elkhorn Tavernrecently made Garden & Gun Magazine’s list of “Southern Taverns to Warm Your Bones.” It cited the Distillery District restaurant’s natural wood decor, copper-top bar, and menu offerings like rabbit-and-elk burgoo. (Garden & Gun)
Lexington residents can begin recycling their holiday lights through the citywide collection drive beginning today, Wed., Nov. 23-Sun., Jan. 15, 2023. Various collection sites will be set up around town including Crank & Boom, West Sixth Brewing + John’s Run/Walk Shop. 🎄 (LEX18)
The Kentucky Lottery has launched a new daily jackpot game called Kentucky 5. The jackpot will always start at $40,000 and roll over a minimum of $5,000 each day until there is a winner. Tickets are $1 and can be played at any Kentucky Lottery retailer. 💰(LEX18)
A new photography collection titled “Patterns and Pollinators” is on display at UK Healthcare‘s Arts in HealthCare North Gallery on the third floor of the Kentucky Clinic, 740 S. Limestone. The collection was created by UK pathology resident Dr. Leonard Yenwongfai who photographed the flowers for his dear friend diagnosed with ALS. 📸 (UK NOW)
Former governor John Y. Brown Jr. died yesterday at the age of 88. John served as the governor from 1979-1983 + is noted for reducing the state budget by 22% and bringing record commerce to the Commonwealth. He will lie in state in the rotunda of the Kentucky State Capitol. (LEX18)
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Today’s issue was written by Molly.
Editor’s pick: I can’t let this holiday go by without expressing my gratitude to my yoga families at Creative Yoga and Studio11 for always showing up + the team at Barker University for creating such a fun and safe environment for my fur child, Ziggy.
I am grateful for you all, always.
Missed yesterday’s newsletter? Read about updates + future plans for the Town Branch Trail, here.
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