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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lexington Food Trucks - There's An App For That

Follow That Food Truck! is a free iPhone app.
One of the most exciting new developments in Lexington these days is the growth of our culinary culture. Every time I turn around, a new restaurant is popping up. And, believe me, I’m doing my best to try them all.

But there’s one particular niche of this new dining market that has really caught my attention--the food trucks. These restaurants-on-wheels have become commonplace around the streets of Lexington, ushering in a new era of eateries that didn’t even exist here just three years ago.

As fans of the food truck hunt, my friend Erik Rust and I recently began seeking these trucks out and chronicling our finds on the website lexingtonfoodtrucks.com. Before we knew it, our site had grown to host descriptions and contact information for over 30 local food trucks. Hard to believe there are that many trucks thriving in this town of 300,000.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lexington's Downtown Lakes and Waterways

A satirical "Lake Centrepointe" rendering. Centrepitte.
Political blog Barefoot & Progressive (B&P) recently posted about a "crowdfunding campaign to build 'Lake Centrepointe'." B&P was highlighting the independent, crowdfunding campaign to create a "people-made oasis of calm in the middle of the city [with] opportunities for sailing, swimming, fishing - or doing nothing at all."

The B&P article didn't delve into the history books, but a similar proposal was actually made by developers in the 1980s (though B&P has previously mentioned the subject of Lake Lexington).

Rendering of Lake Lexington, proposed in the 1980s. Barefoot & Progressive.
Lake Lexington would have created a visible and usable water feature of the historic Town Branch. I've made mention of this in my forthcoming book, Lost Lexington, which will be released in November:
[Lake Lexington] would have been a largely rectangular lake in the area roughly bounded by the Jefferson Street viaduct to the east, Main Street to the north, what is now the Oliver Lewis Way Bridge to the west and Manchester Street to the south. Developers of this proposal envisioned having Rupp Arena reoriented toward the new lake. A few slips included in the design suggested the possibility that sailboats, canoes or even some motorized vessels might take to Lake Lexington.
But just because two lakes (one imaginery and one not produced) haven't materialized doesn't mean that something isn't afoot.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Some Respite in Casey County

Early morning fog over a pond at Camp Wakon'da Ho in Casey County. Author's collection.
A church retreat found me and the Lil' Kaintuckeean bound for rural Casey County (not that there is much of an urban center, with all due respect to those in Liberty). The destination was Camp Wakon'da Ho which is located in the small unincorporated community of Yosemite, Kentucky.

Oddly, I'd passed through Yosemite once before and then remarked it to be "a beautiful site." Of the two camp sites owned by the Christian Church in Kentucky (Disciples of Christ), this was the first time I'd visited. My home church utilized the camp site on a hot and steamy August weekend for a retreat; it was a lot of fun with fellowship, food, worship, and relaxation.

Like much of Casey County, Camp Wakon'da Ho also offered breathtaking vistas.

Friday, September 12, 2014

It's time to take steps toward protecting our history

This was Friends of Nicholasville NOW’s Facebook status in early August:




"3 steps forward, 2 steps back." The three steps forward are easy to find in downtown Nicholasville.

New restaurants, bars and coffee shops are opening while old favorites continue to succeed. And last Friday evening, eight venues along Main Street featured the work of local artists at our town’s second Gallery Walk.

In short, it is a good time for downtown Nicholasville.

But those two steps back were too easy to find in that Facebook update...

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