7 ways to celebrate Earth Day in Kentucky

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky Enjoying the great outdoors and connecting with nature has been a way to find comfort during a difficult past year, making Earth Day especially important in 2021. Kentucky is filled with beauty and opportunities to enjoy the outside, so we’ve put together some ideas for places and spaces in the […]

Legendary Kentucky “Cocaine Bear” story to be made into a movie

By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky A new movie will dive into the fascinating true story of a legendary Kentucky bear. Kentuckians may know the history of “Cocaine Bear,” a 175-pound black bear found dead of an apparent drug overdose after consuming more than 75 pounds of cocaine in the mid-1980s. How the drugs made it […]

Spring staycations: Five Kentucky destinations to explore this season

By Nicole Childress, Building Kentucky While the pandemic has made long-distance travel difficult, Kentuckians are lucky to have great choices for destinations close to home worth exploring. Rediscover Kentucky’s beauty, history and culture by becoming a local tourist this spring! Camp Bespoke, Williamstown Camping got a serious upgrade last fall when Camp Bespoke opened. The […]

Louisvillians produce psychological thriller “Don’t Tell a Soul”

By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky Several recognizable names are attached to the new psychological thriller “Don’t Tell A Soul.” Beyond starring Rainn Wilson, best known for playing Dwight Schrute on “The Office,” the film also has producers many Louisvillians will know. Steve Poe, of Poe Companies real estate firm, and his wife Merry-Kay Poe, of Unbridled Films, and […]

Kentucky celebrates Black History Month through aviation, art and culinary history

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky This February, Black History Month comes at a time when we need it more than ever. All month-long restaurants, shops and airports all over Kentucky are joining in to celebrate the history, achievement and culture of Black Americans. Although 2020 proved we have a long road ahead, 2021 has shown […]

What’s the prettiest lake in Kentucky? Reader’s Digest picks favorite

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky Known for its clear and deep waters, Laurel River Lake located in London was recognized as Kentucky’s prettiest lake in the Reader’s Digest nationwide list. From the vast Great Lakes to the man-made reservoirs right here in the Commonwealth, the list highlights the landmarks and vistas each state has to offer. Laurel […]

Let’s go see the lights! Socially-distanced holiday activities in Kentucky

By Beverly Bartlett, Building Kentucky With many traditional Christmas activities on hold, many families have turned to Christmas light tours as a fun, socially distant way to enjoy the holiday. On a recent warm night, my family took a long walk around our suburban Louisville neighborhood to admire the lights. But driving expands your options! […]

Guide to Kentucky connections in “The Queen’s Gambit”

By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky New Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit” is encouraging a new generation of chess enthusiasts – and putting eyes on Kentucky. The show’s ties to the Commonwealth are plentiful. Its leading lady, Beth Harmon, makes waves at the Kentucky State chess championship and has trouble relating to others at her Lexington […]

Churchill Downs plans $10 million upgrade to turf course

What’s around the bend for Churchill Downs? An upgraded turf course is coming in 2022. The Louisville-area race track announced a $10 million upgrade to its running surface to widen it and increase durability. Construction will begin following the 2021 Spring Meet. The course will debut at the start of the 2022 Spring Meet – or […]

What will Kentucky tourism look like in 2021? Experts discuss future draws

Experts say Louisville tourism is in good shape to bounce back. Tourism has been one of the hardest-hit industries during the COVID-19 pandemic. To plan a path forward for Kentucky travel, a group of national experts and marketing professionals met to discuss the future of marketing tourism for Louisville and the region in a recent virtual […]

Major Kentucky equine events adapt for 2020

With recent changes announced for both Kentucky Horse Park’s National Horse Show and Keeneland’s 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Kentucky’s signature equine events are changing and adapting for 2020. Due to COVID-19, both events will take place without spectators, much like the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs earlier this year. The National Horse Show, Oct. 23 through […]

Kentucky breaks bourbon barrel record

Kentucky continues to break records for its booming bourbon industry. According to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, there are now nearly 10 million barrels of spirits aging in the state. That’s billions of dollars worth of bourbon! Bourbon continues to boost Kentucky’s economy, contributing $8.6 billion and more than 20,100 jobs annually. And distillers are planning for […]

Study shows impact of Louisville airports

Louisville’s airports continue to drive business and fuel the regional economy, according to a recent economic and fiscal impact survey. Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) and Bowman Field Airport (LOU) were part of a study conducted by Meench & Shanker, LLC to assess the sum of business activities directly related to operations at both airports […]

Kentucky cities and businesses promote mask wearing

Gov. Andy Beshear isn’t the only one calling for Kentucky to “Mask Up.” Cities, businesses and influencers across the Commonwealth are backing up the state’s request through heartfelt and creative campaigns to support wearing masks and other face coverings in public to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In Lexington, locals are urged to “Wear to Show […]

Louisville’s trees get national attention

A 2015 tree audit in Louisville found that the city was losing 54,000 trees a year – a startling number. Louisville’s efforts to respond to that discovery was featured in a recent story in The Atlantic, which used Kentucky’s largest city as an example of what is happening in urban areas around the country. The story […]