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Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, along came the sold out Proven Winners LIFE+STYLE Solstice Celebration event at the Governor’s Mansion hosted by yours truly. It was off the charts!

The rain was hardly even noticed as our guests were captivated by the knowledge and the expertise of our panel of speakers. I would even venture to say that the rain actually made the gardens look even richer and more vibrant for the visitors to enjoy! Everyone seemed to love the new 30 minute session format which the speakers used to pack their talks with super-informative information that was easy to understand and take-away. There was so much to learn about Monarch butterflies, the importance of bees, indoor and outdoor entertaining, creating tablescapes from the garden and so much more. And of course, the food was over the top! The wonderful chefs at the mansion were on their game as they helped make the day even more enjoyable.

We closed with a Kentucky bourbon toast to the history of Bulleit Bourbon and the success of the day with Betsy Bulleit’s famous “BLT” (Bulleit, Lemon, Tonic).

As Executive Director of the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion, Ann Evans says:

“You know an event was great and the ‘talk of the town’ when you’ve already started to get calls about when is it going to be next year!”

The bonus of the whole day was, of course, that we were later told that the event has now put the First Lady’s preservation fund over the $1 million mark, ensuring a brighter future for the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion for years to come.

Just a quick reminder that we still have two more LIFE+STYLE events coming up later this year at Old Taylor Distillery on Sept. 12th and My Old Kentucky Home/Maker’s Mark Distillery on Oct. 3rd. I know it seems a bit early to be spreading the word, but because these first two events sold out pretty quickly (unfortunately, we had to turn some people away) we just want to make sure you don’t miss out. You can get tickets now at:

Here’s a look through scenes from throughout this wonderful day day.

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