Make the most of your next outdoor adventure with a little help from KY's ultimate survivalist

Not too hot, not too cold, the fall months are the perfect time for a campout in Kentucky. But stressing out over what to pack and what to do once you arrive can suck the fun from your trip before it even gets started. With that in mind, here are some invaluable best practices from the inimitable First Lady of Lexington and world-renowned outdoor explorer Anita Madden to help you make the most of your next outdoor adventure.


Obviously this is fake. Anita Madden didn’t actually say these things. She is a nice lady who loves to pet the pretty horses.

Canopy Kings

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Tree house builders with Kentucky connection featured in new reality TV series

Last month we took you along on an epic Red River Gorge adventure into the trees courtesy of our buddy Django Kroner and his custom tree house company The Canopy Crew. Now Kroner, his kick-ass crew, and Kentucky have a shot at reaching an even wider audience. How about we help them crush it?


Canopy Kings, the pilot for the new reality show based on Kroner’s business, debuts on Animal Planet this Friday, September 22, at 10 p.m. EST. The show plans to follow The Canopy Crew as they build tree houses around the world, and the premiere episode will document one of their more challenging projects right here in Kentucky.



The more people that tune in for the pilot, the higher the likelihood the show will get picked up for additional episodes.


“The whole show hinges on ratings,” says Kroner, “so we need [everyone’s] help to get as many views as possible.”


So there you go. Check out the show, Kentuckians, and let the rest of the world get a little taste of what we have to offer. Or, even better, experience it for yourself by renting one of The Canopy Crew’s amazing tree houses like the one featured below. We promise you won’t regret it.


R.I.P. Repo Man

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Kentuckian Harry Dean Stanton spent a lifetime looking for tense situations

Kentuckian, actor, and musician Harry Dean Stanton passed away this past Friday. He was 91.


Born in West Irvine, Kentucky, in Estill County, Stanton left the family tobacco farm to attend Lafayette High School in Lexington as well as the University of Kentucky. He studied journalism and radio art when he wasn’t performing at the school’s Guignol Theatre, and the theatre’s director was so impressed with Stanton that he encouraged him to leave UK and pursue acting in California.


After a stint in the United States Navy during World War II, Stanton landed his first television role in 1954 and his first feature film role in 1956, an uncredited part as a Department of Corrections employee in a picture called The Wrong Man.


Harry Dean Stanton went on to accrue over a hundred film and television credits, everything from Pretty In Pink to Dwight Yoakam music videos to this year’s Twin Peaks revival.


But it was his brooding, lurking, terse weirdo roles in low-budget indie films that endeared him to young audiences in the 1970s and beyond. Everyone can (and should) take this time to look back through his filmography and find something to savor. If you’re a Kentucky for Kentucky fan, you can’t go wrong with the punk rock/comedy/sci-fi/serious business mashup that is Repo Man.

Emilio Estevez as Otto and Harry Dean Stanton as Bud in Repo Man (1984).


Here’s what film critic Roger Ebert said about Repo Man when he saw it in 1984:


I saw Repo Man near the end of a busy stretch on the movie beat: Three days during which I saw more relentlessly bad movies than during any comparable period in memory. Most of those bad movies were so cynically constructed out of formula ideas and “commercial” ingredients that watching them was an ordeal. Repo Man comes out of left field, has no big stars, didn’t cost much, takes chances, dares to be unconventional, is funny, and works. There is a lesson here.


We love that.


Stanton plays Bud, the veteran repo man of Repo Man that takes punk loser Otto, played by Emilio Estevez, under his wing and guides him through the dirty business of legalized auto theft.


In one of the more famous scenes, after imparting to Otto the “Repo Code”, Bud catches some squares causing a scene in the distance and mutters a little diatribe that could have easily come from the real-life Harry Dean Stanton.


“Hey, look at them,” Bud says. “Look at those assholes over there. Ordinary fuckin’ people. I hate ‘em. See, an ordinary person spends his life avoiding tense situations. A repo man spends his life getting into tense situations. Assholes. Let’s go get a drink.”


Here’s the excerpt in its entirety. Fair warning, it’s a NSFW clip because Stanton was a NSFW kind of guy. That’s why we’ll miss him so much.



You can appreciate some of this iconic Kentucky artist’s best work, including the official premiere of his latest film Lucky, in some of Kentucky’s most beautiful theaters this September 28-29 at the 7th Annual Harry Dean Stanton Fest in Lexington.

September Night Market

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Get ready Lexington, the NoLi CDC’s Night Market is back! We’re taking it to the streets from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, September 22nd (first day of Fall!), along the 700 block of Bryan Ave. in Lexington for the ultimate block party. Hell yeah! It’s an epic Northside evening featuring live local music, delicious craft beer from West Sixth Brewing, cool local vendors (like us), food trucks, 5,000 kick-ass Kentuckians (and a few tourists), fresh air, hip outdoor lighting (makes for great Instagram photos) and live Tinder-ing (love).

Once again, we’re a presenting sponsor of this years NOLI Night Market! The Kentucky Fun Mall will be open until 10pm serving up the Commonwealth’s freshest Kentucky gear, Y’ALL gear, Southern Socks and bourbon gear. We also have new kid’s gear and old favorites back in stock!

Come thirsty, hungry or naked… The Night Market will have you covered!


WHEN: 6-10 p.m. FRIDAY, September 22nd