“Captain Kentucky” takes us on a road trip through the Commonwealth and the places that informed his literary roots.

Driving along Paris Pike on a bright, chilly winter morning, I knew that I had much more ahead of me than rolling hills and ridge lines—as beautiful as those would prove to be. Several luminaries of Lexington’s arts scene are packed into the rental car with me: writer Ed McClanahan, musician Mark Vanderboegh, and photographer Guy Mendes, who graciously provided all of the images for this feature.


What, one might ask, was I doing driving the backroads of Kentucky with these guys? It’s a fitting question, and one I’ve reflected on several times in the weeks since. The simplest answer is that Ed agreed to let us accompany him on a tour of some of his childhood haunts—the communities of Maysville, Augusta, and Brooksville. The more complicated answer is that, over the last few years, I have been fortunate to learn more about Kentucky, a state in which I lived for a little more than a decade before being transplanted to the Rust Belt city of Buffalo, New York, from several of her more important descendants, including Brooksville’s own, Captain Kentucky.
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The sun is here to stay, y’all (for now)! We’re clearing out our sweatshirts and making way for this warm weather! All of our sweatshirts will be 40% OFF starting this Friday, April 14th at 10am! Stock up now, because y’all can never be too prepared for this Kentucky weather, no matter what season it may be. Quantities are very limited so act fast!

It’s horse racing time, y’all! And just in time for derby season we’re launching our brand new “Watch Me Sip Watch Them Neigh Neigh” t-shirts! Designed by Rachael Sinclair and hand-printed in-house by The Giant Robot. We’re also dropping these derby themed bandanas by Antonio Bandanas featuring a pastel pink “Grandstand” design and a lime green “Infield” design. Derby tees and bandanas will be available online this Friday, April 14th at 10am! Let’s get racing ready!

Don’t forget to grab yourself a pair of our Dapper dress socks to complete your derby attire, y’all! Available in Clucking Awesome, Racing Horses and Run For The Bourbon designs online and at the Kentucky Fun Mall (720 Bryan Ave).

I Am A Kentuckian

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“I Am A Kentuckian” video project highlights the diverse contributions of Kentucky’s immigrant and refugee population.

When Lexington-based chef Dan Wu attended the Immigrant & Refugee Day in Frankfort last February, he was struck by a phrase repeated by each of the speakers when introducing themselves: “I am a Kentuckian.”

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