Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

February 16, 2014

Tim Preston: Wine, art, automotive and scrapbooks: 2/16/14

Tim Preston
The Independent

ASHLAND — The weather knocked me out of filing a column last week, and I now have more to share than we have space for. If I’ve talked to you in recent days and you don’t see a note in here yet, give me a week to catch up. Otherwise, I’m going to attempt packing a lot into this week’s column.

I’ll start with the things I’ve missed, including a cool program at the Pendleton Art Center called Wine, Dine & Design that was part of this month’s First Friday Art Walk.

The event featured tastings by Rock Springs Winery of Carter County, with a dinner of sesame-crusted tilapia, chicken marsala or roasted tenderloin with rice and asparagus by Chef Andy Moore.

Participants worked with local artists to create their own work of art, which they took home at the end of the evening. Michele Friday, M.D., a cardiologist at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, provided tips for heart health.

Pardon the clumsy transition, but I spent that weekend running around with a musical buddy and ignoring all thoughts of heart-healthy eating. My buddy has no choice but to eat healthy, and has embraced a totally vegetarian diet in lieu of a bunch of prescription drugs, so we had a little bit of a challenge finding places for him to eat locally.

And, when we did find a place with options for him, I made a point of sitting across the table from him and ordering something/anything with bacon on it.

It was a form of cruelty only the best of friends can get away with and I loved every second of it. My buddy has inspired me, however, with all of his talk about avocados and spinach (I actually had weird dreams about both foods), and I will be renewing my own efforts to eat better (unless there is a bacon-laden cheeseburger involved).

Rounding out the first wave of snow-related notes, I also heard from the ladies at Aladdin’s Art Gallery at 13th Street and Lexington Avenue in Ashland.

“With all the crazy snow, frigid temperatures and water problems Ashland has experienced recently, we’ve decided to extend our Art From the Attic Sale. We know it’s been challenging dealing with all these problems, so reward yourself with some new art at GREAT prices! We’ve added lots of new items to our framed art sale and have made further reductions on already discounted items,” they said.

For more information, call (606) 325-2597.

More than just tinting

Tina Sanchez from Tina's Tinting in Westwood, also passed along a note explaining she has expanded her business offerings.

“I would be so grateful if you would let our customers know that we are now offering truck and automotive accessories,” she said. “This includes items such as rainguards, running boards, fender trim, tonneau covers, radar detectors, bugguards, rocker panels, tool boxes, drop in bed liners, floor mats, leveling kits — all with competitive pricing. Next-day or two-day shipping are available. We also now offer customer complimentary tire pressure check and fill.”

The business is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (606) 571-8293.

Now open

Kenneth Adkins reports Bluegrass Truck & Automotive at 1713 Argillite Road in Flatwoods is open and welcomes all types of vehicles, including diesel-powered models, for repair and maintenence work.

Along with partners Kelly Davis and Daryl Bradley, Adkins said the new shop can handle practically any automotive problem, including issues with newer computer-assisted systems.

“We have a state-of-the-art computer. I mean, it is top notch,” he said, noting the garage has four bays and five lifts, with everything they need to fix anything from brakes to air-conditioning systems and beyond.

 Bluegrass Truck & Automotive is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (606) 494-2042.

Scrapbook retreat

Winnie Thacker, owner of the Scrapbook General Store at 1803 Argillite Road in Flatwoods, has an upcoming scrapbook retreat set at Carter Caves State Resort Park and I asked if I could share some information.

“Not many people realize what happens at a weekend retreat, and I thought it would be an interesting article. I would appreciate your cooperation in getting the word out,” Thacker wrote of her “Wild Wacky Weekend” with “scrapbooking crop and card-making workshops” on Feb. 27 and 28 and March 1 and 2.

The cost of the retreat is $75, Thacker said, adding, “We offer the opportunity to participate in special classes for an additional charge. This year you can choose from making books, cards and jewelry. The lodge offers a special rate on the rooms and cabins, so make sure that you mention that you are attending the retreat to qualify for the reduced rates.”

The scrapbook store is also collecting materials to be used by 4-H clubs during camps this summer, and Thacker asks anyone with surplus materials to drop them off at the park during the retreat.

The Scrapbook General Store is open from noon to 5:30 Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, call (606) 836-7033 or email stampstor@aol.com.

For room and cabin reservations at Carter Caves, call (606) 286-4411 or (800) 325-0059.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at (606) 326-2651.