Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

April 7, 2013

In praise of Kentucky

Paramount’s Spring Gala honors what makes commonwealth unique

ASHLAND — Mark and Mikailyn Estep have special memories of growing up in the Ashland area that center on the Paramount Arts Center.

“Both of us attended youth programs in school at the Paramount,” Mr. Estep said. “It’s neat to go full circle.”

The co-chairmen of the Spring Gala are happy to serve in a fundraising capacity: the gala is the theater’s biggest fundraiser.

The Esteps said they want to celebrate not only the Paramount but Kentucky, so they chose the theme “My Old Kentucky Home” for the gala, scheduled for April 13 at Fannin Automotive Family Dealership.

“We both went to UK and spent time at Keeneland and we love horse racing and the beautiful farmland we want to acknowledge the great state we live in and the rich history of Kentucky,” Mrs. Estep said. “We want to brag on what we have.”

The event will include a tribute to Kentucky distilleries with samplings of bourbon produced along the Bourbon Trail. Decor, which Mrs. Estep describes as “rustic elegance with rich tones but natural,” will include colors associated with the state, including Kentucky blue.

Pre-dinner music will showcase Kentucky composers, including Stephen Foster.

Chef Jason Oesterreicher at the Bellefonte Country Club will prepare dinner; Mrs. Estep describes it as “Southern with a modern flair.” Filet is the main course, as always, but everything from the reception to dessert will feature Kentucky and the South.

Dance music, which will follow dinner, will be provided by The Sensations.

The Esteps, who are the youngest chairmen in gala history, are assisted by Ashland Mayor Chuck Charles and his wife, Jo, the co-chairmen.

The Esteps said they hope to set records this year in terms for fundraising.

“We have new sponsors and new attendees,” Mrs. Estep said.

“We hope attendance is up with a younger generation as attendees,” Mrs. Estep said.

The Paramount contributes about $6 million to the local economy annually and provides arts experiences to more than 100,000 individuals. More than 50,000 students in 139 local schools in 17 counties are exposed to arts programs and more than 20 communities are involved in arts outreach programs through the Paramount.

Admission costs cover 46 percent of the funding needed to operate the theater. The gala and other fundraising efforts raise the remaining 54 percent.

Text Only
Local News
  • In GOP South, pushback against Obama climate rules

    In the Republican-heavy Southeast, critics said Tuesday that a plan by President Barack Obama’s administration to cut pollution would raise electricity prices, result in job losses and may not significantly curtail the carbon emissions blamed for global warming.

    July 29, 2014

  • AK Steel posts smaller 2Q loss

    AK Steel Holding Corp. (AKS) on Tuesday reported a smaller loss in its second quarter, and topped analysts' expectations.

    July 29, 2014

  • ambulance.jpg UPDATE: Major impact downtown in accident

    A morning accident left an ambulance resting on its side Tuesday morning in front of the Paramount Arts Center on Winchester Avenue.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Jesse Stuart Foundation celebrates 35 years

    The annual Jesse Stuart Foundation Open House from noon to 6 p.m. on Aug. 8 will be a huge celebration.

    July 28, 2014

  • 0729hagerman.jpg Hagerman talks law with Rotary

    At Monday’s lunchtime meeting of the Ashland Rotary Club, Boyd County Circuit Court Judge C. David Hagerman summed up current local legal trends — and how cases, courts and criminals have changed during his 20-plus year tenure.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • POLICE BEAT: Houseguest steals valuables, nabbed at pawn shop

    Fish and houseguests both stink after three days — and much less time when a visitor pockets valuables without permission.

    July 28, 2014

  • 0728bank5.jpg Iconic Gate City bank torn down after partial collapse

    This weekend, Catlettsburg’s downtown silhouette lost one of its longest-lived landmarks.
    Demolition workers began to tear down one of the Gate City’s oldest downtown buildings following the former Catlettsburg National Bank’s partial collapse.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • Study shows room for parking improvement

    It has been suggested that the parking layout along Winchester Avenue should change, bringing the city’s main thoroughfare down to two lanes.

    July 28, 2014

  • Anti-smoking tour kicks off in Ashland

    A scan in 2009 that was supposed to show doctors what was causing Deborah Cline’s eye problems by chance revealed the cancer in her lung.
    Two years later, Roger Cline watched his wife die of lung cancer. Deborah Cline was 59 and had never smoked.

    July 28, 2014

  • 0728bank5.jpg Gate City landmark demolished

    The historic Catlettsburg National Bank Building was being taken down after the front dormer window collapsed on Sunday.

    July 28, 2014 4 Photos