Pop stars and bluegrass legends find a special place in the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame; relive a Kentucky Life Memory with a look back at Old Friends in Georgetown – a retirement home for champion racehorses; young men follow in Muhammad Ali’s footsteps by stepping into the boxing ring in Louisville; and dive into fun at the Newport Aquarium.
Kentucky Music Hall of Fame
Kentucky’s influence on American music is undeniable, and local musicians appear in just about every genre of music found today. A museum in Mount Vernon showcases some of these artists, past and present.
“Here at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, you’ll find Kentucky’s complete timeline of musical history,” says Director Avery Bradshaw. “We honor anybody from Loretta Lynn to the Backstreet Boys—two of them are from Kentucky.”
Kentucky Life Memory: Old Friends
In 2015, Kentucky Life visited Georgetown’s Old Friends, a retirement home for legendary thoroughbred racehorses. That year War Emblem, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2002, came to live at Old Friends alongside some other Triple Crown contenders.
Louisville Select Boxing
In the hometown of Muhammad Ali, boxing is held in high regard. For boys who train at Louisville Select Boxing, the sport is more than just learning how to fight.
“Louisville Select Boxing is a youth boxing program for youth development,” says founder and coach Nicholas Bareis. “Through their formative years, from ages 12 to 16, is where I really like to work with the athletes.”
Northern Kentucky’s Newport Aquarium is home to hundreds of species of animals with origins around the globe. Kentucky Life talked to two of the professionals who are part of the team that cares for the aquarium’s collection to find out what it takes to keep them all safe and healthy.