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A Taste of Viet Nam Downtown

October 24, 2016

An Immigrant Couple Lives the American Dream. In 1975 a woman emigrated from Viet Nam to America with seven of her nine children in search of a better life. The family wound up in Frankfort, KY where they were met by members of Hope Lutheran Church with open arms. It was then that a 12-year old girl named Thao Mai first met Pat and Martha Flynn. I sat down recently to talk with Thao and her husband - also named Thao (he goes by TT) - at their downtown Mai Saigon Restaurant on St. Clair Street.  Pat and Martha joined us. Thao and TT affectionately call the couple “Mom and Dad.” What unfolded was a remarkable story of friendship, love,...

A Local Treasure

October 20, 2016

Frankfort Entrepreneur Uses Art, Music, and Oral History to tell Kentucky’s Story. Recently I experienced an enjoyable surprise when my friend Kim invited me to tag along to the Ward Oates amphitheater for a midday riverfront concert by Stir Fry Musette. Eclectic and entertaining, the band incorporates a variety of musical styles including Jazz, American, Eastern European, Latin, and Folk.  Front and center with the band was a charismatic, energetic and accomplished violinist. This week, when I sat down for a cup of coffee with Joanna Hay at her Shelby Street office in one of the old Army barracks, I learned that being a skillful musician is just one among many of her distinctive talents. Hay is a video producer...