Upcoming Events

Salon 1: GeneSight Testing: Ending the Trial and Error Process
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Kim Horn, Regional Medical Specialist, Assurex Health
Hosted by Margaret and Michael Adriatico, East Walnut Hills

Medications are not “one size fits all.” Determining the correct medication, particularly to treat depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and acute or chronic pain, is often trial and error. The GeneSight test, developed by Assurex Health through a partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic, gives health care providers a genetic profile which enables them to determine the appropriate medications for each patient. DNA gathered with a simple cheek swab provides individualized information to help the physician improve the patient’s chances of being prescribed a medication that works best. Kim Horn, a certified genetic counselor at Mason-based Assurex Health, led the team dedicated to researching pharmacogenomics (how genes affect the response to drugs), developing educational materials, and answering clinical and scientific questions from healthcare providers. She currently provides clinical support and education about psychiatric pharmacogenomics to healthcare providers. Her presentation will provide an overview of GeneSight testing, the science behind it, benefits and limitations, and future applications.

The Adriaticos’ 1880s Queen Ann-style home features a catalogue of Victorian favorites. Outside, intricate art glass and a patterned slate roof with iron cresting and finials catch the eye, while inside high ceilings, delicate floral carvings, pocket doors, and gleaming floors of maple, cherry, beech, and walnut, restored in 2001, delight. A massive circular tower at the rear of the house , now the living room, features leaded glass windows and red oak millwork, including a colluded mantel and built-in sideboard. A brunch of quiche, tossed greens, and pastries will include a mimosa bar, coffee, tea, and water.

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Salon 2: CCM Celebrates 150 Years
Jan 21 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

bruce d. mclung, Ph.D., Interim Dean, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Hosted by Lisa and Normand Desmarais, Covington

When 31-year-old Clara Baur began offering piano and voice lessons in a one-room studio at Miss Nourse’s School for Young Ladies in 1867, she could not have imagined what she had started! Today, with 1,492 students studying in 100 different programs and earning nine different degree types, the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati has become the largest arts presenter in the state of Ohio. In this compelling presentation, Interim Dean bruce d. mcclung, Ph.D, will trace CCM’s cultural contributions to the Greater Cincinnati area. Dr. mcclung, who is also the Thomas James Kelly Professor of Music, is a musicologist whose interests include American music and musical theater. He is the author of the award-winning book Lady in the Dark: Biography of a Musical and served as the musical and text consultant for the Royal National Theatre’s production of that musical.

The Amos ShinkleTownhouse, built in 1854, was home to the civic leader famous for his contribution to building the Roebling Bridge and Covington’s three Methodist churches. Recently renovated by the Desmarais family, this Greco-Italianate beauty boasts 16-foot ceilings, a recessed front vestibule with deep six-over-six windows, and delicate triple-banded cornice moldings that complement the octagonal newel post. Savories and sweets will be served, along with wine, beer, soft drinks, and coffee.

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Salon 3: In One Piece, But Not Whole: Treating the Hidden Scars of PTSD
Jan 28 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Dr. Kathleen Chard, Ph.D., Director, Trauma Recovery Center, Cincinnati VA Medical Center
Hosted by Nathan and Mary Lee Chance Smith, Old Fort Mitchell

Returning veterans and other trauma victims often bear hidden scars, which may make themselves known only through destructive behaviors and an inability to readjust to civilian life. At the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, Dr. Kathleen Chard works to heal those wounded warriors whose lack of physical scars often resulted, in the past, in their needs being unrecognized and untreated. She will discuss the biological underpinnings of PTSD, share diagnostic criteria, and explain current evidence-based treatments, including medication and psychotherapy options. As the VA’s Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Implementation Director, she disseminates these treatment options to VA clinicians across the United States. She is also the author of the CPT for Sexual Abuse treatment manual.

The Smith home, built in 1950 by Tom “Doc” and Evelyn Rusk, began life as a modest yellow cottage with a breathtaking view of the Fort Mitchell Country Club golf course. After a visit to Monet’s home in France, Doc Rusk, himself an artist, painted the home pink, and the Smiths have retained its signature color. Decorated in a mixture of 19th century antiques accented by modern pieces and contemporary lighting, the home features numerous works of art, including pieces by Frank Duveneck and Alexander Calder. Guests will enjoy brunch, with mimosas, Bloody Marys, coffee, juice, and soft drinks.

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Salon 4: From Not to Hot: The Transformation of a Neighborhood
Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Sara Sheets, Executive Director, Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (MCURC)
Jessica Jefferys Bostwick, Madisonville Resident, Community Volunteer, and MCURC Board Member
Hosted by Kelli Stein, Hyde Park

What does it take to transform a struggling neighborhood into one of Cincinnati’s hottest locations? How do community organizations and government work together to move the needle from disinvestment to investment? Sara Sheets, a 15-year Madisonville resident, spent much of her career as an urban planner working to improve other neighborhoods. Frustrated with the lack of progress in her own, she started writing grants, taking on projects as a consultant, and leading a grassroots community planning effort. In 2013, she became MCURC’s first executive director. Jessica Bostwick moved to Madisonville four years ago and began volunteering at the Madisonville Education and Assistance Center. She learned to garden through the 500 Gardens in Madisonville program, and is an ambassador for the neighborhood’s 500 Chickens. Learn how these efforts have attracted more than $355 million in redevelopment projects to the place our speakers call home.

Built in 1929 for Henry Frost and his wife Grace, the Steins’ gracious house evokes the romantic 1920s Tudor Revival style, featuring oak woodwork, beamed ceilings, rough plaster walls, Tudor archways, and a leaded-glass French door. The house has been lovingly restored with a combination of existing architectural details and new elements that complement the original design. Enjoy appetizers, fruit, cheeses, and desserts, accompanied by wine, cocktails, soft drinks, tea, and coffee, in these elegant surroundings.

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Salon 5: Inspired Edibles: A Tale of Two Chefs
Feb 18 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Jim Cornwell, Managing Partner and Chef, Sartre and Dutch’s, and Josh Wamsley, Owner and Chef, Mazunte
Hosted by Annette Januzzi Wick and Mark D. Manley, M.D., Over-The-Rhine

For years, The Maisonette and Pigall’s defined Cincinnati’s restaurant scene. As eating styles changed, culinary newcomers responded. Two of the city’s outstanding food mavericks will share their adventures in the competitive world of feeding the locals. Mazunte founder Josh Wamsley, home from teaching in Korea, stopped at a local taco place and had a taco so bland he described it as borderline offensive. Not long after, while teaching in Oaxaca, Mexico, he learned to cook Mexican cuisine as it was prepared by street vendors, from generations-old family recipes. He returned to Cincinnati and, with no formal restaurant experience, began the award-winning Mazunte Taqueria. Jim Cornwell, by contrast, has had an established career with many iconic Cincinnati restaurants, including The Maisonette, Boca, and Hugo. He’s a partner at the Hyde Park gem, Dutch’s, and his newest culinary endeavor is Sartre OTR, a brasserie in the former bottling room at Rheingeist Brewery. Jim will discuss the connection between food systems and the commercial kitchen and how small changes in the way food is purchased can have positive impacts on our food systems, particularly small artisanal farms.

The Manley-Wicks’ Italianate-style home was built in 1875 by Civil War veteran Charles H. Mueller, who owned an apothecary in St. Paulus Kirche, now Taft’s Ale house. His family occupied the house until the late 1930s. The home fell into disrepair in the mid 1980s and was unoccupied until the current owners, with the assistance of the city, 3CDC, and John Heuber Homes, brought it back to life. The house boasts a view of Music Hall’s rose window from the second and third-floor terraces. Brunch will be served, along with a bourbon cocktail, prosecco, and soda.

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Salon 6: A Star is Born – The Long and Unlikely Road to Hippo Fame
Feb 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Christina Gorsuch, Curator of Mammals, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Darcy Doellman, R.N., Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Hosted by Nancy DeCastro, Eden Park

Born six weeks early, weighing just 20 pounds and needing round-the-clock care, Fiona faced unfavorable odds for survival. The zoo’s 25-member Team Fiona pulled her through. One of her keepers spent the night with her every night for five straight weeks. When Fiona became dehydrated, Children’s Hospital dispatched a nurse to insert an IV. And it wasn’t long before the internet fell in love with her, as she garnered followers and fans from around the world. Through her Facebook page, YouTube channel, and Twitter account, her every move and milestone were celebrated. And, the love affair isn’t over. What other hippo has a published biography, a Rookwood Pottery ornament, and a shopping site on Amazon? Gorsuch and Doellman will share the journey they took with the world’s most famous hippo.

Enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view of the tri-state from Nancy Decastro’s Eden Park Penthouse. Decorated in the English country style, her home is filled with antiques and collectibles and features a wormy chestnut room paneled with reclaimed wood from three barns. Enjoy savories and sweets accompanied by wine and other beverages.

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Salon 7: Have a Field Day with the Press
Mar 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Jeffrey Layne Blevins, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati; Libby Cunningham, WCPO; Danny Cross, CityBeat; Tom McKee, WCPO
Hosted by Ann M. Keeling, Indian Hill

These are interesting times for journalists and consumers of news. Access to news is 24/7. No longer are the morning newspaper and the nightly news our only go-to sources. Nine to ten of us get some form of news online. Sixty-two percent of U.S. adults get news from social media. Newspapers have been hit hard but are still a critical part of the American news landscape. Local television news has lost viewers but still garners more viewers than cable and network news programs. It’s become overwhelming. What’s fake news, what’s real, and how do you know the difference? Join us for a lively panel discussion about something that affects us all. Dr. Blevins is head of the Journalism department at the University of Cincinnati, where he teaches media law, ethics and social media, and journalism. Danny Cross is the editor in chief at CityBeat, which has won national awards for news writing, investigative reporting, and arts writing. Libby Cunningham is the social media reporter and producer at WCPO-TV and WCPO.com. Tom McKee, a multimedia journalist at WCPO, specializing in government, business and education, serves on the national board of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Enjoy appetizers, desserts, and wine amid works of art at the Indian Hill home of Jon and Ann Keeling. The transitional home sits in a valley on five-plus heavily wooded acres. Their collection consists primarily of local art, with a number of drawings and paintings by Paul Chidlaw, plus modern and impressionist art including original black-and-white photography, paintings, drawings, mixed media, silkscreen works, and sculpture.

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Greater Cincinnati International Wine Festival
Mar 8 – Mar 10 all-day
Greater Cincinnati International Wine Festival @ Cincinnati | Ohio | United States

Each year, Greater Cincinnati International Wine Festival donates hundreds of thousands of dollars to local non-profits. Women Helping Women has been a Wine Festival beneficiary for many years, and with its generous support, Women Helping Women is able to serve more survivors, students, and community members in our region.


Salon 8: Designing Woman
Mar 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Robyn Novak, Vice President, Creative Managing Director, FRCH Design Worldwide
Hosted by Sara and Michelle Vance Waddell, Indian Hill

FRCH Design Worldwide is an international brand experience firm, collaborating with clients to See Something New, to create amazing environments where people shop, eat, work, relax, and play. Marrying form and function creates the ideal environment, and no matter what that environment may be—retail, hospitality, food, corporate offi ce, higher education— Robyn Novak knows how to shape it. The 2015 Retail Design Influencer of the Year, RAVE Rising Star, and VMSD Designer Dozen Award recipient will discuss how she and her team of designers and retail strategists have created design solutions for companies as diverse as Tiffany & Co., Build-A-Bear, Frontgate, Mercedes Benz, Johnson & Johnson, and American Girl Boutique and Bistro.Robyn will showcase the many different retail and restaurant projects FRCH Design Worldwide has worked on in 2017 and discuss how design plays a role in people’s everyday lives.

Enjoy a mimosa brunch at the contemporary Indian Hill home of Sara and Michelle Vance Waddell, while enjoying their collection of powerful and thought-provoking art—some of which has been lent to museums around the country—created by women and artists of color.

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Salon 9: One Gift, Three Rules, and a Life-Changing Experience
Mar 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Kim Dinan, Author, The Yellow Envelope
Hosted by Ruth Faragher, Covington

After Kim Dinan and her husband decided to quit their jobs, sell all their possessions, and travel around the world, they were given a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give the money away. There were three rules: don’t overthink it; share your experiences; and don’t feel pressured to give it all away. The Yellow Envelope chronicles their three-year, round-the-world journey, the transformative power of giving, and the magic that happens when you fling yourself from your comfort zone to chase an impossible dream. Cincinnatian Kim Dinan is a writer, book proposal coach, and public speaker. She has backpacked over 25 countries on five continents.

Ruth Faragher’s contemporary home, nestled in a park-like setting, offers a stunning view of the city. Enjoy sweet bites and savory hors’d’oeuvres, with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

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