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Grand Opening! Gallery of Homes

Thank you to everyone that came out on Tuesday to help us celebrate our new Gallery of Homes and Sales Center in Georgetown.



We kicked it all off with a beautiful ribbon cutting ceremony!


Lisa Ball Cutting the Ribbon!


Look at at spread! Catering by Miss Stephanie’s in Georgetown!

Super delicious cookies by Leanne’s Cake Creations!










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For more information on the Gallery of Homes and Sales Center and when you can visit them click here!

Orchard Exploration

It's now officially Fall, which means it's also officially apple picking season! Pumpkins seem to be the top runner in fall produce these days, but don't you think apples should get just as much spotlight too? Here in the Lexington area there's not only one great, local orchard -- but two! Have you ever been to Evans Orchard or Boyds Orchard? They're both absolutely fantastic and so much fun!




The Evans Orchard Farm Market opens in May with beautiful hanging baskets and fresh, homegrown strawberries within just a matter of days. Throughout the summer and fall, you’ll find our Farm Market & Gift Store packed with tasty, locally grown fruits and vegetables, picked at the peak of perfection for the best flavor and nutritional value.

We grow over 20 acres of peaches, apples, and pears and more than 20 acres of farm-fresh vegetable.

While you are in the Gift Store, be sure to sample our delicious, creamy homemade fudge, and try the apple cider donuts or perhaps a fried apple pie, along with a special glass of our own yummy apple cider! We also have lots of jams and jellies, honey, gifts, candles, and toys!

Plan to stay awhile and include a visit to the Sweet Apple Café and Bakery for a hamburger, hot dog, grilled chicken sandwich, rib-eye sandwich, pulled pork cooked with our own apples, ice cream, apple dumplings, or something else from our tasty menu!

For more information click here to visit their website!



The Boyd's of Boyd Orchards, 5th generation fruit growers hailing from Southern Illinois, bring their many years of experience in growing delicious produce and agri-entertainment.  Come on out and experience family fun at its finest on our neatly kept farm in Versailles, KY!

Children of all ages love our large and unique playground - big slides, a pirate ship, and even a hay castle!  There is so much to do the little ones never want to leave!  We offer high quality fruits and vegetables of the season including U-Pick Strawberries, Blackberries, and Apples!  During the fall we also have hayrides, pick your own apples and pumpkins, an animal center, corn maze and bonfire areas for group events.  Our Apple Blossom Cafe offers seasonal treats and our Gift Shop has unique products for all occasions.

For more information and hours click here to visit their website!

It's so exciting to go apple picking! The weather will be perfect for it this weekend!

Lexington Burger Week

The first ever Lexington BURGER WEEK is July 6-12th! It doesn't get better than this! There are 20 restaurants participating from all over town and each one is creating a special $5 that isn't on their regular menu. The chefs are competing for the most unique burger in town. The hardest part of the whole week is going to be deciding which restaurant to visit first!

The Five Commandments of Burger Week

1. They will run out. The restaurants are going to be making A LOT of these burgers, so try to understand if they run out. There will be 19 other restaurants also serving burgers that are just as tasty that you should try next!

2. There will be waits. Be prepared to have to wait for a table. This event is going to be very popular, so try to go early or make sure to be patient with our restaurants.

3.  Tips are appreciated. $5 brings out the cheap in all of us, but really, you're getting a $10-15 burger (many restaurants go way overboard with ingredients, trying to outdo each other), so please tip at least 20%. The people who are serving you are working harder during Burger Week than at any other point in the year. A kind word will also be welcome - these people are our friends and neighbors.

4. You really should buy a drink or other food. While extra purchases are not a requirement, I think it says something good about you if you show a little love to a restaurant going above and beyond to bring you an awesome burger. Pick up some fries and a pint of Kentucky Ale. You'll enjoy yourself more.

5. Check Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Restaurants are encouraged to post their waits and remaining burgers for the day. Go to lexingtonburgerweek.com and don't forget to tag your Instagram photos and tweets with #lexburgerweek.

Now to the good stuff, the burgers!

1. The Pole Dancer from A La Lucie
Two Angus beef patties with a bourbon soaked Bellavitano and Swiss mac and cheese waffle in between, topped with applewood smoked bacon, onion ring, pickle, tomato, chopped lettuce and a Dijon mayonnaise “special sauce.” The Dancer will be served on a split-top potato bread bun and skewered. Best paired with: Kentucky Ale


2. Two Drunken Burgers from Enoteca
Two red wine-soaked burger sliders covered in melted drunken goat cheese from Spain, topped with house cured pork belly, green peppers cooked in Kentucky Ale, and baby greens served on brioche buns with house aioli on the side. Best paired with: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale


3. Smokin' Beer Cheese Burger from JDI
An Angus patty topped with in-house smoked pulled pork, JDI beer cheese made with Kentucky Ale, fresh red onions; breaded and fried with lettuce, and tomato. Best paired with: Kentucky Ale

4. The Animal Club from Country Club
A Kentucky beef patty from Marksbury Farm Foods, seared with mustard bbq sauce, 2 slices American cheese, smoked onions, pickles, lettuce, Garey Farm heirloom tomato, BBQ 1000 Island, on a toasted Sunrise Bakery bun. Best paired with: Kentucky White Ale

5. Kentucky Beef Burger from Al's Bar
A beef burger blended with Bourbon butter crimini mushrooms, topped with Kenny’s Swiss cheese, house-pickled Garey Farms kale kraut and our Russian dressing. We’ll also offer a lentil patty using the same treatment for vegetarians. Best paired with: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout


6. Far East Bound & Down O'Round from Shamrock Bar and Grill
O’Round with a dollop of Sriracha, fire roasted green chiles, pepperjack cheese, finished with garden fresh leaf lettuce, diced red onion, and a hand breaded, Panko fried green tomato with a butter grilled bun lathered with Sriracha aioli. Best paired with: Kentucky Old Fashioned Barrel Ale


7. Best Friend Burger from Best Friend Bar
A beef patty topped with house made pimento cheese, fried green tomato, fried shallots, Sriracha mayo, tomato onion jam and fresh cilantro on a potato bun. Best paired with: Kentucky IPA

8. Five Buck Burger from Drake'sA ginormous 100% USDA beef patty with honey-jalapeno barbecue sauce, heaps of American cheese, and house fried onion straws. Best paired with: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale


9. Beef WELL-ington Burger from Smithtown Seafood
Locally sourced beef burger with mushroom duxelles, coffee stout demi-glace, crumbled Kenny’s Barren County bleu cheese, crispy buttermilk onions, roast garlic aïoli, and FoodChain mustard microgreens on a croissant. Best with: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout


10. Backyard Voodoo Burger from Lynagh's
A perfectly seasoned ground sirloin patty on a toasted brioche bun, topped with caramelized onions and drenched in a root beer and onion sauce so damn good it can only be called Voodoo. Best paired with: Kentucky Kolsch


11. Rising Sun Burger from Alfalfa Restaurant
A 1/4 lb Local Stone Cross Farms beef burger topped with tamari marinated grilled onions, tempura battered shiitake mushrooms, cucumber-ginger pickle and wasabi mayo on a housemade sesame bun using Weisenberger Mill flour. Best paired with: Kentucky Ale


12. Thai Me Down Burger from Lexington Diner
A 1/3 lb. local Cooper Brothers burger with Thai Peanut Sauce, mushrooms, caramelized onion, smoked gouda, and Asian vegetables with a sweet jalapeno chili sauce on a Sunrise Bakery brioche bun. Lexington Diner does not serve beer.


13. Lum's Olie Burger from The Ketch Seafood Restaurant
A 6 oz. Angus chuck patty seasoned with the original Lum’s Burger Spice Mix, cooked over white oak coals, topped with provolone, Romano & Parmesan cheese and served on our house baked, toasted bun with Original Lum’s Sauce. Try it with an order of spicy Lum’s Fries. Best paired with: Kentucky Ale


14. Hot Diggity Dog Beer Cheese Burger from Columbia Steakhouse
An 8 oz. burger with a chargrilled 100% beef hot dog, our artisan top-secret beer cheese and leafy green lettuce. Served on a butter-toasted sesame seed bun. Best paired with: Kentucky Ale


15. Western Burger from AP Suggins
An 8 oz. burger topped with a spicy Kansas City style BBQ sauce, hickory smoked bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, a beer battered onion ring, romaine lettuce and sliced tomato on a toasted bun. Best paired with: Kentucky Ale


16. Caballero Steak Burger from Coba Cocina
A steak burger with arugula, queso fresco and chimichurri. Best paired with: Kentucky Kolsch


17. West Kentucky Blue Jack Mutton Burger from Billy's BBQ
A fresh rosemary and garlic infused mutton burger with melted bleu cheese crumbles or pepperjack cheese topped with pickles, lettuce, onion and tomato on a sesame seed bun. Best paired with: Kentucky Ale


18. Beaumont Bomber Burger from BRU Burger
A tri-cut blend of sirloin, chuck, and brisket topped with chorizo, white cheddar, sauteed peppers, eggs, hashbrowns, and a star anise gravy, sitting on a brioche bun. Best paired with: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout


19. Bite the Bulleit Burger from The Cellar
An 8 oz. burger smothered in a bourbon glaze, caramel onions, bacon and two slices of smoked gouda cheese topped with a toasted sesame seed bun. Best paired with: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale


20. Drunken Cajun Butter from Bourbon & Toulouse/CCI
A 1/4 lb. beef patty mixed with bourbon smoked garlic salt, minced onion, sharp cheddar cheese, creole spiced bread butter, Cajun power hot sauce and Sadistic Mistress homemade ketchup. Best paired with: Kentucky Ale


Now comes the hard part...what's going to be your first stop!? Visit www.lexingtonburgerweek.com for more information!

Ball Homes Night of Hope



We're looking forward to one of our annual traditions, the sixth annual Ball Homes Night of Hope. This year’s event takes place on Thursday, November 13th at 7pm, at the Lexington Opera House. This year's featured speaker is country singer/songwriter Jimmy Wayne, the author of Paper Angels and the new book Walk to Beautiful, the story of his inspiring journey to raise awareness of homeless children.

Jimmy Wayne survived an abusive childhood and years of shuffling through the foster care system, eventually ending up homeless. He was taken in by a couple who fostered his love of music and helped him get his education. After completing his associates degree in criminal justice, he auditioned for a songwriting job for Acuff-Rose, and in 2008 had his first Billboard Top 40 country hits, including the #1 hit "Do You Believe Me Now." Jimmy Wayne never forgot his past though, and on January 1, 2010, he set out on a 1700 mile solo hike from Nashville to Phoenix to raise awareness of homeless youth. Called the "Meet Me Halfway" campaign, he walked 25 miles a day, and was covered by major national media, including People and USA Today. The story of this journey is chronicled in Jimmy's newest book, Walk to Beautiful.

All proceeds from the evening’s festivities go to the Hope Center, to help battle homelessness, addiction and mental illness across Kentucky.

For tickets or more information on this special event, visit the Hope Center website.

Scott County Tour of Homes


We're excited to be a part of the 2014 Scott County Tour of Homes, presented by the Scott County Home Builders AssociationThe tour will be held for two weekends, September 6-7 and 13-14 from 1-5pm, and admission is free. 

 

This year, Ball Homes has seven homes in the tour.  Our Baldwin and Manhattan II model homes will be featured in The Landing at Pleasant Valley.  

In McClelland View, our Cavanaugh II Expanded and Westmont II models will be open, and the new Talbot model in the Village at Lanes Run

Also new this year is  the
Livingston model in the Abbey at Old Oxford.

In The Enclave at Payne's Landing, our new Coventry A model will be featured.  

Please visit us on the tour, or any time by appointment, to see the latest in new home design.