Dawne Gee’s enthusiasm for her hometown is contagious. She’s considered a local celebrity and is one of Louisville’s biggest ambassadors. Whether she’s anchoring the evening news on NBC affiliate WAVE-TV or hosting one of the hundreds of charity events she does each year, Dawne spreads the #LouisvilleLove loud and proud.
EAT & DRINK: The shaved Brussels sprouts, gnocchi, charred broccolini and beignets at Butchertown Grocery, and the Amaretto Stone Sour (with orange juice and cherries). Also, the Kentucky Kale Salad and wild mushroom taco at Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen.
SHOP: It is a shopper’s wonderland in Work the Metal. There are so many crazy, unique things. I can not only find something great for myself, family or friends, but I can afford it, too. Most of my jewelry for work comes from there.
EXPERIENCE: My favorite experience certainly depends on my mood. When I’m stressed at work and I want to remember to appreciate the world we are in and the human spirit, I go to the Speed Art Museum. I am a member. It’s zip lining at Louisville Mega Cavern when my crazy side takes over. Waterfront Park and Big Four Bridge if I’m just looking for the breeze to brush against my face and a chance to celebrate the river town I was born in. We also have the best parks system in the world.
ATTEND: You must attend any and all theater in the city. It is the best. When my sister and I experienced “The Tens” at Actors Theatre, I thought to myself, ‘How in the world can you do theater in ten minutes? But it was so very awesome. We cried, we laughed, we were silent, all in 10 minutes.’ My kids and I never miss “Dracula” and we never miss “A Christmas Story.” The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts brings plays to town that rival any city in our country, but we are generally able to get a ticket and the prices aren’t astronomical.
FAVE THING ABOUT LOUISVILLE: My favorite thing about Louisville is that it’s my hometown. The people in Louisville put their heart into everything. I am truly grateful for that trait because I call on this city a lot and it responds.