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Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 18

8 p.m. | Welcome reception and nightcaps around the fire pit at Bardstown Motor Lodge

Friday, April 19

8:30 a.m. | Breakfast at the hotel restaurant Toogie’s Table

9:30 a.m. | Board shuttle for Maker’s Mark Distillery

  • Choose between the typical tour and tasting or the art tour featuring a Dale Chihuly exhibit.
  • Optional: Visit the gift shop; purchase and dip your own bottle of Maker’s Mark in their signature red wax.

Noon | On your own to grab lunch, visit a museum, and shop in Bardstown. Shuttle will operate on a continual loop back to the hotel until 3 p.m.

3:30 p.m. | Board shuttle for Log Still Distillery

  • Spend the afternoon with Purdue alumnus Wally Dant (AG’85) who owns and operates Log Still.
  • Enjoy a distillery tour and tasting and a cocktail mixology class.
  • Attend dinner in the Legacy Building with a special unveiling.

Saturday, April 20

8:30 a.m. | Breakfast at the hotel restaurant Toogie’s Table

10 a.m. | Board shuttle to Limestone Branch Distillery

  • Receive behind-the-scenes access with owner and Purdue alumnus Stephen Beam (AG’80) who will share the history of Limestone Branch and conduct a tasting.
  • Take a private tour of the distillery.
  • Enjoy lunch on site.

1 p.m. | Distillery dash (optional)

  • Board the shuttle bus and enjoy an afternoon of dashing through the distilleries of Bardstown.
  • Enjoy drinks and tastings available on your own.

5 p.m. | My Old Kentucky Dinner Train

  • Relax while you ride through the beautiful central Kentucky countryside.
  • Enjoy a gourmet four-course meal and a tasting of bourbon hosted by a master distiller.

Sunday, April 21

8:30 a.m. | Breakfast at the hotel restaurant Toogie’s Table

11 a.m. | Checkout and safe travels home

Patsy J. Mellott

BS College of Health and Human Sciences, 1969
Fishers, IN

Patsy earned a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition in business from Purdue in 1969, in addition to an MBA in food marketing from Michigan State University in 1970. She retired from Kraft Foods in 2006 after 36 years in corporate food marketing and marketing communications management.

A community volunteer, Patsy serves on the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Advisory Board and the Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences Dean’s Leadership Council, in addition to the President’s Council Advisory Board. She is a former member of the Health and Human Sciences Alumni Board. Patsy held several offices from 2006 through 2013, including president and treasurer. She serves her community’s Discover Indianapolis Club in Fishers, holding several leadership roles for over 10 years.

Patsy has received several honors, including the Purdue University Nutrition Science Department Hall of Fame recipient in 2009 and the Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016. She also received the college’s Gold and Black Award in 2016, an honor reserved for donors who have moved the college forward by committing exceptional financial resources.

In addition to endowing two scholarships, the Patsy J. Mellott Scholarship and Patsy J. Mellott HHS Scholarship, she established the Patsy J. Mellott Teaching Innovation Award in the College of Health and Human Sciences in 2013. In 2015, she endowed the Patsy J. Mellott Women’s Tennis Coach Performance Award. She is a lead donor in the Christine M. Ladisch Faculty Leadership Award and the Purdue Women’s Network Virginia C. Meredith Scholarship for the College of Health and Human Sciences.