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Old Louisville Events
Calendar 2003

In addition to the community events below, please check the following links for current calendars of events from our neighborhood and city institutions:

Old Louisville Events:

**="must do's"

**November 6, 2002 - February 2, 2003 
Millet to Matisse
Drawn from Glasgow’s distinguished Kelvingrove Art Gallery, the exhibition includes 64 paintings rarely seen outside Scotland. Millet to Matisse includes works from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Modern periods by such masters as Monet, Renoir, Cassatt, Cézanne, van Gogh, and Picasso
At the Speed Museum

**November 6, 2002 - March 2, 2003
Corot to Picasso:
French Paintings and Drawings
This exhibition, drawn from the collections of the museum and of local collectors, celebrates French pictorial art from the second quarter of the nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century.
At the Speed Museum

January 29 – March 29, 2003
Museum Architecture Around the World 
At the Speed Museum

April 2, April 9
Lenten Recitals at the Central Presbyterian Church
Noon-12:30 Wednesdays through Lent in the Sanctuary.  Janet Hamilton, organ, on April 2 and Adam Cobb, bass, and Guy Younce, piano, on April 9.  Contact information: Eileene J. MacFalls, (502) 456-4046, macf4046@bellsouth.net

April 4-7
Live Without a Net
An evening of music,comedy and theater. Featuring three original one act plays, by local authors. Music by: NOBODY.
at 7:30pm. The Rudyard Kipling 422 W. Oak St. Louisville,Ky. 636-1311.Tickets $8.00.Call for reservations.  Tickets also available at the door.

April 5
Central Park Cleanup
Join Old Louisville neighbors volunteers, and Metro Parks in this annual spring sprucing-up of our beloved Central Park.  It's all light work, planting, fertilizing, grading, mulching, seeding, trimming, painting, weeding and cleanup.  A barbeque lunch will be provided at noon for all workers.  Begins 8:30AM in the park.

**April 11-May 4, 2003

Kentucky Derby Festival - although the Derby Festival is city-wide, Old Louisville is conveniently located only minutes away by car from most major events, and a case can be made that Old Louisville may be the finest base of operations for out of town visitors.  It is possible to walk to most major events, including the Derby itself, from Old Louisville, if a 30-60 minute walk doesn't intimidate you.  Kentucky Derby Festival Headquarters are located at 3rd and Kentucky, on the northern edge of Old Louisville.

The festival includes hundreds of events, most notably the Opening Ceremonies/Thunder Over Louisville (good picture)  (Saturday, April 12) which is internationally known for its impressive air shows and spectacular world record displays of fireworks and a half-mile rainbow of fire, Chow Wagons (April 24-May 2), The Great Balloon Glow (Friday, April 25), The Great Balloon Race (Saturday, April 26), mini-Marathon (comes through Old Louisville, April 26) , The Great Steamboat Race (Wednesday, April 30), the Pegasus Parade (Thursday, May 1), the Kentucky Oaks (Friday, May 2), and of course, the 129th Running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 3.   It's an exciting fun-packed three weeks by anyone's standard, and the best (and most beautiful) time of all to visit the city.
Click here for the official event list by date (you can click on each event for more details)

April 15 - June 29, 2003
The Light Within:
Glass Sculpture from Louisville Collections. Thanks to numerous local collectors, Louisville is home to an exceptional range of contemporary glass. Drawing on this resource, The Light Within: Glass Sculpture from Louisville Collections will gather together over 50 outstanding examples of contemporary glass sculpture.At the Speed Museum

April 26
2nd Street Neighborhood Association Bedding Plant Sale
"Every gardener's dream from the best bedding plants to fantastic hanging
baskets"  begins 9AM.  Contact the information center for details (see below)

May 4
First Sunday Concerts Series in Central Park
The Rob Nickerson Group will be back in Central Park on Sunday, May 4, from 2pm-4pm for a concert featuring the sounds of jazz, Latin, and contemporary music. Admission is free, and audience members are encouraged to bring their own chairs to the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater. The ensemble appeared last fall in the inaugural concert of Old Louisville Information Center Concert Series. The Conrad/Caldwell House Museum will also be opened extended hours for tours the day of the concert.

June 1
First Sunday Concerts Series in Central Park
Lush Life
First Sunday Concerts are generously funded by Metro Councilman George Unseld.
3pm-5pm, FREE  (Bring a lawn chair!)

**June 19 - July 13, 2003

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
Performances are offered completely free of charge and are held in the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater located in the middle of Central Park in the heart of Old Louisville's historic preservation district. This outdoor amphitheater seats up to 1,000 audience members, with additional seating available on the lawn right and left of the stagehouse.  The Festival's average summer attendance is 10,000 people each season. In the last forty or so years, over one half million people have enjoyed the Festival’s summer productions. 
All performances begin at 8:00 p.m., dress comfortably and casually for these open-air performances.  Concessions are available.  The amphitheatre is wheelchair accessible. 
All performances are FREE
This year: 
Much ado about Nothing
The Merchant of Venice

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival web site

**June - mid October
Farmer's Market, Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Walnut Street Baptist Church Parking Lot, Third & St. Catherine
Fridays 4:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
and Theater Square (near 4th & Broadway)
Sponsored by Farm Works.  
The farmer's market is a compelling reason to look forward to summer. These markets are not huge, selling only the freshest of the season, but it gives Old Louisvillians an opportunity to purchase farm fresh produce never available any more in local groceries.  It's somewhat mind-boggling to realize how many (especially) younger people have little idea about simple pleasures of the sweet fully-developed flavor of a fresh tomato, strawberry, blackberry or peach.  Be discriminating, but, by example, we have gone to the market on Wednesday and purchased flavorful cucumbers at three for $1.00, because they were Monday's cucumbers, and not Wednesday's cucumbers for $.50 each.  And don't miss the honey lady, with her delightful variety of home-made honeys, berry-flavored honeys and honey salsas.  Come early in the season for the more robust Kentucky wildflower honeys.  Fresh herbs/plants and flowers are also sold when available. The selection changes weekly.  

July 6
First Sunday Concerts Series in Central Park
Flying Martinis
First Sunday Concerts are generously funded by Metro Councilman George Unseld.
3pm-5pm, FREE  (Bring a lawn chair!)

**July 12-13
Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour
Your chance to take a peek into nine of the beautiful gardens behind those magnificent mansions.  10am-5pm each day, $10 in advance or $12 day of tour. Start at the corner of St. James and Magnolia across from
Contact the Information Center for your early bird discount tickets at 502.635.5244, or order ON LINE 

July 26
Old Louisville Yard Sale Extravaganza
Ten Blocks of Third Street, The Central Park Neighborhood and the Conrad Caldwell House on St James Court are teaming up to bring you this one-day summer extravaganza... 
Contact the Information Center for more information, or click here for times and locations.

August 3
First Sunday Concerts Series in Central Park
Pauly and Matt Zarb
First Sunday Concerts are generously funded by Metro Councilman George Unseld.
3pm-5pm, FREE  (Bring a lawn chair!)

September 6
Spoof Dog Show in Central Park
A show for ALL dogs!  Read More
3pm-6pm, FREE  (Bring a lawn chair and your dog!)

September 7
First Sunday Concerts Series in Central Park
Doctors of Swing
First Sunday Concerts are generously funded by Metro Councilman George Unseld.
3pm-5pm, FREE  (Bring a lawn chair!)

**October 3, 4, 5, 2003 (Friday-Sunday)

St. James Court Art Show
Enjoy the fall weather and wonderful art work from all over the country in one of the nation's oldest, largest, and most prestigious open-air art shows: 10:00am-6:00pm Friday and Saturday, and until 5:00pm Sunday.

The St. James Court Art show is a juried show with nearly 700 artists exhibiting throughout St. James and Belgravia Courts, Fountain Court, along Third, Fourth and Magnolia Streets.  Come to the show rain or shine.  As well as artwork and crafts, you'll find plenty to eat and drink as well.
More info 
Art Show Web Site 

October 5
First Sunday Concerts Series in Central Park
First Sunday Concerts are generously funded by Metro Councilman George Unseld.
3pm-5pm, FREE  (Bring a lawn chair!)

*October 11
The Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce is hosting a concert by the internationally acclaimed flamenco guitarist, Esteban. He and his 6 piece band will be presenting an evening of music and fun at the 1400 seat Spectrum Auditorium (the former Male High School).  Proceeds will go to the Oak Street Revitalization Project.
$10 general admission, $20 reserved, $30 preferred, $150 formal premier party Oct 10
Concert 7:30pm, 911 Brook Street.  On-line tickets at www.spectrumauditorium.com 
Pre-concert dinner featuring the cuisine of Spain at Gumby's Garden Cafe (more)

October 23-25
The Woman's Club of Louisville Fall Event
1320 S. Fourth Street Louisville, KY  40203  634-9437 
The 2003 Marketplace "Shop for Gifts for Everyone"
Thursday/Friday, Oct. 23-24, 3:00pm-7:00pm; 
Saturday, Oct. 25, 10:00am-3:00pm
- Marketplace open, - Tea in Dining Room
Proceeds from the Marketplace and Tea go to The Louisville Deaf Oral School

**December 6-7 (Saturday-Sunday)
Old Louisville Holiday House Tour This Year: "Mansions on Third Street"
Take a look inside eight of Old Louisville's finest homes decorated for the holidays.  Enjoy a "Taste of Old Louisville."  $15 advance purchase, $20 on the days of the tour.   MORE Information
Tours 12:00 noon until 6:00 P.M. both days  

More information and tickets for the Garden Tour, Victorian Christmas House Tour, etc. can be obtained from:

The Old Louisville Information Center
1340 S. 4th Street in Central Park
Louisville, KY 40208
Tuesday through Friday 1-5 PM
Closed Mondays
(502) 635-5244
fax (502) 635-5245
Please note: it seems the Old Louisville Information Center changes its hours between 3-6 times a year.  It is not always possible for OldLouisville.com to keep up with this, so it may be prudent to verify with them before you make a trip.


Also check out the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council's web site for more information on Old Louisville's neighborhood events and fundraisers.

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