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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"

March 13-14
Asian Art & Antiques Market
at the Crane House.  More info at http://www.cranehouse.org

Early April
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 8-May 2, 2004

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 17) 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 22-30), The Great Balloon Glow (Friday, April 23), The Great Balloon Race (Saturday, April 24), mini-Marathon (comes through Old Louisville, April 24) , The Great Steamboat Race (Wednesday, April 28), the Pegasus Parade (Thursday, April 29), the Kentucky Oaks (Friday, April 30), and of course, the 130th Running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 1.   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)

Late April
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 2
First Sunday Concerts Series in Central Park
The Rob Nickerson Group will be back in Central Park on Sunday, May 2, 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.


**First Weekend in June….
Join Us for the Central Park Centennial Kick Off Celebrations!
Contact the Old Louisville Information Center for more information: 635-5244

June 2-6
Tennis Tournament in the Park

June 4
7PM Wine and Cheese Celebration
Haskins Hall, Conrad-Caldwell House
Everyone invited!

June 5
Neighborhood Picnic from 3-5 PM
Bring a picnic dinner to the park and join your neighbors for a relaxing afternoon. 
(Picnic Table Decorating Contest, too!)

June 6
Ice Cream Social & Sunday Summer Concert Series
2-5 PM in Central Park.  Rob Nickerson in concert 2-4pm
Ice Cream compliments of Mary Martin, Michael Mawood, and the Old Louisville Information Center
more info

June 6-29
University of Louisville School of Music June Events
Suzuki Piano Institute June 6 - 12
Suzuki String Institute June 13 - 18
Kentuckiana Chamber Camps for Strings, Brass, and Woodwinds June 19 - 23
Kentucky Ambassadors June 26 - 29
Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop June 27 - July 10
For more information on any of these UofL School of Music programs, please contact the school at 502.852.6907

**June 16 - July 11, 2004

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: 

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival web site

**June - mid October
Farmer's Market
Wednesdays 3 :00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Walnut Street Baptist Church Parking Lot, Third & St. Catherine
Saturdays 8:00 a.m. noon or until sold out.
Corner of Preston & Breckinridge, Mayzeek Middle School
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 4
First Sunday Concerts Series in Central Park
With Turley Richards, 2-4pm
more info

**July 10-11
Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour

This year's Garden Tour celebrates the 100th birthday of Central Park by showcasing 12 beautiful hidden gardens surrounding the park.  Tour package also includes "Art in the Park" and free refreshments.  Tour hours are 10 am to 5 pm.  Tickets are $10 in advance, call 502-635-5244  or order ON LINE .  Tickets are $12 weekend of the tour and may be purchased at Saint James Court and Magnolia Ave., across from Central Park.  more info .

August 1
First Sunday Concerts Series in Central Park
With "Splatch", 2-4pm
more info

*August 7
Old Louisville Yard Sale Extravaganza
Ten Blocks of Third Street, The Central Park Neighborhood and the Conrad Caldwell House on St James Court were just the highlights from last year's sale.  This year's sale will be bigger than ever,  a one-day summer yard sale extravaganza that may be the largest neighborhood sale in Louisville in 2004, with more associations joining than ever before... Just getting to wander around the front and back yards and gardens of all those Victorian mansions is treat enough for many.  Click here for more information, including (for yard sellers) 40 tips for a successful sale.
You can also contact the Old Louisville Information Center for more information.

September 5
First Sunday Concerts Series in Central Park
With "The Doctors of Swing",  Brass Band 2-4pm
more info

**October 1, 2, 3, 2004 (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 3
First Sunday Concerts Series in Central Park
Jazz Ensemble 2-4pm
more info

October 16
Dinners for Central Park
A series of dinner parties in the neighborhood  to benefit the Friends of Central Park. They will be held in the elegantly restored mansions around Central Park in Old Louisville. Some will be black tie, and others more casual. Those interested in participating, either as hosts or guests, should call the Old Louisville Information Center at 635-5244.

October 29, 30, 31
Victorian Ghost Tour
Sponsored by the West St Catherine Neighborhood Association,  the tour is from 6:00-7:30 PM (every 15 minutes) and starts at The Rock at St James Court across from Central Park.  Cost is $15 per person.  Call the Old Louisville Information Center at 635-5244 for more info or tickets, and see the special article by the Courier-Journal: Hauntingly Beautiful.  Tickets can also be purchased at the start of the tour.


**December 4-5 (Saturday-Sunday)
Old Louisville Holiday House Tour
This year, Around Central Park will be the theme.  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,
more info from the OLIC
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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