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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"

April 15, 2006
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 -May 7, 2006

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 22) 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-May 6), The Great Balloon Glow (Friday, April 28), The Great Balloon Race (Saturday, April 30), mini-Marathon (comes through Old Louisville, April 30) , The Great Steamboat Race (Wednesday, May 3), the Pegasus Parade (Thursday, May 4), the Kentucky Oaks (Friday, May 5), and of course, the 131st Running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 6.   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 (you can click on each event for more details, sort by date, etc.)

April 2006
19th Annual 2nd Street Neighborhood Association Bedding Plant Sale
"Every gardener's dream from the best bedding plants to fantastic hanging baskets"  begins 9AM.  Send in your order form by April 21, and pick up on Saturday April 29 from 9AM til 1 PM at 127 W Ormsby rear.  For more information, click here or contact the information center for details (see below) or see more information and order form in the April Newsletter.  Click here for an  Order form  For preorders, send checks payable to SSNA to SSNA Bedding Plant Sale, c/o June Lockhart, 1322 S Second Street, Louisville, KY 40208

June 11 & October 8, 2006
Sunday Concerts Series in Central Park
This year the Sunday Concerts begin on June 11.   
The “Doctors of Swing” will kick off the season with an Ice Cream Social  4:00 -5:30 PM at the Ramey Amphitheater in Central Park.  The other Concert is scheduled from 4:00PM to 5:30PM on Sunday, October 8th. “This Sunday Concert features entertainment from “Bedrockerz” and will wrap-up the three day celebration of the 50th Year of the St. James Court Art Show.

**June 14 - July 9, 2006

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. (Some performances are at the Clifton Center in Crescent Hill.)  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: 
As You Like It & Romeo and Juliet

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 8-9 2006
Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour

Showcasing beautiful hidden gardens in the historic district of Old Louisville.   Tour hours are 10 am to 5 pm each day.  For ticket information call 502-635-5244. You may want more information or order ON LINE .  Pictures from past years.  (details for this year's tour will be updated as information becomes available.

*August ?, 2006 (usually 1st Saturday)
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, 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 2, 2006 (Saturday)
Huge Architectural Yard Sale
The new owner of several Old Louisville properties is clearing out surplus architectural pieces which were left in his properties (No, he is not stripping them out!)  which will include doors, windows, mantles, cast iron fireplace inserts, pool table, etc.
Stop by.  There might be something you need!

**October 6-8,  2006 (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 28, 2006
he first annual Spirit Ball
This is the Saturday before Halloween. The Spirit Ball will be a gala costume affair where guests can dance the night away in 19th-century elegance in one of the city’s most opulent mansions.  In addition to music, dancing, prizes and a silent auction to benefit local causes, party goers will sample gourmet cuisine and expertly mixed cocktails as they take in the Victorian splendor of the lovely Conrad-Caldwell House on St. James Court.  Tickets for first annual Spirit Ball cost $99.00 per person and include food and drinks provided by Brown-Forman. VIP passes including special access to the Spirit Lounge will start at $149.00 per person, and package deals with local B&Bs will also be available. Space is limited, so make reservations now! Call 502.637.2922!

October 27, 28 & 29 (Fri-Sun)
Victorian Ghost Tour
Sponsored by the West St Catherine Neighborhood Association,  the walking 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 $25 per person ($20 for advanced sales).  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.  Proceeds will help pay for period street lighting along St Catherine St.


**December 2-3, 2006 (Saturday-Sunday)
Old Louisville Holiday House Tour
Take a look inside eight of Old Louisville's finest homes decorated for the holidays.  Enjoy a "Taste of Old Louisville."  $20 advance purchase, $25 on the days of the tour.   MORE Information,
more info from the OLIC
Tours 12:00 noon until 6:00 P.M. both days  

The latest 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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