Old Louisville Journal
A Monthly Summary of
News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation
Volume 27, Issue 11
Mark Your Calendars!
Holiday House Tour 2005
December 3 and 4
As the leaves fall from the
trees and the weather turns even cooler, select residents in Old
Louisville begin furiously sprucing up their homes and start pulling
out the holiday decorations. That can only mean one thing—the
Holiday House Tour is just around the corner! This Old Louisville
tradition is alive and well in 2005 and plans are underway for a
The homes featured on the Old Louisville Holiday House Tour this
year will be decked out in the holiday finery for all to see. The
2005 version of the tour is primarily situated along the 1st and 2nd
Street corridors with some asides to the St. James Court area. As
has been the tradition, van transportation from house to house will
be available as well as free parking. With any luck, the weather
will cooperate and it will be a wonderful time to stroll the
sidewalks of our historic neighborhood.
The tour is headquartered at the Conrad-Caldwell House and that site
will include a Hospitality Room for volunteers and the traditional
Holiday Gift Boutique for all featuring many arts and crafts from
local and regional artisans.
The tours hours are from noon to 6 p.m. each day. This year’s ticket
prices are $20 if purchased before the tour weekend and $25 the day
of the tour. Tour information and tickets are available by calling
the Old Louisville Information Center at (502) 635-5244. Tickets are
also available online at http://www.oldlouisville.org/.
A special thanks is extended to all the House Tour Committee members
who have labored long hours to make the 2005 tour a success. Thanks
also to our many sponsors, especially Semonin Realtor Don Driskell,
who contribute so much to support our efforts.
Each home on the tour is staffed with volunteers who both inform and
assist the tourists. Each home requires many volunteers and we are
issuing the call for help. Interested in volunteering? We need you!
Call Pat Trousdale at (502) 363-4737.
We look forward to seeing everyone on that first weekend in
Lessons From the Past – Opportunities for the Future
Indiana University Southeast School of Business and Southern
Indiana Minority Enterprise Initiative, Inc. present “Heritage
Tourism: Lessons From the Past – Opportunities for the Future.”
Tourism is an increasingly important part of the economy in both
Indiana and Kentucky. In many locations exploring the heritage
of the past has been an important theme around which tourist
attractions have developed. Locust Grove in Louisville is but
one example of a regional tourism site that has developed from
the area’s rich cultural heritage. Many more historical sites
could be developed in our community to connect people today with
generations past. The sites can also become economically
important because they can attract the much sought after tourist
African American settlements developed in the Ohio Valley before
the Civil War. From Greenbrier in Jefferson County (IN) in the
east to Roundtree in Gibson County (IN) in the west, rural black
communities came into being both as a terminus for the
“Underground Railroad” and as part of the westward migration of
the developing country. The history of these communities is a
rich part of the cultural thread of the Ohio Valley. African
American heritage tourism presents economic and cultural
opportunities for entrepreneurs with the vision to pull the
several parts together.
The program brings together Old Louisville resident, Gary
Kleier, who addresses the economic potential of developing
heritage tourism. Historians Xenia Cord and Dr. Jayne Beilke
explore the rich history of the early African American
settlements in Indiana. Gregory Sekula and Dona Stokes-Lucas
discuss ways communities have capitalized upon their heritage to
create a commercial success. The program includes a Networking
luncheon at IUS and concludes with dessert at Division Street
School in New Albany, which is the site of one of the first
African American schools in the community.
The program will be held on Friday, November 4, 2005 9:00 am –
3:00 pm Indiana University Southeast – Ogle Center – Recital
Hall 4201 Grant Line Road, New Albany, IN 47150
“Voices from the Past and Present”
Due to an editing error, we neglected to
include contact information for “Voices from the Past and
Present” in our last issue. Our apologies! Read on for more
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to experience a brush with literary
history? Charles Dickens . . . what if you could meet him?
Though he has long left the cobble-stoned streets of England,
his words will once again come alive through the voice of his
great-great grandson Gerald Charles Dickens. The Old Louisville
Information Center and the Cultural Development Foundation have
come together to present Louisville’s historic premiere event,
“A Christmas Carol.”
In this unique presentation, Gerald Charles Dickens uses 26
different voices, one for each of the characters in this beloved
classic, “A Christmas Carol,” published in 1843. His
performances are frequently interactive, involving members of
the audience. It will be presented much in the same manner that
his great-great grandfather would have presented this timeless
story to his own family during the holiday season.
Mr. Dickens will give two performances of this holiday classic
on Friday, December 2, at The Brown Hotel in the Crystal
Ballroom. This will be a limited seating performance and will
include a musical prelude. The High Tea Performance is $45. The
Evening Performance is at 7 p.m. and includes an elegant
four-course dinner. The cost for this performance is $85.
For additional information, please visit www.dickensfestival.org
or call Jo Ann Lockhart at 636-1751.
From Central Park West Neighborhood Association
If you read the article in the Metro section
entitled, “No more free parking for Old Louisville residents”
you got the opinions of the Cochran School representative. As
members of a hardworking volunteer group, we felt insulted by
the portrayal of our association as “profit” mongering and in
some way at fault for there being no resident parking available
this year. The reality of the article is that it was just poor
journalism but the printed word is powerful and we want to set
the record straight with our neighbors.
Central Park West Association took over the parking for Cochran
Elementary at the request of the St. James Art Show staff and
with the agreement of the administration at Cochran Elementary.
In doing so, we
* provided income for Cochran Elementary as a fundraiser through
an annual contribution to the school when the school could not
continue to monitor the parking due to a lack of volunteers.
* earned money for our neighborhood association to improve the
* provided up to 60 volunteers working up to 12 shifts over the
art show weekends to staff the lot.
* provided free parking for vendors, residents, volunteers and
sponsors for St. James and Belgravia which decreased the amount
of potential money we could earn.
Many members of our association were upset by the uninformed
quote from the school manager, Allen Markja. According to the
Courier Journal, he said, “The people who ran it before made a
ton of money, the only difference is that it didn’t go to the
school, which is where it belongs. Now it will.”
To set the record straight, our neighborhood association did
earn funds from our hard work and faithful completion of our
contract with St. James Art Show for running the parking venue
at Cochran Elementary, but it was never “a ton of money.” We
gave a percentage of the money earned after expenses for
barricades, signage, etc. to St. James Art Show to give to
Cochran Elementary each year. As reported in a published
correction on October 5th to the original story it printed, the
Courier Journal said Cochran Elementary received $2,000
annually. The funds we earned for our non-profit organization
have been used to do physical improvements in our neighborhood
such as sidewalk replacement and planting beds. No one person or
group of persons have “profited” from this activity. Parking for
the St. James Court Art Show at Cochran Elementary was Central
Park West’s only fundraiser. It may now be difficult for us to
get people to contribute to future fundraisers since we will be
viewed as the organization that “cheated” Cochran Elementary. In
relating this information and our rebuttal we hope that all of
our neighbors will get the whole story not just Courier Journal
version of the story.
Central Park West Neighborhood Association
Letter to the Editor
Your recent article about Shakespeare in the Park’s funding
issues prompted me to share a bit of my cultural heritage.
Chutzpah or chutzpa: (hut-spa), noun, Yiddish, defined by
example: 1) the person who shoots both his parents then
throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an
orphan; 2) Shakespeare in the Park raising money from
“artist” booths during the St. James Art Show in direct
competition with the major fund-raiser for five neighborhood
associations and a church; misleading the public into
thinking they are part of the St. James Show; occupying
space that previously had been leased to the associations to
provide parking for participating artists; taking advantage
of extensive publicity, trash collection, port-a-potties,
street closings, and security without contributing one
penny; and then having the nerve to criticize neighborhood
associations for not supporting to their organization.
Gina D. Schack
Editor’s Note: A response from the St. James Court Art
Show director will appear in the December issue of the OLJ.
No response has been received to date from Metro government
concerning the questions posed in the October letter to the
Important information from the
Louisville Metro Police Department Crime Prevention
Strategies needs your help. In the past, police officers
responded to crimes after they had already been committed. Now
we want your help in preventing crimes before they occur. We
need everyone in our community to take an active role in
learning how to stop a crime before it happens. One way you can
take an active role in solving
crime is by using the Metro Police tip line, 574-LMPD.
In October of 2004 the Louisville Metro Police Department
started a new program to assist in the gathering of criminal tip
information called the 574-LMPD tip line. The tip line is
staffed 24 hours a day 7 days a week by police employees who are
specially trained in the gathering of investigative information.
Anyone in the community can call any time with information about
criminal activity or police related quality of life questions.
Callers to the tip line can give their names or remain
anonymous. The line has gathered information which has led to
the solving of two homicides, gotten information on 5 additional
homicides as well as numerous robbery and drug related tips. To
date the line has received 4782 calls which have led to 312
arrests since the lines inception. Please call 574-LMPD if you
have any information at all concerning criminal activity in your
Citizens Police Academy
The purpose of this 12-week course is to educate the public
about the police services delivered by the Louisville Metro
Police Department in order to foster understanding and community
support for the department. This class is repeated in September
and it’s FREE.
March 7 – May 23
LMPD Officer Minerva Virola
Phone: (502) 574-8845
Congratulations to Michael and Nancy
Breitenstein! Their lovely home was featured in the Style
Section of the Courier Journal on Saturday, October 1st. In
the midst of the St. James Art Show, their home on Belgravia
Court was featured that day in the paper adding to the
excitement of the weekend for their friends and neighbors.
It was a wonderful article and a terrific show piece for our
Volunteers needed for the Cherokee Road Runner’s Race in
We need course volunteers for the Cherokee Road Runner’s
race. The volunteers assist along the race route. Anyone
wishing to volunteer should call Diane at 262-0158.
from our friends in the Metro
Mayor Announces Autumn Leaf Drop-Off
Drop-off for loose leaves continues through Dec. 15. Four
drop-off sites in the suburban areas will operate Monday
through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sites will be
closed on Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving
and on Sundays.
Leaves will continue to be collected in the Urban Services
District as part of regularly scheduled yard waste pick up.
“I know residents need a convenient place to dispose of the
leaves they collect and I hope they’ll take advantage of
this free service,” said Abramson. “Proper leaf disposal
reduces the risk of fire and flooding, plus it keeps
Louisville looking its best.”
The suburban sites for leaf drop-off are:
· 1st District Works Yard, 595 Hubbards Lane
· 2nd District Works Yard, 3528 Newburg Road
· 3rd District Works Yard, 7219 Dixie Highway.
· Special Construction Yard, 617 Outer Loop
Residents must empty bags at the drop-off sites and dispose
of the bags off site. For questions about leaf drop-off or
leaf collection, residents can call MetroCall at 311 or log
on to the city’s website
3rd Annual Mayor’s Neighborhood Summit
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Clarion Hotel - Hurstbourne Lane
7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Save The Date
2nd Annual Mayor’s Event Expo
Saturday, February 18, 2006
For all event organizers to meet, network, attend event
organizing training seminars and learn from experts at the
Brightside’s Cookbook by Community Gardeners
The Brightside Community Garden Cookbook is available for
purchase. The recipes are by Brightside’s Community
Gardeners. Proceeds benefit the community garden program.
Brightside has 13 community gardens with over 1,600
participants in Louisville Metro. Brightside is Louisville’s
non-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmental
stewardship and the beautification of our community.
To purchase a cookbook, contact Brightside, 574-2613. The
cookbook costs $10. It can be picked up at the Brightside
office or mailed (add $1 for shipping).
Community Wide Cleanup
Brightside and Republic Bank are sponsoring a community wide
cleanup on Saturday, October 29. So gather your friends and
neighbors for a neighborhood cleanup. Brightside will
provide bags, gloves and there will be t-shirts for the
first 500 participants. Please fill out and fax, email or
mail the attached form for your participation. For further
information call 574-2613.
TARC to Begin New Paratransit Service in Louisville Metro
A main necessity for independence is transportation. Career,
shopping, doctor visits, social activities, escaping a
national disaster, all dependent on transportation. If you
are an individual in Louisville with disabilities, that
transportation may come in the form of TARC 3. TARC 3, the
Louisville Paratransit provider is a service that allows an
individual to call and set an appointment. These accessible
buses will then come to your front door, pick you up, and
take you to your destination’s front door. That’s why we
call it a door-to-door service. It is for individuals that
cannot use a TARC stop “fixed route” because of the barriers
of a disability. TARC 3 is such a valuable tool for an
individual with disabilities. The riders fee is $2
All ages, all skill levels family fun hike. Also, FREE
children’s activities, giveaways and a hayride.
October 29 – Jefferson Memorial Forest, Horine Section
9:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.
Kentucky Primitive Opens
on South Sixth Street
A. Barger has opened what he describes as a homegrown,
grassroots, kitchen table studio where he creates
“one-of-a-kind art from my heart to yours.”
Kentucky Primitive,1207 South Sixth Street, features
paintings produced on common objects such as pieces of
driftwood, garden tools, and furniture. Thomas, a
self-taught artist born and raised in the Appalachian
Mountains of West Virginia, likes to make do with what other
people discard. .
Works currently on display at the studio include a rural
train scene from Pleasant Valley, West Virginia, executed on
a 100-year-old piece of barn siding; paintings on in and out
letter boxes; a brightly-decorated wooden chair; and
refrigerator magnets fashioned from window shims. Prices
range from $10.00 to $900.00. Thomas is willing to do
commissions on specified objects.
The artist is also an author; he has written Rock and the
Tree, a children’s story. A short piece entitled “Homeward
Bound” concerns the many moods and meanings elicited from
the sounds of a train whistle. He does custom writing for
Kentucky Primitive is open the second and third weekends of
each month from 9:00AM to 4:00PM. On warm days, Thomas seats
himself at a table on the sidewalk outside the studio, works
on his latest pieces, and chats with passersby.
Call 368-2283 for more information.
27th Annual Old Louisville 5K
Set for November 19
The Cherokee Road Runners will hold
their annual Old Louisville 5k Run in Central Park at 9:00
AM on Saturday, November 19, 2005. A non-competitive walk
will be held on St. James Court beginning at 9:10 AM. The
3.1 mile run is one of the club’s oldest races.
All runners and walkers are asked to bring canned goods,
which will be donated to the West End Baptist Church to help
feed the homeless.
A maroon, long-sleeved shirt featuring a design of the
Central Park pergola by Tim Bottorff will be guaranteed to
all who register by the early deadline of November 7. An
awards ceremony and food will follow the conclusion of the
Volunteers are needed to help with the run. For information
and/or to volunteer, please contact Donna McCabe, Race
Director, at 405-1615 or 235-3349. A race application is
inserted in this issue of the Old Louisville Journal.
Miami String Quartet Performs
on November 20
The Miami String Quartet will be presented in concert by the
Chamber Music Society of Louisville on Sunday, November 20,
2005, at 3:00 p.m. in the Margaret Comstock Concert Hall at
the University of Louisville School of Music.
Praised in The New York Times as having “everything one
wants in a string quartet: a rich precisely balanced sound,
a broad coloristic palette, real unity of interpretative
purpose and seemingly unflagging energy,” the Miami String
Quartet has quickly established its place among the most
widely respected quartets in America. From 1999-2001, the
group served as the resident ensemble of The Chamber Music
Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Two, and in
September, 2000, received the Cleveland Quartet Award.
A pre-concert talk is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Bird
Tickets for this second concert in the Chamber Music
Society’s 68th season are $25.00. For additional information
Colder weather, changing leaves and
shorter days...no one can doubt that Fall has arrived. With
the calendar now changing to November, can the holidays be
far behind? I’ve spent a few hours counting “shopping days”
and planning dates for holiday parties and gatherings for my
friends and family. All of that planning has me thumbing
through my favorite cookbooks searching for the tried and
true dishes I know and love. My search also has me seeking
something new to spice things up a bit! I’ve stumbled on a
wonderful recipe to share this month. I’ve made it many
times and every time I serve it, people rave about it. I
warn you, though, it makes an enormous amount of food. It’s
a very simple recipe. All it takes is a little blanching, a
little “dumping the contents of the bottle,” a little
tossing the ingredients and then popping the whole thing
into the fridge. You’ll love it!
For the party crowd...Crunchy, Creole
1/2 pound fresh green beans, ends trimmed
1 pound baby carrots
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
1/2 pound celery, cut into 3-inch pieces
1 jar (1 pound) Kalamata olives with brine included
1 jar (11.5 ounce) pickled peperoncini, with brine included
1 jar (16 ounce) pickled hot cherry pepper, with brine
1 jar (10 ounce) large Spanish Queen olives stuffed with
pimentos, with brine included
1 jar (8 ounce) pickled cocktail onions, with brine included
10 fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
6 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped
6 sprigs fresh oregano, chopped
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1 cup olive oil, good quality...don’t skimp on this one
Blanch the green beans and carrots separately in a large pot
of boiling water for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove them from the
water and shock in ice water to stop the cooking. Allow
beans and carrots to cool completely. Put all ingredients in
a large, glass bowl, including the brine for all the pickled
Toss to coat evenly and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
Use your imagination to serve this dish! Try martini
glasses, shallow bowls, decorative platters, small juice
It’s wonderful finger food to accompany whole wheat
crackers, too, and it’s the star of the table because it is
so colorful! Enjoy
Another chance to see a
“Victorian Christmas Tour”
Our neighbors to the north, from
Historic Newport, Kentucky extend an invitation from one
historic district to another to join them for the 13th
Annual “Victorian Christmas Tour and More” on December 11,
2005 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Newport’s East Row Historic District, located along the Ohio
River across from downtown Cincinnati is one of the largest
designated historic districts in Kentucky second in size
only to your own Old Louisville. We are excited to share the
efforts of our residents with you and would be glad to
reciprocate in spreading the word here of any upcoming
events and activities Old Louisville is sponsoring. Articles
can be emailed to the editors of our district newsletter,
“The Voice of the East Row Historic Foundation” at
This year’s event offers visitors a chance to view eight
homes, all with traditional Victorian facades and an
eclectic mix of interior restorations ranging from
traditional period style to bold contemporary design. This
variety reflects an effort to share with visitors a myriad
of ways to repair, restore and preserve vintage homes. It
also demonstrates the versatility an old home offers to meet
the needs of modern life. What to do, for example, with
slightly fire-damaged gems bereft of the lovely old wood
that attracts many? Where to tuck modern conveniences
without destroying the period ambience? The solutions are
Come see the Jenn-air national grand prize kitchen makeover
one home offers. “Borrow” professional decorating ideas as
two homes belong to interior designers. Appreciate the
award-winning living room recognized in a national design
Marvel at the faux painting and custom murals resplendent in
one residence. Admire the lovely taste and drama all these
homeowners have lavished upon their Victorian treasures.
In addition to the late 19th century homes within the
district, guests can see a fabulous aerial view of the
region from a luxurious condominium included on the tour.
Located high atop a hill overlooking the City of Newport,
the Ohio River, and the Cincinnati skyline, this home offers
visitors a remarkable panoramic perspective.
Take a stroll back in time and into the future – through the
beautiful East Row neighborhood filled with twinkling
lights, mistletoe, Christmas trees, horse-drawn carriages
and strolling Christmas carolers. Finish the tour with a
wine and beverage tasting party hosted at our historic
Wiedemann Mansion. Tickets for the event can be purchased on
Sunday, December 11 at the tour starting point:
The Wiedemann Mansion
401 Park Avenue
(corner of 4th and Park)
House Tour Ticket - $20
Wine/Beverage Tasting Ticket - $15 (with purchase of House
Wine/Beverage Tasting Ticket Only - $20
All proceeds go to the East Row Historic Foundation
Neighborhood Block Association Chairpersons
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||1355 S 3rd St.
||1451 S. 6th St.
|Central Park West
||634 Floral Terrace
||213 E. Kentucky
||1445 S. 4th St.
||1202 S. 6th St.
|OL Chamber of Commerce
||1234 S 3rd St.
|Ouerbacker Arts & Crafts
|| 1379 S. 1st St.
|St. James Court
||1433 St. James Ct. #3
||1381 S. 2nd St.
||1466 S. 3rd St.
||1430 S 1st St.
|Treyton Oak Towers
||211 W. Oak St. #907
|W. St. Catherine
||622 W. St. Catherine St.
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