Old Louisville Journal
A Monthly Summary of
News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation
Volume 25, Issue 8
2004 Central Park Centennial
Birthday Party Planned for the Park
Central Park may be a youngster compared with New York’s Central Park,
which turned 150 this year, but big plans are afoot to celebrate the park’s
centennial next year.
The weekend of June 4-6,
2004, will be the kick-off for the festivities. A gala dinner-dance under
the stars is planned for Friday, June 4. Turn-of- the –Century Days in
the Park on Saturday and Sunday, June 5-6, will turn the clock back to
1904 complete with brass band concerts, a carousel, period bicycles and
costumes, plus cotton candy, ice cream, popcorn and hotdogs.
Other events planned for the
year include a classic car show, tennis tournament, a 5K centennial run,
and an historical exhibit in the Old Louisville Information Center.
Members of the Old Louisville
Information Central Park Centennial Committee are busy planning these
events and more, but they need help from as many neighbors and block
associations as possible to pull off a first –rate celebration. Become
part of the fun and excitement; attend the next meeting on Monday, August
18, 2003, at 6 PM in the Old Louisville Information Center.
Old Louisville Neighborhood
Council Approves Sign Compromise
The Old Louisville
Neighborhood Council (OLNC) approved a plan to remove 87 of the 129
no-parking signs installed for the St. James Court Art Show last year on
Third, Fourth, Sixth, Park, Hill Streets, and St. James Court. This number
will include all of the signs mounted on Victorian light posts and on
metal posts. The signs will be removed prior to this year’s show which
will be held October 3-5.
After the show, members of
the subcommittee of the OLNC Property Improvement Committee, which has
been meeting on the issue since early in the year, will consider
recommendations regarding the remaining 42 signs.
The signs have been
controversial since their installation last year. Some residents see them
as visual pollution which mars a historic district; others defend them as
a money-saving device which continuously advertises an important and
beneficial event for the neighborhood and city.
Project Women Gets
On July 17, 2003, the
Louisville Metro Planning Commission unanimously approved the rezoning of
property located at 420 West Lee Street and 1705 South 5th
Street from M-2, Industrial, to OR-2, Office/Residential.
The Commission also approved
a general, conceptual development plan which will allow the rezoning
applicant, Project Women, to develop 24 residential units and
administrative offices to assist homeless, single-parent women who are
enrolled in college and working toward a baccalaureate degree.
Binding elements on the
rezoned property include proof of consultation with the Old Louisville
Neighborhood Council in the formulation of the detailed development plan
for the project. A detailed plan must be approved by the Commission prior
issuance of building permits.
The Old Louisville
Neighborhood Council Zoning and Land Use Committee (ZALU) supported the
rezoning request based on the general plan, the binding elements, and
discussions with Project Women personnel.
Members of ZALU were
especially concerned about adequate parking for the development especially
since UofL students monopolize the on-street parking in the area. Project
Women had originally proposed 30 residential units and parking waivers. 32
on-site parking spaces and 10 on-street spaces meet the parking
requirements for the 24 residential units approved by the Commission. If
Project Women pursues development of six additional residential units at a
future date, the parking issue will be revisited.
For more information contact
the Old Louisville Information Center.
August 3: Pauly and
September 7: Brass
October 5: Splatch
Bring a lawn chair!
Mayflower Apartments under
Business First reports
that the historic Mayflower Apartments building, 425 West Ormsby, is
undergoing a $200,000 interior and exterior renovation. Built in 1926, the
building was purchased by Dr. Su Kang, a dentist, for $2.2 million in
February. Renovation began in March and is 75% complete.
For more information, read
the article in the July 11, 2003, issue of Business First at the
Old Louisville Information Center or at louisville.bizjournals.com.
Letter to the Editor
Dear Old Louisville Friends
The Tenth Annual Hidden
Treasures Garden Tour, July 12
– 13, set a new
attendance record with over a thousand attendees. It truly was gratifying
to see so many tourists leisurely walking through our cherished
neighborhood enjoying our annual garden tour. This incredible event could
not have been possible without the help of so many wonderful people.
Thanks first and foremost to
the homeowners who opened their lovely private gardens for all to enjoy: Jerie
Britton; Sue and John Eichenberger; Franklin & Hance, P.S.C.;
Christine and Bill Monin; Susan Ohlmann and Tracey Thompson; Kerrick Ross;
Steve Stanton; Carol Tully and Jean Walker; Herb and Gayle Warren; and
Glenn McGregor and Mark Wright. Their gracious hospitality was
Thanks also to these sponsors
for support as well: Kevin Kouba, Bearwood Gardens, Inc.; Central Park
Café; Conrad-Caldwell House Museum; DuPont Mansion Bed and Breakfast; EJ
Printing; Mark England, Realtor; The Garden Wall; Gumby’s Specialty
Catering; Kling Center; David Norton; Magnolia Bar; Mary Martin, Realtor;
Lee Jones, Oak Street Hardware; Old Louisville Information Center; The
Plant Kingdom; Lois Tash, Realtor; Third Avenue Café; and Treyton
Oak Towers. All are sincerely appreciated.
Thanks especially to all the
friends and neighbors who volunteered their time and lent their expertise
in various capacities to make this event yet another positive showcase of
One of the goals of our
Garden Tour is to showcase the efforts and talents of homeowners and their
dedication to fine landscaping by featuring gardens of high caliber and
originality. The whole neighborhood benefits from quality urban landscapes
in the form of reduced air and noise pollution, lower summer temperatures,
and higher property values. Proceeds of the Garden Tour will help enhance
and preserve our treasured neighborhood.
Watch for more information
here in the Old Louisville Journal about next year’s Garden Tour when
the theme will, of course, be the Central Park Centennial. It already
promises to be even more exciting.
Once again, thanks to all who
had a part in the tremendous success of the 2003 Old Louisville Hidden
Treasures Garden Tour.
C. Timothy Bottorff, Chair
Hidden Treasures Garden Tour
July 21, 2003
Jerry Birschbach, Chair
Second St. Neighborhood Association
127 West Ormsby Ave.
Louisville, Kentucky 40203
I am writing on behalf of the
West Saint Catherine NA (WSCNA) to thank you, and the members of the
Second St. NA, so very much for the contribution to the lighting fund for
our period lights on West Saint Catherine Street. I, as well as the
members of the WSCNA, appreciate the generosity of spirit and the sense of
community you’ve exhibited in your consideration of our cause. Indeed,
it’s such generosity that proves to me the veracity of the claim that
one of the best kept secrets in Louisville today is the sense of community
that’s alive and well in the urban districts.
Your contribution is so
important, as period lighting serves many purposes. When our homes were
constructed, it is true that the lighting on our street was very similar
to what is there now; however, aesthetics is not our only concern. As any
of our residents and neighbors, as well as the many visitors to our area,
will attest, when these lights are lit there is a much increased and
appreciated perception of security and safety as a result of the period
lighting. West Saint Catherine is a much lighter and safer street with the
advent of period lighting—a definite positive when it comes to promoting
our common vision of making the City the place to live, work and play.
Thank you in again for your kind and
Chair of the West Saint
Catherine Neighborhood Association
CC: Councilman George Unseld
West Saint Catherine Plans
Haunting New Event
All of us have heard the
stories. Misplaced items, doors left open, pets startled by something we
just don’t see. Strange noises in the house at night that might be more
than our standard explanation that "something is settling".
Some of us—the truly
haunted ones—have seen apparitions at the top of the stairs.
Ours is the most ghostly
neighborhood in the city. At least it seems so when we gather late at
night, after a party or a glass of wine. We’ve all been there when one
of us—usually around midnight but certainly well after dark—sets out
on a story that begins, "I don’t know what it was, but…."
What is your story? Is
there a resident ghost in your Old Louisville house? Something
inexplicable that borders on the eerie? Do you have a history attached to
this uncanny occupant, or is the presence more mysterious? Is the ghost
friendly? Menacing? Even funny?
The West St. Catherine
Neighborhood Association is planning an exciting fund-raising event for
this fall, and in order to do what we have in mind, we need your help. If
you have a ghost story you’d like to tell, or if you know of people in
the neighborhood who keeps hauling out supernatural tales about their
houses, please contact Jon Huffman (email@example.com)
or Michael Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You don’t have to tell us the story right off—just give us an idea of
what’s going on within your haunted walls, and we’ll take it from
Anniversary of the Old Louisville Journal:
Reprinted from the
August 1984 Old Louisville Newsletter
of Old Louisville, literally…
Everyone is invited
to view a recent creative and collective venture of several Old
Louisville residents! Approximately 50 persons gathered, loaded
with odds and ends from renovating efforts, in the backyard of Mae
Salyers on St. James Court and went to work. The results? Three
sculptured panels of the "stuff" that Old Louisville's
made of! And a fourth sculpture is on the way.
Everyone had a lot of
fun and so can you. The "pieces" will be displayed
(propped-up?) in the Information Center during the month of August
for your viewing enjoyment. And guess what??!! _ you can buy one
of these for your very own! Make an offer we can't refuse
(shouldn't be too hard) and you will contribute to the ongoing
operation of the neighborhood via the Center…
Susan Steinberger, and Ken
fascinated garden tour
visitors in the
backyard of the
you are joy blossoms...
The recently organized OLD
LOUISVILLE GARDENERS will meet on Wednesday, August 13th at 7pm in the
July's meeting with nationally accredited hosta and daylily judge, Mrs.
Hilda Dunaway, was fun and educational...and we all went home with bundles
of rare hostas. We missed you!
In August, our very own greatly admired and inspired DOT WADE will hold a
workshop on "Floral Arrangements for Table Decorations". If you
have a special container/flowers/flower frog, etc. that you wish to bring
and work on you may do so. We know this will be an entertaining evening.
Wasn't the Old Louisville Secret Garden Tour fabulous!!!
Play Scheduled for September
Civil War buffs and theatre
lovers alike will want to mark their calendars for the premiere production
of General Orders No. 11 by Old Louisville playwright Nancy
Gall-Clayton, September 17-21 at the Jewish Community Center under the
direction of John R. Leffert.
General Orders No. 11
is the official name of an order issued by General Ulysses S. Grant in
1862, banning all Jews from his military district on 24 hours notice. The
play follows one of the 30 Jewish families who fled upriver from Paducah
to Cincinnati, not knowing if they would ever see their homes again.
Nancy learned about the order
from her husband, Jan Morris. "It's the only thing I remember from
Sunday school," he told her. At first, she didn't believe him, but
her research quickly confirmed the little known fact about an American
hero. General Orders No. 11 won last year's Streisand Festival of
New Jewish Plays and has been selected for readings in La Jolla,
Cincinnati, and Horse Cave.
Only five performances are
scheduled. For tickets or additional information, call CenterStage at the
Jewish Community Center (502) 459-0660, ext. 0 or visit www.jccoflouisville.org.
Peggy Cummin’s Summer
When I think of canning and
preserving summer produce for the winter it takes me back to my
grandmother’s kitchen with the pressure cooker that looked like
something out of an A-bomb test lab, mason jars that had to be washed and
shined to brilliance, and piles of whatever summer bounty Grandmother had
managed to amass. It also meant a sweltering kitchen and maybe even a bad
case of the hives (We kids didn’t like the canned tomatoes so we would
eat as many of them as possible to save them from being "ruined"
and almost always one of us would break out from "hyper-tomatoism.")
As an adult I’ve never been
a "canner," but by the time January hits I wistfully think back
to the tastes of summer. Even though we can get strawberries from Mexico
and asparagus from Chile, nothing rivals the in-season tastes of local
produce. In the last several seasons I have found a way to keep one of my
favorite summertime tastes with me all year round by making and freezing
Pesto is just an Italian word
for paste, but most of us think of it as a spreadable concoction mainly
comprised of basil. It is simple to make and I love it fresh on
sandwiches, in hors d’oeuvres, and sometimes right off the spoon. But it
also freezes very well and, when stored in convenient increments, can be
available all year long to toss into spaghetti sauce, chili, or to make
creamy pesto salad dressing to name only few uses.
Making pesto is easy and in
no way resembles the rocket science that I always felt my grandmother was
engaging in with her Bikini Atoll devices. You can vary the recipe to use
a little less oil, more cheese, different nuts, experiment with add-ins or
whatever sounds good to you. I would caution you that if you’re going to
experiment and freeze your test specimens, write a note to yourself on the
container so that February’s cooking is fully informed of that day in
August when you thought, "hmm, mandarin oranges!"
Here is the recipe for basic
4 cups basil leaves
(remove tough, woody stems)
1 cup good parmesan
1 cup olive oil (I like
the extra virgin for this)
1 cup pine nuts (walnuts
or pecans are good too)
6-8 cloves of garlic (you
can really ratchet up this part of the recipe)
I start by spreading a large
bath towel on the kitchen table. After I rinse the basil leaves I spread
them out on the towel and roll it up and squeeze it back and forth to
really dry the leaves. I go through the batch and de-stem (you can leave
the smaller, more tender stems on). After this I measure out four cups
(fairly packed into the measuring cup), and place in the food processor.
The other ingredients get dropped in on top. Process until fairly smooth
but don’t go overboard. It’s better if the paste has a few chunks to
give it home-made character (Like the lumps in Mom’s mashed potatoes.)
Most of the time I’m making
pesto batches from which some will be used fairly soon and stored in
tightly sealed containers in the refrigerator, but at least half will be
frozen for much later consumption. For this second use I have purchased
several cheap plastic ice cube trays. I freeze the pesto in theses trays
and pop out the cubes when they’re well-frozen and place a couple of
dozen each in clear-plastic freezer bags. I should date the bags
(sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t; hey, I’m not the FDA!). I have
stored pesto other ways but I find the clear plastic bags work best
because the last thing you want to find in an opaque container in your
freezer this winter in an un-remembered green substance. Also I’m always
looking at the pesto when I open the freezer which continually reminds me
to make use of it (at my age I need all the reminding help I can get.)
Finally, a great big freezer bag of pesto cubes makes a great and very
personalized Xmas gift.
I used to grow all my own
basil but, because my back yard is so shady, I found I was paying more and
more money for beer to drown the slugs during the growing season. I now
buy most of my basil from local farmers at the various farmers’ markets.
If they’re selling it by the stem tell them you want enough to make a
batch of pesto, and they’ll usually cut you a deal.
Here’s a simple summer
recipe for a great canapé or light supper:
Slice a baguette or other
good bread and place on a cookie sheet lightly coated with olive oil.
Spread a teaspoon or so of pesto on each slice. Place a slice of tomato on
top of this. Top with mozzarella (If you buy the good buffalo mozzarella
it’s really tasty!). Place in a 400 degree oven and bake for about 8-10
minutes until the bread is brown on the bottom. You can turn on the
broiler at the end to brown the cheese but I find that it just makes it
all melt off. These are great tidbits hot from the oven but they’re also
good at room temperature.
Mess With Missy!
heavens for Missy Murphy. She took matters and her pruning loppers
into her own hands, obtained permission from Metro Louisville
Arborist Alan Bishop, and pruned the street trees on the Sixth
Street side of Central Park. They now present a pleasing canopy on
the western boundary of the park.
Missy recently moved
to Old Louisville from Fort Worth, Texas. She was designated a
Master Gardner by the Texas County Extension Service after
completing horticulture courses taught by professors from Texas
A&M and fulfilling volunteer work requirements. She has
organized the Old Louisville Gardeners and invites everyone to the
next meeting on Wednesday, August 13, at 7 PM in the Old
Louisville Information Center.
Association Chairperson Number
1300 S. Third Street
Chuck Anderson 636-3396
Belgravia Court Hank
Central Park West Penny
Conerstone Area Ron
Fourth Street Dot Wade
Garvin Gate Norma Laufer
Ouerbacker’s Arts &
Crafts Jeff Schooler
OLB&PA Gary Kleier
Old Louisville Shalom
Com. Peter Barnes-Davies 634-9694
St. James Court Louise
Second Street Jerry
Third Street Mary Martin
Toonerville Ken Cordle
Treyton Oaks Jane LaPin
West St. Catherine Street
Rhonda Williams 584-9231
Tim Bottorff, Chair of the
garden tour, and Carolyn Martinson,
Ticket Sales and Volunteer Coordinator for the tour, welcomed
visitors to the tour at the entrance of St. James Court.
Flamenco Extravaganza set
7:30 pm, Saturday, October 11, 2003
Esteban, the international
acclaimed flamenco guitarist, is bringing his passionate Latin music to
Louisville on Saturday, October 11, 2003, at 7:30PM. Esteban and his five
piece band will be performing in the newly remodeled auditorium in the
Spectrum Building, formerly the Old Male High School.
Tickets are priced from $10
to $30 and are available on line at:http://www.OldLouisvilleChamber.com
or by calling 212-7500.
The concert is presented by
The Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce, with proceeds going to the Old
Louisville Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization
dedicated to revitalization of the Oak Street Business Corridor.
After graduating from
Carnegie Mellon University, majoring in classical guitar and English
literature, Esteban pursed his dream of studying with the legendary Andres
Segovia. Upon completion of classes in Santigo de Compostela, Segovia
invited Esteban to continue his studies with him, at his home in Spain.
After studying for five years with Segovia, Esteban, with the master’s
endorsement, set out on a career that has seen him rise to the top of CD
and video sales worldwide. Esteban and his band have released over 20
albums, and his latest CD beat out Britney Spears on the records charts.
Dinner will be available
before the concert at the Garden Room Cafe at the Spectrum Building. Call
A sculpture by Dana Andriaot graces the garden of Kerrick Ross.
Third Street spells out the
Benefits of the
Saint James Court Art Show
The South Third Street
section of the St James Court Art Show is located along the south side of
Magnolia Street and south along the 1400 block of Third Street. The Third
Street Neighborhood Association manages this section of the show and all
of the proceeds are used for projects and funding in the Old Louisville
The Art Show has allowed the
association to provide funding for the following projects as well as other
light up Third Street! The major goal for many years has been to install
and maintain period street lighting along Third Street as well as some
other neighborhood groups…donations to Conrad/Caldwell House,
Shakespeare in the Park, neighborhood clean-up projects.
that include the Hill Street Greens In a joint project with the city,
Fourth Street Neighborhood Association and former alderman Greg Handy, the
association planted the linear park at Third and Hill Streets. The park
maintenance and annual planting is funded by the association.
us of our heritage……. With our newest project to provide house plaques
for properties on Third Street which note the street number, build date
and national historic district. The association follows the lead of other
associations with this project.
the light poles along Third Street for the winter holiday season as well
as provide lawn flags for the Fourth of July.
Dog Show in Central Park A new event to bring neighbors to the park with
their dogs for an all inclusive dog show with prizes and events. This
event is currently being planned by Mary Martin. Please contact her at
637-4000 if you have any experience or would like to assist in this
Street Neighborhood Association denim shirt sale was established to show
pride in our Old Louisville neighborhood. These shirts use a stitched logo
of a neighbor’s building and the wording "Old Louisville" to
promote our neighborhood.
Whether it is funding or
volunteer time, members of the Third Street Neighborhood Association like
members of the other associations are interested, involved and invested in
Third Street Art Show
visit our Sponsor's Page!
Month's Meeting Calendar
The Old Louisville Journal is
published monthly by the Old Louisville Information Center, Inc.
(OLIC), a 501(c)(3) corporation, incorporated in 1984, for the
purpose of receiving tax deductible contributions. OLIC is
affiliated with the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council (OLNC), a
501 (c) (4) non-profit association incorporated in 1976 to serve as
the recognized voice of the Old Louisville Neighborhood.
contributions to the Editor:
Old Louisville Information Center
1340 S. Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40208.
Phone: (502) 635-5244
Advertising rates available upon request.
Please submit “Letters to the Editor” to the above address.
The 15th of each month is deadline for submission of all ads and articles.
Archived Issues of the Old Louisville Journal on-line:
>> Current newsletter
Louisville Guide Home Page
Louisville National Historic District
Old Louisville Business Directory,
Pictures, Vintage Post Card Views,
Calendar of Events,
Corner, St James Court,
Court, St. James Art Show,
Louisville Places, Our Lost Landmarks,
Old Louisville, the Way it Was,
(there are now over 1300 web
pages on OldLouisville.com)
here for a comprehensive search of all 2800+ web pages on this