Old Louisville Journal
A Monthly Summary of
News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation
Volume 26, Issue 3
Art Show Supports
The St. James Court Art
Show is partnering with the Jefferson County Public School system to
bring artists to ten elementary schools on March 25, 2004.
The ten elementary schools were selected on a
first-come-first-served basis. Each school will host four artists
who are active St. James Court Art Show participants, and will
travel from within 100 miles of Louisville to participate in St.
James Court Art Show Day. The artists will be demonstrating a work
in progress from 10 am-2 pm. Classes of students from kindergarten
to fifth grade will circulate through the demonstration area so all
students will have the opportunity to see the artists at work.
Artists will be given a copy of the JCPS core curriculum as a
guideline so they can include in their demonstrations terminology
and techniques with which the students are familiar. The goal is to
expose students to different artistic mediums and to enable the art
teachers to try these mediums in their classrooms. Some of the
schools involved do not have full time art teachers; it is hoped
that the St. James Court Art Show Day will provide inspiration for
future development of arts programs in all public schools.
The event has been scheduled for March to commemorate National Youth
Arts Month. It is hoped the event will increase students’
appreciation of art and their awareness of the importance of art to
quality of life.
Birthday Central Park!
Events to celebrate the
100th anniversary of Old Louisville’s Central Park will begin in
April and promise fun, excitement, and something for everyone.
First Sunday Concerts, a tennis tournament,a champagne reception,
picnics, an ice cream social, a brass band concert, a classic car
show, a 5k road race, a fun dog show, a photography contest,
historical exhibits, and a major Central Park Conservancy fundraiser
are among the events being planned.
Perennial events such as the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, the
Hidden Treasures Garden Tour, the Saint James Court Art Show, and
the Holiday House Tour will also focus attention on the centennial.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, which is holding its
national convention in Louisville the last week in September, will
host a session on the historical plans and origins of Central Park
in the Old Louisville Information Center during that week.
A centennial poster, pins and t-shirts will be available as
commemoratives of the celebration.
Debbie Powers, chair of the Old Louisville Information Center
Central Park Centennial Committee, invites all interested volunteers
to attend the committee’s next meeting on Monday, March 15, at 6PM
in the Old Louisville Information Center. Look for a detailed
schedule of centennial events in the April Old Louisville Journal.
Louisville Neighborhood Council
Meets to Dicuss Topic One: Litter
Executive Director of Brightside, and other Louisville Metro
officials will discuss litter at the first quarterly meeting of the
Old Louisville Neighborhood Council on Thursday, March 18, 2004, at
7PM in the Old Louisville Information Center in Central Park.
The Mayor’s Anti-Litter Project will be discussed. Everyone is
invited to attend.
Spring is just around the corner: Herb Fink and
Armando Melendez sweep up winter’s debris at the Hill Street Green
at the corner of Third and Hill Streets. Everyone is invited to
pitch in for the annual improvement and clean up session at Central
Park on Saturday, April 10, 2004.
New business hours for the
Old Louisville Information Center:
Tuesday - Friday
1pm - 5pm
Louisville Information Center
1340 S. 4th Street in Central Park
Louisville, KY 40208
fax (502) 635-5245
Letters to the Editor
Regarding a Jan. 17 letter to the Courier-Journal Readers’ Forum denigrating
affordable housing: As a real estate agent and a resident of a neighborhood that
integrates all levels of income, I would like to respond to his suggestion that
“Americans are geographically grouped on the basis of income and education…we
are comfortable with those of similar attainments…and we believe that the very
process of earning one’s way to a higher-income neighborhood is evidence that a
household deserves to be there and will fit in.”
I sell in all price ranges, and I respect an individual’s right to live where
he/she feels at home. However, I must say I have been enriched by the diversity
of my neighborhood (Old Louisville). It reminds me of a small town where those
of means live near those who have less. Such a mixture encourages a sense of
community. In my neighborhood, we have the Harvard and Yale educated, as well as
those who have never finished high school.
I know one woman who worked doubles on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so she
could pay for her grandchildren’s Christmas. I admire this woman’s guts and her
perseverance. She works long hours in a modest position because she has had
limited opportunities. No matter what the Jan. 17 letter writer and others may
suggest, life is not a level playing field. Everyone doesn’t have the same
options. I would never condescend to suggest this woman not be my neighbor.
It seems to me that if we are to overcome the cycle of poverty, it must be
through a sense of mutual respect for our shared humanity and not through social
and financial segregation. America is about opportunity, yes, but it’s also
about compassion and vision, which together can provide the very best for all
her citizens, regardless of race, gender or income.
A little more than a year ago, I bought a 3 unit house on South Brook. I occupy
the first floor unit. Like many single family home owners, I have poured
countless hours and resources into this beautiful old lady. I do my best to
maintain the property inside and out. I shovel the street in front of the house
(apparently the city doesn’t see a need to clean the streets in the winter) and
pick up trash. In nice weather, I frequently pick up trash in front of 5 or 6
houses up the street. I’ve found that when I take the time to pick up trash for
half the block, it stays pretty clean for a week or so. Oh, did I mention that
several of the houses that I , the apartment-building owner , have picked up
trash in front of are single family houses and not once have these single family
owners reciprocated. I know who owns the houses on both sides of my building,
both are apartment buildings. When I see something I don’t like, I talk to the
owner and/or the residents and they actually take the appropriate action as a
result of the conversation.
Alley trash is a whole other problem, which is partly socioeconomic. In nice
weather, I have seen people pick through the garbage cans and literally scatter
garbage all up and down the alley. Who would you like to ticket in this
instance? When a tenant moves out, there frequently are numerous large items set
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and there it sets until it is scattered up and down the alley or until the
quarterly Big Pick-up days. It would be really nice if there was a number that
anyone could call for a special garbage pickup. I would be more than happy to
pay a nominal fee to have the city come and pick up the big items behind my
building instead of having to wait for the quarterly collection. I would also be
happy to call and have the big items picked up that are left behind absentee
owner buildings (but I wouldn’t pay). As for trash receptacles blocking the
alley. Perhaps we could ask the garbage collectors to not leave them willy nilly
all over and in the alley after they dump them.
Do I think litter is a problem in Old Louisville? You bet I do. Do I think
apartment buildings owners and apartment residents are THE problem. Not all
apartment-house owners are terrible Old Louisville citizens and not all single
family owners are Old Louisville paragons of virtue. If we all spent a little
more time actually picking up the litter instead of blaming and trying to get
someone else to pick it up, we’d have clean streets instantly.
What are some things that could be done to improve the problem?
Trash cans on the street (with regular and frequent collection)—If I see litter
on the street, I will pick it up and carry it to the nearest trash can, but if
there’s no trash can, and I’m not on my way home, I have to leave it on the
ground. Perhaps others do the same.
Ticket cars parked on the street on street cleaning day—Not ticketing them
reinforces the fact that you can ignore the street cleaning signs and nothing
Talk your neighbors, including the dreaded apartment-building owner or
management company, when you see a problem. Perhaps they are unaware of the
Special garbage collection phone number for big item collection.
Ask the garbage collectors to not leave the trash bins in the middle of the
alley. That’s generally not where they found them.
Adopt-a-block—If we all took just a few minutes each week, we could make and
keep Old Louisville clean and beautiful in less time than it has taken for me to
write this letter.
Jo Ann Macy
Just a Reminder:
Neighborhood Association dues of $25 are payable to the Old
Louisville Neighborhood Council (OLNC) by April,2004.
Up-dated membership lists are also requested. Individual memberships in the OLNC
are renewable at $5.
At Long Last, Rose
Visits Her Sister
Rose Grenough Nett recently took
a trip to the Philippine Islands to visit her eldest sister, Mary. Mary, a
graduate of Spalding University, is a nurse who has been serving with the
Maryknoll Sisters in the Islands since late 1963. Rose had been considering a
visit to her sister’s part of the planet since finishing Peace Corps service in
Colombia in 1967, and the opportunity finally arrived.
”Having the opportunity to spend almost three weeks in February in what has
become my sister’s home was a wonderful experience,” said Rose.
Highlights of the trip included visits to friends and co-workers in cities and
towns in several of the nation’s 7,000 islands where Mary has worked through the
past four decades. Her efforts for the past 10 or so years have been dedicated
primarily to establishing and nourishing the community-based health program in
rural areas of the Philippines. Medical doctors and nurses train indigenous
people to provide basic
health care to folks who don’t generally have access to hospitals or emergency
The trip opened Rose’s eyes to many fascinating facts about the Philippines,
including the realization that all the islands put together would be only about
the size of Italy, and that more than 100 ethnological group there speak about
70 different languages (fortunately, only eight major ones, with
many people speaking English.)
Rose has many fond memories and a few souvenirs of the trip, which was made with
another sister, Millie, also a Spalding graduate, who lives in New Haven,
Connecticut. Among the souvenirs is a handmade ”mandolino” that Rose is
determined to play one of these days. (Any teachers out there? One possible
glitch: this Philippine instrument has twelve strings!) She will long remember
the warm, gracious hospitality and beautiful smiles of hosts and hostesses along
the way. And she gained a much greater appreciation for sugar and rice, after
observing the amount of human labor required to plant, nurture, cultivate, and
refine these products.
Rose and her husband, Fred, have lived in Old Louisville for over thirty years
and are active members of the Garvin Gate Association and the Old Louisville
Neighborhood Council. Rose represents Old Louisville in the Louisville Coalition
of Neighborhoods and the Airport Neighbors’ Alliance. Fred is a member of the
Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Zoning and Land Use and Property
Things are Perking at the
Old Louisville Coffee House
Greetings from the Old Louisville Coffeehouse! It has been
six months since we opened the doors and we feel like we have been apart of this
neighborhood for years. It has been a wonderful experience meeting all of our
neighbors and we could not be happier to live and work in Old Louisville.
Winter has been a bit slow, but as soon as the weather warmed everyone was out
and about again. We have added some new items to our menu; we now deliver, and
we extended our hours on Sunday to 7:00pm. We hope to fill our Fridays and
Saturdays with music and special events. We still have fabulous local artwork
and jewelry and hope to find even more interesting artwork to share. Our art on
the walls changes about every six weeks; check in regularly to see what is new.
We have a knitting group that meets on Sunday afternoons; all ages and abilities
are welcome. We have a chess group that meets on Tuesdays at 8:00pm and is open
to all ages and abilities.
If you want to buy whole beans or ground coffee to go, come by Thursday for a
10% discount on a pound or more.
Thanks again for the support and we hope to be able to offer great Intelligencia
coffee, fabulous pasties desserts, great lunch items, art, music and more for
years to come!
Old Louisville Coffeehouse
1489 S. Fourth St.
Proposals to operate valet parking during the St. James Court Art Show are being
accepted until April 16, 2004. For more information, call 635-1842 or e-mail
Someone’s in the kitchen with
Well, maybe not Dinah, but with Chefs Michele and Bob Brinke of the
soon-to-be-opened Chef’s Table and Old Louisville Winery at First and Oak
Although the restaurant is not scheduled to open until early April, cooking
classes offered through the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning at the
University of Louisville will begin on March 8, 2004.
Beginning Culinary Skills, the first class, will meet on Mondays, March 8
through April 12 from 7-9PM. Students will learn about bread-making, homemade
pasta, pastries, and fundamental cooking techniques.
Intermediate Culinary Skills begins on Mondays, April 19 through May 17 and will
feature cooking with wines and spirits, fondue, and intuitive cooking, among
Participants will end each class by consuming the dinner prepared that evening.
Pamphlets will more information, including registration procedures and fees are
available at the Old Louisville Information Center.
from Debbie Powers
Spring is on the mind of everyone
as we flip the page on the calendar to March. It’s printed right there on most
of our calendars... SPRING. It may not come as quickly as we all hope. It may
also simply tease us. . .warm one day...cold the next. With the coming of
spring, everything changes. The colors return to the gardens t he clothes we
have been layering can be less layered , and even our choices of food changes
with the season. As we turn our faces to the sun and hope for warmth, sometimes
we need to also resign ourselves to the fact that despite new diets,
old-fashioned comfort food needs to win out occasionally.
My grandmother would only make these dishes in March. She was a wonderful little
lady, but eccentric to the most extreme degree. Both dishes have ties to St.
Patrick’s Day but I think she really made them for the my grandfather’s birthday
in early March. I hope you enjoy these March family traditions.
Irish Soda Bread
3/4 cup seedless raisins (golden is the choice for us)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbs. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
1/3 cup butter
1 cup buttermilk (or sour milk)
Rinse and drain the raisins and set aside. Lightly coat them with an extra
tablespoon of flour, if desired. Sift together flour, baking powder, soda and
salt; cut in butter with a pastry blender until mix resembles coarse corn meal.
Add raisins to the dry mixture. Beat egg slightly and add to milk. Make a “well”
in the center of the flour mixture and add the liquids all at once. Stir with
fork until mixed together. Do not overmix! Turn into a greased 8" round baking
pan (a small iron skillet works well, too) and bake at 350 degrees for 25 - 30
minutes. Makes 8 large wedges.
2 1/2 pounds boneless leg of lamb, cubed
8 small potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
4 small onions, quartered
4 medium turnips, peeled and quartered
4 carrots, scraped and cut into 2 inch pieces (or one bag baby carrots)
1 pkg. (10 oz) frozen peas
4 cups water
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
Quickly sear the lamb cubes in a hot skillet until just browned on all sides.
Place all ingredients in a large Dutch oven. Cover and cook over low heat 1 1/2
hours or until meat is tender.
Asian Art and
and Preview Party
Crane House will host the fourth
annual Asian Art and Antiques Market on Saturday, March 13, 2003, 10:00 am -
5:00 pm and Sunday, March 14, 2003, 12:00 - 5: 00 pm.
The Market will feature the largest number of booths with specialty Asian items
ever assembled in one Louisville venue. The area’s top dealers of Asian
antiques, as well as retailers of Asian art, will participate. Exhibitors and
artists will display and sell unique and one-of-a-kind objects such as
paintings, furniture, vases, urns, jewelry, and unusual pieces both antique and
new, from many countries in Asia. The Market, which is free and open to the
public, will be at Crane House, 1244 South Third Street, Louisville.
The Preview Party, a Crane House fundraiser, will be Friday, March 12, from 5:00
- 8:00 pm. Proceeds benefit Crane House’s educational and cultural programs. All
art and antiques will be available for sale during the Preview Party. Tickets
are $25 per person, by reservation only. The deadline for reservations is
Wednesday, March 10. Reservations may be made by calling 635-2240, or e-mailing
The Filson Honors
Louisville’s Blues Musical Heritage
The Filson Historical
Society will dedicate an evening to blues music and to Louisville’s blues
heritage on Friday, February 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the society’s headquarters,
1310 S. Third Street. The event will consist of a concert of blues music
performed by the 10th Street Blues Band; a short presentation about the history
of blues music in Louisville; an exhibit of blues artifacts, instruments,
records and photographs of blues performers; an open bar of beer, wine and soft
drinks; and light refreshments. Admission is $25.00. The discounted cost for
Filson members is $18. Reservations are required. Call The Filson at (502)
635-5083 for reservations and more information.
The blues is a key part of
African-American culture, and Louisville’s blues roots date back to the
beginning of the 20th century. Several legendary blues artists called the River
City their home, including Sylvester Weaver - the Smoketown resident who
recorded the first blues guitar record in 1923 - Bill Gaither and blues queens
Sarah Martin, Helen Humes and Edmonia Henderson. A blues singer and guitar
player, Gaither received the Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his service during
World War II in the Army’s earliest black combat unit in the Pacific theater.
The 10th Street Blues Band
has performed at the Kentucky Folk Life Festival in Frankfort and in blues clubs
and festivals around the state.
The Filson Historical
Society is Kentucky’s oldest and largest independent historical society.
Organized May 15, 1884, its mission is to collect, preserve and publish
historical material, especially pertaining to Kentucky, the Ohio Valley, and the
upper South. The Filson is headquartered in the Ferguson Mansion in Old
Louisville and houses a library, a museum, and a special collections department.
Development Continues in the Neighborhood
A new house is going up
at 1239 South Second Street on a vacant lot. Developer Steve McCubbin reported
at the February Property Improvement Committee (PIC) meeting that the two-story
structure has been given Landmark’s approval and will be sold as two (1268 and
1283 square feet) condominiums with three bedrooms and two baths apiece. A
carriage house to be constructed at the rear of the property will contain an
additional apartment. The house will have an all brick and masonry exterior.
Gary Kleier announced at the PIC meeting that the old Sunoco Service Station at
Third and Hill Streets will soon be reincarnated as a green market. A vendor
from the demolished downtown Haymarket will reportedly sign on to sell produce
at the site. Glass garage doors will be installed to enable year-round
operation. The freestanding garage on the west side of the property may
eventually be used as a meat market.
Jean Crowe reported that the structure originally housed the Diamond Gas
Station. Gary Kleier agreed, noting the diamond reliefs on the structure’s
columns and diamond shapes in the floor tiles.
new house going up in on Second Street
Original Diamond Gas Station
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