Old Louisville Journal
A Monthly Summary of
News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation
Volume 28, Issue 5
Garden Tours are Here!
The time to be outdoors has arrived with May. Lately residents
of Old Louisville have been busy with bulb and bedding plant sales,
neighborhood cleanups and sprucing up Central Park. Now we can enjoy
the results of all those efforts in our own neighborhood and in
those of Crescent Hill and Audubon Park as again this year the three
neighborhoods offer the Garden Tour PASSPORT for the discount price
The participating tours and dates are
Crescent Hill Garden Tour
June 3 – 4, 10 AM – 5 PM
Audubon Park Garden Tour
June 25, 1 PM – 5 PM
Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour
July 8 – 9, 10 AM – 5 PM
Each Garden Tour will feature 8 – 12 residential gardens.
All tours will be held RAIN OR SHINE. This is a
limited-time, advance-sale-only, discount package. Advance
sales of 2006 Garden Tour PASSPORTs are available now to
June 2. The 2006 Garden Tour PASSPORT will be of great
interest to the avid gardener, whether for personal use or
as a great gift idea.
The 2006 Garden Tour PASSPORT may be purchased with cash or
check at ECONOMY AQUATIC GARDENS: 2915 Preston Hwy; THE
PLANT KINGDOM: 4101 Westport Rd.; RAY OF LIGHT: 714 E.
Market St.; ST. MATTHEWS FEED & SEED: 225 Chenoweth Ln.; and
THIENEMAN’S HERBS & PERENNIALS: 9120 Blowing Tree Rd. To
obtain by mail, please send a money order or a check, made
to Garden Tour PASSPORT, to Cynthia Johnson; 2308 Raleigh
Lane; Louisville, KY 40206. All orders must be received by
For more information, call Tim Bottorff at (502) 637-5026.
Historic Old Louisville’s
Sunday Concerts Scheduled
The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council has set the dates
for the 2006 Sunday Concerts held in Central Park. The
“Doctors of Swing” will kick off the season with an Ice
Cream Social from 4:00PM to 5:30PM on Sunday, June 11th.
“This year we decided to make the concerts themselves a
perfect outing or event for families and guests to Old
Louisville.” said Chuck Anderson, President of the Old
Louisville Neighborhood Council. “There are many quality
events throughout the year in Old Louisville and the Council
decided to make the concerts more unique and special.”
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.” Anderson said.
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Property Improvement Committee
Central Park Improvement Day 2006
Each year we are always concerned as
to what the weather will be like for our annual Improvement
Day in Central Park.
This year the weather was a perfect and beautiful Spring day
with full sun, a nice breeze, and temperatures in the 70’s
and later in the 80’s.
Workers started gathering prior to 8:00 a.m. As usual,
coffee and donuts from Heitzman Bakery were available for
the early birds.
Lois Tash and Bill Peake signed-in workers as they arrived,
provided name tags, and the work improvement got started.
· About twelve (12) truck loads of leaf mulch was
transported by Metro Works bobcats and Metro Parks gators
and placed as mulch around many trees by the workers.
· Ten (10) new replacement trees were donated and planted in
Greg Popham, Peterson-Popham, provided two (2) Oaks, two (2)
Cypress, two (2) Persimmon, one (1) Redbud, and one (1)
Kentucky Coffee tree.
The 4th Street Neighborhood Association provided one (1) 3”
The 1300 South 3rd Street Neighborhood Association also
provided one (1) 3” Sugar Maple.
The Peterson-Popham trees are scattered about the park. The
Sugar Maples are located along the entrance road to the park
off of Magnolia Avenue.
· Zane Lockhart spread fertilizer over ¼
of the park.
· Bob Bajandas and others edged the park walkways
· Dick Callaway gathered piles and piles of downed tree
limbs and sticks from the recent storms.
· Ginny Keen, Judy Stallard and others planted pansies and
mulched the entrance areas to the park.
· Rhonda Williams, Sandra Needy, Martin Needy, and Nicole
Bass weeded and mulched the St. James Court entrance area to
· The Central Park West Neighborhood Association thoroughly
cleaned, took-up leaves, weeds and debris along the total
length of 6th Street from Park Avenue to Magnolia Avenue and
did a great job.
· The annual beds adjacent to the breezeway were cleaned and
· Additional bobcats were provided by BAJA Works and Terry
Metro Works also provide two (2) bobcats, operators and
· LMPD 4th Division provided security for the session.
· David Norton, owner of the Magnolia Bar & Grill provided
four (4) large containers of ice for drinks.
· Gary Kleier took over 300 photos of the improvement
During the week prior to Central Park Improvement Day, Metro
Parks staff accomplished the following:
· Aerated and seeded large areas where turf had failed.
· Removed a large Overcup Oak and stump which had failed.
· Removed weeds from the Theatre sitting area and applied
· Trimmed the Wysteria.
· Removed stumps.
· Mowed the turf.
Several of the Metro Parks staff were
called away around 11:00 a.m. in that a fire occurred in the
Savannah Grass area on top of Iroquois Park, which
eventually burned 5 acres before being brought under
Prior to lunch time, Mayor Jerry Abramson and Mike Heitz,
Metro Parks Director visited in Central Park and greeted all
the workers saying, “a job well done.”
At 12:00 noon all of the workers gathered under the trees
for a sumptuous barbeque lunch with all the trimmings which
was catered by Masteron’s Restaurant and sponsored by
Councilman George Unseld.
The noon lunch was served by Beth and Tom Duffy, Polly Wood
and Irene Spicer.
During lunch, Bill Herron, Assistant Director, Metro Parks,
retired as of April 13, 2006, was honored for his years of
services as City of Louisville Director of Public Works and
more recently, Assistant Director of Metro Parks.
Bill was presented a poster size photograph taken of him
during the ribbon cutting ceremony of the opening of the 9th
Street Roadway. The photograph was endorsed by all the
workers and others.
Officer Terra Long presented Bill with a bouquet of flowers
and words of appreciation.
Words of appreciation were expressed by
many others. We all wished Bill a great bike ride into his
A special “thank you” to those who provide funds, services,
and materials which underwrote the event.: Central Park West
Neighborhood Association, Belgravia Court Neighborhood
Association, Lori and Ed Turley, 3rd Street Neighborhood
Association, West St. Catherine Neighborhood Association,
David Norton, Magnolia Bar & Grill, St. James Court
Neighborhood Association, Garvin Gate Neighborhood
Association, Greg Popham, Peterson-Popham, Inc., 4th Street
Neighborhood Association and 1300 South 3rd Street
The following workers participated in the event: Central
Park West Neighborhood Association, Penny Johnson, Bob
Bajandas, Candace Milligan, Mike Milligan, Judy Stallard,
Gary Kleier, Missy Murphy, Mike Murphy, Justin Elliott,
Alison Townsend, Avery Townsend, David Townsend, Robert
Nickels, Presley Whitaker, Collin Milligan, 4th Street
Neighborhood Association, Myra Silva, Jason Smithson, Alice
Wright Belknap, Drew Layman, Susan Coleman, Larry Gettleman,
1300 South 3rd Street Neighborhood Association, Dick
Callaway, Chuck Anderson, Sheela Anderson, Polly Wood, Ron
Harris, Metro Parks, Mayor Jerry Abramson, Michael Heitz,
David Fothergill, Brian Haag, Ronald Hardin, Todd Board,
Kitta Westmoreland, John Huguley, Monty Steele, Anna Irvin,
Jerry & Portia Brown, Bill Herron, 2nd Street Neighborhood
Association, Zane Lockhart, Ginny Keen, Barb Xander, JoAnn
Lockhart, Ken Herndon, Savannah Keen, Caroline Thornewill,
Jeremy Thornewill, Raike Thornewill, Lily Thornewill,
Elspeth Thornewill, Jim Dillon, David Norton, 3rd Street
Neighborhood Association, Lois Tash, Bill Peake, Tom Duffy,
Beth Duffy, Jo Ann Celentano, Maggie Myatt, Lukas Myatt, Kim
Mowder, Amy Turner, Mike Breidenbach, Jason DiResta,
Marjorie & Herb Fink, Belgravia Court Neighborhood
Association, Dick Irby, LMPD – 4th Division, Officer Andrea
Brown, Officer William LeFlore, Major David Ray, Limerick
Neighborhood Association, Walter Hutchins, Nancy Leavell,
John Scott, Toonerville Neighborhood Association, Irene
Spicer, Abby Lindle, West St. Catherine Street Neighborhood
Association, Nicole Bass, Sandra Needy, Martin Needy, Rhonda
Williams, Metro Louisville Dept. of Public Works, Charles
Huddleston, Charles Morris, David Ross, Steve Estes, Terry
Hammond Construction Co., Terry Hammond, Terry D. Hammond,
Lee Mosier, 3rd Avenue Baptist Church, Staci Calamaio,
Tabitha Stuard, Greg Prather, Chris Phillips, Roger Sabat,
Michael Kolde, Will Kynes, Sammy Cabrera, Garvin Gate
Neighborhood Association, Led Schwendan, Maleva Chamberlain,
Quenn Chapley, LM Brightside and Kyle Sawyer-Dailey.
A special “thank you” to all who participated in the Central
Park Improvement Day 2006!
Central Park looks great, smells great, and is such a great
attribute to our Old Louisville neighborhood. THANK YOU ALL!
Note: If we have inadvertently left out a worker’s name or
left out other information, please let us know at the
Information Center and we will provide an update in the June
Volunteers clean up Central Park
click on pictures to enlarge
1. Herb Fink and Kitta Westmoreland of
Parks were much in demand
delivering water to the thirsty volunteers.
2. Officer Terra Long, Mayor Jerry
Abramson and Bill Herron.
3. The 3rd Avenue Baptist Church youth
group help mulch around the trees.
4. Gary Kleier and Mike Milligan worked on 6th Street.
Information Center Board
TourLouisville to Expand Tour
There’s a lot of new things going on in
response to the ever-increasing numbers of tourists flocking
to Old Louisville in search of colorful local history and
stunning architecture, the Visitors Center in Historic Old
Louisville and TourLouisville have announced plans to boost
the number and type of tours that will be offered to
visitors in America’s Largest Victorian Neighborhood. Nore
Ghibaudy, director of the Visitors Center since it opened in
May 2005, says that response to the weekly scheduled tours
has been so great that “we needed to expand our services to
accommodate the constant influx of out-of-town tourists that
drop in at the center.”
In addition to narrated, driven tours of the neighborhood’s
haunted hotspots and grand Victorian mansions,
TourLouisville has planned monthly guided walking tours, and
recorded audio tours that will be available for rental.
According to Ghibaudy, the added tours will be up and
running by May, just in time for the arrival of warmer
The new tours to be added to the TourLouisville schedule
include a monthly walk-about tour of “Old Louisville’s Gems
and Jewels” on the second Saturday of every month that will
depart at 12:00 p.m. from the Visitors Center in Historic
Old Louisville. The roughly two-hour tour will cost $20.00
per person and will include visits inside several area
mansions. For those would like to take a more leisurely pace
as they stroll the neighborhood, rented audio tours ($5.00)
will be available from the center during the regularly
scheduled hours of operation Monday through Saturday. “The
Grand Tour” has been recorded by professional actors and has
been designed to include a wealth of information about the
neighborhood’s colorful Victorian past and stunning
residential architecture. In addition, another weekly ghost
tour will be added to the schedule of driven tours. “People
really love their ghost stories,” says Ghibaudy, “so we came
up with a Saturday-night tour that shows off the haunted Old
Louisville of the Roaring Twenties. Dubbed “the Moonshine
and Madness Tour,” this hour-and-a-half tour will introduce
thrill seekers to a taste of the ghostly tales and lost
legends associated with Prohibition-era bootleggers and
gamblers who called Louisville home. The tour will cost
$25.00 per person, and - like the Friday-night “Ghost Tour
of Old Louisville” - will run from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. The
“Mansions and Milestones Tour” will still be offered from
2:30- 4:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. In addition to
that, a “Full Moon Ghost Tour” will be offered each month on
the night of the full moon at 9:00 p.m.
For more information contact: The Visitors Center in
Historic Old Louisville, 218 West Oak Street, Louisville, KY
40203 -- (502) 637-2922
Festive Spirits to gather in
Old Louisville this Halloween
Victorian Masquerade Ball Will Cap off
Louisville Chamber of Commerce has announced plans to host the
first-ever “Gathering of the Spirits” festival this fall in Old
Louisville, one of the nation’s premier Victorian neighborhoods.
“It will be a great way to enjoy the fall colors and the unique
architecture that make this area so special,” says Nore Ghibaudy,
director of the Visitors Center in Historic Old Louisville, “and
it is sure to become the highlight of the local Halloween
season.” Although the festival will include various events such
as a pumpkin walk and the third annual Victorian Ghost Tour, the
revelry will culminate at the first annual Spirit Ball on
October 28th, the Saturday before Halloween. “The Spirit Ball,”
explains Gary Kleier, head of the Gathering of the Spirits
planning committee, “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. “This will be the perfect way to keep
old customs alive,” says Deb Riall, director of the stately 1895
residence, “and there’s no better place to enjoy a night of
spirited dancing and colorful masquerades than the
Conrad-Caldwell House.” Local interior designers will showcase
their talent in the mansion’s specially decorated rooms, and
spirits are sure to soar at this unique neighborhood event.
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
POTLUCKS and FUN for Old
Lots of families call Old Louisville home.
Let’s all get together and have a little fun!
In an effort to build a family network, there will be a
family potluck picnic the 2nd Saturday of every month from
5:00-7:00 p.m. in Central Park (weather permitting)
beginning May 13 and running through Ocotber 14th. Please
If you have any questions, please email Carolyn Fuller at
or Caroline Thornewill at
Planned Parenthood of Louisville, in
conjunction with the Brown CancerCenter, will offer free
mammogram screenings to uninsured women over 40 years of age
on Wednesday, May 10 from 8:30-3:30. They will also hold an
educational discussion on menopause with a medical doctor at
3:00 after the screenings.
The next PickUp date for large trash is May 29. Remember to
have your junk set out at your collecting point by 6 a.m. on
the Monday of your collection week and no earlier than the
Friday before your junk collection week.
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