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 10
A note from the Editor
This will be my seventh show as a neighborhood
resident and it has become a sort of rite of passage for me. Marking
those late September days to THE weekend is often spent chatting
with friends from other parts of the area making plans for them to
“stop by when you’re at the show.” There are also the endless
discussions about the best way to “shop the show” for all of us.
When I begin to hear the tap, tap, tap of the hammers sinking the
tent stakes into the lawn of St. James I realize two things. First,
fall has officially arrived in my neighborhood and second, the
imminent chaos and joy of that special weekend is about to arrive.
There are a few events which help us mark the seasons here in
Louisville. Winter seems to arrive with the Old Louisville House
Tour while spring shows her lovely face with the Kentucky Debby and
fall arrives with the St. James Court Art Show on that fateful first
The 49th annual show will find more than 700 fine artists and
craftspeople filling our streets with their wares. All in the heart
of Old Louisville, there is no rival to the St. James Court Art
Show. For the second year in a row, Sunshine Artist magazine, the
premier show and festival publication, has ranked our very own show
as the #1 fine art show in the nation. Art Show Director, Margue
Esrock, says, “We are truly thrilled to be honored two years in a
row. This is an incredible compliment to the Art Show coordinators,
volunteers, Metro Louisville services and to the residents of Old
Join your neighbors as we welcome our friends and family from
far and near to our neighborhood for the 49th annual St. James Court
Remember to support our neighborhood council by patronizing the
Food Booth located near the fountain at the show. The Food Booth is
the primary fundraiser for the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council.
Think about it. Where else could you get a great tasting brat and
bask in the glory of the collection of the best fine artists in the
nation? Only in Old Louisville!
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. We’ll see you at the show!
Debbie Powers, Editor
“Meet me at the fountain!” St. James
Court Art Show
St. James goes Wi-Fi
The St. James Court Association is pleased to announce that it
is the first community in Metro Louisville to provide wireless
connectivity. The common greens spaces of St. James Court and
the east side of Central Park now have Wi-Fi connectivity which
is free to the public.
Louise Shawkat the President of the St. James
Court Associated noted that “it is important to provide this
type of service to the community. We wanted to be first and we
wanted to have access prior to the 49th annual St. James Court
Art Show.” The St. James Court Art Show which draws over 300,000
people to Old Louisville has been ranked the number one art show
in the country for two years in a row.
Wi-Fi was established in the neighborhood with
the assistance of Kent Thompson, a St. James Court resident and
member of the Association, along with Fortress Network Security,
the Conrad-Caldwell House, and Dr. Aaron Lucas.
Mr. Thompson wanted to thank Beth Niblock, the
Chief Information Officer, Metro Louisville for “removing the
red-tap in allowing us to rapidly move forward with this
project.” He noted though that “unfortunately Metro Louisville
had hoped to contribute equipment to make this project possible
but was unable to do so. Because of this shortfall we had to
rely on vendors and the generosity of St. James residents.”
Letter to the Editor
Recent conversations with neighbors, police and reading the
September 2005 Old Louisville Journal have prompted this letter.
While page 6 of this issue was largely devoted to the future of
SoBro as it relates to low-income housing and halfway houses, I am
concerned with these issue as they pertain to all zip codes within
the Old Louisville & SoBro neighborhoods. Specifically, how they
compare to the balance of zip codes in the Metro area.
We seem to receive information on these issues in dribs & drabs and
can really make no sense or opinion on these issues because of this.
I would hope that the OL Council would be able to supply us, through
the Journal, the following:
· categorizes of low-income housing (i.e., section 8)
· number of units in the metro area by zip code
· number of shelters in the metro area and total number housed or
· number of shelters per zip code with total number housed or served
· number of missions and halfway houses in the metro area by total
housed or served
· number of missions and halfway houses per zip code by total housed
It is easy to say this area is overburdened with it’s share of all
of the above, but how about the government coughing up the numbers
for all to see? With regard to placement of Clarksdale units — ask
Metro for the same. How many were there in total? Where, by zip
code, are these units be placed in the Metro area now that
Clarksdale is being torn down? The Feds dictate scattered site
housing. How can we argue that it isn’t if the City or Council
aren’t getting us the information? It is a matter of public record
and Metro Government needs to make it easily and cohesively
accessible. It is no secret that having too much of any of the above
will severely impact our neighborhood and property values. We can
fight this if we have information. Without it, we are voices with no
Lastly, there has been an enormous amount of press by the Mayor’s
office regarding the development of housing and neighborhood
rejuvenation in older neighborhoods in the City. Where does OL place
in that endeavor? What are the plans for 4th & Oak area as reported
by the City - NOT as reported by the OL Chamber of Commerce? By all
accounts, what’s planned by the Mayor’s office is what becomes
reality — look at Downtown and 4th Street Live - It could have been
Looking for the numbers!
Please look for information regarding your inquiries in the November
issue of the OLJ.
Toonerville Trolley neighborhood
Toonerville started selling Van Bourgondien bulbs this
summer! This first time, the great deals include $5 and $10
packages. There’s also a big box of 50 bulbs for $20 and one
with 150 bulbs for only $40! These are the very finest Dutch
As a special reward for your neighborhood, Toonerville is
sharing the extra daffodil bulbs we’d normally receive as a
“bonus” based on your purchases. We want to help with all of
Old Louisville’s beautiful spring!
Color brochures are available at the Old Louisville
Information Center and at the Visitors Center at 218 W. Oak.
Call 636-0602 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more
information or to order.
UofL School Of Music
Our neighbors to the south, the University of Louisville, hosts
a rich variety of music programs. Beginning with the very first
weekend in October and finishing at the end of the month, there
quite literally is something for everyone. Perhaps you would
like an evening of Chinese Music or maybe an evening of new
music by student composers is more to your liking. No matter the
choice, the UofL School of Music program is a wonderful choice
for all of us. Check their website for more information. A list
of upcoming events may be found at www.music.louisville.edu or
you may get more information by calling the concert line at
Join us for the
October Neighborhood Association Meeting
In the last legislative session a new state tax credit
program was passed. The October 25, 2005 Old Louisville
Neighborhood Association Meeting will be a special
neighborhood meeting about this new program. A
representative from the Ky Heritage Council will be present
to discuss this new program and how residents of Old
Louisville can take advantage of it. More information to
follow. We also hope to have Reginald Meeks and/or Denise
Harper Angel there for their input. Look for more
information in the next issue of the newsletter. The meeting
will start at 7 PM.
1300 South Third Street
Neighborhood Association Sets Challenge to Keep Visitors
Center Running Smoothly
Alan Bird, President of the Old
Louisville Chamber of Commerce, reports that the
recently-opened ‘Visitors Center in Historic Old Louisville’
at 218 West Oak Street has far surpassed expectations for
its first few months of operation. “We recently had new
signs for the Visitors Center placed on the highway and in
the neighborhood,” he says, “and it is remarkable to see how
many people are being directed to Old Louisville.” On an
average day, as many as 30 to 40 people from various parts
of the country arrive at the center, and most of them are
eager to check out the sights in America’s Largest Victorian
Neighborhood. Much of the credit for the center’s immediate
success is due the countless volunteers who have dedicated
their time and energy, and also to the creation of an
interim-director post that has provided the Visitors Center
with an experienced professional in the travel and tourism
Despite the center’s success, however,
funding has been slow in coming, and a considerable portion
of the operating costs, including the salary for the interim
director, has been underwritten by private individuals. Mike
Seale, treasurer of 1300 South Third Street Neighborhood
Association has announced the organization has donated
$2,500 to keep the center running smoothly through October.
In addition, 1300 South Third Street Neighborhood
Association is issuing a challenge to all individuals,
agencies and organizations in Old Louisville to help raise
funds to ensure the continued success of the Visitors Center
in Old Louisville. For every dollar that is contributed, the
1300 South Third Street Neighborhood Association will match
the donation with $.50 – up to an additional $7,500 –
resulting in a total contribution of $10,000 on their
Arnold Calentano and Jane Harris will spearhead the efforts
for 1300 South Third Street Neighborhood Association, and
they hope they can count on you for support. For more
information call 637-2227.
Reviving a previous tradition in the Old Louisville Journal,
join me in welcoming back the Cook’s Corner. Here you will
find monthly recipes appropriate to the season as well as a
little story behind the food...if one exists. Feel free to
email us with your favorite recipes and “food memories” and
we’ll include them as space allows.
This month, with Fall having arrived and the crisp October
air about to join us here in Old Louisville, thoughts turn
that always welcome notion of comfort food. Something warm
and wonderful...filling and tasteful. One of my favorites at
this time of year fills my home with the most delicious
fragrance. I can hardly wait for it to “come together” as my
grandmother would say. I usually spend a lazy Saturday
morning filling my soup pot with the ingredients. I venture
out at some point to a neighborhood bakery for the perfect
loaf of artisan bread and then I wait...and wait...until I
can stand it no longer.
I have many different “Saturday Soup Pots,” as my family
calls them, but the current front-runner is Sausage-Corn
Chowder. It’s an easy recipe with few ingredients. It’s VERY
simple to make...the difficult part is letting it
simmer...the longer the better. Feel free to embellish as
you wish. At my home, Tabasco is a big player in this soup.
We like it with the a little kick! Let me know if you make a
great addition to the ingredients. I’m always looking for a
· 1/2 pound Pork Sausage (whatever “flavor” you
like...hot, mild, etc.)
· 1/2 cup chopped onion
· 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
· 2 garlic cloves, minced
· 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
· 3 cups milk
· 3/4 teaspoon salt
· 3/4 teaspoon pepper
· 1 (15-ounce) can cream-style corn
· 1 (15 1/4-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
· 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
BROWN first 4 ingredients in a large Dutch
oven, stirring until sausage crumbles. Add flour, and cook,
stirring constantly, 1 minute. Gradually add milk and next 6
ingredients; cook chowder over medium heat, stirring
occasionally, 60 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
Garnish, if desired.
Fill that soup pot and enjoy!
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
Future developments of the Kentucky
Shakespeare Festival and its summer home, the Douglas C.
Ramey Amphitheatre in Central Park, were discussed at the
September meeting of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council
Property Improvement Committee (PIC) meeting.
Kurt Tofteland, Producing Artistic Director
of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, mentioned drainage,
tree maintenance, vehicular access, stage, concessions and
bathroom facilities as major issues which need to be
addressed in the currently evolving new Central Park Master
He proposed that the amphitheater shrink its
seating from the current 1500 seats to 500 seats. Smaller
weeknight crowds would be better accommodated, larger
weekend crowds would have more green space available for
lawn blankets, and the amphitheater would have a smaller
imprint on the park.
Tofteland supports a new stage structure
which would be totally removable in the off-season. PIC and
the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council are on record
supporting this in the Central Park Master Plan.
Tofteland stated that lack of money is the
major obstacle to the realization of these improvements. The
summer season in Central Park costs $200,000 out of a total
Festival budget of $650,000. However, decreasing donations
from The Fund for the Arts and Louisville Metro will result
in $32,000 less for the 2006 summer season. He said
donations from Old Louisville neighborhood associations are
also down. $2,000 was donated in 2005, down from the usual
$7,500. If not replaced, the reduced funding may result in
only a two-week 2006 season. Also, any hopes of producing
more than one play are remote at this time.
Tofteland noted that the Festival draws
between 10,000 and 20,000 patrons from from all
socio-economic levels and from every zip code in Louisville
Metro to Old Louisville and Central Park each summer. It
provides a free cultural experience that many could not
otherwise afford. Tofteland exhorted those present at the
PIC meeting to help the Festival raise the money.
Saint Louis Bertrand Church
on South Sixth Street in preparation for a
restoration which, depending
on the weather, may not be
completed until December.
Austin’s Inn Place Opens
Inn Place, a guest and gathering bed and breakfast, recently
opened at 913-915 South First Street.
The structures, built in 1888, feature five king-size and
three queen-size guest rooms. Breakfast is offered in three
dining rooms. Additional amenities include meeting rooms for
social and business gatherings, game room, parlor/reading
room, book and DVD library, wireless high-speed access, fax,
and a gift shop featuring Kentucky crafted products and art.
Off-street, gated parking is available.
Mary and Tom Austin, innkeepers, can accommodate groups up
to 30 for parties, wedding receptions, business meetings or
training sessions. They will manage events and coordinate
services for clients.
For further information call 502-585-8855; e-mail:
email@example.com; web site:
Voices from the Past and
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
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.
Victorian Ghosts to Haunt the
Streets of Old Louisville Again
Neighborhood Association Sponsors Halloween Fundraiser
Rhonda Williams of the West St.
Catherine Street Neighborhood Association in Old Louisville
has announced that preparations are well underway for the
2nd Annual Victorian Ghost Tour that will take place the
weekend before Halloween, on October 28th, 29th and 30th.
Given the overwhelming success of last year’s walking tour
of haunted hot spots in ‘America’s largest Victorian
neighborhood,’ the Victorian Ghost Tour promises to be a
yearly draw for ghost enthusiasts and history buffs alike.
“It’s a great way to get out and see one of the most
important historic preservation districts in the nation,”
she says, “and it’s also a great way to discover the haunted
history behind one of the country’s spookiest
neighborhoods.” In addition, all proceeds from the popular
event will go to the restoration and upkeep of period
lighting along West St. Catherine Street.
Victorian Ghost Tour, a roughly two-hour jaunt featuring
many locations mentioned in David Dominé’s local bestseller
‘Ghosts of Old Louisville: True Stories of Hauntings in
America’s Largest Victorian Neighborhood,’ will take
sightseers to such places of supernatural interest as the
opulent Conrad-Caldwell House, the stairs of the lovely
First Church of Christ, Scientist and the old Jennie
Casseday Free Infirmary for Women. Costumed guides and
interpreters will also share ghostly stories and legends
from the area as they stroll charming gas-lit streets and
alleys, and participants will be invited inside several of
Old Louisville’s reportedly haunted mansions as well. Dominé
himself will lead several of the groups, and the other
guides will include talented members of the West St.
Catherine Neighborhood Association, such as actor and
screenwriter Jon Huffman, professor and writer Michael
Williams and U of L art history professor Dr. Karen Britt.
Tours will form at the ticket booth at the
rock in front of the Conrad-Caldwell House at 1402 St. James
Court on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings before
Halloween. The first group will depart at 6:00 p.m., and the
last one will depart at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets can be
purchased for $20 each; the week of the tour they will cost
$25 each. Call 502-635-5244 for more information, or go
online at www.oldlouisville.com.
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