The Old Louisville Journal

A Monthly Summary of News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation     

  Volume 30, Issue 7

July 2008    


Garden Tour Time Again!

If it’s July, it must be Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour time. In case you missed last month’s article, we’re giving you a reminder: July 12 & 13, 10 am to 5 pm.

This year’s tour, Courts of Old Louisville, will feature gardens on Belgravia Court, Fountain Court and South Fourth Street. As is typical of Old Louisville gardens, these represent a range of sizes, design and whimsy.

In addition to visiting gardens, you may refresh yourself at the Hospitality Room in Haskins Hall, place a bid at our silent auction, and browse through the garden plants, ornaments and furnishings offered for sale by our vendors. Lady Slippers will return with a selection of perennial plants. Aggie Gladwin of Blue Heron who specializes in cast iron urns, iron fencing, arbors, unique garden items and fine home furnishings will give 10% off merchandise before & during the tour at any of her locations (502-500-4195). Former Old Louisville resident Craig Kenobbie will be there with his multi-use Rhubarb Art for sale.

A new feature of Art in the Garden this year will be the inaugural edition of the Art in the Garden poster. Fifty signed and numbered posters by artist Carol Matlock will be available for purchase.

Advance discount tickets may be obtained through July 11th by contacting the Old Louisville Information Center in Central Park (1340 S 4th St., Louisville, KY 40208; Phone: 502-635-5244; or e-mail: Cash, check, or Visa/MC accepted. Tickets may also be purchased directly on line at the secure  Tickets purchased in advance or on site should be picked up, along with maps, at the sales table in front of the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, 1402 Saint James Court at Magnolia Ave. Tickets are good for both days of the tour. No rain dates or refunds. Tour hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.


Please Note:

The Bard-B-Que date has been changed to Sunday, July 13.  The time has also changed to 12 noon – 7:30 p.m. 


 Plans Underway for 32nd Annual Old Louisville House Tour

Although you wouldn’t think it to look at the weather forecast, summer won’t last forever. Soon, the snow will start to fall, and Old Louisville will once again deck itself in its holiday finery. On December 6th and 7th the annual Old Louisville Holiday House Tour and Festival will delight thousands of visitors from noon until six o’clock as area homeowners open their doors and invite the public inside to relive the past in America’s grandest Victorian neighborhood. Despite the heat, preparations are well underway for the 2008 festivities, and busy Old Louisville elves hope to make this the best year ever for the treasured yearly event. Diane Kleier and Joan Stewart, co-chairs of the event, are determined to make this the most memorable holiday house tour ever. Once again, seven local homes and various area bed and breakfasts will invite the public inside to relieve the grandeur of a bygone era while enjoying the yuletide spirit. As always, the beautiful 1895 Conrad-Caldwell House Museum will feature as a star attraction, and this year’s event will also include a Victorian Tea, book signings and poetry recitations at local B & Bs.

 Are you interested in helping show off this special neighborhood and enjoying the tour for yourself? If so, contact Diane Kleier at  and volunteer your services as a docent. All volunteers who work a three-hour shift in one of the homes on display will receive a complementary ticket for this year’s tour. In addition, homes are being sought for this year’s – and next year’s – tour. Call now and help make Old Louisville the best neighborhood in town! For more information go online at  or call 503.637.2922 or 503.635.5244!

Neighbors-take back the night!

If it’s Wednesday – between 7:00PM and 10:00PM…we invite you to join us for a walk on Oak Street.

Initiated by Mr. Lee Jones of the Oak Street Hardware Store we have started to walk along Oak Street: it has been fun. We have offered to escort folks from the senior Homes, the Puritan, the Baptist Towers and the Hildebrand House. We’ve met old familiar faces/neighbors. We’ve met new ones as well.

The word is spreading by mouth and via a multilayer E-mail Tree.

From time to time special events are being offered by either the local restaurants or by others interested in making this a social success for all.

We are working on improving wheel chair access where it is needed.

Often we are joined by walking police officers when their time permits. Major Green is a very familiar face on the sidewalks of Oak Street, indeed.

Mostly we are having fun, we are getting exercise and we are irritating those unwanted elements/panhandlers. We are also patronizing our local businesses on Oak Street.

Please join us, won’t you?

Walk your dogs!

——Helga, Mr. Lee’s secretary or, as he calls me, "his Wednesday Night wife"

Quake Coverage?

With the recent 5.4 magnitude earthquake in our area, Old Louisville property owners came to the frightening realization that our ornate facades, towering church steeples and chimneys could be in peril the next time a temblor hits. For this reason, local insurance agent Susan Shearer recommends that individuals consider special earthquake coverage to protect the neighborhood’s magnificent architecture. "Earthquake coverage protects your home and belongings in the event of such a catastrophe and you can purchase coverage as an attachment to your home owner’s policy," she says. "Check with your current insurance agent, and, if you don’t have it, your agent will be happy to price that additional coverage for you." Susan suggests that prospective customers be mindful that some companies exclude this coverage for some homes, such as those built on brick or stone foundations, those with tile roofs or of extreme architectural design, and homes of 3 stories. In addition, earthquake coverage is usually more expensive for brick residences.

The Old Louisville FarmWorks Market

The Old Louisville FarmWorks Market on the parking lot of Walnut Street Baptist Church has opened for the summer season:  WEDNESDAYS, June 3 through mid October, 2008, 3-6 pm.  We now have a website link on  which lists What’s at the Market? on that site, to help people plan their shopping. On our opening day we had wonderful fresh strawberries, greens, asparagus, flowers, baked and canned goods that were very yummy!  We allow vendors to sell locally grown and produced (i.e. Kentucky & Indiana). (The website also has vendor information for any who are interested in inquiring about participating.)


Thank You Old Louisville!

 Many thanks to my Old Louisville neighbors for the kindness, in so many forms, that you showed me during the recent campaign for Metro Council.

 I was honored to have received 58% of the Old Louisville vote and look forward to continuing our work together for the neighborhood for many years to come.

 Ken Herndon

Garden Buddies!

Need some help in the garden?
We’ll do the work for you!

Weeding, planting, mulching, deadheading, light pruning, etc.

Call Joan or Linda
634-3813 • 635-1251

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Mark Rego Gallery Reception

Mark Rego, fine art photographer in Old Louisville, is pleased to invite you to a gallery opening, Captured in Color, featuring original works.  Opening reception is Friday, July 11 from 6-10 p.m. at Deven7 Studios at 825 S. Floyd (Floyd and Breckenridge). 

Mark’s Louisville Main Street collection is currently available in the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.  A collection of Old Louisville is available at the Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce.  All prints are prepared by the artist and a collection of individual and boxed gallery cards, suitable for framing, are also available.

The show will feature a variety of Mark’s work and will include many images of the Kentuckiana area. You can visit the web site at   We look forward to seeing you there! 


Yard Service

Mowing, Trimming, Blowing, Raking, Tilling, and Small Tree Service.
Call Joe at
635-1251 or

Sammi Jo’s Sandwiches & More
1496 S. Shelby Street
Corner of Shelby & Burnett Sts.

Old Louisville neighbor, Jan Vogel recently reviewed a new restaurant in our neighborhood. Jan says Sammi Jo’s is very good. The service is fast; the servings huge, and low in price.

Partners JoAnn Wakeland and Michael Lundy have created an unusual environment by offering free wireless internet access, decorated walls by local artist, Andre Foreman, and a saltwater reef fish tank to enjoy while waiting. You can also expect music playing, preferably cds by a local artist.

Sammi Jo’s has a "laid back" atmosphere giving you an option of staying, relaxing and enjoying your food at a table inside, or taking it with you. Order ahead by calling (502) 365-1808. They also create "Box Lunches" for any occasion. Call for details.

Their menu offers a variety of "deli style" sandwiches made to order ranging from $3 to $5. Tomato Dill and Chicken Noodle Soups are made daily. Salads, such as Tortellini, Fresh Fruit, Cole Slaw, Chicken Salad, & Albacore White Tuna (Dolphin safe!) are also made fresh.

"Sammi Jo’s Original" is the Meatball Wrap. This is created with meatballs, marinara sauce, Italian cheese, onions and spices all "wrapped" up in a tomato basil wrap and is served with corn chips and banana peppers.

Beat the summer heat at Sammi Jo’s Chill Stop, a "walk-up" window offering the old-fashioned snow cones for only $1.00! We will have a $1 menu of items to choose from also.

Sammi Jo’s is a member of the Louisville Independent Business Association (LIBA) and supports "buy local first". Recycling and reusing is practiced also. Sammi Jo’s desire is to "go green" totally in the future, but for now they are using "bio bags" which are made of corn instead of the plastic bags and as business increases so will their use of sugar and corn made containers.

Sammi Jo’s is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 12 noon to 6 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday (hours are subject to change).



West St. Catherine Neighborhood Association applied for, and received, a Brightside NatureScape Grant award, which was used to install these beautiful urns.

Thanks, BrightSide!



4th & Oak street in front of National City) Councilman George Unseld has financed a program for young people to work as a crew in the neighborhood during the summer (picking up cups, litters, etc.). The Crew will concentrate on areas that neighborhood associations are not attending.

Beginning Yoga Classes

will be held at the Old Louisville Information Center on

Thursdays at 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Class fee: $5

All levels welcome

Please bring a mat or towel for your comfort.

Classes will be led by Nancy Clinton


THE 15

BBQ, beverages, and bluegrass in the garden of the Historic Landward Building during the 15th Annual Old Louisville Garden Tour.

The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival hosts its 2nd Annual Bard-B-Que on Sunday, July 13, 12 noon – 7:30 PM in conjunction with the 15th Annual Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour, July 12 & 13.  Partake of scrumptious BBQ, cold beverages, and bluegrass music by Relic, in the original Olmsted garden at The Landward House, 1387 South Fourth Street, across from Central Park.  Tickets to the Bard-B-Que are $20 per person (non-refundable) and available by calling the Festival office at (502) 637-4933.  All proceeds support free Shakespeare in Central Park.  Sponsored by BBC.

After dinner, stroll over to Central Park for a full evening of Festival entertainment.  Drop into the Speaker Series addressing Julius Caesar beginning at 7:15 PM with Joseph Ardery, local attorney and Shakespearean scholar.   Julius Caesar, directed by Education Director Pamela DiPasquale, begins at 8:00 PM.  Shakespeare in Central Park is free to the public.

Calendar Dates:

July 2 – Pericles preview 8 p.m.

July 3, 5-6, July 8, 10, 12 - Pericles 8 p.m. (No Performance July 4)

July 8-13 – Speaker Series  7:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

June 20-21, 27-28, July 11-12, 18-19 – Greenshow 6:30 PM; (6:00 PM on July 18-19)

July 16-20 – Family Week including Kids’ Globe 6:30-7:45 p.m.; Greenshow 6:00 p.m.; Revels’ "Shakespeare’s Fools and Clowns" 7:30 p.m.; Globe Players’ Twelfth Night 8:00 p.m.




Have out-of-town guests? Looking for something different to do? Why not come and explore your own neighborhood?

TourLouisville is currently offering the following guided tours:
(This schedule is good through September 1, 2008.)

Old Louisville Walking Tour, $15.00 per person
     Departs every day except Sunday at 11:00 a.m. 2 hours

Ghosts of Old Louisville Tour, $25.00 per person
     Departs every Friday evening at 7:30. 90 minutes

Moonshine and Madness Tour, $25.00 per person
     Departs every Saturday evening at 7:30. 90 minutes

Mansions and Milestones Tour, $25.00 per person
      Departs every Friday and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. 90 minutes

All tours depart from the Visitors Center at 218 West Oak Street. Call (502) 637-2922 for more information or to make reservations.


July 2008













FarmWorks Market
Walnut Street Baptist Church 3-6 pm.

Pericles preview 8p.m.


Yoga 5:30-6:30 OLIC

ZALU 7:00 p.m. OLIC 

Pericles 8p.m.


Closed for the Holiday!




Pericles 8p.m.


Pericles 8p.m..


Garvin Gate NA



Pericles 8p.m..


3rd St. NA 7p.m.

Julius Caesar 8p.m.

FarmWorks Market
Walnut Street Baptist Church 3-6 pm.



Yoga 5:30-6:30

PIC Meeting 7:00 p.m. OLIC

Twelfth Night  8 PM



.Julius Caesar 8p.m.


Pericles 8p.m.

Hidden Treasures Garden Tour


.Julius Caesar 8p.m.

Bard-B-Que, 12-7:30 p.m.

Hidden Treasures Garden Tour




Twelfth Night  8 PM



3rd St. NA 7 p.m.

Twelfth Night  8 PM

FarmWorks Market
Walnut Street Baptist Church 3-6 pm.


Yoga 5:30-6:30 

Twelfth Night  8 PM

Toonerville 7 p.m.

4th St. NA, 7 p.m.


Twelfth Night  8 PM



Twelfth Night  8 PM


Twelfth Night  8 PM



Crime & Safety

7 p.m., OLIC







Central Park West NA, 7 p.m. Haskins Hall

FarmWorks Market
Walnut Street Baptist Church 3-6 pm.



Yoga 5:30-6:30





2:30pm Mansion & Milestones Tour, $25, 637.2922

7:30pm Ghost Tour, $25, 637.2922




2:30pm Mansion & Milestones Tour, $25, 637.2922

7:30pm Ghost Tour, $25, 637.2922












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.

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