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 6
New Litter Baskets Combine
Style and Function
years, Old Louisville residents have complained about those ugly
wire baskets or old plastic trash cans scattered throughout the
Now a solution is at hand. The Old Louisville Neighborhood
Council has unanimously approved a litter basket design that is
more appropriate for our historic district. A prototype of the
design is on display in the Old Louisville Information Center.
The basic structure of the unit is based upon the Downtown
Louisville cans which have been installed in the Central
Business District for the past two years. That successfully
functioning design has been retrofitted to blend in with the
Victorian character of Old Louisville and has also been approved
OLNC Vice Chair Ken Herndon, who helped develop the downtown
model in his role as Executive Director of the Louisville
Downtown Management District, was asked to do the same for Old
The containers will be locally made and designed specifically
for Old Louisville. Although not inexpensive at $585 each, they
are at or below the price for off-the-shelf models.
Already, more than $18,000 has been committed for the project
including $8,000 from the Toonerville Neighborhood Association,
which will be the first to install the containers, and $10,000
from the 2nd Street Neighborhood Association.
Additionally, Old Louisville neighbor and business owner, David
Norton, has offered to purchase
cans for his two businesses, the Magnolia Bar and Grille and
Ultimately, at least 100 cans will be needed. Other associations
and business owners will be solicited to join in the effort to
continue to improve and enhance the neighborhood with this
Anyone or any group interested in participating should call Ken
Herndon at 817-2766.
Thursday, June 9, 2005, 7PM
Old Louisville Information Center
Guest Speaker: Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert White
First Sunday Concert in
Gail Wynters, Song Stylist
Rob Nickerson’s jazz group
Sunday, June 5, 2005
4PM - 6PM
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
Comedy of Errors
in its 45th season
in Central Park
Celebrating 45 years of Free Will in Central
Park, The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival professional
company will present the Tragedie of Macbeth this summer.
A trio of witches prophesize that Macbeth “shalt be king hereafter!”
To fulfill this destiny, Lady Macbeth persuades her husband to kill
King Duncan so he can become king of Scotland. In his quest for
power, Macbeth is willing to destroy anything in his path as he
weaves a web that he may not escape.
Macbeth performances will be nightly at 8pm on the following dates:
June 23-26, June 28-July 3, and July 5-July 10. A preview
performance will be June 22nd.
The Globe Players is an advanced youth theatre company for high
school students and Camp Shakespeare alumni ages 13 and up. Each
summer, The Globe Players produce a full-length Shakespearean play
and perform three evenings during Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s
Free Will in Central Park. This summer’s play will be The Comedy of
After a shipwreck has split up Aegeon, Antiopholus and Dromio from
his wife Antipholus and Dromio, they all end up in Ephesus eighteen
years later where mistaken identities lead to a comedic sequence of
Performances of The Comedy of Errors will be on July 12, 13 and 14
at 8pm on the main stage.
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival will offer Shadow Sign interpreted
performances for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. The
Festival is able to sponsor these performances after receiving a
grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Shadow Sign
performances will be as follows: Comedy of Errors - July 12 – 14,
Macbeth - July 15 – 17.
Kentucky Shakspeare Festival will also offer Audio Described
performances and Theatre Caption for the visually and hearing
impaired community. Services will be provided by The Kentucky
Center. Audio Description and Caption Theatre will be as follows:
Macbeth-June 26 and July 9, Comedy of Errors-July 14
Free Will in Central Park will be held at the Douglas C. Ramey
Admissions to all shows is free.
Bounty of the Season...
Neighborhood Farmers’ Markets Open
The Old Louisville Farm- Works Market and the
Smoketown/Shelby Park Farmers Market open for the season in early
The Old Louisville FarmWorks Market will be open each Wednesday,
3pm-6pm, from June 1, 2005, to October 12, 2005, at the Walnut
Street Baptist Church parking lot, Third and Saint Catherine
The Smoketown/Shelby Park Farmers Market will be open each Saturday,
8am-noon, from June 4, 2005, to October 29, 2005, at Meyzeek Middle
School parking lot at the corner of Preston and Breckinridge
Both markets will feature the best of the season in fruits,
vegetables, flowers, and freshly prepared foods.
Spring Book Sale at the Library
Friends of the Library will be holding its annual
Spring Book Sale June 10-12, 2005, at the First Unitarian Church,
Fourth and York Streets.
The sale features the season’s best prices on used fiction,
non-fiction, art books, and children’s literature.
Friday, June 10, 6pm-9pm, (for Friends of the Library only)
Saturday, June 11, 9am-5pm
Sunday, June 12, 1pm-5pm
Letter to the Editor:
I am a recent and very happy addition to the Old Louisville
neighborhood. I am amazed at the wealth of lovely architecture,
colorful history and community involvement one finds here.
One thing I find as a terrible disappointment, however, is the
obvious problem with litter in the neighborhood. I have talked to
several individuals and it appears that this has been an ongoing
problem in the area. Does anyone have any advice on possible
I know I and others have taken it upon ourselves to get out on our
streets several times a week and pick up the litter, and I would
urge others to do the same. The old adage, ”if you want something
done right, you’ll have to do it yourself,” is very true!
In addition, I urge people to not sit idly by when litterbugs try to
defile our beautiful streets. I have talked to the police about this
problem, and they are in essence very ineffective in dealing with
litter. In fact, they couldn’t even tell me the last time some one
was actually cited or fined for littering in Old Louisville!
My most recent tactic in fighting litter is to confront every person
I see throwing litter down on our streets. And let’s admit it, we
all see it happen. I even went so far as to follow a young fellow
the other day and return the McDonald’s bag full of garbage he threw
out his window into our alley. He didn’t like it, of course, but I
think he at least got the message. What people like that need is to
have a little shame and learn some respect. Their parents obviously
did not teach them anything, so I will be more than happy to point
this out to any litterbugs I see in the future!
Thanks for listening.
Sylvia Z. Hill
Art Show Poster Competition Begins
The 49th annual St. James Court Art Show
announces a poster competition for the 2005 show, scheduled
September 30, October 1, and 2, in historic Old Louisville. The
competition winner will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize, plus 25% of
the income from show poster sales.
Entries must be original designs and include the name “Saint James
Court Art Show”, the year “2005” and “49th Annual”. Limited and open
edition publications (250 pieces each) of the poster design will be
produced by the St. James Court Art Show, which will own the design
and related artwork. The winning image will also be sold in shirt
form at the show.
The fee to enter the competition is $20.00. The deadline for entry
is 5:00pm, July 16, 2005.
An information/entry form including specifics of the competition is
available in WORD .doc format, as is a jpeg file of the 2004 winning
poster image. Either of these can be e-mailed to you at your
Entry forms can be downloaded and past posters can be viewed at
stjamescourtartshow.com (click on “What’s News”). Interested parties
needing additional information should contact the Art Show office by
e-mail at email@example.com; by phone at (502)
635-1842; or by regular mail at P.O. Box 3804, Louisville, KY 40201.
12th Annual Garden Tour Set to
The 2005 Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour celebrates
its history with a Back to Our Roots theme on Saturday, July 9, 2005
and Sunday, July 10, 2005, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Over 1,000 gardening enthusiasts from near and far are expected to
descend upon the Old Louisville Historic Preservation District for
the 12th anniversary of this ever-growing event.
This year’s garden tour will feature 10 to 12 beautiful private
gardens along five blocks of the
Second Street corridor. At least eight new gardens will be included.
In addition, a few will be favorites from previous garden tours. New
this year will be a preview of a landscape rehab in progress of a
privately owned, but open to the public, neighborhood park that
offers a natural respite in a busy urban setting.
Included with the garden tour is the popular Art in the Garden
event. This event is held on the grounds of the DuPont Mansion Bed
and Breakfast at 1317 S. 4th Street. Artists will be painting and
exhibiting their works in the mansion’s backyard during both days of
The garden tour is sponsored by the Second Street Neighborhood
Association as a non-profit fund raising event to benefit the
community. The garden tour was co-founded by SSNA members, Virginia
Ehrlich and Peggy Mims. With their leadership, the support and
backing of the SSNA membership, and the help of volunteers from many
parts of Old Louisville and the metro community, the Annual Hidden
Treasures Garden Tour was launched in 1994. The tour has since
showcased nearly 100 gardens chosen for their excellence in
landscape design and originality.
Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 day of the tour. Advance discount
tickets can be obtained through July 8, by calling, writing,
emailing, or visiting the Old Louisville Information Center in
Central Park, 1340 S 4th St., Louisville, KY 40208; Phone:
502-635-5244, or Email: OLNC@bellsouth.net. Cash, check, or Visa/MC
accepted. A fax order form may be downloaded from
Day-of-tour tickets and maps will be available at the sales table in
front of the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, 1402 Saint James Court at
Magnolia Avenue. Tickets are good for both days of the tour. No rain
dates or refunds.
This is a walking tour and comfortable shoes and lightweight
clothing are recommended. Complimentary refreshments will be
available in Haskins Hall in the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum. Iced
drinking water is available at each garden. Restroom facility
locations will be provided with the map.
Call for Volunteers
at the St. James Court Art Show
The St. James Court Art Show Consortium is
looking for volunteers for this year. It seems early to be
thinking about the art show, especially with the lovely spring
weather; however, the art show will be here before you know it.
There are many opportunities to volunteer varying from a shift
at one of the beer booths to helping plan the 50th Anniversary
show in 2006.
Committees: Throughout the year (not just on art show weekend)
there are many committees that are in need of volunteers. Please
contact either your neighborhood association show coordinator or
Margue Esrock at the Art Show office to volunteer. Committees
vary with neighborhood associations and include Beer Booth, Food
Booth, Set up/Take Down, Sponsors, Office, Booth Sitting,
50th Anniversary in 2006: The neighborhood consortium of
associations that run the Art Show is forming a committee to
work on the 50th Anniversary in 2006. If you are a
marketing/pr/advertising professional your input would be
invaluable for this big anniversary celebration.
Contact the following art show coordinators for further
information or to volunteer:
Belgravia Court: Connie Light, 634-8950
South Fourth Street: Maranda Horan, 290-5012
St. James Court: Margue Esrock, 635-1842
Third Street: Mary Martin, 637-4000
1300 S. Third Street: Judy Seale, 635-2844
West End Baptist Church: Annette Carney, 449-3964
Leander’s has new Outdoor
Dining and Revised Menu
Al fresco dining is now available on the patio
at Leander’s on Oak. Fountains, period lighting, wrought iron
fencing, flowers, herbs and evergreens grace the newly-completed
garden patio, which seats 90.
Executive Chef Charlie Owen has made numerous changes to dishes
on the menu, as well as added several new selections.
Flash-seared Ahi tuna or Black Angus Potstickers are new
appetizers. New salads include organic mesculin served with
country-ham wrapped melon and baby spinach with flank steak.
Entree additions include cornbread-stuffed Tilapia; Maine
Lobster or Three Cheese Ravioli; Spiney Lobster Tail; and a
spicy, rich fish stew called Ciapino.
Leander’s has 68 wines (including four sparkling wines), plus a
full liquor selection and a variety of beers.
Leander’s is located at the northwest corner of First and Oak
Streets in historic Old Louisville. The restaurant is open for
lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, 11am-10pm, and brunch
on Sunday, 9am-3pm.
Somebody driving an old Cadillac crossed Oak Street
from the 1100 block of Garvin and plowed through Garvin Gate
on Sunday afternoon, May 1, 2005. The driver drove away prior to the arrival
Howard Rosenberg, President of the Garvin Gate Association,
and Jeri Britton examine the extensive damage to the gate.
The association will have to bear the costs of repair
at OLNC Board Meetings
Attendance at recent Old Louisville Neighborhood
Council Board meetings has been poor.
All neighborhood associations chairs or their designees are
official voting members of the board. Chairs are
encouraged/urged to attend to have a voice in the
decision-making body for the entire neighborhood.
All neighbors are invited to attend board meetings, which are
held at 7pm on the fourth Tuesday
of each month at the Old Louisville Information Center.
And the Winner Is . . .
Friends of Central Park Holds a Raffle
Friends of Central Park participated in the
Garden Show at Running Water Farm, May 21 and 22, which
benefitted the Louisville Deaf Oral School. Our booth had
membership literature and a raffle for a romantic evening in Old
Louisville including dinner for two at 610 Magnolia and a night
at Dupont Mansion, a premier bed and breakfast on Fourth street.
Our special thanks to Herb and Gayle Warren and Chef Edward Lee.
The lucky winner was Margaret Love Sooy, who is looking forward
to the experience.
Many people volunteered at the booth. Special thanks also to
Mark Eliason who provided the elegant gazebo, to Old Louisville
Florist for a gorgeous bouquet, and to Deborah Stewart, event
Susan Rostov, Project Coordinator
Friends of Central Park
The R&B group, Rufus, performed under the pergola in Central
Park on May 8, 2005. About 30 people attended to hear the mellow
sounds, enjoy the weather, and marvel at the growth of the
Gail Wynters and Rob Nickerson will perform at the same place on
Sunday, June 5, 2005, 4pm. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy.
A Note of Thanks:
The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council
Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce
for its generous donation
of $300.00 for the
Central Park Clean-up
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