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 8

August 2008    

Garden Tour a Sucess! photo by johnpaul

The "Hidden Treasures” Garden Tour, like its predecessors, was a successful community effort that attracted a large number of visitors to our historic neighborhood. The tour again teamed with the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in announcing the second annual Bard-B-Que held at Landward House where food and music raised funds for free Shakespeare in the Park, followed by a performance of Julius Caesar. Our thanks to go to all who made this year’s tour a success. Perhaps we should start with Old Man Weather who, after playing a trick on us with Saturday’s humidity, gave us a cleansing thunderstorm on Saturday night that left us with garden-perfect weather for Sunday. Kudos and gratitude to our garden hosts, who worked so hard and generously shared their private retreats with us:

  • Alan L. Shawler;

  • Cynthia B. Welch; Jeff Perry and

  • Gregg Keller; Leslie Bright & Peter

  • Salerno; George and Beckey Doyle;

  • Jim and Sharon Stone; Paul Porter

  • and Bill Clark; Joe and Linda

  • Plunkett; Louise Shawkat; Gayle and

  • Herb Warren, and Helga Vikre; and

  • Jeff, Drew and Susan Coleman Layman.

Many thanks go to the sponsors of the tour, without whose support it could not be the unique and welcoming experience that draws return visitors every year:  Amici’s Italian Café; Architectural Salvage; Bearwood Gardens/ Kevin Kouba; Blue Heron/ Aggie Gladwin; Old Louisville Counseling Center; Bunton Seed Co.; Carly Rae’s; The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum; Crosswind Farm/ Linda Ison; Digs; Don Driskell/ Catalyst Realty & Property Management; DuPont Mansion Historic Bed & Breakfast; Economy Aquatic Gardens, Preston Hwy.; E J Printing; Ermin’s French Bakery & Café; The Gallery at 133 on W. Oak St.; The Greater Louisville Bonsai Society; Gumby’s Specialty Catering; Ken Herndon, Mulloy Properties; Hidden Hill/ Bob Hill; JW Solutions; Lady Slippers Nursery; Anne Lyons; Mary Martin, Semonin Realtors; Masterson’s Catering; Nord’s Bakery on Preston; Oak Street Hardware/ Lee Jones; Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce; Old Louisville Coffee House; Old Louisville Information Center; Panache Flowers and Gifts; Plant Kingdom; Rhubarb Art; Scheler’s Food Mart; Deborah Stewart & Kate Cole, Rainey, Jones & Shaw Realtors; Sweet Home Renovation Pros/ Tony Mapp; Dr. B. Thomas Thacker; Dr. Jeremy Thornewill; Treyton Oak Towers; and The Wine Market, Bardstown Rd.

The efforts of many Old Louisville residents and friends from outside the Old Louisville community went into making it the success that it was. Volunteers staffed the gardens, served as garden go-fers, sold tickets and served in the hospitality center. For the sixth year, Gayle and Herb Warren sponsored and hosted Art in the Garden at the DuPont Mansion B & B where the annual Art in the Garden poster was inaugurated. Gayle and Herb also hosted the winddown party open to all garden tour volunteers, sponsors and garden hosts. The garden tour planning committee extends its warmest thanks to all who participated in this community effort!


Yard Sale!

In need of attic treasures, cellar stuff, appliances, furniture, bric-abrac, gifts, crafts, architectural details? Do you like to stroll along magnificent avenues of Victorian mansions? Would you like to meet your neighbors or just catch up? Would you like a great reason to visit the magnificent setting of Old Louisville? If so, the first Saturday in August is the day for you, mark your calendar now! In Old Louisville we never do anything small scale. The Third Street Association, the 1300 South Third Street Association, the Toonerville Trolley Association, Second Street Association and the West St. Catherine Association will be joined by other Old Louisville blocks and associations for this year’s annual extravaganza on Saturday, August 2nd. This will be the largest neighborhood yard sale of the year for the City of Louisville .

· 1000-1800 South Third Street (8 blocks)

· 1000-1800 South Second Street (8 blocks)

· 500-600 West St. Catherine Street (1 block)

· The blocks bordered by Floyd, Oak, First, and Hill Streets. (9 square blocks)

· Check all around the neighborhood, especially St James Court, for more yard sales taking advantage of the “official” sites above.

Bottom Line: If you only go to one yard sale a year, THIS should be the one! In 2003 & 2004, there were so many sales, just to do a quick walkaround took several hours. This year will be larger than last. And in previous years there were some REAL bargains to be had! What looks like junk and surplus to Old Louisville residents are often the treasures of yard sales in other parts of town.

The sale is on a Saturday, school’s out and university’s out, so parking should be easy to find everywhere.

Directions : Find I-65 and D o w n t o w n Louisville and take the St. Catherine St. Exit (just south of downtown). You will already  be at the northern limits of the sale on Floyd, Burnett, First, Second Third or Fifth & St Catherine Streets. Print a Yard Sale! copy of the map (link above) and you should be ready to go. Again, be sure to check along streets not mentioned as the official site for “extra” sales. Warning: Old Louisville is big. To criss-cross the entire area by car takes about an hour.


June PIC Meeting to be held at

U. of L. University Club

The President’s Office of the University of Louisville has invited the OLNC Property Improvement Committee to hold the June 12, 2008 PIC meeting at the University/Alumni Club. A buffet will be served at 6:00 p.m. and a presentation of Stansbury Park-Freedom Park plans at 7:00 p.m. The balance of the PIC meeting agenda will continue after the U. of L. presentation.

Please r.s.v.p to Linda Plunkett @ 635-5244 if you wish to attend the June PIC meeting


St James Court Art Show Gala

As you may know, in the past we have unveiled the St James Art Show Poster during the week with little fanfare and low attendance. An idea was presented to me that we should consider making this an event and using it as an opportunity to make the neighborhood and our good residents really shine. To that end, I am chairing an event that will be known as the St James Art Show Gala that will benefit Kosair Charities and will serve as the unveiling for this year’s poster.

On Saturday, September 27 at 7pm we will have the first annual St James Art Show Gala to kick off the 2008 show. This will be a black-tie event under a lighted tent on the green with a band, catered food by 610 Magnolia and open bars. While we are working to have the entire cost of the event underwritten by corporate sponsors, the sales of tables will go 100% to Kosiar Charities. This is a 100% tax deductible cause and will promote our neighborhood as well as the Art Show.

Tables of 8 are available for $1000 and individual tickets are $125. This is important for St James Court, The Art Show, Old Louisville as well as for Kosair. We will unveil the poster for 2008. Recognize that artist and present their award check AND we will give an award to someone in our community who has done the most to promote art in Greater Louisville.

Inquiries and Ticket Purchases Contact:  Jeff Perry, Chairman at (502) 635-5333.



Councilman George Unseld has River Bats tickets for August 6. Call 574-1106 to reserve. Each ticket includes free admission, hot dog and soda.

Governor’s Scholars in Central Park

This was the 3rd year the Governor’s Scholars of Kentucky participated in making improvements to Central Park. The Scholars program selects honors students from throughout the Commonwealth. They participated in educational sessions at Bellarmine University over a 5-week period and engaged in community improvement work on a Saturday, July 12, 2008).

The Scholars are from most counties throughout Kentucky. Those working in Central Park hailed from Lewis County in northeast Kentucky to McCracken Co. & Campbell Co. to the north to Whitley Co. along the Tennessee border. The 40 Scholars working in Central Park are as follows:

Jenny Coustney - McCracken Co,.

Gretchen Keller - Mercer Co.

Kimberly Hamann - Florence Co.

Slade Thompson - Lexington

Courtney Chinn - Ohio Co.

Allison Bnones - Pulaski Co.

Kara Telley - Jefferson Co.

Josh Snell - Louisville

Mac Kern - London, Laurel Co.

Jessi Martin - Paducah

Tyler Blau - Kenton Co.

Shelby Heisrell - Nelson Co.

Kayla Willis - Lewis Co.

Madi Ratliff - Louisville

Tessa Duvall - Bowling Green

Sara Beth Vincent - Hart Co.

Matt Hogue - Oldham Co.

Felicity Spicer - Grant Cop.

Ben Boone - Nicholasville

Sung-Won Kim - Louisville

Will Grey - Morehead, Rowen Co.

Anita Bowman - Whitley Co.

Grittany Lasley - Casey Co.

Adam Florn - Woodford Co.

Lindsey Anderson - Shelby Co.

Chelsea Fischer - Campbell Co.

Jessica Gilkerson - Nicholar Co.

Sydney McClain - Morehead

Tylor Barnes - Breathitt Co.

Rebecca Price - Georgetown

Caroline Burldnardt - Jessamine Co.

Andrew Brown - Boon Co.

Brian Campbell - Louisville

Adam Neff - Louisville

Corey Phelps -Brunside

Remi Ramesh - Villa Hills

Maddie Baker - Louisville

Katie Hastings - Mayfield

The Scholars worked on the following projects in Central Park:

* Placing leaf letter mulch about the park silva - 15 truck loads.

* Weeding, trimming, and placing 25 bales of pine needle mulch in the pines area.

* Trimming Wisteria.

* Regrading children’s play area.

* Trimming euonymus groundcover beds.

* Placing 6 truckloads of wood chips about the specimen overcup oak.

* Removing erosion soils from the 6th St. brick walkway.

Guidance and direction for the projects was provided by the following neighborhood residents:  Penny Johnson, Bob Bajandas, John Sistarenik, Chuck Anderson, Karen Mullen, Dick Callaway, and Herb Fink.

Metro Parks provided materials, bobcats, gators, tools and other equipment in addition to guidance, direction and expertise. Metro Parks staff working on site were as follows:

Mike Slaton, Volunteer Coordinator,

Donnie Berry, William Courtney,

Daryl Cleary, Thomas Rucker and Chris Mayers.

We thank Councilman George Unseld, who provided pizza and drinks for the workers at lunch time. It was a warm summer day and once again many of the Scholars cooled down under the spray pool before heading back to Bellarmine University


PIC Meeting Notes
Property Improvement Committee

by Herb Fink

Special Announcement! Our next meeting, Thursday, August 14, 7:00 p.m. will be held at the newly renovated home of The Council of Mental Retardation in the Brown-Forman Conference Center, 1151 Centre (on South 4th. St.). Parking to rear of building with access via rear alley or across 4th St. in old Winn-Dixie parking area.

Notes from July 10th PIC meeting:

* Louisville Water Co. engineers James G. Grunow, P.E. and Daniel Tegene, P.E. were present to review the construction work in progress within 6th St., St. James Court, Park Ave., Hill St., Belgravia Ct., Fountain Ct., and Kensington Ct. in regard to Lead Service Removal and Cathodic Protection.

* Cabbage Patch Settlement House will initiate construction on their $6 million dollar renovation, with additions to The Patch located at 1413 S. 6th St. Dr. Tracy Holladay, Executive Director of The Patch, made the announcement of a preconstruction  Neighborhood Information Session which occurred on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 7:00 p.m at the Old Louisville Information Center.

* Discussion regarding Governor’s Scholars Day in Central park which occurred on July 12, 2008. Forty scholars were present from throughout Kentucky.

* Discussion regarding site renovations to The Magnolia Condominiums.

* Discussion regarding Park Hill master planning.

* Discussion in regard to possible redevelopment of the Masterson’s Restaurant site.

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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Michael Johnson

Yard Service

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

Ministries Yard Sales
August 9th & 23rd

Community yard sales to benefit
Help Ministries of Central Louisville.

Saturday, August 9th
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Central Presbyterian Church
318 W. Kentucky St.

First Unitarian Church
809 S. 4th St.
Bethlehem United Church of Christ
1480 S. 6th St.

Saturday, August 23
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Fourth Ave. United Methodist Church
318 W. St. Catherine St.

Bethlehem United Church of Christ
1480 S. 6th St.

Three other churches are contributing items to these sales: Christ Church Cathedral, Calvary Episcopal and Cathedral of the Assumption. The Help Center exists to help people in times of crisis due to homelessness, food, utilities cut off, or needed medication.


Project PickUp is August 25!
Get your couches out the Sunday before!


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Old Louisville honors Dick Callaway

1. Kevin Kouba (right) presented Dick with a “Dick Callaway Day Proclamation”.
2. Chuck Anderson said a few kind words.
3.Frederick Dupont (Christopher White) came back from the dead.
4.Joe Williams, 2nd OLIC Chair spoke in Dick’s honor.
5.Gwen Harpring, past OLIC Administrative Assistant watched on.
6. Norm Nezelkewicz, park Chair of the OLIC/OLNC spoke of Dicks contributions to Old Louisville.
7.Diane Kleier enjoyed the dinner with many other folks.
8. Ann Hassett, 1st Director of LandMarks remembered the past.
9. (L to R) Emcee Herb Fink and Frederick Olmsted (Tracy Holladay) traded stories of Central Park (now and




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



August 2008





















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




Garvin Gate NA




3rd St. NA 7p.m.

FarmWorks Market
Walnut Street Baptist Church
3-6 pm.



Yoga 5:30-6:30 

ZALU 7:00 p.m.







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







3rd St. NA 7 p.m.

FarmWorks Market
Walnut Street Baptist Church
3-6 pm.


Yoga 5:30-6:30 

PIC Meeting
7:00 p.m.OLIC 

Toonerville 7 p.m.



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, 637.292




Crime & Safety

7 p.m., OLIC





FarmWorks Market
Walnut Street Baptist Church
3-6 pm. 

3rd St. NA, 7p.m.



Yoga 5:30-6:30 

 4th St. NA 7 p.m.  .



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


SSN 5p.m Kling Center


Project PickUp Week!










FarmWorks Market
Walnut Street Baptist Church
3-6 pm.

 Central West NA, 7 p.m. Haskins Hall


Yoga 5:30-6:30














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