The Old Louisville Journal

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

Volume 24, Issue 7

July 2002

Ninth annual event scheduled for July 13-14 
Secret gardens o f Old Louisville revealed in Hidden Treasures Tour.

Peeking over fences and traipsing through back yards is not encouraged every day in Old Louisville, but then gain, it's not every day that the Hidden Treasures Garden Tour takes place.

This year's tour, held July 13-14, will mark the ninth annual Hidden Treasures tour, showcasing eight gardens in one of the largest Victorian neighborhoods in the United States. The tour is so named because its subjects usually are out of view, tucked behind or between the grand homes and businesses that comprise Old Louisville.

Take Betty Mumford-Clingaman's "four-seasons" garden on Second Street. Behind her privacy fence are cheerful cherubs representing spring, summer, winter and fall, holding court amongst a wide array of plantings, from hostas and ornamental grasses to ferns and chocolate plants and Creeping Jenny ground cover (Lysimachia nummularia). Just two years ago the back yard was a barren wasteland of weeds and gravel, but it's beautifully established now, with lots of greenery, an arbor, walkways, and a fishpond with fountain - and five frogs - in the center.

So what would you call the look you were trying to achieve, Betty? Is there a theme? Big laugh. "I call it the Betty garden," she says. "When I like something, I get it. I just like to dig in the dirt and watch it grow."

Okay, so it's not studiously copied from the formal gardens of merry old England. But it is lovely, like so any others on the tour. An interesting aside: Betty's sister, Jan Vogel, was on the 2001 Hidden Treasures Tour, and Betty also has been on Old Louisville's Victorian Yuletide house tour. She admits she's got the urban old-house bug.

Ditto for Gayle and Nancy Ballard, longtime residents of a stately 1896 home on nearby Lee Street. Though he space behind their home is limited, they have made wonderful use of it, loading it with a fishpond (with waterfall), perennials, a birdhouse collection, berries, grapes, wisteria and clematis. It makes for a refreshing oasis on a steamy summer day.

A half-dozen other gardens in the neighborhood surrounding Central Park will be on display, ranging from vest-pocket gardens and elegant courtyards to large expanses of wildflowers and tropical plants.

Guests may either walk or drive between the garden locations. Lemonade, water and snacks will be available along the way.

Tickets are on sale now at the Old Louisville Information Center in Central Park; phone (502) 635-5244, and online at . Onsite tickets and maps will be available on the days of the tour from a booth the grassy median on St. James Court at Magnolia Avenue. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 onsite. The tickets are good either day of the tour. The tour will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. A hat, comfortable shoes and light-colored, lightweight clothing are recommended.

Proceeds from the tour benefit the Second Street Neighborhood Association for improvements to the historic neighborhood.

July Chair Notes:

Up, Up, and Away...

Airport noise, a longstanding neighborhood concern, is about to be acted upon after several years of meetings, discussion, and planning.

On June 19, the Regional Airport Authority Board approved a noise abatement program recommended to it by the Airport Noise Compatibility Study Group. Pending the approval of a noise mitigation program at the July board meeting, a cost-benefit analysis, and compilation of a final report, the entire package will be submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration for review and approval.

The abatement program will reduce the number of homes and residents exposed to noise above the federal standards by two-thirds or better by:

• changing runway preferences from the east runway to the west runway

• routing most of the air traffic on the west runway to the brown fields and industrial areas west of Old Louisville through an offset or angled approach to that runway

• continuing and improving contra flow (arrivals and departures from the south) during the overnight and early morning hours of UPS activity

Management and control measures such as a community noise forum and the already established airport noise office will continuously monitor the program's implementation.

The plan is the culmination of a three-year effort by all the airport's stakeholders: air carriers, airport management, air traffic control, local governments, neighborhoods and individual citizens. As current chair of the Study Group, I feel that. the recommended program is a sound, practical plan.

As always when dealing with consultants and government agencies, it is difficult to predict a timeline for final approval. Hopes are that a final public meeting on the plan will be held in August followed by submission of the plan to the FAA. With luck FAA approval will be secured by spring, and the program can then go into effect.

Prior to the public hearing, the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council will hold a neighborhood meeting similar to the one last fall to explain and discuss the program in detail. I am also willing to discuss the program with individual block associations.

Note: The pilot project spearheaded by Alderman Greg Handy and approved by the Board of Alderman to install noise insulation in selected Old Louisville homes is a separate program from the airport abatement and mitigation program.

John Sistarenik

Attention Freds and Gingers:

Swing Into Summer

Swing dance and country-partner dance lessons will be offered from 7-9PM on July 8-9 and 15-16 at St. Louis Bertrand Catholic Church at Sixth and St. Catherine.

Sponsored by the West St. Catherine Neighborhood Association, the classes will be taught by Barbara Cullen, choreographer at Derby Dinner Playhouse. West Coast Swing, Two Step, Waltz Across Texas and other partner combinations will be taught.

The lessons will culminate with a summer swing party on Thursday, July 18.

The cost is $80 per couple and $40 per single. Call 540

1105 to sign up.

Farmers' Market On Wednesdays

Check out the Old Louisville Farmworks Market at he Walnut Street Baptist Church parking lot at Third and St Catherine Streets on Wednesdays from 3 to 6 pm.

The market is sponsored by The Farmworks Association which is a group of citizens and independent farmers who have joined together to champion the health and taste benefits of locally grown produce and to support the efforts of local farmers.

The market will run through October 16.

Call City Call: 574-3333 For information regarding trash-pick up, questions, problems, or to contact city officials Call!!

Note: Our E-mail address has changed to 

Won't You Please Help?

Central Park Patrons Update:

Thanks to the following groups and individuals who have contributed funds to the $15,000 matching grant or Central Park improvements.

The City will match our $15,000 to make $30,000 available for the purchase and installation of new park benches and trash containers. $8,060 has been raised so far. Please join this list by making your checks payable to the Old Louisville Information Center. Donations are tax-deductible.

Central Park Patrons (as of June 19, 2002,)

Beverly-Ann England 
Derby City Walkers 
Rita Mader 
Beverly Miller
Andy Perry and John Sistarenik 
South Fourth Street Association
Ann and Hank Triplett 
Thomas and Nancy Woodcock 
Mel and Jean Young

In Memoriam

Leonard Wilson passed away in early May.

He and his late wife, Margaret, were longtime Old Louisville residents who were active in the Third Street Association. Leonard was also an active member of the Zoning and Land Use Committee of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council.

We miss both Leonard and Margaret.

Conrad Caldwell House

Where Victorian Louisville
Comes to Life!

Visiting Hours
Noon until 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Saturday from 10:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The House is available for parties, receptions, weddings, events or your corporate functions.

Call Deb Riall at (502) 636-5023 to Schedule your very next function!

Kentucky Authors Summer Book Discussions Continue

The Falcon Historical Society is sponsoring a free summer reading and discussion series entitled, “Hot off the Press – Recent Books and Best-Sellers.”

On July 9, Frank X. Walker will present his book, “Affrilachia.” A native of Danville, Ky., Walker is cofounder of the Affrilachian Poets, a group of young African-American writers in Kentucky whose work addresses themes of family, place, and the struggle for social justice, and identity. “Affrilachia” contains poems portraying the experience of African-Americans living in rural areas like Appalachia. A leading poet in Kentucky, Walker is currently the director of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts.

Kathleen Driskell of Spalding University will conclude the series with a discussion of Barbara Kingsolver’s novel, “Prodigal Summer” on July 23. Kingsolver’s fifth novel is set in southern Appalachia and involves three love stores. Newsweek called the ecological literary work “a warm, intricately constructed book…” Driskell is assistant professor of English at Spalding and founding director of the Kentucky Writers’ Coalition.

Each book discussion will be held at The Filson Historical Society, 1310, S. Third Street. This program is funded by the Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Edowment for the Humanities. Although the events are free, reservations are required. Call 502-635-5083.

Sister Mary Rhodes Buckler Wins Award

Sister Mary Rhodes Buckler was honored with the Arthur S. Kling Award for twelve years of excellent leadership on the Kling Center Board of Directors and many other civic and religious organizations.

The award was presented at the Center’s annual awards luncheon on June 15.

Sister Mary Rhodes was a teacher for 51 years. She retired in 1989 after teaching British and American literature and Latin at Presentation Academy for 17 years. Sister Mary Rhodes has been a longtime volunteer in Old Louisville.

Ouerbacker Court is looking good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On Saturday June 15, 2002 the residents of The Ouerbacker Arts and Crafts Neighborhood Association meet bright and early to place mulch on the common planted area and around the trees along the Court. The Association wishes to thank all those who participated…especially the guys from Hope House. Also, many thanks go to Tim Healey for supplying the wonderful hardwood mulch. It would go to far to say fun was had by all…however, all who worked admired the beautiful transformation along Julian and on Ouerbacker.

The literati group from The Ouerbacker Arts and Crafts Neighborhood Association meet each MONDAY evening at 8:00pm…thanks West St. Catherine for the awesome idea for the plan that is really making a difference in the neighborhood. Anyone interested in helping…meet us at the intersection of Ouerbacker and Julian…no willing litter remover will be turned away. Joan Stewart

2002 Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
Central Park Performance Schedule:

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern: July 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13.
Hamlet: July 10, 12, 14.


Kentucky Shakespeare Festival will open Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are
Dead by Tom Stoppard July 5th at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater in
Central Park. This modern comedy retells the story of Hamlet by bringing to the forefront two of the minor characters from the original.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead will run through July 7th then
alternate in repertory with the Festival's performance of Hamlet July
9th through July 14th. All performances begin at 8:00 p.m. and are free
of charge and open to the public. For more information call (502)

Getting Into the Swing of Things

You may have noticed some unusual construction equipment near the southwest corner of Central Park. Parks Dept. is in the process of installing new sets of swings at this site. The new swings will be located closer to the other children’s playground equipment and also should be safer.

New standards require only 2 swings between support poles. In addition, wood mulch will now be used in place of sand as the surface material. Mulch, which is a much softer material, will be added on top the sand near other children’s playground equipment.

Thank you, Parks Dept., for thinking about the safety of our youngsters.


OLB&PA News Letter

Old Louisville Business & Professional Association

Written, edited, and produced by the OLP&BA July 2002

Communication, that’s the word. Shout it from your Turrets, Widow’s Walks, Balcony’s, and Spires! We need your input otherwise an organization is difficult to run without it. What do you see that needs to be addressed what ideas do you have? No matter how small or insignificant your idea appears to you, it could be just what we are looking for and need. Also do you have a beef? Let me know about it.

We are starting the seventh month of 2002. Lots of projects are off the drawing board and are in the beginnings of reality: Mainly Oak Street Development. We want to have the first phase started or half way through by the time two-way traffic starts in the fall. The mayor has requested the money for the Development therefore we want to make sure it is used for what it is intended. We need all of you to call, write or e-mail Aldermen George Unseld and Greg Handy to make sure the funds don’t get diverted into some of the other projects the city has, since the merger is so close and funds are in short supply.

The business future of Old Louisville depends on the development of a strong, impressive, aesthetically appealing business community. So we will be able to attract businesses that compliment one another and serve our neighborhoods. Let’s make Old Louisville a National Attraction!

Oak Street Development In his recent budget announcement, Mayor Armstrong has committed over $250,000 for improvements on Oak Street. The plan calls for Period lighting fixtures and banners from Floyd to 8th Street. It then concentrates on the blocks from 1st Street to 4th with sidewalk improvements, period benches, trash containers, tree guards and signage. The Mayor also announced that Oak Street would be returned to two-way traffic in the fall.

The Mayor’s commitment is a piece of a larger plan for improvement of the length of Oak from the expressway to 8th Street. The entire plan would require an investment of nearly $1.5 million. It is anticipated that additional grants, investor improvements and contributions from neighborhood associations will carry the project to completion in the next five years.

.In turn, the Oak Street Improvement Plan is the visual part of a much larger plan to bring quality businesses back to our neighborhood. The entire plan includes:

1. A public relations plan to attract new business.

2. A development corporation to assist new businesses that wish to locate on Oak Street.

3. Economic incentives for new business an investors.

4. The return of Oak Street to two-way traffic.

5. Visual improvement of the Oak Street Corridor.

We are asking everyone to contact your Alderman and emphasize the importance of the Oak Street Improvement Project. The monies committed by the Mayor are small in relation to the entire budget but very important in moving our neighborhood forward.

Tourism: Marketplace Study Update. As we provide this update, the s.r./p.r. team is preparing for its first focus group to be held on Friday, June 28 at the Super 8 Motel in the 900 Block of 2nd Street. This group will be comprised of people who have some connection with Old Louisville- e.g., they work in Old Louisville but live elsewhere, they grew up in Old Louisville but have chosen to live as adults in other areas, etc. Two more focus groups will be conducted, one on July 10 and one on July 16. One group will be made up of Old Louisville entrepreneurs, not all of whom will be members of the OLB&PA. The last group will be Old Louisville residents.

We are also in the process of examining demographic information about the residents of Old Louisville. Our expectation is that by combining the demographic information with the results of the focus groups, we can target Old Louisville’s strengths, weaknesses and potential for business development.

A special thanks to the folks at Super 8 Motel for offering their facilities for the focus groups. For those of us who remember how dilapidated the old motel was, it is especially gratifying that the new owners have chosen to invest in the property. It is a great asset to the 2nd Street Corridor.

Finally, s.r./p.r. welcomes inquiries, suggestions, and questions. Contact us by e-mail at, by phone at 637-7180 or by fax at 638-9749.

Return to Oak Street: The Oak Street event on May 18 was a great success. Thanks to Herb Fink for pulling it all together. Herb does so much for Old Louisville and we should let him know how much the community appreciates his efforts.

OLB&PA members contributed a total of $325 plus Food to the Oak Street effort. Lee Jones owner of Oak Street Hardware collected $225 from the following businesses: School of Beauty, Wangs & Thangs, Dollar General, 4th & Oak Liquor, 3rd Ave Cafe, National City Bank, Oak Street Hardware, Corner Market, Ermin’s Bakery & Waldman Liquor. Walnut Chile Parlor, Rudyard Kipling & Granville Inn donated food.

Large planters were placed along Oak Street and they need to be watered occasionally. We need businesses near these planters to volunteer to do the watering. Herb Fink has put all this effort into getting us these plants, the least we can do is to volunteer to take care of these plants. Please make the move to help and call; Arnold or JoAnn, 585-3060 or e-mail

Meetings: Our last meeting was June 12 and it was well attended. Our Speaker was C. Bruce Traughber Executive Director of ULH Inc. He was formerly Executive Director in the City of Louisville of the Louisville Development Authority where he worked closely with the Mayor on many of the City Projects .He was instrumental in getting the Oak Street Development Project started for us. His talk was very informative and gave us a good impression of how the University of Louisville will be working more closely with the business community. He discussed ways in which the University could work in conjunction with neighborhood associations to improve retail development in the area and develop plans for beautification projects for the perimeter of the campus. Mr. Traughber said he felt it is important for the University to build strong relationships with the surrounding community. There were a number of questions from the membership, which he answered. We enjoyed having Bruce Traughber and he said he would like to speak to other groups in Old Louisville.

OLB&PA has been holding it’s regular meetings quarterly this year and the meeting dates for the rest of the year are: September 11, Noon-1PM, December 11, 5:30- 7:30 PM (Holiday Party). There will not be any meetings for July or August.

Membership: New members; Denise Hall and Mark Baridon were welcomed at our June 12 meeting. We continue with our membership drive and we will be sending many applications out by June 30 to potential members. We encourage our present members to help by talking to other business owners and professionals. If you need applications checkout Old Louisville .Net or call us or Alan Bird at 636-1078 0r We also encourage all businesses to purchase an Ad in this OLIC Journal.

Crime Watch: As we said before, be a good neighbor; if you see any suspicious activity in or near your business, please call the Louisville Police at Central Dispatch-574-7111 to report it! If it looks suspicious, it probably is.

1007 S. FIRST ST.









PHONE: 635-9261 OR 541-5598

The Holiday House Tour Committee held its inaugural meeting on June 18, 2002 at the OLIC. The meeting began this year’s effort to continue the wonderful success of the past Tours. If you are interested in helping with the logistics of putting together this magnificent showcase of our community, please attend the next meeting on Wed. July 10, at 6PM at the OLIC.


Calendar for July 2002









1Yoga @OLIC 6PM


Ouerbacker Arts and Crafts 7PM






8 Yoga @OLIC 6PM

9St.James 7PM @ Haskins Hall

10 House Tour Mtg. 6PM @OLIC


13 Hidden Treasures Garden Tour, 10AM-4PM

14 Hidden Treasures Garden Tour 10AM– 4PM

Yoga@OLIC 6PMNewsletter deadline


17Third St. 7PM

Toonerville 7PM




22Yoga @ OLIC 6PM

23 OLIC Bd Mtg 6PMOLNC Bd. Mtg.7:30 PM

24Central Park West @ CCH

25 Central Park Centennial Comm. 7PM @OLIC








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