Old Louisville Journal
A Monthly Summary of
News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation
Volume 25, Issue 7
The Speed Art Museum
From one of
this country’s leading contemporary art collectors, this exhibition
addresses the issue of how contemporary artists deal with the timeless
themes of sexuality and desire. It also represents Cramer’s ongoing
engagement with avant garde art.
Works from the Collection of Douglas S. Cramer
July 22 – September 28, 2003
Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed, entitled the exhibition Reverie
because works such as Lichtenstein’s Nude with Abstract Painting (1949)
or Lari Pittman’s Reason to Rebuild (1986) lead the viewer towards a
wide range of musings on possible interpretations.
Artists in the
exhibition are Ghada Amer, Cecily Brown, John Currin, Inka Essenhigh, Eric
Fischl, David Hockney, Kurt Kauper, Roy Lichtenstein, Elizabeth Peyton,
Lari Pittman, David Salle, Lisa Yuskavage, and Andy Warhol.
Douglas S. Cramer
born in Louisville and one of the country’s leading collectors of
contemporary art for several decades, is also a donor to the Speed. The
producer of such television series as Dynasty, The Love Boat,
The Odd Couple, The Brady Bunch and Mission Impossible,
his foundation donated more than 100 works of art to the Museum of Modern
Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Tate and other
museums. He was a founder of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.
The Speed is located
at 2035 South Third Street with gallery hours of Tuesday, Wednesday and
Friday 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday
10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. The museum is
closed on Mondays. For general information, call (502) 634-2700 or visit www.speedmuseum.org
Nude with Abstract Painting,
Oil and magna on canvas
The Douglas S. Cramer Collection
Copyright Estate of Roy Lichtenstein
Annual Garden Tour set - July 12 and 13
It is time once again for
Old Louisville to bloom.
Annual Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour is just around the
corner. Set for Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and
13, 10am-5pm, rain or shine, the tour is expected to attract over a
thousand garden enthusiasts from near and far.
This year’s garden tour
will feature nine gardens. Tim Bottorff, garden tour chairperson, comments
that "…with the exception of one garden gem that was under my nose,
most truly do fit the theme of Hidden Treasures in that they are tucked
away and hidden from view." The featured gardens range from formal to
informal; wide open and spacious to intimate courtyards; young, fresh
designs to older more established landscapes. Several include water
features, which are gaining popularity. With the exception of two gardens,
none of these have ever been on the garden tour before. Of these two, one
has been changed somewhat to suit the taste of the new owners and has
matured quite nicely; the other has been given a fresh makeover as the
result of a contest award by WFPL’s gardening program, "Home
Grown." Both deserve a revisit.
A new event has been added to
the tour this year; "Art in the Garden" will be held in the
gardens of the DuPont Mansion located at 1317 South Fourth Street. It will
feature local artists painting in watercolor or oils from 10am-noon and
1pm-3pm on both days of the garden tour. Light refreshments will be
available at the DuPont Mansion with proceeds going to the 2004 Central
Park Centennial Celebration.
Advance garden tour tickets
are $10 and may be purchased through July 11, at the Old Louisville
Information Center in Central Park (635-5244). Tickets are also available
on line at www.oldlouisville.com
using VISA and MasterCard. On Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13, tickets can
be purchased for $12 outdoors on St. James Court at Magnolia Avenue.
Daylilies to Share
Karen Mullen, 1422 South
Second Street, will be thinning out her beds of Stella D’Oro daylilies
in early August, and she is looking for gardeners who want the extras.
Give her a call at 635-0937 if you are interested in adding these to your
Third Street Homes become
The Third Street Association
is following up on an idea begun on Belgravia Court homes. As of June 12th,
some homes on South Third Street have been "plaqued".
Bronze plaques are being
placed on homes on Third St, beginning with the 1600 block, that denote
the address and approximate date the home was built. They also report
"Registered Old Louisville Historic District". Third St. will be
plaqued, block by block, as funds are available. Stop by and see the
plaques already installed. Perhaps your association would like to follow
suit. Contact Mary Martin, 637-4000, for further information.
On June 19, 2003, the
Landmarks Commission denied the application of Greg Mack to modify the
carriage house at 1359 South Third Street (formerly the Old Louisville
Inn) to accommodate parking for six vehicles.
That afternoon, Mr. Mack’s
lawyer requested and was granted an indefinite deferral for the Planning
Commission’s consideration of the remapping request for 1359 South Third
Street from single family/duplex to multifamily.
National Night Out: Give
Neighborhood Crime & Drugs a Going Away Party
National Night Out will be
celebrated on two different dates this year, July 27 and August 5.
The National Night Out
Promotion will be held on July 27 at Slugger Field. Mayor Jerry Abramson
and Metro Police Chief Robert White will throw the first pitch at the Bats
baseball game at 6pm. All neighborhood association and block watch
participants are encouraged to show their support at this event.
On August 5, National Night
Out will be celebrated in Central Park from 7-9pm.
McGruff, the crime-fighting
dog, music, skits by kids, K-9, and the Mounted Patrol will entertain and
inform participants. All are invited to this fun event.
For further information,
contact Officer Terra Long at 574-7010.
"I garden , therefore I
weed ." author unknown
The Old Louisville
Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, July 9th at 7pm in the Old Louisville
Information Center in Central Park.
The speaker will be Hilda Dunaway, a nationally accredited flower judge
and expert on gardening. She will speak on "GROWING BEAUTIFUL HOSTAS."
If you have excess plants to share please bring them in plastic bags.
Refreshments will be served.
Anniversary of the Old Louisville Journal:
from the Old
Louisville Information Center Newsletter, July, 1992
Hard to believe but
half of 1992 has already come and gone. It certainly doesn't take
very long anymore. Next thing you know October will be here, and
we all know what that means- another fantastic Art Show and wildly
successful food booth. Meanwhile, however, I would like to report
on two other very successful events that were just completed.
On May 31st,
the Old Louisville Information Center sponsored its annual Ice
Cream Social, and I am happy to report it was very successful. We
drew that largest crowd that I can remember in recent years
including Mayor Abramson, Madeline, and Sidney, and we completely
sold out of ice cream and other goodies by 3 o'clock. Special
thanks to Jo Anne Noland and Eddie Bennett for
chairing the event and to all the other volunteers who made it so
successful. Oh, and by the way, first place for best neighborhood
association picnic went to the 1300 South Third Street Association
and second place went to the Third Street Neighborhood
Association. I have it on reliable information that the difference
between first and second place was the number of "aunts"
each group had at the picnic. It would be great if all
associations sponsored picnics, because it really is a lot of fun.
Just two weeks after
the Ice Cream Social, the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council
participated in the annual City Fair. We sponsored a duck pond and
tic-tac-toe game which drew kids of all ages, as well as our usual
booth which provided information on Old Louisville and various
neighborhood sponsored items for sale. It was a lot of fun to
watch the kids, especially the younger ones, as they tried to
decide which prize to choose. And I particularly recall one young
guy who had already accumulated an armful of elastic bracelets by
3 o'clock on Saturday. I do not know if he came back on Sunday or
not, but if he did, I'm sure we ran out. As I write this, it is
the day after City Fair, so I haven't yet seen any kind of final
report. However, in terms of people who stopped by our booth, this
also was a very successful effort. Special thanks go to Marianne
Lesher and Jill Austin for all of their time and
effort, as well as to all of the volunteers who so ably
represented Old Louisville.
As part of City Fair,
we also participated, for the second straight year, in the
Centipede "race" across the 2nd Street Bridge
and back. This year we costumed ourselves in purple balloons and
went as the Old Louisville "sour grape-apede," a
carry-over when we thought we should have won the best prize for
best centipede. And still, we won second prize for best
neighborhood sponsored centipede. Thanks to Cheryl Atherton
for doing all the leg work and coordinating the other twelve of us
who "went along for the walk."
These events, along
with everything else that is always going on, constantly reminds
me of how much commitment there is to Old Louisville. It's
gratifying to see so many people who care so much for their
Schedules Community Conversations
Because Mayor Abramson wants
to hear what's on your mind and update you on the merger of our two
governments, he has scheduled The Mayor's Community Conversations.
Community Conversations are your opportunities to go one-on-one with the
Mayor about issues of immediate concern or your thoughts for the future of
Louisville Metro. You may have a problem in your backyard or want to
discuss a project of interest community-wide. You can ask a question or
share an idea. It's up to you.
Bring Everyone to the Table:
Representative from all
government departments and Metro Council Representatives will be available
to speak specifically to issues in their departments and districts
Held the third Monday of
every month: July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, November
17, December 15
Contact MetroCall at 311 for
Can't make a Community
Conversation? You can join in the conversation anytime by calling
MetroCall at 311 (or 574-5000 from some cell phones) or contacting email@example.com
. Watch for special Mayor's Community Conversations on-line at www.loukymetro.org.
From Common Thread, The
Louisville Metro Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter
Opens at 4th and Broadway
A new farm market is open
every Friday from 3pm-7pm through November 28 at 4th and
Broadway. Farm-fresh produce and live music are featured.
The Old Louisville Farmworks
Market continues to take place each Wednesday from 3pm-6pm through October
16 at the Walnut Street Baptist Church parking lot, Third and St Catherine
Lost Boys of
Sudan Find Old Louisville
First we saw them walking to
the grocery store. Soon they were passing us by swiftly on their bicycles.
Finally, as they continue to be assimilated into the American culture,
they are now driving cars. These are some of Old Louisville’s newest
residents, young men from the Sudan in their early twenties. Several of
them reside in apartments at Sixth and Park Streets. Life in Louisville
has been very busy for them as they get settled in their apartments, begin
college classes, and work full time jobs. Although there have been culture
shocks, it is a very peaceful existence compared to their teenage years.
Peter Tsiong recounted his
experiences during the civil war between the Islamic northern part of
Sudan and the Christian south. Although the war had been going on since
1983, it came to his village suddenly in 1987 with an attack by soldiers
from the north. Many of the men were killed, the women and girls taken
into slavery, leaving the boys no option but to run for their lives. Peter
said that they walked some four thousand miles into Eritrea, where they
were in camps for four years, finally ending up in a United Nations
Refugee camp in northern Kenya.
William Manyok spoke in
detail of the background of the conflict in that part of Africa. He feels
very strongly that the northern part of Sudan is still a treacherous place
harboring dangerous terrorists in training. Although the war pits Muslims
against Christians and Animists in the south, William says it is about
power and money and who will control oil resources.
Choi spoke about the English schools that were set up in the refugee
camps. In the main camp in Kenya, a refugee haven for all of central
Africa, there were tens of thousands seeking the safety of United Nations’
protection. Abraham and his fellow Sudanese were all relieved when the
United States decided to grant them refugee asylum.
When asked if he chose
Kentucky or Kentucky was chosen for him, Aciek Kuai said he had no idea
about where he was to be resettled. The choice was made for him by major
agencies in Washington, D.C., and, in the case of these young men,
Catholic Charities was their agent of resettlement.
Peter spoke at length about
education being the priority of all the Sudanese who have relocated here.
Peter himself wants to major in social work and eventually work in an
international agency such as the ones that helped him so much. He
currently attends Jefferson Community College and works the second shift
at Caldwell Industries.
Michael is also going to
school. He wants an education primarily to help out the people back in the
still strife-torn Sudan. Michael is considering some kind of medical field
as his career goal. He currently works as a janitor for the Archdiocese of
Aciek wants to be a
journalist. He is working at the Courtier-Journal where the experience has
impressed him with the need to have free press and information available
to the people.
William, the most vocal about
his country’s history is currently majoring in business at Jefferson
Community College. He is currently working at JCC as a janitor.
All four of these Sudanese
men are working toward American citizenship. They avidly watch the
political situation in their home country. Some day they might go back for
a visit but only after they could be sure it was safe. Many of the
Sudanese men have relocated some of their families, especially their
mothers and sisters. They try to communicate with them as much as possible
and dream of one day bringing them to this country.
The young men at Sixth and
Park have gotten used to Old Louisville. They have found the rice and
meats they need to cook some facsimile of their native cuisines in our
groceries. They occasionally go to the Valu Market in Iroquois Manor,
which has an extensive international foods array. Sorghum products were a
large part of their diets back home. They haven’t been able to locate
much of it here, and they were surprised when told that sorghum molasses
is a familiar table item in rural Kentucky, especially among the older
One complaint they all had
was the lack of Sudanese women in this country. The young men seemed a
little shy and wary about approaching American women. Few of them have
started dating here yet. They laughingly said that many people thought
that they were gay because they often held hands with each other when
walking along. This is another one of the cultural differences that they
now know about.
Finally all four young men
emphasized that they are now part of America and want to work hard to
merit the good fortune that they have had in being resettled here.
Education is very important and they are hoping that they can find
scholarship funding so they can stay in school, graduate, and work to
serve others. They all say, "Hello to Old Louisville." Old
Louisville says, "Welcome to our newest residents and future
By Peggy Cummins
Opens in Old Louisville
Looking for a new
place in the neighborhood for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch?
Central Park Café at 316 West Ormsby fits the bill.
architect, Gary Kleier has helped create an elegant yet casual
setting indoors and out for the owners Gary Wallace, Chris Doerr,
and Jeff Wagner.
Executive Chef Stuart
Bowman specializes in seafood and pastas; his macadamia nut
encrusted mahi mahi is already a big favorite at the restaurant.
Prime rib, beef tenderloin, sautéed shrimp, grilled or blackened
salmon, and Tuscan roasted chicken are also dinner features. A
wide selection of soups, salads, and sandwiches are available on
the lunch menu. With names like the Filson Club turkey wrap, the
Fifth District fish sandwich, the Belgravia burger and the Garvin
Gate muffaletta, to name a few, patrons can literally get a taste
of Old Louisville.
The Sunday brunch,
served from 11:30am -3pm, fills a void in the neighborhood. An
interesting twist on a brunch classic is the Central Park Café
seafood eggs benedict featuring Maryland style crab cakes and
accompanied by cream cheese grits.
In addition to Sunday
hours, the café is open for lunch Monday through Saturday,
11am-2:30pm and for dinner Monday through Thursday 5pm-10pm,
Friday and Saturday 5pm-11pm. There are specials every day and
full bar service is offered.
Guide and Community Directory
Louisville Business and Professional Association (OLBPA) is ready to
begin publication of its official Visitors’ Guide and Community
copies of this full-color publication will be distributed over the
next year and will be available on-line as well. The book will serve
as a major promotional tool for the entire Old Louisville area to
encourage visitors and residents to explore our unique area.
We are pleased
to be working on this project with the award-winning firm of Craig
Williams Creative, Inc. Their highly regarded CommunityLink division
works closely with Chambers of Commerce here in Kentucky and
nationwide to prepare important publications like ours.
This project is
sponsored solely by commercial advertising support. CommunityLink has
begun calling on OLBPA members and area businesses. To contact them
you may reach the project representative, Larry Knat, through his
voice mail at 1-800-455-3600 ext. 342 or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For any other questions, contact OLBPA at (502) 212-7500.
listed in the directory will be members of the OLBPA. All advertisers
will receive free copies of the publication to distribute, design
consultation & professional layout at no charge, and Internet
exposure. Due to editorial and pictorial restrictions, space is
limited. All interested parties should reserve space now because the
best spots sell fast.
This is a very
special opportunity for our historic and business community as we
endeavor to build on the positive momentum we currently enjoy. If you
visit with Larry, please take a look at examples of CommunityLink work
from other areas and you’ll see why this is the perfect project to
promote Old Louisville and it’s surrounding attractions as a
has agreed to match advertising space with editorial content, so the
more ads placed, the more information we can include about our
community. We encourage everyone to help make this publication a
If you would
like to hear more, please make an appointment with Larry Knat at
CommunityLink or call OLBPA at 212-7500.
Chamber of Commerce
At our June
meeting it was decided that OLBPA will be doing business as "Old
Louisville Chamber of Commerce" as part of an overall marketing
effort to attract business and Tourism to Old Louisville. More about
this in our future Newsletters.
Association Chairperson Number
1300 S. Third Street
Chuck Anderson 636-3396
Belgravia Court Hank
Central Park West Penny
Conerstone Area Ron
Fourth Street Dot Wade
Garvin Gate Norma Laufer
Ouerbacker’s Arts &
Crafts Jeff Schooler
OLB&PA Gary Kleier
Old Louisville Shalom
Com. Peter Barnes-Davies 634-9694
St. James Court Louise
Second Street Jerry
Third Street Mary Martin
Toonerville Ken Cordle
Treyton Oaks Jane LaPin
West St. Catherine Street
Rhonda Williams 584-9231
One person’s trash, another
Extravaganza on July 26th
In need of attic treasures,
cellar stuff, appliances, bric-a-brac, crafts, architectural details? If
so, July 26th is the day for you.
Central Park West
Neighborhood Association, Third Street Association and the 1300 South
Third Street Association will each hold yard sales in their respective
neighborhoods on Saturday, July 26.
The Central Park West sale
will run from 9am-3pm (no early birds) at 7th and
Park Avenue. The Third Street and 1300 South Third Street sales will run
from 8am-2pm on Third Street from Kentucky to Bloom.
Rain date for all three yard
sales is August 16, 2003.
Improvement Session again a Success Despite the Rain
During very early
Saturday morning, 17 May 2003, the rain poured where you could not see
across the street. Lighter rain continued through early morning. Do we set
the barricades which close Oak Street? A telephone call to a local
weatherman indicated a three (3) hour window with little or no rain
between 9:00AM & 12:00 noon. Yes, we set the barricades and the Oak
Street Improvement Session is a go.
Despite the weather, 95
neighbors, friends, and City workers turned out so as to improve Oak
Street. By 4:30PM the following had been accomplished:
· All trash, weeks and
fall leaves along Oak Street from Floyd Street to 7th
Street were taken up and removed.
· 75 flats of annuals
(3600) plants) were planted within tree wells.
· 300 bags of mulch were
· Existing trees were
· Cars (including
abandoned cars) were towed.
· And to finish up,
Solid Waste Management Services thoroughly cleaned Oak Street with
street sweepers and trucks.
· Prior to Saturday, 17
May 2003, Metro facilities Management staff and Metro Brightside staff
placed and planted 54 barrels with Cannas, Vinca and Petunias along
Oak Street which adjacent businesses agreed to maintain.
At 12:00 noon, all workers
gathered into the Treyton Oak Towers’ dining room to enjoy a Burgoo,
Chili, Pizza lunch with all the trimmings, generously provided by area
Since all work was not
completed, a call was offered during lunch for those who could remain for
finish up. About 20 folks did yeoman work and finished around 4:30PM.
The bulk of the materials
used on Oak Street, which included 3600 annuals ($1,000), soil and plant
material used in barrels ($500+-), mulch ($400+-) and barricades ($450),
was generously funded by Metro Councilman George Unseld and coordinated by
Donna Sanders, his Legislative Assistant.
Funds were also donated by
the following associations and businesses:
1300 South Third Street
Street Association $200
Goods and services were
provided by the following:
· Winn Dixie (Jim
Craven, Mgr.) - Lunch foods including deli-tray, bread, cookes, sheet
cake, chips, water, soft drinks.
· Rudyard Kipling
Restaurant (Ken Pyle, owner) - Burgoo, Cornbread.
· Old Walnut St. Chili
Parlor - (Mr. Donald, owner) - Chili
· Granville Inn (Skip
McGuirk,owner) - 6 Pizzas
· Bearno’s Pizza - 12
Restaurant - Baked Beans
· Heitzman’s Bakery -
· Treyton Oak Towers -
Coffee and Ice
· Metro Parks Staff -
Tools, 3 Gaters and coordination.
· Metro Facilities
Management Staff - col. George Clausen - Plants, tools, mulch,
· Metro Brightside -
Gloves and trash bags.
· Metro Police - Sgt.
Sweeney coordinated all MPD issues and provided security.
· Zane Lockhart -
· Virginia McCandless
and Jan Vogel coordinated sign-in and name pins.
· Balloons provided by
· Chuck Blust and Tim
Beavin coordinated all pick-up and delivery and barricade placement.
· Jerry Birschbach
coordinated plant materials.
· Polly Wood, Beth
Duffy, Marjorie Fink, Bill Peake coordinated the noon lunch.
· Malcolm Bird - Foods
· Marianne Lesher -
Creation of Announcement Poster.
· Lois Tash -
A very special thanks to the
folks at Treyton Oak Towers who again provided their large, plush dining
room and bath room facilities for use as headquarters and for the noon
Jane LaPin - Coordinator
Christi Cobban - director
Kermit Thomas - Security
Nancy Martin - Marketing
Project workers and their
- George Unseld
- Donna Sanders
1300 South Third Street:
Chuck Anderson, Dale Strange and Polly Wood
Street Association: Lois Tash, Bill Peake, Charles Blust, Malcolm Bird,
Tim Beavin, Tom Duffy,
Daniel Chumller, Marjorie Fink, Herb Fink
Street Association: Virginia
McCandless, Jan Vogel, Zane Lockhart, Joanne Lockhart, Angelina
Lockhart, Sonya Lockhart, Marshal Moore, Jan Morris, Nancy Gall-Clayton,
Ginny Keen, Beth Duffy, Thomas Duffy, Rob Music, Tamara Newton, Tim
Bottorff and Jerry Birschbach
Garvin Gate Association: Fred
Nett, Rose Nett, Jerie Britton and John Paul
West St. Catherine: Rhonda
Williams, Sandy Neddy, Emily Harris and Diane Frenette
St. Association: Myra Silva
Central Park West: Gary
Kleier, Bob Bajandas, James Brown, Missy Murphy and Jed Johnson
Treyton Oak Towers: Jean
Crowe, Jane LaPin, Nancy Martin and Husband, Kermit Thomas and Christi
Ouerbacker Ct - Hope House:
Gary Burdette, Patrick Helms and
Old Louisville Business and
Professional Association: Arnold
Metro Parks: Johnny
White, Dennis Wyatt, Jeff Blacklock, Larry Valdez, Stephen Boyd and Bill
Metro Facilities Management
including barrel placement and planting.
Col. George Clausen
Jacky Phillips, Wanda
Boone, Julie Stinton, Angela Auter, Juan Martinez, Terry Brown and Dave
Solid Waste Management
Services: Bobby Letcher, Vicky
Robert, Barry Street, Zach Bissewl, Nate Durham, Thomas Jackson, Robert
Mattingly, Ron Boart, Johnny McCortey and Ray Bowens
Dismas House: John
Sroch, Juan Justiz, James Lans, William Jacobs, Scott Preston, Sean
Wilson, James Yates, Roger Garrison, David Whittinghill, Wanda Fields,
Chris Hendricks, Ellis Joiner, Lany Smith, Cynthia Tiuley, Aurter
Franklin and Johnny Buckley.
Councilman George Unseld
again provided words of encouragement and appreciation during the noon
lunch. And, as Councilman Unseld has expressed on other occasions,
"When we all work together, we can together achieve great
accomplishment" (even in the rain.)
A very special "Thank
You" to all the folks who participated in the Oak Street Improvement
Session and made it a success.
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