Old Louisville Journal
A Monthly Summary of
News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation
Volume 26, Issue 6
Festival Features Othello
The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival will present The Tragedie of
Othello, the Moor of Venice, as its sole offering for its 44th
season, in Central Park premiering on June 17.
The play tells the love story of Othello, a noble Moor, and
Desdemona, an innocent Venetian woman, who share a sweet,
passionate, deep and true love turned tragic by an unfounded
jealousy which is planted, nurtured, and grown to fruition by Iago,
a revengeful cur. As the tragic hero, Othello is a human being whose
sharp mind is noble, whose heated passions are deep and whose heart
aches with the agonies that all mortals might feel.
Othello Dates & Times
-Preview June 16
-June 17-20, 22-27, 30 & July 1-4, 7-11, Each night at 8:00 pm, C.
Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre, Central
Park in Old Louisville
Featuring Jan Carew, Dr. Joyce MacDonald, Dr. John Wieland and Curt
Thursday June 17 - 7:00pm, C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre
Saturday June 19 - 7:00pm, Old Louisville Information Center
Saturday June 26 - 7:00pm, Old Louisville Information Center
Saturday July 3 - 7:00pm, Old Louisville Information Center
Saturday July 10 - 7:00pm, Old Louisville Information Center
The Kids’ Globe opens at 5:30 pm.
Professional child care will be provided in The Kids’ Globe during
Othello performances on June 26 and July 10 (space is limited).
Registration fee is $5.00 per child. To register, contact Carolyn
Johnson with Kids Fun Connection at (502) 744-8756 or
For more information, contact the education department at (502)
583-8738 or email@example.com.
Globe Players, actors in the Kids’ Globe, will perform A Midsummer
Nights Dream for the Kids Globe
- Performance Dates June 25, 26, 27 & July 9, 10, 11 each night at
- Main stage performance June 29 & July 6
-performance dates June 25, 26, July 3 & July 9, 10
Camp Shakespeare performances are on the mainstage at 6:45pm
-Globe Players performance is at 8:00pm
Central Park Revival Launched
by Middleton Reutlinger
By CARLA SUE BROECKER
This year, the classy, sharp Middleton
Reutlinger law firm is celebrating 150 years in business in a
classy way. It is giving back to the community each month during
On May 14, for its May project, the firm gave
the newly formed Friends of Central Park a big boost - a check
for $5,000 - to kick off its restoration of the park in
conjunction with the Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
Central Park at first glance looks just fine,
but it isn’t. It is 100 years old. Aging abused trees, worn
grassy areas, down-at-the-heels pathways and a barren pergola
are just a few of the problems of this well-loved green space in
the center of Old Louisville.
Well, things are beginning to look up! Thanks to
Middleton Reutlinger, for the first time in years there are
healthy, aggressive wisteria twining up each stone column and
they should start reaching across the trellis by the end of
summer! Heaven knows when they will bloom. But that’s a wisteria
The rotunda has been planted with handsome evergreens.
Charlie Middleton, a collateral descendant of
the founder and managing partner of Middleton Reutlinger, is no
stranger to Central Park. His great-grandmother lived in St.
James Court and his daughter worked at “Shakespeare in the
Park.” It was with pride that he cut the ribbon to kick off the
historic restoration project.
Middleton Reutlinger partners Jim Milliman,
Charles Greenwell, Ken Hall, Clay Hume and Tom Frentz were
Olmsted Parks Conservancy president Susan
Rademacher, Bill Juckett, the Olmsted Park Conservancy head
volunteer and take-charge guy, John Sistarenik, chair of the Old
Louisville Information Center, and landscape architect Herb Fink
and his wife Marjorie all were there and enormously excited
about helping to revive this city gem.
Norma and Bob Laufer, Irene Spicer, Virginia McChandlis and her
daughter Ginny Keen, Dick Calloway, Tim Botterrof, Officer Terra
Long and Maj. Larry Watkins, both of the 5th District, were
among the celebrants.
Middleton Reutlinger had sent a huge sheet cake
covered with flowers to celebrate the park’s birthday and punch
also was served.
Gayle Walters Warren is planning a series of
dinner parties in the neighborhood on Oct. 16 to benefit the
Friends of Central Park. They will be held in the elegantly
restored mansions in Old Louisville. Some will be black tie, and
others more casual. Those interested in participating, either as
hosts or guests, should call the Old Louisville Information
Center at 635-5244.
Reprinted by permission. The Voice-Tribune ©
Carla Sue Broecker, Honorary Co-Chair of the Friends of
Central Park, John Sistarenik, OLNC Chair, Charlie Middleton,
Managing Partner of Middleton Reutlinger, and Herb Fink, PIC
Chair, cut the ribbon to celebrate Middleton Reutlinger’s
generous gift and to kick off the campaign to raise funds for
the restoration of Central Park.
Thursday, June 3, 2004…
Neighborhood Council Meeting Looks at Retail in the Neighborhood
Old Louisville is underserved in terms of retail businesses and
services. Even though several new restaurants have opened recently, it
often seems like one step forward and two steps back. Many residents
were dismayed to hear that Winn-Dixie will be leaving Old Louisville and
indeed all of Kentucky by the end of this year, and the Walnut Street
Chili Parlor recently closed.
For a discussion about the retail prospects in the
neighborhood, plan to attend the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council
General Meeting on Thursday, June 3, 2004, at 7PM in the Old Louisville
Information Center. John Fischer from the Retail Development Division of
the Metro Louisville Development Authority will be the featured speaker.
Letter to the Editor
It’s with mixed feelings that I read in the Courier-Journal about
the closing of yet another business, the Old Walnut Chili Parlor, in
the Fourth and Oak area.
On the one hand, one has to agree with the owner’s lament: How can
you operate a business people will patronize when they have to dodge
panhandlers and drunks to reach it? On the other hand, the solutions
proffered in the article, mostly dealing with the relocation of bus
stops, seem to miss the real point.
Those of us who have lived in this neighborhood for most of our
lives understand the greatest problem with Fourth and Oak: two
liquor outlets (one, disguised as a drug store) at the major Old
Louisville interchange, both specializing in cheap wines, beers, and
liquors, both competing for each other’s business.
How many neighborhood residents actually patronize either one? How
many of us actually buy prescription drugs at our neighborhood
Rite-Aid? How many of us actually buy wine at Old Towne Liquors?
For perspective, a trip to the Walgreen’s at Hill and Dixie can be
instructive. Located at another major inner-city interchange, in a
neighborhood with its own problems, the Walgreen’s is clean inside
and out. Bus stops are on every corner, yet there are no resident
panhandlers looking for “bus fare”. Shopping there at that busy
intersection is always a pleasant experience.
The difference? Walgreen’s doesn’t sell liquor. I’m not an advocate
for turning our neighborhood dry. But, I do feel strongly that if
the Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce and other business and
neighborhood groups are serious about cleaning up Fourth and Oak,
they’d better quit avoiding this problem.
Don’t Rite-Aid and Old Towne bear some of the responsibility for
cleaning up the area? If not, then should they expect to be
partronized by any neighborhood residents? For that matter, don’t we
all bear responsibility as consumers?
As long as Old Louisville’s major, thriving free market is in cheap
liquor, how can we expect any other business to take a chance on
Fourth and Oak?
Jon Huffman, W. St. Catherine
University of Louisville School
Suzuki Piano Institute
June 6 - 12
Suzuki String Institute
June 13 - 18
Kentuckiana Chamber Camps for Strings, Brass, and Woodwinds
June 19 - 23
June 26 - 29
Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop June 27 - July 10
For more information on any of these UofL School of Music programs,
please contact the school at 502.852.6907
Yard Sale Could Be the Start of
Something Big For the Neighborhood
Saturday, August 7, 2004 is the date for the Second
Annual Yard Sale Extravaganza.
Last summer’s sale, sponsored by the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum
and the Third Street and Central Park West Associations, drew a
large number of shoppers to browse and buy assorted treasures
gathered from local attics, basements, and garages. The event also
allowed friends and neighbors to mix, mingle, and catch up on the
Any neighborhood association wishing to join this year’s sale and
help pay the cost of the ads should contact the Old Louisville
Information Center at 635-5244.
Stop and smell the roses...
Hidden Treasures Garden Tour Scheduled for July 10 and 11
In keeping with the
year-long celebration of the Central Park Centennial, the 11th Annual Old
Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour will feature gardens in the neighborhood
surrounding the park. With this special theme, garden tour organizers are
expecting over 1500 visitors to attend this ever-growing event.
This year’s garden
tour will feature 12 beautiful private gardens located either directly across
from Central Park or within a half block of it. The close proximity of the
gardens will allow for a leisurely stroll around the perimeter of the park. The
featured gardens range from European-inspired formal to the more casual or
free-form styles; wide-open and spacious landscapes to intimate courtyards; and
young, fresh plans to older, more established designs.
The Lanward House
garden is particularly appropriate for this year’s tour. It was originally
designed by Olmsted and Associates, the firm responsible for the design of
Central Park itself 100 years ago. This property is also joined to the park’s
history through its first occupant, the Reverend Stuart Robinson, who lived on
and cultivated the site of the park.
Included in the garden
tour again this year is exclusive admission to the 2nd Annual Art in the Garden
event, which will be held in the garden of the DuPont Mansion Bed and Breakfast
at 1317 South Fourth Street. Artists will be painting and exhibiting in the
garden both days of the tour.
With the increase of
garden sites this year, more volunteers than usual will be needed. If interested
in volunteering for a 3.5 hour morning or afternoon shift on Saturday or Sunday,
please call Caroline Martinson at 636-2797. Volunteers receive a complimentary
ticket to the tour.
Tickets are $10 in
advance and $12 on site on the days of the tour. Advance tickets may be obtained
through July 9 by calling, writing, or visiting the Old Louisville Information
Center in Central Park, 1340 South Fourth Street, 40208, phone (502) 635-5244.
Cash, check or VISA/MC are accepted. Tickets may be purchased on line at
www.oldlouisville.com. On-site tickets will be available on the days of the tour
at the check-in table in front of the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, 1402 St.
James Court at Magnolia Avenue. Tickets are valid for both days of the tour. The
tour will be held rain or shine; no refunds will be given. Tour hours for both
days are 10 AM – 5 PM.
Comfortable shoes and
light-colored, light-weight clothing are recommended for tourists. Complimentary
refreshments will be served at Haskins Hall at the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum.
Cold water and restroom facilities will be available on the tour route.
For more information,
call Tim Bottorff at 502-637-5026.
Saint James Court Art Show
Announces Poster Competition
The 48th annual St. James Court Art
Show announces a poster competition for the 2004 show, scheduled October 1, 2
and 3, 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 “2004” and “48th
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 fee to enter the competition is $20.00. The deadline for entry is midnight,
July 17, 2004.
An information/entry form including
specifics of the competition is available in WORD .doc format, as is a jpeg file
of the 2003 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
http://www.stjamescourtartshow.com (click on “What’s News”).
Interested parties needing additional information should contact the Art Show
office by e-mail at:
firstname.lastname@example.org by phone at (502) 635-1842; or by
regular mail at P.O. Box 3804, Louisville, KY 40201.
The St. James Court Art Show was
ranked the fifth best show in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine, America’s
premier show and festival publication. It is staged annually during the first
weekend of October.
Larry Owsley Speaks at June PIC
Larry Owsley, University of Louisville Vice
President for Finance and Administration, will be the guest speaker
at the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Property Improvement
Committee meeting on Thursday, June 10, 2004, at 7pm in the Old
Louisville Information Center.
Mr. Owsley will speak about the beautification efforts on the
Yes, We Have No Bananas…
But just about everything else is available at area
Fresh fruits and vegetables will be available at two conveniently
located farmers’ markets this summer.
The Old Louisville Farmworks will operate on Wednesdays,
3-6pm, June 2- October 13, at the Walnut Street Baptist Church
parking lot at Third and St. Catherine.
The Smoketown/Shelby Park Farmers Market will run on
Saturdays, 8am-noon, June 5-November 20, at the Meyzeek Middle
School parking lot on the corner of Preston and Breckinridge
Old Louisville Gardeners.......
When at last I took the time to look into the heart of a flower, it opened up
a whole new world...
as if a window had been opened to let in the sun. Princess Grace of Monaco
Aren’t the gardens just beautiful! After 23 years in Texas
you cannot imagine what it means to see our beautiful roses, hostas, dogwoods,
columbines, etc. In Texas, I would be scratching in the gumbo or caliche soil
and looking at the rosemary and cactus.
If you yearn for a special place of relaxation and
contemplation, consider planting a garden of silvery foliage and calming shades
of lavender and blue. This serene, cool pallet garden includes touches of white
and soft yellow for accent. Many perennials are wonderfully fragrant - the
scented blossoms of Lavender, Dianthus, and Butterfly Bush partner with the
aromatic foliage of the Artemisia and Russian Sage. As daylight starts to dim,
silver, blue and other pale shades begin to glow and continue to do so well
after twilight. All these features make this a perfect garden to plant near our
patio or deck. When summer is over, the delicate, silvery branches will provide
winter interest. If you don’t have 4-5 hours of sun, add some of the beautiful
blue hostas and other varieties.
Hosta plants will soon be attacked by snails and slugs.
There is a newer product that is safe to use around pets called Sluggo. Look for
it at nurseries and garden centers.
I have found a delightful family owned nursery on-line. The
web site is
http://www.brushwoodnursery.com. Their clematis and roses are
beautiful, moderately priced and they are offering free shipping.
Old Louisville gardens will be on tour July 10th and 11th.
Since this is the centennial year for Central Park the homes surrounding it will
be featured. If you wish to donate some time and learn a little about plants
(weeding, transplanting and cultivating) I know the selected gardens would love
to have your help (hint hint..).
Doesn’t Central Park look wonderful? Go check out the
wisteria planted along the pergola.
Missy Murphy 502.637-3456
When a Helping Hand Isn’t
When the Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce hosted the Oak
Street Charrette earlier this spring, one of the discussion groups there
concentrated on safety and cleanliness issues. During that meeting it was clear
that way up on the list of concerns were panhandling and public
drinking/drunkenness. The prospect of running the gauntlet of vagrants asking
for spare change when we attempt to patronize a store in the Oak Street Business
area has led many of us to shop elsewhere. In a recent article in the
Courier-Journal, the owner of the Old Walnut Chili Parlor stated that the daily
assemblage of panhandlers and vagrants drove away customers and was a major
reason for that business’s closing shop.
While all of us occasionally succumb to the pleas of
panhandlers for money to buy food or shelter, we must realize that giving money
to these people does not, in most instances, do much to help them become
self-sufficient. What it really does is encourage them to make panhandling a way
of life, while at the same time, making our central business district less and
less inviting to residents and visitors. For this reason at the Chamber’s May
meeting, a plan of action was adopted to both help the panhandlers obtain the
help they need for a better life, while discouraging them from accosting
shoppers and passersby.
That plan has several parts. The first part is to provide unfortunate people
with information about service providers, such as soup kitchens and shelters;
the who, what and where of it all. This will be accomplished through the use of
small cards with this information on the front and back, which will then be
distributed to residents and visitors. Thereafter, when a shopper, on his or her
way to the grocery, is asked for money, the panhandler can be given the card
with the information on how they can obtain the necessities of life.
While use of this card may assuage some of the guilt, we
might otherwise feel were we to ignore the misfortunes of others, we still need
to do more. To this end, the Chamber plans to promote a charitable giving
campaign to encourage residents and businesses of Old Louisville to contribute
to the social service agencies providing aid to those in need. We believe that
linking assistance to these charities to the beneficial effect of dispelling
panhandling in our community is a great way to encourage generosity.
In addition to this effort, the Chamber is encouraging local
businesses that maintain in-store security personnel to have their security
officers patrol not only the inside of their stores but their parking lots as
well. While asking for money is perfectly legal on public property, such as
sidewalks, streets and parks, private property owners have the right to prohibit
this activity on their premises, which includes store parking lots. If a
panhandler persists in the activity the store has the right and, if they want
their business to succeed, the need to ban these people from entry onto their
Finally, the Chamber seeks to obtain the support of the
police in this effort by encouraging them to support merchants attempting to
eliminate on-premises panhandling. This can be done by the police enforcing the
criminal trespassing laws when they are violated in their presence, and by
aiding merchants in learning the identity of persistent abusers so that the
merchants can take out criminal complaints against violators in Jefferson
District Court. The police would also be encouraged to enforce the criminal
statutes against public intoxication and public drinking.
While the Chamber does not seek a large number of arrests of
vagrants and drunks, we do want a police presence on our streets and sidewalks,
especially in our core commercial areas. Police seeing someone drinking a
beverage in a small paper sack have every right to make an investigatory stop of
that person to determine if the crime of public drinking of alcohol is being
committed. People congregating around bus stops who never seem to take a bus
anywhere can be questioned about their activities and their identity learned.
Often times these same people may have an outstanding warrant for their arrest.
It just seems to us that a more vigorous use of the investigatory stop based on
suspicious behavior as authorized by such Supreme Court cases as Terry v. Ohio,
would go a long way towards making the Old Louisville business center appear
safer and shopping more inviting.
Residents of Old Louisville can participate in this program
by utilizing the information cards soon to be available at community centers and
businesses in the area. To aid these agencies in providing real services to the
poor, residents and businesses need to contribute to the agencies in a
meaningful way. Shoppers can help the effort by speaking to the manager of their
favorite store about having their security personnel patrol outside their stores
as well as inside, and by notifying the manager when panhandling on their
property has occurred. In addition, we all need to emphasize to our elected
officials and to the police that people panhandling, and drinking or being drunk
in public, seriously damages Old Louisville and needs to be stopped.
As always, your comments on this or any other activity of the Chamber are
welcome at our web site,
Help celebrate the Centennial of Central Park by participating
in our photo contest. We hope to display for all to see the beauty, character,
seasons, people and activities in and around the park in Old Louisville as
interpreted by the participants in this contest. While considering your images,
confine your viewfinder to the area bounded by Fourth Street, Magnolia, Sixth
Street and Park Avenue. Think in terms of the park at rest, the park at play and
the natural elements of the park! A total of $500.00 in prize money will be
awarded to winning entries.
Photographs may be color or black and white.
Only unmatted prints no smaller than 3 x 5 and no larger
than 8 x 10 will be accepted.
Entries may be mailed to the Old Louisville Information
Center,1340 South 4th Street ,40208,( 502 635-5244) or dropped off between
July 1st and August 13th and must include the entry fee.
Entrants may be amateur or professional of any age.
Photographs submitted for the competition must have actually been taken by
$10 entry fee for 1-5 photographs. Please make checks
payable to OLIC
OLIC and the OLNC reserve the right to publish winning
photographs in the OL Journal and/or post them on our website. Further,
photographs may be held at the Center through December for the purpose of public
display. Entries will be returned to all if a SASE with sufficient postage is
supplied with your entry, or entries may be picked up at the Information Center
following the conclusion of the contest/display. OLIC and the OLNC will not be
responsible for any loss or damage to photographs.
Central Park Centennial Photo Contest Entry Form
Number of photographs submitted_____________________________
Check here if 15 years old or younger__________________________
Please return photographs via mail (SASE included)
I will pick up my photographs after January 1, 2005____________________
First Weekend in June….
Join Us for the Central Park Centennial Kick Off
Tennis Tournament in the Park
7PM Wine and Cheese Celebration
Haskins Hall, Conrad-Caldwell House
Neighborhood Picnic from 3-5 PM
Bring a picnic dinner to the park and join your neighbors for a relaxing
(Picnic Table Decorating Contest, too!)
Ice Cream Social & Sunday Summer Concert Series
2-5 PM in Central Park
Ice Cream compliments of Mary Martin, Michael Mawood, and the Old Louisville
Contact the Old Louisville Information Center for more information: 502-635-5244
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