The 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

June 2004    

Kentucky Shakespeare
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

Pre-Show Discussions
Featuring Jan Carew, Dr. Joyce MacDonald, Dr. John Wieland and Curt L. Tofteland.
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

Kids’ Globe
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

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 8pm
- Main stage performance June 29 & July 6
Camp Shakespeare
-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

Party Line
Social Columnist

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 2004.

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 thing.
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 there, too.

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 © 2004

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…
Old Louisville
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

Dear 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 of Music
June Events

Suzuki Piano Institute
June 6 - 12
Suzuki String Institute
June 13 - 18
Kentuckiana Chamber Camps for Strings, Brass, and Woodwinds
June 19 - 23
Kentucky Ambassadors
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 news.
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 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 show.
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 request.

Entry forms can be downloaded and past posters can be viewed at  (click on “What’s News”). Interested parties needing additional information should contact the Art Show office by e-mail at:  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 Meeting

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 Belknap campus.

Yes, We Have No Bananas…

But just about everything else is available at area farmers’ markets
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 Streets.

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  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.

Happy Gardening!

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 property.

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,

Kenneth Plotnik

 Photo Contest

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.

Submission guidelines:

  • 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 the entrant.

  • $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

Name ___________________________________________________________________
Address __________________________________________________________________
City/State/Zip ______________________________________________________________
Phone __________________________________Email______________________________

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 Celebrations!

June 2-6
Tennis Tournament in the Park

June 4
7PM Wine and Cheese Celebration
Haskins Hall, Conrad-Caldwell House
Everyone invited!

June 5
Neighborhood Picnic from 3-5 PM
Bring a picnic dinner to the park and join your neighbors for a relaxing afternoon
(Picnic Table Decorating Contest, too!)

June 6
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 Information Center

Contact the Old Louisville Information Center for more information: 502-635-5244

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The Old Louisville Journal is published monthly by the Old Louisville Information Center, Inc. (OLIC), a 501(c)(3) corporation, incorporated in 1984, for the purpose of receiving tax deductible contributions. OLIC is affiliated with the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council (OLNC), a 501 (c) (4) non-profit association incorporated in 1976 to serve as the recognized voice of the Old Louisville Neighborhood.

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