The Old Louisville Journal

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

  Volume 29, Issue 6

June 2007    

14th Annual Old Louisville
“Hidden Treasures”
Garden Tour

Time for the annual Old Louisville “Hidden Treasures” Garden Tour is fast approaching. On Saturday, July 7, and Sunday, July 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., gardening enthusiasts will have the rare opportunity to tour a Victorian carriage house along with 8 private gardens as well as enjoy several special features. In order to make this truly a walking tour, the tour again concentrates on a relatively small area of our historic neighborhood, this year highlighting garden treasures along five blocks of South Third Street, Old Louisville’s grand boulevard.
Three additional locations will provide special attractions. The Garden Tour’s hospitality room in Haskins Hall at the Conrad-Caldwell House, where visitors may enjoy complimentary refreshments, will be the site of a silent auction, and in front of Haskins Hall, vendors will offer garden plants and other items for sale. The tour is again fortunate to have the support of Gayle Warren, owner of the DuPont Mansion B & B, 1317 S. 4th St., who will sponsor the fifth annual Art in the Garden, where several local artists will be painting from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days of the tour. For the first time, the tour welcomes members of the Greater Louisville Bonsai Society, who will exhibit miniature trees at the Kling Center, 219 W. Ormsby St.
As another first this year, on Saturday, July 7, the Old Louisville Garden Tour is teaming with the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. After the Garden Tour and before Measure for Measure, come and enjoy some really good BBQ, drinks and entertainment in the garden of historic Landward House at the corner of Magnolia and Fourth Streets from 5 to 8 PM. Bard BBQ tickets are $20 advance/ $25 day of event – no refunds. Advance tickets are available by calling the Festival Office at (502) 637-4933. Proceeds go to support free Shakespeare in Old Louisville’s Central Park (season June 21 – July 15).
With the support and backing of the non-profit Second Street Neighborhood Association membership, as well as sponsors and volunteers from many parts of Old Louisville and the Metro community at large, the Annual “Hidden Treasures” Garden Tour has been an Old Louisville event since 1994. Its primary goal is to benefit the entire Old Louisville community. If you would like to volunteer as a garden monitor, at the ticket table or to help out in the hospitality room, please contact Caroline Martinson at 636-2797.
Garden Tour tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on days of the tour. As of June 1, advance discount tickets can be obtained through July 6th, by contacting the Old Louisville Information Center in Central Park (1340 S 4th St., Louisville, KY 40208; Phone: 502-635-5244; or e-mail: Cash, check, or Visa/MC accepted. A fax order form may be downloaded from website. Tickets purchased by mail, phone, fax or on line should be picked up, along with maps, at the sales table in front of the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, 1402 Saint James Court (at Magnolia Ave.). On-site tickets and maps also will be available at the sales table. Tickets are good for both days of the tour. No rain dates or refunds. Tour hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
Because this is a walking tour, comfortable shoes and lightweight clothing are recommended. Expect a few steps at each location. Iced drinking water is available at each garden. Restroom facility locations are provided with the map.

First Sunday Country Music Concert &
Ice Cream Social! FREE!
June 3

The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council’s 2007 “Sunday Concerts in Central Park” series will commence on Sunday, June 3rd. The Concert is scheduled from 4:00PM to 5:30PM.

Here is the line-up for this year’s concerts:
June 3, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Johnny Berry & The Outliers
Country Music
Free Ice Cream Social

July 1, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Andrea Davidson
Tyrone Cotton


August 5, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 2, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Space Funk Jam Stuff

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival announces the 47th season of Shakespeare in Central Park

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival will open the 2007 summer season on June 21, 2007 beginning with the professional production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. Disturbed by the decline of morals in Vienna, Duke Vincentio bestows his absolute power of both retribution and mercy on his deputy, Angelo, a man of structure and abstinence.  Duke Vincentio assumes the disguise of Friar Lodowick to spy upon his Viennese subjects.  We invite you to witness the comic and tragic discoveries the Duke experiences in one of Shakespeare’s dark comedies. This play has enjoyed three other productions since its 1969 debut in Central Park.
The second production of the summer season will be the lighthearted comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, performed by the Festival’s high school theatre troupe, the Globe Players. Very much a play of opposing forces, Taming of the Shrew is a delightful comedy about the rigors of courtship and the search for a compatible mate. It is about vulnerability and monstrous arrogance. It is about honesty and deception. Inspired by the commedia style that Shakespeare drew his characters from, this Shrew will explore whether love is worth fighting for. Since its 1964 premiere in Central Park, the play has been produced seven times by the Festival’s professional acting company. This season marks the first time that the Globe Players will be performing The Taming of the Shrew.
In addition, the Festival provides accessibility to everyone with the return of Shadow Sign performances for both Measure for Measure and The Taming of the Shrew. Courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts, the hearing impaired will be able to view signing actors as they shadow the other actors on select evenings.
Since 1960, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival has been dedicated to providing free, professional, classical theatre to the community. Performances are held at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre in Central Park. The park is located in historic Old Louisville at the corner of 4th and Magnolia. As tradition, all summer performances are free of charge and begin at 8:00 p.m.
All new this season is The Greenshow, pre-play entertainment and activities. Summer audiences can arrive early for madrigal singers, jugglers, sword fighters, music, Shakespeare Youth Academy performances, Shakespeare spoofs, and much more. The Greenshow festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. on select evenings.

June 20- Sneak Preview Measure for Measure
June 21-24, June 26-July 1, July 3-8- Measure for Measure
July 13-15- Measure for Measure Shadow Sign Performances
July 10-11- The Taming of the Shrew
July 12- The Taming of the Shrew Shadow Sign Performance
July 10-15- Pre-show entertainment in the Kids’ Globe at rear of amphitheatre
July 12 & 14- Professional child care provided during performance in the Kids’ Globe
June 22-23, June 28-30, July 6-7, July 10-15- The Greenshow

The Regional Airport Authority will update the  neighborhood on noise pollution control at the airport at the June 26th Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
All are invited to listen to the presentation and ask questions.
Central Park Information Center

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Christmas is coming to the Conrad-Caldwell House

Christmas may seem a ways off, but plans already are underway at the Conrad-Caldwell House, which is expecting its biggest ever season. This year as many as seventy bus tours are anticipated, making for an extraordinarily busy time at the House. About 40 visitors are expected with each tour. Conrad-Caldwell House Director Deb Riall is giving special attention to preparing the gift shop and recruiting volunteers in anticipation of the Victorian Christmas Tours.
A room on the mansion’s first floor room (the 1893 laundry room) is being reworked as an expanded gift shop. The room has been repainted, and removal of linoleum dating back to the retirement home era has revealed beautiful inlaid oak floors. Ideas for an enhanced inventory will be presented to the House Board in June.
An S.O.S. for volunteers to help with the holiday rush has been raised by Deb. She needs volunteers to guide the tours through the house. Deb says, “Each bus tour will take place on a weekday and will require three volunteers for about two hours. I would be most appreciative of help from our neighbors in Old Louisville.” Anyone interested can contact Deb Riall at 636-5023, or via email at
The Christmas tours are a result of a cooperative marketing effort involving the House, Derby Dinner Playhouse, and the Galt House. Deb says, “And the Old Louisville Visitor Center has significantly increased House attendance throughout the year, not to mention the Ghost Tours and Old Louisville Walking Tours. The Visitor Center is seeing that Old Louisville gets much deserved and past due tourist recognition.”


UofL’s Strategic Planning 2020

The University of Louisville’s 2020 strategic ‘plan foundation’ document was reviewed with the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council at their April 24th meeting to initiate an ongoing dialogue between the University and the Old Louisville neighborhood. It was deemed important by the University senior leadership that the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council have an active voice in the strategic planning and implementation process. To that end, the University’s mission, vision, values and goals were outlined during the 15-20 minute presentation which was followed by an active Q&A session.
In 1998, UofL launched the Challenge for Excellence, a 10-year, 11-point plan to move the University toward national preeminence by 2008. By 2006, the Challenge for Excellence’s 11-points had essentially been met and the University began embarking upon the development of a new strategic planning process to set the goals and action plan for UofL for the next decade. UofL’s 2020 strategic vision focuses around five proposed thematic statements and was developed to support UofL’s mission to be a premier, national recognized metropolitan research university with a commitment to the liberal arts and sciences, and to the intellectual, cultural and economic development of our diverse communities and citizens. UofL’s proposed statements of vision are as follows:
Educational Experience: Through the guidance of dedicated faculty members who are engaged in the pursuit of excellence in teaching and scholarship along with campuses which provide curricular activities that are responsive to the needs of all individuals, students will be prepared for their role as creative, involved, and productive members of society.
Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity: UofL will be recognized as a research university with a faculty of distinction in areas of research and other scholarly activity with outstanding national and international reputations who will direct undergraduate, graduate, professional students and postdoctoral scholars in interdisciplinary and collaborative research.
A Citizen University: Through strategic alliances
and partnerships with public and private groups, UofL will be a magnet for outstanding students and scholars whose discoveries will be translated into academic and educational excellence, economic opportunity, as well as improved quality of life and cultural enrichment.
Cultural Diversity, Social Justice, and Opportunity: UofL will be known for its diverse population, including international students and scholars, people with mobility and communication challenges, and people of all ages, genders, races, sexual orientation, and religions.
Creative and Responsible Steward of Resources: UofL will accomplish its mission by the wise use of its precious resources, namely its people; the students, alumni, staff, faculty, administrators, and friends who make up the university community. In all of its actions, UofL and its people will adhere to the highest ethical and professional standards of conduct.
Vital to the success of UofL’s strategic planning process is feedback from key constituencies and community partners. The following issues and/or insights were provided by the Council and those in attendance at the April 24th meeting:
• Expressed support of the institutional commitment to lifelong learning and felt that adult learners could be supported through the educational opportunities offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level;
• Expressed concerns about crime/safety on campus and the surrounding neighborhood;
• Acknowledged recent campus beautification initiatives (i.e. campus entrances) and supported the efforts to revitalize the park to the original historical design and increase the ‘green space’ throughout the campus;
• Requested an update with regard to the expansion of on-campus housing and efforts to relieve the ongoing parking situation; and
• Requested community involvement in any proposed commercial development along S. 4th Street.
So, how can you help? Issues that affect the quality of life for Old Louisville residents also affect the university community. Stay informed and have a voice in UofL’s 2020 strategic planning process by submitting your comments and suggestions to the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council at

Richard Elfman to appear at last call film fesitval!

Last Call Film Festival will be This June 15 and 16 at The Rudyard Kipling for only five dollars a night. That’s two nights of movies, music and Richard Elfman for only five dollars a night. The final selections for Last Call Film Festival are listed on the Films and Performers page and the submissions page. Take a look around and get familiar with all the great movies we’re playing. There is still a lot of work going on behind the scenes so stay posted.
For more information visit

Amici’s...a good time was had by all!

Paul and I, along with a few friends from Ouerbacker Court, chose Amici’s for dinner. We were most happy with the visit. The food was wonderful…the service was delightful and the price was most affordable. We tried pizza, lasagna, pork tenderloin, chicken scalipenne, wine, beer and desserts. It was a most pleasant evening. We highly recommend Amici’s for an evening of food and fun.
 Joan Stewart
Ouerbacker Court


Flag Retirement Ceremony

In celebration of Flag Day, Thursday, June 14, the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution will be conducting a flag retirement ceremony from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. NSSAR welcomes all visitors to experience the proper procedure to retire American flags that have become torn and discolored while representing our great nation. The flag retirement ceremony will be held at the corner of Fifth and Zane Street across from the organization’s headquarters. SAR members in colonial dress will conduct the program.
This ceremony reflects the patriotic, historical, and educational mission of the NSSAR. Founded by an Act of Congress, whose charter was signed in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt, the NSSAR and its 27,000 members are the male descendants of Patriots who rendered service during the Revolutionary War. Donations of American flags for retirement will be accepted at the ceremony,
For more information about the flag retirement ceremony and to RSVP your intention of attending this Flag Day celebration, please contact Director of Education, Colleen Wilson,  or 502-589-1776 by June 8.


Lawnmower Rebate Helps Make
the Air Cleaner, Yards Greener

Get $100 to switch from gas-powered lawn equipment

March 5, 2007 (LOUISVILLE) – Louisville residents can make the air cleaner and their yards “greener” with the Lawn Care Rebate Program offered by the Kentuckiana Air Education program (KAIRE).

The program offers Louisville residents up to $100 for trading in a gasoline-powered mower toward the cost of an electric, battery or reel (manual) mower.

Rebates are available for other lawn maintenance equipment including electric string trimmers, leaf blowers, and replacement batteries. Instant rebates are available at local participating retail outlets, which are listed on the District’s website.

Equipment may be purchased and Standard Rebates (without gasoline-powered trade-in) requested any time of year, but the Louisville Metro Recycling Facilities only accept lawn care equipment for recycling (for Bonus Rebates with trade-in) from March 1 through September 30.

Nearly 4,000 Louisville residents have taken advantage of the rebate program since it began.

KAIRE is a community outreach effort of the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District. For more information call 574-5322 or visit the District’s website:



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