The Old Louisville Journal

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

  Volume 27, Issue 3

March 2005    

March Chair Notes:

Every so often it is a good idea to spell out the differences between the OLIC and the OLNC. These two organizations are intended to help you and your neighborhood associations.
The Old Louisville Information Center, Inc. is the charitable and educational arm for Old Louisville. It is a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation. As 501(c)(3) corporation the OLIC can receive grants from local, state and federal agencies and receive tax deductible contributions. The OLIC can act as a “pass through” conduit to receive grant funds on behalf of neighborhood associations. So if your neighborhood is looking for methodology to obtain grant funding, contact a board member for help. It receives its major source of income from the Holiday House Tour.
The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council/Steering Committee, Inc. is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to serve as the recognized organizational voice of Old Louisville residents, property owners, business persons, and others interested in Old Louisville. As such the OLNC can take political positions and offer opinions on behalf of the neighborhood before metro committees. The OLIC cannot do this. The OLNC will, amongst other goals, monitor the effectiveness of services, programs and land uses and encourage the maintenance and improvement of property in Old Louisville. To this end, the two most important committees of the OLNC are PIC (Property Improvement Committee) and ZALU (Zoning and Land Use Committee). Each neighborhood association should have a representative in attendance at each of these committee meetings to weigh in on matters before those committees so that informed decisions can be presented to the OLNC for action. The OLNC receives its major source of income from the food booth at the St. James Art Show.

Chuck Anderson

A Reminder...
Attention, Neighborhood Association Chairs:
Annual Old Louisville Neighborhood Council dues of $25.00 and submission of updated membership rosters are due April 1, 2005.
All neighborhood associations are urged to renew their membership as soon as possible. These dues confer OLNC membership on all individuals in an association; Updated rosters insure Old Louisville Journals for those members.

Old Louisville
Council Meets to
Discuss the Central Park Master Plan

The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council will discuss the Central Park Master Plan at its quarterly meeting on Tuesday, March 22, 2005, at 7pm, in the Old Louisville Information Center in Central Park.
The Council will review and act on suggested revisions to the plan which were presented at the public meeting held in January and at the OLNC Property Improvement Committee meeting on February 17.
Everyone is invited to attend.


Brightside Offers Help to Neighbors

Spring is coming soon and Brightside, Louisville’s nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship and the beautification of our community, is ready to partner with you to beautify your neighborhood.

COMPOST SALE - Saturdays in March:
Brightside and Waste Management of Kentucky are hosting a compost sale on Saturdays during March at the Outer Loop Recycling and Disposal Facility located at 2673 Outer Loop. Waste Management of Kentucky is generously donating the compost to Brightside.
Compost is an excellent resource for protecting plants and adding organic matter to enrich the soil.
The compost was created from leaves, grass clippings, and other yard waste and has been screened to eliminate debris. Proceeds from the compost sale will benefit Brightside’s community education and beautification efforts.
Dates: March 12, 19, and 26.
Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Outer Loop Recycling and
Disposal Facility, 2673 Outer Loop.
Compost fees: $2.50 per bag; $30.00 for a small pickup truck load; $35.00 for a regular pickup truck load.

COMMUNITY WIDE CLEAN UP - Saturday, March 26, 2005.
Brightside will hold a Community Wide Cleanup on Saturday, March 26. This spring-cleaning corresponds to cleanups taking place in communities across the state and nation. The Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup is scheduled from March 1st through May 31st and Kentucky’s Commonwealth Cleanup will be the week of March 20 through March 26.
Contact Angela Auter at 574-2319 or for further information.
Your organization will determine your cleanup site and the time your volunteers will meet. Brightside will provide bags and gloves as well as making sure that your bags will be picked up.

Thanks to the generosity of Spring Flower Shower sponsor, Meijer, we will make flowers available to non-profit organizations to plant in public spaces.
If your non-profit organization would like to be added to the mailing list for information on receiving flowers, please contact MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000, please make sure you let them know you want to be added to the Brightside mailing list for Flower Shower.
Thanks to our generous Brightside sponsor for this event, Meijer.

QUESTIONS? For More Information call Brightside at 574-2613 or 574-2319.
Annual Central Park Improvement Session Takes Place April 16
The annual clean-up, fix-up, paint-up, seeding, planting, and mulching of Central Park will take place on Saturday, April 16, 2005, from 8:30am until 12:30pm. All neighbors and friends are encouraged to attend and help out.
In addition to the satisfaction of sprucing up the park for spring and the Derby, volunteers will be treated to a barbecue lunch catered by Masterson’s and sponsored by George Unseld, Sixth District Metro Councilman.
Herb Fink, Improvement Session Coordinator and Chair of the OLNC Property Improvement Committee, has issued a call for neighborhood associations to donate $300 each to help pay for all the materials which will be needed.

Get Up and Grow...
Garden Plots Available

Limerick Community Garden at Sixth and Kentucky has a few plots available for new gardeners. Call Jerie Britton, 637-9988, for information.

Plant Sale Scheduled for Farmington
Spring is on the way! What better way to plan your spring and summer garden than to shop for plants during The Farmington Historic Home Plant Pre-Sale.
Interesting new plants along with old favorites will be provided by Thieneman’s Nursery. Proceeds will support Farmington’s historic garden projects.
If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the pre-sale, please call 452-9920. All orders must be received at Farmington by Friday, April 1, 2005. Old Louisville neighbors can bulk their orders for one simple pickup at Farmington, 3033 Bardstown Road.

In Memoriam
Gloria Marie Webb

The Old Louisville neighborhood mourns the passing of Marie Webb, who died on Monday, February 21, 2005. She was 78 years old.
Marie was a longtime neighborhood activist, volunteer, and supporter. She was a member of the Second Street Neighborhood Association, served as the chair of its Membership Committee from 1993 to 1996, and recruited hundreds of volunteers for the Association’s annual Hidden Treasures Garden Tour.
Marie was also an active member of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and Old Louisville Information Center. For many years, she was the volunteer coordinator for the Council’s food booth at the Saint James Court Art Show and for the Information Center’s Old Louisville Holiday House Tour.
Marie was instrumental in the success of Limerick gardens; she managed the gardens, recruited others to garden there, and worked long hours during the growing season to keep the garden in shape.
Marie retired as a Louisville Police Department Traffic Control Officer in 1985. She was a lifelong Democrat and served as an assistant precinct captain.
She is survived by her children, Peggy, Melanie, Laurie, Doug, and David, in addition to grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Marie donated her body to the University of Louisville School of Medicine. A tribute and celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2005, from 4-6pm at the Kling Center, 219 West Ormsby Street.
In lieu of flowers, her family requests that memorial donations be made to Operation Brightside, 400 South Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40202.

Happy Birthday!

Happy 90th birthday to Jean Crowe! She was born on March 11, 1915, in Piqua, Ohio, hometown of the famous Mills Brothers. She and her family moved to Louisville on December 27, 1928; she lived at 1422 S. Third Street during the 1937 flood; she lived at 605 West Ormsby from 1946 until September, 2002, when she moved to her current residence, Treyton Oak Towers.
Jean is an active member of the Garvin Gate Association and the Old Louisville Neighborhood

Her four nieces, one each from New York City, San Francisco, Naples, FL, and Louisville, will be taking her to Pat’s Steak House to celebrate on March 11.


316 Ormsby Opens at 316 Ormsby
316 Ormsby, a new restaurant, has opened at 316 Ormsby Street. Specializing in American bistro cuisine, 316 Ormsby is open daily for lunch and dinner and features daily soup and entrée specials.
The restaurant has a full service bar with happy hours from 4-6pm. Live entertainment is featured on Friday and Saturday nights. The restaurant is WiFi equipped for internet access.
Patio and street-side dining will be available when warm weather arrives.
Business hours are Monday through Thursday, 11am-9pm; Friday 11am-10pm; Saturday, 2pm-10pm; and Sunday, 12pm-6pm.

March Events at the UofL School of Music

  • Sunday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m.
    The Chamber Music Society of Louisville presents The Orion String Quartet. The program will feature Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major, as well as String Quartet No. 1 by Wynton Marsalis, which was
    world-premiered by the Orion String Quartet in 1995.
    Margaret Comstock Concert Hall. Free pre-concert lecture at 2:00 p.m. in Malcolm Bird Recital Hall. Call (502) 852-6907 for tickets ($25, $5 for students).

  • Friday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m.
    University Dance Theatre presents its annual children’s Lecture-Demonstration. One ticket will cover admission to the Lecture-Demonstration as well as University Dance Theatre’s “Theme and Variations” on March 19 at 3:00 p.m. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall. Call (502) 852-6878 for tickets ($6 for adults, $4 for children, students, and seniors. Free for children under 6).

  • Saturday, March 19 at 3:00 p.m.
    University Dance Theatre presents “Theme and Variations,” a program of variations from well-known ballets. One ticket will cover admission to”Theme and Variations” as well as the Lecture-Demonstration on March 18, at 7:00 p.m. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall. Call (502) 852-6878 for tickets ($6 for adults, $4 for children, students, and seniors. Free for children under 6).

  • Monday, March 21 at 8:00 p.m.
    Harry Pickens Trio, jazz. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall. Free.
    Tuesday, March 22 at 8:00 p.m.
    Faculty Jazz Ensemble. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall. Free.

  • Wednesday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m.
    Guest Recital: Gregory Partain, piano. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall. Free.

  • Monday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m.
    Macauley Chamber Music Competition Winners’ Recital. Malcolm Bird Recital Hall. Free.

  • Tuesday, March 29 at 8:00 p.m.
    University Jazz Combos. Malcolm Bird Recital Hall. Free.

  • Thursday, March 31 at 3:00 p.m.
    Lecture by 2005 Winner of the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, George Tsontakis. Margaret Comstock Concert Hall. Free.


Fabulous Finds Benefits the Neighborhood

Fabulous Finds, 2102 Frankfort Avenue, is not in Old Louisville, but all proceeds from its sales of furniture, rugs, antiques, light fixtures, jewelry, cards and stationary, clothing, and assorted bric-a-brac go to support an important institution in the neighborhood, the Louisville Deaf Oral School and the Heuser Hearing Institute on 111 East Kentucky Street.
Carla Sue Broecker, a host of volunteers, and 1.5 salaried employees run the shop, located behind Nancy’s Bagel Grounds. They help gather, display and sell the merchandise, which is donated by some of the best known home designers, antique dealers, and residents of Louisville. Oftentimes people will donate quality items as they redecorate homes, move to new homes, or change relationships. Carla Sue says that divorces often spur donations to Fabulous Finds. “We always get the nuptial bed,” she quips. Carla Sue is a columnist for The Voice-Tribune and a member of Friends of Central Park.
The store currently has a gorgeous chandelier donated from a home in Mockingbird Valley. It is of a size and design which makes it appropriate for a home in Old Louisville With a retail value of $4,500, it is a bargain at the $1,400 asking price.
Fabulous Finds is open Wednesday through Friday, 10am-4pm, and Saturday, 10am-2pm.

Three fabulous helpers at Fabulous Finds:
from left to right, Julia Imhoff, Manager; Vee Hughes; and Carla Sue Broecker.

Check it out…
Business Bustles at Second and Oak

With the addition of The Gallery at 133 and Retro-Fit, the retail space at the Arden Building, at the corner of Second and Oak, is completely occupied.
Ginny Ehrlich, a long-time resident of Second Street, owns and operates The Gallery at 133, located at 133 W. Oak Street. The shop offers a unique collection of antiques, art, furniture, and home accessories. Quality consignments are welcome. Store hours are currently Tuesday, 2pm-7pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 10am-7pm. Hours will be expanded in the near future. Call 502-561-5498 for more information.
Retro-Fit, specializing in vintage clothing, retro t-shirts, and retrotiques from the 1930s to the 1970s, has opened next door to Ginny’s shop. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 12:30pm-6pm, Retro-fit is like climbing into an attic and finding all kinds of wonderful things about which you had forgotten. For people of a certain age it is a visit back to childhood. The shop is having a March clearance sale with 15 to 50 percent off the entire stock. John Sloan is the proprietor.
Bruce Sistrunk operates the B S Smoke For Less, which completes the retail shops on the Oak Street side of the building. The store carries cigarettes and other tobacco products and is also a grocery convenience store. An assortment of dry goods is available. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 8am-9pm.
Of course, Lee Jones’s Oak Street Hardware anchors the corner and has become an Old Louisville landmark. If it’s hardware, Lee stocks it. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9am-6:30pm.
Downtown New Orleans, a restaurant where Chef Denise Fox cooks up some great Cajun and Creole cuisine, is located at 1157 South Second, next door to Oak Street hardware.
Remakes Adorns’ Ya at 1155 South Second carries apparel for men, women, and children. Handbags, belts, watches, and specialty items are also featured. Florence Dodson is the proprietor.

The Arden Building at Second and Oak.

Ginny Ehrlich, proprietor of The Gallery at 133.

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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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