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 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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for
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.
FLOWER SHOWER - May 2005.
Thanks to the generosity of Spring Flower Shower sponsor, Meijer, we
will make flowers available to non-profit organizations to plant in
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
Plant Sale Scheduled for
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
Interesting new plants along with old favorites will be provided by
Thieneman’s Nursery. Proceeds will support Farmington’s historic
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.
Gloria Marie Webb
The Old Louisville neighborhood mourns the passing
of Marie Webb, who died on Monday, February 21, 2005. She was 78
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,
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
In lieu of flowers, her family requests that memorial donations be
made to Operation Brightside, 400 South Fourth Street, Louisville,
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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