Old Louisville Journal
A Monthly Summary of
News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation
Volume 28, Issue 11
Old Louisville Holiday House Tour
Turns 30 This Year!
This December will mark the 30th anniversary of the
Old Louisville Holiday House Tour, and plans are underway to make it
an extra special event. “This year’s tour will include homes on the
west side of Old Louisville,” says Peggy Cummins, Chair of the
Holiday House Tour Committee, “and several local B&Bs will also
participate in the tour.” Don Driskell and Semonin Realtors will
sponsor this year’s event, which will eventually expand to include
additional neighborhood attractions to create a holiday festival
that will draw even more cheer seekers to America’s grandest
Victorian neighborhood during the winter holidays.
The 2006 Holiday House Tour and Festival will take place on
Saturday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 3rd from noon till 6:00
p.m. Tickets cost $25.00 ($20.00 in advance) and include entrance
into eight wonderfully decorated Old Louisville homes and several
local B&Bs. To purchase tickets, stop by the Information Center in
Central Park or order online at
Call (502) 635-5244 for more information or if you would like to
volunteer your services for this important neighborhood event.
Seeking Board Members
The Old Louisville Information Center is seeking
nominations for board members for the upcoming year. Meetings are
held monthly at the Information Center in Central Park. Please
consider nominating a worthy neighbor or yourself, for that matter.
It takes a team to help our neighborhood thrive. Consider joining
the team or urging a neighbor to do so.
Anyone interested in nominating someone, or if you have additional
questions about the duties and time requirements, call Linda Ewen at
the Information Center at 635-5244.
Elections will be held at the December OLIC meeting. Check the
calendar on the back of the newsletter for the date.
This is your chance to get involved!
OLD LOUISVILLE 5000
November 18, 2006
Cherokee Road Runners will have their annual fall 5K run through
scenic Central Park, at Fourth and Magnolia Streets (downtown
Louisville), on Saturday, November 18, 2006. In addition to the
5K run, we will have a non-competitive 2 mile walk beginning on
St. James Court. This is one of the club’s oldest races and will
mark our 28th Year.
Please join us this year as we come together at this time of
thanksgiving to help feed the homeless by
supplementing the entry fee with canned goods which will be
donated to the West End Baptist Church near Central Park. Make
this into a family event, as we count our many
blessings and at the same time share with others in need.
After the race, there will be an awards ceremony and we will
have post race goodies to feast on. So, please come out and
support this race. I know your heart will be blessed in your
giving to others and in addition, you will have fun and a great
As always, volunteers are needed to put on this
race. For information and/or to help out, please contact Race
Directors: Dianne Ernst at 425-6798 or Donna McCabe at 495-1615.
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Save the date:
The current chill in the air
conjures up many notions of fall activities. A trip
the a farmers market for apples, a ride to Huber’s
for dinner, the search for the perfect little
pumpkin in a pumpkin patch with a toddler are all
rituals of the season I have come to cherish. They
all say “fall” to me. Warm apple cider, chilly
evenings and frosty mornings combine to cause me to
think about the soon to be upon us holiday season.
As I gaze at the calendar and consider the shrinking
time line to have the house cleaned, menus planned
and invitations mailed, I stumble over another
important date. If you flip that calendar over to
November, you need to circle Tuesday, November 7th.
Make a note to yourself on that little calendar
square: VOTE. Take time in your hectic schedule to
go to your poll and cast your vote.
right to vote in free, public elections has been
hard fought. Right now, we have men and women around
the globe fighting and dying to that others may
enjoy what so many of us take for granted...the
ability to cast a vote. No matter your particular
political leanings or your feelings toward our
current president or even the international
situations in which we currently find ourselves
involved, exercise your right to vote. In fact, I
have a challenge for you.
As a show of respect and support for our men and
women serving in the military, I challenge you to
cast your vote on Tuesday, November 7th in their
honor. My brother served in Iraq last year. He is
a surgeon on the Air Force and I honestly never
imagined the war in Iraq would touch me so
personally. My brother said goodbye to his wife,
his six year old daughter and his two year old son
and headed off to Balad Air Force Base outside of
Baghdad for his tour of duty. Thankfully, he
returned home safely to those who love him and I
could not be prouder to say I have a brother who
served his country in such a way.
On November 7th I will exercise my right to vote in
honor of my brother, David, and all the men and
women serving in the military. I challenge each of
you to do the same. I dare not presume to tell you
for whom to vote, I only urge you to exercise the
right you have as an American to go to the polls.
Circle the date on your calendar, set the alarm on
your Palm Pilot, write yourself a note and stick it
on the bathroom mirror: November 7th VOTE.
Letter to the Editor
I disagree with the effort to ban package liquor
sales along the Oak Street corridor for two reasons:
1) the Oak Street corridor is inherently commercial;
and 2) the owner of Waldman’s, the “target”, is a
conscientious, hands-on owner.
I was involved in the effort to ban liquor sales in
the precinct which surrounded a package store at
Ormsby and Brook. In that case, the neighborhood was
not inherently commercial and the owner was not
cooperative. We never made the argument, however,
nor were we “targeting” the business because of the
owner’s actions or those of his customers because we
considered that to be unconstitutional. The location
of the business was just not suited to a residential
neighborhood. The voters agreed overwhelmingly.
Oak Street is for the most part not residential. It
is meant to be commercial. Just because the police
have failed us and some people behave badly, isn’t
reason to punish the rest of us who appreciate the
convenience and who are in control of our actions.
Count me out of this effort.
S. First Street
New Year’s Resolutions...in November
the luxury of time! We are granting you an extra month to
consider the resolutions you will make as 2007 comes
around. More importantly, we hope to help guide you down
the path of greater civic involvment. Did you know nearly
every activity underway in our charming neighborhood is
completed with volunteer work? Thousands of hours annually
go to planning and staging the activities and events that
help make our neighborhood both charming and unique.
The upcoming Holiday House Tour requires hours and hours of
planning in the months leading up to the event. An army of
volunteers are needed on the actual dates of the tour, this
year December 2nd and 3rd, to shuttle tour goers, staff the
houses, distribute tickets and in the worst case scenario,
shovel snow! The Garden Tour in July and the recent St.
James Court Art Show also require tremendous volunteer
hours. Oh, and let’s not forget your neighborhood
associations, the Old Louisville Information Center Board,
the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and the subsequent
committees of off these groups.
Yes, there are plenty of ways to resolve to get involved in
Old Louisville. Stick your toe in the water and join us in
April at the annual Central Park Clean-up, or slide into the
pool by volunteering at one of the public events or just go
ahead and jump right in by serving on a neighborhood
committee or one of the Councils or Boards of Directors.
There is plenty to do in this active and engaging community.
Making a New Year’s Resolution to get involved in Old
Louisville is cheaper than a gym membership. It won’t leave
you hungry and frustrated like a new diet. It won’t cause
you to furiously spend money at the local home improvement
center. Getting involved with the neighborhood will only
cost you a little time and it might even leave you with a
smile on your face and a renewed sense of civic pride.
Resolve now to get involved in our neighborhood. Flip this
newsletter over to the back cover and make plans to attend
one of the meetings listed on the calendar. If you would
like more information on volunteer activities, call the
information center. Eight weeks and counting to
2007...resolve to get involved!
Thanksgiving table can be problematic in so many ways. Some of
us will be surrounding ourselves with a cornucopia of family and
friends and will overindulge in wonderful food and
terrific fun. It could shape up as the quintessential “too much
of a good thing” scenario. Others of us may find ourselves in
the midst of what could be called a bad “B” movie with a
questionable cast of characters and a potluck collection of
odd casseroles and less than delightful desserts. I admit to
experiencing more than my share of the “B” movie Thanksgivings.
Saving me from the day has always been the fact that I could
look forward to a great dessert at some point. There were times
I considered diving into that great dessert first and then
leaving before things got ugly, but I never did.
A family and friend favorite is an old-fashioned bread pudding
and bourbon sauce dessert. It’s sweet and luxurious on the
tongue and well worth the wait. If you find yourself in the
Norman Rockwell version of Thanksgiving, you will receive rave
reviews for bringing this treat to the table. If you suffer
from the bad “B” movie Thanksgiving scene, those in your
confidence will thank you in whispers!
1 16 ounce loaf of French bread, but into one-inch cubes
4 cups milk
3 eggs, beaten
2 cups sugar
1 cup raisins
3 Tablespoons butter, melted
2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
Combine bread and milk in a large bowl and set aside for 5
minutes. Add all other ingredients and stir carefully to mix
well. Spoon mixture into a greased 3-quart casserole. Bake,
uncovered at 325 degrees for 60 minutes, or until firm and set.
Cool slightly before serving. Spoon into serving dishes and top
with the bourbon sauce!
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
2 Tablespoons (or more to taste) of bourbon
Combine butter and sugar in a small saucepan and cook over
medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add egg stirring quickly
with a wire whisp until well blended. Cook over medium heat an
additional minute. Remove from heat and cool completely. Stir
in bourbon before serving. May be used warm or cold.
The Youth Performing Arts
presents: Meredith Wilson’s timeless classic
The Music Man
The Music Man November 10, 11, 17, 18 th 8:00p.m. Main Stage
Tickets: $8.00 & $10.00 with Student & Senior
A timeless tribute to small-town America, The Music Man
takes a musically humorous look at a bygone era and follows
the escapades of fast-talking Harold Hill as he cons the
good people of River City, Iowa into purchasing instruments
and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. Not
knowing a clarinet from a trombone his plan is to skip town
when he gets the cash, but his scheme is foiled when he
falls for the lovely librarian, Marian, who converts him
from rogue to a respectable citizen by curtain fall.
The score by Meredith Wilson encompasses nostalgic marches,
barbershop quartets, and beautiful ballads, many of which
have become American standards: “76 Trombones”, “Till There
Was You”, “Gary Indiana”,
“The Wells Fargo Wagon”, “Lida Rose” and “Goodnight, My
Someone”. Award winning, critically acclaimed, and suitable
for all ages The Youth Performing Arts School students will
create quirky characters and beautiful music to present a
Tickets: $8.00 & $10.00
For additional information or photo opportunities contact:
The Youth Performing Arts School (502) 485-8355
1517 South second street
Louisville, KY 40208
Habitat for Humanity is making a larger
presence in Louisville than ever before. Did you know there
is a new Habitat enterprise here in our fair city? It is
called the Habitat ReStore and it is located just across
from Papa John’s Stadium at 2777 South Floyd Street (502 636
2419). Habitat ReStores are retail outlets where quality
used and surplus building materials are sold at a fraction
of their normal prices. Proceeds from ReStores help local
affiliates fund the construction of Habitat houses within
the community. Many affiliates across the United States and
Canada operate successful ReStores—some of which raise
enough funds to build an additional 10 or more houses per
Materials sold by Habitat ReStores are usually donated from
building supply stores, contractors, demolition crews or
from individuals who wish to show their support for Habitat.
In addition to raising funds, ReStores help the environment
by rechanneling good, usable materials into use.
The Louisville store opened in March, 2006 and it is stocked
with new and used materials and supplies. On a recent trip
one could find brand new kitchen cabinets sold both by the
piece and by the set, a phenomenal claw foot bathtub, shower
surrounds, windows, doors. Wallpaper, furniture, rugs…not to
mention fasteners and fixtures by the hundreds! They have a
second building on the property containing flooring products
and tiles. Skip the homestores this weekend and check out
the deals at the ReStore, Habitat for Humanities retail
Donate Building Supplies
If you or your company would like to donate materials to
Habitat ReStore, please contact the ReStore at 636-2419.
Mayor Announces Phone Book
Residents and businesses can use special
recycling centers and curbside bins
Mayor Jerry Abramson today urged Louisville residents and
businesses to recycle their old Yellow Pages or phone books by
taking advantage of special containers and drop-off sites
provided by Louisville Metro Government.
All directories deposited will be recycled at no charge to
residents. The books will be turned in to new telephone
directories, pet bedding, egg cartons, tissues and paper
towels. In 2005, more than 100 tons of old phone books were
recycled in the Louisville area.
“Some residents may think tossing a phone book in the trash
isn’t a big deal or isn’t damaging to our environment,” Abramson
said. “New phone books are delivered to more than 300,000
residences in Louisville each fall, and all of those old or
outdated books create tons of trash in our landfill if they are
Abramson said there are several options for recycling old phone
books or Yellow Pages. To accommodate multiple copies, large
recycling containers will be located at two sites: the parking
lot of the Plainview Kroger, 9812 Linn Station Road and the
Louisville Metro Government parking lot located downtown at
Jefferson and Liberty at Eighth and Ninth streets.
Businesses with 25 or more phone books to recycle are urged to
use these large containers, which will remain in place through
Old phone books may also be deposited at one of the following
non-staffed recycling drop-off sites including:
Louisville Fire Engine Co. #16 -1500 S. Sixth Street
Residents in the Urban Services District may put their phone
books in their curbside recycling bins.
Sponsors of the phone book recycling program include The Kroger
Company, Louisville Metro Government, Inland Service Corp.,
Waste Management of Kentucky, Inc. and BellSouth “The Real
For more information, residents may visit www.LouisvilleKy.gov
or call MetroCall 311 or 574-5000.
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