Old Louisville Journal
A Monthly Summary of
News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation
Volume 25, Issue 10
Saint James Tops the Rankings at #5
Sunshine Artist, a national art show and festival magazine,
has named the Saint James Court Art Show the nation's fifth best show in
its annual "2003 Best" list.
Concert In Central Park
October 5, 2003, 2-4 PM
Don't miss the final
concert of the season!
In citing the show, the magazine printed the following in
its September, 2003, issue:
"The Original Saint James Court Show started 47 years ago as
a "clothesline" event to raise money for improvements in an old
downtown residential neighborhood full of antebellum homes facing
tree-lined courtyards. Within a few short years,
it grew into a massive art and craft event, spreading blocks through
the inner city. Adjacent neighborhoods invited artists to set up booths
along their streets, and the event became a conglomeration of competing
shows. In 1994, the neighborhood associations created a consortium to oversee
the festival, comprised of six groups - the five organizations named above
and the West End Baptist Church. Today, the consortium's full-time staff
and director coordinate the broader aspects of the show (city and food services,
for example), while the various sponsoring groups still select exhibitors for
their own areas of the show."
"Individually, all five sections of the Saint James show have
made our Top 200 lists in various categories in the past, including last year.
This year, like their consortium, we decided to group the shows - as the
public does. Ask most Louisvillians, and they have no idea that Saint James
represents the combined efforts of a half dozen different committees. The public perceives it as one
big event, and approximately 300,000 people take it all in,
spending more than $3 million each October. Taken together, it is
an extraordinary event, drawing fine artists and crafters from
all over the country."
"It is also a perennial favorite of our subscribers,
whose combined votes have elevated it to its highest ranking ever.
As one of our fine-artist contributing writers recently put it,
`There is no show that is more fun to do, with more gracious
Show me the money......
Accounting Consultant Featured at OLNC General Meeting
Austin Cooper, an accounting consultant for the Old Louisville
Information Center and Neighborhood Council, will be the featured speaker at the
third quarterly general meeting of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council to be
held on Thursday, October 23, 2003, at 7PM in the Information Center.
Her presentation will cover the basics of the financial responsibilities
of non-profit organizations, especially neighborhood associations. Proper
record-keeping, government reports, and payroll will be among the topics discussed.
This meeting should be especially valuable for current and future
neighborhood association treasurers and other officers. Questions will be
entertained and the entire presentation will last no more than one hour.
An Old Louisville Tradition:
47th St. James Court Art Show Scheduled October 3-5
Over 700 artist from over
40 states and Canada plus thousands of shoppers and visitors will converge
on Old Louisville for the 47th annual St. James Court Art Show on October
3, 4, and 5.
Exhibits and sales of fine arts and crafts in mediums such as
clay, glass, sculpture, jewelry and more will add to the fun and excitement.
Many and varied food venues, including the Old Louisville Neighborhood
Council Food Booth at the St James fountain, are also a part of the show.
The show and St James Court have a long and storied past
which includes neighbors past and present and little-known but interesting facts:
Saint James Court, the originating site of the art show, was originally
part of the 45-acre plot of land where the Southern Exposition was held
between 1883 and 1887.
Deed restrictions required all houses on St. James Court to be constructed
of either brick or stone; the only exception exists at 1418 St. James Court
where the wooden playhouse of the DuPont family's children was moved to
its present location in 1905 from the land the family sold to the city, which
was developed into Central Park.
The art show was the brainchild of Malcolm Bird, who was its chair
for 14 years. Ann Higbie, Mae Salyers, Oscar Stremmel, and Jim Perry
were also volunteer leaders of the art show in its earlier days.
The first art show was held the first weekend of October, 1957. It
was called the St James Clothesline Art Show that year as the artwork of
15 artists was hung on a clothesline between two trees on the court.
The first show netted $150; the total sales for art is now $3 million.
In 1958, Minnie Bryan and Ann Higbie suggested food sales as a way to
raise money; Francis Morgan's homemade chocolate/assorted candies,
Marguerite Gifford's pickled watermelon rind, and Jack Kersey's chutney, bananas
flambé, cupcakes and cookies were part of
the bill of fare.
The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Food Booth began operations
The St. James Fountain was originally cast in iron by the Mott Foundry
in Brooklyn. Held up by pipes since the 1950s, it was dismantled and recast
in bronze in 1972. The iron grill fencing surrounding the fountain's pool
was salvaged from the old Strand Theatre's balcony when the building was
Belgravia Court joined the art show in 1966. South Fourth Street, the
South Third Street Association, the 1300 Third Street Association and the West
End Baptist Church became part of the show in 1978, 1982, 1994 and 1994,
The St. James Court Association Art Scholarships were established in
1977; South Fourth Street Association gives awards in honor of Ann Higbie,
David Salyers, and watercolorist, Betty Cory.
The art show became a three-day event in 1981.
St. James is the second longest-running art show in the country.
The art show has never included the word, fair, in its name.
I-65 Renovations, Light Rail
Top Agenda for October Property Improvement Committee Meeting
Officials from the Kentucky Department of Highways will
discuss proposed major renovations to I-65 between Hill Street and
Crittenden Drive at the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Property
Improvement Committee meeting on October 9, at 7 PM in the Old Louisville
These renovations include the construction of new entrances into
the University of Louisville.
Officials from the Transit Authority of River City
will also be on hand to further discuss the proposed route for light rail and
to explore how the I-65 renovations might facilitate the contraction of the route.
All are invited to attend.
Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor:
The opposition of Old Louisville to light rail is shocking. It
betrays a terrible ignorance about what makes great walkable, intimate
neighborhoods like Old Louisville.
The reason they don't make great neighborhoods like Old
Louisville anymore is largely because we have abandoned mass transit and walking
in favor of the automobile. Automobiles lead to sprawl, strip shopping
centers, convenience stores and ugly roads lined with parking. The neighborhoods
are off to the side, with no mixed use, little or no walking, and are boring
single use areas. Places like Old Louisville that continue to exist are
artifacts requiring heroic efforts to keep them growing and alive and unmarred
by auto sprawl.
To return light rail to Louisville and Old Louisville in
particular will make possible reinvigorating the entire corridor with walkable areas
and new or revitalized mixed use. It
will reinvigorate Old Louisville and its environs in a positive way,
increase property values and enhance the quality of life. And it may
ultimately permit residents to reduce from 3 to 2, or 2 to 1, the number of cars they
have to support, a huge cost savings for a household. It will also provide
mobility to the disabled, the aged and children that they would not otherwise have.
I hope your group will rethink this mindless
most unworthy of the heroes of your neighborhood who have preserved
this special place. If any transportation system introduces "noise and dirt"
into Old Louisville, it is not the sleek, nearly silent, electrically powered
LRT vehicles, but any auto or truck carrying roadway that enters or passes near
Mark Perrault, President
The Norfolk Preservation Alliance
Editor's note: Mr. Perrault indicates he has visited Louisville and
has walked around much of Old Louisville. He states the The Norfolk
Preservation Alliance strongly supports the
planned 8-mile Norfolk light rail starter line.
David McGuire and Shawn Hadley congratulate Daphne, their Weimaraner, who was awarded a trophy for the most beautiful eyes.
Emile, a standard poodle, and his owner, Andrea
Blair, relax on a bench during the dog show.
Every Dog has its Day
...and nearly 50 dogs from throughout
Metro Louisville did at the First Annual (maybe) Spoof Dog Show in Central Park on
Planned and coordinated by Mary Martin, an Old Louisville Information
Center Board member, the event featured doggie croquet and lawn bowling, photo shoots, a
dog training demonstration, and goodies and treats for canines and their owners.
Every dog was a winner in the judging; categories were created on the spot and could
be suggested by the owners to fit their pooch's qualifications. Old donated bowling and
other sports trophies were awarded to each winner.
P.S. All the dogs were good winners; there were no dog fights!
Old Louisville Community Directory
Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce reports that the Old
Louisville Community Directory will be ready just before the St. James
Court Art Show.
The 36-page, full-color directory will list and feature
attractions, accommodations, arts and culture, dining and
entertainment, education, homes, and neighborhood and civic services in Old
Louisville. 60,000 copies will be distributed to publicize the neighborhood and
attract visitors, tourists, and customers.
Plans are being made to send a directory to all members of the
Old Louisville Neighborhood Council.
The Chamber has a CD full of pictures from around the
community that were taken to help produce the directory. The Chamber is planning
to use these photographs to develop a self-running slide show.
Asia: Insights and Perspectives
An Asian Affairs Lecture by Nicholas Kristof
Pulitzer Prize winning
author and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof will present a
lecture, "Asia Rising," on Tuesday, October
7, at 6:00 p.m. in Floyd Theatre at the Student Activities Center on
the University of Louisville Belknap Campus. The lecture re-institutes
the international affairs series "Asia: Insights and Perspectives," begun
by Crane House in 2001. It is free to Crane House members and
students with a valid ID, and $20 for the public. The C. E. & S. Foundation is
sponsoring the program and the University of Louisville Department of
Political Science and the College of Arts and Sciences are providing
Nicholas Kristof and his wife, Sheryl
WuDunn, who also had a
career as a Times correspondent, jointly won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage
of the Tiananmen Square democracy movement in China. They are the
only married couple to have won a Pulitzer Prize for journalism, and they also
won the 1990 George Polk Award for foreign reporting, and the
a1990 Overseas Press Club award for international reporting. They are
the authors of "China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power"
and "Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia."
On October 7, Kristof will discuss the overarching topic
addressed in his latest book, "Thunder from
the East" - the power shift towards Asia and its potential to rise and
wrest economic, diplomatic, and military power from the West. The lecture
will include discussion of Asia's strengths in education and what the U.S.
can learn from them, and the character of perseverance and pragmatism
that resonates throughout the region. Social, cultural and
environmental shortcomings that could hold back
the rise of the continent will also be discussed.
Mr. Kristof joined The New York Times in October 1984,
initially covering economics. After that, he served successively as a
business correspondent based in Los Angeles, Hong Kong bureau chief,
Beijing bureau chief and Tokyo bureau chief.
Crane House membership starts at $25 for students and
teachers, $35 for individuals and $50 for family membership. For details, please
Guitarist Esteban in Concert on October 11
The Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce will present Esteban, the
internationally acclaimed flamenco guitarist, in concert on Saturday, October 11, at
7:30 pm in the Spectrum Auditorium at the old Male
Tickets are priced from $10 to $30 and
are available on line at
www.OldLouisvilleChamber.com or by calling 502-212-7500.
"An Affair to Remember", a special
premier party for Esteban, will be held on Friday, October
10, at 8pm. The black tie affair will be limited to
50 Esteban fans; Tickets are available at $150.00 each.
Both events will benefit the Old
Louisville Community Development Corporation for the
revitalization of the Oak Street Business Corridor.
Holiday House Tour Tickets Available
at Art Show
The Old Louisville Information Center will be open duirng the
Art Show and will sell advance tickets for the Old Louisville Holiday
House Tour, which will be held on December 6 and 7.
This year's tour will spotlight eight stately mansions on Third
Street, once known as millionaire's row. A Taste of Old Louisville featuring
some of the neighborhood's finest eateries and a Holiday Gift Boutique at Treyton
Oak Towers will be part of the tour's festivities.
Tickets prices are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 the
days of the tour.
Many Thanks to the Volunteers at the
7th and Magnolia Clean-up
The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council thanks all those
who participated in the clean-up at 7th and Magnolia on September 3, 2003.
Thanks to: Rhonda Williams, Sandra Needy, Barb Collen and
Jon Huffman from the West St. Catherine Street Neighborhood Association;
Rose Coleman, Oma Coleman, Marjorie Fink, and Herb Fink from the
Third Street Association; Chuck Anderson from the 1300 S. Third Street
Association; Jerry Birschbach, Marshall Moore, Virginia McCandless,
Ginny Keen, JoAnn Lockhart, Zane Lockhart, Jan Morris, and Tom Duffy from
the Second Street Neighborhood Association; Gayle Ballard, Patrick Hornback, Larry
Gettleman, and Herb Warren from the Fourth Street
Neighborhood Association; David Norton from Magnolia Avenue; John
Sistarenik from the Garvin Gate Association; Bob Bajandas, James Brown, and
Billy Broadof from the Central Park West Neighborhood Association; Dick
Urby from Belgravia Court Neighborhood Association; Mike Allen
from Toonerville Neighborhood Association; LaDonna Garrett, Joe Crowdus,
Keata Tyson, Julius Victor, James Walker, Tio Harris, Rinaldo Billups,
Harmon Gray, Joe Smyzer, Shauntae Bartee, Tran Jackson, Jeffrey Young,
Hannibal Butler, Johnnie Hardy, C. Bobo, and Larry Young from Dismas
House: Sergeant Doug Sweeney, Officer Tara Long, Officer William LaFlore,
and Officer Mark Wampler from the
Metro Louisville Police Department; Col. George Clausen, Quincy Sweatt, Winston
Lansdan, Michael Devore, Hugh Smith, Greg Mathews,
Jeramine Jones from Metro Louisville Dept. of Facilities Management Open
Spaces; Ed Dahl, Larry Ward, Richmond Booner, Albert Brutly, Robert
Smith, Milton Tennison, Tina Gilbert, and William Campbell from Metro
Louisville Dept. of Solid Waste Management Services; Angela Otter
from Brightside; Mark Steurer, Pat Seifert, Robert McConnell, Bill Ross,
Jeffrey Chesher, and Michael Gregory from Louisville Metro Electrical
Maintenance; Jacky Gardiner-Sparrow and Johnny White from Metro
Parks; Alan Bishop and Joe Clayton and staff from Metro Arborist.
Thanks to the following for providing funds, goods and services
for the clean-up: Rudolph Davidson, Secretary, Cabinet for Public
Works and Services; Bill Herron, Assistant Director, Metro Parks;
Cynthia Knapek, Director, Metro Brightside; George Unseld, Sixth District
Metro Councilman; Donna Sanders, Sixth District Metro Council
Legislative Assistant; David Norton, Magnolia Bar and Grill; Col. George
Clausen, Director, Metro Department of Open Spaces; Major Larry Watkins,
Fifth District, MLPD; Keith Hackett, Director, Metro Louisville Solid
Waste Management Services.
Virginia McCandless, David Norton, Marjorie Fink and Marshall
Moore enjoyed working at the
Sandra Needy, Rhonda Williams and Mike Allen gather trash on the
7th Street overpass.
Earth laughs in flowers - Emerson
The October meeting of the OLD LOUISVILLE
GARDENERS will be held on Wednesday, October 8th
at 7pm in the Old Louisville Information Center. This
is open to everyone and we'd love to see you there!
In September, we had a very informative lesson
on "Learning to Love your Roses & Soil Conditioning" by Mr. Monty
Justice (of Monty's Joy Juice fame). We learned alot of great tips for
spectular roses so keep an eye out for new and improved gardens in the Old
Louisville area. We were so pleased to have visitors from Indiana also - thanks
On Oct. 8th, Peggy Thieneman will be our speaker. Peggy is one of
the owners of Thieneman's Nursery here in Louisville and a fount of
knowledge. Her topic will be "PERENNIAL GARDENS IN THE FALL". She
will cover planting, dividing, choosing the right ones for sun or shade.
Please come and bring a friend.
Many of us will be dividing perennials and would love
to trade/share with you also.
Let's make our city proud and make Old Louisville
"sparkle" before the St. James Art Show. Please mow and weed
property facing streets - plant mums ($1.29 at Home Depot
right now!), sweep your curbs. If you need help please call me and
I'll try to round up some volunteeers.
See you October 8th.
Missy Murphy 637-3456
Editor's note: Missy Murphy has landscaped and replanted the
Mrytle Street entrance to Central Park. Funding was provided by the
Old Louisville Neighborhood Council. Earlier this summer, Joan Stewart
and Debbie Powers planted flowers at the Fourth and Magnolia entrance.
Norma and Bob Laufer, president and treasurer, respectively, of the Garvin
Gate Association, planted the Park and Sixth Street entrance, with
funds supplied by Garvin Gate.
A sign in a front yard on South 6th Street issues a warning
-- probably to thieves too.
Old Louisville Information Center
1340 South Fourth Street - in Central Park
Louisville, Kentucky 40208
hours: Tuesday - Friday 1pm - 5pm
Saturdays - 10am - 4pm
Sundays - 11:30am - 3:30pm
Association Chairperson Number
1300 S. Third Street
Chuck Anderson 636-3396
Belgravia Court Hank
Central Park West Penny
Conerstone Area Ron
Fourth Street Dot Wade
Garvin Gate Norma Laufer
Ouerbacker’s Arts &
Crafts Jeff Schooler
OLB&PA Gary Kleier
Old Louisville Shalom
Com. Peter Barnes-Davies 634-9694
St. James Court Louise
Second Street Jerry
Third Street Mary Martin
Toonerville Ken Cordle
Treyton Oaks Jane LaPin
West St. Catherine Street
Rhonda Williams 584-9231
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