Old Louisville Journal
A Monthly Summary of
News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation
Volume 26, Issue 10
We’re Number One!
St. James Court Art Show Presents 48th Edition
The 48th annual St. James Court Art Show, presented by
Liquor Barn, will take place Friday through Sunday, October 1,
2, 3, 2004. Over 700 artists from over 40 states and Canada will
exhibit and sell fine arts and crafts in media such as clay,
images, glass, sculpture, jewelry and more. The outdoor street
show, held rain or shine in the heart of Old Louisville’s
Victorian-era district, is free to the public.
The Art Show has been named the best fine art and design show in
the country by Sunshine Artist, a show and festival publication.
St .James has consistently been ranked among the top 200 shows
in the country. It vaulted to the number one spot in this year’s
12th annual 200 Best edition. The rankings are split into two
lists of 100 shows each in Fine Art & Design as well as Classic
& Contemporary Crafts categories. Rankings are determined by
artists’ vote; St. James drew nearly twice as many votes as its
closest competitor. Of the thousands of shows held nationwide,
Sunshine Artist received votes for 950 different events held in
2003. The rankings represent the top 20 percent of that group.
Always held the first full weekend in October, the St. James
Court Art Show is produced by a consortium of five nonprofit
neighborhood associations: Belgravia Court, South Third Street,
1300 South Third Street, Fourth Street, St. James Court, and the
West End Baptist Church. With St. James being a very large and
complex event, Director Susan Coleman and the other section
coordinators were given high marks by participants for managing
what could be an unwieldy event. As one exhibitor in the 1300
South Third Street section said in summing up the show, “What a
breath of fresh air to do (this show)!” A jeweler in the St
James section remarked, “This is a well-run show with a savvy
director who really cares about her artists…”
Please Eat at the Food
Support the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council at the St. James
Court Art Show.
Buy your brats, fries, barbecue and much more at the OLNC Food Booth
located across from the St James Court fountain.
The food booth is the primary fund raiser for the Council…..so
please let’s help ourselves by patronizing it.
Victorian Ghost Tour
The West St. Catherine Street Neighborhood Association will be
sponsoring a Victorian Ghost Tour on October 29, 30, and 31, from
6pm to 7:30pm. each evening.
Three Old Louisville homes, two on West St. Catherine and one on
South Third Street, will be visited. Each has a history of strange
phenomena which will be explained and explored on the tour. Trolley
service will be provided to the homes.
Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the tour or in advance at
the Old Louisville Information Center, 635-5244. The tour will begin
at the big rock at Magnolia Street and St. James Court across from
of the Central Park Centennial Photography Contest., sponsored by
the Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce, were announced at a
reception at the Old Louisville Information Center on Monday,
September 20, 2004.
Standing left to right: Alan Bird, President of the Old Louisville
Chamber of Commerce; Jerie Britton, First Place; C. Timothy Bottorff,
Second Place and Honorable Mention; Kneeling left to right: Matthew
Sandercock, Third Place and Honorable Mention; James Wu, Honorable
The winning photographs are on display at the
Old Louisville Information Center.
There is still time…..
Saturday, October 16, the date for the gala Central
Park Centennial Dinners, is rapidly approaching. Don’t miss out on the
gourmet dinners at various homes and venues in Old Louisville and the
gala champagne and dessert reception at the Filson Historical Society to
end the evening.
Have you received an invitation? Have you responded? Would you like an
Call the Old Louisville Information Center, 635-5244, to reserve your
spot for this benefit for Central Park, sponsored by the Old Louisville
Information Center Friends of Central Park.
Also, stop by and visit the Friends of Central Park booth located in
Central Park during the St. James Court Art Show. Memberships in Friends
will be available as well as packets of postcards featuring historic
views of the park.
Central Park Centennial:
100 Year Retrospective Opens in Information Center
Central Park Centennial: 100 Year Retrospective is now open to the
public in the Old Louisville Information Center during business hours.
A reception celebrating the exhibit and the work of Patrick Neel,
University of Louisville history student, and Madonna Wilson, Centennial
Committee member, will be held on Sunday, October 10, 2004, from 3pm-5pm
in the Old Louisville Information Center.
Everyone is invited to the reception and to view the exhibit, which
traces the history of Central Park through photos, maps, drawings,
videos, and words.
The exhibit is part of the Old Louisville Information Center’s Central
Park Centennial Celebration.
Make a Wish Come True
Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) has started a new program
called School Wishes.
Educators throughout the district post online wishes for classroom
supplies, books, furniture, technology and extracurricular items.
Parents, civic and neighborhood groups, and corporations can directly
impact the quality of education in the community by granting a wish.
Those with useful unneeded items are also encouraged to make them
available to a classroom in need. For example, after completing a
project, a recent donor had an extra gallon of Lizzie McGuire hot pink
paint and made it available through the JCPS School Wishes website. It
was quickly claimed by Tammie Vest, a teacher at Roosevelt-Perry
While many of the wishes require the donor to purchase an item, there
are also many needed items that can be found around the house: old
shirts to be used as art smocks, yarn, paper printed on only one side,
VCRs, camcorders, fish tanks, and golf clubs.
Visit the JCPS School Wishes website at
Crane House Offers an Asian Experience
Crane House will offer free public guided tours of its Asia Gallery on
Friday, October 29, 2004.
The one-hour tours will feature historical and contemporary artifacts of
China, Japan, Korea, India, and Southeast Asia. A Chinese tea ceremony
as well as discussions and demonstrations will be included.
Tours begin at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm. Reservations are required.
Call 635-2240, or e-mail email@example.com.
Crane House is located at 1244 South Third Street.
The Heath Brothers
and Russian Jazz Artists Appear at UofL
The Heath Brother, Jimmy, Percy, and Tootie, will perform on Monday,
October 4, 2004, at 7pm in the Margaret Comstock Concert Hall. Jazz
artists from Russia, sponsored by the Open World Leadership Center at
the Library of Congress, will open the concert.
For ticket information, call 502 852-6907.
Have you attended any of this season’s First Sunday Concerts in Central
Sunday, October 3, 2004, from 12:30pm to 4pm is your last chance to do
Two great musical groups will perform for your listening pleasure: the
cool sounds of Rob Nickerson’s jazz ensemble and the edgy fusion jazz
vibes of Phatt Labb. So shop the Art Show and then drop in Central Park
for a great show.
NKU Professor to Discuss Ulysses S.
James A. Ramage will discuss the public
reputation of Ulysses S. Grant in a slideshow lecture at The Filson
Historical Society on Thursday, October 7, 2004, at noon. The Filson is
located at 1310 S. Third Street, Louisville, Ky. The program is free and
open to the public. Call The Filson at (502) 635-5083 for reservations.
Grant’s capture of Vicksburg on July 4, 1863 made him the “Hero of the
Mississippi,” and when he turned defeat into victory at Chattanooga, he
became the “little giant” who would save the Union. Many compared him to
George Washington and Napoleon, and through his presidency he was
greatly admired. Around the world, the common man and woman identified
with Grant, flaws and all, and evidence shows that when he died on July
23, 1885, he was the most popular person in America. Dr. Ramage will
address the question of “Why does he appear today in many history
textbooks as a drunken general who failed as president?”
Ramage, Regents Professor of History at Northern Kentucky University,
has authored several works on the Civil War. He is the author of three
books and has contributed numerous articles to many publications. He is
currently writing a biography of Ulysses S. Grant.
Since its founding in 1884, The Filson Historical Society has preserved
the region’s collective memory, not only of Kentucky but also of the
Ohio Valley and the Upper South. The oldest, privately supported
historical society in Kentucky, The Filson serves the public through its
extensive research collections and numerous educational opportunities.
The Filson is headquartered in the Ferguson Mansion in Old Louisville
and houses a library, a museum, and a special collections department.
Events at the School of Music
(All events are FREE and in Comstock Concert Hall, unless otherwise
Sunday, Oct. 3 at 3:00
The Louisville Orchestra Brown-Forman Sunday Matinee Series. Pre-concert
lecture at 2:15 p.m. in Malcolm Bird Hall.
Sunday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
University Wind Ensemble
Monday, Oct. 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Jazz Studies presents The HEATH Brothers. Call 852-6907 for tickets.
Wednesday. Oct. 6 at 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 7 at 8:00 p.m.
University Symphonic Band
Thursday, Oct. 7 at 8:00 p.m.
University Jazz Combos in Malcolm Bird Hall.
Tuesday. Oct. 12 at 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 8:00 p.m.
The Harry Pickens Trio
Thursday, Oct. 14 at 8:00 p.m.
Student Composers Recital
Friday, Oct. 15
Taste of Asia (Room 267) at 5:00 p.m.
& Asian Music Festival at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday. Oct. 16 at 1:00 p.m.
Preparatory Dept Recital in Malcolm Bird Hall
Sunday, Oct. 17 at 3:00 p.m.
Chamber Music Society presents The Juilliard String Quartet. Call
852-6907 for tickets. Pre-concert lecture at 2:00 p.m. in Malcolm Bird
Sunday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Faculty Recital: Michael Tunnell, trumpet
Monday, Oct. 18 at 8:00 p.m.
University Jazz Combos
Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 21 at 8:00 p.m.
University Jazz Ensemble I in Malcolm Bird Recital Hall
Sunday, Oct. 24 at 3:00 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 25 at 8:00 p.m.
Louisville String Quartet
Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 8:00 p.m.
University Jazz Ensemble II
Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 8:00 p.m.
University Trumpet Ensemble
Thursday, Oct. 28 at 8:00 p.m.
Faculty Recital: Sidney King, bass
Saturday, Oct. 30 at 7:00 p.m.
University Orchestra HALLOWEEN Concert
Sunday, Oct. 31 at 12:00 p.m.
Young Classical Artist Competition
Sunday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Ceruti Chamber Players
U of L Music Concert Hotline
Writes a New Book
GHOSTS OF OLD LOUISVILLE: True tales of Hauntings from America’s Largest
Victorian Neighborhood will be released by McClanahan Publishing House,
Inc. this fall. Old Louisville writer and food critic, David Dominé, has
compiled a collection of authentic, scary tales that showcases the
colorful history, wonderful architecture and forgotten legends
associated with Old Louisville, America’s Victorian gem. David, a world
language specialist and university instructor, lives in the 1200 block
of South Third Street. The strange happenings in his 1895 chateauesque
home form the basis for chapter two in this much anticipated book.
Jerry Lee Rodgers, a noted local playwright, says, “I hope all readers
enjoy David Dominé’s stories as much as I. I envy readers their first
readings of Ghosts of Old Louisville. I suggest that readers create a
comfortable enclave which includes an overstuffed arm chair beside a
crackling fire in a fireplace. Listen to the late autumn rain pouring in
torrents outside the stained glass window. Sip a glass of port. Tuck
your legs and feet under a crocheted lap robe. Light a nearby candle.
Open Dominé’s book. Could any evening be more enjoyable?”
Following is an excerpt from the book’s introduction: “A brisk fall day
is the perfect time to stroll the streets of Old Louisville. An overcast
sky overhead and dead leaves underfoot - and just enough chill dampness
in the air to make you pull your coat tighter around you…this is the
best time to amble along the old streets and alleys, admiring the
imposing Victorian architecture while the smell of apples and wood smoke
spices the air. The boxwood hedges surrounding the mansions and
townhouses still have their summer green, but most of the towering trees
have lost their leaves and can only rattle bare branches to protest the
gathering winds. If you’re lucky, you might pass one of the old gas
lamps at just the right moment when dusk reluctantly surrenders the last
of its daylight to night and hear the click and hiss of the lantern
coming on in a feeble attempt to ward off the dark. This is the time
that ghosts start to wander the streets of Old Louisville.”
Things to know before you go…
St. James Court Art Show Information:
Flu Shots will be available at the First Aid
Station at the corner of Fourth and Magnolia from Convenient Medical
Care, an urgent care center in Holiday Manor. The cost is $20; Medicare
Liquor Barn is conducting an in-store fundraiser. A dollar donation to
keep art and history alive in Louisville will allow donors to sign their
names on a reprint of a Victorian home serigraph from artist Grace
Perreiah’s Old Louisville home series. The serigraphs will be displayed
on Liquor Barn windows through mid-October.
A complete listing of special guests and events hosted
by presenting sponsor Liquor Barn occurring during the show
weekend, including Marc Mondavi’s visit to Liquor Barn’s St. James
(SJ-229) booth on October 1, followed by a special winemaker dinner at
Porcini’s later that evening, is available upon request. Call 502
firstname.lastname@example.org or access the website,
Valet parking service will be offered for $20 per
vehicle; the drop-off and pick-up is on Magnolia Avenue between Sixth
and Seventh Streets (entry from either street).
TARC and PARC, as well as the 2nd Street
Neighborhood Association, will provide shuttle/transportation service:
* Park at PARC’s Brown Garage (658 S. Third St.) for $6. TARC shuttles
will pick up at this location and drop off at 2nd and Hill Streets.
Service begins at 9:30am and runs continuously up until 30 minutes after
the show closes.
* Park at Jefferson Community College for $10 (enter at First or Second
Streets between Broadway and Chestnut). A five-minute shuttle service to
2nd and Magnolia Avenue begins at 9am and circulates continuously until
one hour after the show closes (7pm Fri-Sat, 6pm Sun).
Free handicapped parking is reserved in two
* on the south side of Magnolia Avenue from 35 feet west of St. James
Court all the way to Sixth Street;
* on the north lane of Hill Street from St. James Court to Third Street.
Other parking areas, as well as public transportation, are also
A full color program containing site maps, artist
listings and other helpful information, is featured in the October issue
of Louisville Magazine, and distributed free to showgoers.
BellSouth and Cingular Wireless are Corporate Sponsors of
the event, and will provide use of cellular phones at their booth
SJ-228. Southwest Airlines is the Official Airline of the 48th
Annual St. James Court Art Show.
Showgoers can vote for their one favorite artist from among the
show’s exhibitors. Ballots for the Kosair Charities’ People’s
Choice Award may be cast until noon Sunday at the Kosair Charities tent
at the St. James Court fountain, and at all three beer booths: Belgravia
Court & St. James, 4th Street at Fountain Court, and 3rd Street at
Yellow Ambulance will provide first aid and
emergency services during the show, and Convenient Medical Center will
be with them at the Fourth and Magnolia First Aid Station administering
flu shots ($20 each/Medicare accepted).
Louisville Magazine, Wave 3 TV, WVEZ
Lite 106.9 / WPTI 103.9 The Point FM Radio and The Courier
Journal are media partners.
The Greater Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau
will staff an Information and Lost & Found Booth on St. James Court
Kids Fun Connection will be providing child care at the
Cabbage Patch Settlement House (1413 South Sixth Street) for children
age three (must be toilet-trained) through eleven years. Two-hour
sessions will include adult supervision, games, activity centers, and a
snack. Cost per session is $12 for first child in family, and $10 for
each additional sibling. Space is limited, so pre-registration at
www.kidsfunconnection.com/stjames.html is strongly advised.
Click here for this month's
visit our Sponsor's Page!
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.
contributions to the Editor:
Old Louisville Information Center
1340 S. Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40208.
Phone: (502) 635-5244
Advertising rates available upon request.
Please submit “Letters to the Editor” to the above address.
The 15th of each month is deadline for submission of all ads and articles.
Archived Issues of the Old Louisville Journal on-line:
>> Current newsletter
Louisville Guide Home Page
Louisville National Historic District
Old Louisville Business Directory,
Pictures, Vintage Post Card Views,
Calendar of Events,
Corner, St James Court,
Court, St. James Art Show,
Louisville Places, Our Lost Landmarks,
Old Louisville, the Way it Was,
(there are now over 1300 web
pages on OldLouisville.com)
here for a comprehensive search of all 2800+ web pages on this