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 10
SAINT JAMES COURT ART SHOW
OCTOBER 6, 7 & 8, 2006
10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY,
10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. SUNDAY
The 50th Anniversary St. James Court Art Show poster was unveiled
by Mayor Abramson at the Kick-Off event on Friday, September 1.
Sonny Whittle was commissioned to create this year’s poster image.
Sonny, a Louisville native, has been involved with the Louisville
art and architecture community for many years. Sonny Whittle and
Mark Bird began the tradition of the art show poster in 1981. Sonny
created posters for the art show through 1994. He has also designed
three posters for the Kentucky Derby Festival and six official
posters for Churchill Downs including the 119th running of the
“This year’s poster is a handsome and elegant version of the famous
Court fountain which we found fitting for our 50th Anniversary”,
said Marguerite Esrock, Director.
Thirty Years of posters and other memorabilia will hang on display
at the Glassworks Gallery, 815 W. Market St. from September 7 –
October 5th. The exhibit is open during regular Glassworks hours and
is free to the public. Posters from the exhibit will be auctioned
off at a live auction the morning of October 6 at the Fountain. The
auction will benefit Kosair Charities.
During the Kick-Off Event, The St. James Court Art Show awarded
BellSouth with an honorary award for sponsoring the Art Show for ten
years. Hank Mangeot, Manager for the Louisville office, accepted the
award. Tony Viscardi, a local artist who shows at St. James, created
The 50th Anniversary St. James Court Art Show will take place
in Old Louisville on October 6, 7 & 8. Over 700 artists from over 41
states, Canada and Israel will exhibit and sell fine arts and crafts
in mediums 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.
Old Louisville’s FREE Concert
In celebration of the 50th Year of the St. James
Court Art Show, The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council will host
the Sunday Concert to held in Central Park on Sunday, October 8th.
The Concert is scheduled from 4:00PM to 5:30PM. Music from the “The
Bedrockerz” (Classic Rock)
“Old Louisville is host to many quality events throughout the year.
The Sunday Concert is a perfect outing for families and guests to
our city”, said Chuck Anderson, OLIC Board Chair.
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!
Resident Parking & Volunteer
Information for the 2007 St. James Court Art Show
Central Park West: Contact Judy Martin Stallard, 636-3113
or JUMartin@onealsteel.com. CPW is not doing parking at Cochran
School this year. Cochran is handling it themselves. Parking is
on a first-come, first-serve basis with no reserved parking for
residents, volunteers or sponsors.
1300 Block Third Street: Contact Judy
Seale for Alley passes and volunteer opportunities.
4th Street: Contact Elaine Steele,
635-3711 for passes and to volunteer for the Beer Booth and
other volunteer opportunities.
Individuals who want to volunteer or need alley
passes contact Mary Martin at 637-4000 or at the 3rd Street
phone at 386-8093.
Permits to alleys on St. James Court (R.
Chin and alley between St. James Court and 4th St.) will be
provided on Tuesday, October 3rd and Wednesday, October 4 fro
12:00-2:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m. in Haskins Hall located at
1404 St. James Ct., (Conrad Caldwell House.) For those who use
Alley Passes during the show: FILL IN YOUR ADDRESS ON YOUR PASS.
Some officers will not let you in your alley if your pass is not
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Plans Underway to Ban Package
Liquor Sales Along the Oak Street Corridor
Kent Thompson of 1473 St James Court has
announced plans to spearhead an
initiative to ban the sale of package liquors along the Oak
Street corridor. For many years, locals have made a connection
between the sales of alcohol and the high rate of crime and
panhandling in the vicinity of Oak Street, and Thompson sees
this possible ban as a last-ditch effort to address crime and
safety issues that have a direct impact on the quality of life
in the neighborhood. “The proposed ban would not affect
restaurants or bars serving drinks to customers,” he says, “-
just those establishments that cater to individuals who purchase
alcohol and loiter at 4th and Oak. We have no desire to
discourage restaurants and bars from serving their regular
Targeted businesses would include Waldman’s at First and Oak,
Oak Liquors at 412 Oak Street and the RiteAid drugstore across
the street. Thompson is currently studying the effects of a
recent neighborhood ban on the sale of package liquors in a
neighboring precinct and meeting with city officials and Old
Louisville business people to determine a future course of
action. Those interested in assisting Thompson and other
residents of Old Louisville who want to bring this initiative to
the ballot are invited to contact Thompson at 635.5333. Kent
Thompson can also be reached at
Art Show Scholarships
Mae Salyers and Jack McKenney
St. James Court Association this month agreed to
rename one of their scholarships to honor Mae
Salyers. Mae, who passed away earlier this year, was
very active in the Old Louisville. As director of
the Neighborhood Development Corporation from 1968
to 1980 she was instrumental in housing rehab
throughout the neighborhood as well as organizing
the OLNC and block clubs. Mae advocated for
preservation and was a Landmarks Commission member.
She served as president of St. James Court
Association for one term and sat on the boards of
several community organizations.
About $1,000 has been raised this year to fund a new
Art Show scholarship in memory of Jack McKenney.
Susan Coleman spearheaded the fund raising. Jack was
an active neighborhood supporter for many years. He
was president of the Conrad-Caldwell House in 1989
and served as treasurer of the Old Louisville
Neighborhood Council (1988-1999), St. James Court
Association (2000-2006), and the Conrad-Caldwell
This year Fourth Street Association is increasing
its scholarship from $700 to $800 and has pledged
$1,000 for next year. At recent meetings the 1300
Third Street, Third Street and St. James Court
Associations renewed their generous support for this
year’s awards in the amounts of $1,300, $1,000, and
A total of seven scholarships with a combined value
in excess of $11,000 will be awarded at the 2006 Art
Show. The scholarships help support the college
education of talented student artists in the
Louisville area. The juried competition is open to
high school seniors attending schools in Jefferson,
Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Bullitt Counties in
Kentucky, and Clark and Floyd Counties in Indiana.
An award ceremony will be held at the Art Show at 2
PM Sunday at the scholarship booth near the corner
of Magnolia Avenue and St. James Court.
Deputy Mayor Rick Johnstone asked me to pass word to each of
you from the Mayor that the state has reconsidered the
paving schedule and WILL NOT close I-65 during the St. James
weekend. Please share with all of your committee members. A
big thanks to the Mayor and to the folks with state
I guess the Squeaky Wheel got the Grease! Yeah!
Bound book of poetry
found in Central Park. Please call the Information Center to
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
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Volunteers need for
OLD LOUISVILLE 5000
November 18, 2006
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
WOMAN’S CLUB OF LOUISVILLE
MARKETPLACE is a boutique with a variety of clothing,
jewelry, children’s books, gift items, and Russian Folk Art.
The event will take place in conjunction with the St. James
Art Fair on Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7.
One of our biggest features is our Café serving homemade
food both days from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. We have a
beautiful air conditioned dining room to relax and enjoy
lunch while gaining strength to return to the Art Fair.
There also will be food available for “take-out”—a
convenient dinner or lunch for the next day.
We invite you to have lunch with your neighbor, The Woman’s
Club at 1320 South 4th Street; and we appreciate the
continued support of Old Louisville.
The Woman’s Club of Louisville
Serving Louisville Since 1890
GHOSTLY GOINGS-ON IN AMERICA’S
MOST HAUNTED NEIGHBORHOOD
Tune in to Kentucky Educational Television on channel 15 in
October when a panel of distinguished Kentucky booklovers
discusses our very own neighborhood! This month’s bookclub@ket
selection is David Dominé’s
GHOSTS OF OLD LOUISVILLE: True Stories of Hauntings in America’s
Largest Victorian Neighborhood!
Produced by KET since 1999,
bookclub@ket is a statewide television series
showcasing Kentucky literature and it features one new book each
month. Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss a book
by a Kentucky writer or a book about Kentucky—including both
contemporary and classic fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. For
October show times and dates, check the web site at
3rd Annual Victorian Ghost Walk
For the third straight year, the West St Catherine Street
Association will sponsor the wildly popular Victorian Ghost
Walk. This year make plans to join us on Friday, October 27,
28, and Sunday, October 29. Costumed interpreters and
storytellers will entertain visitors to America’s largest
Victorian neighborhood as they make their way from one haunted
location to another. All proceeds go to the West St Catherine
Street Lighting Project.
The cost of the tour is $25.00 or $20.00 in advance. Tours leave
every 15 minutes starting at 6:00pm. Last tour departs at
7:30pm. Call the Old Louisville Information Center in Central
Park at 502.635.5244 or go to http://www.oldlouisville.com/StCatherineStNA/default.htm
for more information.
1st Annual Spirit Ball
The Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce will host the 1st Annual
Ball on Saturday, October 28 from 8:00pm to midnight in the
Conrad-Caldwell House at 1402 St. James Court. Standard tickets
for the lavish Victorian masquerade ball cost $99.00 per person
and include spirited music and dancing, gourmet food, and
expertly mixed cocktails provided by Brown-Forman. VIP passes
including special access to the
Spirit Lounge start at $149.00 per person, and package deals
with local B&Bs are also available. This promises to be the
highlight of the
Halloween season in America’s most haunted neighborhood! Call
502.637.2922 for more information. Space is limited, so you’re
your reservations now!
Friday the 13th Ghost Tours
Join TourLouisville for a special Friday the 13th Ghost Tour of
America’s Most Haunted Neighborhood. Includes champagne toast
Balls!, a unique candy of Old Louisville! Cost: $25.00,
reservations required. Departures: 7:30pm and 9:00pm. Call
502.637.2922 for more information.
Regular TourLouisville Ghost Tours of Old Louisville
The Visitors Center in Historic Old Louisville at 218 West Oak
Street will also continue with their extremely popular “Ghost
Tours of Old
Louisville.” Tours aboard the 13-passenger coach depart every
7:30 p.m. throughout the year, but for October, says Nore
Ghibaudy, director of the Visitors Center in Historic Old
Louisville, they will also offer a 9:00 p.m. tour for late-night
tour seekers. In addition, the $25, 90-minute, narrated tours
will be extended to Saturdays at 7:30 pm and 9:00 pm as well as
other times and dates. Those interested can call 502.637.2922 or
go online at
www.ghostsofoldlouisville.com. David Dominé can be
reached at 502.718.2764 or
GHOULS AND GOBLINS NEEDED!
If you are interested in helping to show off the ghostly
in ‘America’s Most Haunted Neighborhood,’ please contact David
Domine at 502.718.2764 or email@example.com to volunteer your
services for the 3rd Annual Victorian Ghost Walk or the Ghost
Tours of Old Louisville.
Don’t forget: Residents of - and visitors to - Old
Louisville are invited to contribute to the holiday atmosphere
in the St James Court Neighborhood the weekend before Halloween.
On Friday, 27 October, Saturday, 28 October and Sunday 29
October from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., friends of Old Louisville are
encouraged to don their best Victorian attire or spooky costumes
and stroll the lovely gas-lit lanes of St James Court as
hundreds of visitors flock to our neighborhood and check out its
haunted history during the first annual Gathering of theSpirits.
Upcoming Old Louisville
Events - Save the dates!
**Now through mid October
Wednesdays 3 :00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Walnut Street Baptist Church Parking Lot, Third & St.
Saturdays 8:00 a.m. - noon or until sold out.
Corner of Preston & Breckinridge, Mayzeek Middle School
Sponsored by Farm Works.
These markets are not huge, selling only the freshest of the
season, but it gives Old Louisvillians an opportunity to
purchase farm fresh produce never available any more in
local groceries. Fresh herbs/plants and flowers are also
sold when available. The selection changes weekly.
**October 6-8, 2006
St. James Court Art Show
Enjoy the fall weather and wonderful art work from all
over the country in one of the nation’s oldest, largest, and
most prestigious open-air art shows: 10:00am-6:00pm Friday
and Saturday, and until 5:00pm Sunday.
The St. James Court Art Show is a juried show with nearly
700 artists exhibiting throughout St. James and Belgravia
Courts, Fountain Court, along Third, Fourth and Magnolia
Streets. Come to the show rain or shine. As well as artwork
and crafts, you’ll find plenty to eat and drink as well.
October 28, 2006
The first annual Spirit Ball
This is the Saturday before Halloween. The Spirit Ball will
be a gala costume affair where guests can dance the night
away in 19th-century elegance in one of the city’s most
opulent mansions. In addition to music, dancing, prizes and
a silent auction to benefit local causes, party goers will
sample gourmet cuisine and expertly mixed cocktails as they
take in the Victorian splendor of the lovely Conrad-Caldwell
House on St. James Court. Tickets for first annual Spirit
Ball cost $99.00 per person and include food and drinks
provided by Brown-Forman. VIP passes including special
access to the Spirit Lounge will start at $149.00 per
person, and package deals with local B&Bs will also be
available. Space is limited, so make reservations now! Call
October 27, 28 & 29 (Fri-Sun)
Victorian Ghost Tour
Sponsored by the West St Catherine Neighborhood Association,
the walking tour is from 6:00-7:30 PM (every 15 minutes) and
starts at The Rock at St James Court across from Central
Park. Cost is $25 per person ($20 for advanced sales). Call
the Old Louisville Information Center at 635-5244 for more
info or tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at the start
of the tour. Proceeds will help pay for period street
lighting along St Catherine St.
**December 2-3, 2006
Old Louisville Holiday House Tour
Mark your calendars for this year’s Old Louisville
Holiday House Tour sponsored by neighborhood Semonin
Realtor, Don Driskell. This year’s tour promises to be a
great one. Seven Victorian homes plus the Conrad-Caldwell
House Museum will be decked out in holiday splendor. The
tour this year could be called “Old Louisville’s ‘West Side
Story’” as the houses are mostly geographically situated
along the west side of Central Park. As in prior years, the
tour will feature our Holiday Gift Boutique, van
transportation to and from the houses and our free parking
area, as well as the participation of several of the
neighborhood bed and breakfasts. Watch for further
information in upcoming Old Louisville Journals and local
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