The 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

October 2006    

OCTOBER 6, 7 & 8, 2006
10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
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 Kentucky Derby.
“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 award.
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.

Historic 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  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.

Third Street: 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 filled out.

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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 patrons.”
Targeted businesses would include Waldman’s at First and Oak, 4th and
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 To Honor
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 House (2002-2006).

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 $6,500, respectively.

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.

Great news!
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 transportation.
I guess the Squeaky Wheel got the Grease! Yeah!

Bound book of poetry found in Central Park. Please call the Information Center to inquire, 502-635-5244.

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 run!
Click here for a registration Form

Volunteers need for

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 495-1615.


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



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 Neighborhood
Association will sponsor the wildly popular Victorian Ghost Walk. This year make plans to join us on Friday, October 27, Saturday, October
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 for more information.

1st Annual Spirit Ball
The Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce will host the 1st Annual Spirit
Ball on Saturday, October 28 from 8:00pm to midnight in the opulent
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 and Happy
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 Friday at
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  David Dominé can be reached at 502.718.2764 or  or

If you are interested in helping to show off the ghostly delights
in ‘America’s Most Haunted Neighborhood,’ please contact David Domine at 502.718.2764 or 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
Farmer’s Market

Wednesdays 3 :00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Walnut Street Baptist Church Parking Lot, Third & St. Catherine
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 502.637.2922!

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 news venues.



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