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 9
Free community shredding event
Mayor Jerry Abramson urges Louisville residents and
businesses to begin collecting documents and materials now for the
free community shredding event at the Louisville Zoo on Saturday,
September 9th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Last year, over 21 tons of
material were processed.
There is no limit to the amount of documents residents may bring.
Businesses are asked to bring no more than 100 pounds.
”I am pleased that we can provide this important public service to
residents at no cost,” Abramson said. “The best way to fight
identity theft is to destroy any materials containing names,
addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers and account
numbers.” Police will be on hand to provide tips on how to combat
Items for shredding include documents, discs, hard drives, credit
cards and other confidential materials. All paper materials are
shredded on site and recycled to make materials such as compost,
tissues and toilet paper.
This event is a partnership with the Louisville Metro Police
Department and Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management. A local
shredding company, Shred-It, is donating its services for the event.
For more information, visit www.louisvilleky.gov or call MetroCall
at 311 or (502) 574-5000.
Every 1 Reads Volunteers
Making a Difference with Students
Donate just 30 minutes per week to read with a
child in school -- Every 1 Reads is a progressive, community-wide
initiative with a goal of having every child read at grade level
within four years. With your help...we can reach that goal.
Entering its third full year, Every 1 Reads has decreased the number
of students reading below grade level from 18 percent to 12 percent.
However, to fully meet the goal - nearly 5,000 additional volunteers
Mayor Abramson says the success of Every 1 Reads is key to the
future success of Louisville. “Education is not only the ticket to
opportunity for individuals, it is the ticket to top-tier
opportunities for cities,” Abramson said. “It takes a first-rate
educated workforce to keep, attract and grow the kinds of
well-paying interesting jobs that will make Louisville a destination
for the best and brightest jobs and young people.” There are a
number of ways you can get involved with Every 1 Reads: Get
connected…as a mentor, tutor or volunteer!
Donate 30 minutes per week to read with a child in school; collect
books; or get matched up as a mentor.
Financially support Every 1 Reads! Every 1 Reads needs to raise $8
million over the next four years from business and the community.
The school district will match that commitment.
Get your business or organization involved as a partner! Your
workplace, church group, scout troop or even your neighborhood can
adopt a school, hold a book drive or serve as volunteer tutors.
For more information on this important program and to sign up to
volunteer, visit their website: http://www.every1reads.com/volunteer.asp
Memorial Scholarship Challenge
Former St. James Court Art Show director Susan Coleman is
pledging $100 towards a new art student scholarship in memory of
the late Jack McKenney, who passed away in May. Susan challenges
friends and neighbors to match or exceed her pledge. Jack lived
in Old Louisville for more than 22 years, serving as treasurer
of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council, the St. James Court
Association, the St. James Court Art Show Consortium and the
Conrad Caldwell Historical Foundation. This is just an example
of his many volunteer jobs. The scholarship will be awarded
during this year’s 50th anniversary show, scheduled for October
6, 7 and 8.
Pledges can be made by e-mail to Susan at email@example.com
or Margue Esrock, director of the St. James Court Art Show, at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Payments should be sent by
September 30, 2006, P.O. Box 225, Louisville, KY 40201. Checks
should be made payable to: The St. James Court Historic
Foundation with the notation in the memo line: Jack McKenney
Scholarship. Contributions are tax deductible.
Meet the challenge for Jack!
Letters and articles submitted to The Old Louisville Journal may
be edited with regard to space and/or content. Letters to the
Editor must be signed with a verifiable signature and address.
Letter to the Editor:
Dear Unnamed Editor,
As a resident of Old Louisville I was dismayed
to read the headlines in the August issue of your journal. Not
only did it announce the beginning of a pain-in-the-rear parking
program, the dates it gave to get the required permit expired 5
days before the announcement was delivered! Of additional dismay
was the fact that it was the first time I had even heard of a
program that you claim was approved by a “majority” of residents
of Old Louisville. My mother has lived in Old Louisville since
the early 1980’s and she never heard of it either. And she
doesn’t use a computer, which means even if she had heard of it
she would not have had access to the information. Of course, I
went to the site as directed where I was told that there is no
Old Louisville PRZ map available. Since the “majority” is
comprised of people completely unknown to the two of us, the
tenants in our building, and our neighbor, I suspect it is
unknown to many. This has the markings of some pet peeve project
of one who has nothing better to do. And how are the guests
invited to Music In Central Park, the St. James Art Fair, the
Garden tours, or the Ghost tours supposed to get here? Fly? What
do we tell our guests? I live here, my driver’s license says so,
and I have no intention of applying for your permit. If you want
to do something positive for Old Louisville get on the people
who dump their trash in the alley in the 1400 block of S 6th
between Hill and Magnolia. Or get on the rear end of the man who
owns 610 Magnolia and make him stop blocking the alley, which is
a fire lane, so his friends and delivery people can chat. Or get
the city to close Old Louisville to the semi drivers who use it
as a short cut and whose trucks regularly block traffic and take
down posts and signs because the vehicles are simply too big to
be driven in a residential area. Or try to think of some way to
make the inconvenience of the St. James Art fair a benefit to
the actual residents who are terribly put out for five days and
get not one thing from it. St. James court has sort of over shot
it’s boundaries, don’t you think? Tell me what benefit the
residents of any street in Old Louisville besides St. James
Court get from that event? Do something that will actually
benefit someone. And why don’t you tell people who the editor
From the Editor:
I am by no means anonymous. As announced in the OLJ previously,
I am an eight year resident of Old Louisville, previous member
of the Board of Directors for the Old Louisville Information
Center and my name is Debbie Powers. In addressing your other
concerns, the parking permit zone applies to the area of Old
Louisville bounding the University of Louisville and DuPont
Manual High School. Residents impacted by the parking permit
program were contacted and engaged in the program discussion. It
is not a neighborhood-inclusive program and it has been under
discussion and review for years. I dare say it has been the
topic of conversation at neighborhood meetings, PIC (Property
Improvement Committee) meetings and ZALU (Zoning and Land Use)
meetings. All of these meetings are published monthly on the
calendar on the back page of this newsletter. Additionally, the
daily paper for our city, Courier-Journal, published front page
articles on the Metro section numerous times. Parking has been
an issue since the advent of auto ownership in our lovely,
walking court oriented neighborhood. The block on which I reside
has no off street parking of any kind and I have spent the past
eight years fighting for a parking space near my home like all
other residents of my block.
I echo your concerns regarding “event parking” in the area,
especially during the St. James Art Show. Parking on my street
is taken for handicapped parking and no provisions are made for
those of us losing the only parking, street parking, to which we
have access. It is
truly a frustrating situation for the five days of the year you
mentioned in your letter. Discussed often at the PIC meetings is
the issue of semi-trucks in our neighborhood and the speed with
which they travel. You comments have been passed along to the
chairperson of the PIC committee. If you go back and review
previous Journals, you will see mention of the alley issues with
trashcans and litter piling high with no resident attention to
it at all. Every time I encounter a huge mess when I’m out in
the neighborhood, I use MetroCall (call 311 on your phone) and
report the issue. It was my understanding the trash receptacles
were not to be left in the alley and were only to be brought out
the evening before pickup and had to be removed the evening of
the trash pickup. I encourage all residents of Old Louisville to
make use of the MetroCall resource available to us with regard
to the trash in the alley issue, as well as any other issue you
see in the neighborhood. It is the most timely and efficient
manner of addressing concerns as this newsletter is only
published monthly. I cannot address your concern regarding the
benefits of the St. James Art Show to the neighborhood.
Following this letter is a response from the director of the Art
Finally, I certainly appreciate your Letter to the Editor. As
most others serving on committees and undertaking the work of
this grand neighborhood, I volunteer my time and I try to
balance neighborhood issues with my own busy schedule. Perhaps
we will meet at an upcoming committee meeting. I look forward to
Editor (Debbie Powers)
From the Art Show Director:
I appreciate you voicing your concerns that I know are on many
minds this time of year. What is the purpose of the Art Show?
With the 50th Anniversary St. James Court Art Show just around
the corner I will take this opportunity to educate new and old
residents alike about this unique community event that has taken
place in this neighborhood since 1956.
Somewhere between 1956 and 2006 the purpose of the art show has
been forgotten by many. Sometimes that happens with businesses—
the mission becomes unclear and patrons waiver and become
disheartened with what is happening. I use the term “business”
because now in 2006 that is what the art show is. A business
with a full time paid director, a part time paid coordinator,
two interns, ten art show coordinators representing 5
neighborhoods and the West End Baptist Church and countless
committee members made up of Old Louisville residents.
To answer your statement “St. James court has sort of over shot
it’s boundaries, don’t you think? Tell me what benefit the
residents of any street in Old Louisville besides St. James
Court get from that event?
In 1996, four Old Louisville Neighborhood Associations joined
with St. James Court in a “Consortium” and now a Special Event
Master Permit is acquired for 4 days to close this area to thru
traffic. These neighborhood associations jointly created the Art
Show Consortium so no, I don’t think St. James Court has
overshot any boundaries.
As with anything, what you perceive as a benefits will be
different from your neighbors. I can tell you what the money
generated is used for and let you decide if it is a benefit. Let
me reiterate that this art show is run 99% by volunteers that
make decisions on how to spend this money. If you don’t like
where the money is spent you can have a voice in it by attending
any numerous monthly association meetings. Monies from the art
show go towards:
* Contributions to purchase a bike and outfit Bicycle Patrol at
Fourth Division Police Station
* $10,000 worth of scholarships to local High School Art
* Donations to Neighborhood Organizations; Cabbage Patch, Old
Louisville Neighborhood Council, Kling Center, Salvation Army,
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Fourth District Boy Scout Troop
* Planting flowers in corner urns and in Linear Park
* Maintenance of gas lights, greens, streets & alleys
* Annual Cleanup on Oak Street, and Central Park
* Monthly payments to LG&E for the lease of under -tree period
* Donations to the Filson Club for their capital improvement
* Money for the Oak Street Charette project
* Historic street marker in the 1300 block of South Third Street
* Money to fund the Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce
* Clean ups before the Holiday House Tour and the Kentucky Derby
By enhancing this historical neighborhood using proceeds from
the show, Old Louisville has become one of the most popular
tourist attractions in the city. This focuses attention and
brings revenue into Louisville throughout the entire year,
making the show a benefit to tourism and to visitors who can
enjoy the beautifully-kept neighborhood. The first weekend of
October has a direct economic impact of almost $7 million
dollars on the metro area and the state of Kentucky, including
$90,000 in local taxes and $500,000 in state taxes that would
otherwise not have been spent in Kentucky.
The art show is produced by hard working volunteers that have a
passion for a mission and that mission is to create the ultimate
fundraiser to sustain their unique neighborhoods.
Director, St. James Court Art Show
Your non-profit organization can help us keep
Louisville in bloom! Brightside’s FlowerShower
program, scheduled for September 21 & 22 at
Wallitsch Nursery, provides flowers to non-profit
organizations to plant on PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY, such
as easements or tree wells.
In order to participate in this program your
organization you must be on the FlowerShower mailing
list. To be added please contact MetroCall at 311 or
St. James Court Art Show poster collectors!
Artist/Designer Sonny Whittle has been commissioned as
the 2006 50th Anniversary St. James Court Art Show
poster artist. Selected for his history with the show,
Sonny created the first St. James Court Art Show poster
25 years ago. Sonny is a Louisville favorite and has
created several Kentucky Derby posters, including their
50th Anniversary just last year. Sonny is currently
involved in several significant Architectural Fine Art
commissions. Completion of Whittles’ Village Studio in
Crestwood is also underway and will add to the
Mayor Jerry Abramson will officially unveil the 2006 St.
James Court Art Show poster on Friday, September 1,
2006, at the invitation-only kickoff event for the Art
Show. The 50th Anniversary poster will be unveiled at
4:00 pm at Glassworks, 815 West Market Street. The event
will be catered by the new Old Louisville café, Amici,
316 West Ormsby. Following the unveiling event,
Glassworks will be open to the public at 5 pm for the
1st Friday Gallery Hop.
The 50th Anniversary poster will be on display for the
public and Sonny will be available to sign posters for
sale. You may also meet Sonny Whittle at the Art Show in
booth SJ-228, directly west of the fountain. He will
sign and number limited edition prints of the poster.
This year’s show will be held October 6, 7, & 8, 2006.
For more information or to volunteer, please visit the
Art Show web site
www.stjamescourtartshow.com , or call Show Director,
Margue Esrock. 502-635-1842.
Ghouls and Goblins Needed!
With the Halloween season fast approaching, the West St
Catherine Neighborhood Association will need eager ghosts and
helpers for its 3rd Annual Victorian Ghost Walk on October 28,
29 and 30. People who would like to volunteer as tour guides,
“visions” or costumed interpreters will be given the necessary
scripts and information (as well as complementary tickets).
Please call David Domine at 502.718.2764 for more info or email
TourLouisville is also looking for tour guides (script provided)
for its weekly “Ghost Tours of Old Louisville” that are
attracting visitors from all parts of the country and from
across the globe. If you would like to help, contact David using
the telephone or email above.
In addition, all residents (and non-residents) of Old Louisville
are invited to don their best Victorian apparel and costumes and
stroll lovely gas-lit St James Court the three nights of the
Victorian Ghost Walk. With the spread of the fame of Old
Louisville’s haunted history, the Old Louisville Chamber of
Commerce is promoting the idea of a “Gathering of the Spirits”
fall festival that will attract history buffs and ghost fans to
this unique American neighborhood.
Phantoms are Here!
Old Louisville can now lay claim to the title as “the most
haunted” neighborhood in the USA! Old Louisville author David
Domine has announced publication of his latest book, PHANTOMS OF
OLD LOUISVILLE: Ghostly Tales from America’s Most Haunted
This is the second in the GHOSTS OF OLD LOUISVILLE series and
draws attention to the haunted history in the nation’s premier
Victorian district. His first book, GHOSTS OF OLD LOUISVILLE:
True Stories of Hauntings in America’s Largest Victorian
Neighborhood (July 2005), is already in its third printing and
has garnered praise from across the country.
To purchase your autographed copy of PHANTOMS OF OLD LOUISVILLE:
Ghostly Tales from America’s Most Haunted Neighborhood, stop by
the Visitors Center in Historic Old Louisville (502.637.2922) at
218 West Oak Street.
Watch the newspapers for a listing of a book signings and other
related events. You may also check your favorite booksellers or
contact McClanahan Publishing, P.O. Box 100, Kuttawa, Kentucky
42055 at 1.800.544.6959 or 270.388.9388 for a copy.
. For information on ghost tours of Old Louisville, call
502.637.2922 or go online at
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
Take a look inside eight of Old Louisville’s finest homes
decorated for the holidays. Enjoy a “Taste of Old
Louisville.” $20 advance purchase, $25 on the days of the
tour. Tours 12:00 noon until 6:00 P.M. both days
A recent drive to work through the
neighborhood on my “recycling morning” saw very few of those
orange recycling bins on the curbs and in the alleys of Old
Louisville. Surely, we can all do a better job of recycling. All
households within the Urban Services District in residential
buildings with eight or fewer units are eligible for curbside
recycling. This includes the neighborhood of Old Louisville.
An 18-gallon orange plastic container is provided by Metro Solid
Waste Management Department to the property owner at no charge.
Those residents who rent must request a bin through their
landlord or may purchase a bin for $7.00. The orange bin must be
used to set out recyclables. Non-recyclable material set out in
a recycling bin will not be collected. To order a bin as a new
homeowner, request a replacement, purchase a bin as a renter or
purchase an additional bin, go to the website:
www.louisvilleky.gov and find the recycling page on the sidebar
of the homepage.
From the website: Curbside Collection Schedule
Recyclables are picked up on a once a week, Monday thru Friday
schedule, on the same day that yard waste is collected.
Different trucks collect yard waste and recyclables so they will
not be picked up at the same time. To report a missed pickup
after 6 PM, phone MetroCall at 311 or 574.5000. The same Holiday
Collection Schedule applies as stated under Residential Garbage.
Curbside Collection Guidelines
Always use the recycling bin furnished even if additional
containers are necessary for more items. The orange bin is the
signal for the driver to stop, so items in other containers
without the bins will not be collected.
The recycling bin must be set out by 6 AM on collection day - no
earlier than 4 PM on the day before collection day.
The recycling bin must be promptly removed from the street or
alley after collection.
The collection crew will not take items that are not included in
the recycling program. A notice will probably be left in the bin
explaining why some items were not collected. Phone MetroCall at
311 or 574.5000 if you have questions.
Flatten what you can. Use brown paper bags or a sturdy container
of similar size to the recycling bin for extra items and place
the bags or container beside the bin.
Condominium Recycling within the Urban Service District
Residents of condominiums may make arrangements for recycling
through their condominium associations. If the association
chooses to participate in this service, an authorized
representative can request the service by calling MetroCall at
311 or 574.5000. Condo complexes are serviced once per week and
materials are collected using specially marked 90-gallon totes.
Go to the website for a list of Recyclable Materials.
For residents who live in multifamily housing not serviced by
curbside recycling, there are 11 drop-off sites and 5 staffed
locations throughout Metro Louisville.
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