The 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 7

July 2004    

Get Mellow on the 4th…
Turley Richards In Concert
Folk Music
First Sunday Concert
in Central Park
July 4, 2004


Central Park Master Plan
Public Meeting
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
6:30PM – 8:00PM
Caldwell Hall
Conrad/Caldwell House Museum


August 7, 2004
Yard Sale Reminder:

Any neighborhood association or individual interested in joining this year’s Second Annual Yard Dale Extravaganza should contact the Old Louisville Information Center, 635-5244, as soon as possible.

of Louisville
School of Music
July Events

Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops
Through July 10
Cardinal Saxophone Workshop
July 12-18
Call 852-6907 for more information.


July Chair Notes:                                    
Neighborhood and Louisville Metro
Community Come Through for Central Park

We have done it! Thanks to generous donations from friends, neighbors, neighborhood associations, and businesses from throughout Louisville Metro, Friends of Central Park has met the $15,000 matching challenge grant issued by the Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
With an additional $15,000 provided by the Conservancy, the work on a new master plan for Central Park will begin this month. By early fall, the completed plan will set the priorities and costs for the restoration and improvement of the park. Friends of Central Park will continue to work long term with the Olmsted Parks Conservancy to raise the funds for the restoration.
The Master Plan team includes Martin Koepke, master planner; Herb Fink, landscape architect; and Jim Searing, architect. They are working with Michael Heitz, Metro Parks Director, and Susan Rademaker, Metro Parks Assistant Director for Planning and Design, to create a proposal for the plan process.
An important part of that process is public input. To that end, a public meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 21, 2004, from 6:30PM-8:00PM in Caldwell Hall at the Conrad/Caldwell House Museum. At this meeting the team will talk about existing conditions in the park, and individuals can express their desires, hopes, and concerns for the park. Everyone is invited to participate.
When a draft of the Master Plan is complete, another public meeting will be scheduled to solicit input from residents and neighbors.
Listed below is a list of donors to Friends of Central Park as of press time:
BC Plumbing
Belgravia Court Association
Carla Sue Broecker
FKM, LLC DBA Mocah Delights
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Isbell
Terra Long
Patrick Madden
Maker’s Mark Distillery
Deborah McCarthy
Middleton Reutlinger
Rose and Fred Nett
Norman Nezelkewicz
Byron Nugent
Paradise Tomato Kitchens, Inc.
Saint James Court Art Show Consortium
Treyton Oak Towers
TPM Enterprises, Inc.
Ed and Lori Turley
George Unseld, Sixth District Councilman
Ward Engineering Co.
Gayle and Herb Warren
Rhonda and Michael Williams
Nancy and Thomas Woodcock
Jean and Mel Young


Central Park Centennial Event...                            
Hidden Treasures Garden Tour Scheduled for July 10 and 11

The 11th Annual Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour will join the celebration of the Central Park Centennial by featuring 12 gardens situated on the periphery of or in close proximity to the park. For most visitors, this will eliminate the need to drive any part of the route and will also provide the luxury of a leisurely stroll around and through this historic park
As we celebrate the founding of Central Park, the tree-lined streets and quiet, intimate gardens on tour remind us of a time when what is now Old Louisville was our city’s first suburb. If walls and stones could talk, the gardens of the tour could relate many stories of our city in the period of its early expansion. In most cases, the gardens are part of homes that predate the creation of the park, or in the case of two properties, share this centennial birthday with Central Park.
One garden is located on one of several residential courts in this neighborhood, Floral Terrace, which was formerly called Floral Park because, according to the OLNC’s walking tour booklet, it was once a private park. While following the suggested route of the tour, visitors unfamiliar with this neighborhood will have the opportunity to walk through Fountain Court, once called Fountain Place, another residential court whose inviting landscaping shows small spaces used to great advantage.
Free refreshments will be available at Haskins Hall at the Conrad-Caldwell House on St. James Court, and refreshments will be sold at the DuPont Mansion Bed and Breakfast, with proceeds going to benefit Friends of Central Park. Cold water and restroom facilities will be available on the tour route.
For the second year, the DuPont Mansion Bed and Breakfast will also sponsor Art in the Garden on its grounds. As of this writing, six artists, Ken Boatright, Donna Chancellor, Carol Matlock, Suzy Steinberger, Markey Weave, and David Williams, will be painting and exhibiting between 10AM and 4PM on both days of the tour.
Tour tickets are $10 in advance and $12 on site on the day of the tour. Advance discount tickets for the tour may be obtained through July 9, by calling, writing, or visiting the Old Louisville Information Center in Central Park (1340 South Fourth Street, 40208; phone (502-635-5244). Cash, check or VISA/MC are accepted. Tickets may also be purchased on line at On-site tickets and maps will be available on the days of the tour at the check-in table in front of the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, 1402 St. James Court at Magnolia Avenue. Tickets are good both days of the tour. The tour will be held rain or shine; no refunds will be given. Tour hours for both days are 10AM - 5PM.

Neighborhood Activists Increase their Knowledge
Gary KIeier and Leah Stewart recently graduated from the Louisville Metro Neighborhood Planning College.
The Louisville Metro Neighborhood Planning College was created to educate citizens about the planning process. Meeting on alternate Saturdays from January through May, College participants learn about the Cornerstone 2020 Comprehensive Plan, Form Districts, the Land Development Code, history and legal framework for land use regulation, encouraging citizen participation in land use processes, a review of specific neighborhood plans, infrastructure planning, environment and open space planning and regulations, enforcement and revitalization of commercial districts.
Kleier is a member of the Old Louisville Information Center Board. Stewart chairs the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Zoning and Land Use Committee.

Bon Appetit…

Friends of Central Park Plan Gala Dinners
Centennial Dinners, the inaugural special event fundraiser for Friends of Central Park (FCP), will be hosted in historic homes and buildings throughout Louisville on Saturday evening, October 16, 2004.
FCP has the goal of coordinating efforts for 100 homes to host $100.00/plate dinners to raise funds to restore, preserve, maintain and improve Central Park. There is no time like the centennial year celebration of our Central Park to become active and restore our park back to its full glory and potential. Old Louisville is the nation’s largest purely Victorian neighborhood and Central Park is the shining jewel at its center.
Would you like to host a dinner? Contact Gayle Walters Warren at 502-637-2708 or
Want to be sure to get an invitation to a dinner or become a Friend of Central Park supporter? Contact Susan Rostov public relations at 502-637-7180 or

Lights, Camera, Action!
Central Park was the scene for the filming of a television commercial for the Leatherman Spine Center on June 16, 2004.
The commercial, shot by a crew from Focal Point Productions, featured an individual who had been successfully treated at the Center. Multiple takes of that person walking up the sidewalk west of pergola also included professional models seated on a park bench and a bicycle rider in the background. Other park locations were used for different takes. The filming took place over approximately eight hours.

You say tomayto, I say tomahto….
Bettor Boy Proves It by Being First
Gordon Moffett, innkeeper at Gallery House, holds his and probably the neighborhood’s first ripe tomato of the season. Picked on May 31, 2004, the Bettor Boy weighed in at a whooping 1 pound, 4.5 ounces.

Garvin Gate Congratulates Jena and Howard

In honor of their recent nuptials, Jena Blythe and Howard Rosenberg were feted with cake and champagne at the Garvin Gate Association meeting in Bob and Norma Laufer’s garden on June 14, 2004.
Jena and Howard were married in the French Quarter of New Orleans on May 1, 2004. The ceremony was held in the courtyard of Howard’s daughter-in-law’s Uncle Arnold, who is a concert violinist. In addition to Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”, musical selections included “My Old Kentucky Home” and the call to the post. Uncle Arnold was resplendent in a Derby t-shirt; after all, it was Derby Day!
Jena and Howard are longtime jazz and blues aficionados. Howard was executive director of the Garvin Gate Blues Festival for several years, and the couple regularly works as volunteers at the New Orleans Jazz Festival.
The couple is at home on South Sixth Street.

Grass Roots Effort Tackles Litter

You may have noticed that Oak Street seems cleaner than usual. That’s because twice a week Old Louisville resident Ginny Ehrlich is picking up trash and litter on the street between Floyd and Seventh Streets.
She and Ken Pyle are spearheading a grassroots movement, so far confined largely to them, to clean up Old Louisville’s main commercial street. Other accomplishments include the clearing of trash and weeds at the Family Dollar and Beauty Supply parking lots, plantings at Family Dollar parking lot entrance, plantings of shrubs and flowers at Third and Oak, and the planting of tree wells at Fourth and Oak.
Ginny encourages others to get involved by keeping streets, sidewalks, and curbs clean in front of their property. ( All property owners, business and otherwise, are legally responsible for keeping clean the area from the middle of the street in the front of their property to the middle of the back alley.) She also encourages neighborhood associations to adopt intersections along Oak Street for special attention. Call MetroCall, at 311 or 574-5000 for bags and other supplies.
Ginny says to look for the announcement in the near future about a general Oak Street cleanup. Call her (634-0717) or Ken Pyle (636-1311) with questions, ideas, and/or suggestions.

Cook’s Corner
Norma Laufer, President of the Garvin Gate Association, baked a coconut Vienna cake for the June association meeting. It was a big hit with everyone and is a perfect dessert for any summer picnic or social occasion.

Coconut Vienna Cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare three 9” cake pans.
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 ½ cups self-rising flour
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
3 tsps. baking powder
1 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. coconut extract (more if you want more coconut flavor)
few drops of red, green, and yellow food coloring to obtain desired shade
Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time and combine well after each egg. In another bowl mix flours and baking powder. Add this to the butter mix alternating with the milk and flavorings. Divide mixture into three bowls and tint pink, green, and yellow. Pour each colored mixture into its own cake pan and bake at 350 for 20- 25 minutes. Allow to cool.
2 8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese
½ cup butter
1 ½ tsp. vanilla or coconut extracts.
5 cups xxx sugar
Combine until smooth.
After cake has cooled remove from pans and let set for 30 minutes to be sure all heat is gone. While cake is cooling apply a thin layer of pineapple preserves or orange marmalade to the layers. Stack the layers and frost the cake. Apply flaked coconut to top and sides of cake. This is a large cake and will serve 12- 16 people.

Central Park Centennial Kick Off Celebrations Attract Hundreds

Perfect weather, fine wine, delicious food, imaginative decorations, big ice cream cones, hard rock, and fiery flamenco were just some of the things that made the Central Park Centennial Kick Off Celebrations a big success on June 4, 5, and 6, 2004.
A large crowd turned out for the wine and cheese reception at the Conrad-Caldwell House on Friday evening, June 4. Delicious hors d’oeuvres, prepared by Debbie Powers, Chair of the Centennial Committee, were accompanied by fine wines and stimulating conversation.
Six neighborhood associations gathered their members in Central Park on Saturday afternoon, June 5, for a big picnic. Central Park West won first place in the table decorating contest with a floral theme. The Second Street Neighborhood Association came in second with a theme using dolls dressed in turn-of-the-century costumes.
On Sunday, over three hundred people turned out for free ice cream, compliments of Mary Martin, and Michael Mawood, and for music by Wayne Young and the Youngsters, and Gracie P and dancers from Ballet Espanol.
T-shirts featuring the Central Park Centennial logo sold like hotcakes at $10 apiece. Stop by the Old Louisville Information Center to purchase yours. Order a Centennial poster too. Look in the Old Louisville Journal for upcoming centennial events.

Gracie P dances flamenco.

Wayne Young and the Youngsters rock the crowd.


Saralee Renick, daughter of Nancy Renick and
Barry Kornstein, and Cookie Fuller, daughter
of Carolyn Fuller and Kevin McFadden,
enjoy their ice cream cones.

Debbie Powers sells Centennial
t-shirts at the ice cream social.


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