The Old Louisville Journal

A Monthly Summary of News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation     

  Volume 30, Issue 6

June 2008    


15th Annual Old Louisville "Hidden Treasures" Garden Tour

On Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Old Louisville will open some of its premiere gardens to visitors from far and near. This year highlights garden treasures on Belgravia Court and Fourth Street.

Three additional locations will provide special attractions. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and a silent auction at the Garden Tour’s hospitality room in Haskins Hall at the Conrad-Caldwell House. In front of Haskins Hall, vendors will offer garden plants, garden art and other items for sale. Gayle Warren, owner of the DuPont Mansion B & B at 1317 S. 4th St., will again sponsor the annual Art in the Garden, where several local artists will be painting from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days of the tour.

In another encore feature, on Saturday, July 12, the Old Louisville Garden Tour is teaming with the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and its "Bard-B-Que" fundraiser. During or after the Garden Tour and before the free performance of Pericles, come and enjoy some really good BBQ, drinks and entertainment in the garden of historic Landward House at the corner of Magnolia and Fourth Streets from 12 to 6 p.m.. "Bard-B-Que" tickets are $20 – no refunds. Advance tickets are available by calling the Festival Office at (502) 637-4933. Proceeds go to support free Shakespeare in Old Louisville’s Central Park (season June 19 – July 20).

The Annual "Hidden Treasures" Garden Tour has been an Old Louisville event since 1994. Its primary goal is to benefit the entire Old Louisville community. If you would like to volunteer as a garden monitor, at the ticket table or to help out in the hospitality room, please contact Caroline Martinson at 636-2797 or go on line to:

Garden Tour tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on days of the tour. Check out our new website, designed by johnpaul, at: where tickets may be securely purchased. From June 1 through July 11, you may also obtain advance discount tickets by contacting the Old Louisville Information Center in Central Park (1340 S 4th St., Louisville, KY 40208; Phone: 502-635-5244; or e-mail: Cash, check, or Visa/MC accepted. Tickets purchased in advance or on site should be picked up, along with maps, at the sales table in front of the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, 1402 Saint James Court at Magnolia Ave. Tickets are good for both days of the tour. No rain dates or refunds.


Mayor Abramson with volunteers at the 2008 Central Park Clean-Up. Please see page 6 for a complete listing of the volunteers.

June PIC Meeting to be held at

U. of L. University Club

The President’s Office of the University of Louisville has invited the OLNC Property Improvement Committee to hold the June 12, 2008 PIC meeting at the University/Alumni Club. A buffet will be served at 6:00 p.m. and a presentation of Stansbury Park-Freedom Park plans at 7:00 p.m. The balance of the PIC meeting agenda will continue after the U. of L. presentation.

Please r.s.v.p to Linda Plunkett @ 635-5244 if you wish to attend the June PIC meeting.



Announces 48th Summer Season

Adds "Family Week," "Speaker Series," and "Group Nights"

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival announces its 48th season of "Free Will" in Old Louisville’s Central Park with the expansion to two professional shows, Julius Caesar and Pericles. Julius Caesar is directed this year by Director of Education, Pamela Di Pasquale. Pericles is directed by Producing Artistic Director, Curt L. Toftland.

Adding to the "Festival" atmosphere, The Greenshow continues this year with pre-show entertainment on Friday and Saturday evening beginning at 6:30 including music, juggling, singers, sword fights, Shakespeare spoofs, and performances by Shakespeare Youth Academy. Come early and enjoy the revelry of Shakespeare and the Renaissance. New to the Greenshow this year is a Speaker Series, pre-show discussions beginning at 7:15, July 8-13. For more information, visit our website at

Shakespeare Youth Academy continues its mission of providing highest quality Shakespeare education through age appropriate camps for children aged 5-18 throughout the summer at various locations. Programs include Will’s Pals, Camp Shakespeare, Revels, Globe Players and Apprenticeships. During "Family Week," Globe Players (Shakespeare Youth Academy’s teen group) will present Twelfth Night while the Revels (middle school campers) will explore "Shakespeare’s Fools and Clowns". To register for camps, go to  or call (502)637-4933.

"Family Week" (July 16-20) is another new addition to the Festival this year. Completely kid-friendly, Family Week will include "Kids Globe," child-oriented pre-show entertainment and activities geared for kids age 5-12 and their parents. Activities include Elizabethan dancing, age-appropriate sword play, and crafts. Booths will also be available to groups who provide services to children and families. Professional childcare services will be provided by Kids’ Fun Connection during the main stage performances. The Revels will present "Shakespeare’s Fools and Clowns" at 7:30 PM and the Globe Players will begin the main stage performance of Twelfth Night at 8:00 PM.

For more information on Family Week, go to: or call (502)637-4933.

Also new to the Festival this year will be "Group Nights". Any company, employee association, social club, church group, scout troop, civic club, or other organization who attends one of the free summer season performances together will be publicly acknowledged during intermission and provided space for a publicity table near Will’s Gift Shoppe. To arrange for a "Group Night", contact

In conjunction with the 15th annual Old Louisville Garden Tour (July 12 & 13), Kentucky Shakespeare Festival will be hosting its 2nd annual "Bard-B-Que" on Saturday, July 12, from 12-6 PM. Stop by the Historic Landward House at 1387 S. Fourth Street across from Central Park for mouth-watering barbeque, drinks, and live bluegrass music in the garden. Tickets: $20 (no refunds). Call (502)637-4933 for advance tickets. Proceeds support Shakespeare in Central Park.

All performances are held at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre in Central Park located at 4th and Magnolia in the Old Louisville historic district, are as always free, and begin at 8 PM.

For show dates, see the Journal Calendar on Page 8.


June 18 – Julius Caesar preview 8 PM

June 19 - 22, 25-28, July 9, 11, 13 - Julius Caesar 8PM

July 2 – Pericles preview 8PM

July 3, 5-6, July 8, 10, 12 - Pericles (No Performance July 4) 8PM

July 12 –15th annual Old Louisville Garden Tour and 2nd annual Bard-B-Que, 12-6 PM

July 8-13 – Speaker Series 7:15 PM

June 20-21, 27-28, July 11-12, 18-19 – Greenshow 6:30 PM

July 16-20 – Family Week including Kids Globe 6:30-7:45 PM; Greenshow 6:30 PM; Revels’ "Shakespeare’s Fools and Clowns" 7:30 PM; Globe Players’ Twelfth Night 8:00 PM



15th Annual Old Louisville

Hidden Treasures Garden Tour

July 12 & July 13

10:00 a.m

to 5:00 p.m.

The Old Louisville "Hidden Treasures" Garden Tour now has its own website. 

Please visit us at


Open House-Central Park Lofts

The owners and developers of the Central Park Lofts condominums located at the NE corner of 4th St. & Ormsby Ave. have extended an invitation to all in Old Louisville to visit the renovation on Sunday, June 15th, 2008, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to tour the development.

After nearly 2 years in the making from it’s initial conceptual plan, Central Park Lofts is finally coming to fruition. This historic landmark building typifies the mid-century modern style of architecture which was prevalent in the early 1960’s when it was originally designed and built. This classic structure has been revitalized and given new life with 29 loft style condominiums designed to preserve and update the style of the original structure. Central Park Lofts is truly an innovative development that offers an unique blend of Old Louisville charm with an upscale urban appeal. Plans are to deliver the initially sold units by the end of June.


Garden Buddies!

Need some help in the garden?
We’ll do the work for you!

Weeding, planting, mulching, deadheading, light pruning, etc.

Call Joan or Linda
634-3813 • 635-1251

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The Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce is having a membership drive. If you are interested in joining, please contact Earlene Zimlich at 637-2922

Yard Service

Mowing, Trimming, Blowing, Raking, Tilling, and Small Tree Service.
Call Joe at
635-1251 or

Don Driskell opens Catalyst Realty and Property Management Office

Catalyst Realty currently hosts over 60 residential and commercial properties for sale. We have 20 seasoned full-time Realtors on staff.  Sales YTD have far exceeded the local or national recordings. Lynda Minzenberger, formerly a broker with Semonin Realtors for 18 years, is the Managing Broker. Don Driskell, Terri Gardner, and Douglas Lattimore repre-sents our Real Estate interests at this location. Driskell is a long time resident of Historic Old Louisville and supporter of many community and civic activities and events. He has consistently been named one of the Top Realtors in North America for several years by numerous professional organi-zations. Gardner’s interest in Old Louisville was the result of serving Driskell as his assistant for several years while he was associated with Semonin Realtors. She is a full-time licensed Realtor. Lattimore joins the company after a tenure with another firm. Along with his real estate and leasing background, he is well known in many communities as a talented musician.

 Catalyst Property Management currently represents both commercial and residential properties in the Old Louisville, Highlands, and Downtown neighborhoods, with a staff of 4 full-time leasing and management professionals. Don Driskell, Realtor, along with Stephen Strocen heads up Catalyst Property Management with a 100% occupancy in the residential leasing market in Historic Old Louisville with approximately 20 properties. Strocen has over 11 years of property management. He holds both a Kentucky and Indiana Real Estate License.

 Our location will also serve as an office to Susan Shearer, a well known Old Louisville Insurance Broker. Susan offers a complete line of insurance products for residential and commercial concerns. She continues to be a community activist serving on numerous boards and committees in Old Louisville.

 On another note, Diversified Mortgage will also become a integral part of our neighborhood in the near future. Diversified Mortgage is noted by Louisville Business First as one of the Top Residential/Commercial Lenders in Louisville. Their staff at 1235 S. 4th will certainly fill a vacancy in the Old Louisville marketplace.

Contact information:

Catalyst Realty and Property Management  or


May PIC Meeting Summary

By Herb Fink

Mr. Michael Mulheirn, Executive Director of Facilities and Transportation with the Jefferson County Board of education presented development plans for the $1.7 million dollar addition the Engelhard elementary school located at 1004 S. 1st St.

Mr. Mulheirn stated that the 2-story addition will occur on the west side of the existing school building for additional classrooms and media center.

Improved service, delivery, and off-street parking will occur off Kentucky St. to include pervious surfaces and a rain garden in conjunction with MSD practices.

Upon completion of the addition, the 3 temporary classroom buildings located adjacent to S. 1st will be removed from the site.

Mr. Mulheirn explained that the JCPS is planning to eliminate all temporary classroom buildings at all public schools in Jefferson County.

Construction will begin this summer and be completed within 1 year.

Upon completion, Englehard will serve 500 students.

Mr. Carey Anderson, Jr., Architect, explained that the exterior of the building addition will be similar to the existing school in regard to materials, color of materials, and belt-band horizontals.

Mr. Mulheirn also noted that the 3 properties that JCPS owns along 2nd St. will remain grass and trees at this time.

(Photo above: Anderson & Mulheirn)


200 Volunteers Participated in the Central Park Improvement Day

We will attempt to list all of the volunteers in this issue. Please let us know if we have left anyone out:

Leah Wilson, Lora Wilson, Kate Reeves, Marissa Hale, Kristen Hale,Cassidy Hale, Abby Lenhart, Haley Koesters, Clark Weber, Brittany Bell, Alyse Brotege, Mariene Men, Rochelle Farah, Wayne Keisling, Pete Musick, Joyce Holmes, Angela Carpenter, Steve Stutzman, Bradley Cochran, Zach Parrott, Hannah Boyle, Pati Hoskins, Curtis Hoskins, Linda Ross, David Michael, Todd Robertson, Alec Robertson, NAthan robertson, AManda Wood, Josh Wood, Deborah Stephens, Lorette Crady, Chris Crady, Shelly Browning, Lloyd Browning, Jr., Debi Carnefix/Needler, Jim Needler, Lee Jones, Teresa Jones, Freida Tillman, Lenzer Cos, Sandra Hibbens, Rolecik Dobins, William Rasiner, Michael Cruiy, Steven DeGeorge, Kerry Wilson, Domonique Smith, Kim Lewis, Daniele Hayden, Kiara Myers, Kisha Sanders, Renaldo Park, Clare LaVine, Kayla LaVine, Stacee Turner, Ja Vahn, Antonio Snead, Kelvon G., Chunky B. Chance Holberg, Deveel Wade, Sudie Davis, Jaquail Fowler, Daniel Messor, Todd Megrew, Matthew Link, Steicy Wheatley, David Thomas, Scott rever, Ali Lewis, Justin Boyd, Ward Shue, Rob Diamond, David Christ, Laura Voyles, Karen Albers, Constlynn Albers, Collin Albers, Rob Albers, Angie Henderson, Stephen DiPaule, Marie Comstock, John Comstock, Leslie Comstock, Jaime Comstock, Chris Worley, Nick Worley, Jennifer Worley, Rogers Finch, Sereng Phulpague, Seth Phulpagur, Patick Finch, Doug Sumer, Max Newland, Lucas Adams, Brier Bracken, Dan Bracken, Baird Bracken, Pamela DiPasquale, Liz Carey, Cara Liebert, Michell Martin, Matt Fontaine, Phil Lev, Jeff Blanchard, Robert Major, Melissa Ezelle, Rose Grenough Nett, Fred Nett, John Sistarenik, Maleva Chamberlain, Marie Cobb, Seth Cobb, Tim Bottorff, Vernon Cook, Helga Ulrich, Jack Omac, Mari Griffin, David Norton, Jim Dillon, Martha Schroeder, Kobe Cruce, Beth Duffy, Tom Duffy, Virginia McCandless, Rob Gamage, Major Waltman, Angela Elliott, Bob Bajandas, Gordie Miles, Penny Johnson, H.B. Brady, John Vick, Chris Graney, Tima Graney, John Henry Graney, Joe Graney, Sally Baker, Ann Adams, Ralph Adams, Judy Stallard, Gary Kleier, Mona Jackson, Chemdie Jackson, David Townsend, Avery Townsend, Ron Harris, Culleen Vynn, Arnold Celentano, Ken Herndon, Nancy Woodcock, Tom Woodcock, Michael D. Kolde, Walter Hutchins, Rohnda Williams, Terry Hammond, Dwayne Hammond, Bryar Settles, Riley Byers, Meridith Sims, Andrew Sims, Aaron Menikoff, Deana Menikoff, Mary Martin, Stan Murrell, Bill Peake, Stephanie Birkhotz, Samuel Birkhotz, Judy Payne, Marjorie Fink, Herb Fink, Maryor Jerry Abramson, Bruce Seigel, Councilman George Unseld, Officer Dean Sturgeon, Marissa Bailey, Cory Cooksey, John Huguley, Monte Steele, Thomas Rucker, Kitta Westmoreland, Sharron Dryden-Chatman, Brian Haag, Jerry Brown, Andrew Crocker, Mark Chaffins.


Young Volunteers grass seeding.

Bob Bajandas cleaning the pine trees during the 2008 Central Park Clean-Up. Please see above for a complete listing of the volunteers.

Vacant Property near 4th & Oak Breathes New Life

The Council on Mental Retardation board and staff are looking forward to occupying its newly renovated space at 1151 South Fourth this month. This $900,000 project is a clear commitment of a major non-profit organization to stay in Old Louisville.

The first floor front portion of the building was designed to accommodate the TNZD zoning, mapped as Neighborhood Center, which will provide commercial use, housing an art gallery/sales area featuring works of art by non-profit groups providing services for mentally and physically disabled clients.

Until the Council purchased the building at an IRS auction in September of 2005, it was a haven for drugs, prostitution, and street persons.

This accessible facility will make it possible for the Council to more adequately serve its constituents, including children and adults with mental retardation, their parents and families, service providers and professions, and interested community members.

An Open House for 1151 Centre is scheduled for Wednesday, June 18th from 2-5, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:00 p.m., refreshments and tours available. Old Louisville Neighborhood residents are invited to join their neighbors and local dignitaries in attending the Open House. Come see what this long awaited renovation of an Old Louisville property brought back to life has to offer their community.




Beginning Yoga Classes

will be held at the Old Louisville Information Center on

Thursdays at 5:30-6:30 p.m.

beginning Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Class fee: $5

All levels welcome

Please bring a mat or towel for your comfort.

Classes will be led by Nancy Clinton


Garvin Gate Improvement Session

By Herb Fink

Saturday morning, May 10, 2008, was a bright, sunny crisp day that found members of the Garvin Gate Neighborhood Association hard at work making improvements to the Garvin Gate landscaped area at Garvin Gate Place, adjacent to Oak Street.

In addition to general clean-up the workers removed wild growth, mulched, and added new plantings.

(L to R) Jonathan Bevan, George Bevan, Bob Laufer, Rose Nett, Fred Nett,
Norma Laufer, Maleva Chamberlain, Terra Long and Barney Sutton.

Come and Show Your Old Louisville Pride!

 The Gift Shop at the Visitors Center in Historic Old Louisville at 218 West Oak Street is open and ready for business! Why not stop by and and support the neighborhood the next time you have to fulfil your gift-giving needs? The gift shop already has a wide variety of merchandise designed to promote the neighborhood, but news items will be arriving soon. Aside from Happy Balls! bourbon candy, books by David Domine and color photographs by Mark Rego, the current line-up includes:

  • - vintage copies of books by Old Louisville authors such as Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch and The Little Colonel

  • - items from the Old Louisville Candle Maker

  • - got ghosts? tee shirts and caps

  • - Sam Thomas’ book about Victorian Old Louisville

  • - historic postcards

  • - fleur-de-lys-inspired decorative objects and soaps

  • - condiments from Bourbon Barrel Foods

  • - books about Victoriana

  • - greeting cards and bumber stickers

  • - America’s Spookiest Neighborhood refrigerator magnets and tees

And much more! Stop by soon and show your community pride!

Call (502) 637-2922 for more information.


June 2008
















Yoga 5:30-6:30


ZALU 7:00 p.m.



2:30pm Mansion & Milestones Tour, $25, 637.2922

7:30pm Ghost Tour, $25, 637.2922



2:30pm Mansion & Milestones Tour, $25, 637.2922

7:30pm Ghost Tour, $25, 637.2922 




Garvin Gate NA






Yoga 5:30-6:30


PIC Meeting
7:00 p.m.



2:30pm Mansion & Milestones Tour, $25, 637.2922

7:30pm Ghost Tour, $25, 637.2922




2:30pm Mansion & Milestones Tour, $25, 637.2922

7:30pm Ghost Tour, $25, 637.2922



Happy Father’s Day!


Crime & Safety

7 p.m., OLIC





3rd St. NA 7 p.m. 

Julius Caesar preview 8 PM


19  Yoga 5:30-6:30

 Julius Caesar 8PM 

Toonerville 7 p.m. 

4th St. NA, 7 p.m.  


Greenshow 6:30 PM

Julius Caesar 8PM



Greenshow 6:30 PM Julius Caesar 8PM



Julius Caesar 8PM









Central Park West NA, 7 p.m.

Haskins Hall 

Julius Caesar 8PM 


Yoga 5:30-6:30

 Julius Caesar 8PM



Greenshow 6:30 PM Julius Caesar 8PM



Greenshow 6:30 PM Julius Caesar 8PM








July 4th

Center will be closed for holiday




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.

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