The Old Louisville Journal

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

Volume 24, Issue 5

May 2002

Central Park--A Centennial Facelift

Like a reliable old friend, Central Park sits in the midst of our neighborhood asking only for you to come and take a stroll. A welcome green space in an urban neighborhood, the great park is nearly 100 years old. You need only to catch of glimpse of the families playing in the park in the early evening, or the dog walkers in the afternoons, or the many volunteers who turn out each April to help redress Central Park for a glorious spring and summer season to see that this particular patch of green is a vital member of our neighborhood. In fact, plans are in the works for great celebrations throughout the summer of her centennial year in 2004.

Improvements to the park are the focus of a committee of community members intent on maintaining the integrity of the original Olmsted design while helping the park meet the needs of our ever evolving neighborhood.

Additional lighting, rehabilitated sidewalks, new plantings and more are in the works for this grand old park. A very notable first step is the planned purchase and installation of new park benches and new trash cans. All of us need to come together to make these plans a reality.

The Old Louisville Information Center Board has initiated a campaign to enlist the assistance of the community at large to help make the plans for Central Park leap off the drafting board and into the park itself. We have a matching grant on the table in the amount of $15,000.00 from the City of Louisville. We have $7,500.00 pledged to the fund but we need to raise the remaining $7,500.00. We must complete this fund raising by July, 2002. How can you help? Become a Central Park Patron. Sending your tax deductible donation to the Old Louisville Information Center will help us meet our $7,500.00 challenge and outfit the park with new benches and trash cans right away. We cannot move on these projects until we raise the additional funds. Funds collected exceeding the $7,500.00 goal will be applied to other projects planned for the park including, but not limited to, new plantings and additional lighting.

Your donation may be in the form of a memorial gift, an honorarium, or simply a donation to the fund. Everyone donating to the fund will be recognized as a Central Park Patron. We will post the names of all patrons in the Information Center and in our newsletter. Don’t hesitate to become a part of this preservation and rehabilitation effort.

Our park is looking great these days...not bad at all for 98 years old. Help us make our plans for her centennial celebration come true by becoming a Central Park Patron.

Make your checks payable to Old Louisville Information Center and drop off or send your contributions to:

Central Park Patrons
c/o Old Louisville Information Center

OLIC Board Meeting May 28 @ 6:15 PM
OLNC Board Meeting May 28 @ 7:00 PM


Candidate Forum

Sixth Metro Council District

Tuesday, May 21, 2002


Conrad/Caldwell House Museum

Meet the candidates running in the May 28 primary election for the new Metro Council of the merged government.


May Chair Notes: Sunday in the Park with Everyone

1904 was a big year for Central Park: It was born.

According to the 1990 Central Park Master Plan, the City of Louisville acquired Dupont Square in February; the Board of Park Commissioners approved a resolution in March to proceed with preparing the site for a park, and the Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects submitted the completed site plan in December.

2004 will be a big year for Central Park: It will be 100 years old.

Central Park is a jewel. It is an intensely used park that is nonetheless an oasis of pastoral beauty in the midst of an urban environment. The people and activities in the park from the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival to family picnics to kids in the spray fountain and the daily dog walkers mirror the diversity of the Old Louisville neighborhood.

The 2004 centennial year gives us a focal point to improve the park and share its charm with the entire metro area. The updating of the park master plan, the matching fund drive for park furniture, and the park cleanups are already in place and ongoing. We need to start planning events and activities to celebrate the centennial. Debbie Powers, OLIC Board member, has agreed to chair a Central Park Centennial Committee to do just that.

She and I have brainstormed about things such as ice cream socials, concerts, period costumes, historical exhibits, posters, t-shirts, pins, logo designs, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day events, as well as wisteria on the pergola!

We’ve got time to get this all together, but we are going to need help from a lot of enthusiastic volunteers. The inaugural meeting of the Central Park Centennial Committee will be held on Thursday, May 23, at 7PM in the Old Louisville Information Center. If you love Central Park, please be there and become a part of what I hope will be a great event for our neighborhood.

John Sistarenik

Property Improvement
Committee Report

Central Park Improvement Session

Saturday, 13 April 2002, 8:30 A.M. to 12:00 Noon

When we went to bed on Friday evening, 12 April 2002, the weather report was “Rain on the way and to end around noon on Central Park Improvement Session Day.”

However, as we all know the rain came to an end on Saturday morning about 6:30 A.M. Around 8:00 A.M. Parks Department staff and Old Louisville neighbors started arriving and soon after work started all about Central Park.

In spite of wet conditions, approximately 160 folks participated in the work session and many projects were accomplished.

Many need to be thanked as follows:

4th Street Neighborhood Association provided approximately $4,000, which allowed us to secure needed materials as follows:

Louisville and Jefferson County Parks Department. Approximately 30 members of the Parks staff participated in the work session and provided supervision, machinery, tools, grass seed, fertilizer, plant matter, mulch and other materials.

Many thanks to Brigid Sullivan, Joan Fleming, Stephen Boyd, Bill Foster, Jack Rowe and all the Parks staff.

2nd Street Neighborhood Association was responsible for having 32 folks in Central Park working on many projects. Many thanks to 2nd Street.

Shakespeare Staff was primed and ready to direct the painting of the entire Shakespeare stage-set. The wet conditions curtailed most of those plans. However, Celeste Santamassino has plans to accomplish the painting in the near future. Many thanks, Shakespeare.

Toonerville Neighborhood Association

1300 South Third St. Association

St. James Court Association

Fourth Street Neighborhood Association Many thanks for providing funds to underwrite the great noon lunch.

Marjorie Fink Our thanks for coordinating the noon lunch.

David Norton Our thanks for providing 4 buckets of ice.

Porter Paint Co. – Allen Donner Our thanks for providing much painting expertise.

Action Landscape Co. Our thanks for providing seed and fertilizer spreaders.

Terry Hammond – Construction Our thanks to Terry and his crew for providing direction and assistance regarding walkway construction, tree planting, mulch, etc.

Central Park West Many thanks. The 6th St. walkway, grass median, and street gutter look great. Gary Kleier replaced all the missing brick. Thanks, Gary.

Holly and Monty Evans and Julie Brown Many thanks for painting the six light posts within the St. James Court entrance to Central Park.

Walkway Construction – Information Center to Gravel Parking Area. Our thanks to the walkway construction crew. Kevin Bailey, KDOH Resident Engineer Ninth Street Roadway, John Thompson, Bill Perre, Monty Evans, Jim Dillon, Ken Pyle, Julie, and others.

Ben Handy (the Go-For) Many thanks for trucking straw bales and sod.

Toonerville Neighborhood Association Our thanks for all the good work on the Shakespeare stage and surrounding area.

The Information Center Crew Our thanks to Virginia McCandless, Ginny Keen, and Jerry Birschbach for signing-in and issuing name tags to 160 folks.

Roberto and Bob Bajandas Our thanks for providing and operating the skid-loader which got the top soil around the park.

Wayne Jenkins and his crew Our thanks for getting all the mulch in place.

LPD – Sergeant Sweeney and Officer Long Our thanks for providing the necessary security.

And a special thanks to everyone who arrived in Central Park on a wet-day and helped to improve our park. Each year we start at a higher level than existed the previous year.

Our sincere “Thank You” to Mayor Armstrong, Alderman Greg Handy, Alderman George Unseld, Director Bill Herron, Director Elizabeth Kenney, Director Rudolph Davidson and members of their staffs who attended, welcomed everyone, and participated in the work session.

An Interesting Side-Note: Approximately 30 folks continued to work through the afternoon until 5:30 P.M. At that time it started to rain. We had a window with the weather and we used it.

Again, “Thanks To All”.


Ouerbacker Arts and Crafts Neighborhood Association will be having a YardSale on May 18, 2002!!!!!!!!!! Come find a treasure, help the Association,and socialize with your neighbors. The beginning time will be 9:00am and will continue until all the treasures are gone or the residents decide to return to their respective residences, probably about NOON. The proceeds will help to continue the beautification of the Neighborhood.

The Louisville International Cultural Center (LICC)

Is seeking two week home-stays in Late May and early June for a group of Business persons from the Republic of Moldova. This is a good opportunity to learn about another culture while sharing your own. For information call 561-5422 or send e-mail to

Fifth District
News and Notes

The Louisville Division of Police wants you to feel good about your personal safety. Whether you are out on the street or in your home there are precautions that will help to reduce your chances of becoming a victim.

Act confidently, walk with your head up and be aware of what is going on around you. Not everyone can use martial arts techniques as a from of self-defense, but acting like you have the confidence of a karate black belt holder may bluff your attacker away from you. Trust your instincts. If you feel you are entering a bad situation or you feel that something is not quite right, you are probably correct. Stay calm and try to figure out what you need to do. Dont panic; it wont help.

Plan ahead. Think about what you need to do to reduce your opportunity to become a victim. You need to think about what you would do in a situationbefore it arises. No one plan works for everyone. Each individual must be fully aware of her or his limitations.

Eliminate danger before it begins. By using common sense, taking precautions, trusting your instincts, and paying attention to what is going on around you, your chances of becoming a victim will be lessened.

The Fifth District will give free personal safety presentations on request. The presentation covers all aspects of daily life: going to work, exercising, shopping, traveling, etc.. For further information or to schedule a presentation, please call

Officer Terra Long at 574-7010


Saturday, May 18, 2002 8:30 a.m. to 12:00, NOON



Last year on October 27, 2001 approximately 250 folks gathered on Oak Street, on a crisp fall day and made an impact improvement. Approximately $50,000 was contributed to that improvement.

We made an investment that needs to be reinforced and sustained.

As such, we’re planning a “Return to Oak Street”.

When late May arrives, the daffodil blooms and foliage will have faded and need to be replaced with annuals and perennials so that Oak Street can continue to flourish with color and cleanness.

Plans are in the development stage. However, plans include hanging baskets of flowers, tubs of flowers, and beds of flowers in addition from to general cleaning.

We need 250 folks to return to our street on May 18 so as to continue the drum beat.

Jane LaPin and the Treyton Oak staff have invited us to return to Treyton Oak for lunch. Ken Pyle says the Rudyard Kipling burgoo will be on the lunch table along with chili from the Walnut Street Chili Parlor.

Put May 18 on your calendar and more information will be forthcoming.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…… geraniums on porch fronts traditionally welcome derby visitors who are on their way to the track?

Old Louisville Business & Professional Association


You can tell spring has sprung in Old Louisville. Driving through the Neighborhood and enjoying the flowers of our labor. Hundreds of blooming daffodils on Oak and St. Catherine Streets and the Hill Street Greens. The trees are flowering and the grass is getting greener. All this to greet me as I return from my winter hibernation in the South.

The Oak Street Project is on target. With the infrastructure phase presented to the city planners by Gary Kleier, we are presently seeking funding for this project from the City. At this time, we are working with the OLNC to fund a proposal to attract tourism to Old Louisville. A committee has also been established to attract and assist business development in Old Louisville. Our goals are to improve the business district and the street scape so we can attract new businesses. Also to create harmony within the neighborhood so residential and businesses can exist in harmony together.

We have new businesses in the neighborhood that once were on our wish list and that are now a reality. We salute those who have gone through with their desire to serve our community with such wonderful places to eat, provide hardware, sweets, deli places to have an espresso!! We do and they are all great. The third one in case you’re wondering is Bucks. They are now open for lunch and the menu has a nice selection of lunch entrees at reasonable prices. Recently, JoAnn and I went there after seeing a play at Actors Theater on a Friday night. We had coffee and dessert and enjoyed the New York atmosphere of fresh flowers and live piano music. The desserts were just wonderful, what a joy - very romantic.

We are presently having a member ship drive. I have included an application as part of this Newsletter. Please note that our membership dues include a web site for your business. You can put current information such as menus, etc., on the web and have it updated when you make changes. I believe you will find this feature very helpful to your business.

OLB&PA has been holding its regular meetings quarterly this year and the meeting dates are:

All meetings will be held in Haskins Hall.

Our next workshop will be on Facade loans and will be held at Haskins Hall, Wednesday, May 8 at noon. All are welcomed. You don’t have to be in an Enterprise Zone to qualify. Please RSVP since lunch will be served. Non-members - $5, members - no charge.

Arnold J. Celentano
President OLB&PA



The Old Louisville Business and Professional Association was founded as a means to promote existing businesses and attract new entrepreneurs and ventures within the historic Old Louisville neighborhood while fostering fellowship and support among its members.

Organizations such as OLB&PA are only as good as their membership ! And we need the support of every business in our neighborhood - both with time and monetary support . Your annual dues will go a long way to assist in our endeavors to bring positive perceptions to our area and participation in our regularly scheduled cleanups will go a long way in improving the ambiance of our beautiful historic district .

Business Name: ______________________________________________

Owner’s Name: ______________________________________________

Business Address:_____________________________________________

Phone # :________________________Fax # :_______________________

E mail Address:____________________ Web Site ___________________

Membership Dues for 2002 : $75.00 ( includes website on )

Please return this form with check made out to: OLB&PA and mail to:

PO BOX 2993
Louisville, KY 40201

Please visit  to see examples of the “Store Fronts” and participating members. Any questions please call Alan Bird, 212-7500 or E-mail

If you have questions about OLB&PA, please call Arnold Celentano, President at 585-3060 or E-Mail

By becoming an active member of the Old Louisville Business and Professional Association , you will show your support of our efforts for increased city services and awareness of our unique situation. Please consider coming to one of our meetings and see how we are actively making a difference for residents and business owners alike. Working together we are making a difference !

Thanks for your support,

Arnold J. Celentano, President

They’re Here! On March 20, six Western lowland gorillas arrived at the Louisville zoo! While they will not be available for viewing during the first few weeks, weekly briefings will be issued to keep the public informed. For information, please call 459-2181 or visit

“Monkeemania” featuring Micky Dolen and Davy Jones to play Louisville zoo with Barry Williams of “The Brady Bunch” as special guest star!

The Monkees, one of the world’s favorite pop bands with more than 65 million in record sales worldwide, will be taking their new U.S. show to the Louisville Zoo on Saturday, May25, at 7:30 p.m. “Monkeemania” features Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones with Barry Williams (Greg Brady of “The Brady Bunch”) as their special guest star.

Tickets to the Louisville Zoo show are $25 for the festival seating; parking is an additional $2. The concert takes place rain or shine. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster (502-361-3100) or, at select Kroger stores and at the Louisville Zoo admission windows. Zoo concessions are available and no coolers are allowed.

Please note: Gates reopen at 6:30 for “Monkeemania” seating but Zoo exhibits will not be open.


Kid Camps Offer Music & Drama

Stage One, Louisville’s professional theatre for young audiences, and Music Theatre Louisville have partnered this summer to offer classes to area students who are interested in more than just drama or just music.

A wide range of classes is available for students of all ages and all experience levels, from one week to four week camps. Costs range from as low as $50.00 to $450.00. Families who enroll more than one sibling receive a 10% discount on all classes.

For more information, to receive a brochure, or to register for classes, contact Stage One at (502) 589-5946.

Who is manning the Old Louisville Information Center? None other than Second Street Association president, Jerry Birschbach who answered our call for help! Stop in, say hi and see what’s new in the neighborhood! Welcome Jerry!

The Filson Historical Society to Host
Public Conference about Lewis and Clark

The Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803 and 1806 is an American epic. Almost two hundred years after this intrepid band of explorers journeyed to the Pacific Ocean and back, their story still inspires enthusiasm and awe. Our country will be observing this legendary journey during the next few years with a nationwide Lewis and Clark bicentennial celebration, and Louisville will be joining in the celebration.

Louisville played an important role in this historic event. It was here on Oct. 14, 1803 that Meriwether Lewis met up with William Clark, forming one of the most famous partnerships in history. William Clark and his brother, Louisville founder George Rogers Clark, lived in the area with other family members before and after the expedition. The Filson Historical Society, 1310 South Third Street, has one of the most significant Lewis and Clark collections in the nation and is very involved in the scholarship and the retelling of the expedition’s story. Among its holdings are six letters written by Clark during the expedition and one letter by Lewis.

The Filson Historical Society is hosting a public conference, “Lewis and Clark: The Exploration of the American West,” on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, 2002. The conference will feature lectures by some of the nation’s premier scholars as they discuss their research on Lewis and Clark and the American West. There will be a field trip on May 17 to local Lewis-and-Clark-related sites where experts will explain each location’s significance. A gallery exhibit, “Lewis and Clark at The Filson,” will open that evening with items on display from the historical society’s Lewis and Clark Collection. There will also be a reception and lecture by John Mack Faragher on Friday evening. Saturday’s conference event will be a day of lectures and a panel discussion with premier scholars: John Logan Allen, James P. Ronda, Gary E. Moulton, and James J. Holmberg.

Friday’s field trip destination sites include Mulberry Hill, the Clark family homestead; Trough Spring, the home of Jonathan Clark and his family, built under the supervision of brother William; Cave Hill Cemetery, where various members of the Clark family are buried; Locust Grove, home of Clark brother-in-law Major William Croghan; and Clark’s Point, William and George Rogers Clark’s home and farm.

Friday’s gallery exhibit opening, reception and lecture will be at the Ferguson Mansion, The Filson’s headquarters. Saturday’s lectures and panel discussion will take place on the 25th floor of the Humana Headquarters at 500 West Main Street. Call The Filson at 635-5083 for more information and conference details.

"Dear Brother,"
Historical Letters in
The Filson's Collections to be Published

In association with Yale University Press, The Filson Historical Society is proud to present "Dear Brother: Letters of William Clark to Jonathan Clark," a publication of William Clark’s letters that are part of the unique Lewis and Clark Collection at The Filson

Over the course of his career, American explorer William Clark (1770-1838) wrote at least forty-six letters to his older brother, Jonathan, including six that were written during the epic Lewis and Clark Expedition. "Dear Brother" publishes many of these letters for the first time, revealing important details about the expedition, the mysterious death of Meriwether Lewis, the status of Clark’s slave York, and other matters of historical significance.

Edited by James J. Holmberg, the curator of special collections at The Filson, the book features extensive notes, an introduction, brief chapter introductions, illustrations, and a foreword by James P. Ronda, noted Lewis and Clark scholar and one of our guest speakers. "Dear Brother" provides valuable insight into the lives of Lewis and Clark and sheds new light on a remarkable period of American history.

"Dear Brother" will be published May 2002 and will be available for purchase at The Filson’s public conference “Lewis and Clark: The Exploration of the American West,” to be held May 17-18.

The Filson Historical Society Presents the 6th Public Conference
Lewis & Clark: The Exploration of the American West

Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, 2002
The Filson Historical Society
1310 S. Third Street, Louisville KY
For information (502) 635-5083

Saturday’s program will be located at the Humana Headquarters,
500 West Main Street

The Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803 to 1806 is an American epic. Almost two hundred years after this intrepid band of explorers journeyed to the Pacific Ocean and back, their story still inspires enthusiasm and awe. Join us for a weekend of Lewis and Clark related events in Louisville, Kentucky, the place where Meriwether Lewis joined William Clark to begin their legendary westward journey.

Friday, May 17 Explore Lewis and Clark Sites - Institute Field Trip

Journey with us to local Lewis-and-Clark-related sites and discover the beginnings of the great expedition in Louisville’s own backyard. This is a unique opportunity to visit the sites of long ago with experts explaining each location’s historical significance. Sam Thomas, Jim Holmberg, Carolyn Denning and Steve Knowles will interpret and offer insight into the sites on our tour. Stand in the footprints of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, and discover the origins of the legendary journey west. 9:00 a.m. - Site Expedition Departure from The Filson.

Friday Evening, May 17 John Mack Faragher Lecture, Gallery Exhibit Opening & Reception

Saturday, May 18 Day of Lectures with Lewis and Clark Scholars at the 25th Floor of the Humana Headquarters, 500 West Main Street

The Hill Street Greens were dedicated on Saturday April 13. Old Louisville salutes the joint efforts of 3rd Street, 4th Street, Alderman Greg Handy and the City of Louisville!

Steppin’ Out 
The Kentucky International Convention Center will host the 1st Annual Derby Greek Step Show Saturday, May 4, 2002.

A complex rhythmic dance competition, the Derby Greek Step Show will feature teams representing nine historically African American fraternities and sororities. Stepping ‘s unique synchronized choreography includes a combination of military drill and contemporary jazz movements with an element of hip-hop. Doors open at 6 P.M. and the competition begins at 7 P.M. in the Exhibit Hall 1AB of the Kentucky International Convention Center. Various high school and college step teams showcase their talents.

For more information on the 1st Annual Derby Greek Step Show, go online to

May 2002
















Ouerbacker, 7PM

8OLBPA Mtg. Haskins Hall NoonYOGA 6PM @ OLIC

9 PIC @ 7PM





14St. James, 7 PM@ Haskins Hall

15 Third St. 7PMYOGA 6PM @ OLICJune Newsletter Deadline

Toonerville 7PM


18Ouerbacker Ct. Yard Sale @ 9AMOak St Cleanup @ 8:30 AM

19Belgravia Ct. @ 7PM


21Metro-Council Candidate Forum @7 PM CCH Caldwell Hall

Central Park West @ CCH

23Central Park Centennial Comm. 7PM @ OLIC





OLIC Board Mtg. 6:15PM
OLNC Board Mtg. 7:30PM




Kentucky Derby


Enjoy our

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