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 10

October 2004    

We’re Number One!
St. James Court Art Show Presents 48th Edition

The 48th annual St. James Court Art Show, presented by Liquor Barn, will take place Friday through Sunday, October 1, 2, 3, 2004. Over 700 artists from over 40 states and Canada will exhibit and sell fine arts and crafts in media 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.
The Art Show has been named the best fine art and design show in the country by Sunshine Artist, a show and festival publication. St .James has consistently been ranked among the top 200 shows in the country. It vaulted to the number one spot in this year’s 12th annual 200 Best edition. The rankings are split into two lists of 100 shows each in Fine Art & Design as well as Classic & Contemporary Crafts categories. Rankings are determined by artists’ vote; St. James drew nearly twice as many votes as its closest competitor. Of the thousands of shows held nationwide, Sunshine Artist received votes for 950 different events held in 2003. The rankings represent the top 20 percent of that group.
Always held the first full weekend in October, the St. James Court Art Show is produced by a consortium of five nonprofit neighborhood associations: Belgravia Court, South Third Street, 1300 South Third Street, Fourth Street, St. James Court, and the West End Baptist Church. With St. James being a very large and complex event, Director Susan Coleman and the other section coordinators were given high marks by participants for managing what could be an unwieldy event. As one exhibitor in the 1300 South Third Street section said in summing up the show, “What a breath of fresh air to do (this show)!” A jeweler in the St James section remarked, “This is a well-run show with a savvy director who really cares about her artists…”

Please Eat at the Food Booth!
Support the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council at the St. James Court Art Show.
Buy your brats, fries, barbecue and much more at the OLNC Food Booth located across from the St James Court fountain.
The food booth is the primary fund raiser for the Council… please let’s help ourselves by patronizing it.

Victorian Ghost Tour
Materializes in
late October

The West St. Catherine Street Neighborhood Association will be sponsoring a Victorian Ghost Tour on October 29, 30, and 31, from 6pm to 7:30pm. each evening.
Three Old Louisville homes, two on West St. Catherine and one on South Third Street, will be visited. Each has a history of strange phenomena which will be explained and explored on the tour. Trolley service will be provided to the homes.
Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the tour or in advance at the Old Louisville Information Center, 635-5244. The tour will begin at the big rock at Magnolia Street and St. James Court across from Central Park.

Winners of the Central Park Centennial Photography Contest., sponsored by the Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce, were announced at a reception at the Old Louisville Information Center on Monday, September 20, 2004.
Standing left to right: Alan Bird, President of the Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce; Jerie Britton, First Place; C. Timothy Bottorff, Second Place and Honorable Mention; Kneeling left to right: Matthew Sandercock, Third Place and Honorable Mention; James Wu, Honorable Mention.

The winning photographs are on display at the Old Louisville Information Center.

There is still time…..

Saturday, October 16, the date for the gala Central Park Centennial Dinners, is rapidly approaching. Don’t miss out on the gourmet dinners at various homes and venues in Old Louisville and the gala champagne and dessert reception at the Filson Historical Society to end the evening.
Have you received an invitation? Have you responded? Would you like an invitation?
Call the Old Louisville Information Center, 635-5244, to reserve your spot for this benefit for Central Park, sponsored by the Old Louisville Information Center Friends of Central Park.
Also, stop by and visit the Friends of Central Park booth located in Central Park during the St. James Court Art Show. Memberships in Friends will be available as well as packets of postcards featuring historic views of the park.

Central Park Centennial:
100 Year Retrospective Opens in Information Center
Central Park Centennial: 100 Year Retrospective is now open to the public in the Old Louisville Information Center during business hours.
A reception celebrating the exhibit and the work of Patrick Neel, University of Louisville history student, and Madonna Wilson, Centennial Committee member, will be held on Sunday, October 10, 2004, from 3pm-5pm in the Old Louisville Information Center.
Everyone is invited to the reception and to view the exhibit, which traces the history of Central Park through photos, maps, drawings, videos, and words.
The exhibit is part of the Old Louisville Information Center’s Central Park Centennial Celebration.

Make a Wish Come True
Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) has started a new program called School Wishes.
Educators throughout the district post online wishes for classroom supplies, books, furniture, technology and extracurricular items. Parents, civic and neighborhood groups, and corporations can directly impact the quality of education in the community by granting a wish.
Those with useful unneeded items are also encouraged to make them available to a classroom in need. For example, after completing a project, a recent donor had an extra gallon of Lizzie McGuire hot pink paint and made it available through the JCPS School Wishes website. It was quickly claimed by Tammie Vest, a teacher at Roosevelt-Perry Elementary School.
While many of the wishes require the donor to purchase an item, there are also many needed items that can be found around the house: old shirts to be used as art smocks, yarn, paper printed on only one side, VCRs, camcorders, fish tanks, and golf clubs.
Visit the JCPS School Wishes website at

Crane House Offers an Asian Experience
Crane House will offer free public guided tours of its Asia Gallery on Friday, October 29, 2004.
The one-hour tours will feature historical and contemporary artifacts of China, Japan, Korea, India, and Southeast Asia. A Chinese tea ceremony as well as discussions and demonstrations will be included.
Tours begin at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm. Reservations are required. Call 635-2240, or e-mail
Crane House is located at 1244 South Third Street.

The Heath Brothers
and Russian Jazz Artists Appear at UofL

The Heath Brother, Jimmy, Percy, and Tootie, will perform on Monday, October 4, 2004, at 7pm in the Margaret Comstock Concert Hall. Jazz artists from Russia, sponsored by the Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, will open the concert.
For ticket information, call 502 852-6907.

Last Chance
for First
Sunday Concerts

Have you attended any of this season’s First Sunday Concerts in Central Park?
Sunday, October 3, 2004, from 12:30pm to 4pm is your last chance to do so.
Two great musical groups will perform for your listening pleasure: the cool sounds of Rob Nickerson’s jazz ensemble and the edgy fusion jazz vibes of Phatt Labb. So shop the Art Show and then drop in Central Park for a great show.


NKU Professor to Discuss Ulysses S. Grant

James A. Ramage will discuss the public reputation of Ulysses S. Grant in a slideshow lecture at The Filson Historical Society on Thursday, October 7, 2004, at noon. The Filson is located at 1310 S. Third Street, Louisville, Ky. The program is free and open to the public. Call The Filson at (502) 635-5083 for reservations.
Grant’s capture of Vicksburg on July 4, 1863 made him the “Hero of the Mississippi,” and when he turned defeat into victory at Chattanooga, he became the “little giant” who would save the Union. Many compared him to George Washington and Napoleon, and through his presidency he was greatly admired. Around the world, the common man and woman identified with Grant, flaws and all, and evidence shows that when he died on July 23, 1885, he was the most popular person in America. Dr. Ramage will address the question of “Why does he appear today in many history textbooks as a drunken general who failed as president?”
Ramage, Regents Professor of History at Northern Kentucky University, has authored several works on the Civil War. He is the author of three books and has contributed numerous articles to many publications. He is currently writing a biography of Ulysses S. Grant.
Since its founding in 1884, The Filson Historical Society has preserved the region’s collective memory, not only of Kentucky but also of the Ohio Valley and the Upper South. The oldest, privately supported historical society in Kentucky, The Filson serves the public through its extensive research collections and numerous educational opportunities. The Filson is headquartered in the Ferguson Mansion in Old Louisville and houses a library, a museum, and a special collections department.

Upcoming Events at the School of Music
(All events are FREE and in Comstock Concert Hall, unless otherwise noted)

Sunday, Oct. 3 at 3:00 p.m.
The Louisville Orchestra Brown-Forman Sunday Matinee Series. Pre-concert lecture at 2:15 p.m. in Malcolm Bird Hall.
Sunday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
University Wind Ensemble
Monday, Oct. 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Jazz Studies presents The HEATH Brothers. Call 852-6907 for tickets.
Wednesday. Oct. 6 at 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 7 at 8:00 p.m.
University Symphonic Band
Thursday, Oct. 7 at 8:00 p.m.
University Jazz Combos in Malcolm Bird Hall.
Tuesday. Oct. 12 at 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 8:00 p.m.
The Harry Pickens Trio
Thursday, Oct. 14 at 8:00 p.m.
Student Composers Recital
Friday, Oct. 15
Taste of Asia (Room 267) at 5:00 p.m.
& Asian Music Festival at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday. Oct. 16 at 1:00 p.m.
Preparatory Dept Recital in Malcolm Bird Hall
Sunday, Oct. 17 at 3:00 p.m.
Chamber Music Society presents The Juilliard String Quartet. Call 852-6907 for tickets. Pre-concert lecture at 2:00 p.m. in Malcolm Bird Hall.
Sunday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Faculty Recital: Michael Tunnell, trumpet
Monday, Oct. 18 at 8:00 p.m.
University Jazz Combos
Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 21 at 8:00 p.m.
University Jazz Ensemble I in Malcolm Bird Recital Hall
Sunday, Oct. 24 at 3:00 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 25 at 8:00 p.m.
Louisville String Quartet
Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 8:00 p.m.
University Jazz Ensemble II
Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 8:00 p.m.
University Trumpet Ensemble
Thursday, Oct. 28 at 8:00 p.m.
Faculty Recital: Sidney King, bass
Saturday, Oct. 30 at 7:00 p.m.
University Orchestra HALLOWEEN Concert
Sunday, Oct. 31 at 12:00 p.m.
Young Classical Artist Competition
Sunday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Ceruti Chamber Players

U of L Music Concert Hotline
PH: 502-852-0524

David Domine
Writes a New Book

GHOSTS OF OLD LOUISVILLE: True tales of Hauntings from America’s Largest Victorian Neighborhood will be released by McClanahan Publishing House, Inc. this fall. Old Louisville writer and food critic, David Dominé, has compiled a collection of authentic, scary tales that showcases the colorful history, wonderful architecture and forgotten legends associated with Old Louisville, America’s Victorian gem. David, a world language specialist and university instructor, lives in the 1200 block of South Third Street. The strange happenings in his 1895 chateauesque home form the basis for chapter two in this much anticipated book.
Jerry Lee Rodgers, a noted local playwright, says, “I hope all readers enjoy David Dominé’s stories as much as I. I envy readers their first readings of Ghosts of Old Louisville. I suggest that readers create a comfortable enclave which includes an overstuffed arm chair beside a crackling fire in a fireplace. Listen to the late autumn rain pouring in torrents outside the stained glass window. Sip a glass of port. Tuck your legs and feet under a crocheted lap robe. Light a nearby candle. Open Dominé’s book. Could any evening be more enjoyable?”
Following is an excerpt from the book’s introduction: “A brisk fall day is the perfect time to stroll the streets of Old Louisville. An overcast sky overhead and dead leaves underfoot - and just enough chill dampness in the air to make you pull your coat tighter around you…this is the best time to amble along the old streets and alleys, admiring the imposing Victorian architecture while the smell of apples and wood smoke spices the air. The boxwood hedges surrounding the mansions and townhouses still have their summer green, but most of the towering trees have lost their leaves and can only rattle bare branches to protest the gathering winds. If you’re lucky, you might pass one of the old gas lamps at just the right moment when dusk reluctantly surrenders the last of its daylight to night and hear the click and hiss of the lantern coming on in a feeble attempt to ward off the dark. This is the time that ghosts start to wander the streets of Old Louisville.”

Things to know before you go…
St. James Court Art Show Information:

Flu Shots will be available at the First Aid Station at the corner of Fourth and Magnolia from Convenient Medical Care, an urgent care center in Holiday Manor. The cost is $20; Medicare is accepted.
Liquor Barn is conducting an in-store fundraiser. A dollar donation to keep art and history alive in Louisville will allow donors to sign their names on a reprint of a Victorian home serigraph from artist Grace Perreiah’s Old Louisville home series. The serigraphs will be displayed on Liquor Barn windows through mid-October.

A complete listing of special guests and events hosted by presenting sponsor Liquor Barn occurring during the show weekend, including Marc Mondavi’s visit to Liquor Barn’s St. James (SJ-229) booth on October 1, followed by a special winemaker dinner at Porcini’s later that evening, is available upon request. Call 502 635-1842, e-mail  or access the website,

Valet parking service will be offered for $20 per vehicle; the drop-off and pick-up is on Magnolia Avenue between Sixth and Seventh Streets (entry from either street).

TARC and PARC, as well as the 2nd Street Neighborhood Association, will provide shuttle/transportation service:
* Park at PARC’s Brown Garage (658 S. Third St.) for $6. TARC shuttles will pick up at this location and drop off at 2nd and Hill Streets. Service begins at 9:30am and runs continuously up until 30 minutes after the show closes.
* Park at Jefferson Community College for $10 (enter at First or Second Streets between Broadway and Chestnut). A five-minute shuttle service to 2nd and Magnolia Avenue begins at 9am and circulates continuously until one hour after the show closes (7pm Fri-Sat, 6pm Sun).

Free handicapped parking is reserved in two areas:
* on the south side of Magnolia Avenue from 35 feet west of St. James Court all the way to Sixth Street;
* on the north lane of Hill Street from St. James Court to Third Street.
Other parking areas, as well as public transportation, are also available.

A full color program containing site maps, artist listings and other helpful information, is featured in the October issue of Louisville Magazine, and distributed free to showgoers.
BellSouth and Cingular Wireless are Corporate Sponsors of the event, and will provide use of cellular phones at their booth SJ-228. Southwest Airlines is the Official Airline of the 48th Annual St. James Court Art Show.
Showgoers can vote for their one favorite artist from among the show’s exhibitors. Ballots for the Kosair Charities’ People’s Choice Award may be cast until noon Sunday at the Kosair Charities tent at the St. James Court fountain, and at all three beer booths: Belgravia Court & St. James, 4th Street at Fountain Court, and 3rd Street at Magnolia.

Yellow Ambulance will provide first aid and emergency services during the show, and Convenient Medical Center will be with them at the Fourth and Magnolia First Aid Station administering flu shots ($20 each/Medicare accepted).

Louisville Magazine, Wave 3 TV, WVEZ Lite 106.9 / WPTI 103.9 The Point FM Radio and The Courier Journal are media partners.

The Greater Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau will staff an Information and Lost & Found Booth on St. James Court (SJ-130).

Kids Fun Connection will be providing child care at the Cabbage Patch Settlement House (1413 South Sixth Street) for children age three (must be toilet-trained) through eleven years. Two-hour sessions will include adult supervision, games, activity centers, and a snack. Cost per session is $12 for first child in family, and $10 for each additional sibling. Space is limited, so pre-registration at  is strongly advised.

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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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