1853 Inn at Woodhaven
FUN AT FORCASTLE FESTIVAL 16 Jul 2015, 2:23 pmFORCASTLE FESTIVAL IN FULL SWING THIS WEEKEND
Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Waterfront Park will be the place to be for music lovers. Sixty bands will appear on four stages set up around the park.
Headliners include local favorite, My Morning Jacket and Houndmouth, Cage the Elephant, White Reaper and Chris Stapleton.
Music is of course the main event but local flavor is not slighted. The very popular Bourbon Lodge is back and expanded. There you will find beautiful décor, air conditioning and very good toilets...definitely a fabulous thing at any outdoor festival! The beautiful décor comes from Kathy Schmitt and her Crescent Hill Trading Post. Eleven Kentucky Distillers will be there with a mixology station. Try some bourbon inspired dishes from Feast BBQ and Bourbon Lane desserts.
Hours for the Festival are:
Friday 1-11:30 pm
Saturday 1- 11:30pm
Sunday 1- 11 pm
FAMILY FUN THIS WEEKEND 25 Jun 2015, 3:13 pmTWO OUTDOOR EVENTS THIS WEEKEND
This year is a great year for fireflies. They are so magical and beautiful floating up at night. One of my guests from northern Illinois was so happy to see them this week. They are not as abundant in some areas of the country as they are here.
You can enjoy them each night in your own yard of course, and you can take a nighttime nature walk this Saturday from 8:30 to 10:00pm at The Louisville Nature Center. The Nature Center's naturalist, Rosemary Bauman will give a short talk about fireflies before the one hour walk.
Registration is required and there is a $5 fee per person.
For more information call the Louisville Nature Center at 502-458-1328.
LOCUST GROVE ANTIQUES MARKET
The Summer Antiques Market at Locust Grove Historic Home will be this Sunday June 28 from 10:00am to 4:30 pm. The show features American country antiques, including books, furniture, garden accents, jewelry and silver. Dealers from all over the south and Midwest set up booths on the lawn of the historic home. There are items in all price ranges.
Admission tickets which cost $8 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under, also include a tour of the house and museum.
Bring a picnic or buy refreshments at the concession stands.
For more information on this event and others happening this summer at Locust Grove check out their website at www.locustgrove.org
CHURCHILL DOWNS AFTER DARK AND AMERICAN PHAROAH 15 Jun 2015, 12:29 pmSATURDAY NIGHT AT THE TRACK FOR DOWNS AFTER DARK
There are many ticket options. My favorite is the Millionaires Row that includes an air conditioned interior spot and dinner and balcony viewing of the races. Another option is the new Courtyard area along the track homestretch. Tickets prices range from $10 for general admission to $70 for the Millionaires Row area.
This past weekend American Pharoah was at the track for the presentation for the Derby and Triple Crown trophies. What a horse! So cool and calm with 40,000 people in the stands cheering for him.
Check out www.churchilldowns.com for more information and upcoming events at the track.
FUN TIME IN THE CITY 12 Apr 2015, 1:56 pmMUCH TO DO IN LOUISVILLE IN APRIL
|A traditional mint julep served in the official Derby mint julep cup from Churchill Downs|
Spring time in Kentucky is absolutely beautiful. And all the attractions and restaurants have planned extra special activities and menus.
This year April is mint julep month. In Louisville many of the restaurants on the Urban Bourbon Trail have concocted special renditions of our traditional mint julep. Mint julep merchandise will be on sale at many locations around town too...and you can sign up to win a set of silver mint julep cups at www.culinarylouisville.com
If the liquid variety of mint julep is not to your taste then try some of the candy being offered. You can get mint julep butter creams, made with Evan Williams Bourbon, at Cellar Door Chocolates and mint julep taffy is available at the Derby Museum.
You can sample the real traditional mint julep at Churchill Downs and take home the derby glass it is served in as a momento.
If you are not attending the Derby the first Saturday of May this year ...not to worry. One of the best ways to get the Derby experience ahead of the actual Derby is to come to Louisville the week before. Racing starts on April 25 and many of the Derby horses are in town.
And Churchill Downs hosts Dawn at the Downs each day April 28 and 29 from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. Then you can sit in Millionaires Row on the 6th floor at Churchill and have a great breakfast while watching the Derby contenders workout on the track. You need to buy tickets so check out www.churchilldowns.com for more information.
WOOHOO...SPRING COMING! 10 Mar 2015, 8:36 amSPRING AT LAST
|AND COMNG SOON|
We have had more than our share of snow and cold this winter. It is not a good thing when the weather channel has someone on site reporting from your city three times in one week!
But now the snow has melted and the temperatures are normal and the bulbs are already 2 inches up in the gardens...last week 12 inches of snow - this week bulbs coming up!
And around town many classes are available to get us in the mood to plant.
Here are just a few happening this March.
"Herbs Past and Present" March 28
Presented by the Kentuckiana Herb Society and held at Huber Orchard and Winery in Southern Indiana. Price is $35 and includes the presentation from Bill Handel of the Illinois Natural History Survey and chef Nancy Russman, and continental breakfast and buffet lunch.
For more information contact: www.kentuckianaherbsociety.org or call 812-590-4604
BIG FOUR BRIDGE LIGHT SHOW 9 Feb 2015, 11:27 amTHE BIG FOUR BRIDGE IS LIGHTING UP DOWNTOWN
Louisville's super popular walking bridge is now even better!
Beginning this Wednesday February 11, the bridge will put on a dazzling light show each night.
Advanced Electrical Systems of Louisville was awarded the contract to light the bridge. The system they installed has over 1500 LED lights that are programmed to produce an endless combination of colorful configurations. The light show on the bridge will be visible in both directions up and down the river for more than a mile.
THINK CHOCOLATE 21 Jan 2015, 8:31 amCHOCOLATE HEAVEN
Most people love chocolate. There are endless desserts and cookbooks devoted just to chocolate recipes. Every restaurant has at least one chocolate dessert on the menu. I have even had chocolate gravy at a bed and breakfast in southern Kentucky.
Combine wine and bourbon with chocolate and you have CHOCOLATE DREAMS...that is the 10th annual Chocolate Dreams fundraiser for the GuardianCare Services. The fun event will be held and Bellarmine University from 6 to 9 pm on February 2.
Twenty five top chefs and culinary professionals will showcase chocolate laced appetizers, entrees, desserts, and beverages. The photo above shows the entree from Cake Flour from last year...yum.
Guests work their way through the venue and sample the creations from each of the chefs. Samplings of bourbon from the Kentucky Distillers Association and wine from Old 502 Winery is available.
The event gives the chefs a chance to be creative with offerings like the cocoa and coffee encrusted pulled pork with bourbon maple apples butter and a chocolate, ancho chili barbecue sauce, from Chef Andrew Welenken from Bucks Restaurant.
For more information and to buy tickets for CHOCOLATE DREAMS
Call 502-585-9949 or go to www.chocolatedreams.org
ACTORS THEATRE'S NEW PRODUCTION OF " A CHRISTMAS CAROL" 18 Dec 2014, 3:11 pmA NEW LOOK FOR A CLASSIC
Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" has been a favorite story for 171 years and a popular production each year in Louisville at Actors Theatre.
This year's production has been updated with new set pieces, costumes and lighting. Digital media has been added to enhance the magic of the play.
Little touches like the proscenium arch and a big curtain that crosses the stage and footlights that resemble candles from the Victorian age remind you of the time when the classic story was written.
New props and new costumes in rich fabrics and bright colors depict the clothes of the era, starting with Srooge's youth and follow him for 50 years.
There is still time to take in this new rendition of a favorite Christmas story.
It will be running through December 23 at Actors Theatre of Louisville
In the Pamela Brown Auditorium at 316 West Main Street
Tickets range from $25 to $75
Call: 502-584-1205 www.actorstheatre.org
BELLE OF LOUISVILLE CELEBRATES 100 YEARS ON THE RIVER 28 Sep 2014, 1:34 pmCENTENNIAL FESTIVAL OF STEAM BOATS
The Belle of Louisville is turning 100 and Louisville is celebrating with a big bash for her.
Louisville will play host to a six day festival of food, art, music and bourbon October 14 through October 19. There will be nine historic riverboats docked on the mighty Ohio along the Waterfront Park. The whole week will be filled with opportunities to watch riverboat races, listen to each boat's calliope tunes, cruise on your pick of the boats for breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner and watch a balloon glow.
The opening ceremony will have a parade and fireworks and special dinner cruise on the Belle. The Belle's Birthday Bash will also have River Industry Display with tours of boats and river lore stories and display of steam engines and knots.
There are activities that will appeal to people of all ages. This is a rare chance to glimpse a bygone era in a contemporary setting.
For a look at all the times and activities and to purchase tickets go to www.festivalofriverboats.com
JANE AUSTEN FESTIVAL 12 Aug 2014, 7:45 amCONGRATULATIONS TO LOCUST GROVE
AND THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY OF LOUISVILLE
The Jane Austen Festival at Locust Grove has grown in popularity and attendance each of the seven years it has been held in Louisville at Locust Grove. And this year it was better than ever.
Last year the number of attendees in period Regency dress fell a bit short of breaking the record which has been held since 2009 by the festival each fall in Bath, England.
Not so this year! This year 491 folks dressed in period costume attended at Locust Grove for the promenade. While the committee is still reviewing the video to make sure that each person was in authentic period dress, the record surely will hold ....at least until the festival in Bath!