JACK-O-LANTERN SPECTACULAR 8 Oct 2013, 9:05 amLOUISVILLE JACK-O-LANTERN SHOW AT IROQUOIS PARK
A new event showcasing Louisville's Iroquois Park and over 5,000 professionally carved pumpkins will be open this year from October 10 through November 2. The illuminated
jack-o-lanterns will line a trail over 5 football fields long.
They will be grouped in themed scenes and also feature some Louisville favorites including Uof L, Slugger Bats, Uof K and the Derby.
And don't worry...since pumpkins do not last forever, the display completely changes every 7 days.
Gates open at 7pm nightly rain or shine
Sunday through Thursday:
7pm to midnight
Friday and Saturday:
7pm to 1am
Tickets may be purchased at the Iroquois Amphitheater daily
To call : 502-363-7766
Or you can go online to their web site at www.jackolanternlouisville.com
STROLLIN OVER THE RIVER 26 Sep 2013, 1:14 pmNEW WALK ACROSS THE BIG FOUR BRIDGE
Once the Big Four Bridge was a bridge used by railroad companies. It sat in the midst of an area only a mile from the city center in an industrial area on the riverfront. Now the bridge has a new life as the latest jewel in the Waterfront Park.
In fact it is turning out to be the most popular spot in the park. People of all ages stroll across the span. The view of the city and the Ohio river is spectacular. There are no cars to worry about ...just people strolling with kids, joggers, cyclists, even jugglers and sometimes string quartets serenading everyone. You can see the Belle of Louisville steamboat and hear the calliope playing.
Soon the Indiana side will open their walkway and people will be able to access the bridge from both sides of the river. A beautiful, peaceful, and free way to spend the day!
DESIGNERS' SHOW HOUSE 18 Sep 2013, 10:59 amBELLARMINE DESIGNER SHOW HOUSE TOUR
The 4th annual Bellarmine University Designer Show House is being held this week at the Anchorage at 804 Evergreen Road in Anchorage. The Gothic Revival house was built in 1868 by James Goslee, a former riverboat captain. The beautiful 7000 square foot house features rooms decorated by 30 of Louisville's best designers. Elegant furniture and accessories and hand painted murals enhance the many rooms of this unusual house.
There is a boutique open and a cafe where visitors can shop a bit and enjoy the grounds.
Hours for the tour are: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Thursday from 10:00 am to 7:00pm
Tickets are $15
For more information you can check
GHOSTS AND BOURBON 17 Aug 2013, 1:04 pmSpirits at the Buffalo Trace Distillery
Apparently there are more spirits than those aging in the warehouses at Buffalo Trace. The Distillery has been rumored to be haunted by Col. Blanton for years. The Stoney Point Mansion where he died in 1859 is the site of his appearances.
I just had a group of guests enjoying visiting many of the Bourbon Trail distilleries and sampling as they went. They had a great time on the Ghost Tour although Col. Blanton did not appear for them!
Visitors can now have their own experience on the Ghost Tour at the distillery. The tour will take guests to the rarely seen Stoney Point Mansion as well as several other sites that were shown on the "Ghost Hunters" episode. The tour lasts about an hour and concludes with a sample of Buffalo Trace Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey, the distillery's flagship brand, along with one other award winning product made at the distillery. Other themed tours are available as well.
The tours are offered Thursday through Saturday evenings at 7 p.m.
There is no charge for the tour but be sure to make a reservation by calling 1-800-654-8471 or emailing email@example.com or www.buffalowtrace.com
HORSING AROUND IN KENTUCKY 13 Jun 2013, 1:51 pmPerfect Time to Visit Kentucky
Anytime is a good time to visit Kentucky and tour the horse farms but this time of the year is the best.
The weather is great and now the young fouls are out in the fields with their moms and it is enchanting to watch them run about.
Many of the farms have guided tours. You decide which farms you wish to see and arrange for a reservation before you arrive in town. Also their are many special companies that will arrange for you to visit the farms you pick and even drive you in vans. One group of my guests recently toured using Unbridled Horse Tours and they were extremely pleased with the guide and highly recommended them. You can check out more information on their website at www.unbridledhorsetours.com or email them at MBMartin326@aol.com Phone: 859-333-8940
The horse farms a amazing! The barns are so luxurious with rubber floors and polished wood stalls. Some even have swimming pools for horses and blankets that massage the horse. The central Kentucky countryside is beautiful with rolling meadows, lined with incredible fencing and landscaped around the perimeter. Many scenic drives lead you to these farms or Bourbon Distilleries.
So you could combine your visit to a few horse farms, take a break to eat and tour a distillery and leisurely wind your way around the gorgeous countryside.
www.wallacestation.com or call them at 859-846-5161.
Good news: they are open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
SPRING MEANS DERBY 17 Apr 2013, 4:16 pmSPRING BRINGS FABULOUS FLOWERS AND DERBY
Two of my favorite places to go for new plants and garden plants and fun decorations are:
Wallitches Nursery on Hikes Lane in Louisville and Hidden Hill Nursery and Sculpture Garden in Utica Indiana. Both are great places for information and inspiration. Hidden Hill Nursery's owner Bob Hill welcomes tour groups and is available to lead tours of the enchanting gardens "dispensing great garden wisdom and rambling garden nonsense in mostly equal parts"
I just found the most beautiful poppy at Hidden Hill. I have been trying to grow these for 40 years! I once had a small grouping that were just getting going when my gardener pulled them up thinking they were weeds!
For hours and more information go to www.hiddenhillnursery.com and www.wallitchesnursery.com
And this weekend is the kick off of the DERBY FESTIVAL. Thunder Over Louisville, one of the biggest fireworks displays in the country is the Saturday on the riverfront in Louisville. The weather is going to be nice so it is best to arrive early to get a good spot. There is plenty of entertainment and food available or you can bring your own picnic.
There is an event each day right up to the DERBY. The Balloon Festival, Derby Parade and The Great Steamboat Race are three of my favorites. To check out all of the events and find times and locations go to www.KDF.org
BOURBON IS BIG IN KENTUCKY 5 Feb 2013, 1:36 pmBourbon Popularity is Booming
|Baffalo Trace Bourbon Distillery - Great guide named Freddie|
The boom in popularity and sales have allowed the industry to expand and add distilleries to meet the demand for our signature spirit. And more and more visitors from around the world are interested in touring distilleries around the state to learn about the history and tradition of bourbon making.
Tours of distilleries are a fun way to learn the bourbon making process, sample some bourbon, try some bourbon balls and take home some bourbon souvenirs. Just about every distillery has a great tour and they are all very unique. Many have historic buildings and warehouses that date to the 1800's. Inspired by the California wine country tours and Scottish whiskey trails Kentucky began the Kentucky Bourbon Trail in 1999, which has been hugely successful.
The popularity of single batch bourbons and small-batch bourbons is one of the reasons for the rise in bourbon sales. And there is a new appreciation for all the old cocktails such as the Manhattan and of course the Mint Julep. Local and national chefs put bourbon in the spot light in their restaurants and TV shows. Home cooks can find cookbooks devoted to using bourbon in many fabulous dishes.
In Louisville we have The Urban Bourbon Trail where participation restaurants offer a huge selection of different bourbons. And a very exciting new distillery and museum will open in downtown Louisville in the historic Whiskey Row. The new attraction is being built by Heaven Hill Distilleries and will celebrate the legacy of Even Williams, Kentucky's first distiller and namesake of Heaven Hill's flagship bourbon brand.
And did you know? Bourbon is a redish brown because of the aging in charred oak barrels. It starts out white and ages with the charred oak giving it the distintive flavor and color.
I always thought Bourbon could only be make in Kentucky...not so, it can be made anywhere in the U.S. However, 95% is made in Kentucky.
GALLERY HOPPING 24 Jan 2013, 9:34 amGallery Hopping this Winter
Here are a few to consider:
'Artists of the Wonderland Way' Presented by the Carnegie Center for Art and History
Features works by a group of area artists that formed in 1906 to give artists a place to congregate and talk about materials, techniques and places to paint. They called themselves the artists of the wonderland way art club and created their works just before World War I and until the late 1930's .Many of the works in the exhibit show scenes of the river and roads and landscapes between southern Indiana and Cincinnati.
Opening: Friday January 25 reception from 6 - 8 pm
through April 6
At the Carnegie Center for Art and History
201 E. Spring St
New Albany, In
'Body Worlds Vital' Showing at the Kenucky Science Center
Vital presents a special collection of real human bodies designed to show visitors the essentials of human health and wellness.
Now through May 19
Kentucky Science Center
727 W. Main St
TIS THE SEASON 6 Dec 2012, 1:49 pmTIS THE SEASON
To Tour Historic Homes
A Candlelight Christmas at Locust Grove
Friday December 7, 5:30 pm to 9:pp pm
Saturday December 8, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Visitors will get a real look into life at Locust Grove at Christmas in the early 1800s.
The grounds and home are lit only by candlelight and decorated with fresh greens and fresh fruit much as it would have been in 1809. In the formal ball room there is live music and dancing with docents in period clothing.
Be sure to visit the outdoor kitchen where you can sample food prepared over the open hearth.
And in the visitors center more refreshments and live music await, plus a chance to do a little Christmas shopping in the gift shop.
Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children ( maximum $18 per household)
For more information visit: www.locustgrove.org
To Shop, Shop, Shop, Shop
First Friday Gallery Hop
Friday, December 7, 5 pm to 11 pm
Galleries and Shops on East Main Street in the vibrant NuLu area of Louisville will be open for shoppers to hop from one gallery or shop to another. This fun event happens the first Friday of each month along the East Main Street area. It is a chance to view art from local and national artists at the galleries, and shop at the locally owned stores along the street.
The galleries close at 9 pm but many of the shops stay open later and the trolley runs every 15 minutes until 11 pm. And the restaurants and clubs will stay open later as well.
Olde Tyme Christmas
Saturday, December 8, 9 am to 6 pm
"Olde Time Christmas" celebration on Frankfort Avenue will be this Saturday December 8. Shops along Frankfort Avenue will be open from 9 am to 6 pm. Many will have live music and holiday refreshments. Take a break at one of the many great local restaurants along the way.
Park your car and stroll along the street or take the free trolley from noon to 5pm. Horse carriage rides will also be offered from 1pm to 4pm for only 50 cents.
For more information visit: www.frankfortave.com
DIANA a Celebration, EXHIBIT AT THE FRAZIER MUSEUM 22 Sep 2012, 2:40 pm"DIANA: A CELEBRATION"
Two diamond tiaras and Diana's family jewels will also be on display. Curator, Graeme Murton, said "They are exceptional. I've never seen diamonds like them." He and Nick Grossmark have been traveling around the world with the exhibit for more than decade. They are the only people allowed to handle the wedding dress and its lavish 25 foot train. They wear white gloves to protect the material from the acidity in their hands.
This very special exhibit is open through January 13 the Frazier History Museum, located at 829 West Main Street in Louisville. For more information on this exhibit and the rest of the permanent collection at the museum go to www.fraziermuseum.org or call 502-753-5663.d