Saturday, October 25, 2014

Spirit Ball October 25 at Conrad-Caldwell House

Old Louisville's haunted streets will set the scene for boarding the steamboat usually referred to as the Conrad-Caldwell House for the 9th Annual Spirit Ball. The masquerade and dance is held the Saturday before Halloween, this year on the night of October 25.

Celebrating the Spirits of the Belle


Calliope and ragtime tunes will fill the space that is said to be inhabited by five spirits according to local legends. On the night of the ball, themed "Celebrating the Spirits of the Belle", the house will be overrun with masked revelers in addition to the resident spirits.


 The Spirit Ball's haunted steamboat theme honors the 100th anniversary of the Belle of Louisville. All three floors of the house at 1402 St. James Court will be transformed and open for this fun event celebrating the Halloween season in steamboat style.

Spirit Ball Entertainment and Costumes


The evening's entertainment includes a palm reader, dancing, bourbon tastings, blackjack, fortune teller, live music and auctions. Gourmet cuisine and specialty cocktails will be served. The costume contest is a highlight of the evening. With the haunted steamboat theme, creativity in costuming will be abundant. Steampunk style is sure to appear as is a steamboat captain or two. Organizers advise attendees to dress as they like: in black tie, formal or cocktail dress, as Mark Twain, Marie Antoinette, Frankenstein, Grace Caldwell or Fred Flintstone. The only guideline is to be whimsical and have fun. A decorated mask may be all the whimsy you need for the Spirit Ball.

Benefit for the Maintenance of Conrad-Caldwell House


The $150 ticket price includes entrance to the Spirit Ball and the speakeasy style After Party with entertainment by Sheryl Rouse Crawford. Tickets for just the After Party are available at a reduced price. Proceeds from the ticket sales are directed to the upkeep and maintenance of the Conrad-Caldwell House.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Walk With the Ghosts October 17 – 19

Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, there’s nothing like a nighttime stroll through Old Louisville. The annual Victorian ghost walk may not include paranormal entities, but you will get a good look at some of the most beautiful architecture and gardens you’ll find anywhere in the city.

Walking With Ghosts


The walk is a pleasant two-hour stroll that’s scheduled for 7 pm to 9 pm every night on October 17, 18 and 19. You’ll see more than architecture while you’re walking through Old Louisville. Many actors also participate to put on an amazing show during the event. The outdoor play shows you some of the history that’s unique to this community. Every 15 minutes, a new group will be guided through the neighborhood to hear storytellers in full costume. They’ll tell you some of the ghostly tales of the community, and you’ll heart about Old Louisville’s past. The tour takes about 90 minutes.


 Alfred Victor Dupont, Jennie Bowman, the Stick Witch and Annie Whipple will come back to life for the event. The gas lighting creates the perfect atmosphere, and it allows you to view the beautiful Victorian architecture the way it was meant to be seen. Tickets cost $25 per person.

The walk begins at 1340 South Fourth Street, right in the heart of beautiful Old Louisville at Central Park. This area is known for foot traffic. You’ll see students on their way to class, dog walkers out enjoying the scenery, and professionals hurrying toward downtown.

The ghost tour is all about the history of Old Louisville, but this is a popular community even in today’s modern times. Today, this Louisville neighborhood is one of the city’s most diverse. It’s filled with beautiful trees and gardens, and yet it’s within walking distance of some of downtown Louisville’s best attractions. 

About the Author:  Joe Hayden is the Team Owner and Manager of the - Your Louisville Real Estate Experts!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Get Louder Than Life October 4 -5

Like live music? Feel like getting out of the house? Did you ever rock out during the 1990s or 2000s? If this sounds like you, the Louder Than Life festival is exactly where you want to be. The Louder Than Life festival offers two days, 30 bands and lots of stuff to do.

Get Loud


The acts coming to the stage for the festival include Judas Priest, Korn, Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit, Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, Papa Roach and lots more. With so many big names on the ticket, you need an entire weekend to enjoy it all. The lineup includes many of the biggest names from the 1990s and 2000s. If you were listening to the radio in these decades and you like rock n’ roll, then you’re probably familiar with most of the bands.


Don’t worry about getting hungry while you’re there. A wide selection of affordable gourmet food will be available. An entire display of “gourmet man food” will be offered, in fact, so you can try something unique but still familiar. Look out for the celebrity chefs while you’re shopping for food. Some of Louisville’s kitchen leaders will be at the event. And if you get thirsty, wash it all down with local craft beers. Stop by the bourbon exhibition before you go. It’s just not Kentucky without bourbon, right?

If you don’t want to leave the party, camping is available onsite. This event takes place in Champions Park, on Louisville’s beautiful waterfront, so it’s not a bad campsite at all. Find it all at 2050 River Road. For one day, the festival costs $64.50. For both days, general admission tickets cost $109.50.

Along the Water


Champions Park is close to the sprawling Mockingbird Valley neighborhood. It's very close to downtown Louisville, but it feels like a whole different world. This neighborhood has an isolated feeling to it, though you'll be close to all the excitement of the city.

Hills, large lots and plenty of leafy trees give the Mockingbird Valley neighborhood the feeling of being out in the country, instead of close to the city. The houses are set back from the road to create privacy. Natural rock outcroppings have been left undisturbed to preserve the natural beauty of this community. The first home in the neighborhood was built back in 1840, and the community has improved and expanded ever since. The Louisville Country Club is conveniently close by.

Go visit Louisville’s waterfront this fall, and you’ll see that there’s a lot of stuff to discover out there.

About the Author:  Joe Hayden is the Team Owner and Manager of the - Your Louisville Real Estate Experts!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Shop in the Garden at Nunnlea October 3 – 4

If you’ve never been to the beautiful Nunnlea historic home, now’s your chance. The Nunnlea Craft Fair gives you the opportunity to browse handmade arts and crafts in a beautiful garden that will make you feel like you’ve just stepped back in time.

Nunnlea, and Other Beautiful Homes


The Nunnlea historic home was built in 1860. You’ll find this pretty piece of the past at 1940 S. Hurstbourne Parkway, near the Hurstbourne Acres community.


 Hurstbourne Acres is its own city with a dedicated police department. More than 1,500 people live here in more than 1,000 different types of housing. Many beautiful Louisville homes are in this neighborhood, which has its own large park where community events and gatherings take place. It’s a city within the city, and it’s in the East End of Louisville where you’ll find theaters, shopping and lots of other attractions.

Shopping for Art


Local artists and crafters of all types will set up their booths inside the house and on the front porch of the Nunnlea property. You’ll shop among needlework, glasswork, wooden items, pottery, even art made with gourds. There is parking on site and plenty of space for you to walk around and get a look at the place.

If you get hungry while you shop, go to the on-site Calico Café. The café offers homemade soups, gourmet sandwiches and desserts made with seasonal ingredients.

The craft fair is open from 11 am to 7 pm on October 3 and on October 4 from 9 am to 5 pm. Visit both days to enjoy the Nunnlea property and all the beautiful Louisville homes nearby.

About the Author:  Joe Hayden is the Team Owner and Manager of the - Your Louisville Real Estate Experts!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Secrets of Louisville Chefs Taping September 27

VIP tickets are available to watch the taping of two episodes of the program Secrets of Louisville Chefs. The $50 ticket will gain its holder entry to the studio at 9:30am for a champagne welcome and a meet and greet with the program's hosts and producers. The show's hosts are Tim Laird, Brown-Forman's Chief Entertaining Officer and Kevin Harned, WAVE 3 TV Chief Meteorologist, who reportedly have a terrific rapport and do not script the show. Their banter is said to be great entertainment in itself and is largely edited out of the show for squeezing the proper content into the program's allotted amount of time. Taping will begin at 10:00am.

Be Part of a Live Studio Audience in Louisville


The taping on September 27 in front of a live audience will feature Allen Hubbard, Executive Chef of Martini Italian Bistro at 4021 Summit Plaza Drive. Allen Hubbard got his start in the culinary arts in his grandmother's kitchen where she assigned him tasks of food preparation for family and church gatherings.


 The second taping will center around the secrets of the innovative dishes created by Chef Peng Looi from Asiatique Restaurant at 1767 Bardstown Road. The show is in its twelfth year making it a predecessor to many of today's popular programs featuring chefs.

In Studio Experience Includes Samples


Taping is expected to last no longer than two and one half hours ending by 12:30pm. VIP ticket holders will then be invited to sample the food that the chefs have prepared. The taping occurs at the Kitchen Studio at Bourbon Barrel Foods located at1201 Story Avenue in the Butchertown Market. The program, Secrets of Louisville Chefs, airs in Louisville on Sundays at 11:30am on WAVE TV and Monday through Friday at 6:00pm on WBNA TV channel 21. 

About the Author:  Joe Hayden is the Team Owner and Manager of the Joe Hayden Real Estate Team - !

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Got Coins? Visit Fern Valley September 25 - 27

If you’re a coin enthusiast, you can’t miss the 54th annual coin show on September 25. There will be dozens of tables of coins and lots of attendants who enjoy this hobby just as much as you. It’s all coins, and it’s all taking place in one of Louisville’s best neighborhoods.

All Coins, All Day


More than 80 tables of coins will be set up for the casual observer as well as the die-hard collector. Even if you already have an expert level of knowledge when it comes to coins, you may learn something new or see something you haven’t seen before. And if you know nothing about coins, this is a perfect reason to start learning.

 
There’s a lot to learn, and a whole lot to see. The event is so big, it lasts for three days. On the 25th, the event is open from 1 pm to 5:30 pm. It’s open the 26th from 10 am to 5:30 pm, and on the 27th from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Admission and parking are both free, so you can attend all three days of the event and still have money to spend on coins. Even if you don’t buy anything, you’ll have the chance to rub elbows with some of Louisville’s most knowledgeable collectors, along with beginners who are new to the coin game.

Fern Valley


Find the annual coin show at the Fern Valley Conference Center at 2715 Fern Valley Road. Fern Valley is close to the lively Highlands area, which is full of shopping and other attractions. The Fern Valley community is near several large Louisville neighborhoods. It’s right next to the Highlands, and close to both Newburg and Poplar Hills.

More than 20,000 people live in the Newburg neighborhood alone. The community is constantly improving itself. As recently as 2009, Newburg funded and built an 8300-square-foot library that focuses on education and technology.

Go see some of the community for yourself, and learn about coins beginning this September 25. 

About the Author:  Joe Hayden is the Team Owner and Manager of the - Your Louisville Real Estate Experts!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Beauties and the Beast Golf Tournament September 17

The Persimmon Ridge Ladies Golf Association is hosting a golf tournament on Wednesday, September 17. The Beauties and the Beast Golf Tournament is being played with teams of two golfers in a 6-6-6 format. The 6-6-6 format means that six of the holes will be played shamble style, six holes will be played taking the best ball and the final six holes will be played in an alternate shot format.

6-6-6 Format Components


A shamble is a format where the best drive is used by both players on the team, then they both play their own shots from that point forward. Best ball is traditional play by which each team member will play his own ball. The best score from the hole becomes the team's score. The alternate shot format is as the name implies where the players will take turns playing the ball from their partner's last shot. The mix of formats makes the day more fun and allows the golfers of lesser to skill to be competitive.

Donations of Beauty Products Requested


The tournament is a benefit for Maryhurst. The Persimmon Ridge Ladies Golf Association requests that  players bring beauty products appropriate for teenagers for donation to Maryhurst's girls. Lip gloss, eyeshadow, body wash, and even jewelry are on the request list. Maryhurst is self-described as a place for new beginnings for young people who have suffered abuse and neglect. Maryhurst works to offer healing and hope to those who have nowhere else to turn. The tournament entry fee is $160 per team and includes breakfast, range balls, the 18 hole tournament with your cart, prizes, a Beau-tee gift and a delicious lunch. By coming out for a day of golf and fun at Persimmon Ridge Golf Club, you will help Maryhurst continue their work to end the cycle of abuse. 

About the Author:  Joe Hayden is the Team Owner and Manager of the Joe Hayden Real Estate Team - !

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Learn More about Kentucky All Through August

The KentuckyShow! is playing all August long at the Kentucky Center, and even lifelong residents will learn something new about the state at this event. The show will play on the hour every Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, and on Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Living in Kentucky


The KentuckyShow! is completely unique. It’s a large-screen production featuring music and images. Movie star and Kentucky native Ashley Judd narrates the story. The show takes a close look at the one-of-a-kind culture, music, history and spirit of Kentucky.



Children 5 and under attend the show for free. Seniors and children under the age of 18 cost just $5. For adults, the price is $7 per ticket. The show itself lasts just 32 minutes, so even young kids won’t get too antsy during the presentation.

The Kentucky Center is located at 501 West Main Street, in the heart of one of downtown Louisville’s most historic neighborhoods.

In Downtown Louisville


The Kentucky Center is nestled on the banks of the Ohio River, near Waterfront Park and the Great Lawn. It’s in the West Main District of downtown Louisville, an area that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This part of the city has the largest group of buildings with cast iron facades anywhere in the country outside New York’s famed SoHo neighborhood. This part of Main is also where you’ll find the famous “Museum Row,” a center of culture for the city.

A few miles east of West Main, you’ll find the Phoenix Hill neighborhood. This area was settled prior to the 1850s, which makes it even older than the Civil War. Phoenix Hill has something for everyone, including its own arts and entertainment district. Many family-owned businesses are in the commercial district, mixed right in with larger corporate interests and industries.

Phoenix Hill has its own Neighborhood Association. Go to the historic part of the community to find the Farmer’s Market, where anyone can purchase fresh vegetables. The area is famous for its shotgun houses and newer, large residential housing complexes.

Learn more about Phoenix Hill, and the rest of the state, at the Kentucky Center this August. This one-of-a-kind show is a must-see for all residents of Kentucky. 

About the Author:  Joe Hayden is the Team Owner and Manager of the - Your Louisville Real Estate Experts!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Eat Like a New Yorker August 8

New York City is famous for its street food, but you don’t have to go that far to find delicious eats from various vendors. Louisville has a pretty nice street food scene, too, and you can taste it for yourself on August 8. Go to the Phoenix Hill Tavern to enjoy food, games and fun for the whole family.

Eating Local


Live music will play outside while you shop through different food trucks all parked outside Phoenix Hill Tavern. This is a well-known Louisville nightspot in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood, and this is a family-friendly event. Games help keep everyone busy, and there’s a beer garden area for the adults.



The event begins at 5 pm and goes until the food trucks close down for the night. Black Rock Grille, Boss Hog BBQ, Holy Mole, Longshot Lobsta, Traveling Kitchen and many others will gather to give you a wide variety of stuff to eat. The beer garden will feature local beers, but you’ll find the name-brand labels as well.

Show up early, and you can spend some time exploring Phoenix Hill before the food is served.

Around the Hill


Phoenix Hill is just east of downtown Louisville, close to all the city’s major attractions. Phoenix Hill has its own unique character and a sort of self-sustaining charm. In the community, you’ll find a medical district, arts district, many small businesses, even an entertainment district. Phoenix Hill has its own historic district where many gorgeous homes are located. Teddy Roosevelt once spoke in the park next to the Phoenix Hill Brewery, a building that was closed in 1919 due to Prohibition.

The community has a thriving neighborhood association that has helped bring lots of new homes to the area. The association has created a sense of community in the Phoenix Hill area, where locals enjoy regular events and activities. In additional to other events, the neighborhood association hosts a regular farmer’s market where locals can purchase fresh food.

Visit Phoenix Hill in August to see unique and historic Louisville homes, and taste local cuisine in a relaxed, fun setting. No matter when you go, it’s always a good time to see a new Louisville neighborhood. 

About the Author:  Joe Hayden is the Team Owner and Manager of the Joe Hayden Real Estate Team - !

Monday, July 14, 2014

ACA Tropical Fish Auction at the Crowne Plaza Hotel

Like pretty fish? If “Finding Nemo” is your favorite comfort movie, you’ve got to see the ACA tropical fish auction at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The event begins at 10 am and doesn’t end until 7 pm. During the day, you’ll have lots of opportunities to see amazing tropical fish. And if you’ve got your own fish to sell or buy, of course this is a can’t-miss event.

Fishing with the Experts


The tropical fish auction is the final day for the ACA’s annual convention. The ACA, American Cichlid Association, is all about the rarest fish. The auction itself is only for cichlid and catfish species, and will include rare fish that aren’t even available at retail stores.

 
Why does the auction take so many hours? Because there are hundreds of bags of fish to sell. This auction is one of the largest of its kind in the entire country, and fish experts and sellers from all over the nation will be in attendance. This is the biggest fish auction Louisville has seen since 1992, so now’s your chance to swim among the biggest fish experts. Registration begins at 8 am.

A Day at the Crowne


The Crowne Plaza is located near the Louisville Airport Expo Center, at 830 Phillips Lane. This hotel is by the airport, but not too far away is Southern Parkway and the famous Churchill Downs. This is an historic section of Louisville where you can still see some of the remnants of the city's earliest days.

The neighborhood is known as Wyandotte or Oakdale, part of the larger community known as South Louisville. This pretty community is marked by its cozy homes. The neighborhood sprang to life around 1890, shortly after nearby Iroquois Park opened. People wanted to live in the area, and this created a housing craze that turned South Louisville intro a thriving section of the city. The original name was Oakdale, and though it was later changed to Wyandotte in the 1970s some still call it by its first name.

Because of the proximity of the University of Louisville and Churchill Downs, this part of the city is ideal for college students, teachers and sports enthusiasts. And this July, it’s going to be ideal for fish enthusiasts, too. Visit the auction, and see all the action for yourself.

About the Author:  Joe Hayden is the Team Owner and Manager of the Joe Hayden Real Estate Team - !