Sunday, April 19, 2015

Go Hiking in the Forest April 18

It’s spring at the Jefferson Memorial Forest, and that makes it the perfect time to go hiking. Do it this April at the forest, and learn more about the natural wonders in Louisville. Go to the FOX Families Outside X-ploring event, and get a close look at all the glory of spring.

Memorial Forest

Hike through the Jefferson Memorial Forest to see the wildflowers blooming. Listen, and you may hear the frogs making mating calls to each other. The hike will take you to Shannon’s Pond, so you should be able to hear the frogs pretty well.

 This walk through the forest is more than a hike. Once you get to the pond, participate in a boat-building lesson. You will actually learn how to build a boat using natural materials. The walk begins at 9 am, when the weather is still cool and a little crisp.

You may want to bring a jacket with you to stay warm in the cool morning air. Bring along water to drink and a snack as well. The entire walk will be outdoors, so be prepared. Don’t wear your best clothes, because being out in Nature can get messy. You will probably get some dirt on your clothing while you work on boat building.

You’ll find the forest at 12304 Holsclaw Hill Road, in Fairdale. This is a community inside Louisville, but Fairdale is like its own small town.

By the Forest

Fairdale has its own schools and parks, a library, churches, and lots of places to live. This community is right next to some of the most beautiful natural areas in the city. The Tom Wallace Recreation Area is right next to Fairdale, and the Jefferson Memorial Forest is within the boundaries of the neighborhood.

These huge green spaces provide lots of room for hiking, exploring, boating, biking and having all sorts of fun outdoors. Have some fun yourself this April, and take a walk through the forest to see nature in all of its best spring beauty.

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

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Learn the Science of Picking a Derby Winner April 16

Many experts pick a winning horse by examining the odds, crunching the numbers and using other mysterious methods to determine the champion. If you want to know some of those tricks, too, you want to attend the Winning Strategies SW event.

How to Pick a Winner

When it’s Derby Day, everyone’s betting on the races. Maybe this year, you’d like to win a little money doing it. If you think that science and math are the key to picking the right horse, you’ve got to attend Winning Strategies.

Economist Bill Steiden and mathematician Pete Rodski will host the session and tell you how the experts use the numbers to make the odds, find the winners and make the most money. You’ll learn what to look for when picking a horse and a rider, so you can actually mathematically increase your odds of choosing the winner of the race.

The talk is at JCTC, Jefferson County Technical College, at the Valley Station campus. If you haven’t been to Valley Station lately, now’s the time to find out what you’ve been missing.

Down in the Valley

Valley Station is well-known for its schools. Along with the college campus, Valley is home to Stuart Middle School and Valley Traditional. The Bobby Nichols golf course is almost within eyesight of the JCTC campus. A branch of Jefferson Community College is out here as well.

Waverly Hills, the world-famous haunted attraction, is also located in Valley Station. Look up at the hill, and you may see the towers of Waverly poking up above the trees. It’s also close to the golf course, but don't venture there without permission. It isn’t safe for you or for the ghosts.

Valley Station has a little bit of creepy, but it’s also got a lot of smarts. Go to 1000 Community College Drive this April to learn the secrets of picking a Derby horse, and find out for yourself.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Go Gonzo at the GonzoFest April 11

If you're a fan of Hunter S. Thompson, music, poetry, crafts or just getting a little weird, sometimes, you've got to go to GonzoFest Louisville. This annual event celebrates all things Hunter S. Thompson and the entire spirit of being Gonzo. In other words, it's time to let your hair down and embrace the slightly weirder side of Louisville.

Going Gonzo

It's the fifth year of GonzoFest, and this year is going to be the weirdest year yet. Two stages will feature live music from local Louisville acts. You can also hear poetry readings. And if you're a writer yourself, enter the literary contest.

 Maybe you like art instead. Browse the drawings for a Hunter S. Thompson statue, and see which you like best. Live art will also be on display, and many craft vendors will have booths set up if you want to do a little shopping. GonzoFest merchandize will also be available.

Take a wild picture of yourself in the Gonzo photo booth before you watch the Squallis Puppeteers perform. If you get hungry, no problem. The Monkey's Uncle Grill, featuring Lil Cheezers, will be providing eats for all.

GonzoFest is at Waterfront Park this year. Look for it at the Parkway Lawn at 2 pm. GonzoFest doesn't end until midnight, so you'll have plenty of time to get weird. Admission is $15.

By the Water

Louisville's waterfront is famous for being a beautiful community gathering spot. It draws people from all over Louisville who come to concerts and other events, like GonzoFest, but the people who live closest have the chance to enjoy the park most often.

Head along River Road and Waterfront Park place to find gorgeous waterfront living. This is where you'll find some of the city's most modern condos and picturesque homes. Head deeper into the city to find modern high-rise living, city dwelling at its finest.

Like history? Downtown Louisville is full of historic homes as well, remainders of the earlier days of the city when Louisville was still young. There's something for everyone in downtown Louisville, including weirdness!

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Learn How to Prune Like a Master April 11

Take your work gloves, pruning tools and enthusiasm for gardening to Yew Dell Gardens this April, and learn the secrets of professional pruning. Your landscaping is only as good as your upkeep of it, and pruning is a large part of that. Learn how to keep your plants looking amazing with a few simple tricks and tools you'll gain in this hands-on workshop.

Pruning the Gardens

It costs $30 to attend this training session, which is led by a master gardener. The new head gardener of Yew Dell will teach you the tricks he's learned over the years, so you can make your own home gardens look as manicured and perfect as the fancy gardens you have to pay money to see -- like Yew dell.

 The Yew Dell Gardens are so beautiful, couples choose to get married there. See the amazing beauty of the gardens for yourself when you attend the class on April 11, which begins at 10 am. Yew Dell Gardens is at 6220 Old LaGrange Road in Crestwood.

Going to Crestwood

Crestwood is just outside Louisville, though to many this is an extension of the city itself. This community has received national attention for being such a great place to live. CNN has recognized Crestwood for being one of the best communities in Louisville.

This neighborhood has its own schools, library, arts center and lots of other things for people to do. See Crestwood this spring, and see one of the prettiest places in Crestwood when you go to the Yew Dell Gardens. Learn how to beautify your own outdoor spaces, and prune your garden like a pro.

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

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Have a Nine-Course Dinner at Bistro 1860 April 2

Wine and dine yourself at Bistro 1860 for a spectacular nine-course seafood meal. The meal includes eight different kinds of fish, making this any seafood lover's delight.

Have a Seafood Meal

The fish at the dinner is all hand-selected and purchased from Honolulu Fish Company. All the fish are caught in American waters by eco-friendly methods. Each different course is paired with wine. The meal isn't just about eating seafood. It's about exploring the fruits of the ocean.

Different textures and tastes will be highlighted at the meal, so you'll virtually take a culinary tour of the waters. Wines from Spain, Italy, France and California will be on the menu. Each course of fish is served with side dishes and special seasonings designed to bring out the unique flavor of the fish. The wine complements each course.

Dinner starts at 6:30, so bring your appetite. The meal costs $225 per person, plus taxes and gratuity. Call ahead to make reservations to attend this delicious culinary tour of the ocean waters. When the dinner ends at 9 pm, you'll have some time to take in the evening air and walk off the wine after you eat.

A Walk on the Hill

Bistro 1860 is at 1765 Mellwood Avenue, which puts you in one of the great walking neighborhoods of the city. Crescent a Hill is known for its gardens, something that the residents take pride in. This makes any walk through the neighborhood a spectacle of color, and in April you'll see some of those early blooms already making their appearance.

One-of-a-kind boutiques and unique shopping make Crescent Hill a great place to visit, day or night. You'll find lots of modern flair in the stores, but you'll see the past come alive in the neighborhood. There are several historic attractions here, not to mention the Crescent Hill reservoir. Looking out at the water is a perfect way to end any seafood meal. Take a walk up the hill this April, and you'll find out for yourself.

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

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Enjoy Arcade Gaming at the Louisville Arcade Expo March 7 – 9

Remember playing arcade games? Those memories will come to life at the Louisville Arcade Expo. Purchase your tickets, and enjoy a whole world of pinball, arcade and even console games – all set to free play.

At the Arcade Expo

There are hundreds of games ready to be played at the Louisville Arcade Expo. Purchase a one-day ticket for $20, or enjoy the whole weekend of gaming for $45. The Expo is open Friday from 2 pm to midnight. On Saturday, it’s open from 10 am to midnight. Sunday, the Expo is open from 10 am to 4 pm. That gives you many, many hours of play time.

 Play Duck Hunt, Jurassic Park, Wizard of Oz and Doctor Who pinball machines, to name just a few. At the full-size arcade games, you’ll find classics like Capcom’s Alien vs. Predator, NBA Jam, Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Breakout will all be at the Expo.

Go to the console gaming area to find the machines made in the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Rare machines, like the Apple II and Commodore 64, will be present. And because this event is all about games and gaming, kids who are 10 and younger get in for free with an adult admission. Of course, you may find that you’ll have more fun if you leave the kids at home!

All the fun begins on March 7 at the Ramada Plaza at 1776 Plantside Drive.

Driving Plantside

The Ramada Plaza is easy to find. It’s in the middle of a busy commercial district that offers restaurants, shopping, fitness centers and more. Outside this commercial district, you’ll find several beautiful Louisville neighborhoods.

The city of Hurstbourne Acres is just blocks away from the Ramada Plaza. This community holds regular town meetings, and has its own City Hall. Hurstbourne Acres is famous for Stanley B. Welch park. He was the former mayor of Hurstbourne Acres. Speaking of acres, the park takes up one and a half of them, providing plenty of green spaces for children to run and play and for adults to relax. There’s a brick wellhouse at the park that’s more than 100 years old. The annual city Summer Picnic and Easter Egg Hunt are held at the park every year. The park is open to all residents who want to enjoy it, though visitors are always welcome as well.

Before a night of free play indoors, go to the park to soak up a little sun. This part of Louisville offers all different types of fun, so why not enjoy more than one?

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

Friday, March 6, 2015

Celebrate Dr. Seuss at the Library March 7

Dr. Seuss is one of the most famous children's writers, responsible for creating classics like "Cat in the Hat" and "Green Eggs and Ham." And this March, the Louisville Free Public Library is celebrating his birthday. All the kids in Louisville are invited to join in on the fun.

Library Party

The library is the perfect place to have a party for one of the most famous storytellers of all time, and now Seuss is more exciting than ever. Previously-undiscovered manuscripts have been found by the family of Dr. Seuss, and you know what that means: new stories. For the first time in years, brand-new Suess stories will be published in the near future.

Now's the time to catch up on all the classic stories he told in the past. Celebrate the life, and birthday, of Seuss with games and crafts based on the characters in his books. There will be stories during the party, of course, and children will have the chance to discover the stuff the library has to offer these days. The Louisville Free Public Library continues to grow and expand its locations and services every year, so it can continue being an important part of the community.

The library is a big part of the Crescent Hill community. The Crescent Hill branch is at 2762 Frankfort Avenue, in one of the most active areas of the neighborhood.

In Crescent Hill

Crescent Hill is just east of downtown Louisville, which gives residents easy access to everything the city has to offer. It's one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, and one of the most active. Events are held in Crescent Hill throughout the year, not just in the library but in community areas all over the neighborhood.

The neighborhood has a little something for everyone. There are historic buildings, modern attractions and lots of places to go and things to do in this community. Crescent Hill is also one of the city's prettiest communities. People here pride themselves on taking care of their spaces. Even as far back as 1908, the Crescent Hill Improvement Club was working toward making the neighborhood beautiful.

The neighborhood is still beautiful, and constantly improving itself. So visit Crescent Hill this March to celebrate Dr. Seuss at the library. It's a party! For once, a reasonable amount of noise will be tolerated at the library...within reason, of course!

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

Monday, March 2, 2015

Make Your Own Derby Hat

The Kentucky Derby is always Louisville’s biggest event, and it’s one of those things you have to prepare for in advance. Go to the Forme Millinery Derby Hat Workshop this year to make your own amazing Derby fashion accessory, and check at least one thing off your to-do list.

The Hat-Making Workshop

Fancy a fascinator? Want a wide-brim, 1940s look? Whatever you want to make, you can learn more about it here. The instructor will tell you how to use horsehair to make your Derby hat. Is there any material that could be more appropriate? You’ll form the shape of your own hat to get a perfect, custom fit. Every part of your hat will be hand-made by you, so you know you’ll be wearing a one-of-a-kind creation. When people ask who made your hat, just say it’s from a hot new designer!

Bring your own needles, pins, thread and scissors. If you want to add ribbons, feathers and other doodads to your hat, bring them along. The workshop is at the Forme Millinery Workshop at 1860 Mellwood Avenue, Suite 122-A. It begins at 10 am and ends at 1 pm. The price is $295 a person, which is less than what you’ll spend on an actual designer Derby hat.

Trendy Town

You’ll be in one of Louisville’s trendiest neighborhoods when you go to the Derby hat workshop. The Clifton community is made up of several smaller neighborhoods, like Kenilworth Heights. There are many old homes here that date back to the 60-year history of the community. Historic Queen Anne and Italianate homes harken back to an earlier era of the city. You’ll also find brand-new, modern condos in the community.

In addition to the many homes, there are lots of businesses, restaurants and boutiques in the Clifton area. The famous Mom’s Music is nearby, not to mention lots of other places worth visiting. Take a look around this popular area of the city, and maybe you’ll even get some great ideas for your new, custom-designed Derby hat.

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

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Annual Burns Dinner Gala January 24

The details of the Burns Dinner Gala must be preceded by explanation of three things. First, Robert Burns is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland. He was born January 25, 1759. This gala is sort of like his 256th birthday party. The second is haggis. To save you the time of looking it up the formal description is: a savoury pudding containing sheep's pluck (heart, liver and lungs); minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally encased in the animal's stomach and simmered for approximately three hours. Doesn't it sound delicious? The third is that a dram is a small drink of whiskey.

The Burns Dinner Gala Details

The Scottish Society of Louisville is hosting its 23rd Annual Burns Dinner Gala on Saturday, January 24.  The bar opens at 6:00pm and dinner activities will commence promptly at 6:30pm with a plated traditional Scottish dinner and the serving of haggis, along with wee drams for traditional toasts. In addition to dinner and traditional toasts, the evening will be filled with entertainment and dancing. The lively event has attendees who return every year and welcome newcomers. Tickets are $45 for the night of rich traditions at the Holiday Inn Louisville East at 1325 Hurstbourne Parkway.

Expect the bagpipes and kilts to be out in full force and the toasts and dancing to take over the night. A traditional Haggis Ceremony will be performed and include the recitation of Burns' poem Ode to the Haggis. Mother Grove will provide the music and are sure to have you up dancing jig after jig with their fun, high energy Celtic sound. The evening will close with the joining of hands in the circle of friendship for the singing of Burns' Auld Land Syne at the end of the night.

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

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Fleetwood Mac Tribute at Headliners January 23

Fans of the seventies super group Fleetwood Mac have a two exciting events in Louisville in the coming weeks. Rumours - A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac is on stage at Headliners Music Hall at 1386 Lexington Road in Louisville on January 23 at 9:00pm.  Tickets are $10 or free with a blanket donation for Salvation Army.

The group formed in 2010 for a short run of performances but were so popular that they stayed together and are still performing the show four years later! The band will perform Fleetwood Mac's 1977 Rumours album, which included mega hits Don't Stop and You Make Loving Fun. They cover hits from other Fleetwood Mac album releases in addition to this collection that is now nearly forty years old. The show at Headliners will be opened by Bad Bad Things: A Chris Isaak Tribute.

Fleetwood Mac at KFC Yum! Center

The Rumours experience will be a warm up for the Fleetwood Mac fan as the band is bringing their tour to the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville on February 17. The band has been touring since 2013. Christine McVie has recently joined the tour completing the original band to the delight of fans worldwide. The "On With the Show" Tour is in its second leg and continues to sell out arenas around the country as Fleetwood Mac's popularity reaches new heights during this reunion. Ticket prices to see Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks and John McVie in Louisville at the Yum! Center  range from $49.50 to $179.50.

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