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.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Derby City Roller Girls All-Stars July 12th

Go to Champs Rollerdrome to cheer on the home team on July 12. The Derby City Roller Girls All-Stars will take on the Fox City Foxz in a real roller derby. This all-ages event is a can’t-miss, especially if you’ve never seen a live roller derby before.

Rolling at Champs


The doors open at 7 pm on July 12, though the game doesn’t start until 8. All tickets are general admission, so come early to get a good seat. The game is expected to end around 10 pm. Tickets are $9 for adults ages 13 and up. Children aged 7 to 12 are $5, and kids under 6 get to watch for free.



Roller derbies are action-packed. The athletic and competitive nature of the event is appealing to boys, and roller derbies are empowering for girls. If your family likes sporting events, the roller derby is a great choice.

You’ll find Champs Rollerdome at 9851 LaGrange Road, in Louisville’s East End. This is a large community of neighborhoods and homes, not to mention plenty of amusements.

The East Side of Town


Near LaGrange Road and Hurstbourne Parkway, Champ's is near Keeneland, Briarwood, Hickory Hill, Rolling Hills and several Louisville communities known for large, sprawling homes. E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park is just blocks away. Many neighborhoods and schools give this area of the city a quiet, suburban feel. But if you're looking for shopping, eating and other stuff to do, Westport Road is just a short distance away. This is where you'll find a large concentration of commercial businesses, and plenty of stuff to keep yourself occupied.

So if you’re in the neighborhood this July, stop by the rollerdrome to see the Derby City Roller Girls in action. Louisville has a proud tradition when it comes to sports, and that includes the ones that are conducted on roller skates.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Louisville Quest on June 21st

The Louisville Quest! is so exciting, it has its own exclamation point. If you want to do a little bit of everything, this is the event for you. It’s an adventurous scavenger hunt. It’s also a thrilling race. And it’s even an historical tour. So go on a quest through Louisville this June. Who knows what you’ll find?

Questing


The Louisville Quest! begins at 10:30 am, and the event is so big that this year there’s a brand-new route to choose from. So even if you’ve taken this adventure before, you can enjoy it in a whole new way.

Teams of two to five people group up to answer questions, solve puzzles and race against each other to visit locations throughout the city. The original route, which began in 2012, features some of the city’s best museums. The New Adventure, route 2, includes the downtown shopping area of Louisville. The newest path, route 3, takes you to some of the trendiest downtown locations. Each Quest ends with an Awards Ceremony where outstanding teams will be honored. Winners also receive awards to go to downtown restaurants and other nearby attractions.

Racing Through Downtown Louisville


Travel just a few miles away from downtown Louisville and you'll get to the Highlands, one of the more colorful areas of the city. Famous for its shopping, the Highlands is peppered with one-of-a-kind shops selling everything from housewares to fashion. The commercial district of the Highlands is centered on Bardstown Road, but the surrounding area is largely residential. The Highlands is between Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue.

Several different neighborhoods exist within the Highlands, including Cherokee Triangle and Tyler Park. Both these neighborhoods are close to downtown Louisville, so your Quest could take you into these communities. Take a quest through Louisville this June, and discover things you’ve never noticed about the city before.

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

Friday, June 6, 2014

20th Annual Crescent Hill Garden Tour June 7th

For just $10, anyone can see 10 different gardens in the beautiful Crescent Hill neighborhood on June 7. It’s the 20th Annual Crescent Hill Garden Tour, and it’s an event that no garden enthusiast will want to miss.

Traipsing Through the Tulips


The Crescent Hill Garden Club works hard every year to organize the Garden Tour, and this year is unique because it marks the 20th anniversary of this neighborhood stroll. The tour takes guests to 10 colorful, unique gardens in the Crescent Hill neighborhood. Be prepared to participate starting at 9 am. The event ends at 5 pm.



The tour begins at one of Crescent Hill’s most distinct landmarks: the Peterson Dumesnil House. It’s located at 301 South Peterson Avenue. And since you’re already participating in the tour, you will have the chance to tour this historic house before the day is over. Some of the prettiest gardens in all of Louisville will be on the tour. You’ll see unique plants and flowers, not to mention a lot of the Crescent Hill neighborhood itself.

Up on the Hill


Because it’s located between two forks of Beargrass Creek, the Crescent Hill neighborhood used to be known as “Beargrass.” The area was first developed in the 1850s, and it’s one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city.

Today, Crescent Hill is known for its beautiful homes (and their gardens!). The neighborhood is primarily Colonial Revival and Classical Revival architecture, which was a popular style when the area was first being built. It reaches to the St. Matthews city limits. Frankfort Avenue runs, roughly, right through the center of the community.

You’ll get a good look at this historic beauty when you take the garden tour, a neighborhood event that will delight any nature lover.

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

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Rainbow Colored Runners to Cover 5 Kilometers in Louisville

The Color Run 5k is coming to Louisville on June 7. You may have seen the aftermath of a similar event in Louisville, another city or in Facebook post photos and wondered what had happened. Event goers are often seen out and about covered in color as if they had been doused with paints leaving passersby to try to figure out what happened.

Popular Twist on an Old Concept


The Color Run bills itself as the Happiest 5k on the Planet. Registered participants come out to run, skip, walk, crawl or leapfrog themselves along the five kilometer path. Since health and happiness are the goals, only participation is encouraged and method of movement is not monitored. At marked points along the path, color is tossed on the participants as they pass. They begin dressed in white and by the end look like they have run through a rainbow.


Happiness, Healthiness and Individuality Celebrated


The Color Run encourages participants of all levels of ability for this event which isn't timed. The event recognizes and celebrates the diversity of its participants and these differences are symbolized by the color splashes that are different on each and every person.

No Where to Wear Your Tutu?


The grand finale of the Color Run is a finish festival where the onlookers are encouraged to get involved in the fun, too. For anyone who wants to get in the mix, color packets are sold at the Color Run. The start and finish lines are at the South Great Lawn at Waterfront Park. The race begins at 8:00am on Saturday, June 7. Tutus are appropriate attire for this event.

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

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

All Day Board Games by the Louisville Board Gamers on May 31st

It’s time to get your game on at the All Day Board Games hosted by the Louisville Board Gamers on Saturday, May 31st. No matter the age, there will be a fun game for everyone and plenty of group activities. This gaming event will take place at the Ramada Plaza Hotel located at 9700 Bluegrass Parkway in Louisville. Admission is only $5 and the doors will be open from 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m., or until the last dice is rolled. Children aged 8 or under may attend for free if accompanied by an adult.

The All Day Board Games event offers a great way to meet new people who enjoy the same types of games. Game enthusiasts will find hundreds of games to choose from within the extensive board game library, so there is sure to be something fun for any age. Gamers will find genres ranging from social and card games to unique Euro games. The favored classics like chess and checkers will also be open for those that prefer more traditional games.

Families and friends that love a good board game will not want to miss the All Day Board Games hosted by The Louisville Board Gamers this Saturday. Over 100 board games will be available starting at 11:00 a.m. at the Ramada Plaza Hotel on Bluegrass Parkway. Players are also welcome to bring their own favorites from home. The admission is $5 for ages 9 and older, with children aged 8 or under admitted free with an adult.

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

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Pitt Academy’s 30th Annual Bar-B-Q Festival May 17th

You don’t have to be an alum of Pitt Academy to visit their annual Bar-B-Q Festival. The event begins at 4 pm on May 17th, and ends at 11 pm. Best of all: anyone is welcome to attend. Delicious BBQ will be served the whole time, but there are plenty of activities outside of eating to keep you busy.

BBQ on Preston


Pitt Academy’s 30th annual Bar-B-Q Festival is this year, and if you’ve never been now is the time. The festival has truly taken on a carnival atmosphere over the years, but the food alone makes this event worth visiting.



Barbecue chefs from Ole Hickory Pitt oversee the meat, which is slow-cooked over natural wood. That’s the way BBQ is meant to be cooked. Feast on chicken, mutton or pork – or taste it all. Of course, you’ll have a full range of side dishes to choose from as well. Cole slaw, potato salad and baked beans are all on the menu, naturally.

While you’re at the festival, listen to the live music and walk among the many booths that ring the event. Game booths provide plenty of adult fun. Send the kids to the children’s area, where they’ll find games and activities made for them. All the proceeds of the festival go to a worthy cause, and you’ll get a day of fun in return.

Community Influence


Pitt Academy is a private school that teaches alternative learning methods to students who have difficulty functioning in a more traditional school environment. The school is non-profit, so all of the proceeds of the BBQ festival benefit Pitt Academy.

The school is located at 6010 Preston Highway, where it’s surrounded by several Louisville communities. Pitt is near Okolona, Poplar Hills and Lynnview. These residential areas are surrounded by shopping, restaurants, parks and other family-oriented attractions. This part of Louisville is so packed with stuff to do and places to go, it functions almost like its own mini-city.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Library Hosts Its Annual How-To Festival May 10th

The Louisville Free Public Library hosts its How-To Festival on Saturday, May 10 from 10am to 3pm. The Festival will be held at the Main Library at 301 York Street in Louisville.  This is a free event where presentations are held throughout the library and may be the only place you could possibly overhear someone ask "Do I want to learn to tie a bow tie or learn to repair drywall next?"

Learn More Than 50 Things in 5 Hours for Free


The original idea for this festival was to teach on 50 topics over a 5 hour time span, but the festival has now grown to 152 topics. Presenters range from local experts in their fields to passionate volunteers who have mastered a hobby to professors on this expansive list of subjects. The schedule has been created with the location of each presentation shown on an included map of the library.

Most presentations are scheduled for 45 minutes at the designated location with a 15 minute break before the next set of presentations begin, but there are exceptions.  It is recommended that you download and review the schedule prior to heading out for the festival.

How to Decide


With so many choices it will be difficult to decide between learning to yodel and learning to make shadow puppets.  Luckily there is not a conflict between the presentations for making ice cream in a bag and the one on learning how to age gracefully. Learn how to raise chickens in the city, play mahjong and shoot a bow and arrow all on the same Saturday afternoon at the Louisville library.

Perhaps the first presentation should titled How-To Decide Which Presentations To Attend!

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

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Cooking at the Cottage in Louisville on May 7th and 8th

Cooking and the culinary arts present fascinating and endless topics to explore with a delectable reward at the end of the demonstration or class.  Cooking at the Cottage in Louisville has a full list of classes that often sell out early due to their popularity.

How to Host a Shrimp Boil


On Wednesday, May 7th at 6:30 p.m., Lelia Gentle of DreamCatcher Farm will teach a class on hosting a Low Country Shrimp Boil.  The demonstration and menu include the traditional foods associated with these fun meals. Outdoor dining weather is here and a picnic table covered in newspapers and scattered with shrimp, potatoes and corn on the cob is a great alternative to grilling. With Memorial Day and Independence Day just around the corner, doesn't hosting a shrimp boil for your friends and family sound like fun?



What Do I Do with a Whole Beef Tenderloin?


Cooking at the Cottage presents Let's Meat for Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on May 8th. John Plymale of Porcini will demonstrate how to handle, trim and portion a whole beef tenderloin.  Buying whole pieces of meat is more economical and this class is designed to teach you how to take advantage of the benefits of buying an entire beef tenderloin.  The menu for this class will make your mouth water just reading it.  The menu includes Beef Tenderloin Medallions with Bearnaise Sauce, Boursin Creamed Spinach with Garlic Crumbs, Pan Seared, Twice Baked Potato Cakes with Pancetta and White Cheddar Cheese and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Ice Cream Sandwiches. Yum!!

Both of these demonstration classes are $45 per person.  The Cooking at the Cottage class schedule offers both hands-on and demonstration-type classes.  A future class at Cooking at the Cottage could make an excellent Mother's Day gift! Cooking at the Cottage is located at 3739 Lexington Road in Louisville.

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

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The 59th Annual Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade May 1st

This Thursday, May 1st welcomes one of the most highly-anticipated Kentucky Derby events, the 59th Annual Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade. This fun for the whole family event begins at 5:00 p.m. and will end around 8:00 p.m. The procession follows Broadway, beginning at Campbell Street and continuing west for 17 blocks, offering plenty of vantage points for spectators. This is a free to attend Kentucky Derby Festival event.


The Pegasus Parade is consistently voted one of Louisville’s favorite events. This isn’t surprising considering it is the one of the oldest Derby Festival events, beginning back in 1956. The first Pegasus Parade was created on a staggering budget of $640. Now, this proud procession earns Louisville’s local economy in excess of $22 million.

This year’s theme is “Call of the Wild” and the Republic Bank “Peggy Bank” balloon will lead the parade. She will be followed by an amazing array of handcrafted floats, graceful equestrian units, talented marching bands, popular inflatables and surprise celebrities.

Friends and families will not want to miss the Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade. This colorful celebration takes place this Thursday starting at 5:00 p.m. Parade lovers will find great viewpoints all along Broadway, so make plans to arrive early and stake out a great place watch the show!

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