Archive for September 2011

St James Court Art Show this week-end

The St. James Court Art Show ® is a juried fine arts and fine crafts show. Always held the first full weekend of october,

it is produced by a consortium of five non-profit neighborhood associations and one church — St. James Court, Belgravia Court, South 3rd Street, 1300 South Third Street, South Fourth Street — and the West End Baptist Church

St James Court Art Show Old Louisville, KY It hosts an impressive 750 artists from North America. Held in the heart of historic Old Louisville among the country’s largest collection of Victorian homes, the St. James Court Art Show® has for over five decades provided our neighborhood, city and state with a rich cultural and artistic legacy.”This Art Show is one of the largest art shows in the country. Booths and tents span over blocks and blocks of Old Louisville, displaying every kind of art object and craft imaginable. Our Inn will be filled with artists, two of whom are jewelry makers who have been returning to stay with us for the past five years.Centered on the picturesque fountain, the court was envisioned as a haven for turn-of-the-century upper class and was completely occupied by 1905. Slaughter set up deed restrictions to ensure that all houses on the court were constructed of either brick or stone. From its start, court residents established a homeowner’s association, one of the oldest in the country. Described as the epitome of Victorian eclecticism, the neighborhood included homes in such styles as Venetian, Colonial, Gothic and others. The Conrad Caldwell House on the northwest corner of St. James Court prominently features the turrets, towers and bay windows associated with the Richardsonian Romanesque architectural style. Through the years the court has been home to several city officials, judges, doctors, writers, poets, and business leaders. St. James Court residents are proud of the unique history and friendliness the neighborhood offers. When strolling through the tree-fringed court, you too will experience a vibrancy and vitality that no suburban neighborhood can match.

Rain or shine, the St James Court Art Show™ is free and open to the general public. To ensure everyone’s experience remains safe and enjoyable, all attendees must adhere to the art show’s rules and safety guidelines.

Respect Your Fellow Art Show Patron

  • Pets are not permitted (only service animals with identification are allowed at the show)
  • Bicycles, skateboards, and rollerblades are not permitted
  • Musical instruments or other audible music devices are not permitted
  • Solicitation is not permitted
  • Inappropriate or unsafe activity will result in removal from the event premises
  • Political candidates are asked to keep their “hawking” to a minimum

First Aid and Security at the Art Show

First Aid: An Advanced Life Support team is located at the corner of 4th and Magnolia Streets. Additionally, Basic Life Support teams will be in the north lane of Hill Street (handicapped parking lane) and at Third Street. An emergency transport vehicle will be on site with each team at all times during the art show.
Security: Uniformed security officers are present throughout the art show event area. Additionally, Fourth Division Police station in located in Central Park. Any unsafe or illegal activity should be immediately reported to a uniformed security officer and the he St. James Court Art Show® Headquarters. In the case of an emergency, 911 service is also available.
Lost and Found: Lost and Found is located at the St. James Court Art Show® Headquarters in Haskins Hall at the Conrad Caldwell House on the corner or St. James Court & Magnolia. (information from stjamescourtartshow.com)
St. James Court Art Show ® was voted best art show in the nation in an annual survey of artists by the trade journal Sunshine Artist in 2003, 2004 and 2006.
By Nancy Hinchliff, Innkeeper/freelance writer

Fantastic Fall Foliage, Spooky Neighborhoods, and Halloween

by Nancy Hinchliff, Innkeeper/freelance writer

Fall Foliage

Fall is a great time to jump in the car with the kids and head for our beautiful state. October is the most colorful month

turning leaves in Kentucky

of the year in Kentucky. The state parks are either at peak color or soon will be. Although the Oak trees are still green, a variety of trees, from Dogwood to Sourwood and Blackgum to Maples and Hickories, among others, are in full color. Trees are showing off their glorious reds, yellows and oranges all along the countryside. And hopefully there will be some color throughout the remainder of the month.

Old Louisville

Plenty of ghosts

It has been said that Old Louisville is one of the spookiest neighborhoods in the country. Why? Because, according to legend, there are ghosts on every block peering from many of the gardens and leaning against the mansion gates. They sit on the steps of the Christian Science Church and sob each night from the windows of the houses down the street. Seems as though they’re everywhere.

Old Louisville has beautiful tree-lined streets with turn of the century mansions built in seven major kinds of architecture. They are decorated with gargoyles, chameleons, serpents, swans, turrets, and towers and enhanced with a variety of wrought-iron fences, hand-carved doors, and stained-glass windows.

Ghost stories galore

There are also hidden balconies, secluded courtyards, and secret passageways. All of this dark and spooky ornamentation sets the scene for our ghostly reputation. I keep thinking there must be some explanation for all these creepy decorations … some reason why they’re here … and why so many of them? It certainly is something to ponder. The many ghost legends and the historical accouterments make Old Louisville one of the most interesting areas in Kentucky.

The Spirit Ball

The Spirit Ball, a wonderful Masquerade Ball in Old Louisville, will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2010 from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. This will be the fifth annual Spirit Ball and will be held in one of Louisville’s most opulent Victorian mansions, a 1890s masterpiece known as the Conrad-Caldwell House. Gourmet fare and expertly mixed cocktails amidst the backdrop of costumed splendor will be served. Join us and keep the past alive as you enjoy a one-of-a-kind masquerade ball that is sure to be the highlight of your Hallowe’en season for years to come. Tickets are available online now

A magnificent Richardsonian Mansion on St. James Court, it is the finest example of this architectural style in the city.

ghostly Conrad Caldwell house in Old Louisville

Also known as “Conrad’s Castle,” this is one of the most stunning of Old Louisville’s houses and defines Richardsonian Romanesque architecture.

Hallowe’en

You don’t have to stay home to celebrate Hallowe’en. Bring the kids, stay in Old Louisville, and go trick or treating in the spookiest neighborhood in the US.

Hallowe’en, “celebrated each year on October 31, is a mix of ancient Celtic practices, Catholic and Roman religious rituals and European folk traditions that blended together over time to create the holiday we know today. Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity and life and death, Hallowe’en is a time of celebration and superstition. Hallowe’en has long been thought of as a day when the dead can return to the earth, and ancient Celts would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off these roaming ghosts.” … “The more secular community-based Hallowe’en has become a children’s holiday. Although the superstitions and beliefs surrounding the holiday may have evolved over the years, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people can still look forward to parades, costumes and sweet treats to usher in the winter season.”

The American Hallowe’en tradition of “trick-or-treating” probably dates back to the early All Souls’ Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for their promise to pray for the family’s dead relatives. The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as “going a-souling” was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighborhood and be given ale, food, and money.

celebrating haloweenl

The tradition of dressing in costume for Hallowe’en has both European and Celtic roots. Hundreds of years ago, winter was an uncertain and frightening time. Food supplies often ran low and, for the many people afraid of the dark, the short days of winter were full of constant worry. On Hallowe’en, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. On Hallowe’en, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.

Other Attractions

October is a great time to visit one or two of the wineries and distilleries for samples of superb Kentucky wine and Bourbon, and makes a great day trip from Louisville. A drive down the Bluegrass Parkway to the horse farms or a trip down a country road to the Huber Farms, just across the bridge in Indiana, for fresh apple cider makes an enjoyable fun day of fall fun for the whole family. There are also plenty of Fall festivals and outdoor concerts going on.

Accommodations

The Louisville Bed and Breakfast Association has twenty member bed and breakfasts. Their Inns are beautiful, comfortable, and clean. Rates vary according to room sizes and amenities. All of them serve wonderful breakfasts each morning and will be happy to accommodate your dietary needs.

If you decide to visit, be sure to book a Ghost Tour with the Old Louisville Visitor’s Center.

Festivals in Kentucky during the months of September and October

The following post is part of a series of things to do in and around Louisville during the months of September and October. All of my suggestions center on fun day trips to sites within an hour or so from Louisville so that booking accommodations in one of our Louisville Bed and Breakfasts is the best option. Our Inns are comfortable, reasonable, and you will be sure to have a wonderful breakfast. Check out the Inn of your choice and call for reservations. (Nancy Hinchliff, Innkeeper/free lance writer)

There is always something for visitors to do when they come to Kentucky, all year around and especially in the Fall. The weather usually continues to be warm right into October and visitors are still privvy to the scenic Kentucky countryside, our small villages and towns, and the city with all it’s interesting attractions and events. Most people like outdoor festivals and even more so when they are on a get-away and have time to enjoy them.

I have described in depth a few of my September and October favorites and then listed more at the bottom of the page with links. The first few mentioned are either in Louisville or close by.

MainStrasse Village OctoberFest in Covington, KY, Sept 9, 10 & 11, 2011

Celebrate fall with great German and American food, arts and crafts, entertainment, a Kinderplatz for young children and an Amusement Midway for the young at heart. Located in an historic neighborhood in downtown Covington, Kentucky, Oktoberfest fills 6 blocks with fun and entertainment for the entire family. Named as one of Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Festivals for September 2011, one of the Top Ten 2011 Events in Kentucky and one of Kentucky Tourism’s Top Ten 2010 Fall Festivals, MainStrasse “invites families and travelers from throughout the Midwest to join with local crowds in enjoying this festival. A great mix of German and international foods, music and arts and crafts attracts approximately 125,000 people to this popular festival in historic MainStrasse Village”, Covington, Kentucky. FRI. 5 p.m.-11:30 p.m, SAT. noon –11:30 p.m, and SUN.noon – 9:00 p.m. For directions and info, call: 859-491-0458 View MainStrasse Upcoming Events

Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Bardstown, Sept 13-18th

Bardstown, Ky is hosting a 6-day Kentucky Bourbon Festival, with the best Bourbon you can find, , delicious food, great entertainment and, of course, Kentucky hospitality. “From black tie galas to historical tours, there is something for all ages and interests. It’s a wonderful six-day event full of activities for the whole family.” If you go to Bardstown, again only an hour away from Louisville and east on I-64, you will find “…shops, fine restaurants, trains, museums and of course the distilleries that have made Bardstown famous the whole world over.” For a list of participating distilleries, click here. For info and directions, call 1-8oo-638-4877

Vine Grove Bluegrass Music Festival, Sept 22, 23, & 24

During the 4th weekend in September, in Vine Grove, the Blue Grass Music festival will be underway with three nights of continuous Kentucky-style music. Six fantastic Bluegrass bands will take to the open air stage and play to an excited audience of Blue Grass enthusiasts seated in bring-you-own lawn chairs under what they hope will be a clear sky. It begins on Thursday night at 6:00 PM and goes on through Friday night at 5:00 PM, and Saturday at 11:30 AM. Advanced 3 day ticket purchase is $40. Regular admission is Thursday $15, regular admission Friday & Saturday (Each day) $20. Tickets can be purchased at any Cecilian Bank location beginning August 1st. Admission is free for children 12 and under if they are accompanied by an adult. Tickets can also be ordered. Vine Grove is approximately one hour from Louisville. For more information and to learn about the featured bands and camping visit www.vinegrovebluegrass.com or call 270-877-5636.

Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art, Madison, Indiana, Sept 24 and 25, 10-5 pm

The Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art welcomes artisans from across the nation and features artwork that is handmade and individually designed by the artist. Come and see fine selections of paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, weaving, folk art, jewelry, fiber, wood, baskets, clay, glass, paper, leather and wearable art. I’ve been to this festival and it is amazing. One thing I enjoyed a lot were the musicians who played every kind of instrument from Dulcimer to Banjo…charming! The small town of Madison, situated on the other side of the Ohio River from and close to Louisville , is magical place…so many antique shops, gift shops, and historic sites. You can also visit their winery, vineyards, and wild life refuge. For info and directions, call 800-559-2956.

Glendale Crossing Festival, Oct 15, 8-5 pm

I absolutely love Glendale. It’s a charming small country village with a couple of restaurants, a few antique and gift shops, a post office, and original railroad tracks running right through the middle of it. For the past 33 years, they have held their annual Crossing Festival on the third Saturday in October. And it’s barely an hour from Louisville right down I-65 south. With hundreds of booths featuring food, crafts, antiques and more, the Glendale Crossing Festival is a shoppers paradise. Be certain to mark this on your “don’t miss” list for 2011. There’s even a parade!For info and directions, call 270-369-6188

1. Auburn Autumn Days
Description: During the second weekend in September you will find Auburn transformed in a magical fall festival complete with crafts, food vendors and entertainment for all ages.
Location: Auburn, KY (Logan County)
Dates: 09/10/2011 – 09/11/2011
2. Casey County Apple Festival
Description: Worlds Largest Apple Pie, Carnival, Music, Parade, Special Events, Craft Boothes, Flea Market, and Food. Carnival on site. Cookie and pizza made in Apple Pie pan, all served free to public, Apple pie served on Saturday at Noon.
Location: Liberty, KY (Casey County)
Dates: 09/23/2011 – 09/25/2011
Info: E-mail Hometown
3. Fall Heritage Festival
Description: Fall Heritage Festival-Hall Road off HWY S. 55 live music, arts and crafts, pony rides, large quilt exhibit, hay rides, farm animals, face painting, hay maze, barrel train rides, food booths, antique farm equipment, water ram pump
Location: Campbellsville, KY (Taylor County)
Date: 09/10/2011
Info: E-mail Hometown
4. Garrard County International Festival
Description: Garrard County International Festival, food vendors, merchandise vendors, exhibitors, Entertainment,Tiny Tot and Mister and Miss Contest, Talent Show and Car Show.
Location: Lancaster, KY (Garrard County)
Date: 09/17/2011
Info: E-mail Hometown
5. KY Mule & Donkey Association State Championship Show
Description: A two day long event celebrating mules and donkey of all sorts .Featuring gaited walking mules to western quarter type mules to the adoreable mini-donkeys . A family oriented association invites everyone to the two day festival
Location: Liberty, KY (Casey County)
Dates: 09/16/2011 – 09/17/2011
Info: E-mail Hometown
6. Lawrence County Septemberfest
Description: Lawrence County September Fest – “Best Little Festival in Kentucky” This event is held annually, the first weekend after Labor Day. Events this year includes arts & crafts, food concessions, parade, car show, beauty pageant, 5K/10K run/walk, free music sh
Location: Louisa, KY (Lawrence County)
Dates: 09/09/2011 – 09/11/2011
Info: Link E-mail Hometown
7. Lloyd Memorial Athletic Department Craft Show and Vendor Extravaganza
Description: All indoor Show with crafters/vendors from the tri-state area. Family Friendly with live music, raffle and concessions. Event lasts from 9:00-4:00. Admission is $3 and Children are free. All proceeds from the Show go to benefit the Lloyd Memorial High Sch
Location: Erlanger, KY (Kenton County)
Date: 09/17/2011
Info: E-mail
8. Neon Area Days
Description: Kentucky’s only festival with two lanes of traffic running through the middle of it! Great music, Crafts, Games and the best food around, focusing on seeing family and friends as our main attraction
Location: Neon, KY (Letcher County)
Dates: 09/09/2011 – 09/10/2011
Info: E-mail
9. Salvisa Ruritan Country Days
Description: Pageants – open to KY youth Contests: Cake; Photo; Tournament: Corn Hole; 3 on 3 Basketball: Friday night Cruise-in 6 p.m. with LIVE music by the “non-Filters”. Saturday: Jordan Leigh in concert 1 to 3 p.m.; SHOWDOWN band 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: Salvisa, KY (Mercer County)
Dates: 09/16/2011 – 09/17/2011
Info: E-mail
10. Saturday In Carlisle
Description: Come and Enjoy a day in Carlisle. Crafts, music, games and plenty of good food.
Location: Carlisle, KY (Nicholas County)
Date: 09/24/2011
Info: E-mail Hometown

What to Do in and around Louisville this Fall

The next three or four posts will all be part of a series of things to do in and around Louisville during the months of September and October. All of my suggestions center on fun day trips to sites within an hour or so from Louisville so that booking accommodations in one of our Louisville Bed and Breakfasts is the best option. Our Inns are comfortable, reasonable, and you will be sure to have a wonderful breakfast. Check out the Inn of your choice and call for reservations. (Nancy Hinchliff, Innkeeper/free lance writer)

Wine Tasting and Apple Picking

Wine tasting

Broad Run is a local Winery and vineyards conveniently located in Louisville at 10601 Broad Run Rd. An estate winery, Broad Run is a classic Old World family winery and planter of European vinafera vines that yield high quality grapes resulting in the finest of balanced wines. A trip to their 25 acres of beautiful vineyards where you will can taste a variety of wines from Cabernet Savignon, Chardonnay, Riesling to Pinot Noir, Carmine, Chambourcin, and Muscat will satisfy even the most meticulous wine taster. Join their open table wine tastings where you meet interesting and fun-loving people and be introduced to the lovely wines of Kentucky!

Originally the winery remained on the original homesite and the tasting room was housed in the old farm house on the new property. In 2003, construction of the new 8000 square foot winery and tasting house was completed.

Winery Hours

  • Wednesday thru Saturday from 12pm ~ 6pm
  • Sundays from 1pm-6pm
  • Open table wine tastings

Call for wine tasting reservations and directions: 502-231-0372 .

Apple picking and Winery

Just over the bridge from Louisville is Indiana. If you drive around 40 minutes to the west and a little north you’ll be in the Vicinity of the Family Huber Farms and winery; 600 acres of orchards & vineyards where you can pick your own vegetables from the fields of the largest farm in Southern Indiana.

 

Huber’s Farm and Wineries

Have you ever gone apple picking at a real topnotch apple orchard? If not, you’ll be amazed at how much fun it is, with or without the kids…..not to mention the delight of eating just ripened apples right off the tree. I did it several years ago with my grand kids and had as much fun as they did. It was a day I will always remember.

Once we reached the orchards, Farmer Joe loaded the four of us into the back of an old wooden dump truck and drove us around a bit through the trees, kids squeeling the whole way. When we stopped and jumped out, we were handed baskets to plop our precious finds into. We proceeded to grab at the low lying branches pulling off the sweet smelling fruit and dropping it into our baskets, which got heavier with time and laughter……The laughter is still ringing in my ears.

If you’ld like to try it yourself, I highly recommend it. Call Huber’s Apple Orchards reservations and directions. They also have restaurant with delicious country stye dishes, a winery, a market, an animal farm.
Best dates for picking specific kinds of apples:
Early september: Golden and Red Delicious, Jonathon Gold, and Mutzu.
Late September: Winesap
Early and mid October: Granny Smith, Fuji, and Goldrush

For information on the Huber wineries, go to: Huber Orchard and WineryStarlight, IN

There are many other wineries near Louisville. You can check them out by clicking on any of the following links:

Wineries / Vineyards Near Louisville, KY

Best Vineyards WineryElizabeth, IN
Broad Run VineyardsLouisville, KY
Brooks Hill WineryBrooks, KY
Chateau de Pique – ClarksvilleClarksville, IN
Felice VineyardsLouisville, KY
Huber Orchard and WineryStarlight, IN
Indian Creek WineryGeorgetown, IN
MillaNova WineryMt. Washington, KY
River Bend WineryLouisville, KY
River City WineryNew Albany, IN

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