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Summer Camps Flourish in Louisville

Planning things to do for and with the kids this summer? Why not try something new, you know how easily bored they are, especially the teen-agers. Load the family in the car and take off for a 4-day theater experience they won’t soon forget.  The Conrad Caldwell House in Old Louisville is hosting a 4-day “Mystery At The Mansion Camp”  for teens this summer.  Make reservations at a near-by Bed and Breakfast for wonderful accommodations, including breakfast each day, and enjoy the experience with them.  So much fun for all!

Mystery at the Mansion camp
June 23-27 2014 9:00 am-12:30 pm (for 7th-12th graders)
At the Conrad-Caldwell House in Old Louisville
“Perform a classic whodunit mystery in an actual mansion. Come create a murder with us!”

SUMMER CAMPS“Time is running out to sign your kids up for this years Mystery at the Mansion camp by Drama by George! A great time was had by all last year- so don’t miss out on the fun! Save some too when you use the discount code: summer20camp.” (excerpted from conrad Caldwell ad). Register here

All-New Mystery for 2014! Heiress Danielle Harcourt has it all: Brains, beauty,and rich parents. But her good fortune comes with a price- namely, murder. During this unique camp you’ll rehearse and perform a classic “whodunit” mystery in an actual mansion. Come solve a murder with us! www.dramabygeorge.com/register

Mystery at the Mansion is only one of the exciting summer camps planned for this year by Drama By George, an organization, originated and run bt George Halitzka, a dedicated director, playwright, and teacher. His organization of teachers, actors, work with kids of all ages, specializing and utilizing the following to create the potential for character transformation through our relationships, workshops, and performances.

“Their programs, such as after-school drama clubs, don’t just teach theatre–they also strive to instill character values like self-confidence, teamwork, and self-discipline. Many of our plays focus on additional character themes such as bullying prevention, responsibility, friendship, and compassion.” (excerpt from article on Drama By George website.)

Performance-tested scripts perfect for theatres, schools, and churches.
Drama Workshops for Schools: All of our workshops incorporate KY and IN standards in the Arts and Humanities.
Dramatic assembly programs for schools, featuring costumed superheroes
Opportunities to: Perform in a play, make a movie, learn comedy improv, or create a murder mystery.

Check out the various camps available for kids and teens this summer during the months of June and July

Nancy Hinchliff, Writer/Innkeeper

In the Fall of the Year 2013

Changing Leaves

     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 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.

But before you think about October, fall leaves, and the St James Art Show, we’ve got another event up our sleeves that we know you will absolutely enjoy. And all you’ll have to do is sit there and laugh. Of course, you’ll have to take a short drive to Louisville and stay in one of out fantastic bed and breakfasts.   If you come, you can be assured your evenings can be filled with scrumptious cuisine at one of Louisville’s fine local restaurants and, after dinner, you can enjoy the best theater you’ll find anywhere.

Actor’s theater

Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 50th Anniversary Season kicks-off September 3 with the hilarious comedy Noises Offone of the funniest plays ever written about the theater. You can find all the details on the season here.

hilarious comedic play

[Noises Off is] directed by Associate Artistic Director Meredith McDonough [and tells the story of] a troupe of manic misfits [who] unite to perform Nothing On, a sex farce stuffed with entrances and exits, mistaken identities, sardines and slamming doors—but the drama backstage is even more entertaining than the comedy on.  Noises Off, one of the funniest plays ever written about the theatre, brings the actor front and center for an evening of hilarity and impeccable timing (Michael Frayn).

Audience Advisory: Adult language and content.
Age Recommendation: Ages 15+
See more…..

Behind-the-scenes tech event-August 31

Enjoy delicious appetizers from Orange Clover Kitchen & More as you hear from Director and Associate Artistic Director Meredith McDonough speak about the rehearsal process and offer some insight on Noises Off. After this light reception, you’ll be invited into the theatre to watch part of a technical rehearsal for the show. It’s your chance to get a sneak peek at the production and catch a glimpse of what goes on during the rehearsal process! This event is free but ticketed. For more information, contact the Box Office at 502-584-1205. See more …..

50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON AT ACTOR’S

Noises Off  Sep 3 & 4
Dracula  Sep 14 & 15
The Mountaintop  Oct 8, 9 & 10
Tom Jones  Nov 12 & 13   Extra Seat Passes Only
A Christmas Carol  Nov 26, 27 & 29
The Pirates of Penzance  Jan 7 & 8   Extra Seats Passes Only
Our Town  Jan 21 & 22
38th Humana Festival of New American Plays  TBA

Nancy Hinchliff, freelance writer/innkeeper

A hot Musical Summer: Louisville, 2013

This summer is going to be fantastic musically for Louisville. We are hosting a variety of awesome entertainers from One Direction to Bruno Mars to Mary J. Blige. There will be something for everyone, no matter the genre.

Concerts will be held in several different locations, all within a short distance from our wonderful bed and breakfasts. Tickets will probably go fast, so make your plans early. I’ve listed links to some of the concerts below and you can book wonderful rooms for a night or two at your favorite BnB at: www.louisvillebedandbreakfast.org.

Hope to see you there…..Nancy Hinchliff, freelance writer and innkeeper

 

Above: Mary J Blige, Keith Urban, and One Direction   

Hottest Tickets

Jun 2 – Ice Cube

9:00 PM Headliner’s Music Hall

Jun 16 One Direction with 5 Seconds of Summer
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May 25 Hollywood Undead
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Aug 18 Bruno Mars – The Moonshine Jungle World Tour
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Dec 15 2020-experience-world-tour-justin-timberlake-
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May 28 Daryl Hall & John Oates
Louisville Palace Find tickets
Sep 13 The National
Iriquois Amphitheater Find tickets
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Jun 14 Mary J. Blige
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Dec 8 Keith Urban
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Cruising Into Spring

If you weren’t aware of it already, one of the nicest and most interesting things about Louisville is that it is situated on the Ohio River. If you travel to our fair city, you should certainly include activities centered around the beautiful Ohio….and there are many. A weekend or a night’s stay might also include accommodations in one of our amazing bed and breakfasts.

Cross your fingers that with March and April comes warmer weather because cruising season will be in full swing before you know it! We have many great cruises available these next couple months on both the Belle of Louisville and Spirit of Jefferson. Easter Brunch will be the Belle’s first cruise of her 99th season and will be a great event for the kids. Having a seat on the Belle for Thunder over Louisville is one of the most exciting places to watch the fireworks display. And if you haven’t already heard about the Belle’s 100th Birthday Bash you may be excited to see what we have planned.

Looking for something special to do for Easter this year? Why not try a cruise down the Ohio? The Belle of Louisville is hosting a Sunday Brunch with all the fixins.Click on the following link for information and to purchase tickets.

Easter Brunch Cruise on the Belle of Louisville

Date: Sunday, March 31st, 2013
Times: 12:30pm-3:00pm
Description: Boarding for this Belle of Louisville cruise begins at 12:30pm departs at 1:00pm and disembarks at 3:00pm.
The Easter Brunch Cruise on the historic steamboat Belle of Louisville is a basket of fun for the whole family! Hop on down to the Ohio River, and join us for a great two-hour cruise to celebrate the holiday and to start off the Belle’s 2013 season. A yummy buffet is available (advance reservations required), or choose sightseeing only (outside seating on the upper decks), and make it a day of Easter fun. Call for information or to make reservations, or purchase tickets on line.
Tickets with buffet (tax is added on a time of purchase):
Adults & Seniors – $38
Children (ages 3 – 12) – $25

Brunch will be the Belle’s first cruise of her 99th season and will be a great event for the kids. Having a seat on the Belle for Thunder over Louisville is one of the most exciting places to watch the fireworks display. And if you haven’t already heard about the Belle’s 100th Birthday Bash you may be excited to see what we have planned.

Special Occasions
A cruise on the Belle of Louisville or Spirit of Jefferson is a wonderful way to celebrate the special moments of your life and host a memorable event. The historic riverboat atmosphere provides a unique and beautiful setting with the flexibility to host a formal dinner, live band, and dancing for weddings and anniversaries, or a buffet and DJ for a school reunion, club gathering, or casual party. The Belle’s ballroom deck is wonderful for large corporate functions, employee appreciation events, and cocktail parties, or charter the Spirit of Jefferson for a more intimate setting.

For smaller group events, take advantage reserved group seating on a lunch or dinner cruise, or join us for one of our special themed cruises.

If you are planning a small wedding, our Captain can perform the ceremony and then the wedding party can celebrate with a lunch or dinner cruise and champagne from the full service bar.

The Belle and Spirit provide a perfect venue for:

– Weddings
– Anniversaries
– Holiday Celebrations
– Birthday Parties
– Family Reunions
– Graduation Parties
– School Reunions
– High School Prom
– Social Groups
– Corporate Events
– Bar Mitzvahs/Bat Mitzvahs
– Quinceanera Parties
– Cocktail Parties
– School Field Trips

Or, take advantage of one of our themed cruises for a smaller group gathering:

Valentine’s Day    Thursday 2/14/13; Friday 2/15/13; Saturday 2/16/13
Easter Brunch    Sunday 3/31/13
Mother’s Day    Sunday 5/12/13
Father’s Day BBQ & Bourbon    Sunday 6/16/13
Thanksgiving Dockside    Thursday 11/22/12; Thursday 11/28/13
Cruise with Santa    Saturday 12/15/12; Saturday 12/14/13
Fireworks Cruises    Wednesday 7/3/13; Thursday 7/4/13
Moonlight Comedy Cruises    Friday’s 9/7/12; 10/5/12; 12/7/12; 6/7/13; 7/5/13; 8/2/13; 9/6/13; 10/4/13; 11/1/13; 12/6/13
Harbor History Cruises    Saturday’s onboard the Spirit thru 10/20/12; 6/1/13 – 10/26/13
Balloon Glimmer Cruise    Thursday 4/25/13
Thunder Over Louisville Dockside    Saturday 4/20/13
And many more!

 Gift Certificates are available for purchase, and they are valid on either vessel for one year from the date of purchase. Download this PDF form and mail it in with your payment. We can mail the certificate directly to you or to the recipient.
Gift Certificate Application
For more information on planning your special event, email us or call the Sales Office at (502) 574-2992 or toll free (866) 832-0011.

The Ohio River (Seneca: ohi:yó[2]) is the largest tributary, by volume, of the Mississippi River. At the confluence, the Ohio is even bigger than the Mississippi (Ohio at Cairo: 281,500 cu ft/s (7,960 m3/s);[3] Mississippi at Thebes: 208,200 cu ft/s (5,897 m3/s)[4]) and, thus, is hydrologically the main stream of the whole river system, including the Allegheny River further upstream. It is approximately 981 miles (1,579 km) long and is located in the Eastern United States.(wikipedia)” The river’s name comes from the Seneca (Iroquoian) ohi?yo’, a proper name derived from ohi?yo?h, meaning “good river”.

by Nancy Hinchliff, freelance writer and innkeeper

Are You ready for Romance?

It’s that time again. The time when many of us start thinking about what to do on Valentine’s day for that very special person in our lives. We’ve done the flowers and chocolates, bought his or her favorite thing and taken them out to dinner. If you’ve run out of options, we have a great suggestion for you.

Why not spend the night or the week-end in a beautiful bed and breakfast in historic  Louisville, Kentucky? Our inns are welcoming, with distinct atmosphere and amenities, and delicious gourmet breakfasts. Our innkeepers know what makes their guests happy and comfortable. Great attention to detail is given when furnishing and decorating their guest rooms.

Belgian Waffle

Each and every one is focused on making your morning breakfast a delight. You won’t be disappointed when you sample the delicious Belgium waffles, pancakes, or French toast prepared in ways that might include fresh fruit, tantalizing sauces, and authentic maple or other flavored syrups. If you prefer, our innkeepers, many of whom are chefs, can prepare astonishing omelets, and other vegetable and egg dishes, accompanied with Kentucky ham, sausage, or bacon.  Muffins, scones, home-made granolas, and other individual specialties of a particular inn may also part of your morning meal.  And don’t forget the fresh ground, gourmet coffees…Europeans blends,

Scrambled Eggs

French Roasts, Columbian, Hawaiian, Jamaican, etc.

In addition, our innkeepers will help you find interesting things to see and do in the city and

nearby. Louisville has amazing local restaurants with every kind of cuisine you can think of. And our museums, theaters, and cultural attractions are first class. Not to mention world famous Churchill Downs which hosts the Kentucky Derby drawing thousands of international guests.

You won’t regret choosing our bed and breakfasts and our wonderful city to delight that special someone. I can guarantee it will be a visit you will not easily forget.

by Nancy Hinchliff, freelance writer and innkeeper

 

Is Louisville, Kentucky the next Portland?

This is where I live, own and operate my bed and breakfast in Old  Louisville,KY.

According to an article sent to me  by Robert Wessels owner and innkeeper at Central Park Bed and Breakfast in Old Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky was named the top U.S. destination for 2013, following travel publisher Lonely Planet’s discussions among its group of U.S. editors and authors. While they tend to debate entries into each year’s Top 10 list, everyone agreed on Louisville, said Reid.

The article goes on to say  “While many horse lovers descend upon this Southern town the first Saturday in May to witness the Kentucky Derby, also known as the “greatest two minutes in sports,” there’s more to Louisville than one horse race.

With its hip bourbon scene (including micro-distilleries), fine dining and emerging East Market District, also known as NuLu, Louisville may just be the new Portland, Oregon. Reid said. Consider exploring the city via the Urban Bourbon Trail for a powerful introduction to Kentucky’s famous spirit.”

The rest of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 destinations: Fairbanks, Alaska (2); San Juan Islands, Washington (3), Philadelphia (4); American Samoa (5); E astern Sierra, California (6); northern Maine (7); Twin Cities, Minnesota (8); Verde Valley, Arizona (9); and Glacier National Park, Montana (10)

Nancy Hinchliff, free-lance writer/innkeeper

 

Nulu: Part of the cultural revolution in Louisville, Kentucky

2nd Annual NuLu Holiday Open House
Date: November 17, 2012
Time: 10am – 7pm

Holiday Shopping Event Celebrating the Revitalization of Retail in the East Market District of Louisville, KY-
The East Market District is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual NuLu Holiday Open House, featuring local retailers and restaurants that will be open extended hours and offering specials/discounts and refreshments.

Students from Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School will add to the holiday spirit with performances throughout the day along East Market Street. This family-friendly and open-to-the-public holiday shopping event will take place on Saturday, November 17th, 2012 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. along East Market Street.

For more information
including a long list of participating retailers and restaurants
please see the EVENTS page.

First Annual Nulu Festival, 2011

Nulu: Part of the cultural revolution in Louisville, Kentucky

Twelve years ago, a cultural revolution began in Louisville Kentucky similar to the one that happened in Austin, Texas three years before that. It centered around a district less than a mile from the downtown office buildings and such favorite sights as the Louisville Slugger Museum. This five-block stretch has quickly become one of the city’s favorite dining destinations, rivaling the long-established Bardstown Road and Frankfort Avenue eateries. Several upscale dining establishments, such as Rye, which just opened in February, and Decca, a three-story restaurant and lounge that made its debut in March joined a growing number of cafes, bars, boutique shops, home goods stores and art galleries in the area.

East Market street in Louisville, was almost desolate for much of the 20th century, except for a few  merchants. Fortunately for the area, in 2000 Paul Paletti, an attorney, decided to open his law offices there. He was an avid photography collector and soon opened a gallery on the ground floor of his building.

Gradually other art gallery owners made the move to East Market Street. helping to transform the area to what is now known as NuLu. In November 2001, the  mayor decided to start a trolley hop the first Friday of every month that would stop at all the galleries in the area, which at that time didn’t even have a name. Pretty soon it came to be known as NuLu short for the New Louisville. The trolley hop became a huge success eventually bringing hundreds of both locals and visitors to the area.

Around the same time, Gill Holland and his wife, Augusta, former New Yorkers, snapped up properties in Louisville’s hip but slightly depressed East Market Street area, including a 110-year-old warehouse. They gutted it and transformed it into a cultural center named the Green Building. It opened in September of 2008 with an exhibition featuring nine local artists. On its ground floor, 732 Social, the second restaurant by the owners of the James Beard Award-nominated Basa, opened in October of the same year. Soon to follow were restaurants like:

1 Toast on Market 620 E Market St
2 Ghyslain Bakery, Breakfast/Brunch, French 725 E Market St
3 Mayan Cafe Latin American 813 E Market St
4 Harvest Restaurant American, Modern American 624 E Market St
5 Cake Flour Bakery, Coffee, Organic 909 E. Market Street
6 La Coop French 732 E. Market Street
7 Wiltshire On Market 636 East Market Street
8 Against the Grain Brewery… Pub Food, Sandwiches/Subs, Gastropub 401 E. Main St.
9 Decca Modern American 812 E. Market Street
10 Rye Tapas, Gastropub, Modern American 900 E Market St
11 Main Street Cafe  Breakfast/Brunch, Coffee, Sandwiches/Subs 217 E. Main St.
12 Please & Thank You Bakery, Breakfast/Brunch, Coffee 800 East Market Street
And many more.

Visitors will love this unique area, as the locals do. If you would like to attend Nulu’ssecond annual festival, check out the details highlighted above and be sure to book a room or two at one of Louisville’s amazing bed and breakfasts, some of which are within blocks of the Nulu district.

Nancy Hinchliff, freelance writer/innkeeper
website: amemorabletimeofmylife