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!”
“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.
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
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.
You don’t have to stay home to celebrate Halloween. Locals or visitors within a couple of hours of Louisville, Kentucky can pack the kids in the car and drive over to Old Louisville, the third largest historic preservation area in the country. Once there, they will find plenty of treats at most every door as they go trick or treating in the spookiest neighborhood in the US. And, be assured, there will be plenty of ghosts lurking in the shadows.
If you venture out on Halloween night, you’re liable to see ghosts peering from the silent gardens and leaning against many of the old iron gates. It is said that they sob from the windows of the Victorian mansions, crouch behind the bushes growing along the walkways, and sit on the steps of the Christian Science Church on the corner of Third and Ormsby. The tree-lined streets dotted with turn-of-the-century mansions are covered with gargoyles, chameleons, serpents, swans, turrets, and towers.
Bring your trick or treat carryalls. Knock on the huge antique doors lit by Victorian lanterns and punctuated with beautiful stain glass. Walk quickly past the hidden balconies, secluded courtyards, and secret passageways to avoid any unruly spirits. You wont regret it and the kids will love it. Thrills and chills await costume wearers of all ages.
Hank Williams Jr. in concert Thurs, Aug. 16th, Main Stage
OK, so you can’t afford that trip to Disneyland or to some other exotic location. You and your kids can still have fun camping in the woods or even in the backyard, or maybe visiting grandma. The goal is to get away together. Throughout the summer, cities typically have lots of special events happening and Louisville is no exception. A perfect combination of all things good and fun for everyone is the Kentucky State Fair/, August 16-26. And, this year, it will be bigger and better than ever. It’s a good idea to plan your visit now.
Since 1902, Louisville has hosted Kentucky’s State Fair. The Fair is obviously known for its tradition in agriculture and food. This year it will not disappoint you. Among other delicacies, you’ll find elephant ears, funnel cake, corndogs, polish sausage, pineapple whip, lemon-slushies, roasted corn, BBQ and Krispy Kreme donut burgers! Everywhere you look, there’s another food booth or cafe. The kids will love the cotton candy, delicious hot dogs, and ice cream.
Thousands of awards will be given in categories such as fine arts, crafts, agriculture, and live stock. One category still popular in today’s modern culture is “housewifery”. The competition judges everything home-made from Textiles to Cherry Pie. But the largest entry department is still agriculturally-based, an acknowledgment to Kentucky’s largest industry and history.
The live stock exhibitions and competitions range from Rooster Crowing contests to Blue Ribbon contests for cattle, goats, horses sheep and pigs, as well as exhibits of poultry, pigeons, and rabbits. An assortment of dogs will show off their special tricks and Border Collies will demonstrate the technique of herding. There is also a Discovery Farm where the kids can pick up and cuddle the baby animals. And, if you love horses, there’s a World Championship horse show
4-H and FFA
Cloverville is a village set up to allow 4-H participants to display their skills and compete for champion honors in entomology, geology, forestry, electric, foods, horticulture, woodworking, clothing, knitting and crocheting, home environment, consumer science management, technology, country hams and photography. Check out the diversity of skills that are developed and offered through 4-H programming across the state. The West Hall is also home to the Kentucky FFA (Future Farmers of America) exhibits showcasing the best among youth in agriculture, including products such as tobacco, hay, corn, floral arrangements, mechanics and woodworking.
During the Sale of Champions, eight 4-H and FFA exhibitors sell their champion livestock to hometown and national supporters. The animals represent the Grand and Reserve Grand Champions in each of their respective species as selected during the Fair’s livestock show. The Kentucky State Fair features one of the most esteemed livestock shows in the nation and winning a class is highly coveted.
Tickets for the Kentucky State Fair Main Stage Series events will be available at Kentucky Exposition Center Ticket Office, KFC YUM! Center Ticket Office, Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) Ticket Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Out of town visitors may purchase tickets through Ticketmaster. Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster are subject to a convenience charge. There is no service charge at the KEC or KICC Ticket Offices. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. For accessible seating, call (502) 367-5144 or (800) 231-8085. artists include Hank Williams Jr, Journey, with Pat Benatar and Rascal Flats.
Many concerts are free with paid admission to the Fair. All shows begin at 8 p.m. (expect August 26) in the original Cardinal Stadium at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Gates open at approximately 6:30 p.m.Some of the musical artists include Ted Nugent, Boys II Men and the Oak Ridge Boys.
Food and Music
Many of the dining areas combine music with their special food offerings…a nice combination where you’re, tired, hungry, and just want to relax. You’ll find a variety of foods that will interest the whole family, from hamburgers to Bar-B-Q to salads and desserts.
Be sure to check out Louisville’s many bed and breakfasts on line for availability. Many of them are within 5-10 minutes from the fairgrounds, some are offering special “Kentucky State Fair” rates, and all of them are reasonable and comfortable…..See you at the Fair!
A special treat is William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, which will be running today and all next week during Louisville Kentucky’s Shakespeare in The Park festival. Performances are held in historic Old Louisville’s Central Park bordered by Fourth Street, Park Avenue, Sixth Street and Magnolia. They will be ongoing until July 29 each evening at 8:30 p.m., pre-show at 7:30 p.m.
Shakespeare in the Park is the oldest free Shakespeare festival in the United States. Each summer, in Louisville’s Central Park, Kentucky Shakespeare, the non-profit behind the festival, stages the work of the Bard of Avon.
This year, which marks the 53rd year for this annual festival, Shakespeare in the Park presents Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Jane Page. Interested in learning more about the play? Here is a plot summary. Performances take place daily, July 12-29, at 8:30 p.m. Pre-show entertainment starts at 7:30 p.m.
Central Park is historic itself—the park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the man who designed New York City’s Central Park. The Shakespeare in the Park performances are free and open to the public, making the event ideal for a family picnic. Or sit on the benches for a grown-up date night. If you prefer VIP seating—two reserved Adirondack chairs in the front rows, frozen drinks and wait service for snacks and beverages—contact Kentucky Shakespeare and reserve your spots.
If you go, be sure to check out Louisville’s wonderful bed and breakfasts. Many are close to Central Park, as well as in other beautiful parts of the city. You can check availability here.
Louisville is fortunate to have many wonderful restaurants and Bed and Breakfasts. Visitors can take advantage of the suberb dishes served in both places. Good ole Kentucky food abounds here and many of the local chefs and inn-keepers are experts in bringing to you, not only wonderful evening meals and gourmet breakfasts but desserts of all kind. Kentucky has an unusual and interesting pie tradition many of which have unexpected ingredients. I have written a brief history of Pie below and included three Kentucky pie recipes for you to try at home.
On your next trip to Louisville, you will of course want to stay at one of our wonderful bed and breakfasts and savor the unique dishes the inn of your choice has to offer. In addition, your inn-keeper will help you find the perfect restaurant for your evening meal. (Nancy Hinchliff, Inn-keeper/Free lance writer)
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Historically, around the early 1500s, probably the first pies on the European continent, were called “coffins” or “coffyns”. They were savory meat pies with tall crusts which were sealed on the top and bottom. Open crust pies were called “traps”. These pies held assorted meats and sauces and were baked like a modern casserole with no pan.
The origins of pie can actually be traced to the ancient Egyptians, who incorporated nuts, honey and fruits into bread dough. However, according to most food historians, pie pastry actually originated with the Greeks. At that time they were made of a flour and water paste which was wrapped around meat to seal in the juices. The Romans took home Greek recipes and developed their own pies, cakes and cake-like puddings. The pie craze then spread throughout Europe, via the Roman roads, every country adapting them to their own customs and foods. English women were baking pies long before the settlers came to America, but by the 1700s American pioneer women often served pies with every meal.
Samuel Clemens, who used the pseudonym Mark Twain, loved pie and often ate Huckleberry pie baked by his life-longhousekeeper, Katy Leary. After a trip to Europe, where he developed a strong dislike for European food, he complained that “…it has been many months…since I have had a nourishing meal…” He ironically devised a recipe for “English Pie”. His tongue-in-cheek recipe, hinting at the awfulness if these pies, follows:
“…Take a sufficiency of water and flour and construct a bullet-proof dough. Work this into the form of a disk, with edges turned up some three fourths of an inch. Toughen and kiln-dry for a couple days in a mild but unvarying temperature. Construct a cover for this “formidable creation”, in the same way and of the same material. Filled with stewed dried apples. Aggravate with cloves, lemon peel and citron, and add two portions of New Orleans sugar. Then solder on the lid and sit in a safe place until it petrifies. Serve cold at breakfast and invite you enemies.” ( M. Twain)
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Many of the pies which became associated with Kentucky, came from the Shakers of the Amish in Indiana. Two very popular ones are the Sugar Cream Pie and the Shaker Lemon Pie. A third is Vinegar Pie.
The Sugar Cream Pie was a simple, basic, “desperation” pie made with ingredients that were always nearby or on-hand at the farm. When making this pie “finger-stirring” in the unbaked crust was necessary, so as not to whip the cream before baking.
Only three ingredients go into Shaker Lemon Pie : lemon slices (peel and all), sugar, and eggs. The filling is more like marmalade. Where did the Shakers get the lemons? It is said that they traveled in boats to New Orleans to sell their wares and returned with cash and lemons.
This is a very tart lemon pie which uses whole lemons, rind and all, inside the pie. They are first sliced very thin, then macerated overnight, four lemons to two cups of sugar. The key to this pie is slicing the lemons very thin.
When lemons were not in season, pioneer women baked pies with vinegar, which substituted for lemon juice. They were custardy and still had a fruit-like flavor from the vinegar. Vinegar Pie remained popular in regency England, throughout the nineteenth century, even after English settlers brought it to America.
Sugar Cream Pie Ingredients
pastry for one 9-inch pie crust
3/4 cups sugar
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
whole nutmeg Instructions
pre-heat oven to 450 degrees and prepare the pie pastry. Place sugar and flour in the unbaked pie shell. Add whipping cream and mix well, using you fingers to slowly mix the liquid ingredients. Add vanilla and continue stirring. Grate nutmeg over the top. Bake 10 minutes at 450 degrees. Reduce heat to 350 and continue baking, approximately one hour. Do not over bake. Remove from oven. The pie will appear runny, but sets when it cools. If the pie doesn’t set, get out some spoons and enjoy it anyhow
Vinegar Pie: Ingredients
1 nine-inch pastry crust
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cider vinegar Instructions
Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a blender or large mixing bowl, mix together eggs, butter, sugar and vanilla. Pour into pie shell. Bake about 50 minutes until firm. Let cool. Top with whipped cream.
Shaker Lemon Pie (late 18th c.) Ingredients
2 nine inch pastry crusts
2 medium sized lemons
2 cups sugar
4 eggs Instructions
Slice two lemons paper thin.Take out seeds and macerate the slices in two cups of sugar overnight. Stir the mixture now and then so that the sugar dissolves into a fragrant syrup. The next day, prepare pastry for a nine inch two crust pie. Beat four eggs well, then mix them with the syrup and lemon slices. Pour the mix into the bottom crust and cover with the top crust. Bake at 450 degrees for fifteen minutes, then reduce heat to 375. Bake an additional 20-25 minutes, or until knife inserted into pie comes out clean.
by Nancy R. Hinchliff, inn-keeper/freelance writer
Valentine’s Day at most bed and breakfasts is usually very busy. They fill up with couples looking for a romantic get-away to celebrate the day or week-end with someone they love. The Inns offer Sweetheart Packages, Spa Packages and the like. They fill their rooms with red roses, champagne and chocolates. Louisville is no different than most cities. Our bed and breakfasts are exemplary and really outdo themselves on special holidays, especially the romantic ones like Valentine’s Day
Many of the inns like to serve a special sweetheart’s breakfast of Belgium Waffles with fresh strawberries and real whipped cream. Or, decadent chocolate waffles with whipped cream and a luscious ribbon of chocolate sauce dribbled across the top. Strawberries and chocolate seem to be very popular on Valentine’s Day, so many of the Innkeepers make chocolate-covered strawberries. They’re really not difficult to make. Below are a couple of wonderful recipes.
Be sure to make your reservations early. Some of the Inns have Sweetheart packages during the entire month of February. But, in case they don’t, call your favorite one and reserve as soon as possible.
Recipes for Chocolate Covered Strawberries
INGREDIENTS 16 ounces milk chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening
1 pound fresh strawberries with leaves
Insert toothpicks into the tops of the strawberries.
In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and shortening, stirring occasionally until smooth. Holding them by the toothpicks, dip the strawberries into the chocolate mixture.
Turn berries upside down. Insert pick in Styrofoam for chocolate to cool.
Recipe from: Armida Cooks
Since it’s Valentine’s Day today, I figured I’ll re-post this oldie-but goodie recipe for Chocolate Covered Strawberries. If you want to impress your cutie pie, these strawberries are so easy to make.
Whenever I go to a fancy Sunday brunch, there are two things that I first look out for: the champagne and the chocolate covered strawberries. The recipe below is fool proof and delicious. Just make sure your strawberries are super dry before you dip them in the chocolate. Oh my gawd, I’m having cravings just writing this!
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening, such a vegetable Crisco (do not use butter, margarine, spread or oil)*
12 large fresh strawberries, with stems, rinsed and patted dry
Prepare cookie sheet by placing wax paper on bottom of it.
Place chocolate chips and shortening in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 1-1/2 minutes or just until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred; cool slightly.
Holding strawberry by top, dip 2/3 of each berry into chocolate mixture; shake gently to remove excess. Place on prepared tray.
Refrigerate until coating is firm, about 30 minutes. Store, covered, in refrigerator.
*Butter, margarine and spreads contain water which may prevent chocolate from melting properly; oil may prevent chocolate from forming a coating.