OCTOBER 2013 Volume 8, Number 10
Serving Neighborhoods Across Louisville Highlands • Germantown • Iroquois • Old Louisville • Clifton • Crescent Hill • Phoenix Hill • Downtown • Buechel • Hikes Point • Beechmont • Schnitzelburg • Audubon • Parkway Village • Shelby Park • Smoketown
Scott Dowd displays handmade pottery bowls that he and his wife have collected over the years at Empty Bowls, an annual October fundraiser for Highlands Community Ministries. This month, the good works of HCM are profiled in our feature “From Empty Bowls to Glad Hearts.” See story, page 4.
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efore James Markert became a writer, he was an avid reader. But until his sophomore year at DeSales High School, he was more likely to be found on a tennis court banging volleys into corners than reading a book. His 15-year odyssey through over 500 books began when his English teacher, Roger Eppinger, announced he was scrapping the curriculum of traditional literature. “He told us, ‘I know most of you boys won’t read the regular assignments, so we’ll be reading Stephen King novels all year,’“ Markert says. “It worked. We had great discussions around those stories.” When the Courtesy, JAMES MARKERT semester ended, Markert had a pretty good idea of James Markert what his career would be. As a freshman at University of Louisville, Markert began his first novel while working as a tennis instructor. He avoided taking writing classes, learning his craft via a regimen of reading several books a month. “At that time, mostly thriller, suspense and horror,” he says. “But rarely nonfiction, because that’s not what I wanted to write.” When Markert graduated in 1997, he was recognized as the school’s most outstanding history major. On the tennis court, he upped his game, earning the rank of “teaching pro” from the United States Professional Tennis Organization. For the next 12 years, several drafts of four novels and a stack of publishers’ rejection letters accumulated in his closet. Markert found success, however, with his fifth novel, “A White Wind Blew.” The story unfolds during the early 1920s in the Waverly Hills Sanatorium, a chillingly impersonal South End institution where terminally ill tuberculosis patients were sent to die. Markert created characters who use their gifts of music, love and courage to inspire the dying to live out their final days in dignity. Accolades for the novel have piled up at Amazon Books, where readers have given it a nearly five-star rating. Markert scored another success with the screenplay for “2nd Serve,” a direct-to-DVD movie released this summer and also set in Louisville. Produced by local impresario Gill Holland, it is a romantic comedy about a faltering tennis pro who organizes a troupe of underachievers to compete against the upper-crusters at the country club that had fired him. Ironically, the movie enabled Markert to stop moonlighting as a tennis instructor and become a full-time writer. Markert just completed a screenplay about how late 19th century African-American jockeys were squeezed out of horse racing. He is also wrapping up a novel set in the same time period about a “Jekyll and Hyde” type actor in search of his lost father. Asked to choose between novels or screenplays, Markert doesn’t hesitate: “I have to write novels or I can’t breathe.” Yet he still finds time to play tennis almost every day. “A White Wind Blew” is available at Carmichael’s Bookstore. The book can also be ordered or downloaded at Amazon.com. R
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Gladdis Officer, left, sits with others as lunch is served at the Shaffer Enrichment Center. Highlands Community Ministries offers a number of classes and services at the center, which is currently located at Douglass Boulevard Christian Church, near the corner of Bardstown Road.
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t’s a typical hot, humid August day outside the Shaffer Enrichment Center at Douglass Boulevard Christian Church. Inside, about a dozen people are working on art projects, reading, or just sitting and enjoying the air-conditioning. Dorothy Byarley completes her watercolor of a black bird gliding across a blue sky over a beach. You can tell she’s proud of her work. “I’ve got a whole album full of paintings. I just want to save them in some manner,” she explains. Gladdis Officer patiently sits at a nearby table, quietly reading a romance novel on her e-reader. “Oh, I love to read,” she says. “I’ve had this Kindle for about three years now, and I like this because you can get a lot of books on there; and I’ve got so many books.”
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But all activities come to an end as the entire room gathers for a lunch of pasta, cooked zucchini and a bit of cake. For some, it’s a nutritious meal they may otherwise not receive if they didn’t visit the center. For most, it’s a time of fellowship and pleasant conversation. In addition to weekly art classes, the enrichment center, run by Highlands Community Ministries, offers seniors computer classes, cooking lessons, field trips, bunco and bingo, as well as tai chi and zumba. “Everybody is really nice. They’re awesome, and they’re really good with us old folks,” Officer says with a laugh. Highlands Community Ministries has been taking care of people, old and young, for more than four decades. It all started in 1969 when Stan Esterle wanted to provide children in the Highlands with a place to go while both parents worked — a new phenomenon for that time. But Esterle’s plans didn’t end there. He spent the next 40 years building Louisville’s first-ever community ministries into an organization that provides low-income housing and day services for senior citizens, children’s day care, home-delivered meals, and non-competitive youth sports programs. They also provide financial and nutritional emergency services for families in crisis. By the time Esterle retired in 2011, he and the 24 church congregations that make up HCM had built a program used as a model by other community ministries across Louisville, all of whom have a simple goal: Help those in need. “Without Highlands Community Ministries, we wouldn’t have had a Christmas several times,” says one Highlands resident who has benefited from HCM’s Individu-
al and Family Assistance Program. “It was a small Christmas, but that was fine with us.” As a single mom with a son and special-needs daughter, the resident, who wished not to give her name, says that HCM has been a life-saver many times over the past 20 years. “If you’re low on groceries or you need to pay a bill, it unleashes the cash that will hold you HCM will provide low-income housing, social services over a bit. They’re just an ex- and activities to seniors at the Woodbourne House, now tremely invaluable resource undergoing renovation. The mansion, built in the 1830s, for this community.” will be the new home of the Shaffer Enrichment Center. To remain invaluable, senior housing funded by New Directions HCM continually looks toward the future. Housing. The Shaffer Enrichment Center, After Esterle’s retirement, the board unancurrently located in the basement of the imously voted to hire Troy Burden to fill church, will move its social services and some big shoes. activities there as well. HCM board member Charlotte Peterson “It’s going to be beautiful,” says Mary admits Burden had a hard act to follow, but Lynn Masterson, director of HCM Senior is quick to add that he is doing “an incrediServices. “The atmosphere and decorations ble job.” will make it really pretty. We’ll be going Dr. Maureen Norris, president of HCM’s from a social hall/classroom setting to board of directors, agrees. “Stan is very well respected and did a phenomenal job and left more of a home setting. What a wonderful experience for the clients.” us in great shape,” she says. “His legacy is HCM’s younger clients at Eastern Star extremely positive and he just took care of a Day Care Center are already enjoying the wonderful organization and handed it off to completion of a $60,000 renovation proTroy so that it can continue to grow and to ject. The improvements included new do good works.” paint, windows and interior renovations. Under Burden’s leadership, HCM is work But it’s what’s on the horizon for HCM ing to expand its services. That expansion that is getting everybody excited: the includes a move into the Woodbourne creation of HCM’s new campus at Christ House, an 1830s mansion that sits next Evangelical United Church of Christ. The to Douglass Boulevard Christian Church. buildings, on the corner of Breckinridge Once the renovation and construction is Street and Barret Avenue, were generously complete, the building will offer low-income donated to HCM by Christ Evangelical’s congregation. Once all the paperwork is complete, HCM will begin moving its offices and some of its programs into the church’s community building. Burden says there’s a lot happening with HCM. “We did strategic planning with our board of directors about a year-and-a-half ago and identified areas that we wanted to build,” he says. “We also identified areas that we want to maintain and grow. We’re just working toward those ends.” Masterson is dreaming of what the new campus facility will mean for seniors. “The plan is to open up another senior center for a couple days a week and offer activities there,” she says. “I threw it out there that we could have evening classes for the younger seniors – such as zumba, tai chi and ballroom dancing – but nothing definite just yet.” For now, “younger seniors” and anyone else who is interested can take various classes at locations across the Highlands. Douglass Boulevard Christian Church Photos: brianbohannon.com offers a watercolor class every Tuesday eveHCM Executive Director Troy Burden, right, tours the soon-to-open Highlands Community ning, and yoga classes are offered at several Campus at Christ Evangelical United Church of Christ on the corner of Breckinridge Street churches, including Strathmoor Presbyteriand Barret Avenue. Talking with Burden is Shawn Hennessey, director of development and an on Hawthorne Avenue and St. Andrews marketing for Squallis Puppeteers, who will be moving into the building along with HCM.
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Episcopal on Woodbourne Avenue. Class information and schedules can be found on HCM’s website, www.hcmlouisville.org. The ministries also have a recreational sports program – Highlands Youth Recreation – which hosts soccer, baseball, t-ball and softball leagues. The unique aspect of the program is that it focuses more on team building and just having some good ol’ fun. The sports program and most of HCM’s community-wide classes are fee-based, as are the three day care centers that they operate. The ministries’ annual budget of $28 million
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that families can use the day care in their neighborhood and be able to work.” HCM also has three major fundraising campaigns to help offset costs. In addition to a yearly direct mail letter, HCM sponsors the Highlands Cup, a 5k run/walk, and Empty Bowls, a soup dinner and pottery sale. Both events are part of Week in the Highlands, a series of community events that happen in early October each year. Burden says the 5K, which takes place this year on Saturday, Oct. 5, usually brings in about $15,000. Roughly 400 runners
covers most services, 92 employees and a mission to keep residents from “falling into the cracks.” But HCM wouldn’t thrive without the community’s generosity, government grants and support from member churches. “It’s challenging, because two of our programs are completely dependent on grants and charitable giving,” Burden says. “For our other programs, we like to honor the tradition of being a ministry, so we try to keep our day care ... fees within affordability so we’re not going to be the most expensive child care center in town. We’re going to be a value so
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and walkers make the loop from Douglass Boulevard Christian Church to scenic Big Rock in Cherokee Park and back. Burden says the race hasn’t been bringing in as much money as in the past due to other races being held the same weekend. But he’s not giving up. The race committee is looking at ways to make the race more competitive – and more successful for HCM. The other fundraiser, and perhaps the more popular, is Empty Bowls. The event takes place at Bellarmine University, Thursday, Oct. 10. This is the 17th year for the dinner, which relies solely on the generosity of local artists and businesses. Potters donate more than 200 bowls and area restaurants provide various soups. Proceeds from the event are distributed to HCM’s food and nutrition programs. “You can either just buy soup or you can buy an empty bowl, but the thought is, there are many people who go without. It’s really about hunger awareness,” says Burden. In addition to the bowls and soups, Highlands businesses donate items to be used in a silent auction. Event Chair David Gibson, vice president of HCM’s board, says it’s more than just a fundraiser. About 350 people attended the 2012 event. Some come for the fellowship. Some come for the gourmet soups made by area chefs. “We can’t do it without the chefs,” Gibson says. “Last year we had tortilla soup, butternut squash soup, black bean chili, white bean soup and, yes, plain ol’ vegetable, chicken noodle and regular bean soup and corn chowder.” Then there are those Gibson likes to call “potter groupies,” who have collected bowls from every year the dinner has taken place.
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Whatever the reason people participate, HCM officials appreciate community members donating their time or money, allowing the ministry to continue assisting those who need the help — or just a bit of company. For Officer, who lost one of her six children to cancer some years ago, the chance to get out of the house is vital. “It was a lot of help when my son passed,” she says. “I was so glad, because if I was at home and if I didn’t come back here, it would seem like the house was closing in. I had to get out of there. If I didn’t have this, I probably would’ve gotten a little crazy for a while.” R Contact the writer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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vigor and technical finesse.” For more information, call (502) 896-8480 or visit www.cliftoncenter.org. (Clifton) THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 KICK YOUR SUGAR CRAVINGS TO THE CURB Rainbow Blossom, 3046 Bardstown Road, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., $20. Learn how sugar affects you physically and emotionally, and get your cravings under control once and for all with health coach Angie Toerner. Suggestions for healthy and tasty alternatives are provided along with samples and recipes. For more information, call (502) 498-2470 or visit www.healthcoachangie.com. (Highlands) FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4 THE FLEA OFF MARKET 1007 E. Jefferson St., on Baxter between Jefferson and Market streets, Times vary, Free. The Flea Off Market takes place Friday, Oct. 4, 4 p.m.-10 p.m.,
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SPOTLIGHT: ST. JAMES COURT ART SHOW AND THE UNFAIR 2013 The Unfair started as an alternative to the St. James Court Art Show, but has grown into an annual attraction in its own right. The 15th Annual Unfair starts Friday, Oct. 4 at 10:30 a.m. It is located in the backyard of the Magnolia Bar & Grill, 1398 S. Second St. The 57th Annual St. James Court Art Show takes place on St. James Court, Friday, Oct. 4 to Sunday, Oct. 6. Friday and Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. No pets are allowed. Patrons can park at Jefferson Community & Technical College, 200 W. Broadway, and take a Second Street Neighborhood Association shuttle to Old Louisville. Shuttles run from one hour before the art show opens until one hour after it closes. Parking and shuttle costs $10 per vehicle. Walk-ins are $5 per person or $10 per family or groups of four or less. The shuttle ride takes about 5 minutes and drops customers off a half block from the art show. For more information on The Unfair, call (502) 637-9052 or visit The UnFair Artists Art Fair on Facebook. For Courtesy, JUDSON BAKER more information on the St. James Court Art Show, visit www.stjamescourtartshow. Judson Baker’s “Temper Tantrum” and other com. (Old Louisville) artists’ works will be on exhibit at The Unfair.
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The 2013 Louisville Photo Biennial presents 40 photo exhibitions throughout the city during the month of October. One of the highlights is “Moral Matters,” an exhibition at the Garner Narrative Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery, 642 E. Market St. The show features local talents Mary Helen Yates SOUTHWEST COMMUNITY and Aleksandra Stone along with Canadian photographer FESTIVAL BALLOON GLOW Bill Pusztai, who is making his second appearance at a the Sun Valley Park, 6505 Bethany biennial. Yates creates haunting images through a comLane, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., $2 per car bination of modern technology and historic photographic and $2 for balloon rides. Enjoy a family-friendly night at Sun techniques. Pusztai’s “Seven deadly sins, with bananas, a Valley Park with glimmering book, a knife, and a pearl earring” is equal parts research hot-air balloons, plus games and and confession. Stone’s “Broken Glass” explores the process activities for the kids. Concesof building a life after experiencing dehumanizing violence. sions are available. The Balloon “Moral Matters” runs through Nov. 29, with receptions on Glow kicks off the start of the Southwest Community Festival. Oct. 4 and Nov. 1, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., as part of the First Friday For more information, call (502) Trolley Hop. Garner Narrative is open Wednesday through 937-8802 or www.southwestSaturday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. For more information, call (502) 641festival.org. (Valley Station) 8086 or visit louisvillephotobiennial.com. (Various) MEDITATION RETREAT WITH ANAM THUBTEN AND ELIZABETH MATTIS NAMGYEL Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., $25. As part of ongoing programming in the 2013 Festival of Faiths, organizers are offering this meditation retreat for people of all faith traditions, suitable for both experienced and novice meditators. Renowned meditation teachers Anam Thubten and Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel will share timeless Buddhist teachings along with meditation practices to bring about change from within. For more information, call (502) 583-3100 or www.festivaloffaiths.org. (Downtown) SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 WEEK IN THE HIGHLANDS: THE HIGHLANDS CUP 5K RUN/ WALK & PANCAKE BREAKFAST Douglass Boulevard Christian Church, 2005 Douglass Blvd., 8 a.m., Donation. The Week in the Highlands kicks off with the Highlands Cup 5K Run/Walk. The race follows a scenic course down Douglass Boulevard into the Big Rock area of Cherokee Park, winding through the historic Highlands-Douglass neighborhood. This event is followed by a pancake breakfast at Douglass Boulevard Christian Church at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds from both events benefit Highlands Community Ministries. For more information, visit www.weekinthehighlands.org. (Highlands)
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“The Finer Things,” a digital study for ambrotype on ruby glass, by Mary Helen Yates, 2013 STORYTIME YOGA FOR KIDS Rainbow Blossom, 3046 Bardstown Road, 10 a.m.11a.m., Free. Join certified instructor Diane “Dion” Bagur for pretending, big time! Be as big as an elephant or as small as a mouse. There are many health benefits, including relief of “backpack shoulder.” For more information, call Bagur at (502) 819-8839 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Highlands)
MAKERPLACE WORKSHOP Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana Council, 2115 Lexington Road, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., $18 per student with one free accompanying adult. MakerPlace is a handson lab produced by the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana and the Kentucky Science Center. It brings technology, mathematics and engineering to life using everyday items, gizmos and gadgets. Programs are open to all 4th-8th grade boys and girls. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE *
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Participants explore scientific concepts and take home their creations. Workshops take place Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Nov. 2 and Nov. 16. Pre-registration is required. Visit www.gskentuckiana.org/ events. (Highlands) CELEBRATION OF LIFE FAIR American Turners’ Park, 3125 River Road, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Free. The Kentucky Center Arts in Healing Program, in partnership with the Veterans’ Voice of Kentuckiana Mental Health Consumer Council, will host the second annual Celebration of Life Fair. This event, held annually in honor of Suicide Prevention Month, is an opportunity for veterans and their families to spend a fun-filled day together in a safe, family-friendly atmosphere where they can meet and gather resources and information from VA staff and various community organizations. The fair will feature over 25 information tables, free pizza and soft drinks, plus live music from veteran musicians, a DJ, face painting, a bouncy house, games, a masseuse, arts and crafts, door prizes and more. More info at www.kentuckycenter.org/community/healing. (Mockingbird Valley)
SQUALLIS PUPPETEERS’ “GOODNIGHT, MONSTER” School of Sharks Theater, 1228 E. Breckinridge St., 1 p.m., $5 for the show, $5 for the workshop. Squallis Puppeteers’ First Saturday Series now takes place at Squallis’ new location, the Highlands Community Campus on the corner of Barret and Breckinridge. Join Squallis for “Goodnight, Monster,” created by Jane B. Jones and performed by interns from Actors Theatre. Two young monsters are outside playing when their mother’s prized possession, which they shouldn’t have been playing with, goes missing! After getting in big trouble, the little monsters go on a nighttime adventure to reclaim their mother’s treasure. In the process they meet a variety of nighttime creatures that help them along the way. The show is for children of all ages. A puppet-making workshop takes place after the show. For more information, call (502) 636-1974 or visit www.squallispuppeteers.com CQ JAM FOR WATERSTEP Captain’s Quarters Riverside Grille, 5700 Captains Quarters Road, 4 p.m., $5. The first Annual “CQ Jam for WaterStep” features a riverside stage with local bands The Decades, Wayne
Young, The Rob Nickerson Group featuring Lindsay Willinger, and The Unlimited Show Band. The local boating community can beach or anchor to enjoy the festivities. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit WaterStep, a Louisville-based organization that works to save lives around the world with clean water. For more information, call (502) 568-6342 or visit www. waterstep.org. (Prospect) KMAC’S BOURBON BASH 2013: THE ART OF THE CHEF & THE CRAFT OF COOKING Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., 7 p.m.-11 p.m., $300 ($3,000 per table). This annual event is the largest and most important fundraiser of the year for the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. Bourbon Bash has a rich 30-year history of excellence. This year, KMAC celebrates the Art of the Chef and the Craft of Cooking. Participating restaurants and guest chefs will prepare a sit-down dinner; there will be bourbon tastings from Kentucky’s finest distilleries, a silent auction of legendary celebrity photographs by Gene Spatz, a special musical performance and an exclusive exhibition. For more informa-
SPOTLIGHT: R. KEENAN LAWLER/TIM BARNES DUO Guitarist R. Keenan Lawler has collaborated with a wide range of forward-thinking musicians. His latest partner is Tim Barnes, a percussionist and electronic musician who has performed with indie rock luminaries Jim O’Rourke, Silver Jews, and The For Carnation. Lawler and Barnes debuted as a duo at the Louisville Experimental Festival earlier this year. They will perform at the Greenhaus, 2227 S. Preston photo: Courtesy, R. KEENAN LAWLER St., on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. Marisa Anderson, of Portland, Ore., opens the show. Admission is $7. For more information, call (502) 636-4141 or visit www.greenhausmarket.com. (Germantown/Schnitzelburg) tion, call (502) 589-0102 or visit www.kentuckyarts.org/bourbon-bash-2013. (Russell) SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 HOUNDS ON THE GROUND Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, 6220 Old LaGrange Road, Noon-4 p.m., $7 adults ($5 for seniors age 55 and over, Free for children under age 12). Yew Dell Botanical Gardens invites dogs and their owners to visit every Sunday in October. Dogs large and small are welcome to enjoy the gardens, arboretum and hiking trials with their owners. All dogs must be on a leash and picked up after. Pets are free with regular admission. For more information, call (502) 241-4788 or visit www.yewdellgardens.org. (LaGrange) WEEK IN THE HIGHLANDS: 14TH ANNUAL BIG ROCK JAZZ & BLUES FEST Big Rock in Cherokee Park, Valletta Road and Park Boundary Road, 2 p.m.-7 p.m., Free. Bring your picnic blanket or a chair and enjoy live jazz and blues in the Big Rock area of Cherokee Park. This is the Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s first chance to host the popular event, this year featuring Tee Dee Young Blues Band and jazz by Everett Green and Tim Whalen’s Unit West. For
more information, visit www. olmstedparks.org. (Highlands) AIMEE MANN Clifton Center, 2117 Payne St., 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., $34-$38. Aimee Mann’s latest record, “Charmer,” is as fine a chronicle of the human comedy as popular music has produced. The renowned singer-songwriter was last in Louisville to take part in local filmmaker Archie Border’s latest film, “Pleased to Meet Me.” Now, music fans get to see Mann’s return to her day job. For more information, call (502) 896-8480 or visit www. cliftoncenter.org. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9 THOMAS MERTON AND POPE XXIII Bellarmine University, Horrigan Hall, 2001 Newburg Road, 7 p.m., Free. Michael W. Higgins, author of “Heretic Blood: The Spiritual Geography of Thomas Merton,” will lead this discussion. Higgins co-edited the recently published collection “Vatican II: A Universal Call to Holiness” and is the official biographer of Dutch author Henri Nouwen. The series will continue on the following Wednesdays with the discussions “Thomas Merton, Vatican II, and Women Religious” and “Vulnerable
Prophets: Thomas Merton, Abraham Joshua Heschel and Vatican II.” For more information, contact Dr. Paul M. Pearson at (502) 272-8177 or merton@ bellarmine.edu. (Highlands) THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10 WEEK IN THE HIGHLANDS: EMPTY BOWLS Bellarmine University, Frazier Hall, 2001 Newburg Road, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., $10-$25 donation for food and pottery. Empty Bowls, a fundraiser for the Highlands Community Ministries’ Individual and Family Assistance Program, combines art and a soup supper. Soups from area restaurants can be combined with original bowls created by area potters and artists for a $25 donation ($10 for the food alone). The event includes a silent auction of artworks, antiques and baskets. For more information, visit www.weekinthehighlands.org. (Highlands) LOUISVILLE JACK O’ LANTERN SPECTACULAR Iroquois Park, 1080 Amphitheater Road, 7 p.m., Admission prices vary. More than 5,000 pumpkins, carved by local artists, light a trail the length of five football fields at the base of Iroquois Park during the Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular. Starting
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at dusk, the event takes place nightly from Thursday, Oct. 10 through Saturday, Nov. 2. The trail begins just outside of Iroquois Amphitheater and weaves its way a quarter-mile through the woods with themed vignettes set to music. The carved, lighted pumpkins rotate on a weekly basis, creating a different experience each weekend. Tickets for groups of 25 or more can be purchased in advance by calling (502) 363-7766. For ticket prices or more information, visit www.jackolanternlouisville. com. (Iroquois) COLLECTING KENTUCKY Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Lane, 7 p.m., $20 ($15 for Friends of Locust Grove). Genevieve Baird Lacer and Libby Turner Howard present antebellum Kentucky artifacts from over 50 of today’s most inspired private and public collections. Their new book, “Collecting Kentucky 1790-1860,” celebrates collectors, past and present, who continue to locate, research and save the material archive of Kentucky. The book documents extant objects such as furniture,
silver, art, textiles, long rifles and stoneware. The authors will present images from the book and discuss the collectors and the development of the great private collections. The event includes a reception with drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. For more info, call (502) 897-9845 or visit www.locustgrove.org. (Blankenbaker)
Johnny Berry, local brew from Apocalypse Brewery, and food samples from more than 15 of Louisville’s finest restaurants. Vegetarian options will also be available. Proceeds benefit the Butchertown Neighborhood Association. For more information, visit “Butchertown’s Porktoberfest” on Facebook. (Butchertown)
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GARVIN GATE BLUES FESTIVAL Corner of Garvin Place and Oak Street, Friday, 6:30 p.m.-11:15 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.-11:15 p.m., Free. The Garvin Gate Blues Festival is the largest neighborhood street music festival in Louisville. The twoday event is a celebration of the blues and the arts, and attracts a multi-racial, intergenerational audience. For more information, call (502) 445-4193 or visit www.garvingatebluesfestival. com. (Old Louisville)
WEEK IN THE HIGHLANDS: BELKNAP FESTIVAL EVE Historic Douglass Loop, off Bardstown Road on Dundee and Harvard Drive, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., Free. Get a preview of the Belknap Fall Festival. There will be live music by Sunday Muffin Resurrection and Ted Stevens and the Third Rail, plus food trucks and local beer. For more information, visit www.weekinthehighlands.org. (Highlands) PORKTOBERFEST The Pointe, 1205 E. Washington St., 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Free. This barbecue and pork-inspired culinary competition will feature live music by Hog Operation and
SPOTLIGHT: JACK O’ LANTERN STROLL The Jack O’ Lantern Stroll is a glowing path of over 2,500 lighted pumpkins at Louisville Slugger Field, 401 E. Main St. The event takes place Friday, Oct. 25, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., and features live music, food, trickor-treating for the kids, craft making and spooky storytelling. Proceeds from donations benefit Dreams With Wings, the area’s largest nonPhoto: courtesy, Dreams with wings profit offering a comprehensive range of support services for individuals with mental retardation, developmental disabilities and autism. For more info, visit www.dreamswithwings.org. (Downtown)
CAUFIELD’S HALLOWEEN PARADE Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue, from Rosewood Avenue to Lexington Road, 7 p.m., Free. Louisville’s frighteningly funny family parade will feature 80 units, with trick-or-treat stations available along the parade route. Parade goers may join in at the end of the parade. For more information, call (502) 292-3033 or visit www.baxterparade.com. (Highlands)
WEEK IN THE HIGHLANDS: BELKNAP FALL FESTIVAL Douglass Loop, off Bardstown Road on Dundee Road and Harvard Drive, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Free. The 19th Annual Belknap Fall Festival features more than 100 booths of juried arts and crafts plus local food vendors, kid’s fun and live music. The headliner is Wax Fang, with opening band The Deloreans. Other performers are Lost Tribe Klezmer Band, the Screamin’ John Trio, Bridgid Kaelin Band, and Joel Timothy. A beer garden, local vendors and food trucks will be available. For more information, email festival@ belknapfallfestival.org or visit www.weekinthehighlands.org. (Highlands) SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 THE SOUTHERN CIRCUIT TOUR OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS The Clifton Center, 2117 Payne St., 7 p.m., Free. The Clifton Center is a screening site for a monthly program that brings the best independent films to communities across the South. This month’s entry is “Mommy, I’m A Bastard!” by Bennett Barbakow. The young filmmaker considers the three families linked by his adoption, weaving
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threads of Hollywood, Cherokee chieftains, Reaganomics, Jews, WASPs and misunderstanding. For more information, call (502) 896-8480 or visit www.cliftoncenter.org. (Clifton) WEEK IN THE HIGHLANDS: FARMINGTON HARVEST FESTIVAL Farmington Historic Plantation, 3033 Bardstown Road, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $5. The Farmington Harvest Festival is an 18th century festival set at the former home of John and Lucy Speed, hosts to Abe Lincoln. The annual event is a fun-filled day recreating the 1800s, with costumed characters telling their stories and demonstrating all manner of life on this former hemp plantation. Come out and bring the whole family! More info at (502) 452-9920 or www. historichomes.org. (Highlands)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 HAPPY-HOUR MEDITATION Rainbow Blossom, 3046 Bardstown Road, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., $5 love donation. Feeling a bit frazzled by the end of the week? Join Rebecca Geracitano and unwind with a short social and snack followed by a guided meditation and relaxed discussion session. Beginners and experienced are welcome. Chairs are provided, or bring your pillow. For more information, call (502) 498-2470 or visit www.rainbowblossom.com. (Highlands) SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 TIM O’BRIEN & DARNELL SCOTT Clifton Center, 2117 Payne St., 8 p.m.-9 p.m., $26-$28. Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott tranCONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE *
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 HEALTHY FOODS, LOCAL FARMS CONFERENCE Kentucky Country Day School, 4100 Springdale Road, 9 a.m.5:30 p.m., $35. The 14th Annual Healthy Foods, Local Farms Conference is for people and organizations that care about where their food originates and how it is raised and harvested. This year’s conference topic is “Food Sustainability and Justice.” For more information, visit www. healthyfoodslocalfarmsconference.org. (Prospect)
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SPOTLIGHT: THE SPIRIT BALL The Spirit Ball, a Victorian-inspired masquerade, is the annual fundraiser for the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, 1402 St. James Court. Held Oct. 26, the Saturday before Halloween, the evening begins in the mansion’s grand foyer at 7 p.m. Throughout the night, ghostly guests will PHOTO: Courtesy, Conrad-Caldwell house wander the three floors of the mansion to visit the palmist and tarot card reader, have their faces painted, socialize, and bid competitively for a coveted auction item. Guests will enjoy solo musicians scattered throughout the house, a champagne toast, plentiful appetizers, a jazz ensemble with dancing, an open bar and bourbon tasting. Author David Domine will host the gala event. Domine’s popular ghost books and tours have enlivened the historical, architectural and paranormal features of Old Louisville. The ticket price is $150. Proceeds from ticket sales and auction purchases go directly to the operation of the mansion. Tickets can be purchased by calling (502) 636-5023 or online at www.conrad-caldwell.org/spirit-ball. (Old Louisville) * CONT. FROM PREVIOUS PAGE
scend boundaries, writing songs for the likes of Garth Brooks, topping the Americana airplay chart and winning the respect of bluegrass audiences. The musicians make albums that carry echoes of Celtic, reggae, blues and rock ‘n’roll, all while recording with everyone from bluegrass patriarch Ralph Stanley to young country favorites like John Berry. If variety is the spice of musical life, these two men are master chefs. For more information, call (502) 896-8480 or visit www.cliftoncenter.org. (Clifton)
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TYLER PARK NIGHT Impellizeri Pizza, 1381 Bardstown Road, 4 p.m.-11 p.m., Free. It’s Tyler Park Night at Impellizeri Pizza! Ten percent of all purchases will be donated to the Tyler Park Fund, so stop by and help raise money for Tyler Park! For more information, (502) 454-2711 or visit www. impellizzeris.com. (Highlands)
TYLER PARK ANNUAL MEETING Highlands-Shelby Park Library, 1250 Bardstown Road, 7 p.m., Free. A discussion of “Vision Louisville,” a community process to guide the future of Louisville over the next 25 years. Learn how your ideas can help. Refreshments will be served. Election of the members of the 2014 TPNA Board of Directors will follow the discussion. For more information, visit www. tylerparkna.org. (Highlands)
DINNER AND DEMOCRACY League of Women Voters, 115 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 S. Ewing St., 5:30 p.m., Free-will offering. This talk and panel disTHE CTA FAMILY FESTIVAL cussion with Theresa Zawachi, Willow Park, Cherokee Parkway Project Manager of Locally and Willow Avenue, 1 p.m.-5 Integrated Food Economy, and p.m., Free. The Cherokee Triangle Pam Rogers of The Humane Association presents The First Society of the U. S. will feature Annual CTA Family Festival. Join “The Good, the Bad and the your neighbors for games, crafts, Ugly: A Look at Our Food Sup-
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LIBRARY CORNER MARION COUNTY’S ROCK N’ ROLL PAST From Ike & Tina to Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimi Hendrix to Otis Redding, Marion County’s famed Club 68 and Club Cherry hosted them all. Join “The Cornbread Mafia” author James Higdon as he tells the unique history of Lebanon, Kentucky’s rock n’ roll past. Higdon will be at the Main Library, 301 York St., on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. The event is free, but tickets are required. For tickets, call (502) 574-1644 or visit www.lfpl.org. (Downtown)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 TRIO BRASILEIRO Clifton Center, 2117 Payne St., 8 p.m., $10. Trio Brasileiro has made a name for itself as an ensemble worthy of international attention. Their stunning virtuosity is matched by remarkable musicianship and a deep devotion to the language of music. For more information, call (502) 896-6950 or www. cliftoncenter.org. (Clifton)
JAMES MCBRIDE From New York Times bestselling author James McBride comes “The Good Lord Bird: A Novel.” It is the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade – and who must pass as a girl to survive. McBride’s landmark memoir, “The Color of Water,” is considered an American classic, read in schools and universities across the U.S. McBride will speak at the Main Library, 301 York St., on Monday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. The event is free, but tickets are required. For tickets, call (502) 574-1644 or visit www.lfpl.org. (Downtown)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 BARDSTOWN BOUND BOOFEST Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue from Douglass Loop to Lexington Road, Trolley service, 2 p.m.-8 p.m. The Highland Commerce Guild presents the 10th Bardstown Bound All-Day BooFest, celebrating Halloween Highlands style! Businesses along the route offer tricks and treats with shopping, savings, food and drink specials and live entertainment. Costumes are encouraged. This year, ValuMarket will host the 1st Annual Boofest Costume Contest and Candy Hunt! For more info and a map, visit www.bardstownbound.com. (Highlands)
KENTUCKY POET LAUREATE FRANK X. WALKER In his most recent book, “Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers,” Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X. Walker explores the void left by the horrific slaying of the civil rights activist, taking on the voices of Evers’ family, Evers’ killer, and others surrounding the 1963 events in Mississippi. Join Walker for an evening of poetry at the Main Library, 301 York St., on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. The event is free, but tickets are required. For tickets, call (502) 574-1644 or visit www. lfpl.org. (Downtown)
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MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER Waterfront Park, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Free. Join the American Cancer Society at its 16th Annual LES MISERABLES Making Strides Against Breast CenterStage, Jewish Community Cancer of Louisville. Every dollar Center, 3600 Dutchmans Lane, raised in this 5K walk helps 7 p.m., $18 in advance ($20 day save lives. For more informaof show). Les Miserables, the tion, or to register a team, call world’s longest-running musical, (502) 560-6000 or visit www. has been seen by over 65 makingstrideslouisville.org. million people in 42 countries. (Downtown)
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CenterStage at Jewish Community Center brings this treasured musical to Louisville from Thursday, Oct. 24 to Sunday, Nov. 10. More info at (502) 238-2763 or www.centerstagejcc.com. (Seneca Gardens)
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hugging back home after a sunrise power walk, my wife and I witnessed a tableau in our front yard that could have been pulled from the wall of a fourth-grade art exhibit: a squirrel, a rabbit, a robin, and a mating pair of cardinals, all blissfully unaware they were creating a nature-poster cliché. With a fluffy white cloud posing languidly in the blue sky above them, the only things missing from the composition were a chubby-cheeked chipmunk and a garish blue jay. The scene was not surprising, really, since we encourage the wild critters of the Highlands to hang out at our house by setting out lots of goodies to attract them. This means we have to accept the aggravations as well as the joys. For example, squirrels will vacuum up as much expensive “bird” seed as you can dish out, waddling away before anything with feathers has a shot at a snack. They’ll also drag off anything they can use as building material for their nests, and they really don’t care how much you paid for it at Home Depot. For that reason – and the fact that I enjoy making freerange squirrel gumbo – I have harvested enough of them that word finally got out that ours can be a Yard of No Return for the rodential marauders: Abandon Hope, Ye Featherless Freeloaders. My apologies to our neighbors, because now the critters go to their yards to rip the stuffing from lawn furniture, dig up flower bulbs and chop up strings of Christmas lights. Chipmunks also Hoover up loads of birdseed to haul back to their families in their comically stuffed cheeks, but they’re much too cute (and FAST) to harm – and there’s not much meat on them, anyway. A chipmunk thigh would just about fill the food traps in my molars, and if you collected enough pelts to make a vest you’d wipe out the species. I was mystified by the bird droppings on our front porch, since we don’t put seed out there. I couldn’t imagine what was so appealing to them about a hanging fern and a porch swing. Then one day my wife saw a sparrow emerge from the light fixture and figured it out: They were popping in for the “Big Bulb Bug Buffet,” i.e., the insects that were attracted to the light and couldn’t escape the fixture before a more evolved creature arrived to yank their food chain. Speaking of which, a hawk of some kind – sharp-shinned, dimple-kneed, club-footed, I’m not really sure – is very grateful for the legions of tasty birds we attract with the seed, and occasionally shreds in for some mourning dove tartar. Talk about a Grand Slam Breakfast. FOOF! Our favorite show has to be the Hummingbird Follies. I placed two feeders a foot outside our kitchen windows, and it’s awe-inspiring and hilarious to watch the Milk-Dudsized choppers primp and puff up and viciously protect their territory. For a creature smaller than some swamp mosquitoes I’ve slapped, a hummer can be downright pugnacious, either fighting – or spoiling for one – most of the time. We think we’ve got Mom, Pop, Sonny-Boy and Sis using our feeders as the family dining room, and when it comes to “outside” hummers, their social skills rival North Korea’s. Is it any wonder we find reality shows so boring? R Type in “Critters of Blvd. Napoleon” on YouTube to see a short video Mack made that inspired this column. See him in action at www.mackdryden.com, or email him at email@example.com.
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KFW Announces 2013 Art Meets Activism Grant Recipients in Louisville
Cave Hill Cemetery Invites Submissions for “Memories of a Lifetime” Program
“Memories of a Lifetime,” which publishes the histories and memories of those buried there in a searchable online database. The program can also be accessed via a mobile app called “Cemetery Tours,” available for both Apple and Android. The app uses GPS navigation to direct visitors to a given grave site, where they can literally stand at a grave and view their loved one’s photo and read memories shared by family and friends. Cave Hill is asking the local community to contribute to the history project, welcoming information or pictures of anyone buried there. Visitors to Cave Hill’s website can search the burial database and share
The Kentucky Foundation for Women The history of the greater Louisville has awarded 32 Art Meets Activism grants community is in many ways buried in the totaling $104,500 to feminist artists past at Cave Hill Cemetery, chartered in and social change organizations across 1848. To help uncover this history, Cave Kentucky. The grants were given to help Hill recently launched a new program, advance positive change through feminist-led, arts-based activities in communities throughout the state. The foundation awarded 11 grants totaling $37,180 to Louisville artists and organizations in support of feminist art that ighlands resident Paul Schuhmann has made a gift to Western Kentucky University strengthens Metro communities. establishing the Paul and Ellen Schuhmann Student Publications Scholarship Fund. The The 2013 Louisville grant scholarship is awarded to a full-time junior or senior journalism student who is on staff at recipients are Center for Women the College Heights Herald or the Talisman. Recipients must have a cumulative grade point and Families, South Park Teenage average of 2.8 or higher and display a serious interest and dedication to the craft. Parent Program, Marian Foster, Paul met his wife, Ellen (now deceased), while they both attended WKU. He was a phoFamily Scholar House, Beaded tographer and adviser for the College Heights Herald and the Talisman while working on Treasures Project, Looking for his master’s degree in 1970 and 1971. He also taught photography during that time. After Lilith, Kentucky Center ArtsReach completing his degree, he was offered the opportunity to join WKU’s faculty, but chose to Program, Carrie Neumayer, Erin pursue professional photojournalism in Louisville. Paul credits his success in the profesFitzgerald, Amber Sigman and Dotti Russell. sional world to his WKU education and student publications experiences. A photojournalist “These participant-based activiand photo editor at The Courier-Journal and Louisville Times for 30 years, he received ties bring together artists, organimany honors – including two Pulitzer prizes and a Southern Photographer of the Year zations and communities in ways award. that will advance the public good,” After graduating in 1970, Ellen worked at the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer in says Dr. Judi Jennings, director of Owensboro as well as the Jefferson Reporter, Louisville Times and Louisville Magazine in KFW. “When we create art togethLouisville. While raising the couple’s two children, daughter Robin and son Matthew, she er, we become a better informed founded Schuhmann Communications, a newsletter writing and editing service that she and more self-realized community. operated for 28 years. Creative community engage In addition to creating the scholarship fund, Paul plans to donate to WKU all of his phoment like this betters the lives of tographic material, including photographs, negatives and proof sheets from the six years women and girls. When women he spent there as a student. and girls advance, so does Metro Louisville.” “Giving back is very important to me,” says Paul, “whether it be to my community or For more information, call (502) the university that meant so much to me and my wife.” R 562-0045 or visit www.kfw.org.
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Louisville Peacemaker of The Year Award Given The 2013 Louisville Peacemaker of the Year Award was presented on August 28 at the My Recipe For Peace Dinner. This year’s award was shared by Peace Education Program and S.P.A.V.A. (Society for the Prevention of Aggressiveness and Violence Among Adolescents). The organizations were honored for their educa-
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he familiar squeak of the turning card rack might just be the soundtrack to my card-seeking life at Carmichael’s. Squeak. Squeak. Pause. Ah, “What fresh hell is this?” states the card. The blank stare of a little girl, circa 1920s, standing in a wicker cage is only outdone by insect wings jutting from her starched white frock, parting a crimson drape. Checking the back, it’s from “Holy Crap – It’s Art from Erin” and subtitled “Real Art for Real Life.” It’ll take a qualified sense of humor to receive this as a get-well card. In the bag she went that day with three other cards for celebrations or well-wishing. But I sent none of them. Nope. I have this glorious problem. I love paper, photography, art and messages, all of which can be found in greeting cards. I can’t get enough of them ... and I can’t seem to let them go. In my kitchen, three mellow cows – one, a lop-eared Heifer with fresh grass hanging from her mouth – silently blink at me from their acrylic pasture mounted on the refrigerator. I fell in love with the bovine-sized original by Kentucky artist Debbie Graviss whose work was displayed in Revelry Boutique Gallery at the time – and priced out of my budget. The $3.75 card had its cultural slogan: Send Kind Words & Happy Thoughts. Words and thoughts? Yes. Send? Can’t. Sometimes it’s simply PHOTO: BRIANBOHANNON.COM the paper that gets me – the beauty and timelessness of the pulp fiber – you know those recycled cards, kind of raw, absorbent, tactile – most of them set by hand on an antique letterpress. Is my problem financial? Plain selfish? A cry for help? I can’t afford large pieces of original art at galleries and find this is a great way to support the artist or the outlet and still have quality images in my home. I’m not alone. Am I? Some of my favorite cards are from Hound Dog Press. At their East Market Street shop, all cards are printed on a 1930 tabletop Craftsmen press, an attic orphan donated by a UofL professor, among other acquired equipment dating from 1892 to 1960. I met co-owner Nick Baute at the Cherokee Art Fair this past spring. His talk of ink, rollers, blocks and flywheels had me suspended in a romantic time warp while rooting through my purse to buy two more “Coffee: It Makes You Poop” cards. Then, I ‘fessed my card hoarding issue. “I rarely find out where our cards go once they leave our shop,” Baute said. “I’ve been told some end up in frames on the wall, and some get mailed all over the country. I’m flattered by both. I’m mainly just happy to be promoting letterpress. Our goal is to keep this process alive and well in this crazy digital world. I love the confused/surprised look on people’s faces when they come in the shop. It never gets old.” A real business boon would be to manufacture mattes and frames for cards never exchanged. Tape and magnets don’t do them justice. In the meantime, if I send you a card, I refuse to stoop to sappy verse that I would never utter to your face. Now, all I have to do is send it. Maybe. R Cindy Lamb’s vocations of journalism, child birth and child care keep the lights on and the stories flowing. Contact her at LambScribe@aol.com.
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