Thursday, July 16, 2015

FUN AT FORCASTLE FESTIVAL

FORCASTLE FESTIVAL IN FULL SWING THIS WEEKEND

Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Waterfront Park will be the place to be for music lovers. Sixty bands will appear on four stages set up around the park.
Headliners include local favorite, My Morning Jacket and Houndmouth, Cage the Elephant, White Reaper and Chris Stapleton.

Music is of course the main event but local flavor is not slighted. The very popular Bourbon Lodge is back and expanded.   There you will find beautiful décor, air conditioning and very good toilets...definitely a fabulous thing at any outdoor festival! The beautiful décor comes from Kathy Schmitt and her Crescent Hill Trading Post. Eleven Kentucky Distillers will be there with a mixology station. Try some bourbon inspired dishes from Feast BBQ and Bourbon Lane desserts.

Hours for the Festival are:
Friday 1-11:30 pm
Saturday 1- 11:30pm
Sunday 1- 11 pm

Thursday, June 25, 2015

FAMILY FUN THIS WEEKEND

TWO OUTDOOR EVENTS THIS WEEKEND


FIREFLY HIKE

This year is a great year for fireflies. They are so magical and beautiful floating up at night. One of my guests from northern Illinois was so happy to see them this week. They are not as abundant in some areas of the country as they are here.

You can enjoy them each night in your own yard of course, and you can take a nighttime nature walk this Saturday from 8:30 to 10:00pm at The Louisville Nature Center. The Nature Center's naturalist, Rosemary Bauman will give a short talk about fireflies before the one hour walk.

Registration is required and there is a $5 fee per person.
For more information call the Louisville Nature Center at 502-458-1328.












LOCUST GROVE ANTIQUES MARKET

The Summer Antiques Market at Locust Grove Historic Home will be this Sunday June 28 from 10:00am to 4:30 pm. The show features American country antiques, including books, furniture, garden accents, jewelry and silver.  Dealers from all over the south and Midwest set up booths on the lawn of the historic home. There are items in all price ranges.
Admission tickets which cost $8 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under, also include a tour of the house and museum.

Bring a picnic or buy refreshments at the concession stands.
For more information on this event and others happening this summer at Locust Grove check out their website at www.locustgrove.org

Monday, June 15, 2015

CHURCHILL DOWNS AFTER DARK AND AMERICAN PHAROAH

SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE TRACK FOR DOWNS AFTER DARK

The meet at Churchill Downs goes on through the end of June. You still have time to go to the track for the races. And another very fun event is the Downs After Dark. The track is alive with bands and food vendors and of course racing under the lights.

There are many ticket options. My favorite is the Millionaires Row that includes an air conditioned interior spot and dinner and balcony viewing of the races. Another option is the new Courtyard area along the track homestretch. Tickets prices range from $10 for general admission to $70 for the Millionaires Row area.

This past weekend American Pharoah was at the track for the presentation for the Derby and Triple Crown trophies.  What a horse! So cool and calm with 40,000 people in the stands cheering for him.
Check out www.churchilldowns.com for more information and upcoming events at the track.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

FUN TIME IN THE CITY

MUCH TO DO IN LOUISVILLE IN APRIL

A traditional mint julep served in the official Derby mint julep cup from Churchill Downs


Spring time in Kentucky is absolutely beautiful. And all the attractions and restaurants have planned extra special activities and menus.

This year April is mint julep month. In Louisville many of the restaurants on the Urban Bourbon Trail have concocted special renditions of our traditional mint julep. Mint julep merchandise will be on sale at many locations around town too...and you can sign up to win a set of silver mint julep cups at www.culinarylouisville.com

If the liquid variety of mint julep is not to your taste then try some of the candy being offered. You can get mint julep butter creams, made with Evan Williams Bourbon, at Cellar Door Chocolates and mint julep taffy is available at the Derby Museum.

You can sample the real traditional mint julep at Churchill Downs and take home the derby glass it is served in as a momento.
If you are not attending the Derby the first Saturday of May this year ...not to worry. One of the best ways to get the Derby experience ahead of the actual Derby is to come to Louisville the week before. Racing starts on April 25 and many of the Derby horses are in town.
And Churchill Downs hosts Dawn at the Downs each day April 28 and 29 from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. Then you can sit in Millionaires Row on the 6th floor at Churchill and have a great breakfast while watching the Derby contenders workout on the track. You need to buy tickets so check out www.churchilldowns.com for more information.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WOOHOO...SPRING COMING!

SPRING AT LAST

LAST WEEK
AND COMNG SOON


We have had more than our share of snow and cold this winter. It is not a good thing when the weather channel has someone on site reporting from your city three times in one week!

But now the snow has melted and the temperatures are normal and the bulbs are already 2 inches up in the gardens...last week 12 inches of snow - this week bulbs coming up!

And around town many classes are available to get us in the mood to plant.
Here are just a few happening this March.


"Herbs Past and Present" March 28
Presented by the Kentuckiana Herb Society and held at Huber Orchard and Winery in Southern Indiana. Price is $35 and includes the presentation from Bill Handel of the Illinois Natural History Survey and chef Nancy Russman, and continental breakfast and buffet lunch.
For more information contact: www.kentuckianaherbsociety.org or call 812-590-4604

Monday, February 9, 2015

BIG FOUR BRIDGE LIGHT SHOW

THE BIG FOUR BRIDGE IS LIGHTING UP DOWNTOWN

Louisville's super popular walking bridge is now even better!
Beginning this Wednesday February 11, the bridge will put on a dazzling light show each night. 

Advanced Electrical Systems of Louisville was awarded the contract to light the bridge. The system they installed has over 1500 LED  lights that are programmed to produce an endless combination of colorful configurations. The light show on the bridge will be visible in both directions up and down the river for more than a mile.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

THINK CHOCOLATE

CHOCOLATE HEAVEN

Most people love chocolate. There are endless desserts and cookbooks devoted just to chocolate recipes. Every restaurant has at least one chocolate dessert on the menu. I have even had chocolate gravy at a bed and breakfast in southern Kentucky.

Combine wine and bourbon with chocolate and you have CHOCOLATE DREAMS...that is the 10th annual Chocolate Dreams fundraiser for the GuardianCare Services.  The fun event will be held and Bellarmine  University from 6 to 9 pm on February 2.

Twenty five top chefs and culinary professionals will showcase chocolate laced appetizers, entrees, desserts, and beverages. The photo above shows the entree from Cake Flour from last year...yum.

Guests work their way through the venue and sample the creations from each of the chefs. Samplings of bourbon from the Kentucky Distillers Association and wine from Old 502 Winery is available.
The event gives the chefs a chance to be creative with offerings like the cocoa and coffee encrusted pulled pork with bourbon maple apples butter and a chocolate, ancho chili barbecue sauce, from Chef Andrew Welenken from Bucks Restaurant.


For more information and to buy tickets for CHOCOLATE DREAMS
Call 502-585-9949 or go to www.chocolatedreams.org