Thursday, December 6, 2012



To Tour Historic Homes

A Candlelight Christmas at Locust Grove
dancers in the ballroom at locust grove during the candlelight tour demonstration dances from the early 1800s and dressed in period costumes one man in a kilt and one in  a soldiers outfit and ladies in long white gownsFriday December 7, 5:30 pm to 9:pp pm
Saturday December 8, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Visitors will get a real look into life at Locust Grove at Christmas in the early 1800s.
The grounds and home are lit only by candlelight and decorated with fresh greens and fresh fruit much as it would have been in 1809. In the formal ball room there is live music and dancing with docents in period clothing.
Be sure to visit the outdoor kitchen where you can sample food prepared over the open hearth.
And in the visitors center more refreshments and live music await, plus a chance to do a little Christmas shopping in the gift shop.
Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children ( maximum $18 per household)
For more information visit:

To Shop, Shop, Shop, Shop

one of the trolleys that take people to the shops and galleries for the first friday gallery hopFirst Friday Gallery Hop
Friday, December 7, 5 pm to 11 pm

Galleries and Shops on East Main Street in the vibrant NuLu area of Louisville will be open for shoppers to hop from one gallery or shop to another. This fun event happens the first Friday of each month along the East Main Street area. It is a chance to view art from local and national artists at the galleries, and shop at the locally owned stores along the street.
The galleries close at 9 pm but many of the shops stay open later and the trolley runs every 15 minutes until 11 pm.  And the restaurants and clubs will stay open later as well.

Olde Tyme Christmas
Saturday, December 8, 9 am to 6 pm
an art gallery building along frankfort avenue with big windows and a red awning and arched doorway

"Olde Time Christmas" celebration on Frankfort Avenue will be this Saturday December 8.  Shops along Frankfort Avenue will be open from 9 am to 6 pm. Many will have live music and holiday refreshments. Take a break at one of the many great local restaurants along the way.
Park your car and stroll along the street or take the free trolley from noon to 5pm. Horse carriage rides will also be offered from 1pm to 4pm for only 50 cents.
For more information visit:

Saturday, September 22, 2012



a picture of princess diana smiling with a tiara on and pearl necklace and white gown for the exhibit at the frazier museum
An exhibit showcasing the life of Diana Princess of Wales just opened at the Frazier History Museum.  Over 7,500 square feet of displays in nine galleries will house the exhibit and feature family jewels, personal mementos, paintings, rare home movies and of course some of the fabulous designer dresses she wore and her famous royal  wedding gown. The exhibit is on permanent display every summer at Diana's ancestral home,  the Spencer family's Althorp Estate in England.

Two diamond tiaras and Diana's family jewels will also be on display. Curator, Graeme Murton, said "They are exceptional. I've never seen diamonds like them." He and Nick Grossmark have been traveling around the world with the exhibit for more than decade. They are the only people allowed to handle the wedding dress and its lavish 25 foot train. They wear white gloves to protect the material from the acidity in their hands.

This very special exhibit is open through January 13 the Frazier History Museum, located at 829 West Main Street in Louisville. For more information on this exhibit and the rest of the permanent collection at the museum go to or call 502-753-5663.d

Thursday, September 6, 2012


folk art from lonnie  and twyla money from london ky showing a guinea hen and chicks a large rooster a red fox and a small chicken
There are many Kentucky folk artists scattered around the state. Generally they are located in pretty remote areas. But you can also find their creations at exhibits and in galleries in the state and nationally. Morehead University has a great gallery showcasing different artists and also a permanent collection on display. Another great spot is the Kentucky Artist Center near Berea Kentucky. Here you can see and purchase any kind of craft produced in Kentucky.

I especially have fallen in love with the work of a husband and wife team from London Kentucky. Lonnie and Twyla Money create the most whimsical of critters, with fanciful shapes and bright color combinations. Lonnie carves the animals and Twyla paints them. Recently I purchased some new additions to my collection. The calico cat looks like our inn cat Baby, right down to the chipmunk in her mouth! The purple turtle is a guest favorite and sits on the buffet watching the cookies. To take a look at more of their work you can check out this website:

a folk art turtle with spotted purple legs and spotted shell sitting on a black table with lamp and painting with people at track in backgrounda black and white spotted chicken folk art peice sitting on a table with lamp and framed picture with ships in backgroungd

Saturday, August 11, 2012



many white moonflowers open
moonflower bush in full bloom
One of the best summer bloomers are our moonflower bushes. They love the hot weather and tolerate more dryness than many of the other flowers in the garden. I started with one plant from a nursery in town and now we have them all over the gardens. The trick is to collect the pods that form from each bloom and then ( this is really hard) toss them in the garden wherever you wish to see them the following year.

one large white moon flower withe stamen showing

As you can see from the photo I took just this morning of the plant in front of the Rose Cottage - they are prolific bloomers. An added bonus is that they honey bees love them! They open up at dusk and the fragrance of honey and lemon fills the whole property. As soon as the sun gets high in the sky they close up. And this repeats all season long until the first frost.

I collect the pods and give them out to any guest who wants them. Believe me there is plenty to go around! In fact if you are in the neighborhood this fall just stop by and we will give you one.

Sunday, July 22, 2012



This year's Jane Austen Festival at Locust Grove Historic Home is better than ever.
many people on the lawn at locust grove during the jane austen festival with a tent with gift wareEach year we have a group of guests who come and take part in the two day event which includes the day long lectures and demonstrations and a ball on the Saturday night where the costumes are just like something out of Pride and Prejudice.
four of my guests standing in front of a large window in the parlor dressed in period dresses from the early 1800s in light colors
Each year activities, lectures and demonstrations are added. This year one very popular class called "Dressing Mr. Darcy" showed the layers of clothing a fashionable gentleman had to wear during the Regency period. Many vendors participating with wares such as teapots and teas and fabrics of the period set up on the front lawn of the 1790 Locust Grove.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


a poster with a large brown crowing rooster for the rooster crowing contest at the state fair THINKING OF CHICKENS AND MUSHROOMS BACKYARD CHICKEN CLASS For several years I have been wishing that I had enough space for a few chickens on the property. In Louisville you can have up to 6 chickens in residential areas. You don't need much space and you don't even need to have a rooster...neighbors appreicate the lack of early morning crowing I'm sure. And the quality of the eggs is so superior to store bought. I buy the eggs we use here at the Inn from Whole Foods and they are cage free. And when the local farmer's market opens each spring through fall we can get organic eggs from area farmers. There is a class at Foxhollow Farm March 31 from 9:00am to Noon Learn everything you need to know about backyard chicken keeping from the expert - Fresh Starts Steve Paradis. Cost is $15 and to register call 502-241-9674. MOREL MUSHROOM RETREAT I must say we don't do mushrooms very often for breakfast...most guests like their mushrooms later in the day! But when we cook special event dinners here, then we can get into recipes using organic wild mushrooms. I am not knowledgable enough to pick my own though. So I was very excited to see information on a Morel Mushroom Retreat coming up Saturday, April 21. The sixth annual retreat is a day long program which includes two full vegetarian meals, a wildflower walk, farm tour and discussion of mushroom cultivation. Plus particpants get to take home recipes and mushrooms! To register go to this website:

Thursday, January 19, 2012


people standing looking at the high water with buildings flooded in the background black and white photo of people being rescued during the 1937 flood in louisville ky Seventy five years ago this month much of Louisville was under water. Torrential rains caused the Ohio River to rise to levels it had not reached before or since. In Louisville 175,000 people had to be evacuated to higher ground. The west side of the city was hit the hardest and that was where most people lived at that time. My grandmother told of being boated to the Highlands from their home in the west end. Many houses, businesses and hotels were never rebuilt. One whole area near Butchertown on the river is now empty and a park. Most of Jefferson County was rural at that time, but quickly built up after the flood when people moved to the areas that were safe from flooding. It is fascinating to see the pictures of familiar buildings under water. Of the major metropolitan areas in the country Louisville was hit the hardest. Several events will give a in depth look at the time and impact of the Great Flood. Historian Rick Bell author of " The Great Flood of 1937, Rising Waters, Soaring Spirits", will give one lecture at the Water Tower on River Road at 2pm on Sunday January 22 and another at 6pm Tuesday January 25 at the Filson Historical Society on South Third Street. Both Lectures are free. Also, there will be a Photo Exhibit at the Ekstrom Library on the University of Louisville campus. And opening reception is January 26 from 5pm to 7pm and historian Robert Reid will talk at 6pm on the impact of the flood . The exhibit will run 9am to 5pm weekdays through March 9.