DINNER ON THE BELLE OF LOUISVILLE
One of the best ways to see Louisville is to cruise down the river on the Belle of Louisville.
The Belle is the oldest steamboat in the US. Still powered by steam and retaining its original paddle wheels it is truly a local treasure.
Tours take guests down the river and past the city and then to areas of beautiful homes and parks along the river. Dinner cruises offer a buffet and music and a full service bar. The leisurely pace of river travel allows for time to relax and enjoy the food and river views. And since it is summer in Kentucky - it is good to know that the Belle does have air-conditioning!
The Belle is also one of the best spots in Louisville to watch the Fourth of July Fireworks. What a front row seat!
For more information and tickets go to www.belleoflouisville.org
Saturday, May 13, 2017
LOCUST GROVE HISTORIC HOME GARDENERS FAIR
This is the 22nd year for this Louisville favorite held on Mothers Day weekend each year.
A wide assortment of flowers and herbs and garden tools and decorations are available from vendors. The 1790 main house and outbuildings will be open for tours.
Held from 10:00 am to 5 pm on May 13 and 14 at Locust Grove at 561 Blankenbaker Lane.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for ages 6 to 12.
Food concessions will be open and picnic areas on the beautiful grounds are open.
KILGORE HOUSE AND GARDEN TOUR
This is a self guided tour of 5 gardens and two houses. Tour locations are 322 Zorn Avenue, 1918 Charbin Place, 6100 Longview Lane, 5804 Brittany Woods Circle, and 824 Green Willow Way, Tickets may be purchased the day of the event at any of the tour locations.
Held 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on May 20 and 21
Ticket $30 www.kilgoregardentour.org
NORTON COMMONS SPRING ART FESTIVAL AND HOME SHOWCASE
Arts and crafts, live music, food and beer garden and new home tours.
The art festival will be held at the town center at 10712 Meeting Street and May 20 and 21 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Festival and home tours are free.
Churchill racing meet is still going on with day and night racing. Also the Derby Museum has a new exhibit "Man of War: the Legacy" There are many tours available including a Greenhouse and Garden Van and Walking Tour. There is even a Horses and Haunts Tour!
For more information on the tours available: www.kentuckyderbymuseum.org
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
April is the best month to visit to see flowers in bloom and take part in the Kentucky Derby Festival events. Spring days are perfect for walking the trails in our many parks along the river and circling the city. The Louisville Nature Center holds bird walks and plant sales this month. Or you can visit daily and just walk the trails. For more information visit their website at www.louisvillenaturecenter.org or call 502-458-1328.
46TH ANNUAL CHEROKEE TRIANGLE ART FAIR
The Cherokee Triangle Art Fair is held in a beautiful historic neighborhood each spring.
It's the perfect place to find one of a kind gifts and pieces of art. Food vendors will have a great variety of items too. This years fair dates are April 29 and 30. To see a list of the activities and hours for the fair check out their website at: www.cherokeetriangleartfair.org
KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL EVENTS
The Kentucky Derby Festival kicks off two weeks of action packed events on Saturday April 22 with the Thunder Over Louisville Fireworks. Every year the tons of fireworks increases and the event gets larger and better...in fact it is the largest fireworks display in North America. The air show begins at 3pm and the fireworks go off at 9:30pm. You can bring your own picnic and enjoy a day on the river or partake of the great food the many vendors will have on site.
Louisville is the place to come for a fabulous hat. Local and international designers have a great selection of hats and fascinators at shops and shows the whole month. You can even make your own at Dees Crafts to match any outfit.
Even if this is not the year you attend the Derby you can experience the excitement and have fun at the events proceeding the big day. Visit the Derby Museum and take a tour of Churchill Downs in the weeks before that first Saturday in May.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
SOME FUN FOOD OPTIONS FOR THE END OF FEBRUARY
THE FIFTH ANNUAL GRAVY CUP
More than 30 local chefs and weekend warriors will be offering their version of great biscuits and gravy.
It is a competition in three categories: traditional, nontraditional and veggie/vegan. The cost is $15 per person and the proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Haven here in Louisville. Good food and a good cause.
TASTE OF THE HIGHLANDS
Also, happening on February 28, THE TASTE OF THE HIGHLANDS will highlight great food from many of the restaurants in the highlands area including Asiatique, Highland Morning, Jack Frys, and Uptown Café. And beverages to compliment the food offerings will be on hand from Cumberland Brews, Great Flood Brewing and Makers Mark.
All this will be under one roof at the Highland Community Campus from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
The cost is $50 per person and the proceeds go to the Highlands Community Ministries.
So you could make a day of it and have brunch at the Gravy Cup and then dinner at the Taste of the Highlands...a nap or long walk might be necessary in between!