Events in Louisville

Valentine's Day Fun in Louisville!

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By the time February rolls around we are well past the holiday break and often sick and tired of being cooped up due to the winter weather. What better excuse to leave our cabin fever behind and explore the myriad options for good, warm fun than Valentine’s Day in Louisville?

The key to a romantic and fun Valentine’s Day in Louisville is planning ahead. Whether you are planning dinner and a movie, a concert, a play, or headed out to dance, call ahead and secure your spot!  

Maybe an ANTI VALENTINE'S DAY PARTY is your speed this year. Look no further than Monnik Beer Company. You can find Monnik in the up and coming Schnitzelburg  neighborhood adjacent to Germantown. It’s a fun spot with great beers on tap and additionally they are “….offering creative takes on pub fare in a casual dining setting.”  Their meats are locally sourced and their specials change based on what’s in season and locally available.  Who knows? Maybe you will find love on Valentine’s Day at this contrarian event.

Maybe your valentine is a Beatles fanatic! Headliners Music Hall is always a great spot to catch live music in Louisville and they have you covered for Valentine’s evening. As the Beatles famously sang, “All you need is love” and Abbey Road LIVE! will play two sets of The Beatles best love songs to get you and your date moving and grooving.  But again, don’t...

2014 Warbirds Over Louisville: Presented by the River City Radio Controllers

2014 Warbirds Over Louisville

An event made possible by the River City Radio Controllers

2014 Warbirds Over Louisville

Calling all radio control aircraft enthusiasts! Visit the area’s well-known E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park, located on Louisville’s East End, to experience this year’s Warbirds Over Louisville. From 10am until 5pm, on October 11th and 12th, all are welcome to attend. Whether you are a seasoned radio control veteran or just interested in enjoying the show, this is an event like no other in the city! The River City Radio Controllers will provide you with the opportunity to witness various aircraft in action. All aircraft, from WWI models to modern, are invited to participate. There is a $15 landing fee, and on-site camping is allowed.

The River City Radio Controllers Club has been present in the city of Louisville for over 40 years. This group of around 130 radio control pilots have been presented with multiple awards...

2014 Middletown Family Fun Festival and Craft Show

2014 Middletown Family Fun Festival and Craft Show

2014 Middletown Family Fun Festival

If you are searching for a source of family-friendly entertainment this weekend, check out the Middletown Family Fun Festival and Craft Show. The event gets rolling in full swing this evening, September 5, from 6 pm to 10 pm. Festivities resume tomorrow morning at 10 am and continue all day until 9 pm. Speaking from experience, this is a great activity that will truly entertain the entire family. Whether you are interested in simply walking around to take in the crowds and vendors or there to shop and support a variety of Louisville-based businesses, you will not be disappointed!

Friday evening begins with Opening Ceremonies to celebrate everything that the unique area of Middletown, KY has to offer. At that time, vendor booths and the Kidz Fun Zone also open for all to enjoy. Over the course of the remainder of the evening, you can expect to experience performances by local musical groups and entertainers at various locations along Main Street.

Saturday brings even more fantastic performances, opportunities to explore vendor booths, multiple children’s activities, and one of my personal...

2014 Taste of Kentucky Derby Festival Event

2014 Taste of Kentucky Logo

Spring is in the air!  The flowers are in bloom!  Riverside Park looks like a gigantic putting green!  And of course, Derby is right around the corner! 

One of the first harbingers that Derby is near is the Taste of Derby Festival.  The Taste of Derby Festival is held annually to benefit the Dare-to-Care Food Bank and is presented by Brown-Forman.  The event will be held this year on April 9, 2014 at Louisville Slugger Field.  Taste of Derby will go from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

Tickets are $80.00 per person, and every dime of the proceeds goes to the Dare-to-Care Food Bank, with $50.00 of the proceeds being tax-deductible for purchasers.  Tickets do tend to sell out though, so check out the website  for availability.  Additionally, tickets are not sold at the door, and the event is for those of us Louisvillians who are 21 and over. 

Louisville is home to an impressive array of stellar local restaurants, celebrity chefs, internationally-renowned distilleries, and some seriously good times.  The Taste of Derby Festival takes advantage of these assets by featuring samples from over sixty representatives of Louisville’s phenomenal restaurant scene, celebrated distilleries, and world-class beverage producers.  In addition to the sampling of these local superstars, check out their Bloody Mary contest and silent auction.  It’s a great excuse to get gussied up in your finest cocktail attire and try some small-batch bourbons or do a wine-tasting with your friends.

The Taste of Derby Festival is in its 28th year as a fundraiser for the Dare-to-Care Food Bank, and is in its sixteenth year as the event we know now.  During that time, Louisvillians have participated enthusiastically, with...

Halloween Party at the Louisville Zoo

Louisville Zoo's Largest Halloween Party Louisville Real Estate ProsIf you're looking for Halloween fun that is not too scary for children, then look no further than the Halloween party at the Louisville zoo. Billed as "The Worlds Largest Halloween Party", it is a safe and fun time for the whole family. Kids can dress up and trick or treat along the zoo paths that have treat stations set up throughout. There is a hay maze, and lots of characters around for photo opportunities.

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An artificial pumpkin display features over 200 artificial pumpkins carved and lit up for display, along with nightly carving demonstrations. Oh, and there are animals too. The Louisville Zoo exhibits more than 1,700 animals! During this event, you have an opportunity to see animals such as giraffes, snow leopards, rhinos, and maned wolves. The Meijer Mobile Virtual Playground will be there from October 24-27 with free games and giveaways.

The Louisville Zoo is located on 134 acres surrounded by the some great Louisville neighborhoods like Audubon Park and ...

St. James Art Fair is just around the corner!

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Mark your calendars for the 57th annual St. James Court Art Show. October 4th through October 6th, the St. James-Belgravia Historic District will be host to 750 artists, and over 300,000 visitors. The St. James Court Art Show is an impressive gathering of arts and crafts from over 750 artists. This event is nestled in the heart of Old Louisville, with one of the country’s largest concentrations of Victorian homes serving as the perfect backdrop for this annual fall event. On more than one occasion, a survey of artists by the trade journal Sunshine Artist has voted this event as the best art show in the nation.

At the show you will find, photography, paintings, fiber, clay, glass, jewelry, crafts, face painting, food, and much more. While you’re there, the historic Conrad Caldwell House, which is at the center of the art show, is open for visitors. Tours will be offered at the reduced price of $5, and they will be hosting “Conrad’s Café” which offers food and cocktails served on the front yard, as well as in the large air-conditioned hall. You can also relax in Central Park, which is a 17 acre park that is part of Louisville’s famous Olmstead Park System. Frederick Olmstead designed New York City’s famous Central Park, as well as a numerous parks across the United States.

St. James Court Art Festival Hours are Friday & Saturday from 10:00 am – 6:00pm, Sunday from 10:00am - 5:00pm. Admission is free, no pets allowed. 


Basketball Stars Coming to Louisville

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For the 40th consecutive year some of the best high school basketball players in the country will be relocating to Louisville to star in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic.  This year’s event will take place on April 19th and will once again feature a bevy of high-flying playmakers committed to some of the top college programs in the country.  The Classic has always offered those living in Louisville a sneak peak at their program’s top incoming freshmen and this year is no different.  

Among those committed to play in the event are Indiana signees Devin Davis, Luke Fischer, Stanford Robinson, and Troy Williams and Kentucky signee Derek Willis.  Meanwhile, Cards fans will be keeping a close eye on Anton Gill and Akoy Agau, both of whom will be moving to Louisville to start their college careers soon and hoping to find a home in Louisville fans’ hearts during this showcase event.  Former stars that have participated in the event include Kentucky’s Jamal Mashburn and Rex Chapman, Indiana’s Isiah Thomas, and Louisville’s Pervis Ellison and Darrell Griffith.

Tickets are $11 and on sale at all TicketMaster locations or available at the Freedom Hall Box Office.  A purchased ticket also provides admission to the “Night of the Future Stars” event on April 18th, which will include a slam dunk and three point competition among other activities....

The Day I Met Jenny Lawson, the Bloggess

The Bloggess in Louisville with Gerri Willis

Have you ever really, really, really wanted to meet someone famous? For me it was Jenny Lawson, author of Let's Pretend This Never Happened. When I heard she was going to be in town for a book signing I was over the moon excited! I knew I had to get Jenny something special, especially since it seemed like she was coming to Louisville just to say Happy Birthday to me! 

So I commissioned my friend Lindsey to make her a special gift. 

The Bloggess in Louisville with Gerri Willis

At first Jenny was all, "Sure, I would love to open this gift! Even if it is wrapped and I have tons of people waiting for me"

The Bloggess in Louisville with Gerri Willis

"Wow, You did such a great job wrapping this, do you work for the CIA keeping things under wraps?"

The Bloggess in Louisville with Gerri Willis...

2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Louisville KY

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The 2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade is upon us! Saturday, March 9 at 3 pm the fun will start at Broadway and Baxter and flow down Bardstown Road until it reaches Mid City Mall (1250 Bardstown Road- if you get to Rosewood you've gone off the route).

You can expect about 125 participants in the parade- some throwing candy, beads or other neat items for kids. Everyone is encouraged to set up shop on the sidewalk (either side) and have a great time. Remember though, the language can get a bit colorful the closer you are to the bars (Molly Malones, Finnegan's Ale House and O'Shea's Irish Pub). It's all in good fun, no unfriendly rowdy behavior, just make sure to bring some earmuffs for your kiddos if you don't like excited colorful language and you want to hang at the bar scene. Expect around 50,000 people to attend- based on last years numbers.

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If you're lucky the Irish Pope will stop by and bless your baby

I can't wait to see what they do with this year's theme -- "Forty Shades of Green" . There won't be any hanky panky though, as this is one of Louisville's Best Kid Friendly events. It's my guess that they are referencing the parade-goers that feel a bit green the next day from...

Restaurant Week Coming to Louisville, Louisville a New Home for “Foodies”

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A popular event in cities around the country is moving to Louisville this month and has local food enthusiasts brimming with excitement.  Restaurant Week, a ten day celebration of Louisville cuisine, will feature some of the best restaurants the city has to offer at a discounted price for diners.  The event hopes to get those living in Louisville out for an evening of special dining by offering three course meals at over 30 local restaurants at the special rate of just $50.20 for two people.

John E's Closes- Auction Held

Louisville Residents Flock to John E’s Auction

After nearly 30 years of serving the Louisville community, John E’s restaurant has vanished from the local culinary scene.  Long-time employees and loyal customers alike were shocked when the restaurants owners abruptly announced its closing on February 1st.  On Tuesday an auction was held to sell off the restaurant’s equipment and memorabilia.  Just like that, after three decades of popularity, John E’s was gone. 

The turnout for the auction was good as the crowd included bargain shoppers, sentimentalists, and former employees all coming to say their farewell to the iconic restaurant on Bardstown Road in Buechel.  Real estate speculators thought the property itself would remain vacant for some time as the local business community worried about the loss of yet another Louisville institution.

The owners cited a struggling economy, maintenance issues, and local competition as the reasons for closing.  It was a bitter end after 30 years of great memories for those living in Louisville, but at least many of them will be walking away with some great keepsakes.  Silverware, leather horses, stuffed ducks, and Derby memorabilia were just a few of the items that finding new homes with happy bidders Tuesday and as they walked out the door they took the last remnants of the John E’s era with them. 


Locust Grove Miniature Workshop and Showcase

If I weren't already busy with the 2013 Louisville Real Estate Pro Summit, I would already be registered for the $40 Miniatures workshop going on at Locust Grove this Saturday, February 15th, 2013. 

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Each participant gets a corner room, flooring, a table (to construct) and a chair (to upholster). 
Kid's under 14 are welcome to attend as long as they have a parent present. 
Don't forget, if you want a cheap, neat activity for the kids, run by Locust Grove during visiting hours ( From 10am-4:30pm M-Sat and 1-4:30pm Sun) and drop a donation in the box to see the exhibit of miniatures and dollhouses. You won't be disappointed!
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This is my dollhouse- halfway finished!

Thanksgiving with the Louisville Real Estate Pros

November is a month of gratitude and thanks. It is a time when many gather around the dinner table in anticipation of a great feast. Variations of turkey and dressing are baked in households across the Louisville area. It is a time to share and celebrate with our families and friends. Some reminisce on delightful past memories or funny stories while others are busy making new memories of their own. This is really a wonderful time of the year. It is amazing how a little thankfulness can change a person’s outlook, even if just for a day. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a bountiful feast or to have all of their family present. Remember those that are homeless or hungry and think of them the next time you see a holiday donation bucket. Take time to thank a service man or woman for their service to this great county. Many of them have missed several holidays with their family as they were fulfilling their duty as soldiers and paying a debt most of us could never repay. We have so many things to be thankful for. The team at Louisville Real Estate Pros would like to share their Thanksgiving happenings and a few recipes. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

 Gerri WillisThe most memorable Thanksgiving I had was when we went to my Grandma's house in Paris Ill (we took our standard poodle Duke with us). They left the bird to cool a minute in the kitchen and Duke jumped up and ate it in a flash. Dad said Duke was taking one for the team since Grandma's turkey wasn't known to be the tastiest.  

I'm most thankful for my family that loves me, my friends that understand me and my boss that gives me the flexibility in my work so I can be the mom I want to be at home.  

My plans are to have family at my house and to decorate the tree after dinner.