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Louisville Uncovered presents: US Marine Hospital

The United States Marine Hospital: Portland, Kentucky The Ohio River has been the lifeblood of Louisville since the beginning of the River City. Back then river traffic had the nighty Ohio looking more like Spaghetti Junction than a lazy river. It was a pleasure to get an insiders look at the hospital as it stands today on Louisville Uncovered!  In 1837, Congress authorized the construction of the U.S. Marine Hospital in Louisville “for the benefit of sick seamen, boatmen, and other navigators on the western rivers and lakes.” (Ohio and Mississippi rivers and Great Lakes.) At this time, steamboats dominated…


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Countdown to BooFest!

Before you start complaining about retailers stocking their shelves with Christmas stuff (and I hope you will boycott those that do), embrace the next holiday on the calendar — Halloween. The 12th annual Bardstown Road Boofest has become the best local party, at least among those not on the 31st. Join us a week before Halloween in the Highlands for Trick-or-Treating, Beer specials and plenty more.


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Louisville Uncovered presents: History of Greenhouses in St. Matthews

Louisville Uncovered presents: History of Greenhouses in St. Matthews, Nanz & Kraft history   Louisville Uncovered presents a historical look back on the acreage of St. Matthews Kentucky c. 1800. We now know it as a social setting full of popular restaurants , bars and shopping, but once upon a time, there was a “hotbed” of “hothouses” aka greenhouses covering this parcel of Louisville! (Courtesy of Nanz & Kraft Florists) Nanz and Neuner Inc., was founded in 1850 in Louisville, Kentucky, after Henry Nanz left his native Germany where he had been a horticulturist. In the year 1850, he opened…


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The WEEK: Choices, Choices, Choices

Chili, Continued. Wouldn’t a big bowl of chili be great right now? Even better, you can still participate in the Great Chili Cook-off next weekend. They need a few more chili cookers for the Oct. 10 event at the Belvedere. Hear about it on this recent Rusty Show. You Don’t Love Me Anymore? The LEO Weekly Readers Choice awards were released this week, and there were zero repeat honors for me and LouisvilleKY.com. But some Rusty Satellite vets cleaned up, my favorite being “Best Entrepreneur” Emily McCay. Also, Tom Mabe got 2nd best local comedian, And Terry Meiners, Rachel Platt and…


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How Mayor Fischer Stumped Ken Jennings at the Idea Festival

What is bourbon, bitters, sugar and water? That would be the Jeopardy answer to this clue — In its economic development campaigns, Louisville and Mayor Greg Fischer promote the Old-Fashioned as the city’s signature drink. It contains these ingredients. During a discussion on the Idea Festival stage on Tuesday, the 74-time Jeopardy champion couldn’t come up with the answer posed by Fischer. Jennings was explaining how he prepared for the game show during his 2004 run, and though he doesn’t drink, explained that he memorized the ingredients for cocktails. That opened it up for Fischer to ask his question. Jennings,…


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Oh, The Cool Sights of Forecastle

It’s difficult to describe the Forecastle crowd — it spans the spectrum of humanity. All ages, body types, dress and levels of outrageousness. We can all agree that it was most unbearably hot for most of the weekend. But with the exception of a shortened set from Sam Smith on Friday, everything that was planned happened. And that was good. I spent a few hours there Friday and Saturday, long enough for a few PBRs and a rocking’ set from St. Paul and the Broken Bones, now a favorite band. LouisvilleKY.com’s photographer Bill Brymer was turned loose with an assignment that consisted of…


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NuLu’s Honest Home Features New Rework Collective Line

LOUISVILLE, KY – Rework Collective, a new small batch manufactured furniture line located in downtown Louisville will launch their first collection on August 7th at Honest Home.  The launch coincides with the first Friday Trolley Hop in NuLu. Melding traditional and non-traditional concepts with artistic sensibility, the line uses reclaimed wood, repurposed metal, toxic free sealants, and the local Louisville workforce. The collective is made up of local artisans and led by the design duo Daniel Fitzgerald and Benjamin Rodman of Infinity Productions commercial design and fabrication studio. Branding and operations will be steered by Sandra Perry of Honest Home. This initial collection includes…


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THIS WEEK: LouisvilleKY.com is Back with Music, Food and Blues

Thanks for coming back to LouisvilleKY.com. We had a brief hiatus that was part vacation/part technology issues. But that’s all worked out now thanks to tech whiz Jason Smith, and LouisvilleKY.com is humming along with content thanks to Jackie Bentley. Now, some highlights in my week: Memories of the Snake: Ken “Snake” Stabler, my fave QB from the glorious Raider days in the NFL, passed away at 69. I blame the part of my personality that is rebellious and resistant to authority on the Raiders, who in the 1970s were the baddest, meanest bunch of goofballs on the planet. Snake didn’t…


Louisville Uncovered presents: The Heigold House, mystery behind the facade on River Road

The Heigold House was built by immigrant stonemason Christopher Heigold, and stands at the intersection of River Road and Frankfort Avenue, watch the history around it on Louisville Uncovered !      “The Point” was a thriving 19th century neighborhood east of Downtown Louisville and opposite Towhead Island along the Ohio River. It was located north of the present day Butchertown area. Starting in the 1840s it was home to many upper income residents who had moved from New Orleans, giving the area the nickname “the Frenchmen’s Row”. They built many mansion houses in the area, the best known of which was…


Casks for a Cause is the Weekend’s Best Reason to Drink Beer

POSTPONED TO JUNE 27   This weekend’s big event is Casks for a Cause, in which some so-called “media stars” were asked to support charity by creating their own beer brand. I can’t figure out why no one requested a Rusty Satellite brew. Nonetheless, I’m planning to go and sample a few at the new Goodwood Brewery at Clay and Main. Plus, a chance to hear the Cathouse Liars. Here are the details: No Experience Necessary. Casks for a Cause brings together Media Stars supporting their favorite charity for a wham-bam Beer Block Party that is sure to please the crowds as…