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Making 2012 Better Here on LouisvilleKY.com

LouisvilleKY.com was born about a year ago, so it’s a good time to assess where we are and want to go from here. I might even make a resolution or two for the future. You’re welcome to chime in. When I started the site, the idea was to make it an extension of what I was doing with a handful of loyal volunteer bloggers over at WLKY.com. We had, for six months, reported news and given our opinion on stuff on that station’s web site, hoping to drive traffic and, ultimately, sponsorships.  Of course, in this mixed-up and moving media…


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Rome on a Budget — Day One. Well, half a day…

I’ve always been a bit of a history nerd (David would claim that is a massive understatement), but Antiquity was never my favorite. Even the ancient tombs and sculptures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York were just okay. I mean, I thought they were neat and all, but it just didn’t fascinate me the way British history did. To me it’s always been about the place, not the artifact. Seeing a mummy in the Louisville Science Center is not the same as seeing it in Egypt. And seeing Roman ruins in a New York museum doesn’t even…


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Mega Cavern Lights Under Louisville – Start a New Holiday Tradition

For the past 10 years my family has had a Holiday tradition to head over to Lexington to the Kentucky Horse Park’s Southern Lights.  The light display, animal petting barn, craft exhibits, Kentucky Horse Park gift shop and the Kentucky Train Associations model train display has been just the ticket to get us in the Holiday spirit.  Listening to Christmas Carols on the way over and stopping at Claudia Sanders on the way back has always been a family favorite. However, this year we altered our Christmas light tradition and decided to head to The Mega Cavern’s Light Under Louisville…


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Girls Day Out at the Lady Cards Basketball Game

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Saturday, December 11, I took my the granddaughters, Kennedy, Harper and Emory, their cousin, Morgan, Morgan’s mother, Jenny and Kennedy’s friend, Olivia to watch the 13th ranked Lady Cardinals play basketball against Gardner Webb. It  was a Girl’s Day Out. Us girls all love sports.  These grandkids live in Jasper, Indiana so I had to choose a game when they would be activity-free on a week-end and could come to Louisville for the week-end event.  We had great seats at mid-court five rolls from the team play. We could hear what the girls were…


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Kentuckians to the Rescue of National Casting Call!

Experience is the most effective way to learn, and challenging lessons have the biggest impact on one’s life. I understand this concept more clearly than ever before, due to my this past week working for a West Coast-based casting company, Tiffany Casting, in Kentucky to audition local people for a television commercial. These are some of the things I learned: *Louisvillians (and all Kentuckians, for that matter) will go out of their way to help a stranger. Each and every person I contacted to seek assistance making this huge project a success, whether I knew them personally or was reaching…


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I Love L.A. – Party Tonite

Leigh Ann Yost is a local treasure. She’s the local singer/songwriter most likely to be playing at local charitable events, the first to sign up for any cause involving music. She’s a regular on WFPK’s Live Lunch. In her day job, she’s an enthusiastic promoter of Harbor House, which helps adults with disabilities.  Or you may know her as the outspoken writer here at LouisvilleKY.com who is quick to point out deficiencies in the Jefferson County School system. The singer/songwriter is releasing a new CD, “As I Live and Breathe,” packed with nine heartfelt songs that chronicle “love, loss and…


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DCE Packs It In with a Party

There’s nothing quite like taking a stroll through Matthew Landan’s Derby City Espresso on Market Street. It may have been a coffee shop, but it was as different from your average Starbucks as it could be. The place is almost hidden just west of the Residence Inn, but you won’t forget the eclectic collection of, well, stuff that’s in there. I stopped in during the day several times and engaged in interesting conversations with the outspoken Landan, who was always willing to admit the business was tough — he had no employees and spent most of his time there. And…


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Louisville Explosion Closes Downtown

  At 8am this morning a series of explosions, originally thought to be caused by sewer gas, closed the downtown area at around 1st and 2nd street and Market and Main Street. Later a fire fighter said that it was not sewer gas but an electrical explosion and LG&E was exploring a possible failure. Fire was seen coming out of man-hole covers and other man-hole covers were seen open – seemingly due to an explosion that happened in the sewer. Heavy smoke was seen at 1st Street and Market Street. In an exclusive LouisvilleKY.com interview an executive from a prominent…


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Just Another Magic Media Monday

The renovation of Whiskey Row Lofts, including Squirrelly’s Magic Tea Room, is pretty spectacular. I went to the grand opening Saturday night, right above the Bearno’s, and got to speak with Valle Jones, who is responsible for the project along her brother Stephen. Architect Bill Weyland showed me an amazing 5th floor apartment, with the Yum! Center right outside the window, that was the only vacant spot among 35 units. If you’re apartment hunting, this one rents for $2,500. There are five restaurants and four unique special event spaces, including the renovated 100-seat theater and a penthouse suite with terrace…


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Weekend in Edinburgh: Whisky, Wine, and Mead.

I love being a tourist, whether in my hometown, my adopted home, or actually on holiday. The past several days I spent running around Edinburgh entertaining houseguests, new friends, old friends, and myself. Here are some of the highlights, all of which included a taste of something alcoholic. If that’s not your thing, just look at the pretty pictures and move on. This week will be full of water and vegetables, but, for now, sin: The Edinburgh Christmas Market: The locals try to convince you that winter is unbearable in Scotland. I’m still convinced it’s nothing like an NYC or…