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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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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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I Believe In Science (Hill) for Supper

Lucky me. I received an invite to Sunday Supper at Science Hill Inn in Shelbyville. If you haven’t been, the place represents a step back in time, with a traditional dining room that looks as if it hasn’t been changed in a hundred years. In fact, the building opened as a school in 1825. The only other time I’d been here was to see the Christmas decorations, but little did I know of the fine dinner available prepared by chef Ellen Gill. Much went into the menu, starting with an appetizer of watermelon wrapped in bacon. Now, I’m no culinary…


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Dracula Will Scare You Every Time at Actors Theatre

You never forget your first time. For those who go every year to Actors’ Theatre’s production of Dracula (playing through Nov. 1), it’s surely an opportunity to look for changes and improvements to the riveting production, to compare the casting from one year to the next. But for those who go for the first time, who don’t know the real story behind the blood and the undead and the lunatic and the screaming women and children, it’s a frightening tale spun in a cozy theatre with great special effects that keep you jumping in your seat. And there’s a live rat,…


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Monday Morning’s Culture Review of the Weekend

Well, that was fun. I was fortunate to attend three great events over the weekend, experiencing a variety of culture it would be hard to match anywhere else. CLASSICAL MOMENTS: Let’s start the Corkestra event at Norton Commons on Sunday. I had no idea there was such a gorgeous amphitheater there, and since Paula is such a great fan of the Orchestra, she insisted we go. After the initial disappointment of learning that Teddy Abrams wasn’t there, we were thoroughly entertained by Conductor Bob Bernhardt and the talented group on stage. The Orchestra breezed through a two-hour set under sunny skies,…


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THE WEEK: Good News from Google and other Interesting Folks in the ‘Ville

Let’s start out with what I didn’t do this week — there were no trips to Riverport, no meals on Dixie Highway and no annoying phone calls. That left more time to pursue stories for LouisvilleKY.com and to produce a great episode of the Rusty Satellite Show. It was a productive week for the city as well, especially with yesterday’s announcement about Google Fiber potentially coming here. A Even Better Week for WKU: Coach Jeff Brohm‘s Hilltoppers had the only win over a Southeastern Conference school on the opening weekend of college football, surviving a 14-12 thriller over Vandy in…


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WKU Hangs On to Edge Vandy in Nashville

NASHVILLE — It wasn’t pretty.  And from Section U, the most red-drenched section at Vanderbilt Stadium, cheering for the visitors from Bowling Green featured disappointment after disappointment. But Vandy proved equally inept, blowing scoring chances with two end zone interceptions. Jeff Brohm’s vaunted Hilltopper offense, which operated at the end of 2014 with pinball precision, was on tilt throughout a scoreless first half and most of the third quarter. Five dropped passes, all in situations in which the play call was perfect for a big gain, kept WKU off the scoreboard. Fans in my section were clearly complaining about the…


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Back to Nature with the Boys at the Gorge

For us city folks, getting out into nature is a beautiful thing. It teaches us to appreciate the majesty of mountains, to understand how harsh the environment can be, and it challenges us physically to climb and cross terrain. During an adventurous weekend with my three sons at Red River Gorge, we hiked a few miles into the woods and set up camp on the top of a ridge, where there were no other people, and the stars shone brighter than usual. It wasn’t lost on me, however, that there were dozens of emergency vehicles at the trailhead, all on a search…


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Gilt Designer Outlet opens for a month in Louisville

Louisville, Ky., – There are definitely some perks to helping out louisvilleky.com. We were “cordially” invited to attend the VIP Preview of the new Gilt Designer Outlet in the Shelbyville Road Plaza. Free drinks and appetizers? I am so there. Gilt has made a name for itself as an online shopping site where registered members can purchase high-end merchandise at discount prices. The company actually has a distribution center in Shepherdsville, but this is their first outlet store. But it’ll only be open until August 15th. My husband and I made a date of it and decided we’d check it…


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…


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