The Kentucky Derby Festival has been postponed until later this year amid the continued coronavirus pandemic that has crippled numerous countries around the world.
The annual festival is made up of 70+ events, including Thunder Over Louisville and the Pegasus Parade, and ushers in the two-week period ahead of the Kentucky Derby, traditionally held the first Saturday in May.
Thunder Over Louisville will now be held Aug. 15.
Churchill Downs racetrack also announced Tuesday that the Kentucky Derby would move to Sept. 5. This is the first time since 1945 that the Kentucky Derby will not be held on the first Saturday in May.
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March 5th - April 25th the Louisville Zoo will be illuminated with Chinese Lanterns. Hosting 1.4 miles of interactive lanterns right along side your favorite animals.
Come see the Zoo like you've never seen it before.
Click the link below for full details and the opportunity to purchase your tickets.
(source: Louisville Zoo)
Where are the Fish Fry's in Louisville you ask! Louisville loves fish fry events for Lent. There are many churches and organizations around town that have lunch and dinner fish frys. Check out the link below to find your favorite!
St. Joseph Children’s Home Does Summer
by BEA METTS Agent/Co-owner
For 167 years St. Joseph Children’s Home has hosted the annual picnic that benefits the children they serve. The largest picnic in Kentucky averages attendance at 60,000 for Saturday alone!
If you are looking for something to do on August 11 or 12, you can mark the 168th annual picnic on your calendar. Volunteers gather to host games, serve food and drinks, direct parking and man the various booths throughout the weekend. The picnic is Friday from 5-11 p.m. and Saturday from noon until midnight. Friday night there will be live music from 6 p.m. until closing. The opening band is Danny Flannigan and The Rain Chorus followed by Rumours: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac.
St. Joseph Children’s Home is located at 2823 Frankfort Ave., and the picnic will be on the front lawn. You will find some parking on Brownsboro Road and additional parking will be located at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a shuttle service available. The primary sponsor this year is Kosair Children’s Charities with various other corporate sponsors located throughout the metro area. For more information on booths and activities, please visit http://sjkids.org/picnic/.
What’s going on around town?
by BEA METTS, Co-Owner, Agent
Celebrating the Fourth of July near the Highlands is a piece of cake. There are several events around town to strike your fancy.
In the Crescent Hill area, at 301 S. Peterson Ave., there is the Fourth of July Festival which will include live entertainment, booths, a food court and a pet contest. It will be held July 3 from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. and July 4 from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. with fireworks on the 4th beginning at 10 p.m.
If you want to venture down to the Waterfront, there are several activities happening from fireworks to flea markets. The Louisville Waterfront Fourth begins on the Great Lawn at 5 p.m. on July 4. There will be vendors, a beer garden, music and fireworks beginning at 10 p.m. If you’re more interested in the flea market, you can visit the Kentucky Exposition Center the entire weekend or hit up the Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Market at 231 Witherspoon St. on Saturday, July 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In addition to festivals, fireworks and flea markets, several businesses and restaurants are having sales or special cuisine. Be sure to check with your favorite venue to see what they have planned. One advantage to living in a walkable neighborhood like the Highlands is being able to celebrate without leaving home.
Source: The Courier-Journal
This Fiber is Brain Food
by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Agent
Louisville has been getting a lot of press across the nation as an up-and-coming city. There is a happening food scene, population growth, new industry — and now Google is setting up shop by building a Google Fiber network in Jefferson county.
Google Fiber provides a faster Internet connection with speeds up to 1,000 megabits per second; 20 times faster than the currently available connections in the area. This faster speed will open the door for tech companies to set up shop in Louisville, meaning more jobs in the area that appeal to a younger population which heightens Louisville’s reputation as a growth center. Fiber will also mean more options for homeowners as it can provide a connection for television as well possibly impacting current Internet and television providers in the area.
Google’s interest in Louisville further confirms that the city is on a trajectory for growth and improvement. This is good news for property owners in the area. If you do not yet own property in the Louisville Metro area, now would be a good time to enter the market. You can reach out to an agent and get in on the upswing. Dates for construction and implementation of Google Fiber have not yet been announced.
Source: The Courier Journal
It’s like Santa but for grownups
by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Agent
Soon you’ll have more options for home improvement in Louisville. Currently the market includes Lowe’s, Home Depot and several local options but the landscape is about to change. Menard’s, based out of Wisconsin, plans to open a new store just off Preston Highway.
Currently Louisville residents must drive to Jeffersonville, Ind. to visit the nearest Menard’s but this new location will save Kentucky residents a toll while also redirecting sales tax revenue to Kentucky and the city of Louisville. In addition, this new location will be more convenient for Louisville homeowners as Preston Highway is centrally located though this development will be on the southern end of Jefferson County. Menard’s is a big box store and this development will encompass several other retailers though no official announcements have been made. Menard’s carries all things related to home building and remodeling and will have an outdoor lumberyard as well as landscaping materials. Look for construction to begin on the development in fall of this year with plans to open for business in 2019.
Source: The Courier Journal