Memorial Day 2014, the unofficially launch of summer. What do you have planned for the summer months? Thankfully, there are plenty of things to do in and around Louisville that don't cost a fortune. In fact, some of them are FREE!
Plus, my favorite, Shakespeare in the Park! The 2014 Kentucky Shakes season follows.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
June 27-July 6
Rotating Repertory Weeks (all 3 productions)
LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST
July 31-August 3
4 Community Partners Productions in Rotating Repertory Over Two Weeks
AS YOU LIKE IT presented by Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble
August 5, 7, 9
PERICLES presented by Walden Theatre
August 6, 8, 10
KING LEAR presented by Savage Rose Classical Theatre
August 13, 15, 17
WOMEN OF WILL presented by Shoestring Productions
August 12, 14, 16
Noah for boys and Sophia for girls! Those were the most popular names, nationally, for babies born in 2013. But those weren't the most popular names in Kentucky... Baby name popularity varies by state and each region has its own personality. In our state, the top billing went to William for boys and Emma for girls. Okay, full disclosure, Noah and Sophia did rank in Kentucky, too. In fact, they both took the number two spot.
Book lovers, especially of the thriller genre, take note: A new book by Greg Iles, Natchez Burning, is out. The first volume of a trilogy, the novel spans 40 years in the historic town of Natchez, Mississippi. At 800 pages, it's an intricate thriller tied up in the politics of a violent past and a country reaching for an unpredictable future.
Greg Iles lives in Natchez, Mississippi and has written multiple bestsellers, including Third Degree, True Evil, Turning Angel, Blood Memory, The Footprints of God, and 24 Hours. He is currently a member of the band The Rock Bottom Remainders, along with writer Stephen King.
Stephen King says, "Natchez Burning is extraordinarily entertaining and fiendishly suspenseful. I defy you to start it and find a way to put it down; as long as it is, I wished it were longer. There's a bonus: you'll finish knowing a great deal about the Deep South's painful struggle toward racial equality, and the bloody road between Then and Now. Only a southern man could have written this book, and thank God Greg Iles was there to do the job. This is an amazing work of popular fiction."
Greg Iless will be reading and signing in Kentucky on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Below are details on where and when to see him.
- Barr Memorial Library at Fort Knox
62 W. Spearhead Division Ave., Fort Knox, KY
2 p.m., May 21, 2014
161 Lexington Green Circle, Lexington, KY
7 p.m., May 21, 2014
Memorial Day is Monday, May 26. On Memorial Day itself, we take the time to remember those who have died serving our country, including soldiers, police officers, and firefighters.
For many, Memorial Day weekend also is the official beginning of summer. There are many things to do, such as scavenger hunts, concerts, family-friendly events and more. Enjoy the holiday weekend and stay safe. Here is a list of events happening in and around Louisville, KY over Memorial Day weekend.
Did you know May is National Strawberry Month? It makes sense, the red berry we all love is the first spring fruit to ripen. Area farms are now open, so families can participate in pick-your-own berry outings. Here are a handful of strawberry fun facts to discuss on your drive out to the country.
- the only fruit with the seeds on the outside.
- a member of the rose family.
- low in fat and high in vitamin C, fiber, folic acid and potassium.
- consumed in over 90% of U.S. households.
- will not continue to ripen after being picked.
Enjoy the spring weather!
As promised, the Past Derby Winners page has been updated. California Chrome has been added.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Derby weekend!
This is it, the world is watching Louisville. Who will win the Run for the Roses?
Not ready for Derby? You still have a bit of time, but not much. Get cracking!
- 5 Steps to Making Your Own Derby Hat
- Mint Julep History and Recipes
- Past Derby Winners - Soon to be updated with 2014 results!
Be safe, win big.
Did you make it to Friday night's U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow? The Great Balloon Fest is an annual tradition for many families, and although the races are exciting, the balloon glow is my favorite event of the hot air weekend. This year, an estimated 63,000 people showed up to watch the hot air balloons glimmer and glow. If you missed it, here are a handful of images.
And now, for the Pegasus Parade, Kentucky Oaks, and DERBY!
What do you have planned for the first Saturday in May? Are you heading to a Derby party? Have tickets to the track? There are so many ways to celebrate the Kentucky Derby, from all-out galas to backyard barbecues. So start gearing up. After all, it's Derby, darlin'!
Here are a few ways to get in the Derby spirit:
- 5 Steps to Making Your Own Derby Hat
- Where to Shop for Kentucky Derby Fashion
- Top 5 Things You'll Need for a Kentucky Derby Party
Belle of Louisville turns 100 this year. In her honor, a Centennial Festival of Riverboats will be rocking Louisville Waterfront from October 14-19, 2014.
Plans for this celebration have already begun. For example, an international design competition was held for a proposed temporary pavilion designed for festival activities. Architects, designers, and artists submitted proposals for a small-scale, temporary and multipurpose pavilion. Current Affairs: Louisville Waterfront Pavilion Competition, is an exhibit of these designs. The design entries will be on view at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC) from April 19-June 29.
The winning pavilion will be selected by a jury of regional arts and business leaders and will be announced on June 14, 2014. Visitors to the museum will also be able to vote for a special Viewer's Choice Award.