A Beautiful Birthday Bash!


Eleanor Goldberg gave Fred a birthday party he loved with family and friends from all over at the Boat Club. Cocktails, a delicious dinner of watermelon gazpacho, paella and a dessert buffet was served. Laughter, family, old friends and old stories finished off a wonderful evening. Eleanor loves giving a party. Her floral centerpieces were stunning.

Fred’s children, Jimmy and Barbara from Naples, Jon and Jan from Prospect, Pam and Jim Schwartz from Boston, and Billy and Suzie from Cincinnati were all there. His siblings and their spouses, Jack and Debbie Goldberg, Bobby and Dee Goldberg and Joe and Toni Ernst, were also in attendance along with Pat and Winston Church, Pam and John Anson, Mary Margaret Phelps, Joann Blacketer, Sandy Metts, Janet Falk, Jack and Kate Underwood and lots more to celebrate a great friend (and a smart one too!)


Husband Brad and I recently had dinner at the Brown Hotel’s English Grill. It had been a while since we were there, and what a treat it was. The room is as lovely and sophisticated as it has always been without being stuffy. Guess what? Unlike many of the newer dining rooms springing up all over town, you can actually hear conversation at your table without having to shout. Small miracle.

The service was attentive without being intrusive, and best of all, the food was divine. Tomato bisque was that evening’s soup, the table-side preparation of a wonderful Caesar salad was colorful and grand, the crab cakes with ginger relish were new and deliciously different, and the roasted sea bass garnished with spicy carrot broth, even though many friends know I am not often a fan of fish, was perfection. No, I didn’t eat all of these things by myself. We did share. The strip steak was good too.

Recently, there have been some staff changes in the dining area. Executive Chef Josh Bettis is still at the helm for all food service. Joining him is Andrew Welenken, formerly of Buck’s, as the new chef de cuisine of the English Grill, and moving over from Corbett’s is Troy Ritchie, the new dining room manager.


The 2016 “Spirit of ’45” commemoration will end this year with a USO style Canteen Dinner Dance on Saturday, August 13 in Hanger 6 at Bowman Field, sponsored by Wisdom Financial Management Company. From 6 to 10 p.m., patrons will “Step Back in Time” to August 15, 1945, at the Officers’ Club in Honolulu, Hawaii.

They will be entertained by Louisville’s own Ladies for Liberty, dance to the Don Krekel Orchestra and register to win four seats in the UPS Flight Simulator. The buffet dinner will be reminiscent of the time, and the cash bar will feature cocktails of the era. Guests are urged to dress in period attire, military uniforms – for those who can still wear them – or Hawaiian.

A new feature for this year’s Canteen centers around Fourth Street on Saturday night at the entrance. Noted local costumer and clothing conservator Jo Ross has coordinated the exhibit  that includes period apparel on mannequins loaned by the Kentucky Science Center, freeze models from the Fashion Council sponsored by Oxmoor and Mall St. Matthews and items loaned by Dillard’s. Blades will handle the models’ makeup and hair, which will complement 1940s-style hats created especially for this event by Gabriel Amar for Frank Olive. The KYANA Car Club is providing WWI-era cars for display, and their owners will show off their vehicles in period attire.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Spirit of ’45 office at 502.228.5237. The cost is $50 for the buffet, entertainment, drawing for the UPS simulator and dancing.

Admission is free for the extensive exhibits, demonstration and activities that will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in and around Hanger 6. VT