Carpets and Cocktails

By Carla Sue Broecker

Last weekend, Fran Jasper had a cocktail party for friends that had a clever twist. Fran lives on Green Hill in Mockingbird Valley in the most charming white brick cottage and she is extremely creative. Every year it seems she has added something unusual and beautiful to the property.

Recently she remodeled the back of the house and added a fountain, flagstone wall and terrace that back up to a hill.

The surprise was on the driveway up the hill to the house. Valets took your car at the foot of the curving drive and you walked up the hill… on oriental rugs of all colors and sizes! It was absolutely charming!

Fran sells oriental rugs of all types, sizes and ages that come from exotic parts of the world. Each rug has a history. Occasionally, if you are lucky, you may find a fabulous old rug that is worn in one spot or frayed. These fragments make wonderful chair seats, footstools or book bindings and covers.

Enjoying Fran’s hospitality were old friends Ben Small and Michael Judd, Sue Baughman, Deborah and Bart Greenwald, Kristie and Brooks Crenshaw, Lee Best, Martha and Larry Johnston, George Stinson, Judge Eric Haner, Sandy Guelich and Libby and Don Parkinson.

Donnie Harris and Patrick brought Fran a beautiful tight-ball arrangement of 65 white roses! It was spectacular!

Susan Jasper, Fran’s cousin, came in from their hometown of Carrolton. She is absolutely charming so it must run in the family!

Becki Masden, Ellen Timmons, Deb and Mike Hoskins, Andrew Gentile, Walter Martin, Mary Alexander and John Downard, Matt Carter (a designer from Lexington), Libby and Noel Rush and Laurie and Steve Andriot were among the party-goers.

Dean Corbett prepared a beautiful and delicious buffet, and a good time was had by all.

100 Ways to Have Fun

You can drink your way to the end of 2017 at Red Herring on Frankfort Avenue during its #100Days100Cocktails special. Starting Friday, September 22, Louisville’s favorite cocktail and coffee lounge will mark the final 100 days of the year with daily beverage specials selected from its menu of 100 cocktails. Anyone ordering the featured libation can enter to win a VIP experience at both Heaven Hill and Evan Williams in addition to receiving 10 percent off their drink. The last day will feature a complimentary champagne toast during Red Herring’s New Year’s Eve party. The grand prize winner will be announced that week.

Red Herring is the place to go for everything from coffee to cocktails to locally-sourced, scratch-made meals. Award-winning bar manager Clay Livingston’s menu features 100 classic mixed drinks, original recipes, wine and regional craft beers. Chef Jacob Coronado cooks up a daily dining experience for lunch and dinner along with snacks that pair perfectly with any drink. Popular bites include “Southern caviar” better known as crispy chicken skins and The Burger with pimento cheese on a house-made ketchup bun. Located in the historic Hilltop Theater, Red Herring is open daily from 8 until 2 a.m. VT