Milestone Birthday Celebration

By Carla Sue Broecker  |  Partyline

Ellen Timmons is one of Louisville’s premiere hostesses.  She loves to entertain and cooks interesting and delicious meals.  Many of her food ideas come from her numerous trips with her daughter and son to remote and exotic parts of the world.

In addition, she is a supreme designer of flower arrangements. Many fine parties have had her unique, natural floral services.

Last week she celebrated her 75th birthday with a big dinner and dance party with the Don Krekel Orchestra at the Highlands Community Center on East Breckinridge. Never heard of it? That is part of Ellen’s charm as a hostess. She is sooo creative!  Ellen is a fantastic cook but this time she left that chore to Doug Gossman and the Bristol. A wonderful and imaginative buffet stretched across half the multi-purpose room which has a stage and must have doubled as a gymnasium at one time.

The invitation had a photo of Ellen (the world traveler) in a “conga line” with dozens of other women. They, and Ellen, were in Asian-inspired dresses with silver horned head ornaments and native musical instruments marching along in the sand in front of an ancient wall in God knows where!

Among the multitude fueling the celebration were Sally and John Taylor, Ben Small, Michael Judd, Barbara Partlow, Monette and Bill Beam, Sandy Gulick, Ann and Darryl Wells, Kathy Hensley, Philip Koenig, Becky Masden, Shelby Robertson, Fran Jasper, Jim Voyles, Brenda Light, Nana Lampton, Jane Welch, Henry Heuser, Sis Wilson, Louise Timmons, Betsy Vaughn and another hundred plus friends!

Everyone loves Ellen. She is one of the most caring people in town. It was tribute to her friendship and love of life that at least a hundred people turned out to help her celebrate her 39th birthday (again).


Mint Julep Tours has launched two new urban adventures – a sightseeing tour of Louisville landmarks called Discover Derby City and a beer tour of the city’s best craft breweries called Brew in the Lou. Since 2008, Mint Julep Tours has shared what makes Kentucky great with thousands of locals and tourists through engaging tours and Southern hospitality. Each half-day guided excursion is led by a tour leader in one of Mint Julep Tours’ comfortable vehicles.

Starting August 18 and running through November, Brew in the Lou and Discover Derby City are fun and educational introductions to Louisville’s authentic and unique places and people. These new public tours complement Mint Julep Tours’ current full-day bourbon tour offerings, which take travelers to three Kentucky distilleries every Thursday, Friday and Saturday year-round.

Whether you are a beer lover or are beer curious, the beer tour will take you to Louisville’s best beer as you spend an afternoon hopping between breweries and taprooms! Whether you’re a hop-head or passionate about porters, there’s something for everyone along the way. You’ll visit three breweries for tours and taste flights at each stop with insight from a ‘brew guru’ in between.

With sensory experiences, behind-the-scenes access and brewmaster meet-and-greets, you’ll learn the craft and commitment behind the city’s finest beers. Brewery partners vary by day and may include Against the Grain, Great Flood, Goodwood, Apocalypse Brew Works, Falls City, Monnik or Mile Wide. The cost is $79 per person, which includes guided transportation with a brew guru, three tours with tasting flights, pretzel necklace and brewery swag.

Not into beer? Well on select Sundays and Thursdays from August through November you can go deep into Louisville’s history and heritage on a sightseeing tour! Each four-hour tour travels past more than 50 local sites like Whiskey Row and the city’s Cast Iron District, Falls of the Ohio and its stunning skyline view, historic homes in Old Louisville, landmarks of hometown heroes like Muhammad Ali, and colorful murals in up-and-coming neighborhoods Butchertown and NuLu.

The tour leader will share fun facts and in-depth details when you explore sights old and new on this urban adventure. The cost is $59 per person and includes guided transportation with the tour leader and either a bourbon chocolate truffle tasting at Art Eatables (Thursday and Friday tours) or a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum (Sunday tours) and walking tour of Churchill Downs.

For more information or to make reservations for any public tour, visit or call 502-583-1433. Customized tours and private group outings are also available by request. VT

Photos Courtesy of Carla Sue Broecker.