The Witch Had a Party

The most festive time of the year for Eleanor Goldberg is Halloween. It is her birthday and she always celebrates with a party and decorates to a “fare-the–well.” This year, her long-suffering husband, Fred, was safely and quietly resting in the hospital for a few days and missed the party (probably to his relief!).

As soon as you arrive, you see the white “spooks” in the trees and the brooms stacked up on the porch. Inside, the house is overflowing with black cats, pumpkins, witches, skeletons in her closets, brooms, candles and cobwebs.

Kathy Hensley and Phillip Koenig of The Silver Spoon, close friends of Eleanor for years, have fed Eleanor’s friends fabulously for years and this was no exception.

Enjoying the festivities were Mary Margaret Phelps, Pam and John Anson, Kaye Durnell and Terry McBrayer, H. J. Redmon, Peggy and Don Duane, Kate and Jack Underwood, Jeanne and David Ferguson, Kay Matton and Martha Mitchell from Glasgow, among others.


India Amanda Caroline Hicks is a former fashion model. She was born in London, England, and comes from both British and design royalty. Her father was famed interior decorator David Hicks, and her mother is Lady Pamela Hicks, whose father was the last viceroy of India, hence India’s name.

She lives on a small island in the Bahamas with her partner and their five children. She has produced three lifestyle books and designed collections of bath and beauty products, bedding and jewelry in partnership with others, but she realized the time had come to build a company on her own terms.

Alongside two strong business-minded partners, she launched her lifestyle India Hicks brand of handbags, scarves, jewelry, candles and body-care products in the United States. These collections are sold through networks of entrepreneurial women, at home or one-to-one.

One such ambassador is Tracy Cutting who is holding a “Shop, Sip & Socialize” event on Thursday, November 10 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Heuser Hearing & Language Academy, 111 E. Kentucky St. A percentage of all sales will benefit the Academy. The event is free, but those planning to attend must RSVP by Saturday, November 5 to To preview the collection, visit


Sug Schusterman was a tireless worker in our community, devoting time to many different charities including the Kentucky Derby Museum, the Red Cross, CASA, Heuser Hearing Institute and Hearing & Language Academy. After her passing, a number of friends and admirers established the “Spirit of Sug” award to honor other women and men in Louisville who give with their time, treasure and talent to help others in the same manner that Sug did.

Previous winners of this annual award have been JoAnn Gammon, Kathy Oyler and Madeline Abramson. This year, at the Butterflies in Motion Luncheon on October 20, the Spirit of Sug Award was presented by Butterfly Society President Pam Thompson to Babs Rodes Robinson. A friend to many, Babs certainly deserved the award through her many community activities including 20 years of service to Louisville Collegiate as a board member, alumni board president, chair of the head of school search and chair of the Centennial Celebration.

In addition, she served as a board member of the Filson Historical Society, CASA, the Speed Art Museum, Cave Hill Cemetery, Cave Hill Heritage Foundation and the J. G. Brown Cancer Center and is Kentucky Regent of the George Washington Foundation in Fredericks burg, Virginia.

Married to interior designer Lee Robinson, she has three charming sons, Walker, Rodes and Owsley. VT