Moe Brings the Magic

A Local Musician’s Holiday Song Gets Community Children Involved

By Brent Owen

There might be a new song popping up on your holiday playlist this year. Alongside well-worn classics, sung by Nat or Bing, you could hear an unfamiliar but soon-to-be classic called “An Elf Named Moe.” And the voice singing it might sound a little familiar too. It’s local singer and songwriter Carl Stuck.

Stuck has been a fixture on the local music scene for nearly 30 years. “I started wanting to play music because of Elvis,” he said. “I wrote my first song when I was seven years old. It was called ‘Little Red Rocket.’”

He joined his first band at age 15, then went on to play in a group called Under Fire, and eventually ended up a guitar tech for country music superstars Sugarland. Today, you can find him playing around town four or five nights a week—anywhere from Diamond’s to Louisville Billiards Club or The Exchange Pub and Kitchen. Stuck usually performs solo, but occasionally does gigs with his band Mary Mary. He plays every Wednesday night at Baxter’s 942 with the Full Contact Karaoke Band, which is karaoke alongside a live band.

Though Stuck has been in the business a long time, Moe’s musical journey only began three or four years ago with a simple exercise at a local songwriter’s workshop. At the end of every session, the group would choose a specific word or phrase prompt. The following month they each returned with a new song utilizing the previous month’s prompt. That particular month the group chose the word “December.”

Louisville musician, Carl Stuck dreams of telling the real Ellen DeGeneres about his new Christmas song (seen here with a wax figure
of Ellen).

“I thought of the opening line immediately, ‘It happened in an airport last December,’” Stuck explains. “I figured if I was going to write the word December, I might as well write a Christmas song. But I didn’t want to write a typical Christmas song about an existing character. I wanted to make up a whole new character and a whole new story.”

As he brainstormed, Stuck began to think about the logistical aspects of Santa’s herculean task of taking toys to every kid in the world. He questioned, “Santa can’t do that all on his own, right? There has to be a department that handles the wrapping, the labeling and the packing. It also seems like a big chore to pack the sleigh. You have to keep track of where the presents go and you must pack them in the right order. I remember thinking, ‘Someone has to keep track of that—Santa can’t do it all.’” And thus, “An Elf Named Moe” was developed with the idea that Moe handles all of the shipping from Santa’s workshop.

It’s a quirky, country-tinged number that finds Moe, just after the Christmas busy season, taking a well-deserved vacation. The song begins with Stuck bumping into “a short man” named Moe in an airport. He strikes up a conversation with the funny looking stranger and  the conversation leads, as airport small talk often does, to his line of work at The North Pole.

Stuck took the song back to the workshop the following month, then mostly forgot about “An Elf Named Moe,” save for occasionally pulling it out to play for children of friends or family. “I really didn’t think much of the song,” he said. However, a friend’s children loved it so much they decided to name their Elf on the Shelf figurine Moe. “I thought if they loved it so much, maybe I ought to record it,” Stuck says.

A year later “An Elf Named Moe” has been released, and you can find the song on almost any of the platforms in which you can consume music: Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, iTunes, etc. You can also listen to it on the website at, as well as on CD.

  With the official release of the song, Stuck is holding an art contest for children who want to depict what they imagine Moe to look like. “I wasn’t even really sure what I thought Moe would look like,” Stuck says. “So I wondered how kids might envision him.”

It’s simple for your little ones to enter. Visit and click on “Contest” for full directions. Entries may also be sent through Instagram using the hashtags #AnElfNamedMoe and #MoeEntry, along with the artist’s full name and age (there are three separate age categories, so there will be three winners chosen by Stuck himself). Each winner will receive $50 cash.

Finally, to get schools in on the fun, Stuck will not only award the winning artists with cash but each of the three winners will get to select a favorite teacher who will also receive $50 cash. A little extra cash would be a nice find in your Christmas stocking this year—sent by Moe, of course. VT

Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners Awards Dinner

Photos by John Sodrel

This long-running event took place on Saturday, November 18 at Hurstbourne Country Club. Owners and their guests enjoyed an elegant dinner, and Dr. David Richardson was honored as the Warner L. Jones Jr. Horseman of the Year.

Pancakes with Santa

Photos by Bill Wine

Grandchildren, friends and neighbors of Woman’s Club of Louisville members gathered in the WCL Club Dining Room for a joyous time that included games and toys. A visit from Santa with red and green pancakes sweetned the deal.

Bardstown Road Aglow

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Highlands shops and restaurants stayed open late for the 32nd annual iteration of this event on Saturday, December 2. Those in attendance enjoyed holiday specials, appearances by Santa Claus and the lighting of the neighborhood tree.

Customer Appreciation Day

Photos by Bill Wine

Rodes For Him For Her hosted an exclusive event to thank their customers for a fashionable year. Guests enjoyed holiday food and drinks and a photo opp with Santa Claus himself. The truly lucky customers left with a classic red box with a white bow—signifying a perfect gift from Rodes.

Dillard’s Luxury Launch

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

To celebrate the arrival and grand opening of new luxury brands, Jo Malone London, Tom Ford and Le Mer counters to their beauty and fragrance department, Dillard’s threw a lavish launch. Guests enjoyed champagne and caviar, a red carpet and ribbon cutting while getting the chance to experience exclusive services from the new brands.

Champagne Brunch

Photos by Bill Wine

As an official toast to the season, Anna Howell and Courtney Howell-Kidd hosted an intimate gathering of over 50 attorneys and judges at Louisville Boat Club on Sunday, December 3. Guests mingled and enjoyed the festive decor while meeting the guest of honor, Dr. Richard Freeman, a cardiothoracic surgeon of Indianapolis.

Champions for Kids Breakfast

Photos by  Bill Wine

Kosair Charities hosted the 13th annual Champions for Kids Breakfast at Holiday Inn Hurstbourne on Tuesday, December 5. The beneficiary, Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies, gave guests many reasons to smile and donate on this early morning.

GLAR Holiday Party

Photos by Tim Valentino

Almost 700 realtors gathered at The Gillespie on December 5 for this annual extravaganza full of networking, refreshments and live music. Greater Louisville Association of Realtors represents more than 4,000 members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

MKJ Holiday Party

Photos by Bill Wine

Merkley Kendrick Jewelers hosted VIP guests for some swanky holiday cheer in Lola Lounge at Butchertown Grocery on December 6. The delicious food and cocktails paired brilliantly with the beautiful jewelry that many guests added to their Christmas list.

Prohibition Classic Christmas

Photos by Tim Valentino

Frankfort Avenue Coach House transformed into a roaring good time for the second year in a row thanks to the Yascone sisters (Love, Joy and Faith) and their mother, Glenda. The open house included libations and bites from Ward 426 with performances by the beneficiary, Kentucky Opera.



Amshoff, Robert C. “Bob”

Robert C. “Bob” Amshoff, 70, of Louisville passed away in the early morning hours of Sunday, December 10, 2017 at Baptist Health Louisville with his family by his side.

He was born on March 22, 1947 in Louisville, the son of the late Bernard and Alvina Amshoff.

Bob was a valued employee of National City Bank for over 35 years until his retirement. After retirement he started working for Duplicator Sales and Service and has been there for over 11 years.

Bob was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He devoted all of his extra time to spending it with family. Bob loved being at the lake and was an avid UK fan. He was caring and had a contagious laugh and sense of humor.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Janet R. Foster Amshoff; children, Debbie Smith (late husband Mark), Donna Franklin (Mike) and Doug Amshoff (Alison); seven grandchildren, Jessica, Justin and Jenna Smith, Emma and Logan Franklin, Sydney and Sawyer Amshoff; one great-grandchild, Noah Gies, and his loving canine companion, Olivia.

His funeral mass was celebrated at noon on Wednesday, December 13 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

The family suggests that contributions be made to Trinity High School or the Humane Society of Kentucky.

Bratcher, Mary Alyce

Mary Alyce Bratcher, 88, of Louisville, passed away December 10, 2017. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and was the daughter of Bernard and Alyce Boer.

Mary Alyce was a blessed wife, loving mother, grandmother and caring nurse. She was also an active member of Bethany Baptist Church in Louisville.

Mary Alyce was preceded in death by her loving husband Bennett F. Bratcher and her brother Roger Boer.

She is survived by her son, Bennett Bratcher (Debbie) of Goodlettsville, Tennessee; daughters Mary Ann Kinman (Kevin) of Versailles, Kentucky, and Linda Lawson (Robin) of LaGrange, Kentucky. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Drew Bratcher (Emily), Blake Bratcher (Christa), Christian Kinman (Breanna), Kirtley Kinman (Allison), Paige Kinman, Rachel Kinman, Matthew Lawson, Amanda Lawson, Bethany Lawson and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Pearson’s, 149 Breckenridge Lane with burial following at Riverview Cemetery in Morgantown, Kentucky.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Alzheimer’s Association or Bike4Alz (

Gross, Ethel Mae

Ethel Mae Rutledge Gross, 103, passed from this life on December 9, 2017.

Mrs. Gross was a former employee of the YWCA. She also helped her husband, Reverend Herman Gross, shepherd Presbyterian churches in Maysville, Kentucky; Houston, Texas; St. Louis, Missouri and Ludlow, Kentucky.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Herman Gross, and six brothers and sisters.

Left to cherish her memory are her nieces, Marie Farris, Ann Huskey and Pat Pesl; nephews, Bob Rutledge (Dorothy Jean), Stuart Rutledge and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at the Dignity Memorial Chapel of Evergreen Funeral Home.

Ethel Mae’s family would like to thank her Highland Presbyterian Church family and the dedicated fourth floor staff of Treyton Oak Towers for helping her to enjoy many happy years there.

The family would like to request that memorial donations in Ethel Mae’s name be directed to Highland Presbyterian Church.

Please leave condolences for the family at

Barbara “Bobbie” Frentz Kurson

Kurson, Barbara “Bobbie” Frentz

Barbara “Bobbie” Frentz Kurson née Bloom, 92, passed away peacefully on December 5, 2017 at her home at Newbury Court in Concord, Massachusetts.

A private memorial officiated by Rabbi Jillian Cameron was held on December 6 at her home. Graveside services will be held in June of 2018 at Temple B’rith Sholom – Adath Israel Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky.

Bobbie was born in Lexington, Kentucky on January 19, 1925. She attended Henry Clay High School and earned her bachelor of science degree from the University of Kentucky. She and her husband J. William “Bill” Frentz raised four children in Louisville, Kentucky. Bobbie was actively involved in fundraising for the J.B. Speed Art Museum, Actors Theater and Louisville’s Children’s Hospital.

Bobbie was known for her panache in interior design and for her gracious style of entertaining. The consummate entrepreneur, her many retail adventures included the Midnight Sun Boutique and Papers Unique in Louisville, as well as Barbara Kurson Antiques on Beacon Hill in Boston. She was a member of ASID and had many interior design clients throughout the East Coast.

Her marriage to Robert R. Kurson brought Bobbie to New England, where they eventually settled in York Harbor, Maine, living among the beauty of her gardens and seashore vistas. Bobbie volunteered at The York Historical Society and The York Hospital in her retirement. Her greatest love was welcoming her children and grandchildren to Rock’s Nose Farm.

Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents, Rose Switow Bloom and Lester T. Bloom of Lexington; her son William Frentz II of Santa Cruz, California, and her husband Robert R. Kurson of Boston, Massachusetts. She is survived by her loving and devoted daughters, Alice Frentz of Kennebunk, Maine; Robin Frentz Isaacs (Kenneth C. Isaacs) of Lincoln, Massachusetts, and Mary Frentz Bellino (Joseph P. Bellino) of Louisville, Kentucky. She was cherished deeply by each of her grandchildren: Catherine Isaacs, Jennifer Isaacs, Daniel Frentz (Tara), Charles Frentz (Elizabeth), Lauren Frentz, Caroline Frentz and Isabel Bellino. She was adored by her nieces and nephews whom she treated as her own.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for contributions to be made in the memory of Bobbie’s favorite new charity or the charity of their choice. The goal of the “One in Forty” organization is to support Ashkenazi Jews who have a one in forty chance of inheriting a BRCA gene mutation that puts them at risk of developing cancer. The mission is to promote prevention and early detection awareness and education. To share a memory or offer a condolence visit: