The Winter Woods Spectacular

Stained glass windows and Santa’s workshop fill Iroquois Park for this festive event

 

By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos provided by the Winter Woods Spectacular

 

Iroquois Park is back with another one of its incredible holiday-themed events. The Winter Woods Spectacular has taken over the Iroquois Park woods and turned it into a winter wonderland for all to enjoy. The second annual Winter Woods Spectacular will have guests weaving through the woods on a half-mile drive looking for a magical ice castle, Santa’s workshop, a holiday garden and a penguin choir. No matter what holiday you celebrate, there’s a scene for everyone to enjoy.

“We modified plans for Jack O’Lantern Spectacular this year from a walking event to a drive-thru, which proved a magical experience can happen from anywhere — even your vehicle,” said Brooke Pardue, CEO of the Louisville Parks Foundation. “We’ve created a safe way for everyone to enjoy this holiday favorite.”

There will be 120 stained-glass windows through which guests can view different holiday and winter scenes. The fun doesn’t stop there. Winter Woods Spectacular will be complete with music and sound effects to ensure each guest gets the full experience. 

The event will run from Nov. 27 to Jan. 2, open 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door; however, it is highly recommended to purchase tickets in advance on their website at winterwoodsspectacular.org. The event will take place rain or shine, but if you do buy your tickets in advance, you can exchange them for another day if you’d like. 

Tickets are $35 per car/SUV/minivan/truck, $50 per passenger van/RV/limousine and $100 per tour bus/limo bus. All proceeds from the event go towards the Louisville Parks Foundation, which helps keep all 120+ public parks in Louisville beautiful and operating for everyone to use, according to the press release. The Winter Woods Spectacular will be a drop-off location for La Casita, a nonprofit supporting the Louisville Latinx community. To learn more about La Casita, visit their website at lacasitacenter.org.

There are some excellent deals for those who are clients of Republic Bank or Metro by T-Mobile. Republic Bank is offering $5 off tickets for Dec. 5 only for their clients. If that applies to you, make sure to get the code before purchasing your tickets. Metro by T-Mobile is offering $5 off admission on Monday evenings. To receive the discount code, make sure to check out the list of participating T-Mobile stores here.

There will be a special sensory-friendly night on Dec. 29 for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and sensory processing differences and their families. On Dec. 29, the spectacular will begin at 5 p.m. and will not have the normal music and special effects playing. This night is made possible by PNC Bank, according to the press release. 

The Jack O’Lantern Spectacular is one of my favorite events in Louisville, so I can’t wait to see what they have in store for the Winter Woods Spectacular! 


Winter Woods Spectacular
Nov. 27 to Jan. 2
6-10 p.m. Sunday – Thursday, 6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
4800 New Cut Road
Louisville, KY 40214
winterwoodsspectacular.org
contact@winterwoodsspectacular.com

Free Membership at the Frazier 

The Frazier History Museum is offering a year of free membership for everyone in the Louisville area

 

By Sarah Levitch
Photos provided by the Frazier History Museum

 

In time for the holiday season, after a remarkably unexpected and challenging year, the Frazier History Museum is offering a unique present to the Louisville community: free membership until October 2021.

As we begin to question our understanding of accessibility and our struggles are far from over, nevertheless resolved, this gift acts as a tool to rebuild the downtown Louisville community by encouraging anyone and everyone to get out of the house. The Frazier History Museum provides a dynamic space with a little something for every visitor. Kentucky’s largest history museum, the Frazier kicks off the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, as well as most tourists’ introductions to our old Kentucky home. With live performances, outstanding exhibits and “KentuckyShow!,”  the museum makes a great weekend destination for families or a mid-week getaway for those quirky remote work schedules. 

The Frazier Museum wrote, “It is our mission at the Frazier to ignite the human spirit with thoughtfully crafted stories about who we are and our connection to the world around us. This story is personal for us as Louisville continues to grapple with COVID-19 and racial unrest. As a member of the downtown community, we want to be a leader in helping our city re-emerge better than before, with something for everyone.”

The permanent collection welcomes the exhibit “Cool Kentucky,” celebrating historical and cultural figures that may surprise you and invoke a sense of pride for Kentucky’s diverse creativity. Other exhibits, a mix of new and old favorites, include: “The Spirit of Kentucky Bourbon Exhibit,” “What is a Vote Worth? Suffrage Then and Now,” “Celebrating the Sounds of Kentucky,” “The Lewis & Clark Experience,” “Border State: Kentucky and the Civil War,” “The Founder’s Gallery” and “The Stewart Historic Miniatures Gallery.” 

Normally priced at $55 for an individual and $84 for dual/family, this opportunity for free unlimited admission access comes as a great treat to learn and explore all that the Frazier Museum has to offer over the next year.

Individual membership includes free general admission for one adult, a 10% discount on purchases in the museum store (some items excluded) and a subscription to the weekly Virtual Frazier Magazine email.

Dual/Family membership includes free general admission for two adults and their children or grandchildren under 18 years old, a 10% discount on purchases in the museum store (some items excluded) and a subscription to the weekly Virtual Frazier Magazine email.

Everyone who lives in the 12-county area around Louisville is eligible for the free membership. This includes nine counties in Kentucky and three in Indiana: Bullitt, Hardin, Henry, Jefferson, Meade, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Clark (IN), Floyd (IN) and Harrison (IN). 

The membership activates as soon as you sign up, and all free memberships will expire on October 31, 2021. To sign up or for more information, visit fraziermuseum.org/free


Frazier History Museum
829 West Main Street
fraziermuseum.org
502.753.5663

 

Virtual Snow Ball Gala

The Louisville Ballet’s Snowflake Dancers.

Norton Children’s Hospital’s annual event offers a gourmet dinner, a silent auction and a home & BMW raffle, oh my!

 

By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos from the 2019 event by Kathryn Harrington

 

Norton Children’s Hospital has raised the bar for virtual galas with its annual Snow Ball by including a gourmet dinner option, a silent auction and a fantastic raffle opportunity. The event will be live-streamed on Facebook on Nov. 21, much like other galas that have gone virtual, but Norton is also offering gourmet meal packages from Grassa Gramma, Village Anchor and Le Moo.

This year’s Snow Ball will be the 31st year Norton Children’s Hospital has put the event on. All proceeds from the Ball go towards helping over 180,000 children receive the medical treatments they need through Norton Children’s Hospital. The funds will help support programs, facilities, equipment, research, advocacy and education, according to Lynnie Myer, Ed.D., R.N., CFRE, senior vice president and chief development officer at Norton Healthcare. The virtual format allows for Norton to incorporate lots of fun ways for viewers to participate. 

Lynnie Meyer and Shannon Cogan.

“There is so much that goes into taking care of a child that is severely injured, born premature or born with some kind of heart issue. You never know when your child is going to need care at Norton Children’s, but our team of specialists is here and ready. The hospital relies on support from the community to make this care possible, so we want to show everyone how they’ve helped. At the same time, we’re giving a nod to our health care heroes who provide this top-notch care every day,” said Heather Singleton, the system director of Events and Community Relations at Norton Healthcare.

The live stream will be on Nov. 21 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Norton Healthcare’s Facebook page. There will be a virtual cocktail hour from 7:30 to 8 p.m., and from 8 to 9 p.m. there will be a behind-the-scenes tour of the hospital, highlights from the silent auction and the revealing of the winner of the Norton Children’s Hospital Home & BMW Raffle

“A highlight of the Snow Ball is the Norton Children’s Hospital Home & BMW Raffle drawing. [The] first prize is a 2021 BMW X3 SUV from BMW of Louisville plus $10,000. [The] grand prize is a new home in Norton Commons built by Ramage Company and valued at over $750,000. Tickets are $100 each and may be purchased online at HomeAndBMWRaffle.com or by calling 502.629.8060. Only 12,000 tickets will be sold. The drawing will be held live at 9 p.m. during the virtual Snow Ball event on the Norton Children’s Facebook page,” said Meyer.

The silent auction will begin on Nov. 13 and the winners will be announced during the Facebook live event. As long as you register for the silent auction by noon on Nov. 21, you’re set to go! Winners of the raffle will win a unique package that will be delivered to your home that night. Set an alarm for Nov. 13 and check it out here; you won’t want to miss out on all the amazing auction items being offered.

The gourmet dining packages are $300 and include a meal for two, a bottle of wine and a commemorative Snow Ball gift, according to Singleton. You must place your order by Nov. 11, and you can pick them up from the restaurant on Nov. 21. The meal will come from the same restaurant but could feature two different entrees, allowing you to have a little bit of a variety for you and your partner. The menus can be found online at NortonChildrensSnowBall.com. Good luck choosing; they all sound delicious! 

Lynnie Meyer, Lisa Stemler, Leonard, Joyce and Mary Lou Meyer with Angela Bisig and Arnold Rivera.

Dress to the nines, or in your sweats, to take part in the 31st annual Snow Ball. Enjoy some delicious food and possibly win some fantastic raffle prizes all in the name of Norton Children’s Hospital. According to Meyer, the Snow Ball is presented by Konica Minolta and is part of the annual Festival of Trees & Lights, which is presented by Republic Bank. The Voice-Tribune is the official media sponsor of the 2020 virtual Snow Ball.

2019 Snow Ball Gala.

Details Open House

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson


To kick off the holiday season, Founder and Owner of Details Furniture Gallery and Design, Lesa Buckler, hosted friends and family at Details for holiday shopping, sipping and fun on Nov. 6 – 7.

WaterStep Wows to Win a 2020 Teddy Award

By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos provided by WaterStep


WaterStep is the winner of a prestigious 2020
Theodore Roosevelt Government Leadership Award in the partnership category. The partnership category recognizes non-government partners and private-sector companies that are helping the government serve the general public. WaterStep was recognized for its patented Water On Wheels (WOW) Cart Disaster Response System and work with the Environmental Protection Agency, according to the press release.

Waterstep is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based out of Louisville. Their mission is to supply anyone they can with accessible clean water and are known for their Shoes for Water campaign. Since its founding in 1955, WaterStep has brought clean water to more than three million people! 

The WOW Cart not only comes with a great name but also has a significant duty in helping supply clean water. The Cart is a portable mini water treatment system that has all the necessary components to help provide thousands of gallons of safe water.

The impressive components of the Cart don’t stop there. Included on the Cart is a charging station for disaster responders and WaterSteps’ patented BleachMaker. The BleachMaker produces disinfectant powerful enough to sanitize medical clinics and fight the Ebola epidemic and COVID-19 pandemic, according to the press release. The WOW Cart was developed by Kurtis Daniels and WaterStep’s volunteer engineers.  

“The WOW Cart was years in the making and earned a Creative Research Design Agreement with EPA, which was awarded partnership of the year in 2018 by Federal Labs. The EPA’s testing and feedback on the effectiveness and applications of this system was invaluable,” says Mark Hogg, founder and CEO of WaterStep. “To be considered part of President Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy is truly an honor.”

The WOW Cart can fight forest fires, aid in disaster relief and help hospitals and nursing homes. It seems there’s nothing the WOW Cart can’t do! The engineers and Daniels made the Cart easily operable for anyone that has a few hours to spare. The WOW Cart was recently deployed to Lake Charles, Louisiana to help those affected by Hurricane Laura’s destruction, according to the press release. 

For more information about WaterStep and the WOW Cart, visit waterstep.org. For more information on the Teddy Awards, visit governmenthalloffame.com.

WaterStep
625 Myrtle St.
Louisville, KY 40208
info@waterstep.org
502.568.6342

Waterfront Botanical Gardens Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson


O
n Oct. 4, the Waterfront Botanical Gardens celebrated its one-year anniversary with a private virtual concert featuring CMT’s Next Women of Country Artist, Stephanie Quayle, dinner and dessert from Wiltshire Pantry and cocktails from Beam Suntory. Guests were invited to socially distance at the Annual Gala at tables in groups of two or four and enjoyed an evening to get dressed up and celebrate one of Louisville’s botanical treasures.

St. Francis School’s (re)Imagine! Auction & Fundraiser

Photos by Kathryn Harrington and Andrea Hutchinson


O
n Oct. 10, St. Francis held its annual (re)Imagine! Art Auction and Scholarship Fundraiser virtually that was hosted by Kevin Harned and live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Several St. Francis families and supporters hosted small gatherings in their homes to both support the auction and tune-in to the live event.

Quappi Projects’ “We All Declare for Liberty” Exhibit

Photos by Kathryn Harrington


O
n Oct. 9, the NuLu art gallery Quappi Projects opened a new exhibit titled “We All Declare for Liberty: 2020 and the Future of American Citizenship,” that was created by founder and artist John Brooks. Patrons were invited to peruse the exhibit in small groups and many of the artists were in attendance for them to meet.

The Kentucky Derby Museum’s Ladies in Leadership

Photos by Kathryn Harrington


O
n Oct. 16, the Kentucky Derby Museum hosted the Ladies in Leadership breakfast, sponsored by LG&E, with the slogan “Empowered Women Empower Women.” The morning included booths from local, female-owned businesses, a panel of female speakers including former female jockey Donna Barton Brothers and access to the new exhibit, “Right to Ride,” about trailblazing female jockeys.

Introducing Matt Winn’s Steakhouse at Churchill Downs Racetrack

Photos by Kathryn Harrington


O
n Oct. 3, The Voice-Tribune Publisher, Janice Carter Levitch, and guests enjoyed a private dining experience in the Bourbon Room of Matt Winn’s Steakhouse at Churchill Downs with proceeds benefiting the Churchill Downs Backside. The group also received a private tour of the new space from Senior Executive Chef, David Danielson. From their extensive whiskey selection, top-of-the-line cuisine and a stunning view of the racetrack, this is an experience you don’t want to miss!