Sun Rays and Fairy Days at Yew Dell

Visit Yew Dell Botanical Gardens for their upcoming Fairy Days and Children in the Dell events

 

By Ella Treinen
Photos courtesy of Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

 

With the arrival of a much-needed summer full of warm weather and antsy young ones, the Yew Dell Botanical Gardens located in Crestwood, KY is offering fun for the whole family. 

What: Fairy Days
When: Tuesday, May 25 – Sunday, June 20
Price: Included with Regular Admission – $9 ages 18-54;  $5 ages 55+ and 6-17; Free for ages 5 and under. Free with Military ID. Free for Yew Dell Members.

If you’re looking for an enchanted world of child-like wonder, you’ll find it at Yew Dell’s Fairy Days event. From May 25 to June 20, the Fairy Forest is highlighted in a map-guided exploration across the property. Visitors will discover a collection of miniature houses protected by a grove of hemlock and spruce trees. The Forest is created by Yew Dell’s very own. “In 2017, several volunteers came together to make fairy houses. I would say that the thing I love so much about it is that it takes a village to make a fairy village,” explained Lindsay Duncan, marketing and PR manager at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. However, for those creative enough to imagine it, the world was created by fairies themselves with all-natural materials. 

Because of the popularity of the Fairy Forest, Yew Dell has done us all a favor by spreading the event across four weeks of the summer. The Fairy Days event will showcase some new additions to the village this year: 10 hidden fairy doors crafted by local artist Ellen Sears as well as five new fairy houses. Don’t be fooled by the houses’ miniature size, Fairy Days is an experience for all ages as we’re never too old to tap into our creative side for an afternoon. “Everybody needs a dash of whimsy in their life,” said Duncan. As a retired fairy house builder myself, this event sounds nothing short of magical, but don’t take it from me. These are some excerpts from letters dropped into the fairy mailbox of the Fairy Forest written by visitors themselves. 

Bryn, Age 11 – “We are very excited to be here exploring this fairy wonderland and I see that there are weddings here. So I am getting married here. Mark my words.”

Jack, Age 6 – “Can you please come to our house tomorrow? I’m going to share our strawberries. Thanks for everything you’ve done.”

Lisa, Age 61 – “Dear fairies, please keep my family healthy and happy.”

Garfield, Age 100 – “Your town is amazing. I will visit again soon.”

What: Children in the Dell
When: Saturdays, June 19 – August 7; 10:30 am – 12 pm
Price: Included with Regular Admission – $9 ages 18-54;  $5 ages 55+ and 6-17; Free for ages 5 and under. Free with Military ID. Free for Yew Dell Members.

Yew Dell will also host Children in the Dell every Saturday from June 19 to Aug. 7 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. This series of nature-related activities is centered around Yew Dell’s family garden and guided by Yew Dell educators. The family garden is filled with vibrant marigolds and other cut flowers. The garden also has a bed of milkweed, as the curriculum will be centered around monarchs this year.

Children in the Dell is driven by Yew Dell’s mission, “ …to spark a passion for plants and gardening through acceptable science and inspiring beauty.” Duncan explained that the program helps children develop “basic gardening skills, just that interest in the world around them, how to be observant and how to have milkweed in your own garden so you can actually attract monarchs and see the entire cycle of a caterpillar to chrysalis to monarch.”

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
6220 Old LaGrange Road
Crestwood, KY 40014
yewdellgardens.org
502.241.4788

Meet Johnny Kimberlin

The Jewish Community Center’s Aquatics Director

 

By Elizabeth Scinta
Photo by Kathryn Harrington

 

Johnny Kimberlin, the Jewish Community Center’s aquatics director was introduced to the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in a roundabout way. “About 15 years ago, my brother was doing some pool maintenance at the JCC. He was going out of town and he asked me to fill in for him. Soon thereafter, I found myself all in, coaching the swim team and teaching swim lessons. I made really strong connections with member families and staff and quickly became part of the JCC community,” explained Kimberlin. 

Kimberlin has been a swimmer all of his life through his recreational team at The Louisville Boat Club and being on the swim team at St. Xavier High School in Louisville. “You could always find me at the pool when I was a kid and well, now as well!” Kimberlin said. Thus, being the aquatics director at the JCC made sense for him. He oversees all of the programs for the JCC aquatics program, which include deep water aquatics group classes, the JCC Gators swim team, the J Swim School, lifeguard certification and the American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric CPR/First Aid/AED Course. Kimberlin also oversees the aquatics staff composed of lifeguards, swim instructors and swim coaches.

“The largest program at the JCC is our swim lessons program,” shared Kimberlin. “The J Swim School is open year-round and we teach both private and group lessons six days a week. It’s a great way to get kids comfortable with being around water, teach kids water safety and proper swim strokes and inspire a passion for swimming.” 

Currently, the JCC has one indoor pool and three outdoor pools for members to enjoy. “I think the word ‘community’ in our title is a big focus for us in our aquatics program. Our outdoor family pool is a great place where the whole community can gather each summer, swim together and enjoy fun amenities like the diving board,” Kimberlin said. 

The new Trager Family JCC, currently under construction and slated to open in Spring 2022, will provide a much larger indoor aquatics space for kids and families to enjoy. The new indoor aquatics complex will feature a six-lane lap pool and will be connected to a recreational swim pool with many new fun features. Kimberlin explained, “We will have some new things that we don’t currently have like a slide and a splash pad with various spray features for kids to run around and play in. Also, we’ll have a hot tub and a vortex pool. There will be so many opportunities for families to swim together year-round and for members to exercise in ways we don’t have right now with our current indoor pool. We can’t wait!”

To learn more about the JCC’s aquatics program, including the J Swim School, JCC Gators swim team, aquatics fitness classes and more, visit jewishlouisville.org/the-j/health-wellness/aquatics.

Located at:
Jewish Community Center of Louisville
3600 Dutchmans Lane
Louisville, KY 40205
jewishlouisville.org/the-j
502.459.0660

 

Arts on the Green Festival 2021

Spend your day enjoying this annual fine arts and crafts festival at Maples Park

 

By Emily Renco
Photos provided by Arts on the Green

 

With the arrival of warm summer weather comes fun and exciting outdoor events for everyone in the family to enjoy. This includes the annual Arts on the Green Fine Arts and Crafts Festival that will include over 100 artists showcasing their talents at beautiful Maples Park in Crestwood, KY. We spoke with the Arts Association of Oldham County President, Ann Stroth, to learn more about this annual event and what this year’s festival has to offer.  

What makes Arts on the Green unique compared to other fine arts and craft festivals?

The Arts on the Green is unique compared to other local arts festivals as it is the largest art festival held in Oldham County. Each year, national, regional and local juried artists come to showcase their work to people from many different parts of Kentucky. 

How has Arts on the Green evolved over the 21 years since it started?

The Oldham County Arts Association first hosted Arts on the Green, a fine arts and crafts show, in 1999. The show was founded by Donna Miller and Sandra Graves, who have experience in planning and executing outdoor art shows while also being artists themselves. It was held on the Oldham County Historical Grounds, on a cold, rainy April day, with a total of 15 artist booths. Eventually, it was moved to June but always remained an outdoor event. As the number of artists increased, it was moved to the Oldham County Courthouse Lawn. Previous show directors include Amy Weganest and Marion Gibson. In 2010, Mary Klausing took over the reins, directing the juried art show through 2019. Last year was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, as we celebrate 21 years of Arts on the Green, Nancy Daneshmand is managing over 120 artists’ booths in 10 artist mediums, along with food trucks and more in the beautiful new Maples Park in Crestwood.

How do artists get involved?

To get involved, national and regional artists use an online organization called Zapplication.org to schedule their rotation of shows throughout the country. We additionally post the application on our website AAOOC.org and call artists to artists that are on our mailing list. Additionally, we solicit from Facebook postings and other social media platforms. 

What can attendees expect to see and do at the festival?

Attendees will be able to experience the beautiful Maples Park, food trucks and great adult beverages. Of course, don’t forget the great artwork and consumables, like lotion, soap, candles and food items.

The Annual Arts on the Green will take place from June 12-13, 2021 from 11 am to 5 pm at the newly opened Maples Park. The park features a large playground area, picnic areas, pathways and will host food trucks and art demonstrations during the festival. 

Arts on the Green
June 12-13, 2021
Saturday & Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm
6826 W State Hwy 22
Crestwood, KY 40014
aaooc.org
502.222.3822

 

Opening Night at Churchill Downs

Photos by Marvin Young

 

Churchill Downs and The Fund for the Arts joined together on April 24 to kick off Derby week and celebrate Louisville’s extraordinary arts community with the 2021 Awards in the Arts. Attendees witnessed a variety of musicians, dancers, live performances, visual artists and thrilling Thoroughbred races. Guests were encouraged to dress up in a signature headpiece and to wear orange in the spirit of creativity and encouragement.

Lincliffe Derby Soirée

Photos by Kathryn Harrington and Andrea Hutchinson

 

Steve Humphrey and Janice Carter Levitch Humphrey hosted guests on May 2 at their home for a post-Derby soiree of cocktails, homemade Limoncello and BBQ overlooking the Ohio River. Music was provided by the Fund for the Arts in recognition of the Awards in the Arts 2021 and the media sponsorship provided by The Voice.

Louisville Orchestra 2021-2022 Season Announcement

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

 

Louisville Orchestra board members, musicians and administration gathered at Nouvelle Bar & Bottle in NuLu on May 11 to announce the 2021-2022 season. Music Director Teddy Abrams gave a special speech to the attendees while they enjoyed wine and the patio at Nouvelle.

The 42nd Annual Derby Breakfast

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

 

Louisville’s Historic Homes Foundation invited guests to start their Derby Day off right with the 42nd annual Derby Breakfast presented by Blade & Bow Bourbon and The Voice as the Media Sponsor at Farmington Historic Plantation. Guests enjoyed a locally sourced, Kentucky-Proud, picnic brunch by Farm to Fork Catering, with an open bar and live music by The Misty Mountain String Band.

Biscuits & Bourbon

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

 

The Kentucky Derby Museum hosted a southern-inspired brunch along with live music, unlimited Kentucky bourbon, mimosas and Bloody Marys on April 28 with The Voice as the Media Sponsor of the event. Ticketholders who purchased a Churchill Downs Box Seat topped off their brunch with a day at the races. 

Carrots & Cocktails at Chestnut Hall

Photos by Dave Najewicz

 

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) hosted “Carrots & Cocktails at Chestnut Hall” on April 25 for a group of VIP invited guests to offer a toast of gratitude to the organization’s newest benefactor, Mr. Bill Carstanjen and his family, for the gift they have given the horses of the TRF herd of 500 retired racehorses and racehorses across the U.S. Guests enjoyed an informal afternoon on the porch to meet the herd, see the barn and kick-off Derby week at this beautiful new event venue.

Fashion and FURiends

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

 

The Humane Society of Oldham County invited ”local celebrities” and their pets to model the latest spring styles from Mainstream Boutique in Crestwood and Sam Meyers in St. Matthews on April 24. The event included music, food, vendors, a silent auction and a short dog training demonstration.

Kentucky Derby Museum Gala

Photos by Kathryn Harrington and Andrea Hutchinson

 

On Friday, April 23, the Kentucky Derby Museum hosted its 34th Annual Gala with The Voice as the Media Sponsor of the event. The night featured cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres, followed by a seated dinner, dessert and live music.

Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Innovation Dinner

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

 

On April 28, the Bourbon Festival invited guests to watch the Great Steamboat Race while sipping Maker’s Mark cask strength bourbons alongside a paired meal at the Levee Bourbon Lounge.