Summer is flying by and this month, in particular, has gone by in a flash! Here’s much of what went on here in Louisville in July while you were at the beach, or the pool, or hopefully relaxing on vacation somewhere.
Fourth of July Rainout
Incessant rain over the Fourth of July weekend forced the city to cancel the grand entertainment scheduled for Sunday, July 3. This included fireworks on the waterfront set to a patriotic score, played live by the Louisville Orchestra conducted by Teddy Abrams. On the playlist were Houndmouth, Callie Day, Carly Johnson and Justin Lewis — not your typical orchestra fare. There also was to have been a fun zone, beer garden, bourbon bar and general patriotic fun activities. Hopefully, we will get a raincheck next Fourth of July.
Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC) has reopened after a nine-month, $3 million renovation done by Christoff:Finio architects. Their new space was revealed during the July 1 First Friday Hop downtown. The first floor is now a public space for events, with the second and third floors being dedicated exhibition spaces. There is also a large area on the third floor devoted to education — complete with kiln. Admission to KMAC will be free for the next year, until June 20, 2017. KMAC is located at 715 W. Main St., Louisville, KY 40202, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
First Friday at MAC Debuts
Speaking of the First Friday, the Muhammad Ali Center joined the celebration and hosted “First Friday at MAC” on July 1, which was a family friendly block party inside the center. The Muhammad Ali Center plans on hosting these events on the first Fridays through September. During their inaugural First Friday at MAC, guests enjoyed live music from Jalin Roze and Teddy Abrams, as well as food from local food trucks, a dance demonstration and many other activities for adults and kids, alike. The next First Friday at MAC is August 5, so mark your calendars; adults will receive free admission this night.
Forecastle Festival a Success!
While we’re on the subject of downtown, Louisville also played host to another great Forecastle Festival. Friday brought a mighty but short round of storms but ended with a beautiful sunset and a great night of fireworks. Saturday and Sunday were sunny and bright, with wonderful days and nights of music. With multiple stages and multiple acts over multiple days each year, Forecastle planners bring a new meaning to the word “multi-tasking.” Add to the mix great local food and craft beer and, of course, Kentucky’s finest bourbon, and you have a recipe for a perfect music festival. We covered this year’s entire event on social media, culminating in this great photo gallery taken by Adele Reding Photography.
nFocus Folds, Voice Tribune Bought By LEO Weekly
A lot has happened this month in the local publishing world. July 6 was the release of the last nFocus magazine after abruptly closing their doors on June 30 — an unexpected move by owner SouthComm. In related local publication news, the LEO Weekly, also a SouthComm publication, purchased The Voice-Tribune and Modern Louisville — both publications formerly owned by Blue Equity.
Introducing Coopers’ Craft Bourbon
It has been 20 years since Brown-Forman introduced a new bourbon, and Coopers’ Craft broke that streak this month. This new bourbon is made using a special beech and birch charcoal filter finishing process, and is named for the “coopers,” or people who work at the cooperages, the place that produces bourbon barrels. (Brown-Forman is the only distiller that owns their own cooperage.) This bourbon will retail for about $30 per 750ml bottle and is only available in the South this summer. It gets the thumbs up from bourbon drinkers all across Louisville — as we knew it would.
Local Swimmer Heading to the Olympics
University of Louisville swimmer Kelsi Worrell is Rio-bound! She is headed to the Olympics after a stunning performance in the swimming trials in July. Kelsi will swim butterfly and as part of the medley team in Rio. More than 34 swimmers from the University of Louisville swam in the trials. Also of note: Sacred Heart Academy sent seven swimmers to the trials. Louisville is quite an aquatically talented town!
Louisville City FC in First Place
Have you been watching any local soccer this summer? Well, you should. The Louisville City FC is on fire, currently experiencing only one loss (to Cincinnati) this season. This soccer team is seeking a national franchise and, with their current first-place standing, we are thinking they will get it. This team has a loyal and rabid following, which makes watching their home games at Louisville Slugger Field even more exciting. Look for our profile of current General Manager Amanda Duffy soon.
- Butchertown Grocery now serves lunch Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Their lunch menus will feature lighter fare, summer salads and smaller-portioned entrees.
- 610 Magnolia was the only restaurant in all of Kentucky to make Wine Enthusiast’s annual list of America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants.
- Joy Luck has opened a second location (outside the Gene Snyder on Highway 22) at 9850 Von Allmen Court, Suite #101, Louisville, KY 40241. Their original location is in the Highlands.
- Longtime cajun favorite Joe’s OK Bayou closed. Where will we go for Mardi Gras feasting now? We’re sure you can find something — start here.
That’s all the news that’s fit to print, for now. Hope we got you all caught up for July!
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