In case you missed the news this month, Louisville was quite the hub of activity. Louisvillians were making news nationally and internationally in June. Here’s a recap of what happened this month.
Muhammad Ali, 1942-2016
Muhammad Ali passed away June 3, 2016, and Louisville welcomed him home with open arms. His funeral celebration on Friday, June 10, was an all-day event and featured a procession through Louisville, a burial at Cave Hill Cemetery and a four hour long memorial service at the KFC Yum! Center. Dignitaries, spiritual leaders and celebrities stood side by side with locals and the everyman — of every different faith, gender and socioeconomic background. It was truly an event for all of us, just how Ali would have wanted it to be.
Louisvillians Praying for Orlando
On the heels of a weekend full of peace came the devastating violence and murder of 49 people and wounding of 50-plus more at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, June 12, 2016. Louisvillians united to pray for Orlando and continued their pledge for peace by marching on the Big Four Bridge. More than 2,000 people met at the bridge on Sunday night to show their solidarity.
Mammoth Cave Renovation
With summer heating up and Kentuckians looking for things to do, Mammoth Cave is always on the list. We touched on this great natural wonder in our Three Great Day Trips article this month. Good news: After 200 years as a tourist attraction, there is now a $6 million trail-building project in the works to renovate and modernize this entire area. Left from a time when slaves were guides and women held oil-wicked lamps to guide the way, this is a destination that is here to stay.
Phantom of the Opera
Louisvillians love their arts, and we were lucky enough to have Phantom of the Opera here at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts on June 1 – 12. Some lucky folks even were fortunate enough to catch the huge chandelier — the headliner of the Phantom experience — in the back of an open truck making its way through downtown before the show opened. This show never disappoints and tickets definitely were in demand.
Public Radio Renovation
Public Radio Partnership (PRP) is bursting at the seams with content with three local stations, WFPL 89.3 (news), WUOL 90.5 (classical) and WFPK 91.9 (alternative music), and they, literally, are bursting at the seams with all the staff who produce that content. To create more space for all of these talented workers, PRP has enlisted the generosity of the Louisville people to renovate their building. Their on-air fundraiser is going on now, and you can click here to donate. Renovations are expected to last from July 2016 through January 2017.
SuperChef is back!
After his new St. Matthews-area restaurant burned down in January, “SuperChef,” or Darnell Ferguson as we know him, is opening another restaurant on Bardstown Road in July. He has spent these last few months regrouping, appearing on the Rachael Ray cooking and talk show, and meeting his idol, Emeril Lagasse. The newest SuperChef’s will have all the same favorites and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is located at 1702 Bardstown Road, the site of the former Strati Wild Italian.
Joella’s Opens in Middletown
Joella’s Hot Chicken opened a second Louisville location in Middletown on June 1, 2016. Their slogan is the “Bird that Bites Back,” but that hasn’t stopped people from lining up for hours to get their hands on this hot chicken. Their new location is located at 13401 Shelbyville Road, Ste. 101 in Louisville (near the Gene Snyder).
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