April Fools Day was no joke around here — it was the first day of Spring Break and Louisville was itching to get out of the cold and wet weather and head south to the beach. The route south down I-65 was jam packed with Jefferson County plates and cars with toppers. We all enjoyed the immense traffic and construction throughout Tennessee and Alabama together, and with the aid of our WAZE apps on our phones, we made it down safely. After a week off, when Louisville seemed so desolate that even the traffic reporters were bored, we all returned home, ready to face another Derby Season.
While we were gone, retailers and restaurateurs have been working furiously to get ready for spring. Inventory overfloweth at all the local shops, restaurants are getting ready for lots of new guests, and patios are being dusted off and readied for spring dining.
Time to usher in May already! Here are some of the headlines you may have missed this month:
StyleBlueprint’s Fifth Birthday
StyleBlueprint celebrated its fifth birthday on April 13 at Digs’ new indoor showroom, located in Chenoweth Square adjacent to their original store. Guests dined on appetizers from The Cheddar Box and on a delectable five-layer chocolate cake from Cake Flour while perusing all the new furniture to covet at Digs. We would like to thank everyone who joined us that night and all of our readers and Cheers to five great years! Read a retrospective of our five years here. Check out our photo gallery from this event here.
Shopping, Shopping and More Shopping
Every shopping center in Louisville had their night to show off all of their Derby fashions. The week of April 11 alone, there was the Chenoweth Square Derby Trot, open houses with the Lexington Road Shoppes, Westport Village Shopping night and many, many more. Everyone sipped wine, ate appetizers and shopped, all the while planning their Derby outfits.
Thunder Over Louisville
For the first year ever (!), the Louisville Orchestra provided the soundtrack to Thunder Over Louisville, with Teddy Abrams directing. It was a rousing success and left many Louisvillians wondering why that had never been done before. Thunder day had near perfect weather at about 75 degrees and sunny all day long. There were record crowds of over 700,000 people and rumors of many people not making it home until 1:30 a.m. due to traffic. Worth it though!
For the fourth year in a row, KMAC Museum presented to the Louisville community its annual couture runway show with wearable art. Nearly 50 models walked the runway, which was set up in the middle of Main Street on Saturday, April 16. Designers, art students and artists wowed the crowd with everything from a dress made of garbage bags to one constructed of Scrabble game boards. Guests look forward to seeing all the amazing creativity every year. Check out our photo gallery of this event here.
Holiday Manor Kroger Closed
When a major food source closes to renovate for a full six months, general panic ensues (especially by yours truly). Other Krogers are scrambling to welcome the influx of many lost and scared customers, even posting signs and guides at the front of their stores. It’s going to be a long six months.
Mayor’s Give a Day
For five years, Give a Day has been a great way for locals to do service for those in need, and this year is no different. This year’s Give a Day brought more than 175,000 volunteers, who donated and provided acts of service and compassion for one week. Check out the Give a Day Facebook page to see all the good that’s happening in our city. It is inspirational!
Prince, a Remembrance
News of Prince’s death hit Louisvillians hard, as he was just here for not one, not two, not three, but FOUR shows in March 2015. Right after news broke of his passing, public radio station WFPK 91.9 started playing Prince non-stop for the rest of the day, allowing many of us to enjoy walking down memory lane, driving our little red Corvettes, partying like it’s 1999, wearing our raspberry berets … okay, we’ll stop there. Later, it was reported that the iconic artist had given a secret donation of $12,000 to Louisville’s historic Western Branch Library in 2001 — this made us even a bit more wistful. RIP, Prince!
Louisville Names New Baby Gorilla
Louisvillians were shaken by the tragic news that one of the Louisville Zoo’s gorillas, Mia Moja, died during childbirth a month ago. Louisville physicians were brought in to handle the emergency cesarean procedure, and the baby, named Kindi, lived. “Kindi” is the Swahili word for “squirrel,” as well as mom Mia Moja’s nickname with the keepers. We all look forward to watching Kindi grow up with us.
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