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It’s the time of year for tricks and treats, spooky tales and fun costumes. There are many, many events and festivities taking place around town that will help you get in the Halloween spirit! Here are just a few suggestions:
The Louisville Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
The second annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular in Louisville’s Iroquois Park kicked off October 9th, and will continue daily through November 2, 2014. Visitors of all ages “ooh” and “ahh” through the ¼-mile walking trail that is lined with 5,000 artistically carved pumpkins, situated and presented in themed scenes with music. Themes displayed throughout the walk vary from local pride and celebrities, to historical figures and places, to Halloween ghouls and blockbuster movies. The exhibit is open Sunday through Thursday from dusk to 11 p.m. and from dusk until midnight on Friday and Saturday, and all proceeds will benefit the Louisville Metro Parks Foundation. For ticket prices and more information about this spectacular event, visit their website at jackolanternlouisville.com.
The World’s Largest Halloween Party at the Louisville Zoo
Be seen. Not scared. That’s the motto at the “World’s Largest Halloween Party” at the Louisville Zoo. For years, families of all sizes have dressed up in their favorite costumes and headed on to the Louisville Zoo for an evening of magical Halloween. Children, 11 and under, enjoy a night of trick-or-treating through their favorite storybook scenes that have come to life with costumed characters and extravagant decorations. Plus, guests can visit Mumpkin the Giant Talking Pumpkin—a family favorite—and stroll through Pumpkinville and admire the ambiance of hundreds of glowing pumpkins. You are invited to kick off, or wrap up, the evening with a ride on the Spooktacular Carousel and the Warthog Express Train, and enjoy fun crafts, face painting, and many more activities throughout the night as well. This is a time of year when the Louisville Zoo is completely transformed into an enchanted Halloween celebration, complete with some of the Zoo’s late night party animals like the bongos, rhinos, and giraffes.
The Halloween Party begins at 5 p.m. various nights throughout the month of October. For specific dates, more information, and ticket prices visit www.louisvillezoo.org/halloween.
Pumpkin Picking at Huber’s Farm
Pumpkin picking at Huber’s Farm has become a fall family tradition for many. Every year, families of all sizes and ages make the journey to Starlight, Indiana (about a 30 minute drive from Downtown Louisville), to Joe Huber’s Family Farm, to enjoy all the festivities that come along with pumpkin picking season! Halloween isn’t Halloween without pumpkin decorations like Jack-o-Lanterns, or treats like pumpkin pie. At Joe Huber’s Farm, friends and families enjoy a joyous hay ride to the pumpkin fields in search of that perfect pumpkin. Some shopping at the farm market and gift shop, having a home-cooked meal at the restaurant, and enjoying live music, games, and other fall-festive activities will make for one fun and memorable afternoon. For more information visit Huber’s Farm, visit www.joehubers.com.
The Spirit of LaGrange Ghost Tour
For those of you after a spookier Halloween outing, the Spirits of LaGrange Ghost Tour may be more up your alley. Historic downtown LaGrange is full of charm, character, rich history, and even ghosts, some say. Many agree this two-hour candlelit walking tour, which runs Fridays and Saturday evenings in October, is one of the best in the region. Residents and business owners alike, have come to discover a plight of paranormal activity in various spots throughout historic LaGrange. Along the tour, you will explore a number of these places and hear in depth stories of their history and the haunting happenings known to have been taken place there. The tour is $18.00 per person and departs from the Oldham County History Center. For more information, please visit their website.
The majority of us know what it’s like living in the suburbs, but have you ever wanted just a small taste of what life in the city would be like? This weekend is your chance to get a glimpse of downtown Louisville living during the 13th annual Downtown Living Tour. Multiple downtown condos, apartments, and lofts that are currently for sale will be showcased for tourists to explore this Sunday, October 12th, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Downtown Living Tour, held by the Louisville Downtown Partnership (LDP), is open and free to the public, and will include free parking at Louisville Slugger Field. Tour participants are encouraged to check in at Hardscuffle Gallery, at the Fleur de Lis Condos on Main, located at 324 East Main Street, where the tour will begin. Along the route, members of the Louisville downtown Residents Association will be present to share stories and experiences with tour participants and to answer any questions.
In the past decade, the amount of residential properties in downtown Louisville has greatly increased and more have expressed excitement about moving to the city. Attend the Downtown Living Tour and see for yourself what downtown living is all about!
Semonin Realtors® just raised the roof on its 17th Habitat for Humanity home. This year, Semonin partnered up with NTS to provide the substantial funding and volunteers needed for the build. The new home is located on West Muhammad Ali Boulevard in the Russell neighborhood and upon completion will go to new homeowner, Dorothy Webster, a 68-year-old mother of five, grandmother of ten, and great-grandmother of four.
Over the past year, Semonin Realtors® worked to raise funds through payroll and commission deductions, a dessert auction which collected over $12,000, a tailgating event, a bowl-a-thon, and a car wash. All-in-all, these efforts enabled us to contribute more than $35,800 toward the construction of this Habitat build. NTS also added to these funds with a generous donation of $10,000.
Despite a short delay due to weather, Semonin agents and staff successfully raised the roof on Dorothy’s new home, which will be fully completed by Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville in approximately 12 weeks. “Semonin agents and staff take great pride in the communities where we live and work, and this is an important way for us to give back every year,” said Brad DeVries, president and CEO, Semonin Realtors. “This new Habitat home is no exception and it is our distinct pleasure to work as a team with NTS and contribute to such a great cause.”
Semonin has been a devoted supported of Habitat for Humanity since our first build in 1993. Over the years, we have felt so honored to have the opportunity to give back to our community and our neighbors. “Semonin Realtors have sponsored more Habitat homes in Metro Louisville than any other corporation,” said Rob Locke, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville. “The Habitat board, staff and homeowners are deeply grateful for the generous and faithful support of Semonin Realtors to build homes and change lives.”
As you can see from the following pictures, our volunteers had a BLAST during our 17th Habitat build and we are anxious to begin the fundraising for our 18th!
For more pictures, visit our photo album on our Facebook Page!
Matt Kinsey, a former Army sergeant and member of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, and his girlfriend Christina were the recipients of a remodeled house courtesy of Wells Fargo. Matt and Christina received the keys to the house yesterday, enabling them to see it for the first time. Semonin agent Jay Wyzard was instrumental in the process. Matt is most deserving of this fantastic house in New Albany and Semonin is honored to have had a special part in it.
At Semonin Realtors, we strive to lead differently, teach relentlessly, and serve passionately. To be able to give back to those who serve our country is so meaningful to the Semonin family. In further efforts to assist our military moving in or out of the Kentuckiana region, Semonin Realtors participates in the U.S. Military of the Move program to say thank you to all our service men and women. This program allows military active duty, retired (20 years of service) and wounded warriors to earn cash back when they buy or sell a home with Semonin Realtors®.
The Big Four Bridge, which has been a popular attraction for Louisville residents since it opened on February 7, 2013, will finally be accessible from the Indiana side. After several extensive delays, the much anticipated completion is confirmed for April 30, 2014, the same day of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Great Steamboat Race.
The Big Four Bridge connects Louisville, Kentucky with Jeffersonville, Indiana allowing pedestrians and bicyclists to easily enjoy the attractions on both sides of the Ohio River. The opening of the Jeffersonville ramp will give Louisville residents the ability to stroll across the river to enjoy the many great shops and restaurants Historic Downtown Jeffersonville has to offer. On the flip side, those from the Southern Indiana side will be able to easily enjoy Louisville’s esteemed Waterfront Park and many downtown attractions without the hassle of automobile traffic and finding a place to park their car. This recreational bridge is hoped to promote exercise and a larger sense of community among the area’s residents and tourists.
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With every new year comes new ideas and fresh motivation for change or accomplishment. This is the time to take a look at the things on your do-to list that you still haven’t gotten around to do, especially things around the house. If you are a homeowner looking to remodel or simply update your home, make plans to attend the Home Improvement Expo this weekend, January 10 – 12, 2014.
This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday homeowners from all over will come together at the Kentucky International Convention Center to visit with the most knowledgeable and experienced remodeling and building professionals. These experts will showcase the latest innovations and design trends for everything in the home from the smallest of details to the most expansive renovations. The home show will include things in all aspects of the home, inside and out, such as:
- Home automation technology
- Basement finishing
- Sunrooms & Additions
- Windows, doors, and roofs
- Waterproofing & Insulation
…and MUCH more!!
Whether you are in the beginning stages of just considering, or simply wishing for, change around your home, or you have already started some remodeling projects the Home Improvement Expo is the perfect place to find inspiration and learn what it will take to bring your ideas to life.
Tickets to the show are $5 for adults, and admission for children under 18 is free. For more information, directions, and hours click here to visit the official home show website.
This Halloween season, Louisville is hosting its first Jack O’Lantern Spectacular! A section of Iroquois Park will be transformed into a spooky enchantment as more than 5,000 professionally carved pumpkins light up a ¼-mile path. The Jack O’Lanterns will be grouped into themes, each section featuring themed music as well.
Louisville’s Jack O’Lantern Spectacular is based off a popular show that has been held annually in Providence, R.I. The show is hoped to be a successful attraction in the city, one that becomes a family favorite every Halloween.
The event will be held nightly (gates open at 7 p.m.) from October 10 through November 2. Visitors should expect the trail to take about an hour to complete. Tickets are on sale now or purchased at the gate, and all proceeds will benefit the Louisville Metro Parks Foundation and Kosair Charities. For ticket prices and information call (502)363-7766 or visit jackolanternlouisville.com.
You don’t need to wait for a special occasion to take a special outing. A number of unique shows are taking place in Louisville this weekend that you won’t want to miss!
For the Kids!
The Yum Center has transformed into an enchanted winter wonderland as Disney On Ice comes to celebrate 100 years of magic! Audiences of all ages will have be captivated as Disney’s unforgettable stories and charming characters come to life in a way the big screen could never capture. The show features the largest cast of everyone’s favorite Disney Characters, from the traditional Mickey and Minnie Mouse to Buzz Lightyear and Nemo. Disney On Ice incorporates beautiful choreographed figure skating, everyone’s favorite classic Disney songs, and exciting sets, costumes, and special effects.
The show will run through Sunday, September 22. To find more information and purchase tickets visit the KFC Yum Center’s official website.
Romantic Date Night
For those couples or opera lovers who are wanting a night out on the town by themselves this weekend, the classic French opera, La Bohème will take the stage at the Brown Theatre (315 W. Broadway, Louisville, KY). The inspiring story set in early 19th century Paris is about young bohemians who find love while trying to make a living as artists. As one of the top ten performed operas, you will find yourself enthralled with the moments of joy and love, and absorbed in the harsh realities of poverty and sacrifice.
The show runs from Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22. Tickets begin at $34 and can be found on the Kentucky Center website.
Relive an America Classic
The Wizard of Oz has become one of the most treasured and beloved classic in entertainment history. To honor its 75th anniversary, the award-winning will take the big screen again for just one week. However, this time Dorothy and her friends invite you to join in on the journey to Oz in a 3-D IMAX experience! The re-imagined and re-mastered film will make audiences feel as if they can touch the infamous ruby slippers, smell the aroma of the poppy field, and jump right onto the yellow brick road to dance along with Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion.
Movie theaters will only be screening the film from Friday, September 20 through Thursday, September 26, so make your plans now to relive this timeless tale. Residents near Louisville can see the movie at the Stonybrook Theater (2745 S. Hurstborne Parkway, Louisville, KY 40220). Click here to find showtimes and tickets.