Wednesday, April 11, 2018
By JD Dotson
For 27 years, Ben Franklin Crafts in New Albany
has been Southern Indiana’s go-to supply stock
up store for all kinds of crafts persons and artists.
Home to an eclectic mix of gifts and accessories,
frame shop, fabric store, and the largest collection
of art, crafting and scrapbooking supplies, Ben
Franklin’s also makes your Derby ensemble easily
customizable and unique. Their collection of
fascinators and women’s hats range from subtle
and demure to show-stopper and avant-garde.
Hats are ready to go right out of the store, or
for the extra personal touch can be embellished
by a team of designers to match an outfit or a
Ben Franklin Crafts even has every bit, piece
and part, feather, ribbon and sequins, and hat or
fascinator base for the DIY crafter to build their
Ben Franklin’s also did not forget about the guys
and carries a huge selection of handmade local
bowties and pocket squares by local designer Ethan
Thomas. Ethan’s use of pattern and color add a
bit of spring flair to a Derby suit. Top the look off
with one of their straw hats, add a feather in the
band and you are ready to place bets.
Ben Franklin also carries a line of clear and
correctly-sized bags to comply with Churchill
Downs’ regulations, as well as a credit card,
tamper-free wallet to keep your bank account
safe from thieves.
We have picked out a few of our favorites.
PHOTO BY DANNY ALEXANDER
DERBY TROT & SHOP
Join Sarah Jordan of Alpha Media April 14 in New Albany for Derby Trot & Shop powered by Bliss Travel. For just $25 you can sample your favorite wines and beers inside select locations, receive a signature glass and a shopping bag. The party starts at 2 pm in Bicentennial Park. Purchase tickets for the 21 and over event at www.bit.ly/TrotShop
(enter promo code SAVE5).
PSSTTT: SURE, BEN FRANKLIN IN NEW ALBANY IS THE PLACE TO GO FOR ALL THINGS ARTS AND CRAFTS, BUT DID YOU KNOW THEY CARRY A NUMBER OF DERBY ITEMS, INCLUDING HATS THAT THEY’LL DECORATE FOR YOU.
Sarah Jordan looks back and ahead on her career.
Story by Remy Sisk
Photos of Sarah Jordan by Danny Alexander
Styling by Miranda McDonald
Hair and Makeup by Strandz Salon & Threadz Boutique
Clothing courtesy Sapphire on Spring Boutique and Strandz Salon & Threadz Boutique
Photos shot at Double Barrel, 147 E. Main St. in New Albany
If you’ve turned on your car radio at some point in the last decade, you’ve almost certainly heard the bubbly, vivacious voice of Sarah Jordan.
A true radio success story who has gone from intern to on-air personality to marketing director, Jordan has led a genuinely remarkable career, and her winning blend of superb talent and stunning personality makes her one of the community’s most revered public figures.
I first met Sarah when I was an intern at 99.7 DJX in 2011. As I began to work regularly with her, what always struck me most was her nonstop positive energy. She was always fully committed to helping me learn and gave me opportunities that I still credit as being highly impactful to my work today.
Personally, she always carried a contagious shine and lit up the room whenever she walked in. She and I would get overly emotional about reality TV contestants together and talk about the strengths and weaknesses of the latest singles (and fashions) from Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. I learned so much from Sarah, and it’s no surprise to me that she’s risen to the heights that she has.
She’s been in radio for 12 years, and most listeners were first introduced to her when she was the night show host on DJX. When she became a mom, she transitioned to day shifts and worked mornings on 102.3, another of the five stations clustered under Alpha Media Louisville. Now, she’s the marketing director of all five brands, which include 99.7 DJX and 102.3 Jack FM as well as B96.5, Magic 101.3 and G105.1.
Jordan is keen to note that as she has gone from a wife to a first-time mother to now a mom of two, her career has simultaneously grown and developed. “When I was pregnant with my son, I was still doing nights on DJX, and I kept thinking that that was not going to work being a mom, and then I transitioned to doing a daytime shift and that worked better,” she remembers. “And so, as I’ve grown up as a mom, I do feel like my job has matured as I’ve matured – now in this level of management where I am with my two kids versus where I was when I just started having kids and was still a night show host on DJX.”
Regardless of her position, however, her passion for her industry has never faltered: “My favorite thing about radio,” she says, “is that it changes every single day. The landscape is constantly changing, mostly due to social media. Every day, we have to keep up with the latest technology, what’s trending on social media and what’s trending in the music world. So, every day is something different, and that’s my favorite thing about radio because just when you think you’ve figured it out, it changes the next day.”
Off the clock, Jordan spends as much time as she can with her husband as well as her two beautiful children. Currently, the crew resides in Jeffersonville and is actively building a house in Floyds Knobs. “Southern Indiana has always been my home – that’s where I grew up and where I went to high school and now my husband and I have lived here since 2009,” Jordan says. “We decided we wanted to raise our kids in the New Albany Floyd County school system, so we’re building back up in the Knobs now.”
Although Jordan is eminently ingrained in the culture of Louisville, she insists her love for Southern Indiana is strong and indeed emphasizes her appreciation for getting to split her time across the two states. “I like the small-town feel of Southern Indiana – I think it’s because I grew up there that it feels like home to me,” she enthuses. “I love Louisville, I work in Louisville and I probably spend more hours of my days in Louisville, but I like that I can cross the bridge and dance on both sides.”
Although Jordan is always busy – whether at work or at home – no time of the year is more demanding than Derby season, which is rapidly approaching.
Jordan has always relished Derby season and was actually a Derby princess in 2009. But this year, she’s going even further into the whirlwind by serving on the Kentucky Derby Festival board. Her work with the radio stations has her grooving around town already, and being on the board ensures it’ll be hard to find an event she won’t be attending.
But she’s up for the challenge and is sure to not only show up, but show up in style. “Obviously, I’m excited to figure out what to wear to the track because it’s always a task, but at the same time, one of my favorite things is pulling together hats and dresses and jewelry and evening gowns,” she maintains. “There is nothing like it.”
As far as her favorite event of Derby season, Jordan insists she can’t pick just one but does assert that one of the greatest experiences of the week is actually one of the less glamorous: “If you ever have the chance to be on the backside of Churchill Downs during Derby week, watching the sun rise between the Twin Spires and seeing those Derby horses practice for their big two minutes of fame – the sound of the hooves, it’s chilly, it’s damp, the sun’s rising, it is perfect.”
Although visiting the backside in the early morning may be a highlight, Jordan emphasizes that it’s more about the energy of the week than anything else, living through the hum of Derby week and embracing its nonstop excitement.
“When it’s Derby week, there’s a buzz in the city,” says Jordan. “I don’t care if you are walking down Fourth Street Live!, if you are you are at your house, if you hear airplanes flying in the sky or are you’re stepping on to the track. There is a certain energy that is around this entire city, and I think it’s because it knows it is being watched by the entire world for that one week.”
Him Gentleman’s Boutique is a one-stop shop for the fellas
Photos by Matt Simpson
Seeking a one-stop Derby shop? Him
Gentleman’s Boutique, which has locations in
New Albany and Louisville, can fulfill all of your
your Derby and Oaks needs – and more.
This boutique, which specializes in menswear,
carries a variety of lines and designers, including
Johnston and Murphy, Cole Haan, Mizzen &
Main, Ledbury, Tallia, Vineyard Vines, E.F. Meeks,
Stetson, Ray Ban and many more.
Him Gentleman’s Boutique
314 Pearl St.
2352 Frankfort Ave.
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
12-5 p.m. Sunday
The Kentucky Derby Festival includes Southern Indiana, too.
Yes, it’s called the Kentucky Derby Festival, but there are plenty of reasons why those of
us in Southern Indiana should take time to enjoy the festival, too.
HORSESHOE FOUNDATION KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL FAMFEST
4-8 P.M. April 11.
Downtown New Albany (next to the YMCA)
This new family-friendly event includes a special preview of the 2018 Festival, featuring a hot air balloon, inflatables, mini golf and bed races, face painting and more. The first 1,000 attendees receive a custom Pegasus Pin.
KENTUCKY DER BY FESTIVAL FOUNDATION PRO-AM GOLF
TOURNAMENT. Noon Tee Time. Wildwood Country Club. Team entries $2,000.
Individual entries $500. Entries open to the public, includes lunch, golf with local pro,
cocktail reception following tournament and gifts. Contributing Sponsor: KPGA. Media
Sponsor: 1450/96.1 The Big X Sports Radio WXVW. Prize Sponsor: Horseshoe Southern
Indiana. A Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation event. A portion of the entry fee is tax
deductible. Contact Jon Pollock at firstname.lastname@example.org or (502) 572-3833 to register.
Tuesday, April 17
KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL “TASTE OF DERBY FESTIVAL®”. 5:30 PM
– 8 PM. Louisville Slugger Field. Features exquisite fare from over 65 of Louisville’s finest
restaurants and beverage companies. Bourbon tasting, wine tasting and a silent auction.
Tickets $85, available in advance only. Coordinated by Dare to Care Food Bank. All proceeds
to benefit Dare to Care. Sponsor: Brown-Forman Corporation. Media Sponsor: 840 WHAS.
For more information call (502) 966-3821.
Thursday, April 19 – Sunday, April 29
STOCK YARDS BANK KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL $1 MILLION
DOLLAR HOLE-IN-ONE GOLF CONTESTSM. April 19-April 28: 10 AM – 8:30
PM, Closed April 21, April 29: 10 AM – 5 PM, Semi-finals 6 PM. Seneca Golf Course Driving
Range. $1 per shot and free for spectators. April 22: Jr. Day – Under 18 get 2 shots for
$1. April 23: First Responders and Veterans Day get 2 shots for $1. April 24: Ladies Day –
Ladies get 2 shots for $1. April 25: Long Drive Contest 11 AM – 7 PM, 2 shots for $5. Senior
Special Weekdays 10 AM – 2 PM, 62 and up get 2 shots for $1. Grand Prize: $1 million.
First Prize (if no Hole-in-One): $5,000. Sponsor: Stock Yards Bank. Contributing Sponsor:
Louisville Parks & Recreation. Media Sponsors: WLKY TV, 840 WHAS and Insider Louisville.
Friday, April 20
KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL THEY’RE OFF!® LUNCHEON. 11:30 AM.
Galt House East Grand Ballroom. Tickets: $680 Table of 8 or $85 each. Official Kentucky Derby
Festival kick off luncheon. Contributing Sponsors: Fifth Third Bank, Kentucky Blood Center,
and Kentucky Proud. Media Sponsor: Business First. Official Hotel: The Galt House.
Saturday, April 21 – Sunday, April 29
KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL VOLLEY BALL CLASSIC.
One of the country’s largest outdoor volleyball tournaments. Contributing Sponsors: ASICS and Mikasa. Media
Sponsor: 98.9 Radio Now. For more information call The Volleyball Connection/Tandem
Sports (502) 582-3530.
Sand Divisions at Baxter Jacks
April 21 and 22: 9 AM – 9 PM and
April 28 and 29: 9 AM – 9 PM
Grass Divisions at Seneca Park at the Tennis Courts
April 28 and 29: 9 AM – 6 PM
Saturday, April 21
KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONIES: THUNDER
OVER LOUISVILLE®. FoodFest and Ford’s Thunder On the Ground open at 11:00 AM,
Airshow at 3:00 PM, Fireworks at 9:30 PM. Downtown Louisville Riverfront, Waterfront Park,
River Road and Southern Indiana shoreline.
Sponsors: Horseshoe Southern Indiana, LG&E, Meijer, UPS, and Valero, along with Papa
John’s Thunder Funders. Thunder on the Ground Sponsor: Ford Motor Company. Official
Hotel: The Galt House. Official Sound Sponsor: Logan Lavelle Hunt.
All-day live coverage on WLKY TV and 106.9 PLAY. Event programs distributed April 21 by
The Courier-Journal. Featuring the Thunder Chow Wagon at Waterfront Park and the East
River Road Beer Garden. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin. (Open 11AM – 11PM.
NO TENTS, STAKES, TAPE OR PETS.) Meijer Family Fun Zone on the Belvedere. Admission
is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin. (Open 11AM – 11PM. NO TENTS, STAKES, TAPE OR PETS.)
North Great Lawn area opens at 9 AM. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin.
(NO TENTS, STAKES, TAPE OR PETS.)
Sunday, April 22
JUNIOR DAY AT STOCK YARDS BANK KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL
$1 MILLION DOLLAR HOLE-IN-ONE GOLF CONTESTSM. Seneca Golf Course
Driving Range. 10 AM – 8:30 PM (Open Daily through April 29). Under 18 get 2 shots for
$1. Over 18 is $1 per shot. Grand Prize: $1 million. First Prize (if no Hole-in-One): $5,000.
Sponsor: Stock Yards Bank. Contributing Sponsor: Louisville Parks & Recreation. Media
Sponsors: WLKY TV, 840 WHAS and Insider Louisville.
Monday, April 23
FIRST RESPONDERS AND VETERANS DAY AT STOCK YARDS BANK
KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL $1 MILLION DOLLAR HOLE-IN-ONE
GOLF CONTEST. Seneca Golf Course Driving Range. 10 AM – 8:30 PM (Open Daily
through April 29). First Responders and Veterans get 2 shots for $1. Other participants
pay $1 per shot. Grand Prize: $1 million. First Prize (if no Hole-in-One): $5,000. Sponsor:
Stock Yards Bank. Contributing Sponsor: Louisville Parks & Recreation. Supporting Sponsor:
Academy Sports + Outdoors. Media Sponsors: WLKY TV, 840 WHAS and Insider Louisville.
Tuesday, April 24
LADIES DAY AT STOCK YARDS BANK KEN TUCKY DER BY FESTIVAL $1
MILLION DOLLAR HOLE-IN-ONE GOLF CONTEST. Seneca Golf Course
Driving Range. 10 AM – 8:30 PM (Open Daily through April 29). Ladies get 2 shots for $1.
Other participants pay $1 per shot. Grand Prize: $1 million. First Prize (if no Hole-in-One):
$5,000. Sponsor: Stock Yards Bank. Contributing Sponsor: Louisville Parks & Recreation.
Media Sponsors: WLKY TV, 840 WHAS and Insider Louisville.
Wednesday, April 25
LONG DRIVE CONTEST AT STOCK YARDS BANK KENTUCKY DERBY
FESTIVAL $1 MILLION DOLLAR HOLE-IN-ONE GOLF CONTEST.
Seneca Golf Course Driving Range. 11 AM – 7 PM. 2 shots for $5. Sponsor: Stock Yards
Bank. Contributing Sponsor: Louisville Parks & Recreation. Media Sponsors: WLKY TV, 840
WHAS and Insider Louisville.
Thursday, April 26
KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL HEALTH FAIR PRESENTED BY
WELLCARE HEALTH PLANS. 4 PM – 8 PM. NEW LOCATION: Fourth Street Live!
Featuring exhibits, activities and screenings for families that will be educational and
entertaining. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. Sponsor: WellCare Health Plans.
Contributing Sponsors: Bluegrass Pain Consultants, PLLC and KentuckyOne Health. Media
Sponsors: 100.1/103.5 WAKY and Today’s Transitions.
Thursday, April 26 – Friday, April 27
KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL RACE EXPO AND PACKET PICK-UP
PRESENTED BY FLORASTOR. Kentucky Exposition Center West Wing. Two-day
Expo where you can see the latest running gear, get nutritional advice, pre-race running tips
and pick up your race packet for Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon/iMarathon® and PNC
Tour de Lou. Sponsor: Florastor. Official Bourbon: Jim Beam. Media Sponsor: 99.7 DJX.
Thursday: 4 PM – 8 PM. Expo and Packet Pickup.
Friday: 11 AM – 9 PM Expo and Packet Pickup
Thursday, April 26 – Saturday, April 28
U.S. BANK KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL GREAT BALLOONFEST.
Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. Sponsor: U.S. Bank.
Contributing Sponsor: V.G Reed & Sons.
7 AM Launch. U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Charity Race. Bowman Field.
8:30 PM. U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glimmer.
Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. Media Sponsor: Q103.1.
7 AM Launch. U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival
Great Balloon Rush-Hour Race. Bowman Field.
Public entrance off Pee Wee Reese Road.
Media Sponsor: 99.7 DJX.
9 PM. U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow. Kentucky Exposition Center.
Gates open at 6 PM. $8 KEC parking fee. Media Sponsor: 106.9 PLAY. Broadcast special by
WLKY TV on MeTV Louisville 32.2.
7 AM Launch. U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Race®. Bowman Field.
Public entrance off Pee Wee Reese Road. Media Sponsor: 99.7 DJX.
Thursday, April 26 – Friday, May 4
KROGER’S FEST-A-VILLE ON THE WATER FRONT. Open Daily 11 AM
– 11 PM, except Sunday 12 PM – 10 PM. Waterfront Park. ULTIMATE ENTERTAINMENT
EXPERIENCE featuring concerts with national talent, family fun, food, kids’ inflatable
playground, midway rides and more. Happy Hour Weekdays 4-6 PM, $2 beer. Pegasus Play-
Ville Free Rides (kids 12 and under) 4 PM – 6 PM daily, courtesy of AETNA Better Health of
Kentucky. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT
PERMITTED). Sponsor: Kroger. Media Sponsor: The Courier-Journal.
KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL CHOW WAGON® Open Daily 11 AM – 11
PM, except Sunday 12 PM – 10 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. Outdoor food &
live music venue. Sponsors: Kroger and Miller Lite. Featuring the Miller Lite Music Stage.
Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED).
Friday, April 27
KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL NEIGH-MASTE ON THE WATER FRONT.
12 – 1 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront, Great Lawn. Relax and recharge at this
yoga event at the Waterfront. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. (FOOD, DRINK
AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED.)
KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL OHIO VALLEY WRESTLING RUN FOR THE ROPES.
6 PM – 7:30 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront, Great Lawn.
Special meet-and-greet with OVW stars at 5 p.m., followed by six big matches including
a special “all-for-1 one-for all” over the top rope Battle Royal. Admission is free with a
2018 Pegasus Pin®. For more information call (502) 759-7665. Presented by Ohio Valley
Wrestling. (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED.)
KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL DERBY OF THE DEAD PRESENTED
BY LOUISVILLE ZOMBIE WALK. 6 PM – 11:00 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the
Waterfront, Great Lawn. Entertainment by: Nulydedz zombie rockabilly band, sideshow and
fire arts entertainment by Artemisia, local artists & zombie themed wares, zombie car show,
zombie make up demonstration by Team Demon Fabulous from The Devil’s Attic. Admission
is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. For more information visit derbyofthedead.com (FOOD,
DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED.)
MAX FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST LOGAN HEN DER SON AT
WATER FRONT JAM. 8 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. Admission is free
with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. VIP Viewing Tickets $20, online at KDF.org. Media Sponsor: 98.9
Radio Now (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED.)
KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL KEN-DUCKY DERBY. 4 PM – 8PM. Call to the
post 7 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. See the launch of 20,000 ducks into
the Ohio River for a chance to race and compete for prizes. Proceeds benefit Harbor House.
Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. To adopt a duck, visit DuckTruck.org. For
more information go to KDF.org or call (502) 717-0072. Sponsor: Swope Family Dealerships.
Media Sponsor: WLKY TV. (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED.)
KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL DA’VILLE CLASSIC DRUM LINE
SHOWCASE. 5 PM. The Louisville Palace. High school and community drum lines from
Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana showcase their creativity, musicianship, and pageantry. General
Admission Seating is $10. For tickets call, (502) 905-2908. Media Sponsor: B96.5 FM.
KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL FITNESS JAM. 5 PM – 7 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville
on the Waterfront, Great Lawn. Join the best Zumba and U-JAM instructors in the area, wear
comfortable clothes and come burn calories with the fitness craze that is sweeping the
nation! Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. For information call (502) 554-4486
or visit www.kyfitnessparty.com. Sponsor: ELeet Stone Countertops. Media Sponsor: 93.1
The Beat. (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED.)
KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL THESLICE: SPICE, STYLE AND SOUL.
6 PM – 9 PM. The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. Live entertainment and
food tasting. Proceeds benefit charities and assistance programs. Tickets include 2018
Pegasus Pin. $65 in advance, $75 day of event. For tickets call (502) 584-4602, visit
TheSliceofLouisville.org or purchase at Kentucky Center for African American Heritage,
Better Days Records at Lyles Mall or JAM BUSTERS at 4906 Poplar level Road. Media
Sponsor: MAGIC 101.3.
BELTERRA CASINO RESORT CONCERT FEATURING TYLER FARR
WITH SPECIAL GUEST MITCHELL TENPENNY. 8 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville
on the Waterfront. Waterfront Jam concert featuring a salute to Veterans and Active Duty
Military. Free admission for Veterans and Active Military all day. General Admission is free
with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. VIP Viewing Tickets $20, online at KDF.org. Sponsor: Belterra
Casino Resort. Media Sponsor: 97.5 WAMZ (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED.)
Sunday, April 29
PNC KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL TOUR de LOU. Staggered start based
on distance: 62.1 Metric Century – 8:30 AM, 35-mile ride – 8:40 AM, 20-mile ride – 8:50
AM. Open course Cycling event with three distances for beginners to experienced cyclists.
Start and finish near Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville at Waterfront Park. Entry fees and registration
info at KDF.org. Sponsor: PNC. Official Safety Sponsor: AAA East Central. Contributing
Sponsors: Baptist Health Sports Medicine, Louisville Marriott Downtown, and Scheller’s
Fitness & Cycling. Media Sponsors: 102.3 Jack FM and The Courier-Journal. Supporting
Sponsors: Louisville Bicycle Club and Louisville Water Company.
MAYOR’S DERBY BRUNCH ON THE RIVER . 11 AM-1:30 PM. Riverside, the
Farnsley-Moremen Landing. A festive brunch featuring a traditional Kentucky breakfast,
music, and tours of the property including the Moremen Family Chapel. Tickets $100 or $750
for Table of 8. For tickets or information call (502) 935-6809 or Riverside-Landing.org.
KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL “V FOUNDATION” CELEBRITY BOCCE
TOURNAMENT. 12 – 4 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront, Great Lawn. Have
fun and play bocce with celebrities for a great cause at the Waterfront. For registration
information contact JohnS@ESPNLouisville.com. Admission for spectators is free with
a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. Sponsor: Money Concepts (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT
THE CHILDREN’S TEA WITH THE KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL
PRINCESSES PRESENTED BY BIGELOW TEA. 1 PM – 4 PM. Crowne Plaza,
Louisville Airport. Children ages 4 and up invited to meet the Kentucky Derby Festival Queen
and Princesses. Tickets $35 each. Reservation required. Purchase tickets online at www.
thefillies.org. Sponsor: Bigelow Tea. Produced by: The Fillies, Inc. For more information
contact Cindy Lewandowski at 502-295-1740 or email@example.com
KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL YMCA HEALTHY KIDS DAY® PRESENTED
BY HUMANA AND NORTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. 1 – 4 PM. Free,
family friendly fitness event on the North Great Lawn at Waterfront Park inside Kroger’s
Fest-a-Ville. Features interactive activities, community vendors, inflatables, group exercise
classes and the miniFun Run. For kids ages 3 and older, plus adults. Coordinated by YMCA
of Greater Louisville. Sponsors: Humana and Norton Children’s Hospital. Media Sponsors:
B96.5 FM. For more information visit YMCALouisville.org or call 502-587-9622. (FOOD,
DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED.)
PASSPORT KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL GOSPELFEST. 3 PM – 6 PM.
Gospel Choir Showcase. NEW LOCATION: St. Stephen Church Louisville. Admission is free
with a 2018 Pegasus Pin©. Sponsor: Passport. Contributing Sponsors: Hosparus Health
and Kentucky Department of Tourism. Media Sponsors: B96.5 FM and WLOU 104.7 FM.
For more events and information, go to KDF.org.
June 30 • Churchill Downs in Louisville
German American hosted a group of young professionals from Southern Indiana for the June
30 night racing event at Churchill Downs. The theme that night was “Downs After Dark Does the Decades.” Guests enjoyed a delicious, complimentary buffet and drinks while watching from a luxury Jockey Club Suite with a private balcony.
Photos by Christian Watson
THE FIRST TIME I attended the Kentucky Derby was in 2001, a year before I moved from Michigan to Louisville. For the first time in my life, I donned a hat that wasn’t a ball cap or winter beanie and enjoyed the hoopla, but it wasn’t until I saw the now-late actor James Avery — who was best known as Uncle Phil from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” starring Will Smith — seated at a table near where I walked that I realized whatever this was, it must be kind of a big deal.
Several years later, I worked as the entertainment columnist for The Courier-Journal and soon was also hired by Churchill Downs Racetrack to interview celebrities on the red carpet on Derby Day.
The week leading up to the first Saturday in May was hellacious (in terms of workload), amazing (thanks to the people I worked with and for) and awe-inspiring, because no matter how many celebrities came to town or how many parties I covered, I fell in love with the spell that seemed to have been cast over the community for that brief time and occurred at the same time year after year. I also quickly saw that the real stars are locals who go out of their way to ensure everyone, whether from near or far, feels like they’re part of something special during Derbytime.
My job, back then, was to dish about the glitz and glamour, and the occasional mishap.
[For the record: Hugh Hefner was always very kind and sweet, though one of the gals from his former trio of girlfriends was most definitely not; Adrian Grenier of “Entourage” fame was, let’s just say, one of my least favorite interviews ever; Brooke Shields is as beautiful inside as she is out; Martha Stewart is hilarious…and imposing; Bill Belichick does smile; both Rick Pitino and John Calipari are a lot of fun but definitely remain on your toes when they’re in the vicinity; Travis Tritt should be given a key to the City of Louisville, as should Joey Fatone formerly of *NSYNC; Danica Patrick is fierce and fun; Darryl McDaniels of Run-D.M.C. treats people like they matter; so does Diane Lane, who starred in “Secretariat,” and happily took a pic of partygoers at Churchill Downs when I watched in awe as they didn’t recognize the acclaimed actress but instead asked her to take a photograph, which she did; and the first year Louisville’s own Larry Birkhead was invited to attend the Barnstable Brown Gala as a guest, he received the loudest applause from onlookers and has remained an oft-silent but incredible father to his daughter, Dannielynn (her mama is the late Anna Nicole Smith) and is as good of a person to those around him as he has been philanthropically (and quietly) to our Louisville and Southern Indiana community.]
As fun and interesting as the glitz and glamour was, year after year, I always left the track by myself – utterly exhausted – before the Running of the Roses and would drive to a neighborhood bar to watch the Kentucky Derby with those who made Derbytime so special: those who live here year-round and love our community regardless of the season. Sometimes, I’d drink a beer at the bar surrounded by a throng of individuals. Other times, I sat by myself as torrential rains poured outside and the staff and I watched the race in near silence.
Then, on Sunday, I’d meet up with friends and enjoy brunch, a Bloody Mary or two and rehash the past week before heading to bed well before the sun went down.
Times have changed, for me at least.
I’m married now, my professional obligations are different and I have a daughter who isn’t yet old enough to understand what it means to Do Derby.
This year, I’m going to emcee the Boys & Girls Haven Oaks Day Brunch – featuring Linkin Bridge – with my husband and our daughter, Olive, in tow. After that, we’ll most likely return to our home in New Albany and, weather permitting, do yard work and enjoy the day until watching the Kentucky Oaks on TV. The following morning, we’ll probably get up, eat breakfast, maybe attend a Derby party for a bit, watch the race on TV, and then rise on Sunday morning, gather together for brunch and prepare for the week ahead.
This is how we — it’s no longer just about me — do Derby SoIN style, at least in 2017. Here’s to a winning Derby season, no matter how you spend it.
Editor in Chief
The exterior of a two-story corner building of a street in New Orleans, which is named Elysian Fields and runs between the L&N tracks and the river. The section is poor but, unlike corresponding sections in other American cities, it has a raffish charm.
So begins “A Streetcar Named Desire,” the 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tennessee Williams.
Seventy years later at the exact address of Stella and Stanley Kowalski is where a New Orleans adventure begins for me. A Bicycle Named Desire and I.J. Reilly’s Knick Knack and Curiosities now occupy the house at 632 Elysian Fields and is home to bike rentals and tours and a menagerie of locally-made art and products.
In addition to the beach cruiser that I rented to take me all over the city, the shop rents tandem bikes, children’s bikes and baby seats, and outfits riders with maps, bike routes, helmets, locks, a wire basket, lights and a bell. I am well-equipped and ready to explore this amazing city, home of Bourbon Street, birthplace of jazz, and my escape from the Kentucky Derby: the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
I am trading in one track this year for another, as Jazz Fest is held around the track at the New Orleans Fairgrounds just minutes outside the French Quarter. Jazz Fest is two music-filled weekends beginning April 28 and lasting through May 7. New Orleans is host to every music lover’s dream with local musicians and internationally-renowned artists in jazz, rock, blues, zydeco, gospel, blues, R&B, latin, folk, Caribbean and Cuban music. This years lineup includes Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, Maroon 5, Lorde, Snoop Dogg, Earth, Wind and Fire, Patti Labelle, the Dirty Dozen brass band, the New Orleans Classic R&B review and hundreds of other artists. in addition to music, Jazz Fest brings together local handmade artists and craftspeople, the Congo Square African Marketplace, Cultural Exchange Pavilion welcoming Cuba to Jazz Fest
and amazing new orleans, Cuban and African Food.
There is a Jazz Fest App that allows you to personalize your experience. There is parking on-site, but the best way to get to and from the fairgrounds is by Uber or bicycle.
Tickets are $70 a day in advance/$80 at the gate and more information can be found on the website, www.nojazzfest.com
Attempting to guide someone to the charms of New Orleans would take volumes. This city is an explorer’s heaven and, luckily, she never sleeps. I have been in love since my first visit in college over 25 years ago. It’s the place I had chargrilled oysters for the first time, got a taste for deliciously nutty chicory coffee, saw my first drag show in a bar in the quarter and still as often as I go back, new experiences arise in the Crescent City.
New Orleans is one of the best places in the country to be a tourist, and tours present themselves at every turn, whether you’re into ghosts and vampires, architecture, history, pirates and plantations or swamps. The food is unique to the area, spicy cajun alligator or crawfish served in famous restaurants as well as some of the most delicious po-boys in the back of a tiny convenient store. Some of my favorite spots are not on any tourist map and some I have happened upon by accident.
It is tradition with my group of friends, after picking up the bikes, to make our first stop Organic Banana in the French Market. You will come across many a boozy, slushy-selling bar in the French Quarter, but once you have a Flaming Monkey from the Organic Banana, you will swear off the cheap imitations. The Flaming Monkey is 151 Bacardi, Irish Cream, banana and coconut cream. Non-alcoholic smoothies are available as well but all drinks are made with real, organic fruits and juices, and since we are on bikes, virgins all around this visit.
French Market 1100 N Peters St. #27
The past couple of years has seen the opening of Crescent Park and the Lafitte Greenway, as well as dedicated bicycle paths throughout the city. We rode our bikes through the quarter, into the Marigny, past Cake Cafe, home of a delicious king cake and site of my oﬃcial engagement and into the bywater, to the entrance of the Crescent Park. The 20 acre urban linear park along the banks of the river offers spectacular views of the city, public art, native landscaping and pedestrian and bike paths. The Lafitte Greenway begins just at the edge of the quarter and is over two miles of paved path along the city’s most historic transportation corridors. Originally people traveled by canal, then train and now tree lined bike and pedestrian paths all lead to City Park. Biking is definitely the easiest way to get to Jazz Fest. There is bicycle parking with overnight security in case we need to leave bicycles. With our Jazz Fest route secure, brunch is our next top priority.
Sometimes it is hard finding something everyone can agree on for food. St. roch Market is a southern food hall and craft cocktail bar with history as a market going back to 1838. After falling in disrepair sitting empty for years following Katrina, the market has returned as a multi-vendor market and bar. Street food, coffee shop, pastries and juice bar, Haitian, Mexican and Japanese, oyster bar, organic vegetarian and southern barbecue all under one roof, we were sure to spend an hour making a decision, and surely find something for everyone. I found my brunch at Juice nola. My avocado toast was semolina bread, mashed avocado, lemon juice, sea salt, chili flakes, egg and cherry tomato to start. I finished my meal off with the Morning bowl of quinoa, black beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado, pumpkin seeds, cotija cheese, a sunny side up egg and avocado dressing. I apparently had pedaled up quite an appetite.
ST ROCH MARKET
2381 St. Claude Ave 504-609-3813
The French Quarter is definitely a must see, though it can be tricky to navigate through crowds of people and cars by bike. We like to stick to exploring neighborhoods on two wheels and the quarter by foot. The Marigny and bywater offer breathtaking public murals, Dr. bob’s Art gallery, famous for the tag line “BE NICE OR LEAVE”, and haunting X-codes or Katrina “crosses” still on some houses and buildings in spray paint and some turned into iron sculptures. The crosses identified rescue workers, time and date and survivors or the dead. the grand houses of the garden District and restaurants and shops along Magazine Street, through neighborhoods and parks, exploring in the big Easy is a feast for the eyes. You could wait in an hour long line for beignets and chicory coffee at Cafe Du Monde in the quarter, but my exploring in the found a great coffee shop without the wait. I am an admitted fan of chicory coffee, and so glad I can pick up a can at Kroger at home, but Hi Volt Coffee in the lower garden District has me hooked. they have a Cola Cocktail on the menu. Mexican Coke, shot of espresso and vanilla over ice gives me just the sugary, caffeinated jolt of energy we need to get us back to the quarter before dark.
HI VOLT COFFEE
1829 Sophie Wright Place
We lock up the bikes and hoof it through the quarter stopping to look at wigs at Fifi Mahoney’s, stumble upon a vampire themed gift shop, peruse the artists at the Second Line Art and Antiques and end up at Lafitte’s blacksmith Shop. Lafitte’s was built between 1722 and 1732 and is reputed to be the oldest structure used as a bar in the united States. The bar feels old, mainly lit by candle light, dark and crumbling, mysterious with the spirits of murderous pirates perhaps. The only non three hundred year old thing in the bar is the purple drink, one of the only other acceptable boozy slushies in the quarter. I used to down my drink when the group is ready to go, forgetting that in new orleans, everything is in a to go cup, and downing purple slushy leads to brain freeze, but this time, slushy in hand we head back home to our hostess for some sage advice for Derby escapees coming to Jazz Fest.
LAFITTE’S BLACKSMITH SHOP
941 Bourbon St.
Our amazing hostess and friend, Kim Smith was put on the spot as I asked her some questions about a trip to New Orleans for Jazz Fest.
Q. What is your number one tip for anyone visiting for Jazz Fest?
A. Most people don’t realize Jazz Fest ends at 7pm at night so attendees can get out into the city and see jazz in clubs and music venues. You get to see music up close in some of the same places jazz was born. Also bike to Jazz Fest.
Q. What is the best tourist spot that should be on everyones list?
A. Just wander around the French Quarter, Jackson Square artists, ghost tours. Avoid Bourbon Street. If it’s your first time, you should go to Bourbon Street, but only for an hour or so then explore the streets around it. Also the swamp tours are pretty amazing, where else can you see hundreds of alligators swimming around?
Q. Best non-tourist spot in town?
A. Anything not in the Quarter. Frenchman Street, biking along the levee, Bacchanal in the Bywater, City Park.
Q.The number one thing as a tourist one should NEVER do?
A. Drink a hand grenade, spend all your visit on Bourbon Street, stand in line for beignets, refer to New Orleans as N’Awlins.
Q. Best cocktail in town?
A. Cane and Table has an amazing tiki inspired cocktail list and Victory Bar in the CBD makes a spicy drink called So Pho-cking Good and it is! Our trip to New Orlean for Jazz Fest is sure to end on a cheerier note than A Streetcar Named Desire. While we will miss the fun and festive atmosphere of home around Derby-time, the charms and music of this southern city will keep us happily entertained.
To the medley area that encompasses Kentuckiana, The Kentucky Derby is one of the biggest days of the year. It doesn’t matter if Seabiscuit is your All-Time favorite movie, or if you would really rather not deal with the traffic, there’s no avoiding the festivities and commotion once April hits and the road to Derby has commenced, paving its way to the glory of the track. So, we sent JD Dotson and Grant Vance on a road trip to find out how those who work and/or live in Southern Indiana celebrate the big day. This is just a sample of how our fellow citizens are doing Derby SOIN style this year.
Craig Nance, New Albany
I am a horseracing hobbyist; not an expert or trained professional. I don’t like to give betting advice, and please don’t interpret this as such. This should be read as an uninspiring story about a young boy of 17 that placed a $12 bet that paid $2,000, and who was forever a fan of the ponies after that point. One who cannot resist the allure of the next brilliant bet and big cash (still waiting).
Admittedly, I probably lose more than I win, but I continuously come back to overanalyze the program and hold my breath while my horse gets nosed out at the finish line. I primarily play the ponies for the thrill of outsmarting the rest of the betters, but I also love the history and greatness of horse racing, the atmosphere at the track, the adrenaline of the cheering fans, power of the thoroughbreds, breaking out the seersucker and sipping on a few too many mint juleps.
I tend to dream a little too big and over play the longshots but only because this, again, is just a hobby and where is the fun in playing the chalk?
There is no better day than the first Saturday in May to dream big, overanalyze the program, and look damn good in your seersucker while cashing your first exacta for three times what it would pay on a normal Saturday. What makes the Kentucky Derby such a great day for betting is the inflated pots due to the thousands of tourists, drunk infielders, celebs, hobbyists with inflated expectations (like me), and millions of casual off-track and online bettors adding to the fat Derby Day pots. Look up pari-mutuel betting if you don’t understand how it works.
I usually spend the days leading up to the Derby watching the Derby prep races online to get a feel for the contenders (available at www.kentuckyderby.com at no cost). I don’t need to watch these to pick out the favorites, but I try to find the bridesmaid that looked like she just had a bad rehearsal (bad start or wild trip), didn’t seem to like how her dress fit (track/weather conditions), looks her best after a long day of pampering (conditioning with each race) or caught the bouquet toss (next time a bride). You can also get this information from the program, but sometimes seeing is believing.
I rarely bet the win, place or show bets, even though you can get some great odds on Derby day. I prefer the exotics and searching for the big cash. Most races consist of a large trifecta and a couple exactas to back it up. I try to take on partners when I want to bet bigger and go for the pick six or a superfecta. I prefer to use an alternative to boxing my bets when I play trifectas and superfectas, which is called a part wheel. This type of bet allows me to pick different quantities of horses to come in specific finish positions (i.e. 3,7/3,7,5/3,7,5,4,9). I will put my favorites picks on top, consider plugging others betting favorites in the place position to be safe, and oftentimes add longshots to the show position for the unknown.
My analysis of the program usually starts with looking at every horse without paying attention to odds. I look mostly at past performances and a multitude of factors, including but limited to race quality, track conditions, splits, finish, distance, speed figures, etc. Once I narrow it down to a handful, I rank them and consider other factors like jockey, trends, breeding, layoffs, track condition, etc. Then I factor in odds and look for value. I usually throw out any extreme chalk unless it seems inevitable. I land on a couple personal favorites and tailor my bets to maximize my return on those select few while giving myself some outs in case I completely miss judge the field.
Top riders usually matter but they are all (top riders) in the Derby. Good trainers help, but they all did their job to get their horse here. Breeding sometimes matters, but I just don’t have the time to follow it that closely. Grey horses have a certain mystic, but I don’t think that really matters either. Speed figures are a good basis for easy analysis, and tip sheets are useful but you need to find the right ones. When all else fails or you have had too many mint juleps, horse names might just be the best approach.
Josh Premuda, Jasper
This is my first year going (to the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs). We’re renting a charter party bus. It’s like 30 bucks a person. They’re picking us up, and I want to say there’s close to 30 of us going. We’re going to get dressed up. My wife is a photographer, so I think she is going to try do some of our own Derby staging photos, before we all get too many mint juleps in us. Going to spend the day and come back, really. I want to go to the Oaks, I’ve heard that’s more fun, but I doubt we’ll go. I’m a big check-it-off my list kind of person. You have to do it one time and have a good time doing it. No $1,000 mint julep for me, though. Don’t you get a cup or something? I’d love for my bar. (Maybe if I) win big I’ll do it.
Rose Glasser, Louisville
Either the day before Derby, or an hour before Derby starts, I regret that I haven’t been doing anything for Derby, so I hurriedly find my friends and go hang out at their place. My friends have a place that’s walking distance from Churchill. My favorite time is just celebrating each other, but my favorite couple years — we’re actually a group of swing dancers — and for a couple years, we occasionally bust out, and it stops being us spectating them(passersby) and them spectating us. And, most of the time, you could hear their music going by, so it would depend on their music. The common thing is that girls would have heels in their hands walking. My friend started offering hospital booties, and it was hilarious. … He would have to convince (people) to put them on their feet.
Marsella Congleton (pictured with her husband, Keith), Corydon
We just have another couple in and – no money exchange – and we each pick a horse. We always watch it on TV, but we’ve never been. I pick my horse by the way he looks – the stout one! – and I’ve been pretty successful.
Well, I tell you what, we have people from (Jasper) that go up there (to Derby). We had a guy who owns the print shop the other year rent a limo, brought his party in here (to the Schnitzelbank Restaurant), drove up there and as soon as the Derby was over, they came back down here for dinner. We usually all work on Derby. It’s busy, busy. I have some friends from Kansas City (in Missouri) who come here and stay in our town because they don’t want to deal with the camaraderie and everything that’s going on in Louisville. You can’t get a hotel half the time. So, they stay here. They usually come the Tuesday before Derby, go up Thursday for Oaks, and stay until after Derby.
Travis Cheatham, Ferdinand
We used to go to Derby all the time. We’d get a rental van and a bunch of us would go, and then, now we just do it at the house, and we’ll put out banners and flags of horses, and just do our own bets and stuff. Just to avoid the crowd. Winning big (is my favorite part). Getting the tickets and changing your mind last second, being the winner. I’ve won a little over $200 before (on a) trifecta.
Kenneth Keller , Ferdinand
We have a Derby party at my parents’ house every five years. There’s usually about 50 people there. We do all kinds of decorations and stuff, but out thing is every year we do a stick-horse race, like a backyard derby. And the stick horse gets wreathed with roses and get some kinda prize for being the fastest runner. It’s really funny to watch people do it.
Donna Wilson, Corydon
I’m going to Derby and I usually go to Derby parties at a friend’s house. This year I’m going to Oaks and I’m going with my sisters and sisters-in-law. We’re in a box, getting a ride – dropped off and picked up – and going to a nice dinner afterwards. Everyone will have hats. Derby day, I’m going to a Derby party at my friend’s. We do fun “friends betting.” But If I’m at the track, I definitely bet at the track, and I pick the horses by their names. Our Derby party isn’t themed or anything, just standard food and, of course, Juleps.
(At Emery’s Premium Ice Cream), we have our Derby flavor, bourbon pecan pie. We’re open on Derby, so we don’t go to actually celebrate Derby, but you know we’re in (slinging some Derby Pecan Pie). It’s a bourbon cream with chocolate and pecans, so it’s very similar to a Derby pie, but with a bourbon base. I’ve been to Oaks 10 times; haven’t stepped foot in the Derby once. I’ve worked here 10 years, so I definitely haven’t been since. Boss would know if I called in, it’s just me and him.
Lee Webster, Jasper
I usually watch the Derby at home and pool bets if we have enough people. I used to go but not anymore. Now, it’s just a fun day with friends and food… I love the hats; wish I had a place to wear it.
Amanda Bennet, Selvin
I used to go to Ellis Park (in Henderson, Ky.) for the horse races, dollar beer and dollar hot dogs. That was big when (all of my friends and I) were 21. We would go around Derby, especially. But I haven’t been in five years.
Dolores Dotson, Lanesville
Yard sale day (is an annual event on Derby in Lanesville). I’ve done it almost 20 years. Has it been that long? I guess it’s been 20 years. All of Lanesville! It’s pretty big. We used to watch the Derby after and everyone would put five bucks in a jar and pick a name, but everybody is too pooped now. We’re all getting older, and we all just go home and watch it.
Tara Smith, New Albany
It’s my mom and sister’s birthday, so we typically have people over, watch the race, bet money and have a cookout with a big cake with roses. And, of course, we dance and have a great time doing so.