Week in the Highlands mega-event includes festivals, fundraisers and Big Rock Jazz Fest
The Week in the Higlands 2012 event Oct. 6 through Oct. 14 is actually a conglomeration of events organized under an umbrella partnership of Highlands’ neighborhoods and organizations.
The Highlands Cup 5K Run/Walk for Highlands Community Ministries (HCM), Highlands-Douglass Big Rock Jazz & Blues Fest, Empty Bowls, Belknap Fall Festival and the Farmington Harvest Festival have combined efforts to create one of Louisville’s official Metrofest outdoor events again for 2012.
As is the style in Louisville these days – since everyone can’t squeeze in everything they want to do – the event has a pre-event.
Here’s the synopsis from event coordinator John Chamberlain, starting with the “pre-event”:
- HCM Fund Day, will support Highlands Community Ministries, an ecumenical program serving 24 churches in the Highlands and area residents with a number of programs and services, at O’Shea’s Irish Pub, 956 Baxter Ave. The restaurant will donate 100 percent of the day’s proceeds to HCM community services 11 a.m. – midnight, Oct. 1.
- The official start of Week in the Higlands is 8 a.m., Sat. Oct.6, with the Highlands Cup 5K Run/Walk. The race follows a course down Douglass Boulevard into the Big Rock area of Cherokee Park, winding through the historic Highlands-Douglass neighborhood. This event is followed by a pancake breakfast at Douglass Boulevard Christian Church with the proceeds of both benefiting HCM.
- The Highlands-Douglass Big Rock Jazz & Blues Fest, 2 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7 will be held in the Big Rock area of Cherokee Park. Presented by the Highlands-Douglass Neighborhood, the outdoor concert features Miss Lissa & Company, Dick Sisto with Steve Allee, and the headliner Don Braden with Harry Pickens, Jonathan Higgins and Tyrone Wheeler. Food and BBC beer are served by O’Shea’s. Admission is free. TARC trolley will provide shuttle service from the parking lots at Adath Jeshurun Temple, Douglass Blvd. and Ellerbe Ave.
- Empty Bowls, a fund raiser for the HCMs’ Individual and Family Assistance Program combines art and a soup supper, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, at Frazier Hall, Bellarmine University. Soups from area restaurants can be combined with original bowls created by area potters and artists for a $25 donation or $10 for food alone. The event also includes a silent auction for arts, antiques and baskets.
- The 18th Belknap Fall Festival will be presented by Perelmuter & Goldberg Orthodontics and the Belknap Neighborhood Association on October 12 and 13 in the historic Douglass Loop area off Bardstown Rd. on Dundee and Harvard Drive. Live music and food services will be featured from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday evening. On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., over 100 exhibitors of juried arts and crafts, family fun, and educational exhibits including live music and strolling entertainers. Bands performing include The Hardware Project and Earbone on Friday night and Relic, Alabama Brown, Satchel’s Pawnshop, Little T & A and a the Deloreans on Saturday. Admission is free.
- The 11th Farmington Harvest Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Farmington Historic Plantation, 3033 Bardstown Rd., features live music; eats from Louisville Food Trucks; farmers and local artists markets, Comfy Cow Ice Cream, Confederate and Union battle reenactments; a petting zoo and pony rides; family activities; and free tours of the historic 1816 mansion and hemp plantation. Admission is $5 per vehicle and per family for walkers and bike riders. More event details at www.historichomes.org.
Here’s the whole thing in calendar form:
Monday, October 1
Monday Fund Day, Pre-Week Event to Support HCM – Percentage of proceeds go to support HCM programs, 11 a.m. to midnight, O’Shea’s, 956 Baxter Ave, 589-7373
Saturday, October 6
Highlands Cup 5K Run/Walk to Benefit Highlands Community Ministries – 8:00 a.m. – $25
Packet pick up and late registration – parking lot of Douglass Boulevard Christian Church
Start and finish line – Douglass Blvd. Christian Church to scenic Big Rock in Cherokee Park and return
Pancake Breakfast to Benefit HCM, Douglass Boulevard Christian Church Gym – 8:30 a.m.
Contact: Troy Burden at HCM – (502) 451-3695
Sunday, October 7
Highlands-Douglass Big Rock Jazz & Blues Fest – 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Big Rock Area of Cherokee Park, Live Music, jazz and blues
Contact: Keith Clements – (502) 451- 6872
Thursday, October 11
Empty Bowls, Bellarmine University – Frazier Hall – 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
$25 for meal and potter’s bowl / $10 meal only /$5 for children age 12 and under to benefit HCM Individual and Family Assistance Program, includes silent auction
Contact: Troy Burden at HCM – (502) 451-3695
Friday, October 12
Belknap Festival Eve – 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Food, Beer Garden and Live Music
Saturday, October 13
18th Belknap Fall Festival – 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (rain or shine) – Free
Historic Douglass Loop off 2200 Block Bardstown Rd. – Dundee Rd, Harvard Dr, & Yale Dr / Wibben Ave. Featuring 100 booths of Juried Arts & Crafts, Family Fun, Educational Area, Food, Beer Garden and Live Music
Sunday, October 14
11th Farmington Harvest Festival – 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
3033 Bardstown Rd. Live music, food, historical reenactments, family activities and free tours at Louisville’s historic 1816 mansion and hemp plantation. Admission: $5 per vehicle and per family for walkers and bike riders. Contact: Diane Carman-Young – (502) 452-9920
The Fine Print: More than 50 corporations, agencies and organizations are sponsoring the 2012 Week in the Highlands, including Bellarmine University, Tom Drexler Plumbing, Highland Roofing, Metro Louisville – 8th District Councilman Tom Owen, , O’Shea’s on Baxter/Patrick O’Shea’s, Park Community CU, River City Bank, ValuMarket, and Louisville Public Media. Other event sponsors include Aebersold Jazz, Renewal by Anderson, Anheuser-Busch, Bardstown Road Presybyterian Church, BBC, Breland Realty, Brown-Forman, , Belknap, Cherokee Triangle, Deer Park, Highlands-Douglass Neighborhood Associations, Comedy Caravan, Door Store & Windows, Doo Wop Shop, Dundee Tavern, Edward Jones, Fleet Feet Sports, Galt House, Heine Bros. Coffee, Highlands Kroger, Just Money Financial Advisors, Kentuckiana Blues Society, Kroger, KT’s, Lakeside Swim Club, Langsford Center, Loop Barber Shop, Louisville Jazz Society, Louisville Metro Government and Neighborhoods, Metro Parks and the Louisville Olmsted Conservancy, Milestone Wellness Center, Mortenson Family Dental, Papa John’s, Parkside Family Dental, Perelmuter & Goldberg Orthodontics, Physical Therapy Plus, River City Races, St. Francis of Assisi Boosters, Sign-A-Rama Downtown, Simply Grand & Vintage Piano Works, State Farm Insurance – Sam Wheeler, Sol Azteca’s, Sternberg Automotive Group, Stock Yards Bank, Sweaty Sheep, TARC, Uptown Art Uncorked, and neighborhood patrons.
This support covers event expenses and enables proceeds to support Highlands Community Ministries and other neighborhood projects. Last year, the events raised over $25,000 for Highlands Community Ministries plus support for area parks and neighborhood improvements.