Louisville is getting its third urban trolley hop starting this weekend.
The inaugural New Cut Road Trolley Hop is scheduled for Sat., July 28.
Unlike the Downtown and Frankfort Avenue hops, this will be a daytime event, more of a shopping circulator than a progressive party.
The inaugural New Cut Trolley Hop is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with stops at nearly 40 landmarks, shops and restaurants in south and southwest Louisville, according to a news release.
“As has been proven with our other two trolley hops, these events can be valuable economic tools for local businesses by bringing passengers directly to their doorsteps,” stated TARC Executive Director J. Barry Barker in the release.
From the release:
The hop route connects the historic Iroquois Amphitheater, site of the annual Kentucky Music Weekend festival that Saturday, with the Jefferson Memorial Forest Welcome Center. Stops along the route include the Little Loom House; the Auburndale Village Shopping Center, at the southwest corner of Third Street Road and New Cut Road; the Outer Loop Center at the northwest corner of New Cut Road and the Outer Loop; and the new Fairdale Library at West Manslick Road and Mitchell Hill Road.
Passengers can park their cars at those locations or at the Kenwood Heights Christian Church, 5610 New Cut Road, or the Fairdale Playtorium, which is located behind the library. They also can board the trolley at any designated TARC stop. As with TARC’s other two trolley hops – the First Friday Hop on the Market/Main corridor and the F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop on Frankfort Avenue in the Crescent Hill/Clifton neighborhoods – there is no charge to ride the trolleys during the event due to sponsorship of South End Metro Council Neighborhood Funds. The Kentucky Music Weekend is free and open to the public as well.
Most companies and organizations along the trolley hop route are planning special events and/or attractions throughout the day.
The Little Loom House, located at 328 Kenwood Hill Road, has the largest repository of original and classic textile patterns in the United States, and will have its three onsite cabins open for tour as well, including antique weaving looms, according to the release.
The Fairdale Library will have special crafts for the kids, and the Jefferson Memorial Forest will have a family canoe event on Tom Wallace Lake.
Sponsors for the New Cut Trolley Hop are Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch, D-13, Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12), Councilman Bob Henderson (D-14), Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15), Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21); and Councilman David Yates (D-25).
A second hop on the same route from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. is planned for August 18 to coincide with a production of “H.M.S. Pinafore,” the Gilbert and Sullivan musical that will have a six-night run at the Iroquois Amphitheater.