fleaofffeatureIt’s Trolley Hop time again!

This is likely the last pleasant-weather Trolley Hop of 2013, so expect crowds to be out in full force.

The Republic Bank First Friday Trolley Hop will be held in downtown Louisville on Fri., Oct. 4 from  5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

This month it’s a “Pink Out” where everyone is encouraged to wear pink to “raise awareness for breast cancer” and where certain stores and restaurants are raising funds to support cancer research via the American Cancer Society. Also, many businesses along the hop will be encouraging people to participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

From the news release:

Community members are invited to show their support for the fight against breast cancer by participating in the Trolley Hop Pink Out and by wearing pink to work on October 4 as the Mayor will be proclaiming that day as “Wear Pink” day for the city in conjunction with this event.

The following businesses will host fundraisers on October 4 to benefit the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Including:

  • Barry Wooley Designs: 10 percent of sales from all three locations will be donated
  • Bristol Bar & Grille: 100 percent of the proceeds of a special pink dessert will be donated
  • Manny & Merle: A portion of the proceeds of a special “pink drink: will be donated
  • Down One Bourbon Bar: 25 percent of the proceeds of a special pink martini drink will be donated
  • Old 502 Winery:A portion of sales on selected wine items will be donated
  • Celebrations South Fourth Street: 10 percent of proceeds between 5:00pm-10:00pm will be donated to benefit breast cancer research
  • Block Party Handmade Boutique: A portion of sales on all pink items will be donated
  • TGI Fridays: 20 percent of individual check totals will be donated when coupon is present (contact the American Cancer Society to get a coupon)

Dobree Adams: Artist reception at Craft(s) Gallery on Fourth Street

craftsKaren Welch and David E. McGuire are hosting a reception for the artist Dobree Adams. Her exhibit opened September 30 and runs until the end of October. It’s entitled “A Decade of Intimate Landscapes” and is presented in conjunction with The Louisville Photo Biennial. Craft(s) Gallery is located at 527 S. Fourth St, and the reception runs from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Flea Off Market Friday featuring music and food trucks

photo (21)One of the most welcome addition to this summer’s Trolley Hops has been the Friday night Flea Off Market with music and food trucks. This Friday’s event features Born Cross Eyed, a Grateful Dead tribute band. The Flea Off Market takes place in the parking lot of the Fresh Start Growers on Baxter between Market and Jefferson.  Flea Off continues Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

billy-goat-200x300Billy Goat Strut Revue at the Down One Bourbon Bar

Fresh from their “Best Cover Band” win at the Louisville Music Awards, the Billy Goat Strut Revue returns to the Down One Bourbon Bar for an open air concert on the patio. Billy Goat Strut Revue plays Depression-era Jazz. On social media, the Goats have said that they’ve learned three new songs for this gig and one is about Louisville.

Down One is having a “Pink Out” and raising funds for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The music is free and Down One will be serving a special “Pink Out Martini” with a portion of the sales donated to the American Cancer Society. The music starts at 8 p.m. Down One is located on Third and W. Main Street.

ludlowposterTheatre [502]‘s “The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn” at the Baron’s Theatre

Last Trolley Hop I missed the latest installment of Theatre [502]’s serial drama “The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn.” Do I despair? I little; I hate that I missed it. But I also know that every episode begins with a convenient re-cap of the plot thus far. If October’s episode is your first episode, don’t worry, you’ll catch on quickly.

Starting back in May and continuing through April 2014, trolley hoppers have enjoyed free theater thanks to installments of a serial play commissioned and produced by Theatre [502].

“The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn,” by Steve Moulds and Diana Grisanti, is being performed in 7-15 minute installments, a new installment every First Friday Trolley Hop.

From the official release:

The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn centers around a Louisville teen named Bonnie Burke who discovers a personal connection to the legendary magician Ludlow Quinn. Each installment heightens the mystery surrounding both characters while suggesting a sinister side of Louisville’s magical history.

The short play is performed every hour on the hour from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Baron’s Theater at 131 W.Main Street on Whiskey Row. (And yes, readers, that is Insider Louisville’s Eli Keel playing the eponymous magician).

First Friday TrolleyAn interactive map of the hop and the trolley routes is available here