Start taking your vitamin pills tomorrow and don't stop until
May 4. The Derby Festival Committee had you In mind when it
cooked up the schedule of events. There are over 60 events
of them are free. Put on your truckin'
this year, and two-thirshoes and get into the fun and flair of Derby Week.
Friday, April 25
The They're Off Luncheon will kick off the 20th annual
Kentucky Derby Festival, but if you don't already have tickets,
it's too late. A.B. Chandler, John Sherman Cooper, Adolph
Rupp and Colonel Harlan Sanders will be honored.
Take in the displays of 100 of the best photographs in the
country beginning daily at 10 am to 4 pm through May 9. Also
featured will by the Henry Koehler collection of racing oils
and sketches. All will shown at the First National Bank Tower
at Fifth and Main streets.
Don't forget the chuckwagon and beer garden at Fifth and
Main any day from 11:30 am to 2 pm and 6:30 pm to 9 pm
through May 2. Joe and Dolores Nevitt of Plymouth Road in
St. Matthews will provide the recipes. The Bluegrass music is
free, but you'll have to pay for the chow.
Susan Dishman, Patty Kalember, Laura Donley, Nancy
Gibbons and Annette Grundy will take their chances at the
spin of the wheel for the crowning of the Derby Festival Queen
at. the Derby Festival Coronation. The gala social event will
begin at 9:30 pm at Convention Center. Invitations are
available through the festival committee at 621 W. Main for
$30 per couple.
A Derby montage by Steve Sebree
Saturday, April 26
Mike Ehrler will lead off the third annual balloon race in the
hare balloon at 8 am at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition
Center. Twenty "hounds," including Mike's son Chuck
Ehrler will pursue, trying to land nearest to the hare. The
event is free.'
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Go downtown at 1 pm to see some of the nation's
cycling street race,
amateur cyclists compete in a
lapping around Chestnut, Liberty, Sixth and Seventh Streets.
Cornea little early to f ihd accessible parking. That will be your
Spend a dollar to see local pedalers from Waggener,
Ballard, Trinity, Sacred Heart, St. X., and others in the eighth
annual pedalathon bicycle and tricycle fun at the Fairgrounds
Speedway. The event gets underway at 1 :30 pm.
Wear your new hat or tie and bring your binoculars out to
the opening day of Churchill Downs. The races begin at 1 :45.
Get into the act with your
hitch while doing your Derby
Take in the Schlitz
shopping at 3ashford Manor Mall anytime through May 4,
except for a break during the Pegasus Parade.
Round off the day with the Kentucky-Indian- a
in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic.
Reserved seats are available from $3 to $6.50. The contest will
start at 8 pm at the Fair and Exposition Center.
Planning is the key to Derby fun
Watching Derby Week activities can
be fun. Living right here where an
array of colorful events is built around
the Run for the Roses, you should take
advantage of them.
If you plan .to attend the Great
Steamboat Race, the Pegasus Parade
or the Derby itself, a little
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in Cherokee Park. The racers will brave the Kentucky Derby
of Cycling Road Race over a
The Derby Festival spring horse show is billed for those
who don't know a gait from a gate. The $1 admission is worth
the look at world champion horses and the blacksmithing
can be the key to enjoyment. Here's a
in the art of being
short how-t- o
prepared h?fore you strike out for the
promise, the Pegasus Parade will be a
spectacular array of floats, bands,
antique bicycles and much more. "The
Land of Make Believe" is the theme of
the 20th rendition of the event.
If you prefer the cozlness of your
living room to braving the crowds and
witnessing the parade
be televised live on Thursday, May 1,
on WHAS-TChannel 11. It begins at
6 pm, a half-holater than in the past,
and will start on Broadway at Floyd
and proceed to Ninth Street.
The kids would vote it's worth
Come take a free look at boats on parade beginning at 2 pm.
Entries will be limited to 101 , and many of them will be decked
out and owned by your friends and neighbors. They will cast
off at Six Mile Island, sail down to the Clark Memorial Bridge
and back to compete for the honor of best floating float. Go to
the Belvedere, Cox Park, or right down to the riverfront for the
After looking at the boats, stay a little longer for the Square
Dancing Exhibition from 5 pm at the Belvedere. The
Kentuckiana Square Dance Association will entertain you
with their twirls and swirls.
Dance the evening away on the Belle of Louisville for the
Welcome Wagon dance cruise. The Leaves of Autumn will
provide the beat, and reservations will be required in advance.
Boarding will take place at Fourth and River Warf at 7:30 pm.
If you're not on the Belle, come out to Oxmoor Center for
the Pop Concert and Fireworks at 8:30. But take heart. Come a
little early to avoid some of the traffic, bring a blanket and
maybe even a bottle of wine, and expect it to take at least a
half hour to get out of the parking lot afterward. The Louisville
Orchestra will entertain you for free under the stars, with
syncopated fireworks by local resident Colonel Cliff
Or, you can take your chances and
stand along the side of the street for
event. Hawkers stroll
along the sidewalks selling the usual
circus fare of toys and cotton candy for
the younger set.
Last, if you missed the live telecast
and the live parade, you can catch
highlights on Friday, May 2, at 11:30
pm, on ABC's Wide World of Entertainment.
The Great Steamboat Race, with a
third competitor added this year, is
always a favorite of local citizens and
Bruce B. VanOusen
Monday, April 28
The Jeffersontown City Council has
decided to make an offer to purchase
the old Shelby Street School annex
from the Jefferson County Board of
If the overall cost Is reasonable, the
council intends to remodel It for use as
Tuesday, April 29
The Stuart High School will make music on the 400 block of
the River City Mall. There also will be a concert on the
on the Belvedere.
See the Derby preview at the Derby Trial, 5:1 5 at Churchill
go over to the Greentree Mall In
For a little
Clarksville from 9 for a 6quare dancing exhibition by the
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submit bid on Shelby annex
with school board real estate man John
Kennedy. He said a price was disparcel, but said
cussed for the
the amount would remain confidential
until the bid is accepted or rejected.
Mazzoli said the price "looks real
good." He asked each councilman to
see him privately after that meeting,
and he would tell them the amount.
"Then, you can tell me whether you
want it or not, and I'll make the offer
next week," Mazzoli said.
But, Mazzoli later said some of the
councilmen had left the meeting before
he could learn their individual wishes
on the purchase. "I'll get, to them and
tell you who was against it," he said
two days later.
Prior to the regular council meeting
Monday, April 21, Mazzoli met priwith several
vately and Individually
council members to discuss their
reactions to the bid price.
At the public meeting there was no
further discussion of the purchase idea,
but afterward Mazzoll told The Jeffer-sonia- n
there was no opposition to the
price and a bid would be made this
Asked about the legality of reaching
a decision on the basis of such private
meetings, Mazzoli insisted the basic
decision had been reached in public the
He said he felt it vital to keep the bid
price secret to avoid possibly losing out
to some other bidder. He said the
decision to purchase is not yet final and
In fact the bid offer will ask for a delay
0f 60 days in which
the city can
For the young and hardy, try your strength at the free Derby
beginning at 11 am at the top of the
hill in Iroquois Park. The foot race is sanctioned by the
Amateur Athletic Union. Among others, you will be making
trek against Louisville Mayor Harvey I. Sloane.
If you're not out racing, enjoy a free ice cream party while
to arrive huffing and puffing
waiting for the
at the Riverfront Plaza. The party starts at 1 1 :30 am, and you'll
get your ice cream a half hour later.
Mike Grisanti will carve a
sculpture of the Great Steamboat Race.
While downtown take advantage of band concert tunes by
the 113th U.S. Army band from Fort Knox at the Belvedere,
from 11:30 to 12:30. Or, listen to Karen Kraft sing
on the 400 block of the River City Mall.
If you're wondering what to wear this summer, take your
lunch break in the 500 block of the River City Mall from 11:30
to 12:30 and watch the Louisville central area fashion show
daily through May 2.
Round out the day with the Knights of Columbus Derby
Festival dinner at 7 pm at the Gait House. Reservations must,
be made in advance.
If you feel like some fresh air and a little dancing, board the
Belle of Louisville at 7:30 pm at Fourth and River and listen to
the tunes of Leaves of Autumn. Tickets are going for $1 2.50 a
it's a great place to take the early earlier than that to pay the $10
arrivals from out of town.
entrance fee. No camping or spending
The paddlewheelers will churn out at the night is allowed on Churchill
5 pm, Wednesday, April 30, from the Downs property, though.
If you've never spent Derby day in
Clark Memorial Bridge, upriver to Six
Mile Island, and back. The Belle of the infield, warnings may be in order.
You can probably count on never
will pit its horsepower
seeing a horse, you'll walk amid
against the Delta Queen from Cincinnati and the Julia Belle Swain from massive throngs, wait in line for the
toilet facilities, and make long treks to
The Derby Festival Committee says long lines at the betting windows.
you can see the race from either side of
Mostly, you will be surrounded by
and young adults drinking
the river. To make a picnic out of it,
take a sack dinner and settle early in and emitting a musty, smoky odor.
Be prepared. Take a blanket to sit on
comfortable surroundings such
jeans, if that's your
and wear cut-oPolice will direct traffic along River
thing. Take food, or you'll spend a
walk a mile for a
Road on the Kentucky side, and will fortune and
direct you to parking. The Belvedere sandwich. If you're brave enough to
and wharf will most likely be crowded, take beer, don't forget those long lines
and you may not get the picturesque at the rest rooms.
Getting through the gate with beer
view of the race you would from farther
or other alcoholic beverages Is a
east on River Road. Besides, parking
downtown will be expensive, and could problem, but it can be overcome.
Be ingenious. Camouflage
be hard to find.
If you decide on Cox's Park and
flask. Veterans of the infield can tell
come armed with blanket, sandwiches you many ways to" overcome this
and booze or whatnot, don't let the momentary obstacle, since Churchill
friendly police see your bottle, cans or Downs management prefers you buy
whatnot. It's against the law in the their
versions. Take a large cola bottle, fill
If you're determined to see the 101st
full with bourbon, three-fourtwith cola. Looks like a soft
running, and you don't already have a
reserved seat or box at Churchill
drink, but you'll know the difference
Downs, your only hope is the infield.
after the first few races.
Gates open on Derby day at 8 am. Be
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prepared to see lines forming much
Was decision made privately?
making the trip to see it in person.
Broadway will be closed to traffic about
4:30 pm, so arrive from the side of
Broadway you plan to park on. It's first
come, first served on parking lots close
to Broadway, and some businesses do
open their lots for parade-goerAgain,
make sure you park on the side of
Broadway you plan to go home from, so
you won't be blocked in by the parade.
If you know someone who has an
office, in one of the higher buildings
aloifg" ttie parade route, make friends
with him. His window will be a great
vantage point from above. Or, grandstand seats may be purchased for $3
each. Chairs along the sido of Broadway sell for $2 each. For reserved
seats, send your check to the Derby
Festival Committee, 621 W. Main,
40202, or pick them up at Founder's
Square. Some are still available, but
a police ' department and possible
The decision to proceed with the bid
wes reached over several days In a
series of meetings and conversations Investigate remodeling costs and make
which may have violated the new a final decision on the purchase.
The open meetings law provides that
Kentucky open meetings law.
On April 16, the full council disall decisions by public agencies must
cussed the possible use of the building be made in open session, with some
Councilman Richard L. Mazzoll told the .exceptions. Discussions of real estate
council he had looked at the building matters are one of the exceptions, but
the law states that closed meetings
may be held on that subject only after a
vote to go into closed session is made
in public. Further, no final action may
be taken in closed session.
In addition, the law requires openness only when a quorum of the public
agency involved is present. It does not
provide for making decisions on the
basis of polling members individually.
However, in a recent court case,
Jefferson Circuit Court Clerk Alexander Booth declared a telephone vote
of fiscal court members illegal. He said
the law required such votes to be taken
Mazzoli said he did not regard his
conversations with Individual members
about the bid price to constitute a
Mazzoll said he would like to house
the police department on the lower
floor of the
This would include offices for a radio
dispatcher,' the police chief, and the
police clerk; and lockers, showers and a
lounge for the officers.
The upstairs would be converted into
The building, built in 1932, was a
school until Jefferson County
schools were desegregated
1950's. It served until about two years
ago as an annex to Jeffersontown
Elementary School. Mazzoli said renovation, estimated at about $50,000, will
be necessary for various heating and
electrical problems, painting and installation of an air conditioning' system.
"No general funds will be used to
buy this," he said, "we'll get it from
federal revenue sharing or some other
Mrs. Katherine Dugan of Grape
Street, adjacent to the school, appeared
at Monday's regular council meeting to
protest the possible parking of the
city's garbage trucks at the annex.
Tearfully presenting a petition signed
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large conference rooms, and maybe
"we could put the museum over there
some day if the security's tight."
Security is one of the council's
concerns, he added. Mayor Herbert S.
Meyer Jr., and some of the council
expressed concern last Wednesday that
vandalism may be a problem in the
predominately black neighborhood just
northwest of Gaslight Square.
"We're all worried about vandalism.
But, If and when we have a
dispatcher, I don't think we'll
and if It's well
have that problem
lighted," Mazzoll said.
Mayor Herbert S. Meyer added his
opinion, "You're going to have all
kinds of verbal abuse of the police
officers over there."
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