The Block Party That Took 50 Years to Organize
On August 17, to celebrate Actors Theatre’s 50th anniversary, Louisville’s shutting down Main Street between Third and Fourth from 1:00 p.m. ’til 10 p.m.
Words Can Describe It
It’s a block party that demands to be called awesome. And free. And starring a wallaby. And it’ll include music by big-name musicians — Ben Sollee and The Pass, to name just two — a bartender challenge to create the 50th Anniversary Actors Theatre Cocktail, giveaways, performances, interactive booths, food trucks, beer and cocktails, a Kids’ Zone featuring the afore-mentioned wallaby, a prop-and-costume sale . . . and more!
The After-Party Play
If you register for the party early (registration is free), you’ll receive a voucher for two $10 tickets to any play in the 2013–14 season.
The After-Party Rest
If you’re plum-tuckered after playing with the ‘roo and you feel like a possum up a gum tree, consider spending the rest of your evening downtown: the Galt House is offering a special overnight rate to support Actors. Click here to book.
Turn Your Computer Into a Crystal Ball
Fellow, former, future, and aspiring Louisvillians — Possibility City needs your vision.
As a progressive, can-do, nothing-is-impossible, roll-your-sleeves-up, blue-sky-thinking kind of place, we value the power of imagination and creativity.
Help Louisville dream up more ideas about how to make this city even better. The Office of the Mayor is behind a cool project that’s seeking 45,000 ideas in 45 days . . . and although they’re well on their way to reaching that goal, their deadline is August 15.
Head over to www.visionlouisville.com and share that big thinking with the universe.
Going to Bat for a Nationally Big Idea
As an example of big thinking, 13 years ago Louisville had the foresight to invest in Slugger Field — and since then, NuLu and Downtown have both directly benefited from the stadium’s presence. This year, Possibility City’s been nominated by “USA Today Travel” as having one of the best major league ballparks in America . . . and we need your help to own the Number One spot.
We’re currently leading the poll, so your vote can seal the deal. CLICK HERE to vote for Slugger Field. (No personal information is requested.)
The Home of Big-Hitting Thinkers
And while we’re talking about people who seem to have big ideas as often as Pee Wee Reese seemed to get picked for the All Stars, just a reminder that IdeaFestival is just a couple of weeks away — beginning September 24 and running through to September 27 at the Kentucky Center of the Arts. Click here to look into getting tickets.
Louisville Knows How to Swing a Big Stick
Louisville’s known for college ball, the greatest two minutes in sports, and four world heavyweight boxing champions.
But did you know we’re also a hotbed for bat-and-ball events? Here’s a little video to show you some local action. Click here to watch it, or click the picture to the left.
The Louisville Bats (and Slugger Field)
Is there a more fitting place to host a Friend of Lou event than Slugger Field — a scrapyard transformed into one of America’s greatest minor league ballparks? Just a few blocks away from Whiskey Row, the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge, NuLu, and the revitalized waterfront, the stadium is yet another testament to Louisville’s amazing ability to simultaneously embrace the past as it creates opportunity for the future.
On August 1, we’re inviting you out to the ball game. In addition to $1 beers and live music from 5:30-7:05, there’ll be tons of other cool stuff to do.
CLICK HERE RIGHT NOW to get your special Friend of Lou pass to the Bats game against the Syracuse Chiefs. You’ll automatically get in for $5! Better still, if you’re one of the first 100 to show up with the pass . . . you’ll get in FREE! Bring your pass (printed or on your cell phone) to the Friend of Lou Will Call window, which is directly across from the Bats Will Call window. Then leave the rest to us!
Kentucky Cricket Club
Cricket’s the world’s second-most popular sport, so it makes sense that a diverse city like Louisville would have a club. Nestled out in the green fields of Goshen, just off 42, eleven extremely polite players put willow to leather against regional powerhouses like West Chester, Columbus, and Frankfort. While the rules are impossible to understand, the players’ animated chatter is endless and worth the price of admission. Which is free. Click here for the schedule.
World Dainty Championships Day
Take a stick, maybe a broom handle, whack a six-inch piece of wood sharpened at both ends into the air, then hit it as far as you can up a street in Louisville’s Schnitzelburg neighborhood (“I hit it straight into the nuns, all the little nuns sitting here, all the Little Sisters of the Poor,” said one competitor recently). Anyway, that’s the idea behind the great sport of Dainty, which enjoys its annual world championship this July 29.
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced in 2012 that it would invest $525,000 and create 12 new jobs while consolidating its offices in several states to the former Crescent Hill Woman’s Club facility in Louisville. The association serves thousands of fastpitch coaches and members across the world, and selected Possibility City from a list of five competitors.