On Saturday, Dec. 4 and Sunday, Dec. 5 from noon to 6 p.m., the Old Louisville Information Center will present the 34th Annual Old Louisville Holiday House Tour, which features visits inside eight elegantly decorated residences and local bed and breakfast inns in the heart of the country’s grandest Victorian neighborhood. During the popular yuletide event, the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum will host a Victorian High Tea each day at the Inn at the Park, 1332 S. 4th Street, with seatings at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 pm. Once again, this year’s tour will offer guests a special treat, as the tea will feature Kentucky-inspired recipes from local author and food writer David Dominé. For those who want to bring the magic of Old Louisville home for the holidays, signed copies of Dominé’s books, including his newest A Feast for the Eyes: Recipes from America’s Grandest Victorian Neighborhood, will be available for sale in the Conrad-Caldwell House’s Holiday Gift Boutique.
Tickets to attend the Victorian High Tea are $20 per person in advance with all proceeds going toward the upkeep and restoration of the Conrad-Caldwell House. A special silent auction to benefit the Old Louisville Information Center in Central Park will feature gingerbread houses created by local bakers and harpist Nancy Stagner will provide the soft strains of Christmas carols that will make this the neighborhood’s most elegant holiday event. Victorian High Tea tickets are available by calling 502-635-5244 and may also be purchased during the tour at the Conrad Caldwell House Museum or at the Inn at the Park.
The price to attend the Old Louisville Holiday House Tour is $20 in advance or $25 the day of the tour. Tickets can be purchased at the Old Louisville Information Center, online at www.holidayhousetour.com or by calling 502-635-5244. The tour begins with complimentary parking at Cochran Elementary School at 500 West Gaulbert, with shuttle van transportation to the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, 1402 St. James Court, where all tickets are picked up. Shuttles will run continuously between the eight featured properties, offering climate-controlled transportation for tour guests. The Holiday House Tour is the primary fundraiser for the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and the Old Louisville Information Center in Central Park, and supports its mission of promoting and improving the Old Louisville neighborhood. Individuals interested in volunteering for a three-hour shift in exchange for a free ticket should call 502-554-8424 or 502-636-0428.
About David Dominé: David Dominé, also known as the Bluegrass Peasant, is a Louisville-based travel, food and wine writer and author of several books published by McClanahan Publishing House. From Old Louisville hauntings to bourbon recipes, Kentucky spirits come alive in Dominé’s narratives. His books include Adventures in New Kentucky Cooking, Splash of Bourbon: Kentucky’s Spirit, A Feast for the Eyes: Recipes from America’s Grandest Victorian Neighborhood and a series of bestsellers on the ghosts of Old Louisville. He also wrote the guidebook on Louisville for the Insiders’ Guide series, which provides a local’s perspective on over 60 destinations nationwide. In addition to his work as an author, Dominé pens a monthly food column for Kentucky Monthly magazine and teaches foreign languages at Bellarmine University.
About McClanahan Publishing House: For over 25 years, McClanahan Publishing House, Inc. has specialized in quality books about Kentucky for Kentuckians. From Derby entertaining to bourbon history and heritage, McClanahan Publishing titles cover the iconic subjects that define the unique culture of the Bluegrass state. McClanahan books are sold throughout Kentucky and the South in book and gift shops, fine department stores, museums, on national shopping networks and in a variety of other retail sources, including www.amazon.com. For more information, visit www.kybooks.com.
- the Inn at the Park
- 1332 S. 4th Street, Louisville,
- Saturday 4th, December 2010
- 11:30 AM
- in advance or $25 the day of the tour