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Perry and Lynn Thomas Go To Disneyworld

Perry and Lynn Thomas put the amazing Kathryn Sotelo in charge of the Lynn Thomas Real Estate Team in Louisville Kentucky and headed down to Orlando Florida to meet Micky and Minnie Mouse in Disneyworld.  They drove down on Thursday and Lynn spent the day ,while Perry drove, on her phone and her ipad.  Lynn was amazed how connected they still were to their business while being completely mobile.  Heck, Lynn sold a house while she was in Florida!

Day 1 they drove and stopped in Valdosta and stayed the night.  Day 2, they drove straight to the Magic Kingdom.  They saw Mickey and Pluto and delighted over the kids visibly shaking with excitement as they met with the characters.  They spent the next three nights in the same hotel in Kissamee Florida right next to The Magic Kingdom.  The next day, they went to Epcot and ate their way around the world.

It's a family tradition to have fish and chips in England, quiche in France, Baklava in Moracco, Brats in Germany, Sushi in Japan, Egg Rolls in China, and of course films and rides in every country. They finished up the day seeing Wall Street in Downtown Disney AMC while kids stood in what seemed like 2 mile lines waiting for a free tootsie roll.

Day 3 they went to Hollywood Studios, got bored, and went back to Epcot and stayed through the evening romantically walking along Roman Streets and having Espresso next to lit fountains.  They rested well, got up early in the morning, and drove straight through to arrive home tired, refreshed, and ready to make a difference in the lives of their clients.  Meanwhile, while they were gone, Lynn sold her listing on Willow Stone and Kathryn got her buyers under contract on Woodridge Rd.

Being mobile and connected is a beautiful thing


The KMAC & U of L Celebrate

 Here at the Lynn Thomas Team we love the culture and diversity in our great city of Louisville, and each week we plan to share some unique events and festivals happening around town. This week we have chosen an event happening at KMAC.
The Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts has partnered with The University of Louisville Latin American and Latino studies program to celebrate El Dia de los Muertos, or "The Day of the Dead." From October 12 through November 12 KMAC will display a series of altars, including an altar dedicated to the victims of the Haitian earthquake and the Chilean earthquake; an altar honoring Frida Kahlo; a public altar where guests are invited to bring items to honor their family, friends and deceased loved ones, and an altar constructed by students in the University of Louisville Fine Arts Department. The hours are 10a to 5p Monday through Friday and 11a to 5p on Saturdays.  
This is sure to be an event that is as equally exciting as it is educational we hope to see you there!

Preservation Louisville

 This Blog was originally published on Preservation Louisville I would like to give full credit to the author over at Preservation Inc. There is not a way I could articulate all this great information on my own. And with that I leave you with this very interesting article and urge you to click over to their website so that you make view all the historical buildings and unique architecture that the great city of Louisville has to offer.


         Preservation Louisville Announces Metro’s 2010

    Top 10 Most Endangered Historic Places & Top 10 Preservation Successes

 A “most endangered” list is a preservation tool for recognizing sites with historic, cultural or archaeological significance that are directly threatened or in immediate danger of being lost. The “Endangered Properties” list has a long history in Louisville. It was initially created by Preservation Alliance, and in 1999 the list was taken over by The Louisville Historic League. The list is now compiled and published by Preservation Louisville, Inc., Louisville’s citywide preservation organization since 2007. This year along with the list of “Louisville’s Top 10 Endangered Historic Places” list, Preservation Louisville will also announce “Louisville’s Top 10 Preservation Successes”. The lists were announced during a 10:30 a.m. press conference in front of one of Louisville’s Whiskey Row buildings - Patrick O'Sheas Restaurant, a recipient of a 2010 Preservation Success award. Preservation Louisville, Inc. is a citywide, non-profit preservation organization that works in partnership with local, state and national organizations to promote preservation of Louisville’s historic resources through education and advocacy.

 Again you can view the original article on on PreservationLouisville.org


Westport Village

 I recently spent the day at Westport Village and was amazed at what I found available there. Westport Village is Louisville’s first, true outdoor specialty shopping village. It showcases specialty and award-winning shops, restaurants and lifestyle concepts. Westport Village is framed by architecture and landscaping which according to their architect “interprets the gracious heritage and rich, equestrian traditions of Kentucky. It is a beautiful place and once there the “Village” part makes so much sense it feels like you are walking through a little village and every shop looks different.  Westport Village has something for everyone whether you are an adult, teen, of child there is always something to discover. On Friday October 29, 2010 they will be hosting “Trick or Treat in the Village” Children and adults are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and Trick or Treat throughout Westport Village. Live music, shopping and dining await all those who “Dare” to come. The event lasts from 6p.m. to 9p.m. and would be the perfect opportunity for you to check out Westport Village ...

The Friends of the Library Semi- Annual Book Sale

 At the Lynn Thomas Team we believe it is important to be a part of, and support our community. And with that we would like to share with you The Friends of the Library semi-annual book sale. But before we get into the details of the sale we would just like to take a minute to express the greatness that this non-profit organization brings to the community. They promote the welfare and growth of the Louisville Free Public Library, they support pro-library advocacy at state and local levels, they fund scholarships for library staff wishing to pursue higher education, they sponsor programs for children, teens, and adults at local branches, they fund library improvements, and they raise over $40,000.00 annually at the spring and fall book sales. This is a great cause that we are proud to share with you and now on with the details. 

This Friday, October 22nd, 23rd, 24th the Friends of the Louisville Public Library, a non-profit (501c ) organization will host their 2010 fall Book Sale in the Douglass Community Center Gym located at 2305 Douglas Blvd. 40205. If you are a member of the Friends of the Louisville Public library they are having a preview sale from 6p.m. to 9p.m. on Friday (memberships are available at the door!)  Public hours are 9a.m. to 5p.m. on Saturday and from 1p.m. to 5p.m. on Sunday. Books are priced at an unbelievable price ALL hardback books are $3.00, but paperbacks and CHILDREN’S BOOKS are 2 for $1.00!  Proceeds from the sale will benefit various children’s programs at the different Library branches throughout Metro. We at the Lynn Thomas Team hope to see you there we love that we can stock up on our favorite genres while helping the community out all at the same time! 

Vines & Canines

 Vines and canines is a wonderful event happening this weekend October 16 from 3:00pm until 7:00pm at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park. Vines and Canines was proud to announce the launching of Their Original Fine-Wine Tasting and Canine Celebration Event. It will feature 15 select wines, Live Jazz by FattLab, and world famous catering provided by Jack Tapp. Vines and Canines is about celebrating the two best things in life a good dog and a great bottle of wine. Tickets for the event are $60. per person or $100. per couple when purchased at Humane Society East location at 1000 Lyndon Ln.  The idea behind Vines and Canines came from its creator Marc De Michele who I quote via their website “The concept for Vine & Canines was developed from my personal love for my dog and for wine, as well as my desire to unite others who share these passions. This idea grew out of an evening of pulling corks with a dear friend along with our dogs and the realization that our experience was enriched by our four-legged pals. I not only want to provide a unique line of products for lovers of dogs and wine, but also create events where people with similar interests could meet and celebrate this affinity we all share.” Definitely an event you do not want to miss whether you are a dog lover or a lover of fine wine.



Hard Rock Cafe' Louisville

 Hard Rock Café is in downtown Louisville in the 4th Street Live Complex. Who doesn’t love the Hard Rock Café the atmosphere is electric and they have some of the coolest rock memorabilia ever. Hard rock Café Louisville features stuff from local artists like Tantric and Flaw, and Muhammad Ali with the Beatles. Some other great memorabilia they feature are items from rock legends such as Elton John, Rod Stewart, and Elvis. HRC Louisville also has an outdoor Aerosmith display which from what I read on their site is the first of its kind in a Hard Rock.  In addition, to all the great memorabilia Hard Rock Café has some amazing food everything from Rock Nachos to Hickory Smoked Ribs.  HRC is also in walking distance of the Kentucky International Convention Center, many museums, and Waterfront Park. With HRC being in the 4th Street Live Complex you are never with out stuff to do whether your taste is for shopping, a rockin nightclub, or knocking some pins down at Lucky Strike.                                                                                                                                        

The soupBycycle

 For weeks now I have been reading articles, and seeing news pieces about this Chef named Ian Ritchie who delivers eco friendly soup via his bicycle. I was very intrigued by this idea so I did some investigating. This guy is amazing he makes all the soups fresh, and then delivers them by bicycle on Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays. He is even certified in food safety so never fear you are in good hands. So how does it work you ask? Well you go to his website, and make your soup choice, place your order by Friday the week before, and wait for your eco-friendly soup to show up at your door, office, or street corner basically where ever you want it delivered as long as it is in his delivery bounds. He will even put it in the staff fridge for you. Your main choices are always vegan, meaty, and veggie with the soup changing each week in those categories. So always something fresh and new! He even has a service called a “soup-scription” and for twenty dollars a month you can have a souprise every month.  In addition, to him saving the planet one bowl of soup at a time he is also uses products that are certified Kentucky Proud and a member of the keep Louisville Weird Movement.  

Architectural Styles of Old Louisville

The neighborhood known as Old Louisville is like a step back in time with big beautiful original Victorian Houses. The development of Old Louisville began in the 1830's. Several aspects of Old Louisville architecture are significant.  First, a variety of Styles ranging from the formal, symmetrical designs of Renaissance Revival to the romance of Queen Anne and Chateauesque, can be viewed within a one or two block area.  Second, a diversity of colors, materials and scale abound in the residences here.   Three-story homes along Third and Fourth Streets are the largest and most elaborate, followed by those in St. James Court, Ormsby, and Second Street. Smaller row houses can also be seen in Old Louisville, including a number of carriage houses converted to private residences.  A variety of dwelling types, including some early experiments in apartment buildings and duplexes, can also be seen. Many buildings contain bits and pieces from several architectural styles as there are many of them to be seen in Old Louisville such as Victorian Gothic, Italianate, Renaissance Revival/Georgian Revival, Queen Anne, as mentioned before, and the Tudor, and Beaux Arts styles just to name a few. This is all part of the eclecticism that makes Old Louisville very picturesque.  There are many tours available of Old Louisville from walking to driving tours. In my opinion the best tours are the walking ones because then you can truly appreciate the uniqueness of Old Louisville.

Halloween Is Just Around The Corner


We all know that Halloween is right around the corner, and with this spooky holiday approaching we all need to add some fright to our lives.  Louisville has some great Halloween events coming up.


Caulfield’s Halloween Parade: Louisville’s only Frightening Fun Parade is taking place on October 8, at 7P.M. More than 72 units will march down Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue to the end of Lexington Road. Jessica Lee of Clear Channel's Gen X Radio will host the parade and serve as announcer. A spooky parade not your forte how about a fantastic musical. Just in time for Halloween, Renegade Arts Productions brings the macabre musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” to the stage at the Alley Theater. The show runs from October 8th through October 17th. Alley Theater is located in Butchertown on East Washington St.. One of my personal favorite Halloween events in Louisville is the world famous Waverly Hills Sanatorium once a TB hospital back in 1910 it has now been restored and serves as a real haunted hospital. It has even been featured on The Travel Channel and rumor has that it has been used in various films as a back drop. It’s most recent television event Ghost Adventures at Waverly will air this Friday, October 8 on The Travel Channel! Every year they host a haunted house that goes from September 24th until Halloween night. Waverly Hills is located in South Louisville right off of East Pages Lane. If you are brave enough Waverly also host 2 Hour Paranormal and Historical Guided Tours, and Half Night and Full Night Paranormal Investigations/ Ghost Hunts. Not for the faint at heart years ago before Waverly Hills was restored I spent the afternoon there with some friends before I got there I did not believe in ghost after that afternoon I believe! So go have your self a spooky Halloween Adventure in Louisville.



21c Luxury in Louisville

21c Museum Hotel in Louisville is more than just an amazingly unique hotel. It has a contemporary art museum, an award winning restaurant, and cultural civic center all in the heart of historic downtown Louisville. 21c is Louisville’s first real contemporary hotel offering meeting rooms, wedding packages, and even romantic weekends. 21 c Museum Hotel is located on Main St. and has an incredible restaurant for you to dine in whether you are just visiting our fair city or you are looking for a hot new restaurant. Proof on Main is it, and after your fabulous meal you can take in some art in 21c’s museum which is North America’s first museum dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art of the 21st century.

21c Museum Hotel has some incredible things to offer and some really fun events coming up:  October 7, 2010 is their Hear + Now Music Series, every Sunday they host a Sunday Series called Cabaret Life Drawing & Yoga with Art, the third Tuesday of each month they host with the Louisville Film Society a monthly film series, and on the last Monday of each month they host a Monthly Poetry Series. And if 21c does not have enough culture for you remember you are in the heart of historic downtown Louisville the epicenter of all culture in Louisville and the heart of museum row. 


Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is one of the world’s largest series of 5k runs. Since 2005 they have had over one million participants here in the Louisville area. The Race for the Cure is a walk to raise funds and awareness for the fight against cancer and to celebrate survivorship. The money raised through events like the Race for the Cure or the Pink Tie Ball goes towards research and community grants for other great causes.  Since 1998 Susan G. Komen Louisville has invested $3,523,464 in community grants. The Race for the Cure will be held at Water Front Park in Louisville October 9th, 2010 and is sure to bring a lot of people together in support of a great cause.


Saint James Art Show and The Concour d'Elegance

This weekend in Louisville is very exciting the 54th annual St. James Court Art Show is back for another showcase of over 750 artists from North America. Held the first weekend in October, and in the very heart of historic Old Louisville among the country's largest collection of Victorian homes.  The Saint James art festival is always a great place to spend the weekend rather you are shopping for that perfect new painting to be the center piece of your dining room, or a glass sculpture for that perfect conversational piece. The Saint James art fair has something for everyone and is sure never to disappoint.
Also, happening in fantastic Louisville this weekend is The Louisville Concours d’Elegance a showcase of some of the worlds most rare and amazing cars. This event will be held at the world famous Churchill Downs from Oct. 1-3. Some of the most well-known car collectors such as Jay Leno travel to Louisville to have their cars judged by some of the world’s best judges and a chance to win the coveted “Best in Show” crystal trophy and the opportunity to have their car photographed at Historic Churchill Downs famed Winners Circle. The Louisville Concours d’Elegance is holding a Jay Leno raffle and the prize is a private tour for two of Jay Leno’s Big Dog Garage, two tickets to the Tonight Show, and 1500.00 to use towards expenses. Such an exciting weekend in Louisville.

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