We went in and saw the movie which is a 360 degrees around you. You are supposed to stand in the middle and the movie surrounds you - different pictures come on at different places in the circular screen. I was able to get some pictures of the presentation.
The first photo shows the theatre from above. Photos three, four and five are very wide panoramas.
Fondest memory: The museum website describes the movie as follows:
The Kentucky Derby Museum is a premier tourist attraction, featuring an award-winning, High Definition Kentucky Derby film entitled "The Greatest Race". Displayed on a 360-degree screen, "The Greatest Race" places the viewer in the center of Derby Day action.
We went to Churchill Downs and went into the museum as there is no racing there at the moment. There were a lot of very interesting exhibits.
The fourth picture shows some artwork done by children, and apparently there are rotating art exhibits by children because there was one when we were there, and there's one there called Horsing Around with Art: A Student's View of the Sport of Kings which runs from January 17- March 18, 2007
An equine-related art competition with works submitted by students from Jefferson County public, private and parochial schools. All the artwork reflects the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs or the Thoroughbred racing industry and captures the rich tradition and heritage of the Kentucky Derby
Fondest memory: I took a picture of the band uniform with an M on it because I thought that might stand for Maryland. I couldn't figure out what it would be doing in Kentucky.
If you've never been here, you should come during the spring and visit Churchill Downs, a very green, bright and vibrant display of Kentucky heritage and spirit. Not to mention they have horsies there. And betting. And, well, Mint Juleps.....they say everything's drunker when yer green... or is it everything's greener when yer drunk??? I don't know as I don't drink anyway..............
Fondest memory: One of my favorite things to do in Louisville is to come home to it. I miss, living in Colorado, the lush greenness of the state of Kentucky. Especially in the spring, everything is very green...before the summer heat hits, that is.
Louisville has many neighborhoods, as does any city. Poorer people live out in the west end, mainly welfare and low income. If you're in the blue-hair, 30 nose rings crowd, you'll probably be best visiting Bardstown Road, north of the Watterson. If you like bars, live music and partying, Bardstown Road isn't bad either, especially there at Broadway. There are many richer neighborhoods, towards the east end of town, like out in Prospect, the city of Hurstbourne area, off Lime Kiln Lane. And there are of course many middle of the road areas in between and around and outside of all the areas. There are some nice places out in Oldham county (proximity to the city without having to pay city taxes ;)......)
There are many rich sections and many good sections.
'Don't even think about stepping a foot in this place.' -None of these!
Anything on River Road is bound to be expensive, and oh, don't forget flood insurance! Extremely Rich
Nitta Yuma is off Wolf Pen Branch. It is beautiful, and exclusive. Tres tres cher! Extremely Rich
Bridgepoint is a pretty good neighborhood with clubhouse and pool. I think they still have a swim team. There is a inter-neighborhood swimming race schedule in the summers. I did that and had much fun. I wasn't on Bridgepointe's team, though. It is a
Woodstone is a great neighborhood, quiet and peaceful. Extremely Rich ;)
Very good. Many nice houses, but they are all so close together.
Very nice area with big houses. Houses still close together, but they have a big quarry you can swim in with a nice clubhouse. Rich.
Wow, there's much more to do on this section. Back soon!
If you have questions about any area of the city, please ask!
Fondest memory: Walking around downtown is cool. I haven't done it that often, but it's not bad. The city is neat, and the downtown is nice. It's not junky for the most part, especially on Main Street. Anyway, if you get a chance, take a walk in downtown, and stop at the Belvedere so you can admire the work I did on the irrigation! How green the grass is! If you can't walk through, at least take a drive through.
Favorite thing: The city has done a wonderful job over restoring its main street, giving the visitor a reflection of what it looked like during the riverboat era. The city's few highrises look very out of place as you are surrounded by the detailed, mostly four story, late 19th century buildings. Be sure to notice the markers in the sidewalks, they detail what kind of establishments operated here during that time.
The Ohio River and waterfront area
Fondest memory: My best memory would have to be seeing the city disapear in the rear view mirror of the U-Haul I was driving through the city at rush hour.
Next to that is watching the river traffic and cruise boats.
Go to Thunder Over Louisville. It's in the late part of April. Basically it's an all-day event on the banks of the Ohio, downtown, starting in the afternoon with an airshow, including fly-bys of many of the Armed Forces' aircraft. It's considered to be one of the top 5 airshows in the country. After that, a huge fireworks display, which is really the best part of the whole thing. It's 30 minutes of nonstop fireworks shot off from barges in the middle of the river. By the way, if you have a choice, choose the Louisville side over the Indiana side. They close I-65 over the river for this event. Anyway, just well-worth your time to come and see. Also, this year we had Lee Ann Rimes sing (oddly from a barge, lit up, in the middle of the river). Who knows what we'll have next year. It just keeps getting better!
Fondest memory: I'm going to have to steal John's fondest memory on this one... it would probably have to be high school at St. X, the best high school there is! (I don't have any school pride, do I??) :)
Louisville is probably most famous for the Kentucky Derby, which is held on the first Saturday in May. There is a two-week celebration prior to the Derby itself called the Derby Festival. It's very similar to Mardi Gras in many respects.
The kickoff to the Derby Festival is called 'Thunder Over Louisville'. It's a huge fireworks display held on the riverfront, and it's truly spectacular. There is an air show before the fireworks that is wonderful too.
Another great Derby Festival event is the Great Balloon Race and the Balloon Glow. The race is held in the morning, and is beautiful to watch. After the race in the evening, the balloons are displayed at the State Fairgrounds. They are gorgeous to look at all lit up against the dark sky.
If you come to Louisville you definitely must visit Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. Besides watching the horses run (and hopefully winning some money!) you can visit the Kentucky Derby Museum.
Fondest memory: Louisville is steeped in history. It became a city in 1798, and is considered the 'Gateway to the West'. Louisville is nestled in the Ohio Valley on the banks of the Ohio River. The one thing I miss about Louisville when I'm away is it's lush, green countryside.
visit Churchill Downs -- the best known race track in the World - home of 'the Run for the Roses' --- visit the museum, visit in Spring or Fall and attend a horse race
For a REAL feeling of Kentucky attend in late fall on a chilly afternoon, watch the horses run and have a Mint Julep -- I did and loved every minute!
Fondest memory: D.Marie's Bar - see below) sipping bourbon and looking out at the Ohio River and the City Lights Di Marie's is in the gawdy Galt House Hotel but it has the world's best selection of Bourbon (no kidding)
Kentucky Derby 127
Saturday, May 05, 2001
Location: Churchill Downs
All reserved seating for the Kentucky Derby is sold out. Prices for general admission are $20.00 (cash or VISA) for Kentucky Oaks Day and $35.00 (cash or VISA) for Kentucky Derby Day. For additional information, please call 502-636-4400
Favorite thing: Stroll around in down town Louisville and shop till you drop in the cosey stores and many restaurants.
Well, KFC is found all over the place, but you should check out the story of how it started at http://www.kfc.com/about/story.htm.
It is pretty neat.
Favorite thing: Go to the Kentucky Derby. That is if you like to be in a mass of human beings. Heres and old program for the 112th running of the Derby. Pick a winner.